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From the Editor… Features Equine Extravaganza “Wish” Fundraiser Chilliwack’s Mane Event Tips – Selling At Auction Life’s Lessons Training – Mark Sheridan Healing Horses Naturally Training – Dana Hokana Langley Gals in Ireland Horse Sense Clicker Training TFC Dance At Liberty Part 2 Meeting Buck Brannaman

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his is our Fall Fair(s) issue, but summer just got here, didn’t it? I sure hope summer lasts a bit longer. Falls Fairs are great, don’t you agreee? All kinds of exhibits, horse events and endless food… yummy! I hope you do your part and visit your local fall fair – and get back to the ‘rural roots’! We’re having a lot of fun receiving your “KIDS” photos on horseback – it’s their time to shine, whether it’s the first time in the saddle or their first show. Keep them coming! We always love to hear from our readers. I can never say it enough, sorry, but this issuee is once again packed with articles for everyone. So much h information and knowledge to gain. I even heard (thru the grapevine) that a dairy farmer in Alberta (no horses) reads Saddle Up every month. That was great to hear! Until next month… enjoy!

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n Saturday, Octtober 8th the Mackenzie Meadows and Training for Co Courage Center in Pritchard BC, will be hosting an Equine Celebration for everyone. There will be professional exhibitions by Paul Dufresne’s Andalusian and Friesian stallions. You can expect to see some Spanish Reining/Garrocha (big stick for working fighting cattle), Classical Dressage/High School Airs, Stunts, a Courage Gauntlet, and a Working Equitation number that will demonstrate the Spanish idea of an extremely challenging souped-up Trail/ Reining/Dressage class. There will also be a group liberty exhibition with 3 horses as well as some comic relief by the riding stunt puppy “So-She.” Following the exhibitions there will be a pre-clinic preview on Endotapping Training so people can get a glimpse at what this New Age technique is all about and how it facilitates the horses’ acceptance of our human efforts to lead them. There will also be a Mackenzie Paint Horse Showcase featuring the “auction fi lly” as well. All proceeds of this event will benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation, BC/ Yukon Chapter. Entry to the event is by donation to this worthy charity. There will

also be a Silent Auction of items donated by supporting sponsors that people can bid on; with a few major ticket items such as a breeding to the Andalusian stallion “Mystique’s Padrino,” the main star of the Exhibitions worth $1750; as well as a yearling Paint Filly (pre-event bids will be taken on the stud fee and fi lly until October 6 for those who cannot attend. E-mail your bids with contact information thru the websites: www. or The Mackenzies will provide refreshments and their hospitality sharing all the possibilities of this wonderful equine training facility. Any individuals or businesses wanting to contribute to this event with items for the silent auction are welcome to contact us so we can make this a great fundraiser. Contact Thea Mackenzie at or 250-577-3252. And thanks in advance to Saddle Up for supporting the promotion of this event. The festivities start at 12 noon on Saturday and the Exhibitions at 2 p.m. sharp, so make sure you arrive early to view the facility and wonderful silent auction items as well as displays from sponsors. It will be rush-seating for the Exhibitions so you will want to be there early. We are looking forward to having you all out and Celebrate Horses!

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The Mane Event Is Fast Approaching


his year’s Mane Event in Chilliwack, October 21–23 is shaping up to be another fun event fi lled with hours of equine education, shopping and fun. The confirmed clinicians for this year are again worldrenowned equestrians, judges and trainers that include: Bernie Traurig (Jumping). Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the US Equestrian Team both at home and abroad on many occasions and reached the top of the sport in all 3 of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. He is currently the West Coast’s associate Chef d’Equipe to George H. Morris, the Chef d’Equipe of the US Olympic Equestrian Team. Also participating at the Expo is Axel Steiner (Dressage). Axel started riding as a 9-year-old in Germany and later attended the well-known riding schools of Warendorf and von Neindorff. He received his first national judges licence in 1968, and was promoted by the FEI to Official status (FEI-O, now FEI Five Star*****) in 1988. Axel has judged in 35 different countries, from Zambia to World Axel Steiner Cup Finals, Pan American, and the Olympic Games. Mark Sheridan, is a University of Findlay, Ohio graduate with over 28 years experience producing winning all around show horses. Mark will be presenting a number of clinics over the 2½ days of the event. Mark has trained and coached four AQHYA Reserve World Champions in both the English and Western divisions. He has judged the AQHA World Show 4 times, the AQHYA World Show 2 times and the All American Quarter Horse Congress 4 times, as Mark Sheridan well as numerous shows in Australia, Europe, Japan and the Canadian Nationals in Red Deer, AB (four times). He is a member of AQHA, NSBA, NRHA, APHA, PCQHA and the Arizona QH Association.  A new addition to this year’s event is Mark Bolender (Extreme Trail). He is also the country’s leading expert in the sport of Extreme Trail, Mountain Trail and Competitive Trail and a three time National Grand Champion in the sport. He has designed and built Extreme Trail courses across the nation. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Mark’s most recent course is operated by the Washington State Horse Park. His courses are designed to challenge the horse and rider of any skill level within the sport. Mark has been invited to design and build the very first Extreme Trail course in Germany. Rounding off this year’s line-up of clinicians are: Kay Veinotte (Driving); Jonathan Field (Horsemanship); Robyn Hood (TTouch); Marion Weisskopff (Classical Cowboy Dressage); and Daryl Gibb (Horsemanship). The Trainers Challenge will feature Kade Mills, 2011 Champion Mane Event Trainers Challenge in Red Deer, Alberta. Kade resides and is currently training in Alberta; Jon Ensign from Montana; and returning Mane Event crowd favourite Steve Rother. It is sure to be an eventful and educational experience with the horses again supplied by the world famous Douglas Lake Ranch. Visit for the last couple of clinicians soon to be confirmed as well as Expo hours and a listing of the Trade Show Exhibitors featuring vendors from BC, Alberta, Eastern Canada and the US. To participate in the clinics contact or call 250-578-7518 for an application form.

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Selling Horses at Auction By Elaine Speight


orse auctions are the backbone of the industry and a tradition as old as the business itself, but one must use them intelligently. Developing your horse marketing program using an auction puts you and the name of your farm or ranch in the limelight, and is an excellent form of advertising and promotion. Using horse auctions strategically can be of tremendous value financially for both buyer and seller.

Horses as a Business The horse business is one of the most difficult ways to make a living, but it can be one of the most rewarding. It is also a very fast growing business. One just has to look in some of our major horse publications to see the growing number of stallions available for service, the many farms and ranches with horses for sale and the number of stallion syndications being formed, to know that profits are being made.

What is the Price? Price your horse for the market, and the particular sale you wish to use. Do some research and know the true value of your horse. Look at the pedigree of the sire and dam, their show records, the horse’s conformation and disposition. Also decide what event your horse is best suited for and how much potential your horse has. Selling horses effectively means being honest with yourself as well as with prospective buyers. Here are some points buyers consider:

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1. The honesty and reputation of the farm or ranch (seller’s guarantee, the care and health of the sale horse) 2. Handling history, level of training, training methods (caution: misrepresentation in this area irritates buyers) 3. Horse’s potential (soundness for riding, athletic ability, conformation) 4. Temperament of the horse (quiet, willing, well-mannered) 5. Age of the horse - a prospect or a performer (prices increase to age 10) 6. Quality and fertility of breeding stock (number of foals produced, size, quality and colour)

Advertising Plan early in the year what you will be selling and what horses will fit particular sales. The earlier you make these decisions, the earlier you will be prepared to place your ads. As part of your marketing program, you should have the pedigrees of your stallion, broodmares and other sale horses researched by a professional pedigree service. This will keep your advertising information accurate, will be a tremendous selling tool to put in the sale catalogue and internet listing, and the auctioneer and sale announcer will have a “readable pedigree” to use to promote your horse on sale day.

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Selling Horses, contâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Getting Ready Bring your horse to the sale prepared to sell for the price you are asking. Have it looking the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best it can beâ&#x20AC;? for sale day. Eightyfive percent of buyers prefer to see a horse in good sale condition and well presented. Now with so many new people coming in to the horse business, the days are gone when buyers are able to see a â&#x20AC;&#x153;diamond in the rough.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tougher sell now than it used to be. Below are some tips for preparing your horse for the sale: 1. Start fitting your horse 45 to 60 days before sale date. 2. Groom daily, bathe 2 to 3 times per week. 3. Use summer sheets (winter blankets for spring sales) to keep a nice, slick coat. 4. Tame the mane to one side by banding or braiding 5. Exercise daily; allow the horse to run free in a large pen or small

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pasture to develop muscle tone and wear off excess energy. 6. Have a balanced feeding and de-worming program. 7. About a week or so before the sale, clip the bridle path, ears and nose for a neat appearance, and trim/shoe your horse. That first impression is so important! The fact that your horse is clean and fit shows you value your product and take pride in what you sell.

Picture This! Good pictures are an advantage when selling horses and should be planned for well in advance of the sale catalogue or internet listing deadline. Here are some picture pointers: 1. It takes three people to work a photo shoot: the photographer, the handler and someone to attract the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention. 2. Tidy up the horse and use a nice halter. The handler should be dressed appropriately. 3. Avoid cluttered backgrounds. Keep away from light poles, trees, bale stacks, vehicles and other distracting objects. 4. Decide where your lighting is coming from. Shoot with the sun behind you and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let your shadow get in the picture. Early morning or late afternoon sunlight always makes horses look better. Here you utilize â&#x20AC;&#x153;side light,â&#x20AC;? i.e. light shining on the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body. Avoid shooting when the lighting is too weak to illuminate muscle tone. 5. Watch your angles. The best side-profile photos are shot on a direct horizontal plane from the center of the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart girth. That means the photographer will be down on one knee at least 20 feet away. 6. It is important to have contrast. Make sure the horse doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blend in with the background. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for a buyer to see the outline clearly, especially the head and topline. 7. Take videos of your horse playing or working. Use a professional video service to edit the tape, and put in some music and commentary. Most sales now have a video viewing room set aside for the convenience of prospective buyers. Videos properly done are an excellent selling tool.

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Selling Horses, cont’d The vet at the sale will do a visual examination to determine general health, freedom from disease, and significant abnormalities in movement. Prospective buyers can arrange in advance to have the vet in attendance to provide a more in-depth soundness exam at the sale, at their cost. Health and pregnancy checks should be done by your own vet at home to insure your horse will be cleared by the sale vet.

2. Do some loping, spins, stops and rollbacks building up the tempo each time the bidding begins to stall, until you get where you want to be. 3. Presentation is 40% of the sale.

At the Sale

After the Sale

There should be some time set aside at the sale to preexamine, or test ride sale horses. Owners and trainers should make themselves available to answer questions asked by prospective buyers. Staying close to the horse’s stall and showing the horse to everyone who is interested is an excellent way to pre-sell your horse.

Sellers and trainers should make themselves available after their horses are sold. If their horse is passed over, a prospective buyer might want to discuss a more agreeable purchase price. If your horse is sold, the new owner may want to discuss the health, breeding or training history of the horse. It is also an opportunity to discuss other horses you might have for sale, or talk about your farm or ranch. Selling a horse is often the start of a long-term business relationship and possibly a good friendship. Such a relationship usually fosters more business, so the kind of horses you present to the buying public can be crucial now and in the long run.

Vet Checks

In the Sale Ring Some sales have experienced people available for hire to show sale horses. This can be helpful if you tend to be nervous in the sale ring or need to watch the bidding more closely. If you decide to show your own horse, here are some “sale showmanship” suggestions that might be of help to you: 1. Enter the ring quietly and don’t show your horse too fast to begin with. Save some energy for when the bidding begins to stall.

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BC Interior Horse Rescue Update By Lauri Meyers


ppys, Roans, Duns, Paints and Palominos. Red, Grey, Blue, Blonde and Chrome. Some hearts broke with surrender, while others soared with an adoption. 

Adopted: Jewels, whose name has been changed to Willow, has been adopted by Tamatha in Surrey. Tamatha had been watching the adventures of Jewels since she first saw her on Facebook. She was so taken by her that she had to come out to visit her. Well the visit turned out to be more. She fell in love with this special mare and decided she had to adopt her. Jewels will be living in Sicamous, until they are able to move to Kelowna. We wish them many years of love and growth together. Jazzie has been adopted by Lynn D in Hedley. Lynn had been on a search for a special riding partner for 4 years and that journey came to an end when she met Jazzie. Jazzie’s laid back and easy going personality won Lynn’s heart and she knew she had to have her. Jazzie will be a trail horse and companion for Lynn, with a possibility to maybe do barrels, if that is something that moves Jazzie. We can’t wait to hear about their progress and adventures.

New arrivals: Lacey is an Arabian type mare who is approximately 16 years old. She has been ridden by a young girl and is a true love. She needs more groceries but will make a great horse for a special someone. Lacey is 14 to 14.2HH and will be going to our trainer, Trevor, for a week’s assessment. We have had garage sales in July and August. Both sales went well and had lots of people attend, some just dropping by to see what the Rescue was about. We are looking at having another one in September. Watch the website for more information. We have a lot more items for the treasure hunters and bargain finders, all items can be “purchased” by donation.

Hub: It’s hard to believe that we have to start thinking about winter. We have been getting our feed stocked up, as well as building winter pens, shelters and, if time permits, a hay shed too. The

arena is almost complete, which is exciting as this has been a long, ongoing, project. We are hoping to install 2 automated waterers before winter, as this will make the Equine Director’s life a little easier. We will be reseeding the front pasture so next year there will be new and healthy growth for the horses.

Upcoming Events: Pop Cans for the Ponies - September 17 at Chasers Bottle Depot. Hours will be approximately 9:00–4:00 p.m. People can drop off their bags of bottles under the Capri tent. Volunteers are available to sort bottles, just need volunteers to go door to door. The Sun FM Fun Finder team will be on location to encourage people to bring their bottles to Chasers Bottle Depot. If you would like to volunteer, please send in a volunteer form, via the FORM button at, or call 250-260-5344 ext 1. Ride for Rescue – September 24 at the proposed Equine Park, look for the silver gate on the right approximately 100 meters past Salmon River Road, on Highway 97N north of Vernon. In the saddle at 11:00 a.m. Tailgate party will follow, with hot dogs, drinks and chips available for a small fee. Pre-registration and payment are required; $10 per rider or $15 per family- pay by paypal, www.bcihrs. ca, or mail to: PO Box 912, Vernon BC V1T 6M8 Second Annual Craft Fair is currently in the planning stages for November. Watch our website for details.



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Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lessons, According to Horse By Kevan Garecki WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING YOUR HORSE TO DO?

It may be argued that horses are one of the most perceptive species on earth, but they are also one of the most simplistic. Apart from basic instinctual desires for safety, food, companionship and progeny, horses are not governed by the sort of agendas that humans cultivate. They do not need to win first place at a show, nor wear the best clothes or be seen in opulent surroundings.


e imbue those attributes upon them through our own anthropocentric view of the world, and therein lies a critical shortcoming in how we see and interact with the horse. More importantly, and to the point of this article, it affects how the horse sees us. Horses can and do recognize a remarkable vocabulary of human words. From â&#x20AC;&#x153;walkâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;whoaâ&#x20AC;? and many others in between, they can discern and act upon our requests based on verbal cues. But their perception goes much deeper than that. We direct them every bit as effectively with our tone of voice, body language and even our frame of mind. A horse that is in tune with his human can quite likely foresee the outcome of



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the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s session far in advance of our own predictions simply by paying attention to how we approach, talk and stand. For instance, when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a good mood, we stand more erect, walk with a spring in our step and tend to look around. In contrast, a gloomier outlook usually causes us to walk with less purpose, slouch and look down. The horse sees this and reacts according to how we have treated him in those states previously. If, in the past, we have been less than understanding when life gets in the way of living, he will anticipate the rougher treatment as we lead our little black cloud up to the barn. The stage is then set for a confrontation, and most often we will not even be aware that we precipitated it from the start. The result is that we tend to think the horse is â&#x20AC;&#x153;misbehavingâ&#x20AC;? and inflict predictable measures. Meanwhile, the horse, who was simply trying to protect himself, not only catches the brunt of our temper but also learns to resist us when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re less than our usual sunny self. In effect, we have taught the horse to be resistant when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re grumpy! A common mistreatment I see is when a horse â&#x20AC;&#x153;misbehavesâ&#x20AC;? and the owner/handler then delivers a few sharp pops on the lead rope to â&#x20AC;&#x153;teach that horse a lesson.â&#x20AC;? The window of opportunity for reprimanding a horse is measured in seconds. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliver the appropriate correction within two to three seconds, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother at all because to the horse itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already over. Anything you do to him after that will only be interpreted as abuse. Remember, I said â&#x20AC;&#x153;appropriate.â&#x20AC;? A snap on the lead rope is not

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Life’s Lessons, cont’d an appropriate response if the horse is fidgety. However, simply making him move, when and how you intend, is appropriate. Better to take control of the situation rather than try to bully the horse into submission. That horse is a lot bigger and stronger than we are, and he can tolerate a significantly higher degree of pain than you and I could imagine, so yanking on his face will only serve to make him shy from pressure altogether; and we end up with a head-shy horse. We frequently hear about “pressure and release” to cue and subsequently reward the horse for the correct response, but more important than release is when we do it. If we’re still pulling on the reins several seconds after the horse has tried to interpret our request he will miss the release entirely, or think it is for something else. The window of opportunity for reward is just as slim as it is for reprimand, so the release must be immediate if the horse is to understand when he’s done what we’ve asked. This is one of the few universal truths in horsemanship, and also one of the least understood. A common example of this is shown when loading a horse onto a trailer; most folks get excited when Dobbin finally steps in the right direction and in their rush they begin to pull even harder. The savvy horse thinks, “Well, I stepped up to that scary cave and the pressure did not go away it increased! So, I guess that’s not what my human wants me to do after all.” Makes perfect sense, to a horse... by failing to offer release at the appropriate moment, we taught the horse not to load. Just as with people, some horses respond to praise, others do not. Praise is the icing on the cake of release; we take that extra step to let the horse know he has done well. Praise can come in almost any form that is deemed enjoyable to the horse, save that energetic slap to the neck! With skin sensitive enough to feel a fly landing on a shaft of hair, rest assured your horse does not appreciate being slapped! Indiscriminate or inappropriate praise can do far more harm than good; from that slap on the neck to the droning of incessant “Atta-boy!”, the result is not a horse who feels rewarded, but a horse who learns to block it out and chalk

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n this third installment of horsemanship tips, I want to talk about the first steps up to the cone and the start of your pattern. The first major things that I look for other than what we discussed in earlier articles, is proper adjustment of tack, equipment, and communication between horse and rider. I want to see stirrups that are not too short, not too long. Too short of a stirrup will put too much bend in the knee. Too long of a stirrup will have the toes down, lack of contact in the stirrup and too straight of a line with little bend in the knee. I see both of these situations in all the shows that I judge. Most of the time it is the latter with the longer stirrup and reaching for it, and always trying to keep the leg way too far behind the hip of the rider. I realize that the line must start at the shoulder, drop through the hip, and finish up through the ankle. However, many times I see the riders constantly pushing their legs back too far, which puts the ankle too far behind the line. This will only put the rider out of balance as they are riding on their crotch. Too short of a stirrup will tend to keep the legs ahead of the line. Proper stirrup adjustment will make it possible for the rider to apply pressure to the ball of the foot, with the heels down and slightly out so that the calf

of the rider is close to the barrel of the horse. This will enable the rider to maintain constant contact and communication with the horse at all times. Another obvious fault is incorrect bridle adjustment as well as cinches not tightened up and tucked away. It is easy to tell how the pattern will ride on most occasions when there is communication between horse and rider before the pattern starts. If the horse is pushing on the bridle and the rider has that worried look on their face due to lack of communication with their partner, it is very easy to see from our point of view. Most good judges start to get a feel of the rider and the pattern from the moment that they give the nod to begin. It is very important to start a few feet back from the start cone, so that one can let their horse walk a step or two and un-track them from standing still. Flow is the most important part of the pattern. Do make sure that if the judges are looking up and any one of them nods for you to go, that you definitely go! Do not, under any circumstances, make it necessary for the judge to wave at you or nod more than once, for you to commence

with your pattern. If there is a work order, listen for your order of go. Do not be goofing around and not paying attention to the announcer or ring steward. If they call your number and you are not up to the cone and ready to go, you will be dropped a sufficient amount of points. Pay attention and be ready to go, and make sure that you are not training or jerking on your horse’s mouth when you are in the ring, especially when we are looking. That applies as well to when you are finished with your pattern and waiting on the other end of the arena until the other riders are finished. It is amazing what we can see from our vantage point. Always assume that we are always looking at you. And always pay attention to your ring steward and give them the utmost courtesy that they deserve. They work hard and are directed by the judges as to

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Chaos to Collection! By Jackie Golightly


ugust 14 dawned bright and sunny in Cochrane, Alberta for the 4th Annual Chaos to Collection 2011 show. The Performance Standardbreds’ Annual Schooling Show is held in support of the Placement Program, which finds homes and new careers for retired harness racers. The show is open to all breeds, with a focus on fun, sportsmanship and skill development. Millie Pratt was a fair and competent judge, assisted by ringmaster Lois Martin and announcer Jane Bruce. Dana Zarowny was the efficient show secretary and, along with Holly Howard and Kathy Sunberg, general organizer. Jackie Golightly at the gate did her best to keep things moving along. Thanks to the volunteers who handed out ribbons, set up and tear down courses, and manned the concession. Thanks also to our sponsors for great prizes. Abbey Gulbransen and More than 20 entrants Heritage Hall’s Olivia (Welsh Pony) competed in Western, English Photographer: Taylor Zarowny and combined classes. The

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Many people believe that to get your horse light and responsive you just use a bigger bit. This is why you find many older horses in big, severe bridles. The problem with this theory is that at some point you can run out of bridle and then you still don’t have a light horse. I believe that you can develop a light, responsive, good-mouthed horse at any age with the tips I give you in this series of articles.


here are several components involved in developing a light, responsive horse, so I’ve broken this lesson down into three parts. In this issue, I will teach you to use your hands mindfully. In part two, I will teach you proper hand position in a snaffle bit and/or a shank bridle. In part three, I will teach you how to teach your horse to flex in the head and neck, and where a horse has to break, or give, in order to provide you with the soft ness and flexion that you desire.

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It’s also important to know that there is a difference between a “responsive” horse and one that has a “soft mouth.” These are two different things. A responsive horse is one that gives or responds immediately when asked. A horse can be responsive but not necessarily have a light, soft mouth. Horses’ mouths can vary between soft and light to dull and heavy. Some of this may be hereditary, as traits like this can run common to a family line. It can also involve the shape of the interior of the

horse’s mouth and tongue. Using your hands correctly and teaching your horse to respond immediately can definitely help your horse to get lighter in the face.

Learn to Use Your Hands Mindfully There’s an old saying: “Light hands make a soft mouth.” This is true to some degree but it’s not the whole truth. The whole truth involves “mindful, soft hands make a soft mouth.” This means that paying attention to your approach, your pick-up and your release is crucial in developing a light, soft mouth. If you are insensitive with your hands, your horse will most likely brace against you for your pick-up. He does this for self-protection; he may have had quite a few hits to his face before. “Ride mindfully” is a saying I often use. To ride mindfully, I recommend that you keep all distractions away from you while riding, especially when you are working to develop good hands. It is so easy to answer your cell phone, get talking to someone or lose focus, but to really ride well I encourage you to eliminate your distractions. Focus only on your horse. I am constantly diagnosing while I am riding, thinking about if my horse is giving to me or not. I also think about and diagnose if my horse is leaning or resisting somewhere I wasn’t aware of. Is there a body part that he is not giving with or sticking on me in some area? Stay alert, stay diagnosing and thinking, pay attention to your horse and his response. If you are mindful, you will find yourself more consistent with your cues.


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of correction and reward you will find your horse trying to please and looking for that reward. When you release your horse, that release is his reward. However, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t release until he truly gives. Set your standard in your mind of what your expectations are. I determine this by how advanced my horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training is. If my horse is very green, I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require as much as I would if he were a finished show horse.

We talked about your pick-up, or your approach, and equally important is your release. My own standard I have of when to release is that I want my horse to soften in my hand. I want to not only see the horse give through his head and neck, but I want to feel him soften and give in my hands. Horses can fake it and set their head, appearing to give. If your goal is to develop a light, soft horse, the biggest secret to that is for him to soften in your hand every time, before you give!

Learn to Follow Through The act of following through is huge in riding and training. I find a common problem in people that I teach is that they ask with their hands very timidly or insecurely, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really get much of a response, and then give because they just arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if their horse gave to them or not. It is very important that you ask confidently and clearly, stay in with your cue until you truly feel a response, and then give clearly. So be clear in your pick up and release.

Forgive After Each Correction If your horse is fighting you or arguing with you in the face and you need to get tough with your hands, make sure that the next time you ask him you forgive what just happened and ask soft ly again. All of us are capable of carrying our anger or frustration through to our hands, but I stress to you to stay soft and forgiving with your hands. If you hold a grudge through your hands,

you will only prolong the fight. So many times Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found that I get through to my horse more quickly by starting over in my mind and staying soft in my hands. Also, keep your hands light on the reins. In other words, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a death grip on the reins. Hold them in your hands lightly. Apply these tips this month and perfect your hands. Be ready for next month when you will learn all about proper hand position. Be safe and have a great ride. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Danaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

Practice Your Pick Up I teach my students to practice their â&#x20AC;&#x153;pick up and release.â&#x20AC;? This will teach you how to effectively use your hands. Practice coming in contact with your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mouth, feel for a response, and then release. Your approach, or how you connect to your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mouth, is important. I encourage people to â&#x20AC;&#x153;draw upâ&#x20AC;? on the reins with a smooth, steady motion until they make contact. If you grab out of mid-air or snatch, you will find that your horse will dread your pick up and may start bracing or resisting in his jaw to protect himself. I feel it is fair to bump, or even jerk, a horse as long as you have the slack out of the reins and he knows you are there. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve connected with his mouth and he pulls back against you, then go ahead and bump or jerk until he gives to you. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do this without warning. That is not fair play. I work to build a relationship between my hands and my horse. Jerking a horse out of mid-air is like yelling at someone instead of talking to them. It damages the relationship. Remember to ask first, then demand! Be in or be out. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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rriving in Dublin gave us a day to see the capital city before heading out by coach to An Sibin Riding Centre near Whitegate, County Clare. Warmly welcomed by the Cummins family, we quickly settled into their 300-year-old stone lodge. Nicola and Bertie have a series of pastures along our riding route where the horses stayed each night, while we returned to our base lodge with comfy accommodation, delicious and nutritious meals. The horses were all well experienced, fit and willing, comprising a variety of Irish sport, Irish draft, Irish hunter, Gypsy Vanner and Connemara crosses. Carefully matched to our mounts, we were off for four days and 22 hours of riding through a variety of country roads, forestry tracks, streams and peat bogs, high into the Slieve

Aughty Mountains and Cahermurphy Forest, with amazing views of the rolling Irish countryside. We rode through laneways fi lled with hedge-high perennial fuchsias and enjoyed long trots thru Lough Graney with belly-high water and fields everywhere fi lled with sheep and the largest, cleanest cows we have ever seen. Picnic lunches, long trots, armchair canters and exhilarating gallops punctuated an incredible journey through a spectacular variety of green countryside that none of us will ever forget. Tearing ourselves away from An Sibin was difficult as we headed to the Ring of

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Langley Gals, cont’d were tacked up with specially selected saddles from Switzerland and deerskin saddle pads that proved to be exceptionally comfortable for the riders and horses alike. Again pasturing out the horses in a field en route, we returned the next day for a quick ride to the beach at Rossbeigh; an impressively huge sandy beach that easily rivals its more famous cousin, Inch Beach. We played all day on the beach, trotting, cantering, galloping in and out of the water, and enjoyed a picnic lunch on the beach with our horses all tied in a circle nearby. A relatively short but scenic ride back to their stables nearby and again it was time say goodbye to our capable horses and wonderful guides. The third leg of our riding trip was reserved at Dingle Riding Stables on the Dingle Peninsula. A scenic Eireann coach ride delivered us into misty rain and the enchanting village of Dingle. Greeted by our charming hosts Mary and Dennis, owners of The Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, we quickly settled in and then explored the village all afternoon and evening. The following morning, we walked a few short blocks to the stables to meet our guide, Michelle, and our steeds for the day. A quick climb up the hills above the village provided spectacular panoramic views of the coast and village before descending onto a rocky beach littered with shipwrecks. Another short climb up and down the hills and we arrived at Ventry Beach: long, sandy and wet. Two racehorses were on the beach ahead of us, exercising before walking back through the cool water. More trotting and fast cantering for us, and then lunch break at a local pub. It was hard to believe that our riding time in Ireland was almost over, and so it was

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with some sadness that we rode back to the stables. Rejuvenated by a hot tub and cocktails, we reminisced on all the fabulous experiences we had shared together during our exciting visit to the Emerald Isle. Would we go back? You bet - in a heartbeat! To learn more about the Vintage Riders Equestrian Club, based in the Fraser Valley, visit our website at or contact Susan Arkwright at 604-607-7225 or

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NOTRA’s Ride-A-Thon a Huge Success! By Dani Goldenthal On Saturday, June 26, the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association hosted its 20th annual Ride-A-Thon at Coldstream Ranch. Sixty-five horses and riders from as far away as Sicamous and Kelowna turned out for a beautiful day of riding, and raised a very impressive amount of just over $13,000!


or the second year in a row, our riders were treated to musical entertainment by Rob Dinwoodie during the barbeque. Rob was joined for a portion of his performance by our own NOTRA rider, Dan Thoreson. What a fabulous way to round out the day! This year, our Grand Prize was generously donated by Dick and Carole McLean of Cruise Okanagan - a twohour boat tour for twenty people. For every $20 in pledges raised, Ride-A-Thon participants had their names entered into the draw for this prize. The lucky lady who won was Greta Oakes of Kelowna. There are going to be many friends clamouring to be one of the 20 people on that boat cruise! Ron Waterman of Armstrong raised $2,102 and took top spot for the adult who raised the most pledges. Greta Oakes of Kelowna raised $1,790 to claim the runner up. In the Age 14-18 Category, Chelaine McInroy of Armstrong raised the most pledges, with Jodi Whitcomb of Lumby coming in second. In the Age 13 & Under Category, Georgia Currie of Lumby took the top spot, with Emma Elders of Coldstream coming in a close second. The top poker hand was brought in by Kalin Keller of Coldstream, and the second highest poker hand was turned in by Jamie Tingle of Vernon. This is the second year we offered a Club Challenge where the club that raised the most pledges won an afternoon clinic. This year’s generous clinician was Dave Collins of the BC College of Equine Therapy. He will be providing a clinic on Anatomy and Equine Massage for the Lumby Pony Express 4-H Club, who have won for the second year in a row!

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A huge thank you to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers and riders who made this Ride-A-Thon such as success!

NOTRA Fall Session 2011 NOTRA’s fall session will run for seven weeks starting on September 12, and ending October 28, 2011. We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to contribute 2.5 hours per week as a horse leader or a side walker. Our fall Volunteer Training and Orientation session is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at the NOTRA Facility at Historic O’Keefe Ranch. If you are interested in becoming a NOTRA volunteer, take a look at our volunteer page on our website at You will be able to take a look at our schedule and download our volunteer manual as well as the forms that need to be completed. We ask that all volunteers attend the orientation, but if you are unable to make it on Saturday, September 10, alternate times will be offered during the week once we are in session.

NOTRA Open House We will be hosting an all-day open house on Wednesday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to thank our generous supporters, to celebrate the completion of our new viewing lounge and to provide a chance for anyone curious as to what we do to come up and see firsthand. For more information, check out our website or contact Dani at 250-549-0105.


Project Equus Update By Theresa Nolet


n Sunday July 24, 2011, Tickleberry’s of Okanagan Falls had their second annual Charity Ice Cream Eating Contest! All proceeds from this year’s event went to Project Equus, which is Contest winner Brandon Woods. a division of Critteraid. Photo by Theresa Nolet. Total raised was $1720.74 which included Tickleberry’s generous donation of $1.00 from every handmade waffle cone sold that day! The day of the contest was bright and sunny, and the contestants were revved up. Each contestant had his or her own technique to compete for first place. Some used the large spoons provided as a means to force the ice cream into their mouths and others abandoned all table manners and just used their hands! It was “neck and neck” as to who would finish the huge bowl containing 14 scoops of Tickleberry’s famous ice cream. But there can only be one winner and (drum roll please) the first place winner of the coveted Golden Scoop and official bragging rights was Brandon Woods, representing T.D. Canada Trust, 390 Main Street, Penticton. Runner up was Tallis, representing T.I.W. Ironworks from St.Catherines, Ontario. Thanks to all contestants who took up the challenge, and to Tickleberry’s for all their hard work putting the event together! Project Equus will put this money to good use, working to give the wild horses of BC a better life. Project Equus currently has wild horses from the Kamloops area which they are training; loving, adoptive homes are being sought for these horses. Recently, two foals were born to mares from the group, with one more mare expected to foal in late August. Critteraid and Project Equus are all run by volunteers with no paid employees. We depend on the generosity of the public to continue with Project Equus. Anyone wanting to learn more about Project Equus or to make a donation can contact Theresa Nolet at or go online to www.

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Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be a horse? Have you ever considered what we are asking of them? We want our horses to give themselves over to us. We want them to allow us to control their body, mind and spirit. We want them to respect, trust and focus upon us. We want the horse to make peace with its vulnerable nature as a prey animal, face the unknown and boldly go forward for us with confidence and courage. We expect our horses to allow us to guide them into the unknown. We want our horses to embrace change.


y question is: Can the human leader of the horse walk his or her own talk with regard to embracing change or are we asking the horse to become something we have yet to learn how to be for ourselves? We are living in a dynamic age of fast-paced change. This is a time of flying changes. And flying changes with horses can be graceful, beautiful and fun, or they can be frantic, stressed and frustrating - it depends upon the competency of the rider and the quality of LEADERSHIP the horse has experienced. Once upon a time, “horse sense” used to be listed in the dictionary and defined as “everyday common intuitive logic.” Having said that, if you look at the global economic and environmental crisis, or you simply glance at the daily news of the world, it would be tempting to say that our species seems to have very little horse sense in our leadership. I believe that anything we can do for our horses we can do for ourselves. If you know that you can bring out the best in horses and that your equine friends follow your lead willingly with confidence and

courage, then you can apply your horse leadership inwards upon yourself. You can train your own inner horse, your vulnerable prey side, in order to boldly go forward and face the daunting challenges in our fast-changing world with playful enthusiasm and confidence. Horse sense is not a metaphor. Horse sense is being aware of and working with fundamental Laws of Nature Leadership. Horse sense is being very real about survival of the fittest. Horse sense is about waking up from our illusions and daydreams and warped expectations that come from living in a material and technological world full of ambiguous half-truths and becoming grounded, truly connected and in communication with the world of authenticity that can only be found in nature. And so I say that anything you can do for your horse you can do for yourself. Well-trained horses boldly go forward and embrace the unknown with enthusiastic courage and determination and so do well-trained horse-people. So what truly is the first rule or reality check of nature? “Survival of the fittest.” Yet look closer and we see that what it takes to survive in the natural world is not necessarily strength, speed, courage, agility or cunning. What good is it that a horse continued on page 28

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Horse Sense, contâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d can run fast if it did not see the predator lurking in the bushes right beside it? What good are wings for flight if the bird doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice the cat lurking in the shadows beside the bird feeder? What is it that the ponies have that so often allows them to be leaders of bigger horses? The key to survival of the fittest is awareness. A horse will follow your lead willingly and loyally if you demonstrate that, while your horse has the bigger, stronger and faster body, you have the more aware mind. Horses give themselves without hesitation to leaders who demonstrate a Zen-like awareness of themselves, their relationships and the environment around them, and who use their profound awareness to protect and serve. Horses are prey animals looking for trustworthy shepherds to get them safely through a world full of predators. And so are we! Horses live in an absolute world of lead, follow, or get out of the way, and a horse will boldly follow you into hell and back if it knows that you possess enough awareness to safely manage yourself and your relationships in the environment around you. Of course, that being said, a horse will definitely test your awareness if you are attempting to become its leader. A horse must challenge you because it is obligated by the first rule of nature, being survival of the fittest. A horse is naturally compelled to test your awareness to find out whether or not you are truly worthy of leadership. A horse would never follow an incompetent leader. Before any horse will allow you to become the leader who can do what you want with it - the horse will need to know that you will not allow it to do things to you. In other words, a horse does not respect or trust you if you allow it to simply enter your physical space, cross your personal lines or send you challenging or disrespectful body language. Horses adore people who have rock-solid self-esteem and self-respect, and for most horses all it takes to have them follow your lead is to be aware of not allowing them to lead you. So, ultimately, the essence of horse sense is selfawareness for personal boundaries. Starting next month, I will begin a new series titled LAWS OF NATURE LEADERSHIP that will explore what I refer to as EAPD or equine assisted personal development. Horse sense can be the perfect compass to help us find our way in a dog eat dog world out of control. So until next month, just remember that the first rule of horse sense is to be consistently and consciously aware of your boundaries in every sense of the word. If you feel that your life is too bumpy or out of control â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you are feeling vulnerable and starting to feel too much like prey, then focus first and foremost on expanding your awareness for what you absolutely, unequivocally, will or will not allow in your life and relationships. Next month weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look at how once we have defined our boundaries we can enhance and build upon them. Until next time, may the horse be with you! 28 â&#x20AC;˘ Saddle Up â&#x20AC;˘ September 2011

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or the past few weeks Nancy has been having a young woman ride our 14-year-old Morgan. Watching the two of them get to know each other has been fun for me, but a lot of hard work on the part of the rider and of course the horse. All I had to do was harrow the arena before each ride and then perform one of my other horse husband duties, poop patrol around the barn. Our horse is getting his needed exercise and the fairly new rider is learning more with each ride. Guy (Aces R Wild) even whinnies now when she drives up. He appreciates her and the attention she is giving him. Nancy suggested that she trailer them to a local AERC open ride day recently and, well, for anyone who knows Nancy - the young woman eventually said yes. They did ok and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any mishaps, so of course Nancy suggested entering a show coming up at the Vernon Riding Club. With a few more

lessons she was told she was ready. When we watched them in the warm up ring, she looked nervous but was determined to have a good day. First horse show jitters and yes she got tossed but luckily landed on her feet and jumped back up and continued the class. I know from personal experience that landing on your ass in the dirt, in front of a whole whack of people, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compare to landing on your feet with the reins still in your hand. Bravo girl! Then she got a fourth place in the next class. Asked if she wanted to continue on, she hesitated a little bit and then said ok. Yes, one more. They successfully completed the class and then joined the others as they lined up in front of the ring clerk. Anticipation was on all their faces as they were lining up. Riders waiting eagerly as the announcer was calling out the winnersâ&#x20AC;Śthen fourth then third. Her name had yet to be called. The announcer called out the number and name of the second

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thought that would be fun, until I got to sit on a tractor and help rake this year’s hay crop. Now this isn’t exactly doing nothing, but it’s pretty close. Once you figure out where to line up the tractor in relation to the swath and get the speed figured out, all you really do is cruise along. (Note: While I was not actually getting paid for “doing nothing,” I was helping to put up hay for my ponies.) Well, it turns out that doing nothing and getting paid for it is an acquired skill, and SKILLS NEED TO BE TAUGHT. After about one round, I was ready to do something else. It soon became apparent that I had never been taught the fine art of doing nothing (and being OK with it). While my kids seemed happy enough to just plug into their iPods and drive mindlessly around in circles, I wasn’t coping nearly as well with doing nothing. So, rather than relaxing and enjoying the “nothingness,” my mind was going a mile a minute thinking of other things. I like to DO things, and I see that tendency in my ponies, as well, now that I am clicker training. They want to do things when we are together. This feeling I was having while raking - I thought that it must be what many horses experience when being lunged mindlessly in circles, over and over again. I kept thinking, “I’m bored, I need to do something!” I’m sure some of you out there may have a horse like this. I have found that when we start clicker training our horses they tend to turn into “what can I do for you” animals rather than the “kid on the tractor raking hay” kind of animal. I know my ponies are like this. Perhaps it is because I am like this. I’m not the type that can just sit. But after my tractor raking hay experience, I saw even more clearly the need to feel good about doing nothing for both myself and my ponies. I needed an “off ” switch. I could see the value in having the ability to enjoy doing nothing, and could see it even more so as a skill needed in my ponies. There are many places you can start to pay with high rates of reinforcement to encourage doing “nothing.” When I groom my clicker “super stars,” they like to see what they can do to get “paid,” so I must pay very well for “just chilling.” Can I brush for one stroke? How about two strokes and have you just stand relaxed? I look to reward the quiet mind as well as the quiet body. I find that my body and mental energy need to be relaxed and Zen-like to get them to relax, which is good for me too. In this day and age of hurry-up, it is good to find that moment of peace. I may ask for head down while grooming, as that is a calming exercise as well, and I can pair head down with just standing and make a training loop. (More on loopy training in a future article.) All of this round and round also makes me think of Alexandra’s lesson called “PRE why would you leave me” that she uses for distracted, tuned out or unsettled horses and their people. (I Waiting to play... “Pick me! No, pick me!” certainly felt like that too!) At first glance, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d it is hard to see how this exercise would settle a horse, but it does; it makes their mind get quiet and they start to focus and tune back into their person. I certainly could have used this while raking hay, as I soon started to tune out and think of being elsewhere and often wandered off the path or almost missed a corner, just like horses will sometimes miss a cue on the lunge line. To do this lesson, your horse and you should be familiar with food delivery, mechanical skills and of course the click-and-treat sequence. (If you need to review this, please look in the back issues of Saddle Up online and also view my videos on YouTube under d1fairy.) Preparation for this exercise will be to set up a circle of cones with a radius of at least 3 human strides. This is easily done by setting a cone in the centre and then walking out three strides to 12, 3, 6 and 9 on the clock face and placing cones at those points. Then fi ll in by striding off again from the centre to place cones between each of these. This is a great way to create a truly round circle! (I will post a video on YouTube on how to do this.) With your unfocussed horse in a halter standing next to you, start walking around the circle of cones with both of you on the outside of the cones, you being closest to the cones. You will click at each cone and feed, no matter

The enviable skill of chilling anywhere, anytime. (Photo credit: Briarwood Photography)


what your horse is doing. (You still need to be safe. If you don’t feel safe doing this exercise the horse is telling you he is not ready for it for right now. You have to step back from the situation, listen to your horse and look at what issue he is telling you needs to be looked at first.) So, stop at a cone, click and treat, walk to the next cone and stop, click and treat, and so on. Repeat all the way around the circle. Change direction (also change the side you are leading from) and repeat the exercise. You will begin to see the horse settle and focus as you get into the rhythm produced by the evenly spaced cones and the stop-click-and-treat sequence. So what are we really doing here? We are paying the horse well for doing “nothing” in particular. But very soon he will be focussed on you and you can start to ask more of him. I will go into more detail on this lesson in a future article. This starts the training for soft jaw gives and lateral flexions. Why are my ponies so eager and have an on-off switch that seems stuck at ON? I’d put some of it down to the fact that I train for several months of the year in rather cold temperatures, when I don’t want to be doing a whole lot of “nothing.” Perhaps it is partly because their person doesn’t have an off switch either! I’d like to think that maybe we all just love to play and don’t get enough time together, so we “MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.” Monty Gwynne owns a private training/ boarding facility, Flyin G Ranch, in Cochrane, AB, where she assists owners in training their own horses using clicker training. Monty has successfully trained horses of many breeds for many disciplines over the last 30 plus years, including many gaited breeds. Monty is the only Canadian-approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of clicker training for horses). She has been training using the clicker for the past 12 years.

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n spite of a cool wet Spring, the sun shone down through clear blue Okanagan skies on competitors at the fift h annual edition of Reinin’ In The Sun, in Armstrong, July 29 to 31. Near perfect showing weather set the stage for more than 110 exhibitors to show off their skills in the Reining and Working Cow Horse events, as Texas judges Morgan Lybbert and Ronald Sharp adjudicated more than 330 runs over the three day event. RITS Show Chairman Sandra Rhodes took time out from her organizational duties to put in a winning ride in the first class of the Show on her bay gelding Wright N Chex, besting 35 other riders, to win the RITS Sweet N Sour, and set the pace for the rest of the Show. Not to be outdone, our hard working RITS Committee member Anna Green piloted her pretty sorrel mare Peps San Jewel to the top spot in NRHA Prime Time Open, taking home her first Championship buckle. Working Cow Horse enthusiasts enjoyed the new Beer Garden under bright stadium lights, as they cheered on friends and family well in to the Friday night competition. Saturday’s classes featured the Three Year Old Futurities, with incentives ranging from custom made silver buckles, monogrammed trophy Show Pads, and coveted NRHA Lawson bronzes to more than $3,500 in added purse money. Jesse Beckley, Cranbrook, BC, riding The Crown Jewels for owner George McIvor, rode away with the Lawson and the lion’s share of the purse in the Open Futurity Division, while RITS Committee member Leah Luprypa scooped the Non Pro Championship aboard Hot Smokin Pep. Ryan Burnett piloted Safroni Olena to the win in the Rookie Professional Division. The final day of competition featured the $2000 added Open and Non Pro Derbys, classes designed to highlight the skills of the more mature 4, 5 and 6-year-old horses. Whizzen In The Rein, owned by Kyle Weston and ridden by Shayla Malmberg, topped the field with a score of 148.5, sweeping both the Open and the Rookie Professional divisions, while Myrna Thiessen aboard Chics Best Light took the Non Pro Derby Championship home to Prince George. Rounding out the weekend competition was the awarding of the BC Reining Association trophy saddles in their respective divisions. Riders vying for these prestigious awards had competed at a series of shows over the past year, and final scores from the respective Derby classes told the tale for the winners. Sharon Gates, on behalf of Sandra Rhodes riding Write N Chex the BCRA, presented the prestigious awards to - Sweet N Sour winner Myrna Thiessen for her winning ride aboard Chics Best Light in the Non Pro Division, and to Kyle Weston, riding Smoking Sana Lena for the Open Division. The beautiful trophy saddles were greatly appreciated by all competitors, and will surely be a goal to reach for in the future. Reinin’ In The Sun wishes to thank their generous sponsors, hard working volunteers, and dedicated Show Committee for another highly successful event, and invite you to view complete results at their website Leah Luprypa riding Hot Smokin Pep - Non Pro Futurity Champion

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Anna Green riding Peps San Jewel - Prime Time Open Champion

Jesse Beckley riding The Crown Jewels - Open Futurity Champion

BCRA Saddle Series Winners Kyle Weston and Myrna Thiessen

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Western Canadian Farrier Association

By Jason Wrubleski, CJF


o you are looking for a new farrier. How do you find a skilled, professional one? There are many ways. Word of mouth is the best resource, but you can also ask a local vet that works with horses or check the member listings of the Western Canadian Farrier Association (www. and the American Farrier’s Association ( Once you have contacted a farrier, a simple discussion with a few questions should occur. What are their qualifications and affi liations? Do they regularly go to clinics? What references do they have? When I have a new client call me, I also ask them questions to see if their horses fit into my type of program. Are the horses safe? Do their feet get looked after regularly? How far away do they live? When starting a relationship with a farrier, what are your expectations? What are the expectations of the farrier? There are several factors involved in this process. Let’s start with the horse owner’s expectations. As I rode extensively before I became a farrier, I have been on the “other side of the anvil” as an owner. Being in a stable or on a private farm, the expectations of the horse owner are the same. To hire a farrier is giving them your utmost trust; a farrier can help a horse but, if a mistake is made, they can hurt a horse. So, since you are hiring a professional, they should behave professionally. They should return calls in a


timely manner, be polite, be prompt, a good horseman, service their work, be conversation savvy, not use foul language, not gossip, be pleasant, educated, and most importantly, skilled. Now being a farrier, we have some expectations, too. Please have your horses ready, with no mud on their legs, and provide a bright, level area to work, away from stable traffic. Good horses are always appreciated, as is sufficient notice when rescheduling appointments. Payment is due at time of work unless otherwise arranged, and issues should be discussed with your farrier first, so that the issues can be resolved. There are many other minor expectations that are too specific or small to mention, but they go a long way in a farrier-owner relationship. An open communication policy is a good idea. Owners have to be up front with farriers about their horses, mentioning if a horse is difficult to work with, or behaves better in the morning, for example. I tell my clients in the beginning of our relationship that there is no such thing as over-communication. I do not ride every horse I shoe. So, when an owner tells me that their horse has issues going to the right, or does not like fly spray, or perhaps prefers facing east while being worked on - these are all relevant factors that help a farrier to help your horse. • 33

Training for Courage By Paul Dufresne DANCE AT LIBERTY, PART 2

In part one of Dancing at Liberty, I discussed some of the effects of positive pressure on three major zones that cause the horse to yield in various directions. We started with having the horse yield forward by focusing on zone 1, sideways with bend in zone 2, and slowing/stopping or turning away from us with a focus on zone 3.

Rib pressure and softening on circle

Pressure to stop

Pressure to turn nose to rail


n the previous article, the photos showed putting pressure on zone 3 in front of the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head/nose, then moving closer to their face once they have slowed and recognized that they should yield to effect a turn away from you. If your request to yield is ignored, the key is to use your whip or flag more energetically ahead of zone 3 (sometimes way ahead) until the horse slows to look at your whip/flag. As they slow, you can then wave towards the nose and as the horse starts to turn away from you (into the rail) you should wave towards what was the inside shoulder so the horse completes the turn away from you. Keep slight pressure on the head and shoulder until the horse has passed 90 degrees to the rail. Wait for the horse to start moving ahead of you so that you remain in a good driving position at zone 1. Stay ready to slowly move to zone three with your eyes if the horse tries to turn back towards you. The controlled outside turn sends a message to the horse that you can take up 34 â&#x20AC;˘ Saddle Up â&#x20AC;˘ September 2011

Pressure to nose to slow

Pressure to turn shoulder past 90 degrees

space when you wish and that they should move to another place when you ask. This outside turn has many additional benefits in helping the horse to collect itself, to slow, stop, and rollback on the haunches but also in bending itself in a positive shape. The turn away from you also causes a horse to want to look at you. When a horse is caused to turn away and yield space it will want to look back again to make sure it is ok and that you will leave it alone after yielding space. So the horse will seek you - looking for approval for having complied. When developed correctly, this natural desire can be used to entice and draw the horse towards you. When the horse yields to pressure in zone 3 and turns respectfully in the other direction you can add pressure from zone 1 and 2 to keep them moving forward and use zone 3 at the shoulder to move them right to the rail. Take most of the pressure off when the horse moves in the direction and manner you want. Once the horse is trying to stay where

Pressure still pushing hip away and entice with right hand to track in

you suggested and in the gait you wish, you should begin to move in a path more parallel to theirs. I find that when I move along with the horse it is less invasive and leaves a positive, relaxing pressure on the horse, bending correctly on a circle. In accompanying the horse on its path, we lead them but also allow them their space to be comfortable. As the horse gets comfortable with slowing, stopping, doing outside turns, and staying soft in the gait I have suggested, I will then develop the inside turn to further soften the horse and to develop a recall. When preparing for an inside turn, I first cause the horse to turn away from me but then I keep pressure on the rear after the turn while moving myself closer to the rail. This usually causes the horse to keep turning inside to look at me. When the horse starts to turn and seek me, I stop, relax and look at them in a reinforcing way - like gazing at a good friend. As I do this, I will draw my energy back into myself in a confident posture as if I were HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training for Courage, cont’d

As he turned, I kept his energy coming forward towards me, changing the whip hand and vibrating behind me

backing up. When the horse becomes more comfortable, realizing I am looking to interact, I will slowly move backward and slightly sideways from the horse to try and draw it towards me. I will wave my whip or flag behind me, away from the horse, if it looks to avoid facing me. Every time I move my flag behind me to get the horse’s attention and they seek me, I will stop. Every time the horse tries to look at me or moves towards me, I will cease the pressure to reward their attempt to connect. I would repeat this until the horse starts to realize that when I bring energy back into myself I am offering some of my space for them to share with me. If the horse has difficulty with feeling comfortable moving into my space when asked, I may have the horse move further ahead of me on the circle against the rail and then slowly move myself further ahead on the rail away from the horse towards its upcoming path. As the horse feels the change in my position and pressure, it will often turn

Quiet time after the draw until he offered connection to be touched

towards me while maintaining its forward momentum. As the horse comes in I can choose to put pressure just away from the shoulder then towards the shoulder to complete the turn or keep them coming towards me as in recall to come and stay and relax with me. The more times you repeat outside and inside turns with positive pressure, the better the horse will learn to yield space towards and away from you, becoming more receptive and understanding that compliance is a good, secure experience. The sooner the horse starts to really understand this, the sooner it will be willing to follow any other suggestions we might have when offered in an understandable, confident way. There can be many variations of general reactions to pressure depending on slight differences in your timing, energy, focus and where the horse is at emotionally. Part three will deal with energy and gait control. Remember to take it slow and have fun experimenting!

Touching with appreciation, security, calmness

Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, 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. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www. Editor’s note: See Paul and his horses dance at liberty and much more at the upcoming Equine Extravaganza Fundraiser in Pritchard, BC on October 8th. Read about it on pages 6 & 7.

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Meeting Buck Brannaman By Karin Bauer, MY MONTANA ADVENTURE: BUCK BRANNAMANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CLINIC AND â&#x20AC;&#x153;BUCKâ&#x20AC;? THE MOVIE

Have you ever had an adventure that you will never forget? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just returned from such an incredible adventure. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still pinching myself. Yes, this really happened to me - it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a dream! The Start of the Journey


t all started out quite innocently. I wanted to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buckâ&#x20AC;? the movie, which was just released, but I heard that the movie wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be shown in Canada. I had seen the movie trailer on buckthefi and Buck and Karin knew that I needed to not only see the movie, but eventually also meet this horse whisperer. What Buck Brannaman teaches riders about training horses also applies to other areas of their lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.â&#x20AC;? says Buck, on the fi lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement transfers to my work as a riding instructor, Equine Facilitated Counselling and horse training, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I felt compelled to meet him.

A Little Research I looked on the Internet and found Buck Brannamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, I learned that he was holding a four-day clinic in Montana on the weekend of August 5-8. I

contacted the owner of the ranch sponsoring the clinic, Betty Staley, and found out that not only could I come to audit the clinic, but they would also be holding a private movie screening in Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown, with Buck and the movie director present. There was a ticket available but, as you can imagine, tickets were going fast. So I pretty much packed up my car right then and there and left my home in Kelowna BC to drive to Sheridan, MT. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really close, but I knew I could do it in a couple of days.

The Journey After driving nine hours to Missoula the first day, then three more hours to Sheridan the next day, I arrived at the Staley Ranch on Thursday, August 4. I was greeted warmly by Betty Staley herself. The ranch itself is amazing, with Texas Longhorn cattle and horses and all. The vistas of the valley and mountains were expansive and breathtaking. I was shown where I could park my car and I found a beautiful, private spot amongst the sagebrush and juniper bushes. This is where I would sleep for the next four nights, in my car. After my car was set up, I walked the grounds and met many of the clinic participants and their horses. Everyone was so nice. I tried to take pictures with my new camera that I had just purchased the day before the trip. But the camera was not working! I approached a lady walking around with a nicer, bigger camera, and asked if she might be able to take a look at my

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Meeting Buck, contâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d camera. This was Nancy from Colorado, and it turned out that she is a long-time friend of Buck and his family. My new camera was indeed faulty, and Nancy kindly lent me her spare camera to use with my memory card and so I was happily able to take pictures of the clinic after all.

Meeting Buck and Watching the Clinic I met Buck the next day as he started the clinic. There were many participants on horses in the arena. He talked about interesting concepts such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;soft feel with your hands,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;balance of the horseâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;repetition and work ethicâ&#x20AC;? when training the horse. He talked about how to gain control of the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feet, the importance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;doing less sooner, not more laterâ&#x20AC;? and developing awareness of what the horse is doing. Buck also said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never just get by - thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like being dead, but you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it yet.â&#x20AC;? He was talking about riding a horse, but I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wow! How fitting is that as a metaphor for life?â&#x20AC;? I also liked his explanation of contact: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contact, when riding the horse, was never meant to be a full, physical holding of the horse. Contact is more of a spiritual connection; a mental place of connecting with human and horse.â&#x20AC;? The mornings of the clinic were about horsemanship, and the afternoons were action-packed with cow work, roping and cutting cows. The cows with their long horns were intimidating and impressive, but Buck seemed to have no fear as he roped them in his demonstration. Buck often referred to Ray Hunt, whom he trained with for a long time. Ray Hunt was â&#x20AC;&#x153;the master of communicationâ&#x20AC;? and it seems his legacy lives on through Buck. More information on Ray is available at this website: www. The first two days of the clinic went by very fast.

Metaphors and Lessons Sunday I continued watching the clinic with a spectacular event of the bull jumping the fence right in front of me! He was supposed to stay in a separate pen, but he decided he wanted to get back to his cows. As the day went on, I admired all the ridersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roping skills and Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never-wavering ability to explain, teach, and demonstrate what seemed to be super-human, superb riding and roping skills. It was wonderful to see a live demonstration of how much â&#x20AC;&#x153;dressageâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;cow workâ&#x20AC;? have in common. Being able to apply dressage moves as the horse works a cow, having complete control over the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feet and continuing to have a soft feel, would blow any dressage riderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind. All that dressage simply means is â&#x20AC;&#x153;trainingâ&#x20AC;? the horse anyway. This was clearly demonstrated by the agility, skill, and teamwork of the horses. I enjoyed watching Betty Staley on her horse, as she was the only rider with a dressage saddle and a bosal, doing the most beautiful moves as she herded cattle!

Finishing My Journey On Monday morning my adventure sadly had to come to a close. The ice in my cooler had melted, all my food was eaten, and my back was starting to tell me that I needed to exchange sleeping in my car with sleeping in a soft bed again. I said goodbye to my many new friends, thanking Betty and Craig for their hospitality, and Nancy for lending me her camera. Now my challenge was to get home, and I knew that my own horses needed some attention, too! It was a long 13-hour drive home which, unbelievably, I completed all in one day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing what you can do and accomplish when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re determined to get something done... oh, was that one of Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s metaphors?

The Movie Screening

Insights from My Horse Journey

On the Saturday evening, the movie screening was held in Virginia City, a small, quaint historical town just a few miles up the road. I enjoyed it tremendously. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat. Every minute of it was breathtaking, from the scenery shots to the action shots, including the unfolding story of Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troubled childhood to his current life. After the movie, Buck, his wife and daughter, movie director Cindy Meehl, and the editor stood up and said a few words. Buck got emotional as he thanked all his friends, family, his foster mom, and the sheriff who saved him and his brother from the abusive father. I temporarily overcame my shyness and nervously stood up to express what an honour it was to be present at this event. I also asked about the movie coming to Canada. Cindy Meehl, the movie director, said that unfortunately, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be, and later we chatted privately about the reasons why. Apparently, the movie rights were not picked up by a Canadian distributor. That night was so magical. It was hard going to sleep after feeling this â&#x20AC;&#x153;high on lifeâ&#x20AC;? and I definitely felt alive, fi lled with inspiration and blessed with good fortune!

When I look back, it sometimes seems incredible the journey horses have led me to. This journey proves that, once again, follow the horse, and you will be surprised where you find yourself. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d bet itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always where you thought youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often where you need to be right now.


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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


reat weather brought out good crowds and lots of horses on August 13 to the Watch Lake/ Green Lake Gymkhana. Once again, it

Aidan Campbell shows off her blue ribbon as Sarah Gilmour leads her out of the arena.

Everyone scrambles to get their foot in a tire as the music stops in the Musical Tires race.

Jocelyn Casper unfortunately couldn’t find a tire - they were all taken! A big thank you to her Dad, Bruce, and Save On Foods for sponsoring the Gymkhana.

was a very enjoyable day leaving both riders and spectators happy at the end of the day! In the Senior division, Punky The Mulvahill family has been coming to this Gymkhana for years! Mulvahill beat Dennis Gunn (both from Williams Lake) in Pole Bending, Stake Race, and Key Hole race, but Dennis took the blue ribbon in the Barrel race. Terris Billyboy, also from Williams Lake, took all four blue ribbons in the Intermediates. In the Juniors, the blue ribbons were shared: Poles - Raven Gentry, Stakes - Cassidy Mellot, Barrels - Cassidy Mellot, and Keyhole - Kaylee Billyboy. In the PeeWees, Hunter Adams won Poles, Keyhole and Barrels, leaving Punky Mulvahill rounds a barrel on her way to a 2nd place ribbon. Wyatt McCullough with the Stake race title. In PeeWee leadline, Aidan Campbell PeeWee - Wyatt McCullough won in both won Poles and Stakes, and Kennedy Gymkhanas. Kolisnyk won the Barrels and Keyhole. The Ribbon race was won by Kaylee and The 4th Annual Cariboo Plateau Terris Billyboy, and both the Boot race Competitive Trail Ride, and Musical Tires were won by Harrison held August 12 and 13, was well-attended Dann. (25 starters) and went well. Joanne The Gymkhana Daily Aggregate Macaluso, the ride manager, was called results saw Dennis Gunn as runner-up away at the last minute with a family to Punky Mulvahill in the Senior. In emergency, but said, “The crew of Elisa, Intermediate, Terris topped Carolyn Pat, Peter, Chris and Nicola picked up Cook; in Junior, Raven was runner-up to the slack and made the event a success. Cassidy; and in PeeWee, Hunter Adams I am lucky to have this team, and that is was the winner and John Noskey was an understatement.” The ride was held at runner-up. The overall Aggregate awards the Hills Health Ranch campground and went to: Senior - Dennis as winner and surrounding trails at 108 Mile. The results Punky as runner-up; Intermediate were as follows: Sarah Gilmour as winner and Madison Level 3 (39 miles) lightweight 1st place: Dann as runner-up; Junior - Kaylee Lori Bewza on Trubadors Al Jazaan, 287 won and Cassidy was runner-up; and in


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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d Barkerville Cowboy and Drover Jubilee, September 9-11, will feature Butch Falk, Bud Webb, Allen Christie, the Gordie West Band, and others. There will also be cowboy poetry and an amateur singing Kathy (left) with Nancy Gourlay and her two boys, John and Kevin, competition; Cowboy here at Meadow Springs. The boys were entered in the Cariboo Church will be held Plateau Competitive Trail Ride on August 12 and 13. in the oldest wooden church in BC! Horses points (Chase) are welcome - so ride on in and join the Level 3 heavyweight 1st place: Tammy fun! See their ad on page 28. Mercer on WRA Dark Diablo, 293 points (Fanny Bay) If you have any Cariboo Chatter that Level 2 (28.5 miles) lightweight 1st place: you would like included please email Nicola Maughn on Bart, 289.25 (100 Mile Mark at and put House) “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line. Level 2 heavyweight 1st place: Blane Hill on KS Firenaska, 277.5 (Victoria) Level 2 junior 1st place: Kevin Gourlay on Last Month’s What’s This? Thunder, 290 (Qualicum Beach) The August Level 1 (18.3 miles) lightweight 1st place: issue’s photo was Erin Williamson on Whisper Cameo supplied by the Rose, 287 (Kelowna) Museum of the Level 1 heavyweight 1st place: Myrna Cariboo Chilcotin Thompson on King, 286.5 (Kelowna) in Williams Lake. Level 1 junior 1st place: Tannis Jones on It is a child’s saddle Daisy, 277 (Coquitlam) which could be Ed Peekeekoot fans... you’ll be happy used on a donkey, to hear that Ed will be joining Ernie Doyle pony or horse. This and others at the 12th Annual Cariboo particular wicker Country Night at the Watch Lake saddle was used by the Cowan family, Community Hall on September 10. There who owned the Onward Ranch, just south will be a Cowboy Concert, a BBQ steak of Williams Lake. One of the Cowan’s dinner and a dance, all for just $25 a head. daughters, who probably rode many a This event has proved to be one of the mile in this saddle, is BC Cowboy Hall of most fun cowboy concerts of the year! Fame inductee, Sonia Cornwall. See the Hall of Fame at www. CARIBOO CHATTER SPONSOR This saddle, and many others, is on display at the Museum - KIOTI Tractors & Implements in Williams Lake. - Horse Safe Fencing More information - Gates, Panels, Pens 4870 Continental Way, can be found at www. - MATRIX & Nature’s Mix Feed Prince George, BC 250-596-2273 “Next to Greenhawk”

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Cowgirl Poetry Horses and Hearts

I Am a Canadian Cowgirl

By Karin Bauer,

By Sue Derksen

Papa, I know one day, it will be alright. I have this boss who tells me I must try hard and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible, going crazy I might. What do I know, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just an apprentice, and so I will try, alright. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe how much this sometimes is a plight. One day, my boss, he put me on this strong gray Arabian stallion, little did he tell me about him, oh my!! I rode him as best I could, and told this stallion, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be friends, his name was Ty. Greatly I hoped that he would not put up a fight. The stallion and as I, was young, but he must have felt my fright. Because slowly we became closer and he let me ride around. Until my boss said, you can stop doing a circle and cover more ground! I did this trustingly and without any resistance. Then my boss became more pushy and urged me with more persistence. Yes, Papa, he gave me the orderâ&#x20AC;Ś Take Ty the young stallion up the mountain, now ride him past the border. Papa, I was just a young thing, I hoped he knew what he was talking about. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to say no, and thought the boss must have some clout. Next thing I knew, I trusted this horse to carry me far. All in one day, we trotted uphill, galloped on the trail and passed the bar. The stallion and I returned sweaty, hot and puff y. When my boss greeted me at the barn and said, congratulations, you tamed the toughie! I asked him what he meant by that? He laughed out loud, and said, you broke this young horse, and you tamed a difficult stud.

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m five feet, two, my eyes are blue My hair is auburn red, I raise the finest American Paints Princetonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever bred! When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m alight, my black and white, I see our countries, true. No lines are there to divide us though We seem blended through. I am a Canadian Cowgirl, Who rides American Paints! A black spot here, a white one near, Listen, I want to relate! Could be Texas or Saskatchewan Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Province next to State! I see no lines, see friends of mine, The borders are not there! I see ranchers trying to get on by Treating all with care. I am a Canadian Cowgirl, Who rides American Paints! From sea to sea there could not be Two places more at blend. I can see it every time I ride One of my Paints my friend. So brother dear, I hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear What I am trying to say. There are no boundaries in Country Life While we honour the Cowboy way! I am a Canadian Cowgirl Who rides American Paints!

I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it, I almost puked, I felt so betrayed. I realized later, I could trust the horse more than the human, I was quite dismayed. This horse, the grey stallion, his name was Ty. I fell in love with him that day and we formed a close tie. That day taught me lots about people, and even more about horses. How horses are honest and gentle, and some humans are about deception and forces. Experience the Country Hospitality

The boss, he was a scoundrel and eventually he had to leave town. But years later my heart, this gentle horse Ty, will forever own.


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Online Equestrian Trails Map Now Available By Wendy Kemble The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) has launched an online interactive equestrian trail map to help riders and drivers gain more information about the many trails that are available in the province.


t’s part of the service AEF and programs that this provincial association is offering so that all equestrians can easily find trails and services offered on one website designed for people who have horses, ponies, mules or donkeys. Rather than relying on googling, driving around looking for a trailhead with access for horses, or relying on an organization that doesn’t focus on equestrian activities, information is available about where you can park your rig, have a place to barbeque or wander along a 1225 Main Street, trail that offers great views. Pincher Creek, AB Trails are entered into the AEF database 403-627-3606 through geographical coordinates. Use this database to click on a trail and to find details on facilities available, directions etc. In addition, the AEF invites equestrians to share their favourite trail. Even the tried OFF and true are important to equestrians who are new to Alberta’s incredible trail system. Trail riding in the Ya Ha Tinda; Mike Carley and Rose Fodor with a group of Canadian The AEF asks equestrians to help create Horse Association Rocky Mountain District the best equine trail database, ever. If you (CHARMD) members. Photo by Patti Carley. share ‘your’ trail with the AEF, you can win a free membership in the Ride and Drive program! You will be entered into a draw to win a FREE 2012 membership in the Ride and Drive program! Log the hours that you spend with your horse on the trail and get All sizes and all lengths. awards. We can also have them custom built to fit your needs. The AEF promotes and supports trail creation and maintenance and encourages Come see us for details. riders to keep them beautiful and clean for everyone and for the generations to s1UALITY4ACK come. A little reward goes a long way s#LASSIC7IZARD2OPES to secure great trails for all equestrians. s0ET3UPPLIES One trail and one registration; other s3UPPLEMENTS restrictions may apply. s&EED 3ALTAND-INERALS The Alberta Equestrian Federation s4WISTER3HELTERS serves the equestrians of Alberta s##)!4AGS through its programs and services. s"IOLOGICALS All ages, all sports, and recreational s#ALVING3UPPLIES opportunities are included in its s#ARD,OCK mandate. The AEF stands for health, s#ROP0ROTECTION welfare and safety for horses and s(I (OG#ATTLE(ANDLING humans, enjoyment for both and support for all sectors of the equine %QUIPMENT industry. The AEF is the voice of Equine * QUALITY * PRICING * SERVICE Alberta. COME SEE US FOR ALL YOUR AGRO NEEDS







Tidbits Robson Valley Poker Ride On September 17, the Back Country Horsemen of BC Robson Valley Chapter is holding its first annual Poker Ride Fundraiser. It will be a 2-hour ride through fields, forest and along the Fraser River. Join us for a great ride, a great time and some great food! The RV Chapter was formed last year and has held several trail rides, sleigh rides, a packing clinic, as well as several work bees, where members were busy clearing old horse trails. Club President Brian Wallace said several projects are planned for this year. “We are looking at the possibility of joining some of the front country trails and continue trail clearing on some of the back country trails. Another project the club is currently working on is a list of trails which will then be mapped and rated as to difficulty.” The goals of the Robson Valley Chapter are maintaining and preserving existing trails for day rides and back country excursions, building new trails, re-opening of some of the historic pack trails, improving trail heads and staging areas, and GPSing and mapping of existing trails. For more info on the Poker Ride contact Brian Wallace 250569-2324.

New Equestrian Center in East Delta Delta Breeze Equestrian Center is currently taking boarders while the barn and grounds are being refurbished, but will be fully

open as of September 1st. The large indoor ring has new footing; the paddocks are being completely redone, with fi ll added to make them drier; the lounge is being redone and painted; the large outdoor ring is ready to use; the grass field will be reseeded; the dry lot fields are ready to go; and outside trainers are welcome. The manager, Kate Lirette, intends to keep the place fun, with the relaxed, casual atmosphere of a private barn in a large show-type barn place… and if anyone can do that, Kate can! Give her a call at 778-887-0509 or come on by and visit the horses and bunnies and barn cats. (See our ad on page 87)

In Search of the Perfect Hay Bunk!! Is there such a thing as the perfect haybunk? Tahn Towns, designer of a new hay feeder, made by High Country Plastics, thinks so, and so does Tahn’s 23-year-old Trakehner gelding, Nic. Designed by Tahn herself after years of frustration with wasted hay on the ground, and the mess of soaking dirty hay. This unique design keeps their feed off the ground, the horse’s nose out of the dust and dirt, and prolongs feeding time keeping the horse busy and happily eating for longer periods. “My friends were the perfect testers, and the bunk passed with flying colours with all different types of hay. In snow, mud, and rain, they said it worked just fine.”

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Animal – Pro Products Inc. Launches BC Distributor Tahn Towns and Karen Chobotar are the new BC distributors for Equine Choice® Probiotics. “We are thrilled to have found a unique equine probiotic that is stable and protected which delivers a high number of Colony Forming Units to the horse’s hind gut in a live, active and reproducible state.” Tahn and Karen’s business, Healthy, is going to launch the Equine Choice® product at the Mane Event Expo held in Chilliwack on October 21-23, 2011. But you can get an earlier peek of the product as they are exhibiting at the IPE in Armstrong and the Rock Creek Fall Fair. Look for the new Hay Bunk as well.

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There is definitely potential, stabling availability, and camping/ parking, etc to host Nationally recognized shows at this facility if someone wanted to do so! They’d also like to open that facility up to the public for riding lessons on well trained and trusted school horses, for both English and Western disciplines, with proven and experienced trainers. There is a chance to bring back the Desert Park Horse Trials using the existing Cross Country course and beautiful all-weather outdoor arena that has been missed in past years. So please email if you are interested in helping for any of the hunter/jumper, two-phase, or horse trials events! Want to be informed? We can add you to our e-news list by contacting We at Ross Hanson Horsemanship/Rafter B Training Stables Ltd support Desert Park in becoming a valued part of the community, and look forward to it facilitating your future events and get-togethers! Let’s make use of this beautiful piece of town land with plenty of stabling, washroom facilities, baseball diamonds, a race track, a huge sand outdoor arena, and more! – Ashley Parker & Ross Hanson

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Shifting Saddles at Summer Sizzler By Melissa Thielman, Shifting Saddles Club Reporter


welve members of the Shifting Saddles 4-H Horse Club took part in Summer Sizzler, held at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. English and Western riders rode in two lessons each day and also went to “ground school,” or theory classes in the afternoon, where they learned about topics like tack cleaning, clipping and setting up a jump course. On Sunday, a show was held, with high point awards, belt buckles and blankets, handed out afterwards. Over fift y kids from several clubs took part overall. 4-H horse club members came from areas like Clearwater, Little Fort, Kelowna and the Kootenays. Parents were also able to take part in lessons. The event was hosted this year by the Trail Dusters 4-H club. Some fun activities included a movie night, held after a supper for all of the clubs. Shifting Saddles will be hosting this wonderful event for 2012. The two Shuswap 4-H horse clubs take turns hosting the event. The Shifting Saddles 4-H Horse Club has about 16 members and two pre-club members. If you’d like to learn more about Shifting Saddles and how to become a member of the club, call Cheryl at (250) 833-0180 or Susie at (250) 835-4390.

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BC Heritage Circuit Finals At the BC Heritage Finals held at Thunderbird Show Park July 15–17, 2011, 76 equestrians of all ages competed for the top awards and $10,000.00 in prize money divided between 100 Championship Classes of Dressage, Jumper, Western Performance, English Performance, Games Speed Events, and Driving. Competitors travelled to the Finals from all over BC, some with the help of Horse Council BC and the Government of BC Sport on the Move Travel Assistance grants. Riders could compete in two shows in one weekend, with the LMQHA Summer Quarter Horse Show running concurrently at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. This created a big show environment on the grounds with over 200 horses, and exhibitors paying only one fee to camp and stable their horses. A country style Barbeque Dinner was enjoyed by many on Saturday night. To qualify for the BC Heritage Finals, competitors must place in the top four at a minimum of two local BC Heritage Circuit Qualifier Events up to July 1st preceding the finals. Competitors record their qualifying results in a logbook, available either at the Qualifier Shows or through the Horse Council BC office for $10. The Annual BC Heritage Circuit Championship Final is traditionally held in July at various locations throughout BC. Horse Council BC would like to thank our Sponsors, Prairie Coast Equipment, Capri Insurance, Bates Tack Shop, and Northridge Farm, and say thanks to the volunteers who helped make the 2011 BC Heritage Circuit Finals a successful and fun competition. Complete results are available on the Horse Council BC website.

Some highlights include: The Western Performance Division Versatility Award went to Hailey Blattler with Foolish Attraction. Other competitors who did well in Western events were Amanda Daly with Olena San Star and Chelsea Wensley with Coffee Crisp in the 13 & under, Megan Daly with Zips Last Tango and Devon Smith with SW Roxy Barlink in the 14-18 age group, and Theresa Tremer with RS Parr Dawn and Graham Tobias with The Zip Factor in the Senior classes. Some of the top scores in Dressage tests were achieved by Mackenzie Nelson on Beautown Schautzi in the 13 & under, Alysha

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Russell on Wind Wauk Her in the 14-18 age group, and Dale Thornton on Fascination and Rebeka Kennedy on Wind Dancer in the Seniors. Alysha Russell and Wind Wauk Her also came first in Level 1 Jumping. Some of the most successful riders in the English Performance Division were Chloe Coulson on King of Hearts and Hailey Blattler on Foolish Attraction in the 13 & under, Andrea Dobbs on Cariboo Gold Rush and Robyn Marjoribanks on Calypso in the 14-18 age group, and Alysia Wallis on Incyte and Carolyn Dobbs on Presario in the Senior classes. Details on the HCBC website.

Team Coach - Monique Fraser, Aldergrove, BC (EC Level 2 Coach) Chef d’Equipe - Ali Buchanan, Fort Langley, BC (Beijing Olympics 2008 - CET Chef d’Equipe Dressage) “This is an exciting pinnacle event for our provincial circuit program while developing Athletes to the next level of Canadian National Championships and Team Competition,” says Ali Buchanan, Chef d’Equipe.

Canadian Equestrian Championships 2011 The inaugural Canadian Equestrian Championships will take place September 15-18th, 2011 at Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park in Bromont, Quebec. Horse Council BC will be sending a BC Equestrian Team in the disciplines of Dressage, Show Jumping, and Reining. The highest ranked Junior and Senior Riders based on the results of the annual Selection Trial at the BC Heritage Circuit Finals are selected for each discipline. Expectations are that this will be an annual Canadian Championship hosted by alternating provinces. The Federation Equestre du Quebec has assumed the role of Organizing Committee for the 2011 event. The BC Equestrian Team will compete in Bromont on leased horses provided by the CEC Organizing Committee. A Level 2 team coach and chef d’equipe will accompany the athletes as officials responsible for team technical support. Athletes are required to share a portion of the expense of leasing horses. Horse Council BC, in partnership with the BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, is funding the remaining expenses.

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Summerland Rodeo Grounds Update By Laura Dean Photos by Canadarama Photography


he Summerland Rodeo Grounds Equine Development Committee (SRGEDC) is having great success with their innovative and fun shows this 2011 season. All of the shows have been held at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds and all proceeds go the SRG Improvement Fund that has been slowly growing since the Dancing Andalusian Show back in 2007. Our first event was the Spring Discovery show that saw over two dozen riders from all age groups and skill levels compete in both jumping and dressage. We even had a western dressage class that was a huge success. A big thank you to Grasslands Nursery and our judge Mariah Chapman for her great smiles and input! On June 19th, the SRGEDC held their very first Naked Horse Show. Any amount of tack was welcome and we had riders compete without bits and/or saddles or some just ride their horses barefoot. Again we had all levels of riders and saw many first time show participants proudly go home with their

first ribbons ever. Thanks to Judges Mary Ellen Laidlaw and Gina Huber for their great positive and supportive attitudes to all of the riders and our volunteers. We held the second annual Youth Fun Show on July 9th. It was a smashing success, with glorious weather and 25 entries. Just about everyone entered every class they could, so there was plenty of friendly competition, especially in our 9-13 years age group, for the many fabulous prizes. Riders were treated to free drinks and freezies at the break, and a lovely potluck dinner afterwards. Nearly $400 was raised toward improvements at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds. Special thanks to our awesome judge, Janette Lauritzen, who gave plenty of tips to our young riders, and to sponsors End of the Road Farm, Hook Graphic Design, and 4S Ranch. Thanks, too, to the masses of volunteers! We are always overwhelmed by the show of support at this yearly event. The next two shows in the works are

Sarah Dean and Jessa Barber competing in the Matched Pairs class 14 to 18 years; and as you can see they are huge Canucks fans.

the Fall Show on Sept 10th and 11th and the Supernatural Halloween Show on Oct 8th. Both shows will be held at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds. Check out our website www. for more info. Due to the positive feedback and the number of entries we will be hosting all of these shows again in 2012.

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Canadian Pony Club in Kentucky By Heather Agnew


anadian Pony Club teams representing two disciplines recently returned from the Bluegrass State having made their mark on the international stage. Hosted by the United States Pony Club (USPC), Canadian Pony Club members competed in International Mounted Games Exchange and International Quiz at the Kentucky Horse Park from July 12–23, 2011. The Canadian International Mounted Games team placed fourth overall, the C1 Quiz team placed second and the C2 Quiz team placed sixth. “I’m delighted to have member representation from across Canada on each team as a true example of loyalty, character and sportsmanship,” said Cathy Miller, National Chair, Canadian Pony Club. “Each of these athletes topped the field in their respective regions, so I’d like to congratulate the members of Team Canada on their hard work and achievements.” As the only unmounted competition Canadian Pony Club offers, Quiz is a battle of the minds. Competitors answer questions related to all areas of equine care including lameness, feed and nutrition, saddlery, conformation and more. This year’s team included: Jill Barnett, BC Lower Mainland Hayley Mica, BC Lower Mainland Casey Leroux, BC Lower Mainland Kaya Hunter, BC Interior Sarah Allison, BC Lower Mainland Becky Mason, BC Interior

Kyra Holmes, Central Ontario Val Mica, Chaperone Mounted Games is a fast, furious and fun discipline involving a number of relaybased games on horseback. This year’s team had the opportunity to visit Washington DC and Virginia before touching down in Kentucky for the competition. The exchange is held every year and rotates between Canada, Australia, Great Britain and the US. This year’s team included: Jessica Wallin, Alberta North Kristen Pym, Alberta North Jacquie Kelton, Western Ontario Jazz Graham, Alberta North Jordan Cornish, BC Lower Mainland Dylan McPhail, Coach Sandra Radcliffe, Chaperone The 2011 show season will be packed with other local, national and international events and competitions, including tetrathlon, a discipline exclusive to Pony Club involving four phases of competition, similar to a modified pentathlon; dressage and showjumping; weekend-long rallies and numerous branch competitions, clinics and events. Members from each region will have the chance to compete nationally in the following upcoming competitions: National Prince Philip Games, BC Lower Mainland and Central Ontario National Show Jumping, BC Lower Mainland National Dressage, Western Ontario National Rally, St. Lawrence, Ottawa Valley

Mounted Games Team (clockwise l to r): Sandra Radcliffe, chaperone from Ontario; Jazz Graham from Alberta; Jordan Cornish from BC; Jacquie Kelton from Ontario; Dylan McPhail, coach from Ontario; Kristen Pym from Alberta and Jessica Wallin from Alberta.

Other international events scheduled for this year included International Tetrathlon in early August, hosted jointly by the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Canadian Pony Club athletes also competed at the InterPacific Exchange, hosted in early May by New Zealand, where Canada’s team won the Nation’s Cup in competition with teams from the USA, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand. International competitions typically last one to two weeks to give participants a chance to do more than just compete. These exchanges offer opportunities to experience different cultures and riding styles from around the world, forging friendships and experiences that last a lifetime.

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Lezah Williamson


C Lower Mainland Pony Club wrapped up its Prince Philip Games season at the end of June at the Panorama Ridge Riding Club, with Vancouver Pony Club winning at the A team level. BCLM Pony Club is hosting the Nationals this year at Southlands Riding Club on September 11, and both Vancouver Pony Club and Hazelmere will be representing our region at this competition. C2, B and B2 testing took place in Maple Ridge during the first two weeks of July; lower level branch testing continues to take place all through the summer at various locations. In Maple Ridge in early August, our most senior 48 • Saddle Up • September 2011

riders were challenging the A level, along with other riders from Western Canada. Rally is often the highlight of a Pony Clubber’s summer, and this year’s Rally was no exception. Hanna Corsan of Langley Pony Club was top Training level rider, and Richmond Pony Club won the D Rally team. The big news on the Tetrathlon front involves all the International travel our members are doing: Megan and Kelsey MacDonald of Mission Hills PC, along with Taryn Koreman of Hazelmere, travelled to Kentucky in July to participate in the US Pony Club Festival. Megan and Kelsey both walked away with gold in their respective divisions.

Megan is spending the month of August in Britain, competing in the International meet as part of the Canadian contingent. The region finished off the Pony Club season by hosting the National Show Jumping Championships at Maple Ridge held August 25-28. All members are looking forward to the start of the new Pony Club year. Registration will be available at all clubs as of September 1. Go to for more information.


Selkirk Saddle Club By Tanya Secord


he Selkirk Saddle Club in Revelstoke, BC is growing quickly and has a lot of projects in the works. This June we hosted a very successful pony ride for the community kids – our busiest ever. On August 5-7 we had Doug Mills come and do a 3-day Leadership Clinic for us which was very exciting and full of information. Seven members and their horses participated with others enjoying watching. We learned how to do liberty in the round pen as well as halter work on and off the horse. We had such a great time that we plan on bringing him back next year. Thanks Doug for giving us a weekend of fun, knowledge and exercise! On September 10th we are planning on hosting another pony ride for the community kids which we do as a fundraiser as well to get kids involved with horses. We are raising funds to build a covered riding arena to make is possible

to work with our horses year round in our rainy/snowy town. We also have a couple of members working on getting CANtra certified to do Therapeutic Riding. Hopefully in the next year or two we can get that all organized. In the last few months we have gone from 4 members under the age of 8 years old to 13. We do weekly Club Kid Nights to get them out and riding. 4-H is also in the works for getting started. Hopefully September will bring more news. Mark your calendars for January 28th when we host out next Revy Stomp! A fun fi lled Country Western night with Dancing, Beef on a Bun, Bunny Bingo and a Silent Auction – Everyone Welcome. This is our biggest fundraiser and we appreciate all the support. For more info contact Tanya Secord 250-814-0050 or visit

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Langley Riders Society Update By Bethany Gildemeister. Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy


irst off, I’m sorry I missed the August issue - you all know how crazy life gets this time of year. Langley Riders has been a busy place with shows, games days, jumping days and, of course, our Little Britches Rodeo! LRS was also well represented at the BC Heritage Finals, and we are going to be having more qualifying shows, hopefully, this fall and next spring. Keep checking the website for updates, at The LRS 2011 Little Britches Rodeo was held June 25-26. It was a great weekend of fun times, great people, good food, fast horses, awesome prizes, a few bruises and tons of laughs! The LRS Royalty was hard at work all weekend doing grand entry, hosting a bake sale and selling 50/50 tickets. They also raffled off a beautiful tack trunk, and that was after half of them got bucked off and stomped on during the Senior Girls steer riding! The thing about rodeo Queens and Princesses is that they are tough as nails, can ride with the best of em’, and look great doing it! Stay tuned for more highlights as we enjoy another month of Langley Riders events! June 18 English/Western Show High Points English: Senior: Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Dani Olsen Junior: Ashley Dell Peewee: Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mite: Brooklyn Gildemeister Western: Senior: Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Tessa Gildemeister Junior: Ashley Dell Peewee: Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mite: Brooklyn Gildemeister July 10 Games Day High Points George Burns: Sian Russell Jack Benny: Jenny Leibenzeder Senior: Kathrine Kowalik Intermediate: Jazmine Langset Junior: Matty London Pee Wee: Ryan Bitschy Tiny Mite: Sabrina Langset Lead Line: Reilley Kellner July 24 English/Western Show High Points English: Senior: Shelby Huish and Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Haley Russell Junior: Ashley Dell and Roan McCarthy Peewee: Kestral Zalesky and Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mite: Sabrina Langset Western: Senior: Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Haley Russell Junior: Ashley Dell Peewee: Lexi Langset Tiny Mite: Brooklyn Gildemeister

BCHSR 2011 Queen Emma McFarland and LRS 2011 Little Miss Sweetheart Brooklyn Gildemeister

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North Vancouver Island Horse Assoc. By Margaret Camp


he weekend of August 6-7 saw riders from Coombs to Powell River and the local area competing under Gordon Williams on Saturday and Joan Kelly on Sunday for high points and stakes earnings. The event culminated in a ride over a tricky course for a beautiful show saddle, silver show headstall and black wool saddle pad in the Tack-m-up Stables Versatility Saddle Class. The weather was great and the river was enticing for many riders and their mounts. High Point Awards Peewee: Streakin San Sousa ridden by Madison Bishop Youth 14-18: Chunky Chips Ahoy ridden by Jayde Christian (65 points) Reserve: JWR the Last Juan ridden by Rosalea Pagani (54 points) Youth 13 & Under: Double Dip Toffee ridden by Madeleine Flahr (59 points) Reserve: All Dun Twisting ridden by Sophie Dobler (31 points) Senior: Ima Princess Pearl ridden by Laura Evans (87 points) Reserve: Laddie ridden by Fonda Munro (64 points) Walk/Jog: SRA Shamrock ridden by Kenzie Meaden (35 points) Reserve: Notice the Old Gold ridden by Cassidy Graham (34 points) Green Horse: All Dun Twisting ridden by Sophie Dobler (47 points) Reserve: Rose Koal Love ridden by Brenda Robson (11 points) Green Rider: All Dun Twisting ridden by Sophie Dobler (48 points) Feature Classes Class AA Fearless Contracting $200 Western Pleasure Stake: 1st: Doc’s Boston Bear - Sondra Butler 2nd: Chunky Chips Ahoy - Jayde Christian 3rd: JWR the Last Juan - Rosalea Pagani 4th: Sandy Steady Star - Caitlin Nikolaisen 5th: Hand Mia Lil Romance - Cherie Corrigan Class BB $100 Trail Stake: 1st (tied): Hand Mia Lil Romance - Cherie Corrigan 1st (tied): JWR the Last Juan - Rosalie Pagani 3rd: Doc`s Boston Bear - Sondra Butler 4th: Echo`s Cafe Au Lait - Susanne Flury Tack-m-up Stables Versatility Saddle Class: 1st: Ima Princess Pearl - Laura Evans (winner of the show saddle) 2nd: Doc`s Boston Bear - Sondra Butler (winner of the show headstall) 3rd: JWR the last Juan - Rosalea Pagani (winner of the saddle pad) 4th: Hand Mia Lil Romance - Cherie Corrigan

This was the last show of the NVIHA Open Western Performance Show Season. Sincere thanks to the many volunteers who came forward to help out with such mundane, but necessary, tasks as keeping the ring manure-free, and setting up and taking down the obstacles. Thanks also to the helpers who kept track of placings and fi lled out the results forms while I was busy announcing and working out the high points; and thank you to Deb Evans and her family - they made sure that everything was in place and tidy after the show. Hopefully we will see you all again in 2012. NVIHA Awards Night Banquet will be held at the Merville Hall on November 12, 2011.

Ima Princess Pearl with Laura Evans, winner of the 2011 NVIHA Western Performance Versatility Saddle Class, Doc’s Boston Bear with Sondra Butler, and JWR the last Juan with Rosalea Pagani

Marg Camp, Carol McEachen, Sandra Kennedy, Ima Princess Pearl, Laura Evans, Deb Evans, Joan Kelly (judge), Kelly-Anne Dorey (runner), Doc’s Boston Bear, Sondra Butler, Breanna and Monique Fear of Fearless Contracting, JWR the Last Juan, Rosalea Pagani. (Missing from the group photo: Debbie McGee, who has been there since the beginning, 7 years ago.)

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club by Michele Gould Photos by Marie Van Der Wilk


he AERC Fun Day, held July 24, was a huge success owing to the weather that was ordered up special and to all the riders, their mounts and supporters who came out to have some fun with us. Results for the day are as follows: Showmanship Senior - 1st Gail Howard, 2nd Janet Crich Intermediate – 1st Meighen Rees, 2nd Cayleigh Cote Junior – 1st Melanie Lemaire Peewee – 1st Adam Lemaire Open – 1st Shelley Todd, 2nd Meighen Rees English Senior – 1st Donna Ruth, 2nd Ursula McHugh Intermediate – 1st Cayleigh Cote/Melissa Thielman Junior – 1st Charity Scrase, 2nd Morgan Sengotta Peewee – 1st Katie Thielman Open – 1st Charity Scrase 2nd Ursula McHugh/Morgan Sengotta Western Senior – 1st Donna Ruth, 2nd Gail Howard Intermediate – 1st Meighen Rees, 2nd Josh Sengotta Junior – 1st Melanie Lemaire Peewee – 1st Katie Thielman Open - 1st Meighan Rees, 2nd Colleen Nestor Games Senior – 1st Ashley Hilbrander, 2nd Candace VanHees Intermediate – 1st Josh Sengotta, 2nd Cayleigh Cote Junior – 1st Morgan Sengotta, 2nd Charity Scrase Peewee – 1st Adam Lemaire, 2nd Katie Thielman

sure to join us so that you can vote for the Year End awards, beef up your volunteer points, try out a new class and a bunch of other stuff that you’ll just have to come and see for yourself. Our next Executive Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce on September 7th and our General Meeting will take place on October 5 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to either meeting – we value your input so we can mould this Club to better suit all its members. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on November 26th for the 2011 AERC Awards Banquet. More on that soon! www.armstrongenderbyridingclub. org

The Open Riding evenings picked up momentum and we need to hear from you if you are interested in further evenings in September. We are now gearing up for the grand finale Fun Day, September 25th. Be

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Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club Update By Robyn Formanski


e have yet again had another successful and exciting Gymkhana on July 30. It was a blast and even with the scorching weather we all stayed cool and collected. The Juniors are all starting to pull even faster times - some are beating the open riders. It is great to see that everyone is truly bonding with their horses, and with better bonds, better times are pulled. It still isn’t too late to join the club as a member and get six qualifying runs for the awards, or even just come out for the day and have fun with your best friend. August 13th we held a fundraiser and 52 • Saddle Up • September 2011

our very first Poker Ride on Silverbirch Road in Pritchard. More on that in the next issue. The next dates for the Gymkhanas, held at Pritchard Arena, are: September 10, September 25 (Double Run and Jackpot Day), October 1 (Double Run), October 16 (Double Run), and November 26 (Year End Banquet). Come on out and enjoy these last few months of the awesome weather with your equine companion! JULY 30 GYMKHANA RESULTS PeeWees HP Keianna James RHP Cash James HM Brooke

Juniors 1D HP Kaylynne White on Red RHP Damielle Scott 2D HP Alana Goldney RHP Paige Dickens 3D HP Brenna Hillier on Taffy RHP Tricia Hall on Q 4D HP Keanna Towle RHP Brenna Hillier on Rocky Adults 1D HP Bev Hall on Jack RHP Bev Hall on Mac 3D HP Cathy Dickens RHP Jeanie VanDenHam


West Kootenay Update By Faye Fox


success. Thank you to all the volunteers who made it happen; without you, there wouldn’t be a show. Thank you very much to our main sponsor, BC Interior Arabian Horse Association.  A huge thank you also to the wonderful competitors. Your horses were turned out beautifully and everyone had a great time. There were a total of 39 tests ridden! And most importantly, thank you to our Judge, Pat Fediuk from Armstrong, BC.  The High Score Awards went to the following riders and horses: High Score Youth, Danielle Martin on Hot Pepper with a score of 51.9% High Score Walk/Trot, Val Newman on Lily with a score of 70% High Score Training Level, Colleen Kramer on Cheyenne LeRose with a score of 57.8% High Score First Level, Virginia Peters on Pawloski’s Pride with a score of 57.8% High Score Arabian/Half Arabian, Colleen Kramer on Kadillac Kolors with a score of 61.6%

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AQHA Region One Championship Report By Gayle Pawley-Wilson Official photographer Don and Debbie Trout, Don Trout Photography,


he AQHA Region One Championship event took place at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC from July 20-24, 2011. This was the second year that Canada had hosted an AQHA Region Championship. The event was hosted by BCQHA 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 huge success with well over 1000 entries including the cattle classes and All Breed classes. Entry Numbers: Open Division Total: 276 Amateur Division Total: 163 Youth Division Total: 300 Novice Division Total: 193 Novice Youth Division Total: 139 Non-Division Total: 276 Non-Division Total: 5 TOTAL: 1213 Attending the event on behalf of AQHA were Tom Persechino, Executive Director of Competitions and Breed Integrity and AQHA Executive Committee member George Philips and his wife Nicole. Also attending the event was Larri Jo Starkey reporting for Americas Horse Daily and the Quarter Horse Journal. A free Social event was hosted by the Affi liates each evening serving at least 200 guests: refreshing ice cream sundaes were served on Wednesday, Alaska/Washington made unique grilled moose and caribou burgers and Alaska halibut, British Columbia presented their local specialty of Salmon, and Idaho baked their traditional potatoes with all the fi xings. Chad Evans, part of Team Wrangler and Team Extreme opened the Championship event on Wednesday with a fabulous trail clinic. Mark Bolender gave an Extreme Trail demo on the Friday Night Extravaganza followed by a clinic then competition on Saturday. The well received Trail Challenge competition was an AQHA first for a new program designed for recreational riders. Eddie Hicks judged the WCHA classes and followed up with a seminar and a question and answer period on halter classes. 54 • Saddle Up • September 2011

Various clinics and demos were offered by the following AQHA Professional Horsemen… Traci Olney, Laurie Takoff, Genny Miller, Splendora Papetti-Huizenga, Edward Higbee, and Denise Callahan. Randee Fox entertained the Friday Evening crowd with a Nia for Equestrians demo then a clinic the following morning. The AQHA Judges for the event were Allen Mitchels of Michigan City, Indiana and Gary Reynolds, of Dennis, Texas. Classes during the event were approved by AQHA, NSBA, WCHA, NRHA, BCRCHA and NRCHA. The 4-H Horse group of 29 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 (Buckle), Professionals Choice (Saddle Pad), Weatherbeeta (Rainsheets), Farnam Products, American Quarter Horse Journal (haybag, shampoo and logoed cleaning clothes to tenth placings) in AQHA classes. The All Around Champion Awards included Tex Tan Silver Show Saddles and Shorty’s Custom Hats. AQHA Region One All Around Champions YOUTH 14-18 Tamara Barker, Macs Goodbar Seeker Reserve Zippos Star Shuttle & Katrina Mulford NOVICE YOUTH 14-18 Invitation to Ride & Ahsha Mootz Reserve Docs Royal Doulton & Rachael Nordby YOUTH 13 AND UNDER Olena San Star & Amanda Daly Reserve Coolest Jacky & Laura Forbes OPEN ALL AROUND Kathrine Hardcastle, Winkin For Chocolate Reserve One Hot Loper & Lauren Uhrich NOVICE YOUTH 13 AND UNDER A Lil Bit Lethal & Charlotte Selby Reserve Looks Inviting & Josephine Mootz AMATEUR Hez Talk of the Town & Yelaina May Reserve Muddys Mr Diamond & Norma Siebert NOVICE AMATEUR A Little Two Deluxe & Kimberly Servoss Reserve One Hot Goods & Nicole Barker SELECT AMATEUR A Screamin Zippo & Cindy Nakahara Reserve A Little Reality & Carole Walton

ALL AROUND CHAMPION ALL BREED 13&UNDER Dressed to Jet & Jessica Grodzins Reserve Crown Silver & Christina DiCarlo CHAMPION ALL BREED 14-18 Justa Concideret Gal & Barbara Crosby Reserve Major Leaguer & Carly Glick

We would truly like to thank all the AQHA Region One sponsors including the Canadian Quarter Horse Assoc and MBNA Canada. Thank you to our advertising sponsors: Canadian Horse Journals, GaitPost, Northwest Horse Source, Just Horses, Western Horse Review and Saddle Up magazine. An extra special thank you to the BCQHA members, who donated, sponsored and volunteered to make this a memorable and successful event and our appreciation to the 4-H participants and parents for their added assistance. Please visit us at and Facebook at Region 1 American Quarter Horse Affi liate for pictures and links to the event.

RESERVE NOVICE AMATEUR - One Hot Goods & Nicole Barker And CHAMPION YOUTH 14-18 - Tamara Barker & Macs Goodbar Seeker

CHAMPION 13 & UNDER Olena San Star & Amanda Daly


AQHA Region One, cont’d

RESERVE SELECT AMATEUR A Little Reality & Carole Walton

RESERVE AMATEUR Muddys Mr Diamond & Norma Siebert

OPEN CHAMPION Kathrine Hardcastle & Winkin For Chocolate

RESERVE ALL BREED 14-18 Major Leaguer & Carly Glick

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Delta Riding Club - Summer Classic Worth Celebrating By Cathy Glover


picture-perfect weekend marked the Delta Riding Club’s annual “Summer Classic,” August 6-7. The two day show is the highlight of the club’s show schedule and this year’s version did not disappoint. The hunter day was host to big cross rail and two foot divisions, thanks in large part to the students out of Yolanda Blommers’ Blue Meadows Farm in Richmond. Judge Jan Blackhall officiated as Kim Robertson rode The Red Rock AB to the high point in cross-rail (Andrew Hass on Just Gabe was reserve), while Kim Taylor rode Izabel to the two foot high point; Yuri Yuen and cute-as-a-bug Bambee took reserve. Annika Clark and Shades of Honor took home the 2’3” high point director’s chair while Megan Kenny on Hylee Classical QT was reserve. Laura Forde on Nicola AB won the 2’6; Julia Clarke on Eddie Bauer were reserve. Katie Andrews rode Rhumba to a 2’9” high point, much to the delight of owner Shirley Jutras and DRC member Sarah Brown was reserve on Changed the Stars. Sarah was also the lone entry in the three foot but she was there to warm up for Maple Ridge and rode her classes earning her the coveted directors chair high point. The promise of prize money is generating a lot of interest in the BC Heritage program and we had no less than 10 exhibitors hand in log books for the 2011/12 season on the English Western day. Judge Virginia Allen had no trouble keeping the show’s pace in spite of some large and very competitive classes. Congratulations to Megan Schiewe on three year old Tuxedo and stable mate Teri Agle and Clairvoiant on their respective Walk/Trot high point and reserve. Lauren Proudlove rode Fall En Rain, one of the few horses to show both days, to the Junior high point while Samantha Zimmer and Cricket were reserve. Devon Smith showed Sweetdreams With Zip for the first time at Delta and took the Intermediate high point, with 56 • Saddle Up • September 2011

Emma Schellenberg and her Paint, All Reddy Smoke N, coming up reserve. Tamara Jameson is on a winning streak with Super Miss Lucy, taking the Senior, Western and BC Paint Horse Club high point. Margo Murray, on her APHA gelding Classy Cooper, was reserve Senior rider, while Devon and “Fibs” were reserve Western. A horse show is only as good as the volunteer team that pulls it together, and Delta boasts one of the best. Many thanks to Bruce (and Fiona), Sheila, Francie and especially to Cindy Mackay, our entry secretary, for keeping everything running tickety-boo. It was great to have “Auntie” Marg Brodie back in the concession – no one makes a breakie burger quite like Marg! Megan Schiewe and Cassidy Mintzler have found their niche as announcers; Devon did an outstanding job keeping the hunter day going at the gate on Saturday, and Phylicia whipped the EW show with her usual efficiency. Lynne Carter set up the Handy Horse and Trail, capping off a weekend to celebrate on all accounts. First timer 14-year-old Susan Scott did a fabulous job as our awards presenter for both days. Check out our photo album on Delta Riding Club’s Facebook page. Our next show is an English/Western on September 11. (Jodie Moore judges.) We’ll end the 2011 season as we started it, with a Percentage (Dressage) day, on September 18. Both shows are APHA PAC and BC Heritage approved.

Laura Forde on Nicola AB and coach Amanda Barbillion

Francie Shuttleworth, Virginia Allen and Miss Daisy

Emma Schellenberg and All Reddy Smoke N

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Barriere and District Riding Club By Ginger Chappell


hanks to the hard work of Darcey Woods and all of the folks who organized and promoted the BC Heritage Shows in the North Thompson area, the two shows hosted by the Barriere and District Riding club so far have been a success and gaining momentum. The show in June went from almost being cancelled to a great success with 19 entries. We had riders from Sorrento, Chase, Pritchard, Clearwater, 100 Mile, Kamloops and of course LOTS of local entries. It was great to see so many of our local kids come out and give it a whirl! Participants were able to participate in many Western discipline classes as well as English with all levels and ages of riders. On Sunday, July 24 members enjoyed Cowboy Church hosted by Gordie West who, along with performers Wayne Klekta and Tracy Young, entertained the public with their old western gospel music at the Wild Fire Monument site in Louise Creek just south of Barriere. Our Club was invited to perform as western clad cowgirls for back drop. Cherie Jardine on Diva and Jessica Chappell on Shiney looked great and were appreciated by all who attended. Our second show on August 14th was a great success as well and gained momentum with 29 entries. Another day fi lled with smiles! It was great to see the members of the Clearwater 4-H Club join us for this show. We had as many as 10 entries in the Junior classes alone. The next largest group was the Green competitors at 7! Our fabulous judge, Kimberly Westgate, did a great job again, providing lots of pointers to all levels of riders in all classes. A VERY special thank you to Judy Greenwood who was our Trail judge. Thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors. Please see our website at to view our list of supportive sponsors and future events. 1974

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Dogwood Donkey Show Report By Pat Strang Photos by John Dargel


he Dogwood Donkey Show held at the Agri-Fair in Abbotsford, BC on July 28-30, proved to be a “braying” success with bright skies and enthusiastic spectators who thoroughly enjoyed the showcase of our long eared friends. There was a full slate of classes which attracted an excellent field of exhibitors, 15 donkeys and 13 youth participants. The highlights of the show were the youth classes which captivated the crowds of spectators who shared lots of laughs and many words of encouragement. Our Judge, Mr. Roger Eithel’s expertise and kindness was warmly welcomed. He was one of the kids’ great supporters and the time and effort he spent with each of them was very well received and appreciated. The costume class was a huge crowd pleaser as the kids wowed a full house of spectators with their unique costumes and imagination. It was a heartwarming moment as the judge spoke with each participant over the microphone and then brought the crowd to its feet as he announced them all a first place winner. It was such a wonderful opportunity for the kids to build their confidence, trust and make new friends. The driving classes were very popular with the audience and it was a joy to see so many turn out. Nine-year-old Nadine Laity who had only been driving for a few weeks joined in the fun and did exceptionally well. She has been a huge influence on attracting new youth and donkey lovers to the sport of driving. Developing the skills and confidence of our youth represent the future of our sport. Many new “fans” strolled the stall area to get a glimpse of these amazing animals and were fascinated by their lovely nature. Based on their many questions we know there is still much more to share about our donkeys. Hearing the positive comments from the exhibitors and fans was very pleasing and gave us an indication that we are moving in the right 58 • Saddle Up • September 2011

direction with this event. The success of the show was due to the substantial efforts and contributions of our volunteers and sponsors. The Dogwood Donkey Show Committee consisting of Ulli Dargel, John Dargel, Helen Howell, Catherine Olson, Pat Strang and Margaret Stewart are grateful to the many who donated their time and we would like to personally “thank” each and every sponsor for their generosity. We truly appreciate your support of our efforts to promote and showcase our donkeys. It’s the monetary gifts such as these that helped make our show such a success. The show continues to grow and we want to thank everyone who participated and worked so hard to help make it all happen.

Paying attention to Judge

Overall Champion


Halle May as the Lion Tamer

Nadine Laity


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Alice Todd


n July 12, members from Alberta and BC met at the Calgary Stampede for three days of donkey and mule demonstrations. Tom Barker and Mavis Ulansky travelled from Falkland, BC, and brought Ruby, a Peruvian mule and Bart, a yearling donkey who won Grand Champion at Bishop Mule Days in California. Joni Roberts from Foresburg, AB, brought her hinny, Buddy, and Matt Lepard brought our standard donkey, Sonney, who had been staying with Matt and Joni for the better part of the summer. My husband Ron, our granddaughter, Dylan Todd, and I also brought my Peruvian mule, Mandi, for the demonstrations, travelling the shortest distance from Nanton, AB. Bob Leggette and Ida Newell, from Innisfail, brought Jessie, a quarter horse mule. At the Calgary Stampede Demonstrations, L to R: Matt Lepard driving Sonney, Alice Todd and her mule, Mandi, and Joni Roberts The ADMC had a busy time at the Stampede, answering on her hinny, Buddy questions from visitors to our booth and providing at least two demonstrations each day. Jessie, driven by Bob Leggette, stepped For more information about these interesting equines, or to out so proud and showed how the animals can move out even in inquire about having them present at a show in your town, please tight spaces. Matt Lepard, to the delight of the audience, let our visit our website at granddaughter Dylan help him drive Sonney. Buddy the hinny performed flawlessly before the crowds and demonstrated what an easygoing fellow he was. Ruby, ridden by Tom Barker, and Mandi, ridden by Alice Todd, did a great job of demonstrating how smooth mules are to ride and the various gaits that they have. Bart, the yearling donkey shown by Mavis Ulansky, won everyone’s hearts as he was so sweet and loved the folks. CITY LIGHTS AND COUNTRY SIGHTS Everyone wanted to hug him and take him · 5.53 Acres located in Armstrong home. · 4,597 sq. ft. 5 bed/4 bath Luxury Home A short time after the Calgary · Triple Car Garage and Detached Garage demonstrations, we attended the Club · Connected to City Water and Sewer · Beautifully Landscaped Hummingbird Trail Ride, on July 22-24. Club · U/G Irrigation member Keith Kendrew organized the annual · High Producing Well trail riding event at the Hummingbird, west · Fenced for Horses of Rocky Mountain House. Members enjoyed · Ride or Walk to the IPE Fairgrounds several days of riding in awesome country. The MLS® #10023748 $1,199,900 trails were very well marked and, although rocky, were safe for a well-conditioned horse, BRING THE HORSES AND DOGS! donkey or mule. There were over 20 riders · 5.07 Flat Useable Acres, 15 min. to Armstrong participating, with approximately half of them · Private, Quiet Horse/Hobby Farm · Detached Garage/Shop riding longears and half on horses. If you are · Fenced and Cross Fenced planning to attend the trail ride next year, I · Solid Clean Outbuildings suggest you go earlier in the week and stay · Fenced Dog Run longer to enjoy the many beautiful sites and · 70’ Well, 10 GPM Newer Pump · 1,508 sq. ft. 1 ½ story Country Home campfire stories that the Hummingbird has to · 3 Bedrooms/2 Baths offer. MLS® #10023490 $464,000


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Totem Saddle Club Update By Marty Cox


ith a busy month for Northwest BC horse shows in August and the Timberland Horse Show over Labour Day weekend, the Totem Saddle Club put on a July schooling show to get our riders ready. Held July 8-9, it was great fun and quite a bit like a clinic with Sherry Kirsch acting as our clinician/judge. Everyone learned little extras for showing. July Schooling Show High Point Results English Senior: Greg Wilson Junior A/B: Chelsea Wilson Junior C/D: Madisyn Alexander Western Senior: Natasha Candelora Junior A/B: Jennifer Rempel The following weekend was the Annual TSC Youth Ambassador Contest. There were five entries; all did a great job and the club was very proud of their participation. The contestants were judged on appearance, showmanship, bridling their horse, riding a pattern, and instead of a speech (which seems to be too scary) there was a question and answer period. We are pleased to have Kassie Vipond as our Youth Ambassador and her fellow Ambassadors included Corienna McNeice (2nd), and Jennifer Rempel (3rd). Other entrants were Madisyn Alexander and Chelsea Wilson. The club is very proud of all of them and pleased to have them represent the club.

This weekend also had Percentage Day, Clear Round Day and a Gymkhana. In Percentage Day, there were 16 tests ridden and the highest percentage went to Greg Wilson Greg Wilson jumping on Hollister, with a score of 61.9%. CRD had six riders with the highest point total going to Jennifer Rempel on Pixie and Madisyn Alexander on Kit, with 6 clear rounds for 30 points. The highest jumper was Kyra Joachim on Elegant, at 2 feet 9 inches. The Gymkhana had some very fast times with Isabelle Heaman riding Jock getting a 16.568 in Barrels and a 10.125 in Scurries, Jocelyn Benoit riding Cheeki with a 9.902 in Keyhole, and Lyn Rempel riding Whisper with a 9.679 in Flag and a 9.335 in Ring Spearing. There were many riders who rode in the Riverboat Days Parade and there was also a great turnout for the Two Day Cattle Sorting - part of the Riverboat Days events. The club is looking forward to the Timberland Horse Show over Labour day weekend. Programs are on the website. It will include BC Heritage Qualifier Classes. In September, there will be the Invitational Gymkhana in Houston, another Cattle Sorting, and maybe a Gymkhana Fun Day with only fun events.

Showmanship Class

Jennifer Rempel, Youth Ambassador Kassie Vipond, Coreinna McNeice

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BC Competitive Trail Update By Erin Williamson his yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunset Competitive Trail Ride, held on July 1516, 2011 at the McCullough Nordic Site near Kelowna was a full house. Twenty eight riders from the Central and Southern Interior, Vancouver Island, Alberta and Washington enjoyed great weather for trail riding near McCullough Lake. The competition included three different levels and speeds varying from 16.6 miles to 38.3 miles. Eighteen volunteers who helped out with trail, pulse crew, secretary duties and camp chores made this ride possible. Thanks to everyone! Our wonderful veterinarian, Sarah Greenwood, did a thorough job judging the 28 riders out of 31 entries. Luckily the weather turned nice a week before the ride allowing the trail to dry out from all of the rain we had in early July. The day of the ride was gorgeous and sunny and held out until the last rider


was off the trail when a quick wind and rain storm hit the area. Although a few people did manage to find themselves off course in the maze of trails at the Nordic site, no one got lost and there were no injuries on the ride. The day ended with a great potluck dinner and awards ceremony with many great prizes thanks to donations. Overall, a fabulous day at a great new site! Looking forward to next year. Volunteers, riders and new members to BCCTRA are always welcome. Check out for more information about the sport and schedule. Thank you again to all of the volunteers, without you these rides would not be possible! Special thanks to all of our sponsors for their generous donations and support.

Sunset CTR (McCullough Nordic Site) LEVEL 1 Rider Last Name Horse/Breed Length (miles) Weight 16.65 Lwt Pam Price China (Arab) 16.65 Lwt Karen Parlee Auzzie (Grade) 16.65 Hwt Bianca Mackenzie Divine (Grade) 16.65 Jr Jesse Dawson Zachary (Grade) Lane Apache Thunder Gunnar (1/2 Arab) 16.651 Hwt Claudia Hwt Kathryn Lewandowsky Honeymoon Night Lily (1/2 Arab) 16.65 16.65 Lwt Joni Dewitt Bells Rene (Arab) LEVEL 2 Lorrence Aplin Kira Anne (Arab) 28.6 Lwt Tammy Mercer Beemer (Arab) 28.6 Hwt Black Flag (Arab) 28.6 Lwt Louise Abbott Nicole Vaugeois El Nino (Grade) 28.6 Lwt H. Thunder â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N Lightning (Grade) 28.6 Hwt Heather Bradshaw 28.6 Lwt Lynn Paul Rumor Has It (Morab) 28.6 Lwt Cornâ&#x20AC;&#x161; Du Toit Kashira Shamir (Arab) Terry Moorby Mistique Knight (Arab) 28.6 Hwt Country Touch (TWH) 28.6 Lwt Stuart Culver Moorby Rasel Romance (Arab) 28.6 Lwt Teri Lynn 28.6 Hwt Madeline Bateman Shainy Spark (Grade)

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Oliver Riding Club Report By Kathy Malmberg


hope everyone has been getting a lot of fun riding in this summer. Personally, I have been so busy with summer company and family activities that my horse barely knows who I am. I plan on correcting that starting tomorrow! The Oliver Riding Club has been fairly busy. We are practicing with the mechanical cow at D Bar K every other Wednesday under the close supervision of Ken Macrea. Everyone is welcome to come watch or if you would like to participate, give Dawn Muller a call at 250-498-0636. There is a fee of $30 per session for this instruction. There are just 4 people per class. We are still looking forward to the demo with Len and Donna Cooke. They have 3 horses at different stages of cutting training, so it will be really interesting. Another new and exciting activity is “Horse Agility” sessions. These are held opposite Wednesdays to the Cutting Lessons starting August 17. The class fi lled up very quickly - just 10 people with their horse per session. If you would like to get on the waiting list - contact

Dorothy Maclaughlin at 250-498-2310. This sounds like a really fun thing to do with your horse. If you are familiar with “dog agility,” then just imagine doing the many obstacles with your horse. I am told that eventually, you will not even have to use a lead rope - your horse will just run with you. I’m looking forward to watching this and hopefully participating down the road. Some of our members are taking their ‘minis’ to the sessions. This will be really cute to watch. These members are also getting into ‘driving’ their minis and having a lot of fun learning this new skill. Thanks to Cate Turner, we have Marion Weiskopff coming in September to give a weekend clinic. I’m not sure if it is full, but call Cate if you are interested 250-485-0302. The hunter-jumper clinics are going well. Call Sara Brown for more info 250485-3838. They have some extra sessions going. Our ‘Dressage Practice Day’ was a hoot. We weren’t ‘judged’ - just given a lesson on how to ride the test. OMG! I came away with a deep respect for anyone

Verla Strawn driving her mini, Lokey. Binky is enjoying the ride on her lap. Lokey was trained by John Wilkinson of Osoyoos.

doing this type of competing. My biggest lesson of the day was that I really need to go back to square one and work on some basics. I did manage to provide some entertainment for everyone when I attempted to do the patterns! Thanks to Debbie House physically directing me, I managed get through it. Speaking of Debbie, she is our amazing president and would be very happy to answer any questions you might have about our activities. Her number is 250-498-4326.

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update By Patricia Goodliffe


n July 31st, five horses and drivers met at the Coach Lamp farm of Shelley and Murray Todd in Armstrong for a day of dressage, cones and obstacle driving. The day started with a brief safety talk then Shelley took everyone on a walk through the dressage test and cones course. After we had our turn driving the test and we moved onto the cones course which was a lovely flowing drive with a few reverse gates to keep us on our toes; then onto a double set of obstacles that proved to be a challenge. We were then given the opportunity to drive everything several times, trying different strategies to improve our times. We finished up just 62 • Saddle Up • September 2011

in time for a wonderful potluck lunch and we were joined by the Russo family, Gabriele, just having been discharged from the hospital that morning. A speedy recovery Gabe! In the afternoon Shelley hitched up her lovely Welsh gelding Kelsey and treated everyone to a drive. The perfect ending to a lovely day. Many thanks to Shelley and Murray for hosting this event. The cones were challenging and well thought out and gave everyone a taste of an arena driving trial-combined driving event. Thank you to the participants. Miniature Horses are making a big impression in combined driving. Talking to Ken Huber (Cariboo Trails CDE)

at their event out of 38 entries 16 were miniatures. Highpoint Training Overall winner was Dave Franklin driving his pair of Jewel and Tonka. Preliminary Overall Winner was Charlie Veinotte driving Mini Man, Rocky, Reese and Jingle. Many of us are preparing for the IPE in Armstrong, a major event for some and we will be in the midst of it when this edition comes out. Results of the fair and other competitions will be in the following editions. Best of luck to everyone and remember to have fun.


Kelowna Gymkhana News By Kaylaa Strombit Photos courtesy of


he Kelowna Gymkhana Club has had an awesome season thus far. Lots of amazing riders and times! Our next Gymkhana is August 28th and will have new about that one in the next issue. HIGHPOINT & RESERVE - JULY 17 MASTERS HP Liz Gibbs - Patch RES Sue Blacklock - Bear

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SENIOR HP Janine Blacklock - Seven RES Amanda Lamberton – Lightning

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YOUTH HP Jesse Tarr - Chanook RES Kayla Stromsten - Skittles

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JUNIOR HP Karly Roth - Niska RES Karly Roth - Digger

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PEE WEE HP Dalyce Russo - Spring RES Simone Blamire - Mikey

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HIGHPOINT & RESERVE - AUG 7 MASTERS HP Debbie Wright - Lily HP Liz Gibbs - Patch RES Linda Lamberton - Ali RES Heather Robson - Sheza Cutie SENIOR HP Amanda Lamberton – Lightning RES Nicole Samson - Smokey RES Amy Russo - Mya

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YOUTH HP Emma Klassen - Red RES Kayla Stromsten - Skittles

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JUNIOR HP Karly Roth - Niska RES Karly Roth - Digger

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PEE WEE HP Steven Robson - Shinga RES Dalyce Russo - Trigger

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Nicole Samson - Smokey

Dalyce Russo – Trigger

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Book Review MADE THAT WAY By Susan Ketchen Reviewed by Carol M. Upton – Usually it makes me feel better to wear my riding clothes. But today nothing helps, even when I buckle on my riding helmet and hop on my bike. Somehow I know I’m doomed. ~ Susan Ketchen In this family fiction sequel to Born That Way, Susan Ketchen reunites readers with the intrepid young Sylvia, who is challenged by a genetic disorder, wild about horses, and determined to find solutions to the obstacles presented by her life in general. Sylvia wants to be a real horsewoman and she’s excited about getting her own horse, even if the horse is arriving at a less-than-perfect time. Brooklyn is, well, not quite a regular horse. He has big ears, makes strange sounds, and he’s already bitten the transport driver. Ketchen captures, with humour and pathos, the developing personality and growing pains of a not quite fifteen-year-old girl who would just like to be normal. Sylvia also wants to be treated as an adult, but sometimes, no one seems to listen very closely, and she must puzzle things out on her own. The strength of this book lies in Ketchen’s examination of some topics that parents and children may find difficult to discuss. What does it mean to be normal or disordered anyhow? Where does a young person turn when her parents don’t listen,

WHAT EVERY HORSE SHOULD KNOW By Cherry Hill Cherry Hill explores how h horses learn, with a focus on t he knowledge every horse needs to live safely and n confidently in the company of people. She examines the lessons that are vital for every domesticated horse, whether a trail horse, dressage or jumper, rodeo or ranch horse. She covers how to handle a horse without fear, how to teach respect and patience, and how to help the horse master the actual “work” he needs to do. This book focuses on the behind-the-scene goals necessary to develop a trainer’s consciousness. Understand the concepts, master the skills, develop the horse. If you work together 64 • Saddle Up • September 2011

when she is tormented at school,, and is now faced, not with her dream horse, but one who appears to be complicating her life even further. Ketchen’s writing is fastpaced, compelling and full of surprises. Made That Way can be read in one sitting, but Sylvia’s persistence and creativity in overcoming her life’s challenges will inspire the reader for a lifetime. Susan Ketchen was born in Nanaimo, B.C. and had a successful Family counseling practice for many years. She now resides on a small Vancouver Island hobby farm with her husband, two horses, two cats and a flock of chickens. Grows That Way, the third book in this series will be published in fall 2011. Visit Susan at: www.susanketchen. ca Oolichan Books 169 pages, Soft Cover, 2010, $12.95 ISBN: 978-0-88982-270-2 Available from Amazon or local bookseller

for safety, effectiveness, and unity, it will be a satisfying and successful experience. For anyone intrigued by the equine mind and seeking insight into how to enrich and strengthen the horse–human relationship, this is a fascinating and essential reference. Cherry Hill is an internationally known instructor and horse trainer and has written numerous books, including 101 Arena Exercises, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, How to Think Like a Horse, to name only a few. Hill is also the author of Storey’s popular Arena Pocket Guides, six handy ringside manuals complete with riders’ exercises. Hill and her husband, Richard Klimesh, live in Colorado with their horses and cats. They maintain an informative website,, where readers can find information on their books, DVDs, and horsekeeping knowledge. Storey Publishing 180 pages, Soft Cover $19.95 US, $24.95 CDN ISBN 978-1-60342-713-5


Book Review 40 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH RIDING By Hollie H. McNeil Master the 40 basic elements essential to all riders in the classic disciplines of dressage, jumping, and eventing with this book and 90-minute DVD showing action sequences for each fundamental. These fundamentals include correct seat, leg, and hand positions for the rider; the three basic gaits of walk, trot, and canter; how to perform halt and half-halt; how to direct a horse’s movement correctly and energetically; the stages of the training scale (rhythm, looseness, contact, impulsion, straightness, and collection); and how to perform basic schooling figures in the arena, from circles and serpentines to diagonals. Each fundamental is defined and explained in text and photos throughout the book, as well as in the 90-minute DVD, with an emphasis on how to avoid common errors. The DVD won a Telly Award for excellence in video production. Hollie has done a masterful job explaining the basics and the details in a way that will help any rider. This book will be a valuable review for instructors who want to add to their tools for teaching.


Hollie H. McNeil is the owner and d head trainer at Riding Right Farm in South Cambridge, New York, whicch provides more than 3000 riding lessons each year, plus numerous shows, clinics and events. McNeil holds a German Trainer’s License and an International Trainers Passport, recognized by the FÉDÉRATION EQUESTRE INTERNATIONALE (FEI). She has been awarded Large and Small Bronze Performance Medals in Dressage and Jumping from the German Federation (FN). She started riding when she was four and has enjoyed everything from western riding idi and d show jumping to working at a harness track and breezing Thoroughbreds at Saratoga. For the past 30 years Hollie has been a serious student of dressage, showing, and training through the FEI level. Storey Publishing 192 pages, Hard Cover $35.00 US ISBN- 978-1-60342-789-0 • 65

Clinic Series with Master Philippe Karl By Chris Adderson


he School of Légèreté’s second clinic in the series of 10 clinics was a wonderful success!! July 21–24, 2011 saw participants from Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, BC, Alaska, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Ohio, California, Florida and Texas, all converging at the ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre in Chase, BC. Master Philippe Karl, from France, brought his method of teaching riders and horses in full expression as riders learned more about the great masters of all time in the equestrian arts. They worked on their technique in earnest as their happy horses joined in. On Day 4 of the clinic laughter and applause filled the arena as riders and horses jumped!! This is what the Dressage University is all about! Great learning was had by all who left with the excitement to return in October. For more information go to

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This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

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118th Running of the Vernon Cup By Ed Woolley


ver 1,700 people were in For more information contact attendance for the Horse Races Horse racing began on the current site at Kin Race Track in Vernon, Ed Woolley, President, of Kin Race Track in the late 1800’s. At the BC, on Sunday August 21 and witnessed Kin Racetrack Association, time it consisted of a group of local farmers the 118th running of the Vernon Cup. 250-542-9944 or cell 250-309-2139 gathering to race in one of the fields. The The large crowd was treated to an or mail Vernon Jockey Club was incorporated in exciting afternoon of races at the oldest Okanagan Equestrian Society, 1893 for the purpose of holding professional operating race track in Canada. PO Box 682, Vernon, BC horse races and organized racing has been There were five races over the course V2H 6M6. held on the same site ever since. of the afternoon with the first race of the 2011 race season being won by Billy Stark ridden by Vernon jockey Paula Enns. The feature race RESULT TS Sunday, August 21, 20 011 of the day, the 1 1/8 mile HANDLE: $23,153. Vernon Cup, was won by Race e # 1 - 4 Fur - Purse $3,0 000 Race e # 4 - 6-1//2 Fur - Purse $3,000 Smart Call in one of the 2500. Non Winn ners in 2011 TB Allowance Non winners 3 or 4 Rac TB Claiming $2 3 yr old & Up 3 yr old & Up closest races of the day. Weig ght 126 lbs s - 3 yr olds Alw w 3 lbs Weig ght 126 lbs s - 3 yr olds Alw w 3 lbs The margin of victory P. Enns NK 7 Gil J. Rodrigu ueq 1/2 3 Billy Stark between first and third 5 Sher T. Walker 1 1/2 1 A Lasting Peace T. Walker 4 D. Assoon n 2 4 Cabron G. Asencio H 3 Go Gene Baby Go place was less than one oad A. Angeles 4 4 Bran Dee Select G. Asencio 2 6 Tanys's To G. Stein 5 Simply Sam m G. Stein 1 1/2 1 Only Top Money length. 2 Zoolu Nigh hts Scratched d 6 Trieste'd N True P. Enns The success was 2 Maybe Lad dy Scratched d Mutuels Time: 45.44 not limited to the track, Win Place Show Feature Mutuels Time: 120:95 6.40 3.40 2.40 Qu $35.40 Win Place Show Feature however, with over 4.00 2.70 Ex $42.70 6.60 4.30 3.60 Qu $25.80 2.80 Tri $ 348.50 6.30 3.20 Ex $29.50 $23,000 bet on the day. ning Horse Trainer: Marvin Abrahamsson 2.80 Tri $108.40 Winn Organizers are hopeful ning Horse Owner: Marvin Abrahamson Winn ning Horse Trainer: E. Ran ndy Abraha amson Winn Winn ning Horse Owner: E. Randy Abraha amson that the large crowds e # 2 - 4 Fu ur - Purse $3,00 00 Race Race e #5 - 1 1/8 8 Mile - Purse $4,500 TB Allowance Non Winners 2 Races Life will be back on Sunday, The Vernon Cu up 3 yr old & Up Weig ght 126 lbs s - 3 yr old Alw 3 lbs TB Allowance September 11 when the ars olds & up 3 yea races return to Kin Race D. Assoon n 1 April's Sec cret Star 2 Weig ght 126 lbs s - 3 yr olds alw w 3 lbs G. Stein 2 1/2 2 Sue's Boy Sue Track. Gates open at A. Angeles 4 3 Smart Call G. Stein 3/4 3 Warbeast T. Walker 4 Image This s 1/2 1 Lukin Awesome T. Walker NK noon; Parade to post at G. Asencio gstarfire 6 4 West Walkker D. Assoon n 1 1/2 5 Wandering 1:15 p.m. uez 2 Recalled G. Asencio 3 6 Rollin For Doris J. Rodrigu A. Zacherle 20 5 Northern Pointe Welcome back to Mutuels Time: 45.54 7 Born'n Blue e Genes J. Rodrigu ueq Win Place Show Feature 6 Want The Facts Scratched d the 2011 Vernon Race 10.80 7.60 3.00 Qu $17.30 5.00 3.20 Ex $87.10 Mutuels Time: 154.04 Days at the historic Kin 3.20 Tri $48.20 Win Place Show Feature Race Track with Live DD $121.10 11.30 4.40 3.00 Qu $13.90 3.90 2.70 Ex $26.80 Paramutual Racing; ning Horse Trainer: Robert C. Smith 3.90 Tri $233.70 Winn ning Horse Trainer: Glen Scarlett ning Horse Owner: Edna Ja amieson Winn Winn Simulcast Racing; Beer ning Horse Owner: G. Scarlett, B. Lo ong, N. McConn nell Winn e # 3 - 6-1//2 Fur - Purse $3,000 Race Gardens; Food and much s TB Allowance Fillies & Mares more. And Prizes to! Weig ght 126 lbs s - 3 yr old Alw 3 lbs Admission is only $3.00 hetruth G.Asencio o 3 2 Andthatsth g D. Assoon n 4 1 Doozyburg at the gates and Race dwell G. Stein 6 Missis Cald programs are only $5.00. Scratched d 3 Victorious Vye 4 5

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association photos by Barn News. 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: Tamora Davy Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145


he next and probably final Debbie Storey Clinic for this year has been confirmed for September 24 and 25 at Asmara Stables. The cost for this Clinic will be $140/weekend for Seniors and $120/weekend for Juniors. Stabling is available at $15/night. Spectators are welcome at no charge. Coffee and lunch is available by donation. Anyone interested in attending this clinic should contact Karel at (250) 546-0098 or by email at as soon as possible, as these clinics fi ll up fast and we can only take a limited number of riders. BCIAHA would like to congratulate all the Canadian competitors at this year’s

Canadian Nationals held at the Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB. Way to go!

Barn News: Asmara Stables Young Kara Goertz, age 5, rode Granny’s show mare, Klassical Jazz, in a lesson at Asmara Stables this August. Klassical Jazz loved her new job as an equestrian teacher, too. Kara worked hard to accomplish her rising trot! Austin Goertz, age 7, looked good in his riding duds as he climbed aboard the patient and trusting Dino, age 25. Austin was so proud that he was riding in Granny’s dressage saddle in an improved

position in his lesson with Vicki Davies. Both horses are sired by Wally and Sheila’s former stallion, the imported Spanish Arabian *Azur. What a wonderful legacy he has left! Both children enjoyed the ponies on the farm - Snickers, owned by Carol Bennett and of course Austin’s little mare, Chelsea. The ponies were back and forth to the barn several times a day for brushing, as the children learned how to halter, lead, open and close gates and manage the little horses without help. The little horses loved the attention, but what a good accomplishment for both children.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


e hope to see many Morgan horses at the IPE in Armstrong over the Labour Day weekend. Good luck to you all. Change of plans… our next meeting will be Saturday, September 10th at Roman’s house in Armstrong starting at high noon (bring pot-luck snackies please). It will be outside (unless raining) – so dress accordingly. Come on out and let us know how you did at the IPE (bring photos too). At this meeting we will finalize plans and volunteers for our October 1st event!

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Find the Golden Horse Shoe! The BC Interior Morgan Horse Club will be hosting a Scavenger Hunt and Poker Ride on Saturday, October 1st at the Larch Hills X-Country Trails south of Salmon Arm. This is an open event – all are welcome - to ride or drive the marked trails. It is a fundraiser for the BCIMHC.

We encourage minis to mules to drafts to come out and join us in what may be your ‘last’ FUN outing before the cold weather hits us. We do ask that you have your Horse Council BC insurance and, please, no dogs. Watch for posters in your local tack/ feed store. Check for more info. The site will be updated regularly, so do check back. Or you can call Rachael 250-679-1175 or Nancy 250546-9922.


Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter contact: Tracey Nordal, Club contact: Alison Miller,


his is going to be a short newsletter everyone, just a few reminders and then I’ll let you go about your day. Our last days of fun and competition are upon us. September 10th is our Gymkhana Day and September 11th is our Play Day. And one more show as well… on September 18th there will be a Hunter/Jumper Show. More information about this show is available on Pine Tree’s website. We’ve got a lot of places to fi ll for next year’s committee group. It’s time for a fresh batch of people to help keep this wonderful club growing. Here is a list of the positions most likely open for next year: - Play days; - Lawn mowing and grounds maintenance; - Newsletter; - Web page. New people with new ideas to be on the board of directors!!!!

Katie Bennett

Dalton Fink

Annual General Meeting to be held in November. It’s at this meeting that a new committee gets voted in and open positions become fi lled. We will need everyone’s support during this meeting. Due to the recent break-ins at Pine Tree, along with a few other problems we’ve been having (vehicles doing donuts in the parking areas and tearing up the grounds, garbage being left, and most recently someone dumping their lawn clippings at the grounds), we have locked the main gates. Members can still access the grounds on horseback from the top of the grounds (along Cooney Road) and from the end of Norland Drive. Members who are planning to trailer their horses in to ride will need to contact one of the directors (listed under contacts on the website) to get the combination. We ask that if you have the combination, you do not give it to anyone else, and that you ensure the gates are locked again when you leave. Have a great September! Brody Daburger

Jordan Schindel

Macalan Jolicoeur

TIP OF THE MONTH Trail ride anyone? With visitors over the summer, a nice horseback ride in the mountains sounds like fun. Do your homework, ask questions. Currently, there are no regulations in place for trail riding businesses. Aside from the insurance companies’ guidelines, provided they have coverage, you can simply rent a horse or two, saddle up, and get on the trails. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Are the horses well trained? Are health/ feeding records kept? Are the horses sound? How many rides do they do in a day? Are the guides adequately trained? Do they handle the horses respectfully, in a non-violent way? There is no such thing as a bomb-proof horse! They are living animals that will and do react to objects, people and situations. Tourists rely on information they are told. They often don’t know the signs of an

unhealthy horse or poor business practices. Be responsible… if you see abuse or mistreatment of horses, please tell someone in a position of authority. Do it for the horses. Do it for our tourists and local riders. We all hurt when someone gets hurt! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Coach, Tranquille Farms, Lake Country BC • 71

Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Toni Bloomfield Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin


hey told him it couldn’t be done but, as usual, Cory Anthony did it. He found sites for 61 horses, their trucks, trailers, their people and equipment on the grounds of the Peachland Riding Club - a rolling, treed facility perched above the town of Peachland. Cory met each arrival, and a brief consultation led them to a spot that met their needs efficiently. But finding space became the more manageable one of Ride Manager Cory’s concerns... the trails and loops that had been carefully and liberally ribboned, pie-plated and arrowed the week before, were sabotaged and de-marked just days before the ride. After re-ribboning, they were stripped again. And again. Cory and his “significant co-managers” Dana and Mark were re-ribboning up to the moment of the start. Obviously someone had a huge problem - and so sad to add this senseless extra work to an already onerous job of ride management. The morning of ride day dawned clear and bright as fi fteen 50-Milers headed out at 6:00am, followed at 7:00am by forty-six 25-Milers, all hoping that the day would be cooler than the previous day. Riders of both levels finished their respective loops almost simultaneously, but veterinarians Rob Mulligan, Sarah Greenwood, and Henry Kleinhofmeyer kept the lines moving efficiently at the vet-check. Five riders joined in at 10:00am for their 12-mile loop - except for pony, Biscuit, who put in a few extra miles after deserting his young rider. Thankfully, she was okay, and Biscuit was found safely. At 3 hours and 7 minutes, Kerry-Jo Stewart and her Akhal-Teke mare Darginka were the first in of the 25-Mile competitors. Kerry-Jo and Darginka have been working 72 • Saddle Up • September 2011

together a few years to come to this level of competition. Good job! Fanny Barrette and Maverick were hot on their heels at 3:09. All top ten riders completed in 4:01 or under - a good pace for new trail! Gail Jewell and her stallion KD Colonel completed the 50-Mile course in 6 hours and 18 minutes with riding partner Claudia Astfalk on Gail’s NL Temptation (Sassy), coming in at 6:19. Elroy Karius and Apache Eclipse brought in Junior Rider Katya Levermann on Avtar at 6:47, and first-timer Amanda Dickinson on Diamond Reo arrived at 7:31. Karen Ellis and Electra completed the top 10 at 8:52. See www. for complete results. The Awards Presentations had the boisterous atmosphere that the club has learned to expect from a “Cory Anthony” event. High Vet score in the 25-Mile event was achieved by Romana Van Lissum and Forever a Lady who, at 4:26, finished 21st in the large field of 46. Claudia Astfalk and Sassy swept Best Condition and High Vet score in the 50-Mile level. Good job to both recipients who took care of their horses on a hot day over a new course! Dana from Nickers Saddlery presented her barefoot/booted awards to Brandi Anthony for 50-Milers, and once again to Fred Voglemaier for 25-Milers. Three new categories of awards, compliments of Cory, were “Furthest Distance by a Newbie” to Amanda Dickinson (50Mile), “Best in Fashion” to Shari McFarland (always!), and “Best Dog Sitter and Endurance Auntie” to Toni Bloomfield. Congratulations again to first-time ride manager Cory Anthony and his team Dana Johnsen and Mark Makwich... and more. And thank you, too! A reminder to any of you with outstanding pledges from Cory’s Quest to send them in to Club Secretary Lori Bewza, or arrange Paypal with Treasurer Lynn Wallden. Please recognize the tremendous work that Cory achieved on behalf of ERABC! Pledges redeemed to date total nearly $2,700, all from the hard work and dedication of Cory and his support team! By the time this appears in print, rides at Skimikin Lake and Anarchist Mountain will be happy memories, and the final ride of the season, the Westbank Rocker, will be days away - hope to see you there. Our next club event will be the Annual General Meeting, so far scheduled

for Kamloops on November 12; details to be confirmed. Plans are to include a brief “Introduction to Ride Management” presentation for those interested in stepping up for the job. Plans also include a presentation by guest speaker Nancy Beacon of Ontario, a moving force in Endurance and Competitive Trail riding both on the trail and in the organization since 1967. Let us know what she might tell you from her experience! And, of course, the event includes our club banquet and the Annual Awards Presentations. If you can’t be riding, there’s nowhere else to be!

Competitors waiting to pulse in

Darginka and Maverick pulsing in at 25-Mile completion

Biscuit and friends starting 12 miles

Controlled start for 25-Milers at WCW


The Back Country Horsemen of BC The Headwaters Equestrian Campsite By Kelly Hawes, Vice Chair, Yarrow Chapter cut out for us. The first year ended with approximately 500 President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, - 604-854-1245 men/women-hours Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 spent. The campsite is Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 presently usable with Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 many drive-through Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 campsites to park your Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, - 604 854-1245 rig and many trails Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, - 250 764-4533 close by to explore. By Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 the end of the third he Yarrow Chapter of Back year, we are hoping to Country Horsemen has outdone have each campsite include corrals, a fire themselves again. On Saturday, ring and picnic table. A map kiosk and a July 29, they had the grand opening of communal gazebo with a large fire pit will the Headwaters Equestrian Campsite be added features. at Manning Park. The event was a Yarrow Chapter worked hard this combined celebration including BC Parks’ past year at raising funds for this campsite 100th Anniversary and Back Country by doing a barn dance, bottle drives, pub Horsemen’s 20th Anniversary. The day night fundraisers, and applying for many started with wagon rides at the Lighting grants that were available and actually Lakes Park area and a parade with BC receiving a few. With only the first year Parks leading the way along with two completed, we still need to raise more RCMP officers in red serge, one of them funds. We are thankful for the help of BC on horseback. It continued with many Parks and Manning Park Resort, Horse members of BCHBC riding through Council BC and Equine Canada. We and around Manning Park Resort, a couldn’t have made this happen without ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling the them. campsite sign and a Potluck dinner for all the volunteers. These were only some of the activities that were going on that day. There were 28 rigs parked in our new campsite and approximately 89 Back Country Horsemen members were in attendance. Definitely a full house for a campsite designed for eight rigs! Rose Schroeder, Chair of Yarrow Chapter, was the driving force of this project, with the support of many volunteers from the Yarrow and Aldergrove Chapters. The first meeting was held on June 16, 2010 with a team of four to present our idea to BC Parks and Manning Park Resort. Our first groundbreaking work bee was on September 17 and 18, 2010, with two teams of horses pulling logs out of the woods to build a perimeter fence and 25 volunteers to put it up. With a three-year plan to fully complete this project we have our work BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE



Mountie Dave Smith, with riders Kelly Hawes (on Fjord) and daughter Kirsten Hawes. • 73

BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint Pres Colleen Schellenberg Vice Pres Cathy Glover Sec Marilyn Griffin Treas Dianne Rouse Communications Director Andrew Thomas APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore APHA 817 834-2742


he APHA Convention and Membership Meeting is taking place at the Hilton in Vancouver, WA from September 29 to October 1, 2011 and all association members are encouraged to participate in this important function. There are several meetings planned for many different committees such as Youth, Show Rules, Judges and Regional Club initiatives. Attendees will have the opportunity to express their views on matters of importance to the association, and ask questions of APHA officers about the variety of programs offered by APHA. All convention attendees are invited to attend a fun-fi lled welcome reception hosted by Zone 1 and NWCC on the evening of Sept 29, and to also consider the Columbia River Tour planned for a Saturday wind-up. BCPHC will be sponsoring one of 25 gift baskets to be auctioned off at the Inaugural Dinner ceremony, with all proceeds going to support the APHA Scholarship Program and the 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2012. Please refer to for more details. There was an excellent showing of Paint Horses at Delta Riding Club’s Summer Classic, on August 7! Nearly one quarter of the entries for the English/ Western show were APHA-registered horses (!!), all eligible to compete for the BCPHC-sponsored High Point Paint award. Kelly Allen brought her homozygous stallion, The Huntsman, while 4-H member Mackenzie Faye made her first trip to Delta with Dandy Lad. Margo and Avery Murray and Colleen Ebner invested the miles to come all the way from Maple Ridge with Classy Cooper, Cashin In On Dreams and Icy Cool Coosa, and were not disappointed. BCPHC president Colleen Schellenberg and her daughter, Emma, brought All Reddy Smoke N from Langley and took home reserve Intermediate, while Richmond’s Megan Kenney showed Alicia Harper’s Hylee Classical QT on both days of the show (Saturday was Hunter day). When all was said and done, however, it was Tamara Jameson riding Cathy Glover’s Super Miss Lucy who won the coveted BCPHC laptop bag. Tamara and Lucy also won the Senior and Western high points, while Margo and 74 • Saddle Up • September 2011

Avery Murray and Cashin In On Dreams

Cooper took reserve Senior. Randy Ophus and Lana Nuit As well, we would like to congratulate a few more Free Trophy program winners so far this year. Becky Bell, from Fort St John, with her 3-year-old Paint mare, BC Miss Revenue, won high point in Dawson Creek at the end of June. Lana Nuit, owned and ridden by Randy Ophus of Vanderhoof, won the high point Paint of the Open All Breed at the 3 in 1 show in Smithers, and made a great showing in the Open Ranch Cutting, winning over numerous other Quarter Horses and Paints. Several of our BCPHC members competed at the BC Heritage Championship Show held at Thunderbird. Congratulations go to 2011 grad Devon Smith (what’s a prom night without your Paint Horse) and SW Roxy Barlink on their success in winning Showmanship, Becky Bell and BC Miss Revenue Horsemanship and Handy Horse. Avery Murray won Western Showmanship, Horsemanship and placed 4th in Western Pleasure. Honourable mention also goes to Colleen Ebner, Margo Murray and Marilyn Griffin for their top five finishes in Showmanship and some of the trail classes.

Devon Smith and SW Roxy Barlink

Tamara Jameson and Super Miss Lucy. Photo by Cathy Glover. Colleen Ebner and Icy Cool Coosa


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THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 9/12 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 11/11

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 12/11

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 3/12 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 8/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 2/12 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 or web 4/12 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 10/11 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 12/11 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 4/12 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB 7/12 Pres: Bec Bermudez 604-823-4443, Annual Show June 11-12, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 5/12 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 9/11 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 4/12 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 3/12 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 5/12

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Howie Hunt 250-443-4461,, visit for Events 6/12 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 4/12


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 12/11 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 4/12 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy.11/11 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 10/11 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 12/11 MISSION HORSE CLUB (Fraser Valley) Pres: Sherryl Hopkins 604-820-5109 English/Western Shows, Gymkhanas, Trophy Show, 5/12 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 7/12 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 3/12 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, 12/11 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, 0 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, 10/11 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 11/11 Linda 604-856-9574,,

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

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OPEN HORSE SHOW (incl. 4-H), Salmon Arm Fall Fair Show, BCHQ and Paint Alt. Comp., Salmon Arm, or Trina CONSCIOUS HORSE-PARTNERSHIP, Armstrong, contact Helen Russell 250-546-9640 or HARVEST OF COLORS SHOW, Saskatoon, SK, VERNON RACING DAYS, Kin Race Park, Vernon. 12 noon, Parade to Post 1:15 pm, 250-542-9944 PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club Grounds, 1554 Todd Rd. Barnhartvale. GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, Holly 250-670-0601 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna, DELTA RIDING CLUB ENGLISH WESTERN, 604-328-3814, ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Mission, Sherryl 604-820-5109 GYMKHANA, Fraser Lake Saddle Club, Chowsunket Road, Fraser Lake, Judy 250-699-8087 ANNUAL PRODUCTION SALE, 12 noon, Alder Valley Ranch, Alder Flats, AB, Gene Seely 780-388-3781, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Y Certification Course, Rocky Mtn House, AB,, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Penticton, Sherry Ripplinger 250-490-0397, GENTLE SOLUTIONS Partnership & Confidence Building w/Katherine Barbarite, Tod Mtn Ranch, Heffley Creek, Tracey 1-877-488-8881, MARTIN BLACK- RANCH ROPING AND CATTLE WORK, Cardinal Ranch, BC, 250-968-4481 BCRA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS, Quesnel, CANADIAN EQUESTRIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Bromont, Quebec PARKLAND DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB, Sheri or Jean 403-358-6605, HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, 250-573-3939 to consign, DWIGHT UNGSTAD QUARTER HORSES Production Sale, Innisfail, AB, 403-783-2697, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, SCQHA FALL CIRCUIT, Armstrong, Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419 or e-mail: NW INVITATIONAL GYMKHANA, Houston, BC, FUN DAY, Powell River Riding Club, Padgett Road, Powell River, Tammy 604-483-7705 CONNECTED RIDING & TTOUCH LESSONS, Blue Fox Stables, Westbank, Christa or for registration FALL MACHINERY SALE, 9am, Valley Auction, Armstrong, 250-546-9420, POKER RIDE 1st Annual Robson Valley Back Country Horsemen of BC, McBride, BC, Brian Wallace 250-569-2324 or Mellany Ford 250-569-2359 WOMEN’S WORKSHOPS HORSEMANSHIP, Riversong Ranch, Whitecourt, AB, Anne 877-394-6773, MARTIN BLACK Rodea Style Branding Clinic, Tofield, AB, Jamie 780-718-1348 FUN DAY, Open to all, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, Cindy 250-547-9277 DELTA RIDING CLUB PERCENTAGE DAY, 604-328-3814, GAMES DAY, LRS Grounds, Langley, Ngaire (Ny-ree) 778-277-0015,


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“CV KINGS DASH FOR JEWEL” 2010 AQHA Bay Roan Filly. Jewel is a big, sweet filly, bred to work and run, with lines of Dash For Cash, Hancock, Driftwood, and more. Should mature around 16HH and well over 1000 lbs. She is eye-catching with her colour, and may be homozygous for roan. She requires a simple hernia surgery, so her price has been drastically reduced to compensate. $800. Colour V Ranch, 150 Mile House, BC, or 250-296-0186

2011 APHA Black Filly. Midnight is one exceptional filly! Black as midnight, just gorgeous, and super athletic. Perfect cross between speed and cow/ reining bloodlines. She has the speed, the quick turns and the stop; she will excel anywhere you take her! Bloodlines include greats like Seattle Slew, Truckle Feature, Louisiana Slew, Boston Mac, Blondys Dude, Scooper Chick, Smart Little Lena, Peppy San, Sonny Dee Bar, Dry Doc, and more. Excellent Barrel Racing or Roping prospect. $1,400 obo. Colour V Ranch, 150 Mile House, BC, or 250-296-0186

“AOC SASSY PINE PEARL” 2009 AQHA Cremello Filly; exceptionally well-bred Foundation Quarter Horse. Goes back many times to King, Wimpy, and Joe Hancock. Also bloodlines of Blondys Dude, Peponita, Sassy Doc, Doc Bar, King Hankins Two, Barry Pine, Poco Pine, Jesse James, Three Bars, Driftwood, Blue Valentine, Moon Deck, and Bueno Chex. This filly will produce some excellent ranch versatility horses in colour! Or start her training under saddle and have a beautiful riding horse. Pearl’s round penning has been started and she is facing up nicely. Will make an exceptional all around horse and will produce 100% colour. $1,200. Colour V Ranch, 150 Mile House, BC, or 250-296-0186

PHOTO ADS Only “RHINESONE LADY” 2000 Chestnut AQHA Mare (in foal to Classic Dun/Grullo Champagne AQHA My Beau Vanzi for 2012, LFG). A great mama, easy foaler, easy breeder; ready to go at weaning time. Blaze was brought up from Texas and carries excellent speed bloodlines; she is a granddaughter of Go Coon Go and Ladies Choice. Also on her papers are: Go Man Go, Diamond Charge, Pacific Bailey, Lady Good Bar, and French Sabre. Her foals will be excellent barrel/rodeo/speed prospects, they will excel in the rodeo arena. Don’t miss out on the chance to own one of the first “Beau” foals, you’ll make your money back on this foal alone. $1,600 obo. Colour V Ranch, 150 Mile House, BC, or 250-296-0186

$60. + HST (includes online ad)

HERD DISPERSAL & RANCH FOR SALE 11 YR OLD REG’D AQHA MARE, 14.2HH. Ranch raised, great trail horse, neck reins. Perfect show horse for Cutting, Reining, great bloodlines (Skipper W). SEE ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing ) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail:



Sire: Friesian Stallion “Laes.” Black, one white hind foot. Lots of hair. Sweet temperament, Friesian movement, lovely canter. Halter broke, ready to start under saddle. UTD with shots, dental. Good with farrier. $2,500. Dark Horse Ranch 250-375-2310 (Westwold)

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By Smart Whittle Play; Dam side is Champagne N Rum. 6 months professional training with Denton Moffatt. He is super talented, athletic, so well broke and ready to excel in any direction. Approx. 15HH, anyone can ride him as he is so responsive, light in the bridle, spins, turns, super quiet and gentle. Been started in cutting, sorting, team penning and has been extremely great for ranch work/trail riding. Great ground manners, great to haul and great to simply be around. $7,500 to a good home only. Please call 250-378-4594 (Merritt) E-mail:

2008 TRAILS WEST CLASSIC II ANGLE HAUL LIKE NEW! Used only 4 times. 7’ wide x 7’ high. Rear double doors. Rubber floor and wall mats. Back-up lights and night loading lights. Drop-down windows with safety grills. Front tack room is carpeted with saddle racks, blanket racks. Has 25 gallon water tank inside with hose. 4-wheel electric brakes with break-away system. Easy to haul with smooth ride suspension. May be able to deliver. Asking $8,700. For more info or photos e-mail: 250-392-9458 (Williams Lake)


On The Market Rappenhof Sporthorses Retirement Sale 3 TOP CLASS RIDDEN BLACK MARES BANDITOS MESA DE ORO

* 2006 16.1HH Trakehner ‘Model’, ranked #2 in North America * 2004 16.3HH German Trakehner, National Champion * 2003 16.2HH German Oldenburg Premium, Dressage winner Florida AND Two 2011 foals by Platinum 250-446-2149 (Osoyoos)


3 WINDS RANCH OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 2/12

15.1HH, 14 YR OLD AQHA BROODMARE “KWIK SMOOTH START” In foal to Arizona stallion “Count Corona” for 2012, 3/4 brother to leading sire Corona Cartel - who’s stud fee is $35,000! Her pedigree has “My Leroy Brown,” Jet Smooth on the top, Kipty’s Charger on the bottom. This mare produces speed and beauty! And all the expense of AI is already done! $8,500. 250-446-2235 (Rock Creek)

Did your HORSE OR ? sell through Saddle Up? WE WANT TO KNOW.

2005 AQHA/NFQHA Buckskin Mare by Dual Banditos Gold, out of Kelvin Katy Chex. 14.3HH, correct conformation, sound and solidly built. Dual Pep, Doc’s Oak, Peppy San Badger, Cal Bar (by Doc Bar) and Bueno Chex are all on Mesa’s papers. This cute little mare is super fun to ride. Quick, sensitive and responsive, light in the bridle and turns on a dime. Started in Reining and Cutting. She is showing amazing potential on cattle. Mesa will make an excellent Reining, Cutting or Cow Horse. Good on trails. Sadly being sold due to ill health. $6,900. Please call 250-491-1801 (West Kelowna) E-mail:

REG’D QUARTER HORSE GELDING Out of Two Eyed Jack, 15HH, Parelli trained by owner. Has a calm, relaxed disposition, smart and willing. Bombproof, trims and has no vices. Has a little training in Reining. 13 years old. Will sell to a good home. $2,000 obo. 250-546-1947 (Armstrong)

WONDERFUL WELSH PONIES For Children and Adults


Weanlings, Yearlings, Trained Ponies, Broodmares, Stallion Prospects Prices starting at $800. Terms and Delivery Available. Call us at 250-545-0158 (Vernon) or visit us on-line at HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

4570 Chamberlaine Road, Armstrong, BC. Spectacular million $$ mountain views in a very private setting on 9 acres on Rose Swanson Mountain suitable for horses. Renovated three-level brick home with a sensible open country floor plan with a gorgeous cedar post and beam wrap-around covered porch. Panoramic views of Enderby Cliffs, Bourne Glacier and Monashee Mountain range. Call to view the most majestic Okanagan home and acreage 250-546-2493. or #4282 • 83


DEMOCRAT: Antique, excellent shape, restored wheels with grease cups. $2,500. FORE CART: Has car wheels, removable basket, will carry bales or camping equipment or? $950. SLEIGH: Two seater and in good shape. $300. All items always stored in barn, and come with single and double trees. ALSO: HARNESSES (lots of chrome) SADDLES (Western, children and adults, and one Aussie) WATER TROUGHS AND FEEDERS C&M 2 HORSE TRAILER, walk through with tack room, barn stored, in good condition, tires, brakes and bearings excellent. $4,500. Call 250-546-6840 or 250-549-0571

KE HOLLYWOOD ATITUDE 4-year-old Red Dun Reining Mare. Has had 2 1/2 months professional training, otherwise ridden and shown by a youth. Has been shown, including a second place finish at Reining In The Sun in Youth 14-18. Selling due to college. $8,500. Call 250-558-5482 (Vernon)

NEXT AD DEADLINE September 15 2004 CIMARRON TRAILER 4 horse mangers, drop-down windows, stud wall. AC, large fridge, leather walls, beautiful cabinets, CD, outside speakers. Awning. Has been stored under cover and only used a few times in last 2 years. Paid $75,000. Asking $45,000. 250-703-3758 (Courtenay) E-mail

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“SAHARA” Granddaughter’s Horse. 8 years, 15.1HH, Quarter Horse X Appy. Well-built, sound, UTD on all herd health. Sweet and kind. Western/English, arena and trail, some Reining. Ridden by adults and children, bit-less and bareback. Wanting a forever home with exceptionally kind and loving individual or family. $4,000. Call Jenn 250-833-1930 (Enderby)


“WILLOW” Young in age, but not in mind. 4 years, 15HH, Reg’d Blue Roan Quarter Horse. Exceptional mind, very loving but tough, positively not spooky! English/Western, arena and trail. Needs to be sold before training months complete; cannot be continued if she goes home, due to owner’s medical problem. $3,500. Call Jenn 250-833-1930 (Enderby)

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Bloodlines include: Chex, Doc O Lena, Peppy San, Son Of Honour, Doc Freckles Leo REINING, CUTTING, COW HORSE & BARREL HORSES Ages 4 to 12 years. Well broke. Professionally trained. 250-836-3383 E-mail: (Malakwa, BC) 10/11

2010 REG’D APHA FILLY BT and CCF Nominated. By son of Northern Presence and out of a mare that has siblings with close to 1000 points in Hunter events. And who is out of a World Champion Mare. This filly is made for the English events and is currently 15.3HH. Others for sale as well including her dam. $3,500. 250-838-9373 (Enderby) E-mail


On The Market ELFONDO MORGANS OFFERS FOR SALE Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun


Sired By:

JMF La BARON (Black 15HH)

ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut)

FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin) Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186


“AW POCO BAYLEE” 2006, 14.2HH, AQHA/NFQH 99% Show Quality Broodmare. Very well-mannered, bred to our silver grullo Stallion Jaz Poco Silverdo, NFQH 100% for 2012. The resulting foal will be NFQH 100%. What a great start to your foundation herd. $2,500. Contact 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek) E-mail

AQHA/NFQH 96%. He and others will be at the OLD BALDY RANCH ANNUAL PRODUCTION SALE, Saturday, September 24th at Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Mart, Dawson Creek, BC. More info at 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek) E-mail

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

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

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

“AW STEEL BOLT ACTION” 2011 Grullo AQHA/NFQH 99%, Stallion prospect. Lots of bone and size and PRETTY. As a stallion $4,500 or I will geld for $2,500. Contact 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek) E-mail

FOR SALE Premium, Safe Friendly, Family Riding Recreation & Usin’ Show Horses 250-963-9779








LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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Casey CITY HORSE ACREAGE FOR SALE Rural Setting, Urban Living! 4.9 flat, irrigated acres, perfect for horses. 2,700 sq. ft. house, open concept, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, family room. Stable, hayshed, outdoor riding arena, fenced and cross-fenced, irrigated with hydrants. $894,900. To view or for info call Gerry at 250-862-1859 (Kelowna)

AQHA/NFQH A 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust








Ice Cream

YOUNGSTERS FOR SALE Nice temperaments, about 15HH, all coming 5 years. Lunge with rider, school arena figures, ride trail and pony in both English or Western saddle. Bombproofing ground work (similar to my horse’s mounted search and rescue training). In training until end of June. UTD herd health, including West Nile. Sincere inquiries please. These horses are wellloved; the owners want them to go to the right home. Extremely well-priced for temperaments and training. $3,750 to $5,500. • 85

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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 11/11

LIVE IN A BARN AND RIDE ALL WINTER! Free accommodation for you and your horse in exchange for daily chores and barn hosting duties. Comfortable apartment in the barn for you, indoor arena and stabling for your horse. Must be mature, reliable, bondable and have references. Dec 2011 to Mar 2012. 250-545-0158 or e-mail (Vernon)

FINE LINE ARABIANS offers superior pleasure, show, endurance and breeding stock for sale. Rare Ferzon/Azraff pedigrees. Visitors welcome. 250-547-9367 (Cherryville) 9/11 13.2HH 3 Y/O PAINT FILLY. Registerable, goes English/ Western, quiet, from cow stock. 12.2HH REG’D WELSH Eventer, 6 y/o, ready for anything. www.tranquillefarms. com. Offers considered.

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


Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 11/11

By Cam Johnston 780-719-2740

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ARE YOU HIGHLY MOTIVATED? Looking for selfmotivated people to learn how to set up and operate MiniOffice Outlets from Home. 12/12 Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl HST)


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


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GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY - good potential income! Equestrian Centre for lease in S.E. Kelowna. Large indoor/outdoor arenas, 24 stall/paddocks. Been established as a riding facility for 8 years. Ideal for horse boarding, lessons, clinics and shows. Available Nov. 1st, 2011. 250-7175673, or 250-470-8593,


Save your Hay! Save your Money!


SCAVENGER HUNT & POKER RIDE, open to riders and cart drivers of all ages, Larch Hills x-country trails, south of Salmon Arm, Saturday, October 1st. More info at www. or call Nancy 250-546-9922 (website updated regularly)


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CERTIFIED EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPIST, Pauline Colgate, offering Chiropractic & Massage Therapy. Certified Saddle Fitting. For an appointment call 250-302-1785 (Williams Lake) 9/11


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Horse Boarding in Vernon

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


Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 12x12 Stalls Heated Automatic Waterers Heated Tack Room Large Paddocks with Shelters



3261-50 Street NW, Salmon Arm, BC

See you at the Fair!

Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm

Call 250-832-7959


Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm



GLENEDEN STABLE Full Board (3 feedings per day) Indoor Arena 75â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 274â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Outdoor Riding Ring 205â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 107â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Large Paddocks w/Shelters Box Stalls, Wash Stalls, Heated Tack Room ~ Trainers Welcome ~


Equestrian Center A friendly, family run facility in East Delta Offering Full and Self Board 240 x 100 lighted Indoor Ring 180 x 100 Outdoor Ring Full Day Turnout and Onsite Caretaker Space available for stall rest, layovers, trainers/ coaches, therapeutic riding.

Call Kate Lirette 778-887-0509



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Top Quality Australian Saddles

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The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer â&#x20AC;˘ 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/11


250-546-3955 10/11 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong â&#x20AC;˘ 87

0% fo for 42 months financing OAC!

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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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Saddle Up - Sept 2011  

Horse magazine, western Canada, Western and English disciplines.

Saddle Up - Sept 2011  

Horse magazine, western Canada, Western and English disciplines.

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