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nbelievable that summer is almost over – at least if you can call what we had a normal summer. Fires and smoke have caused havoc on people’s lives, their homes, ranches and animals. Shows and events have been cancelled as well. Let’s hope the fall season is long, healthy, wet and green! September is a busy month for me with fall fairs and events happening every weekend. Hopefully none will be cancelled due to the fires. And we have our 55+ BC Senior Games coming up as well – the Equestrian portion (Sept. 13-15) is being held in Armstrong! Come out to cheer on the old-timers (wink wink) riding and driving! Did you know there are over 100 ‘equestrian’ entries? That is HUGE! The most ever since they added in ‘equestrian’ to the venue. Good luck to all the competitors!

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Evacuees at Barriere

By Nancy Roman • Photos by Cheryle Hickman


hile Cheryle and I were in Barriere for the Canadian Blue Moon Festival in midJuly, that’s just when all things broke loose – evacuees from the Clinton and Cariboo fires arriving at the Barriere Fairgrounds. Organization began with Jill Hayward (president of the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association) taking the helm in registering arrival of horses and other animals seeking safety. And they came in droves over the weekend that we were there. Haulers, owners, and donators kept Jill and her crew of volunteers busy for sure! Cheryle ended up having her two horses brought down as well. So rather than just a weekend away for us – she was there for a week! “The volunteers were all great, especially Laurie, who basically took on ‘stall assignment’ – and she isn’t even a horse person; she just came to help where she could,” said Cheryle. “Everyone was amazing – and we thank you all!”

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~ Home bred and raised ~ “TY” was foaled June 25, 2014

AW Blue Fire N Te at 3 years ~ with his Sire ~ LBJ Sierras Blue Te at 19 years I couldn’t stop looking at him the day he was foaled, a presence that even then set him apart. Disposition, conformation, thick solid bone, gorgeous head, the softest eye and expression. Maturity is bringing an incredible sky blue to his glistening coat. TY had 4 mares this spring to begin his breeding career, and will continue with a small band of select mares as we slowly wind down in our twilight years. Watch for his offspring in the future! Still a couple of 2017 foals available and some awesome broodmares including TY’s full sister AW Blue Makrita. Thank you to Krystina Lynn Photography for the wonderful photos.

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Buying Your First Horse By Shannon Skeels

So, you’ve finally decided the time is right to take the plunge and look into purchasing your first horse -- a process which is likely to last a couple of months at least, if you’re lucky. My handy guide walks you through the process, with advice from a number of professionals. Getting Started Before you even begin looking at horses, carefully consider whether this is the right choice for you. Owning your own horse has many benefits, but it is also a huge commitment. Things to consider are: Ability - are you confident working around horses and able to ride to a competent level? Time - will you be able to dedicate a few hours every day, to allow time to care for and exercise your horse? Finances - the initial cost of buying a horse is significantly smaller than the ongoing expenses. Take into consideration feed, stabling costs, shoes, vaccinations, dentist and any unexpected vet bills. It is a good idea to add up these costs to work out just how much you will be spending, before making any decisions. The Next Step Once you’ve decided that buying a horse is the right lifestyle choice for you, it’s important to know what you want and where to begin looking. “Firstly, make a list of what you ideally want in your horse - put the most important things at the top and stick to them, but be prepared to be flexible on the more minor attributes,” advises Charlotte Morris, a riding instructor. Decide early on what height, sex and age you’d prefer. Minor details like this can be compromised on later, but it is good to go into the process with a set idea in mind. Consider what purpose you want your horse for and look only through that category. A hot-headed Thoroughbred is unlikely to make a reliable trail horse, whilst a cob may struggle with high-level eventing. Once this is sorted, it’s time to begin looking! There are many online sites dedicated to equine advertisements, just as there are sales pages in the majority of equestrian magazines. However, it’s important to remember that an ad only shows exactly what the seller wants you to see. If you are currently taking lessons, it is always a good idea to ask your trainer or a trusted, more knowledgeable friend if they know of any suitable horses for sale. Look Close to Home After viewing various horses, Eve Lilley found her current horse at the stables she rode at. “I knew I was ready for my first horse as I’d been riding for a few years, and wanted to be able to do more 6 • September 2017


competitions. My trainer suggested I have a lesson on one of her horses because she’d be willing to sell him to me – I didn’t know he was for sale before that – and probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t asked her for advice. He had been at the yard for several years, so I knew his complete history. I’d seen him being ridden by different people so I knew he wouldn’t be naughty,” said Eve. “My instructor wanted to make sure he was definitely the right horse, so she let me trial him for a week at camp. After that we had him vetted and bought him.” First Enquiries Once you’ve found a horse that piques your interest, it’s time to contact the seller to learn more. It’s important to remember that, although a horse may sound perfect on paper, no ad can answer everything. Make a list of questions for the seller - don’t be afraid to ask anything, even if it seems silly. An honest seller with nothing to hide will be more than happy to answer you. Some important things to ask are: Why is the horse being sold? How long the seller has owned the horse - a horse that has moved homes frequently may be a sign that it is badly behaved. Does the horse have any vices, such as weaving, crib-biting or box walking? How does the horse behave around people and other horses? Has the horse had any past illnesses? Is the horse good to catch, load and clip? Make sure you get the horse’s entire competition history. If the seller claims the horse is registered with an affiliated association, you will be able to view its competition record online. Viewing a Horse Once all the questions have been answered, take time to think about it before arranging a viewing. Always take an experienced friend along with you. “It’s important to stay unemotional when viewing a prospective horse, but trust your own instinct,” said horsedealer, Shirley Ramsey. “When you get on the right horse, you won’t want to get off!” At the viewing, let the seller catch and tack up the horse in front of you, and watch the horse’s behaviour and manners. Always let the seller ride the horse first - never get on an unknown horse before you’ve seen it ridden. Once the seller has put the horse through its paces, it’s time to get on board. Take things slowly at first and get a

feel for the horse. For a first ride, you won’t be expected to do more than a walk, trot, canter and perhaps a small jump. Afterwards, check the horse over for any blemishes, bumps or marks. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller to explain anything you may find. If you liked the horse, ask the seller for another visit. You are able to visit as many times as you need to feel comfortable.

your vet and they will be happy to give you a quote. When paying for the horse, obtain a receipt listing your name, the seller’s name, the amount of money paid and any conditions of sale.

Beware of Dishonest Sellers The majority of sellers only want a suitable home for their horse, but it’s important to remain wary of those who seem to be trying to make a quick buck. “I’d viewed a horse several times, and was sure that he was the one for me,” said Jane Raynor. “The night before he was due to arrive, I posted a few pictures on Facebook, to show my friends and family. A lady I’d barely spoken to recognised him and told me he’d previously had surgery on his joints - a fact which the seller had not disclosed. This meant he would be unlikely to stay sound for long and would probably have issues in the future. It would also render any insurance invalid as it would count as a preexisting illness. Luckily, I was able to get my money back, but it made me extremely cautious when viewing future horses.” Buying Your Horse! Once you’ve found the perfect horse, the final process is getting it vetted. Although not necessary, it’s certainly a good idea and something many insurance companies request. Vettings can range in cost, depending on how thorough they need to be; for example, a competition horse will need a much more detailed examination to ensure it is up to the high work load. Discuss what you need with

Shannon Skeels is a 24-year-old Magazine Journalism graduate from the UK – and western riding convert! Since graduating in 2015 she has been travelling around ranches in North America and documenting her horsey adventures as she goes. Having grown up with a passion for both horses and writing, Shannon enjoys being able to combine her interests! She is currently wrangling at Sundance Guest Ranch near Ashcroft.

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Style, Class and Athleticism By Glenn Stewart

Everything we do with our horses could be approached with this thought: how could we achieve or work towards what we do with our horses looking stylish, classy and athletic? Of course, whatever we expect of our horses we should expect of ourselves.


hese three things come from a mental and emotional willingness, a softness, and understanding in the horse and the human. Pretty much anything we do with our horses, even slowly, should be done with that in mind. If we don’t think about it when things are slow we surely will not when things get fast. Whatever we practice slowly needs to be done really well because it seems to get worse when we go faster. If it is not so good slow, it gets really bad the faster we go. For example, if we were to pick up one rein (or two) we should be thinking about the horse giving his head and neck to the rein or reins, not turning or stopping. Turning and stopping is secondary to allowing for and looking for softening of the head and neck. It isn’t something you make happen. It is something you allow, look for or try to access. When we do what we call a 9-step backup, the rider should be thinking about the feel they offer the horse and the feel they get back from the horse. The rider should be looking for the horse to tuck the nose, round the topside of his neck and soften to the reins as the rider goes through the first seven steps. Then the rider can look for a stop at step 8 and the final backup at step 9. This type of thinking and softening of the horse helps him lift his back so he can lift his feet and step backwards. The rider will have to be very careful not to make backing up more important than the softness, willingness and understanding. The rider will also need to be very careful not to keep taking rein when the horse is trying find release or softness. Anyone who has ridden in my clinics knows exactly what I’m talking about.

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All people are born with an incredible desire to pull and when a horse tries to give to the reins or a lead line, we humans feel we have to pull some more. This dulls the horse and causes him to not try to look for release because there isn’t any. As I was learning all this, if I had a dollar for every time I pulled and wasn’t aware that I did, I would be retired. I see it now as I teach people and we truly are oblivious to how many times we are pulling on a horse, which only creates problems. It takes time to realize we are doing it, and then it takes more time to curb and change the habit. It is important to be thinking about what style, class and athleticism might look like and that it comes from a mental and emotional willingness. Your goal should be working towards this sooner rather than later, accessing as much as we can each time that we ask something of our horses. Of course, it doesn’t always look this way and doesn’t always happen. It is more difficult when doing things at speed, but if it never looks like this even slow then something is very wrong. We may not even be looking for these three ingredients, but the horse sure is. Rest assured that we are missing the best parts of a horse and the best parts of ourselves. All horses have the capacity for these things but it doesn’t magically happen -- we need to have it first. All horses are not the same, but all horses are very much the same in many ways. Some want to run all the time; some don’t want to hardly move. That’s a difference that can be good in some areas and bad in others. We need to work with the horse we have and help guide him towards being the horse we would like. Excuses such as “my horse is different/was abused,” “he came this way from the previous owner,” or “she had a trailer loading accident,” only last so long and then it becomes our horse and a mirror of what we do and don’t know. Think about getting something done and doing it with style, class, and athleticism. It will access more of us and more of our horses. Glenn offers year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort Saint John and is available to travel for clinics, demonstrations, events and corporate leadership. Long-term study and professional programs are also available. See his listing in our Business Services Section under ‘Trainers’.

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Cowgirl Reunion

Chantel Ann Paterson and Tips at the 2016 Cowgirl Reunion. (Photo by Candice Camille)

For three years now, I’ve been

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omething that provides both excitement and relaxation, stimulates development and growth and creates opportunity, challenging both women and horses to take risks and step outside of their comfort zones and into a world of possibility, creativity and adventure! I’ve been so excited to have been included as a part of the last three Annual Cowgirl Reunions, an idea spawned and carried out by two of my favorite horsewomen, Stefanie Travers and Alexa Linton, with the support of many other incredible women. Each year, I’ve been blown away by the support, comradery and dedication that’s been palpable, not just in Stefanie and Alexa but in literally all the women involved, both on the leadership team and in the fantastic group of women who’ve been drawn to participate in the adventure. The chemistry that occurs, year after year, creates an atmosphere that provides a perfect setting in which to not only expose those areas that could use attention in our horsemanship or ourselves, but also to learn to embrace them, facing them head on with courage, pride and determination. The Reunion isn’t just a horsemanship adventure, it’s a celebration of power, acceptance of both possibility and responsibility, and an acknowledgment of our incredible equine partners and what makes them so special. On top of what both Stefanie and Alexa bring to the campfire, the sheer confidence and sense of power that “Sassy 6 Guns” (Audrey Sayewich) contributes is more contagious than laughter (of which there is plenty!). Sassy brings out something in each cowgirl that I think surprises even them. Each woman seeing herself as beautiful, desirable and strong through a professionally guided photo shoot and Sassy’s expert Wild West makeovers. Sassy also helps to raise the bar and inspires everyone through a mounted shooting demo and empowers the participants in ways they never imagined. Over the past few years, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of being asked to share some Tai Chi, one of my other great passions, during my time at the Cowgirl Reunion. I love being able to share something that I feel has improved my horsemanship in such a profound way. My contribution to the experience, like Sassy’s, also includes a weapons demonstration. This past year I shared both a Broad Sword and a Staff demonstration as well as teaching a Qigong exercise that helps to connect our awareness to our breathing and improve balance, coordination, brain health, cardio, flexibility and so much more, providing participants with yet another powerful tool to add to their arsenal. Between the martial arts, the guns, the horsemanship and the relationships, the Cowgirl Reunion seems to create a perfect storm to blow away the cobwebs and dust that have gathered over the years and create a sense of possibility and a desire to grow, as well as breathing new life into what, for most of the women who attend, has been a lifelong passion for horses and adventure. Through Stefanie’s exceptional 10 • September 2017


horsemanship experience and guidance, I’ve witnessed people overcome huge horsemanship roadblocks and reach great milestones with their horses that previously seemed unsurmountable. Right about now, you may be wondering why I’m telling you all about someone else’s offering rather than promoting my own. Fair enough -- that’s a good question. To answer, quite simply, what drives me and brings me joy is seeing horses loving their lives and humans truly enjoying their horses, regardless of who made it possible. If you’ve been reading my articles, you know how much I support the idea of doing real activities with your horse. You’ll know how I use the arena and “training exercises” as preparation for the real world and how much I believe that horses appreciate having purpose and actually getting somewhere on a ride rather than just trotting, literally, around in circles. You will also know that I strongly encourage trustworthy, knowledgeable professional support while trying something new and potentially dangerous with your equine partner, like venturing out of the arena and into the great outdoors for the first time. Regardless of whether that support comes from me or not, it’s important for both you and your horse to have experienced help. After watching cowgirl after cowgirl (from quite literally all

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Our group at Seven Half Diamond Ranch. (Photo by Marion P. Cox) over Canada) arrive at the Reunion feeling apprehensive, anxious or insecure and then seeing those same people leave as confident, vibrant women, empowered and bold, I feel like it wouldn’t be fair not to share this with you! Not only that but many of the horses who step off their trailers nervous and bug-eyed, having never stepped foot in a creek or on a dirt trail, are able to step back onto their trailers with an air of pride and confidence thanks to the accomplishments they’ve made and the experiences they’ve gained due to the support, love and guidance that their owners learned to provide for them because of their experiences with Stefanie and Alexa. Gaining an experience together away from home is invaluable when it comes to developing a relationship with your horse, which is what I’m all about. Stepping outside your comfort zone and into the unknown or even into a known challenge will, without a doubt, expose those areas in your relationship and in your horsemanship that are in desperate need of attention. On top of providing you with an opportunity to develop your horsemanship and your relationship, Stefanie and Alexa’s Annual Cowgirl Reunion also offers the support necessary to navigate such an adventure while minimizing the chances of running into trouble that is an inevitable part of taking risks and working with horses in general. The guns, the martial arts and the photography are icing on the cake! I’m sharing my experience and observations of the Cowgirl Reunion with you all because I believe that, for many of you, it could provide you with an excellent opportunity both to give back to your horses (who, for many who live in the lower mainland, don’t even know what they’re missing out on out there), as well as pushing you to step out of the everyday routines that can create staleness in our passions and to stir things up, jumping into an adventure and daring to make a splash! I’ve encouraged you to get out there and play and now I’m so happy to have an answer to the question I’ve heard so often, “Where can I go to gain an experience like that?” The Cowgirl Reunion! Nothing makes me happier than seeing people and their horses working softly together with consideration for each other and in a way that truly supports and encourages others. It can’t always be smooth and perfect and

even adventures like the ones provided by the Cowgirl Reunion can get messy at times, but what I can say with the utmost confidence is that adventures and opportunities for learning are out there and if I’m going to dive into adventure head first, these are the women I want to have my back! I’ll share more on that note next time.

Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view.

Above: Laura Bird and Chantel Ann’s mustang gelding, Tips, taken during a connection game. (Photo by Stefanie Travers) Below: Working hard on helping one of the two horses get over their anxiety about going in the creek. Stefanie Travers is on her mare IV, looking on and offering support. (Photo by Candice Camille)

(See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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Metheringham Upton Tara - Calgary’s Supreme Champion Shire Falcon Contracting Percherons Calgary’s winning Percheron Four

Stellar Calgary Show

By Bruce A. Roy, Photos courtesy of Lynn Cassells-Caldwell,

Seldom, if ever, has Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Show received more press than it did this year. The

Willow Way Quella - Calgary’s Best of Show

Heavy Horse Show, which was also streamed on the world wide web, won countless kudos from spectators on four continents, if not more.


hile God couldn’t place a Clydesdale class to the satisfaction of some, this year’s bumper breed show brought an enthusiastic crowd to the Western Events Centre. The yearling filly, Willow Way Quella, was Supreme Champion. Perth, Scotland’s respected Clydesdale/Shire judge, Todd Jardine of Oil City, ON, the Belgian judge and Don Walker of Kincardine, ON, the Percheron judge, endorsed this winner, making her the Best of Show. She was shown by Allan and Wes Gordeyko, Willow Way Farm of Ohaton, AB, who also bred her. When his Clydesdale turnout won the World Six Horse Hitch Championship, Bob Funk, Express Clydesdales of Yukon, Oklahoma, was over the moon. Lines in hand, his teamster, Josh Minshull, achieved a near perfect drive. When their cards were tallied, two judges placed Express Clydesdales first for one point, the third judge placed Zane Pickering, Falcon Contracting of Prince George, first for one point. Hence, Express scored four points, to take the championship; Falcon Contracting scored five points, to place reserve. Prins View Cash, a gelding that Gayle Guerin of Unity, SK exhibited, was Supreme Champion Belgian; Simpson’s Kassidy, the Supreme Champion Percheron, was a mare shown by Bill Newton of Dawson Creek; the Supreme Champion Shire, Metheringham Upton Tara, was a mare exhibited by Dale and Maxine Campbell of Dawson Creek, BC. Brent Bexson, Rustamere Percherons of Strome, AB, won the Mens Open Cart Class; Falcon Contracting had the Pair of Percherons that was Champion Team, while the Golden Fork was lifted by Dale and Maxine Campbell. Dayana Minshull of Yukon, Oklahoma, facing fast competition, won the coveted Youth Aggregate Award. As the turnouts in the World Six Horse Hitch Championship performed to the rousing music that members of Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra provided, the enthusiastic crowd of spectators that filled the west half of the Saddledome placed their results on a program given them by ushers. This proved popular with spectators, who marked their programs with their placings, as the exciting performances progressed. To your correspondent’s surprise, the programs he collected following the event differed little from the placings of the official judges. 12 • September 2017


Calgary’s Open Mens Cart Champion

Express Clydesdales - Calgary’s World Champion Six Horse Hitch

Irish Sweep Stakes! By Vascal Hernandez

Back in 1914 Charlie Haeberle was a founding member of Canada’s oldest, consecutive, professional rodeo, The Bruce Stampede.


n July 29, 2017 at the Bruce Stampede, a pair of brothers created a little history. So… here it was that Tyson and Tim O’Shea took their positions, along with four other contestants, at the starting line for the 37th running of the Great Canadian Mule Race. At stake: The Teddy Holden Memorial Trophy Buckle and the unique McKinney Ranch Trophy Leather Canteen. After the horn, three mules pulled away from the pack and took turns see-sawing for the lead through the entire race. On the final turn they were within a length of each other. Tyson jockeying 30-year-old Charlie in the lead, Russ on Ruger, a half-length behind, and Tim riding Ethyl, running parallel. Ruger then pulled to the inside and you could have thrown a blanket over the three of them as they crossed the Finish Line to a loud and celebratory crowd. The judges gathered and the announcer declared the finish: Ruger 1st, Charlie 2nd, Ethyl 3rd, Blossum 4th, Toby 5th and Annie 6th. Then… the track judge rode up to the line judges, and a note was sent up to the announcer. “A disqualification for a lane violation in the last 100’ of the race. The great, great, great-grandsons of Bruce Stampede founder Charlie Haeberle: Tyson O’Shea – Winner! And Tim O’Shea 2nd!”

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Western Dressage -How to Execute the Half-Pass By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Photos by Amy Pike

In this month’s article, we are discussing another lateral movement called half-pass. The half-pass is a schooling movement that requires the horse to engage its hindquarters. In western dressage, the half-pass is seen at the Third Level. Both the rider and the horse are looking in the direction of travel. The horse is bent nicely around the inside leg and is softly into the outside rein. The rein is allowing the horse to bend. The horse is showing very nice reach and cross-over.


uring the half-pass, the horse moves forward and sideways at the same time bent in the direction of travel. The outside hind leg and front leg should cross over the inside legs, with the horse’s forehand leading slightly. The half-pass is a more advanced movement and requires more balance, engagement and collection from the horse than the more basic leg-yield, which we discussed in the February and March issues of Saddle Up. This is due to the horse being slightly bent in the direction of movement in the half-pass, whereas in the leg-yield, there is only a slight flexion in the horse’s poll away from the direction of travel. In the half pass, the horse’s body will be parallel to the long side of the arena, with the forehand slightly leading the hindquarters. It’s important that your horse is familiar with the lateral movements of shoulder-in (discussed in the April issue of Saddle Up) and haunches-in (travers) (discussed in the June and July issues of Saddle Up). The half-pass is a great exercise to strengthen, supple and engage your horse. Since the half-pass is ridden at Third Level, the horse will be in collected jog when performing the movement and eventually move to the collected lope. How to execute a half-pass In order to ride a half-pass correctly, it is important to start the movement with the horse’s forehand leading in order to prevent a common mistake of having the haunches lead. Therefore, we like to teach the half-pass by starting with a stride or two of shoulder-in. 1. Make sure your horse has enough impulsion when starting the movement. 2. Sit tall with eyes forward, looking into the direction you’re going. 3. Align your shoulders with your horse’s shoulders and your hips with the horse’s hips, just as you would when riding a circle or corner. 4. Your belly button should be pointing in the same direction as your horse’s bend and your eyes will be looking toward the point you want your horse to line up with. 5. With the inside rein, gently ask your horse to flex at the poll in the direction of travel and guide the forehand in the direction of the

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Notice the rider is looking down at her horse and the horse is starting the half-pass in a very slight haunches-leading position. movement with the outside rein. 6. Keep your inside leg at the girth to maintain the bend and keep the horse moving forward. You now have your horse in a slight shoulderin position. Maintain shoulder-in for a step or two. 7. Now use your outside leg slightly behind the girth to encourage impulsion and ask the horse to step sideways, maintaining the

forward energy with the inside leg. 8. Shift your weight to the inside seat bone to help maintain bend and help the horse move over laterally. Always think of your weight going in the direction of travel. The horse will want to balance under your weight and will move over with you. 9. The outside rein will give very slightly to allow the horse to stretch the outside of its neck and body. Once the horse is in correct flexion, the inside rein will soften so that the forward movement is not blocked at the shoulder. As always, do not ask for too many steps at a time, as it takes time for your horse to develop strength to execute this movement, and keep the line of the half-pass shallow, such as centreline to the end of the long side. Another way to set the horse up for a half-pass is to ride a 10-metre circle coming out of the corner starting down the long side, shoulder-in for a stride or two, then begin the half-pass. If the horse loses balance, rhythm, or impulsion you can ride forward, circle and begin the half-pass again from the shoulder-in. The horse should keep its impulsion and rhythm and stay balanced during the execution of the half-pass. The half-pass movement really teaches the horse to step into the outside rein and bend around the inside leg. Be sure to have a solid shoulder-in and haunches-in before teaching the half pass. The horse will then be more comfortable with moving off the leg and into the outside rein, thus preventing tension from developing as the horse learns to move laterally in the direction of the bend. Riding the movement in the walk will help both horse and rider become more comfortable with the angle and degree of bend required for the movement before progressing to collected jog. Enjoy! In our next article, we will look at common errors while executing the half-pass.

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

september 2017


Free to Good Home By Tinia Creamer

The old, lame or blind horse that you “love, but can’t keep anymore” deserves better


e see ads and posts like these all of the time: “Can’t keep, but need to find good home for my blind horse” “Can’t be ridden anymore, want to find a good home for my navicular horse” “Broodmare her whole life, not broke, 28, good home only, can’t care for now” The headlines vary, as do the reasons, but the story is really the same. You are not able to keep your horse that isn’t especially rehomeable, anymore. The horse has a condition which makes him disadvantaged, usually affects his quality of life and makes his placement into a longterm, safe place essentially impossible. Sometimes owners die, sometimes owners lose their jobs, become very ill or simply just get tired of dealing with the upkeep of this “special needs” horse. I don’t mean the sound, older horse, or the horse with a minor issue. I am speaking of horses that have special medical needs, special diets and are generally unrideable. There are exceptions to everything in the world, but what I know after years in equine rescue is that disadvantaged horses have no consistent chance at safe, long term placement. Occasionally, you may luck into something. That is a rare exception. I know that sanctuaries are bursting at the seams. I know that rescues should focus on horses that have a viable chance at adoption (else they become defunct). There are no free retirement pastures and hands waiting to spoil your horse. Please be aware that anyone jumping at the chance to bring in a blind, lame or retired horse will rarely have the finances or knowledge to care for the horse. Sometimes they mean well, sometimes not. Makes no difference. Almost all of these horses who are disadvantaged, when given away or placed for a small fee, end up going into homes that neglect them or cause them to meet an unkind death through slaughter or starvation. While we hate to be this candid, as it puts people who mean well on the defensive every single time, our reason for existing is to improve equine welfare, not give owners who aren’t doing the best thing for 16 • September 2017


their horses an uplifting speech. If you have a horse who is disadvantaged through lameness, chronic illness, advanced age and/or blindness, you should not pass him off to someone else down the road. He is YOUR responsibility. He should never have to face hunger, fear or abuse because you couldn’t make the responsible choice. He has served you. Do not look the other way and shirk what you signed up for when you became a horse owner. So, when you cannot care for your special needs horse, do not place him on Facebook for free or cheap, simply make the call to your vet, spoil him, give him love and let him cross the rainbow bridge never knowing a bad day, never knowing hunger or the brutal end of slaughter. Let him peacefully pass and know you did the right thing by him. If you are sure there is a chance of placement, then require these four things, and do not consider placement without them: 1. Vet reference with name and number (call and verify the vet knows the buyer and feels good about the care they give to their large and small animals). 2. Farrier reference with name and number (call and ask about the quality of care, whether the buyer regularly buys/sells/flips/trades horses). 3. Photos of their fence, current horses and facility. 4. If possible, deliver him yourself and check the facility to be sure quality of care is high. You will learn that, when you ask for these things, months will pass and no one will be interested, but at least then you will know we’ve given you the cold, hard facts of responsible equine placement and ownership. I wish it were different. But if even you, as the owner who was served by your equine companion, will not offer a retirement home, how could you expect someone else to do it, either? We would be sorely remiss if we didn’t make an effort to educate the public on this matter, but the truth is many well-meaning people simply do not realize what we’ve said here is true. We hope in this case, knowledge can be power, and that is will save some horses from neglect and slaughter. Tinia Creamer is Executive Director of Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, Inc. (, a photographer, “homesteadher,” advocate for kindness, common sense and freedom. (Printed as seen on Facebook)

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Adesa Buckle Series Story and photos by Elaine Taschuk

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Brittany Pollard


he Adesa Buckle Series, sanctioned by BCBRA, BRN4D and Cowgirl Creations, sponsored by Adesa and hosted by Andersen’s Arena in Chilliwack BC, is an annual barrel racing event held on six selected Friday evenings from May through September. Barrel racers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in this popular summer event, fostering the growth of barrel racing with friendly, spirited and supportive members willing to share their knowledge and experience. Membership is not required. A couple of rules to consider are the need to attend at least four of the six nights, and required attendance at Finals on September 17, should you be lucky enough to collect a generously-sponsored Adesa buckle, which is awarded to top category winners. Contenders vying for top spot this year will be awarded the heavily-sought-after buckle in Open, Senior, Novice, Pee Wee, Youth and Pole Bending categories. There is only one night left of the summer series -- the September 17 Finals.

CURRENT STANDINGS (as of July 20) Open: Kim Wiese, 48 Brittany Pollard, 45 Carrie Mussel, 43 Fredrique Grignon, 41 Senior: Dale Andersen, 58 Mary-Ann Musket, 48 Cindy Mussell, 38 Susan McAndrew, 29 Novice: Fredrique Gagnon, 47 Ashley Stevenson, 39 Hailey-Ray Prest, 30 Jaylene Herbst, 26 Pee Wee: Macey Freemantle, 19 Jordyn Folk, 10 Hayden Thompson, 10 River Shires, 10 Youth: Kelly Jeffrey, 20 Poles: Dale Andersen, 50 Allisa Tubbs, 30 Susan McAndrew, 20 Dana Pentland, 19

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Canadian Team

International Young Breeders Submitted by CWHBA World Championships Photos by Nicole Millard and Janine Olsen

- Baden-Württemberg Team


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he 2017 International Young Breeders World Championships, hosted by the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) and Spruce Meadows, July 20-22, wrapped up with a western-style barbecue and dance at KT Warmbloods, after two days of friendly, but intense competition. The scores were so close that, when it came time to calculate the results, there were many ties and individual placings determined by less than a point. The overall champion team of Pferdezuchtverband BadenWürttemberg beat its rivals by only a five-point margin, ahead of the young breeders from Sweden and Hanover. The Holsteiner Verband, which had dominated the previous three championships in France, Sweden and England, won in the Senior team category, for ages 20-25 years; the Hanoverians took first place among the Junior teams, with participants aged 16-19 years. In the individual rankings, the Danish participant Lasse Reiffenstein Bendixen won the Senior category. In the Junior category, the judges were treated to a very special performance by Sarah Scheerer from the Hanoverians, who emerged as the clear winner. The 18-year-old not only won in the junior category, but also in the overall rankings of all ages. In all disciplines, she consistently achieved first or second place. The firsttime participant in the world championships modestly put her success down to the fact that she “simply had a good horse for the in-hand presentation.” In total, 111 participants from eight different countries represented 17 different Studbooks; teams came from Denmark, Germany, France, Ireland, the host country Canada, Austria, Sweden and the USA. The country sending the largest number of teams was Germany with 37 participants representing eight studbooks in the international competition.

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Marg Southern -

The Canadian team, coached by Cassandra Morrish, who also carried the load of chairing the Organizing Committee, were right in the thick of things with a bronze medal performance in the Senior InHand competition from Tara Landsbergen and a top-9 placing by Grace Arnburg in the Junior Loose Jumping Judging division. The keys to our success were of course: * The great venue of Spruce Meadows combined with the unbelievable support and co-operation from Linda Heathcott, Marg Southern and their amazing staff * Super volunteers, from the organizing committee to the grooms, judges and runners; everyone gave their full effort * Fantastic horses supplied and cared for by our CWHBA breeders and volunteers * Generous sponsors and donors * And most importantly, the wonderful young people from across Europe and North America who competed, made friends and brought their youthful energy to the event. Their cooperative and enthusiastic participation made it all worthwhile. To top it off, the weather was perfect; so, from the perspective of the coaches and participants, it is hard to imagine how it could have been better. IYB President Inken Gräfin von Platen-Hallermund summarized her impression of the event: “It was a highly successful event, delivered by the Canadian Warmblood breeders with great professionalism, in a very congenial and welcoming atmosphere at Spruce Meadows.” On Canada’s 150th celebration year, we can be proud of this moment! The competition was intense, the venue was fantastic, the event ran on schedule and the memories will be forever! To view more photos, visit “WBFSH International Young Breeders World Championships 2017” and “Young CWHBA Program” on Facebook.


Shawna using a basic targeting exercise to begin the session with Bandit, Lisa Kerley’s 14-yearold Paint stallion


hrough her writing, teaching and videos, she has been advocating the use of positive reinforcement for training horses for about 20 years, having adapted the techniques she used to train marine animals during her decade at SeaWorld. Shawna’s book, “You Can Teach Your Horse to Do Anything!” (published in 2000), was one of the first guides about using positive reinforcement (“+R”) with horses, opening the door for equestrians the world over who, like me, were looking for an entirely new way of interacting with horses. Eight years (and thousands of “clicks”) later, I was thrilled for the chance to meet her in person and attend her first clinic in BC on July 22-23 in Delta. The clinic was hosted by Lisa Kerley of Dog Days Daycare and Training Center, whose name you may recognize from her dog training articles (which also promote using +R) in Saddle Up. The weekend’s format consisted of a full morning session of theory, while the afternoon and the entire following day were devoted to hands-on learning. Shawna’s enthusiasm for her subject is apparent in her book, but a true delight to experience first-hand. I could not summarize, on just one page, the dozens of entertaining and educational anecdotes Shawna shared or all the training insight she offered attendees to the clinic. Instead, I have highlighted those nuggets of advice from her clinic that are central to training horses in this way. If you have ever considered adding +R to your training toolbox, reflect on these tips from Shawna before you head over to your horse: • As a trainer, always be open to new ideas and keep learning. • Establish a solid foundation early -- reinforce relaxed attitude and good manners right from the start. Then teach a safe and useful default behaviour, such as “standing quietly, with head slightly turned from handler.” • Never assume the value of a particular reward to the horse; OBSERVE the horse’s response to the reward, as it can change over time, varying with the individual and the season. • Keep learning opportunities fresh -- fade use of the clicker/target for well-learned behaviours and move onto teaching new skills with them. • Horses make choices all the time, and will choose the option with the strongest reinforcement history. Recognize this tendency and make the goal behaviour more rewarding than the problem behaviour. • Go slowly and keep relaxation in the process. Skip a day before repeating a lesson to allow for latent learning. • Keep sessions short; don’t “grill and drill!” • Seek to minimize frustration in the horse; OBSERVE and learn to recognize when he is over-faced. Use that information to adjust your training plan into smaller, achievable steps.

Insights from Trainer Shawna Karrasch By Stephanie Kwok

Chances are, if you have explored rewardbased or clicker training for your horse through books or online resources, you’ve come across the name of Shawna Karrasch. • Provide fun and novel opportunities to teach the horse to problem solve, and he will embrace the challenge. • Promote balance in all things: e.g., if you reinforce upward transitions, also spend time on downward transitions. Dedicate a bit more time to whichever skill is weakest to improve it and restore balance, but don’t work on a problem area exclusively. • Attempt a variety of targeting exercises at liberty (no halter, no lead rope) to gain valuable information about the current state of your training and expose areas of weakness. • Always seek to maximize your horse’s joy in the learning process and you will notice that you improve his quality of life in unexpected ways. Learn more about using positive reinforcement in horse training and Shawna’s current projects at

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The Sport of Canadian Cowboy Challenge By Lori Dyberg,

This is one of the fastest growing equine sports out there! If you have a trail horse or a “go out and get the cattle” type farm horse that has been lacking a job recently, and you would like to meet some new people, maybe this could be for you.


ntering a new sport or competition can be and often is a very stressful undertaking. But do not sell your skills as a trail rider short, or think of your horse as “only a trail horse.” These are the very attributes needed for doing obstacle challenges. There will be volunteers at every Challenge to ensure that you and your buddy are entered in the appropriate level for your riding abilities. Remember: Ride only at your level. If you aren’t having fun then you are not doing it right! Still a little doubtful? I suggest attending a play day, the day before the Challenge. This is a chance to ride in the venue before the Challenge day and get rid of any pre-competition jitters and ask any last-minute questions about the next day. (Check out the Facebook page - “Canadian Cowboy Challenge” - for a list of play days and Challenges coming up.)


If I have caught your interest, you can check out the rules and regulations on the Canadian Cowboy Challenge website (www. I won’t bore you with all that stuff here. But what I can do is give you the answers to the most common questions I have been asked about the sport over the years. Question: Do you need to ride FAST to complete the course on time? Answer: This sport is all about horsemanship, NOT speed. You have six minutes to complete the course. If you do not finish them all, you are judged on the obstacles you have completed – you are not disqualified. If you were riding a Tennessee Walker, you could probably walk the whole course and get in on time. You will get more points for cantering (a higher level of difficulty) but it is not mandatory. Question: Which breeds of horse enter Canadian Cowboy Challenge? Answer: ALL Breeds! I have seen big draft horses and little ponies, unregistered horses, gaited horses, mules, 4-H horses, backyard pets, rescue horses, etc. Trainers sometimes bring in jumping horses in Open classes to give them exposure. I love the in-gate on Challenge Day; it is truly a very diverse group of horses!

In Memoriam - A Sad Farewell… Susan Marie Lellman

ue was raised in Armstrong BC and resided in Falkland BC with her husband, Bill Roy, their two dogs, Gunner and Digger, and their horses. She was hardworking, dedicated and creative. No challenge was too great. Sue’s greatest passions were painting and gardening. She would welcome everyone into her home with a smile and make sure they were fed more than enough. Sue loved her best friend and partner for many years, Bill Roy, as well as her sister, Lindee Honeyman, her daughter, Lori Dodds, her son-in-law, Randy Dodds,

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and her nephew Steven Rosby, along with her many relatives and friends and would wish us all well. Sue cherished her grandchildren Brandon, Matthew and Tommy Dodds. Sue was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in May 2017 and passed away peacefully on July 7, 2017. A celebration of life will be held on October 8, 2017 at Sue and Bill’s house at 12:00 pm, 3370 Highway 97, Falkland. Thank you for everything. We miss you Granny.

Blair Dyberg with his Tennessee Walking Horse “Tazz” (Rag’s Razamatazz) in competition.

Lori with her older Tennessee Walking Horse “Rome” (Rag’s Fantasy Romance) in a competition.

Question: My horse isn’t broke yet and you need a “finished” trained horse to do Challenges, don’t you? Answer: What are your goals with your horse? Do you want to challenge yourself and your horse in the Non-Pro and Open divisions or do you want to build your horse’s confidence and trust by introducing him to some new challenges in the Novice or Rookie Division? There are different divisions for different skill levels offered at every Canadian Cowboy Challenge. Question: What if my horse “freezes” on course and I can’t do an obstacle? Answer: I will assume you are referring to a horse new to the sport here. First of all, this is normal. You are building a partnership of trust and willingness and it will take some time. That is all part of the journey. But this is where strategy enters the sport. Remember, you have six minutes to complete the course so don’t spend five minutes on an obstacle you can’t get done, thereby upsetting your horse in the process. Instead let him continue on to the next two or three obstacles that you know you can do well. (Just acknowledge the obstacle so the judge knows you aren’t off-course by skipping an obstacle.) Remember, do not set your horse up for failure; build

Lori with “Dusty” (Northfork Cotton Trim) negotiating an obstacle.

confidence by letting him have fun with the course. Question: What happens if I completely “destroy” an obstacle? Answer: It does happen more often than you think. As long as you do not come off your horse you are not disqualified. Just stop your horse for a few seconds, take a big breath and carry on to the next obstacle! (If you DO come off you must exit the arena on foot and your horse will be led out.) Question: Do I need to memorize the patterns? Answer: No. Every Canadian Cowboy Challenge has a “caller” to tell you which obstacles come up next. Competitors pick up their sheets in the morning to give them time to plan their ride around the course, but you do not need to memorize it. I hope I have answered some of your questions about the Canadian Cowboy Challenge. Please visit our website (www. for more information. There are clinics, play days and challenges scheduled for Alberta venues up to mid-October. Hope to see you this season! We do need more Walking Horses out there on the circuit...

september 2017


Mountain Trail Challenge T By Janice Reid

he Desert Sands Mountain Trail Challenge was a first of its kind for the Vernon area, held at the Vernon District Riding Club July 15-16. Despite the heat and dealing with the fires, the challenge was well-attended with enthusiasm shown by all age groups. A small army of volunteers kept the show and set-up running smoothly. Many people were competing for the first time in Mountain Trail and found the obstacles challenging and fun. The 55+ Equestrian entrants took advantage of a good warm-up for the Vernon Games coming up September 13-14 at the IPE fairgrounds in Armstrong. The challenge was produced and judged, by Kelowna based trainer Dawn Ferster. Cathy Southwell, from Kamloops, also judged. Due to space limitations, we have the Desert Sands top 3 results for you. Some scores were the same and we had tie-breakers of obstacles to decide the top 3. These are the points that will be added to the yearend. Thank you all for coming out and allowing us to be a small part in your equine journey! SATURDAY JULY 15 Class 1 Youth in Hand 1 Crystal Pellikaan 91 points 2 Owen McGivern 75 points 3 Danielle Ciriani 69 points Class 2 Geldings in Hand 1 Debbie Hughes 98 points 2 Nancy Meers 90 points 3 Kristine Henry 89 points Class 3 Mares in Hand 1 Crystal Pellikaan 102 points 2 Janice Reid 97 points 3 Janet Crich 93 points Class 4 Back to Basics 1 Barb Cooper 91 points 2 Janet Crich 86 points 3 Heather Dolemo 82 points Class 5 Youth Rider 1 Crystal Pellikaan 81 points 2 Chelsey Richard 74 points 3 Danielle Ciriani 67 points Class 6 Explorer Horse 1 Jean Fothergill 100 points 2 Debbie Hughes 98 points 3 Daina Hillson 97 points Class 7 Green Horse 1 Daina Hillson 95 points 2 Donna Barker 81 points 3 Marie McGivern 73 points Class 8 Novice Horse 1 Janet Crich 98 points 2 Jean Fothergill 98 points 3 Heather Dolemo 96 points 22 • September 2017

Class 9 Novice Rider 1 Karen Kunkle 108 points 2 Janice Reid 101 points 3 Janet Crich 101 points

Class 6 Explorer Horse 1 Jean Fothergill 97 points 2 Colleen Nestor 95 points 3 Daina Hillson 91 points

Class 10 Amateur Rider 1 Karen Kunkle 101 2 Kristine Henry 96 points 3 Julie Reed 95 points

Class 7 Green Horse 1 Daina Hillson 81 points 2 Donna Barker 72 points 3 Simone Kutos 69 points

Class 11 Open 1 Kristine Henry 98 points 2 Julie Reid 94 points 3 Debbie Hughes 89 points

Class 8 Novice Horse 1 Karen Kunkle 99 points 2 Janice Reid 99 points 3 Colleen Nestor 96 points

SUNDAY JULY 16 Class 1 Youth in Hand 1 Danielle Ciriani 67 points 2 Owen McGivern 60 points

Class 9 Novice Rider 1 Janice Reid 87 points 2 Janet Crich 82 points 3 Jean Fothergill 78 points

Class 2 Geldings in Hand 1 Debbie Hughes 85 points 2 Karen Kunkle 83 points 3 Tahn Towns 82 points

Class 10 Amateur Rider 1 Kristine Henry 100 points 2 Jean Fothergill 99 points 3 Janet Crich 97 points

Class 3 Mares in Hand 1 Janice Reid 109 points 2 Colleen Nestor 91 points 3 Daina Hillson 85 points

Class 11 Open 1 Debbie Hughes 109 points 2 Kristine Henry 106 points 3 Karen Kunkle 100 points

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Class 4 Back to Basics 1 Janet Crich 94 points 2 Colleen Nestor 91 points 3 Heather Dolemo 91 points Class 5 Youth Rider 1 Danielle Ciriani 64 points 2 Owen McGivern 57 points Dave Ciriani SADDLEUP.CA

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Dr. Tomas Teskey in Slocan BC By G. Mayrhofer

EXPLORING EQUINE HEALTH – The Big Picture Beyond Traditions


his clinic was a feast for the Equine Owner and Practitioner that is exploring a less traditional approach to their equine partners’ health and well-being. Hosted by the Slocan Valley Outriders in Slocan BC on June 30 – July 2; organized by Marie Racine (Handy Hay Nets); Leah Hope (Little Oasis Equine Matters); and well-supported by a host of volunteers. The weekend not only had 40 like-minded participants, from across Canada and parts of the US, however the passion and inspiration brought to this clinic by Dr. Tomas Teskey DVM was beyond our expectations. Teskey explored the foundation of natural hoof care, including anatomy and pathologies. The effects we are seeing in our horses as a result of confinement and one of the biggest deficiencies in our horses’ lives is lack of movement. He shared his knowledge of environmental effects on equine health, fundamentals of balanced equine dentistry and complementary health options that can support horses in their wellness. Dr. Gail Jewell DVM, though unavailable to be in attendance, has always been a great supporter and an advocate for the best options possible for our equines. We thank her for her continued passion, support and service to our equine community. Another, thank you goes to Dr. Tim Kempton PhD… he was skyped in from Australia to talk about the nutritional aspect at this clinic. As with any event, this would have not been possible without all of the sponsors. A huge shout out and gratitude to all that have donated and volunteered. I am certain I can say this for all participants… THANK YOU! Looking forward to the next clinic.

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BC SPCA working to reunite animals with their guardians With thousands of people and animals still displaced due to wildfire evacuations in BC, the BC SPCA has escalated its efforts to help. Twenty-three special constables have been deployed to various areas within the Cariboo region to help rescue pets trapped behind evacuation lines, reuniting them with their guardians at check points. Officers are also ensuring that farm animals left behind have food, water and adequate shelter, and, if necessary, are being moved to safety. “The community support for animals and pet guardians affected by the wildfires has been incredible,” says BC SPCA general manager of community relations Lorie Chortyk. “From opening their homes to displaced families and their pets, to offering to walk dogs or do laundry at our evacuation site, to donating money, the community’s generosity has been truly inspiring and we are so grateful.” In addition to assisting with animal care sites set up by local emergency services in Prince George and Kamloops, the BC SPCA is operating an evacuation care site for dogs in Prince George and the society has transferred nearly 200 homeless animals in the SPCA’s care in affected areas to other SPCA shelters to allow staff and volunteers to focus on the needs of evacuated animals. The BC SPCA has also contacted large pet supply companies about shipping urgently needed pet food and supplies to evacuation centres, Chortyk notes, adding that PetSmart Charities™ of Canada has already generously provided more than $47,000 to help out. “Our constables are dealing with a wide range of animals including dogs, cats, horses, pigs, llamas, mules, birds and even a six-foot red tail python,” she says. “The BC SPCA Provincial Call Centre (1-855-622-7722) is fielding calls

from pet guardians in the Cariboo Regional District who require officers to attend, feed/water animals and remove animals,” Chortyk says. To date the Call Centre has managed 554 calls to assist animals in need. In addition, the BC SPCA is also offering free spaces for kids in our week-long summer camps in areas where evacuated families are seeking shelter (as capacity allows) as well as free registration with the BC SPCA’s BC Pet Registry for pet guardians affected by wildfire (use the offer code ‘Reunite’). Those interested in donating specifically to the BC SPCA’s wildfire efforts can visit

Emergency Pet Preparedness The BC SPCA is encouraging the province’s pet guardians to remember to plan for their furry family members in the event of an emergency. “People don’t necessarily think about their pet in an emergency situation until it’s too late,” says Bob Busch, general manager of facility development for the BC SPCA. “You don’t have time to gather up everything you need if you have to get out of your home right away. So many people forget feeding bowls, food, leashes, everything,” he says. “We learned how important it is to plan ahead and be prepared for any emergency. People love their pets but it often doesn’t sink in that an emergency can happen at any time.” Items to include in an emergency kit for your pet(s): - A seven-day supply of food and water - Identification tag and collar - Sturdy crate and/or carrier - Pet first aid kit - Blanket/plastic bags - Leash, harness - Food and water bowls (collapsible are great) - Litter box and litter for cats - Manual can opener - Copy of your pet’s current vaccination history - Any special medications and instructions

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1-3 WORKING & HERDING, OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Kamloops BC, 1-3 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Kamloops BC, 8-10 ALL BREED SHOWS, OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Summerland BC, 8-10 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Abbotsford BC, 8-10 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Nanaimo BC, 9-10 7th ANNUAL SHEEP DOG TRIAL, Burns Lake BC, 9-10 CKC HUNT TEST (for Retrievers), Abbotsford BC, 10 CANINE GOOD NEIGHBOUR TEST, Vancouver BC, 15-17 H. LYLE BROWN MEMORIAL TRIAL, Kelowna BC, 16-17 CKC OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Duncan BC, 16-17 CKC RETRIEVER FIELD TRIALS, Black Creek BC, 17 FALL FOLLIES FUN MATCH, New Westminster BC, 22-24 ALL BREED SHOWS, OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Chilliwack BC, 22-24 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Pitt Meadows BC, 23 BCSDA R/J Acres Arena Trial Series, Penticton BC, 23 DRAFT DOG TEST, Tappen BC, 23-24 DOG ‘O’ POGO, AAC Agility Trial, Lavington BC, 23-24 CKC OBEDIENCE TRIALS, Union Bay BC, 29-Oct 1 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Abbotsford BC, 29-Oct 1 PAXTON VALLEY SDT, Falkland BC, 30-Oct 1 CKC OBEDIENCE TRIALS & RALLY TRIALS, Cranbrook BC, 30-Oct 1 CKC AGILITY TRIALS, Kelowna BNC,



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It Is All About The Kids!

! n o i t a r e n e G t x e N The This is my brand new American Miniature Horse Lot to! My very fi rst horse I received on my 10th birthday. We love playing in the river. - Emily, age 10, Chilliwack BC

? u o Y e r A e r K ids . . . W h e

Hi, my name is Madeline and this is the horse I ride, Demi. She is a gentle and kind Canadian mare. We have fun doing trail rides and bareback hacking when we are visiting my friend’s farm in BC. - Madeline, age 11, Calgary AB

What are you doing with your horse? It’s your turn to tell us about YOU!


Send in ONE photo with a caption (No more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/provice. Photos will be printed on space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@ Put in the subject line “KIDS”. 26 • September 2017


My name is Maria and this is my horse Baby. She is a 23-year-old appendix mare. We love to jump and go fast! Even though she’s 23 she doesn’ t show it! - Maria, age 11, Enderby BC

Interior Gaited Horse Show Bids ‘Adieu’! By Loretta LeBlanc

After a 20-year run of one of the best fun shows in BC’s interior, it is time to bid farewell​​​​​!


n behalf of the show committee, I would just like to say that there have been many great people here, both past and present, that have made this annual show truly enjoyable. A special THANK-YOU to all the sponsors, volunteers, committee members, participants, and friends who were there over the years. We could not possibly list everyone and thank you enough for all your support. Horse shows depend on your help and you were there for us. We are all proud to have been part of the team these last few years and feel honoured to have been given the privilege to meet so many great horse people.

We are not sure what the future will bring but know for sure that it will involve many more years of having fun with horses. John

FAREWELL… John McMillian Brenda Mason Jackie Evans Loretta LeBlanc Louise Eccles



Loretta Louise & Brenda

september 2017


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office

Donations still needed for the Horse Council BC Animal Disaster Relief Fund The Animal Disaster Relief Fund (ADRF) is helping to look after displaced horses and animals during, and long after, the wildfires in the interior of BC. “The amount of support the ADRF has received so far has shown us the incredible strength of community,” says Kelly Coughlin, Senior Program Manager and Manager of Agriculture and Industry with Horse Council BC. “Resources will continue to be needed for the care of displaced horses and animals in the weeks and months to come as many will have lost their farms, pastures and feed supplies.” Donations from the public will continue to aid the associations, groups, and individuals during and after this unprecedented wildfire disaster. Help is still needed to assist in HCBC’s efforts to keep supplying those on the ground with needed support throughout this natural disaster. So far, Horse Council BC has used $22,970.63 of the Animal Disaster Relief Fund with $9,240 going towards the purchase of hay for evacuation centres and groups, $11,250 for gas cards and haulers, and $2,480.63 for miscellaneous supplies for horses and teams on the ground, supplies that included such things as electrolytes, salt blocks, wheelbarrows, and hoses. Please continue supporting the fund so we can continue to help those in need. Thank you! Donate online here: What is HCBC’s Animal Disaster Relief Fund? If you would like to help supply cash, food, supplies, and various needed items to the emergency evacuation centres around BC that are housing displaced horses, livestock, and pets due to the wildfire emergency, please consider donating to the Horse Council BC Animal Disaster Relief Fund.

Funds collected will be used to provide resources like hay, supplies, gas to the emergency evacuation centres and groups assisting with the wildfire relief effort. Should any donated funds remain following the immediate wildfire emergency; the remaining funds will be spent according to the HCBC Animal Disaster Relief guidelines set out in the HCBC Finance Policy. If there are excess funds, they will be used on education on emergency planning, training emergency coordinators and emergency responders, communications and other linkages that support future emergency response efforts. Don’t feel comfortable donating online? That’s ok! You can send a cheque payable to “HCBC Animal Disaster” and mail it to: Horse Council BC 27336 Fraser Highway Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 **Please note that Horse Council BC is a non-profit, but not a registered charity. We cannot issue charitable donation receipts.

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

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“Race to the Finish”

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club Story and photos by Joanie Thompson (IMGE Co-Chair)

Riders, you are under Starter’s orders!


nd just like the wave of a flag, it seemed like the International Mounted Games Exchange (IMGE) 2017 tour and competition were suddenly over. After almost a year of planning, I think everyone involved in this annual event, hosted this year in Canada by the BC Lower Mainland and BC Islands regions of Canadian Pony Club, felt that the 17-day tour flew by too quickly. Mounted Games is a team sport of relay races on ponies run at high speed, involving a number of tasks which much be completed. Teams of riders are selected from the best of the UK, USA, Canadian and Australian pony club members. The exchange is much more than the one day of the actual competition. It is an opportunity for the host country to welcome the 15 and 16-year-old riders, their coaches and chaperones, and give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The most notable result was the creation of close friendships that crossed borders, and even within the teams themselves, as many riders had never met their teammates before the teams were created for this event. The group’s bonding was enhanced by a jam-packed itinerary

that included activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, a treetop obstacle course in Whistler, whale watching near Vancouver Island, hiking the Grouse Grind, competing in a dragon boat race in False Creek and biking around Stanley Park. There were also outings to watch Grand Prix jumping at Thunderbird and to enjoy the Canada Day fireworks from a boat cruise in Vancouver harbour. Other tourist attractions included Granville Island, the Vancouver Aquarium, Steveston and Whistler Villages, and Victoria. During the group’s stay on Vancouver Island, hosted by the lovely Queen Margaret’s boarding school, they enjoyed a special equine clinic along with a fun, informal competition that served as a practice day for the members to ride on unknown ponies. A tour with such a fulsome and varied schedule couldn’t have been put together without the generous support from Canadian Pony Club and many of its regions and branches across Canada. And, of course, a BIG thank you to our many generous sponsors. At Campbell Valley Park on the competition day, July 16th, the UK narrowly edged out Australia for first place. Canada came in third and the US team was fourth. Preparations are underway to recruit members of the Canadian team who will be competing at IMGE 2018 in the UK.

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George Bloor Memorial Dressage Show Story by Pam Malekow, Castlegar News Photos by Pam Malekow and Lori McMullin


he Horse Association of Central Kootenay (HACK) hosted the George Bloor Memorial Dressage Show on July 8-9 at the Trail Horseman’s Grounds. Many riders arrived for a great weekend of English and Western Dressage that honoured a long-time horseman, Mr. George Bloor. We had the pleasure to have Lillian Evenview-Phelan as our judge. Although it was incredibly hot, we were all there for one reason, to ride for George. Competitors came from as far away as Cranbrook, Creston, and Grand Forks, as well as many from the local area to participate. Over the years, George has taught many riders the art of dressage, and he was always at the shows to call tests for riders, or to help out. He is loved by all in the community and around the Kootenays. He was sadly missed at this show, but I know he was watching us from above with great pride. Thank you to everyone who came out to watch, ride, help, or just share a story of George.

CHAMPION RESULTS English Dressage: Overall High Scores – Heidi Scott riding Romanesque Reserve Overall High Scores – Toni Wilhite riding Luke Walk/Trot Adult, Test 1 – Miguel Legere riding Southern Belle Walk/Trot Adult, Test 2 – Heidi Scott riding Ferdinand Walk/Trot Youth, Test 1 – Arianna Marchi riding Clyde Walk/Trot Youth, Test 2 – Claudia Pether riding Masterpiece Training Level – Toni Wilhite riding Luke Reserve Training Level – Merna Boltz riding Pines Poco Tivio First Level – Charlene Bisson riding Rembrant Second Level – Heidi Scott riding Romanesque Reserve Second Level – Tammy Peitzsche riding Shiloh Western Dressage: Overall High Scores – Cindy Ryan riding Enya Reserve Overall High Scores – Sam Levick riding Jazz Walk/Trot Adult – Miguel Legere riding Southern Belle Training Level – Sam Levick riding Jazz Reserve Training Level – Merna Boltz riding Pines Poco Tivio First Level – Cindy Ryan riding Enya Reserve First Level – Christy Geist riding Lorano

Above: Claudia Pether with Masterpiece Left: Mikaela Dix-Cooper riding Venus Right: Toni Wilhite aboard Luke, riding in Western Dressage Bottom Left to Right: Miguel Legere riding Southern Belle in Western Dressage George Bloor (Photo from file) Christie Geist aboard Lorano, George Bloor’s trusty steed

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Above: Merna Boltz with Pines Poco Tivio Right: Tanya Larsen in action Below: Arianna Marchi with Clyde Beautiful ribbons for George

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club Fall News Story and photos by Lauri Meyers


hat pairs best with the colours of Autumn? The smell of horses and leather. September 24 is the last show for our 2017 season. The weather forecasts to be the perfect temperature for riding, not too hot or too cold. Come ride, come help out, or just come and cheer the riders on, everyone is welcome! Family fun for everyone! We always welcome volunteer help at our shows, for without our volunteers, there would be no show. If you are interested in volunteering, or sitting on the Board of Directors, send us a message, we would be happy to talk with you. Our year-end wrap up banquet will be November 4 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Armstrong. Year-end awards will be presented after a potluck dinner. Awards include: High Point in each of the age divisions for English and Western, Trail and Games. Also presented will be Members Choice awards, where you vote for a member in each of the categories: Grooming, Sportsmanship, Citizenship, Participation, Hard Luck Senior and Youth, Most Improved, Peanut Participation and

Volunteer. To be eligible for these awards, you must have shown in at least 3 of our shows. Look for the ballot box at the entry office - who knows, your name may be already in the ballot box. Patterns for classes will be posted to our website 1 week prior to the show, for those who wish to practice. For more information on our awards, memberships, shows or scholarship, go to our website or find us on Facebook.

Summer 4-H Stock Show By Abby and Cari McLuskey Photo by Cody Bennett


very July, 4-H horse clubs from around the Okanagan gather at the Armstrong IPE grounds for a week long camp out with their horses. The week starts with getting your stall ready and decorating. Followed by riding lessons, gymkhana games, clinics, hippology tests, trail lessons, horse jumping, a showmanship competition, and finishes up with a horse show, awards banquet, and then a dinner and dance. This event is organized and kept on track by Lorna Kotz and Diana Dore - both longtime supporters of 4-H and kids! 4-H clubs that participated included: Double L (DL), Hooves and Hounds (HH), Rodeo Rednecks (RR), Kelowna Hoofbeats (KH), South Thompson (ST), Mossy Oak Mudslingers (MOM), and Vernon Young Riders (VYR). This year we had a fantastic lineup of trainers/judges, who spent the week instructing the members and helping them to improve their skills and try new things. Thankyou to Maureen Logan, Dustin Drader, Suzy Bairstow, Carmen Letawski and Glenn Perran. Adrienne Newman spent time with all the 4-H members offering clinics in equine massage, and the kids and parents enjoyed this very informative clinic. And Carmen Letawski led a showmanship clinic during the week, demonstrating proper techniques. 4-H events like this are possible because of dedicated 4-H club leaders, parents and sponsors. A HUGE THANK YOU FROM ALL THE 4-H MEMBERS to everyone involved! We so appreciate you.

Congratulations to all the winners from the 2017 Okanagan 4-H Stock Show: HORSE JUDGING JUNIOR Champion: Ruby Dinn DL Reserve: Shayl Jardine KH INTERMEDIATE Champion: Mackenzie Ross RR Reserve: Kennedy Bennett MOM SENIOR Champion: Makayla Breda RR Reserve: Natalia Biagioni RR SHOWMANSHIP JUNIOR Champion: Shayl Jardine KH Reserve: Jessica Hultgren KH / Brooke McGee KH INTERMEDIATE Champion: Abby McLuskey VYR Reserve: Lillie Batten VYR SENIOR Champion: Kathleen Egeland KH Reserve: Brianne Mikulosik DL TRAIL JUNIOR Champion: Dalyce Davis KH Reserve: Haley Burnell KH / Trinity Stawnichy KH INTERMEDIATE Champion: Abby McLuskey YVR Reserve: Lillie Batten VYR / Sydney Augustine KH / Lydia Coates (VYR) SENIOR Champion: Kathleen Egeland KH Reserve: Keltie Arndt RR

WESTERN PLEASURE JUNIOR Champion: Trinity Stavnichy KH Reserve: Faith Seehaver VYR / Shayl Jardine KH INTERMEDIATE Champion: Caralynn Currie VYR Reserve: Mackenzie Ross RR SENIOR Champion: Kathleen Egeland KH Reserve: Brianne Mikulosik DL JUMPING JR Champion: Jessica Hultgren KH INT Champion: Sydney Augustine KH SR Champion: Melanie Price KH REINING Champion: Abby McLuskey VYR Reserve: Lillie Batten VYR GYMKHANA GAMES JR: Dalyce Davis KH INT: Marina Jardine KH SR: Georgia Currie VYR TRAINERS MOST IMPROVED Kaya Breda RR Mackenzie Ross RR Matt Moline KH Carter Jardine KH Connor Seehaver VYR

september 2017


2017 CanTRA AWARDS By Daphne Davey


he annual CanTRA Awards recognize special people – and horses – in therapeutic riding. Here are the results for 2017. Andrea Gillies Award Outstanding Instructor Sponsor: Gay Wood CATHI ILLERBRUN Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre (Guelph ON)

Cathi with Max. Photo courtesy Sunrise TRLC.

Cathi is an instructor and driving coach employed at Sunrise since 2007. Cathi is ceaselessly thoughtful and dynamic, in constant motion to adjust her methods to fit the needs of each rider. She approaches her riders with a commitment to helping them realize their full potential. Cathi brings a joy that is infectious and empowering to all.

Deb Heard, parent: “If more teachers were like Cathi, the education world would be a much better place for individuals with disabilities.” Rhonda Davies Award Outstanding Volunteer Sponsors: John and Donna Davies ERIC FERGUSON, PT T.E.A.D. Equestrian Association for the Disabled (Mount Hope ON)

Eric Ferguson. Photo courtesy TEAD.

Eric has been T.E.A.D.’s volunteer physiotherapist for over 25 years, approving hundreds of children for the program. His special way with children puts them at ease and brings out a smile. Eric always figures out a solution to difficulties for riders, from a piece of foam to a specially adapted saddle.

Amanda Rader, parent: “Eric is kind, compassionate, gentle, accommodating and always makes you smile no matter how your day is going.”

Jetty Chapman Award Outstanding Administrator Sponsors: Christine and Oren Birch SALLIE MURPHY Halifax Area Leisure and Therapeutic Riding Association (HALTR) (Halifax NS) Sallie joined HALTR as a volunteer in 1985. Later, she organized a satellite program, Sallie Murphy 2014 then her own “Byfield” program for early intervention riders prior to joining HALTR. Sallie is an instructor and former president of HALTR, and has served many years on the CanTRA board and as Atlantic Zone Representative. Sallie’s dedication is legendary. Margaret and Michael Pegg, parents: “We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to Sallie for all she has given over the past 25 years.” CanTRA Therapy Horse Award Sponsors: Manning Equine Vet Services / Greenhawk (Charlottetown) “LEO” Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (Duncan BC) 16-year-old, 15.2HH, gold champagne Draft/Quarter Horse-cross gelding. Our lovely Leo is a reliable, safe, trusted caretaker of little kids on the leadline, as well as independent riders. He has led many young riders to victory in Para-Equestrian Canada competitions. His excellent manners and gentle nature make him perfect for unmounted activities. Leo pioneered as CTRA’s first vaulting horse. He is the most sociable and expressive horse, a favourite among students, volunteers, and staff.

LEO vaulting tack Cowichan TRA. Photo by Rachel Bodger.

Meygan, rider: “We make a great team and Leo is such a wonderful horse. I don’t know what I would do without him.”

For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Your donation to or will make a difference to a child or adult with a disability. 32 • September 2017


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


e had a club meeting at the end of July and combined it with a pot luck BBQ at Deb & Jim Miyashita’s house. Thank you both for hosting and providing the BBQ ‘Beer’ chicken! Looking at our fundraisers this year, Tack Sale, Spring Poker Ride, and the Pot O Gold Show – we decided not to host another ‘Spring’ ride – as the turnout was not there. The Tack Sale and Show were good to us – and look forward to them next year. Our next fundraiser is the Fall ‘Find the Golden Horseshoe’ Poker Ride on Saturday, September 23rd at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. Remember – if you find the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ there is a special prize just for you! This ride is open to all breeds, riders and drivers. There are two other groups that will be participating with a weekend camp-over (Vernon Cronies and AERC Cronies) – so better book your camping spot quick. Registration will be open from 9 am to 11:30 am. Ride on your own, or with friends, and at your own pace. Prize awards at 3 pm. For more info call Nancy 250-546-9922.

BC Team Cattle Penning Association By Desiree Legare


eam Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 head of numbered cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example of Class combos: 10 Class is made up of 4,3,3 rated riders or any combo to form 10, we go by the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Associations rating system. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. Fast runs, fast times, lots of action! The BCTCPA has not had its finals at the Chilliwack Heritage Park for some years, and has not had a show since April 2009 at this facility. We are excited to bring our show here and want you to come and join us for 2 days of action-packed riding! This year we have $45,000 added to our entries with a 60% payback, and we have Buckles in each division. Saturday we are running the Open Class with a 12 incentive, the 7 Class and the 2+ Class; and we will be finishing the day by riding our Top 10’s in each division at 6 pm. Sunday we are running the 10 Class with an 8 incentive, the JR & SR Youth classes and the 5 Class with a 3 incentive. This year our club did exceptionally well at the Calgary Stampede winning 3 of the 4 pots and taking home Champion Calgary Stampede Buckles in those divisions, followed by a Runner-Up in the Open Class. The BCTCPA has grown to 179 members and we are always looking for more. If you are interested in viewing this event come on out and watch!

BC Team Cattle Penning Finals to be held September 16-17 7 am start both days - watch on Saturday at 6 pm for the Top 10’s Join us at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park, 44140 Luckakuck Way

2016 BCTCPA Finals winners in the 8 class: Marty Schmidt, Graham Armstrong and Ed Hurd

september 2017


Kelowna Hoofbeats By Kali Krehbiel, Brooke McGee, Lauren McGee


he Hoofbeats kicked off the summer heat with our first event… Stock Show in early July. During Stock Show we reached a peak temperature of 40 degrees Celsius! We managed this hot weather by visiting the Armstrong pool every day after lessons. At Stock Show, 17 riders from our club participated in 2 lessons a day, judging rally, stall duty, showmanship, and at the end of the week a schooling show. Our second event of the month took place on July 20th. Three of our very own club members headed off to provincials for the first time. Sydney Augustin represented our club for speeches, and Lauren and Brooke Mcgee represented our club for Demos. Provincials were held in Salmon Arm. During the weekend we went on three different farm tours: Tasty Acres, High Mountain Farms, and Spa Hills Compost. All three of these farms use organic methods to produce healthy and delicious fruits. On the Saturday, we competed in our Speeches and Demos. It was really neat to see all the different topics and presentations from clubs all around BC. We are looking forward to more horse shows this summer, and warmer weather yet to come.

Kelowna Riding Club By Kelly Bose • Photos by Ted Vardalos


t has been a busy summer at the KRC; lots of clinics, shows and lessons going on. It is great to see so many enjoy the facility on these beautiful summer days.

The Clear Rounds Jump night in June was a great success! Over 30 riders came out to enjoy an excellent course set by K&S Elite Sport Horses. It was a fun opportunity for riders outside of Kelowna to come check out the club, and all were treated to snacks, drinks and horse treats! Unfortunately the July Clear Rounds had to be cancelled due to the poor air quality from the many fires burning across the province. As a reminder, the Kelowna Riding Club is an evacuation centre if anyone is ever in need of stabling for their horses. Definitely still have a long, dry summer ahead. Hoping to see some rain soon! 34 • September 2017


The Ricky Quinn clinic was held the first weekend in June, and the participants were able to gain much knowledge from his wealth of horsemanship experience. We hope to bring him back again next year, so stay tuned! Fortunately the smoke cleared just in time for the Dressage Festival, and we welcomed riders from across the province and Alberta. Scott Hayes and his team did an incredible job of putting on a beautifully run show. In August we had Equi-Life hosting their Summer Sizzler H/J Show on August 11-13; followed by a few Gymkhana and Pony Club days. We love to see our grounds being enjoyed by all the different equestrian disciplines! As always, check out our website at or our Facebook and Instagram pages for all upcoming events and news, and you can now follow us on Twitter @KelRidingClub!

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley • Photos by Sally Rees Congratulations are in order from our West Coast Summer Classic! Congratulations to the high point winners! Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making what we do possible! Thank you also to our awesome show staff who make the shows so enjoyable! Inaugural Breeders Futurity We held the first closed futurity resulting from the Stallion Service Auction LMQHA held for the Breeders Incentive. The resulting foals from the breedings were eligible for a free entry, whereas all get of the stallions donated were eligible to enter. Congrats to the Champion and Reserve, both sired by Mechanic! The Champion - earning $1361.50 was Custom Mechanic Reserve - earning $998.50 was Notice My Mechanic In Other News Please keep up-to-date on the LMQHA page of and our Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assn Facebook page. We will be holding a General Meeting (TBA) at the end of September. We would love for you to come out and consider becoming an integral part of the club and help make it the best it can be.

Ellie Gerbrandt, Presented by Rod Ash.

The following received a $500 gift certificate for Frank Principe Spurs for Hi Point, and Reserves will receive an embroidered halter and embroidered sheet. OPEN: Hi Point: Good Grief Grover and Gord McEachen Reserve: KC Ya In St Louis and Pauline Massey GREEN: Hi Point: Notice These Dynamics and Heather Huber Reserve: Invited N Time and Cheryl Milroy YOUTH: Hi Point: Zips Classical Image and Ellie Gerbrandt Reserve: Sudden Attraction and Alexa McGowan AMATEUR: Hi Point: Black Ty Invitation and Ellish Anderson Reserve: Repeated In Iron and Emma Lee Schellenberg SELECT: Hi Point: Goof Grief Grover and Gord McEachen Reserve: Thumb Moxie and Pia Petersen Level 1 AMATEUR: Hi Point: Zippn Down The Range and Jody Peardon Reserve: Notice These Dynamics and Heather Huber Level 1 YOUTH: Hi Point: Sudden Attraction and Alexa McGowan Reserve: Ellie Gerbrandt and Zips Classical Image

The following received an embroidered Big D Quilted Blanket and Mayatex Pad for High Point, and an embroidered Halter and Cooler for Reserve. Walk Trot YOUTH: Hi Point: My Dynamic Otoe and Colten Buckley Walk Trot AMATEUR: Hi Point: One Hot Goods and Sheryle Harp Reserve: Country Chocolate and Stephanie Schmidt Rookie YOUTH: Hi Point: Absolootly Western and Maylee Cyr Reserve: Good To Know Im Cute and Taylor Schell Rookie AMATEUR: Hi Point: Prime Time Asset and Julie Koppenberg The following received a Mayatex Pad for High Point, and an embroidered sheet for Reserve. All Breed YOUTH 11 and Under: Hi Point: Hollywood Chocolate and Camille Kennedy Reserve: My Dynamic Otoe and Colten Buckley All Breed AMATEUR: Hi Point: Tuxskeeto and Virginia Olafsen

Custom Mechanic

Covergurl (Photo submitted)

The following received an embroidered grooming bag and bath kit: High Point Halter Mare: Covergurl High Point Halter Gelding: Good Grief Grover SUPERHORSE received a bronze and flat screen TV: Notice These Dynamics Champion of Champions Halter received a bronze: Covergurl Stakes Winners, $750 added: Non Pro Horsemanship: Champion: Ellish Anderson Reserve: Pia Petersen Cathy Dumaresq Trail: Champion: Ellie Gerbrandt Reserve: Gord McEachen

‘Superhorse’ Notice These Dynamics

Ellish Anderson

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: • Visit our Facebook page september 2017


The Back Country Horsemen of BC

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

ONE SECOND PAST ETERNITY I met the old cowboy Two years ago I had gone to lake Tunkwa With my friends in tow Rose was our leader Janet our drag We’d ride out early No one dared to lag He’d get up real early And sit at his rig And make us strong coffee In a pot so big We’d all get to drink it With Baileys or not And laugh ourselves stupid As we emptied the pot He’d ride out without us If we lingered too long He’d ride Bobby Sue With Cricket along He loved those two mules And he loved his big dog He loved finding trails Through thicket or bog. We lost him last year Just out of the blue While camping at Tulameen With his friends and his crew His last words to me Were so funny I bent double “I only drink with friends Or alone, he said, that’s the trouble” (I tear up now, if only I knew). He’d leave us soon after For the big Cowboy Ride I miss you my friend Keep a place by your side For those who all loved you We’ll all meet again And ride on forever In the sun with no rain

BCHBC honours outstanding volunteer and project


wo recipients were selected this spring to receive the first-ever BCHBC Volunteer of the Year award and the first Outstanding Project award at their annual Rendezvous in Merritt this year. In an effort to increase recognition of their valuable volunteers, a committee was struck a little more than a year ago to develop criteria for nominations and selection of recipients. Once formulated, information was sent out to all 23 chapters, many of whom responded with really good nominees in both categories. Meanwhile, Princeton wood cutting artist Nancy Minshull of Creekside studios was approached to create a large perpetual plaque for each category plus smaller, individual-sized plaques that each recipient would be able to keep. Meticulously hand cut out of local woods, layered, assembled, then finished with oil, the plaques were simply stunning and beautifully reflected the outdoor interests of BCHBC. In the year it took to develop the awards and bring them to fruition, BCHBC lost one of their most outstanding volunteers, John Gardner. (See “A Tribute to John” in Saddle Up’s August 2016 issue, page 42.) The Awards committee therefore felt it most appropriate to rename the Volunteer award to The John Gardner Volunteer of the Year award. So, it was most exciting to be able to

present the award to a close friend of John’s, the “Ever-ready Bunny” Rose Schroeder for her years of support, dedication, mentorship, trail work and smiles. The Project of the Year went to Central Vancouver Island chapter for their Spruston Staging area project; taking a weedy, scotch broom infested piece of land and transforming it into a fantastic trail head used extensively by all types of equestrian and two-legged recreational devotees. Lynn Devries, the CVI chapter vice-chair, accepted the award on behalf of her crew. You could have pushed her over with a straw, she was so excited! Recognition well deserved! A final tribute to John Gardner was shared at Rendezvous during the Cowboy poetry contest, written by Justine Saunders. These were emotional last words fitting of the man the Volunteer award was named after.

John Gardner

We’ll saddle our horses And double diamond the mules And we’ll ride across heaven And stop at clear pools Where we’ll sleep in the sun Like we did on the trails And see you again When our earthly lives fail. In memory of Big John Gardner May 2016 by Justine Saunders

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

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

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Get your BCRA Polaris Raffle tickets at the next BCRA rodeo. Come see us at our Polaris Booth for your chance to win a 2017 Polaris Side by Side!

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

Directors: Ty Lytton 250.396.7710, Aaron Palmer 250.851.6725, Allison Everett 250.296.4778, Jay Savage 250.421.3712, Matt O’Flynn 250.255.7678,

Wade McNolty 250.398.0429, Carl Hyde 250.963.9381, Ray Jasper 250.991.8391, Tom Danyk 250.540.2030, Ryan Hume 250.267.1642,

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




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

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


Contact: • Website:

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 8/17 Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

Info on clinics and events at



The Equine Foundation of Canada 7/18

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

Contact us at or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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

BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-381-2245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, 9/17 BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 9/18



Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/18 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 3/18 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 11/17 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 7/18 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 9/18 North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities5/18

Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!!

OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 6/18


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

OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Paddy Head,, 250-495-4334, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 2/18

100 Mile & District Outriders




Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. President: Mike Kidston E-mail: ~


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Clubs & Associations PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-694-3521 5/18

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

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


SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 8/18

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


For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit



WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 7/18

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2017 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,


2-3 SUN MEADOWS DRESSAGE - Bronze/Gold, Sun Meadows, Kamloops BC, 2-3 ENDURANCE RIDE TWO DAY 12/25/50, Two Day 100, Last Chance Mountain, Westbank BC, Brittany Linnett 778-829-3433, 2-4 NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR & RODEO, Barriere BC, 7-10 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS, Catherine Clinckemaillie, Clinton BC, 8-10 SALMON ARM FALL FAIR, Salmon Arm BC, 8-11 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Summerland Rodeo Grounds. Spectators welcome $20/day at door. Simone 250-494-3434, 9 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Heritage Park Indoor, Chilliwack BC, Race starts 9 am, Sherri-lynn Prest 9-10 THE GLOW SLOT, 4D & Charity Barrel Race Event, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest 604-856-4482, 10 OLIVER RIDING CLUB FALL SHOW, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, 10 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 10 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068,, 13-15 55+ GAMES (Equestrian), Armstrong BC, or 14-15 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE at 55+ Games, Armstrong BC, 15-17 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson BC, Jocelyn Templeman 250-359-6885, 15-17 AAHABC FALL FROLIC ARABIAN HORSE SHOW, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, Marla 604-574-3785,, R17 Qualifier + Open Breed Classes 16-17 TFC FOUNDATION CLINIC w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC, Training For Courage Center,, Paul 250-317-7725​ 16-22 CALGARY (Priddis) AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 17 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, 17 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Andersen’s Arena,Chilliwack BC, Buckle Series Race, start 11 am, Sherri-lynn Prest 20-22 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Open Clinic, Chase BC,

22-23 FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 23 POKER RIDE (Find the Golden Horseshoe), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, Nancy 250-546-9922 or see club FB page 23 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street Langley BC, Becky 778-989-4624, 23-26 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Teacher’s Course, Chase BC, 23-29 REGINA SK, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 24 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Alicia 604-908-5188, 24 MISSION HORSE CLUB English, Western & Games, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 24 AERC HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, 24 RIDE TO MUSIC, D-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, 25-29 MARION WEISSKOPFF- Intensive Horsemanship Clinic, Princeton BC, Heather Wade 250-956-2606, 29-Oct 1 PACIFIC REGIONAL DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, 30 EXPERIENCE THE HEALING WITH HORSES, Rainbow Spirit Retreat, Bridge Lake BC, Piri de Vries 250-706-2778, 30-Oct 1 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL FINALS, Sagewood Mountain Trail Park at Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, Colleen, 30-Oct 6 EDMONTON AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT,


1 GYMKHANA & SADDLE SERIES, Peachland BC, 1 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068, , 6-7 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Courtenay BC, Heather Steward 250-400-0043 6-8 HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Peachland BC, 8 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or

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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

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

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

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


1.800.661.1657 | 403.346.8841

4311 - 49th Ave., Red Deer, AB


arena maintenance

10/17 7/18

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

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


Chiropractic DR. DANA BLOOMQUIST, D.C., B.Kin (Surrey/South Surrey),,, 604-591-5569



Certified Equine Therapist: Structural Alignment and Massage Certified Equine Thermographer: Interpreted Imaging Certified Coaching: CHA English and Western All Breed - All Discipline

Travels BC and AB – Call 604-992-7945


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



SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2003. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 9/17


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





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ARMSTRONG 1-250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735

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




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



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


VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES, Bob Johnston 250-546-8254 Certified Journeyman serving North OK/Shuswap for 25 years 4/18 250-593-9807 7/18

Harness manufacturing


Healing with horses

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

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

For a Distributor near you call 1-877-253-2832 email:

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



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Your partner for Equine, Farm & Liability Insurance 7/18


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

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

Custom built and installed to your needs

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

Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •




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

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Business Services TRAILER SAles


TOll free: 1-844.955.2555 or 780.955.2445






OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 8/18

ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Hunters available for training, lessons/clinics, 9/17 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 6/18 CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 10/17 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 2/18 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics.

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

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

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

12/17 11/16

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

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

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987


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

250-808-0738 (Kelowna BC)


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

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

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

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

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

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

year-round listings starting at $ 250 per year! What’s Happening? Let’s Go!

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MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Ladysmith BC, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Duncan BC, Gary Toller 250-715-1242, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Becky 778-989-4624, TFC FOUNDATION CLINIC w/Paul Dufresne, Second Chance Ranch, St. Andrews MB, Francine 204-771-5335, CHA INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/Marion Weisskopff, Victoria BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, “SPOOK”TACULAR FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, OLIVER RIDING CLUB HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL, D-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail,

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THE MANE EVENT, Chilliwack BC, 1-844-578-7518, LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, TFC PROGRESSIVE CLINIC w/Paul Dufresne, Second Chance Ranch, St. Andrews MB, Francine 204-771-5335, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Armstrong BC, Daina Hillson 250-803-2069, MISSION HORSE CLUB Wild & Wooley (non point), Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or



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

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Send them in (required format only, as on page 39) – our readers want to know!

September 2017


On The Market (Private Sale) Old Baldy Ranch Introducing

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AQHA Blue Roan Stallion 2017 Foals Available sired by

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

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

WELCOME TO RIVERSIDE RANCH! 1432 feet of river frontage with sandy beach and 36.7 acres. This property is designed for lifestyle. Boating to Grindrod or Shuswap Lake within minutes. Ideal hobby farm with equestrian possibilities. 2008 post and beam home features beautiful hardwood floors, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Outbuildings, garage/shop (200 amp service) with oversized doors. Custom horse shelter, fenced with 2 auto waterers. Chicken coop with automated doors and lights. 22 acres in hay, high yield, 3 cuts per year. Artesian well. For more photos and interior tour visit 42 West Poirier Road, W Mara, V0E 2K0 $1,650,000 MLS® 10134810 BARBIE LEROUX 250-804-9936 Re/Max Vernon

UNIQUE & PRIVATE PROPERTY IN CITY LIMITS! With just over 13 acres of land, this property has incredible lake and mountain views as well as views of downtown Kelowna. There is a well-maintained 2,000 sq. ft. rancher style home, double garage, large shop and secondary farm help home with 2 bedrooms up, 1 bedroom down. You’ll also find a barn, tack shed and other structures on this beautiful acreage. This property is in the ALR and has great potential. Perfect for horses or other farming.

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

3003 Highway 33 East, Kelowna BC $1,798,000 MLS ® 10138296

ANNICK ROCCA 250-808-7537 Royal Lepage Kelowna

ANNICK ROCCA 250-808-7537 Royal Lepage Kelowna 10/17


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

Starting at only

1465 Pinantan Road, Pritchard BC $1,100,000 MLS ® 139338 BRENDAN SHAW 778-471-1498 Brendan Shaw Real Estate Kamloops B.C.


NEW LISTING, WESTERN STYLE HOME Horse set-up on almost 95 acres with paddocks, 6 pastures, 8 holding pens, 6 shelters, 5 waterers with a tack room, and 3 stalls in back of the Quonset with 14’ high doors in the front. Home is a 1,742 sq. ft. raised bungalow with 2 bedrooms up and 4 bedrooms down. Livingroom, kitchen and diningroom all open with an open beam pine ceiling. Large porch. Located North of Hwy 16 on Hwy 765, by Darwell AB $549,888 MLS ® E4075867 RENEE TURLOCK 780-446-5467 REALTOR®/Associate Realty Executives Leading


IDEAL SET UP FOR HORSES! Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath log home set on 16.5 acres in the beautiful Armstrong/Spallumcheen valley. Property has open riding arena, 24’ x 36’ barn with tack room, stalls, shop with grease pit, covered storage and equipment shed. Property is fenced and x-fenced. A perfect set-up for horse and cattle operation. For additional information or to book a showing, please visit our website at 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC $839,900 MLS ® 10114548 HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc.

DESIRABLE LAVINGTON ACREAGE 9.33 fabulous acres in a very desirable area of Lavington. The property is fully irrigated, except for 1 acre. Zoned single family dwelling with secondary suite. A simply gorgeous setting to build your dream home. Current crop of alfalfa. For additional information or to book a showing, please visit our website at 6900 Learmouth Road, Lavington BC $625,000 MLS ® 10139289


LORI HANCOCK 250-260-0123 VantageOne Realty Inc.

September 2017



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


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Leather & Stitches

Come for a massage or a week-long healing retreat overlooking beautiful Lac des Roches

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

30 years - Physiotherapy - Acupuncture experience in - Manual Therapy - Body Talk - Osteopathy Craniosacral - Healing with Horses

Piri de Vries 250-706-2778 Bridge Lake BC

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

29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988



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



3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

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

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


WWW.ULTRA-KELP .COM • TOLL FREE 1-888-357-0011

Horse Boarding


Horse Boarding

Quality BC Interior Low Sugar - Always Lab Tested

in the South Full Board $300.00 a month

75-80 lb Tight Square Bales No Rain, No Mold, No Waste, No Disappointment Grapple available to load

Individual pens 25’ x 250’ with shelters

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

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



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


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