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Alberta Donkey & Mule Club, Publications Mail Reg. No. 40045521 Printed in Canada Publications Mail Reg. No. 40045521 Printed in Canada

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring

Dr. Marion Ja nkunis of Leth bridge AB, an mule at one of d her young last year’s Tind ell Colt Startin g Clinics.

UPCOMING CLINICS IN ALBERTA SUMMER 2016 Hosted by the Alberta Donkey & Mule Club

Members in the grand entry at last year’s show [in the rain]. ‘Moon’ the mule featured on this month’s cover of Saddle Up magazine is second from the right, with Roy Quiring carrying the Canadian flag.


ur General Meeting held the end of March was very well-attended and offered a potluck supper. Our Executive for the coming season is Russ Shandro (President), Bob Leggette (Vice-president), Carol Koch (Secretary), Jennifer Johnson (Treasurer), and Directors: Keith Kendrew, Marlene Quiring, joined by new directors Rodney Tetreault and Vicki Barrow who will be our new membership director starting this fall. Our clinics scheduled with Tindell’s Horse and Mule School of California begin June 4 at Eagle Hill Equine in Olds AB and go right through July, and cover central, north and southern AB. Please check our website for updates on the clinics or call Marlene at 403-783-1723 for any openings. Auditors are welcome at the door for a fee of $30 a day. Paid up ADMC members get a discount. The clinics usually are a mix of mules and horses with a donkey or two thrown in. Jerry is totally at home with and capable of working with all of the above [and their owners!]. Plans for our Alberta Longears Days, August 13-14 at Eagle Hill Equine [approximately 26 km west of Olds AB] are well underway and we look forward to the new folks that are planning to attend. Special guest Bonnie Shields [famous Tennessee Mule Artist] and visitors from Tennessee will be in attendance. Everyone is invited to reserve tickets for our Saturday evening supper and a Tim Hus concert by calling 403-556-1195. An afternoon trail ride will start off the show on Friday afternoon [August 12] with a Drill Team practice for anyone that would like to join on Friday evening. For only $20 per family on Saturday and Sunday, you can enter any or all classes, with as many entries or critters as you like. Western Dressage is a new class that we will be running this year and we have also added specific classes for the minis and driving classes for all sizes. Look for the complete list of show classes on our club website www. Consider registering for one of our Jerry Tindell Clinics, then get out there and practice with your mule or donkey and be ready to have a lot of fun at our Alberta Show! Cover Mule – Moon, owned by Roy & Marlene Quiring, Ponoka AB; Bill Thorpe of Pincher Creek AB and groom Jerry Forsman; Francis Hathaway, our U.S.A. member; Don Fossum of Gibbons AB and his mini donkeys. 2 • MAY 2016



Eagle Hill Equine Arena, Olds June 4-5 June 6-9

Intermediate/Advanced Riding Colt Starting

Cochrane Ag. Society Arena, Cochrane June 10-13


Banff Light Horse Assn. Corrals, Banff June 17-18

Mixed Studies

Lakedell Ag. Society Arena, Westerose (Pigeon Lake) June 20-23 June 24-26

Colt Starting Intermediate/Advanced Riding

Beaverlodge Ag. Society Arena, Beaverlodge June 30-July 2 July 4-6 July 8-9 July 11-12 July 14-16

Beginner Class Intermediate Riding Advanced Riding Advanced Riding Driving Class

Claresholm Agriplex, Claresholm July 19-22

Mixed Class

Old Oxley Ranch, Stavely

July 23-24 Riding Outside With Challenges (Intermediate or Advanced Riders Only) Information, Registration and Payment is available under Clinics at Auditors welcome at the door. $30 daily fee.

Contact: Marlene Quiring 403-783-1723


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club


ormed in 1989, the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club offers owners a way to share and enjoy their passion for longears! The club promotes and protects the wellbeing of mules and donkeys everywhere, organizes events, clinics and meetings, and educates the public about their care and use. Members uphold the club’s mandate by taking their animals out to events and participating in clinics and shows that display the versatility of these often misunderstood critters. We have many active members in our club as you will see here.

Member Kelvin and Trish Buye, of Monitor AB. Years ago Kelvin would participate in club hosted clinics with his horses, but being around so many mules, he started to get infected with the “mule bug.” He says, “I have gone from nine horses down to three great mules and only one horse who is starting to think and act like a mule now!” Two years ago he purchased Jesse, a saddle mule that also drives. Kelvin regularly lends a hand to his rancher neighbors and decided to try Jesse on cattle work. “She caught on quickly and became a ‘heeling’ mule at the brandings. It’s a job she absolutely loves and can’t get enough of. Kelvin regularly takes his team to wagon and cutter rallies where they get a lot of attention and compliments for their size, good looks and how well they work on the trail. He attributes the Jerry Tindell Clinics for exposing him to the mules and also all the great people in the club that he has met along the way because of the mules. Watch for Kelvin and his mules at our upcoming Alberta Longears Days, August 13-14, at Eagle Hill Equine, west of Olds AB.

Kelvin and Jesse Kelvin and his team

Dixie (left) and Lisa, Louise Givens and grandchildren Emma and Cody. Photo by Nicole Harper.

Member Louise Givens of DeWinton AB “I’d like to get a donkey,” I said to my husband as we were driving around the countryside in search of a rural home. “What? Why a donkey?” That was the conversation in 2013. In September 2014 I found Dixie and Lisa, 12-year-old large standards, half-sisters, from an owner who had done some driving with them. Neither my husband nor I had ever had an equine. The girls were easy enough to handle, very sociable and they probably met more people in the months following their arrival than they had their entire lives. I had all of 30 minutes of ground driving under my belt, under the supervision of the previous owner, and was excited to drive come spring - until we attended The Mane Event last April. I watched Jane Anne Merrill work with an equine that didn’t know its commands well With the help of ‘Google’, I found that Rise Massey, a well-known

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trainer who specializes in carriage driving, lived only a few kilometers away… and, she was experienced in training donkeys and mules. The donkeys and I spent 5 weeks last summer training. While the purpose of training was to drive, I learned so much more… how to read their body language and how donkeys think. When the donkeys came home in August, I drove them on my own; they handled beautifully. Family and friends enjoyed drives in the summer evenings and the donkeys enjoyed the mental and physical stimulation. My husband found them responding better to him and he even took Dixie on a walk. I also started riding Lisa and my grandchildren rode Dixie. They bring us so much joy; we can’t imagine our lives without them. We also plan to show our donkeys at the club’s Longears Days August 13-14 at Eagle Hill Equine, west of Olds AB.

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1) Crystal White of Tumbler Ridge BC riding her donkey Victoria 2) Blaine Johnson of Breton AB enjoying the mountains 3) Barney the mule, owned by Heather Rioux of Onoway AB 4) Bob Leggette of Red Deer AB


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ow’s that for a front cover? Cheers for the EARS! I’ll be off to the Mane Event in Red Deer shortly and we’ll have a full report from the show in the June issue for you. As vice-president of the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, I am looking forward to our Pot O Gold Show at the end of May here in Armstrong. It’s an open show for all breeds and sizes, with riding, driving, and in-hand classes and more! Then in early June there is the Interior Gaited Horse Show, which I am hoping to be riding in again… not sure on what just yet (as I always borrow a ‘gaited’ horse)! The BC Welsh Pony & Cob Association had a Photo by Janice Reid great idea to familiarize people with the breed... have an open house PROVINCIALLY and on the same day! What a great idea! Fourteen farms are participating – see more on page 28-29. I hope it’s successful for you all. Have a good ride!

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FEATURES Alberta Donkey & Mule Club 2-3 Softness - Before, During & After 6 Gaited Horse Show 8 Western Dressage (Circles) 10 The Power of Thoughts 12 Interview with Brenda Minor 14 Record Prices at Draft Horse Sale 16 Horse Racing Alberta Continues 18 Canadian Artist Karen Chorney 19 Canadian Western Agribition 20 Alberta Equestrian Federation 22 Open House, BC Welsh Pony & Cob 28

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Before, During, and After By Glenn Stewart

Often in clinics I will tell the participants to look for and try to create softness before, during and after the maneuver. Whatever they are asking of their horses, try to find the softness throughout.


f our horses are soft to the rein, leg and lead line, it will show up in many areas; but the most noticeable is the head and neck. When a horse understands the request and the request is within the realm of what it has been taught, then the head and neck will be soft and relaxed-looking and relaxed-feeling on the lead line or rein. This is only true if the rider has been handling the horse and looking for and trying to create softness before, during and after. If we didn’t realize that we needed to ride and handle our horses looking for softness, then the horse may completely understand the task or exercise but may also have been taught to be heavy, stiff and braced. If we have released for anything other than softness, that is what we get: anything but softness. Soft is not something you can make a horse be. You can make them light but you can’t make them soft. A light horse can have tension; it may move quickly and easily but with tightness. A soft horse cannot be soft and tight or tense. The goal is to try to do enough to create a light horse without sacrificing the softness. The horse is in a different mind space when there is tightness than when it is soft. If we do everything

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slowly, it is very easy to keep a horse soft. If you need speed and quick responses, it becomes much more challenging to keep the softness -but that would be the goal. Tightness can come from the horse getting emotional about what is happening and it very often originates from the rider not looking for softness. An example of this would be when riding, you pick up a rein to stop or turn and the moment you touch the rein you should be looking for a soft feel on the other end. The horse should give to the rein by bringing its nose in and down or to the side wherever the pressure is taking it. The opposite of softness is when the rein is

touched, the horse’s nose goes up and away from the direction asked or doesn’t move at all. This might seem to some very obvious, but to many they have never had a horse actually give to the rein. The horse turning and going the direction you want to go can be done even when full of brace. A horse turning that is soft and giving to the rein are two different things. You can have a horse turn to the right while it turns its head to the left. If you asked for that kind of head position, great; if you didn’t, then not so great, and the horse would not be considered soft. Many times horses are turned to the right or left with their heads pulled the opposite way, but riders don’t realize they are the ones doing it. Anything we purposely or accidentally do three times starts to create a habit. Creating a good habit is much easier than repairing a bad one. An example of what to look for on the ground: when leading a horse, the goal would be to never feel the horse on the line. When you walk off, while you are walking and when you stop, the line stays loose, never pulls on the handler. When circling, the goal is the same; when you send the horse out onto the circle, while he is circling and when you ask for the circling to end, the line never gets pulled on by us or the horse and the horse should be looking in towards us not away from us. These are some signs that softness is on the way and we have

been correct in looking for and creating softness. Next time you are out with your horse take notice of what happens when you touch the rein or lead line and think softness before, during and after. Enjoy your time with horses and what they have to offer us. Glenn offers year-round educational horsemanship programs at The Horse Ranch and is available to travel and conduct clinics. Currently accepting bookings for the 2016 summer programs and High and Wild Horsemanship Adventure. For more information, visit See his listing in Saddle Up’s Business Services section under ‘Trainers’.


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All Gaited By Jackie Evans

Fun Horse Show & Trail Ride


he 19th Annual Interior Gaited Horse Show has something new for 2016! Instead of offering two days of classes, the show will be for one day only… Saturday, June 11, from 9 to 4, at the Agriplex in Armstrong BC. A complement of 20 of the most popular games, pleasure and gait classes have been carefully chosen by the show committee. Something else new is that the obstacle class will be set up outside. Why are we doing this? Over the years, riders who come to the show have often commented that it would be nice to have a trail ride organized for those who want to enjoy some new scenery. So this year you get your wish! On Sunday, June 12, there will be a ride organized on the beautiful Larch Hills trails between Enderby and Salmon Arm. Day ride or camp - it’s your choice. Good facilities and horse pens are available, as well as a large chalet to stay in if desired. 150+ kms of trails should be enough to space out for your own ride (maps available) or join in a guided ride. The show judge this year will be our local Shari Gurney Galbraith, who has Tennessee Walking Horses and judges general performance as well. THIS IS THE ONLY ALL BREED GAITED HORSE SHOW IN BC. It keeps running because people keep having fun and want to come back. The casual, relaxed atmosphere that encourages people to enjoy their horses is what it’s all about. There is no shortage of smiles and laughter! More details, class listing, sponsorship and registration forms can be found at Hope to see you in June!

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Western Dressage

How to Ride a Proper Circle By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

Why do we ride arena figures? Arena figures (or school figures) are a set of movements that are ridden in a dressage arena and make up the basis of all dressage test movements. But even if you are never going to ride a dressage test, riding arena figures gives structure to your training sessions by giving you a set of exercises that benefit both you and your horse. Riding arena figures correctly helps develop lateral flexibility, suppleness, balance and straightness in your horse. Straightness means that a horse is straight on straight lines and bent on bending lines. Riding arena figures accurately will also help your horse become ambidextrous, meaning he can bend as easily to the right as he does to the left (bend refers to the horse’s lateral bend through the ribcage). Furthermore, riding arena figures develops obedience and responsiveness to the rider’s aids and helps assess both your horse’s training level as well as your own skill level.

The 20-metre circle The 20-metre circle is usually the first school figure taught to novice riders and green or young horses. It is the most basic dressage movement and also the most important training figure as it is a great test of the horse’s suppleness and the rider’s ability to keep the horse between the aids. The 20-metre circle fits into both a small (20 m x 40 m) as well as a standard (20 m x60 m) dressage arena and allows the rider to use the letters on the arena walls to determine if the circle is the correct size and shape. The 20-metre circle should always be round, not egg-shaped or pear-shaped or oval. This means that the circle touches each arena wall, or point on center line, only at a single point, for no more than one or two strides. There are no straight lines on a circle. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But riding a perfect circle takes a lot of practice. There are two aspects to riding the circle: how the horse is being ridden on a bending line as well as how the figure itself is being ridden geometrically. A good way to start is by placing cones around the circle as visual references, starting out at a school letter (e.g. A or C), which gives the rider an exact place to start and finish the circle. We prefer to mark the four quadrants of the circle. So, if you’re starting out at A or C, your second reference point is a point on the wall four metres past the corner letter, not the corner letter itself. The third reference point is the spot where the rider crosses the centreline. The fourth reference point is on the other long side, four metres before the corner letter. A good tip to riding an accurate 20-metre circle is to always look toward the next reference point. Looking too far around the circle can cause your weight to shift to the inside and the horse to want to fall into the circle.

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This four-year-old mare is learning correct alignment on a 20-m circle and shows a lovely degree of bend while the rider maintains correct position. (Photo by Rebecca Wieben)

Rider aids/positioning When a horse is travelling on a circle, he should be bending into the direction of the circle, with his body equally bent from poll to tail, and his inside hind leg more engaged. In order to ride a horse on a bending line, the rider must know how to bend the horse correctly. For example, if you are riding a circle to the left, your aids should be as follows: • Weight your inside (left) seat bone to encourage the horse to engage his inside hind leg. Draw your left hip back slightly and allow your right hip to move forward. • Put your inside (left) leg at the cinch, asking your horse to bend around it as well as to maintain the activity of his inside hind leg. Place your outside (right) leg about one to two inches behind the cinch to prevent the horse’s hindquarters from swinging out. • Gently ask for flexion to the inside with your inside (left) rein. This rein should remain slightly off the neck and you should just see your horse’s inside eye and nostril. Your outside (right) rein is your supporting rein and needs to be kept steady in order to limit the degree of bend in the horse’s neck. The outside rein also helps to turn your horse’s shoulders in and should be closer to the neck. The smaller the circle, the more the outside rein will be needed to turn the horse’s shoulders. In order to bend and turn a horse correctly, we need both inside and outside aids to work together, with your inside aids bending the horse and your outside aids turning him.

It is important to remember that, while riding a circle, you should always be turning your body from your centre (core), while your eyes are tracing the line of the circle a few strides ahead of the horse toward the next point on the circle. Every dressage test will have circles so make this a part of your regular practice. In our next article, we will be discussing common errors on the circle. Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Chris Irwin Platinum Certified Trainer, and Equine Canada Western Competition Coach. She works with youth, adult amateurs and This picture shows inside rein slightly off the neck, outside rein lightly on the neck, with the professionals as well as teaching a local 4H club at her facility rider’s body turning in the direction of the circle. (Photo by Rebecca Wieben) near Bowden, AB. Western and English dressage has become her main focus, but many of her students compete in open competitions Birgit Stutz is a Chris Irwin Gold Certified Trainer and Coach and offers horse as well as obstacle challenges. Lisa has also added Somatics to help her training, riding lessons, clinics, workshops, camps for kids and adults, as students maintain and create further body awareness as it works to release well as working student and mentorship programs at Falling Star Ranch in muscle patterns in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship repetitive movements that can be work related. Getting riders in correct with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body balance helps horses develop correct balance. Learn more at her website, language as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Visit her website at


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The Power of Thoughts By Christa Miremadi Cisco’s a special kind of horse. I’ve talked about him lots in the past and about a few of the things that make him special. His phenomenal good looks (one of the more obvious and shallower items on the list), his tremendous ability to teach me things and keep me humble is another and then, of course, there is the history and the rich culture of his “people.” The early Spanish horses that the Kigers are descended from. Courtesy of Pinterest.


omething that really stands out about his personality, and is a the few short years common trait among Kiger Mustangs, is his incredibly strong we’ve been together we’ve taught each other sense of “family.” This dynamic breed of wild horses, descended from the old more than I thought possible in a lifetime, let alone a few short years. Spanish breeds brought to America in the 16th century, wasn’t Among many other lessons, one of these was a lesson in projection rediscovered until 1977 during a BLM round-up in the Beatys Butte and a reminder to let my horse speak for himself. As I said, Kigers create tremendously strong bonds to their herd area of Harney County in South-eastern Oregon, USA. Between their arrival in America and 1977, they remained hidden and lived in tight- mates and for the past few years Cisco’s been living in a herd with my gelding, Fire. Fire and Cisco were joined at knit family herds. It was said by an unknown the hip. Where Fire went, Cisco went too. author that these horses weren’t captured If Fire went to the water trough, so would until the use of helicopters was introduced Cisco. If Fire left the feeder to graze, Cisco to the BLM round-ups because “you could was right on his heels and, unfortunately, kill ten good saddle horses trying to catch if Fire had to go to work and Cisco was left just one of the duns on Beatys Butte.” behind, he’d scream and run the fence-line This strong-willed, powerful, fast, until Fire either came back or the sun went agile little breed spent a few hundred years down, whichever came first. developing its wild and private nature and Last fall, after Fire’s ongoing subtle that nature’s still running free in their veins lameness caused me to have X-rays done on today, even for those bred and born in him, I discovered he had advanced arthritis. captivity. Cisco’s no exception. His survival Kiger Mustangs in the BLM corral following the 2015 Our cold, damp winter combined with less instinct is just a little stronger than any gather. Courtesy of time under saddle (due to a slowdown in other horse I’ve ever known, his reactions a his work load) meant that he’d have a tough little more outside of his control. He’ll do his best to never show his weaknesses and he bonds with his person and and uncomfortable winter ahead of him. The decision was made to send Fire to our range in the interior of herd mates like superglue! He’s like a dialled-up, amplified version of BC with our other youngsters and retirees so he’d get the movement your average domestic horse. It’s been my absolute pleasure to get to know this horse and in he needs in a more comfortable climate. The only problem was his

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Cisco has taught me many, many things, including inspiring me to learn more about his history and heritage and the style of riding his breed was developed for, but his constant ability to humble me and remind me of just how little I actually know continues to surprise. He has also taught me the power of my language and thoughts and helped me realize how many of his limitations were actually mine. His lessons keep me in a constant state of learning and remind me to stay open minded and for this I am truly grateful. 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)


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shadow Cisco, who I believed would be devastated by his absence. I couldn’t be without a saddle horse to help me out with the training clients and lessons over the winter, so Cisco would have to stay. I felt horrible! I knew how important his herd was to him and in particular, Fire. Cisco’s an anxious, nervous guy who’s suffered from stress-related ulcers in the past and I was sure that taking Fire away would be very hard on him. I lost a lot of sleep over this decision and in my mind, I’d made up all sorts of stories about what would happen when he was separated from Fire and how things would turn out but, in the end, I had to think of what was best for Fire and remind myself that I don’t know what will happen. Only time will tell. Within the first 24 hours after dropping Fire off and bringing my older Arab gelding Oliver home to live with him, Cisco was calm, happy and more relaxed than I think I’ve ever seen him before in our whole time together! He was relaxed when his pasture mates left the field and he was calm on our rides. He was bright, eating and drinking still and he continued to look up eagerly and cross his field to meet me at the gate each day so I feel confident that he was not depressed. In fact, it began to feel as though he was proudly taking over the important role of “first mount.” I was more than a little pleasantly surprised to discover that all those wild scenarios that I’d come up with were not only complete figments of my imagination but actually the opposite of what happened. It was a clear and powerful reminder that no matter what breed a horse is, no matter how he was raised or what you think will happen, there’s no better way to discover the truth than to allow the horse to speak for himself. It was also a humbling experience to realize that if I’d let those “stories” of what I believed would happen control my decision making, I’d have been solely responsible for limiting both Fire’s comfort and Cisco’s confidence and opportunity for growth. Despite my knowledge of Kiger Mustangs and their rich dynamic history, their strong family bonds and the difficulty in accepting changes in their life, Cisco was strong and flexible. He not only didn’t fall apart when Fire left but he actually thrived! It’s easy to let the stories we’ve heard (or made up), the knowledge we’ve gained and the experiences we’ve had in the past both shape and limit our decision making when it comes to horses (and many other things as well). Just think of how many times you may have said something like, “She doesn’t cross water. It scares her,” or “My horse doesn’t like men because he was abused by one in his previous home,” or even held yourself back from doing or trying something new because of a belief you hold. These things may or may not have been true in the past but they don’t need to limit or dictate your future. How great would it be if we could look at every horse with possibility and support a positive story rather than giving so much energy to limiting beliefs? How much healing and growth would we be able to encourage if we could replace a thought like “my horse doesn’t like men” with something more like, “despite the abuse my horse has faced in the past, he’s strong and can overcome his fears?”



Dressage Judge’s Perspective… A Conversation with Brenda Minor By Audrey Cahais

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Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I realize part of my job is to interview interesting people who are influential in the equestrian world. Recently I had such an experience. I had the pleasure of having lunch with Brenda Minor, 4 Star FEI Dressage Judge, and asking her about her experience as a Dressage Judge and what she loves about it.


renda is passionate about riding and she is very appreciative of what all of her horses have taught her through the years. There are three horses that are especially memorable for Brenda. The first was Salamon (barn name Alex), he was a 15.3hh Hanoverian. He was initially a very difficult mount especially at the canter. After some intense training with “the best trainer of riders AND horses” (AKA Ashley Holzer), he went on to be a very good horse. The next horse was Pacifica. This Trakehner was only three years old when Brenda got him. He competed at the Grand Prix level. She had him until he was 15. Her current horse, Ronan, is a Hanoverian gelding by the stallion Rotspon. While he doesn’t have the talent of her previous horses, he does have a great temperament and Brenda adores him. She said that she couldn’t imagine a time in her life when she doesn’t have a horse. To the untrained eye, dressage appears to be very predictable. The tests are basically a choreographed series of gaits and movements ridden in a pre-determined pattern. The question I was really eager to ask Brenda was, “Are you ever surprised while judging a dressage test?” Brenda’s response: “Of course!” The first example she gave was the “unassuming-looking” horse and rider that enter and begin what appears to be quite a regular performance and then it all comes together in beautiful harmony, rhythm and accuracy. This is always a very pleasant surprise. After all, it is really all about harmony. Another wonderful surprise are the “goose-bumps” caused when a Freestyle performance is just so beautiful. Sometimes, the surprises are not so positive. She has been shocked to see poorly turned-out horses and riders at very high level shows and she has also seen riders being very rough with their horses. Brenda’s primary pet peeve is rough treatment of the horses by the riders. Sometimes riders try to compete at a level beyond their ability and take it out on the horses by yanking and pulling on their 14 • MAY 2016


mouths. To quote Brenda, “Just because your horse can do flying lead changes does not mean you should be competing at third or fourth level.” Again, the one word that describes dressage is “harmony” and this is not achieved with roughness. When asked to share a rewarding experience that Brenda had while judging, she told me about an amateur rider at a National Gold show. On the first day, the rider was using a bridle with a cavesson noseband. Brenda felt that the performance could improve with a drop noseband so she made this comment on the score sheet. The next day, she saw the same horse and rider enter the ring for their next dressage test. The horse was wearing the recommended drop noseband. They had a much better ride. It is nice to know that, as a judge, you are also a teacher. Brenda feels that riding is really all about learning. Horses keep teaching us new things. “Your passion always allows you to keep on learning.” In 2009, Joanna Wiseberg interviewed Brenda Minor for the Red Scarf Equestrian blog. Joanna asked about “the top five questions riders ask regarding judging.” At that point, Brenda responded that, typically, riders do not ask questions as they feel it would impact their future competitions. Brenda felt this was unfortunate, as it is educational for riders to talk to the judges. I wanted to know if this had changed since 2009, so I asked. Brenda believes there has been an improvement in communication between riders and judges. The professional riders are especially interested in learning why certain marks are awarded so that they can improve. Provided that the correct procedures are followed and the request is made through the steward or technical delegate, Brenda encourages riders to communicate with the judges. Cool heads need to prevail, and the conversation needs to be kept positive. Brenda’s nurturing approach to judging encourages the riders to always keep learning and improving.

MAY 2016


Record Prices and Premiums at Brandon By Bruce Roy |

The trade at NAERIC’s Draft Horse Classic Sale peaked at Brandon’s 2016 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair when a Percheron colt sold for $17,000.


everal factors sparked the roaring yearling trade: Futurity payouts totalling $33,802.50; a fast hitch-horse market, bumper trade for well-broke draft horses, plus welcome news that the regional PMU industry was expanding. This year’s consignment, the smallest in fifteen years, averaged $4,778.95, which is a sale record. Held in the fair’s Westoba Agricultural Centre, the auction was called by Mike Fleury, Saskatoon Livestock Sales. Kent and Marnie Anderson, Charleswood Percherons of Pilot Mound, MB, purchased the high-priced yearling, Charleswood Charger 10. This handsome black colt is a lofty youngster, stood up on lots of leg. Sound as a brass bell, he is a well-conformed, wide-awake fellow, who is an athlete with lots of flex. His sire, Slate Acres Honsey, is a grandson of Ironwood Beauregard. Bred in Ontario, Ironwood Beauregard was Grand Champion Stallion at America’s 1996 and 1997 National Percheron Show (Indianapolis). Consignments from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were catalogued. The 3-year-olds contesting the 2016 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity were sold as yearlings at the 2014 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Sale. This year, the Belgians, Percherons and Shires that returned contested a $33,802.50 payout. The colourful Rail Cart Class was shown this year before an enthusiastic crowd in the Main Ring. Prior to this, the 3-year-olds were shown on halter, then Pattern Driving, in the Westoba Agriculture Centre. Three judges - Darryl Horn of Virden, MB; David Mouland of Hampshire, England and David Zister of Chepstow,

HFN Roc, shown by Doug Hobman, Hobman Livestock Ltd. at Nokomis, SK, was second overall at the 2015 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity. The home-bred 3-year-old won $6,535.65 for his owner. ON, placed the entries. Each judge worked independently in all three disciplines. Gord Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons of Viking, AB, topped the 2016 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity exhibiting Paramount Flash Laet II. His 3-year-old Percheron gelding, bred by Dr. David Bailey, Paramount Percherons of Madden, AB, is sired by Rose Hill Mario, a breeding horse now resident in Manitoba. Ruzicka pocketed the $6,760.50 cheque awarded this year’s Futurity winner, while Dr. Bailey pocketed the Breeder Award of $1,878.75. The owners of the fourteen Belgians, Percherons and Shires that contested this year’s NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity each pocketed $500 minimum before returning to Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Oklahoma. The NAERIC Advantage program tests a horseman’s skill like few others. Visit to learn more.

Paramount Flash Laet II. (Sandy Black photo) Charleswood Charger 10 soldl for $17,000. (Sandy Black pohoto) 16 • MAY 2016


MAY 2016


New Horse Racing Agreement Supports Rural Alberta By Jeff Robillard • Courtesy of Horse Industry Association of Alberta

A renewed 10-year funding agreement with Horse Racing Alberta will help ensure the viability of Alberta’s horse racing industry and reflects government’s focus on responsibly managing provincial finances during the economic downturn.


he Government of Alberta and Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) have signed a new 10-year agreement which will support rural communities and the agriculture sector. The agreement replaces a previous 10-year funding arrangement, expiring at the end of March, which supported the industry using a portion of slot machine revenues from Racing Entertainment Centres (RECs) located in a number of locations around the province. This new agreement is expected to directly support 1,600 Alberta jobs and result in significant additional

indirect economic benefits for rural communities and businesses. “Horse racing is an important cultural and sporting industry in this province and this agreement builds a foundation for a long-term sustainable future. This renewed partnership with HRA supports rural Alberta and prevents the loss of jobs and livelihood at a time of economic uncertainty,” said Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board, Minister of Finance. “Alberta’s horse racing and breeding industry is optimistic the Government of Alberta has provided our industry with the means to successfully manage and develop the future of horse racing and breeding in the province. The length of the agreement is essential to the breeding industry, which plays an important role in the economic impact of horse racing in Alberta. HRA is confident with this new agreement that the horse racing industry will continue to provide Albertans jobs, along with being an entertainment and racing destination at the four RECs in the province,” said Rick Lelacheur, Chair, Horse Racing Alberta. In the past, HRA, a private not-for-profit corporation, received flow-through funding from the Alberta Lottery Fund equivalent to 51 2/3 percent of the net revenue from slot machines at RECs. Under the new agreement, the percentage will be gradually reduced over three years to 40 percent: 50 percent in 2016-17, 45 percent in 2017-18 and 40 percent beginning in 2018-19 and for the remainder of the 10 year term ending in 2026. No tax dollars are used within this funding arrangement. For more news about horse racing in Alberta, visit Horse Racing Alberta at www. or Horse Industry Association of Alberta at Photos courtesy of Horse Racing Alberta

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Canadian Equine Artist Garners International Recognition By Dean Chorney


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anadian equine artist Karen Chorney has been recognized internationally after horsescotland presented a special award to international Show Jumper, Scott Brash, along with one of Chorney’s paintings. Last year, Scottish rider, Scott Brash made history when he became the first ever winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, with his mount, Hello Sanctos. A rider must have 3 consecutive wins at the largest and most prestigious Show Jumping events in the world to win the Rolex Grand Slam: The CHI Geneva in Switzerland, CHIO Aachen in Germany, and the CSIO Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary AB. Scott’s title run began with his win in December 2014 at Geneva and he clinched the title on September 13, 2015 in the International Ring at Spruce Meadows with their victory in the CP International. Inspired by Scott’s amazing win, Chorney began working on her painting titled “Bold As Brash” that same evening. On March 4, 2016, in Cumbernauld, Scotland, horsescotland (the Scottish national equestrian association) presented Scott Brash with a special award and the “Bold As Brash” painting to commemorate his amazing achievement. Unfortunately, Scott was unable to attend the ceremony as he was training and competing in Doha, so horsescotland Board Director John White and Chair of British Show Jumping Scottish Branch, Anne Logan accepted the award on his behalf.

“Scott’s win is one for the ages, who knows when we might have another Rolex Grand Slam winner?!” said Chorney, “This is such an honour for me!” Chorney is a self-taught artist who currently works in graphite, digital and oil mediums. Last year she held her first solo shows at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping in Calgary, in partnership with the Calgary and Area Alberta Dressage Association. She has been the feature artist for several equestrian organizations including the Irish Draft Horse Society of North America and the United States National Pony Team. Chorney’s work has also appeared on the cover of “This Week in Tryon Horse Country” where her “American Pharoah” piece was highlighted. In addition, Spruce Meadows selected one of Chorney’s paintings that featured Ian Millar and Big Ben to be on display for their special 40th anniversary celebration held throughout the 2015 tournament season. Karen currently lives near Millarville AB with her husband Dean, where she raises and trains Welsh and British Riding Ponies. She currently has a very limited run of prints of “Bold As Brash” and other select pieces available at her website


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A Record-Breaking Year at Agribition By Sarah Novak


anadian Western Agribition (CWA) announced at their recent Annual General Meeting a profit from operations of $844,606 and a provincial economic impact to $56 million annually. Attendance for the show was the highest it’s been in six years with 130,200 visitors over the six-day event. CWA’s reputation as an agriculture marketplace was amplified by significant growth in livestock sales. For the first time since 1975, overall livestock sales reached $3.4 million and purebred beef sales exceeded $2 million. The rodeo opened with a free admission night courtesy of The Mosaic Company and numbers stayed strong all week resulting in a record of 23,560 fans over five performances.

“Our partnership with Mosaic set the stage for an attendance record that will never be broken,” says CWA CEO, Marty Seymour. The show was visited by over 800 international guests from 70 different countries, with a 25 per cent increase in active international buyers. Adding to the show’s banner year, CWA was recognized for marketing and promotional achievement at the Paragon Business Excellence Awards. CWA is also up for Marquee Event of the Year at the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence to take place on April 14. Dates for the 2016 Canadian Western Agribition are November 21-26, 2016. Photos courtesy of CWA








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Bear Valley Rescue By Kelly Principe Rescued Hearts: The throes of equine redemption at Bear Valley Rescue


e are barely into Spring and already have had a busy season at the rescue! 120 horses were trimmed over the course of 2 weeks! A couple of families really lucked out with their adoptions of Preston and Moritz! Some recent intakes include Buck (Big Bucks), a lovely 1993 Thoroughbred gelding. He came to us quite emaciated but has put on some weight over the last few weeks. Shantique, a 30-year-old Arab mare, and Nosey, a pregnant 10-year-old Standardbred mare are some recent intakes. Buck will be available for fostering.



Some figures from 2015: Intakes: 71 horses (includes 19 returns, some adopted out as long ago as 11 years!); 2 foals born at the rescue; 1 calf born at the rescue; 8 rabbits; 1 goat; 294 chickens; 2 mules; 5 donkeys. Adopted to new homes: 51 horses, 2 donkeys, 245 chickens In foster care: 41 horses, 2 mules, 2 donkeys, 4 cows.

Thank you to everyone who supports our used tack sales and online auctions. In 2015 we raised a whopping $8,513 in used tack sales and $7,178 with online auctions!! The Tack Collector raised over $3,251 last year! P.S. Beth is doing fantastic! You can see in this photo the white halter lines which replace the scars she had from her halter growing into her face. Scars can always remind us of where we’ve been and what we’ve been through, but, like Beth, with the help from loved ones we can overcome our pasts. The spotlight this month is on Nicker, a mini pony mare, born in 2011. She was bred to a paint Shetland stallion for a July 2016 foal. Nicker is about 10HH. She is halter broke and foot broke, and a bit shy. She will be looking for her forever family after she foals in the summer. LIKE us on Facebook! Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses. Keep tabs on Beth, Nicker, and over 100 more horses at Bear Valley Rescue or call 403-6372708 in Sundre AB.

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Stride With Us! Alberta Equestrian Federation


t’s common knowledge that most people don’t want to free up a weekend day sitting through an Annual General Meeting (AGM) and it’s often hard to ensure quorum, so the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) decided to add an exciting twist to the day. On March 12, 2016 the AEF held their first annual Stride With Us, in conjunction with their AGM at Horse In Hand Ranch in Blackfalds AB. This new twist provided a huge turnout for the day, with over 100 members registered. How did AEF attract so many of its members to join them? Instead of branding the day as an AGM, the AEF promoted exciting demonstrations and educational seminars, accompanied with the promise of a short and sweet AGM. Event participants were greeted by AEF staff and board members upon arriving at Horse In Hand Ranch, and received a gift bag filled with goodies from AEF business members. The day’s events kicked off with a wealth of information on equine nutrition strategies for during the drought that seems to have plagued Alberta, presented by Amanda Kroeker from ARK Nutrition. Les Oakes, AEF president, held a quick and informative AGM and Eva Havaris, CEO of Equine Canada (EC) gave a brief update on the changes to EC. After the updates from Les and Eva, the equestrian demonstrations began. Attendees were entertained by stunning freestyle dressage routines from riders Sheri Cameron and Chelsea Balcaen. Sheri presented an amazing Intermediare I freestyle routine with her mount Sovereign Hit. Next, Chelsea wowed the crowd with a Grand Prix level freestyle routine with her mount Magic. Both of these routines sparkled, showcasing the importance of the bond between horse and rider to make something beautiful.

Next up, the crowd interacted with Kateri Cowley and her horse Kokanee as she demonstrated the training process of Liberty work, showcasing the importance of trusting your horse and the different communication techniques used to get the responses you see from the Liberty demonstrations on television and in the movies. Finally, the crowd stood by for a breath-taking vaulting performance by Jeanine and Angelique van der Sluijs. The van der Sluijs sisters represented Canada, with their horse Oliver, at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. The girls gave the crowd an energetic, worldclass performance set to classic rock and roll tunes to close out the day’s activities. The duo left the crowd buzzing and in awe. The AEF team is underway planning next year’s vibrant Stride With Us event, which promises to be bigger and more entertaining than this year’s. Keep your ears open for details on this annual equine event in celebration of AEF members.

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Wild Rose Trail Ride Fundraiser The 5th annual Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) Wild Rose Trail Ride takes place September 4 at the Running Reins Ranch in Red Deer County AB. The annual event is undertaken to raise funds in support of non-profit therapeutic riding associations in Alberta. Proceeds from the ride will be provided directly to one non-profit therapeutic riding association which is selected from AEF member therapeutic clubs that have completed a funding recipient application. This fundraiser could not be possible without the assistance of great partners. Please join us in supporting this great cause by becoming a Wild Rose Trail Ride Partner. For sponsorship opportunities please visit



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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


he 20th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival – wow, what a weekend! The daytime shows went over so well that the volunteers had to arrange for 100 or so extra chairs to seat the crowds that were in attendance, numbers that the Festival has never seen before. The evening Dinner Theatre shows were pretty much all sold out as well. On Sunday, there was so much demand that it was necessary to add an additional room of 50 seats for the dinner show. Weekend Festival passes (lapel pins) sold out at 600 and additional tickets had to be issued for the overflow. Volunteers and organizers heard nothing but good comments throughout the whole weekend. Fans raved about the good, quality entertainment, the terrific buffet spread at the dinner shows, and even the great breakfast buffet put on in the hotel restaurant. The Spirit of the West Rising Star Showcase was also terrific this year. The six finalists, three cowboy poets and three singers, put on a show in the theatre Sunday afternoon that was equally as good as any of the main stage shows. On the music side, Jason Ruscheinsky won with Bernadette Ducharme a close second; and in the Kristyn Harris not only sings western cowboy poet’s segment, Emily songs she has trained two of her own Ireland took first place and Shelly Mustangs Goldbeck was a fraction behind with a second place finish. Stan Jacobs and Henry Schneider were both inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame at a ceremony during the main feature show on Friday evening and Len Monical received the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC during the Saturday evening main performance. Also on Saturday evening, four students were awarded $500 each toward their future post-secondary education through the BCCHS Student Scholarships

A few of the nearly 50 booths in the Festival Trade Show Coming up in 70 Mile House… May 19-23 is the annual Cariboo Trails BS and Drive Weekend at Huber Farms. They will also be hosting the 8th Annual Combined Driving Event on the weekend of July 15-17. For information on either of these events, phone Ken at 250-456-6050. 100 Mile House… we’re starting to see events show up on the calendar. Here are a few that are scheduled for May: May 8: Annual 100 Mile House Outriders Wild and Woolly Schooling Show; contact Krista at 250-395-0404 May 21-22: 50th Annual Little Britches Rodeo in 100 Mile House; contact Denise at 250-396-7724 May 21-23: Farm and Ranch Show at the Outriders grounds in 100 Mile House; contact Ron at 250-397-2897 It’s gymkhana season again, too. Here’s what is in store for 100 Mile and Watch Lake/Green Lake: May 23: 100 Mile House Outriders Jackpot Gymkhana; contact Raven or Tracy at 250-397-4130 July 9: Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana; contact Dimps at 250-4567741 July 17: Outriders Gymkhana August 13: Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana.

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The six finalists in the Spirit of the West Rising Star Show Case Canada Day at the 108 Heritage Site I’m really looking forward to once again being the MC on July 1st at the Canada Day Celebration at the 108. It’s usually a fun-filled day and this year it should be even more so as

The winning photo in the art show was taken by Fiona Green

they gear up to Canada’s 150th birthday next year! The hours this year are double those of past years and will be from 10 am until 10 pm. They have lots lined up including vendors, games, a petting zoo, and concessions. This year, they will also have fireworks slated for 9:45 pm. There’s quite a list of entertainers this year, too, with the likes of: Eclectica Choir, Front Porch Blue Grass Band, Polynesian Dancers, Ed Wahl, Herb and Teresa Keim, Jason Ruscheinsky, Mill Girl Follies, Ernie Doyle, The Ballan Sisters, Katy Kidwell, J R Goodwin, Canim Lake Dancers and Drummers, Gordie West, Leslie Ross, Mack Station and a few more to boot. For the Competitive Trail and Endurance riders, Joanne Macaluso has informed us that there will be no Cariboo Plateau Ride this year, but that they will resume the ride in 2017. It will likely be another CTR/ER combined ride.

The April issue’s item is sitting out in the yard here at home. It’s called a harrow cart and hooks behind a set of horse drawn harrows for the teamster to sit on. We didn’t have any correct answers at press time. There was one correct answer that came in for the March issue’s item after the press deadline; Ian Rice, of Ashcroft, said there were six different answers from six different employees where he works… but his guess was the correct one with “water filter for drinking water.” Margaret Felton Crozier, of Armstrong, made a good guess saying “honey filter” – right idea, but wrong liquid.


What’s your guess? Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. A happy pony and a happy girl… Heather reunites with Shae after a long winter and takes her to Kamloops for the summer

The winning flat art entry was by Lesley White

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This month’s item is a photo of an object in our yard. It’s our new “pony” here at the ranch. Does anyone know what kind of a pony it is and what it actually does? This could be a tougher one this month – good luck! MAY 2016


A tribute to

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Our two-day rendezvous has come to an end. We have had a ten-year affair of gazing into each other’s eyes. Yes, those beautiful big brown eyes. Her dark mane that flows into the wind, her hoof beat into my heart.


n the spring of 2006, my husband Rudy decided I’d volunteered enough on everyone else’s horses and it was time to live my dream. It was the year I would be turning the BIG 5-0 and I was like a little girl who got to pick out her own pony. I had been around horses for the past twelve years, so I thought I knew enough. My good friend Teresa was going to be my go-to person for expertise. Wanting a horse and finding the right one is a journey of its own, especially if you have a low budget. Buying the horse is the cheap part, keeping one is a lot more than anyone bargains for, but when you’re in love, money is no object. After looking at many horses, with Teresa critiquing them for me, I finally found my dream. She was posted on Greenhawk’s bulletin board and I just knew she was the one. Even though she was posted as a broodmare, I called anyways. When I showed up at Debbie’s to look at her, she was in a pen with two other horses, one that looked similar to her and one big chestnut. I had my eye on her and hoped she was the one. Debbie came out and we talked for a while for her to get some idea if she wanted to sell me a horse or not. Then she showed me Lacey. It was her, and the other two were her foals -- Myan was the chestnut gelding and Tiggs was her filly. I just thought I hit the jackpot. Now I needed to get Teresa to come down and see her; thank goodness she was close to Teresa’s place. Lacey was a 15-year-old mare at the time, turning 16 in August. She was 16 hh with a beautiful slender face and a white blaze that ended in a snip to her nostrils and blackened muzzle. She was considered a dark bay with three white stockings and one black. Her breed was an Anglo-Arabian. I knew we were right for each other and Debbie agreed. Teresa came out and we did the test drive and check over. Just one thing, though; she hadn’t been ridden for a while, so I was told I’d have to get her into shape and I would learn along the way. That was April 20, 2006, the day our journey really began. Her registered name was PR Royal Lace. Her dad was an Arabian stallion named Royal Victory and her mom, Classic Award from the Jockey Club. I think PR stood for Princess Royal, just kidding. I hand walked her to Teresa’s after the purchase and my friend Tracey drove my car back. Lacey and I, on that long walk to Teresa’s, discussed all the things I wanted to accomplish. I think she was thinking, “Are you kidding?” I think Lacey thought she was retired. We got back to Teresa’s and everyone there was so excited for me. Poor Lacey was probably wondering which bedroom was going to be hers. Teresa runs Langley 204 Riding Stables, so it’s quite a busy place and Lacey was used to a quieter life. So, it didn’t take long for her princess to start appearing. In the morning, she decided to bang 26 • MAY 2016


Me and Lacey at the BC Sport Horse Show the stall wall to hurry up her breakfast. This behaviour did not amuse Teresa because there were a lot of horses to feed and they wait until she gets outside before calling. She was only at Teresa’s for a month and a bit, before I moved her to her forever home at my friends Natasha and Gert’s place. By this time, I was getting better with everything Lacey. I met Natasha at Teresa’s and we would ride together before I got Lacey and she always said one day she would have a farm and I can join them with my own horse. So that day came and it was going to be the beginning of our unique family. Itty Bitty Acres was more her pace; I was the only boarder. So, on my days off I would ride to Teresa’s to give myself a good halfway point and rest. It was some road to get to the park then through Campbell Valley Park. At one of my many visits, Teresa’s young volunteer named Tamara approached me and asked if she could ride Lacey for 4-H. I told her I would think about it, but it was really a no-brainer. Lacey needed work and I thought it would be cool to see how 4-H works. It started out that I would teach Tamara all I knew. That didn’t take long! Tamara had a passion, a real desire to ride and ride well. She and Lacey became great partners. I went to her first of many shows and Tamara had to leave before the awards so I stayed until the end, to load Lacey and take her home. Tamara found out after, she had won high point. I cried bringing that horse around the ring and collecting the award for her. After all, I was that little girl, too. This was to be the beginning of all Tamara’s accomplishments. At the BC Sport Horse Show, I rode in the senior and Tamara rode the junior and Lacey did it all at a very fast pace. We also found out what Lacey’s nickname was: “Racey Lacey.” Over time we discovered more leg didn’t mean fast and strong half-halts kept us up straight and

A great team for 4-H Tamara Jameson and Lacey tall. I also did a trek with Lacey at Cultus Lake with my friend Tracey. I was so excited to be doing trail and endurance. Natasha even came out to watch and make sure the horses had water from home and to cheer us on. One day, during one of my many trips to Campbell Valley Park riding Lacey, I saw two riders coming toward me. Lacey and I were already on our way back to Itty Bitty but still in the park. I decided that I would just go off the main trail to give the other riders more room. Except Lacey wasn’t being very co-operative. There is always a reason when your horse doesn’t want to go somewhere. We were walking through a mud wasps’ nest and they were already stinging Lacey. She

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finally thought enough is enough, time for her to show me what was going on below her, so over her head I went. (And then she left me!) Well, my pride and posterior were a little hurt, not to mention I was being stung, too. When one of the riders I left the trail for came to check on me, he said his wife’s horse was fast and she would catch my horse. She came back to say, “Wow, is she fast -- she’s already out of the park.” Considering Campbell Valley Park is close to 0 Avenue, all I could think of was if I was going to be dealing with border security as she crossed into the USA. To my good fortune, she headed straight for home, to Itty Bitty where she felt loved and safe. She could have gone to Debbie’s, which was right across from the park, but she went home. Thank goodness for cell phones, you can inform a lot of people. When she got home, Gert started to pull all the stingers from her legs and belly. She just stood there, knowing all was going to be okay. Over the ten years, Lacey only gave me two bucks. One was the wasp incident, and the other was when I was working in the ring -she just bucked and I landed on her neck and went halfway around the ring like that. Gert just laughed and said, “Do it again. I’ll have my camera ready.” I think that’s when Lacey told me, “You need a new saddle.” She got a new saddle. We were a family of very special friends with our horses and supporting each other, whether it was just for a trail ride or to finetune some attitude in the ring. We cheered for each other and we hugged each other. We also made memorials for our horses that would ride the Rainbow Bridge. I feel for Maaji right now; I know what it’s like to call for someone and know I’ll never see them again. He had such a special bond with Lacey. He was her Man. This story is to honour our PR Royal Lace, aka Lacey. She was such a graceful mover and ever so fast; she had a trot that could go forever. And she sent me home with a smile on my face every time and with a horse tale to tell. I will miss her muzzle in my pocket looking for treats or her come-hither look to her boys, Maaji, Kaz and Zac. She was a mare through and through. She was mine, and Tamara’s. She belonged to us as much as we belonged to her.

What a ride!

Paul Dufresne MAY 2016



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Section C ‘The Welsh Pony of Cob Type’ is the stronger counterpart of the Welsh Pony, but with Cob blood. Their true worth as a dual purpose animal has been fully realized in recent years, and their numbers have increased accordingly. Active, surefooted and hardy, they are ideal for so many purposes both for adults and children. Like all the Welsh Breeds they are natural jumpers and they also excel in harness — there are in fact few things that they cannot be used for. The height should not exceed 13.2hh.

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Section D ‘The Welsh Cob’. Aptly described as “the best ride and drive animal in the World,” the Welsh Cob has been evolved throughout many centuries for his courage, tractability and powers of endurance. The general character is the embodiment of strength, hardiness and agility. The head shows great quality with Pony character: bold prominent eyes, a broad forehead and neat, well-set ears. The body must be deep, on strong limbs with good “hard-wearing” joints and an abundance of flat bone. Action must be straight, free and forceful, the knees should be bent and then the whole foreleg extended from the shoulders as far as possible in all paces, with the hocks well-flexed, producing powerful leverage. The Welsh Cob is a good hunter and a most competent performer in all competitive sports. In recent years they have had great success in the international driving world. Their abilities in all spheres are now fully recognized throughout the world. The height should exceed 13.2hh; no upper limit.

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TOP DOG! Does Your Dog Have Horse Sense? By Lisa Kerley BSc, KPA-CTP Dogs and horses – they just seem to go together. Not all dogs and horses get on quite the way we hope for, however. Some interactions are downright dangerous. Dogs that haven’t had a pleasant socialization with horses at a young age will typically find these creatures alarming.


f you’re reading this, you probably have horses in your life. Although socializing opportunities abound for us horsey people, far too few take advantage of this during a pup’s critical imprinting period. A horse’s large size can be intimidating to some dogs. If a dog has not been socialized to horses or it wasn’t done properly, he will most likely react to or be overly-aroused by horses. Even well-socialized dogs can be startled at times. Many dogs can be aroused by a horse’s movement. Herding breeds and terriers can be particularly challenged by this. This is similar to the way many dogs react to joggers or cyclists. Impulse control is a valuable skill that we need to help our dogs with. A traumatizing or negative experience can leave a dog with a bad impression. Dogs that have had a frightening interaction with a horse or even just been corrected around one can develop negative associations. So what does it take for a dog to be calm and well-mannered around horses? Socialize With a young puppy, you have a golden opportunity to set him up for success around horses. The first few months of a pup’s life are the most critical in influencing how he will deal with new or unusual things day-today for the rest of his life. Taking the time to teach skills is vital to your dog’s Good socialization success. does not require direct contact or interaction. A pup’s first exposures can and should be at a distance so he feels safe and is not overwhelmed. This means that socializing can begin right after a pup arrives home. Watching from the safety of a crate in the back of a vehicle is a great way to start. It is vital that positive associations are built every time, so tasty treats and/or fun activities should be paired with each exposure. Only when a pup shows that he is comfortable at any particular distance should he be exposed at a closer distance. Most people rush the process. The pup should dictate the pace. It may take several separate sessions before the pup is okay to be within reach of a horse. If early socialization is missed, then a dog will need to be conditioned to become comfortable around horses. The process is similar, but will take more time and can be more involved. A dog that has had a bad experience will need a carefully-laid-out remedial program. This is best carried out with the assistance of an experienced, knowledgeable positive trainer. You can find more detailed information on this in The Dog and Pony Show (September 2014 issue, p.34). 30 • MAY 2016


This pup is having a great first-time exposure from the comfort and safety of his car. This is also the perfect place for him when he can’t be properly supervised.

Teach the Skills Required In addition to being comfortable around horses, a dog also needs to possess some basic skills to be safe and appropriate. Personally, I don’t think dogs should be off leash around horses until they are able to settle at a spot and remain there, can walk calmly by our side and have a rock-solid recall. These can be challenging for some dogs, especially with the distraction of horses nearby. These skills need to be initially taught away from horses and then practiced in a controlled way around horses until they are reliable. If a dog does not possess these skills yet or have an appropriate level of impulse control, then good management will be required to keep everyone safe. A leash, a crate, or the safety of your car will keep him out of the way and comfortable. Providing a dog with the confidence and skills he needs to be safe and appropriate around horses isn’t difficult, but it does require some thought, time and commitment. It’s well worth it, though, and everyone else at your stable will appreciate it, too! In next month’s article, see how to safely introduce your dog to a horse for the first time. For more training tips and info, please visit Lisa provides a unique, holistic approach to care and training using progressive, dog-friendly methods at her facility. For more than 15 years, she has run programs and classes catering to the special needs of young puppies. Along with Valerie Barry and In Partnership With Dogs, she also offers training for manners and skills for the real world, including confidence-building, impulse control and social skills.

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“PAW”ETRY For Sale - To A Good Home Author unknown

I was born in the summer a few years ago. Quite why I was born, I’ll never know. Some folk who owned my mother, decided to breed. No reason I know of except for their greed. I know I was hungry, I know I was cold. They sold me quite early at just five weeks old. My number one owners seemed friendly at first. And life was quite good till my bubble burst. They started to argue, their marriage split up. And in the AD: “For Sale - 4 months old pup.” Some folk arrived, the next ones in line. They treated me kind and life was just fine. But Master dropped dead, and she couldn’t cope. So she sold me again (I’ll soon give up hope).

Top Dog! of the Month Patches is a 10 month old Australian Terrier. She is very smart, almost too smart for her own good. We love her a lot, even though she has eaten our socks. Patches is currently training agility and obedience, and she loves it! Just whatever you do don’t touch her toys! Jessica H, Prince George BC

Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us the dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/ her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/ province. E-mail to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH. Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis.

I now had a new home right up in the sky. We went up in the lift fourteen floors high! The new folk were kind but they left me all day. I was bursting to wee and had nowhere to play. It was boredom, I think, when I chewed up the chair. They agreed I should go as it just wasn’t fair. The next home was good and I thought “this is it!” They started to show and I won... well, a bit. Then somebody told them that I had no bone. And in went the AD: “For Sale... to a good home.” The next lot were dreadful, they wanted a guard. But I didn’t know how, although I tried hard. One night they got burgled and I didn’t bark. Tied up in that shed and alone in the dark. For four months I lay in that cold and dark shed. With only an old paper sack for a bed. A small dish of water all slimy and green. The state I was in, well, it had to be seen! I longed for destruction, and an end to the pain. But some new people came and I went off again. Well now I’m with Rescue and this home is good. There’s walks in the country and lots of good food. There’s kisses and cuddles to great me each day. But I dread the time they will send me away. But for now here I stand, skin and bone on all four. PLEASE... don’t let “ME” happen to any of yours!!

MAY 2016



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VPD donates to Puppy Mill Cause and challenges other B.C. K9 units to do the same

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Fido’s got a friend in the VPD.


till busy with many of the 66 dogs and puppies seized from a Langley puppy mill in February, Vancouver BC SPCA Branch staff were thrilled to hear that the Vancouver Police Department’s K9 unit is donating $1,300 of their overtime hours to help the dogs still in BC SPCA care. And they’re challenging their colleagues in other canine units across the province to do the same. We talked about how we could best help the Langley 66 dogs, and we thought financial support would be best, so the K9 unit held a drive and donated overtime hours to help the BC SPCA,” says VPD Sgt. Randy Fincham. “We’d like to challenge other canine units to do the same.” Fincham recalls emailing the BC SPCA when the news of the puppy mill seizure first broke in February, to offer to foster one of the 66 dogs seized from the puppy mill, where they were kept in deplorable conditions, and says it’s natural for many to want to help when such horrific news breaks. “Nobody wants to see animals hurt or neglected so badly, and I think it gets people wondering if there are other people running similar operations out there,” Fincham says. “Our dog handlers wanted to reach out and support these dogs, who are like kin to their (fourlegged) colleagues.” Vancouver BC SPCA Branch manager Charlotte Ellice was pleased to hear the news. “We are so grateful for the Vancouver Police Department’s generosity – and for the overwhelming generosity we’ve experienced from the public at large since these dogs came into our care,” she says. “They epitomize how the community has really come together to help us tackle such a large animal seizure, and we look forward to seeing if the challenge will be accepted by other police departments.” While several of the 66 dogs and puppies have now been adopted, many more will still need loving, forever homes. The Vancouver SPCA is now accepting new applications for the remaining adult dogs, which include Bernese mountain dogs, Wheaten terriers, Portuguese water dogs, and Poodle mixes. Please email applications to vancouver@spca. or visit 32 • MAY 2016


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Horse Council BC Notes from the Office Road Safety With summer coming, riders can expect to see a lot more vehicles on the road. With the hopes of keeping everyone safe, Horse Council is gearing up for our annual Road Safety campaign. We’re focusing our efforts on reaching as many people as possible, and so we’ll be doing a large-scale media blast in local papers across BC. Keep an eye out for our new ads, and read up about your responsibilities as a rider on the road. Rules of The Road Here’s what the Motor Vehicle Act has to say about equestrian traffic: Part 3, section 119, paragraph (1) ““Traffic” includes pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, cycles and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using a highway to travel” Part 3, section120, paragraph (1), subparagraph (c) “A person riding an animal or driving an animal driven vehicle on a highway has the rights and is subject to the duties of the driver of a vehicle under this Part” You should know that: Horses are large, powerful animals that often weigh over 1000 pounds, so a collision with one poses considerable risk to the motor vehicle and its occupants, as well as to the horse and rider.

Road or shoulder? Note that when riding on the shoulder of a roadway, rider are signalling to motorists that they are yielding the road (i.e. when a motorist pulls the vehicle over to the right, it means that the other traffic may pass). However, if riders are having difficulty or are unsure of their horses, as with an inexperienced horse, legally they may remain in the roadway indicating their possession of the right-of-way in the right-hand lane, thus encouraging vehicles to pass in the left hand traffic lane when safe to do so. If riding on the shoulder, stay as far off the roadway as possible. Fact versus Fiction “Horses have the right-of-way over cars.” FALSE! The law that stated such has long since been repealed. In BC, anyone who uses a public road is considered a “road user,” so the days of ultimate right-of-way are gone! “I have every bit as much right to be on that road as those cars do!” TRUE, but every road user has a specific set of responsibilities to ensure their own safety and that of other road users. Being able to properly control the horse is the principal responsibility of every rider. “Horses cannot be controlled as well as cars can, so cars should be made to yield to horses.” RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH BOTH RIDER AND MOTORIST! Riders have every bit as much responsibility to control their horses as drivers are required to control their vehicles. Good manners and manageability under saddle are imperative for any horse, but those lessons become critical whenever we expose

our equine friends to greater risks such as those likely to be encountered on the road. Liability If you cause an accident, you can be liable, so take all the right precautions. Respect the laws, obey signage, ensure that you and your horse are highly visible, and be sure that your horse has sufficient training to ensure readiness for the different sights and sounds of riding on the roads. Get insurance. Horse Council BC offers third-party liability insurance as part of their membership; this covers members in cases where a lawsuit is brought against an individual for damages that may be caused by a horse that they are in ownership or use of. Don’t leave yourself unprotected! If you encounter a motorist who poses a danger to horse and rider: it’s tough to think about license plate numbers and descriptions when someone’s trying to run you off the road; as a result, too few people report those near misses and dangerous situations to the police. The more we report, the more aware the authorities will be that a problem exists. In case of emergency: if you carry a cell phone, keep it in your pocket, not on your saddle. Make sure you have identification, a hoof pick and a pocket knife with you. Tell someone where you will be riding and when you expect to return and, whenever possible, ride with a buddy. For more road safety information, visit our website at

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Canadian Quarter Horse Association Update Canadian Highlights from 2016 AQHA Convention The AQHA 2016 convention was held March 11-14 in Las Vegas and the CQHA Board of Directors offers congratulations to the following Canadians who were recognized during the convention!

Congratulations to CQHA Director, Marc Garner of Lethbridge AB, who was elected as an AQHA Director representing Alberta. Congratulations to CQHA Director, Ross Brigden (left) of Medicine Hat AB, on being elevated to AQHA Director-At-Large, presention by AQHA President, Dr. Glenn Blodgett (right). Photo courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal Congratulations to Pat Carter (right) of St. George ON, for being honoured with the AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat is the wife of AQHA/CQHA Director, Joe Carter (left) and the mother of AQHA Director of Shows and Professional Horsemen, Patti Carter (middle). And last, but certainly not least, Congratulations to CQHA President, Dr. Wayne Burwash of Calgary AB, on being presented with the 2015 Ken Grayston Memorial “Heart” silver spurs by the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta during the CQHA Board of Directors Meeting in Las Vegas.

Partnership Between Canadian and Chinese Equestrian Industries On March 30 in Beijing China, Equine Canada President, Al Patterson, and China Horse Industry Association President, Jia Youling, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to kick off a collaborative partnership that will provide the opportunity to strengthen both Canada and China’s equestrian industry on a global scale. CQHA’s own VicePresident and EC Board member Haidee Landry appears in the back row at the left. Haidee summed up the importance of the significant day by saying, “I’m proud to be part of Equine Canada’s initiatives to move our industry forward by forging a new partnership with the China Horse Industry Association. The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is pleased to be working with Equine Canada on this important trade mission.” Photo courtesy of China Horse Industry Association. MAY 2016


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


ur club is looking forward to the Pot O Gold Show on Saturday May 28 at the Armstrong fairgrounds; and we hope you are too. This is an open show – all breeds and sizes. Riding, driving and in-hand classes. New this year we added a costume class for riders and drivers, a Select (age 50+) class for riders, and Leadline is now open to all ages to ride! Should be a fun day! Our main judge this year is Karan Moore from Grand Forks, and our trail judge is Carmen Letawski of Armstrong. Don’t forget the early bird entries are due postmarked by May 13 – you get a price break for being early! The prize list link is on our Facebook page and website There is talk of having a trail ride in Revelstoke in May, then a summer ‘fun’ day at Noble-TMorgans in June. Keep checking our FB page or website as details unfold.

Enjoy the ride!

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


he club had a marvelous evening in March with Helen Russell. We gathered at Carol Lydiatt’s house and having rearranged her pictures on the wall we had a most interesting and absorbing presentation and discussion with Helen. Helen has written a part of a book of collected adventures with horses and we are really pleased that she is going to come back to Oliver in the summer to hold a clinic for us when we will put into practice, with our horses, what she understands about horses and people. Her basic tenant is that horses perceive our mood whether we try to disguise it or not and they will react accordingly. The horses also react to us in terms of their space and what vibe we are giving, even when we approach a horse from some distance away. It is of course a much more complex relationship between the horse and humans and indeed when the horses are inter-reacting within the herd and it is the horse/ human relationship that we are looking forward to learning about at her clinic. If you are interested to find out more details please keep an eye on our website at Oliver Riding Club. All those at the gathering thoroughly Clinician Leanne Manuel enjoyed the evening and we are very grateful to Helen for taking time out of her busy schedule and her house hunting to travel all the way south from the Shuswap to be with us! On April 17 we have our first clinic coming up with Leanne Manuel as our clinician. The theme is horsemanship as a good warm-up after the winter break. We enjoyed Leanne’s sessions with the club last year and we are delighted to welcome her back again. We have renewed our arrangement with the D-K Ranch in Oliver as the home of the Oliver Riding Club and we are delighted to have the support and membership of the MacRae’s. Our first real monthly meeting will take place in the clubhouse at the D-K at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday April 21. We look forward to seeing as many club members and potential members if you can make it. Our meetings are always on the 3rd Thursday of each month so if you cannot make this one please make a note in the diary for May. Please check out our full programme on our website and until we meet somewhere for the love of the horse – stay inspired by horses and safe trails to you all. Annette and Cal at last year’s ‘Manuel’ clinic 36 • MAY 2016


Western Dressage in Alberta By Jen Losey | Photos by Hedi Klassen


ere comes the warmer weather, bring on the green grass and mud if you must... Spring is here! With that we also get to enjoy fun equine activities such as the Mane Event in Red Deer, clinics, shows and more horse related activities. In April Jen Losey gave a clinic to SAHA members at Colchester Stables (Edmonton) and Lisa Wieben did a clinic at Good News Riding Center (Edmonton), as well as a clinic at James River Horse Palace in Sundre. These clinics were followed by a Fun Day with CAWSDA. What a great start to Spring! RDAWSDA is having their first practice day of the year at Mountain View Training Stables near Olds on May 14, as well as a clinic with dressage coach Sandra Oxtoby at Carousel Stables in NW Calgary on June 12. Please check out the website for more information! The virtual show with CAWSDA is up and running from April 1 to May 26. Please see our website for all the details, www. albertawesternstyledressage. com. There’s also information on both RDAWSDA and CAWSDA shows. We hope to see you out at the events!

(left) Wee Willy Wildfire and Hedi Klassen (top) Jen Losey teaching at the SAHA clinic (right) Maverick and Jeannie DesRochers

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terry Brown • Photos by Marie O’Neill


would like to start off with some of the reasons minis are so wonderful, while looking through the lovely pictures our wonderful Marie O’Neill captured from the Horseman’s Bazaar in Langley I was really struck by the look on most people’s faces, especially the kids. These lovely little horses are truly good for the soul. They are full of mischief and fun. They are easy for people to approach that may usually be afraid of a full-sized horse. I have watched as a fearful child reaches for their very first pet on the nose. I have watched their little eyes light up with that little spark all us crazy horse people have. These little horses have the ability to put a smile on the faces of both young and old. They are talented and have tons of try if you ask for it nicely!! I know personally they have brought me laughter and smiles at a time I needed it the most. They challenge everything I thought I knew about teaching horses certain skills, but most of all they brought me love in the form of morning nickers and kisses. This versatile little breed is truly a joy to own and I feel very blessed to have the three little minis that I do. I have shared some of my favourite pictures that Marie captured from that day. Truly honoured to be a part of it all. Stay tuned for pictures from our Casey Campbell Clinic that was held at the end of April, so you can see some of these little guys strutting their stuff. This clinic was a perfect set up for all those competitors getting ready for our show being held June 10-12 at the lovely Heritage Park in Chilliwack. This show offers some great prizes, new futurities, Saturday evening social, and a really great time with some really great people. We are always looking for new sponsors for this show so please if you are interested in sponsorship do contact me and I can point you in the right direction, my email is terriandducky@ Remember without support these events cannot happen. Let’s keep this little club going and doing great things. Enjoy the sunshine and your minis!! MAY 2016


Equine Canada Canadian Venues Dominate Canadian Show Jumping competitions dominated the top three spots in the North American Riders Group (NARG) Top 25 Horse Shows of 2015. Since 2010, NARG has been evaluating horse shows in North America and rating them based on a variety of factors, including footing, stabling, courses, prize money, technical aspects, ceremonies, and more. Spruce Meadows in Calgary AB, maintained its perfect track record, having held the number one spot every year since the initiative began. Holding down second place for the fifth year in a row was

Thunderbird Show Park, a premier equestrian facility in Langley BC, founded in 1973 by George and Diane Tidball. Having been listed among the top five since 2013, The Royal Horse Show in Toronto ON, enjoyed a boost into the top three in 2015. Also making it into the Top 25 for 2015, ranked at number 13, was the Royal West, an indoor competition that takes place in the heart of Calgary AB, each fall. Founded in 2014, the Royal West is organized and operated by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping (RMSJ). For the full Top 25 for 2015 list, and further information on NARG, visit

Adequan Global Dressage Festival – Wellington FL The Canadian Dressage Team captured the Team Silver Medal in the CDIO 3* Stillpoint Farm Nations’ Cup, stepping up to the podium on March 31, 2016. No stranger to the AGDF nations’ cup podium, Team Canada earned Team Silver and Bronze in 2015, Team Silver in 2014, Team Bronze in 2013, and has picked up three individual medals since 2013. Belinda Trussell of Stouffville ON, and Anton danced their way to a Bronze Medal in the CDIO 3* Grand Prix Freestyle, held April 1 as the individual final in the Stillpoint Farm Nations’ Cup. Trussell led Canada to the Team Silver medal, before moving on to compete for individual honours. Veteran Canadian dressage athlete, Ashley Holzer, made a triumphant return to international competition with her 2012 London Olympic Games partner, Breaking Dawn, during the final week of the prestigious CDIO 3* Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Despite the pair having never ridden the musical freestyle routine together in competition, they performed flawlessly, impressing the judges to earn an extraordinary 75.600%. Two days earlier, they captured second place in the FEI Grand Prix with 72.680%.

Partnership Between Canadian and Chinese Equestrian Industries During a nationally-televised meeting on March 30 in Beijing CHI, delegates from Equine Canada (EC) industry associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Horse Industry Association (CHIA) for the purposes of working together, and ultimately opening the borders for trading horses and knowledge, between the two countries. “I am truly honoured to witness Canada and China forging this important relationship,” said Al Patterson, President of EC. “I think it is great we made this big step to move forward. This future partnership provides a valuable opportunity to both Canada and China through our breeders and educators.” Patterson added, “The EC industry organization affiliates have joined forces with the federation to develop stronger partnerships to ensure a strengthened vision for international trade.” The Canadian delegation that travelled to China included Darryl Kaplan from Standardbred Canada, Haidee Landry from the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, Grant Watson from the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, and industry liaison, Hao Zhang.

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The Canadian Dressage Team (l to r) Christine Peters, Jacqueline Brooks, Belinda Trussell, Megan Lane, Karen Pavicic.

Belinda Trussell and Anton.

Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn closed out the Festival on a high note, winning the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle on April 2. Photos by Susan J. Stickle

Southern Interior Dressage Association Update


he April 1-3 clinic with Hub Houben just finished with three full days at Topline Stables and Double Iron Farm. All riders left happy and keen for the next one. Jan Jollymour has organized the second clinic for July 28 to Aug 1. Hub then moves to Maple Ridge for more of Jan’s students there. SIDA members have priority for clinic access, and second are those who have taken previous clinics. Auditing is free, so you can take advantage of learning from an exemplary coach. Hub is a certified instructor and very much enjoys the training of horses of all levels. He also rides at both national and international competitions. He is a gifted coach, with a warm and engaging manner. He is a gifted coach, with a warm and engaging manner. He is a gifted coach, with a warm and engaging manner. He is a gifted coach, with a warm and engaging manner. He is a gifted coach, with a warm and engaging manner. Coming up next we have some dates for you: May 6-8: Kelowna Dressage Festival, Kelowna, May 13-15: Southlands Summer Dressage, Vancouver, May 28-29: SIDA Spring Fling, Salmon Arm, June 9-12: Touch of Class, Langley, June 18-19: Kamloops Dressage, Kamloops, July 8-10: Vernon Dressage, Vernon, July 28-Aug 1: Hub Houben Clinic, Salmon Arm, For more information on SIDA, please contact Isabel 250-832-9517, or see our Facebook page.

Hub Houben

Kelowna Riding Club by Sarah Hayes | Photos by Susanne Zimmerman


pring has arrived at the Kelowna Riding Club and thanks to our member volunteers and the Okanagan Chapter of Back Country Horsemen, the grounds are looking fabulous! We had our big annual Spring Cleanup the first weekend in April, a lot of work was done at the club, and we wish to give a huge shout out to the Back Country Horsemen for all their hard work! The Okanagan Chapter of Back Country Horsemen use the Kelowna Riding Club for meetings and in exchange they give us work hours – this is a win/win for all! To say thank you to all of our member volunteers, sponsors and Back Country Horsemen, the KRC will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation evening at the club this summer (date to be announced) with a BBQ on us! We so appreciate our volunteers and sponsors and we can never thank them enough. There will be a lot going on at the club this summer and we look forward to seeing you there! Remember, you must be a member to ride, but we also accept drop ins at $25/day. Please check the calendar on the website before hauling to the club to ensure it is not booked. All riders and all disciplines are welcome! If you want to book part or all of the club grounds for your event, check out our Rentals page on our website at Like our Facebook page to get up-to-date info on the goings on at KRC!

(above) clubhouse office cleanup (left) Back Country Horsemen crew painting dressage ring fencing (below) preparation for painting jumps

MAY 2016


Hoof ‘N Boots 4-H Club By Abby McLuskey


ast month our club got together at Noble-T-Morgan’s ranch in Grindrod to give our horses their inoculations and have a showmanship lesson. We would like to give Tom and Lee Nobles a BIG THANKS! We spent St. Patrick’s Day at Oddfellows Hall in Armstrong dishwashing for a fundraiser - everyone had a great time. Lately, we have been raising money for our annual scholarship fund. So far we have raised money from Sure Crop Feeds, Riverfront Pub & Grill, Dr. Denton Moffat, Bombshells Tanning and Esthetics, Scott Livingstone Farrier Services, and the Log Barn. We want to give a GIGANTIC THANKS TO THOSE BUSINESSES !! We are all excited and gearing up for horse show season. Most of our members with be taking part in the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club’s Schooling Show on April 17 and then on May 15; and several more will compete at the Pot O Gold Show on May 28 in Armstrong. These are super fun shows - everyone is welcome. From all the members of Hoof N Boots 4-H... HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!

Willow, Mary, Lillie, Jaida and Vienna. Front row is Abby and Georgia.

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Tracy Carver


magine the chaos: driving up to your barn, ominous smoke seeping out through the windows, the sounds of panicked horses inside… easily every horse owner’s worst nightmare. Fortunately, there are a multitude of simple steps you can take to ensure your horse’s best chance of survival should a barn fire occur. Recently our BCLM members were invited to attend a talk with Chris Wilson, manager of Fraser Valley Regional District Emergency Services, to discuss Barn Safety. From identifying and removing potential fire hazards within a barn, to having proper equipment available to assist fire fighters in an emergency, our members saw horse barns in a whole new light. The idea of buddy barns (having arrangements in place in case of evacuation), as well as preparing and stocking emergency bins with supplies and feed for at minimum three days for each horse was discussed, along with crucial follow-up care for each relocated animal. The safety of the individual is paramount, and Chris stressed above all else the importance of keeping horse owners calm and safe in an emergency situation. From when to call 911 (before anything else!) to gauging when a situation is safe to proceed into, Chris discussed the potential dangers in an emergency and how to identify escape routes. The phenomenal rate of fire expansion was shocking for most, as was how quickly a well-meaning barn owner could put themselves in jeopardy. Always, Chris’ message was safety first!

To conclude the evening, a demonstration was held on the safe way to use a fire extinguisher, and members learned how to identify if an extinguisher is charged and is the correct size and type for the fire they may be facing. Parents and members alike learned invaluable information that may make the difference between surviving a barn fire and/or suffering a catastrophic loss. Thank you Chris for your time and fantastic presentation. April marks not only the onset of spring, but also the annual written test date for our BCLM members. Completely optional and open to all, our members may choose to test and advance to higher levels throughout their Pony Club journey. The written test is the first step in a multi-step exam for each member. Candidates who successfully pass may then proceed to their Stable Management and Riding evaluations, where their horsemanship knowledge and riding skills in flat work, stadium jumping and cross country obstacles are tested by regional and national examiners. If successful, much like passing a grade in school, pony clubbers advance to their next Pony Club level. If more work is needed, there is always next year. Pony Club’s focus is learning and having fun in your equine centered journey.

Chris Wilson and Pony Clubbers

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BC Rodeo Association 2016 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE: May 22-23: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 28-29: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton Jun 4-5: 68th Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Jun 11-12: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Jul 2-3: Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Jul 9-10: Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Jul 9-10: Pritchard Rodeo Jul 15-17: Quesnel Rodeo Jul 23-24: Alkali Lake Rodeo Jul 30-31: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Aug 5-7: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 13-14: Redstone Rodeo Aug 20-21: Prince George Rodeo Aug 26-27: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Sep 3-5: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sep 16-18: BCRA Championship Finals Sep 24: Falkland Rodeo








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President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005,


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MAY 2016


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint!


how management couldn’t have asked for better weather as the first (and only) BCPHC-NWCC-APHA approved show this year in BC got underway April 2-3 at Thunderbird in Langley. Show secretary Kathie MacKenzie, from Alberta, says 15 Paints showed under four judges yielding about 73 entries per judge. The biggest class, according to Colleen Schellenberg, was the Aged Geldings Class – almost a given at any BC Paint show in recent memory. Once again, Tracey Olney did a great job on the trail courses and Colleen says, as always, the hospitality was second to none.

Congratulations to our high point winners: APHA Amateur Ima Special Delivery & Dianne Rouse R/ Dig This Mr & Tracey Olney APHA Novice Amateur Flashs Hollywood Star & Avery Murray APHA Novice Youth Too Hot To & Ellie Becker R/ HF Dr Feelgood & Lauren Braswell APHA Amateur Walk Trot Sensationally Dunthat & Louise Bruce

APHA Youth Too Hot To & Ellie Becker APHA Open Ima Special Delivery & Dianne Rouse APHA Green If I Do Say So Myself & Emma Schellenberg R/ Flashs Hollywood Star & Avery Murray

Show that pony! If your show season is about to get underway with your Paint Horse, whether it’s general performance, reining, rodeo or barrels, be sure to sign up for our Open Show & Competition Program (OSCP). It’s BC Paint’s equivalent to APHA’s PAC program that allows you to earn points at open/all breed competitions and compete for really nice year-end awards. You must be a BC Paint member – remember, we’ve reduced our membership fees this year – and there is a $25 fee for each horse/ rider combination you nominate to the program. There are seven categories you are competing in and the awards are worth the effort. You can find more information on our website [www.bcphc. com]; be sure to print off a bunch of results forms to keep in your trailer as you haul to events. No matter where (or how) you show your Paint Horse in BC, you could eligible for year end awards from BC Paint!

Avery Murray and Flash’s Hollywood Star

Emma Schellenberg and her new ride If I Do Say So Myself (aka Griffin) Tracy Olney and Dig This Mr. Photos courtesy of Tamara Jameson

At par If you’re looking for opportunities to show to APHA judges, a few of the clubs south of the border are offering Canadian exhibitors to pay their entry fees at par, including the big Zone One show in Albany, Oregon in August. You can see the list of NWCC-approved shows on our website and the new [] website. What a sweet deal! All 2015 members of BC Paint should have received their NWCC Directory in the mail by the time you read this. If you haven’t please let us know. The directory can also be viewed online – featuring our own Emma Schellenberg and Ima Special Delivery on the cover – at the NWCC website. Alberta bound A bunch of us in the North Okanagan have Alberta Paint Horse Club’s first show in our sites. That takes place June 18-19 in Ponoka. A reminder to BC exhibitors who are showing exclusively in Zone 10 (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) to let APHA know they want their APHA points to be recognized in Zone 10 and not Zone One (BC, Washington, Oregon and Idaho). If you need a declaration form, please contact No matter what you are doing with your APHA horses this year, we hope you are enjoying them!

BC Paint Horse Club •

President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover, • Past President: Colleen Schellenberg,

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley | Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy No Bling Spring Fling


t was a gorgeous sunny weekend with over 20 degree weather for everyone’s showing pleasure. Exhibitors seemed to embrace and enjoy the toned down dress code which helped to create a more laid back feel to the show. That didn’t mean however, that it wasn’t still competitive, we saw upwards of 13 entries in some classes and with 4 judges in the pen there was opportunity for a lot of points to be had! Thank you to our always amazing show staff who make showing Halter Gelding: Incredible Options Halter Mare: Covergurl AQHA Walk Trot Youth: Purdylicious AQHA Walk Trot Amateur: Tuxskeeto AQHA Rookie Amateur: Blazin Hot and Sheik

a wonderful experience. Deepest gratitude also to our amazing sponsors, without you none of this would be possible. Finally, hats off to the volunteers who work hard to make these shows happen. Hi Points for AQHA and APHA receive a gift certificate for a custom pencil portrait of your horse by Avalon Buchart. Reserves receive beautiful etched glass awards plates by Hour Glass Studio. Halter Hi Points receive Trophies.

AQHA Rookie Youth: AQHA Level 1 Youth: Irwins Lil Bit Purdy Everybodyluvskrymsun Reserve: Guaranteed A Good Draw Reserve: Zips Classical Image

Walk to Trot 11 and Under: Let the Good Times Roll Reserve: My Dynamic Otoe

AQHA Youth: Everybodyluvskrymsun Reserve: Irwins Lil Bit Purdy

AQHA Level 1 Amateur: Good N Thirsty Reserve: Blazin Hot And Sheik

APHA Amateur: Ima Special Delivery Reserve: Dig This Mr

AQHA Green: Sweet Summer Dreams

AQHA Select: Good Grief Grover Reserve: Good N Thirsty

APHA Novice Amateur: Flashs Hollywood Star

AQHA Open: KC Ya In St Louis Reserve: Good Grief Grover

West Coast Summer Classic Our next show is July 22-24 and is again at the lovely Thunderbird Show Park. This is our big AQHA show where we have the pricey prizes and the majority of our Stakes classes. High Points for this show will be gift certificates for Frank Principe Spurs or I Pads. Reserves will be Embellished Hats by Brim Styles or Fat Max’s All Breed and Halter Hi Points will be Bronzes.

AQHA Amateur: My Options R Hot

APHA Novice Youth: Too Hot To Reserve: HF Dr Feelgood

Stakes Offered: Shankless Showmanship $500 added Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake $750 added Open Hunter Under Saddle Stake $750 added Open Western Pleasure Stake $750 added Non Pro Horsemanship Stake $750 added Fundraising Stay tuned for dates for our Pub Nites! These fundraisers are vital to us being able to offer our programs, awards and shows. Please come out and support them and/or bring Silent Auction items.

APHA Amateur Walk Trot: Sensationally Dunthat APHA Youth: Too Hot To APHA Open: Ima Special Delivery APHA Green: If I Do Say So Myself Reserve: Flashs Hollywood Star

All Novice Show We are excited to offer our first ever All Novice Show! Only Walk-Trot and Level 1 Amateur and Youth classes in AQHA and APHA as well as All Breed. A great 1 day show with a Free Clinic with Splendora Huizenga in showmanship the day before! To be held at Greystone August 13! Come on out and give it a try! Belt buckles for Hi Points!

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: Visit our Facebook page MAY 2016


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Sheila Sowerby, Aldergrove Chapter

Along the Tyaughton River


e awoke to what sounded like torrential rain on a tin roof… nope. The Tyaughton River in all her glory was rushing past the camp site where eleven backcountry horsemen were camped on her banks. Eighteen horses and mules were high-lined nearby, nostrils fluttering hopefully at the sight of our sleep-addled faces peering from our tents and campers. We crawled out of our sleeping bags, fed our beasts, filled our bellies with breakfast and coffee and began saddling and packing for a six-day adventure into the South Chilcotin. We split into two groups and I watched the first group head out of camp. The stock is always a bit fresh that first morning, so there was the requisite jigging and head tossing but there is something about a pack string that warms the heart. They were a fine-looking group heading over that first bridge and cutting up the hill. Our group rode out shortly after. The South Chilcotin Provincial Park is a stunning 71,347-hectare chunk of wilderness with grizzlies, bighorn sheep and much more wandering about. Aldergrove Chapter had been in communication with a local outfitter about getting more horse traffic into the region. There is a thriving mountain bike industry and not enough hoof prints. One of the things we were hoping to decide on this ride was whether cyclists and equestrians could share trails successfully. We camped along the Tyaughton River on night one after a long day in the saddle. With the chime of bells on happily-hobbled, grazing horses providing ambiance, dinner preparations began. When our chapter heads out on one of these rides we split the evening meals up so each person cooks once. The rest of the ride, it’s like being at a restaurant (where everyone is dirty and there are horses and mules a few feet away).

Several cyclists passed through our camp heading to Spruce Lake as we ate. Dusk was approaching and there are bears out there but these mountain bike folks don’t seem to care. They bid us a cheerful farewell, pushed their bikes through the river and pedaled off. Day two was a short ride to “Grizzly Flats,” a gorgeous camp with the Tyaughton River on one side and Castle Peak on the other, with plenty of grazing in between. A wolverine hastily vacated when we rode in which was great, we were in no mood to be accommodating after our last creek crossing. Just try hanging onto a pack animal while jumping up a 3-foot bank out of a rocky creek. Day three dawned clear, cold and breathtakingly beautiful. Our group headed to Lorna Pass and another bunch to Little Paradise. We saw deer, marmots and a bobcat as we rode. When we reached the pass overlooking Lorna Lake and the historic Graveyard Valley where battles were fought between the Tsilhqot’in and St’at’imc tribes, we were breathless - and not just from the climb. Unbelievable view. On the way home, I whined about not seeing a grizzly bear. Moments later, a gorgeous grizzly cub sauntered across the trail. The next day was a miserable, rainy day and I tried everything in my power to turn the group into scofflaws and light a campfire despite the ban. No luck at all. Yes, bikes and horses can happily co-exist. Bikers do tend to come down the hills pretty fast but every cyclist we met went out of their way to yield to the horse traffic. Conflicts? Maybe talking and education are the answer. It would work with everyone we met on the trail. Go! Our presence there is the only way to preserve our right to ride.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 • Vice President: Mary Huntington,, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 • Vice President: Catherine Davidson,, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 • Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

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Clubs & Associations 27 Years of Celebrating Long Ears members from across Canada and the US



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

Info on clinics and events at 5/16

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


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

Contact us at or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

10/16 5/16


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

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

INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 4/17 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 10/16 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 6/17 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 7/16


NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 4/17 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 5/17 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 12/16 PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-992-1168 4/17 MAY 2016


Clubs & Associations Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

6/17 5/16

100 Mile & District Outriders Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more.

President: Denise Little E-mail:

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 7/16



SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 6/16 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 9/16 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 6/16 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 6/17

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

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

REGION17 ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC., Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson,, youth activities, shows, stallion auction, clinics, 12/16

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2016 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

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


1 TACK SALE, LRS, 4303 208th Langley B.C, Stacey Northey, 1 CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest, 1-2 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, 6 RANCH HORSE SALE, 7pm, Perlich Bros Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 6-7 ANNUAL SADDLE SALE & MORE, The Country Outpost, Coaldale AB, 403-345-2992 6-7 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, Cow Palace, Olds AB, Barb 403-933-5765, 6-8 HACKAMORE CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 6-8 KRC SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, EC Bronze & Gold, Kelowna BC, Ashton 250-862-0516, 7 CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Barnhartvale/Kamloops BC, Jeanie 250-573-2206, 7 SPRING HORSE SALE, 11am, Perlich Bros Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 7-9 SADDLE FITTING w/Denise Lenz, Manitoba and Saskatchewan locations. Jenelle 1-800-225-2242 x30, 7-9 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson BC, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, 8 LEARNING SQUARE DANCING ON HORSEBACK, 11 am, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 8 MOTHER’S DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL, Grand Re-opening of Lone Pine Ranch, Vernon BC, 250-307-5655,

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8 WILD AND WOOLY HORSE SHOW (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Krista 250-395-0404, 9-10 AXEL STEINER DRESSAGE CLINIC, Kelowna BC, 12 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna BC, Janice Reid 250-765-9188, 13 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna BC, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, 13 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Paints Plus Equine Center, Sherwood Park AB, 13-15 DALE IRWIN CLINIC, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, Ruth 250-542-2106 or 250-550-6551 13-15 SOUTHLANDS SUMMER DRESSAGE, Vancouver BC, 13-15 3-DAY JOINING UP CLINIC, Tranquille Equestrian Centre, Lake Country BC, Lorraine 250-766-1975, 14 ENGLISH/WESTERN, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Becky Herford, 14-15 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Millet AB, Kirstin 780-977-4008,, 14-15 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Armstrong BC, Daina Hillson 250-803-2069, 14-20 LADYSMITH BC, 7 day intensive course. Learn equine massage therapy,, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF 15 JUMPING SHOW, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Alicia White, 15 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, 15 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277,

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 19-22 HORSEMANSHIP RETREAT w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 20-21 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL & PLEASURE RIDE, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Myrna 250-317-8347, 20-22 MARION WEISSKOPFF, Princeton home clinic, Cowboy dressage, Trail & Ground work/Liberty, 21-22 50TH ANNIVERSARY LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, 21-22 FARM AND RANCH (Supplier Show), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Ron 250-397-2897, 21-23 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Willow Ridge Stables, Saskatoon SK, Desiree 306-520-2789, 22 CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest, 22 BC’S INAUGURAL MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Circle Creek Equestrian Center, Kamloops BC, 22 FRASER VALLEY REINING CLUB Schooling Show Buckle Series, Murray Creek Ranch, Langley BC, Wendy 604-855-5406, 23 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Tracy 250-397-4130, 27-29 BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN RENDEZVOUS, Princeton BC, 27-29 MARION WEISSKOPFF, Lessons/Demos, Back Country Horsemen RV, Princeton BC 27-29 JUMPER/DRESSAGE/WESTERN CLINIC w/Cat Armitage, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Mike 250-791-5247, 28 POT O GOLD OPEN SHOW, English/Western/Driving & more, Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, prize list at 28 GAMES DAY, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Ngaire Smart, ngaire. 28 COURAGE CANADA TRAIL RIDE, Innisfree AB, Curtis 780-581-4802, 28-29 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Second Chance Ranch, St. Andrews MB, Francine 204-771-5335, 28-29 GOLDEN PONY EQUESTRIAN OPEN SHOW Combined Test Series #2, Summerland BC, Melissa 28-29 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC (tentative), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Krista 250-395-0404, 28-29 SIDA SPRING FLING, Salmon Arm BC, 28-29 HORSEBACK ARCHERY CHALLENGE, Mount Currie BC, 29 CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Clearwater BC, Bill Dowds 250-674-4083,


1-2 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Duncan BC, Gary Toller 250-715-1242, 3 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port Alberni BC, Chloe Wangler 250-720-6658, 3-5 WILD WEST CLASSIC REG’L CHAMPIONSHIP Peruvian Horse Show, Armstrong BC, Grant 403-710-0805, 3-14 SADDLE FITTING w/Natalie Sauner, Alberta locations. Jenelle 1-800-225-2242 x30, 4 HIGH SAGE ENDURANCE RIDE, Cache Creek BC, June 250-256-7035, 4-5 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port McNeill BC, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223,

4-5 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Intermediate/Advanced Riding, Eagle Hill Equine Arena, Olds AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 4-5 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Oliver BC, 4-5 FUN AND FROLIC OPEN SPRING SHOW, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Krista 250-395-0404, 5 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, 5 ENGLISH/WESTERN, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Becky Herford, 6-7 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Ladysmith BC, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829, 6-9 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Colt Starting, Eagle Hill Equine Arena, Olds AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 8-9 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, 9-12 TOUCH OF CLASS DRESSAGE, Langley BC, 10 DEMO - TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Lakota Agriplex, Dawson Creek BC, Coleen 250-782-4126, 10-12 DOMA VAQUERA CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 10-12 BC CTR & AERC SANCT. ENDUR. Rides, Nanaimo BC, Christine 778-350-8153, & Miki 250-213-9817, 10-13 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Beginner/Intermediate, Cochrane Ag Society Arena, Cochrane AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 11 INTERIOR GAITED HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, Loretta 250-540-7401, 11 PROVINCIAL OPEN HOUSE for BC Welsh Pony & Cob Assoc. farms (14 of them), from 11am-3pm, 11 JUMPING SHOW, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Alicia White, 11-12(tent) MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Sagewood Mtn Trail Park at Circle Creek Equest. Ctr, Kamloops BC, 12 CAWSDA NATIONAL POINTS SHOW (pending), Fultonvale Arena, Ardrossan AB, 12 GAMES DAY, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Ngaire Smart, 12 LEARNING SQUARE DANCING ON HORSEBACK, 11 am, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 13 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna BC, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, 13-14 SPARKLE AND SPURS SHOW, Amberlea Meadows, Leduc County AB, details to come, 14-15 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Armstrong BC, Daina Hillson 250-803-2069, 17-18 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Banff AB, at the Banff Light Horse Association Corrals, Marlene 403-783-1723, 17-19 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson BC, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, 17-19 SLIDE OUT WEST, Fraser Valley Reining Club, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, Wendy 604-855-5406, 17-19 RIDING WITH LIGHTNESS CLINIC, Clinton BC, Catherine 250-459-7772, 18 RDAWSDA NATIONAL POINTS SHOW (pending), Didsbury AB, 18-19 KAMLOOPS DRESSAGE, Kamloops BC, 18-19 CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest,

Dates continued at MAY 2016


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BOARDING/RETIREMENT/REHAB DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 11/16

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. 10/16

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 587-938-5032 9/16 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2003. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 8/16 STIFFNESS? JOINT ISSUES? New to Canada science-based nutraceutical amazing for horses & dogs. Jackie 250-938-3868, 5/17 ZABRINA BARTEAUX (OK Valley) 250-938-7126, Holistic Equine Therapist, 8/16 Massage Therapy, Acupressure, CranioSacral, Alignment, Workshops/Presentations




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CHAMPION FEED SERVICES – For All Your Feed & Farm Supplies! Barrhead • Grande Prairie • Westlock, 10/16 COUNTRY CORNER SUPPLIES (Summerland BC) 250-494-3063 Proform Dealer, Farm & Pet Food Supplies, Farm Gates & Fencing 6/16 Feed, supplies & toys for all your farm & acreage animals. Rimbey, A.B. 403.843.3915


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New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers, Consignments Welcome!

KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 10/16 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 5/16 10/16

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 5/17

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 5/17 DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 5/17

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WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 11/16



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The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for 25 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Picadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm, BC • 250.832.1149 Bonnie


TRIPLE L TROPHIES & ENGRAVING (Quesnel) 250-992-9317 11/16 New & Used Tack, Custom Leatherwork & Repair, Gifts & Engraving

CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training.12/16 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN (Okanagan) 250-547-9277, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 4/17 12/16

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 2/17 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 4/17 ALUMINUM

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Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 4/17 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre,, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 3/17 5/17

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-747-3053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 10/16 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 7/16 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 10/16 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 5/16 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central OK) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Cert. Vet. Chiropractor 4/17 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 12/16

OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 7/16 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099  4/17 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069  6/16 Equine, Bovine, Canine and Feline, THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 3/17


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. . .A treasure chest of memories .

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

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

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Rural Roots (Real Estate)

Specializing in Horse Acreage, Farms, and House & Acreage Gordie Blair Cell: 250-517-0557 Office: 250-832-5222 • Toll Free: 1-888-852-2474 Email.

ACREAGE, HOME & SUITE! BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY LOG HOME With a year-round creek running through 13 acres of fenced/cross fenced manicured property. Natural horse lover’s paradise with easy access to endless trails in a really unique, well-centered location. Private setting with lots of ambiance and still close to town. Well maintained and updated log home with open floor plan. Excellent set up for horses with hay/equipment shed, paddocks, stalls, heated tack shed, round pen and riding arena.

3511 Knife Creek, Williams Lake BC $423,000 MLS # R2046087

62.02 acres of irrigated farm land with a beautiful 4 bedroom and 3 bathroom rancher, 33’x140’ pole barn, 17’x15’6” shop, backs onto Salmon River, 2 irrigation pumps and 2 wheel moves. Beautiful spot for your animals and a true working ranch. Located in the beautiful Salmon Valley, close to Vernon, Armstrong and Falkland. 3807 Salmon River Road, Armstrong BC $ 1,250,000 MLS® #10111624

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Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath log home set on 16.5 acres in the beautiful Armstrong/ Spallumcheen valley. Property has open riding arena, 24’x36’ barn with tack room, stalls, shop with grease pit, covered storage and equipment shed. Property is fenced and cross fenced. A perfect set up for horse and cattle operation. For additional information or to book a showing please visit our website at 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC $869,900 MLS® #10114548 HOWARD NEUFELD – 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc. •


11300 Three Forks Road, Kelowna BC $729,000 MLS® #101120839

MONIQUE KAETLER – 250-808-0305 Century 21 Assurance Ltd., Kelowna BC •

BOBBY LLOYD • 250-267-3657 One Percent Realty Ltd


Beautiful home with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths on 10 acres with a suite in the wonderful community of Joe Rich. Beautiful land fit for horses, corralled and fenced, double car garage, circular driveway, room for all your toys, with horse trails, snowmobile trails out your door! 25 minutes to Big White ski hill and 25 minutes to Kelowna airport. Active community offers events including pot lucks and has its own skating rink, school bus on route, a Must See!!! Listing Realtor(R) lives in the community.


DIXON ESTATE, VERNON BC This magnificent, private and secure Equestrian Estate is available for sale. The 12,750 sq. ft. mechanical masterpiece houses a cinema, gym, pool, wine-cellar, elevator, steam showers... the epitome of quality and luxury. The 10 acre property is fenced and x-fenced, with security at both the main and service gates. Heli-pad, Hangar/Shop, Guest House, and an Olympic-sized Riding Arena with all the amenities including insulation, internet, stereo-sound and auto-sprinklers. Barn, Paddocks, Shed, Fire-hut. The most discerning buyer will not be disappointed. Please call for information on this or any other Okanagan property. Vernon, BC • MLS ® #10108770 PAIGE THOMPSON – 250-801-1011 Sotheby’s International Realty Canada •

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per issue, plus GST COUNTRY SOPHISTICATION AT ITS FINEST! This 2004 3,050 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 4 bath home is nestled on 40.87 acres of fertile soil. Work from home and enjoy the outdoors. Best corn in the Okanagan Valley. Approximately 150 gpm well for irrigation and home is on community water. Barns, shops and cold storage are all a part of this going concern. Crop could easily be changed if so desired. Home is tastefully designed for all the family needs including a media room and sauna. Yard is nicely landscaped and ready for group gatherings and barbecues. 4723 Grandview Flats South, Armstrong BC $1,499,000 MLS® #10112574

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Breeding old style Foundation Quarter Horses with:

JAZ POCO SILVERADO AQHA Silver Grullo NFQH 100% AQHA ROM REINING and LBJ SIERRAS BLUE TE AQHA Blue Roan Limited Prospects available


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ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 2/17 SKYLINE STABLES (Williams Lake BC) 250-392-3649, hannahgarden@hotmail. com SS: Home of the Leopard Stallions, Sign Of Freckles & Im’a Cool Kisser 2/17 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 9/16 TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526, see us on FB SS: Arabians & APHA, Breeding, Sales, Boarding, 2/17 TWIN ACRES FARM (70 Mile House BC) 250 456 7462. Welsh Ponies, Welsh Pembroke & Welsh Cardigan Corgis,, 2/17 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 12/16


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VA Jason

12HH Black Section A Welsh Stallion (Roblyn’s Fancy Cat x Renner’s Black Beauty)



* Champion Welsh & Reserve Grand Champion of Show at the 2015 Pot O Gold Show * Grand Champion Section A Welsh & Supreme Champion Welsh at the QDRC Fall Fair Show

P.R.E. Andalusian Stallion at Stud

Dragonfly Acres

2016 STUD FEE: $500.00

Bringing out the best Standing Purebred Friesian Star Stallion

Available for breeding to Andalusian and Non-Andalusian mares. Call or Text: 604-996-7385

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



CLANFAIR MIRABEAU (*Mynach Mystical X Clanfair Martina LOM)

2004 AQHA Dun Stallion Stunning looks, solid conformation, natural talent, athleticism and style. Grandson of Hollywood Dun It; NRHA Hall of Fame & the first Million Dollar NRHA Sire. Out of foundation QH mare by Podoco, by the unprecedented Doc Bar, out of dam by Poco Bueno.

12.1 1/2HH Perlino Welsh Section B Stallion 100% DILUTE FOAL COLOUR GUARANTEED!!! (Palomino, Buckskin or Smokey Black out of ALL non-dilute mares) 2016 FEE: $750

HEAVENLY FINAL REVELATION (*Pendock Larkspur X Dandardel Fayvor) 11.0HH Grey Sabino Welsh Section A Stallion MULTIPLE SUPREME CHAMPION Winner of his Stallion’s class and Reserve Grand Champion at the 2014 Royal Winter Fair

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100% dilute colour guarantee. Sire of 2012 PRC Barrel Saddle Series Champion, money earning barrel and team roping offspring.

BANDITOS GOLD DIGGER 2000 AQHA Buckskin Stallion

Twin Acres Farm • 250-456-7462 • Welsh Ponies, Welsh Pembroke and Welsh Cardigan Corgis

Winged Hawk K Appaloosa standing Rockledge Toswirah TLC 2013 Leopard, 15 HH Homozygous Black ApHC & FAHR Stallion Foundation bloodlines to Ghostwind Stallions 2016 STUD FEE: $850 LFG

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Dual Pep/Docs Oak/Old Tom Cat/Poco Bueno


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Brytann Youngberg, DVM 250-769-4217 or e-mail West Kelowna, BC

Judy 250-574-6908 phone/text Kamloops, BC


2016 Stud FEE: Quality bloodlines, $ 1000 extraordinay movement, Plus $300 Booking Fee and a sensible, trainable disposition Shipping included all come together in VA Jason to create the ideal modern Andalusian stallion.

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Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 5/16


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