Saddle Up Sept 2010

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From the Editor… Features Why This Training Just Clicked Harmony Endotapping, Part 3 Gary Hunt Horsemanship Alberta Wish Ride a Success Elite Western Rider Award Five Incredible Tips Big Bar Guest Ranch The Quest For Honesty

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Our Regulars Roman Ramblings


Cariboo Chatter


Cowboy Poetry


Endurance Riders Assoc of BC


Back Country Horsemen of BC


Pine Tree Riding Club


BC Quarter Horse Assoc.


BC Paint Horse Club


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Is September here already? Why is it with aging (mine) weeks and months are just flying by? The fires here in B.C. are taking their toll on everyone from what we are hearing on the news – smoke had even reached northern Ontario. I hope everyone makes it through this fire season unharmed. ‘Tis the Season… for fall fairs that is; and Saddle Up expects to appear at a few of them in the interior; as well as the PNE in Vancouver (thanks Paul!). This issue will be hot off the press in time for our local IPE, BC’s largest Agricultural Fair. So many people converge on this fair; it’s nice to meet the ‘faces’ of people I deal with during the year. ALSO AVAILABLE DIGITALLY! This photo of me was taken quite a few years ago at the IPE on Airwolf – sorry, didn’t win, barely made the 8 seconds! But it was worth it! Kids… young adults, youth… It’s ALL About YOU! And we are starting a new page just for YOU! See page 49 for more info – I look forward to hearing from you. Hope you enjoy this issue and see you at the Fair(s)!

Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Carol Hansson, Thomas Ritter, Monty Gwynne, Pamela Pfannmueller, Paul Dufresne, Gary Hunt, Roger Matas, Bette-lyn Eger, Dana Hokana, Kevan Garecki, Joe Gill, Rein-Beau Images, Eva Cassidy, Mark McMillan, Ann Smyth, Greg Roman, Mike Puhallo, Brianna Macaulay, Andrea Blair Photography, Tracey Eide Equine Sport Photography, Elite Focus Event Photography. ON THE COVER: North Fork Gypsy Cobs, MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Paint Horse Club, BC Cutting Horse Assoc., BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC.


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What’s New at BC Interior Horse Rescue? By Joey Tompkins


CIHRS is growing stronger every day. We have been getting daily inquiries about our horses, as well as owners who are reaching out to us, surrendering their equine friends, for various reasons. At this time we do have horses up for adoption and more coming into the hub. If you are interested in adopting please contact our equine director at We have been selling tickets with the draw to be held on August 30, 2010. 1st prize is round trip tickets for 2, anywhere Westjet flies. 2nd prize, a beautiful gift basket worth $175; and 3rd prize, a $50 gift certificate for Lammles. This year’s main fundraiser is on September 17 at the Winfield Memorial Hall. We are having a 3 entrée

dinner catered by The Pantry. During dinner we will have Sherri Erickson entertain us with her soothing music. Following there will be a silent auction, 50/50 draw, as well as many door prizes to given away. Then the real fun will start with live entertainment by Rutland City Limits. Tickets are $35 a person, which can be bought at Cowboy’s Choice in Vernon; or in Kelowna at Buckerfields, Diamond H Tack, Jacobsen Vet, as well as Lammles in Westbank, or you can buy online at We would like to introduce our Board of Directors: Dawnette Pellatte – President; Joey Tompkins - Equine Director; Lauri Meyers – Secretary; Levi Huston – Director; and Donna Jeffers – Director. We also have a number of ways to

contact us; by phone 250-260-5344, or; as well as our Facebook site. Both the website and Facebook will have updates and happenings within the society. With winter just around the corner we are accepting hay donations for our equine residents. We are also accepting all types of donations for our equine friends, so if you would like to make a donation please contact us. We would like to send out a heartfelt thanks to our members, donors and sponsors for your ongoing support. Thank you from BCIHRS to you. Happy Trails

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Dear Editor… Hi Nancy; Reading Greg’s (Roman Ramblings) column this month, I smile as my husband asked me “what was so funny?” My husband, Kevin, is a new Horse Husband! And he is the Best! From not being around horses to marrying into the whole horsecrazy wife, farm and add more pets... lifestyle; Kevin has taken it all in stride. At shows, I am very pampered! Kevin cleans stalls, runs around after me, even paints hoof black to avoid me spilling it all over my hands! Here is a photo of Kevin fly spraying (not giving my horse beer as some have suggested!). Kevin checks out the competition both in the barn and the ring to learn tips to help improve “our” horse showing and barn cleaning. At overnight shows, he cooks up a mean BBQ; from ribs to steak to prawns! My wonderful husband encourages and calms me when I am stressed about a class. Not much gets him upset. Kevin is a defi nitely a Keeper! - Rhonda Kopp

Hello Nancy; In your April Saddle Up issue I came across a new ad for Timber Ridge Trails. What a find! This place is beautiful! Easy to access with truck and trailer, the sites and cook house are brand new and well equipped, the horse corrals are first rate! The outhouses are even top notch! We spent four days exploring the trails adjacent to the camp and were not disappointed. The only thing we lacked was more time to ride all the trails. We will definitely be going back! The hostess, Darlene Wolney, looked after us superbly, we lacked for nothing. If we had stayed for the weekend she offers cooked dinners right at the campsite. Next time for sure we will try out her recipes. If you want a great camping experience with your horses and friends give Timber Ridge Trails Equine Camp a try. From a VERY HAPPY camper, Kelly Webb, Revelstoke

Dear Editor; I read with disgust the Chris Irwin article in the August 2010 issue. Now he thinks rodeos should be banned. He says that the rain and hail that Calgary received at Stampede

time was ‘’nature sending the winds of change and cleansing rains to wash away a tradition based on utter disregard for the postures and body language that indicate the well-being, or not, of horses.’’ This statement is as arrogant and disrespectful as you can get. He mentions four horses that were killed at the Calgary Stampede but says nothing about the deaths and lamenesses caused by other equine sports. It happens. Horses get hurt and so do the riders. And as far as the Stampede bucking horses go, I’m sure if they could talk they would much rather be free in a herd situation for at least 99% of their life and be a bucking horse than be one of Chris Irwin’s horses that is kept in a paddock or box stall. I’m a lifelong horse lover and common sense tells me we don’t need to criticize everything that everyone else does such as the way Chris is criticizing Velma Johnston in this same article. I’m sure her horse isn’t suffering the way he’s making it out to be. We all make horse handling mistakes and it’s not the end of the world for the horse. Lighten up a little Chris and have some respect for people. I’m not sure why you moved to Alberta if you are so against what the Albertans are doing in the horse industry. -Reg Marek, Dunster BC

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Why This Training Just Clicked… By Monty Gwynne If you will pardon the pun, this is a question I often get asked. Why do I clicker train when over the previous 35 or so years I didn’t and was rather successful at training horses and ponies for everything from reining to gaited horses, trail to jumpers, driving to dressage. About 12 years ago I went to a clicker demo, out of curiosity, and was hooked! What Is Clicker Training? Clicker training uses a “Yes answer” signal to tell your horse when he has done something right. It pairs that “Yes answer” with a reward, so he is encouraged to repeat that good behaviour again. Clicker training is a positive training method that creates happy, enthusiastic, what-can-I-do-for-you-horses. To create this learning magic we use a small plastic clicker. The clicker makes a distinctive sound when you click it. It tells your horse “Yes, that is what I want you to do” and it promises him a reward for a job well done. The clicker acts like the click of a camera, marking the exact moment he has done what you like. This definition of clicker training was written by Alexandra Kurland, one of the pioneers of clicker training horses. The best way to explain why I train using a clicker is to introduce folks to my current clicker superstars, as I like to call them, ponies and horses that the regular training system had either given up on or made worse.

Snowy: My Clicker “Superstar” My favourite is my daughter’s Pony Club pony whom we bought sight unseen and she did have a few issues. Now most of her pony club work was done before my clicker “enlightenment” began and she was usually referred to as a minimalist by the instructors as she would only put out as much effort as was absolutely required. After my daughter outgrew here she remained Snowy demonstrating lateral flexion with us. I have to laugh and self-carriage on a loose rein. when I think back to how she was then and how she is now. Now, all because of clicker training, she is ever eager and the main problem now is trying to get her to stop “working” (we call it play) and leave the arena to go back to the pasture. She finds the mounting block and lines herself up and waits for me, perfectly positioned, all on her own for me to mount; she loves to canter in hand and will often offer 10 • Saddle Up • September 2010

it or haunches in while I’m just passing by her paddock and she will leave her hay to come and “play” with me. Clicker trained horses love to work, they know when they are right and they know it is also okay to make mistakes. Wrong answers aren’t punished. If you yourself were being taught something…would it be easier for you to learn if you were rewarded for the right answer and not punished for the wrong attempts to figure it out? I know I’d try harder if there was no threat or promise of “punishment” (lurking in the background). Unfortunately most of the learning that occurs in our society isn’t like that. Just think about it…were you eager to put your hand up in school. But I digress.

Clicker Benefits Why do I clicker train? I clicker train because I can get amazing results in less time and have a happy eager partner at the end of it. I have horses that remain sound longer and have better balance, movement and carriage. They travel balanced with a float in the rein, are soft and supple and are heaven to ride (not only because of the clicker but because of the work that is built around it). I can hear some Icaro my gelding who is lifting and of you thinking that holding his foot on cue for me to clean... this must be one of he will hold it up on his own while I those unstructured, clean them. It causes him to engage his abdominals while doing this so builds top everything has to feel line at the same time and improves his good type of training, balance and that is pretty neat…Pilates for horses. but I can assure you it is not. The principles and the methods involved in this training are some of the most structured and detailed work I have ever done. You need to become much more conscious of

Just Clicked, cont’d your body and the body of the horse, small nuances, missed in most training styles. And previous steps to build a behaviour’s component parts must be solid before proceeding. I can reward small tries (yes I used to do that through pressure and release and timing alone but the clicker just adds something special to the learning) and end up with behaviours I only dreamed of having great horses do never mind average horses be able to do. Complex high school behaviours built small step upon small step, easily and positively, are performed freely and happily by a small white nondescript, once minimalist pony. But perhaps the real reason I clicker train is because for the last 10 plus years, while doing it I have never laughed so much, or had such a great time with my horses. And in the end isn’t that what it is all about. I encourage everyone to read Karen Pryor’s book Reaching the Animal Mind. It is a fabulous read on animal learning. And also to visit Alaxandra Kurlund’s website, www.theclickercenter. com for more information on clicker training and upcoming clinics. If you are interested in clicker training I’d love to hear from you. - Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy,

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Embracing The Black Horse By Helen Amanda Russell Photo by Ken Buck - Found Photography - Armstrong BC “Tejabo Blues in his deep back electric intensity, hits a profound nerve within me, uncovering a deeply buried level of my past defenses.”- excerpt from Horse as Teacher: The Path to Relationship.


ast summer my daughter’s black horse entered our herd. At the same time I had jumped into writing a chapter in a book. It was all very new and unfamiliar. Because Tejabo started life on the race track, for the first time in his life he was to live in a “real” herd. At the time that he arrived I resonated with his hyper vigilant, isolation tendencies, good tactics to survive life at the race track. I understood these were character traits of my own in times of stress and change. As I groom in the cool shade of my arena preparing for a quiet ride I reflect upon the changes in me over the past year. It is good to find benchmarks with which to recognize and acknowledge the growth that we achieve.

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“Tejabo Blues in all his glory”

The herd that he ran from a year ago, to the isolation of the barn and human companionship, he now leads with grounded confidence. As I slowly scratch his fly bitten belly I sense his easy, affection and trust. It has taken time and patience for him to accept and enjoy touch and relax into it. Do I give myself that same patience and space to change? Can I stand back and recognize the same changes in myself? In such gentle moments, yes in fact, I can recognize and smile at the shifts and changes that I too have made, yes I feel more confident, grounded, trusting and relaxed. His steady gaze invites me to ride. His posed stance under tack can be misleading!! I thought I was in for a delightful quiet stroll, but his joy for life needed to come out and as he turned and leapt in the air with a squeal, I felt a shot of adrenal, then fear. The potential of getting hurt ran through me, quickly changing to anger and frustration. Upon reflection, this exploration with him reminds me that life is full of unexpected turns and twists that create adrenal and fear. They cannot be avoided or prevented they just happen, it is how we deal with them that counts. In the past I would have focused on the fear and not ridden for another week. When the black horse invited me to ride, he did not come with a guarantee to take care of me or protect me from my fears. In fact he is there to help me ride through the discomfort. “Knowing that real change does not come from walking away or removing discomfort, but by finding new resolution, within the uncomfortable emotions that arise.” - excerpt from Horse as Teacher. Embracing this physical and metaphorical black horse creates a new foundation of awareness to ride through the fear factor!!! We need to take the time to appreciate the changes that we so quickly take for granted. Helen Amanda Russell, of Armstrong, BC, is the founder of Shadowdancer, a business promoting human self-awareness facilitated by horses. Helen is a British Horse Society Instructor and an Advanced Epona Facilitator and contributing author in the Horse as Teacher series. She shares her passion for solving training issues and enhancing personal development through public demonstrations, private clinics and one-on-one facilitation across North America and Great Britain. • 13

Andalusian Show & Fiesta By Bette-lyn Eger Photos by


n July 22-25, 2010, Andalusians of outstanding beauty and talent travelled from Canada and the Pacific Northwest to Chilliwack, BC, bringing the quality of this classical breed for all to enjoy. The celebration of the Andalusian horse began Thursday with the IALHA-sanctioned PAALH Canadian Show, judged by Margo Hepner/ Hart. By the close of the day, exhibitors/volunteers/audience gathered to exchange stories and information at the annual Welcome Party. An early morning approached, as exhibitors and volunteers prepared for the third annual Canadian National Andalusian Show, officially recognized by IALHA, and judged by Suzanne Perkins. The program intertwined the ancient art of working equitation, Doma Vaquera, 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. Winding down for the day, members gathered at our annual Fajita Party. Paul Dufresne, Training for Courage, on Mystique’s The weekend highlight “Fiesta of Padrino the Royal Horse,” was held Saturday

evening. An audience of approximately 1,000 was enthralled by beauty and talent of our historic breed, displayed through Classical Dressage, Garrocha (a method of testing fighting Isreal Mendez on Andalusian Stallion bulls from horseback), Cortez Baroque Carriage, 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, and a half Andalusian donated by Valhalla Andalusians. 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. Our ribbon girls

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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 - Albert Eger and Brian Rehwald Congratulations to the following High Points: Amateur High Point - Shannon Desrosiers Res - Teala Caton, Alberta Andalusians Professional High Point - Joanna Wayland Res - Kate Shook, BKate Stables Youth High Point - Richelle Eger, Mystique Andalusians Andalusian Horse High Point - Selena AC/Linda DeWilde, Cedar Creek Farm Res - Mystique’s Manolete/Dr. Anne Starr and Jess Harvey, Valhalla Andalusians Half Andalusian Horse High Point - Kirsch Montana KF/Dianna Epps, Epona Farms Res - Galileos Precious Jewel/Kate Shook, BKate Stables Youth Andalusian High Point - Mystique’s Lindeza/Richelle Eger, Mystique Andalusians Res - Mystique’s Preferencia/Richelle Eger, Mystique Andalusians Youth Half Andalusian Horse - Andalusian Mist/Talia Strang and Natalie VanHoff, Mystique Andalusians Res - Fallon CF/Hannah Smith 13 and Under Hi Point - Talia Strang/Andalusian Mist, Mystique Andalusians Res - Madison Tani/Viento BEF Baroque Horse High Point - Thunder/Kay Vienotte, Postma Friesians Res - Kirsch Montana KF/Dianna Epps, Epona Farms Dressage High Point - Lorraine Bardua/Garbosa 2005 Res - Mystique’s Manolete/Jess Harvey, Valhalla Andalusians Andalusian Breeder High Point - Mystique Andalusians, Bettelyn/Albert/Richelle Eger Res - Valhalla Andalusians, Dr. Anne Starr & Brian Rehwald Canadian National Champion Mare: Mystique’s Half Andalusian Breeder High Point - Bello Escasso Farms, Kara Lindeza, owned by Mystique Andalusians Lingam Res - Alberta Andalusians, Teala Caton

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Canadian Horse Extravaganza at Historic O’Keefe Ranch! By Ruth Donald


he Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society (CHHAPS) hosted a fun and educational event in Vernon on a very hot and sunny July weekend this year. From Thursday to Monday, the historic ranch was inhabited by about two dozen Canadian Horses and

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their devoted owners, some from as far away as Prince George, Alberta and Oregon. In addition to the usual pleasure classes and dressage, show organizers added pole bending and barrel racing games, both mounted and driven, which were a great hit with participants. Friday afternoon, CHHAPS held a “desensitizing” session in the arena, complete with dragging tarps, giant soccer ball, wooden bridge, and big stuffed dogs. Most of the Canadians took the strange and wonderful items in stride, although a few took exception to walking through the hanging strips of shower curtain and a small cloud of dust was raised here and there. The pole bending was such fun on Saturday afternoon that a few riders suggested trying more games after dinner, but after a delightful “Yesteryear and Today” costume parade around the ranch, the heat took its toll on energy

Iron Horse trophy winner Phenom with owner Julie Hickie of Cache Canadians in Alberta

levels so Saturday evening found horses snoozing in their stalls and riders relaxing at their campsites with cold drinks in hand. CHHAPS shows are always a great opportunity to make new friends and catch up on the news of old friends. Show highlights included Julie Hickie’s young stallion from Alberta, Delavoye Heros Phenom, winning the Little Iron Horse Competition. Phenom

Canadian Horse, cont’d won several classes including both driven and ridden Barrel Racing, Quarter Mile Trot, Trail class, and Stone Boat Pull. Veteran CHHAPS competitor Yvonne Hillsden from Kamloops did well with her mare, Cherry Creek Fonzie Lisse, coming first in Dressage and Command classes, as did newcomer Alana Hilton from Langley with Five Winds Prince Sahara in Novice English Pleasure and Novice Trail. It was great to watch the Juniors competing this year! Sarah McKenzie did well with KRMR Monty Red Pepper for Five Winds Farm of Roberts Creek. Hannah Olsen rode her mother’s chestnut mare, St-Nicolas Artix Kelli, while Isabella Smith competed on Ironhawk Prince Remi and her sister Charlotte on Ironhawk Fonzie Pistachio. All of the Juniors made an impressive showing and we hope to see more young Canadian Horse riders in the future! Congratulations and thanks to the show organizers and their families, notably Richard & Susan Arthur, Jim & Yvonne Hillsden, and Warren & Liesa Smith, and all of the volunteers for devoting the time and energy to make it a successful event. If you haven’t been to a CHHAPS show yet, find out more about us and Le Cheval Canadien at, or visit our booth at the Mane Event in Chilliwack in October. Charlotte, Liesa and Isabella Smith in costume • 17

Harmony By Dr. Thomas Ritter Harmony is an interesting subject. Most people would probably consider it to be important or at least desirable, but I wonder how many people think about the nature of harmony.


ome riders try to establish harmony by simply never asking anything of the horse that may be challenging. So they never ruffle any “feathers,” but their horse never improves, either, because they never ask the horse to go to the edge of his comfort zone or to stretch a muscle that is stiff, or engage a muscle that is weak. Some riders seek harmony by yielding to the horse’s pressure, so to speak. They release the aid or pet the horse and give up as soon as they encounter any resistance from the horse. They inadvertently reward the horse for saying “no,” or even for dangerous, rude behaviour like threatening to rear or buck. They try to create a harmony that is exclusively on the horse’s terms, and they end up with a horse that is neither very obedient nor safe to ride, and who will stay stuck at a low level. So, harmony at any price can’t be what we should be looking for. There are several areas in which harmony - or lack thereof becomes visible.

One type of harmony is created by a balanced and supple seat, so that the rider becomes an extension of the horse. Involuntary movements of the rider’s hands, legs or head disturb the harmonious picture and have to be avoided. They distract from the horse, and they can disturb the horse by interfering with the gait and the balance. When we watch somebody ride, we should always notice the horse, not the rider. The rider should always remain in the background, whereas the horse should be the performer. General Alexis L’Hotte demanded this very emphatically: “Displacement of the seat is proscribed at all times; the rider must always remain welded to his horse. Movement of hands and legs must be secret and remain invisible to the eye. Finally, everything that draws attention to his person must be avoided by the rider. It is the horse who is executing the movements; the rider must merely try to be in harmony with him.” Another type of harmony is created when all parts of the horse’s body are working together harmoniously. This is an expression of balance and suppleness, which gives the horse’s movements an appearance of fluidity and effortlessness. The horse glides smoothly and noiselessly across the arena, in and out of turns and movements, and from one gait to another. Stiff joints and muscles create rough edges and prevent a graceful, harmonious picture, which is one of the reasons why the old masters taught that balance and suppleness are the cornerstones of dressage. Gustav Steinbrecht sums this up very well: “Correct dressage training is, therefore, a natural gymnastic exercise for the horse, which hardens its strength and supples its limbs. Such exercise causes the stronger parts of its body to work harder in favour of the weaker ones. The latter are strengthened by gradual exercise, and hidden forces, held back because of the horse’s

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Harmony, cont’d natural tendency towards laziness, are thus awakened. The end result is complete harmony in the co-operation of the individual limbs with these forces, enabling the horse to continuously and effortlessly perform, with only the slightest aids from its rider, such regular and beautiful movements as it would demonstrate on its own only fleetingly in moments of excitement.” I want to point out that Steinbrecht considers complete harmony to be an end result, a point to which I will return shortly. Steinbrecht mentions one thing that cannot be emphasized enough, because it is a main tenet of classical dressage. The training process - if it is to be considered classically correct - must develop the horse’s natural gaits to their utmost perfection through gymnastic exercises, but it must avoid anything that is excessive or unnatural. Any exaggerated or sensationalized movement destroys the harmony that the old masters sought. The classical ideal was always to make the horse move with the same beauty under saddle as at liberty and to make it look so easy and natural that nobody can see how much skill and work it took to achieve this level of accomplishment. The Duke of Newcastle gives one of the best definitions of the goal of classical dressage: “It is in horsemanship as in other things: regularity is beautiful, while distortion and compulsion must be without grace. There is an elegance moreover in horsemanship, which looks as if it was natural, tho’ it proceeds from art. Thus, tho’ a perfect horseman rides with art, it seems rather natural than acquired by practice; and he makes his horse appear as if nature had produced such a creature for no other end, but to be conducted, governed, and rid by man. What is more, a good horseman rides as one may say with harmony; for his horse being of the same mind with himself, moves in such exact manner, steps so equally, and keeps such just time; turns, pirouettes, rises so equally, so easily, so lightly, that it is very agreeable to see, as well as a very profitable science to learn.” Newcastle touches on another type of harmony here. He mentions that the horse is “of the same mind” with his rider. I like this expression, because it implies that the horse is a

willing partner, thinking along the same lines as the rider. The active participation and co-operation of the horse is extremely important, because without it, any quality work is impossible. If a horse is disobedient or disrespectful to the rider, there will be no harmony. So, harmony is a two-way street. The horse has to make an effort to stay in harmony with his rider and vice versa. These brief reflections show that a productive kind of harmony, in which the horse improves and moves up the levels, requires a certain amount of skill on the rider’s part. Of course, there are degrees of harmony. Lower level riders and horses can be in relative harmony with each other as well, if they don’t upset or aggravate each other. Sometimes, this is more like a truce, as I mentioned in the beginning. However, perfect harmony and consistency require a great deal of training for both horse and rider. That’s why the old masters often refer to it as a goal, or an end result, because the harmony is lost as soon as the horse loses balance or stiffens a muscle, or if the rider loses his seat, even for a stride. In the course of the training, the harmony is sometimes compromised when the horse learns a new skill. Humans don’t always look graceful when they learn a new sport, either. continued on page 20

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Harmony, cont’d The reason is that the new skill requires a different more sophisticated body awareness. The horse has to carry himself differently, which translates into engaging and relaxing different sets of muscles than the ones the horse usually uses. These new muscles are typically not neurologically very well connected to the brain, in example; they are not easy for the horse to access. Since the horse hasn’t used them much in the past, they are not very strong, and they don’t have much stamina. Some of them may be stiff and contracted. Discovering them, learning to access them, stretching them and strengthening them will be accompanied by a certain amount of fumbling by the horse, which then shows up as a loss of harmony. Sometimes the horse will express that the exercise is difficult through his head and

neck carriage. This should not worry the rider too much. As soon as the horse discovers how to execute the new request, the harmony will be restored. Actually, the harmony will be greater afterward, because the horse’s balance and suppleness have increased, and he is feeling more comfortable now than he did before. Another case in which harmony has to be temporarily sacrificed is retraining a horse who has learned bad habits and perhaps does not respect the rider’s seat and aids as much as he should. As the rider teaches the horse to respect the boundaries of the aids and to yield to the pressure of the aids, the horse may challenge the rider and protest against the demands at first. But once he accepts the leadership role of the rider and allows the aids to go through, the relationship between horse and rider will be much improved and the harmony will be as well. So, there are different kinds of harmony that are not all created equal. The road from a lesser to a higher degree of harmony sometimes leads through some rocky terrain, where things appear to be getting worse before they get better. For the rider and the observer it’s important to learn to recognize exactly what kind of harmony or disharmony they are dealing with in order to understand the situation correctly and to be able to take the right course of action. An international clinician and author, Dr. Thomas Ritter teaches a variety of students from all walks of life, with one common passion – a love for classical horsemanship. Dr. Ritter studied in German with Egon von Neindorff and Dorothee and Thomas Faltejesek of the famous classical riding school, Reitinstitut Egon von Neindorff. Since arriving in the USA, Dr. Ritter has studied extensively with several riders of the Spanish Riding School. He competes through FEI and teaches clinics throughout the USA and in Europe and most recently in Alberta. He is a prolific author and his articles have appeared in many publications, including Cavallo and Dressage Today, and Saddle Up magazine. Printed with permission. Visit

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Training For Courage By Paul Dufresne ENDOTAPPING AND BOMBPROOFING PART 3

When Endotapping is combined with bombproofing it is quite simply the most powerful way of allowing a horse and its leader to obtain success in overcoming the challenges of the ever-changing human-oriented environment.


Easy watching me as I beat the tarp with no expectations from him other than to watch me

Otis following me as I walk off the tarp while he watches

Otis preparing to step forward by tapping into relaxation

Otis big try stepping forward but still leaving the hind back there

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have used all kinds of basic natural horsemanship techniques of advance/ retreat proving to a horse that there is nothing to fear through my more progressive “leadership by example” techniques, but nothing has yet compared to the power of Endotapping in the face of a scary situation. As it was described in the last two installments, it is a neuromuscular hormonal stimulation which causes the release of endorphins in the body. This produces a stay and play response rather than the opposite reaction - that of an adrenalin release which is produced in a fear/excite reaction that causes a flight response. Bombproofing should only be tackled after you have already developed reasonable relaxation cues with a horse. To do so without relaxation cues is simply setting up a horse to fail and mistrust your lead. The best way to explain this is to show you with an example. I will pick the tarp as a prop. It is quite challenging with most horses because of its property of picking up life, noise, snagging a foot. First I have the horse follow from behind me on a fairly loose lead. I focus only on the tarp as I walk up to it and beat the crap out of it with a whip, kneel or sit on it, stomp on it - all of this without looking at the horse which gives the horse absolutely no reason to be concerned. This is leading by example, and it is good progressive TFC leadership but with the addition of Endotapping, you make it that much easier for your horse to be exceptionally brave. Once the horse has observed you thrashing this tarp with confidence then you can approach your horse and ask it to advance by driving it. First I ask the horse to bring its head down and

Otis overcoming his fear of tarp and going over

Easy getting tapped with tarp flying over from trailer

relax. Only after the horse has relaxed will I then ask it to try to move forward with a nudge of the whip. If the horse is terribly concerned, I would reward any type of forward lean by releasing forward pressure and then tapping the horse until it yields the head down and relaxes the poll. I would then ask the horse again to try and move forward. If the horse attempts it but is still concerned, I leave it alone momentarily and then start to tap again until the head drops down and the poll is relaxed. This may go quite slowly for some horses but if you wait until the horse tells you it is ready to do more, you will not be repeating this a multitude of times as you might using many other techniques. Sometimes you have to be willing to go slow in the beginning so that you can go

Training For Courage, cont’d much faster and more safely later. Not all horses are the same. Some are easier and some have such strong fear/excite cycles that without this you could be struggling for some time. I have yet to see a horse stuck for very long when utilizing Endotapping (this is in horse time by the way and not the impatient human time… which is far too quick). Quite simply, you just keep adding a step at a time. Retreating is not really necessary in most cases as you always bring the horse back to the feel good by tapping and then only ask it to go forward once it has told you it is okay. If the horse does retreat, telling you it needs more space, just resist it and when the horse stops where it can deal with it, just repeat the steps again. The coolest thing is that as the lead gets so preoccupied with keeping in touch with the needs of the horse they don’t realize how many times they have repeated the steps but now they have also gained better control of the horse’s poll. Gaining better cues to gain the poll makes it so much easier to then do so in performance movement exercises in hand or riding. In these photos is Otis - a horse I used during a demo night at a clinic at Clearview arena in Qu’Appelle, SK. His owner was near the last straw as he kept exploding, bolting, pulling, running through the lead or rein. He had to learn basic yields and then go on a circle with positive bend developing good relaxation cues facilitated by Endotapping. He then learned with good leadership that he could cope with his fears in positive ways if we were willing to listen to his needs. In the ensuing clinic, Otis was the second best horse at the clinic. Following the clinic no one at the barn recognized him - he was so calm. I was thrilled for his owner and look forward to seeing them progressing safely in a positive relationship. This approach works with all forms of challenging situations. When doing so always examine all the characteristics of any challenge. Look at all the potential snags and then tackle it one step at a time. If you always regain the FEEL GOOD, you can’t go wrong!

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Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship; Classical Arts; Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses, but more importantly how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader.



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This month I would like to talk about riding your horses outside. Being a colt starter for so many years, I forget sometimes to talk about what happens outside the Round Pen.


o if we’re talking about colts after the round pen work is all done, I like to haul my colts or older horses as well, out to the hills and ride them there. This gives them experience loading and hauling and experience handling the ground. There, you can reinforce all the things you have taught them in their yearly stages. While I am ‘mile’ing my colt out, every once in a while I will ask him for a leg over one way or the other. Once in a while I will ask him to go up into the bridle by squeezing with my legs and putting pressure on the snaffle. I find after a while your colt or horse is softening up nice without hardly any pressure. It’s so nice to ride your horses outside where there are no barriers like fences to depend on. - Lope circles just out in the hills where the ground isn’t so perfect, after a month of consistent riding in the hills; you will start to feel like your horse is getting broke. - Opening and closing gates with shoulder control is another good exercise. All this time you are teaching him patience; so I like to do lots of little things

while riding in the hills. - Stopping is good to practice too. It’s nice when you can lope along and have your colt stop with just the suggestion or little cues. - Backing up is another good thing to work on out there. - Some days I will just ride them and not ask for anything, only correction if needed. In the hills, you will no doubt come across a horse bridge or a river or creek. These are all great things to teach your horses. Just don’t put you or your horse in a position where you can’t win. This is the program I like to use after the round pen and constant rides to the hills. I do however think it is important not to forget about your arena work. I just think the arena is over used on many horses. If they are always ridden on groomed footing, they never learn to be sure-footed in the hills. Your finished horse or colt should be able to load without any issues, haul good and cross creeks with no hesitation, jump a log if you have to and cross a bridge or whatever the case may be.

After Gary Hunt retired from his rodeo career and training race horses, he directed his energy to the creation of his Colt Starting DVD and his passion for solving horses’ problems. He has done clinics and demonstrations throughout the U.S. and Canada and is now managing a Thoroughbred farm outside of Calgary and continues to work passionately starting and training horses. Gary believes it is important for every horse to have ‘Ground Manners’ and to know how to stop, turn both ways and back up, BEFORE getting on him. (See his listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

Instead of Q & A this month, I would like to share with my readers a few interesting opportunities presented to me.

1. I have been selected to teach and help with a new program using horses to help prisoners who are being released into society. I am really excited about it and feel strongly about this program.

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hen I was busy replacing yet another broken top rail in the arena, I could feel hot breath on the back of my neck; and I was pretty sure it wasn’t Nancy’s. I didn’t have to turn around to know that it was Guy, aka the rail breaker, standing right behind me. He had smartly waited until I stopped hammering in the final spike until he came closer to inspect my work. He remembers getting an accidental elbow smack in the chops when he walked in unannounced the last time. He was just lucky he didn’t walk into my wind up with the almost useless 12oz hammer that I was trying to use to pound in a stubborn 8” spike. This year he has broken enough of the older top rails to heat the house for a week at the very least. I have watched him when pokes his nose over the top rail and surveys the potential grass on the other side. All he needs to see is one little 4” tall blade of grass on the other side. He knows from experience that if he really stretches his neck and leans his upper chest into the top rail and then bends over far enough, he may just be able to get it. I really should have nicknamed him Snap, instead of Guy. He never jumps over the now-much-lower-rail fence to get into the adjoining field, as he is quite happy just to be able to nibble at all the blades of grass that he couldn’t reach before he snapped the pole in half. Bobbi, his mom and pasture mate, will walk over to the break in the fence and give a little look at what he has broken this time and then seeing that the broken bits are not in the way – over she goes with what I call a skip and a hop. She easily clears where the top pole used to be and upon landing will happily skip through the grassy field and then stop and motion to the other two horses to follow her. After a whinny or two, she realizes that she will be dining alone and trots off to find the really good grass before we notice that she has gotten out. I know one day when we were out, she had jumped out and had then jumped back in again because she had some fresh burrs in her mane and I had de-burred the entire perimeter of the arena a few days earlier. We had thought of stringing a hot wire a few inches above the top rails but when we saw the cats jumping up and gingerly walking along the top rail to follow us when we were doing poop patrol, we decided against it. Why spoil their fun?


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eading into the final day of competition for the 2010 Calgary Stampede’s Elite Western Rider Award, it was no secret that the hardware would go to either Brad Pedersen or Les Timmons. And speaking of no secrets… “You know, Brad worked for me for six years before he hung out his own shingle,” reveals Timmons, who now lives in Kamloops, BC. “So much of what I know, I learned from Les,” adds Pedersen, of Lacombe, AB. “That’s where I did 90 per cent of my learning. You always pick up things here and there, but he taught me everything from training, to horse management, to the whole business end of things.” The Calgary Stampede inaugurated the Elite Western Rider Award in 2009 as a means of recognizing riders nimble and versatile enough to handle the rigours of two or more of the Stampede’s three Western Performance Horse events — the Team Cattle Penning Competition, which was held this year from July 9 to 12; the Cutting Horse Competition, from July 13 to 15; and the Working Cow Horse Classic, on July 16 and 18. As it happens, Pedersen prevailed by posting a seventh-place finish aboard Hicks First Player, owned by Dr. Geoff Thomas of Red Deer, in the Open division of the Cutting Horse Competition on Thursday, July 15 — and followed it up with a fift h-overall placement on Have a Drink On Me, owned by Jim Dobler of Delburne, Alta., in the Open Hackamore division of the Working Cow Horse Classic on Sunday, July 18. Timmons

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the crossover events, from the cow horse to the cutting world.” Offers Pedersen: “I guess you could say it is a challenge. Cow horses have to be quite a bit more versatile, but as far as going back and forth, when you do it every day, you get into a routine. One’s a cow horse, one’s a cutter, and you get out there and ride appropriately.” Would Timmons, nicknamed Hollywood, ever try to snare the Stampede’s Elite Western Rider Award by attempting a Western Performance Horse trifecta? “Years ago, when the Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association first started, we used to pen a lot. The cow horse people, like Roger Heintz, Morgan Lybbert, Bill Collins, and myself, we penned at all those shows,” recalls Timmons. “But to do all three at the Stampede? Probably not. You can only spread yourself so thin.”

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Five Incredible Tips By Dana Hokana BECOME THE BEST RIDER YOU CAN BE!

I am going to give you some great tips that will help you become a better rider and take you to a new level in all areas in your riding! To become great horsemen and horsewomen you must understand the horse.


o become a great rider you must understand how a horse moves and how each gait has its own rhythm and beat. You also need some knowledge of your own body, how you are made and how your body’s movement can help the horse. A horse and a human both have many movable parts and joints. Your riding will improve dramatically once you learn to move with your horse. Have you ever seen a rider that is so beautiful that they look like they are one with their horse? My goal is for you to learn how to flow with your horse and ride like you are one with the horse. 1. Unlock Your Pelvis Many riders have learned to ride by trying to hold very still on their horse. I have also seen many coaches and teachers tell their students to sit still with the goal in mind to look very good on a horse. There is no doubt that a rider who is still on a horse looks better than one who is moving all around, however it is impossible to catch a horse’s rhythm and not move your body in any place at all. I learned a long time ago that your body has to move or “break” with the horse’s movement in order to be an effective and good rider. In order to truly look good on your horse there is a correct place your body needs to move or “break” while riding your horse. You need to “unlock your pelvis” and move with your horse. Many people try to sit very still and then find that they are pumping through their waist to the horse’s movement. Instead, keep your waist still and move through your hips or pelvis with your horse’s movement. At the lope or canter, scoop up your horse like a rocking chair. Both of my daughters, Brook and Bree, show horses with me and have beautiful seats. Brook, my oldest daughter, used to love showing in horsemanship. She always excelled in horsemanship because she was a naturallooking rider. From the time she was little I encouraged her to fi nd the rhythm of the horse and keep her pelvis unlocked and moving. She won the Western Horsemanship two years 28 • Saddle Up • September 2010

in a row at the Congress with a natural, but effective seat!

2. Breathe Correctly The art of breathing correctly has huge benefits to becoming a better rider. When a rider is breathing correctly they are helping their body get in the correct position on their horse. When a person get nervous, afraid or excited their breathing can change. They may hold their breath or take rapid short breaths. As I am training horses I pay attention to their breathing. Horses that are mad or very stressed out will also hold their breath. When I see a horse release their air I know they are starting to relax. Practice rhythmic breathing and breathing deep full breaths and it will do wonders for your riding. Your horse will feel it and relax underneath you. When you take rapid short breaths that are shallow, you tend to arch your back. This brings your seat up and off your horse’s back and you may also tend to lean forward. Try taking a deep full breath using your entire diaphragm. You can tell if you are using your diaphragm by putting your hand over your waist. If you push your hand out with each breath you are breathing correctly. This also allows your lower back and tail bone to sit down securely on your horse. You will then fi nd that you are better able to feel your horse’s rhythm and catch his motion, making it easier to unlock your pelvis and move with your horse!

doing! If you bump or correct your horse you want to use the pounds of pressure that are in your hands. You will only achieve this if your hands are working independently, and are not locked to your body. If you bump or correct your horse with your hands and have the weight of your upper body because your Separate your hands arms are locked you from your body will be more abrupt and harsh in your correction and you will add more pounds of pressure than you intend to! Remember – separate your arms from your body, stay soft and light in your hands and ride mindfully!

4. Count and Find the Rhythm of the Gait Horses have a distinct beat or “rhythm” in every one of their gaits. Every horse

3. Separate Your Hands From Your Body I teach my riders to move their hands independently from their bodies. Many riders, in trying to sit still will get stiff and rigid in their hands and arms. They may also move their hands with their body. Remember, your hands are an aide as are your legs and seat! Practice using them all independently of one another! If you bend your elbows and lock them at your side you may tend to move your upper body and your arms together as if they were one piece. This will make it difficult to have that soft feel in your hands that we all desire to have. When training or schooling, keep your arms away from your body and be mindful and aware of what your hands are

Bree and Kitty – counting rhythm and breathing

Five Incredible Tips, cont’d Many riders will stare at their horse’s poll as they are training or riding (except gaited horses) should have a four-beat walk, a two-beat trot to see what is going on. This becomes a habit. I recommend changing and a three-beat lope or canter. Remember, you want to move with your fi xed gaze to one where you look into space a few inches above the your horse unlocking your hips or pelvis, breathing deep from your horse’s poll. You will find that this increases your peripheral vision, diaphragm and riding mindfully, with your hands and your arms also allowing your body to feel the horse and working independently from your body. If you increasing your sense of feel. You can still see the use your body in this way, you can now focus on poll and where the horse’s head is while allowing your horse’s individual gaits and ride effectively your sense of feel help you to find the rhythm of catching his rhythm. Th is technique will take your horse! Your timing and body’s responses will time to master but practice makes perfect and you become better and you will become aware of what can train your body to be in tune to your horse’s is going on underneath you! rhythm and gaits! Practice first on the trot as it is These tips will help you to break old bad the easiest gait to catch the rhythm. The trot is a habits. Remind yourself of each of these tips before definite “one – two” beat. Count it in your mind you get on your horse and gradually you will or even say it out loud. Unlock your pelvis to move have new and better riding habits. Be patient with with the rhythm “one –two, one – two”. When yourself as this will take time, but you can do it! you step up to the lope you will find that there Good luck to you and I hope that these tips will is a moment of hesitation and the beat is not an help you to be the best rider that you can be! even “one – two – three” but rather, “one – two … three” with a second of hesitation between the Soft eyes Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the “two” and “three.” In that moment of hesitation Quarter Horse industry training Western Pleasure your body can scoop it up like a rocking chair. Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving top 10 Find the rhythm and you will start to feel one with your horse! placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. 5. Use Soft Eyes Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse My final tip will help you put everything together! “Soft eyes” is a owners and riders from the basics to competing at thigh levels in the show term that I use to change your focus from a fi xed gaze to a more open, arena. softer gaze. When you are staring at a fi xed object you tend to lean (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.) toward that object. Also, as your peripheral vision decreases, your sense of feel decreases. You use your vision to tell your body what is going on. • 29

AQHA Region One Championship By Gayle Pawley-Wilson AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA/ Region One Director Photos by Don Trout Photography

Judges Lynn Palm and Joe Carter judging the back up with Western Pleasure Class in lineup


he AQHA Region One Championship event took place at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC from July 21-25, 2010. This was the first time that Canada had hosted an AQHA Region Championship and it was a bold step for BCQHA to initiate hosting the event as part of AQHA Region One. Our Region is comprised of the following AQHA Affi liates: Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Previous events have taken place in Redmond Oregon and Nampa Idaho. The show was a success with over 249 horses and 600 entries in the AQHA classes not including the open cattle or the All Breed Youth entries. The Championships were fun for everyone and open to the public. Attending the event on behalf of AQHA were Don Treadway, Executive Vice President, his wife Robbyn and daughter Stacy. Also Kelly Proffitt, AQHA Liaison for Professional Horsemen and Regional Championships, AQHA Registration liaison Wendy Kite and Randee Fox, AQHA Quarter Horse Journal. On behalf of CQHA we had the pleasure of Marnie Somers, President and her husband Wilf Davis from Manitoba. A free Social event was hosted by the Affi liates each evening serving at least 200 guests: Oregon served refreshing ice cream sundaes, Alaska/Washington made unique grilled moose burgers, British Columbia

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presented local specialties of Salmon, Turkey, Corn, and Idaho baked their traditional potatoes with all the fi xings. Various clinics and demos were offered by the following AQHA Professional Horsemen: Laurie Takeoff, Lynn Palm, Darhl Paley with Doug Baker, Mike Edwards, Splendora PapettiHuizenga, Ashlea Conti, Cayley Wilson, Denise Callahan, Genny Miller, and Carolyn Rice. The AQHA Test Ride run by the BCQHA Professional Horsemen had at least 40 Riders. The Judges for the event were Joe Carter and Lynne Palm. The official photographer for the event was Don and Debbie Trout of Don Trout Photography, Whitesboro, TX, 903-564-5698, Classes during the event were approved by AQHA, NSBA, NCHA, WCHA, NRHA, BCCHA, CCHA, and NRCHA. The following classes included added monies: NRHA...$1,100 ADDED; NRCHA...$1,000 ADDED; NCHA...$1150.00 ADDED; BCTRA Jackpot. The 4-H Horse group of 51 or more Youth were camped on the grounds throughout the event and they participated in the All Breed Youth classes and clinics. Prizes were supplied by AQHA Corporate sponsors including: Montana Silversmiths

ALL AROUND CHAMPION AMATEUR Mike Edwards, Kim Blyth and Kay Edwards, Jody Peardon and Two Timin Artie

Youth 13 and Under and Novice Youth 13 and Under Bev and Allan Mulford, Mike and Kay Edwards, Katrina Mulford and Zippos Star Shuttle

AQHA Region One, cont’d (Buckle), Professionals Choice (Saddle Pad), Weatherbeeta (Blanket), Farnam Products, American Quarter Horse Journal (Haybag), and certificates to tenth placing in AQHA classes. The All Around Champion Awards included Tex Tan Saddles, notebookstyle laptops donated by BCQHA and MBNA Canada and Gift Certificates from Dry Creek Design for Reserve awards. Small Fry awards were sponsored by Liz Workland of DRY CREEK DESIGNS and the Hamer family of THREE RING FARM.

We would truly like to thank all the AQHA Region One sponsors including MBNA Canada. An extra special thank you to the BCQHA members, who donated, sponsored and volunteered to “Canada’s Greatest Horseman” make this a memorable Cayley Wilson, AQHA Professional Horseman gives the audience a and successful event Working Cowhorse Demo and and our appreciation explains the Canada’s Greatest Horseman Competition. to the 4-H participants and parents for their added assistance. We hope you will join us next year to make this event even bigger and better for 2011.

AQHA Region One All Around Champions: Youth 14-18 Tamara Barker, Macs Goodbar Seeker Reserve Sarah Hill, Investing Potential Novice Youth 14-18 Sarah Hill, Investing Potential Reserve Hannah Braunstein, Dont Skip The Player Youth 13 and Under Katrina Mulford, Zippos Star Shuttle Reserve Tessa May, Gayla Sallena Open All Around Kathrine Hardcastle, (Kerri Dekuber, Brandi Peters-Coplan, riders) Winkin For Chocolate Reserve Tammi Hutton, Pink Cadillac Dreams Novice Youth 13 and Under Katrina Mulford, Zippos Star Shuttle Reserve Breanna Fear, Laced Investments Amateur Jody Peardon, Two Timin Artie Langley Township Mayor Reserve Rick Green gives a Bridleless Casey Rohrbacher, Amble Untouched Reining demo Novice Amateur Tanna Daley, A Regal Presence Reserve Maralynn Rehbein, Inviting The Prince Select Amateur Cindy Nakahara, A Screamin Zippo Reserve Eleanor Peardon, Perfect Deception All Around Champion Award for the All Breed Youth Division Cassie Robertson, Im Hot N Sassi

All Around Champion Award All Breed Youth Division Winner 4 H member Cassie Robertson and Im Hot N Sassi, Don Treadway, AQHA Executive Vice President presenting an Apple ipad

Youth Cutting winner Hayley Stradling

Youth Cutting - Bianca (Diane Olson’s daughter) what a shot!

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Reinin’ In The Sun Report By Barbara Grimshaw Photos by Tracey Eide Ribbon photo by Jenn Webster


einin’ In The

Sun’s Hospitality Committee along with volunteer chef Jim McCullough made sure the Brats were hot and the Beer was cold as exhibitors rolled in to Armstrong, BC, a day ahead of the scheduled competition of Reinin’ In The Sun, July 30-August 1. Complimentary “Brats and Beer” were sponsored by long-time supporter Diana Raffan of Diana’s Monogramming, with the function designed to welcome exhibitors and to lay the groundwork for a fun-fi lled, action packed weekend, featuring some of the finest Reining and Working Cow horses in the country.

Winner of the first class of the day Sweet N Sour: Running With Wolves, Sharon Gates

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More than 114 horses and their riders, haling from three Western Provinces and the State of Washington, checked in for a shot at 11 Championship buckles, 3 NRHA Morrison bronzes, and over $25,000 in cash and prizes. Warm-up classes started promptly at noon on Friday, allowing riders the opportunity to prepare their horses for the full slate of NRHA and NRCHA classes on offer over the next two and a half days. Sharon Gates, Hantzville, BC, a familiar horsewoman in the Reining Horse Industry, proved her equine skills as she guided her home raised mount Running With Wolves to the high score and the win in the first class of the show. Class two saw Lauren Boychuck, Medicine Hat, AB, previously a “Horseshow Mom,” take over the reins with A Dicey Lady, and pilot the family owned mare to Lauren’s first win in the Green Reiner class. That same evening, not to be out done by her hubby/chef, Diane McCulloch spearheaded the Friday Night Beer Garden, where an estimated 200 spectators gathered in the stands to watch the exciting Working Cow Horse classes. And disappointed they were not, as they witnessed Clay Webster, Regina, SK, astride J. Drummond Farms’ fancy

Meradas Blu Starlite and Clay Webster, NRCHA Open Bridle Working Cow Horse Champion

RITS Show Committee takes a well-deserved break

stallion, Merada’s Blu Starlite, mark a 291.5 and claim Championship titles in NRCHA Open Bridle, LTD Open Bridle, and AQHA All Ages Working Cowhorse classes. Saturday’s competition resumed highlighting the Three Year Old Futurity classes. Sixteen entries vied for top spot in the NRHA 3 Year Old Open division, where Pepto Rico, ridden by Cayley Wilson and owned by Sarah Shermann, Yelm, WA emerged the victor. Armstrong’s own Leah Lupyrpa guided her mount KE Dolls Union Chex to the top in the NRHA 3 Year Old Non Pro division, garnering a custom Olson buckle and the Championship title. From a field of 9 Rookie Professional riders, Travis Rempel aboard Maggie Humenay’s catty mare O Sugah claimed the RITS 3 year Old Rookie Professional Championship.

Cayley Wilson riding Pepto Rico

Reinin’ In The Sun, cont’d

Champion RITS 3 Year Old Rookie Professional: Big O, Travis Rempel

However, the excitement of a morning of Futurity runs was soon to be challenged by the skillful maneuvers of the Open Horses. Sweeping the slate, winning the NRHA Open, NRHA Ltd. Open, and the AQHA Sr Reining, was the flashy and popular stallion SR Kool Starlight, proudly owned by Jose and Frances Teixeira, and professionally guided by RITS Chairman

Carmen Teixeira, Canoe, BC. Saturday evening saw many exhibitors leave their competitive spirits at the stall door and join in friendship and good times down at The Oasis, the gathering place for good food and good times. Chef Brandon Archer provided a sumptuous Ranch Style dinner, complete with birthday cake and refreshments relegated from Friday night’s festivities. Sunday, the final day of the competition, saw riders gearing up for more NRHA, Beginner, and Rookie Classes, culminating in a full slate of Derby classes. Whiz N Starlight, owned by J Drummond Farms and ridden by Clay Webster laid claim to the Morrison bronze in the NRHA Open Derby, while Tony Kirschner justified his trip from Wenatchee, WA, by claiming top honors in the RITS Rookie Professional Derby for owner Joe Lucas, NT. However, the icing on the cake was definitely the final class of the Show. The class was the NRHA Non Pro Derby, and Gaylene Sawchuk-Fraser on Gotta Step Up had set the pace, drawing first in the class and marking 144.50. Gaylene’s score held through most of the class, until Jillian Hamming showed BH Gunners Enterpriz to the identical mark. The ladies made the decision to work off the tie, which saw Jill and BH Gunners Enterpriz emerge victorious, taking home the coveted Olson Buckle as Derby Non Jill Hamming and BH Gunners Enterpriz, Pro Champions. Non Pro Derby Champions The consensus

however was unanimous - that both ladies exhibited Championship sportsmanship, style, and grace, and are a credit to the Reining Horse Industry. Watch for us next year in Armstrong – Reinin’ In The Sun July 29-31, 2011. We’d love to have you join us. Full results at www.

Whiz N Starlight and Clay Webster, NRHA Open Derby Champion

SR Kool Starlight and Carmen Teixeira, NRHA Open, LTD Open Champions • 33

Great Getaway at Big Bar Guest Ranch By Pamela Pfannmueller


his weekend actually started last year at the Horsey Ladies Charity Auction in Vernon, BC (in November), where I had acquired a donated 2-day stay and ride at the Big Bar Guest Ranch in Clinton, BC. Although my husband and I have visited, worked at and been around guest ranches for years; this was our very first time as “guests” at a truly, actual Guest Ranch. We had a good drive there on Saturday, July 31 from Coldstream, BC, to Big Bar. I was a little apprehensive driving into the smoke from the surrounding forest fires but wasn’t going to let anything ruin our weekend away. We were greeted by our hosts, Susan and Steen, upon arrival with the friendliest of sincere welcomes. We were then shown around and settled into our room at the Sagebrush Lodge which was cool and clean, yet rustic with that ranch home setting. Our meals were delicious, fresh, tantalizing fare like you would find in the very best of restaurants. We slept soundly with the silence of the wilderness.

On Sunday our horses were saddled up, our lunches stowed in our saddlebags and we headed out for a day ride lead by Camel Dave. We had the option of two 2-hour rides or a full day ride; which we chose. The smoke filtered the direct sun from us and still allowed for scenic vistas. Each rider was qualified expertly to match their mounts and I really enjoyed my horse. Back at the ranch, rested and showered, Weanlings, Bred Mares & Saddle Horses we enjoyed folks from all parts of the world September p 25,, 2010 • Stettler Agriplex g p while we dined on the very best. That evening we enjoyed cowboy poetry, songs and fellow guests as well as staff for a truly enjoyable time. The next morning, we took a short walk to the lake to paddle boat (or canoe) in a lazy laid back setting. After lunch, we bid Harry & Maureen Neitz, Box 1686, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 Ph/Fax: 403-742-5594 • goodbye to everyone and were so thankful for Phone or E-mail for a printed Catalogue. our gift of big beautiful country… Hospitality View online catalogue at at its best, historical ranch time warp and each other. Featuring the get of these stallions: Thank you Big Bar Ranch and hosts Especialysmart Peppy Susan and Steen. You can see more of the AQHA - black grandson of Smart Little Lena & Peppy San Badger. (leading the ranch at world as sires of NCHA money earners). Every one of the mares in Peppy’s pedigree

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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.

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M BAR Quarterhorses presents

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Clumination – 1994 Sorrel AQHA

Performance: 10 am Sale: 1 pm

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The near dispersal of the M Bar herd. 45 years of breeding, raising, training and showing Quarter horses. Canadian National Champions, World Show Qualifiers and outstanding using and rope horses have been raised and trained by our family. Many of these horses will be offered for sale.

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30 head of broodmares

12 head of top geldings

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The Quest for Honesty By Kevan Garecki Hardly a day goes by during which I do not encounter examples of how little is understood about how horses function at an intellectual level. These episodes vary from complex training and behavioural issues to little more than introducing a new horse into a herd. that of the resident herd; something every horse would do when trying to establish a position in the hierarchy present in every herd. In short, he was just acting like a horse. There are many more instances of misunderstood behaviour that I could quote, but the point would be lost in the description; you get the idea. I have a saying that I am fond of; “It ain’t the horses, it’s the people.” Meaning there are far fewer problems with the horses than there are with the folks who manage them. I have a theory about a possible underlying cause for some of this conflict, and can sum it up in two words; “agenda” and “honesty.” We all have agendas; there are things we expect, want and yearn for. We are driven by these influences and often allow them to affect our thinking and guide our choices. It might be safe to say we’re “agenda driven.” Horses on the other hand have no such desires; they

What I find disturbing is that someone would make the conscious choice to buy or own a horse without gaining at least a tacit understanding of a horse’s psyche. I just delivered a horse to his new owner last week. Expectations were high, everyone was excited about having the new horse and preparations were made for his arrival. I assumed since they already had several horses on the property they had a plan in mind for integrating the new arrival. I had barely returned home when I got the call to come get this horse! “It’s just not working out,” I was told; “So we want to send him back.” I was so stunned I couldn’t think of anything to say at first. This horse hadn’t even had a chance to sample the water at his new place before he was sentenced to return. What had he done that was so unforgivable? He kicked at the fence between his paddock and

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are guided by their instincts for safety, sustenance and companionship. Horses are brutally honest in that they have no ulterior motives; they simply want to be allowed to live as comfortable as possible. In domesticating these creatures, it becomes incumbent on us to understand how best to provide them with what they need. That goes beyond food, water, shelter, vet and farrier care; we accomplish little unless we actively promote a horse’s emotional well-being also. Albert Einstein said that one cannot successfully use the same thinking to correct a problem that was used to create the problem in the first place. That applies to us this way; if thinking like a human isn’t working, the only way out is to think like a horse. Psychologists use the word “metacognition” to describe the process of looking at our own thinking first before attempting to solve a problem. This “reality check” is a simple assessment of our understanding of the issue, and our ability to effectively deal with it. If an issue doesn’t make sense to you, take a step back and ask yourself if it makes sense to the horse. All this rambling has a point; it’s directed at getting folks to understand how to give the horse a chance. It’s in every horse’s nature to test authority; that’s what they do in the wild, it’s hard-wired into their thinking so there is no way we’re going to change it. While a dominant horse will continually vie for the lead, a submissive horse will actively seek to be guided and provided for. We might modify their responses to a degree, but that basic need to lead or be led will always be there. When we integrate a dominant horse there are a few things to keep in mind, foremost is the understanding of what that horse wants; he wants to be the boss. This is

The Quest for Honesty, cont’d often mistaken as aggression and the horse is labelled as a “problem horse.” All he’s really asking is who’s boss around here! This horse may continue to test the human’s authority for as long as s/he is under that persons care. Those familiar with his previously published antics already know that George is extremely dominant, and continually tests me to be sure if he has to listen to me. There are no blowups, fights or wars; he may wait a few seconds to do something I’ve asked, or try to muscle his way past me. I correct this by reinforcing my authority; which might be no more than a look or my moving purposefully into his space. It took over a year for us to reach this “understanding” though; and years later he still tests me every day; ‘cause that’s what horses do. Successfully choosing a new horse requires a deeper look than conformation, condition and aptitude; if we expect to bond with the new horse, his personality is even more important. I get along fine with dominant horses because I understand what motivates them. Even with this advantage, I still find the odd “boss hoss” with whom I would never be “friends,” simply because our personalities don’t match well. My own horse, Kooter and I took over a year to gain an understanding of how each other worked and another year to lay down a solid foundation of trust between us. Five years later, we are still learning together, we still hit speedbumps and have disagreements; but we always find a mutual point we can both live with. It’s not magic and has nothing to do with skill or talent; it’s just understanding, patience and honesty. So next time your horse “acts up,” think like a horse, be brutally honest. More often than not, you’ll find it was your fault all along.

Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own horse transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA & equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporters program in BC. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.)

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STYLISH MEMORIES ’05 Sorrel Mare Sire: Blessed Twice (Peptoboonsmal) Dam: Stylish Sanny (Docs Stylish Oak) NCHA Money Earning Cutting competition performer. Very nice minded; athletic; will continue to be shown. Suitable any age rider! W & E Speight, Rocky Mtn House, AB PRIME TIME REINER ’05 Bay Mare Sire: Prime Time Chex (Hollywood Jac 86) Dam: Kilebar Reiner (Hyline Pepper) Started and successfully shown by Parnell Fleck. Multiple AQHA Point Earner in Reining. Dale Ellertson, Rocky Mtn House, AB

BETS LAST ’09 Red Roan Mare Sire: Bets CD (CD Olena) Dam: Shiney Shorty (Shorty Lena) Sire earnings $129,130; Dam earnings $61,932. Sandy Corriveau, Eckville, AB ROYAL BLUE ACRE ’06 Red Roan Gelding Sire: High Power Pepto (Peptoboonsmal) Dam: Bob Acre Ann (Bob Acre Doc) Canadian Supreme ’09 Non Pro Reserve Champion. NCHA Certificate of Ability. Handsome, athletic. W & E Speight, Rocky Mtn House, AB

CRYSTAL JEWELS ’00 Sorrel Mare Sire: Lenas Shiny Jewel (Doc Olena) Dam: Docs Mia Mico (Cactus Mico) NCHA Money Earner; great starter Cutter! M. Serpergia at FFL COWQUETTE ’06 Sorrel Mare Sire: Caught Me Lookin (Smart Little Baggins) Dam: Kings Willoa (Cassel Doc Oakie) Trained and shown by Gerry Hansma. NCHA Money Earner! G. Roper, Calgary, AB

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CPRA Rodeo News By Pamela Porosky Get Smart Carries Another Bronc Rider to Top at Strathmore

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Cort Scheer of Nebraska rode Get Smart at the Strathmore Heritage Days Stampede to a $5,595 win. This was the second time the 1,100-pound gelding stole the show, after Sam Kelts of Millarville, AB, scored 90 points on board the bay in 2009. Strathmore’s own Mark Johansen made an appearance at his hometown event, where he split for first in the bull riding on the back of Kin Deadly from the Vold Rodeo herd. The $4,326 he picked up for his 84.75-point ride counts toward his PRCA earnings, and carries him a little closer to his 2010 goal. Also at Strathmore, the Calgary Stampede Novice Tour came to a conclusion. Bryce West of Cadogan, AB, claimed the steer riding title, Wyatt Thurston of Big Valley, AB, won the novice saddle bronc riding title and Gavin DeRose of Kamloops, BC, won the novice bareback.

Jim Berry of Rocky Mountain House and Kyle Thomson of Lundbreck, AB, split first in the saddle bronc riding event, winning $1,308 each. Gaetan Bernard took home first and $1,298 riding in the bareback riding. Bernard, from Erskine, AB, picked up $1,298 for his trip on the same horse. Steven Turner of Cochrane, AB, won first and $1,412 in bull riding. Chad Kurtz of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, took first place in the steer wrestling, claiming $1,557, while Jake Pratt of Ellensburg, WA, won the tie-down roping and $1,622. In the ladies barrel racing, Rana Koopmans of Lethbridge, AB, sprinted for first and $1,278. Chase Simpson (Claresholm, AB) and Rocky Dallyn (Nanton, AB) claimed the No. 1 spot in the team roping, winning $1,050 each. Novice cowboys Reed Sparks ($466) of Innisfail, AB, and Colin Adams ($388) of Deloraine, MA, won first place in the novice saddle bronc and bareback riding events.

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Irricana, North Peace and Grimshaw Nanton, AB, bull rider Beau Brooks won the final round ($1,307) and the aggregate ($3,557) at the one-day Irricana Humps & Horns Bullnanza on Aug. 7. Daniel Hansen, Cereal, AB, took first and $1,371 in bull riding at the North Peace Stampede which ran Aug. 7 and 8. At Grimshaw, Billy Richards of Crossfield, AB, placed first in the saddle bronc riding for $1,104.

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In the bareback, Alan Dacyk, from Worsley, AB, won $1,42. Clayton Moore of Pouce Coupe, BC, claimed the tie-down roping for $1,276, while Dallas Frank, of Stony Plain, AB, won the steer wrestling, worth $1,535. In the ladies barrel racing, Rana Koopmans of Lethbridge, AB, won $1,115. Tyrell Gordon (Ponoka, AB) and Kolton Schmidt (Barrhead, AB) tied up first place in the team roping, sharing $1,745. Coleman Watt won the novice saddle bronc, worth $349, while Cole Goodine placed first in the novice bareback winning $303.

At the 88th annual Dawson Creek Exhibition & Stampede Justin Berg (Marwayne, AB) and Shaun Stroh (Dickinson, ND) split first place in the saddle bronc riding, worth $2,526 each. Dusty LaValley (Bezanson, AB) and Michael Solberg (Sunnynook, AB) split first, winning $2,102 in the bareback riding. In the bull riding, Brett Thompson (Medicine Hat, AB) and rookie Ty Pozzobon (Merritt, B.C.) split first place for $2,678 each. Beau Brooks, Nanton, AB, placed third in the bull riding, earning $1,806. Tuf Cooper of Decatur, TX, won first place in the tie-down roping. Chad Johnson (Del Bonita, AB) and Clayton Moore (Pouce Coupe, BC) split second. In the steer wrestling, Chad Kurtz, from Fort Saskatchewan, AB, won first. Barrel racer Joleen Seitz from Savona, BC, won first place. Team ropers Murray Linthicum (Glentworth, SK) and Dustin Bird (Cut Bank, MT) had the fastest time.

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20th Annual Interlakes Rodeo By Karen Passmore Photos by Rein-Beau Images The 20th Annual Interlakes BCRA Rodeo took place on July 31 and August 1 weekend near Bridge Lake. We have some results for you. All Round Cowboy: Mike Gill - Williams Lake All Round Cowgirl: Keri Mickelsen - Kamloops High Point Youth Award: Micole Myers - Williams Lake Ladies Barrels High Point: Sarah Gerard – Savona Jr Barrels: Fallan Fosberry - Merritt

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TOP THREE IN EACH EVENT BAREBACK: Jared Marshall - Prince George Brian Kurtz - Buckley Wash Cash Kerner - Pritchard TIE TOWN ROPING Riley Isnardy - Cache Creek Jerry Tucker - Williams Lake Jason Beier - Vanderhoof SADDLE BRONC ( 2 Head Event = rider can enter twice) Garrett Madley -Alexis Creek Garrett Madley - Alexis Creek Wade Cunningham - 70 Mile House STEER WRESTLING Willee Twan - Alkali Lake Joel Isnardy - Cache Creek Keegan Smith - 150 Mile House BREAKAWAY ROPING Keri Mikklesen - Kamloops Randy Kerner - Pritchard Jody Coe - Quesnel JR STEER RIDING KC Spiers - Vanderhoof Carolyn Cook - Bridge Lake *home town Jr Cowgirl* Micole Myers - Williams Lake LADIES BARRELS Sarah Gerard - Savona Rayell Bremmer - Williams Lake Kelle Lee Noble - Lumby JR BARREL RACING Fallon Fosbery - Merritt Brooke Wills - Quesnel Brett Wills - Quesnel PW BARREL RACING Tosha Seitz - Savona Ricki Laviolette - Williams Lake Taneesha Beaupe - Princeton JR BREAKAWAY ROPING Cody Falconer - Merville Luke Muehlen - Vanderhoof Jessie Moriss - Langley TEAM ROPING Charlie Soffel – Vanderhoof / Richard Glassford - Quesnel Chad Evenson – Pritchard / Clayton Freemantle - Surrey Todd Lloyd – Quesnel / Garrett Hinsche - 150 Mile House BULL RIDING Mike Gill - Williams Lake Devin Graham - Anahim Lake Adam D’Entremont – Quesnel MUTTON BUSTING Becky Bradley (Saturday) Claire Morrison (Sunday)

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Breaking Colts for a Living With Joe Gill Photo by Emily Wanechko, Ancient Foundations Photography

Joe Gill has been training horses for most of his life. Born in Bella Coola, BC, his family had horses throughout most of his childhood.


rode horses off and on until I turned 20, and then went to work for a guide outfitter in northern BC and that’s when the real learning started,” says Joe. “My job was to wrangle for the guides and catch and break the wild horses in the area.” Once the season ended in northern BC, Joe moved to Alberta to start his own horse training career; in Grande Prairie for 5 years, then on to the Sundre area for the last 3 years. This summer Joe and family returned to BC and have settled in the Salmon Arm area. In the early years of horse training Joe enjoyed the excitement of getting on a horse that was not ready and he just bucked ‘em out; but that came with a few broken bones and concussions. “After a few years of getting hurt, I started paying attention to the horses’ needs and soon discovered a method that did not involve a battle of force; but rather a conversation in mutual respect. I have developed some of my methods from trial and error and from paying attention to other trainers and clinicians, such as Peter Campbell, John Lyons, and Parelli,” Joe tells us. “And Monty Roberts’ book (The Man Who Listens to Horses) was very inspiring for me as well – good book! But I am also learning from talking with people about what works and what doesn’t, and from the hundreds of horses I’ve broke and rode.”

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Joe continues, “You get what you give your horse! We all know horses learn from pressure and release. The release is just as important as the kind of pressure you put on your horse. If you want a soft horse then use soft pressure; the quicker you release the pressure the sooner the horse learns and the quicker the response comes from your horse... and then repeat.” “Horses are honest creatures who truly do not want to be ridden, but they can be convinced to tolerate us through the use of respect, love, positive reinforcement and honorable leadership,” says Joe. He still sees people out there who believe that a good smack, swat or beating will cure all the problems, but it does not. “Abusing your horse is only going to limit the quality you get out of your horse. People who beat their horses just don’t know what to do.” In a nutshell... “If you respect your horse it will respect you. If you beat your horse it will submit into being 85% of what you could have had; with of course the possibility of it exploding one day and hurting someone. Teaching your horse respect and patience is what everyone wants, so give that to your horse and you will see a difference in how calm and respectful he can be. When starting your new steed you need to instill these qualities that will stay with your horse for the duration of his career as your riding companion, all the while keeping in mind that you get what you give.” Inventing ways to communicate with your horse is limitless. Understanding your horse’s body language is the key to a lasting relationship in either Western or English riding disciplines. Joe Gill is now offering clinics and training horses in Salmon Arm at Gleneden Stables. Feel free to drop in Tuesday to Saturday to watch Joe train horses. See his ad below for dates and contact information.

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BC Little Britches Rodeo in Armstrong By Eva Cassidy


orth Okanagan Rodeo Club hosted the BC Little Britches Rodeo at the Armstrong IPE fairgrounds on August 14 and 15. What a beautiful weekend! We had a great number of contestants from all over BC and a lot of local entries as well. Well done!

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


e’ve had a great stretch of haying weather and although the grass is sparse what’s there is good. The smoke in the air tends to slow the drying down a bit but the hot days are making up for it. The next big event for us, other than one night in Kamloops to see Tim Hus and Stompin’ Tom Connors, is Cariboo Country Night. So speaking of Cariboo Country Night, Saturday, September 11th is the big day, or rather evening. It’s at the Watch Lake Community Hall and includes a Cowboy Concert, a BBQ steak dinner, and a good old fashioned country dance! Ed Wahl and Ernie Doyle will provide the entertainment with the help of at least one surprise guest singing - and possibly two. Give me a shout for more information or for tickets at 250-456-2425. A little Rodeo news flash for you - Wade Cunningham from 70 Mile House is sitting at the top in BCRA Saddle Bronc standings with a whopping $5,767.12 in winnings, which is close to double the second place earnings. There are not many rodeos left this season: August 27-28 Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo; September 4-6 North Thomson Fall Fair & Rodeo (Barriere); and then it‘s the finals in Quesnel, September 16-19. In 2005 Wade was voted “Rookie of the Year” and last year he received the “Sportsman Wade Cunningham nails on a Award” from the BCRA. Wade horse shoe is actually our closest neighbor and one of our farriers. The Competitive Trail Ride was excellent again this year. Hot weather, no smoke, riders and horses all enjoyed the weekend. Dehydration was not an issue, in spite of the hot weather, as riders all took extremely good care of their mounts. The venue, the Hills Health Ranch, works out very well and the club (BC Competitive Trail Riders Association) is looking forward to returning next year. Riders came from Vancouver Island, Lillooet, Clinton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Salmon Arm, the

Nicole Vaugeois & Laureen Styles from Nanaimo

Lower Mainland, and of course 100 Mile House … in fact there was even one girl from Austria. Ride manager Joanne Macaluso stated that the ride would not have been successful without the many tireless and dedicated volunteers. Veterinarian Ross Hawkes, from Williams Lake, did an excellent job and the riders appreciated his expertise.

Tammy Mercer from Fanny Bay & Ross Hawkes checking cap refill at midway

Here are the top four in each category: Level One: 19.23 miles: Junior 1st place: Paula Duschek (Austria) Junior 2nd place: Tannis Jones (Coquitlam) Lightweight (LW) 1st place: Tammy Mercer (Van Isle) 2nd place: Karen Duschek (100 Mile Tannis Jones from Coquitlam and House) 3rd place: Carolynn Griff (Kamloops) Joannne’s Daisy at midway vet check 4th place: Cathering Clinckemaillie (Clinton) Heavyweight (HW) 1st place: Shari Cochlan (Van Isle) 2nd place: Karen Parlee (Green Lake) 3rd place: Myrna Thompson (Kelowna) 4th place: Steve Rahn (Clinton) Level Two: 26.5 miles: Junior 1st place: Darian Venables (Salmon Arm) LW 1st place: Shawnee Venables (Salmon Arm) also Vet’s Choice Award winner HW 1st place: Diane Prinsen (Salmon Arm) HW 2nd place: Madeline Bateman (Kamloops) HW 3rd place: Blane Hill (Van Isle) Level Three: 37.93 miles: no Juniors LW 1st place: Nicola Maughn (100 Mile House) LW 2nd place: Nicole Vaugeois (Nanaimo) LW 3rd place: June Melhuish (Lillooet) Shari Cochlan from Royston LW 1st place: Laureen Styles (Van Isle)

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d Once again the Green Lake Gymkhana drew horses and riders from far and wide. It was a hot and dusty day but a lot of fun with close to 60 horses competing! Here are the results (not including the Musical Tire and Ribbon race or the PeeWee Leadline entries).

Dennis Gunn heads for the finish line

Mandy Pincott aces the key hole - the dust made it hard for both the judges (Kathy McMillan and Harry Van Eaton) and the competitors to see the rope

Seniors Pole Bending: 1st Dennis Gunn; 2nd Tiffany Vaughn; 3rd Nikita Frank; 4th Janet Moriarity Stake Race: 1s t Laura Sperling; 2nd Dennis Gunn; 3rd Janet Moriarity; 4th Mandy Pincott Barrel Race: 1st Nicole Hoessl; 2nd Dennis Gunn; 3rd Laura Sperling; 4th Tiffany Vaughn Keyhole: 1st Carol Thorne; 2nd Dennis Gunn; 3rd Graham Allwood; 4th Steph Brisco Intermediates Pole Bending: 1st Terris Billyboy; 2nd Jenni Cooper; 3rd Jill Sigouin; 4th Punky Mulvahill Stake Race: 1st Terris Billyboy; 2nd Punky Mulvahill; 3rd Jill Sigouin; 4th Jenni Cooper Barrels: 1st Terris Billyboy; 2nd Punky Mulvahill; 3rd Jill Sigouin; 4th Jenni Cooper Keyhole: 1st Terris Billyboy; 2nd Jenni Cooper; 3rd Jill Sigouin; 4th Tiana Johnny Juniors Pole Bending: 1st Cassidy Mellot; 2nd Kaylee Billyboy; 3rd Raven Gentry; 4th Aliicia Williamson Stake Race: 1st Raven Gentry; 2nd Kaylee Billyboy; 3rd Cassidy Mellot; 4th Sarah Gilmour Barrel Race: 1st Raven Gentry; 2nd Kaylee Billyboy; 3rd Cassidy Mellot; 4th Sarah Gilmour Keyhole: 1st Kaylee Billyboy; 2nd Sarah Gilmour; 3rd Raven Gentry; 4th Nicky Sigouin Pee Wees (only one entry not on lead line) Pole Bending: 1st Katelyn Foss Stake Race: 1st Katelyn Foss Barrel Race: 1st Katelyn Foss Keyhole: 1st Katelyn Foss August Aggregate Results Seniors: 1st Dennis Gunn; Runner-up: Laura Sperling Intermediate: 1st Terris Billyboy; Runner-up: Jill Sigouin Juniors: 1st Kaylee Billyboy; Runner-up: Raven Gentry PeeWees: 1st Katelyn Foss Over-all (July and August) Aggregate Results Seniors: 1st Dennis Gunn; Runner-up: Laura Sperling Intermediate: 1st Terris Billyboy; Runner-up: Punky Mulvahill Juniors: 1st Kaylee Billyboy; Runner-up: Raven Gentry PeeWees: 1st Katelyn Foss

Cariboo Coming Events September 11: Cariboo Country Night BBQ steak dinner and dance, Watch Lake - Mark 250-456-2425 September 11-12: 100 Mile Fall Fair Horse Show - Jen 250-791-6207 If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please e-mail Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line. Don’t forget, next deadline is September 15 for the October issue.

WHAT’S THIS?? Readers do you know what this is? Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

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E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This? September” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.

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Last Month’s What’s This?

Terris Billyboy gets her exercise as she leads John Noskey in the peewee lead line

The August issue’s photo, sent in by Mike and Dyanne DiMassimo of Vanderhoof, was of a pair of horse snow shoes. These would be used to give a draft horse the extra little bite that might be needed when working in snowy or icy conditions. The right answer was sent in by:

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Cowboy Poetry Smells like Summer

Cowboy In Me

By Mike Puhallo

By Brianna Macaulay

In the big valleys and the canyons, the smoke just tends to sit. Between here and the Yukon border, about four hundred fires are lit. The summer sun shows little mercy, trees and grass are tinder dry, thunder stalks the twilight ridges, lightning shatters the evening sky. It aint really that unusual, seems like, as long as I been alive, we get these bad fi re seasons, about one year out of five!

I dust off my hat and put it back on Realizing the cowboy in me was never gone Sometimes the city lights and busy life can do that to you That’s when you gotta let it all go, and go back to your roots So give me wide open spaces No more crowded places A horse to ride A rope in my hand A little house on a piece of land Where life is simple, life is fun You work hard until the day is done That’s all it would take to make me happy A place to bring back the cowboy in me Slip on my boots. they still fit like a glove This is the life that I’ve missed, it’s the life that I love There’s no way I could ever go back not even if I tried Cause going back to the way it was would be living a lie

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I’m back in the saddle, I’m here to stay We’ll ride and ride until my worries are chased away Cause all your worries disappear when the sky’s this bright and clear And when the sound of thundering hooves is all that you can hear.

Book Review A Life With Horses Author: Sharon Gates “The view is best from the saddle” and this book tells all from the memoirs of Canadian Sharon Gates and her connection to horses. A journey through all phases of the horse world; barrel racing, showing, trail riding and packing, breeding, training, marriage, children, and divorce. Sharon eventually finds peace and contentment in the north Chilcotin, baking her own bread and sewing, yet still training, breeding and showing to date. “In my happiest moments and in some of my darkest hours, my horses protected and comforted me. Horses were just there, the thread holding my life together – familiar, stable,” Sharon Gates. A must-read for anyone passionate about horses. Very well-written, loaded with photos of the horses in her life, and footnotes explaining horse ‘language’ (if you need).

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nly a few months after it hit the bookshelves, Barbra-Ann King’s book “Opening to Consciousness with Relationship Riding” has reached international status. Barbra-Ann had a booth at Spruce Meadows during the North American competition where she had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. “It’s exciting to see all the positive feedback from people who have read the book. I was not expecting such a huge response. This tells me that horse lovers all over the world are ready to take the next step forward in horsemanship, daring to challenge conventional and traditional ways in order to deepen their relationship with their horse.” Barbra-Ann King has been teaching riders young and old to ride using the Relationship Riding philosophy for over 10 years in Cochrane, Alberta. Prior to moving out West, Barbra-Ann trained

and rehabilitated horses in Québec after riding both English and Western for many years. She also studied Horse Psychology & Behavior, as well as Child Psychology, which then led to studying the history of horsemanship and how we first started riding horses. Barbra-Ann then started developing the Relationship Riding philosophy and used it on horses with extreme behaviour problems. The results were positive all around. That was enough to motivate her to spread the word and help change horses’ lives. “Horses haven’t changed over time but our methods of riding and training them have. If we were once able to ride to battle grounds with a sword in one hand and a shield in the other, with no other means of communication than our bodies and mind, why can’t we do it now?” That is the premise for Relationship Riding: no pain, fear or discomfort for the horse. That also means bitless, treeless and bare feet.

“This whole journey is so exciting. Horses have taught me more than I ever thought possible. I learned to “hear” them and listen to what they have to say about us riding them. They have an opinion on everything! I feel like they have chosen me to speak up for them and tell horse lovers what they really need from us as caregivers, riders, trainers and leaders. We have so many misconceptions when it comes to the way we treat horses.” Barbra-Ann’s book is available on her website at and at Bentley’s Bookstore in Cochrane. For more information on the Relationship Riding philosophy and upcoming clinics, visit www. (Editor’s Note: Saddle Up did a Book Review in our Feb 2010 issue page 40. You can see the review on our website FLYING U GUEST RANCH

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Totem Saddle Club Update By Marty Cox Aug 15th was the Annual Gymkhana with the temperature 30 + degrees. Our riders were hot as well with the Hi Point riders being: Masters - Lyn Rempel Sr. - Jason Rempel Jr. A - Isabelle Heaman Jr. B - Amanda Stella Jr. C - Jennifer Rempel Jr. D - Justin Rempel It was a hot day that ended with the fun event - the Pie Eating Contest. Riders enjoyed a whipped cream tart.

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The 3 Breed Horse show was a success with riders from as far away as Kamloops. Some results next month. The club also selected their Youth Ambassador for 2010 Jennifer Rempel. Her assistants include Correina McNeice, 2nd

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and Denver Long, 3rd. The ladies have been quite busy since their selection. They rode with the club in the Riverboat Days Parade, helped meet and greet the riders for the 3 Breed Horse Show and awarded the ribbons for the Annual Gymkhana. They will also be presenting the awards for the Year End at the annual banquet. Lyn Rempel and Whisper Congratulations to all three for a job well done. On the weekend as well there was a large turnout for Cattle Sorting – there haven’t been a lot of them this year but they are always well-attended. Youth Ambassador Contest Correina McNeice, 1st Runner Up Clear Rounds Jennifer Rempel, Youth Ambassador 2010 and Percentage Denver Long, 2nd Runner Up Days have also been taking place with Danielle Sexton jumping 3’9” on one occasion. This weekend we were fortunate enough to have a BHSI (British Horse Society Instructor) judge Pip Crosby’s mum, do the Percentage days. See was an excellent judge, great teacher and delightful to spend time with. More Clear Rounds, Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeki Percentage Days and a Gymkhana on the Sept 11th weekend. The Northwest Invitational Gymkhana on Sept 18th, and the revival of the Timberland Horse Show as a schooling show on Oct 2-3rd. Looks like a busy fall ahead.

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Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull 2010 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, Lexington, KY held July 28 – August 1st, 2010. BC’s Junior Dressage Team won the Gold medal in the FEI Junior Team Competition on July 28; comprised of Esmee Ingham of West Vancouver, BC, Sylvie Fraser of Armstrong, BC, and Monica Houweling of Delta, BC; with a Team total score of 201.297.

Junior Dessage Team. Photo by Susan J. Stickle

(l to r) Sage Sapergia, Kaylynn Malmberg, Chloe Beveridge and Nancy Pratch. Photo by Wendy Dyer.

Alberta Reining Team wins Gold on July 29 with a score of 629.5. Comprised of Chloe Beveridge of Calgary, AB, Kaylynn Malmberg of Carseland, AB, Nancy Pratch of St. Paul, AB, and Sage Sapergia of Cochrane, AB. The Alberta Junior Show

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Jumping Team won the Gold medal on July 30; comprised of Ben Asselin of Calgary, AB, Bretton Chad of Calgary, AB, Alexandria Smith of Calgary, AB and Jasmine Wiggins of Okotoks, AB. Canadian Dressage riders captured one Gold and two Bronze medals in the Young Rider Freestyle on July 31. Jaimie Holland, 21, of Caledon, ON, and her 12-year-old Westphalian mare, Fleurina, won the class with a score of 72.700%. Megan Lane, 19, of Collingwood, ON, riding her nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Caravella, earned the Bronze medal in the Freestyle with 70.350%. In the Junior Freestyle, Esmee Ingham of West Vancouver, BC, riding Norseman, a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Esmee and Candie Ingham, won the Bronze medal with a score of 70.900%. Canadian Reiners won individual Gold, Silver and Bronze on July 31. Nancy Pratch of St. Paul, AB rode Marie Cameron’s six-year-old gelding, Rooster Kicker, to a Gold medal finish with a score of 215. Darcy Wilson of Goodwood, ON, won the Silver medal with a score of 213.5 with Miss Cielo Chex, an eight-year old Quarter Horse mare owned by Tamalyn

Nancy Pratch and Rooster Kicker Photo by Wendy Dyer.

Equine Canada, cont’d Wilson. Taking the Bronze medal was Vanessa Strotmann of Salmon Arm, BC riding her seven-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, Listos May Day Hobby to a score of 212. Ben Asselin of Calgary, AB, won the Individual Junior Show Jumping Gold medal on August 1. Asselin, 16, aboard Lolita, a 12-yearold Oldenburg mare owned by Attache Stables, had five faultless rounds throughout the individual competition with a perfect score of zero.

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The BC/Quebec Combined Eventing Team won the Bronze medal in the Junior One Star Championship division; comprised of Nayla Charbonneau of Surrey, BC, Sophie Laframboise of Westmount, QC, and Katherine Martineau of Brossard, QC, with a final score of 199.3, which featured no drop score.

2010 Alltech FEI World Games Lexington, KY September 25–October 10, 2010 Endurance Canada International Committee is pleased to announce the squad and alternates who will represent Canada:

Endurance Canada WEG Squad: Rider Home Town Elroy Karius Kelowna, BC Gail Jewell Kelowna, BC Robert Gielen Norton, NB Ruth Sturley Owen Sound, ON Yvette Vinton Morriston, FL Alternates: Gail Jewell Kelowna, BC Terre O’Brennan Delta, BC Carol Steiner Vanessa, ON Kathy Irvine Blackfoot, AB Trisha Dowling Saskatoon, SK Gail Jewell Kelowna, BC Leanna Marchant Calgary, AB

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Equine Canada Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) is pleased to announce the Canadian Reining Team. Riders were chosen after the head-to-head selection trial held at the West Coast Classic CRI 1* in Chilliwack, BC: Rider Lisa Coulter Duane Latimer Shawna Sapergia Vernon Sapergia

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Dressage Canada announces Ashley Holzer, Belinda Trussell, Bonny Bonnello and Victoria Winter as the riders who will be representing Canada. The two reserve combinations for the Team will be Wendy Christoff of Delta, BC, and Evi Strasser of Sainte Adele, QC. The Combined Driving Event is for four-in-hand drivers and Canada will be represented by two drivers: Darryl Billing of Elmira, ON and Debbie Laderoute of Calgary, AB. “Canada, after a long absence in World Champion Four-in-Hand competitions now has a team competing at the World Equestrian Games,” said Chef d’equipe Bill MacGillivray. “Deb and Darryl will be giving their best efforts during the entire competition. I hope that their participation at WEG will encourage other Canadian equestrians to start driving.” See us at SCQHA Fall Circuit in Armstrong Sept 16-19

Debbie Laderoute. Photo by Jennifer Singleton, Carriage Association of America

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Topline Show Park By King Campbell Photos by Andrea Blair,

Sarah Marks and Pacific Velvet winning the Honda High Jump.

The summer has been HOT at Salmon Arm’s Topline Show Park for show jumping and eventing but riders have taken advantage of Shuswap Lake to cool themselves out! The Topline Summer Derby, held July 16-18, was a huge success for riders from all across BC with warm up rounds starting on Friday, and more than 200 were completed on Saturday. A large and excited crowd was on the edge of their seats to watch the Salmon Arm Honda High Jump. Sarah Marks on Pacific Velvet won the $500 prize money with

an exciting win at 4’8” over the other finalists Caitlin Fountain and Angela Tremblay. A huge thank Some of the winners of the Low Derby (l to r): Julie Bose, you goes out to Kristine Simmons Destiny Chambers, Julie White, Caitlin Fountain and and Salmon Arm Honda for their Rachel Whitehouse. sponsorship. Topline hosted the Summer Horse Trials The highlight of the weekend Competition on the August 1st long weekend. was the Sunday Derby show with another Competitors arrived from the Fraser Valley, challenging but fair course designed by Vancouver Island, and Alberta and many Anthony Lothian. Anthony has a keen eye for commented on the variety of terrain, the creating unique and colorful jumps from the excellent footing, the hospitality, and the increasing Topline inventory. For example he quality of the jumps. Results follow. set two fan jumps in combination, a horizontal Training Level: “X” over a natural obstacle, and a skinny log 1) Robyn Zimmer on Quest 2) Leah Breakey on Master Plan to a steep bank followed by a difficult vertical 3) Shannon Thomas on Glenda plank at the toe of the hill. The 55 derby riders Pre-training: 1) Sherry Barton on Pacific Spike were very pleased with the course and the 2) Kerry Johnston on Eachann efficient flow of the show from Friday through 3) Hanna Freathy on Element 47 Entry: Sunday. Results – Low Derby: 1) Rachel Whitehouse on Cool Hand Luke 2) Caitlin Fountain on Athena 3) Julie Bose on Hell’s Belle High Derby: 1) Lynette Hay on Shant We Dance 2) Anthony Lothian on Uke Lily 3) Angela Tremblay on Platinum Lining

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BC Sporthorse -Sportpony Summer Show By Ulli Dargel The BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group successfully completed their Fourth Annual Summer Show June 19-20, 2010 at the Cloverdale Agriplex, in Cloverdale, BC. We would like to thank our Judge Christine Collins from Edmonton, Alberta for a job well done. She was impressed with the quality of horses that were presented to her for judging. Last, but not least we would like to thank all our volunteers and sponsors. Hi Point Performance winners were: Youth 13 Years and Under: Allissa Tubbs on Lavender Hill Junior 14 to 18 years: Krista Pfaff on Ace of Diamonds Junior Horse: Richelle Cornell on Nautical Kat Amateur Rider: Karen Robinson-Rafuse on J’adore Open Horse: Beth Hepburn on Aries Open Pony (2 winners): Hannah Sorenson on Toute Suite and Allissa Tubbs on Lavender Hill Thoroughbred: Richelle Cornell on Nautical Kat The Canadian Horse: Betty Baxter on Cherry Creek Tonnerre Monty.

Krista Pfaff - Junior 14 to 18 Years Hi-Point Champion and her horse Ace of Diamonds.

For further information and show results, please check our website: Our Fourth Annual BC Sporthorse Fall Classic September 24–26, 2010 will be held at the Cloverdale Agriplex. Our show will be a Horse Council B.C. Recognized Show and will serve as a BC Heritage Circuit and PAC (Paint Alternative) Competition Qualifier. The BC Sporthorse Fall Classic is open to Registered and Non-Registered horses and ponies. Feature attraction will be our very popular Stallion Showcase and our Prestigious Cup Classes, Saturday evening. Our aim is to cater to the up-and-coming horses and riders – Walk/Trot. The Coloured Horse, Thoroughbred and The Canadian Horse are part of our Hi-Point Performance Division. We are very proud to welcome Julie Winkel from Reno, Nevada, the wellknown columnist for Practical Horsemen’s “Conformation Clinic” and Tracy Dopko, from Darwell, Alberta who has shown successfully on the American and Canadian Hunter/Jumper and Dressage A Circuits over the last twenty years, as our judges. Should be a great show. Gabriele Campagnolli - one of our Lead Line Champions (pony beautifully decorated by the Robson Girls).

Hannah Sorenson - one of the Open Pony Hi-Point Champions riding Toute Suite.

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Eventing News from the West Kootenays By Liz Saunders The Ride On Eventers are on the road again this summer, busy attending as many horse trial events as possible. Ride On Eventers are coached by EC Coach Brandy Saunders of Ride On Enterprises, Crescent Valley, in the West Kootenays. The competition season started in May with a trip to Johvale’s Highcountry Horse Trials where Brandy coached nine students entered in various divisions. Next it was on to Topline’s Spring Horse Trials in Salmon Arm. For some students these were their first horse trial competitions, others were looking for solid rides prior to moving up the division and difficulty ladder. Most recently Brandy and five students travelled to The Event, at Rebecca Farm, Kalispell, MO, where the Broussard family had a dream and vision which has resulted in this truly world-class eventing venue. This is an event with a major wow factor. If you want an “eventing Madison Creaser on Hour Shadow experience to remember”

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Annika McGivern on Frederick of Hollywood

Ride On Eventers at the Rebecca Farm Moose Jump

Enterprises have entered this event and it certainly won’t be the last. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the amazing organization, grounds, arenas, cross country and stadium courses and it’s only five hours away which is about as close as it gets for us. The team did really well with the following results: Junior Novice Division A - Nina Sylvester of Nelson was second on Dominique; Junior Novice C - Madison Creaser of Glade was eighth on Hour Shadow; Senior Novice D – Annika McGivern of Nelson was ninth on Frederick of Hollywood; Senior Novice C – Deb Creaser was 18 on Thunder’s Echo; Junior Training A – Zoe Spring 14th on Ringo Star. Congratulations to these riders, this was a very demanding event. As I write this the Ride On Eventers are competing at Campbell Valley Horse Trials, a new venue for the group. Several riders are moving up a division at this event, so the excitement is building. Then there will be Island 22 and probably MREC Octoberfest Horse Trials in early October. For those not ready to compete this year there is Brandy’s Annual Winstar Horse Trials Camp. This camp is designed to provide riders with an insight into the world of eventing and is also a great place for new horse rider combinations and those with young horses to get their feet wet, so to speak. During the camp riders receive instruction and get to practice dressage tests, cross country jumps and stadium courses for two days. This is followed by a mini event and more practice over the next three days. For more information on the camp or other Ride On news check out

Delta Riding Club’s Summer Classic By Cathy Glover Delta Riding Club’s run of fair weather shows hit the proverbial wall in early August, although the deluge of wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of its volunteer crew and a large turnout of exhibitors (and their entourages) at the club’s two day Summer Classic. It was by every other account a terrific weekend of competition and good will! While the Hunter show didn’t match the record number of entries at DRC’s June show, judge Monique Fraser judged full classes in all but the 2’9” division. Diane Moon and Bruce Walker shared the whipper in/ring steward responsibilities, braving the elements the entire day and putting their rain gear to good use! They took the brunt of the weather while other volunteers kept dry in the comfort of DRC’s newly renovated clubhouse - except perhaps for show manager Francie Shuttleworth as she sprinted between the jump course and the Dog & Pony sale tent. The club’s new kitchen couldn’t have made its debut at a better time; after a somewhat sticky start, Fiona Walker had the new grill smokin’ (figuratively!). Things really got hopping when Wendy Silverwood showed up and took a shine to our handsome cooktop! When the lunch crowd subsided, Wendy even went on the prowl to drum up more business! First place prizes and high points (embroidered director’s chairs) were clearly a hit with exhibitors! In addition to our “bucks back,” first place winners received gift bags loaded with new DRC ball caps from Embroidery Plus and show staples like hoof black and shampoo courtesy of in-kind sponsors including Westway Feeds, Venkat Saddlery and Roddicks Feed & Farm Supply. While the rain subsided by the start of Sunday morning’s English/Western show, the residual drizzle made wet sponges out of horses, riders and the volunteers forced to venture out from the sanctuary of the clubhouse. Nevertheless, spirits remained high with over 40

exhibitors on hand and respectably sized classes in all but Pleasure Driving, Handy Horse and the Western division. The wet weather kept the club’s new laminator (courtesy of Four Seasons Equestrian Facility) pumping out exhibitor numbers for a modest donation. We especially want to thank Emma Schellenberg and Kirsten Chamberland for tagging along with their coach and English/Western judge Jodie Moore. The out gate can be the hardest volunteer position to fi ll, but Emma and Kirsten took it on willingly, handing out first place gifts and ribbons to class winners. Once again, the new kitchen was a magnet, attracting first time volunteer Terry Agle who took orders while senior cook Marg Brodie took over at the grill. Greenhawk’s Laura Loiacono whipped while Bruce was back outside as our ring steward (having wrung out from the day before), Kim Proudlove assumed the job

of “runner,” delivering the judges cards to announcer Sheila Forsyth, and Courtney Kind was back as first responder while mom Cindy Mackay held down the fort in the entry office – no small feat as exhibitors eyed the high points and opted to add classes in a bid to take one home, many putting their freshly won “bucks back” to good use to offset the added costs of entry! The next Delta Riding Club English/ Western show is on September 12. Margaret Logan is judging. The club will host its final Percentage (Dressage) Day on September 19 in conjunction with a fall version of DRC’s popular Carboot Sale. For more information, go to

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Alberta Donkey & Mule Club Report By Marlene Quiring Team Mule is once again at Spruce Meadows, competing in the Telus Battle of the Breeds. The club will also be manning a booth and mule/donkey stall at Equi Fair. This spring, we suffered the terrible loss of our long-time friend and Team Mule member, Deloit Wolfe. However we celebrate his life and the remarkable goal he set for himself in turning a recalcitrant mule into the mule we all came to know and love called Horse! This year, we are very excited that Deloit Wolfe Jr. and Horse will be honoring us with their participation as part of our showcase demonstrations. This may be the last year that you have a chance to enjoy Team Mule and the club booth. We do not see our way to coming back next year due to the growing fi nancial costs of participating. Let me introduce you to Team Mule, 2010. What would Team Mule be without, Maizie, the beloved 27-year-old Molly mule belonging to Mogen’s Nielson of Falkland, BC. Originally from Alberta, Mogens and Maizie feel they have competed long enough and long to retire and go back to trail riding the beautiful mountains in their own backyard, so this will be their last appearance at Spruce Meadows. OK Whistlin’ Dixie is a five-year-old 15.3HH Molly mule owned and ridden by Katherine Cook of Camrose, AB, another veteran competitor. Dixie was sired by a mammoth donkey,

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and her mother was a TB mare. Last year was Dixie’s first year on Team Mule. Dixie placed fift h in dressage. LS Hot Buckaroo (Patrick) has also now competed at Spruce for a couple of years, owned and ridden by Jessica Bishop. Jessica has been riding her whole life and as a youth was an accomplished champion at mule and 4H shows, winning many US National titles. LS Biscuit is owned and shown at Spruce Meadows by Joyce Stratton and Jessica Bishop. Biscuit has been a show mule since she was four years old. She is Joyce Stratton and her mule Biscuit now 24 and is celebrating demonstrating in last years Showcase at her 20th show season Spruce Meadows anniversary. Biscuit has already won a youth world championship at Bishop Mule Days in May, 2010. She does a variety of disciplines including Western, English, Jumping, Driving, and Trail. In 2004, Biscuit showed her incredible versatility by winning the Oregon Horsemans Association’s individual Battle of the Breeds Championship. She was the only animal in the field of 14 breeds to gain points in all five events. She was first in Reining, Trail, and Jumping as well. Biscuit has also helped a lot of youth and novice riders along the way. She has been an Oregon High School Equestrian winner, 4-H medallion winner, and novice adult champion at open and mule shows. She has a multistate fan club and the name Biscuit is well loved within that club. She has helped riders that had given up riding to renew love of the sport and return with confidence. So that’s our team for this year. Come out and cheer them on! Remember to attend our semi-annual meeting, Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m. tentatively booked for the Clymont Hall close to Devon. (Check our website for confirmation.) Bring your friends and bring something for lunch. This is the important planning session that gets the events going for next year, so it’s really important that you be there with your ideas and input! Ch“ear”s

The Dogwood Donkey Show By Pat Strang Photos by John Dargel High temperatures and clear skies turned out to be a winning combination for many exhibitors at the Dogwood Donkey Show, which was held at the Agri-Fair in Abbotsford, BC, from July 29-31. Once again our long-eared friends made quite a showing and the only words that come to mind to describe the huge success of the show is “wow!” Our new changes this year of only offering three divisions, first year, showing, all long ears and youth were well received and attracted 10 new donkeys and nine new youth participants. The highlight of the show was the youth classes that captivated the crowds of spectators who shared lots of laughs, a few happy tears and many words of encouragement. Judge Lewis McKim’s expertise was very much welcomed and his kind words to each individual youth in the showmanship class were a heartwarming moment. He fit in very well to our “fun” theme as he attempted to hold back his laughter while judging the youth egg stomp game. In the game the donkey must break an egg with any hoof but some of the kids’ strategy and determination was quite comical. The costume class was another crowd pleaser as spectators applauded continuously as the donkeys “strutted their stuff.” The work and effort that went into all of the costumes made it far too difficult a task for the judge to pick a winner so everyone was declared a winner and received a first place ribbon. Our six-donkey drill team “The Long Ears Trotters” performed a lively routine to the music of Glen Miller. The crowd loved it and the donkeys seemed to enjoy performing for them … watch out RCMP Musical Ride, here we come! A donkey’s song may not fall melodically on human’s ears but there were plenty of concerts being given to the crowds of people who visited the barns. Many new “fans” strolled the stall area and were fascinated by the donkey’s sweet nature and temperament. Based on their questions we know there is still much more to share about our donkeys. The Dogwood Donkey Show committee consisting of Ulli Dargel, John Dargel, Margaret Stewart, Pat Strang, Helen Howell and Catherine Olson would like to thank the many who donated their time, sponsorship, expertise, organizational skills and good humour. A special thanks to Marcel Sward who worked the three-day event and never seemed to tire of the busy schedule. The teamwork, commitment and good humour displayed by all was what made the show such a galloping success.

Show results Best of Breed Champion LN Mr. Pips Queak – Owned by Debi Stelz First Year Showing Champion J. J. Jackson – Owned by Catherine Olson Reserve: Chloe – Owned by Cheryl Larsen All Long Ears Champion W.S.A. Guido – Owned by Helen Howell Reserve: Holly Oak’s Little Red Man – Owned by Debi Steltz Youth Divison Champion Holly Oak’s Little Red Man – Handler Martina Postma Reserve: Heidi - Handler Shane McKenzie

Jeni Brown: Costume class WV Mystic Bean was the bride and Jeni was the groom;

Michael McGarriale and group waiting in line to be judged. Best of Breed: LN Mr. Pips Queak - Owned by Debi Stelz


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Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg Despite the hot weather, Oliver Riding Club members have been busy. In July, we participated in the Oliver Sunshine Parade. We are so proud of all the riders - everyone’s horse was really wellbehaved. Most of the horses had never been in a parade before this. (A little practice goes a long way!) Our fearless leader Debbie House, along with Simon In front is Emily Muller (little helper) with “Lokie” the miniature horse led by Verla Strawn; carrying the banner is (l to r) Oliver Strong, Charlie Strong Strong were amazing with the shovels. and Brannen Muller. In early August, we invited Linda Buehler, Reikki Master, to give us a demonstration. The turn-out for this was really September 5 is another Fun Day. This will be a mix of great - thank you to Dawn and Ken for the use of all their facility gymkhana games plus a couple of showing classes. Plans are (D Bar K) and the extra chairs that were needed. for an Adult Western Pleasure, Junior (14 and under) Western Linda demonstrated and talked to us about Reikki and Pleasure, plus Adult English Pleasure and a Junior (14 and under) TTellington Touch. Linda has been practicing this for many English Pleasure. years and is very knowledgeable and respectful of the horse. She September 19 we will have another Trail Competition at D also does this with other pets - dogs and cats. If you would like to Bar K. This was very popular last time, so get your entry in early contact her for a session, call her at 250-485-7116. She also has a to avoid disappointment. web site: October 10 is another “Fun Day” Hallowe’en style. More fun Sara Brown (250-485-3838) has organized a series of and games with an emphasis on dressing up! “show jumping” clinics with Julie Johannsen. This has been All of our events and clinics have a fee. The cost is very very popular with everyone - both English and Western riders. reasonable for members, and we invite non-members at a slightly Contact Sara to see if there are any spots available - EVERYONE higher cost. welcome. Most of the participants have never done this before Please visit our website Midge and are having a ball learning these skills. We really appreciate Corey has done a wonderful job building this for us. You can also her time and expertise. call our membership person, Margie Fisher 250-498-4579. The horses all seem to really enjoy the change to what they are usually required to do in the ring. There are plans for two more hunter/jumper clinics plus more “Improve Your Skills” sessions.

Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Amanda Blamire Results from July 25th Gymkhana

Results from the August 8 Gymkhana

This was our “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event where a portion of our proceeds plus donations went to the local chapter of the BC Cancer Agency. We had 46 riders and raised $493.00.

We had 50 riders and beautiful weather, despite some rain we had been having, conditions were a bit mucky but everyone “cowboy’d up.”

Results as follows: Masters Highpoint - Donna Hinchliffe on Tellee Reserve - Liz Gibbs on Patch Senior High Point - Jade Schleppe on Roxy Reserve - Amanda Blamire on Lightning Youth High Point - Jesse Tarr on Chanook Reserve - Kristen Bransfield on Tiki Junior High Point - Raija McLean on Willow Reserve - Karly Roth on Niska Peewee High Point - tie between Bobbi-Jo MacMillan on Rusty and Parker McLean on Chicky Reserve - Dallas Russo on Spring Jackpot was “the Heart” and winner was Janine Blacklock on Seven with 14.948.

Masters High Point - Linda Lamberton on Ali Reserve - Liz Gibbs on Patch Senior High Point - Amanda Blamire on Lightning Reserve - Jade Schleppe on Roxy Youth High Point - Kayla Stromsten on Cola Reserve - Amy Russo on Mia Junior High Point - Gen Houweling on Summer Reserve - Tie was Karly Roth on Niska and Kathleen on Suzy Peewee Highpoint - Dallas Russo on Spring Jackpot was “Backwards Keyhole” and winner was Kayla Stromsten on Skittles with 15.936.

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Next Gymkhanas are Aug 22 and the last one Sept 12. Check out our website or call Amanda at 250-764-1397 for more details!

Kelowna Riding Club Hosts Championships By Ashton Wiklund Photos by Andrea Blair, Riders from New Brunswick, PEI, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia were welcomed to Kelowna for the Pony Club National Dressage Championships on July 12th-15th. Pony Club is held in each of Canada’s provinces with 180 branches from coast to coast. Each participating province brought 8-10 riders, creating an entry total of just over 50. The riders were selected based on their scores from last season’s competitions, bringing those with the top scores together to compete for National titles. Over the course of three days riders competed on borrowed mounts in a series of dressage tests, testing both their horsemanship and riding skill. Riders were paired with their mounts depending on which level they were competing at, adjusting to a new horse each day. Congratulations to all who made it to the Nationals and good luck to those who will go on to compete at the International level. A big thank you to Susanne Polsen, Pony Club’s National Dressage Chair, who had a lead role in organizing the event. Thank you to the Regional Chair Deborah Jordan for her time and input into the event summary. Most of the competing horses came from the local Okanagan Region so thank-you to all those who shared their horses for the weekend. Thanks to the show grooms who worked extra hard, as well as KRC for the use of their grounds and the Kelowna and District Pony Club for hosting the event. Coming up this month KRC will be holding a Gymkhana on September 12th and a Bronze level Cadora Test Fest on September 17th-19th. Visit for further details and registration information. • 59

Kelowna Hoofbeats Summertime News By Ashley Robson & Emily Allen STOCK SHOW We have had a busy summer! This year 17 of our members attended Stock Show. Stock Show is one of the two big shows we do in the summer. It was from July 5-10 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. We have 3 days of lessons, a horse show and a banquet and dance. At the dance we have a DJ, disco balls and even strobe lights. This year our instructors were Wolf Byers, Brianne Menzing, Ashlea Conti, Virginia Peters, Karen Moore, and Carmen Teixeira came out and helped with the reining. Stock Show is VERY busy but we ALL love it. This year the weather was very HOT!


Seeking shade is Ryan Moffat on Rooh and Colin Allen on Kona.

Another big event for us was Summer Sizzler. This event was from August 5 and ended on the 8th. It is three days of lessons (2 lessons a day!) and then a show on the last day. We also did ground school, showmanship and trail class. Some of the other clubs that were there were Wild Wild Westside Riders, Wasa District, A Bit Of Motion, Yellow Head, Top Rail, Shift ing Saddles, Double L, and the Trail Breakers. Show day was a blast! We all learned a ton from our amazing instructors.

Jasmine Williams with Phantom

There were a few highlights: the goodie bags on the first day; and the trail bags we got on the last day. We all got a halter, brush, hoofpick and some grain and cubes for our horses. Another highlight was our trail instructor Jack. He showed us how to do “the cowboy sidepass.” You get off your horse, slide a rail under your horse, get back on and “call’er done.”

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update By Melanie Russo The results are finally in! OMHC Okanagan Classic AMHA and AMHR sanctioned shows were held once again at the IPE grounds in Armstrong, July 2-4. Entries were up from last year. The three-day, down-to-earth, world-class show saw approximately 67 horses and their exhibitors vie for the judges’ approval; James F. Curry (California) 2010 AMHA World Judge, Margo Hepner-Hart (Oregon), 2005 AMHA National Judge and Portia Sue Kalinka (Wisconsin), 2007 AMHA National Judge. Joy Viel has been busy behind the scenes working on turning our Wrap-up Fun day, Oct 16, into the “OMHC Fall Frolic BC Heritage Qualifier.” Showmanship, Five Driving, Obstacle challenges and an Egg Stomp make up the classes for this one day event, judged by Carolyn Ferris. And it’s not just for Minis! Call Joy (250-545-2168) for more information. Under all three Judges Portia Kalinka, Jim Curry & Margo Hepner-Hart Senior Stallion – Grand: Lombards Redi Aim Fire; Tony Spina/Wild Blue Ranch Reserve: BHF Dynamic Prism; L&J Humphreys and J. Cunningham Junior Stallion – Grand: Thousand Oaks Sterling Cinnabar; Cherie Kramer Reserve: Century Farms Thee Riyanhn; Louellen and Scott Rempel Senior Mares – Grand: Silver Birches Caught by Surprize; Jeanne Morton and Louellen and Scott Rempel Reserve: TJ Dandy Miss Daisy SE; Tina Harrison & Taylor Hildebrand Junior Mares – Grand: Hunterberry Hill Sweet Lilikoi 4U; Jeanne Morton and Louellen and Scott Rempel Reserve: Sunnyvale Makers Sunshine; Heather and John Ward Junior Geldings – Grand: Vista Valleys Son of a Bay; Joan McNaughton Reserve: Vista Valleys Top of the Morning; Bruce and Joan Cunningham Senior Geldings – Grand: Freedom Hill Farms Lads Hustler; Ed and Denise Watson Under Judge Margo Hepner Hart and Judge Jim Curry Reserve: Running Bares Bit O Moccacino; Laila Wilson Under Judge Portia Kalinka Reserve: RMS 12 O’clock High; Debra Olsen and Tony Stricker Supreme Halter Champion Under Judges Jim Curry and Portia Kalinka Hunterberry Hill Sweet Lilikoi 4U; Jeanne Morton and Louellen and Scott Rempel

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Under Judge Margo Hepner-Hart Freedom Hill Farms Lads Hustler; Ed and Denise Watson Supreme Driving Champion Under Judges Margo Hepner-Hart, Jim Curry and Portia Kalinka Hawthorne Hills Dunkeld; Ed & Denise Watson AMHR Okanagan Classic Champion of Champion Results Under Judges James Curry and Portia Kalinka: Halter – Champion of Champion (A division) – Hunterberry Hill Sweet Lilikoi 4U- Rempel/Morton Under Judge Margo Hepner-Hart: Halter – Champion of Champion (A division) – Freedom Hill Farms Lads Hustler - Ed and Denise Watson Under all three Judges: Driving – Champion of Champion (A division) – Hawthorne Hills Dunkeld - Ed and Denise Watson Halter – Champion of Champion (B division) – Bent Firs Silver Lining - Barbara Aschenmeier

AMHA Grand ChampionSenior Mares: Silver Birches Caught by Surprize & Louellen Rempel

2010 OMHC Mini-Related Important Dates: Sept. 1-5 - IPE, Armstrong: Anne Iceton (250-546-0998) Sept. 10-12 - Salmon Arm Fair: Anna DeWolff (250-832-9832) Oct. 16 – OMHC Fall Frolic-BC Heritage Qualifier and AGM, VDRC: Joy Viel (250-545-2168) Nov. 13 – OMHC Formal Dinner and Year End Awards, Vernon: Louellen Rempel (250-542-3433)

AMHA Grand Champion Senior Gelding: Freedom Hill Farms Lads Hustler and Denise Watson

Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2010 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Madeline Bateman Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis Gary Forde Brenda Miskimmin Cheryl Dzida Ride Over the Rainbow was held on Saturday, July 3, on the Coutlee Plateau in Merritt. As has happened at the two earlier rides this year, stormy skies receded as riders and crew awoke to prepare for the day, and the weather was perfect for the event – clear and a little cooler than usual...not a bad thing! Rainbow offers the only one-day 100 Mile event in BC, and in this, its 21st year, there were seven starters, leaving camp just after 5 a.m., each hoping to fi nish before dark. Over the course of the day, two were forced to change their plans by lameness issues, two more recognized the endurance symptom, ADR “Ain’t Doin’ Right,” where the horse is lacking its customary enthusiasm, its cardiac recovery indexes are not optimal, or the rider feels that that ride on that day is just not the best thing for their horse, and elects to withdraw from the distance. It’s pretty unpleasant to be riding your horse any distance when you’re worried about them, let alone 100 miles! Terre O’Brennan on Koszaar and Murray Mackenzie on Ransom rode in together at the dinner hour to complete their 100 miles at 13:13 – all four looking incredibly “fit to continue” to the congratulatory onlookers. Brian Malkoske and Indy weren’t far behind, and made it in at dusk with a time of 15:06, also looking strong. There were 25 horse and rider teams starting the 50-mile event, and 19 were able to finish – lameness issues took its toll on this distance as well. Fift y-four riders started the 25-mile event, with 47 finishing successfully. It was the riders rather than the horses who were the worst for wear – five of the seven entries who were unable to complete were “rider option” – Dana

Johnsen tested her helmet against a tree, made it back to camp and sat out the rest of the ride, supported by her husband, Mark Makwich; Kristal Bodaly succumbed to a stomach ailment after attempting the first loop - it’s not always a horse’s endurance that is tested! Check at events.html for everyone’s times and placings. Sunday morning the camp circled their lawn chairs to watch the judging for Best Conditioned Horse in the 100-mile event. Although only Murray Mackenzie and Ransom of the three successful completions had elected to present to the vets, excitement was still high as the crowd watched Ransom go through his paces under the vet’s direction, looking as spunky and ready to go as he had the previous morning and showing that he had surely earned the best conditioned award. The balance of the award presentations followed – best conditioned in the 50-mile event was awarded to Harrison Bey, ridden by Chris Thomson and placing third. Elektra and Karen Ellis, in ninth place, won high vet score. High vet score in the 25-mile event was awarded to junior Katya Levermann on All Fired Up, the event’s senior horse – the pair came in 41st, and took good care of each other all the way! The Nickers Saddlery Barefoot Award went to Fred Voglmaier and Memphis for the 50-mile level, and to June Melhuish and Seraubis Pride in the 25. Thanks to the always great vets – we are so lucky to have such a skilled and informative team! And thanks must also go to Melanie Gutsell for the volunteer t-shirts, and Shelly White for the completion cards. Recognition was loud and enthusiastic for Barb Holmes-Balmer and Terre O’Brennan, co-managers of Ride Over the Rainbow for 21 years – and this is their last. The club presented its coveted and never before presented “Beyond the Call of Duty” certificate, along with retirement champagne to each – Barb’s husband Grant Balmer also received a certificate for his work alongside the ladies. Managing a ride is a big job, and Barb, Terre and Grant’s love of the sport was definitely proven by their long commitment to this event. If there is an aspiring ride manager interested in trying on this teams’ shoes, let an ERABC board member know, and we’ll work with you to support your plans! The Endurance Riders Association is

ERABC Club presentation to Barb HolmesBalmer, Terre O’Brennan, Club President June Melhuish, Grant Balmer

100 Mile Completions - Murray Mackenzie, Terre O’Brennan, Brian Malkoske

Murray Mackenzie and Ransom at Best Condition Judging

planning improvements to this long-time site, thanks to the Horse Council of BC and Equine Canada Recreation and Industry Grant. We thank the organizations for approving our plan for this site and for the similar recognition given to many horse organizations throughout the province. A further honoured award – Lifetime Membership - was presented to Daphne Richard for her continuing contributions to ERABC and endurance as a rider, mentor, crew, volunteer and now, national leader of Endurance Canada – you go, girl! • 61

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story and photos by Sherri Hoot, Chair, Kamloops Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, - 604 854-1245 Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442

Just one hour off the Coquihalla highway winding its way away from Logan Lake along the Tunkwa Lake road is a quiet oasis I would call home for the next five days. Leaving the highway I felt a new sense of freedom. I was alone in my truck, pulling my horse trailer across unknown terrain on my way to Gotten Cabin. After half an hour of winding roads, marshes, forests, rolling hills and wide-eyed bush rabbits bolting from the roadside I was finally at the top of the Thompson plateau. I saw the familiar “Back Country Horsemen” sign posted alongside the provincial park map. I turned onto the dirt road and pushed my way through range cows too lazy with summer heat to move faster than molasses. They shot me irritated stares and bellowed in protest to their displacement. The smell of dust, sunshine and cow manure filled my nostrils as I hit cow pie after cow pie. The loud spat, spat, spat of cow patties hitting the undercarriage drowned out Brad Paisley on Sirius satellite. I was glad for the unsavoury distraction and turned off the radio to listen to the world outside. As I came to the crest of the last hill I saw trailer after trailer parked in odd angles, horses high lined under trees and people busily themselves with camp life. I found a perfect camp spot next to the dilapidated old cabin that gave this area its name. My trailer door swung open to a quiet little creek and it was a short walk to the main cook tent. I wanted to be close enough to have the six o’clock coffee and fried bacon smells rouse me from my slumber each morning. By the time I got my trailer level, horses fed and pillows plumped the sun was just disappearing over the last trailer parked on the hilltop. The cool evening air was settling itself on the valley floor so I searched for my jacket and flashlight. Then I heard the welcome sound of a cook’s bell chiming through the campsite … dinner! A bit shy but very eager to sample the amazing food that had fi ltered through the air over the last two hours, I made my way to the cook tent. This was a site to behold. In the middle of the forest, in the middle of nowhere, at least an hour away from the closest store sat an ancient canvas wall tent with a stove pipe off to one side busily chugging out white smoke. The air was thick with the smell of burning alder, old canvas and what I hoped was roast beef. A line had formed near the tent opening and I quickly 62 • Saddle Up • September 2010

cued up. The sound of utensils scraping metal plates was a backdrop for laughter and light conversation. “So I rode out to the old campsite today and saw a young coyote pup by the pond, seems he was hunting for mice cause he looked stuck in time staring hard at the ground.” “Was the creek still running back there?” asked one man. “Yes it was running good for late June, seems there’s plenty of water still up here,” the conversation broke off and there was laughter as one of the women tried to duck in front of the talking men. After a playful scuffle she was allowed to slip in. A plate was thrust in my hand and Rose the camp cook told me to not be shy and take lots. I heeded this advice. There was roast beef, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, fresh baked bread, fresh steamed vegetables, thick cream and several fresh baked pies. I heaped my plate like a starving soldier and took my place around the campfire. For the next hour I sat and listened to stories of past rides, horse packing advice, jokes and tall tales. I sat back in my lawn chair with a glass of red wine, a full course gourmet meal with warm-hearted friends, horses and the wilderness all around. Later that evening after the stories ran dry, the fire faded to ashes and the horses were settled I wandered back to my trailer. The faint sound of the creek and the steady chirp, chirp of crickets lulled me into the deepest sleep. For the next five days we rode through creeks, valleys around lakes, up hills, through forests and back home each night to a home-cooked meal, fine company and the comfort of our bedrolls. The Gotten Cabin trip was our chapter’s first annual fully catered Back Country Horseman ride. It was a safe, fun and relaxing way to spend a holiday. It was one of my fondest memories and I am eager to assist in this year’s planning to make sure it happens again. We are currently looking for new sites preferably with water and horse facilities.

Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter contact: Bert, Club contact: Jodi Daburger 250-675-4588

How’s this for creativity!






Beth finally talked her Dad into going English, well done!

Special thanks to Stacey Sample, Joyce Atherton, Nicole Lyons, Lora Higgins, Ted Sample, Darryl Higgins, Jamie Funk, and Tanya Epp for allowing us to use her photos for this edition’s Pine Tree newsletter.

UPCOMING EVENTS Meeting at the grounds on October 8th at 6:30pm. We will vote on a proposal to fence in the grounds, and a proposal to put in a Derby course. Also up for discussion are year-end awards. September 11, 2010 - Gymkhana September 12, 2010 - Playday

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BC Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 * President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958, Vice President: Carlina Schumann 250-567-4807 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-323-4418, AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052,

Calendar of Events Sept. 4-6 - LMQHA Evergreen Circuit, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC Barb Williams 208- 683-1617 or Sept. 16-19 - SCQHA Fall Circuit, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC Laureen Guenther 250-546-3527 or Sept.25 – AQHA Ride, Barriere, BC, Cherie Jardine 250-672-9341 Oct. 23 – Special Meeting 4:30 pm, Lions Hall, 23022 88th Avenue, Fort Langley (corner of 88th Ave & Glover)

NOTICE OF MEETING BCQHA will hold a Special General Meeting at the Langley Lions Hall at 4:30 PM on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Business to be conducted will be: 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of Agenda 3. New Business a. Interim Governance Committee Report b. Approval of Special Resolution Moved by Carolyn Farris and seconded by Gayle Pawley Wilson to add the following to the BCQHA bylaws: 6.4 A quorum for an annual general meeting or special general meeting shall be 10% of senior members present and voting in person. For board and committee meetings a quorum shall be fi ft y percent plus one of the eligible members. All zone meetings must ensure they meet the same quorums. Minimum quorum is three people. 6.5 The Board of Directors will arrange for proxy voting for all AGM and Special General meetings that involve special resolutions, changes to the rule book or elections. 75% is needed to pass special resolutions and 51% for all other matters. All other matters will be decided by the majority of members present in person at a general meeting. Proxy forms must accompany the notice of meeting along with the text of any special resolutions or rule book changes. Proxy voting is permitted only at annual and special general meetings for BCQHA. Proxies are not permitted at zones, board or committee meetings. 5. Adjournment

For further information, contact Gordon McEachen, Carolyn Farris or any BCQHA Director.

LMQHA Thunderbird Show Park was home to a very successful West Coast Summer Classic held July 17-20, 2010. The attendance was fantastic and a great time was had by all. Thank you to our wonderful show staff, everyone who attended and to those that volunteered their time! Your dedication and perseverance to support the club is greatly appreciated. Congratulations to our Jackpot winners. Cathy Dumaresq Memorial Trail Stake 1st Big Leaguer All Star 2nd A Sexy Sensation 3rd Justa Ez Rider 4th A Buck A Dimension

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2 Yr Old Walk-Jog 1st Sheza Lopin Machine 2nd My Goodbar Legacy

Photo credits - Sally Rees.

Showmanship Challenge 1st Go Ryde Like Clyde 2nd A Little Two Deluxe 3rd All Reddy Smokin 4th Dee Dees Danny 5th Desees On The Street 6th Hez Talk Of The Town

SCQHA The South Central Quarter Horse Association “Fall Circuit,” September 16-19, 2010 at the Armstrong Agriplex in Armstrong, 2 yr old Walk/Jog winner BC is featuring 6 Open All Breed - Carrie Humphrey Futurity & Stake classes: Tri Challenge Open Yearling Futurity - In Hand Trail, Lunge Line & Halter - $500 Added Open All Breed Weanling Colt/Gelding Futurity - $250 Added Open All Breed Weanling Filly Futurity - $250 Added Open Non Pro All Ages Hunter Under Saddle Stake - $300 Added Showmanship Challenge winner Open 2 Yr Old Western - Teri Christofferson Pleasure Futurity - $500 Added Open Non Pro All Ages Western Pleasure Stake - $300 Added Highlights include High Point and Reserve High Point Awards in 10 Divisions. New this year: 8 NRHA classes, Open All Breed Nervous Novice classes, Open All Breed Green Horse Walk/Trot & Open Youth 8yrs & Over Walk/ Trot. Please visit our website www.bcqha/scqha for the Show Premium, Class List and Entry Trail Stake Winner Forms. - Tami Jennings The YOUTH will be putting on a Silent Auction at the Dinner & Social Saturday night, September 18th from 5-7pm. All of the funds raised from this Auction will go towards SCQHA Youth endeavors. If you or your businesses have any item(s) you wish to donate to make this auction a success for the Youth, please contact our Youth Director Cheri Smeeton at 250-573-2541 or email Come join us for a fun weekend of showing. Spectators are welcome.

BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint so stay tuned to www. for details, dates and forms. The West Coast Colours Horse Club would like to thank the BC Paint Horse Club and its Executive for not only their help in making these two shows a success but also for the personal commitment to help out where needed! We would like to thank Kirsten Chamberland - Desis On The Street our sponsors, K & L Ranch (Karen and Lloyd Warland), The Rainbow Classic, Moore Performance Horses, Barbara Binns, The Dog & Pony Shop, Mistatim Ranch (Marianne Warland), Salty’s Fish & Chips (Anne Marie Wass), Westway Feed & Seed and The Coast Tsawwassen Inn. Also a huge thank you to our volunteers and exhibitors! Congratulations to the following Paint exhibitors. Amateur Paint Hi Point: Jennifer King - Ready To Dream; Reserve: Anne Marie Wass – You Bet Im Smashing; Youth Paint Hi Point: Jennifer King - Ready To Dream Kirsten Chamberland - Desis On The Street; Reserve: Emilee Chamberland – A Sexy Sensation; Open Paint Hi Point: Calli Rouse - Ima Special Delivery; Reserve: Devi Kroontje – The Pool Boy; Solid Paint Bred Hi Point: Chris Moore – Zipposladyindisguise; Reserve: Janice Burns – Peppys San Krugerand. • Free Trophy Program Shows: Don’t forget about upcoming BCPHC Free Trophy Program showing opportunities: Delta Riding Club has an English/ Sally Saur and Dharma Western Show on Sunday September 12th (trophy applies accomplishments in Open Shows and to series hi-point). BC Sport Horse Show Competitions throughout the year! held September 24, 25, 26 at the Agriplex in Visit for all the details! Cloverdale (trophy applies to series hi-point). • Open Show & Competition Program: Remember that the BCPHC also has a year-end award program to reward your Pres Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 VP vacant Sec Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 Treas Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 Past Pres. Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 APHADirector (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore 604-532-9305 Alt Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 APHA 817 834-2742

Greetings BC Paint Horse Club members and Paint Horse enthusiasts! Well, the old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” certainly seems appropriate as September is upon us and the summer sure seems to have flown by! • BCPHC General Meeting: Monday September 13, 2010 at the Langley Events Centre. 7888 200th Street in Langley, BC. Meeting Room #3 in the Willoughby Community Centre portion of the building (lower level, southwest corner of the building). The meeting is from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Please visit for any updates. • Smithers 3-in1 Show: The 2010 edition of the “Smithers 3-in1 Show” was held July 9-11 featuring APHA, AQHA and ApHCC classes in front of two judges, including Stake, Futurity and Prize Classes. Congratulations to the following Paint exhibitors: APHA Hi Point Amateur: Bibs Dallaire Gold Bar Tristan; APHA Reserve Hi Point Amateur: Talia Stevenson - HG Flash McCue; APHA Hi Point Open Horse: Bibs Dallaire - Gold Bar Tristan; APHA Reserve Hi Point Open: Talia Stevenson - HG Flash McCue; APHA Hi Point Youth: Brittany Ewald - R Bandits Peppy; APHA Hi Point Solid Paint Bred: Gerry Brown- R Bandits Success; APHA Colour Class: Bibs Dallaire. • Git ‘er Done Show: The first “Git ‘er Done Show” was held on August 1st at K & L Ranch in Delta, and was another success for the West Coast Colours Horse Club. The weather cooperated for this show and apart from a minor glitch or two everybody seemed to have a good time and enjoy the company of other Paint and Pinto enthusiasts. The turn out and support of Paint horse owners was amazing – Trail was a 3-point class! There are plans in the works for more Paint / Pinto / All Breed Shows in 2011 with the venue t.b.a. • 65

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145

Bright City Lights, Sheila, Wally and Lady Madonna AA

Hello from BCIAHA! Hope everyone had an amazing summer with their two- and four-legged families! Please send me any pictures you would like to share with the club of your summer adventures with your horses. BCIAHA would like to congratulate our members that competed at the 2010 Region 17 Arabian Horse Championships: Sara Embury and RB Sweet Revenge; Reserve Champion in HA Hunter AAOTR 18-39, top five in HA Hunter Pleasure Select ATR and HA Hunter Pleasure AATR 18-39 Sheila Goertz and Bright City Lights; Champion HA Country English Pleasure Select ATR Wally and Sheila Goertz and Lady Madonna AA; top five HA Yearling Filly Sweepstakes Bob Mawson and Josapheen; top five HA Yearling Filly Sweepstakes Cori Wilson and Chattanooga Shoe Shyne Boy; Reserve Champion HA Colts/Geldings Sweepstakes Cori Wilson and Shy Gayfeen++++//; Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure Open, Top 5 Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 18-39 and top 5 AATR 18-39 Cori would also like to congratulate Born To Shyne DF (Shy Gayfeen++++// x Canadian Red Rose) owned by Melissa Maclellan; Reserve Champion Canadian National Half Arabian/Anglo Arabian Futurity Fillies, Reserve Champion in WP Jackpot, Reserve Champion Stock/Hunter Mares Open and Reserve Champion Stock/Hunter Mares ATH.

BCIAHA would also like to congratulate all of the Canadian competitors that showed at the 2010 Canadian National Arabian Horse Championships. Way to go guys!

Recent news from Asmara Arabians We just returned from Red Deer, AB, and the Region 17 Championship show. There were only a few exhibitors from BC in the total of 215 exhibitors. The numbers may have been down from other years but the competition was strong. It was noticeable though, that there are fewer riders in the junior classes. It may have been just this year. Weather on the whole was good, not too hot but did have the thunderstorm that stopped the classes for an hour while it passed over the show grounds. We were thrilled with the Asmara bred horses at the show. Our yearling half Arabian fi lly Lady Madonna AA, sired by Mariachi WA and out of our Saddlebred mare, Town Highlighter, placed top five in her Sweepstakes yearling halter class. Th is is the third offspring from Town Highlighter to win at Region 17. Bright City Lights, my half Arabian Country English Pleasure gelding, sired by AE Excel and out of Town Highlighter, won the Region 17 Country English Pleasure ATR Select. We were delighted with his performance. This spring we sold Matinee Rouge AA, a four-year-old gelding, sired by Matinee Bay WA and out of Town Highlighter, to Susan Kostal of Sherwood Park. We were so happy for her as he trotted into the Reserve Championship spot in both Open and ATH halter, handled by Karen Caughell. This was his second time to the Region 17 show winning as a yearling in the 66 • Saddle Up • September 2010

Sheila and Bright City Lights

Sweepstakes halter class three years ago. BCIAHA is pleased to announce the return of Debbie Storey. Debbie has successfully shown and coached amateurs in Western, English and Hunter Pleasure as well as Trail and Halter from Class A to National and Scottsdale Levels. She has also trained and shown Quarter Horses, Pintos, Morgans and Arabians. The clinic will be held at Asmara Arabians on Sept. 25 and 26. - Cost $120/weekend includes two Olivia, Cori and Shy 45-minute private lessons Gayfeen++++// - Lunch provided - Spectators welcome - Contact to book a spot or for more information - Karel 250-546-0098 or - Stabling available Endurance Canada Announced WEG Squad and Alternate Riders who will represent Canada at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, 2010. Rider Home Town Horse Elroy Karius Kelowna, BC Gail Jewell Kelowna, BC Robert Gielen Norton, NB Ruth Sturley Owen Sound, ON Yvette Vinton Morriston, FL Alternates Gail Jewell Kelowna, BC Terre O’Brennan Delta, BC Carol Steiner Vanessa, ON Kathy Irvine Blackfoot, AB Trisha Dowling Saskatoon, SK Gail Jewell Kelowna, BC Leanna Marchant Calgary, AB

Apache Eclypse NL Temptation F.C. Galaxy RBF Super Sport Teese Diamond Reo Koszaar Jumpin’ Jax Nightwind’s Savanah ZF Mocha A Salisbury Rose Samsons Fire

BCIAHA wishes them all good luck! Sara and RB Sweet

On Aug. 14 the Arabian Community Revenge lost an incredible handler, trainer and Arabian enthusiast. Chris Peeler was a talented young man who at the age of 21 had already made his mark on the Arabian Community as a successful competitor in both halter and performance classes. His cheerful attitude and smiling face will be greatly missed by all. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY”

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association

Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country

Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at or contact Bill Klop (Pres) 604-796-9127 3/11


THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 8/11 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy Thielman 250-832-3409, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. 10/10

The Back Country Horsemen of B. C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 11/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209,, Visit for Events 4/11 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Shannon 250-751-4685 12/10 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156, or web Area 20 3/11 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 9/10 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 11/10 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 8/11 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, 12/10 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Melissa Schryvers 604-202-3024. Show June 12-13 Cloverdale 6/11 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 4/11 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 9/11 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304,, 3/11 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP Our aim is to promote, showcase and market our breeding and show stock by organizing shows with futurities, line and under saddle classes for horses and ponies. Equine Canada Bronze, BC Heritage Circuit and PAC Qualifier Shows. Contact: Ulli Dargel 4/11 604-421-6681, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782 or

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 3/11


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or 6/11

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 11/10 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, & Managers of Skimikin Campground., 11/10 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 7/11 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry. 10/10 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 9/10 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 11/10 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Scott Rempel 250-542-3433 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 6/11 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Debbie House 250-498-4326, E-mail:, 6/11 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 2/11 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 10/10 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 6/11 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, 9/10 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348, 10/10

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

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OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,

GLENN STEWART Natural Horsemanship Stage 2/3 Clinic, Smithers, www., Anika 250-846-5494, or Shirley 250-845 7849 EQUINE TOUCH LEVEL 1/2,, Chase, BC YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Trail, Margit 250-362-7679 LMQHA EVERGREEN CIRCUIT – Combined with H/J Show, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Barb Williams 208-683-1617, NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR & RODEO, Barriere, or 250-672-5672 GLENN STEWART Natural Horsemanship Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers, www., Anika 250-846-5494, or Shirley 250-845 7849 CWHBA STALLION INSPECTION, in B.C. EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Williams Lake, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 CWHBA STALLION INSPECTION, in Alberta. MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port McNeill, Liz 250-956-8223, SPRUCE MEADOWS Battle of the Breeds, Showcase and Equi Fair. 4-H HORSE SHOW, Salmon Arm Fall Fair,, Trina Forslund 250-803-0593 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Black Creek-Campbell River, Lindy 250-337-8747, JOE GILL CLINIC (FREE), (Fri 6-8pm; Sat/Sun 9am to Noon) Gleneden Stables, Salmon Arm, 250-308-4088 KAMLOOPS HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Deadmans Creek Rodeo Grounds, for more info: ERABC WESTBANK ROCKER, Westbank, Anne MacKay 250-764-6396, ENGLISH/WESTERN, LRS Grounds, Nicola Gildemeister, BC HERITAGE CIRCUIT Open Horse Show, Salmon Arm, Trina Forslund 250-803-0593 HUDSON HOPE HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Hudson Hope, for more Info: SUMMERLAND Rodeo Grounds Fall Horse Show. English/Western. BC Heritage. TTEAM Connect w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna, 250-765-7853, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Round Pen, Trail, Janine 250-367-2157 FALL FAIR HORSE SHOW, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Wendy 250-456-7344,, or GYMKHANA FUNDAY (Year-End), 10 am, Quarterspot Ranch, 137 Horner Road, Lumby, BC 250-547-9277 PTRC Playday, Kamloops, or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 BUCKLE SERIES TEAM ROPING, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug Henry,, 250-546-6494 PRODUCTION SALE, Alder Valley Ranch & Consignors, Alder Flats, AB,, 780-388-2406 DELTA RIDING CLUB English Western, Cathy 604.328.3814, POKER RIDE Campbell Valley Park, Linda Damm 604-865-6558 EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Williams Lake, BC,, 1-888-378-4632

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MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268; EQUINE ADJUSTMENT CHART, Clinic on use and applications, Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765 Julie, EQUINE ENERGY MEDICINE CHART - Clinic on use and application, Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765 Julie, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051; EQUINE HERBALISM CHART CLINIC, Alder Flats, AB, or 780-621-0765 EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Rocky Mt. House, AB,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245; SCQHA FALL CIRCUIT, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541, FUNDRAISER, BC Interior Horse Rescue, Winfield Memorial Hall, Dinner, Entertainment, Silent Auction, 250-260-5344, ROCK CREEK & BOUNDARY FALL FAIR, Rock Creek, PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, TREC, NDRC grounds Blewett & Krestova, BC Jocelyn Templeman 250-304-2247, CHRIS IRWIN CLINIC, Fieldstone Equestrian Centre, Kamloops, Anne 1-877-394-6773, SHADOWDANCER CLINIC w/Helen Amanda Russell, Williams Lake, 250-546-9640, GAMES DAY, LRS Grounds, Ngaire Niven 778-277-0015, DELTA RIDING CLUB Percentage Day, Cathy 604.328.3814, CARBOOT SALE/SWAP MEET 10am-1pm, Delta Riding Club, Delta, EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Saskatoon, SK,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Slocan Valley-Silverton, Jenny 250-358-7105, HORSE HERBAL MASTER, Breton, AB, 780-621-0765 Julie, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 MARIJKE VAN DE WATER - Equine Natural Medicine & Nutrition, Victoria, BC,, 1-800-405-6643 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Nelson, Teresa 250-229-4203, MARIJKE VAN DE WATER - Healing Horses with Kinesiology, Victoria, BC,, 1-800-405-6643 UNGSTAD’S PRODUCTION SALE, Innisfail, AB, Dwight Ungstad 403-783-2697, SHADOWDANCER CLINIC w/Helen Amanda Russell, Vernon, 250-546-9640, DIAMOND H TACK 15th Anniversary Celebration & Tent Sale, Kelowna, 250-762-5631 BC SPORTHORSE FALL CLASSIC, Cloverdale, Ulli 604-421-6681 or JOE GILL CLINIC (FREE), (Fri 6-8pm; Sat/Sun 9am to Noon) Gleneden Stables, Salmon Arm, 250-308-4088 MARIJKE VAN DE WATER Healing Laminitis & Hoof Problems with Nutrition & the Barefoot Trim, Victoria, BC,, 1-800-405-6643 NORTH OKANAGAN PLOWING MATCH, Armstrong, Dennis Ryan 250-375-2425

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WESTBANK CTR, Westbank, BC, Myrna Thompson, 250-317-8347,, KETTLE RIVER TRAILS ASSOC., 2nd Annual Charity Poker Ride-A-Thon, Rock Creek, or TWIN ARROWS RANCH HORSE SALE, QH & Paint, Stettler, AB, all horses catalogued, or 403-742-5594 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP TOUR, Silver Sage Arena, Brooks, Alberta, 250-573-5442 or SOHA FALL POINT SHOW (BCHC Qualifier), Penticton, Entries or Sherry 250-490-0397 FORT ST. JOHN HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Fort St John, For more info: CHEMAINUS CTR, Chemainus, BC, Michelle Balme, 250-743-6192,, JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose Bay. or Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018 CHASE CREEK INTERIOR DERBY Series #4 Nick and Ali Holmes-Smith, 250-679-8120 JUMPING DAY, LRS Grounds, Katherine Kowalik 778-241-1932, AERC FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Grand Forks, Joanne 250-442-0275, ALCHEMY OF THE HORSE #2, Breton, AB, 780-621-0765 Julie, EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Brandon, MB,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Summerland, Denise 250-494-3447,

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THE WESTERN HORSE SALE (at Canadian Supreme), Red Deer, AB, Elaine 403-845-2541, FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Auction Market, Lethbridge, AB, all horses catalogued,, 403-329-3101 TOPLINE FALL FINALE Hack, Hunter & Jumper Show, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; HUMAN APPLIED KINESIOLOGY - Level #2, Mankota, SK, 780-621-0765 Julie, DEREK HUGET DRESSAGE/FLAT CLINIC, Williams Lake Trail Riders Arena, Lynn 250-296-3169 or Laura 250-296-3522 LADIES HORSEMANSHIP WEEKEND, Jandana Ranch, Pinantin Lake, 250-573-5800, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Sherwood Park, AB, 250-765-7853, OCTOBERFEST SALE, Roddick’s Feed & Farm Supply, Ladner, BC, 604-946-2771 BHA HALLOWEEN HORSE SHOW (BC Heritage Qualifier), Grand Forks, SOHA TOY DRIVE, info HORSETACULAR, Fun Team Competition, (pre-reg by Sept 17) Quarterspot Ranch, 137 Horner Road, Lumby, BC 250-547-9277 SOHA HALLOWEEN SHOW, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, info BHA GYMKHANA (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, BUCKLE SERIES TEAM ROPING, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug Henry,, 250-546-6494 ENGLISH/WESTERN, LRS Grounds, Nicola Gildemeister, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 PEACHLAND HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Peachland Riding Club, for more info: or 250-718-2761 GAMES DAY, LRS Grounds, Ngaire Niven 778-277-0015, TREC, NDRC grounds Blewett, BC, Jocelyn Templeman 250-304-2247,


CHETWYND HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Chetwynd, for more info: LONGMUIR AQHA PRODUCTION SALE, Empress, AB, Sheila Howe 403-565-3858 FALL OAK STAR CLASSIC SALE, M Bar Quarterhorses, Olds, AB, Chuck Manness 403-335-8819, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Black Creek-Campbell River, Lindy 250-337-8747, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port Alberni, Doris 250-724-4645, ALCHEMY CLASS - for humans/horses/dogs, Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765 Julie, OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Wrap Up Fun Day & AGM, Vernon Riding Club, Joy Viel 250-545-2168 BHA FALL POKER RIDE, Potluck, all ages welcome, Grand Forks, JUMPING DAY, LRS Grounds, Katherine Kowalik 778-241-1932, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, AGM, Mane Event, Chilliwack, BC, Tammy Mercer, 250-335-3390,, MANE EVENT, Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC,, 250-578-7518 BHA FALL POKER RIDE & POTLUCK (any age welcome - must be able to ride without assistance), Grand Forks, PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785,


MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Black Creek-Campbell River, Lindy 250-337-8747, 5-6 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268, 5-14 FARMFAIR, Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands, Visit for more information 6 FALL SELECT SALE, Alberta QH Breeders Group, Northlands AgriCom, Edmonton, AB, or 1-866-788-4366 7 RANCH HORSE COMPETITION & SALE, Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands, Enter or more information at 7-8 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, 7-9 HERITAGE RANCH RODEO, Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands, Tickets on sale at 9 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, 10-14 CANADIAN FINALS RODEO, Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB, Tickets on sale at 11 NORTHLANDS TEAM ROPING FUTURITY, Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands, Enter or more information at 13 OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Formal Dinner & Year End Awards, Vernon, Louellen Rempel 250-542-3433 13-Dec 12 MARION WEISSKOPFF, Apprenticeship Home-base, Princeton, Marion 250-295-4329, 19 NORTH OK HORSEY LADIES Banquet & Charity Auction, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Vernon, Nancy 250-546-9922. Donations welcome. 21 PLAYDAY, GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Pritchard, • 69

Stallions and Breeders WWW.APPALOOSACENTRE.COM “Appaloosas for today and the future.” 250-963-9779 Ranch. 2/11

WWW.RADICALFRENCHGOLD.COM 2004 AQHA Perlino Stallion, APHA listed WFQHA. $850 stud fee, Money Earner, LTD book. LCFG. 604-823-4666 2/11

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WARREN CREEK RANCH (Falkland) 250-275-2717 or 250-379-2128 4/11 SS: Parr for Jack, AQHA. Prospects for sale. Training/Lessons avail.

K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Brooks, AB) 403-378-3886 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, 3/11

MURRAY CREEK RANCH (Langley, BC) 604-807-5519 5/11 SS: APHA & AQHA,

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

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 7/11

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1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

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• Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

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

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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 6/11 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 2/11 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch 2/11 CONSTRUCTION FIXIT RENOVATIONS, Hans van der Stel (North Ok./Shuswap) 250-804-6662 (Vibrating) post pounding, excavating, shelters, reno’s and upgrades. 3/11 DEAD STOCK REMOVAL GREENWAVE FARMS (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250 Providing prompt dead stock removal service. 2/11

Ph: 403-252-1661 • email: #3, 343 Forge Rd. SE, Calgary, AB



100% B.C. Owned and Operated!


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LAKE COUNTRY FARM & PET SUPPLY LTD. Livestock, Pet Feeds and Supplies 250-766-4646 • Dealer for #19-10051 Hwy 97N, Winfield, BC V4V 1P6


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 12/10 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 29 years. • 71

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Custom built and installed to your needs

REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 12/10 Animal Photography, RETIREMENT

GRK Fasteners Dealer for your Construction needs • Customized Bale Spikes for your Farm Equipment • Custom Welding & Horse Trailer Repairs

RETIREMENT HOME FOR HORSES 600 acres of lush open pasture and woodland shelter in a herd dynamic. Ideal horse haven is situated 1/2 hour from Kamloops. Regular boarding also available.

Alan & Dorothy, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •


Suniva Bronson, 250-573-4581 Pinantan Lake, BC 2/11


Equine Retirement Centre

BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 6/11 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM, Green Lake, BC, 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails.

2080 Mile 108 Road, Horsefly, BC

Stevie Pearson, 1-866-447-6355




J&E HAY SALES (Serving BC) 604-819-6317 5/11 Alfalfa, Timothy, Straw, Grass, Mixes. By Bale or Load.

DIKOR RIBBON TECHNOLOGIES, 1-866-503-2510 ph/fax 1st Place for Award Ribbons, 3/11 OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 12/10 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons

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 11/10 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

HEALTH PRODUCTS HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, 12/10 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 • 11/10

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS We know what’s riding on it. 2/11

CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 12/10 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355 English Saddle Fitting & Repairs, 7/11

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


Voice For The Horse Consulting Product Promotions & Advertising Where your advertising dollars support horses at risk and equine educational programs.


MASSAGE THERAPY CERTIFIED Equine Massage Therapist & Certified Reiki Master/Teacher offering sessions, seminars/classes, Heather 403-467-7827, Calgary & area 10/10 OHMS HORSE & HOUND MASSAGE,, 250-828-2279. Serving BC Interior/Fraser Valley. Massage, structural balance, herbal supplements. 5/11 WILD HORSE POWER EQUINE MEDICINE & MASSAGE 250-446-2235 8/11 Stacy Elliot; serving BC Interior & Lower Mainland,


COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) 250-378-9263 12/10 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs

Kamloops Saddlery Custom Saddlemaker, Bob Goudreault Custom Horse Gear & Repairs 1-877-493-8881 • 250-573-5496 • 617 Durango Drive, Kamloops, BC (near BC Livestock Co-op) 3/11

Custom Made Saddles & Tack

Using only the very best quality materials 10/10

Reg Marek • 250-569-7244 • McBride, BC •

KNIGHT’S SADDLERY (Merritt) 250-378-5733 Master Saddle and Tree Maker, 3/11 72 • Saddle Up • September 2010


Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS KR’S CUSTOM SADDLES (Invermere, BC) 1-888-826-3132 Custom Saddles, Custom Leather Design & Repairs, 9/11

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics


DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale

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

9/11 • 951.302-9463 •



R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 8/11 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, WWW.SKOOKUMHORSE.COM (Clinton, BC) 250-459-7772 Horse tack, hunting gear, custom leather products, repairs. 3/11 TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 10/10 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 9/10 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 4/11 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. 12/10 COLE’S COUNTRY STORE (Creston) 250-428-2107 9/10 New & Used Tack, Horse Supplies, Giftware & Jewelry COUNTRY ROADS GENERAL STORE (Fruitvale) 250-367-9229 Otter Co-op Feed Dealer, Feed, Tack, Farm Supplies & Giftware 7/11 HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 7/11 English & Western, New & Used LAZY B (100 Mile House) 250-395-5175 Handmade Leather Goods, Team Ropers & Ranch Ropes, New & Used Tack 7/11 RUSTY SPUR TACK (Lumby) 250-547-9506 Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 7/11 VENKAT SADDLERY (20110 Stewart Cres., Maple Ridge) 1-866-465-8883 English & Western Tack & Saddles. 3/11 WALKER CREEK COUNTRY GOODS LTD. (2 stores serving Vancouver Island) 9/10

Michael Rabe

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

GARY HUNT HORSEMANSHIP, 2/11 940-255-3641 (Alberta) * Problem Solving * Clinics * Colt Starting CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 7/11 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Former Parelli Professional, Clinics/Lessons, 7/11 NATHALIE MERRILL (Vernon) 250-308-8138. High Level Dressage & Western rider. Starting young horses for all disciplines. Lessons available. References available. 4/11

Doug Mills Training Thru Trust Proven Foundation for all disciplines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-573-5442 6/11 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 3/11 LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 9/11 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 Start to Finish, Reining/Cowhorses, Clinics/Lessons, Sale Horses. 5/11 RIVERSIDE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (Prince George) 250-612-4770 2/11 Developing Horses & Riders to their potential.

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 8/11 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, 8/11 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist TRAINERS/COACHES GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horsemen (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 2/11


TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 • TRANQUILLE FARMS (Lake Country) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-7180 9/11 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 6/11 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 4/11 An EQUESTRIAN CENTRE LIKE NO OTHER in the world Barefoot Program •Connected Riding® • Classical Dressage Natural Horsemanship • Holistic Equine Management Equine Bodywork • Equine Rehabilitation and Re-Training 3/11

TRANSPORT/HAULING HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured. 6/11

DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 10/10 • 73

Business Services VETERINARIANS


CROFTON HORSE TRANSPORT Canada / USA / International

A trusted name in ‘safe’ animal transport. 877-246-4355


Local and Long Distance Horse Transport Charter and Shared Hauls - Emergency Service Oversized, Comfortable Trailer Commercially Insured and Licensed Based Near Kamloops, B.C.

Tanya Balmes 250.573.2555


Quality Horse Transport Kevan Garecki 2/11

“It’s All About The Horse”

DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 4/11 JACOBSON VET SERVICES (Serving Kelowna & Area) 250-862-3435 Dr. Teresa Jacobson, Dr. Deanna Jenner 11/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 6/11 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 2/11 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 9/10 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 9/11 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 4/11 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

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On The Market Friesian Ranch Breeder of Friesian & Arabo Friesian Horses in Armstrong, BC


“KISS MY TRADITION” - 2009 BLACK AQHA COLT By Perpetual Tradition, Reserve World Champion and Superior Halter Stallion and out of point earning mare. An excellent all-around western horse, Tritan has a super and excellent conformation. His siblings are riding and showing in Halter, Barrel Racing and Western shows. Visit for additional photos and details. Price $3,500 negotiable 250-215-7463 (Peachland)



12’ s/w 3 horse trailer, electric jacks, large awning, queen size bed, large fridge and freezer, 3-burner stove with oven, microwave, ac, lots more extras. Kept under cover, hardly used, excellent condition. $44,000 obo 250-295-6458 (Huffys Auto) ask for Ken; or after 6 pm 250-295-7320 (Princeton)

Stallion Service: “Yk Dark Otto” & “Laes” Geldings, Mares and Foals for SALE Generous Purchase Terms Available Check us out at: For viewing, call Christiana at 250-306-5351






HERD DISPERSAL & RANCH FOR SALE “Boot Scootin Spook” – 12-year-old Reg’d APHA Stallion, 15.1HH. Great bloodlines, producer of amazing offspring. HALF PRICE AT $3,500 obo. More info at 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail

2004 SOONER SE318 3 horse all-aluminum trailer with dressing room/tack room in the front, rear tack in back, new double mattress and 25 gallon water tank included. In beautiful condition and regularly serviced/maintained. Very low kms. Asking price $18,000 obo Laurie 250-372-1326 (Kamloops) Or E-mail

Sire is Dynamic Deluxe and Dam is Ms Pretigious Passer. Awesome show record. 44 total AQHA points. All Around award received from AQHA in 2009. Monies earned in AQHA Incentive Fund. Shown in Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, English and Western equitation, Showmanship, Trail and Reining. Rode out on an AQHA trail ride in 2009. Great attitude, loves to be shown and handled. Asking $5,000. 250-395-0441 (100 Mile House)

“KHALED” Khaled is a 6-year-old Red Dun Quarter Horse cross Gelding, 15.1HH. He is very friendly, goes both English or Western, snaffle or bosal. He enjoys cattle, jumping logs, and has seen many miles in the bush handling all sorts of terrain. He is very well-mannered, trusting and correct and will suit any rider young or old. He loads easy, is good for the farrier, hobbles and is very patient. Upto-date on all vaccinations, farrier, teeth and de-worming. $4,000. Cool Water Ranch 250-446-2326 (Westbridge) E-mail

“SNAP” Seasoned Ranch Gelding. Snap is a big, stocky, 16-year- old APHA Gelding, 15.2HH and 1250 lbs. He is an all around, been there, done that, go anywhere horse. He has roped calves, cows and bulls, packed in the mountains, cattle drives on provincial highways, parades, swimming and much more. He really enjoys people, loves to work and see the country. $5,500. Cool Water Ranch 250-446-2326 (Westbridge) E-mail

REG’D AQHA MARE 6 YRS OLD NRHA Earnings. A very classy talented mare, spins, stops, lead changes. Peppy San, Classy Little Lena, Freckles Playboy, Peppy San Badger. Asking $13,500 obo. 250-567-2839 (Vanderhoof) • 75

On The Market “PEPPY” GREY TB MARE 13 yrs old, has been competed on for 4 seasons Canadian Professional Rodeos. Earnings of $30,000. Has been ridden by the best seasoned competitors to 12-year-old beginners. $40,000.

I’M A HOT DIMENSION YEARLING FILLY Won the Futurity Stakes LL class in Dawson Creek. Three Dimension Zip and Blazing Hot breeding. Willing, trailers well, baths, good with farrier, etc. Will be an excellent all around horse. Asking $4,500 obo. Video on you tube under I’m a Hot Dimension. 250-567-4068 (Vanderhoof)

Offered for your consideration

2009 AQHA GELDING “GO WEST CHARLIE” Incentive Fund Nominated. Charlie will make a great all around prospect. Show him in Halter and ride him later. Has already earned a point at his first show out at Halter. Easy enough that he was shown by a youth. He is sired by 2000 Reserve World and Superior Halter Stallion Perpetual Tradition. Fit and ready to show. Consideration to a show home and terms available. For more info on Charlie and his sire please visit $5,000. 250-764-7770 (Kelowna)

ALSO: “Roberto” - 3 yr Filly, quiet, QH bay, out of Hollys Lil Peppy, 6 time qualifier at CFR. Dam: Little Red Rambler (Ettabo); her sister is also a CFR Competitor. $3,000. Renee at 250-574-7877 (Chase)


$60. plus Tax


“KAY” - GORGEOUS BUCKSKIN MARE 11 yrs old, 14HH. Would be perfect for High School Rodeo horse. Anybody can ride her. Heel horse, breakaway, goat tying, pole bending and barrels. Competed at BCBRA Finals. She is always happy and eager. $20,000. ALSO: “Indiana Bar Set” - this is Easy Set/Three Bars, sorrel QH mare, 14 yrs; produces beautiful, strong athletic babies, or she can be ridden. AND: 9 yrs, Gasohol Appendix bay gelding; seasoned barrel horse, $30,000. Renee at 250-574-7877 (Chase)

Offered for your consideration

2009 AQHA MARE “DON’T YOU WISH NOW” This stunning filly is sired by 2000 Reserve World and Superior Halter Stallion Perpetual Tradition and out of an Open Superior Halter Mare with over 200 points. Loads of body and a beautiful head and a deep v-chest. Tons of potential, not to mention she is super sweet. She is fi t and ready to show. For more info on Sadie and her sire please visit $6,000. 250-764-7770 (Kelowna)

QH/WELSH 13.1HH PALOMINO PONY MARE REG’D 15.2HH SORREL QH MARE 14 yrs old. Mighty Bar Money & Oki Patty Simms. Trustworthy, confident, sweet natured, quick and willing. Gentle enough for beginner but good for experienced rider also. Presently used for barrel racing. Asking $6,500 obo. E-mail for more pics or info. 250-804-2355, E-mail (Grindrod)

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This 16 yr old pony is suitable for any level of rider and is very athletic. She has been used for gymkhanas and pony club, great on trails. Very gentle and excellent with trailering, bathing, farrier, etc. Very sweet disposition. To approved loving home only. $5,500 obo. E-mail for more pics or info. 250-804-2355, E-mail (Grindrod)

8 YR OLD 14.3HH QH BUCKSKIN MARE Beautiful big boned with a fantastic disposition. 3 months professional training with Lee Poncelet last fall. Started on barrels. No vices, good with farrier, trailering, bathing, etc. $6,200 obo. E-mail for more info. ALSO: 13 yr old QH red dun Mare (Dam of the buckskin), free with her as a companion or light duty if wanted. Excellent to teach a young person to ride on. 250-804-2355, E-mail (Grindrod)


Old Baldy Ranch

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

Offspring for Sale

AQHA/NFQH 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AQHA Rom Reining

Goldun Poco Mr Matt AQHA/NFQH 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, 3rd Open Reining Archa 2003 Grandson of Little Steeldust

Aw Poco Durango AQHA/NFQH 96% Red Dun, Herda N/N Son Of Jaz Poco Silverado, Grandson of Little Steel Dust and Goldun Poco Mr Matt

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337

“TRIGGER” - FLASHY 15HH QH GELDING He’s done BCRA, BCHSRA, BCBRA. Doesn’t love the barrels, needs to go in a different direction. He’s great on trails, awesome on cows, would make a great ranch horse or an amazing cutting horse. Loves to jump, energetic, fun to ride, has been goat tyed off of, you can throw a rope off him no problem. I’ll be sad to see him go, but he needs to do something he enjoys more. Needs an experienced rider. To approved home only. Asking $3,200 obo. Casey 604-698-6722 E-mail (Pemberton)

Normally unavailable in BC due to shipping costs, these rice hulls are surplus from a building project and are already in BC. $4.50 per 6 cubic foot bag. *More economical than shavings - lasts weeks longer *Keeps horse dryer *Greater cushion - no more hock sores *Naturally flame retardant and mold resistant *Easier to clean, lighter forkfuls, less waste *Recyclable as footing in your round pen *Will dry out after rain – keeps mud at bay Contact Tim 250-359-5070, E-mail For more info (not my web site) (Nelson)


Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 10/10 FINE LINE ARABIANS offers beautiful, people-oriented, “old style” stock for breeding, show, pleasure riding. Visitors always welcome. Call 250-547-9367 9/10

Affordable Barns We don’t give estimates we give you the price! Comes complete with:

Standard Size 36’ x 24’

4 - 12’ x 12’ Wood Lined Box Stalls 12’ Wide Center Alley 6’ Easy Glide Exterior Door Coloured Metal Siding Sliding Stall Doors

2005 KIEFER BUILT Express Explorer, 3H Angle Haul, w/ full Living Quarters. Bathroom w/shower, rear tack, dropdown windows, full awning. As new! $32,000 obo or trade. 250-548-3440 (Oyama) PERUVIAN PASO HORSES FOR SALE. All ages and stages of training. See the Peruvian Paso Demo Team at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair Sept. 10-12. 250-379-2711 (Armstrong)


$17,995. plus delivery Larger Sizes Available

1-866-500-2276 •


Also Offering Barns Suitable for Mini Horses What you save with One Percent Realty

EZFlex Cookies and EZTreats ™

JOINT CARE FOR YOUR HORSE Glucosamine MSN Chondroitin 250-318-6308

Jo AnneDelichte Delichte 250-309-2384 Jo Anne 250-309-2384 • 77



Longmuir Quarter Horses AQHA PRODUCTION SALE


Sunday, October 10, 2010 1:00 p.m. Empress Alberta

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

Ranch Raised Colour and Ability 50 year AQHA Breeder Award

Watch for us at The Mane Event

Contact for catalogue Sheila Howe: 403-565-3858 Dale Howe (Trainer) 403-502-1019

Distributors Welcome


250-390-0835 • Vern & Karen Mann ORDER ONLINE:



Quality Interior 75-80 lb Tight Square Bales No Rain, No Mold, No Waste, No Disappointment $8.50 - 9.00 per bale Grapple available to load

Clapperton Ranch

WANTED - 2 TRAIL HORSES for mature, intermediate riders. Geldings at 8-14 years preferred. Bomb-proof, good with mountain trails, dogs, machinery, ATVs. Contact or call 250-495-5061 (Osoyoos)

EVENTS HORSE AND TACK SALE on October 16, 2010. Contact us for a list of horses and items for sale. For more info call Casie 250-238-2375 or e-mail (Gold Bridge)

7620 Hwy 8 Off Hwy 1 near Spences Bridge, BC


Lumby’s Annual Quarterspot Ranch

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 10/10

FREE FREE HORSE MANURE and lots of it. Great for fields and gardens. You load. North Armstrong. 250-546-9922 TO A PERFECT HOME ONLY! “Manhattan” is a very pretty guy; about 23 years young; and still able to be ridden by children. He is also ready for hours of brushing. Black/bay Standardbred (approx 15.2HH) with a long curly mane and tail. Feet and worming are all up to date. Has excellent feet and doesn’t require shoes! This horse has seriously done it all! He is a retired trotter (but does canter), been in parades, gone swimming, jumped, been ridden Western/English (Pony Club & 4-H), driven a cart, and even rode through the A&W drive through. It is hard to see him go as he has just been a real trooper. If you think you can provide him a fabulous retirement home then please call me 250-8373555 or e-mail (Revelstoke) NEW: 8-YEAR-OLD WELL BRED AQHA MARE, 15.3HH. Anyone can ride. Broodmare sound and tested, light riding only. To approved home only. Cheryl 250-768-3306 (Westbank) NEW: FREE TO A GOOD HOME. 1992 AQHA Broodmare. Three Bars/Moon Deck Bred. Nice producing mare that is sound with no vices; never ridden. Great companion. Serious inquiries only please. Teixeira Performance Stables, or 250-8036003 (Salmon Arm)

“HORSETACULAR” Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Costume Class Does your Team of 4 Horses and Riders have the best All-Round combination? Join up for a challenging day of “spookin’ good fun and games!” $100 per team. Pre-registration by Sept 17. Concession Stand, Covered Arena


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


Don’t have a full team? Call us - we’ll try to help! 250-547-9277 137 Horner Road, Lumby, BC

65th Annual

Rock Creek & Boundary Fall Fair September 18 & 19, 2010 (Horse Show, September 17 & 18, 2010)

• Pro-Barrel Racing • Horse Show Exhibits • Beer Garden • Greased Pig Race • Free Entertainment • Lawn Mower Races

• Gymkhana • Carnival • 4H Classes • Mutton Busting • Team Cattle Penning • Cowhide Race

“The Homecoming” 78 • Saddle Up • September 2010


BOARDING 105 RIDING ARENA UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. Horse boarding, clinics, events, riding memberships. Overnighters and day users welcome. Indoor and outdoor arenas, 18 stall barn, large turnout field and 14 paddocks. Call Amber at 250-395-0441 for more info (100 Mile House)


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


Shop & Swap! BOARDING

L & L Quarter Horses Horse Boarding in Vernon

Next ad Deadline: September 15

• Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers

Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

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

Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289


Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)





Leather & Stitches Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs


Top Quality Australian Saddles

Shelters for cattle, calves, horses etc. or for storage Single or double shelters (or more panels to add on) Pick-up panels or delivered on site Different designs and finishes available

Deep Creek General Store 0

The Leather Lady


Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 11/10 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock

Cowboys’ Corner Store Experience the Country Hospitality Horse Tack & Bits Ropes Cards Quality “Cowboy Hats” Jewelry Collection of “Bernie Brown Giftware”” And much more…



CLASSIFIED AD RATE 25 words = $25.00 plus tax Addt’l words .50¢ each plus tax

2102 Nicola Ave. Merritt BC 250-315-1469

Starting at $1,195.00 (excl GST)

Specializing in timber frame Barns, Hay Sheds, Pole Barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas 9/10


1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC 250-547-6616

BLOCK AD RATE $50.00 black & white $100.00 colour plus tax • 79



ABBOTSFORD Avenue Machinery Corp. 604-864-2665 COURTENAY North Island Tractor Ltd. 250-334-0801 CRESTON Kemlee Equipment Ltd. 250-428-2254

DAWSON CREEK Douglas Lake Equipment 250-782-5281 DUNCAN Island Tractor & Supply Ltd. 250-746-1755 KAMLOOPS Douglas Lake Equipment 250-851-2044

KELOWNA Avenue Machinery Corp. 250-769-8700 OLIVER Gerard’s Equipment Ltd. 250-498-2524 PRINCE GEORGE Huber Equipment 250-560-5431

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