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BC Carriage Driving Turns 30! By Carol Cody I thought I would give a little history about the BC Carriage Driving Society, as our organization is 30 years old this year. Yup, that’s right -- our organization has been in existence for 30 years! We did not originally go by our current name, nor was it the first driving club in the province.


n 1978, the very first combined driving event (or what passed for one) in Canada was held in south Surrey at the home of Maureen and Ed VanGool. Maureen and Bev Ohms had heard about combined driving and had read about it in magazines from the USA and thought it would be a lot of fun. They had articles to go by that described the event, Maureen had an arena (it was about 40 feet by 60 feet -- a bit small, but it would do, right?), there were lots of pastures and roads for the cross country and things that could be “natural hazards,” and the articles talked about an “obstacle course” at the end. No problem! They put the word out into the local riding clubs and tack stores inviting everyone with a driving horse or pony to come out. There was a pretty decent turnout at that first show and everyone had a blast learning about a totally new sport. Maureen called a meeting in her home after that first show and invited all of the drivers that competed to attend. It was decided that there were enough people interested in the sport and to put on more driving functions and to form a driving club. The Fraser Valley Horse and Buggy Association was born. We continued with “combined driving” events for the next few years at the VanGool farm and at the Sunnyside Saddle Club in Surrey as well as at a couple of other locations in the area and our membership grew every year. I’m not exactly sure what year it was but somewhere after the FVHBA was formed, the Mission Carriage Club was started. Driving started to catch on in the Fraser Valley and a group of people in Vancouver at the Southlands Riding Club became interested in the sport. They held a couple of driving shows there (much to the consternation of the members of that posh Vancouver riding club) with pleasure classes and a “combined driving event” as well. Now, keep in mind, I say “combined driving event” rather casually because what they were then isn’t even remotely like they are now. Except for dressage -- that hasn’t changed other than the size of the arena it is done in. Everything else has changed dramatically -- that is another story by itself!

In either May or June, I believe, of 1986, a meeting was called for all interested drivers to be held at the Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre. A couple of people from Southlands had been doing some research into this new sport and had been speaking to people in the USA regarding it. The sport had been getting off the ground in the eastern states and Holly Pullsifer was booked to come and speak to us drivers regarding the sport. There was a very good turnout, Holly Pullsifer gave a great talk about combined driving and how it was developing and she showed us all a whole new side to it that we didn’t even know existed. We realized that what we had been doing was a far cry from what it was supposed to be, even though it was a ton of fun. It was decided at that meeting that a provincial organization was needed to unite the drivers in the province and so, on August 13, 1986, the Combined Driving Association of BC was born. The Board of Directors that first year consisted of: George Petty, Vancouver Archie McEchern, Vancouver Frank Hannesschlager, Langley James McDonald, Vancouver Airlie Ogilvie, Vancouver Terri Loughran, Vancouver The organization continued to grow in membership over the next few years and went through some growing pains trying to figure out what direction it should go and how to best serve the members of the province. The Fraser Valley Horse and Buggy Association lasted a couple more years but with people turning their energies to the provincial organization, the club folded. At the same time, the Mission Carriage Club was growing in leaps and bounds. The Combined Driving Association of BC came to the realization that it needed to represent its members in a much broader forum than just combined driving so, on March 16, 1993, the name was changed to BC Carriage Driving Society.

cont’d on page 5 Carol Cody and her first horse Chief Crazy Creek (Buck) at the second “Combined Driving Event” in BC (1979). The magazine articles that were followed to create the event stated that “hazards” should be as natural as possible. This was one of them. Not even close to what they are now! Note the problems with the harness. (That’s the way it came out of the box, so that’s how it was used.) Those were the days!

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was just outside brushing down our muddy, shaggy horses and I heard a Robin! Our snow is almost all gone – but I know folks are still having a great time up on the ski hills. March is shaping up to be a busy month for me with our local Morgan Club tack sale, then the Quarter Horse Bazaar, followed by the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. I don’t mind going to the coast a few times each year, but that’s it! I lived there for 10 years, first in Coquitlam, then right downtown Vancouver’s ‘West End’; but I am originally from Montreal. And I was into horses then too! When we’d head up to our summer cottage my dad and brothers and I would always go to the local trail riding place near Lachute; my horse was always ‘Morning Star’ (the name of our local Vernon paper, can you believe it?); I was maybe 6 or 8. Then when I was 11 I took English lessons at Green Acres with ‘Max’ (a very tough bald (This photo of me was taken in 1970 at Green Acres – my first German fellow with missing teeth). I still remember all the horse’s ‘competition’ riding Cossack; see names in the stable. Then Andy Lasalle took over the place; and I the rubber boots… and no helmet. stopped soon after. When I was about 14 my mom found a place in Hudson and I took English lessons with a blonde pony-tailed British I got a 4th place ribbon.) gal – whose name I just cannot remember! And once the boys came ‘a callin’… I stopped the horses. Guess I am just reminiscing with myself, but maybe to see if any of you know of these people. Back to work… We have our annual construction feature in this issue in case some of you are looking to build a barn or arena this year. And we have a good mix-up of articles too! Let’s get RIDING!!!


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Our Regulars

BC Carriage Driving turns 30


Tricks of the Trade Alberta’s Wild Horses Two Steps Forward

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CQHA Committed to Welfare AQHA Youth World Cup Western Dressage, Part 2 A Beauty Among 100 Riding in Mexico

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Cowboy Mounted Shooting Annual Construction Feature

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Cariboo Chatter 22 Top Dog! 26 Horse Council BC 39 KIDS 40 Back Country Horsemen of BC 50 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 51 BC Paint Horse Club 52 BC Rodeo Association 53 Clubs/Associations 54 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 56 Business Services 57 On the Market (photo ads) 61 Rural Roots (real estate) 61 Stallions/Breeders 62 Shop & Swap 63

BC Carriage cont’d... The Board of Directors at that time were: President: Susan Billings, Cobble Hill Vice President: Dennis Waller, Ladysmith Secretary/Treasurer: Carol Cody, Aldergrove Directors: Jenny Haddleton, Vancouver Deb Harper, Langley Beverly Marley, Saanichton Betsy Nasmyth, Nelson Patricia Tomson, Aldergrove Anita Unrau, Rock Creek (whose husband Orville, in later years, went on to compete for Canada in the World Singles Championship in Europe) The organization has been around for some time now and many of the people that formed it and kept it going from the start are still involved. Yes, we have been doing this for a long, long time now. The BC Carriage Driving Society is still going strong. There have been a few bumps in the road, but for the most part the road has been smooth. We continue to be the voice for the sport of driving in the province and will continue to do so for many, many years to come. The organization has done a wonderful job of educating the public and the equestrian community about the sport of driving and it has gained respect from the other disciplines over the years. It is no longer considered “something to do when I can’t ride anymore” and that is thanks to the efforts of our members. Happy 30th Birthday, BC Carriage Driving Society! May you have many, many more!

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Tricks of the Trade By Lauren Olson

As horse owners, I’m sure we can all agree that sometimes what we want to do to help our horses can add up so quickly that it soon becomes downright unaffordable. I’ve decided to compile a list of things I do regularly that help improve and maintain health, and prevent imbalances in my horse.


verything on the list is something anybody can do and I hope it will be helpful for everyone -- especially those on a budget! 1. Apple Cider Vinegar is your best friend. I add apple cider vinegar to my horse’s daily grain. It provides a plethora of health benefits including helping the body restore and maintain PH balance, it’s great for the lymph system and breaks down mucus, and is antibacterial (just to name a few). I could rave for days about how much ACV has improved the condition of so many horses I’ve worked with. Added bonus: they love it, so it’s not a fight to get them to eat it and can mask the flavour of any other supplements they might not like as much. 2. Turmeric is your other best friend. Rather than spending tons of money on anti-inflammatory medications, add some turmeric powder to your horse’s grain on a daily basis. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties help support joints that are under a lot of pressure from work. Add a little bit of black pepper to help absorption. 3. Massage your horse where he shows you he needs it. Horses are typically very clear with what they like and want. If your horse is pushing into you when you brush him, he’s probably telling you that he would like some extra attention in that area. Even if you’re not a trained mas-

seuse, rubbing and massaging an area, while paying attention to how your horse reacts, can be very helpful and a good way to provide support between treatments. 4. Be aware of your own body’s position and structural health. I know, speaking for myself, I’d have my horse see a chiropractor and massage therapist before I’d do the same for myself. But I’ve learned that if my body isn’t balanced, all of the imbalances will be transferred to my horse. Now I pay close attention to how I feel in the saddle: is my pelvis sitting evenly, are my legs the same length on both sides, are my shoulders even, etc. Taking care of my own body has had a massive impact on my horse’s body. 5. Listen to your horse. What I mean by this is noticing discomfort, inability to relax, tight muscles, stressed eyes, etc., and respecting that something isn’t working. Our goals as riders and competitors may not line up with our horse’s abilities, fitness, condition, or goals. Forcing our horses in any way isn’t respectful and leads to injuries of body and mind. I believe that if a program isn’t working, change the program not the horse. See Lauren Olson’s ad in Shop & Swap, page 63.

Letters to the Editor Hi Nancy: don’t know if you can see how many hits you get of readers who see the archives section on your website, but they sure are a ‘hit’ with me. I’ve gone back to February 2009 and am enjoying every one of them. I’m now up to June 2012 and hope to get up-to-date before long.


- Thanks so much, Hugh Martell, BCHBC Yarrow Chapter

(Editor’s note: Thank you Hugh that is great to hear. The ‘Archives’ seem to be a hit with others too.)

Dear Nancy: es, I’m still a fan of printed material and as a past freelance writer thought you might be interested in this article for Saddle Up. I’m also a founding member of Alberta Donkey and Mule Club although, because of age and health issues, I don’t get too much there anymore. I still enjoy following their column. Here is an article that may be of interest to some of your readers. I’ll also forward photos from which you can choose illustrations. All the best and thanks for the good work for equines in Saddle Up!


- Sybil E. Sewell, Leslieville AB

(Editor’s note: Readers can see her article and photos on pages 42-43.) 6 • MARCH 2016


Alberta Wild Horse Cull Lacks Supporting Scientific Evidence Reprinted with permission from Photo by Duane Starr Photography

A 1½-year investigation and review of the Alberta government’s assertions that wild horses are overpopulating the landscape and causing ecological damage has found no scientific evidence supporting those claims.


oocheck reviewed all publicly-available materials, as well as substantial quantities of additional documentation including letters, notes, reports and other materials, obtained through a multitude of provincial Freedom of Information requests. As well, site visits to observe free-roaming horses and their habitats were also made and a technical review of the Alberta free-roaming (“feral”) horse management program prepared by expert consultant biologist Wayne McCrory. The expert report and other materials were forwarded to Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips in December 2015 to inform her ahead of the 2016 capture permit decision-making process. View the report at It is expected that the Minister’s decision is imminent. “The report reveals that there is no science supporting the capture for ecological reasons of additional wild horses in Alberta. Furthermore, government officials are unable to point to any evidence of rangeland damage attributable to wild horses,” said Julie Woodyer, Campaign Director for Zoocheck.

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Alberta Government representatives say they want to ensure that some wild horses remain on the landscape, but captures have continued in the absence of scientific justification for removals and with no regard as to how many horses are necessary to ensure the genetic integrity of the free-roaming horse populations. According to the Alberta Government, there are now less than 800 free-roaming horses in all of Alberta and they are fragmented into sub-populations, numbers that experts say are far too low. “Wild horse populations in other parts of Canada are protected, but Alberta’s wild horses are being managed toward extinction. They have already been nearly extirpated in the Brazeau Equine Zone due to government-sanctioned captures,” Woodyer added. “We hope the Minister will move this issue away from making a purely political decision to satisfy the small subset of ranchers who don’t want the horses, to what the information and science actually shows.” For more information, contact Julie Woodyer, Campaign Director for Zoocheck at 1-888-801-3222 (toll-free). See more at www.zoocheck. com/new-expert-wild-horse-report/.

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Two Steps Forward and One Step Back By Christa Miremadi

Cisco and I as we demonstrate how a hoofball can help develop a horse’s confidence to a group of riders who came to learn hoofball. (Photo by Tina Harnett)

I think most of us who find ourselves in the saddle more often than the average person can identify with the idea that we feel drawn or called to connecting with horses. For some of us, it’s about a sport we love, a physical outlet that allows us to drain the stresses of a long work day or overtime with the kids.


or others, it’s about getting out of the office and into nature, getting fresh air and sunshine (or around these parts, a little rain) on your face. For others still, it’s more about connecting to another being, nurturing and caring for an animal, or even nurturing and caring for ourselves by being with our best friend who just happens to be a horse. Whatever your reasons might be for being with horses, I think it’s probably safe to say that if you’re reading this article, you’re hoping to strengthen your relationship, improve your communication with or understand more completely your equine partner. This is something that I’m striving for on a daily basis. One thing I’ve become all too familiar with over the past few years is the need to let go of preconceived notions about how things are “supposed to go.” As a professional whose job it is to solve problems and teach horses (and to do so within a timeline), it can be easy to want to fall into routines and follow procedures. Not only that, but the humans who are connected to the horses I work with also seem to want routines and procedures that they can continue once our time together is through. But, over and over again, I‘ve been reminded by the horses (my greatest teachers) that that’s not how this works. Jackson was a young gelding when he was picked from the kill pen and rescued. He was well put together and had a good mind. He and his new caregiver, Rebecca, got along well. Despite the good relationship they’d been developing together and the time and patience Rebecca had shown Jackson, a few of their early rides together didn’t go quite as planned and involved unscheduled flying lessons in which Rebecca 8 • MARCH 2016


failed the landings. As a result, Rebecca lost some confidence. Jackson was sent to a trainer who gave him a substantial amount of training and tried to instil many of the skills he’d need to become Rebecca’s riding partner. When Rebecca went to see what the trainer had accomplished, she was glad to see that Jackson was under saddle and being ridden, and she was even able to ride him herself. However, she could tell that things weren’t totally sorted out. He had unresolved resentment and fear that she was concerned about. Jackson was returned home and even though he’d learned a lot from the trainer, Rebecca and Jackson had another few wrecks. She decided to send him to me for a “re-start.” This is a process in which I start at the beginning and work my way through “the procedure” of starting a horse in order to uncover and eliminate any holes I might find. Well, it became apparent very quickly that Jackson could and would do pretty much anything I asked of him! He was very familiar with “the procedure.” The only problem was that he did it with resentment, fear and frustration. The further we went along down the line of exercises that together make up “the procedure,” the angrier, more shut down or robotic Jackson became. Whoever said horses don’t judge people or hold a grudge has not worked with many horses like Jackson. He definitely seemed to be making assumptions about who I was and what I was going to ask of him. By the time I got to the place where I would normally be saddling Jackson, it was obvious that he would let me saddle him and get on, but it was something he’d already decided he didn’t want any part of. At that point, I decided to throw “the procedure” out the window




and let go of “the list” of things he should know and be able to do before we could move on to riding. We began to look for exercises and activities that gave Jackson space and freedom to let go of his expectations. Activities that he hadn’t been asked to take part in before and had no experience around. This included things like tagging along on my trail rides with my gelding Cisco, standing with me while I taught a lesson without any tasks at all besides standing relaxed, and even exploring my mountain trail park, stepping over logs, rocks and onto boxes or bridges. It wasn’t too long before Jackson started to look interested in coming out and curious about what we would do next rather than standing in the corner of his paddock with a wrinkled nose and hard eyes. He began softly walking towards the halter in my hands and became eager to try new things. Finally it was time to take the next step -- it was time to ride Jackson again. This is where it got tricky. If I went back to “the procedure,” I was pretty sure he’d fall back into his old habits of shutting down, feeling frustrated and being the angry robot I already knew so well. I had to learn to read Jackson’s mood and trust my instincts. I had to keep him interested and curious about what we were doing, so, after the first few rides (just to be sure we had a left, a right and a stop), we began to work with the hoofball, something I usually reserve for a more seasoned horse. By using the hoofball, I was able to keep his mind on a task he’d never done before, one he didn’t know how to do and one that has piqued his curiosity and interest. The ball also took the focus off of


Jackson and put it on a job we could accomplish together. Some days, Jackson’s mood was more curious than other times and on days when he was especially curious, we could move forward, try new things or push the boundaries a little. On days when he was not feeling very curious, it was best to do something he found more enjoyable. Sometimes it felt like a step backwards. It was easy to find myself thinking about what he should be learning or what comes next. Spending the day letting him stretch his legs in the round pen, saddle-less and without any real progress to show Rebecca, took a great deal of faith and patience. It was in these moments that I had to remind myself: two steps forward and one step back is still a step forward. Jackson’s story isn’t over, but he’s working his way out of the frustrated, angry, robotic place he’s been in and finding interest and curiosity for riding again. He’s learning to trust and enjoy his time with me. We’re strengthening our relationship, improving our communication, and I’m understanding him better and better. Although I’ve not forgotten about “the list” or “the procedure” - a helpful tool in teaching a young horse I’ve let it go and I’m letting Jackson guide me in our attempt to help him find his place as a riding horse. I look forward to exploring the unknown with this equine teacher and learning new ways to accomplish our goals together in a way that inspires us both! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

1. Anna and Bramble, as they learn to use the hoofball to gain togetherness. 2. Here I am working with the ball from the saddle after introducing Jackson to the ball from the ground. 3. Cecilia and Eric and Anna and Bramble are using their hoofball skills against one another in a game of hoofball. 4. My young mare, Lexi, as she learned to find an organized forward by following and pushing the ball. MARCH 2016



Canadian Quarter Horse Association Submitted by Marnie Somers

Canadian Members Are Committed to Welfare Written by keynote speaker, AQHA Executive Vice President, Craig P. Huffhines.


n mid-January, Executive Committee member Stan Weaver and his wife, Nancy, and I made a trip to Red Deer, Alberta, to attend the Canadian Quarter Horse Annual Meeting and Industry Equine Forum. We enjoyed our Canadian friends’ hospitality and a good crowd of equine enthusiasts, including, breeders, stable owners, veterinarians and university researchers. CQHA President Haidee Landry and Past President Marnie Somers greeted us warmly and allowed Stan and me the opportunity to discuss state-of-the-industry questions and business activities going on within AQHA Canada, with its nearly 20,000 members, represents 7 percent of all AQHA members and 44 percent of all of AQHA’s international members. Alberta is the fourth largest among states and provinces in total horse numbers, with 109,000, and ranks sixth in total membership. Stan, being a Montana rancher and revered breeder of athletic, good-minded ranch horses, has a passion for our Ranching Heritage Breeders program. He made a case to our Canadian audience that the Ranching Heritage Breeders program is geared for Canadians, particularly the strong ranching families in Alberta. The number of cattle operations in that part of the country is prolific, and there are several breeders who could qualify for the Ranching Heritage designation if they’d apply. My good friend, AQHA Director Dr. Wayne Burwash, brought up a very interesting question that touches on many things important to the welfare of our horse, the preservation of genetic diversity and ethics in Quarter Horse breeding. Wayne and I have been discussing the issue of genetic abnormality since our last visit at the Calgary Stampede in July. I agree with Wayne and his concerns about doing everything we can to increase the longevity and welfare of the Quarter Horse by upholding high standards in breeding. Last March, AQHA began printing the five-panel test results on the back of each registration certificate. So, if a foal is tested before it’s registered, the UC-Davis test result is currently being printed on the paper. AQHA has not asked owners to return their papers for reprinting, but if a tested horse is transferred, the new owner will have results published on the new certificate. You can read more about these five genetic abnormalities and their effect on our breed at I explained to our Canadian members how the beef industry has navigated this problem. In the early 1950s and through the 1960s, the Hereford breed identified and propagated the dwarfism genetic defect, which was also a simple recessive lethal mutation. In those days, all breeders could do was mate sires to at least 20 daughters to determine a sire’s carrier status. Long story short, the breed purged those genetics from the population, which were some of the top carcass and maternal genetics of the breed. It caused a panic, and it took many breeders out of business. Fast forward to the new millennium and scientific breakthroughs that have made the impossible possible. Billions of dollars spent on the human genome sequence project created the platform for developing both the bovine and equine mapping projects, which cost upwards of 10 • MARCH 2016


(l to r top row): Marc Garner, Haidee Landry, Craig Huffhines, Stan Weaver. (l to r bottom row): Marnie Somers, Wayne Burwash, and Nancy Weaver. $53 million back in 2004. Scientists can now easily find those nasty mutations that cause these problems. Today, for the $85 cost of a test, we can be certain whether an animal is a carrier or not. There are four key ways we can band together as an industry to encourage responsible breeding and work toward the prevention of genetic abnormalities: 1. It is our responsibility as a breed association/registry and as breeders to publicly disclose the results of information that might affect the value of a pedigree and a horse. That disclosure is clearly printed on the registration papers and should be disclosed on consignments at public auction. 2. We should focus breeding programs on using the most healthy and robust horses in our industry and should limit the breeding of carrier studs or be cognizant in our choice of carrier-free mares to prevent propagation of genetic problems. There are many great stallions outside their respective disciplines that would make great outcrosses to the popular lines being used in specific disciplines. 3. As an industry, we should support an increased value of foals from breedings without genetic abnormalities. Using the test to manage the problem can be economically smart. 4. If we ignore the benefits of genetic technology, we could run the risk of creating an epidemic of affected offspring exhibiting and suffering from these cruel diseases. Do we really want this problem winding up in social media spheres, causing harm to the longevity and welfare of our breed and subsequently sending the wrong message to those outside of the equine world? I don’t think so. I could tell that our Canadian membership is very passionate about our American Quarter Horse, and I know all of you are, too. I appreciated their hospitality and their commitment to responsible breeding, and I hope you agree with me that the Board of Directors should stand united in our commitment to the American Quarter Horse.

AQHA Youth World Cup (submitted) Congratulations to two BC Riders selected for the 2016 Youth World Cup Team!


he American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an international event held very two years and hosted by a different country each time. American Quarter Horse youth competitors from around the world will flock to Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, June 23 to July 3 for an international showdown. A team of 5 riders was selected from numerous applicants across Canada and this year two of the riders are from BC! Also selected as part of the 2016 YWC team were 2 alternate riders and 2 leadership candidates. Joining Team Canada is Megan Komori Kennedy, 18, from Merville BC, as a strong all-around competitor with a focus on Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation classes. Megan has been showing for over 10 years, starting with 4-H and working her way up to the AQHA circuit where she has earned several National Championships to her credit. Highlights in Megan’s riding career include being awarded Champion in Hunter Under Saddle at the AQHA Novice Championship show in Las Vegas in 2012 and being a finalist in all her events including Showmanship, Horsemanship and Hunt Seat Equitation at the 2014 All American Quarter Horse Congress. Megan is excited to be part of Team Canada in this unique competition and brings a strong background in riding and showing young horses, team spirit, and dedication to Tamworth, Australia!

Joining Megan from Roberts Creek BC, is Mackenzie Inksater, age 15. Mackenzie’s focus on the all-around events showcases her horsemanship skills in both English and Western classes, which will complement a strong Canadian team. In her show career, Mackenzie has had success both north and south of the border including Canadian National Championships and the top 10 finishes at the AQHA Novice West Championships in Las Vegas. Mackenzie is looking forward to meeting all the other competitors and learning new skills in Australia! Representing Canada at international events such as this one, is a costly initiative and Team Canada members are each responsible for fund-raising a portion of their travel expenses. To help them reach these goals, please consider supporting Megan Komori Kennedy (megankomorikennedy@ and Mackenzie Inksater ( with a business or personal sponsorship or by supporting one of their other fundraising efforts. Look for them at their booth at the Horseman’s Bazaar and County Fair on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Thunderbird Equestrian Center in Langley BC. Edited excerpt from an article originally printed in the Canadian Quarter Horse Association Press Release October 18, 2015. For more information visit


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Western Dressage, Part 2 By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz How to Get Started You are interested in Western Dressage and want to try it, but you aren’t sure where to begin? We’re here to get you on the path to a fun new adventure. In Canada, the Western Style Dressage Association of Canada is the governing body of Western Dressage. Within WSDAC, there are chapters that offer shows, clinics, and fun days to help people learn more about the sport and support members in their training. Provinces and territories may have more than one chapter. To find a chapter in your area, visit The professional directory on the WSDAC website will also help you find a Western dressage coach in your area. There are more chapters being set up as the sport of Western dressage grows and more trainers being listed; however, English dressage coaches are also willing to help you get started if you do not have a Western dressage coach in your area. The WSDAC website also lists the rules and tests. As a member of the National Association, you may earn points toward National year-end awards at approved chapter and dressage shows. Or, you may decide to compete only within your chapter and only pay your chapter membership. Many of the English dressage shows are offering Western dressage classes as well. These may be listed as “TOC” (Test of Choice), allowing you to choose the test you want to ride when you enter the show.

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Working lope, showing poll higher than the withers, with an engaged hind end. Western dressage is included in the Horse Council of BC rulebook for provincially-sanctioned competitions. Western dressage classes have been included in the Heritage Qualifiers as well as at the Heritage Finals. The Senior Games have also included Western dressage classes. Another fun way to try Western dressage is through WSDAC’s virtual show program at In 2015, there were four shows, culminating in a year-end award program. This is an especially great program for those who do not live near

progressive work, your horse will become safer, more versatile and pleasurable, as its flexibility, suppleness, balance and fitness increase. You will also have a more willing, attentive, obedient and responsive mount as the confidence and trust between horse and rider builds. And following the training scale and working through the levels gives you guidelines, incentives and goals. Next month’s article will take a closer look at the gaits of western dressage, with more photos to help you see the differences.

A Quarter Horse showing working jog with an even rhythm and light contact. a chapter area. Find a suitable ring of the correct size and video the given test, using a caller reading the test, if you like. You then post your video on YouTube, submit the link and your payment, and the test will be judged, just like at a show, by one of WSDAC’s approved judges. Results will be posted online and you will receive your test sheet with judge’s comments in the mail. Ribbons are awarded as well! But even if you aren’t interested in showing, Western dressage is a fun way to try something new with your horse. Through the

Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Chris Irwin Platinum Certified Trainer, and Equine Canada Western Competition Coach. She works with youth, adult amateurs and professionals as well as teaching a local 4H club at her facility near Bowden, AB. Western and English dressage has become her main focus, but many of her students compete in open competitions as well as obstacle challenges. Lisa has also added Somatics to help her students maintain and create further body awareness as it works to release muscle patterns in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and repetitive movements that can be work related. Getting riders in correct balance helps horses develop correct balance. Learn more at her website, www.mountainviewtrainingstables. com. Birgit Stutz is a Chris Irwin Gold Certified Trainer and Coach and offers horse training, riding lessons, clinics, workshops, camps for kids and adults, as well as working student and mentorship programs at Falling Star Ranch 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 as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Visit her website at



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The grey Arabian mare stands in the centre of the arena, head low, eyes half closed and one leg cocked. She takes a moment to relax as her young rider giggles with her friend mounted beside her. She is a dream horse that was almost destroyed by neglect. A dream horse who, once given the chance, proved that Beauty is not only her name, but what she is both inside and out.


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n February of 2008, Beauty was one of 109 horses found starving, wounded and neglected near Andrew, AB. Their future was to be the public auction, where the inevitable outcome for many would be slaughter. Susan Fyfe, owner of Keno Hills Stable, wanted to give these horses a chance at life. “She organized a bunch of volunteers, contacted the ASPCA and offered to rehabilitate the horses,” Elaine Laakso, a member of the Rescue 100 Foundation, says of Fyfe’s actions. When the horses arrived, they realized it would take months to rehabilitate them enough to be placed into new homes. “Some of the horses were so thin and weak they had to be hand fed,” Laakso says. “They were all infested with lice and worms.” When Anne McKinty of the Crossfield, AB, area, heard of the rescue taking place, she headed to Keno Hills to see how she could help. When Anne entered the pasture, two yearlings began to follow her. She hadn’t planned on taking any home, but they pulled at her heartstrings. “I just felt bad,” Anne offers as an explanation. When the yearlings were ready to be rehomed, “Beauty” and “Flossy” came home to Anne’s farm. Both were small and had a lot of emotional and physical healing to do. “I had a little bit of training done with them, but minimal,” Anne says, and she decided to turn them out with their herd of older horses. Six years later, Beauty’s life changed again. Anne’s granddaughter had taken a horse camp and quickly fallen head over heels in love with horses. Kamryn Sitter, then nine years old, was going to need a horse. Kamryn and her riding coach, Jill Fuselli, went out to Anne’s farm to pick a suitable mount. “Between the three of them, they evaluated which would be best,” Kamryn’s mom, Robyn Sitter, explains. “Beauty is smaller and I think, based on size and temperament, they saw her as the calmer possibility.” Then seven years old, Beauty had matured into a beautiful dapple grey mare. At 14.2 hands high, she was also the perfect height. Beauty was taken to Eastwood Stable, at nearby Acme, where Fuselli’s daughter and avid horsewoman, Sarah, volunteered to train her. Sarah worked at identifying Beauty’s problems at a very basic level. She began to build her confidence, beginning with simple lunging and riding. As Beauty advanced, Sarah began her training as a jumper, preparing her for Kamryn. “I love Beauty,” Sarah smiles. “She’s special.” Love is thick in the air around Beauty now, but for Kamryn’s mom, having a horse was a whole new experience. Used to having her daughter ride lesson horses and not knowing how to take care of a horse by herself, it was a big change for Robyn when she and Kamryn suddenly had to. “I was afraid at first,” she admits. “Putting the blanket on Beauty the first time was terrifying. I’d come super early so no one could watch me, because I was afraid it was going to be a rodeo.” Although Anne wanted to be, she wasn’t around every week to help. “I cried,” she says. “[With] Robyn, Kamryn, and Beauty... well, it was green, green, and greener.” But Beauty impressed them both, and the “rodeo” Robyn expected never happened. “Yes, I love her,” Robyn says. “The first few times I was so stressed out. But now it’s easier and way more fun. I enjoy doing it.”

Left - After: Eight years since her rescue, Beauty has matured into a stunning dapple grey Arabian. Right - Winning isn’t everything for Kamryn Sitter, who loves horses more than anything else, but winning Reserve Champion in their first year competing was a big accomplishment for Kamryn and Beauty. Anne is thrilled that her little mare is doing so well. “She’s a good horse that way, she’s patient,” Anne says. Although Kamryn’s only ridden Beauty since the early months of 2015, it’s obvious that it’s a perfect match. Riding her twice a week “and sometimes on weekends,” Kamryn adds, they’re natural together. When one of her lessons doesn’t go quite as well as expected, she doesn’t get concerned. “Sometimes Beauty has her down days,” she explains simply. With Beauty being a fast and forward-moving mare, she and Kamryn train in hunter jumper, and show in the novice circuit. Throughout the last year, they attended shows and schooling tournaments and worked hard to place well. At the end of the season, their hard work was rewarded when they won the title of Reserve Champion. “We are all so proud of them,” Anne says. Beauty’s jumping abilities and willingness has begun to attract the attention of other riders as well. “Every show we go to, someone asks if she is for sale,” Anne says. “But look at her, she’s a showboat.”

With flowers adorning her mane and tail, carefully braided by Kamryn, Beauty does indeed make a striking appearance. The offers impress almost everyone. Everyone but Kamryn. “She’s getting agitated by it,” Anne says. “Like it scares her that someone is going to up and sell her horse.” For Kamryn, now ten years old, Beauty isn’t just a horse. She is her friend. She is in pictures on her walls, and she is who Kamryn misses when she feels sad. Kamryn’s fears will never come true, because Beauty isn’t going anywhere. When Kamryn grows older, Anne plans to give Beauty to her. “She’ll be there forever with Kamryn,” Anne promises. Looking nothing like the yearling infested with lice who nearly starved to death that cold Alberta winter, Beauty has become an inspiration, a champion, and a friend. “She’s the best pony in the world,” Kamryn says. All it took was for someone to love Beauty, and give her the chance. Hannah-Mae Kaiser is a horse trainer from Rochester, AB. She is passionate about working with horses that haven’t had the chance to become their best.


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Horseback Riding in La Paz, Mexico By Mark McMillan Every year when we book our winter holiday with Billie and Hugh McLennan and their Spirit of the West Cruise, one of the first things we do is scout out horseback riding at the different ports. On this 10-day Mexican Riviera Cruise, we knew we would have free days in La Paz, Loreto, and Puerto Vallarta, so we went to Google to see what was available.


athy found some positive comments on Trip Advisor about a horseback ride in La Paz, at Rancho El Cajon, so we sent off an email to them. Wow! It wasn’t very long before the phone rang - it was Kim from Rancho El Cajon in La Paz. Kim (an American girl) told us all about the ranch, the fact that they (the wranglers) were volunteers, that it had been in the same Mexican family for over 500 years, that it was about 10,000 acres with cattle and goats, and that she’d pick us up at the ship. “We ask for a small donation for gas,” she added. A three-hour ride would be about $20 US dollars. She also said that Larry, her partner wrangler, had some American saddles that he would let us use for an additional 50 pesos each – that’s like $1 CDN. OK, we’ll go! Now, it’s a little scary getting off a cruise ship in a foreign country, especially Mexico, but Kim had made us feel pretty comfortable. As promised, she stood on the pier with a sign waiting for us. We knew right away we liked her, and that this was going to be a good day, so we piled into her Jeep and off we drove. We arrived at the ranch, a typical Mexican-looking home, where horses stood tied to shade shelters ready to be saddled. There were pens, mostly made of pallets, with calves, goats, chickens, and mule babies with their and Kim, Chayo

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moms. Chayo (Chi-o), who spoke no English, got busy saddling horses. It was nice to be able to see the horses before the saddles were put on, too, as we could see what kind of shape they were in – all looked good. At one point I saw Chayo and Larry talking, obviously about me, since Chayo pointed at me and said “Toronado” and then pointed at a small sorrel horse. I don’t know any Spanish but, hmmm... Toronado? Meanwhile, Kathy mounted another sorrel gelding named “Diamante” who had a perfect diamond on his forehead. Now I always do the picture taking, but we hadn’t gone 100 yards before I asked Kathy if she’d be okay with the camera – I knew I wouldn’t be able to get any photos riding Toronado. He was a jigger -- ttttrrryyyy tttaaakkkkinnnngg a phhhhootooooo on a jjiggggger… Having said that, even though he was super energetic, he was very responsive, listened to my every cue and we had a great ride. Diamante was great, too. He was very laid back, which was perfect for Kathy to be able to take photos – he’d hold back from the rest of the horses and stand still, yet go when she asked. The ride itself - wow! We started the ride by heading into a canyon that was magnificent. A sand bottom with flat glass-like rock skirting, and sheer cliffs containing every colour and

every shape under the sun made up the landscape. Some desert plants, mesquite trees, and the odd cactus were the only signs of vegetation. We then headed back to the ranch, had a quick bathroom break, and started off again, this time in the other direction. Again - wow! We now saw totally different terrain. We rode along a beautiful sand beach that seemed to stretch forever with the surf rolling in on our left. There were quite a few squatters’ shacks, if you could even call them that, along the beach with miles and miles of cactus behind them. Kim stopped at the end of one row of these shacks and we tied our horses to a shade lean-to so we could explore the beach, stretch our legs, and let the horses have a little break. Once back at the ranch with the horses taken care of, we piled into Kim’s Jeep and headed back towards La Paz. Kim stopped at a little roadside open-air taco stand, assured us that the food was both good and safe, and we had a great lunch of freshly-made quesadillas. Back in town, she stopped so we could do a little shopping en route to the ship. All in all, we had a great day and highly recommend Rancho El Cajon to anyone looking to go horseback riding in or around La Paz, Mexico. You can find Rancho El Cajon on Facebook or email Kim at

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Practice in February 2016 – waiting for the range master’s signal that the course is clear

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owboy Mounted Shooters Association of BC (CMSABC) is a registered non-profit society. As of 2015, British Columbia has now joined the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in offering this exciting, fast-paced event. Ontario and Nova Scotia have also recently organized their first mounted shooting associations. Mounted shooting is currently the fastest-growing equestrian sport in North America. The sport was created in the USA in the early 1990s and has grown tremendously since, with competitions and exhibitions being held at some of the largest equestrian


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events across North America. Thanks to the dedication of some individuals in Alberta working with the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) since the mid-2000s, guidelines and recommendations were developed to allow this sport to be brought to, and enjoyed safely and legally in, Canada. There are now clubs being created across Canada, and CMSABC is currently the first and only club to attain RCMP CFP-Approved Shooting Club status in the province of BC. Prior to the formation of this club, the only legal option for a BC resident to practice or compete in this sport was to have a membership in an approved club in another province, have your RPAL, apply for Authorization to Transport (ATT) your registered firearms, and travel to some approved mounted shooting facility outside of BC. Hence my decision to bring this sport home to BC! In this sport, mounted contestants compete in a timed event using two fixed-sight .45 calibre single action revolvers designed prior to 1898, or reproductions thereof. Each revolver is loaded with specially prepared BLANK ammunition. No live ammunition or projectiles are permitted. There are no projectiles used to burst the 10 balloon targets, only black powder, which has restrictions regarding effective range of the burning embers, so as to ensure spectator safety. Some classes also involve the use of shotgun and rifle (also with specific blank ammunition), but these classes also initially include the use of revolvers and are attempted by more advanced, experienced competitors only as it requires an extremely well-trained horse when the reins are dropped and both hands must be used on those firearms. Minimum dress requirements for competition are described in the CMSA rulebook, but generally consist of traditional classic, western clothing, including cowboy boots and cowboy hats (or helmet if preferred); long-sleeved shirts and modern-style jeans must be worn with chaps or chinks. Females are exempt from some of these rules if they prefer to wear 19th-century-style full-length full skirt or dress. (See CMSA rulebook). A competitor must acquire a federal firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence as well as endorsement to that licence for the use of Restricted Firearms (commonly referred in the sport as an RPAL). Participants MUST be a member in good standing of an RCMP CFPApproved Shooting Club in order to acquire an Authorization to Transport (ATT) their registered firearms and BLANK ammo (only) to and from a CFO “Approved Shooting Club Facility.” These facili-

From left to right - The October 2015 clinic, “Introduction to Mounted Shooting,” was held in Creston and taught by Chris Giffin (Baron, AB), a Men’s L4 shooter and an experienced and respected mounted shooting clinician. Pamela with new shooters Roger and John in the safe handling area during the February practice session. Desensitizing horses to gunfire at the October 2015 clinic ties or arenas used for practices and competitions by an Approved mounted shooting club must also make application to acquire certification as an approved mounted shooting facility. Membership in an approved provincial equine organization (HCBC in BC) is a mandatory requirement for a participating club membership, and Approved Shooting Clubs must carry club insurance as well. There are a wide variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice to seasoned professional. Clinics introducing the sport to riders and horses green to this particular sport, as well as for intermediate and advanced participants are being made available across the provinces, by the various clubs. Safety for horse and rider is paramount and is emphasized during horse training and firearms handling practices and competitions. There are no horse breed or size restrictions. Beginners are encouraged to take their time to learn Pamela and Taro at a clinic in Rumsey, AB, 2014 techniques to create a good foundation for a well-trained shooting horse and to be both comfortable and safe in the sport before speed is added. The fact that a competitor is penalized 5 seconds for a missed balloon in this timed event makes accuracy a primary focus on initial training. Co CMSABC is an affiliate of the international organization, Cowboy m Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) and, along with some of the in gb other Canadian clubs, competition points can be earned in order to atac tend regional finals as well as the World finals, held in Texas. We use their k rulebook for our guidelines, except where Canadian Firearms regulations override the US rules (for example, in regard to barrel length and Youth/ Wranglers). As the first CFO-Approved mounted shooting club in BC, and currently based in the Creston Valley, CMSABC’s board of directors is working hard to develop our club bylaws and guidelines in order to bring this sport to other regions of the province. By amending our initial bylaws we will be able to create CMSABC Chapters which will save everyone immensely in initial costs of incorporation registration and club and member insurance, as well as eliminating the need for individual new clubs to apply for RCMP CFO Approval. It will not happen overnight, but we are getting numerous July 6-10, 2016 July 12-16, 2016 inquiries from interested individuals across the province and are striving Circle Creek Equestrian Centre Cardinal Ranch to take the time to create a solid foundation for the future of this sport in Kamloops, BC Valemount, BC the province of BC. This article is intended to be just an overview of the Call Terry 250.574.4743 Call Devanee 250.968.4481 sport and is not a comprehensive guideline. We currently have a Facebook page, Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association of BC, and are developing an email list to distribute information. A website ( is in progress and we’ll have at least a basic information page up in the near future. Our club email is If you wish more information, please email me at this address with your phone number and I will return your call as soon as possible.

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Kick your Fear to the Curb By Carol McNeil In a packed lecture room at the college in Salmon Arm on January 23, Dr. Susi Cienciala of Deep Creek Veterinary Services, and Aida Andersen, Ph.D. helped riders “kick their fear to the curb.”


he idea came about when Dr. Susi, a vet who has a keen interest in Equitation Science, and Aida Andersen, who holds a Ph.D. in Education Psychology and is an avid dressage rider /trainer, discussed how often they met riders who never really reached their potential due to fear. These riders missed out on so much fun with their horses because they let fear get in the way of trying or even learning things that could bring them much enjoyment. Susi and Aida decided to break the sometimes-taboo subject by creating a workshop that would not only explain the concept of fear in horse and rider, but would show that there are tools and methods readily available that can help riders enjoy their horses. The clinic started off with a presentation by Aida who talked about why we as humans experience fear and that fear is a natural reaction. She explained that, “There are two kinds of fear: the good fear and the bad one. The good fear is part of your natural instinct to protect yourself from harm. You would not gallop towards a cliff as you know that could be hugely dangerous. The bad fear is part of your subconscious in-

ternal dialogue; it is irrational and obstructive.” Your bad fear holds you back from experiencing what may be truly pleasurable and rewarding. It is the little voice in your head that keeps telling you that “something awful will happen and you will be really hurt so don’t do what you are about to do.” In the second part of the lecture, Dr. Susi talked extensively on horse behaviour and on how horses learn. Dr. Susi went on to explain that, “horses are flight animals that, when they cannot escape or flee from unpleasant circumstances, will try to buck, rear, bolt or spook and these reactions are what create fear in riders. The good news is that these flight responses can be minimized when riders train their horses using learning theory and science-based methods rather than myth and folklore which form the basis of many training methods.” Many of the participants shared their stories and asked very interesting questions that served as great examples of how people experience fear and what to do in order to curb the inner negative dialogue that basically holds us in our state of fear. Many of the questions served as

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great examples to illustrate how horses experienced and dealt with fear and how, by understanding basic equine behaviour, it is possible to remove the fear triggers and help our horses relax and enjoy being trained. After completing the lecture part of the clinic, all participants drove over to TopLine Stables in order to see a demonstration of how a rider could overcome her fear of performing specific ridden moves, e.g. cantering. Two lovely horses were presented with enthusiastic riders who were willing to share their specific areas of fear. Aida worked with them to reach a point of being comfortable dealing with whatever the fear was. Whether you are a top professional rider or a rider who enjoys a weekly hack out with friends, overcoming fear can help you enjoy your horse so much more. Top athletes do not perform without fear, they learn how to deal with their fear and find ways of using it to their advantage. Contact us for details on futures clinic dates by calling Deep Creek Veterinary clinic at 250833-8585 or send e-mail to

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Ebony, a seven year-old Friesian mare, earned the highest score and top honours at the first Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

Janine Little on the left with Shawneen Jacobs on her right, accepting The Horse of Course High Score Award. Photo by Susan J. Stickle.

Janine Little and Ebony Win the High Score Award By Joanna Cockerline

Okanagan-raised dressage rider Janine Little recently won The Horse of Course High Score Award at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival held in Wellington, Florida.


anine Little and her mount Ebony, a seven year-old Friesian mare owned by Kelowna’s Shawneen Jacobs, earned the highest score of the entire week of competition, 75.370%. Despite torrential rains, wind, and a tornado warning during the pair’s performance, they won all First Level classes and earned the highest national score. “Ebony was very brave and willing. She demonstrated excellent ability to focus despite the challenging weather conditions and busy show atmosphere,” Little stated of Jacobs’ mare, whom she has been training for just over a year. Little, a successful FEI rider and coach who was shortlisted for the Canadian team a few years ago, established Little Dressage, a training and coaching business, in 2000. With its roots in the Okanagan, the business has since evolved to include clients and competitions throughout western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and Florida. “The owners of the horses with whom I work are committed to top quality care and believe in my philosophy of treating each horse as an individual – of bringing them along with patience rather than pressure – and celebrating their achievements as they come,” Little explains. “I’m bringing out numerous young horses this year, so my goals are to make them solid at the levels at which they’re competing, and give them good experiences.” Okanagan-owned horses Little has in training include the five year-old Oldenburg, Billionaire; Finley, a seven year-old Westphalian; and Demitra, an eight year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. While Billionaire has yet to make his show debut, Finley and Demitra have won every class ever entered in Florida with Little so far. The goal is for all of these horses to compete at the FEI level in the next year or two. “It truly takes a village to build a dressage horse,” Little acknowledges. Beyond supportive owners, the horses’ well-being and successes are made possible thanks to professional groom and working student, Larisa Anderson. Anderson began training with Little as a young teenager and earned numerous victories in dressage rings throughout western Canada, including the 2013 Alberta Provincial Junior Championship. Caring for a team of equine athletes on a daily

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


t seems like every hour of every day is being spent on the Kamloops Cowboy Festival lately, and although that’s not exactly true, it’s not far off. It should be worth it though – this will be the 20th consecutive Festival – wow! The first Festival was held in the old Stockman Hotel in downtown Kamloops in March of 1997. A lot has changed since then, but a lot hasn’t, too. The venues have changed a few times over the years, but for the most part the The centre of the 2016 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Festival has been held poster is an image of all 20 Festival posters. at either the Calvary Community Church or the Convention Centre across the road, and this will be the 10th time that the Festival will be in both venues.

Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band from Washington State will perform at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.


BC High School rodeo always has a fun time at the Cowboy Festival. One thing that’s been totally consistent over the years, though, is the quality of the entertainment. The Festival has always been, and still is, known for bringing in some of the best western entertainers in North America. The Art of the West Show and Sale and the Festival Trade Show have also continuously had great exhibitors. This year, the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is proud to say there will be at least eleven, and possibly twelve, enterOne of the busiest booths at the Festival is tainers performing at Cowboy’s Choice with their custom hats, the Festival that were hat cleaning, shaping and repairs. part of the entertainment lineup in 1997, twenty years ago. At least one trade show exhibitor will be present, too - Mark Denny of Cariboo Saddlery - who has never missed a Festival. Even the sponsors have stuck with the Festival over the years, and the Horse Barn has never missed a Festival either! Ticket sales for the 20th anniversary show are strong, and it looks like it could be one of the best yet. You can still get tickets, though – just give us a call, toll free, at 1-888-763-2221 or, if you’re in Kamloops, drop in to the Horse Barn. In the last issue, I said we were planning to go horseback riding in Mexico while we were with Billie and Hugh McLennan on their 15th


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annual Spirit of the West Cruise. The cruise itself was another awesome cruise, this time down the Mexican Riviera and into the Sea of Cortez where we saw lots of migrating whales as well as lots of sun and fun. The horse rides… well, you always hear stories of skinny, over-worked horses in Mexico, but I’ll tell you we would have been happy to bring home any of the horses that we, or our guides, rode in either place – La Paz or Puerto Vallarta. See the story “Horseback Riding in La Paz, Mexico” on page 16. Hopefully, I’ll also have an article about our ride in Puerto Vallarta ready for the April issue. You can see The ranch where we rode in Mexico raises and trains mules lots of photos and read our diary for the local guide outfitters. at or on Hugh’s website, On Hugh’s website, you can also see where the 2017 Spirit of the West Cruise will be going!

Last Month’s What’s This?

The February issue’s item was a photo of an object that sits in our living room. It’s a wooden train and is made of wooden spools and/or wooden bobbins from the days gone by when these were used in textile mills. We did have some correct answers at press time from Sheldon Wessell of Vernon BC, and Ian Rice had this comment, “On behalf of the Ashcroft Building Centre we guess it is made from Industrial Bobbin Spools and it is a Traction Train.”


Coming Up The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will once again be held at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. This year, it’ll be on Friday, March 18, during the evening main feature show at the Calvary Church. Stan Jacobs, as a Working Cowboy, and Henry Schneider, as a Working Cowboy and Horseman, will be the inductees. A second induction ceremony will take place in the main arena at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo on Sunday, April 17, during the intermission. Hank Krynen, as Working Cowboy and Horseman, and Raphael Alphonse, as a Working Cowboy, will be inducted. The Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in the Province of BC will be presented to Len Monical at the Calvary Church during the main evening feature show on Saturday evening at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

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Thompson River Boot Company and their custom handmade boots will be at the Festival again this year. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. This month’s item is a photo of an object that we saw while on holiday on the cruise. It was sitting on the boardwalk in “Old Town San Diego” as part of their museum and historic displays. I’m going to guess that it’s about 3 feet high, maybe a little more. I think it might be a little bit harder this month, but we’d sure like to see some guesses come in. Good luck! MARCH 2016


Equine Sports Therapist moves to Cariboo Hansi’s Equine Sports Therapy is relocating to the Cariboo and will be set up for May, although I will still be traveling to the Lower Mainland. Finding my passion for horses at a young age, I decided to pursue a career in Equine Therapy. I attended the BC College of Equine Therapy located in Vernon BC. I also completed a Chiropractic Assessment and Technique program, Reiki therapy and Chiropractic and treatment with focus on Craniosacral and Energy Techniques. After graduating in 2001 from BC College of Equine Therapy, I began practicing throughout the Lower Mainland at various show barns. I find it very satisfying to help both horse and rider reach their peak performance as I, too, show English and western and also trail ride. I am very dedicated to my practice and offer a mobile service so I will come to you and your horse. Hansi offers a wide range of treatments such as: massage, structural balance, saddle fitting, Craniosacral, applied Kinesiology, as well as energy and magnet therapy. These therapies make an immense difference in the quality of your horse’s life. The healthier they are the better they perform thus making it possible to reach your competitive goals. (See her listing in Business Services under ‘Equine Services’) Hearts to Famine Gala Fundraiser The JB Heart to Heart Foundation will host their 1st annual “Hearts for Famine” Gala at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley BC on Sunday, April 24th. The event will feature a Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw, and Thunderbird’s Season Opener Horse Show. All proceeds from the Gala will go to support two schools in the local Langley district, as well as Vietnam. In Langley we will initiate two programs: a breakfast program for Blacklock Elementary and a snack program for Douglas Park Elementary. We will also be supporting 50 families in need in Vietnam, providing food and basic necessities to them throughout the entire year. With great appreciation and honour we invite all of you to be a part of something truly wonderful. Please join us at our 1st annual “Hearts for Famine” Gala event to support our cause in a fun-filled, exciting and hopefully rewarding day. You can purchase your tickets online at or e-mail us

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Okanagan Equestrian Society (OES) needs your Support Canada’s oldest race track (since 1893) namely “Kin Race Track Park” is on its last legs if the City of Vernon and North Okanagan Regional District (NORD) get their way; leaving locals and tourists with no horse racing in the North Okanagan or any ‘horse activities’ at the city-owned park. Negotiations are at a standstill as the City is not open to discussion at this point. A petition from supporters was presented to the City a few years back – but that has conveniently disappeared and there is no record of it on City files. The OES is asking if we horse people can rally as a group, send letters of support for horse racing and for the Park to remain agricultural land, expression of interest to rent the grounds, and prove to the City of Vernon and NORD that Kin Race Track Park is a much needed public facility for all to enjoy and share our love of horses and sport. Letters can be e-mailed to the OES president, Robyn Dalziel at Check out their Facebook page “Save Kin Race Trackk” (not sure why they have two k’s on that). Community Partnership key for Calnash Ag Event Centre The Centre has become a hub for the neighborhood. 2015 wrapped up with its busiest year to date, with 2016 looking even more promising. Along with new activities, like this past fall’s FCA rodeo, and the Black Elk Cutting, which is the biggest cutting horse event in Canada, the Centre has proven it’s more than just ‘a barn’. That was evident when it was all ‘dressed up’ for the very successful 2nd annual Ponoka Festival of Trees hospital fundraiser in November. Of course the 280 stalls in the unique Ponoka County Heritage Barn next to the Centre is another major drawing card. Community members have found the stalling building a great place to get some exercise in a heated, indoor environment. Close to 100 ‘barnwalkers’ have made visiting the Centre a regular part of their routine; ranging from mothers jogging with strollers to several 90-years-young individuals keeping active. The Calnash concession has also become a popular breakfast gathering spot for locals, while 4-H clubs also make great use of the facilities. So far 2016 has everything from full contact Jousting (in February, for the first time) to Dog Agility Nationals in August, to the popular Mounted Shooting events; and the town’s famous July 1st Stampede. To see the calendar and for more information visit Bieman de Haas acquires Comfort Equestrian Ltd. The Canadian company is no stranger to Bieman de Haas from the Netherlands. They have been working closely together for over ten years. Based on this successful collaboration, Comfort Equestrian decided to focus exclusively on Bieman de Haas brands three years ago. Since then, the Canadian business has grown strongly with an extensive range of new and redesigned products. Founded in 1928, Bieman de Haas is one of the largest equestrian product designers and wholesalers in Europe. The family business exports to more than 40 countries world-wide. Bieman de Haas is owner of well-known equestrian brands, BR® and Premiere, known for their full range of stylish tack and apparel products at a reasonable price. More information on the BR brand, the company’s product range, and local Canadian retailers can be found at

Cowboy Poetry Whiteout

By Lynda M. Vanden Elzen

Dedicated to Lane Frost By Curtis Anderson

Lane never wore a frown his Hero was Freckles Brown. Lane gave the crowd a thrill, he was from the Oklahoma hills. Lane would put his hands in the air, there would be fans from everywhere. Lane was a member of the Wolf Pack, he rode across North America in Lincolns and Cadillacs. Lane drove up and down I5 to see his dreams come alive. When he rode Red Rock Lane also drove up and down 101, to become America’s favourite son. It is no contest that Lane is one of the Best. Lane wore a feather in his hat, with everyone he would have time to chat. Lane is now riding the rank bulls in Heaven. Lane was the World Bull Riding Champion in 1987. (Lane passed away in 1989 at The Cheyenne Frontier Days)

I shut my eyes and I picture you, only a blizzard has come to white you out. First, the edges of you are blurry and frozen, and then you are indistinguishable from the dull empty silence after the storm. Erased, like a blank page, or the spring from a winter desert tundra. I breathe in, and then I let the air out, and imagine you are somewhere else, galloping with others of your own kind. Ever toward the place you always felt but had never seen, as you paced the muddy fence line, stuck and forgetting slowly what you were born for but could never be. Now I can drive past you and see nothing but cold white relief where you stood before. You, with all of that hurting and crying out nobody noticed, that I could not fix for you. So I covered you with snow and ice (in my imagination, you understand - you are still there) so I could keep driving past looking only forward or inward. Toll free: 1-866-832-3565 ~ Lac La Hache BC E-mail: MARCH 2016


TOP DOG! Do You Lose Your Dog? By Lisa Kerley BSc, KPA-CTP

Clients often comment when they watch me with their dog, “Why does he pay so much attention to YOU?” Some might believe I have some professional secret.


fter 16 years of being with, handling and training dozens of dogs every day, I do have experience on my side. I believe, however, that something else is the key to success. Although some dogs pay attention to their handlers more readily than others, any dog can quickly learn to tune us out because of the way we ARE with them. How we communicate with our dogs and how we interact with them both have a profound effect on whether they choose to stay with us mentally or choose to tune us out. Without realizing it, many people are actually teaching their dogs to ignore them. 1. Tune in to your dog From the very first moments I am with any dog, I make our interaction meaningful. I pay attention. I listen. I watch. I reward any attention on his part by giving my attention to him. I notice when he makes a good choice or even just tries to. I recognize when he is confused or something is worrying him and support him or adjust something to make him more comfortable. Realizing someone is actually paying attention to him changes everything for the dog. It gives him a reason to tune in. Why should he bother to pay attention if no one is doing the same for him? 2. You get what you pay for We all want our dogs to be well-behaved. When our dogs ARE being good, we often don’t acknowledge that. Perhaps it’s because we just expect them to be that way. Perhaps we are glad for a break from the misbehaviour. Whatever the reason, ignoring the good stuff is the fastest way to make it happen less. Behaviour that is reinforced will happen more. That’s just the way it works. So, when your dog checks in with you, reciprocate the gesture. Praise him, acknowledge him, and give him something he enjoys. Let him know you appreciate it! 3. What are you saying? Do you whisper sweet nothings into your four-legged friend’s ear? Are wonderful long-winded monologues part of your time together? Even though English isn’t our dogs’ native language, we spend a lot of time talking to them. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It helps develop and strengthen our bond. And darn it, it just feels good. On the other hand, when we are trying to relay information to get our dogs to do something or give instructions, our tendency to blabber makes it harder for the dog to pick out the important parts. In those instances we tend to say a lot, when a little would be more valuable. Words that should be important to the dog lose meaning because of how we use them. Does this sound familiar? “Sit. No! Down. Off. I said off! Stop That!” Using a plethora of words when you’re trying to get your dog to just do one thing is not only ineffective, it’s frustrating to the dog. Do you repeat yourself? Nagging makes others want to tune out, our dogs included! 26 • MARCH 2016


And how about your dog’s name? Do you call him and then not let him know why you called? Using his name and then leaving him hanging is a fast way to turn this attention-getter into an attention-buster. 4. What is it this time? Boundaries, rules and consequences need to be consistent. Changing them as the mood suits us is not fair. “Sticking to the rules” isn’t tough love. Changing the rules creates confusion and this can lead to stress and frustration. Getting upset and shoving your dog off when he jumps on you when you’re in dress clothes, but petting him when you’re not, is unreasonable. Also, words in your dog’s vocabulary, or cues, should each have their own meaning. You can confuse or frustrate your dog if you use them inconsistently. If you ask your dog to do something, it should mean the same thing every time. If your dog jumps on you and you tell him, “Down!” -- do you actually mean for him to lie on the ground? Do you sometimes ask your dog to “Sit” and then not bother following through if he doesn’t sit right away? Or how about telling him to do something when you haven’t even taught him that yet? All of these situations could make your dog want to tune you out, rather than try to figure you out! 5. Too much of a good thing Every living being needs some degree of freedom for a sense of well-being. Who doesn’t want to give their dogs some freedom to enjoy the pleasure that comes with running free and exploring open spaces? If you have been responsible and taken the time to teach and practice the skills your dog needs to stay safe and be appropriate before providing some freedom, good for you! We need more like you. Offering freedom still requires some care and thought, however. For a dog who routinely gets things on his own, there isn’t


much need to pay attention to his people. He can accomplish things and acquire things independently. No need to check in, ask permission or show a little patience. Let’s take my daycare as an example. We often hear from people visiting or beginning at our daycare, how quiet and calm the dogs are. So what’s our “trade secret?” It’s quite simple.

Top Dog! of the Month Our Top Dog! Dozer is an Akbask. He’s a 1 1/2-year-old very ambitious dog. I have him as a guard dog, to protect my calves and to keep predators from my farm. When I introduced Dozer to my calves he barked very loud. I told him to whisper to them - and now he does just that. Dozer is such a Sweet . - Joan G. of Armstrong BC

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

When some of our dogs get dropped off, they are literally bouncing on all fours. It would be easy to just let them right in and start the fun. While at the facility, however, we want them to believe everything wonderful comes from us. From the first moment they arrive and throughout their visits, things the dogs want - whether that is going through a doorway to get outside or to a playmate, coming out of a resting area, or getting a chew or a snack - are provided in a way that rewards them for attention. Be calm a moment, check in and “voila!” -- the pooches get what they want. It’s so simple and yet very powerful. We are aware of what our dogs want in the moment and use those things as Real Life Rewards. We reinforce attention in a way that is REALLY meaningful to the dogs. We make checking in have true value to the dog. 6. Are you flexible? Extendable leashes are a popular choice for many people. They are an easy way to provide extra romping room without the risk of being off leash. They are also a super-fast way to teach your dog to pay attention to everything around him EXCEPT you. By allowing your dog to continually be at a distance from you, he can gain easy access to stuff without paying one iota of attention to you. These leashes are also great for teaching your dog to pull, rush up to people and other dogs. 7. A little effort goes a long way Micro-managing your dog may seem like the exact opposite of too much freedom. How could they both contribute to the same thing? Let’s consider the example from the daycare. When a dog arrives, we wait for him to sit and check in before we open the gate and let the fun begin. Some parents think the rule is, “My dog’s butt must be on the ground.” So, some people ask the dog to sit; some push the dog into a sit. On the surface it looks the same, but what we want is actually completely different. When you micro-manage, you’re the one making all the effort. The dog doesn’t need to think about what’s happening or what he’s doing; he doesn’t need to make choices and he doesn’t need to pay attention. Instead, we wait for the dog to choose to sit – all by himself. By offering the behaviour without being prompted or being made to do it, we know the dog is tuned in. You don’t need to be a professional to have a dog that wants to be tuned in to you. Creating that dog does take commitment, however. With a little consistency, clarity and involvement, you’ll be irresistible! For more information on building great relationships and training tips, please visit my website at www.dogdaysdaycare. com or my Facebook page, Lisa provides a unique, holistic approach to care and training using progressive, dog-friendly methods at her facility. For more than 15 years, she has run programs and classes catering to the special needs of young puppies. Along with Valerie Barry and In Partnership With Dogs, she also offers training for manners and skills for the real world, including confidence-building, impulse control and social skills.

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ow groomed, shaved and bathed, the 66 sick and neglected dogs and puppies seized from a Langley BC puppy mill are on their road to recovery with plenty of comfortable beds, bedding, toys, towels and so much more, thanks to the publics overwhelming generosity. The 32 adult dogs and 34 puppies, including Old English Sheepdogs, Bernese Mountain dogs, soft-coated Wheaten Terriers, Standard Poodles, Miniature Poodles and Portuguese Water dogs were seized by BC SPCA cruelty investigators February 4, in one of the largest puppy mill seizures in BC history. The story inspired the public to respond with massive numbers of donations, both monetary as well as items including dog beds, blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, treats, leashes, harnesses, and much more. Many donations are brand-new, with price tags or packaging still in place. Donations are still pouring in, and the Vancouver SPCA shelter boardroom is packed to overflowing with local animal lovers’ kind generosity. “We still can’t believe how the public has responded in such a huge and heartfelt way,” says Charlotte Ellice, Vancouver BC SPCA Branch manager. “We are so truly grateful. We wish we could thank each and every person who donated, no matter how big or small the donation, because it has all helped us cope with one of the largest animals seizures we’ve seen.” Rescued from deplorable conditions, the dogs were kept in small, cramped, stacked crates and cages, in dark, unheated buildings with dangerous ammonia levels from accumulated urine. Shelter and veterinary staff and volunteers continue to work long hours to address the animals’ serious medical and psychological issues, which include broken limbs, missing ears and eyes, infections and abscesses, dental disease and infectious disease. When they first came into BC SPCA care, many of the dogs had severely matted fur coats, as well as fur caked in dried feces, and overgrown nails. “They still have a ways to go, but compared to when they first got here, they’ve already come a long way,” Ellice says of the dogs, some of whom show signs of fearfulness due to a lack of socialization. “And we couldn’t do it without the public and their awesome support. All of us – the dogs especially – are so extremely thankful.” The BC SPCA relies on community donations to provide shelter and medical treatment for the thousands of homeless and abused animals in our care. Thank you for helping us fight animal cruelty! 28 • MARCH 2016


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Howe Sound Stables


owe Sound Stables is a full service boarding facility with professional equine management, offering rider coaching and training. We are located amongst Squamish’s world famous backdrop with views of the Stawamus Chief and Garibaldi Mountain, lush rain forest trails and just 5 minutes away from the beautiful Howe Sound. Our new main building is a 72’ x 144’ indoor arena where riders of all disciplines are able to train year-round. We offer a 100’ x 200’ outdoor arena which is fully fenced, lit and irrigated. We have 11 stalls (12’ x 12’), all matted, with lookouts and great ventilation systems to keep horses healthy and happy; large day pens with shelter; and numerous grass turnouts. There is a network of trails surrounding our facility, and in just a short walk you can be riding in the ocean, through rivers and along lush oldgrowth forest trails. When we arrived on the coast we quickly realized that, unlike the Okanagan, it was very much a rain forest climate where we could have many consecutive days of rain; so began our venture to build an indoor arena. We toyed with the idea of a wooden pole structure barn, but after a lengthy investigation decided an arena from SpanMaster Structures Ltd. (the old CoverAll BC crew) with Brian Sweet as our point of contact, would be the best fit for us. Brian was quick to highly recommend an Atlas Series building manufactured by Britespan Building Systems; their name says it all - these buildings are BRIGHT! The fabric allows tons of natural light to filter through, even on dark and gloomy days. This natural light is not only better for the horse’s health and mood (compared to fluorescent lights in a dark build-

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ing) but it has greatly reduced our hydro costs. Brian explained that with the heavier gauge steel and hot dip galvanized trusses these buildings are built to last and they will never rot like wood does over time. These buildings are also easily customized, from the type and colour of fabric, to the length and width of the building, and thanks to co-operation from Britespan we had the freedom to add doors and breeze ways in any size, exactly where we wanted. The crew from SpanMaster was amazingly professional! They worked very hard and quickly to get our building up before the weather turned bad and was always pleasant to be around. Brian was the best, we ran into numerous unforeseen obstacles while trying to plan for and build this arena, but he stuck by us through a three year battle with the district and helped us every step of the way. The whole company and crew went over and above our expectations! Also some special thanks to Harvey, Brandon and Devon Cheema the JBD crew for being amazing neighbours and for all the earth work they did. We would highly recommend our experience to other equestrian facilities, not just on the coast where we see a lot more rain and grey weather but anywhere. With heavy duty materials and professional design Britespan buildings are affordable and obviously well built; SpanMaster is a fantastic company to work with before, during and after the project. What else can we say – we love our arena!

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here are many decisions to make when planning the construction of your barn, ranging from number and size of your stalls to how much storage you will need, but the biggest question will be whether to build your structure from wood or steel. In our opinion, choosing steel will provide you with a maintenance-free building that will give you the peace of mind that it can withstand the harshness of our climate. Additionally, you eliminate all possibilities of termites, rot and mold, while also decreasing the chance of fire damage. When it comes to the construction of a steel framed barn, it has the same customizable options as any wood built barn, including sliding doors, windows, insulation options, stall sizes and quantity, wash stalls and feed rooms. For an Easy Build Structure, the erection is efficient and seamless, with the allowed capability to be increased or decreased in size in the future. Moreover, it can also be disassembled, moved to a new location and re-built with minimal material loss or damage. In our experience, our customers prefer steel frame because it is a cost-effective solution that offers a high-quality, durable product that will not present large issues in the future. They are able to plan and design their package to suit their current needs, with the knowledge that it can be remodeled in the future if they require more space. Furthermore, our steel structures provide our customers the opportunity to purchase a barn structure and build-it-themselves, which adds a bonus element to the entire project. When it comes to choosing a material to construct your barn, steel offers the combination of strength, reliability, and customization to make your design and budget come together.

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Surefyre Farm


t was time to build a covered arena enabling us to ride during the winter and rainy days. Since my daughter and sons ride, we decided to open a small equestrian training facility in upper Squamish. We chose to go with an arena by WeCover Structures as we liked the way it looked with the A-frame, and the white roof was a bonus to let the light in and use less power to light the structure. We also wanted to have an open look to the covered ring. We were so excited to have lights and be able to ride at night. One of the biggest benefits for us is that with the environment in our WeCover arena, it allows us to ride comfortably and do lessons all winter long. Our footing was amazingly well preserved all winter, we kept the sides open and the horses are very happy in the environment. The arena measures 72 x 120 with open sides and will have kick boards with fencing surrounding the riding area. We have sand footing with a rock base which has been perfect the whole winter. A rainwater collection system is in the plans and will be installed providing abundant supply for equestrian needs. In addition, we purchased a barn package including 12 x 12 box stalls with in/out access to a 12 x 29 gravel paddock. The paddocks will be adjacent to and provide access to grass turnout that will be used year-round. There are 40 x 120 summer grazing turnouts for horses, in addition to having both indoor and outdoor rings available for turnout. We also offer a 100 x 200 outdoor ring and flat 600’ x 200’ cross country field. Surefyre has partnered with Trinity Equestrian and coach Jinny Antilla. Together we support our riders that board here and any haul-ins for lessons, and will offer horseback riding lessons from beginner through to competitive coaching. - Kimberlee Labrenz, 34 • MARCH 2016


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e built our barn and arena as a replacement for our previous one which burned down in February of 2015. This is a private facility where my wife and daughter train reining horses, as well as compete, and we also allow neighbours and friends to ride here. We do have a stallion and breed during the season. We saw another arena built by Integrity Post Structures and decided on the same kind of construction. We met with them multiple times reviewing and adapting the blueprints until we were satisfied. Thank goodness they kept checking with us when they saw something they were unsure we would actually want that way. The arena part measures 160 x 80 x 16 and the attached barn/shop is 50 x 60 x 12. The building has concrete based wood columns with a metal exterior and wood and metal interior. The trusses are all wood. It is fully insulated and heated. We have windows galore so there is a lot of natural light, environmental heating and aesthetics. We purposely put the barn

on the south side of the structure to take advantage of the sunlight. The barn has 3 standard box stalls and a foaling stall (from Hi-Hog Farm & Ranch Equipment), with a double wash rack and a tack room. The flooring is concrete with SilverTec™ Microcellular Therapeutic mats in each stall, supplied by Strathcona Ventures. We have not finished referencing around our structure but plan to in the spring. NOTE: Do remember to have all doors standard for humans and chain-pull overhead the correct height/width, if not larger than you think to adequately address all needs. We had to bring dump trucks and packers into our arena and one door was too small but thank goodness they make smaller packers. TIP: Remember to have your concrete in the barn sloped to your drain and etched or left rough so shod horses don’t slip. We hired Top Line Roofing to do the eavestroughing and the anti-ice/ snow ridging.








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Sheldon Kurpjuweit of Alberta Bobcat Service did the finishing ground and concrete work. The base for the arena was impeccably packed clay, as smooth as concrete, prior to bringing in our washed sand - all courtesy of Alberta Bobcat Service. The sand was treated with Whoa Dust to reduce the dust (supplied by Strathcona Ventures). Our building is insured now for over $500,000. We were so happy with the advice they all gave us during the construction, as they saved us money during building, and we will save with utility costs down the road. For example, the hot water heater, rather than a hot water tank.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office

Horse Council BC’s 2016 Horse Sport Symposium with Jec Aristotle Ballou Photos courtesy of Cara Grimshaw,


orse Council BC brought their annual Horse Sport Symposium back to Thunderbird Show Park in Langley BC on February 6-7 to an eager crowd of riding enthusiasts. The annual Horse Sport Symposium has proved to be a popular event, bringing people from across British Columbia and even across the border from the USA to attend. This year Jec Aristotle Ballou was the clinician, bringing her wealth of knowledge about classical dressage, jumping, and western dressage training exercises. Horses of varying disciplines were put through their paces doing lots of trot poles and cavaletti work in combination with classical exercises to increase balance and to encourage the proper use of muscle groups. Jec also showed some bodywork movements for horse owners to do with their horses to help release tension and assist with nerve connection. Results happened in real time as the audience was able to see riders and horses improve and correct errors right before their eyes. The audience definitely appreciated the symposium format and was encouraged to participate through asking lots of questions during the two day symposium. Jec’s books are available to purchase through HCBC, visit to order online.

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

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In Memoriam Equine Canada extends heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the late Ron Southern, an icon and visionary of the equestrian world, who passed away on January 21 at the age of 85.


Ron Southern (1930–2016)

true Albertan at heart, Southern was an icon in the equestrian world. Alongside his wife Marg, Southern devoted much of his life to promoting the equestrian industry in Canada. In April 1975, the Southerns officially opened Spruce Meadows just outside of Calgary, AB, embarking on a journey that would turn a feedlot on the southern edge of Calgary into a world-class sporting venue that has changed the face of show jumping in Canada. As a result of Southern’s strong leadership, extraordinary vision, and hard work, today Spruce Meadows is one of the most renowned and acclaimed international show jumping venues in the world. Photo courtesy of “A true visionary, Ron leaves behind a far-reaching legacy, not only in equestrian sport, but also in RDS Photography. the community he called home,” said Equine Canada President Al Patterson. “He had an extraordinary ability to bring people together, and had an integral part in transforming show jumping in Canada into the highly anticipated event it is today. It is with great sorrow that I learned of his passing, and I know he will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.” Southern was also one of the founders of the ATCO Group, and alongside his father turned the Calgary-based company into a global corporation with thousands of employees. He also founded Akita Drilling Ltd. and was instrumental to the evolution and success of the company. Often recognized for his contributions to his community and his country, Southern was the recipient of many notable awards. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, named a Companion in the Order of Canada in 2007, inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame (Individual Builder category) in 2008, and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Southern is survived by his wife Marg, daughters, Nancy Southern and Linda Southern-Heathcott, and six grandchildren. A funeral service was held January 28 at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. In lieu of flowers, donations to both the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Spruce Meadows Beautification Fund will be gratefully accepted. To make a donation, visit

the KIDS! – the next generation t u o b A L L A s ’ It


i, my name is Wyatt. I am 10 years old. This is me and my horse Oakie. He’s 14 and a Quarter Horse. I love jumping and spending time with my horse. Oakie loves the treats I give him. - Wyatt, age 10, Banff, Alberta (Mom added... Wyatt loves him dearly and they have a bond that is unbreakable)

Kids... where are you? What are you doing with your horse? It’s YOUR turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! 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 Put in the subject line “KIDS.” 40 • MARCH 2016


Double “L” 4-H Club News By Alice Willms


i there, my name is Alice Willms. I’m 9 years old and this is my first year in 4-H. I am the new club reporter for the Double “L” 4-H Club in Kamloops BC. This year we have 17 members currently registered and many of them are juniors like me. This year the Double “L” 4-H Club will have both horse and dog projects. We have many fun and exciting events planned for the upcoming year. Our first event is club speeches on February 14th. My speech is about the search for my new horse. If you’re interested in joining the Double “L” 4-H Club please contact our “A” leader Lora Higgins at 778-257-2792 or I look forward to having a great year in 4-H.

Bear Valley Rescue By Kelly Principe



ots happening at the rescue this year already! There have been a handful of new intakes; featured here is Flower, a 2-year-old filly who was quite underweight and weak. Since she arrived, she has been gaining weight, but it’s too early yet to determine if she will be available for adoption or foster. She can always be sponsored though! Also recently arrived is an adorable pair of 2015 Haflinger/Appaloosa cross weanling fillies rescued from auction. They are both halter broke, and have had their feet done. Both Zendaya and Autumn #2 are friendly and sweet, and ready for their forever homes! Zendaya is a dark bay, and Autumn #2 is a chestnut. Autumn has a few spots on her butt, Zendaya’s spots may or may not appear later. LOTS of great people donating so far this year. It’s costing over $500 a day to feed over 170 horses at the rescue this winter, and the hay shortage has not helped! But people have been coming up with great ways to help out. One couple took one of BVR’s donation boxes out at their wedding. Another equine professional put a box out at a clinic she held, as well as donating the fees for the workshop. One local company chose BVR as their charity of choice for their employees Casual Friday donation. One of the youth horse clubs had a charity horse show and donated the proceeds. Most exciting is a singer/songwriter who is producing a music video to benefit some of Alberta’s animal rescues, including Bear Valley and to raise awareness. Keep any eye on our Facebook page for updates. If you shop online, look up iGive. com - they donate part of what you spend to a charity of your choice at no extra cost. There are so many ways to give, but if you don’t have time to be creative and put something original together, you can always just donate with good old fashioned cash. Mike and Kathy (and the horses) appreciate every penny, and it all helps give these amazing creatures a second chance!

LIKE us on Facebook! Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Keep tabs on these and over 100 more horses at Bear Valley Rescue www. or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre AB.

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Canadian Mammoth Donkeys Retire and Relocate to USA By Sybil E. Sewell Where are all the donkeys? That question has arisen frequently over the past few months for the Sewells of Windy Ridge Farm. The question is a valid one considering that Carl and Sybil have bred, raised and trained donkeys just south of Leslieville, AB, since moving to the area in 1982.

Left to right - Carl and Sybil with Windy Ridge Millie, Monty and Fanny - our 50th wedding anniversary photo from 2015. Windy Ridge Prince Edward, a Mammoth pack donkey whose career is working for Wildlife Officer Pete Lopushinsky in rugged areas of Washington and Oregon where mechanized transport is prohibited. He is packed and ready in this photo from 2006. (Photo courtesy of Pete Lopushinsky)


hen they moved to their acreage with its historic century farm house, most locals knew the donkeys were coming but they didn’t know who the people were! For a total of 45 years, Carl and Sybil made donkeys a part of their lives. The farm started breeding Small Standard donkeys in 1971 while in Eastern Canada, then moved to Large Standards as a more useful size. Finally, in 1979, they began to concentrate on Rare Breed American Mammoth Jack Stock, the largest size class of donkeys in North America. Many a visitor to the farm confused the taller donkeys with mules, but the breeding program never raised mules. However, over the years, jacks were sold throughout Canada and the USA for mule production. It was a sad goodbye when the core breeding herd of five jennets left their Canadian home bound for Texas toward the end of summer 2015. With them travelled one of the best yearling Mammoth jacks ever raised at the farm. Windy Ridge Farm is one of the oldest breeders of dual-registered Rare Breed American Mammoth Jack Stock in Canada. Fewer than four or five breeders producing registered foals now exist in the country. The sale was precipitated by the sudden death of the farm’s herd sire, Windy Ridge Eagle’s Blackhawk, in 2014, as well as factors of age and health for owners Carl and Sybil Sewell. After months of searching and negotiations, the Sewells eventually connected with Tiger Creek Farm and Ranch near Tyler, in northeast Texas. From there, Brian and Lisa Werner had already begun a search for quality registered Mammoth Jack Stock in the hope of preserving the heritage breed developed by George Washington by the late 1700s. The Werners were already established in the area of tiger conservation, environmental education and big cat rescue efforts through a non-profit organization, Tiger Missing Link Foundation (1995), which operates Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge (1997). However, Brian’s early love of Mammoth Jack Stock was never far from his mind. The idea was to develop an American Mammoth Jack Stock management plan that would include conserving genetic diversity. Perhaps one day Mammoth Jack Stock will return to George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon and some will carry Windy Ridge bloodlines. 42 • MARCH 2016


Sybil driving Windy Ridge Mr. Whiskers with Carl walking beside at the Parade of Nations at Spruce Meadows in 1990. Whiskers was a Large Standard donkey of 50% Mammoth blood, which made for a great driving donkey! (Photo courtesy of Bob Coleman) The conservation and preservation of the breed was also a dream of the Sewells, who were particularly interested in the performance qualities of this largest size class of donkeys. The foundation for their herd was a bred Mammoth jennet imported from Ohio in 1979. She produced their first Mammoth Jack, Windy Ridge Klondike Mike, who matured at 57 inches tall. Canadian Livestock Records Corporation indicates Klondike Mike to be the first of the breed to be registered in Canada since 1938! Impressed by certain working Mammoth bloodlines in donkeys that Sybil had judged in North-western USA, the Sewells developed a breeding program to include noted USA National Halter and Performance Champions Black Bart, Siemon’s Glen, Dry Gulch Maynard and Scott’s Gallant Eagle. With careful record keeping, the donkeys exported to Texas carried with them pedigrees of five to seven generations, exactly what the Werners were looking for to establish their herd. Windy Ridge Farm primarily exported to USA but also sent one jennet to New Zealand in 2010. In the early years, the Sewells were also involved in helping to found The Canadian Donkey and Mule Associa-

Canadian Mammoth...cont’d tion, Alberta Carriage Driving Association, and Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, as well as competing with donkeys in combined driving during the 1980s. At that time, they showed for eight consecutive years in the Alberta Breeds for the World displays at the Spruce Meadows Masters International. Retirement for Carl and Sybil looks more like a slowdown with three Mammoths for company - Monty, a 14.2hh son of Eagle’s Blackhawk, destined for driving; his grandma Millicent (rising 24) and her 2014 foal, Fanny. With such a long association in the donkey business they hope to stay in touch with the longears world, and are prepared to answer questions as new generations of donkey lovers arise. Sybil hopes to return to writing articles and maybe a donkey book or two, while Carl still loves his woodwork. And the three big Mammoths will still mark Windy Ridge Farm, south of Leslieville, as the location of the “donkey people,” and will help keep Carl and Sybil active in their senior years!

Brian Werner of Tiger Creek Farm and Ranch with future Mammoth herd sire Windy Ridge Black Hawk II (17 months of age) and Black Hawk’s Small Standard gelding buddy looking on. (Photo courtesy of Tiger Creek Farm and Ranch).

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


ur “Breeders, Trainers, and other Services” brochure has been updated so you might want to check out our expanding information at Our AGM will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday, March 20, in Ponoka, AB. The meeting place has been changed to Ponoka Neighbourhood Place (5102 - 49 Avenue). Please consider attending as this is when events are planned and organized. The club will once again man a booth at the MANE EVENT, in Red Deer, April 21-24. This is always one of the best ways to connect with potential longears lovers and answer their many questions. TINDELL’S HORSE AND MULE SCHOOL of California can now accept deposits or full payments through their website at for our upcoming clinics this June and July. For a complete list of clinics and details about each, please go to the club’s website and follow the links there. Auditors are welcome at the door for a fee of $30/day. Paid up ADMC members get a discount. Some clinics are close to full so don’t delay in getting your deposits in.

Recently, I had the opportunity to experience the expertise of Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Laura Taylor. I saw an article referring to her work in the December issue of Saddle Up magazine and was able to contact her through that article. She has opened up a new avenue of treatment for a mule of mine that regular vets had “written off.” We will be looking at bringing her to several locations for some workshops and bookings. You can check out her work at We are very excited about our annual show’s change of name, date and venue. Formerly called Tees Longears Days, our show is now called Alberta Longears Days and will be held August 13-14 at Eagle Hill Equine. It’s going to be a great family weekend with good food, good entertainment and our beautiful and talented longears competing for fun and pleasure. An afternoon trail ride will start off the show on Friday, August 12. Entry is only $20 per family for the classes, no matter how many entries you have or how many critters. A list of show classes will soon be up on our club website. Keep active with your critters and start a conditioning program now so you are all ready when the really good weather comes!

L to R: Club members, Terry Tiberghien on his new mule Karmen, Linda Leggette on Rudy and Keith Kendrew on his Mammoth Donkey Humphry, enjoying a ride at the Hummingbird last year.

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Western Dressage in Alberta By Lisa Wieben CENTRAL ALBERTA WESTERN STYLE DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION This winter has seen much planning on both the provincial and national levels to be prepared for the upcoming show season. The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) tests will no longer be used. Western Style Dressage Association of Canada (WSDAC) has developed its own rules and tests which can be viewed at www.westernstyledressage. ca. Please see the website for all the details. Both CAWSDA and RDAWSDA have events planned for 2016. There will be Shows, Fun Days, and Clinics with Lisa Wieben and Elaine Ward coming up. Auditors are welcome; please see the events section or visit our website for all the details. RED DEER AND AREA WESTERN STYLE DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION Our club recently had a booth at the Alberta Horse Conference held January 15-17 in Red Deer. The conference was very informative and offered a wide range of guest speakers, as well as a trade show. Our booth offered information on what western dressage is, as well as how people can join a provincial chapter and the benefits of joining the national association. Allen Hicks, of, brought one of his saddles to the booth. It is a unique design that allows the rider to adjust the saddle to the horse and/or the rider. On the Saturday night, participants were encouraged to play games at the booths where they could earn tokens. These tokens were then used for the auction. Our booth made a paper dressage ring where the contestants would roll the dice to find out which part of a dressage test they would “ride” with their model horse, then they would take their horse through the test. There was plenty of laughter as “riders” jogged or loped their horses through the tests. Our next trade show is Mane Event in Red Deer, April 21-24, where we will be sharing a booth with CAWSDA.

UPCOMING EVENTS March 19/20: Elaine Ward Clinic at Horse in Hand Ranch, April 9/10: Lisa Wieben clinic at GNRC, Leduc May 1: CAWSDA Virtual Show entries due June 18: RDAWSDA National Points Show (pending), Didsbury June 12: CAWSDA National Points Show (pending), Fultonvale Arena June 13/14: Sparkle and Spurs Show, Amberlea Meadows July 16: RDAWSDA National Points Show (pending), Red Deer August 13/14: RDAWSDA National Points Show (pending), Cochrane

For more information on upcoming events, please visit Our website is in the process of being updated, so please check back frequently. We will do our best to have all events posted.

Our booth at the conference. On the left is RDAWSDA President, Lisa Wieben, with Treasurer, Linda Anderson.

Lisa Wieben is reading “the test” while the contestant guides her horse through. In the background is the saddle from - a very lightweight western saddle!

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers

Big classes at AERC


016 show season is just around the corner and AERC is kicking off their year on Sunday, April 17 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. This year, we will be adding some driving classes (May 15 and July 31), a free lead line class at all shows and a team tournament in July. We are also BC Heritage approved in May and June so if you are thinking of heading to the coast for the provincial championships in July, you can qualify with us! With the anticipated increase in equine participants, we require that all horses on the grounds must register with the entry office and obtain an exhibitor number by paying the entry fee; this will give the opportunity to enter in classes, if you want. We’re renting the rodeo arena as a warmup pen for the April show. AERC membership prices remain the same this year: $25 for single and $45 for family. We offer a really attractive day rate for members. There will not be any food concession at our shows, so don’t forget to pack a lunch. We do offer drinks, though - tea, water and pop. If anyone is interested in running a concession, please contact Cathy Glover. Her contact info is on our website [] or on our Facebook group. 44 • MARCH 2016


Devon Smith presented Donna Holland, left, with the Senior Sportsmanship and All Around Participating Member awards at AERC’s banquet in November. Our show dates are as follows: April 17 May 15 (BC Heritage qualifier) June 5 (BC Heritage qualifier) in the Rodeo Arena July 31 September 25 Another date to mark on your calendar is November 19 for the year-end pot luck banquet and awards night. This year, there will be swag to go with those beautiful perpetual trophies!

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


n February, the BCMHC held an open clinic with Adiva Murphy. She does such wonderful work and her clinics are very well attended by mini lovers of every age and discipline. Last month, we also held our Show Your Love pub night Fundraiser at The Artful Dodger in Langley. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this event. This really is a fun way to get everyone together and raise some money for our club. In March, the minis will be in attendance at LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair, so please make sure you drop by and say hello at the BCMHC booth. The end of April will be exciting as we are bringing up from California World Champion Trainer Casey Campbell for a members-only two-day clinic. In 2015, Casey was the only trainer to win National Grand, Congress Grand and World Grand Championships. Casey has won over 100 World/National Grand Championships in both Halter and Driving. He has won Supreme Halter honours three times at the AMHA World Show. It’s a very impressive list of accolades to say the least. Make sure you don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business! This clinic will be held in Abbotsford on April 30-May 1. There will be limited spots available, but don’t worry if you haven’t signed up to be a member of this wonderful club yet -- we will have membership forms on hand. Cost is $50 per horse for halter sessions (both days), and $75 per horse per day for small group driving sessions. Auditing is $25 per day. There are a limited amount of stalls available as well, on a first-come-firstserved basis at a cost of $20. Lunch will be provided by BCMHC. Please contact Tina Harrison for full details and to book your spot at We will need a couple of volunteers to help with lunch both days, so please contact myself or Tina if you are available to help. Our BCMHC A and R sanctioned show will be held in Chilliwack on June 10-12, at Heritage Park. New this year is our addition of a 3 & 4-yearold Hunter Futurity and a 3 & 4-year-old Driving Futurity. This show boasts a fabulous Saturday night social and great prizes; come out and show your mini! Don’t forget, we even have classes for unregistered minis!

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


e are soon going to begin the new season with a programme that is exciting for the Club. Some of the Club Officers got together to put a programme together for 2016 and what a job they did! New ventures we are going to introduce include shows at Desert Park near Osoyoos which offers great facilities, loads of parking for trailers and trucks, stands for spectators, tons of room for warm-up and practice as well as a newly refurbished arena. We intend holding two shows, a summer show and then the follow-up in autumn. Following on the success of our shows last year, we hope to be entertaining a large entry and lots of supporting spectators. We are also working with other riding clubs so that these two events will be part of a series of shows throughout the South Okanagan and the Similkameen area. Please visit our updated website for more details about this and the rest of our programme. Another new venture will be a Ranch Riding Clinic with Carl Woods as the clinician, ably supported by a very welcome newer member to the Club, Mary-Lou Barker – someone who is well known and respected by many in the horse world in BC. Recently we held our annual Pub Quiz Night at Geckos Bar and Grill at the Teculnuit Golf and Country Club in Oliver. It was a lot of fun and the food was excellent. The questions were set by last year’s winner Paddy Head, another Club member who is well known in the world of horses as the first female professional jockey. We were expecting a fast ride with her questions but although she set some tough ones it was a fair test of everyone’s general knowledge of horses, and wasn’t too much of a handicapped contest by racing questions! If you want to hear some great stories about her days as a jockey then come and see us and a have a chat with Paddy. The final placings in this race were as follows: 1st Chrissie Siebeck, neck and neck in 2nd place were Debbie House and George Macleod, and by a length behind in 3rd place was Linda MacLeod. So well done to everyone who took part, at least we all finished the course, and we look forward to the questions that Chris will be setting next year – we expect a very tough go then, so start studying now! We are warming up and revving up for an enjoyable year with our horses, Club members and our activities. Come and join us! Until next time, happy trails and remember to stay inspired by horses. MARCH 2016


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


e held our Annual General Meeting on February 6 in Armstrong. By acclamation the board continues on with our leader Gunther Funk as President, me as Vice-President, Laurie Lyons as Treasurer, and Debbie Miyashita as secretary. We also gained a few new members at the meeting (thanks for coming by). Upcoming events we are hosting include a Tack Sale on March 5th at Oddfellows Hall in Armstrong, and a trail ride (or drive) day at Timber Ridge Trails on April 30th in Lumby. Members are welcome to bring a friend to enjoy the trails, and be ready to ride for 11 am – there is a $5 drop-in fee. The club is hosting the Pot O Gold Open Show on Members Harvey and Alan at Pot O Gold 2015 show. May 28th at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. This show offers Halter, Showmanship, Driving, English & Western Performance classes, Trail (in-hand & ridden), Costume, Leadline and Select classes. Should be a great show with judge Karan Moore from Grand Forks. Prize list is available on our club Facebook page and website Early bird entries are due for May 13; although you may enter the day of. See you there!

Moi! Join us at Timber Ridge.

Burnaby Horsemen’s Association By Ariel Pavic Left to right - Our Introduction to Horses program. A visitor from the Senior’s home. Junior BHA member and Burnaby Lake Pony Club member Rose Pavic (my daughter).

Discover Horses in Burnaby! Yes, that’s right, there are horses IN Burnaby! Burnaby Horsemen’s Association (BHA) is a non-profit association that has operated the stables on the east side of Burnaby Lake since 1971. Club information: Our equine paradise is nestled in the beauty of Burnaby Lake Regional Park and is conveniently located off Highway 1 at Gaglardi Way (Exit 37). Members of BHA enjoy all the amenities of our multi-discipline facility including self board barns (59 stalls in total), an indoor arena, two outdoor arenas, outdoor round sand pen, plus an amazing network of trails through the park. Many members are not horse owners themselves, however there are many opportunities for riding, lessons, leasing privately owned horses, and clinics. Recent clinics have included Equine Massage with EquiKneads which took place in late January. As well, our rings are available for rental for workshops and to clinicians. Club news: In July of 2015, we welcomed residents of the Finish Manor Seniors Home for a tour. This is 46 • MARCH 2016


the 8th year our association has provided horse visits for the residents. In October 2015, our club kids (and adults!) enjoyed a Halloween playdate which was complete of treats, games and of course some awesome horse and human costumes. December 6th 2015 was our annual “Christmas with the Horses” Open house. This large scale community event is free to attend and over 100 pony rides were given by our resident horses as well as a visit from Santa (who arrives on horseback). Burnaby Lake Pony Club has held 7 stable management classes at our facility since September 2015. The club is currently studying for Regional Quiz at the end of February. We wish them the best of luck! In addition to the benefits to BHA Members, BHA offers the following programs to the public:

. Introduction to Horses Program (next horsemanship session starts Spring of 2016) . Public Lesson Program . Burnaby Lake Pony Club . Tours to community groups/organizations . Open Houses which include pony rides Non members are welcome to haul in and ride on the trails and in our outdoor areas. Stick to trails clearly marked for equestrian use. There is ample space in the parking lot for horse trailers, and we are very easily accessible off Highway 1. Priority for membership is given to Burnaby residents - it’s another great reason to live in such a beautiful city! Membership information/forms, as well as information about how to get on the waitlist for a stall, can be found at or by e-mailing us at

Hoof ‘N Boots 4-H Club By Abby McLuskey

Photos by Lauri Meyers


e’re off and running again!!! Our new year has begun and we started off with a sleigh ride at High Trails Sleigh Rides in Salmon Arm. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed their time there. Thank you to Lois and Tim for hosting us for this event. We sincerely thank you! You have a wonderful property and we hope to see you again soon. We also had a bottle drive fundraiser on January 2nd to kick start our year. We raised a lot of money and had a good time. We are participating in a charity walk for “Coldest Night of the Year” and hope to raise a lot of money by walking 5 kms from Enderby to Salmon Arm. All money raised goes directly to the charity! Last year the Hoof ‘N Boots 4-H Club raised $650.00. This year, we hope to do even better!!! On January 9th we held our first club meeting of the year. We elected our executive council. President: Vienna Meyers Vice President: Mary Halvorson Secretary: Willow Hackl Treasurer: Lexi Henderson

Club Reporter: Abby McLuskey Safety Officers: Azera Murdoch, Georgia Batten and Oceana Astill

Kelowna Riding Club News and photos by Sarah Hayes Rick doing what he loved, driving his horse with his wife, Shannon, at the Kelowna Riding Club, Summer of 2015.


pring is almost here, and we are raring to get things going and get out there and ride! With all the snow we have had this winter, let’s hope this equates to a lot less fires in the summer. Horse Council of BC held its Zone 2 AGM at the Kelowna Riding Club on Sunday, February 21st. This was a very informative meeting about our Horse Council, which is so important as all members of the Kelowna Riding Club must also be HCBC members in good standing. The Kelowna Riding Club’s biggest event of the year is coming up soon! The Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper show will run April 27-May 1. This is a fantastic show with lots of entertainment for spectators, including Mini Prix, Gambler’s Choice and the ever popular Saturday evening Hunter Spectacular with wine and cheese! There will also be an onsite concession and food truck and lots of vendors for your shopping pleasure. Entry forms can be found on the website The Spring Dressage Festival will be held May 6-8. This is an EC Bronze and Gold rated show offering para-dressage, Western, NAJR/ YR and BC Summer Games qualifiers as well as FEI panel classes. A clinic following the show with Alex Steiner is in the planning stage. We will be having our annual Spring Cleanup in order to prepare the club grounds for the coming events, date to be confirmed on the

website. This is your opportunity to get your volunteer hours completed early! Volunteering for the KRC – all members are asked to put in a minimum of six hours volunteer work for the club. If you are unable to make the Spring Cleanup, we are looking for volunteers for both shows above. Contact our volunteer coordinator Tracy Avery for volunteer opportunities. We are also looking to put together a fundraising committee, if you are able to commit some time to fundraising, please contact Brenda Bradley. All contacts are located on the KRC website under the “contact us” tab. If you want updates on all our events, like our Facebook page! We were saddened to learn of the death of Rick Pohl. He passed away on February 3, 2016. Born in 1963, Rick was a very active member of the Kelowna Riding Club and the Back Country Horsemen of BC, Okanagan Chapter. Rick was much loved and touched the lives of all he met. He was a wonderful, caring man who was always at the ready to help anyone who needed it. Rick was the Kelowna Riding Club’s Volunteer of the Year for 2013 and he was always giving of himself and his time. Rick will be very much missed by all. MARCH 2016


What do BCLM Pony Clubbers do during the winter months? By Tracy Carver


he winter rain and cold may pause the show riding events for our BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubbers, but that only gives them more time to learn how best to care for and understand their horses. The BCLM Region has an Education Committee solely dedicated to providing a first class education for our members, so during the winter months our programs ramp up with a wide offering of indoor educational workshops and clinics. Maureen Walters, an Equine Canada Coach level 2 and a Master Evaluator, recently facilitated a clinic for our members aimed at helping our A level candidates learn how to lunge and improve a horse they have had no prior experience working with. National and Regional Pony Club Examiners, as well as EC certified coaches, learned alongside five participants and over twenty auditing members how best to deal with horse behaviours that they will encounter throughout their equine career. Maureen gave excellent feedback and valuable advice to each of the participants, and auditors and examiners alike came away with a deeper appreciation for the challenges of lunging an unknown horse and new tools to aid them in their tasks.

For most horse owners, seeing the inside of a vet hospital may not top their list of favourite experiences. But recently we were presented with just that opportunity: Paton & Martin Veterinary Services in Aldergrove generously opened their doors and took our pony clubbers on an in depth tour of their facility. Marielle St.-Laurent D.V.M., one of the many dedicated vets on staff, discussed a wide range of equine health topics, from equine dental health to colic and tumour surgery to the very real dangers of laminitis and even parasite control. A tour of the facilities encompassed the hospital, vet barn, surgical ward and the vet quarters where sterilizing of equipment is done (using both an autoclave and an anprolene system). Pony Clubbers learned new surgical and medicative approaches practiced at Paton & Martin, as well as the preparative procedures that go into the over 120 surgeries performed each year on the grounds. Marielle’s contagious passion for her job and love of horses was felt by all attendees, who learned so much and now have a deeper appreciation for the tremendous tasks faced daily by horse vets everywhere in helping keep our horses active and healthy.

Fraser Valley Reining Club By Lynda Holland

Keesa Luers on Tucker (photo Sam Scott)

Kylianne Kerr on Bandit at Horseplay Your Way farm (photo Sam Scott)

Murray Creek Ranch Schooling Show

he FVRC is a Chapter of the Western Canadian Reining Association (WCRA). We are a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the showing of reining horses in the Lower Fraser Valley Region of British Columbia. You are invited to join us as an exhibitor, sponsor or reining horse fan. In 2015 the FVRC had 3 schooling shows which offered classes for riders from Green as Grass to advanced or Open riders. The last few years we have included Ranch Horse classes

and this has been extremely popular. Coming up in 2016 we are again hosting 3 schooling shows in our Schooling Show Buckle Series. The first in the series of schooling shows starts on March 26th at Murray Creek Ranch on 216th in Langley. The day before each schooling show we are offering paid warm ups in the arena and access to professional help. Two more schooling shows are planned, one in May and another for sometime in August or early Fall (TBD). Upcoming WCRA/NRHA approved rein-

ing shows include the very popular Rockslide Show in Saanich from May 6-8th hosted by the Peninsula Reining Club. Added this year are Ranch classes so be sure to attend. FVRC is also organizing the Slide Out West Show at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, June 17-19th. Please check our website routinely for updates. The WCRA premier reining show, the West Coast Classic, is scheduled to run July 13-17th at Heritage Park. It’s always an exciting show. Please visit the WCRA website www. for details in the coming weeks.


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100 Mile and District Outriders Club By Cat Armitage


ll you Cariboo Riders out there grab a pen and mark those calendars. Then head out to the barn to get your horse(s) ready! The 100 Mile and District Outriders have a full season of fun, clinics and shows planned for this year. First off, we are expanding the rodeo arena as well as developing some Mountain Trail obstacles in what will be our new 150 x 80 trail arena. Starting in April there is a fun day being planned for those riders (English or Western) who would like to learn more about dressage called “Ride a Test, Scribe a Test and Judge a Test” on April 24. May is an extremely busy month starting with the “Wild and Woolly” fun schooling show on May 8th. The BIGGEST event of the month is the 50th Anniversary of the Little Britches Rodeo on the May long weekend including a Gymkhana on the Monday. You won’t want to miss this event!! The last weekend in May is a three day dressage/flat (including western lessons)

and jumping clinic with Cat Armitage. We are also hoping to add a horse agility clinic on this weekend so there will be lots to do! June is the annual Fun and Frolic Spring show offering in hand and jumping classes on the Saturday and English and Western classes on the Sunday. June 2426th is a Mountain Trail Clinic with Debbie Hughes (check out her website or her Facebook page). And for all you gymkhana riders out there, Tracy Gentry and her daughter Raven have taken on organizing the gymkhanas. To learn more about the Outriders you can check out our website or our Facebook page. Membership forms can be found on the website. We meet the first Tuesday of the Month generally at the 100 Mile Library at 5:30 p.m. If you have any suggestions, please email us at We can’t wait to hear from you!!!

Back Country’s North Cariboo Chapter By Rob LaFrance


he North Cariboo Chapter of BCHBC is located in Quesnel, with a current membership of 23 people from the area in between Williams Lake and Prince George BC. Chapter meetings are held at the Quesnel Community Policing center on the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. The chapter was formed with a desire to explore, clear, maintain and preserve the Collins Overland Telegraph trail, which a portion of has recently been designated as a Heritage site. The Telegraph Trail is that portion of the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail and its successor Yukon Telegraph Trail that is located in the Cariboo Regional District. It is approximately 275 kms long, extending from 70

Mile House in the south to its border with the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District, northwest of Quesnel. When members are not on the Telegraph Trail, they enjoy meeting up and riding not only the local trails but also on the trails all over the Cariboo region. Trails which include Hangman Springs Trails, a multi-use area consisting of quadders, sledders, hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and dirt bikers. It is important to our chapter to build relationships and partnerships with local groups, farmers, and businesses. We encourage new ideas from everyone, and have a strong desire to encourage youth to join our chapter.

Throughout the year we enjoy the following: • GPS Ride • Fun Days at a local indoor arena during the winter season • Games, lessons, trail challenges, cattle clinics • November Food Ride for “A Voice for North Cariboo Seniors” • Poker Ride I’d like to introduce our North Cariboo Chapter Executive: Chair: Rob LaFrance 250-249-5353 Vice Chair: Myrna McMain Secretary: Lisa Bredsteen Treasurer: Marlene Achen Director: Christy Wheeler

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Jim McCrae, Chair, Vermillion Forks Chapter


elebrating our 25th Anniversary at Rendezvous 2016: “Hoof Prints In History” In 1991, Back Country Horsemen of BC officially became an entity. The concept was fittingly conceived around a campfire in 1989 and the first steps taken on the trail that’s brought us to RV 2016 were laid down at a kitchen table. From this humble start, BCHBC has grown to 22 chapters representing approximately 1000 members, effectively supporting and promoting our “Right to Ride” horses and mules on public lands. Out on the trail doing work bees, in countless meetings, at the trailheads, at the many fun events and gatherings, BCHBC members come together in recognition that an organized effort is most effective. BCHBC provides the organization that enables riders to have the strength of numbers to champion their interests and to showcase accomplishments to the credit of recreational riders. Among the historical BCHBC accomplishments: the first trail work bee in Manning Park where two chapters worked together clearing the Dewdney Trail through Paradise Valley; the clearing and riding of the Hudson Bay Brigade Trail; a ride over the McKenzie Trail and the Ride for Canada 125; the Challenge ‘94 ride, identifying a horse-friendly route for the TCT; the resurrecting of the Telegraph Trail; the construction of trailhead facilities -- the list goes on forever, representative of the thousands of volunteer hours BCHBC members have committed to promote and preserve trails. Leave No Trace ethics are standard for BCHBC members. We do our part in encouraging environmental awareness and practices. Education and safety is fundamental with a four-level program that ranges from basics for beginners right up to preparation for internationally-recognized certification. Our RV 2016 celebration is being held in the historically equinefriendly town of Princeton. The silhouette riders at the west end of town welcome you to the area where horses brought the first explorers in the mid-1800s and the gold rush miners in the later 1800s. Billy Miner lived in the area just above the rodeo grounds. Mr. Grainger, who lobbied for the creation of Manning Park, rode the Kettle Valley Railroad from Vancouver to Princeton where he saddled up to ride the Cascade Range. Generations of the pioneering families reside in the area - it’s too nice to leave!

Stories and legends abound about the history of the Princeton area. From the first residents continuing through the explorers, the trappers, the gold rush miners, the ranchers and settlers, the tales are many and very interesting. A cook, out riding and fishing, discovered gold in the Tulameen River and started a gold rush. A brigade got caught in a snow blizzard and the next summer the perished pack mules were weeping their bones back into the ground. Euphemia’s declaration of self is ensconced in the court records in New Westminster. A legend of a buried coffee can of platinum has resulted in much hopeful digging in the remnants of Granite City, once the second-largest settlement in BC. The riding trails are pretty good and include the historic Hudson Bay Brigade Trail, the Dewdney Trail, the KVR, which is now the TCT and others. Local riders also use the August Lake trails, the China Ridge trails, the Spirit Trail, the Cinder Cone trail, Swan Lake trail, Lundbom Lake trails, the Snowy Mountain Trails, Trapper Lake, Border Lake and others. Some are accessible relative to snow and water levels. RV 2016 will have many events and things to do. Clinicians will be doing demonstrations and sessions. They include our very own Marion Weisskopff, as well as Daryl Gibb, Debbie Hughes, Doug and Lynette Mills and Sam Sutherland. There will be members doing demonstrations such as stock management, packing and camping skills. Vendors and buskers will be in cowboy town. Friendly competitions like the packing contest will provide family fun. Other events like a dutch-oven cook-off and hoof and woof competition will showcase our members’ skills. There will be those who choose to pack/ride to RV 2016 and set up a display camp to demonstrate that rigs are optional. Come to RV 2016 and embrace your love of horses... and mules! Bring the best seat of your life -- your saddle seat. Come and meet the riders who dedicate their volunteer time to help protect your Right to Ride. Explore the history of the Princeton area in the very good museum downtown. Mark your calendars for May 27-29, 2016, and help celebrate BCHBC’s 25th Anniversary RV 2016 - Hoof Prints in History - history in the making! See more at Check out the Princeton website, Scroll through the history of the Similkameen Valley at May your trails be many and your trials few.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

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

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley, Photos by Tamara Jameson Bazaar The Bazaar Team has put together a great event for you! Please spread the word and bring your family, friends and barnmates! We have demonstrations to suit a wide variety of disciplines, entertainment lined up, free JRFM BBQ, pony rides, trade fair, used tack sale, artisan alley... the list goes on! Join us March 13 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Year-end Awards Banquet Attendees were dazzled with the “red carpet treatment” at the LMQHA “Night at the Oscars” themed Awards Banquet celebrating the 2015 year. The tables and surroundings were adorned with black, red and gold decor, there were handmade white chocolate star treats for all (good job, Mary!) and a photo booth complete with props and costumes for everyone’s enjoyment. We had a contest for the best dressed, won

by the lovely Ashleigh Tukhala, and for awards presentations we had winners secreted away in envelopes which our MC-extraordinaire Glenn opened and announced, “And the winner is...” preceding the recipient. It was a lovely social evening, and the food at Sunrise Banquet Centre was wonderful. Congratulations to all the winners, both all-around and class! One of the highlights of the awards received were the personalized paintings by Avalon Butchart... these, along with wonderful awards donated graciously by our amazing sponsors, made for some very touched and happy winners. Thank you so very much to our sponsors for all that you do, we couldn’t do any of this without you! Thank you also to the Banquet and Awards Committee for all your hard work and time making everything so special. We have several new (lovingly refurbished - thank you, Jenn) perpetual trophies that we are very excited about and will be adding more as we go.

Year-end High Points Rookie and Level 1 Amateur: Tamara Jameson Amateur: Virginia Olafsen Walk/Trot: Colten Buckley Rookie Youth: Ellie Gerbrandt Level 1 Youth: Haley Russell Youth: Mackenzie Inkstater Open Horse: Pauline Massey Overall Halter: Covergurl Special Awards Ingrid Callahagn Sportsmanship: Tamara Jameson Youth Sportsmanship: Colten Buckley Cathy Dumaresq MVP: Sian Russell Youth Volunteer: Haley Russell Margaret Taylor Greatest Strides: Pauline Massey LMQHA Volunteer to BCQHA: Mellissa Buckley

Mackenzie Inkstater

Tamara Jameson Ellie Gerbrandt

Haley Russell

Sian Russell

Colten Buckley

Virginia Olafsen

Awesome MC Glenn Massey, accepting on behalf of Pauline

No Bling Spring Fling We are so excited to offer our No Bling Spring Fling show April 2-3 at Thunderbird Show Park. Exhibitors are encouraged to leave their glitz and glamour at home and have a down-to-earth show for the first QH and Paint show of the season in BC! Great warm up for the season or for the Novice Championships for those who are going. Four judges and two days gives you a lot of bang for your buck along with our great flat rates for affordability! We are pleased to announce that we will be awarding gift certificates for a custom pencil drawing by Avalon Butchart for High Points (sponsored in part by the artist) as well as Hour Glass Studio branded giftware for reserves! We will be hosting a Ranch Riding Stake with a minimum of $850 added in keeping with the “no bling” theme. Come join us! Stay tuned for more information on our West Coast Summer Classic, scheduled for July 22-24, and Our All-Novice Show, planned for August 13! Volunteers and more We welcome and need all levels of volunteers to help make this club the best that it can be. Please don’t hesitate to jump in! There are many jobs small and large that could use helping hands. Stay tuned for our Pub Night Fundraiser dates for 2016; they were a lot of fun last year!

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association • Officers & Directors 2015

President: Mellissa Buckley, • Vice President: Mary Ratz-Zachanowiz, Treasurer: Pia Petersen, • Secretary: Haley Russell, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, • Website:

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BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover

2015 YEAR-END AWARD WINNERS (APHA SHOWS) WALK/TROT YOUTH CCR Dreamboat Annie; Paige Hinchcliff NOVICE YOUTH Dirty McLeaguer; Chrissie Peneloza Printed by Fire; Lyla Mackenzie YOUTH 14-18 Ima Special Delivery; Emma-Lee Schellenberg Printed by Fire; Lyla Mackenzie AMATEUR WALK/TROT Only for the Boys; Laura Bouchard Independently Hot; Elaine Lavers NOVICE AMATEUR Azippomaidof Diamonds; Donna Ruth Ima Sierra Surprise; Devon Smith CLASSIC AMATEUR JWR The Last Juan; Rosalea Pagani Ima Sierra Surprise; Devon Smith MASTERS AMATEUR Zipintomy Appointment; Barb Hazell Azippomaidof Diamonds; Donna Ruth JUNIOR HORSE Roses are Special; Kari Goodfellow Sir Synergized; Wendy Price SENIOR HORSE Ima Special Delivery; Emma-Lee Schellenberg Independently Hot; Elaine Lavers GREEN HORSE Roses are Special; Kari Goodfellow Zipintomy Appointment; Barb Hazell SOLID PAINT BRED Blazin Hot and Sheik; Haley Russell HALTER MARES Roses are Special; Kari Goodfellow PP Copy of a Chip; Cathy Forster HALTER GELDINGS Zipintomy Appointment; Barb Hazell Simply Encountered; Cathy Glover HALTER STALLIONS J Bars Peppy Panda; Lisa Kitagawa Gold Bar Tristan; Bibs Dallaire BC BRED Ima Special Delivery; Emma-Lee Schellenberg Flashs Hollywood Star; Margo Murray

High Point Halter Gelding and Masters Amateur Zipintomy Appointment and Barb Hazell

NWCC Overall High Point winners Emma Schellenberg and Ima Special Delivery

Fresh and fuzzy When we say show season is just around the corner, this year we really mean it! The only BC Paint/ APHA-approved show this year (thus far, at least) is April 2-3 at Thunderbird in Langley. The two-day/ four-judge No Bling Spring Fling is being held in conjunction with the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association. The circuit is a full month earlier than usual so show management wants everyone to put their apprehensions aside about their horses being too fuzzy or maybe even a little fresh. With the emphasis on “no bling,” we’re also hopeful we’ll see some new exhibitors give the breed show experience a try without being – ahem – intimidated by all the silver and sparkles. The show bill will be posted to our website ( They’re promising to put the FUN back into breed shows! Alternatives With just one APHA circuit on the roster, we’ll be putting some extra effort into encouraging BC Paint Horse owners and our members to sign up for our Open Show and Competition Program (OSCP). This is where members can compete at their local or discipline-specific shows and submit their results to the BC Paint OSCP points keeper (Margo Murray). Over the years, we have given out awards that are every bit as awesome as those for year-ends at our APHA-approved shows. In fact, a few years back, Devon won her silver halter from Kathy’s Show Equipment based on SW Roxy Barlink’s OSCP show record. Roxy’s won a ton at the local level and that halter proves it! It’s easy to sign up for OSCP. It is $25 for each horse/rider combo, in addition to your BC Paint membership fee. (Remember, we’ve reduced our membership fees this year.) Youth sign up for OSCP for free! (It’s been sponsored!) Then, download the results form, print off a few copies and tuck them in a folder to keep in your truck or trailer and make sure to get the entry secretary to sign off on them before you leave each competition. You can mail or email the completed forms to Margo. No matter where you live and compete in BC, as a BC Paint member you are eligible for year-end awards from BC Paint! We want to help you celebrate your successes, so please visit our website, give the OSCP rules a gander and sign up today! The OSCP show season is already under way! 2015 winners announced Speaking of success, we are pleased to announce the 2015 year-end award winners. This year’s winners represent riders from nearly every corner of the province, including the Central Interior and Kootenays with many heading up into the Okanagan. Because this province is so darned challenging to navigate, the board has decided to forgo a formal awards banquet. For some, awards will be mailed and it’s likely there’ll be a couple of informal gatherings on the coast and in the North OK to distribute the wealth! It’s exciting to see AQHA launch their walk/trot division this year. By a landslide, our Amateur Walk/ Trot division was the most hotly-contested, so extra big congratulations to Laura Bouchard and Elaine Lavers for edging out the competition to win provincial titles this year. Finally, more congratulations to BC Paint members making international headlines. An entourage has just returned from the NWCC banquet in Hood River, OR, where Emma Schellenberg and Ima Special Delivery were honoured as the 2015 Overall High Point All Around Open winners. NWCC points are earned at shows throughout the northwest – in BC, Washington and Oregon – and the competition is tough. 2015 was Emma’s final year as a youth exhibitor (she steps up to amateur ranks this year) and they went out in style, winning High Point Senior Horse, Youth 14-18, Senior Trail, Horsemanship, Equitation – the list goes on. The overall title was pretty much a given! Another BC member and former BC Paint president, Louise Bruce, also was honoured. She rode Sensationally Dunthat to high point in Amateur Walk/Trot Trail and a reserve title in Amateur Horsemanship Walk/Trot. Elaine Lavers was reserve in Amateur Western Pleasure Walk/Trot. You can view all the results on NWCC’s new website, Cathy Glover is the new webmaster.

BC Paint Horse Club •

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

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BC Rodeo Association 2016 BCRA TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE: Apr 15-17: 26th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Apr 23-24: Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo May 22-23: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 28-29: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton Jun 4-5: 68th Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Jun 11-12: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Jun 18-19: Annual Ashcroft & District Stampede Jul 2-3: DATE CORRECTION, Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Jul 9-10: Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Jul 9-10: Pritchard Rodeo Jul 15-17: Quesnel Rodeo Jul 23-24: Alkali Lake Rodeo Jul 30-31: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Aug 5-7: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 13-14: Redstone Rodeo Aug 20-21: Prince George Rodeo Aug 26-27: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Sep 3-5: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sep 16-18: BCRA Championship Finals Sep 24: Falkland Rodeo

MEMBERSHIPS Membership forms are now available on the website but memberships and payments will not be processed until March 18, 2016 due to our Polaris Raffle Draw. For more information please see the Membership Memo at www.rodeobc. com or e-mail the BCRA office at WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO The BCRA starts off the 2016 season with the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo with action starting on Friday, April 15th and continuing on Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th. Beverage Gardens all 3 days. Live Entertainment Friday night in the Beverage Gardens. BC Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced and introduced at the Sunday Performance of the rodeo. Rodeo Dance Saturday night. Lots of rodeo action with the 8 BCRA Major Events and 3 Major Junior Events along with Pee Wee Barrel Racing and the Wild Horse Racing. Local Entries for this rodeo open: April 1st, 250-398-3334. Check out their website for admission prices NECHAKO VALLEY RODEO ASSOCIATION INDOOR RODEO The Nechako Valley Rodeo Association will be hosting another one of their great indoor rodeos, April 23rd & 24th at the Exhibition grounds in Vanderhoof BC. Saturday’s performance will start at 4 p.m. and go right into the barn dance. Sunday’s rodeo performance will start at 1 p.m. Bull Riding is the featured added event this year with the top prize money. As well as the other 7 major events there is Jr. Steer Riding, Jr. Barrel Racing, Jr. Breakaway and Jr. Pole Bending. They also are hosting Pee Wee Barrel Racing and Pee Wee Pole Bending for the younger kids. Again this year, they are offering the Novice Bareback and Novice Saddle Bronc for those that would like to try it and get started in rodeo. Local Entries Open: March 31 & April 1, 250-567-0605 or 250-570-9917. Check out our website for more information

A HUGE THANK YOU to our great Sponsors that are on board for 2016!

Check out our website to view our 2016 Sponsor Package for partnership options or contact the BCRA office at 250-457-9997.

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Rd, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250.457.9997 • Fax: 250.457.6265 • • Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2016 BCRA Board of Directors:

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


Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280,

Ty Lytton 250-706-3580, Ray Jasper 250-991-8391, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Wade McNolty 250-398-0429, Allison Everett 250-296-4778,

Matt O’Flynn 250-255-7678, Jay Savage 250-421-3712, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Carl Hyde 250-963-9381,

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Clubs & Associations BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 3/17

CQHA 12/16

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, 12/16 President 604-530-8051 or 11/15

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


Western Style Dressage Alberta - The Journey has begun - 2 Chapters serving Alberta! CentrAl AlbertA Western Style Dressage Assoc. Jen Losey 780-686-3423 CENTRAL ALBERTA WESTERN STYLE DRESSAGE ASSOC.

reD Deer & AreA Western Style Dressage Assoc. Lisa Wieben 403-335-5993


Contact: • Website:

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 7/16 6/16

ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 4/16

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

Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! 5/16

BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 4/16 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 12/16 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 6/16 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, find us on Facebook 5/16 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 11/16 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 2/17 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 3/17 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 9/16

We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

Info on clinics and events at


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

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

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BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-3812245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, 8/16 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 7/16 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Shelley Fraser 604-8578882, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 2/17 We wrap our 2015 year with $27,000 added, and approximately 600 teams at our Finals in Armstrong BC. For 2016 show dates go to or email: 9/16

BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., Meetings, socials, shows, driving events. Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 4/16

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INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 3/16 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 10/16 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 5/16 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 7/16


NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 3/16 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 4/16

Clubs & Associations OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 12/16 PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-992-1168 3/16 5/16

100 Mile & District Outriders

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

Visit our website for upcoming events, trail rides, clinics & additional contact information. We welcome everyone from the recreational rider to the serious show rider. President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 3/16

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

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

President: Denise Little E-mail:

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

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



SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 6/16 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 9/16 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 6/16 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 5/16

In Memoriam


ouise passed away January 4, 2016 with her husband Gordon and her beloved dog by her side. She will be remembered for being a tough redhead fighting the fight, yet Breast Cancer took her. Louise lived her own life, she did not live just one life, she lived different lifetimes joined together as an instructor/horse trainer/banker/vet tech and rancher; through it all Louise was a horsewoman. She touched, in some way, the majority of riders in this province today. Her horse training career began at age 10 and continued to the very end. In the early days she was a founding member of Cedar Valley Riding Club on Vancouver Island (check out their Facebook page for pictures and stories). Louise continued to be a major force in the equine industry. Her eye for great horse flesh was multi-discipline and multi-sport, from the infancy days of AQHA in western Canada, to promoting Quarter Horses in Canada, Cross Country jumping, course design, horse health and nutritional development. BC Reining Association was another project that Louise was a founder of. She touched the lives of so many that stayed in touch with her, always bringing a smile to her face. She would give anybody advice, no matter what. She was a wealth of knowledge when a horse was sick or hurt. She knew just what to do and she did it well. Her final years had been spent enjoying life as a rancher in the Chilcotin, along with her husband Gordon where they bred cattle and raised Quarter Horses on the Lazy L Ranch in Hanceville. Her love for horses has been passed down to her children, as her son Campbell Garrard shows cutting horses alongside his wife Wendy Garrard; and daughter Leanne Rivet shows Quarter Horses. Her granddaughter Reese shows Quarter Horses and also competes in the Little Britches Rodeo and High School Rodeo Associations. Her legacy will live on through her children and grandchild. She loved watching Reese ride; there is nobody who had more pride in watching and “quietly” coaching her on. We are sure that she is up there somewhere riding some of the best horses and complaining about the footing. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all that knew her. - Submitted by the family

MARCH 2016


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

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


Saturdays BRANDT RANCH, 1 pm, Cattle Sorting Clinic, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 Sundays BRANDT RANCH, 12 noon, Cattle Sorting, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 1 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 3 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 5 TACK SALE , 10-3 (tables for rent), Oddfellows Hall, Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 8 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 10 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 10-12 PEACE COUNTRY CLASSIC AGRI SHOW Horse Program, Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie AB, Nicky 12 BARREL RACING , 12 noon; ROPING Winter Buckle Series, 2pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 12 ALBERTA EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION Annual General Meeting, Horse in Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, 12-15 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Comox BC, 971-533-6865, 13 LMQHA HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR , Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 13 JUNIOR TIMED EVENT JACKPOT, 12 noon, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 15 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 15-24 SADDLE FITTING w/Natalie Sauner, Alberta locations. Jenelle 1-800-225-2242 x30, 17 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 17-20 KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL (20th Anniversary), Kamloops BC, 1-888-763-2221, 18-20 KEN SMITH POLE BENDING CLINIC , Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 18-20 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Chilliwack BC, 971-533-6865, 19-20 RIDING & MOVEMENT CLINIC , Copper Hills Equestrian, Kamloops BC, Ann 778-220-7898, 19-20 ELAINE WARD CLINIC , Horse in Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, 19-20 EC COURSE DESIGNER CLINIC , Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary AB, 19-25 EDMONTON AB, 7 day intensive course. Equine massage therapy,, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF 22 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 24 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 26 BARREL RACING , 12 noon. ROPING Winter Series Final, 2pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 26 FRASER VALLEY REINING CLUB SCHOOLING SHOW, Murray Creek Ranch, Langley BC, Wendy 604-855-5406 or 26-Apr 1 EDMONTON AB, 7 day intensive course. Learn equine massage therapy,

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SADDLE FITTING w/Natalie Sauner, Vancouver Island, Vancouver &

area locations. Jenelle 1-800-225-2242 x30, BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or


Saturdays BRANDT RANCH, 1 pm, Cattle Sorting Clinic, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 Sundays BRANDT RANCH, 12 noon, Cattle Sorting, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 1-3 HUB HOUBEN DRESSAGE CLINIC , Salmon Arm BC, Jan 250-838-7710, 3 BCHSRA BUILD A COWBOY, 12 noon (pending approval), Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 4-May 13 KAMLOOPS BC , 6 week intensive Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Course,, S. McIntyre RMT, CEMT CCF 5 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 7 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 9 TRUE GRIT BIG “4” Rough Stock & Barrel Racing Event, 6pm, Barriere Agriplex, Barriere BC, DnB Rodeo Stock 250-832-3561 9-10 LISA WIEBEN CLINIC AT GNRC , Leduc AB, 9-12 MELANIE BULMAHN CLINIC , Chase BC, 12 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 14 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 14-15 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 15-17 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Brandon MB, 971-533-6865, 15-17 GAROCCHA CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 16-17 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Advanced Workshop Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 16-17 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Chilliwack BC, Becky 604-318-9342, 17 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, 19 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 21 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 21-24 THE MANE EVENT EXPO, *4 days, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 250-578-7518, 21-24 SADDLE FITTING w/Jochen Schleese & Natalie Sauner at Mane Event & other AB locations. 1-800-225-2242 x30, 23 DIAMOND H TACK GARAGE SALE , consignments taken Apr 11-20, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631, 23-24 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB 2 Phase and XC Day, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, info Janice, 23-25 JIM ANDERSON CLINIC , 1447 Airport Way, Revelstoke BC,, Kim Rienks to ride/drive for 11 am.

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EQUINE SERVICES BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 11/16 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 7/16


JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 9/16 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2003. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 8/16 ZABRINA BARTEAUX (OK Valley) 250-938-7126, Holistic Equine Therapist, 8/16 Massage Therapy, Acupressure, CranioSacral, Alignment, Workshops/Presentations

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

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 10/16



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MARCH 2016


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GUEST RANCHES WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 12/16


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Quality Canadian made Harness • Pioneer Dealer


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INSURANCE VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES (Okanagan) 9/16 250-546-8254, Certified Journeyman, Bob Johnston



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Feed, supplies & toys for all your farm & acreage animals. 8/16 Rimbey, A.B. 403.843.3915

MARA LUMBER HOME BLDG., (Hwy 33, Kelowna) 250-765-2963 Otter Co-op Feeds, Building and Farm Supplies 6/16


FENCING 130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders 10/16

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

Custom built and installed to your needs

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

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

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Business Services RIBBONS & ROSETTES


OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 6/16

CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 10/16 LORNA’S CHAP SHOP, Custom Chaps/Chinks, Bronc Nosebands, Heavy Reins, Tack. Photos on FB. Lorna 780-662-0052, 8/16 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 3/17 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,




Shop Online, Everything you need for your Trailer, Arena and Barn!


New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers, Consignments Welcome!

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


TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 4/16

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

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 4/16 DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 4/16

EC Ventures


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CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 9/16


CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training.12/16 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN (Okanagan) 250-547-9277, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 3/16


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

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High Quality Burst Proof


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


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

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 2/17 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 3/16

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 6/16 Bassano, alBerta

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

DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 5/16 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-679-1112, Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/16 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 5/16 JONI LYNN PETERS - (Okanagan) High Performance Dressage Coach, clinics, coaching and training, 250-546-8892, 12/16 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 3/17 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), 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, 3/16


MARCH 2016


Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 Training Performance & All Around Horses, Clinics & Lessons 2/17 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre,, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 3/17

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 10/16 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 7/16 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 10/16

HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 5/16 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 12/16 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 7/16 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099  3/16 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069  6/16 Equine, Bovine, Canine and Feline, THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 3/17

YEAR-ROUND LISTINGS STARTING AT $225 PER YEAR Add a link on our website, only $50 per year.

On to Greener Pastures


n February 5th a gentle giant was put to rest, and I don’t mean as in a draft horse. Banner (age 19) was just a very tall and very long Trakehner mare who filled the lives of so many. As a foal, she was so large it took three of us to get her up to nurse. When she went to be branded the inspectors could not believe she was only four months as she looked more like a yearling. By the time she was two, she stood 16.2 hands. But in spite of her height and length she was a sweet heart. After having a foal, I sent her down to a good friend in the US to compete on. She excelled at Dressage and in the Hunter, Jumper and Eventing competitions. She returned home to Canada in her early teens where I got to enjoy her once more. One of my favourite times with her was riding up in the Simon Lake area of 100 Mile House with my good friends, although the two of us were not too certain about having to ride through that herd of cattle. She was a wonderful patient schoolmaster, helping those who had to opportunity to rider her. It was a lovely sunny day when she left this world to be with her best bud, Tucker and her son, Bravie. I know they are all up there racing around together – bucking and squealing. I will miss you my little girl! - Submitted by Cat Armitage

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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




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


Visit 250-963-9779 “Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas” 3/16

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

$779,000 4383 East Vernon Road, Vernon BC 250-545-9014, E-mail

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PRETTY 30 ACRE HOBBY FARM Ideal horse property, lots of pasture, log barn with loft and chicken barn. Fenced and cross-fenced, Crown land access. Recently renovated 5 bedroom, 2 bath rancher with walk-out basement. Close to school bus route and stores. Asking $369,500 Bridge Lake BC Martin Scherrer - LandQuest Realty 250-706-9462,

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Stallions & Breeders YOUR STALLION COULD BE STANDING HERE APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 4/16 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 11/16 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,


RENNER’S MARTINI ON THE ROCKS 12HH Black Section A Welsh Stallion (Roblyn’s Fancy Cat x Renner’s Black Beauty)

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

2016 STUD FEE: $500.00

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

Turning Point Ranch

Turning Point Ranch

Registered APHA Stallion, 15.2HH Homozygous Black & White Tobiano, 5 panel N/N

Registered Arabian Stallion, 14.3HH Heterozygous Grey, SCID, CA and LFS negative AHA Sweepstakes Nominated Sire

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FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 3/17 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan” 6/16 JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 7/16 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 12/16 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 2/17 SKYLINE STABLES (Williams Lake BC) 250-392-3649, SS: Home of the Leopard Stallions, Sign Of Freckles & Im’a Cool Kisser 2/17 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/ APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 9/16 TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526, see us on FB SS: Arabians & APHA, Breeding, Sales, Boarding, 2/17 TWIN ACRES FARM (70 Mile House BC) 250 456 7462. Welsh Ponies, Welsh Pembroke & Welsh Cardigan Corgis,, 2/17 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 12/16

Randy Ophus Performance Horses Standing

Little Bit Of I Kandy 2013 APHA Buckskin Tobiano Homozygous for the Tobiano Gene Sire: WK Skips The Blue (Perlino Tobiano) Dam: Bahbeau (Black Tobiano)

2016 STUD FEE: $500.00 (includes $150 booking fee) Live cover LCFG. Early booking and/or multiple mare discounts.

2016 STUD FEE: $500.00 (includes $150 booking fee) Live cover LFG. Early booking and/or multiple mare discounts.

INTRODUCTORY FEE: $800 LCFG (limited book) ALSO STANDING: Snappin Cat, 1997 AQHA Sorrel RO Cattin At The Bar, 2014 AQHA Dun

Steven & Jennifer Zachary 250-577-3526 ~ Pritchard BC

Steven & Jennifer Zachary 250-577-3526 ~ Pritchard BC

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Sales, service, repairs and parts for all models of golf carts. New and Used available. Trades welcome.

12-YEAR-OLD MORGAN X ARABIAN BAY GELDING. Had all his groundwork, but hasn’t been ridden. Nice nature, but very herd-bound. Debbie 250-804-2928 (Salmon Arm BC)

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HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 4/16


~ Harness ~ Farrier Supplies ~ Horse/Pet Supplies & Feeds ~ Sure Crop Feed Dealer Deep Creek General Store 0

Authorized deAler for: • Otter Co-op and Sure Crop Feeds • Mini bags, tack & grooming products • Vet supplies, supplements and equine health


9/16 Grindrod BC ~ 250-838-0433 Mon-Sat 8 am to 7 pm / Sun 9 am to 6:30 pm

3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

100% Natural Organic 60 Minerals ~ 12 Vitamins ~ 21 Amino Acids Premium Quality Pure Kelp Supplements For All Your Farm Animals & Pets WWW.ULTRA-KELP .COM • TOLL FREE 1-888-357-0011


Leather & Stitches

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


Restoring peace and balance in horse and rider


Specializing in Horse Hay l yo u r F o r a l E d s! h ay n E

Tel: 604.819.6317 Email:




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