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Unreasonable Pressure

By Christa Miremadi • Photos by Carol Dymond

It’s funny how things can change in an instant, especially when it comes to horses. We’ve all experienced it to some degree. Whether it’s a calm horse walking down the trail who drops his shoulder and performs a perfect rollback when a bunny hops out from under a bush, or something far more traumatic like a horse pulling back while tied. However, the expression occurs, it’s a clear display of their strongest instinct.


t’s no secret that the horse’s strongest instinct is survival. They wouldn’t have made it through the last 50,000,000 years otherwise. That instinct is what inspires these instantaneous, sometimes life-changing expressions to occur. In most cases, when the survival instinct kicks in, we fall clear of the horse’s feet, manage to recover our seat, or let go of the rope, keeping ourselves safe -- but not always. There’s a good reason why every riding facility everywhere makes you sign your life away before getting on a horse, or in some cases, getting out of your car. Horses are inherently dangerous. They’re big, strong, powerful flight animals driven by an instinct to survive that’s stronger than any other feeling they have. It’s stronger than their instinct to eat or their desire for rest and it’s more powerful than their sense of relationship. No matter how much your horse loves you or how strong your bond, instincts are fast and powerful and reactions will happen faster than thoughts will process. For this reason, it’s essential that we take precautions to minimize the risks we take when we’re working with horses. Some precautions are simple, like not wrapping the lead rope around your hand or making sure they know you’re there before walking up behind them. Others take a little more skill and experience to prepare for. One of the steps I take towards protecting myself and my horse (and anyone who happens to work with or around them) is teaching them to give to “unreasonable pressure” in as many places as possible. What the heck do I mean by “unreasonable pressure” you might ask? Well, it’s simple really. We spend so much time and effort on improving our feel and developing our skills with our horses that, in many cases, they’re genuinely unprepared for anything aside from a soft touch or carefully-executed application of “feel.” At some point, our horses may find themselves in a position to feel pressure in a way that they’re unprepared to cope with, unless we have exposed them to it. A number of years back, before I started taking care of the hoof care myself, our farrier (and good friend) was visiting, making the rounds and trimming the herd. It was a long day and, as the day wore on, she started looking forward to her final horse of the day, a young Arabian colt who wasn’t always polite with his feet. She picked up his front left, trimmed it and moved on to the hind left. That one was pretty quick and uneventful as well and, before long, 6 • APRIL 2017


My 3-year-old Kiger Mustang colt “Smoke” is learning to lead by a leg. This photo shows him pulling back against me as he is trying to figure things out.

Smoke is starting to figure out how to relieve the pressure. she’d made it three quarters of the way around the colt to his front right. She picked up his final hoof, slid it between her knees and began to clean it up. It was one of those moments where everything changed in the blink of an eye. None of us knew what had happened. I was sweeping further down the aisle, the owner was calmly holding the colt and our farrier was focused on her job when, all of a sudden, the colt was pulling her down the barn aisle on her knees! His hoof had slipped inside her chaps and he’d found himself trapped. Panicking, he struggled and pulled back so suddenly that it took us all by surprise. The view my friend must have had as she was being dragged down the concrete aisle towards an open door, stuck to the hoof of a young Arab colt is frightening to think about! I think all four of us aged five years in that moment! We were all very relieved when the colt stopped pulling after only a few feet and gave to the pressure wrapped around his pastern. Our farrier, still in shock (but with-it enough to recognize her moment) unhooked the colt’s hoof from her chaps and got to her feet, uninjured. This situation could have ended very differently had it not been for this colt having learned how to deal with “unreasonable pressure.” You see, not long before this event occurred, I’d been working with him. He was going through the same routine I use when starting (or restarting) any horse and that includes learning to lead by his legs. What that means is that, while I still have a halter and lead rope on the horse, I wrap a long cotton rope around his pastern and pull on it (yes, I did use that nasty four letter word… I pulled on the rope). In most cases, a horse will fight having his leg trapped and pull back against the rope (hence the use of a soft, cotton rope that neither of us can hurt ourselves on). After a moment or two of struggling, I’ll put gentle pressure on the horse’s head, using the lead rope to help him find his way off the pressure on his leg. As soon as he’s stepped forward, he’ll find the pressure around his pastern goes away. After repeating this exercise a few times, the horse is able to

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Smoke follows nicely once he got the hang of it. be led just about anywhere with nothing but a rope around his leg. Originally, I employed this exercise with every horse I trained as a way of preventing injuries to the horse, should he ever find himself caught up in a fence or a halter someone left tied and dangling from a wall or trailer; but, after what happened that day in the barn, I have realized that the injury prevention possibilities are endless!

This was an event that I never could have predicted happening and that could have put our farrier in the hospital or worse… it was extremely lucky that I’d spent some time teaching this colt to lead by a leg not long before and that he was emotionally and physically prepared to deal with the “unreasonable pressure” that the chaps (still strapped to our farrier’s body, mind you) created when his foot slipped inside. Due to the nature of this exercise and the survival instincts in all horses, it’s important to ask for the help of a professional when trying this out for the first time, but it’s so worth the investment to prevent the injuries that could happen otherwise. Learning to lead by a leg is just one of the ways you can teach your horse to cope with pressure he may not understand or like at first. Another important one is how to give his head and feet through pressure felt at his halter. This is extremely important for loading in a trailer, standing tied for any length of time, leading properly and even for preventing bolting, but I’ll talk about that next time.

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Celebrating the Spirit of the Mongolian Horse - The Gobi Gallop 2017

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The Gobi Gallop, the longest annual charity horseback ride in the world, is set once again to run this June across the homeland of the legendary Genghis Khan – exotic Mongolia.


his year marks the 5th anniversary that this ride, the initiative of BC Registered Charity, Veloo Foundation, will take place. Each year the ride accepts 10 adventurous riders from around the globe to take on the epic challenge of traversing 700 kilometres in 10 days on horseback. This year the ride is honouring the horses that have so gallantly carried their riders for 700 kilometres each of the last 4 years for the Gobi Gallop. Despite the smaller stature of these 13–14 hand horses, they have incredible endurance and amazing heart. The innate, centuriesold knowledge and grace of the Mongolian guides is a large part of the magic and success of the ride. A recent participant from B.C. encapsulated the experience of riding the Gobi gallop like this: “The Gobi Gallop is a unique experience of Mongolia’s vast terrain, incredible horsemanship, hospitality and culture. Cantering alongside some of the most skilled horsemen in the world was exhilarating; their intuitive knowledge and watchful eye made me feel confident and secure. I really enjoyed the camaraderie, joking, encouraging words and endearing support on the trail.” The ride has attracted riders from around the world and British Columbia has contributed more riders than any other location on the planet! To date, 11 riders, including the oldest participant to finish the ride (69 years old!) and the top fundraiser have both come from B.C. In 2017 riders from Canada, America Australia and New Zealand are registered and there is still 1 spot remaining! Veloo Foundation is a registered Canadian charity that helps the children and families who scavenge in the garbage in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia. In its first 4 years, the Gobi Gallop has raised over $250,000 and helped literally thousands of these children and families. With ongoing support of corporations and individuals, it will continue to offer one of the most unique giving opportunities on the planet and one of the greatest tests of equestrian endurance across the stunning and storied Mongolian countryside.

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Three Easy Exercises to Improve your Posture By Dr. Dana Bloomquist, BKin, DC

Is your coach constantly telling you to sit tall and keep your shoulders back? Do you find yourself being pulled forwards when in the saddle? Maybe you are sore in your upper back and neck region? Poor posture in today’s technologically-advanced world is a common problem. We, as a population, are spending more time than ever seated, using computers, tablets and cellphones. The repetitive nature of this stresses our musculoskeletal system over time.


his can cause a multitude of problems including tight muscles, weak muscles, trigger points and restricted joint movement. This article will discuss

ideal posture and how we can work to improve it. Take a look at the spine -- there are natural concave curves in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) regions, while the thoracic (mid-upper back) is convex. Go ahead and try this: sit up tall with your shoulders back, looking straight ahead. Notice the position and curves of your spine; this is your neutral spine. Now go ahead and slump down, letting your shoulders and neck come forward. Feel how the natural curves of your back disappear? The more we deviate from our neutral spine position, the more our body has to compensate as it tries to adapt to the changes made. We will go over three simple exercises that you can do almost anywhere, daily, to help improve your posture in and out of

the saddle. Remember to breathe deeply through your belly during all exercises and to discontinue if any pain is felt. Corner Pec Stretch (Figure 1) - Find a clear corner and place your forearms on the walls so that your elbows are shoulder height or just below that. Look straight ahead, keeping your neck in line with the rest of your spine. Now take a small step

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By strengthening the muscles that are weak, stretching the muscles that are tight, and by being more aware of body position, you may find yourself sitting a little taller in the saddle. *Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. Each individual should consult with their primary health care provider for medical advice before starting a new fitness routine.

forward into the corner, pushing your chest out in front of you. You should feel this stretch in your pectoral muscles, which are often tight. Hold for 10-20 seconds. Chin tucks (Figure 2) - Lay on your back. Press your chin downwards into the ground as if you were making a double chin. This will activate the deep neck flexors, which are often weak. Hold for 3 seconds. Repeat 5-10 times. Brugger’s relief position (Figure 3) You can do this exercise seated or standing. Sit or stand up straight. Start with your arms at your sides while pointing your thumbs outwards. Next, squeeze your shoulder blades together, while rolling your shoulders down and back and pointing your

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Alberta’s John Swales Wins 2017 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman By Mark Michels • Re-printed with permission www.cuttinghorsecentral.com

It was definitely a night to remember for Canadian cowboy John Swales who rode Heza Diamond Spark (Diamond J Star x Sheza Shinette) owned by 7 P Ranch to victory in the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) World’s Greatest Horseman event in Fort Worth in mid-February.


he World’s Greatest Horseman combines all four cow horse events into one competition and riders compete using one horse and one bridle for each discipline. The prelims are held over three days where the 10 finalists are determined but on finals day all four events are held in one day making for a busy afternoon that requires great focus and stamina. After a shaky start in the first event with a 207 in the Herd work, John Swales immediately faced an uphill battle to stay in contention with the leaders. Jay McLaughlin and Blind Sided were one of the favorites coming into this event and posted a 221 to lead the Herd work. The Rein work was the next event and Swales impressed the judges with a flawless reining pattern that earned an impressive 222.5 to win the round and put him back in contention with the leaders in the average. The third event was the Steer stopping which is a fast paced event where the score combines the rider’s roping skills with the horse’s ability to stop and hold the steer and is always a crowd favorite. Swales managed a clean 218 which was good enough for a 4th place finish in the round. Brad Lund had the top score in this event with a 225 on Rubiesscoobiedoobie owned by Rockin’ K Remuda LLC.

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It all came down to the last event, the Cow work, which is the signature event of the NRCHA and is always exciting to watch. This event proved to be the game changer for Swales after posting an amazing 226.5 and sent the crowd into a frenzy as they took the overall number one spot in the average after four rounds. After anxiously watching some of the other contenders struggle in this event including the overall leader Boyd Rice riding Royal Smart Fletch for Kit & Charlie Moncrief who had to deal with a tricky steer that would take them out of contention. Jay McLaughlin and Blind Sided also had difficulty in this round managing only a 216 in the final round. The 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman title was the first for Swales who had made the long trek south from his home in Millarville, Alberta. The win was worth a cool $35,000 and capped off a very successful week for the NRCHA which saw double digit growth in entries across the board during the Celebration Of Champions Show. The NRCHA recently announced their decision to move the Snaffle Bit Futurity to Fort Worth in October and judging by the turnout from this show the locals have welcomed them with open arms.

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Take Pride in Your Work By Glenn Stewart We have all heard the saying, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” I agree and I believe that when it comes to working with the horse, it is even more important. Doing things well is a challenge and is something a person can take great pride in if their horse or horses want to be with them.


hen I say that a horse wants to be with them I mean that the and timing with practice. Horses feel safe and understood, they understand horse likes to be with them not because of the food they bring us and what we want if we can learn the proper feel and timing. Everything or the brushing or scratching they get. All horses like getting becomes clear and comfortable for them. They know what is expected and fed oats, crunchies, hay, whatever, or getting brushed and scratched but that it feels right. doesn’t mean they like us. The real test is can you ask something from your Some things I look for to know if I’m getting it right and if I can take horse and he stills want to be with you without all the goodies. The more a pride in my work would be if they meet me at the gate or, at least, allow me person asks of the horse, the easier it is to see if the horse really likes or wants to walk out in the field with my halter in plain view and let me put it on. Better to be with the handler. For example, if you went to work each day and the yet, if I can lead them back by the mane and, even better than that, if I can boss met you at the door with some snacks followed by a nice massage and ask them to come back to the barn without a hand or rope on them. Other said you could leave when you wanted signs that I’m on the right track would be or maybe straighten some papers for an when I’m working with a horse and he hour or so and text a few people then it gets to where he wraps his neck around would be pretty easy to show up for that me in what I call a horse hug. Or, you job. But if you had a boss that wanted might be stopped, catching a breather, you to work when you’re at work, some and the horse softly, respectfully, with its days with sweat dripping off your nose if head down, just kind of steps in close and needed, then those are two very different bends his neck around your hip and legs. environments. His eye will be soft. Then, when it’s time to get back to whatever you’re doing, Just because a horse shows up the horse does it with ears forward with at the gate when we arrive doesn’t an eye that is alert and attentive. The mean he likes us or wants to be with request you ask for is done with a positive us. However, if you spent time with your “Yes, right away!” response. He should horse the day before where you really had Glenn competing at the Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge look alive, interested and learning. These a productive and, usually, challenging day of learning and he still meets you at the gate then that is one good sign the responses are things a person could take pride in developing. horse likes you. The opposite of this would be a horse that is slow and dull to follow There are two things that horses love beyond anything. They trump a request. Another example would be if you have to hide your halter and oats, crunchies or any other horse treat. Those two things are feel and timing. bring oats to catch a horse, or if he sees you and heads for the far end of the If we read and understand the horse correctly, we can offer the correct feel pasture, then something is not right. A sign that things need to change is




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when he pins his ears or flashes his tail around you or when you ask him to do something. Another sign that things need to change is a horse that whinnies while always looking somewhere else. When you are standing there, he looks away from you. If you reach to touch the horse’s head, he moves his head away instead of towards you. If he pushes into you with any part of his body, then these are all things I could not take pride in. If any or all of these things are happening during the time you spend with a horse, or if it gets worse after a session, then it can be changed with understanding the horse and learning to have great feel and timing. If I can spend time with a horse and know that the horse’s mind was with me and not somewhere else; if the horse learnt something or I did; if the time spent was a step forward that both horse and human got something positive from, then I can sleep easy and look forward to

tomorrow and the challenge of doing things well. I can then take pride in my work. At the end of your day, ask yourself: Did I learn? Did the horse learn? Was the session or time productive? Did the horse enjoy it? Does the horse have a soft eye and is responsive to requests? Does the horse have its head down and neck wrapped around you in a horse hug? Or do you have the opposite: Does he look the other way, head high and neck bent away from you and whinnying? Does the horse avoid being caught the next day? Does the horse pin his ears around you, push into you, turn a hip towards you, or flash his tail when you ask him to do something? Does your horse not like you?

Everybody wants a horse that likes them, is responsive, and is not spooky or dull. Take pride in your work and go to bed feeling good about the time spent. Glenn is now offering year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort Saint John, BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit www.thehorseranch. com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under “Trainers”)

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Canadian Horse Racing Celebrates 250 Years Courtesy of Horse Industry Association of Alberta

Our entire nation will be celebrating 150 years of confederation in 2017, but for Canada’s horse racing industry, this year represents an even bigger anniversary, the 250th Anniversary of our great sport in this great land.


n July 1, 1767, exactly 100 years before our country’s confederation, a race took place on The Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Gazette de Quebec recounted the race as follows: “The horse race for a purse of forty dollars was held on Wednesday, first of the month, on the Hill of Abraham. It was easily won by Captain Prescott’s mare Modesty, much to the discomfiture of those who, purporting to know about such things, had wagered against her and were thereby parted from their money.” From that day forward horse racing has been part of the fabric of our country. From coast to coast, for generation after generation, people from all walks of life have participated in and enjoyed the sport, whether on grass-root tracks, at agricultural fairs, on frozen rivers dotting the countryside, or in today’s modern facilities. Wagers have been made, crowds have cheered, champions have been crowned. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is partnering with the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, and Standardbred Canada to create a series of celebrations of this spectacular milestone throughout 2017. Today we announce the launch of the ‘250 miles for 250 years’ initiative and 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada funding campaign. Racetracks, training centres, agricultural societies, communities, farms and fans are invited to take part in honouring Canada’s racing history by hosting a commemorative mile.

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Miles in honour of the 250th Anniversary could include: * Hold a 250th Anniversary race day highlighting your track and community’s racing history and feature a race and special cooler presentation in honour of the 250th Anniversary. * Post parades or exhibition races using antique race bikes and buggies harkening back to days gone by. * Participate in a community parade with a float or entry that represents local horse racing history. The miles of the parade can count as commemorative miles. * Hold an open house at your training centre or farm, invite the public to visit and experience what horse racing is all about, display memorabilia and trophies representing your accomplishments and history, offer rides around the training track, hold stick horse races for the kids. * Contact your local agricultural society about participating in this year’s fair or festival and help them showcase the role horse racing has played in your community. To help you with your event, you will be provided a 250th Anniversary kit containing 250th Anniversary logos, advertising and press release templates, and much more. We invite you to take a look at how you can become a 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing Celebration supporter as a sponsor or by making a tax deductible donation. Watch for upcoming announcements for details of local launch events at racetracks across Canada. For additional information contact: Stacie Roberts 416-230-5190 or Linda Rainey 416-417-9404, or visit www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame. com.

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Western Dressage -- Shoulder-in By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz In this month’s issue, we are discussing an exercise called shoulder-in. Shoulder-in is a lateral movement which is used to supple, straighten, and balance the horse. It also strengthens the horse’s inside hind leg by encouraging the use of its hindquarters, therefore preparing it for more collected work. Some trainers prefer to teach the shoulderfore movement first, before introducing the shoulder-in to the horse. The shoulderfore movement is ridden on four tracks and therefore requires less angle than the shoulderin exercise. (Photo by Lisa Wieben)


n order to perform the movement, the horse needs to be bending around the rider’s inside leg, with its hindquarters staying parallel to the wall, while its forehand comes off the wall onto an inside track, creating a 30-degree-angle with the wall. The horse’s neck should only be very minimally bent, just enough that the corner of the horse’s inside eye is visible to the rider. The horse’s hind legs track straight forward along the wall while the front legs move laterally, with the inside front leg crossing in front of the outside front leg. The shoulder-in exercise is performed on three tracks, which means the horse’s outside hind leg is on the outermost track, the horse’s inside hind leg and outside front leg are on the next track, and the horse’s inside front leg is on the third track. The inside hind hoof should track into or beyond the hoof print made by the outside front leg.

During the shoulder-in exercise, the horse is bent away from the direction of travel, and therefore the movement requires a certain amount of collection. As this is a collecting exercise, in western dressage you will begin to see this movement in Level 2, when the collected gaits are asked for. How to execute the shoulder-in When teaching the exercise to a horse, we recommend starting the movement when coming out of a corner or on a circle as the horse is already correctly bent from head to tail. This way the rider only needs to maintain the bend rather than establish it from a straight line. Shoulder-in

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is the first step of a 10-meter circle continued on a straight line. Some trainers prefer to teach the shoulderfore movement first before introducing the shoulder-in to the horse. The shoulder-fore movement is ridden on four tracks and therefore requires less angle than the shoulder-in exercise. The shoulder-fore exercise is also often used in lope work to help straighten a horse’s natural crookedness. 1. Sit tall with eyes forward, looking into the direction you’re going. 2. Align your shoulders with your horse’s shoulders and your hips with the horse’s hips, just as you would when riding a circle or corner. 3. Your belly button should be pointing in the same direction as your horse’s bend. 4. Keep your inside leg at the horse’s girth to maintain bend, while also encouraging the horse

to step under its body with its inside hind leg. 5. Move your outside leg slightly back to prevent the horse’s haunches from swinging out and to maintain the forward energy. 6. With the inside rein, gently ask your horse to flex at the poll so you can see its inside eye. The inside rein maintains proper bend. 7. The outside rein steadies the horse and prevents overbending and also keeps the horse from stepping further off the track than is needed. 8. Shift your weight slightly towards the horse’s outside shoulder in order to continue tracking down the long side and to prevent the horse from moving

Notice the inside rein is soft and the bend is coming from the inside leg and the rider’s body turning with the shoulders. The horse moves into the outside supporting rein. (Photo by Rebecca Wieben)

Shoulder-in; the haunches remain on the track and the shoulders move towards the inside of arena. Notice the three tracks: one for the outside hind leg; outside front leg and inside hind leg on same track; and one for the inside front leg. (Photo by Rebecca Wieben)

off the outside track. 9. Only ask for a few steps at a time, then ride a small 10-metre circle before continuing along the outside track. Common Errors • The rider uses the inside rein to create bend instead of asking for bend with the inside leg. This, however, overbends the horse in the neck instead of creating bend in the ribcage. It may also pull the horse off the outside track. • The rider’s inside leg is too far back instead of at the girth. This will push the horse’s haunches out, and you will end up doing a leg yield instead of a shoulder-in movement. • The rider’s outside leg is too far forward or completely off the horse’s side; in order to bend a horse properly, both the rider’s inside leg and outside leg have to work together. If your outside leg is too far forward or completely off the horse’s side, the horse’s hindquarters may swing out and the horse may lose forward energy. The shoulder-in movement can be executed at any gait and, while we prefer to ride it at a walk when first learning the movement, riding the exercise at a jog can be beneficial as the horse has more impulsion. In western dressage competitions, it is only ridden at the jog. Lisa Wieben is a versatile and exceptional riding coach, balancing her skills as a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Western Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer. Currently specializing in Western and English Dressage, she trains youth, adult amateurs, and professionals as well as coaching a local 4H group at her facility near Bowden/ Olds, AB. Through dressage and foundational training, she helps riders of all disciplines create stronger partnerships with their horses. Also, as a Hanna Somatic Instructor and Practitioner in Training, Lisa works with riders, in class or privately, learning movement exercises that target specific muscle issues in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and overuse. Her approach, using Dressage, Centered Riding, Irwin Insights principles, and Somatics, all come together to develop a balanced rider and a balanced horse. Learn more at www. mountainviewtrainingstables.com. Birgit Stutz is an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer and offers horse training, riding lessons in the English and Western disciplines, horsemanship clinics, mentorship programs, intensive horsemanship courses, workshops, short courses and demonstrations on various topics, as well as working student programs at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language, biomechanics, as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Learn more at www.fallingstarranch.ca. (See their listings in our Business Services section under “Trainers”)


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laine and Al are no strangers to the hospitality business; they are former owners of Prancing Horse Retreat on Vancouver Island, which they owned and operated for 20 years. The Dillabaughs sold the luxury inn and farm this past September 2016 and purchased their dream property, Montana Hill Guest Ranch. Montana Hill Guest Ranch has seeminglyendless acres and borders Crown land on three sides. The Dillabaughs have handpicked their ranch horses, and guests can choose from a variety of handsome geldings with everything from Paints to buckskins and palominos. They offer introductory trail rides on their working cattle ranch, but you’re also welcome to bring along your own horse and house him in one of the separate paddocks and shelters built for visiting horses, located conveniently next to your cabin. During your stay, you can explore the scenic miles of trails and lakes on Crown land. The guest ranch has four log cabins tastefully decorated with antiques and collectibles. Each cabin has its own private ensuite, kitchenette, barbeque and private hot tub. A full gourmet breakfast is included

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True Cost of Riding Lessons By Alicia Harper Ever wonder why riding lessons are so expensive? Here’s why. For this article, we will assume that you are taking lessons in BC at a facility with lesson horses, an indoor riding arena and a coach with some level of certification.


he rent for the facility is a major expense, of course. The cost can average from $1000/ month to $3000/month, depending on size, location and the number of stalls. Those lesson horses need to be fed at least twice a day, and it takes about 4 hours to do chores, with labour cost at approximately $12/hour at our facility. The horses also need the farrier, which averages about $300/month for 10 lesson horses; and visits by the veterinarian, to the tune of $50/month for deworming, and $200/month for other vet services. The facility also always needs maintenance, which includes mending fences, replacing mats, re-footing the arena and basically everything a horse could destroy. The tack you use for your lesson horse needs to be maintained. We spend, on average, approximately $100/month on tack and $500/month on facility maintenance. We are now at approximately $4500 in monthly expenses. There are also monthly administration fees which include power (hydro), phone, booking systems, websites, etc., which will probably add up to around $250/month. Add on top of that insurance, which will range from $250 - $400 per month, depending on the level of coverage. And we haven’t even paid the coach yet. One coach coaching full-time could coach 40 hours per week on average. Let’s assume that coach has 40 students riding in private lessons and the lessons are $60 each. Given four weeks in a month X 40 X 60, that equals $9600 in revenue. You are probably thinking, “That’s a lot of money, right, and we`ve only spent $5,000.” That coach brought in $9600 but, since most of the people pay with a credit card, 3% goes back to the credit card company in merchant fees. That fee is $300. Now we are down to $9300 in revenue and we have $5000 in operating costs, which leaves us with $4300 to buy feed for the horses -- we haven’t accounted for that yet. Each non-working horse eats, on average, one bale of hay every three days. That’s 10 bales per month and with the current hay prices of quality local hay (we are talking best of the best here, since our horses are working horses) at $15 per bale, each horse is going to cost us $150 a month to feed. That’s $1500 for all ten. But that expense is just the hay - that doesn’t yet include any grain, which will be another $200/month. This number is a low estimate -- $1700 to feed the 10 lesson horses. That coach needs to maintain certification which means upgrading, attending clinics and continuing their education and, trust me, you want a coach who does! Let’s give that coach approximately $100/month to do that. Now we have $2500 left. Most coaches will have a truck and horse trailer which they need to insure. A good guess would be approximately $200/month to insure, perhaps another $300 in fuel. Now we are down to $2000. That is $2000 per month, for working 40 hours a week teaching, probably feeding a few horses, fixing fences, and booking appointments and scheduling. Just to give an estimate, I spend on average 15 hours per week booking, fixing, cleaning and I don’t even clean stalls! If I were the average coach, I would be making $10 an hour. That is less than minimum wage. Now, this article`s purpose wasn’t meant to tell you how poor your coach is, but to show you that coaches mostly do this job for the love of it. Not for the money – people at McDonalds are making more money! Yes, there are some coaches out there making a pretty penny, but also some coaches who must take another job just to afford to be a coach. No matter where your coach falls on that spectrum, thank him or her – they are doing it for the love it!

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Washington Celebrates 2016 Thoroughbred Champions with a “Roaring 20s” Gala Stryker Phd Earns Third Consecutive Horse of the Year Title

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ver 275 horsemen and horse racing enthusiasts filled the fourth floor Emerald Downs banquet rooms on February 25, in celebration of the 2016 Washington champion runners and to honor horsemen in both racing and other important aspects of the Thoroughbred horse industry. The festive annual event featured a fun “Roaring 20s” theme. The 2016 horse of the year title proved a tight race between Jim and Mona Hour’s Stryker Phd and impressive two-year-old runner So Lucky, with Stryker Phd getting the nod with his victory in the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap in late November. The now eight-year-old gelding by Bertrando out of 2014 Washington broodmare of the year Striking Scholar, by Smart Strike, also won the WA Cup Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and earned $101,760 while under the tutelage of trainer Larry Ross. Spokane residents Char Clark and Todd Havens bred the 2013-16 champion handicap horse winner. Older filly or mare honors went to Todd and Shawn Hansen’s Ethan’s Baby, who was earning her third consecutive state champion title in her division. She was named for the special relationship shared by the Hansens’ nine-year-old son Ethan – who was also in attendance – and the now five-year-old daughter of Offlee Wild, who is currently in Kentucky and booked to Animal Kingdom. The sprinter title went to Emerald Downs 2016 six-furlong record setter and two-time stakes winner Kaabraaj, who broke Absolutely Cool’s three-year strangle hold on the short distance title. Bred by Jean Harris



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Slow Feeder Systems Their Purpose and Use By Tahn Towns

Part 1: Differences between Horses, Hays and Slow Feeding Systems


’m a huge fan of the concept of slow feeders/nets for prolonged hay delivery, and have happily used slow feeders/nets for my horses for several years. However, as I chat with horse owners, I’ve learned that some serious problems can occur when people are not aware of several important aspects of using different types of slow feeders. It’s important to remember that each situation, each horse, and each hay type is different. One type of slow feeding system will not work for every horse or situation. This three-part article is designed to outline many of the considerations that go into successfully choosing and using a slow feeding system. Purpose: The goal of using a slow feeder system is to mimic a horse’s natural grazing activity. To do this, a slow feeder should: 1. Encourage nose-down grazing. 2. Provide smaller bites of hay so the horse will chew thoroughly and mix in saliva prior to swallowing. 3. Provide the horse with access to hay over the longest possible time frame - 24/7 being the goal.

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While expansion on these three items is not the topic at hand, more specific details can be found at www.healthyhorses.ca. Properly employed, a slow feeder system can be a fabulous way to manage a horse’s roughage intake. Sadly, many problems can occur when a slow feeding system is used to RESTRICT the amount of food a horse has access to, not just slow the feed intake. Making food too difficult for a horse to access creates a hungry, frustrated horse, and can result in injury to the horse, distress to the digestive system, and creates the potential for damage to the feeder. When I hear someone say that a horse “loves the slow feeder because he stands at it all day long,” I get suspicious that what they might have is an incompatible slow feeding system – and a hungry horse. The normal eating pattern of a healthy horse is to eat (and eat) then go away and nap… or look for something else to entertain themselves with, like finding an open gate. A ravenous horse with an insatiable appetite may be indicating that his “gut/brain link” is not operating properly and his body isn’t registering the “full feeling.” Slow feeding systems that deliver adequate roughage over a prolonged time frame, as well as

the inclusion of a high quality prebiotic and probiotic into the diet can help re-establish healthy microbial balance in the gut and are excellent considerations for these types of horses. Horse Differences Horses have different mouth and teeth sizes as well as individual differences in their abilities to use the lips and tongue as “fingers.” I’ve seen horses with incredible “finger-lips” and suspect they could play the piano if they were given a chance. Other horses act like they’ve got mittens on their lips, and have difficulty taking a piece of carrot from my fingers without engulfing my entire hand. Clearly, oral dexterity differs from horse to horse, and it wouldn’t be reasonable to expect them all to be able to eat from the same slow feeder design. Hay Differences Each type of hay pulls through slow feeding systems differently. Tightly-baled and hard-packed flakes of hay are much harder to grab and pull through a grate or a net, while slippery grass hay pulls through very easily. Wet or soaked hays can also be considerably more difficult to pull out. (To test your feeder, put on your winter mittens and pull bits of hay out of your slow feeder system for several minutes like you were eating -- your horse will be amused.) Some hays have a very good “Kleenex effect,” meaning that one bite will pull up the next few stems, always making a few stems of hay readily available for the horse’s lips to easily reach. Tightly-packed flakes or bales often do not “Kleenex” effectively, making the hay very difficult to get out. You may need to shake the flakes

a bit, prior to stuffing them into nets or feeders, so that the hay pulls outs more easily. If you see divets in the hay in the morning, but the feeder is still mostly full, you know that the horse probably couldn’t get the hay to “Kleenex” and you likely have a hungry (and cranky) horse greeting you at the gate. When a horse has to resort to pressing his gums or teeth into the nets or grates to reach the next bite of hay, gum and dental problems can start. The Internet is full of gruesome photos of horses with damaged tooth enamel and badly-bruised, bloody gums. Keep an eye on your horse’s teeth and gums by lifting his lips every week or two. Take home message Part 1: It’s important to conduct frequent, careful observations of horses using slow feeding systems to ensure they are getting sufficient feed and that there is not the potential for damage to their teeth or gums. Watch for the second instalment in this series, “Transitioning to Slow Feeders - Placement, Safety and Design” in next month’s Saddle Up. Tahn Towns is the owner of Healthy Horses, the BC distributor of Animal Pro Products, a Canadian company that makes species-specific probiotics for all animals, including Equine Choice for horses. Tahn networks with horse owners, veterinarians, riders and trainers, sharing what she has learned and observed from her own travels as well as input from her home-based “R&D team” of three horses. Go to www.healthyhorses.ca to learn more.

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Explosive Draft By Bruce A. Roy, www.wrdha.com

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This year’s Mid-America Draft Horse Sale, roaring trade, for 259 head of stallions, price of $9,056. The largest crowd ever for buyers from eight of Canada’s ten Sixty-nine of the catalogued horses sold for the rate of exchange, Canadian buyers


he atmosphere ringside was explosive when the auctioneer’s hammer fell on a $90,000 bid for L-Valley Double Powerball, a 5-year-old Belgian sired by SB Power Play. This handsome red sorrel, whose white mane and tail added a touch of class, was purchased by the Lancaster Equine Group, a syndicate of Amish farmers from Pennsylvania, organized as the bidding progressed. Ivan Hochstetler of Millersburg, Ohio, was the consignor. Pennwoods Plum Krazy, the 4-yearold Percheron mare that Peter Curtis of East Garafraxa, ON, consigned, won a last final of $73,000. The Sale’s high-selling female, she was purchased by Young Living Percherons at Mona, Utah. This 18.1 hh mare is heavy with foal to the cover of Windy Hill Jack, an Ontario-bred sire. Valentino Jill Ann sold for $53,000. She will be foaled, rebred and shown in the USA by Blue Ribbon Percherons of Farmington, Missouri, before she is flown to Germany, where her new owner resides. Zane Pickering of Prince George was this

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held February 22, 23 and 24, sparked a females and geldings sold for an average packed the Gordyville USA Auction Center, provinces joined American buyers ringside. $10,000 or more. Paying little attention to bought forty of the catalogued horses. L-Valley Double Powerball year’s volume buyer. He paid $37,000 for Rush River’s Garth, a 5-year-old by YY Extreme; $30,000 for Grenlea Rosco, a 4-year-old bred in Ontario; and $10,500 for Bart, a 4-year-old by Pleasant View King. Gord Ruzicka of Viking, AB, will field these black Percheron geldings in a sixhorse hitch he is assembling and schooling for Zane and Diane Pickering. Hopefully, they will appear at the 2017 Calgary Stampede. Drew Mundie of Innisfail, AB, was one of Western Canada’s few Belgian consignors. He won a bid of $3,500 for his Illinois-bred stallion, AgRestore’s Jay’s Impression. A big, lofty horse, sired by AgRestore’s Dylan, he was purchased by Bill Prins, Prins View Belgian of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, owner of the largest stable of pedigreed Belgians in the province. The Percherons sold at this year’s MidAmerica Draft Horse Sale carried a wealth of Alberta breeding. Eight granddaughters and grandsons of Timeu Valley Velvet, a mare bred and sold by John Keleman, Timeu Valley Percherons of Ponoka, AB, sold for a total of $114,000 at this year’s Mid-America Sale.

Horse Association responsible for such worthwhile events as the Annual Draft Horse & Tack Sale held in Olds; Youth & 4-H clinics; The Futurity held in Ponoka; and Stanton’s Field Day held near Spruceview. They also support the Youth in most Alberta Draft Horse Shows. We welcome members to bring forth projects subject for approval. Anyone with an interest in Draft Horses, please contact Membership Director and Secretary, Barb Stephenson at 403-9335765 or e-mail dbsteph@telusplanet.net. Upcoming events: Wild Rose Draft Horse Sale May 5-6 at the Cow Palace, Olds AB Youth Clinic May 12-14 at the Coleman Ranch Wild Rose Draft Horse Field & Pioneer Days June 3-4 at Double Tree Village APRIL 2017


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2017 Fashion Forecast By Suzanne Vlietstra, Photos ©2017 Hobby Horse Clothing Co., Inc.

Show season is here! Horses are slick, riders have perused show bills and entered classes, the trailer is packed in readiness to go, show, and win… but what about your show wardrobe this year? Are you ready to create a winning impression the moment your horse sets hoof into the arena?

Color-coordination of horse and rider create the impression of a winning team. Here, “Mattie” vest in turquoise with coordinating blouse and saddle blanket make a winning look, from Hobby Horse.

Beautifully tailored black “Bethany” jacket from Hobby Horse is attractive with any horse; gold overlay adds bling in the ring. Show apparel should fit like a glove and showcase your smooth riding skills.

Show styles in 2017 are elaborate, graphic, and look great from a distance in the show ring. “Elsie” teal suit from Hobby Horse has high-contrast geometric trim and plenty of crystals to bring sparkle to your show wardrobe.

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estern show fashions for women this year cover a wider spectrum of styles than perhaps ever before. On the flashy western pleasure side, custom-made show tops are absolutely encrusted with hand-sewn jewels, fringe, airbrushed painting, crystals and other blingy baubles. Way over on the practical side, ranch riding aficionados are wearing a basic cotton shirt, a straw hat, and jeans. What’s new is that these extremes in costuming might be worn by the same rider at different times of the day in different classes at the same horse show. Because there is such variety in what is being worn in the western show pen, riders are embracing small details like hat brim trims, custom boots, and unusual jewelry to personalize their presentations and bring a sense of fashionable fun to the arena. This wide spectrum of acceptable fashion also means that more fabrics, more colors, and more trims are being seen on all components of a western show outfit. Savvy showgirls know to use color and silhouette to create a winning impression in the show ring, so let’s get to the details! Taking it from the top, we’ll start with hats. While a traditional felt with a cattlemen’s crease and 4” brim is always acceptable, expect to see personalization on hats as a big element in fashion this year. Bound-edges on bigger brims, whip-stitching, and distinctive bands will be seen, as well as painting, jeweled accents, and embossed designs on hats. Not every exhibitor is going to have a hand-made topper, but more and more riders are appreciating the comfort and originality of the iconic western hat, and spending accordingly. And they’re doing it in color: brights and pastels are joining the parade of black and pale neutral hats for a blast of quirky color… even straws are appearing in high-contrast colors and fancy weaves. Hats are fun! For show tops, the look is again across the board. For ranch classes, or for riders who choose a classic quiet look, there’s nothing better than a starched, pressed cotton shirt, beautifully tailored, and accented with a pretty scarf that picks up colors from a bold saddle blanket. Look for classic shirts with amusing contrast details inside plackets and collars, and in some traditional western prints as well: gingham, calico, etc. Expect to see more vests in the show pen in both traditional and embellished styles. In the pleasure pen, the same cotton shirt from ranch classes may be seen with a smaller scarf or subtle jewelry… or the rider may don a multi-thousand-dollar embellished show jacket that would be at home on any stage in Nashville! Again, styles run the gamut from plain to extremely embellished. As in recent years, fancy fabrics with tons of texture including lace, metallic elements, and sequined accents carry the look across the arena and add dazzle to any arena presentation. Add more jewels and crystals if you wish, but make sure that the garment fits trim and is in tasteful

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Tailored western vests are comfortable, slenderizing, and cooler than jackets. Expect to see vests like Hobby Horse’s shimmering “Icicle” layered over stretch technical tops, as shown here.

Lovely shimmering paillettes fabric in bold silver and gold combine to make Hobby Horse’s “Jewely” jacket a modern western wardrobe standout. Shapely tailoring helps slenderize your figure as you show.

Show blouses bring all-day comfort to the show ring, with designs like Hobby Horse’s “Stephanie” horsemanship top combining stretch and shine to create a winning impression.

colors that coordinate with your horse’s color before you bring on the bling. Chaps should fit like that proverbial glove, helping the rider’s frame to look long and lean. While you’ll find some custom touches sneaking onto chaps like double rows of fringe, contrast yokes, and custom conchos, chaps are always in style with fringe and a great fit that hangs snugly from the riders waist and ends in a length that covers the boot heels when mounted. For ranch riders, chinks (knee-length chaps) paired with tall boots are a popular look and a place to show your individuality with fancy fringe treatments and touches of contrasting color.

Showmanship exhibitors continue to prefer a suit look with pants and jacket in matching fabric. Those jackets may be as embellished as a pleasure jacket (or even be the same doubleduty jacket in a hip length) or simply tailored with western details including yokes and topstitching. Boots should match pants, and hats should match or be a pale neutral color to frame the handler’s face. Accessories, as mentioned, are personal, quirky, and fun. Scarves, ties, jewelry, buckles, belts, and boots are as individual as those who wear them. Small luxuries including personalization with initials and brands in jewelry, use of exotic leathers in boots and belts, and fine details like discrete hat band pins and silky scarves in intricate prints all add charm and originality to the show ring presentation of competitive western riders. There’s one item that visually pulls horse and rider together as a team: a large, colorful saddle blanket. Whether you choose an intricate tribal look to go with a solid shirt, or a simpler geometric or solid design paired with a patterned top, your saddle blanket is the key piece that makes you and your horse look like you belong together, so choose it carefully. Size matters, too: the saddle blanket needs to be big enough to frame your saddle and lend color to your presentation. Don’t forget your horse’s contribution to the overall picture of show-ring style when planning your show wardrobe. While black is the most common clothing color used in the show ring, consider using earth-tone accents like rust and buckskin on sorrel and chestnut horses, and jewel-tone brights like indigo and fuchsia on horses in the bay and black/white color range. Not sure what horse you’ll be riding? Blue/green colors flatter any horse and rider; teal and turquoise are always good choices in the show ring. Test drive your color concepts before buying them by draping a large swatch, like a towel, on your horse to evaluate the look from a distance. Review your current wardrobe with these tips in mind, then add a few new pieces or up cycle something you already own to refresh your show wardrobe and get ready for show season. Planning ahead reduces stress on show day and helps you get Ready-to-Win… good luck and have fun!

© 2017 Suzanne Vlietstra. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company (www.hobbyhorseinc.com) a show apparel manufacturer, and also owns a 50-horse boarding stable. APRIL 2017


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he New Noble Outfitters™ Spring 2017 Collection features fashionable pieces that look great for practical and easy care. The lifestyle apparel is on point this season with the popular ‘boho meets country’ look. Inspired by light and airy fabrics paired with fringe details and delicate floral prints; like the flowy Peyton Tank with a vintage lace detail, spaghetti straps, and a flowy silhouette. Or the loose fitting Arizona Knit Vest with its fine detailed fringe hem, that combines perfectly with many items from the collection. Kick off the show season in style. Featuring transitional pieces made to fit perfectly like the Perfect Fit Western Show Shirt which details a hidden front zipper to say goodbye to gaping buttonholes while adding perfect contour to the body. The show line also boasts pieces that are made for coverage, comfort and versatility. The ultra-breathable Ashley Performance

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Horsin’ Around at Ladies Potluck in the Cariboo

Cowboy Poetry Ty Pozzobon By Curtis Anderson


n March 5, the doors opened at 11:30 a.m. for the 1st (and hopefully annual) Cariboo Ladies Potluck Luncheon held at the Lone Butte Community Hall in the 100 Mile area. Forty horse lovin’ ladies from all over the 100 Mile area, including 140 Mile, 70 Mile and Clinton attended the event. Unfortunately Williams Lake had been hit with two days of snow storms and the ladies from that area were unable to make it down. But what a success! With a long and rather strange winter, the potluck luncheon was there to help break up the winter and get a lot of great “horse” talk going. The variety of food filled five large tables and was enjoyed by all, with some recipes being swapped as well. The idea for the potluck was the brainchild of Cat Armitage. In 2016 Cat (new to the area), with the help of Linda Poel (who graciously opened her house up), invited some friends over for a potluck luncheon. It was such a big hit and there were many other individuals who would have liked to come. Because of the response last year, Cat decided that this year she would rent a hall, buy the tableware, coffee and tea and then do a little advertising to try and encourage people to come together as she was well aware how moving to a new area where you don’t know anyone (especially the horse people) can be a little intimidating. And the results speak for themselves. Forty ladies arrived with their hands full of fabulous goodies and a lot of ‘horse’ networking taking place. And the positive comments about the luncheon have been pouring in… so much so that Cat is now thinking about maybe a late spring or summer potluck barbeque for everyone. “What could be better than making new friends, sharing great recipes and talking about our favourite subject – “horses, horses, and horses!” says Cat.

Training for Courage Spring 2017 Clinic Tour:

April 15-16 Terrace BC, Totem Saddle Club April 29-30 Kelowna BC, Training For Courage Center May 6-7 Millet AB, Steelcreek Equestrian May 20-21 Saskatoon SK, Willow Ridge Stables May 27-2 8St. Andrews MB, Second Chance Ranch

Everyone will remember Pozzy’s smile and laugh He enjoyed spending time with his fans for an autograph or photograph When Pozzy would get nervous he would rub his hands together We will be friends forever Pozzy took care of his fans He was and still is a mountain of a man When Pozzy rode the crowd would cheer and scream He would encourage his family and friends to reach their goals and dreams Pozzy’s character speaks very loud He made his parent’s Leanne and Luke extremely proud Pozzy grew up talking, laughing, and building a strong bond with his sister Amy in Merritt BC When Pozzy’s travelling partners or friends made a good ride he would be on the back of the chutes hollering and the first one to give them credit Pozzy found in Texas the love of his life, back bone of support that made him smile brighter, his wife Jade He would call ‘a Spade a Spade’ Pozzy was a shining star Inside and outside of the arena with the CPRA, PRCA, ERA ,PBR Pozzy filled everyone’s heart with love, inspiration, hope and joy He was the epitome of a True Cowboy Pozzy had a lot of labels Champion, Hero, Legend One I’m proud to call him is a Friend, till the end Pozzy excelled at all levels of any competition He was the 2016 PBR Canadian Champion Pozzy enjoyed playing, laughing, talking with his traveling partner’s kids He touched hearts, had fans, rode rank bulls all over the grid.

Paul Dufresne

Summer 2017 5-day Camps:

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan

These guys are all looking for spring, too! That’s Boo, third from the front.


o is spring here? We sure hope so… so much to do outside and being cooped up in the house doesn’t help those projects get done. Although, this year, I started one in the basement so I could work instead of sitting on my butt all winter. Oh and what a project it’s turned out to be. Half our house is on dirt crawl space (if you’re really skinny you could crawl through there anyway) and we’ve decided to dig it out (with a pick and shovel) and turn it into a full basement. We’ve removed about 20 yards of dirt so far and the first foundation wall is about to go up… one down, two to go! Last month was a bit of a blur as we were all in getting ready for the 21st Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Then after it, doing all the wrap-up stuff – finances and media articles, etc. Speaking of which, in the next issue of Saddle Up we’ll have all the results with some photos… stay tuned! Or, in the meantime, you can head over to the website at www.bccchs.com. The next event on our plate is the BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM which will take place in the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, in Kamloops, May 25-27. It will be hosted by the Kamloops Stockmen’s Association. Education Day, the Saturday, will be in two parts; in the morning, a research forum -- an exciting opportunity to look towards the future with a focus on youth, both in the industry and featuring up-and-coming BC researchers; in the afternoon, we will be going by bus to a local indoor arena where we are also pleased to have a presentation by Curt Pate, an internationallyrecognized stockmanship instructor who, for more than a decade, has conducted demonstrations and clinics on livestock handling. We’ll be there all weekend and are really looking forward to it. Then in April, the second BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo on Sunday, April 23. Bronc Twan and the Harry brothers, Antoine and Gilbert, will be inducted at the very start of the Rodeo. The Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo is an annual three-day rodeo with 225+ competitors, top of the line stock, and some great entertainment.



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Gilbert (left) and Antoine Harry will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in April. The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake will host a private lunch/tea for the inductees and the families. We’ll have information and photos in the June issue of Saddle Up.

Bronc Twan will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in April. (Photo by Liz Twan)

The same weekend that the WL Indoor Rodeo takes place, and just down the highway a little at Lac La Hache, Dr. Jewell will be leading a “Spine-Centered Equine Therapy Workshop” on April 22, at Easygo Ranch. This workshop will be helpful and informative to anyone who rides their horses regularly, however it is of particular interest to anyone actively competing in any number of disciplines requiring your horse to be athletic, flexible and balanced. Dressage riders, reiners, distance riders, jumpers and others will all benefit from Dr. Jewell’s knowledge. Dr. Gail Jewell is an equine veterinarian who practices a holistic approach to the care of horses. A qualified chiropractor, Dr. Jewell is also an FEI level endurance rider and has competed internationally on the Canadian Endurance team. For more information and/or to register, please contact Joanne Macaluso at 250-456-7320 or joanne_macaluso@bcit.ca. Now speaking of youth… Miles Kingdon and Mark Grafton (who were both inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame on March 17 at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival) are doing a great job with their horsemanship clinics which I’m really happy to see are helping out and geared towards youth. Jasmine and Kevin Bedford and the 134 Mile Ranch will be hosting a couple of these workshops this summer: July 26-27 - Youth Workshop, July 28 - Green Horse Handling, July 29-30 - Weekend Workshop. They will focus on horsemanship and then translate that to cow work -- how to work your horse and the cows with the least resistance and stress. The Green Horse Handling will involve a full day of how to safely handle and continue the training of your green horse. Both Mark and Miles are well-respected horsemen and clinicians, as well as working cowboys, and many will have seen them at the Mane Event in Chilliwack where, for years now, they have judged the Trainers


Mark Grafton and Miles Kingdon will be back at the 134 Mile Ranch in July. Challenge. For more information on these clinics, contact Jasmine Bedford at 250-981-9920 or jazzbedford@gmail.com. The Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) is once again being held at the Spruce Hill Resort (formerly Hills Health Ranch) at 108 Mile House on July 28 (vetting in) and July 29 (ride day). Level one (approx. 16 miles), Level two (approx. 28 miles) and Level three (approx. 40 miles) will be offered. As many of you know, the trails at 108 are rolling, grassy and picturesque. Come and join us for a weekend of FUN. There are great prizes as well as a silent auction loaded with fantastic items (proceeds to the local “Night to Light, Freedom to Transition Non Profit Men’s Shelter”). For more information, please contact Joanne at joanne_macaluso@bcit.ca. Entry forms are available at www.bcctra.ca. The first six entries will be entered into a draw for two nights of free horse camping at the event (value $50). If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Mark Grafton will be one of the clinicians at the 134 Mile Ranch in July.

The March issue’s item is another one from Meadow Springs. They actually sit on the shelf above my desk and hold up a very long row of books and CDs. Yes they are book ends. Gordon Fuller of Barriere had the correct answer before press time – congratulations and thanks to all of you who are sending in answers – really nice to see so many guesses come in. There were a few guesses that came in after press time for the February “What’s This” challenge… a couple said record player or phonograph and a couple said cabinet for sheet music (which I suppose it could have been used for if one was a musician) -- oh, so close. Good guess by Gordon Fuller, Ann Stiles, Paisley, Brenda Cormack, Marilyn Becker and Rod Parkinson! Keep the guesses coming in everyone!


This month’s item is a photo of an object that’s at the end of the boardwalk leading up to the house at Meadow Springs Ranch. Last month, the object was glass, and this month it’s cast iron, but it has nothing to do with books – in fact it’s an outdoor thing. It’s about 10 inches tall. Good luck!

READERS - do you know what this is? What’s your guess?

The trails for the CTR at Spruce Hill Resort are very picturesque and will be ready to go for July.

Miles Kingdon will join Mark as one of the clinicians at the 134 Mile Ranch in July.

Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net 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. APRIL 2017


TOP DOG! Bitches in Season Courtesy of www.pets4homes.co.uk

If you own a bitch (female dog) that is unspayed, then once she reaches maturity, she will come into heat regularly, once or twice a year. This is referred to as being ‘in season.’


f you are intending on breeding from your dog, then you will of course need to keep her entire in order to enable this, and so will need to learn about what it means when she comes into season, how to manage this, and how to take care of her. Caring for a bitch in heat is more involved and complicated than caring for a spayed bitch, and if you do not intend to breed from your dog at some point, having her spayed is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. If your bitch is entire, read on to find out the top ten most frequently asked questions about bitches, the heat cycle, and what you need to know. 1. What is being in heat or ‘in season?’ What we call ‘heat’ in bitches is the natural oestrus cycle of the unspayed bitch. It is roughly the canine equivalent of periods (menstruation) in people. When your bitch is in season she will be able to conceive a pregnancy, and she will give off cues and scents that will attract entire male dogs. 2. When do bitches first come into season? Juvenile female dogs usually undergo their first heat cycle from the age of around six months old, although for some dogs they may make it to upwards of one year old before they will first come into season. If your bitch has had her first birthday and still not undergone a heat cycle, you should ask your vet to check her out to ensure that there are not any problems preventing it from occurring.

3. How often do bitches come into season? This will vary from dog to dog, but generally, bitches will come into season once or twice a year. Every six to eight months or so is about the average, although there are significant levels of variation between individual bitches and between different breeds. 4. How long will my bitch be in season for? Bitches generally come into and remain in heat for around three weeks at a time, although again this is very variable and anything 34 • APRIL 2017


between two weeks and four weeks is considered normal. If your bitch remains in season for more than four weeks at a time, consult your vet for advice as there may be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. 5. How will I know when my bitch is in season? Your bitch’s back end will often be visibly larger and darker looking than usual, with the vulva swollen and the tail often raised. Your bitch will also be discharging blood, although often not in any great quantity, particularly for smaller breeds of dog. Her behaviour may also change, with her appearing more clingy and needy than usual, and you may also have to deal with the annoying issue of all of the male dogs in the area and from some distance around hanging about outside your house. 6. At what stage can I breed from my bitch? Your bitch can only conceive a pregnancy (and generally, will only accept a male dog mounting her) while she is in season. Your bitch can get pregnant at any time during her heat cycle, although the most fertile stage of the cycle is considered to be between days ten to fifteen from the beginning of the cycle. 7. Can I breed my bitch during her first heat cycle? Theoretically, your bitch will be perfectly capable of conceiving a pregnancy during her first season, so you must take care of her and keep her away from entire male dogs during this time. However, it is not recommended to breed from a bitch under a year old, as she will not be fully developed or mature, and you should wait through at least one season and until your bitch is at least a year old before you consider breeding from her. 8. How do I keep unwanted male dogs away from my bitch when she is in season? This is a big challenge! Entire male dogs from quite some distance away will be able to scent that your bitch is in season, even if you keep her restricted to the home and the garden. Any loose dogs in the area are likely to congregate outside of your home, and restrained male dogs will often go to some lengths to get free and come and offer themselves up as potential suitors. You can still walk your bitch while she is in season, but you will need to do so with extreme care. Not only will any entire male dogs be making a beeline for her, but she will be equally keen to mate with them. Keep your in-season bitch on a lead at all times, and try to limit your walks in areas where other dogs are around. 9. Can my bitch be spayed while she is in season? If you have decided to have your bitch spayed and you do not intend to breed from her, it is important that you don’t ask your vet to do this if you know that your bitch is in season or close to coming into

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season. Spaying while in season is more risky than at any other time, as the uterus, vulva and womb will all be inflamed and rich with blood, making spaying more difficult and risky than it is at other times. Unless there is an urgent reason for spaying while in season, your vet will probably refuse to spay your bitch until after the heat cycle has finished. 10. As my bitch ages, will she undergo the menopause? As your bitch gets older, she will remain able to conceive while in season right up until the end of her life. Her fertility may decline somewhat, but she will not undergo a menopause in the same way that people do. When your bitch gets older, it is important to have her spayed even if she has had a couple of litters, to prevent her from having any more or undergoing the potential complications that conception in elderly bitches can entail.

Top Dog! of the Month

Tonka is 10 months old. He is a St Bernard, Bernese Mountain Dog, Leonberger cross. He likes to stand guard on top of the load of hay to keep an eye on the horses. - John and Elaine, Courtenay BC

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1 BCSDA Stirling Acres Spring Training Clinic, Coldstream BC, www.stockdog.bc.ca 1-2 CKC AGILITY TRIALS, Kelowna BC, www.canuckdogs.com 1-2 FIELD TRACKING WORKSHOP, Vernon BC, www.canuckdogs.com 1-2 FLYBALL, Run Free, Abbotsford BC, www.flyball.org 2 CONFORMATION & OBEDIENCE MATCH, Williams Lake BC, www.canuckdogs.com 7-9 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Pitt Meadows BC, www.canuckdogs.com 7-9 FIELD DOG TEST & TRIAL, Nanoose Bay BC, www.canuckdogs.com 8 CONFORMATION/OBEDIENCE/RALLY, Lake Country BC, www.canuckdogs.com 9 STARTERS/ADVANCED GAMES FUN MATCH, Langley BC, www.canuckdogs.com 21-22 FIELD TRIAL & TESTS, Princeton BC, www.canuckdogs.com 21-23 BCSDA Stirling Acres Sheep Dog Trial, Coldstream BC, www.stockdog.bc.ca 21-23 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Abbotsford BC, www.canuckdogs.com 22-23 DOG ‘O’ POGO, Limited AAC Agility Trial, Hidden Hills, Vernon BC, entries at www.agilityrocks.com 22-23 CKC URBAN TRACKING TEST, Comox Valley BC, www.canuckdogs.com 29 AGILITY FUN MATCH, Abbotsford BC, www.canuckdogs.com 29-30 CKC HUNT TESTS, Bridal Falls BC, www.canuckdogs.com 30 TRAINING AGILITY FUN MATCH, Pitt Meadows BC, www.canuckdogs.com


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BCSDA R/J Acres Arena Trial Series, Penticton BC, www.stockdog.bc.ca FLYBALL, Matsqui Flyball, Abbotsford BC, www.flyball.org CANINE GOOD NEIGHBOUR TEST, Kelowna BC, www.canuckdogs.com UKC NOSEWORK TRIALS, Crescent Valley BC, www.canuckdogs.com


3 BCSDA R/J Acres Arena Trial Series, Penticton BC, www.stockdog.bc.ca 17-18 FLYBALL, The Flying Squad, Langley BC, www.flyball.org 24-25 DOG ‘O’ POGO, AAC Agility Trial, info tba, www.agilityrocks.com 29-30 BCSDA Stirling Acres Herding Camp, Coldstream BC, www.stockdog.bc.ca

DO YOU HAVE A WORKING DOG EVENT COMING UP? LET US KNOW! CALL 1-866-546-9922 OR EMAIL nancyroman@saddleup.ca APRIL 2017


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Community Talks Travelling Road Show 2017


e’re hitting the road in 2017 and coming to a community near you! We are bringing a one-day educational minisummit to communities around the province. First stop will be Kamloops in May; second stop will be Creston, in June; and third stop will be Courtenay in September. Below are the details about our first event, in Kamloops. KAMLOOPS COMMUNITY TALKS Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017 Time: 11am – 5pm Location: South Thompson Inn and Convention Centre Cost: Admission by donation at the door to Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association Join us for a day of equine education in Kamloops, sponsored by Otter Co-op, SciencePure Nutraceuticals Inc., Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic, Langley Environmental Protections Society (LEPS), and South Thompson Inn & Convention Centre! Guarantee your seats and pre-register! Pre-register and be entered to win a free night stay (May 6th) for the Kamloops Community Talks at South Thompson Inn! SPEAKERS Equine Nutrition: “Nutritional Needs for Horses in the Thompson Okanagan District” Ken Wilkinson Ken Wilkinson graduated from University of Manitoba, class of 1971, with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Animal Science. Ken moved to Alberta after graduation where he spent many years before moving to BC in 2000. He has worked in the feed industry as an equine nutritionist and general animal nutrition for various feed companies in Alberta and BC until his retirement in 2014. Veterinary Care: “What Your Vet Wants You to Know” Dr. Jennifer Jackson, Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic Jennifer was raised on a cattle ranch at Napier Lake, south of Kamloops. She attended public school in Kamloops and then attended Thompson Rivers University (during which time it was still called Caribou College). She was accepted into Western College of Veterinarian Medicine at the University of Alberta. After

graduating from Western College of Veterinarian Medicine in 1994, she then completed an internship at Cornell University in New York. Jennifer returned to Kamloops in 1996 to work with Dr. Paul Christensen and Dr. Craig Dorin. Jennifer has an amazing husband, Dr. Paul Hunter, who owns Summit Veterinarian Hospital. Jennifer and Paul have two boys, who joined their family in 2008. They all love to camp, ski, and enjoy their horses. Pasture & Manure Management King Campbell King Campbell has a degree in Grazing Management from the University of Alberta and has worked for the Ministry of Forests (FLNRO), Ducks Unlimited Canada and has been delivering the Environmental Farm Plan program to producers in BC for 12 years. During his employment, he has focussed on grazing management projects that improve the forage supply and also enhance habitat for fish and wildlife. King and his wife Sonya, run Topline Stables and Show Park in Salmon Arm and care for about 30 horses full time. His presentation will review the principles of grass growth and management and will also touch on weed control. King will also include a good selection of various project photos to demonstrate different stock watering techniques and fencing options that support grazing management rotations for horses or cattle. BC 55+ Games Carolyn Farris, Equestrian Sport Chair Carolyn currently operates a small hobby farm with her sister and niece in the Township of Spallumcheen. She has been involved with HCBC for over twenty years and is currently the Treasurer and the director from BCQHA where she is Secretary/Treasurer. Carolyn has worked almost 20 years in School District # 83, teaching everything from Kindergarten to first-year college courses. In her spare time, she volunteers with community organizations and helps organize and work at equine events for a variety of disciplines. She was recently appointed the Sports Chair for Equestrian for the 55+ Games to be held in Vernon (Armstrong) in September 2017. Bring all your questions and curiosity about the 55+ BC Games to our event! The 55+ BC Games is an annual multi-sport event produced by the BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS) for the availability of the 55+ population of BC to participate in 27 individual sports. The average participation is 3,500, leaving behind a $3.5 M economic impact in the communities during the five-day event. Each participant must be a member of the BC Seniors Games Society. Get the details for the 55+ BC Games on the website at www.hcbc.ca.

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

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4-H Spirit Riders Club Report


ello, I’m Bria Lemoine and I am the 4-H Spirit Riders Club reporter for 2017. I am 11 years old and this is my second year in 4-H. The 4-H Spirit Riders in Whitehorse, Yukon has 11 members and 5 leaders. This year the 4-H Spirit Riders will be very busy! We have planned an 8-day trip to Ottawa in March. We will be spending time with the RCMP Musical Ride horses, riders, trainers, vets and farriers to learn about their daily routines. We will also be doing some other activities such as going to a horse sale, exploring agricultural museums and a maple farm tour. In order to reach our goal of going to Ottawa, our 4-H club had to do a lot of fundraising such as bake sales, auctions, selling Christmas cookie boxes and Christmas wreaths. With a lot of teamwork and time we reached our goal. My experience in 4-H has been amazing. I have learned so many

things in just one year about horses and agriculture. Our group is very inviting and willing to take in new members. I am having a great time with the club. This year in 4-H, I am in Level 1 and like any other member in this Level, I had to choose a project horse. Choosing a project horse can be something quite easy but in other ways very hard. In my case, I found it easy. I chose a Haflinger named Mardi. I have been riding him for a few months now and started leasing him about a month ago. I knew Mardi would be a good horse for me. He has a great personality and I think riding him will be challenging yet very fun. I am definitely looking forward to this year and being the 4-H Spirit Riders Club reporter!

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister Photos by Ron McCarthy, RGM Photography

CC Barrel & Pole Bending Producing Barrel and Pole Bending Events for all ages and abilities! Come out and enjoy a fun filled day for the whole family. Membership isn’t required, but HCBC is. Langley Riders Society and Cowgirl Creations has come together to bring even more ways to win! Langley Riders Society members that compete at the Langley Riders Games days in the Barrels and Pole Bending, as well as the Cowgirl Creations Barrel and Pole Bending Races, will earn points for Year End Awards. There are two ways to earn CC LRS Members Only Points. First, attend LRS Games days and enter the Barrels and/or Pole Bending. There is no additional fee, nor will it change the way the Games have been run in the past. Second, attend CC Barrel and Pole Bending races. The LRS CC Barrel & Pole Bending Points cut-off will be October 31, 2017. You may race in either Western or English attire and tack. For more information and entry information please visit www.cowgirlcreations. ca.   It is not mandatory to participate in LRS Games Days AND CC Barrel and Pole Bending Days to earn points; it just doubles your chances. The more races you attend; the more points you will receive.   2017 RACE CATEGORIES: Open: Any Rider Novice: Rider OR horse under $500 barrel racing winnings as of race entry date Senior: 50 years or older as of first Senior competition Youth: 15 years of age or less as of January 1, 2017 Pee Wee: 10 years of age or less as of January 1, 2017 and have not competed in any other barrel racing class that race date. ALL PEE WEES MUST WEAR A HELMET. Pole Bending: Any Rider

Hope to see you at the races! Don’t forget to come on out to our first Games Day of this season on April 8th and our first English and Western Show of the year April 30th! Like us on Facebook for event info and club news.

Carrie Mussell

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BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


ith two events in March behind us, being the Horseman’s Bazaar on March 12 and our annual Pub Night fundraiser March 11… we are winding up for a busy 2017. Firstly I would like to thank all the BCMHC members that helped set up and man our booth at the Bazaar. A thank you to our little furry participants as well. They really are the stars of the show! I would also like to thank everyone that came out to the Artful Dodger and supported our Pub Night. Whether you supported the silent auction or tossed some toonies we really appreciate your contribution. We have an Easter Fun Day planned for April 23 at the B&V Arena in Aldergrove. This fun day is a free day of fun-based classes for both the young and old. There will be ribbons and prizes, as well as a lunch by donation. Please contact Terri Brown 778-549-1297 for details. Calling all Show Ponies! Get ready to strut your stuff at our A&R sanctioned show to be held at Heritage Park in Chilliwack on June 9-11. This 3-judge show boasts a full slate of classes, as well as futurities, and NEW for this year will be $100 added money jackpots for youth,

amateur and open divisions!! The details for these jackpots will be available at the show office. We also boast a spectacular Saturday night social. For show details please contact Tina Harrison at 604-533-1168. Following our June show, we will once again be bringing up from California, world champion trainer Casey Campbell for another clinic! After the success of his last clinic you will certainly want to attend this one! More details coming soon. We have two new fundraisers in the works. We will have FLOWER BASKETS for sale in May. These baskets are all hand-made… started from seed, and planted by our very own president! Please contact Taylor Josiassen at 604 308-7217 for details! And we will be selling raffle tickets for A TON OF HAY graciously donated by Vanderveen Hay Sales, and the second draw is for 20 BAGS OF SHAVINGS graciously donated by B&V Arena! Tickets are available now at a cost of 1 ticket $5 or 5 tickets $20. Please contact Terri Brown for details or to purchase tickets!! Don’t forget to hug your mini today!

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


ur 2017 show dates have been booked and we are putting some final touches on the class list. Due to popular opinion, we have brought back our Command and Discipline Rail classes. Some new classes we added are the Dressage Suitability (English and Western) as well as Hunter Hack. Show dates are: April 16, May 14 (team tournament show), June 4, August 13, and September 24. Entry for the May 14 Team Tournament show is included with your entry fee for the day’s show, the Tournament is optional. Names go into a hat and teams will be drawn; 1 Senior, 1 Youth, 1 Walk Trot and 1 PeeWee for each team. Dan’s Forest Enterprises has donated some great prizes for the teams, and will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of the divisions. We are still working out the fine details.

Also new this year is the AERC Crony Club - geared to adults aged 21 and over at all levels of horsemanship. The focus is on fun, group riding and learning new skills in a non-competitive setting. AERC Crony Club has booked their first date on April 23. More information can be found on our website (www.armstrongenderbyridingclub. com) or Facebook page. AERC awards a $500 scholarship/bursary to an eligible youth member graduating from high school. For more information, go the members’ page on our website. The deadline to apply is May 15. If you don’t qualify for this year, start planning now for next year! You must be an AERC member for two years to be eligible. Member meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at the Chamber of Commerce office in Armstrong at 7:00 pm. New members welcome!

Hoof ‘N Boots Young Riders By Lauri Meyers


he member meetings are fun and informative, but we have been eagerly waiting for Old Man Winter to leave so that we can get outside and be with the horses. Hoof ‘N Boots meetings are held once a month for learning and planning. We have an extensive age group, with our youngest at 3 and oldest at 17. At each meeting the members will learn about the horse, care, anatomy, health, feeding, first aid, etc. Weather permitting, we meet once a month with our horses for an activity, which could include a lesson, trail ride, shows or games. You don’t need your own horse, but some of the activities may be limited for you. We will be pairing up some of our senior members with a junior buddy for some of the activities. We have Scholarship opportunities to graduating, qualifying members. English or Western, we offer subsidized lessons, trails rides, stable management, health care, first aid, feeding and a club t-shirt, all for a very affordable yearly fee. For more information, you can find us on Facebook (Hoof ‘N Boots - Young Riders). Our next meeting is April 24, at 6 p.m. at M.V. Beattie School in Enderby BC. 38 • APRIL 2017


Kelowna HoofBeats 4-H Club By Lauren McGee, Brooke McGee, and Kalli Krehbiel


he Hoofbeats kicked off February with a lesson on public speaking taught by Amanda Lamberton. She presented to us a couple of her speeches from past years as a Kelowna Hoofbeat and gave us many tips to becoming a successful speaker. We got together at the Jardine’s place on February 17 for a senior/ junior sleepover. This event was run by our seniors who organized and cooked meals and snacks and taught us new and challenging icebreaker games. A few days later we met for public speaking night at the Hollywood Road Education Centre. The night was filled with catchy well-presented and prepared speeches from our cloverbuds, juniors and seniors. Our top 3 juniors and seniors represented our club at districts held at Ellison Hall February 24. Districts was another very successful evening for all our Hoofbeats and we now have Sydney Augustin and Lauren McGee who will be moving on to regional public speaking held in Armstrong this May. We are sick and tired of all the snow and hope that spring will be here soon!!

Do you see the ‘4-H’?

New Program to Develop a Long Distance Horse By Stephanie Kwok


he Fraser Valley Endurance Riding (FVER) Green Beans group is offering a new program, starting this spring, designed to assist riders in developing their horses for the challenge of long distance competition, such as set speed events, competitive trail rides or endurance races.

The Progressive Long Distance Program (“PLDP”) Modelled after a similar program for equestrians in Ontario, the PLDP is both an incentive program and an educational program. Its ultimate goal is education of the rider in the task of building a horse’s fitness for long distance, without compromising its welfare at any point along the way. The program accomplishes this by providing a structure for entry into the sport of long distance riding with progressive goals, graduated levels and rewards for development and participation. The PLDP offers organized year-round conditioning rides of 1025 km to practice skills for longer distances and group testing events using graded set speed rides in spring/summer to track and evaluate members’ progress. Test results and mileage for each horse/rider pair will be recorded and their progress recognized over multiple events with level recognition awards and the opportunity to compete for special qualitative awards. Testing using Graded Set Speed Events A discipline in its own right, set speed events (SSEs) are competitive long distance trail rides, under 80km, in which each participant’s average pace for the distance/level entered must fall within a specific range (e.g., 6.5 kph to 11.5 kph for a 30 km route, Bronze level). Riders must choose and adjust their pace for the terrain while staying aware of their overall ride average speed. Performance evaluation in SSEs can be placed or academically graded. For this program, Graded SSEs are used as the tool for testing, so that riders compete against the trail, the distance, and a standard of performance, NOT each other. If the horse meets parameters at all

veterinary inspections during and at the end of the ride, the individual’s average speed for the ride and the horse’s final pulse at the finish are used to determine the rider’s grade. Grades range from a top mark of “1” down to “4” and then C, for completion. There are three levels of increasing difficulty in the PLDP (Bronze, Silver, Gold), and competence must be shown at the Bronze level (shorter distance, slower pace) over multiple events before a rider/ horse pair can move up to the next higher level. A logbook for each rider/horse pair is used to keep a record of their event participation and results/mileage. For more information, contact Stephanie Kwok, administrator for the FVER Green Beans, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/ FVERGreenBeans or via email at Stephanie@UnconventionalEquestrian. com. Our first events will be held April 23 and May 28 in Maple Ridge BC.

Two teams about to start their 23km Set Speed Ride at the FVER Green Beans 2016 spring clinic. (Photo by Paul Geddes) APRIL 2017


The Double “L” 4-H Club By Brianne Mikulasik


t has been a busy but fulfilling start to the year for the Double “L” 4-H club. Double “L” has seemingly been around forever. After a long history of sheep and lamb projects Double “L” was turned into a horse and multi-project club. We have featured many past projects such as dog, photography, miniature horse and outdoor living. We are currently featuring both horse and leather work projects. Our meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month in the Knutsford Hall. We are already up and rolling with our fundraising portion and have held two bottle drives since the beginning of January. On February 25, Double “L” held our annual Public Speaking Day and had a great time listening to each other’s speeches on various topics that ranged from Draden’s speech on his two kittens to

Calvin’s speak and show on gun safety. Delany and Brianne will both be advancing to districts with their speeches and hope to do well. We are currently planning many fun upcoming activities and fundraisers for the year that we are very excited about. These include, but are not limited to, lazer tag, club trail rides, clinics, bottle drives and meetings. 4-H is truly an amazing opportunity that we try to spread to everyone that we know. 4-H incorporates public speaking, judging, record keeping and animal husbandry into its program to teach youth responsibility, leadership skills and confidence, as well as the opportunity to meet great people and make lasting friends. If you are interested in joining our club, or have any questions, please contact us at kathryngibbard@live.com.

Tennessee Walking Horse News By Marjorie Lacy


on’t forget to visit our CRTWH booth if you are attending the Mane Event in Red Deer, AB, April 21-23. Karla Hansen is organizing it again, and she and the CRTWH volunteers would love to talk Walkers with you! The CRTWH Annual General Meeting will be held at Klondike Victory Farm near Sylvan Lake in Central Alberta on May 6. Along with the AGM, we are organizing a two-day clinic for May 6-7. This new CRTWH “Connections” Clinic will include sessions on starting right with the young horse, in-hand ground work, long lining, harnessing, driving and body work during the first day. Then the skills developed will provide the foundation and a natural progression to a day of horsemanship under saddle on Sunday. Experienced and knowledgeable Tennessee Walking Horse owners, including Bill Roy, Dianne Little, Alynn Ward and Windi Derman, and Kara Paisley will share their knowledge in individual areas. Auditors are welcome, and current CRTWH members are invited to drop in to watch on Saturday before the AGM. A limited number of clinic spots are available. Contact Dianne Little at 403-271-7391 or treasurer@crtwh.ca for more details. CRTWH members are involved in several more upcoming spring clinics: TWH CLINIC AT CALTA STABLES - April 7-8 with clinician Kristin Hack. For registration and more information, contact Jessica at blackbirdequestrian@gmail.com or 403-862-7793. EQUINE FIRST AID CLINIC - April 29 at the Woodall residence, Linden, AB. Contact Brenda at 403-546-0047 or thewoodalls3@gmail.com. COWBOY CHALLENGE CLINIC - June 17-18 at Lionel Jackson’s Arena, Crossfield, AB. Contact Brenda at 403-546-0047 or thewoodalls3@ gmail.com. AWHA TRAIL RIDE - June 24 at the Cooking Lake/Blackfoot Recreational Area east of Edmonton, AB. Contact Fran at 780-603-3391. Canadian Cowboy Challenge competitions are fast gaining in popularity and CRTWH members Lori and Blair Dyberg and their Tennessee Walkers have been making their mark. Lori writes, “After a very long and exhausting season (I must be honest here), Blair and I 40 • APRIL 2017


both qualified for the finals in Didsbury, AB. We made it! But the best was yet to come. Rome (Rag’s Fantasy Romance) won the Buckle in the Older than Dirt (over 55) division AND the buckle in Non-Pro. Tazz (Rag’s Razamatazz) won second in Older than Dirt and second in the Non-Pro divisions. Rome also won the “Horse of the Finals” - an award voted on and chosen by my peers! I felt so honoured to be chosen for this award.”

Bill Roy and Smoky

Lori Dyberg and Rome at the Cowboy Challenge

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club

By Nancy Roman


e held our AGM in February, and returning directors (by acclamation) are: Gunther Funk (President); Nancy Roman (Vice-Pres); Debbie Miyashita (Secretary); and Laurie Lyons (Treasurer). Thank you to those members who were able to attend. And thank you to Rob Reimer of Trans National Trailer in Vernon who gave a presentation on trailer safety and hauling. Year-end awards were presented with youth member Abby McLuskey (of Lake Country BC) and her horse Noble-T Remington cleaning up in BC and nationally through the Canadian Morgan Horse Association. Our fundraising Tack Sale held in early March in Enderby proved to be another successful event! Thirty tables were rented out and the earlybird shoppers had lined up waiting for the 10 am opening. Thank you to the Armstrong Pony Club for coming out and providing a bake sale. Tara’s butter tarts were fabulous! (Just like mom made.) Our next meeting is Saturday, April 8 at Yan’s Restaurant in Salmon Arm at 11 am. The Spring ‘Find the Golden Horse Shoe

Oliver Riding Club


Multiple award winner Abby McLuskey, presented by Laurie Lyons. Poker Ride will take place May 13 at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. Noble-T Morgans will be hosting an ‘Open Barn’ on May 28 at their farm in Enderby (more details next month). Our Pot O Gold Show on June 11 in Armstrong

will have an entry deadline of May 1. If insufficient entries are received the show will be cancelled. Keep watch on our Facebook page for the show prize list and more info on our activities.

By Max Alexander

he weather has been so bad that we have not yet got started with the year or the horses! We did however have a fun monthly meeting held at the home of Carol Lydiatt. It was a bleak evening outside but we were welcomed with some excellent local wine as we chatted together in a lovely warm kitchen. Thank you Carol for your hospitality. We did eventually manage to assemble in the living room for the meeting! This was Paddy Head’s first meeting as President and she had clearly been working hard with the events committee to get the outline plans for the club ready for this meeting. You can see the full programme on the club website but here are the highlights of upcoming events: April 8 – Tack Sale at Mary-Lou Barker’s, 7332 Teculnuit Road in Oliver April 29-30 – Carl Woods Clinic at Desert Park May 4 – Western Dressage Clinic with Sharon Piazza at Desert Park May 6-7 – Spring Tune-Up Clinic with Ken MacRae at D-K Ranch May 14 – Trail Challenge with Ken MacRae at D-K Ranch May 20-21 – Medieval Faire with Medieval Banquet at Desert Park June 10-11 – Equine Confidence Clinic with Debbie Hughes at Desert Park June 24 – Oliver Riding Club Show Clinic at Desert Park

June 25 – Oliver Riding Club Spring Show at Desert Park July 22 – Oliver Riding Club Summer Party to be held at the Gillespie Ranch in Kaleden September 10 – Oliver Riding Club Fall Show at Desert Park September 24 – Ride to Music at D-K Ranch October 15 – Oliver Riding Club Halloween Festival at D-K Ranch

Paddy Head and Maggie Strong talking horses and wine!

Details of all these events and others can be obtained from Paddy Head by calling 250-495-4335 or e-mail her at padhea@ gmail.com. We are looking forward to a great year and hoping to meet lots of new faces, riders and horses at our events. See you there and remember to stay inspired by horses. Happy Trails from all at the club. APRIL 2017


Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


e are getting busy now with “horse season” here. We are making plans for lessons and shows, speeches and 4-H activities. Our club speeches were held recently at the People’s Place in Vernon BC. A special thank-you to our five judges, Judy Campell, Howard Fisher, Christine Lishman, Elspeth Manning and Teresa Morgan!! Your time, knowledge and feedback is very much appreciated. Our Cloverbuds did speeches too and were fantastic! Great job to the Cloverbuds that did do speeches which were Ashley Kotz, Addie Beaudoin and Leah Point! Our winners were..... JUNIORS 1st. Faith Seehaver 2nd. Jada Gossen 3rd. Lydia Coates

Bowling/Pizza Party was held March 5 at Lincoln Lanes in Vernon and it’s always fun when everyone can bowl together. 4-H members from Vernon Young Riders, Armstrong Beef Club, Okanagan Shuswap Lamb and the Armstrong Multi Club all participated. Vernon Young Riders would like to wish everyone a HAPPY EASTER!

SENIORS 1st. Abby McLuskey 2nd. Conner Seehaver 3rd. Georgia Currie

Good luck to our members who are going to Districts! The District

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News

By Kim Baerg

Photos courtesy of Paula Melton Eller


s I write this newsletter I am in between two Casino shifts raising funds for the ADMC to be able to offer and support all the fabulous functions and events that go on throughout the year. Tired, but happy to be here and a big thanks goes out to Russ for organizing, and to all the volunteers who came out for the two days. Also, by the time this hits the newsstands we will have had our AGM in Ponoka. Everyone that wants to contribute to events, functions, and club activities should be out and I am looking forward to a very productive meeting. Here is a brief run down on this year’s events, and do check the web site for contact info and more details www.albertadonkeyandmule.com.

Russ Shandro and his mule in the Trail in Hand Class

June and July - Karen Audrene Lovell is having Mule Clinics in Rocky Mountain House June 10-11 - Driving Clinic with Don Fossum at Eagle Hill Equine in Olds June and July - Jerry Tindell is having colt starting, riding and driving clinics throughout Alberta July 21-23 - Miniature Donkey Extravaganza ll in Red Deer August 12-13 - Alberta Longears Show at Eagle Hill Equine in Olds. Contact eaglehillequine@ live.ca (This is our main event for the year—come out and enjoy the many classes, live entertainment and best of all Donkey and Mule fellowship) On another note… I have had the opportunity to rehome two of my rescue jennys to wonderful working homes. These jennys were shy, scared and neglected.  They came a long way but probably would never be great pets, and they did hate dogs. I had two calls within one week and they both went to working farms, one to guard sheep and one to guard cattle. And just a reminder of the importance of acclimatizing new donkeys to their charges. This might mean a few weeks in the next pen and then close watching and also a good idea is to have a place where the smaller livestock (sheep and goats) can duck under and get away from the donkey, if he happens to be rough at first or just wants to play. With careful watchfulness and preparation most donkeys make the best herd guardians. 42 • APRIL 2017


Mathew Neilson and Slim winning the Flap Jack Race at the Alberta Long Ears Days

Kelvin Buye with Tom and Cleo as the team

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Tracy Carver • Photos by Pam Piddocke


t’s that time of year again, spring is in the air, snow is on the ground… what?! Well, despite the strangest winter in a couple of decades, the first of our BC Lower Mainland Regional events went off without a hitch – indoors! One of the first signs of spring’s promised arrival is when our BCLM membership hits the books studying for our annual Regional Quiz competition, this year held on Saturday, February 25, at R. E. Mountain Secondary School in Langley. Over 145 competitors pitted their equine knowledge against others of their CPC level from around the BCLM region, in a series of tests designed to reveal the full extent of their equine knowledge. Beginning with a written test, followed by oral questions and an Identification Challenge (identify and name various equine related items), competitors earned scores that gave them individual rankings. Teams of three and four members then joined up to compete in a scored games component, with Pictionary, bridle up, charades, and our horse version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. An afternoon filled with activities for every age level followed, while scores were tallied for our awards presentation. Every CPC level from beginner E up to topmost level A/B received individual awards, followed then by team awards. An exciting day filled with fun and friendships was had by all. In addition to our Regional Quiz event, BCLM sends two teams every year to represent our region at National Quiz, an event which brings CPC members from all across Canada to compete in Quiz.

BCLM Quiz competitors discussing their team games Representing our region at National Quiz is an honour, and this year we have four C2 members and three A/B members preparing to put the BCLM Region on the Quiz map! Winning berths on our two National Quiz teams are: C2 team Ariel Carver (MHPC), Jordan Carver (MHPC), Emily Shaver (CVPC) and Kassandra Hawes (MCPC). Our A/B team Laurel Gavin (GVPC), Pippa Rogak (VPC) and Miranda Spencer (LPC). Congratulations to our National team members, and we wish them the very best of luck as they head to Kelowna this October 6-8, for National Quiz. Quiz is easily one of the most popular regional events for our pony clubbers, and the friendships they forge on that day often last for years. But it is only the first of many amazing opportunities offered to our members throughout the year. To find out more about how to become a part of this fun and educational organization, please contact Tracy Carver at 778-999-7400, or email bclmponyclub@gmail.com.

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Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. E-mail to nancyroman@saddleup.ca. Put in the subject line “KIDS.” APRIL 2017


BC Rodeo Association 2017 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE Apr 21-23: Apr 29-30: May 21-22: May 27-28: June 3-4: June 10-11: July 1-2: July 8-9: July 8-9: July 14-16: July 22-23: Aug 5-6: Aug 11-13: Aug 19-20: Aug 19-20: Aug 26-27: Sept 2-4: Sept 22-24: TBA


27th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton 70th Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Alkali Lake Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo Prince George Rodeo Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Polaris Championship Finals, Vanderhoof Falkland Rodeo

KEREMEOS ELKS 79TH ANNUAL RODEO The Keremeos Elks Rodeo is hosting its 79th Annual Rodeo this year on May 21-22. They will have all the major events plus Junior Barrels, Steer Riding and Breakaway Roping starting Sunday at 1:00 pm. Don’t miss out on their cowboy breakfasts each morning, BBQ supper on Sunday evening and their parade on Monday that starts at 10:30 am. This is a fun action packed weekend for the whole family with events starting on Saturday at 1:00 pm with some barrel racing and team roping, followed by the BCRA rodeo Sunday and Monday. For more information visit www.rodeobc.com . ANNUAL CLINTON MAY BALL RODEO Come celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the annual Clinton May Ball Rodeo on May 27-28. Clinton hosts all the major rodeo events from Bull Riding to Barrel Racing along with their famous Packhorse Race & Cowboy Foot Races. Don’t miss out on the Steak Dinner and Rodeo Dance Saturday night featuring ‘Appaloosa’. Local entries are the evening of May 1 at 250-319-3484. For more information visit www. rodeobc.com. THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS! If you would like to keep the cowboy way alive please check out our sponsor package for partnership options at www.rodeobc.com or call the BCRA office at 250.457.9997.

Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake


Vanderhoof & Districts CO-OP, Armstrong Regional CO-OP, Otter CO-OP


West Fraser Truckers Association





BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * bcrodeoassn@gmail.com * www.rodeobc.com Office Hours Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2016/2017 BCRA Board of Directors: President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, gdpuhallo@xplornet.com Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250.613.2633, trishkohorst@gmail.com

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Directors: Ty Lytton 250.396.7710, tylytton@hotmail.com Aaron Palmer 250.851.6725, showtime_ap@hotmail.com Allison Everett 250.296.4778, allison.everett@sd27.bc.ca Jay Savage 250.421.3712, jay.savage@shaw.ca Matt O’Flynn 250.255.7678, mattoflynnrds@gmail.com

Wade McNolty 250.398.0429, wademcnolty@gmail.com Carl Hyde 250.963.9381, c.rhyde@hotmail.com Ray Jasper 250.991.8391, rjasper@goldcity.net Tom Danyk 250.540.2030, tom.danyk@visionquest.ca Ryan Hume 250.267.1642, ryandh1@icloud.com

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley • Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy, RGM Photography Horseman’s Bazaar & Country Fair: Well miracle of miracles, it didn’t pour rain OR snow! The day had a steady stream of people coming through, young and old and everything in between - the Bazaar had something to offer everyone. A big change for this year was having a stage in the trade fair arena, full of a variety of entertainers and they didn’t disappoint. The arena was filled with musical stylings of country, theatre and more... keeping everyone’s toes tapping all day long. The stands and seats for the demos and clinicians were full; they all did a stellar job. It’s also been a long time since we have had an AQHA Wrangler Clinician - Marty Simper from UT joined us this year and the crowds/attendees seemed to love it! All in all a great day! From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU! Thank you to our fantastic vendors for joining us today, we hope you had a great day. There was a lot to see and so much variety! Thank you to our Demo people, Clinicians, Face Painter, Pony Rides, Llamas, Performers, Entertainers and more! You had great crowds, we are sure they loved what you do. We hope you enjoyed doing what you do best; you made it a wonderful experience. Thank you to JR FM for all your extras, and

for buying out two Save On Foods and an IGA in Hot Dogs. You went above and beyond! Thank you to our gracious and generous sponsors. You are integral to making this day happen, and we are so fortunate and grateful for your support. Thank you to our volunteers. You are the glue that holds this event together and the cogs that make it run. Your smiling faces and positive attitudes go a long way. You are appreciated more than you know. Thank you to everyone who came to see what the Bazaar had to offer and joined us today. We hope the event was all you were hoping it would be. Thank you to the Bazaar Committee. Your passion and tireless hours made for a great event today. It is always humbling to see your commitment and I am constantly amazed at what a handful of volunteers can organize. You are super awesome. Finally, thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for your support and everything you do. Randy is a true gem. In the end, thank you to every single person who was involved in this iconic event with such a long and rich history. We hope you made some amazing memories and we look forward to seeing you next year.

West Coast Summer Classic: We will be having our AQHA 4-judge circuit July 21-23, traditionally our largest circuit and with the biggest PRIZES. Frank Principe Spurs, Big D Quilts, Matching Halters, Mayatex Pads, Bronzes and more! We are also very excited about it being the first year for our LMQHA Stallion Incentive Tri Challenge Futurity. Those babies who resulted from our inaugural 2015 auction will have a free entry and those who are by stallions who were nominated in 2015 are eligible! All Novice Show: Our one day show, with free clinic, will be held on August 20th at Milner Downs in Langley. This grass roots show is affordable and fun for all! Please stay tuned to the LMQHA Facebook page and the LMQHA page of BCQHA.com for details to come. Volunteers: We need volunteers to make things run smoothly. Please contact Mellissa at mellissa1@hotmail.com if you can help out, it would be greatly appreciated.

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, 604-729-6616 Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha • Visit our Facebook page APRIL 2017


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Linda Buchanan, Shuswap Chapter

RENDEZVOUS Every year around this time there is a buzz in the air about “RENDEZVOUS” or “RV” for short.

We can’t wait to report back on how much fun we’ve had! To learn more about BCHBC and Rendezvous, visit us at www. bchorsemen.org.

What is this Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous all about? Well, it’s a gathering of the clans of 23 Back Country Horsemen Provincial Chapters from all corners of the province. Rendezvous has been held at Pritchard, 100 Mile, Rock Creek, Barriere, Maple Ridge, Merritt and Princeton to name a few. It’s an opportunity to hold our Annual General Meeting and to fundraise, but there is so much more. Like What? There’s tons of educational stuff offered at RV; over the years, we have had clinicians teaching horsemanship skills, mountain trail obstacles, workshops on packing and camping, horse health, practicing Leave No Trace principles -- the list is long. We also get to hear about exceptional trails throughout the province to add to our bucket list. It’s a great opportunity for members to meet or reacquaint with fellow members from around the province and enjoy the camaraderie. Do I have to bring a horse? No, because there are competitions to watch or participate in such as the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, Cowboy Poetry, Packing, Hoof & Woof or a good old campfire sing-a-long. Plus there are the incredible Live and Silent Auctions where there are always some very cool items up for grabs; this is where the fundraising comes in. A new feature of our auction this year is the “Chapter Baskets,” representing all the great things to do around our province; from horse camping, river rafting, pack trips and boat excursions, to name a few.

Merritt RV 2015 (Photo by Hugh Martel)

Packing competition (Photo by Linda Buchanan)

There must be quite a few people attending? Over the years, Rendezvous attendance has grown to well over 200 people. There are over 100 horses joining in the fun and the locations are suitable to head right out on the trails from the host grounds for riding with a friend, a group or to participate in many of the educational clinics or fun competitions. Members and guests can come for the day or the whole weekend. There’s always a great dinner served up on Saturday evening and more time for socializing. Rendezvous is also a great place to learn how others camp with their horses, from just having a truck and trailer to the full-out living quarters. Where will Rendezvous 2017 be held? In 2017, we are back in Merritt at the rodeo grounds to celebrate “Riding Though History.” We will be whooping it up for more FUN on May 26, 27 and 28, 2017. Our clinicians include Sam Sunderland - Training Trail Horses, Steph Laversin and Robert Borsos - Mounted Archery, and Andonia Reynolds - Equine First Aid Training.

Dutch Oven Cooking with Kelly Brook Allen (Photo by Linda Buchanan)

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

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

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Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears www.AlbertaDonkeyandMule.com members from across Canada and the US




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

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson, terry@weststar.ca. Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, www.region17.com 2/18 ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 5/17 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 2/18


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

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.chilliwackridingclub.ca 8/17 Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com

7/17 6/16

The Equine Foundation of Canada 6/17

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca 7/17 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 6/17 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 12/17 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, bclmponyclub@gmail.com 3/18 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-2403250, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 4/18 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, cathyglover@telus.net 10/17 4/18

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-381-2245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, www.bcrcha.com 9/17 BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997, bcrodeoassn@gmail.com, www.rodeobc.com 8/17

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

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

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INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 4/17 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 www.ktra.ca Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 3/18 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 11/17 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 6/17 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 8/17

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



BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., www.facebook.com/bcwelshponyandcob, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 5/17 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, www.burnabyhorsemensassociation.com 4/18

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 4/17 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Allylebel@hotmail.com. Join us on Facebook 5/17 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Paddy Head, padhea@gmail.com, 250-495-4334, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, www.oliverridingclub.com 2/18

100 Mile & District Outriders 12/17

6/17 5/16

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

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

APRIL 2017


Clubs & Associations PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www.paalh.com; paalhinfo@gmail.com; 250-992-1168 4/17

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 2/18



SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 7/17 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, www.vernonridingclub.com, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 7/17 7/17

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is a gathering together of adult riders within the Fraser Valley to explore and enjoy all forms of horsemanship.

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

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

For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit www.vintage-equestrian.ca


WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 6/17

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2017 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com


(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1 pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320- 7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (tba) SCHOOL OF LEGERETE CLINIC w/Isla Adderson, Whitehorse YK, Angela angelajre@gmail.com, www.forthehorse.com 1-2 LEAHONA ROWLAND EVENTING CLINIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 2 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Floor 3, 10am, chilliwackridingclub@gmail.com, www.crchorse.ca 3-May 12 KAMLOOPS BC, Advanced 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 7-9 JUMPING CLINIC w/Lindsay Beadle, Coldstream BC, www.vernonridingclub.com 8 TACK SALE, Oliver BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail padhea@gmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 8 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, www.langleyriders.com 8 LRS Pub Night Artful Dodger, Langley BC, Sherri-lynn Prest cowgirlcreations@yahoo.com 8 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB HORSE SHOW, Heritage Park, Sand Ring 1, 9am, chilliwackridingclub@gmail.com, www.crchorse.ca 8 ALL ABOUT HORSES DAY (from 8-2) at CJ Brooks, Chilliwack BC, Rose Schroeder milkmaidrose@gmail.com or 604-897-0700 8-9 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC & Ground Work w/Dawn Ferster, Kelowna BC, info Nancy 250-546-9922, nancyroman@saddleup.ca 9 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or martyeyes@hotmail.com 13-16 LONE PINE RANCH EVENT, Tony & Tina’s Wedding Dinner Theatre, Vernon BC, Dee 250-307-5655, www.lonepineranchbc.com 15 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street Langley BC, DBL Header Race, start 11 am, Sherri-lynn Prest cowgirlcreations@yahoo.com 15-16 PONY CLUB EVENTING CLINIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 15-16 TFC PAUL DUFRESNE CLINIC, Foundation Horsemanship/Western Dressage/ Classical Dressage, Terrace BC, Totem Saddle Club, www.pauldufresne.com

16 AERC HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 16 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 19-21 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Open Clinic, Chase BC, www.forthehorse.com 21-23 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 1-844-578-7518, www.maneeventexpo.com 21-23 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE CLINIC w/Isla Adderson, (private clinic) Calgary AB, www.forthehorse.com 21-23 EQUI-LIFE SPRING FEVER H/J SHOW, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 22 SIDA % DAY, Salmon Arm BC, cekettlewell@gmail.com 22-25 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Teacher’s Course, Chase BC, www.forthehorse.com 23 SET SPEED RIDES (18km & 29km), Maple Ridge BC, www.facebook.com/groups/FVERGreenBeans/ 23 EASTER FUN DAY, B&V Arena, Aldergrove BC, Terri 778-549-1297, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com 27-28 HUB HOUBEN CLINIC, Salmon Arm BC, dbliron1@gmail.com 27-28 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart (Stage 1 Clinic), Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, anika.gattiker@outlook.com 29 GARAGE SALE, 9 am sharp, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, consignments taken Apr. 15-26, 250-762-5631, www.diamondhtack.ca 29 POKER RIDE FOR PROSTATES, Fundraiser for Prostate Cancer, Christian Valley, Westbridge BC, Ashley250-446-2552, ashleyspring@live.com 29 EQUINE BEHAVIOUR & BODY LANGUAGE WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801, www.fallingstarranch.ca 29-30 WESTERN DRESSAGE/CLASSICAL DRESSAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Training For Courage Center, Kelowna BC, tfcpauldufresne@gmail.com, Paul 250-317-7725 29-30 SEASON OPENER SCHOOLING SHOW, Coldstream BC, www.vernonridingclub.com 29-30 CARL WOODS CLINIC, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail padhea@gmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 29-30 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart (Workshop Clinic), Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, anika.gattiker@outlook.com





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WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 12/17


TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 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 • STEEL • STAINLESS Jump Standards • Tack Boxes Repairs & Modifications Custom Stalls • Gates 250-540-4527 • VERNON BC


TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, www.cummings.ca 7/17 Bassano, alBerta

1-888-641-4508 • www.desertsales.ca


Wilson, sundoWner, norbert and Maverick trailer dealer large selection of horse and stock trailers

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 6/17 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 4/18 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 2/17 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 4/17 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylang.ca 4/17 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre, Liveblood.org, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 4/18

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KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 11/17 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, wwwreimerranching.com 6/17 11/17

YOUR LISTING SHOULD BE HERE Call Nancy 1-866-546-9922 APRIL 2017


Business Services VETERINARIANS


ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 6/17 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-747-3053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 11/17 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 8/17 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 6/17 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central OK) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Cert. Vet. Chiropractor 4/17 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 2/18

OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 8/17 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 4/17 SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069, Large and small animal vets, on-call 24/7 for emergencies, www.shuswapvet.com 7/17 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 4/18


Rural Roots



Situated in a community of horse farms. The property backs onto crown land and is close to lots of riding trails. It has a newer barn with 6 stalls, plenty of hay storage, and heated automatic waterers. About half the property contains several fenced flat pastures. The 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home was built in 2000. Access is located just off the Falkland Chase Road. Only 40 min to Vernon and 40 min to Kamloops. You will not be disappointed! 3919 Maddox Road, Falkland BC $500,000 MLS® 10116177

MARK KAYBAN 250-826-4920 MARKMOVES@SHAW.CA Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty www.markmoves.ca


Custom built 3 bed/3 bath timberframe and stone rancher on 20 acres with 900’ of waterfront on pristine Reichmuth Lake and views of Wilson Lake. All the comforts have been carefully thought out with 4 sources of heat. This incredible property offers cedar log siding with vaulted tongue and groove ceilings, and wrap-around veranda. The barn has been built to a first class standard with 3 box stalls, heated tack and feed room, hay storage, stamped concrete flooring, attached corrals, and spacer aisles between paddocks. Property is fenced and x-fenced, includes 2 run-in shelters and 8 no-freeze hydrants.

Located in Bridge Lake BC $1,200,000



Cascadia Pacific Realty

www.cascadiarealty.ca SADDLEUP.CA



One of a kind equestrian property set on 40 acres with spectacular mountain views! The property is flat, offering large paddocks, custom framed 2 bedroom principal residence and secondary 3 bedroom home, seasonal rental for additional income all within minutes to Wells Grey Park. The well-built barn has four 12x12 stalls with 11’ alleyway and is attached through a breezeway, offering great opportunities for a breeding facility. Enjoy a large entertainment room off the breezeway for teaching or entertaining purposes, secondary home also offers many business opportunities. This private property is landscaped beautifully and includes a large circular firepit. The kitchen is first class with custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Separate detached 24x48 workshop (200 amp service) plus double carport, 52x36 hay shed or machine shed. If you’re looking for a private equestrian retreat or business opportunity this is the property for you. 436 Ritchie Road, Clearwater BC $1,150,000 MLS® 137764

BEVERLEY KNIFFEN 604-916-7881 // Beverley@cascadiarealty.ca

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5.7 acre hobby farm, with panoramic views, gardens, pastures, trails, rivers and creeks make this the ideal place to connect to nature. Only 20 minutes to Kelowna, 20 minutes to Big White Resort, with School bus service at the driveway. Private well. Property has one of the rare water licenses allowing irrigation from the creek. Barn is 25x50 with water and electricity, closed pastures, 5 stalls, tack room, and workshop area. A bright and cheerful fully renovated comfortable home with 3 beds/2 baths, kitchen with a breakfast bar, livingroom, den and family room. Recent renos mingle a modern aesthetic with rustic accents giving the restored farm house a rare combination of earthy and contemporary.

12369 Highway 33, Kelowna BC $799,000 MLS R 10128837 MONIqUE (MICkY) kAEtlER 250-808-0305 agent99@century21.ca Century 21 Assurance Realty, Kelowna BC

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! CONTINUED FROM PAGE 48

Cindy 250-547-9277, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 7 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068, corral9001@gmail.com, www.100mileoutriders.com 12-14 THE MANE EVENT, Western Fair District, London ON, 1-844-578-7518, www.maneeventexpo.com 13 POKER RIDE (Find the Golden Horseshoe), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, Nancy 250-546-9922 or see club FB page 13 CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kamloops BC, Jeanie, see Facebook page ‘Kamloops Wish Trail Ride’ for more info and updates 13 LRS Pub Night Dukes, 41582 Yale Road West, Chilliwack BC, Sherri-lynn Prest cowgirlcreations@yahoo.com 13-14 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Sagewood Mountain Trail Park at Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, Colleen, circlecreek@telus.net 13-19 LADYSMITH (V. Island) BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 14 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street Langley BC, DBL Header Race, start 11 am, Sherri-lynn Prest cowgirlcreations@yahoo.com 14 AERC HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 14 TRAIL CHALLENGE w/Ken MacRae, D-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail padhea@gmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 14 WILD AND WOOLY HORSE SHOW (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Krista Blades 250-395-0404, www.100mileoutriders.com 14 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or martyeyes@hotmail.com 15-18 LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE TRAINING, Olds College, Olds AB, 1-800-661-6537, www.oldscollege.ca/ce 19-21 SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 20-21 HORSEBACK ARCHERY Team Selection 2018 Nomad Games, Mount Currie BC, www.horsebackarchery.ca 20-22 ENDURANCE RIDE THREE DAY 30/55/75/100, Titanium Run, Fort St. John BC, Tara Macleod, titanium3@gmail.com 20-21 WESTERN DRESSAGE/CLASSICAL DRESSAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saskatoon SK, equinewellnesseducation@hotmail.com, Desiree 306-520-2789

29-30 ENDURANCE RIDE TWO DAY 25/50 MILES, Helldiver Resurrection Dash, Courtenay BC, Claudia Harper 250-334-7504, www.erabc.com/events 30 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Becky 778-989-4624, www.langleyriders.com 30 SCQHA FUZZY HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, Tracy 250-764-7770, jtschell@shaw.ca 30 DRESSAGE TEST DAY, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 30 GYMKHANA & SADDLE SERIES, Peachland BC, www.peachlandridingclub.com 30 MISSION HORSE CLUB English, Western & Games, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or martyeyes@hotmail.com


3-7 SPRING CLASSIC H/J SHOW, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 4 WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Sharon Piazza, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail padhea@gmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 5 RANCH HORSE SALE, 7pm, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com 5-6 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, Cow Palace, Olds AB, Barb 403-933-5765 or www.wrdha.com 5-8 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, www.Horseteacher.com, Barbara Carey, barbara.carey@shaw.ca, 250-545-1082 6 SPRING HORSE SALE, 11am, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com 6-7 SPRING TUNE-UP CLINIC w/Ken MacRae at D-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail padhea@gmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 6-7 WESTERN DRESSAGE/CLASSICAL DRESSAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Steelcreek Equestrian, Millet AB, sierra@steelcreekequestrian.com, Sierra 780-542-1236 7 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, www.langleyriders.com 7 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Sand Ring 2, 10am, chilliwackridingclub@gmail.com, www.crchorse.ca 7 OBSTACLE CLINIC w/Cindy Kirschman, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC,


Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 5/17 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 12/17 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 4/18 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 12/17 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy

ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 3/18 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 10/17 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. www.wildwoodranches.org 2/18

DUNIT CaNaDIaN STYLE 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.


SVR ROYaL CHECKMaTE 1996 AQHA Perlino Stallion

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


Brytann Youngberg, DVM 250-769-4217 or e-mail sunsetviewranch@hotmail.ca West Kelowna, BC


APRIL 2017


On The Market (Private Sale)

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



Curly Standard Place Quality Hypoallergenic Curly Horses Allergic to horses? Not these ones!

The Peruvian Horse

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

Curly Horses come in all shapes, sizes & disciplines – there is a Curly for all! Proudly offering Curlies for sale – all ages & stages of training. Stallion services - 3 excellent stallions available for you to custom make your Curly.

Visit PHAC.ca for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

4/18 3/17


www.curlystandardplace.com curlystandardplace@gmail.com Summerland, B.C. • 250-494-4092




Extraordinary horses that fulfill your dreams and last a lifetime. Standing coloured foundation Morgan stallions. Offspring for sale.



PRIVACY AND TRAILS GALORE! 40 acres hay field and pasture. Barn with tack room and work bench. 720 sq. ft. 1 bedroom/1 bathroom cabin to live in while you build your dream home. Backing onto crown land, miles of trails! Only 50 minutes east of Vernon BC. $398,000 250-547-9017 (Cherryville BC) E-mail: lgridemhigh@gmail.com

HORSE PROPERTY WITH A VIEW! 18+ acres overlooking Okanagan Lake south of Vernon BC. Only 30 minutes to Vernon or 45 minutes to Kelowna. Fully fenced and crossfenced, 6 water hydrants to pastures, round pen, tack shed and more for the horse enthusiast. Ranch style 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home was renovated with 1,300 sq. ft. addition in 2011. Hardwood and tile flooring throughout. House is situated to take in the expansive, unobstructed views. This is what living in the Okanagan is all about! $625,000 For more info go to www.lorettasranch.weebly.com or e-mail: lorettasranch@gmail.com (Vernon BC)


Only $60

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Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: deboersherri2@gmail.com Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 6/17

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Quality Interior Low Sugar - Always Lab Tested 75-80 lb Tight Square Bales No Rain, No Mold, No Waste, No Disappointment Grapple available to load

Clapperton Ranch

7620 Hwy 8 Off Hwy 1 near Spences Bridge, BC 250-315-2447



~ Harness ~ Farrier Supplies ~ Horse/Pet Supplies & Feeds ~ Sure Crop Feed Dealer Deep Creek General Store


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com 5/17

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 2/17

100% Natural Organic 60 Minerals ~ 12 Vitamins ~ 21 Amino Acids Premium Quality Pure Kelp Supplements For All Your Farm Animals & Pets

EVA’S HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS, industrial & custom sewing, lightweight & heavy duty. See us on Facebook. (H) 250-554-3727 / (C) 250-8198371; e-mail eva-p@telus.net (Kamloops BC) 7/17


WWW.ULTRA-KELP .COM • TOLL FREE 1-888-357-0011


WANTED WANTED – FREE YEARLING OR WEANLING PONY for my grandson. To good horsemanship home. Robyn 250-547-8906 (Lumby/Cherryville BC)



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