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Publications Mail Reg. No. 40045521 Printed in British Columbia, Canada

May 2010


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Dear Editor... Dear Editor: My name is Ken Fleming and I have been a member of the Back Country Horsemen for 3 years. It surprises me that this is such a large organization with people from all over. Since I have been involved with this group of wonderful people I have seen that there are all kinds of riders. There are people that know how to ride, some that are just learning, and others that are very experienced. There is also always someone who is willing to help and give a few pointers on how to improve. I started riding gymkhana when I was 57 years old and from there I went on to show Quarter Horses for 10 years. So I am here to tell you that you are never too old to learn, is that not right “old buddy Graham?” Graham Jones is a friend of mine and has been for over 30 years. When I first met Graham he didn’t have experience with a pack horse, so I showed him how to go about saddling one up. Graham was the MC at my 90th birthday party and many of the Back Country Horsemen members came and helped celebrate, dancing late into the evening. So through the years Graham and I have stayed friends and I have always valued his friendship. So happy trails to you and I hope we all have many more.

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Dear Saddle Up: I do not understand how the NHSRA can let a person stay with their association who is facing charges with cruelty to animals and not just “one” or “two” but many! I have personally sent an e-mail to a Director asking why they allow people who are cruel to their stock, by letting them starve to death, continue to be a member. These people who are members should be setting examples and showing youth how to look after stock and if they do not set a good example, they should be kicked out of the NHSRA. This Director did not want to chat about the problem. I sent an e-mail to another Director but did not receive an answer. With each e-mail I did send more information but they do not have the courtesy to even respond. I just do not understand why no one wants to talk about it. The SPCA seized some of this person’s stock last year... what type of example is that for High School Youth?

- Thanks for listening, D.R.C. Kamloops, BC

Editor’s note: You have a very good question there DRC... do readers care to respond? What’s your opinion?

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From From the the Editor… Editor… Features

Bucking Off The Horse Whisperer 8 I Want to Be A Horseback Guide 12 Bringing Your New Horse Home 14 Training With Dana Hokana 16 To Have Heart - Horses Are Healers 24 Gary Hunt Horsemanship 30 My Love For A Special Matriarch 32

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Well, Cheryle (Rein-Beau Images) and I arrived back from a great Mane Event show in Red Deer. Whew! Three days of show, 2 days of travelling and 5 days of yapping! Just an all around great show – if you’ve never been, it is well worth the travel (as is the Chilliwack event). We still seem to be missing in some towns in Alberta, so if you want Saddle Up in your local tack or feed store... have them give me a call or e-mail. I would be more than happy to start sending complimentary copies each month. Other options are... you could subscribe to receive your own personal copy at home; OR read Saddle Up on our website, as it is now available digitally each and every month; PLUS we have back issues in our Archives. Saddle Up is now available WORLD-WIDE. Technology... who’d have imagined ten years ago, the little magazine that ‘could’... did.

Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Carol Hansson, Mandy Cragg, Bonnie Hodge, Gary Hunt, Dana Hokana, Chris Irwin, Kevan Garecki, Mark McMillan, Rein-Beau Images, Greg Roman, Mike Puhallo, Kal Zurkan, Marteau, Cathie Cross, Jolene Fargo, Lynne Carter. ON THE COVER: Dale Dodd Quarter Horses. www.DaleDoddQuarterhorses.com MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Paint Horse Club, BC Cutting Horse Assoc., BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC.

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Voice For The Horse

Team Member For The B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation ChildRun Fundraiser ~ June 6, 2010 Voice For The Horse is pleased to participate and sign up as a team member in the ChildRun 2010 Fundraiser for the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation. We have personally had the opportunity of meeting the Poster Child for this event, Logan Johnson Lay and found her to be the kindest, most sincere young lady one could ever meet. We also learned that she has her own horse named “Miracle” who is stabled in the Princeton area of B.C.

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In 2005 it was discovered that Logan had a large tumor situated in an inoperable area of her brain. Aggressive treatment with chemotherapy and radiation was her only option to save her life. With many ups and downs during these past several years, Logan is now back in school living life as a normal 12-year-old child, thanks to the innovative medical treatments she received from the B.C. Children’s Hospital. We are setting our fundraising goal high in order to support Logan and other children who find themselves in this same position... so please consider donating generously. Prizes will be given out to top financial contributors!

Logan Johnson Lay

“It is our children of today that will be leading our horses of tomorrow.” Visit our web site for more information and to make your contribution to the “Logan Is Our Angel Team” at www.voiceforthehorse.com

2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games


here are eight disciplines to choose from at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games: Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Eventing, Jumping, Para Dressage, Reining, and Vaulting. More than 50 of the world’s top performers and clinicians will showcase their talents and expertise in the Equine Village including daily demonstrations from Pat Parelli, Lynn Palm, and John Lyons, Clinton Anderson, as well as daily exhibits... the Parade of Breeds, EquiMania, Molly the Pony, the NCHA mechanical horse and cow, the Native American Village and a pony petting area. In addition, a limited number of performances by Stacey Westfall, Tommy Turvey and Mario Contreras will be offered in the Equine Village. The Kentucky Cup Dressage and Kentucky Cup Jumping test events, the official test events of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, will offer spectators a final preview of the world championship competitions coming to the Kentucky Horse Park September 25 –October 10. The Kentucky Cup Test Events were held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, from April 20 through April 25. Top riders from around the world will compete in the three disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, and Jumping. Kentucky Cup Dressage entry list includes Ashley Holzer, Olympic veteran and 2009 Canadian Equestrian Athlete of the Year; Oded Shimoni, the first Israeli to qualify for and compete in the World Equestrian Games and the Olympics; and Lexington native, Reese Koffler-Stanfield.

The line-up for Kentucky Cup Jumping includes three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Beezie Madden; Canadian Mac Cone, one of Canada’s most experienced riders having been a steady performer at the international level for over 30 years; and the youngest competitor, Daniel Bluman who will represent Columbia. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is sure to be exciting as Oliver Townend of Great Britain will attempt to become only the second rider in history to win the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. Townend has won the first two legs, with wins at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events; and at Rolex Kentucky next week he will seek to join Pippa Funnell of Great Britain, who did it in 2003, as the only riders to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States. 

For more information please visit www.alltechfeigames.com. Tickets are now available for purchase through www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and via the Ticketmaster hotline at 1-800-745-3000.

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Bucking Off the Horse Whisperer

By Chris Irwin

Okay, I admit it, I came out of the chute bucking in my last column when I allowed my dark horse a free rein to express himself. My inner horse mentioned the old Dutch saying, “in the land of the blind, the man with one eye is King” and suggested that the horse world can often be high on illusions and marketing and low on authenticity and integrity.


ake for instance the movie The Horse Whisperer. The message of the movie is that the horseman has a mystical ability to connect with horses as he says things like “I don’t help people with horse problems, I help horses with people problems.” Wow, sounds great doesn’t it? And if only it was true. Throughout the movie the mother and daughter ask the horse whisperer “How long will it take” for him to be able to help their psychologically damaged horse? And true to the mythology, he answers “it takes as long as it takes.” But alas, again, if only it were true. Suddenly the whisperer contradicts himself and he ties a front foot of the horse up to the saddle horn. The horse desperately tries to escape his confinement, but it’s no use. A threelegged horse is cougar bait - and the horse knows it. Then, with the illusions of Hollywood editing, the horse unexplainably quits thrashing and calmly lies down and accepts his hobbled fate. The horse is miraculously healed as the young lady mounts up and rides happily into the sunset. Warning folks, it’s this kind of hypocrisy that spurs my dark horse into rearing up and busting out of his stall. And he’s ready to start bucking now! So here it is, straight from my dark horse’s mouth!

The Horse Whisperer!? You’ve gotta be kidding?! What happened to “it takes as long as it takes?” Here’s the truth. The horse whisperer and the mother of the girl were attracted to each other. But she was a married woman. At first, her husband was not on the scene while the horse whisperer was flirting with the wife and “taking as long as it takes” with the horse. But then the husband showed up and he was not going to leave until his daughter was happy. But his daughter was not going to be happy until she could ride her horse. The outcome is sadly predictable. The guilt and stress were not going to go away for the horse whisperer until the girl could ride her horse. So the horse whisperer just “had to do” with that horse “what he had to do.” Listen folks, we horses know when we’re being made the scapegoat for human denials  The horse victimized in the movie was not blind and would’ve clearly seen that he was the being made into a sacrificial lamb because his trainer became stressed. So, before my author puts me back in my stall let me say this; the message of the movie was that empathy and patience are wonderful as long as they suit the human agenda. However, if a horse does not accommodate the human agenda, then it’s okay to find an excuse to compromise integrity and ethics and believe that “the ends justify the means.” And it’s lies,

hypocrisy and injustice like this that spur us dark horses into action. All right, I’ve allowed my dark horse to speak his mind, now I’ll be more politically correct. Think of stressed horses like a pot of boiling water. Would you put a lid on boiling water? Not likely, because it will boil over if you do. Instead, we take the lid off, turn down the heat, and, if need be, “stir the pot.” My point being that lots of horses are boiling over with stress and they do not need to be forced to submit to laying down or being thrown on the ground – that’s like putting a lid on their boiling water. Just the opposite, these horses need to be stirred with skilled movement until they are calm. However, “skilled movement” must be recognized, moment to moment, in one of two ways. Sometimes we need to “allow, release, or let a horse go” and

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Bucking Off the Horse Whisperer, cont’d sometimes we must “push, drive, or make a horse go.” If we simply allow a rude and disrespectfully challenging horse to move - then the horse will not respect us. However, if we make a horse go with an assertive push when its passive, timid, suspicious and untrusting body language clearly asked that we release and allow it to go, then this horse will not be able to trust us. But when was the last time you saw a horse force another horse to submit it’s movement by laying down? Never! It’s not “natural” - horses don’t capture each other! When a horse both respects and trusts implicitly how his or her rider will react when the horse moves - then the horse both knows and feels in body, mind and spirit, that being with the trainer is

definitely in the best interest of the horse. When a horse has both respect and trust for a rider there is no need to “get away” from the rider or the environment. Just the opposite – the horse becomes bonded to the rider as a “facilitator of well being,” a benevolent shepherd to the horse. We should never resort to bullying tactics to force a horse to be with us. We can’t really force anyone to want to be with us. Our horses, just like family, friends and colleagues, should desire to be with us because they respect, trust, admire and appreciate our behaviour, not because we threaten to hunt them down and capture them with ropes. Next month I’ll once again draw my dark horse out of his stall to ask what he thinks of “trainers challenges.” Meanwhile, until next month, “may

the horse be with you” and please remember… ask not what your horse can do for you – ask what you can do for your horse. Best-selling author and trainer of 18 U.S. National champions in riding and driving events with Wild Mustangs, Chris Irwin is at the forefront of the natural horsemanship movement and also the emerging industry of therapeutic and personal coaching programs with horses. Chris lives with his wife, Kathryn “the Alpha mare,” at their Riversong Retreat in Alberta. For more information about Chris please visit his website at www.chrisirwin.com.

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The crystal clear Bonaparte River meanders through lush green pastures and flows under a newly-built bridge. With 2 residences as well as a bunkhouse, this property is truly unique! Water rights, gorgeous fields and beautiful views make this acreage complete. Ideal for horses, cattle or animals of any kind. Breathtaking scenery, complete with a campsite on the river. Hobby Farm, Gentleman’s Ranch, Horse Facility, Summer Camp, Family Getaway... the opportunities are endless! $774,900. Call Carleigh 250-303-3233 for more information on this fantastic property. carleigh@ranchesonly.com




BC’s Oldest Guest Ranch grosses $800,000 P.A. costs $400,000 to operate. Holds 60 guests, 23 cabins, 3 houses (3 bedrooms), 70 head of horses, licensed saloon and licensed dining room. Comes complete with horses, equipment and many antiques. Excellent value at $4,200,000. Call Barrie Cline 250-371-7222, jbarrie@ranchesonly.com

710 acres set on the wild Caribou Plateau within view of the rugged Marble Mountains. This 250 cow working ranch is surrounded by incredibly beautiful forest and range land that abounds with game and cut by streams teeming with trout. There is a marvelously restored hand-hewn log ranch house, log horse barn, bunk house, indoor arena & numerous sheds and outbuildings Only about 15 min. to Clinton BC and approx 4.5 hours from the US border. $1,490,000 CDN. Call Rob Teit 250-574-6838, robteit@ranchesonly.com

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Northlands Farm & Ranch Show Wraps Up


his year’s Northlands Farm & Ranch Show, had an exciting line-up of familiar favourites, new programming, exhibits and displays. With over 400 exhibitors, the Edmonton EXPO Centre was bustling. Highlights of the show included the Seeding Technology Clinic, the Canadian Speckle Park Breed showcase, the Business of Beef seminars, Equine Clinics, 4-H day and AG Innovations. The winner of the Ag Innovations award for 2010 is Rodono Industries, with the retracting swing auger. The Northlands Performance Horse Sale was held on Saturday April 10. The high selling horse was Lot #19, Misty Nay Rose, and sold for $9200. Seller was Tyler Patten. This was a Palomino Gelding, 6 years old (starting team roping horse). For more information, visit farmandranchshow.com

CNCFR Update

The Canadian National College Finals Rodeo ran April 8-10 in the Edmonton EXPO Centre. Results from the third and final day of the Canadian National College Finals Rodeo (CNCFR) are as follows:

BAREBACK Justin Aspden Erik Levitt Dillon Mulak

POLE BENDING Rayelle Foxwell Holly Schuk Kelsey Hubley

By Sandra Pysklywyc

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Glen Allen Nash Lance Fraser Cam Leeson


Marty Vernon Clay Creasy Jake Brown

GOAT TYING Leah Olstad TJ Nash Jocelyn Wagner


Bailee Stanton Brittany Mabbot Rebecca Sperber

TIE-DOWN ROPING Clay Creasy Carson Richardson Garnet Marshall

BREAKAWAY ROPING Kendra Richardson Kelsey Hubley Brittany Schuk

TEAM ROPING Kendra Richardson/ Scott Hubschmid Pamela Brandon/ Stephen Johnson Levi Simpson/Klay Whyte

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I Want To Be A Horseback Guide! Where Do I Start? Where Can I Go? 1. Get training in all areas for safety of the guest, yourself and the horse. 2. Work your way up through the different essential skill levels. Do not accept to start out at the top. Here is a general “rule of thumb” for a guide’s progression from entry level junior guide to lead guide Industry stables – The tamest place to start guiding is usually located in the city. There may be one just around the corner from where you live Guest ranch – They provide an ideal setting for your first job away from home for the summer. Fishing lodge – Some use horses only to pack in supplies. You don’t have to look after guests, so it’s a good place to gain experience with the horses before you have to worry about guests too. Wilderness lodge – Another ideal job away from home, still with all the comforts, yet more of the wilderness setting and the responsibility that goes with this. Pack trips – A higher skill level is required to work on pack trips, and you will need to know horseshoeing and packing, as

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well as overnight wilderness and camping skills. You have to work in the industry a while before you can take on these. Guide outfitters – 285 located throughout the province. They generally require the highest level of guide, but there are opportunities for wranglers to get a start. Many of these are diverse or combinations of all of the above. Some guide outfitters bases are a guest ranch or a fishing lodge, and may offer pack trips as well.

The opportunities of the job

Can save money because there is generally no place to spend your wage when you are out of town. You meet people from around the world, they are on holidays and they are so positive about their new experiences. This is great exposure to different life styles and cultures. Opportunities to live on site, so costs for meals and accommodation are included and reasonable. Lots of opportunity for advancement because of staff shortage in the industry. You can make it a year-round job as your skills diversify (such as summer guides can move into winter guiding, and inside staff or guides can advance to office work and marketing in the off-season). Great opportunities for university students to be guaranteed a summer job for their four years of school. If you have other interests or a career, this can be seasonal work.

Steps to becoming a guide

No matter what your horse experience, training and certification, the place to start is by getting in some rider training. This is available through a lot of clubs and colleges. Wilderness horse-based guide training is taught by Chilcotin Holidays, and you can advance through various levels of modules from entry level guide to lead guide, up to advanced management. Doing your apprenticeship with a variety of operators or under a variety of lead guides will give you exposure to different ways to get the same job done (such as packing). On-the-job practice and experience will increases your professionalism. Chilcotin Holidays apprenticeship guide levels require one year between each guide level. One year at level D will put you in position for the guide level C. Take the guide outfitters or adventure tourism module, then make your way up to level B guide. Take the next module, get some more experience and become a level A guide. Level A training is aimed at those that

Horseback Guide, cont’d want to manage or own their own adventure tourism or guide outfitter business.

The future of the industry is looking good for the following reasons:

1. Government is supportive of adventure tourism. They are backing this up with licensing opportunities through the Commerce Recreation Policy. Operators on Crown land have the opportunity for licences and security to operate their business. 2. The tourism industry associations have matured and united over the past decade, and are focused on securing a land base for nature-based tourism. 3. Tourism trends show an increase toward adventure- and nature-based tourism that includes education and participation. They want trips to include more nature, history and culture.

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4. British Columbia’s lure to a tourist is the “supernatural” or the B.C wilderness. This is true even for those that come to BC to visit the city List of contacts for more information on the industry and wilderness guide training:

Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Guide Outfitter, Angling Guide, Wilderness Guide Training Gun Creek Road Gold Bridge, BC V0K 1P0 Phone/Fax: (250)238-2274 www.chilcotinholidays.com BC Guest Ranches Association Box 3301 Kamloops, BC V2C 6B9 Phone: (250)374-6836 Fax: (250)374-6640 BC Fish Resort Outfitters Association Box 3301 Kamloops, BC V2C 6B9

Phone: (250)374-6836 Fax: (250)374-6640 BC Wilderness Tourism Association Box 1483 Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0 Phone: (604)886-8755 Fax: (604)886-3768 Guide Outfitters Association of BC PO Box 94675 Richmond, BC V6Y 4A4 Phone: (604)278-2688 Fax: (604)278-3440

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Bringing Your New Horse Home – the Arrival By Kevan Garecki Travelling is stressful for any horse. How they handle and recover from it varies from one individual to another. There will be new smells, sounds and activities, which will make the horse more on edge than usual. She/He will need time to get used to new surroundings, so try to be understanding and patient.


orses who have travelled longer distances shouldn’t be worked right away. Every day or portion thereof on the road should equal a day of rest in the new place. Frequent visits and the odd grooming session will help you and your new horse bond, and keep him/ her from feeling too lonely. Water intake is frequently a concern on longer trips. Some horses drink very little; others may not drink at all. Your horse will be thirsty, so ensure easy access to plenty of fresh, clean water. Most

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What It Takes to Become a Horse Trainer

By Dana Hokana

I am often asked the question, “Should I become a horse trainer?” or “How do I become a horse trainer?” I have some pointers that I hope will help you to make that decision. 1) First of all, write out your vision, give a lot of thought to who you are and what your goals are, and write it down!

Here are some things to consider : A) Do you love horses? Do you love them enough to sit up with a sick horse day and night? If you are in the horse business you have to care about the horse enough to take care of them at any hour. Animals are like kids, you are committed to them day and night. B) Are you the type of person who likes a starting and quitting time at work? My personal experience is that there are many days my horse doesn’t co-operate and I have to work a lot longer than I had anticipated if I want to break through and get the job done! Horses as an animal can vary day to day – if the weather’s cool, if it’s feeding time, or if a mare is in heat, their energy levels and moods can totally change. Sometimes it’s hard and to do a good job you work until you get the job done. Horses can be all consuming! Becoming a horse trainer is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. I want to give you the whole picture, the good and the bad. I have found that through the years I have sacrificed much to be a horse trainer and to be in this industry, and for me it’s been great. I stick it out because I truly love horses, love training them and watching them progress and learn. I love setting goals and accomplishing them. I also enjoy the industry. I’ve found that most of the people that stick it out as trainers either really love the horses, the lifestyle or the industry. I am sad to say that many trainers that I see do not act like they love the horse. A great horseman or horsewoman has to have a deep regard or caring for horses. I see some trainers and the way 16 • Saddle Up • May 2010

they treat horses, and I question if they ever truly cared for the horse, or if they just wanted to be in the industry. That’s why I recommend you write out your vision and even write out a mission statement and when you are tempted to get off track, go back and review your first love and remind yourself why you do what you do. My personal experience is there are great times but hard times and disappointments too. My vision keeps me going. I have seen horrible unfairness and dishonest people, but I keep myself positive as I remind myself of the good. I also feel confident that this is what I am called to do and that sustains me through the hard times. That is why I recommend you really search your heart and give much thought to your decision. Once I know in my heart that this is what I am supposed to do, it strengthens me. It also allows me to look at my profession in the “big picture.” That is why I feel it is so important for you horse trainers to be honest. If they looked at every deal in the “big picture” they would know that if they cheated a person to make a quick deal now, they would hurt the overall industry in the “big picture.” When that person found out they were cheated (and they always do!) they would get out of the industry and there would be one less client which would hurt the overall industry!

2) Do you have talent?

Many people feel they are disqualified from becoming a horse trainer because they don’t have a lot of natural talent. Please do not let the lack of talent stop you from reaching your dreams. I liken the story of the rabbit and the turtle to aspiring horse trainers. The rabbit had all the talent in the world but he ran from one thing to the next never

really getting anywhere while the turtle steadily and slowly plugged on toward his goal and he won the race. Sometimes the hot shots in the industry never really make it while the “steady eddies,” so to speak, stay focused on “the prize.” They reach their goal and end up the winner. You know what you want and you lay out your goals and you stay on your course you will make it.

3) What events do you want to train for?

First, do you want to train for competitions and shows or do you want to train for general riding? If you choose to train for shows and competitions, I recommend you give a lot of thought to the events you really like and go in that direction. Also, realize that there are many levels of shows. Do you want to train for the top levels of shows or the smaller shows? Breed shows or open shows? You may start out at the smaller shows and work your way up to the larger shows. Include all of these discussions in your goal lists!

4) Get educated

Anyone can hang out their shingle and become a horse trainer, but I strongly recommend you go to work for a trainer that you respect and get educated. Take your time and do some research. Find out who has a good reputation and a good track record. Do they spend time with their apprentices, are they honest in business, do they have good success in the show arena? Seek out a job with a person of good character as they will rub off on you. Then when you get that job, make necessary sacrifices and give it your all. Be an honourable employee and you will

What It Takes, cont’d advance and get promoted. Also try to learn from your boss the business side of horse training. It is not just all about the riding part of the business. Learn about the books and other business aspects of the industry. Also try your best to meet people and make contacts that you will need to know later when you are on your own. And be committed for the long haul. On an average it takes three to five years to learn someone’s program. You may want to work for more than one person; take the time to learn to be excellent. I often say that top trainers operate in a realm of expertise like a doctorate degree, and it takes many years to earn. Learn to count the cost and allow for the time needed. It takes years to develop the skills needed to be a good horse trainer. Be willing to work long hours and follow through on what you start.

5) Teachers vs. trainers

I have discovered that there are very few great teachers as well as great trainers. Many people are great at one or the other, but few are good at both! Even if you have chosen to work for a trainer that is really good at one and weak at the other, learn all you can from that person. For example, if your goal is to be a great trainer, realize that the ideal is to be able to ride as well as teach. If your boss is a great rider but weak in teaching skills, you can still study in book and tapes different teaching styles and keep that goal before you for your own future. Make a lot of notes in the evening when you are off work. Someday you can refer back on these notes and they will help you.

6) Becoming a horseman

There is a difference between a horse trainer and a horseman. A horse trainer trains a horse and in my opinion a horseman has a deeper understanding of the horse, as well as training and caring for the horse. It is very easy for new trainers to become focused on getting to the show arena, and leave out of their

education the age-old fundamentals of training, as well as to learn about care, feeding and soundness issues of the horse. I strongly recommend that you take the time to be well rounded and learn all aspects of the horse as well as the business.

7) Skills you will need to learn

To be a great rider and trainer you will need to develop feel and timing with your horse. You will also need to develop the discernment and wisdom to read horses and to decipher what is needed to overcome the problem. You will need people skills too, as you don’t just deal with horses, you deal with people. Learning communication skills will help you to interact with people and I believe it will help you with horses also. You will need to learn patience, as often relationships with horses and people need patience! You may be teaching beginner people as well as horses that seem slow at getting it. Honestly access your strong points as well as you weakness and this will help you to be the best that you can be! You will need to learn to drive a truck and trailer, and learn to medicate and doctor horses, as well as many other skills I may have left out! Book

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The Florida show season may be over, but Canadians are still competing elsewhere and earning their qualifying scores for the World Equestrian Games team. Wendy Christoff of Delta, BC, earned her third WEG qualifying score at the CDI3* Burbank aboard Pfalstaff, her 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding. The duo earned 65.830 per cent in the Grand Prix on April 1. In England, Cheryl Meisner debuted her new mount, Liebling II, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Competing at CDI3* Addington, Meisner and Liebling II earned 65.192 per cent in the Grand Prix, their first qualifying score. The pair also competed in their first freestyle at this CDI, scoring 67.15 per cent. Riders must earn four scores of 65 per cent or higher in the Grand Prix test at CDI3* or higher to qualify for a team spot. Scores in the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle will be used as a tiebreaker if necessary.

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June 19, 1929 – March 21, 2010 The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association has lost a tremendous friend and the world has lost a remarkable horseman. Manfred Lopp was named an honorary member of the CWHBA in recognition of his unstinting help in the development and implementation of the CWHBA inspection and stallion testing system in the early 1990’s. After his retirement from the State Stud he was senior inspector for our stallion inspection tours for many years and in 2000 was the Chair of the Inspection Commission for the first Stallion Performance Test. From 1965 until his retirement in 1994, he was the head of the stallion performance testing station in Adelheidsdorf. He contributed considerably to improving and enhancing the importance of stallion performance tests in the German sport horse breed. In recognition of his excellent accomplishments for the Lower Saxonian horse breed and for the Celle National State Stud, he was honoured with the Lower Saxonian Order of Merit in 1992. Following his retirement, Manfred Loop contributed his sound expert knowledge to lots of examining boards, judges’ commissions and to Hannoveraner Verband. He was a fantastic ambassador of the Hanoverian horse in many different countries all over the world. Manfred Loop leaves behind two daughters and four grandchildren.



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BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

By Mark McMillan


n Sunday April 18th the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake once again hosted the annual BC Cowboy Hall of Fame pre-induction reception. The turnout was great and if they have any more next year, they’ll need a bigger facility - we had trouble finding Frank Gleeson Family a corner with enough room to get some group photos. The museum staff and volunteers had a wonderful spread of food laid out and really did make everyone feel welcome. Frank Gleeson was there in person and Antone Boitano, Maxine Mack, and Orville Fletcher were all represented by many family members and friends that were gathered to celebrate their induction. Following the reception at the Museum everyone headed over to the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo to watch a terrific show. At the intermission the arena was turned over to the BC Cowboy Heritage Society and their president, Mike Puhallo, conducted the brief, but very effective ceremony to induct these cowboys into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Although this induction ceremony was held at a rodeo, the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame is for working cowboys and not rodeo cowboys - unless they also fit the working cowboy criteria. The categories in the BC Cowboy Hall Maxine Mack Family of Fame that these cowboys were inducted into (as well as being a working cowboy or rancher) are; Antone Boitano as a Ranching Pioneer, Frank Gleeson for Artistic Achievements, Maxine Mack as both Competitive Achievements and Working Cowboy, and Orville Fletcher as both Working Cowboy and Ranching Pioneer. Anyone can submit a nomination for a cowboy to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and information and a nomination form are available at www.bcchs.com or at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake - www.cowboy-museum.com


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To Have Heart – Horses Are Healers By Mandy Cragg

Horses are healers; in ways you may not imagine. They heal humans by mirroring us to ourselves; they reflect our mental, emotional and even physical states and guide us to greater health.


f we are willing to notice, they will reflect us to ourselves, starting from where we are, when we first meet and all during our process as we spend time with them. If we trust and open ourselves to them we will heal and grow. Heart, my Anglo-Arab mare, came into my life in my 50s. She has taught me more about facing fear than anything else in my life. She healed me; helped me to trust again. I came back to riding 10 years after the sudden death of my eldest son. I barely rode in those following 10 dark years. A horse “knows” what’s inside of you; you cannot hide it from them and I was catastrophically wounded, spiritually

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and emotionally; I felt it was too much to put on any horse. I had owned a grey Arab gelding when my son’s accident happened; my equine soul mate who died a couple of years afterwards – but that is a story for another time.

For now, this is about my relationship with my horse, Heart.

A couple of years ago, a dear friend asked me, again, if I would consider taking some lessons with her. I don’t know why this time should be different, but, I said yes. I wasn’t really ready, but, some part of me did want to try. That first year, back to riding, was so difficult. I was scared and had very little confidence in anything. Even after a decade; disaster thinking ruled my world. I trusted nothing! I don’t know what drove me that year. I rode like a beginner. I couldn’t feel my body, I couldn’t feel the horse; I had no physical power. I felt useless and talentless. How could anyone even believe that I used to love riding and was fairly competent before? Months after slowly starting back, I rode Heart, a school horse, a few times. I don’t know what it was about her that drew me. She certainly had no time for me. She wasn’t cut out to be a school horse and was quite fed up

with the whole arrangement. She was not impressed by humans that wanted to ride her and I think she thought I was probably the most pathetic of all. I was scared. I didn’t look forward to riding and I didn’t feel any encouragement from Heart to give me confidence. I can only say that she didn’t use my fear against me. I was honest. I told her out loud – quietly, mind you, for her ears only – “I’m afraid” and, in her honest way, she did not use my fear against me. She was difficult and she was not going to let me in, but, she was fair and decent in a way that I really needed. If she had used my fear against me, that probably would have finished me for riding. I imagine there would have been some spectacular disaster and I would lie in a heap on the ground, wounded and maimed. As it was, she bucked in the canter, she rode around straining against any request for roundness and she glared at me on the ground. She moved away from me. We looked awful together. I smile widely as I remember. You would think I had never ridden before and that she was almost “unbroke.” I decided to buy her! Why did I decide to buy her? Well, a few reasons, I suppose; I knew that if I wanted to make any headway with this horse and any headway in my riding, I needed a more intimate relationship with her. How could I figure out my many weaknesses reflected in her, if it was confused with the weaknesses of other

To Have Heart, cont’d riders? I needed her to myself. I felt that she was a one-on-one personality type as I was. My other sons had grown and were moving out ... at the same time! I wasn’t ready. It touched that awful area inside me. I couldn’t push these feelings on them, so, I did what any horsewoman would do; I bought a horse … again … and horrified my poor husband … again. I couldn’t afford to, but, suddenly I realized, I couldn’t afford not to. There was something very final about this decision. It had to be now, it had to be Heart. It was my only way back into the horse world where I belong. I would love to tell you that the next year was wonderful and rosy, but, it wasn’t. It was awful. I got through the year and it did turn around, but, not until the final hour. Heart was giving nothing away for free. I had to earn every tiny portion of her respect. You would think that there would be some sign right away that there was just her and me. Nope. Not in the beginning. Your relationship with a horse is symbiotic. You both give and receive; neither can do all the work alone. Heart challenged me to face my inner blockages where I was stunted and weak and wounded. She challenged me to commit to the process to grow. In turn, I helped her to open up, to trust again and to connect. I learned to put one foot in front of the other, to show up to ride, to improve my riding each time – no matter how I was feeling inside. I had to open up again, to listen from somewhere inside of myself, to what she was telling me. I learned not to give up. As with grieving, there is no short cut; you have to move through it. There was a hidden area within me that needed to heal. Tiny incremental steps gradually got her attention. It was the hot mashes after every ride, the face rub when the bridle came off, the fact that no one else got up on her (only one human to put up with), she had blankets and massages, and finally the “princess” inside started to reveal herself.

Her greetings went from ears flat back and disdain and warning in her eyes…. To… “Oh hi, I know you … oh … you’re going to ride me – go away!!” all effective and harmonious riding grows Then to… “Have you got those from. mints?” “Got the mash?” “We’ll go for She and I have improved together. I grass after right?” would say; we are increasingly healthy, “I’ll put up with you, I guess.” “Sigh.” together. It’s all about our relationship. Well, we are a work in progress. Both of us are more and more fit; The breakthrough, for Heart and I as physically, mentally and emotionally. a team, happened about 11 months after Both of us are feeling more and more I bought her. The bucking had stopped powerful; both of us are blossoming. I see a couple of months previously, but the “her” in her eyes. She’s present. I love her threat to buck had continued. I had hit and I listen to her. She loves me and her a low and felt that I was not going to get eyes show me that she does. completely through to her. I wrote in my As I said we are a work in progress journal and let all my doubts flow onto and I’m happy to be here, with her. I trust the paper. Maybe it was the act of facing that she feels the same. the possibility that I may not actually Note: This piece was originally written get through to her and accepting that about a year after buying Heart. I’ve that would have to be okay; maybe it just owned her - I mean partnered with her all flowed out of me – all those doubts for two years now. I’m looking forward to maybe she felt it and rose to meet me, I many more. don’t know … but … the next ride was good, more relaxed with less expectation NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINICS of results and it’s been with better and better each ride since. I ride four May 1-2 times a week so that’s Partnership on the Ground - Lumby, BC pretty consistent. For May 8-9 the next year it has Refresh & Refine - Aldergrove, BC been a steady progress. May 29-30 There has been the Partnership Ground/Riding occasional roadblock - Lumby, BC that good coaching has June 12-16 pushed me through, as Focus Camp far as my riding goes, - Cookshire, QC but, my relationship June 23-27 with Heart is everFocus Camp deepening. And - New Richmond, QC without a good July 19-23 Partnership Level 1 relationship how could - Lumby, BC I be an accomplished July 26-30 equestrienne? Harmony Level 2 Beautiful riding is – Lumby, BC not just a physical August 2-6 endeavour. A trusting Refinement Level 3 – Lumby, BC bond; a healthy August 9-13 relationship of give Focus Camp (all levels) - Lumby, BC and take is where


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Cariboo Chatter


By Mark McMillan

ell in the last issue I said that I thought that spring is indeed here! Now I have to take that back - we did indeed have an easy winter and the last couple of months have been pretty good ... but o’ winter has come back and it’s still hanging on. Nothing serious, but cold enough with the wind that’s been howling to make it just not nice enough to get out and do some of those projects that I’ve been itching to get at. On April 18th three more cowboys were inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. See page 23 in this issue for the story and photos. For a full list of BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees go to www.bcchs.com and click on Hall of Fame - or if you’re ever in Williams Lake stop by the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin. The museum's upper floor is cowboy/ranching related and is the home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. They’ve done a wonderful job of collecting and displaying memorabilia. The next big event for us (other than the farm equipment sale in Kamloops on May 8th) will be the 82nd Annual BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM in the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Center, in Williams Lake, May 27-29. This year will be busy for us as I’ve been asked to do the sound for the meetings and the evening entertainment, auction, etc. The entertainment looks like it’ll be great: Frank Gleeson, the Williams Lake

Fiddlers, Vern Mulvahill, and Ken Emery will all be performing, and the Dance Saturday night will feature Creeshu, a great local Williams Lake country/ rock band. Details and registration information can be found on their web site at: www.bccaagm.com. Red and Helen Allan will be there to man the BC Cowboy Heritage Society booth in the tradeshow - stop and say hi to them if you’re there, they’ll be in the first booth inside the main entrance! Ask them how you can win two weekend passes with accommodation, for the 2011 Kamloops Cowboy Festival. A big disappointment for us this year is the fact that we’ll have to miss the annual Clinton Grad Class Fund Raiser Cowboy Concert. It’ll be held in the Clinton Community Hall, Friday night, May 28th (the same time as the BCCA Convention). It’s a dinner theatre show featuring Gordie West as well as the Loose Rooster band. It’s usually a terrific show and a terrific meal - for info and or tickets phone Patti 250-457-6684. August sounds like it’s a long ways off but if you want to take part in the 3rd Annual Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) August 13-14 then you’d better think about signing up if you don’t want to be disappointed - the ride is capped at 30 riders. They’re pretty excited about this year, too, as it’s being held at a new location - The Hills Health Ranch/ Spa campground is going to be the base


Gordie West will also entertain at the Concert on May 28. Photo by Jerry Stainer.

Part of the Loose Rooster Band that will entertain at the Clinton Grad Class Cowboy Concert on May 28th - these guys can pick! Photo by Jerry Stainer.

camp (located just north of 100 Mile House at 108 Mile Ranch). Three levels of distances will be offered - approximately 15 miles, 25 miles, and 35 miles. For more information, and/or to download entry forms, check out the BC Competitive Trail Riders website at: www.bcctra.ca or you can email the ride manager Joanne Macaluso at: joanne_macaluso@bcit.ca or phone her at 250-456-7320.

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d Don’t forget the famous German clinician Uwe Jourdain will be at the Red Willow Ranch, between Lone Butte and Watch Lake, from June 29th and July 7th and will be doing two day courses as well as private lessons on ground work and gymnastics with your horse. For more details phone Elke at the Red Willow Ranch at 250-395 3017.

Cariboo Coming Events

WHAT’S THIS?? Readers do you know what this is? Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

May 8-9: in 100 Mile House - Wild and Woolly Schooling Show May 21-24: in 100 Mile House - Farm and Ranch Show May 22: in 100 Mile House - Little Britches Rodeo May 23: in 100 Mile House - Rough Stock Rodeo May 24: in 100 Mile House - Gymkhana May 27-29: BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM - Williams Lake May 28: Clinton Grad Class fund raiser Cowboy Concert - Patti 250-457-6684 May 29-30: Clinton BCRA Rodeo May 29-30: in 100 Mile House - Jumping Clinic June 20: 100 Mile House Gymkhana - Jen 250-791-6207 June 29-July 7: Clinician Uwe Jourdain at Red Willow Ranch - Elke 250-395 3017 July 10: Green Lake Gymkhana - Dimps 250-456-7741 August 14: Green Lake Gymkhana - Dimps 250-456-7741 August 13-14: Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride - Joanne 250-456-7320

What’s your guess? This canvas covered object stands about 24” high and is 16” in diameter. Very few people that visit our little museum get this one right even though they can read the brass plate on the side that says “Palm Dairies, Vancouver, No 222.”

If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put ìCariboo Chatterî in the subject line.

Last Month's What's This?

In the April issue there was a photo of a metal contraption that, although not horsie, was used on a lot of farms - those that had chickens and sold the eggs anyway. It is an egg grader or egg scale. The four holes represent small, medium, large, and extra large. I mentioned that the results were quite different than in the same scenario in today’s world and that is because a large egg bought today barely tips this scale when in the hole for a medium egg. Correct answers: Donna Cromarty - Pincher Creek, AB Rod Parkinson - Falkland, BC Edna Hugo - Penticton, BC Bill Kirkland - Hixon, BC

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Cowboy Poetry No Feet, No Horse!


I threw a saddle on Mystify today, and went out for a little ride. She pranced along on four sound feet, and filled my heart with pride.

When you hear about a relationship with an equine and a human, you ask about the journey they are taking.

Mike Puhallo

It was just about this time last year that red dun filly showed up lame. A badly split and deformed hoof, I feared she’d never be sound again. Each week I rasped and sealed the crack, with epoxy and resin glue. Trimmed her toes up good and short, and snapped on a rubber shoe. “No feet, no horse” I can’t argue that, but I stuck hard to the plan. With rasp and glue I brought her through, ’cause she was just too pretty to can.

Kal Zurkan

With ifs’ and buts’ and tries and such they go along a path, measuring the progress they are making. The ups and downs of experience from the buts’ and tries each day, defines for them a relationship topography. And when they get the whole of it together in their heads, they see a cowboy (cowgirl) Equineography. The human and equine begin to bond their life becomes a dance. One’s alpha now, one’s leading and one’s willing. Sometimes together but sometimes not they go along a path, and find that every bold new step is thrilling. The minds of the horse and of the human become a symphony, they seem to speak in voiceless shades of nuance. And like two streams the thoughts all flow together in their heads, their former separate lives become confluent. Don’t go wandering down a track comparing yourself with others, that only leads to heartache and to pain.

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It’s only just the two of you, going along a path, with now and then some help in how to train. You think ahead and plan your steps, for the training ring every day, you work toward accomplishing your vision. The human and horse out there today, together in their heads, think with friendly joint Co-Opetition.

Cowboy Poetry The Saddle marteau

It was sale night at the auction, first one of the year. Harness, blankets, reins and ropes, some other fancy gear. An anxious crowd filled the room inspecting all the stuff. Some of it near brand new, some looked pretty rough. “Have to hurry ‘long folks got horses yet to sell.” The auctioneer said two more hours, but you could never tell. We’ll start the bidding at this time on a treasured piece of tack. That saddle almost came apart as he laid it on the rack. “I have a dollar, do I hear two?” I raised my hand up high. I would have bid yet even more, knew not the reason why. Like, who’d want a saddle with stuffin’s hangin’ out? Missing the left fender-no one ‘cept me I doubt. “Sold! to bidder 209.” I smiled ‘cause that was me. Compelled to bid yet puzzled- “was all this meant to be?” They laughed at me the cowboys there, and probably they were right. A comment came from down the aisle “that gal has lost her sight!”

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Took my purchase home with pride, oiled it to renew. Used it was, been ridden lots, hand tooled I figured too. In behind the cantle, a pouch 3 inches wide. I pulled out with a tweezer, a paper tucked inside. I started reading right out loud the words it had to say. It told about a lady, he loved yet left behind. Movin’ with the cattle drives, born that drifter kind. A story of his love for her, his treasure now was mine. Romance flowed through the words he wrote, and did it all in rhyme. A true poet was this cowboy, who wrote of love in life. About someone dear to him, I surmised it was his wife Four hours at that auction and my big two buck sale. A cowboy poet, the gal he loved, his poem told their tale. I keep the saddle hung in sight, and often sit and stare. It gives me inspiration – a find like that is rare. To this day I always check old saddles layin’ round. One never knows while passin’ time what treasures can be found.

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Gary Hunt Horsemanship - www.BreakingColts.com Loading your Horse can be a huge problem if done incorrectly. When you load your horse for the first time, I suggest using your larger type of trailer, being sure there is good ground under you.


use my Easy Start Rope and the first thing I do is bring the horse up to the trailer and just go ahead and act like he is going to load with no hesitation on your part. If the horse resists, then I just take the slack out of the Easy Start Rope and hold until the horse comes forward. As soon as the horse comes forward just one step, he receives instant reward as the rope releases. I do this until the horse walks in the trailer without any resistance. Then, I reward him and back him out and repeat this session until the horse is loading and backing out comfortably and relaxed. I did a clinic last year and a lady brought me a 3-year-old that wouldn’t load. She asked me how she would get her horse to the clinic because he won’t load. I suggested she get a large stock trailer, make an alleyway and chase him in. She managed to do this in about 40 minutes. The day of the clinic, I went through the process and it took only about 10 minutes before the horse loaded. The horse was very spooky, so I sacked him out and put some ground manners on him and that horse hooked on to me

and followed me everywhere, and that gave me an idea! I was going to try to load the 3-year-old with nothing on his head (which I had never tried before). I just ran to the trailer and never looked back and he jumped in right behind me!

Q&A with Gary Hunt Your first ride, make it short.

On your way back home, since you have the forward motion, it is a good time to put indirect rein on your horse, which will begin to give you some shoulder control.

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Never forget the importance and value of ‘Ground Manners’. There is more information on my web site about ‘Ground Manners’. www.BreakingColts.com After Gary Hunt retired from his rodeo career and training race horses, he directed his energy to the creation of his Colt Starting DVD and his passion for solving horses' problems. He has done clinics and demonstrations throughout the U.S. and Canada and is now managing a Thoroughbred farm outside of Calgary and continues to work passionately starting and training horses. Gary believes it is important for every horse to have 'Ground Manners' and to know how to stop, turn both ways and back up BEFORE getting on him. (For contact info see his listing in Business Services under Trainers/ Coaches.)

Roman Ramblings

By Greg Roman

The following was sent in by another Horse Husband who wanted to share it with other horse husbands every where. Obsessive Compulsive Equine Attachment Neurosis Disorder Syndrome. (OCEANS) is usually found in the female and can manifest itself anytime from birth to the golden years. Symptoms may appear anytime and may even go dormant in the late teens, but the syndrome frequently re-emerges in later years. It is an affliction, for sure, which when undiagnosed and misunderstood can devastate and literally tear a family apart. Symptoms vary widely and some are listed below.

The affected individual:

1. Can smell moldy hay at ten paces but can’t tell if milk has gone bad until it turns chunky. 2. Finds the occasional "Buck and Toot" session entertaining, but chastises her husband for similar antics. (Especially the toots.) 3. Will spend hours cleaning her tack but would prefer to use paper plates so there are no dishes. 4. Considers equine gaseous excretions a fragrance. 5. Enjoys mucking out the stalls but has the HH do the kitchen floor once a week. 6. Will dig through manure piles looking for worms but does not fish. 7. Will not hesitate to administer a rectal exam up to her shoulder but finds cleaning out the turkey for dressing quite repulsive. 8. By memory can mix eight different supplements in perfect proportions, but can’t make macaroni and cheese that isn’t soupy. 9. Will clean the algae out of the water tub but refuses to scrape the hard lasagna out of the casserole dish. 10. Will pick a horse’s nose and call it cleaning but becomes verbally violent when her husband picks his. 11. Can sit through a four hour session of a ground work clinic, but is unable to make it through a half hour episode of Cops.

12. Will spend hours brushing and combing an equine mane but wears a baseball cap so she doesn’t waste time brushing her own hair.

The partner of the afflicted victim:

1. Must come to terms with the fact there is no known cure and only slightly effective treatments. The syndrome may be genetic or caused by inhaling manure particles which have an adverse effect on female hormones. 2. Must adjust the family budget to include equine items; hay, vet services, farrier services, riding boots and clothes, supplements, tack, equine masseuse and acupuncturist, as well as the mandatory equine spiritual guide. Once you have identified a monthly figure, never look at it again. Doing so will cause tightness in your chest, nausea and occasional diarrhea. 3. Must realize that your spouse has no control over this affliction. More often than not, she will deny a problem even exists as denial is common. 4. Must form a support group. You need to know you are not alone - and there is no shame in admitting your wife has a problem. My support group involves men who truly enjoy Harley Davidsons, four day weekends and a good scotch. Most times she is unaware that I am even gone, until the precise moment that she needs help getting a 50 pound bag of grain out of the truck This article appeared in the Bowden Light Horse Assoc newsletter back in May of 07. Thank you to the anonymous horse husband who sent it in.

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My Love For a Special Matriarch

By Bonnie Hodge

Many people have a mental picture of that special horse they wish to own someday. For me, it has always been a purebred Rocky Mountain Horse mare with the oldest and purest bloodlines.


bout six years ago, one of my friends found a mare for sale named Cleo. She was a direct daughter of one of the foundation stallions of the breed, and a direct daughter of one of the last mares kept by Sam Tuttle (the man credited for saving the breed from extinction). At that point in time, Cleo had a foal at her side. Because she was in poor condition and had no milk for the foal, my friend declined to purchase her. I would have loved to purchase Cleo back then, but my husband talked me out of it, saying that we needed another horse like

a hole in the head. Financially, the timing was totally wrong as well. As Chance Would Have It I never forgot about Cleo. I dreamed about owning her and giving her a good home for life. She was such a rare and special mare. I believe that matriarchs like her need to be treated with respect and deserve only the best. She was part of her breed’s original history that was quickly fading away. Her genes needed to be preserved via as many offspring as she could safely and comfortably produce. Through an unforeseen turn of events, my life crossed with Cleo’s again in 2008. In the spring that year, a different owner advertised her for sale. Her price was more than I could 13th ANNUAL afford, but I telephoned the owner, explained how I felt about Cleo and how I hoped Cleo would be sold to the best of homes. Then, I prayed Cleo would finally get the lasting home she so deserved. Eight months later, I received an astonishing e-mail from Cleo’s June 12 –13 owner. She decided to Armstrong Agriplex let me have Cleo for Any Gaited or Part-Breed Gaited Horse practically nothing. I WELCOME! had to pinch myself to believe this could really Start Time: Sat. 9 am, Sun. 8:30 am Single class, day or weekend entry fees be true! Judge - Patti Amos, Armstrong, BC Owning Cleo was not only a dream come For more info contact: true, it helped to fill a Christine Schwartz, valor70@hotmail.com or John, 250-546-6621 huge void in my life. I was experiencing a deep depression and

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mourning the death of my beloved husband of 33 years. I had no ambition and desperately needed a purpose in life. I adopted Cleo as my winter project, and her care occupied my time and mind.

Cleo was 16 years old when I got her.

She needed to put on weight and gain condition for breeding in the spring. I took on this project with such enthusiasm, love and joy. It gave my life meaning, and I cherished my time with Cleo every day. It was during this time in my life that my faith in God was strengthened like never before. When I first got Cleo, I spent hours bathing, brushing, clipping, meticulously grooming and bonding with her. I made a science out of her daily nutritional needs and gave her small meals of specially mixed grain several times a day, with unlimited access to hay, water, free-choice loose minerals and winter grass. It was such a joy to know that the fruits of my labour would be a perfectly content horse. In the beginning, Cleo ate her grain in a frantic haste, fearing it was her last meal. After about a month, she stood quietly and waited for her grain, then ate very slowly as she closed her big brown eyes and relished every mouthful. There was no mistaking how content she had become. Now when I go out to feed my horses, Cleo is nowhere in sight as I reach the corral gate. As soon as she sees me coming, she immediately goes behind the barn, stands beside her feeding station, and waits patiently for me to finish feeding each of the other horses along the way.

Special Matriarch, cont’d “Old Dogs Know Many Tricks” Certain old horses hold a special wisdom and love that young horses have yet to develop. Cleo was the loving, gentle, sweetheart that I suspected she would be, and she had the smooth, consistent gait that I suspected she would have. However, Cleo surprised me with her unusually keen intelligence and confidence, as it was more on the level of stallions I have known, rather than mares. She learned everything so quickly that I was taken back. I could actually see her “thinking” about different situations. Because she feared nothing and had a bold curiosity about her, she was a blast to ride on the trail. She would go anywhere, any time, by herself, without being the least bit herd bound.

Cleo knew how to open gates and loved being free as the wind.

One cold winter day as I was working in the pasture, she noticed the gate was accidentally left open, and she bounded through it with my other two mares directly behind her. Cleo definitely enjoyed being in the lead, and the others were quite content to follow. Every time I approached to catch them, Cleo immediately ran off with the others in tow. Normally, my mares are extremely easy to catch, but Cleo had them under her spell. I knew if I got close enough to grab onto the mane of my mare, Diamond,

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then I could easily lead her back to the barn without a halter and the others would follow. When the three mares finally settled to grazing near a fence at the pond, I approached slowly, thinking I had them cornered. The mares lined up in a row along the edge of the pond, each with two front feet in the water. Cleo was on the far side, and Diamond was nearest to me. As I stretched over the water to reach for Diamond’s mane, Cleo took off knowing the other mares would follow. I barely touched the hairs of Diamond’s mane with my fingertips when she whirled away from me to follow Cleo, and I lost my balance and fell into the deep, frigid water. I stood up and leaped out of the icy water as fast as I could. As I stood on the bank, dripping wet in my winter clothes and water-filled muck boots, I knew Cleo did that on purpose, and she was having a good laugh on me! Needless to say, after I finally caught all the mares, I double-latched the gate.

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Okanagan Breeders Strutted Their Stuff!


he 2nd Annual Okanagan Breeders Showcase and Equine Affair was held April 10 & 11 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. The purpose of the event is to showcase the calibre of horses and breeds we are fortunate enough to have in the Okanagan and BC’s interior. Thirteen Stallions and some of their offspring demonstrated their talents; including jumping, reining, dressage, halter and pleasure riding. Breeds included: Warmblood, Thoroughbred, Morgan, Curly (hypo-allergenic), and Quarter Horse. The crowds thoroughly enjoyed what each had to offer. Best Decorated Stall winner was Teixeira Performance Horses of Salmon Arm. The event also hosted a Trade Fair with 25 exhibitors from the interior displaying their wares and services. Armstrong Pony Club held their fundraiser with a Consignment Tack Sale; as well as bedding and cleaning up all the box stalls. Clinicians and lecturers donated their time to this ‘free’ event to educate the public on alternative equine therapy, nutrition and forage sampling, trailering and licensing, equine and canine massage, equine communication, horsemanship, and reproduction and embryo transfer. More photos, list of stallions participating and information on the event is at www.okbreedersgroup.com.

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Okanagan Breeders, cont’d We thank the Clinicians and Lecturers: • Dr. Britt Mills of Mills Veterinary Services • Shelagh Niblock of ProForm Feeds/Viterra • Bev & Murray Ohms of Ohms Horse & Hound Massage • H-4 Services (Kevan Garecki) and Crofton Transport (Trish Craig) • Helen Amanda Russell of Shadowdancer • Daena and Janice Jarvis of Jandana Ranch • Doug Mills of Training Thru Trust • Dr. Susi Cienciala of Deep Creek Veterinary Services Special thanks to Louise Burton for announcing during the Stallion Demonstrations; and to Tina Schoenbach & Ringo for their Prix St George demonstration each day.

Sponsors included: Tolko Industries (Armstrong) Greenhawk (Kamloops) Custom Chrome Sport Horses (Armstrong) Country West Supply (Armstrong) Hornby Equipment/New Holland (Armstrong) Subway (Armstrong).

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By Pamela Porosky

2010 Rodeo Legends Announced

The Canadian Rodeo Historical Association (CRHA) has announced the Ranchman’s Legendary Achievement Award recipients for 2010. The honoured cowboys are Brian Whitlow, DC Lund and Allan Currier. They will each be recognized by the CRHA at separate rodeos this summer, which will be announced in an upcoming issue of Canadian Rodeo news. Brian “Red” Whitlow competed at his first rodeo at the age of 11 in his hometown of Cremona, AB. Whitlow’s early experiences in steer riding paved the way for his career, and he began to focus on bull riding. His first pro rodeo was at Lacombe, AB, in 1965. Two years later, Whitlow attended Lawrence “Hutch” Hutchison’s bull riding school in Kamloops, BC. The athlete went on to win the 1967 Permit Award. Whitlow retired from rodeo in 1976 after a Harvey Northcott bull named Al Capone broke his leg twice in one season. But by that time, Whitlow and his wife Joy had three children and he decided to settle down and concentrate on farming, but still found time to judge. Eight-time Canadian cow milking champion Allan Currier (Czar, AB) was an active competitor for nearly two decades, and dominated the standings in his event for most of the 1980s. His

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first Canadian championship was in 1970. A rodeo fan as a kid, Currier didn’t get his start as an athlete until later on, when a guy working for him on his ranch commended his roping skills and invited him out onto the rodeo trail for a summer. He started practising and then started going to rodeos, competing in the tie-down roping. Then someone suggested he test his skills in the cow milking. He also won the wild cow milking championship at the Calgary Stampede in 1970, 1982 and 1983, and won the Central Alberta Circuit championship eight times. Currier rodeoed professionally for the last time in 1987, the same year he claimed his eighth Canadian title. DC Lund started rodeoing professionally in the 1950s, following a family tradition of involvement in the sport. He worked all the events except bull riding, and was an especially strong contender in the steer wrestling and tie-down roping. He was the 1965 Southern Alberta Rodeo Circuit steer wrestling winner, and won the All-Around in that same circuit in 1974. In 1967, Lund was one of two cowboys selected to represent Canada in a six-month tour of Australia as guests of the Australian Roughriders Association. Back in Canada, Lund finished the season in the steer wrestling within the top five in 1972, 1973 and 1975. He was the steer wrestling representative on the CRCA board in 1974 and 1975. Lund was also a practicing veterinarian. He is now retired.

It’s safe to say that Riley Harvie had a good weekend competing at the Dodge Extreme Pro Rodeo. The 28-year-old cowboy from Priddis, AB, competed in the saddle bronc and bull riding events at the two-day rodeo in Lethbridge, AB, placed in both, and earned a cheque for each. Not bad for a guy that hasn’t rodeoed since last October. During the March 27 saddle bronc riding, Harvie rode Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Colored Cash to a 72.5 and placed fourth in that event. In the bull riding, during the same performance, the 2002 Canadian novice saddle bronc champion challenged Tarzan, riding to an 83 for second place and an $846 cheque. Other contestants cashing in over the weekend include Justin Berg of Marwayne, AB, who placed first in the bronc riding over the weekend. His 78.5 encounter with Hot Gossip earned him $884 toward his goal, while Jesse Torkelson’s 85-point tour on Commando shot the Winfield, AB, bull rider into first place, and put $1,128 in his bank account. Reid Rowan of Seven Persons, AB, took first in the bareback after his 75-point ride on Star Studded. The cowboy earned $733 for the win. At the timed event end of the arena, Steve Lloyd (Alix, AB) won $1,104 for his first place run of 8.6 in the tie-down roping

CPRA News, cont’d Tanner Milan (Cochrane, AB) placed first in the steer wrestling with a swift 3.4-second time, worth $1,411. Joleen Seitz of Savona, BC, raced home with $1,029 after her 13.51-second run. JD Bacon (Boswell, OK) and Bryan Bacon (Athabasca, AB) split a cheque for $1,799 after their 4.7-second run in the team roping event.

Hodson Sets Sights South of the Border

Logan Hodson was mighty sore last November after suffering a neck injury at the 2009 Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR). He’s healed up since doctoring out in the sixth go at CFR, and to watch the bareback rider this spring, you wouldn’t know it ever slowed him down.

The Telkwa, BC, cowboy raked in $4,720 at the recently wrapped Rodeo Austin, finishing up in second place overall in the bareback riding. Currently, Hodson is ranked 25th in the World bareback standings – he has yet to enter the Canadian standings for the 2010 season – and has a total of $9,371 in earnings from PRCA rodeos. By comparison, the 25-yearold cowboy who is also known to compete in the saddle bronc and bull riding, finished up his 2009 Canadian season with a total earnings of $23,310. He earned $13,969 of that in the bareback.

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100 Mile Horse Bazaar A Success! By Isabella MacQuarrie Photos by Rein-Beau Images 100 Mile Sliders Reining Club, the Western Canadian Reining Association’s newest chapter, hosted the 2nd Annual 100 Mile Horse Bazaar at Lakeside Equestrian Center, on the weekend of March 27-28. Visitors were treated to numerous display booths set up with local vendors and horse clubs. The annual event was sponsored by the local 100 Mile Free Press, Farrier Pub, Meridian RV, and Grassland Equipment. Saturday’s crowd had the opportunity to view the stallion showcase, as well as numerous demonstrations including packing, driving, roping, and showcasing Dale Schell cutting, and reining with Sharon Gates of Wildwood Performance Horses. The most popular demonstration, however, had to be our own local farrier, Ron Burfoot, ‘playing’ with his horses. Have you ever seen 2 horses on a teeter-totter? It was a pretty impressive display of great ground work training!! Saturday night, the local Farrier Pub hosted a lovely cold cut buffet dinner and auction, which was well attended. On Sunday, the Bazaar featured a showcase of horses for sale, as well as a repeat of many of Saturday’s demonstrations. 100 Mile Sliders would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in making our Bazaar a success, and plans are in the works already to make next year bigger and better!

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Lynda Smith Reining Clinic/Schooling Show Photos and story by Isabella MacQuarrie Sixteen eager participants slid into 100 Mile House April 9-11 to get some horsemanship and reining tips from reining trainer Lynda Smith, of Langley BC. The participants got to put their newfound knowledge to the test on Sunday, in a schooling show, judged by Lynda. The clinic and show were held at the Lakeside Equestrian Center, and despite the biting cold on Friday, the rest of the weekend proved to be perfect and sunny and we were able to use the great footing in the outdoor arena. The 100 Mile Sliders have been operating since last year, and are the newest chapter of the Western Canadian Reining Association. We currently have a dedicated group of enthusiastic reiners eager to learn. We have been fortunate to have great clinicians come to our community this spring including Carl Woods, Amanda Self, and Lynda Smith.

We hope to continue to bring quality reining trainers into the area so we can promote the sport of reining in 100 Mile House. The Sliders would like to send out a great big thank you to Lynda for coming up and supporting our club, as well as a thank you to all the people who volunteered their time and energy to make this clinic/schooling show a success. For more information on the 100 Mile Sliders Reining Club, visit our blog at 100milesliders.blogspot.com

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BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association

By David Parker

Hello everyone;

We are now well into our 2010 cutting season. Our first two shows, February 21st and April 11th, are completed. The first show was held at Bill Klop’s in Agassiz, an excellent day in February, and a great show to start the season. This was the first time the BCRCHA has held a cutting at the Klops and hopefully we will be able to hold more. Wendy Garrard was our judge, and Deb Murray did the announcing and timing. Our second show, which was sponsored by the Stradlings at their facility in Aldergrove, was Don Ellis in the OPEN class. a great success and a beautiful spring day. Mike and Dee Dee Stradling provided prizes for the class winners. Deb Anderson provided everyone with a bit of entertainment by demonstrating cutting without a bridle on her horse. Lee Poncelet was the judge, Joyce McCluskie was our show announcer and Ben stepped in and did the timing. Thank you to the judges, announcer and timers from both shows. There was a concession stand at both shows that provided hot food and drinks. This seemed to go over very well with the members and hopefully we can provide this at some of our remaining Debbie Hall at the grill. shows.

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BC Ranch Cutting, cont’d We had new members join at both shows and encourage others to come out and watch the cutting. In March, with the hard work of Corinna Williams, a cutting clinic was organized at the Brandt’s in Chilliwack. John Paul, an excellent clinician, provided instruction to all those cutters from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Everyone had a really good time. Our April 24 and 25 event at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, was counted as two shows, run with the BCCHA show. Look for our update on this combined show in the June edition of Saddle Up. We welcome new members to our club; so come out to one of our shows and see what cutting is all about. Our membership for an individual is $30 and a family membership is $40. Visit our website at www.bcrcha.com. Contact our directors to find out how you can get involved.


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Kelowna Riding Club News With events ranging from dressage and barrel clinics to hunter and jumper shows, the Kelowna Riding Club is taking advantage of the warm weather and the start of the 2010 show season. The club held its first annual Easter Egg Hunt on horseback which made for a fun afternoon for all who attended. To learn more about the club’s upcoming events please visit www.kelownaridingclub.net. An honorary member of the club, Carol Schellenberg passed away February 25th after a battle with cancer at 63 years of age. She is survived by her loving life partner, Gary Smith; two sons: Paul Schellenberg of Prince George, BC, Russell, Amy Schellenberg of Vancouver, BC and sister Rosie, Bjorn Hanson of England.

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The club members came together to raise money to fly Debbie Macdonald, a US Olympic Dressage rider, to visit with Carol. As a known and respected member of the Dressage community and riding club, Carol will be missed by many.

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South Okanagan Horse Association News

By Alex MacRae

Riding season is here and so is the clinic and show season. On April 10-11 the South Okanagan Horse Association hosted Marion Weisskopff at a clinic at Parkway Stables in Penticton. Marion is wonderful with her students and has a superb sense of humour. All the participants found new techniques to use with their horses and in their development as riders. Marion has agreed to come back to Penticton another two times this season. She will be at Parkway Stables again in May and June. Marion is so much in demand that participants from as far away as Williams Lake and the Coast contacted the club to get into the clinic. There are still places available for the May clinic but they are going fast. People are hearing about how much improvement the participants are experiencing that the phone calls are coming in. However, there always seems to be a space for someone who really wants to get into the clinic. By the time this edition of Saddle Up is out the South Okanagan Horse Association will have had the Annual Fuzzy Show. Our next Marion working a young Canadian in the round pen using her horse to help in the process. event is our BC Heritage qualifier on May 16, 2010. This is our first oneday show in several years. Please remember there are no post entries for this show. Coming up just two weeks later is the June Trophy Show on June 5-6. Trophies will be awarded in every class along with daily high point awards and a new special award for the horse/rider combination who competes in both Western and English classes. We have also added a full slate of stake and buckle classes for the evening. For extra fun, we have added a Combination Class to finish off the evening. SOHA has hoped to freshen up our shows this year. Of course for those riders who 1818 Davidson Road, Winfield, BC, V4V 1J8 want to qualify to 250-766-4310 or Toll Free: 1-866-766-4310 the BC Heritage pvs1@shaw.ca Finals in Armstrong Phillipa Dutchman and Bruno waiting for their July 17-18, these FOR ALL YOUR lesson with Marion. two shows are EQUINE REPRODUCTION NEEDS inexpensive ways for the whole family to compete, qualify and have a fun weekend. • A.I. with either fresh chilled Our shows are held at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds and or frozen semen last year, through the diligent efforts of a very small number of • U.S.A., Canadian and International volunteers, we added brand new metal pens for overnight stays and Stallions a lunging area in the warm up arena. Both washrooms have showers and there are 40 acres to ride on within the Rodeo Grounds. • Frozen semen storage and distribution Camping is available and the area has lots of trails for the evenings. • Stallion training and semen evaluation Our club website at www.soha-online.com has more details and • Semen collection and shipping entry forms. SOHA hopes that we see all of the people who have • Semen freezing and storage come out to compete in previous years and that we see new people • Embryo transfer come to our relaxed and fun, competitive shows.

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Peachland Riding Club Update Hey All! Well spring is here and so is the excitement to get these horses working. Everywhere I went this past week folks are smiling and ready to put some serious miles on! The Peachland Riding Club held their cleanup day April 18th and now there’s no turning back! Our first Gymkhana was held April 25. I heard the Peachland Riding Club girls were excitedly talking of their first runs of the season they were chomping at the bit to compete! For all who took part in the Dave Freeze Sports Seminar, all we can say is WOW! Dave had so much to offer competitors in all arenas of life. The vote was unanimous we MUST bring Dave back to the PRC. We would encourage you to take in the next Dave Freeze seminar you can’t afford not to! Did you know, as a member of the PRC you have arena privileges throughout the year? The arena is huge and the grounds are beautiful, quiet and convenient. If you haven’t renewed or signed up for the 2010 season better gitter done the season has begun! Blessings to you this spring!

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Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update Our Spring Clinic was an enjoyable, sociable and informative day. Sandi Peters from Back to Basics Hoof Trimming shared her knowledge and demonstrated hoof trimming techniques. Comments from our members included, “Sandi... was friendly and receptive of the audience input.” - Fran McDonald. “Sandi... communicated well and answered all questions with pertinent info.” - Diane & Roger Wigglesworth. “Great learning! Wonderful and descriptive lesson on hoof trimming. Lots of common sense. Good to get together with everyone! Good people, good food. Thank-you.” - Cathy DeGelder. Our club meeting followed with productive discussions on all the upcoming shows and events. It’ll be a busy year for the OMHC. Next event is the clipping demo, May 15. May 23rd is our annual Fundraiser at the Vernon & District Riding Club with Kimberly Westgate judging. If you’re interested in getting Katie, Louellen & Shadow. to know a little more about the

miniature horse, this is a great place to see them in action. Should be another day of fun, good food and great company. Contact information can be found in the OMHC Newsletter at www.miniaturehorsesbc.com/omhc.

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BC Miniature Horse Club News By Margaret Walmsley

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We had a wonderful time at the Quarter Horse Bazaar this year. We put up a great booth and almost won first place for the best display. We have a new look and everyone has been very complementary. The new logo has been a real hit and people who are not even members want to get it on their jackets! Our thanks to Mary Lou Williams for a gorgeous new look. She did a great job. Our new drill team, The BC Mighty Minis did their first performance to a cheering crowd. Not sure who had more fun, the drill team or the crowd watching. Then we moved on to our regular jumping and obstacle demo. Ran into a little hitch there. Jump pegs were forgotten which makes it tough to set up the jumps. Few minutes of thought and the creative juices flowing and screwdrivers were inserted in the holes, poles placed on them and the jumping began. The kids jumps were the best. We used two kiddie chairs for the posts and it was just the right size and looked adorable. On April 10-11, Barb MacDonald held her Halter and In Hand Clinic. This clinic was a huge success. Barb covered everything from handling and prepping your horse to reviewing each and every horse’s weight and condition. Many exhibitors got a surprise when they thought their horse was in great shape! The big word of the day was “WHOA.” Barb spent a lot of time stressing how important it is to train your horses to whoa. They should always walk easily next to you and stop when you do. By the end of the day, there were a lot of

loose lead ropes and horse’s walking and stopping. It is definitely Spring and foaling time. The babies are being born rapidly now. Remember to keep watch and take care of momma and baby. We all have our Baby safe and sound at 2 days old cameras and our foal alerts but nothing beats knowing your mare and her foaling the bag and he was slid out on his back. signs. That is what gets you through it all. From there all was good. You need to know when she is telling you So remember, know your mare and it is time. The other thing that gets you have friends on call, even for moral through is those friends on call who can support. help you out when all is not going well. Fun day planned for May 15th in They are invaluable. These two things Cloverdale. Lots of games and fun with saved our baby, so we personally know your minis. Come join us for the day. For how important they are. information contact Shirley Bradbury This year our camera decided to 604-530-5754. break; so while trying to get it fixed, we Also don’t forget about our great were checking the mare constantly. We Spring Classic at the Cloverdale Agriplex had just borrowed a friend’s foal alert and on June 12-13. This is a great AMHA show after my husband put the foal alert up he to watch or show your mini at. For more came in and told me the mare was sweaty, info contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856which I knew meant she was in labor. 1419 or Knightwoman@telus.net Who needs a foal alert at this point; head to the barn and wait. Did not have to wait long before full labor but something was wrong. Using the knowledge from the Joanne Ross clinic, gloves on and checking to feel to see what position the y Lots of gentl & foal was in. Hard to Used Tack es tell at this point, so Riding Cloth ! ck to S in emergency call (this is midnight now) for back up to Doug English & Western Tack Specializing in Light Pleasure Driving Harness and MacArthur and Mary Equipment for Miniature Horses and Donkeys, Ponies Brouwer, who were and Light Horses. Horse Care Products, there in 10 minutes. I English Riding Clothing. think they speeded! Just as they got there, Tucker Trail Saddles, Charles Owen Helmets and Safety Vests, Horka Helmets and Breeches, Wintec English Saddles the mare pushed the colt out a little further, Drive Away In Style with Ride-N-Drive enough for us grab Used tack, clothing and equipment on Consignment hold. Doug unfolded 7.5 km East of Airdrie, AB (on Hwy 567) the front legs, opened 1-877-821-9745 info@ride-n-drive.com www.saddleup.ca • 47

Tidbits Cadora Dressage Queen Camp in Kelowna The Camp has always been a nice relaxing, informative and just plain fun time. Held at the Kelowna Riding Club where there is room to camp and good, safe Kathrine Maxwell stabling. Four rings will be going at one time. To be held on May 11-13, we are very fortunate to have Olympian rider, Leslie Reid, Courtenay Fraser, Penny Pillow and Christina Seidel Hailey Corrielli coming to coach. This gives riders an amazing line up of experience and expertise to draw from. Space is limited and must be pre-booked. Camp includes all meals, 3 private lessons, stabling, quality used tack sale, an opportunity to audit other lessons... and a surprise nonriding team competition. This event is sponsored by Okanagan Cadora and membership is required. For further information regarding instructors, costs and registration forms contact Leah Janzen, ljanzen8@telus.net

Tranquille Farms Moves from Salmon Arm to Lake Country

Now offering better facilities to the equine community and able to accommodate clinics, lessons and training. The flat 47 acre property on Konshu Road, is a great place to set up a Learning Equine Center with many plans in the works. Horses will have a safe place to deal with their remedial issues and

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people have a place with easy access to help, too. Lorraine Pilon is in her second (university level) year working under Monty Roberts. Plans to complete the Advanced Course are in August of this year. Training using violence free concepts and methods - trust and respect, naturally producing positive and lasting results: proof is in the horse! They still need to build up the grounds, add round pens, riding arena, desensitizing grounds, trail/obstacle course... just to start. Progress is steady and everyone’s patience has been greatly appreciated. Growing up in the Okanagan, a Certified Western Coach, soon an International trainer, Lorraine enjoys working with all levels/stages of riders and horses and welcomes all inquiries. www.tranquillefarms.com or 250-7667180.

Kenny McLean Statue to be Unveiled

On Saturday, May 8 at 11 am, a life size bronze statue of Kenny McLean will be unveiled at Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls, BC. Kenny McLean was born May 17, 1939 in Penticton and resided in Okanagan Falls. He started breaking colts for his dad when he was just 12 years old and went on to rodeo competitions at the age of 17. He won 14 Canadian Championships and in 1962 was the World Saddle Bronc Champion. He was inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and was the first rodeo cowboy to be inducted in the BC Sports Hall of Fame. He also receive Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada, the only cowboy to ever receive such an honour. During his life he sponsored and ran rodeo schools, particularly for the young, training many future champions. He encouraged young competitors right up until he passed away on July 13, 2002. This lasting tribute to a great Canadian rodeo athlete is being funded by public support

and through the sale of a limited edition of 100 replica bronzes created by Lois Hannah and 100 limited edition prints by world renowned first nations artist Roy Henry Vickers. These will be available for purchase at the unveiling ceremony and can also be ordered from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, 250-492-0237, e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca or www.kennymcleanbronze.com.

Little Guys Can Still Jump

Pajon’s Royal Illusion, owned by Marsh Haven Farm, placed 4th for a second consecutive year in “National Bank Financial’s” Open Free Jump Challenge held in Olds, Alberta April 17th. This time he was up against a field of 15 other sport type horses, all over 16 hands, many of which were rising 5 year olds in the 4-year-old class. The final fence was a triple bar set at 1.15m with a 1.15m spread. Not bad for a guy who only measures 130cm at the withers and had his 4th birthday the day before. Illusion also scored a “9” in temperament at the event judged by Spruce Meadow’s Albert Kley and Fairway Farms Judy Wise; both respected opinions in the evaluation of young stock. Needless to say, we’re over the moon with our young stallion. On a different note, Accel Hard Surface Cleaner from Anivac Cleaning Systems and sold by The Innovative Horsekeeper at Marsh Haven Farm has just been named the official disinfectant of WEG 2010!

BC Competitive Trail Riders Association BCCTRA would like to thank all the volunteers, members and non-members who offered their time and knowledge for our two April schooling rides. Without all of you the rides would have been impossible to put on! Some special mention to Dr. Sylvia Hall Andrews with Petroglyph Animal Hospital for taking time out of her busy schedule and giving us the inside scoop on conditioning our horses and what the veterinarian judges are looking for.

On May 22-24, BCCTRA has sanctioned its first multi-day event on the island. This competition, the Sasquatch Scurry, will be held in Courtenay. As this event will be held on a private property and is the first time out for this kind of event, the ride will be capped at 30 riders so it will fill up fast. Be sure to get your entries in quick and don’t miss out on this exciting ride!

Upcoming events:

If you are having problems getting your horse to drink out of water that is not in their favourite bucket from home, i.e. streams, lakes and puddles, this is a simple thing you can begin to practice now, before you get to your first (or fiftieth) competition. Begin to slow down before you approach the water. Then when you get there, give your horse, 10-20 seconds to begin to drink. If he chooses not to drink, move on. Don’t stand around for five minutes while your horse stands and drinks nothing. Only stay at the water while your horse drinks. The idea behind this is that your horse will

On May 15-16, BCCTRA will be hosting a booth at the Just Horsin’ Around event at Beban Park in Nanaimo. Not only will we have a booth, but it will be full of all sorts of goodies! There will be a BBQ concession stand, a raffle, a table full of information and cool club clothing and then of course the crowning achievement being our opportunity to give two forty-five minute seminars about BCCTRA and competitive trail riding. We are still looking for volunteers for this event, as we not only have to be there the whole weekend, but of course must set up and take down as well.

begin to associate a break from working with drinking water and no break from working with not drinking water.

BCCTRA’s Trail Riding Training Tip of the Month:

North Central Appaloosa Club The new North Central Appaloosa Club has been busy making plans for 2010. The old Prince George based club took on new life last year when it was resurrected and relocated to the 100 Mile House area. You may have seen our booth at the 100 Mile House Horse Bazaar in March where we were selling Appy cupcakes and Appaloosa designed T-shirts plus memberships for the club. Thank you to all the new members that joined and those who purchased something from our booth! On the agenda for this year are two Gymkhanas being held at the 108 Mile Ranch Outdoor Riding Arena. The dates

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are July 18 and August 22, 2010 - the Sundays following the Watch Lake Gymkhanas. Please contact Tracy at (250) 395-4431 for more information. Membership in the NCAC is open to everyone who loves horses and our events welcome all breeds. Please phone Dennis at (250) 395-4232, or Barry at (250) 456- 2436 for information and our monthly meeting schedule.

Manning the booth at the 100 Mile House Horse Bazaar.

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News The club received an e-mail from Mike Downing recently that included some very good points about handling our donkeys and mules. Mike lives at Lac La Nonne, northwest of Edmonton, and took part in the Sandhills ride a few years ago and plans to be back this year with a four-up of donkeys. He owns two teams of large donkeys, which he uses for logging, since he heats his house with firewood. Here is some of the excellent information that Mike has passed along to Donna Quick who so kindly wrote the following. I think the way to get to a donkey’s mind is through friendship, love and repetition. If you are willing to spend the time, the donkey will give it back 10-fold. I have found that you can’t make a donkey do anything; the donkey has to trust you. Interacting and working with your donkeys, getting into situations where the donkey has to look to you for support will start to build a trust. I do everything in small increments and end every interaction on a positive. This will help the donkey want to continue building trust. Every so often, change your routine in all aspects. As soon as you get a set program inside your donkey’s head, they seem to get a one-track mind and are not open to trying new things. A donkey can usually stay two steps ahead of his owner mentally when in his safe zone. Do something completely different out of his zone and he will crash because he no longer has his two steps or the repetition to fall back on. All he has is you to look to for support. I find that donkeys are very perceptive when it comes to an owner’s mood. Just by the sound of my feet in the snow and the swish of my snow suit, they know. They are listening for how heavy you step and the speed at which you step. I also try to wear the same coveralls every time. This will make catching and interacting faster. Donkeys never change their coat or scent for life, so when you walk up to your donkey with new clothes, cologne, or a different hat and they shy a bit, take a look at yourself and think. One of the things I do is go down to the hay feeder with my donkeys and pretend to eat. I just move around some, pull twine, or shake snow off. However, do not let your animals push you off your spot at the feeder. They are testing you to see who’s boss. Don’t give up your position. Act possessive, but 50 • Saddle Up • May 2010

within reason so as not to excite them. I usually do this for 30 minutes twice a day, just listening to them munching and also watching for behaviour traits amongst the herd and how they interact. There is something to be said about having a team in your hands – all that power in front of you versus under you. Until you make 25 miles in a teamster’s boots . . . well, it’s hard to explain. The world just seems to make sense when you are behind a good working team. And a working animal is a happy animal. I like using logs to start because they won’t slide up and spook your animals, you can choose the weight of the pull, and it starts them on their way with crossing over on both front and back as the log goes around corners. The log also catches a lot of underbrush, making lots of extra noise. I like to use different names for the animals for different tasks. When feeding or grooming or any other tasks around the yard, I call them by their pet names in a soothing tone. When harnessing up and working, I use their regular names. It seems to send a clearer message that it is time to work and I am now expecting their best behaviour. I use more confident tones but I don’t excite them. Your animal is about to do something he probably deep down doesn’t want to do, so he will be watching you for signs: weakness, fear, sweating, and overall body speed/movement. My donkeys also have taught me never to give up in all aspects of co-existing, especially catching. When there is a problem, I don’t make a big deal or a fuss. I wait for the donkey to realize that running is work and that he should just let me catch him. Having one-on-one interaction with your animal is important. It gives you a chance to let the animal tell you things it might not when around buddies. My animals know where the feed comes from on the property, so I stand in front of the location and pretend to drive or climb on. They will not want to leave as readily because of the food they think you’re going to give them. I pet and move among the animals loose, drawing one out and maybe petting the shoulder, back, and then hip until I can get behind the animal without it kicking or walking away. This requires a lot of timing, patience, and knowing when your animal is no longer responding.

Mike Downing and his donkeys on a winter sleigh rally at Stettin Nakamun, AB. Photo taken by Nan Currie from Nestow, AB.

So get out there with your donkeys and mules, people! Thank you to Mike and Donna for this article! Hope to see many of you at the driving clinic and at the Ft. Assiniboine Ride. Marlene Quiring

Coming events

May 8-9 - Driving clinic for all equines in central Alberta at the Donalda Arena. Co-sponsored by the ADMC and the Stonebridge Driving Club. Instructor is Cheryl Fotheringham, driving coach. For more information, check www. albertadonkeyandmule.com or contact Colleen Campbell at 780-672-6105. Auditors welcome! Starts at 9 a.m. each day. May 21- 23 - Ft. Assiniboine Wildland Park trail ride. This is a great ride in some gorgeous sand hills so no shoes required. Lots of wildlife and history on the trail. Fred says he will have a shelter up with a stove. Water and a portapotty will be provided. Signs will go up Friday evening. There is lots of room to camp and it’s always a great time and great riding. For more information, contact Fred Godberson at 780 674-5775 June 25 – 27 - Jerry Tindell Ground Work Clinic. This clinic is geared for young stock or problem stock or for those not feeling ready to ride. June 28 – 30 - Jerry Tindell Colt Starting Clinic. Jerry safely guides you along the steps to taking your first ride on your animal. July 2 – 4 - Jerry Tindell Basic Mule/ horsemanship. Geared to those that have not taken one of Jerry’s clinics yet. July 5 –7 - Jerry Tindell Intermediate Mule/ horsemanship. This clinic is set up to progress for those that have previously taken a Tindell clinic. All Jerry Tindell clinics will be held at the Lakedell arena, Westerose. AB. All clinics are open to mules, donkeys and horses. You do not have to be a club member. Contact Marlene Quiring at 403 783-5210 or e-mail marlenequiring@hotmail.com or check Jerry’s website at www.jerrytindell.com

The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Sheila Sowerby, Aldergrove Chapter crossing Jim shouted back to us “Its fine if you stay to the left!!” My little mare President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730 Djinn promptly swung to Vice President: Carol Creasy, IT & Membership, ccreasy07@gmail.com - 250 835-8587 the right and sunk past Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, jackb@jrjtrail.ca - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, jeking@shaw.ca - 250-338-6789 her belly. Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, rshumey@shaw.ca - 604 856-1396 After about six Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, oneonone@telus.net - 250-337-1818 hours we made camp Past President: Gord MacKenzie, gmack@mail.ocis.net - 250 679-3999 at Moose Horn Camp. Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, holbrookdyson@telus.net - 250-337-8720 There was good grazing Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604 854-1245 Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, impritchard@telus.net - 250 764-4533 for the animals and lots Education: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net - 604-988-8442 of water. We hobbled the mules and horses, put The Itcha Ride bells on them (to help us find them if they wandered too far) and set up camp. Our first night in the bush! My eyes were darting everywhere looking for grizzlies. To compensate for my nerves I drank a fair bit of Jim’s homemade wine. I realized I’d had enough when, not only did I venture quite far away from the tent for the call of nature, but also failed to notice a stump about a foot high in the middle of the path, tripped and went down like a Douglas Fir. The next morning shortly after leaving camp we passed a colony of marmots, some Sandstone Cliffs as big as dogs. They whistled madly and dove into holes as we rode past. Along the shores It all began at an Aldergrove Back of a small lake we saw our first evidence of Country Horsemen of BC meeting in the wildness of this place, a full-grown male September, 2008. We were trying to decide caribou brought down and devoured by a pack where to ride next summer and Jim McCrae of wolves. suggested the Itcha Mountain Range on the Late that afternoon, bums aching, we Chilcotin Plateau. The Itchas were about a arrived at the Itcha Cabin. It was a tiny log hundred miles west of Quesnel and were a cabin with a table, plywood bunk beds for vast and wild area with volcanic landforms about eight people, a wood stove, propane, a and an abundance of wildlife. I had never real stove and an outhouse. It looked like the heard of it before but Jim has ridden almost Beverly Hills Hilton to us. From the doorway everywhere in BC and ranks it in his top you could see a big pasture, which we turned three, so I was intrigued. It wouldn’t be a the horses and mules out in, just beyond toodle through Campbell Valley Park though, that a tributary of the Chilcotin River and anyone participating would need a pack overlooking everything the Itcha Mountain animal and to be completely self-sufficient for Range. The field still had original fences from seven days in the bush, packing for our horses the 1930s, Panhandle Philips’s days. and ourselves! The first morning we decided to ride In August, 2009, after countless lists of up the mountain overlooking the cabin. For what to bring and what not to bring to cover a while we rode along the top in the wind, all eventualities, rain, sun, bugs, thrown hoping to see caribou and thanks to the shoes, and colic to name a few, and the means amazingly keen eyes of the hunters, Brian and to cook while out in the middle of nowhere Jim, we saw two pairs. One pair, a young male in the heat of summer with campfire bans in and female, passed within a hundred feet of effect, seven of us headed north to the Itchas. us. Out in the open, silent on our horses, I That first day was a bit nerve racking. guess we didn’t seem like a threat. Riding with Of the seven of us only Jim, Alan Olson and a hunter is an amazing experience. Jim and Brian Harder were experienced packers and Brian noticed things that the rest of us, Dan they were unbelievably generous with their MacDonald, Larry Squire, Patsy Mahoney and advice and help. Some of the horses were I, would have ridden right by, moose watching fresh and we had to stop for many repacks. us from the forest, caribou quietly leaving the And there was bog to cross. At the first boggy clearing we just entered and sign everywhere. BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org

Goat Valley

Each night one of us made dinner and after a day in the saddle it was always delicious. Even the Puritan Stew was spectacular. Also in the evening we would bring out the guitars we painstakingly packed in (undamaged!) and Larry, Jim or Dan would play. Or we would simply stare up at the stars, gob struck at their brilliance. On the last day Jim wanted to take us toward the Ilgatcha Mountain Range. After a couple of hours we rode into an absolutely spectacular valley. We tied the horses to trees and had lunch while looking out at rich green meadows, forests and snow-dappled mountains. Silently we ate our food and passed the binoculars around looking for, and finding, wildlife. Brian nudged me and passed the glasses, pointing up to a soaring cliff on the east side of the valley. There, sunning himself on a ridiculously high ledge was a mountain goat. He was nearly invisible to the naked eye, but through the binoculars obviously a goat, shifting occasionally, scratching his butt and doing goat things. The sun was warm on our faces and the moss was soft to rest on, and so we stayed. We glassed the valley, watched the goat and tried to prolong the moment, because we all knew the next morning we had to start home. After seven days in the saddle it was a relief to arrive safely at the trailers. Larry and I gratefully fed and watered our wonderful equines Djinn, Tina and Jasmine the mule with many thanks and a good rub down. I nearly passed out with delight at the taste of a fresh, cold bottle of water and a bag of potato chips, but when at dusk Jim thoughtfully pondered the crescent moon and said, “You know, if we ride for another week, the moon will be full…” I thought that didn’t sound like a bad idea.

Crossing the Bezieko River

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Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2010 President -June Melhuish jjmrider@hughes.net VP - Ruth Moorby Tmoorby@hotmail.com Secretary - Lori Bewza loribewza@gmail.com Treasurer - Lynn Wallden wallden6484@shaw.ca Directors: Louise Abbott louiseabbott@telus.net Madeline Bateman fonzie828@xplornet.ca Brenna Mayer enduranceprincess@hotmail.com Elaine Bessuille e_bessuille@telus.net Terre O’Brennan tobytrot@telus.net Karen Ellis Karenellis3@shaw.ca Gary Forde endorider@shaw.ca Brenda Miskimmin mcpennytoo@telus.net Cheryl Dzida fdzida@telus.net


Canadians Abroad

While most of ERABC’s riders prepare for our first endurance ride of the 2010 season at Rock Creek on May 23, there is a significant contingent who look south at this time of year, and travel across the border to attend rides in somewhat warmer climes. Home on the Range Ride was held March 27 in Washtucna, WA, and offered three levels of competition – 25/50/75 miles. The site, southwest of Spokane, was new for this ride, held on a private ranch with trail on mostly rolling hill adorned with bunch grass, and well-marked badger holes. Temperatures hung around 15 C – perfect – with clear skies, making ideal conditions for fuzzy horses. BC riders were well represented in all levels – official results have not yet been posted, but reports are that three tried the 75, but suffered various mishaps affecting either horse or rider; eight entered and seven completed the 50-mile ride, and four 25-mile competitors finished successfully – all with first-ride horses. Newcomer to ERABC, Jennifer Szezepaniak, not only finished her first 25-mile ride, and her horse’s first ride, and came in sixth in a field of 75 – her horse was also in the running for best conditioned! Congratulations to Jennifer and Oz, Lynn Wallden and Olga for eighth, Kerri-Jo Stewart and Darginka in 21st, and Cindy Penno and Khandi with a time of 5-½ hours, including hold times. The 50-mile ride also started a huge field – 79 riders! Six of the seven Canadian riders in the 50-mile event stuck together, with finishing positions from 18 to 23 – Bianca McKenzie, Lori Bewza, Anne Neary, Garry 52 • Saddle Up • April 2010

Forde, Don and Terry Boscher. Elroy Karius is reported to ridden to a successful finish... but reports did not detail whether the 50-mile or 75-mile – congrats to you all – it looked like a beautiful ride! Seventy-five milers Brian Malkoske, Murray McKenzie and Gail Jewell all encountered problems and did not complete. Gail was in time to switch horses and try for the 50, but it was not to be – she came off her horse, suffered a concussion and decided to wait for another day. Special thanks to Kerry-Jo Stewart for her amazing photos of the 50 milers. Two weeks later, Gail Jewell and Elroy Karius represented ERABC once again at the Git R Done ride in California/ Sierra Nevada foothills and desert. Elroy and Jolly Holliday (Doc) finished sixth in the 75-mile level. Other international riders (Belgium, Namibia, South Africa) also attended this FEI qualifying ride in preparation for the World Equestrian Games in September. Endurance Canada (www. endurancecanada.ca) has released the list of declared riders for the WEG; the qualification period for final selection continues to July 15. A tremendously strong slate of BC riders is represented: Gail Jewell, Elroy Karius, Tara MacLeod, Ariel MacLeod, Jan Marsh, and Terre O’Brennan, – and of course, their wonderful horses! Riders interested in being part of the 2010 Canadian Endurance Team for the WEG were required to submit their declaration forms by March 12, and Endurance Canada announced the long list on March 19, to be updated and finalized to July 15. Along with their declaration, the riders submitted ride results for both rider and horse for the ˜qualification” period - from Jan. 1, 2005, to March 12, 2010 - and any additional ride results are due by July 15, 2010. At the end of that month a final ranked list of riders will be announced. The Canadian Endurance squad and alternates will be named on Aug. 7. In order to provide a fair, transparent and defensible method of ranking and selecting horse and rider combinations, a point system

Anne and Garry

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is used for rider and horse selection in Canada. This equine performance system is overseen by Endurance Canada International (ECI). Members of ECI, representing all provinces/regions of Canada, form the Endurance Canada Selection Committee. Using this system, the qualification period for WEG 2010 is from Jan. 1, 2005, to July 15, 2010, with most recent years receiving higher points/scores, and FEI events receiving bonus points. Even if you aren’t hoping to be selected to represent Canada as a competitor, the World Equestrian Games would be a fabulous event to attend – 16 days from Sept. 25 to Oct, 10, 2010, in Lexington, KY. It will embrace eight equine disciplines as demonstrated by the world’s best equestrians. The games are held every four years, but its the first time in North America. If the events don’t provide enough “horse” for you, there are also clinicians, entertainers and exhibits. It sounds a lot like the “Olympics” of the horse – there is even a volunteer program with Ariat outfits! Check it out at http://www.alltechfeigames.com . See you on the trails!

Pine Tree Riding Club KAMLOOPS, BC

www.PineTreeRidingClub.com Newsletter contact: Bert, bgatien@telus.net Club contact: Jodi Daburger 250-675-4588

Membership draw winner, Theresa Tremeer, kindly donated the cost of the membership back to the club. * Free Play Day winner was Meghan Daly. * We have 4 Gymkhanas for this year. The first will be May 8. * Jump Clinic on May 16. * Western Riding and Horsemanship clinic on May 29.

Website News

Check our website frequently for updates. The following forms and schedules are available on the website: * Membership, Playday and Gymkhana forms * Registration forms for the Jump Clinic & Western Riding Clinic * New insurance waiver form * Calendar of Events 2010 Playdays include May 9th, June 6th, August 15th, and September 12th IMPORTANT: Reminder to please send in Memberships, Playday and Gymkhana forms.

Thank You!

Thank you John Haywood of Little John’s Mobile Equipment Repair & Welding. John donated his time and built us a new secure metal door cage for our cook shack. Thanks to everyone who helped out at the April 10th work party and the bottle drive in March. We got a lot of work done and had a great time as well! Thank you for your hard work! Deb & Randy Eppinger

A letter from Jo Wyers:

It is hard to describe in just a single letter the aptitude demonstrated by a couple that have so compassionately devoted their skills to improving the lives of so many horse enthusiasts. It is in no way fitting to just allow Deb and Randy Eppinger to leave their roles at the Pine Tree Riding Club without a proper appreciation for all that they have done. Deb and Randy felt Pine Tree was not just some small local show, it held a much grander place in their hearts as it was a place the whole family had shown at for many

years. Deb originally joined the club when she was just fourteen. For her it was not just a show but a community of enthusiastic riders who shared her same compassion for horses. Living in Barnhartvale allowed her to enjoy countless hours of riding throughout the beautiful countryside. Deb continued to ride until she got married to Randy and they had their first child. However, they never wandered too far away from Pine Tree and by the time their daughter could sit in the saddle Deb was back with her club showing. Deb and Randy’s involvement in the club continued to stay strong as they were involved with the Stallion Service Auction for many years and Deb further contributed by running the Pine Tree Annual Shows. Eventually, they stepped away from the club for a short time only to take on further horse related endeavors. As Pine Tree seemed to be teetering on the edge of decline, this wonderful woman re-dedicated her time and efforts to become part of Pine Tree once again. ‘Pine Tree has such a place in my heart; I could not handle the thought of it dying.’ (Deb Eppinger) So for the past six years Deb took on the role of club president with Randy supporting and contributing to the club in numerous ways.No one can even begin to comprehend the amount of time that this couple has put into this club since they have been a part of it. Just in these last few years they have done wonders to restore not only the facility through the volunteers and their hours but the program to create a show devoted to the riders and their love for their horses. Deb and Randy were always the first to arrive at all the playdays and always the last to leave. Deb made sure that everything was ready for each and every playday and Randy was always prepared with the proper supplies to make the show go off without a hitch. Together, they showed a community that a little hard work and dedication can bring a whole lot of smiles to the faces of young and old riders alike. They are truly the most wonderful people anyone could have the pleasure of meeting and it is with great honor that I have been

Deb and Randy Eppinger

able to just share a portion of the magnificent accomplishments that are bestowed upon Deb and Randy Eppinger. Words cannot sum up all that they have done for the community and the club, and from the bottom of my heart I would like to thank Deb and Randy for all the time and knowledge they have contributed. They created the parallel between fun and horses in a way very few people ever could. - Sincerely, Jo Wyers

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British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 www.bcqha.com * bcqha@hotmail.com President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958, Gordon.McEachen@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Vice President: Carlina Schumann 250-567-4807 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-323-4418, gaylepw@istar.ca AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052, palomino2@hotmail.com

2010 Calendar of Events

May 7-9: LMQHA Spring Circuit Thunderbird Show Park, Langley - Barbara (208) 683-1617 or sierraious@aol. com May 16: VIQHA Open Show, Duncan Fairgrounds - Tamsin (250) 743-1735 or tgbland@shaw.ca June 5-6: VIQHA Mount Arrowsmith Summer Circuit (Tentative), Port Alberni - Margaret (604) 856-1419 or knightwoman@telus.net June 10-13: VIQHA North - Glacier Valley Classic, Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, Courtenay - Laureen (250) 546-3527 or laureenguenther@telus.net July 2-5: Peace River and Area Quarter Horse Association, Dawson Creek Debbie (250) 719-1776 or dpavlis@gmx.com July 11-12: Smithers Quarter Horse Association, Smithers - Reka schipp@ bulkley.net July 17-20: LMQHA West Coast Summer Classic, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley - Darlene (208) 798-0763 or Darlenechase@cableone.net July 21-25: 2010 - Region One Experience, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, www.r1aqha.com

Website - Request for Proposals

We are in the process of evaluating our website and are seeking proposals from interested parties. Please visit www.bcqha.com to view what we currently have to give you ideas from which to work with. Please submit all proposals to Lynne Carter @ lynne.carter@hli.ubc.ca. Proposal Deadline June 7.

President’s Message

The AGM was held on April 10th in Prince George. There were 21 members present at the meeting to hear the numerous reports from the committees, zones and BCQHA activities. In the old business section, reports was received regarding the 2009 financial review, renewal of the BCQHA insurance with a saving of $350, the completion of the 2010 calendar of events, 2010 awards book and the confirmation of the $920 raised in the 2010 Stallion Service Draw. The new business focused on the report of the Governance Committee that plans to review the BCQHA bylaws with the goal of providing the general membership recommendations for improvement prior to the 2011 AGM. A number of special resolutions presented at the 2010 AGM were deferred to allow the Governance Committee to bring forward the best set of options. A new rule regarding the year end point system was passed to encourage more participation. The new rule reads as following: points will be calculated using a nine point system irregardless of number in class. (i.e. first 9, second 8, third 7, fourth 6, fifth 5, sixth 4, seventh 3, eighth 2, and ninth 1)

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During the BCAQHA directors meeting and AGM the following appointments were confirmed: President - Gordon McEachen Vice-President - Carlina Schumann Treasurer - Norma Siebert Secretary - Carolyn Farris Executive Committee - Gordon McEachen, Carlina Schumann, Norma Siebert, Carolyn Farris and Gayle Pawley Wilson Membership Secretary/Media Liaison - Lynne Carter HCBC Representative/Youth Advisor - Denise Hill Insurance Coordinator - Darhl Paley Drug Screen Coordinator - Roseanna Locke Recreational Advisor - Carolyn Farris Finance Committee - Carolyn Farris, Carlina Schumann, Gordon McEachen, Gayle Pawley Wilson and Norma Siebert Awards Committee - Carlina Schumann, Gayle Pawley Wilson, Darhl Paley and Cherie Jardine Amateur Representative Doug Baker Planned Meeting Dates 2010/2011 * Board Teleconferences June 21, 2010 August 12, 2010, January 17, 2011 * October Board/General Meeting Saturday and Sunday, Oct 23/24, 2010 (includes a General Meeting to put forth a Special Resolution to vote on) * AGM & April Board Meeting February 26 and 27, 2011


Our 2010 show season is officially underway. A big thank you goes out to Stampede Tack, Country Feeds and Home Town Feeds for supplying prizes for our Evening Ride & Schooling Show held on April 10-11 at the Thunderbird Show Park. The weather was beautiful and fun was had by all. The ‘Stan’ burger was a big hit and another huge thank you goes out to all who volunteered their time, making this a success and a great start to this year. More great news is that at each of our shows we will be offering All Breed Open classes in three divisions. Information and entry forms can be found at www.bcqha/lmqha. We elected and welcomed our new board at our AGM on March 30 and they are all looking forward to an exciting 2010. Hope to see you all out there at our LMQHA events!


Thanks to the powers that be, the storms are coming to an end and the show season is beginning. The Port Alberni club is getting ready for their two day show June 5-6. The Courtenay club will be moving their show back to Courtenay from Nanaimo on June 10-13 in a split combined show. This is a perfect opportunity for competitors to use the Port show as a warm up then head on over to Courtenay on the Sunday and stay the week to enjoy our beautiful grounds. A bit of information for those coming to Courtenay, power this year is limited, so it will be a first come first serve basis. Next year the power renovations will be complete and there will be an abundance of outlets. Hope to see everyone on the Island and look for the entry forms on the website.

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club Update By Bev Hall Well the weather was fantastic for our first Gymkhana held in Pritchard. Mark got out there just in time to groom the arena for us. Thanks, Hon. We lost our timer this year but that’s okay because she’s now a competitor, good rides, Cathie. It was nice to see everyone back again for another year. Some of our regulars didn’t ride this time but promise to be in the saddle for next one. This is why we make quite a few playdays as well as double run days… so everyone can get their 6 runs in without missing work or other engagements and still able to qualify for year end awards. Which I might add is already in the planning stages. We have another saddle up for grabs this year. So don’t miss out, as the fastest is not necessarily the one who wins this gorgeous saddle. Results of April 11 Gymkhana: Leadline HP - Justin Mitchel RHP - Camryn Mitchel Pee Wees HP - Kaytlynn Harding RHP - Coralee Mitchel 3rd - Tricia Hall 4th - Brenna Hillier Juniors 1D HP - Paige Dickens RHP - Alana 2D HP - Robyn RHP - Kalli Gatien

Adults 1D HP - Jeanie VanDenHam RHP - Bev (Jack) 2D HP - Kelly Mezzatesta RHP - Krysta Pitman 3D HP - Mary Ann RHP - Norman Mitchell 4D HP - Cathie Dickens RHP - Cathy Arnouse


(these dates can change so please check the web page for updates) MAY 8 – Annual Kamloops Wish Trail Ride. Contact Jeanie 250-573-2206 or email jvandenh88@gmail.com for more details and pledge sheets. All are welcome to attend. Riding horses to raise money for seriously and terminally ill children to get a WISH! Held in Barnhartvale, Kamloops. Fundraiser for Children’s Wish Foundation, BC/Yukon Chapter. MAY 15 JUNE 13 - Double Run Day JULY 3 - JACKPOT/Double Run Day JULY 17 JULY 25 - Double Run Day AUG 1 AUG 28 SEPT 18 - JACKPOT/Double Run Day OCT 23 - Double Run Day NOV 6 or 7 - this date is to be announced and will be a JACKPOT NOV 13 - Year End Banquet – tentative date. More info to come. Contact Us Anytime. Bev 250-577-3154, hankrocks@telus.net or Jeanie 250-573-2206, jvandenh88@gmail.com

Koralee Mitchel

Sometimes we need a little help getting into that gate! (Sierra Hall)

That was a long ways up to fall all that way down (Bev Hall)

We LOVE our volunteers!!! Ben Mezzatesta

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Clubs & Associations The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certifies riding coaches and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals and hosts regional and international conferences. Visit www.CHA-ahse.org or call 1-800-399-0138 To find a certified riding coach or accredited equine facility near you, 5/10 visit www.CHAinstructors.com

“Experience the Real West YOUR WAY” Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country



THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB www.albertadonkeyandmule.com Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 7/10 armstrong/enderby riding club  Tammy Thielman 250-832-3409, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org 10/10

The Back Country Horsemen of B. C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or www.bchorsemen.org 11/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209, bhanews@hotmail.com, Visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 4/11 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC.  www.bcctra.ca Shannon 250-751-4685 motionsrider@yahoo.ca 12/10 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 bccha@telus.net, or web www.cuttingnews.com Area 20 3/11 BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 9/10 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance  11/10 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Working with the SPCA to help horses in need; foster, adopt, memberships. 250-503-8859 7/10 BC Interior Morgan Horse Club  Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, www.morganhorse.ca  12/10 BC Miniature Horse Club  www.miniaturehorsesbc.com Pres: Melissa Schryvers 604-202-3024. Show June 12-13 Cloverdale  5/10 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB  President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 4/11 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION  Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 bcqha@hotmail.com or visit www.bcqha.com 8/10 BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304, dabepa@yahoo.com, www.bcrcha.com 3/11

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 11/10 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, & Managers of Skimikin Campground. eqtrails@gmail.com, www.eqtrail.webs.com 11/10 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 6/10 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry. 10/10 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 9/10 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB  Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397 kgc@shaw.ca, www.kelownagymkhana.com  11/10 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 5/10 Peachland riding club  Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities 2/11 Peruvian Horse club of BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 10/10 Pine tree riding club (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 5/10 South Okanagan Horse Assoc.  Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com  9/10 western canadian reining assoc. Sharon 604-856-3348 wcra@telus.net, www.wcra.info  10/10

Bc SpOrTHOrSe-SpOrTpONY BreeDerS GrOUp Our aim is to promote, showcase and market our breeding and show stock by organizing shows with futurities, line and under saddle classes for horses and ponies. equine canada Bronze, Bc Heritage circuit and pAc Qualifier Shows. Contact: ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782 or www.bcsporthorses.com

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at www.bctcpa.com or contact Bill Klop (Pres) 604-796-9127 3/11

Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART)  Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, critteraid@vip.net  0 Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society  Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 www.chhaps.org  3/11


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: www.cqha.ca, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or marnie@horsescoops.com 5/10

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Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

403-625-3326 Fax: 403-625-2274 aphcc@appaloosa.ca


What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2010 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events.


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OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com

PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com SPRING TRAINING, Exercises to Limber/Rebalance Horse/Rider w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, www.icefarm.com NH WITH LARRY STEWART Partnership on the Ground, Lumby, BC 1-877-727-3554 JINGLIN’ SPURS SPRING SHOW, Paradise Exhibition Grounds, Powell River, BC, Valerie 604-485-7025, valerie_hodgins@yahoo.ca TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Williams Lake, 250-573-5442, www.trainingthrutrust.com YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Round Pen, Trail, Janine 250-367-2157 ROPING SCHOOL, Girls only, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug or Kris 250-546-6494, dallyup2@telus Steve Rother Horsemanship Clinic, Edmonton, AB, Linda 780-914-2936, francesca@horseteacher.com, www.horseteacher.com RIDE THE TRAIL DAY, Ride with us at Skimikin (Shuswap), numbering & clear-up of trails our goal. EQtrails@gmail.com, Leah 250-832-4943 eve. CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Oliver, Christine 250-495-4248, www.provincialwishtrailride.com ICELANDIC HORSE Breed Introduction, Tolt Away Farm, Enderby, www.toltaway.com, Erhard 250-838-0234 EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Peachland, BC, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Slocan Valley-Silverton, Jenny 250-358-7105, jenrae91@telus.net MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Nelson, Teresa 250-229-4203, Northope@shaw.ca TOPLINE SPRING FLING Hack, Hunter & Jumper Show, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; www.toplinestables.ca PACKING CLINC w/Jim McCrae, The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com DRIVING CLINIC (Draft & Light Horse), The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Armstrong, www.bchsra.org EQUINE TOUCH LEVEL 1 and 2, Chase, BC Chris@ForTheHorse.com   CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Delta/Ladner, Marilyn 604-946-8085, www.provincialwishtrailride.com CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kamloops, Jeanie 250-573-2206, www.provincialwishtrailride.com NORTHERN TRAILS SHOW - Crossfield, AB, Eng/Western, info & entries www.northerntrailsridingclub.org TREC, Open to members & non-members, Nelson, Jocelyn 250-304-2247, jocelyn.templeman@hotmail.com, www.trecbc.ca ROPE N RUN HORSE SALE, Prospect to Performance, KXA Grounds, Kamloops, www.ropenrun.ca MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Grand Forks, Joanne 250-442-0275, rjrooke@telus.net CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE & POKER RIDE, Potluck Lunch, (any age welcome must ride without assistance), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Armstrong, 250-573-5442, www.trainingthrutrust.com TENNESSEE WALKER OWNERS! Trail Ride, Larch Hills Ski Trails, Salmon Arm, www.skilarchhills.ca. Contact Bill Roy 250-838-2066 NH WITH LARRY STEWART Refresh & Refine, Aldergrove, BC 1-877-727-3554 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOC., Haughton’s Southland Ranch, Knutsford, Sue Rath (Sect’y), suerath@yahoo.ca, 250-376-9443 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Prince George (Pending), www.bchsra.org TTEAM Connect Icelandic Riding Clinic w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, www.icefarm.com Steve Rother Horsemanship Clinic, Cochrane, AB, Mike 403-851-9896, shudadone@hotmail.com, www.horseteacher.com

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PTRC Playday, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 GYMKHANA FUN DAY, 10 am, Quarterspot Ranch, 137 Horner Road, Lumby, BC, 250-547-9277 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, sherryripplinger@hotmail.com BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland www.chevyequine.com, Sandy 250-718-2761 OK CHAPTER Back Country Horsemen, 7 p.m. Kelowna Riding Club, 3745 Gordon Drive, Ralph 250-764-4482, Ralph@Silk.net CADORA DRESSAGE CAMP, Kelowna Riding Club, Leah Janzen, ljanzen8@telus.net BHA WORK BEE, 9 am, Volunteers needed. Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Merritt, www.bchsra.org TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Smithers, 250-573-5442, www.trainingthrutrust.com TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Sorrento, 250-573-5442, www.trainingthrutrust.com YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com ALL BREED SCHOOLING SHOW, Victoria Trail Ag Arena, Waskatenau, AB, 780-656-0406, digbits@msn.com CENTERED RIDING CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, www.p-standardbreds.org, Full & Half Day Participation available along with Auditing. CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kelowna, Carol 250-765-6800, www.provincialwishtrailride.com TREC COMPETITION, Skimikin, Tappen, BC, Brenda 250-546-2867, softie@telus.net or Barb 250-838-5678, b_wierzbicki@yahoo.ca, www.trecbc.ca REININ’ IN THE SPRING SUN Schooling Show, Grimshaw Farm, Otter Lake Cross Road, Armstrong, Anna 250-546-6545 or anagreen@telus.net OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Clipping Demo, Vernon, Louellen Rempel 250-542-3433 MARION WEISSKOPFF DEMO, Nanaimo-Beban Park, Alexa 250-746-0314, alexa.balanceworks@gmail.com LOWER MAINLAND SCHOOLING RIDE, Langley, BC, Tammy Mercer, 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca, www.bcctra.ca TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Merritt, 250-573-5442, www.trainingthrutrust.com WESTERN CLINIC w/Colleen Hazeldine, Vernon Riding Club, Joni 250-260-6125, jd_misko@shaw.ca, www.Vernonridingclub.com SALLY SAUR CLINIC, Windhorse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 250-549-2439 or 250-307-7010 LONGHOUSE INTERIOR DERBY Series #1, Robin Hahn and Kelly Law, longhouse@telus.net SOHA SHOW (BCHC Qualifier) Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Sherry 250-490-0397, sherryripplinger@hotmail.com, www.soha-online.com RIDE THE TRAIL DAY, Ride with us at Skimikin (Shuswap), numbering & clear-up of trails our goal. EQtrails@gmail.com, Leah 250-832-4943 eve. SPEND A DAY with the Icelandic Horse, Tolt Away Farm, Enderby, www.toltaway.com, Erhard 250-838-0234 CONFORMATION CLINIC w/Judy Wardrope & Cathy Chalack, 10-3 pm w/light lunch provided, Ultra Farms near Carstairs, AB, 403-668-9728 or info@jwequine.com NON-INVASIVE CHIROPRACTICS Level 1&2, Alder Flats, AB, contact Laodas-Way, horses@laodas-way.com or 780-621-0765 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port McNeill, Liz 250-956-8223, gachters@cablerocket.com

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EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Saskatoon, SK, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632   MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port Alberni, Doris 250-724-4645, rdpitman@shaw.ca WRANGLER DIVISION BC Finals Rodeo, Quesnel, www.bchsra.org MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743 1268 nancylane@shaw.ca NVIHA Open Western Performance Point Show, Courtenay, Entries www.nviha.ca or Margaret 250-337-2334, imarowdyrebel.ca TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Quesnel, 250-573-5442, www.trainingthrutrust.com ICHA CUTTING, Stabling & Concession, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Stan 250-577-3156 10TH ANNUAL H.A.C.K. Spring Schooling Show, Trail, BC, Pam 250-359-7097, mpmalekow@shaw.ca SASQUATCH SCURRY CTR, Courtenay, BC, Karen Eigler 250-338-6874, jkeigler@telus.net, www.bcctra.ca BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Quesnel, www.bchsra.org JOHVALE HORSE TRIALS, Pritchard, Heather Blomgren, johvale@look.ca FALKLAND STAMPEDE & CPRA RODEO, Falkland, BC, 250-379-2024 PETER CAMPBELL “Willing Partners” Horsemanship Clinic, Kelowna, Chandra McNamara 250-491-8314, cmequine@hotmail.com CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Duncan, Deborah 250-746-8769, www.provincialwishtrailride.com KETTLE RIVER TRAILS ASSOCIATION, 4th Annual Endurance Ride, Rock Creek, www.erabc.com or contact lynnlp@telus.net 250-446-2415 ALL BREED OPEN SHOW, Heritage Qualifier, Armstrong Fairgrounds, www.bciaha.com for entry forms. OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Fundraiser & Clinic, Vernon Riding Club, Melanie Russo 250-767-2322 EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Saskatoon, SK, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, kristinamillar@hotmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, milkmaid@shaw.ca BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland www.chevyequine.com, Sandy 250-718-2761 BHA SPRING HORSE SHOW (BC Heritage Qualifier), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca BACK COUNTRY Horsemen, RENDEZVOUS 2010, Rock Creek Fair Grounds, Carol 250-835-8587, ccreasy@me.com YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Trail, Margit 250-362-7679 PACKING CLINIC with Colleen Murphy, Pritchard, 250-309-2528, info www.adventuresandhorses.com BHA SPRING SHOW, BC Heritage Qualifier, Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca REDNECK-A-PALOOZA, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Fraser Valley, Mary 604-855-9355, www.provincialwishtrailride.com TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Valemount, 250-573-5442, www.trainingthrutrust.com BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Valemont, www.bchsra.org BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Hudson Hope (Pending), www.bchsra.org WESTERN CLINIC w/Carl Woods, Vernon Riding Cub, Joni 250-260-6125, jd_misko@shaw.ca, www.Vernonridingclub.com NH WITH LARRY STEWART Partnership Ground/Riding, Lumby, BC 1-877-727-3554 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, www.trainingforcourage.com AERC FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Tammy 250-832-3409, skishack@jetstream.net BUCKLE SERIES TEAM ROPING, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug Henry, dallyup2@telus.net, 250-546-6494 CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Williams Lake, Karla 250-989-5526, www.provincialwishtrailride.com CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Vancouver/Southlands, Debbie 604-261-3056, www.provincialwishtrailride.com

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CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Salmon Arm, Rob 250-832-1188, www.provincialwishtrailride.com APPRENTICESHIP CAMP at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, www.trainingthrutrust.com

1 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Slocan Valley-Silverton, Jenny 250-358-7105, jenrae91@telus.net 1 BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland www.chevyequine.com, Sandy 250-718-2761 1-2 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, (Spirit 4-H) Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, www.trainingforcourage.com 2-4 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Nelson, Teresa 250-229-4203; Northope@shaw.ca 4-6 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, www.trainingforcourage.com 4-6 YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 4-6 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Schooling Show/Clinic, Armstrong, BC, www.phcbc.ca Rob or Jan 250-832-1188 4beat@telus.net, Cathie 250-546-3704 ctaggart@telus.net 5 RIDE-A-THON, help send underprivileged kids to camp, Brightwood Ranch, Evansburg, AB, www.brightwoodranchcamps.com or 780-727-3840 5 SOUTH OK STOCK HORSE DAY, Fundraiser for Breast Cancer, Marron Valley (Kaleden) Alan or Dorothy 250-490-0280, alc@cffence.com 5 TREC, Twincreeks, Glenora (Vancouver Island). Deborah 250-746-8769, www.twincreeks.ca 5-6 SOHA SUMMER TROPHY SHOW (BCHC Qualifier) Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Entries www.soha-online.com or Sherry 250-490-0397 5-6 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Grand Forks, Joanne 250-442-0275, rjrooke@telus.net 5-6 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Dawson Creek (Pending), www.bchsra.org 5-6 ROPING SCHOOL, Intermediate, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug or Kris 250-546-6494, dallyup2@telus 6 PTRC Playday, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 6 JACKPOT TEAM ROPING, Marron Valley (Kaleden) Alan or Dorothy 250-490-0280, alc@cffence.com 6 CHILDRUN FUNDRAISER for Logan Johnson Lay, www.voiceforthehorse.com 7-8 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, arthur1_dj@telus.net 8 OK CHAPTER Back Country Horsemen, 7 p.m. Rocky Mt Transport Office, 2906- 41st Ave, Vernon, Ralph 250-764-4482, Ralph@Silk.net 9-10 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, sherryripplinger@hotmail.com 10-13 DRIVING CLINIC w/Gail Jones, The Ranch, Pritchard, Ellen 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com 11 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Summerland, Denise 250-494-3447, miltg@telus.net 11 HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, call 250-573-3939 to consign 11-13 YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Trail, Margit 250-362-7679 11-13 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO FINALS, www.bchsra.org 11-13 SANDY LANG CLINIC (former Parelli professional), Qualicum Beach. Riders can ride for 3 hrs or 3 days. More info contact Vicki oena@shaw.ca 11-13 EVAN HOWARTH Horsemanship Clinic, Logan Lake, Rebecca 250-523-6660 or 250-315-5274 12 POKER RIDE-A-THON, Anarchist Mountain, BC. (east of Osoyoos), info Jon 250-401-0622, rescorla@mail.com, http://anarchistmountaincommunity.com/ 12 ERABC GOLDEN EARS 22/50, Maple Ridge, Kim Hoffmarks 604-466-1007, gary_edmundson@telus.net 12-13 BC AMHA MINIATURE HORSE SPRING CLASSIC, Cloverdale Agriplex, Tina 604-533-1168, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com 12-13 DARYL GIBB Horsemanship Clinic, Hope Riding Club, Hope, Val Medley 604-869-9377 12-13 13th ANNUAL INTERIOR GAITED HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, John 250-546-6621, jdhmcmillan@telus.net 12-13 GIDDY UP GOGO PLEASURE RIDE, Nanaimo, BC, Nicole Vaugeois, 250-245-4405, nicoleathome@shaw.ca, www.bcctra.ca 12-16 NH WITH LARRY STEWART Focus Camp, Cookshire, QC 1-877-727-3554 12-17 STARTING YOUNG HORSES w/TTEAM w/Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, www.icefarm.com

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 13 13 13 13-18 15 15 16-17 17-20 18-19 18-20 18-22 19 19 19 19 19-20 20 20-21 22 23-27 25-27 25-27 25-27 26 26-27 26-27 26-27 27 29 29-30 29–Jul 7


1-5 2 3 3 3-4 3-4 8-11

RIDE THE TRAIL DAY, Get to know the 100km of Trails at Skimikin (Shuswap), EQtrails@gmail.com, Leah 250-832-4943 eve. PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com AERC FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Tammy 250-832-3409, skishack@jetstream.net CHA STANDARD CLINIC, Brightwood Ranch, $850 incl. clinic, accomm. & food. 780-727-3840 for info. Near Evansburg, AB MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, kristinamillar@hotmail.com BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, www.chevyequine.com, Sandy 250-718-2761 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268, nancylane@shaw.ca “THE GATHERING” Cowboy Heritage Weekend, Agricultural Fairgrounds, Pincher Creek, AB, www.pcgathering.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Powell River, Kuxy 604-487-0476, kuxy@telus.net PACKING CLINIC with Colleen Murphy, Pritchard, 250 309 -2528, info www.adventuresandhorses.com TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Sorrento, 250-573-5442, www.trainingthrutrust.com *NEW! BHA TRAIL RIDER CHALLENGE, 1st of 3 Event Series (all ages & riding levels welcome) Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca NORTHERN TRAILS SHOW, Didsbury, AB, Eng/Western, info & entries www.northerntrailsridingclub.org 2nd ANNUAL BALE FOR BILLY DINNER FUNDRAISER, Symons Valley Ranch, Calgary AB, Holly@p-standardbreds.org or 403-803-9002, tickets at www.p-standardbreds.org  TREC, Open to members & non-members, Nelson, Jocelyn 250-304-2247, jocelyn.templeman@hotmail.com, www.trecbc.ca BC SPORTHORSE SUMMER SHOW, Cloverdale, Ulli 604-421-6681 or www.bcsporthorses.com BUCKLE SERIES TEAM ROPING, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug Henry, dallyup2@telus.net, 250-546-6494 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Gibsons, Bette-lyn 604-886-9600, Leyenda@dccnet.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, milkmaid@shaw.ca NH WITH LARRY STEWART Focus Camp - New Richmond, QC1-877-727-3554 4th ANNUAL HUMAN BE HERD WORKSHOP w/Thea Fast & Others, Gavin Lake Forestry Ctr, NE of Williams Lake, 250-392-7599, horsingaround@telus.net TOPLINE SPRING EVENT & COMBINED TEST, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; www.toplinestables.ca LADIES HORSEMANSHIP EXPERIENCE, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, BC, 250-573-5800, www.jandanaranch.com BHA GYMKHANA (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca PTRC Annual Show, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 BCIAHA COMMUNITY SHOW, Creston BC, www.bciaha.com for entry forms OPEN HORSE SHOW, (BCHQ), Dawson Creek,West/Eng/Gymk/Jump. Lynne 250-789-3217, hyh@fsjbc.com or Jane 250-789-6851, jane0lewis@gmail.com NOTRA Annual Ride-A-Thon, Coldstream Ranch, Dani Goldenthal 250-549-0105, notra@telus.net, www.notra.info BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland www.chevyequine.com  Sandy 250-718-2761 EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Essex, ON, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 UWE JOURDAIN CLINIC, Red Willow Ranch, Lone Butte, 250-395-3017, redwilow@bcinternet.net YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 OMHC AMHR Sanctioned Show, Armstrong, Joan McNaughton 250-992-7485 PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com ERABC RIDE OVER THE RAINBOW 30/50/100, Merritt, Barb Holmes Balmer 250-768-8206, bahoba2@silk.net TWINCREEKS CTR, Duncan, BC, Linda Warncock, 250-752-1062, kolabear@bcsupernet.com www.bcctra.ca OMHC AMHA Sanctioned Show, Armstrong, Joan McNaughton 250-992-7485 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH Home-base Clinic, Princeton, Marion 250-295-4329, weisskopff@telus.net

9 9-10 10 10 10 10-11 10-12 11 12-14 16-18 16-18 17 17 17 17-18 17-20 18 18 19-23 21-23 21-25 23-25 24 24 24-25 24-25 24-25 24-27 24-29 25 26-27 26-30 29-31 30-Aug 1 31-Aug 2

JONATHAN FIELD Demo 6PM, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria. www.jonathanfield.net or Roma 1-877-573-4018 ALCHEMY OF THE HORSE, Calgary, contact Laodas-Way, horses@laodasy-way.com or 780-621-0765 *NEW! BHA TRAIL RIDER CHALLENGE 2nd of 3 Event Series (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca POKER RIDE, Skimikin Lake (Shuswap), make it a weekend of camping fun for the whole family, EQtrails@gmail.com, Leah 250-832-4943 eve. TREC, Open to members & non-members, Nelson, Jocelyn 250-304-2247, jocelyn.templeman@hotmail.com, www.trecbc.ca ROPING SCHOOL, Beginner, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug or Kris 250-546-6494, dallyup2@telus JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Liberty/Better Rider Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria. www.jonathanfield.net or Roma 1-877-573-4018 AERC FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Tammy 250-832-3409, skishack@jetstream.net JUST FOR KIDS CLINIC w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, www.icefarm.com TOPLINE INTERIOR DERBY Series #2; Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; www.toplinestables.ca PACKING CLINIC with Colleen Murphy, Pritchard, 250 309 -2528, info www.adventuresandhorses.com BHA GYMKHANA (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com NORTHERN TRAILS SHOW, Didsbury, AB, Eng/Western, info & entries www.northerntrailsridingclub.org TTEAM Connect Icelandic Riding Clinic w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, www.icefarm.com STEVE ROTHER Horsemanship Clinic & Colt Starting, Courtenay, BC, Denise 250-897-3150, wilkinson@uniserve.com, www.horseteacher.com BUCKLE SERIES TEAM ROPING, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug Henry, dallyup2@telus.net, 250-546-6494 NVIHA Fun Day get together, Comox Valley Ex. Grounds, Courtenay, www.nviha.ca or Margaret 250-337-2334, imarowdyrebel.ca NH WITH LARRY STEWART Partnership Level 1, Lumby, BC 1-877-727-3554 STEVE ROTHER Horsemanship Clinic, Victoria, BC, Cathy 250-652-1795, wtotten@shaw.ca, www.horseteacher.com 2010 AQHA REGIONAL EXPERIENCE, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, more info at www.bcqha.com YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Trail, Margit 250-362-7679 BHA GYMKHANA, all ages/riding levels welcome, Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca BHA RICK TIPPE CONCERT/DANCE Fundraiser, 7 pm (adults only), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca TRAIL HORSEMANS SHOW, Trail, BC, Pam 250-359-7097, mpmalekow@shaw.ca MARION WEISSKOPFF DEMO, Andalusian Show, Chilliwack, contact TBA CHHAPS, www.chhaps.org, BC Interior Horse Show, Historic O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, BC, jrarthur@telus.net STEVE ROTHER Horsemanship Clinic, Duncan, BC, Deborah 250-746-8769, twincreeks@shaw.ca, www.horseteacher.com TTEAM Connect w/Robyn Hood, Mandy Pretty & Sue Falkner-March, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, www.icefarm.com PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Sunshine Bay, Jackie 250-229-5241 NH WITH LARRY STEWART Harmony Level 2, Lumby, BC 1-877-727-3554 DOGWOOD DONKEY SHOW & Fun Days, Agrifair, Abbotsford, Pat 604-826-4404, patstrang@telus.net REININ’ IN THE SUN, NRHA, NRCHA, AQHA approved show, Armstrong, BC, www.reinininthesun.com TOPLINE SUMMER EVENT & COMBINED TEST, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; www.toplinestables.ca 

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Stallions and Breeders 2004 Aqha Perlino Stallion

Radical French GOLD


Stallions Standing for 2010

Specializing in Dun factored AQHA Horses that Rein, Cut and Work Cows.

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

If you are looking for Colour, Temperament and Athletic Ability... come meet our main man. We’d love to introduce you. Money Earner 2010 FEE: $850

ALSO STANDING: TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net www.keremeos.com/3winds 7/10


604-823-4666, wendy49@shaw.ca




Your Stallion SHOULD BE HERE


K Performance Horses Standing: DS BOOMIN ENTERPRISE Dun AQHA Stallion CHEX SMOKIN DEAL Silver Grullo Stallion

DS Boomin Enterprise AQHA/APHA Prospects for Sale Chex Smokin Deal info@kperformancehorses.com or call 604-308-8669 (Langley, BC) www.kperformancehorses.com 9/10


Painted Coos

2010 Stud Fee: $650

available to limited mares

TRIPLE COLOUR GUARANTEE OFFERED! This stallion will never give you a solid or red-based foal. If you breed and do not get a BLACK Tobiano or Tovero foal you get a FREE BREEDING. www.calicoquarterhorses.com


We’ve moved to 4674 Bates Rd, Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) calicoqh@shaw.ca 7/10

Call 1-866-546-9922 for our “Reasonable Rates”

‘97 Black Tobiano APHA & PtHA Stallion 16.1HH HYPP N/N Champion and Champion producer of Halter, Colour and Futurity Winners. 2010 FEE: $750. Live or AI (plus collection fees) 100% Conception! COLOUR GUARANTEE If you get a solid foal you get a FREE BREEDING.



We’ve moved to 4674 Bates Rd. Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) calicoqh@shaw.ca 7/10

Happ y Mothe r’s Day! Photo by Rein-Beau Images

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Stallions and Breeders SHINEY MEN CAN JUMP

Salty Ole Jack

Little Peppe Leo

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

15.3HH APHA Stallion

SIRE: SHINING SPARK (www.shiningspark.com)


2010 Fee: $500

REINING: AQHA ROM 17.5 OPEN-7 AMATEuR 2.5 NOV-AMATEuR * NRHA & NRCHA Money Earner * Proven Sire of Pt and Money Earners

• Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

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

Irish Creek Ranch, Vernon, BC 250-542-7228

Saltyolejack quarter horses For 2010 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Glen Black

Visit us at


Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 3/11

www.freewebs.com/saltyolejack • oldsaltyjack@yahoo.ca

Colour V Ranch Imperial Reign A Legend in the Making... Introductory Breeding Fee for 2010: $500 reg’d / $400 grade

ALSO STANDING: ($100 Booking Fee Applies to all breedings.)

* Kid Lena AQHA Homozygous Black Stallion 2010 FEE: $450 reg’d / $400 grade

* Nifty TC AQHA Palomino Stallion (throws 95% colour) 2010 FEE: $400 reg’d / $350 grade

Standing at Stud: $1,000 LFG offSPrinG AVAiLAbLE




Now in Canada! Own Son of Special Effort

“LAZY WIND” 2003 AQHA 16.2HH, 1350 lbs

What’s this? These ads appear on www.saddleup.ca IN COLOUR


Standing for the 2010 breeding season in Armstrong, BC

Special Effort: SI 104, 2-year-old World Champion and the only horse in history to win the Triple Crown of Quarter Horse Racing. Kansas Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity. Winner of 13 of 14 races, LTE of $1,219,950.00 Dam: By All Means Easy, SI 103, 14 Wins, producing daughter of the great World Champion and All American Futurity Winner, Easy Jet. ALSO STANDING:

Jessies Snappy Doc


Buckskin - Doc Bar, Jessie James, Poco Tivio bred

For more info and coloured pictures visit: www.colourvranch.com 250-296-0186, colourv@telusplanet.net 7/10



Green Gablespresents Morgan Farm


WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

Standing in Williams Lake, B.c. 15.3HH 2002 Sorrel AQHA Stallion

Half Brother to 2009 CFR Champion Barrel Horse!



The only AQHA Silver Gene Breeding in Canada!

* Bay Point Offspring * 50% Silver * DNA: AA, EE, NZ

Stud Fee: $600 Day Fee: $5.00 Classic Type…Well boned… Excellent feet… Awesome athletics… Willing gentle nature

World Champion Pedigree * Freckles Playboy * Doc Bar

Debora Morgan Neufeld

4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC 250-546-8058 greengablesmorgans@hotmail.com






is the new home of

2005 APHA Grulla Tobiano Stallion

“The Shining Spark bloodline is your Ticket To Success”


250-248-3556 www.ingasmith.com

W 5/10

BArreL rAcerS! This is your opportunity to design your future champion. OFFERING: a running horse pedigree, extraordinary disposition, athletic conformation & flash (throwing silver & chrome). Speed Indexes over 100 on his papers! Zumo Dat cash, Dash For cash, Lady Juno, Triple chick, Top Moon & chicado V. APHA approved. Foals will be CBHI eligible. ALSO: Yearlings to 4-year-olds sired by ‘Caz’ for Sale.

Stud Fee: $600 + $150 breeding fee, LFG 250-392-2584 (Lori) or 250-296-4327 (Heather) www.eagleviewequine.com


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Stallions and Breeders www.appaloosacentre.COM “Appaloosas for today and the future.” appaloosacentre@telus.net 250-963-9779 Ranch. 2/11

Peebles mini donkey ranch (Falkland) 250-379-2373  9/10 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. www.peeblesranch.ca or papeebles@gmail.com

DALEDODDQUARTERHORSES.COM (Olds, AB) 403-556-2807 Best Bred and Broke Cutting Horses in Canada.

www.radicalfrenchgold.COM 2004 AQHA Perlino Stallion, APHA listed WFQHA. $850 stud fee, Money Earner, LTD book. LCFG. 604-823-4666 2/11


DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 www.canadianhorse.info 5/10

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217  8/10 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano

GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 6/10 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH, www.greengablesmorganfarm.com

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, www.freewebs.com/saltyolejack 4/11

icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336  10/10 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: info@toltaway.com or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 5/10 www.toltaway.com • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228  3/11 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, www.irishcreekranch.com K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 www.kperformancehorses.com SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10

WARREN CREEK RANCH (Falkland) 250-275-2717 or 250-379-2128 4/11 SS: Parr for Jack, AQHA. Prospects for sale. Training/Lessons avail. jenn_wcr@telus.net

L&L QUARTER HORSES (Vernon, BC) 250-545-9014 8/10 SS: Dunit N Red, 2006 AQHA Red Roan, llnicholls@shaw.ca

WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729  8/10 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH, whitevale@shaw.ca

murray creek ranch (Langley, BC) 604-807-5519 SS: APHA & AQHA, www.murraycreekranch.com

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Brooks, AB) 403-378-3886 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com 3/11


OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 Offspring available by: Goldun Poco Mr Matt, AQHA/NFQH 97%, LBJ Sierras Blue Te, AQHA Blue Roan


Yellow Mount Ranch

mon Valley Ranch Sal

Where All Around Athletes Are Created 2010 Stallion Roster

Stallion Station

HDF Brandy Snifter

1161 Salmon River Rd. Salmon Arm, BC

Clumination – 1994 Sorrel AQHA

• Phantom/stallion training & management • Semen collection, evaluation, processing & shipment • Receiving of shipped cooled & frozen semen • Foaling services, around the clock surveillance • Safe, horse-friendly facility/experienced staff

HDF Impressed By Clu – 2002 Bay AQHA Kingofhearts McCue – 1997 Red Dun Tovero

2010 Stallion Roster Stud Fees $800 LFG (Incl. Chute Fee)

HDF Brandy Snifter – 2003 Sorrel Overo

Okies Last Chance - APHA 2002 Homozygous Black Tobiano Live Colour Foal Guarantee

CBS Legacy – 2003 Red Roan Overo

SVR Royal Checkmate - AQHA 1996 Perlino - 100% dilute colour guarantee

RKR Hearts Sonny Dee – 2004 Red Dun Tobiano

Banditos gold Digger - AQHA 2000 Buckskin - Dual Pep grandson

Breeding Fees By Private Treaty Breeding Incentives for proven and multiple mares.

For further details and information visit our website


or call Dr. Brytann Youngberg, 250-833-4217 For Sale: quality Offspring/Futurity prospects

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Shipped Semen Available. Prospects are available. Contact Dorla Malo for further information. Brooks, Alberta • 403-378-3886 bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com www.yellowmountranch.com

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


Armstrong inn, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, armstronginn@gmail.com Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 12/10 PENTICTON RAMADA INN & SUITES. 1-800 665 4966. Resort Style Hotel with Poolside Service & Full Convention Services. www.pentictonramada.com 2/11 SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260, mmarshall@sandman.ca, www.sandman.ca 4/11

J. R. KELLY (Calgary, AB) 403-993-0269, www.jeffreyrkelly.com Horse tooth & mouth care, sheath cleaning, etc. 8/10 RICOCHET ALPINE ENTERPRISES. Dog & Horse Grooming and Veterinary Hauls. Large 3 horse angle. Reasonable rates. 250-938-1217 (Enderby). 2/11

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

EVA’S BAREFOOT HOOF CARE, 250-644-1320, barefoottrimmer@live.ca 8/10 Experienced, patient, willing to travel. Lower Mainland, Cariboo and Beyond. Healthy Hooves, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 6/10 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 www.choicehotels.ca/cn235 • Chilliwack, BC



Nice Rooms. Great People. Minutes to Chilliwack’s Heritage Park

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

Ph: 403-252-1661 • email: hoofnail@telusplanet.net

1-800-566-2511 604-792-4240

Chilliwack, BC

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Pronto Esso 546-3772

Same Location




Minutes from Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB Accommodation for you, your family, your horse(s) 3 Bedrooms in B&B or complete privacy in The Homestead guest cabin. 1-877-607-3840 www.rolynhills.com 4/11

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324  5/10 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch  2/11 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch  2/11 CONSTRUCTION Fixit renovations, Hans van der Stel (North Ok./Shuswap) 250-804-6662 (Vibrating) post pounding, excavating, shelters, reno’s and upgrades. 3/11 DEAD STOCK REMOVAL

VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (North Ok) 250-546-8254 5/10 Bob Johnston & Jim Ferguson; Certified Farrier Service

Trans Canada Hwy. / 748-8171 DUNCAN Abbotsford34633 Vye5410 Rd/556-7477 Duncan5410 Trans Canada Hwy./748-8171 KELOWNA 103-1889 Springfield Road / 860-2346 Kelowna103-1889 Springfield Road/860-2346 NANAIMO Island Hwy. S. / 753-4221 Nanaimo1-1277 Island1-1277 Hwy. S./753-4221 Parksville587 Alberni 587 Hwy./248-3243 Alberni Hwy. / 248-3243 PARKSVILLE 100% Saanich1970 Keating Cross Rd./652-9188 7/10 B.C. Owned and Operated! SAANICH Cross Rd. / 652-9188 Salmon Arm1771 10th1970 Ave. Keating SW/832-8424

otter co-op at pitt meadows, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651  9/10 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. www.otter-coop.com Town & Country feed Store, (Invermere) 250-342-9433  12/10 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 29 years.

DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 Great Trails, Boarding, Rehab, Horses For Sale. www.dreamscaperanch.com 5/10 KAL PARK FARMS (Vernon) 250-308-8138. Log cabin (sleeps 6) on 8 acres adjoining Kal Lake Prov. Park. Quiet location. 10 min. from downtown Vernon.




Full Mechanical - Tires BIG or SMALL - We Sell All Leigh & Darlene Taylor Proudly Serving Armstrong for 21 years • Gas • Diesel • Propane • Lotto • C-Store




Custom built and installed to your needs

GRK Fasteners Dealer for your Construction needs • Customized Bale Spikes for your Farm Equipment • Custom Welding & Horse Trailer Repairs

Alan & Dorothy, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 alc@cffence.com • www.cffence.com


FOOD CONCESSIONS BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. nunncara@gmail.com 6/10 GUEST RANCHES BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 www.blackwater-spruce.ca Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 5/10

GREENWAVE FARMS (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250 Providing prompt dead stock removal service. 2/11

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Business Services HAY SALES


J&E HAY SALES (Serving BC) 604-819-6317 5/11 Alfalfa, Timothy, Straw, Grass, Mixes. By Bale or Load.

dikor ribbon technologies, 1-866-503-2510 ph/fax 1st Place for Award Ribbons, www.dikorribbon.com 3/11 OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 12/10 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons www.ribbonsonline.net

Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343

From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 11/10 50 to 150 bales and semi loads



HEALTH PRODUCTS HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, www.horsesenseherbs.ca  12/10

We know what’s riding on it. 2/11

CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs  12/10 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355 English Saddle Fitting & Repairs, ckclassicl@yahoo.ca 6/10

INSURANCE Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members

g Leatherwork g Custom Orders g Leather Goods g Repairs Al Cossentine, 250-498-0280

• CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 •  www.capri.ca/horse 11/10


Voice For The Horse Consult ing

al@cossentinesaddlery.com • www.cossentinesaddlery.com COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) 250-378-9263 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs

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Custom Saddlemaker, Bob Goudreault Custom Horse Gear & Repairs

MASSAGE THERAPY Certified Equine Massage Therapist & Certified Reiki Master/Teacher offering sessions, seminars/classes, Heather 250-826-6979, Kelowna, BC 10/10 Learn equine massage therapy or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. www.equinerehab.ca 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 8/10 OHMS HORSE & HOUND MASSAGE, www.ohms.ca, 250-828-2279. Serving BC Interior/Fraser Valley. Massage, structural balance, herbal supplements. 5/11

1-877-493-8881 • 250-573-5496 • kamloops_saddlery@telus.net 617 Durango Drive, Kamloops, BC (near BC Livestock Co-op) 3/11

Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 10/10 Reg Marek • 250-569-7244 • McBride, BC mareksaddles@yahoo.ca • www.regmarekcustomsaddles.com

knight’s saddlery (Merritt) 250-378-5733 Master Saddle and Tree Maker, www.knightssaddlery.com

photographers Rein-beau images, (Enderby) 250-838-7904  12/10 Animal Photography, reinbeau@nowcom.ca


NiCKeRs saddleRY ltd…

Canadian-made treeless saddles and innovative tack! Bitless and shoeless options, nutritional supplements and endurance and trail gear. Repairs + customization.


www.nickerssaddlery.com 1.888.492.8225 / 250.492.8225 - penticton

retirement home for horses

600 acres of lush open pasture and woodland shelter in a herd dynamic. Ideal horse haven is situated 1/2 hour from Kamloops. Regular boarding also available.

Suniva Bronson, 250-573-4581 Pinantan Lake, BC 2/11 equine retirement centre

2080 Mile 108 Road, Horsefly, BC

R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 7/10 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@shaw.ca www.skookumhorse.com (Clinton, BC) 250-459-7772 Horse tack, hunting gear, custom leather products, repairs. 3/11 TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS

Stevie Pearson, 1-866-447-6355 spearson@meadowbrook-equine.com

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Kamloops Saddlery





ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 10/10 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078  9/10 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. www.bigmtack.com BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 4/11 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food





CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. www.tackforminiatures.com COLE’S COUNTRY STORE (Creston) 250-428-2107 9/10 New & Used Tack, Horse Supplies, Giftware & Jewelry HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011  6/10 English & Western, New & Used

Rusty Spur Feed & Tack


Dealer for Proform / Natures Mix Health Supplements & Minerals Tack / Giftware / Consignments Lumby BC 250-547-9506

NATHALIE MERRILL (Vernon) 250-308-8138. High Level Dressage & Western rider. Starting young horses for all disciplines. Lessons available. References available. 4/11 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. mistatimranch@yahoo.ca 3/11 Lee Poncelet Performance Horses, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8/10 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 Start to Finish, Reining/Cowhorses, Clinics/Lessons, Sale Horses. 5/11 RIVERSIDE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (Prince George) 250-612-4770 2/11 Developing Horses & Riders to their potential. www.riversideequestrian.com


Trans National Trailer INC., (Vernon) 250-542-5373, tnt125@shaw.ca 7/10 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist

Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336  10/10 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 www.toltaway.com Riding Lessons, Clinics, Horses and Tack for Sale 6/10 TRANQUILLE FARMS (Lake Country) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. www.tranquillefarms.com 250-766-7180 8/10 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. www.mwsporthorses.com 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 4/11




venkat saddlery (20110 Stewart Cres., Maple Ridge) 1-866-465-8883 English & Western Tack & Saddles. www.venkatsaddlery.com 3/11 WALKER CREEK COUNTRY GOODS LTD. (2 stores serving Vancouver Island) www.walkercreek.ca 9/10 TRAILER REPairs

Gus Evagelopoulos, AQHA Prof. Horsemen (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 2/11

Quality Horse Transport


An EQUESTRIAN CENTRE LIKE NO OTHER in the world Barefoot Program •Connected Riding® • Classical Dressage Natural Horsemanship • Holistic Equine Management Equine Bodywork • Equine Rehabilitation and Re-Training 3/11

DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, www.equine-communication.com 10/10

Jumping lessons Michael Rabe

Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC mrabe@jetstream.net • www.hanoveriansporthorsefarm.com 9/10

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics

DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale 8/10

danahokana@aol.com • 951.302-9463 • www.hokana.com

GARY HUNT HORSEMANSHIP, www.BreakingColts.com 2/11 940-255-3641 (Alberta) * Problem Solving * Clinics * Colt Starting CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 6/10


Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse”



Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured. www.hoovesnhounds.com


YOUr OkANAGAN HOrSe TrANSpOrTATION SpecIALIST Commercially Licensed and Insured. Your Okanagan Shuttle and Long Distance Connection www.hoch.ca Horse on course 250-379-6847 (north okanagan) 8/10 VETERINARIANS Deep Creek Vet. Services, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 4/11 JACOBSON VET SERVICES (Serving Kelowna & Area) 250-862-3435 Dr. Teresa Jacobson, Dr. Deanna Jenner 11/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486  5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 2/11 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099  9/10 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service  8/10 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707  4/11 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller www.saddleup.ca • 65

On The Market MUST SELL!



32” AMHA & AMHR Grullo Stallion, 17 years old. Has produced Champion offspring. Gentle and can be hand bred or pasture bred. Has done some showing; he drives and is quiet and easy to handle. COMES WITH two Registered Genesis Mares. $4,500 for three or $2,000 each. 250-249-5572 leave message (Quesnel)

“Boot Scootin Spook” - 12-year-old Reg’d APHA Stallion,15.1HH. Great bloodlines, producer of amazing offspring. REDUCED TO $6,200 obo. More info: www.pro-horsemanship.com 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail: pro-horsemanship@hotmail.com


2006 PtHA Reg’d Pinto Gelding. Tonka is a great PtHA gelding by Painted Coos out of buckskin tobiano mare Livin On Tulsa Time (PtHA halter and colour winner). Tonka has been lightly saddled but handled extensively since birth. He’s a very quiet, laid back fella waiting for a job. Very personable and willing to please his handler. UTD on worming and farrier. $2,500 obo. For more info 250-379-2969 (Falkland) E-mail: halfmoonacres@hotmail.com

2006 APHA Reg’d Mare. Out of Okies Last Chance & Streakin Calicleo. Homozygous Mare open for season – would be an asset to Paint program or pleasure to start as a project. Very personable mare. UTD on worming and farrier. $5,000 obo. For more info 250-379-2969 (Falkland) E-mail: halfmoonacres@hotmail.com

CRIMSON FIRE (“Firefly”)

4-year-old Reg’d APHA Bay Tobiano, 15+HH. Sire: JR Colord Crimson. Dam: SDL Unique. Been started in Reining. Great potential. $3,500. 250-395-2804 (100 Mile House)



2004 APHA Reg’d Mare. Out of Spectacular Flash & Sheza Calico Ghost. Sire’s Grandson of World Champion Sunny Dee Bar. Sire’s Grand-dam full sister to Impressive. Has produced one exceptional foal. Open for season or ready to start. UTD on worming and farrier. $4,000 obo. For more info 250-379-2969 (Falkland) E-mail: halfmoonacres@hotmail.com



Sire: Royal Flame Dancer. Dam: One Scoop. Was ridden English by a 15-year-old girl. Sound, healthy and very sweet. We moved and would like to find the ideal home for her. $900. 250-379-5185 (Falkland)

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Sire: Sugs Scampi. Dam: Tickety Boo. Very friendly, sound and ready to start training. Loves attention and has a willing attitude. $1,200. 250-379-5185 (Falkland)

16HH. Quiet, sensible, easy to work around, sweet disposition, no vices. Professionally started and ridden around the ranch and trails. $6,000. Call 604-462-9179 (Maple Ridge) E-mail: holland2@telus.net

On The Market



Professionally started for riding. From AQHA Champion Sire. Willing to supply room and board in Summerland. Very nice horse!! 250-486-3335 (Summerland)


Spectacular lake and mountain views from open spacious rancher. Set-up for horses, barns, shelters, fenced and x-fenced. Lots of water with good well, plus water rights for domestic and irrigation. 16 km from Penticton and 21 km from Apex on paved roads. Call 250-493-6663 (Penticton) E-mail: russbarker@telus.net for info or photos

2 horse straight haul trailer. Insulated, has 2-50 gal. water tanks. Custom built with 4 dog kennels/storage areas under the mangers. Rack for 3 saddles in large tack room. Excellent condition. Price $12,500. Contact Julie 250-545-4718 (Vernon) E-mail: juliettesteen@hotmail.com

PHOTO ADS only $60. + GST includes


Sound, calm, gentle, well broke. Great on trails, has done Great Cariboo Ride, Wish Rides, Therapeutic Rides, Parades. Trailers excellent. $2,000 firm. AND new Myler Bit (Level 2) for sale. 250-547-9017 (Cherryville).

FREE INTERNET Deadline May 15

2009 AQHA DUN GELDING (“Striker”)

Sire: Jacs Bar Pepper. Dam: Ricotta San. Boggys Flashy Jac, Kid Five, Cody Tuf N Busy, Peppy Badge Olena. Striker will make a great Reining, Cutting, or Cowhorse prospect. Amazing temperament. $3,000. 250-567-4269 (Vanderhoof) www.roperformancehorses.com




6-YEAR-OLD MARE. Very pretty, excellent conformation, trained to Level 1 Dressage, very forward moving. $5,800 obo. Contact Linda 250-766-0932 or Cell 250-212-0964 (Winfield) 6/10

She has lots of potential with a unique, one-of-a-kind personality. Easy to trailer, bath and groom; as well as saddling, bridling, lunging and other ground work. Has only had a little bit a riding time but she is really malleable to touch. Selling her because I don’t have the money to support her anymore sadly, and being a full time student makes it hard for me to be out with her all the time. Heidi needs someone who is experienced in riding or training, who can finish her off. Would be the perfect horse for someone to work with if given the chance. Selling price $1,600 obo. Call Katelyn 250-804-6673 (Salmon Arm)

Painted and unpainted. Excellent prices. Standards, rails, cups.

ALSO: Trail obstacles!

Call Tammy 250-832-3409 (Salmon Arm) E-mail: skishack@jetstream.net

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Few shows; last four years trail only, not spooky. Reschooling with bit; definitely prefers the trail with a bitless bridle. Sweet mare, looking for a special friend. Only to home with intent to keep her. Please think carefully before inquiring. 13HH amazing kids pony available free, her companion; perfect parent/child combo. $4,000 negotiable. 250-833-1930 (Enderby)


Prefers bitless bridle on the trail, not spooky; being reschooled in arena work. Up-to-date on all general health maintenance, easy keeper, but can be free fed during winter. Owner looking for home with intent to keep as special friend, so please evaluate your personal circumstance and commitment before inquiring. Thank you. $3,500 250-833-1930 (Enderby)


5-year-olds. UTD on worming, teeth, and feet. VERY FRIENDLY. Can be ridden. They love walks, grooming and treats. Sadly outgrown. Would like to go together. $500 obo. 250-837-4831 (Revelstoke)

Old Baldy Ranch

Sired By:

Offspring for Sale

Jaz Poco Silverado AQHA/NFQH 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AQHA Rom Reining

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

AQHA/NFQH 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, 3rd Open Reining Archa 2003 Grandson of Little Steeldust

Aw Poco Durango 2003 REG’D APHA

“BARLINK TUFF LEO” - Sire: Barlink Haztobetuff. Dam: B.C. Dove San Leo. 14.3HH. Bomb- proof. Well-mannered. Great on trails. 3 months free board in Port Coquitlam with purchase. $2,500 obo. Must sell! Call Heather 604-837-7905 (Port Coquitlam) E-mail: hharris@sd43.bc.ca.


AQHA/NFQH 96% Red Dun, Herda N/N Son Of Jaz Poco Silverado, Grandson of Little Steel Dust and Goldun Poco Mr Matt

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines.

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca


Lady has a great temperament and is easy to handle. She is awesome on trails and very experienced in driving. Sweet, easy keeper, UTD on everything. To approved home only. More photos available. $2,500. 250-803-8814 (Enderby) E-mail: ester@saddleup.ca




3 months pro training. Good ground manners, loves attention, willing attitude. VERY quiet. Needs someone to put time on him. Owner going to school. $4,000 obo. 250-344-6439 (Golden)

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Foaled May 19, 2000 ApHCC 41456 (F1) ApHC 616529 Enhance your breeding operation with this beautiful Stallion. He has a gold star pedigree, World Champions top and bottom. Good ground manners, has been ridden but very little. We have discontinued our breeding operation and need to get him started on his career.  Don’t miss out on this fine Stallion! 250-838-0852 (Enderby) www.windwalkerappaloosas.com


3 Horse Angle Haul. Nicely appointed, full living quarters, 10’ short wall. Large fridge and microwave, 3 burner stove, and big bathroom. Less than 5000 miles, and can be towed with a 1-ton truck. Excellent value at $27,500. Barb 604-886-9470 or Amanda 604-886-9477 (Roberts Creek) 6/10

Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket.com (Innisfail, AB) 10/10 13 YR OLD AQHA Broodmare by DFL. Dam’s sire: Peppys Formula. $1,000. 4 YR OLD AQHA Broodmare by Red Skys. Dam’s Sire: Peppys Formula, Bueno Chex on bottom. $1,000. More Horses for Sale. Ian Robertson 250-296-4467 (Williams Lake) 5/10 ULTRA SMOOTH... ULTRA SMOOTH... Paso Fino Gelding. Ground worked and ready to finish. Reasonably priced. 250-827-3211 (Fort St John) 2001 SOUTHLAND STOCK TRAILER, 6’x6’x16’. Driftwood colour. Middle divider, spare tire, rubber block suspension. Rarely used. Excellent condition. $7,800. 250-249-5577 (Quesnel) 1995 CIRCLE J, 2 Horse Angle Haul, bumper pull. Removable tack. Rarely used. Good brakes, floor, mat. $4,500 or swap for larger stock trailer. 250-256-4867 (Lillooet) LUMBER! All sizes: boards, beams, siding. Custom sawing, machine work. Excellent prices. Call John 250-832-3409 (Salmon Arm)

COMPLETE SADDLE MAKING, LEATHER CRAFT SHOP. In a 45’ insulated 1997 industrial trailer, wood heat, lots of light. Harness stitcher, industrial garment stitcher, splitter, riveter. 50 year collection high quality hand tools, 100’s of stamping, carving tools. 100’s of patterns. Some leather and hardware... and much more. All for $15,000 obo. Tools and equipment $9,000 obo. Call 604-698-5232 (Mount Currie)

SHARED ACCOMMODATION or Board and Room for Senior Female in rural Armstrong/Enderby area. Am healthy, non-dependent and capable. Info 250-231-2542, dorothybrown49@yahoo.com 6/10

COMPLETE SET, HIGH QUALITY HORSESHOEING TOOLS. All G.E. 2 anvils and steel stand. Shoeing chaps, restraining equipment and tooth floating tools. All in good condition. $1,000 firm. Call 604-698-5232 (Mount Currie)

AVAILABLE MAY 1ST, n/s woman wanted to share accommodation on horse farm in peaceful North Okanagan setting. Room for 2 horses. Indoor and outdoor arenas. 250-549-2439 (Coldstream)

MISSION’S LARGEST FARM & PET SUPPLY. Don’t miss our store-wide Anniversary Sale! One day only... Saturday, June 5, 2010. Awesome Door Crasher Specials 7 a.m.- 8 a.m. e.g. All ACE Paint 40% OFF! $1.00 OFF Bagged Horse Feed. Durafork Stall Forks SALE $16.99. Plus much, much more... SPIN-TO-WIN up to 25% OFF (some restrictions apply). Lots of fun for kids & the whole family... Petting Zoo 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Games & Prizes. Pie Eating Contest; Drivea-Nail Contest. Elks Breakfast & All Day BBQ. MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Watch your mailbox for our FLYER in late May! Or visit our website at www.buildingsupplies.ca for complete details. Fraser Valley Building Supplies, Mission, BC, 1-800249-4474, E-mail farm@buildingsupplies.ca


HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 7/10

Next Ad Deadline May 15

BEAUTIFUL BUCKSKIN QH MARE, 7 years old, 15HH. Sound and healthy, very friendly. Green broke. Suits experienced rider. Asking $1,000. 250-260-7054; amelia_ leader@msn.com (Vernon)

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Affordable Barns

We don’t give estimates we give you the price! Comes complete with:

Standard Size 36’ x 24’

4 - 12’ x 12’ Wood Lined Box Stalls 12’ Wide Center Alley 6’ Easy Glide Exterior Door Coloured Metal Siding Sliding Stall Doors

$17,995. plus delivery Larger Sizes Available

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Quality Interior 75-80 lb Tight Square Bales No Rain, No Mold, No Waste, No Disappointment $8.50 - 9.00 per bale Grapple available to load

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Off Hwy 1 near Spences Bridge, BC 5/10


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• Bell Crown • Zilco • Accessories

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AMerIcAN TrAkeHNer ASSOcIATION Central Mare Inspection Western Canada

For registered Trakehner, TB, Arabian, AngloArabian and Shagya Mares for acceptance into ATA studbooks.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

at Desert Park, Racetrack & Equestrian Centre, Osoyoos, BC (www.sirec.ca) Deadline for applications/fees: May 28 at ATA head office www.americantrakehner.com For info contact host: Connie Kempter 250-446-2149 connie@rappenhof.com


Timber Ridge Trails Back Country Horseback Riding Experience



Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

L & L Quarter Horses Horse Boarding in Vernon • Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers

Specializing in timber frame barns, Hay Sheds, Pole barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289



1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC www.swisscarpentry.com 250-547-6616

QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Stay at a secluded, peaceful and affordable campsite with corrals; set up for trucks and horse trailers; backing onto hundreds of miles of crown land trails for every level of rider, from beginner to endurance. After a day in the saddle, relax around a crackling campfire and watch the sun go down while you savour the flavours of a succulent fire grilled steak or delicious slow cooked Dutch oven dinner (optional).

Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

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Starting at $1,195.00 (excl GST)

Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

Boarding - Training - Lessons

For more information or to reserve your campsite and corral: TimberRidgeTrails@gmail.com or call Darlene 250-309-3544

Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock


Hey! Round Up your Friends and Horses!

Come and experience awesome trail riding in British Columbia’s Okanagan back country ~ just 20 minutes from Vernon.

Shelters for cattle, calves, horses etc. or for storage Single or double shelters (or more panels to add on) Pick-up panels or delivered on site Different designs and finishes available

* Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters Cindy Kirschman

(Chris Irwin Certified)




Classified Ad Rates $25. for 25 words and .50¢ per additional plus GST

FREE HORSE MANURE and lots of it. Great for fields and gardens. You load. North Armstrong. 250-546-9922 BACK ISSUES of Arabian horse magazines. Archival material! International Arabian Horse from 1964; Arab Horse Society News (Great Britain) from 1976; Canadian Arabian Horse News from 1977; Australian Arab Horse News from 1977; Arabian Horse World from 1978. Must go to a good home. You will be screened. Barbara 250- 838-6101, shuswapnativeplants@yahoo.ca (Enderby)

Shop & Swap! Miscellaneous


Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs


Top Quality Australian Saddles

Deep Creek General Store 0


The Leather Lady

www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 5/10

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.


Nancy Roman, 1970


Send Saddle Up one photo 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. www.saddleup.ca • 71

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Saddle Up May 2010  

Horse riding, Western, English, Western Canada

Saddle Up May 2010  

Horse riding, Western, English, Western Canada

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