Saddle Up September 2023

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Good luck to everyone dealing with fires in their area, so many of them! And the smoke has been getting worse here in the Okanagan, plus the high temperatures, i.e. 35C to 38C, brutal! Cross our fingers we all get through this summer safely!

I had some fun putting this issue together, with different articles, and some good reading material for everyone. Grab that favourite beverage, sit back, and read on.

So why am I including a story on the reality TV show Farming For Love? Because I found out one of the contestants was one of “our own”… a horsey lady! And Ashleigh Tuhkala tells us about her experience on the show – see my interview with her on page 18.

Check out Back Country Horsemen’s 2023 Raffle on page 5 and 6… some great prizes to win, plus the money raised goes to support the society and all that they do!

Sad to hear about the passing of AQHA Horseman Roy Goodman; Cowboy Roy (as I called him) always made a point of coming over to me at a show or event to say ‘hi’ and tell me a story or two. Condolences to his son Jaret and the family. (see more on page 6)

September is going to be busy… see you out and about!

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Back Country Horsemen of BC Philosophy: BCHBC seeks to offer a friendly atmosphere that stresses safety for both horse and rider; trail riding and backcountry skills; trail building; and maintenance. Members experience our beautiful BC trails by riding on casual day rides, as well as horse camping and more extended backcountry horse trips.

In addition, BCHBC encourages the preservation and enhancement of the recreational use of public lands and trails for all equestrians through collaborations with individuals, government, businesses, and with other recreational users where appropriate, and with regard for the use deemed suitable by the land manager (land manager refers to private/public/government body that has jurisdiction or legal authority to manage use, access, and development on specific parcel of land).

Proceeds from this year’s raffle will be used to provide educational workshops, educational materials, and grants for members. We will also use the proceeds to advocate at the provincial and local levels for the responsibility, stewardship, and safety of all our members around the province. As well, money made through the raffle will be used to provide trail maintenance funds to our existing trails and funds to build new trails and campgrounds for the public and equestrian use.

2023 Big BIG Raffle! Back Country Horsemen of BC In Memoriam

Carl Roy Goodman

October 28, 1933 - July 24, 2023

Roy was born in Vancouver BC, and spent his last 9 years in 108 Mile BC.

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Roy’s passion in life was horses, he started showing in Canada and the United States in the 1950s. He joined the AQHA and then became a lifetime member in the 1977. When the BCQHA was founded in the 1960s, Roy joined and eventually became president for a period of time in the 1980s. Roy had always been involved with horses both on and off the saddle, including building and repairing horse trailers. In 2005, at 72 years of age, he was still competing and won multiple awards on Sweetline Candyman. Roy’s memory will ride on through the hearts of family and friends.

- Submitted by his son, Jaret Goodman

(Editor’s note: Back in our October 2010 issue [page 30] we had a story submitted by Roy about his stallion Irish Taylor. You can read it on our website in the back issues.)


About the CTHS

The National Office determines the requirements for Canadianbred status of foals, maintains the breeder membership roster for Canada, compiles statistics and represents Canadian Thoroughbred breeders nationally and internationally.

In 1976, provincial divisions were established in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. The divisions assist breeders with provincial bonus and incentive programs, operate auctions, and provide other services to member. Most of the provincial divisions have web sites, feel free to visit them.

CTHS members may send requests to view the CTHS By-laws and Financial Statements to the National Office.


To assist and afford a means for the promotion of the interests of those engaged in the breeding of Thoroughbreds, to protect its members against unbusinesslike methods, to disseminate information for its members and others, and to secure uniformity in usage and business conditions.

To satisfy the demands for racing stock within Canada by encouraging more people to participate in the breeding industry.

To encourage those in the breeding industry to upgrade their facilities and management of stock.

To establish the credibility of horses foaled in Canada and on the

International market.

To sponsor, assist and conduct sales of Thoroughbred stock.

To compile statistics of the industry.

All of the above roles are for the purpose of encouraging the ownership and breeding of Thoroughbreds in Canada.

The CTHS National Office is managed by the National General Manager who reports to the National Board of Directors comprised of Directors from each of the five Provincial Boards across Canada. Each Regional Division is also managed by a Board of Directors.


The CTHS aims to ensure a viable future for its members by providing assistance and representation within the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry.

Becoming a member of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society brings with it the many programs offered to Canadian-Breds as well as access to the CTHS Annual Review, sales catalogues and other information.

Benefits of registering foals as Canadian-Breds will allow for entry into restricted stakes, breeders & owners supplements, stallion bonuses, and numerous other programs.

For information on becoming a member of the CTHS, visit the CTHS National web site at

2023 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale Update

A total of 71 quality Thoroughbred yearlings are consigned to the main catalogue by a variety of quality stallions. Local sires represented include Counterforce, Fed Biz, It’s No Joke, Max Forever, Medallist, Misremembered, Mr O’Prado, O’Prado Again, Schramsberg, Singing Saint, and Tour de Force.

The sale catalogue and on line searchable catalogue are now available on the CTHS Alberta website at

The 2023 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale takes place September 22nd. Viewing will be available on Thursday, September 21st and Friday, September 22nd until sale time. Times to be confirmed.

Please call the CTHS Alberta office at 403-229-3609 or email if you have any questions.

The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) was incorporated in 1906 under the federal Live Stock Pedigree Act (presently called the Animal Pedigree Act – 1988) as a national breed organization to assist breeders of Thoroughbred horses in Canada.

Animal Reiki for Horses

Animal Reiki Master Teacher

I first started studying universal Reiki energy in 1996 and have helped family and friends with pain relief. Last year, I decided to work with animals and achieved certification as an Animal Reiki Master Teacher. I have always loved animals and have owned horses, dogs, cats, and other animals over the years.

When learning Animal Reiki, I practiced on goats at a local animal rescue shelter. Through a form of meditation, I would offer Reiki to the goats and they would take turns coming up to me to get the energy offered. Some would lie down on their beds near me in the stall to take advantage of the Reiki energy.

If a goat wanted Reiki in a specific area, that goat would press that part of their body towards me and I would give hands on Reiki. Horses and other animals are known to do the same.

What is Reiki?

The Canadian Reiki Association defines Reiki (ray-key) as “a multi-faceted spiritual energy that can be used to help people with meditation practices, spiritual growth, healing relationships, manifestation of goals and activating the Divine healing power within all living beings. Our physical body is alive because of the “Life Force Energy” that is flowing through it. Reiki is an energy that works on the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual level. The technique increases one’s Life Force Energy that brings the body back into balance promoting a healthier life.”

Program research and experience of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association in California has developed the “Let Animals Lead” ® Program of Animal Reiki. “Our techniques differ from any other modality because we allow the animal to guide the process. We don’t control or dictate what’s happening thereby empowering the animal, sometimes for the first time in their lives, which creates the foundation for a happier, more confident future.”

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“ The standard form of hands-on Reiki for humans is too intense for animals, so we use a meditative process of connecting to the animal. A guiding principle of this method is recognition that all animals have physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects to which Reiki can bring profound healing responses.”

“ This method is founded upon traditional Japanese Reiki techniques and philosophy, but is exceptional in its focus and respect for animals. Touch is used only when animals seek it out, and then only as a compassionate support. Practitioners use specific meditation practices to develop an “all is well” state of mind, allowing them to experience each animal’s perfection in the present moment, rather than focusing on what’s “wrong.” Animals absorb and are calmed and supported through this sharing of energy.”

According to Kathleen Prasad, Founder of Animal Reiki Source ( and President/Co-Founder of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (shelteranimalreikiassociation. org), Reiki “can help animals maintain health and well-being on the physical, mental, and

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emotional levels; induce deep relaxation and stress relief; accelerate healing; reduce pain and inflammation; reduce behaviour problems and aggression; heal from past mental or physical trauma; lessen the side effects of other medical treatments; and support the dying process.”

“Reiki is an ideal holistic therapy for animals because it is gentle, non-invasive, painless and stress-free; it addresses the issues that need it most, even when unknown to the practitioner; it can be shared handson or from a distance and adapted to any environment or any problem an animal may face; it can do no harm to either recipient or practitioner; and the animals can control their participation in the treatment, thus becoming the decision-makers in their own process of healing.”

“ The system of Reiki is not a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. It is not about “curing” any physical issue. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions nor do they prescribe, perform medical treatment, or interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional. Reiki practitioners do not manipulate energy or control animals in any way: animals lead the process, connecting in the healing space only if and how they wish.”

To view a video of the “Let Animals Lead” ® Animal Reiki Program, go to and scroll down to the video presented. This site also has many stories of Animal Reiki being used to help other types of animals.

To find an Animal Reiki Practitioner near you, go the Canadian Reiki Association’s website, at, and check out the list of Animal Practitioners.

(See Sandra’s listing in our Business Services section under Equine Health)

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Sandra practiced on goats while getting her certification.

20 Years of Supporting the Global Equine Community

This summer, Equine Guelph celebrates its 20th anniversary. The award-winning centre at the University of Guelph is dedicated to improving the health and welfare of horses through education and research.

Over the years, our centre has become a model for online equine education programs and a hub for horse professionals from around the world,” said Gayle Ecker, a founding member and current director of Equine Guelph.


In 2003, when Equine Guelph first began offering its online courses in partnership with Open Learning and Educational Support at the University of Guelph, the training available to horse owners and those looking to enter the equine industry was fragmented. While some courses were available at other universities and colleges, Equine Guelph was the first centre in Canada to create a comprehensive online equine learning portal that included certificate and diploma programs.

“ We built a multi-level program of outreach and education to help bring new evidence-based information into the industry in support of equine health, welfare, and safety,” said Ecker. “After receiving the foundational knowledge in our programs, many students go on to continue building diverse careers in the equine industry.”


Students ages 18 to 80 from over 40 countries have taken courses available through Equine Guelph’s online learning portal.

“ We have such a wide range of people taking our courses - from newcomers to long-time industry professionals,” said Equine Guelph instructor Susan Raymond. “Some are already working with horses, while others want to get a solid base before venturing out to look for work in the equine industry. We also have youths, who are very enthusiastic about horses. Some work part-time at their local barn, while others just want to take better care of their own horse. It’s also nice to see people rekindling their passion for horses after retirement.”

In addition to the certificate and diploma programs, Equine Guelph offers a wide range of specialty programming that draws in an even broader demographic of participants. EquiMania! is a program geared toward helping school-aged children discover their passion for horses, while the Large Animal Rescue Program is a hands-on workshop that prepares first responders for emergency situations, such as barn fires and trailer roll-overs involving horses or other large animals. Through a partnership with Ontario Equine Education Employment Program, Equine Guelph also delivers a free six-week training program to help those looking to start a career in the horse industry.


The courses at Equine Guelph are centered around the One Health Approach, the concept that the health of people, the planet, and animals are inextricably linked. Students are taught about the impact both horses and the people working with them have on the surrounding environment and on their own well-being.

“In our courses, we give a lot of thought to environmental stewardship,” said Raymond. “For example, we look at how horse manure impacts our waterways. We explore sustainable materials for building and

retrofitting barns and look at how planting native trees and wildflowers on horse farms protect our waterways and serve as pollinator gardens.”


Equine Guelph works with industry partners to provide annual funding for an external peer-reviewed research program on industry priorities. Over 100 equine-related research projects have received funding so far.

“ The findings from this research are developed into plain-language articles, interviews and factsheets to be distributed through our communications program and added to our education courses to bring updated, evidence-based information to the horse owner and caretaker,” said Ecker. “Research proposals are carefully reviewed by the industry members appointed to the Research Committee for quality scientific approaches for priority areas of the industry including lameness studies, respiratory and cardiac studies, gut biome and digestive tract issues, reproductive studies, and many more.”

The research currently being done by Dr. Janet Beeler-Marfisi is an excellent example of industry priority research that provides new knowledge and practical application on prevention of equine health issues.

Dr. Janet Beeler-Marfisi, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology at OVC, is currently conducting research sponsored by Equine Guelph into the impacts of air quality on equine asthma.


Future plans for Equine Guelph include continuous development of educational and research programs. New courses are also in the works based on input from students and industry needs.

“ With the support of our partners, donors, and sponsors, I am so pleased to see what my team has accomplished over our 20 years,” said Ecker. “Equine Guelph will continue supporting equine enthusiasts and professionals with education backed by scientific research and aligned with industry needs for many years to come.”

Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph in Canada. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit

Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph teaching horse anatomy

DURWELL EQUINE NATURALS A Company Wanting to Help your Horse!

Durwell Equine Naturals was founded in 2019, with the intent of launching their first product in March of 2020. The world had other plans however, and thus it was only two years ago that they really got started. The family had moved around that time from Vancouver to Langley, BC to support their daughter's riding and now have an active equestrian property. With many friends as trainers and riders they had many willing participants when developing their line of products.

Durwell is the brainchild of Lesley Esford, who with her husband Vince Duronio and their daughter Bianca began a journey to introduce unique products that ‘will help your horse thrive.’ With the founders’ scientific expertise (holding PhDs in the biosciences), and joined by another PhD friend, Monisha Scott, they have researched products used in humans and tested them on many horses they have interacted with. Much of their passion has arisen from taking an active role in keeping their horses healthy and fit via good nutrition. The combination of horse and rider is somewhat unique in the sports world and keeping our equine athletes in top form is a big priority for the company.

Almost all of Durwell’s products were developed first to help out Falcon, Bianca’s first horse, a 17 hand Belgian Warmblood. Falcon had some health issues that required management and Lesley took on the challenge to help him via nutrition rather than relying on other drug interventions. Based on her work helping multiple startup scientific companies, Lesley had many contacts. One of them was the founder of SierraSil, a joint health product used for humans with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a common cause of lameness in horses and Durwell’s Joints + Mobility, with SierraSil as its major ingredient, has been shown to be very effective.

Falcon is the type of horse whose legs would stock up when standing in his stall or due to weather changes. It was a colleague of Vince’s who had patented a high dose curcuminoid called BDMC30 with ‘supercharged’ anti-inflammatory activity. Sure enough, this was effective in tightening up Falcon’s legs and became the key ingredient in Durwell’s Curc + Care. There are still many undiscovered uses for this potent anti-inflammatory that has already shown to help with uveitis, allergies, hives and itchiness, and based on the effectiveness of the human product, it will relieve soreness in horses that work hard, such as during competitions at a horse show.

Durwell’s third major line of products are exciting in that they are guaranteed to calm anxious and easily spooked horses. All horse lovers know how often horses can show signs of anxiety and can spook at seemingly nothing. Starting on the basis that there should be natural products that can calm horses’ anxiety, Lesley started to research many natural products used to tackle human anxiety with her own and other friends’ horses. After many trials with many products and many tests to get proper dosing, Durwell now has a powder blend called Cool + Zen and calming chews named Focus + Zen. Rigorous testing took over a year, but Durwell now gives a money back guarantee based on how highly effective these products have been.

Throughout the company’s product development, the founders made sure to maintain their goals of keeping the list of ingredients simple, and making sure there would be no problems in using the products in competition. Thus, each has a veterinary product number from Health Canada and all batches are tested to make sure they have no banned substances that could test in competition horses.

The family farm is fortunately located just south of Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC, where Durwell has been situated together with Scope Equestrian Lifestyle, a Canadian company specializing in high quality, comfortable clothing. An opportunity came along in 2022 when the owners of Scope decided to retire. Durwell purchased Scope and thus retained their retail presence at Thunderbird. Having a clothing company has allowed for an increased focus on sustainable fabrics with lower environmental footprints, thus complementing the ‘all natural’ emphasis of the company. In both enterprises, Durwell strives to innovate and emphasize all natural and sustainable products as they continue to support horses, riders, trainers and parents.

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Keeping our horses healthy and happy remains an endless concern with all horse owners and riders, so much so that an innovative Canadian company saw fit to undertake the challenge of introducing a line of all-natural equine products to meet these concerns.

Canoa Farms Buckle Series Show

Canoa Farms was so pleased to host a great Buckle Series Mountain Trail/Ranch Trail Show on the July 21-23 weekend in Merritt BC. This was a 3-day show sanctioned with Horse Council BC.

Each day was a new show. We had custom made "Spotted Horse Studio" Pottery for the first three placings in every class all three days. We also had three judges to help make each day go that much smoother; they were Jodie Moore, Mary Lou Barker, and Susan Mathews. We had 47 competitors from as far away as Germany, France and South Dakota USA.

My favourite class was the Lead-line. This was a free class for any children under the age of 11. We had 10 small competitors in the class. The children could ride the four obstacles on their own, get lead around, or have a parent walk along with them.

Open winner in 3 divisions Janice Reid on her stunning mare Jacked N Pretty. Presented by Kelly Brook Allen and Ron Stolp. Our German competitor, Laura Bartsch riding my Stallion The Huntsman, down what we call the Arizona Trail on the course. Some of the awards: Pottery custom made by Spotted Horse Studio and Molly's Custom Silver Buckles Junior winner Saige Sytnyk of Kamloops Here are our two competitors from France, Sandy Isoux and Sophie Gindre (yes, they borrowed horses to compete and loved it)

Our most exciting class was the Gamblers Trail Choice, where we had over 20 competitors, and for the second year in a row we had the same winner, Elana Wharry and her mare Ally.

Each class after the three days had a highpoint Champion and they were awarded a custom Molly Silver Buckle. We had horses of all sizes from drafts to minis, and we had riders as young as 15 months and as old as 79. Don't let the ages fool you, those older riders are fierce competitors… a couple of them headed home with multiple buckles.

We were lucky enough to have Bree, a photographer from B.C.P. Photo, here for the 3-day event.

Meet Our Champion Molly Buckle Winners

Class #1 Green as Grass - Leah Gray & Angel

Class #2 Green In-Hand - Sierra Blackmore & Maggie

Class #3 Green Horse - Lynne McPherson & Sherlock

Class #4 Green Rider - Lynn McPherson & Sherlock

Class #5 Youth Rider - Saige Sytnyk & Oreo

Class #6 Green Ranch - Lynne McPherson & Sherlock

Class #7 Novice In-Hand - Margo Murray & Chey

Class #8 Novice Rider - Teresa Jacobson & See Sun

Class #9 Novice Horse - Teresa Jacobson & See Sun

Class #10 Novice Ranch - Donna Cook & Dually

Class #11 Open In-Hand - Janice Reid & Jacked N Pretty

Class #12 Amateur Rider - Donna Cook & Dually

Class #13 Open Rider - Janice Reid & Jacked N Pretty

Class #14 Open Ranch - Janice Reid & Jacked N Pretty

Class #15 Gamblers Trail Choice - Elana Wharry & Ally

Some Of Our Sponsors

I Would Love To Thank: Ranch Horse Revolution Club

Merritt Veterinary Hospital

The Vancouver Island Horsemen’s Group and all my friends that have helped me all year long (you know who you are)

We have already booked all three judges for our 2024 Canoa Farms Mountain Trail/ Ranch Trail Show for July 19- 21, 2024 so mark your calendars. Visit us on Tik Tok, Instagram, FB page and FB group or our website at www. for all upcoming events and clinics..

Parker with owner Lori Larson, from Campbell River Schaana Puetz of Kamloops and Lilly Ron Stolp and his horse "Little Bits of King" aka Cowboy who rode “hor concours” but did tie the winner of the Gamblers Choice. Such a fun class! Another one of our amazing youth riders, Avery Harrison (from Langley) and Cowboy

A Successful Spintastic Show!


Spintastic 2023 hosted by Thompson River Reiners held its 2nd annual Reining, Ranch Riding & Cowhorse extravaganza in Armstrong, BC July 21-23.

We strived to be a diverse horse show experience for all levels of horse & rider combinations in all of these events all of which were judged by our NRHA Judge Sue Muir from Lynnwood, Washington. Live feed was provided by H2D, and Clio Rose Photography was our Official Show Photographer.

Yes, it was a HOT ONE! With temperatures reaching 34+ and an unexpected and sudden torrential storm, the show must always go on… and it did!

We successfully accommodated a total of 60+ horses and 160 runs over the 3 days welcoming competitors from across BC. As a WCRA Highpoint show and WCRA, Reining Alberta & Goldrush Reining Affiliate Qualifying show, Spintastic included a full slate of NRHA Reining, Beginner Reining, Freestyle, Ranch Riding and Cowhorse classes.

We added the always popular Cowhorse classes on Saturday evening with 20 runs and were thrilled to receive extra spectator attendance and support.

Spintastic sponsors once again held the Spintastic Social on Friday evening. A perfect venue for our competitors and volunteers to chat, laugh, reminisce and catch up with friends and fellow competitors.


Spintastic is always humble and grateful for our sponsor support. We were fortunate to have support from our returning sponsors and welcomed our new sponsors to Spintastic. All of our generous sponsors are listed on our Facebook page, please give them a look! Without their generous support Spintastic cannot happen.

Thank you to our cash and buckle sponsors; the sponsored equipment to help prep our ground prior to the show; the equipment needed to keep everyone ridin’ ‘n slidin’ throughout the three days; the sponsorship from our on-site concession; and sponsorship providing a beautiful RV for our show officials.

On behalf of the Spintastic Show committee and Thompson River Reiners, we extend CONGRATULATIONS to our class Champions and HUGE THANK YOUs to every single person and volunteer who not only supported our show, but to those whom also lent us a helping hand when we needed it! Everyone worked tirelessly to make Spintastic Fantastic!

Don't forget to like and/or follow Spintastic on FB!!

Spintastic looks forward to seeing you in 2024.


Full Board Isn't Full Service

(Was shared on Facebook, thanks CC) Full board isn't full board. The average boarding farm with anywhere from 5 to 40 boarders is so much work.

Sport Horses

Just the daily grind of getting up, feeding, haying, checking water, takes up a significant amount of time. Stalls, another massive chunk, then repeat pm feed.

Then you want the boarding farm to do blankets - something I refuse to do (I worked for a Quarter Horse trainer in the 90s and spent hours every morning and night re-blanketing all the horses under lights... cured me), meds, and you want night check. You want their weight and physical appearance monitored through their blankets.

Now all the extras: tack room swept, aisle perfect, walls hosed down, no rodents, cobwebs, working wash rack with a drain that never clogs.

Then perfectly manicured fields, mowed, fertilized, weed wacking, fences repairs, etc. Board or bored... when your horse is in the stall more for inclement weather, you need to get there to exercise it and prevent colic (motion is lotion for guts and joints!).

Full board doesn’t cover checking every single inch of the horse (though most of us do take a quick look. I have trained myself to look at all 4 legs both side every day) for bumps, bruises, shoes with sprung heels, mysterious fungus that appears on its flank.

Owners need to be present, take responsibility for their own horse, make coming out to groom that retired horse on a schedule... and always, always be accessible for emergencies.

When you see something needs to be done, just do it instead of complaining about it. We have all seen the posts about the costs of boarding and basically, if you are paying less than $1000/month, someone is subsidizing your board. So pick up a rake, a broom, be present. Run a hose, scrub the tub. Triple check your horse. Check on the horse whose owner is ill (with their permission). Leave things better than they were.

Many barns have a person or two that randomly helps with some stalls. I guarantee you the barn owner appreciates that person. I used to have a student’s father who would clean many stalls while his daughter rode. I know I'll never forget him.

Holidays... most barns have one of two ways of thinking. 1. Don't come out at all. 2. If you do come out, plan to help with feeding, haying, watering, turnout and stalls. I can speak from personal experience... I haven’t had a holiday off since pre 2001 except for one Christmas; an exceptional student did all the work as my gift. I'll never forget that act of kindness.

Nurses get double time for major holidays (and still get to take off a day for Christmas, heck even the local convenience store pays double or time and a half on major holidays), barn owners get nothing, most of the time not even a thank you.

I recall a colleague who boarded horses (and of course taught lessons, trained horses, sold horses and ran shows because boarding doesn’t pay the bills), saying one day she realized her life was like the movie Ground Hog Day... and that she has done the same thing every morning and every night for decades. Her farm went up for sale and she now boards her own horses.

Education. Do you know what horses’ diseases are, understand deworming, know what ailments to watch out for? When should the vet be called? Can you wrap legs properly, handle an abscess, recognize fungus, spot a colic? If not, pick up a book, watch some videos. Horse ownership means you love horses and you want to know everything about them.

Anyway... full care isn't day care where you drop your "kid" off and never pick them up again. Be present. Your horse will appreciate the attention and the barn owner will feel relief that you are watching out for your horse.

This post was made to bring awareness. At least in my area, boarding barns are becoming fewer to non-existent. If we want them to stay, we must change. I have seen mostly positivity come from this. I particularly loved the person who shared it and wrote, "I go a bit the other way. I try to help in some way every day that I am at the barn." I, of course, want all the horses in my care to have good, healthy lives too. I would like to think we all do.

I used to run a big boarding/lesson barn. Now I have a smaller, more private operation with other focuses. I certainly know the struggles with 37 years in the horse industry. Watching friends burnout after pouring a lifetime of passion into the horse... to not even wanting to own one makes me sad. This industry eats people and spits them out.

This life is not easy. The work is one thing... having to call owners when a beloved friend passes away, or when a horse is having any life threatening ailment, or even non-life threatening... a whole other kind of stress.

Doing the best you can, and your best is not good enough. Awareness needs to be brought to all. I have so many amazing colleagues, students, mentors, and clients that I have met through horses. They have enriched my life. The camaraderie and support they provide are what drives many of us on.

I wish all of you the support, friendship and positive barn atmosphere that drives and motivates you on.


Horse Stats…Did You Know…?

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How long have horses been around?

The earliest horses originated in North America about 50 million years ago and eventually spread to the rest of the world. But the North American breeds went extinct about 10,000 years ago. It’s believed that domesticated horses came from central Asia about 3000 to 4000 B.C.

Since Canada has a long history with horses, you might wonder how many horses live in this vast and diverse country of ours. It’s estimated that there are around 500,000 horses in Canada.

There Are Approximately 350 Different Horse Breeds Today.

In 2021, there were 4,457 horses registered in Canada.

The most registered breed in Canada in 2021 is the Standardbred, with 1,172 registrations. The second most registered horse was the Thoroughbred with 938 registrations, followed by the Percheron with 427, and the Belgian with 362.

The current population of Ojibwe horses is less than 200.

There are approximately 2,500 wild horses in Canada.

There were 1,178 wild horses in Alberta in 2022. Sable Island, Nova Scotia; Chilcotin Plateau, B.C.; and Bronson Forest, Saskatchewan, all have wild horse herds.

In 2020, there were 4,633 equine business establishments in Canada. Canada is home to approximately 855,000 people active in the equine industry.

There are approximately 1,000 top-level equestrian athletes in Canada, which is home to 35 platinum-level events.

The top reason for horses becoming unwanted is due to changes in the owner’s situation.

It can cost over $1,000 for horse rescues to take in new horses in 2022. Bringing in a new horse is costly for horse rescues. It can cost about $1,000 per horse, and the costs can go towards transportation, veterinary bills, food, and shelter. Prices can rise significantly depending on the transportation distance and if more intensive veterinary care is required.

What is the horse capital of Canada?

Alberta is the province with the most horses in Canada at 33%.

The horse industry generates about $19 billion annually to the Canadian economy.

There are about 117,000 adults and 225,250 children participating in horse-related activities and sports.

While there isn’t an official horse capital in Canada, Langley, British Columbia, is the self-proclaimed horse capital. Along with having a high population of horses, Langley is home to the Thunderbird Show Park and hosts many events throughout the year.

Where Are The Most Popular Equestrian Events Held?

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a new CTV reality series

Season 1 featured ‘Farmers’ in British Columbia and I sure had fun watching it. There were 5 ‘Farmers’ looking for love who were matched with 6 to 7 ‘daters’ each, with the ultimate goal of making that special connection over a speed date. The final selection of daters was invited back to the respective farms, and in the Fall of 2022, the Farmers and their Daters had the chance to see if the initial spark fanned into a flame.

The ‘farmers’ included:

Farmer Gurleen (34) a Berry and Agri-tourism farmer, Abbotsford BC She chose Tai to continue with a relationship after the show (he was my pick from the start) Farmer Dave (32) Livestock & Grain farmer, Comox Valley BC

He chose Hillary to continue with a relationship after the show Farmer Doug (25) Dairy farmer, Chemainus BC

He chose Meghan to continue with a relationship after the show (she was my pick from the start)

Farmer Charley (25) Winery, Keremeos BC

He chose Adrienne to continue with a relationship after the show Farmer Ashleigh (33) a horse rancher & trainer, Gibsons BC

She had 6 ‘daters’ to choose from and chose not to continue with any of them.

When I realized a ‘horse rancher’ was one of the ‘farmers’ on the show, my detective skills kicked in and I found out Ashleigh has an equestrian centre in Gibsons BC. I contacted her directly and asked if I could interview her after the show. Below are my questions for her. How did you get on this show Ashleigh?

My friend sent me the original casting call (which was very vague, as Farming For Love hadn’t been announced yet) looking for country singles, and pushed me to take a shot at it, so I sent an email not knowing what they were looking for and was pretty excited when I got the call back!

And why did you want to be on this show?

It seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity. When I learned of the incredible successes of the international hit series Farmer Wants A Wife (which has resulted in 191 marriages and 469 kids!), I knew I was in good hands. From beginning to end, I felt 100% supported, and knew that everyone was rooting for me to succeed. So you are a horse rancher and horse trainer. Tell us about your (horse) business.

I’m not a rancher by any means, I run an equestrian centre that offers boarding, lessons, training, and kids’ camps. I feel like my place in the horse industry is introducing people to horses and riding, by providing basic riding lessons without the pressure or goal of competition, because there are a lot of people who just want to enjoy spending time with horses. My goal for all my clients is that they feel happy, safe, capable and confident in their

Farmer Doug and Meghan (my choice from the start) Farmer Gurleen and Tai (my choice from the start) Ashleigh at home

riding, so they can take it in any direction they choose. How did they shoot the show around your (horse) business? Was the crew there for half days at a time or what?

I didn’t offer lessons during that time, so it was really just letting the boarders know if I had to close the barn down to film for a couple hours.  Did I see somewhere that you are also a realtor?

When the [Covid] pandemic hit, the equine insurance companies across Canada were telling barns to halt public facing operations, including letting boarders come see their horses during the lockdowns. That meant canceling/limiting our kids’ camps and lesson schedule, and that was a huge financial hit. To top that off, I got kicked in the face by a boarder's horse while I was turning it out. I was lucky I got out with just a broken eyebrow bone, concussion, and only missed 4 days off work - when it could have been so much worse. So between those two events, I realized I really needed to diversify my income, to protect the horses and myself. The same friend, Rachel Dempster (also a horse girl!) who pushed me to apply for Farming For Love was the same friend who is a top agent over here, and told me to get my real estate license!  You didn’t seem overly excited about any of your ‘daters’ – can you let us know why? (Personally I didn’t see chemistry with any of them either)

I did my best to stay open minded. I love a great sense of humour, but I also love a guy who is strong and confident in himself and someone that I can feel cute and girly when I’m with him. I feel tough, gritty all day at work, and I really want to leave that side of me behind on date nights. And luckily, I found exactly that through this process!

you explain how and why that happened?

That whole day was CRAZY. After the barn dance (y’all know the one with the awkward dance?) I felt like I knew right then I had reached my conclusion, and Farming For Love gave me the space to stay true to myself, and I let all the daters go. These are real guys with real lives to get back to, and I wasn’t going to lead them on for the sake of a TV show. The timing was perfect, because the next surprise to all of us was that the farmers were given the option to meet and bring in a surprise dater. However, I wasn’t aware of that option or the fact Drew had applied. (Editor’s note: Drew is already a friend of Ashleigh’s). Meanwhile, he knew I was going on the show, but he didn’t know anything about the daters or the events leading up to that day, but he was willing to live with the other guys to try to win me over.

Did your horses help in your decision making? Maybe the ‘connection’ just wasn’t there for a ‘dater’? Or the ‘dater’ was afraid of the horses?

I totally judge people on how they not only treat animals, but how they interact with them. Mitch, Matt, Ian & Lukas were all GREAT with all the animals they encountered… dogs, cats, kittens, chickens, sheep, goat, horses, Spud, etc. You chose not to continue on with any of your ‘daters’ – but then all of a sudden it was announced that another person wrote a letter to the show and begged to get on to surprise you as a ‘dater’. Can

That new surprise ‘dater’ was Drew (34). Tell us a bit about him.

Drew is exactly the type of guy I was hoping I would find on the show. He gives me the space to be independent and do my own thing, but is so supportive of anything I want to do and is ready to jump in and help. He’s always down for adventures, and is so great with the horses. He works in the marine industry, and oversees boats getting built at Coastal Craft, a local company that makes luxury yachts. He hunts, fishes, rides ATVs, snowmobiles, wake boards… all the cool things!  Season 1 is over now; but what is the plan with Drew? Our inquiring horse minds want to know! (at least mine does)

Right now, just having fun and enjoying life now that we don’t have to keep it a secret anymore! Drew’s been learning to rope, which has been super cool. I'm aiming to get into the AQHA Ranch Classes and pick up barrel racing again!

Casting for the second season is already underway. The premiere of Farming for Love Season 2 has yet to be announced. More information is available on and!

Ashleigh’s daters getting to know Spud Who will go home this week... ? Surprise! It's Drew! Drew, Ashleigh and show host Sabrina Jalees Ashleigh's daters helping with chores

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Update: Puppies found under abandoned trailer

Who can forget the image of the abandoned puppy sleeping on rocks and dirt under an uninhabited trailer? He was one of 12 puppies and two young moms found by a good Samaritan in July, sheltering from 30-degree-heat, on the side of the highway in Prince Rupert.

“The good Samaritan who found them gave them food and water and contacted us to see if we could take them,” says Joe Griffith, manager of the Prince Rupert BC SPCA animal centre. “We said yes and did an emergency intake of the 14 dogs.”

The dogs were seen by a veterinarian who noted pressure sores on the moms’ elbows and some muscle degeneration in the puppies. “They think this may be caused by the moms and the puppies being kept in a kennel,” says Griffith. The puppies were also bloated with worms and one of the puppies had a very low body score and needed to be put on a feeding plan to safely gain weight.

“This was a lot of dogs for the Prince Rupert animal centre, or any centre for that matter, to intake at one time,” says Griffith. Using the BC SPCA’s Drive for Lives program, five of the puppies were transferred to the BC SPCA’s Sunshine Coast animal centre, three went to Richmond and the two moms were transferred to Burnaby. Three of the puppies remain in Prince Rupert and one was sent to North Cariboo. Each year, the BC SPCA transfers more than 4,000 animals between our animal centres. Animals may travel within their own region or longer distances to increase their chances of finding new homes or to access veterinary treatment.

What a difference a few weeks makes – all five of the puppies that were transferred to the Sunshine Coast animal centre have been adopted!

from the Sunshine Coast animal centre,” says Doug. “We had been looking for a friend for our two-and-a-half-year-old dog Otis when my wife Christine found the puppies on the BC SPCA’s website and showed them to me. I loved the idea of adopting one of them and adding them to the family.”

Christine sent in an application, and they were called to go down to meet the puppies. “When we got there, only Kevin (now Milo) was left,” says Doug. “He ran straight up to Christine, and we knew we had to take him home.”

When they brought Milo home, Otis was waiting to meet him. “Otis liked Milo immediately,” says Doug. “Milo was a little intimidated by his size, but it didn’t take long for him to get comfortable and try to steal Otis’s bone or move in on his food. Otis takes it all in stride.” Doug says that Otis dangles toys in front of Milo to get him to play and the two spend hours together in the backyard.

Doug and Christine also have two cats, Matt and Ruby, who have been mostly hiding since Milo’s arrival. “Ruby gave him a little bat to the head, just to let him know whose boss,” says Doug. “Milo didn’t react at all.”

Even Milo’s housetraining has been going well. “He has only had one accident,” says Doug. “The other day he woke me at 4 a.m. to let me know he needed to go to the bathroom. Not sure if he is so good because he spent all that time outside before he was found, but he has been easy to train.”

“We took him over to my daughter’s house to meet all five of the grandkids. He loved being around them.”

Doug and Christine are thrilled that Milo is part of the family. “Everything he does is so cute. He falls asleep on our lap; he loves to play with Otis and the grandkids. He is such a good boy.”

One of the young pups, Kevin, was adopted by Doug and Christine who have a family of rescued animals. “We have adopted all of our pets

Christine and Milo the day he was adopted and in the backyard of his new forever home! Otis and Milo Milo now… a happy dog!

What is a Canine Good Neighbour Test?

The Canadian Kennel Club’s Canine Good Neighbour Program is a 12-step test, that when completed successfully, will earn a Certificate noting that the dog presents good manners at home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs.

The test is non-competitive and allows dog and handler to demonstrate confidence and control in 12 steps. It assesses the handler and dog’s relationship, together with the handler’s ability to control the dog. Dogs are evaluated on their ability to perform basic exercises as well as their ability to demonstrate good manners in everyday situations.

The training program embraces both

purebred and mixed-breed dogs and is fun, rewarding, and useful. It encourages owners to have a better and richer relationship with their dogs. The program also enhances community awareness of responsible dog ownership and the numerous benefits associated with dog ownership.

If you are interested in participating with your dog and obtaining a CGN certification, visit or for more information and test locations. Good luck!

Tip of the Month - Dogs 'N Frogs!

ogs are sometimes “curiosity on 4 legs” when it comes to small interesting critters hopping around on their turf. And... dogs not always being the best judges of what's good for them …can be known to sneak in an extra close investigation of a big ol’ frog or toad and yikes... big mistake!

Whether they licked, tasted or even “dog help 'em” ate a frog or toad, there are bound to be some very quick and unpleasant reactions! If your dog has gotten too close for comfort to a frog or toad you will know right away, observing them frothing and foaming at the mouth. Your dog may start drooling excessively and seem very upset with their lips, tongue and mouth. Your dog may rub their face and mouth in the dirt or grass, paw at their mouth or retch while opening their quickly reddening mouth with a “what the heck was that?” look on their bewildered face!

Don't panic - these are all a dog's auto responses to introducing a disagreeable toxin to their system! (Note that more severe reactions {especially if your dog gulped down a toad for instance – yuck} are; vomiting {yellow}, excessive panting, dilated

Dpupils, head shaking, overheating, loss of coordination, seizure, diarrhea.)

So are these amphibians dangerous to dogs? Short version is 'sometimes.' First, it's handy to know what your dog may have gotten into. Frogs are typically smaller, slimy with long legs (big swimmers) and found around water, but toads having bigger bodies, short legs and thick rough bumpy skin, are found on land in drier areas (like your back yard) and having bigger quantities of venom, are much more dangerous to dogs.

As a self-defense, frogs and toads secrete a chemical substance through their skin that is incredibly bitter, foul tasting and/or highly toxic for dogs. When they are stimulated with nuzzling, licks or bites, their glands compress releasing toxins which are quickly absorbed through your dog's mouth, nose and eyes.

Most amphibians like frogs and toads are nocturnal, meaning they'll be most active once the sun goes down. Your number one prevention is to walk your dog on leash preferably before dusk. This is a perfect time to use your dog's training to “leave it” or “no,” so that whenever you notice them about to pounce or hunt after a toad or frog they will have automatic unpleasant consequences if they dare not listen!

If you suspect that your dog has come

You and Your Dog Must Complete these 12 Steps:

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10 Reaction To Distractions

11 Supervised Isolation

12 Walking Through A Door/Gate

into personal contact with a frog or toad, as long as your dog is conscious, quickly flush out your dog's mouth with a lot of water. Using a hose, with a sideways angle, be sure water is rinsed OUT rather than toward the back of your dog's mouth where they would choke or swallow the water along with the toxins. You can also take a towel and rub the inside of your dog's teeth, gums and tongue to help remove any slimy toxic residue. Rinse thoroughly for 5-10 minutes and take your dog to a calming area where their heart rate can relax and be sure to monitor them. If your dog is unconscious, or any of the more severe reactions as listed, or shows continued problems, of course, be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.

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Starting September 5th all 2024 HCBC Memberships will be available for purchase! Forgot to renew for 2023? We will also be offering the rest of 2023 and all of 2024 for the combination price of:

• 2023/2024 Adult Membership ($87.00 + GST/PST)

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(18 or under as of January 1, 2023) $77.28/member

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• 2024 Adult Membership ($67.00 + 3.35 GST + 4.69 PST)

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Congratulations to BCHBC Vancouver Island North Chapter on receiving funding for their Spruce Loop trail rehabilitation project on Denman Island.

Lacking volunteers to get your project off the ground? Consider having your club partner up with another trail organization to get support bringing your project to fruition.

ATV BC is interested in working with equestrians on multi-use trails. Contact if you are interested in partnering with a BC ATV club.

The third quarter cut-off for the BCETF grant applications will be September 30, 2023.

BACK TO SCHOOL – High School Credits

The External Credentials Program (ECP) gives students in grade 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to earn graduation credits for sport learning through approved industrial and occupational courses.

Students who have been certified in one or more of the following programs are eligible to receive graduation credits.

• English Rider Preparation 1, 2 of the 1-8 program (2 Grade 10 credits)

• English Rider Preparation 3-6 of the 1-8 program (4 Grade 11 credits)

• English Rider Preparation 7, 8 of the 1-8 program (4 Grade 12 credits)

• Western Rider Preparation 1 (2 Grade 10 credits)

• Western Rider Preparation 2 (2 Grade 10 credits)

• Western Rider Preparation 3 (4 Grade 11 credits)

• Western Rider Preparation 4 (4 Grade 12 credits)

• Vault Development Level 3B (4 Grade 10 Credits)

The Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials program and the review of the programs is monitored by the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. Note: Students who have been certified in the approved courses before they reach grade 10 can receive credit for their past learning by providing the certificate of course completion to their high school counsellor.


1. Obtain the appropriate Rider Level with an Equestrian Canada Certified Coach.

2. Provide the certificate of course completion to your school counsellor.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Education website.

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Averill Saunders Wins Canada’s First-Ever Vaulting Medal with a Silver at FEI Vaulting World Championships

Averill Saunders of Sundre AB, continues to push the boundaries for Canadian vaulting winning a silver medal at the FEI Vaulting World Championships for Young Vaulters & Juniors held July 2630, 2023 in Flyinge, SWE. The medal, which she won in the Individual Female Young Vaulter division marks the first time a Canadian has been on the vaulting podium in World Championship competition.

The division featured three performances, comprised of a first round with both compulsory and technical tests, each worth 25%, and then a second-round free test worth 50% of the overall score.

The Canadian Junior Squad of Katherine Van den Bosch, 14; Jaydee Fluet, 16; Lynda Van Noordenburg, 16; Daniel Klotz-Dedora, 16; Emma Sparrow, 11; and Emily Consaul, 17 – all from Alberta, partnered with Canadian Sport Horse Zorro and lunged by Angelique Vick, put on a great showing across three tests and finished in 6th place on a final score of 6.805.

In the second test of the round, the 19-year-old achieved the highest technical score with an impressive 8.747 with her partner Rockemotion (Rockwell x Di Versace) and groom and lunger Nina Vorberg, who coowns the 15-year-old Westfalian gelding with Kai Vorberg and HansPeter and Marlies Krukenburg. Her combined technical score of 8.190 put her in second place going into the second and final free round behind Layher who remained in first with a combined score of 8.364.

All the training and preparation paid off for her. In the second round, she then delivered an extraordinary free test scoring 8.644, just behind Layher’s 8.848, maintaining her second place overall to finish the competition with the silver medal, a Canadian first.

“It's really surreal for me to win Canada's first medal,” she said emotionally. “Mostly because it's a monumental step forward for Canada in the sport, but also because of the significance of this event for me. The final freestyle day here in Flyinge was to the day, my 10th anniversary of being in the sport. It made it a little extra special.”

It takes a village! Outpouring of Support for Dressage Team Dressage Community Coming together for Team Canada on the road to Santiago.

Donors are stepping up to help the Canadian Dressage team get to the Pan American Games in October 2023. The community has risen to the challenge that was posed publicly in early July to help close the gap of $60,000 that is needed to send a full team to the Games in Santiago, Chile this fall.

Equestrian Canada (EC), the Dressage Committee and the EC High Performance Advisory Group (HPAG), Dressage want to thank everyone who has joined the campaign so far. In addition to the $20,000 matching donation set last week, two donors have anonymously provided $10,000 gifts and a family foundation has made a contribution of $5,000. The most recent contribution has come from Nexolia Dressage which has answered the match posed by the Christoff Family Foundation with a generous donation of $20,000.

“Great things happen when the community comes together towards a common goal,” said Vicky Lavoie of Nexolia Dressage. “To see the team effort that is happening in Dressage right now, it’s so important to recognize this because it has made me believe that we can get it done together. I am inspired and feel others will be inspired too.”

There are many ways to donate including online, in person or contacting Christine Peters ( directly. All donations received directly by EC over $20 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Secure donations can be made through the EC website by clicking on the Donation Link and selecting “Major Games – Dressage”..

Saunders wears the maple leaf during her compulsory test. Photo Credit: Kaiser Impressions Saunders and lunger as well as Rockemotion’s coowner Nina Vorberg on the podium in Flyinge, SWE. Photo Credit: Kaiser Impressions The Canadian Junior Squad were strong with a 6th place finish. Photo Credit: Kaiser Impressions

Alberta Equestrian Federation,

Provincial Foundation Officials Course Available

It’s official! The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is one of five equestrian provincial sport organizations partnered with Equine Guelph to offer online training for those interested in becoming horse show judges in grassroots circuits.

Entry level judges are a vital part of equestrian sport and, beginning this summer, the opportunity to train to become a recognized provincial official will be offered by Equine Guelph on through the new Provincial Foundations Officials Course.

Provinces partnering with Equine Guelph to develop this new online training program include AEF, Equestrian Nova Scotia, Island Horse Council, Manitoba Horse Council, and Newfoundland and Labrador Equestrian Association.

The course content is based on an innovative online training model developed by Equestrian Nova Scotia on two years ago.

The training will be self-paced, granting participants a full year to complete the 25–30 hour course that will help them become a provincial level judge. Candidates will learn the responsibilities of judging at the grassroots level, in order to officiate for multi-disciplined or general performance provincial shows.

As role models, provincial judges create a safe environment for equine sport at local shows by upholding rules, maintaining fair play, and ensuring equine welfare. Whether judging objective or subjective classes, entry level judges can help build sport and long-term athletes.

“Equine Guelph recognizes Equestrian Nova Scotia for being leaders in spearheading online training programs to its officials,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. “We are thrilled to be working together with five provinces to offer this accessible model of training to as many budding grassroots officials as possible.”

Topics covered by the course include western performance, western speed division, showmanship, English flat, hunter, jumper, equitation over fences, dressage, and pleasure driving.

If you are interested in taking this first step in training to become a Provincial Foundation Official, you can register at www.TheHorsePortal. ca/AEF

The Alberta Equestrian Federation is now accepting applications from those seeking expense relief through the Equine Emergency Disaster Fund

The fund was established to help provide support for expenses directly related to a significant disaster such as flood, wildfire, or pandemic, or where a local, provincial, or federal governing body may have declared a state of emergency and/or evacuation. Expenses considered for relief funding include items such as temporary boarding fees, hay, water, and medical expenses directly related to the disaster.

The application intake period for fall 2023 fund disbursement opens August 15 and closes September 15. Any submissions received after the closing date will not be considered for this intake. Disbursement of funds will be at the discretion of the Equine Emergency Disaster Fund task force committee.

Only one application will be accepted per premise or location of equine(s) per intake period. Applications must be accurate and complete, and include receipts, a letter of request, and appropriate signatures.

While we strive to fulfill as many requests as possible, due to limited funds available, the Equine Emergency Disaster Fund initiative may not be able to fully support all requests.

Visit our website for more information on equine emergency preparedness.

For questions, email

First AEF Trail Safety Day in Canmore a Success!

The first of several AEF Trail Safety Days planned this summer took place in Canmore on July 15. The event, held in partnership with Bow Valley Riding Association, CAMBA, Alpine Club of Canada, and Rundle Riders Therapeutic Riding Association, provided an opportunity for attendees from a variety of trail disciplines to share information and knowledge on safely sharing the trails across Alberta’s scenic landscape.

The next AEF Trail Safety Day was held in partnership with the Blairmore Ranger Station at the Crowsnest Community Market in Coleman on August 10. We welcome all to visit fellow outdoor enthusiasts and learn more about safely sharing the trails across Alberta’s beautiful landscape.


Gypsy Vanner Horse Society

Some late summer news… There was a successful Gypsy Vanner Horse evaluation in Alberta in August. Several owners brought their horses to be inspected in-hand for conformation and movement. Performance evaluations are also offered under saddle english, under saddle western and driving.

The newest issue of The Vanner magazine is out and available. GVHS members receive theirs as a benefit of membership. If you would like to get one, visit the website at or contact the GVHS office at

Did you know that in addition to the evaluation and show points program, the GVHS also has a program called Vanner Advantage. Throughout the year you can accumulate points by getting your Gypsy Vanner out and about for

Northern Saddle Club,

the public to see. Events such as open shows, parades, expositions and many others qualify your horse for points in this program.

Youth members can also accumulate points in shows and the Vanner Advantage program in addition to the horse points. The GVHS now has a youth committee seeking youth members interested in participating in developing special youth programs, contests and events. If interested we would love to have you help.

If you would like to get a GVHS show, evaluation or other event organized or recognized in your area contact the GVHS office.

The Northern Saddle Club (NSC) is located in the beautiful Bulkley Valley of Northern BC and is a family oriented nonprofit organization. The club supports all equine disciplines and welcomes individuals that maintain a common interest and love of horses.

We have had a busy year so far hosting numerous clinics. We started off with a Trail Clinic with Alicia Harper in April, followed by a Natural Horsemanship Clinic with Glenn Stewart at the beginning of May. The May long weekend was the NSC Schooling Show. In June we hosted a Nicole Klassen Clinic (who was back in July and August), as well as a Driving Clinic with Dennis Huber.

Our Summer Schooling Show (August 5-6) will be over by the time this gets printed, as will our Working Equitation Clinic with Darrell Roberds, but we will be looking forward to our Fall Schooling Show September 23- 24. Beginning of September will also see Glenn Stewart back in Smithers for another Horsemanship Clinic, as well as another Driving Clinic with Dennis Huber.

We also were the recipient of a Horse Council BC grant that allowed us to redo the rails on our driving arena and give it a fresh look. Many thanks to HCBC for the grant, as well as to our other donors and volunteers who put in countless hours of work.

Please visit our website at for more information about our club.

Here are the Grand & Reserve Champion winners from our recent NSC SPRING SHOW of 2023

Jumper - Grand Champion: Taylor MacDonald riding Flashy Diva

Jumper - Reserve Champion: Jenna Textor riding Allie

Hunter - Grand Champion: Dayna Gray riding Soda

Hunter - Reserve Champion: Lilly Buhler riding Murphy

English Hack - Grand Champion: Stephanie Wall riding Xcella

English Hack - Reserve Champion: Daneve Vanderwolf riding Robin

English Dressage - Grand Champion: Alex Lea and Midnights Kahlua

English Dressage - Reserve Champion: Stephanie Wall riding Xcella

Western Dressage - Grand Champion: Ella Olivier riding Ember

Western Division - Grand Champion: Alicia Harper riding Gunnin for the Mob

Western Division - Reserve Champion: Wendy Ann Perry riding Peter.

Driving Clinic: Dennis Huber with Joy Kessel and Holger Our new driving arena, thanks to HCBC Stephanie Wall & XcellaTaylor MacDonald & Flashy Diva Lilly Buhler & Murphy Dayna Gray & Soda Alex Lea & Midnights Kahlua Jenna Textor & Allie

BC Therapeutic Riding Association

Congratulations to the BCTRA 2023 Para-Equestrian Video Competition Winners!

Para-equestrians from across the province participated in BC Therapeutic Riding Association’s third annual video competition and now the provincial organization is ready to reveal the results.

BCTRA welcomed 62 video entries from riding centres across BC – Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association (VTRA), Manestream Equestrian, and Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association (KTRA). The competition allowed riders of all levels and abilities, to compete in the comfort of their own home arena or therapeutic riding centre with the horses they have come to know and trust. Riders worked with their coaches to record themselves performing a specific pattern for each class and a team of volunteer judges evaluated each rider.

“We would like to thank all our member centres, riders, and judges for making this a wonderful experience for all. BCTRA is so pleased to be able to offer this inclusive opportunity for all para-equestrian riders and participants. We look forward to seeing you all again next year,” says Sharolyn Wandzura, BCTRA President.

The Placing Results for 2023 (1st - 6th place) are listed below:


Class EH3 | riders with a leader & one side walker at a walk

1st - Jane Mcrae, VTRA

Class EH4A | riders with a leader - WALK Division

1st - Tyler Rice, VTRA

Class EH4B | riders with a leader (not attached) - WALK Division

1st - Jan Mahoney, VTRA

2nd - Michael Gaul, VTRA

3rd - Sara Hansen, VTRA

4th - Pippa Blake, VTRA

5th - Emma Courville, VTRA

6th - Isla Mason, VTRA

Class EH5T | independent riders – TROT Division

1st - Carolyn Yakel, VTRA

2nd - Faith Kosolofski, KTRA

3rd - Julia Southgate, VTRA

4th - Jessica Eait-Games, VTRA

5th - Noemi Menard, VTRA

6th - Jill Cook, VTRA

Class EH5C | independent riders – CANTER Division

1st - Sedona Wright, VTRA


Class 02 | Obstacle Course open to riders with a leader & two side walkers. Riders may or may not use reins.

1st Alex Dhillion-Shiuji, VTRA

Class 03 | Obstacle Course for riders with a leader & one side walker

1st - Nate Twaddle, VTRA

2nd - Bella Agius-Mantello, VTRA

3rd - Carter Hall, VTRA

4th - Ben Lohner, VTRA

5th - Nathan Hall, VTRA

Class O4 | Obstacle Course for riders with a leader

1st - Chelsea Henry, VTRA

2nd - Katherine De Guzman, VTRA

3rd - Asher Bibb, VTRA

4th - Sean Cosgrave, VTRA

5th - Autum Thompson, VTRA

6th - Lysander Taylor, VTRA

Class O5 | Obstacle Course for riders with a leader (unclipped)

1st - Emilia Ponchet, VTRA

2nd - Elias Allen, VTRA

3rd - Leaf Oldwood, VTRA

4th - Avril Juzwishin, VTRA

5th - Erik Larsen, VTRA

6th - Elise Taylor, VTRA

Class O6 | Obstacle Course for independent riders

1st - Leila Corntassel, Manestream

2nd - Adian Dalzell, VTRA


Class PB2 | Timed Pole Bending pattern open to riders with a leader and two side walkers. This class is performed at a walk. Riders may or may not use reins.

1st - Owen Tschurtschenthaler, KTRA

Class PB4 | Timed Pole Bending pattern for riders with a leader - walk only

1st - Elise Caputo, KTRA

2nd- Emily Rouleau, KTRA

3rd - Madison Vandyke, KTRA

4th - Carter Whalen, KTRA

5th - Rohan (Gino) Caputo, KTRA

6th - Nia Wycherley, KTRA

Class PB5 | Timed Pole Bending Pattern for riders with a leader - trot/jog only

1st - Colbie-Lynn Seitz, KTRA


Class BM1 | Timed Barrel Racing pattern open to un-mounted participants

1st - Owen Tschurtschenthaler, KTRA

Class BM4 | Timed Barrel Racing pattern for riders with a leader - walk only

1st - Lindi Whitehead, KTRA

2nd - Kevin John, KTRA

3rd - Erica Renwick, KTRA

4th - Ashley Mangan, KTRA

5th - Gina Franks, KTRA

6th - Alana Murray, KTRA

Class BM5 | Timed Barrel Racing Pattern for riders with a leader - walk, trot/jog

1st - Leah Morris, KTRA

2nd - Leah Nikolaisen, KTRA

3rd - Anna Slater, KTRA

Class BM9 | Timed Barrel Racing pattern for independent riders - walk, trot/jog

1st - Trevor McGowan, KTRA

2nd - Riley Brost, KTRA


Vintage Riders… for the love of horses! 

Twenty years ago, four Pony Club Moms got to talking about all the fun their kids were having riding and learning with friends. They were maybe just a bit jealous of the opportunities the young ‘uns were enjoying, and felt that maybe there should be a club for adults to learn all those details of horsemanship and husbandry that they might have missed – a place where no question was too basic, where they could feel confident in not being judged for admitting they didn’t know everything already – and the Vintage Riders Equestrian Club was born.

flourished and it’s time to celebrate our success.

On August 18-20, we set up camp in Campbell Valley Park. We had a “saloon” ride, a mock hunt, photo scavenger hunt, lawn games, and line dancing! As at all VREC events, there was too much food, excessive amounts of camaraderie, and a BIG cake to recognize our success and celebrate the amazing support we all enjoy so much.

This month I will share with you some pictures from our past. Next month, we’ll include some photos of all the fun that was had at our 20th celebratory weekend.

When we’re finished patting ourselves on the back for having the smarts to join this fabulous group of women, we’ll move right on to cheering for a few of our members who competed in the BC 55+ Games August 22-26 at the Maple Ridge Equi-Sports Centre. Vintage Riders

An inaugural meeting was planned, to be held at the Fort Langley Community Hall. Posters went up, hoping to attract a little interest in the idea. To everyone’s surprise, the first meeting was standing room only. Apparently, these Moms weren’t the only ones looking for a welcoming, inclusive, non-competitive group of like-minded individuals with whom they could create a community.

For twenty years now there have been guest speakers, clinics, field trips, Old Ladies’ Camps, ranch trips, the most amazing Christmas parties and other social events. Fast friendships have formed and blossomed into local and international travel opportunities. Riding buddies are always available to put together an adventure. Help is at hand as well as congratulations or commiserations whenever the need arises. We look out for each other, support and encourage each other, and always have each other’s back. This is the community that Vintage Riders Equestrian Club has created. It is a community that has

were represented in Dressage, Working Hunter, Working Equitation, and Arena Driving. Some of us volunteered and some offered a cheering squad. Look for photos and results in this spot next month!

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 to host a variety of clinics.

Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club –public, email: vintageriders@mail. com.

Long time members celebrate at our 10th anniversary 2011 Ranch trip 2012 Play Day 2013 Christmas Parade 2015 May Day Parade Trail riding buddies at Vedder River

Canadian Cowboy Challenge

Well, another month has gone by. We are into summer and everyone should be in full riding mode now. The CCC has had three more Challenges which are: Double Header in Carstairs, Alberta on July 8 & 9 with both days judged by Hans Kollewyn; YKnott Double Header at YKnott North in Alberta on July 15 & 16 with both days judged by Janet Goltz; and Halcyonia Double Header at Halcyonia Farms in Saskatchewan on July 29 & 30 with both days judged by Melissa Zarubiak.

Results of the July 8 Carstairs Challenge are: Shootin’ Sprouts (SS): 1-Bailey Black riding Jazzy; and 2-Bailey Black riding Gold. Youth (Y) no entries. Older Than Dirt (OTD): 1-Alana Eaton riding George; and 2-Faye Paranich riding Lenny. Novice (N): 1-Brian Hill riding Itchy and 2-Bailey Black riding Jazzy. Rookie (R): 1-Adrien Deveau riding Legacy; and 2-Melissa Deveau riding Elly. Non Pro (NP): 1-Denton Keith riding Nash; and 2-April Hall riding Bo. Open (O): 1-Al Bignell riding Hoot; and 2-Janet Goltz riding Mr Red Pines. Buckin’ Crazies (BC): 1-Denton Keith riding Louis; and 2-April Hall riding Misty.

Results of July 9: SS: 1-Bailey Black riding Jazzy; and 2-Bailey Black riding Gold. OTD: 1-Alana Eaton riding George; and 2-Faye Paranich riding Lenny. N: 1-Bailey Black riding Jazzy; and 2-Brian Hill riding Itchy. R: 1-Eric Frogley riding Archy; and 2-Adrian Deveau riding Legacy. NP: 1- Denton Keith riding Nash; and 2-April Hall riding Bo. O: 1-Al Bignell riding Hoot; and 2-Janet Goltz riding Mr Red Pines. BC: 1-Angela Speer riding Tillie; and 2-Koren LeVoir riding Mischief.

Results of the July 15 YKnott North Challenge are: Y: 1-Peyton Nowicki riding Rip. OTD: 1-Alana Eaton riding George. N: 1-Michael Ambron riding Greg; and 2-Peyton Nowicki. R: 1-Megan Dumas riding Dio Dante; and 2-Michael Ambron riding Greg. NP: 1-Koren LeVoir riding Shadow; and 2-Denton Keith riding Nash. O: 1-Koren LeVoir riding Shadow; and 2-Alana Eaton riding George. BC: 1-April Hall riding Hank; and 2-Koren LeVoir riding Mischief.

Results of July 16: Y: 1-Peyton Nowicki. OTD: 1-Alana Eaton riding George; and 2-Michael Ambron riding Greg. N: 1-Peyton Nowicki riding Rip; and 2-Judy Hill riding Penny. R: 1-Melissa Deveau riding Elly; and 2-Megan Dumas riding Dio Dante. NP: 1-April Hall riding Bo; and 2-Denton Keith riding Nash. O: 1-Alana Eaton riding George; and Koren LeVoir riding Shadow. BC: 1-April Hall riding Hank; and 2-Angela Speer riding Tillie.

Results of the July 29 Halcyonia Farms Challenge in Saskatchewan are: Y: 1-Ella Wall riding Tuff; and 2-Laikyn Thomas riding Dusty. OTD: 1-Louise Saunders riding Dancer. N: 1-Anja Slinde riding Midnight Star; and 2-Wanda Marie Semeniuk riding Jackson. NP: 1-Elaine Molnar riding Spice; and 2-Lee Ann Mette riding Lynx. O: 1-Elaine Molnar riding Spice; and 2-Breanna Sikorski riding Shaw. BC: 1-Breanna Sikorski riding Hero; and 2-Ella Wall riding Zephyr.

Results of July 30: Y: 1-Ella Wall riding Tuff; and 2-Anja Slide riding Midnight Star. OTD: 1-Louise Saunders riding Dancer. N: 1-Anja Slinde riding Midnight Star; and 2-Bonnie Greene riding Ben. R: 1-Lucy Davey riding Dancer; and 2-Laikyn Thomas riding Dusty. NP: 1-Elaine Molnar riding Spice; and 2-Shelly Johnson riding Jewel. O: 1-Shelly Johnson riding Jewel; and 2-Elaine Molnar riding Spice. BC: 1-Breanna Sikorski riding Hero; and 2-Ella Wall riding Zephira.

There are six more Challenges listed for August and September to finish off the Challenge season. The CCC is already working on the Finals’ Challenge and Year-End Awards Banquet with the date yet to be determined. Stay tuned for more results and information regarding the CCC wrap-up of the 2023 Challenge season.

Judy and Penny over zigzag poles Eric and Archie over the Snake Pit Adrien and Legacy maneuvering gate Angela and Tillie on the rail

The Back Country Horsemen of BC

Being Prepared for Livestock Emergencies in the North Thompson


In late April the Blackpool Fire Department was able to coordinate a Livestock Emergency Response Course (LERC) sponsored by the Horse Council BC (HCBC). Mike Savage, Chief of the Blackpool Fire Department (BPFD) recognized the need for a coordinated approach to accidents by first responders. Included were fire department members from Little Fort, Blackpool, Clearwater and Vavenby, as well as members of the Back Country Horsemen of BC, North Thompson Chapter.

The two-day course was held April 29 & 30th and HCBC arranged and financed a highly qualified presenter, Jennifer Woods, from Blackie, Alberta. She is a livestock handling specialist, an advisor and instructor who teaches widely throughout Canada and the USA. The goal of the course was to be prepared to handle emergencies involving livestock before they happen and as they are presented in an emergency.

Day one was a classroom format. A comprehensive manual was supplied, and instruction included graphic and often disturbing videos and photos of accidents involving animals of all types. Topics included identification and mitigation of human, animal and property risk, bio-security, transportation issues and chain of command at accident scenes. It was a full day of learning with a nice lunch break of pizza supplied by the BPFD.

Day two was held at Kicking Horse Farm in Blackpool (the Morrisons). This was another full day participating in awareness of equine behaviour and handling. We had several different types of stock and horse trailers to practice escape methods and hazard awareness in entrapment

situations. Horse Council provided a specialty trailer which we brought up from the coast with “Calamity,” a full-sized model horse. Calamity was staged in different situations, in ditches, between trees, under fences and trapped in unusual places. The course participants were divided into four teams, each lead by a chosen incident commander. They had to use their shared knowledge to safely free Calamity without further injury to the horse or the rescue members. As well, several real horses were turned loose in the arena and encouraged to run. Each team had to settle the excited horses before catching them, haltering, and leading them to a controlled area. This involved haltering correctly or making emergency rope halters. Not always an easy job for those not used to excited stock, but all did well. Much was learned by experienced horse owners as well as those not familiar with horses.

The HCBC trailer came with an established rescue kit and the BPFD has undertaken the job of building this specifically for use in emergencies involving livestock in our area. It includes leather gloves, cattle and horse halters, leads, fencing tools, zip ties, blindfolds, lariats and cotton ropes and tow straps for dragging animals.

We appreciate the financial support of Horse Council BC, the expertise of Jennifer Woods, M. of Science (J. Woods Livestock Services), the Back Country Horsemen and friends that supplied trailers, horses, and lunch for all. This weekend was a successful base for supporting livestock owners in the North Thompson and those using our roads and highways as they travel through our area.

Back Country Horsemen of BC – serving BC trail riding enthusiasts since 1989! Check out our beautiful website at / Questions? Contact BCHBC respectfully acknowledges that our members are privileged to recreate on the unceded traditional lands of First Nations people of British Columbia.
Photos by Andrea Tulett Instructor Jennifer Woods shows fire department members how to move “Calamity” safely North Thompson BCHBC members Liz Morrison, Gina Walchuk, Carly Lepoviden, Candus Graffunder and Judy Lestander, pose with Calamity and members from local fire departments: Blackpool, Little Fort, Clearwater and Vavenby. A mock scenario. BCHBC members with fire crew plan a rescue for Calamity Another scenario and another rescue

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club

ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB S chooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 10/23

BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 6/24

BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 11/23, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ.

BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB see our FB page. Pres: Bev Routledge email: Activities: trail rides, obstacle fun day, barn tour/pot luck. 5/24

BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 3/24

BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCATION, Contact Carolyn Farris, email 12/23

BC Team Cattle Penning Association

March 18-19 (Barriere)

May 27-28 (Barriere)

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BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC. (see FB) Pres: Rosanne 604-302-7650, Breed promotion program throughout the province 4/24

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 4/24

Canadian Cowboy Challenge A SPORT for the whole Family!

Seven Divisions to accommodate all! For more info please call 403-828-2044 or visit

INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 9/23 11/23 10/23 Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! Info on clinics and events at We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines. 6/1612/23 2/24 Join the Canadian Quarter Horse Association Membership is FREE! The CQHA is the Canadian affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and representative of the largest breed population within the Canadian herd. Visit us at 12/22 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 12 /23 11/23
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May 20-21 (Quesnel)
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WELCOMED THE EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE HELPING HORSES 4/24 BC ANIMAL OWNERS ASSOC. Mission is to get ‘legal’ access to non-vet practices to support our companion/farm animals. 4/24 6/24
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• Prerequisites through Equestrian Canada  • Equine assisted wellness, learning, team building & personal development  • National accreditation of therapeutic riding programs  • Partner with Equine Guelph Website: Phone: (519) 767-0700 Email: 12/23 Promoting therapeutic riding, equine-based therapeutic services, and para-equestrian activities throughout BC through networking, educational programming, and outreach activities. JOIN US! 2/24
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Clubs & Associations

International Equine Body Workers Association 3/24

IEBWA Members are Certified & Insured… Is your Body Worker?

Equine & Canine Memberships available!


Welcoming a diverse equestrian community by fostering an environment of enjoyment, development, and competition.

Introducing the 2023 Interior Desert Hunter/Jumper Circuit Show Series More details and dates available at

3745 Gordon Drive, Kelowna BC 12/23

LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 11/23


100 Mile & District Outriders


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

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NORTHERN SADDLE CLUB, Smithers BC. Check out our website at and follow us on Facebook 2/24

RUSTY SPURS 4-H HORSE CLUB (Abbotsford BC) Open to Youth 6-19, & Find us on Facebook!  12/23

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 12/23

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB (Vernon BC), check out our website at or visit our Facebook & Instagram pages 2/24

VI MINIATURE HORSE CLUB,, bcminiaturehorseclubs/ vimhc Driving and/or halter shows, clinics & performance competitions 2/24

VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 4/24

WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 6/24


Chasing Dreams: The True Story of the Youngest Female Tevis Cup Champion

The Thrilling and Emotional Memoir from Endurance Horse Racing Legend Sanoma


This is an incredible, action-packed memoir of Sanoma Blakeley’s 2019 Tevis Cup championship, won while riding her beloved horse Goober, and the tale of how she became the youngest woman to ever become a Tevis Cup champion. Beginning her endurance riding career at the age of seven, Blakeley writes about the years of training and teamwork required to win the most challenging and famous 100-mile horse race in the world aboard a horse she had originally acquired for free off of Craigslist.

Blakeley places readers on the ride with her so that they can experience the thrill of the most exciting horse endurance race in existence. Blakeley and Goober survive narrow mountain trails winding through the Sierra-Nevadas, containing over 19,000 feet of elevation gain; three steep, grueling canyons; crossing the shoulder-high American River; riding at night with only the light of the moon to guide them; temperatures that soared over 115 degrees; and, most excitingly, the final neck-and-neck sprint to the finish against a four-time Tevis Cup champion and world class competitor after 100 miles of some of the most rugged mountain trails in the world.

When Blakeley and Goober cross the finish line just a few feet ahead of their competition and Blakeley becomes the youngest woman in history to win the Tevis Cup, a lifetime of hard work that began when the author started training as a small child and who had long dreamed of winning the Tevis Cup was finally rewarded. Chasing Dreams contains action, heartwarming twists, and an epic ending that will leave readers in tears.

Published by Santa Monica Press LLC


ISBN: 1595801235

232 pages

Kindle Edition $18.99

Hardcover $41.95

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23 – Sept 3 PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW at the PNE, Vancouver BC, 604-252-3581, www.

25-27 BC DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Gold, Southlands Riding Club, Vancouver BC,

28-30 SARAH SOUTHWELL CLINIC (The Art of Classical French Riding), Horsefly BC, 250-620-3325,



1-2 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1, Smithers BC, contact Anika 250-846-5494 or

1-3 ISLAND 22 HORSE TRIALS, Chilliwack BC, email Janice:,

2-3 APHC FALL CLASSIC, Red Deer Westerner, Red Deer AB, follow us on Facebook and

2-3 ERABC Highland Valley, Logan Lake (Stephany Dean & Kari Bishop), endurancerid


3-4 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Advanced Workshop, Smithers BC, contact Anika 250-846-5494 or

8-10 ERABC Titanium Run, Hudson Hope (Tara MacLeod), enduranceridersassocofbc.


9-10 BCMT CHAMPIONSHIPS, Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, e-mail Colleen circlecreek@,

11-17 CALGARY (Priddis) AB, Learn Equine Massage! Certification Course Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF,

14-17 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Algrove SK, 204-771-5335,

16-17 RANCH HORSE REVOLUTION SHOW, Armstrong BC, more info on Facebook page or email

16-17 ROCK CREEK FALL FAIR, Rock Creek BC,

22 ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED SALE, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB,

22 MILES KINGDON Demo & Workshop, North Thompson Fall Fair Rodeo Grounds, Barriere BC, info Jasmine

22-24 85TH PROVINCIAL WINTER FAIR, 4-H & Open Horse Show, Circle Creek Ranch, Kamloops BC,

22-24 SKILLS OF THE OUTFITS, Clinic, Stockhorse Showcase & Competition, North Thompson Fall Fair Rodeo Grounds, Barriere BC, Jasmine

22-25 BC AG EXPO, 4-H, Live Auction Monday, North Thompson Agriplex, Barriere BC,

23 ERABC Timber Ridge, 25, possible 50, (Bianca MacKenzie), enduranceridersasso

24 DRESSAGE TEST PRACTICE DAY (4 of 4), Copper Hills Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, Ann Wallin: 778-220-7898,

24 AERC HORSE SHOW, 9 am, Agriplex, Armstrong BC,,

25-Oct 27 EDMONTON AB, 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF,

29-30 FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101,


29-Oct 1  PACIFIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Gold/Bronze, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC,

30-Oct 1 HARCAN Turkey Shoot Year-end Grading Competition & fun event,

30-Oct 2 CEHCA CONFERENCE (The Evolution in Whole-Horse Soundness), Delta Hotel, Regina SK,



15 VIMHC AGM,, www.bcminiaturehorseclubs/vimhc

19-22 HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Saskatoon SK, 204-771-5335,


6-Dec 15 GUELPH ON, 6 week advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF,

17 HORSEY LADIES OKANAGAN Fundraising Banquet, Schubert Centre, Vernon BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 or

19 VIMHC Awards Banquet,, www.bcminiaturehorseclubs/vimhc

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• TREATMENT AND CONTROL – EQUIMAX® provides protection against all major parasites of concern including tapeworms, bots, small and large strongyles, roundworms, lungworms, pinworms, hairworms, large-mouth stomach worms, threadworms and summer sores.

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• COVERAGE – One syringe of EQUIMAX® provides treatment for on horse up to 1,320 lb and is safe for use in horses and foals 4 weeks of age and older, stallions and breeding, pregnant and lactating mares.


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SYRINGE DOSAGEUp to 1,320 lbs



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