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Let’s Celebrate the Year of the Horse! 2014 is the Year of Wooden Horse. Wood is related to tree or green. Therefore, 2014 is also called Year of Green Horse.


he Horse is one of the Chinese people’s favourite animals and has become closely linked to people’s lives. The Horse provided a quick and useful mode of transportation before the invention of vehicles; and has helped the people win battles of war. Therefore ‘The Horse’ is not only a symbol of traveling, competition and victory but also a sign of speedy success. The Sign of the Horse If you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014, you were born under the sign of “The Horse.” Horses like to compete with others. They are in pursuit for their freedom, passion and leadership. That implies that people will have a busy schedule for their goals in the Year of Horse. The Chinese lunar calendar

incorporates both the lunar cycle and the position of the sun. According to legend, the calendar dates back to 2600 B.C., when the mythical Yellow Emperor

started the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac and named an animal to represent each year in the 12-year cycle. The horse ranks seventh among the 12 animals of

the Chinese zodiac. People born in the Year of the Horse are highly animated, active and energetic. They are typically very elegant, independent, gentle, and hardworking. Their most striking characteristic is their strong selfconfidence. Thus the Year of the Horse is a time for all people to go forward confidently in the direction of their goals and dreams, just as the horse gallops at top speed toward its destination. The arrival of the Year of Horse is a time to reconcile differences, let go of all grudges, and sincerely wish everyone peace, health, and happiness. As the Chinese say, “A good horse never turns its head to eat the grass behind.” So, look ahead, not back.


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From the Editor… Features

It’s Not You, It’s Me 6 Mane Event, Red Deer AB 8 Choosing a Vehicle for Your Horse 10 How the Mind is Affected by the Feet 14 The Grounded Rider 16 Mounted Patrol Recruiting 17 A Story with Spirit 18 Wild Horses of BC 20 Mountain Trail at It’s Best 22 Alberta Breeders & Owners Conference 26 Alberta’s Wild Horses 28

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Cariboo Chatter 30 Top Dog! Section 32 KIDS – It’s All About You! 36 Horse Council BC 37 Ask Suzi 45 BC Paint Horse Club 48 Lower Mainland Quarter Horse 50 Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC 51 Back Country Horsemen of BC 52 BC Rodeo Association 53 Clubs/Associations 54 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 55 Business Services 56 Rural Roots 59 On The Market (photo ads) 60 Stallions/Breeders 61 Shop & Swap 62


appy New Year ‘Of The Horse’ everyone! I hope you survived the Christmas holidays, the January blues so to speak, and the winter woes… or are they still happening? I so look forward to this coming year, no I was not born in the ‘year of the horse’, but I anticipate good things to come (I hope)… maybe win the lottery? That would be nice. I had a nice break over the month of December, since we don’t print a January issue. I did 6 or 7 jigsaw puzzles (lost count) over a marathon of 10 days… because I still did SOME work… I can’t just quit (that’s not my nature as most of you know). And now it’s back to (serious) work… oh, wish I could just take off to Arizona like everybody else in the winter… and play! Did you know that you or your business can be a sponsor of any of our ‘regular’ features? Contact me for details. We have a new sponsor in our Top Dog! Section, and they are offering a free sample each month to the Top Dog! See page 33 for more info. The next few months include the Stallion issues, as well as the March Construction Feature, then the April Fashion Feature. And remember… if you can’t wait for Saddle Up to get into your local tack or feed store, you can always read it online (for free, no sign in) on the 1st of the month! Get a jump on the news and sales before anyone else!

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It’s Not You, It’s Me… By Christa Miremadi Photos by Tina Harnett

As a kid learning to ride, I always thought that one day I’d be a great rider and know it all! Like many other young girls, I imagined myself as a jockey, a show jumper or a mysteriously-gifted horse tamer.


thought I’d put in my time as a student, learn how to “do this riding thing,” then I’d be great and never have any questions because I knew everything. Boy was I wrong! I’ve now been in the saddle for more than 20 years and had over a dozen mentors. I’ve crossed borders to ride with people I felt could help me on my journey, I’ve studied many styles and disciplines and I’ve read more books than I can fit on my shelves. I’m riding better than ever before and I’ve never felt more like a beginner than I do now. As the years have passed and my experience has grown, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons: 1. The horses don’t need our help to do anything. 2. I don’t need to learn to ride, I need to learn how NOT to ride. 3. There is no “getting it.” As far as the first lesson goes, horses really don’t need our help to do anything. There’s no move out there they don’t already know. The passage, piaffe, sidepass, pirouette, slide, spin, jump and roll back all come naturally to horses. Some may be more athletically inclined than others, some more conformationally balanced and some have a little more “brio” (life), but no horse needs to be taught how to do any of these things. They need only to be inspired and have us get out of their way so they have the freedom to move naturally. Knowing how to inspire each

desired move on the other hand, is something that must be learned - but not by our horses. It’s our responsibility as riders to learn to give our horses signals that’ll communicate what we’re looking for. It’s also our responsibility to understand their anatomy/ biomechanics well enough to know whether or not they are prepared or built for the maneuver we’re asking of them and recognize that with many of the more challenging moves, their balance is required to be spot on. If we ourselves aren’t dead centre and out of their way, how will they manage to balance, not only themselves but us as well? The more I ride my horse, the more I realize that those little things that drive me nuts, those things that I used to blame my horses for and try to “fix,” were actually caused by me. It wasn’t the horse that was doing something wrong, it was me. This brings me to the second lesson: I don’t need to learn how to ride, I need to learn how NOT to ride. If I asked you to think back to your first riding lesson or trail ride, you’d probably remember your guide/teacher saying, “Pull on the left rein to go left, right rein to go right, back to stop and squeeze with your legs to go.” This is a universally-employed beginner lesson mantra. However, if we think about how a horse’s body works and that he requires his head and neck to balance (as well as the ability to lift or lower his head to stretch and lift his back or tuck his hind end

A clinic participant learning how to get out of the way and use poles to help her older horse round up and move in a healthier way.

Scott Hay and his mustang gelding “Koru” learning how to move WITH his horse and stay out of the way in the saddle.

underneath himself), it becomes clear how hard this type of riding is on the horse. Not to mention the difficulties he faces swinging his barrel and back freely while being

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It’s Not You, It’s Me…, cont’d squeezed by legs or being bounced on… Learning to stay out of my horse’s way has been one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve put effort into learning. It’s phenomenal how willing and cooperative a horse can become if he doesn’t feel like he has to defend himself. For example, having the freedom of being left off-line (or if under saddle, on a loose rein) while working over poles can help a horse gain confidence and Me and my Arab gelding coordination. He is put in a position ‘’Fire’’ showing balance to find his own footing and sort and togetherness without interference. out his distances himself. He has the freedom to drop his nose, look down at the poles and make his choices without having his head pulled up or to one side or another. Coincidentally, as a rider working over poles on a loose rein, you’ll learn to stay centered and soft in your saddle and use your seat to balance rather than your reins or legs. You’ll learn to move with your horse, not for your horse, and gain confidence, balance and rhythm of your own. After all my studies, one of the most mind-boggling, frustrating and absolutely incredible discoveries has been that there’s no “right way” to do anything. Just a whole lot of ways to achieve a variety of results. What’s right for one horse and human team is far from right for another. What was once right for some may become primitive and incomplete given some time, progress and achievement. What’s not right for another now, may be just what the doctor ordered a year from now. We’re always changing and so are our horses. Because of this, there is no “getting it.” Every day spent in the saddle will render new learning and new development. That new development will require a greater level of sophistication and evolution from both horse and rider, and each new level of sophistication and evolution will open new doors of possibility, doors that have never been available to that team before. Once you step through one of those doors, you will be in an unfamiliar place and must adopt the mindset of a beginner if you wish to continue to advance; or alternatively, back yourself back through that door and remain where you were, an expert at what you “know.” I’ve come to recognize that, if I’ve begun to feel like I don’t have a clue what I’m doing, I’m on the cusp of great progress. The more I learn about horsemanship and riding, the less I “do.” The less I “do,” the less I interfere with and the more I can influence my horse. The more I influence (without interfering with) my horse, the more progress we can make. The more progress we make, the greater the learning is that’s still available to gain, and although it is actually quite the opposite, the more I learn the less I feel I know. There are, of course, things the horse must learn from us: how HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

to wear a saddle, respond to signals and follow directions; but, at the end of the day I find myself thanking my horses for their patience and tolerance and for helping me to learn. I apologize for my shortcomings and for getting in their way and I find myself whispering in their ears as I brush them down after the ride, “it’s not you, it’s me.” I promise them I’ll continue learning, improving my feel, timing and balance, making it possible for them to achieve the greatness that I know they could if I could only get out of their way and inspire their natural gifts to emerge. I now pray that I’ll never know everything because the day I do is the day I have missed the point! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS) • 7

Looking Forward to Mane Event Red Deer By Gail Barker Westerner Park will be the place to meet on April 25-27. This year a host of new and familiar exhibitors with be on hand with just about everything you and your horse need to get back out there.


f course the 3-day event also means learning and this year is no exception. Clinicians this year include long time horseman, reiner, cow horse competitor, 15 time World Champion and NRCHA Hall of Fame member Les Vogt of Les Vogt California. Les has been working with horses for almost 40 years and is enthusiastic about sharing what he has learned along the way. Les competes on a regular basis and also spreads his knowledge in numerous clinics throughout the US, Canada and even Brazil. Les has been featured regularly in Horse and Rider magazine. Les’s clinic titles will be available shortly on the Mane Event website, so watch for them to be listed. Visit for more details on Les. Lyn Ringrose-Moe will be presenting something new for the Mane Event in Red Deer. She will be conducting clinics on Western Dressage. Her clinic titles include An Introduction to Cowboy Dressage; Building the Maneuvers, The Challenge Tests and From the Judge’s Lyn Ringrose-Moe point of view. Lyn has competed in Dressage, Working Cow Horse, Combined Training, Show Jumping, and Western Pleasure. She has also participated in cutting, reining, and team roping. She has worked with or trained most breeds of horses (and mules) and finds beauty in all of them. Lyn currently teaches lessons and trains in Cowboy Dressage and classical Dressage. She helped co-write/edit the Cowboy Dressage tests, is a partner in Cowboy Dressage World, is working on the Cowboy Dressage Judge’s Training Program, and is a recommended judge for Cowboy Dressage. USEF Judge, FEI Technical Delegate and competitor, Janet Foy will be presenting the Dressage sessions this year. Janet is a native of Colorado Springs, CO. Her interest in dressage started when she lived in Oxford, England, and she passed several British Horse Society Instructor Exams. Janet is currently an FEI 4* judge, USEF “S” Dressage Judge and an USEF Sport horse “R” Breeding Judge. 8 • Saddle Up • February 2014

Recently she was promoted as an FEI Technical Delegate. She has judged at all major shows in the US and national championships and CDI***/W events abroad as well as the FEI World Cup League Finals for the US, Canada and Australia. Janet was on the US selection panels for 2004 Athens, the 2006 WEG, the 2007 Pan American Games, 2008 Beijing, 2010 WEG and the 2012 London Olympic Games. The FEI appointed her Janet Foy to judge the 2010 Central American Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, and she has also judged the USEF Young Horse and Developing Horse Championships several times. Janet will be serving as the FEI Technical Delegate at the 2013 Central American Games in Costa Rica. As a rider, Janet has won her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals and gives clinics throughout the United States. She is a former member of the USDF Executive Board, a current member of the USEF Board of Directors, a 20 year former member of the USEF Technical Dressage Committee and the Chairman of the USEF High Performance Dressage Committee. Janet travels around the country conducting highly successful Trainer/Judge Symposiums with Steffen Peters and Debbie McDonald. Janet’s first book “Training the not so Perfect Dressage Horse” was published by Trafalgar Press in June 2012. Stayed tuned for more clinicians to be announced, as well as clinic titles for the riders participation. Also, watch for information on the Canadian Cowboy Challenges that will be taking place Saturday and Sunday. These challenges are open to everyone and interested riders are welcome to view the CCC demonstrations and then give the course a try. For more information please contact the canadiancowboychallenge@ General admission tickets, which allow access into all events, have remained at the same price. The Mane Event is again offering Guaranteed seating tickets for both the Friday and Saturday Equine Experiences, and the VIP Trainers Challenge package for the diehard Trainers Challenge fans who want to ensure that they always get a seat for the colt-starting competition and finals… included in this is a Meet and Greet with the Trainers and Judges, a welcome gift, parking pass and other special perks. Visit for details or call 250-578-7518 for more information.

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Choosing a Vehicle for Your Horse, Part 1 By Judy Newbert Spring is coming! Really it is! Time to think about getting out of the sleigh and into a cart or carriage. Choosing a cart or carriage for your horse is likely the largest expenditure you will be making in your driving adventure.


orse-drawn vehicles vary all the way from simple pipe frame carts (less than a thousand dollars) to huge (and very expensive) antique coaches running into several hundred thousand dollars. Buying a used vehicle in good shape will be less expensive than buying new, but make sure the vehicle fits you and your horse. Choosing the proper vehicle is very important to your driving safety and enjoyment. In general, carts have two wheels and carriages (or wagons) have four wheels. For most purposes, a two-wheeled cart is most appropriate. Carts are safer for green horses and beginner drivers as they do not jack-knife and tip as easily as 4 wheelers. Carts are easier to store and move (they normally fit easily into the back of a pickup) and they weigh less than a carriage. Even large horse carts have a maximum width of about 60” so that they fit in the box of a full-size pickup. Most horse trailers are 6 feet wide (inside the wheel wells) so the cart should also fit in there. A two-wheeled cart must be properly balanced for the comfort of both the horse and the driver. A cart should always be used with a harness with a well-padded and wide saddle (4-6” from front to back) with a rigid tree and preferably with a “gig pad” which has a sliding backstrap for the horse’s comfort.

A four-wheeled vehicle (carriage) does not require balancing and can carry more people if your horse is big enough to haul them. Some four wheelers fit easily into the box of a full-size pickup; however some are too wide or too long, so always measure carefully. A horse can routinely pull one-half of its bodyweight up and down hills once it is fit. The horse can pull closer to its full bodyweight if the land is flat. Most light horses are 900 to 1100 lbs (410 to 500 kg). Therefore, the sum of the vehicle and passengers must be 450 to 550 lbs (205 to 250 kg) for hilly terrain and 900 to 1100 lbs (410 to 500 kg) for flat land OR LESS.

1. MATERIAL Consider carefully the type of driving you want to do. Old vehicles (antiques) were mainly wood with the exception of the axles and some structural members. Old vehicles can be driven along roads or smooth trails without problems. Modern carts and carriages may be made entirely of metal or may be a metal frame with wood panels or slats forming the box. Modern steel frame vehicles may use wooden wheels or welded steel or aluminum wheels. If you intend to drive in rough country, in and out of ditches, or over cultivated farmers’ fields, a modern vehicle is the way to go. Modern show carts with wire wheels and pneumatic tires (air-filled) are suitable only for flat ring driving. They Driving & Riding - Lessons & Clinics normally do not stand Diamond N ultra-light carbon-fibre whips New up to rough country Carts, Carriages & Harness - Mini to Draft Consignment Driving Vehicles driving and flat tires are Saddlery and harness repairs have arrived Upcoming a real problem if you Carriage lamp repair & restoration Driving Clinics Dates on are some distance away website from the barn. Some Judy Newbert 403-946-5194 • home-made carts use Box 528, Crossfield, Alberta T0M 0S0 bicycle tires which do not stand up to the side 4/14

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Vehicle is too large and too heavy for minis; luckily the road is flat.

loads generated with a horse. Motorcycle wheels with spokes are stronger but are limited in size. Some Open Pleasure Driving classes and Combined Driving Events above Training level do not allow pneumatic tires and wire wheels. Some breed pleasure classes require pneumatic tires and wire wheels so check the rule book for your breed or division. Any combination of materials can be suitable; modern roller bearings in the wheels are especially nice and have lower maintenance requirements than the older vehicles. Normally, modern hydraulic brakes are only installed on metal welded wheels and on carriages (i.e. four wheelers). Brakes are normally not necessary for most carts and carriages if you use a good breeching, properly adjusted, and have not overloaded the vehicle. If you have brakes, remember that when brakes are applied on a cart, it increases the weight on the horse’s back. So, be aware of this problem, use a wide “gig pad” to spread the weight, and use the brakes ONLY when needed and ONLY for the shortest possible length of time. Do not “ride” the brakes in a cart (i.e. keep them on continuously). This puts additional weight on the horse’s back. Wooden wheels are not designed to take the strain of modern brakes, which act at the hub. Old-style brakes for wooden wheels were a block of wood, which braked on the outer rim of the wheel. For a first vehicle, you are better off without brakes because they require quite a HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Choosing a Vehicle, cont’d

Ideal fit for a mini

Ideal fit for a large horse – use of foot rest.

lot of maintenance. Modern metal vehicles stand up better to rough driving than antique wooden vehicles. If you decide to buy a new vehicle, your best bet is to deal with a competent maker who is local or at least North American, so that if there are problems or repairs are required, you can take it back to its maker for repairs or can at least get replacement parts. If you get a European vehicle, there are limited places or people that you can get to repair it. Ask about spare parts or repair services when you are considering buying a new cart. Rubber tread on wooden or steel wheels is universal; the old-style metal rims on wooden wheels are incredibly noisy on pavement. 2. SIZE OF VEHICLE FOR BOTH THE HORSE AND THE DRIVER For the driver A proper driving vehicle places the driver in a position to easily see over and around the horse to the road ahead and the reins come from the rein terrets on the saddle (backpad) directly to the driver’s hands without lying across or falling to either side of the horse’s rump. A useful rule of thumb is for the seat of the vehicle to be the same height as the horse’s withers. Some vehicles like Meadowbrook carts and some metal “easy-entry” carts are built lower to the ground and the seat may not be high enough to put you in the optimum location. However, they are easier to get in and out of. Here you must make a choice based on which characteristic is most important to you. When the driver is seated in the carriage, the driver must have his/her feet flat on the floor, so that the driver can brace comfortably and securely when driving. The driver’s knees should be slightly bent for comfort. Seats on carts are often moveable (they slide forward and back) to allow the cart to be adjusted for the driver’s leg length as well as the comfort of the horse. If the seat is not moveable, a fixed box may be placed on the floor as a spacer to allow the driver to sit comfortably. Passengers can hold onto a seat rail for security, but a driver has his/her hands full of reins and whip and cannot spare a hand with which to hold on. You cannot drive comfortably if your feet do not reach the floor. Also, be aware that your passengers will not be comfortable driving with you if their feet do not touch the floor. Upholstery which is fabric rather than vinyl like naugahyde is less slippery and more comfortable to sit on, but most vehicles still have naugahyde-covered seats. If your feet don’t reach HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Leg space for driver is too small.

the floor and the seat is slippery, you may slide right out of the cart on fast turns. Be careful and make sure you and your passengers stay in the vehicle, especially children.

Ideal fit for a 12h pony – use of foot rest and Read next breastcollar. month’s issue of Saddle Up for Part 2 of this article - you will learn how to choose the right size of vehicle and shafts for your horse.

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Thank You from ‘Healing through Horses’ by Wendy Elrick - the Vernon Women’s Transition House Equine-assisted Therapy Program Photos courtesy of Patti Thomas (Horsey Ladies Committee)



e were very fortunate to be the recipients of the monies earned by the Okanagan Horsey Ladies charity auction in November 2013. This is the third time we have been the lucky recipients of these ladies’ generosity. Those monies will be applied to the program throughout 2014. Thank you ladies!

Committee posing for the camera... Elspeth Manning mounted... and Wendy Elrick on far left.

What We Are About

Equineassisted therapy is an experiential therapeutic form where horses participate as co-counsellors. Client goals are addressed through the impact of exercises done with the horses, not on the horses. People find great support for their individual healing processes through the relationships they develop with the horses, and the learning done through the exercises. The model applied by the program uses a combination of the concepts of natural horsemanship, play therapy, storytelling, and problem solving exercises. We offer services to women in the community who have been the victims of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse. Groups are offered to girls on the topics of self-care and assertiveness.

The Horses

Early in the year we had to put Athena down due to illness. Vienna had a hard time with losing her adopted daughter. Like many of us, she is not a fan of vulnerability. Angel went back home to Lumby, and into full-fledged retirement. She has been enjoying being spoiled by her owner. In March, Kara joined the herd. She is a 23-year-old Quarter Horse. She is delighted to be part of the herd and has embraced the work we do here. Recently, the mule Sadie Claire joined the herd. Sadie is hyper-sensitive and very intelligent. She is mostly only willing to interact with us two-leggeds when equine-assisted learning is going on. She is quite sure she has much to teach us. I am slowly seeing that she is, of course, correct. The rest of the herd is well. Joe is showing his age, but still clearly wanting to teach. Landor appears to be getting younger, despite his 22 years. Chunky, Bandit and Peaches are healthy 12 • Saddle Up • February 2014

and continue to contribute to the learning that goes on here.

Learning from Horses This past year we ran two equineMembers of the Okanagan Horsey Ladies assisted trauma committee were invited to take part in a recovery therapy ‘sample therapy session’ at Wendy’s farm. groups spanning 10 weeks each. Sessions were offered for two hours each week. During the winter we offered a traditional assertiveness training for eight weeks. We also ran two groups for girls in the spring with a focus on personal leadership. During the spring and fall we offered a drop-in grooming session once a week with the goal of teaching girls and women the importance of making self-care a priority in our lives. This group was largely run by volunteers. Thank you to all the wonderful women who donated their time!


I would like to thank our 2013 donators. The Paddock Tack & Togs has continued their monthly donation to the program, which has been supporting us for nine years now. Thank you Karin and Darryl for your ongoing support. Arise Chiropractic continues to donate to the program. Thank you Alana and Elliot and your team. Individuals have also made donations to the program. Thank you to each and every one of you. We have also received funds from Nature’s Fare. They donate 3% of the total on receipts we collect from the store. (We continue to collect Nature’s Fare receipts and are grateful to anyone who drops off their receipts for us – call 778-475-6077.) The bulk of this year’s expenses were funded by an individual donator. To you all, thank you from the administration of Transition House, from Sherry, myself, and the herd. Best wishes to you all for the coming year! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

The Equine Hay Buffet

By E.J. MacDonald

Imagine being on a diet - a really strict one. You can only eat a lunch-sized salad, and this is fed to you twice, maybe three times a day. Some of you might get a handful of rice or quinoa with your salad.


ow imagine how 300 days of this diet of just two or three salads would make you feel. Next, put a constant production of stomach acid into the equation. Indigestion or even ulcers would result. Could anyone really cope with not being able to eat when they wanted to? How would our health be affected by this type of a diet? This is pretty much how a great many of us are feeding our horses. We board them at a barn or keep them at home, but often only feed them two or three (or for the luckier ones, four) times a day. The stomach of a horse is designed to have a bit of food in it at all times. The optimal “diet plan” for a horse is the “nibble, nibble and nibble some more” plan. In other words, no plan. Lots of roughage. So how can we help our horses to live and eat how they were evolved to? There are some pretty good products out there to help with this. Round bales of hay are one option; they range in price from $50 to $100 per bale and weigh around 600 to 1200 pounds each. Many hay farmers carry rounds and, if they don’t, odds are good that they know someone who does. If you have one horse who weighs around 1000 pounds, one round bale fed free-choice (and kept from being spread around or getting wet) can last that horse from three weeks to a month, depending how often he dines on it each day. To keep the bale dry and palatable, there is the Bale Buddy Bag; or, you could put the whole bale in a stock feeder or under a shelter. There are also bale bags in other sizes. I have noticed that horses who have a hay buffet to eat from seem to have less incidence of stress or colic. There could be some

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worry about colic, understandably, and this method may not work for every horse. This method may NOT be beneficial if: 1) Your horse bolts down food or gorges himself every time hay is presented; this one still could be eased into free-choice slow feeding with care and caution. 2) Your horse is prone to colic, and/or chokes on hay. Consult your veterinarian before starting free-choice slow feeding. 3) Your horse is too much of an easy keeper (if he looks like a giant beach ball with legs and could get fat on a single hay strand, this may not be for him). I have used free-choice slow feeding with no issues to date, and my horses have been more relaxed. Again, this article isn’t intended to be instructional; it is just a few ideas for you to consider. Please consult your veterinarian to discuss if freechoice slow feeding might be right for your horse. E.J. MacDonald has been involved with the horse industry since 1989. A trainer on the Interior Racing circuit, E.J. is also an avid writer, artist and cartoonist.

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to unload way too quickly, a horse that does not want to cross water, a horse that drops his shoulder towards the gate, and the list goes on.

The situation

The horse’s mind is not thinking the same thoughts as you are, and he is not taking his feet where you want them to go. There is something that has caused the horse to make a decision that is different from your plan. There is something that is “pulling” on your horse so hard that it has affected his judgment and his feet. It is as if there is a magnet or some sort of gravity pulling at your horse’s mind and body. So let’s fix this!

Identify the problem

The problem, in this case, is that your horse wants to be back at the barn, and is unwilling to listen to any of your cues.

Identify the options to fix the problem

Option 1: Try to slow the horse down until you get back to the barn, pull off his tack as soon as you get there so he can cool off, brush him down, pat him on the neck, and put him away - with his feed bin full, of course. Then thank him for not injuring you that day, instead just giving you a small blow to your confidence level. Option 2: Hurry the horse up and get back to the barn at a manageable speed, but when you get there, keep him moving. Move his feet, move his feet, and move his feet some more. Have him trot around the barn, sidepass around the barn, lope around the barn, trot around the barn, etc. Then lead him to a hitching rail, strategically placed away from the barn where you can tie him, with his saddle still on, to rest while you go back to the barn and rest as well. Option 3: Work the horse at the barn, for at least 20 minutes a day, on a regular basis before you leave, moving his feet forwards, backwards, left, and right. Then ride out away from the barn for only about 100 yards, then turn around and come back in order to… move the feet, move the feet, move the feet. Forwards, backwards, left and right. For at least 10 minutes. Then go back out to the 100-yard mark and rest for as long as he will stand. When he chooses to move back to the barn, head on back - and proceed with move the feet, move the feet... Are you starting to see where things might have gone astray in the first place? The horse is a creature of comfort and play. Your horse has really come to like the barn. That is where the food is, the shelter is, and his buddies are. So the answer is simple. You have to make the barn a little less inviting at times in order to make the scary trail seem better. You have to be HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

How the Mind, cont’d able to build your horse’s confidence. But the trick is doing it in a manner that he thinks that he is doing it to himself. The temporary answer is Option 2; the fix-it answer is Option 3. So let’s turn this into another scenario, to help you picture this a little better. Little Tommy is sitting in a classroom, but it is a nice sunny day. He would really like to go outside. He is getting so anxious that he can barely sit still. So the teacher decides to let him outside, but she has a plan. She decides that Tommy is free to go outside whenever he wants to, but he has to run 10 laps around the track every time he does. So Little Tommy is faced with a decision... to stay or not to stay, to work in the classroom, or to work even harder outside, but the choice is his. In the end, the equation is very easy: if your horse is not willing to listen to you where you are at, go to a place that he would rather be and work him there: forward, backward, left and right, until he makes the decision to listen. After that, teaching him and enjoying your time with him is easy, because he wants to be there as well. After all, his feet took you there! Stay tuned for Part 2 next month.

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The Grounded Rider: Barnyard Balance By Hazel Plumbley Last spring, the first thing my horse did on our inaugural ride in the new outdoor arena was buck me off. In truth, he half-heartedly deked for the rail and I fell off, but I’ve been working up that first version recently and like the sound of it better.


n April, the footing was seriously fluffy and soft. This is good when you fall off. My doctor suggests that the time to consider further tests for osteoporosis will be when my horse bucks me off and something breaks, but not before then. Unconvinced that I am a serious candidate for a medical miracle, I am presently a truly grounded rider. Winter fell. Thud. And now the footing is seriously hard. Riding season… done. So, I’m back to reading about riding. More specifically, I’m reading about balance. “Work/life balance,” as an example. Trendy phrase. I don’t know much about it other than I don’t have any. I like to imagine that it means me riding more than I do, but I suspect it’s one of those urban myths to which entire websites and sections of bookstores are dedicated. My understanding is that work/life balance is now accepted as something genetically hardwired in Generations X and Y, but that it rarely manifested in any age cohorts in prior history. If it did, it managed to skip the baby boomer generation entirely. We have to be arduously trained to acquire it. Balance also surfaced recently in my self-improvement life. “It’s all about balance,” said my yoga instructor, as I wobbled and fell over yet again from the “tree” pose. Reminiscent of an old growth cedar in Clayoquot Sound, I fell with a lot of noise and what I like to imagine was considerable grace. “You need an exercise program to work on your core strength,” said my yoga instructor. Hard to do without that first type of balance - the work/life sort, I thought. But I finally sat up and took notice when I read an article about welfare issues for lesson horses and discovered that, “of the human causes of dangerous behaviour in horses, those most likely to create the clichéd “sour” lesson horse are poor balance and timing.” I had to stop reading. I had to get balance. So, while reluctant to flout current pop psychology opinion about New Year’s resolutions and make any when they have been proven not to work, this year, I acquiesced. I’ve developed some exercises that make the most of those chores unavoidable for the modern horse keeper - those related to the handling and removal of manure. I’ve discovered that, while I can’t ride and have no time for grooming, the handling of manure cameos twice a day as an integral part of my barnyard routine; no additional time required and hence, no excuse. 16 • Saddle Up • February 2014

First, let’s talk equipment. You can leave your clothes hung up on the Bowflex. You’ll need an Ossie Plumbley wheelbarrow. The one that I use I remember fondly from my childhood as being like some constant sidekick of my dad’s. I estimate the wheelbarrow’s age at about 75. I never saw it new, so I’m guessing it has about 20 years on me. Back when it was forged, men were men, a good wheelbarrow could take the place of one, and they both weighed about the same. To begin, I make sure to assume my rider’s head/shoulder/ hip/heel alignment as I maneuver the empty wheelbarrow into the stall or paddock. I engage my core muscles while using a stylish fork handling technique to muck the area in question. The pros vet-wrap their manure fork handles for better grip. With core muscles still engaged, I firmly grasp the handles of the now full wheelbarrow, set my feet shoulder-width apart, bend my knees slightly and lift to an aligned, ready position. On a good day, I usually try four or five triceps’ lifts at this point before starting the next exercise. Here’s where I move on to my cardio workout. Critical to your program’s success is an uphill slope of moderate degree from the area you are mucking to your composting manure pile. Think single digits, people. I suspect the wheelbarrow and I actually have a downhill run most of the way from our barn to the compost, but I don’t need a heart rate monitor to know my lungs are working. By the time I get to the big pile near the end of the drive, I’m usually on the verge of collapse. On the return leg, I pull the wheelbarrow behind me like a rickshaw to use different muscle groups, and load up the dog if I’m game for a light workout on the uphill journey. For variety, once a week, I pull my garbage and recycling bins up much the same route. Consult your doctor before trying this adaptation at a pace in excess of what anyone would describe as “brisk.” Happy Chinese Year of the Horse - here’s to your better balance. Hazel Plumbley is a late-blooming boomer who has spent her first half century on the ground, being responsible and studious. She is committed to spending her next half century on a horse, taking herself far less seriously.

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A Story with Spirit: An Osteopathic Approach By Leah Hope This is my story of the search for wellness for my horse, Spirit. He was rescued from a dire situation at the age of 18 months. He was so weak, riddled with worms and his prognosis was guarded.


e recovered well from this, or so it seemed, and grew into a strapping youngster full of life and attitude. At the age of four, he was started as a riding horse. After that, it seemed there were intermittent issues with him. These issues were vague: difficulty finding a saddle to fit, irritability, back pain, neck pain, head pain, unwillingness to canter, one minute he was a sweetheart the next he wanted to kill me, training issues, throwing his head side to side, etc. I knew that I had to find something to help him or I was going to get really hurt. I searched for over four years, contacting veterinarians and practitioners in our remote BC community and beyond. The issues were neither obvious, nor consistent and conclusions ranged from “there is


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1) Osteopathic Assessment and Treatment:

“Osteopathy is a system of medicine based on manual manipulation of the body to alleviate pain, restore freedom of movement and enhance the body’s own innate healing abilities. Initially it may look a lot like chiropractic, however, osteopathy also looks at WHY an area of the body has reduced mobility… often there is an internal cause of external fixation patterns in joints of the horse.” (Excerpt taken from Dr. Taylor’s article, “Equine Osteopathy.”) Osteopathic evaluation reveals things like organ/visceral imbalances such as verminous arteritis (see below), gastric ulcers, colonic ulcers, hindgut acidosis, ovarian adhesions or geldingprocedure adhesions, dental impingements and more. All of this will impact the animal’s movement and responses to mechanical treatment modalities. Your chiropractor will have to come as often as you can afford to keep temporarily correcting the same vertebrae, if the organ/ visceral cause is not addressed.

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A Story with Spirit, cont’d single dose dewormers) that, left untreated, lead to “worm aneurysm,” which is a term used to describe the more advanced stage of dilation of the mesenteric artery which leads to bulging of the outer layer of the artery. Sudden death in horses from a ruptured mesenteric artery or thromboembolic colic was very common decades ago. (Sourced from Dr. Taylor’s article, “Osteopathy and Verminous Arteritis.”) Treatment of this condition requires the use of several different types of dewormer in a strategic and timely manner so that the life cycle and migratory cycle of the parasite can be properly targeted.

3) Get the GUT Right:

This intervention in itself can prove to be challenging. The debate continues about the diagnosis and presence of gastric/colonic ulcers and the feeding strategies to manage and prevent them. For Spirit, this involved revising his feeding regime and the use of specific digestive enzymes, yeasts, probiotics and prebiotics and judicious and selective use of pharmacologics. Dr. Taylor uses osteopathic patterns to evaluate the presence of imbalances in the foregut, duodenum and hindgut. In her experience, the interventions depend upon the fixations that she reveals upon osteopathic evaluation. The goals would be to eliminate negative digestive practices and restore optimal function to the organs. Eighty percent of the immune cells of the body are located in the lining of the intestines.

4) Appropriate Dentistry:

This intervention may very well be the most important. Osteopathically, three-point balance dentistry sets up the equine for optimal whole body balance. Many will argue the incisor reductions done in a three point balance as unnecessary, however, horses are by design intended to nip their fodder as a means to self-maintain the size of their incisors. Since we do not provide enough access to appropriate, natural fodder, incisor length is not adequately managed and MUST be addressed skilfully. Optimal balance in the jaw has big influences to the musculoskeletal and the nervous systems. Muscularly, it directly impacts the upper neck/poll and shoulders. A horse’s poll area will never be 100% free and normal without proper dentistry.

cheek braising across his molar table. I was told he was likely having headaches from TMJ issues. (He had his teeth done within the last six months). Osteopathically, he was found to have a gastric ulcer and hindgut acidosis. He has his gelding restriction freed which enabled him to use his full back end. He was treated for these and I now have my horse back! I am not dependant on monthly treatments from various modalities, and I am completely grateful that I left no stone unturned. Dr. Taylor’s work is cutting edge and completely ahead of modern day medicine; her commitment and dedication is amazing and for this, I am extremely grateful. Leah Hope is an equine/animal advocate who has spent the better part of the last decade solving puzzles of health-related issues with horses. With her nursing background and quest for further learning as a principle, she has assisted many horse owners to understand and strive for better health for their equines. She has learned to trust her horses and the direction they lead her in. She can be found at (See her listing in Business Services under ‘Equine Health’).


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The Wild Horses of BC Need Your Help By Similkameen O’Rourke, age 12 In the Chilcotin’s Nemaiah Valley and, specifically, the Brittany Triangle, there are truly wild horses - about 180 of them!


n the whole of the Chilcotin area, there are 2000-3000 free-roaming and/or feral horses (meaning that they may have at one point been handled or tamed by humans). But those in the Brittany Triangle, bordered by the Chilko River, the Taseko River and the Nemaiah Mountains, are truly wild horses. Recent DNA studies have shown that the Brittany Triangle Wild Horse bloodlines are substantially made up of Canadian Horse, along with a small amount of Russian horse and a small amount of Spanish horse. This is extremely new information, because up until now, it has been thought that the horses were mostly of Spanish horse origins and/or Mustang. But, now that we know that these horses are mostly Canadian Horse, and considering

that the Canadian Horse is one of Canada’s National animals - we don’t want to kill off our national animal, do we? The horses are especially important to the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation and the Chilcotin Area. Roger Setah, from the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, was the Wild Horse Ranger up until last year and he made sure that they were all right. For the past 12 years, the Horse Ranger position has been funded primarily by the Friends of the Nemaiah Valley (, an organization working to protect the horses and lands of the area. However, because of major mining, logging proposals and unresolved Land Claim disputes in the area, FONV will no longer be able to afford to pay for the Horse Ranger position. This campaign is asking the BC

Provincial Government to grant Protected Status to the wild horses of the Brittany Triangle, as well as all of the free-roaming horses of the Nemaiah Valley. This campaign is also asking the BC Government to fund the Wild Horse Ranger program, and that this position remains under the control of the Xeni Gwet’in. The wild horses are essential to the Xeni Gwet’in and should be treasured by the whole of BC and Canada, just like the

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The Wild Horses of BC, cont’d protected horses of Sable Island, Nova Scotia, which are valued because of their historical importance. The horses of Sable Island were protected as a result of a children’s letter-writing campaign in the 1960s and this campaign is hoping to do the same, with kids and everybody! These horses are gorgeous wild animals and they deserve to run free! Additional Information • This campaign fits into a larger proposal being put forward to the BC Provincial Government by FONV and the Chilcotin National Government to create a large protected area, “The Dasiqox-Taseko Wilderness Area,” which will include the Xeni Gwet’in’s Wilderness and Wild Horse Preserve. • In order to protect the horses, the land around them also needs to be protected. • Mining and logging destroys the habitat of the horses and all of the other animals’ habitats. • In the 1920s to the 1940s, 10,000 of these horses were shot by the BC Government in bounty killings. • The BC Government does not currently recognize these horses as wildlife, but as “livestock!” The new DNA now proves that they are, in fact, WILDLIFE. Interesting Facts about the Wild Horses • Horses have been roaming that area of land for over 250 years.

• Every two years, there is an aerial count performed by the Friends of the Nemaiah Valley. They do it by helicopter in the wintertime, so that they can see the horses easily against the white background of the snow. • There have been two fires in the last 10 years in the Brittany Triangle. After these fires the wild horse population flourished; the grass grew very tall and was very nourishing. • One in three foals survives. • Predators keep the horse population in control. The main predators are wolves and cougars. How to Help • Write a letter (more effective than email messages) to Premier Christy Clark and the Minister of Environment, Mary Polak. You can mail letters to both at this address: PO BOX 9047 STN PROV GOVT VICTORIA, BC V8W 9E2 • Share and like our community page on Facebook: “Save BC’s Wild Horses” • Sign the online petition at: save-bcs-wild-horses/ Thank you! Together we can save the wild horses! Similkameen O’Rourke is 12 years old and lives on the off-the-grid island of Lasqueti, BC. She is homeschooled, has three horses, a cat, and publishes her own horse magazine called Legendary Tails. Two of Simi’s horses are miniature horses, named River and Angel. Her other horse is a purebred Welsh Pony, named Legend. Simi was inspired to start the Save BC’s Wild Horses campaign after learning that the wild horses of Sable Island were saved after a children’s letter writing campaign in the 1960s. She has been working with the Friends of the Nemaiah Valley on this project. She hopes everyone will take the time to write and/or email a letter on behalf of these horses! Simi’s contact:

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Mountain Trail At Its Best and more! By Laurie Thompson Reading this article should come with a slight warning that…”Mountain Trail and all it offers could become addicting and is intended for all ages, skill levels, disciples and types of equines!”


hen asked what “mountain trail” means the short answer is the quality of horsemanship both in hand and under saddle with horse and handler working as a team. The unique component is the use of obstacles and elements. These obstacles and elements are part of the key ingredients that create a job to do and provide benchmarks to help identify strengths and weakness in our horsemanship skills. There’s no distinction between English or Western, it’s all about horsemanship and developing skills, confidence, trust, and most of all a respect. Keeping safe and having fun is a must. And speaking of fun, Hughes Quarter Horses and Twisted Terrain Horse Park along with the support of the Chilliwack Riding Club have planned an incredible fun filled day with mountain trail training demos and cows on mountain trail.

“Mountain Trail At Its Best”… is taking place on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Chilliwack Heritage Park’s big indoor arena. Doors open at 9 a.m. and admission is just $5 with proceeds going to Charity. When the doors swing open the TACK SALE begins. Spectators will want to find a seat in the grandstand for the first of four Mountain Trail demonstrations starting at 10 a.m. The morning demonstration will highlight Novice/Intermediate Mountain Trail skills with the use of obstacles. The afternoon’s demo will capture your attention with Advanced/Extreme horsemanship skills, obstacle use and more! Debbie Hughes will be presenting both these demos with her team of riders. However, there’s a big twist with the introduction of MOUNTAIN TRAIL COW. Don’t miss out on learning about this ‘arm’ of mountain trail. Horse and rider will have lots of purpose and a big job to do navigating a cow through a pre-set course. Miles Kingdon is heading up our mountain trail cow demonstrations. And if this is not enough, there is a SELECT HORSE SALE planned on the trail course too. There are free admission tickets Miles Kingdon. Courtesy of to be won for Mountain Trail At Its Robin Duncan Photography. Best by visiting Twisted Terrain Horse Park’s Facebook page and more information on registering items for the Tack Sale and arranging for the Select Horse Sale. Our sincere thanks to Nancy Roman and Saddle Up magazine for the continued support that is always offered when there’s an event or information that provides opportunities to the equine community. Thank you, Nancy for getting the word out! - Best wishes from the Mountain Trail At Its Best team!

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In Memoriam Bill Collins 1924-2013


quine Canada would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of veteran Canadian horseman, Bill Collins of Sherwood Park, AB. Collins passed away on Dec. 31, 2013 at the age of 89. During his long and triumphant history in the equestrian world, Collins wore many hats, including rider, trainer, coach, breeder, judge, and advocate. He was known across North America, and

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around the world, for his talent with cutting horses, and was the first Canadian inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also instrumental in introducing the sport of cutting to Great Britain. His incredibly successful competitive career included many accolades and championship titles in calf roping, cutting, and numerous other disciplines. He even spent time participating in show jumping in order to better coach his English-riding students, and was the Safeway Jumpers Sweepstakes winner at the 1966 Edmonton Rodeo, after clearing fences set over five feet high in the jumpoff. Collins was involved in Leecoll Stables (which opened in Edmonton in 1958 and was re-established in Calgary in 1974) for over 45 years, helping to train hundreds of students, horses, and even a prince. In 1962, he met H.R.H. Prince Phillip during the prince’s visit to Douglas Lake Ranch in British Columbia, and introduced him to the sport of cutting. Prince Phillip ended up trying the sport for himself, and spent the next three days

learning the basics from Collins. Upon returning to England, Prince Phillip helped organize for Collins to be part of a three-month Royal Cutting Tour demonstration in Great Britain, which took place in 1964 and drew huge crowds of spectators. Collins was also an invaluable industry advocate, acting as a Director of Equine Canada (then known as the Canadian Equestrian Federation) in the 1960s, and President of the Canadian Cutting Horse Association (CCHA) from 1979 to 1981. He was also a highly soughtafter judge for the CCHA, as well as the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). His judging career took him not only across North America, but also to Australia, England, Germany, and Switzerland. To offer condolences to the Collins’ family, or share tributes, memories, and photos, visit - Courtesy of Equine Canada


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The WCHA Breeders Championships, the Big Money and The Breeders futurities are continuing to provide mare owners an incentive to breed to stallions that are enrolled into these programs. The excitement of competition plus the opportunity to win lucrative purse money has revitalized the halter industry. It has been a challenge to select the most central location for the WCHA Breeder’s Championship Futurity. The arena in Tunica, Mississippi serves that purpose but it is much too far for our friends located in the western states and provinces to attend. So... we are very excited to announce the formation of another WCHA halter futurity program… the BEST OF THE WEST!!! Because WCHA is a supporter of all stock horse “conformation” breeds this futurity will be open to any and all Paint, Appaloosa, Palomino, Buckskin-Dun and Quarter Horse stallions. Tentative Date and Location for the 2014 Futurity is Scottsdale, AZ on September 27th in conjunction with the Scottsdale Championship. Realizing there isn’t a “perfect” location to accommodate all travel distances much deliberation went into site selection. Nomination forms, rules and conditions can be seen at or contact any committee member.

The highly anticipated second annual Pet Lover Show returns to Abbotsford’s TRADEX on February 15-16, 2014. Due to the fantastic turnout last year, the Show has doubled the space this year to 120,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, features, and fun. The Pet Lover Show brings together animal lovers and pet owners from across the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and the BC Interior. It is the one-stop venue for lovers of animals of all shapes and sizes and offers insight into animal behavior and husbandry, access to unique and practical animal-related products, as well as entertaining live events. The Show will feature informative seminars and exhibits by top professionals on everything from hydro-therapy for animals to reactivity with dogs. There will also be fun live entertainment including rabbit, dog and even llama agility shows, raptor shows, an International Cat Association affiliated cat show, dog fashion shows, horse clinics, and K9 detection demonstrations. For more information visit

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Alberta Breeders and Owners Conference By Robyn Moore Photos courtesy of Darrell Dalton


or the first weekend in many years, the mercury was in the positive range for the Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference held January 10-12. Around 490 horse enthusiasts left their sunny farms to attend the 32nd Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference in Red Deer for a weekend filled with fun and education. Delegates came from all over BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick. The exhibit hall hosted over 50 booths sponsored by equine businesses and organizations. The weekend started off with the 8th annual Stable Owners’ Seminar on Friday afternoon and included four sessions specifically designed for stable owners. Topics on taxation, attaining and retaining staff and a panel on getting youth involved were presented to a crowd of over 100 people. The last session was a Town Hall Meeting where the formation of a stables association was discussed. Friday night’s “Open Barn” Welcome Reception had delegates and the public get their first look at the trade show and treated to a spread of cheese and crackers and drinks. Early bird draw prizes were distributed to the lucky winners and delegates entered additional bucket draw prizes. Saturday’s sessions began with Gary Carpenter, who spoke about where the horse industry is going. After the coffee break,

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delegates had the choice of attending a session on osteoarthritis given by Dr. Mike Scott, Dr. Nancy Loving on starting and conditioning, or Dr. Claudia Klein educating about reproduction and the problem mare. After the lunch break, Clay Maier shared his knowledge about driving horses, Jochen Schleese spoke on saddle fit for male and female riders, and Dr. Katharina Lohmann spoke on heaves. Twenty minutes later, the fourth round of sessions began with Lauren Barwick speaking about the pursuit of equine excellence, Dr. Stephen O’Grady, who spoke to a standing room only crowd about barefoot vs. shoeing, and Dr. Lori Warren presented on environmentally-friendly feeding. The News Hour is the last session of the day on Saturday, and offers information on current issues in the horse industry. Dr. Kelsey Brandon from Claresholm Veterinary Services shared her experiences treating horses with Pigeon Fever in her area, Paul Ryneveld from Century Casinos gave an update on the Balzac racetrack, Dr. Ron Clarke spoke about a national biosecurity program and Dr. Larry Frischke from Zoetis updated delegates on West Nile in the province. Saturday night offered live music by local Lacombe singer/songstress Randi Boulton, a host wine bar and dessert, and an equine sporting event which brought laughter to all. Dr. Nancy Loving took the stage again on Sunday morning and presented on colic. Running concurrent to Dr. Loving’s session was Curt Pate on Ranch Horsemanship and Dr. Stephen O’Grady educating about the equine hoof. After the final coffee break, Clay Maier took the stage again and presented on long lining benefits,

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Alberta Breeders, cont’d

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Tammy Pate shared her experience with yoga and horsemanship and Dr. Lori Warren returned to the stage to speak about how feed can modify behaviour. The very important Alberta SPCA Fred Pearce Memorial Lecture, dedicated to the welfare of the horse, was presented this year by Dr. Camie Heleski who spoke on stereotypies such as weaving and cribbing. She offered many suggestions to help understand and manage stereotypies as well as identified areas for further research. The draw for the equine treatment stocks, generously donated by True Heart Horses and 2W Livestock, were

drawn in the final session. The lucky winner was Glenda Wagar from Dawson Creek, BC. The Horse Industry Association of Alberta thanks everyone who attended and sponsored the event as well as the 22 presenters who brought their expertise and experience to Red Deer, Alberta. Jochen Schleese The Horse Breeders and Owners Conference is an annual event organized by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta and sponsored by a generous group of equine organizations and Wayne Burwash and John Scott businesses. For more information visit

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Urgent Help Needed for Alberta’s Wild Horses Plight of Alberta’s Wild Horses


he wild horses of Alberta desperately need your help. Together, we hope to convince Alberta’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (ESRD) to NOT have a capture season this winter. Harsh winters like this one make it extremely challenging for the wild horses to find adequate food because of the deep snow; we are expecting to see a large number of horses perish, as well as other wildlife, because of it. These animals are struggling to survive right now and it will be very easy for the trappers to lure them in. This government-sanctioned trapping and slaughter is unwarranted and for the benefit of a very few. We can only hope that Minister Robin Campbell will listen to us about the plight of these horses, and that is why we ask that you add your voice to the outcry.

Current Situation Bob Henderson, President of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society (WHOAS) learned on January 20 that the ESRD has “contacted the capture permit holders (i.e. horse trappers) in regards to the trapping season that is going to be held this year. It was also learned that the ESRD has agreed to plow out access to areas where the trappers will be setting up their pens [at taxpayers’ expense]. This all took place last week when we were still being told that no decision had been made.”

How Can You Help?

• ATTEND: Support the wild horses by joining the discussion, in person, at the upcoming talk on “feral” horses at the Cochrane Ranchehouse on Friday, February 28. “Feral horse ecology within Alberta’s Eastern Slopes” will be presented by Dr. Edward Bork, followed by “Being aware of what’s around you” by Peter Sherrington, Founder of the Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation. Cost is $35, and includes dinner. Discussion will get into grazing issues, how wildies affect the landscape 28 • Saddle Up • February 2014

and, likely, the grazing “damage” done by wild horses, which is often very misrepresented. Should be interesting! The event runs from 5:00-9:00pm, with doors opening at 4:00pm; tickets are available in person or by phone from the Municipal District of Bighorn, at 403-233-7678 or 403-673-3611. • WRITE LETTERS: Please join the written campaign to stop this season’s wild horse capture and slaughter by sending your concerns to the Minister directly, at this address: Honourable Robin Campbell Minister of Environment & Sustainable Resources #323, Legislature Building 10800 – 97 Ave Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6 • MAKE THE CALL: Telephone calls can have impact! Tell them you want a moratorium on wild horse capture permits, and transparency from the ESRD. Call 780-427-2391 (Legislature Office), 780-865-9796 (Constituency Office), or toll-free 1-800-661-6517. • SIGN THE PETITION: Visit takeaction/311/562/915/ to sign the petition in support of a moratorium on the cull of Alberta’s wild horses. • KEEP INFORMED: The Facebook page for “Wild Horses of Alberta Society” has all the latest developments and news about the plight of the wild horses, so check in daily.

Trying to find feed

The beautiful wild stallion “White Spirit”

A very disturbing discovery: freshly plowed road to the capture site used by a known horse trapper for several years. In the immediate area where he will set the trap, there are at least 45 head of wildies, including White Spirit’s herd.

Time for Action We must continue to let the Minister and the ESRD know that we treasure our natural resources including the wild horses and do not want to see them captured and sent for slaughter for the financial benefit of a few. If you feel strongly about the wild horses, it’s hugely important to keep the pressure up. Please contact Minister Robin Campbell to voice your concerns.

Getting through the drifts. This year the wild horses definitely need all the help we can give them in preventing the additional stress of a cull. Remember that most of the wild horses if captured just go for slaughter.

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Tails to be Told

…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Nancy Roman 1970 Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.


Our Horse Made Sure We Got Home Safely By Georgina (Bohnen) Hoath


ur family lived on a farm 3 1/2 miles north of Watson, SK. We attended Ironspring School, two miles north of our home. To get to school in the winter, we were pulled in a cutter by our dear old horse, Minnie. I have good memories and bad memories of those times. The weather was usually the cause of the bad times. It was often 30-below zero. The blizzards were so bad that it was impossible to see, but our trusty horse always made sure we got home safely. One bitterly cold day in the winter of 1934, we were on our way home from school and were about a quarter-mile away. I was so cold I couldn’t sit any longer. I ran the rest of the way home. My dad was at the door to help me in. He had a dish filled with snow ready to rub my frozen nose, cheeks, hands and feet, until they were thawed. In 1936, our family left Saskatchewan and settled in Vernon BC. I have lived in this area ever since. Last Christmas, I spent a few days with my daughter, Pat, and her family, at 150 Mile House. During the gift opening, my grandson, Tyson, handed me a note saying his present to me was at his house, and I was to go there to receive it. He lives in a trailer 15 miles further up the mountain on a large cattle ranch. The next day, my daughter took me to Tyson’s home; I was anxious to receive my gift. There in the yard was my grandson with his horse hitched to a little sleigh. My sleigh ride brought back wonderful memories of going to school over 80 years ago, but this day the weather was mild compared to the old days, so there were no frozen cheeks or hands that needed thawing out.

Margaret (Bohnen) Churchill and sister Catherine (Bohnen) Homewood, in 1928

Georgina (Bohnen) Hoath and her grandson, Tyson Biblow going for a ride, Christmas 2011.

(Note: The author is my Great Aunt and one of the kids in the top photo is my Grandma who is now 95 years old. I know the photos aren’t very clear but the story paints a very clear picture. Thanks, Stacey Waby)

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Send Saddle Up one to two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature… so start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 29

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


appy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and Nancy, we all hope you had a wonderful, well-deserved month off. We sure did - lots of family and company, too much to drink, too much to eat, and spoiled rotten... and now, as you read this Cariboo Chatter, we’ll be a long way from the Cariboo... and a long way from snow and cold, too. We left home on January 28, spent a night in Vancouver, another two nights in Fort Lauderdale, and then on January 31, we set sail on the Island Princess with Billie and Hugh McLennan and about 70 others. This is their 13th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise! We’ll stop in Cartagena, Colombia for one day and then head through the Panama Canal where we get a full extra day in Panama so we can tour the canal. On February 8, we’ll get a private tour of a Brahma Cattle Ranch and a horse ride. Not sure how they are going to manage 70 of us - we have trouble looking after seven! I’ll have an update and some photos for you in the March issue. In the meantime, you can see where we’re at and what we’ve been doing at and at www. The BCCHS Annual Cowboy Christmas Concert, held on December 12, was a super evening. Santa spent an hour getting his picture taken with kids and adults alike and then joined Hugh McLennan, Gordie West, Matt Johnston, and Louis McIvor on stage to sing some Christmas songs. During the second half, the audience was asked for requests and was encouraged to sing along. It was

a fun night, with net proceeds going to the Food Bank and the BCCHS Student Scholarships and Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert was held in Martin Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House on January 18. Jeremy Willis was joined by Mag Mawhinney and Tim Hus. Tim brought along a bass player and a pedal steel player - the first Kamloops Country 103 DJ Louis McIvor put in pedal steel we’ve ever had at the 100 Mile his first appearance at the Kamloops Cowboy Christmas Concert and went over very well... Concert - and the crowd loved it. The hopefully we’ll see him back next year! show was opened by the Mill Girl Follies, (Photo by Jerry Stainer) a Can Can dance team out of Clinton. They are definitely fast action and high energy! Ticket sales for both shows were down a bit - it was one of the few times this concert hasn’t sold out. The entertainers did a fantastic job as always and the audience went home with smiles. We got quite a surprise when our MLA presented Kathy and me with a Provincial Government Certificate of Appreciation for 14 years of organizing the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert. The Mill Girl Follies Can Can dancers were at The 18th Annual Kamloops Cowboy the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert and will Festival is just around the corner, also be at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival next running from March 13 to 16. (See our ad month. (Photo by Donna Smith) on page 20) Tickets went on sale on November 1 and they’re selling pretty steadily. Over 40 of some of the top western entertainers in North America will perform throughout the weekend in the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre and the Calvary Church. The Festival tradeshow will house about 50 booths featuring just about everything western, and the juried art show will be Tim Hus, with his band, was a crowd favourite as always for Tim’s humour, as much as his singing. a “must see.” The Rising Star (Photo by Jerry Stainer)

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MLA Donna Barnett surprised Kathy and Mark with a Provincial Certificate of Appreciation! (Photo by Donna Smith) Jeremy Willis went over really well - people love his deep baritone voice. (Photo by Donna Smith)

Mag Mawhinney had the crowd at the 100 Mile Concert in stitches with her cowboy poetry. (Photo by Donna Smith)

Fast action and high energy! The crowd loved the Mill Girl Follies Can Can dancers. (Photo by Donna Smith)

Showcase is open for applications in both cowboy poetry and western music with awards totalling $3,000. Check out the Horse Barn in Kamloops on the Wednesday and Thursday before the HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Festival for a taste of things to come. On Thursday evening, the Ramada Kamloops will host the Festival kick-off party dinner dance with Ed Peekeekoot and friends. Find all the information at www.bcchs. com or phone 1-888-763-2221. This year’s inductees for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame have been announced. To be inducted at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival during the evening feature show on Friday, March 14, are: • Fox Ranch as a Century Ranch • The Steffens Family as a Family • Valentine Haynes as a Working Cowboy To be inducted during the intermission at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo on Sunday, April 20, are: • The Telford Family as a Family • Clarence Bryson as a Ranching Pioneer • Clarence Petal as a Working Cowboy and for Competitive Achievements If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Month’s What’s This? The December issue’s item was sent in by Dennis Clausen, from Clinton, who found it in the Clinton Emporium. We had some great guesses as to its use, but congratulations go to Walter Furlong

This month’s item is from of our little Meadow Springs Museum. It’s an easy one this month, so let’s see how many answers we get sent in I’m hoping for lots! The total height is about 6 inches. Good luck! E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

of Sherwood Park, AB, who once again came up with the correct answer. It is an ashtray for cigar smokers. The little wooden wheel in the centre is used to roll off the ash into the base and the hole allows the smoker to drop the butt into the water below when finished. • 31

Top Dog! Signs of Stress By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP When we work with dogs with behavioural issues, more often than not, the dog we first meet is one very stressed-out dog. Life can be very stressful for dogs – even those who don’t have any noticeable issues.


Worried dog showing a “Whale Eye”

ociety puts a lot of pretty high expectations on our dogs. We expect our dogs to: • get along with each other • not bite anyone • love and adore children • love and adore complete strangers touching and grabbing them anywhere they want • go anywhere and everywhere we want

them to go • not mind being tethered to a leash • accept any equipment (or clothing) we choose to put on them • happily and quietly wait for us at home all day when we’re at work • leave our things alone and only play with their own toys • tolerate and enjoy the company of other pets that we choose to bring into our lives • easily submit to the attentions of the vet when necessary Some people seem to think that dogs should just know how to do all these things with little or no training or socialization. After all, dogs have lived with us for a long time – shouldn’t they understand our way of life by now? Not all stress is bad, and not all stress is good. Just as stress may motivate you to complete an overdue project or study for an exam, stress can motivate your dogs to behave in different ways, too. Unlike humans, dogs cannot speak to us and tell us “I can’t take any more.” However, dogs do This dog isn’t communicate using body language. If you comfortable being “hugged” - note the learn to watch your dog, you will see subtle paw lift, ears back, clues to their mindset. Often, the first step stress in the face and in helping a dog owner work on changing tongue flick problem behaviours is to help them identify the stress we see in their dog. We also help them identify the stressors and design a training plan to help make their dog more comfortable, so that he or she will be able to make a change in behaviour. Some dogs are internal stressers - they shut down. This type of fear/stress is usually easy to identify. These types of dogs often retreat or flee. If they can’t do either one (maybe they’re on leash), they appear to “shut down” and stop responding to your cues and demands (often misinterpreted as “disobedient”). People who handle stress internally 32 • Saddle Up • February 2014

may go off alone, or even take a nap. Other dogs are external stressers - and these dogs are often misinterpreted as being “over-enthusiastic,” the ever-popular (and incorrect) “dominant” label or simply “hyper.” It is easy to get frustrated with these types of dogs, but if you understand that they are actually very stressed, you can stay calm and work through the problem. Humans that show stress externally are the type of people who begin talking rapidly, babbling in run-on sentences or fidgeting. Confident and unstressed dogs are calm, cooperative and make good choices. The things that cause each dog to be stressed are different for each dog, but the signs dogs tend to display are identifiable and common to dogs in general. The following are behaviours you may see displayed by a stressed dog either as a result of the stress or as a result of attempting to alleviate the stress. Note that some of these behaviours can occur with no stress involved at all (i.e. yawning), so you need to learn your dog’s body language and you need to know what circumstances are likely to cause him stress and anxiety. How many of these are you aware of or do you see in your dog? • Yawning • Licking nose or lips or stretching tongue forward (like a lizard) • Excessive shedding or dandruff • Sweaty paws • Turning the head away - avoiding eye contact • Lifting a front paw • Moving in a curve towards something, rather than a head-on approach • Sudden interest in sniffing the ground - often at nothing • Shaking off • Stretching (often with yawning) • Choosing to sit or lie down regardless of the command given (“disobedient or naughty”) • Trembling • Nipping • Arching the back/dipping the rear end • Sitting on your feet or attempting to crawl into your lap • Growling • Sneezing • Hiding • Eating own or others dogs’ feces • Whining • Barking • Urinating HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Top Dog! Signs of Stress, cont’d • Ears back • Pupils dilated (whites showing) • Rapid panting with corner of mouth pulled back (tense wrinkles visible around corners of the mouth) • Tail down or tucked under their belly • Body lowered • Slowing movement or becoming hyperactive • Jumping up on you • Leaning into you (“Velcro dog”) • Pacing • Tail chasing • Following you everywhere very closely (sometimes combined with panting and tail tucked) • Rolling onto the back (often in response to handling) • Chewing on leash or tugging leash with their mouth • Scratching or excessive licking (obsessive over-grooming) • Frequent blinking • Digestive issues or elimination problems Here are two photos of a dog showing signs of stress (showing some appeasement), having an initial interaction with a larger, older dog who is quite intense in his greeting behaviour:

Example of a common stressful miscommunication that can occur between a dog and his guardian: You are running late for work. Your dog is out in the yard enjoying the outdoors. You call your dog, maybe a little agitated because you are running late. The dog does not come. You raise your voice, and the dog begins to sniff at a bit of dirt. Frustrated, you call a bit louder, more insistent. Your dog begins to come, but very slowly – occasionally stopping and staring off into space. Your dog continues slowly, but takes a round-about path towards you, which you take as a desire to disobey. You call again angrily and loudly, and the dog continues toward you on an indirect path, moving slowly, sniffing the ground and refusing to look at you. A dog’s interpretation of the stress behaviours he is displaying in the above example: You call your dog, and the dog hears that you are agitated. (Late for work.) He does not know why you are agitated, but feels now is not

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Top Dog! Signs of Stress, cont’d a great time to be around you. (You are not sounding too happy today) You raise your voice a little, and the dog starts sniffing at nothing. (“Calm down please.”) You call louder still and the dog comes slowly, pausing occasionally. (“I know it can be rude and sometimes dangerous to run straight up to someone; I’ll go slowly and proceed cautiously and test the waters.”) The dog walks indirectly towards you. (“I’m showing you respect” - social dogs do not greet each other head on.) You call again, and the dog refuses to look at you. (“Looking you in the eye is a challenge – I don’t want to mistakenly challenge you – I’m just trying to be appeasing.”) Our very mistaken interpretation is usually that our dog knows what we want and should do what we say; therefore he is “choosing” to misbehave and always does so when he “knows” that we don’t have time to deal with it! Becoming familiar with the way your dog shows signs of stress, will allow you to recognize the situations that make them uncomfortable or challenge them. By being able to recognize these and

help them at the first signs of a problem, you can make things better before your dog’s behaviours intensify or become a habit. Taking this proactive approach can prevent many common behaviour problems, such as reactivity to people or dogs, fussiness and handling issues. Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulsecontrol and skill-building program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a non-traditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog. In October 2012, they each received a new designation from the Karen Pryor Academy, as Certified Training Partner. (See their listing ‘In Partnership With Dogs’ in Pet Central)

Cariboo Challenge 2014 Jack Gawthorn Memorial Sled Dog Race Photos by Rein-Beau Images


rofessional and amateur sled dog teams gathered at the 108 Mile Heritage Site for some serious racing on January 10-12 for the 21st Annual Cariboo Challenge Sled Dog Race. They had 4, 6 and 10 dog races as well as an Adult Skijoring speed class. These annual races are held “MALAMUTT” the new Mascot as a memorial to a local, musher and outfitter, Jack Gawthorn. On April 3, 1991, Jack and his team of Malamutes set off to close his backwoods cabin on Long Lake (northeast of 100 Mile House). Jack, his dogs, and all his equipment disappeared. It is presumed they went through the ice. No trace of Jack or his dogs has ever been found in these dark and murky waters. There is a permanent memorial to Jack at his backwoods cabin. 34 • Saddle Up • February 2014

Comments from the photographer… “I stood and waited for this dog to howl for this shot. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to one, but it’s very noisywhoof-whoof. While it was a very enjoyable day, weather was great for the audience, but warm for the dogs. Was disappointed there was no program or explanation of each event. And the announcements were really lacking for those who were just there to watch. A lot of people had questions. Apparently dogs came from Germany, Alberta and local; that was mentioned.” See full results on HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation e you? r a e r e h w r se? . .. o h r u Kid s o y h it d oing w u o y e r a t a t YOU! Wh u o b a s u ll e r n to t It’ s YOU R tu This is my horse Sub Zero at the Topline Event. He is a 16-year-old QH gelding. We are competing entry level for the first time. And here we are swimming at the river. I do eventing and pony club with him. Amy, age 13, Salmon Arm BC

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Notes from the Office Horse Council BC Last Chance to Purchase Tickets to the 2014 BC Equine Education Summit! March 7, 8 and 9, 2014, Richmond BC ~ (see our ad on page 2) You don’t want to miss out on these amazing speakers! Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, DVM Dr. Gerd Heuschmann burst onto the international equestrian scene with his startling expose Tug of War, in which he demonstrated with words and photographs the disturbing effects of the (then) popular “Rollkur” or “hyperflexion” technique in training dressage horses. In his long-awaited follow-up book, Balancing Act, The Horse in Sport An Irreconcilable Conflict?, Dr. Heuschmann explores what it means to be a “responsible rider,” and asks whether, in today’s society, it is indeed possible for riders in any horse sport to put the good of the horse first and foremost — most pointedly above ambition and fame. This will be a lively discussion for any rider of any discipline! It is important to consider that what we ask our horses to do is within their capabilities. High performance or a two hour trail ride, it all matters to the wellbeing of our horses. Dr. Robert Bowker, DVM PhD Professor of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Michigan State Veterinary Hospital Dr. Bowker has participated and contributed in numerous research articles and projects related to what is commonly known as barefoot trimming. He will explain and help us understand hoof function and how we can better improve the health and condition of the horse’s foot. Shod or not. Dr. Claire Thunes, Phd MS Animal Science BSc Hons. Equine Nutritionist Nutrition is critically important to achieve and maintain optimal health and ensure optimal performance. Dr. Thunes is uniquely trained in the nutritional management of both healthy animals and those with one or more diseases. Her professionalism and expertise are unrivaled, and she continues to actively learn and participate in scientific discourse. Her strong background and ongoing pursuit of current knowledge in nutritional sciences allow her to effectively develop customized nutritional management plans while communicating with clients in an engaging and relaxing format to encourage their involvement in and understanding of the needs of the animals in their care. Find the right balance not only in your horse’s diet but also between your horse’s needs and your budget. Nutrition for B.C. horses based on local forages. Dr. Tawni Silver, BSA DVM MSc DACVR Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) MRI’s Power as a Diagnostic Tool for Equine Lameness. As magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) becomes more accessible to Western Canada’s horse industry, more equine veterinarians are sending their challenging lameness cases to referral centres like the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) for diagnosis. WCVM medical imaging specialist Dr. Tawni HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Silver will talk about the VMC’s new standing MRI unit and its ability to produce high-quality clinical images of the equine foot, pastern, fetlock and carpus. Dr. Silver will also present some past cases where MRI images have been used to identify soft tissue lesions and subtle tendon and ligament injuries that were undetectable with other medical imaging technologies. Dr. Yves Rossier, DVM DACIVM Professor Equine Sports Medicine University of Montreal Chair of the FEI Veterinary Committee & FEI Veterinarian Dr. Rossier will speak on the use of pain medications in performance horses from the Olympic level to the ‘schooling’ show. Where does pain relief fit in the competition ring? When is pain medication acceptable and when does it become a concern of horse welfare or fair play issue? The ethics and the current guidelines for sport will be discussed. This informative seminar will give perspective and thoughtful discussion on how best to look after our equine athletes Jennifer Woods, MSc - Livestock Handling Specialist Jennifer is a livestock handling specialist based out of Blackie, Alberta. Jennifer obtained her undergrad degree in Animal Science at Colorado State University and her Masters degree in Veterinary Preventative Medicine from Iowa State University. Jennifer has over 25 years experience in the livestock industry and has worked as a consultant to the industry since 1998. Her areas of expertise include euthanasia, animal handling and behaviour, animal welfare auditing and assessing, livestock emergency response, transportation, and facility design. Jennifer’s work has taken her all over North America, across Europe and down to Australia. Jennifer’s No Stress Horse Hauling Course deals with making educated choices when purchasing a trailer, horse behaviour and handling, safety, bio-security, equipment maintenance, horse comfort during transportation and accident response. Debra Garside - Photographer Debra’s photography has taken her from Patagonia and Antarctica to the northern tundra of the Arctic. She has won numerous awards and local and international recognition and accolades for her outstanding work. Debra is one of the few photographers granted access to the beautiful Sable Island , Nova Scotia home to a herd of 350-400 wild horses. Debra will share with us her How to Reach Us incredible experiences of witnessing and HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, photographing the day8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to-day life of this herd of Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, wild horses. Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302 • 37

Maya Huppie: A Success Story By Imogen Whale In August 1996, Maya Huppie’s dreams of being an Olympic equestrian vanished when her horse lost its footing and crashed through a fence, throwing her to the ground. With the audible “crack” of her neck snapping as she landed awkwardly, Maya’s spinal cord, heart and soul were left broken; the future she envisioned for herself gone forever.

At a Spruce Meadows show with student Naomi Rogers


he months of recovery and rehabilitation that followed were a bleak time. “I just wanted someone to finish me off,” Maya explains truthfully. “I could not imagine carrying on living.” Suffering a C-7 spinal cord injury meant Maya became a quadriplegic. She can raise her arms, but has no dexterity in her hands and fingers. Her body was left unable to regulate blood pressure, control temperature or sweat below the level of injury. With her upper body in chronic pain, the world of horses seemed far away. Maya grew up in the interior of BC. After high school graduation, she relocated to Florida. “Horses have always been my passion,” she says, “but I’ve also had other interests.” Flying became one of those interests. She studied aeronautics and flew on the University Flight Team. Before the age of 19, Maya received her commercial, instrument, flight instructor and multi-engine rating. Regardless of these accomplishments, Maya was drawn back to the world of competitive horse riding. Through the 1980s, Maya competed across Canada and the USA. Success at various competitions granted Maya a spot on the BC team at the Canadian Championship and the Western Canadian Championships. In 1995, 38 • Saddle Up • February 2014

Maya was named to the Canadian Talent ID long list for 1996. This list ranks the country’s top fifty riders within their equestrian discipline. In 1994, Maya and her partner Brian settled on a small acreage in Wycliffe, BC. Maya developed a dressage ring and a large outdoor jumping arena complete with a ditch and bank for cross-country training Riverbend Equestrian Centre was born. An Equine Canada Level II Coach, Maya taught, competed and trained young horses. In the summer of 1996, one young horse in particular grabbed her attention. “The horse didn’t cause my accident,” Maya is quick to point out. “It just happened on that horse. Once in a while you come across a horse and think, “This is the one; he has the talent.” That’s how I felt about this horse.” Maya elaborates, “That being said, there are so many factors in making it “all the way.” The stars have to align; money, soundness, training and building confidence in your horse.” After the accident, Maya sold the horse to a young rider with whom he won many championships and a team position for Canada on the North American Continental Young Riders Team. Her instincts about the horse were clearly correct. After the injury, Maya was left exploring how she could re-enter the horse world. At one point, she tried riding again. “I used a special saddle that strapped me in. I did enjoy it, but it made me feel very sad that I was no longer the rider I once was.” Maya decided she would never ride again. But this would not stop her from becoming one of the top coaches in the BC Interior. The transition seems inevitable in retrospect. Soon after the accident, Maya’s students started to ask her “when” - not if - she would return to teaching. When Maya did not want to deal with the reality of her situation, it was Brian who managed to reengage Maya with her students. “Brian would shove me onto the veranda when my students were riding and

Maya being presented her ribbon by Superman actor Christopher Reeves, who also broke his neck in a riding accident.

Maya with a young student

leave me there,” Maya quips. “I did not have the strength to maneuver the wheelchair. The dressage ring was right in my backyard, so I began to teach. I was initially jealous and bitter as I missed being on top of the horse. At that point, I could not see the value in being just a coach. I was in pain and suffering horrible side effects from medications.” But Maya stuck with it, and by the winter of 2000, Riverbend opened its indoor arena. Today’s students, like Naomi Rogers, have found Maya to be consistent, honest and caring. “I could tell from the start that she was a serious coach looking for competitive riders. I knew straight away she had high standards,” Naomi comments. Having a coach in a wheelchair never fazed Naomi. It has instead fostered independence and self-confidence in conquering difficult tasks without having physical help from her coach. In addition, Naomi finds Maya talented in her ability to HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Maya Huppie, cont’d describe the movements rather than show them. “It surprises me how observant Maya is of me and my horse,” Naomi says. “She will notice the slightest movements and details. It’s as though she can feel the horse from where she is. Maya has also helped me to realize the value and importance of finding a horse that matches a person’s riding ability and plans for the future.” When Maya initially got back into coaching, her students competed in three-day events, a combination of dressage, crosscountry jumping and stadium jumping. In the past few years, Maya decided to focus on coaching hunters and jumpers instead. “I found it stressful,” Maya says of three-day eventing. “It wasn’t very accessible for my wheelchair; whereas I am really enjoying the people I have met in the hunter-jumper world. They’re welcoming and supportive. The shows are easier to access in my situation. I get such a rush watching show jumping and my students improve and achieve new goals.” Maya’s students are committed riders and compete in the hunters and jumpers

between 0.7m and 1.4m. Maya travels with her students to show all over Western North America. “We compete ten to twelve weeks per year,” says Naomi, “Maya is very organized about planning all the trips.” Maya perseveres despite being predisposed to constant neck and shoulder pain, and suffering from chronic bladder infections and skin breakdown. She continues to evolve and excel, immersing herself completely into a world she can no longer access as a physical participant. “I have a passion for horses. I absolutely love it. I love coaching and seeing my students learn and change. I have met some really wonderful people, and that’s what keeps me going.” Whether Maya knows it or not, watching her in action at a show or lesson is inspiring. Her strength of character and gratitude for her own life and her successes are evident for all to see. “You don’t have to look very far or hard to see someone in a worse situation,” Maya reflects. “It’s the one thing that drives me nuts about people; how they cannot see their good fortune. It’s hard to take “sitting down” from my position.”

Maya riding Whiskey Bill

Maya Huppie is located in Wycliffe, and can be reached at Imogen Whale is a freelance writer from Revelstoke, where she lives with her husband, son, cats and two horses. Imogen can be contacted by email: Her website is

In Memoriam Equestrian Community Loses a Treasure: Pats Hurtig In the early morning hours of December 27, 2013, local horsewoman Pats Hurtig left us for Heaven’s greener pastures. Pats (Patricia Edna) was born in Vancouver in 1931 and spent her growing-up years in White Rock BC, where she acquired her passion for horses at a young age. She married Bert Neumann and had two sons, Michael and Brian. When her marriage to Bert ended, she worked as a secretary and raised her two sons, giving them an upbringing full of love and character formation. She then met Cec Hurtig, a Saskatchewan farmer who had moved to the west coast of British Columbia who was the operator of a beauty salon in White Rock where Pats had her hair done every Saturday. Pats and Cec fell in love, and after he proposed, they were married in White Rock and moved to beautiful Armstrong BC where they settled on a peaceful farm on Salmon River HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Road near Rose Swanson Mountain. There they raised Thoroughbred horses (some raced at Hastings Park) and alfalfa hay. Pats worked at the elementary school library in Driving Kjuhara in harness in a Armstrong in the 1980’s and field in Armstrong. helped hundreds of children Pats showing Kjuhara at instructor under the auspices discover the magical world of the Arabian Encampment Horse Show. of the International Side Saddle books. Association. She enjoyed showing After Cec’s untimely passing from cancer her Arabians Gay Shenar and Deodar’s Faro. in 2005, Pats lived in her retirement with It has been said that God gives us one special her son Brian and his family, enjoying the horse in our lives, and Pats’ special horse company of her dogs Peaches and Penny, and was her pride and joy – Kjuhara (meaning her last horse, a rescued chestnut Arabian “Jewel” in Arabic), a beautiful Anglo-Arabian mare named Lady. Pats was passionate about bay filly sired by Arabian stallion Ibin animal welfare and was, in all things, a Vladdi and out of their good Thoroughbred gracious lady and generous friend to all who mare Melody Mark. Pats showed Kjuhara knew her. She will be deeply missed by her in several disciplines and was heartbroken family and friends. A memorial gathering to when she died at a relatively early age of 20 honour her will be held in the spring of 2014. as a result of Cushing’s disease. Pats was - Submitted by long-time friend passionate about the elegant art of riding Isabel Healy-Morrow side-saddle, and traveled to Mount Holly in New Jersey to become a certified side-saddle • 39

Equine Canada Update The Search for Equine Canada’s New CEO Has Begun On January 15, 2014 Equine Canada launched the search for a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization including the implementation of its strategic plan - “One Vision.” The Board has moved quickly to find suitable candidates, and will make every effort to continue to extend the search as broadly as possible to ensure a large pool of highly qualified applicants for review. The invitation to apply and the full job description can be found on our website The deadline for application is Friday, February 14, 2014, 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time). During this period, the Equine Canada Board has appointed Chief Financial Officer, Michael Arbour, as interim CEO. Measures have been taken to ensure continuity in the day to day business of the organization, including the advancement of current and future projects.

Clinic with Karen Homer-Brown Equine Canada is pleased to announce that a Breed Sport Judge Clinic with Karen Homer-Brown is set to take place in Edmonton, AB on April 5-6, 2014. HomerBrown has a wealth of experience training, competing, selling, and breeding a wide range of breeds, from Arabians to Morgans to Hackneys. Her competitive career includes winning World Champion titles in the Morgan Carriage Pleasure Driving and Obstacle Pair divisions. She has been judging breed sports for over 30 years, and holds 14 licenses with four different equestrian organizations. Clinic participants will have the opportunity to spend two days learning judging techniques and guidelines from Homer-Brown that match the criteria for General Breed Sport Judge accreditation. Covered divisions will include Arabian, Hackney, Morgan, Saddlebred, Welsh Pony and Cob, Saddle Seat Equitation, and Road Horse. For further info contact Wendy Gayfer, Equine Canada Non-Olympic FEI Disciplines Program Coordinator, 613-287-1515 x 125 or e-mail

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Friendly Challenge for WEG 2014 Fundraising

Samantha Starratt of Calgary, AB. Photo courtesy of Samantha Starratt.

Starratt Takes Team Gold in Brazil Samantha Starratt of Calgary, AB represented Canada at the 2013 FEI Children’s International Classics Final, held in Brasilia, BRA Dec. 10-15, 2013. Paired with the borrowed mount, GB Rupina, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Elisangela Nassif, Starratt finished in 11th place individually and was part of the Gold Medal Team. “I felt honored to represent Canada at the FEI Children’s Final and compete with other top riders my age,” commented Starratt. “I felt prepared for the event by the horsemanship skills taught to me by my trainer, Lynne Stephenson, over the past four and a half years I have been at Concorde Stables.” At the completion of the two qualifiers, Starratt, along with fellow team members Thales Gabriel De Lima and Henry Hardman of Brazil, and Bautista Tassara of Argentina, earned the Team Gold Medal on a perfect score of zero. Because of her success in the qualifying rounds, Starratt was included among the top 16 riders invited to participate in the Individual Final. After putting in the fastest four-fault round, she ended the final in 11th place individually. For complete info and results, visit http://

Jump Canada fully supports the campaign by Equine Canada to raise funds for the 2014 World Equestrian Games set for Normandy, FRA next summer via the recently announced $20.14 for 2014 campaign. Here is a statement released by JT Taylor, Elizabeth Bordeaux, and Mark Samuel of the Jump Canada Board: “Our team needs and deserves all of our support. In fact, we are so strongly in support that we, the current and past Chairs of Jump Canada, are issuing personal challenges to everyone else involved in the sport! Here is what we propose: Starting in January, we will donate $20.14 a month until August, when the WEGs begin. And we challenge all of our Jump Canada members and counterparts at the other disciplines to do the same. And, Jump Canada athletes challenge athletes from all other disciplines (both Olympic and non-Olympic) to join the $20.14 challenge! We hope all disciplines will step up to this worthy cause. And, we wish ALL of our disciplines the best of luck at the WEGs next summer!” Make your donation to the $20.14 for 2014 campaign today. Visit jumpcanada.

Para-Equestrian Canada Funds Competition Initiatives Para-Equestrian Canada has awarded grants to five therapeutic riding centres to help fund initiatives that provide new competition opportunities or increase existing competition programs for riders with a disability. In the third grant series of the season, grants were awarded to the following centres: 1. Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (Duncan BC) 2. Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association (Edmonton AB) 3. Pony Pals Therapeutic Riding Association (Delta BC) 4. SARI Therapeutic Riding (Arva ON) 5. North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association (Maple Ridge BC) For questions related to this project or any other Para-Equestrian Canada initiatives, please contact para-equestrian@equinecanada. ca or 613-287-1515 ext. 143.

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Draft Horse Update By Bruce Roy, Wild Rose Draft Horse Association,


rian Coleman, Eaglesfield Percherons of Didsbury, Alberta, has accepted an invitation to judge Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires at 2014 Royal Easter Show. He is the first Canadian horseman ever to receive this invitation. Australia’s national livestock show, the venue for the Royal Easter Show is at Sydney. Respected for his expertise, Coleman was raised near Didsbury on a farm that worked Belgian horses. First employed by Audrey Turner, Stony Creek Percherons of Cremona, Alberta, as a teenager, Coleman fielded her Percheron hitch across Western Canada. He has never looked back. Successful Percheron breeders, Brian and Colleen Coleman, have won signal honours with their Eaglesfield Percherons. Their celebrated black, High Hope Heather, was World Champion Mare at Brandon’s 2004 World Percheron Show, topping 199 registered females from seven provinces and thirteen states. Horsemen across North America employ the Colemans to school, fit, shoe and show their Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons or Shires. Their client’s horses fill the Eaglesfield

stable. Show horses stabled at Eaglesfield do farm chores each day. Broke to perfection with wind of a greyhound, they are hard as nails. Brian has wheeled champion turnouts shown by Prins View Belgians of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta; Glenview Clydesdales of Harrisville, Michigan; Brian Coleman, an Alberta draft Brian Coleman shares his Greenwood Clydesdales horse judge with international knowledge while judging a Youth of Richmond, recognition. Decorating Class. Michigan; Strawberry McMahan’s celebrated 2S Clydesdale Stud at Lane Percherons Schulenburg, Texas. Employed by Joe Ricketts, of Oconomoc, Wisconsin; Black Hollow founder and CEO of Ameritrade, Coleman Percherons of Mitchell, Nebraska; Cedarfarm Percherons of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Heart assembled the Jackson Fork Ranch’s Six of Percheron Mares, which won countless wins Mountain Shires of Powell, Wyoming. He has in his hands. wheeled World Champion Sixes at Calgary; A judge that is in demand across North Royal Champion Sixes at Toronto; a World America, Brian Coleman’s popular hands-on Champion Clydesdale Six at Madison and a clinics are testament to his skill as a horseman. National Percheron Show Six at Indianapolis. For two years Coleman had charge of Pat

On To Greener Pastures

I remember the spring day like it was yesterday... my mom took me to meet a horse that would change my life forever - it was the day I met Dunny. As mom drove us up the Griffin’s driveway I could see the beautiful red dun standing there saddled and tied to the hitchin’ rail. When I jumped out of the truck and walked up to him and seen those big kind eyes I knew it was meant to be. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Over the next week I took Dunny on a few rides and being nervous and timid from past bad experiences, I had never felt so safe and cared for as when I was on his back. It was from that time on I didn’t only have a horse but I had a very best friend. Throughout the many years, Dunny and I were in 4-H and Riding Club. We showed, trail rode, cattle penned (which was his favourite), competed in many games, rode in flags for the rodeo among countless other activities. We won many ribbons, awards and prizes. Although he never really did care for showing, he always put up with it and stood there for countless hours while I groomed and fussed over him. Dunny will always be remembered for opening the trail class gates on his own when he thought I was moving too slow. He will also be remembered for his fine taste in groceries. During his years of retirement mom would drive miles in search of hay that would

pass Dunny’s ‘taste test’. He also thoroughly enjoyed his soaked beet pulp, alfalfa cubes, oats and barley morning and evening. I feel so privileged to have owned such a great horse and although I feel like the lucky one, I know he too felt lucky. We were both meant to meet and take care of each other. Dunny taught me trust, love and what true happiness feels like. He also showed me what hard work really is and helped mold me the person I am today and for that I will be forever thankful. Dunny was around the age of 38. He will be greatly missed by Tootsie, Mia, Diablo and me. We know where he is… the green grass is never ending and he will have an endless supply of oats! Until we meet again my boy... - Love always, Bobbi • 41

Whiling Away The Winter Story and photos By Daphne Davey


any therapeutic riding programs lie dormant during the winter months, at least in regions typically inundated with white stuff and wind chills. The riders, volunteers and horses will stiffen up with the cold, hardly therapeutic for anyone’s muscles and joints. But not all activities shut down. This period of the year can be put to good use in various ways, such as instructor workshops, end-of-season awards events, Christmas celebrations, first aid training, report writing, and planning meetings. All of these group events bring people together, developing a team spirit and sense of community. Following are some snapshots from my own program, the Joyriders, on Prince Edward Island that operates eight months of the year. While our riding Heads up! Instructors and volunteers complete CPR program closes from December through March, the breathing space of four training at an in-house first aid course. months of down time allows our team of instructors and coordinators to focus on the equally important aspects of planning, education, and reporting. Additionally, events for fund-raising, celebration and fun bring the wider membership together, fostering a stronger organization. As a member of our provincial equestrian federation, we take the opportunity of their annual awards night to present our Joyrider of the Year award. This not only gives classy recognition to one of our riders but makes us visible to the able-bodied equestrian community, with its educational spinoff. Marg Gray, an assistant Kenneth David award IHC Our hugely popular Christmas party, typically attended by 100 guests instructor and Santa’s chief 2013] (riders and families, volunteers and friends), allows us to thank everyone elf, at the Christmas party Kenneth Stewart receives with rider and assistant elf, the 2013 Joyrider of the who participates in or supports the program. We have a pot-luck feast, a visit Spencer Brennan. Year award from club from Santa, awards giving, gift exchange, and lots of socializing. Door prizes president David Park at include table centres made together by our program team, a rare opportunity the PEI Horse Council awards banquet. to spend off-duty time together. Every three years, our instructors update their St. John Ambulance first aid certificates, sometimes with hilarious consequences in the bandaging department. Someone usually gets well and truly hobbled behind the instructor’s back. Writing reports is never fun. Not so! Our instructors find that this group exercise is extremely helpful and often revealing as we discuss the progress of each of our riders and make recommendations for future goals that will be discussed with the riders and their parents on registration night. For more information on CanTRA, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at or

Haney Horsemen Association News By Dianne Stoesz


t’s going to be a great year to belong to Haney Horsemen! Guest speakers at meetings, first aid and nutrition clinics, trail rides, fund-raising Dinner, Christmas Potluck, work parties to help maintain our Maple Ridge trails and help making corrals and campgrounds in Golden Ears Park! We are also looking forward to showing off our trails to the Back Country Horsemen at their Rendezvous, at MREC in Maple Ridge this spring! Our meetings are every 2nd Thursday of the month at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge. Coffee at 7 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m. 42 • Saddle Up • February 2014

Membership is $10 per year. Drop in to a meeting and join. Or join by mail – see the information on our blogspot at http:// Trails maps can be found at pdf For more information you can email Dianne at DStoesz6@ Happy Trails!

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Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club Report By press reporters Kathleen Egeland, Ashley Robson, Pavi McLean & Lauren McGee


oohoo! We had our first club meeting tonight, January 13, 2014. Though most of what we did was fill out paperwork, we did get the chance to meet the new people joining our club. We talked a lot about things we will be doing throughout the year as well as some fun activities we want to try! Amongst everything else, we also voted for our club… President - Emily Allen Vice President - Ashley Robson Secretaries - Taylor Schell & Alana Ensing Treasurers - Marina Jardine & Isabelle Hultgren

Press Reporters - Kathleen Egeland, Ashley Robson, Pavi McLean & Lauren McGee Safety Officer - Melanie Price The year is going to be fun and filled with lots of activities that we all will enjoy. On January 20th there was a baby shower for our newest addition to the club, Paisley, who is just 3 months old. And we organized a toboggan party on January 26th to have some fun in the snow. Overall tonight was an informative first meeting and a great start to the 4-H year! We can’t wait to see how everything will turn out!

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Ally LeBel


ur club members had a busy year hosting two clinics with clinician Barb McDonald from Washington, a mentoring day, the IPE Fall Show and our year-end celebration. Our April Clinic was at the Asmara Farm in Armstrong and our August Clinic at Vista Valley Acres in Vernon. Many of our members also enjoyed a mentoring day held by some of our seasoned club members to learn about grooming, clipping, in-hand training and an introduction to driving. Our fall clinic in August was very valuable, as some of our members were preparing for the IPE Fall Show, practicing both in-hand and driving. Fun was had by all as the weather was excellent and the enthusiasm was high. Many thanks to the Cunninghams for opening their farm up for Sunday fun days, all summer long. The IPE Miniature Horse Show in Armstrong, held in late August, proved to be very successful with many of our club members receiving ribbons and awards. The Supreme Champion Miniature Horse Banner, sponsored by the IPE, was awarded to Lombards Canadian Alacadebra, owned by Joan and Bruce Cunningham and Laurence Humphreys, shown by Joan Cunningham. “Thank you” to the Iceton family and HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

many others for all their hard work and dedication in decorating and manning the Miniature Horse Club booth and stables, ensuring all exhibitors and their horses had a great time. The Iceton family also hosted a fabulous year-end celebration at their home in Armstrong. Everyone had a great time visiting with new and existing members, enjoying delicious food and a gift exchange, as well as treasures found or bought at the used tack sale. Our AGM, held in October, saw a new executive team elected and we are all looking forward to another exciting year in 2014. Our club members would like to extend a special thank you to the past executive - Katie Iceton, Joan Cunningham and Ann Iceton - for their dedication to our club members in endless hours of sharing their love and knowledge of the miniature horse to so many of us. Your passion and inspiration are contagious! To learn more about our miniature equine friends or to join our club, please contact Ally at 250-542-6739 or or visit our club website at www. okclubinfo.htm.

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Oliver Riding Club


ur AGM was on November 21, 2013 and the new Club Officers are: Midge Corey as President, Debbie House as Vice President, Chrissie Siebeck as Secretary, with Trish Oslund remaining as Treasurer. The Club Christmas Party proved to be one of the best yet. We are very grateful to Carol Lydiatt for hosting this event at her house. It is the most delightful home being one of the heritage homes in Oliver and the perfect place to meet to enjoy stacks of appys, tacos with all the trimmings, a glass or two of very fine local wines and join in some crazy games! The prizes we had collected together at the Mane Event and from local supporters were very much appreciated by everyone who attended the party. A big thank you goes to our planning committee led by Debbie House and well supported by Maggie Strong, Midge Corey, Carol Lydiatt and Max Alexander who also amazed himself, and probably everyone else, by volunteering to be the chef for the event! Besides it being a lot of fun, all of our members brought along dry foods for the local food bank and, from sales of tickets

for the games, we raised a nice sum of money for the SPCA. Our new team of Club Officers have been busy planning this coming year with our new President, Midge Corey, leading the way. Club members have been contacted to input their ideas for the activities they want included. It is going to be an exciting year, so we encourage all members to get involved. We need volunteers to run events as well as lots of participants so, if you are interested in horses, please come and join us not only to enjoy our common love of the horse but also to have lots of fun in good company at events and social events. We have some very knowledgeable members but we also have lots of people who have recently become involved or are returning to this sport. We encourage young people to come and take a look. Visit our website (, where you can keep up-to-date with our programme of events, find out how to join the Club and details of telephone numbers and so on. We look forward to seeing everyone at the home of the Oliver Riding Club at the D Bar K Ranch in Oliver.

Max Alexander retiring after two years as the Oliver Riding Club President.

The star of the Club’s Halloween Event - not all our members are this old!

We wish all Saddle Up readers a happy and successful new year. Happy Trails.

Kelowna Gymkhana Club by Kayla Stromsten


n behalf of KGC, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We enjoyed an amazing year of gymkhanas in 2013 - our club has come a long way since it started. As we look forward to the upcoming season, we welcome all new riders to join us; stay tuned for our 2014 schedule. The 2013 Kelowna Gymkhana Club awards banquet was held November 30. The winners were as follows: Masters: 1 Chris Robinson; Diego 2 Debbie Wright; Lily 3 Jackie Schleppe; Buddy 4 Dan Gibbs; Comet 5 Odette Baumgartner; Strider 6 Lisa Flan; Tellee

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7 Debbie Wright; Angel 8 Donna Hinchliffe; Hawney/Tellee Senior: 1 Amy Russo; Mia 2 Amy Russo; Hoden 3 Brooke Halldorsen; Shae 4 Janice Epp; Nakita 5 Ashley Robinson; Diego 6 Amanda Lamberton; Gunsmoke Junior: 1 Ayla Schwarz; Muffin 2 Keira Bennett; Monty 3 Ayla Schwarz; Gypsy 4 Kiara Redlick; Splash Peewee: 1 Dalyce Davis; Odie/Misty 2 Simone Lamberton-Blamire; Jag/Paycheck/Windy 3 Rylee Dion; Spring Linda Lamberton Memorial (Most Improved) - Odette Baumgartner Rod Macmillan Memorial (Sportsmanship) - Jackie Schleppe Fastest Times: Flags - Ayla Schwarz; Muffin Keyhole - Jackie Schleppe; Buddy Barrels - Amy Russo; Mia Stakes & Poles - Lisa Flan; Tellee

Thanks to our volunteers: Dick Lamberton, Jim Hinchliffe, Dan Gibbs, Brooke Halldorsen, Kayla Stromsten, Amy Russo, Amanda Lamberton, Liz Gibbs, Gord Wright, Debbie Wright, Rick Froment, Mike Gosselin, Mike McFarlane, Jenny Lamberton and Darcy Egeland.

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Totem Saddle Club – A New Year By Marty Cox


he Totem Saddle Club in Terrace held the Fall Show in September in conjunction with the Skeena Valley Fall Fair. Lots of entries and a great time. Hi Point Horse went to Phantom owned by Natasha Candelora and Hi Point Rider was Alice Sexton on Phantom. The banquet was in October and Lyn Rempel took High Point Horse and High Point Rider awards with her horse Whisper. Had hoped to get a layer of crushed rock on the outdoor so it could rest over the winter but the trucks were too busy. So now we are hoping for the rain to stop (pouring in January-weird) and we’ll get it done this spring. Club has been fundraising to get the rest of the money together for the top sand layer and hopefully the new footing will be here for this year. One of the fundraisers took place January 5th in conjunction with the Skeena Valley Fall Fair. They asked people to come drop off their Christmas trees to burn and we offered pony rides. Weather was nice and had lots of riders of all ages. Lots of happy faces. All donations went to the Outdoor arena fund. To keep our riders busy during the off season Juanita Wiebe-Thorsen started a Sunday Equine Event. Each Sunday a different discipline is worked on with riders helping each other. Disciplines from Reining to Dressage, English and Western, and Trail to Jumping. Helps keep our riders in form for the upcoming year. Speaking of the upcoming year—it will be a great one. Our new executive: President Alice Sexton; Vice President Rowena Chambone; Treasurer Lyn Rempel; Secretary Marty Cox; and Directors—Terri Cameron, Stacey Kennedy, Ava Haw. Planned events include—gymkhanas, clear rounds, percentage day, 5 horse shows, plus trail rides, clinics and much more. Will keep us all busy and get us riding a lot. Also a BIG thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors from last year. Without you we wouldn’t be able to put on our events.

Pony ride

Blue Smurf is Claire Hernes

Heidi Dennison at a Sunday equine event

Ask Suzi! DREAMS OF LITTLE GIRLS Dear Hobby Horse: My name is Ashton, and I love your clothes. I am only 13 years old, so cannot get a job to afford your clothes. I live in Canada, and the exchange rate is too high for my parents to get me any sort of item out of your catalogue. So, what I am wondering, is if you sell any of your patterns, or have any place that I could go to get patterns for your clothes? It would be greatly appreciated to know of it. P.S. If you do not sell patterns, I would suggest that you start, as it would bring in more money, and help some kids get their dreams. - Ashton Hi Ashton: We don’t sell fabric or patterns at this time, but it’s something we might consider in the future. Did you know that I was a little horse girl like you when I started my company? I was always crazy about horses and I wanted to be a horse when I grew up! Santa Claus brought me a Shetland pony when I was three years old, and because my Mom was a sewing teacher, I started to learn to sew for the pony, instead of a Barbie doll. As I got older, I started to ride in shows and wanted all kinds of fancy clothes like the other kids wore. My Mom just said “If you want something, let’s make it!” And so we did. And that’s how Hobby Horse started, in Mom’s attic. Here it is, years later, and I’m still sewing stuff for horse lovers like we are... and my mom still works here! I understand that it’s hard to collect the money for all the fun horse stuff you may need and want, and doing it yourself is a good alternative… you never know what it will turn into! Thanks for writing, and good luck with your projects and your riding. - Suzi Vlietstra Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.

Pony ride

Ballerina is Kayeanna McKenzie

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Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes


he Kelowna Riding Club is gearing up for the 2014 season. Your new 2014 Kelowna Riding Club Executive and Directors are as follows: President: Sebastien Devrainne Vice President: Susanne Zimmermann Treasurer: Amy Scovil Secretary: Roen Janyk Directors: Katinka Devrainne, Sarah Hayes, Ashton Korosail-LeClair, Emma Bosma, Tracey Green, Lisa Mabey, Lindsay Kern-LeGroulx and Jesse LeGroulx. The Hunter/Jumper and Dressage show committees have already been busy preparing for the coming spring events; mark your calendars! The Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper show will be held April 24-27. There is a new show committee with fresh energy to make this the best show yet. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Laurie Lazorko for all her years of show organizing – she has made this show such a wonderful event! Look for entry forms to be posted to the website soon. The Spring Dressage Festival has moved to a different date this year and will now be held later in the spring on May 17-18. The show committee had received several comments about the show being held so early in the spring that the horses were not quite ready, so we moved it from April to what we feel is a much more convenient date for everyone – we are listening!

Kelowna Riding Club membership has its benefits – remember that, in addition to receiving a better rate for club events, you will also receive a discount at Diamond H Tack. Not to mention the fact that you can pretty much ride at the club year round, weather permitting. If you haven’t already bought your 2014 membership, please go to and click the “Join KRC” link for membership forms. We will have our annual riding camp in the summer and will be hosting various clinics, as well as the exciting possibility of having vaulting at the club. If you are interested in vaulting, please contact Danielle Kennedy at The Kelowna Riding Club is open to all riders and all disciplines – the one thing we have in common is the love of our horses. If you have any questions about the club or its events, please go to our website and feel free to contact any of the directors. We look forward to an exciting 2014 - the Year of the Horse!

Vernon District Riding Club Update By Calle Mirkowsky


appy February everyone, spring is just around the corner and it’s almost time to reunite with our old friend the shedding blade! There are new members on the VDRC board this year and we are all enthusiastic to make 2014 a great year for everyone involved with the club. • Memberships are now due for renewal. Remember that you can still take advantage of the early bird pricing until March 30st. We also wanted to clarify that volunteer requirements for the family membership are only six hours total for the entire family! • We are preparing for the VDRC Fashion show March 22nd. This year the models will be local trainers prancing down the runway which should be extra 46 • Saddle Up • February 2014

fun. Feel free to contact Linda Parker-Fisk if you have any model nominations or general questions about the event, 250542-0559. • Hunter Jumper riders may want to mark down April 5 & 6th, the VDRC will be hosting Norah Ross for a spring clinic to help riders prepare for the competitive season. More information can be found on our website or by contacting Julia Bostock 250-308-7079. This is the perfect time of year for the VDRC to hear suggestions and ideas from those interested in seeing various clinicians and activities at the club. English or Western, competitive or recreational, if you have an idea let us know! The contact information for individual directors is on our webpage or

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Play It Forward to O.A.T.S. By Theresa Nolet


n December 13, 2013, Danika Caverly, a grade eight student attending Skaha Lake Middle School in Penticton BC, presented Theresa Nolet of O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue with $225.00 from her Play It Forward experience. Play it Forward was the inspirational project of Canadian Country Singer Tenille who spent a total of 32 weeks on the road in 2013, visiting 106 schools and performing for over 35,000 students. The tour incorporated the young Country singer’s music and motivational speaking for students in schools across Canada, promoting positive leadership efforts for youth. As part of Tenille’s project Danika was chosen as one of her schools leaders and was presented with a cheque of $75.00 to Play It Forward. Danika chose O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue to be the lucky recipient of the money and in true leadership form Danika approached two more businesses, Napa Auto Parts and Singer Automotive, both located in Penticton, to support her choice thereby raising another $150.00 for a total of $225.00. O.A.T.S. is so proud of Danika as she gives those of us in rescue, who tend to see a lot of sadness, inspiration. It is

acts like Danika’s that reinforce our faith in humanity and the goodness that is present in so many. Thanks Danika for your leadership efforts and thinking of the horses of the Theresa Nolet accepting the $225.00 from Okanagan! To learn Danika Caverly more about Tenille and the Play It Forward project go to (O.A.T.S. stands for One @ A Time Success and that is what Theresa Nolet concentrates on. An independent rescue, Theresa is focused on helping the feral/wild horses that come from the local First Nations reservations, although she has stepped outside of the box from time to time to rescue or help other horses in need. Theresa can be contacted at jardinantiques@

Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach THE SIX ESSENTIALS (Past Issues: #1 Stand Still; #2 Back Up; #3 Forward; #4 Turn Left) Welcome to a safer 2014. Starting off the new year with continuing the Six Essential maneuvers every horseman and mount must have solidly in place before you become sport specific! These are so important; I will continue to break them down individually. Incremental learning in incremental steps! #5 TURNING RIGHT - Unfortunately, we had to miss a month of the Saddle Up (no January issue). With that in mind, this month’s topic shouldn’t sound repetitive. The reins should not be used to ‘steer’ the horse. Rather, we use ‘aids’ to communicate. When desiring a right turn, begin to look to the right. Do this as you are encouraging forward movement. Do not raise your right hand up, instead, ‘open’ your arm out to the left slightly; hence a Right Open Rein. Remember: left hand stays on the left, right hand on the right.

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The Open Rein is a leading rein. It bends the horse toward the rein and leads it into a large circle. The off or outside rein gives as it should not interfere with the action of the Open Rein. This maneuver will allow the horse to feel your body weight shift (from your shoulders). He should naturally ‘go with the flow’ and turn to the right. Leg yielding is not yet part of this maneuver at this stage; however, it is an introduction to the horse feeling your slight outside leg pressure naturally. When you have acquired the desired response, relax. Continue to keep your chin up, looking where you want your horse to go. Well done. As for all lessons, make this ‘a nice place to be’, and your horse will ‘learn the feel’ and like it! Be Safe and have fun!

For more information, contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Help hotline: 250-999-5090 or visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 47

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover President Cathy Glover Vice Pres. Natalie Hall APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

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As predicted, BC Paint Horse Club members had plenty to celebrate at their awards banquet, January 11, and our party planners Natalie Hall, Colleen Ebner and Colleen Schellenberg and awards goddess Dianne Rouse left no stone unturned when it came to ensuring everyone went home with something to remember - not only a great 2013 show season, but a lovely evening as well. We started the evening acknowledging the tremendous support we received from our sponsors in 2013. From a generous cash contribution from presenting sponsor Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group as well as a handful of corporate sponsors (PrairieCoast Equipment, Traveland RV, Otter Co-op, Stampede Tack, Lazy 3 Ranch) to those of our members (Platinum Performance Horses, Windhorse Farm, High Arrow, Paul Sullivan and Harvest Classic) and many in-kind sponsorships for our fundraisers this year, we owe a great deal of our success to them. Last year, we launched our version of APHA’s Ride America program, Paint Your Ride BC, where members are recognized for the number of hours they spend riding their Paints. Congratulations to Kelly Allen (The Huntsman) and Ron Stolp (Winddancers Cimarron) on logging a staggering 851 hours each and receiving their 750 hour certificate from BC Paint. We were also pleased to award Kim Jackman, who logged 69 hours, with her 50 hour certificate. Kim Jackman, who comes from Salmo (on the way to Creston), also participated in our Open Show & Competition Program (OSCP) this past year and took top honours in the In-Hand division with Cinnamons Shady Kat and third in the Amateur division. New member Kassidy Howes, who rides Ima Specialist Too at many of Mission Horse Club’s shows, was our big OSCP winner, taking top honours in English, Performance (they jump!), Youth and the overall Aggregate! It was great to have her whole family at the banquet, including sister Tianna who has recently bought a yearling by Trish Davis’ Just Alito Flashback and is looking forward to introducing him to the show ring this year! Dianne bought Kassidy a pair of silver engraved Western stirrups – enough inspiration (we hope) for her to try Western next year! Donna Ruth and Azippomaidofdiamonds, from Salmon Arm, won the OSCP Western division and was reserve Amateur, while director Colleen Ebner took home the high point Amateur and reserve English, Performance and Aggregate awards with What a Sinful Image. Beverley Kniffen, also from up country, was reserve In Hand with Ima Sonic Herbies Fox. Emma Schellenberg is no stranger to year-end accolades. She rode All Reddy Smoke N not only to OSCP high points in Western and Youth but was also the high point Youth at our APHA shows last year, too, and has a great big silver buckle coming her way to remember all their successes in 2013! 48 • Saddle Up • February 2014

Our APHA year-end champions were also an assorted bunch. Sisters Victoria and Alexa McGowan, from Bellingham, split the Novice Youth division, respectively, then switched order for Youth 13 & Under. Alex Barber, also from Washington, was reserve Youth 14-18 to Emma’s win. Novice Amateur went to Devon Smith on her first season riding Ima Sierra Surprise, who was also the high point Halter Mare. Natalie Hall was reserve Amateur with Ima Classic Coosa. Amateur Walk Trot went to Rusty White Diamonds and Lynda Watkin, and Rhonda Kopp was in the house with travel buddy and whipper-in Joan Swetlikoff, to receive her reserve walk trot award for Jakes Supreme. Classic Amateur went to Christina Frost and RJ Stylin in Red; reserve to Jenn King and Ready to Dream, while Dianne Rouse rode Ima Special Delivery to top spot in the Masters Amateur division (and Senior Horse); Bibs Dallaire, from Smithers, rode her beautiful stallion, Gold Bar Tristan, to reserve. Junior Horse went to Colleen Ebner and What A Sinful Image. Kirsten Chamberland’s JZA Zip to My Lou was reserve. Solid Paint Bred went to Lyla Mackenzie’s Tomcat Jamecameclasic (the Mackenzies host our B2B show in Pritchard) and reserve went to Geri Brown’s R Bandits Success. Also from the north, Barb Bowerbank’s Fanciful Romance was reserve Halter Mare. Tami Hutton’s double registered Heztheultimatedream by her Ima Poised Dreamer stud won the Halter Gelding championship, as well as Green Horse. JWR The Last Juan was reserve Gelding. Gold Bar Tristan was champion stallion and Ima Special Delivery and Ima Classic Coosa took the BC Bred awards, respectively. The highlight of the evening, however, might have been when we auctioned off a stunning handmade quilt donated by Natalie’s mom, Diane Rempel. Years of attending beef auctions paid off as I shocked the audience with a starting bid of $300 (ya!), quickly Big spender! Doug and Colleen dropping it to $250 Schellenberg took home the handmade before it took off! Many quilt. thanks to the “man at the bar” who ran Doug Schellenberg up to a whopping $350 - it was an exciting (and profitable) part of the evening, alright! The awards were amazing. The food was amazing - we were at The Ranch Bar and Grill at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre - and the silent auction was amazing; and so were the gifts collected for our balloon pop! Many thanks to all of our board members and the generosity of the businesses that contributed such great prizes: cake queen Rhonda Kopp, Country Feeds, Brynsie Bakes, JKD Tack, Cowboys Choice, The Paddocks, Country West Armstrong, Greenhawk Langley, Whatcom Road Veterinary, Peterbilt, Lordco Parts, ID Salon, Milner Feed & Pet Supply and Stampede Tack. A complete list of award winners and a photo gallery is on our HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover website (


When BC Paint’s board decided this time last year to create a youth scholarship, I don’t think any of us realized the calibre of the young people among us. And I think it is safe to say we were relieved when we were able to delegate the major responsibility of the selection process to totally independent sources, with no relationship with any of the four young women who applied this past fall. Even so, we know the decision for our judges was not an easy one to make. While each one of these girls would have been a worthy recipient of our $500 award (and committee chair Blodwyn Bristow confirms the vote was very close), Kirsten Chamberland’s application ultimately edged out those of Dani Penaloza, Rosalea Pagani and Maddison Ebner. Kirsten, who turns 18 this month, has applied to some big schools in the states including the University of Georgia and Texas A&M, to continue her post-secondary studies. She says she wants to be a veterinarian or perhaps study kinesiology or forensics. “I have learned that even though one may put a tremendous amount of work in,” she writes, “things may not go as planned. When things don’t go as planned, I can’t just stop. I have to keep working through the problem. The stress involved in showing will prepare me for the stress I may encounter in university and in my career.” Scholarship winner Kirsten Chamberland and A Sexy Sensation Her 4.0 grade point (Bridget) average, an impressive athletic resume (over and above an equally impressive list of horse show accomplishments) and a volunteer record that left many of us wonderstruck, assures us that this young lady - the winner of APHA’s “superior sportsmanship” award at the Youth World Show this past June - will be successful in whatever the future holds for her. All of the applications were inspiring. Dani also turns 18 this spring and she is applying to UBC, SFU and UVic. She writes about being inspired by a veterinarian at the APHA World Show and is also pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Athletic beyond the show pen, she’s into water polo (she’s a certified lifeguard) and coaching, writing and music. A world show competitor, she writes, “My kind-hearted mare has transformed, but I have, too.” Maddy may not be in the show pen, but she’s certainly been exposed to horses her whole life as the daughter of director Colleen Ebner. She’s volunteered at local shows and wrote about the lessons she has learned from riding and caring for horses from a young age. “I cannot skip over something, even if it is small, because it can have bad consequences,” she writes. Rosalea is already in first year studies at the University of Victoria. She, too, may pursue a veterinary degree or, she says, a teaching degree. She has been a volunteer at Powell River’s therapeutic riding program HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

and wrote eloquently about how horses have shaped her young life. “Always display sportsmanship,” she writes. “Be firm, but fair to your equine partner. Conquer the difficult maneuver. Don’t ask for more than can be given. Even when people say you can’t, know you can. Forget the bad ride. Give much of yourself. Have fun. Insist on your best. Just smile - even if the going is tough. Keep an eye on the judge. Laugh lots. Make the best of it. Never say never. Open your mind. Practice lots and lots of poles. Quit nagging. Rejoice in each and every day together. Share in all the triumphs. Tears do not show weakness. Use pattern classes to your advantage. Value others. Wait on the great ride. X-amine virtue. You can obtain the dream. Zip up the show shirt all the hard work is about to pay off.” Words for all of us to live by.

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We’ve made some minor tweaks to show rules you’ll want to check out on the website. We’ve changed the point system for the Open Show program so that exhibitors in large classes (like the ones at hunter shows or barrel races) will get the recognition (and points) they deserve. Eighth out of 100 is pretty amazing! We’ve defined the ownership rules for APHA-show exhibitors, so be sure to check those out when you’re sending in your membership dues this year. We welcomed Tami Hutton to our board during our AGM on November 30; otherwise we’ve retained the status quo. We have a general membership meeting scheduled for March 15 in Langley and I’ve invited Okanagan members to get together February 9 somewhere in the Armstrong/Enderby area in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of the BC Breeders Futurities group. Check Facebook and the website for updates. We’re updating our Paint Connections directory. Deadline is February 24. We have an OSCP package available to download from the site for those of you attending all-breed competitions. You are our ambassadors - print one or two copies and give them out to others who may not be familiar with the wonderful opportunities we have as BC Paint members! We’re adding jumping and preliminary hunter to both B2B shows (and maybe even Driving at the coast!) and we’ve got Tami Hutton lined up to do a couple of clinics in the Okanagan, too. Rhonda Kopp is also organizing an Extreme Trail Ride at Twisted Terrain on May 23-25. (There’s a Facebook group for that, too.) LMQ has confirmed May 2-4 and August 29-31 will have APHA classes and be BCPHC approved. And Barb Bowerbank has some exciting news (especially for youth exhibitors) at the Three-in-One in Smithers, July 11-13. The Bulkley Valley Fair will also be APHA approved in August, too. Check the website for details as they become available. Oh! And visit our booth at the Quarter Rosalea Pagani won a beautiful Horse Bazaar, March 16 in custom painted hat can by Sally Saur. Langley! Whew! • 49

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Introducing Our New President for President: Lynda Harrison: 2014! Vice Pres: Flora Kippan: Secretary: Mellissa Buckley: Here is her AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, message to begin Website: the year: Let me introduce myself, as I have not had the pleasure of meeting you all yet. My name is Lynda Harrison, I am a paralegal by profession, but have been a member of LMQHA for five years now, serving four of them on the Board. I became a member of LMQHA to be part of a group surrounding themselves with horses, which I love, and activities involving horses. During my time so far, I have also assisted with the production of the Bazaar held at Thunderbird Show Park in March as the Club’s main annual fundraiser, where we combine many aspects of the equine industry, as well as giving back to the community by hosting this event with a couple of local charities. I am very proud of that. Although we have some amazing volunteers on the Board and the Bazaar Committee, we still need more hands to assist with our events and committees. I invite you to email me or another member of the Board to see how you can get involved this year (lyndaharrison13@ I know that we all lead very busy lives, trying to find a balance between school/work and family life/recreation, however, we would love it if you could help out by volunteering some of your time. I encourage you to think about why you ride and where you want to go with your riding, be it more shows or recreational riding. Either way, we would enjoy having you share your ideas and suggestions. I look forward to meeting more of you over the coming year at our various events. Please see the remainder of the article for more information regarding our upcoming year. There are great things in store for 2014. Visit the LMQHA page at Thank you, Lynda Harrison Officers & Directors 2014

2014 Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair On March 16, LMQHA will host our 40th Horseman’s Bazaar. The Cummings Trailers Arena will host our wildly popular trade show. This arena is filled with some of the hottest booths in the equine community. Shopping galore as well as breed/non-profit club booths, so stop in, say hi, and see what they have in store for 2014. There is also a round pen in this arena with action in it throughout the whole day. Visit www. Back again this year is the dog extravaganza! The PetSmart Arena will be buzzing all day with some great dog demos and entertainment. The Stampede Tack Arena is where we run all of our large horse demos. This arena will host everything from trick riding and extreme trail to jumping. A horse lovers dream... horses all day! Calling All Crafters New this year is what we are calling an Artisan Alley. We will be offering 5x10 table spaces for Homemade Goodies Only. This is an awesome opportunity to showcase your goods to thousands of people in your community. So bring out your cookies and crafts, jams or jellies, trinkets or treasures and sell away. Situated in the exciting PetSmart Arena, limited tables are available and are offered on a first-come firstserved basis. Please contact Lynda Harrison. Remember: NO new or manufactured goods, HANDMADE items only. 50 • Saddle Up • February 2014

Used Tack Sale Another NEW twist for 2014 is a new format for our used tack sale. This year we are offering 5x10 table spaces for you to sell your own used tack. The flat fee is $50 and that gives you one admission and a table. All you need is a chair and clean, gently loved tack. No commission and no taxes! They will be in their own building (Avenue Machinery Arena) behind the main trade arena and the flow pattern will carry hundreds of people right to you, where you are free to wheel and deal on your own stuff! Limited spaces are available on a first-come first-served basis. Please Contact Terri Brown at 778-549-1297 or triplebquarterhorses@ And More! If that’s not enough, don’t forget the Pancake Breakfast proudly put on by the lovely gals from Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association. You’ll meet these lovely ladies in the parking lot as they help get you all in here and organized. JRFM will be with us once again with a free BBQ so make sure you stop in and say hi to them, too. Too much to list so just put the Bazaar on your calendar and come spend the day with us! Shows We have some new and exciting things in store for ALL our shows this year. For AQHA classes, the 5th and 10th place horses will receive their class under that judge FREE. For APHA classes, the same applies to the 6th and 9th placed horses. We are also offering a FLAT RATE at all of our circuits. Check out our website and show premiums for more information. Also, for every eight horse stalls booked with a trainer’s list, get a tack stall at NO CHARGE. All of our shows will be held at beautiful Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Spring Circuit “Fun Show” Our show year begins May 2-4. How would you like to WIN A TRIP TO VEGAS? We will be doing two back draws for flights for two to Vegas from Bellingham. One draw for AQHA exhibitors and one for APHA exhibitors. We will also be hosting a Team Tournament, with two members from AQHA and two from APHA comprising each team, for super prizes for the winners. Our wildly popular “Funturities” will be held on the Saturday night and we will have an Exhibitor Welcome Social on Thursday night too. As always, we will offer fabulous HighPoint prizes too. West Coast Summer Classic “Big Prize Show” Our summer circuit, on July 17-20, will host four judges for your showing pleasure. This year, by popular demand, we will be offering High Point SADDLES and fancy reserves. We will also be offering an AQHA Champion of Champions award. As always, there will be a fabulous Welcome Social. Evergreen “Futurity/Stakes Gala” At our show on August 29-31, come and try your hand at winning some cash with Futurities and Stakes for a wide range of interests open to ALL BREEDS. There will be a minimum of $1000 added to each. Stay tuned for more detailed information. BCPHC will be hosting the Welcome Social at this show. Any exciting news to share? Let us know! Email Terri at or

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Endurance Riders Association of BC


ost of us must be President: Murray Mackenzie ( thinking Vice-President: June Melhuish ( about the start of Treasurer: Lynn Wallden ( conditioning for the Secretary: Lori Bewza ( Directors: 2014 Endurance Riders Elaine Bessuille ( Association of BC Stephany Dean ( season, and checking Fred Dzida ( Barb Holmes-Balmer ( the Ride Calendar at Brenda Miskimmin ( Terre O’Brennan ( and circling dates. Vancouver Island Rep: Karen Ellis ( Caribou Rep: Katrin Levermann ( The first ride of the year starts, amazingly, waaay up north in Fort St. John at Titanium Run on the May long weekend, with multiple days of rides, making a bit of a long haul really worthwhile! Our clinic, “Fundamentals of Endurance,” will be offered in May in Pritchard before the southern ride schedule. High Sage in Cache Creek has a new, earlier date on June 7, which should make the site cooler for trucks and horses. Merritt Rainbow Revisited Ride returns with a two-day 25/50 ride on June 28 and 29. Keep checking the Events Calendar for an additional ride in the Kamloops area on July 5 – the ERABC BOD is working with the City of Kamloops to be included in their “Legacy Performance Games.” If you are able to help develop this ride, please contact a board member – organizing time is short! Timber Ridge, Lumby, is gaining notoriety for its facilities, trails... and food! Mark your calendar for July 19 for this one! Return to Merritt for 50 miles on August 2, and Skimikin Lake at Tappen on August 23. The grand finale for the season will be September 13 at Westbank’s Last Chance Mountain 12/25/50/75. AND FIRST TIME EVER, this ride will be our ERABC Provincial Championship Ride! Entry and completion criteria will be announced shortly. AND competitions in non-championship categories will also take place, so no one misses out! What a season – let’s get started! And please remember... if you can’t ride, volunteer; if you want to learn, volunteer; if you just like horses, volunteer! No ride results yet... so, get to know one of our riders a bit! Officers & Directors 2014

Brenda Miskimmin Brenda started endurance riding in Alberta in 1990. Her first horse was a seven-year-old grey partbred Arabian mare called Shae Alanna. Lana and Brenda rode many limited distance and CTRs, with more success in the CTRs than endurance. Brenda was not a racer! Fast forward 23 years, and Brenda has been endurance riding in BC since 1996 on a couple of different mounts, but mostly on MC Penny Too (Lana’s foal). Penny and Brenda achieved the “Decade Team” accolade from AERC (10 years of endurance together), and completed the Rainbow 100 twice, and then retiring and breeding her beloved mare seemed like a plan. In June of 2012, Brenda had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time to acquire Paladin BF from Phyllis Madge (a tip from Nellie Roukema). Paladin was a nine-year-old bay purebred Arabian from Belarian Farms Alberta. Brenda planned to start Paladin cautiously in the Skimikin Lake 50 mile ride in 2012, but Paladin soon let her know he was capable HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

of more by finishing 6th and winning High Vet Score in that first ride together. In the next several rides, it became clear that among Paladin’s strengths were his excellent pulse recoveries, his confident personality, and he was a big drinker and eater. Brenda decided to move things up a notch with Paladin in 2013, setting goals of completing a 100 mile ride on him and as many local rides as possible to finish the year in the Top 10 high point. She set her sights on the Fort Howes 100 mile ride in SE Montana. This would be a true test because it was the first ride of the year for them, so lots of conditioning miles were needed. It was great to have Wyatt Laing for a riding partner with Brenda Miskimmin JV Jazz for many good long and Paladin rides, as well as for the two-day drive to Montana. Paladin, along with Terre O’Brennan and Kozaar, completed that 100 mile ride with 48/48 CRI all day including at the 85 mile mark! The team finished Top 10 at all the ERABC rides for the rest of the year, culminating in winning first place and Best Condition at the Cariboo Gold 50 mile ride. This was Brenda’s first time both winning a ride and achieving BC! The team also won the year-end ERABC high point award in 2013. If Paladin is walked in to the pulse check area, his pulse will typically be well below criteria even in hot weather conditions. Brenda has played with this and at the end of 2013, was trotting him until just before entering the pulse area; offering a drink, then going straight for a pulse – still below criteria! Anyone in this sport for a while knows that gaining time in a vet check with fast recoveries is a great way to pass the competition! This, together with starting rides on a loose rein (she never had a horse she could do this on), and watching in amazement as he almost always takes more than 20 gulps of water at every water stop even in the first loop of a ride, really makes Paladin a great endurance horse. He takes care of himself and Brenda on the trail. Paladin has exceeded Brenda’s expectations in so many ways, and she is “having so much fun with him!” Brenda believes her success so far with Paladin is due to a combination of appropriate conditioning (not over-conditioning), good nutrition, and with most of the credit to his genetics (Russian bloodlines - Palladium x Nadina). Paladin appears to be one of those gifted horses who loves his job, and whom Brenda feels privileged to ride. We’ll see where the future takes them! • 51

The Back Country Horsemen of BC BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730

RENDEZVOUS 2014 ~ ALL KICKED UP ~ Three Days of Extreme Fun! Back Country Horsemen of BC is very excited to host Rendezvous 2014 on May 30, May 31 and June 1 in Maple Ridge. Rendezvous is our annual get-together where members from all over BC gather to meet old and new friends. We ride, participate in educational and fun clinics, learn from equine educators, share knowledge and introduce fellow equestrians to the Back Country Horsemen organization. This year at Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre, we’ll be “kicking it up” a notch by offering a premium site, several expert clinicians such as Glenn Stewart, Sam Sunderland, Debbie Hughes and lots of daily entertainment/demos. Plus, on Saturday evening, there will be the SUPER SAVE STOMP featuring Aaron Pritchett, proudly brought to you by The Super Save Group, Budweiser and the Richberry Group. Advance tickets are currently on sale to BCHBC members. Tickets to the public will go on sale March 16 including three-day passes, SUPER SAVE STOMP and single-day passes. Should you choose to join Back Country Horsemen of BC for 2014, please go to and click on “Join Up” (cost is $35 + valid HCBC membership) and then register for RV2014. More Rendezvous information is available at the BCHBC web page ( rendezvous) or by emailing Also, please join the Facebook page “Back Country Horsemen of BC ~ Rendezvous 2014” for continual updates and exciting details as they become available. Back Country Horsemen of BC is an organization that provides an environment for equestrians who are interested in trail riding and the back country; a social, safe learning atmosphere where people of all ages and experience can enjoy trail riding and the wilderness experience. Through collaboration with individuals, government, business and other recreational users of public land, we strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians.

Glenn Stewart

Aaron Pritchett

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Office Winter Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2014 BCRA Board of Directors President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 Vice Pres: Derek Mobbs 250-378-4082

Directors: Neal Antoine Tim Terepocki Gord Puhallo Luke Simonin Allison Everett

250-457-5391 250-280-7653 250-394-4034 250-462-5853 250-296-4778

Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725 Jay Savage 250-421-3712 Laura James 250-318-9430 Shaun Oxtoby 250-398-9061 Brenda Ferguson 250-567-2792

British Columbia Rodeo Association 2014 Tentative Rodeo Schedule Dates April 18-20 April 26-27 May 10-11 May 18-19 May 18-19 May 24-25 May 31-Jun 1 June 14-15 June 28-29 July 5-6 July 12-13 July 12-13 July 18-20 August 2-3 August 2-3 August 8-10 August 16-17 August 22-23 Aug 29-Sep 1 Sep 12-14

Rodeo/Town 24th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos 100 Mile House Rodeo Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton 67th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox 53rd Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft 29th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Valemount Rodeo Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals

All Around Champions: All Around Cowboy-Steve Hohmann; Jr. All Around-Kyle Bell; All Around Cowgirl-Laura James

Photos courtesy of Behind the Lens with Sami. Saddles courtesy of The Horse Barn.

Ladies Barrels-Laura James; Junior Barrels-Taylor Cherry; Pee Wee Barrels-Elly Farmer

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Clubs & Associations 25 Years of Celebrating Long Ears members from across Canada and the US

Cheer for the Ears!



Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 9/14

armstrong/enderby riding club  Tammy 250-832-3409 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 3/15 ASHCROFT RODEO June 15-16, 2013 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 15, 9pm-1am, featuring Ken McCoy Band. 3/14

Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders.

For info: or


of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or 10/14

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14 EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA Foundation for Health & Welfare of the Horse. & Facebook, 10/14 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry 2/14 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 2/15 Inland Draft & Teamsters Assoc. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 6/14 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 3/14 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 5/14



BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbi Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 7/14

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 4/14

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 2/15 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Midge Corey 250-488-9729 midge.corey@gmail. com, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www., Annual Nat. Show, Member Achievement Prog. & more, 250-992-1168 2/15 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC. Shows, Clinics, President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 2/15

Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,


BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 6/14 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 5/14 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 7/14

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SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 4/14 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB (Terrace BC) Secty: Marty Cox 250-633-2350, Shows, Clear Rounds, % Days, Gymkhanas, Clinics, 2/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 7/14 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 4/14 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics,, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2014 Events??

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


Sundays CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Jeanette 250-577-3156 1 SEMINAR - First Aid for the New Horse Owner w/Dr. Susi Cienciala, Hassen Arena Banquet Rm, Armstrong BC, 250-833-8585, 15-16 PET LOVER SHOW, at Tradex, Abbotsford BC,


Sundays CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Jeanette 250-577-3156 1 SEMINAR – Horse Behaviour & Learning Theory w/Dr. Susi Cienciala, Hassen Arena Banq Rm, Armstrong BC, 250-833-8585, 7-9 BC EQUINE EDUCATION SUMMIT (Horse Council BC), Richmond BC, 1-800-345-8055, 7-9 CANADIAN COWBOY CHALLENGE CLINIC w/Glenn Stewart, Madden AB, Danita 403-992-0362, 13-16 18th KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops BC, 1-888-763-2221, 15-16 RANDY OPHUS Clinic, Horsemanship & Mechanical Cow, Terrace BC, 16 LMQHA 40TH HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC,Terri 778-549-1297 or Mellissa 604-729-6616 22 USED TACK SALE, Armstrong Pony Club, Armstrong BC, Keelly 22-28 EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 23 MISSION HORSE CLUB Wild and Wooly Season Opener, Mission BC,, 29 MLM EASTER DRESSAGE SHOW, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, 29-April 1 EDMONTON, AB, Vertebral Realignment Course - Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT,


Sundays CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Jeanette 250-577-3156 4-6 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Reno NV, Colt Starting Symposium Dean Voigt 707-291-6428, 5 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, 5-6 RANDY OPHUS Clinic, Horsemanship & Mechanical Cow, Smithers BC, 5-May 7 KAMLOOPS, BC, Extended 25 day Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 12-13 WARM UP JUMPER ROUNDS, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or 12-13 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB Schooling Jumper Rounds, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, contact Janice 13 MOUNTAIN TRAIL AT ITS BEST, Demos, Tack Sale, Select Horse Sale, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, 13 DRESSAGE PERCENTAGE DAY, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or 18-19 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 2/3 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or, 18-19 COLLEEN HAZELDINE CLINIC (Horsemanship, Trail, Obstacles) Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Jeanette 250-577-3156 18-20 HORSE 3 EVENT, Keystone Centre, Brandon MB, Exhibits, Clinics, Trainers Challenge, Demos, 18-20 ALL ABOUT PETS SHOW, Mississauga ON, 19 MLM JUMP START HUNTER SHOW, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099,

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19-20 RANDY OPHUS Clinic, Horsemanship & Mechanical Cow, Burns Lake BC, 21-24 KAMLOOPS, BC, Vertebral Realignment Course - Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 25-27 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 25-27 DANA HOKANA CLINIC, at The Mane Event, Red Deer AB, 26-27 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB 2 Phase and XC Day, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, contact Janice 26-27 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Clinic, Stonewall MB, Penny Coleman 250-467-8789, 27 MISSION HORSE CLUB Eng/West Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, 28-30 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, 2/3 Clinic, Stonewall MB, Penny Coleman 250-467-8789,


1-4 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 5/6 Clinic, Stonewall MB, Penny Coleman 250-467-8789, 2-4 SRG EDC Spring Hunter/Jumper Dressage Show, Summerland BC, Melissa 250-488-7527, 2-4 RANDY OPHUS Clinic, Horsemanship & Reining, Quesnel BC, 3 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, 3 MLM SPRING DRESSAGE & Open Chute Jumping, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, 3 LOUIS ESTATES 4TH ANNUAL LUCKY 7 TEAM ROPING, Vernon BC, 250-542-4527, 8-14 LADYSMITH (V. Island), BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 9-11 SANDRA SOKOLOSKI “Riders are Athletes” Clinic, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream BC, Judith 250-547-8812, 9-11 SPRING FLING Hack/Hunter/Jumper Show, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or 10-11 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES Open House, Vanderhoof BC, 10-11 VERNON BCRA/WIREA RODEO, Vernon BC, 250-542-4527, 15-18 LADYSMITH (V. Island), BC, Vertebral Realignment Course - Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 22-25 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Camp, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, 22-Jun 11 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Foundation Horsemanship, Ft St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, 22-Aug 9 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, 12 Wk Horseman’s Course, Ft St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, 25 MISSION HORSE CLUB Eng/West show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, 27-30 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 2 Camp, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, 30-Jun 1 RENDEZVOUS 2014, Back Country Horsemen of BC, Maple Ridge Equi- Centre, Maple Ridge BC. Facebook page “Rendezvous 2014” 31-Jun 1 MLM SUMMER FESTIVAL 1 & TACK SWAP, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, 31-Jun 1 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Rendezvous 2014, Backcountry Horsemen of BC, Maple Ridge BC, Rose Schroeder 604-897-0700 31-Jun 1 RANDY OPHUS Clinic, Horsemanship & Mechanical Cow, Smithers BC,

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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 9/14 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch BLAND’S FARM SALES (North OK/Shuswap) 250-832-6615 or 250-833-2449 Compost Soil, Bark Mulch, Shavings, Straw, Pick Up or Delivery 8/14 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-2600110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 5/14 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 12/14 BOARDING/RETIREMENT

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 7/14 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 6/14 THE PERFECT SADDLE FIT, 250-538-1868 Saddle fitting for most English saddles, Schleese & Zaldi Representative 7/14 FACILITY RENTALS



DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 9/14 DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 8/14 11/14

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HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services Harness manufacturing


Aaron Martin Harness Ltd.

ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 3/14 “Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horse” Abby R. Koop, Farrier Canada’s best source for Farrier Tools, Horseshoes and Hoofcare Supplies Distributor of Farriers Formula 102 – 20381 62nd Avenue, Langley, BC 604-530-0761 11/14

Order Line 1-800-367-0639 or 519-698-2754 Quality Canadian made Harness ~ Pioneer Dealer


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ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 3/14 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods Abbotsford 34633 Vye Rd duncAn 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KelownA 103-1889 Springfield Road nAnAimo 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. PArKsville 587 Alberni Hwy. sAAnich 1970 Keating Cross Rd. sAlmon Arm 1771 10th Ave. SW west KelownA 2565 Main Street


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OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, 2/14 SORRENTO TIMBERMART BUILDING CENTRE, 1280 TC Highway, Sorrento BC 250-675-4112. Your local dealer for SURE CROP FEEDS. 11/14 FEncing

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Custom built and installed to your needs

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GUEST RANCHES DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 9/14 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 5/14 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 7/14 (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 5/14

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

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Certified Equine Massage Therapist • Certified NWSAM * Also Horse Boarding available *

Rein-beau images, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/14 RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 4/14 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 8/14 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (Coldstream, BC) 250-275-6224 3/14 Western Tack Repairs and Custom Work, COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 7/14 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 4/14 • 57



LEATHER MARK SADDLERY (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 7/14 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 11/14 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

CARDINAL 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 3/14

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 2/14 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 7/14 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 2/14

By Cam Johnston 780-719-2740

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Touch ‘A TexAs Town & Country


CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 7/14 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,10/14 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 10/14 CLICKER TRAINING w/Monty Gwynne (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 3/14 DAMARHE TRAINING, Dawn Heppner (Kelowna BC) 250-808-0738 Mtn Trail Instructor/ Clinician, Trainer West/Eng, Beginners to Show, Arabian Halter, Join Damarhe Training on FB. 10/14 Proven Foundation For all disciPlines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-319-8921

The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 8/14


ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 4/14

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 11/14

FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-6793866 Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/14

TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 2/15

GLENN STEWART NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Ft St. John BC) 250-789-3072 Clinics, Camps, Colt Starting, Sale Horses, DVDs & Tack, 2/15


JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 3/14

CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 4/14 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 8/14 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 4/14 TRAINERS/coaches ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West.; Horse Agility, Western Dressage & Horsemanship Clinics 3/14 Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 2/14

BLUE CREEK OUTFITTING Trail Riding/Packing/Training Clinic & Complete Guides Program Great Horses - Excellent Price - Certificate - Employment Opportunity 1-250-569-7575

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The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and Confidence with Awareness, Feel and Signal • Merritt, BC • 250-315-1098 2/14 (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 12/14 MANE SUCCESS HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Fraser (Fraser Valley & LM) 604-6140490, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, NHS, 10/14 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 2/15 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 5/14



HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Business Services trainers/coaches


TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/WP/Horsemanship/Boarding, training for all levels, 10/14 Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 •

GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan) Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 6/14 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 3/14 Interior Veterinary Health Services (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 5/14 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY Clinic 250-374-1486 10/14 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 5/14 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 2/15 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 12/14 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707  7/14 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller,

TOM DUROCHER HORSE TRAINING/CLINICS (Alberta) Canada’s ONLY Certified Monty Roberts Instructor. 780-943-2383. 12/14 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Cert. Western Coach, Professional Trainer, Therapeutic farm, All disciplines, 250-999-5090 12/14 11/14

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Mowbray 8/14 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 5/14 DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 8/14


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Rural Roots - Properties on the Market

AMAZING VALUE… For this picturesque 10.35 acre country estate in Armstrong. Approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of luxury living in this impressive Tudor-style manor house. The home offers 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, a gorgeous kitchen, large formal dining and living rooms. This could be your very own private playground with pool, tennis court; and the property is fenced and x-fenced so bring your horses! $900,000 MLS® 10069437 801 Corkscrew Road, Armstrong BC

PRIVACY AWAITS YOU HERE! Beautiful 40 acre property bordering crown land. Large modern 1-1/2 storey home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, large family room, a huge deck to enjoy the wonderful valley views and attached double garage. Property is fenced and x-fenced and has a detached 48’ x 24’ shop and pole barn for hay and equipment storage. $625,000 MLS R 10064437 5140 Warren Creek Road, Falkland BC

HORSE LOVER’S DREAM PROPERTY 3.7 tranquil acres with 22’ x 32’ barn, asphalt floors, removable stalls, water and power. The property is x-fenced and has a riding area. Also has an 8’ x 20’ lean-to for storage, 20’ x 20’ barn with concrete floor with water hydrant. Very well-maintained 4 bedroom, 1,482 sq. ft. rancher with full walkout basement. Seasonal creek runs through the property. $529,000 MLS® #10065709 1534 Eagle Rock Road, Armstrong BC

MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.

MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.

MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.



Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado AqhA/Nfqh 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AqhA Rom Reining

Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust

Visit 250-963-9779 “Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas”

AqhA/Nfqh 98% Silver Grullo, herda N/N

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines ALL STALLIONS are tested AQHA 5 GENETIC DISEASE PANEL N/N

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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“MAXIMA” 2006 Arabian/Warmblood/QH Mare, 15.2HH $4,200. ALSO: 5 Warmblood/QH, 2 Arabian/Warmblood/ QH, Reg’d APHA Paint Horses (10). Starting from $1,500. See website 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:




2001 FRIESIAN THOROUGHBRED, 16.2+ HH Lovely balanced mover. Excellent ground manners. Solid second level. Working on his lead changes. Just starting in the double bridle. Super trail savvy. Very well-behaved at shows. Scores 8 on movement. Excellent feet. Up to date on everything. NO vices. Registered CFHA. Looking for experienced partner to excel with. $15,000. Contact Lisa 604-539-8108 or (Langley BC)

40 acres with log home and second residence. Extensive infrastructure. $590,000. for more details Call 1-250-620-0006 after 8 pm 3/14

PHOTO ADS GOERTZEN 1995 G/NECK HORSE TRAILER Flipped axles and new springs, all new hub bearings, and brakes. 2 spare tires on rims. $6,500. Call 250-446-2235 (Rock Creek BC)

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Stallions and Breeders Terrific

Salty Ole Jack

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

2008 APHA Bay tobiano 15.1HH Zippo Pine Bar & Tarzan Dude bloodlines OLWS Negative Homozygous

Dragonfly Acres Bringing out the best Standing Purebred Friesian Star Stallion

2014 stud fee $400.00 + $250 booking fee LFG Discount to proven and producing mares Coloured prospects and broodmares for sale

16.1 Modern Style AI/Shipped, local live cover Winning offspring

Saltyolejack quarter horSeS Glen Black

“First foal crop 100% point earners and futurity winners”

OTTO fan Kenettas

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG For 2012 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Western Pleasure Futurity Winner, Breeders Trust You will always get a coloured foal


Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 •

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Enderby BC 250-838-9373, Email:

Cherry Creek Canadians


San Tule Boonshine

Photo credit Paperhorse Photography

2005 AQHA Red Roan Stallion

Leos Bar Yazhi 2008 APHA Bay Tobiano ~ 15HH

Stud Fee: $500 LFG + $100 Booking Fee Homozygous for the Tobiano gene, HYPP N/N, LWO N/N Reining, Roping, Cow Penning, Driving. One of a kind mentality, very calm, level-headed, athletic, and versatile. He passes this on to his offspring, along with COLOUR!

Sunset Ridge Ranch

Earl & Sarah Thompson, North Klondike Highway, Yukon 867-332-8283 ~


DM Teacher’s Top Mark

2004 Black Morgan Stallion

NCHA money earner 2011 BCCHA Maturity Non Pro Champion

Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit

Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit Breed for Amazing Temperament! Mares of all breeds welcome Standing 3 Canadian Horse Stallions ranging 14.1-16HH STUD FEE: $850 Early booking discount available

Cherry Creek Canadians Jim & Yvonne Hillsden, Kamloops, BC 250-828-2076, 4/14

2011 AQHA Region 1 Open Champion Sire: San Tule Freckles NCHA earnings of $203,118 2001 NCHA Open Futurity Champion Dam: Classic Boonshine Sired by Peptoboonsmal NCHA earnings of $165,308 and 1995 NCHA Open Futurity Champion Standing at Salmon Arm, B.C. Call: 250-833-1047 E-mail:


Your ad should be here Athletic and Personable Come Live the Adventure of the Morgan Horse!


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Discounts on multiple issues

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Stallions and Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 2/14 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 9/14 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 12/14 icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • KEILEN RANCH PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS (Quesnel BC) 250-992-1168 Weanling & Young Horse Sales;; 2/14 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 10/14 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan,

WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 5/14 SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 7/14 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 7/14 WWW.VINDSDALUR.CA Icelandic Horse Breeding and Training Facility (now located in Falkland, BC), 250-379-2295 2/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 10/14

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CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES AND RENTALS 2 Horse maverick cw 6’6” x 13’ x 7’

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604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988

A very unique Land of Learning for you and your horse. 604-869-3733 or 604-869-1411


Sunday, April 13, 2014 Chilliwack Heritage Park 9 am – 5 pm * Admission $5 Hughes Quarter Horses and Twisted Terrain Horse Park Supported by Chilliwack Riding Club ~Mountain Trail Horsemanship ~Cows on Mountain Trail ~Select Horse Sale ~ Tack Sale Find out more and enter to win free admission tickets

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FREE 12-YEAR-OLD, 15.2HH PALOMINO MARE (not registered). Halter broke, trailers. Needs loving home as companion only. Major trust issues from being abused. No meat dealers! Call 250-309-4369 (Armstrong BC) If it’s FREE, we print for FREE.

wanted WANTED TO RENT, 2-3 bedroom house on acreage within 1 hour of Vernon BC if possible, for up to 5 horses. Equestrian family relocating in summer of 2014. kimberlee. or call 250-981-0983 4/14

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Building a

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Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs

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Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

Kamloops, BC 778-220-7898 (10 minutes from Costco)


FULL BOARD AND PADDOCK BOARD ~ Indoor Arena 72 x 200 (top of the line footing) ~ Heated Lounge, Tack Room, Washroom, Wash Stall ~ All Disciplines: English/Western are welcome ~ Outdoor Paddocks w/shelters or Indoor board ~ Excellent quality hay, fed 3 times daily. ~ Large Outdoor Arena and Round Pen ~ Perimeter riding path around 20 acres ~ Access to trails going towards Savona 6/14

Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Boarding - Training - Lessons * Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Cindy Kirschman

(Chris Irwin Certified)


On To Greener Pastures “ORION” 1996-2014 Equine Canada regretfully reports that 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Orion, beloved partner of Canadian dressage rider Pia Fortmuller, passed away on January 19th due to colic. Orion and Fortmuller were the sole Canadian dressage athletes competing at the elite level (CDI4* and 5*) in Europe over the last year. Most recently the pair attended the CDI3* Zakrzow competition, held in Poland from Nov. 8-10, where they HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

won the Grand Prix before moving on to take second in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Pia Fortmüller graciously offered a loving statement regarding the passing of her beloved mount, below is an abridged version: “It is extremely difficult to put this in writing, because it means that I have to accept that my Orion, my teammate, my star, my warrior has passed away. Orion was still in top form right up to his last day and it is a shock to absolutely everyone how suddenly he has left us. Every time I look up at the stars at night my eyes immediately search for the star constellation “Orion’ which is distinguished by “Orion’s Belt” and I know that when I look up there I will find my very own warrior who will forever rest in peace amongst the stars.” Equine Canada offers their sincerest condolences to Pia for her loss. Orion will forever be remembered by all those who followed his career with admiration and respect. To view Pia’s full statement, and for anyone wishing to offer condolences please visit her blog or webpage: http://www.piafortmuller. com or • 63