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Our Fall Fair issue – this one is always fun (yeah, right) to put together in time to get out to all the Fall Fairs and events that happen in September. What a rush!!! Even with all the fires around us – we manage. Our production gal, Carol, had to be evacuated from her place and is now putting this issue to bed at a friend’s house. It is not easy being away from home with the worry of what will happen and what will be left when (and if) you can return. Our thoughts are with everyone involved with the fires. The issue of fires has been a great topic of conversation with many and the question comes to mind… Where do we evacuate the horses to? My thoughts are your local fairgrounds or horse club facility. The West Kelowna horses were evacuated to the Kelowna Riding Club and other farms in the vicinity. Most rural communities have riding grounds or fairgrounds, i.e. Armstrong, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kamloops, Osoyoos, 100 Mile, Dawson Creek. Wouldn’t it be a great idea for each horse community to have an evacuation plan in place with the support of city council and/or facility managers? Just something for all of us to think about – it could be done. Hope you enjoy this issue and all the Dear Editor letters – they just flew in this month! I love opinions! BUT, we need to encourage you to keep them SHORT (please!).

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Dear Saddle Up: We really like your magazine. We love your horse facts, stories, and pictures. We're your biggest fans. We met Cheryle Hickman and she took a picture of us and asked us to write you. We're in Shift ing Saddles 4-H Horse Club in Salmon Arm. We were doing the Summer Sizzler Horse Show. We love horses a lot. - From Kimmy and Olivia (Thank you Kimmy and Olivia, we always love hearing from our readers. Look for your picture and story about the Summer Sizzler on page 22.)

Hi Nancy: I thought I'd better let you know how much I have been an avid reader of Saddle Up for many years now and how much

I appreciate the results you post for our Gymkhana Club. Not only do I always learn something but I was able to educate a "nonhorsey" person recently. My mom and I were riding one behind the other along a local road to our trailhead when a man in a large truck came speeding up to us. When I motioned for him to slow down he sped up and flew by us. Our 20 and 21-year-old horses who are very road worthy spooked and we both nearly came off. I then followed the man home where we had a very heated discussion about "road manners" with horses. He told me that "the road is not a horse trail and if your horses aren't fine with vehicles you should stay off the road." I was so frustrated that people (especially in rural areas) are so unfamiliar with horse/ traffic safety. When I returned from my ride I had the August issue of Saddle Up in my car with the great story on road rules and safety. I tore out the article and took it by his house.

Hopefully he is more educated than he was before. - Thanks again, Amanda Blamire, Kelowna

Dear Saddle Up: In response to Chris Irwin's article, "Beware of Easy Answers" (July 2009), I would like to suggest that Mr. Irwin do some research in a couple of areas. First, he might want to familiarize himself with the work of noted equine physiologist Dr. Deb Bennett, who states: "The same schedule for skeletal maturation applies to all breeds," and goes on to explain that while one horse may look more mature than another, this is misleading because all have vulnerable growth plates in various parts of the body that are not 100% fused until about the age of five or six continued on page 6


Dear Editor..., cont’d (different plates fuse at different times, with the last being in the spine and neck). Mr. Irwin would also do well to study statistics on the high rate of hock injury among reiners and dressage horses (hence the ubiquitous use of hock injections, both prophylactic and therapeutic, within these disciplines) before using them as examples of how it can be "safe" to work horses in small circles. So, should we trust Chris Irwin as an expert on horses? I guess the answer to that is, "it depends," - Sincerely, Susan Kauff mann, Roberts Creek, BC (When Saddle Up received this letter we contacted Mr. Irwin. Below is his response.)

Dear Nancy: With due respect to Ms. Kauff mann she is wrong in assuming that I am not familiar with the work of Dr. Deb Bennett. I am not only familiar with her research and her opinions - I have organized and participated in a "Dr. Deb" clinic myself and with a group of my students. Also related to Ms. Kauff mann assuming that I do not do my homework - she may find it interesting that of the 8 horses in the Dr. Deb clinic only 1 of them was over the age of 5. The other 7 horses were all ridden by students of mine (I produced and organized the clinic) who were riding 3 and 4-year-old horses that I had "started" for them. And I am proud to say that Dr. Bennett repeatedly commented throughout the weekend clinic how "well behaved" all the horses were. In fact, much of what I teach about the biomechanics of equine movement and what is a correctly balanced frame in a horse, I learned from Dr. Bennett! My point in my article was not to debate the fact that skeletal maturation in horses is open to interpretation nor was it to discount how many horses are suffering from hock injuries. My point was simply to recommend to people that it's not a simple question of "how old" should a horse be before it goes into training - but rather "how user friendly" are the training methods upon the body, mind and spirit of the horse? I do not believe in stressing the body parts of any horse - of any age - by working it in a frame of body that is causing stress on 6 • Saddle Up • September 2009

joints and/or muscle development and mind development. It's not just about WHAT we do with a horse - or HOW old a horse is - it's most importantly about HOW WELL we do our job. I will soon be starting both a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old fi lly of mine. I will send photos and write an article about starting these two young gals for my next column for Saddle Up and I hope that Ms. Kauff mann can look past how young the horses are and look instead at HOW WELL they are being worked. Neither the groundwork nor the first ride will be putting any stress on their joints. The first ride will involve perhaps 5 minutes of walking around in the round pen. No "riding the buck out of them," no trotting, no galloping around wildly - I will be engaging their curious and developing minds without stressing their young and vulnerable bodies for a few minutes at the walk. In closing, Ms. Kauff mann's questionable comment about "should we trust Chris Irwin as a horseman" sounded much more like a righteous attack against me personally instead of an open debate about methodology. I hope that if she responds to my opinions in the future she will refrain from making assumptions as to what I do or do not need to research and learn.

This is a very recent photo of me in the round pen with one of my personal horses - a 2-year-old filly that is a Friesian x Hanoverian cross. Her mama is my personal mare that many people know about by the name of Tsunami. This filly is very blissed out and relaxed by HOW I worked with her in the round pen and neither her body nor mind was ever stressed. Just the opposite - everything in her body language made it very clear that she was enjoying the attention and engagement of the experience.

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Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the “Letter to the Editor” from last month’s issue August 2009. I don’t expect this to be published, but if you can, that would be great. I do not know either people, nor am I the writer or the lady the writer is talking about. The only way I can respond to such a letter is to share my experience, strength and hope, in hopes that others may learn from my lessons in life. I too, have done “rescue” in my recent years of life. I have nursed, fostered, tamed, trained, rehabilitated and cared for many 4-legged furry creatures and overspent my budget to accommodate them so that they may live a better life, than what I believed they had previously. I don’t regret any part of what I have done, to give with all my heart and what I could afford to rekindle the love in their hearts for a human to be a guardian and caregiver in their life. I have had many go to homes, only to come back, frightened and not understood, once again. My horse, an SPCA rescue from Victoria, BC, came to me almost 2 years ago. I have only started to ride him in the past couple of months, after 18 months of caring for his resentful mental attitude. When I fed him hay, he would come running at me, with teeth glaring, eyes wickedly staring and feet striking. Was I scared? You bet I was! I called a good friend of mine, whom I credit my horse’s wellbeing to, Midge Paterson. Midge told me “he’s hungry, feed him lots of hay.” So, I did. I gave him more hay than I would for 2 horses; I overfed him everyday, twice a day. His attitude changed slowly over time and he started to gain weight. I’m not saying that he didn’t stop running full bore towards me, but he did eventually stop showing me his pearly whites and the bottoms of his feet. He eventually came for head rubs and loving hands and hugs. It took 18 months of love, before he could trust me, and I could trust him. He’s happy, well-fed, emotionally and mentally fit, and I love him more now than ever. We still have issues, like loading in my small trailer and unloading and stepping back down into never-never land. Th is is all built on TRUST. When trust is met, LOVE is met. The two are hand-in-hand. This all brings me back to the letter. I was unhappy reading the letter. I feel that the real issues need to be addressed, not the “he said, she said,” or “she did this or that.” continued on page 8

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o those who live in the Okanagan, hot weather, lots of sunshine and very little rain comes as no surprise. Another regular occurrence in the Okanagan is our nasty reputation for forest fires and we all know the routine when an evacuation order is placed. We hustle around gathering all our valuables, memorabilia, family and the house pets, but what about the larger four-legged family members? Well, if we’re lucky, we have a trailer parked out back for hauling, if we don’t have that luxury though, we have to call for help. Although the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society (BCIHRS) has been planning for the inevitable since early this year, nothing could truly prepare them for the real event. During the ongoing Terrace Mountain and Westbank fires, the SPCA has joined forces with the BCIHRS to relocate over 300 horses into temporary

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homes. A very dedicated group, lead by the president of the BCIHRS, Kim Stinson, formed a team of transporters to help those who lacked the means of moving their horses, created a tracking system so owners could be reunited with their horses and a hay donation center. Numerous people throughout the Okanagan pulled together as part of the equine community to offer up their pastures and help in any way necessary. Needless to say, none of the progress that was made would have been possible without each and everybody involved. The SPCA and the BCIHRS have been showcased in numerous newspapers, magazines, and television programs that have reached across Canada and into the USA gaining a growing audience and supporters. In addition, a new website is underway to help keep the public informed. Although the Horse Rescue is a

young organization, they have established themselves in the Okanagan by their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and place horses into new homes. Currently, they have several volunteers to aid in training, fundraising, media and organizing foster homes. They have attended several equine events and, in light of their recent actions, have been invited to speak about their cause at numerous more. Most recently attended, was an event held by the Kelowna Riding Club from August 7-9 which included an open house horse expo, pancake breakfast and various demonstrations. If you are interested in becoming a member, making a donation or you are interested in adopting a horse please contact Kim Stinson at 8_mile_ranch@ or view our new website at (See our listing in Saddle Up’s Clubs/ Associations)

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Dear Editor..., cont’d If I am unhappy about the way someone treats an animal, it is up to me, to do something about it. If I can afford to help feed, I will. If I can afford to take the time, I will. If I can afford to write a letter, and add a positive impact for the “good of all,” I will. If the SPCA needs to be notified of abuse, I will call. If an animal needs to move on to a forever home, I will do everything possible to find the perfect fit of home and guardianship. LET IT BEGIN WITH ME is a phrase that I need to live by. It’s like, if I complain that the coffee doesn’t taste good, then it is up to me to make it next time and don’t complain. Everything in my life is based on what I do and say, and TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION, and MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT for others to follow. My answer is, please help each other and have the openness to accept each other’s differences. Be respectful and honest without hurting or causing resentments and let it begin with “me.” - Sincerely, Paula Price, Registered Animal Health Technician, Certified Touch For Health Practitioner, Lumby, BC

Dear Editor: After picking up the latest edition of Saddle Up I was amazed to read the first Letter to the Editor. I fear the public has been mislead. I am acquainted with the owner of the ranch, and have visited the ranch on a number of occasions. I see that they have their hands full, that they have to reduce the number of animals on the property. And, I see that they are doing everything they can to accomplish this.

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My response to this situation? I offered group. This ranch owner saw none of these help, not harassment. Last fall we “purchased” funds even though they were supposed to go a foal from the very same person the ranch to help the horses collected from the Westside owner in question “purchased” her horses property. As for any breeding programs from. “Hailey” was a little foal that needed regarding the personally owned animals, they emergency medical care her owner would were halted as soon as the economy stalled. not provide. She was extremely underweight The single source of income for this and would obviously die without help. So we individual is now the trail riding and even purchased her… for exactly the same reason that has come under scrutiny and negativity. that the ranch owner in question “purchased” The trail horses are very well-kept and more the other 40-odd horses. than capable of handling riders. It was the only way to get them off the This situation is in fact serious. Th is property, as the local SPCA could not (or ranch owner needs public help to find would not) help them, as the horses were adoptive homes for these animals. True owned by a local band member. Many of them animal lovers would not stand for the politics, have needed more care than the average horse, slander and deceit practiced by many in the and even though this person is doing all they rescue community. The animals are the ones can it has put the ranch and the care under that suffer in the long run. scrutiny. (Hailey unfortunately had to be Please help by contacting the Okanagan euthanized right after rescuing ~ a cleft palate and Vernon Area Horse Rescue. Or you can and feed throughout her sinus and lungs contact the other rescue group who also has made her chances for survival impossible. So horses that need placing. Either way, let it be sad that she was not “purchased” sooner, she the animals that win! might have been saved.) - Sincerely, Debora Wolveson, Lumby, BC These horses have been up for adoption for some time and have always been; they were never a personal acquisition for the owner of the ranch to be kept long term. One FARM & HOME CENTER might ask where the 1225 Main Street funds are coming from Pincher Creek AB to keep all of these 403-627-3606 animals? The answer… this person is paying • Quality Tack out of pocket. Alone. • Classic & Wizard Ropes Any funds collected • Pet Supplies in the past have been subverted by another, • Supplements now unregistered • Feed, Salt and Minerals



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For the Love of Horses Anonymous Someone recently sent me an on-line quiz about horses, just for fun. The last question asked me to try to remember all the horses I’d ever ridden. And I got to thinking – wow, I’ve ridden just about everything.


rom the kind, gentle Belgian mare we used to trail ride to a smoothas-glass Icelandic; from Fjords to Quarter Horses, Andalusians and Arabs and back again. Oh, there are a few that I don’t remember with too much fondness ... there was that one enormous “well broke” gelding who piled me at a gallop on a gravel driveway ... but every one of those horses had something special about them. It seems a strange thing to me when I encounter breed prejudices in the horse world. There are the Warmblood people who think Quarter Horses are a bunch of lazy peanut-rollers, and the Quarter Horse people who think Arabs are crazy. Certainly we all have our own preferences, and rightly so! Horses, for most of us, are a hobby, so we should ride what we like in a way that’s comfortable for us. But here’s my question: why do we have such deep-seated prejudices? And why, at nearly every equine event I attend, do I hear people talking negatively about other people’s horses? A case in point: I have a very dear friend who used to breed Egyptian Arabians. She still has a few of these magnificent horses on her farm – proud, sensitive, intelligent creatures with trots

to die for. For years, people made fun of her hot little horses. I’ve ridden her Arabs, and quite a few others, and let me tell you ... they are tough, athletic, versatile and personable creatures, but they are active, and they won’t settle for a heavy hand. Are they for everyone? No. But they sure have their strengths.

gelding, except maybe that Icelandic mare’s tolt. Being offered the opportunity to ride an Andalusian stallion was incredible, but I can sure appreciate the gentle sensibility of a Standardbred mare I used to know. And I still remember with great fondness that aging grade gelding I used to take out on the trails – he wasn’t

I guess what I’m trying to say is that every breed has something special and wonderful about it.

pretty, but he was the best, most reliable partner I ever had. One of the great things about horses is that there are so many breeds out there. I encourage you to go try a few out ... maybe you’ll discover that, although you have no intention of selling your beloved beast, your buddy’s Tennessee Walker has the loveliest gaits. Many fellow riders are happy to let you have a spin on their pony, just so you, too, can experience how wonderful he truly is. Rather than focusing on our differences, let’s embrace the one thing that brings us all together, no matter what breed we prefer – our love of horses.

My husband’s Clydesdale gelding is positively gorgeous when he’s cleaned up for a show: high-stepping, spirited, and feathers flying. We also use him as a “bumper car” to help train the young horses on hills in the mountains – he just has such an unflappable and generous personality. Of course, the Arabs leave him in the dust on the trails. Nothing can beat the rocking-horse lope of my Paint • 9

Starving Arabians in our Area! - Name withheld by request This is not an article about pointing fingers or personal attacks. This is about a herd of Arabian horses at risk of becoming a tragedy…


tragedy that will likely be displayed on the Evening News once these poor horses start dropping from starvation. I predict this winter if not sooner by the looks of things. Of course people will say, “Why didn’t anybody do anything about this?” I am writing this to say people have been trying to do something about this and it seems to no avail. The Salmon Arm property that these horse live on is a linear acreage that is not easily seen from the main road. There are usually a couple of stallions at the front which can be seen. I often notice that they have become very thin and wonder what is happening to the 20+ horses I can’t see? The pictures with this article show what is going on in the back pasture. I believe there are many reasons why good people can find themselves in a situation with their animals that has become neglect; but someone has to do something before these animals start dying in the field. This breeder is well-known in the area and many hay farmers seem unwilling to “advance” hay because of “problems” in the past. Obviously there are too many horses on this property to be cared for properly and something needs to be done about it. I am appealing to the Arabian Breeders in the area to perhaps contact the SPCA and let them know you would be willing to take a few of these horses in if you can. The pictures with this article show the horses at a time of year when many of us are concerned our horses are getting too fat on the fields; imagine what the winter means for these particular horses. I know that the SPCA did come and take some horses from this breeder at one point some years ago, but this is what is STILL HAPPENING! And I am aware that the SPCA is under funded and overworked and I know that it costs a lot of money to take in horses and care for them but what is the solution? Do we turn a blind eye to a situation that has been going on for years now? I know that money is donated to the SPCA from horse people, but I feel many horses fall through the cracks because of the expense of their care once they are seized. I don’t know what the solution is but I for one can’t sit by and watch these animals suffer without saying something. (Saddle Up has learned that the SPCA has ‘again’ been notified and made a ‘return visit’ to the property in recent weeks. Representatives of the SPCA and the owner have agreed to let the owner’s local veterinarian assess 3 of the 24 horses in question. Animosity is growing as concerned horse people feel that the SPCA should bring in their own veterinarian, one with an unbiased opinion. NOTE: We are seeing 4 photos of thin horses – and the vet is only to assess 3?)


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Blindness in Horses – Part 3 By Dr. Robert Mulligan, DVM PRESERVING QUALITY OF LIFE

In the third and final part of the series on Equine Recurrent Uveitis, I will discuss the many ways in which an owner of a blind horse can help the transition into blindness and maintain a quality of life for their horse.


n the previous article I had mentioned the story of Charlie, a 14-year-old Appaloosa gelding afflicted with Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU). Despite the best efforts of his owner Stephanie, the disease progressed to the point where he became completely blind in both eyes (Figure 1). For some horses, a life of blindness can be dangerous to both animal and owner, but by being prepared for that eventual transition into a dark world, Stephanie was able to help Charlie make that change with ease and grace. The loss of vision can be sudden or it can take months to progress. During this time a horse’s natural instincts of fight or flight can make this time dangerous to both the horse and the handler. As large and unpredictable animals, a horse faced with a dark world can easily become spooked to once familiar noises and situations. Working with a blind horse is truly a lesson in patience… a horse with a quiet personality will generally adapt better than a high strung horse. However, even a quiet horse can still react suddenly if startled and you may notice that during the period of vision loss your horse is acting strangely. A reluctance to move over once familiar objects or spooking at obstacles and “freezing” in place are some signs that their sight is vanishing. Over time a blind horse will bump into objects or develop a head tilt and walk in circles. In Charlie’s case, I noticed that he was more reactive to my movements and he became nervous when I disappeared to his blind side to administer his vaccinations or pick up his legs. Routine procedures now required extra time and patience to complete safely. Stephanie continued to handle and groom Charlie on a regular schedule and we discussed the possibility of moving him to a permanent home where he could spend his time in a pasture with a buddy horse. In the meantime, I

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instructed Stephanie to make some changes in Charlie’s environment and gave her some literature on how to live with blind horses. Stephanie went through the paddock and removed any nails or wires that could possibly cause him harm and she taped up the hooks on the bucket handles so they would not cut Charlie as he dove in to eat his morning grain (Figure 2). Stephanie set to Figure 1: Charlie’s left eye, note working on training Charlie the large opaque cataract to learn verbal cues such as causing blindness. “up” and “down” for when he walked over hills. She noticed that his sense of hearing became more developed and her commands were making a big difference in his adaptation. Stephanie would maintain a regular feeding schedule with food and water in the same location and her mare quickly became Charlie’s buddy for guiding him around the paddock and keeping him calm. Because of his Figure 2: Taping blindness, Charlie became dependent on his the metal hooks remaining senses of hearing and touch. For on a feed bucket this reason Stephanie no longer trimmed can prevent a blind horse from cutting the hairs around his muzzle and eyelids as their face. this would allow Charlie to “feel” his way

Blindness in Horses, cont’d

Making the Transition: Although Charlie was gracefully becoming “dark-adapted” and accepting blindness without incident not every horse makes the transition as easy. There are many things to consider for a smooth transition, dependent on the nature of the horse and the facilities available. Owners of blind horses should remove hazardous obstacles such as ditches, ponds, holes, branches, machinery and a run-in shed can be constructed. Ideally, a large level pasture with board fence and no trees is the best place to keep a blind horse, however this is not always available. Leading your horse around the perimeter can help to establish boundaries as it is common for horses to “map” their environment in their minds, remembering every hill and fence line. Many blind horses also benefit from a companion horse. A suitable companion horse or donkey should be quiet and non-dominant. These guide horses will often help lead blind horses around their

pasture either by physical touch (nose to tail) or sometimes by maintaining vocal contact. Placing a bell on the companion horse can also help a blind horse to locate their buddy and become comfortable over unfamiliar terrain. Having said this though, some horses can become bullies towards blind horses, often chasing them away from food and water and injuring them in the process, therefore it is important to watch the social interactions carefully during the first few days. Caretakers of blind horses should maintain vocal contact and stay near to their shoulder to prevent from being run over by any sudden movement. Warn others of your horse’s new lifestyle and make sure that dogs and other animals do not spook your horse. Often this can be accomplished with a simple sign on the gate explaining your horse’s condition and by educating your riding partners. Although, the loss of vision is often thought of as a life-ending condition for a horse, I hope that this series of articles has helped demonstrate that blind horses can still maintain a quality of life and have much to teach us about living with a disability. In Charlie’s case he is still able


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Charlie enjoys his new life with his “sighted” buddy!

to ride safely on trails with the help of Stephanie’s verbal cues and following his companion buddy. One day he will need surgery to remove his blind eyes as they can become painful, but in the meantime he lives his life on rolling green pasture. The way Stephanie sees it, he gave her 8 great years of his life and it was now her chance to return the kindness as long as he was still enjoying his life! Dr. Robert Mulligan has been working for the Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan veterinary college in 2006. This practice provides Dr. Mulligan with a diverse clientele of all interests and when not busy working Robert enjoys team roping with his grey Quarter Horse, Rodger.

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Road Safety – Part 2: On the Road Again

By Ruth Donald

Like it or not, road riding is a necessity for many of us, whether it’s to get us from one farm to another, from our farm or stable to a trail, or because the road itself forms one section of an equestrian trail.


orses are big, powerful animals, but cars and trucks are even bigger and more powerful. What can we do to help ensure the safety of our horses and ourselves while sharing the road with motorized vehicles? First and foremost, you must be capable of controlling your horse in a potentially scary situation. According to one U.S. study, 85% of all car crashes involving horses occur as a result of spooking, when a horse’s flight response is triggered by something it sees or hears, real or imagined, and it shies or bolts into the traffic. The same U.S. study reports that in cases where a horse has spooked in an urban or town environment, 70% of the time it has led to a person suffering serious personal injury, and 22% of the time it has resulted in a fatality. Keep in mind that a car travelling 50 kph will take from 24 m to 35 m to come to a stop, including the driver’s reaction time. (For the metrically challenged, that’s 80 to 115 feet – longer than some riding arenas!)

Practice makes Perfect Sense Are you and your horse both ready for the challenges of the road? Has your horse been exposed to the noise and movement of traffic coming from in front as well as from behind? If your horse spooks or becomes upset, are you able to keep it under control? If you can’t answer a resounding “yes” to all of these questions, you’ve got work to do! Find a safe environment to practice in, perhaps with a trainer to help, or sign up for a “despooking” or “desensitizing” clinic. (Horse Council BC intends to introduce some Road Safety Clinics Prepare drivers unwilling or unable to pass around the province wide. Photo by Angela Zimmerling. in 2010. Interested coaches or riders, please contact Ruth at the HCBC office.) Expose your horse to mailboxes, stop signs, cars, trucks, tractors, bicycles, 14 • Saddle Up • September 2009

dogs, chickens and whatever else you can round up. Start by leading your horse up to and around the obstacles, giving it lots of time to check them out. If your horse is frightened by something, a mailbox for example, avoiding mailboxes won’t help to overcome his fear. Your horse has to face up to that mailbox and investigate it on his own time to be Make sure you are visible. Photo by Steven Dubas. confident that it won’t jump out and attack him. Don’t forget the sounds that go along with road riding: revving engines, loud stereos, honking horns, squealing brakes, flapping Canucks flags, rattling trailers, bicycles and bicycle bells, barking dogs, even police and ambulance sirens. The more sights and sounds your horse is exposed to and learns to accept, the better prepared you will both be for the road. No horse is absolutely “bombproof,” but the closer your horse is to bombproof, the better! Learn to put an “emergency brake” on your horse. Emergency stops, such as the one-rein stop or the cavalry stop can be dangerous on an untrained horse, so learn from a professional how to execute an emergency stop properly and practice with your horse in a safe environment. You want to be able to disengage your horse’s motor (the hindquarters) without throwing the horse off balance.

Dress for Success Make sure that you and your horse are both properly dressed for the road. For yourself, make sure that your clothing is visible from a distance. Camo won’t do! The ideal is a fluorescent or reflective vest so you’ll be visible in dim light as well as bright sunshine, especially if your ride might last until dusk. Light, bright-coloured clothing is better than dark.

Helmets save lives. According to the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act, when you are riding a horse on the road, you are operating a “vehicle,” same as a motorcycle or bicycle. Cyclists are required by law to wear helmets. It may not be a legal requirement for equestrians, but it certainly is a logical choice, given that the asphalt is just as

Road Safety – Part 2, cont’d hard if you fall from a horse as it is from a bicycle, and you have farther to fall. Your helmet should fit properly, snug enough to wiggle your eyebrows, and your chin strap should remain fastened! Your boots or shoes should fit easily into your stirrups, with about half an inch to spare on either side, with enough of a heel to keep your foot from slipping forward. You want to be able to slide your foot out quickly in an emergency, but you don’t want your foot to slide through to the other side and risk being dragged by a runaway horse. Your horse’s tack should fit well and be in good repair. A broken rein, bridle, latigo or girth strap could be disastrous. A poor fitting saddle can add to your horse’s stress, and if your horse is stressed, you’ll probably be stressed by the end of the ride, too. Likewise a horse

that’s overdue for a visit from the farrier – imagine going for a hike wearing shoes that pinch, or with a rock in your Nike!

Expect the Unexpected Like people, horses have good days and bad days. Don’t get taken by surprise on your ride if your horse is feeling especially frisky or jumpy that day. Get a fi x on its mood by working it on a lunge line before you start out, preferably at a walk, trot and lope, so your horse can expend some of that nervous energy before you hit the road. Learn how to read your horse’s prespook signals: does its ears prick forward and its head go up? Does it snort or start breathing faster, hesitate or try to turn around? Take control before anxiety turns into panic. Many drivers have no idea how a horse might react if frightened, or how easily a horse can become frightened. Be

prepared for cars travelling over the speed limit, honking their horns, or throwing up gravel as they pass. Maintain soft rein contact so you can react quickly to bring your horse under control, and to help give it confidence. A nervous rider makes for a nervous horse. Being prepared will help you to remain calm, and your horse will gain its confidence from your own. Stay alert, but try to relax and enjoy the ride! This is the second in a series of articles about Road Safety by Ruth Donald, recreation co-ordinator of Horse Council BC. HCBC’s Road Safety Handbook is available through the Horse Council office, or on the website at hcbc. ca. Contact or call 604856-4304 (toll free 1-800-345-8055) to order copies for yourself or your club.

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Champion Mare is Joya MF owned by Lisa Broughton (Andalusians)

presenting in-hand with Grand National trainer Warren Mather. By the close of the day, exhibitors/volunteers/ audience gathered to exchange stories/ information at the annual welcome party. An early morning approached as exhibitors/volunteers prepared for the third annual Canadian National Andalusian Show, now officially recognized by IALHA, judged by Bill Hughes. The program intertwined the ancient art of working equitation, traditional costume, with modern disciplines such as Dressage, Jumping, English/Western Performance, and In-hand classes. The National Show offered something for all, from fun Foal Trail to our crowning Canadian National Champion Mare and Stallion.

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Winding down for the day, members gathered at Bette-lyn Eger and Holly Comeau’s retirement party. The weekend highlight “Fiesta of the Royal Horse,” was held Saturday evening. An audience of approximately 1,500 was enthralled by beauty and talent of our historic breed, displayed through Classical Dressage, Garrocha (a method of testing fighting bulls from horseback), Flamenco Dance, Musical Freestyle, Liberty and Stunts. Prior to the Fiesta, visitors shopped amongst the retail/artisan booths, not missing their opportunity to bid on the numerous silent auction items, Including breedings to Grand National Stallions, resort vacations and a half-Andalusian colt. Heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors, close to 50 volunteers, donations and exhibitors. You are too numerous to name, but due to you this show is possible for all to enjoy.

Andalusian Show, cont’d A special thank you to our Award of Excellence awardees: PAALH Award of Excellence: Julie Palanica Canadian National Award of Excellence: Stuart Caton and Warren Mather Congratulations to the following high points: Canadian National Breeder: Mystique Andalusians Reserve - PMF Part Bred: Bello Escasso Farms Canadian National Open: Teala Caton, Alberta Andalusians Reserve: Dianna Epps, Epona Farms Canadian National Amateur: Michelle Boehringer, Moonstruck Meadows Reserve: Alexa Volwiler Canadian National Youth: Talia Strang, Mystique Andalusians Reserve: Sven Smienk, Valhalla Andalusians Canadian National 13 & under: Talia Strang, Mystique Andalusians Reserve: Madi Tani, Bello Escasso Farms Canadian National Andalusian Horse: Jerezano D., Moonstruck Meadows Reserve: Mystique’s Manolete, Valhalla Andalusians Canadian National Half Andalusian Horse: Montana, Epona Farms Reserve: Andalusian Mist, Mystique Andalusians Paul Dufresne and Canadian National Youth Andalusian: Mystique’s Padrino Mystique’s Preferencia, Richelle Eger, Mystique Andalusians Reserve: Mystique’s Manolete, Sven Smienk, Valhalla Andalusians Canadian National Youth Half Andalusian Horse: Andalusian Mist, Talia Strang, Mystique Andalusians Reserve: Dinero, Madi Tani, Bello Escasso Farms Canadian Iberian High Point: Ike Fan Nicomen, Postma Reserve: Tracy W, Postma Canadian National Dressage: Garbosa, Lorraine Bardue Reserve: Mystique’s Manolete, Sven Smienk Our Canadian National Champion Stallion: Mystique’s Manolete, Warren Mather, Valhalla Andalusians Canadian National Champion Mare: Joya PMF, Amber Lentz, Lisa Broughton

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he inaugural Alberta Wish Trail Ride was an outstanding success, according to event chair Irene White. The fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation was held August 22nd and was modeled after the very successful BC rides started by Irene’s father, Walter White. “We took some of Dad’s ideas and put our own Alberta spin on it including a pancake breakfast and chili supper,” she said.

Held in picturesque Kananaskis country with gorgeous weather, the 77 ride participants were almost gushing with praise for such a great day, saying they can’t wait to come back next year. Ride chair Irene White (r) presents the top Riders came from as prize to rider Carole Engel. far away as Nelson and Kelowna, BC, and the Ottawa area. The youngest rider was 8 and the oldest was 72. “We had an amazing group of volunteers who helped Roger and I put this together including our good friends who were with us all the way, local riders who organized and led the groups on the trails, Masons and their wives from King George Lodge who spent the day looking after feeding everyone, all the people who helped register the riders, organize the prizes, and of course clean up. We had no problems, no incidents and we raised a great deal of money for a great cause.” The donations are still being tabulated but Irene says the ride will be close to raising $18,000 for the Wish Foundation. “This was a terrific first event and we couldn’t be happier,” Irene said. “The support we received from our sponsors and the community also helped to make this a great event. All I can say is my father would be very proud of how this turned out.” Final information on the 2009 ride as well as details for the 2010 event will be posted at

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Okanagan 4-H Stock Show 2009 By Lorna Kotz Progression of Amber Bentley with her new 2-year-old gelding and instructor Reg Stewart.


he Okanagan 4-H Stock Show was held July 6–11 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds with 12 horse clubs and 8 beef clubs coming from throughout the Kamloops Okanagan Region as well as the Kootenays. The horse division arrived Monday and began preparing for the week ahead. They spent the next three days having riding lessons, showmanship lessons, ground school and trail practice. Wednesday featured a judging competition and opening ceremonies. The week also included a stall competition for all the clubs. On the last day there was a schooling show followed by a banquet and then a dance with the beef clubs. Instructors this year were: Tracy McCleave, Virgina Peters, Wendy Price, Wolfe Byers and Darryl Gibb. As well, Reg Stewart taught the ground school which included basic horse handling safety and safety on the trail. Colli and Kim Ferrie of Lumby donated a 2-year-old gelding (gelded by Dr. Murray Flock of Creekside Animal Clinic as a donation to Stock Show) to be given away to a deserving 4-H member. One of the requirements to be eligible for this gelding was to attend the colt starting clinic held each day by Reg Stewart. Members learned how to start a colt and those interested in winning this colt were given hands on instruction. The members were judged on an oral presentation, questions from a panel and their hands-on demonstration of what they had learned. This year’s winner was Amber Bentley from the Yellowhead 4-H Club. Another requirement is for Amber to bring him back next year and show us how they have progressed. Last year Breanna Howard from Salmon Arm won the colt and they came back this year to give an awesome performance on what they had accomplished. The 4-H members had a great time. They learned new skills, met with new and old friends and enjoyed showing off what they had learned on show day. Awards were given at the banquet for most improved rider chosen by each instructor as well as trophies for performance. High Point belt buckles were also awarded to a Junior, Intermediate and Senior. This included not only their achievement on horseback, but their attendance at the various ground school and training events. Thanks to

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ummer Sizzler is a 4-day schooling show for 4-H members from across BC. It is held every year at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds in the second week of August. This year it was hosted by the Shifting Saddles Club and there were 55 members participating from the Kelowna Hoofbeats, Vernon Young Riders, Trail Dusters, Shift ing Saddles, Top Rail and Yellowhead 4-H clubs. We had members from 9 to 20 years old, beginners to advanced, riding English, Jumping, Western and Reining. Our Instructors were Carolyn Dobbs of 100 Mile House, Brianne Mensing of Kelowna, Ian Tipton of Armstrong, Austin Seelhof of Kamloops, Jessey Pennel of Salmon Arm, and our volunteer Trail Instructor and Judge Jack McInally. For the first 3 days we had lessons on horseback where we learned things like equitation, patterns and leads. We also had ground school each day where we learned things such as grooming, first aid and nutrition. The evenings were fi lled with games on foot and horseback as well as trail instruction. The last day was our show day with Showmanship, Equitation, Pleasure, Command, Jumping, Reining and Trail classes. Ribbons were given to 6th place for each class, with special ‘golden’ horseshoe awards given at the Trail class for best effort. Thanks to the many wonderful sponsors each Jasmine Williams of West Kelowna participant also went home with instructor Austin Seelof. with some great prizes.

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How to Develop a Good Seat By Dana Hokana WHAT IS A GOOD SEAT? When you have a good seat you are able to catch your horse’s rhythm. You are able to flow with your horse.


ow do you know if you have a good seat? Can you just picture watching certain riders who look like they are one with their horse? They make it look effortless and easy. I want to help you to develop a strategy to improve your seat. When your seat is improved you can get closer and closer to riding as one with your horse. Soon, you too will be able to catch the rhythm and flow with your horse. All you need is some knowledge, a “stick with it” mentality, and a little hard work. You will soon be on your way to being a better rider. Let’s start with increasing your knowledge of your body and your horse’s rhythm and gaits. Your body is made up of many movable parts and joints. It would be unrealistic to expect that you could sit still on a horse and never move. Some part of you has to move with the horse. So, my key for you is to teach you what part of you needs to move. Your hips or pelvis need to be flexible and move with your horse. They will be your primary breaking or pivot point. Not your waist or your upper body, but your hips. As you learn to unlock your hips and relax your lower back, you can sit down or back on your pockets and engage the first and most important body part needed in having a good seat, that is your seat! Through your seat you can learn to feel your horse. Feel his rhythm, his motion, and the defi nite beat to his gaits. I teach my riders to look for, listen for, and feel for their horse’s rhythm. I teach them some tips and exercises to help make this easier. I will explain some of these to you. To become a truly great rider you need to understand your body and your horse’s body. Your horse is also made up of many movable parts and joints and to add to that he has three separate distinguishable gaits, unless he is a gaited horse. Each of those gaits has a separate beat. As you learn about your horse’s gaits you can look for the feel or beat through your body and unlock your body with his and become “hooked up” or one with his gaits. The walk is a four-beat gait, the trot a two-beat, and the lope or canter is a three-beat gait. Start with the trot, it is the easiest gait to

catch. It has a definite one, two, one, two beat. The better trot your horse has the more definite the beat. If you have trouble feeling the gait, speed him up a little to encourage him to engage in his gait. Look for that rhythm, as you learn to feel it, allow your body to move with or catch the rhythm remembering to unlock your hips and allow them to catch the beat. The lope or canter is harder with some horses to feel the exact one, two, three, one, two, three, but it does have a moment of roll or lift that you can look for and catch. It goes like this, one, two, hesitate or lift, Two examples of good seats; sitting then three. That moment straight, unlocked hips, relaxed lower of hesitation is a moment back, and down and back on your pockets. of lift or suspension when your horse carries all of his body weight on his outside hind leg and it gives that rocking chair feel, and you can learn to catch it like a rocking chair. Relax your seat enough to catch that beat. The walk is a one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. Practice feeling this rhythm while you ride your horse at all three gaits.

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A Good Seat, cont’d Another key point to gaining a good seat is to learn to control your breathing. Breathing truly does relate to a good seat and I’ll explain how. When you breathe correctly, taking a full deep breath; breathing through your diaphragm, your seat aligns itself in the correct position on your horse. Deep breathing expands your ribcage and positions your seat correctly on your horse. A short shallow breath encourages an arch in your back and brings your tail bone up off your horse. This can also encourage you to lift your seat up off the horse and lean forward which then breaks that communication between your seat and your horse. So remember, good correct deep breathing will greatly improve your seat and your riding on your horse. It also relaxes you and makes you more aware of your body, your horse’s body and his gaits. You also send a confident message when you are relaxed and in control of your horse and your body. As your seat is centred where it belongs, your balance improves which allows your hand and leg cues to become smoother and clearer and your timing becomes better. I am not discounting the age old teaching that ideal position on your horse is a straight line from the ear through the shoulders, then through the hip, knee and heel is important. I agree that proper alignment through your body is important, but, it all starts with your seat and learning where your seat is most effective on your horse. The key is to first position your seat on your horse, then align the rest of your body. A real good exercise to help you to align your body position on your horse is to stand in your stirrups, make sure someone is holding your horse and that you have a safe horse to use, you can hold on to the horn for balance if you need to. When you stand, relax your knees and ankles driving your heels to the ground, then tuck your fanny and stretch your upper body up to the sky. Relax your shoulders down and back. After you are comfortable holding this position for a moment, sit back down, but, this is really important, don’t sit back down like you are sitting in a chair, slowly fold down to the saddle landing first on your crotch, then roll back until you are sitting on your pockets. Th is exercise helps to keep your whole body in alignment on the horse. When you feel yourself get out of balance or out of position, stop your horse, stand and reposition and try again. I often have my riders do this exercise as well as a series of other exercises to encourage proper body position. If you would like more information on these exercises, I have produced a DVD titled Take Control Vol. 1 - How to be a More Effective Rider. This DVD gives a lot more ideas and exercises to help you develop into the best rider that you can be. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video video series, The Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (For contact info see listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.) • 25

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Wits End FEI Eventing World Cup™ Qualifier Kyle Carter, originally of Calgary, AB, was the top Canadian rider in the only Canadian FEI Eventing World Cup™ Qualifier, held Wits End Horse Trials, Aug. 6–9, 2009, in Mansfield, ON. Carter, riding Madison Kyle Carter and Madison Park. Photo: Park, an American Thoroughbred gelding, finished in fourth place overall. For the CIC 3*W division Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch of Summerland, BC, and Port Authority, her Selle Français gelding, finished 12th. For the CCI 1* division, Leahona Rowland of Kelowna, BC, won aboard Lambrusco, her Oldenburg gelding. Complete results at

Leased Horses Needed for May 2010 CPEDI3* Event Para-Equestrian Canada is seeking out dressage horse owners, requesting they lease or loan their animals for the upcoming May, 2010, WindReach International Para-Dressage Competition CPEDI3* near Toronto. International riders will be looking to lease dressage horses of all levels from walk/trot through to Prix St. George for the event held May 28-30, 2010, in Ashburn, ON. The desired horses will be in good physical health, have an even temperament and work ethic while also possessing some dressage show experience. For more information, interested owners are requested to contact Amie O’Shaughnessy of Para-Equestrian Canada 1-866282-8395 ext. 134 or e-mail

Equine Canada, cont’d 2009 Hartpury International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* Canadian performances at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage July 15-19 showcased the talent and ambition of this country’s elite Para-Equestrian riders. The event, located near Gloucester, England, drew over 200 top Para-Dressage and Dressage riders from nine countries, including a pair of Canadian riders and a full support team. Lauren Barwick, Hong Kong Paralympic gold and silver medalist from Langley, BC, and Phil Wright of Salmon Arm, BC competed in the Para-Dressage Team, Individual, and Freestyle tests. Final competition results are as follows: Lauren Barwick (Grade II) riding My Passion Fourth in the Team Test Fourth in the Individual Championship Test Sixth in the Individual Freestyle Test Lauren Barwick (Grade II) riding Fernhill Bella Donna 13th in the Team Test 10th in the Individual Championship Test Eighth in the Individual Freestyle Test Philip Wright (Grade IV) riding Diorissima Sixth in the Team Test Sixth in the Individual Championship Test Fifth in the Individual Freestyle Test

Canadian Endurance Team Wins Silver Three Canadian young riders Lee Hutten, 17, Kate Coady, 20, and Ariel Macleod, 15, won the team silver medal at North American Young Riders Endurance Ride held Lee Hutten, Kate Coady and Ariel Macleod. Photo: Equine Canada July 24 in Henryville, IN. Coady, of BC, earned an eighth place finish with Apache Eclypse, an Arabian gelding. Hutten of ON, rode I Bee Jazzin, her Anglo-Arab mare, to a ninth place finish. Riding A Salisbury Rose, an Arab mare, Macleod of BC, finished in 10th place. Complete results of the North American Young Riders Endurance Ride may be found at documents/results/2009/endurance/2009FinalResults.pdf.

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Rich Fellers and Flexible

Thirty one riders took to the grass for the $32,500 Darnell & Co. Lawyers Grand Prix at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley on August 14. Seven riders advanced to the jump off, but only three would post double clear rounds and just over a second would separate first from second. In the end it was John Anderson and Terrific who came out on top. John Anderson and Terrific had turf flying as he sped through the course and stole the lead with a time of 41.65. Terrific, a Dutch-bred nine-year-old gelding shows great promise in the grand prix ring. Aboard this horse,

Anderson has been rising through the ranks for the second time in his career. First propelled onto the international stage at 19, over twenty years ago, Anderson is headed for the top once again. For Terrific, coming to Thunderbird provides the experience and miles needed to tune both himself and his horses for Spruce Meadows. Top 8 John Anderson Rich Fellers Emily George Bryna Closson Gary Brewster Jeff Campf Jennifer Crooks Emily George

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John Anderson and Terrific

Clear 41.65 Clear 42.75 Clear 47.95 4 Faults 44.69 4 Faults 47.16 8 Faults 43.28 8 Faults 47.62 1 Fault in first round

Competitors tear up the field for $55,000 On August 16 the $55,000 Warsteiner World Cup welcomed Grand Prix show jumpers from BC, Alberta, Montana, Washington, Oregon and California. Among the field of 23 competitors were former Canadian Olympian, John Anderson and one of the fastest speed teams in the world, Rich Fellers and his mount, Flexible. Four riders advanced to the jump off. Rich Fellers galloped the first few fences, collecting for the combination and then opening it up again for a quick finish. His time of 34.05 proved impossible to beat. Always fast in the jump off, Fellers felt the pressure to push just a little harder as the winning pair from Friday's Grand Prix, John Anderson and Terrific were next into the ring. “Knowing another fast rider is following you into the ring changes the plan.” Anderson took his cue from Fellers, galloping through much of the course and taking some tight turns that sent the sod flying, but his time of 34.67 was just off the pace.

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Top 8 1. Rich Fellers 2. John Anderson 3. Christina Marlin 4. Jennifer Crooks 5. Emily George 6. Jeff Campf London 7. Kendall Bourgeois 8. Bryna Closson

Flexible double clear 34.05 Terrific double clear 34.67 Lakey double clear 39.27 SF Sadin 4 faults 38.04 Quidam's Ramiro Bon Figlioli Rip Tide

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CWHBA Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale By Teresa van Bryce


he 15th annual Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale has been in operation for 15 consecutive years, making it the longest running Warmblood sale on the continent. Scheduled for October 10-11, 2009, in Olds, Alberta, the Breeders’ Sale is styled in the European tradition, turning a horse sale into a gala event. Add to this some good old fashioned Alberta hospitality and you have a weekend with something for everyone. All of the selected 68 sale horses are demonstrated in-hand or through the jumping chute and/or under saddle, depending on age and training, on both Saturday and Sunday. Buyers are invited to try out any of the horses they are interested in, more than once if required, view x-rays and/or health records and even arrange a full pre-purchase exam with one of the on-site veterinarians. All horses in the sale are trotted for an inspection committee, required to have vaccinations and Coggins tests, and have x-rays on file if they are in the Performance Horse category of the sale.

Saturday features a gala evening of discipline demonstrations, awards and a 3-bars jumping competition. Sale goers can make an evening of it by booking a ringside table for the gala and enjoying a glass of wine with friends while taking in the festivities. A number of businesses are on-hand throughout the weekend offering shopping opportunities for equine-related and other products and services. Over its 15-year history, the sale has seen horses sold into every discipline, with many success stories in every arena. The majority have gone to amateur owners and juniors, providing many years of soundness, enjoyment and successes for their riders. A number go to professionals in the horse industry including past Olympians from each of the Olympic disciplines. There are many shining stars in the Fall Classic Sale alumni but, to name a few… ULLYSES PR (INDOCTRO X FERRO), now competing as Julio, went through the ring as a 4-year-old at the 2005 sale and was purchased by Hans and Katrina van den Bosch of Olds, Alberta.

Travolta and Joni Lynn Peters

Julio is currently competing successfully at Spruce Meadows in the 1.20m. TRAVOLTA (FERRO x LANDWIND II) was part of the 2003 catalogue and sold to Joni Lynn Peters of Armstrong, BC. Travolta is currently showing Prix St. George and has been named to the Dressage Canada Team long list. He recently won the FEI Advanced Freestyle classes in Burbank and Del Mar, California. BLIND DATE (BEAU SOLEIL x ARKANSAS) sold to a Swiss rider in 2007 and is now a competitive eventer in Switzerland. Internet and telephone bidding are available. For more information visit the web site at or call 403-420-5949.


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Topline Stables and Show Park By King and Sonya Campbell Photos by Andrea Blair,

Summer Jumper and Derby Show Held on July 24-26, the show was well-attended and the $1,000 Derby class proved to be the most exciting competition held at Topline in Salmon Arm. The derby was sponsored by Anthony Lothian, Deep Creek Veterinary Services, and King and Sonya Campbell to encourage rider development and showcase their achievements. Anthony Lothian was also the course designer, Austin Seelhof over the Deep Creek Planks

Mary Howard riding down the steep bank

incorporating 23 various obstacles into the fun and challenging course. Close to 40 riders participated in the hopes of capturing some of the prize money. With only five clear rounds the derby competition was very tough and Amelia Kral from Salmon Arm was the Champion, earning $250 and an embroidered saddle pad. Makayla Dematos placed second ($210) and Rachel Whitehouse was third ($170). Beth Eagles from Kamloops came out to announce the class and provided spectators with a running commentary from the ring to the

natural obstacles through the drop bank and back to the arena. Topline hopes to make this Derby Show a yearly event. The Medal Class on Saturday challenged riders to three phases (gymnastics, jumper equitation and flat class) to reward the most well-rounded horse and rider combination. This was an exciting event for the riders and a pleasure to watch. In first place was Keelly Reggelsen, second Evany Forrest, and third Amelia Kral. The winners received an embroidered cooler, sheet and pad.

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Summer Horse Trials The Summer Horse Trials were held August 1-3. Although the weather was very hot, the event was well-attended and everyone enjoyed the improvements that have been made to the facility this year. Many new bright and colourful stadium jumps allowed Anthony Lothian to design the challenging stadium course. Several new fences including the wine barrel jump enhanced the cross country experience for all levels. Many of the competitors and their family and friends could be found cooling off in the afternoon at the nearby Canoe Beach on Shuswap Lake. Sponsors of the competition were Little City Fashions, Woodsman Equipment, Simmons Stucco and Stonework, Greenhawk Equestrian. The winner for the Prelim combined division was Sarah Marks and Pacific 32 • Saddle Up • September 2009

Topline Stables, cont’d

Sarah Marks and Pacific Velvet riding the stadium phase of the Prelim combined division.

Velvet; Training was Zoe Spring and Ringo Star; Pre Training was Evany Forest and Pacific Regalo; Entry was Deb Creaser and Thunders Echo; Pre Entry was Carolyn Blanchet and Frescobaldi; Starter was Sara Nunn and Sunny Bear. King and Sonya would like to thank everyone who either came out to participate or help out as support staff. Everyone’s effort encourages us to improve the riding experience at Topline. The next show is planned for October 9-11 and programs will be available on the web site www.

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When did horses first come into your life? Lynette: When I was born. My dad competed in rodeos when I was a child and my family were all horse people. Doug: I grew up on a working cattle ranch so horses have always been a part of my life. We used horses for work and play and my whole family is still involved in horses today. Who has been the most influential horse person in your life and why? Lynette: My dad, because seeing me ride made him so proud and happy. He was always there teaching me how to read horses and ride with feel. When you learn how to communicate with a horse it’s an amazing feeling! Doug: My dad, for creating a life that gave me the opportunity to work with horses every day. My brother-in-law, George Fasselin, for teaching me how to handle tough horses safely. We ran a stud with a band of 15-20 broodmares. That band of wild horses was and still is the key to my understanding of horse psychology.

What horse memory still gives you a good laugh? Lynette: When Kade was around 8 years old Grandpa Mills gave him a mare to train. We watched the mare run away with him one day. The horse ran into the fence where we were standing, you could tell when the horse stopped he would cry. Doug said to him, “What a nice stop you put on that horse.” Kade’s whole expression changed, he took a deep breath and said, “She’s a tough one.” Doug: Lynette and I took out an overnight pack trip of 15 inexperienced riders. We used all of our quiet horses for the riders, therefore, I packed and rode colts. I took the lead with the pack string of 5 horses tailed together and Lynette brought up the rear. Everything was going smooth down this old logging road leaving Mile High Resort. Then I stopped to let everyone catch up. When I started to go, the second horse back in the string was eating grass so when the rope came tight, he hung back and broke that cheap snap. The rope shot forward hitting the horse I was leading in the butt, she bolted forward scaring the colt I was on. When I picked up the reins to stop my horse, the bridle had fallen right out of his mouth! The Chicago screw came loose and fell out of the headstall. I was on a runaway train with no steering or brakes and it was every man for himself. Luckily no one got hurt but we scattered stuff for 3 km. It’s funny now, but at the time had the recipe for disaster. Today you won’t find snaps or Chicago screws on my horses. What has been your most memorable achievement? Lynette: We recently went to the Bea in Switzerland where they had the 2nd European Trainer Challenge. There was a Junior Challenge which Kaylee competed in and Kyle competed in the Open Challenge. They were both crowned European Trainer Challenge Champions. That made me very proud, but most rewarding wasn’t the champions in training it was the many compliments on what wonderful people they are and also my family. As a mother there is no better reward. Doug: Making the finals at my first Snaffle Bit Futurity on a horse I picked up as a yearling. Also, as Lynette said, Kaylee winning the Junior European Trainer Challenge and Kyle winning the Senior Challenge! What would you like to change in the horse world? Doug: Wow! I could write a book on that subject. Most of all I’d like to see the Futurity age of all disciplines changed to 5-year-olds. Even 4-year-olds would be a good start.

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Down Home With…, cont’d How do you balance family life, work and horse events? Lynette: I have been blessed in my marriage to be a stay-athome mom. I’m content with that because that’s all I wanted to be when I grew up. I learned to balance from my mom. Horses and business are all very important to us. I kept the family my main focus and Doug travelled and worked hard building the business. The kids and I always believed in Doug and were very excited about where he was going. When Doug is home, “he’s home” and we have good times together. His dream has always been for the kids to all train and be a part of it. I think that’s been a big part of holding us all together. Doug: I realized a long time ago that I can’t do that, so I let Lynette handle that for me.

Doug Mills: I was born and raised on a working cattle ranch in Price, Utah. In 1989, I moved to British Columbia as a farrier and horse trainer with Lynette and Kyle and Kade. Lynette was pregnant with Kaylee, and Kelcie was not around yet. For the last 20 years I have been working on building my “Training Thru Trust” program and training. During the week I ride and train with my kids and on weekends we are usually off to a rodeo, show or trainers challenge. If not, we are just hanging out at home getting caught up and ready to start the week over. I am so blessed to be able to have all of my kids involved in horses and riding with me every day.

What would your dream holiday be? Lynette: Disneyland, because I’ve wanted to take the kids since they were little, and, I would also like for us to all go to the NFR. Our kids all rodeo and I think they would enjoy it. Doug: A major horse event where my whole family is competing in, on horses that we have raised and trained. What are your future goals? Lynette: My goals are to create a Learning Centre to help many people. I would like to help troubled youth, special needs people and people of all ages to enjoy horses and all animals. I am blessed with a home full of horses, dogs, goats and a lot of great people. I want to share this. Doug: To continue to train trainers to help people around the world to understand and communicate with horses on an extraordinary level.

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Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan

Radio with pictures? Radio with video? Yeah right you might say … but it’s true. The Spirit of the West radio show is now produced in Windows Media Video Spirit of the West – Hugh and as Hugh and Billie McLennan. builds the Photo by Jerry Stainer show he adds photos of the guest speakers and the different events as they are talked about. It’s great to be able to put a face to a name or to a song. The best part in our eyes is the horse training fi le. It’s always been a great part of the show, with new horse training tips every week, but now you can watch the horse training fi le in video! It’s as easy to watch as it was to listen – just head on over to Hugh’s website: www.Hugh-McLennan. com and click on the link that says: the Spirit of the West.

Mike Puhallo named Cowboy Poet of the Year by the AWA The Academy of Western Artists has chosen the recipients for its 2009 Will Rogers Awards and has named Mike Puhallo as 2009 AWA Award – Mike Puhallo. Cowboy Poet Photo by Jerry Stainer of the Year. In September Mike will head down to the Granville Theater in Garland, TX, for the 14th Annual Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Awards. Congratulations Mike!

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Green Lake Gymkhana The August Green Lake Gymkhana was once again a huge success – well attended by both spectators and horse and riders. It was Saturday, August 8, and the weather was just about perfect – not too hot, not too cold and no rain. Here

Musical tires is one of the favourites at the Green Lake Gymkhana.

Punky Mulvahill rounds a barrel at the Green Lake Gymkhana.

are the combined results for the day. PeeWee – Jordan Jansen from 100 Mile was high score and Kaily Dube from Clinton was runner up. Junior – Kaylee Billyboy from 150 Mile took first and Louisa Dangela was runner up. Intermediate – Terris Billyboy from 150 Mile was first and Punky Mulvahill from Williams Lake was runner up. Senior – Marisa Peter from Bridge Lake won the blue ribbon and Mandy Pincott from 100 Mile followed as runner up. The overall results from July and August combined were as follows:

Cariboo Country Night – Gordie West. Photo by Jerry Stainer

PeeWee – Kaily Dube from Clinton was high score and Jordan Jansen from 100 Mile was runner up. Junior – Kaylee Billyboy from 150 Mile took first and Savannah O’Connor from Pritchard was runner up. Intermediate – Punky Mulvahill from Williams Lake was first and Terris Billyboy from 150 Mile was runner up. Senior – Marisa Peter from Bridge Lake won the blue ribbon and Mandy Pincott from 100 Mile followed as runner up. Entries came from far and wide this month with a lot of the normal faces but a lot of new faces, too. We saw riders come from Pritchard, Williams Lake, Aldergrove, Forest Grove, 150 Mile, Vancouver, Delta, Lumby, Heffly Creek, Clinton, Bridge Lake, 100 Mile and even Germany.

Cowboy Concert, BBQ and Dance Mike Puhallo just agreed to be part of the entertainment lineup this year at the 10th Annual Cariboo Country Night at Watch Lake on Saturday, Sept. 12. Those that know Mike from the Kamloops Cowboy Festival will also know Gordie West, who will be singing some of those good old country favourites throughout the night. Ernie Doyle is a local boy and will be back by popular demand – he’s definitely a crowd favourite and his big boomin’ voice is perfect for songs like Good Hearted Women, Lucille, and so many more – it also makes the sound guy pay attention. At 5 p.m. things kick off with cowboy/country entertainment followed by a steak off the BBQ with all the trimmings at 6:30. There’s more entertainment after dinner, some of the

Cariboo Chatter, cont’d tables are cleared out of the room and the dance starts about 8:30. There are details about this area fundraiser at www.

Cariboo Coming Events Sept. 5-7: North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo with cowboy music by Horse Crazy! - Barriere Sept. 12: Cariboo Country Night BBQ, Cowboy Concert, Dance - Watch Lake Sept. 12-13: Fall Fair Horse Show - 100 Mile House Sept. 27: The last of this year’s 100 Mile Gymkhanas - 100 Mile House Nov. 1: Tickets go on sale for the 14th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please e-mail Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

In the August issue we had this photo taken at the 83 Mile Museum. Guesses on this photo were: “A carriage wheel block, to keep a carriage from rolling forward, when there’s no horse harnessed to it.” “It’s a block to bend horseshoes on, used by a blacksmith.” Unfortunately they were both wrong. Answer: This wooden block is used for making horse collars. It’s slightly tapered from front to back so the further back the collar was, the bigger the collar would end up being. Try again this month…


Readers do you know what this is? This cast iron contraption is about 21 inches long and about 2-½ inches inside the uprights. Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

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Cariboo Plateau CTR

By Joanne Macaluso

Well, the 2nd annual Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) held at the 99 Mile Ski Hill August 14-15 was a great success! 27 riders arrived from near and far to compete in 3 distance levels: 16 miles, 24 miles and 34 miles. The weather cooperated with temperatures hovering in the mid-teens which made for pleasant riding. Vet scores were superb and kudos to the rider/horse teams for being in top condition. Results are as follows:

Fred Dzida from Kamloops and Cisco at the P&R check

Level One Junior 1st Sarah Gilmour and Kelsey’s Tartan Jewel (Vancouver) 2nd Naomi Tidball and Baska (Vancouver) Level One Lightweight 1st Nicola Maughn and Bart (100 Mile House) 2nd Courtney Best and Khasiks Joker (100 Mile House) 3rd Elizabeth Clark and Moonlight Madness (Quesnel) Level One Heavyweight 1st Myrna Thompson and Coyote (Winfield) 2nd Gabriele Krcal and Fany (Austria) 3rd Barry Davies and Rockin’ Bear Paw (70 Mile House) Level Two Junior 1st Anya Levermann and Jamil Ben Rhys (100 Mile House) Level Two Lightweight 1st Joni Dewitt and Daisy of Cambie (Sicamous)

2nd Kim Mowatt and Invisible Danby (100 Mile House) 3rd Karen Duschek and Fantasmik (100 Mile House) Level Two Heavyweight 1st Madelaine Bateman and Shainy Spark (Kamloops) 2nd Jo Hill-Sykes and Maverick (Ladysmith) 3rd Debbie Powell and Chimo (Summerland) Level Three Lightweight 1st June Melhuish and Seraubis Pride (Lillooet) Level Three Heavyweight 1st Blane Hill and Cody (Victoria) Tie for 2nd Fred Dzida and Cisco (Kamloops), Cheryl Dzida and RP Zubaydas Northern Thunder (Kamloops)

Thank you to veterinarian Dr. Christine Barnim and the many hard working and dedicated volunteers. YOU are the backbone of this event! Mark mid-August 2010 in your calendar for the 3rd annual Cariboo Plateau CTR! Co-managers, Joanne Macaluso and Pat Hayward. June Melhuish from Lillooet and Seraubis Pride at the pre-ride vet check

Our Experience at the Cariboo Plateau CTR

Story and Photos by Wendy Gilmour Last year my daughter Sarah participated in her first Competitive Trail Ride, The Cariboo Plateau Ride at the 99 Mile Ski Hill. Training for the ride had gone well, her horse was fit and Sarah was almost ready. The one hitch was how were two city ponies from Southlands going to “camp” overnight without stalls or paddocks. Our friend Mark McMillan came up with the solution. Mark delivered his stock trailer to the campsite. At dark the 2 ponies were put into the trailer for the night. All around us the experienced trail riders had secured their horses with electric fences, portable corrals and some were high lining. During the night, the camp was quiet except for the constant noise coming from Mark’s trailer, every footstep echoed all night long. Needless to say, we did not sleep. Despite lack of sleep, the ride was terrific and Sarah and her pony received a perfect score of 300. Sarah was keen and ready for the 2009 ride. We knew we could not “camp” in the horse trailer again. Mark offered corral panels but at the last minute he was haying and the panels would not fit in my truck or trailer. Joanne Macaluso, the ride secretary, suggested we high line and convinced me the horses would be just fine. Sarah was in tears, her “princess” pony was not going to cope. I persevered and with the expert help of Peter Reid and Leo Lenglet, Sarah and her friend Naomi Tidball were able to high line their ponies. Leo taught the girls the basic knots required. While the girls watched the perfectly content Jewel and Recreation Paradise with Volcanic Aquifer! Baska, knots were practiced Own the whole Okanagan experiover and over to perfection. $845,000 21 ence along with filtered Volcanic Photos We all slept beautifully, the Aquifer and enjoy lots of water. ride was amazing (another Wonderful open concept home with 4 bed, 3 bath and oversized 220V perfect 300 for Sarah) and wired garage. Fall in love with our we now own high lining refurbished original cabin, which has equipment. Sarah looks full kitchen and bathroom. Land is broken into paddocks and fully x-fenced. Perfect for power toys and horses with round pen and riding arena. Across from Aspengrove Riding forward to the 2010 ride Academy and just down the road from mountaintop lakes, trails and and Naomi heads back to resorts. A polished Hobby Farm to be proud of. MLS®9212331 Sarah and Naomi learn the art of high Vancouver with wonderful Call Randy Reynolds “Working While You Play” lining from Leo Lenglet and Peter Reid. memories of a great new Executives Realty Here Leo is teaching the girls how to 250-938-4111 Vernon, BC tie a Bowline. experience. 38 • Saddle Up • September 2009

Cariboo Volunteers By Peter Reid, 100 Mile House, BC. The object of the day is to clear and flag trails for the upcoming competitive trail ride, sounds easy, right. We have three of us scheduled to participate but one of us has a contractor coming to fi x something and he is already a day late and you know what happens if you put him off for a day, you might see him next month. But that’s okay, two of us can handle the job. We have a two-up quad, chainsaw and a lot of flags and away we go. There are a lot of trees down because of the ice storm last winter so I’m cutting the trees off the trail and the young lady that rides on the back of the quad moves the fallen debris off the trail. I’m a lot older and this young lady doesn’t want me to work hard so she is busting her butt to make sure I don’t over exert myself, and I’m taking advantage of it. That’s women’s lib for you.

Now along the way she loses the map we are working on and we have to backtrack until we find it, and we do. Meanwhile she is using my shoulder more and more as she jumps off and on the quad. Now we come to a fork in the trail and the map doesn’t really show which direction to go, so, since my passenger has been doing all the work, we take the direction she chooses and by now you figured it out. Wrong direction, and after a couple of hours of flagging and clearing we make it back to the point we went astray at. Now it’s late, there are a lot of trails crossing everywhere and we really don’t know where we are, but we know we are close to camp. We turn on the GPS and it directs us home in no time at all. I’m trying hard not to mention Joanne’s name, but Joanne puts the ramp for the quad on my truck and stands beside it while I drive my quad onto the truck.


As I turn to say thank you, I notice that Joanne is standing on an ant hill, and there must be a thousand of them just getting to her neck and starting to get into her hair. There are no words for her facial expression but I’m sure you can imagine how she looked and felt. We brush the ants off as fast as we can, and got most of them off, now Joanne turns to me and says I can go because she’s heading into the bush to strip down and get rid of the remaining ants, and away I went. I must be getting old. If they had been those red ants she wouldn’t have waited for me to leave to get naked. So, that’s one day for a couple of volunteers who help put on events. Although all the days put in preparing for events are not as memorable, competitors should be thankful that a handful of volunteers put in a lot of hard work to prepare for any event, and without volunteers, some events would never happen. Think about that gal covered in ants next time you are at an event and don’t think about complaining if something is not going just right.

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Canadian Pony Club National Dressage Championships By Elizabeth Inglis Photos by Patrick Foote


orty-Eight Provincial champions from across Canada gathered in Salmon River, Nova Scotia, to compete for the CPC National Dressage title. Unlike provincial championships where competitors ride their own horses, national competitors ride borrowed mounts. This is a true test of the rider’s skill and ability in the discipline. Riders are introduced to their horse approx 15-20 minutes prior to competition; and have very limited time to assess the ability of the horse and identify the skills needed to ride the horse successfully through technical dressage movements. Another challenge at Nationals is the “Mystery Test.” Riders are asked to ride a completely unfamiliar test, called from the sidelines, so that riders are required to respond almost instantly, rather than riding from memory. Scores from all tests are counted for placings. The National Dressage competition was strongly supported by over 20 volunteer grooms from the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Region Pony Clubs, and 39 horses Isabelle Forsstrom, Alberta Central, Third Level (Affiliate) Champion, Score 60.665 were generously provided by dressage owners from across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Competitors from all thirteen Regions across Canada competed at the National Dressage Competition: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick/PEI, Central Ontario, St. Lawrence Ottawa Valley, Parkland Area Alberta Dressage Association presents Western Ontario, Alberta South, Alberta North, Alberta Central, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, BC Interior North, BC Lower mainland, & BC Islands. Note: The 2008 National Dressage Competition was not held last year, therefore the 2007 and 2008 provincial September 17-20 Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta champions were invited to the 2009 Featuring: The Alberta Provincial Championships Competition to vie for national titles. & the Western Regional Championships Three have since had their 21st birthdays; Visit for hence an Affi liate Members Division was information on entries, sponsorship and attending. created for this Championship. | Prize Money | International Judges For more info please visit | Ringside sponsor seating for the Gala Evening

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Little Britches Rodeo By Eva Cassidy


ur Little Britches Rodeo was held this year at the Armstrong Rodeo Grounds on August 15-16. Everyone had a good time despite the wet conditions on Saturday. Sunday dried out though, and made for a great rodeo day. The Armstrong Farmers Market, along with our Silent Auction, 50/50 draws and Cowboy Church kept people busy and entertained in between events. There were a lot of local spectators in the stands which was great when it came to applauding the contestants after their event runs. We also had quite a number of local entries this weekend… some doing rodeo events for the first time! Love it! Results are as follows: All Around Sr Girl: Jesse Morriss All Around Sr Boy: Jake Herman All Around Jr Girl: Bacardi Zimerlee

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ou don’t have to ask a rider who is over 50 if they bounce or just go thud when they hit the unforgiving ground. We also don’t bounce back as quickly as we used to. Have you noticed? No one likes to get dumped off. But sometime or somewhere we will no longer be connected to our horse like we were a scant second ago. In that second as our forward velocity increases we have to believe that we will land on our feet. We know all too well that it isn’t going to happen, at least not today. Have you ever noticed that riders will flap their arms as they take to the air? I am guessing that we think we can fly and maybe if we flap our arms really hard and

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he hot and dusty August 1-2 Interlakes Rodeo was a very good success with a few hiccups along the way. I, Karen, had to scramble the last week before the rodeo to find a qualified medical attendant since Ron Veitch of Mediserve Paramedical Services had to be on scene at a local fire and would not be able to assist at the rodeo. With the help of his wife Andrea we were able to round up enough help. This help was imperative when a junior Barrel Racer came flying off her horse and into the fence. Thankfully she’s going to be okay and was well attended with Level 3 First Aid and so happens that we had an RN and a doctor at her side until the ambulance arrived. Saturday for some unexpected reason we had a few power hiccups and had to call Bridge Lake Electric in to upgrade a breaker. Tim Ruscheinsky, the president of Roe Lake Recreation Commission, was surprised we had this issue and did a great job of getting us back on track. The BCRA judges and myself decided to delay the start of the rodeo to 2 p.m. due to the accident near 150 Mile in order to allow the competitors who’d be caught in the traffic jam to get to this event on time. That delay paid off as the competitors were able to make their runs on Saturday and it bought us more time to get the power glitch resolved enough. We had several vendors this year – one of them, Backroad Signs and Custom Apparel – had T-shirts for the clown to toss to the crowd, which was a hit. The rodeo ran really smooth and I appreciated the help from our rodeo committee and those who stepped in at the last minute. In 2010 for our 20th anniversary the rodeo is in a big need of new volunteers since we need to replace some long time volunteers like timed event boss, Leon Lytton and his crew, and rough stock chute boss, Jim Malm and crew. More help is needed in the week prior to the rodeo and the day after so if anyone is interested please Hat Vendor: From Vernon ‘Just Horsen Around’ with let Karen Passmore know 250-593-0123. Herb and Judy.

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Mutton Busting Saturday – Tristian Cutler Sunday – Brad Fenneall & Kay-cee Sapp Pig Scramble Saturday – Mason Suppanz Sunday – Mitchell Fargey (Mitchell was thrilled to have won the Pig Scramble this year as it was his last year) All Round Cowboy Buckle winner, Steve Hohmann, sponsored by Centennial Law Corp. All Round Cowgirl Buckle winner, Montana Madill of Courtney, sponsored by Pearce & Son Stonemasonry Gordon Brown Memorial High Point Youth Buckle awarded to Brooke Wills and she also won the bronc halter donated by Lazy B Tack, for the High Point Jr Barrel Racer. Montana Silver Smith Necklace and Earring set donated by 100 Mile Feed and Ranch Supply was won by Laura James.

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Falon: the Little Grey Mare – Things Learned Along the Way By Kevan Garecki

The 2-1/2 years since Falon (see Saddle Up March, 2007, or visit her web page at came to live with us have been eventful, fraught with challenge yet blessed with the expanding knowledge caring for a special-needs horse has offered us.


e took her in with little more than an idea and the desire to offer that little grey mare a better life, for however long she lived. Little did we know what that simple impetus would give us back in return. Almost immediately we discovered Falon’s eyesight to be extremely poor. She can discern shapes, but her depth perception is so limited that she has to “sneak up” on new things, testing the last few inches with her whiskers. As is common in many cases of a lost or compromised sense, the other senses become more acute. Her hearing is so keen she can detect people walking up our road several minutes before any of the other horses on the property. They have learned that when Falon’s head comes up, they better start looking! We have learned a few tips to help Falon deal with her steadily darkening world. We don’t trim her whiskers at all, as she needs those for close-range navigation.

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At first she seemed uncomfortable having us work around her, particularly in the close confines of her stall, until we started talking to her as we moved around. This provides her with an audible bearing on our location, which seems to offer her a measure of comfort. We make concerted efforts to maintain constancy in her environment, but whenever a change is necessary we lead her up to the area and prompt her to investigate it; that Before way she doesn’t get any surprises! As her sight worsens, it will be necessary to make further adjustments necessary for her safety. The perimeter of her paddock will be ringed with pea gravel to a width of about 4-6 feet; thus affording her a warning as she nears fences and such. We are also beginning to teach her voice cues designed to help when she can no longer rely on her sight; as we lead her from one type of footing to another we simply say “change,” or as I ask her to step up into the trailer I say “up” just before her foot reaches the ramp. Even though she can still see these things, getting used to the cues now will ease the inevitable transition. Diet has been the most challenging issue of all. At first we were so intent on providing her with as much nutrition as possible, we completely forgot about the “Pony Mantra” – there are only two types of ponies; those who have foundered and those who are about to. Due in part to an oversight on our part, and a bit of “too much love,” we nearly lost our little girl before she really had a chance to bounce back. Falon foundered last spring, and so we all began the slow process of restoring her to a sound state. X-rays and fluoroscopy provided by Dr. Nick Klieder confirmed our worst fears; Falon’s coffin bones had rotated toward the soles of her feet, making walking extremely painful. Thanks to Nick’s diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment at the hands of Christina Cline, our local “barefoot guru,” Falon has made an almost complete recovery. Her diet is now strictly regimented, although we do allow her some very limited grazing. I cordon off sections of her paddock, and take the mower deck to the grass portions, trimming the grass to less than an inch or so. As she has only her bottom incisors left,

Falon, cont’d Excuse the winter coat (yes that “excess baggage” she appears to have is almost all hair!), but I’m fond of this particular image. Falon had been engrossed in something, not noticing at first that Sherri had just arrived home. This is the sort of look we have come to expect from our little grey mare; a far cry from the haunting look of resignation I saw in those eyes a long, long time ago …

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BC High School Rodeo

By Sandy Chevallier


ith the start of the new 2009-2010 rodeo season just around the corner, the Board of Directors of BC High School Rodeo will be under a whole new format. Although the provincial governing body will still be in place, the new North Region and the new South Region will now form their own circuits with their own season standings and season leaders in all the high school rodeo events. The idea behind this change has evolved from several years of discussion, but the economy changes and increased travel expenses has strongly encouraged this decision to move forward. With this new format, the BC High School Rodeo Board is hopeful to draw new members and contestants who may have been intimidated by the province wide circuit of the past. With some good promotion of the new format, we hope to encourage regional gymkhana and riding club competitors to join the fun, camaraderie and good competition in High School Rodeo, while staying closer to home and incurring less travel expenses.


At this time this new format will take the top 8 competitors in each rodeo event, from both the North Region and the South Region to compete at the BC High School Rodeo Finals at the end of the school year. This will increase the number of qualifiers from the previous years of 12, now to 16 of the top rodeo kids in British Columbia! That’s not all! The “Wrangler Division” that has been consistently growing over the past few years will also be offered at most of the rodeos in the North and South as well. The Wrangler Division is for the younger competitors in grades 6 to 8. High School Rodeo is for competitors in grades 9-12 and runs parallel to the school year, with a fall and spring season and the Provincial Finals in June. Competitors must maintain an average or better grade in school to be eligible to compete. Memberships must be purchased prior to entering and all rodeo entries are done through one central entry office. Here’s what on the schedule this fall: Sept. 5 & 6 North Region HS Rodeo, Cleardale AB (co-approved BC) Sept. 12 & 13 South Region HS Rodeo, Kamloops (at Deadmans Creek) Sept. 25-27 South Region HS Rodeo, Chilliwack Sept. 26-27 North Region HS Rodeo, Hudsons Hope Oct. 10-11 South Region HS Rodeo, Peachland Oct. 10-12 North Region HS Rodeo, Chetwynd For more information, please check out: or call Sandy Chevallier 250-718-2761.

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A Roundpen Romp

By Carol Hansson

On the May long weekend Monday, I decided I would take my new Clydesdale, Magnum, for a bit of a run in the roundpen. Magnum is almost four and still very curious about a lot of things. I’ve had him for about three weeks now.


verything started out perfectly – Magnum trying to munch on my hair while I led him into the roundpen, my husband watching from the outside. Then I found out that for a big guy with a whole bunch of muscle, Magnum really is a “pretty boy” at heart. Lunge whip in hand (I don’t know how to properly lunge at this point so I just brought the whip in with me and not a line) I pointed clockwise and moved the whip in behind Magnum. “Huh?” asks Magnum. “C’mon boy, walk!” “Oh, walk!” says Magnum, proceeding to walk – the wrong way. My husband laughs at me and says, “I don’t think he likes walking clockwise.” “Well, he’s gotta learn!” I answer, and say, “Whoa, Magnum.” Magnum stops, turns toward me and says, “Aren’t I pretty?” “Yes Magnum, you’re gorgeous,” I answer. “But Magnum,” I say, as I point with my right hand and the whip in my left hand, “walk!” “But, I don’t wanna!” “Walk!” “Fine,” says Magnum, and proceeds to walk … again, the wrong way. I never realized trying to get a horse to walk would be so frustrating! I decided to change tactics. “Fine, I’ll show you!” I looked at Magnum, making sure I had his attention, and started walking clockwise. As usual, he started following me, the perfect picture of a huge puppy dog. “See, you can walk clockwise!” I say, and stop. “Now c’mon,” I say, whip in hand and other hand pointing. “Magnum, walk!”

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And he walked! Two full steps clockwise, then stops … on my whip! “Hun, I think he’s had enough walking,” says my husband. “I see that,” looking at the whip tail, which is hiding underneath my Clydesdale’s big hoof. “I want him to trot though. I guess I’ll try counterclockwise since he likes going that way.” I pull the whip from out underneath the gigantic hoof – thank goodness those things are strong! – and point my left hand, right hand with the whip. “Magnum, walk!” “Yaaay,” says Magnum, and not only walks, but trots! “Okay, I get it. You like going that way.” I follow Magnum with the whip, snapping it every once in a while to pick up his speed when he stops. “Hey, hun, I wonder if he’ll canter?” I know that he hasn’t been trained in canter, but the owner of the barn where I board him tells me he’s constantly galloping through the field, so I know he has some sort of speed. I start following him with the whip, trying to run with him and get him to go faster. “Canter, boy, c’mon, canter Magnum!” Still, only a trot. “Let me try,” asks my husband, and waits at one corner of the ring for Magnum and starts running on the outside of the ring. Not only does Magnum start cantering, he even lets out a little buck! Unfortunately that only lasts as long as my husband runs – as there is a lot of mud on the outside of the ring. “Yaaay, he cantered!” I say. “We got him to canter!” “You mean I got him to canter!” says my husband. “I am a great horse trainer!” I laugh. “Yes hun, you are a great horse trainer. Okay Magnum, enough with the running, you can go rest now.” I let Magnum out of the ring – it sits on one side of his big paddock – and he takes off, kicking a rock high into the air. Sigh. Horses. Carol Hansson lives in Prince George, B.C., with her husband, two bunnies, Bacardi and Guinness, and her Clydesdale, Magnum. She is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her second horse, a red Appaloosa by the name of Buddy. You can contact her at • 53

Tidbits Rock Creek Poker Ride CANCELLED The September 27 Kettle River Trails Association Charity Poker Ride is being cancelled due to the Rock Creek Gun Club’s refusal to cooperate and not shoot during the day of this event. We did have a written statement saying they would not shoot during this event months ago and unfortunately they have decided to renege on their word to not shoot. An organized shoot would cause a great deal of safety concerns surrounding the trail area. KRTA is diligently working with the Regional District and community of Rock Creek, who are in support of having the gun club not shoot during our events, to have this issue resolved as soon as possible but it appears it will not happen before the scheduled time for the Poker Ride. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause anyone and hope that you will keep us in mind for next year.

One of the most prominent Sporthorse Judges in North America, Julie, has been a U.S. Equestrian Federation Judge for 23 years, and an Equine Canada Judge for over 10 years. She has judged at Devon, the Hampton Classic and many other major shows. Through her career as a rider, trainer, judge and breeder, she continues to study what traits and structural qualities make sound, athletic horses. Julie will be the Senior Judge at the upcoming BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Fall Classic on September 25-27 at the Cloverdale Agriplex. This is a great opportunity for BC owners and breeders to present their young Sporthorses and Sportponies in a variety of line and performance classes, futurities and prestigious Cup classes. Organizers are thrilled to have Julie participate. Visit for more info and the Fall Classic prize list or call Show Manager Ulli Dargel at 604421-6681.

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Quarterspot Ranch is hosting their annual “Horse”tacular on Sunday, October 4 starting at 9:30 a.m. Teams of four horse/rider combinations compete in fun and exciting games which can test you and your horse’s abilities. Events may require bravery, speed or agility, or just plain old standing still. Teams are encouraged to dress in costume. There are some great prizes and they guarantee you’ll have lots of fun. Preregistration is required by September 25. If you don’t have a team they may be able to add you to one. Contact Cindy at 250-547-9277 for more info.

Tickets available for FEI World Equestrian Games The world’s most prestigious equestrian competition is heading to Kentucky in 2010 providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for horse people to see the best athletes in the world, in one location. Tickets for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games go on sale September 25, 2009. All ticket sales will be facilitated online at With eight world championships to be contested, more sessions of competition than ever before, and ticket prices as low as $25, there is something for everyone.

Tidbits, cont’d Gymkhana at 108 Resort


Join the 108 Resort Stables on Sunday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a family-oriented, fun Gymkhana. The emphasis is on having fun in a safe environment and newcomers to the sport are especially welcome. There is lots of easy parking, a real bathroom, and easy access off and on to Highway 97. Located just north of 100 Mile House on the beautiful 108 subdivision off Highway 97, there will be a full day of Gymkhana games and prizes. For those interested in trail riding, there is a beautiful path around the 108 Lake, accessible across from the stables, and a barbecue lunch. For more information and to register contact jennifer 250-791-6509 or 6519, or

BC Heritage Finals results from the August issue should have printed the following correct information with this photo: Natalie Alves and NA Lukas Sabir, Reserve Champion Showmanship 13 Years and under.

Local Author sells Rights for Production Originally Jake Conkin’s first two novels: Little Jake’s Cowdog and Little Jake & The Intruder were optioned for possible consideration for development of a Film or TV project. Recently the producers purchased the rights which means they will be going into production. The first project will be animated ‘web’isodes with further possibilities of a TV series or games, etc. They must have thought that the wholesome nature of the cowboy adventure novels was worth developing for Film or TV. The producers are Marilyn Thomas (Monkey Ink Media Inc.) and Tracey Mack (Urban Safari Inc.). They will produce under a joint production company called Little Jake Productions Inc. They are affi liated with the APTN TV network. “Purty exciting news for an ol’ buckaraoo!” says Jake.

Natalie Alves

CORRECTION: In the August issue of Saddle Up, we ran the article entitled, Princeton’s First Little Britches Rodeo. Sheila Matkovich wrote us to say that this was not in fact Princeton’s first. There have been many other LBR’s at that location in previous years. Although this was the first time she and the other volunteers hosted the rodeo here.

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Vernon District Riding Club Report

By June Lalonde

Photos by Mary Wood The Vernon District Riding Club held their annual General Performance Show on August 8-9 at the Riding Club grounds in Coldstream. There were 33 English riders and 31 Western riders coming from Barriere, Kamloops, Tappen, Salmon Arm, Enderby, Armstrong, Vernon, Oyama, Kelowna, Penticton and Calgary. The weather was ideal on the Saturday and a little hotter on the Sunday. When the Judge that was supposed to officiate came down sick, Kimberly Westgate from Kamloops came to our rescue. High Point Winners: English High Point - Senior Ima Golden Encounter, Darcy Woods, Barriere Reserve: Zeus, Gabriela Sladkova, Armstrong English High Point - Junior/Youth It Takes Two, Talia McKay, Vernon Reserve: Royal Remington, Aja King, Vernon Western High Point - Senior Ima Class of my Own, Darcy Woods, Barriere Reserve: Ima Lil Hancock, Leaha Woods, Barriere Western High Point - Junior/Youth Pacific Romeo, Raegen Harper, Calgary Reserve: Olena San Star, Megan Daly, Pritchard

Hailey Correale and Spot the Difference

Sasha Hopp and Shakespeare Stornoway

OVERALL SENIOR CHAMPION Dynamic Odessa, Jeanette Brandt, Pritchard Reserve: Ima Lil Hancock, Leaha Woods, Barriere OVERALL JUNIOR CHAMPION Pacific Romeo, Raegen Harper, Calgary Reserve: Olena San Star, Megan Daly, Pritchard

Lynne Freeland on Oakie Dokie.

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Jeanette Brandt and Dynamic Odessa


AERC Enjoying Busy Season


Story and Photos by Tammy Thielman

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At the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club’s August 16 Fun Day, over 25 riders of all ages and abilities took part in a full day of showing. Now open to members and nonmembers, the Fun Days offer Tot, Junior, Senior and Open classes in Halter, English, Western, Trail and Games for a very affordable daily fee. Our thanks go to judge Donna Ruth of Salmon Arm and the many club volunteers, many of whom are second and third generation members to be involved in the AERC. Wow, what a huge turnout at the last of our Summer Christie Fiebelkorn of Enderby riding Cash in Evening Ride series! 14 riders, some new members, and English Pleasure A LOT of horses! Organizers Pam Lemaire and Tammy Thielman were very pleased with the turnout and hope to offer this program again. Things to look forward to (all the details aren’t worked out yet): Our next Fun Day, Sunday, Sept 27 at the IPE grounds; our fall wrap-up Potluck Supper in Armstrong; Fall/Winter educational meetings and mini-clinics; Fall/Winter regular club meetings held at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce; and Winter/early Spring Indoor Riding starting in February 2010. Since 1966, the AERC has encouraged riding and showing in a fun, supportive and safe environment and strives to keep events affordable and fun! Check out www.! Next Fun Day: Sept. 27, IPE grounds, 9 a.m. start!! This will be our last of the six summer Fun Days, so be sure to bring your horse(s) and come out for a great day of showing in the cooler early fall weather! Welcome to new members: Jenn, Cassie, Amy, Breen, Michelle, Brianna, Kurt, Lyle, Alysha, Courtney, Donna, Tricia, Kayla, Suzanne, Sarah, Angela, Wolf, Keelly, Rhonda, Shannon, Lorraine, Murray, Shelley, Laurie, Stephanie, Talia, Rebecca and Christie!! A big THANK YOU to EVA CASSIDY of the North Okanagan Rodeo Club for so kindly staking out the AERC parking area for us on August 16. A very busy Little Britches Rodeo was happening the same weekend and Eva was great about making sure that rodeo competitors saved parking space by our ring. Thank you, Eva! You really went the extra mile for your fellow horsepeople!

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Testimony of a Volunteer “Each week I look upon volunteering as my personal therapy. After a week of stress and interacting with people, often at their worst, I retreat to the sanctuary of the ranch. Busying myself with cleaning the paddocks or preparing the horses I remember what is important. Then the riders arrive. There is something liberating about watching riders mount their horses and witnessing the transformation beyond physical limitations to fully enjoying their abilities. There is inspiration in seeing them challenge their boundaries creating new realities. It is a spark of magic. On any given day you might see a nonverbal child squeal with delight as they approach their horse; pure joy shared with unabashed delight as a young teen with ADHD and very little control of his world, controls his 1000 lb. horse and steers it through the poles. The tears of happiness shining in the eyes of a young woman who normally looks up at everyone from her wheelchair, as she looks down, laughing at a shared joke with her side walker. Maybe it is this small realignment of reality, this shift of perspective that bolsters my personal therapy. The reality is that I am just one small part of something bigger. If it were not for each volunteer, instructor, program


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coordinator and board of director, the program would not exist. While we each contribute our small amount, it is the sum of our whole working together that allows the riders to experience their own transformation. We are a team. Whether you are a side walker, leader or paddock picker your part in the team is no less important than the next member. As we make up this great team it is important to remember that we are here for the riders. Yes there is a great bonus in that we get to work with some very special horses, but it is the riders who matter the most. It is the riders who in their weekly transformation can teach us about ourselves”.

NOTRA Volunteer Orientations Saturday, September 12th or Sunday, September 13th @ 2:00pm at our facility at Historic O’Keefe Ranch, north of Vernon. (Approximately 2 hours long). These volunteer orientations will be hands-on training for the new volunteer (and a refresher for current volunteers). How to be an effective side walker and how to safely lead a horse with a disabled rider on board will be reviewed, as well as what to do in case of emergency and how to interact with the disabled rider. The Fall Session begins on Monday, September 14th and runs weekdays through Friday, October 30th. Volunteers are asked to commit to approximately 3 hours once per week for the seven weeks. New volunteers always needed. Contact Dani at 250-549-0105 or

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News There is much to report on and so many events crammed into our short Alberta summers. In the next few days, Team Mule will be back at Spruce Meadows to defend their 2008 Telus Battle of the Breeds Championship. This was a victory that is probably still baffling to people that have little real knowledge of mules and their capabilities. For those that can’t make the trip to Spruce Meadows, please join members and friends at Reg and Hazel Rust’s annual Ride and Drive, Sept. 11-13, at their acreage near Ponoka. This is always a fun, easygoing weekend with good food and good music. Please call 403-783-5197 for more information. Those who attended the Jerry Tindell clinics held in July at the Lakedell arena at Westerose, AB, came away with a lot of new knowledge whether they audited, or participated with a horse, mule or a donkey. We had four participants drive over from BC to take part and a few local members and several horse owners. I was disappointed in the low turnout of club members. Previous to our clinics, Jerry did a four-day clinic in Hythe, AB (my hometown), and had a great reception there with over 75 auditors a day coming out. This clinic was all horses. The Beaverlodge-Hythe horse community was very keen to learn all they could from this great teacher. Dates for next year’s clinics will be set soon ... watch for it! Just a short week later, many of us gathered again for the annual Hummingbird Trail Ride. This year was the biggest turnout for the ride in many years. Evenings were spent around the campfire with music provided by Danny Gibson and his daughter Susan and fiddle tunes by Keith Kendrew. Fred Godberson and Rob Muller were just a few of the gatherers that were always good for some entertaining jokes and stories.

By Marlene Quiring

Riders at the club Hummingbird Ride – L to R. Susan Cotterill, Doug Moran, Joyce Muller, Rob Muller, Karen Anderson

Next month we will report on the activities at Spruce Meadows and the 20th anniversary celebrations that happened at Tees Longears Days in August. Watch for the ADMC’s semiannual meeting which will be coming up in October. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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BC Miniature Horse Club News Our Spring Classic in June was a great show. We had the largest number of horses ever and the competition was fierce. We had 14 fi llies in the yearling futurity class and some very good money was handed out to the winners along with their embroidered coolers. The obstacle courses were very challenging thanks to Joanne Barnhill but our horses made it through with flying colours. Saturday night Liz Myers laid out her great buffet; it was absolutely delicious. After our show some headed down to the States the next weekend and showed in Washington. Then they came back up to Armstrong with the rest of us. We had a great time in Armstrong and many from our group took lots of ribbons. The beginning of August was Agrifair followed by Chilliwack. At both Fairs the Minis have a show and then keep the horses on display. The shows were good but I must say the Fairs are getting very small. Not a lot of people attending anymore which is sad to see. At Chilliwack a BIG thanks needs go to

By Margaret Walmsley

Heather Ward for making it possible for everyone showing to have a stall for the day and not have to be there for the 3 days or be responsible for setting up or tearing down the pens. She went over and above board to make it work for everyone and should be highly commended. As I write this we are getting ready to show at the PNE in Vancouver. It has been about 15 years since the Minis have shown at the PNE. Thanks to Cherie Kramer, we have a full show there on the 26th and a demo on the 27th. We were the opening act at Thunderbird for the RCMP Musical Ride and had a blast doing driving, jumping and a “team competition” race. I think the star of the show was Legs, the colt we brought out to walk around the arena with his mom. When he saw the crowd he just started strutting around like he was something. The audience loved it and most of us were laughing. Great News!! The BCMHC now has a drill team with 9 members working together. It does get very entertaining

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Future mini champions?

watching us try and get something done we have never done before. We will be performing at the PNE and The Mane Event and hopefully you will see us out there more as word gets out and we get better. For any information on these events or about Minis, contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419.

By Amanda Blamire

Photo by Caitlyn Chapman Our July 19th Gymkhana – “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” was a success even though the day was a bit of a mess. It happened to be right in the midst of the three fires burning in the Kelowna area, so a lot of our regular members were unable to attend. Due to the fires and that our location at the Kelowna Riding Club was the horse evacuation facility made for a short day. In order to accommodate people coming and dropping there evac horse off, we decided to stop midway though the event and not count the points toward our year end awards. With over 45 riders we managed to raise almost $600 for the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna. We had an amazing turnout of “Pink” and some awesome prizes for the day. August 16th Gymkhana. After a few days of heavy rain and almost cancelling due to the muddy arena conditions we had a slow start but managed to find some dry area to ride in. Our turnout was great at 65 riders, with a lot of new faces as well.

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Masters Highpoint - Donna Hinchliffe on Tellee Reserve - Liz Gibbs on Patch Senior Highpoint - Amanda Blamire on Leo Reserve - Lissa Quinlan on Dancer Youth Highpoint - Amy Russo on Mia Reserve (tie) - Ty on Chanook and Kayla Stromsten on Skittles Junior Highpoint - Ryan Moffat on Rooh Reserve - Megan Moffat on Bleau Peewee Highpoint - Steven Robson on Connie Reserve - Ashley Robson on Shinga

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Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update

By Melanie Russo

What to do, what to do with our marvelous Minis? As in years past, Joe and Barb Aschenmeier took Bentfir’s Skywalker to visit the kids at the Okanagan Science Centre for Biology week. Vernon’s “Mad Scientist,” Kevin, made room in his lab for his mom, dad and their Miniature pinto gelding. Barb commented on how well-behaved the children were as they Paige & McDuff at Cloverdale lined up to take turns patting Skywalker. They asked questions like, “How much I’m very proud of both my boys and want to food do they eat? Can they jump? Can we touch them?” The 23 children were kept busy give everyone else a congratulations on their for an hour as Skywalker arrived in his skintight slinky, ready to show. Barb put on his accomplishments so far this year. show halter and brought out his driving harness. She explained how the smallest horses ~Paige DeWolff were selected to use in the mines, even breeding them “down” in size. Eventually, they became the pets of the wealthy, while today they are used and enjoyed in so many areas of our lives. When the heat and smoke got the best of the Russo family, we did what every good Okanagan horse owner should do… jump Courses & Workshops being offered Fall 2009 in the lake! After a little October, November and December coercing and a piece of All courses and workshops are limited in size bread, equine and human and consist of hands on sessions for half of the course alike enjoyed the cool, 1. Acupressure for Horse Owners: refreshing water. This is a 2 day course offering acupressure and simple bodywork Paige’s boys are reaping techniques. Acupressure theory and basic point location are covered. the rewards of their hard This course will enable owners to provide pain relief for performance work and dedication. CR horses and cover acupressure treatment for common medical conditions. Tall Dark N Hansom took 2. Acupressure for Equine Massage Therapists: all 3 Grand Champion This is an in depth series of courses consisting of 4-3 day sessions. Senior Gelding ribbons It is designed for the serious horse owner or lay professional to help at Cloverdale and a manage performance issues, pain and chronic problems. Basic areas Reserve Grand Champion touched on are: acupuncture theory, meridians, constitutions, principles Gelding at the Okanagan of point selection and treatment, non-force chiropractics, anatomy, and herbal and botanical medicines to help horses. Classic in Armstrong! CR Kokanee Tippity Witcit, owned by Mel Cinnamon Touch showed 3. First Aid for Horse Owners: Baird and Deb Watson wins an AMHA what he’s made of during This is a 2 day course that teaches the basics of a physical exam, Supreme Halter Horse a never-ending jumping colic exam, intramuscular injection techniques and when to call a at 2 ½ months old. class, his best ever obstacle veterinarian. Common emergency conditions and their treatments are discussed. Pharmaceutical management and complementary medicine performance and a very approaches are discussed. well-executed reinsmanship class. Please call our office or email us to get the dates and times of

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Arabian Community Show in Nelson

By Faye Fox

Photos by Tim Fox

On July 25-26 we held a BCIAHA Community All Breed Horse Show in Nelson. See our story in the BCIAHA news on next page. Results are as follows: HCBC Youth Sportsmanship Award: Adam Fox, Nakusp Hi Point ACS Youth, Arabian: DP Dark Tequila, Adam Fox, Nakusp Hi Point Youth, Non-Arabian: Rubus, Kathleen Fox, Nakusp Hi Point ACS Adult, Arabian: TP Time to Winsome, Dusty Campbell, Rossland Hi Point Adult, Open: Royal King Zantanon, Merna Boltz, Grand Forks Musical Freestyle Winner: Sundown Flamenco, Faye Fox, Nakusp Open Trail/Handy Horse Bonanza Winner: Tivios Sweet Candice, Jackie Pollard, Nelson

Adam Fox on DP Dark Tequila.

Dr. Colleen Kramer presenting to Dusty Campbell.

(l to r) Jackie Pollard, Dr. Colleen Kramer, Merna Boltz, George (our ring steward), Mr. John Newman.

Dr. Colleen Kramer presenting to Kathleen Fox and Rubus.

On to Greener Pastures… LN L NK Kid id C Creole+ l + May 11, 1989 - July 6, 2009

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Many people are blessed with the opportunity and privilege of getting to know and love animals. Some, even luckier are blessed with owning an animal. I am one of those people who had the opportunity to own one such animal. His name was LN Kid Creole and he was my first horse. He was picture perfect and I would look into his eye and it would sparkle just for me. Between doing trail rides, swimming in the lake, flag ceremonies, cattle penning, gymkhana and Arabian Horse Shows, you name it we did it. He was like an extension to me. I will never forget the first Top Five we received at Region 17 in Red Deer Alberta. It was my last year of 13 and Under in Western Pleasure and the three judges didn’t seem to like Creo or me very much. I can remember I was such a grump with my parents and him but I was determined to ride this last class and we could go home. He was such a little trooper and made himself stand out just enough to place me fi ft h and put a smile on my face. That picture still hangs in my parent’s basement as a constant reminder that anything can happen and to never give up. After many successful show seasons we made the difficult decision to look for another horse. Christine Bosworth happened to have a three year old Half Arab who suited me to a tee and, Cassie Bosworth, her ten year old daughter needed a reliable horse. We made the switch and Cassie carried on Creo’s journey winning Top Ten’s at Canadian Nationals in Walk Trot 10 and Under and Christine even made a fi nalist in the Western Pleasure AAOTR. Creo was at the top of his game. They earned Creo his Legion of Honor (LN Kid Creole+) and had the ceremony at the Arabian Encampment in Armstrong. continued on next page

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association Hi everyone! Well here we are President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz already in September, Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 wow, the summer Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 is speeding by so quickly! Sammy is Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 getting used to me Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 coming out for a ride before he is finished Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 breakfast to avoid the and/or Cheryl Johnson heat. Now that it is Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 cooling off a little he can finish in peace and we can slip back to our old routine of 10:00 am-ish. The Regionals were held in Langley this year so my husband and I took a quick trip down to watch for a day. This was the first time I have ever watched in person… much better than the You Tube videos for sure. The barns at Thunderbird were full of Arabians from all over Canada and the US. The competition was tough but exciting and the rosettes were lovely. I was able to track down some of our members while I was there and snap some pictures. They all did very well and their horses looked stunning! Way to go ladies! A reminder to all to check out our new and improved website Tamora Davy has been working hard on it and it looks awesome. Karel Nordstrom is busy putting together another fun clinic with Carla Jackson. If you are interested please email Karel at BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

Cori Wilson at Regionals

Faye Fox sent us news from her neck of the woods! Sounds like you all had a great time! What a wonderful weekend we had at the BCIAHA Community All Breed Horse Show in Nelson on July Cathy Southwell at Regionals 25-26. See our High Points and photos on the previous page. A very BIG thank you to all the wonderful sponsors, our Judge Mr. John Newman from Kelowna, the multiple volunteers (you know these things cannot function without you!) and of course to the great people who competed and had lots of fun! Our first day was very exciting, especially as the weather was not as predicted. We had humidity, sun, some rain, and thunder and lightening. It made for a beautiful light show while riding around in the show ring. All the horses were very calm. I heard one person say, “Look at that, thunder and lightening at an Arabian Horse show. Boy are those horses well-behaved!” The show went on as the weather was just in the mountains around us, but it was sure beautiful to watch! – Faye Fox Michelle sent in this cute picture of her and her young mare “Sweet Angelena” herding a buffalo. I just love this horse! Be careful Michelle; I just might steal her from you… ha ha!! Talk to you all soon – Alaina.

Sheila Goertz at Regionals

Michelle chasing a buffalo

On to Greener Pastures…, cont’d Creo has introduced me to so many people over the course of our time together; my best friend Tricia Mydske because she owned and showed Creo’s half sister LN Black Velvet; and Jaromey Carlson (Creo’s first owner) and her family. Cassie has become a little sister to me and Christine like a second mom. He even introduced me to my new horse Rocky (U-Kneek+) who is another love of my life. Just over a month ago Cassie and I had a horse show to go to on July 3-5 and Creo had recently become ill. The day after we had

returned my Mom and I drove to Vernon to visit Creo but he was already gone. There are only so many people that get the chance that I got with a horse like Creo. He has taught me so much about myself, riding and trusting. I will always miss him, love him and want to look in his eyes to see that sparkle one more time. He was my first love. - Breen Johnson • 63

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Hello again everyone. Many thanks to Louise Bruce for fi lling in for me last month while I was down in the States showing! Speaking of shows, the BC Paint Horse Club has once again joined forces with the South Central Quarter Horse Club to host a 4-day, 4-judge APHA-AQHA approved show in Armstrong. They are offering a full slate of Amateur, Novice Amateur, Youth, Novice Youth, Open and Solid Paint-Bred Classes! They also have the Yearling Tri-Challenge Futurity as well as an Open All Breed Weanling Colt Futurity, an Open All Breed Weanling Filly Futurity, Open All Breed Non-Pro All Ages Hunter Under Saddle Stake, Open 2 Year-Old Western Pleasure Futurity, Non-Pro All Ages Western Pleasure Stake, and an Open All Breed All Ages Reining Stake. Lots of classes to choose from and seeing as they are offering a flat fee for the show, you can go in as many classes as you want! For entry information, please contact Margaret Walmsley ( It should be a fabulous 4-day event and look forward to seeing everyone there! I’d like to introduce our newest members to the BC Paint Horse Club. Welcome to Judy Dizy and Craig Bird of Abbotsford; Trinell Carpenter of Red Hawk Ranch in Bellingham, WA; Tracey McKay of Majuba Hill Paints in Chilliwack; Bibs Dallaire of Sunrunner Farms in Houston; Diane Magdalin and Ed Rougeau of Horizon Paints in Vernon; Georgina Sonmor of Port Moody; Angela Laws-Peel of KISS Farms in Chilliwack; Val Dacyk of Armstrong; Nakita Delichte of Double Delichte Stables in Coldstream; Kim Walter of KW Stables in Nanaimo; Jean and Jayson Mead of Falkland; Marilyn Griffin of Sweet Country Quarter Horses and Paints in Surrey; Caitlin 64 • Saddle Up • September 2009

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McCarthy of Langley; Alison Graham of Campbell River; Zaria Hayes of 100 Mile House; Andrew Thomas of Langley; Ashley McPhail of Surrey; Patti Shorrock of Milner, BC; and Dave Hickman of Rein-Beau Ranch in Enderby. There are now a total of 56 members in the BC Paint Horse Club, representing almost every corner of the province. The summer has once again gone by all too quickly and by now the leaves are starting to turn, the mornings are crisp and our horses are starting to bring in winter coats. Time for everyone to relax from the hectic pace of show season and enjoy the nice weather while we can! For those of you heading to the APHA World Show in November, I guess you’ll have to take a raincheck on it! Send me your pictures, results and stories to silverdollar35@ and they could get published in next month’s article! Happy Trails! - Anne Marie Wass

LMQHA West Coast Summer Circuit By Melissa McKenzie Photos by Ingrid Brunkhorst Hurrell,


he summer of 2009 was a very eventful one for all of those involved in the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association. Our West Coast Summer Circuit was a huge success thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors and of course our Show & Awards Committee for making things comes together. The event was held July 16-19 in Langley with judges: Betsy & John Tuckey, Jennifer Thompson and Gigi Bailey. People came out in numbers and enjoyed good food, great people, and of course fantastic horses. Our fabulous show socials were back for all nights and we enjoyed the additional company of local 4-H clubs who were able to enjoy the AQHA show experience competing in special additional classes. Thank you to our gracious sponsors, fantastic exhibitors, supporting members and our enduring Board of Directors and committees. We all hope to see you at this show next year!

Coy Pine Three shown by Alyssa Fritz

Hand Mia Lil Romance shown by Carrie Humphrey

Our Champions: Shankless Showmanship Champion Coy Pine Three shown by Alyssa Fritz NSBA Open Western Pleasure Stake Luvin My Ziprageous shown by Kerri DeKubber 2 Yr Old Walk/Jog Stake Hand Mia Lil Romance shown by Carrie Humphrey Non-Pro Western Pleasure Stake Platinum Sunsation shown by Jodi Gunderson Yearling In Hand Trail Stake Money Makin Dreamer shown by Tami Hutton Cathy Dumaresq Memorial Trail Stake Ima Special Delivery shown by Calli Rouse Youth Western Pleasure Stake Ima Special Delivery shown by Calli Rouse

Luvin My Ziprageous shown by Kerri DeKubber

Platinum Sunsation shown by Jodi Gunderson

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Persechino has been selected to lead this new department. The Executive Committee approved four objectives for the new department and have charged Tom and the current leadership of Trey Buck, Alex Ross, Charlie Hemphill, David Avery and Rajeana Thompson to move forward with these objectives to ensure: the American Quarter Horse is presented properly in all venues; the best competition in the performance arena and at the racetrack occurs; an infrastructure is in place that ensures opportunities for growth at all levels of participation; and the welfare of the horse is always at the forefront. Gary Carpenter will join the competition department to head the association’s efforts in equine research, breed integrity and animal welfare. Additional departments combined are the marketing and communications department which will join Karen Latta’s membership, corporate partnerships and business development department. Ensure to keep your memberships updated and check the websites for up-to-date information

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – Darhl Paley The show season is winding down now, and shows have recorded average numbers of horses and riders, which in this economy is great! I have been to two circuits this year and have seen a lot of smiling faces old and new. We’ve had some reiners return to the show pen, and I heard one of them comment that reining horses should be able to do it all, meaning compete in the pleasure classes, etc, and some do. It is also good to see new youth coming to the shows, as our novice youth class numbers seem to be up. The Armstrong show is being held this month and it is such a great place to show this time of year with some great people putting it on. We have always found this circuit to be fun and enjoyable, as it usually wraps up our show season for those of us in the North. Stallion owners, if I have not contacted you already, please let me know if you are willing to put your Stallion in our 2nd annual Stallion Service raffle. Last year’s raffle was a success with 4 winners breeding mares to some great stallions.

AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA Director - Gayle Pawley-Wilson Thank you to all the BCQHA members who attended and supported the Region One experience in Nampa, Idaho in July. A successful event for all and what great experiences to come for the future. The AQHA Executive Committee has approved the formation of a new Competitions Department. The new department will encompass all aspects of American Quarter Horse competition such as racing, showing, judges, international efforts, breed integrity and animal welfare. Tom

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SCQHA The South Central Quarter Horse Association “Fall Circuit” and the BCPHC “Harvest Classic” will be held September 17-20 at the Armstrong Agriplex in Armstrong, B.C Highlights include High Point and Reserve High Point Awards in 8 AQHA and 8 APHA Divisions, AQHA Class Awards and new this year an AQHA BC Bred Award open to Junior AQHA horses. We are pleased to announce that we will be offering the Tri Challenge Open Yearling Futurity and the Open 2 Year-Old Western Pleasure Futurity again this year. Please visit our website scqha for the Show Premium, Class List and Entry Form or contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419, Come join us for a fun weekend of showing. Spectators are welcome.

NBCQHA The Smithers Quarter Horse Show was once again an eventful and successful weekend with over 181 class entries in the AQHA Classes and 68 entries in the open classes and futurities combined. The show committee was very pleased with the increase of new competitors at the show who attended to compete in the Ranch Cutting and the Green as Grass Cow Horse Class which is always a crowd pleaser. We would like to thank our many generous sponsors for their continued support of our show and we look forward to hosting a wonderful show once again in 2010.

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So we survived the insane heat wave that took hold of B.C. for most of July, hope all of you managed to stay cool while still enjoying the never ending sunshine. For those of us who ventured into the show pen during those few weeks, WOW, how warm was that!? Now with our weather back to normal it’s time to gear up and get ready for the fall show session. It’s hard to believe that we’re already here. Our last summer Playday took place on August 16; the weather stayed cool and the competition was anything but. The turnout for our Playdays continues to be amazing, with new faces at every one. Many thanks go to our wonderful judges Daphne Greenwood and Ray Saretsky (Trail judge). With fall upon us it’s time to start thinking about our year-end banquet which is taking place on Saturday, November 7. In order for the banquet to be the huge success that it is every year, many sponsorships are needed. In

fact, there are 65 categories that need to be sponsored. If every member of our club sponsored one class that would be absolutely amazing. It might even cover all the sponsorships that we need (I’m not sure how many members we have but at least that many!). They aren’t budget busting sponsorships either, high point is $25.00 and runner up is $15.00. So how about we all not go to Starbucks a couple times and make that all important donation to our banquet. Please give Debi Eppinger a call at 250-851-9256 to make that sponsorship. Be afraid, school is back in session. The new trail obstacle will be ringing the school house bell. Do not be late for class!! Calling all executives, it’s that time again. Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. at Debi Eppinger’s new house. You just have to figure out where that is! Joking, I wouldn’t be that mean, it’s off of Pacific Way in the Ravenwood complex, number 108. Those are the directions that I have

So cute! Maria Herman & Honey with handler Allison

Back in the saddle! Linda Loshuk & Brights Smokin Doll

so good luck. If you get lost make sure her number is on speed dial in your cell phone! Congratulations to Joanne Wyers and Daniel Lauer on their recent engagement. I think the club should be invited to the wedding… that would make quite the party!

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Endurance Riders Association of BC our horses if we hadn’t stayed together. We went through the Officers & Directors 2009 first loop faster than we’d President - Brenda Miskimmin initially planned, getting VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Pat Carnegie pulled along by other Treasurer - Louise Abbott horses. In our second loop Directors: Madeline Bateman we decided to slow it down Brenna Mayer because one of the horses Elaine Bessuille came out of the 25 miles Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis with a sore back and another June Melhuish Lee Hutten, Kate Coady and Ariel MacLeod looking tired. We slowed Lynn Wallden down and stuck to our plan for the second and third loop. On the fourth loop, we decided that the horses were going strong and to speed up, though we ran into a major problem: BC Endurance Riders Excel at the NAYRC Kate’s stirrup broke. After about an hour of adjusting and By Daphne Richards, trying different ways of fi xing the problem, Lee “MacGyvered” a Chair of Endurance Canada stirrup with some string, a crupper, and some vet wrap. We were This summer the North American Young Riders Endurance on our way again but at a much slower pace. We met a worried Ride was held in conjunction with the North American Junior Gail and Elroy at a crew area and explained what had happened, Young Riders Championship in Kentucky, as a demonstration then we were on our way again. event. It is anticipated that Endurance, also a FEI discipline, The horses pulsed and vetted through smoothly and with will join Dressage, Jumping, Eventing and Reining as one of another half hour break we were on the trail for our last 10 the sports offered in this Championship in the future. The 75 miles. We sped up the last loop with all our tack fi xed and mile FEI CEI 2* Endurance ride was held offsite in Henryville, comfortable. After finishing the last loop, we went through tense Indiana due to the high quality of trails (Henryville was the and stressful vet checks to see if we all completed. Everything site of the 2008 AERC/AHA National Championship) but the went fine and as a result, we won the Team Silver medal. Endurance competitors were included in the opening and We’d like to thank Gail Jewell and Elroy Karius, because closing ceremonies in Lexington. without them this would not have been possible, and Colette as The Canadian entry of three riders (Kate Coady and Ariel an amazing pit crew. MacLeod of BC, and Lee Hutten from Ontario) were joined by We attended the opening ceremonies which was very two Mexican Young Riders to form the ‘International Team’. exciting. Walking in holding the Canadian flag and having All five completed the ride, the only Team to do so, and they people cheer was amazing and thrilling to be a part of. It made won the Silver Medal – a huge team effort – a huge success us proud to be Canadian and in the sport of endurance. Other story. Endurance Canada, and sport enthusiasts from across the riders thought it was country, have applauded this accomplishment – see the Youth crazy that we did those Page distances on one horse How proud we all are! and only in one day! They just don’t know what they’re missing! Kate Coady tells the story: The FEI president, The North American Young Rider Endurance Ride was a great experience. We met amazing people and made new friends. HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, gave We learned many things, but the most important was that endurance can work better as a team sport. Horses in themselves us an inspiring and memorable speech. are herd animals and do better in a group; we experienced this first hand. The horses became more motivated to eat, drink, and keep going when they became tired. In the end, we pulled through this race as a team and may not have completed two of 68 • Saddle Up • September 2009

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SWORD’S SUMMER SADDLE SERIES, 7:00 pm, Sword’s Riding Arena, Quesnel, BC, 250-747-2156, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port McNeill, BC, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223, E-mail: LMQHA Evergreen Circuit, Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC, Margaret 604-856-1419, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port Alberni, BC, Doris Pitman 250-724-4645, E-mail: BCTCPA, 8 Mile Ranch, team cattle penning, Merritt BC, Gerry 250-378-6119 DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Kamloops, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Quesnel, GLENN STEWART HORSEMANSHIP CLINICS, Stage 1+2, Smithers Area, Anika 250 846 5494 or, DRESSAGE LESSON (SERIES), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, TFC Centre, Kelowna, 250-765-7853, NORTH REGION HS RODEO, Cleardale AB (co-approved BC), or call Sandy Chevallier 250-718-2761 HORSEBACK ARCHERY, Kassai World Cup & NAHA Challenge, Demos & Clinics, Mt. Currie, BC, Robert 604-935-8675, NORTH THOMPSON Fall Fair & Rodeo, Light Horse Show, Barriere, BC, Maureen 250-672-0332, FUNDAMENTALS OF REINING W/CRAIG JOHNSON, Cardinal Ranch, BC, or 1-866-By-Horse GAMES, Mission Horse Club, Helen 604-820-1819, PROGRESSIVE RIDE, 11am, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Bev Light 604-487-9947 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC, Nancy or John Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, E-mail: LEVEL 2 PNH WITH DON HALLADAY,, 1-866-By-Horse SALMON ARM FALL FAIR 4H HORSE SHOW, Salmon Arm,, Trina Forslund 250-803-0593 HORSE & TACK SALE, Valley Auction, Armstrong, 250-546-9420, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna, BC, Anne Smythe 250-860 2785, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Sorrento, ERABC Westbank Rocker, Westbank, TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE SERIES 3 (Finals) Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Gayleen 604-483-4376 **CANCELLED - PONY EXPRESS CHALLENGE, Clearwater, Judy Lestander 250-674-2604, LANGLEY RIDERS Games Day, Langley, OLDS AUCTION MART Horse Sale, M Bar Quarter Horses ‘Oak Star Classic’, Olds, AB, Catalogues/Info or FALL FAIR HORSE SHOW BCHQ, 100 Mile House, BC contact Carolyn Dobbs 250-397-2281 or Tammy Schuurmans 250-706-4849 SHADOWDANCERS’ EPONA APPROACH WORKSHOP, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640

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SOUTH REGION HS RODEO, Kamloops (at Deadmans Creek), or call Sandy Chevallier 250-718-2761 BCRCHA, Location: Randy Brandt’s, Sue Majeau.604-865-7013, BC HERITAGE CIRCUIT OPEN HORSE SHOW, Salmon Arm,, Trina Forslund 250-803-0593 ENGLISH/WESTERN PERFORMANCE SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, ICELANDIC HORSE Breed Introduction, 2pm, Enderby, 250-838-0234 or PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, DRESSAGE SHOW, Delta Riding Club, Sheila 604-940-9698, GYMKHANA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or CSHA MARE & FARM INSPECTION in B.C., Gwen Wiskin 604-462-0274 (eves.), EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Rocky Mtn House, AB, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or CHA STANDARD CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/Marion Weisskopff, Telkwa BC, Cindy Jeffery, E-mail: LEVEL 3 PNH WITH DON HALLADAY, Cardinal Ranch, BC, 1-866-By-Horse SCQHA/BCPHC Combined Show, (two 2-day shows, 4 judges) Armstrong Fairgrounds, Armstrong, BC, or CLASSICAL RIDING CLINIC w/Craig Stevens, Aldergrove, BC 604-504-5909, PASS CREEK FALL FAIR & HORSE SHOW, Castlegar, contact Donna Smith 250-365-7273 BCTCPA Finals, Coyote Canyon Ranch, team cattle penning, Lavington BC, Denise 250-542-0662 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Erickson, Manitoba, 250-765-7853, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Langley, WILL CLINGING CLINIC, Wallbrook Farm, Kelowna, BC, Carol 250-860-5432, COWGIRL WAY DRILL TEAM Fundraising Pancake Breakfast 9-11 a.m., Get R Done Tack N Feed, Hwy 6, Vernon, 250-545-2134 MACHINERY SALE, Valley Auction, Armstrong, 250-546-9420, TTEAM CONNECT CLINIC Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or LAODAS-WAY College of Equine Kinetics (10 months), Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765, COMMUNITY DAY, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, LANGLEY RIDERS Eng/West Show, Langley, more info at FUNDAY (10am-4pm), Quarterspot Ranch, 137 Horner Road, Lumby, BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Saskatoon, SK, Sidonia 1-888-378- 4632 or CSHA MARE & FARM INSPECTION in B.C., Gwen Wiskin 604-462-0274 (eves.), LEVEL 3 PNH WITH DON HALLADAY, Cardinal Ranch, BC, 1-866-By-Horse ANNA TWINNEY NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Timbutku Ranch, Gray Creek, BC, FALL CLEARANCE SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna, 250-762-5631 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Cloverdale Agriplex, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Princeton, BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS RETREAT with horses, Langley, Linda-Ann Bowling 604-889-4452 NON-INVASIVE CHIROPRACTICS (first half), Alder Flats, AB, Laodas-Way 780-621-0765, SOUTH REGION HS RODEO, Chilliwack (tent), or call Sandy Chevallier 250-718-2761 JONATHAN FIELD COURSE 1 CLINIC, Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose Bay, or Roma 1-877-573-4018,

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SHADOWDANCERS’ HORSEPATTER APPROACH CLINIC, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640 MILE ‘O’ RIDING CLUB horse & schooling show, Lillooet, BC, Patti Flann 250-256-7639 or GYMKHANA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or BARREL RACE & TEAM ROPING, O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, Skye Hamming 250 545-3323 COWGIRL WAY DRILL TEAM Fall Fest Dinner/Dance (6 p.m.) & Silent Auction (4:30 p.m.) Get R Done Tack N Feed, Hwy 6, Vernon, 250-545-2134 TWIN ARROWS RANCH HORSE SALE, Stettler, AB, 403-742-5594, Catalogue at PRAIRIE FARM ANTIQUE SALE, Valley Auction, Armstrong, 250-546-9420, AQHA TRAIL RIDE, Barriere, BC, Buckles and Prizes. Cherie Jardine 250-672-9341 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, TFC Centre, Kelowna, BC SOHA FALL SHOW, BCHC Qualifier, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, for info check web 4-H FALL HORSE SHOW & GYMKHANA, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Bev Light 604-487-9947 EQUINE RITES OF PASSAGE CLINIC, The Sacred Horse (Level #1), Sundre, AB, 780-621-0765, NORTH REGION HS RODEO, Hudsons Hope, or call Sandy Chevallier 250-718-2761 JEANINE ELLINGHAM CLINIC (Level 3 Event Coach), Cole’s Country Store, Creston, 250-428-2107 EXPERIENCE THE ICELANDIC HORSE, Enderby, 250-838-0234 or SHADOWDANCERS’ EPONA APPROACH WORKSHOP, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640 MILE ‘O’ RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Lillooet, BC, Jackie Johnston 250-256-4549 or FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Brenda 250-546-2557 or Tammy 250-832-3409, LANGLEY RIDERS Jumper Day, Langley, more info at GAMES, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604.328-3814 ** CANCELLED - KETTLE RIVER TRAILS ASSOC. 2nd Annual Poker Ride-AThon, Rock Creek, KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna, Amanda 250-764-1397, EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Brandon, MB, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or JONATHAN FIELD COURSE 2/3 Liberty/Finesse, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria, or Roma 1-877-573-4018, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, JVS River Ranch, Sundre AB, Villy or Jonna 403-507-0066,

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DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Kamloops, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Quesnel, TREC Training Day (1-5pm), 4015 Hullcar, Armstrong, learning how & setting up. Brenda 250-546-2867,, TREC Training Day Comp. (9-4pm), 4015 Hullcar, Armstrong, Brenda 250-546-2867, Entry by Sep.28, “HORSE”TACULAR TEAM PLAYDAY, 9 am, Teams of 4 compete, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, 250-547-9277 BHA HALLOWEEN HORSE SHOW & 2010 BCH Qualifier, Grand Forks, Tanya 250-442-0209,, WILD AND WOOLEY SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, GYMKHANA, 108 Resort Stables (9-4pm), Jennifer 250-791-6509 or 6519, BC HERITAGE CIRCUIT SHOW, Furleez Farm, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, LANGLEY RIDERS Games Day, Langley, more info at MILE ‘O’ RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Lillooet, BC, Jackie Johnston 250-256-4549 or

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BCRCHA, Location: M. Stradling’s, Sue Majeau.604-865-7013, PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, DOUBLE DELICHTE STABLES 2nd annual Fun Day, 12:30 p.m., West/Eng, Jumping, Gymkhana. 250-260-5299, Coldstream BCCTRA AGM, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson, BC, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, LAODAS-WAY, Alchemy of the Horse (first half), Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Langley, HALLOWEEN FUNTASTIC SHOW BCHQ, 100 Mile House, BC contact Carolyn Dobbs 250-397-2281 or Tammy Schuurmans 250-706-4849 LANGLEY RIDERS Eng/West Show, Langley, more info at TREC Training Day Comp. Skimikin Campground, Tappen, Karen 250-675-3705, Entry by Oct.5, GYMKHANA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or FALL FINALE FUN SHOW, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Abbotsford, 250-765-7853, SOUTH REGION HS RODEO, Peachland, or call Sandy Chevallier 250-718-2761 NORTH REGION HS RODEO, Chetwynd, or call Sandy Chevallier 250-718-2761 FUN FREESTYLE DRESSAGE SHOW, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, SOHA HALLOWEEN SHOW, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, for info check web MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Grand Forks, BC, Joanne Rooke 442-0275, HORSEMANSHIP CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Kamloops, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Black Creek, BC, Nina Christmas, 250-338-1258, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port Alberni, BC, Doris Pitman, 250-724-4645, E-mail: SHADOWDANCERS’ HORSEPATTER, Epona Approach Workshop Combo, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640 DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Sorrento, LANGLEY RIDERS Jumper Day, Langley, more info at TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saanich Fairgrounds, 250-765-7853, SPOOKY TRAIL HORSE, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Gayleen 604-483-4376 GYMKHANA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, LAODAS-WAY College of Equine Kinetics (10 months), Moose Jaw, SK, 780-621-0765, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Abbotsford, BC, Rose Schroeder 604-854-1245, E-mail: THE MANE EVENT, Chilliwack, BC, DOUG MILLS TRAINING THRU TRUST, Princeton, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna, BC, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, E-mail:

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APPRENTICE CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Kamloops, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Abbotsford, BC, Rose Schroeder 854-1245, E-mail: MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 2502051, E-mail: MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC, Nancy or John 250-743-1268, E-mail:

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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 11/09 SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260,, 3/10

EVA’S BAREFOOT HOOF CARE, 250-644-1320, 8/10 Experienced, patient, willing to travel. Lower Mainland, Cariboo and Beyond... HEALTHY HOOVES, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 6/10 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

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

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 • Chilliwack, BC

Your #1 supplier of horseshoes, farrier tools & hoof care products.

Ph: 403-252-1661 • email:


#3, 343 Forge Rd. SE, Calgary, AB

Nice Rooms. Great People. 1-800-566-2511 604-792-4240


VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (North Ok) 250-546-8254 5/10 Bob Johnston & Jim Ferguson; Certified Farrier Service FEED DEALERS


PRONTO ESSO 546-3772


NATURE’S TRIM, Shawn Galloway (Armstrong) 250-308-6293 Barefoot practitioner, Renegade Boot Representative. 3/10

Minutes to Chilliwack’s Heritage Park

Chilliwack, BC



Full Mechanical - Tires BIG or SMALL - We Sell All Leigh & Darlene Taylor Proudly Serving Armstrong for 21 years • Gas • Diesel • Propane • Lotto • C-Store


ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG. CENTRE, (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 11/09 Otter Co-op & Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 9/10 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. TOWN & COUNTRY FEED STORE, (Invermere) 250-342-9433 11/09 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 28 years.

BED, BALES & BREAKFAST OUT OF SIGHT RETREAT (70 Mile House) 250-456-6039 9/09 Victorian waterfront home, unlimited trail riding, DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 Great Trails, Boarding, Rehab, Horses For Sale. 5/10

100% B.C. Owned and Operated!


34633 Vye Rd/556-7477 5410 Trans Canada Hwy./748-8171 103-1889 Springfield Road/860-2346 1-1277 Island Hwy. S./753-4221 587 Alberni Hwy./248-3243 1970 Keating Cross Rd./652-9188 7/10 1771 10th Ave. SW/832-8424

FENCING BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 5/10 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 12/09 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch 12/09


Custom built and installed to your needs Alan Cossentine Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 • • 3/10



BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. 6/10 GUEST RANCHES

EQUINE THERAPY & REHAB FACILITY 250-546-3527 4328 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B3 Fax: 250-546-3528 • Email:

EQUINE SERVICES J. R. KELLY (Calgary, AB) 403-993-0269, Horse tooth & mouth care, sheath cleaning, etc. 8/10

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BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 5/10 4/10


Business Services HAY SALES


ALDERGLEN HAY SALES LTD. - Specializing in Hay Sales - Dealer for Otter Co-op Phase Feeds - Full line of Pet and Livestock Supplies 26104 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC • 604-856-7901

Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 9/09 Reg Marek • 250-569-7244 • McBride, BC •


Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales


Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343 From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 10/09 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

Canadian-made treeless saddles and innovative tack! Bitless and shoeless options, nutritional supplements and endurance and trail gear. Repairs + customization. 1.888.492.8225 / 250.492.8225 - Penticton


RAY’S SADDLERY (O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon) Shop cell 250-862-0554, Custom made Saddles, Tack & Repairs, Shop open year round. 11/09 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 7/10 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

HEALTH PRODUCTS HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, 0 HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALING

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS 604-299-4939 THETA - Fear Based & Emotional Trauma Release - Judy Starre 9/09

ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 9/09 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 9/10 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale.

INSURANCE Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members • CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 10/09


MASSAGE THERAPY LEARN EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 2/10 WILD HORSE POWER - Equine Medicine and Massage or 250-484-5601 Stacy Barrie 2/10

COLE’S COUNTRY STORE (Creston) 250-428-2107 9/10 New & Used Tack, Horse Supplies, Giftware & Jewelry HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 6/10 English & Western, New & Used

Rusty Spur

PHOTOGRAPHERS REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Enderby) 250-838-7904 12/09 Animal Photography,

Feed & Tack

Dealer for Proform / Natures Mix Health Supplements & Minerals Tack / Giftware / Consignments Lumby BC 250-547-9506



OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 or Fax: 1-888-545-9288 11/09 Custom Printer of award Ribbons

Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers! Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm • 250-832-1149 - Bonnie – OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY 3/10

WALKER CREEK COUNTRY GOODS LTD. (2 stores serving Vancouver Island) 9/10

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 11/09 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355 English Saddle Fitting & Repairs, 6/10


All Makes Service & Repair • Electric Brake Specialist • Aluminum & Steel Welding • ICBC Claims Welcome 604-533-4209 Langley, BC

Leatherwork Custom Orders Leather Goods Repairs Al Cossentine, 250-498-0280 •



TNT TRUCK & TRAILER, (Vernon) 250-542-5373, 7/10 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist • 73



Quality Horse Transport

(Aluminum & Steel)

We take trades – Call Us, You’ll be glad you did! RPM Automotive 1-888-638-4525, Sundre, AB Automan Trailers, Prince Albert, SK 1-800-252-0840 • Smyl RV, St. Paul, AB 1-800-522-4105 Irvine Tack & Trailers, Crossfield, AB 1-877-946-9494 • Cowboy Living Trailer Sales, Medicine Hat, AB 403-504-6920


TRAINERS/COACHES BLUE MEADOW FARM (Richmond); Yolanda Blommers, EC2 and Katie Andrews, EC1. All English disciplines.


GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horseman (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 12/09 DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 9/09 HAYTON CREEK RANCH (Oyama) now offering training with Ashlea Conti, 250-870-1372, 3/10



Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse”


Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

HOOF & WOOF FARM (Prince George) 1-866-967-4192 9/09 Local/Long Distance & U.S., Licensed/Insured & Quality Service HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured. 5/10 LEGHORN RANCH HORSE HAULING (Lower Mainland) Hanif Jinnah 10/09 778-886-1343 25+ yrs training/Hauling exper. Serving BC/AB. No horse too difficult YOUR OKANAGAN HORSE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST Y Commercially Licensed and Insured. Serving all of B.C. Local & Long Distance. Horse on Course 250-379-6847 (North Okanagan) 8/10

Michael Rabe Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC • 9/10


Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale 8/10 • 951.302-9463 •

INSPIRED CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Princeton) 250-295-7432. Private sessions, vacation retreats, clinics, 2/10 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 6/10 LORI LOTHIAN, AQHA Professional Horseman (Aldergrove) 604-309-7262 Training, Lessons, Clinics, Youth & Amateur, 4/10 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 2/10 LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8/10 SAWCHUK PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-514-3991 Pleasure to Performance. We do it ALL! 2/10

Welcomes All Reining & Western Pleasure Enthusiasts • Training & Lessons • Indoor/Outdoor Arenas • Year Round Boarding Options Resident Trainer • Performance Horses For Sale Carmen Teixeira • Located in Salmon Arm, BC • 250-832-7339



TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Riding Lessons, Clinics, Horses and Tack for Sale 6/10 TRANQUILLE FARMS (Salmon Arm) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-832-0918 or 250-804-8072 8/10 TTEAM TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 • MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 3/10

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DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 3/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan, Sonja Falkenberg OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 12/09 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 9/10 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales PATON & MARTIN VET SERVICES LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-3351 Lameness & Surgical Referral Hospital, Drs David Paton, Eric Martin and Antonio Cruz 12/09 SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service 8/10 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 3/10 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

$175. 2 lines or $350. Boxed plus GST.

Your Economical Year-Round Rate!

On The Market

ALAMITAS ZAN BADGER 2006 AQHA GRULLA MARE 15HH at the bum and still growing with lots of body. Just completed 13 months of prof. training with concentration on the flag. Pretty and relaxed loper, with a ton of softness in the bridle. Very steady and quiet. Good stop, and turnarounds on her. Her mind is amazing, don’t let her age fool you! Would really suit a youth. Cowy, broke and very pretty, all dressed up in a pretty colour too! More info at $8,000 obo. Payments welcome. 604-308-8669 (Langley)

LENAS SMART PLAY 2009 BUCKSKIN AQHA FILLY Out of a Smart and Lucky Lena granddaughter, and by a Smart Lil Player grandson, this little girl is bred to be in front of a cow. Her grandmother on the bottom side ranked 2nd in BCCHA. Smart and Lucky Lena ranked 8th in the World, and Smart Lil Player is a cutting icon. Gorgeous, big soft eye, doll-faced and dished-head, clean long neck and perfect compact body with a little apple bum. A pretty picture, all wrapped up with the buckskin colouring. Will mature to 14.2HH. Very well-handled, very sweet, ready to be your next prospect. More info at $2,500 obo. Payments welcome. 604-308-8669 (Langley)

FLASHY REG’D CANADIAN 6 YR, 14.3 HH SORREL GELDING Currently ridden English and in the mountains, but will also go Western. Has quick moves and loves the cows. An awesome horse with personality and a ‘go anywhere’ attitude. Not much fazes this guy. Very friendly and an easy keeper. Trained with the Chris Irwin methodology, he’s a fun horse to ride for a confident, experienced rider. Sadly selling due to too many horses. To approved home only. $4,200 obo. 250-348-6809 (Golden)


HEUREKAS HARMONIE *1997 Chestnut Trakehner Warmblood Mare by German imported Grand Prix dressage horse Mendelssohn out of imported mare of legendary German line founder Pasteur. She measures 17HH, was a dressage competitor and is a proven broodmare with wonderful temperament. ATA approved. She is strong, solid and correct with powerful movements and an impeccable, very sweet and calm temperament. She is pregnant to Platinum. $5,300 CDN. Negotiable. Rappenhof Sporthorse Okanagan 250-446 2149 (Osoyoos)

PHAROS VOM RAPPENHOF *2008 Brown Trakehner Warmblood Colt by Platinum - Elite Stallion and Grand Prix dressage winner and leading USDF sire Martini - Elite Stallion and FEI dressage winner Donaufuerst. Will grow to 16.3HH. This is a top level dressage and stallion prospect. Great mover with cadence. Loves to jump, too. Shown in hand, calm, transports well. $8,900 CDN if sold before winter. Rappenhof Sporthorse Okanagan 250-446 2149 (Osoyoos)

AVANGELINE HARDY VOM RAPPENHOF *2009 Black Trakehner Warmblood Colt by Platinum (by Elite Stallion Carino), competing successfully in eventing in BC; out of imported German mare, national champion CTHS 2007, daughter of Biotop, #3 ranked dressage horse worldwide under Dr. Klimke. Maternal great grandfather Nations Cup winning show jumper for France. Hardy has conformation, gaits and temperament of international quality. Definitive stallion candidate. Will reach 16.3HH. $8,900 CDN. Price before weaning only. Rappenhof Sporthorse Okanagan 250-446 2149 (Osoyoos)

PANORAMA RAPPENHOF *1997 Brown Trakehner Mare by Elite Stallion, Grand Prix dressage winner and leading USDF sire Martini out of a mare by Elite Stallion, FEI dressage winner and leading hunter Donaufuerst. 16.1HH. In-hand class winner and Res. Grand Champion, 2nd Hunter Suitability. Won first dressage start at national level. Canadian Champion mare CTHS 2001. Highest rated CSHA mare with 85.5% total incl. 8.5 for movement/correctness. 7 foals in 7 breeding years, exported to Sweden and California. Sound and healthy. Bred again to Platinum. $8,500 CDN. Negotiable. Rappenhof Sporthorse Okanagan 250-446 2149 (Osoyoos)

*2006 imported Black German Oldenburg Verband Mare, Oldenburg foal Premium, bred by leading stud farm in Germany, daughter of top German auction sale mare from best mare line of breed, full sister to German Premium Stallion, granddaughter of Grand Prix dressage horse Friedensfuerst (Olympic champion Nicole Uphoff) and of Star Stallion Buddenbrock. Grand dam daughter of German stallion of the year and Grand Prix dressage horse Michelangelo. Ava has incredible movements for highest level dressage with an outstanding, cadenced trot. She is very attractive, sweet and had some basic training. Will reach 16.1HH. Rare chance for only $23,000 CDN. Rappenhof Sporthorse Okanagan 250-446 2149 (Osoyoos) • 75

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PHANTASIE VOM RAPPENHOF PAPRIKA VOM RAPPENHOF (photo at 2 weeks) *2009 Brown Trakehner Warmblood filly by Platinum, full sister to Pharos and to 2 dressage horses in California, 1 dressage horse exported to Sweden, 1 dressage horse in Quebec and a show hunter in Quebec. Beautiful Arabian influenced head, elegant, agile and athletic. Very good mover. Will grow to 16.2HH. Very affectionate, people oriented and cooperative. $8,900 CDN. Price before weaning only. Rappenhof Sporthorse Okanagan 250-446 2149 (Osoyoos)

*2006 Black Trakehner Warmblood Mare by German Verband Premium Stallion Guy Laroche, son of German “Stallion of the Year 2006” Michelangelo (Grand Prix dressage under Philipp Karl) out of record breaking stallion mother, Elite Mare Palma Nigra *E* by legendary Habicht, a half sister to US Olympic horses Livius and Windfall. Phantasie is sister to 4 approved ATA stallions and of equal quality. Chance of a lifetime for $23,000 CDN. Rappenhof Sporthorse Okanagan 250-446 2149 (Osoyoos)

SKIP RED CITA Registered Foundation Stock Quarter Horse Sorrel Stallion. 15HH, 13 years old, excellent disposition. Sire Skip Cita. Linebred Skipper W. $4,000 to good home. For more info and pictures Call 250-494-2221 (Summerland) or

REG’D PALOMINO 1/2 ARABIAN GELDING 6 years old, 15.1HH, green broke. Sired by Soldat. 2 months training, no vices, good manners.Very pretty, suitable as a Show Hack and Country Pleasure prospect. $3,000. 250-545-2676 (Vernon)

DISPOSITION & LOOKS ALL IN ONE PACKAGE! 3-year-old APHA Overo Mare. Well started under saddle with 90 days professional training. Quiet, safe and willing. Good in the arena or on the trails. $2,500. Val 250-546-9024 (Armstrong)

34.87 ACRES IN LUMBY, BC. Fully renovated 4 bedroom home with separate guest house, insulated 2 stall barn, garage with workshop, and woodshed. 5 acres cleared, extensive fencing, with 3 grazing fields, riding arena and dog run. 30 wooded acres with riding trails and beautiful views. Visit or call 1-888-547-2294

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1995 15HH REG’D QH BLACK STALLION “Jet Black n Easy” known as Black Jack is a gentleman to ride, great for trails, has also been used on cattle drives. He is broke to drive and really enjoys it! Black Jack is well-built and produces beautiful foals. $2,000. 250-484-5601 (south east of Kelowna)

REG’D 1/2 ARABIAN DARK BAY FILLY 2 years old. Sired by Regional Champion Versace son, out of daughter of National Reserve Champion Akhademy. Excellent pedigree. $1,500. 250-545-2676 (Vernon)

KISS – 97% ARABIAN Grey and White Pinto Mare with blue eye. Registered Part Arab. 15 yrs old, 14.1HH. Extreme action, easy to handle, willing, started under saddle. $1,000 obo. Kate 250-547-9367 (Cherryville)

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FREYA - 1991 PUREBRED ARABIAN MARE Bay, 14.2HH. Polish Gainey cross. Very typey, wellmannered, basic snaffle training. Good on road and trails. Has been ultra sounded. Ready to ride or breed. $1,750 obo. Kate 250-547-9367 (Cherryville)

2007 CIRCLE J - 4 HORSE TRAILER Living Quarters with12 ft. short wall, dining room slideout. Western interior, 6 volt battery system (storage), solar panels, pressure water for horses, foldout tack room. New 14 ply rubber (factory tires not quality), 3 hi-ties, queen bed, oven, full size bathroom. Extra cupboards and storage area, large water and waste storage, remote TV camera. $30,000 CDN Don 250-577-3558 or Cell 250-572-0246 (Salmon Arm)


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“LEO SPINNIN CRYSTAL” ARTHUR – REG’D NEW FOREST PONY Grey Roan Gelding, 13.2HH, 7 years old. Friendly, enjoys attention, easy keeper, would suit keen junior rider. Owner has no time. Asking $2,000. Elsa 250-549-3877 (Coldstream)

SWEET TEMPERED 6 YR OLD SPORT PONY, 13.2HH. Jumping 2’9”. Solid dressage foundation. Brave in and out of the ring. Lots of impulsion. Very athletic. Used as a school pony. No vices. Regretfully must sell. $5,000. Open to offers. 250-764-2445 (Kelowna)

11-YEAR-OLD FJORD X MARE Used for pleasure driving, has been saddled. Quiet, easy to catch and load. Complete with cart and harness. $2,000. 250-549-2842 (Vernon)

Reg’d APHA 6-year-old Black and White Tobiano Gelding, 15.2HH. He has had two months professional training, great in the arena and sure to catch the attention of all. Great on trails and with traffic. He is not spooky at all. Very good with loading, trimming, baths and is up-to-date on all shots and deworming. He comes from excellent Reining and Cow bloodlines out off Stettler, Alberta. Sire: Little Peppy Leo. Asking $4,500.

GREY ANDALUSIAN FILLY Photo by Tracey Eide 2009 Reserve National Champion Andalusian Filly 2 years and under (at 10 months). 1st place Yearling Filly at both Regional and National show as well as two Gold Best Movement Medals. Dam is 2009 National Champion Andalusian mare. Should mature about 16.1HH. Good with farrier, trailering, bathing, clipping, ponying, etc. $15,000. To approved home only. 250-764-2445 (Kelowna)

AUSSIE - HANDSOME PALOMINO GELDING 5-year-old QH/ArabX, 14.3 HH. Excellent to handle, ties, trailers, feet, etc. A kind temperament and wellmannered. Well started in the arena English and Western, easily continue with any discipline. Great and solid on trails and starting liberty ground work. Sired by Futures Fortune (reining QH). Video and pictures available. $4,500. 250-747-2410 (Quesnel)

CANADIAN X QUARTER HORSE DAPPLE BAY MARE, 4 YRS, 15.2 HH RARE find, gorgeous and QUIET. 30 days professional training. You will not find a kinder horse! Don’t be disappointed. $1,500. 250-764-4482 (Kelowna) • 77

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5-YEAR-OLD COOL IRWIN GELDING Knows his leads and does fl ying changes. Good with farrier, clips and loads well. Started on barrels, has had some reining lessons, done some gymkhanas and has handled everything well. $3,500 firm. Donna 250-766-2361 (Winfield)

16 YR UNREG’D QH PALOMINO MARE 14.2HH, well broke, not spooky, good ground manners. Trailers well and good with her feet. Put my son through 4-H, will make a good trail or show horse. Can go either Western or English. Needs an experience rider. Asking $2,500 obo. Virginia 250-804-3369 or 250-835-4491 (Sorrento)

16 IN. WESTERN SADDLE Handcrafted by Willis Saddlery of Penticton. Tan, smooth leather, flat plate rigging. 3 in. cantle, 4 in. dally horn, rawhide wrapped bell bottom stirrups, modified tree for wide sprung horse. $2,000. 250-838-7904 (Enderby)

Did your horse sell through your ad in Saddle Up? COACH RETIRING. ALL SCHOOL HORSES TO BE RETIRED OR REHOMED. We are looking for exceptional homes for our horses. They have been well-loved and respected and have given back the same ten fold. If you are looking for a sane, sound, safe horse at a reasonable price please consider one of ours. THEY ARE: 13HH,16HH and ALL INBETWEEN. We are hoping for forever homes for them so please consider carefully the responsibility involved with ownership. All horses and ponies UTD on shots, farrier and teeth. Possible lease (horse or pony to remain here) or board with us if you do not have your own facility. You may bring in the coach of your choice. We have 25 acres, two riding arenas and great trails. This is not an ad for boarding, but a sincere attempt to rehome our horses to the best possible soulmate for each and every one. We are located 20 min. to SA hospital or 25 min. to Piccadilly Mall. Call Jenn 250-833-1930 (Enderby)


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2001 SOONER 3-HORSE TRAILER Weekend package. Always kept in shop. Awning yearly serviced. Shower, toilette, fridge, sound system, microwave, sink, air conditioner and heater. Walk-through door to horses. Stainless nose, no rivets, rear tack. Asking $23,000.

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Let us know, we would be happy to hear it!

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Sired By:

Goldun Poco Mr Matt Dun AQHA NFQH 97% Poco Bueno 34% Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steeldust 3rd Open Reining ARCHA 2003 and

LBJ Sierras Blue TE AQHA Blue Roan Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines.



Jaz Acero Twist Grullo AQHA, NFQH 100%, Herda N/N Poco Bueno Bloodlines Doublebred grandson of Little Steeldust

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC • ph/fax: 250-843-7337 5/10

Breeders of Registered Miniature Donkeys for Show and Companionship 403-335-4952 Didsbury, AB E-mail: (Associates in Crawford Bay & Aldergrove, BC)


On The Market TC PEPPA JOE 2008 Champagne QH Colt All the potential to go into any performance arena. Loads of body and bone with attention-grabbing looks. Four high whites, blaze face and enough mane & tail for two horses. All the makings of an AQHA versatility champion! Don’t miss this individual. Take a look at his pedigree, come meet him and you 780-887-7770 $8500 v i e w a t w w w. c o l o r e d p e r f o r m a n c e h o r s e s . c o m

TC DOCS N CATS 2008 Sorrel QH Filly Super filly, looks and breeding combined with the sweetest, most intelligent mind. 780-887-7770 Full brother excelling in cutting training! $3500 PLABOYS DR PEPPER






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IVY ICE 2007 Cremello QH Filly Amazing filly! “Ivy” is in a combined reining/cow program and has over 6 mo training to date. Safe for absolutely any level of rider! Started on the flag & buffalo. 780-887-7770 $6,500 HOLLYWOOD JAC 86 HES A BUENO JAC DUDE’S BUENO GAL DOC FRECKLES LEO SMARTYS SCOTIAN GOLD SMART LITTLE MARY


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TC GOLD CAT 2007 Champagne QH Colt This is our star to date. Lopes around like a Wimpy clone, big tail tucking stop and loads of bone. “Clown” is now in a combined reining/cutting program, we’re not sure which one he’s better at. Learns easily, super soft, anyone can ride him, started on the flag and buffalo. This colt has great bone and body, yes he is two years old! I can’t say enough about this special horse. “Clown” is showing lots of cow, so pick which way you want to go. Will have all the foundation for working/reined cow. $10,000 (negotiable if gelded). Snaffle Bit prospect deluxe! 780-887-7770. v i e w a t w w w. c o l o r e d p e r f o r m a n c e h o r s e s . c o m • 79

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PEACEFUL, PRIVATE ENDERBY VIEW ACREAGE. 5 acres “SHAE” - 10 YEAR, 14.3HH MORGAN X ARAB MARE Great all-around horse, has been ridden English for the last 2 years, has plenty of jumping experience and good flatwork. Has also competed in gymkhanas, great with cows, great on trails. Best suited to an experienced rider. Good home a must. $1,500 obo. Heather 250-392-0048 (Williams Lake) or

Next ad Deadline September 15 Don’t miss out on the October Issue… We’re going to The Mane Event …see ya there!

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BARREL/ROPE PROSPECT 2004 AQHA Gelding. Sire: Okey Dokey Dale SI108. Dam: Professional Barrel Horse, Mr Horton/Noholme bred. Big, strong, laid back guy. Ridden in and out, ready for someone to finish out as a barrel and/or head horse. Would make a great ranch horse as well. Smooth moving, ground covering stride. $4,500 obo. 250-567-9357 (Vanderhoof)

w/pasture, treed paddocks with creek, double shelter, auto waterer. Gorgeous executive 3 bed, 2 bath rancher; vaulted ceilings, skylights, bamboo hardwood, new alder kitchen, 2 FPs, 2 courtyards, heated 2-car garage, kennel, 765 sq.ft. workshop – easy convert to rental cottage. Absolute privacy, only 3 min. to downtown in desirable area, wildlife abounds, crown land/trails nearby. REDUCED $599,000. 250-838-5737 (Enderby) See more at

DWIGHT UNGSTAD’S Raising Horses Quarter 72 Since 19

Annual Production Sale

Innisfail, Alberta

50+ AQHA Foals

September 18, 2009, 6 pm Innisfail Auction Market Size * Conformation * Disposition * Blacks * Palominos * Buckskins * Bays * Roans * Sorrels Blend of Running & Working Bloodlines Including Get and Grandget of… * Berk Betarock by Heath’s Rocket AAA * Genas Snow Poke, Buckskin, King Leo Bar - Zanzabar Joe bred * Bar Cade Jet, Sorrel, Son of Bar Hemp out of AAA daughter of Copy Bar None

* LBJ Poco Rooster by Hummin Quincy * RHL Zans Navajo Gold, Palomino Stallion Grandson of Zan Parr Bar

* Zans Two Socks Grandson of Zan Parr Bar * Trace Of Playboy by Millionaire Playboy AA out of daughter of Speckle Trace AAA

For more information or catalogue

Dwight Ungstad 403-783-2697



2 Day Fall Horse Sale


Selling over 250 Registered and Non-Registered Horses

Friday, October 2 - 6 pm & Saturday, October 3 - 11 am Horse Entry Deadline September 15, 2009

This sale will feature: * Breeding stock * Ranch Horses * Children’s Horses * Pleasure Horses and Much More! All Horses are Catalogued

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24,

REGULAR THURSDAY SALE Miscellaneous 9:00 a.m. Goats/Sheep/Hogs 10:30 a.m. Cattle 11:00 a.m

Sept. 11



Tack 5:00 p.m. Horses 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 19

MACHINERY SALE, Starts 9:00 a.m.


Consignments accepted until Friday. Sept. 18, 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 26



Limited consignment space.

Sept. 26



Abbotsford. Contact Darrel Kirton 604-856-5755 or 604-855-2287 Cell

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Miscellaneous 9:00 a.m. Goats/Sheep/Hogs 10:30 a.m. Cattle 11:00 a.m.


Oct. 10



Contact Doug or Linda Henderson 403-782-3888

Oct. 24

CALF & FEEDER SALE, Starts 11:00 a.m.


Oct. 31

CALF & FEEDER SALE, Starts 11:00 a.m.


For Entry Forms visit or contact us at 403-329-3101

PERLICH BROS. AUCTION MARKET LTD. Box 1057 Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4A2 Phone 403-329-3101 or Fax 403-327-2288 •

AVAILABLE FOR SALE * Horse Panels * Gates * Tombstone Feeders * Security Fencing * Complete line of Ag. Panels 903 Highway 97A, Armstrong, B.C. Tel: 250 546-9420 • Fax: 250 546-3399 • 81

QUARTER HORSE & PAINT SALE Weanlings, Bred Mares & Saddle Horses

September 26, 2009 • Stettler Agriplex

Harry & Maureen Neitz Box 1686, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 • Ph/Fax: 403-742-5594 • Catalogue on website. Phone bids accepted, catalogues available.

WORKING AND CowHorse Bloodlines Featuring the get of these stallions: Especialysmart Peppy AQHA - black grandson of Smart Little Lena & Peppy San Badger. (leading the world as sires of NCHA money earners). Every one of the mares in Peppy’s pedigree is a NCHA money earner or dam of a money earner. The sires’ performance records speak for themselves.

Highbrow San Peppy AQHA Red Dun son of Highbrow Hickory Dam’s pedigree includes the greats, Doc O’Lena & Mr. San Peppy

Peppys abit swift APHA Tobiano Cow Bred son of Especialysmart Peppy and out of a daughter of Mr. Freckles Olena.

Stallions and Breeders DALEDODDQUARTERHORSES.COM (Olds, AB) 403-556-2807 Best Bred and Broke Cutting Horses in Canada.


OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 Offspring available by: Goldun Poco Mr Matt, AQHA/NFQH 97%, LBJ Sierras Blue Te, AQHA Blue Roan


DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 5/10

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 9/10 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or

EASYGO RANCH (Lac La Hache) 250-396-7556 SS: Haflingers & Quarter Horses,

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 8/10 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano


GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 6/10 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH,

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 3/10

HIGHCREST FARM (Aldergrove) 604-856-3017 3/10 SS: Red Pines Otoe Chant, 2002 AQHA Red Dun, Offspring for Sale ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 • IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 2/10 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10 L&L QUARTER HORSES (Vernon, BC) 250-545-9014 8/10 SS: Dunit N Red, 2006 AQHA Red Roan,

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Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 3/10 • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729 8/10 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH, VALLEYVIEW RANCH QUARTER HORSES (Malakwa) 250-836-3383 10/09 SS: Bred for Reining, Cutting & Ranch work. YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Lethbridge, AB) 403-328-5693 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, 2/10

Stallions and Breeders YELLOW MOUNT RANCH

Salty Ole Jack

is proud to present our Stallion Roster for 2009

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

Clumination 1994 Sorrel AQHA HYPP N/N HDF Impressed By Clu 2002 Bay AQHA HYPP N/N Kingofhearts McCue 1997 Red Dun Tovero APHA LWOS negative HDF Brandy Snifter 2003 Sorrel Overo APHA HYPP N/N CBS Legacy 2003 Red Roan Overo APHA (37.5% Yellow Mount) RKR Hearts Sonny Dee 2004 Red Dun Tobiano APHA Breeding Fee: Private Treaty Turin, AB 403-738-4966

Pete Dyck Lethbridge, AB 403-634-6723

Specializing in Dun factored AQHA Horses that Rein, Cut and Work Cows.

Standing: DS BOOMIN ENTERPRISE Dun AQHA Stallion CHEX SMOKIN DEAL Silver Grullo Stallion


Dorla Malo

K Performance Horses

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG

DS Boomin Enterprise

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2009 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Glen Black Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 •



Green Gablespresents Morgan Farm

AQHA/APHA Prospects for Sale Chex Smokin Deal or call 604-308-8669 (Langley, BC) 9/10


Little Peppe Leo 15.3HH APHA Stallion

WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

2009 Fee: $500 • Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint

Stud Fee: $600 Day Fee: $5.00 Classic Type…Well boned… Excellent feet… Awesome athletics… Willing gentle nature

Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

Debora Morgan Neufeld

Irish Creek Ranch, Vernon, BC 250-542-7228

4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC 250-546-8058

Visit us at 6/10


Ads start as low as $49. p/month Year Round Advertising Pays. We give you a FREE LISTING under Stallions and Breeders • 83

Shop & Swap! FOR SALE WOW!! Don’t miss out, when the ‘08’s are gone...they’re gone.

ssfield Carriage o r C Company Ltd.

A full line of North America’s finest driving vehicles and accessories • Carriage Machine • Smucker’s • Carriage Lamps

• Bell Crown • Zilco • Accessories


1-403-946-5202 • 1-866-946-5202

2008 Royal T - 4 Horse All Aluminum Goose Neck 48” short wall in change room, 7’ 6” interior ht, drop down windows, drop down window bars, hip side windows, spare tire and jack, LED lights, load lights, 6000 lb. torsion axles, 16” rubber, rubber lined horse area with mats, padded dividers, vents. MSRP $28,828 + taxes Blow Out Prices on all 2008’s. Must Go! $22,905. Phone Parker at: 888-304-8845

2008 Royal T - 2 Horse All Aluminum Bumper Pull

Carrying Work Wear, Work Boots, Clothing and Gloves for all Seasons

1050 30 Street SW Salmon Arm, BC



7’ 6” interior ht, drop down feed doors, drop down window bars, hip side windows, load lights, swing out saddle tree, spare tire, rubber lined with mats, padded divider, vents, key lock rear & tack doors, LED lights. MSRP $15,727 + taxes. Must go! Blow Out Prices! $12,462 + taxes. Phone Parker at: 888-304-8845 (Abbotsford)


• Sturdy & Durable & Affordable • Only 10 lbs., Rack & saddle is easily carried • Innovative design fits all saddles • Storage space • Designed to aerate your saddle & pad

Watch for us at The Mane Event Distributors Welcome 250-390-0835 • Vern & Karen Mann ORDER ONLINE:

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JOINT CARE FOR YOUR HORSE Glucosamine MSN Chondroitin 250-318-6308 84 • Saddle Up • September 2009


WANTED TO LEASE: Mature professional couple with two horses and dogs would like a long term lease on a small acreage Would prefer Central Okanagan or Armstrong Area, but will look at anything in the Okanagan. References provided. 250-491-5637 (Kelowna)

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 9/09


NEW 16” WADE SADDLE. Silver horn cap and conchos. Made by Greg Gomersall. $5,500. 403-650-8369 (Longview, AB) 9/09 2 SETS POKIAK plastic tack boxes. $135 per set. PACK SADDLE, aluminum, adjustable, complete, $250. 1915 BUGGY, 3 seater, for light horse team, $3,500. All equipment in excellent condition. Stan 250-542-2742 (Vernon) LANGLEY’S HOUR GLASS STUDIO features 12 horse images etched on stemware and plates. We also etch stable and corporate logos. Makes great Christmas gifts! Visit www. or call 604-308-9481. MINIATURE HORSES: 4-year-old Gelding, AMHR 35”. Great driving prospect, outstanding movement. AMHA 3-year-old black Pinto Stallion, 28”. First Knight breeding. No reasonable offer refused. Delivery available. 250-791-7346 (100 Mile House) WWW.SKOOKUMHORSE.COM. Qualilty custom made Horse Tack, Hunting and Packing Gear, Leather Products and Repairs. Hand made in Clinton, BC. 250-459-7772 or RARE 2.1 ACRE HOBBY FARM in Kelowna. Revenue from 1 acre of grapes secures farm status. Partially updated family home with full basement, great workshop and corral for horses. In the ALR, minutes to shopping, schools and medical. A spacious 24x30 garage/shop will hold all your equipment and toys. Best priced parcel around at $606,000. Trades maybe? Call for more info 250-491-5637 (Kelowna)

Shop & Swap! EVENTS


W5 RANCH presents their FINAL SALE September 19/09, Sale: 1 pm Viewing: 11 am At Triple J Livestock, Westlock, AB • Approximately 18 Reg’d Mares with foal at side. All bred back to Grandsons of Docs Hickory, Showdown and Colonel Freckles. • Last Peppy Stallion offered for sale

ALL COLOURS For more information contact: Gary & Lorraine Westerlund 780-967-3107 Triple J Livestock 780-349-3153 or 1-877-349-3153 •

OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY. 3 minutes off Hwy #1. Stalls with paddock, large yard for parking and plug-in available. Lunor Black Arabians, Salmon Arm, B.C. Phone: 250-832-1592, E-mail: 10/09


Only five minutes from the Mall


64th Annual


Large Paddocks, Round Pen 200' x 100' Sand Arena EC Cert. Western Coach Lorraine Pilon offering lessons 250-545-2010 or 250-307-6609 (Vernon)



Horse Boarding Facility - Large Paddocks with 12x12 walk-out Stalls (cleaned daily) - 4 Feedings daily with top quality horse hay - Heated Water - All wood fencing - 100 x 200 Sand Arena - Miles of local trails from our back door - 10 minutes from 100 Mile House $300 per month inclusive “Serving you and your horse in a safe and friendly environment”



L & L Quarter Horses Horse Boarding in Vernon


September 19 & 20, 2009


Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


• Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289


GAMBLE FARM SERVICES: Big square baling. Manure spreading trucks and loader available. Silage chopping, trucking and bagging. Call Jeff 250-546-8947 or Cell 250558-8506 (Okanagan) 10/09

Coldstream, BC

2nd Annual FUN DAY Sunday, October 4th at 12:30 p.m.


Phone to register by Oct. 3rd

Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

* Western * English Pleasure classes * Jumping * Gymkhana Ribbons to 5th place $10 entry fee per horse for the day.

Boarding - Training - Lessons

Call 250-260-5299 for more info.


* Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Longmuir Quarter Horses PRODUCTION SALE

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)


Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.

All ranch raised 50 year AQHA Breeding Program Empress, Alberta 403-565-3858 for catalogue


Classified Ad Rates $25. for 25 words and .50¢ per additional plus GST Block Ads $50. b/w or $100. colour plus GST (Discount on 3 issues or more) • 85


Affordable Barns


$17,995. plus delivery Standard Size 36’ x 24’ 4 - 12’ x 12’ Wood Lined Box Stalls 12’ Wide Center Alley


Built in your yard ready to use No Cement Required Other sizes and options available Financing OAC

Deep Creek General Store 0

250-546-3955 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

1-866-500-2276 •

The Leather Lady Custom Made Chaps Any Style – Finest Quality Plus Repairs Now in Australian Saddles New and Used LEATHER & STITCHES Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 10/09


Get ‘R’ Done Tack ‘N’ Feed Farm Market Located at Hwy 6 & Aberdeen Rd, Coldstream, BC (Formerly Aberdeen Farm Market & Tammy’s Tack, Armstrong)


T.C. Williams 250-762-0554 cell: 250-212-1158

Pet & Livestock Feed & Supplies Consigned Horse Tack (strictly show clothing welcome) In Season Fruits & Vegetables Authorized Dealer OPEN Tues-Fri 8-5:30 pm, Sat 8:30-6 pm Tamara & Tammy 250-545-2134


FREE IF IT’S FREE, ADVERTISE IT FOR FREE. FREE TO GOOD HOME: 1/2 ARAB/QUARTER HORSE MARE. 13 years old, chestnut, green broke, awesome mover, loads, 14.3HH. Needs more attention and time than I have. 250-517-7251 (Enderby) BEAUTIFUL 3-YEAR-OLD AQHA Buckskin Filly to give away. She is green broke and can be lightly ridden only. Approved home only. Call Cheryl 250-768-3306 (Westbank)

GENTLE 8 YEAR OLD TB GELDING that has never been raced is looking for a loving/caring home as a companion horse. He is currently sound, but has had some issues in the past. He may be able to be ridden lightly but he needs an experienced rider. He is currently turned out with 3 other horses 24/7. To approved forever home only. E-mail, 604-983-8540 (North Vancouver) FREE HORSE MANURE – most well ‘seasoned’ – ready for spreading. You load. Lots of it. 250-546-9922 (Armstrong, Hullcar area) 2 PUREBRED ARABIAN Companion Horses. Free to guaranteed good home. Fine Line Arabians 250-547-9367 (Cherryville)

86 • Saddle Up • September 2009


RE/MAX Armstrong - North Okanagan Valley Real Estate

to the 110th IPE & Stampede!

V. Charlette Lavik S. M. L. XL! “I sell dreams in all sizes!”

Swim... Boat... Fish... Picnic 20 Gorgeous Riverfront Acres! Charming family home. Hobby Farm potential. 5755 Graham Rd., Enderby. MLS® 9212153. $655,000

Your Country Connection Immaculately Groomed Lawns! 4 bed Country Home. Barn, Studio, Hay Shed. 1597 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong. MLS® 9215375. $989,000

Meadowlark Farms Beautiful Private 16 Acres! Great views from all rooms. 5004 Hullcar Rd., Armstrong. MLS® 9213402/9213407. $840,000

Fabulous Dream Home 3 Bdrm, 3 Bath, W/O Basement. 5 Beautiful Acres with Priceless Views Shop, RV Hook up. 4655 McLeery Rd., Armstrong MLS® 9215747. $995,000

Two Five Acre Titles... One Prime Location One Title with Fabulous Dream Home One Title of Five Acres bare land Priceless Views. 4655/4663 McLeery Rd., Armstrong. MLS® 9215754. $1,445,000

For further particulars call: 250-546-3119 or 250-307-5588