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The Magical World of Dancing Horses Show presented by Marro Farms arrived in Ponoka Alberta on July 15-16 with musical themes designed for the performance horses.


potlights danced off their coats like diamonds and those that missed this event were left out of an amazing adventure with these magical dancing horses. Eight stunning white Andalusians from Marro Farms (www. were the stars of this event, but other breeds were also presented in their glory. Spectators enjoyed a beautiful presentation of horses and riders dancing to their music while weaving in and out of long flowing silks while a golden stallion raced around the arena free as he was born. The only mare in this two hour show was a beautiful black and white spotted Friesian/Gypsy cross with a mane that flowed to her knees. Joining us, and a beautiful addition to the show, were the Friesian Horse Dancing Drill Ride and the exciting Friesian Marathon carriages that raced through their performance to the delight of the audience. There was something for everyone young and old, and the antics of Barney the resident clown of the Magical World delighted the audience along with the miniature Singing Pony. It was a ‘magical’ evening along with some of the most beautiful horses in the world… a sight not often available.

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utting it close to print deadline I just had to include some highlights from the 2016 Rio Olympics. Way to go Canada… congratulations to our equestrians and all the athletes that participated. As I write this we are gearing up for our 117th Annual Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) and Stampede here in Armstrong. The IPE is BC’s largest agricultural fair. Look for a report in the October issue. Other local fairs in September include the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo in Barriere, the Salmon Arm Fall Fair, the Rock Creek Fair, and two 4-H Provincial Winter Fairs (one in Kamloops, the other in Barriere). As I cannot be at all of these fairs, I hope someone sends in a report on how their event went (horse show related of course)! And let’s not forget the Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament in Calgary – that happens from September 7-11. The summer has been a busy one for me, what with going away on riding weekends, taking a clinic or two, or volunteering at horse shows (which I enjoy every now and then); there seems to be something happening every Photo by Dawn Ferster weekend! And we don’t have much of summer left now that we are heading into September. We’re counting our numbered riding days and weekends before the cold arrives (I’m a wus… sp?). We’ve got some interesting stories in this issue – I hope you enjoy them. Ride on!

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Dancing Horses 3 What’s Next? 6 The Mane Event 8 Nutrition and The Rider 10 7 Elements in the Saddle 12 Tips in the Show Ring 14 Turn on the Haunches 16 Equine Thermography 18 A Canadian Wins Mongol Derby 21 2016 Rio Olympics 23 The Last Cariboo Ride? 29

Our Regulars KIDS 25 Cariboo Chatter 30 Top Dog! 32 Horse Council BC 35 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 42 Back Country Horsemen of BC 43 BC Paint Horse Club (no news, sorry) BC Rodeo Association 44 Clubs/Associations 45 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 46 Business Services 48 Stallions/Breeders 51 52 On The Market (photo ads) Rural Roots (real estate) 53 Shop & Swap 54

School of Légèreté Teachers' Course Accepting Applications By Christine Adderson


antastic news for everyone! Philippe Karl has granted a Teachers’ Course for the School of Légèreté at ForTheHorse centre in Chase BC! Melanie Bulmahn has also been granted Master Instructor from Philippe Karl, a very deserved designation. Melanie will be our instructor for the Teachers’ Course, and as most of you know, she is a fabulous, patient and knowledgeable instructor, who has been coming to teach 3 clinics per year at ForTheHorse for the past 4 years. Visit for more information about the Teachers' Course 2017 at ForTheHorse and the Canada School of Légèreté. If you would like to reserve either a rider spot or auditor spot, please email If you would like to move ahead but need more information to make your decision, feel free to email me and I will help you with the details. I look forward to another successful, energizing and educational Teachers’ Course and I hope you will be a part of this excellent opportunity.

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What’s Next? By Christa Miremadi

Lately, I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about the “starting” process with our horses -- how long it takes, what sort of preparation is needed, why we do it and what our horses gain as a result of a good start with consideration to their needs mind, body and soul.


his is all important stuff and without this understanding and foundation we have no business asking this next question. But, assuming that you do have the understanding and that your horse does have this foundation, the obvious next question is: what comes next? I think, for lots of people, this foundational development seems to be their destination and although it’s absolutely okay to be passionate about this particular process (I know I sure am!), it’s also important to recognize, embrace and encourage our horses’ strengths, helping them to develop a specialized skill (or skills). Aside from helping to guarantee a future for your horse, it also gives both the horse and human involved a sense of accomplishment, focus and purpose. But how can you tell what skill (or skills) your horse enjoys or will excel at? How do you choose a focus? And how do you know when he is ready to take the next step and be challenged into a specialized skill? Like people, horses are capable of having preferences. They can enjoy what they’re doing or dislike it. They’re fully capable of emotions like joy, boredom, anxiety, contentment, excitement and fear. And again, just like people, these emotions can be triggered by the environment and company we keep. If you can learn to recognize these emotions in your horse, you may be able to decipher when your horse is getting bored with the foundational development, what activities your horse most enjoys doing and (hopefully) find a focus that both you and your horse will excel at and enjoy. Knowing when your horse is ready to take the next step may be the easiest of these questions to answer. But how do you know what activity your horse will enjoy and why does it even matter if he enjoys it? If your horse is bred for jumping, surely, that is what he should learn to do. If you have a Quarter Horse, surely his future is not dressage… Most likely, you bought your horse with a sport in mind, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sport you had in mind is the one your horse will enjoy most. For example, many years ago I bought a 5-month-old QH/Morgan filly who was purchased and raised with developing a reining horse in mind. When the little mare turned 6, it became clear that, although she never complained about the reining patterns, she enjoyed jumping -- a lot. I could have pushed her into the reining world and probably created a pretty decent little reiner out of her; however, I found a young lady who was looking for a horse to develop as a jumper. After seeing them together, my choice was simple. I was sorry to see her go because I really liked her a lot but I wanted her to be happy and to be able to do what she enjoyed as well as the fact that I wanted my working partner to really love what we did together. My little mare, Dallas, went on to not only excel, but also thrive as a jumper! She 6 • September 2016


My little Morgan/Quarter Horse mare, Dallas, the weekend we realized that she loved English.

was purchased for $1500 in Galahad, AB, with hopes of becoming a reining horse and sold as a successful jumper (a few times) in the five digits! Not something I would have predicted when I brought the scruffy little ranch pony filly home. But what if you didn’t have a plan in mind? How do you recognize what activities your horse enjoys or help your horse to enjoy the same things you do? Although I’m sure not everyone will agree with me and that’s okay, I believe that (just like people) it’s important for horses to enjoy their work. A horse will put the most heart or effort into what he enjoys doing. Often times, they’ll even have more energy and stamina and a better work ethic if what they are doing is bringing them a positive experience as opposed to a negative one. This is a belief I’ve come to, not through anthropomorphosis, but through experimentation and observation. It’s been my experience that activities which make my horses feel confident and cause confident excitement are also the activities that they do best. If you’ve ever said to yourself, “My horse steps out a whole lot more when we’re on the trail than he does in the arena,” or “As soon as I show her the jumps she comes to life,” you have experienced this first-hand. They will still be limited by experience, skill level and natural ability, but at least they’ll be giving it their all and enjoying the experience. On the contrary, if an activity (or rider) brings them anxiety or fear or if the activity they’re doing causes them to feel insecure, bored, frustrated or like they’re not pleasing their rider, they’ll give far less effort. If you’ve ever said to yourself or anyone else, “My horse feels like an old plough horse when we go into an arena,” or “My horse turns into a freight train when we jump/run barrels,” you’ve experienced this first-hand. It’s also been my experience that they seem to most enjoy activities in which they are able to make their rider happy. Who doesn’t like to be acknowledged for accomplishments or hard work? In other words, even if a horse isn’t naturally drawn to an activity (like dressage, barrels or jumping), it’s possible to create or develop an interest in a sport or activity by helping your horse to experience positive emotions while practicing or performing these activities. It’s also possible to emphasize or even create a dislike for the activity by freely sharing frustrated, angry or disappointed energy. I’ve seen more than a few riders destroy a horse’s passion for a natural gift or interest in a particular activity by putting on too much pressure or sharing a constant stream of disappointed, frustrated energy as the horse failed to meet their expectations. Unfortunately, it seems as though the more frustrated a rider becomes, the more resistant and bracey the horse gets and this can create a vicious cycle and a downward spiral until any chance of success or joy for either horse or rider in that particular activity

is lost. They will become “sour.” The good news? This works both ways! I’ve also seen countless riders create a willing and seemingly effortless partnership with their horses in the sport of their choosing because they knew just when to stop and reward, show appreciation for their horses and share positive, encouraging and supportive energy. They were able to create desire and “try” in their horses. Although I absolutely agree that some horses are best suited to certain activities, due to their athletic build and others aren’t ideal (thanks to their natural conformation or apparent limitations), it doesn’t mean that this is always the case. If you’ve hit a point with your horse in which you think he is getting bored of the foundation and is ready to move forward, being able to decipher and then support whichever activities bring you and your horse joy is the first step to finding the right path on which to take the next step. 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. Jan and her Hanoverian/TB mare, Abby, doing what Abby loves best, Mountain Trail. Not what you'd expect out of such an athletic mare! (Photo by Aynsley Cairns)

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The Mane Event 2016: Knowledge, Wisdom and Entertainment A good horseman knows one should never stop learning. Even naturally-gifted equestrians understand that the path to true wisdom - a step above basic knowledge, often described as feel - is achieved only through a life dedicated to a unique art.


ven then, there is always more to know; one who believes that he has mastered the art of horsemanship has not yet begun to understand the horse. There are many ways to pursue a greater understanding of the horse, but for those in the Pacific Northwest a great place to begin, and return to year after year, is The Mane Event Expo at Heritage Park in Chilliwack; the 2016 expo will be held on October 21-23. Now in its 13th year, The Mane Event offers knowledge, wisdom and entertainment from the industry’s best horsemen and women, provided through Canada’s premier equine educational event and trade show.

Only the Best Known for showcasing only the finest horsemen and women, The Mane Event has again put together a group of especially-accomplished trainers and clinicians for the 2016 Chilliwack expo. These include Warwick Schiller, Peggy Brown, Kay Blandford, Leslie Law, Charlotte Bredahl, Garn Walker and others. A lifelong rider, Warwick Schiller moved from Australia to the USA to pursue his dream of training horses. He focused on reining, his passion, eventually going on to become an NRHA reserve world champion and represented Australia in reining at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Somewhere along the way of learning to train reining horses, Warwick came to understand a thought process, a way of dealing with Warwick Schiller horses that crossed all boundaries of breed or discipline. Warwick’s ability to solve horse problems is a skill that only the world’s finest horsemen possess, but his unique gift lies in his ability to explain what he does and why to others. Leslie Law is the Athens’ individual Olympic champion and team silver medalist. Known for his consistency, Law has a string of successes

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including a team silver in Sydney 2000, European team gold in 2001 and 2003 and World team bronze in 2002. Since arriving in the USA in 2006, Leslie has racked up a huge list of accomplishments and is a most sought-after clinician. Garn Walker is a lifelong horseman and has produced dozens of world and grand national champion Morgans in English, western, reining, trail and western dressage. Garn is also one of the founding partners of Cowboy Dressage World. Charlotte Bredahl was part of the USA bronze medal winning Olympic team in Barcelona with her horse Monsieur. She is a USEF (S) and FEI (International) rated (4*) judge. Charlotte was the selector for the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, and in 2010 for the World Games. In 2009 through 2011 she was the featured clinician for the USDF adult clinic series in all nine regions. In 2014, she was awarded the USEF Gold Medal of Distinction as well as Honorary Instructor title by the USDF and appointed USA Assistant Youth Coach for the same year. Peggy Brown is an Advanced Level IV Centered Riding and Centered Driving Clinician. She has trained horses and riders for more than 30 years. Peggy’s strong belief in good foundation training and application of physical education techniques to riding and driving has helped her students succeed at both local and national championship levels. Barrel racing enthusiasts will be excited to learn the finer

points of the sport from champion Kay Blandford. Kay was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2010. She was the WPRA world champion in 2007, in addition to many other achievements in the sport of barrel racing spanning four decades.

Keeping it Fun All teachers know a great way for students to learn, and retain, new information is by keeping it entertaining. New information is processed naturally in an environment where questions are encouraged and laughter is welcome. Perhaps this is why the Trainers Challenge continues to grow in popularity. This year’s trainers accepting the challenge include Evan Bonner from Washington and Ed Dabney from Georgia. Bonner’s career with horses began young with 4H and Pony Club and he has been competing in a variety of disciplines including colt starting - since 2008 in venues all over the country, including at the NFR in Las Vegas. Ed Dabney, a 5th-generation horseman, is an internationally-acclaimed clinician, a 2008 Road to the Horse participant and is continually presenting clinics across the USA and in Europe. Don’t miss the chance to watch these two gifted horseman (plus one more) in action. New to the show line up this year, the ProAm Competition on Friday night promises to be entertaining. This special event features teams made up of one youth (12-18) and one clinician competing in a timed obstacle/trail course. The teams will complete the course using the youth’s horse in a relay type competition. Interested youth are encouraged to apply and applications are available online. For a complete list of clinicians, visit or call 1-844-578-7518.

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Nutrition and the Rider By Cherish Thomas

Nutrition is something we should always be focused on. We need to go back to the basics. Before we can ask our bodies to perform anything, we need to make sure our heart, lungs and cells are in proper condition. We do this by fuelling the body with proper daily nutrition intake. Input the good, output energy.

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re you choosing your food or is it choosing you? Sometimes our taste buds have all the control. We have a choice, three times a day, what we put on our forks and we should always be choosing to eat for performance. Our bodies can't perform correctly without proper nutrition. We ride, train, work, go to horse shows and fuel our bodies with burgers and fries, then expect ourselves to perform. Instead, we should try focusing on correct protein choices and adequate water, some form of fresh veggies, greens and fruits, then add in complex carbs and good fats with a variety of food in order to get our daily vitamins and minerals. When I asked top riders Andrew Bournes and Martin Fuchs about what they focused on for nutrition, Andrew replied, "I try to focus on protein and a good balanced, low fat diet. I'm pretty lucky personally in that I don't have to watch my weight so much but I think that for most riders they should focus on being light and flexible. A rider does not need so much strength or to get big and bulky." Martin says, "I just drink water and tea, almost no alcohol or soft drinks. Don't eat a lot of white bread anymore, lots of fruits." When asked if there was anything specific they eat or drink before, during or after a competition, Martin suggests "try to drink enough water and eat before an important class." Andrew says, "I drink lots of water and try to eat high-energy, low-fat foods like a tuna and spinach salad. I try to stay away from too much bread or fried foods." Fuelling your body during training and leading up to competition should always be of importance but what about during a show or after? Keeping the body hydrated and eating foods that take your body little energy to digest are key. After competition, the body needs to recover and repair. This means that treating ourselves to an iced capp and hot dog just won't cut it. You can be eating plenty yet starving yourself on a nutritional level.

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Martin Fuchs I have been super happy to recently see changes at horse show venues and local food trucks offering healthier options, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Eating and nutrition should be individualized and often updated. Whether it is rodeo season, show season, off season, or trying to lose weight or gain weight, you will always need to be adjusting EFFECTS your diet. You can even eat PERSONAL TRAINING differently on sunny days versus cloudy days, to help Cherish Thomas your body function at its B.C.R.P.A. Certified best. Making these healthy • Personal Training • Weight Loss choices gets easier and • Bootcamp • Equishape easier with practice! In the • Stretching • Nutrition end, your body will thank you and you will be able to Studio: 7581 Harby Rd. ride at peak performance. Lantzville, BC V0R 2H0 Cell: 587.343.3388


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Seven Elements in the Saddle By Glenn Stewart Whenever I’m playing with my horses, I try to be very conscious of what is working and what isn’t. Or, what is working a little and what is working a lot. It is easiest for the horse and the human to break everything down into understandable, trainable portions. Separate the individual elements to get each working a little, and then a lot, so we can start putting them together.


henever I get into the saddle, I check some very basic things or what I call the “Seven Elements.” These elements are what we need to have working in order to effectively move the horse. At first, these seven elements are practiced separately. Once the horse easily performs each element, then the horse and rider can begin to link many of these elements together at different speeds and gaits. These seven elements are: • Lateral flexion - being able to bend your horse’s neck left and right without the feet moving and when you ask the feet to move, on a straight line or on a circle. • Vertical flexion - being able to ask for the horse’s nose to come in, the neck to get round from the withers to the poll when you pick up the reins, standing still or when moving. • Hindquarters control - being able to move the hindquarters right or left separately from the forequarters when standing still or when moving. • Forequarters control - being able to move the forequarters separately from the hindquarters, standing still or when moving.









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• Sideways (half-passing) - being able to move the horse sideways in a straight line as well as when moving forward. • Backwards - being able to ask a horse to back up on a straight line, in an arc, or a serpentine. • Forwards - being able to move the horse forward. (At one point, I considered there to be only six elements because I thought obviously all horses go forward. Then I remembered all the emails, letters and people I’ve seen ask a horse to go forward and the horse kicks out, bucks or goes forward but barely.) These seven elements are the first things I check out when I get on a horse. I want to know how many of the elements work and how well they work. The less they work or the worse they work, the more I know I won’t be able to do with that horse and the worse the ride is going to be at that point in time. I check out the seven elements while first standing in one spot and ask for each element separately. This is the easiest for the horse and rider to manage but many horse and rider teams are unable to do these seven elements standing still and with the use of their reins. When I say standing still, I mean they are not trying to accomplish these things at a walk, trot, or canter. Eventually, all these things should be done at all gaits and most going backwards as well. If I can manage the elements standing still, then I want to know how many I can ask for without the reins. Next, I want to know if I can ask for them at the walk, then the trot and, finally, the canter. For example, can I ask for lateral flexion at each gait - either coming to a stop, or continuing straight ahead or staying on a circle? Can I ask for lateral flexion from a standstill to possibly cantering on a circle? Then, can I ask for right or left flexion without interfering with the canter? If these elements work at all gaits separately, then it is time to see if any two, three, or four of these elements can work together at the same time with or without reins.

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Here is an example of a horse in motion with five of those elements (See his listing in our Business Services section under ‘Trainers’) combined: 1. Cantering on a right lead (forward) 2. Lateral flexion to the right 3. Vertical flexion nose in, neck and back rounded 4. Half passing right (sideways) We celebrate another successful season 5. Hindquarters leading with special thanks to our instructors: Lenox, What you would be looking at or asking for is a Anola, Adrianna, Jewelia, Amelia and Grace! horse that is cantering forward and sideways with a bend in the neck to the right, head in, neck round, Did you miss this year’s fun? It is NOT over yet! and the hip a bit ahead of the shoulder; much more difficult or advanced would be to do that same picture without reins or head gear of any kind. The sky is the limit, as they say, with what we can do with our horses and how much we want to know. The bare minimum from a safety perspective is to Clinics and Problem Solving Sessions Pastel Workshop - Janice Jarvis Ladies Clinics have the seven elements working at a standstill. Then, Horsemanship Camps New Boarders as many as possible at the walk and trot. The faster Garage Sale and Open House Mini Rider Program you want to ride the more of these elements should 6 Week Equine Massage Therapy Course Don and Randee Halladay Parelli Natural - Sidonia McIntyre Horsemanship Clinics be working and, if they all work well at any gait, you Pinantan Country Fair - Natural And of course, Dave’s New Tractor! will have safe enjoyable rides and be able to do most Horsemanship Demos by Janice, Lenox, anything you would like with your horse. staff and students

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Three Tips to Increase Your Success in the Show Ring By Alicia Harper

Over the last several years, I have been judging a number of local shows. The local show is, in my opinion, the base of any rider’s competition experience and thus a very important learning opportunity for those new to showing.


t’s a place where riders can learn the rules, customs and expectations that they will face in the larger shows. Below I’ve written three tips to improve your experience at the local shows and help improve your placings. 1. Know your class descriptions and the rules Each club has its own set of rules and unique classes; the majority of local shows follow Horse Council BC rules and class descriptions. Rules and class descriptions are generally found on the facility’s website and/ or in the show program, often called the “Prize List.” Take a few minutes to read over the rules and regulations, paying particular attention to tack and equipment, such as whether or not crops or martingales are permitted. You will likely find a diverse selection of classes available, ranging from English Pleasure to Show Hack; although each class will ask for all three gaits, the classes are designed to showcase different traits and skills. In English Pleasure, the judge is looking for a horse that responds to the aids, maintains a quiet, easy rhythm, has smooth gaits, and looks like a pleasure to ride. What you probably didn’t know is that your pleasure horse is also judged on manners and conformation. Show Hack is a class for horses with good gait transitions including both extended and collected gaits, and flashy movement. Other English hack classes include Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Basic Seat Equitation - also called English Equitation, Road Hack, and Discipline Rail. Note that “hack” means flatwork only - no jumping! K n o w i n g your horse’s strengths and the class descriptions s h o u l d allow you to selectively choose which classes to enter so you can A well-turned out horse and handler. prepare for those classes. 2. Show pride in your turnout When I was a child showing at Quarter Horse and Arab shows, we used to spend more time getting our horse ready for the show then we did actually showing. One thing that is missing from the local show arena is the pride in the turnout of the riders and their horses. When showing, take time to polish your horse’s feet, braid, or at the very least pull, that mane, trim those whiskers and tail, and most importantly 14 • September 2016


come in clean. Just last weekend, I was at a show judging Showmanship, a class where turnout is very much key and at least 50% of horses had dirt under their bellies, between their back legs or between their front legs. Expect the judge to check for cleanliness - it is not uncommon for judges to pat horses and run their fingers through tails to gauge the cleanliness of the horse. As an exhibitor, tuck that shirt in, wear a hairnet, clean that helmet and polish those boots. Pack a bucket around the show with you with rags, cleaner, something for cleaning up green slobber and dirt off your boots. And, most importantly, have attire that fits. A show shirt can easily be purchased second-hand and then tailored to fit. Attire does not need to be new, but it does have to be tidy and workmanlike. Gloves are essential in your classes; they complete the entire picture. A well-put-together exhibitor shows confidence and professionalism and also demonstrates that you take showing seriously and respect the sport. 3. Respect the judge and the show volunteers Local shows are run mostly by volunteers and sometimes the judge isn’t even paid. Respect them by being organized, by arriving at the ring gate on time and with your number showing, and having a smile on your face. Judges should not be approached outside the ring for results clarification or questions regarding tack, turnout, or class requirements. If you have a question for the judge it is best to approach the show office. A mentor of mine once told me showing is a privilege not a right; I try to keep that in mind each time I enter the ring. Enjoy the local shows, appreciate the volunteers, respect the judges and do your homework – and lastly, enjoy showing.

Alicia Harper.

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NOTRA’S Ride-A-Thon Another Success! By Dani Goldenthal


eaven smiled down on us and we couldn't have had a better day for the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association’s 25th Anniversary Ride-A-Thon held on Sunday, June 26 at Coldstream Ranch! Thank you to everyone who came out and made the day so fantastic! 58 riders and a whole slew of volunteers made this ride possible and once everything was tallied, the 2016 Ride-A-Thon raised $12,377.00! The Grand Prize draw of 2 Nights for 2 (all inclusive) to Sundance Guest Ranch in Ashcroft was won by Carole Wheeler of Armstrong. Top Adult pledges was won by Greta Oakes who brought in $1,550.00. Runner Up Adult pledges was Roger Florence who brought in $725.00. Top & Runner Up Youth pledges were won by the brother/sister team of Georgia and Ben Currie who brought in $500.00 together.

The Team Challenge was again won by the Brookside Babes who will enjoy an Equine Body Work clinic with Craig Nunn for up to 6 people. As always, we extend a huge thank you to Coldstream Ranch for allowing us to use the ranch for our ride for 25 years now! A very special thank you is extended to Vernon Search & Rescue for the invaluable service they provide for us each year; Shelly Rozankoski for the fabulous food she provided for us after the ride; and to The Porch Pickers for providing excellent entertainment! Thank you to all the sponsors, donors volunteers and riders! Your generosity is what helps us to continue offering therapeutic horseback riding lessons and enrich the lives of people with special needs in the North Okanagan! 

NOTRA FALL SESSON 2016 NOTRA’s fall session will run for 7 weeks starting on September 12 and ending October 28, 2016. We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to contribute 2 ½ hours per week as a horse leader or a sidewalker. Our fall session VOLUNTEER TRAINING WEEK is scheduled for September 4–7 at the NOTRA Facility at Historic O’Keefe Ranch. Volunteers attend the training at the 2 ½ time slot they choose to volunteer for the session (except Monday volunteers who can choose another time slot that works for them as the Monday of volunteer training week falls on Labour Day Monday). If you are interested in becoming a NOTRA volunteer, please have a look at our website www. You will be able to take a look at our schedule, download our volunteer manual as well as the forms that need to be completed.

NOTRA continued fundraisers Nature’s Fare - We take the donation of Nature’s Fare receipts and submit them back to Nature’s Fare a couple of times per year receiving a 3% pre-tax donation. This adds up amazingly quickly! Please consider saving your receipts and donating them to NOTRA! Bottle returns – Chaser’s Bottle Depot in Vernon collects bottles on behalf of NOTRA. Take your empties to them and tell them to put them on the NOTRA account… no sorting necessary! Armstrong Co-op - NOTRA has a Co-op number. Please consider having your next fill up in Armstrong or Salmon Arm allocated to #11497.

Training for Courage Fall Clinics:

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• Kelowna BC Sept. 17-18 • St. Andrews MB Oct. 8-9 • St. Andrews MB Oct. 15-16 • Saskatoon SK Oct. 22-23 • Millet AB Oct. 29-30 September 2016


Western Dressage Turn on the Haunches

By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz | Photos by Rebecca Wieben

The turn on the haunches is a lateral movement performed at the walk. It is a collection exercise which engages the horse’s hindquarters and encourages flexion of the joints in the hind legs. Your horse’s hind legs should be stepping more underneath his body, making his body more compact and freeing up his forehand, creating more suppleness and mobility of the shoulders. It is also a stepping stone to the more advanced movement of pirouette.


he turn on haunches exercise can also be used as a training tool for horses that are having difficulty with lope transitions. The ability to be able to move the horse’s body around is very important in collection. To collect a horse you need to be able to maintain straightness. If you do not have control of the shoulders (turn on haunches and later shoulder-in) or hips (turn on forehand or later haunches-in) you will Method 1, a stepping turn on the haunches. The horse’s inside hind leg is stepping in the rhythm of the walk. not be able to maintain straightness. The turn on the haunches is first seen in the Level 2 Tests where collected gaits are first introduced. In Western Dressage, there are two ways to perform a turn on the haunches; both methods are to be judged equally, but the horse must not switch between the two methods. Method 1: The horse will maintain the four-beat rhythm of the walk while stepping a small circle with the hind legs. The size of the circle can be up to 1 metre as measured by the inside hind leg. The forelegs and outside hind leg will step around the stepping inside hind leg on the circle maintaining the four-beat rhythm. Method 2: The horse will maintain a pivot foot while the forelegs and outside hind leg step around the pivot foot on a circle. The pivot foot can pick up and set down close to the same spot. The forelegs in both methods will show the outside front leg crossing over the inside front leg. The turn on the haunches is usually performed as a turn that is 180 degrees (half turn), but may also be performed as a quarter turn (90 degrees) or a full turn (360 degrees). However, when first teaching the movement, just as with the turn on the forehand, we only ask for a step at a time, gradually increasing the number of steps as the horse’s training progresses. If the rider asks for too much too soon, the horse likely will lose impulsion and rhythm. Quality of the exercise is more important than quantity of steps. Throughout the exercise, the horse should stay forward, relaxed, balanced and on the bit, while maintaining rhythm and correct bend. For the rider, the turn on the haunches exercise teaches the rider co-ordination of driving and restraining aids. To execute a turn on the haunches, begin in a working walk and then: 1. Shorten your horse’s stride with your seat and rein aids while maintaining rhythm. Keep your legs on the horse in order to maintain the activity of the horse’s legs. 2. Open the inside rein to flex the horse slightly into the direction of the turn. The outside rein limits the amount of bend in the neck while allowing the shoulders to move around the turn. Move both hands slightly in the direction of the turn to lead the forehand around the 16 • September 2016


hindquarters. The inside rein is a leading or opening rein, while the outside rein is brought closer to the neck to guide the horse around the turn. 3. Put weight on your inside seat bone and keep your inside leg on the girth to maintain bend and suppleness throughout the body and encourage engagement of the inside hind leg. In Method 1, the inside hind leg will continue to step on the circle. In Method 2, the inside hind leg will become the pivot point so you will need to use less inside leg. It will still be there to maintain bend and to prevent the horse from stepping back in the turn, which will be marked as a fault. The horse must remain forward in the pivot. 4. Move your outside leg slightly behind the girth to help bend the horse around the inside leg and to prevent his hindquarters from swinging out. The upper inner thigh can help push the horse around the turn. 5. Allow your outside hip to move forward slightly as you turn your body to match your horse’s turn. Keep the buttons on your shirt lined up with the horse’s mane and your eyes looking through your horse’s ears. Overturning with the head will create too big a shift in your body weight. Maintain a following seat, especially where you keep the walk rhythm. The turn on the haunches is a fantastic training exercise. Perform the movement slowly making each step clear and precise. The horse will become softer to your leg aids and will be started on the road to developing collection. You can perform the movement in the corners of the arena or set up a square with pylons with a quarter turn at each corner of the square, progressing to 180-degree turns along the wall, then full 360-degree turns off the wall. Be creative, have fun, enjoy the journey! In next month’s article, we will be discussing common problems while performing a turn on the haunches.

Method 2, a turn on the haunches with the inside pivot foot.

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. 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. September 2016


Equine Thermography

By Lyz Rudolph-Michaels | Photos courtesy of Dynamic Balance Equestrian

Equine thermography is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging tool that allows you to see trouble spots, often before any behaviour changes are apparent. As prey animals, horses are expert at masking pain symptoms and infrared technology can be used to detect minor injuries so that steps can be taken to prevent them from becoming major injuries. Soft tissue injuries can be seen by an infrared camera up to two weeks before clinical signs of lameness appear!


hermal imaging uses an infrared camera to detect temperature differences in the horse’s body. These differences can be indicators of inflammation or irritation, circulation problems, favouring (disuse), and physical stress and/or disease. Problem areas can be identified weeks or months before symptoms begin to show. Saddle fit problems can also be seen with infrared technology. Damage from an ill-fitting saddle can sometimes be seen months after problems have been resolved, making thermal imaging an excellent way to assess recovery from issues caused by poor saddle fit. Thermography is physiologic and not anatomical imaging. This means that it can be used to confirm and localize inflammation, imbalances, metabolic or blood flow changes, but not the specific structures affected. Images are superficial, showing the heat radiating out from the surface, not deeper changes as would be seen in ultrasound or x-ray. Infrared imaging does NOT replace other forms of

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This is an image of a mare who had recovered from a pelvic injury. Her owner felt she was still off and wanted to see what the scan would show. The right front is noticeably cooler than the left and there is heat on the outside of the left front as well as more heat in the right hind. This image prompted an x-ray of the forelegs which showed remodelling of the left front sesamoid bone which caused a partial left front suspensory branch tear. diagnostics or veterinary care; it is simply another valuable tool to keep horses happy and healthy.

So, when and how is thermography best used? Well, it is excellent for: • Pre-purchase Evaluations - a thermal scan can help identify current and potential problem areas that could have an effect on a horse’s intended use • Saddle Fitting - an excellent way to find saddle imbalances and problems beyond palpation and visual cues. This type of scan can also show rider imbalances in the saddle that could be negatively affecting the horse. • Monitoring Healing and Rehabilitation - know when to increase the workload based on inflammation markers, and when not to. • “Mystery” Lameness - localise problems with a horse that just seems “off.” Narrow down the best diagnostic tool and save money investigating only pertinent areas to the problem. Thermography is best used after a physical exam (bloodwork included) to determine which modality to use next (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, for example). Pricewise, a thermal scan is on par with a lameness exam and generally costs less than radiographs, ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans.

• Injury Prevention - a thermal scan can be done before competition or performance to rule out areas that may be compromised and thereby avoid injuries. • Hoof Imbalances - thermal images can help your farrier keep your horse’s hooves in balance by identifying areas of stress that may not be visually apparent. For effective veterinary imaging, an infrared camera of 320x240 resolution or higher is necessary. Images must be interpreted by someone (usually a veterinarian) who is trained to do so. Anomalies in symmetry are indicators of a problem. For example, a cooler temperature in one leg is more likely indicative of a problem than generally cool leg temperatures in all four legs. The quality of the images taken is vital to the information that can be learned from them. Artifacts (anything that gives false information in a thermal image) must be eliminated for best results. Common artifacts include: • Moisture (make sure the horse is dry!) • Sweat (dried sweat marks, too) • Dirt • Caustic substances (fly spray, liniments) • Bandages or blankets • Feathers or hair (manes and tails must be tied up and out of the way for good images) • Clipped hair (clipped horses can still be imaged effectively but clipped areas will generally appear warmer) • Sunlight (imaging is best done indoors) • Radiant heat from metal roofs or barn siding • Fans and breezes • Footing (dirt and shavings can obscure hoof images) • Medication (Some medications like bute and acevet affect circulation which can change the images of a thermal scan) • Markings (Pinto and colour combos show up in thermal images as do brands. This is why a digital image is taken with the infrared, so that the

This mare has been body clipped, hence the drastic colour change. An old splint can also be seen on the inside of the left foreleg. interpreter can see the colour markings) • Handprints (do not touch the horse during imaging!) The keys to a high-quality thermographic image are having a clean and dry horse in an environment free of drafts, direct sunlight, or moisture. Best results are seen when the horse has been lightly worked and then acclimatized to the ambient temperature (indoors) before scanning. Your thermographic imager is a valuable part of your horse health team, a group that includes your vet, your trainer/coach, your farrier, your bodyworker, your barn staff (the people who care for your horse daily), your grooms, riders, and owners. Together you can keep your horse at peak performance.

Lyz Rudolph-Michaels has been working in the horse industry since 1999, operating as Dynamic Balance Equestrian since 2004. She began as a coach and trainer and expanded to bodywork in 2010 and thermography in 2015. She is a certified CHA Instructor (since 2002), Chris Irwin coach and trainer (2003-2016), certified Equine Therapist (since 2010), Certified level 1 Infrared Thermographer (2015), certified Equine Thermographer (2016). She holds a Diploma of Equine Studies with Distinction (2010), a Certificate of Equine Business with Distinction (2010) from the University of Guelph and is one course away from a Certificate of Equine Welfare also from Guelph. She is the current president of the BC Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork Practitioners and a Director at Large and Instructor for the Horse Protection Society of BC. (See Dynamic Balance Equestrian in our Business Services section under ‘Equine Services’) September 2016


Summer Synergy

By Bruce A. Roy, | Photos courtesy of

What a ride Alberta horsemen have been on!


n May 6 & 7, the Wild Rose Draft Horse Sale at Olds Alberta sold a record consignment of tack, harness, horse drawn vehicles and implements. There was something for everyone. Numbers were such; it took four auctioneers two days to complete the consignment sale. Sadly, horse numbers were down. The 3-year-old Percheron mare, Diamond Echo Aquilla, topped this year's sale. Laurier Beaunoyer, Lauricia Percherons of Bonnyville AB, bought the 3-year-old Blue Ribbon Farms Hercules mare consigned by Meg Phillips, Diamond Echo Percherons of Didsbury AB for $4,000. Best of Show at the Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic (Olds), July 2-4, was Rossland Marcus, the Grand Champion Percheron Stallion. This Ontario-bred 3-yearold, shown by Shane Patterson, Patterson Farms of Dawson Creek BC, was bought at the 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, where he was Grand Champion Stallion. Calgary's Philharmonic Orchestra at this year’s Calgary Stampede. Rossland Marcus topped a line-up of Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire halter champions that were a sight to behold. This year's attendance was record in number. The Mark Messenger Memorial Hitch from Cheyenne, Wyoming, was the World Champion Six Horse Hitch for the second year at Calgary Stampede. Brian Coleman of Didsbury AB, who fitted, shod and schooled the stepping Percheron geldings, held the lines in hand. The Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire hitches contesting the honours received ovation after ovation from the record Saddledome crowd gathered for the event. The atmosphere Ted English of Country Lane Belgians, Sunderland ON, fielded the Reserve World Windcharger Duke, Grand Champion Shire Stallion, was electric, as each Champion Six Horse Hitch, a powerful Belgian turnout. the 2-year-old colt Lindsay LaRiviere of LaRiviere colourful hitch entered Farms, Stony Plain AB, exhibited. the Saddledome, to the William Tell Overture, i.e. the Lone Ranger's celebrated theme song. While the largest breed entry was fielded by Clydesdale exhibitors, the Best of Show was Rossland Marcus, the Grand Champion Percheron Stallion. Spectators in number gathered in the Agrium Western Events Centre for the Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire halter classes, the Youth classes and several performance classes. On Friday and Saturday evening, members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra offered the rousing background music for the performance classes, as they did for the World Six Horse Hitch Championship, which was held Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Exhibitors from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming joined those from Alberta British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Draft horses bred across Canada, the United States and Great Britain, contested the honours. Quality ran deep. Decades have passed since public interest was stronger. Rossland Marcus, Best of Show, Supreme Champion Percheron, Grand Champion Percheron Stallion with members of the Ferguson (James) Family, sponsor of the $500 purse. 20 • September 2016


Alamar Tina, Supreme Champion Clydesdale, Grand Champion Mare, the 2-year-old filly Steve Westgate of Canwest Clydesdales, County of Leduc AB, exhibited.

Canadian Wins at Mongol Derby! Subitted by Liz Ampairee. | Photos courtesy of Richard Dunwoody at Mongol Derby,

On August 4, 2016, 20 men and 21 women riders from 13 countries galloped across the start line at 11 a.m. (local time) in the 8th Mongol Derby, featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest and toughest horse race, 1000 km across Mongolia on semi-wild horses.


s well as serious riders from the worlds of eventing, showjumping, endurance, racing, dressage, polo and rodeo, the 2016 line-up includes a family team, cancer survivors and those who have learned to ride specifically to take part. Some are in it to win it and some are in just because they can. Some are even coming back to finish it having not done so the first time around. The race recreates Chinggis Khaan’s ancient horse messenger system in epic fashion. The hardy and semi-wild native horses of Mongolia reprise their traditional role as the legs and lungs of the adventure and the horse stations, or morin urtuus, will be manned by nomadic herding families as they traditionally were. The messengers themselves will be played by horsemen and adventurers from around the world all riding up to 160 kms a day, navigating independently and changing horses at 40 km intervals (meaning each rider will have ridden about 27 horses over the 1000 km race). Cool Earth is once again the race’s official charity, although riders can also raise money for causes close to their saddles, and hearts.

AND THEY’RE OFF… William Comiskey from Australia led the way (pictured) whilst Heidi Telstad from Canada has since taken the lead. FINISH LINE… On August 10 at 9.51 a.m. (local time), Will Comiskey from Australia, Marcia HefkerMiles from New Mexico and Heidi Telstad from Langley BC, crossed the line, arms Heidi Telstad of Langley BC together, to take a triple dead heat in the 2016 Mongol Derby. They gave thanks to the horses, herders and people of Mongolia for an incredible experience and said they wanted to share the experience of winning as a team just as they had shared the experience of the trail. Will Comiskey, 28, aka ‘Dingo’, a cattle rancher from Longreach, said: “There were slow ones, there were wild ones, but ****, we had fun!! Marcia Hefker-Miles, 45, from New Mexico, said her most memorable memory was: “Riding through a high mountain pass, past a boy and a girl both herding goats; making eye contact with them and waving. I saw myself in that little girl…” Heidi Telstad, 43, a lawyer from British Columbia, said hers was: “Camping one night with a poor family; they gave everything they had to spare to me and my horse and treated me as one of their own.”

This photo illustrates just how wild the Mongol ponies are and the skill of horsemanship required to ride them.

Next to finish in the Mongol Derby were Tatiana Mountbatten and Venetia Philipps, from the UK and Courtney Kizer from Texas.   The Mongol Derby is organised by the UK based purveyors of adventure – The Adventurists, who are fighting to make the world less boring and save a bit of it as well. Find out more at http://www.

Marcia Hefker-Miles (in purple), Will Comiskey (in black), and Canadian Heidi Telstad (in blue). September 2016


Steve Rother Horsemanship Clinic By Barbara Carey | Photos courtesy of Tyson Clark and Rother Horsemanship

On July 23-26, 2016, Steve Rother, 3-time winner of the Mane Event Trainer’s Challenge at Red Deer AB, held his first Horsemanship Clinic at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby BC. Participants ranged from 9 to 68 years of age, and horses covered the spectrum from Quarter Horse to Canadian and Rocky Mountain horses.


estern and English r i d e r s thoroughly enjoyed Steve’s teaching style and engagement with both horses and riders. The perfect venue and beautiful weather made the 4-day clinic a rousing success. Darlene Wolney, the power behind Timber Ridge Trails, had gone above and beyond expectations by building a 100x160’ arena and, with the help of Barbara Carey, created an interesting and challenging obstacle course. Riders and horses faced several daunting tasks including seesawing on a massive teeter-totter, crossing a 10’ bridge and negotiating an intimidating pool noodle obstacle. Timber Ridge Trails provided camping spots, and delicious meals cooked in the rustic open-air kitchen, for all guests and spectators. Talk about determination and enthusiasm… the youngest rider, 9-year old Maizie Gorman of Summerland, had earned the money for the clinic fee by helping her mom around the house and farm, plus selling some of her unused toys at a garage sale. Without exception, the adult riders—horse teacher Steve included— admired her advanced riding skills, relentless stamina and determined focus.   Rider Anne Mackay emailed a feedback reflecting the general tone of all participants’ comments: “This was my first horsemanship clinic in 40 years! Steve Rother and Francesca were knowledgeable, entertaining and the pace of the clinic was great— for everyone, including people of all levels of expertise, from a 9-year old to myself, at age 68.  Too much fun and I am already signed up for another clinic. Timber Ridge venue is tremendous!"   Carolyn Roque’s feedback was full of praise for the entire four-day clinic: “Thank you to Steve and (his partner) Francesca for their honesty and wisdom! I really respect that they paid special attention to our safety. They both had the courage and wisdom to tell us individually what we needed to hear, and not just what we may have wanted to hear! They emphasized 22 • September 2016


the importance of groundwork before riding, to help ensure safety and success of both horse and rider. If your horse doesn't listen to you when it's on the end of a line on the ground, don't expect that to magically Our youngest participant Maizie Gorman change when you're in the saddle. One of the many quotable things I remember Steve saying was that "some of the best horse-people he knows are the quietest." LOL, I've tucked that away just under the surface! Horses didn't grow up speaking the English language, try being quiet, and with rhythm and consistency (1,2,3,4) communicating with them in ways that they actually understand. I left the clinic more confident than when I arrived, confident that I'm doing a better job communicating with my horse. My horse and I can hardly wait for the next Steve Rother clinic—even if that means 4 long days in deep sand and glaring relentless hot sun!”   Another comment from one of the participants: “As an instructor, Steve Rother possesses the rare and special gift of recognizing the abilities of each rider and his horse, and of helping both to advance to a higher level of communication.”   For more info on Steve visit  or Rother Horsemanship on Facebook. Next year’s clinic at Timber Ridge Trails is already filling up fast. The July 2017 clinic date will be announced in November. To reserve your spot, contact Barbara at barbara.carey@shaw. ca.

2016 Rio Olympics August 5-21, Rio de Janeiro Brazil Photos by Cealy Tetley,

42 Sports Disciplines ~ 306 Events ~ 37 Venues ~ 205 Countries TOP 5 MEDAL STANDINGS 1 United States – G 46, S 37, B 38, Total 121 2 Great Britain – G 27, S 23, B 17, Total 67 3 China – G 26, S 18, B 26, Total 70 4 Russia – G 19, S 18, B 19, Total 56 5 Germany – G 17, S 10, B 15, Total 42 and 20 Canada - G 4, S 3, B 15, Total 22 (Canadians won medals in: Swimming, Gymnastics (Trampoline), Athletics, Wrestling, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Diving, Cycling Track, Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON and Equestrian, Football and Cycling Mountain Bike) Fine Lady 5 had the crowd on the edge of their seats as he sped to a Tiffany Foster of bronze medal finish in a six-horse North Vancouver, jump-off on August 19. BC and Tripple Peder Fredricson, In a dramatic end to the X III represented Nick Skelton, and jumping team competition Canada in the twoEric Lamaze. Photo round individual on August 17, the Canadian by Arnd Bronkhorst final finishing in Show Jumping Team forced Photography, 26th place. courtesy of www. a jump-off with Germany for the bronze medal, but were

Nick Skelton of Great Britain won gold after riding Big Star to a clear jump-off in the fastest time of 42.82 seconds. Peder Fredricson of Sweden and All In were close behind, winning silver, with a clear performance in 43.35 seconds.

edged into fourth place. Individually, Canada’s Eric Lamaze is the only rider of the Games to maintain a perfect score of zero after three rounds of individual qualifiers. France claimed gold for the first time in 40 years on a team score of three faults. Silver went to the United States on five faults. Canada and Germany were tied at eight faults at the end of the final team round, but Germany claimed the podium after three consecutive clear rounds in the resulting jump-off. Belinda Trussell from Stouffville, ON closed out the second Olympic appearance of her career on August 12, finishing 27th individually in the dressage portion. Dressage competition at the Games began with a field of 60 horse/rider combinations in the Grand Prix on August 10 and 11. A total of 31, including Trussell, were then invited forward to the Grand Prix Special on August 12, which decided the team medals and acted as the second qualifier for the individual final. Belinda Trussel Germany won the gold medal with a team total of 81.936, while Great Britain was awarded silver with their score of 78.602. The United States took bronze with 76.667.

The Canadian Eventing Team (l to r): Dr. Jill Copenhagen, Sophie Richardson, Kathryn Robinson, Rebecca Howard, Colleen Loach, Angela Molson, Andy Vergut, Sandra Andressen, Janie Lussier, Clayton Fredericks,

Rebecca Howard took the maple leaf all the way to the eventing individual final on August 9, finishing in 10th place individually and contributing to Canada’s 10th overall as a team. As the third and final phase of eventing, show jumping encompassed two rounds - the first to decide the team standings, followed by a second round for individual titles. The Canadian Eventing Team, comprised of Howard, 37, from Marlborough, GBR, Colleen Loach, 33, of Dunham, QC, Jessica Phoenix, 32, of Cannington, ON, and Kathryn Robinson, 31, of Kettering, GBR, moved up one spot from their cross-country team standing into the final position of 10th on a team score of 339.10. France won team gold with 169.00, Germany took silver (172.80), and Australia earned bronze on 175.30. For more information on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including full results, please visit en/equestrian. Further information on the Canadian Equestrian Team can be found at September 2016

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The Gathering at Sawhorse Ranch By Fran Kerik


ne word to describe it? AWESOME! The setting was perfect for this type of event and Windi had anticipated all of our needs. The Dermans had set up an obstacle course that included most of the necessary tasks for the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse (CRTWH) Basic Skills and Trail Level 1. We started off Saturday morning with a dice game. You rolled the dice, and the number you got is the obstacle you rode through. There was a large bridge, a tipping bridge, a very large tarp and a smaller one, a big Canadian Flag flying on the fence, a gate, two small jumps and a jumble of “logs” to walk through, a tractor tire to step into and poles in an “L” shape to back or side pass through. You could also pick up that scary coat on the fence and move it to another post. We also tried using a Spanish pole; my horse wasn’t too sure about that! After lunch on Saturday, we headed to the dressage ring to practice our tests. The Independent Judges Association (IJA), in conjunction with Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH), has developed a comprehensive Manual for Dressage with Gaited Horses including tests for Classical and Western Dressage. These tests are specifically written for gaited horses. We were honoured to have Dianne Little join us for the weekend. She helped develop the tests and is an International Gaited Horse Judge for FOSH. Most of us were just at the very basic level, trying the two gait tests. Learning to “call” the tests was an interesting experience. It is almost as hard as riding! After some practice we each took a turn before the judge. Following the dressage were some of our “mini clinics.” Several members of the group had volunteered to teach a skill that they were proficient in. We attended an excellent demonstration by Dianne Little on equine bodywork. Anybody who wants to make their horse more comfortable and relaxed, and to really just connect with their horse, should look into this. Dale fired up the barbeque and cooked steak for supper. Then we gathered around the campfire for some entertainment. Windi is also a fantastic singer and poet, and she sang and read some original works as well as old-time favourites until a huge downpour chased us to bed. Sunday morning we were treated to a hoof trimming demonstration by Susan Jaeger. She is very skilled and demonstrated how to trim a foundered horse. Alynn Ward also gave a demonstration of harness

Sarah Torfs on Blaise trying an obstacle for Trail Level 1. 24 • September 2016


fitting. Just before lunch, Norma Lovell demonstrated how to teach your horse to come to you for mounting ease from any available object or high spot on the ground. (Great for the short or stiff rider!) The rest of the day was dedicated to videoing our Basic Skills and Trail 1. We also had another session in the dressage ring. After another fantastic supper, one group went on a trail ride and some of us stayed back to put our videos on Windows Movie Maker. Monday was a longer trail ride. It was supposed to be 15 km, but somehow ended up to be 22 km! Some of us continued with our videoing for Trail 1 with hills, mud and water, and six natural obstacles, while others used the trail ride to complete their Level 3 in the Trail Challenge. It was a most enjoyable weekend. About 20 riders took part and several others came just to watch, learn and socialize. Windi and Dale were the perfect hosts and put an incredible amount of work into making our stay so enjoyable. We can’t thank them enough! It was especially heart-warming just to see the comradeship and caring this wonderful group of CRTWH owners gave each other. If YOU are interested in the various Triple Challenge programs that CRTWH offers, all the information on the Training Levels, Ride/Drive/ ALT and Program for Excellence may be found on CRTWH.CA.

Susan Jaeger’s hoof demonstration.

Alynn Ward’s TWH team of Rocky and Rose.

KIDS! – the next e h t t gene bou A rati L L o A n s ’ t I

My name is Abby, and this is my horse Derby. She is a 9-year-old, purebred Thoroughbred. We both really love to jump and chase each other around! We are best friends, and will be together forever!   - Abby, age 14, Sundre AB

Just ca su ally standi b a ck o ng on t f my p he ony “S 19 y ea r hasta.” s old, a Sh nd she Anglo 's a Mo e's A ra b. rgan x    - Emm a , age 1 4 , L an gley BC

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

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


2016 Great Canadian Mule Race By Russ Shandro

The ''Great Canadian Mule Race'' is held annually during the weekend of the Bruce Stampede, at the Bruce Rodeo Grounds east of Edmonton AB. For the 2016 edition, the amateur events and Mule Race took place on Saturday, July 30, followed by the CPRA Rodeo on Sunday, July 31. The Bruce Stampede is one of Canada's oldest, running 103 consecutive years since 1914! Friday: Qualifying Race The qualifying race for the 2016 Mule Race was held on the hot and sunny Friday afternoon prior to the Stampede. Five mules lined up to compete; two were owned by Les Giebelhaus, two by Sereena McLeod and one by Russ Shandro. As for the riders, there has not been a Mule Race at the Bruce Stampede where less than two Giebelhaus family (or extended-family) members were running. At the peak, there were six; Les, son Kurt, grandsons Colten, Connor, Clay and Tim O’Shea! The 2016 Mule Race competitor teams were: Tim O’Shea, riding Annie Colton Giebelhaus, riding Blossum Ryan O’Shea, riding Ethyl Kim Hrabec, riding Charlie Russ Shandro, riding Ruger At the sound of the horn, the teams broke out. Both Kim and Ryan got a very good start and led to the three-quarter-point of the race. Russ was never within three lengths until that point, but then began to move up. After the final turn and with 125 yards to the finish line, Russ was in the lead by two lengths ahead of Kim, with Ryan 25 yards behind her; Colton was just reaching the three-quarter-point, ahead of Tim by four lengths. With 25 yards remaining to the finish line, Russ (on Ruger), was leading by less than a length ahead of Kim (on Charlie). The loudspeakers were blaring as the announcer was calling the race, and there is no doubt that both mules in the lead flinched from the noise as they entered the stretch through the infield for the last eight yards to the finish line. “It’s Ruger by a nostril!” gasped the announcer.

Grant, on behalf of McKinney Ranches, presenting the leather-embossed Trophy Canteen to Russ Shandro, winner of the 2016 Great Canadian Mule Race 26 • September 2016


Some of the Giebelhaus crew “Charlie in second...” “Ethyl is third and coming up for fourth is Blossum...” “and, my-oh-my, something has scared Annie!” Tim did ride Annie across the finish line, but she became more apprehensive the closer that she came to the loudspeakers and audience. Saturday: The Race for all the Marbles! Due to excessive rain overnight and through the morning, the Stampede Directors called a meeting to discuss the effects of the rain on the day’s planned amateur events. The morning events of chariots and chucks were cancelled, but when one Director put the question to the group - “What about the mules?” - the Mule Race Director, Hank Field, stepped forward and answered, "Leslie Giebelhaus and his crew will run in a foot of water!” So, due to the rain, all remaining events were postponed to the afternoon, with the Mule Race to start things off at 1:30pm. At 1pm, the local dignitaries were introduced, the National Anthem was sung, and the Bruce Stampede President welcomed all, saying, “This year, we are kicking off the Bruce Stampede with The Great Canadian Mule Race. That’s gotta be a first!” Five mules lined up, the horn sounded and... to everyone’s surprise, there was NO thunder of hooves hitting the ground! Instead, there was the sound of hooves being pulled up out of deep mud -- a suction sound that ended with a “Whack!” followed by an extended “Squelch!” as hooves plunged back down through the mud until

Russ in the lead with Kim trying to regain lost ground due to the unexpected sand obstacle reaching somewhat-firm ground. Annie definitely did not like the mud and, at the horn blast, she went to the infield. The rest were off, running down the track, with Kim (on Charlie) clearly well ahead of the other three: Ryan on Ethyl, Russ on Ruger and Colton on Blossum. Kim could be seen grinning ear to ear as she led many lengths ahead of the pack, approaching the half-way point. The rain had been coming down for over 12 hours by this time. At the Bruce Rodeo

Grounds, spectators from the east parking lot have to cross the race track at a designated point to get to the bleachers situated at the infield. It’s more or less the half-way point on the track. The mud was more than anklehigh, so the groundskeepers spread 10 cubic yards of sand across the track, to elevate it into a non-muddy four-foot-wide walkway for the spectators. Seemed like a good idea at the time; the wagons and chariots weren’t running anyways, so why not? Remember that grin Kim had? As she came upon the unexpected sand obstacle, her face suddenly changed. Her eyes went wide open, she gasped and I think that the entire crowd heard a one-word exclamation (or was that a prayer?) as Charlie leapt over the four-foot-wide sand walkway, locked up all four feet and skated to a stop. Meanwhile, the other three teams slowed considerably, paced over the sand rise and then returned to a gallop. Kim reloaded Charlie and charged forward. Completing the final turn, she passed Colton, then Ryan and was gaining on Russ. But the finish line came up too soon for Kim and Charlie; they would cross the line a length behind Russ and Ruger. Undoubtedly, 100 more feet of track would have provided different results. Hank Field, a good friend of the late Teddy Holden, was there at the finish line as

Mule Race Director to make the presentations. He spoke kindly of Ted and remembered him as a true gentleman, always. In Ted’s honour, Hank explained, “At today’s race, we are using Teddy Holden Rules -- ‘Ladies First!’” He then presented Kim Hrabec with the Ted Holden Memorial 2016 Mule Racing Trophy Buckle. Congratulations, Kim!

Russ presents award-winner Kim Hrabec with the Ted Holden Memorial 2016 Mule Racing Trophy Buckle

Cowboy Poetry Daryl Mills

By Curtis Anderson Daryl has a winning attitude Grins from ear to ear In 1990 Daryl won the Canadian Bull Riding Championship and Rookie all in the same year Daryl is what you call a true Cowboy He won Canada again in 1992 While rodeoing in Australia Daryl rode Chainsaw In Pink Mountain it takes a long time to thaw Daryl was Runner-up to the World Champion in 1993 Pink Mountain is surrounded by trees Daryl was the World Bull Riding Champion in 1994 He now has a family and much more In my mind Daryl was one of the best He was one of the first guys in Canada to wear a vest Daryl is one of the founders of the PBR He is in the PBR Ring of Honour and the Hall of Fame in Canada Now he can relax with his family on the veranda of his log house When it came to winning the money Daryl was in the mix In Edmonton more than once he rode all six. September 2016


Getaways Donated to Horsey Ladies Waterway Houseboat Vacations, Sicamous BC By Cynthia Richard


, and five others, set sail from the shores of Sicamous on Shuswap Lake, the last week of June 2016, on a beautiful Houseboat that was graciously donated from Waterway Houseboats. We were extremely lucky enough to have fabulous weather, and even managed to take in swimming and relaxing on our air mattresses. We cruised for 4 days up the Seymour Arm, took in a beautiful hike up to Albos Falls, and enjoyed having bonfires each evening on the beach. If you haven't taken this activity up before, I really recommend this.  We've done this numerous times with our family and just love it. What a fabulous and relaxing way to spend time with family and friends. Thank you for your donation to the Horsey Ladies Banquet, we truly enjoyed ourselves!

Circle H Mountain Lodge, Clinton BC By Nancy Roman


ucky Darlene Wolney had the winning bid on the donated gift certificate from Circle H Mountain Lodge to our Horsey Ladies Banquet last November. The weekend of August 5-7 was booked and five of us, with horses in tow, went on our way. We had the entire place to ourselves, even our own bedrooms. One gal brought her dog and chose to stay in one of the comfy cabins beside the lodge. New owners (since July 2015) Heather and Darren Kohler have great plans for the place. They even cross-fenced some of the corrals to make more for our group. We made ourselves at home in the lodge, did our own cooking in the full kitchen, and enjoyed the view and comfort on the porch… with a propane fire during the cool of the night (there was a fire ban on). Accommodations were great for us and the horses were all happy and comfortable. We rode out on some of the trails – where you can ride for MILES! On Saturday night we treated ourselves to dinner at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa (just 10 kms north). We thoroughly enjoyed a 3-course gourmet meal and toured the place for a possible (next year) excursion. Circle H was a very quiet, peaceful and relaxing place for us – we’d definitely recommend it! They welcome hikers, riders, hunters, crosscountry skiers and snowmobilers.

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The Last Ride?

By Suzanne Longpre

On July 24-30, 2016, The Great Cariboo Ride Society hosted, what they tell us, the Grand Finale Ride at China Gulch near Clinton BC.


think we can all call this one of the very best rides ever. Each morning our group of 57 riders, accompanied by 3-4 wranglers left camp on a long (6-8 hour) or a short (4-5 hour) ride. Both rides explored the wonders of BC’s Cariboo Country… vast open valleys, mountains, with wonderful forests of fir and poplar and explosions of wild flowers. It was some of the most beautiful riding country I have ever seen.  This was my first Great Cariboo Ride. Trail Boss Ivan Matthews along with his wranglers, Leslie Matthews, Gerry & Allan Barrett, Judith Macdonald, Doreen & Peter Menu, Don Montgomery, Iztok Pirc, and Maureen Wills, kept the long riders safe.  Short rides were led by Doris Embre & Tamara Giles along with Donnella Craig & Paul Chandler. The wranglers moved us along at a comfortable pace for all.  Ride camp was located in the beautiful China Gulch Valley, against a forest backdrop looking out over the valley and up to a beautiful rock bluff.  A small lake nearby was temporary home to migrating Sandhill Cranes.

Each morning coffee was available at 6.00 riding! That's remarkable! a.m. and breakfast at 6.30 a.m. sharp around 2016 was an unforgettable riding the campfire. Ulli Vogler and her husband experience for us all. Thank you to all the Peter served delicious full breakfasts – members of the Great Cariboo Ride Society sausages, bacon, eggs, pancakes, fruit, cereal for the best ride of my life. and more. They also supplied lunches for the Is this the end?  This year’s ride was trail. But the best was saved for dinner… from advertised as THE LAST GREAT CARIBOO roast beef, to schnitzel, tempting salads, and RIDE! Why?  Society members are getting a desserts… each night was a tantalizing buffet.  little weary after 33 years of organizing the Our evenings were spent around wonderful rides and terrific experiences for the campfire and conversations were us. They need new volunteers to help. How can we help keep this RIDE ALIVE? precious.  Each evening, thanks to Paul Chandler, we were treated to a wide range of entertainment.  There were horse demonstrations, roping contests, square dancing, country & western singing, as well as team competitions in which virtually all the guests took part! The Great Cariboo Ride started in 1983 when a group of like-minded riders formed the Great Cariboo Ride Society. Tamara Giles (2016 President) was only 10 years old on her first ride. We were told that in the early days, rides consisted of 5 riding days to different camps.  Each night the cook would meet up with the riders bringing hot food in an old “chuck wagon.” As the years passed and more riders joined in, the event located in one main camp. Each day, there were rides of different lengths and to different areas.  The Cariboo region of BC is a wonderful part of the world, with many wide-open ranges such as The Gang Ranch, The OK Ranch, China Gulch, and Vert Lake.  Veteran Great Cariboo Riders return year after year to ride and mingle with new recruits like me. Riders come from all walks of life and from far and near (Alberta, Fort St. John, Grand Forks, Vancouver Island) who share a passion for horses and wide-open spaces. This year I met Lillian Mirus who had ridden on the first Cariboo Leah Hurrell snapped this photo of base camp and some of the close to 60 riders. Ride in 1983!  She is still September 2016


Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


ard to believe that we’re looking at fall already. We did have a good summer though -- lots of guests and lots of grass! Kathy got to work a couple of the horses that Murray Hurrell (Black Creek) working Pete with Kathy’s needed it and we guidance at Meadow Springs Ranch. got in some riding. On July 9, the first of two Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas took place and it was a super day. Organizer Dimps Horn said that they had record entries and record crowds, therefore the Community Association generated record income as well. Results for first and second place are as follows: Pole Bending Lead Line - 1: Denver Lytton; 2: Chase Pincott Peewee - 1: Sam Harvey; 2: Kali Oliver Junior - 1: Jordyn Karl; 2: John Noskey Intermediate - 1: Nicky Sigouin; 2: Russell Allison Senior - 1: Destiny Mulvahill; 2: Mandy Pincott Stake Race Lead Line - 1: Tel Lytton; 2: Denver Lytton Peewee - 1: Harvey Oliver; 2: Justine Billyboy Junior - 1: Jordyn Karl; 2: Jadyn Monical Intermediate - 1: Kailey Dube; 2: Nicky Sigouin Senior - 1: Mandy Pincott; 2: Tiffany Pincott Keyhole Lead Line - 1: Denver Lytton; 2: Chase Pincott Peewee - 1: Ashley Funke; 2: Sam Harvey Junior - 1: John Noskey; 2: Jordana Wintjes Intermediate - 1: Cassidy Mellott; 2: Russell Allison Senior - Tiffany Pincott; 2: Mandy Pincott Barrel Race Lead Line - 1: Cheyenne Malteson; 2: Tel Lytton Peewee - 1: Kali Oliver; 2: Ashley Funke Junior - 1: Jordyn Karl; 2: Jadyn Monical Intermediate - 1: Cassidy Mellott; 2: Kailey Dube Senior - 1: Mandy Pincott; 2: Tiffany Pincott Baton Relay 1: Mandy, Mason, and Tiffany Pincott; 2: Jordan Jansen, Warren McNabb and Russell Allison Musical Tires 1: Jen Wintjes; 2: Amy Baechman Aggregate Winners Peewee - 1: Kali Oliver; 2: Sam Harvey Junior - 1: Jordyn Karl; 2: John Noskey Intermediate - 1: Cassidy Mellott; 2: Kailey Dube Senior - 1: Mandy Pincott; 2: Tiffany Pincott

Dennis Huber auctions off numerous items to raise funds for their club. The following weekend, on July 15-17, Huber Farms in 70 Mile House hosted the Combined Driving Event. They invited us down to their dinner Saturday night; it was their 10th anniversary, so they invited supporters to join them. It was an awesome BBQ roast beef with all the extras that go with it. Their big, covered concession area holds a lot of people and it was full. After folks ate, Dennis ran an auction and I think they raised a fair little chunk of cash which goes towards their club. We sat with the event judge and the safety inspector, both very interesting characters. We returned to 70 Mile the following day and took in the driving event. Once again it was a great day with a lot of competitors taking part. The judge this year was Francois Bergeron from Ormstown, QC, a breeder of Canadian Horses. The results are as follows:

Training Level Horse 1: Joan Bourke driving Bob (Quesnel); 2: Joyanne Brown driving Shynaway (Vimy, AB) Training Pony 1: Laraine Shedden driving Abraham, a donkey (108 Mile House); 2: Leslie Flint driving Ceryn (Telkwa)

Janine Payne, her horse Mihake, and her groom Autumn Lea in Huber Town.

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Last Month’s What’s This? Training Level Very Small Equine 1: Dave Franklin driving Jewel and Deja (Aldergrove); 2: Holly Smith driving Irish (Ladysmith) Preliminary Horse 1: Elisa Marocchi driving Rocky (100 Mile House); 2: Hillory McNolty driving Sequoia (Vanderhoof) Preliminary Pony 1: Marion Roman driving Charlie (Langley); 2: Maurine Pearse driving Jill (Nanaimo) Preliminary Very Small Equine 1: Shirley Bradbury driving four: Fantasia, Rowdy, Angelina and Ex (Langley)

Elisa Marocchi, her horse Rocky, and her groom Gord Burns heading into one of the last hazards of the course.

The Great Cariboo Ride this year explored the Big Bar Mountain and the China Gulch areas, from July 24-30. Everyone we talked to after the ride said it was another super year and that they had thoroughly enjoyed the whole ride. The very first ride was in 1983 and, unfortunately, this year was their final ride. See page 29 for more on the ride. Jasmine and Kevin Bedford at 134 Mile brought in Miles Kingdon and Mark Grafton to put on a horsemanship clinic which was working up to, and included, some cattle work. It went really well and everyone said how much they enjoyed it. We popped in to say hi to the two cowboys/clinicians and I was impressed… especially with the fact that there were some younger people taking part -- we need to see this in the ranching world. Coming Up: There’s just one BCRA rodeo still to come before the finals and that’s on the Labour Day weekend at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo! Then, the finals in Quesnel are September 16-18 and the following Friday, September 24, is the Falkland Rodeo. The Outriders in 100 Mile House, on September 9-11, will be having the Autumn Leaves Dressage and Hack Show. For information on this show, give Krista a call at 250-395-0404. On September 30-October 2, there will be a HCBC Field Trials at Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. At this point in time, it looks like there will be two field driving trials with Miles Kingdon (in photo) and Mark Grafton putting on pleasure classes. For information, phone Ken a horsemanship clinic at Jasmine and Kevin Bedford’s at 250-456-6050. at 134 Mile.

The August issue’s item was donated to us last month. Yes, it’s a bell and yes, it rings… its real job, though, was to hang on the inside of the door, most likely on the door of a store or other business so that the proprietor or staff could tell when someone entered. We did get a few correct answers in by press time. Congratulations to: Kathryn Cuming, Beaverdell BC Ashcroft Building Centre (employee), Ashcroft BC Ann Stiles, Okanagan Falls BC Walt Furlong Sherwood Park AB Tom LeBlanc, Victoria BC Tim Lybeck (city unknown)


What’s your guess? This month's item is a photo of an object that’s in our little Meadow Springs Museum. It’s made of polished metal and has a diameter of about 3.5 inches. Good luck!

The BBQ roast beef dinner at the Huber farm was terrific! If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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TOP DOG! Using Brainpower Instead of Manpower By Lisa Kerley BSc, KPA-CTP How often have people told you to show your dog who’s boss? I get that a lot too.


s a professional dog trainer, people come to me for help and advice with their dogs every day. Away from my facility however, many people don’t know what I do for a living and are more than eager to give me “some tips” with MY big guy. I’m told I should use a chain to assert myself and to maintain control. I need to correct mistakes and “get after him” if he steps out of line. Not only am I warned that he will take over, but that he will actually become dangerous if I don’t do these things. Over the last two decades, I’ve worked with literally thousands of dogs of every size and description, from a 1-lb Chihuahua pup to a pair of Presa Canarios weighing in at 165 lbs each. All have had their own unique personalities and every imaginable behaviour or training issue. From dogs that would readily use teeth to defend anything they prized, to those that would pin strangers against walls and hold them there until released by the parents. Not once have I felt that harsher equipment or tougher methods were necessary or beneficial. So every time I hear “those kind methods are fine for the soft ones, but they don’t work with bigger/ stronger/tougher ones,” I have to smile. Because in addition to Practicing our walking skills. the dogs I work with, I have my own big guy, a stallion and he weighs in at over 1100lbs. Many horses endure force and punishment in the name of training and in their day-to-day handling, more so than most dogs do. And stallions typically even more so. They have a reputation for being hard to manage and dangerous. Their behaviour is strongly influenced by hormones and they often respond to things in the environment much more intensely than is typical with a gelding or mare. “You can’t treat him like a regular horse,” I’ve been told again and again. Now, I’ve seen how labels can land people in a lot of trouble with their dogs. They set up an attitude for confrontation and challenge, even before getting started. Just like the dogs I work with, I’ve focused on building a strong relationship with my horse. I have developed trust by being reasonable and fair in my expectations and remaining consistent in those expectations. Short-term goals never override maintaining or strengthening our relationship. I set my horse up for success by teaching him the skills he needs to share his life with me safely and comfortably. They are the foundation of our work together. I make these lessons clear and reasonable and don’t rely on equipment to get results. Initial work is presented simply, breaking the behaviour or skill down into small pieces. This allows 32 • September 2016


my student to grasp the lessons more easily and reduces frustration, both important for success. Most of the lessons are started at liberty, whether they ultimately will be used for day-to-day life or for riding. And because I have taken the time necessary to teach preliminary skills, there’s no need to rely on equipment like bits or crops, to get things done. I know that if I have over-faced him and he loses his focus, doesn’t respond to a request or acts inappropriately, it’s because I haven’t trained him adequately for that situation. I do not react to undesired behaviours by getting upset or using punishment. Instead, I get him through the situation with as little drama as possible. That may be making extra room for him, or giving him something to do that he’s good at Without relying on equipment or pressure, I'm that will get him focused teaching my guy to automatically move away to a and help build a pleasant safe distance when food is presented. association. What I take away from the experience is not that my horse has been “bad.” Instead, I recognize that something is missing in his training. Whether that’s something I can work on in the moment or something I need to set up in a later session, reactions or stronger equipment won’t be part of the solution. And just like us, horses can have bad days, and may not always be at their best. I’m not going to allow an off day to damage our relationship, or be an excuse to get rough. So what special lessons and skills are required for a stallion? Stallions tend to use their mouths A LOT and many bite. They can be pushy about space and difficult to control, especially when they get aroused. They often lose their focus because of distractions in the environment. My first concern was for safety. I didn’t want my guy to get hurt because his emotions got the best of him, just as much as I didn’t want to get run over or injured. He also needed to be able to cope calmly with his daily life at the barn, including having mares moved around him and being groomed nearby – both big demands for a stallion! When we are together, whether that is riding, walking together or around other horses, I need him to pay attention and follow my direction when asked. So with a plan in mind and a clicker in hand, I taught him to: - take treats nicely - be calm and polite around food and at feeding times - stay out of my space unless invited in - get out of my space calmly and quickly

TOP DOG! - be around distractions while remaining calm - walk together quietly, matching my pace and following my direction, while maintaining a loose line Guess what? These are all skills that any horse (or dog) would benefit from learning! The only difference was that we had to spend extra time and care on developing attention and focus in the face of distractions. Extra care and time that I was more than willing to spend to ensure my horse would be safe and have exceptional ground manners. And taking this time has allowed these skills to be developed without intimidation, force or equipment. Bigger or stronger does not need to be an excuse for tougher methods or harsher equipment. There are so many benefits to using brainpower instead of manpower with the animals in our lives, whether they weigh one pound, seventy pounds or a half ton. It does require commitment, a plan and a willingness to take the time your dog (or horse!) needs. But it is worth it. Stay tuned to learn how you can unleash the power of positive reinforcement! 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

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Road to Recovery


rucks and dogs aren’t always the best mix, as Teddy Bear unfortunately discovered, when the truck he was in zigzagged suddenly to miss a pothole, and Teddy Bear went flying out of the truck bed, where he had been riding, loose. The impact separated his hip and broke the top of his femur bone, an extremely painful injury. He was surrendered to the Williams Lake SPCA when his former guardian could not afford the veterinary costs, and SPCA staff are hopeful the community can help. “Teddy Bear is a good example of why we caution pet guardians to never ride with their dog loose in the back of a truck,” says Liz Dighton, BC SPCA Williams Lake and District Branch manager. “We hear all the time how ‘My dog LOVES to ride in the back of my truck!’ – and we’re sure he does – your dog would probably also love to eat a box of chocolates, but that doesn’t make it right.” Think of their safety: Dogs restrained in the back of trucks with loose ropes or ties can accidentally hang themselves. Depending on the weather, exposing your pet to the elements can also lead to heatstroke or hypothermia. Think of the cost: Your pet could fall or be thrown out, sustaining serious injuries or even death, leaving you with a broken heart and expensive vet bills. If your thrown pet causes a collision, you could be held responsible for any associated cost. Think of the law: Section 72 of the Motor Vehicle Act prohibits the transport of an unsecured pet in the back of a pickup. If your pet is injured, you can be charged under the B.C. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Bring your dog inside your vehicle: Put the dog in the vehicle with you. Inside, use a secured crate or a dog seat belt to restrain your pet. Unrestrained pets are a major distraction to drivers, and can cause vehicle collisions. In a crash, pets become flying projectiles and can injure themselves, you and your passengers. “We just want Teddy Bear to be able to live out the rest of his life as an active, happy and healthy dog,” Dighton says, noting the affectionate border collie mix, still less than a year old, has a lot of life to live and “A lot of love to give.” Teddy Bear’s surgery and other related medical costs are expected to reach $1,450. If you can help Teddy bear and other animals like him in need at the Williams Lake and District BC SPCA Branch, you can donate online or in person, at 709 Bond Lake Rd., Williams Lake BC.

September 2016



“PAW”ETRY Where I was from... By Faye Golder

I am from a litter of six Wired haired Terriers From relying on my loving mother for warmth and nourishment To being chosen from the cold box of a pick-up truck in Topley B.C. To the loving arms of my lifelong owner and best friend My name is Nikita, Nikki and my nickname is Nicker Doodle. I am from peeing on the clean floors To hiding out in the beautiful flower garden My owners provided love, food, shelter and tremendous fun Chasing balls, sprinting alongside my owner and her sorrel horse Loved to run, play and chase the tennis balls endlessly. I am from chasing crows across the wind-blown hay fields Not liking to get my feet wet in the creeks To being carried across the creek on the saddle, owner holding on tight From one day realizing that I am too old to continue running Now I stay home and dream I'm running alongside the horse I am from wonderful memories and magnificent days To limbs that hurt and cause me to lay and dream Dream of the tennis ball that I would fetch Remembering the daily walks down the road Helping my owner to pick up the beer cans in the ditch I am from running forever in the fields To being laid to rest in one of my favourite spots Looking out over the pond at the majestic mountains There in the field is a friend I had the privilege to run with Now when she runs, I run alongside, free of pain. That is where I was from...

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office 2016 BC SUMMER GAMES IN ABBOTSFORD WERE AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS FOR EQUESTRIAN SPORT Kayleigh O’Hanley – Promise – Silver Medal on Sunday

Sophie Den Hoed – Landen II Z – Gold Medal on Friday

Abigail Old – Buddy – 3 Gold Medals


he 2016 BC Summer Games was a rollicking good time! This was one of the best BC Summer Games Horse Council BC has ever had the pleasure of being a part of. Abbotsford was a terrific host city and all the volunteers made the four days of competition a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for all involved. We wanted to take the time to say a big THANK YOU to all our coaches, officials, volunteers, and athletes who attended the games. You were all wonderful individuals to get to know and work Danielle Benoit – Maestro (para-equestrian) with and really made us proud to be part of the Equestrian Team. – 2 Gold, 1 Bronze FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016 MEDALS Show Jumping Gold – Sophie Den Hoed – Landen II Z Silver – Chanelle Peters - Lukas Bronze – Chloe Tryhane – déjà vu Dressage Gold – Natasha Holscher – Deo Volente Silver – Shaylene Hawkins - Shikita Bronze – Natasha Grapes - Winnington Vaulting Gold – Abigail Old - Buddy Silver – Emma Old - Buddy Bronze – Isabella Old - Buddy Para-Equestrian Gold – Danielle Benoit - Maestro Silver – Rachel Whitmore - Galaxy Bronze – Dylan Allan – Getting Out Of Dodge Bronze – Tyler Woolley – Island Queen

SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016 MEDALS Show Jumping Gold – Jessica Kwak – Grey Matter Silver – Ashley McKissock – A Little Lucky Bronze – Petra Pinkerton - Finale Dressage Gold – Natasha Holscher – Deo Volente Silver – Mairi Rathy – Ringo Star Bronze – Natasha Grapes - Winnington Vaulting Gold – Abigail Old - Buddy Silver – Isabella Old - Buddy Bronze – Indigo Bowick - Epona Para-Equestrian Gold – Rachel Whitmore - Galaxy Silver – Tyler Woolley – Island Queen Bronze – Danielle Benoit - Maestro

For full results, please visit

Shaylene Hawkins – Shikita – Silver Medal on Friday SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016 MEDALS Show Jumping Gold – Ashley McKissock – A Little Lucky Silver – Petra Pinkerton - Finale Bronze – Montana Garrington – Hollywood Starlet Dressage Gold – Natasha Holscher – Deo Volente Silver – Mairi Rathy – Ringo Star Bronze – Michelle Hawthornthwaite - Nobel Vaulting Gold – Abigail Old - Buddy Silver – Kayleigh O’Hanley - Promise Bronze – Isabella Old - Buddy Para-Equestrian Gold – Danielle Benoit - Maestro Silver – Rachel Whitmore - Galaxy Bronze – Tyler Woolley – Island Queen OVERALL ZONE TEAM RESULTS Gold – Zone 4 – Fraser River Silver – Zone 3 – Fraser Valley Bronze – Zone 6 – Vancouver Island-Central Coast September 2016


2016 Wild Rose Welsh and Open Pony Show By Karen Podolski Photos by Sarah's Equine Design


he July 16-17 weekend saw another Wild Rose Welsh and Open Pony Show alongside the Futurity and Performance Stake on Friday, July 15, in Red Deer AB. We welcomed three judges in total: Shirley Cane, Elizabeth Russell, and Molly Rinedollar. With challenging weather and economic climate, we had lower entries than usual, though unlike many shows across the province and

1 across disciplines, we were able to make a go of it and ended up having some good competition. JUDGE SHIRLEY CANE, Hoskin Stables, Ontario English Pleasure Futurity Stake: Coyote Run Frezno, Kerry Marit Pleasure Driving Futurity Stake: Alvesta Mona Lisa, Wendy Williams Futurity Grand Champion Section A: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller Futurity Reserve Grand Champion Section A: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder Futurity Grand Champion Section B: Alvesta Freya, Brenda Podolski Futurity Reserve Grand Champion Section B: Alvesta Angelina, Brenda Podolski SUPREME CHAMPION WELSH: Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, Kasandra Miller RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION WELSH: Alvesta Freya, Brenda Podolski Futurity Grand Champion Half-Welsh: Exeter Evenstar, Karen Chorney Futurity Reserve Grand Champion HalfWelsh: Little Miss Daisy Dukes, Heather Worden Futurity Grand Champion Sport Pony: Alvesta Angelina, Brenda Podolski Futurity Reserve Grand Champion Sport Pony: Exeter Evenstar, Karen Chorney After her judging assignment, on behalf of the Wild Rose Show, Shirley hosted a clinic on riding, with saddle and bridle fitting, including bits and the importance of proper tooth care. She also answered



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questions around halter and driving ponies and helped with further fittings. Our Saturday and Sunday classes were double judged by Elizabeth and Molly. An overview of the top championships are here, and full results are available at JUDGE ELIZABETH RUSSELL, Gartconnel Stud, Scotland Young Stock Champion: Alvesta Infinity, Brenda Podolski Young Stock Reserve Champion: Coyote Run Enya, Brenda Harder SUPREME CHAMPION WELSH: Stonecountry's Primrose, Airth Farms Ltd. RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION WELSH: Alvesta Infinity, Brenda Podolski Supreme Champion Welsh Gelding: Menai Step-On, Stacey Schaber Reserve Supreme Champion Welsh Gelding: Nibrika Armagh Spirit, Sue Bown Grand Champion Sport Pony: Exeter Evenstar, Karen Chorney Reserve Grand Champion Sport Pony: Berrylyn Alexi, Nancy Haverstock Grand Champion Model Hunter Pony: Bryson's I Am Canadian, Andrea Raimondi Reserve Grand Champion Model Hunter Pony: Berrylyn Alexi, Nancy Haverstock Grand Champion Half-Welsh: Exeter Evenstar, Karen Chorney Reserve Champion Half-Welsh: Berrylyn Alexi, Nancy Haverstock Elizabeth remarked, “I much enjoyed my trip, despite the weather, to see the lovely ponies and beautiful country. The farm visits were a delight -- I just loved the prairie country. You should all be congratulated on having animals true to type and continuing your quest to improve the stock.” JUDGE MOLLY RINEDOLLAR, Helicon Show Stables, Colorado Young Stock Champion: Alvesta Freya, Brenda Podolski Young Stock Reserve Champion: Foothill's Bring Bling, Stacey Schaber SUPREME CHAMPION WELSH: Applevalley Lychee, Stacey Schaber RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION WELSH: Llanarth Tarquin, Vicki Coleman Supreme Champion Welsh Gelding: Menai Step-On, Stacey Schaber Reserve Supreme Champion Welsh Gelding: Nibrika Armagh Spirit, Sue Bown Grand Champion Sport Pony: Exeter Evenstar, Karen Chorney Reserve Grand Champion Sport Pony: Berrylyn Alexi, Nancy Haverstock Grand Champion Model Hunter Pony: Exeter Evenstar, Karen Chorney Reserve Grand Champion Model Hunter Pony: Ulterra I Believe, Cathy Chalack

4 Grand Champion Half-Welsh: Exeter Evenstar, Karen Chorney Reserve Champion Half-Welsh: Berrylyn Alexi, Nancy Haverstock

Molly says, “There were a lot of very nice ponies with loads of potential -- assets to the Welsh pony world. You could tell that all of

5 the ponies were examples of well-planned breeding programs. I had a great time at this well-organized show with very friendly and receptive exhibitors!”

1. Wild Rose Youngstock Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion Welsh under Elizabeth Russell, Alvesta Infinity, yearling Welsh Mountain Pony colt owned by Brenda Podolski. Elizabeth says, “This lovely colt was very correct. As well as having Welsh Mountain Pony characteristics, his kindness was evident. He also was shortly coupled, had a lovely length of rein and head/shoulder set, moved straight, and covered the ground. He lifted at the trot, and his behaviour for a yearling was impeccable in that he showed himself to his best. He deserved his placings, but as he was not matured (i.e. I could not see the finished article), he had in this instance to give way to maturity in the Supreme Welsh Championship.” 2. Wild Rose Supreme Champion Welsh under Molly Rinedollar, Applevalley Lychee, six-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony mare owned by Stacey Schaber. Molly says, “Applevalley Lychee is a very typey, classic Section A mare with a big, bold eye on a refined head.” 3. Wild Rose Multi Grand Champion, Exeter Evenstar, Half-Welsh two-year-old filly owned by Karen and Dean Chorney. Shown here with winnings donated by the Canadian Sport Horse Association. Molly says, “Exeter Evenstar is a lovely pony. She has an incredible walk and an equally good trot! She will be an amazing hunter pony with lots of Welsh attributes!” 4. Wild Rose Supreme Champion Welsh under Elizabeth Russell, Stonecountry's Primrose, six-year-old Welsh Section C mare owned by Airth Farms Ltd. Elizabeth says, “As soon as the bay mare walked into the ring she struck me as being very true to breed type. She had a purposeful walk, covered the ground and lifted and extended in her trot. Despite a blemish (splint) she was everything that a good Section C should represent, with good bone, short cannons, strong hocks, pony head, and feminine charm. A complete picture representing the characteristics of a Welsh Pony of Cob Type.” 5. Wild Rose Futurity Supreme Champion Welsh, Sunburst Heart of Jubilee, yearling Welsh Mountain Pony colt owned by Kasandra Miller. Shirley says he is a “lovelymoving pony, with good length of rein, strong hindquarters, and true to type.”

Alberta Donkey and Mule News By Marlene Quiring


s I write this we are just anticipating our 27th Alberta Longears miniature jacks can be a handful and cause damage if not handled with Show, at a new venue and with lots of exciting guests! Watch for care. In NO situation should an intact jack be kept only as a pet! A jack used for breeding purposes needs to be schooled and trained to mind photos and stories in next month’s report! A very successful series of clinics with Jerry Tindell wrapped up its handler at all times. Yes they can be taught to ride or drive, but they at the end of July with lots of enthusiastic participants. To read the will always require an attentive, knowledgeable handler. The best advice for those folks that want a donkey to ride, drive or reviews, visit our website The club also hosted a Trail Ride at the end of July and several to be a pet is to GELD him if he is still intact. The reality is that very few members also participated in the 103 running of the Bruce Stampede. jacks are of good enough bloodlines and quality to keep for breeding For an entertaining first-hand account of the ‘’Great Canadian Mule purposes and will require separate accommodations from the herd. Race’’ at the Stampede read the article by our president Russ Shandro Hand breeding or artificial insemination are highly recommended breeding practices as turning a jack out with horse mares or jennets in this issue of Saddle Up on page 26. Our website and club Facebook page often gets inquiries on can cause injuries to either or both and once a jack has been hurt, he donkey and mule care, training and behaviour. Most inquiries can will often quit breeding for the season or entirely. Also jacks can be be answered by referring to the articles that we have posted on our even more vicious than horse stallions and most breeders care too website which will be undergoing some revamping to make the much about their stock to risk death or injury to either! Please visit the articles on our website regarding handling donkeys “answers to common questions” easier to find. One of the most recent discussions has been about handling an intact donkey jack. This is one and also the article about castration for mules and donkeys which you and your vet need to know about as subject in which the safety of the the procedure and sedation can differ Jack, the handler and the mare or from horses. jenny must take precedent over Our Semi-Annual Meeting is any personal opinions! An intact coming up on Sunday, October 16 in donkey has the same hormonal Ponoka AB at Ponoka Neighborhood urges as a horse stallion and Place. This is where our club plans for often has not received suitable 2017 will take shape - so your input is training! An intact mature jack, especially in breeding season, is Carlo Toews of Hythe AB, on his Morgan stallion working his string of seven wanted! pack mules at the recent Tindell Clinic in Beaverlodge. NOT for everyone to handle! Even September 2016


BC Competitive Trail Riding News By Myrna Thompson | Photos courtesy of Wes Anderson to everyone who entered, or came and helped. As I am the director for the Okanagan region of BCCTRA, finding new ride managers to organize a Competitive Trail Ride is always on my to-do list. If you are curious about putting an event on, or becoming a member, please contact me via email at Check out our website ( for upcoming rides remaining on Vancouver Island. Results for 2016 Timber Ridge CTR (Placing/Rider/Horse/Breed/Vet Score) Five volunteers.

Timber Ridge CTR, May 20-21, in Lumby


fter giving myself and the Timber Ridge trails a year off last year, 2016 brought new enthusiasm to ride management and participants, as the number of entries was up from previous years. There was a great turnout of new and seasoned volunteers -so exciting! I am so grateful to see the seasoned volunteers step up and train the newbies on pulse and respiration techniques. As a ride manager, it is one less job that I have to be involved in and can delegate to the experienced volunteers who have supported CTR over the years. The event ran like a well-oiled machine. The weather was a different story. It was a beautiful Friday for prevetting; however, we all woke up to socked-in clouds and lots of rain on Saturday, Ride Day. It was cold and wet (you could see your breath!), and gloves, toques, and rubber boots were mandatory. By lunch time, the clouds had separated and the afternoon was sunny and definitely warm; a complete turn-around from early morning. The awards were distributed that evening, and volunteers were appreciated as well, with nifty swag bags with lots of little treats from sponsors who supported the ride. To finish the weekend off, Sunday morning brought steady rain again all day long! Nothing like loading slippery portapotties into the back of a pick-up truck in the pouring rain! A big THANK YOU to Pat Hayward for collecting ALL the prizes, rider swag bags and volunteer bags. It takes many months to solicit, collect and organize the donations. Another job delegated to an experienced volunteer, and time saved as a ride Veterinarian judging horse’s back at the vet check. manager. THANK YOU, also,

LEVEL 1 (14.6 Miles) Lightweight 1: Joni DeWitt; Daisy of Cambie (Arab); 297 2: Amanda MacCormack; Incahoots (TB); 289 Heavyweight 1: Heather Bradshaw; Fiesta (Pinto); 300 2: Diane Prinsen; Zimfandel (QH); 298 3: Kimberley Stawnichy; NRG (QHX); 296.5 4: Nellie Roukema; Driftwood High Ransom (Arab); 296 Junior 1: Levi DeWitt; Levi's Lady Bug (Morgan); 299 2: Brooke Lachowski; Tequila (QH); 298 3: Maddie MacCormack; Hobby (Welsh); 294.5 4: Jasmine Gossen; Farha Saaba (Arab); 288.5 LEVEL 2 (22.1 Miles) Lightweight 1: Colleen Gay; Glory's Angel Breeze (TWH); 295.5 Heavyweight 1: Sandy Laing; JV Jazz (Arab); 296 LEVEL 3 (35.6 Miles) Lightweight 1: Lori Bewza; China Boy (Arab); 297 Heavyweight 1: Debbie Powell; Dream Scape (Arab); 300 2: Bev Voight; Emma Peel (Paint); 300 Murray MacKenzie; Rominic (Arab); 300 Bianca MacKenzie; Titanium (Arab); 300 Claire Viti; Forest (Grade); 292.5

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Chilliwack Riding Club Update

By Riesa Kyne


he Chilliwack Riding Club hosted another successful trail cleanup day on July 17 at our adopted trail system at the Brown Creek Wetlands. We had excellent rider turn-out and were once again pleasantly surprised by how tidy we found the trails. We followed it up with a pot-luck lunch and a group ride on the trails. Our Denim & Diamond ladies will have another drill performance at the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival (September 16-17). Come on out to support the team and the Agassiz Fall Fair. The club is also very excited to announce our 2nd Annual Camp & Ride at Island 22 on September 3-4. Come join us for some camping and drill demonstrations, a horse show and gymkhana, a midnight

The riders at trail clean-up ride, pot-luck dinner and a pancake breakfast. More information will be available on our website at or on our Facebook page.  Please call or email the club for details or to pre-register for camping. We look forward to having a great weekend with our fellow riders. See you all there!

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


hen will the fun stop?! During the first weekend of July we held our first-ever “Club Camp Away” and what a great time it was. The vision was put forward by Debbie House, our Vice-President, and she took on the task of organizing the event. It took place at Desert Park in Osoyoos and with all the work being done at the Park by one of our members, Paddy Head, the facility is ideal for a fun weekend, horseshows (more on that later) and racing. It has the added advantage of being situated in the most perfect setting with stunning views. A gang of members attended and took part in arena riding, a trail challenge course and trail riding in the outback of Osoyoos. They had a great party on Saturday night and I was fortunate enough to join the group for lunch on Saturday. Thanks Debbie for the idea and for then making all the arrangements. The following weekend was our Summer Show. This was again held at Desert Park. Besides all the arena events, we were also able to Our youngest entrant at the Summer Show, Ciara Poirier – a rising star!

Trish Anderson, winner of the halter class.

set up an excellent trail challenge course up on the racetrack. Thanks to Sara Brown and the volunteers, we had a wonderful day with 214 entries to the different classes and most of the riders had fun taking on the trail challenge course. The final results have been posted on our Club’s Facebook page and are also on Sara’s page. Thank you to all the participants who travelled to our Summer Show and we hope to see you again at our Autumn Show on Sunday, September 18. This was our first show at the Park for some years, so lessons were learnt and the Autumn Show will be spectacular. We had a session on Sunday, July 17, called “Go Garrocha.” I demonstrated the basics and then instructed the riders in the steps towards enjoying the art of Garrocha. Despite the threat of a storm, which never materialized, it was, I hope, an interesting activity to experience. Thanks to all the Club Members who took part. The weather this month has been varied to say the least, but we have been really lucky with all our events so far. Long may this continue!



BC Lower Mainland Pony Club News By Tracy Carver


isualize success. As with most sports, in riding and competing, your mind is one of your most powerful tools. But how can one successfully harness the untapped potential in a young rider’s mind? Dave Freeze Our BC Lower Mainland Pony Club members and attendees. recently had the fantastic opportunity of Photo by Tracy attending a talk to learn that skill. Carver. Dave Freeze, a Canadian Sports Psychology Association Practitioner who specializes in Organizational Coaching, delivered a talk that focused on how the mind can be used as a powerful tool to help mold behaviours, set goals, and achieve personal success in riding. Dave discussed with our members how to concentrate on their own personal goals – be it a fantastic dressage test, a clear stadium round, or a successful cross country course – and leave the rest of their concerns at the in-gate. Repeatedly visualizing their ride with successful outcomes is vital to their preparation for competition. Dave discussed tools to enable our members to block out all outside distractions and focus only on their next ride, stressing the importance of believing in themselves, being relaxed, grounded, and patient with themselves and their mounts. Further, he taught our members how to refocus when things go wrong at the outset to help salvage their ride, with remaining calm in the face of adversity as the most important skill. Thank you Dave for a tremendous talk, timed to help all of our members with their summer season competitions. And a season of competition it has been for our BCLM members! The timing of Dave’s talk was perfect, as he spoke to our members on the eve of our annual BCLM Regional Rally event which this year ran from July 21-24 at Maple Ridge Equi-Centre in Maple Ridge. We had over 80 competitors this year, ranging from D to B levels, and competing in Starter through Training eventing classes. As usual, the four day event was a huge success, completely volunteer run, and achieved its goal of introducing our Pony Club members to the world of Three Phase Eventing. During our Rally event, riders compete in dressage, cross country, and stadium disciplines, and final rankings are based on scores from all three phases. But unlike traditional three day eventing, our BCLM Rally also focuses on the behind-the-scenes work, from correctly setting up team tack and feed stalls to proper trot up and cooling out procedures for all horse athletes. Grooms and team captains work together to support their riders, helping in feeding, grooming, and tacking up their riders’ mounts and ensuring riders are competition ready for each of their rounds. Team captains compete in Rally participants. Photo by Brenda Calnek. Captain Rounds and, along with their grooms, earn stable management scores which are tracked throughout the multi-day event. On the final day, prizes are awarded not only to individual riders, but to teams, team captains, and grooms, all based on cumulative scores earned during Rally. This summer event is easily one of the favourite amongst our pony clubbers, and is a safe, educational introduction to the world of Equestrian Eventing; many of our riders go on to compete in Horse Trials throughout the province after the amazing experience this opportunity affords them. Rally 2016. Photo by Heidi Struys. 40 • SEPTEMBER 2016


BC Miniature Horse Club Report

By Terri Brown


would like to start this with a huge shout out to one of our youth members Lena McMurtry on her huge success at the Canadian Nationals held in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede. Lena hauled four horses all the way from Victoria to Calgary in pursuit of a dream, and boy did she achieve it! This was Lena’s third trek to the Calgary Stampede and she came home with some huge accolades. Each horse she brought ended up winning at least one Grand Championship! Over the span of three days Lena competed in Halter, Driving and an array of performance classes. Her horses ended up winning seven Champion titles, one Reserve title, four Overall titles and eight Buckles!! Way to go Girl!! Lena is quoted on saying, “It was a long three days but definitely worth it!” Again huge congrats to you Lena on a job well done! Both the Abbotsford Fair and the Chilliwack Fair are behind us now as well. Deb Voigt-Olsen and Heather Ward both did an outstanding job organizing the miniature show held in conjunction with these two events. A huge thank you to both these ladies! These little fairs are so much fun and it’s very interesting talking with the public about our outstanding little horses. With the end of this show season fast approaching it’s soon going to be time to do some fundraising! Stay tuned for an upcoming pub night date and hopefully a club jump-building fun day is coming soon too. Until then make sure you are having summer fun with your minis!

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club By Alana Ensign


essons were a blast in June at Jardine’s and Perio’s arenas! Carl Woods, Dustin Drader and Breanne Mensing all taught the members diligently and prepared us for Stock Show. 18 of our members attended Stock Show during the first week of July in Armstrong. All the members had a blast doing ground school, lessons and trail! We participated in the opening ceremonies where one of our juniors (Sydney Augustine) was a flag carrier. After opening ceremonies we participated in some fun games! We kicked off show day and the end of the week with our banquet! Many of our members were successful in achieving high-points and reserve high-points and much more!! We are excited to announce that our club received both junior overall high-point (Brooke McGee) and senior overall highpoint (Alana Ensign). We are looking forward to Summer Sizzler at the beginning of August in Salmon Arm!



1. Mel Price on Pip 2. Jessica Hultgren on her pony 3. Ashley Robson on Breeze 4. Marina Jardine rocking showmanship! 5. Paivi McLean and Mikey conquering poles in trail class 6. Rory and Sonoka in Equitation class

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley West Coast Summer Classic The sun was shining and it was a wonderful show for our second circuit of the year. We saw some fantastic class sizes with 17+ competitors in some classes and points in all divisions. We had a lovely AQHA Steward on grounds for this show who is also our judge for our upcoming All Novice Show, which was fantastic for anyone with any AQHA rule questions or anything else. Thank you Ashleigh Tukhala for once again organizing the Welcome Social Potluck and to all who brought yummy items to make what was a fantastic dinner! Please go to www.rgmphotography to see photos taken by our official photographer Ron McCarthy! If you see a photo you like, please consider ordering one from him, he is a great sponsor to LMQHA! Many thanks to our always-wonderful show staff who make the show run so smoothly and make it a joy to attend. Congratulations to all of our high point winners who received Frank Principe spurs, iPads or TVs and reserve winners who received custom, embellished Brimstyles hats or Fat Max rolling carts! Superhorse won a large custom painting of their horse by Avalon and Halter Champion of Champions went home with a beautiful Bronze! Thank you to all of our phenomenal sponsors who have made it all possible! Open: Good Grief Grover - Gord McEachen Reserve: KC Ya In St Louis - Pauline Massey Amateur: Goodnready to Rumble - Eilish Anderson Reserve: My Options Are Hot - Tanya Clizbe Select: Good Grief Grover - Gord McEachen Reserve: Invited to A Party - Doreen Earl Green: KC Ya In St Louis - Pauline Massey Reserve: My Options Are Hot - Tanya Clizbe Level 1 Amateur: Zippin Down The Range - Jody Pearson Reserve: Notice These Dynamics - Heather Huber Level 1 Youth: Zips Classical Image - Ellie Gerbrandt Reserve: Sudden Attraction - Alexa McGowan Youth: So Noticed - Alyssa Hill Reserve: Zips Classical Image - Ellie Gerbrandt Rookie Amateur: Blazin Hot and Sheik - Haley Russell Reserve: Inclinations Invited - Andrea Franulovich Rookie Youth: Sudden Attraction - Alexa McGowan Reserve: Cowboy Legends - Megan Neugebauer Level 1 WT Youth: Triple Fisted - Brooke Jackson Reserve: My Dynamic Otoe - Colten Buckley Level 1 WT Amateur: Winning The Dream - Joyce Voth Reserve: Tuxskeeto - Virginia Olafsen All Breed Youth: Barlinks First Touch - Sunny Stiles Reserve: Looking Glass Alice - Payton Schell All Breed WT 11 and Under: Triple Fisted - Brooke Jackson Reserve: My Dynamic Otoe - Colten Buckley Superhorse: Caribbean Hot - Michelle McIntosh

Halter Champion of Champions: Covergurl - Randy Kitagawa Halter High Point Mare: Covergurl Halter High Point Gelding: Don’t Invite Skip

For the first time, we offered Equestrians With Disabilities classes and the reception was enthusiastic from judges, officials and exhibitors alike. Although participation was limited, everyone was so encouraging and positive. We are looking to offer this again next year and are hoping it will grow. Thank you to the sponsors and the HCBC grant for helping it happen. High Point Winner Ariel Taylor was beaming ear to ear with her trophy! All Novice Show At the printing of this article, the Novice Show will be a fond memory. However, we could not have offered such wonderful prizes if not for the following sponsors: Bissett Farms, Lazy 3 Ranch, Sierra Hayward Farrier Services, 5 Pine Ranch, Bar T5 Trailers, F & V Enterprise and Equine Essentials. Stay tuned for the next issue of Saddle Up for details on how it all went! Pub Nights Thank you to Haley and Sian for organizing the August pub night at the Artful Dodger in Langley! Although it was a holiday weekend, it was still successful! Please everyone stay tuned to our Facebook page and the LMQHA page of the BCQHA website for details of our next pub night which will be September 17 at the Artful Dodger once again (we love Music Bingo!). We would love for you to attend to socialize and support the club! Our fundraisers are a big part of how we can offer our programs and prizes. We will be looking for silent auction items and toonie toss bottles if you would like to donate! Please contact Haley for details. AQHA Ride Jeneane Evans has been a busy bee organizing the AQHA Ride in Merritt, coming up September 23-25. It should be an exciting weekend of fun, camaraderie and good riding. She has a saddle for a prize along with a quilted blanket, headstalls... the list goes on! News and Volunteering We would love to highlight your news and accomplishments! Email Mellissa at! Also, it’s time to start thinking of 2017, and we could really use your help. Our shows are growing bigger and better, our Bazaar is also showing growth once again and the AQHA Ride seems to be a hit, but it takes many hours of dedication and passion to put it all together. So come join us and pitch in, and help this club be the best it can be!

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: Visit our Facebook page 42 • SEPTEMBER 2016


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Juanita Gibney, Okanagan Chapter

Trapping Creek - Little Trapping Horse Camp Expansion


e did it! After the year-long process of formal application with RSTBC to expand this small camp area, we were very excited to receive permission to proceed with the expansion, and also fortunate to receive grant monies from HCBC (BC Equestrian Trails Fund) and BCHBC. Plans were made by the Okanagan Chapter on how best to accomplish this significant undertaking, and we got to work. With a huge turnout of volunteers, we were able to turn the vision into reality and it was very inspiring to see the Little Trapping Horse Camp Expansion develop over the three very busy days in early May. Under beautiful blue skies we had a great weekend of hard work, fun and camaraderie. And daily hotdog roasts. On Saturday, the selected trees were removed, limbed, bucked and piled and the six camping/parking sites were roughed in, levelled, packed and made ready for gravel. It was a huge task and thankfully we had the right equipment and a crew with so much expertise. Sunday’s crew worked on cleaning up the horse-keeping areas, where you can high-line your horse or put up portable panels. The many trees saved in the camping area for shade were limbed high for vehicle clearance. Monday was again very busy, with 11 people working on the camp expansion site. Ten loads of gravel were delivered, sites were levelled and packed and the huge pile of limbs and brush was chipped. The day was wrapped up with final cosmetic touches. The post holes were dug for sign and kiosk installation. Okanagan Chapter has very dedicated volunteers. It’s hard to

believe we accomplished so much, so fast! And thank you to RSTBC for believing in this worthwhile project, and to HCBC and BCHBC for muchneeded funding. On the supplier side of things, thank you to WINN Rentals and Nicholls Sand and Gravel for being there for us, to Malcolm Dion for donating the use of his Bobcat, to our members who did all the equipment hauling and, last but not least, the Ministry of Transportation for supplying the gravel - this commitment by MOT

saved us a huge amount of money. The beautiful (and very level) parking pads are first class. The kiosk and official RSTBC signage have also now been installed. This little horse camp rivals a provincial park in its beauty, with room for several horse camping units, as well as a day parking area. Visit this beautiful camp that connects by trail to several other camps and the miles and miles of lovely inter-connecting trails that offer you many, many options. Take a short ride of just a few miles or go on a ride that will take you most of the day! Footing is very nice on all trails, and there are several good creek crossings, which are so appreciated on a warm day. The trails are well marked and maps are available through the HCBC Trail database at: Gmaps/Trail?Trail=170. To get to this camp: Trapping Creek Forest Service Road is approximately 18 km north of Beaverdell, or 29 km south of the Big White turnoff along Highway 33. Turn east off Highway 33 onto the Trapping Creek FSR and follow it for 2.7 km. The camp will be on the left hand side and is well marked. SEPTEMBER 2016


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HORSE FLESH A Novel by Tina Sugarman Enter the highly competitive world of Standardbred horse racing, in this exhilarating debut from an insider. The story, however, goes far beyond that and touches on universal themes that every reader will recognize. You’ll be thrust into the front car on a roller coaster ride, through triumph and disaster, that begins on page one. You’ll feel every twist and turn of the story in the pit of your stomach. You’ll laugh and cry with the rough, tough guys who put on the show, rain or shine. You’ll empathize with the women who give this world a heart. You’ll meet the cheaters who use horses as pincushions, who want to win at any price. You’ll get to know the equine athletes who give their all, whatever challenges life throws at them. Last, but not least, you’ll feel the overwhelming sense of community that pervades this world, despite the sharp edges of a highly competitive sport. If that’s not enough, there’s a backstory that will keep you on the edge of your seat, which takes you on a journey from Ontario, Canada to the Rockies, the US, the Caribbean and even the UK. The icing on the cake is an ending full of surprises that will leave you feeling well satisfied. The characters leap off the page: a brilliant harness horse driver whose drug habit risks costing him everything, his cousin, a trainer who refuses to compromise her integrity, a mysterious individual known only

as the Scorpion, lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings, the Director of Racing trying desperately to clean up the industry, his mentor and best friend who has his own agenda, a low life groom who knows too much for his own good, the Canadian Mountie who inadvertently gets involved, with unforeseen consequences, a veterinarian caught between two worlds, young horses unaware of what’s in store for them and trainers whose livelihoods hang by a thread, who face a Hobbesian choice if they are to survive. These are just some of the players in a story where passions run high and where the distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, is always blurred. Fascinating, fast paced and with shocking twists and turns until the very last, HORSE FLESH is a breakthrough debut novel set to entertain not only horse and racing enthusiasts, but fiction fans looking for a fresh next read. Standardbred racing originated in the US but the sport is also popular in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Tina’s debut novel, HORSE FLESH, was born out of her personal experiences and portrays a faithful and compelling insight into the world of harness racing.

Published by Clink Street Publishing available September 1st, 2016 RRP TBC HORSE FLESH is available to order from online retailers including Amazon ( and to order from all good bookstores. Kindle Edition $8.79 CDN File size 1862 KB ASIN B01J94URV4 Paperback $28.48 CDN 712 pages - Based on the print edition ISBN 9781911110514



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SKYLINE STABLES (Williams Lake BC) 250-392-3649, SS: Home of the Leopard Stallions, Sign Of Freckles & Im’a Cool Kisser 2/17 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 9/16 TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526, see us on FB SS: Arabians & APHA, Breeding, Sales, Boarding, 2/17 TWIN ACRES FARM (70 Mile House BC) 250 456 7462. Welsh Ponies, Welsh Pembroke & Welsh Cardigan Corgis,, 2/17 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 12/16




On The Market (Private Sale) 50 ACRES READY FOR YOUR ANIMALS

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Near Chase, between Kamloops and Salmon Arm, close to Shuswap Lake, fenced and cross-fenced, 50 acres contain pasture, hayfields, riding ring, barn with hay storage and 2 box stalls, 3-horse loafing shed, 2-vehicle carport and insulated shop, garage, chicken house and runs, and storage buildings. Suitable for horses or cattle; ride to crown land trails and 2 indoor arenas. Updated house on school bus route has 3 bedrooms, office, 2 bathrooms, rec room, cold room/pantry, and full-size cellar off basement. There are wireless cell and computer service, satellite high-speed internet and television. More photos on request.



$649,000 CDN 250-679-3557 (Chase BC) E-mail:

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JAZ POCO SILVERADO AQHA Silver Grullo NFQH 100% AQHA ROM REINING and LBJ SIERRAS BLUE TE AQHA Blue Roan Very secluded 40 acre property with small 1 bedroom home. Hay field, pasture is fenced and crossed fenced, barn, and lots of water. Backs on to forestry for ATV riding, snowmobile, horseback riding and hiking. $415,500 250-547-9017 (Cherryville BC) 9/16

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RIVERFRONT ACREAGE Elegant 3,600 sq. ft. cedar log home situated on a 116 acre riverfront estate! Home features hot water heating and a stunning full length brick built-in fireplace. The master boasts a large walk-in closet, ensuite and deck with view. Open kitchen and living room sit on beautiful hardwood flooring. Property consists of mix of cleared and forested pasture. 110’ x 220’ indoor arena features stalls, feed storage, tack room, kitchen, lunch area, concession, and viewing area. Second house presently rents for $750 a month. Beautiful gardens and an orchard, and a nearly finished cabin with loft too.

6,100 sq. ft. 7 bedroom, 6 bathroom home located on lush flat land. Property has a year-round creek running through it with water rights for irrigation. Home is beautifully decorated and recently underwent a complete renovation including electrical and plumbing and records were kept for all work. It includes a 34x60 Quonset, pump house and all irrigation equipment, hay barn, and property is fully fenced. 

2343 Reierson Road, Quesnel BC $824,900 MLS® R2061546

2770 Schram Road, Kelowna BC $2,995,000 MLS® 10111754

RAY BLACKMORE 250-991-2787 OR SCOTT KLASSEN 250-983-6153 Century 21 Bob Sutton Realty Ltd., Quesnel BC



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IDEAL SET UP FOR HORSES! Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath log home set on 16.5 acres in the beautiful Armstrong/ Spallumcheen valley. Property has open riding arena, 24’x36’ barn with tack room, stalls, shop with grease pit, covered storage and equipment shed. Property is fenced and cross fenced. A perfect set up for horse and cattle operation. For additional information or to book a showing please visit our website at 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC $869,900 MLS® #10114548 HOWARD NEUFELD 250-938-3358 VantageOne Realty Inc. •




Check out this incredible 54 acre property just 7 km east of Enderby. Has a comfortable and cozy 4 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse, numerous outbuildings, round pen for horses, farm status with yearly cow/calf income contract. Property has irrigation rights from Brash Creek, is fully fenced and cross fenced and backs onto Crown Land. For additional information or to book a showing please visit our website at

Beautifully presented and maintained 1,600 sq. ft. log home in the Edgewood Valley. 20+ flat acres with approximately 1,100’ river frontage. Fenced and x-fenced, with 4-stall barn and numerous outbuildings. Large shop has infloor hot water heat. Also has a 600 sq. ft. guest cottage within 50’ of the river. Property is lush and green with 26 fruit trees, large garden areas and a warm spring on the property – so bring your ideas! For additional info or to book a showing, please visit our website.

759 Mable Lake Road, Enderby BC $785,900 MLS ® #10116909

9755 Highway 6, Edgewood BC $499,900 MLS ® 2405558/#10099468

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REALTORS 121 ACRE OKANAGAN DREAM 121 acres just 25 minutes to Penticton. 70 usable acres for hay or pasture with 4 wells, one producing an amazing 800 GPM. 4 bed, 3 bath ranch house plus a mobile for in-laws or farm help. Huge 30x60’ shop and a 36x48’ barn. Keremeos Creek runs through it and there is shopping, schools and a fantastic medical facility just 5 minutes away. Perfect for a veterinary practice too, as the closest vet is 30 miles away. Trails all the way to Apex Mountain are just a 2 block ride from the front gate. 2625 - 13th Street, Olalla BC $875,000 MLS® 161997

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