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HCBC 2010 Business of The Year 2014 A/S Chamber President’s Choice Award Publisher/Editor Nancy Roman Main Office TOLL FREE 1-866-546-9922 250-546-9922 Fax: 250-546-2629 nancyroman@saddleup.ca www.saddleup.ca Mailing Address Saddle Up magazine PO Box 371 Armstrong, BC, Canada V0E 1B0


hat is with the weather??? This is one ‘off summer’ we are having so far. In the interior of BC, most were able to get their hay crops off, first cut and some a second already. But the Albertans must be having trouble with their crops (as with other provinces I suspect) – snow and hail in late June/early July? Yikes! After many lessons and clinics in the sport of ‘Mountain Trail’ I entered my first competition in early July at Circle Creek Equestrian Centre’s ‘Sagewood Mountain Trail Park’ outside of Kamloops BC. Since I photo courtesy of Circle Creek was riding, I didn’t get any photos of me (or arranged for them) – but someone took this one – and I thank you. It was great fun (despite the miserable weather on Saturday)… lots of nice people, and of all ages… see page 23 for more info on the event. Speaking of ages… those of you 55 and over, don’t forget to e-mail bruce_cummings@ telus.net and express your interest to participate (riding, driving or volunteering) at the 2017 55+ BC Games. They need to hear our support in order for the ‘equine’ portion to happen here in the Vernon/Armstrong area next year. Come on folks… who REALLY has the largest horse population in BC??? Get on board, please! Ride on!


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Facing The Demons Working Equitation CQHA Youth World Cup Can You See The Trees… Chilliwack’s Mane Event Calgary Stampede (Part 1) WD – Turn on the Forehand Gaited Horse Show Xtreme Wild Rose Mountain Trail BC Morgan Horse Show The Caravan Film

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Historic O'Keefe Dinner Show By Nancy Roman


reg and I attended the Cowboy Dinner Show at Historic O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon BC. Rob Dinwoodie, Diamond Kevin and Julie 'Shootin' Newton entertained us with their cowboy songs and western music, a bit of cowboy poetry and historical facts of the area and the ranch itself. Cornelius O'Keefe made a stage appearance, along with a pair of thieves, and the legendary Billy Miner.

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Faci ng By Christa Miremadi

I’ve spoken before about the responsibilities of starting a young horse and how important it is to set each horse up for a promising future through providing him with discipline, encouragement and an opportunity to practice his new skills.


Cisco and I providing support to my sister Carol and Areion, her 5-year-old rescue gelding, as she backed him for the first time. (Photo by Aynsley Cairns)

’ve also spoken about the time it takes to get there, the physical and emotional development required by the horse before he can become a confident riding partner and the kind of exposure a horse will need to really be prepared for the life ahead of him. But what I haven’t spoken about yet, at least not in this format, is a topic that I found myself discussing with my sister a few weeks back. Carol recently purchased a minimally-handled young gelding whom she is starting herself; she has been faced with similar emotional struggles surrounding the process as I have faced in the past. If our horses are thinking, feeling, sentient beings as we believe they are, and if they’re capable of having emotional reactions and responses to activities that they either enjoy or dislike, is it really fair to insist that a horse learn to become a riding horse? There are plenty of people out there who won’t be able to understand our perspective on this, and that’s okay. I don’t need everyone to see things my way, but there will also be some people out there who are going through the same or similar emotional struggles that I’ve been through. It’s my hope that hearing my story and understanding my perspective might help those people to move past some of the mental blocks that are limiting their progress and the success that they may have the potential to reach otherwise. Many years ago, growing up as a “barn rat” and child competitor, I was taught (by a number of different coaches) to ride in a way that I wasn’t comfortable with. There was always far too much pressure on both myself and my horse and way too many fights for my liking. There was always more force and “controlling” than felt right to me. Having been inspired by movies like “The Black Stallion” and “International Velvet,” I was convinced that that kind of relationship (or at least a more realistic version of it) with a horse was possible. After an especially-aggressive lesson one day (and after a summer of learning another, softer way to be with horses from an incredibly gifted man who’d taught me to start my first colt), I decided that I’d never work with horses that way again. This was a very concrete decision from which I’ve never looked back. However, once I’d made this decision and for about ten years following, I had no professional support as the kind of horsemanship I was looking for didn’t seem to be available at the time. The man I’d learned with over the past summer was in another province and I was on my own to explore, experiment and learn. I had only my horses’ feedback to let me know whether I was on the right track or not and I’d decided that I wanted to work with them in a way that did not create fear, stress, discomfort, pain, anxiety or confusion. In theory, this sounded great and easy enough but as I learned, in 6 • august 2016


reality, when you’re teaching a young horse who’s never had to follow anyone else’s directions before to not only do things your way but also to wear a saddle, bridle and carry a person for the first time, although pain certainly wasn’t necessary, a little fear, stress, discomfort, anxiety and confusion are almost always inevitable. This discovery was devastating to me. It brought up all sorts of questions and internal struggles but the most pressing question I was facing was, “is this fair?” I was torn between an absolute passion for training and a desire to connect with and ride my horses and this nagging feeling that making a horse do what I wanted and taking away his freedom to turn him into a servant for people was horribly, horribly wrong. I tried to quiet this persistent, dark cloud by taking more time, slowing things down, and being more aware and more considerate. This worked to an extent, but it became clear that I was going to have to face this demon head on if I was going to continue my career as a colt starter and horse trainer. This required some deep soul-searching and a considerable amount of thought. This is not a skill or a practice I take lightly and it’s my feeling that it shouldn’t be taken lightly, but after much consideration, observation and thought, I realized that horses and people really, truly do seem to naturally be drawn to each other! We have a deep-rooted history together and the development and progress of both species are wrapped up and intertwined with one another. Not only that, but in today’s world of concrete, parking lots, shopping malls, highways and residential development, it’s next to impossible to provide the equine population with the physical exercise, interactive socialization and mental stimulation that their DNA craves without the ability to do a job under saddle. My ability to help a horse understand how he can interact with a human in a safe and productive manner makes it possible for the horses I start to move beyond their fences and cover the kind of ground that every cell in their body is begging for. No human can walk the kind of distances that a horse needs to move every day to stay healthy, and stretching his legs out into an all-out run through the bush is out of the question unless you’re safely mounted in the middle of his back. It became clear to me that in order for the horses of today’s world to have a chance at the modern version of what a horse needs (to not only survive but to thrive), they absolutely must have the skills to be safe riding horses. Through this realization, I was able to not only satisfy my concerns but have actually been able to find a great deal of faith and even more passion for the process than ever before. This is not to say that if a horse can’t be ridden he’s useless or that he can’t be happy, or that every horse who’s been broke to ride is better

the Demons off than those who aren’t, because obviously there are riding horses whose lives are far from ideal and there are companion horses, carriage horses and miniature horses whose lives are full and stimulating. I’m only trying to illustrate how, despite the sometimes unavoidable stress, confusion, anxiety or fear that the process of starting a horse (or learning anything new) might cause, it’s well worth the minor discomfort that this relatively short process might cause so that we can give back to them the joy, freedom, safety, hoof health, joint health, physical development and fitness, emotional and mental stimulation, social interaction, cardiovascular and respiratory health… Since the civilization and progress that horses have helped us to develop as people has actually minimized their habitat to almost non-existent, we might actually owe them this skill. When we do things with consideration and compassion and when the relationship that follows the starting process is solid and respectful, I’ve come to believe that not only is it fair to provide our horses with these skills, it may actually be unfair not to.

Cisco and I helping Areion to prepare for his first ride by moving out under saddle and taking directions calmly. (Photo by Aynsley Cairns)

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

Carol and Areion, a few rides later as they progress to moving out independently and with more confidence. (Photo by Christa Miremadi)

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Working Equitation By Joanne Metz-Laberge


ne of the fastest growing sports is Working Equitation, also one of the oldest riding disciplines in the world. Working Equitation (WE) is a working riding discipline for all breeds, which has its origin in the Iberian countries, France and Italy. It grew out of decades of daily work with cattle in the open countryside where the rider had to carry out duties on horseback. It is now a competitive sport anyone can participate in, from beginner to advanced level combining flatwork and obstacles, tests similar to those encountered when riding and working cattle in the countryside. The competitions aim to demonstrate and test the partnership between horse and rider, promoting good horsemanship and above all fun. The main requirements for Working Equitation are obedience, agility, speed, and cattle handling ability. The horse needs to be calm, responsive, supple and able to balance on the haunches, an education in dressage is helpful. Especially in the obstacle course with speed and the work with cattle the horse needs to be able to instantly change direction or stop. If the horse is not responsive to your aids or makes the turn too big, the cattle can escape. In order to test each one of the above qualities that make up a highly trained working horse, the competition has four corresponding phases‌ working dressage, the arena flat work, ease of handling obstacle with style, and the speed course which is a timed obstacle course. The final stage, working with cattle, is only included at the higher level competitions or championships so anyone no matter their skill level, riding style or the breed and training of their horse may compete locally and have fun! Along with the traditional saddles of the Spanish and Portuguese used in the working of cattle, Rolfe Janzen designed a saddle with all the aspects that the Working Equitation phases demand. These saddles are available at www.darkhorsesaddlery.ca and Facebook Dark Horse Saddlery.

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Results from 2016 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup


ongratulations to Team Canada 2016 which finished in fourth place overall at the Youth World Cup held in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. This international showdown, comprised of 13 teams from around the world, took place from June 23 to July 3, 2016. Throughout the competition, each country rode for gold, silver and bronze medals in cutting, reining, western horsemanship, trail, ranch riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship. The Youth World Cup is more than just a competition -- it offered a chance for international American Quarter Horse enthusiasts to learn from the industry's leading riders and trainers. Team Canada collectively earned 84 total points earning fourth place. Team USA was first with 200 points; Team Australia was second with 118 points; and Team Germany was third with 110 points. 2016 Team Canada Highlights The five 2016 Team Canada competing riders placed as follows: Mackenzie Inksater, Roberts Creek, BC Haley Franc, Prince Albert, SK Hunt Seat Equitation - 7th place in Show A, Cutting - 5th place in Show A, 2nd place (Silver Medal) in 6th place in Show B Show B (Reserve Champion overall) Showmanship - 10th place in Show A Reining - 2nd place (Silver Medal) in Show A Trail - 10th place in Show B Megan Komori Kennedy, Merville, BC Madison Holmes, New Glasgow, NS Western Horsemanship - 3rd place (Bronze Medal) in Show A Hunt Seat Equitation - 10th place in Show B Hunt Seat Equitation - 9th place in Show A, 4th place in Show B The 2016 Team Canada alternate riders were: Hunter Under Saddle - 12th place in Show A, Ruth Enns, Schanzenfeld, MB 3rd place in Show B Melanie Trolley, Bancroft, ON Showmanship - 6th place in Show A The 2016 Team Canada Leadership members were: Hanna Buijs, Lisle, ON James Heitzner, St. Clements, ON Trail - 7th place in Show A Cheyanne Izon, Acton, ON Showmanship - 7th place in Show B The 2016 Team Canada Coach and Manager were: Coach: Christine Little, Brandon, MB Manager: Donna Sagin, Carberry, MB Representing Canada at international events such as this one is a costly initiative and Team Canada members and their families are each responsible for fundraising a portion of their travel expenses. Team Canada appreciates the many generous sponsors who have stepped up to the plate. To see the Team Canada members and these valuable team sponsors, visit the Team Canada 2016 section of the CQHA's website. The CQHA Board of Directors congratulates the entire 2016 youth team, coach and manager and their support groups, both on site and back at home, for their cumulative efforts. You were great ambassadors for Canada and we are very proud of you! For more information regarding the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, visit the CQHA website (www.cqha.ca) and be sure to check out the current and historical Youth World Cup links. Back row (L-R): Christine Little, Cheyanne Izon, Madison Holmes, Hannah Buijs, Mackenzie Inksater, Melanie Trolley, Donna Sagin Front row (L-R): James Heitzner, Ruth Enns, Megan Komori Kennedy, Haley Franc august 2016



Can You See the Trees By Glenn Stewart

Can you see the trees in the forest or just the forest? Lately, it seems more than usual I have been on a mission to try and have riders, horse owners, and anyone else I can find to look a lot deeper into what is going on with their horses.


ny time there is a horse around, especially one being handled by a human, there is a great opportunity for us to try and look beyond the smoke and mirrors and see what the horse thinks of what is going on. Admittedly, it is much easier and requires much less skill to not care, to ignore or be oblivious to where the horse is at mentally. It requires a greater level of awareness, skills, knowledge, feel and timing to keep a horse in a good place mentally and still get something done. This begs the question, what does “getting something done with our horses” mean? Let me ask some questions. Are two different horses that are both being ridden, the same as far as what each horse knows or has been taught? What if it was a colt start and both horses were being ridden in the first session by two equally skilled trainers -- do the two horses know, and demonstrate, the same amount of ability? Did the trainers achieve the same amount of skill with their horses in the equal time they were given? Did the two horses both enjoy what they learned, or how it was presented, and did it make sense to each of them? If both horses can canter right and left, are the horses in the same place in their development? I could ask as many questions as I could think of and the answer would be the same. The answer is “possibly” the horses “could” be in the same place developmentally, but I have never seen it. To add to the answer, many times two horses being ridden regardless if they both canter, trot, in the first session or whether they are ten years old, are in different places. There can be huge differences in what each horse knows and where they are developmentally. How the horse got to where it is has a huge bearing on how far along the horse is and what he thinks of humans. Another question and skill we have or don’t, is the human developing the trainability or lessening the trainability of the horse? Let me give some examples. Take two horses, both being ridden.

in the Forest? Both will canter. The first rider needs a stick or switch to get the horse to go, the other does not. The second horse has to be held back or it will gallop off, the other does not. Or, take a colt-starting competition on the third session, when both horses are doing a course. One horse slings its head through the whole course, while the other does not. One horse’s eyes are glazed over, hard and anxious-looking, staring, head high, lips pinched together. The other horse’s eyes are soft, relaxed, and blinking, ears still moving, head and neck down. These are very different scenarios. One of those horses, I would not want to be. When we work with horses and they are learning, there can be moments when their expressions are not showing relaxation and understanding. However, that is where it needs to be headed. The session with a horse should be filled with a horse that looks like it is learning, bright and trusting; not bored, eating grass and sniffing poop, or completely frustrated, scared, anxious and confused. If you were to keep track of the things a horse was being taught at a coltstarting competition, or by your trainer, or by yourself, or count the things your horse cannot do well, it can help us begin to see the trees in the forest. If two horses are asked to canter and one pins its ears while the other willingly canters, ask the question, “why?” If two horses are being led and one is on a tight lead line while the other walks along on a loose lead, ask the question, “why?” The tough part is answering “why” correctly.

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Look for the many signs and all the differences going on. Ask yourself if the look on the horse is one you would want on yourself, if you were being taught something. The list goes on and on and the difference is, many times, huge, but both horses are being ridden or led so many folks assume the horses to be at the same place and have gone through the same process. There are many trees to make a forest, maybe one forest is made up of dead trees and the other is full of fresh, strong, vibrant, healthy trees. There is much more going on between horses and humans that we tend to see. The more I look and pay attention, the more I see and the better things get. If we see a tree in the forest that we don’t appreciate, it is not our job to criticize that tree. Instead, we need to make sure we are always taking care to improve our own forest.

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s a reprieve from all the shopping, there are two arenas, a round pen, and a lecture area filled to the brim with lectures, clinics, and demonstrations. With everything from Jumping to Reining, all horse enthusiasts will have something to watch. This year’s clinician list includes names such as Leslie Law (Jumping), Peggy Brown (Driving), Warwick Schiller (Reining & Horsemanship), and Kay Blandford (Barrel Racing). Returning as a fan favourite will be the Trainers Challenge with the trainers to be announced shortly. New to Chilliwack this year will be the Youth ProAm Competition that debuted in Red Deer this April. In Red Deer, this fast-paced new event took six youth riders from around Alberta and matched them with six of our brave clinicians! These six duos competed in a timed and scored extreme trail pattern on Thursday night. The overwhelming positive response of this event made it an immediate favourite that just had to be brought to Chilliwack! It will take place on Friday evening. With the ProAm Competition staking claim to Friday night that means the Equine Experience will take place only on Saturday evening this year. It will be packed full of everything from drill teams to trick riders and just as exciting as always. Also new this year, if you order your advance tickets online prior to the cutoff deadline of October 17, 2016 you will save money. There are different tickets options for everyone, so be sure to find the one that suits you best. Of course, tickets are always available at the door too, so there are options. We look forward to seeing everyone at Heritage Park in Chilliwack on October 21-23, 2016! Be sure to head to our website (www. maneeventexpo.com) for more info and like us on Facebook for updates and Clinician announcements! FERRIS FENCING’S OWN LINE OF ULTIMATE DEFENCE FOR LIVESTOCK PROTECTION & PREDATOR CONTROL 110v. or 12v. Battery operated Also Solar units Made in Germany for Ferris Fencing

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BC Trio Earns Championship Buckles Provided by Calgary Stampede Agriculture


Calgary Stampede championship buckle is something many a cowboy and cowgirl dream of, entranced by becoming a part of the legendary history of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, not to mention the bragging rights that come with the hardware. There’s dreaming, and then there’s the reality of holding that coveted silver-and-gold buckle in its black velvet presentation box. “I’ve just got my first Stampede buckle. How do you describe that?” an elated Doug Webb said out back of the Scotia Saddledome, fresh off his win in 10 Class Team Cattle Penning Sunday night July 10. “It actually happened.” Along with Christine Gray of Agassiz BC, and Travis Van Dongen of Maple Ridge BC, Webb led the pack all four rounds of the competition, posting a combined time of 150.730 with 12 head penned to earn a 10 Class Champions: healthy payout of $33,900. Van Dongen double dipped in the payoff Christine Gray, Doug Webb and Travis Van Dongen. They took home $33,900. pool by riding with mother-and-son Sue Norquay and Spencer Gamache of Quesnel BC on the Reserve Champion team. The trio took home $22,600 for their time of 154.360 with 12 animals penned. “I’ve got no idea, to be honest,” the 21-year-old Van Dongen said of what he’s A superior formula rich in biotin, minerals & going to do with his winnings. The Calgary Stampede Team Cattle amino acids, all key factors in healthy hoof growth Penning Championships pay out in excess of $200,000 cash and awards over all four classes. This year, 652 teams vied for the 20 available spots in each of the four classes. It’s only the second time Gray has competed on a team with Van Dongen and Webb, who hails from Enderby BC. Given their track record, it’s a combination the three friends are sure to roll the dice on again. “I’ve been penning for eight years and it’s just super fun,” Gray said. “We did have quite a bit of luck on our cattle draw, so we’re thankful Log-on & enter code for that. You just trust your partners and go for 57362528 to get it.”


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Another BC Win at Stampede Cutting


eeping his eyes on the prize in more ways than one paid off for Travis Rempel of Abbotsford BC in the Open division final of the Cutting Horse Competition Wednesday July 13 at the Calgary Stampede. Rempel took the Champion title in the Agrium Western Event Centre riding This Cats Max, a 7-year-old gelding the 29-year-old horse trainer has had in his line of sight for a while. “I’ve been in awe of what this horse can do,” a jubilant Rempel said. “You can tell how solid he is and how he can put his head so low and just hoop around. He’s such a pretty horse with his blaze and his flaxen mane. He just can really stop and really swoop. He just makes everything so pretty.” What the duo did in their second go, notching a score of 225, was enough to take home a cheque for $8,166, plus hardware including a Stampede Champion belt buckle, and a Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association buckle and bronze. This Cats Max is owned by Doug and Angie Wiens of Lindell Beach BC, just outside of Chilliwack. Since 2009, the Stampede’s Cutting Horse Competition has been a participating event on the Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting. Thanks to the involvement of the NCHA’s World Series, the Stampede’s cutting showdown featured $25,000 in added money in each of the Open and Non-Pro divisions. In the Bill Collins Youth Excellence Showcase, Allegra Claughton of

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Western Dressage Turn on the Forehand By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz | Photos by Rebecca Wieben

A basic, but highly effective training exercise that should be in every rider’s toolbox is the turn on the forehand. The turn on the forehand is a stationary movement, meaning during the exercise, the horse learns to yield away from the rider’s inside leg at a standstill.


he horse’s forehand should not be moving forwards, sideways or backwards. Instead, the front legs move up and down on the spot, or in a very small circle, with the outside foreleg very slightly ahead of the inside foreleg, and the hind legs moving in a semi-circle around the inside foreleg. While a turn on the fore is a simple manoeuvre, executing it in an accurate way can be challenging, depending on the horse’s response to the aids. When first starting to teach the turn on the forehand exercise, it is a good idea to only ask for a few steps. Once you and your horse are more familiar with the exercise, you may progress to complete a full turn on the forehand, which is 180 degrees. We prefer to start to teach the turn on the forehand exercise from the circle so that the horse learns to keep the legs stepping forward, before progressing to a straight line approach, as it would be in a test. In Western Dressage, the turn on the forehand is first introduced in Level 1 and is executed from a halt. 1. Begin on a 10-metre circle in a working walk with soft, even, rein contact. 2. Spiral the circle down towards the centre. This will help create bend in the horse as well as keeping the horse stepping forward. 3. Shorten your horse’s steps with your seat and rein aids. 4. With the inside rein, ask your horse to flex at the poll so you can see his inside eye and nostril. The inside rein maintains proper bend. 5. The outside rein will slow the steps of the front legs and will prevent any further forward movement once in the turn on the forehand, as well as preventing over bending through the neck.

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The horse is showing a nice soft connection with the bit as he starts into the turn on the forehand. The rider should be looking up more to keep the lightness of the forehand. This horse is starting to compete in Level 1 this year. 6. The rider’s inside leg comes back slightly behind the cinch to encourage the horse’s inside hind leg to cross over (the greener the horse, the further the leg may have to move back for the desired result). Apply rhythmic on-off pressure with your inside leg for each step of the turn on the forehand. At the same time, turn your body slightly in the direction of the turn. Ask for one step at a time. As soon as the horse starts to move off the leg, relax your aid slightly and allow the horse to finish the step before asking for another step in order to reward your horse. The timing of the leg will be as the barrel is swinging away from the pressing leg. 7. The rider’s outside leg should be directly under the rider’s body, receiving and regulating each step and preventing the horse from rushing. A good way to remember which leg gives what aid is “press with inside, “catch” with the outside.” 8. While you want to sit equally on both seat bones, a little weight shift in the direction of movement can aid the horse over. 9. Remember to keep your eyes up in order to keep your horse’s weight “up.” 10. During the turn on the forehand, the horse’s front feet should march up and down in one place. His hind-end should swing smoothly, but unhurriedly around his front feet, with his inside leg crossing all the way over his outside hind leg, forming an “X” if viewed from behind. The horse should maintain a clear walk rhythm throughout the exercise. 11. When the turn on the forehand is complete, ride the horse forward.

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The turn on the forehand exercise has a lot of physical benefits. The turn on the forehand is a great way to get the horse to step further under his body, stretching the hind limbs, as well as creating lift in the back. The exercise also engages the horse’s abdominal muscle group, increasing the horse’s ability to move with good posture and form. Tension in the neck and jaw may also be released which encourages the horse to soften his topline. A turn on the forehand introduces basic lateral concepts, from which more complicated lateral movements may be introduced. For the rider, the turn on the forehand exercise improves both co-ordination and application of the aids. A turn on the forehand is also a useful exercise for opening and closing gates without dismounting. Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Chris Irwin Platinum Certified Trainer, and Equine Canada Western Competition Coach. She works with youth, adult amateurs and professionals as well as teaching a local 4H club at her facility near Bowden, AB. Western and English dressage has become her main focus, but many of her students compete in open competitions as well as obstacle challenges. Lisa has also added Somatics to help her students maintain and create further body awareness as it works to release muscle patterns in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and repetitive movements that can be work related. Getting riders in correct balance helps horses develop correct balance. Learn more at her website, www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com.

At this stage of the turn you can clearly see the crossover step behind and the inside front picking up. The front legs continue to step in the walk rhythm while maintaining a shortened walk to allow the hind legs to cross over.

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Armstrong's 19th Annual Interior Gaited Horse Show Photos by Marie Van Der Wilk, Gerda Knuff and Len Kilbreath


big THANK-YOU to everyone who participated in our ONE  DAY  show this year, either as a rider, volunteer, sponsor or spectator. Without the participation of all these people the show would not be still going.  This show is about having fun with your horse and connecting with others in the Gaited Horse community. We play games, have a few laughs, show off our horses and get to hang out with some really great horse people. We even get ribbons and prizes for having so much fun. Who could ask for a better day than that? We had 25 horses participate this year and 5 breeds that included Peruvian, Tennessee Walkers, Rocky/Kentucky Mountain, Paso Fino and Icelandics.  Since we only had one day this year, we organized a trail ride at Larch Hills Cross Country Ski trails, just outside of Enderby,  for Sunday.  The weather did not co-operate but it sounds like everyone who went did enjoy the ride anyway. A special thank you goes out to Committee Chairman John McMillan, who keeps us organized, Brenda Mason and her endless energy, our forever announcer Louise Burton, Louise Eccles, Loretta LeBlanc  and Jackie Evans who just take care of things, and our Judge this year Shari Gurney Galbraith. Check out our website for info and photos… www.interiorgaitedhorseshow.weebly.com See you all next year!



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t's been a busy summer so far at the rescue! There was a close call with Tinsel (one of the "hungry herd" rescued in 2014); while out on pasture, Tinsel got a deep puncture to her inner thigh and nicked a major vein. First she had to be caught, then loaded and trailered to the barn. They did this with the


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or more than 80 years, the team at Resistol has been dedicated to preserving the heritage and lifestyle of the great American cowboy. Today, with the growth of competitive horse-related sports and therapeutic riding activities, there is heightened demand for safety. In an effort to allow riders to maintain an authentic connection to the lifestyle they cherish while still protecting themselves, Resistol has developed the RideSafe helmet. Designed in the style of a traditional 7X fur felt cowboy hat, the Resistol RideSafe is protective headwear at its finest. Tragically, three out of every five accidental equestrian deaths are due to the brain damage sustained during injury. The Resistol RideSafe was created to not only drastically reduce head injuries, but increase rider confidence in safety. “Horses are powerful animals with minds of their own,” said Ricky Bolin, General Manager of Hatco. “Whether riding competitively or recreationally, there is always a risk of being thrown. With our new RideSafe helmet, we are able to keep riders protected while offering the great fit, comfort and iconic style of a Resistol hat.” Resistol partnered with designers Steve Copeland and Len Clement, who have worked together in the safety headwear business for years

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treme Wild Rose Club (XWR) is affiliated with the Extreme Cowboy Racing Association (EXCA). This club is about promoting and introducing more people to the sport of obstacle racing. You may have seen the Cowboy Up Challenge at the Calgary Stampede where people from all over Canada and the USA are competing and promoting this sport. XWR is based out of Wild Rose Arena (WRA), located between Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House, and is planning to serve the surrounding area. We are a diverse group of horse people who want to promote good horsemanship in a safe and fun cowboy environment. We challenge ourselves and our horses to complete obstacle courses with progressive levels of difficulty. We appreciate this event, as it is an exciting sport to capture great photos and spotlight local Albertans showcasing their talent while having a great time with their horses. Obstacle racing is a fun family event. We welcome and encourage riders with any breed of horse to come enjoy this sport. Extreme Cowboy Racing with obstacles is a way to enhance the relationship between horse and rider with emphasis on good horsemanship. XWR promotes the sport of obstacle racing because of its unique combination of speed, control, agility, the art of horsemanship, skill of the rider, training of horse and the excitement of success.

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WRA has been hosting horse obstacle clinics for over five years, helping riders of all ages increase their horse knowledge, skills and therefore pleasure of horsemanship. Obstacle challenges can help strengthen the bond between you and your horse by encouraging you to focus on each other, both on the ground and in the saddle. Trust is built between the rider and horse through successful obstacle completion. Adding obstacles is a way to focus energies and challenge riders' skills with their equine partners. Obstacles are rated according to their level of difficulty. There are a set number of obstacles for each division. EXCA has eight different divisions to accommodate different levels of horse and rider. Competitors can enter in classes according to their skill level and age. Divisions offered are: Young Guns (7-11), Youth (12-17), Green Horse, Novice (18 & over), Intermediate, Ride Smart (55 & over), Non-Pro, and Pro. Obstacles vary according to the level of horse and rider. Each obstacle is scored out of 10; a horsemanship score is also marked out of 10 and time points all add up to the total score. Awarding bonus time points adds an element of excitement to the race. No time points are awarded over an eight-minute ride. Obstacles can be creative with safety in mind for the

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Sagewood Mountain Trail Challenge By Colleen Meyer


xciting things are happening in the Horse World in British Columbia. The newest discipline of Mountain Trail is catching on fast and if you ask anyone who was at the latest competition, they would be telling you to get on board with this new sport! The Sagewood Mountain Trail Challenge was held July 9 and 10 at Circle Creek Equestrian Centre in Kamloops with 35 competitors taking on the newest Mountain Trail Course in BC. Natural terrain with man made obstacles provided a beautiful setting for horse and rider to navigate and improve their skills on trails, bridges, ditches, ponds, water boxes and tunnels. The course was designed and built by Gordon Lee and Colleen Meyer of Circle Creek, along with valuable input and guidance from Debbie Hughes, instructor and trainer, from Chilliwack (www.dhughesquarterhorses. com) Thirty five competitors came from Langley, Chilliwack, Armstrong, Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Kamloops. We even welcomed two from Austria and Switzerland who are here visiting Dreamscape Ranch in Knutsford, hosted by Lea Thorson. The Novice Horse class saw 22 competitors! The challenge on Saturday began at 7:30 and wrapped up at 7:00 pm. Sunday we managed to finish a bit earlier. Thanks to our judges Cat Armitage and Dawn Ferster who not only brought their judging expertise but were happy to give advice during the walk through before and critique the rides after. The next Challenge is August 6, where there will be a flat sand arena competition

at the Chilliwack Fall Fair. This will be followed by two days of competition at Hanging H Arena in Chilliwack on August 20 and 21. The Finals will be held at Sagewood Mountain Trail Park in Kamloops on Sept 10 and 11. Everyone is welcome to come and ride or watch! For more information see our website www.circlecreek.ca or our Facebook page.

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Return of the BC Morgan Horse Show By Peter Morrison


n May 27-29, 2016, the BC Morgan Horse Show resumed, after a 9 year hiatus, with a new show team. This year’s event had a few firsts, including a change in venue. The hosts, the Greater Vancouver Morgan Horse Association, chose the Equine Events Facility at the NW Washington Fair and Events Center in Lynden WA, just minutes from the Aldergrove BC crossing. One main reason for the venue was the actual cost. Venues in the lower mainland (of BC) have become cost prohibitive to small, breed clubs to put on a quality event. The Equine Events Centre has two indoor arenas and attached stabling at a very competitive price. The World Champion Stand and Tribute and Lori Gajowski. support and customer service that the facility provided made it an undeniable choice. The show team included Judge Jennifer Sullivan of Scituate MA for the Morgan and Open Divisions and Pamela Pentz of Woodinville WA for Morgan and Western Dressage. The event was announced by Dan Savage of Lake Stephens WA, USEF Steward, Ingrid Bentzen of Auburn WA, Ringmaster Sherri Spoltman of Oak Harbour WA, Show Secretary Suzy Birch of Auburn WA, Whipper In Tatjana Kelch of Mission BC, Photographer Jeff Baker of Scaapoose OR, Farrier Skip Bickford of Gig Harbor WA, and Show Manager Peter Morrison of Surrey BC. This group ironed out all the kinks of a first time show team, presenting a seamless presentation to the spectators and exhibitors alike. Albeit a small show by numbers, the success lied in the actual atmosphere and enjoyment of the exhibitors. 40 Morgans arrived from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, with a few multi World Championship winners in the roster. The versatility of the Morgan was truly displayed at this show, with events such as Carriage, English & Western Trail, and Reining in the mix. A new division this year was Morgan Sport Horse Under Saddle. Emily Carlson This division, intended for Dressage and Jumper-type Morgans, was well-received and and BLF Mission hopefully will only grow. The intimate stabling setting allowed for barns to mix and mingle Impossible in English throughout the show, and included the Saturday night Exhibitors Party. Other Saturday Trail night highlights included the Colour Guard with Lori Gajowski of Langley BC, aboard Stand and Tribute, representing Canada, and Shelley Bullard of Oregon representing the USA. Miss Whatcom County, Angela Ramous, was on hand to present ribbons to the winners. One key note in the shows positive reception would be the customer service and flexibility to change schedules. 2017 plans are now well underway. The management team was recently approached by the Lippitt Club, Inc. to have a division added in 2017. Current plans also include adding Saddlebred, Hackney and Harness Pony divisions, and an entire day of All Breed, Open Dressage. The show has been licensed and will take place May 26-28, 2017 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. We hope to see you there! For more photos and results visit www.bcmorgan.com

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Fillies at it By Nancy Roman



n the June 3-5 weekend, sixteen gals and their horses gathered at Aspengrove Equestrian Centre near Vernon BC for our annual Fillies weekend away. We have been here before and enjoy coming back because of the great hospitality, food and accommodations (for both two- and four-legged); plus it’s so close for all to haul over. Upon arrival Friday afternoon, parking was a breeze for all the rigs in a large grassy field – with horse pens just down the laneway – and our cabins just up ahead – all way too convenient! Lasagna, salads and desserts was our first meal of the weekend – always a lot of food here! We had a full hot breakfast both Saturday and Sunday mornings; and Saturday night was a fabulous BBQ (my favourite!) with all the fixins. For horse playing we had choices to ride in the arenas, out in the fields or on the trails, either on your own, in pairs or small groups. We set up a few obstacles in the arena and gals could practice their horsemanship skills on the ground and/or in the saddle. We had planned a scavenger hunt, walking it or on horseback, with a few participating – but we never determined the winner(s). Oh well, there’s always next year! Our ever-so-popular gift exchange took place Saturday night which we (I) always enjoy – the ‘stealing’ game always brings out one’s true personality. The weather held out for us this year – the horses were happy, and we all were too. Alisha, Hilda and Lorne do such a great job in looking after us from the moment we arrive until we head out Sunday afternoon. Thanks again for your great hospitality – see you next year!


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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


t’s been a busy and fun summer in the Cariboo with lots going on all over the place. The weather has been up and down and I guess that’s good for the hay crop… just a little soggy when one is out fencing or riding. We had to break down and put in a bunch of new fence this year. We hired Wade Cunningham and they did a super job. Our fences are mostly all log snake fence and we’re running out of logs for repairs so we had Wade put in over a kilometre of five-strand barbed wire. In the sections where they could (where rocks were available at an easy grab), they built rock fence, and it seems we don’t have a shortage of rocks around here. There was a pretty special birthday party in Clinton on June 25. Red Allison hosted it as he and four others were all turning 90 this year. He figured he’d like to see everyone enjoy a birthday party rather than wait and party at a celebration of life… and this way he could be there too! The five that were born in 1926 are Bruce The smile on her face says it’s about Drewry (June 24), Red Allison time we got out and on a horse! (June 27), Pat West (November 14), Earl Cahill (November 24) and Pat Baker (December 18). Joining them at the head table, making it a 90-and-over table, were at least five others from the area that were born prior to 1926. Canada Day at the 108 Heritage Site was a great day with some super entertainment. The RCMP Colour Guard took their places and the Eclectica Choir started off Canada’s 149th birthday with the singing of Oh Canada. Local politicians MLA Donna Barnett, CRD’s Al Richmond, 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall, 108 Heritage Society President Ulli Volger, and Canim Lake Chief Mike Archie each said a few words and then the entertainment started. Eclectica Choir, Front Porch Blue Grass Band, Patrick Christow, Ed Wahl, Theresa and Herb Keim, Lesley Ross and Jason Rusheinsky, The Ballan Sisters, Mack Station, Mill Girl Follies, Bob Westfall, JR Goodwin, and the Canim Lake Band Drummers and Dancers each had a half hour set which made up a full day of awesome entertainment.

Some of the fence was built just using the rocks they found while clearing the right of way.

The 90th Birthday Party for (L to R) Earl Cahill, Pat Baker, Red Allison (host), Pat West, and Bruce Drewry. BCRA rodeos still on the schedule are: Chilliwack, Redstone, Prince George, Smithers and, on the Labour Day weekend, the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo! Then the finals in Quesnel are September 16-18 and the following weekend is the Falkland Rodeo. On August 13, the second of two Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas will take place at one of the nicest and oldest gymkhana grounds in Canada, the Green Lake Gymkhana grounds. There will be a concession, beer garden, 50/50 draw, grand stands, and lots of trees for shade if you bring your lawn chair. A full, fun-packed day for the whole family – as a spectator or a participant. For information, phone Dimps at 250-456-7741. The following day, August 14, the Outriders Gymkhana will take place in 100 Mile House and on August 19-21, the August Classic Hunter/Jumper Show will be held; both events will be at the Outriders Grounds. On the same grounds on September 9-11, you’ll find the Autumn Leaves Dressage and Hack Show. For information on these last two shows give Krista a call at 250-395-0404.

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At the party in the Clinton Community Hall, this was the 90-and-over table with at least 10 people.

The item from last month was one that we picked up at the BC Livestock Equipment Auction in Kamloops – it’s now in the museum here at Meadow Springs Ranch. It’s a tenon, or plug, cutter for making wooden spokes... cutting the tenon at the end of the spoke where it fits into the hole in the wheel felloe (the wooden rim of the wheel). We had no correct answers at press time. There were a few correct answers for the June issue’s “What’s This” challenge. It’s the needle head assembly on an old crankup record player. Congratulations to Rocky Poirier, Barriere, who said it was a speaker… it’s not really, but it does send the sound to the speaker from the needle, so that is close enough, Rocky - we’ll give this one to you.


The RCMP Colour Guard in position for the singing of Oh Canada by the Eclectica Choir on Canada Day.

What’s your guess? This month's item is a photo of an object just donated to the Meadow Springs Museum by Sandra Wiley and Terri and Guy Starkes. Yes, it’s a bell… but it has a special purpose… to ring, yes, but the question is: where would you find it? What was its job? The bell itself is about 2 inches in diameter. Good luck!

The Ballan Sisters singing a Brett Kissel song at Canada Day at the 108.

Guy Starkes on Shy and Kathy on Whiskey as we rode out to check our new fence.

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TOP DOG! Wait For It! By Lisa Kerley BSc, KPA-CTP One of the first things most people consider doing when they have a new dog is enrolling in an obedience class. And, if a class isn’t an option, a private trainer is often brought in to teach obedience in the home.


bedience seems to be the first thing on many people’s minds when it comes to training their dogs. Teaching your dog to do some specific things when asked has obvious value. Obedience on its own does not provide the average dog with the skills he needs to be wellbehaved, however. We routinely have dogs come to our facility that are already obedience graduates, sometimes even to advanced levels. Many are impressive in the behaviours they can perform when asked. Sadly, many of those same dogs are not able to be calm and settled unless they are put into a “down stay.” They can’t politely meet a person without being told to “sit” or corrected in some way; or they are easily agitated. So what skills are our dogs often missing in regular obedience training? For Puppies Young puppies are in a critical phase of development and have special requirements for their learning. Studies indicate that delaying socialization can have serious This puppy is spending time on a critical lesson for her consequences on a age - socialization. dog’s entire life. Safe socializing can and must begin as soon as a puppy comes home and needs to be the focus of his early education. And just in case you were under the impression -- “socialization” does not mean playing with other dogs. But that’s a whole other topic… Vital lessons include developing a gentle mouth, acquiring good social skills and getting used to all the different sights and sounds that are part of the world a family dog will live in. By the time a pup arrives home at 8 weeks of age, the critical period to learn these things is already half over. Spending time on these critical skills while a puppy is still in this phase of development will make the lessons much easier and both parent and pup will have fun doing it. These pups will be set up for success by creating a more relaxed adolescent who already has some great skills started. If time isn’t spent on these with a young pup, it will definitely be problematic later. After 5 months of age, repetition will be required for a young dog to learn these things. For some dogs, other learning will be stalled until these lessons are completed. For Every Dog How to get things they want For many dogs, the excitement of a chance at something they love is just too much, and they lose control. Depending on the dog, it may be a passer-by or their favourite toy that sets them off. Parents often react with demands or corrections in an attempt to get them to behave. Instead, our dogs can learn that polite behaviours work to get them 28 • august 2016


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TOP DOG! you like” approach, young dogs are regularly being reinforced for checking in when there are distracting things around. They have learned that being involved with us is part of their success. They want us to notice the great behaviour they are offering, to reap the reward. Bonus point of this method: Being able to focus and work through distractions is one of the biggest challenges in proofing or making training reliable. In essence, we are turning distractions into meaningful real-life rewards. Building Self-Control There are even more benefits in waiting for polite behaviour. As if we need more! Dogs will develop impulse control, learn to manage themselves and deal with frustration, and build patience. These are skills that do not develop when a dog is always micro-managed or has too much freedom, giving him free access to things that matter to him. These skills are sadly missing in many dogs these days. Helping a dog learn these skills can take some time, so patience and consistency is required. It will be worth it, as these skills can truly change the way a dog behaves and how they handle day-to-day life. Bonus point of this method: Once dogs are outside the home, many get over-excited by the big, stimulating world around them. A dog that is already learning the value of being calm and thinking about what is happening will be much better-equipped to deal with things in the real world. An extra word about real-life rewards: An obvious example of something your dog loves that you can provide is food, but there are so

Top Dog! of the Month This is Molly who we are dog sitting for a few months. Molly appears to be fitting right in here at the Ranch. She is an 8-yearold Yorkshire Terrier and belongs to Shanna Foster of Victoria BC... city dog turned cowdog! - Kathy and Mark McMillan, Meadow Springs Ranch, 70 Mile House BC

many more at your disposal. A chance to play a favourite game; getting let out into the yard; getting the leash on for a walk; being let out of the crate. The sky’s the limit. You have lots of opportunities each day to help your dog practice. So, if you have a young puppy, don’t wait to start socializing him. A puppy’s brain is set up to learn certain things that it can’t later on. He is not able to catch up later in learning how to cope with novel or unusual things. Please don’t delay! Hopefully, the benefits of this “wait for what you like” approach are enticing enough that you’ll want to give it a try. As for obedience, with the skills your dog will already have, starting to teach obedience will be a breeze! Lisa provides a unique, holistic approach to care and training using progressive, dog-friendly methods at her facility. For more than 15 years, she has run programs and classes catering to the special needs of young puppies. Along with Valerie Barry and In Partnership With Dogs, she also offers training for manners and skills for the real world, including confidence-building, impulse control and social skills.




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You can feel the vibration, around the whole neighbourhood A life is at risk, if you go for a ride! The windshield is broken, and leaks rain inside It makes a weird noise, rides bumpy and rough The dashboard is littered and covered with "stuff" The seat cushion's torn, and it pokes at my rear The dog sits beside us and licks at my ear There's no place below us, for resting my feet There's a hole in the floor, O my God, there's the street!!! The windows don't close, so there's more than a breeze Wrappers from Twinkies, a Burger King box... One lonely old sneaker, and smelly old socks Half a stale donut smashed down on the floor Darn!! The dog beat me to it, and is looking for more!! The muffler is loose, you can see the sparks fly Dirty looks from the folks, who get smoke in their eyes When we drive by the neighbours, I duck my head and I hide I'm no Prima Donna... but I've still got some pride!! He loves that old truck, he calls her a gem! Make him choose between us???... I'd be out on a limb!! Courtesy of www.poetrysoup.com

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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.

“Banjo” Once upon a time many decades ago there was this young girl (Janice), who from the day she could articulate the word ‘horse’, she wanted one. Unfortunately the location on the side of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver was not anywhere conducive to horse ownership even though she was thoroughly convinced it could be done and the neighbours wouldn't even find out. Santa was a major disappointment and life just went on. Her Dad had even said that "One day she would have many horses!" and with that she just cried. As a teen she got a summer job working for the Princeton Stock Ranch, Abe and Mona Willis, and loved the cowboy life. After three summers of long hours, moving cattle, changing sprinkler pipes, more long hours and still loving it, she was able to buy her first horse, Banjo, from them, an 8-year-old palomino Quarter Horse gelding. And yes… he was shipped to North Vancouver and hidden for three days in the back yard until his next move to Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island to stay on the relative's farm. Such babes in the woods… after 2 days of rain Banjo decides to escape this coastal mess and disappear, on Mom's birthday no less. Panic, many phone calls, RCMP report…"Yes ma'am, you've lost a what??" And finally tracking hoof prints throughout the neighbourhood. "Anyone seen a horse?" We discover a set of tracks heading north up Skyline Drive to the Grouse Mountain chairlift. Straight up the mountain Banjo went. He had finally established his bearings and was heading home. On the hike up (anyone done the Grouse Grind?) a fellow was riding the chairlift down. "Hey, did you just happen to see a horse?" Surprise, surprise a yellow horse was tethered at the top. So to make a long story short, the girl with her saddle gets a free ride up on the new Grouse Mountain gondola, saddles up poor Banjo, rides down the old Mountain Highway to the power line, stops at her boyfriend Dave’s house (he should have known better than to marry this girl), pees on his grandmother’s lawn, spot stayed dead for 3 years, granny not impressed. Next day hauled to the Island in an old single horse junker of a trailer and the next segment of her life begins!

What a way to become a North Vancouver celebrity. Happy Birthday Mom! And as she once said, "Janice, you never did anything easily did you…” - Janice Jarvis (Jandana Ranch), Pinantan Lake BC Send Saddle up one or two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature... So start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information.

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Re-printed with permission from Ann Pringle, Driving Digest, www.drivingdigest.com

Produced, edited and directed by Margot McMaster. Director of Photography, Douglas Munro. Photos courtesy of HDTV Productions Inc.


es, The Caravan is a film about a cross-country carriage drive led by flamboyant Gerard Paagman (of Invermere BC) and veteran of long-distance drives Michael Muir. But no, it is not just about the drive. It is about adventure, courage, and overcoming personal issues. It is about the beauty of the American Landscape. It’s about strangers who become friends, then become a family. It is inspirational. The Caravan is a documentary film of the trip that started in Murietta, California in the fall of 2014 and ended in Weirsdale, Florida in March 2015. Many have heard of the trip, seen photos, listened to stories of those who traveled all or part of the way, but nothing can compare to watching this in-depth film of the day-to-day highs and lows that were endured by the participants. How do two men – one instantly recognizable by his orange pants, a blur of energy, the other living with Multiple Sclerosis and limited mobility - inspire and challenge a group to take chances, look ahead, live life to the fullest? The Caravan is not just the romance but also the reality of traveling across the USA under horsepower. Hard roads, worn horseshoes, traffic, personality conflicts, weather, make the audience wonder if they will succeed past the first week. Breathtaking scenes through the Sonoran Desert and Chiricahua National Monuments in Arizona, Bolivar Peninsula Beach, Texas, Crowley, Louisiana and the Florida swamps provide beautiful backdrops for the real story: individuals and their horses reaching their goals, embracing human interaction, giving back to communities. The Caravan drivers reach out to veterans and people living with disabilities. They reach out to each other. Margot McMaster and Doug Munro are the filmmakers, but they were also participants in the journey from beginning to end, giving up five months from their own filmmaking business. Margot is a driver herself. She drives a Hackney, she and Gerard are members of the same driving club in Calgary, Alberta. This is no ‘slightly better than a backyard film’ about horses and people. It is Hollywood quality, from the first goosebump-generating scenes to the closing credits. Yes, you will probably shed tears. Yes, you 32 • august 2016


will want to watch it again and again. Yes, you may want to join the next Caravan, but no, nothing will ever be like the first. The Caravan runs 105 minutes, and is available for purchase or to rent, in DVD format, Blu-Ray or digital download. Special packages are available that include posters and multiple copies great for gift giving. Prices range from $19.95 upward. To order: www.thecaravanfilm.ca

(above) Location Filming at Bolivar Peninsula Beach, TX. Director of Photography Douglas Munro CSC on location for The CARAVAN Film, a Catwalk Productions Ltd. release. Photo courtesy of Jennifer White.

Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office 2016 BC Heritage Championships Cancelled We regret to inform you that the BC Heritage Championships have been cancelled for 2016 due to a lack of entries. We want to truly thank those that did enter the championships this year, our volunteers and sponsors for their support. All entries will be fully refunded; we apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this has caused you. HCBC Awards Horse Council BC’s annual awards serve to honour outstanding achievement within BC’s equestrian community. These awards acknowledge those who have stood out from the crowd over the past year and who have made a positive impact on the community as a whole. Each award recipient was nominated by two or more other Horse Council BC members for an award. 2015 Horse of the Year The HCBC Horse of the Year Award (competitive category) is awarded to any horse that has achieved a high level of success in any provincial, national or international Chris Pack and Jane Tidball present Wallabee, Jolene sanctioned Benham, Cheryl Keith, and Kassidy Keith with the competition in Horse of the Year Award. (Photo by Totem Photographics) a recognized discipline. The horse must have been born and raised in BC. HCBC Zone Director Chris Pack and Jane Tidball of Thunderbird Show Park presented the 2015 Horse of the Year Award to Wallabee and his owner Jolene Benham, with Cheryl and Kassidy Keith on hand to help accept the award, at Thunderbird Show Park during the West Coast Classic competition on July 2. Wallabee is truly a horse British Columbia should be proud of. Born and raised in Courtenay, 18-year-old Wallabee partnered with Kassidy Keith in 2015 for hunter and equitation divisions as well as with his owner Jolene in the jumper ring. He took Kassidy on to win the 2015 CET Medal National Final and the Jump Canada Medal Final Title at the Royal Winter Fair. He also was reserve champion in the Junior Hunter division and finished in the top ten in both hunter derby finals. In September, Wallabee and Kassidy won the Washington State Hunter Jumper Medal Finals at the Northwest Autumn Classic. At Thunderbird in October, Wallabee helped Kassidy earn the New

Generation Trophy at the Western CET Regional Final; at the same show, Wallabee and his rider came away with the Jump Canada Medal, and the Thunderbird Good Hands and Seat Medal Finals. Throughout the 2015 show season, Wallabee either won or was the equine partner behind the win of the “Alf Fletcher Award of Excellence,” the $5000 Cobblestone Hunter Derby at Thunderbird, the $2500 Junior Amateur Owner Hunter Classic at Royal West and the Reserve Championship in the RMSJ Medal Final. On behalf of HCBC, congratulations to Jolene and Wallabee! 2015 Horse Industry Professional of the Year The HCBC Horse Industry Professional of the Year Award recognizes either a professional individual or equine business that has provided outstanding service/ products to BC’s equine community on a one-on-one basis or overall. HCBC Director Noel Asmar and presenter Gary Patterson. at Large Gary (Photo by Cara Grisham) Patterson presented the 2015 Horse Industry Professional of the Year Award to Noel Asmar of Noel Asmar Equestrian at Thunderbird Show Park on June 12. Noel is the founder and CEO of Noel Asmar Equestrian, an internationally-acclaimed equestrian apparel brand based in Surrey. Noel’s passion to empower her fellow equestrians through fashion is evident in all that she does. Noel has been involved in the development of the equestrian community in BC at a variety of levels. She continues to cultivate young talent through her support of the Canadian dressage team at the NAJYRC as well as the BC Pony Club. Noel also supported the first CDI event at Thunderbird last spring, and the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Qualifier last August. Putting BC on the map of equestrian destinations, Noel was a sponsor of the Anky van Grunsven and Charlotte Dujardin dressage clinics, dressing all of the riders to look and feel their best in front of the world champion, and inspiring local riders to continue developing their talent. Her innovative fashions continue to elevate our traditional sport through modern technology and revolutionary fabrics. She produces more than 70% of her collection in Vancouver, and continues to grow her business internationally. Her passion for the horse industry inspires her employees, her friends and her acquaintances, and the journey is just beginning.

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

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herapeutic riding centres operate out of a variety of facilities. Some are fortunate to own their own; others lease space, even horses. But anyone involved will tell you just how important it is to have their facility geared to the special needs of their program. Is there enough stabling? Are all the safety issues addressed? Is there room for expansion? Can vehicles delivering riders get close to the building? Will the ground become a quagmire after a heavy rain? like Just in our own homes, we do like to have things exactly the way we want for the greatest comfort and Arion Farm’s new indoor arena. Photo by Arion Farm. convenience - in this

case, of our horses, clients, and volunteers. So we dream and plan and PARD therapy horses in their new home. Photo by Wendy Carruthers. fundraise. And if we are lucky, we get to improve and expand. Here are a few CanTRA centres who were happily able to “grow” their facilities and reap the benefits. Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (Duncan BC) added a new outdoor riding arena to their facility, giving them an option to ride in the fresh air with a scenic backdrop to add to the enjoyment. Over 150 well-wishers attended the Grand Opening.

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


hat a month of June we have had… some crazy weather, some wonderful crazy riding events and lots and lots of fun. Five main events took place. The first was our annual assistance we give to the Oliver Half Iron Man at which we operate one of the main “stations” for the participants to receive re-supplies of water, power drinks and food. Thanks to Verla Strawn for getting the support team together and managing the volunteers on the day! Never an easy task. The next event was our first Trail Challenge Training and Competition Event held at the D-K, the home of the Oliver Riding Club. The event arranged and put together by Ken MacRae was both very popular and lots of fun. The fourteen participants and the many spectators really enjoyed some new challenges set up by Ken, the best being the gate opening into a tunnel which was the opening challenge! All the horses managed this rather daunting challenge and

all benefitted from the experience of the complete course. The first three placings in the competition, which followed an excellent lunch provided to all by the Club, were as follows – First Place went to MaryLou Barker with 49 points from a possible 50! In second place came Margie Fisher who was delighted to beat husband Charlie by 1 point who finished third with a great score of 46. In the Junior Category Morgan Muller came first with a score of 38. It was a great event to be followed later in the year by a second Trail Challenge. Then mid-month we had a two day clinic to develop our skills for the up and coming Ranch Riding discipline. With expert coaching from Carl Woods this was another wonderful weekend even though it rained cats and dogs on the Saturday – that did not deter anyone – we just got wet!! As if this were not enough for one month we held our Club Summer

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club Report By Chris Richardson “Riders, you are under starter’s orders!”


he Starter drops the flag and four kids on ponies burst across the start line, each carrying a flag on a wooden stake. When they reach the far end of the arena, each rider places the flag into the mouth of a traffic cone and turns their mount back towards the start line. With their ponies urged into a gallop, they snatch another flag from a second traffic cone and then hand it to the next rider in line who repeats the process. The Prince Philip Games (PPG) are mounted relay races in which teams of four riders compete against each other to cross the finish line first.  Think of sports day on horseback.  Typical 34 • august 2016


games have the riders weave their horses between poles carrying a baton or a ball on a tennis racquet. Competitors also stack sandwich containers, drop balls or bundled socks into buckets, move cans between bending poles, or collect rings on a wooden sword, all of which take place ideally at a gallop. There are 46 different PPG games in CPC, of which ten are chosen to run on any PPG Playday competition. Riders learn how to pick up and put down items while mounted. They learn how to dismount safely from moving ponies and to remount by vaulting. They also learn that teamwork is important because riders must hand items to each other as part of the relay, and the competitor on the field relies on the team to provide guidance when an error has been made. Riders aged 15 and under compete in the A, B, and C divisions. The “A” Division winners of our Regional Finals represent the BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs at the Canadian Pony Club PPG National Championship races.  Riders over 15 compete locally in the Masters division and the top Masters team represents BCLM at the National Masters competition.  BCLM also holds an Old-timers’ race for Pony

Cowichan TRA outdoor ring on Grand Opening day. Photo by Cathy Stone. Renovated arena at the Joyriders of PEI. Photo by Daphne Davey. There was great excitement at Arion Farm (Kelowna BC) on the completion of a brand new 120x70 indoor riding arena. Features include excellent footing and lighting, a wheelchair-accessible viewing area, bleachers, and heaters. After reviewing their plans for growth, the board of PARD Therapeutic Riding (Peterborough ON) found a new home with expanded facilities that would allow them to grow their program and hold more events. Especially, they are enjoying a larger ring and improved parking. The Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association of PEI needed to adjust their programming to fit their changing clientele. A move to a new home, with an expanded arena and other custom-designed

renovations, gives them greater flexibility. Everyone is a happy camper! But perhaps the most exciting news comes from Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Riding (St. John’s NL) who have just turned the sod with the help of The Princess Royal, Princess Anne (CanTRA’s patron) on a whole new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of the city. They currently lack amenities deficient in accessibility and comfort for their young clients. We wish them well for their “Raise It Up” fundraising campaign to make the new facilities a reality. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit www.cantra.ca or email ctra@golden.net. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www.cantra.ca or CanadaHelps.org.

Leanne Manuel. The weather was great Party at the Gillespie Ranch on a very and the pot-luck on Saturday evening pleasant evening amongst fine friends. was all you needed to have the best The highlights of the evening were the weekend ever with your horse! meal of fine cheeses and meats served Great month, great Club with great with some excellent wine and lots of people and horses. Never too late to beer and the very competitive Duck join us. So go to our website and call Race consisting of six heats leading one of the Club officials or send in a to the semi-finals and then the Grand completed application to join in the fun Final. It was a very lovely evening all “And the Champion Duck of the Year and Winner of the Gold at the Oliver Riding Club. round. Medal is…” To cap the month, Debbie House See you soon – and in the meantime stay inspired by horses arranged a weekend horse campout at Desert Park which was hugely and Happy Trails. enjoyed by all the participants. There was an opportunity to ride in the arena, take on a challenge course, trail ride or to take a lesson with

Club parents and graduates; PPG is a pony club favourite among the disciplines offered, and many find themselves returning for the thrill of PPG competition year after year. The BCLM PPG season runs from April through June with four fast-moving, fun days for horse and rider alike, where our BCLM members truly exemplify our CPC motto of Character, Sportsmanship, and Loyalty. Congratulations to this year’s Regional PPG winners! Emily Shaver (CVPC), Morgan Swaan (HPC), Hannah McKinnon (EMR), and Meigan Mullin (BBPC) will represent the BCLM Region of Canadian Pony Club

at the Canadian National “A” PPG competition to be held in Western Ontario this August 26-28, 2016. Good luck to these amazing PPG riders! august 2016


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• Non-irritating and safe to apply without gloves. • Non-caustic formulation containing silicon (clay), grain extract, tea tree oil, iodine, and yucca extract. A safe to handle and non-caustic formulation containing silicon (clay), grain extract, tea tree oil, iodine, and yucca extract. Available in an 8 oz. (0.5 lb. / 227 gram) wide mouth jar. Life Data Labs, Inc., www.lifedatalabs.com. Product of the USA. See our ad on page 7 of this issue.

Predator Ridge Rodeo

By Naomi McGeachy | Photos by Sweet Iron Photography


une 27 to July 3 was a full week of celebration and preparation for Predator Ridge's first rodeo, celebrating the Vernon BC golf course's 25th anniversary. The North West Equine Rangers started the week off by riding through the community of Predator Ridge promoting the rodeo hosted by the beautiful Lone Pine Ranch Event Centre in Vernon and all the activities for the weekend. There was everything from pony rides, gold panning, great food, a BBQ cook-off to beer gardens and wagon rides. On the Saturday, Lexi McGeachy of Enderby BC carried the Canadian Flag during the singing of “Oh Canada” to kick off the rodeo organized by Cody Snyder, World Champion Bull Rider. There were bull riders from around the globe at the event and the stands were full for this first of many to come.

Bull rider Jackson Scott from Alberta Lexi McGeachy riding Preacher

Kelowna Riding Club Article and Photos by Sarah Hayes


e wish to note a correction from the June Saddle Up article. Two of the photos shown were incorrectly identified. We apologize to Sierra Sawatzky and Gabriella shown in photo 1, winners of the Grant Thornton Jim Mills Memorial 1.10 Mini Prix and Katherine Marantz and her horse Puzzle shown in photo 2, winners of The View Hunter Spectacular, as their photos were inadvertently mislabeled. Both ladies did a fabulous job at our Spring Classic Show! The Kelowna Riding Club is now in full summer swing and we do tend to slow a bit in the summer heat. Look for the following events coming up at the KRC: August 9 – Leahona Rowland Eventing Clinic August 12-14 – Equi-Life Summer Sizzler Hunter Jumper Show August 25 – Lord Strathcona’s Musical Ride September (to be confirmed) – Volunteer/Member BBQ October 1 – Dr. Sheila MacDonald, Okanagan Equine Vets Nutrition Seminar October 15-16 – Fall Dressage Show October 18 – Fall cleanup 36 • august 2016


We are so pleased to be able to host the Lord Strathcona’s Mounted Troop Musical Ride. This is a group of 20 horses and 25 riders that honour Calvary traditions of the original Lord Strathcona’s Horse Troop, which was disbanded in 1939. This is a very exciting display of tradition, history and horsemanship that you will not want to miss! You can find out more about this Mounted Troop at www.strathconas.ca. Are you looking to rent a facility for your next event? Contact us about rentals, you can rent our clubhouse, any of our rings, or the entire facility and we even rent out our equipment. We are thrilled to announce that we are launching a new website! We will have a more modern look with easy-to-access information and online payments. More information on all of our events can be found on our website at www.kelownaridingclub.com and our Facebook page.

Introducing Equestrian Canada New Brand, Name, Logo & Website for EC


n July 14, 2016, Equine Canada officially transitioned to a new and exciting brand, including a new logo and the new name Equestrian Canada (EC). Marking a true milestone in the history of EC, the national governing body for equestrian sport and the Canadian equine industry, the new brand was launched during a celebration event at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, ON, where the members of the Canadian Equestrian Team nominated to represent Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games were also announced. Along with the new brand, EC launched a new website, www.equestrian.ca, featuring a visually striking, responsive and user-friendly design. “Our transition to Equestrian Canada goes far beyond a rebrand,” said EC CEO, Eva Havaris. “It is the foundation upon which EC will embrace a new era, uniting all equestrian disciplines, as well as the Canadian equine industry in order to create a clear, cohesive and powerful voice.” EC President, Jorge Bernhard added, “EC’s new brand creates unity across the entire Canadian equestrian community. This opens the door for more impressions, more influence, more recognition, and more revenue for EC to put back into the community.”   “The new Equestrian Canada name, emblem and website are

fantastic and capture the essence of the sport’s Canadian identity beautifully,” said Chris Overholt, CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “This new look and feel will show the world in Rio that Canada’s equestrian athletes have arrived. Congratulations to Equestrian Canada on their new re-brand.” The timing of the brand launch has ensured the Canadian Equestrian Team heading to the 2016 Rio Olympics can benefit from a true feeling of “one team.” “I’m looking forward to seeing what our new, unified Equestrian Canada team can accomplish in the future,” said Tiffany Foster from North Vancouver BC, a team gold medalist in jumping at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, and a member of the Canadian Jumping Team heading to Rio. Canadian Olympian and dressage veteran, Belinda Trussell, who will also be representing Canada in Rio, commented, “I think the launch of the new brand for EC is really exciting. What’s exciting as an athlete is that all the disciplines are united. As Equestrian Canada, we are now one solid unit.” For an inside look at the Equestrian Canada rebrand, visit www.equestrian.ca/about/brand. 

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T YOU! U O B A L IT ’S AL E S U A C E B Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. E-mail to nancyroman@saddleup.ca. Put in the subject line “KIDS.” august 2016


Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


e, at the Chilliwack Riding Club, have a busy summer ahead of us! Our Denim & Diamonds Drill Team has been working hard all year and most recently participated in the Canada Day Parade through Abbotsford. The theme this year was ‘sports’ and our 8-rider team showed up in true patriotic style dressed as Canucks! Our Denim & Diamond ladies will have performances this summer at the 144th Annual Chilliwack Fair (August 5-7) and at the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival (September 16-17). We will continue through the summer with Open Ride (free for Chilliwack Riding Club Members, $10 for non-members) at Chilliwack Heritage Park on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dates this summer are limited so be sure to check the club website for all updates. For all upcoming club events, activities, and membership queries please check out our website at www.crchorse.ca.

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


revised 27th edition of our annual Longears Show t is with great sadness that we extend our condolences to the families of two people which will be held at Eagle Hill Equine, 26 km west of that have been involved with our club. Olds AB. Join us for our ALBERTA LONGEARS SHOW, Dale Pierce, husband of Angie Pierce [Jensen] August 13-14. A big indoor arena guarantees us a good passed away in June of cancer. Angie and Dale show, rain or shine! If you arrive on Friday join us for a had been very involved in the last few years with trail ride in the area and you might like to join the Drill Competitive Riding with their Arab horses but still Team practice Friday evening. Please bring a donation loved mules and donkeys including their own. to our Fun Auction on Saturday evening. They judged our Longears Show last year. The full class list is on our website, including Not even a week after Dale’s passing we also special classes for the miniature donkeys and smaller lost Ethel Hollihan, a member of the club ever mules or hinnys. Also new will be Western Dressage Ethel and Merv Hollihan on their since it was formed in 1989, and our secretary/ classes. Camping is free for everyone and registration mules a few years ago at our annual treasurer for many of those years. Ethel and her is only $20 per family which enables entry into as Longears Show. husband Merv had been dedicated and hard many classes as you like! Please reserve your Saturday workers in the club and they both worked faithfully every year at many evening supper tickets beforehand by calling 403-556-1195. The famous events including our annual Longears show. All will be sorely missed. ‘’Tennessee mule artist’’ Bonnie Shields will be in attendance, along Jerry Tindell will be finished up with our series of clinics across with friends from Tennessee. And the huge attraction is a special Alberta, helping mule, horse and donkey owners develop better skills evening concert by Tim Hus, Canada’s rising country artist and and training methods in handling and enjoying their stock. Again, entertainer. Purchase your tickets for the concert at the door! feedback is so positive that there is no question that his presence is Visit our website for more details www.albertadonkeyandmule.com. wanted back for next year. Life is short – take the time to enjoy what you love doing and get On every mule and donkey lover’s mind right now is our new and out there and enjoy your Longears.

Participants in the Colt Starting [or restarting] class at the Jerry Tindell Clinic at Lakedell Arena, Westerose AB in June. Jerry's in the middle on his great mule Doc who assisted all the colts in the round pen. 38 • august 2016


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


ith our Pot O Gold Show under our belts, we now move on to promoting our annual ‘Find the Golden Horseshoe’ Poker Ride at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby BC on Saturday September 10. The ride (and drive) is open to all breeds (not just Morgans) and it is a fundraiser for our club. Registration is from 9 am to 12 noon at a $15 per person fee. Riders/drivers can head out whenever they’d like, at their own pace. All we ask is that you ALL are back by 3 pm; so we can determine the poker hand winner and draw for prizes. Meals and snacks are available for a nominal fee from our hostess with the mostest Darlene Wolney. If you would like to camp overnight, or

need a corral reserved, contact Darlene directly at 250-309-3544 or visit www.timberridgetrails.com Anyone interested in donating prizes or sponsorship money (towards prizes) do contact Nancy at 250-546-9922 or e-mail nancyroman@saddleup.ca. The BC Interior Morgan Horse Club is a small, personable club, and welcomes all Morgan owners to join us – the more members we have, the more we can do… together. We have chosen to close down our website, but will keep our Facebook page active with updates, news and photos of our members and other club activities.

The Horse Association of Central Kootenay By Pam Malekow


e held our 16th Annual Spring Show at the trail riding grounds May 28-29. A small but mighty group braved the inclement weather and had a fabulous time. Fifteen riders rode Dressage tests in front of the knowledgeable eyes of judge Jocelyn Templeman, who gave out some high marks and great advice. On Saturday afternoon Templeman set up a challenging Trail course for everyone to try. Champion results for Saturday are as follows: Dressage Champion high score went to Tammy Peitsche riding Shilo; and Reserve Dressage Champion went to Merna Boltz riding Pines Poco Tivio. Sunday brought Halter classes, Western and English riding. Templeman once again made some challenging courses for everyone to execute. “Everyone learned so much from her, and she was very patient and helpful,” said organizer Pam Malekow. Champion results for Sunday are as follows: In-Hand Champion was Pam Malekow with Illusionary King; Reserve In-Hand Champion was Larry Peitzsche with Tempo; Western Champion was Merna Boltz riding Pines Poco Tivio; Reserve Western Champion was Meagan Leslie riding Creo; English Champion 17 & over was Merna Boltz riding Pines Poco Tivio; Reserve English Champion 17 & over was Tammy Peitsche riding Shilo; English Champion 16 & under was Dianiela Sirois riding Cookie; and Reserve English Champion Walk/Trot was Caitlin Johnson riding Johnny Cash. Malekow was happy with the sportsmanship and efforts of the riders. “Thank you to all our amazing volunteers, without you the show would not go on,” she said, “I’m looking forward to the next show, Hot August Hooves on August 19-21.”

(L) Stephanie Werth with Major Brown and (R) Diane Sirois with Alex.

Dianiela Sirois riding Cookie.

Caitlin Johnson riding Johnny Cash

Jacquie Johnson with Crossburn Lady Kate.

Pam Malekow with Illusionary King. august 2016


BC Miniature Horse Club News By Terri Brown | Photos by Denise J Watson Photography


he BCMHC put on an outstanding show at the always-lovely Heritage Park in Chilliwack. We had an excellent turnout with people travelling from as far away as Alberta to come out and show with us. We would like to extend a huge thank you to our lovely judges, they were truly professional and wonderful to show to; Linda Reynolds, Margo Hepner-Hart and Cindi Carter -- all three of these ladies did a fantastic job. I would also like to thank our steward Vivian Galloway, our whippers-in Faye Christie and Nancy Gill, our ring clerk Maureen Gough, our announcer Glen Massey, our always-beautifullydressed ribbon lady Cassandra Lollie and our show manager of the stars Rinda Pullen. I have to brag a little here... we have AMAZING show staff! We also had two photographers who did a great job capturing some memorable moments: Denise Watson from Denise J Watson Photography and Catherine Royle from Yellow Rose Photography. The always-smiling Marie O’ Neill was in charge of videoing our steeds. Thank you, Marie, for capturing Dudes liberty go -- we can’t wait to see it and all the bucking he did! A huge thank you to Margaret Cullop for manning our silent auction tables again, and to Sharon Dinter for making such an amazing “Winners Circle!” Thank you to Laila Wilson, Stacey Brouwer and Mary MacArthur for organizing an amazing social on our Saturday night -- it was really yummy! So many people made this show a lot of fun and we will keep building on this for next year. Most of all, huge thanks to all the exhibitors who came and showed their hearts out for three days and also to our wonderful sponsors; without either, we wouldn’t be able to put on a show like this.

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Here are the futurity results: Yearling Mares Champion: San Sujos Midnight Eclipse, proudly owned by Susan Walters Reserve Champion: She’s Signed Sealed N Delivered, proudly owned by Terri Brown Yearling Colts Champion: TJ Rise Above The Flames, proudly owned by Taylor Josiassen and Tina Harrison Reserve Champion: San Sujos Bron Sun Dancer, proudly owned by Susan Walters Two-year-old Colts Champion: San Sujos Wardance Wizard, proudly owned by Lena McMurty 3 and 4-year-old Driving Champion: TJ Ice On Fire, proudly owned by Taylor Josiassen and Tina Harrison Reserve Champion: TJ Inferno Martini, proudly owned by Terri Brown and Taya Bath 3 and 4-year-old Hunter Champion: Lombards Canadian Alacazino, proudly owned by Jenna Nedzelski Reserve Champion: TJ Inferno Martini, proudly owned by Terri Brown and Taya Bath Congratulations to all. Stay tuned next month to see pictures from both the Abbotsford Fair and the Chilliwack Fair. The club is also looking for someone to maintain our current website. A huge thank you to Pip Breckon for doing this for so many years, but she is ready now to hand over the reins to someone new. If this is something that interests you, please contact me and I will point you in the right direction. Cheers, everyone! Don’t forget to hug your mini today!

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Fundraising Please stay tuned to the LMQHA page of the BCQHA.COM website and our Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Facebook page for updates on our upcoming Pub Nights. We would love for you to attend and/or help out with Silent Auction items. All Novice Show Coming up soon is our 1 day All Novice Show at Greystone Farms in Ladner on August 13th featuring AQHA and APHA classes along with All Breed. Also included are flat rates and a free clinic with Splendora Huizenga of WA! We are still looking for high point sponsors, so please contact Tamara Jameson if you would like to join in! High Points are belt buckles! Classes are offered in Rookie, Level 1/Novice and walk trot divisions. See the LMQHA page of BCQHA.COM for entry form and class list.    AQHA Ride We are close to full on the amazing adventure Jeneane Evans has lined up for those of you who like to hit the trails on your equine friends. It should be a great time, held in Merritt September 23-25. Please contact Jeneane if you would like a spot!

AQHA Walk Trot Division Want to try AQHA showing with a little less pressure? Have a horse that isn’t quite ready to carry themselves at the lope? We have a class for you! Come on out and try the Walk Trot Division in either Youth or Amateur! Great prizes and AQHA competition but at your pace. Got News? Let us know! We would be happy to share your moments here, just email mellissa1@hotmail.com with details.

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, 604-729-6616 Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha Visit our Facebook page

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Gene Peters

A Tribute to John Story By Gene Peters | Photos By Kelly Hawes. Yarrow Chapter


ackcountry Horsemen has lost one of its biggest fans and most tireless workers. John Gardner, known to all and loved by many, succumbed to a heart attack while attending to his mules after a long day on the trail. He died with his boots on, doing what he loved, as all of us wish for and only the lucky few will achieve. At 80 years of age he regularly would go out trail riding the trails alone if need be, or with company if someone, preferably female, was available. If anyone had reported a tree down, he would pack a chain saw to clear the way before the club could organize a work-bee to accomplish the task. In the Yarrow Chapter he was always at the head table serving, at one time or another, as work-bee organizer, membership, chair or vice chair, and found usually wearing two hats at once. Currently he was taking another stint at the chair position. That not being enough he was also first to volunteer manning the Back Country Horsemen booth

at the Mane Event, with his iron mule at hand to demonstrate packing skills or attending a meeting with Manning Park Trails and Recreation committee. In the back country he was at home, knowing any trail he ever rode, and many “shortcuts” as well. He abhorred road riding which he defined as anything wider than a cow path. There are not many cow paths he has not explored, all the better to find a new “shortcut”. If a companion was game for it, or sometimes even if not, he would dispense with the convenience of any trail at all and go cross country, picking away through the trees, ravines, and creeks. No one forgets a ride like that, some chose never to chance it again, others grew to love it too! Leading a ride in cattle country John would usually be up front, opening and closing gates in true gentleman fashion. He knew where they all were and occasionally he would call someone from the back of the pack to lead for a while, “it’s good training for your horse”. The honoured person would find the real reason around the next corner. Time for a chuckle and a sip of Fireball while someone else did some work for a change. A Celebration of Life on June 4th brought together his many friends and relatives from as far away as Alberta to his and Maude’s home in Rosedale. Along with the sorrow we shared memories of a great man and sipped some Fireball in his honour. As John would have said “We’ll feel better when the pain is gone.” John Gardner will be laid to rest at the top of Gardner Trail as he requested, by his friends The Back Country Horsemen.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive • http://bchorsemen.org

President: Brian Wallace, president@bchorsemen.org, 250-569-2324 • Vice President: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov, lisa@owspower.ca, 250-672-0099 • Vice President: Catherine Davidson, catherinedavidson@telus.net, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca, 604-854-1245 • Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, klldt13@hotmail.com - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante, farmgirlbc@gmail.com, 250-361-6290

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BC Rodeo Association 2016 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE: Aug 5-6: Aug 5-7: Aug 13-14: Aug 20-21: Aug 26-27: Sep 2-3: Sep 2-4: Sep 3-4: Sep 3-5: Sep 16-18: Sep 24:

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BCRA & QUESNEL RODEO CLUB 2016 BCRA POLARIS RODEO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS Brought to you by South Quesnel Business Association & The Quesnel Rodeo Club September 16-18, 2016 (outdoors), Alex Fraser Park, Quesnel BC Performance Times: Friday 6pm / Saturday 1pm / Sunday 1pm ~Top 10 Qualifiers in the 8 Major Events ~Top 10 Qualifiers in the Junior Breakaway, Junior Barrels, Junior Steer Riding ~Top 10 Qualifiers in the Pee Wee Barrel Racing More details to come, check our website at www.rodeobc.com


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chilcotin series sponsors: WILLIAMS LAKE & DISTRICT CREDIT UNION

THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THE COWBOY WAY ALIVE PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR SPONSOR PACKAGE FOR PARTNERSHIP OPTIONS AT www.rodeobc.com OR CALL THE BCRA OFFICE AT 250.457.9997 BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Rd, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250.457.9997 • Fax: 250.457.6265 • bcrodeoassn@xplornet.com • www.rodeobc.com Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2016 BCRA Board of Directors:

President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, gdpuhallo@xplornet.com Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005, tkohorst@srgi.ca


Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280, brivet@hotmail.com

Ty Lytton 250-706-3580, tylytton@hotmail.com Ray Jasper 250-991-8391, rjasper@goldcity.net Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, showtime_ap@hotmail.com Wade McNolty 250-398-0429, wademcnolty@gmail.com Allison Everett 250-296-4778, allison.everett@sd27.bc.ca

Matt O’Flynn 250-255-7678, mattoflynnrds@gmail.com Jay Savage 250-421-3712, jay.savage@shaw.ca Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, ranchproperties@gmail.com Carl Hyde 250-963-9381, c.rhyde@hotmail.com

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Clubs & Associations 27 Years of Celebrating Long Ears



CanTRA promotes the benefits of Therapeutic Riding across Canada by raising awareness, provided education, and setting national standards for the instructor certification, centre accreditation, and other programs.

members from across Canada and the US


Contact: ctra@golden.net • Website: www.cantra.ca


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.chilliwackridingclub.ca 8/17


armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 5/17

We Support and promote Dressage in British Columbia • Grants • Awards • Education • Discounts 9/16


Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com 6/17

BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 12/16 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca 7/17 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 6/17 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 11/16 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, bclmponyclub@gmail.com 2/17 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 3/17 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, cathyglover@telus.net 9/16

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

Contact us at www.equinefoundation.ca or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-381-2245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, www.bcrcha.com 8/16 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@shaw.ca, www.rodeobc.com 7/16 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Shelley Fraser 604-8578882, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, www.bcsporthorse.com 2/17 We wrap our 2015 year with $27,000 added, and approximately 600 teams at our Finals in Armstrong BC. For 2016 show dates go to www.bctcpa.net or email: cattlepenbctcpa@hotmail.com 9/16

BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., www.facebook.com/bcwelshponyandcob, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 5/17 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, www.burnabyhorsemensassociation.com 3/17

Interior cutting horse association www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 4/17 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 10/16 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 6/17 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 7/16


North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 4/17 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Allylebel@hotmail.com. Join us on Facebook 5/17 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@ telus.net, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, www.oliverridingclub.com 12/16

100 Mile & District Outriders

6/17 5/16

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

President: Denise Little E-mail: littlecountry@bcinternet.net www.100mileoutriders.com

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Clubs & Associations REGION 17 ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC., Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson, terry@weststar.ca, youth activities, shows, stallion auction, clinics, www.region17.com 12/16

PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www.paalh.com; paalhinfo@gmail.com; 250-992-1168 4/17 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, jessecapp@shaw.ca 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities 7/16

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

www.Selkirksaddleclub.ca 7/17

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

Visit our website www.phcbc.ca for upcoming events, trail rides, clinics & additional contact information. We welcome everyone from the recreational rider to the serious show rider. 4/17 President: Rob Sjodin 250-833-1188 • 4beat@telus.net


SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 7/17 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721, torikari@hotmail.com, tcsaddleclub.webs.com 9/16 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, www.vernonridingclub.com, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 7/17 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 6/17

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2016 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com

AUGUST 3-9 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, High & Wild Week 2, Baldonnel BC, www.thehorseranch.com 5-8 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Cochrane AB, 971-533-6865, www.horseteacher.com 5-9 SUMMER CAMP, Training For Courage w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC, www.pauldufresne.com 6 GAMES DAY, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Ngaire Smart, ngaire.smart@gmail.com 6 ALBERTA WISH TRAIL RIDE, Taber AB, Pledge forms and info at www.albertawishride.ca 6-7 LANGLEY SENIORS BRONZE DRESSAGE, Langley BC, cassabyrne@shaw.ca 6-7 TERRACE 3-BREED CLASSIC HORSE SHOW (AQHA, ApHC, APHA) & Open, Terrace BC, Stacey, 260-635-2443, www.terracethreebreed.weebly.com 6-7 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Centered Riding instructor Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, www.fallingstarranch.ca TRAINING FOR COURAGE Summer Camp w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC, 8-12 www.pauldufresne.com 8-Sep 16 EDMONTON AB, 6 week intensive Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Course, www.equinerehab.ca, Sidonia McIntyre RMT, CEMT CCF STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Fort McLeod AB, 971-533-6865, 11-14 www.horseteacher.com CDN NAT’L ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO SHOW, Westerner Park, Red Deer 12-14 AB, Brian 250-359-7740, paalhinfo@gmail.com, www.paalh.com FAWN ANDERSON CLINIC, Foundation Horsemanship 2 (Riding), Revelstoke 12-15 BC, www.selkirksaddleclub.ca, Kim 250-814-1007 ENGLISH TROPHY SHOW, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Becky Herford, 13 chicklet1976@live.com SKIMIKIN LAKE ENDURANCE RIDE, Tappen BC, Shawnee 13 info@momentumgymnastics.com, www.erabc.com/events 13(tent) MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Rocking Horse Park, Kelowna BC, www.facebook.com/DamarheTraining ALBERTA LONGEARS DAYS, Eagle Hill Equine, Olds AB, 13-14 Marlene 403-783-1723, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com HORSEBACK ARCHERY CHALLENGE, Edgewater BC, 13-14 www.horsebackarchery.ca RDAWSDA National Points Show (pending), Cochrane AB, 13-14 www.albertawesternstyledressage.com

14 WESTERN TROPHY SHOW, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Becky Herford, chicklet1976@live.com 19-21 RIDING WITH LIGHTNESS CLINIC, Clinton BC, Catherine 250-459-7772, www.skookumhorseranch.com 19-21 BC DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Southlands, Vancouver BC, telf@southlandsridingclub.com 19-21 HOT AUGUST HOOVES HORSE SHOW, Trail BC, Champion Buckles & Reserve Awards, Pam 250-359-7097, mpmalekow@shaw.ca 19-21 AUGUST CLASSIC H/J SHOW (BC Interior H/J circuit), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Cat 250-644-4388, www.100mileoutriders.com 20-21 CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest, barrel_daze@yahoo.com 21 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca SUMMER YEARLING & MIXED SALE, Emerald Downs, Auburn WA, 23 www.washingtonthoroughbred.com 24-Sep 5 PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver BC, 604-252-3581, www.pne.ca RISING STARS YOUTH DRESSAGE, Chilliwack BC, debbierogal@telus.net 26-28 PEOPLE’S CHOICE CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 26-28 www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com PRODUCTION SALE & BROODMARE DISPERSAL, Sinclair’s Flying S Ranch, 27 catalogue online at www.buyagro.com, Online bidding DLMS AEF DRIVING SYMPOSIUM, Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, 27-28 www.albertaequestrian.com CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest, 28 barrel_daze@yahoo.com FRASER VALLEY REINING CLUB Schooling Show Buckle Series, Murray Creek 28 Ranch, Langley BC, Wendy 604-855-5406, www.fvrc.ca 31-Sep 4 INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION & STAMPEDE, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongipe.com

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! SEPTEMBER 1-4 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or anika.gattiker@outlook.com 2-5 NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR & RODEO, Barriere BC, www.fallfair-rodeo.com 3 JUMPING SHOW, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Alicia White, Alicia.pel@hotmail.com 3 LAST CHANCE MOUNTAIN ENDURANCE RIDE, West Kelowna BC, Brittany bold_acclaim@hotmail.com, www.erabc.com/events 3-4 SUN MEADOWS DRESSAGE, Kamloops BC, kerryljh@gmail.com 4 WILD ROSE TRAIL RIDE, Running Reins Ranch, Red Deer County AB, www.albertaequestrian.com 9-11 AUTUMN LEAVES DRESSAGE & HACK SHOW, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Cat 250-644-4388, www.100mileoutriders.com 9-11 ADIVA MURPHY CLINIC, Kaslo Riding Club, Kaslo BC, See us on FB or email kasloridingclub@gmail.com 9-11 SALMON ARM FALL FAIR, Salmon Arm BC, www.salmonarmfair.com 9-12 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Okanagan Falls BC, 971-533-6865, www.horseteacher.com 10 ALBERTA WISH TRAIL RIDE, Reesor Ranch, Cypress Hills AB, Pledge forms and info at www.albertawishride.ca 10 FIND THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE POKER RIDE, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 or nancyroman@telus.net 10-11 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL FINALS, Sagewood Mtn Trail Park at Circle Creek Equest. Ctr, Kamloops BC, circlecreek@telus.net 10-11 CLINTON ANDERSON, The Walkabout Tour, Kalispell MT, www.walkaboutevents.com 11 ENGLISH/WESTERN, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Becky Herford, chicklet1976@live.com

13 CTHS YEARLING & MIXED SALE, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, www.cthsbc.org 14-16 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Advance Stage 1 Clinic, Cochrane AB, www.thehorseranch.com 15-17 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson BC, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, northope@shaw.ca 16-18 RIDING WITH LIGHTNESS CLINIC, Clinton BC, Catherine 250-459-7772, www.skookumhorseranch.com 17 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Demo, Cochrane AB, www.thehorseranch.com 17 CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest, barrel_daze@yahoo.com 17-18 BC CTR & PLEASURE RIDE, Log Train Trail, Port Alberni, Erica 250-735-2200, ericablake@shaw.ca or Cheryl 250-723-5992, coickle58@gmail.com 17-18 TRAINING FOR COURAGE CLINIC w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC, www.pauldufresne.com 17-23 CALGARY AB, 7 day intensive course. Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF 18 OPEN ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW SERIES #2, Oliver Riding Club, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Sara saradee_@hotmail.com 18 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 18 GAMES DAY, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Ngaire Smart, ngaire.smart@gmail.com 18-20 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Workshop, Cochrane AB, www.thehorseranch.com

Dates continued at www.saddleup.ca

How to Get

Butts in Seats or Saddles The “Fill your workshop” workbook By Linda Finstad


orkshops and Clinics are the perfect way to share your expertise with a larger audience and generate more cash. The challenge is getting people to register and commit to come. There is nothing worse than planning a fabulous event… and no one shows up! If you are spending sleepless nights worrying about empty seats and tumble weeds rolling through the venue because no one has registered for your clinic and it’s only two weeks away… you are not alone. Getting butts in seats is a huge challenge, especially with the explosion of workshops/seminars and clinics being offered. Never before has there been more competition for students and attendees. Perhaps you have wondered at what point you cut your losses and cancel the workshop. You can’t understand why people are not clamouring to register… after all you have done everything possible to promote and market your event. Or have you? It’s not enough to be a talented horseman/woman, have fabulous content and a captivating way of delivering your message. For your workshop or clinic to be

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the mega success you dreamt about… You MUST Get Butts in Seats or Saddles! The best content in the world is wasted on empty seats. This book will help you every step of the way to fill your workshop with (horsey) people who are excited to work with you and hear your message. Horse people are “different” - if you are one of them, you know what I am talking about. To get their attention, you need to speak their language. Understand what motivates them to take action and know how to inspire them to achieve their goals. Spend $25 on the book today and save yourself sleepless nights and disappointment later. From the Author: In my journey to teach people about equine behaviour, the road has been long and not without trials. I have experienced “every presenter’s worst nightmare” the gut-wrenching disappointment of an empty room. I know what it is like to plan and prepare the best material to share with a room full of eager participants, to find only two people waiting in the room

to hear my message… my mom and her best friend. That was the exact moment I decided to take marketing my workshops seriously. I have made plenty of mistakes, so you don’t have to. I am excited to share what I have learned, and reveal the secret formula that will ensure your success by putting butts in seats or saddles at your next workshop. Because the best content in the world is wasted on an empty room. Available from www.TheHorseWatcher.com ISBN/EAN13: 1530762014 / 9781530762019 Page Count: 118 Trim Size: 7” x 10” List Price: $25.00

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CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 10/16 GARRY’S SADDLE SHOP (Grand Forks BC) 250-584-4654 Custom Saddles, Tack, Chaps, Scabbards, Holsters. 6/17 LORNA’S CHAP SHOP, Custom Chaps/Chinks, Bronc Nosebands, Heavy Reins, Tack. Photos on FB. Lorna 780-662-0052, chap.shop@xplornet.ca 8/16 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 3/17 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net

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CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 9/16 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training.12/16 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com CINDY KIRSCHMAN (Okanagan) 250-547-9277, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 4/17


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KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 10/16 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, wwwreimerranching.com 6/17

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 6/17 JONI LYNN PETERS - (Okanagan) High Performance Dressage Coach, clinics, coaching and training, 250-546-8892, jonilynn@live.ca 12/16 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 3/17 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 2/17 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 4/17 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylang.ca 4/17 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre, Liveblood.org, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 3/17

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Business Services VETERINARIANS ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 6/17 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-747-3053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 10/16 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 8/17 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585, deepcreekvet@gmail.com, www.deepcreekveterinary.com 10/16 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 6/17 interior veterinary health services (S & Central OK) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Cert. Vet. Chiropractor 4/17 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 12/16

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On The Market (Private Sale) Want To Ride An Appaloosa?


Excellent location – country feel – 5 min. from Vernon. 36’x39’ detached workshop, insulated, heated, 220 wiring, with attached 36’x25’ barn. Great potential for a home-based business. Income property, currently horse boarding, 100’x200’ riding arena and 55’ round pen. Older 4 bedroom house, 1,340 sq. ft. on upper floor; 2012 renovations to interior and exterior. 18 min. to Silver Star Ski Resort. Included in sale: riding mower, farm tractor with front-end loader, flail mower and rototiller attachments. More info/photos www.okhomesellers.com, listing #26975. For sale by owner.

$779,000 4383 East Vernon Road, Vernon BC 250-545-9014, E-mail llnicholls@shaw.ca




Sporty and elegant type of Friesian 16.1HH Nice temperament and great conformation Has been started

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250-306-5351 (Armstrong BC) friesian@friesianranch.com

Very secluded 40 acre property with small 1 bedroom home. Hay field, pasture is fenced and crossed fenced, barn, and lots of water. Backs on to forestry for ATV riding, snowmobile, horseback riding and hiking. $415,500 250-547-9017 (Cherryville BC) 9/16

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Rural Roots (Real Estate)

INCOMPARABLE EXECUTIVE EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY IN THE HEART OF THE BX Over 15 acres of prime level land with stunning vistas in every direction, yet 5 minutes to town. 5,486 sq. ft. custom built 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom executive home with a huge lower suite. 4-car garage (heated, 220 wired for speakers & cable, natural gas hookup, telephone, both w/drains). High end 48 x 36 barn (six 12 x 12 stalls, powered garage doors, centre aisleway, Dutch stall doors, hay loft, heated tack room w/hot & cold water), 36 x 48 hay shed (1/3 stall shavings, 2/3 hay,equipment, RV storage), 12 paddocks, 200 x 100 outdoor riding arena, RV sani. Original owner.

$2,750,000. MLS® 10108146 4560 Carriage Court, Vernon BC



Elegant 3,600 sq. ft. cedar log home situated on a 116 acre riverfront estate! Home features hot water heating and a stunning full length brick built-in fireplace. The master boasts a large walk-in closet, ensuite and deck with view. Open kitchen and living room sit on beautiful hardwood flooring. Property consists of mix of cleared and forested pasture. 110’ x 220’ indoor arena features stalls, feed storage, tack room, kitchen, lunch area, concession, and viewing area. Second house presently rents for $750 a month. Beautiful gardens and an orchard, and a nearly finished cabin with loft too.

Very private. Heated workshop with concrete floor, several storage/shelter/ hay sheds. 1,500’ of private riverfront, sandy beach. Go with your boat up to Mara Lake and allow your horses to cool off. Main home is a rancher, 5 bed/3 baths with carport. Second home has 2 bed+loft/1 bath with carport, high producing well. Large garden area to grow fruits and vegetables, pasture for your horses or other animals. Property in ALR, and offers many possibilities to live in the country and to generate income. 20 min. to Salmon Arm/15 min. to Enderby.

2343 Reierson Road, Quesnel BC $824,900 MLS® R2061546

MURRAY BENNETTO • RE/MAX Vernon Cell 250-306-6476 • bennetto@shaw.ca www.bennetto.ca

136 Meadowview Road, Grindrod BC $729,000 MLS® 10117673

RAY BLACKMORE 250-991-2787 OR SCOTT KLASSEN 250-983-6153 Century 21 Bob Sutton Realty Ltd., Quesnel BC http://www.century21.ca/bobsuttonrealty



CENTURY 21 EXECUTIVES REALTY LTD. VERNON BC christiana@realty-bc.com www.century21.ca/christiana.pfeifer




6,100 sq. ft. 7 bedroom, 6 bathroom home located on lush flat land. Property has a year-round creek running through it with water rights for irrigation. Home is beautifully decorated and recently underwent a complete renovation including electrical and plumbing and records were kept for all work. It includes a 34x60 Quonset, pump house and all irrigation equipment, hay barn, and property is fully fenced. 

This beautiful park-like property is great for horses and their humans! For horses: 4-stall barn, 2 paddocks, riding ring, heated tack room, pasture and hay storage. For humans: a spacious walk-out rancher with detached double garage, workshop and RV carport. This immaculate home offers 4 bedrooms and a den/office and 4 full bathrooms. The large country kitchen and open living room/dining room make entertaining a pleasure. This would make a wonderful B&B!

2,600 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom open concept main living area offers a multitude of custom features. Each room maximizing the wonderful views of the surrounding property. Shed row barn, heated tack room, 26x56 shop. Close to Kamloops, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake. 57.53 acres in paddocks, pastures and hay fields. Set up for horses and cradled between crown land… this is the horse person’s dream home!

2770 Schram Road, Kelowna BC $2,995,000 MLS® 10111754

5731 Anderson Road, Kelowna BC $1,245,000 MLS® 10118298

WAYNE JUDIESCH 250-862-7539 (Cell) Macdonald Realty, Kelowna BC E-mail: wjudiesch@shaw.ca







Private 327 deeded and 153.5 leased acres surrounded by crown land. Over 100 acres in producing hay fields. Rustic home is off grid and set up to run off generator. Many outbuildings and animal handling corrals.

Rural yet 5 minutes from major shopping. This 1,233 sq. ft. log home sits on 4.83 private acres, and is set up as a perfect small hobby farm. House has 3 bedrooms and open floor plan. 

Beautiful country home with separate 2 bedroom suite downstairs. On 19+ fenced acres completely set up for horses. Home features vaulted cedar ceilings, oak kitchen cabinets, sun roof over the deck. 2 fully fenced and x-fenced parcels with horse barn, garage, hay shed and several outbuildings.

710 Mile 108 Horsefly Road, 150 Mile House BC $395,000 MLS® R2092438

3238 Highway 97, Quesnel BC $229,000 MLS® R2088716

6601 Fawn Creek Road, 100 Mile House BC $495,000 MLS® R2075868

BOBBY LLOYD 250-267-3657 ~ One Percent Realty Ltd ~ E-mail: bobbyl@telus.net

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496 Squilax Turtle Valley Road, Chase BC $749,000 MLS® 134698

LES LEARY 250-374-3331 OR 250-318-5100 (CELL) RE/MAX Real Estate, Kamloops BC www.lesleary.com

73 PRIVATE ACRES Lovely 4 bedroom chalet style home with plenty of wood accents. A few of the features include: new wood/electric combo furnace, new well, sauna, gorgeous stone fireplace, large pantry, new wall oven and outbuildings for a shop, toy storage and animal shelter. Access to crown land for trail riding or hiking. 180 Proctor Road, Lumby BC $687,000 MLS® 10119298

CALL BEV JONES OR DARLINE SCOTT 1-888-547-9266 RE/MAX Lumby BC bevjones@remax.net or darlines@telus.net www.bevjones4.point2agent.com or www.lumbyrealestate.net


Rural Roots (Real Estate)

IDEAL SET UP FOR HORSES! 2 PARCELS, 320 ACRES & 2 HOMES 138 Sadler - 160 acres with older 4 bedroom home $600,000 140 Sadler - 160 acres with 4 bedroom, 1 ½ bath log home $800,000 Buy the parcels together for $1,250,000. Water rights to Biggs Creek, backs onto crown land, approximately 50 acres in hay and 270 in pasture, 2 car garage, tack shop and hay barn. 138 & 140 Sadler Road, Lumby BC MLS® 10103011, 10117975, 10117963

DARLINE SCOTT 1-888-547-9266 RE/MAX Lumby BC darlines@telus.net www.lumbyrealestate.net


Move your horses to luxury in the interior of BC on this 10.18 acre parcel located in Quesnel. Just a short drive from the city nestled in the beautiful Baker Creek community. Great 32x32 6-stall barn has tack storage, power and hot & cold water. Fenced and x-cross fenced with riding arena automatic waterers and well-placed hydrants. Not to mention the one owner 3,286 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home. Complete with hardwood flooring, open concept, and wrap-around deck. 4354 Guy Road, Quesnel BC $334,900 MLS®

HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc. howard@vantageone.net • www.vantageonerealty.com

CALL TERRI MATULA 250-991-2001 RE/MAX Quesnel Realty tmatula@remax.net

20+ ACRES WITH RIVER FRONTAGE Beautifully presented and maintained 1,600 sq. ft. log home in the Edgewood Valley. 20+ flat acres with approximately 1,100’ river frontage. Fenced and x-fenced, with 4-stall barn and numerous outbuildings. Large shop has infloor hot water heat. Also has a 600 sq. ft. guest cottage within 50’ of the river. Property is lush and green with 26 fruit trees, large garden areas and a warm spring on the property – so bring your ideas! For additional info or to book a showing, please visit our website. 9755 Highway 6, Edgewood BC $499,900 MLS ® 2405558/#10099468 HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc. howard@vantageone.net • www.vantageonerealty.com


Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath log home set on 16.5 acres in the beautiful Armstrong/ Spallumcheen valley. Property has open riding arena, 24’x36’ barn with tack room, stalls, shop with grease pit, covered storage and equipment shed. Property is fenced and cross fenced. A perfect set up for horse and cattle operation. For additional information or to book a showing please visit our website at www.vantageonerealty.com 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC $869,900 MLS® #10114548


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