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ell we’re just not sure if we will be having an early Spring as the groundhogs could not agree! Let’s cross our fingers (outdoor) riding season is around the corner for us in western Canada. March is the start-up month of activities for horse enthusiasts… ‘Bay’watch locally, in Enderby, there is a Tack Sale, then you always see a happy crowd at the Horseman’s Bazaar in Langley, and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival brings horsey folks in from all over BC and Alberta. I’ll see you there! As always, this issue has our annual Construction Feature inside. So if you are looking to build a barn or arena we have some ideas for you. We thank those that contributed! If any of you have a new barn or arena going up… we could always feature it next year – let me know. Enjoy the articles this month; there are many, some great tips and training ideas for you. Until next month…

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Nancy ON THE COVER: Spanish Cross Ranch, www.spanishcrossranch.ca CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Birgit Stutz, Lisa Wieben, Mackenzie Irwin, Glenn Stewart, Rose Schroeder, Christa Miremadi, Sandy Lang, Dr. Dana Bloomquist, Kimberly Cox, Mark McMillan, and all of our construction feature authors. OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Paint Horse Club, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association, BC Rodeo Association. MEDIA PARTNER WITH HORSE COUNCIL BC and BUSINESS MEMBER WITH AEF

FEATURES Mane Event – Red Deer 7 Western Dressage, Common Errors 8 10 Manure – a LOAD of advice Biting, Kicking & Ear Pinning 12 Cowichan Therapeutic 13 Trail Riding Checklist 14 Who’s Teaching Whom? 16 Liberty & Body Language 18 FAQ about Chiropractic Care 20 Annual Construction Feature 23

Our Regulars Cariboo Chatter 36 Top Dog! 38 Horse Council BC 40 KIDS 41 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 46 BC Paint Horse Club (no news) Back Country Horsemen of BC (see 14) 47 BC Rodeo Association Clubs/Associations 48 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 49 Business Services 50 Stallions/Breeders 53 54 On The Market (photo ads) Rural Roots (real estate) 55 Shop & Swap 55

Let ters to the Editor Dear Nancy:


ike many of your Saddle Up readers I was looking to escape the cold weather in the Okanagan for a few weeks. I wanted to sit on a sunny beach somewhere. The beach that I found was in Varadero Cuba. It turned out to be a wonderful beach, but that is not why I am writing Saddle Up. I was captivated by the horses when I ventured from the beach to do some Island tours. I wanted to share what I saw. In many ways it was like stepping back in time. There were horses everywhere we travelled. They were mainly cart horses and used in the rural area as the primary means of transportation in the many small towns. In the city they are being used as tourist transportation and they travel the same roads as the bicycles, cars, and buses. We spent 3 days touring the country and horses were everywhere; in the fields, and even tethered on the side of the roads by a single rope that was anchored to the ground. The horses came to the island mainly from the Spanish and Arabic countries (I learned from the tour guide on the bus). Most of the horses that I saw were healthy and appeared well-cared for. I feel fortunate to have been able to visit another country and to see these horses as an integral part of their society. If you ever decide to travel to Cuba you will find that for the horse lover it is more than the beach that will stay with you. - Kathy Mydske, Enderby BC

Cover Feature introducing ciro br

Sired by the famouS Saphiro and equally prized rihanna br. Standing 15.3hh - very rare double dilute perlino purebred iberian Stallion. incredible agility, beauty, and light footed.

When Ciro met Rene Phillips (Phillips Performance Horses) they became the perfect training team for over one year now. Rene has brought Ciro and I both along very quickly in this short time. Although he was too green to prove himself under saddle for the 2016 PAALH Nationals, Rene had Ciro and me ready for the Amateur In-Hand class. This was our only class entry and we took first place, making Ciro ‘National Champion Stallion All Ages Amateur’. I am so proud of him! It was the first show he had ever been in. We hope the future holds many shows at the National levels in Western Dressage with Rene as his trainer. Ciro will be foaling his first brood this spring, and standing at stud, in our newly rebuilt breeding facility outside Oliver in the South Okanagan (see more on our facility on page ___). 29 We only offer AI at this time, and hope to be shipping cooled semen as soon as possible. We will be working to have frozen semen this season as well.


$1800 for Purebred Iberians $1400 for other approved breeds Mare care $12 wet / $10 dry. Live foal guarantee until service expiration date ends. $300 collection fee with a $75 refund for return of container in good condition. Lastly there is an option for a replacement mare. For more information visit www.spanishcrossranch.ca Vikki & Tony Souto, Oliver BC ~ 250-498-7446; E-mail: vikki@spanishcrossranch.ca Photos by Leza Macdonald

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Mane Event Red Deer Update By Gail Barker The Mane Event is on its way to Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, April 21–23, 2017.


his year’s line-up of clinicians include: Peter Gray (for Jumping). Peter was the former National Eventing Coach for Canada 1996-2000 and since then has coached National Teams from Venezuela and Guatemala. As a competitor, Peter has competed at most international events in Europe and North America including three Olympic Games, World Championships and is a Pan Am individual bronze medalist. Besides his notoriety in the event world, Peter also competes on the winter circuit in hunter and jumpers and is long listed with the Canadian National Dressage team for 2010. His all-round experience as a competitor has seated him on many committees including the USEA Board of Governors and Executive Committee and is Chair of Canadian Eventing.

Nate Bowers has dedicated his life to applying natural horsemanship principles to the world of driving. Together with his wife Amy, Nate created Bowers Natural Driving, a revolutionary program that “uses natural horsemanship techniques to create a natural foundation for horses before teaching the skills of driving.” Nate has learned invaluable lessons from his father, Steve Bowers, an amazing natural driver, as well as from Pat Parelli himself.

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Garn Walker will be presenting sessions on Cowboy Dressage. Garn is a lifelong horseman and is also one of the founding partners of Cowboy Dressage World. Merging his lifestyle with Cowboy Dressage was a natural transition, giving horses and riders the opportunity to learn and understand Soft Feel, Harmony and Partnership from his 40 years of experience. The Trainers Challenge will feature well-known and respected horsemen: Glenn Stewart; Martin Black and Shamus Hays. Stay tuned for more information on participating clinicians, and watch the website as they are announced. Rider applications are being accepted and information is available at www.maneeventexpo.com Don’t miss out on the other upcoming Mane Event Expos: May 12-14 in London, Ontario; May 26-28 in Scottsdale, Arizona and Chilliwack, BC October 20-22. We look forward to seeing you there!

Peter Gray Sharon and Storme Camarillo will be presenting sessions on Barrel Racing. Sharon is an accomplished horsewoman whose rodeo career spanned 16 years, has taken her barrel racing program to thousands of riders throughout the United States and to five other countries. Storme Camarillo began competing at rodeos at the age of five and she regularly conducts clinics in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and across the United States. Storme knows how to get in and get things done; she’s an analyzer and a fixer, which makes her an outstanding competitor and coach.




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Western Dressage -- Common Leg Yield Errors

By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

Photos by Rebecca Wieben

In last month’s issue, we talked about how to properly execute a leg yield and what the benefits of the exercise are. In this month’s issue, we are discussing common errors while performing the leg yield exercise. Loss of impulsion/Uneven gaits When the horse is learning to move laterally in a leg yield it can be quite common for the horse to lose the forward energy and become uneven in its rhythm. Using both the inside and outside leg to maintain a steady rhythm and to encourage the horse to move laterally, correctly, is key. A good way to think about the leg yield in this case is, “Over, forward, over, forward,” with the inside leg asking for the over step and the outside leg maintaining the forward energy. Another way to engage the horse forward and balance out the rhythm is to ride straight for a few strides before asking for a few more steps of leg yield. Horse is rushing The opposite of the loss of impulsion is rushing. This may happen if the horse is confused by the aids or thinks leg pressure means forward energy instead of sideways. Using well-timed half-halts on the outside rein to rebalance the horse and slow forward movement will help. Showing the horse what is wanted in the walk, first, before progressing to the jog, will aid the horse’s understanding. During the movement in the jog, if the horse still wants to rush, you could add a small 10-metre circle to rebalance the horse each time the movement starts to get quick.

A correct leg yield. The horse is parallel to the wall with slight flexion to the inside maintaining the over-and-forward momentum. 8 • March 2017


Horse not crossing over There are times when the leg yield turns into a straight line ridden toward the wall where the horse’s shoulders are leading the hips and there are no lateral steps. In this case, the shoulders can be brought back in line with the hips through the use of the outside rein gently drawn back toward the rider’s hip and a blocking outside leg. The inside rein will maintain the correct bend. The position of the rider will be in alignment with the horse’s bend, with the eyes looking in the direction of travel. The rider’s weight will shift slightly to the outside so the horse balances under the weight in the direction of the leg yield. The inside leg may need to increase the push sideways, along with a connecting outside rein to maintain straightness, with a seat that follows the movement over. If the rider’s seat is not following it could be blocking the sideways movement. Horse moves sideways too quickly If the horse’s outside hind leg is moving laterally instead of coming forward and underneath with each stride, the horse will begin to move more exclusively sideways rather than forward and sideways. This is often caused by a rider not using enough forward driving aids (don’t forget your outside

The rider is collapsing the inside rib cage to push with the inside leg and opening the outside leg away from the horse’s body.

leg!) and not enough outside supporting rein to block the sideways movement slightly. Remember, “Over, forward, over, forward.” While training, this could become “Over one step and forward three to four steps” so that the horse learns to wait for the “over” cue. Horse leads with hindquarters In this case, the rider may be using the inside leg too far back, causing the hips to move over first, while also using too much outside rein, blocking the shoulder movement. The outside rein is used to support straightness. To allow the horse to lead slightly with the shoulders the rider may need to open the outside rein, like opening a door, to get the horse started in the direction, and then close the rein to maintain the straightness of the movement. This will only be done in the training stage. Once the horse understands the movement the reins remain even, with only a slight half-halt if needed, and the leg and seat will move the horse laterally. Rider leans to the inside of the horse’s bend or collapses at the waist and drops inside shoulder Leaning to the inside will make it more difficult for the horse to pick up the inside

Without the outside rein supporting and maintaining straightness, the horse has lost the sideways movement.

hind leg and inside shoulder to cross over and may impede impulsion. Allowing your body to grow tall with equal length on both sides of the ribcage, with weight shifted very slightly in the direction of travel will allow the horse to move freely sideways under balance. Horse is overbent Using too much inside rein and not enough outside supporting rein will cause the horse to overbend. The horse will be unable to move forward/sideways with its body parallel to the long side. The horse’s neck should stay in the middle of its chest and the rider should only see the corner of the horse’s inside eye. As always, stay balanced, centred, supple and relaxed. Focus on riding the movement step by step. Ask for two or three strides of correct leg yield, then reward and go straight for a few strides. Ride straight before the movement falls apart and reward the horse often! With practice, the horse will learn to maintain an even rhythm before, during, and after the movement and will develop more relaxation and suppleness.

The outside rein is blocking the shoulder from moving and in this case slightly changing the horse’s bend. The haunches are leading to the wall.

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. Her website is www. mountainviewtrainingstables.com. Birgit Stutz is an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer and offers horse training, riding lessons in the English and Western disciplines, horsemanship clinics, mentorship programs, intensive horsemanship courses, workshops, short courses and demonstrations on various topics, as well as working student programs at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through an understanding of equine psychology and body language, biomechanics, as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Her website is www.fallingstarranch.ca.

Too much inside rein is causing the horse to overbend and to lead the movement with the outside shoulder.

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A Load of Advice on Manure Management By Mackenzie Irwin Manure management is a major concern for horse farms of all sizes. While it can be a significant expense to have manure removed regularly, an ever-growing pile of manure can also be an eyesore and nuisance for landowners and their neighbours. Proper manure management is essential to healthy communities and ecosystems and can reduce the costs associated with manure.


any may think that practices on small farms do not impact the environment but, surprisingly, it is the larger-scaled facilities that are more likely to comply with waste management regulations. Collectively, the efforts of small farms can make a big difference in the overall health and function of the surrounding ecological community. It is extremely important that each equine operation takes responsibility for its manure management, no matter what its size is. As pressure from surrounding urban development grows, and environmental awareness and regulations continue to expand, manure

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composting is quickly proving itself to be the best management practice for equestrian facilities. It has become increasingly challenging to find facilities that accept manure and process it in a responsible manner, and expenditures around manure management have grown substantially in recent years. Composting manure is a great way to deal with horse and livestock manure and can turn a potential liability into an asset. Benefits include, but are not limited to: • reduction in volume by up to 50% • saving thousands of dollars • preventing environmental contamination • improving pastures • creating an in-demand resource Contrary to popular belief, horse manure compost can be an excellent source of nutrients for your gardens, pastures, and hay fields. Unlike most other livestock species, horses are not ruminants. This means that certain aspects of digestion take place in different organs in a horse than it does, for instance, in a cow, and horses lack the additional organs that other species have in order to aid in the digestion of plant matter. As a result, horses are not as efficient in their

Using composted manure on your pastures can better the quality of your pastures, bettering the quality of forage for your horses.

absorption of nutrients from their food, and therefore the amount of nutrients available in horse waste is actually higher compared to waste from ruminant species. Another misconception associated with horse manure is its effectiveness when used as a fresh, raw material. Spreading raw manure can actually be quite harmful to pastures and the surrounding environment. Some of the risks include: • presence of weed seeds in manure leading to weed growth • presence of pathogens that pose a threat to livestock, wildlife, and humans • high nitrogen levels which can lead to burning of pasture grasses • leaching and harmful runoff causing environmental issues and health hazards The composting process creates heat that kills weed seeds and pathogens found in manure and allows for the recycling of nutrients within the compost. The end product acts as a natural fertilizer and soil amendment, with additional benefits such as improving aeration and moisture retention, and can be

used around any property, eliminating the need to purchase chemical fertilizers. But if the volume of compost generated exceeds the capacity of the land, there is a resource available to help avoid disposal fees and put it to use. Manure Link is the official website for a horse manure composting program run by the non-profit Langley Environmental Partners Society. The website’s free linking service acts to connect manure producers to those looking to obtain manure. Manure Link can be used to schedule an exchange with local gardeners and landscapers to

Composting your horse’s manure can turn it into a valuable resource.

take some composted manure off horseowners’ hands. The site also provides users with valuable resources to help deal with a number of common issues surrounding manure and pasture management. A list of regional BC Manure Mavens can be found and contacted for any advice, questions, or site consultations. For those interested in building a composting system of their own there is a step-by-step guide, and resources for those who are already composting include a troubleshooting page as well as advice on improving current practices. Visit the website at www.manurelink. com.

Mackenzie Irwin is an intern with Langley Environmental Partners Society and holds a degree in Natural Resource Sciences from Thompson Rivers University. She is extremely passionate about sustainable agriculture and land management practices and is pursuing a Master’s degree as well as a designation as a Registered Professional Biologist.

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Biting, Kicking and Ear Pinning

By Glenn Stewart

I’m amazed that, to some people, horses pinning their ears at other horses, even when they are being ridden, is quite common and accepted. A horse that pins its ears at another horse or even at people is a horse that is threatening to do more - like kick, bite or strike.


f you own a horse that threatens other horses or people, you should not be okay with it; this type of behaviour is not acceptable in any way. Some people will say that the horse is just worried, nervous, uncomfortable or unconfident. So, does that mean if we feel any of those things we can start biting and kicking other people if we are uncomfortable? Of course not! It is important to know the reason why a horse feels it needs to have those behaviours so we can help change them. But regardless of what the reason is, it is our job as an owner, rider or handler to put an end to it. That type of behaviour says that the horse is the leader and he barely knows that his handler exists. The horse’s mind is not with the person that is supposed to be in charge. It is your job to make sure your horse knows that he cannot threaten other people, ever, and never other horses when they are with us. If your horse tries to kick another rider’s horse, his kick can go high enough to break the rider’s leg in the saddle. If your horse is threatening others when you are with them, you need to do something to change what it is thinking in that moment, such as touching a rein or moving a hip or shoulder. Generally, the ear-pinning horse will look toward the other horse.

That is when you could pick up a rein and tip his nose back to where it is supposed to be. Sometimes a horse will stand there looking straight ahead with his ears pinned as another horse goes by. The sooner you can do something to get your horse’s mind on you and not the other horse, the better. Catch it when it’s small and the correction can be smaller. Be consistent -- don’t allow ear pinning at other horses or people, ever. You’re not trying to punish your horse, just change its mind about things and do enough so that it’s uncomfortable for it to have that thought. Get your horse used to being close to other horses. Ride the horse that has the issue up to a horse or horses that don’t have issues. Get closer and closer, stopping every step to allow him to see that he is fine, until you can stand stirrup to stirrup. Get the other rider to rub your horse and you can rub theirs. It seems to help solve the issue quicker. You can tie him near another horse and if anybody starts trouble give that horse a little flick with a rope or string to say “mind your manners and don’t start fights with the other horses.” If your horse kicks at other horses that ride up behind it, yield your horse’s hip with a purpose if it tries to kick. There will usually be other signs, before it kicks, such as ear pinning; that’s when the rider needs to pick up a rein or do something to interrupt the thought and let the horse know it’s not okay to even think about it. A horse that is acting that way is no fun, is taking over and is dangerous to other riders. The good news is that it is easy to fix with the right timing and some consistent corrections.

It is your job to make sure your horse knows that he cannot threaten other people, ever, and never other horses when they are with us.

Glenn offers year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort Saint John, BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit www.thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under “Trainers”) 12 • March 2017


CTRA’s Used Tack Shop Awarded $8000 By Anne Muir

Photo by Naomi DeVine

The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA) relies on the support of the community to deliver their life-changing equine-based services to people with special needs. This support comes in many forms, with CTRA receiving an abundance of donations of used horse equipment and riding apparel from individuals, groups, and businesses from across Vancouver Island.


n 2011, CTRA launched the “Jane James Used Tack Shop” initiative, an onsite store that sells everything from used saddles to riding jodhpurs at very reasonable prices. This shop helps CTRA to turn donations of second-hand horse stuff into much-needed funding to support their charitable program. In November of 2016, CTRA’s tack shop initiative made it to the finals of the Social Enterprise Catalyst Gala – an annual event that showcases Vancouver Island social enterprises in a “Dragon’s Den”-style pitch competition. The event tied the three finalists as winners, and awarded CTRA numerous in-kind prizes and $8000 in cash to help develop the store in 2017. The Jane James Tack Shop will be moving to a new, larger space at CTRA’s facility on Providence Farm by spring 2017. This new facility will allow the store to display more merchandise and will help accommodate customers. The funding received from seCatalyst will help cover staff hours in the store, transitioning the model from “appointment only” to regular hours of operation: 9:30am-3:30pm on Monday-Friday, and 10am-2pm on Saturday. Appointments outside of these hours can still be made. Horse people interested in supporting the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association can do so by donating their gently-used equestrian goods to CTRA (most will be eligible for a tax receipt) and by visiting the store as customers. Store personnel select the best quality merchandise for sale with odds-and-ends redistributed to the community via the “free store” (also on site). Because the store’s entire inventory is donated, CTRA is able to offer very reasonable prices and direct all of the sales proceeds back into the charitable program. This makes shopping at the Jane James Used Tack Shop a win-win for customers and the community alike. To speak with someone about the Jane James Used Tack Shop or the CTRA program, please contact the CTRA office at 250-7461028 or info@ctra.ca.

The CTRA team at the 2016 seCatalyst Gala with founder (and store namesake) Jane James standing front and centre (in purple).

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1:00 p.m. Preview of Sale horses 2:30 p.m. tack, Saddle & harness Sale 5:00 p.m. Social & Supper 6:30 p.m.tack, Saddle & harness Sale

MaY 6 8:00 a.m. tack & harness Sale 10:00 a.m. draft horse Sale followed by the equipment Sale (for light & heavy horses)

Invites Consignments of Horse Drawn Equipment, Harness, Tack, Shoes, etc; Purebred, Crossbred & Grade Draft Horses; Draft Mules & Mammoth Jacks For InFormatIon ContaCt: Barb Stephenson Box 96, turner Valley, aB t0L 2a0 403-933-5765 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or visit: www.wrdha.com additional ContaCtS: Fred Mcdiarmid Bob lewis david Carson 403-575-2181 403-556-7589 519-291-2049 March 2017


Trail Riding Checklist

By Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter, BCHBC Courtesy of The Back Country Horsemen of BC, http://bchorsemen.org

Here are ten things a horse should be able to do for a safe trail ride and ten things the rider should be able to do or have. Trail riding can be a risky business but we can reduce the risk by making sure we and our horses are ready. Ten Things a Good Trail Horse Should Have/ Be Able to Do 1. Easy to catch – if you can’t catch him at home what will happen if he gets loose while out on the trail? 2. Will stand tied quietly for long periods of time; pawing and fretting are hard on the environment and dangerous. 3. No bad habits when saddling and bridling such as moving around and biting at the saddler or throwing his head when bridling. Annoying, not to mention dangerous. 4. Loads and unloads easily, when trailering; stands quietly in the trailer. 5. Will stand still for mounting at a mounting block, stump, log or in a ditch. Lets the rider get settled and waits for the signal to move off. 6. Have a good whoa, go, turn left/right and backup; you can control where his feet are going when you need to. 7. Rides quietly and obediently in a group of horses. 8. Crosses obstacles calmly, including water, bridges, logs. Can accept surprises on the trail like the sudden appearance of wildlife, hikers, bikers, llamas or dogs. 9. Will carry equipment like water bottles, saddle bags and rain gear without a fuss. 10. Have a fitness level that matches the difficulty of the trails you ride. Ten Things a Good Trail Rider Should Have/ Be Able to Do 1. Have some basic first aid training for humans and equines. 2. Know how to tie at least four basic knots: quick release, bowline, butterfly and half hitch. 3. Know how to tie a horse safely on the trail. 4. Have a good understanding of the basic

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nature of horses and how they react. 5. Have a good basic understanding of correct tack fitting and placement. 6. Have a good understanding of basic riding principles and be in control of the horse at all times.

7. Can interpret trail signs, read a map and use a compass. 8. Know and practice the seven principles of LNT/Minimum Impact. 9. Ride in a group with courtesy, observing the BCHBC Guidelines for Group Riding safely.

2. Your horse has finished having a drink at a

small stream. Should you: a. move off while the next horse is drinking b. let your horse sniff the next horse while it is drinking to make it calm c. wait just on the other side of the stream until the next horse has finished drinking d. move up the trail out of sight so as not to distract the next horse from drinking 3. Before leaving home for a trail ride you need to: a. make sure someone knows where you are going and when you should be back b. check the weather and carry the appropriate gear

c. carry a map of the trail and a compass d. all of the above 4. What is one of the most important traits of a good trail horse: a. long back and neck for balance b. quiet, calm temperament c. black hooves d. short, steep shoulder 5. Which of these is a sign that your saddle does not fit your horse: a. patches of white hairs b. no clearance between the gullet and the withers c. dry spots on each side behind the shoulder blades d. all of the above 6. Which of these is an important Trail Courtesy Rule: a. never trespass or ride on private Land without permission. b. leave all gates just as you found them and avoid livestock. c. be polite and friendly to hikers, bikers, farmers and any other people you meet. d. all of the above 7. True or False? You should always trail ride with a halter under your bridle or use a halter/bridle. 8. True or False? Less than a horse length between horses in a group trail ride is safe enough. 9. True or False? When tying a horse, you should tie him at wither or eye height with about an arm’s length of rope. 10. True or False? If you need to turn around on a narrow trail, you should turn your horse’s head to the downhill side.

Answers: 1 – b, 2 – c, 3 – d, 4 – b, 5 – d, 6 – d, 7 – True, 8 – False, 9 – True, 10 – True

10. Know what gear to pack for a day ride and how to outfit the horse. Just for fun, take this quiz to test your trail skills knowledge: 1. A horse gets loose while the group is stopping to take a picture. Should you: a. get off and chase after the horse b. all stand still where you are while the owner calmly walks over to catch the horse c. send a couple of horses and riders after it d. wait until it comes back on its own

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Who’s Teaching Whom?

By Christa Miremadi

Of all the teachers I’ve had over the years, including the clinicians, coaches, mentors and helpful friends who’ve offered their guidance, the most powerful teachers who were most successful at culminating change in me were the horses themselves.


‘ve had some amazing human teachers as well, don’t get me wrong, to overcome), nutrition and but there’s something special about the way horses teach, never equine digestion (as I discovered giving up or shifting even an inch in their dedication to the lesson, he suffered from ulcers and deficiencies) and how all of these until I get it. Although each and every one of the horses I’ve worked with has things are ultimately connected. had its own pile of lessons, some horses have stood out, head and As Cisco improved his ability to perform for me, I too had to improve shoulders over the rest. My beautiful golden Mustang, Cisco, is one of my ability to perform for him. Before long, I realized that we had been swapping roles. I wasn’t those horses. When we first became partners, it wasn’t because I wanted a always the teacher anymore and he wasn’t always the student. We shift Mustang or a buckskin or a stocky, hair trigger, wild, explosive little back and forth from time to time but, when at one time it was clear horse. It wasn’t because I thought I could get somewhere with him or (I was the teacher), it has now become far less obvious as to who is because I thought he had a lot to teach me, it was because after working teaching whom. Not too long ago, Cisco and I were taking advantage of a relatively with Cisco himself for three years, my husband, Pinto, was faced with dry and warm week of winter needing to downsize his herd riding weather to work on and we didn’t like the idea of him moving confidently through bouncing from home to home. the “scary spots” in our arena. He wasn’t an easy horse; he had Ever since we had our arena a ton of baggage and a huge chip re-done and a new fence with on his shoulder but he was (and catch pens in the corners built, still is) pretty enough that he’d Cisco’s been a little skeptical sell quickly and probably not to of the goblins and horsethe most appropriate buyer. eating trolls that are more This little horse was than likely hiding behind the convinced that people weren’t banners hanging on the fence. to be trusted, were easily He’s consistently given the manipulated and could be sideways eye to the corner and controlled through intimidation. pushed up against my inside He bit, he pulled, he pushed, he leg, shifting his balance and ran over, he bucked and bolted. looking into the “scary” corner These were just a few of the issues Cisco loping confidently out of his “scary” corner. (Photo by Zahra Miremadi) pen. To be honest, it’s a very that Pinto had already begun to work through. Cisco could break anything he was tied to and he subtle thing and it doesn’t really interfere with our rides or his ability jumped out of pens he didn’t want to be in. He wasn’t an easy horse to do his job so I’ve put very little consistent effort into changing it but, to get along with and when he was facing the possibility of being sold over the past while, I’ve half-heartedly attempted to address this habit again (from his fourth home in his six short years), we decided that I’d a few times. I tried stopping to rest in the scary corners, giving him time to take him on as my own horse, in part to help him avoid an uncertain future and in part to protect buyers who’d be mesmerised by his good satisfy his curiosity and see the lack of trolls, counter flexing through looks (but in no way prepared for the handful of fight and flight that is the corners in an attempt to cause him to want to straighten out, circling in the corners, ground work in the corners, and I even tried Cisco). At first, I was teaching him. He learned about space and boundaries pushing him through it. None of these approaches were getting us (a conversation we still indulge in from time to time), patience, anywhere. Cisco, being a mustang, seems to be slightly more aware and discipline, physical fitness, obedience, acceptance and a few other key ingredients of a good working partner. He was a good student cautious than other horses. He’s quicker to suspect strange sounds or but due to his extreme self-esteem issues and lack of confidence it sights and it takes him longer to trust new things. He’s also hyper aware was slow going and tedious at times. Slowly, as he developed physical of changes and extremely sensitive to where my attention is going. strength, balance and co-ordination, I was faced with upping my own This day, while trying to come up with a new way of approaching our challenge, it dawned on me… where was my focus?! understanding and knowledge as well. I had to gain a deeper and more complete understanding of I realized that all my attention was squarely focused on the saddle fit (he wasn’t easy to fit), hoof care (he had some challenges challenge. Cisco had simply been following my lead! All of my thoughts 16 • March 2017


were on somehow overcoming lucky enough to learn from. I’m sure he won’t be the last horse to make the draw for attention that the me take a closer look at myself and offer me a chance to learn directly “scary corner” was demanding. from the source but, for now, I absolutely love being a student of this How I intended to do this by horse. providing the corner with even more attention is beyond me but when I finally clued in to the power and focus I was Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a giving the “scary corner,” I partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver This photo was taken shortly after realized that if I could give that Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts we acquired him and shows him kind of attention and power horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony fighting hard against the pressure. to visualizing what I did want and building relationships between horses and humans through (Photo by Kristina Belkina) from Cisco, we may be able to compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by physically and figuratively get sharing the horse’s point of view. past our challenge. As I approached the corner for probably the 6,478th time, and as (See her listing in the Business Services section under “Trainers”) Cisco began to shift his weight ever-so-slightly to his inside shoulder, bending to the outside in order to look into the “scary corner”, I sat up straight, shifted my weight to my outside hip, lifted my inside rein to rebalance him back to a centered position and focused on creating forward movement towards my point of focus which, for once, was not in the corner but rather, further along the rail, moving towards our next task! Cisco slowed a little, his attention divided between whatever I was focused on and the “scary corner” that was begging for his acknowledgement and then, as we began to pass the corner, he shifted his balance to center himself back under me, adjusted his focus and began stepping out confidently, bending his body to balance evenly through the corner and looking forward to where we were going! We rode through the scary corner a few more times, giving our focus and energy to the desired outcome rather than the challenge, and I realized not only how simple the solution had been all along but also how that line between Cisco and I, like so many other horses before, had been blurred once again. Who was teaching whom? At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that I recognize the lessons my horses have for me; in this case; unless I can acknowledged the part I’m playing in supporting unwanted behaviour, I’ll never be able to change it. This is just one of the many lessons Cisco has A little role reversal of his own: he’s gone from being the one on the end of the line to taught me and he’s only one of the equine teachers I’ve been being the one teaching the youngsters. (Photo by Carol Dymond)

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By Sandy Lang

What happens when we misinterpret our horse’s body language?

I point my finger, bring up my life energy and Escudo, my left-brain extroverted gelding, responds with an energetic leap forward, lifting his powerful torso into the air with long leggy strides reaching for the air as he circles around me. He is at liberty; no strings attached, no force. My body is projecting clear intentions for the immediate future.


his is an example of exuberance at its best. Escudo’s response was immediate as he read my body’s intention. His confidence and understanding was evident in his response. Having the freedom to express himself is liberating for him. Liberty can be extremely rewarding and brings a holistic appeal to horsemanship. Part of the holistic appeal is freedom and expression. If liberty is a form of freedom and expression, in order to be truly successful at it, an understanding of how a horse thinks is imperative. Escudo has found success and yearns for liberty like many other horses that “horse around at liberty.” He is successful because he can count on his leader to help him out when he’s not confident, to put him in line when he gets full of himself, and prove to him again and again that I’m the leader of his dreams. crave Horses leadership, and that leadership you will need to provide when you start dabbling with liberty. Everything you do with your body, your intentions, attitude, knowledge, and confidence all play a role in your success. Without understanding why a horse does what he does, and believing liberty to be an act of just taking off the halter, we put ourselves at risk of liberating our horse to freedom beyond partnership and, sometimes, safety. Lacking knowledge of how your horse thinks and feels every changing second is like letting a genie out of a bottle; but, instead of getting three wishes, you may get unwanted dominance, insecurity, aggravation, or a horse that shuts down. You’ve heard the saying, “You may get more than you bargained for.” There are more people all the time experimenting with liberty, driven by wonderful, heart-inspiring videos on YouTube, and articles written to express the empowerment and liberation given to the horse. People are encouraged by these videos and articles to take off the halter, with hopes their horses will learn to become one with them and the liberty magic will unfold. If you would like to pursue liberty, I encourage you to study horse behaviour. Having knowledge to draw from helps you support your horse when he needs it most. Recognizing when your

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horse has changed from connected to you, to not connected to you, willingly being with you, to dominating you, feeling secure in his emotions, to shutting down emotionally is part of understanding a horse’s mind. You recognize the change and move forward with confidence and knowledge, striving to help your horse become mentally and emotionally fit. Sometimes too little knowledge can be dangerous. Liberty looks innocent enough, but when you dig a little deeper, and know how a horse thinks and acts, you realize that Pandora’s Box may seem simple by comparison. Liberated Liberty Horse This horse loves to feel liberated by liberty. He doesn’t like to be told what to do, so liberty is a perfect avenue for him to express himself. You may find your horse is okay as long as everything he’s doing is his idea. As soon as you ask something of him he’s not interested in, watch out! He may feel the need to tell you a thing or two. Recognizing these tendencies gives you a heads up, so you’re prepared and ready to help him understand you are actually a great leader he can believe in. Insecure Liberty Horse This horse is seeking reassurance constantly, and prefers the umbilical cord to be attached. If you take his halter off and experiment with liberty without first showing him you are a confident leader on a line who knows how to support his insecure type, you may have a horse that comes unglued at the seams. Aggravated Liberty Horse When a horse doesn’t feel a partnership, yet he’s been allowed to spread his wings at liberty, he may feel irritated, especially if you’ve added cookies into the equation. Keep demanding him to follow your cues, and you may find his aggravation turns into a dangerous activity. He needs someone who has the ability to recognize what an aggravated horse looks like and then can guide him from aggravated to connected.

Count Me Out Liberty Horse Liberty is the ultimate test of trust and leadership. If you take the halter off the Count Me Out Liberty Horse who relies on you for leadership and comfort, you may find this timid horse speaks to you by shutting down emotionally and mentally. Once you understand how he needs everything slowed down so he has time to think and process, his response to you will change for the better. Liberty is good for all horses. It stretches them emotionally and mentally. It helps them become braver, more curious and connected to their leader, to ask questions, and feel successful. A successful leader has the ability to adjust his approach, at every changing moment. Liberty is a big study. When you think about it, if the horse doesn’t get what he needs mentally and emotionally, if he is not understood and there’s no one to help him become more

balanced, he has no choice but to fend for himself. A horse doesn’t become braver or more connected by himself. A partnership needs to be nurtured every second you are with him. Developing a partnership to lead up to liberty takes inner strength, consistency, and the desire to approach every situation with a lateral attitude, without wavering in your actions or thoughts, or being lax about proving to your horse you are the best leader. Good intentions don’t keep you safe; trying to mimic what we see on YouTube can only take us so far. When we invest in ourselves with education, learning to understand our horses in depth, the horse at liberty takes on a whole new meaning. My goal for this article is to plant a seed, not to discourage anyone from experimenting with liberty. I encourage you to dive deep into studying how your horse thinks and how your body language and your horse’s body language have the power to speak to one another. May your horse be with you.

Sandy Lang is a specialist in foundation training and horse behaviour, understanding the effects the horse and human have on each other. Sandy gives lessons and clinics at her facility in Abbotsford, and travels for clinics across Canada. Her goal is to help people understand how a light heart and light hands can positively affect a horse’s emotion and mind, offering a more rewarding partnership, preparing for any discipline. (See her listing in the Business Services section under “Trainers”)


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FAQ about Chiropractic Care By Dr. Dana Bloomquist, BKin, DC In the previous issue, we introduced chiropractic care and discussed how riders could benefit from seeing a chiropractor.


effective when performed by properlytrained and licensed individuals. The risk of death or serious injury involved with chiropractic is about 1 in 10 million treatments, far less than the serious risks associated with drugs or surgery. Is it covered by insurance? Many chiropractors accept different types of extended insurance as well as ICBC and WorkSafeBC. Contact Why should I see a chiropractor? your extended medical plan provider Chiropractors can treat a variety before starting treatment to check what of musculoskeletal conditions (both Dana with Freckles is covered. traumatic and non-traumatic) by using a hands-on approach to restore function into joints and reduce How long will it take until I am feeling better? Typically a difference is noticed in 3-5 treatments, with full associated pain. recovery after 6-8 visits on average. This is entirely dependent upon How much education do chiropractors have? Chiropractors go through 7-8 years of full-time schooling. Many each individual’s current health state and the nature of the injury. have a science or health-related Bachelor’s degree before doing their Treatments can be less or more. Will I have to see the chiropractor the rest of my life? Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Once the initial problem is addressed and the person is feeling and What is an adjustment? An adjustment is a high velocity, low amplitude thrust that moving better, they have two options. They may come back the next chiropractors use to restore motion back into a joint that is not moving time they are in pain or not moving well, or they can come at regular intervals at a rate determined by the chiropractor and the patient for well. maintenance care. What is the noise heard? Often times, people will hear a popping sound during an adjustment. This is not the bones themselves, but the release of gases Please visit www.bcchiro.com to learn more about chiropractic care. in the joint. Will it hurt? Dr. Bloomquist has been riding since age 10. A few falls from horseback Most people do not experience any discomfort during an resulted in her trying out chiropractic. She was impressed and chose to adjustment. Sometimes they may experience mild aches or soreness in pursue a career in it, graduating from PCCW (San Jose, California) after the region that was adjusted afterwards as the body is adapting to the completing a Kinesiology degree at UFV (Abbotsford, BC). She currently changes made. practices at Legacies Health Centre in both Surrey and South Surrey Do chiropractors only treat back pain? locations and enjoys riding her friend’s horses in her spare time. Visit Most chiropractors today treat much more than spine-based www.legacieshealthcentre.ca for more information. complaints, including ribs and the various joints of the arms and legs. Is chiropractic safe? (See her listing in our Business Services section under “Chiropractic”) Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to be safe and his article will address some of the commonly asked questions for those who are new to chiropractic or those who have seen a chiropractor before, but still have questions. If you have more specific questions, please consult your local chiropractor for advice.


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Barn Best Practices

By Kimberly (Kim) Cox, Competition Coach Specialist

Here are some best practices for building a dressage barn. The list is based on years of boarding and training at different equestrian facilities.


he indoor arena, in our northern climate, is central to the equestrian community. Years past, show barns boarded a mix of riders of various disciplines. There were few dedicated dressagers and more hunter jumper riders back in the day. Footing originally was basic. It usually started with a clay base, with local sand, wood chips and perhaps some dust control product added. Watering arenas was part of the maintenance cycle. The arenas were often insulated and heated as an afterthought, or when it became financially viable to do so. Heat and water created a problem with footing, either exacerbating the dust or causing the clay base to rise. The worst cases of watering an indoor in our climate can cause mould issues and water damage to steel arena supports. Footing continues to evolve into an art form all its own. Nowadays, purpose-built arenas and barn designs take into account specific disciplines in equestrian sport. Considerable research has gone into the design phase and best practice when implementing an arena build. Let’s take a look as some other equestrian facility best practice ideas: • Room for trailer and big rig turn around and parking • Plan for having a safety gate at the facility entrance to contain any “runaways” • Purchase the correct vehicle and tools for stable management • Consider hvac needs and heat conservation methods in arena planning • LED lighting throughout and special lighting for farriers and veterinary considerations • Safety mirrors and appropriate angle of mirror set for maximum view above kick boards • MP3 and Bluetooth technology in planning music systems


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Kim and her prospect Lord’O’London (Hann. Londonderry x Brentano II) in training and showing up through the Dressage levels.

• Sound systems should be accessible both from the viewing area and from the arena floor • Make sure the arena can support a dressage court (20 x 60 metres) with a 5 metre perimeter • Have a “drive through” arena and barn isle • Plan a dedicated storage area for the dressage ring, cavalletti, and jumps • Design a viewing area for spectators that is functional (Wi-Fi), warm (heated), and comfortable • Keep sufficiently large paddocks close to the barn for ease of turnout. • Automatic waterers designed for negative temperatures • Warmblood-size stalls, rubber mats, windows in barn • Consider using a method of non-slip flooring throughout barn • Blanket bars and halter racks in front of every stall • Wash racks with hot and cold running water • Washer and dryer for horse laundry • Washrooms in barn and viewing area • Generous-sized tack lockers for clients • Organized feed room and feed chart catering to standard and customized feeding protocols • Dedicated area for weekly hay storage on site, with bulk storage planned for a separate hay shed or building • Dedicated area for show trunks and extra blanket storage • Accessible and copious numbers of brooms, forks and muck buckets to encourage clients to clean up after their horses (make cleanliness user-friendly) • Empower a dedicated staff capable of the highest level of care

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Tony and Victoria Souto, Oliver BC (* Also this month’s front cover feature)


e built this riding arena because we raise Andalusians and plan to breed and show them. The arena gives us a safe place to train and ride. We decided to go with a covered arena as we wanted low maintenance; not to replace coverings every few years, and metal was too expensive – by the time you bring it in and put it up it would cost at least 60% more. So we went with a wood structure and contacted John at Sunrise Restorations for the job. The riding area is 80’x120’ with 16’ plywood walls with an opening for light. We live in a windy area, so down the road we may choose to close in the north and south walls with see-through panels. There will also be LED lighting inside. We went with all wood for the structure with a metal roof and will be finished in metal on the outside. At this date there is only plywood up as it has taken longer than expected, due to unforeseen circumstances, when we started to dig we found out we are at the water table. The engineer had to step in and re-design, building up the arena site and surrounding area, and getting more fill in to at least 3-4’ for a 4’ foundation. Then we had to have 3’ concrete walls around before we could even start on the building. (That building would have sunk!)

For footing we expect to use a clay, sand, gravel mix as it is cost effective and great for the all-purpose riding that we do. The arena is mostly for our own use although we are willing to let others use it once completed. On a sidenote, the Bank of Montreal financed the building - Todd Schneider and Vikki Hesje were wonderful to work with; they really knew what it is like to work with farmers.

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Sylvergrove Horse Park Smithers BC


immigrated to Northern BC over 20 years ago from Germany. In 2014 I explored beautiful trails off my boarding barn at the base of Hudson Bay Mountain, Smithers BC, falling in love with this area, finally making the decision to have my own horse farm again. I purchased a piece of land in the exact area I had ridden and explored for almost a year… 160 acres, slightly bigger then I originally envisioned. The property was bare land, access and the terrain was challenging – hilly, swampy and forested. My realtor wasn’t the only one that had doubts, if I could turn all this into a horse-friendly environment. One and a half years later, with ongoing planning and construction the transformation has been amazing. I wanted to make it a place that was horse friendly, sustainable with minimal impact on the environment and existing wild life, accommodating to a variety of disciplines, and built with quality and long term durability in mind. Mostly meant to accommodate my family (two- and four-legged), but also open for small scale boarding and use of the facility by like-minded local horse people. I view it foremost as a place of enjoyment and inspiration, not a business. My horse husbandry focus is on providing a natural and healthy environment for the easy keeper, especially horses with potential metabolic issues. Some years ago on a previous farm I had built a WeCover riding arena, and was quite happy with the overall experience, the functionality and beauty of the building.

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The layout of individual buildings and comprehensive arrangement of buildings, paddocks and fields in the hilly terrain wasn’t easy. It was a pleasure to work with my contractors and suppliers, all of which were innovative, reliable and willing to work with my quirky ideas. Riding Arena After I connected with WeCover Structures, I went to work on the layout for a 200x80 covered riding arena with an area of 30x80 on one end reserved for lounge/office, heated tack room, wash stall and tack up, 2 box stalls for cool-down and guests, washroom/laundry and a spectator area. I decided to put a ‘building within the building’ for the lounge/office area and tack room, with a mezzanine for spectators and storage above. After my initial sketches were perfected, I went right into the order process, approved a rough cost estimate and worked on adjustments with the help of Ornan Martin, my WeCover liaison for this building. At 170x80, the riding part of the arena is still big enough to offer Continued on page 32


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17th annual construction feature Continued from page 31 some storage space for equipment, and can be used as a small arena for many disciplines. Many arenas I have ridden in had an issue with the surface layers mixing after years of usage. I decided on my perfect footing depth at max 2” of cushioning top layer, which made it very important to have a solid base and mid layers which won’t mix with the top layer and create a reliable surface for the horse. The footing combo I decided on is so far excellent; a base layer of compacted existing clay, then crush compacted very evenly at ‘sidewalk quality’ as my contractor called it, and mid layer of E30 ecorasters creates a semi flexible, even surface and also keeps any rocks from travelling up into the top layer. We used an additive that decreases dust, increases water retention and elasticity of the 2” top layer of #8 fine sand; a very interesting and colourful process, the result not only functional, but pleasing to the eye. Big openings above the kick board on the long sides connect to the outside during milder temperatures, and can be closed for the winter or to avoid distractions. I chose a sliding shutter system for ease of operation. The viewing lounge has a full wall of 4x8 windows, with office

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space, wash room, laundry room, kitchenette and seating area. These windows are locally made one-sided mirrors, and used as arena mirrors on the arena side. There is a 20x12 heated tack room with storage atop. The 20x20 tack up area with wash stall and two 12x12 box stalls are in the same part of the building, but open to above, getting light and air from the fabric roof. Components for all stalls were custom-made by System Fencing. Mostly to save energy I opted for an unheated riding arena. Horse handling areas and stalls are heated by infrared wall heaters, which direct the light to objects only, and efficiently heat with minimum energy requirements. The construction process of the fabric roof arena is quite something; one day there is nothing, the trucks arrive with bundles of steel, and a week later you have a structure with a roof. Most time consuming is the site prep and finishing work. The WeCover crew is very fast and experienced. While they were assembling the main structure and siding, local contractor Timber Peak Construction started on the barn under their tutelage and finished up all the buildings after the WeCover crew left. Barn WeCover also offers steel structures with steel roofs, so I decided to design a 60x60 steel barn and order from them. The barn houses and feeds two groups of max 4-5 horses, and stores enough hay for one season. Because three sides are used by horses, I did not want the snow to slide off, so I needed a steel roof which could accommodate snow guards. The open and light interior, high ceilings - with Solatubes in the ceiling for additional light - gives a feeling of being outside and puts the horse’s mind at ease. There is 20x25 hay storage with 12x12 sliding doors to outside access for easy stacking, and inside 4x7 access door for easy feeding routines, with a 7x5 heated feed room. Narrow walk-in stalls with timed automatic pellet feeders allow frequent small feedings with easy access and minimize food aggression. Sturdy metal feeding bowls low to the ground, hay pillows and specific setups for hay nets encourage head down for food intake, which is more natural and has many health benefits. SilverTec Mats cover all the floors, except the hay loft which has a bare concrete floor. Strip curtains on all openings keep insects out in the summer and create solar gain in the low winter sun. Outbuildings and paddocks There are numerous outdoor paddocks, different shapes and sizes - a modified version of Jaime Jackson’s Paddock Paradise; with run-in sheds, and frost-free drinking posts providing fresh clean water all year round. This ‘paradise’ set up encourages horses to move as much as possible, live and eat in a group, and trying to consider their natural needs. Horse safe fencing materials which are easy to maintain include - electrical poly rope which holds a horse in, even if the power fails -

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powered by solar fencers. High pressure areas around barn have metal piping (hand built from electrical conduits) with one electrical strand on top. Small paddocks have wood railing combined with electric wire. Bungee ropes connect to live fence wire and create instantly safe separated areas. A 12x30 manure composting shed was custom built between the barn and arena, with cement bays and wood construction/steel roof to contain saturation and run-off. Most of the small sheds are steel structure kits which I ordered from System Fencing and custom finished on site. A 60’ galvanized panel round pen was purchased at the Smithers Feed Store. It has a sand base, sits in front of the barn and offers another aspect to horse training. A power shed and generator shed are situated in between the buildings, and the barn roof will have solar panels on it by next summer. Generator and panels feed a battery bank, which powers all the buildings as we are 100% ‘off-grid’. Mountain Trail Park A 5+ acres Mountain Trail Park, designed by Mark Bolender, is aesthetically pleasing and welcomes visitors when they approach the arena. The pond is not only pretty, but also functional – it collects all the rain water off buildings and other run-off, on a property that has plenty of water, hills, swamps and rocks and virtually no drainage. I named my farm Sylvergrove Horse Park, for the beautiful Aspen groves in this area, and because this is basically a big playground for horses and their owners. Although a somewhat private person, I am happy to open my facilities to likeminded horse enthusiasts. Happy Horses make Happy Owners, and happiness loves to be shared!

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March 2017


Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


o winter’s almost done… but is it really? We’re hoping so, as we have so many plans in place, all requiring warmer, nicer weather -- lots more log fences to rebuild, some new fence projects, horses to work, house renovations, more tractor rebuilds and, most of all, we’re itchin’ to get out and ride! The weather leading up to the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert (held February 11) had everyone on edge, wondering if the entertainers would make it, as all the highways were closed between the Lower Mainland and the Interior. The cowboy way prevailed and although it took Gary Fjellgaard 11.5 hours to get from Hope to Merritt (he ended up having to spend the night in Merritt), and Ed Wahl and Emily Ireland 11.5 hours from Hope to 70 Mile House, they all made it in time to put on an awesome show, and everyone went home happy! The 100 Mile Concert is the main fundraiser for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society Student Scholarships and it’s also a bit of a promotion for the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. The matinee show sold out a few weeks ahead of time, like it has the past few years, and the evening show was more Cariboo-style with folks holding out until the last minute to decide. Hard to believe that tickets for this show are still only $15 each… for a three-hour show of quality entertainment. How can you beat that?

(l to r) Ed, Gary and Emily performing an encore together after a standing ovation. Photo by Jerry Stainer. Now, having said that, you can still get a weekend pass for just $80 and take in Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday and Sunday all day and all evening at the 21st Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival (March 1619). When you figure out the number of hours of entertainment here, and the number of entertainers (somewhere around 30), the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is an awesome deal. It’s just around the corner, too, and tickets are selling fast so don’t delay if you want to take in this amazing weekend. The Festival is all under one roof this year but there will still be two shows going all the time. The dinner shows are an awesome way to relax while watching an evening performance and

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Mark and Miles show how to work your horse and cows with the least stress at the 134 Mile Ranch. the dinner upgrade is only $35 (our cost of the meal). It’s a big buffet with lots of choices including beef every night. Not only is there all the entertainment but there’s also the Art of the West Show and Sale which is a juried art show featuring some of the top western artists from far and wide -- bronzes, photography and flat art are included. Then there’s the Festival Trade Show, too, featuring around 30 western/cowboy-related booths or display tables selling something for anyone and everyone: saddles, tack, leather goods, bronzes, western wear, home decor, iron/metal work, cowboy boots, silver work, art, music, photography, books and jewellery. There are also educational displays including rodeo collections, magazines (yes Saddle Up will be there), museums, associations and societies. There’ll be workshops on Friday and Saturday on song writing, poetry writing, guitars, saddles and even cowboy hats, and there will be an open mike for those who want to share their stories, poetry or music. For more information, see the website at www.bccchs.com or phone toll-free to 1-888-763-2221. Jasmine and Kevin Bedford and the 134 Mile Ranch will be hosting Mark Grafton and Miles Kingdon once again this summer. The schedule is: July 26-27 - Youth Workshop July 28 - Green Horse Handling July 29-30 - Weekend Workshop Both the Youth and Weekend Workshops will be focusing on horsemanship and then translating that to cow work; you’ll learn how to work your horse and cows with the least resistance and stress. It is a great way to introduce or solidify horses and riders with Once again MLA Donna Barnett Mark with the the intent of working cattle, as presented a hobby or career. The Green proclamation from the Province Horse Handling will involve a proclaiming ‘Cowboy Heritage full day of how to handle and Week’. Photo by Donna Smith. continue the training of your green horse, including safety for them and yourself. Mark and Miles have so much to offer in knowledge and experience, both as cow bosses and trainers; last year, their clinic at the 134 Mile Ranch was awesome! For more information, contact Jasmine Bedford at 250-9819920 or jazzbedford@gmail.com.

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I believe there are a few spots left on the Spirit of the West Cruise this year, if you want to join us when we head to Alaska in June. We leave home on June 17 and will return around June 29. We’ll be joining Billie and Hugh McLennan and close to 200 like-minded ranchers, cowboys and horse-minded folks from all over western Canada. We’re still trying to figure out where we can get in a horseback ride, so if you have any suggestions for a place in Ketchikan, Denali, or Anchorage, please let me know. Cruise details can be seen at www.Hugh-McLennan.com or by phoning 1-800-530-0131.

The February issue’s item was another one from Meadow Springs. It’s a wooden record cabinet. It was made specifically to hold records -- 78s in the day. We didn’t have any correct answers at deadline but we did have lots of guesses. Thanks to all of you who are sending in answers – it’s really nice to see so many guesses come in.


Trinity Seely, a working cowboy as well as a great entertainer, will return to the Cowboy Festival this year.

Naomi Bristow, winner of the 2009 Rising Star Show Case, will be back in Kamloops in March.

This month’s item is a photo of an object (actually there’s a pair of them) that’s in my office at Meadow Springs Ranch. What would you think this glass horse would be used for? They look like they might be work horses of some sort so they should be put to work. They are about 8 inches tall. Good luck!

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

Oklahoma cowboy, Jay Snider, will return to the Kevin Davis will be back at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival for the first time since 2008. Cowboy Festival by popular demand. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. March 2017


TOP DOG! 7 Things Dogs Do that prove they really, really LOVE you! Courtesy of www.thedodo.com


ome dogs jump all over everyone they meet, and some reserve their slobbery kisses for only a few very select humans. Here are some simple ways to tell for sure whether your dog truly loves you — or if he’s just happy to have someone around to pour his kibble.

5 ~ He yawns when you yawn. Yawning is contagious among humans because of a biological empathy — and now there’s reason to believe that dogs do the same thing. A 2008 study showed that dogs were more likely to demonstrate “contagious yawning” when they saw their owners yawn than when they saw a stranger do it. So if your dog yawns every time you do, it’s a sign that he cares. 6 ~ She licks your face. For dogs, licking can mean a number of things. Mother dogs often lick their puppies’ faces the moment they’re born, or to groom them. Some dogs lick their humans’ faces because it’s a habit, or because they like the way their owners taste, but doggie kisses are often a sign of affection, and a good indication your dog thinks of you as family.

1 ~ Your dog likes sleeping with you at night. Dogs are pack animals, used to cuddling up in dens with their families. If your dog likes sleeping with you, whether it’s on the couch or under the covers, it’s a sign that she sees you as part of her pack. So if you wake up to doggie breath in your face, just be flattered your dog thinks of you as family! 2 ~ She wiggles her eyebrows at you. Just like with humans, dogs communicate much of what they’re feeling through their facial expressions. And sometimes, their eyebrows are the key. A Japanese study from 2013 used a high-speed camera to record dogs’ faces when their humans walked into the room — and the results showed that dogs raised their eyebrows when they saw their owners, but not when strangers walked in. 3 ~ He brings you his toys. Not only does this mean your dog wants to play with you (a sign of affection in itself!) when your dog brings you his favorite tennis ball, it may also mean he thinks of you as a pack leader. He may want to please you by offering a squeaky toy or well-worn frisbee ... because he thinks you’ll like them as much as he does! 4 ~ She looks you in the eyes. When your dog looks you straight in the eyes, it’s not meant as a sign of aggression. In fact, it’s the opposite. Eye contact between dogs and their humans is a sign of love — and sustained eye contact releases oxytocin, the “bonding hormone,” in the brains of both dogs and owners. That’s the same hormone, by the way, that’s released when new mothers hold their babies ... so if you call your dog your furry child, you’re not far off.’ 38 • March 2017


7 ~ He leans against you. A dog will lean on humans for a few different reasons — sometimes it’s because he is anxious, or he wants you to do something or go somewhere, but leaning is also a sign of affection. Even if your dog is leaning against you because he’s nervous about a new place or situation, it still indicates that he thinks of you as someone who can protect him and keep him safe.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office 2016 Horse Council BC Award Recipients


ongratulations to the worthy recipients of the Horse Council BC’s 2016 Awards! Each award winner will receive their award at an event of their own choosing throughout 2017.

2016 Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award Carol McDonald 2016 Coach of the Year Andrea Taylor 2016 Horse Industry Professional of the Year  Perneil Training – Chelsea McNeil & Kate Perin

qualified participants in your area, not just your club members. Core Grants can be applied to all manner of things as long as it supports equestrian sport growth and is for public use (or open to the public as the case may be). For example, the Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association of BC applied for and received a grant for the purchase of equipment for use at their public arena. They received a core grant of $1,500 towards their purchase. Cowichan Valley Therapeutic also applied for a Core Grant in 2016 to help launch their new Vaulting Program at their facility. They received a grant of $1,000 towards their pilot program. The deadline to apply for both BCETF and Core Grants is April 15, 2017. Download the application forms online today at www.hcbc. ca and get help with all of your club’s 2017 projects!

2016 Junior Athlete of the Year Sunny Balshaw 2016 Senior Athlete of the Year  Heidi Telstad 2016 Bob James Volunteer of the Year Ron Trickett 2016 Horse of the Year – Competitive Boston owned by Susanne McLeod 2016 Horse of the Year – Non-Competitive Benjamin owned by Sandra Evans Thank you also to all the nominators for letting us know about the amazing people in our horse industry! BC Equestrian Trails Fund & Core Grants – Applications for 2017 Now Open! The BC Equestrian Trails Fund (BCETF) was established to provide support for HCBC clubs and affiliates who have researched and planned a specific project related to the construction and/or maintenance of an equestrian trail, trailhead, or horse camping site in British Columbia for public use. The fund for 2017 will total more than $30,000, allocated by the Horse Council BC board of directors and increased annually  by individual and corporate contributions. The BCETF money can be used as “seed funding” to obtain additional funding from other granting agencies. Trail and corral building not your club’s cup of tea? Then you need to find out more about Horse Council BC’s Core Grants! Core Grants Core funds are provincial funds targeted for events or projects that support equestrian sport growth and development within the province of BC. An approved event or project is open to all


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Peachland Riding Club By Isabelle Larocque We have our dates for 2017! Gymkhana and Saddle Series: April 30 May 28 June 25 July 30 August 27 October 1 Canada Day Events: July 1 and 2 (Saturday and Sunday) High School Rodeo: October 6-8


In order to be eligible for year-end prizes, both in the Saddle Series and Gymkhana, riders must be members in good standing with the club. All outstanding fees owing to the club must be paid and your 2017 HCBC membership must be active prior to the first event you enter. HCBC cards (or other proof) must be presented at the first event you enter. You can sign up and print your card directly from the HCBC website at: https:// hcbc.online/ For more information or to join our club please visit www. peachlandridingclub. com.

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


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News

By Marlene Quiring


onsider participating or auditing these coming events this year! Remember to check our website www.albertadonkeyandmule.com for updates on events and general information on mules and donkeys. Everyone is welcome to attend our Annual General Meeting, Sunday, March 26 at 1:30 pm at Ponoka Neighborhood place. Please bring something for a potluck supper. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Russ Shandro at 780 603-7510, mules@telus.net. The club will not be hosting a booth at the Mane Event in Red Deer in April this year. Watch for us at other venues in Alberta. We’ve got more great clinics coming up with Dan Fossum in June; and Jerry Tindell in June and July. See our website for dates and contact info. On August 11-13, we host our Alberta Longears Show at Eagle Hill Equine in Olds AB. There will be classes for all sizes of mules and donkeys and all levels of training. Pure family fun. Contact eaglehillequine@live. ca for more info. Watch for more events to be added to our calendar. We aim to educate our members and the Thirsty and Darlin’ a team of mules belonging to public about the contributions, attributes and abilities of these long-eared equines. Bill Thorpe of Pincher Creek

Kelowna Riding Club

Story and photo by Sarah Hayes


e wish to welcome you to the Kelowna Riding Club in 2017! It has been a long, cold winter and we are looking forward to Spring riding!

Our 2017 Board of Directors are: President - Susanne Zimmermann Past President - Sebastien Devrainne Vice-President - Lynda Ramsay Secretary/Rentals - Emma Bosma Treasurer - Danica Sandercock Membership - Amy Nutt Volunteer Coordinator - Leahona Rowland Communications - Sarah Hayes Grounds & Maintenance - Jesse Legroulx Hunter/Jumper Education - Lindsay Kern-Legroulx Dressage Education/Fundraising - Brenda Bradley Contact information for all directors can be found on our website. We already have several events coming up in the next few months: • March 12 – Spring Cleanup Day • March 25 – Spring Cleanup Day • April 1-2 – Leahona Rowland Eventing Clinic • April 15-16 – Pony Club Eventing Clinic • April 21-23 – Equi-Life Spring Fever HJ Show • April 30 – Dressage Test Day • May 3-7 – Spring Classic Hunter Jumper Show • May 19-21 – Spring Dressage Festival

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Sue Wensink of Claresholm, on her mule Squidgy, at the natural water obstacle at our Longears show last year

• June 2-4 – Ricky Quinn Horsemanship Clinic (note: date tentative, to be confirmed) In addition to the events above, we also have several events in the works with dates to be confirmed: • Lord Strathcona’s Mounted Musical Troop • Gary Brewster Jumping Clinic • Resurrection of Adult Camp • John Turner Jumping Clinic And much, much more! Stay tuned to what is happening by following us on Facebook and checking out our new website! We also wish to note that our facilities are available for rental for your function. You can rent just the Clubhouse, one ring or the entire facility for your event, be it a clinic, show or non-horsey event! The rental is completely customizable to your needs, including equipment. Please go to our website at www.kelownaridingclub. com and click the Rentals tab for more information and rates. We hope our members can join us for our first events of the year, being the two Spring Cleanups in March, on March 12th and March 25th. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Leahona, at krcvolunteer@gmail.com to confirm attendance and find out what volunteering opportunities are available. Remember, all KRC members are asked to give only six hours of their time per year to the club to help with maintenance, horse shows and other odd jobs. Our volunteers are the core of our club! Check our Facebook page and website at www. kelownaridingclub.com for all events.

Oliver Riding Club

By Max Alexander


or some years, we have held an annual pub quiz night in January. They have been fun but, this year, club president Paddy Head took the whole event to a new level. For one thing, we moved from the pub venue to the restaurant! Invitations to the event went out to all the club members at the beginning of the year with the new idea that this event would held on a weekend, not on our traditional third Thursday of the month when we always hold our club meetings. Members were asked to sign up for the event and to pre-order their meal. The ORC’s Inaugural Equine Trivia Contest took place at the Mesa Grill at the Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course on January 21 at lunch time. What a great idea! The annual quiz was transformed into the Equine Trivia Contest where we had lots of fun and laughter sharing our knowledge (or lack of it) and experience. We were split into teams of three and had to answer questions on equestrian sports, breeds, tack, jumping, western and English disciplines, illnesses, movies and books. We all ate lunch first; the food was excellent and everyone was very happy with their meals. The drinks were not too bad either!

After lunch, Paddy split the gathering into our groups and explained the rules and how the score would be kept. We have to thank Paddy for the work that she put into the preparation for the contest. The questions were excellent and the format of the contest was brilliant. The winners of the competition were the Clip Cloppers - Mary-Lou Barker, Chrissie Siebeck and Carol Lydiatt; in second place were the White Knights – Maggie, Midge and Linda. The good-hearted runners-up were the Brumbies, the Pacers, Moonlight Riders and the Trojans. Our next club meeting will be at Carol Lydiatt’s on the third Thursday of the month and we really would like to invite anyone who wishes to join the club to come along – you will be well looked after. We also want as many existing members to come too, as Paddy and her team will be outlining the plans for the year ahead. It is going to be a great year. You can find contact details on our website, www. oliverridingclub.com, or call Paddy at 250-495-4334. Happy New Year to all Saddle Up readers, and remember to always stay inspired by horses.

A Salute To Therapists By Daphne Davey


y the time you read this, National Physiotherapy Month (May 2017) will be on the doorstep. What better opportunity than now to shine the spotlight on the many therapists who work (often as volunteers) in therapeutic riding programs across the country. Typically, instructors at our CanTRA-accredited centres work in partnership with therapists, most commonly physiotherapists (PTs) or occupational therapists (OTs). Physiotherapy is used to promote healing and well-being through massage and manipulation of the body to improve mobility, endurance, confidence, and independence. Occupational Therapy helps people to improve their health and enhance their ability to engage in activities that normally “occupy” their time, including identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and daily activities. In Therapeutic Riding programs, PTs and OTs advise the instructor on the most beneficial exercises in the saddle, paces and transitions of the horse, and school movements, for both physical and cognitive stimulation for each rider. In Hippotherapy, the horse is used as a living (and far more interesting!) therapy “tool” whose complex natural movement stimulates postural and muscular reactions in the rider, rather than the “rider” influencing the horse. To be correct, there are no “hippotherapists,” only PTs, OTs, and SLPs qualified to practice Hippotherapy. SLPs? At first glance, one may wonder what

role a Speech Language Pathologist might play in horse-human therapies. Speech Language Pathology involves the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders, cognition, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders. A common misconception is that speech-language pathology is restricted to correcting pronunciation difficulties. But if muscle development, strength and coordination are required for an effective level of ability in speech and cognition, it is understandable how beneficial riding can be for this intervention. Equine-Facilitated Wellness (EFW), a third form of equine-assisted therapy, must be conducted by mental health or education professionals in partnership with equine professionals and, of course, the horse. Clients may be survivors of abuse or from dysfunctional backgrounds or suffer from PTSD, where their deep emotional or mental trauma makes then especially vulnerable. Such professionals may well consult with therapists for additional input in guiding clients through the healing process. So we salute all the therapists (including others not mentioned here) who are involved in these programs! Their expertise makes their contribution of the greatest value to children and adults with disabilities. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit www.cantra.ca or email ctra@golden.net. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www.cantra.ca or CanadaHelps.org.

Occupational therapist Danielle Champagne works with Raphaëlle in Québec. Photo by Les Amis de Joey.

PEI physiotherapist Trish Helm-Neima demonstrates a safe way to transfer a rider out of her wheelchair. Photo by Daphne Davey.

March 2017


Kelowna Hoofbeats

By Lauren McGee, Brooke McGee, Kalli Krehbiel


he Kelowna Hoofbeats started the New Year off with introducing some new members to our club as well as our new leader Pam Price. We then all participated in some fun icebreaker games to get to know one another better. The club then got their creative on for saddle charm making January 23rd, which was organized thanks to a couple of very crafty creative parents! Finally, on January 27th, we met at Okanagan Firestorm Cheerleading for some team building exercises lead by former Kelowna Hoofbeat Nikki Parrotta. Members and parents both had a chance to get to know one another and participate in some “stepping out of your comfort zone” team building challenges! We are looking forward to warmer weather and longer riding days which are hopefully right around the corner.

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Tracy Carver

Joanie Thompson and Ian MacLean, two of the hard-working members of our IMGE Planning Committee


his year, the BC Lower Mainland Pony Club has the honour of hosting the 2017 International Mounted Games Exchange (IMGE), an event that only comes to Canada once every four years. What is IMGE? According to the Pony Club IMGE Rules, Regulations and Guidelines, this annual international competition brings together teams from Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United States of America, to compete in Prince Philip Games (gymkhana games ridden on ponies). Their goal is for team members to meet and exchange viewpoints and in so doing gain a greater understanding of each of the participating nations. Not only does this broaden the perspectives of each competitor, but it also broadens the scope of the Pony Club movement worldwide. Starting 44 • March 2017


with the 2009 IMGE competition hosted by Canada, the games have been held each year rotating between the four associated countries. Teams are comprised of five competitors aged under 16 as of January 1 of the competition year, and are ambassadors of the countries they are representing. These exceptional young pony club members are not only skilled riders with honed experience in Prince Philip Games, but they have been selected based on their displays of sportsmanship, team spirit and willingness to participate in all activities planned by the host country. And planning there has been! For the past few months, our IMGE committee has been planning a 17-day adventure showcasing the wide variety of experiences only British

Columbia can offer. Beginning July 1, our international competitors will have the trip of a lifetime, with a tour of Granville Island followed by a dinner cruise to take in the Canada Day fireworks, then a day spent at Thunderbird to take in the West Coast Classic. Next are two days filled with biking around Stanley Park, taking in the Vancouver Aquarium, and even hiking the Grouse Grind. Then it will be off to Vancouver Island for a few days to explore the sights and meet some of our Vancouver Island Pony Club members. Upon the IMGE teams’ return, they will be treated to a visit to Whistler where, in addition to exploring the world famous resort town, they will experience zip-lining and whitewater rafting, Canadian style. Crescent Beach is next on the tour, with a beach day of sun and fun planned, then more of our local sights and shopping for the team members to experience and explore. Concluding their tour will be the highlight of the trip: the IMGE Event itself. The Prince Philip Games are being hosted by Campbell Valley Park in Langley on Saturday, July 16th, and the general public is welcome to come out and watch as our international teams compete on ponies provided by our BCLM region. Games such as Bending Poles, Tack Shop, Bursting Balloons, Hurdles, Two Flag, and Wizard’s Castle, among many others, will be the focus of this international PPG event. This CPC international event promises to be full of thrills and excitement, and we invite everyone to come early and stay late to watch; seating will be provided for spectators, or bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the sunshine and the show!

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


ello March… good riddance to February and all that snow. I know many mini owners were shoveling most of February just to make paths for our vertically challenged horses! March should be a busy month for the mini club with an appearance at the LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar, a pub night and hopefully another fun day with an Easter twist. We are always aiming to keep our members busy. We will hopefully be having another Casey Campbell clinic again this year as he was so well received the last time he was up from California. We are also looking at some new ventures for our Spring Classic show in June. Once again we will be at Heritage Park in Chilliwack and we are hoping to add some jackpot classes this year. So not only can you come out and show in a full slate of AMHA and AMHR approved classes but you may be able to win some Loot!! Don’t forget about our wonderful exhibitor social and our wonderful high points as well. Surely to be a show worth marking on your calendars. Make sure to get your memberships in and become one of our mini family… there really is something for everyone and every horse!

Tennessee Walking Horse News By Marjorie Lacy Left to right: The CRTWH booth at Mane Event 2016 with Karla Hansen and a past president, Ron Bannister. Jo-Anne McDonald with her Century Partner, Snip


he Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse is celebrating its 35th year in 2017 and we have a busy agenda coming up. We’d like to invite you all to come visit us at the Mane Event in Red Deer on April 21-23, where we will once again have a booth in our usual spot. Stop by to visit, look at the displays, and have your questions about Walkers answered! We are currently planning our Annual General Meeting for May 6 at Klondike Victory Farm near Sylvan Lake in Central AB. The 35th AGM will again feature the presentation of awards for our Triple Challenge programs: The Training Levels, which include Trail, Horsemanship, Driving, among others, and the Program For Excellence, in which conformation, gait and disposition are assessed. Members have been videoing this past year and the videos were submitted to an Independent Judges Association certified judge for assessment last fall. It is always so exciting to see the results! And Certificates for those entered in the Ride/Drive Your Walker program are also presented at this time. Along with the AGM we are organizing a two day clinic for May 6-7. This new CRTWH “Connections” Clinic will focus on relaxation, rhythm, balance, communication, connection and forward movement with your horse. It will be a combination of mini clinics on Saturday, which include starting the young horse, in hand ground work, long

lining, harnessing and body work. The skills developed on Saturday will provide the  foundation  and a natural progression to a day of horsemanship under saddle on Sunday. Tennessee Walking Horse owners with experience and expertise will share their knowledge in individual areas. The cost of the clinic is still $120 for CRTWH members and $160 for non-members.  (Stall rental for participants bringing a horse is extra.)  Auditors are welcome, and current CRTWH members are invited to drop in to watch on Saturday before the annual meeting. A limited number of clinic spots are available. Contact Dianne Little at 403-271-7391 or treasurer@crtwh.ca for more details. We also serve an evening meal on Saturday after the meeting and it’s always good fun with great food. So be sure to reserve May 6-7 on your calendar, and plan to attend. In other news, CRTWH is proud to announce our newest Century Partners: Jo-Anne McDonald and her mare, Monteray Snip, who have a combined age of 100. They have been together ever since Snip was foaled in 1985 on their farm near Pouce Coupe BC. Tennessee Walking Horses have been bred at McDonald Farms since 1976, and they still have a herd of over 30 along with four stallions at stud. To read JoAnne and Snip’s story check out our website, crtwh.ca and look for ‘Century Partners’. March 2017


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair The Bazaar Team has worked hard to prepare for the 2017 event. This year we are featuring AQHA Team Wrangler Marty Simper for two 2 hour clinics on the fast growing class Ranch Riding/Ranch Pleasure. Another highlight is Country Music star Karen Lee Batten! We also have agility dogs, dancers, vaulters, musical theatre and so much more! We have our trade show, used tack sale and a kid zone! All for just $5 admission! We are also taking donations for Basics for Babies. JR FM will be there with a FREE BBQ! So much to offer… at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley March 12th! No Bling Spring Fling - April 1st and 2nd Four judges and two breeds for a great start to the show season! Exhibitors are encouraged to leave the glitter and glamour at home and enjoy a low key feel to this show. We have a Ranch Riding Stake with $850 added, High Points and Reserves, Back Draws and more! Take advantage of our awesome flat rate and show all weekend. APHA, AQHA and All Breed classes. We will also be holding the AQHA Walk Trot Division that was introduced last year. Join us at Thunderbird Show Park. West Coast Summer Classic - July 21-23 This is our big prize show! 4 judges, AQHA and All Breed. This

will host our first futurity from our Breeders Incentive along with other Stakes! We again will be offering our low flat rates... genre at class numbers at the wonderful Thunderbird Show Park. All Novice Show  This fun show is aimed at our grass roots and designed to be inviting and affordable. This year it will be held at Milner Downs in Langley on August 20th. Stay tuned for more details. AQHA Ride Once again Jeneane will be organizing a lovely relaxing weekend away in Merritt at Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Ranch September 8-10. There are big prizes and a great time to be had by all. Cabins and paddocks available! Find: AQHA Ride Merritt 2017 on Facebook.  Volunteers Needed We are still looking for volunteers to help with various things at the shows, etc. Many hands make light work! Please let us know if you can help. Keep updated on our Facebook page and the LMQHA page of BCQHA.com

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

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club

By Nancy Roman


s I write this we are about to have our AGM, and once you read this, we will have had our Tack Sale in Enderby. At this point we are almost sold out of tables. I hope the fundraiser is successful for our club. We have decided to host a Spring Poker Ride (in addition to our Fall ride) at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby on Saturday, May 13th. More details next month. Our Pot O Gold Show has been moved to Sunday, June 11 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds in the Agriplex. This show is open to ALL breeds and offers something for everyone! We welcome back judge Karan Moore. The Gaited Fun Show is on the Saturday, and we are hoping some of the gaited horses will attend our show as we will add a few classes just for them! Hopefully this date change and strategy works for both clubs. And we are expecting entries in advance, in order to determine if the show is a go or not. It will be cancelled if not enough advance entries. Stay tuned! Or look for updates on our Facebook page.

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Pot O Gold Show welcomes all breeds

BC Rodeo Association 2017 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE Apr 21-23: 27th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Apr 29-30: Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo May 21-22: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 27-28: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 3-4: 70th Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 10-11: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton July 1-2: Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 8-9: Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 8-9: Pritchard Rodeo July 14-16: Quesnel Rodeo July 22-23: Alkali Lake Rodeo Aug 5-6: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 11-13: Redstone Rodeo Aug 19-20: Aug 19-20: Prince George Rodeo Aug 26-27: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 2-4: TBA BCRA Championship Finals Falkland Rodeo TBA Left: Taylan James Peewee Barrel Racing Season Leader 2016 Bottom left: Riley Isnardy 2016 Team Roping Heeler Season Leader 2016 Bottom right: Ryan MacNaughton 2016 Team Roping Header Season Leader 2016

MEMBERSHIPS: Membership forms are now available on the website under Member Information and then Member Forms. WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO The BCRA starts off the 2017 season with the action packed Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo with action starting on Friday, April 21st and continuing on Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd. 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 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 250-398-3334. Check out their website for admission prices: www.wlindoor.com NECHAKO VALLEY RODEO ASSOCIATION INDOOR RODEO The Nechako Valley Rodeo Association will be hosting another one of their great indoor rodeos, April 29th & 30th 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 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 Peewee Barrel Racing and Peewee Pole Bending for the younger kids. This year they are offering the Novice Bareback, Novice Saddle Bronc and Novice Bull Riding for those that would like to try it and get started in rodeo. Local Entries Open: April 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at 250-567-0605. Check out our website for more information: www.rodeobc.com THANK YOU TO OUR GREAT SPONSORS THAT ARE ON BOARD FOR 2017! If you would like to help support the cowboy way and become a sponsor, please check out our partnership options on our website at www. rodeobc.com

West Fraser Truckers Association

Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake

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

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

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

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

March 2017


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




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

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

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.chilliwackridingclub.ca


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


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

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com

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The Equine Foundation of Canada 6/17

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca 7/17 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 6/17 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 12/17 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, bclmponyclub@gmail.com 3/18 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 3/17 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, cathyglover@telus.net 10/17

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

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

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

BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-381-2245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, www.bcrcha.com 9/17 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@shaw.ca, www.rodeobc.com 8/17 Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!! www.bctpca.net


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


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


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Clubs & Associations 6/17 5/16

100 Mile & District Outriders

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

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

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

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

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www.paalh.com; paalhinfo@gmail.com; 250-992-1168 4/17 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 2/18




SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 7/17 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, www.vernonridingclub.com, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 7/17 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 6/17

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2017 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com


(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1 pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (tba) SCHOOL OF LEGERETE CLINIC w/Isla Adderson, Winnipeg MB, Teri tsd28@shaw.ca, www.forthehorse.com (ongoing) CAVALIA – ODYSSEO runs almost daily in Vancouver BC, dates and tickets at www.cavalia.net 4 TACK SALE (tables for rent), hosted by BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, Enderby Drill Hall on Hwy 97, Enderby BC, info Nancy 250-546-9922 10-12 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE CLINIC w/Isla Adderson, (private clinic) Calgary AB, www.forthehorse.com 12 QUARTER HORSE BAZAAR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, mellissa1@hotmail.com 12 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Floor 3, 10am, chilliwackridingclub@gmail.com, www.crchorse.ca 12 SPRING CLEANUP DAY, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 16-19 KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Coast Hotel, Kamloops BC, Mark 1-888-763-2221, www.bcchs.com 17-19 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Blackstock’s arena, Chilliwack BC, Karin 604-793-8147, karinsmith@shaw.ca, 25 BOTTLE DRIVE FUNDRAISER for Yarrow Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC. Bring your cans & bottles to the Yarrow Community Hall from 10-3, http://bchorsemen.org 25 SPRING CLEANUP DAY, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 25-31 EDMONTON AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 26 FRASER VALLEY REINING CLUB SCHOOLING SHOW, Murray Creek Ranch, Langley BC, FVRC Chapter, info at wcra.info or call Wendy 604-855-5406 26 MISSION HORSE CLUB, Season Opener English, Western & Games, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or martyeyes@hotmail.com


(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1 pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367

(Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (tba) SCHOOL OF LEGERETE CLINIC w/Isla Adderson, Whitehorse YK, Angela angelajre@gmail.com, www.forthehorse.com (tba) WESTERN DRESSAGE/CLASSICAL DRESSAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Training For Courage Center, Kelowna BC, tfcpauldufresne@gmail.com, Paul 250-317-7725 1-2 LEAHONA ROWLAND EVENTING CLINIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 2 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Floor 3, 10am, chilliwackridingclub@gmail.com, www.crchorse.ca 3-May 12 KAMLOOPS BC, Advanced 6 week Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca 8 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015,www.langleyriders.com 8 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB HORSE SHOW, Heritage Park, Sand Ring 1, 9am, chilliwackridingclub@gmail.com, www.crchorse.ca 8 ALL ABOUT HORSES DAY (from 8-2) at CJ Brooks, Chilliwack BC, Rose Schroeder milkmaidrose@gmail.com or 604-897-0700 9 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or martyeyes@hotmail.com 13-16 LONE PINE RANCH EVENT, Tony & Tina’s Wedding Dinner Theatre, Vernon BC, Dee 250-307-5655, www.lonepineranchbc.com 15-16 PONY CLUB EVENTING CLINIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com 16 AERC HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 19-21 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Open Clinic, Chase BC, www.forthehorse.com 21-23 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 1-844-578-7518, www.maneeventexpo.com 21-23 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE CLINIC w/Isla Adderson, (private clinic) Calgary AB, www.forthehorse.com 21-23 EQUI-LIFE SPRING FEVER H/J SHOW, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, www.kelownaridingclub.com

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Ask for Chilliwack Heritage Park rate LSPECI East of Heritage Park at mall & restaurants

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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 12/17 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch ED BASTAC (South Okanagan/Similkameen) 250-770-0214, Animal Bedding, Dry sterile Pine shavings, 55-120 cu. yd. loads delivered. 12/17 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 8/17

BOARDING/RETIREMENT/rehab DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. www.dreamscaperanch.com 12/17 TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, recreational, rest, retirement or rehab. https://www.facebook.com/turningpointranchandapiary/ 3/18


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CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 11/17 GARRY’S SADDLE SHOP (Grand Forks BC) 250-584-4654 Custom Saddles, Tack, Chaps, Scabbards, Holsters. 6/17 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 3/17 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net March 2017




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

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TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 3/18 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 4/17 ALUMINUM • STEEL • STAINLESS Jump Standards • Tack Boxes Repairs & Modifications Custom Stalls • Gates 5/17

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250-808-0738 (Kelowna BC) See Damarhe Training on FB


DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), www.frenchclassicaldressage.ca Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 6/17 5/17

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com

7/17 6/16


250-540-4527 • VERNON BC


Western & Dressage Coach, Mountain Trail Course Designer. Clinics/private sessions in mountain & standard trail, ground work, round corral, ponying, desensitizing, balanced riding on/off site. Confidence building through patience & respect. RSTER FEcoaching Join us at our indoor/outdoor trail course.

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 6/17 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 3/17 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 3/18 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 4/17 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylanghorsemanship.com 4/17 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre, Liveblood.org, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 3/17

your listing should be here Call Nancy 1-866-546-9922

Business Services VETERINARIANS ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 6/17 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-747-3053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 11/17 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 8/17 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 6/17 interior veterinary health services (S & Central OK) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Cert. Vet. Chiropractor 4/17 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 2/18 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 8/17 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 4/17 SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069, Large and small animal vets, on-call 24/7 for emergencies, www.shuswapvet.com 7/17 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 3/17

year-round listings starting at $ 250 per year! Stallions & Breeders

Appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 5/17 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 12/17 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 3/17 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 12/17 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy

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

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

Breeders, g your listin should be here!

SVR ROYaL CHECKMaTE 1996 AQHA Perlino Stallion

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

BaNDITOS GOLD DIGGER 2000 AQHA Buckskin Stallion Dual Pep/Docs Oak/Old Tom Cat/Poco Bueno


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


March 2017


On The Market (Private Sale)

Breeding old style Foundation Quarter Horses with:

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



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

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

Visit PHAC.ca for more Information on this Incredible Breed! 3/17



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




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

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

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Leather & Stitches

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

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free If it’s FREE, we print for FREE FREE TO A GOOD HOME – 4 yr old registered black & white Paint gelding, 15.1HH. Loves liberty work, agility, and in-hand trail. Not rideable due to stifle problems. Can haul to the mainland. 250-951-5443, dorothydeets2004@gmail.com (Nanoose Bay/Vanc. Island)

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HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 5/17 March 2017


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