Saddle Up September 2020

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The Young Lady’s Equestrian Manual from 1838 By John A. Seaverns Editor’s note: I saw this posted on Facebook (thanks Paddy), when I googled the name of the book, it appeared, and I could read it page by page, all 96 pages. It actually is teaching the ‘Lady’ how to ride a horse. Quite interesting. I found the book on this link. The young lady's equestrian manual : Free Download, Borrow › details › youngladysequest00lond Apr 16, 2008 - Veterinary Library's copy part of the John A. Seaverns Equine Collection. ... The young lady's equestrian manual. Publication date: 1838.

Some excerpts on Facebook…


he manual begins by stating that “No attitude can be regarded as more elegant than that of a lady in the modern side-saddle.” But will young ladies today ever learn the “rational and innocent delight” of sidesaddle riding? 1. Do not ride the wrong-coloured horse. “Of all colours presented by the horse, none is so rich, and, at the same time, so elegant and chaste, as a bright bay; providing the mane, tail and lower parts of the legs, be black.” “But much white, either on the face or legs, whatever be the general hue, is quite the reverse of desirable.” 2. Be easy, but not slovenly (in the saddle). “Nothing can be more detrimental to the grace of a lady’s appearance on horseback, than a bad position, it is a sight that would spoil the finest landscape in the world. She ought to be correct, without seeming stiff or formal: and easy, without appearing slovenly.” 3. Do not let your hair embarrass you. And definitely don’t wear a bonnet. “The hair should be plaited; or, if otherwise dressed, so arranged and secured that it may not be blown into the rider’s eyes, nor, from exercise, or the effect of humid weather, be liable to be so discomposed, as to become embarrassing. To ride in a bonnet is far from judicious.” 4. Do not beat your horse – it is ungraceful. “Ladies certainly ought not to ride horses which require extraordinary correction… a lady should never be seen in the act of positively flogging her steed: such a sight would destroy every previous idea that had been formed of her grace and gentleness.” 5. Always ride with a man to shield you if your petticoats start to show! “The only inducements for a gentleman to ride on the left of a lady, would be, that, by having his right hand toward her, in case of her needing assistance, he might, the more readily and efficiently, be enabled to afford it, than if he were on the opposite side; and, should any disarrangement occur in the skirt of her habit, he might screen it until remedied.” 2 • SEPTEMBER 2020


6. “No lady of taste ever gallops on the road.” Just say no. 7. Do not harass your horse. “The lady, in all cases, should recollect that her horse requires occasional haltings and relaxation… it is always better, if the pupil err in this respect, to do so on the side of brevity, than, by making her lessons too long, to harass her horse.” 8. Though most of all – do not ride a horse who is anything less than perfect. The Lady’s Horse: “The beau ideal of this kind of horse is superlatively elegant in form, exquisitely fine in coat, and unexceptionably beautiful in colour; of a height, in the nicest degree appropriate to the figure of the rider; graceful, accurate, well-united, and thoroughly safe in every pace; ‘light as a feather’ in the hand, though not at all painfully sensitive to a proper action of the bit; bold in the extreme, yet superlatively docile; free, in every respect, from what is technically denominated ‘vice;’ excellent in temper, but still ‘though gentle, yet not dull;’ rarely, if ever requiring the stimulus of the whip, yet submitting temperately to its occasional suggestions.”

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s the summer scurries along and September has arrived, it should be time for all of the fall fairs, which we know, sadly, are not happening. Such a loss for communities, tourists, volunteers, businesses, and fair-goers. A definite financial struggle for some. Let’s hope 2021 brings them all back! I see some horse shows and events are happening, following the health authorities protocol of course. You can get out and about with your horse, just in a different, safer, and low-key way. Another option is to participate We were teeter-tottering! in the ‘virtual’ events happening on the internet. Photo by Dawn Ferster Thank you to those that are organizing these events – it can’t be easy for you – but you are making it happen! Let’s cross our fingers and hope that things get better for us all in the near future. If we follow the recommended guidelines, and be cautious for ourselves, our families, and friends (and strangers), we might get back to more of a real world. We are Canadians… we are tough ‘eh’? Enjoy the reading in this issue, it’s all good!

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First Duke was born in 2008 at Hof Clasen in Germany. Hof Clasen is a famous Hanoverian breeding farm, known for producing many Olympic and World Champion stallions including, Lancet, Dauphin, and Lightning C. Duke is very well bred, from the stallion First Dance X Feiner Stern X Pik Ramiro. As a three month old colt, Duke was purchased by Dieuwertje V Donselaar (a four time member of the Dutch National Dressage team) and Henk Glijn, who periodically coached her. First Duke was raised in Germany and at three years old he was presented to the Hanoverian Verband and received his stallion license. He was then brought into training with Pia Fortmüller, at Heike Kemmer’s facility, to be prepared for the 30-day test, which he successfully completed, earning very high scores. Dieuwertje then took Duke to the Netherlands with her, where she continued his training. In 2015, Henk brought Duke to Canada where he was successfully ridden and trained by Corine Smith, who trained with Henk Glijn and Anne Gribbons. During Corine’s time with Duke, she trained him up to FEI level, showing him in Prix St. George and training him in Intermediare. Corine and Duke spent extended periods of time during the winters training at Knoll Dressage in Florida. In 2018, Duke came home to Canada, and in December of 2019 was leased by Terry Leggat. For the past 8 months, Terry and Duke have been training intensively with Henk Glijn. This new horse and rider pair have formed a special bond and we are all very excited to see where it will lead. Terry’s equestrian background is nothing less than eclectic. She has competed in both English and Western disciplines, including show jumping, eventing, dressage, reining and cattle penning name a few. As a child, she drove her pony in the harness classes at the Kelowna Riding Club. Terry and her family were members of the Kelowna Riding Club from 1964 to 1973. For 3 years in the early 90’s, Terry worked for a cutting horse trainer in Alberta. Moving cows, riding turn-back for trainer Ron Anderson, and putting miles on the colts that Ron started… she admits it was the best job she ever had! Since moving back to the Okanagan with her husband in 2005, Terry’s main focus has been on dressage. In 2017, she and her husband, Peter, imported a 10-year-old KWPN gelding from Holland with help from her coach Henk. Terry made her debut in the FEI ring with Bolero last year. She is looking forward to next season’s competitions with both Bolero and First Duke. As of August 1, 2019, Terry Leggat became a part-owner in Duke, along with Henk Glijn, making the Stallion 100% Canadian owned. For more information please contact: Henk Glijn 250-833-5383 or Terry Leggat 250-306-4889 SEPTEMBER 2020


Always Finish What You Start This is a strong core principle that brings power and meaning to anything worth doing. Since horsemanship and becoming a horseman is worth doing, I thought I would apply this principle into an article.

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By Glenn Stewart

orses want certainty. As I have mentioned in the past, they also find security in knowing who the leader is and, it has to be the human. It is very unsettling for horses to be uncertain about who is the leader. Hopefully, leaders make, or try to make, good decisions and then follow through with those decisions. What we decide to ask of our horses should be thought out with a specific goal in mind and how to get to that goal. That’s why it’s called a plan. There needs to be thought that goes into what we are about to ask of our horses and ourselves before it happens. This allows us to follow through with our plan and finish what we start. The clearer and more specific we can be with our plan, the further along we can get in our horsemanship and the further we can bring our horses in their development. Let’s take something that appears to be a very simple request or maneuver: “turning and going the other way.” How simple or challenging that maneuver can become has a lot to do with horsemanship skills and/or what level of horse we are trying to develop. Many riders just turn and if the horse goes south when he was headed north they are very satisfied. However, there is a lot of uncertainty in that for the horse because of how he was asked to turn. The way he turned could be different every time because there was so little thought that went into a plan of how the turn was to be done. Turning and going the other way is not much of a plan. It is like saying to your friend, “I’ll meet you at Tim Horton’s in Saskatchewan,” and you both jump in your vehicles the next morning trying to find each other somewhere in Saskatchewan.

Here are some questions or ideas we should be asking ourselves, or a plan we might consider if we want more than to just turn and go the other way. First of all, we want our horses to go with us in the turn - not before and not after. Good horsemanship is good partnering and is done together as a unit, where neither the horse nor rider feel pushed, pulled, held back or in a struggle. We will never have the true freedom and unity that is possible with a horse without a plan and then finishing what you start. There will be struggle in the beginning because the unity with a horse is built through consistency and the certainty of exactly what you want. Here is a possible list of things to look for in a turn. Do you want to turn on the forequarters or hindquarters? Which foot do you want him turning on, there are four of them to pick from. Or, do you want to have the horse reaching equally in the turn, which means his back feet follow the tracks of the front feet. What do you want his head to be doing through the turn? Of course he must be soft, but do you want his nose tipped right or left? Are you expecting vertical flexion through the turn or not this time? What are you doing in the saddle? Where have you placed your weight? What leg are you using? What are you doing with your seat? Where are you looking? What are you doing with the reins? Which hand is higher? Which rein is shorter? What side of the spine are you sitting on? As you can see the list is large. Our depth of knowledge about riding and horses will answer all these questions and you can choose the best

ones for the type of turn needed for the situation or what is needed to be worked on. To add to the list, we must learn to be able to feel if the horse actually did what you asked. For example, if planned, did he turn on the right hind, nose down and to the left, soft through a round neck, crossing over in front and leading with the shoulder? If it didn’t happen, help him find the answer rather than giving up and riding off. Sometimes the answer or result we are looking for is seconds away if we just stuck with it a moment longer. Only ask what you and the horse are ready for and do things progressively. We have to learn it before we can ask it of our horses. Each one of the questions above is a separate exercise and there are many more that need to be learnt and taught in a specific progressive order. Then when they can be done well, it’s time to start asking for two of the exercises together, then three at one time, and so on. Before long, it becomes part of how you ride and how your horse operates. The unity and connection you will have with your horse is well worth the journey. The habit of finishing what you start also becomes something to admire. I love homemade bread but not if it’s half cooked. Enjoy yourselves and your horses, Glenn Stewart Glenn is now offering year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St John BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit www.thehorseranch. com. If you are looking for quality Natural Horsemanship Equipment go to (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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What does Alice Cooper have to do with Dressage? By Dr. Thomas Ritter, (November 2019),

When I wrote this article we were travelling through Germany and Austria by car for a mixture of work and vacation. We combined fun things for the kids with some teaching and business meetings.


uring the longer road trips we tend to like to listen to a variety of podcasts. The day before I wrote this article, we were listening to the latest edition of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast in which he interviews Alice Cooper, the rock star. Alice Cooper is an interesting character because he began his career in rock music during the 1960s, and he has managed to stay successful until today. He was friends with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and many other famous rock stars, but also with singers and actors like Frank Sinatra, or Groucho Marx. The interview with Marc Maron covered a lot of interesting topics. Among other things, they talked about Alice Cooper’s experience with all these famous performers. He said that he found that the bigger, better, and more famous they were, the nicer they were because they had nothing left to prove. They had achieved everything. The up-andcoming rock stars, on the other hand, were often difficult and not so nice to deal with, he said. That is something I have heard repeatedly from a variety of sources over the years. It seems like those individuals who are very good at what they do and who have achieved a lot develop a certain security and a sense of self-confidence which allows them to start to relax and acknowledge other colleagues’ accomplishments. Those who are still in the earlier stages of their careers and still feel like they have something to prove to themselves or to the world are often insecure. They constantly compare themselves to others, and they feel threatened by the success or competence of others, as if another person’s success diminished them and their skills in some way. This insecurity makes them lash out and put down others, especially those who are out in the public eye. For a very short time, it makes them feel a little better because they can tell themselves that the other person isn’t perfect, either, or the other person isn’t any better than they are. But the comfort they feel is short lived because, unfortunately, it doesn’t change their own skill level. We don’t ride the slightest bit better if we criticize someone else. Our own problems are still unsolved, even if we notice with great satisfaction that somebody else is making the same mistakes as we. 8 • SEPTEMBER 2020


We are still the same person and the same rider we were before. But the negativity affects us. It leaves toxic traces in our lives. Focusing only on the mistakes and bad aspects in other riders (and ourselves) makes us unhappier, not happier. It brings more negativity into our own lives and our own riding, as well. Those who are very openly critical of everyone else will make themselves targets for others. They will sooner or later be attacked for their own riding, which will only feed their insecurity and unhappiness. So they will attack others even more, continuing the negative feedback loop that has no redeeming qualities, but only makes everyone miserable. I know because I used to be the same way, probably because when I was a beginner, teachers used to give students the feeling that they were worthless and hopeless. So, everybody, myself included, looked for indications that others were just as worthless and hopeless as our teachers made us feel. Today, I’m a “recovering critic.” I still feel the urge in me sometimes. But I try not to act on it. I try to take a differentiated view of others. I try to see the good aspects as well, and I try to give the rider the benefit of the doubt, because we never know how difficult a horse is if we haven’t ridden it ourselves. Things can look very different from how they feel. We don’t know how far the horse and rider have come together. We don’t know the challenges they had to overcome. Everyone is on their own personal journey. What is easy for one person or horse can be very difficult for another. I also remember all the times that I made mistakes or failed. What I don’t understand is why some people feel the need to leave negative comments under photos or videos of other riders on the internet. They contribute nothing useful at all. They only perpetuate the negativity and insecurity. Generally, everybody is trying to do the best with what they know. If they want help or advice, they will probably seek out a trainer they trust. It’s not anybody else’s place to put them down. It’s healthier to mind our own business, to try to improve our own riding, and to do the best we can. When we watch others, we should look for the positive aspects that we might be able to integrate in our own riding. It’s better to be selective about what images we implant in our memory, so our own riding is not influenced negatively by watching bad riding. If we see a picture or video we don’t like, it’s better not to comment. But if we see something we like, it’s a nice gesture to leave a positive comment, because just as making negative remarks doesn’t make us a better rider or a better person, leaving encouraging, positive comments doesn’t diminish us in any way.

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he Fall Sale committee is deep in preparation to bring you a collection of superb horses to auction. We will be partnering with ClipMyHorse.Tv to showcase the horses Canadians are proudly offering for sale, and to utilize their online auction system which is uncomplicated and user friendly. We are sure the bidding online will bring the same exhilaration and excitement, and have the same dynamic and charged atmosphere of a live auction. This will give our past and future patrons a more global dynamic giving Canadians a stage for worldwide acknowledgement, and for the world to see the best we have to offer. New ways offer new possibilities… join us as we move forward to mark another monumental year at the Fall Classic Sale.

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National Tour Cancelled - Provisional Breeding License Approved


ovid 19 has caused several temporary changes in our stallion licensing procedures. The different rules regarding interprovincial travel between chapters, and the quarantine regulations for international travelers has resulted in our inability to offer a national tour in 2020. We know that this can impact the plans many of our members may have had for their young stallions that need licensing prior to a breeding career. To that end, for 2-4 year old stallions, the chapters will provide a team of mare inspection inspectors that will be tasked with inspecting and making judgement on these young horses in the following areas: Breed and Sex type Swing and Elasticity Conformation Walk Correctness General Impression and Development

The minimum acceptable score to achieve a provisional license is 7.25 with at least one 8 in any of the following categories: Conformation; Correctness; Swing and elasticity and walk. Any score lower than 6 will not allow a stallion to achieve a provisional license. This license will be good for the breeding season 2020 and 2021. To maintain their license after 2021 the stallion will have to re-present at the next available tour stop, that inspection will include gallop and free jumping, hopefully to be held in the fall of 2021. Stallions that are older than 4 may make an application directly to the Studbook Committee with why they have not been presented prior. This will be decided on a case by case basis.



By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Horse: You Otta Have Me, rider Lisa Wieben. Photos by Gary Wieben.

his exercise can be a challenge for riders who haven’t quite found the rotation through their centre or the correct use of the aids, particularly the outside rein.

Our exercise

The set-up Place five poles along the centre line of the arena. Measure from the middle of each pole 10 metres to the next centre point. One end of the line of poles can be touching the track or just to the inside of the track.

this month is a great one for developing suppleness in your horse. It features 10-metre circles which, when

Hint: When riding 10-metre circles in a dressage arena (20 metres wide) the circles will go from quarter line to quarter line.

ridden well, produce further stepping under with the inside hind leg, lifting of the back, bend from poll to tail, and loosening up of the ribs and back.

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How to ride the exercise You may begin in a walk to start with, but the goal is to do this in working jog. Begin by riding over the middle of the first pole onto a 10-metre circle which will go over the middle of the next pole. Ride one and a half circles. As you pass over the middle of the second pole the second time straighten your horse for the one stride over the pole, then change bend onto the new circle, aiming for the middle of the third pole. Ride one and a half circles. Continue in this way to the end of the line. If your horse gets tense at any time continue on the circle you are on until the horse settles or go back to a walk and regroup. Once your horse is comfortable with the circles, move to riding only half circles over the poles. As you ride over the centre point of each pole maintain straightness for one stride, then go into the new bend. Ride up the length of poles, then back down maintaining the half circles.


Variations Once you and your horse are comfortable with the above exercises you could: Ride a serpentine with your horse staying closer to the poles, asking for subtle changes of bend over each pole. In this case you will be at an angle as you cross the poles. Add a 20-metre jog circle or figure 8. Cross the middle pole and ride a 20-metre circle with the end pole as the top of the circle. As you cross over the centre pole again change directions onto another 20-metre circle. Perform the 20-metre circles in the lope. Ride the first half of the serpentine with 10-metre half circles. As you cross the centre of the third pole, ride a 20-metre circle going over the end pole. As you cross the centre pole again change directions and finish the line with 10-metres half circles again. Ride a 20-metre figure 8 in lope with a simple or flying lead change over the middle pole. There are lots of ways to play with this. Have fun! Rider position and aids Because the circles are small at 10 metres, it is important that you turn your body from your centre to help your horse turn. Your outside upper inner thigh will help the horse turn while the inside lower leg will ask for bend and keep the horse from leaning in. Maintain evenness in your seat bones. It is best to ride this exercise sitting to help the horse stay up and connected. Keep your shoulders and your hips level, no leaning into the turn. Maintain contact with your outside rein to prevent the horse from drifting onto a larger circle or falling in. The outside leg will also block drifting. If the horse needs more help to turn use the outside rein against the neck in a press and release. Time the turning cues as the outside front leg is going forward. The horse is then more easily able to respond without losing his balance. If the horse starts to speed up use a half-halt with the outside rein, while adding pressure

Notice how the mare is stepping under her midline with her inside hind on the 10-m circle. She is nicely bent through her body from poll to tail.

Crossing the rail at the centre point.

from both legs. If the horse starts to lean onto the forehand or get long in the topline, use even contact on both reins (half-halt) and squeeze forward with both legs. Imagine you are squeezing toothpaste towards the cap. This will bring the hind legs further under the body and lift the back. Once you feel the connection soften the contact without giving away the reins. It is easier to maintain the size, shape, and rhythm of the circles when the horse is connected from back to front. Any level of rider and horse can ride this exercise. If you are in Introductory, you may want to start in a walk and only jog the 20-metre circles. In Level 1 you start using 10-metre circles to prepare for a leg yield or before a lope, and in Level 2 and up your 10-metre circles will be ridden in collected jog and lope. For every level, however, every test will have a 10-metre half circle to go down the centreline, which makes this a very important and beneficial exercise. Enjoy! For a video on this exercise, check out

Once again notice the placement of the inside hind, supporting the rider’s weight. The rider is looking ahead and turning with her horse.

As an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on indepth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, and Certified in Eden Energy Medicine. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibility to improve balance and gain greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County AB. Contact to book Somatic Rider Clinics



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CONGRATULATIONS to the July winning photo with our theme: OH CANADA! Sent in by Allison Hymers of Sundre AB. Her comment after we contacted her: “I’m so excited. This is Patty Kramps’ picture.” Patty Kramps also commented, “Well, very, very cool!!!! This is indeed myself, and my wonderful Tonka - aka "Supertonk". I thank Allison for sharing this photo to the contest, and really happy to have it chosen as the winning one. You have my permission to use the photo. Thank you all!” Thank you to The Finn & Fletcher Co. 12 • SEPTEMBER 2020


The Ojibwe Horse Society, A New Foal is Born, Returning a Critically-Endangered Indigenous Horse to Manitoba


he Ojibwe Horse is Canada’s only Indigenous-developed horse breed, and an exceptionally rare foal has been born – the first in Manitoba since the breed was extirpated from the province many years ago. Trevor Kirczenow, the Ojibwe Horse Society’s Breed Registrar for the Ojibwe Horse Society, explains, “This filly doesn’t have a name yet. We are consulting with our Indigenous friends to have a traditional Ojibwe naming ceremony soon.” Ojibwe horses were once plentiful throughout the boreal forests of North America. Records indicate they lived with all the First Nations that congregated in present-day Manitoba, as well as in Ontario and northern United States. Kirczenow explains, “The last few of the breed were rescued by a partnership of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in 1977 near Lac La Croix First Nation, Ontario. Now, there are about 200.” There are currently breeding groups of Ojibwe Horses in Ontario,

Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Alabama. “This filly’s mare came from Ontario two years ago. Her sire, Crane, was in Manitoba last year to participate in the Ojibwe Horse Society’s breeding program. Since he was housed on our farm, we were able to have him cover our mare in the field, and this filly is his first offspring.” In Manitoba, these small, yet powerful horses were used by the Métis for the Red River carts and traditionally lived alongside Indigenous people at their winter camps. They figured prominently as spirit animals as well as helpers for activities such as logging, trapping, and hauling. The Ojibwe Horse Society has funded studies that show these horses have unique genetic characteristics from other horses. More research is ongoing that indicates Ojibwe Horses may have been in North America prior to European arrival. For more information contact

UPDATE – We have named the mare Asemaa'kwe (which means Tobacco Woman), and the foal Giigwanens (which means Little Comet).



Can you see the signs of stress? Horse behaviour experts share what to look for in

The best way to detect stress in your horse is to know him well enough to pick up on changes in the way he acts.

your horse.

Top 5 Signs your Horse is Stressed Out, Right Now By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Courtesy of


little bit of stress isn’t a bad thing, researchers tell us. In fact, it can be useful—like getting a horse moving when he’s in danger of being attacked. Plus, “learning can’t even happen without stress,” explained Katrina Merkies, PhD, associate professor and equine behaviour researcher at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Still, there’s a limit to “useful” stress, Merkies said. And past a certain (yet undefined) threshold, stress can become problematic. Essentially, stress isn’t OK anymore when it’s either too great in the moment or too long-lasting over time, said Natalie Waran, PhD, professor of One Welfare at the Eastern Institute of Technology, in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Intense “acute” (short-term) and “chronic” (long-term) stress can lead to important health and welfare issues for horses. “We have a responsibility toward our horses to ensure they’re living a good life, and we can help do that by keeping their stress levels to a minimum,” she said. Stress can also affect the safety of the humans around them, Waran said. Stressed horses can become dangerous as they act out in defense with abrupt movements such as kicking, biting, bucking, and bolting. “I’ve seen far too many cases of injuries resulting from people ignoring the signs of stress for too long as they continue to escalate,” she said. In other words, if your horse is slightly stressed, it might be fine. But you shouldn’t let your horse get “stressed out,” the researchers explain. While scientists have yet to determine the exact line between acceptable and unacceptable stress, handlers can pay attention to signs that their horses aren’t coping well with acute or chronic stress levels. Horses Acting Stressed Isn’t Normal In this article, we’ll take a closer look at signs of acute stress in horses. Would you recognize them? According to one recent study, most people don’t. Or if they do, they might be ignoring them, said Merkies. “People can be very accepting of stressed-out horses, as though it’s just normal that their horse is being obstinate or stubborn, for example, when actually there’s a serious stress issue going on,” she said. Waran agreed. “Stress is a word that gets used so frequently in the

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human world, we tend to just normalize it,” she said. “But if you really appreciate the emotions that the horse is going through when he’s experiencing stress, you realize that, actually, it’s not normal at all.” It’s better to acknowledge when your horse has passed a stress threshold, our sources say, and change what you’re doing to reduce his stress levels. You’ll be promoting his health and welfare, as well as an improved horse-human relationship. Top 5 Signs of Acute stress 1. The “stress face.” Horses have their own range of facial expressions, and scientists are homing in on what expressions mean what. The Horse Grimace Scale (HGS) is getting fine-tuned for detecting pain in ridden and unridden horses, but no validated grimace scale for detecting stress exists yet, Merkies said. Still, researchers generally agree that telltale signs of stress in a horse’s face include flared nostrils, widely opened eyes with whites showing, a tightened mouth (which is harder to see when the horse has a bit in his mouth), and high head carriage. 2. Reduced blinking and increased eye fluttering. Recent studies show that, depending on the kind of stress, horses might blink significantly less when they’re experiencing acute stress, Merkies said. That includes full blinks (eyelids completely down) and halfblinks (eyelids half closed). And regardless the kind of stress, they tend to have more fluttering of the eyes—a sort of rapid muscle movement in the eyebrow area. Of course, if you want to know if your horse is blinking less or fluttering his eyes more than usual, you’ll have to pay attention to what’s normal for him when he’s not stressed as well, she added. 3. Frequent pooping. Stress seems to trigger horses’ digestive systems to accelerate intestinal movement. When stressed, they poop frequently, Merkies said. “If a horse stops and has one really big poop, that could actually mean he’s relaxed,” she explained. “But if he’s having frequent poops that get

more and more liquid or even spurt out, that suggests he’s probably reached that threshold and is too stressed.” 4. Increased heart rate and altered respiratory rate. Stress doesn’t just cause changes in a horse’s behaviour. It also causes physiological responses, including increased heart and respiratory rate, our sources say. While this information is useful for scientists doing research on equine stress levels, it can also be a practical gauge for handlers, said Waran. “If you’re attuned to your horse, you can hear his breathing rate change, and you can feel his heart rate increase right under you,” she said, adding that this is a sure way for her to pick up on stress in her own riding mare. Handlers should spend quality time with their horses in a non-stressful situation just getting to know what’s normal for them, she explained. Avoid using a stethoscope on your horse’s chest or checking his pulse with your hand on his fetlock, though, because these methods could be dangerous with acutely stressed horses. Wearable heart monitors currently provide scientists with continuous, real-time feedback about these physiological signs in horses. 5. Jumpiness, bolting, and freezing. As prey animals, horses frequently react to stress by trying to get away from the perceived danger. As stress increases, they might at first be jittery or spook at objects or be unwilling to stand still, Merkies said. But as stress levels increase, their movement—including how long and how far they move—probably increase accordingly. This can put humans at danger, because they can get knocked over, stepped on, or thrown off by these sudden, seemingly careless movements. (They might not be so careless, she added. “Maybe they move closer to humans when they’re anxious because they feel like [the humans] provide security,” she theorized.) In situations of extreme acute stress, they might pull back and

break a halter, try to jump through the front door of a trailer, run through a fence, or gallop into traffic. On the opposite end of the spectrum, stressed horses might simply freeze, she explained. “That’s almost worse than the movement, because you know that at any moment, they’re likely to explode.” Take-Home Message: Living the Good Life Horses experience many kinds of acute and chronic stress, and they can each have different, unique reactions to stress, the researchers said. So while these five signs are useful guides, the best way to detect stress in your horse is to know him well enough to pick up on changes in the way he acts, sounds, or feels. “Ideally, people can create a profile of their own horses, noting what they see as signs of positive emotions and then being aware of when those are less frequent or change,” Waran said. “Once you have that knowledge, you can make informed decisions about how to manage stressful situations to reduce that stress as much as possible, so that at the end of the day you can say of your horse, ‘Mine is having a good life.’”

Because Alberta Horses Matter,


n response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberta Equestrian Federation, along with leading industry partners, has launched “Alberta Equine Partners for the Herd,” a fundraising initiative to support the equestrian community in Alberta during these difficult and uncertain times to come. We care wholeheartedly about Alberta’s equines and we are concerned about the risk to their well-being due to the financial difficulties brought on by the pandemic. Alberta Horses Need Your Help Our recent Alberta-wide survey in June of 2020 found that almost 1 in 5 respondents need short-term support over the winter of 2020-2021 to ensure the welfare of the equines under their care. 72% of those in need will require hay and veterinary assistance for basic care 52% of respondents have 3 months or less of reserves to provide basic care 43% of those in need will require pelleted feed and straw for basic care 33% of those in need will require shavings, salt and minerals for basic care

WELFARE and CARE of equines in Alberta, because without horses, the Alberta equine community would cease to exist. You Can Make A Difference & Share Our Passion As a community, we are STRONGER TOGETHER – we share the MUTUAL LOVE for horses. Let’s work hard to keep the Alberta equine population cared for. Applications for Assistance We will be accepting applications for assistance from September 1st, 2020 to September 30th, 2020. Application criteria and forms will be available on the Alberta Equine Partners for the Herd site at that time.

You can help the herd with your financial gift, or by donating hay or straw. Our goal is to raise funds for the Alberta herd this winter, by assisting with essential equine care. Without support, many in the community may be faced with difficult decisions. We want to ensure the SAFETY, HEALTH, SEPTEMBER 2020


The Western Canadian Farriers Association By Rachel Vowles

As a Farrier business owner in a rural area in North Eastern BC, the biggest complaint we hear from horse owners is that they cannot seem to find a Farrier that will service their area, one that shows up somewhat on time, and possesses the skills and education to be considered a professional in the trade of Farriery.


his is why we would like to take the opportunity to make horse owners, fellow Farriers and aspiring to be Farriers aware of the benefits of groups such as the Western Canadian Farriers Association (WCFA). The WCFA is a non-profit association, formed in 1983. This association was the first of its kind in Canada. Farrier associations in North America were pioneered by Walt Taylor, who created the American Farrier’s Association in the 1970’s. The main purpose of the WCFA is "to organize farriers for the promotion of excellence in the art and science of farriery.” (WCFA, 2020). The current president of the WCFA is Russell Floyd, CJF, ASF, AWCF. In a phone interview he stated that unofficially the WCFA is a trade association with no governing rules that is dedicated to the promotion of the trade of farriery through promotional events. The WCFA was first incorporated by the BC Society Act in 1983. The first board of directors was made up of five individuals, Randy Blackstock, William Wilsher, Hank McEwan, Lewis Grant, and Leslie Blackie. (R. Blackstock, personal communication, February 27, 2020). These five folks are credited with creating the first ever Farrier’s Association in Canada. There was a time, long before our generation of farriers, when farrier camaraderie developed through clinics, competitions, knowledge, and education was hard to come by. With the last 37 years of the WCFA’s influence, that atmosphere has changed. Thanks to Mr. Blackstock’s vision (and his fellow board members); the WCFA has changed not only the farrier industry but also the equine industry in Western Canada. According to the BC Society Constitution Act (R. Blackstock, personal communication, Feb 27, 2020), the purposes of the WCFA are… To organize farriers for the promotion of excellence in the Art and Science of Farriery To define, maintain and improve the quality of craftsmanship To assist a farrier to further their skills To assist those who wish to enter the farrier trade To assist, co-operate and liaison with other related associations within the province of British Columbia, and elsewhere nationally and internationally. Approximately 6 years ago, the association added to its mandate that the “WCFA is not only an association concerned with farriers, but with everyone in the horse industry, aiming to inform the public, and particularly the horse owner, of the quality and standard of farrier service that is available.” (WCFA, 2020). The WCFA president stated that he sees the association accomplishing their mission and mandate through trade promotion. Members of the WCFA are skilled and educated farriers. Therefore, “promoting horse owners to use our members ensures that horses are getting good quality hoof care.” (R. Floyd, personal communication, Mar 1, 2020). 16 • SEPTEMBER 2020


When asked, Mr. Floyd stated that he feels the association has changed the equine industry in Western Canada by setting a high standard of horse care and has brought horse people together - creating a network that never existed before 1983. “This network of information sharing brings more minds together, which in turn, solves more problems.” (R. Floyd, personal communication, March 1, 2020). This society is member-funded. It is funded primarily by its members to carry on activities for the benefit of its members. (BC Registrar of Companies, 2018). Mr. Floyd stated that the WCFA functions as an association through its six board of directors and its members. In addition to the yearly memberships, the association is also funded via the attendees of their yearly competition and conference. Currently, the WCFA works to fulfill their mission and mandate through their yearly competition and conference as well as their sponsored clinics. Each year the WCFA has a set number of clinicians (usually previous Canadian Team members) that will travel around Western Canada and teach clinics at any hosted facility. The WCFA covers the cost of the clinicians’ travel, fees and other menial expenses associated with hosting the clinic. These clinics are free for WCFA members to attend and open to the horse owning public for an admittance fee that also secures them a yearly WCFA membership. Since the WCFA sponsors the Canadian Horseshoeing Team, this is a way for team members to give back to the equine community that helps support them. If you are a North Eastern BC horse owner, Farrier or aspiring to be Farrier, and interested in attending a hoof care clinic, stay tuned to Mile 0 Farrier Company’s Facebook Page for dates of upcoming clinics. Clinic dates held elsewhere in Western Canada can be found on the WCFA webpage, The WCFA is an affiliate association of Horse Council BC, American Association of Equine Practitioners, BC SPCA, BC Animal Owners Association, and the American Farriers Association. Being affiliated with so many like- minded associations proves the WCFA’s ability to encourage horse people to come together to create and maintain knowledgeable horse owners across Western Canada in the equine industry today. Mile 0 Farrier Company located in Dawson Creek BC, is owned and operated by Matt Roberson, CJF, and Rachel Vowles. Matt has been shoeing horses since graduating from KPU in 2007 and is a Certified Journeyman Farrier with the American Farriers Association. Rachel holds a KPU certificate in Advanced Farrier Science, EC Rider Level 6 certificate, and Certificate in Equine Business Management. Their knowledge and experience as lifelong horse owners ensure clients receive a personalized experience. Services offered are trimming, shoeing, education to owners via their hosted clinics, and in conjunction with the local veterinary clinic, therapeutic treatment plans.

Congratulations to a great bunch of Weekend Cowboys on their 10th annual “Winchester Ride”! Submitted by the Winchester Wives


en years ago, 5 friends organized a horse camping weekend for a German friend and visitor. They were determined to show him the beautiful BC Backcountry on horseback. That first weekend was such a success; that it became an annual tradition that grew bigger, better and more anticipated every year. For years their German friend scheduled his yearly visits to Canada around the annual trip, always impressed by the camaraderie and enjoying the special feeling of being their senior and the only international member. Long rides in beautiful country, evenings by the fire, and sleeping under the stars was the stuff memories are made of. The “Winchester Ride” came by its name through old Winchester shotgun shells, which skilled and clever hands made into buttons that adorned their cowboy hats and bridles after the first ride. The group grew to a total of 10 and they managed to visit many parts of the Interior backcountry including areas around Barriere, Savona, Merritt, 100 Mile House, Wells Gray Park, 70 Mile House and Logan Lake. Camps were set up off the beaten track with the horses high-lined between trees, or at existing horse camp sites. This year marked the 10th anniversary of that first ride, and keeping tradition alive, they headed out to new places in the Chilcotin with their equine partners. They now ride without their German friend who passed away in a motorcycle accident, keeping his chair and cowboy hat by the fire instead. It is what he would have wanted. Life and circumstances have reduced the numbers back to 5, but still the spirit remains: exploring new country, enjoying old company, and putting miles on steady horses under big skies... Hats off to a group that managed to keep a wonderful tradition alive in spite of fast and busy lives. Here’s to many more Winchester rides and keeping a good thing going! It’s not about having time, it’s about making time…! - Love, Your Winchester Wives



Apple Time

Cloud 9 Ranch more fun in July

Marilyn and Titan

First Horse Show, horse 26 years – rider about the same!

Ella’s day at the farm Gerda K, horse agility

Cloud 9 Ranch July fun

Blazer checking on his Friends Brooke and Brielle cooling off with pony Arwen

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We thought we’d share some Happy times with our readers.

Craig & Jenny W Ridin’ to the Chapel Dion with Heidi at Dawn Ferster’s clinic

Summer Fun

Joanne A – hanging out in the pasture doing nothing

Pauline B. – Bonding

Mule Days

Pure joy (at least for the little girl) at kids camp

Let’s see what folks are doing during their social distancing or self-isolation. Happy times are ahead.

Trevor Mertes clinic at Canoa Farms

Cloud 9 Ranch – Kids Camp – painting the parts of the horse

Trudy S, lets see if she will stand while I get up there

Rock and Rowdy out for a sunset drive

Jenny W and Jerry smooching

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8 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ in Dog Language Bonding with your Dog You may know how to tell if your dog loves you, but do you know how to tell your dog you love them back?


ften, the best way to tell a dog you love them is through mimicry. Dogs rely on facial expressions and whole body language to communicate. The better you understand canine communication and how your dog feels, the better you’ll be able to empathize and bond with them, expressing your love right back at them. Additionally, dogs are descended from pack animals (though there’s still heated debate as to whether they can still be classified as such). Because of residual genetic or evolutionary pack animal inheritance, from times long before domestication, dogs enjoy the connections made from being part of a pack: • hunting (which we often mimic with play, think retrieving a ball or ripping into a squeaky toy) • exercising (part of the hunting and scavenging behaviour of a pack) • physical touch (if only we could recreate the den in our modern living rooms) By learning to interpret dog body language and mimic the pack behaviours your dog craves, you can say ‘I love you’ to your dog in the following ways. We all know that a loved dog equals a happy dog, and dog love equals pure love! 1. Don’t be embarrassed to use your dog voice Studies using MRI technology show dogs understand human language better than previously thought. So holding that one-way conversation with your dog isn’t as crazy as you might think. The news gets better: that high-pitched tone you use to talk to your dog (better known as baby-talk)? Dogs actually like it. Medical News Today also points out that your dog wants to hear words specific to the dog lexicon: treat, walk, good. You know the words. Also, reading to dogs has been shown to calm anxious and highenergy dogs in shelters, and brings shy dogs out of their shells. 2. Be a good listener Not sure if you’re getting the message of love across? Your dog’s body language will tell you. Look for all of the dog body languages of love: • a wagging tail • eye contact • a raised eyebrow (see more below) 20 • SEPTEMBER 2020


Conversely, keep an eye out for the warning signs of an anxious dog: • a tucked tail • lip licking • your dog’s eyes are popping out or averted 3. Loving gazes Your dog’s eyes do much of their talking. You can communicate back to them using the same language of eye contact. When a dog gives you long, lingering eye contact, it’s a way of saying “I love you.” A recent study shows that oxytocin, the ‘love chemical,’ goes up in both dogs and humans when they share a kind gaze. Watch your approach, though. Staring down a dog in a forceful manner can be a sign of aggression for your dog. 4. Facial expressions of love No matter how we may wish to hide our feelings, even from our dogs, most pet owners know that animals are sensitive to our emotional states. Scientific studies have shown that dogs can read human emotions through our facial expressions. You can be intentional about what your face is telling your dog. Japanese behavioural scientists have shown that when a dog feels connected to someone, they often raise their eyebrows—the left one more than the right. So greeting your dog with raised eyebrows and a relaxed smile tells your dog how happy you are to see them. 5. The lean of love Did you know that a dog will lean against you as a sign of love and trust? Unless the lean seems to be an anxious behaviour or a not-so-subtle push toward the door, this body posture from your dog can be mimicked or reciprocated to show affection. So go ahead, lean in to show a little love. 6. Cuddles and naps Part of your dog’s aforementioned residual pack behaviour is playing hard and then resting together. Even if you don’t care to let your dog in bed with you, an afternoon nap together on the couch or in the grass will deepen your dog’s feeling of a pack connection. And like humans, dogs thrive on physical contact. So while your dog may not enjoy a hug, a nice cuddle session offers the connection they crave. 7. Strolling Dogs thrive on routine and schedule, so a daily walk with training

Supplying Your Pets with NEW and Unique Products! mixed in will help your dog understand how much you love and care for them. Walks and adventures give plenty of opportunities to work on skills like loose leash walking and recall. These shared experiences and training sessions build trust, communication, and that pack connection. 8. The touch of love Just touching your dog releases oxytocin in you and your dog, so a soothing massage, gentle grooming session, or extended petting time will tell your dog in no uncertain terms how much you love them. In particular, rubbing your dog’s ears works to release oxytocin in their body. Those adorable, soft ears are also packed with feeling receptors. Human signals of affection that may not translate to dogs Dog owners also benefit from learning which human signs showing affection make no sense to your dog. • Hugging: some dogs feel trapped or pinned down when you hug them. Watch your dog’s reaction. • Kissing: a quick peck on the head is remarkably similar to a playful nip on the neck or a gesture of domination. Your dog may think you’re trying to play or assert your place in the household hierarchy. • Treats: as much as food can be a sign of affection for humans, treats are best used for motivating behaviour and dog training. Think of how quickly your dog’s loyalty disappears the minute someone else offers them treats. Your canine languages of love Learning to say “I love you” to your dog is a simple matter of getting to know both your dog’s individual body language as well as those comforts of pack life that your dog’s animal brain still craves. As a bonus, all of these love languages seem to benefit your sense of well-being, too.


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And this is my new horse ‘Misty’. She is a 4-year-old Appy cross horse. I am excited to start working with her and getting to know her. This is my pony ‘Breeze’. He is a Welsh mountain pony. I am working with him with the cart. He is my best friend!

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English Instructor and Competition Coach Evaluation, (Abbotsford) will be September 29th and 30th. Western Instructor Evaluation, (Langley), will be September 19th. COVID guidelines will be followed. Candidates will be contacted with the guidelines that will apply to these events when their application documents are uploaded. The evaluations will be cancelled or delayed should there be any negative change in the virus numbers and transmissions. The application portals are on the HCBC Events calendar. All requirements must be uploaded to the portal a minimum of 30 days before the set evaluation date. EQUESTRIAN CANADA LEARN TO RIDE/DRIVE PROGRAM FEATURES Have you participated in the Equestrian Canada Learn to Ride program? Whether you are a coach who has facilitated the Learn to Ride program or a student who has progressed through the program we would like to hear from you! Drop us a line at and we will send you the details on how to be featured in one of our monthly E-Newsletters. HCBC YouTube CHANNEL If you have not visited the HCBC YouTube page recently, you may want to check it out. Many recent webinars have been recorded and posted to watch or re-watch. Included is our recent Community Talks Not So Travelling Road Show 3 Part Webinar Series on Equine Wellness sponsored by Zoetis Inc.

trail information provided on the database is as current as possible and 2) geo-referencing the trails on the database. Using GPX tracks supplied by trail riders using GPS devices, we’ll be creating maps and posting them on each trail’s page, for any trail user to download free of charge, plus making them available (also free of charge) in the app of Avenza Maps, our mapping partners. Our thanks to everyone participating, and keep up the excellent work – don’t forget HCBC is loaning GPS devices. Contact recreation@ to arrange for the use of a brand new Garmin GPSMAP 64st, including batteries and charger. HCBC EVENT DIRECTORY We know this year hasn’t gone according to the plan, we want to give BC clubs the opportunity to raise awareness about your educational events or schooling days on the HCBC Event Directory. Email for more information. PONY TAILS KIDS CLUB Join Alice the Pony and her friends in the Pony Tails Kids Club! It is FREE and open to all kids! Join Pony Tails today! Alice the Pony will send you lots of horsey fun and help you learn about the awesome world of horses and ponies! Alice the Pony has all sorts of fun information, games and contests for you to take part in. You do not have to be a Horse Council BC Member to join the Pony Tails Club, but we would love to have you join us one day. More information at

TRAILS DATABASE GEO-REFERENCING PROJECT ONGOING “Geo-referencing: Aligning geographic data to a known coordinate system so it can be viewed, queried, and analyzed with other geographic data. “ Phase 2 of the HCBC Trails Database Upgrade involves 1) ensuring 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 •



Equestrian Canada Equestre, Equestrian Canada Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)


questrian Canada (EC) is closely monitoring news from the World Health Organization, Canadian sport system partners, national and local authorities to help minimize the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19). Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we endeavour to provide the best possible level of service while simultaneously protecting the health and wellbeing of our community and employees. We are counting on each and every member of the Canadian equestrian community to make responsible decisions based on the information available, the conditions in your geographic area and the recommendations from your local public health authorities. Information for Canadian Equine Farms & Equestrian Facilities Several municipal and provincial bodies have fined or are prepared to fine equestrian facilities that operate in violation of government directives. Please reach out to your local government authorities if you would like to discuss compliance or disciplinary measures such as fines or forced closure as they relate to any applicable states of emergency or government mandates.

Facility Operations Due to federal, provincial/territorial and local government recommendations on the movement of individuals, as well as the current states of emergency declared by provinces/territories, EC and the Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) recommend that all farms and facilities that host equestrian-related activities, including but not limited to boarding stables and lesson barns, cease publicfacing and non-essential activities until greenlit by the aforementioned government authorities. Individuals are to continue operating under the minimum standards of care outlined in the National Farm Animal Care Council Code of Practice to ensure the feeding, care and movement of equines. Advocacy EC is working diligently to understand and plan for the short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the equestrian industry. We are examining and advocating for possible mitigations of financial losses with the appropriate regulatory bodies while prioritizing the health and safety of our community above all else. We need your input. Please participate in this survey with the goal of understanding the immediate and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on equine farms, equestrian facilities and related businesses. Visit for more information on EC’s advocacy efforts.

Congratulations to Christilot Boylen on her Retirement


questrian Canada (EC) extends congratulations and heartfelt gratitude to Christilot Boylen of Schomberg, ON, upon her retirement from international team competition. “It’s hard to capture what Christilot means to the sport of dressage in Canada, as her impact has been so vast,” said Christine Peters, EC Senior Manager, Dressage Olympic/Paralympic Boylen, pictured with Armagnac II at the 1972 Olympic Games, was a Program. “Her incredible depth of staple of the Canadian Dressage Team for four decades. Photo knowledge and talent has been Credit: Cealy Tetley. invaluable to the Canadian Dressage Team, and we have been proud and honoured to be represented by her on the world stage time and time again.” After buying her first horse in 1957 at the age of 10 with the profits from her role as a child actress on “The Howdie Doodie Show,” Boylen never looked back. A mere seven years later, she became the youngestever Olympic dressage competitor during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Boylen went on to compete at five more Olympic Games (1968, 1972, 1976, 1984 and 1992), landing in the top 10 seven times in team competition and three times as an individual. She also saw incredible success at the Pan American Games, earning individual gold medals in 1971, 1975 and 1985. 24 • SEPTEMBER 2020


Boylen also contributed to Canada’s success in the 2013 Dressage Nations Cup, leading Team Canada I to the bronze medal and securing individual gold. Now in her 70s, Boylen continues to compete at the top levels of the sport, most recently bringing her current partner, Rockylane, up the ranks to the CDI grand prix level. A breast cancer survivor, she even continued to compete throughout her treatment, winning the grand prix at Devon shortly after her second chemotherapy treatment. Boylen’s career has been equally impactful outside her role of athlete. She is an EC certified High Performance 1 Dressage Coach, author, founder Christilot Boylen of the Canadian Amateur Dressage announced her retirement Owners Association (CADORA) and from international team more. In recognition of her numerous dressage competition on contributions to Canadian dressage, July 8, 2020. Photo Credit: Boylen was recently awarded the 2019 EC Marco Chiesa. Lifetime Achievement Award. Peters concluded, “Christilot has approached each role in her dressage career with passion, commitment and unwavering determination. While we will miss her presence in team competition, we wish her the best with future endeavours and look forward to the next group of talented athletes she develops for Canada’s future.”

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Hill | Photos courtesy of RGM Photography


ello all… we hope you are keeping well. LRS, along with most everyone else, has had a very unusual year. We have started hosting and putting on events again with many changes in regards to sanitation and pre-registration, limited entries, etc. to comply with local health authorities. Here are the Highpoint results from some of our events. Check out the website and our Facebook page for the latest news and events. Stay safe… from all of us at Langley Riders Society. July 26th Jumping Show Highpoint results: Morning Highpoint: Tiny Mite - Evee Hockley, 21 points Junior - Lauryn Cartier, 23 points Intermediate - Martina Divin, 19 points Senior - Ashley Dawson, 19 points Afternoon Highpoint: Junior - Katelyn Kendall, 16 points Intermediate - Emma Springman, 21 points Senior - Sarah French, 17 points Lots of fun had by everyone who rode at July 18th Games Day. Congratulations to Highpoint winners: George Burns - Kitty Affeldt, 35 points Jack Benny - Jenny Wilder, 31 points Senior - Cassie Glover, 35 points Martina Intermediate - Alyssa Oswald, 32 points Junior - Katelyn Kendal, 36 points Tiny Mite - Melissa Loepp, 32 points Lead Line - Ellie Black, Abby Paquette, Evelyn Paquette

July 5th Jumping Show Highpoint Results: Morning Highpoint: Tiny Mite - Evee Hockley, 24 points Junior - Ryan Young, 14 points Intermediate - Martina Divin, 22 points Senior - Lisa Collison, 21 points Afternoon Highpoint: Junior - Grace Whittome, 17 points Intermediate - Trey White, 17 points Emma Springman, 17 points Another fun Games Day on June 14! Thank you for practicing your social group bubbles and keeping 2m of physical distancing. Congratulations to our Highpoint winners: George Burns - Bonnie Proctor, 34 points Jack Benny - Stacy Northey, 30 points and Chrissy Paquette, 30 points Senior - Cassie Glover, 34 points Intermediate - Alyssa Oswald, 35 points Junior - Ryan Young, 31 points Tiny Mite - Ryder Zachanowicz, 36 points Lead Line - Abby Paquette, Evelyn Paquette, Radiance Zachanowicz Tamara

Stay Safe Everyone!

Photo courtesy of Yvonne Hillsden SEPTEMBER 2020


Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! By Simonne Rempel


s our province moved into Phase 3 Reopening, so did we as a club, by following the guidelines recommended by Dr. Bonnie Henry, Horse Council BC, and Equine Canada. In July, we had a well-attended poles clinic with Jessie Blackmon. It was held at the beautiful arena of Shamrock Wellness Services. We had 16 members in small groups participating in the 2-day clinic. Jessie set up interesting and challenging pole combinations, leaving us inspired and encouraged. We followed COVID-19 protocols and enjoyed getting out safely with our horses. Also in July, we held a work bee for a longstanding member. Over 3 days we put in 60 man hours and we got a lot accomplished. This is what clubs are made of, great people coming together to help out others. Thank you to all that were able to help out and for being kind, calm and safe. We are planning for a small social-distancing Summer Social in a member’s field. It will be nice to see friendly faces and socialize at a safe distance. The executive continues to meet monthly through online meetings and hopes that we can get together soon, as a group. Our poles clinic was such a success, following COVID-19 protocols and using appropriate waivers, that we are planning for some upcoming clinics in the fall. Enjoy the summer days with your horse.

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet every 3rd Tuesday in Fort Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker and host a variety of clinics. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email:

Cariboo Country Carriage Club

2020 Upcoming Events: Garrocha Clinic Western Dressage Clinic

Story and photos by Brenda Soeder


he Cariboo Country Carriage Club held a “Learn how to Drive and compete in Driving Trials” clinic on July 25 and 26th at Huber Farm in 70 Mile House BC. Five volunteers shared their knowledge and experience with nine participants from Vanderhoof, Barriere, Houston, Lower Mainland, Lone Butte and 70 Mile. On Saturday information was shared about harness, harnessing and driving, along with practical experience in the driving paddock. Sunday consisted of an introduction to cones and obstacles. A big thank you to Ken Huber, Dennis Huber, Marion Roman, Larraine Shedden and Roseanne Jacobse for offering this clinic. The weather was beautiful and a great learning session was shared by all who attended.

Janine Payne and AJ riding with Roseanne Jacobse

Elsie Wain from Houston driving Charlie with Ken Huber

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JoAnne and Ken Seebloom “social distancing” their minis – Angel and Crayon with help from Dennis Huber

Rosalee Turcotte and Zeus

Trail Ride with the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Russ Shandro


embers and guests began arriving Friday afternoon for the August Long Weekend Trail Ride at CrossHairsSprings. com, overlooking the Battle River Valley and Grizzly Bear Coulee. More pictures can be viewed on the above website and on the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Facebook page. This hidden gem on the Alberta Prairie is located about 15 miles north of Wainwright, Alberta. First time visitors were apprehensive as to what the prairies could offer for a “riding experience?” Returnees were enthusiastic about taking on the colourful sites, wildlife, and riding out on more new trails, meandering through the 1600 acres of slopes, trees, and washouts, along the Battle River. I believe Travel Alberta has a slogan along the lines of… “View your own back yard!” Well, we did! Picture this in your mind, you are driving along the pavement and turn north at the designated sign. The only unpaved road is the last 5 miles in. There is a slight drop, the trees become thicker, then a slight slope for a couple miles and you arrive at the camp plateau surrounded by dense native trees - Poplar, Saskatoon, Chokecherry, Chokeberry and High Bush Cranberry. By the way, the September –October colours are vivid! You overlook a ledge to the west that drops off 400’ within 100 yards. To the north – winding trails of just under a mile, that take you down to the Battle River, located 600’ lower. Euphoria… for the 3-year-old Robin and 22-year-old “Hank”

ardent Trail Rider and even to the novice! Today’s apps on smartphones provide the tracking, elevation, wind, and temperature. But it does not reveal the insect populations. We were surrounded by dragon flies the entire weekend, which Temperatures were provided for a mosquito-free holiday! in the high 20’s and low 30’s. If we felt too hot, the course was altered to ride in the trees. Upon cooling down, back to the higher trails in the sun. Franklin Wolters wrote a book, “Memories of Life on The Grizzly Bear Trail.” Excerpts were retold from his research and experience. The naming comes from the year of 1757 when Anthony Henday was procuring the Fur Trade market on behalf of the Hudson Bay Company. The exploration party was camped in this area. Two Cree Guides were mauled by a Plains Grizzly Bear. Unfortunately, only one man survived. Other events were referenced from Wolters’ book throughout the weekend, adding to the experience of this beautiful and historical area. On Saturday after the ride, feeling tired and lazy, the group ranging in age from 3 to 70, were divided into two groups. The men who were ambitious enough - against the women, in a good ol’ Tugof-War! Age and Athleticism was revealed. Only 2 sore arms, 4 sore backs and a cranked elbow - as the women easily drug the poorly conditioned men over the line! After that wake up call. On to the Obstacle Course. Thirteen items based on a scoring of 1 point for proper execution, 2 points for a maximum of two refusals but still accomplishing and 3 points for not completing the obstacle. Lowest Point Total, wins. After the tortuous teasing and lessons in horsewomanship, the three gals went to the prize table and took all the Ribstone Brewery product, leaving the rest, to beg for refreshments. The following day, after completing the morning ride, we stopped at the home of seven of the cutest little mule babies one could ever imagine. Krista and Logan Hunter allowed us to mingle with the completely relaxed mares and foals. Oh my, calm and friendly! The Hunters provided unlimited ice through the weekend and a moose BBQ on Saturday evening. Hospitality like your grandparents used to tell you about! This is the 3rd time that the club has gone out to Crosshairs Springs and it once again, was An Experience! The 2020 August Long Weekend Trail Ride provided laughter, excellent trail riding, great scenery, terrific weather, some different entertainment, a little history and New Friends!

Arkansas toothpick!



The Gathering

By Kristy Coulter (Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse)


very year Windi Scott hosts “The Gathering” at Sawhorse Ranch outside of Mayerthorpe, Alberta. The Gathering is a great place for working on the Canadian Tennessee Walking Horse Programs and Training Levels, learning new things and making friends. This year we had the opportunity to take lessons with Kateri Cowley, who was amazing. We also had a chance to attend a clinic on hoof care with Susan Jager. Susan also spent the weekend coaching introductory dressage sessions. Windi always has her trail course set up for anyone who wants to work on obstacles or do some videoing for their levels. She also offered peer judged obstacles for anyone who was interested. There was access to trails and fields for trail rides as well. We had a very good turnout this year and with all the space that Sawhorse Ranch has to offer, social distancing was not a problem. It was nice to catch up with old friends and see some new faces. This event is very popular. Windi does a fantastic job organizing and coming up with interesting things to do each year. There is a lot of support and a whole bunch of fun for anyone wanting to join our registry or participate in the Canadian Triple Challenge Programs. If you are not sure where to start, follow us on Facebook and reach out to our members. We are always ready to give you a helping hand.

From the August issue We’re going to give you a bit more time to figure this one out! Used from the 20s to the 50s. It’s 8” long and has a hole in it two inches up with chain. It was used for logging sleighs with the horse, to hold the logs on. Congratulations… so far… to: Walter Furlong, Strathcona Cty AB

From the July issue It’s a washing machine! Congratulations to: Bernice Yeadon, South Langley BC Jim Schenk, Rocky Mtn House AB Walter Furlong, Strathcona Cty AB Henry Pranke, 100 Mile House BC

Alynn riding Scooter through obstacles, and Mark on Sunny Bobby on Cate for a lesson with Kateri

This unit stands 24” high and slides up and down. It weighs 15 lbs.

Fran at Susan’s Intro to Dressage lesson

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The sign at Sawhorse Ranch

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

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association ď„ By Mellissa Buckley Virtual Show With COVID19, showing opportunities have all but stopped both from Provincial restrictions as well as the border being closed. So LMQHA jumped on the virtual show bandwagon and ran one. We held two class types a week, with all the entry money being jackpotted back to the exhibitors. At the writing of this article, we were just over halfway through the show, and the response was fantastic! Approximately 2830 per class type! Exhibitors were given a pattern and guidelines, made a video of their go, and posted it to the dedicated LMQHA Virtual Summer Show page on Facebook. Some of our amazing judges donated their time. Thank you Dean Ross and Jodie Moore for that! Thank you also to Tamara Jameson for all her hard work and Pia Petersen for sorting through all the entries and payouts. Thank you also to Colleen Ebner for setting up the trail course for the virtual show at her facility for

people to access as a fundraiser for the club. Next issue will see the winners of the classes and the high point earners! September Show Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, along with some fundraising prior to COVID, we are excited to say our September show is a go (barring unexpected COVID complications). This will be an AQHA/APHA show held at Maple Ridge Equi Centre with Todd Bailey judging. The entries are super reasonable at $10 a class or $50 unlimited classes and a $15 office fee. As cheap or cheaper than some open shows! We will have COVID protocol and will be practicing social distancing, and will want entries ahead of time online. The show is September 2627th with move in no earlier than noon.

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



The Back Country Horsemen of BC Submitted by Linda Buchanan, Shuswap Chapter, BCHBC

BCHBC 2020 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Floyd Kennedy from the North West Chapter and the Coalmine Camp - Award of Excellence for an Outstanding Project

Floyd Kennedy exemplifies and demonstrates what BCHBC is all about and constantly goes the extra mile and then one more.


loyd has been a driving force within the North West Chapter and the surrounding community. He has held executive positions of Chair, Vice Chair and Director plus the key liaison for BCHBC with BC Parks, RSTBC and Telkwa Cariboo Herd committee building relationships to ensure that horse use was always considered. Floyd loves to mentor, share his knowledge and experience to BCHBC members of all ages on packing, overnight trips and trail riding. Floyd leads by example in a thoughtful and humble way and of course with infectious positive energy! Floyd was one of the key people for the planning and development of the North West Chapters Coalmine Camp in Telkwa which was also the recipient of the BCHBC Award of Excellence for an Outstanding project. The project was started in 2017 with a keen group of BCHBC Volunteers at the helm. Over the years the rough site was cleaned up and development began. The facility now consists of a member clubhouse, a fenced horse corral, several individual horse camping sites, a horse shelter, watering system, manure containment structure, high lining station for horses, BBQ facility and campfire area, a contained vaulted pit toilet, 10 station equine training obstacle course, and trail maps for riding on private land and adjacent Crown lands. This has been the largest single project ever undertaken by the North West Chapter and has been a catalyst to grow the Chapter membership by 37% in just one year (2017/2018). The Coalmine Camp is a facility where the North West Chapter members have been providing wilderness skills and ethics training in Leave No Trace to BCHBC members and supports other user groups whose mission includes the promotion of responsible public use and stewardship of Crown lands, most recently to a group of girl guide leaders. The project has addressed management controls over sensitive

environmental areas in and around the camp and mitigated damage to areas through best management practices when maintaining trails. This outstanding project has demonstrated how working collectively with Government (RSTBC), Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation and the private land manager, Telkwa Coal Limited to develop a regionally significant equine facility and maintenance of a trail network which promotes educational programs in safety and environmental awareness. BCHBC has further gained recognition as a committed and capable equine user group and a positive presence in the community. You can contact the BCHBC North West Chapter for more information on the Coalmine Camp through the BCHBC website at

Coalmont Camp Support Recognition

Floyd Kennedy and his mule Joanne

Obstacle Course

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive ~

Coalmont Camp

President: Scott Walker,, 250-764-8555 or 250-300-8415 Vice President(s): Karl Arnold,; Verna Houghtaling,; Sandra Erickson,; Marie Reimer, Treasurer: Debra Oakman,, 250-897-5779 Secretary: Christine Heffernan,, 250-714-6001 Past President: Brian Wallace, 250-569-2324

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Clubs & Associations 31 Years of Celebrating Long Ears


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


BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 5/21 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 9/20, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Pres: Tom Nobles 250-838-2228, leetom., Clinics, Pot O Gold Show, Trail Rides, see our FB page 4/21 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 2/21 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, Contact Carolyn Farris, email 7/21

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CERTIFIED HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION (CHA) Certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, & publishes educational manuals, webinars & videos. 8/21 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 11/20 Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. 1-866-282-8395 | |


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

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

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

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Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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



INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 8/21

Be Kind To One Another

KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 3/21 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 9/20 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 11/20



Clubs & Associations NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 8/21

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156,, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 4/21

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

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Calista Collins,, 250899-0830. Info, Gymkhana dates & events at 5/21

PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 12/20 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 10/20 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 3/21 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 9/20


WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 5/21

Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

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

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

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2-6***CXL - INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION (IPE), Armstrong BC, 5-6 SUN MEADOWS DRESSAGE SHOW Bronze/Gold, Barnhartvale BC 11-13 AAHABC FALL FROLIC (Region 17 Qualifier), Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, Marla, 12 BCCDS HORTON’S FARM BLIND MARATHON, Vancouver Island,, 12 LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Mary 778-878-0611,, 12 COLT STARTING CHALLENGE & SALE, Midnight Stadium, Fort MacLeod AB, and Livestreamed on 12-13 BEACH TOWN SHOWDOWN & TOP COWGIRL CHALLENGE, Peachland BC, info 12-13 PRC FALL SHOW (at Princeton Fall Fair), Princeton BC, see PRC Facebook page, or email Stephanie at 12-13 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL FINALS, Circle Creek Equestrian Ctr., Kamloops BC, Colleen or Debbie 12-18 CALGARY (Priddis) AB Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 15-17 ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION w/Dawn Ferster (Beg & Int sessions), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, 19 BCHBC POKER RIDE (Robson Valley Chapter), McBride BC, Shelly Cousineau, 19 LRS GAMES DAY, LRS arena, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015,, 19-20 CDE, Huber Farm, 70 Mile House BC. Contact Marion 19-20 BCCDS MIRROR IMAGE DRIVING TRIALS FDTS, Prince George (Cariboo),, 19-20 HIGHLAND VALLEY ARENA CUTTING, Logan Lake BC, 19-25 EDMONTON AB Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 20 JUMPING SHOW, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Julia 604-856-7567,, 21-26 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, 25-26 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Advanced Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 26-27 LMQHA HORSE SHOW (AQHA/APHA), Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre, Maple Ridge BC, 26-Oct 2 REGINA SK Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 27 AERC HORSE SHOW, 9 am start, Agriplex, Armstrong BC, 27 GYMKHANA/BCBRA RACE, Peachland BC, 27-28 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Advanced Workshop Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or


1-4 ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION (Wind Up) w/Dawn Ferster (Beg & Int sessions), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, 2-3 CWHBA FALL CLASSIC SALE, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 2-4 PACIFIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Thunderbird, Langley BC 3 BCCDS COMPETITIVE TRAIL DRIVE, Thompson Okanagan,, 3 LMQHA HORSEMENS BAZAAR (50th Anniversary), Fairgrounds, Abbotsford BC, 3-5 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field (Course 1), Vale’s Prairie Trails, Lethbridge AB, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, 4 LRS COWBOY OBSTACLE CHALLENGE, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 4 (tent) HALLOWEEN SHOW, Oliver BC, Oliver & District Riding Club, see us on FB 4 (tent) GOLDEN HORSESHOE POKER RIDE, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, info Nancy 250-546-9922, 7-9 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/JonathanField (3L’S All Levels) Blackfalds AB, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, 10 BCCDS BALME AYR FARM FUN EVENT, Vancouver Island,, 16-18 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field (Course 1), Circle Creek Centre, Kamloops BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, 18 LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Mary 778-878-0611,, 18 POKER RIDE & DRIVE, Huber Farm, 70 Mile House BC. Contact Marion 18 GYMKHANA/BCBRA RACE, Peachland BC, 23-25 THE MANE EVENT, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, LRS HALLOWEEN GAMES DAY, LRS arena, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, 31,


7 BCCDS STAR TREC FUN EVENT, Vancouver Island,, 7 PRC PUB NIGHT FUNDRAISER, Peachland BC, 20 HORSEY LADIES OKANAGAN Charity Banquet, Spall Golf Course, Vernon BC, Nancy 250-546-9922,, see our FB page 20-22 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Jonathan Field (Course 3), Villa Training Stables, Langley BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, 21 PRC AWARDS BANQUET, Peachland BC,


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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 •

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

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




“PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh

CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 10/20

30 years Serving the Horse Industry / / 1-800-665-3307 5/21 3/19


KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 3/21

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 9/21 DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 2/21


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



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




Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Cell: 250-549-0996 / Office 250-546-3119 Armstrong 9/20

RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 10/20

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


International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 9/20 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 7/21 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 6/21 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Horsemanship & Working Equitation, Clinics & Lessons, 8/21

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Business Services VETERINARIANS

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

OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM,

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

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


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

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

Call 1-866-546-9922 for more info Cowboy Poetry

Amber By Will Sturgeon She was twenty-one, a mousey Dun And barely thirteen hands A cast-off chariot pony that Didn’t serve her Owner’s plans And I was just a Farrier Dad With a Daughter and a Son Six and four, and pining for A Pony for their fun. I knew her price was more than twice The ‘free to a good home’ tag Her coat was coarse, her teeth were worse Years showed in her belly sag There’d be Vet bills and Heartbreak comin’ But she had ‘Try’, and her Heart was huge Money can’t buy a little Girl’s Dreams… There was no way I could lose. So Amber came to join our Herd And soon became the ‘Boss’ Over Sue the leopard Appy and Slim the fat Quarter ‘hoss’ 36 • SEPTEMBER 2020


She ruled the pasture and the barn Like a Mustang twice her size... Till Jennifer gingerly climbed aboard And I knew I’d won a Prize. It’s one thing to ‘want’ a Pony Another to actually ride As Jennifer dithered and Summer withered, Fear slowly lost out to Pride Now as Amber walked, ear and eyeball cocked On Jennifer frozen still... I could see that mare was taking care And teachin’ my little Girl. With time they grew inseparable A symbiotic Team

As Amber’s happ-i-ness improved So did Jennifer’s self-esteem But Winters bring a Toll for All Some falter, some get to stay Pneumonia called, though Amber fought Heart alone, couldn’t win the day. My little Girl’s a woman now A Lifetime’s years beyond Life’s lessons learned, and Wisdom earned Down the Path Amber sent her on It’s easy to dismiss the small And overlook the Ones compliant But if you measured Stature by her heart That Pony was a Giant.

Rural Roots 60’ X 160’ INDOOR RIDING ARENA!

24 box stalls, round pen, paddocks and pastures located on 35 acres, within Armstrong city limits, walk to town! The property has 2 residences. Main house built in 1940 has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, situated at the front of the property. Second residence is attached to the riding arena. Plenty of hay land and riding trails. When you’re not riding… enjoy the amazing views of Armstrong. 1948 Rosedale Road East, Armstrong BC $1,200,000 MLS® 10207602 Val Dacyk 250-540-3322 Royal Lepage Downtown Realty E-mail:





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

• Double “T” Guest Ranch, run by the same family for 60 yrs. • Time for Retirement! • Guest Ranch, 143 Acres on Burn Lake at Bridge Lake. • 2nd Title 160 acres, 100 acres cultivated in hay. • Main house, cow barn, horse barn, workshop & more. • 12 rustic cabins, serviced with electricity, washhouse & RV area. • Grazing Lease and Grazing License for 182 AUM’s. $1,399,000 Bridge Lake BC




On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse

Peruvian Paso Horses

We Have the Blues!

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

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

2020 Foals will be available sired by:


LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC)

The smoothest riding horse in the world! For Pleasure, Trail, Show, Work... Discover the versatile Peruvian Horse at! 403-860-9763

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Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

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

Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-6514


Stallions & Breeders

BREEDERS... YOUR LISTING SHOULD BE HERE Call 1-866-546-9922 for more info

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




HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 11/21

Some training spaces available for 2020 Season Upcoming Clinics listed on: Luttmer Training and Clinics Quesnel BC ~ 250-249-9613


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