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he end of another year is approaching and so is the snow – won’t be long now for most of us. I had a great time, as usual, at The Mane Event in Chilliwack along with my faithful helpers Ruby and Barb. We even had live entertainment at our booth a couple of times over the weekend! Thanks Sturt(?) of Trace Embroidery. We have Part 2 of the Gift Guide in this issue with more gift ideas (see Part 1 in November), so do check the guide out! Both Horsey Ladies Charity Auctions (one in Vernon, the other in Interlakes/Cariboo) were a tremendous success… more about those in the February issue. Time for me to get into my ‘jigsaw puzzle’ habit while I have some time off in December. I still think we should have a ‘puzzle exchange’ party! Our What’s Happening calendar has lots of dates already for 2017 – if your club has their dates set, send them in, might help others not to book on the same date in your area. REMINDER: There is no January issue – so next deadline is January 6th for the February issue. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

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Nancy ON THE COVER: Murray Creek Ranch, Langley BC CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Glenn Stewart, Christa Miremadi, Birgit Stutz, Lisa Wieben, Alicia Harper, Justine Saunders, Roger Matas, Russ Shandro, Dr. Thomas Ritter, Mark McMillan, Lisa Kerley. OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Paint Horse Club, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association, BC Rodeo Association. MEDIA PARTNER WITH HORSE COUNCIL BC and BUSINESS MEMBER WITH AEF

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had the pleasure of working in a booth at The Mane Event in Chilliwack. I want to say “KUDOS” to the parents of ALL the kids who were there. They were well-behaved and polite. Each one that stopped at our booth, ALL said ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. So parents – good job! On another note – How nice it was that dogs were not allowed (I am a dog lover!). Obviously though, some people did not think the ‘no dogs rule’ applied to them. Maybe next year for the advertisement of Mane Event it could be stated “NO DOGS.” On the whole, The Mane Event was a lot of fun. - B.M., Chilliwack BC

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was very impressed with your “rant” in the (From the Editor) October issue. It needed to be said, and your wording was perfect. I’m sure there are directors and volunteers in most clubs that agree with you. Thank you for your continued un-biased coverage of horse activities in BC. - John Scotton, Langley BC


Cover Feature 2017 will be the 20th Anniversary of Murray Creek Ranch Where did all the years go?  We started out with a 5 year plan, not a 20 year one!  Twenty years of standing stallions, raising foals, holding shows for multiple breeds (including dogs and llamas), bazaars, providing facilities for reining, cowhorse, dressage, Thoroughbred racing and jumpers. It must be fun, because it just went by so quickly! Although we no longer hold many big shows (we just don't have the energy); we still love to hold the smaller ones along with clinics for the various disciplines. Every spring is still an exciting time with the arrival of young Thoroughbreds being started, older ones being legged up and of course the arrival of foals. We offer full, part and self-board for both Thoroughbred and stockhorse trainers and individuals.  We can tailor a plan for whatever suits your needs.  We have a SAND 1/2 mile training track, TWO indoor arenas, sand pipe round pen, 170 rubber matted stalls, separate foaling barn with cameras, hot water wash racks, laundry facilities for blankets, and ample parking for the biggest of rigs.  You never have to miss a day of training. We also offer short term and overnight stabling for anyone wanting to go on holidays or just passing through.

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Garrocha: A Dance of Joyful Purpose By Christa Miremadi

Photos by Zahra Miremadi

Developing ourselves and our horses is something that most of us think about a lot, at least to some degree, but it can get overwhelming and tedious at times. We can put too much pressure on ourselves and our horses, often resulting in taking the joy out of riding.


to develop versatility in your horse but nowadays, there are dozens of fun activities available that will provide a bit of variety to a sometimes-repetitive training program and keep things fun and enjoyable for both the horse and rider. And all of this while still providing an opportunity to develop those skills we might need in the show ring or at work during our regular equine activities, regardless of what they might be. For example, one of my all-time favourite ways to test and challenge my equitation, my horsemanship and develop partnership with my mount these days is through practicing the art of Garrocha. This traditional form of stockmanship was developed hundreds of years ago by the Spanish Vaqueros after adopting the discarded lance of the Middle Ages. When the lance in battle was replaced by firearms, the long, 13 to 15-foot poles, some tipped with a sharp point, were retired for use as cattle and bull handling tools. Later, it was replaced by a number of other tools, eventually evolving into the ropes and reatas we see in use with livestock today. The Garrocha is still used on some ranches as a stock handling tool but these days, it’s mostly used as a way of showcasing fine horsemanship. It has developed into an Equestrian art form used to develop and display high levels of training and as an element in the Doma Vaquera (Working Equitation) Ease of Handling or Cattle tests. Playing with a Garrocha pole, even if your ambitions aren’t quite that high, provides an enormous number of benefits to both the horse and rider, not to mention it’s a ton of fun and looks incredible! One TRAINING | LESSONS | CLINICS of the first things it does for the horse/ human team is that it changes the dynamics of the lesson from human versus horse to human + horse versus Garrocha pole! If strengthening 604.856.2967 horsemanshipfromtheheart@live.com your partnership or www.horsemanshipfromtheheart.com

’m a huge believer in constantly striving to improve ourselves, but I’m an even bigger believer in the idea that it has to be fun. Over the years, I’ve been a competitive rider, a professional rider and a recreational rider. Of the three, my years in competition were my least favourite. There were times during my competitive career that, despite the ribbons we were winning, I completely lost my passion for riding. Looking back, I’m certain my horses were less than inspired as well. Aside from the inevitable anxiety and stress I’d begin to feel as a result of the impending competition, it was just never very much fun drilling our exercises in preparation for the show. Those of us who live in the Lower Mainland experience a similar phenomenon during the winter, when most of us are stuck riding indoors for months on end and it can begin to feel more like a chore than a passion. It wasn’t until many years after swearing off horse shows completely, that I discovered how incredibly helpful and enjoyable finding alternative ways to “school” my horse could be. Due to the fact that I still spend my winters in the Lower Mainland, it is something that has really come in handy. I’ve had to get creative at times but over the years it’s been exciting to learn just how many alternative options there actually are that can help keep indoor riding interesting! Back when I was competing, there weren’t as many alternative activities

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Vanessa and her QH mare ‘Agape’ working on bringing Agape’s shoulders across under the pole. developing your horse’s confidence to be able to accept the long pole being dragged, carried, spun, rolled or dropped from his back doesn’t sound like enough of a benefit, maybe having an activity that provides a way of making improving circles or developing one-handed riding fun and exciting will! It seems to come across to most folks as intimidating at first. One of the most common things I hear from riders I’ve suggested Garrocha to is that they don’t think they have enough skills to try it. I’ll admit, it is not something one should try for the first time without the support of a trained professional, but with a little bit of guidance, it provides the perfect activity to develop those skills. It is virtually impossible not to sit up straight when you’re handling the pole and it gives both the horse and rider a focal point that supports correct positioning and balance as well as helping the horse to understand the point, size or shape of any given maneuver. My very good friend (and another one of my long time mentors) Natalie Vonk and I have taught a number of Garrocha clinics together and I’m always blown away by how much improvement we see in each and every rider and horse. I’ve also taught a number of progressive lesson series on both Garrocha and Doma Vaquera (and Hoof Ball, Mountain Trail and a few other fun alternatives to schooling drills) at my home, The Rock’n Star Ranch in Aldergrove, as well as a number of private sessions at various

places. It never ceases to amaze me how only a few lessons with the pole can improve a horse and rider’s communication and poise so quickly and completely. Taking the rider’s focus off of the horse and placing it on a task seems to create space for the horse to seek the connection to the rider. Developing a brand new skill creates a bit of humility in the rider which, in turn, improves the rider’s patience with the horse. Working with the Garrocha pole provides purpose and reason for: Circles, halts, turns on the haunch, turns on the forehand, side pass, leg yield, backups, shoulder-in, haunches-in and so many other gymnastic activities that without the pole can feel tedious and frustrating. And let’s face it, if you can perform a perfect 15-metre circle while riding one handed and holding on to a 13-foot pole, doing it without the pole will be a piece of cake!

Even more exciting was the discovery that, thanks to finding an enjoyable way to develop all of these things, I was creating a stronger partnership and a deeper connection with my horse. Better still, my horse was gaining confidence, learning to become lighter and more responsive and having fun, too! Although it’s essential to continually be striving to improve both your horsemanship and your horse’s development, it doesn’t have to be tedious or unenjoyable. Whether you’re trying to find ways to keep schooling fun and interesting for an upcoming competition season or just trying to get through those long, wet months, finding an enjoyable activity to keep the passion burning is key! 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)

Moving the hindquarters under the pole develops flexion of the hind end. I started playing with the Garrocha pole years ago as something new and exciting to do with my horse, just to keep things interesting and quickly discovered (by accident) all the benefits it possessed. It was not my intention to improve my circles, work on lateral moves or develop my equitation when I picked up my first pole but it didn’t take long for me to realize that that’s just what was happening and I was having a blast!

Me and my Arab gelding ‘Fire’ working the pole.

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When a Trainer Isn't an Option

By Alicia Harper

As a rider, sometimes having a weekly lesson or boarding at the trainer’s barn is not always an option. In this article, I am going to discuss what other avenues are out there to help continue your learning and keep your horse education moving forward.


must admit, I don’t have time to ride in a weekly lesson. I have a regular trainer, who doesn’t even do jumping, coach me whenever she isn’t gallivanting around North America judging horse shows. If we are lucky, I see her once a month. I believe in education -- simply said, you should constantly be learning and challenging yourself, if you plan on continuing to improve. 1) Take a clinic Clinicians have a way of pushing you because their job is to get results within the span of the clinic. They don’t generally get to know you enough to chit chat at the beginning of your lesson or consider some of your downfalls. They just get it done. Recently, I was lucky to be able to attend the Lucinda Greene clinic here in Maple Ridge. I was riding a horse that I had ridden once before the clinic and that wasn’t exactly what I’d consider experienced over fences, but was talented. Lucinda wasn’t gentle about what our downfalls were but her great ability was to tell us when we sucked without saying it. She also had us do ditches, angles I had never done (in Hunterland) and she challenged us riders. She gave me information, exercises, and the guts to get my students to also do those things. I had material for three weeks for our more advanced riders in our program to keep challenging them.

2) Try a new discipline If you are in a remote area or don’t have time for weekly lessons trying signing up for a clinic even if it’s in a different discipline than you are currently participating in. Different disciplines have a way of making changes in yourself and your horse by pushing you out of your comfort zone. A few months ago, I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to go with my riding so I tried a few different disciplines. One of them was cattle penning. Yep, me the hunter rider in a western saddle and the only one with a helmet on. I was very awkward in that group to say the least. But funny enough, I learned a different way to teach and explain the spin. Although we certainly aren’t teaching our horses to spin on the haunches in Hunterland, we do need to control the shoulders and I found when I used this exercise the horses and riders seemed to understand it better than the method we had used in the past. I also learned that chasing a cow around was quite fun! I gave my students a break from jumping for the next couple of weeks to spend our lessons sharpening our skills while chasing cows (FYI I lost about 20 pounds being chased as the pretend cow!) 3) Go to a show without your horse Yep - head to the show! Watch riders in the warm-up ring – with









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Alberta Wish Ride Report pledges were down slightly over previous years, but that's to be expected in the current economic climate. Two beautiful custom saddles were awarded, designed by Saddle It Up in Lethbridge. Irene and Roger also announced they are stepping down from the Alberta Wish Ride. After 8 years and 14 events for the ride, they said “it's time to take a break.” They both spend a


he two events under the banner of the Alberta Wish Ride in 2016 mean the Children's Wish Foundation will be able to bring smiles to more seriously ill children and their families. Co-founders Irene White and Roger Matas are extremely pleased with the rides this year. They said the local organizing groups were fantastic; the riders all had fun and came back safe and, best of all, they were able to donate $48,500 to the Children's Wish Foundation to help more children and their families. This was the eighth year for the Alberta Wish Ride and this year's donation takes the event over $350,000 in donations to CWF. This year's events were in Taber and in Cypress Hills at the Historic Reesor Ranch. The number of riders and the amount of

Irene White (right) and Roger Matas present cheque to Kyla Martin, Ablerta Director of the Children's Wish Foundation. great deal of time volunteering with a number of worthwhile organizations. They are retiring the event name as well as the logo, but hope the spirit of the event will continue. The Alberta Wish Ride has always been a legacy to Irene's father, Walter, who ran Wish Rides in BC for many years. The Alberta Wish Ride was a spin-off from Walter's events. Andrea Slofstra, who organized the ride in Cypress Hills this year, is already on board for another year. Other rides will be coordinated through the provincial Children's Wish Foundation office. Irene said it's been a great 8 years and thanked all the wonderful volunteers, supporters and riders for making it so successful.

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In recent years, bitless bridles have become popular in some circles. What the people who use them don’t realize is that traditional, classical dressage has used a bitless bridle for over 400 years. It’s called a cavesson.


t began as a type of rope halter that can be seen in publications such as Georg Engelhard von Löhneysen (1609) and Antoine de Pluvinel (1624). The Duke of Newcastle (1648) is the first author I know of, who replaced the rope halter with a cavesson that was made of leather and metal. After Newcastle the rope halters seem to disappear altogether. All the publications from then on depict the cavesson, instead. The great advantage of the cavesson over halters and modern bitless bridles is that it fits more precisely and transmits the aids more directly. In other words, it is more effective.

the horse to evade by flexing the wrong joint. But in many ways, the most effective bridle consists of a combination of cavesson and a bit, since both of them work in different ways. “The quintessence of horsemanship is always to place the interest of the horse above all other considerations, in his training as well as in his care." - Dr. Thomas Ritter We are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Classical Dressage. ClassicalDressage.com (a.k.a. ArtisticDressage.com) was formed in 1998 by Dr. Thomas and Shana Ritter as a means to educate people about the heritage and tradition of classical horsemanship. It is our mission to preserve and promote the both the technical knowledge, as well as the art, culture, and tradition of Classical Riding.

The real advantage of a bitless bridle like the cavesson over a bit is that it addresses the skull, the nose of the horse, instead of the lower jaw, which means that it eliminates one joint that the horse could otherwise use to escape the rider’s aids. The cavesson works on the horse’s skeleton, since it acts directly on the nose, whereas the snaffle works on the musculature, since it sits on the tongue and exerts pressure on the tongue first. Horses will always try to yield to any pressure first with the joint that is most mobile, i.e. easiest to flex. If the poll and/or the hips are stiff, it will be much easier to yield with the jaw, so the horse will open his mouth, and the rein aid will not reach the hind leg any more, i.e. the half halts won’t go through. If you can eliminate or bypass the jaw by addressing the skull itself, then the first joint that the rein aid reaches is the poll, and the horse has a lot less “wiggle room.” It is then much more difficult for DecEMBER 2016


Live Each Day with Courage

By Glenn Stewart

One of my favourite books is “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways.” It has a great message which basically says we spend too much time avoiding things that worry us, make us nervous, or that scare us.


hen it comes to a horse, he is hoping to get a leader to follow who is courageous. A horse is much more apt to be brave if his human is brave. We obviously cannot be perfectly courageous in every aspect of what we do but we can always work at it. Some people are very courageous in almost every area with a horse, so that leaves them time to work on other aspects of what the horse would like in a human. If we expect our horses to be courageous, it is all the more reason that we need to be. It would not be fair to ask or expect our horses to be or do things that we are not or would not do. We can keep things true and honest between ourselves and our horses if we have a rule that says, “I won’t ask the horses to do anything I won’t do with them.” Often, because of our fear, some will avoid important things that need to be done with their horses and ask their horses to do other things that are not important. An example of this might be all horses

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and riders should canter for safety reasons. Many people would say they don’t canter because they feel it is unsafe. That could be very true for the moment, but what are you doing about it to get safe? If you only ride at a walk or a trot and never at a canter each ride is risky. You need to know what the outcome of a canter will be with you in the saddle. It’s risky because any horse at any time could have a moment where he spooks, wants to run with the other horses or just wants to run. We are not always able to change their minds and it can happen that they canter or gallop whether we want to or not. It is far safer to canter in a controlled environment when you make the decision. A horse and rider both need to get used to the feel of each other at all the gaits regularly so if something unexpected happens and they canter or gallop off, you are very comfortable with it and don’t make matters worse by being tight and bouncing. Generally, if they get excited - and I’m really referring to a colt that’s been ridden a couple times - but you’re comfortable cantering, they will only get a stride or two in before you have them back calm and relaxed. I’m thinking more about young horses, but I have seen plenty of horses that are in their teens and can still get out of control. Now they shouldn’t be cantering or galloping off without being asked ever, but if you’ve ridden enough of them -- it can happen. It rarely happens if you have been asking the horse to canter regularly. They become comfortable with a rider at all the gaits. If they are feeling full of energy you can help them expend some in a positive way. Not checking out all the gaits is kind of like driving to town but never checking out your brakes until you’ve got the old Dodge up to 70 miles/hour. Hopefully you have some. Another common occurrence is asking a horse to do things that

we won’t do. That is not being courageous or fair and we are not holding ourselves to the same set of rules. For example, if we ask our horses to jump while on the lunge line or at liberty, then it should be because once they are doing well without a rider, we are going to jump with them. It keeps people more humble and real about what they ask of their horses. I see people ask their horses to jump all different heights and objects but never jump half of what they make the horse do. Prepare your horse, and then prepare yourself. If you’re not ready or have not learned yet the preparation necessary, find professional help. Look for someone who has done lots of it and get their support. Handle your horse and yourself with courage each day. Always keep looking at ways and opportunities to build on what you already have and the things you have done. Nobody likes a spooky horse and horses don’t like a spooky rider. We never know what might occur on any given day or situation so prepare for the unknown. We cannot set up or show a horse everything they ever might see, but we can train them and ourselves to accept new things, sights, noises and challenges with courage. How they are handled and how we act when we spend time with our horses can prepare them for things that they have never seen before and that we could never duplicate. For example, one summer I was asked to ride my stallion through the Calgary Stampede grounds in the middle of the day for promotional purposes where the Stampede committee handed out pamphlets and took photos. People came running up to see the horse. The committee asked me to ride all through the hotdog stands, past guys jumping motorbikes, with babies in strollers being pushed at him under his neck and behind him, people shoving their babies at me wanting me to hold them for a picture on the horse while people stood all around him in their shorts and flip flops slapping and rubbing every corner of him. The sling shot ride, the Ferris wheel and roller coaster all going in full swing. People screaming, whistling, music blaring, and not one person in flip flops had any thought about their toes sticking out right next to that stallion’s foot. One small step from him and there would be toe juice squirting everywhere. I could not possibly create that kind of noise, chaos and confusion back home on the ranch nor would I want to. What I can do is ride and handle him and myself each day working towards courage for those unexpected days. Nobody lost any toes and he stood there amongst

all the craziness of the midway and people, like the amazing horse he is. Courage and confidence is something we can always get more of if we build towards it. It’s always nice to ride with courage and have a courageous horse. You never know what you might be asked to do and it’s always nice to be able to say yes. Glenn offers year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort Saint John, BC, and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch, visit www. thehorseranch.com, email info@thehorseranch.com or call 1-877-7288987. (See his listing in Business Services under ‘Trainers’)

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A Traditional Fall Cattle Drive By Vascal Hernandez

“Nothin’ like a short cattle drive to make new friends, and for old friends to get reacquainted!”


or half of September, all of October and the first part of November 2016, the weather has been cruel to farmers and ranchers is this region of Alberta. Extended and abnormal amounts of rain have postponed harvest along with the routine order of doing things. The “usuals” were busy dealing with their own individual situations.

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Mike Macnab (yellow shirt, hat and buckle) with his swarthy crew! So... Spread Boss, Mike Macnab, put the word out – he was looking for assistance to move some cows to a fall pasture. All wranglers would gather at the ranch, November 5. The weatherman predicted clear skies, and he delivered! Calm, sunny, +16. The target pasture was 9 miles away, and 60 cows would need to be moved out of Buffalo Coulee, trailed through some harvested fields, down active and abandoned county roads, beside some standing crops, zigging and zagging near ravines, steering clear of the many ponds and finally crossing Highway 41. A side x side, a quad, 11 wranglers, the Spread Boss and Casey moved out at 10am. At times, the wranglers earned their rations. On-the-trail-training was provided for several of his newbie volunteers. Near the mid-point of the trip, a challenge developed. The cattle were trailing north, and came to an intersection. There were sloughs on two corners, thick willows, no fences... sure enough, the herd started into the water. After some chasing, pushing and yee-hawing, 56 cows resumed travelling north. The Spread Boss then appointed Casey to get the remaining four cows out of the belly-deep water. It’s simply amazing what experience, enthusiasm, physical conditioning and dedication can provide for the team. She Casey 14 • DecEMBER 2016


went right after the cows, at times into shoulder-deep water, then swimming around the four, pushing them back to shore, up through the willows and back onto the trail. In a short time, all 60 cows were back together. It’s times like this when one good dog is better than 11 helpers! The final task was crossing Highway 41, the main route between Vermilion and Wainwright. Ranching and agriculture has been a big part of this region for 125 years. The traffic was obliging. After the cattle and crew crossed, it was all smiles and encouraging waves from passengers and drivers. The crew was fed and watered at the home of Jackie and Blair Macnab. And it was terrific!

It’s been 43 years since these three teenagers reconnected, and they haven’t changed a bit! L-R: Blair Macnab, Russ Shandro, and the Spread Boss, Mike Macnab

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Canadian Junior Competes at the Western Dressage World Show By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

The Western Dressage Association of America held its World Championship Show at the Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma, from September 29 to October 2, 2016.


ompetitors from three Canadian provinces and 28 states brought 176 horses of 31 breeds and crossbreds for 786 rides in tests and rail classes (data from www.wdaaworldshow.org). From Alberta: Julie Moorcroft showing Backtrax Grace in Gold in Introductory Open and All About Bling in Basic Open; Sharon Crawford showing Tango Del Diablo in Level 3 Amateur and Freestyle Open; Sandra Oxtoby showing Wrangler Do in Level 3 Open; Jacklyn Hegberg showing Chip N At Midnite in Basic Level Junior and Level 1 Junior. From Saskatchewan: Kelly Adams showing Meagan in Introductory Open and Basic Open and Hotrodder Mike in Level 2 and 3 Open. From Ontario: Walter Mantler showing Liberachi SS in Level 2 and 3 Open; Sherry Beaudry showing I Forgot the Pie in Introductory Amateur. For full results of the show, visit www.horseshowconsulting. com. We interviewed 18-year-old Jacklyn Hegberg of Olds, AB, the only Canadian junior competitor and a student of Lisa Wieben’s, about her first-time experience at the Western Dressage World Championship Show. Jacklyn, her mom Joanne Hegberg, and Lisa Wieben travelled to Oklahoma in one vehicle following Sandra Oxtoby, who hauled her own horse, Sharon Crawford’s horse, as

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Jaclyn and Maverick at the Show. Photo by Onetulsa Photography. well as Hegberg’s horse. Wieben said it was great having travelling companions and the horses all travelled well. At each stop the horses were watered and the hay was checked. Their trip led them through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, and finally into Oklahoma to Guthrie. Jacklyn, how long have you been riding? I started at age 8, so 10 years. When did you start showing horses? In 2012, I competed in Showmanship in 4H with a borrowed horse. In the fall of 2012, I bought my other horse, Cash, for 4H. What else have you competed in? 4H Equitation, 4H English and Western pleasure, 4H Horsemanship and 4H Trail. How did you become interested in Western Dressage? In the fall of 2012, I started boarding at Lisa Wieben’s Mountain View Training Stables near Bowden, AB. I started taking lessons from her and was in the 4H club she teaches. She started teaching Western dressage clinics at her facility and I participated with my horse Cash. In 2014, I started riding Lisa’s horse Maverick, and in 2015 I competed with him in 4H and in Western dressage. In the middle of

that summer, I purchased Maverick. Tell us more about your horse. Maverick, or Chip N At Midnite, is a double registered six-year-old Quarter Horse/ solid Paint. Why did you decide to compete at the Western Dressage World Show? This year is my last year as a junior competitor and our show season has gone really well. Lisa encouraged me to go. What was the experience like? It was exciting! I learned a lot of lessons. Anything in particular that stands out? The 30-hour drive to Guthrie! We took three days to go down. The warm weather was great and the facility was really nice. Having my coach there was a definite plus, and Maverick handling the trip and everything new so well was a big plus! It was fun having more competition in my classes. In Alberta, I’ve only had one or two other juniors to compete against. At Worlds, I had nine to 14 riders to compete with, and there were many different breeds. What were the lessons you learned? 1) Never stop showing – no matter the situation, you can’t lose focus. For example, Maverick spooked in our Equitation class and

I thought I blew it, but little did I know other riders were having issues too. We finished Reserve Champion. 2) Ride an accurate test. 3) Remember that you are competing against yourself and your goal is to ride better than you did the day before. You can’t compare yourself to others or your horse to other breeds. 4) Believe in yourself and trust your horse! 5) Look for the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives. When you are feeling down you have to look at what you did well and then look at what you can improve. How did you and your horse do? We got Reserve Champion Equitation. Basic Level Junior 5th on day one, 1st on day two, 4th on day three and Overall Reserve World Champion Basic Level Junior. In our Level 1 Junior tests, we got a 1st on day one, 5th on day two, 1st on day three and Overall World Grand Champion Level 1 Junior. For this show, each day the first place winners received World Champion jackets and then at the end of the show they gave out belt buckles for the overall winners. I got three jackets and a belt buckle, as well as two halters and a trophy for High Point Canadian Junior. Did you have any strategies that you used to prepare for the competition? Breathing kept both me and Mavi relaxed. Not worrying about yourself. Staying in your own bubble, especially in the warm

Thank you for the interview and congratulations on your wins, Jacklyn!

Jacklyn and her wins! Photo by Allen Hicks. up ring. Reviewing tests at the end of each day and going through each component that we had difficulties with. Walking the tests the night before and visualizing how I wanted to ride each part. Having a properly-fitted saddle has made a big difference to both Mavi and I. Maverick is very sensitive and my first western show saddle didn’t fit. We now have an Easyfit saddle which fits him way better and gives him better movement and more lift. In Level 1, we do leg yields and lengthenings in the jog. He would do them in my old saddle, but he wasn’t as free. It is also adjustable for me. I can change the seat so I am sitting more balanced.

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

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The beginning, the end and the performance in between. DecEMBER 2016


Finding Routes on Vancouver Island

By Justine Saunders

In 2014, a group of riders from various clubs rode from Shawnigan Lake to Nanaimo River Road over a period of four days, for a total of roughly 140 km. That journey was published in Saddle Up in 2015 titled “Heroes and Hipflasks.”


his is an update of the route travelled in August 2015 from Nanaimo River Road up to Horne Lake by a few of the same riders and others, over a period of three days, and the next leg over four days of the September long weekend in 2016 from Horne Lake to Farnham Road near Black Creek. The next leg is planned from Black Creek to Memekay for the summer of 2017. Summer 2015 Relay Ride The weather was hot and dry over the summer and we could not get into the back country as it was not safe with high fire hazard ratings. By the time the rain came in August, we were ready to head out. We camped the first night in a field at the home of a friend. We had a great evening around the fire and sat next to the pond relaxing and contemplating the ride ahead. We got on the trail early the next morning and it was a glorious day with blue skies and breathtaking views across the ocean toward Vancouver and the mountains around. We followed a logging road behind Mount Benson and stopped at a lake for lunch; we did 32 km for the day. We spent the night in our tents, camped on the spectacular property of a local businessman and friend of equestrians; the skies opened to a deluge which the thirsty earth soaked up. Breakfast the next morning was inside the barn as the rain continued, but by mid-morning it had stopped and we rode on to the Coombs fairgrounds, where we would spend the next night. It was a whimsical trail from Lantzville to Coombs through the Englishman River and up the mountain in places. The horses were stalled and we slept in stalls opposite them, which was like sharing a hotel room with your horse! The final day dawned early and was glorious as we set out after towards Horne Lake. It was another long day, but the weather held as we rode different types of terrain through rivers and ravines and railway tracks. We stopped for lunch at a 18 • DecEMBER 2016


delightful country store where a very large stone effigy of Sasquatch towered over us from the roof while we sat and ate our snacks and cooled off. We finally arrived at our destination by late afternoon after completing a total of roughly 90km of the second leg. September 2016 Relay Ride We started out from Horne Lake and spent the night camped out near the lake. We set out early the next morning and followed the hydro lines along the east side of the Beaufort Mountains through numerous creeks to Cook Creek, where we stopped for the night after a 22 km ride. The next morning, we had to cross the highway riding abreast as the green light only allowed us 6 seconds to get across so it was an exciting moment as 12 horses all crossed together and were very well behaved despite the growing number of vehicles stopped on both sides of us on the red. We crossed a number of creeks again and rode to Hastings Road where

we had lunch on the banks of an enchanting creek. Once we crossed the creek, we had to get onto the railway which we followed for some miles; we crossed another creek by going under the trestles and rode up the Tsable River until we reached Buckley Bay, where we spent the night in a waterfront field, hosted by a delightful couple who owned the farm. The third day was a long ride of some 34 km from Buckley Bay to Lake Trail near Courtenay. We rode east of the highway and crossed many creeks. We went over the highway on a logging road to the Trent River canyon, which was exquisitely beautiful, on to Cumberland. Once past Cumberland we rode to Maple Lake where we stopped to water the horses and went back under the highway at Minto Road and then onto Lake Trail where we spent the night at a friend’s home which was comfortable and very pleasant. On the final day, we headed north again and crossed more rivers and continued on to the Wildwood Forest and One Spot trail. This was spectacular riding as the rivers were low enough for us to ride through safely and the footing was excellent. We rode through the Tsolum River and stopped at Spirit Park for lunch; we finished up the ride a couple of hours later near Farnham Road. The splendour of riding these trails is they show the diversity of Vancouver Island and what the backcountry has to offer with lakes, creeks, rivers, mountains, canyons, views of the ocean and a mix of stately and majestic old trees and new growth providing an overwhelming sense of being at one with nature. If anyone wants to contact me with questions about these VI routes, please send email to jevsaunders@shaw.ca. DecEMBER 2016


Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan that she’s been getting, you can see why her driving clinics/camps are going over so well -- what better person to talk to about a driving clinic then Elisa. This year was a busy one at her Wildwood Farm, located just outside of 100 Mile House. In July, she held a very popular and wellreceived clinic at the farm. Eight drivers, their helpers and their horses and ponies attended from Vancouver Island, the lower mainland, and the Cariboo. Elisa and co-instructor Tina Knott, a very knowledgeable and skilled driver from Vancouver Island, led lessons in driven dressage, obstacle and cones driving. Participants camped on site and were able to enjoy the trails on the farm when they weren't hard at work in a lesson. Everyone enjoyed good meals, sharing of stories and visiting with each other in the evenings. Plans are underway for another clinic in 2017. See www.wildwoodfarm.ca or phone Elisa at: 250- 397-2979. It promises to be an exciting year for Wildwood Farm!


One of Elisa’s students, Hannah Beare, with Katie at Wildwood Farm.

t seems, even though we think we had a poor summer and fall, that Alberta was worse. Talking to Alberta farmers, they say that they have to wait until it freezes to be able to get into their fields to bring in their hay bales… if they were lucky enough to get hay made. I think that, throughout BC, there’s a lot of hay that got rained on and a big percentage went into silage -- makes me think that hay prices won’t be coming down anytime soon. Having said that, I’m thinking that we were very lucky last summer as we hit a very short window of perfect weather and got all of our hay in. Lots happened around the Cariboo in 2016 and we look forward to 2017 and another busy year! Seems funny saying this already, but, Merry Christmas everyone, and all the best in the New Year. Speaking of what happened in 2016, here’s a couple of updates from Elisa Marocchi and Wildwood Farms. Elisa Marocchi has done very well with Rocky and, in 2016, she attended several shows including the wonderful event at the Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. With her homebred Hanoverian/Oldenburg gelding, Wildwood Roulette (Rocky), she and her navigator, Gord Burns also made the trek to two California combined driving events. At the Shady Oaks Combined Driving Event (the largest event on the west coast of the continent), she placed 2nd out of 36 Preliminary Division entries in dressage and finished the event in 3rd place. Elisa and Gord are planning to attend shows in BC, Alberta, California and Kentucky with Rocky in 2017. Elisa, an Equine Canada certified Driving Coach, was also busy teaching lessons, officiating at events in BC and Alberta, and leading clinics throughout BC. Now seeing what Elisa’s done over the past year, and the placings

Elisa and Rocky, with groom Gord Burns, navigate the Dice in the Combined Driving Event at Huber’s Farm.

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We were in Ontario last month and were still impressed with the Mennonite way of life. On Sunday, November 13, the Alberta-based band “The Wardens” put on a great show for a packed house at the Dusty Rose Pub in 70 Mile House. We had 25+ people in our group alone and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The band is made up of three guys from Alberta who all worked for Parks over the years in the Canadian Rockies. They are definitely worth hearing and seeing, and you can get that opportunity in March when they return to BC as one of the feature acts at the next Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 16-19, 2017. Speaking of the 2017 Kamloops Cowboy Festival… tickets are now on sale and are selling fast. The entertainment lineup looks great, the tradeshow and the art show should be awesome, the dinner You don’t often see a team other than in the fields, menus are once again yummy-looking, and but this Mennonite rig was possibly a school bus. the best part, to my eyes, is that everything is under one roof – the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre. Ticket prices went up a touch but are still an amazing deal at $80 for the whole weekend, $40 for a whole day and evening feature show, and only $20 for a day pass. Dinner Theatre Show upgrades (our cost for the meal) are $35. See the entertainment lineup and other information at www.bccchs. com or phone toll-free: 1-888-763-2221. The pre-runner to Kamloops Cowboy Festival is always the 100 Mile House Ray Schmidt, Scott Ward and Bradley Bischoff in the Cowboy Concert -- the date will be Saturday, Dusty Rose Pub in 70 Mile House February 11 and, once again, it’ll be in the amazing Marten Exeter Hall. We’re really happy to announce that Gary Fjellgaard and Nathan Tinkham have agreed to be part of the show! At least one other performer will be announced. See the entertainment lineup and other information soon at www.bccchs. com or phone toll-free: 1-888-763-2221. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at For an encore song they ask for the lights to be msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo dimmed and have a slide show behind them… Chatter” in the subject line. amazing!

The November issue’s item was one that I have in the Meadow Springs Museum. It’s a steel bracket that supports a board known as a Spring Board. A notch was cut in a tree with an axe and the bracket and board were slipped into the notch. A faller would then stand on this board to cut the tree down – it was placed in the tree above the flared base where the wood grain started to be straight. Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Tom LaBlanc, Victoria Garth Klein, Rock Creek Rod Parkinson, Falkland Glen Hornseth, Kelowna Wendy Swanson, Kamloops


READERS - do you know what this is? What’s your guess? Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. DecEMBER 2016


TOP DOG! Yuck!

By Lisa Kerley BSc, KPA-CTP

Most people are disgusted by the idea of their dogs eating poop. Although there are a number of reasons for the behaviour known as coprophagia, it is not uncommon among puppies.


etting a new puppy up for success is easy, if he isn’t already eating poop, although it will require some commitment early on. If you have a puppy or dog that is already eating poop, the same protocol can be used successfully, but it will take longer than the time required for a prevention program. If you have read our previous articles on changing behaviour, you will already be

This young dog already has the habit, so I’m staying really close and ready to start the post-poop party. familiar with the concept of management as part of a successful remedial training program. In a nutshell -- as long as a dog is left to his own devices, he has the opportunity to continue the existing behaviour (the one you are trying to change). The more he practices it, the better he gets at it and the harder the habit is to change. The importance of good management applies to kicking a poop habit, too. This

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means the days of just letting your dog out to do his business on his own are over. Personally, I don’t let pups out on their own to do their business anyways. Doing so misses too many good opportunities and allows a number of undesirable ones, including getting into the habit of eating poop. And in case you think just getting after your dog will fix the problem - sorry. Punishment isn’t an effective approach. In brief, it will either cause the dog to want to poop in private (often in the house if he can find a secluded spot) or turn the process into a race to get it before you can get to him. Here’s what to do: 1. Management This is the most vital aspect in both prevention and helping a dog kick the habit. If you are not consistent in the management department, you’ll just be spinning your wheels and wasting time. Put your dog on leash to go potty. That’s right. You need to leash your dog, and go out with him when he goes to the bathroom. So whether it’s the crack of dawn or pouring out, you will need to go out and stay with your dog. I also encourage going to the same spot on leash because: • It makes it clear that your dog is on potty duty • It will develop a habit of the dog going to that specific spot. This will be great when he is ready to go out on his own

This pup has moved on to the next phase and can be off leash with me nearby. • It keeps the yard tidier and makes clean-up easier When it’s time to go out, grab a few yummy treats and put the pup on leash. The goal is not to have to rely on the leash, but if something does go awry, having the puppy attached to you will allow you to still control the outcome. 2. Reinforcing a New Behaviour In the first stage of the program, take the pup straight out to the designated potty spot. Let him putter around on that spot to get everything moving, while not offering any other activities. While he is doing his business, get ready to enthusiastically get his attention and invite him over to get those fantastic treats you have ready. You want to set up a pattern that once he has gone to the bathroom, something really

TOP DOG! special is going to happen nearby. In the beginning, the party and treats can happen relatively close to where he’s done his business -- say, 1-2 metres away. It needs to be close enough that you can provide it RIGHT after he has finished pooping, yet just far enough away that, after he has the treats, he can’t just spin around and access the poop. Racing ahead to get her treats inside. If your dog is already in the habit, you need get his Good girl! attention and start the party just as he is finishing up. Your treats will also need to be REALLY good to interrupt and override the old pattern. Tiny bits of cheese or roast, for example -- something that he doesn’t typically get is necessary. Stay really close so that you can captivate him with the food and get him away without having to rely on the leash. Set every potty break up in this manner. After some number of potty breaks, your dog will be anticipating the wonderful treat and head straight to you. When this is consistently happening, you can begin standing a bit further away while he is doing his business. Eventually, you will be able to go with him to the potty spot and wait with him off leash. If the leash has not been used to control the dog, then this shouldn’t be a problem. I would suggest staying a bit closer the first few times off leash to maintain a better connection. The final step will be letting your dog out to go do his business and then pay him when he comes racing back to get his treat prize. Remember that you must be willing to bet $100 or even $1000, for that matter, that your dog is absolutely committed to coming to get the treat before progressing to the next step. If there is any hesitation, or he shows any interest in his poop, then you cannot move on to the next step. Instead, you need to find a better treat and get more enthusiastic about getting his attention. If your dog has a very consistent poop schedule and you are 100% confident that he just needs to pee, then you can send him out on his own. Remember, though, if you call it wrong and he poops and practices the old habit of eating it, you just really messed things up for yourself. For more information and tips, please visit: www.facebook. com/dogdaysdaycareandtraining. Lisa provides a unique, holistic approach to care and training using progressive, dog-friendly methods at her facility. For more than 15 years, she has run programs and classes catering to the special needs of young puppies. Along with Valerie Barry and In Partnership With Dogs, she also offers training for manners and skills for the real world, including confidence-building, impulse control and social skills. Visit her website for more information, at www.dogdaysdaycare.com.

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oncerned about a neighbour’s dog or cat that you see outside? Maybe the animal is tied up, or doesn’t have a place to hide from the rain? Last year, BC SPCA Animal Protection Officers (APOs) responded to 573 calls about tethered animals, and another 725 calls about animals not having any shelter. What can you do to help that animal? It is important to understand the laws our APOs must follow. When they visit a property, they must determine if the animal is in distress. The definition of distress is covered under the legislation that governs the BC SPCA, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act: a) deprived of adequate food, water, shelter, ventilation, light, space, exercise or veterinary care i) kept in conditions that are unsanitary ii) not protected from excessive heat or cold b) injured, sick, in pain or suffering, or c) abused or neglected Adequate can be a subjective term. Officers use the following definitions to help clarify when they are on site. Adequate water: Access to clean, potable drinking water at all times Adequate food: A sufficient quantity of suitable food to allow for normal growth and the maintenance of normal body weight and food receptacles that are clean, disinfected and located as to avoid contamination by excreta Adequate shelter: A properly constructed shelter that ensures protection from heat, cold and dampness, and is appropriate to the weight and protective outer coat of the animal. If an animal is tethered, but seems to have adequate physical care, your best option is to consider having a conversation with your neighbour. Find out why and how often the animal is tethered outside. Be open and curious rather than accusatory: consider bringing over some baked goods and use the opportunity to build a relationship, getting to know the neighbour as a fellow animal guardian. Consider their situation, and what you might do if you were in their same situation. Are there behaviour problems? Is the dog being used as a guard dog? You can direct them to the BC SPCA’s website on “Bringing Your Outdoor Dog Inside.” If that doesn’t influence change, consider asking your municipality to adopt a bylaw limiting tethering. While the BC SPCA would prefer to see bylaws that mandate someone be present and monitoring any animal that is tethered, we're supportive of any bylaw that promotes taking animals off tether. If the animal appears to be in distress, you can contact our centralized Animal Cruelty Reporting Hotline at 1-855-622-7722 and the call will be dispatched to your local APO.

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We would like to THANK everyone for their support in making 2016 a successful year. We have a huge selection of horsey giftware for CHRISTMAS, including: Painted Ponies, Breyer’s, Games, Books, Cards, Ornaments, Calendars, Frames, Mugs, Jewelry, Buckles, and Slippers. You can outfit your horse with the most durable blankets and a huge variety of Western & English saddles and tack. Get their favourite treats, feed & supplements. Check out the latest in high tech riding fashions for your horse enthusiast, or canine friend. Visit our complete onsite custom repair shop and laundry service. We’re your one stop shop, with knowledgeable and friendly staff!

Cariboo Outback Saddles & Supplies Easy to care for, easy to ride! Down Under Wizzard Poley The Wizzard has a deep seat, narrow twist, with the web suspended seat, making it very comfortable. Comes in either dark brown or black nubuck leather. Built on a custom adjustable wood and steel tree warranted for 10 years. This highly recommended saddle weighs approximately 24lbs and comes fully fitted.

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The Papillon Saddle Pad is a Canadian made saddle pad by EcoGold. It is a high performance saddle pad with an easy shimming system, breathable materials and equalizing padding. This is the only saddle pad available with a completely adjustable spine channel. Retails for $190 - $205 CDN and is available at Nickers Saddlery Ltd. in Penticton. Lightweight Flexible Easy on / off Fits growth Easy to clean Strong materials Will not twist Includes extra straps & hardware Canadian distributor: NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. 1.888.492.8225 www.nickerssaddlery.com or www.scootboots.com Free shipping within Canada!

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Strathcona Ventures

Searching for a perfect Christmas present for your favourite equines this December? Strathcona Ventures has all your barn and farm needs for the Christmas season - premium pine shavings, antimicrobial-therapeutic stall mats, organic stall deodorizer, a sanitizer which removes and prevents algae, mold and mildew, EquiCrown® compression wraps for healthy horse legs, horse and rider waterproofing and an eco-friendly arena dust control that will help retain moisture and can be used in almost all footings! We specialize in premium quality products for the Equine and Livestock industry. Contact us today to see how our products can help you.

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Equine Balance Saddles

Equine Balance Saddles Earn up to 50% off your custom fit saddle this Christmas with our Saddle Advocate Program. Give your horse the All Your Saddle Solutions gift of comfort with our 100% wool flocked, handmade Accurate, honest, saddle fitting and education. English saddles. With four lines to choose from, we Earn up to 50% off your custom fit saddle with our have a saddle to suit every Saddle Advocate Program* no joke! rider and every horse. Our Apply online now. independently educated, 604 721 6345 certified saddle fitter www.equinebalancesaddles.ca takes the guess work out of saddle process, and our exclusive Ten Points to Saddle Fit takes fitting to a whole new level. Apply online on our website or give us a call!

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Gift your animals superior health this Christmas season! NAG Bag Slow Hay Feeders can help eliminate those cold, early morning feedings and provide your animals with 24/7 forage. Using a NAG Bag will not just help eliminate hay waste but will also reduce feeding times and provide a healthier and more natural atmosphere for your grazing animal – all while combatting limited feeding health issues. Variety of styles and sizes to meet all your feeding needs from flake feeding, square bale feeding to large round bale feeding; all available in 1, 1.5 and 2-inch knot-less netting. 

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Equestrian Factory Outlet Here at Equestrian Factory Outlet Langley, we have everything you need to outfit you and your horse. Love matching your horse?? EFO is the perfect place to shop. Huge selection of casual wear, breeches, show jackets, KEP helmets, Petrie riding boots, ANKY saddle pads and more. GREAT BRANDS AT GREAT PRICES!! WATCH FOR THE 4 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS - GREAT SPECIALS, PRIZES AND GIVE AWAYS!! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT!! (See our ad on page 52 under Tack Shops)

DK Saddlery Come to www.DKsaddlery.com and gift your equestrian friend or loved one with a top quality, scientifically advanced dressage or jump girth or western cinch. These innovative girths feature a very WIDE (7”) weight-bearing surface over the sternum distributing the pressure evenly throughout the girthing area. This is extremely important as this provides maximum comfort for the horse and stability for the saddle. These wonderful girths are made out of top quality Italian and French leather with stainless steel roller buckles and the ring with elastic on both ends. A beautiful gift that will be sure to please the discriminating horse person and their equestrian partner for many years to come.

DecEMBER 2016


On to Greener Pastures

On to Greener Pastures



Registered Half Arab (IAHA) and Palomino (PHA), A Steppa Bov May 20, 1985 to September 12, 2016

Registered Paint (APHA), Dox Diamond Buckle April 28, 2003 to March 2, 2016


bought Sunny from Margaret Logan (Maltby) in 1993. The horse of my heart, Sunny did anything I ever asked him to do, usually after a bit of conversation and consideration of his point of view. Over the years we rode the dykes , trails, roads, and the “rail,” from Delta, to the Shuswap, to the North Saskatchewan River valley and plains of Edmonton, and back to BC to Winfield, and finally to the Webster farm in Coldstream, where he lived a happy retirement with Doofy and the little Paint mare I bought him, ‘Bo’. He was a horse of “high mettle” as old horse folk used to say, and I would not change a thing. Retired at 27, Sunny's life shows what a little patience, a lot of riding, and two hearts can do. We faced down bears, surly farm dogs, logging trucks, falling trees, range bulls, drivers playing chicken with us, cow moose and calf , a loose stallion, and various other trail and life obstacles, together, and rode home to tell the tale. I was blessed by Sunny. Thank you to Dr. Susi Cienciala who provided excellent care to Sunny over the 23 years I had with him, and who helped him on his way on her final visit.


espite his name, Buck never bucked more than that one time, as it requires extra effort. Not much fazed him, he was a bit of a ham, and a bit of a bully, and he is missed. His laid back ways, his beautiful Paint head, and his stoicism, are just a few of the things to say about him. I mostly only ever had to show Buck something twice (well, except for cantering, that concept often eluded him), as he was almost as smart as he was big. I am content knowing that Buck is standing around in heaven looking fabulous, as one thing Buck really excelled at was standing still. We had many happy, mostly sedate, hours on the trail in the 9 years we shared, and I am thankful for them. The one thing Sunny and I ever truly disagreed on was Buck, and I smile to think of them reunited and studiously ignoring each other, or pinning their ears at each other over the fence, waiting for me to come to the barn. The photo is of them at Skimikin Lake, August 2008. - Shannon Dineen, Coldstream BC

“Since I have owned an Arab-bred, and ridden him both fast and far… How well I know the lean game head, the red fire smouldering in the eye, the joyous plunge, the jaunty tread, the courage that can never die: The buoyant, bridle slapping walk, the loping canter, long and clean, the ear bent back to lover-talk that passes man and horse between... ” - Will Ogilvie, The Arab Test.

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Kids... where are you? What are you doing with your horse? It’s YOUR turn to tell us about YOU!

BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. E-mail to nancyroman@saddleup.ca. Put in the subject line “KIDS.” DecEMBER 2016


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These photos are from three generations. Submitted by Shauna Maclean

Once upon a time many decades ago there was this young girl (Janice), who from the day she couldupon articulate themany word ‘horse’, sheago wanted onwho the side of the day she Once a time decades thereone. wasUnfortunately this young the girllocation (Janice), from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver was not anywhere conducive to horse ownership even could articulate the word ‘horse’, she wanted one. Unfortunately the location on the side of though she was thoroughly convinced it could be done and the neighbours wouldn't even find Grouse out. Mountain in North Vancouver was not anywhere conducive to horse ownership even thoughSanta she was convincedand it could bewent doneon.and wouldn't even find was athoroughly major disappointment life just Herthe Dadneighbours had even said that "One out. day she would have many horses!" and with that she just cried. As a teen she got a summer job working forwas the Princeton Stock Ranch, Abe and Willis, andon. loved cowboy life. After Santa a major disappointment andMona life just went HertheDad had even said that "One three of long hours, moving and cattle,with changing sprinkler pipes, As more long she hoursgot anda still day shesummers would have many horses!" that she just cried. a teen summer job loving it, she was able to buy her first horse, Banjo, from them, an 8-year-old palomino Quarter working for the Princeton Stock Ranch, Abe and Mona Willis, and loved the cowboy life. After Horse gelding. And yes… he wasmoving shippedcattle, to North Vancouver and hidden three long days inhours and still three summers of long hours, changing sprinkler pipes,formore the back yard until his next move to Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island to stay on the relative's loving farm. it, she was able to buy her first horse, Banjo, from them, an 8-year-old palomino Quarter Horse gelding. Andin yes… he wasafter shipped North Vancouver hidden for three days in Such babes the woods… 2 days to of rain Banjo decides toand escape this coastal mess the back yard until his next move to Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island to stay on the and disappear, on Mom's birthday no less. Panic, many phone calls, RCMP report…"Yes ma'am, you've lost a what??" And finally tracking relative's hoof prints throughout the neighbourhood. farm. "Anyone seen a horse?" We discover a set of tracks heading north up Skyline Drive to the Grouse Mountain chairlift. Straight up the mountain Banjo Such went. babes He had in finally his bearings was heading home. On hike up the established woods… after 2 daysand of rain Banjo decides to the escape this coastal mess 1940s - (Father) Ben inwas Norquay (Grandfather) John Guliak, taken in the 60s or 70s (anyone done the Grouse Grind?) aless. fellow riding the chairlift down. "Hey,report…"Yes did you just happen to see a horse?" surprise a yellow and disappear, on Mom's birthday noGuliak Panic, manySask. phone calls, RCMP ma'am, you've lost aSurprise, what??" And finally tracking horse was tethered at the top. hoof prints throughout the neighbourhood. "Anyone seen a horse?" We discover a set of tracks heading north up Skyline Drive to the Grouse So to make a long story short, the girl with her saddle gets a free ride up on the new Grouse Mountain gondola, saddles up poor Banjo, Mountain chairlift. Straight up the mountain Banjo went. He had finally established his bearings and was heading home. On the hike up rides down the old Mountain Highway to the power line, stops at her boyfriend Dave’s house (he should have known better than to marry this (anyonegirl), done the Grouse Grind?) a lawn, fellowspot wasstayed ridingdead thefor chairlift did you just to see a horse?" surprise pees on his grandmother’s 3 years,down. granny"Hey, not impressed. Nexthappen day hauled to the Island in Surprise, an old single horse a yellow horse was tethered at the top. junker of a trailer and the next segment of her life begins!

So to make a long story short, the girl with her saddle gets a free ride up on the new Grouse Mountain gondola, saddles up poor Banjo, What waypower to become NorthatVancouver celebrity. Happy Birthday Mom! have known better than to marry this rides down the old Mountain Highway to athe line, astops her boyfriend Dave’s house (he should she once said,for"Janice, never not did anything easily didday you…” girl), pees on his grandmother’s lawn,And spotasstayed dead 3 years,you granny impressed. Next hauled to the Island in an old single horse junker of a trailer and the next segment of her life begins! - Janice Jarvis (Jandana Ranch), Pinantan Lake BC

What a way to become a North Vancouver celebrity. Happy Birthday Mom! Send Saddle up one or two and your memoirs to 250 words Memoirs willeasily be printed space allows each month. Andphotos as she once said,(up"Janice, youmaximum neverplease). did anything didas you…” Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your - Janice Jarvis (Jandana Ranch), Pinantan Lake BC submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the– the months ahead as well. This will beLisa, a regular monthly feature... through those photo 1970s girls, Shawna, Shelby, and Kim Guliak in So start looking albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. Norquay Sask.

Send Saddle up one or two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature... So start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. • 31 august 2016 SADDLEUP.CA 34 • DecEMBER 2016


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Vancouver Island’s Capitol Region Equestrians triumph on Lochside Trail


he Capitol Region Equestrians (CRE), a group formed to advocate for continued equestrian use of the rural sections of the Lochside Trail in the Hunt and Blenkinsop Valleys, have quietly scored a significant victory for all trail riders in the Victoria area. The Capitol Regional District was considering paving the popular 29-kilometre, former railway corridor. Getting it right the first time The first step in advocacy is commitment to the cause; the second is organization. A little history, from the CRE Facebook page: “The Lochside Trail has been designated as a multi-use trail, shared by walkers, cyclists and equestrians, ever since its management was transferred from municipalities to CRD in 2001. In September 2015, the CRD released a Draft Trails Management Plan for the entire region, in which the Lochside Trail was re-designated as a Bike-Pedestrian trail, with the rural sections in the Blenkinsop and Hunt-Martindale valleys slated for paving and termination of equestrian use within the next decade. Luckily, a sharp-eyed horseman noticed the Lochside map at a CRD open house on January 16, 2016, and alerted the community. Online and paper petitions rapidly emerged; many equestrians and other concerned citizens filled out the online survey, media coverage followed and, by February 18th, the CRD Parks Committee had instructed staff to “investigate options for continued equestrian use on the section of the Lochside Trail between the Blenkinsop Greenway and Island View Beach Road and report back on those options in the fall as part of the process to update the management plan for the regional trails system” (CRD website). Since that decision, CRE representatives have met twice with CRD parks staff to identify and evaluate models for continued equestrian access to the trail. Three options have been proposed: 1) Maintain the present multiuse gravel surface whilst addressing the issues of winter mud and summer dust that annoy some cyclists; 2) Pave the existing 3-metre right-of-way but widen the trail by 2 metres to provide gravel surface for equestrians, runners and others who prefer it; 3) Pave the existing trail and create a separate gravel trail within the right-of-way. CRE’s position is that Option 1 – KEEP THE LOCHSIDE MULTI-USE – is the only viable alternative. The rural sections of the Lochside Trail pass through forests, wetlands near Blenkinsop Lake and along the tributary of Noble Creek in the Hunt Valley, and upland meadow/forest between Lohbrunner Road and Royal Oak Drive. Significant widening or creation of a second trail would compromise these ecological values, in addition to the introduction of a paved, impermeable surface within the wetland areas. As an unidentified dog-walker recently said, “This is a nature trail. Don’t pave it!” Paving is also a very costly operation, over $500,000 per

kilometre, with 4 kilometres of the Lochside presently in gravel. Within the next two months, CRD staff will evaluate and summarize the public feedback received so far. This information will be used to determine necessary modifications to the plan, which will be presented as a Final Draft for approval of the CRD Board in the fall.” Securing a voice Using petitions, social media and other communication tools, the CRE and other stakeholders had successfully raised awareness of the issue at hand. Another important step in advocacy work is securing a voice at the planning table. CRE requested and was granted a place on the list of stakeholder groups by the CRD, which ensured that equestrians will be consulted on future changes to planning for parks and trails within the Regional District. More from the CRE Facebook page: “The CRD’s revised “Regional Trails Management Plan” was presented to the Regional Parks Committee by CRD staff on Wednesday, October 15. JoAnne Nelson and (Chair) Liz Ashton made a presentation to the Committee on behalf of Capital Region Equestrians. JoAnne thanked the CRD Regional Parks Committee and CRD staff for accommodating equestrian needs on the Lochside Trail, and also for preserving the special rural ambience of the trail that is valued by so many walkers, cyclists, dog walkers and joggers. The final draft of the Regional Trails Management Plan emphasizes the role of trails as greenways, which conserve natural values, environments and species. The Lochside passes a lake (thus its name) rich in aquatic birds, a Garry Oak meadow full of fawn lilies, and travels through a wetland adjacent to a tributary of Noble Creek. Keeping this precious, small pocket wilderness intact is important. JoAnne also made the point that, for the many horses that live in the Blenkinsop and Hunt valley, this is the only trail they can access. There is no other. If it were paved and horses banned, they would be confined to riding in circles in small arenas. Liz provided the Committee with our statistics on the number of equestrians (2240 Horse Council BC members) and horses (7000-10,000) in the CRD and the economic impact of the horse industry within the District ($74 million annually). The Parks Committee recommended that the Plan be approved at the next CRD Board Meeting on November 9th. CRE is very satisfied with the revised plan and we don’t foresee any reversal at the Board level.” Congratulations to the Capitol Region Equestrians for their success, and for giving a master class in community involvement, advocacy and engagement. If you or your group wants to tackle a similar trail challenge, please get in touch with Nancy Spratt, Recreation Coordinator at Horse Council BC, at: recreation@hcbc.ca

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

DecEMBER 2016


Fraser Valley Reining Club Buckle Series By Lynda Holland


n 2016, the FVRC was very busy hosting several reining events including a very successful NRHA/ AQHA sanctioned show in June plus three schooling shows. The Buckle Series schooling shows were held in March, May and August at Murray Creek Ranch and Windsum Stables. A special thank you to all our wonderful sponsors, friends, and volunteers who have helped make this year such a success for the club. Also we are very grateful to Lucille Nicholas and Norma Siebert for the use of their excellent facilities for our schooling shows. We could not have

Non Pro buckle winner, Keesa Luers and Cromes Custom Chic.

Beginner A, Beginner B, and Ranch Horse winner Ryan Bitschy and his horse Down Wright Showy.

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club Report By Tracy Carver


t’s that time of year again; fall is in the air, the trees are sporting their autumn splendour, and our BCLM High Point award winners have been announced. The BC Lower Mainland initiated a High Point program four years ago to inspire and encourage its membership to build upon and elevate their riding skills through participating in multiple disciplines throughout the show season. Since its inception, the program has grown and now bestows High Point awards to all levels, from new untested E levels right up to and including our A graduate level members. Every fall, two different awards categories are open to all BCLM pony club members -- a

Combined High Point Award and a 3-Phase Eventing High Point Award. The Combined High Point Award promotes and encourages our BCLM membership to compete in both our Regional Show Jump event and our Regional Dressage Show. In order to qualify, members must compete in both shows with the same horse and rider combination, and points are awarded based on placings in a full division of jumper rounds at Show Jump and the final results of two Dressage tests at our Dressage competition. Members with the highest number of points from both shows win the Combined High Point Award, and for the first time, winners this year ranged from E through

to A levels. Our second BCLM High Point Award is a 3-Phase Eventing award, and in order to qualify for this award, our members must compete in Equine Canada governed full three phase events. These events combine three different disciplines, dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping, over a series of two or three days. Riders challenge themselves and their mounts in the different phases, and earn points based on their final standings in their various divisions. The purpose of this award is twofold: to promote Canadian Pony Club within the Eventing world, and to inspire our members to challenge themselves in a multi-discipline

BC Sporthorse Summary By Ulli Dargel


e, the Show Committee, Mary, Lisa, Virginia, Shelley and Ulli, would like to thank everyone who helped in making our 9th Annual Fall Classic, held at the Thunderbird Show Park October 8, 2016, a success. Even though we condensed the show into a one-day show, it ended with a positive note. A big thank you to our continued supporting Sponsors, without them we would not be able to provide so many beautiful prizes to our winners. And without our competitors, there would be no show. 36 • DecEMBER 2016


Our Performance Champions and Reserve Champions We would also like to acknowledge the following people: Our judge Lewis McKim for a job well done; Maureen Walters our

Mystery Judge for our Cup Classes; Mary Kierans, our Ring Mistress; Edie Sutter handing out ribbons and all the lovely prizes; Shelley Fraser helping Ulli at the office; Jeannie Wertz our announcer – she hung in while our PA System was being installed; Samantha Eidsness, of Storybook Ponies, for presenting all our 1st place Lead Line winners with beautiful baskets; and Virginia Allen for judging our young and upcoming riders. Debra McKay, our ever-so-efficient Whipper-In who is instrumental to ensure

done it without your support! The results from the schooling shows were tallied and hi- point buckles awarded at the AGM held November 5th 2016. The winners of the Buckle Series are as follows: Green as Grass Reiner - Joanne Goddard Beginner A, Beginner B & Ranch Horse Open - Ryan Bitschy Beginner Reiner & Rookie - Jana Luers Beginner Horse Open, Beginner NRHA Annette Robinson Beginner Youth 13 & Under - Kylianne and Mackenna Kerr (tie) Ranch Horse Walk/Trot - Kylianne Kerr Non Pro - Keesa Luers

event. For our members who have their sights set on achieving their full A graduate level, these events are the perfect training ground to help them in their preparations to attain that goal. The number of qualifiers each year continues to grow, and we are so incredibly proud of all of our members who strive to improve their riding skills. This year we had the honour of having Leslie Law, a legendary eventer himself, present our High Point winners with their awards in front of packed grandstands at the Mane Event. What an incredible experience for our pony club award recipients! Our 2016 BCLM High Point Award winners are:

(l to r) Mackenna Kerr, Kylianne Kerr, Keesa Luers, Jana Luers, Ruth Sweet (accepting on behalf of Annette Robinson and Ryan Bitschy).

FVRC Show Committee 2016. Pictured are some of the show committee members who have contributed so much to making this club work. (l to r) Jody Stasuk (Treasurer), Dale Carter, Penny Brown, Wendy Cassel (Pres), Christie Kerr (Show Mgr), Sandra Kolberg, Laurie Dufton, Ruth Sweet (VP), Annette Robinson. Missing are Jana Luers, Keesa Luers (Youth Rep), Natalie Barre, Sam Scott and Lynda Holland (Secretary).

Combined High Point E level – Hazel Carver – Mission Hills PC D level – Kooper Mansell – Mission Hills PC D1 level – Makala Louis – Mission Hills PC D2 level – Emma Marshall – Mount Cheam PC C level – Stephanie Struys – Mount Cheam PC C1 level – Kassandra Hawes – Mount Cheam PC C2 level – Ariel Carver – Mission Hills PC A level – Marlies Kerkhoven – Mission Hills PC Eventing 3-Phase High Point D1 level – Mackenzie Calnek – Mission Hills PC D2 level – Hadley Jack – Alouette PC C level – Stephanie Struys – Mount Cheam PC C1 level – Jami Struys – Mount Cheam PC C2 level – Jordan Carver – Mission Hills PC A level – Marlies Kerkhoven – Mission Hills PC

For more information about BCLM Pony Club, or to become involved in our equine-centered program, please contact Tracy Carver at 778-9997400.

2016 Combined and 3-Phase Eventing High Point Award winners (with two stand-in recipients) pictured with famed eventer Leslie Law, this year's presenter of the BCLM High Point Awards.

Meagan Dunn, shown with her pony Cavallie DSP – Champion Sport Pony and Coloured Sport Pony

One of our youngest Lead Line participants

that all competitors are ready and on time to enter the next class; and Ulli Dargel for planning, organizing and dedicating her time to ensure our show is a success. More photos and detailed placing can be found on our web site www. bcsporthorses.com.


DecEMBER 2016


Equestrian Canada Update The “Royal” Horse Show Wrap-up – Toronto Ontario - Photos by Cealy Tetley. ‘Captain Canada’ Ian Millar of Perth, ON claimed a record 12th career title in the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships on November 6, 2016. The win proved to be extra-special, coming aboard Dixson, who is making a comeback after being sidelined for the majority of the 2016 season due to surgery.

CET Medal National Final on November 10. After earning a third place finish in the 2016 Jump Canada Medal National Final earlier in the week on Nov. 8, Champoux returned to the Ricoh Coliseum for the CET Medal, which featured a total of 16 athletes invited from four regions across Canada. Riding Brighton, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Denise Kinvig, Champoux earned the highest mark of the initial Flat/Gymnastic phase on Nov. 9, receiving a score of 87 from the judges after completing the challenging test - which included changes of lead, turn on the haunches and posting trot without stirrups, along with jumping from the trot, hand gallop and counter-canter. The Reserve Champion was Taylor McManus from Langley, BC aboard Thiago, owned by Georgia McManus. Third place went to Allie Sullivan of Vancouver, BC and David Robinson’s Aphrodite M. Rounding out

Ian Millar Mackenzie Wray, 17, from Loretto, ON rode to top honours in the 2016 Jump Canada Medal Final, held November 8, 2016. Wray went head-to-head with 25 athletes from six provinces and four Regions across Canada (Atlantic, Ontario, Prairie and British Columbia), who were invited to compete for the national title after qualifying through their Regional Final.

Megan Champoux, 17, from Aldergrove, BC rode to the top of the 2016 Running Fox 38 • DecEMBER 2016


Quincy Hayes from Aurora, ON finished as the top Canadian and Reserve Champion in the Uplands Under 25 (U25) Jumping National Championship, which wrapped up on November 12. Hayes began her ride to the Reserve Championship title after earning second place in the $12,500 Alfred Rogers U25 National Championship – Phase 1 on Nov. 10, held as a speed class. Her partner was Calgary 56 (Carinjo x Cassini I), a 10-year-old German Warmblood gelding she co-owns with Sorensen Stables.

Quincy Hayes

Megan Champoux

Mackenzie Wray

Megan Lane

the top four was Jenna Lee Gottschlich from Edmonton, AB and her own Zidane B. Canadian Olympian, Megan Lane of Loretto, ON, earned back-to-back wins to sweep the Royal Invitational Dressage Cup, presented by Butternut Ridge, held November 9 and 10. Lane made her debut appearance at the Royal Horse Show with her Rio 2016 Olympic Games partner, Caravella (Contango x Riverman), a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare she co-owns with her mother, Cathy Lane. Together they picked up their first win of the week in the Grand Prix on Nov. 9 after receiving a score of 71.633%.

Awards: 2016 Greenhawk Jump Canada Volunteer of the Year - Marjorie Dennis of Caledon, ON 2016 Jump Canada Sponsor of the Year - The Younger-Millar family 2016 Jump Canada Official of the Year - World-class course designer, Michel Vaillancourt 2016 Jump Canada Owner of the Year - Artisan Farms LLC, owned by Andy and Carlene Ziegler 2016 Dressage Owner of the Year - Robyn Eames and Mark Trussell of Stouffville, ON. The mother and husband of two-time Canadian Olympian, Belinda Trussell, Robyn and Mark are the owners of Belinda’s long-time partner, Anton (Antaeus x Shirley), a 16-year-old Sachsen-Anhaltiner gelding. 2016 Dressage Youth Bursary - Lindsay Cooper-Kelly of Ottawa, ON.

Spooktacular & Year-End Awards By Bob Kirschman


n October 16 Quarter Spot Ranch in Lumby BC held its Year-End Awards Day and annual Horse Spooktacular with the weather cooperating for our 20 contestants. For those of you that may not be aware, there is a huge amount of work that goes into hosting the Spooktacular and it wouldn’t happen without the amazing volunteers that we have. So we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude, and of course without my “Boss” none of anything would happen around here. Big WELCOME BACK to Kowena and Nancy, truly nice to see Our ‘little Indian’ Tammy Vandenborn. Spiderman Dianna Shore you both again!! Can’t forget to give a huge shout out to Joy from “Joy’s Addiction” for stepping up to the plate this year for us with the “Burrito Bus” - we so appreciated you doing this (bagged lunches just don’t have the same appeal). Hopefully she will return next season for all of you!! This year’s Spooktacular Obstacle Course must have been fairly challenging as we only had 3 clean runs, and you keep telling me  you would like it more challenging,”Yea Okay.” Winner of the Obstacle Course Junior Champion Lyndsey Terpsma with Cindy Emily Stobbe and her John Deere Tractor was Dianna Shore with a time of 2:39 on a clean run. Again, and Bob. costume. as usual, you all did a fabulous job on the costumes. Costume Class Winners are: 1st Place Emily Stobbe (Tractor); 2nd Place Hayden Hyde (driver) Police Car; and 3rd Place Tammy Vandenborn (Indian). For the 2016 Year-End Awards our Senior Overall Champion and Barrel Champion goes to Kalin Keller. Our fearless group! Pole Bending Champion is Daisha Johnson. 2016 saw a new Junior Champion rise through the ranks… too much fun… that’s why they are called Fundays!! congratulations to Lyndsey Terpsma. Cindy and I wish you all a safe winter season with your horses We put these events on for all of you. If you enjoy them tell your and hope to see you over the winter as the arena is available for Drop friends. The more folks the more fun and there isn’t such a thing as In Riding (please phone first 250-547-9277).

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DecEMBER 2016


Canadian Para-Equestrians: From Århus To Rio By Daphne Davey


anada’s involvement in international para-equestrian sport goes back to 1991 when CanTRA formed a paraequestrian committee and fielded the country’s first national team for the 2nd World Championships in Equitation for Disabled Riders (later the World Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships) in Århus, Denmark. CanTRA-sponsored teams were also sent abroad to dressage and Olympic competitions in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008. From then on, the then Canadian Equestrian Federation formed Para-Equestrian Canada and took over the program. Much will have now been written about our current team that competed in Rio. Suffice it to say that CanTRA salutes Robyn Andrews (with Fancyanna) from Newfoundland; Lauren Barwick (with Onyx) and Ashley Gowanlock (with Di Scansano) from British Columbia, and Roberta Sheffield, a dual citizen, (with Double Agent) from England. Thanks for all your hard work, and congratulations on your achievements! But how did these elite athletes come to enjoy all the benefits of today’s highly sophisticated para-equestrian dressage

competitions? The answer lies in the pioneers who developed the essential ingredients: a disability classification system and trained classifiers; para-equestrian judges; team coaches and chefs d’équipe; and of course those who provided the funds.

development of international para-equestrian competition and our Canadian teams. Her interest in this elite sport, combined with her love of medicine, led to her playing an important role in the development of the classification of disabilities. She became an international classifier herself, serving in that capacity at the debut of dressage competition during the Paralympic Games in Atlanta (1996), and again in Sydney (2000). Her experience and wealth of knowledge were a major influence in the success of the classification system. Pioneers always leave a legacy. The dedicated work of Dr. Lawrence and others like her in the early days of the para-equestrian sport lives on in the Canadian teams of today and tomorrow. We can be justly grateful to our pioneers and immensely proud of our athletes.

Gillian Lawrence One of our most well-known Canadian pioneers was Dr. Gillian Lawrence, who sadly died this spring. She was the heart and soul of CanTRA from its inception in 1980, but beyond that she played a significant role in the

For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit www.cantra.ca or email ctra@golden.net. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www.cantra.ca or CanadaHelps.org.

NEW BOOK - Common Man, Uncommon Life ...These stories each and every one a gem... One of the most captivating biographies I have ever read...Story telling at its finest... Truly a remarkable piece of art written by an incredible man... By far the best book I have read in a long time. Stan Walchuk Jr’s new book release is a big 6x9” soft cover paperback, with 33 chapters and more than 700 pages. It is packed with amazing horse adventures and life stories and includes 28 black & white photos. Common Man/Uncommon Life is a journey of life so incredible it seems impossible – grizzly bear charges, swept down rivers, bigfoot, brawls, lost on ice, lost in love, horses over remote and rugged mountain passes, and so much more. A life full of incredible hardships and joys. It is a biography of a person chosen for adventure. No one could have set out from early childhood to 40 • DecEMBER 2016


live literally over a hundred wilderness journeys. Like a loving mother and a mad dog, adventure has filled the lonely void in Stan Walchuk Jr’s life, and chased him down city streets, over country roads, down rivers, and through mountain passes. It begins normal enough, a child raised in a typical city neighborhood. But from the time he could walk the colourful thread that wove the fabric that is his life was adventure – one wild, hilarious or hair-raising episode after another. This biography is written with a storyteller’s voice that is at moments sensitive, at other times strong, but always distinct. Vivid prose so that readers see and live these adventures as if through their own eyes. Head on and face to face the serenity, drama, and cruelty of adventure. For more information or to order call 1-250569-3423, email bchorse@telus.net or see www. bcoutfitter.com

ICHA Year-End Awards


By Carol Schepp

he Interior Cutting Horse Association had their yearend awards banquet Saturday, November 5th at Village Green Hotel in Vernon BC. It was a fun evening with dinner, awards and dancing. The Year-End Buckle Winners are:

Open Horse DFL Hickadixie Chick ridden by Lee Poncelet; owned by Carol Schepp Sponsored by Dr. David & Rebecca Ciriani 10,000 Horse Open DFL Hickory Badger ridden and owned by Bob Zirnhelt Sponsored by Paton & Martin Vet Services and Grindrod Feed Store Green Horse Open Starz Commander ridden and owned by Cindy Bugden Sponsored by AJF Wholesale 750 Progressive Horse WR This Cats Sly ridden by Lee Poncelet; owned by Carol Schepp Sponsored by Dr. Dale & Marilyn Henry Ranch Horse Pistol Packin Misha ridden and owned by Patti Magrath Sponsored by Southland Ranch Youth Rider Greta Wurtz riding Sonitas Colonel Pep Sponsored by Moffat Equine Services Non Pro Jim Rhodes riding Intentions Good Cat Sponsored by Bryan Schultz Construction 10,000 Novice Horse Non Pro Lori Haywood-Farmer riding DFL Superfoxolena Sponsored by Armstrong Vet Clinic and Stefan Schweiger

2500 Limit Rider Sheryl Wurtz riding San Taris Dual Oak Sponsored by Ed Hurd 750 Progressive Rider Tanya Garfield riding Noon Date Sponsored by LP Performance Horses

Greta Wurtz - Youth

350 Novice Rider Carla Hanaghan riding Noon Date Sponsored by Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic Nervous Novice Rider Elsen den Boer riding Shimmerlena Twosmart Sponsored by Troy Fisher Silverworks

Lori Haywood-Farmer 10,000 Novice Horse Non Pro

Never Won A Buckle Daralyn Schepp riding Hydrive Olena; owned by Jeannette Perry Sponsored by ICHA Top Horse of 2016: Pistol Packin Misha owned by Patti Magrath Top Rider of 2016: Carla Hanaghan riding Noon Date

The ICHA would like to thank all our sponsors, riders and volunteers. We look forward to the new season in 2017 and welcome new riders of any level to participate in our fun grassroots club. For more information and show dates go to our website: www.ichacutting.com or email: ichacutting@hotmail.com

Tanya Garfield - 750 Rider

Carla Hanaghan - Top Rider

BC Miniature Horse Club Update By Terri Brown


’m going to play a little catch up and share some memories from the BCMHC appearance at The Mane Event and our spooktacular Halloween Fun Day held at the lovely BV Arena. Let’s start with The Mane Event. I would like to thank each and every one of you that either brought horses for the booth or sat in the booth talking to people. Without the support of our members we would not be able to attend these events. Without attendance we cannot reach out to new members or share our love of these little horses with people. We had an amazing representation of the versatility of these horses, from proven show horses to a curly mini (my favourite); as well as a certified therapy mini ‘Thunder’. They brought smiles to the faces of a lot of people that weekend. I was proud to be a part of it. As for our little Funday, well it turned

out to be a monster!! With over 25 kids showing up to have a day of fun; it was an absolute blast. We had all sorts of classes and both ponies and kids seemed to have an excellent time. There were prizes for both kids and ponies and a lot of amazing costumes in the costume class. I will keep the writing short so I can share a bunch of pictures. Stay tuned to Saddle Up for upcoming decisions made at our AGM in November. Don’t forget to hug your mini today.

Our 2016 booth at The Mane Event.

Our amazing judge Mellissa Buckley and Fire the Lion

Lotto and Thunder working their magic! DecEMBER 2016


Peachland Riding Club

By Tera Caverly


e have the results from our Canada Day event, BC High School Rodeo, and the Saddle Series:

CANADA DAY Highpoint Header: Mike DeGuevara Highpoint Heeler: Riley Isnardy Open Barrel Average Champion: Charla Nikkels on Ella Junior Barrel Average Champion: Nevada Dynneson on Savanah Senior Barrel Average Champion: Monica Oram on Mocha Peewee Barrel Average Champion: Sidney Renaud on Sweetie Pole Bending Average Champion: Jesse Tarr on Chinook Futurity Average Champion: Amber Pomeroy on He’s Truly Special Derby Average Champion: Gina Volansky on GV On A Mission 9TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL RODEO All-Around Cowgirl, High School: Taylor Cherry All-Around Cowboy, High School: Carson Payton All-Around Cowgirl, Junior High: Taya Hamming All-Around Cowboy, Junior High: Wyatt McCullough Highpoint Local Competitor, High School: Vanessa Caverly Highpoint Local Competitor, Junior High: Paivi McLean

Saddle Series Top 10 Winners!

High School Rodeo

Halloween Show - Best Costume 2016 Sydney Renaud!

SADDLE SERIES TOP 10 WINNERS 10: Kim Feist 9: Emily Jones 8: Candace Chevallier 7: Payton Ramage 6: Kylie Haugland 5: Angelica Sure 4: Amanda Capuano 2: Kathy Laszic and Vanessa Caverly 1: Nikki Harris Peachland Riding Club would like to thank our 2016 Sponsors: Diamond H Tack, Boston Pizza, Greyback Construction, Sunshine Pet Supplies, GRM Inc, TNI, Dunamis Projects Ltd, Peachland Wildfires Drill Team, The Brooks Family, Classic Cuts Dog Grooming, 1st Class Auto Glass, Mary Kay Darlene Pappas, Chevalliers Arena, Sweetgrass Feed and Tack, Inland Equipment Sales, Stutters, BC Fasteners, Rona, Save on Foods, Costco, Tbones, Moo-Lix Ice Cream Shop, Telus, Huber Banister Chevrolet, Accent Fireplace Gallery, Martens Electrical, William Robinson, Larry Chevallier Memorial Fund, and Nails by Stephanie.

Open Average Champion

PeeWee Average Champion

Senior Average Champion

Pole Bending Champion

High School Rodeo Junior High Point

High School Rodeo

High Point Header and Heeler

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Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister Photo by Ron McCarthy


ello everyone, we hope you and you’re four legged friends are all doing well. This year is almost over now and we would like to thank a few of the many people that make it possible for LRS to put on so many great events over the course of the year. These people along with many spouses, parents, children, friends and other volunteers are the ones that make all the great shows, races, rodeo and other events possible, so a HUGE Thank-you to our 2016 Directors and volunteers. The LRS AGM is December 6th if you would like to become a Director or get more involved with the club. Please check out our website www.langleyriders.com LRS 2016 Board of Directors: President: Paul Ritchot Vice President: John Scotton Treasurer: Wanda Bittner Secretary: Elana Wharry English/Western: Becky Herford Games: Ngaire Smart Jumping: Alicia White

Rodeo: Pierre Fortier Drill Team: Colleen Vail CC Barrels: Sherri-lynn Prest Membership: Bonnie Proctor Ways & Means: Stacy Northey Building: Paul Gildemeister Promotions: Sarah Vail Paul Ritchot (r) and Pierre Fortier (l)

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


t is the end of our Club’s active year. communication that is available today. She Our AGM was held on November 16, and is a wiz with all of that and the Club has our Christmas Party is coming up on benefited from all her work. When I was in December 9 -- should be fun! We are having a management I had a phone, a notebook and the most important part of buffet supper at a restaurant my team -- a secretary! Times in Oliver for this year’s party. change quickly and it is now However there is a time for a change in the Club. time for change and new I would also like to thank ideas to take the Club Ken and Dawn at the D-K forward for next year and Ranch for their continued so I am stepping down as support to the Club, both President, having filled the for the facilities and for Ken’s appointment for four years, support as a judge and for and our Vice-President, making the arena ready for Debbie House, is also taking all our events. a break from this post I am delighted to inform although she is likely to readers that we will be in safe become our Membership hands with our new team. Officer and I will continue to I hope the Club continues write up our contribution to to thrive; we have a great Saddle Up. group of people, all with The Club, and indeed one common interest – our myself, would like to thank horses and our friends. As I Debbie for all the hard work Max, outgoing President hand over the reins, I wish she has put into the Club over the last few years. She served multiple all the Club Members well for the future terms as our President and has continued to and please continue, as I will, to support the support both me and the Club with energy Club and to get involved with all the events and enthusiasm. I openly admit to being that take place, both as participants and as behind the curve with all the electronic volunteers.

So the new team is as follows: as Joint President, we have Margie Fisher and Paddy Head; as Vice-President, Trish Anderson; as Secretary, Carol Lydiatt (another stalwart of the Club who was inducted as a life member of the Club). In the position of Treasurer, we will continue to be well supported by Trish Osland (also an inducted life member), as we

Debbie House, outgoing Vice President have for many years! Finally, Debbie takes on Membership and I will continue to let all readers of Saddle-Up know just what the Oliver Riding Club is up to. The Oliver Riding Club wishes everyone the very best for the coming holiday season and a very successful and enjoyable New Year. Ride safe and always stay inspired by horses. DecEMBER 2016


Tennessee Walking Horse News


embers of the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse (CRTWH) were very busy this summer, out enjoying their horses - in spite of all the rain. And there is a reason why Tennessee Walking Horses are so popular with trail riders. CRTWH owners wanting to spend long hours in the saddle enjoying our great

During the Wild Pink Yonder ride. countryside have found that their horses’ easy gaits, great stamina and sturdiness make those hours very pleasurable. Canadian registered Walkers have been showing up all over. Quite a few owners head up to YaHa Tinda near Banff National Park on the eastern slopes of the Alberta Rockies. The great horse camping there had riders staying for the weekend, or a week, or longer! Lots of trails of all levels of difficulty kept everybody challenged. Some riders would go out for an hour or two, some for the day and one couple packed in for a night. Another group headed for the challenges of Cadomin, a high mountain area just east of Jasper National Park. Again - great trails, great people, and great horses made for a fabulous time. We also had riders at various stages of the Wild Pink Yonder Ride, a 21-day trail ride raising money for breast cancer research. Riders

Kelowna Riding Club



fundraised by collecting pledges for each day they rode. Some rode for one or two days, and some for a week or more. The ride started in southern Alberta and worked its way up to the north-eastern part of the province, allowing many riders to experience parts of the province we don’t often get to see. There were nine CRTWH and their owners in the group of 13 gaited horses who headed to Donalda, AB, in September, for a poker ride in the Badlands. They were honoured that one of our Century Partners, aged 84, joined them. He’d retired his old Walker partner last year at the age of 25, so he rode his daughter’s great mare on a four-hour long ride. Two of our members even won a poker hand! The Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse has many great programs for breeders and riders. One of the most popular is the Ride, Drive, Alternate program. Registered members keep track of their hours riding, driving and/or doing liberty work with their Walkers. Awards are handed out at the annual AGM to acknowledge the pleasure hours we spend with our Walking Horses. With the number of organized trail rides attended and all the anecdotal stories of riding done this year, we are sure to see some great hour totals for 2016. Above background picture at YaHa Tinda.

Poker ride in the Alberta Badlands.

By Sarah Hayes

erry Christmas and Happy New Year to all from the Kelowna Riding Club! We had a beautiful fall but now it is time to bundle up for the winter. Our clubhouse is now closed down for the winter. We will re-open and be available for all events in the spring. Under special circumstances and with a winter surcharge to cover extra heating costs, we can open the clubhouse for your winter event too! We will have a new Executive and Board of Directors for 2017. Our club is open to all members and riders, every discipline. Membership 44 • DecEMBER 2016

By Fran Kerik, CRTWH Director

forms can be found on our website. Dates show plans are already underway for 2017. Check our Facebook page and website at www.kelownaridingclub.com for all events. We wish to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our 2016 sponsors and we look forward to working with you again in 2017! Without our sponsors and volunteers we would not have such a great club.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


s the year winds down we are already underway with plans for a busy 2017. We will be doing another Tack Sale on Saturday March 4th – to be in Armstrong or Enderby, location tba. Last year the hall was just too cramped – so we are looking for a larger (reasonably priced) venue. Since our Fall Poker Ride seems to be quite successful, we are going to try one in the Spring - mark Saturday May 13th on your calendar for Timber Ridge Trails. Although our entries were down for our Pot O Gold Show this past

Alberta Donkey & Mule Club

May, we are going to give the show another try, and move it to Sunday (yes, Sunday!) June 11th at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. We are hoping the day and date change will bring in more entries. Plus I heard that the Gaited Horse Show is on the Saturday, so perhaps if we add a few gaited classes, they will come for the weekend and partake in both shows. Our Fall ‘Find the Golden Horseshoe’ Poker Ride will take place on Saturday September 23rd again at Timber Ridge Trails. Keep informed on our Facebook page! Merry Christmas everyone!

By Kim Baerg


Donkeys in the Winter Keeping donkeys comfortable through the winter requires shelter from the wind, rain and snow. Fresh water [not snow] should be available and of course a suitable diet. Grass hay for most donkeys is best with maybe something a bit more nutritious if you have lactating or pregnant Our drill team! donkeys. Since donkey’s feet are somewhat different than horses, I have found when the snow conditions are right they develop bad snow balls in their hooves. It can get really built up to 4” so I often carry a small hammer, pick up their feet and knock the snow out of them. Most of the time the snow ball breaks off at the sole. It can be extremely uncomfortable for them if left unattended. I don’t blanket my donkeys, they My donkey ‘Carmaletta’ in our Canadian winter. have a very good insulation layer of Photo by Kim Baerg. hair that traps the warm air and if you Let one of the above people know where your interests are and see them with piles of snow on their backs, it is like the roof of your house. That shows that there is not much heat loss in that area, and a committee representative will contact you. We discussed the events for the coming year. First in March they are probably quite warm under that. However that said, the we need workers for our Casino Night, so please contact Russ for a thing to watch out for is rain and then cold. If the donkeys don’t sign up date and time. We need this to continue with our education, have a shelter to get out of the rain and get thoroughly soaked promotion and activities and events that make the Alberta Donkey down to their skin and then the temperature drops they will be and Mule Club a busy and fun club to join… come on out and pitch in! cold and uncomfortable and may suffer a lot. Most healthy donkeys and mules adapt well to our Canadian Other events in the planning process are numerous clinics including Colt starting, Beginner to Advanced riding and Driving winters, with regular livestock care, and a few small considerations. They will get through and enjoy the winter. If we are prepared clinics. Alberta Long Ears Days: Aug 11-13, 2017, Show, Dinner, Music, and there is not very many of us who don’t enjoy a crisp beautiful winter day. Drill Team Performances. Merry Christmas and see you all in the New Year. Check out Everyone had great ideas and exciting plans for the upcoming year are already underway. The productive day was ended with a www.albertadonkeyandmule.com for updates on events! delicious pot luck lunch. n October 23 we held out semi-annual meeting in Ponoka. The board had many items to cover and discussed numerous issues and ideas. The general meeting followed and the directors have set things up to make it easier for members to contribute their expertise and suggestions. Several small committees have been established where members’ contributions can be discussed over the phone or submitted electronically to the committee that interests you. Promotional Booths: Jerry Forsman, Marlene Quiring, Linda Leggette Clinics: Kim Baerg, Sue Wensink, Marlene Quiring, Jennifer Johnson Events and Competitions: Russ Shandro and Heather Loftus Rioux Casino: Russ Shandro

DecEMBER 2016


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter

East Similkameen Trail Repair Project


Dumping gravel in the turnpike with an ATV and dump trailer.

The crew on Thursday August 11. Volunteers: Rose, Lisa and Ed with hired contractors Jack and Larry.

What we started with. ^ What we finished with.


t’s all about having the right tools! Yarrow Chapter sure found that out on our last project: repairing a wet section of the East Similkameen Trail in EC Manning Provincial Park. Our volunteer efforts in EC Manning began in 2010 with the building of the Headwaters Corral Equestrian Campground. Part of our long-term planning was to re-open horse trails that have been closed due to lack of maintenance. Last year we did the Steamboat Trail and the Hope Pass Trail; 2016 was the East Similkameen. East Similkameen is important as a link to the Monument 78 and 83 trails. Monument 78 starts/ends at the 49th parallel (or border between Canada and the USA). This is the terminus of the famous and fabulous Pacific Crest trail that runs from Mexico right up the spine of the mountains back to Canada! You can also connect to the Monument 83 trail, to the old Centennial Trail and over to the Paysayten/Cathedral Lake Provincial Park and Snowy Mountain Protected Area. Hikers and trail runners use all these trails; it’s mountain bike friendly and cross country skiers and snow shoers use it in the winter. What stopped horseback riders from clearing the windfall and using it was a short boggy section with rotted bridges and a mountain beaver! First, our repair plan to remove the rotted bridges (5) and build a turnpike had to be approved by the BC Parks Area Supervisor. Some paperwork and a few site visits took care of that. Next, an Environmental Impact Assessment had to be done with a focus on where the little critter lived and made its home. Easily accomplished, very educational Larjac crew of Jack and Larry filling the turnpike with gravel.

Building a rock wall around the largest culvert.

Another finished shot of the inviting, low-maintenance trail. but a bit costly, in my opinion. And never forget fundraising! Yarrow found many willing partners for both cash (Yarrow Chapter, Horse Council BC, Friends of Manning Park, Hike BC and the late Hope Riding Club) and in-kind (Jacobs Farms, BC Parks and Manning Park Resort). Total value of the project: $8,619.50. Next came getting supplies together and hiring a contractor with the “right tools” and know-how. Yarrow Chapter hired Larjac Trail and Structure Ltd. On Monday, August 8, at 9:00 am, they arrived with a mini excavator, quad, two dump trailers and sundry tools. Five days and three tired volunteers later on Friday, August 12, at 4:00 pm, they finished. Right on schedule and according to plan! We installed two large culverts and nine small drainage pipes, built 150+ feet (46 meters) of turnpike, relocated a short piece of trail that the river was undermining, cleaned up all the trash (wood), installed a sign post and a hiker log over the creek. When it was all done, you could hardly tell we had been in there, it looks so natural and inviting! The mountain beaver is happy, BC Parks is happy and so is Yarrow Chapter! We are already planning for next year… Dewdney trail look out!

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

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

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BC Rodeo Association

Photos courtesy of Rona Macdonald Photography

BCRA 2016 Finals Champions The BCRA Annual General Meeting & Banquet was held Saturday, October 15th at the Quesnel Senior Center, Quesnel BC. Evening started out with dinner, silent auction and then the awards and dance. A big thank you to all who helped organize and make the banquet a success. Thank you to the following for helping us at our banquet: ~ Nita Cameron ~ Kelly Walls ~ Diana Puhallo ~ Sherry Jasper Thank you to all for your donations to the BCRA silent auction. ALL AROUND COWGIRL – TAYLOR CHERRY Sponsor: The Horse Barn JR ALL AROUND – BRIANNA BILLY Sponsors: Ranches Only / TnL Cattle 2016 BCRA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – GORD PUHALLO, Big Creek BC 2016 BCRA MOST SPORTSMANLIKE – MATT O’FLYNN, Quesnel BC 2016 BCRA RODEO PERSON OF THE YEAR – CARL HYDE, Prince George BC

Junior All Around Brianna Billy All Around Cowgirl Taylor Cherry

British Columbia Rodeo Association and the members would like to give a thank you to all our outgoing directors and a big welcome to all new directors (see new list at bottom of page). Expression of Interest (EOI) BC Rodeo Association Finals An Expression of Interests is being offered to applicants who are interested in producing the 2017 BC Rodeo Association Finals. Proposal Packages are now available through the BCRA office. Proposal closing date and time is 10:00 am February 13, 2017.

Lifetime Achievement Gord Puhallo

Rodeo Person of the Year Carl Hyde

Sportsmanship Award – Matt O’Flynn

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * bcrodeoassn@gmail.com * www.rodeobc.com Winter Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 2016/2017 BCRA Board of Directors: President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, gdpuhallo@xplornet.com Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250.961.9005, trishkohorst@gmail.com

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

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

DecEMBER 2016


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




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

armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 5/17 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 12/16


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

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.chilliwackridingclub.ca 8/17 Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! 11/17

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

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com 6/17

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca 7/17 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 6/17 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 12/17 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, bclmponyclub@gmail.com 2/17 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 3/17 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, cathyglover@telus.net 10/17

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

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

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BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-381-2245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, www.bcrcha.com 9/17 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@shaw.ca, www.rodeobc.com 8/17 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Shelley Fraser 604-8578882, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, www.bcsporthorse.com 2/17 Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!! www.bctpca.net


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

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


North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 4/17 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Allylebel@hotmail.com. Join us on Facebook 5/17 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@ telus.net, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, www.oliverridingclub.com 12/16

100 Mile & District Outriders

6/17 5/16

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

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

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Clubs & Associations REGION 17 ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC., Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson, terry@weststar.ca, youth activities, shows, stallion auction, clinics, www.region17.com 12/16

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

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC



Peruvian Horse Club of BC

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


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

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



(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1 pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320 7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 2-4 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE CLINIC w/Isla Adderson, (private clinic) Calgary AB, www.forthehorse.com 3 AERC AWARDS BANQUET, Oddfellows Hall, Armstrong BC, details at www. armstrongenderbyridingclub.com or on club’s FB page 11 BARREL RACE at noon & Rope at 2 pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, Sandy 250-718-2716, www.chevyequine.com 11 6th ANNUAL MUSICAL RIDE (2pm), Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Sun Meadows Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, 250-573-5812 13-31 CARAVAN FARM THEATRE, “The Orphan’s Dream” Winter Sleigh Ride Show, Armstrong BC, www.caravanfarmtheatre.com 17 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Christmas Party, 12 noon, Armstrong BC, See more on club FB page or e-mail Debbie at bcinteriormorganclub@gmail.com 28-31 BOXING WEEK SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, 1-877-762-5631, www. diamondhtack.ca 31 NEW YEAR’S ON HORSEBACK, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367

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CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1 pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-3207784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB AGM, Anchor Inn Pub 11:30 am, Armstrong BC, See more on club FB page or e-mail Debbie at bcinteriormorganclub@gmail.com


(Saturdays) CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1 pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320 7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (Sundays) CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 (tba) SCHOOL OF LEGERETE CLINIC w/Isla Adderson, Winnipeg MB, Teri tsd28@shaw.ca, www.forthehorse.com 4 TACK SALE, hosted by BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, location TBA, info Nancy 250-546-9922 10-12 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE CLINIC w/Isla Adderson, (private clinic) Calgary AB, www.forthehorse.com 25-31 EDMONTON AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, www.equinerehab.ca

CATTLE SORTING CLINIC (1 pm), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-3207784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 CATTLE SORTING (12 noon), Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 ALBERTA HORSE CONFERENCE, Strathcona County Community Centre, Sher wood Park AB, www.albertahorseindustry.ca

Do you have your 2017 dates booked yet?

Send them in (required format only, as above) – our readers want to know! DecEMBER 2016


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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 12/17 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch Ed Bastac (South Okanagan/Similkameen) 250-770-0214 Animal Bedding, Dry Wood Shavings 12/17 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch

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Certified Equine Therapist: Structural Alignment and Massage Certified Equine Thermographer: Interpreted Imaging Certified Coaching: CHA English and Western All Breed - All Discipline

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THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 11/17




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

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

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

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

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

TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 2/17 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 4/17 ALUMINUM • STEEL • STAINLESS Jump Standards • Tack Boxes Repairs & Modifications Custom Stalls • Gates 250-540-4527 • VERNON BC


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


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

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JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 6/17 JONI LYNN PETERS - (Okanagan) High Performance Dressage Coach, clinics, coaching and training, 250-546-8892, jonilynn@live.ca 12/16 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 3/17 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB) www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com, Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 2/17 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 4/17 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylang.ca 4/17 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre, Liveblood.org, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 3/17

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Business Services VETERINARIANS ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 6/17 ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-747-3053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 11/17 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dcvet.ca 8/17 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, www.geertsema.ca 6/17 interior veterinary health services (S & Central OK) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Cert. Vet. Chiropractor 4/17 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 12/16 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 8/17 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales 4/17 SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069, Large and small animal vets, on-call 24/7 for emergencies, www.shuswapvet.com 7/17 THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 3/17

year-round listings starting at $ 225 per year! Stallions & Breeders

Appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 5/17 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 12/17 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 3/17 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 12/16 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 2/17

SKYLINE STABLES (Williams Lake BC) 250-392-3649, hannahgarden@hotmail.com SS: Home of the Leopard Stallions, Sign Of Freckles & Im’a Cool Kisser 2/17 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 10/17 TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526, see us on FB SS: Arabians & APHA, Breeding, Sales, Boarding, horses@turningpointranch.ca 2/17 TWIN ACRES FARM (70 Mile House BC) 250 456 7462. Welsh Ponies, Welsh Pembroke & Welsh Cardigan Corgis, twinacresfarm@xplornet.ca, www.twinacresfarm.net 2/17 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. www.wildwoodranches.org 12/16

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DecEMBER 2016


On The Market (Private Sale) Want To Ride An Appaloosa?

Breeding old style Foundation Quarter Horses with:


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12/16 9/16

The Peruvian Horse



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

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

Limited Prospects available


Rural Roots

realtors ExcEptional 40 acrE EQUEStrian propErtY Located in Clearwater BC with 2 homes. One is a 3 bedroom and seasonally rented, the other is a large beautifully crafted 2 bedroom. There is a 4-stall barn (connected to house by breezeway), a large heated shop with 200 amp power, flat land, and large paddocks. The opportunities are endless! Call today to tour this property. 436 Ritchie Road, Clearwater BC $1,150,000 MLS® 137764

BEVErlEY KniFFEn 604-916-7881 Beverley@cascadiarealty.ca Cascadia Pacific Realty www.cascadiarealty.ca

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Located in the Silver Star area of Vernon BC, beautiful 3,150 sq.ft. rancher. HORSE LOVERS… this property is for you! 63’ x 95’ barn with 10 stalls, a fully wired workshop, tack room and tons of storage! Property is out of ALR and can be sub-divided into three separate parcels. Fully finished, custom built home has room for the whole family with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a double garage! Hay storage, riding ring, run-in shed, round pen and beautiful riding trails. 7940 Keddleston Road, Vernon BC $999,999 MLS® 10123064

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

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