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ummer has arrived with a vengeance with continuous high temperatures and Mother Nature’s fires! Our hearts go out to the community of Lytton – who lost everything in the fire, including their town – totally wiped out. There are many fundraising efforts in place for the townspeople. Have you got your ‘emergency evacuation kit’ packed up and ready go? Be safe everyone! We thank the many fire and air crews and volunteers working around the clock to protect us all. I just heard that stats now stand at 44% of BC’s population has received their second Covid shot – great news! And so many events and activities are now taking place. But we still need to remain cautious and follow recommended safety protocols – we are not out of the woods yet! Let’s hope we can get back to some kind of normalcy soon. This is your last chance to enter our Caption Contest in this issue (and on our Facebook page). Next month, we have a NEW contest beginning, courtesy of The Finn & Fletcher Co. Stay tuned!

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Colt Starting Challenge & Sale Bareback – To Be or Not To Be Experience Alberta Horse Racing! Lessons from the Herd Ride with Mantracker at Anchor D Preparing for your First Show BC’s First Female Licensed Hunt Guide New Equestrian Real Estate Website Joy (in Horsemanship) Bach Rescue Remedy In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa CAPTION CONTEST


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Breeding for substance, disposition, and wrapped up in colour for 30 years! Our foals have gone on to excel in many disciplines… Roping, Barrels, Jumping, Western Dressage We have met so many people over the years… now as friends coming back for their 3rd, 5th and now 7th equine partner. To all of you past, present and future, we say… THANK YOU for helping us make our passion a success!

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By Melody Garner-Skiba • Photos Barbara Bostock Photography his Challenge is unique in that it is not a quick start program, but rather focuses on a solid 60-day foundational start. Each of the “up and coming” trainers are paired with a three-year-old registered American Quarter Horse for the 60-day time allotment. Trainers are asked to start the horse with a focus on ensuring the basics are solid. Moving through different gaits, standing while saddling, loading in a trailer, being confident with loud noises and sudden movements, and responding to new challenges with confidence are some of the tasks. On the day of the Challenge, trainers are asked to complete a pattern which includes the elements of a foundational start, plus a separate event called the “WOW Factor.” This element gives each competitor an additional 3 minutes to show the extra training and skills their horse has developed and is a crowd favourite as you never know what you will see. Unicorns riding horses, bridle-less cow work, liberty, and mounted archery. Every year there is something new! In return for their work with the horses, the trainers receive 2020 Trainer of the Year winner Madison Elzinga and Loona compensation. First, they receive exposure of their business and skills through the event. This helps them connect with potential Trevor and Huck customers and builds their business profile. Secondly, they receive cash compensation for participating in the event, plus the opportunity to win one of four cash prizes. Many of the trainers are then on the radar for bigger events which will help them build their business even more. The horses used for the Challenge are owned by Rocking Heart Ranch and are all registered American Quarter Horses that are three years old. The bloodlines are focused on a good mind and solid conformation with a tendency towards versatility. These characteristics are carry-overs from the Garner family for the horses they used when they ran a cow/calf operation where horses would transition from working cows one day to heading to the mountains to look for antler sheds and out on the trail Makayla the next. All of them have been halter broke as weanlings and, besides and Reese regular deworming and farrier, have been out being horses, running in a herd, and out on pasture. Here they have developed their “horsey” instincts of herd hierarchy socialization while giving their bodies time to The future of the equine industry develop and grow to set them up for their training. This type of partnership benefits the trainer and the ranch, but has long been a topic around the also the customers who end up purchasing the horse. This is the last kitchen table at Rocking Heart Ranch. element of the Challenge, the Sale. All the horses that are trained are sold after the “Trainer of the Year” is announced in a live auction that As a family, the Garners have always is also streamed online at This rare opportunity is a onetried to look towards the future stop shop for horse purchasers who may be looking for a horse that can go into the arena, work cows, trail ride, be a broodmare, or just be an and figure out how they can help all-around versatile horse and do a little bit of everything. Customers ensure that a viable horse industry can visit with the trainer during the breaks, see the horse in action, and then can take the horse of their dreams home. All with zero risk, as continues for generations. Out of Rocking Heart Ranch offers a 30-day money back guarantee. Purchasers those conversations as a family and can take the horse home and if it is not what they are looking for, it can with other industry stakeholders, the be returned within 30 days with a vet check. Add to that the ability to finance interest-free any horse that sells for over $5,000 for 12 months idea of hosting an event which would these are definite benefits to the customer. Mark September 11, 2021 on your calendar and head over to showcase the next generation of Midnight Stadium in Fort Macleod for a day full of equine entertainment. horse trainers was born. Welcome to If you cannot make the event in person, log onto and you can the Rocking Heart Ranch Colt Starting watch the Challenge and participate in the event. More information is available at


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To Be or Not to Be By Glenn Stewart

Some are fans of bareback riding and some are not. As a clinician, I suggest all the time to people to ride bareback. I ride bareback myself on occasion throughout the year.


he reason I do, and the reason I suggest others do, is because it accesses muscles and balance that I cannot achieve in the saddle. Ten minutes a day bareback for two weeks improves my riding more than I can in two months in the saddle or in a year. The 10 minutes I spend will be done with enough activity that when I slide off my horse it’s hard to walk. I want my groin muscles to know they did something. I hold myself up slightly with the inside of my thighs so my seat bones are not digging or bouncing on my horse’s back. This also works our muscles more. If I ride actively enough for 10 minutes, my goal is to be sore enough in 5 days that I need 2 days off to recover. Many people will say that’s ridiculous or I don’t want to hurt or some other excuse, but I figure a little on purpose muscle soreness is better than falling off by accident and having a trip to the hospital. I know for a fact it helps my quality of riding in the saddle, which I know my horse appreciates. While riding, I am consciously trying to avoid bouncing or just sitting there like I’m on a couch. The reason for me is to wake up some muscles and balance that have gone dormant. Riding bareback without a pad and doing it well is a big step. If you are not riding well it doesn’t give any protection to the horse’s back. Using a good quality bareback pad is a great way to protect the horse’s back and keep your pants clean. A good pad should also be built to have a real sticky surface to sit on. The ones we have at The Horse Ranch have 100% wool for the horse’s back and rough-out leather to sit on which is like Velcro. You can also put your saddle pad under the bareback pad to help distribute your weight for added comfort for the horse. If you’re going to use bareback riding as a tool to sharpen your skills as a rider, do enough to make yourself sore, yes sore. In 2 weeks you will be amazed at the difference in your riding. Always try to leave your legs loose and relaxed when riding unless you are asking your horse to do something like turn or go faster. If walking is all it takes for you to get sore, well, that tells you how weak your muscles are and they need to be developed. When the muscles are in shape you are able to canter up and down hills, spin, jump, whatever you like for 20 minutes and you feel nothing. Your confidence and ability to stay on vastly improves, therefore you make your horse happier and yourself safer. You might hear bareback riding will ruin their backs. I’ve been riding

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bareback all my life and have horses that were 25 when I rode them and they are still going strong with backs that are strong and healthy. In my experience, I have not ever seen a horse damaged from occasionally riding bareback. Some days I’ve had to ride for hours because the horse pulled out and we had to go on foot to find them while packing only a halter to catch them. Then I would jump on bareback and chase them back to camp for 10 miles. I also used to round up my horses every morning bareback - for 100 days straight each year for 15 years bringing them into camp. I ride mostly with a saddle, but I’ve found great benefit in riding bareback and definitely feel weak at the start and strong at the end of my 2 weeks or whatever length of time I choose to practice. However, as I mentioned earlier, if you just sit there your sit bones dig into the horse’s back and can make them very uncomfortable and maybe sore. Use the inside of your thighs to carry you and lift your sit bones. To know what it feels like, sit on someone’s lap and have them sit on yours to feel the sit bones and how to lift them. Sit bones stabbing you in the thigh isn’t a good feeling. Start at whatever speed you can stay on at and then build to whatever you can handle as the time goes on and towards whatever goal you’ve set. Have fun, keep their backs happy, get strong and ride better. Cheers Glenn Glenn Stewart has a complete horsemanship program and offers year round educational opportunities at his facility near Fort St. John, BC. He is available to travel for clinics, demonstrations, events and corporate leadership. He also offers on-line learning and has a complete Horsemanship DVD Educational Series on his stages program, a great way to learn his horsemanship program from home. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit www. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

Never Have I Ever... Toured the barns in the backstretch Had my photo taken in the Winners’ Circle Placed a $2 bet on a horse race Stood in the paddock before a race Met or talked to a jockey or driver Gotten up close and petted a race horse

IT’S TIME TO EXPERIENCE ALBERTA HORSE RACING! We’ve been locked down and locked in for months! Now that you’re ready to explore; visit one of our Alberta racetracks and experience the thrill of Alberta horse racing! If you’ve never, ever, experienced horse racing we’ve got a lot to show you and the entertainment is free and accessible for all members of the family. Join us for an evening or spend the day and see what all the heart-pounding excitement is about as you cheer on your favourite horse as it comes down the homestretch. There’s nothing quite like it. Use this Alberta horse racing information to find the racetrack closest to you and have a “Never Have I Ever” Alberta Horse Racing experience!

Watched morning training standing at the rail Attended the Canadian Derby live! Cheered on horses as they came down the homestretch Sat in the stands at a racetrack during a Stakes Race Experienced Alberta Horse Racing! Start your “Never Have I Ever” adventure at one of these Alberta Racetracks and tag us on your social media feed! #NeverHaveIEver #ABRacing Century Downs Racetrack and Casino 260 Century Downs Drive, Calgary, AB Century Mile 4711 Airport Perimeter Road, Edmonton Int’l Airport, AB Evergreen Park Grande Prairie, AB Rocky Mountain Turf Club 3410 Parkside Drive S., Lethbridge, AB The Track on 2, Lacombe, AB 40309 Range Road 272 (just east of Hwy 2 & South of Hwy 12) AUGUST 2021


Lessons from the Herd

Vega, learning how his legs work, playing and running to build strength and balance

Maturity as it Relates to

Life Experience

By Christa Miremadi • Photos courtesy of Kristina Belkina

Some might think that a 13-year-old horse is a mature horse. Some may even go as far as to say that 13 is approaching seniority. I guess in some situations that could be true, depending on what the life experience has been for that horse over the past 13 years, but in other situations, 13 years old may just be the beginning of a horse coming into their emotional maturity.


side from the physical developmental progression that a horse goes through, (such as the closing of growth plates and the eruption of teeth finishing as late as 6-8 years of age) they also have natural mental stages of development that relate to their ability to focus and their attention span. These are dictated by their brain’s development, their age and their life experience. In the herd, it’s obvious when a colt has reached an age at which the other horses expect more mature behaviour. As a baby and all the way up until they’re close to a year old, the other horses in the herd will tolerate a young horse’s antics, standing firm with little more than pinned ears or a tight nose as the leggy colt runs full tilt into an older mare or playfully bucks, kicking out at another herd mate. These silly behaviours are permitted because they’re a necessary and important part of a young horse’s development: of brain, balance, body and social skills, but when that same horse reaches a year old, the herd’s tolerance level will shift. Where once, those erratic, silly behaviours were allowed, now they’ll be met with a short chase, a bite or even a firmly placed kick. The young horse has reached a level of physical and emotional 10 • AUGUST 2021


Vega and Zen, playing and developing their skills around boundaries

development from which higher expectations can be, well… expected. The older the horse gets, the more they’ll be expected to contribute as a positive member of the herd: keeping the peace, alerting the others to danger and playing their part in swatting flies or standing guard. In our domestic, stabled horses, sometimes this shift in expectations (as outlined from the herd) is missed and as a result a young horse can find themselves emotionally “stunted,” being allowed to continue to bump into their handlers, kicking out or striking at inappropriate times and ultimately (because physically they continue to grow) becoming dangerous. If we are able to deliver that message, however, we can help our young horses to realize that their silly, playful antics that were tolerable and “cute” as a weanling, aren’t appropriate for the yearling or the 2-year-old. We can teach them about space and boundaries, about patience and accepting standing still (even when they don’t want to) and about following simple directions like lifting their feet for the farrier or allowing a veterinarian to touch them in places they may prefer not to be touched. All of these things are a necessary, valuable part of a young horse’s education/development and as they age, the expectation level we place on them can be raised. They can learn more and more things and be asked to focus and pay attention for longer and longer until one day, hopefully, they can become a functional, reliable partner. By the time a horse is 10–15 years old, they’ve often developed enough emotional maturity to be well-practiced at following directions, learning new tasks and have a fairly healthy self-esteem. What I mean by that is that they’ll have enough self-confidence to maintain their composure, even when faced with learning something new or being asked to try something different. However, in some situations, if they haven’t been supported thoroughly, a horse’s emotional maturity can be stunted and in those cases we often find ourselves dealing with a physically mature horse with the mind of a 2-year-old. ~*~ Macy was a 13-year-old Appendix QH mare. She’d been purchased by her owner, Candice, when she was 7. She was young but she had a solid foundation of training in place. She didn’t have a lot of practice yet but she had received some very good schooling that, in time, if it was maintained and built upon, would become experience, experience that would help to provide Macy with confidence and security. Unfortunately, not long after she and Candice began their journey

was maintaining her soundness and might be ready to get back to work, Candice began thinking about riding her again! Now, at 12 years old and physically fully developed (but with the training and emotional maturity of a 7-year-old) Macy was going to go back to work. ~*~ It can be easy to allow yourself to become wrapped up in what you should be able to expect out of a 12-year-old horse and to forget how much or how little has actually been done. Although an older horse can physically handle a lot more than a younger horse, emotionally, they might still need to go through the process of maturing, which is a process that will require supported exposure and experience and that requires competent, confident guidance, repetition, consistency and supportive, progressive expectations. Baby Vega (Pinto's horse), being greeted by an older gelding in our herd

together, Macy sustained an injury that put a halt to their progress. Macy spent the next year in a stall, being cared for well and loved on, but without any real handling or practice at the foundation training that she’d received prior to the injury. After the year of rest, she was slowly given more space in order to allow her to strengthen her tendons again, without overdoing things and re-injuring herself. After a couple years of rehab, she was finally able to be put out to pasture, where she could begin to stretch out and put more effort into re-building her strength, flexibility and balance herself. Macy lived this way for another couple of years. When it became apparent that Macy

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Local Horsey Ladies Ride with Mantracker By Lisa Warren and Kathy Mydske


Our Horsey Ladies group with Mantracker – “we caught him!”

Downtime at camp

Afternoon Siesta

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e arrived on a Thursday evening, greeted by the friendly staff at the Anchor D Ranch and set up for the night in “Grandpa’s” log cabin. We enjoyed the amenities including heated floors, comfortable beds, and fantastic pillows. It was a little bit of a luxury before “roughing it.” We started Friday with a hearty breakfast prepared by Marcia at the main house where we learned a little history of the Anchor D. The owner, Dewy Matthews, named the ranch in tribute of his father, Don, who worked in the Navy Reserves in Victoria. The ranch stretches over a half section bordering the Kananaskis and fields 120+ horses. Coincidentally, Dewy was invited on the project, Mantracker, but said he was busy with his ranch and suggested his cousin, Terry Grant, who worked with Search & Rescue and was a true tracker… hence, the series Mantracker was cast. After breakfast, we all met at the barn where the horses were handpicked for each rider. Due to high river conditions, horses and riders were transported to a starting point in Kananaskis Park. We rode up Green Mountain with our incredibly fit horses to an elevation of 6,800 ft. We travelled steep and narrow rocky paths as well as rolling meadows with incredible mountain views. We stopped for a rest on a high summit pasture eating a nutritious packed lunch from our saddle bags. While the horses rested, the riders enjoyed an afternoon siesta in full view of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. After a relaxing nap, we headed down to base camp where we found our gear had been transported with tents and sleeping cots ready for our arrival. A fabulous dinner was prepared by Jocelyn, and we ate around a warm campfire. Mantracker (Terry) regaled us with great stories about both the Mantracker series as well as stories from his work in Search & Rescue. He was truly a down-to-earth guy willing to share his experiences. The evening was enjoyed by all. Saturday morning started early with a hearty breakfast. We headed out to Blue Mountain for a full day ride with wranglers Justin and Julie along for the ride. Our companion dogs, Buddy and Luke, flushed out any wildlife ahead of us as the horses carried us up and up… finally

Anchor D Guiding & Outfitting in Turner Valley Alberta exceeded our expectations with a 3-day/2-night horseback riding and camping adventure. We joined an eclectic group of 10 riders ranging from a novice 20-year-old to an experienced 79-yearold; yet, the real superstars were the horses. Ideally, chosen for each individual rider, they carried us sure-footed and safe through wooded trails, rolling meadows, river crossings and high mountain passes in the Canadian Rockies.

Up, up and away!

And of course down!

reaching the tree line at an elevation of 7,300 ft. We were in awe; it was a crazy view of the Continental Divide. Dewy and Mantracker were a wealth of information about the history of the area identifying bygone saw mills, grassland conservation areas and other interesting wildlife facts. Did you know moose will eat Willow bark for pain relief and Balsam Fir resin tastes like buckwheat? Towards the end of the ride, our butts were eager to get back to camp. After a few queries of “Are we there yet?” Mantracker began the mantra, “We’ll be there in 5 minutes” with a mischievous grin. Saturday night base camp was fully set up and ready for the weary riding crew. After a steak dinner with all the fixins, Dewy charmed us with his musical styles on the squeeze box setting the scene for a sing along evening. With a tip from Paulo to beat the night chill, we pulled heated rocks from the fire pit, wrapped them in towels and tucked them in our sleeping bags, keeping us warm as we set in for a deep sleep in our tents. After a pancake breakfast Sunday morning, we packed up and readied for the final ride. While our luggage was transported back to the ranch, we rode out to Junction Mountain and lunched at the spectacular Junction Falls. We were able to let loose on the way back, loping for a few kilometres giving the horses a chance to let out any pent-up energy. So much fun! Back at the ranch, Mantracker signed copies of his book for all the riders. Dewy and Terry thanked each and every one of us personally for coming. In the end, it was a truly Canadian vista experience with photos and memories to last a lifetime. We felt safe and secure with our wranglers and the horses became our trusted partners. We were well taken care of by both man and beast. When it was all over, we truly wished we could have had “just 5 more minutes.”

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3 Things to

when Preparing for your First Show

First the handler leads horse past obstacle with their own body close to the obstacle. This allows the horse to bend away while looking at the obstacle. Next the handler leads the horse past from the side away from the obstacle. The horse is allowed to look at the obstacle and bed away, but without the security of the handler between. Once the horse is relaxed the handler can then ask the horse to move past the obstacle in true bend. The horse is bending around the handler and into the obstacle. By going through these stages you can build your horse's trust and confidence.

By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Photos by Marc Lavigne, Rider Birgit Stutz Trailer loading Over the past year you may have been lucky to still have a place you could haul out to ride, even if it was to get out on a nice trail. If not, your horse may not have been off the property in a while. Taking a few days to practice trailer loading will pay off on show day. When those first show nerves are taking hold, or we are running late with last minute details, our horse picks up on those emotions and picks that moment not to load. Being confident your horse will load will make all the difference as you are departing for the show (trailer loading could be a whole other article, but for now we will just say… ‘be sure to practice before the big day!’ If you need help with this be sure to find someone - a coach/trainer/qualified friend or neighbour) - so that your horse has a good experience and builds confidence.

Lead past the object asking your horse to stay in correct bend (not bending into you). Leading your horse from the left side, the object is to the right of the horse. You can use a dressage whip to tickle his belly to remind him to stay bent around you and not look away at the object. Following this progression will teach the horse that you will not force him into something he is not ready for and build his confidence with an easy progression.

Now it’s time to bring this into riding. When you have a spot that your horse is worried about, allow the horse to bend away from the spot. For example, you are riding along the rail and your horse wants to counter-bend past a barrel in the Prepare your horse to ride past the judge(s) table, corner. As you begin to feel him change bend, flower boxes, letters It may have your aids will change. In true bend you ride the The first time out to an event your horse horse more from the inside leg, but when may be more aware of his surroundings been a year since you he counterbends, you will then change than you are used to. Be prepared last competed or you’ve been your bending aid to the outside leg with a plan. When we are getting our anxiously awaiting your chance to (which is now your new inside leg). The horses used to a scary object or area horse will be bending around your new we usually start on the ground with a attend your first show. You’ve done inside leg as he changes bend past the simple exercise. the work, you’ve practiced the tests barrel. Your body will turn to be in the Lead the horse past the object/ direction of the bend. This may turn area with you between the horse and at the level you plan to show, you into a bit of a leg yield off your new the area. By doing this the horse can have all the correct tack and attire, inside leg depending on how much look at the object, but still bend away but you may have neglected a the horse wants to move away from the from what he is worried about. Putting object. Once the horse is past the scary yourself in the middle shows the horse few things that could make barrel wait for him to begin to change to there is really nothing to worry about as all the difference on true bend before you change the aids and you are not bothered to be beside it. your body position. If doing this in a trot you will Lead the horse from the offside of the show day. change your diagonal as the horse changes bend object, but keep your body ahead of the horse to and then change back after the horse changes back to true allow the horse to look at the object and bend his body bend. away if he is still worried. The handler will keep his or her core in This will keep the horse comfortable as he goes past the object. If we front of the horse’s nose, turning in the direction the horse is looking, drawing with an open inside hip (the hip closest to the horse’s head) try to hold or force him to remain in true bend while he is nervous about to keep the horse moving forward. The leading hand will remain back an area he could invert (lift his head and hollow his back), creating more under the horse’s throat to maintain contact guiding the horse in the stress in his body. Once you have ridden past in this way a few times then you can start to ask him to stay in true bend as you go by (your horse will direction you want him to move. 14 • AUGUST 2021


Repeat the process under saddle. First allow the horse to counter bend if they want to look at the obstacle. Then proceed to asking the horse to be straighter as he goes past. Once the horse is fully relaxed, the rider can then ask the horse to remain in bend as he goes past the obstacle. This will once again build the horse's confidence and trust as he never feels forced to move into an obstacle before he is ready. let you know when he is ready). The inside rein will block the horse from changing bend while the inside leg asks for bend. Now how does this help you at the show? First, do this with as many things as you can to get your horse used to the routine. Set up a table and have your friend sit there and move papers around. When you are at the show, the judge sits at C and will have a scribe with them. Sometimes the judge could be in a vehicle depending on weather or the show will have a box area for them to sit in. Bring out flower pots, white markers, etc. The more you can show your horse prior to the show the easier it will be for them to handle new things. You will have built up his confidence and your own! Second, now that you know how to ride past ‘scary’ things, when you are in the ring for the warmup be sure to ride past the judge allowing the horse to look and change bend if he needs to. During the test you can use a very slight counter bend, if needed. Doing your homework will give your horse fewer things to be worried about. Lastly, visualize your test Even though Western Dressage shows allow you to have a reader all the way up to World level, visualizing the test will prepare your body for your ride. The more you visualize the more automatic your cues will be and you will have more confidence going into the test. Imagine that centreline straight as an arrow, your circles round and your corners as part of a 10-metre circle. As you visualize, ‘feel’ your ride. Enjoy the process and have fun at your first show of the year! If you are unsure of where you are heading it is always a good idea to connect with a coach that knows the sport you want to prepare for. We (Lisa and Birgit) are both available for online

and in-person lessons. Be sure to send your questions to as we will answer another reader question next month. Lisa Wieben’s passion is empowering women in becoming confident and healthy riders. As an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Clinical Somatics Practitioner she addresses pain, tension, hormones, stress, and the issues that appear as a result. As a Centered Riding Instructor and Irwin Insights Master Level 7 Trainer she works with riders incorporating awareness exercises both on and off the horse. Balance the rider, balance the horse! Book a clinic that incorporates all the modalities!

As an Irwin Insights Level 6 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on in-depth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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LOOKING FOR A GOOD READ? Mantracking: The Ultimate Guide to Tracking Man or Beast Co-authored by: Terry Grant* and Nadine Robinson

(*Terry was the face of the hit television show Mantracker for six seasons)


racking Secrets for Outdoorsmen, Search & Rescue, Hunters, Police, Military... and people who don't want to be found! Mantracking is the definitive guide to tracking and finding your prey. Renowned tracker Terry Grant shares his 40 years of experience in tracking two- and four-legged beasts through photographs and examples from his life. • Learn the difference between looking and seeing • Discover how all of your senses can help you track • Explore specific tracking methods • Learn how to interpret "sign" in different weather conditions and terrains • Develop the skills of a tracker, from preparedness to psychological profiling • Understand more about Search & Rescue (SAR) operations (and how to not end up being the missing person) • Or, turn the tables and learn evasive techniques to avoid capture. A portion of the proceeds of this book will go to Scouts. It's a book the whole family can enjoy! Paperback, 224 pages, 6” x 9” SRP $28.74 Kindle Edition $9.99 By Carpe Machinam Inc. (2012) ISBN-13: 978-0991769001

Gerry, Get Your Gun Author: Gerry Bracewell


ERRY, GET YOUR GUN packs the wallop of a .30-30 rifle. Legendary hunting guide Gerry Bracewell recounts tales of extraordinary toughness and perseverance in the untamed Chilcotin. Born in 1922, in Northern Alberta, Gerry Bracewell spent much of her early life on the family farm. But Gerry's dream was to live in the mountains of BC, and when she left home at sixteen she had little understanding of the adventures that awaited her. She worked for a short time in Vancouver as a governess, but Gerry's wild spirit drove her to accept a job on a ranch deep in BC's Chilcotin backcountry. There she met her lifelong friend and mentor KB Moore. Through sheer perseverance she became his lead hand and soon discovered that ranching in the Chilcotin was a harsh way of life. Determined to succeed, she learned to ride even the toughest of horses and fight off bears, cougars, wolves and coyotes to keep the cattle herd safe. Recognizing Gerry's passion for the outdoors and her natural tracking and guiding ability, KB brought Gerry into his family and trained her to become BC's first licensed female hunting guide. Known as a fiery, adventurous woman, Gerry became a legend in her field, forging a path for herself and breaking established gender norms. GERRY, GET YOUR GUN is the story of the unyielding pioneer world of BC's Interior through the experiences of one of the toughest women you will ever meet. Paperback, 256 pages, 6” x 9” SRP $24.95 By Caitlin Press (2015) ISBN-13: 978-1927575710

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Gerry Bracewell, BC's First Female Licensed Hunt Guide

Gerry Bracewell spent most of her life in the wilderness, breaking her way into a male-dominated industry as the first female licensed hunt guide in British Columbia. She was also the first woman to own a guide outfitting territory and the longest serving guide outfitter.


hen Gerry became an assistant hunt guide she needed to know more than how to shoot, skin and field dress the animals and prepare the meat. She had to find the animals, know their habitats and behaviours. Gerry learned all these skills and more, allowing her to take over a guide outfitting territory in 1945 and become a Class A guide, guiding hunters on horseback after any big game animals that were in season in her territory, a career that lasted over fifty years. But Gerry faced sexism from some of her male colleagues and guests who laughed in disbelief, showed their lack of trust in Gerry’s guiding abilities or talked women down. This didn't stop Gerry, she believed in herself and so she didn’t need anyone else’s approval. She knew she was a good hunt guide and deserving of respect. She stayed true to herself and called guides and guests alike out when they were sexist or rude to her.

Gerry was very successful as a guide and, now at age 99, is an inspiration for new and aspiring hunt guides, both male and female. Her determination and self-belief show everyone what can be done when you put your mind to it. At the age of 93, Gerry wrote her memoirs, “Gerry, Get Your Gun,” sharing her experience as the first licensed female hunt guide in BC and the first woman to own a guide outfitting territory. Find out more on her website: At her ranch, Bracewell's Alpine Wilderness Adventures, Gerry also ran fishing and horse pack trips, meaning she catered for a whole range of wilderness experiences. Gerry's legacy continues in her family. One of her sons, Alex, still runs Bracewell's Alpine Wilderness Adventures, and another son, Kevan, runs Chilcotin Holidays, bringing wilderness experiences to more people from all over the world who travel to the Chilcotin Mountains.

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Equestifi to Release New Equestrian Only Real Estate Website in Canada August 2021


herwood Park, Alberta – Hi, I’m Shelley Lupul, founder of here to announce my upcoming website launch. Being a horse owner myself, I understand how difficult and frustrating it is searching online for horse properties. It was hard for me to find our property, so other equestrians looking for a horse property in Canada may have the same problems. So, I decided to create a website where anyone can easily search for an equestrian property, and find experienced “Equestrian Agents” who know what horse owners need in a property. Our goal is to make searching for horse properties and information, simple. We’ve created a focused website to: search, buy, sell or rent, list with an agent or ‘For Sale by Owner’ (FSBO) but, if you haven’t found what you are looking for, post an ‘In Search Of ad’. gives you plenty of advanced search options like ‘property types’ searching for, horse acreage, farm, equestrian facility and more. To narrow your search, select any of 47 horse property features including: barns, # of stalls, arenas, pastures, fencing and number of acres, etc. It’s easy to connect directly with property owners or the LISTING Equestrian Agent and/or, if you need an agent, search our EQ Agents

page to find one in your area. We also added options for you to create a FREE account to access your personal dashboard, save your listings, use direct messaging, favourite and compare properties, and post ISO ads. Everyone searches for FREE! Check out the equestrian real estate available on the market today and relevant information as well as supplies, services and content, focused on horse and horse property ownership. We also created an equestrian blog section focused on horse real estate, plus find groups and associations in your area. Search for your local building and supply stores near you and more! After 3 years of searching for our horse property online, I’m happy to report my family and I are now settled on our “forever farm” breeding Thoroughbred race horses. We are a family run business, my daughter and I handle sales, service and support – call us anytime. Find EQUESTIFI on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Linked IN, Instagram, Pinterest Join our FACEBOOK page for updates on when we go live! Launching in August 2021



uly 1st was a day of celebrations! Canada Day, no masks and the day that business partners, Matt Roberson and Rachel Vowles (of Mile 0 Equine Farrier Company) were united in marriage! Beautiful bride Rachel is also our Zone 8 representative for Horse Council BC. Country, vintage style was the vibe and the altar was a blacksmith anvil, guarded by Fred, the best dog resplendent in his white collar and black tie. Rachel arrived in a white carriage pulled by a gorgeous pair of black Percherons and led to a beaming Matt by her loving mom. The much needed rain held off for us to enjoy the amazing grounds outfitted with a hydration station, irrigation station (to be used after too much hydration), a scrumptious meal, and a huge dance floor put to good use with the music of Dawson Creek's own Rusty Devils. Family and friends came from near and far, Sooke, Merritt, Williams Lake, Prince George, Fort St. John and beyond. CONGRATULATIONS Mr. & Mrs. Roberson and many happy years to you down the trail of life.

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- LOVE from all your friends, family and 4-legged clients (submitted by Colleen Wangler)

By Elisha Bradburn

Last month my article was on Love, and how it applies to horsemanship. This month I am writing about joy, and how it’s a surprising ingredient in horsemanship as well.


would like to start by making the distinction between happiness and joy. Happiness is dictated by circumstance… an example being, I won the lottery, so I am happy! Joy, however, is not dictated by circumstance, we get to choose it. Joy can permeate our interactions with horses, and when it does, the odds of an enjoyable and successful time with horses (and people) will go up exponentially. I got started thinking about joy’s effect when I first heard horseman Jonathan Field talk about the importance of intention in our communication with horses. Intention is not a quality we give a lot of thought to. It isn’t as obtuse as words or coarse gestures, but to a subtle communicator/ prey animal like the horse, intention is as palpable as anything. Intention is being focused, present, clear about what you want, and confident that you possess the skills to bring it to reality. Intention is doing less and getting more. Intention gives you conviction as you go about things, and conviction is like faith, dang near impossible to get in the way of. Van Hargis, a horseman I learned from down in Texas, had a good way of describing a state of being when approaching a horse or human with an idea. He described it as our spirit and intent. That is a high level of thoughtfulness, and it sure makes good sense, to be aware of our spirit and intent as we approach our horse with an idea. So how does joy tie into intention? A joyful intention is the part of relationship with horses that we can bring to the table, and are able to control. We can’t control the wind that day spooking the horse, the horse’s mood, or his past experiences, but we can control the spirit and intent we bring to the interaction. This will influence at least 50% of the way things go that day. Just by the simple law of osmosis, if our joyful

spirit and intention is stronger than the horse’s skepticism, fear, or whatever he brings to the table, then joy will win out. This is because no matter what the horse presents to us, we are looking to help him understand, like we would a good friend. We are giving the horse the benefit of the doubt, knowing he is only doing what he thinks we want, or what he thinks he has to do to escape or survive the situation. A tool you can use to stay joyful when you may feel tempted to get frustrated, is to smile. When you smile, the mere physical act turns into a feeling inside you. Either that, or you giggle that you are crazy enough to be sitting on your horse smiling to yourself! It is just a good way to get started with a better feeling to carry forward, so we can be better for our horses. I also find having a curious viewpoint helps me stay empathetic towards my horse. I ask myself what I did that caused my horse to do what he did, rather than seeking to blame him for my inability to clearly communicate. The horse’s reaction is simply them being a mirror. If our horse is repeatedly exploding, underperforming, fleeing our presence or whatever issue is taking place, we are only hurting ourselves and our horses to not change something. It would be the definition of insanity, to do the same things, and expect a different result. Instead, we can keep our

joy, get curious, and figure out how to set things up differently for ourselves and our horse next time. When I am in a situation that I can’t figure out at that moment, I will move onto something different, or go back to something we both know well, or get some help from a trusted source. Quite often, when you take a break, rather than grinding on something, things just fall into place and you do get it figured. All this to say, when things go a bit sideways with my horse and I decide to keep my joy, I avoid getting frustrated and emotional. This makes life way easier and more pleasant for both my horse, myself and everyone else around us. Afterall, most of us have a horse to have more fun! I would encourage you to really think about the spirit and intention of the way you go about things. Always keep in mind, we get to choose joy, it doesn’t depend on circumstance. When you bring joy to a relationship it is pretty contagious, and joy is one thing we want to be spreading! It makes for pretty sweet times with horses and humans alike. Elisha Bradburn and her husband Clay own Faithful Farm, an equestrian center in the Fraser Valley. Elisha’s passion with horses lies in psychology based horsemanship, with a strong consideration for the horse’s point of view. Elisha is available for speaking engagements and can be followed on her Legacy Horsemanship pages on both Facebook and Instagram or e-mailed at legacyhorsemanship@ (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)



Bach Rescue Remedy

for You and Your Animals! By Lisa Wieben

You may have already seen or used Bach Rescue Remedy at some time. It is usually available in local Health Stores. If you have not tried it yet, it is a remedy that you may want to keep handy in your horse trailer or barn or even in your purse or car.


r. Edward Bach was a well-known doctor, bacteriologist, and pathologist. His main focus was to find the cause of disease, which he came to believe begins with the emotions. When an emotion becomes noticeable, such as fear, anger, guilt, grief, the body systems are affected. During his research and search for something that would get to the root cause of disease he began to study plants and discovered their ability to help people. He created the Bach Flower Remedies which include 38 different remedies. Each remedy is associated with a basic human emotion. For example Mimulus is for when we are anxious or afraid of something specific, such as heights or giving a speech. Taking this remedy helps us overcome fear and face it with courage. The Rescue Remedy Formula is a combination of five different remedies: Star of Bethlehem: helps animals or people that have experienced trauma, abuse, an accident, or shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. It can help to let go of the trauma and bring more joy to life. Dr. Bach called this remedy ‘the comforter and soother of pains and sorrows.’ Rock Rose: for situations in which the animal or person experiences panic or terror such as an accident, going to the vet/doctor, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. This can bring a feeling of helplessness. It is usually a brief state. Cherry Plum: helps animals who seem to have lost control of their actions such as constant barking, scratching, licking, chewing, etc. For people that fear losing control, such as an angry outburst or that may be on the verge of a breakdown. This helps to calm the mind and allow the person to think and act rationally. Clematis: helps animals who seem to be sleeping too much and not really paying attention to what is going on around them. For people this can be the daydreamers, or those that have no interest in the present moment. They may lack energy and have trouble focusing. The positive side of clematis is interest in the world around them, inspiration and a sense of purpose. Impatiens: in animals this can show as one that can’t wait for their meal or going for a walk, pawing, or the animal that doesn’t want to stand still. In people this will show as irritation and frustration with others… impatience. Taking impatiens can lead to a more calm and relaxed way of being. Rescue Remedy was created for emergencies, but with horses

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This young Warmblood recently moved to a new location. He was quite depressed. After Rescue Remedy he began to perk up and act like his silly, playful self again.

and other animals, can be used during times of stress, such as travel, changing ownership, going to the vet, during thunderstorms. For people, you may take it before an event, before a speech, before going to the dentist, after an accident, or any other stressful situation. The remedies are never intended to replace medical treatment but can be of invaluable support while waiting for medical help in an emergency or a support during stressful times. They are safe and natural and will not interfere with other medical treatments. The human version of Rescue Remedy is preserved in alcohol, but the animal version is preserved in glycerin. To feed to a horse you can add four drops to a horse crunchy, carrot, or apple and feed it to them. With people, four drops in a glass of water that you sip throughout the day. The Rescue Remedy can be found at Health Food Stores. Many stores do carry the other remedies, but many do not. You can contact a Bach Flower representative to help you decide which remedies to use. Of the 38 remedies, mixes can be made for particular situations. I personally found that using Rescue Remedy with one of our dogs who was terrified of thunderstorms was amazing. She would be panting and not wanting to leave our sides even hours before the storm appeared. After giving the Rescue Remedy she would calm down and lie down. I have also created mixes for my own horses to help them during stressful times or for training issues. Each horse has been very individual in what they needed. Several people I know also keep the remedies when they travel to shows. Helping our horses stay calm and relaxed during travel and when going to a new facility can make all the difference for them. Not to mention keeping ourselves calm and relaxed can make all the difference to our horses as well! All animals and people can benefit from these wonderful flower remedies. For more information you can visit the Bach Flower Centre’s site: https:// Lisa Wieben is a Bach Flower Level 1 (soon to be Level 2), an Essential Somatics Clinical Practitioner, an Eden Method Clinical Practitioner, a Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 7 Coach. Her passion is developing confident, healthy riders. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa Marocchi

Make Safety a Habit


hatever the reason is, during these times, it is easy to miss something while preparing for your drive. If it is the wrong thing, it can be disastrous. My students learn a simple but effective way to help prevent these omissions from happening by learning a safety checklist they run through each and every drive. Initially, I ask them to verbalize this checklist so I can be sure they haven’t missed any steps, but as they become more comfortable, they can do the checklist “in their head.” To this day, every time I harness my horse and put him to a cart or carriage, I mentally run through this safety process. It takes only a moment and can go a long way to preventing an accident. Some situations I have personally witnessed that could have been prevented, through the use of this checklist, include seeing a horse harnessed and hitched with only one ear through the crownpiece, another horse being driven around an event site, prior to the start of the marathon, with the bit UNDER the bottom jaw, not in the mouth, and a horse arriving at the arena for a lesson with only one rein attached to the bit! Noseband, To make the checklist easy to remember, throatlatch and curb simply work from the front of the horse to the back chain all in place? when checking harness, and from the front of the Rein attached on each vehicle to the back once you have put the horse to side of the bit? Ready the vehicle. to go!

If you drive horses long enough, chances are it will happen. One day, you will find yourself distracted with a conversation you’re having with a friend while harnessing or putting to. Or perhaps the week has been a tough one, full of many tasks and pressing issues. Or maybe you are just trying to fit a drive in at the end of a long day and you are tired. Next month, I will be describing a variety of more specific safety practices to keep you, your passengers and your horse safe and will also be offering up a few simple ways to make harnessing more comfortable for you horse. Elisa Marocchi is an Equestrian Canada licensed driving coach and a member of the EC Driving Committee. She owns and operates Wildwood Farm, a full service driving facility near 100 Mile House BC. An active driving coach since 2000, Elisa offers clinics and lessons in a safe, supportive and fun manner both on and off the farm. As a combined driving competitor, Elisa has successfully competed throughout North America with both her own homebred horses and those of clients. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

Here’s how it works when checking your harness: - Bridle in place with ears between the crownpiece and the browband - Throatlatch and noseband secured - Bit in place correctly with a rein attached to each side - Curb chain or strap, if used, correctly attached - Blinkers at the correct height, and not pressing into the eyes - Lines through the collar and backsaddle terrets – both sides - Traces attached and tips tucked in - Girth secured and tips tucked in - Crupper fitted and buckled correctly. Once you’ve actually hitched your horse to the vehicle, it is time for the second safety check: - Shafts correctly placed through the tug loops - Overgirth secured on both sides - Hold backs correctly wrapped, buckled and through the footman’s loops - Traces attached to the singletree - Kicking/bucking strap buckled and adjusted correctly (if used) These checks take but a moment and are easy to commit to memory. Even if you are an experienced driver, it is a good idea to ensure you are “present in the moment” and concentrating on the task of harnessing and putting to. Using a mental checklist will help with this. AUGUST 2021




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To make sure all your fourlegged family members stay safe and cool this summer, read on to learn how to prevent, detect, and treat heat exhaustion. What Is Heat Exhaustion? Heat exhaustion, also called hyperthermia, occurs when your pet’s body temperature rises above a healthy range and they are unable to regulate their own body heat. This condition ranges from mild heat exhaustion, which can be treated at home, to severe heatstroke, at which point your pet can lose consciousness, run a high fever, or even experience organ failure. Because dogs primarily pant rather than sweat, they are much more sensitive to heat than humans are. Luckily, heat exhaustion is easily preventable—even in the dog days of summer. How To Prevent Heat Exhaustion 1. Never leave your dog inside a parked car. Even for just a minute. Even with the windows cracked. Every year, hundreds of dogs left inside parked cars suffer heatstroke and die. Remember, your dog is more sensitive to heat than you are! On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 100 degrees in 10 minutes. On a 90-degree day, it can reach 110 degrees in 10 minutes—and 130 degrees in 30 minutes. This can be fatal. 2. Make sure your dog doesn’t stay outside too long. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, make sure they have plenty of water and cool, shady areas to rest in, and bring them indoors during peak temperature hours. 3. Avoid walking your dog during peak temperature hours. If possible, walk your dog in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest hours of the day. Bring water with you on long walks and take breaks in shaded areas if needed. Also, consider taking shorter walks and avoiding steep hills or other areas that require more strenuous exercise. 22 • AUGUST 2021


4. Keep your house cool. Many people turn off the AC when they leave the house to save money, but just like a parked car, your house’s interior temperature can rise rapidly on a hot day. If you have to leave your dog at home, keep the AC on (even at a conservative 75 degrees) or set up multiple electric fans to keep certain areas cool. 5. Make sure your dog has enough water. The only place dogs have sweat glands is on the pads of their feet, so they regulate their body heat by panting, resting, and drinking water. Always keep their water bowls full! 6. Board your dog during your summer vacation. While it may be tempting to leave your dog at home and have someone come check in a few times a day, this can be downright dangerous during the summer. Even leaving your dog with friends or family can be risky if your dog sitters are not informed about heat exhaustion. Boarding facilities can give your furry friend lots of attention—and keep them cool and safe during the hottest months. 7. Know your dog’s medical history. If your dog is older or has conditions such as heart disease, obesity, or breathing problems, it’s even more imperative to keep them cool. How To Detect Heat Exhaustion Keep an eye out for these common symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke: 1. Excessive panting or difficulty breathing. If your dog is panting constantly or faster than normal (hyperventilation), they could be overheated. Dogs with flat faces like pugs are more susceptible to heat exhaustion because they cannot pant as efficiently. 2. Dehydration. Signs of dehydration include dry nose, visible tiredness, excessive panting, and sunken eyes. 3. Excessive drooling. Keep an eye out for lots of drool, or drool that is thicker and stickier than usual. 4. Fever. If your dog’s nose is dry and hot instead of wet and cool, they could have a fever. A body temperature above 103°F is considered abnormal.

5. Bright red, gray, purple, or bluish gums. If your dog’s gums are a different colour than normal, they could be dehydrated. 6. Lack of urine. If your pet has trouble producing urine, they could be dehydrated or overheated. 7. Rapid pulse. The easiest way to take your dog’s pulse is to place your hand on their chest near their front elbow joint. If their pulse seems elevated, they could be overheated. (Normal pulse rate depends on the size of your dog— bigger dogs tend to have slower pulses, while small dogs and puppies have very quick pulses.) 8. Muscle tremors. If your dog is shivering or shaking regardless of outside temperature, it may be caused by heat exhaustion. 9. Lethargy or weakness. Overheating can cause dogs to nap more than normal or having trouble standing up or walking. 10. Vomiting or diarrhea. Abnormally soft stool, or stool with blood in it, is a big warning sign for heat exhaustion. 11. Dizziness. If your dog seems to have trouble walking in a straight line or keeps bumping into furniture, they might be lightheaded from dehydration or heat exhaustion. These are the most common and easily detectable symptoms of heat exhaustion, but there are many more. If your dog is acting at all sick, tired, or otherwise abnormal during the hot summer months, don’t ignore it! When in doubt, call your local vet. Keeping your dog safe and healthy is the most important thing. How To Treat Heat Exhaustion 1. Take your dog to a cooler area (preferably indoors) immediately. 2. Lower their body temperature by wetting them thoroughly with cool water. Do not use


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cold water! It seems counterintuitive, but cooling too quickly can actually be just as dangerous as heat exhaustion. For very small dogs or puppies, use lukewarm water instead of cool. 3. Apply more cool water around their ears and paws. This helps reduce fever. 4. Put them in front of a fan to dry off. If you have a pet thermometer handy, check their temperature every few minutes (note: don’t use a glass thermometer that your dog might bite and break). Once their temperature drops to 103 degrees (F), remove the fan and stop applying water.

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Winners will be notified on Facebook and/or via email. We will then require your contact info, mailing address, etc. Your name and city will be announced and printed in Saddle Up, and on Facebook. Must be a Canadian resident (shipping only in Canada). You can only win once with the Caption Contest (give others an opportunity to win). AUGUST 2021




he British Columbia Premises Identification Program was established to reduce the impact of livestock disease or natural disaster emergencies by gathering and organizing information about the location of animals, the types of animals at each location and how to quickly contact those responsible for the health of those animals. In the event of disaster if you have a registered premise, it will be easier for authorities to verify property and livestock ownership. This may grant you quicker and efficient access to your property to care for or remove your livestock. What is a Premises ID? A Premises ID is a unique nine character code assigned to a single legal land description or land use permit. In British Columbia, all Premises ID numbers start with BC (for example: BC449GP7N). Use of the Premises ID eliminates confusion for emergency responders caused by multiple addresses, complicated legal land descriptions, and duplicate or changing farm names. These purposes are limited to animal disease responses or environmental disasters affecting animal health, and disclosure is only permitted to other government agencies involved in the emergency response. Protection of personal information is a primary objective of the Premises Identification program. Per the Animal Health Act, personal information cannot be disclosed for any purposes except those prescribed in the act. Premises Identification • Allows for rapid notification of livestock and poultry stakeholders • Helps prepare for animal health, natural disaster and food safety emergencies (for example, livestock disease) • Facilitates rapid evacuation of animals in a natural disaster emergency (for example, floods or fire) • Helps track animals in an emergency • Reduces the impact of an emergency • Helps maintain or provide for greater market access

Livestock and poultry owners can provide basic land and contact information for their premises and will receive a Premises Identification Number that is unique to the parcel of land. If you have Farm Status (for property tax purposes) your PID number can go right on your Farmer ID card, keeping it accessible. You do not have to have Farm Status to register your property. All properties with one or more horses (including donkeys and mules) on them must register. If you own an animal that is only kept at locations controlled by someone else (e.g. boarding stable) and that animal will never be kept at a premises under your care and control (e.g. your own farm or acreage), you are not required to register for a PID Account. However, you should ask for the PID Number from the operator of the boarding/training facility and keep it for your own records. If previously registered, make sure your details are up to date with new phone numbers or changes in the number or type of animals on a site. This information is critical during an emergency when owners need to be informed and livestock may need to be moved. How do I register my Premises? You can register and update your premises premisesidprogram. You can also mail, email, or fax a paper registration form to the Ministry. Instructions and a link to download the paper registration form are available on the program website listed above. What does it cost to register? There is no financial cost to register your premises. Premise Identification is a positive step for equines. The program’s benefits include mitigating loss from disease outbreaks and natural or man-made disaster. Some of the statistical data (how many horses are in the province, for instance) may be provided for researchers. This data will not include personal information about the premise owner. Accurate data on horse numbers is critical to maintain and receive support for continued access to facilities, trails, land use and the right to keep horses.

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

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Equestrian Canada Equestre, Sport Canada Keeps the Gears of Equestrian Sport Turning With $1M Funding for 2021-2022 Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to thank Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada) for its ongoing support of equestrian sport in Canada through $1,017,150 in funding for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. “The Government of Canada is proud to support Equestrian Canada as it delivers services to athletes and coaches throughout the country,” said the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “This organization’s work ensures that athletes and coaches have the resources to reach their goals, compete at a world class level and continue to inspire Canadians.” Sport Canada has provided EC – and, subsequently, equestrians nationwide – with this crucial funding annually for over 25 years through the Sport Support Program. The funds are enjoyed by participants of different disciplines, levels of competition and geographic area through initiatives such as young rider programming, officials development, education, development camps and support to the Canadian Equestrian Team and major games. “More than ever, EC appreciates Sport Canada’s continued commitment to equestrian sport,” said Meg Krueger, EC CEO. “We at EC value their confidence in our ability to expand quality participation, as well as support an athlete pathway that can bring Canadians from pony classes all the way up to the Olympic or Paralympic podium.” Sport Canada further fuels the Canadian equestrian landscape through key programs such as the Athlete Assistance Program and International Single Sport Event – Hosting Program. EC is grateful for these additional opportunities that Sport Canada provides for facilities, athletes and coaches to access financial support. For information about how you can support EC programs and services, visit Horse Day - Spirit of the Horse Drawing Contest Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to thank everyone who made Horse Day a success on June 5, 2021. Held annually to raise public awareness of equestrian sport, industry and recreation, and promote the beloved horse, Horse Day is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June. Celebrations were held virtually in 2021 for the second consecutive year. Hundreds of equestrians nationwide took to social media to share their love of the horse and enter giveaways for exiting prizes. Visit @ equestrian_can on Instagram, @equestriancan on Facebook and the hashtag #HorseDay to view the heartfelt lessons Canadians have learned from our four-legged friends. EC is pleased to announce the winners of the Horse Day 2021 National Drawing Contest. The contest was offered as a fun and engaging way for Canadians aged 3-16 to get involved in the day’s festivities. Over 100 fantastic entries were sent in across four age categories, making the judging no easy task. The contest guidelines required entrants to draw their art by hand and include at least one horse in the submission. The works of art were then judged based on the criteria of beauty, arrangement of colours, originality and implied effort by the contestant.

Congratulations to the winners who took home a gift certificate valued at $50! Category: 3 to 6 “Sunset Ride” by Quinn Lauder ON

Category: 7 to 9 “Maman sur Cassy” by Danaé St-Amand QC

Category: 10 to 12 “Exploring the English Garden” by Sam Turek BC

Category: 13 to 16 “Song and Dance” by Sequoia Hopkins QC



Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


irtual showing is growing and just in time for physical shows to start opening up. Our May and June shows saw several new and not-so-new people from all over the country participating in some very fun and challenging patterns. Thank you to our wonderful judges, Darcey Woods and Glenn Perran, for your patterns, feedback and, most of all, your time.

MAY SHOW RESULTS WESTERN PLEASURE: Youth All Ages Walk/Jog/ Lope 1st Azera Murdoch Senior/Green Horse Walk/ Jog 1st Cathy Forster 2nd Carmen Letawski-Dyck 3rd Anne Marie Gellein 4th Donna Holland 5th Sara Walkem 6th Sara Walkem HORSEMANSHIP: Youth All Ages Walk/Jog/ Lope 1st Azera Murdoch

Senior/Green Horse Walk/ Jog 1st Carmen Letawski-Dyck 2nd Sara Walkem 3rd Donna Holland 4th Sara Walkem 5th Anne Marie Gellein SHOWMANSHIP: Senior/Green Horse 1st Anne Marie Gellein HUS WALK/TROT: 1st Anne Marie Gellein RANCH PLEASURE: Senior Walk/Jog/Lope 1st Wendy Johnston Shot Gun Luv

2nd Wendy Johnston - Miss Play Holly Senior/Green Horse Walk/ Jog 1st Donna Holland Sarah Holland 2nd Meighen Miller 3rd Sara Walkem TRAIL: Senior/Green Horse Walk/ Jog 1st Carmen Letawski-Dyck 2nd Donna Holland Sarah Holland 3rd Anne Marie Gellein

We’re going to give you more time to figure this one out. Weighs 40 lbs and is 50” long. Hint - you better be tough to handle this tool! Congratulations (so far) to: Reme & MaryLou Emond, Quesnel BC Walter Furlong, Strathcona County, AB Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC Bill Griffin, Armstrong BC Jim Schenk, Rocky Mtn House AB From the June issue Built in the 1700’s, this was the forerunner to the modern wood lathe! Congratulations to: MaryLou Emond, Quesnel BC Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC Walter Furlong, Strathcona Country AB

We will post the June Show results after the show has closed and results are submitted. We are looking for volunteers for our ‘physical’ shows on August 15 and September 26. Volunteers are what make physical shows possible. We have several spots available, so please feel free to reach out on our Facebook page or email to find out where you can pitch in. We are also looking for pictures from our show participants to post on our website. If you have any pictures from your entries, please email them to Current and up-to-date events and information can always be found on our Facebook page and website

This item is 6” long, made of steel, plated in chrome or nickel, and weighs 5 ounces. Popular with fuel stations for 80 years. Good luck!

Anne Marie Gellein

Donna Holland

Meighen Miller

READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to

Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@ for details. Carmen Letawski-Dyck 28 • AUGUST 2021

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Canadian Cowboy Challenge Update By Hans Kollewyn (with information provided by Alana Eaton)


s the Covid 19 restrictions have been lifted, our season has begun! We have had two great Challenges already in June. Prairie Sky Ranch in Saskatoon SK and Rosebriar Ranch in Westlock AB held amazing Challenges with great runs. We were happy to see several new competitors! It was so wonderful to engage in friendly (and fierce!) competition and to visit around the campfire. It is clear that while competitions were not happening, our members continued to develop their horses and horsemanship. The bar has been set high! Challenges on July 17/18 were held at Pine Rock Ventures in Bluffton AB. August Challenges will be on the 14/15 at Prairie Sky Ranch in Saskatoon SK and Bar U Ranch in Longview AB on 21/22. There will be more Challenges added up, some in September. Keep checking the website at The board of directors are continuing to meet and discuss ways to make this season something to really celebrate.

OTD Leane is sending Badger around the box

SS Bailey riding Festus Rosebriar Ranch double header was judged by Al Bignal, with 32 entries on the first day, and 29 on the second day. Results for June 19 are: Shooting Sprouts (SS): Violet Ransom (1) riding Scooter and Bailey Black (2) riding Festus. Youth (Y): Brent Dezaeyer/Orlagh. Older Than Dirt (OTD): Leane Buxton (1)/Badger and Marilyn Labrecque (2)/Chick. Novice (N): Koren LeVoir (1)/Shadow and Judy Hill (2)/ITCHY. Rookie (R): Koren LeVoir (1)/Shadow and Melissa DeVeau (2)/ Ally. NonPro (NP): Greg Paranach(1)/Sonny and Murry Buxton (2)/Sonita. Open(O): Alana Eaton(1)/George and Janet Goltz (2)/Mr. Red Pines. Bucking Crazies (BC): Murry Buxton (1)/Butter and Janet Goltz (2)/Peanut.

Results June 20: SS: Violet Ransom(1)/Scooter and Bailey Black(2)/Festus. OTD: Leane Buxton (1)/Badger and Marilyn Labrecque (2)/Chick. N: Melissa Deveau (1)/Ally and Karen LeVoir (2)/Shadow. R: Leane Buxton (1)/Badger and Koren LeVoir (2)/Shadow. NP: Alana Eaton (1)/George and Murray Buxton (2)/Sonita. O: Murray Buxton (1)/Sonita and Alana Eaton (2)/George. BC: Murray Buxton (1)/ Butter and Janet Goltz (2)/Peanut. Prairie Sky Ranch double header was judged by Melissa Zubriak, with 24 entries on the first day, and 22 on the second day. Results for June 19 are: SS: Hailey Reddekopp/Beau. Y: Leah Vielhauer (1)/

Sandy and Laiky Thomas (2)/Dusty. OTD: Barbara Kersiake/Taz. N: Jolene McLeay (1)/Lucy and Wanda Marie Semeniuk (2)/Jackson. R: Shelly Johnson (1)/ Jewel and Jenna Braunberger (2)/Zeke. NP: Barbara Kersiake (1)/Taz and Elaine Molnar (2)/Spice. O: Elaine Molnar (1)/Spice and Barbara Kersiake (2)/Taz. June 20 results are: SS: Hailey Reddekopp/Beau. Y: Sasha Rodriguez (1)/Tennyson and Leah Vielhauer (2)/Sandy. OTD: Barbara Vielhauer/Taz. N: Wanda Marie Semeniuk (1)/Jackson and Victoria Olynyk-Smith (2)/Tundra. R: Jenna Braumberger (1)/Zeke and Michelle Woodall (2)/ Rapture. NP: Barbara Kersiake (1)/Taz and Elaine Molnar (2)/ Spice. O: Barbra Kersiake/Taz.

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES

By Simonne Rempel


s the province started to re-open, we evaluated our meeting situation for our June General Meeting. Instead of meeting online, we had a small group meet in a member’s covered arena for much-needed social time. It was such a delight to see each other in person again. We accompanied the social meeting with some tack cleaning. It was great to dust off the cobwebs from ourselves and our tack! Our pole clinics with Jessie Blackmon are such a huge success so we decided to have a series of them. We had one in June and another in July - following the Provincial Health Orders at the time of each clinic. Pole clinics help develop rhythm, balance, and timing. Plus they are a whole lot of fun! Our clinics are set up for individual success for each participant and due care is made when arranging groups. What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year and the start of summer? Well, with a Summer Solstice group ride through Campbell Valley Park! We meandered around the meadow,

splished in the splash, and frolicked in the field. We were so thrilled to ring in summer that we forgot to take a group photo, BUT we did get a yummy treat at the end of the ride, in which we did get a picture off. Priorities! Vintage Riders Equestrian Club… for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet online (or in person) every 3rd Tuesday with a speaker and host a variety of clinics according to PHO. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email: 2021 Upcoming Events: General Meetings Virtual Happy Hours Pole Clinic Series Theme Trail Rides June Meeting and tack cleaning Ranch Trip AUGUST 2021

Yeah… treats!

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Thompson Okanagan Working Equitation Chapter News By Bev Routledge


ummer is in full swing and so is the Thompson Okanagan Working Equitation (TOWE) Chapter! Once again, if you are looking for something fun and new to do with your equine partner, you should really try this fascinating sport. On June 19, several TOWE members had a fabulous time riding through obstacles for a Play Day at the Mission Creek Ranch. Next we had an extremely successful Working Equitation Clinic with Jane Stone at the Kelowna Riding Club on June 26-27. Even during the extreme heat wave, the clinic was full, with participants from as far away as the West Kootenays! Many were fairly new to the sport, but developed new skills and honed their relationships with their horses through practicing on the WE course. WE Play Days are scheduled for the last Sunday of every month at Paradise Hills Ranch in Lumby. Contact the TOWE executive for times and details if you would like to join in and give it a try.

For the future, the planning for the Thompson Okanagan Working Equitation Welcome Back Classic, to be held September 23-26 at the Armstrong Fair Grounds, is galloping along as well. With a WE Clinic on Thursday, dressage component on Friday, Ease of Handling on Saturday and Speed Rounds on Sunday, this is 4 full days of horsemanship you won’t want to miss. Look for Prize Lists and Entry Forms available now. Get them in SOON, as this show is going to fill up quickly. See our Facebook page for more information – or e-mail thomokwe@gmail. com. We are also pleased to announce that we will be sharing the spotlight with the Pacific Association of the Andalusian and Lusitano Horse (PAALH) as they will be sponsoring a Fiesta del Caballos Open Schooling Show concurrently at the same venue on September 24-25. TWO SHOWS IN ONE! Truly something for everyone!!

Canadian Tennessee Walking Parade Horses By Kristy Coulter


ith restrictions being lifted and summer in full swing, towns are now beginning to have parades. I have always loved watching parades for the well-dressed, shiny horses in them. The Canadian Registered Tennessee Walking Horse makes a very flashy parade horse and many of our members participate in parades. Brenda Woodall and her husband, Stephen, have participated in many parades over the years and she was kind enough to give me a few tips for the parade horse. First, wash your horses the day before and keep them on a grass pasture. Use a blanket if you have one or stall them if that is an option. People notice how much effort you put into your horse - so trim, scrub, brush, and polish them up. You will need to do some touch-up cleaning in the morning and make the white on your horse shine. Clean brushes will help keep your horse clean, and cleaning the horse trailer will keep hooves cleaner. Make sure your tack is clean. Find out if there is a parade theme - or maybe you are advertising for someone. Second hand and craft stores are a great place to get ideas and supplies for your costume. Make sure to test out your costume before parade day. This will give you a chance to make sure your horse is okay with the costume or if any adjustments need to be made. Remember that horseshoes are slippery on wet pavement. Borium on shoes will help if you plan on riding in a lot of parades. Black or clear hoof polish adds a ‘wow factor’ to the overall look. Make sure to arrive early so everyone can settle in before starting out. Brenda reminds us that it’s a summertime costume party, so have fun! There is a lot of support and a whole bunch of fun for anyone wanting to join our registry or participate in the Canadian Triple Challenge Programs (see If you are not sure where to start, follow us on Facebook ( and reach out to our members. We are always ready to give you a helping hand.

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3 Northfork Tennessee Walking Horses (in blue & white) at a parade in Rimbey AB. Jack Gurnett in background, daughter Joanne Stern (right) and granddaughter Paige (left).

Brenda & Stephen at the 2017 Calgary Stampede Parade

Karla Hansen on Ken with their ribbon from the Red Deer AB parade.

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Marilyn Griffin


onderful news! Our Covid-19 numbers are down across the Province and our SUMMER ICEBREAKER SHOW IS ON!! This show is AQHA and APHA approved, we also have Open classes and some barrel racing classes! See below for details. The Yearling Tri-Challenge for 2021 offspring from the Stallions which took part in the Stallion Auction will also be hosted at this show. This year eligible yearlings can enter individual classes. Yearlings entered in all classes will compete for the overall aggregate award. There may still be some Covid-19 restrictions in place for the show, so we will ask all participants and yes, some spectators (YAY), to follow the Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of the show. For the show program and entries please go to: https://www. or Series two of the LMQHA/BCPHC Virtual Show is now complete and results have been posted on the Facebook page for BC Virtual Show. We would like to thank our judges and all those who competed, as well as our show committee for their hard work. Please give us your feedback… do you want these shows to continue even post pandemic? Do you have other suggestions for the club? Would you like to join us as a board member? Below is a list of our officers who can be contacted through Facebook messenger if you have any questions or suggestions for us.

President: Tamara Jamieson Vice-President: Tami Hutton Treasurer: Pia Petersen Secretary: Marilyn Griffin

“Ella” (Kissin The Girls x Be A Brite Socialite) owned & bred By Cheyenne Hayward

Jodie Moore and Pat Senger

BCQHA president and LMQHA treasurer Pia Petersen enjoying being back in the show pen with her horse Thumb Moxie

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Tamara Jameson, Website: Visit our Facebook page



The Back Country Horsemen of BC Making Friends with Fido

By Sharon Pickthorne, North Vancouver Island Chapter with Jane Neve, Canine Conduct Dog Training

Helping pedestrians and their dogs, to ensure safety (and fun!) for all on the trails


f you ride urban multi-use trails you have likely encountered dogs, both leashed and off-leash. You may have experienced some difficulty with dogs in the past, however, there is something you can do to make these interactions better for both parties going forward. Please realize most dog owners have never had an opportunity to introduce their K9 friend to equines. Dog trainers such as Jane Neve of Canine Conduct (who co-authored this article) don’t typically have horses at their facility! So we should take chance encounters as an opportunity to help dogs and their owners. It’s imperative that you are riding without your own dog; that your horse is calm and stands dead still and is very tolerant of dogs that might be jumping, barking or scared. Here are some suggestions to consider: 1) Be outgoing and friendly! Always stop your horse, call out a friendly greeting to the dog owner, and wait until they are able to get their dog under control before proceeding. If they have pulled off the trail into the bush—Yikes! They have become a hidden predator now— please don’t even mention that to them yet. They are trying their best to comply with the ‘Yield to Horses’ principle. Likely your horse saw, smelled and heard the dog and owner before you did. It is our responsibility to get our horses used to dog owners and bike riders that pull off the trail. Hopefully, they have now put a leash on the dog. 2) Initiative conversation. Once the dog owner says it’s ok to approach, do so slowly and when you are about 4 metres away you can offer to help them. I usually say something like: “thanks for pulling over – has your dog met many horses?” If the owner engages and says something like “the dog is young or scared,” that is your chance to offer to help. Take a minute to assess if the dog seems scared (barking, tail down, cowering, looking to the handler for reassurance) or if it is aggressive (tail straight up, might wag fast and high, eyes large and round, mouth closed, fixated on the horse and not the handler and body is leaning forward or lunging). Be safe; don’t engage with aggressive dogs. That should be left to professional dog trainers. 3) Approach. Pat. Sniff. Keep chatting with the owner and suggest they ignore the nervous barking. Dogs usually give that up after a few minutes. If there are two people with the dog, one can hold the dog and then suggest the other approach your horse and give it nice scratches or pets, showing the dog that this huge scary thing seems okay to the owner. The person touching the horse can go back and forth to the

Melody Bettewroth and her dog Blue take a moment to meet Sharon Pickthorne on her horse, Tiggy. Blue is demonstrating fearfulness, with ears down, tail tucked and staying behind her owner. Photo by Terri Perrin dog so it can smell the horse on their hand. If it is just one person and the dog is relatively calm, I suggest they slowly approach my horse in the same way, holding the dog on a short lead behind them. My horse is so tuned into this gig, she stops at every dog and waits for her loving. She is good at letting dogs sniff her nose. Follow your gut instincts; most of us are familiar with dogs so proceed as far as you and the dog owner are comfortable with. Keep the close contact interactions short, three to five seconds and suggest the owner avoid the worried intonations of “be nice” or “it’s okay.” Jolly it up with “well done, good job.” But not too jolly! This is a polite and quiet exchange between three species. 4) Farewell Fido! When it’s time to break up the species party, the dog and owner should always leave first. This makes the dog confident and avoids a lunge attempt by the dog. Explain about horses’ dangerous hind end, which of course is where the dog instinctively wants to go. I have received nothing but big ‘thank yous’ from grateful owners and I feel good that the next time, their dog should be more comfortable when meeting horses on the trail. Jane Neve, Canine Conduct Training, is based in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

Back Country Horsemen of BC – serving BC trail riding enthusiasts since 1989!

Check out our beautiful website at / Questions? Contact

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Clubs & Associations Join the Canadian Quarter Horse Association Membership is FREE!

31 Years of Celebrating Long Ears

members from across Canada and the US

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



The CQHA is the Canadian affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and representative of the largest breed population within the Canadian herd. Visit us at

NOW YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE. CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.

Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information 4/22


BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 6/22

BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association

Working with obstacles to overcome obstacles Building confidence, patience, respect and trust in your equine partnership! 4/22


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

Contact: • Website:

BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 10/21, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB see our FB page. Pres: Michelle Kozyn e-mail:, Trail Rides, Pot O Gold Show, Poker Ride 5/22 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 3/22 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, Contact Carolyn Farris, email 8/22

FRASER VALLEY’S OWN ‘GRASSROOTS’ CLUB dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram


or e-mail:

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

CERTIFIED HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION (CHA) Certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, & publishes educational manuals, webinars & videos. 8/21 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 12 /21 Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. 1-866-282-8395 | |

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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

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


3/22 11/18

BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC. (see Facebook) Pres: Rosanne 604-302-7650, Breed promotion program throughout the province. 4/22



Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323



BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 4/22

Canadian Cowboy Challenge


A SPORT for the whole Family! Hoping to host a full season of Challenges in 2021 For more info please call 403-828-2044 or visit

D E A D LI N E 5th of each month


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



Clubs & Associations LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 10/21

PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 2/22


RUSTY SPURS 4-H HORSE CLUB (Abbotsford BC) Open to Youth 6-19, & Find us on Facebook! 12/21

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

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 11/21

100 Mile & District Outriders

7/18 10/21

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

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kevin Froese ( Info, Gymkhana dates & events at 6/22

VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 4/22 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 6/22

Clubs - you should be listed here.

Peruvian Horse Club of BC Smooth • Versatile • Intelligent

SPIRIT OF THE HORSE GARDEN, a place to honour our equine friends; memorial plaques available,, FB 11/21

Non-profit rates start at only $100 per year.


What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,



2-Sep 10 EDMONTON AB, 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 6-9 COLT STARTING CLINIC w/D’arcy Luttmer, Wildhorse Ventures (see us on FB), Quesnel BC, 250-249-9613 7-8 PRC ANNUAL BEACHTOWN SHOWDOWN Race & Roping, 13-15 HORSEMANSHIP RETREAT w/Christa Miremadi at The Rock’n Star Ranch, Pritchard BC, contact 14-15 AQHA/APHA ALL BREED SHOW, Maple Ridge Equi-Centre, 14-15 CCC PRAIRIE SKY RANCH DOUBLE HEADER, Saskatoon SK, 306-371-1682 or, PACKING CLINIC w/Colleen Luttmer(Murphy), Wildhorse Ventures 14-16 (see us on FB), Quesnel BC, 250-249-9613 15 AERC OPEN SHOW (Virtual?), Armstrong BC, and FB 20-22 HORSEMANSHIP RETREAT 2 w/Christa Miremadi at The Rock’n Star Ranch, Pritchard BC, contact 24-27 ARENA 2 TRAIL WORKSHOP w/Dawn Ferster at Timber Ridge, Lumby BC,

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28-29 ARENA 2 TRAIL OBSTACLE SCHOOLING CHALLENGE, Timber Ridge, Lumby BC, 28-30 TRUST & CONFIDENCE CLINIC w/D’arcy Luttmer, Wildhorse Ventures (see us on FB), Quesnel BC, 250-249-9613 29 PRC SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACES & GYMKHANA, 31-Sep 2 ARENA 2 TRAIL WORKSHOP w/Dawn Ferster at Timber Ridge, Lumby BC,


6 PRC SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACES & GYMKHANA, 11 COLT STARTING CHALLENGE & SALE,, Fort MacLeod AB, online bidding at 11-12 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Kamloops BC. Contact Colleen Meyer at 11-17 CALGARY (Priddis) AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 17 ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED SALE, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB,


Business Services FARRIERS & SUPPLIES




KPU Advanced Farrier Science Graduates

t: 250-280-0155 | 250-886-7595 • e:



100% Canadian


31852 Marshall Place 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. 103-1889 Springfield Rd. 975 Langford Parkway 1-1227 Island Hwy. S. 587 Alberni Hwy. 1970 Keating Cross Rd. 1771 10th Ave SW 2565 Main St.

556-7477 748-8171 860-2346 940-4499 753-4221 248-3243 652-9188 832-8424 768-8870




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

THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Ok/Shuswap) 250-309-0629 or 250-838-2157, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 4/22

Custom built and installed to your needs


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

Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides

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

Guide on Guest Ranch / Horse pack trips


WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-838-0111. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch

ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 10/21


Ph: 250-503-7432 NATA FARMS Serving BC’s Interior including South Okanagan



Shavings • Hog Fuel • Bark Mulch • Compost


• Horse •


8/19 10/21




ARMSTRONG 250-546-9174

CHILLIWACK 1-877-847-3735




FARM SUPPLIES HORSE HAY SALES (Calgary AB) Meadow Brome Grass/Alfalfa mix, tested,, 403-325-5556 2/22

D E A D LI N E 5th of each month




Business Services GUEST RANCHES

TRAINERS/COACHES Close to nature Far from crowds 8-10,000 acres & private lake



Spring Lake Guest Ranch

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 • 250-791-5776 (100 Mile House BC)

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 10/21

LESSON PROGRAMS WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 5/22

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8 /22






Specializing in BC’s Rural Communities

778-209-0305 E-mail: Follow me on social media @kamloopsandruralrealestate



Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Cell: 250-549-0996 / Office 250-546-3119 Armstrong 10/21


TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 9/21

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 7/22 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (1645 Eagle Rock Rd., Armstrong BC) 250-308-8980, RVs to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 7/21

TRAILER SALES KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 4/22

TRAINERS/COACHES ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Western, available for training, lessons/clinics, 2/22 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 6 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 9/21 DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 3/22 ELISA MAROCCHI (100 Mile House BC), EC Licensed Driving Coach 250-706-2824 Clinics, Lessons, Training on/off farm, 5/22

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Build Something Lasting

SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Horsemanship & Working Equitation, Clinics & Lessons, 8/21 SOMATIC RIDER AND ENERGY MEDICINE - Lisa Wieben (Vernon BC) Balance the Rider, Balance the Horse,, 403-335-5993 7/22 THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC) Natural Care Boarding. Training. Education. Offering quality care, horsemanship support & education. 3/22 WILDHORSE VENTURES AT MERSTON CREEK RANCH (Quesnel BC) 250-249-9613, Horse Training & Clinics, Horses & Cariboo Mountain Dogs for sale. See us on FB 10/21

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


Available for speaking engagements & events Based out of Faithful Farm in Langley BC Follow Legacy Horsemanship on Facebook and Instagram E-mail inquiries to

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Ree , 4/22 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 8/21 OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM,


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




Rural Roots



Beautiful 3 bed/3 bath home on an 18 acre private and partially fenced forested property with ocean views from the home. The 34’ x 47’ barn has 4 stalls and could be rearranged for more or less or turn this into a workshop. There is an all-weather paddock outside for the horses with lots of space for grass turnout. The property is nicely sloped and the owners took full advantage of the height to maximize the ocean view. Around the home, pond, greenhouse and barn is cleared and the rest is lightly forested.

1235 Coats Drive, Gabriola Island BC $2,350,000 MLS® 871289 CONTACT: MARTIN VELSEN, PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CORP. Cell 250-327-2324 /


40 private park-like acres only ten minutes from the city of Powell River and beautiful beaches. Open concept, two-bedroom westcoast home with vaulted ceiling and exposed fir beams. Stunning masonry stove faced in river rock. Completely off-grid and self-contained. Two storey barn with three box stalls and heated studio/storage above.Tack room and hay shed. Paddock, pastures, gardens, orchard and ponds. A horse lover’s dream within 2 kms of two equestrian rings (indoor and outdoor) and unlimited backcountry trails.

4990 McLeod Road, Powell River BC $965,000 MLS ® 15864 CONTACT: JOHN ZAIKOW 604-485-7788 Westview Zaikow Realty


1-866-546-9922 for more info

Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 9/21 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. 5/22 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/21 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 3/22





On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse


We Have the Blues!

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

for Trail ~ Work ~ Show

2021 Foals will be available sired by:

LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan

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

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed! • 403-860-9763 Locations in Chase BC and Cayley Alberta 10/21


Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC)

8/22 3/17

Glynn Irish Sport Horse If you’re looking for your “Heart Horse” look no further!

We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS Champion bloodlines and amazing temperaments to suit everyone’s adventure!







Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066 (Princeton BC) 10/21



HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 9/21


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


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



that has a little bit of everything Complete Balanced Bioavailable Source Of Essential MACRO and MICRO nutrients for HEALTHY HORSES Contact: Brigitte MacKenzie, 604-768-9558 (cell/text) WWW.ULTRA-KELP.COM 1-888-357-0011

Double Delichte Stables

Full Board $350 monthly (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon  250-309-2384 Coldstream, BC  9/21

Dealer for

Pet Food & Supplies Wood Shavings and MORE


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC

FULL, PARTIAL OR SELF-BOARD in either a group pasture or paddocks with run-in sheds with access to pasture • Overnight camping with paddocks available • Heated auto waterers • Round pen and • 120 x 160 sand Arena 10/21

Contact: Indigo Ridge Farm 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC 250-898-4075 /



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