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Historic Kin Race Track in Peril By Sorrel Schoenberger Photos courtesy of Maria Besso

Kin Race Track holds the honour of being Canada’s oldest operating race track located in Vernon BC. The land was originally purchased by Cornelius O’Keefe and the first races were held in 1885. The Kinsmen took control of the race track in the 1930s, and this is when the track became known as Kin Race Track.


he Kinsmen operated the track for many years, hosting racing as well as stampedes. In 1964 the Kinsmen and the Vernon Jockey Club donated the track to the City of Vernon for the amount of $1, with the express condition that the land continues to be used for horse racing and equestrian activities. The site is currently directed by the not-for-profit Okanagan Equestrian Society (OES). Horse racing at Kin is, and always has been, a popular event, drawing large crowds of racegoers and horse lovers. The grounds are packed with enthusiastic horse racing fans of all ages, who turn out to cheer on their favourites and revel in the majestic beauty of these superb equine athletes. Other popular equestrian activities hosted at the site include High Jump competitions, riding demonstrations and barrel racing. In recent years the facility has fallen into disrepair, due to dispute over the historic covenant regarding the use of the race track and the maintenance of the facility. All efforts to negotiate a resolution between the OES and the City of Vernon have proven

fruitless, and the City has taken the OES to court. The trial will be heard in the Supreme Court of Canada in late July of this year. The OES is working to raise funds for its legal defense. The OES is doing everything it can to keep the site an equestrian and agricultural facility for all to enjoy. Legal costs are expensive and the OES is undertaking several fundraising efforts. Debentures, a type of interest-paying loan, are available for purchase at $250. For more information or to purchase a debenture, contact Jen Pace at A GoFundMe account has been created for those who wish to donate to the cause and can be found at www. kin-park. Donations and debentures go to covering the legal costs incurred by the trial, and the eventual rebuilding of Kin Park for horse racing and equestrian events. The OES is committed to the rebuilding of Kin Race Track and the ongoing use of the facility for all equestrian activities for future generations to enjoy. We recognize the important role agriculture and the horse have played in our local history, and want to see this historic site preserved for what it was originally gifted for: HORSE RACING AND EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES. UPCOMING FUNDRAISER: Check off Saturday, May 20 on your calendar. That’s when the OES is hosting a fundraising dinner, dance and silent auction at the ANAF hall, located at 2500 - 46 Avenue, in Vernon, across from Home Hardware on 27th Street. The event will feature popular local musician Aaron Gordon and friends. If you’d like to support our efforts to save this wonderful part of our community, tickets are $25 and can be purchased through Ticket Seller at www. Come out with your friends and enjoy a tasty steak or chicken dinner, listen to some great live music and bid on a fantastic selection of auction items.

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e’ve just wrapped up the May issue, and I will be heading to Red Deer for the annual Mane Event. Still have my studded tires on… as it always snows one day while I am there! But you never know what the higher passes will be like – so better safe than ‘off the road’. Canada’s oldest horse racing track needs our help… Kin Race Park in Vernon BC is at a standstill due to legal issues… see more on page 3. I am really appreciating Dr. Dana Bloomquist’s ‘exercise’ articles… now if I would just commit and set a time aside and actually do them! But work… and horses… always seem to get in the way! I know…excuses! The 55+ BC Games are coming up in our (Okanagan) backyard… I hope to see all equestrians (riders and drivers) age 55 and over supporting this event. When I visited the Games in Kamloops 2013 I heard great feedback on how relaxed the event was, no pressure amongst piers, and everyone was friendly, supportive and helpful. They all actually had some fun! This is how a show should be! OOPS… Although this is not a show… it’s a ‘Sporting’ event… and we need to support it! Or we will lose ‘Equestrian’ altogether in the 55+ BC Games. Entry deadline is June 30… come on 55+ let’s prove how big this horse community really is! Until next month…

Nancy ON THE COVER: Old Baldy Ranch, CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Birgit Stutz, Lisa Wieben, Glenn Stewart, Christa Miremadi, Dr. Dana Bloomquist, Clinton Anderson, Sorrel Schoenberger, Jackie Evans, Devanee Cardinal, Mark McMillan, Tahn Towns, Bruce A. Roy. OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association, BC Rodeo Association.


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FEATURES Kin Race Park Needs Our Help 3 55+ BC Games 5 & 28 A Look in the Mirror 6 Hip Mobility for the Equestrian 8 Western Dressage, Square Exercise 10 12 Slow Feeder Systems – Part 2 Unreasonable Pressure – Part 2 14 Clinton Anderson Horsemanship 16 Overseas Market for Draft Horses 18 20th Annual Gaited Horse ‘Fun’ Show 19 BRONCitis 20 Cowboy Festival Review 22

Our Regulars Cariboo Chatter 24 Top Dog! 26 Horse Council BC 28 KIDS 29 BC Rodeo Association 35 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 36 Back Country Horsemen of BC 37 Clubs/Associations 38 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 39 Business Services 41 Rural Roots (real estate) 44 45 On The Market (photo ads) Stallions/Breeders 46 Shop & Swap 47

Join us at the 30th Annual 55+ BC Games September 12-16, 2017

many years. The 55+ BC Games is an annual multi-sport competition celebrating active, healthy seniors, 55+. There are 27 sports and activities being offered including EQUESTRIAN which is being held at the IPE Fairgrounds in Armstrong on Thursday and Friday, September 14-15. The disciplines being offered to our 55+ riders and drivers are: Dressage, Western Dressage, Mountain Trail, Western Performance (Ranch Riding & Ranch Trail Horse), and Driving; with two age divisions 55-64 and 65+. You do not need to qualify for the 55+ Games – everyone is welcome. Entries must be received by HCBC by June 30, 2017.


Equestrians at Kamloops 2013 ver 3500 athletes, officials and supporters, and over 1200 volunteers and fans will converge upon Vernon and area for one of the largest community celebrations sport has seen in

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Horsemanship: A Look in the Mirror Mirror By Glenn Stewart

Look in the mirror. That’s where it’s all at. Know that what you see is what you get and what you get is fantastic.


hen it comes to playing with horses, and really about anything else I can think of, we are really working with ourselves. Any trouble we may be having as we work with our horses is something to be excited about because it’s an opportunity to learn. Where we struggle is where we grow, stretch, and become more. Too often it seems that people look at struggle or being uncomfortable as a bad thing. It is actually a good thing, something to maybe be grateful for. The only way to never have troubles or stress is to be dead. Learning is an ongoing series of feelings. You know when you’re trying to accomplish something with your horse and it’s difficult you’re in a major learning curve Yippee! You’re progressing and moving forward. We can choose to be excited and fascinated, or frustrated, mad, and sad. Horsemanship is a process of discoveries and having a program can help you read a horse and develop the skills like feel and timing. I often ask people, “What are the two things that horses love more than anything in the world?” You can’t buy them. You’re not born with them. Nobody can give them to you. But you can develop them. Those two things are feel and timing. You have to work at it, but it can be very fun, fulfilling and rewarding if you view it that way.

We don’t know what we Some might be too confident while others don’t know which might be too critical is just fine. There is no way to know until we get some guidance from someone or stumble across it on our own. Then we know that one thing, but there will still be a lot of other things we don’t know. Once we discover something we didn’t know then we can start the process of trying to be able to actually do it. I have people that really would like some help with horsemanship skills but are so worried that someone might see them learning so they never get the help that they so badly want. Other people do show up but say things like, “I can’t…” or “This/that doesn’t work…” or “I’m totally messing up everything…” meanwhile I just watched them do the exact thing they think they can’t do. Other times the person is so close to getting a major breakthrough but won’t stick with it. They might be two tries away or one minute from getting something accomplished but they give up just before it happens. Then they start again and give up again just before it happens. They might spend hours or weeks doing

“Learning” is moving forward, being progressive, and strengthening the mind and body, which is something to be admired.

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the same thing but stopping 30 seconds too early. If we haven’t accomplished some of these things often, we don’t know that many are just right there – a breath away. If we are learning, we might not know that we just got something amazing because we are looking for something else. I like to tease folks when they say, “I can’t go to a clinic because I don’t like people watching me.” I tease them and ask them why they think they are so important that everyone came to watch them. Other folks say, “I can’t do anything right.” That’s obviously not true so why even say it? It only causes your brain to try and prove you right and look for reasons to back up what you said. Even if that was true, which it is not, then fantastic: you’ve got lots of things to learn and just think how amazing your world will be as you start doing things right. I’ve started over 2000 colts and I’m still learning. That’s why I’m so passionate about what I do because thanks to the horse I get to always discover more ways to improve and grow. “Learning” is moving forward, being progressive, and strengthening the mind and body, which is something to be admired. Our horses are thrilled when we go out and learn and improve our skills because they benefit from it. We need to always remind ourselves that the only way to not make any mistakes is to not do anything. The more forward and progressive you are, the more you might stumble. Support yourself in your learning with positive thoughts and comments. Know that hiding from or staying away from difficulties doesn’t make them go away. The more we learn, the more exhilarating it becomes and our horses benefit. All of a sudden there are great horses everywhere. Be your own best and have fun doing it.

Have an honest look at yourself. If you like what you see, keep it up; if you do not, then change it!

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Hip Mobility for the Equestrian By Dr. Dana Bloomquist, BKin, DC Are your hips feeling tight or stiff? Do you notice difficulty in reaching your foot up to the stirrup to get into the saddle? This article will break down three stretches you can do to help increase the range of motion of your hips.


ost of us spend the majority of the day seated at work, in class, in the car and at home. This can result in pain or tightness in the hips and low back. Studies show an association between a decrease in hip range of motion and low back pain. This seems to be even more prevalent if there is a difference between the range of motion of one hip versus the other 1. As equestrians, we require mobility in our hips to get in and out of the saddle and to follow the movement of the horse. Try implementing the following stretches into your lifestyle if you are experiencing hip tightness. Figure 4 stretch

Start by lying on your back. Bend your left leg at the knee and bring your right leg so that the lower leg rests on your left thigh, just below your knee. For some of you, this position in itself is a stretch. If you do not feel the stretch yet, reach through your legs, pulling your thigh towards you. You should feel this in the back of your right hip, the gluteal region. Hold for 15- 30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Adductor stretch Kneeling on your right leg, keep your left leg straight, and bring it out to the side. Set your hips back behind you and try to keep your back straight to prevent excess strain on it. Make sure both toes are pointing forwards. You should feel this stretch on the inside of your left 8 • may 2017


thigh, in your adductor or “groin” region. Hold for 15- 30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Hip flexor stretch Start by taking a half-kneeling position, with your right leg forward. Put your hand on your hips, finding the bony point at the front of your right hip. Allow this to come forward, while your upper body stays straight. To increase the stretch, lean back with your upper body slightly. You should feel this stretch in the front part of your left hip, or hip flexor region. Hold for 15- 30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Tips You should feel tension during each stretch, but not pain. Do the above static stretches when the muscles are warmed up (after a ride or workout) rather than before. Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. Each individual should consult with their primary health care provider for medical advice before starting a new fitness routine. 1: Reiman, M. P., Weisbach, P. C., & Glynn, P. E. (2009). The Hip’s Influence on Low Back Pain: A Distal Link to a Proximal Problem. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation,18(1), 24-32. doi:10.1123/jsr.18.1.24

Dr. Bloomquist has been riding since age 10. A few falls from horseback resulted in her trying out chiropractic. She was impressed and chose to pursue a career in it, graduating from PCCW (San Jose, California) after completing a Kinesiology degree at UFV (Abbotsford). She currently practices at Legacies Health Centre in South Surrey and enjoys riding her friend’s horses in her spare time. Visit www.legacieshealthcentre. ca for more information. (See her listing in our Business Services section under ‘Chiropractic’)

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Western Dressage -- Square Exercise By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

Photos by Lisa Wieben

In this month’s issue, we will take the reader through an exercise that we call the square exercise. Performing various schooling exercises with your horse will increase your horse’s suppleness, flexibility, obedience, and responsiveness to the rider’s aids.


efore attempting the exercise, the horse and rider pair should be able to correctly perform a turn on the forehand and a turn on the haunches. If you would like to review how to correctly perform a turn on the forehand, please refer to our article in the August 2016 issue of Saddle Up. To read up on how to execute a turn on the haunches, please refer to the articles in the September and October 2016 issues of Saddle Up. The articles can also be found online at and Before you begin the exercise, set up a 15 to 20-metre square with four pylons. Begin the exercise at a working walk. Part 1: Square with turns on the forehand At each corner, halt with the horse’s shoulders just past the pylon, perform a quarter turn on the forehand, then proceed in walk. The horse should keep a four-beat rhythm during the turn as the front end steps in place and the hind end crosses, inside leg in front of outside leg, to complete the turn. Once in the halt the rider will tip the horse’s nose in the direction of travel, toward the next pylon on the square. The rider

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will then position her own body in the same direction, while positioning her inside leg back to move the haunches over, away from the square. By using press and release pressure with the leg, in time with the horse’s swing of the barrel, the horse will make the turn one step at a time, without rushing. The outside leg supports and maintains straightness as well as blocking the horse from going past the point needed to proceed to the next corner. The outside rein supports, preventing overbending and forward steps. It will also keep the outside shoulder from “leaking out.” The inside rein The rider is turning in the direction maintains bend. The rider of the turn; the horse is crossing should sit tall and straight and over behind. keep her eyes up throughout the movement looking toward the next corner. Make sure to perform the exercise in both directions. Part 2: Square with turns on the haunches At each corner halt with the horse’s haunches past the pylon and perform a quarter turn on the haunches, then proceed in walk. In the halt, the rider will once again tip the horse’s nose slightly in the direction of the turn while turning her body in the direction. The rider’s inside leg maintains bend and prevents the horse from overstepping into the square after the turn while the outside rein determines the amount of bend and also prevents overstepping. The outside leg should be positioned back slightly to prevent the haunches from shifting to the outside during the turn and to The horse is bent in the direction of the turn; the rider maintains an press the horse in the direction inside bending leg and an outside of travel, using press and release pressure. Half-halts (squeeze pressing leg.

and release) will keep the steps of the hind legs small during the turn. Variations of the exercise To add some variation to part 1 and part 2, you can add working jog in-between each corner, halt and turn. To make the exercise more difficult, take out the halt and use half-halts to shorten the horse’s steps before performing the turn on the forehand or turn on the haunches, maintaining forward energy throughout the turns. In-between doing turns on the forehand and turns on the haunches we like to take the horse to the rail and do some lengthening jog on the long sides and working jog on the short sides of the arena or maybe a nice lope circle. After doing the more collected work of the turns, it is beneficial to give the horse a “mental break,” and moving forward is always a nice break! You will notice your horse will have more power after working on the

The horse maintains a four-beat rhythm while stepping around the turn. The rider is half-halting on the outside rein to keep the hind steps smaller while the front end reaches around the turn.

The horse is crossing over in the front while the hind legs maintain the walking rhythm.

turns as both of the turns get the horse stepping further under its body. Have fun! A note about the rider in this series of photos: Jacklyn Hegberg is an amateur rider who competes in Level 1/2 with her horse Chip N at Midnite. In 2016, she was World Champion Youth in Level 1 and Reserve Basic at the WDAA World Show. In these photos, she is riding Itsa Rio Snazzy Zip, owned by Lisa Wieben.

Lisa Wieben is a versatile riding coach and trainer, balancing her skills as a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Western Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer. Currently specializing in Western and English Dressage, she trains youth, adult amateurs and professionals, as well as coaching a local 4H group at her facility near Bowden/Olds, AB. Through dressage and foundational training, she helps riders of all disciplines create stronger partnerships with their horses. Also, as a Hanna Somatic Instructor and Practitioner in Training, Lisa works with riders, in class or privately, learning movement exercises that target specific muscle issues in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and overuse. Her approach, using Dressage, Centered Riding, Irwin Insights principles, and Somatics, all come together to develop a balanced rider and a balanced horse. Her website is Birgit Stutz is an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer and offers horse training, riding lessons in the English and Western disciplines, horsemanship clinics, mentorship programs, intensive horsemanship courses, workshops, short courses and demonstrations on various topics, as well as working student programs at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language, biomechanics, as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Her website is (See their listings in our Business Services section under ‘Trainers’)

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Slow Feeder Systems - Part 2 By Tahn Towns Feeder Differences, Transitioning, Placement, Safety and Design


art 1 of this series (see the April issue) dealt with the individual horse’s ability to use different styles of feeders, hay types and how different feeders affect hay delivery. These are important points that need to be considered for the safe and successful use of a slow feeder system.

Your horse’s head should be at the same angle it would be when nipping off grass in the pasture. Maintaining this nose-down angle helps maintain proper wear angles on the teeth and provides natural nose and respiratory tract drainage.

Feeder Differences Some slow feeder designs require the horse to pull the hay through a plastic or metal grid or hole, and it is important to ensure that the openings are large enough to allow the horse to reach the hay and grasp it. The sizing on solid openings on metal bars or plastic grids cannot be compared to hay net openings! Remember -- metal bars and plastic holes DO NOT FLEX or BEND the same way as a hay net! This means that the horse cannot push into the grid/ grate to reach a mouthful of hay. When a horse presses his nose hard onto the grid/grate, struggling to make his lips reach the hay

below, he can damage his teeth and gums. A loose guideline for grate/ grid openings is that they need to be no smaller than 3” x 8” (for 800 to 1200lb horses). The spacing must allow the horse to get his teeth onto the hay without hitting the grate material. The opening must also allow the bite of hay to be pulled through the grate/ opening with relative ease. Very largemouthed horses have been known to get their teeth/jaw stuck in some smaller grid configurations. Watching your horse as well as lifting his lips to peek at his teeth and gums every few weeks is essential when using any kind of slow feeder system.

Feeder Transitioning When transitioning horses from one type of feeding system to another, plan on doing it slowly by combining the two styles of feeding in an appropriate manner so that the horse won’t go

This horse is eating in a deep bunk and cannot see behind her. hungry, but still learns to use the new slow feeding arrangement. Horse owners report that transition times can take anywhere from one to six weeks, depending upon the style of feeder being introduced, the horse’s ability to operate it, and the horse’s past feeding experience and current status of metabolic function. Some horses that have been used to grabbing 12 • may 2017


the horse’s head increase the large mouthfuls from a pile risk of respiratory distress of hay will likely take a few due to the continual intake weeks to develop their lip of dust/mold into the lungs. coordination - and patience These types of deep feeders - until they are comfortable also block the horse’s ability wrestling a few stems at a to maintain visual contact time out of a mesh net. Other with his surroundings horses that have been used while eating, resulting in to getting a portion of hay unnecessary kicking and (possibly having to compete dangerous startle responses. with other horses), and then Feeders that Swing, Roll or standing hungry for several Hang hours may take even more Feeders that swing, time to adjust to having Two of these horses had a good meal; the third one hardly got anything. roll or hang in mid-air hay available 24/7. When require considerable and introduced to full-time slow feeder systems, they seem to eat continuously for the first few constant neck and head movement during the entire eating weeks (to our horror!) and, while we think that these horses are period. There is growing concern among equine health specialists simply afraid of not having their next meal readily available that this continuous movement in an unnatural position may be (highly likely), the other consideration for these types of continual detrimental to the head/neck musculature of the horse. Clipping a hay net into the bottom of a feed bunk can remedy this problemeaters is that their metabolic function may be improperly “set.” Horses that seem to be “starving” all the time may take and keep the leaves from winding up in the mud. several weeks to finally quit eating 24/7. Many of them have their microbial gut/brain link compromised, so they are unable to Key for Success Choosing a suitable slow feeder system and transitioning a register a “full gut feeling.” When this satiety mechanism is not operating properly, they really do think they are starving! While horse to it can be more successful for the horse and owner when there are many factors that must be considered in metabolic the horse’s needs for safe and healthy hay delivery are understood challenges, routine (non-stressful) exercise and the inclusion of and sufficient time is given for the horse to adjust to regulating a high-quality prebiotic and probiotic into the diet can assist his intake. Watch for the third instalment in this series in next month’s their systems in re-balancing. With a high nutrition program and roughage available 24/7 (or very close to it), many of these horses Saddle Up. eventually adjust their eating habits and relax into the normal horsey pattern of “nibble and nap.” Design Considerations When the horse takes a bite and chews, his head should be at the same angle it would be when nipping off grass in the pasture. Maintaining this nose-down angle helps maintain proper wear angles on the teeth and provides natural nose and respiratory tract drainage. Feeders placed above eye level create potential eye damage from dust/debris falling into the face, as well as increasing the inhalation of dust into the lungs. Deep hay bunks that engulf

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Unreasonable Pressure-Part2 By Christa Miremadi • Photos by Tina Harnett

Leading by a leg, as discussed last month, is an incredibly valuable skill that not only helps your horse learn to problem, solve and think his way through unreasonable pressure, but also helps him with future learning. It can prevent future injuries if he’s caught up in a fence and it can protect the humans in his life from a dangerous situation involving a panicked flight reaction to having a leg caught.


his is a “must do” on my check list, right alongside helping a young or under-educated horse learn to understand and respond safely to pressure from the halter. I don’t know if you’ve ever been witness to a “pull back” but I have, many times. It’s scary as hell, it’s dangerous and there’s really not much you can do but wait to see how it’ll turn out. A “pull back” is when a horse is tied to a post, fence, wall, trailer, tree (or another solid structure) and something scares him. He throws his weight back with all his strength and fights his halter… HARD! This is incredibly dangerous for the horse. If he does this inside a standing stall or trailer and there’s a person with him, it can become disastrous! A horse can crush a person or injure his own poll, head or neck in the struggle to free himself. If he manages to break the rope, halter or whatever he’s tied to, he can fall over backwards, in some cases doing irreparable damage to himself. If he loses his footing and falls, he could break his neck or a leg and may not survive the ordeal. This can be absolutely traumatizing for anyone who is a witness to it. Although a quick release knot is meant to prevent this, it’s not often that they are pulled in time. I have more than a few stories I could share about “pull backs.” I’ve seen horses fall, flip over and even saw a young filly devastatingly break her shoulder. My own horse Cisco has broken lead ropes and halters, pulled rings out of the wall and slipped out of halters completely… He’s even pulled the hitching rail right off its posts! Now approaching 15 years old, I’ve accepted that this was a piece of his “early learning” that was not missed, but mistaught. As a result, he’s not prepared to cope with pressure at his head in a productive way. Unfortunately, he’s actually prepared to cope in an UNproductive way! I was not involved in his early learning, so I don’t know his “story,” but somewhere along the way, Cisco actually learned he can break things. After a “pull-back” he was rewarded with: A. The removal of the pressure. B. Freedom to go where he chooses. C. Very often, grass, when he found a patch close by before he was caught again. Through pressure, release and reward he’s learned that if he feels

pressure, the best way to get a release is to fight. Hard. This learning is very powerful and sometimes next to impossible to undo. There’s an old saying about horses. “A horse may often forgive but they’ll never forget.” This is very true. Sometimes a horse, through mishandling or through an unfortunate accident, can learn something we don’t want them to know and then it’s much, much harder to replace that learning with a more desirable response. Sometimes it isn’t possible at all and that’s why this particular lesson is so important! So, how does one prevent a “pull back?” Simple! You can’t. Sorry, but there’s no way to eliminate this phenomenon from being a possibility and anyone who says there is, is selling something. What you CAN do is help to provide your horse with the skills to think his way through unreasonable pressure and a lot of practice giving to his halter, both with his head and with his feet. This is, both fortunately and unfortunately, one of the easiest things to teach your horse and you have more opportunities to work on this one thing than pretty well any other skill. Fortunately: because with awareness and understanding, you can greatly improve your horse’s quality of life and your relationship with him by simply implementing a few simple tasks every time you halter or un-halter your horse. Unfortunately: because without awareness or understanding you can negatively impact your horse’s quality of life and your relationship with him by simply haltering and un-haltering your horse. Horses learn through pressure and release. If they feel pressure and then that pressure is released, they learn whatever they did just before the pressure went away was the best way to respond to pressure in order to get the release. If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with an unspoiled horse, you’ll be able to use this to help him learn to give his head, neck and feet to pressure in the halter and, as a result, prevent many dangerous and scary situations from escalating. To start, I recommend using a rope halter, although it’s not a must. Any halter will provide pressure that your horse will seek release from but a rope halter can provide a little more motivation to seek release than a flat leather or web halter due to its smaller surface area and weight distribution. As a rule, every time I halter my horse, as I tie the knot (or do up the buckle) I keep my hands on the halter and provide a gentle,

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These two pictures show my husband, Amin “Pinto” Miremadi, working with a young Arab colt, “Cool Hand Luke.” This horse had almost no handling prior to this and was very flighty and nervous. They worked on haltering and lowering his head in preparation for saddling and his first ride later that weekend.

downward pressure before removing my hands from the halter. My horses all know this routine well now and quickly drop their head away from the pressure. As soon as they lower their head, I release the halter. This is the most important part! The pressure I apply is done in such a way that they’ll actually provide their own release. It’s built in. If they lower their head, I do not follow them down. If they lift their head, I’ll hold my ground, just as the pressure would build if I were pushing my shoulder into a wall. The wall wouldn’t push back but it also won’t budge. I become the wall and although (due to the fact that I am small and weigh a lot less than my horse!) I may move a little, my pressure will become much more uncomfortable until my horse gives. I will not contribute to the pressure they create for themselves but I won’t protect them from it either. They’ll need to find their own way off the pressure. When they do, this in and of itself will be a reward. This little “lower your head” trick can come in handy when your horse is startled and you may want to lower his head to interrupt adrenaline release, bring his focus back or help prevent him from bumping his head in a trailer. It’s helpful in so many places and you can practice it literally every time you halter or un-halter your horse and many times in between! This is just one of the three basic halter exercises I review multiple times every session with any horse. The other two are of equal importance. Make sure to check out next month’s Saddle Up to find out what comes next! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services section under ‘Trainers’)

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s a teenager, Clinton apprenticed under Australian horsemen Gordon McKinlay and Ian Francis, studied every book and video he could get his hands on, and even travelled to the United States as a young trainer to learn from the country’s top horsemen at the time. “I’m a firm believer that you never stop learning or adding to your skills,” Clinton shares. “Over the past 25 years, I’ve gained an incredible amount of knowledge and experience.” The culmination of which is the Downunder Horsemanship Method, a step-by-step program that helps owners learn how to communicate effectively with their horses. What separates Clinton’s method from other programs is his focus on safety and achieving results. “No one wants to be around a horse that constantly makes you look over your shoulder with fear,” Clinton explains. “Whether you compete and go to horse shows on the weekends or trail ride every chance you get, being around your horse should be a relaxing, good time. You should enjoy your partnership with him and he should enjoy being around you.” Clinton’s method focuses on earning the horse’s respect through a series of groundwork and riding exercises designed to gain control of the horse’s feet. “When you can control your horse’s feet, you gain confidence, and if you have confidence in your horse and in your ability to control him, you can relax and have fun,” he emphasizes. “My horsemanship method is aimed just as much at helping humans learn how to be knowledgeable leaders for their horses as much as it is about training horses.” Clinton first started sharing his horsemanship method on a public stage in 1998 when he officially established Downunder Horsemanship and began travelling the United States, conducting clinics and tours. By 2001, he became the first clinician to create a television series about horse training for RFD-TV, and today Downunder Horsemanship is one

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he growing overseas market for registered Clydesdale, Percheron, Belgian and Shire horses surfaced once again at the 2017 Mid-America Draft Horse Sale (Gifford, Illinois), where Steffen Dittmar of Laubach, Hesse, Germany, paid $50,000 for Valentine Jill Ann, a 6-year-old Percheron mare of Canadian bloodlines. Sired by Ryan Day Mr. Valinteno, an Ontario-bred horse that was Reserve Grand Champion Stallion at Toronto’s 2007 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair; her maternal grandmother, Timeu Valley Velvet, was the Alberta-bred female, whose eight daughters, granddaughters and grandsons, sold for a figure of $114,000 at the Mid-America Sale. Alberta-bred Clydesdales are capturing no less an overseas trade. Allan & Wes Gordeyko, Willow Way Clydesdales of Ohaton, Alberta, sold Willow Way Oxford, a yearling colt a year ago to Paul & Lisa Cooper, Oscarville Clydesdales at Werombi, New South Wales, Australia. Scheduled to appear at Sidney’s 2017 Royal Easter Show, Canadian horsemen await his placing with anticipation. Earlier this year, Allan & Wes shipped a late colt, foaled in 2016, to Scotland, the Clydesdale breed’s traditional home. Flown overseas to David & Beverly Brown of Cawdor, Nairnshire, this young sire prospect joins the Galcantray Stud, that is known in the British Isles for its Clydesdale and Thoroughbred horses, Aberdeen Angus cattle, Suffolk, Texal and Border Leicester sheep. Bred in the purple. Willow Way Quest is a son of Willow Way Firestone, the Gordeyko’s exciting home-bred sire. His dam, Willow Way Annette, the Grand Champion Mare at the 2014 Calgary Exhibition & Stampede. Driven on the wheel of Willow Way’s World Champion Six

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“BRONCitis”-- Symptoms and Prevention

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Definition: A serious condition of the saddle horse of the Northern hemisphere that occurs acutely right after the winter months, when first spring riding conditions appear. Prognosis: After onset, there is no cure. However, the condition is highly preventable. (See below)


ou won’t need a clinical diagnosis to recognize these symptoms in your equine partner. You might notice your trusty partner is insecure about leaving his herd, uneasy at the hitching post, tense about being saddled. If he goes undiagnosed and you decide to ride him, he might seem spooky or reluctant. He may be either unwilling to move forward, or unwilling to stand still. If you are still in denial about his condition but decide the day is just too beautiful, and because it’s just been too long without riding, you might do the unthinkable. With visions of your last rides in the fall in your head you… ask him to canter across the open field. Prevention: • Move his feet before you get on! Play on the ground first, and PLAY SADDLED. A good

guideline is to ask him for a gait faster than you would like to ride that day. If you want to canter that day, give him the opportunity to have a little gallop in the saddle and see what he thinks of it. Even your best saddle horse might get tight, hump up and want to buck when he is first saddled. Good to get the kinks out before you ride. In my informal survey (in my head), most buckingrelated accidents can be tied to improper preparation under saddle, before riding. • Follow proper progression for confidence building. Aka “kiddy pool before the ocean!” We wouldn’t dream of dropping our kids in the deep end of the pool before they were ready, but that’s exactly the temptation. A wise progression in the spring could be round pen, arena, outdoor arena, trail around your home, open fields and, then, the Raush Valley (the figurative ocean in our world). • Use obstacles! Why wait until your horse gets either apprehensive or uncooperative out on the trail? Help your horse get partnered up with you on some interesting puzzles for him to figure out. It doesn’t have to be a fancy teeter totter (although I love those). Just something that gets him thinking and connected to you as a leader. • Take a clinic! Not just saying that because Buddy and I teach clinics (well, it’s not the only reason). It’s a great time to set aside for just you and your horse, to have a refresher, get reacquainted and learn some new things to work on over the summer. I know what you’re thinking, “Who has time for all of this prevention... I want to just get on and ride. After all, it’s SPRING!” And maybe you’re right -- a body cast would be so much better.

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. . .A treasure chest of memories . “He’ll make a good ladies horse,” Winston told me. The shaggy red 2-year-old nibbled on spring grass, oblivious to our plans for his future. I wanted a barrel horse, not a quiet trail horse. I had a lot to learn. Jinx Red Lynx came home with me that spring and our journey began. He was a quiet, patient and kind teacher. We taught each other to barrel race. He taught me humility, compassion and pride in a job well done. Lynx won my first buckle and a few more followed. I didn’t keep track of all the prizes I have carried home because of his good heart, but there have been many. The memories are the true gift. He packed me along many a steep mountain trail; Mount Assiniboine one of the most memorable. Lynx would still know the trails in the Blaeberry where we learned about the bush and river crossings. He preferred the mountain trails to the rodeo trail. Lynx also carried me through losses and upsets, patiently travelling life’s path, helping sooth my wounded soul. Lasting friendships were forged while riding trails and along the rail of many arenas. Always the teacher, he helped make good memories for a few other young women. His last accomplishment before retiring was assisting Miss 2010 Williams Lake Stampede to win her crown. This spring Lynx turns 31. Winston was right; that red colt was a good ladies horse. My life has been enriched by his presence. - Jacquie McNeil, Savona BC

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The 21st Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival By Mark McMillan

The Friday night jam was one of the best ever! (Photo by Donna Smith)


might be a little prejudiced but I thought the 21st Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival was good on all accounts. Now, my prejudice aside, I talked to so many folks that were in the audience and/or just walking through the Festival venue, including the comments from the 55 people on the Frontier Bus, and I had very positive feedback – everyone loved it. We were a little apprehensive going into the Festival wondering what it would be like because we dropped to one venue this year. Would there be too much congestion in the hallways? Would the tradeshow be too crowded? Would there be enough room for

the art in the Art show? Would people miss the church? Would there be complaints about the extra time between sets? Well now, after the fact, we can answer all of these questions. Here’s what we saw and heard: Congestion - It was busy, yes, but I really didn’t see any significant increase in the number of folks gathering in the hallway. One reason might be because, unlike last year with the short breaks between sets that only gave people enough time to grab a quick drink/ snack, this year they had enough time to get food and also to walk through the art and trade show. The trade show - Comments on the trade

show were that people loved it. They could wander through without missing anything and had time to really check out who and what was being exhibited – and there were some great products offered. One booth said they were down on business this year but another said they were up 30%... guess everyone has their good years. The art show - My opinion, and I’m anything but an artist, was that it looked better with the art displayed closer together – less

The youngest performer (19) ever to emcee an evening feature show (Photo by Jerry Stainer)

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spread out looking and I could compare the entries easier. Artists might disagree but, all in all, we had no complaints and I though it looked great. The venue - Did anyone miss being at the church? Not from the feedback that I received. The new-to-us “Ballroom” got rave reviews -some saying the best sound they’ve ever experienced at the Festival. People loved it. One person even said they listened to Frank Gleeson and heard every word! The best part about not using the church… no one, including the audience, us, and the volunteers, had to leave the building! In my eyes, this was awesome! The only thing we missed was Linda’s Girl Guide Concession. The bottom line - We have some pretty hefty bills yet to go through, but the bank account looks great. It’ll take a while to get actual numbers but, from what I see to date, we can carry on saying that the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is in the black again after 21 consecutive years! Thanks again to volunteers, sponsors and above all, you, the audience!

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veryone at Kathy’s office is now referring to me as a mole… probably because I spent a good part of the winter digging in the dark. Our basement project is coming along nicely, though, and, slowly but surely, the dirt crawl space is turning into a usable space. Now that the weather is better, we have been able to open up one side making room for a dirt conveyor which should make life for this mole a little easier. Results are in from the 21st Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival and the long and short of it is that we are once again in the black. We don’t really want to make money and as long as everyone has a good time, and we can break even, we’re happy, especially if we make enough to cover the annual Society expenses, the student scholarships, and have a few dollars to put towards the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. You can read the Festival review on page 22. “Back to the Future” is the theme for the BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM which is just around the corner now. It will be hosted by the Kamloops Stockmen’s Association and takes place in the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, in Kamloops, May 25-27. Red and Helen Allan will once again look after the trade show booth for the BC Cowboy Heritage Society. This will be one of 39 indoor booths and a dozen outdoor exhibits. The Trade Show will be open at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 25, and runs until 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 27. Education Day, the Saturday, will be in two parts -- a Research Forum in the morning which will focus on youth and, in the afternoon, Curt Pate, internationally-recognized stockmanship instructor, will do a presentation at a local indoor arena.

Mark Grafton will do horsemanship clinics at the 134 Mile Ranch in July On May 13-15, Elisa Marocchi will be hosting driving instructor Tina Knott, a very skilled driver from Vancouver Island, to conduct lessons at Wildwood Farm. On June 17-18, Elisa will lead a clinic with the North Cariboo Draft and Driving club. In July, the annual “Wheels at Wildwood” clinic will be held, timed to help drivers tune up just before the 11th Annual 70 Mile Combined Driving Event, July 21-23. This clinic is filling up fast. See Elisa’s website, www.wildwoodfarm. ca, for more details and contact information.

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Mark Halliwell’s second of two clinics of the year at Cordova Farm in Clinton will be held June 3-4. Mark Halliwell has been running riding clinics at Cordova Farm for several years now, and they have a good group of regular riders who return as often as possible to ride with Mark. Mark is a coach, trainer and professional rider at Richmond Stables. His specialty is hunters and jumpers, but can also be useful to 3-day event riders, dressage riders, as well as recreational riders in English or western tack. He is great with kids and green riders, and is helpful with horses from green levels of training to competitive horses in sport disciplines. For more information, contact Nancy McMinn at 250-459-2976. Jasmine and Kevin Bedford of the 134 Mile Ranch will once again be hosting a couple of workshops this summer - on July 26-27, there will be a Youth Workshop; on July 28, they’ll have Green Horse Handling; and on July 29-30, a Weekend Workshop. The clinicians will be BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees, Miles Kingdon and Mark

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Driving instructor/coach Elisa Marocchi will be busy teaching again this summer Grafton, both extremely well-respected horsemen and working cowboys. Some of the focus will be on youth, which I think is great. They concentrate on horsemanship and then translate that to cow work -- how to work your horse and the cows with the least resistance and stress. For more information on these clinics, contact Jasmine Bedford at 250-981-9920 or Don’t forget to mark your calendar for July 28-29. The Annual Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) is returning to Spruce Hill Resort (formerly Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile House). Level one (approximately 16 miles), level two (approximately 28 miles) and level three (approximately 40 miles) will be offered with Dr. Ross Hawkes officiating. The Backcountry Horsemen South Cariboo Chapter hosted a work bee in April to assess the campground and do some “fixing up” of paddocks that are in need of repair. As in the past, there will be another Silent Auction with many great items to bid on with proceeds to the local “Night to Light, Freedom to Transition Society,” a non-profit men’s shelter. The first six entries to the Cariboo Plateau will be entered into a draw for two nights free camping at the event ($50 value). The ride management is looking forward to greeting new and seasoned riders to the event. Entry forms at The ride is capped at 30 and entry forms and signed waiver must be received with payment (via mail) in order to secure your spot in the ride. There will be a waiting list in effect. Deadline for entries is July 14. For more information, please contact Joanne at: If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

The April issue’s item can be found on top of a fence post at the end of the board walk to the house at Meadow Springs Ranch. This cast iron horse head is made to bolt to the top of a fence post and has a large tie ring for a bit in the horse’s mouth... so that you can tie up your horse when you come in for a coffee. Gordon Fuller, of Barriere, had the correct answer before press time – congratulations. There were two correct guesses that came in after press time on the April “What’s This” book ends… one from Carol and Ray Cody in Abbotsford and one from Daphne Davey, Crapaud, PEI… yup, all the way from PEI! Daphne sent me a photo of the exact same book ends on her bookshelf. Good job, you two! Keep the guesses coming in, everyone!


This month’s item is a photo of an object that’s in the Meadow Springs Museum. It’s metal and is about 3.75 inches wide, 2.75 inches tall and only about ¼-inch thick. Note: It does appear to be a cigarette case, except for the dimensions, which are quite a bit smaller than a cigarette case. Sorry - I don’t have one with a horse on it. Good luck!

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Nancy McMinn will have Mark Halliwell do riding clinics at Cordova Farm

Miles Kingdon will join Mark and Jasmine and Kevin Bedford of the 134 Mile Ranch

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TOP DOG! Dogs Work in Unison to Help Rescue Owner Reprinted with permission, Andrea DeMeer, Similkameen Spotlight,

Three dogs were being hailed as heroes after they orchestrated a Hollywood-worthy rescue last fall of their owner, who was alone and unconscious in the wilderness near Princeton BC.


iterally, this is a Lassie story,” said RCMP Sergeant Barry Kennedy. “These dogs are just amazing. I couldn’t believe it.” Kennedy responded to a report on a Thursday, at 7 p.m., regarding a missing person. A 52-year-old Princeton woman had failed to return home after taking her dogs for a walk. She had been gone four hours when one of the dogs returned home alone. The woman had been walking in the tunnel area and Kennedy set out on a search of the area, taking his cruiser as far along the road as it could travel. “When I got out, I walked out to the open area of the flats and there is a dog standing on a mound of dirt.” The dog rotated repeatedly in a circle, and began barking every time Kennedy ventured away to look for the missing walker. “I was saying ‘where is she? Take me to her.’” Kennedy let the dog direct him with its barking. “He never moved from that mound of dirt, he just barked when I got too far away and spun when I got closer. Kennedy descended into a gulley area by the river, and he heard another dog howling. “I walked down the path towards it and sure enough there she was unconscious on the ground.” Two of the dogs were poodles, and one a small mixed-breed. “It’s just incredible the way those three dogs worked in unison for their owner. One dog stayed with her the whole time, one was the lookout and one went for help.” The woman was taken by ambulance to Princeton General Hospital and made a full recovery. “We never would have found her that quickly if it wasn’t for those dogs.”

One week later…


fter she was released from hospital Erica Edwards visited The Spotlight office with her hero-dog ‘Juice’ to give credit both to her canine companion and to RCMP Sergeant Barry Kennedy. “He saved my life.” Erica Edwards is talking about her dog Juice, as well as RCMP Sergeant Barry Kennedy. “I really want to say what a good job the police do in this town, and especially thank Sergeant Kennedy.” Edwards is the woman who collapsed while walking her dogs in the wilderness. As reported in The Spotlight, Kennedy was the officer who found her unconscious form after taking direction from Edwards’ dogs. One of her poodles returned home alone to sound the alarm, a second dog directed Kennedy’s search with barking and dancing, while Juice laid on top of his owner until Kennedy arrived. He remarked, “It was just incredible the way those three dogs worked in unison for their owner. These dogs are just amazing.” 26 • may 2017


Edwards said Kennedy showed a great understanding of animals. “Not everyone would have paid attention to what the dogs were doing,” said Edwards, adding when she read the story in the newspaper she cried with gratitude.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office THE 55+ BC GAMES COMES TO VERNON


he 55+ BC Games is an annual multi-sport event produced by the BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS) for the availability of the 55+ population of BC to participate in the 27 individual Sports. The average participation is 3,500, leaving behind a $3.5 M economic impact in the communities during the 5-day event. Each participant must be a member of the BC Seniors Games Society. PARTICIPATE IN THE 2017 55+ BC GAMES – Vernon & Area Equestrian Competition:    Wednesday, September 13 to Saturday, September 16, 2017 Venue: Armstrong IPE Fairgrounds, 3371 Pleasant Valley Rd, Armstrong, BC 55+ BC Games website: 55+ BC Games 2017 Vernon & Area website: Equestrian Sport Chair: Carolyn Farris, E-mail:; Phone: 250546-6083 For more information contact:  Horse Council BC,  E-mail:  competition@; Phone: 604-856-4304 ext. 1005, Toll Free: 1-800-345-8055 Equestrian Events will be governed by the 2017 HCBC Rule Book: View PDF online at

Equestrian Sport Divisions 2017 Exhibitors may register for more than one sport discipline at the 55+ BC Games, however, all divisions may be running concurrently in multiple arenas, therefore, cross entry will be limited to a maximum of two divisions. Competitors do not need to qualify to enter the 55+ BC Games. Dressage: First Level and Second Level – EC Tests 2 & 3 Western Dressage: Training Level and First Level – HCBC Tests 2 & 3

Mountain Trail Horse: Open Western Performance: Ranch Riding Horse & Ranch Trail Horse Driving:  Pleasure Driving & Arena Driving Derby Tentative  Equestrian Sport Schedule:  Subject to entries Wednesday, September 13:  Participant check-in at 55+ BC Games Accreditation Center – Stabling Open. Thursday, September 14: Competition Day 1 8 am – 1 pm: Dressage, Western Dressage, Ranch Riding Horse 1 pm – 5 pm: Mountain Trail, Ranch Horse Trail, Pleasure Driving, Driving Derby Friday, September 15: Competition Day 2 8 am – 1 pm: Dressage, Western Dressage, Ranch Riding Horse 1 pm – 5 pm: Mountain Trail, Ranch Horse Trail, Pleasure Driving, Driving Derby Saturday, September 16: Closing Ceremonies 55+ BC Games Equestrian Sport Entry Forms:  Available at under Competition then 55+ BC Games 55+ BC Games Zones and Representatives: Participant and Volunteer Registration:

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BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


e had a great meeting on April 8 in Salmon Arm. We’ve been gathering prizes for our Spring “Find the Golden Horseshoe” Poker Ride to be held Saturday, May 13 at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. This is a fundraiser for our club. Everyone is invited to come on out and ride the trails. Registration is open from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Ride out on your own and at your own pace – but be back by 3 pm for awards and prizes. Entry fee is still only $15 and includes one poker hand (extra hands at $5 each). There are corrals available and you can camp overnight as well ( For more info contact Nancy at 250-546-9922. Members Tom and Lee Nobles are having an OPEN BARN at their Noble-T Morgans farm in Grindrod on Sunday, May 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. They will have demos with their Morgan horses, and introduce visiting Australian breeders, Greg & Kathy Lyons of Wilga Park Morgans. The Nobles have purchased semen from the Lyons’ “RanchBoss Cortez” stallion (see photo). For more info call Tom or Lee 250-838-2228. Our Pot O Gold Open Show (set for June 11 in the Armstrong Agriplex) is awaiting early entries by May 1st (postmarked), in order to decide if the show is a go or not. We require a minimum of 25 entries in advance or it will be cancelled. The show prize list is on our club Facebook page. We have added three Gaited classes to entice riders from the Interior Gaited Horse Show (being held on the Saturday) to stay overnight and attend our show. We will accept entries on the day of the show, but it will cost you twice the price. Cross our fingers! Ride on!


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Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Ally LeBel


ow many clinics can we fit into this year? Do we have members going to the Worlds? February was our first meeting of the year and we set our goals as a club to make plans for driving clinics, a group vet visit, clipping/grooming demos, fun days, parades and several local shows that we would all like to attend. Excitement for spring driving was abundant, now if the weather will just co-operate! Our club has several youth this year and we are all looking forward to sharing our knowledge and skills to inspire a new generation of miniature horse fans! A huge “Thank You” to AMHR, AMHA & HCBC for giving our youth wonderful gift packs that we presented at our annual Christmas party. Our club always welcomes new members and any inquiries. Be sure to visit our website at A special welcome to our new executive: Tony Spina – President, Sheila Sutton – Vice President, Stewart Zaleschuk – Secretary, Ally LeBel – Treasurer, Directors – Judy Lenz, Joan Cunningham, Sandra Baker, Cathy DeGelder, Ally LeBel.

Canada’s 150th Volunteer Challenge By Daphne Davey


pringtime makes us frisky! After a long Canadian winter, we are ready to emerge from hibernation, don shorts and tees (or britches and boots), and get back into volunteering with a vengeance. This year, we have an added incentive -- Canada’s 150th anniversary! And with it comes the Canada 150for150 Volunteer Challenge: give 150 hours of your time during 2017 and give back to your community and your country by making a difference in people’s lives. (For more information, visit If you live near a CanTRA-accredited therapeutic riding program, you’ve got it made. Volunteers with horse experience, or those who simply want to help a child or adult with a disability enjoy the benefits of riding, will not be turned away. There’s always something to do! The benefits to the rider are many: physical, psychological, educational, social… But what about the volunteer? A valued volunteer in a therapeutic riding program is warm-hearted, flexible, disciplined to follow direction, mature and responsible, reliable and on schedule, a team player, and much more. These are all excellent qualities that would make any employer happy, and many centres

A bevy of volunteers accompany riders at Errington Therapeutic Riding Association (BC). (Photo courtesy ETRA) 30 • may 2017


will provide a job reference in which such attributes can be listed. But there’s more. For those who are good organizers or team leaders, every centre needs board members, fund-raising and PR event organizers, horse show secretaries. And don’t put yourself down if you’re the “gofor” type - “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it” - we really love those, too! Can you fetch and carry, stick envelopes, research information on the Internet, deliver tack to the repair shop, mop up manure in the paddock? Now that’s an endless list. Some people have found their professional calling, thanks to volunteering at their local therapeutic riding centre. They include physiotherapists, occupational and recreational therapists, veterinarians, teachers, special educators. And then there are the vast majority of us who have simply found our lives enriched and transformed by helping to bring joy to our special clients through horseback riding. It will permeate all that we do in the rest of our lives for our own special benefit. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www. or

One small rider, one dedicated volunteer, at the Joyriders (PEI). (Photo by Daphne Davey)

Volunteer Susan Bridgman: Susan Bridgman (left), CanTRA 2014 Volunteer of the Year, at the STaRS program (BC) (Photo by Jennifer Maynard)

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


information. Horses are welcome to larger group than usual gathered participate at most clinics and auditors are for our Annual General Meeting always welcome to attend. held in late March in Ponoka AB. Your executive for this year is President June 3-4: Team Building Mulemanship - Russ Shandro, Vice President - Bob Clinic with Karen Lovell at Spur West Arena, Leggette, Secretary - Carol Koch, Treasurer Alhambra AB - Gillian Black, Membership Director - Vicki June 10-11: Miniature Donkey Driving Clinic Barrow, and Directors: Mike Lewis, Rodney with Don Fossum at Eagle Hill Equine, Olds Tetreault and Marlene Quiring. Thank you AB to everyone taking a position on the board. June 20-23: 4 day Colt Starting Clinic with There was a lot of discussion on several Jerry Tindell at Eagle Hill Equine, Olds AB. matters and it’s good to see interest from And more clinics with Jerry through the membership. June and July. Check our website for dates A new committee has been formed August 5-7: Building a Better Trail for fundraising and they are: Gillian Black, Partnership with Karen Lovell, at Rocky Shaunna Lewis, Brenda Wangert, Lorraine Mtn Mule Ranch, Rocky Mtn House AB Williams and Julie Letal. Watch out for these formidable ladies as they forge ahead with There are other events that the club will ideas for the club! be involved in this summer but I don’t have Our next meeting will be at 1:30 pm Young longear enthusiasts at last year’s all the details yet and of course everyone October 22 at the Drop-In Center, 5015-46 Longears Show is looking forward to our next Alberta Ave. Ponoka AB. Longears Show at Eagle Hill Equine, August There are many clinics to check out this summer that the club is involved with. Check our website 11-13. Meanwhile, let’s fill all these clinics with our critters and be for more clinic and contact prepared this season to really ‘’Show off our Asses’’!!

Kelowna Riding Club News Story and Photos by Sarah Hayes


hank you to all the volunteers who came out to the two Spring Cleanup days to get the club ready for the show season. We had a very long, cold winter with a lot of snow which meant a later opening for the riding rings but Spring did finally show up! The Kelowna Riding Club Spring Classic Hunter Jumper Show will be held at KRC on May 3-7. Although it is too late to enter if you have not already, spectators are welcome and there is always a lot of exciting action as well as shopping at the show! We hope you will come out to support the club and our vendors. We are excited to announce that this year the Spring Dressage Festival is under new management. The show is being managed by Scott Hayes and SH Productions and has been rebranded as the “West Coast Premiere Dressage Show.” This show will run May 19-21. The show will be a Gold and Bronze EC competition with $5,000 in cash prizes. Judges are Cara Whitham, FEI 5*, Lee Tubman, FEI 4* and Noni Hartvikson, EC-B. Please go to for more information and prizelist. Ricky Quinn will be coming to KRC June 2-4 for a Horsemanship Clinic. Ricky studies with Buck Brannaman and teaches clinics all over North America and Ireland. You must sign up and pay for the clinic by May 1, 2017. Auditors are welcome for a daily fee. Please contact Susanne at for more information. We are also working hard to organize Adult Camp for this summer. If you are interested in coming to Adult Camp at KRC, please contact Amy at Check our Facebook page and website at for all events. may 2017


Peachland Riding Club News Update By Isabelle Larocque


ur first Gymkhana of the year was held on April 30. Do check our website for the placings/results. Mark your calendar for our next Gymkhana on May 28. Before the start of each gymkhana, the Wildfire Drill Team, directed by Emily Jones, presents their performance! They have been working hard to put their show together… so this is an event that you do not want to miss! We are also excited to present our Canada Day Race & Rope and Peachland Wine Country Futurity & Derby on July 1-2, 2017. The

Futurity has $2000 added; the Derby has $1500 added; and the BCBRA Open Race has $1000 added each day. And we offer Round Robin Team Roping each day. For information and entries call Sandy 250-718-2761 or e-mail For sponsorship support and inquiries call Lisa 250-212-2865 or e-mail This year again, we do have our concession run by Christine Filipczyk… great food and great prices!

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


n April 2nd we held our annual Wild n Woolly and it was a lot of fun, especially since this was the first time out together with our horses, and wow were they ever woolly!!! Thank you to Glenn Perran for our evaluations! We took our horse’s temperature, height, pulse, weight, respiration and we also learned how to test if our horse was dehydrated. Of course we also have riding lessons too, over April, given by Glenn Perran. Thank you so much to Glenn for all the time you put into us. We have a very exciting month ahead! We would also like to thank our moms for always being so supportive of our horse activities. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Ella, Leah, Ashley and Addie

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


he Hoofbeats are excited that Spring has finally arrived after such a long winter in Kelowna! At our first club meeting in March, Kyra and Kristen (former Kelowna Hoofbeats) gave a demo on “How to Present a Demo.” We then split into groups and went through the demo scorecards, discussing what they could have improved on and what they did well. We learned lots of great tips and ideas to include into our own demos which will take place next month.

On March 13 we had our first lesson with horses at the Jardine’s arena. We started lessons off with a ‘ground manners’ session taught by Dustin Drader. He taught us about flexing your horse (getting them soft and supple) in the hip and shoulder, sensitizing and desensitizing, showmanship tips and tricks, and finally we worked on squaring up our horse, and moving out in sync. We are looking forward to the many warm months to come, and lots of riding!

Chilliwack Riding Club By Riesa Kyne


e’ve had a rainy, but busy couple of months here at the Chilliwack Riding Club! Our Denim & Diamonds Drill Team performed at the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Bazaar on March 12th at Thunderbird Show Park. It was the first performance for two of our newest drill team members and they did a fantastic job! Keep an eye out for these talented ladies as they perform around the province and locally at: - the Kick The Dust Up 2nd Annual Barrel Race at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park on June 4th - the Canada Day parade in Abbotsford - and at the 145th Annual Chilliwack Fair in August Our Easter themed Gymkhana on April 2nd was a great success with 49 riders out to compete. The costumed riders and horses

brightened up a soggy start to April. Thank you to all the volunteers for your hard work and support. We continue to host Open Ride at Heritage Park on Thursday evenings for all club members. Please refer to the schedule on our website or Facebook page to ensure Open Ride is available on any given Thursday. We are all looking forward to our next Gymkhanas on May 7th and June 11th. We’ll also be hosting a Pub Night Fundraiser at Duke’s Pub in June and a Pace Ride on June 25th (location tba). For more information regarding club events, activities, or memberships, please contact us at or check out our website at

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Horse Activities in the Cariboo for 2017 By Cat Armitage


hile winter still seems to be hanging around in some parts of the Cariboo, it hasn’t stopped the horsey groups from getting prepared for their shows and clinics for 2017. The 100 Mile & District Outriders have a full fun season planned ahead. We start in May with a gymkhana on the 7th and then our “Wild & Woolly” schooling show on the 14th. Lots of new classes and divisions are being offered. This year, we have decided to run a series of three shows for overall highpoint at the end. May also has us hosting the Little Britches Rodeo (51 years) on the May long weekend. On the last weekend of May (26-28) we are hosting an ‘Introduction to Mountain Trail Clinic’ with Debbie Hughes at the Outrider Grounds. This will be a great learning opportunity for those of us in this area. Following on the first weekend of June is a Randy Ophus Clinic. June 16-18 will be our next show with a huge focus on halter and inhand classes along with flat, dressage and jumping. Our biggest event of the year will be the Ride and Drive Poker Ride on July 2 at the Spruce Hill Resort in the 108 area. With great sponsorship from the Corral Tack Shop in 100 Mile, we will be offering a Reinsman saddle for first prize in the senior division. July 28-30 will

be our Dressage and Hack Show which will include schooling rides on the Friday with a different judge from the show judge. And we are so pleased to be part of the BC Interior Hunter/Jumper Association circuit this year with our show taking place on August 25-27. Prince George has a lot of shows planned as well. The first is May 12-14 hosted by the Spruce Ridge Pony Club. The show offers dressage, hack and jumper classes over the three days. Next on the list is the June 9-11 Dressage Show through the Cadora Group. BCIHJA has scheduled two shows at the Prince George Agriplex. One is July 14-16, with the finals taking place on Sept 29-31. For more information on the shows and clinics hosted by the 100 Mile Outriders check out our website, For horse activities at the Prince George Agriplex, their website is and the BCIHJA website is www.bcihja. Wishing you all the best in your endeavours for the 2017 season.

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister


his month on May 7, LRS will be having its annual Tack Sale during the Games Day! New and used tack as well as craft, jewellery and other vendors are welcome! Admission is free or bring your horse to the Games Day and shop in between your races. Contact Stacy for more information or to book a spot, at Congratulations to Cowgirl Creations on an awesome Finals weekend to finish off the season. There was $15,320 in awards presented and $2241 in prize money awarded at the 2016 Cowgirl Creations Finals held on March 11 at Heritage Park in Chilliwack! The results follow. Novice Pee Wee Open 1. Katie Stead, 123 1. Macey Freemantle, 64 1. Carrie Mussell H1, 280 2. Michelle Goodman, 113 2. Autumn Grace Rooke, 33 2. Emily Leak H1, 277 3. Deja Vaughn, 101 3. Wendy London, 253 4. Nicole Reader, 100 Youth 4. Dalyce Temple, 248 5. Kim Wiese, 83 1. Lexi Langset, 64 5. Hailey-Ray Prest, 233 2. Brooklyn Gildemeister, 60 6. Amanda Buhler, 231 Pole Bending 7. Jessie Austen H1, 208 1. Wendy London, 162 Senior 8. Kim Wiese, 204 2. Allissa Tubbs, 125 1. Susan MacAndrew,146 9. Brianna Owens, 185 3. Kim Wiese, 124 2. Dale Andersen, 60 10. Cindy Mussell, 169 4. Courtney Pearson, 116 3. Mary-Ann Muskett, 55 11. Hilary Fahlman, 159 5. Susan MacAndrew, 95 12. Carrie Mussell H2, 143 13. Brittany Pollard, 135 14. Shae-Lynn Ringrose, 135 15. Kineta Brown, 132 34 • may 2017


Mountain Trail clinician Debbie Hughes Almost everyone at the Finals

The Equinety Package winners (L-R) are Kim Wiese, Hailey-Ray Prest, Dalyce Temple, Katie Stead, Wendy London.

Hailey-Ray Prest awarding the Open High Point Year End Saddle to Carrie Mussell - Our awards

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



70th ANNUAL KISPIOX VALLEY RODEO 2017 celebrates Kispiox Valley’s 70th Annual Rodeo on June 3-4. This year they will have the highest added prize money in the BCRA with $10,000 added to the Saddle Bronc riding event, you will not want to miss this. Rodeo dances Friday night and Saturday night. Come for the great pancake breakfasts, BBQ beef and ice cream. The famous Kispiox Valley Drill Team will be kicking off the rodeo performance each day. If you are tough enough to wear pink in support of breast cancer, please do so for Sunday’s performance. Local entries are May 16 from 4-8 pm at 250-842-6287. For more information visit www.rodeobc. com.

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley No-Bling Spring Fling Our first show of the season saw some classes of over 12! Although it was rainy, we had three indoors to ride in, making it pleasant nonetheless. The new silica footing in the indoor sure made it bright and great for pictures. THANK YOU to all who joined us! And round of applause for our always-amazing show staff that make the shows the success they are. Tons of gratitude also goes to our fantastic sponsors who help make all this possible. The following are our High Point and Reserve winners. AQHA and APHA receive an embroidered cooler or blanket. Reserve gets an embroidered grooming bag with LMQHA-branded wash cloth and shampoo. All Breed receives an embroidered grooming bag stuffed with brushes. AQHA Youth W/T: Brooklyn Milligan and Leap to Conclusion Colten Buckley and My Dynamic Otoe

APHA Novice Youth: Ellie Becker and Too Hot To Chrissie Penaloza on Alito Too Dynamic

Rookie Youth: Absolootly Western and Maylee Cyr Mainstreet Zippo and Madison Lloyd

Youth: Chrissie Penaloza on Alito Too Dynamic Ellie Becker and Too Hot To

Level 1 Youth: Ellie Gerbrandt and Zips Classical Image Mackenzie Inkstater and Bow Tie N Dreams

Novice Amateur: Colleen Ebner on What a Sinful Image Margo Murray on Flashs Hollywood Star

Youth: Ellie Gerbrandt and Zips Classical Image Mackenzie Inkstater and Bow Tie N Dreams

Amateur W/T: Barb Cheng on Brooks N Diamonds

Amateur W/T: Virginia Olafsen and Tuxskeeto Rookie Amateur: Haley Russell and Blazin Hot An Sheik Marlene Walters and Boonlight Shadow Level 1 Amateur: Kris Walburn and Good N Thirsty Elish Anderson and Black Ty Invitation Amateur: Elish Anderson and Black Ty Invitation Emma Lee Schellenberg and Repeated in Iron Select: Marlene Walters and Boonlight Shadow Virginia Olafsen and Tuxskeeto Green: Tami Hutton and Invited N Time Open: So Noticed owned by Alyssa Hill Bow Tie N Dreams owned by MacKenzie Inkstater

Green: Flashs Hollywood Star with Avery Murray What a Sinful Image with Colleen Ebner ALL BREED Youth W/T 11 and Under: Colten Buckley and My Dynamic Otoe McKenna Sparrow and Mango Margarita Youth: Chrissie Penaloza on Alito Too Dynamic Amateur: Margo Murray on Flashs Hollywood Star The Ranch Riding Stake was well attended with $850 added, sponsored by the AQHA Ride 2016 and Rose/Dorothy. The entry fees were also added to the pot! Congratulations to our winner, Dorothy Brown!

LMQHA Pub Night Our Pub Night Fundraiser will be June 10 at 6:30 pm at the Artful Dodger Pub. Child friendly! Please consider joining us and/or donating Silent Auction items, fundraisers are a large part of how we are able to have the shows and programs we do! Contact Jenn at for tickets. West Coast Summer Classic This is our BIG PRIZE show! Frank Principe Spurs, Mayatex Pads, Embroidered Halters, Sheets and Quilts, Bronzes and More! Three days, four judges and some great Stakes and our inaugural Breeders Incentive Futurity! Check out the FB page to see if your 2016 baby is eligible! All Novice Show Our one-day show on August 20 at Milner Downs in Langley will feature AQHA Walk Trot Youth and Amateur, Level 1 Youth and Amateur and All Breed! Come join us for this grass roots fun show for all! Volunteers Needed Please consider volunteering -- many hands make light work. Remember, all BCQHA members are eligible for LMQHA year end awards if you fulfill the volunteer or sponsorship requirements!

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: • Visit our Facebook page 36 • May 2017


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Lynn deVries, Central Vancouver Island Chapter

Map Those Trails… Then Share Them Equestrian trail riders have an amazing knowledge of their local trail systems, but quite often we see that local knowledge remain very local. There are some significant benefits to not only documenting those trail systems, but following through with sharing them. With today’s technology, you can easily achieve some nice maps with very simple phone apps, or you can go “whole hog” and embark down the road of hand-held GPS devices. You can also be as rudimentary as sketching something on a piece of paper. In 2014, a very dedicated member of the Central Vancouver Island Chapter, Barry Franzmann, took on the task of mapping the trail systems on Crown Land, with the added value of identifying the private road networks as well. Parallel to Barry documenting the roads and trails, Chapter members began placing Horse Council’s green and white trail signs on the trails. On the trail signs, we placed numbers and identified our road/trail intersections on the map with these numbers. As the map began to unfold and get close to final stages, Chapter members added trail names to the map, most of which were named after the member’s horses. As we all worked on contributing to the map content, and adding more and more “local” trail knowledge, a product emerged beyond our wildest dream. In 2015, a person hiking in that area became lost in the heavy forest. It soon became very evident that Search and Rescue needed our map and used it to identify various locations of the search grid, along with local in-depth knowledge of the trail and road network. Search and Rescue volunteers were quick to thank us for this extremely useful information. For the next two years, the map grew and so did the value, whereby we were distributing the map mostly via email to other trail riding groups. The map was used in identifying trail clearing and work bee planning exercises. Although the numbers on the intersections are still there, the users of the trail system soon began to know the trail names. We started to get feedback such as “wasp nest on Tornado Alley,” “tree down on Chance,” “don’t use Propane, too steep and slippery,” etc.

Realizing the public demand and the benefits, in 2016, our Chapter printed the map on 4x8 corroplast and published it at the Spruston Road Recreational Site. Our Chapter members took great pride, not only in the ability to be able to create this product, but to be able to take it one step further and share it. On several occasions, we watched as hikers and cyclists pulled into the site, took a picture of the map, and off they went to explore the area. There is quite often an unrealized benefit to this information when you are suddenly engaging Provincial and Municipal planners, for both short and long-range planning collaboration. This information clearly demonstrates the area that the equestrians are accessing and how this area ties into the neighbouring trail and park networks. Information like this sets up opportunities for future land acquisitions for parks and trails and enables the sharing of this information amongst the stakeholders. Private land owners also acknowledged the benefit when we clearly identified areas that are not public or where active logging roads exist. This raised the safety aspect of accessing this area by knowing where potential risks could occur. So how easy is this to do? Very easy; it just takes commitment and a desire to share information. I am often asked what GPS equipment I use. My answer is “it all depends.” Although I have some good Garmin products, I am quick to tout the ease and benefits of my free phone app called “Endomondo,” downloadable at Although you need a good data plan on your phone to run this app and pick up a track, it is well worth it in my opinion, even if you are just looking for a short section, or to quickly know exactly where you are. The information you collect is downloaded to your desktop, enabling the creation of maps or sharing of your information. Having this information readily available allows users to feel more confident about accessing and riding the areas, especially if they are only occasionally in the area or just visiting. And isn’t that what it’s all about – enjoyment of our trail systems and promoting our activities. So, get out there and map those trails while you ride, have fun doing it, and don’t forget to share.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

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

May 2017


Clubs & Associations 28 Years of Celebrating Long Ears 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, Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, 2/18 armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 5/17 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 2/18


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

Info on clinics and events at

7/17 6/16

The Equine Foundation of Canada 6/17

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

BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-381-2245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, 9/17 BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 8/17

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

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

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Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/18 KAMLOOPS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-554-3811 Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Vaulting, Summer Camps, Boarding, Birthday Parties 3/18 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 11/17 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 6/17 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 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!!



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

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

100 Mile & District Outriders 12/17

6/17 5/16

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

President: Denise Little E-mail:

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Clubs & Associations PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-992-1168 5/18

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

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


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

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

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

Visit our website 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 •

For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit


WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 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, 13 LRS Pub Night Dukes, 41582 Yale Road West, Chilliwack BC, Sherri-lynn Prest 3-7 SPRING CLASSIC H/J SHOW, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, 13-14 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Sagewood Mountain Trail Park at Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, Colleen, 4 WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Sharon Piazza, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, 13-19 LADYSMITH (V. Island) BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 4-5 AAHABC Sport Horse Dressage Concurrent R5 Arabian Horse Show, Thunderbird 14 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street Langley BC, DBL Show Park, Langley BC, Marla 604-574-3785, Header Race, start 11 am, Sherri-lynn Prest 4-7 AAHABC May Classic Arabian Horse Show, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 14 AERC HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, Marla 604-574-3785,, 14 TRAIL CHALLENGE w/Ken MacRae, D-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Paddy Head 5 RANCH HORSE SALE, 7pm, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 250-495-4335, e-mail, 403-329-3101, 14 WILD AND WOOLY HORSE SHOW (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile 5-6 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, Cow Palace, Olds AB, House BC, Krista Blades 250-395-0404, Barb 403-933-5765 or 14 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 5-8 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC,, Barbara Carey,, 250-545-1082 15-18 LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE TRAINING, Olds College, Olds AB, 6 SPRING HORSE SALE, 11am, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 1-800-661-6537, 403-329-3101, 19-21 SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, 6 4-H CLINIC, Horse Grooming & Showmanship, Lloydminster AB, Sam 306-825-5571, 19-21 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Janice Jarvis, Jandana Ranch 6-7 SPRING TUNE-UP CLINIC w/Ken MacRae at D-K Ranch, Oliver BC, 250-573-5800,, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, 20 SAVE KIN PARK FUNDRAISER, Dinner, Dance, Silent Auction, ANAF Hall, 6-7 WESTERN DRESSAGE/CLASSICAL DRESSAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Steelcreek 2500–46th Ave., Vernon BC, Tickets Equestrian, Millet AB,, Sierra 780-542-1236 20-21 HORSEBACK ARCHERY Team Selection 2018 Nomad Games, Mount Currie BC, 7 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, 20-22 ENDURANCE RIDE THREE DAY 30/55/75/100, Titanium Run, Fort St. John BC, 7 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Sand Ring 2, 10am, Tara Macleod,, 20-21 WESTERN DRESSAGE/CLASSICAL DRESSAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Willow 7 OBSTACLE CLINIC w/Cindy Kirschman, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Ridge Stables, Saskatoon SK, Desiree 306-520-2789 Cindy 250-547-9277, 20-21 DRESSAGE & MOVEMENT AWARENESS CLINIC, Catherine Clinckemaillie & 7 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Ann Wallin, Kamloops BC, & Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068,, 20-21 51TH ANNIVERSARY LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile EQUINE CLICKER TRAINING CLINIC w/Monty Gwynne, Prince George BC, 8-10 House BC,, Karen 250-562-8711, FARM AND RANCH (supplier show), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, 20-21 12-14 THE MANE EVENT, Western Fair District, London ON, 1-844-578-7518,, 20-21 MEDIEVAL FAIRE with Medieval Banquet, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Paddy POKER RIDE (Find the Golden Horseshoe), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, 13 Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, Nancy 250-546-9922 or see club FB page JUMPING CLINIC w/Julia Bostock, Coldstream BC, 20-22 13 CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kamloops BC, Jeanie, see Facebook page 21 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, ‘Kamloops Wish Trail Ride’ for more info and updates 13 BRIDLE SERIES SHOW2, Eng & West, Blackstock Performance Horses & Arena, Chilliwack BC, Patty 604-823-4980,


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21 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Alicia 604-908-5188, 21-27 PRINCE ALBERT SK, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 25-28 JIM ANDERSON CLINIC, Selkirk Saddle Club, Revelstoke BC,, Kim 250-814-1007, 25-28 BC MORGAN HORSE SHOW, NW Washington Fair & Event Centre, Lynden WA, 604-628-7401, 26 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Andersen’s Arena, 6921 Chadsey Rd., Chilliwack BC, Buckle Series Race, start 7 pm, Sherri-lynn Prest 26-28 THE MANE EVENT, WestWorld of Scottsdale, Scottsdale AZ, 1-844-578-7518, 26-28 RENDEZVOUS, Back Country Horsemen of BC, Merritt Rodeo Grounds, Merritt BC, info at or email 26-28 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Cat Armitage 250-644-4388, 27 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Becky 778-989-4624, 27 LIBERTY WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz, Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801, 27-2​8 WESTERN DRESSAGE/CLASSICAL DRESSAGE w/Paul Dufresne​, Second Chance Ranch, St. Andrews MB, Francine 204-771-5335, SIDA SPRING FLING - Bronze/Gold, 27-28 PONY CLUB at Mission Horse Club show grounds, Mission BC, 27-28 Helen 604-217-1916 or NOBLE-T MORGANS Open Barn, demos, horse fun, lunch and more! 28 Grindrod BC, Tom & Lee Nobles 250-838-2228, SET SPEED RIDES (29km & 40km), Maple Ridge BC, Stephanie@Unconven- 28 or GYMKHANA & SADDLE SERIES, Peachland BC, 28 ANNE GRIBBONS CLINIC, Sun Meadows, Kamloops BC, 29 29-Jun 4 GRANDE PRAIRIE AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT,


2-4 (tba) RICKY QUINN HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, 2-4 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Refinement w/Don Halliday, Jandana Ranch 250-573-5800,, 2-4 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Developing Foundation w/Randee Halliday, Jandana Ranch 250-573-5800, 3 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50, High Sage, Cache Creek BC, June Melhuish 250-256-7035,, 3-4 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Debbie, 4 AERC HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, 7-8 IRWIN INSIGHTS CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/Chris Irwin, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 8-11 HUNTER JUMPER SHOW, Coldstream BC, 9 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Andersen’s Arena, 6921 Chadsey Rd., Chilliwack BC, Buckle Series Race, start 7 pm, Sherri-lynn Prest 9-11 CLINTON ANDERSON CLINIC, Great Falls, Montana, 1-888-287-7432, 9-11 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB A&R Sanctioned Show, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, Tina 604-533-1168, 10 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, 10 BRIDLE SERIES SHOW3, Eng & West, Blackstock Performance Horses & Arena, Chilliwack BC, Patty 604-823-4980, 10 20th ANNUAL INTERIOR GAITED HORSE SHOW, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, 10-11 EQUINE CONFIDENCE CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, 10-11 DRIVING CLINC w/Dan Fossum, Eagle Hill Equine, Olds AB, Kim 403-620-3836,

MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 11 11 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Heritage Park,, 11 POT O GOLD OPEN HORSE SHOW, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, Nancy 250-546-9922 or see club FB page 11 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068,, 16-18 TOUCH OF CLASS Dressage Show, Langley BC, FUN AND FROLIC OPEN SPRING SHOW, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House 16-18 BC, Krista Blades 250-395-0404, 17 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Alicia 604-908-5188, 17 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street Langley BC, DBL Header Race, start 11 am, Sherri-lynn Prest 18 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Becky 778-989-4624, 18 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 20-23 COLT STARTING CLINIC w/Jerry Tindell, Eagle Hill Equine, Olds AB, Kim cell 403-996-3105, 22-25 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS, Catherine Clinckemaillie, Clinton BC, 24 LRS Amateur Barrels, LRS Arena, 4303 208th Street Langley BC, Sherri-lynn Prest 24 OLIVER RIDING CLUB SHOW/CLINIC, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, 25 OLIVER RIDING CLUB SPRING SHOW, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, 24-25 LRS LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Pierre 604-839-7201, 24-25 RIDING WITH AWARENESS: TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Mandy 250-545-2336,, 24-25 KAMLOOPS DRESSAGE - Bronze/Gold, Sun Meadows, Kamloops BC, 24-25 CLINTON ANDERSON WALKABOUT TOUR, Monroe WA, 1-888-287-7432, 24-26 DRIVING CLINIC w/ Jerry Tindell, Monitor AB, Kelvin 403-575-0859, 25 OLIVER RIDING CLUB SUMMER SHOW, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC,, or MaryLou 250-498-0777  25 GYMKHANA & SADDLE SERIES, Peachland BC, 25 MISSION HORSE CLUB Gerry Griner Memorial Show (non point), Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 30-Jul 2 BEGINNER/INTERM. RIDING CLINIC w/Jerry Tindell, Lakedell Ag Arena, Westerose AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 30-Jul 2 EXPLORING HEALTH, The Big Picture Beyond Traditions, Slocan Valley Outriders, Slocan BC, Marie 250-226-0079,


1 ENDURANCE RIDE 25/50/75, Magic Mountain, Merritt BC, Terre O’Brennan,, 1-2 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Peachland BC, 1-2 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Centered Riding instructor Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 2 RIDE AND DRIVE POKER RIDE, Spruce Hills Resort, 108 Mile BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068,, 2-5 NATURAL DRESSAGE w/Janice Jarvis, Jandana Ranch 250-573-5800,, 3-6 COLT STARTING w/Jerry Tindell, Lakedell Ag Arena, Westerose AB, JoAnne 780-898-1732, 5-18 10-DAY INTENSIVE HORSEMANSHIP COURSE w/Birgit Stutz, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801,, 7 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Andersen’s Arena, 6921 Chadsey Rd., Chilliwack BC, Buckle Series Race, start 7 pm, Sherri-lynn Prest 7-9 BRONZE/GOLD DRESSAGE SHOW, Coldstream BC,

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TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 2/17 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 5/18 ALUMINUM • STEEL • STAINLESS Jump Standards • Tack Boxes Repairs & Modifications Custom Stalls • Gates 250-540-4527 • VERNON BC


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International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 6/17 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 4/18 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), 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, 5/18 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 5/18 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre,, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 4/18

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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. 8/17 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 6/17 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 5/18 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 5/18 SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069, Large and small animal vets, on-call 24/7 for emergencies, 7/17 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 4/18

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Rural Roots

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND!! Private 167+ acre hobby farm with stunning 5,600+ sq.ft., 6 bedroom/3.5 bathroom home minutes from town. Choose your own adventure each evening as you escape to your divine master suite and stargaze from the jetted tub. Curl up in front of the wood stove in the cozy hearth room, watch a movie in the theatre room, tell stories around the firepit, or simply pick a deck and enjoy the sounds of nature. Too many features to list!

CALLING ALL NATURE-LOVERS!! One of the prettiest pieces of property in the Cariboo, and it could be yours! 143 scenic acres, with approximately 80 acres in hay, rolling fields, 5 bedroom/1.5 bathroom farm house with attached garage, large barn/hay shed, and other outbuildings. Breathtaking green fields in the summer, and a blanket of snow in the winter; plus forests, seasonal creek and pond. Located minutes from the Interlakes service centre. Call to view!

5252 Tatton Station Road, 100 Mile House BC $714,900 MLS®

7093 Judson Road, Bridge Lake BC $485,000 MLS® #R2146418

DANITA MCLAREN 250-644-5686 RE/MAX 100 - 100 Mile House

DANITA MCLAREN 250-644-5686 RE/MAX 100 - 100 Mile House

78.31 ACRES OF SERENITY & PRIVACY Located in the wholesome Mabel Lake Valley! 2 titles, 2 storey log home featuring 8 bedrooms, 2 rustic cabins, bunk house, horse paddocks and corrals! Formerly run as a Guest Ranch. Bordering crown land, this property boasts loads of trails to enjoy the peace and quiet and rejuvenate your soul. Pastures, garden areas, fruit trees and amazing views are only a few bonuses that await you on this wonderful acreage! Close to Mabel Lake fishing and recreation! 82 Procter Road, Lumby BC Asking $685,000 MLS ® 10127734 SALLY ANDRES 250-547-2135 Century 21 Excellence Realty Ltd., Lumby BC

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EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY AT ITS BEST! 20 acres with 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom rancher with full, partially finished basement. Private landscaped property set well back from road. Includes 4 separate paddocks irrigated from a drilled well producing 100+ gpm, 38’x60’ horse barn w/3 box stalls, heated tack room, heated treatment room w/2 pce bath and hay & shavings storage, and a 70’x150’ outdoor riding arena w/pipe fencing. Several good outbuildings consisting of 24’x34’ heated shop w/200 amp service and 10’ rollup door, and a 24’x73’ open front machine shed. Balance of property is a 12 acre (approx) hay field. Minutes to Armstrong in an area of rural farms and acreages. 4328 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong BC $950,000 MLS ® #10131162 PAT DUGGAN 250-308-0938 (CELL) Royal LePage, Vernon BC


GREAT HORSE PROPERTY 14+ acres fenced and cross-fenced with a 6 stall barn with upper hay storage, and outdoor riding ring. Home is 2,268 sq.ft. consisting of 5 bedrooms/3 bathrooms with the master bedroom on the main. Extra den and laundry on the main as well. 4 bedrooms on 2nd floor. Patio doors from living room to covered patio. 2 car garage 20’x22’ attached. Great location and valley views, only minutes from Armstrong.

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

4245 Frederick Road, Armstrong BC $680,000 MLS® 10131196

12369 Highway 33, Kelowna BC $799,000 MLS R 10128837

PATRICK PLACE 250-549-9411 ROD CULIC 250-309-2341 Royal Lepage Downtown Realty

MONIqUE (MICkY) kAEtlER 250-808-0305 Century 21 Assurance Realty, Kelowna BC

On The Market (Private Sale)


SMALL PROPERTY (1.04 ACRES) FOR SALE BY OWNER Completely set up for horses at the 108 Mile Ranch in the Cariboo with 3 small pastures, 5 ton hay barn, 2 stall loafing shed, carriage shed, and more. The log home with 3+ bedrooms and baths is on Community water, natural gas and has a woodstove. Beautiful view overlooking the Greenbelt Pastures and ponds. Endless riding out of your back gate.  $380,000

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

For more info call: 250-791-6313 (108 Mile House BC) Or email:


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HORSE PROPERTY WITH A VIEW! 18+ acres overlooking Okanagan Lake south of Vernon BC. Only 30 minutes to Vernon or 45 minutes to Kelowna. Fully fenced and crossfenced, 6 water hydrants to pastures, round pen, tack shed and more for the horse enthusiast. Ranch style 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home was renovated with 1,300 sq. ft. addition in 2011. Hardwood and tile flooring throughout. House is situated to take in the expansive, unobstructed views. This is what living in the Okanagan is all about! Summerland, B.C. • 250-494-4092




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“CAPTAIN” 2011 Reg’d ApHCC Gelding, 14.2HH A sturdy built guy, with a moving out way about him, that is short enough so it’s easier to get on him. Has trail miles and some arena time. A bit timid to catch in big groups, stands tied, loads and trailers well, and is easy to handle. Great trail horse at $4,800 Others for sale at

“DIAMOND RUSTLER” 2010 Reg’d ApHCC Gelding, 14.1HH Lots of trail miles and some arena work. Well-suited as a 4-H prospect or trail partner for youth or smaller lady. Easy to catch, stands tied, loads and trailers well, friendly personality. Outstanding value at $5,000 Others for sale at 250-963-9779 (Prince George BC)

250-963-9779 (Prince George BC)

“WHAT TO DO” 2012 Reg’d ApHCC Filly, 15.3HH Gorgeous black filly with that great easygoing, pleasing Appaloosa personality. Has trail miles and a bit of arena time. Ready to go whatever direction you choose. Easy to catch, stands tied, loads and trailers well. A pleasure to own at just $5,500 Others for sale at 250-963-9779 (Prince George BC)

Deadline the 5th of each month

Stallions & Breeders Breeders, your listing should be here! 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, FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 4/18 Old Baldy Ranch (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 12/17 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan,

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. 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.

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


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

YOUNG REGISTERED MORGAN HORSES for sale by breeder, from 1.7 years to 4.7 years. Possible delivery arrangement to Lower Mainland. For more info phone 604-486-7137

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


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