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Hello Nancy: ust wanted to thank you for putting my request to find out who to send my Nature’s Fare receipts to. A very nice lady just called and gave me the address to send them to and a phone number. They will be going to NOTRA, a therapeutic riding association. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute and you made it happen! Thanks again! - Cheryl Hogg

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Dear Nancy Roman: ould you (or your readers) please find out about the 4-wheel cart pictured on page 34 in the August issue (bottom right page)? How is it made… tandem or torsion bar suspension or just straight axles? It doesn’t look like a 5-wheel or wagon of any kind. My question is… how does it turn? If someone can answer these questions, I’d appreciate it. - Hugh Ashwell, Edson AB


Letter to the Editor: isrespect or Misunderstanding? “A horse turning his butt into the handler is the utmost of disrespect and needs to be reprimanded with an assertive push, IF the disrespect wasn’t caused or allowed by the human.” These are the words of a professional trainer, quoted from the August 2013 Saddle Up magazine. I’m not sure where this originated from, but humans believe that a horse turning their rear end to them is disrespectful. I wish humans understood what it means when a horse shows you their butt. They are not disrespecting you, they are warning you that they are scared, confused and don’t understand what is going on. You are creating an uncomfortable situation for them. They have no exit, are trapped in a small enclosure with you, and you won’t back off. To back up what I am saying, every time I have gotten “the butt” in such a situation, I backed off, put my arms down and sincerely apologized to the animal for creating such an uncomfortable situation for them. Every time I do this, I see the horse instantly relax, drop their head and walk off calmly. Sometimes they even turn into me. I like to walk up to them, pet them nicely and invite them to go for a walk with me, if they want to. I work at liberty because I want the horse to have a say in what we are doing. If they don’t walk off with me, that’s okay too. I just diffused a very uncomfortable situation and that horse might just need a little extra time and space to figure out what I am all about. I don’t see any disrespect in the horse’s manner towards me, just a big misunderstanding between the two of us. What I do feel when I act this way is gratitude from the horse followed by a very successful training session. “ … IF the disrespect wasn’t caused or allowed by the human.” Who put the horse in this situation in the first place? Who closed the gate of the small enclosure with no exit, forced the horse to deal with the human inside? Who else has caused this situation but the human? “… needs to be reprimanded …” This does nothing for the trusting relationship we are trying to create with our horse. It is time to stop being dominant, with our animals as well as amongst ourselves. - Barbra Ann King, Relationship Riding Instructor

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At press time I have just come back from the BC Seniors Games (equestrian portion), for those of age 55 and over, held in Kamloops. What a GREAT Event! I so wished I could have participated… but not old enough YET! Look for a full report in the October issue. August just FLEW BY! Crazy month…so many events… so little time! I do thank and appreciate those that send in their news and photos as SADDLE UP can’t be everywhere! (But we try!) And September is looking to be just as busy with more fall fairs and events. With the unusual weather patterns we have all been having, I hope everyone is safe from fires and floods… and those nasty wasps! See you in my travels!

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Missing Horse – Can you help?


y beloved Arabian mare has been missing since July 29th in dense crown land in Quesnel BC. She had been taken to a friend’s house by my daughter for a riding lesson, and found her way out of the pasture into a vast area of crown land. We have been searching daily without sign. We have gone in on foot, on quads, on horseback, and even had a pilot fly up twice looking for her. Our hopes are that she is still out there somewhere, but we can’t rule out the possibility that she was picked up and/or stolen? ARABIAN MARE, “Breezy” is 14.3HH. Her coat pattern is fleabitten, but she’s white with red roan speckles. She is shod, or will have signs of being shod on the front feet. She has a crack going halfway up the hoof on the right front. She has melanoma around her rectal area. She is approximately 23 years old. She will have scarring along her left flank. She doesn’t take a bit easily. Missing off of the 3100 Road off the Nazko Hwy, just past Sylvia’s. Our family is desperate for the return of this mare. We have now offered a $500 REWARD that leads to the safe return of this horse. My little girls are devastated that she is lost. Please call Patricia 250-249-5642 or 250-925-0231, or Kathy 778-4662250, or the Quesnel RCMP or the Quesnel SPCA if you have any information or knowledge of her whereabouts. THANK YOU.

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Mane Event Chilliwack Update By Gail Barker


hilliwack’s Heritage Park will be bursting at the seams again October 25–27, as the Mane Event, Equine Education and Trade Fair welcomes equine vendors from all over North America who will be offering everything the horse owner and rider want for themselves and their horse. Education will be at the fore-front of the weekend, with clinics demos and presentations on everything from Reining, Cowhorse, Dressage, Jumping, Driving, Western Dressage, Horsemanship, Barrel Racing, Equine Health, Bosal training and much more! Joining Al Dunning, Joe Fargis and Elisa Marocchi at this year’s expo will be Anne Gribbons, a FEI Level 5 judge and Dressage Technical Advisor/ Coach of the United Sates Equestrian Federation. The US team under her guidance finished fourth and Steffen Peters won two individual bronze medals at the WEGs in Kentucky. In 2011 the team won the team gold and all three individual medals at the PanAmerican Games in Mexico, and at the London Olympics the finished sixth. Storme Camarillo Robbins will be presenting sessions on The ART (Approach, Rate & Turn) of Barrel Racing; Problem Specific Corrections for Better Barrel Racing; Skill Drills and Exercises for Better Barrel Racing and Utilizing the Training Pyramid for Better Barrel Racing and More Confident Riding. Storme has been a protégé of Sharon Camarillo since the age of 7 and has barrel raced

and conducted clinics with Sharon throughout the US, Canada and Australia. Crowd favourites Doug Mills and Steve Rother will be conducting horsemanship sessions throughout the 3-days of the event and returning trainer and clinician Ruben Villasenor will be showcasing his skills in Western Dressage at Anne Gribbons the Friday and Saturday Equine Experience as well as in clinics during the day. The Trainers Challenge will have an international flavour featuring well-known BC cowhorse and cutting horse trainer and AQHA Professional Horseman Cayley Wilson; Paul Clarkson from Australia who has competed in the Way of the Horse at Equitana Paul Clarkson Australia, as well as the King Of The Ranges’ stockman’s challenge and the Snowy River Stockman’s Challenge; and, Kerry Kuhn of Kansas a member of the Purina Mills’ Equine Influential Team who has won numerous colt starting competitions who has been featured in numerous publications including the Western Horseman. New this year are the Guaranteed seating tickets for both the Friday and Saturday Equine Experiences, and the VIP Trainers Challenge package for the die-hard Trainers Challenge fans who want to ensure that they always get a seat for the colt-starting competition and finals - included in this is a Meet and Greet with the Trainers and judges, a welcome gift and other special perks. Visit for details or call (250) 5787518 for more information. Sign up for the Mane Event newsletters or visit us on Facebook to find out about the 10 Year Anniversary prizes that will be given out all weekend long!


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Grand Forks Kill Buyer Is Not A Horse Rescue By K. McLean (In response to the July article, “Is the BC SPCA Still Involed in Welfare?” written by Jean Robertson)


f the SPCA’s hands are tied, who is it that we turn to? The disturbing conditions at the Salmon Arm Arab breeding operation (as in the above-mentioned article) are the mirror image to what we are experiencing here in Grand Forks and it seems to be a repetitive theme across BC. The animals (in Grand Forks) of all descriptions, mainly horses endure appalling, hoarderlike conditions, ongoing neglect and starvation. They consistently have little or no food/water or shelter. In the summer they bake in a sweltering heat with no shade, winter and spring they stand hockdeep in manure and mud in fields or pens, with no shelter. The property borders the Kettle River, and the run-off from manure and rotting carcass’ flow directly into the river. The destruction of the river bank is evident. Llamas escape from loosely constructed fences, made with derelict vehicles and wire, to stand in the river as do pigs and other animals. A herd of roughly 20 goats roam freely destroying neighbouring property, and cause traffic obstructions on the busy Almond Garden Road. In 2012, a total of 66 visits to the property were made by the SPCA coming all the way from the Penticton office, 5 hours total travel time, an average of more than once a week, have resulted in… no change! In 2013 (so far), those visit/calls were more likely in over 100, still… nothing changes. Why waste huge public and nonprofit funds, when basic care is not even being met for these animals? An order was given in January 2013 to build a shelter, yet to date only a few old telephone poles and boards are in sight, that is not in compliance! In retaliation for reporting their concerns and observations, responsible horse owners receive a visit from the SPCA, with a check list given and nothing 8 • Saddle Up • September 2013

was found to be wrong. This long standing blight on our Grand Forks community is not the image we want to cultivate for ourselves, but a sad truth. The sense of well-being and goodwill that our community has to offer visitors and residents alike is marred by the activities at this property. We are circulating a petition and gathering signatures. We have letters of supports from various agencies, including the BC Horse Council comprised of 22,000 members. We are asking our Grand Forks city council, Regional District, and other involved agencies to step up and do what is right! In this age of viral social media, we are reliant and ever hopeful that each person who reads this will share it, talk about it, make the calls, organize the groups, demand action be taken. The horse community is a large one and for the most part a caring one. We have taken our story to Global News CHBC June 27th “Horses mistreated?” to raise awareness and keep this ball rolling. What is the SPCA motto? “We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

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I Will Take My Chance! By Joey Tompkins


n a Saturday afternoon I received a call from a gentleman in Penticton who had an orphan colt. It seems his dam died and he was sure that a surrogate mare had taken the orphan on. Well, it turned out she didn’t and the little guy had been fighting to survive. When the gentleman finally realized that the colt was in trouble he called and asked for help. Of course we stepped up and brought our new friend home but it was not with out help. So I made my first and only call to Kristi Leuhr and family to see if they would be able to pick up the baby. Now Kristi did not hesitate and when she finished with her clients they went out of their way and met with the owner. When they arrived, the baby was very weak and the owner had only been able to get him to drink 2 bottles but explained he truly wouldn’t be able to keep up in his need for food. So with some help Kristi, Chris and the owner picked up baby and carried him to the trailer. Now because baby was weak they encouraged him to lie down for the long journey to the Hub. When he arrived we carried him off the trailer and with loving words we asked him to try and give it a chance, hence his name. Now Chance had won everyone’s heart who had met him. He even helped a young man get over his fear of horses. So the journey to recovery had begun and we were all saying prayers that he would pull through. With feeding him every 2 hours and supplementing him with foal food we felt he was going to do just fine. We even brought down our old girl Torrie and she bonded with him in an instant. Not only did Torrie turn out to be a remarkable mom she was also a great protector. Chance was getting stronger and eating well so we thought. The following Monday I went out to feed and found Chance had passed in the night. Torrie was standing beside him and being a good mom. Not only did I cry my heart out I also thanked Chance for trying. So my husband Darrell allowed Torrie to say her goodbye and when Torrie moved away Darrell knew it was ok to take Chance to his final resting place.

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Because of the heartache I felt at the loss of Chance my first thought was to step away from the hard work of rescuing horses. But then I remembered the wonderful gifts I also get to experience. Torrie, who did not have trust or faith in us when she arrived, soon after started to become loving and look to us for affection. It was then that I realized “I will take my ‘Chances’” to continue to help save as many as we can. Please help us give more second chances to horses in need in our community. Donate online at, volunteer or come out to one of our events. Just like me, you will be glad you are part of all we are doing to rescue some horses.

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy MAXIMIZING YOUR MINI TRAINING

I recently acquired a young mini with the thought of eventually having him as an assistance horse as I get on in years and also to be able to take him out places and show folks about clicker training without having to take a horse trailer with me.


’m used to working with ponies, so small was okay but this small definitely did lend itself to new challenges that I suspect many mini owners who clicker train have also encountered. The first one was food delivery. As with many horses being introduced to clicker training, he soon became an eager learner; but my food delivery was causing some problems with Eggo because of the time it took for me to get the treat that extra distance down to him. I knew that as the training progressed this would not be an issue, but I didn’t want to cause any frustration in the early

stages of training. And to add to the food delivery eagerness issue he was your typical mouthy, coming-yearling stud colt. Luckily, we were having our clinic with Alexandra Kurland soon and I knew she would have a great solution, having trained Panda, a miniature horse, as a guide horse for her blind friend. We needed to figure out how to get the food to him quicker and in a better position for him. He led well and had a good idea where I wanted him to be as we had worked on those with targeting and feeding for position; so, that wasn’t the main issue, the delay in food delivery was. I have two low step stools in the barn

that I use to sit on when I trim the feet on the ponies and as soon as Alexandra spotted those we had the solution. If I sat during food delivery and practiced grown-ups, it would solve the lag time with the food delivery that was causing frustration for us both, in these early stages of clicker training Eggo. Setting up the environment before you train to ensure that your session will be successful is very important. Now we had things set up to do just that. We set the stools up fairly close to one another so that we could get from one to the other in one “click’s-worth” of behaviour. I led Eggo to the first stool and sat


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Clicker Training, cont’d on it, at which point I proceeded to click and feed for him being in position next to me. I could use food placement to help him get into the proper position. The food Easier for both of us delivery was much quicker, easier and smoother with me being at this height. There was no lag time that had been causing the frustration. We did a few repetitions of grownups and then I got up and walked to the next stool. I clicked when I got to it and quickly sat and delivered the treat. Once again, we did a high rate of reinforcement for grown-ups. Now we had to get Eggo turned around to go back to the other stool. He knew how to hand target, so I simply continued to sit on the stool but spun around on my butt while targeting him around it. We were then ready to return back to the first stool and repeat the exercise. Eggo of course caught on quickly and the frustration and snatching behaviours disappeared within minutes. Once this was going well, we moved the stools a bit farther apart so that I could do a click and treat on the way to the next stool. Just as important as setting up the environment for success,

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No more frustration

Waiting patiently

you need to remember that you need to change the desired behaviour slightly towards the finished behaviour once that first stage is successful, otherwise you get stuck. I didn’t want to only be able to walk a couple feet before sitting and treating again, but that was where we needed to start; now we needed to move on. This worked well and soon I could add in a grown-ups and a click and treat between the stools without getting the mouthiness returning. Many non-clicker trainers would have blamed his mouthiness and bad behaviour on the feeding of treats, and would have “thrown the baby out with the bathwater” so to speak. As clicker trainers, we know it is not the food causing the issue and by looking at the behaviour we were having problems with, taking the time to look at how we could address it, planning before getting to the horse, chunking things down and really seeing what the problem was one of difficult and slow food-delivery

Perfect food delivery

mechanics - we were able to solve the problem quickly and easily. Now that Eggo has gotten past the initial training stages and understands that the food is indeed coming, he is okay with waiting that extra split second it takes me to bend over and deliver the treat. Eggo has turned into a delightfully polite mini. Clinic Date Change The upcoming clinic with Alexandra Kurland has been rescheduled to October 18-21. There is one horse spot left and a couple of non-horse spots still available. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (a pioneer in the development of clicker training for horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 11

Legalities with Harveen Thauli CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IS THE 8TH DEADLY SIN!

I will never understand how anyone can inflict pain and suffering or commit deliberate violence on a defenceless animal. Lately, there have been several high-profile dog abuse cases reported in the news, which got me thinking about and then researching cases involving horses.


was dismayed to learn that horse abuse is on the rise. In fact, the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the “BC SPCA”) has reported on its website that its Cruelty Investigations Department saw an unprecedented rise in the number of cases involving horse neglect and abuse in 2008 and 2009, and further reported that it cared for 48 horses at one time. Those cases included the failure to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care, which ultimately caused the horses to endure unnecessary and prolonged suffering. In one reported case, 11 horses, including four pregnant mares, were all extremely emaciated and infected with lice and ticks. The ticks were the size of grapes and the lice on some of the horses were so bad that their hair was not visible. Two horses did not survive despite the BC SPCA’s intervention and the remaining had a long and difficult road to recovery.

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It is important to understand that, in Canada, the provinces have the primary responsibility for protecting the welfare of animals. There is, however, some overlap between provincial laws and the animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code of Canada. In general, provincial laws include standards of care that animal owners must adhere to and that make it an offence to cause or allow animals to be in distress from neglect or abuse. The Criminal Code refers to wilful acts of cruelty or neglect, either by the animal’s owner or someone else. Wilful means the act was intentional and reckless. Enforcement officers generally prefer to recommend or lay charges under provincial legislation because these are considered regulatory prosecutions and, as such, the burden-of-proof required for obtaining convictions is not as onerous as the Criminal Code. Under the Criminal Code, elements of the offence are required to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. The BC SPCA derives its power from the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (the “PCA Act”) and is the only animal welfare organization in BC that may enforce laws related to animal cruelty. BC SPCA enforcement officers may recommend charges to Crown Counsel under the PCA Act, the Criminal Code or both. Although the PCA Act is specific to British Columbia, other provinces have animal welfare legislation that applies to them. In April 2008, amendments to the PCA Act significantly increased protection for abused and neglected animals in BC. All other provinces have similarly improved protection for animals in their legislation. For example, the definition of distress in the PCA Act was expanded beyond “inadequate food, water and shelter” to include animals who are deprived of adequate ventilation, space, care or veterinary treatments.

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Legalities, cont’d Distress also includes animals kept in conditions that are unsanitary; not protected from excessive heat or cold; injured, sick, in pain or suffering; or abused or neglected. Another life-saving amendment in the PCA Act that will have an important impact on animals, particularly horses located in remote areas, allows BC SPCA enforcement officers to obtain a warrant by telephone so that they can act immediately to help animals in distress. In the past, officers in remote areas were sometimes forced to delay in helping an abused or neglected animal because a judge was not available in the area to issue a warrant. If an animal abuser is convicted under the PCA Act, that abuser may face a fine of up to $75,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or both. The court may also prohibit that person from owning or having custody or control of an animal for a period of time. Similar to the provinces, the Criminal Code has had amendments to increase convictions for those who wilfully inflict suffering on animals. The sections that directly relate to animal cruelty include: 445.1 (1) Every one commits an offence who (a) wilfully causes or, being the owner, wilfully permits to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or a bird. 446. (1) Every one commits an offence who (b) being the owner or the person having the custody or control of a domestic animal or a bird or an animal or a bird wild by nature that is in captivity, abandons it in distress or wilfully neglects or fails to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for it. If an animal abuser is convicted under the Criminal Code, that abuser may face a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or both. The conviction will depend on the seriousness of the offence. Preventing animal cruelty in the future will depend on the animal abusers receiving consistent and substantial sentences for their crimes. I’m hopeful that amendments to our laws and the current attention on this issue will lead to tougher convictions.

If you suspect that a horse or other animal is in distress causing unnecessary pain and suffering, I recommend that you call the toll-free Animal Cruelty Reporting Hotline at 1-855-6BC-SPCA (1-855-622-7722). For seized horses, the BC SPCA relies heavily on supporters to provide foster homes or boarding facilities, since it only has capacity to care for four horses at one time, and on donations to cover expenses such as veterinary and farrier care. I referred to information available on the BC SPCA’s website when writing this article. Check out my blog at www. for information about other horse-related issues. Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is both an avid rider and a former owner of a horse whose show name continues as “Legal Affair” as well as a highly qualified lawyer with experience in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial and securities law, investigations and professional conduct. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article.

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A Little Bit of Thought By Christa Miremadi What’s the best way to go? Treeless or treed? Barefoot or shod? Bit or no bit? This seems to be an ongoing topic of debate and seems to have been going on for quite some time. This is also a topic that I have purposely avoided writing about for a long time.


t seems to be a point of extreme passion for those who have an opinion about it and inspires some pretty heated discussions. Just like so many other debates, in my opinion (and keep in mind, that’s all that this is, an opinion), both sides are correct. My gelding, Cisco, working in a How can that be? How can Myler Western D-ring snaffle while both barefoot and shoeing be teaching a clinic at Twisted Terrain. right? How could both treed (Photo by Aynsley Cairns) and treeless be correct? If one is right, shouldn’t the other one be wrong? Unfortunately, when it comes to horses, things are never that cut and dry. Since I have a limited space to discuss these topics I will choose just one to address and seeing as I have created and sell a bitless noseband I feel that would be the best topic for me to focus on. From my observations and experiences, the reasons people choose to “go bitless” vary widely, from feeling that bits are cruel and abusive, to not understanding properly how they work and even to reasons like dental issues. As far as I’m concerned, my reasons to teach young horses to work bitless are as follows: 1. Skeletal structure: Physical development of the skeleton, skull and teeth is slow, not finishing the structure’s major changes until the

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horse is six or seven years old. In fact, their mouths and teeth are changing and growing until they are 25 to 30 years old. I made the decision a long time ago to stay out of the mouths of the young horses I trained for as long as possible, providing the horses I work with the ability to work through my requests without the confusion of pain related to loose or erupting teeth or growing pains. In fact, between the ages of two and half and four and a half years old, horses will shed 24 Cisco in one of my Carlotta deciduous teeth! That’s a lot going on. Nosebands. This is what he 2. Emotional development of the wears for playing Hoof Ball. (Photo by Tina Harnett) horse: The Limbic system (where the emotions live in the horse’s brain) ends in the horse’s mouth. When they lick and chew, this is not always a sign of submission. Sometimes it’s a sign of extreme stress, anxiety or fear. Basically it shows that the horse is processing an emotion. When we put a bit into the horse’s mouth it interferes with his ability to use this method of processing emotion and our ability to read him accurately. I choose to stay out of their mouths during this emotionally charged time of learning to provide both myself and the horses I work with the opportunity to use their Limbic system freely, without my interference. 3. Curiosity and experimentation: I have always wondered how much can be taught with the lightest or least amount of interference. I grew up riding with coaches who would often suggest stronger bits for my horses and I always wondered if that was really necessary. Apparently (and I’ve heard a number of good horsemen say this since), I didn’t need a bigger bit, just a bigger bit of knowledge. As it turns out, I have been able to teach many horses how to be soft, supple and reliable for a variety of disciplines and riders of varying levels of experience, without ever having a bit in their mouths. My own horse, Lexi has never felt a bit her whole life and, yes, I would trust her to stop even if we met a bear out on the trail (not that I’d want her to). Now, that being said, I do not feel as though bitless is best or the only answer. I want to make myself perfectly clear here. I will and do

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Thought, cont’d teach horses to work in a bridle and even ride my own horse, Cisco, with a bit from time to time. It is a valuable skill for a horse to have and it takes feel, timing, skill, softness and patience to teach a horse to use one properly. I am in no way saying that bitless is better than bits. Nor am I saying the opposite. In fact, what I’d like to say is this: the right tool to use with your horse is whatever tool the two of you communicate with best and in the most compassionate way. Many people choose to use a halter, side-pull or hackamore because they feel it is kinder to the horse, but without the proper training in how to respond to such a tool, many horses wind up being pulled on, rubbed raw across the nose or stressed out and confused when they would have been perfectly happy in the snaffle bit that they understood. The question to ask is, “With which tool can I remain soft and provide the clearest communication in the most compassionate way?” Whether the debate is bits versus bitless, treed versus treeless or barefoot versus shoes, the “correct” choice will not be the same for every horse any more than any one feed program being right for every horse. There are too many other contributing factors that come into play in making the right choice for you and your horse and too many possible “correct” choices for me to be bold enough to say that any are “wrong.” After all, it’s not the tool itself that hurts the horse but rather the hands of the one controlling the tool. In the wrong hands, any tool can create confusion, anxiety and stress and in

the right hands any tool can provide comfort, direction and guidance. In most cases, if we just use a little bit of thought, do a little research and get a little bit of education, we can make the right choice for our horses. Each person is different. Each horse is different. Each person’s and each horse’s level of understanding, knowledge and feel is different, and each combination will require a different, unique-to-them solution. A little bit of thought can go a long way.

Carol‘s gelding, Jupiter, wearing a Carlotta Noseband (the bitless noseband that I created and sell). (Photo by Aynsley Cairns)

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PAALH Show By Crystal Hemsworth


he Pacific Association of the Andalusian and Lusitano Horse (PAALH) celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the Canadian National Andalusian Show and Fiesta of the Royal Horse this past July 26-28 at Heritage Park in Chilliwack. Exhibitors came from all over Western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest to compete and share their love of these talented horses. The Fiesta of the Royal Horse was held on Saturday, July 27, and once again played to a full house. Spectators enjoyed returning acts including Paul Dufresne and his stallion Mystique’s Padrino, a musical freestyle Pas de Deux featuring PRE Andalusian Stallion, Bandolero CLXXVI, owned and ridden by Toni Mueller and PRE Andalusian mare, Selene AC, owned and ridden by Linda deWilde Petersen. Newcomers to the Fiesta included Diana Dusevic and her stunning bay Lusitano stallion Ali-Baba, who literally sparkled under the arena lights and undoubtedly gained a few new fans with their performance. An exciting change to the program for 2013 saw the purebred and partbred Supreme Halter Champion titles awarded during the Fiesta. The change gave the audience a chance to see the best halter horses show one last time. Purebred Supreme Halter Champion was awarded to VA Alejo, Partbred Supreme Halter Champion

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was awarded to VA Sofia; both horses are owned and shown by Dr. Anne Starr of Valhalla Andalusians. For full show results, please visit Each year, PAALH awards the Elizabeth Sperline Memorial Award of Excellence to a club member who has gone Silent Auction table above and beyond to help promote and support PAALH; this year the award was shared by two very deserving ladies, Dr. Anne Starr of Crescent Valley and Anne Volansky of Edgewood. Each of the Annes have donated horses to the live Fiesta auction and work hard in the off season to help make each show a success. The PAALH Canadian National Show Youth Scholarship Program Award is given each year to a Youth member based on current scholastic achievement Sara Ebl, PAALH Youth Canadian National Show and the merit of a short essay; this Scholarship recipient year’s recipient was Sara Ebl of Condor, AB. Fundraising for the club was front and centre with many opportunities for folks to place their bids on a variety of items from weekend getaways to tack room necessities and many things in-between. Certainly the most exciting bidding was over the 2013 PAALH Auction Horse, Arrow Harley, donated by Arrow Valley Farms. The winning bidder was Lynn Bissett of Saltspring Island. We look forward to seeing Lynn and Harley together! PAALH Executive Director, Colleen Pedrotti, says, “The success of our association and National Show is really the result of so many remarkable people who donate their time or money – and sometimes both. We have an amazing core group of volunteers without whom the show wouldn’t exist; we have many generous long-time sponsors that step up to support us year after year; we have dedicated and talented participants for our show; and we have the continued support of the people of the Fraser Valley that come out and fill the stands to watch Official Feed Sponsors of us every July. We recognize how fortunate we are the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team and are so grateful to them all.”

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Hailey Freathy and Yu Kon Fly with their Trophy for having the most ompetitors travelled from far and wide this summer combined points by a horse and rider combination in the two Topline to attend the Topline Horse Trial in Salmon Arm BC. Horse Trials this summer. Showing her support is sister Hannah Freathy Attendance was very strong at all levels of competition who won the trophy in 2009. and riders have boasted about their exhilaration on the crosscountry course. Course changes provide riders with an experience over various terrains, with galloping in both forests and open pasture settings; amongst a variety of newly designed jumps. Attendance has grown at Topline as riders appreciate the quality courses, organization, and a generally relaxed show environment. Olympian Sandra Donnelly held a fantastic Eventing Clinic at Topline in advance of the Summer Horse Trials held August 3-5th. Riders were extremely complimentary of Sandra and applied their training to create a very exciting competition.

The results were as follows: The annual High Point Trophy for the same horse and rider combination for the two events was won by Hailey Freathy. Training Division: 1) Sara Sellmer on Indigo, 2) Katie Woodburn on TF Kreisler, 3) Maciej Rotecki on Irsish Road. Pre-Training: 1) Sandra Marbry on Piccadilly Circus, 2) Ali Holmes-Smith on Tupelo Honey, 3) Devon Van Ginkel on Touch of Class. Entry: 1) Hailey Freathy on Yu Kon Fly, 2) Madison Creaser on Mercedes Benz, 3) Leigh Taggart on Mr. Big. Pre-Entry: 1) Katie Leitch on Grade A Prime, 2) Sara Sellmer on Magic Copper, 3) Sarah deHoog on Magical Moyra. Starter Division: 1) Julie Nurse on Banditt, 2) Maren Kernan on Rio, 3) Catrina Daniels on The Gift.

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True Equine Leadership By Barbra Ann King IN THE SADDLE: USING YOUR HEAD

In this article, I will explain the importance of using your eyes/head as well as arms/ hands when riding. This will establish strong leadership skills in the saddle without dominance.

riding is your head. Stay relaxed and the rest of your body will follow that movement, giving your horse clear direction without you dominating, pushing or pulling him, just asking.



Stand on the ground, feet hip-width apart, slightly flexed knees, hands in front of you, holding a pair of imaginary reins. Turn your head and look to the left with intent. What do you feel? Did any part of your body move, even slightly? If your body is relaxed, as it should be when riding, you will feel your shoulders and hips turn slightly to the left. This small movement is enough to indicate Horse and rider looking straight to any horse, no matter what the ahead. training, that your intention is to go left. Our eyes are powerful. When we look where we want to go, our bodies orient themselves in the same direction. Adding focus to the blend makes the message to the horse even clearer. Don’t just look to the left; focus on the fence post, red barn or trail head. Adding a clear vision in your mind to your body signals sets you up for success. The very first part of your body that should move when

Your arms and hands will Rider looks to the left, act as natural boundaries. Your horse follows. arms should drop from your shoulders in a relaxed manner with your elbows resting slightly in front of your ribcage. Your hands should be in a comfortable position in front of you. You can imagine yourself sitting comfortably in a chair Two hands holding reins, correctly. with your hands on your lap. Notice the repetitive use of the word “comfortable.” When riding, nothing should hurt or tense up. When holding your reins, keep your hands close together (English riding) as if you are holding a small book. Do not drop your hands hip-width apart and down. This only puts pressure on the horse’s head (dominance) instead of indicating what 10’ Medium Duty (6-bar) $78 your intentions are. In Western 8’ Medium Duty $64 riding, holding 9’6” Light Duty $54 both reins Hands too far apart. Ranch Gates starting at $59 in one hand will give the 10’ Ride Thru Gate $195 right distance between reins. By holding your Cattle Squeeze $2,495 reins this way (English and Western) you Round Bale Feeders $450 are showing your horse your boundaries on the left and right side of his neck. Imagine that your boundary is like an electrical field NEw DEALER for around you and that it is flexible. When you straddle a horse, your bubble takes the shape 250-545-2000 • 7885 Highway 97, Vernon, BC of your legs from your ankles all the way up to your seat. The reins are like an extension of


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Leadership, cont’d your hands that connect to the noseband (bitless bridles). The feelings and sensations that run down the reins are felt by the horse. If your horse decides to turn left when you are turning your head and body to the right (your hands One hand holding reins. follow your shoulders, creating a “space” with the reins for your horse to go right), then he is challenging your space on the left side, pushing against it, asking you if you are still a True Equine Leader. At this point, it would be really tempting to pull on the reins and “dominate” the situation. If you are not in a risky or dangerous situation, stay calm and focus on where you want to go, keeping your head and body turned to the right. Take a deep breath, look at where you want to go, not at your horse, and “kiss” to him. I’m betting your horse will chose to go with you. The same is true for stopping your horse. Your “bubble” ends at

the noseband. When you ask for a stop using your seat (more on that in the next article) and your horse runs through your hands, he is challenging your personal space. If your horse challenges your leadership too many times, you may want to go back to some ground exercises and show him just how good a leader you are. Pulling on reins will always create a reflex of opposition: your horse will pull back. Now you are engaged in a game of tugof-war with a 1000-pound opponent. You won’t win unless you create a lot of pain for your equine friend. You will never have a trusting relationship if pain is involved. It takes a little patience and confidence to transfer your True Equine Leadership skills to the saddle, but it is well worth the effort. It is time to stop being dominant with our animals, as well as amongst ourselves. Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and a published author living in Alberta. She specializes in horse behaviour and rehabilitation, and travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners. She offers video consultations for troubleshooting at a distance through her website, Visit the “Relationship Riding Academy” on Facebook.


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NOTRA’s Ride-A-Thon Another Success By Dani Goldenthal


n Sunday, June 23rd the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association (NOTRA) hosted its 22nd annual Ride-A-Thon at Coldstream Ranch. 69 horses and riders from as far away as Sicamous and Kelowna came out to ride through Coldstream Ranch and Kal Lake Park and raised a very impressive amount, which combined with corporate sponsors was $13,539.75! This year our Grand Prize was generously donated to us by Jandana Ranch at Pinantan Lake; a two night stay for up to four people. For every $20 in pledges raised, Ride-A-Thon participants had their name entered into the draw for this prize. The lucky lady who won was Laura Sperling of Vernon. Heidi DeWitt of Sicamous raised $855.00 and took top spot for the adult who raised the most pledges. Heidi won two nights for two at Okanagan Lake Resort, $100 to Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen, sunglasses from Armstrong Optometry, and a quilted saddle pad! NOTRA’s own Greta Oakes raised $600.00 to claim the runner up. Greta won two tickets to the Caravan Farm Theatre summer show, $100 to the Eclectic Med Restaurant & a Big D nylon sheet from The Paddock Tack & Togs. In the Age 14-18 Category, Emily Stubbe of Vernon raised the most pledges and won a photo session and an 8 x 10 print by Andrea Blair of Paper Horse Photography, and a tote bag from Greenhawk Kelowna. Scott Griffiths of Vernon raised the second highest pledges and won a $100 gift certificate to Village Green Mall. In the Age 13 & Under Category, Joni Goldenthal of Salmon Arm raised $355 for the most pledges and won a Painted Pony from Enderby Jewellers, and a $40 gift certificate to Diamond H Tack in Kelowna. Georgia Currie of Lumby raised the second highest in pledges and won a pet gift basket from AJ’s Pets in Armstrong. 20 • Saddle Up • September 2013

The top poker hand was brought in by Jean Thom of Armstrong who won the saddle rack from CM Manufacturing and Amy Vanderveen of Coldstream had the second highest poker hand and won a $50 gift certificate to Swan Lake Nursery. This is the fourth year we offered a Team Challenge where the group of 5 or more riders that raised the most pledges won an afternoon clinic. This year’s generous clinician was Cyndi Bird of Opengaits Equine and Canine Services. Cyndi will be providing either a saddle fitting or equine massage clinic to the Brookside Babes who raised $1,460.00 as a team. A very special thank you is extended to Vernon Search & Rescue for the invaluable service they provide for us each year and to Rob Dinwoodie for so generously giving us his time to provide entertainment for our ride participants. Thank you too to NOTRA’s own Dan Thoreson for performing with Rob. Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers and riders who made this Ride-A-Thon such a success!

NOTRA Fall Sesson 2012 NOTRA’s fall session will run for 7 weeks, September 16 to November 1, 2013. We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to contribute 2 ½ hours per week as a horse leader or a sidewalker. Our fall session VOLUNTEER TRAINING WEEK is scheduled for September 9-13 at the NOTRA Facility at Historic O’Keefe Ranch north of Vernon. Volunteers attend the training at the 2 ½ time slot they choose to volunteer for the session. If you are interested in becoming a NOTRA volunteer, take a look at our “How Can I Volunteer?” page on our website You will be able to take a look at our schedule, download our volunteer manual as well as the forms that need to be completed.

Looking To Free Lease An Older, Strong Gelding A few of our NOTRA horses that we have leased for several years have been retired and we are looking to free lease an older, quiet gelding who is short-backed, big boned and strong. We lease the horses approximately 9 weeks in the spring and 8 weeks in the fall in exchange for a charitable tax receipt. If you have an older gelding who is semi-retired and could use a job in the spring and fall where he will be thoroughly fussed over, please give us a call at 250-549-0105.

Do You Have Old Ribbons Or Trophies You Don’t Know What To Do With? We take donations of rosettes and trophies, refurbish them and award them to our riders on their gymkhana day that they have at the end of each session. We will be happy to take any and all donations, even if they aren’t “horsey” trophies. Please contact us at the number above.

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Competitive Trail at The Hills by Pat Hayward


n a very hot August 10th weekend at The Hills Health & Guest Ranch, horseback riders gathered for the 2013 Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride. This particular equine long-distance riding competition has become known as a ‘destination event’, and annually attracts competitors from various areas of the Interior, and the Lower Mainland, as well as from Vancouver Island. The beauty of the Cariboo trails, the availability of equine camping facilities at a guest ranch, and a very well-organized competition, make it a wonderful experience for the riders and their families. Judging the condition of the horses during the event was Dr. Ross Hawkes (Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital). Ross is a ‘local boy’, having graduated from Peter Skene Ogden Sec. School. Naturally, an event like this would not be possible without the support from a dedicated crew of volunteers, and a few businesses. A big “Thank You” to all of those people! Every year, as a way of ‘giving back’ to the community, ride management chooses a local non-profit organization to raise funds for, and holds a silent auction. This year’s event charity was the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society, and the auction raised $840.00 for them.

Competition- top results: Level One-17 miles 1st Lightweight - Elisa Marocchi riding Wildwood Roulette (100 Mile House) 2nd Lightweight - Christine Heffernan riding Saturn (Van. Island) Level One-17 miles 1st Heavyweight - Gerda Knuff riding Moonshiner’s Skipper (Williams Lake) 2nd Heavyweight - Jaime Lynn Purdy riding Tex (Williams Lake) Level Two-27.3 miles Sadly none of the riders placed, due to going off the route. Level Three - 43.7 miles 1st Lightweight - Joni DeWitt riding Daisy of Cambie (Salmon Arm) 1st Heavyweight - Diane Prinsen riding Zimfandel Macho Dude (Salmon Arm) Vet’s Choice Award (based on the horse’s overall condition throughout the competition, behavior and presentation) - Daisy of Cambie owned and ridden by Joni DeWitt.

Phyllis Kratschmer on Flaire, Christine Heffernan on Saturn, and Rhonda Hittinger on Twister from Vancouver Island

Amber Zuk on Crown and Vera Walker on Angel from Clearwater - 1st time riders.

Terry Bouchard on Gem and daughter Jaime Lynn Purdy on Pex, from Williams Lake - 1st time riders

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2nd Annual AEF Wild Rose Ride is Coming Up!


he Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and Higher Trails are proud to host the second annual fundraising trail ride on Sunday, September 22, 2013. Named the Wild Rose Ride, the event is organized to create a great community gathering where AEF members and horses can get together for a trail ride. The trail head is located at the world-famous Rafter Six Ranch Resort with access to trails in the area and the incredible vistas of the Rocky Mountains and the Kananaskis River close by. The other and very important reason for the trail ride is to establish a continuing fund to support therapeutic riding associations. Across the province, the associations’ great work in helping adults and children enjoy the beneficial relationship with horses in a safe and positive environment makes them ‘unsung’ heroes in Alberta. Without a doubt, the therapeutic riding associations have provided many positive learning and growth opportunities and also provide an important recreational and mental break. These associations have strict guidelines in working with vulnerable people. The well trained horses with quiet dispositions and dedicated and experienced volunteers ensure a positive and enhancing experience. A number of these associations are part of the AEF membership. Each year, three member associations are randomly selected to receive

a financial contribution from this ride. The following associations will be receiving a financial contribution from the 2013 ride: • Peace Area Riding for the Disabled (PARDS) • Millarville Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA) • Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association (LTRA) The event, starting at 11:00 am, includes an illustrious country brunch before the two hour casual ride begins with the opportunity to ride with an intermediate or beginner group. The trail wranglers are from Rafter Six and will ensure a marvelous adventure in the Kananaskis area and will be guiding riders along the way. The ride will be open to AEF members who may bring their own horses or rent a horse from Rafter Six, the day will be fun and memorable for the whole family and will wrap up with refreshments and presentations to the therapeutic groups. Of course, equestrians may join the AEF at any time and register for the event. Cost for brunch, trail ride per person and their own horse is $75. A perfect day for memories, fun and to help support the therapeutic riding community. For more information, please contact Allison Blackmore at: or 403-253-4411 ext. 5,

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2013 CIEC Change of Venue


he Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is thrilled to announce that all three disciplines (Dressage, Jumping & Reining) taking part in the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships, Sept 11–15, 2013, will now be held at one facility! “We have recently been informed that an additional new arena at RMSJ will be available in time for this event. Furthermore, after testing the footing for the discipline of reining, we have accepted a recommendation from a highly respected professional Reiner, that Rocky Mountain Show Jumping has impressive ground for the Reining component, in addition to the Jumping and Dressage, of this competition,” says Sonia Dantu, Executive Director of the Alberta Equestrian Federation. This change allows all the competitors and spectators to be a part of the action at the same venue. All disciplines will be competing outside with the beautiful picturesque Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, which can be seen for miles from the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping facilities. The CIEC is a sanctioned Equine Canada competition and a collaborative event between the national and provincial/territorial sport organizations. It brings riders from across Canada to compete together and it aims to develop the next generation of equestrian national and international champions. For more information, please contact Sophie Beaufils competitions@, 403-253-4411 ext. 2,

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How Do I Choose a Horse for Driving? By Judy Newbert What are you looking for in a driving horse if you are a beginner driver? You are looking for temperament, experience, and soundness, in that order.


EMPERAMENT is by far the most important criteria. Temperament is both genetic-based and a result of how the horse has been treated in his life. The horse you choose should be an inherently calm horse. The sort of horse that, when a loud, sudden noise occurs, is inclined to look to see what it is - NOT freak, shy, or run away. The horse should have the same sort of response if a piece of harness, like a trace, comes loose and hits his leg. He may be concerned, but his immediate response should not be to freak and run. A horse that shows ANY inclination to kick at something behind them will not make a driving horse. EXPERIENCE takes time to acquire and that dictates that you should be looking for an older (>10 years old), “been there, done that” sort of horse that has a calm attitude, that is traffic safe, and that loads and travels quietly in a trailer. SOUNDNESS is the third criteria since you want a horse you can use, not one that spends all his time being lame. Since you are buying an older horse, you should have a lot of information about his soundness history and what he can manage. The fact that he has gotten to this age and is still doing his job is a good sign. Many horses at 16 or even 20 years old have many good years left in them, if they are sound and healthy. These horses are usually experienced and safe and have remained sound through years of work. Veterinary science and research has made many advances in the care and maintenance of our senior horses. Recreational driving down the road (if traffic allows) or across the pastures on your own farm is easy exercise for an older horse. Many horses with laminitis or navicular will be unsound when ridden but are sound when driven, since the weight on their back has been almost completely removed. As a beginner driver, the ONLY WAY to get these attributes is to buy an experienced driving horse. If you can drive the horse

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and feel confident in his abilities, you will progress much faster in your driving, have more fun and stay much safer. Here, we are talking about a driving horse who is at least 10 years old, is still serviceably sound (more about that later), has been shown or has gone out to events or on drives, is traffic safe, and is a generally “been there, done that” kind of horse. This is the kind of horse who is tolerant when the driver makes small mistakes, stops instantly and stands still when you say whoa (even if you have dropped a rein) and who will stand for long periods of time while you figure out how to adjust your new harness or how to adjust your old harness to a new cart. You can ask your coach, your experienced driving friends or you can shop the open horse market. Your coach may know of suitable driving horses for sale. You may be able to buy a “schoolmaster,” which your coach has been using for lessons. If you have been using this horse for your lessons, you already know a great deal about the horse and his capabilities. Perhaps an experienced driving friend may be ready to move on to a new horse and may sell you her experienced driving horse. Again, you will already know a fair amount about the horse’s capability. If neither of these sources works, you can consult the Internet or the classified ads for prospects, but you must narrow your search to the criteria above. No young horses, no green horses, no unbroken horses, and no unsound horses. STEPS TO BUYING A DRIVING HORSE 1. Make sure the horse has a suitable temperament by watching his reaction to what goes on around him. Around any barn, there will be situations occurring while the horse is being handled, hitched or driven which will give you the information you need to assess his temperament. No freaking, shying or running away. The horse may look at a new object with concern, but he must not shy violently sideways, run away, or kick. 2. Make sure the horse has the life experience you need. DO NOT buy a youngster (anything under eight years old). Horses that are commonly broken to drive at three years old will have had enough experience by eight to 10 years to provide help and safety to a beginner. At a minimum, the horse must drive well, be traffic safe and easy to load and haul. DO NOT buy a horse that has just recently become a single when it had been in a pair for a long time. These horses often have trouble adjusting to being a single, even though they may have been driven for a long time. 3. If possible, do not look at horses without some help; take your driving coach, an experienced driver or a knowledgeable horse person. Your driving coach may charge for this service so HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Horse for Driving, cont’d make sure you have seen the horse, think it is sound, have seen it driven and asked questions before having these people come with you for a test drive. Most coaches will charge a reasonable (that is small) fee for this service, because you are making their life easier by buying a suitable horse. Ask your coach if they are receiving a commission on the sale if they suggest a horse to you. A commission is okay but you should know that it exists. It may make the coach more inclined to recommend the horse. 4. Do ask the seller questions. Make sure you know the horse’s age (ask the owner, check the papers if any, always check his teeth or ask the vet). All the ages should more or less match; if not, be suspicious. Ask about deworming, immunizations and a Coggins test. Ask the owner what they have done with the horse and how long ago. Ask how long the horse has been driving. Ask why the horse is for sale. Ask about the horse’s shoeing or lack thereof, and how he does on various surfaces. If the horse has manageable founder or laminitis, he may require special trimming or shoeing. Ask the owner how the horse does when he is not driven for a while and then hitched. Does he have to be worked every day to stay sane? Ask if the horse has been shown or has gone on group drives and how he did. The placing is not so important as how the horse handled the experience. If the horse was shown once and never again, be suspicious. Ask if the horse has ever been in a wreck or run away and what the result was. Ask about any lumps, bumps or scars on the horse. Ask if the horse exhibits stereotypies like cribbing, stall walking, wood chewing, etc. A seller is supposed to disclose this information to you but the onus is on you to ask. 5. If you have received satisfactory answers and are still interested in the horse, ask to see it hitched and driven. Watch how the horse stands and behaves while being hitched. Are the people proceeding leisurely or are they in a big hurry to get hitched and driving quickly? How many people are involved in hitching the horse? If the horse is hitched or worse, already driving when you arrive, be suspicious. DO NOT EVER drive the horse first yourself; let the owner drive first. The test drives should preferably be in an enclosed ring or small field. If the owner’s drive is satisfactory, have your coach or experienced person drive the horse. If the owner or your helper doesn’t want to drive the horse, thank the owner and leave. If your experienced helper is happy with her test drive and all goes well, you can then drive the horse. Ask the horse to do all the things you think he should know or your experienced helper suggests. Watch the owner take the horse out on the road or out in an open field before you or your helper try it. If possible, unhitch the horse yourself. Watch his reaction to everything. See him loaded in a trailer. 6. If you are happy with the test drives and therefore are serious about buying this horse, have a veterinary exam done. This is your opportunity to ask your vet questions and listen to HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

what the vet has to say about whether this horse is sound, unsound, or can be managed reasonably. Explain to the vet (especially if they are not familiar with driving) the distances, speeds and terrain you will be expecting Betty Nasmith driving and Karyn the horse to handle. Make Greenless sure a drug scan is run and a new Coggins test is done. You are buying a horse you want to use, not a horse that you watch stand around and pay vet bills on. Make sure the horse is sound or can be managed to be serviceably sound for the work you intend to give it. Horses which have been shown in the Pleasure Driving ring or in Combined Driving, if originally properly schooled, will appreciate the lower-stress activities of being a Recreational Driving horse. Even competing at low levels will still be within their capability if properly conditioned and managed. Make sure you do your research and check that the horse was not eliminated in a series of CDEs due to lameness. 7. If you have doubts about the horse’s feet or shoeing, if the

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Horse for Driving, cont’d vet raises a concern about the horse’s feet or if the owner gives evasive answers about the horse’s feet or shoeing, a consultation with your farrier may be indicated. 8. Ask for a trial period. A reputable seller will allow you to take the horse home or to a stable agreeable to both buyer and seller and have a trial period, from a week to a month for you to try out the horse, expose him to a series of situations, see how you and the horse get along together and make sure there are no soundness or management issues which are going to be a problem. This will require some negotiation and the seller may have some requirements like insurance or the horse living at a boarding stable that they approve. It is up to you to take care of the horse during the trial period and if you return it, it must be in the original condition. Your rights of return for cause must be agreed upon and specified. All this must be written down in the Purchase Contract, which is essential. Include a complete description of the horse, immunizations, Coggins test, deworming, unsoundness and injuries, and any other information the owner has told you, in the purchase agreement as well as the details of the trial period. List the findings that will allow you to return the horse as unsuitable. 9. DO NOT buy on impulse. You are buying an animal that you expect to keep for many years and that you are entrusting


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your safety and the safety of your passengers to. This is not a decision to make on impulse. DO NOT buy based Krista Kigma 2nd drive with pole on a specific breed or colour as the only criteria. Those are the last things you should be considering. The driving horse’s temperament and soundness are paramount. Certain breeds have a reputation for having a large number of driving horses in them (Morgans or Standardbreds are two examples) but, like everything else, horses are individuals. There is no guarantee that because it is a Morgan it will be a good driving horse! Many Morgans are trained for the Morgan show ring and can be quite unmanageable in the hands of a beginner or unsuitable for a recreational driver. Buy an individual horse with the temperament and soundness to be a good driving horse for you. That is all that really matters. If you want to show and drive in the breed ring, of course, you need a horse of a certain breed but that narrows your choice of suitable animals down substantially. 10. DO NOT buy too much horse. You may want to eventually compete at Advanced level in Combined Driving but, for now, you are a beginner and you have many miles to drive and many hours of practice to undergo before you reach that level. Buy a horse for the driver you are today, NOT the driver you will be five years in the future, or maybe never. 11. DO NOT buy a horse that you cannot get along with. If you are a very relaxed, easy-going kind of person, a forward free-moving horse will likely not suit you because things may be happening faster than you can handle. If you are an uptight, nervous sort of person (you know who you are!), it is even more important that you have an easy-going, calm horse that you can learn to trust. If the horse exhibits behaviour that you cannot manage or that your boarding stable will not allow, do not buy that horse. Take your time; ask all the questions and you should be able to find the best driving horse for you at a reasonable price. They are out there, but you must do the work to find them. Just remember, you are going to spend a lot of time driving this horse and you want it to be safe and enjoyable. At Newbert Equine, we are “Everything for Driving.” The company is owned and run by Judy Newbert who has been driving for over 25 years and is a certified EC Driving Coach. She has competed in Pleasure and breed driving as well as CDE. NEE is a dealer for both leather and synthetic harness and Pacific Carriages (the best North American-made horse vehicles). We can fit everything from Mini to Draft. We also can advise on restorations, turnout, fitness and most other topics for driving horses. Judy also travels to give clinics and lessons.

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Hind Gut Acidosis and the Lameness Link By Doug Campbell Poor hind gut function is an overlooked source of some unsoundness and hoof quality issues in equines.


aintaining adequate levels of gut microbes and enzymes in the horse’s foregut (stomach, small intestine) and the hind gut (cecum, large and small colons) goes well beyond just supporting good digestion. A horse’s hind gut health, and its ability to effectively ferment fibre, can also play a significant role in keeping the horse sound. Effective hind gut function is important for hydration, synthesis of vitamins and amino acids, and the production of volatile fatty acids (VFAs), which provide 80% of a horse’s metabolic energy horses don’t run on carbohydrates like humans do! However, we tend to forget that maintaining high quality fibre fermentation in the hind gut is also important for what it does not produce, such as endotoxins and gas. Optimum hind gut function is dependent upon maintaining a narrow pH window of 6.5 - 6.7. When events happen that cause the pH to fall below 6.5, the hind gut becomes acidic and a condition called hind gut acidosis occurs. The acidic condition causes the beneficial bacteria that ferment fibre and produce the VFAs to die off. This leaves the ideal environment in the hind gut for the rapid growth of harmful microorganisms and endotoxins. By-products of these harmful microorganisms can have serious implications - gas colic and laminitis are common ones. There are many factors that can alter the pH level of the hind gut, causing it to become acidic. Starch overflow into the cecum due to large grain meals continues to be a primary cause; however, lack of adequate forage, withholding feed for prolonged periods, antibiotic or anti-inflammatory drugs, worming, trailering, mycotoxin and aflatoxin molds ingested from hay/grains/processed feeds, increases in body temperatures from physical exertion or fever, mental stress (releases hormones that cause the pH to drop), stall confinement, severe/inconsistent/inadequate exercise, can all be contributing factors. The chronically acidic hind gut becomes a prime environment for pathogenic (harmful) microorganisms to propagate in. The result is an ongoing “leak” of endotoxins into the blood stream, resulting in a continual compromise of soundness and hoof quality. Some indicators that point to hind gut acidosis are: flatulence, loose or smelly stools, diarrhea, colic or colic symptoms, picky eater/off feed, appearing “herring-gutted” and a loss of top line muscle. Horses may present with continuous or intermittent non-structural lameness, have very soft or thin soles, frequent sole abscesses, a tendency to founder easily and exhibit poor hoof integrity (cracks), despite proper hoof care. Behavioural observations associated with stomach (gastric) ulcers can also point to hind gut ulcers - a result of hind gut acidosis. A horse may be sensitive on its sides, belly and flanks, be irritable/fidgety under saddle, act cinchy (girth squeezes the dorsal colon and is painful), stride unevenly or move short behind (especially on the right hind), have difficulty with bending/collection/lead changes, stand camped out behind (or under), even appear run down behind, all in an effort to HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

protect the sore hind gut area. Frequently, unsoundness issues are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, in an effort to alleviate the symptoms. Unfortunately, many of these drugs further compromise gut microbes resulting in an even more acidic hind gut. Removing, reducing or managing the contributing factors is a start in addressing the hind gut issue. Most importantly, ensure that the horse has continual access to high quality fibre, water 24/7 and minimal carbohydrates. Optimize the feeding program with high quality roughage and adequate protein, vitamin and mineral levels. Minimize periods that horses go without roughage (a horse’s stomach is effectively empty in 20 minutes); take hay to the warm up ring, provide hay in the trailer, let them eat while grooming and tacking up. Protect their stomachs from acid splash when riding or hauling by using a temporary stomach acid buffer. Supplemented probiotics for horses that cannot ingest sufficient amounts of probiotics and prebiotics from natural sources might be considered. This is a way to continually provide high levels of live beneficial gut bacteria, enzymes, yeasts and MOS prebiotics, all of which contribute to a healthy hind gut and decrease the toxic effects of hind gut acidosis. Having an awareness of hind gut acidosis, and the implications it can have on movement and hoof quality, gives equine caregivers another perspective to consider when dealing with unsoundness and hoof issues. Doug Campbell from Equine Choice will be presenting at the 2013 Mane Event Expo in Chilliwack, October 25-27, about hind gut acidosis and the lameness link, and how probiotics and prebiotics can play a crucial role for returning normal hind gut function. Doug has worked extensively in the areas of ration, vitamin and mineral formulation for 35 years in Canada and the US. For the past ten years, he has worked developing and testing Equine Choice Probiotics and Prebiotics and Acid FX in the Ontario equine industry with input from veterinarians, farriers and top trainers.

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here did summer go?! We’re still trying to get our hay in (things are late this year), but we have had a good summer - all the horse events we’ve been to have been great. Now it’s time for Bull Riding! The week after that will be Cariboo Country Night and, next month, we’ll be heading for Chilliwack and the 10th Anniversary of the Mane Event! Meanwhile, the 13th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise is already getting lots of bookings. No surprise, as it’s a favourite - the Panama Canal in late January and the first half of February! On August 10 the Watch Lake/ Green Lake Gymkhana took place on a very hot day. I think competitors were a little leery about taking part in the heat and therefore the entry numbers were down. For those that did take part, the Gymkhana, as always, was terrific! This was the second and final Gymkhana of the year and competitors came from Burnaby, 70 Mile House, Lone Butte, Clinton, Bridge Lake, Watch Lake, Forest Grove, Kamloops, Prince George, 100 Mile House and Williams Lake. Spectator numbers were pretty good, and I’m sure the heat helped the beer garden generate some good proceeds. Here are the top two placings in each event:

Twenty of the top bull riding cowboys in BC will be in 100 Mile House on September 7-8.

Carolyn Cook (Lone Butte) puts on the brakes with a beautiful slide as she spins her horse to exit in the keyhole race.

Bull fighters will need to be in top form for the BC Bull Riding Finals. Barrel Race: 1st Carolyn Cook, 2nd Kaylee Billyboy Key Hole: 1st Kaylee Billyboy, 2nd Tiana Johnny JUNIOR Pole Bending: 1st Rayelle Robinson, 2nd Cecilia Warren Stake Race: 1st Rayelle Robinson, 2nd Alanna Chamberlain Barrel Race: 1st Rayelle Robinson, 2nd Cecilia Warren Key Hole: 1st Cecilia Warren, 2nd Rayelle Robinson PEE WEE Pole Bending: 1st John Noskey, 2nd Kennedy Kolisnyk Stake Race: 1st John Noskey, 2nd Kennedy Kolisnyk Barrel Race: 1st John Noskey, 2nd Dane Robinson Key Hole: 1st John Noskey, 2nd Dane Robinson NOVELTY RACES Baton Race 1st Tiana Johnny, Kaylee Billyboy, Terris Billyboy 2nd Melynda Neufeld, Dennis Gunn, Punky Mulvahill Boot Race 1st Dionne Wesloski 2nd Alanna Chamberlain DAY AGGREGATES Senior: Terris Billyboy; Runner-up Punky Mulvahill Intermediate: Kaylee Billyboy; Runner-up Tiana Johnny Junior: Rayelle Robinson; Runner-up Cecilia Warren Pee Wee: John Noskey; Runner-up Dane Robinson JULY AND AUGUST OVERALL AGGREGATES Senior: Terris Billyboy; Runner-up Punky Mulvahill Intermediate: Kaylee Billyboy; Runner-up Carolyn Cook Junior: Rayelle Robinson; Runner-up Cecilia Warren Pee Wee: John Noskey; Runner-up Dane Robinson

Kaylee Billyboy (Williams Lake) spins her horse on its hind legs and jumps it out of the circle for the fast time and the blue ribbon in the keyhole race.

Watch Lake/Green Lake August Gymkhana Results

SENIOR Pole Bending: 1st Terris Billyboy, 2nd Punky Mulvahill Stake Race: 1st Terris Billyboy, 2nd Punky Mulvahill Barrel Race: 1st Terris Billyboy, 2nd Punky Mulvahill Key Hole: 1st Dennis Gunn, 2nd Terris Billyboy INTERMEDIATE Pole Bending: 1st Kaylee Billyboy, 2nd Tiana Johnny Stake Race: 1st Kaylee Billyboy, 2nd Carolyn Cook

Tiana Johnny and Kaylee Billyboy pass the baton on the run in the baton race. Terris Billyboy was their third partner. All three girls are from Williams Lake.

On July 20-21 the annual Cariboo Trails Combined Driving Event took place at Huber Farm in 70 Mile House.

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d The weekend consisted of 36 entries (50 animals). There were teams and single horses and ponies, with carts and carriages competing throughout the weekend. Saturday was the dressage and cone course, and Sunday was the marathon. It was a great weekend. See the full story on page 32. On August 9-10 the Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride took place at the Hills Health Ranch at 108. Numbers were down a bit this year, but the 19 riders that did take part had an awesome ride, enjoying both the weather and the beautiful scenery in the Cariboo. See the article with results on page 21. On September 7-8 there will be exciting stuff for 100 Mile House as the BC Professional Bull Riders Finals takes place. At a normal rodeo you get to watch half a dozen cowboys in the bull riding and it’s the highlight of the day for the spectators. They save it to last, the music gets to blaring, and the crowd is hyped... now just imagine an entire weekend of bull riding! Eighty bulls in total will try to buck off the top 20 bull riders in BC. The cowboys get four bulls each. Things start at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday, with admission only $15 per day for adults, $10 for students (18 and under), and only $5 per day for seniors and kids under six. On September 14 there’s a full slate of entertainment scheduled at Watch Lake, for the Annual Cariboo Country Night. In fact, there will be more entertainment than ever before! The Hanson Family from Veneta, Oregon, will showcase Lisa, Theresa and Daniel with three-part harmonies,

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awesome instrumentals, and fun-filled entertainment. The Hansons won the musician spot in the Rising Star Showcase at the 2013 Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Rae-Lee Fraser, from Barriere, was the top Cowboy Poet in the same competition and will have the audience in stitches as she tells her rhyming stories, mostly about her and her horse. Leslie Ross appeared last year for the first time and went over so well with her old-time favourites that we had to bring her back again this year! Ernie Doyle has been at every single Cariboo Country Night (this is the 14th annual) and it wouldn’t be the same without his big boomin’ voice singing everybody’s best-loved country tunes. A cowboy concert, a BBQ steak dinner and a good old-fashioned country dance all for $25 per person! For more information and/or tickets, contact Mark at msprings@ or call 250-456-2425.

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This month’s item is another one from the Meadow Springs Museum. It was my Grandfather’s. It measures about 5-¾ inches long, and a little over half an inch in diameter. It is NOT a pen or anything like a pen. It would be more along the lines of the item featured in the July issue, although it’s not a sharpener or sharpening stone. This is probably a little tougher. Good luck! E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? Last month’s item is in our own Meadow Springs Museum. It’s a piggy bank... well, ok then, an “elephant bank.” It was my Mum’s when she was young, and then mine as I grew up... wished I used it more! Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Ruby Edwards, Armstrong Mary Relkov, Grand Forks Walter Furlong, Sherwood Park, AB • 29

2013 Great Cariboo Ride By Andy Sullivan The annual Great Cariboo Ride took place July 7-12 at China Gulch on the BC Cattle Company Ranch owned by Warren and Sylena Koster. The ranch has been in their family for three generations.


his year’s ride attracted 38 guests and 20 club members from all around our province - Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Smithers, and the Okanagan. We also had a number of guests from Alberta. China Gulch got its name from Chinese immigrants searching for gold along the Fraser River following the gold rush in the Cariboo. The Chinese miners dug a water trench through this area to assist them in flushing out the elusive gold. The weather was great for most of the week with a thunderstorm one evening and a bit of hail one morning. The rest of the week was hot and dry. Our president, Peter Menu, and treasurer, Doris Embree, spent many hours on the phone and in meetings planning this year’s ride. Each day, the riders went in a different direction, riding through meadows, along creeks and into the mountains overlooking the beautiful Fraser River. The entertainment schedule was well received by our guests.

Vern Cave kept us dancing to country music for two evenings. Ron Burfoot entertained us with an impressive natural horse demonstration the following night. We also had our regular Thursday night square dance which is always a guest favourite. Dave Abbs and wife Bev have been calling square dances for our club for many years. The food prepared by our regular camp cook, Ulli Vogler, didn’t leave any of our guests going hungry. People couldn’t believe the quality of meals that she prepared, considering the prep is done in the great outdoors. Ulli was up at 4am getting ready for breakfast and preparing the bag lunches for our guests. Her menu for the week included such favourites as steak, schnitzel, roast beef and lasagne. At the end of the week, we had a “black tie and gown” dinner which was a big hit with everyone. Our club sets up a base camp and guests come in with their


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own horses and accommodations and then ride out from camp each day. Horses are high-lined in the nearby trees, which works well in the remote areas that we ride in. There were short rides and long rides going out each day. This allowed an opportunity for riders of various levels and endurance ability to enjoy the beautiful scenery we have here in the Cariboo. Our guests had an opportunity to view the Fraser River, visit Merriot’s cabin, and enjoy a picturesque ascent to a telecommunication tower overlooking the Fraser canyon.

They also saw many scenic valleys with snow-capped mountains in the background, making for many Kodak moments. The ride was a great success and enjoyed by everyone. On behalf of the club and our guests, we extend a great big thank you to the Koster family for allowing us to ride on their beautiful and historic ranch.

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Carriage Club Hosts All Sizes By Mark McMillan Horses, ponies, minis and donkeys were all part of what has become Western Canada’s biggest and best Combined Driving Event (CDE). Held on July 20-21, the 7th Annual CDE was put on by the Cariboo Country Carriage Club at the Huber Farm in 70 Mile House.


n Saturday, the competitors showed their equine partners in a dressage test followed by a cone course. In dressage, the competitors must memorize the course; they are scored on accuracy, proper driving techniques, and controllability and athletic ability of the horse. In a cone course, they must navigate through the cones in the specified order without hitting them, which would knock off one of the balls on top. There is a pre-set time for the cone course that drivers must come in under. Sunday was probably the most exciting day for spectators, as the competitors drove a marathon which consisted of a road course laid out through the hay fields and the bush, with obstacles. The “hazards” in the obstacle course were all timed and included “Huber Town,” a miniature old west town, the “Teddy Bear Picnic,” where teddy bears were fastened to the trees, “The Dice,” that the drivers had to drive between in a set pattern, “The Lollipops,” which consisted of a number of giant lollipops that had to be avoided, and “Horsin’ Around,” which was a bunch of different scary-looking horse silhouettes. The more advanced entries did an additional hazard “The Water Hole” - totally fun for the spectators and photographers as the horses had to be driven between barrels that were set in a small, shallow, pond ... without knocking off the balls that were set on top. A big thank you to the Huber Family for hosting the event and for the hours of time that they, along with the committee and the many volunteers, put in to setting up the courses and running the event - a huge undertaking that has made this event a growing concern! They saw 36 entries with a total of 50 animals coming from the Lower Mainland, the Interior and even as far away as Fort St John and Nelson! The Food Bank benefited as well, as all the gate admissions from spectators were donated - over $243 and a bag of food items. You can see by the way the event is organized, and the courses and tests laid out, that there are some experienced hands involved. The Huber family is a big part of that experience. They have started numerous driving clubs and societies over the years and with the backing of the Mission Carriage Club, they ran the Deroche CDE for 19 years before moving to the Cariboo. Their next event is a Double Field Day Driving Trial on September 28-29. Both days will have a dressage test, cone course and a 2km/4obstacle marathon. You can bet it will be another great weekend at Huber Farms in 70 Mile! Shirley and Mike Bradbury’s daughter gives a congratulating hug!

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RESULTS Training Level VSE (Very Small Equine or Mini) 1st Deb Gardner, Armstrong 2nd Heather Dolemo, Grindrod 3rd Katie Iceton, Armstrong Donkey 1st Pat Strang, Mission 2nd Helen Howell, Mission Pony 1st Alice Bourassa, Powell River 2nd Brenda Burt, Lumby 3rd Rosalie Turcotte, Mission Horse 1st Elisa Marocchi, 100 Mile House 2nd Janine Payne, Vanderhoof 3rd Rose Eklund, Quesnel Over-all Training Level 1st Deb Gardner, Armstrong 2nd Alice Bourassa, Powell River 3rd Brenda Burt, Lumby Preliminary Level VSE (Very Small Equine) 1st Helen Howell, Mission 2nd Kay Veinotte, Maple Ridge 3rd Shirley Bradbury, Langley Pony 1st Maureen Pearse, Nanaimo 2nd Trudy Leishmen, Mission Pony Pair 1st Kathy Stanley, Green Lake 2nd Betsey Nasmyth, Nelson 3rd Audrey MacDonald, Pitt Meadows Horse 1st Brian Kurtz, Ladysmith 2nd Dina Popaduik, Maple Ridge 3rd Ellen Hockley, Pritchard Over-all Preliminary Level 1st Brian Kurtz, Ladysmith 2nd Dina Popaduik, Maple Ridge 3rd Kathy Stanley, Green Lake

Brian Kurtz flies out of The Water Hole to get the fast time of the day

Ellen Hockley driving Indy and Tammy in The Cone course

Pat Strang guides Mystic through The Lollipops

Brian Kurtz driving Forban and Henry through The Dice

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by Rhonda Leanne Stock What draws me to this quiet place where wind makes grasses dance? Why does it set my heart to race caught in foolish romance?

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Is it the night sky above me? The scattered specks of light? Or is it something I can’t see, that takes my spirit to flight?

Where’s the roads ‘n’ power lines, railroad tracks ‘n’ billboard signs, county dumps ‘n’ Circle Ks, convention centers, gas pump bays?

Is it the saddle’s reassuring creak, or the movement of the horse? Is it the freedom that I seek as I follow nature’s course?

Where’s the people, where’s the bars, where’s the concrete, where’s the cars?

What stirs my heart and makes it pound but the rush of horses’ hooves? The steady rhythm that shakes the ground punctuating grace of equine moves?

Where’s the run down part of town? Where’s the street lights, frontier’s frown? All I see are trees ‘n’ cliffs ‘n’ canyons, mountain meadows, star bright skies above a red horizon.

Answers are not easily found to questions asked without a word. The heavens offer not a sound but the thunder of the herd.

Frontier Forgotten

Silent calm, save whispered breezes, coyotes callin’, rabbits’ sneezes, rustlin’ leaves as Autumn nears and cracklin’ campfires calmin’ fears. Remember when a wagon train led doggies ‘cross the wild terrain and folks would stop in paradise, bravin’ snow ‘n’ wind ‘n’ ice to settle down in homestead grace and snuggle in forgotten frontier’s place.


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he second weekend of August is a big event for the Alberta combined-driving community. The Klondike Carriage Classic horse driving trial, hosted by the Klondike Chapter of the Alberta Carriage Driving Association, was held August 10-11, in the small town of Beaumont, AB. This annual event attracts eager drivers from across Alberta and has gained a reputation as a fun, friendly, competitive and safe event for all levels of drivers and all kinds of equines. Registrations for this year’s event were at full capacity with a cancellation wait-list, and featured a diverse line-up of drivers and an equally diverse line-up of equine competitors competing for ribbons, prizes and highpoint awards. Drivers ranged in age from 13 years to over 75 years, and competed in Training and Preliminary-level divisions. Hitches included singles of various breeds (Morgan, Haflinger, Arabian, Connemara, Paint, Welsh, Shetland, miniatures and mules), a newly-matched pair of part-Arabians, a tandem of miniature horses (otherwise known as “Very Small Equines” or VSEs) and a four-in-hand of mules. With blue skies, warm weather and few mosquitos, the event was well attended by competitors, volunteers and spectators. The Beaumont Agricultural Grounds boast spacious box stalls, plenty of space for overnight camping and a marathon course (which also doubles as a three-day eventing course) that is fully visible to spectators. It is one of only a few combined driving courses in Alberta with an engineered water hazard. Horse-based competitions like this require a great deal of planning and tremendous volunteer support. Although the Klondike Chapter, based in the greater Edmonton area, is a small club, it has established a reputation for running a safe and well-organized event. In addition to its own members, the club also has the help of over 40 dedicated volunteers who come out year after year to share a summer weekend standing out in the sun or rain in order to run this event. Most helpers are horse lovers who love to observe how the equines and drivers work as a team. The organizing committee for the Klondike Carriage Classic would like to thank our numerous volunteers as well as our generous and supportive corporate and individual sponsors, whose ongoing support help make each event bigger and better than the last. Thank you for all of your support! For more information Now about driving clinics, fun drives available and other events hosted by the New aNd Used wiNter Klondike Chapter and other blaNkets clubs across the province, please visit the Alberta Carriage Driving Association website at www.

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TIDBITS Find the Golden Horseshoe – Calling all Riders! Join us on Saturday, September 14th at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby for our 2nd Annual Poker Ride. Find the Golden Horseshoe and win a special prize! A 5 hour ride heads out at 10 am; and a 2 hour ride at 12 noon. Trails are well-marked. Registration open from 9 am to 11:30 am. Entry fee: $15 per rider, includes 1 poker hand (extras at $5 each). Fabulous food concession on site. Awards and prizes at 3 pm. This fundraising event is hosted by the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club but is open to ALL breeds. For ride info contact Nancy at 250-546-9922 or visit To reserve corrals, camping or cabins call Darlene 250-309-3544. School of Legerete We recently had two weeks of fantastic learning with School of Légèreté instructor Melanie Bulmahn. We started out in Chase BC with a 4-day clinic helping riders to find lightness and ease in working with their equine partners. Each team improved with leaps and bounds. The clinic supported horse and rider combos from very beginner in-hand work to advanced piaffe and flying changes. Then on to Innisfail AB, where another 4 days of immersion into the School of Légèreté took place. Here we found riders trying their best to apply their auditor and book-learned knowledge and then finally

getting the real stuff first hand. Many faces of amazement were seen in achieving correct neck extensions and lightness! An extra special inspiration was Betty from Red Deer, who is 81 years old!! Congrats to all our participants in their successes during their lessons. Up next: Sept 5–8: School of Légèreté Open Clinic, Sept 30–Oct 3: School of Légèreté Open Clinic, At ForTheHorse, Chase BC, Heading South for the Winter? Lucky you. While in Arizona you might want to check out Germany’s own Frank Doutheil who will be working with a wild mustang at Apache Spirit Ranch in Tombstone from December 20 to January 4, 2014. A horse trainer and a leading practitioner within the field of natural horsemanship, Frank considers horses as his companions, teacher and partners in recreation. Frank spent many years observing horses in their natural environment and learned how to speak their language which lead him to a deeper level of understanding of the horse. He is able to work with horses that have been labeled untrainable and with the so-called “problem horses,” which more and more find their way to him. For more info on this ‘holiday’ event call 1-877-404-7262 or visit www.apachespiritranch. com.


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Top Dog! Street Etiquette By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP Over the last few years, our ability to include our dogs in our daily activities outside the home has grown as they have become welcome at an increasing number of stores, all levels of hotels from budget to high-end, and other non-pet-related businesses.


his is great news for those of us who enjoy not just taking our dogs for walks but also spending a good part of the day with them. We enjoy running errands together without having to leave them in the car, going on holiday with our dogs and spending time with friends with our dogs along to enjoy the social activity. The other thing that has increased is the number of dogs in our communities. In contrast, our community space seems to be decreasing with large residential lots turning into several smaller homes or highrises with high-density populations. There are more dogs, more people and less space. What has become apparent to us, with growing dismay, is that with an increase in public access for people with dogs, there seems to have been a decrease in basic manners and consideration by those same people. Where has common courtesy gone? Do any of these sound familiar? • dog owner laughingly commenting, “She’s SO friendly!” as his dog is jumping all over you; • having to step around or over a dog that has been tied in the entrance of the coffee shop or grocery store; • other dog owners allowing themselves to be dragged over to your dog to “say Hi” without asking if it’s okay with you or your dog; • finding (or stepping in!) dog poop in the front yard of your home or on public sidewalks; • enjoying a walk in an on-leash dog area only to be accosted by an off-leash dog often while the hapless owner is jogging or riding 36 • Saddle Up • September 2013

off in the distance; • out for your morning run when you are chased by a dog that maybe jumps on your back (yes this has happened to a friend – more than once!) This young dog isn’t It may be able to greet politely our right to own on her own. Her handler’s inattention dogs, but it is leaves the passer-by to most certainly a deal with a jumpy pup. privilege to be able to take our dogs out in public places. The fact is that, if we want to continue to enjoy the freedoms with our dogs that we currently have, dog owners need to make sure that we aren’t letting our dogs interfere with everyone else’s enjoyment. If we imagined many of these scenarios, inserting “person” or “child” instead of “dog” - the inappropriateness and basic lack of manners would be immediately obvious. Whether you are a dog lover, dog owner or neither, we all have the right to go out and enjoy the public areas in our communities. One thing we’ve noticed is that, when we take the time to address an issue with someone and their dog, some people can be very defensive. “He’s just being friendly!” or, amazingly, seemingly oblivious to the effect of their dog jumping up and leaving big muddy prints on someone’s pants. And just because you may be walking your dog in a dog area – on leash or off leash depending on the by-law in that area – does not mean

you are off the hook with how your dog behaves. Your dog should be well trained enough in the basics to be enjoyable in public – walk nicely on leash, come when called, sit when asked, don’t jump up and be respectfully social with other dogs. Let’s all start to be aware of what we are doing with our dogs and practice some common courtesy. Here are some things to think about when you are out with your dogs: • At entrances to stores and narrow spots on trails or sidewalks, give some polite distance so that others may exit or move past easily. Position yourself a few feet away and keep your dog at your side so he’s not able to barge into anyone’s space without permission. • Move your dog to the far side when passing people whether they have a dog with them or not. This simple act shows that you are aware they are coming and you are taking steps to keep your dog acting politely. Along with making people and dogs that may be shy or fearful more comfortable, it goes a long way in keeping good sentiment and making you look like a responsible Make room to allow dog owner. people to pass • Please leave comfortably. the house prepared and clean up after your dog! It’s amazing to us how much dog poop there is around public areas – that’s a very, very HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Passing politely with dogs on the outside

basic responsibility when you own a dog. Presumably you clean up your own yard, so don’t leave it in someone else’s yard! • Pick appropriate spots for your dog to pee. Don’t let your dog pee on someone’s garbage can, recycling bag, car tire or the entrance or wall of a public building – find a better spot. If you live in an urban centre, take the time to teach your dog to eliminate on cue so you have the time to find appropriate locations for your dog to go. • If your dog typically races up to people

and then jumps on them then don’t leave that choice available to your dog. Use good sense and your leash to set your dog up so he can’t practice these inappropriate and rude (not “friendly”) behaviours. Then take the time to do some basic training. • If you want to hike on trails with your dog, then do some training so he can enjoy the privilege of being off leash but still under your direction. If you can’t do the training, then keep him on a leash. Ultimately, we influence the privileges we have and whether we can maintain them or whether they will systematically be taken away. Some consideration, responsible choices and basic good manners, on our part (not only our dogs) goes a long way!

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Top Dog! Did you know?... • It pays to be a lap dog. Three dogs (from First Class cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic – two Pomeranians and one Pekingese. • It’s rumored that at the end of the Beatles song, “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland Sheepdog. • Wow – check out those choppers! Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42. • Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety, predatory instinct or, they might have fleas! If your dog is chasing his tail excessively, talk with your vet. • Seeing spots? Or not… Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older.

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• A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute. • Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet. • Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected. • 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed (we’re pretty sure a large percentage also hog the blankets!) • Why are dogs’ noses so wet? Dogs’ noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They then lick their noses to sample the scent through their mouth. • When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.

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Horse Council BC Selects 2013 Team BC Team BC is chomping at the bit to compete at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships on September 13–15 in Calgary, Alberta


orse Council BC received numerous declarations from riders across the province vying for a spot on Team BC for the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) taking place from September 13–15 at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping in Calgary AB. Declarations had to be received in the office by July 30, 2013. The Team was selected based on overall results from competitions throughout the year and comprise a number of very talented junior and senior riders, coaches and horses from around the province. Team BC sponsors so far include Capri Insurance and Asmar Equestrian and the whole team will be outfitted by Asmar Equestrian and Firstar Sportswear.

Here are the athletes, coaches and horses that make up the 2013 Team BC:

Dressage Team Junior/Senior – Rider Name – Horse Name – Qualifying Zone - Hometown Senior – Sarah Sewell – Brazil – Qualified Zone 3 – Langley Senior – Linda Poel – Wylie – Qualified Zone 8 – Lone Butte Junior – Tegan Payne – Spike – Qualified Zone 8 – 150 Mile House Junior – Karyssa Church – Ebendago – Qualified Zone 8 – Prince George Senior – Ann McKinnon – Akilah – Qualified Zone 2 – Kelowna *Alternate Rider & Horse Jumper Team Senior – Brian Morton – La Jolla - Qualified Zone 3 – Langley Senior – Lauren Crandlemire – Free Advise – Qualified Zone 2 – Salmon Arm Junior – Natasha Sukorokoff – Union S – Qualified Zone 3 – New Westminster Junior – Emma Bosma – Divine Intervention – Qualified Zone 2 – Kelowna Junior – Alice Young – Piccadilly – Qualified Zone 6 – Duncan *Alternate Rider & Horse Jumper Coach – Brian Morton Dressage Coach – Eleonore Elstone Chef D’Equipe – Ali Buchanan

About the CIEC: The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a sanctioned Equine Canada competition. This team event offers athletes in the Learning and Training to Compete and the Learning and Training to Win stages within the Long-Term Equestrian Development (LTED) model, the opportunity to test their skills against their peers from across Canada.  The CIEC is a collaborative event between the national and provincial sport organizations governing equestrian competition, whereby provincial/territorial sport organizations field teams representing their respective province/territory. It also acts a key event in the development of equestrian’s next generation of national, HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Sarah Sewell competed last year at the 2012 CIEC in Bromont and is set to represent BC again in Calgary.

international and world champions. In addition, it is a platform for talent identification for athletes, coaches and officials. The disciplines of Dressage, Jumping and Reining classes for both Junior and Senior riders are available for entry. Nine Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) were represented by teams of athletes at the inaugural event that was held in 2012 in conjunction with the Quebec Equestrian Games (Jeux équestres du Québec) in Bromont.

Team BC’s 2012 Medal Winners at the CIEC in Bromont, Quebec. (l to r) Darcey Woods, Shelley Mills and Whitney Watson-Wilson.

Linda Poel and Wylie will be heading to Calgary. Photo by Andrea Blair.

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Outstanding In Their Field By Daphne Davey Congratulations to the Winners of the 2013 Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association’s Annual Awards! Andrea Gillies Award Outstanding Instructor LISA PINK Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (BC)

Lisa Pink winner of the Andrea Gillies Outstanding Instructor award Photo courtesy of Cowichan TRA

Lisa leads by example, the kind of coach we would all want for our children. She has travelled many miles and put in many hours for the program, teaching, supporting and promoting therapeutic riding. Dawn Rempel, whose daughter has been riding at Cowichan for most of the last 23 years, says: “Therapeutic riding has been the only activity that Bobbi-Jo has not wanted to give up on and always looks forward to. Lisa has been an integral part in Bobbi-Jo’s development and the confidence she has gained.”

Rhonda Davies Award Outstanding Volunteer GRAHAM CURNEW Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association

Graham Curnew Manitoba RDA Graham Curnew winner of the Rhonda Davies Outstanding Volunteer award Photo courtesy of Manitoba RDA

Graham joined MRDA in 1990 and has served as an arena volunteer and instructor. He continues to find ways to make the program better. Graham is also long-standing president of MRDA, taking time to get to know every child, parent and volunteer. He is one of the reasons why MRDA recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Graham says: “In a world where we are bombarded daily by negatives, it is so reassuring to know that I have a place I can go, to be with people who share the same love and dedication for something so special.”  

CanTRA Therapy Horse SNOWBALL Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association (Alberta) This award is bestowed posthumously. Sadly, after Snowball had been chosen, but before the results were announced, she had to be euthanized. Snowball, a 14HH Arab-cross gelding, is 38 years old. She was donated to Whitemud Stables for use by Little Bits TRA. Snowball is used for nervous new riders and for advanced riders learning to canter. She loves everyone and is worth more than her weight in gold. Si-Chih was initially extremely shy and frightened of animals but has since blossomed, in large part due to his confidence in Snowball. His father, Richard Tseng, says: “During the past two years, he somehow felt more comfortable when he was with Snowball. She seems aware what she is doing and really does a good job. Because of this, my son loves to come to these lessons.”

Snowball with Ana Little Bits CanTRA Therapy horse Snowball with Ana at Little Bits TRA Photo courtesy of Little Bits TRA

Snowball Frost Manning MLam Therapy horse Frost models Snowball’s prize cooler Photo courtesy of M. Lam

Ainsley, another rider, celebrated this special equine life with a poem: I like to ride Snowball. I like Snowball she is nice. Nice girl I love you Snowball.

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Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy Photos courtesy of Courtney Stephenson


he 2013 World Plowing Championship, held at Olds Agricultural College on July 19-20, drew 11,000 spectators field-side. Twenty-nine entries from as many nations contested the honours. Plowmen from Canada, USA, China, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Austria and Eight-horse hitch fielded and driven by Fred McDiarmid of Scotland numbered among Veteran, AB the entries. Spectators from most every nation represented gathered field-side. Sadly, no competitive plowing for horse-drawn entries was offered at the international competition. However, Alberta horsemen were invited to stage demonstrations. Lively crowds gathered field-side on each occasion when the different horse-drawn plows were George MacLean from Radium BC driving and demonstrated and countless photographs the man walking is Bob Johnson. were taken. In fact, seven of eight photographs taken by the Canadian Press at the 2013 World Plowing Championship were photographs of a horse-drawn demonstration. Use of a single bottom walking plow was demonstrated by Dr. David Bailey of Madden. His was one of the two horse-drawn plows that Alberta Carriage Supply of Calgary offered for the various demonstrations. While it was self-evident that horsemen who employed horse-drawn walking plows had to be in good physical shape, both Bailey and Dale Befus of Calgary, who owned the dapple grey Percheron team being employed, sparked plaudits from the crowds that assembled. George McLean of Radium, BC, also demonstrated use of a walking plow. He employed two Belgian horses well-schooled for the task at hand. Terry Bailey of Calgary demonstrated the use of his two bottom sulky plow, which his Clydesdale pair pulled. Less demanding for a plowman to operate than a walking plow, his matched team, whose heads would bow as they leaned into their collars, walked at a measured pace as they moved down the field. A two bottom sulky plow, drawn by four Belgian horses, was also demonstrated by Joe Jaffrey of Airdrie. Hooked in tandem, his two teams were no nervous novices. They moved in unison, circling with ease on the headlands at both ends of each furrow. One of Jaffrey’s Belgians is the subject of the 2014 Calgary Stampede Poster, which was showcased two weeks earlier. The portrait of his Belgian horse pictured in print on the 2014 Calgary Stampede poster sold for $125,000 at the Calgary Stampede’s 2013 Art Auction. Few Stampede Poster portraits bought by art collectors have ever commanded a higher price. An eight-horse hitch, working in two ranks of four, hooked in tandem, highlighted the horse-drawn demonstrations. While the harnessed horses failed to move in sync on the first morning they were employed to turn the grass sod, the black Percherons (owned and driven by Fred McDiarmid of Veteran) soon learned what was expected of them. On the second day, all eight horses were in position, working as one - this is what teamwork is all about. The turnout offered those spectators gathered field-side an equine picture like few seen today. When this powerful hitch completed its final demonstration on the three bottom plow, the straight, properly turned furrows, matched those of the competitors who contested

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Hi Suzi: My 10 yr old daughter dresses in mostly bone/sand colors. For halter classes should she wear matching bone gloves or black leather and the same question for showmanship class… bone or black gloves? - Thank You, Lynn Hi Lynn, In AQHA and APHA shows, we are seeing fewer gloves these days, but they are always correct if you choose (or need) to use them. I always suggest to match the glove to the sleeve for a less obtrusive look. For riding classes, the gloves should either blend with the sleeve, or, if she is riding with romal reins, the gloves in the same color as the chaps is a good look. If you have trouble finding the right color gloves, you can dye them. Try to find some nylon gloves that are really long (try wedding supply places.) I suggest you cut off the top inch or two of the cuff to make test strips, and buy two pairs so you can dye them both when you get the color close. The dye will take better if the gloves are wet when you put them in the dye bath. Liquid dye is easiest to work with, but if all you can find is the powdered kind make sure you really dissolve it good or you will get streaking. Also, some people have had luck for those lighter shades using strong tea or coffee - which adds an aromatic touch as you ride and sweat in the gloves! Good luck! Dyeing is more art than science, definitely frustrating, but you should end up with something close to what you are looking for eventually. - Suzi Vlietstra Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.

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Equine Canada Update Canadian Para-Equestrian Team Earns Top Honours Canadian Para-Equestrian athletes finished their ‘European Tour’ on a high note at the Bishop Burton CPEDI2* held at Bishop Burton College, July 18-21, 2013, in Beverley, East Yorkshire, ENG. Three-time Canadian Paralympian, Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove BC and Off to Paris, Equine Canada’s 12-year-old Oldenburg mare, swept their division this past weekend taking first place across the board in all Grade II classes. Barwick was bestowed with two honours at Lauren Barwick and Off To the event, “Top Foreign Rider” as Paris. Photo by Kevin Sparrow well as “Top Overall Rider” for her - International Dressage Photography performances with Off to Paris. Two-time Paralympian, Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey BC rode Roberta Sheffield’s 6-year-old mare, Double Agent, in the Grade 1b division, bringing home two firsts and a third. Roberta Sheffield, a Canadian living in Lincolnshire, GBR, in only her second competition for the Canadian team, rode Wonderboy, her 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, to first place in the FEI Grade III Team Test, scoring 67.02%; then first with Ashley Gowanlock aboard a 69.84% in the FEI Grade III Double Agent. Photo by Kevin Sparrow - International Individual Championship Test. Dressage Photography Sheffield capped off her weekend taking second place in the FEI Grade III Freestyle test, scoring 71.25%. For complete results visit: equestrian/equine-events/competitions-diary 2014 Equine Canada Annual Convention The 2014 Equine Canada Annual Convention is set for February 5-9 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The host hotel, Radisson Hotel Winnipeg, is located in the heart of downtown, only blocks from the Winnipeg Convention Centre, MTS Centre and many other attractions. Members of the equestrian community from across Canada are invited to participate in a selection of meetings and clinics tailored to address the unique needs of participants involved in equestrian sport, recreation and industry. The convention will also play host to the 2014 Equine Canada Awards Gala which consists of an evening of dining and 44 • Saddle Up • September 2013

entertainment in honour of the successes of 2013. Awards presented include Equine Canada’s coveted Equestrian of the Year, Junior Equestrian of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Horse of the Year, Canadian-bred Horse of the Year and Media Award to name a few. For more information visit Lisa Marie Fergusson and Ferol Errol Victors of the CIC2* Lisa Marie Fergusson of Langley BC and Gina Fiore’s 14-year old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Feral Errol sired by Errolgal Flight, won it all in the CCI2* division at Rebecca Farm Three Day Event; one of the largest eventing competitions held in the USA, July 24-28 in Kalispell, MT. This year’s attendance set an all-time high attracting over 600 entries. Fergusson and Feral Errol took the lead early in Lisa Marie Fergusson and Feral Errol. Photo by SaddleUp the competition and never lost it. Fergusson also placed sixth in the CCI 2* division with her own Honor Me, the seven-year- old Canadian bred Welsh Sport Horse. For complete results visit: rebecca/ht0713/ Canadian Dressage Talent Sweeps First Place across the Board Canadian dressage athletes topped the leaderboard in Saugerties, NY at the CDI3*/1*/J/Y/P presented by HITS on the Hudson held at the HITS Show grounds, August 15-18. Four-time Olympian and Toronto native Ashley Holzer, currently residing in New York, took first place Ashley Holzer aboard Eliane Cordiain both the FEI CDI Grand Van Reesema’s Jewel’s Adelante. Prix and FEI CDI Grand Photo by Terri Miller Paintings and Photos Prix Special aboard Eliane Cordia-Van Reesema’s Jewel’s Adelante, a 13-year-Old Swedish Warmblood gelding, sired by Don Schufro. The pair earned a final score of 68.936% for their efforts in the Grand Prix test and 71.021% in the Grand Prix Special. For complete show results visit:

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BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


eady… Set… Go… find that Golden Horseshoe! On Saturday, September 14th we are hosting our 2nd annual fundraising Poker Ride at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. This is a fabulous venue for ALL horses and people alike… lots of parking, beautifully marked trails, camping and cabins, corrals for your horses and Darlene’s wonderful cooking! We’ll offer a 5 hour ride (heads out at 10 am) and a 2 hour ride (off at noon). Awards and prizes will be handed out at approximately 3 pm. There will be a special prize if you can find the Golden Horseshoe (last year 1, or 2, were missed… maybe they are still out there). Registration opens at 9 am and goes

until 11:30 am. Cost is a mere $15 per person which includes 1 poker hand (additional hands at $5 each). Darlene’s ‘kitchen’ will be open for lunch and dinner (for a nominal fee). For more info visit or for camping reservations or directions visit We now offer t-shirts, caps, bags and more with our club logo on them… So if you love Morgans and/or want to support our club, see our website for more info. Our next meeting is Saturday, October 5th at the Armstrong Inn at 11 am. We’ll be discussing our Christmas party gathering, as well as deciding on a new date for the WAM Show in 2014.

Our President, Gunther Funk and Treasurer, Laurie Lyons at the 2012 Poker Ride.

Please join us… hope to see you there!

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi Rensby


he second Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Gymkhana of the year was held at Liz Kemppainen’s place again, and though not quite as big as the first one, it was still a lot of fun! With a few less entries, we managed to run all of the classes before breaking for a late lunch and putting the horses all away for the day. Twelve riders took time away from their summer holidays to enter their choice of games. Our last gymkhana had a strong showing in the Leadline Division, while this show, there was only one. But the Seniors class, which had three last show, had eight different seniors entered! As always, the most challenging class of the day was the TC Special, which had 7 competitors try their hand at a combination of egg in spoon and good aim – while still steering their horse! – and two riders managed a time with Bea winning the jackpot. Last time it was Bea’s daughter Jessica, so they appear to be keeping the winnings in the family! We only had one “dishonourable July 21st Gymkhana Results Keyhole – Seniors (6) 1. Marla Vessey 2. Caitlyn McMahon 3. Amanda Magel Keyhole – Juniors (3) 1. Sidney Vessey 2. Sara Wipfli

Keyhole – Leadline (1) 1. Zane Wipfli Scud A Ho – Seniors (5) 1. Stephannie Wall (Ben) 2. Stephannie Wall (Dusty) 3. Derrick Wipfli Scud A Ho – Juniors (2) 1. Mikahla Magel 2. Sara Wipfli

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dismount” (Stephannie) but she climbed back up and put in a winning run on her new horse Ben. Many, many thanks to our volunteers – Sharon, Liz, Dean, and Kristi! Your help was very much appreciated! We regret that with the lack of volunteers, we were unable to complete the draw for the Horse Council BC promo pack prizes, so they have been held over to the next gymkhana. Our August 17th Gymkhana was the final qualifier for the Northwest Invitational Championship Gymkhana being hosted in Fraser Lake on September 14th. The Finals travels the northwestern BC circuit from Houston, Smithers, Kispiox and Terrace, and this year it is coming as far west as Fraser Lake, so the TCSC would like to send a team. The next TCSC event will be the Light Horse Show at the Lakes District Fall Fair on September 7th. Following a similar program to the NBCQHA Fall Fair show last year, this low-key yet competitive show offers tons of High Points, prizes for first Scud A Ho – Leadline (1) 1. Zane Wifpli Scurry – Seniors (5) 1. Stephannie Wall (Ben) 2. Stephannie Wall (Dusty) 3. Amanda Magel Scurry – Juniors (2) 1. Sarah Wipfli 2. Mikahla Magel

Sidney warming up “Pepper”

and second in the Halter classes, a FREE Leadline Class with prizes for the first ten entries, and a BUCKLE for the Never Won a Buckle Reining Class. Prize Lists and Entry Forms are available at tcsaddleclub.webs. com/forms. More information on the TCSC at and on Facebook, or by e-mail torikari@hotmail. com, or call Kristi 250-692-5721.

Scurry – Leadline (1) 1. Zane Wipfli Polebending – Seniors (6) 1. Stephannie Wall (Dusty) 2. Stephannie Wall (Ben) 3. Marla Vessey Barrels – Seniors (7) 1. Stephannie Wall (Ben) 2. Stephannie Wall (Dusty) 3. Marla Vessey

Barrels – Juniors (3) 1. Sidney Vessey 2. Mikahla Magel 3. Sara Wipfli Barrels – Leadline (1) 1. Zane Wipfli TC Special – Open (7) Winner Take All – Bea Wipfli • 45

Alberta Donkey And Mule Club By Alice Todd


DMC members participated with Horse Haven 101 at the Calgary Stampede from July 4-9. Ida Newell and Bob Leggette participated with Jessie in driving demos as well as the Pack demo. Jessie is a ‘’3 bob mule,’’ meaning she can be ridden, driven or packed. After cleaning up at the Nanton Equine Event in June with many red ribbons, Ida and Jessie carried on by charming the crowd at the Stampede. Bob, Ida and Jessie, along with Les Sjorgren and his mule Katie completed the demo by doing a ‘’tail tie’’ and left the demo area with a riding mule leading the pack mule. This demo was definitely a crowd pleaser and allowed the spectators to visit with the mules and their owners. Les and Katie, were also invited to show their Reining maneuvers alongside a Reining horse, and did am impressive job. Ron and Alice Todd, accompanied by granddaughters Kora and Dylan, also attended the demos with Sonney their very special donkey. Sonney had done exceptionally well at the Nanton Equine Event as well, and in her ever so quiet way gave people a reason to smile. Sonney also recently had a part in the movie ‘’Klondike,’’ cast in southern Alberta. On July 8-9 a new group of people and animals arrived for demos including

16 yr. old Nicole Kroetsch with her mule Doug, and 13 yr. old Meghan Jagersma and her mule Jessie. Both of these young gals pleased the crowd with the versatility of their 17 hand mules! Meghan has her sights set on competing at the great Mule Show in Bishop California. Susan Wensink completed the riding demo aboard her small but athletic Arab Cross mule, Squidge. The Dykstra family brought their yearling mule who charmed the crowds stopping by the booth. A common comment throughout our stay at the stampede was how wonderful it was that there could even be a show with the recent flooding. Crowds were steady and the most common question asked was, “What is the difference between a donkey and a mule?” The summer is keeping the ADMC members and animals busy with the upcoming Bruce Stampede, our Trail ride and the Tees Longears Days Show held in August. Our semi-annual meeting has been moved up to October 6, at the Ponoka Drop In Centre. Everyone welcome. For more information, visit www.

The packing demo at the Calgary Stampede, Les Sjorgren working on the diamond hitch.

Demo participants (l to r) Sue Wensink, Nicole Kroetsch and Megan Jagersma.

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana News By Kaylynne Thomson


irst off, I would like to say sorry for the lack of updates the past couple of Saddle Up issues. As well sadly to say we are coming to realize we are reaching our halfway point in the season of our fun and games. All you need is to be a member and have 6 qualifying days to get your name in for awards at year end. There will be lots of stuff up for grabs including Montana Silversmith buckles to be drawn out to the Overall High Point and Runner-up in all divisions. As well 46 • Saddle Up • September 2013

there will be winter blankets, summer sheets and more goodies for us horse lovers. These last few Gymkhanas have been a blast… we are always seeing new faces! We have lots of Peewees coming out of the woodwork and showing up with their families which is great! Nothing is more satisfying than cheering on those cute-asa-button children. Everyone has improved so much again this year and things are only getting better! So feel free to come

and join in the fun at the next few dates we have set! • September 21st (Double header) • October 5th (Double header) • OCTOBER 12 - COSTUMES AND POTLUCK DAY! • Year-end Awards are November 16th! Hope to see you all soon!!

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Dogwood Donkey Show Report By Pat Strang Photos by John Darjel

Sam May with “Crusher”


he Dogwood Donkey Show held at the Agri-Fair in Abbotsford on August 2-3 proved to be a “braying” success with bright skies and enthusiastic spectators who enjoyed the showcase of our long-eared friends. The show attracted an excellent field of exhibitors with 11 adults, 15 donkeys and 11 youth participating. The highlights of the show were the youth classes which included Showmanship, In Hand Trail, Musical Sacks and the very popular Egg Stomp game. Crowds of spectators shared lots of laughs, a few happy tears and many words of encouragement. It was such a wonderful opportunity for the kids to build their confidence, trust and make new friends. Our Judge, Mr. Roger Eithel’s expertise and kindness was warmly welcomed. He was one of the kid’s great supporters and the time and effort he spent with each of them was very well received and appreciated. There was also a full slate of adult classes offered including Halter, Showmanship, In Hand Trail, Gambler’s Choice, Coon Jumping, In Hand HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Jumping, Pleasure Driving and Reinsmanship. Another crowd pleaser was the wheelbarrow races which were organized by Trudy Leishman. Two donkeys were hooked to very unique wheelbarrows made by Marcel Sward and Soren Larsen and raced around the arena captivating the crowds of spectators. Many donkey fans strolled Dylan Marklinger with “Andy” the stall area and were fascinated by the donkey’s sweet nature and temperament. Based on their questions we know there is still much more to share about our donkeys. Hearing the positive comments from the exhibitors and fans was very pleasing and gave us an indication that we are moving in the right direction with this event. At the end of the show it was a time to reflect with fellow Trudy Leishman in wheelbarrow driving “Mystic” competitors at our presentation ceremony and enjoy the excitement on the kids’ faces as they all received a gift for their participation. The success of the show was due to the substantial efforts and contributors of our volunteers and sponsors. The Dogwood Donkey Show committee would like to thank Ulli Dargel, John Dargel, Karen MacGregor, Sue Caldbeck, Sue Wolfe and Marcel Sward for all their hard work Sylvia Hardy driving “Chloe” and commitment to the show. We would also like to thank each RESULTS: and every sponsor for their generosity BEST OF BREED CHAMPION Hollyoak’s Little Red Man – Owner: Debi Stelz and support of our efforts to promote HI POINT ALL LONG EARS our long-eared friends. The team work, WV Mystic Bean – Owner: Pat Strang HI POINT ALL LONG EARS commitment and good humour displayed RESERVE Hollyoak’s Little Red Man – Owner: Debi Stelz HI POINT YOUTH by all made the show a galloping success!

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Oliver Riding Club Report By Kathy Malmberg


any of our activities were curtailed for a time due to the outbreak of equine influenza. Some horses in the area came down with it, but all recovered nicely and everyone is busier than ever. Verla Strawn organized a summer barbeque which was a real hit. We hadn’t all been together for a while because of the flu; so we had a great time catching up on all the news. Carrie Fisher gave a demonstration of “how to prepare “Luke” with a demo of an Arab your horse for showing.” It was a real eye-opener for those ‘running braid’ of us who never show. Carrie did an amazing job - boy, can Annette and Max taking a cool break she braid beautifully! She used to do it to earn extra $$$ at during trail ride the shows - getting up at 2 a.m. to get a start! We are in awe of her. Thanks Carrie - we really enjoyed the demo. Max and Annette organized a trail ride from their place at Gillespie Ranch. The day was amazing and it was lovely and cool up in the mountains on those shady trails. I loved it and hope to get invited back! Thanks for the beautiful ride. We have had a couple more “Improve Your Skills” sessions. These mini clinics are really well-attended and much appreciated thanks to Ken MacRae and Carrie Fisher. Julie Johansen has agreed Carrie Fisher demonstrating how to braid the tail to teach a couple of the upcoming English lessons. The sessions are all held at the D Bar K Ranch. We now have vests and hats which can be purchased by our members. The club logo is also available for those who would like to have it sewn on to their own jacket, hat, vest etc. of their own. Max on the nice shady trail The club has many more activities lined up for the next couple of months – contact Max Alexander (250.497.5199) or Margie Fisher (250.498.4579).

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


e are excited to announce that starting September 4th, the Vernon District Riding Club will be hosting the Coldstream Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 2:30-5:30. Be sure to check out this convenient way to feed your family with fresh, locally grown produce, meat and baked goods Tickets for the Tack Trunk Raffle are going fast, a $10 donation will get you into the draw. Contact to get yours or stop in to The Paddock Vernon, or Greenhawk Kelowna. The Julia Bostock Jumping Clinic August 16-18 was lots of fun. Riders took part in three days of jumping instruction, coming away with new confidence and skills. We would like to thank the Postill family for their support this season. Be it hauling away manure, resurfacing the ring or donating tack trunks to the raffle, they have been both generous and professional. Coming up September 20-22 we have Sandra Sokoloski returning to teach her very popular clinic. She helps equestrians of all disciplines become more effective riders by better understanding their physiological strengths and weaknesses. Contact Judy Olson for further info at 250-547-8812. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and “come ride with us” this fall. 48 • Saddle Up • September 2013

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Kelowna Gymkhana Club Report By Kayla Stromsten


ur July Gymkhana was our “Tough Enough to Wear Pink,” and we raised over $1,000 for the BC Cancer Agency! Great job guys! JULY HIGH POINT: MASTERS: Debbie Wright - Lily HP Donna Hinchliffe – Hawney RES; Marion - Jewel RES SENIOR: Amy Russo - Mya HP Brooke Halldorsen - Shae RES YOUTH: Makayla - Gracie HP Abbey Ranseth - Lil Chicken RES  JUNIOR: Mya Geiger - Stitch HP Bailey Zulinick - Leo RES PEE WEE: Dalyce Russo-Dion - Misty HP Curtis - Snowcone RES

Tons of riders between 35 and 50 each show! Lots of new and old faces at our club. Such a great club to be a part of! AUGUST 11 GYMKHANA: Masters: Debbie Wright - Lily HP Chris Robinson - Diego RES Senior: Jesse Tarr - Chinook HP Kayla Stromsten - Skittles RES Youth: Karly Roth - Niska HP Katie - Strider RES Junior: Mya Geiger - Stitch HP Ayla Schwarz - Muffin RES Peewee: Dalyce Russo-Dion - Misty HP Lauren - Cinnamon RES

Come out to our September 8th Gymkhana and see what we are all about! Or add us on Facebook!

Kelowna Riding Club Update By Jill Veitch


he past few weeks have been a happy time at KRC. The pictures show some of our KRC Adult Campers. This annual event, which may become known as the ‘Hot ‘n Dirty Horse Camp’ in the future, is limited to 30 participants. They spend three nights at the club and three days having fun brushing up their riding (and social!) skills. In a thank you note to organizer Kathrin Maxwell, dressage clinician Kiersten Humphrey said, “I have to say even though I am working (at the event), I consider this a highlight in the year! Such a stellar bunch of ladies!!!! Such a great time! Very well organized, lovely well-run facility and delish food.” Giant thank you’s to KRC Education Director, Kathrin Maxwell, (l to r) Laurel Casey, jumping coach Brandy Saunders and Deanna Jenner. for putting it all together, and to Gaylene Ridley and Kathy Bevans for Makayla Demantoes on the spectacular food. Shauna Naka and board member Candy Van Hees Pixie, Equi-life Jumper Challenge’s Lindsay created an excellent welcome night wine & cheese. Thank you, also, to Kern, and competitor our caretakers Tony and Christine for their exceptional support. Mark it Gillian Green, at the on your calendar for next year so you can come and see what all the fun August long weekend is about. The camp usually takes place the weekend before the August show. long weekend. The Kelowna Riding Club has been well utilized this summer thanks to a devoted Kelowna Gymkhana Club as well as our regular hunter/jumper and dressage members. We’ve seen some fun events, including the Equi-Life Jumper Challenge, which took place over the August long weekend, and are looking at adding some KRC-sanctioned events next year. It’s time to start planning for 2014. We are losing a few key board positions and would like to recruit YOU to help move the club forward. If you have a few extra hours per month, or have Liz Easterling and some adult campers having a particular talent that the horse club could benefit from (finance, communications, planning, fun on games night. construction or maintenance knowledge), please get in contact with anyone listed on our contact list on our website: The time is now to get involved. It’s a great group of people with mutual interests and goals. Enjoy the rest of the riding weather! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 49

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

Big classes gave us goose bumps!

Basking in a “Back-to-Basics” afterglow While it may be less common (but still exciting) to see an 18-horse class at a local show, when they occur at a breed show in these days of fiscal restraint, it’s hard not to get goose bumps. And that’s exactly what happened at the BC Paint Horse Club’s “Back-to-Basics” Coast show in Delta, July 28. Eighteen beautiful Paint Horses paraded into the outdoor at Greystone Stables for the Overo colour class, in large part due to the unabashed encouragement of trainer Jodie Moore and Washington trail course queen Tracy Olney. The two of them effectively stacked the arena to make it one spectacular twelve-point win for Rosalea Pagani’s JWR The Last Juan, the unanimous favourite under both judges, Teresa Sullivan from Washington and Jennifer Cignoni from Arizona. Even the sixth -horse under each judge got a coveted APHA point! Considering there were only 24 horses entered in the show (and two of them had already competed in the Tobiano colour), the Overo colour class was an unexpected but overwhelming show of support by exhibitors for the “Back-to-Basics” concept – an all-Paint, no frills show with an all-inclusive flat fee that doesn’t “break the bank.” And, with three-point Amateur Geldings and Aged Geldings classes already judged, it was a sure sign this would be a show for the record books. We had 211 entries overall, more than Pritchard (with 42 horses) and more than the first “Back-to-Basics” show last year. (We’re on a roll!) You’ve heard us wax eloquent this year about APHA’s decision to allow half-point classes. APHA points, which become part of a horse’s permanent show record (and worth), are awarded based on the number of horses entered in an APHA class and the placings they receive. For us in BC, where the exhibitor base is small (but growing), those half-point classes (the winner of a two-horse class gets half a point) are a huge incentive to exhibitors to come to the breed shows, pay breed show prices, and compete. We were pretty convinced from the get-go that the spin-off would be larger classes, where winners aren’t just earning a half point, but whole points as class sizes grow. And that’s certainly been true this year. Both “Back-to-Basics” shows - here and in Pritchard in June - boasted some good point-earning riding classes, too. The Amateur division was very nice and we were thrilled at the number of youth at this show. We had exhibitors from as far away as Oregon and Vancouver, Washington; Rosalea and our Overo posterboy came from Powell River and Paul Sullivan was down from the Okanagan. (Lynn Freeland and Kari Scott were enroute but ran into truck troubles at Cache Creek, in 35-degrees-Celsius heat. Truck troubles had the Moores off to a rocky start, too, but they managed to arrive just as the show was getting underway.) Our first-ever Preliminary Hunter class had two entries (we were 50 • Saddle Up • September 2013

thrilled!) and we had two entries each in Amateur and Youth Hunter Hack. Of course, hosting the show at a hunter barn with a highlyregarded hunter coach lurking on site was a bonus - not only for us (she designed the course), but also for exhibitors like Tracy Olney who ended up with a lesson from EC Level 2 coach Allison Bains. (Thanks, Allison!) The Western Pleasure Senior Horse class boasted eight entries, with a two-point win for Jennifer King’s Ready to Dream and for Ingrid Libera’s Maximum Intensity. It was an emotional day for Ingrid, as it was her last show with Max who is now for sale as she heads off to her first year of post-secondary studies at the University of Victoria. They’ve had an incredible show career together – they won last year’s Stampede Super Horse Award at “Back-to-Basics,” among many other high-points and year-ends. This year’s Stampede Super Horse was based on show points (not APHA points) accumulated at both “Back-to-Basics” shows and the beautiful Montana Silversmith buckle went to Ima Sierra Surprise and Devon Smith. “Soopy” is a new mount for Devon, purchased from Val Dacyk of Armstrong earlier this year. They were high point Novice Amateur at both shows (and at the LMQ Spring Circuit, as well). 2012 world champion Dianne Rouse, who rides Ima Special Delivery, was the exhibitors’ choice to win the Double Delichte Stables Sportsmanship award. Dianne is always willing to share her experience with other exhibitors and, according to sources, tamed many an unruly ear in the barn the night before the show. The success of our show is not only because of the exhibitors who support it, but also the sponsors and the volunteer crew who make it happen. Our sincerest thanks to B2B’s presenting sponsor, Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies, PrairieCoast Equipment (our favourite John Deere dealer), to Lazy 3 Ranch (who sponsored our reserve high point awards), Traveland RV SuperCentre and Stampede Tack and Western Wear, our Super Horse sponsor. We raised just shy of $300 for the Children’s Wish Foundation, and Jack Frost, from Washington, won the 50th anniversary APHA jacket for supporting this great cause. Margo Murray was the machine behind our 50/50 that put another $80 or so in the kitty toward our youth scholarship fund. Cindy MacKay is getting a loyal following as our trusty show secretary. Joan Swetlikoff drove her camper all the way from Kamloops to resume her volunteer role as whipper-in. (She’s awesome!) Many thanks, as well, to Colleen Schellenberg and Marilyn Griffin (my right and left hands!), Allan Smith, Glenn Massey (we paid him, but we still think he’s the best!) and to Kerry Sawyer who spent all day in the ring with the judges. If you prefer pictures to the written word, do check out HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint photographer Marion Cox’s Divine Equine website (www.divineequine. ca/awesome) or, better yet, go to for a fantastic video of her favourite shots. (Be sure to check your October edition of the Paint Horse Journal, too - we’re going to be famous!) And, finally, an extra special shout out to Ryan Wolzen and to Mellissa White, our hosts at Greystone who went above and beyond to bed us, park us, feed us and keep the dust down. We are so grateful for your support - it was a privilege to work with you both on this project.


This past year, the BC Paint board of directors has been fine tuning the particulars for a new youth scholarship to be awarded for the first time early next year at our annual awards banquet. Applicants must be BCPHC members (it’s not too late to join!) and applications must be received by October 31. A $500 award will be given, based 40% on a written essay that describes how (Paint) horses have influenced the applicant’s career goals, 20% on school marks, 20% on riding accomplishments and 20% on volunteer activities. Scholarship guidelines and the application form are posted on our website, at, so be sure to check it out. We are very proud to be in a position to support our youth members!


We’re headed to the Mane Event in Chilliwack, October 25-27. Be sure to drop by our booth and say hi. We’ll have oodles of promotional material from APHA and our own programs, like the Open Show and Competition Program, the Otter Co-op Free Trophy Program, our year-end awards program, the youth scholarship - and we love to talk Paint Horses! And we’ll have one terrific slide show with the best of BC Paint Horses to show to everyone!

We have a general membership meeting scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday, September 18, at the Langley Events Centre on 200th Street. The biggest challenge will be to shorten our agenda so we can fit every conversation in. (Our board meetings are very full – and very fun!) New members are welcome; we have an awesome group! Believe it or not, we’ve already started talking about our Christmas wreath fundraiser! Last year’s wreaths were over-the-top beautiful and raised a pile of money for the club. Get your name in early for one - or two! We’re going to start taking orders as early as the September meeting! And at Mane Event, for sure! I’ll also be heading to the Okanagan - it’s a permanent move - in October, so I’m looking forward to getting together with the cluster of members from that area as well. (I can deliver wreaths!) Let’s make a plan. Check out the website and our Facebook group for updates! B2B HIGH POINT WINNERS Novice Youth: Rosalea Pagani and JWR The Last Juan R: Alexa McGown and Leos Cajun Indio Youth: Alex Barber and Sonnys Gone Zippin R: Emma Schellenberg and All Ready Smoke N Novice Amateur: Devon Smith and Ima Sierra Surprise R: Colleen Ebner and What a Sinful Image Amateur Walk/Trot: Lynda Watkin and Rusty White Diamond Solid Bred Amateur: Cathy Glover and Adobe Sunglow Green Horse: Super Miss Lucy and Tamara Jameson R: Special Te Forces and Tracy Olney Junior Horse: What a Sinful Image and Colleen Ebner R: Slicks Left Turn and Ingrid Libera Senior Horse: JLA Lil Leaguer and Tristan Morgan R: Special Te Forces and Tracy Olney Super Horse: Ima Sierra Surprise

Colleen Ebner and What A Sinful Image won the Junior Horse high point

Langley Riders Society By Shauna Olsen


t’s been a fun-filled month at Langley Riders Society. Fantastic turnout to our events - despite the melting hot weather. Thank you to all who attended! The care and concern shown for both riders and mounts was a real pleasure to see. This is what I love about this club! If you want to show at a venue where sportsmanship rules, this is it. Whether you are a complete newbie or a seasoned veteran, this club has something

for you! Come on out and join us in the ring or just sit back and enjoy watching all the action. There is truly something for everyone at this club. English, Western, Jumping, Games, Rodeo it’s all here. We also have a great drill team that has been busy at a variety of performances always fun to watch! Special thanks to these riders who donate so much of their time to travel about BC representing our club.

HIGH POINT SHOW RESULTS FOR JULY: ENGLISH: Senior: Raylene Kocis Intermediate:   Danielle Rogers Junior:   Maddie Davey Pee Wee:  Lexi Langset Tiny Mite:  Emma Gildemeister Walk Trot:  Amy Rogers & Sophia Rokstad WESTERN: Senior:   Raylene Kocis Intermediate:  Cassie Glover & Dani Olsen Junior:  none Pee Wee:  Brooklyn Gildemeister Tiny Mite:  Emma Gildemeister Walk Trot:  none

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Overall Highpoint: Emma Gildemeister GAMES:  George Burns - Vicky Mason Jack Benny - Jenny Leibenzeder Senior - Kate Mumford Intermediate - Matty London Junior - Kirsten Walker Pee Wee - Brooklyn Gildemeister Tiny Mite - Emma Gildemeister • 51

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

Trapping Creek Horse Trails What makes a good horse trail great? The checklist could include good footing, some scenery, access to water and gradual climbs/ descents with varying terrain. When you can have all that in any measure it becomes a great trail. For several years, a group of trail riders from the Okanagan have been exploring, networking and mapping many miles of suitable horse trails in an area located between Kelowna and Beaverdell on Hwy 33, on the Trapping Creek FSR. One important goal was to connect the camps along Trapping Creek FSR with horse trails that did not require any riding on the FSR itself. Several dedicated riders spent countless hours riding and hiking the area and, with the help of GPS, a trail network emerged boasting several creek crossings and beautiful trails of varying lengths. As time passed, it became apparent that these trails would fit nicely into the Back Country Horsemen of BC provincial trail network, and registering them with the BC Government would help preserve them. Following application in 2012, the Trapping Creek Horse Trails were registered by BCHBC in May of 2013. Now there is much to be done in the next few years to make improvements, have the trails marked, and to keep the trails open for riders. While the trails will never be groomed like many horse trails in more urban areas, riders seeking to ride this type of trail are seeking a different experience. The Trapping Creek Trails are very much back country trails. The horse trail network now boasts several loops connecting the camps, and varying distances between three miles and 12 miles with several good creek crossings. Mainly old grassy two-track logging trails connected by enhanced cow paths and game trails offer good footing, and the altitude 52 • Saddle Up • September 2013

changes on these trails are gradual. While the trails are mainly deep in the forest, there are a few vantage points with lovely views. The snow has sometimes lingered into mid-May on the higher trails; you will encounter an abundance of small stream crossings, with some still running into late July. The many crossings of Trapping Creek are not recommended during Freshet, which is usually short but powerful, and depends on the snowpack melt. We are in “Big White” Country, after all. The camping areas are primitive, but all have rock fire-pits and lovely areas for highlining or setting up portable pens. Don’t be surprised to see bovine visitors in camp; they do come by to say hello from time to time. There are three camp areas along the Trapping Creek FSR, and each will allow for three truck-and-trailer rigs to comfortably fit. The beautiful Trapping Creek is only a five to tenminute walk from each of these camps, and a great place to cool off after a warm ride. Access to the sites is on a first-come, firstserve basis; other recreational campers also utilize these sites and in the late fall the area is very popular with hunters. These camps can be a bit dusty during dry weather, as they are right beside the Trapping Creek FSR; the FSR is well used by other back country enthusiasts and there is active logging going on in the area on weekdays. On the July long weekend, we had the privilege of hosting several Yarrow Chapter trail riders, who enjoyed riding the varied terrain and loved the creek crossings; I think towing John Gardner’s dog, Jubal, through the swift current of the creek was a highlight. Riding back into camp after a day on the trail to find a huge Canadian flag hanging high over camp was another highlight. But all this is a story for Gene Peters to write. Perhaps another day! If you are interested in visiting this area, GPS tracks and maps are available. In 2014,

they will be included in the HCBC online trail guide. For more information, contact Juanita Gibney at For information about the Back Country Horsemen of BC organization, please visit www.bchorsemen. org. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

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

Meet Cathy Southwell and her horse Sammy


y name is Cathy Southwell and this is my new colt, Sammy! He is everything I hoped he would be: athletic, smart and personable. And cute, too! My incredible old mare BRR Bleu Melody was aging, and I kept thinking how wonderful it would be to have a grandbaby of hers. I have her daughter, Song Sung Bleu, who was at the age which, if I wanted a foal from her, I needed to breed her before she got much older. So, the hunt for a stallion was on. I wanted to stay with the Crabbet bloodlines because I find these horses are kind and easy to work with. They are also very athletic and beautiful. I had shown a Crabbet horse for years (Neyonlites+) and love how sensible and easy they are to work with. HS Kolors Khemorada was one of the stallions in the Region 17 Stallion Futurity in 2011, and he caught my eye. I liked his body style, which was very similar to Song’s, and when I checked out his pedigree, I was thrilled to see lots of wonderful Crabbet blood. He is a grandson of Khemosabi, who is known for his presence and his easy-going temperament, and for passing those traits on. His lines also go back to Ferzon, which is Neyon’s ancestry. Khemorada’s dam lines also go back to Lady Crabbet through Spain. I talked with his owner, Tammy Hayward, and she described a horse that is very much what I would expect with his breeding: easy to work with, uncomplicated, athletic. And he had Top-Fived in his first Regionals! HS Kolors Khemorada was standing in Saskatchewan, which is a fair distance from British Columbia, so we decided to try AI. Tammy was amazing and went above and beyond to ship the semen when it was needed, but unfortunately, Song did not catch. So, in the spring of 2012, Song made the long trek to Saskatchewan! And we were successful! Sammy arrived 11 months later. Sadly, my old mare Bleu Melody is no longer with us to help raise her grandson; I know she would have loved having a foal in her pasture! As I watch Sammy play in the pasture and do a beautiful, natural collected canter, I can’t help but think “Sport Horse Show Hack!” He will be introduced to showing next year in the Yearling Halter classes. I am hoping that Sammy will be my horse companion for many years to come. I am planning to show and trail ride, and just enjoy this wonderful horse that has blessed my life. For those of you with new foals, Damarhe Training offers a Halter and Conditioning Program. Even if you don’t show, give your new foal HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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

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a good start with good handling and a feed program. Contact Dawn Heppner for further information.

Competition Update

September 13-15 is the date for the AAHABC Fall Frolic in Langley. Congratulations to all the competitors at the Canadian Nationals that were held in Brandon, MB. The 2013 Regional Show results are in.

Congratulations to:

JOSAPHEEN+, owned by Robert Mawson Champion SHUS Junior horse Champion SHIH Hunter Type HA Mares Champion SHIH Hunter Type HA Mares ATH Champion SHIH Dressage Type HA Mares Reserve Champion SHUS HA Open Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure Jackpot Top 5 SHUS HA ATR Top 5 Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse CHATTANOOGA SHOE SHYNE BOY, owned by Cori Wilson Reserve Champion HA SHIH Hunter Type Open Reserve Champion HA SHIH Hunter Type ATH Top 5 HA SHIH Dressage Type Open Top 5 HA SHIH Dressage Type ATH Top 5 Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Top 5 Hunter Pleasure Jackpot Top 5 SHUS Junior Horse SHY SOLITAIRE, owned by Cori Wilson Reserve Champion PB SHIH Dressage Type Open Reserve Champion Two-year old Fillies Top 5 SHIH Hunter Type Open Top 5 SHIH Dressage Type TH Top 5 PB Arabian Mares ATH

How Do Horses Age?

(Excerpt from “The Foaling Primer” by Cynthia McFarland; Storey Publishing, 2005) “You may be familiar with how dogs age as compared to humans, but what about the horse? In the first year of life, the foal grows more rapidly than the human child. From birth until three years, the horse ages approximately 6.5 years for every human year. In his third year of life, the horse’s age slows to about five years for every human year. The three-year-old horse is the rough equivalent of an 18-year-old human. From four years on, the horse ages only about 2.5 years for each human year. A 22-year-old horse is approximately 65 years old in human terms. A horse that lives to the ripe old age of 36 is the equivalent of a 100-yearold person. All age equivalents in the charts are approximate and, just as with humans, some animals age better than others.” Horse - Human 30 years - 85.5 years 10 years - 35.5 years 1 year - 6.5 years 36 years - 100.5 years 17 years - 53 years 2 years - 13 years 20 years - 60.5 years 3 years - 18 years 24 years - 70.5 years 4 years - 20.5 years • 53

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

West Coast Classic


ell, the sun gods were shining brightly for the second circuit of LMQHA’s 2013 season. Tina The Longline Challenge Costume summer and kids Maynard did a smashing job of starting us off with our ever-popular welcome social. Such a wonderful way to start any show; Evergreen Circuit good people plus good food equals good times. Thanks Tina, and Next on the list is our third all LM members, for coming together and making it wonderful and final show for 2013. This show for those that come and play with us. welcomes back the Paint Horses The fun didn’t stop there... it was wild to say the least! The and the BCPHC will be hosting 2013 Bazaar Team did a fundraiser dinner with some fun classes the move-in social for this show. afterwards on the Saturday night. The team rallied together and The Paint Club never disappoints made sure everyone had a great experience. People were saying and puts together a super yummy it was the most fun they’ve had at a horse show in a really long spread for all to enjoy. time. Glenn Massey We have some big money up proved that, not only is for grabs at this circuit, such as an he the voice of LMQHA, Open Reining jackpot with $350 but he is also “udderly” added. Shankless Showmanship Some of our amazing prizes dedicated to our cause of returns and promises to delight bringing the fun factor spectators with $250 added. back! Splendora Huizenga Watching a horse and handler go through the motions of dance and Mellissa Buckley were with no lead shank is breathtaking! Calling all older pleasure our judges and a huge ponies - we haven’t forgotten about the seasoned horse... $250 to “Thank you!” to these lope to the winner. The Cathy Dumaresq Trail is a staple of our two professional trainers show season, and there is $750 up for grabs! Hold on, we’re not who donated their time done yet - how about $1500 for a yearling halter extravaganza! and their smiles. Pia and Plus, some great awards for all-arounds... wow! All this made Glenn Massey with Tux the Cowhorse her non-horsey husband possible by the generous support of our amazing LMQHA prepared all sponsors! None of this would be the food... no easy task in that heat! It was really nice possible without them. to see so many smiling faces. Thanks, ladies. We offered some beautiful class awards from embroidered halters and stall blanket bags to blingedout baseball caps and more. Overall, this show is summed up as a huge success, one that we will be building from for next year. Keep tuned in for news in regard to our 2014 season. It promises to be bigger and better than ever. Thanks again to all of our amazing sponsors - without you, none of this would be possible! Cyril (aka Tina Turner) with Clyde

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The Wheelbarrow Races

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South Central Quarter Horse Association

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

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

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2013 AQHA Region One Championship Experience


s history reflects, so this year, once again, speaks... SCQHA was well represented at the final edition of this prestigious event by many folks from our Zone including some of our very own SCQHA Amateur and Youth members: Amber Crutchley, Maralynn Rehbein and Olivia Nelson. Highlighted: a sincere, heart-warming pleasure to see a much-beloved SCQHA “Old Trouper” “Odie,” Winning The Dream return to the show pen with his new mom, Joyce Voth. Many thanks to SCQHA local sponsor Nancy Roman and Saddle Up for your continued support of AQHA events throughout AQHA Region One.

AQHA Fall Circuit We’re gearing up for our best-EVER AQHA Fall Circuit on September 13, 14 and 15, in Armstrong. SCQHA is striving to offer something for ALL Breeds and Non-Pros to participate in and this year we are hosting three Jackpot classes to help see that happen: • Open All-Breed All-Ages Hunter Under Saddle Jackpot with a High Point Non-Pro Award • Open All-Breed All-Ages Western Pleasure Jackpot with a High Point Non-Pro Award • Open All-Breed Two-year-old Western Pleasure Jackpot

Non-Pro All-Ages All-Breed Versatility Class - $500 Added This new addition to the SCQHA Show program is an innovative idea brought to us by Hutton Performance Horses. Non-Pro, Youth and Amateur exhibitors will show their horses at Halter, then in Showmanship and finally on the lunge line. This is for Non-Pros, and there is $500 added to the purse to make things very, very interesting! Exhibitors may show any aged horse with the exception of weanlings. The first class will be Versatility Halter which will follow at the conclusion of all the Halter classes. Then, after all the Showmanship classes are completed, exhibitors will present their horses in the same order of go in Showmanship. Following that, the exhibitors, once HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

again in the same order of go, will show their horses on the lunge line. Without a doubt, this will be a well-remembered class and has all the makings to be a TON of fun! Check out the Show Rules for full and complete details on our website, at

Open All-Breed Ranch Horse Extravaganza SCQHA is proud to be the first of the BCQHA’s Zones to be hosting an event of this nature. Classes are open to any and all breeds of Working Ranch Horses. We offer a Ranch Horse Conformation Class, a Pleasure class, a Trail Class and a Reining Class specifically designed to herald our wonderful, local, real working ranch horses. As an added “welcome aboard” to our Open All-Breed Ranch Horse class participants, any exhibitors who show AQHA-registered horses and qualify by the AQHA Ranch Horse Pleasure rules will be hosted by SCQHA to a FREE entry into the AQHA Ranch Horse Pleasure classes. All you have to do is enter in the Open All-Breed Ranch Horse classes of your choice and you will get a FREE entry into the AQHA Ranch Horse Class. To get all of the details, visit our website ( index.php/scqha) and download the Open All-Breed Ranch Horse Program. SCQHA is excited to welcome our local and greatly-admired working ranch horses to participate and show off what great and talented ranch horses we have right in our own backyard!

SCQHA Team Tournament Returns Brought to us by the generous patronage of the Hutton Family of Chilliwack, this fun-filled FREE Tournament brought many smiles and lots of laughter to the show. Last year, one very lucky Youth exhibitor took home an electric scooter just for participating! This year, some of the prizes include bicycles, a 19-inch TV and DVDs, clippers and much, much more. All you have to do is sign up and join in on the fun! What a SUPER way to meet new people and make wonderful life-long memories.

SUPER HALTER MANIA Back again by popular demand, the original collaborative concept of Sherry Sulz and Flora Kippan has helped to make our Fall Circuit such a HUGE success. These pioneering women have once again joined forces with SCQHA to host the best of the best in futurity offerings. Welcome back... Open All-Breed, Stallion, Mare and Gelding combined Yearling Halter Futurity with $1500 added AND Open All-Breed, Colt, Filly and Gelding combined Weanling Futurity with $1500 added. Year after year, we are seeing more young horses participating in these classes and the take-home purses are getting bigger and bigger along with the increase in entries. Get your entries in soon! For further show information, please contact our Show Secretary: Cherie Corrigan 2468 Endall Road Black Creek, BC, V9J 1G7 Fax: 250-337-5090 Email: • 55

Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - vacant Secretary - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier, Katrin Levermann,


Linda Pocholko and WW Johra Dawn

t won’t be long before the ride season of the Endurance Riders Association of BC will be over for another year, and we’ll be waiting, waiting, waiting for it to start anew. The compressed, rapid-fire scheduling of this year’s ride calendar has barely given us time to savour the trails! Last Chance Mountain Ride was held on its early date of July 13 at the Telemark Nordic Ski trails site in Westbank. In its second year, and following the tradition of the first, all meals were laid on for attendees always such a treat! Also offered was a new trail - also a treat - including the new last loop, now known as “Murray’s Maze.” It was a tightlylooping, intricately marked trail that kept all riders on their toes and watching the trail ribbons - and we made it! Twenty-four riders started the 50-mile event. Joanne Wright and Titanium took first place in 5:01, seconds before Bianca Mackenzie and Divine, and Gail Jewell and Sassy. Sassy was awarded Best Condition later that evening. Brandi Anthony and Sterling Ventures were in at 5:02, so it was a very close finish for the first four riders. Julie James and Double Aught Buck arrived in 6:24, Lori Bewza and Trubadours Al Jazaan at 6:32, along with Brenda Miskimmin and Paladin, who won High Vet Score at the awards presentation. Completing the Top Ten 50s were Cheryl Dzida and Northern Thunder, Fred Voglmaier and My Dance, and Julius Bloomfield with KC Kismet. First and only junior, Grace Logie on Dapper Dan, arrived with Julius. Twenty-one riders started the 22-mile event, with Roberts Hormes and Psheyenne handily finishing in 3:16, closely followed by Jessica Lima on Diamond Funk at 3:17, Sandy Laing and JV Jazz at 3:23, and Colleen Gay and Glory’s Angel Breeze at 3:26. Elroy Karius and Apache finished at 3:27, riding with sister Linda Pocholko. A high point of the entire ride was Linda’s return to the trails, after a number of years of health issues - she’s back! And we were all so glad to welcome her return. Linda came back in style, with her horse WW Johra Dawn winning high vet score that evening. Two weeks later on July 27, High Sage Ride at Cache Creek made its first appearance on the ERABC ride calendar, with 51 riders signing up to try the new trails. But, first, they had to drive up the hill to Ride Camp which, for some, was a greater test of endurance than trails, as the incline tested their radiators and transmissions! Many learned new techniques about hauling uphill - and down - before the weekend was over! Those difficulties were set aside the next day, as most riders seemed to find the new trail worth the trip, with lots of good going and 56 • Saddle Up • September 2013

footing. High Sage trot out, photo by Nicole Reynolds Twenty-six riders started the 50-mile event, which, by the end of the day, was re-sanctioned at 55, most measuring devices agreeing! A racing finish by seven riders at 7:38 saw Murray Mackenzie and Ransom in first place, Wanda Lea and Who Made Who in second, and Ariel MacLeod and Driftwoods Tabora in third. Sandy Laing and JV Jazz came in fourth, Brenda Miskimmin and Paladin in fifth, Terre O’Brennan and Koszaar in sixth, and Fred Voglmaier and My Dance in seventh. Completing the Top Ten placements were Stephany Dean and Sipping Champagne at 8:18, Cheryl Dzida and Northern Thunder, Lynn Wallden and CJ Mohawk Supreme at 8:30. Murray and Ransom went on to win Best Condition Award, as well as mark their ten years together as a Decade Team. Terre and Koszaar were awarded High Vet Score. Twenty riders started the Limited Distance event, with Shawnee Venables and Feisty’s Farah Lady finishing first at 3:49, followed by daughter Darien and Splash at 3:51. Feisty’s Farah Lady was later awarded High Vet Score in the 22-mile event. Barb Hart and Kool as Ice came third at 4:03, relative newcomer Nick McDonald and Merlin came fourth at 4:05. First-timer Marissa Halloway came fifth with ALX Mathazar at 4:09, riding with Nora Hudson and White Sox Victor at 4:11. Completing the Top Ten were Corne duToit and Kashira Shamir and junior Melanie Price with Sahieb at 4:23, Anne Mackay and Dante at 4:24, and Pam Price with Fabayo, Jessica Lima and Cupido at 4:29. Full listings of placements and times are posted on the ERABC website, at Congratulations to you all and thanks to the wonderful veterinarians who help keep our horses safe at these rides! At the writing of this update, two events remain on our 2013 Ride Calendar: Skimikin Lake near Tappen on August 17, and another new ride on September 1 at 108 Mile House, the Cariboo Gold Rush Express. This new ride will also offer an Endurance 101 clinic with Aareen Storm on August 31. More information on both rides and the clinic is available on the ERABC website. In international endurance news, congratulations to Team Canada for achieving Silver at the FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championship in Lexington, Kentucky, on July 19. Emma Webb, Jaylene Janzen and Jessica Yavis rode well and did Canada proud! See you on the trails!

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 F AX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2013 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Neal Antoine (250) 457-5391 Derek Mobbs (250) 315-9498 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Mike Gill (250) 315-9625 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 318-9430 Court Smith (250) 302-1176 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391

BCRA & QUESNEL RODEO CLUB 2013 BCRA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS September 13, 14 & 15, 2013 Outdoors – Alex Fraser Park, Quesnel, BC PERFORMANCE TIMES:

Friday – 6pm / Saturday – 2pm / Sunday – 1pm ~ Top 10 Qualifiers in the 8 Major Events ~ Top 10 Qualifiers in the Junior Breakaway, Junior Barrels, Junior Steer Riding ~ Top 10 Qualifiers in the Pee Wee Barrel Racing


Adults $10 (Advance) $12.00 (Gate) Seniors 65+ $7.00 (Advance) $9.00 (Gate) Youth 7-12 $7.00 (Advance) $9.00 (Gate) Children 6 & under Free

BARN DANCE: Saturday, Sept 14th – Advance Ticket Sales Only COWBOY BREAKFAST: Saturday & Sunday Tickets Available at Circle S Western Wear, Quesnel, BC *Steak Dinner – Hosted by Save On Foods – Saturday, Sept. 14th


2013 Season Leader Saddle Sponsors 2013 Team Roping Season Leader Saddles 2013 Team Roping Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

2013 Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Top 10 Ladies Barrel Finalists Jean Sponsor Committee Product Sponsor WRANGLER

2013 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle 2013 Steer Wrestling Finals Champion Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947

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

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

PMT Chartered Accountants, Williams Lake BC Livestock Producer Co-op Assn – Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet

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

2013 BCRA RACK CARD SPONSORSHIP Irvine Tack & Trailers, Viking AB

2013 FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic Wrangler Regency Chrysler Grassland Equipment Ltd. • 57

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


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

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


of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or 8/13

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

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

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

For info: or


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 9/13 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 10/13 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbi Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC Miniature Horse Club 8/13 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 7/14 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,


BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 6/14 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 5/14 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 7/14 58 • Saddle Up • September 2013

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate


GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 9/13 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry 2/14 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 12/13 Inland Draft & Teamsters Assoc. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 6/14 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 3/14 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 5/14


Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 3/13

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14 Pine tree riding club (Kamloops)Michelle 250-573-5331, mtondevold@ Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 8/13 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. 250-494-5057, 0


HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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

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

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2013 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events.


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


4 PRACTICE IN THE PARK, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 4-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Camp 2+ with Purpose, James Creek Ranch, Merritt BC, 1-888-533-4353, 5-8 PHILIPPE KARL School of Légèreté Open Clinic, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase BC, 6 BC LIVESTOCK HORSE SALE, Williams Lake BC, Call 250-398-7174 to consign, 6 QUARTER HORSE PRODUCTION SALE, Ace of Clubs QHs, Burnt Lake Livestock Mart, Red Deer AB, 403-783-9835, 6-8 TSC SCHOOLING SHOW, Fall Fair, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Elaine or Marty 6-8 TFC PAUL DUFRESNE CLINIC & Demo Sept 5, Fort St. John (Goodlow) BC, Carla, 250-781-3151 6-8 BARKERVILLE COWBOY & DROVER JUBILEE, Barkerville BC, 1-888-994-3332, 7 BC LIVESTOCK HORSE SALE, Vanderhoof BC, Call 250-567-4333 to consign, 7 ALBERTA WISH TRAIL RIDE, Duchess AB, Irene 403-366-8199, 7 FALL CLASSIC TROPHY SHOW, (Eng/West/Ranch/Jump), BCHQ, Parkway Stables, Penticton BC, Sherri 7 TELLINGTON TTOUCH CLINIC w/Tammy Steen in Kaslo BC, for info contact Ashley Hain 7-8 SALMON ARM FALL FAIR HORSE SHOW, English/Western/Reining, BC Heritage Qualifier & PAC, Salmon Arm BC, 7-8 WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Adiva Murphy, Vernon Riding Club Vernon BC, info Kathy Velocci, or 7-Oct 6 EDMONTON, AB, Extended 25 day Advanced Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 7-10 WILLINGLY GUIDED REINING CLINIC, Craig Johnson, Cardinal Ranch, BC, 250-968-4481, 7-13 MEDICINE HAT, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 8 MHC GAMES SHOW, Mission Horse Club, - 8 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna Riding Club Grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062, 8 HUNTER SHOW, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814,, 8 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, Games, info Ngaire Smart 778-277-0015,

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

10 GET TO KNOW YOUR HORSE BETTER “Respiratory Clinic” 6:30 pm, complimentary to all, Stampede Tack, Surrey BC 604-574-7427 11 DEBBIE HUGHES HORSEMANSHIP, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 11-15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two, James Creek Ranch, Merritt BC, info Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 13-15 DEEP SEAT/DEEP FEEL Horse/Human Riding in Balance, Horse Centred, Armstrong BC, 250-546-9640, 13-15 SCQHA FALL AQHA SHOW CIRCUIT, Armstrong Fairgrounds, 13-15 CANADIAN INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Calgary AB, more info at 13-15 REINING ALBERTA Fall Classic (Ponoka Ag Events Centre, Ponoka), 14 POT ‘O GOLD POKER RIDE, Find the Golden Horseshoe, Open to all, hosted by BCIMHC, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, 14 RIDE STRONG POKER RALLY, Rolyn Hills Guest Ranch, Red Deer AB, Sarah Fritzel 403-392-4844 14-15 DARYL GIBB CLINIC, colt starting, problem solving, confidence building, 4424 Hullcar Road, Armstrong BC, contact Cathi Gimse 250-546-4180 14-15 TWIN CREEKS EXPERIENCE w/Adiva Murphy, Duncan BC, Deb at, FB or 14-15 ROCK CREEK & BOUNDARY FAIR, Rock Creek BC, 14-15 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, Jumping Clinic/Warm Ups & Show, info Katrina 14-15 TELLINGTON TTOUCH CLINIC w/Tammy Steen in Lumby BC. Info at 14-20 SASKATOON, SK, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 15 WESTERN/AGILITY/GYMKHANA DAY, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814,, 15 FUNDAY, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 15 MHC PERCENTAGE DAY, Mission Horse Club, - 18 PRACTICE IN THE PARK, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 19-20 MANTRACKER (Terry Grant), Learn To Track Clinic, and evening public session, Enderby BC, Tina 250-938-1217, 19-23 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Three & Beyond Camp, Quilchena Ranch, Merritt BC, Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 20 UNGSTAD’S ANNUAL QH PRODUCTION SALE, Innisfail Auction Market, Innisfail AB, Dwight 403-783-2697,

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 20 BC LIVESTOCK HORSE SALE, Kamloops BC, Call 250-573-3939 to consign, 21 3rd ANNUAL POKER RIDE FUNDRAISER, McBride, BC, Mellany 250-968-4342, 21 REINING ALBERTA Show Circuit (North Branch) (Heatherdown Hills Arena, Onoway), 21 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, FB, 21 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, 21 ALBERTA WISH TRAIL RIDE, Reesor Ranch, Cypress Hills AB, Irene 403-366-8199, 21 PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, Lynnaea Rawlings or 250-573-3569 21-22 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY FALL CLASSIC, Cloverdale Agriplex, Ulli 604-421-6681 21-22 QUALITY OF TOUCH Equine Massage Therapy, Horse Centred, Armstrong BC, 250-546-9640, 21-22 OPEN FALL FAIR HORSE SHOW, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River BC, Sandy 604-485-0249, 21-24 JANDANA RANCH: Horses and Pastel Painting, Janice Jarvis 250-573-5800, 21-24 SASKATOON, SK, Vertebral Realignment Course. Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 22 2ND ANNUAL WILD ROSE RIDE FUNDRAISER, Hosted by AEF, riding in Kananaskis, Allison 403-253-4411 x5, 22 PERCENT/DRESSAGE DAY, Delta Riding Club, Sheila 604-940-9698,, 22 MHC ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Mission Horse Club, - 22 PTRC HORSE SHOW, Kamloops, Michelle Tondevold or 250-573-5331 22 PRC Gymkhana 9:00 start, Peachland, 24 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Our Place, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, 25-28 TWISTED TERRAIN & HORSEPLAY YOUR WAY CAMP, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, Horseplay Your Way, 27-28 DIAMOND H TACK TENT SALE, 18th Anniversary Celebration, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631 27-29 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Kamloops BC, info Angie Field 1-888-533-435 28 OLD BALDY RANCH PRODUCTION SALE, Vold, Jones & Vold Auction, Dawson Creek BC, (Catalogue up Sept 1) 28 POKER RIDE, Hosted by BC Interior Horse Rescue, $15 per Rider, Lunch $5, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, for info 28-29 VDRC HARVEST CLASSIC General Performance Show, Vernon BC, 28-29 CARIBOO TRAILS FIELD DRIVING TRIALS, Huber Farm, 70 Mile House BC, Ken 250-456-6050 28-29 EPONA APPROACH WORKSHOP, Horse Centred, Armstrong BC, 250-546-9640, 29 CASUAL TRAIL RIDE, Hosted by BC Interior Horse Rescue, $5 Per Rider, Lunch $5, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, for info 29 MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, Canadian Mountain Trail Horse Society, 30-Oct 3 SCHOOL OF LÉGÈRETÉ Open Clinic, ForTheHorse, Chase BC, 30-Oct 6 CANADIAN SUPREME, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB,

october 3-5 4 4-5 4-6 4-6

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course 1, Millarville Racing & Ag Society, Millarville AB, 1-888-533-4353, THE WESTERN HORSE SALE (held during Canadian Supreme), Red Deer AB, Elaine 403-845-2541, catalogue at FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, TOPLINE FALL FINALE Hack/Hunter/Jumper Show (BC Heritage/Summer Games Qual.), Salmon Arm BC, Sonya 250-833-2669 ADIVA MURPHY HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Brooks AB, Email or FB,,

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5 SRGEDC Supernatural Hallowe’en Show, 5-6 GYMKHANA (BC Heritage/PAC pending), Barriere BC, www., Kristina 250-320-2211, 5-6 CADORA SYMPOSIUM w/Stephen Clarke (Build a Better Dressage Horse), Sun Meadows, Kamloops BC, Suzanne 250-545-5573, 5-6 DEBBIE HUGHES HORSEMANSHIP, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 5-7 TSC SCHOOLING SHOW-OCTOBERFEST, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Elaine or Marty 6 MHC SPOOKTACULAR FUN SHOW, Mission Horse Club, - 6 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, 6 AERC FUN DAY, English/Western/Schooling Jumps, Armstrong Fairgrounds. All welcome. 6 PRC Gymkhana 9:00 start, Peachland, 6-7 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course 2, Millarville Racing & Ag Society, Millarville AB, 1-888-533-4353, 11-13 High School and Junior High Rodeo, Peachland, or 12-13 PEACE COUNTRY PET & EQUINE EXPO, Grande Prairie AB, 13 HERITAGE/SCHOOLING SHOW (BC Heritage/PAC pending), Barriere BC, www., 250-318-9975, 13 TURKEY DAY POKER RIDE in the Nass, Nass Valley, Marty 18-20 ALBERTA 50/50 POT O GOLD FUTURITY & COLT SALE, Calnash Trucking Center, Ponoka AB, 403-368-2114, 19 HORSEPLAY YOUR WAY MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CLINIC, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 19 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, FB, 19 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, Games/Costume, info Ngaire Smart \ 778-277-0015, 20 HALLOWEEN FUNDAY, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 20 CMTHS MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, 20 OLD FRIENDS CANADA “Champagne Finale Dressage Schooling Show”, Lake Country BC, Miranda 250-878-2730 20 PTRC HALLOWEEN FUN SHOW, Kamloops, Michelle Tondevold or 250-573-5331 22 GET TO KNOW YOUR HORSE BETTER “Halloween Theme Clinic” 6:30 pm, complimentary to all, Stampede Tack, Surrey BC 604-574-7427 25-27 THE MANE EVENT, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, 27 SEMI ANNUAL MEETING, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, 1:45 pm, Ponoka Drop In Center, 5015-46 Ave. Ponoka AB,


15 ANNUAL HORSEY LADIES CHARITY BANQUET, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Vernon BC, see us on Facebook or contact Nancy 250-546-9922 16 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan,, FB, 16-17 MAC CONE CLINIC, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, 22 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, Awards Banquet, info Paul Gildemeister,


3 GET TO KNOW YOUR HORSE BETTER “Dental Clinic” 6:30 pm, complimentary to all, Stampede Tack, Surrey BC 604-574-7427 20-Jan 4 FRANK DOUTHEIL CLINIC, Apache Spirit Ranch, Tombstone AZ, 21 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, FB, Do you have your 2013/2014 dates booked yet? Send them in (required format only, as above) – our readers want to know!

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


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

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

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

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

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

ECO NETS, Contain the Hay. Eliminate the Waste. Benefit the Horse and Owner 7/14 • Chilliwack, BC 10/13


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

Best Value in Red Deer!

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


Dynamic Balance Equestrian


(serving southern B.C. and islands) Certified Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and Certified Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines – All Breeds 604-992-7945 • 3/13

SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-604-888-7263,, 4/14 SUPER 8 RED DEER NORTH, 7474 50th Ave., Red Deer AB 403-343-1102 Clean friendly & reasonably priced. Minutes to Westerner Park 10/13

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

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

For all your Farm and Small Business accounting needs

Patricia Paterson

Chartered Accountant

250-546-4014 or e-mail



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

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 7/14 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 6/14 THE PERFECT SADDLE FIT, 250-538-1868 Saddle fitting for most English saddles, Schleese & Zaldi Representative 7/14 FACILITY RENTALS

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


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Business Services FARM SUPPLIES



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

Aaron Martin Harness Ltd.


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

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



Dr. rEED’S SupplEmEntS

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




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

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


He aling Horse s The ir Wa y

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



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

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

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

Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC


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

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

Custom built and installed to your needs


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

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

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

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

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

FEncing •




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



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

CARDINAL 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 3/14 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,9/13 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CLICKER TRAINING w/Monty Gwynne (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 3/14


Dana Hokana Quarter Horses

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

By Cam Johnston 780-719-2740

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


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

RUSTY SPUR TACK & FEED (Lumby) 250-547-9506, Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 9/13

Touch ‘A TexAs Town & Country

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

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 10/13 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 12/13 ZEN WELDING SERVICES (Mountainview, AB) Custom welding & repairs on trailers, farm equipment & more. 403-464-6051, 12/13 TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 4/14 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 8/14 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 4/14 TRAINERS/coaches ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics 3/14

Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics

DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale

11/13 • 951.302-9463 •

ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 4/14 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-6793866 Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internships, Lessons, Intensives 9/14 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 3/14 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 9/13


The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and Confidence with Awareness, Feel and Signal • Merritt, BC • 250-315-1098 2/14 (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 11/13 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 5/14


Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 2/14 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/Western Pleasure/Horsemanship training for all levels. 9/13 Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975 11/13 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 8/13 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 7/14

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Business Services transport/hauling


Certified Livestock Transportation – Specializing in Horses

A small company based in the north Okanagan – Commercially Licensed and Insured Two brand new trailers operating on your schedule. Local moves 30 km/1 hour start at $75. Contact Ken Tunbridge for a quote 250-463-1415 or

We remember Pte. B.A. Tingley – Grandpa, a Vimy Ridge Survivor


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

Interior Veterinary Health Services (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 5/14 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY Clinic 250-374-1486 9/13 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 5/14 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 12/13 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 11/13 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707  7/14 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller,

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

Stallions and Breeders WWW.VINDSDALUR.CA Icelandic Horse Breeding and Training Facility (now located in Falkland, BC), 250-379-2295 2/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 8/13 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 2/14 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 9/14 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,

Dragonfly Acres

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


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 11/13 icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • KEILEN RANCH PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS (Quesnel BC) 250-992-1168 Weanling & Young Horse Sales;; 2/14 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 9/13 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan,

Salty Ole Jack

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

A Place Where Champions Are Made

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


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

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

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

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REGISTERED STALLIONS, GELDING AND MARES All sizes, up to 16.2HH Palominos and Liver Chestnuts Some started – some broke Great minds and temperaments! Howard Fowler 250-248-3882 (Coombs BC)

GREAT HORSE SET UP 15 acres set up for horses in the beautiful South Cariboo. Extensive renovations have been done in this approximately 1,500 sq. ft. home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a shop and barn with 5 box stalls, plus outbuildings. Too many features to list! REDUCED $477,900. 250-395-2804 (100 Mile House area) E-mail


OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

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

TW Smok N Hawk

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

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

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

“DIVINE IN TIME” (Vying Victor x divineintervention) 9-year-old Jockey Club reg’d 15.2HH Mare. Jumping up to 2’9”. Excellent manners, super kind and reliable. UTD on shots, teeth, feet and dewormer. Trail rides alone, quiet around vehicles and dogs. Good for farrier, baths, loads. Owner must sell, attending school. $5,000 obo. Contact Meghan 250-540-7926 (Vernon BC)

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

1984 CIRCLE J CUSTOM B/P 2 horse straight haul, with ramp, removable divider, 2 escape doors, tack compartment under both mangers. $1,200 obo. 778-485-0817 (100 Mile House)

THIS MARE IS RIDING WELL AND PRETTY AS A PICTURE By Jessies Snappy Doc out of a daughter of Smart Little Baggins. Reference sire: Jessies Snappy Doc by Doc’s Spencer Bar, Doc Bar, Poco Tivio and King’s Pistol bred.

ALSO: 12 – 2-year-olds started; 6 fillies, 5 geldings and 1 stud colt by sires Lazy Wind by Special Effort, Jessies Snappy Doc, Sonitas Tiger Leo by Sonitas Last and Bet On The Smart Cat by WR This Cat’s Smart. PROSPECTS from yearlings to aged horses; bred AQHA mares. FINISHED Barrel horses, Ranch/Rope horses and Cutters. And an 11-year-old reg’d APHA gelding Ranch/Rope horse. 250-546-9766 (Armstrong BC)


“DA VINCY” - GREAT DRESSAGE/EVENTING PROSPECT 7-year-old, 16.2HH, German Hanoverian/QH Gelding. Beginner and young rider horse. Reduced to $7,000. ALSO: 5 Warmblood/QH, 3 Arabian/Warmblood/ QH, Reg’d APHA Paint Horses (10). Starting from $1,500. See website 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail: • 65

On The Market

HEAD HORSE FOR SALE “Casino” is an 18-year-old solid, sound heading horse that has been used mainly at High School and Amateur Rodeos. He is a registered Appendix Quarter Horse who runs very hard and knows his job. He is also a very easy horse to ride out on the trail. Asking $6,500. Open to offers, wanting a good home. Darcy 250-558-9348 (Vernon BC)

HIGH QUALITY RIDING MULES FROM REG’D MARES. Weanlings - matched pair of gaited pintos from National Spotted Saddle Horse mares. Perfect for show, trail and parades. ALSO: An Arab Mule from fine Crabbet bloodlines for show or endurance racing, and others including a gaited NSSH two-year-old Molly. We breed for a kind temperament, good looks and athleticism. Prices starting at $1,900 CARIBOO PROPERTY 40 gorgeous acres with a log home and second dwelling. Currently a hobby farm and horse property. B & B potential. Location - Infrastructure - Water. For Sale By Owner 250-620-0006 11/13

FANCY 2-YEAR-OLD MOLLY MULE “Maple Leaf Acadia or KD” - This friendly girl gaits, walks, trots and canters. She is out of a pure-bred stock: a National Spotted Saddle Horse from Tennessee and from our friendly spotted mammoth jack. Good bone, good height, almost 15HH now, good attitude. We can board her for you this winter/spring and train her next year for a reduced rate as well. Reduced to $2,000 obo. “SUPER MOON” 2012 APPALOOSA COLT

“ELFONDO’S SPICE” - 15 YR OLD REG’D MORGAN MARE Dark Chestnut, 14.2HH. She is gaited for a smooth ride. Loads well, and handles her feet. She has been ridden Western. Asking $2,000 obo.


6 YR OLD MARE out of the above mare. Elfondo’s Torky Lady. Halter broke and loads. She is also gaited and stands 14.1HH. Asking $1,200 obo. ELFONDO MORGANS 250 843-7186 (Arras BC) 9/13





REG’D HAFLINGER Big 14.2HH, 10 years old Rider 5’10” but suitable for smaller rider. Not spooky. Could be family horse or somebody’s special girl. Responsible, kind, forever home and for the sake of our horse with at least one experienced rider/horse person and references. Being schooled until sold. $4,500.

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WANTING A FOREVER HOME Really nice, dependable registered Paint Mare, 13 years, 15.1HH. No spook, buck, bolt, rear or vices. Sound, teeth, shots, farrier UTD. English/Western, extensive arena and trail, some shows; prefers trails. Goes out on her own or with other horses. Real confidence builder! $4,500. Jenn 250-833-1930 (Enderby BC)

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Out of old Idaho bloodlines maternal grandsire Cowboy Justice and on his Sire’s side, HH Lever Action, Race, Derby and Halter winners. Super Moon is the product of 50 years of select breeding. Has a beautiful, long muscular hip, small sculpted head and laid-back kind nature. Would like to see him go to a breeder for his fine temperament and conformation. This colt will contribute size, colour and kind temperament to your breeding program. Would make a lovely gelding of show quality. Should mature about 16HH. Registration in the U.S. Appaloosa Horse Club is pending.

REDUCED TO $4,000.

250-838-6637 (Enderby BC) 9/13 E-mail:  


Sired By:

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

Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust AqhA/Nfqh 98% Silver Grullo, herda N/N

Visit 250-963-9779

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Aaron & Colleen Wangler

“Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas”

Dawson Creek, BC

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On The Market COLOUR PHOTO ADS Only $60. + GST






HAFLINGER MARE Approximately 17 years old, 14HH. Quiet with a good disposition. Riding and possibly driving. Easy keeper. $800.


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

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

Rural Roots - Properties on the Market REALTORS: Colour Photo Ads Only $85. +GST


One-of-a-kind private hobby farm perfect for horses. Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath rancher built in 2005 features: cathedral style ceilings, granite kitchen counter tops, and sits on 6.5 acres overlooking soothing Similkameen River. The property includes 3 paddocks with post and rail fencing, a 2-storey barn, 2 chicken coops, 2 animal shelters, hay storage, tack & feed shed and workshop. Irrigated pasture has excellent soil. This private acreage is 5 minutes to Princeton’s downtown amenities. Four season recreation is close by too.

REDUCED $668,000 MLS® 140626 LEE MOWRY 250-295-1990 Century 21 Princeton Realty 9/13

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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

HOLD YOUR HORSES! This 10 acre property is set up for horses with a 2003 custom built home. Home boasts 3,474 sq. ft. with 5 bedrooms/4 bathrooms, legal 1 bedroom suite and a 1 bedroom in-law suite, stables, heated tack room, hay barn/equipment shed, indoor riding arena, heated kennels with dog runs. Garage. Fenced. Minutes to town (Salmon Arm). Great location! $849,900 MLS® 10067558 1621 50th Street Salmon Arm BC       TINA COSMAN, REALTOR RE/MAX Shuswap Salmon Arm BC 250-832-7051 • 67

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CHARMING HOBBY FARM IN SHUSWAP! A creek runs through it! Immaculate 3 bedroom/2 bath 1,500 sq. ft. home with bright open floor plan on 20 picturesque acres. Property is set up for horses or cattle, pastures have been reseeded, fenced and x-fenced. Large pole barn, horse shelter and detached garage/shop. $399,900 MLS®# 10042448 5431 Line 17 Road, Celista BC CALL CYNTHIA BENTLEY – PREC 1-866-955-2256 Toll free Century 21 Lakeside Realty Ltd, Scotch Creek BC

Beautiful Cariboo home and additional residences on 195 acres known as 150 Mile Ranch. 6,186 sq. ft. quality built main home with 5 bdrms/3 baths and spacious open floor plan. Covered BBQ/entertaining area with pool table and games room, plus a 2,500 sq. ft. indoor pool, new 8-man hot tub, plus change rooms and bathroom attached to home. Mature landscaping, fruit trees and endless views of the Cariboo. Many quality outbuildings, pens, paddocks, 2 creeks. Paved roads throughout the ranch. Completely fenced and x-fenced. 5 additional residences create income, all rented with good long time tenants. The 150 Mile Ranch has so much to offer; can easily sustain beef or horses. So much to list about this property. $1,890,000 MLS® # N4505988 & N224989 CONTACT DANA HINSCHE 250-398-0914 Sutton Cariboo Realty,Williams Lake BC Barrie Cline (web site founder) leaves behind his legacy to his daughter Dana Hinsche


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

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


FantaStiC OppOrtunity in paradiSe!


320 beautiful acres in Merritt BC surrounded by crown land. Beautifully outfitted working ranch in a gorgeous setting. 1,340 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom enviro log home, wind, solar, etc. Abundant water, natural springs, artesian well, productive hay fields and fenced cattle range. 10 stall barn with paddocks, round pens, arenas… all fenced with miles of maintained and marked trails. Currently run as a Warmblood horse breeding and training facility. Additional house pad with separate septic and generator sufficient for multiple dwellings and water lines to houses and barn. Everything is in place to build and expand. $1,275,000 MLS® V1022953 Call: Shelley laWder, 604-306-3498 Royal Lepage Regency Realty Ltd.

Your FOUR SEASON PLAGROUND and all within 3 hours of Vancouver!

TIME FOR COUNTRY LIVING! Lovely 4 bedroom Log home on 4.64 acres. Beautiful updated kitchen, spacious loft master suite. Warm ambience created by two storey stone chimney from wood stove. Newer electric furnace and heat pump with a/c for back up. Has both pellet and wood stoves for fantastic radiant heat. Numerous outbuildings. Great mountain and valley views! Located half-way between Merritt and Logan Lake making an easy commute to town or Highland Valley Copper Mine. $474,900 MLS® 114867 9645 Hwy 97C, Merritt BC CONTACT RAY THOMPSON 250-315-3377 Century 21 Moving Real Estate BC Ltd.

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Call: Brian White, 604-961-4104 Remax Colonial Pacific Realty

OFF THE GRID - BED & BALE OPPORTUNITY! 4 season home or recreational property. 133 acres, mainly flat, almost surrounding tranquil Allie Lake. 2 main cabins powered by generator, with septic, water and wood heat, plus 3 guest cabins. Outbuildings, including newer barn. Explore nearby lakes and crown land via horseback, ATV, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunting or fishing. Once home to domestic buffalo, could again be used for animals of your choice. Own it outright or share with family and friends. $575,000 MLS® 109209 10020 Deadman Creek Road CONTACT RAY THOMPSON 250-315-3377 Century 21 Moving Real Estate BC Ltd.

6 mostly flat acres bordering beautiful Guichon Creek (current water license) situated on country road of similar properties. Shallow well with ample good water, septic approval, hydro on property, approved driveway and building sites for your dream home. Relaxing mountain view, crown land nearby giving access to thousands of acres, miles of trails, abundant lakes, hunting, fishing or just exploring on your ATV or snowmobile. Only 2.5 hours from the coast. $189,000 MLS® 114864 Lot E Beech Road, Merritt BC

CONTACT RAY THOMPSON 250-315-3377 Century 21 Moving Real Estate BC Ltd.

IDEAL FOR BED & BALE 10 acres fenced and x-fenced backing onto crown land. Peace and privacy from large wrap-around deck. Welcoming Log home, open concept main floor, roomy master bedroom, great kitchen area. Walk out lower floor including fantastic workshop and in-law suite with separate entrance. New barn w/shavings shed and chicken pen. Self-contained guest cabin. Explore acres of crown land including the famous Kane Valley cross country trails and nearby lakes! $599,000 MLS® 108018

581 Kane Valley Road, Merritt BC CONTACT RAY THOMPSON 250-315-3377 Century 21 Moving Real Estate BC Ltd.

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Rural Roots - Properties on the Market

HORSE LOVERS, A PLACE TO CALL HOME! Lush 50 acres in Sunshine Valley, over 1 km bordering the Nicola River - watering rights. Quality home featuring spacious kitchen, stone fireplace in adjoining family room, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, in-law suite, 2-car garage. Enjoy peaceful river, mountain and gently rolling farmland views from decks. 2nd farmhand residence, organic hayfields producing 4000 bales/yr, irrigation equipment, farm implements, 43 x 60 hayshed, 4-stall barn with tack room and riding arena. Bring your dreams to make it yours! $950,000 MLS® 118274 2577 Torgerson Road, Merritt BC CONTACT RAY THOMPSON 250-315-3377 Century 21 Moving Real Estate BC Ltd.


3-storey, 4 bedroom home, 20 mins to town and 2 mins to fishing/boating/ swimming. House boasts unique open ceilings with open country kitchen, large dining room. Large sunny windows bring the outside inside. South facing with park like setting. Sit on your wraparound deck and watch the horses in the field or riding ring. 18 acres, fully fenced and x-fenced with individual paddocks. Large 2-storey barn, 4 boxstalls, tack room and shavings storage. 90 x 180 training ring, round pen, and chicken house. Call to view!! $394,000 MLS® N228951 7220 Summit Drive, 100 Mile House BC

CALL WAYNE 250-395-0229 Royal Lepage 100 Mile Realty





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

Tip of the Month!

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

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

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

CHARLOTTE HUTCHINSON 250-833-6545 Remax at Mara Lake

Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach

THE SIX ESSENTIALS There are Six Essential maneuvers every horseman and mount must have solidly in place before you become sport specific! These are so important and seemingly difficult, that I choose to break them down individually.  As mentioned in last month’s issue, progress incrementally, “first… Elementary School… Junior High, and… graduation.”    #1 STAND STILL – It may come as a surprise that this is one of the top three issues horse owners have today: ‘My horse won’t stand still’. This is a maneuver, even if it does not require movement. Your body should be ‘saying’ nothing. You should be able, at any time and place, to just not move. Breathing should be slowed and even, hands HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

25 FLAT RIVERFRONT ACRES Has 3,000 sq. ft. log home with solarium and outbuildings… cabin, 2-storey storage building, craft room/workshop, root cellar, greenhouse, sauna building, and outdoor kitchen. Fenced apple orchard and vegetable garden. Perennial garden with stream and pond. Extensive list of equipment included. Very private and serene property with 1,000+ ft. Kettle River frontage. $889,000 MLS® 10067692 6090 Christian Valley Road, Rock Creek BC JANE PIPER 250-485-8981 Royal Lepage Desert Oasis Realty Ltd., Osoyoos BC

quiet, heels down, eyes soft and don’t forget that smile! This is a lesson in itself. As all lessons, make this ‘a nice place to be’, and your horse will ‘learn the feel’ and like it! Be Safe and have fun! For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250-575-3772 or visit  Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location and at the Kelowna & Vernon Riding Clubs. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines. Intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust, & Respect.

(See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 69

Shop & Swap! FOR SALE ICELANDICS HERD REDUCTION SALE. Different ages, some trained, some ready for training. We are located in Cranbrook BC. Payment Plans available. For info: sunrise_ or phone 250-420-7982 NEED HAY? Good horse hay. Call Don in Merritt BC for price 250-378-7664 


12’ maverick Stock 6’6” x 12’ x 6’8”




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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales on Wednesdays. Twice a month Horse Sales. Innisfail Pro Rodeo June 13-16. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket. com (Innisfail AB) 12/13


October 5 & 6, 2013

A very unique

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FARMNANNIES is taking bookings for farmsitting in the fall and winter of 2013/14. Serving the Thompson/Okanagan. Due to attrition of two long term clients, we have room for a few short and long stay farm-sitting bookings, first come, first served. Please e-mail for availability and advanced bookings. References available upon request 250-371-1409.

70 • Saddle Up • September 2013 Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops, BC

for you and your horse. 604-869-3733 or 604-869-1411

RESPONSIBLE HORSE AND FARM SITTER available in the North Okanagan and Shuswap. References available. Please e-mail

with Stephen Clarke FEI 5* Judge, Trainer & Competitor For details and entry forms visit

CARETAKER: On-site, RV pad available year round for your accommodation. Requirements: friendly communicator with well-rounded understanding of the horse industry; all phases of the operation of farm machinery, light mechanical experience, manage the stall, pen and arena rentals. Must allow a credit check or supply some references. Prefer persons with no race horse ownership. Write to: Desert Park Exhibition Society, PO Box 1017, Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0


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POT O GOLd FUTURITY & COLT SALE Oct 18-20, 2013, Ponoka AB FUTURITY 2 Go-Rounds COLT SALE Oct 19, 7 p.m. (60 colts & yearlings) CLINICS Extreme Cowboy & Western Pleasure Info: Mary-Ann Jensen 403-368-2114 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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On to Greener Pastures “Daniel”

May 25 1983 - March 5 2013 Born May 25, 1983 - Montrose BC, out of Black Magic M3949, Half Morgan, by Golden Get 39547 Thoroughbred Daniel came in to my life as my physical therapist. In 2004 Daniel had been donated to Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA) in Langley BC as a therapy horse for the program’s independent riders. He was so regal, so well-trained, so fancy and I felt privileged to be given the opportunity to ride him in my lessons. I knew that this horse had a lot to teach me not only about riding but about life and love. He didn’t disappoint. In 2006 ownership was transferred from PRDA to me, and I became his human, fulfilling a lifelong dream. His patience with my physical limitations was extraordinary. When my health issues were at their worst, he was my reason to keep going. Even if all I could muster was a very short visit to the barn, to feel his breath on my face, the sensation of burying my nose in his neck, to surround my senses with his presence, I was renewed in spirit at the very least. He was young at heart, right until the end. Retiring ourselves to Vernon in 2011 was the best thing for the both of us. He had an exceptional home and I was so happy to see him run and play with the much younger ‘guys’ he was living with. He returned to being a horse, preferring the outside life to the pampered prince life of a dressage champion in a cozy stall! I will never know how many lives this horse touched, and how he affected those lives. All I know is how he affected mine, in the nine years we were together. He brought me immense joy, a purpose, and the understanding of trust and pure unconditional love. I miss the best friend I ever had with all my heart. Happy trails my darling Daniel, until we meet again. - Sylvia (Sly) Keyes -Photo by Andrea Blair, Paperhorse Photography. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 71


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