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The Garnett Valley Gang Wants YOU!


he Garnett Valley Gang will be celebrating 20 years this spring re-enacting train robberies for tourists in Summerland BC during the months of June to the end of September each year with our partner The Kettle Valley Steam Railway (www. And we are seeking volunteers to RIDE with us! Our Wild West Gang was formed in 1996 and has donated many thousands of dollars over the years to local charities throughout the South Okanagan including: • Cops for Kids • Arion Therapeutic Riding • 4-H Stock Show • South Valley Silver Spurs • South Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association • Summerland Secondary School • Agur Lake Camp • Easter Seal Camp… just to name a few. We are a dedicated and fun-loving bunch of volunteers who bring the “Wild West” alive as we ride out of the hills – guns blazing – to board the KVR train and rob passengers for our local charities. Our Saloon Girls and Lawmen provide onboard entertainment for the KVR guests – while our riders thrill the guests with their skill and antics during the robbery. The Gang adheres to a strict dress code to bring guests the feel of stepping back in time! Our western riders wear costumes from the turn of the century with their own horse, must have all leather tack, and up-to-date Horse Council BC insurance. But don’t fret, we can help new members with costume ideas! We’d love to talk with you and tell you more – our contact information is in our ad below!


We are looking for volunteer folks with a desire to relive and bring back the thrill of ‘The Old West’ as we rob the passengers on board the Kettle Valley Steam Rail to support our local charities.

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sure hope spring is actually here and no more surprise overnight snowfall! I still have my studded tires on because I am going to Red Deer for the Mane Event at the end of April; and we all know how the weather can change in a minute in Alberta! (Nothing against Alberta) I am looking forward to the Mane Event (as I do every year) to see clients and friends and our readers. They moved my booth this year, Saddle Up is at #1201 I believe, same front row but 3 aisles over – hope you find me! I know I say this (almost) every month, but this issue is PACKED with articles all of a different nature. I’ve always said Saddle Up has something Nancy at SOCIAL time! Photo by Gabriela Sladkova for everyone… we do, really. Whether you want some training tips, be filled in on what’s happening in the horse communities, just look at the pictures (wink!), learn about other events/disciplines, or read about horse adventures… it’s here! And of course our faithful advertisers appreciate your business too I am sure! You want ‘SOCIAL’ MEDIA?... It’s right here, in print, in Saddle Up!


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Tindell’s Horse & Mule School (Humans Too!) By Marlene Quiring

Jerry Tindell, horse and mule trainer based in California, will be here in Alberta through the months of June and July offering his wit, wisdom and lifesaving techniques to those who desire a better relationship with their equine of choice.


edicated and driven to help owners develop their own skills in reading, understanding and training their stock, Jerry grew up helping his father log with horses and mules, moving on to working as a farrier and later a trainer which led to working with law enforcement units for mounted police work. Jerry has developed the most comprehensive and progressive horsemanship program available today. Horse and mule training begins with understanding your horse, mule, and yourself. Jerry provides effective clinics and training methods to improve the relationship between owner and animal. He teaches proper care, how to deal with behaviour problems, proper groundwork and safe riding and driving techniques. His perception and ability to initiate change in stock from all backgrounds and breeds will look like magic to the casual observer. His passion has culminated in his powerful intuition to read and redirect the emotions and body language of the equines as well as the humans that own them. His guiding principle of his training techniques is “You ride the horse you lead.” Problems that show up in riding are addressed on the ground. With Jerry’s commitment to safety for the rider AND the stock, he will work with you on a one-on-one basis to gain understanding and control. “My philosophy is simple; it stems from the horse and mule and is then translated for the human. I want to achieve as much or more with my animals as if we were built the same. I leverage their natural lifestyle to achieve extraordinary yet expected results that gain trust, control and confidence for both of us living in the human’s world. I’m not trying to sell folks something; I’m trying to teach folks about themselves and the animals they care for.” Jerry’s clinics will cover starting the young, green or problem horse, mule or donkey to advanced training and maneuvers. He offers clinics on defensive riding, back country riding and packing, working obstacles, driving single and teams, how to develop gaited horses and mules and also shares his expertise on subjects such as safe trailer loading, de-worming, hard to bridle, hard to catch, etc., together with proper trimming and shoeing for mules, horses and donkeys. Clinics are limited to 6 participants in the Colt Starting and 12 in the Riding Classes. Auditors are welcome and 4-H and Pony Club members are invited to audit for free. Check out the many testimonial letters at Taking one of his clinics will not only transform your stock, but it will transform you!

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Endurance Rider Races for a Cure By Stephanie Kwok

Heidi Telstad, an equestrian from Langley BC, is going the distance in support of childhood epilepsy research and her 4-year-old nephew, Chase, who has been battling the condition since infancy.


o build awareness, she has chosen an extreme challenge that is hugely daunting to the rest of us, but a mere stroll through the park compared to Chase’s daily test of endurance. That challenge: the 1000 km Mongol Derby, the toughest and longest endurance race in the world! Through all stages of this incredible experience, Heidi will be raising money for the BC Epilepsy Society. The Mongol Derby is organised by the UK-based purveyors of adventure, The Adventurists. This race recreates the legendary longdistance postal transmission system set up by Chinggis Khaan in 1224. Using a massive network of horse stations - “morin urtuus” in Mongolian - Khaan’s hardy messengers would gallop from Kharkhorin to the Caspian Sea in a number of days. In the modern-day interpretation hosted by The Adventurists, the messengers are played by the horsemen and adventureseekers such as Heidi, each riding up to 160 km per day, navigating independently and changing horses at 40-km intervals. The hardy and semi-wild native horses of Mongolia reprise their

traditional role as the legs and lungs of the adventure. The 25 morin urtuus that are spaced along the entire 1000Heidi and her 9-year old (off km course are manned by nomadic the track) Thoroughred gelding herding families as they traditionally ‘Overtime’ aka OT. Photo by Lyle were. Each urtuu consists of a small Brant. collection of tents, which the herders live in, a supply of fresh horses, a veterinary team and a few herders. The Derby course changes each year and is kept secret until shortly before the launch. Let there be no doubt - this is no guided tour. There are no packed lunches, no shower block, and no stabling. It’s just the rider, his/her team of horses and a thousand kilometres of Mongolian wilderness to traverse in just 10 days. The final course will encompass a variety of terrain, including high passes, green open valleys, wooded hills, river crossings, wetland and floodplains, sandy semi-arid dunes, rolling hills, dry riverbeds and, of course, the wild open steppe. Heidi is preparing and training to compete in this summer’s race, set to







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Scenic shots courtesy of Richard Dunwoody. take place August 1-14, 2016. Alongside serious riders from the worlds of eventing, show-jumping, endurance, racing, dressage, polo and rodeo, her fellow competitors also include a family team, cancer survivors and those who have never ridden before. The 21 men and 23 women range in age from 20 to 55, and are travelling from 13 countries to participate in the 2016 Mongol Derby. Competitors from Australia, the UK and the USA make up more than half the field; the remaining spots are filled by individuals from northern Europe, New Zealand, Mexico, Qatar and the UAE, with Heidi being the sole Canadian competing this year. As horse people, our concern naturally turns to the derby horses’ welfare. The Mongol Derby has several rules in place specifically to protect the well-being of the horses. One of these rules is that riders must change horses at every station and deliver their mounts to the next destination in mint condition. In her blog, Heidi comments on the welfare of the derby horses, “First, only the riders are covering 1000 km of the Mongolian steppes, none of the horses will be ridden 1000 km! Each horse will cover a limited distance of 40 km. Every single horse that takes part in the Derby will be rigorously checked by the veterinarians before and after they are ridden. It is clearly stated in the Mongol Derby Rules that you cannot

win the Derby by pushing the horses too hard. Riders will be penalized a minimum of two hours if a horse appears to be mistreated or overridden. Additionally, if anyone is deemed abusive to the horses (or the staff), they will be disqualified from the event.” Learn more about the challenge Heidi will be facing this summer in the Mongol Derby from the organizer’s website, www.theadventurists. com/mongol-derby/. You can follow Heidi’s preparations for her adventure on her Facebook page, If you wish to help her fundraising efforts for BC Epilepsy Society, please visit Your support would be most welcome.


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Back to the Future! By Christa Miremadi

There’s nothing quite like the partnership and bond that can develop 1 between a person and a horse, especially when they not only play together but also share a working relationship. They have to be able to rely on each other, trust each other and support one another. When you find yourself a horse like that, you want to spend as many years as possible with him.


Over the years, I’ve been lucky to have some absolutely outstanding working partners. I count my blessings every day to have had such great horses and that one of my first working partners, Oliver (now an unregistered 25+ year-old Arabian), is still going strong, although slowing down a bit. Granted, Oliver’s no longer doing the same level of service he used to, but he continues to carry my daughter around and develop her confidence and skills as he once did for me and as he has done for literally hundreds of others in his 20+ years of working with me. A good working partner is hard to come by and not just any horse will do. He has to be of a good mind with a great temperament and free of “traumatic baggage” that limits a horse’s mental ability to do his job. This doesn’t mean that nothing bad can have ever happened to him, only that he must be of a strong enough heart and mind that it hasn’t left him emotionally broken. Not only does he need to be emotionally sound but also physically sound. He must be well put-together, physically balanced, free of any major old injuries or breakdowns, and have good bone density, straight legs with good angles, and great feet! Muscling can be developed and changed in time, but the framework on which it sits is much less malleable and is the foundation upon which a horse’s ability to do work is built. As the years have gone by, Oliver’s grown stiffer and his ability to help me with my work has become more limited. A few years ago, I was forced to accept that I would, regretfully, have to let him off the hook and surrender him entirely to my much lighter-weight, lower-impact daughter, letting his working role be filled, instead, by my Kiger gelding, Cisco, and my Arabian gelding, Fire. Fire, Cisco and I have done well over the last few years. Cisco came with many challenges and baggage of his own which I won’t get into now; although he’s one of my favourite horses to ride and spend time with, and pulls his weight as a working partner, he’s unable to fill Oliver’s shoes entirely by himself. Fire has, for the past few years, been able to do whatever Cisco could not and I thought that he and Cisco, together, could make up my “new Oliver” but last year I got some bad news. As so many of us find out about our aging riding partners, I was devastated to discover that, although Fire is only in his mid-teens, he’s developed arthritis in his hocks. Arthritis is not the end of the line for Fire but, due to the demanding nature of the job, this news has limited his career as my working partner. And so the search began! The search for my next working partner has taught me a couple of things: - First, finding a young, sound horse (4 to 6 years old) that hasn’t been ridden or handled much is next to impossible. - Second, finding a young horse who’s bred to be conformationally balanced for a lifetime of physical soundness as a working horse is far from easy. 10 • APRIL 2016


I was overwhelmed, both by the number of young horses who’d already had 90 days of training before their third birthday as well as the conformation of some of these youngsters who, through no fault of their own, would never be able to stand up to more than an hour of pleasure riding at any one time and likely wouldn’t last half as long as Fire had with the job I had in mind. I looked at some of the slightly older horses and realized there were almost none that had not been started and ridden lots already. The effects of the 90 days of training they had almost all received as 2-year-olds had already begun to take its toll on the bodies of these 4 and 5-year-old horses. Due to the fact that much of an equine skeleton is not finished growing or fusing until they’re between the ages of 6 and 7 years old, those 90 days, followed by the continuing education they received over the next two years, had left these horses with chronically sore backs, poor posture, atrophied muscles in their key weight-carrying power stations, as well as overdeveloped compensation muscles in other parts of their body. It became clear that if I wanted a horse built to last, balanced and sound, untouched and basically set up for a successful life as a working partner, I’d have to buy a very young horse and just let it grow up for the next few years. I was also going to have to look outside of my back yard. After a few months of poking around and searching the Internet I finally found what I was looking for! Majo Canyon (aka “Smoke” or “The Kid”) is an 18-month-old Kiger Mustang colt bred by Sarah Butterworth of West 12 Ranch, California. He was bred with the classical conformational requirements of Working 2 Equitation in mind; built with balance and coordination, with great feet and an incredible mind! On November 7, Smoke made the 21-hour trailer ride from his home in California to The Rock’n Star Ranch in Aldergrove.

I’m committed to preserving Smoke’s dignity, physical soundness and emotional balance to the best of my abilities as well as continuing to educate myself so that as life goes on, I may do better and better for us both. In the meantime, I’m so grateful to have both Cisco and Fire still on my team and to have an old sage like Oliver still around to help teach and develop Smoke into what I hope he will become. I’ve also been reminded of the importance of a slow, considerate start with a horse’s future in mind.

3 I am beyond excited to begin the adventure of developing my next working partner and hope that he’ll be able to fill Oliver’s shoes… in about five or six years. Throughout this process of searching for a horse who could conceivably attempt to fill Oliver’s shoes, I’ve rekindled my respect for a slow, well-planned breeding and training program that considers not only the next two or three months of a horse’s life, (nor even just the next three to five years of his competitive career) but considers the duration of his natural lifespan and his ability to do work for as long as possible. I am looking forward to developing what I hope will be a very long and enjoyable partnership and a strong bond with this horse; a horse with whom I’ll not only enjoy playing, but with whom I also plan to share my long working days for as many years as possible. We’ll learn to rely on one another, trust each other and support one another as we help others to develop their own working relationships.

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Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services section under TRAINERS)


1) Oliver and me back in 2009. We were teaching a clinic together and I’d gotten off to give an old man’s back a rest. (Photo by Kristina Belkina) 2) Cisco and I teaching my young stallion, Smoke, some valuable social skills. 3) My daughter Zahra and Oliver competing in a Games Day together with my son Phoenix and his pony, Lightning. 4) Enjoying the shade with Fire while watching over a clinic.





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Record Crowd at Draft Horse Sale By Bruce A. Roy,


estern Canadian horsemen were all smiles at the 2016 Mid-America Draft Horse Sale held February 23-26 at the Gordyville USA Auction Center, Gifford, Illinois. Lone Oak 12 Viking (King), an 18.2HH, Manitobabred Percheron gelding won a last bid of $67,500, which is a record price for a Percheron gelding sold at public auction. Consigned by Jeff Berger, Black Gold Percherons of Williston, North Dakota, “King” the $67,500 Percheron gelding “King” is a superb athlete. Given the collapse of North Dakota’s oil industry, Berger’s horseman, Gord Ruzicka of Viking, Alberta, was instructed to disperse the Black Gold Percheron horses, which he had schooled, fitted shod and exhibited for Berger. Shown at Denver’s 2016 National Western Stock Show, the Black Gold Percherons topped a powerful entry in several classes. On the cusp of a tanbark year that would have been stellar, the eleven Percheron geldings trotted forth by Ruzicka at the Mid-America Draft Horse Sale, sold for a total figure of $250,500. Fortunate for the Percheron breed, Berger retained his show wagon, harness, tack and equipment, for the North Dakota rancher and oilman certain the American oil industry will soon recover. Three Black Gold geldings were purchased by Kirk Messenger, a Cheyenne, Wyoming, rancher, who employs Brian Coleman of Didsbury, Alberta, to school, fit, shoe and show the family’s Mark Messenger Memorial Percheron Hitch. Messenger paid $57,500 for Skipper, $26,000 for Ace and $9,500 for Mator, Percheron geldings age seven, four and nine, respectively. Western Canadian horsemen showed little concern for the low Canadian dollar. Belgian and Percheron breeders from Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba returned home with several stallion prospects and females. This year 272 Belgian and Percheron stallions, females and geldings sold for a $7,470 average price. Veteran horsemen in the ringside crowd were blown out of the water by the flying trade. This Amish operated auction brought buyers from a number of American states, six Canadian provinces and from Germany.



Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7, 2016 IN THE COW PALACE AT THE FAIRGROUNDS, OLDS, AB. MAY 6

1:00 p.m. Preview of Driving Horses 2:30 p.m. Tack & Harness Sale 5:00 p.m. Social & Supper 6:30 p.m. Tack & Harness Sale

MAY 7 8:00 a.m. Tack & Harness Sale followed by Equipment Sale followed by Draft Horse Sale

Invites Consignments of Horse Drawn Equipment, Harness, Tack, Shoes, etc; Purebred, Crossbred & Grade Draft Horses; Draft Mules & Mammoth Jacks FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Barb Stephenson Box 96, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0 403-933-5765 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or visit: ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Fred McDiarmid Bob Lewis David Carson 403-575-2181 403-556-7589 519-291-2049 12 • APRIL 2016


“Beach Farms Dominator” a Percheron gelding sold for $61,000. The record crowd seen ringside at Gordyville.

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Canadian Warmblood Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale Submitted by Holly Grayton

2015 Top seller Glasgow (Olympic Animo x Roderik), a 2011 16.2hh gelding


he Canadian Warmblood Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale organizers are proud to announce that the 2016 Sale will remain at the Agricentre at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB. The sale’s date is October 7-9, 2016. In 2015, this prestigious event sold 36 horses with an average price of $10,270.83. Ten horses sold out of province or out of country,


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more than 50% sold for over $10,000, and the highest price was $27,000. Broodmares, two-year-olds, prospects under saddle, and performance horses sold at higher than average sales price. The Canadian advantage includes a well-established horse industry with respected and experienced breeders, trainers and competitors enjoying success domestically and internationally. Canada is well suited to raising strong, athletic horses; Canadian Warmblood horses are high quality and competitively priced. Currency exchange rates and geographic location give U.S. buyers a tremendous incentive to visit the sale. The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders’ Association is modelled on European societies and offers old world European bloodlines and new world vitality. The breed emphasizes refinement and rideability to produce athletic horses that meet the needs of amateur and professional riders in North America. Canadian Warmbloods carry all the important European bloodlines. Pioneer breeders began importing breeding stock in the 1970s. In 1988, Canada’s Warmblood Registry was established and, since then, stallions and broodmares from every major bloodline in Europe have been imported to improve the quality and versatility of the Canadian-bred. Rooted in a dream, growing through steadfast dedication, breeders and consignors continually increase the quality and training offered; they are truly developing performance stock. For more information, please visit the sale’s website,

UNRELENTING The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights, and My Pursuit of Excellence Author: George H. Morris with Karen Robertson Terry


f there is one name in the American equestrian story that everyone knows, it is George Morris. A horse lover, rider, carouser, competitor, taskmaster, dreamer, teacher, and visionary, George Morris has been ever-present on the rarified stage of the international riding elite for most of the 70 years he’s been in the saddle. He has represented our country as an athlete and a coach and, at one time or another, instructed many of our nation’s best horsemen and women. His carefully chosen, perfectly enunciated words are notoriously powerful. They can raise you up or cut you to the quick. His approval can be a rainmaker; his derision can end a career. But as much as people know and respect (or, perhaps, fear) the public face of George Morris, he has lived, in other ways, a remarkably private life, keeping his own personal struggles with insecurity, with ambition, and with love behind closed doors. It is only now that he has chosen, in his own words, to share the totality of his life—the very public and the incredibly private—with the world. This engrossing autobiography, the real story of the godlike George Morris, beautifully demonstrates his ultimate humanity.

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How to Choose an EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPIST By Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF

I have been asked by numerous people what owners should look for when choosing their equine massage therapist. Should they look for experience, schooling, personality or dedication to their work? After much contemplation, and much editing, I have come up with the following list… Polite: Polite does not mean “pushover” but rather a willingness to listen to the owner’s concerns and take them under advisement. Please bear in mind that the “client” is the horse – and never the owner. If a horse indicates to the therapist that the issue is in another area other than what the owner has conceived, to whom should the therapist listen – the client or the one paying the client’s bill? This may be written with a bit of tongue-in-cheek; however, the question does indeed deserve merit My gal getting her massage and loving it! and should be considered as the term “straight from the horse’s mouth” and should be given due consideration by both the owner and the caregiver. Politeness also pertains to how the therapist handles the horse. Does the therapist ask for movement with kind leadership or instead push and shove the horse? As striking a horse is unacceptable in any situation, any care provider who assaults a horse should be ejected immediately and never employed again (by anyone). Prompt: Does the person come on time or, if he/she is running behind, text/call to notify of the delay? This may be considered politeness; however, it is only common courtesy to inform the owner of any delay in arrival. Clean: Does the therapist arrive clean and disinfect the equipment used before leaving? Cleanliness is more than just the superficial appearance of the person; it goes far beyond this as biohazards are real. When we go to the hospital/clinic/doctor, we expect healthcare professionals to cleanse their hands before touching us; this should also hold true for health practitioners coming to and leaving the barn. Are their hands clean? Is equipment sanitized before they leave? Some people will change their clothing if they are coming from a different barn, and will clean their boots, too. Full biohazard protocols are not necessary unless there is an outbreak. As most of us do not live in a barn bubble, it is not beyond reasonable expectation to see that people coming and going have taken precautions and have not brought another barn’s germs with them. Records: Each CEMT should have a case history form that is to be filled out by the owner no less often than annually. This is done for several reasons: client records (as pertaining to the horse), full description of the issue that can be reviewed upon subsequent sessions, permission by the owner to work upon the client, ongoing record of work, progress, dates of sessions, etc. Should another healthcare provider wish to consult on an issue, the records maintained by the therapist are readily available to show progress and any ongoing chronic issues. Records are the property of the therapist and copies can be requested by the owner (usually for a fee). Quiet and Focused: Does the therapist focus on the client – the horse? As a therapist and a teacher, I am adamant that no one is to be in the stall or come within 6 feet of the stall when I am working and I am not to be asked any questions. Shocking. I maintain that focus should be on the client and not on chatting with the owner or being distracted by the comings and goings at the barn. Can you imagine going to see your own massage therapist and he/she is wearing a headset and chatting with someone else while working on you? Suddenly not so shocking – but rather a point of professionalism as the client’s needs must come first. Follow-up Reports/Feedback: Each therapist will do follow-ups in his/her own way. Emailed reports may be the best way to communicate as the therapist may have another client to see right away. The therapist jots down notes after the session is complete to help recall later exactly what was done during the session. Some therapists will do an oral report for the owner but, if the owner is not present – which is completely normal – then a written report, usually a few paragraphs in length, keeps the owner abreast of what has been done. Time: It is impossible to accomplish effective work upon soft tissue without putting in the time. The absolute minimum amount of time to work 16 • APRIL 2016


Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF is a Canadian National Equine Massage Therapy and Vertebral Realignment Instructor. Learn more about her work at her website,

My son, Mike, in one of the massage positions. with a horse is 1-1/2 hours. Period. There are no muscles of locomotion in the body that work alone. There are muscles that work together to achieve movement (the larger outer layer muscles), there are muscles that aid in maintaining posture and make small adjustments during movement (the deeper layers) and there are muscles that are “antagonistic” and are in opposition to the movement that must be relaxed to allow full range of motion. It is impossible to work upon one muscle or even one leg or one body part and be effective. Horses also compensate to the diagonal. This means that more load is placed on muscles if there has been an injury. These muscles must also be worked upon – fully – in order to decrease the strain. There is an old saying: “Good work isn’t cheap and cheap work isn’t good.” That being said, the average charge for 1-1/2 to 2 hours of time is $90-$150 (plus mileage) depending on the therapist and what he/she offers during the session. If the therapist is also offering vertebral realignment, essential oils, magnetic massage, etc., expect the fee to reflect the therapist’s ability to deliver services. Charging these fees for less time is overcharging the owner and stealing therapeutic time from the client. Where a therapist learned equine massage The first school of its kind to teach is not nearly as important as the work that all the skills and tools required to person is able to do, as the results must speak look after horses allopathically. for themselves. Let the worker show his/her worth. Equine massage therapists whose work continues to bring improvement in their clients’ health should be given the work as they continue to show dedication to the art of massage therapy with results. A horse should show improvement This 4 year program balances classroom work, within two or three sessions. If the horse does with practical hands on learning & application, not show improvement, then the therapy is and home case studies. Students will not working. While this may seem like a short be able to use the following modalities duration, it will weed out the people whose in their practice: skills are incomplete and are not able to deal e See us at th with the issue at hand, or, it will indicate that T MANE EVEN •Equine Chiropractics the issue is much more serious; a pathology •Equine Osteopathy could be responsible for the issue and veterinary •Equine Massage intervention is necessary. •Equine Acupressure/Acupuncture We want the best care for our animals in •Equine Homeopathy both their performance and in their quality •Equine Herbals of life. Experience is gained with experience •Equine K-Tapping – book-learning can only take a person so far, •Equine Rehabilitation then it is time to get one’s hands dirty – but you knew that…

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Cowboy - The Unicorn By Naomi Willms A unicorn he is. Descended from the heavens to help me along in life. A unicorn with a troubled mind, who needed two of the best unicorns’ and a young girl’s help. And what has he done? This wild unicorn has soothed many deep wounds and become my best friend.


his unicorn is a 14-year-old red roan and white paint gelding who answers to my voice, my heart and my body. He is Cowboy, a stubborn movie star princess who loves to jump and make me laugh. At the auction on April 10, 2015, I spotted him and fell in love. And, as a bonus, he starred in the first “Night at The Museum” movie as Jedediah (Owen Wilson)’s mount! He was sweaty and scared, but what did I do? I trusted him, I got up, no stirrups, no helmet, just me on his back. As they started calling horses in, I asked my parents if we could get him. Cowboy was horse number 7, so we had to decide quickly. As we entered our bid, I held my breath. But there was no need. Nobody else seemed to think he was special because there was only one other feeble bid. But to me, I felt I had found my life-long partner. Because like Ed Sheeran once said, “People fall in love in mysterious ways. Maybe just the touch of a hand. Well, me, I fall in love with you every single day.” And it’s true because I fall in love with my unicorn every day. Two days after bringing him home, Allison Miller, my mum and I wandered up to our neighbour’s arena. Anything ever possible that could go wrong, did. Not to Cowboy, but to the area around us. Wind howling, horses spazzing and my new horse kept his poop in a group. The next week, I officially began training with my new instructor. It was not easy at first. Although the work of keeping him in control has eased, it’s still not easy, but eventually he came together, minus a couple of wrong leads, spazzes and shoulder bulging. And he finally

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figured out that he wasn’t a giraffe! But it all seemed to be perfect at one of the Pine Tree Riding Club shows. It was after a long hot day of showing and I wanted to give him a chance to roll as a reward. But instead, when I let him go, he followed me. Walking when I did, stopping when I stopped. And when I jogged away, he stood in the middle of the arena and called me. I returned to his side. My reward was that we had finally learned to speak each other’s language. Then, five months after buying him, Cowboy and I and my family suffered the hardship of losing my two wise unicorns, Prince Charming and Two To Tango. As they flew away to the Unicorn Kingdom, Cowboy was my shoulder to lean on, to cry on, and I was his. Because he loved them too, he missed them and they made him the unicorn he is today. And now we ride for them. Wind in our faces, we fly the jumps and prance through shows. He smells of wind, dust and tack. He has a spot of short mane that he rubbed off trying to get grass. He bows for me to get treats. He is my peace, my light and my silver lining on a dark day. He makes me laugh and he loves me. And I love him. And together, we fly, my unicorn and I. “Cowboy, take me away.”

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Western Dressage

The Gaits By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

A common question that comes up about Western dressage is, “What are the various gaits of a Western dressage horse?” Gaits are the footfalls of the horse. 3

1: Working jog; poll is higher than the withers. Horse could have the nose slightly more in front of the vertical for Intro/Basic level. 2: Free jog; horse is reaching forward and down, rounding the back and maintaining the same rhythm with a slightly longer stride.

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n Western dressage, the basic gaits are walk (four-beat), jog (twobeat with a time of suspension), and lope (three-beat with a time of suspension after the third beat). The lope can be either on the right lead or the left lead. Within each gait, there are variations, which will be explained below. The degree of difficulty of the gaits depends on which level you are training or competing in and follows the dressage training scale, which builds upon previous levels. For example, the collected gaits are only developed after the horse has consistently shown good rhythm and relaxation in the working gaits and is beginning to show more engagement of the hind end. In the working gaits, the horse’s nose should be in front of the vertical, with the poll as the highest point. The horse should show even, balanced movement. In the walk and the jog, the horse’s hind feet should reach into his front footsteps. The rider should maintain a light, soft, contact with the horse’s mouth, allowing the horse to move his head naturally, and with a relaxed back. In the lope, the horse will be marked on the suppleness of his back, engagement of the hindquarters, and maintaining his rhythm in a balanced frame. At the working gaits, there should be an obvious push from the hindquarters as the hind legs step actively up under the horse. The working jog may be ridden posting or sitting, however, it is recommended to sit the jog in level 1. The free gaits are ridden with a light contact and show the horse’s relaxation as he is allowed to stretch forward and down with his head and neck, with his nose reaching in front of the vertical with the poll slightly lower than the withers. The horse should be balanced and maintain the rhythm of the working gait as he stretches and lengthens his stride slightly. In the walk and jog, the horse’s hind feet should step in front of the front foot prints. The free jog may be ridden posting or sitting until level 2. The purpose of the free gaits is to show that the horse can lengthen his frame and strides with light contact 20 • APRIL 2016


3: Collected lope; engaged behind with the forehand coming up. The stride will be shorter than a working lope as the horse develops more engagement of the hocks.

without rushing or losing his balance, and stay in control. A loose rein is acceptable as well. The obedience of the horse may determine the amount of contact. If the horse is drifty or “looky,” the rider may need more contact to maintain the correct flexion and position on the circle. Lengthening of stride is introduced in level 1. The horse must maintain his balance as he moves freely forward in a longer stride, covering more ground while maintaining the same tempo as in the working jog. The horse must not appear to be rushing, which can sometimes happen if the horse is not balanced and gets heavy on the forehand. The tempo of the lengthening will be the same as the working gaits, but a longer stride will be shown. The horse’s nose should be slightly in front of the vertical with the poll as the highest point. Lengthening of the jog may be ridden posting or sitting until level 3, when it must be ridden sitting. Collected gaits will show the horse moving with more of an uphill tendency with more engagement from the hind legs. The stride of the collected gaits will be shorter as the horse puts more energy “up” as opposed to the lengthening of stride, which is more forward. The horse’s nose will be close to vertical and the horse will be in contact, or “on the bit,” but showing self-carriage, meaning the hocks are more flexed, the hind legs reaching further under his belly, and the horse lifting his back and shoulders and raising and arching his neck. The collected jog must be ridden seated. Collected gaits are developed through lateral movements such as shoulder-in and haunches-in, for example, which are introduced in level 2 and will be the subject of future articles. The gaits of a Western dressage horse should not exhibit the slow gaits and low head carriage of a Western pleasure horse, and the horse should not be on the forehand. Through correct training, the horse’s three gaits will be enhanced and improved. As well, correct training will develop the horse’s balance and strength, which

4: Rein release at the lope; the horse should maintain the same frame as the collected lope while working on a loose rein. 5: Free walk; this horse is demonstrating the reach needed for a free walk. You can see how his hind step is reaching past his front foot step. His neck is stretched forward and down allowing the horse to stretch through his body from back to front.

4 5 allows him to carry his rider with ease while maintaining correct rhythm and an even tempo. Western dressage is a fun way to develop your western horse through the training scale. Each level provides goals to achieve and by developing your horse through each level you will build both your horse’s confidence and your own. Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Chris Irwin Platinum Certified Trainer, and Equine Canada Western Competition Coach. She works with youth, adult amateurs and professionals as well as teaching a local 4H club at her facility near Bowden, AB. Western and English dressage has become her main focus, but many of her students compete in open competitions as well as obstacle challenges. Lisa has also added Somatics to help her students maintain and create further

body awareness as it works to release muscle patterns in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and repetitive movements that can be work related. Getting riders in correct balance helps horses develop correct balance. Learn more at her website, www.mountainviewtrainingstables. com. Birgit Stutz is a Chris Irwin Gold Certified Trainer and Coach and offers horse training, riding lessons, clinics, workshops, camps for kids and adults, as well as working student and mentorship programs at Falling Star Ranch in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Visit her website at




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Riding in Mexico, Part 2: Puerto Vallarta By Mark McMillan In last month’s Saddle Up, I shared some information about our horseback ride in La Paz, Mexico and said that I would share another Mexican horseback riding experience, from Puerto Vallarta. So here it is.


o back up a step... in January, we were on the annual Spirit of the West Cruise. We had asked Google a lot of questions, trying to get some information on horseback riding in Mexico. There wasn’t much out there, but it seems that every tourist website we found referred to Rancho el Charro, in Puerto Vallarta. Their website looked okay, so we sent them an email. It took quite a while, but we did get an email back from Pamela. The answers were vague and it took a few days between emails but we did get answers. This was midDecember and we were trying to book for January – it seemed this was too far ahead and she asked us to email back in January. She suggested the “Tropical Forest Ride” for $75 USD for three hours with a stop at a restaurant, a break for a refreshing swim, a waterfall, and a panoramic view of the bay. If you booked ahead, you saved $5 and if you did a private ride, it was $10 more. We were to meet at some library but they could drop off at the ship if we took their “Cruise Ride.” Okay… we were still wondering but, what the heck - we booked.

The taxi stand people at the dock finally figured out that we could rent a “car” (apparently the taxis couldn’t go there) and they would take us. So we did rent a car and driver (it was actually cheaper than the taxi) and we did get to the library where we waited. Pamela did show up as promised and we headed out through town, over some very rough streets. Finally (it was probably only about 10 minutes but seemed like forever), we ended up in a little Mexican village. We came to a nice home with paddocks and some stone buildings. I asked Pam how big her “ranch” was. She said she didn’t know… I guessed it to be about three acres. The horses looked great -- they were in good shape and of good size. Some Quarter Horse crossed with Mustangs, Criollo and Thoroughbred. They saddled up and led the horses to a cement set of stairs that we were to walk up and step down into the saddle (that feels weird). There was a big red pad on top of the saddle. Kathy asked to see under it, to see the saddle. It was a Mexican saddle that looked fine so she said she didn’t want the



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pad. The guide said, “Are you sure?” We both agreed, and away we went. I knew right away that “Confetti” and I would get along fine – she was a great horse (her mother was named “Fiesta”). Kathy had “Patricia,” another well-mannered and responsive mare. Thomas led off on “Splash” and you can guess what his horse looked like. I asked Thomas how he had learned his English which was pretty good and he told us the “turista” had taught him while on the trail rides over the past couple of decades. It was just the three of us and Thomas was a great guide! The ride itself was awesome, too. We crossed rivers, rode down rivers and river banks, through little homesteads, and then started up… and up. It was quite a climb and yet the horses never hesitated. We stopped to open one wire slip gate and Thomas took out his machete, hacked at the side of a tree, and put the white liquid sap in his mouth. He chewed it for a minute then stretched out the gum he had formed from the liquid. “A Chiclet Tree,” he grinned.


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Left: An amazing view of the valley behind Thomas and Kathy – Puerto Vallarta was in the other direction. Below: The horses were really good – leaned into the hill going up and very sure footed coming down.

Thomas told us we were on a different ride than another couple we saw, because we were experienced and had booked a private ride. When we met them later and saw them both with death grips on their saddle horns, we were glad we had. The view of Puerto Vallarta from the top of the mountain we were on was amazing – our cruise ship looked pretty tiny. The ride home was very nice, too, with more river and more homesteads, and lots of jungle-type forest. We saw the restaurant that they advertise as a stop, but it was long ago closed. We heard a waterfall and saw lots of water, but there was no swim. The ride was great, though, very scenic and nice and Thomas was super; but the website ( and Opposite Page: 1. Confetti waiting his turn behind Patricia (with the red butt pad) at the mounting steps. 2. Kathy on Patricia walking out of one of the many river crossings. 3. Thomas on Splash as we got back near town. Below: When we were about to leave, Thomas got Confetti to bow, saying thank you for the ride.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


he Kamloops Cowboy Festival and the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert are over and done for another year, although I’m already working on the 2017 shows. In the next issue, which is May, I’ll have a run down on how the 20th Anniversary of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival went for you all. The 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert was another great couple of shows. The 2 pm matinee performance was a sold-out show that was enjoyed by all who attended. The evening show, for some reason, was not a sold-out show as in past years. It was still a great audience though, and the venue was fairly full. The only difference in this show really, was when MLA Donna Barnett got up and thanked Kathy and Mark and presented Mark with a BC Government Proclamation, proclaiming “Cowboy Heritage Week” for the week of March 13-20, 2016. Alan Moberg, Bernadette Ducharm, Frank Gleeson and Wesley Hardisty all did a bang up job in both shows giving the audience more than their money’s worth, for sure! The other added touch this year was the fact that five of the past year’s BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees, or their widows, were present at the matinee concert. This is very fitting as all funds from these concerts go directly towards supporting the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame as well as the BC Cowboy Heritage Society Student Scholarships. Here are a couple of events in 100 Mile House to mark on your calendar: May 8: Annual 100 Mile House Outriders Wild and Woolly Schooling Show; contact Krista 250-395-0404 May 21-22: 50th Annual Little Britches Rodeo in 100 Mile House; contact Denise 250-396-7724

May 21-23: Farm and Ranch Show at the Outriders grounds in 100 Mile House; contact Ron 250-397-2897 May 23: 100 Mile House Outriders Jackpot Gymkhana; contact Raven or Tracy 250-3974130 May 24-26: Debbie Hughes Mountain Trail Clinic at the Outriders Donna Barnett presents Mark McMillan with a BC Arena; contact Cat 250- Government Proclamation. (Photo by Donna Smith) 644-4388 In 70 Mile House, mark your calendar for May 19-23 for the Cariboo Trails BS and Drive Weekend. Contact Ken 250-456-6050 Competitive Trail and Endurance Riders, I have some bad news for those of you who have attended the event at the Hills Health Ranch at 108 the past few years. I received this from Joanne Macaluso: “This year, 2016, we are taking a one-year hiatus from the Cariboo Plateau Ride. Time off for good behaviour? We will resurrect in 2017, likely with another CTR/ER combined ride, so stay tuned as time flies! Chat soon, Jo.” Hmmm, oh well. The question/comment – “time off for good behaviour?” I’m not sure about the good behaviour part, but they definitely deserve a year off for all the work they have done in putting this event together over the past years. Maybe one reason is that Joanne wants to get her new horse Joanne Macaluso’s selfie as she walks her new started this summer. horse along the road at Green Lake. On July 1, we will celebrate Canada Day at the 108 Heritage Site. It will be a full day and evening this year, building up to the 150th birthday next year! This year, the hours will be 10 am to 10 pm with lots of vendors, games, petting zoo, concession and fireworks at 9:45 pm. We’ll see some of our favourite entertainers including: Eclectica Choir, Front Porch Blue Grass Band, Polynesian Dancers, Ed Wahl, Herb and Teresa Keim, Jason Ruscheinsky, Mill Girl Follies, Ernie Doyle, The Ballan Sisters, Katy Kidwell, J R Goodwin, Canim Lake Dancers and Drummers, Gordie West, Leslie Ross, Mack Station and a few more to boot.


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Bernadette, Wesley, Alan and Frank closed the 100 Mile Cowboy Concert together. (Photo by Jerry Stainer) In the last issue, I spoke of our holiday on the last Spirit of the West Cruise and about our horseback riding experiences in Mexico. It was awesome! You can read about the Puerto Vallarta ride on page 22. Now, for more good news -- we just got the information on the 2017 Spirit of the West Cruise, one that is on almost everyone’s bucket list... like Johnny Horton sang, “North to Alaska” ...Yeah! The date is set for June 18-28, 2017; they will do what’s called a “Double Denali Alaska Cruise and Land Tour.” The problem I see, though, is that I don’t think we’ll be able to get in any horseback rides this time. You can find details on the cruise on Hugh’s web site: www.

The March issue’s item was a photo that I took in “Old Town” San Diego. It’s actually a water filter. In the old days in California, good drinking water was scarce; but, once filtered through a porous stone (in the wood frame at the top of the photo) it was at least better. There were no correct guesses by press time – watch for May’s issue.


Joanne Macaluso got herself a new Polish-line Arabian named Lincoln.

What’s your guess? Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook.

Mack Station, winner of the Rising Star Showcase at the 2015 Cowboy Festival, will be at 108 on July 1st. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@ and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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Cowboy Poetry Poem dedicated to John Wayne By Curtis Anderson John started out at USC playing football He was anything but gullable John was never shady Would tip his hat to a lady Sometimes John’s temper would fray He was great as Sgt. Sadler in Green Berets John wasn’t one to take criticism He moved large herds of cattle in Chisum John was portrayed to be bitter He sure could move the critters John sawed his share of logs In some movies he had a dog John would never slouch his chest He would expect you to do your best John would be easy on a horse’s bit In 1969 he won an Oscar for the role he played in True Grit John’s boot prints and hand prints are in the Walk Of Fame He could tell when a horse is lame When John played for the USC Trojans his rivals were Notre Dame

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A Banner Year for Desert Park, Osoyoos By Paddy Head Desert Park has been a part of Osoyoos for several decades.


horoughbred horse racing, three day eventing, barrel racing and many other equestrian events were held on a regular basis at the facility. And then the grounds fell into disrepair. Thanks to an energetic board and backstretch team Desert Park 2016 has new life! The 5/8 mile racetrack and generous sized arena are in superb condition. Presently, barns are full to capacity. 160 Thoroughbreds gallop on the well-groomed oval each morning. Most trainers and riders are from Alberta, with one from Saskatchewan, one from Manitoba and two trainers from just across the border in Washington. All agree the racetrack has never been better cared for thanks to the faithful crew who have worked so hard to prepare for their arrival. We are negotiating with HRBC for a three month Standardbred meet running from June 1st till the end of August, with racing every Saturday and Sunday. This will be a great source of entertainment for Osoyoos visitors who may also enjoy an afternoon at the races. Pari-mutuel betting available. Check for updates. Highlighting our spring schedule is the Tilt & Lance Joust to be held on the May 21-23 long weekend. Desert Park will be transformed. Visitors can enjoy wandering in the recreated ancient village of Little Storping. Each afternoon at 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. knights in full metal armour on their brave steeds will challenge each other for Champion Knight. There will be medieval games on and off horseback. Visitors are invited to dress in medieval attire. Prizes will be awarded each day for the best costumes. Come join in this weekend of family fun! Admission is only $15, and children under 6 free. Gates will open for each event at 11:00 and 3:00. For further information on Desert Park facility and events, call 250-495-8181 or go to the website.

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Perspectives of a Road Trip to Oregon Horse Center

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Mountain Trail has been my passion for a few years now, and going to the biggest indoor show two years in a row has been a huge adventure for me. The Oregon Horse Center in Eugene, Oregon, has produced some very challenging obstacles and runs. One of the first challenges is to look at an obstacle and wonder how many ways it could be used that we never practiced or even imagined. The next challenge is memorizing a pathway through, under, over and around 30+ objects and trails. I have ridden all of my life, putting on many miles in the arena, down the road and up the mountains, but crossing suspension bridges and stepping down into murky water with multiple ways and levels to travel while being watched by experienced judges somehow makes things even more difficult. I managed to complete four runs each day and pulled off a championship award. I have a huge respect for my recently-acquired horse and we had ten days of bonding while we participated at the two consecutive shows. The second show definitely had an increase in difficulty and my horse never ceased to amaze me as he gave everything a try.

This was my first-ever horse show. I brought my new horse Fuzzy, whom I have only had for three months. We were both still getting to know each other and have a lot to learn in Mountain Trail. I jumped in with both feet and tried the Logan arena and the Silverado arena. Both arenas have their own challenges and very technical obstacles; each day they changed obstacles and made them harder. Some obstacles we did really well on and some that I thought we would do well on we didn’t. I came away from that show with a new appreciation of how much work it takes to make a Mountain Trail horse. So, off to work I go.

Mia Sheldon It was my first time ever competing in something like this. It was very cool how they could turn an indoor arena into a rocky, mountainous, almost adventurous land which included waterfalls, bridges, steep landscapes and many more obstacles to challenge both horse and rider. I liked the fact there was two different arenas that offered different sorts of challenges. There were lots of classes to choose from, which meant there was something for everyone.

Cathy McKinney It was an amazing experience that I would love to repeat. Staff and participants were welcoming and very helpful. The facilities were comfortable and the mountain trail course was incredible. I had never seen anything like it -- all indoor, with every obstacle imaginable. All levels and disciplines are accepted and encouraged. The age range was from 4 to 74! I’m a newcomer to mountain trail and to the showing world and this was a great beginning.

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Kris Henry Tw o threed a y we e ke n ds o f mountain trail was both frightening and overwhelming for me. There were two arenas set up with waterfalls, ponds, creeks, ditches, trails, hills, stone steps, raw cowhides, balance beams, gates, and several different kinds of bridges. My little 20-year-old horse, Sugs Coppertone, carried me through two classes in each arena each day for a total of twelve classes per weekend. We were given a different map each day for each class and were required to remember the courses with 12 to 20 obstacles. We were scored 0 to 10 on each obstacle and if you miss one or go the wrong way you receive a 0 for that obstacle. The first weekend I forgot to do some obstacles and went up the wrong path on some -- a lot to remember. The obstacles and courses were very challenging and difficult at times, but Sugs and I got through them and ended up fourth overall in our division for the Northwest weekend. On the second weekend, the Nationals, I got control of my nerves and put my brain in gear and Sugs and I ended up Reserve Champion. The National obstacles were harder and more technical. Some of the highlights were walking behind a 40-foot waterfall, dragging a log through a pond, walking over logs in a pond, walking on a 16-inch balance beam, side passing on a suspension bridge, climbing up a series of rock steps, just to name a few. We had a great time. Mountain trail is a lot of fun and attainable for most horses and riders with the right help.

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I enjoyed the experience and thought the whole setup was extremely well done and organized. My only area of confusion came when trying to book the classes. I think for first-time visitors it would help to have some assistance there on day 1 and day 2. Once explained, it made it a lot more fun. The courses were great and having the two to choose from made it a lot less daunting. The locations of things such as stalls and trailers were very accessible; two round pens were available to loose-work the horses as well as a huge pasture to ride in during the day to unwind. For my first experience of the sport in competition terms, I felt it delivered.

I had a fantastic, exciting time. The diversity between the two arenas is extensive, with the selection of obstacles chosen to test your horse’s ability and experience, as well as your horsemanship. Just remembering the trail maps is an exercise in attention to detail and keeps you second guessing yourself. You quickly recognize your problem areas; not the ones you knew about, the other ones that suddenly appeared with new “situations.” Your focus becomes preparing for tomorrow’s changing arenas and pleasing the ever-changing judges. It was a sixday training marathon that left me knowing three things: we are never finished training, progress is very rewarding and I can’t wait to get back there to ride it all again.


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What will the best-dressed horses and riders be wearing this year?


he answer depends on each show team’s budget, personal taste and, more and more, the events they are participating in. No longer is western pleasure couture the only acceptable look for arena fashions. Ranch horse participants; rodeo, parade, and drill teams; and western dressage riders are all bringing their own fashion flair to the show arena to create a varied and colorful collection of ‘what’s in style’ for western riding competitors. Whether it’s a renewed interest in classic vaquero tack and clothing for ranch horse events, or a rising expectation that barrel racers ‘dress for success’ in a rodeo, acceptable competition fashions are more varied - and more fun - than they have been in years. You may see a thousand-dollar custom show top on a reiner rider entering the arena just after a capable cowgirl wearing an off-the-rack cotton blouse, but rest assured that each rider chose their outfit to look great, lend them confidence, and look lovely on their horse.

So what looks great?

First, regardless of cost or color, western competition outfits should fit trim to create a flattering silhouette in the arena, and be comfortable to ride in. Stretch fabrics, many with technical qualities such as moisture management, are often the base for show apparel and then are decorated with everything from beads and fringe to feathers, jewels, paillettes (hanging sequins) and elaborate applique. Even traditional western shirts are often modernized with a touch of stretch to the fabric. Remember that show apparel is sports apparel; it should be close fitting even as it allows you to perform in comfort. After silhouette and comfort, the next criteria to consider in competition apparel is color. Certain color combinations create more visual interest than others when viewed from a

distance in the arena, so give your color story some thought. The judge or audience will be looking at you from quite a distance away, so choosing colors that give you confidence, and are attractive on your horse when viewed from across the arena, add dash and drama to your presentation. Note that you and your horse will be performing as a team, and your horse is the bigger team member and therefore your first consideration in selecting colors. An easy rule of thumb is that horses with red hair (sorrel, chestnut, red roans, etc.) are attractive when sporting earth-tone colors like vanilla, chocolate, and rust. Horses with brown hair (predominantly bay, black or white coats) look terrific in jewel tones: garnet, royal, or purple for example. Experiment with colors for your horse by using a towel or other large, colorful items to drape your saddle and then step away fifty feet or more to evaluate the effect. Take a short video or snapshot to capture the look. You can also look for horses colored like yours in the show ring to see what catches your eye. If you ride multiple horses, or you’re not sure what color horse you may be paired with, the blue-green color range (everything from pale celery through turqua to deep greens) are a great look on just about any color horse, and tend to be flattering for almost any rider as well. How can you make you and your horse look like a color-coordinated team? Choose a large, colorful saddle blanket to both frame your saddle and anchor your outfit color to your horse. Try to keep your show look to one base

Color-coordination of horse and rider create the impression of a winning team. Here, “Lariat” vest in glittering soft gold pairs with vanilla chaps and a sorrel horse for a striking presentation.

Beautifully tailored turqua “Kareena” jacket is attractive with any horse; gold braid adds bling in the ring. Show apparel should fit like a glove and showcase your smooth riding skills.

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Western Fashion Forecast...Cont’d

Show styles in 2016 are elaborate, graphic, and look great from a distance in the show ring. The “Larissa” garnet suit has highcontrast geometric trim and plenty of crystals to bring sparkle to your show wardrobe.

color (often black) and one accent color for the sharpest look when viewed from a distance. A single saddle blanket, carefully chosen, can easily pair with many tops for a versatile and lovely show wardrobe. As to details, let’s take it from the top, starting with your western hat. Your hat frames your face and defines your personality in the show ring, so invest in a fine western hat then keep it ‘tuned up’ with occasional professional shaping for years of attractive service. While hat trends change slowly, expect a steeper brim this year, hinting towards ‘taco’ hats from yesteryear. In some classes, extra hat embellishments like crystals and lacing on the brims bring bling to the hat’s personality. For most riding events, you’ll still be in style with a jacket or blouse, with vests making strong inroads onto the fashion scene. Any top that’s close-fitting, colorful, and makes you feel confident is the ticket, whether you’re a quiet cowgirl who likes classic starched cotton, or a full-tilt showgirl who wants all the jewels and fancy trims you can encrust your show top with in the pen. Don’t overlook the accessories and details

that pair with your top: pretty necklaces, earrings and scarves all add personal touches to your presentation and give you a chance to set yourself apart from the crowd. Don’t be afraid to use large accessories - remember they’ll appear small from a distance so ‘dress for the stage’ for a successful look. Showmanship and halter classes will have most showgirls in a suit presentation, or at least a shapely shirt. Again, video your look to make sure it shows off your smooth moves and colorfully harmonizes with your horse. Have your suit pants hemmed offset, longer at the heels, to fall nicely over boots, and take extra care with makeup since you’ll be closer to the judge than in riding classes. Western Dressage is spreading like wildfire, and many people are unsure what to wear in these exciting new individual-performance classes. Expect to see both western-pleasure inspired outfits and those with a hint of history borrowed from bolero jackets and working western looks. Vests are also great in this event, as they present a trim figure but allow freedom of movement riding two-handed. Ranch horse classes are also attracting new fans by the thousands, and fortunately, turnout

Color-coordination makes even simple styles stand out in the arena. The “Anabelle” traditional blouse pairs with a royal blue saddle blanket and beautiful roan horse for a great look for ranch horse, reining or casual pleasure classes.

Stretch blouses bring all-day comfort to the show ring, and designs like “Lily” combined with a coordinating black and white saddle blanket create a winning impression.

Show styles in 2016 are elaborate, graphic, and look great from a distance in the show ring. The “Larissa” garnet suit has high-contrast geometric trim and plenty of crystals to bring sparkle to your show wardrobe.

Stylish looks for 2016 feature fancy fabrics, reflective trims, and careful tailoring to create a slenderizing look in the show ring. Here, “Kareena” is shown as both a jacket for mom and a vest for young riders. Photo copyright Hobby Horse Clothing Co., Inc. 2016

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Western Fashion Forecast...Cont’d for these classes are more fun than formal. Some folks opt for simple ranch dressing with pressed traditional shirts and jeans, while others go for the way-back look with period attire including fancy big-brimmed hats, leather vests, and gorgeous working tack including silver bits and intricately braided romal reins. Chinks (short chaps ending just below the knees) are becoming the legwear of choice in ranch classes and, if custom made, can be personalized with initials, brands, twisted fringe, and other distinctive details. While the show ring is a traditional place, there’s always a little room to have fun to make a modest statement of style, and mix old and new pieces for your perfect, empowering presentation. When shopping for show tops, or creating your own, do look for quality construction: tidy sewing, hidden zippers, stretch fabrics, and a good basic fit. Show apparel should have clean lines with a shapely fit, then you can either buy or add the dramatic decor that brings show apparel to life in natural sunlight or under indoor arena lights. Chaps or chinks are the largest item of apparel you’ll wear, so choose them carefully. They should hang from your natural waist and be long enough to cover your boot heels in the saddle for shotgun chaps, or fall below your knee for chinks. If you opt for something fancier than classic fringed suede chaps, be sure that extra trims - like crystals or blinged-out conchos - add to your presentation rather than draw attention to figure flaws like busy legs or wide hips.

Western boots complete your western wardrobe, but only the foot portion shows peeking from beneath chaps or jeans when you compete. Consider a simple, classic boot style and perhaps spend your savings where they show more, on you or your horse Gentlemen in the show pen continue to present their horses in traditional attire of fitted, starched shirts, plain or modestly embellished chaps, and carefully creased hats. A showman can simply pair a solid or plaid shirt with an interesting scarf and colorcoordinated saddle blanket and be dressed for success at the local to national level. Saddles and tack are becoming more personalized, just like show apparel. Leather colors vary from pale to black through a rich range of brown tones which beautifully showcase shining silver on headstalls or saddles - consider what looks best on your horse when choosing new tack items. We’re seeing more exotic leather inlays, even painted accents on tack, and customized high-quality sterling silver is making a comeback as well. Educate your eye by studying videos, online catalogs and horse magazines for images of winning western ensembles in your favorite events to get you and your horse ready to win in 2016. ©2016 Suzanne Vlietstra. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company ( a show apparel manufacturer, and also owns a 50-horse boarding stable.

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Rendezvous is being held May 2729th at Princeton’s PXA Grounds. It is THE BEST “Social, Educational, Fun and Entertaining Event of the Year!” We are nearly 1,000 members strong and we sincerely would like to invite all past members to come to Princeton and join us for this special celebration. Renew old friendships and likely make some new ones. We have an excellent lineup of clinicians, events and presentations. And as you can expect… a great deal of social gathering, general fun and good times. Rendezvous is not a “members only” gathering. If you are at all interested in our organization, join us in Princeton and see firsthand, the great deal of good work we do across the province. For more information and registration go to and click on the Rendezvous tab. From the private photo collection of Michael C. Howard, U.S.M.C. (ret.); George Woolf in the saddle. Courtesy of the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation.


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here are a variety of youngsters and adults waiting to be adopted at Bear Valley Rescue. I often thought about taking on a senior horse as a companion for my previous horse when he was a young adult. But after sitting with my Sweet Pea while he breathed his last breath, I realized that I am simply not prepared for the emotional part of caring for a senior horse… at least, not yet. When it comes to owning and caring for horses, it’s important to know our own limits. This time around, I also knew I wasn’t prepared for a weanling. When Pea was little I was in my 20s and had a lot more energy! As I have said before, there are benefits and challenges of starting horses younger and older. My new horse, Sundre, was 2 when I brought him home. When you start with a weanling, you get to watch them learn and grow, but when you start an older youngster, you get to experience the growth yourself! With the help of volunteers, the seniors at BVR have a new shelter and pen all to themselves. Twice a day, Kathy and Mike soak their meals in preparation to feed. Senior horses need a safe enclosure and they need to be in a group of gentle horses that will not negatively affect their

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nce a year, we take time to acknowledge the enormous contribution that volunteers make to society. This year, Volunteer Recognition Day falls on April 20, worldwide. It honours all volunteers who work on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain. Volunteering is an altruistic activity that, in turn, produces a feeling of self-worth and respect–not to mention skill development, socialization and fun. At an easy guess, volunteers make up over ninety percent of those involved in CanTRA’s eighty-plus accredited therapeutic riding programs. That translates into thousands of pairs of helping hands! Looking at the other side of the coin, there’s an old saying, “As you give, so shall you receive.” Any volunteer knows how true that is. And volunteering with children and adults with disabilities, partnered with endearing therapy horses, is surely a match made in heaven. Therapeutic riding volunteers are typically board members, fund-raisers, instructors, leaders or side-walkers, horse groomers (and stall muckers-out), number crunchers, tack cleaners, carpenters and fixer-uppers, newsletter editors, food contributors, envelope stuffers, social media monitors, public speakers, grant writers, photographers, fetchers and carriers. There is no end to the list. In fact, there is a niche for anyone who wants to join in. Happy 2016 worldwide Volunteer Recognition Day!

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TOP DOG! What Matters By Lisa Kerley BSc, KPA-CTP In my last article, I discussed how many people systematically teach their dogs to ignore them. Although none of us set out intending for this to happen, having a dog that is attentive, well-behaved and responsive is, for many, nothing more than a dream.


t may seem a daunting task, but there are a few small details that can have a huge impact on creating a well-mannered, receptive and, just as importantly, happy dog. And, you’ll be pleased to learn they don’t take a lot of time. Whether you are actively training or not, your dog is always learning. Even outside your specific training sessions, he is learning there are consequences to his actions and developing associations with things in the environment. You have the CHOICE to make your dog’s interactions with the world (and with you) positive and productive ones, or not. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to be working on something every moment. Most of us are goal-oriented and, as there seems to be so little time to get things done, we can get caught up in getting results. Often in our haste we lose track of what’s actually happening with the little one at the other end of the leash. This can impact both your dog’s learning and his well-being. Take as an example, having your dog meet people. Depending on how you do it, it can have a number of different outcomes. If your only concern is getting your dog to sit, Your choice of equipment and how you use it influences the you may not be paying attention to what your dog is taking away from the experience. Is quality of your dog’s experiences. the equipment you are using creating discomfort or concern? How about your handling or your demeanour? Is your dog at all concerned or unsure during the interaction? By being aware of the quality of the experience, you can help create positive associations and build confidence in your dog. This will help to build the connection as well as build trust in you. In the situation above, we want the dog to walk away feeling great about meeting new people and feeling that you kept him safe and comfortable. And you can still help him learn to sit as part of the process! Sadly, this is often not the case because of the way situations are handled. It is just as easy to create negative associations, damage the dog’s trust and slow down his learning. HOW things happen is just as important as WHAT is happening, and often more so.

Doing well feels just as good to your dog as Keeping it Positive it does for you! Keeping all of your dog’s experiences When coming across new things, allow positive may seem a daunting task, but really it’s the dog to proceed as he feels comfortable, not. You just need to keep a few points in mind: rather than making him interact. Give him Is the interaction helping to create a space so he can find a comfortable distance stronger bond? when checking things out. The quality of your interaction and the type of feedback you provide your dog will impact Is your dog learning something useful the relationship you have. What you do and how from the experience? you respond to him will either be building trust It’s easy to only react to situations and have and connection and thereby strengthening the your dog go through them with no benefit Attention to your dog’s emotional state is vital relationship, or not. This is especially important from the experience. By giving an unskilled in creating a confident dog and an essential when your dog is concerned about something. dog too many options or conversely, microcomponent of good learning. How your dog responds to you in the future, managing him all the time, he will not be including whether he looks to you for direction learning the skills and lessons you are hoping or chooses to give you attention is impacted by the relationship you for. As mentioned above, set your dog up for success! are fostering. With a bit of care and attention you can prevent your dog Is the experience helping to build confidence? from leaving with a bad feeling that can affect future interactions. How you set up interactions and experiences can build your dog’s Rather than just taking it for granted that things are okay for your confidence or damage it. Just as all socialization is not good, quality dog, it’s worth it to actively create positive associations by pairing plays a part in this as well. You can set your dog up for success by daily experiences with things he enjoys – a treat, a kind word or an focusing on what you like and make the right choice easier for him. enjoyable activity. 38 • APRIL 2016


TOP DOG! Equipment and Methods Another important consideration is the equipment you choose and how you use it. Just as you can damage trust and confidence, you can also create negative associations to seemingly unrelated stuff in the time it takes for a single collar jerk or spray from a correction can. Even something as benign as a gentle push on the bum can be unpleasant for some dogs. Although this may seem a bit extreme, consider how you feel when someone stands too close, for example. It’s not really that big a deal, but it can be unpleasant and leave you looking for an escape route the next time that person appears. By simply removing these aversives, you will greatly improve the quality of your dog’s experiences. Body Language All the considerations above can be enhanced by learning to watch and assess your dog’s emotional state and watching for signs of stress or discomfort. Understanding body language and what it means is an invaluable skill. Like us, every dog is different in the way he experiences and feel about things. Watching body language will allow you to judge how your dog is feeling and, in turn, whether things are good, or need to be adjusted in some way. These concepts apply to everything you do with your dog -when you’re just hanging out or playing, when on a walk or when encountering something for the first time. You are continually being presented with opportunities to strengthen your relationship, and build your dog’s confidence and skills. So keep these points in mind the next time you are together, no matter what you are doing. This attention and awareness will be invaluable in helping him have a happy, comfortable life. For more detailed information, please visit: dogdaysdaycareandtraining.

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They asked if I’m a show dog, I heard my mom say “No.” She said that I was better, and didn’t need to go. I show my family that I love them, with hugs and kisses true, with extra special tenderness when one is sick or blue. I show my family that I care, almost every day. When strangers pass by our house, I shoo them all away. I show my family I adore them, when I greet them at the door, with happy yips and wagging tail, who could ask for any more? I show my family that I’m loyal, and love them all the same, when they make mistakes with me, or forget to play my favourite game. I show my kids that I’ll protect them, when monsters come in the night, I chase them all out the window, and cuddle to ease the fright. So I may not be a show dog, with pretty hair and bows, but my family, they do love me, and it’s for them that I do show.

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Applications now being accepted for Langley puppy mill dogs (Saddle Up first reported of this puppy mill seizure in the March issue)



he Vancouver BC SPCA Branch is now accepting new applications for the remaining adult dogs seized February 4 from the Langley puppy mill and will be reviewing accordingly. Breeds include Bernese mountain dogs, Wheaten terriers, Portuguese water dogs, Old English sheepdogs and Poodle mixes. Applicants that are matched with a specific dog will be invited to attend our next puppy mill dog information session. Please email your application to vancouver@spca. The dogs are seeking homes that are: • able and willing to work on house training, having a flexible schedule • some experience with fearful dogs, able to continue with positive reinforcement based desensitization • calm, quiet environments with patient guardians willing to take things slow

The adoption process started in early March with 23 of the 66 dogs seized available after having been medically cleared. Due to the overwhelming interest in the dogs, the BC SPCA held three information sessions earlier in March for anyone interested in putting in an adoption application. Attendance is mandatory for any applicants due to the special needs of the dogs. As more dogs from the Langley animal seizure become available, more information sessions will be held. “We are truly grateful to the hundreds of people who have expressed interest in opening their homes to these dogs, but we want to make sure that anyone putting in an application fully understands the care that will be required to meet their ongoing behavioural and psychological needs,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “Some issues commonly faced by dogs raised in puppy mills include fearfulness due to lack of socialization, compulsive behaviours, house-soiling and sensitivity to touch. With the proper care and attention these dogs have a wonderful future, but we want to make sure that people understand the commitment they are taking on.” “Our goal in holding the information sessions is to match the specific needs of each dog with an individual or family who has the time, skills and patience to help them reach their full potential,” says Chortyk. “The dogs have been through so much and we just want the adoption process to be a success for both the animals and for the wonderful people opening their hearts and homes to them.” While more of the Langley dogs and puppies will be available for adoption in upcoming weeks as they are cleared medically, the Vancouver SPCA shelter remains closed until mid-March to ensure biosecurity protocols are upheld for the remaining dogs in care. 40 • APRIL 2016


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

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Andre goes to the desert In the December Issue of Saddle Up, a story was published about our first year with Andre, our 9-yearold Akhal-Teke cross-bred gelding. It covered Andre’s introduction into our lives and outlined how we approached his exposure to various situations and taught him some of the skills he would need to become a calm, reliable trail horse.


n January 2016, Andre travelled with his stablemate, Keira, a 7-yearold Irish Sport Horse mare, and my partner Bill and I to the USA for seven weeks of horse camping and trail riding in Arizona and Nevada. We covered 7203 km of highway and rode 40 times, returning to Princeton on March 3. The three-day journey along the wintry roads of BC, Washington, Oregon and Idaho hauling a living-quarters horse trailer can be a bit daunting for the faint of heart. If you time it right for weather, and take it easy, with a little luck it can be just fine. Our horses took it all in stride. Unloading in the dark in unfamiliar places can be frightening for a green equine traveller. In some high winds and rain in Oregon, Andre had a meltdown while being blanketed, galloping around the round pen with his raincoat around his neck; he was terrified but, thankfully, unhurt. Oops... should have had a halter on him! Our intended stop at Jackpot, Nevada was all snowed in. We continued on, dog tired, to Wells, another 80 miles further. Upon arrival, the side road was a sheet of ice. We jack-knifed into a snow bank to get the horses unloaded and, in minus10-degree temperatures with high winds, we finally got the tired ponies rugged and settled in snowy pens. At first light, we peeked out the windows to see them happily munching hay. Phew! Both survivors! Logandale, Nevada was a welcome sight on the third night, with its warm desert climate, palm trees and spacious pens. It was great to be able to put water in the unit for showers and set up the patio. We got out for a ride on the desert the next afternoon, all of us feeling great to get some exercise after the long haul. Both horses are ridden barefoot; we trim them ourselves and they go in bitless side-pull bridles and treeless saddles. Heading south, the Valley of Fire State Park has some incredible scenery. We enjoyed riding the horses in the red rocks there. Wickenburg Rodeo Grounds was our next stop. We needed Andre to learn about the electric fencing needed later in the trip, so we set up our electric pens around their metal ones. So far, so good. An introduction to cactus plants was our next goal. The narrow cactus-strewn trails around Wickenburg offer plenty of opportunities to test out the vegetation. The locals say “everything either pricks, bites or stings.” We had to learn that the hard way! Cholla, catsclaw, pin-cushion, agave, ocotillo, barrel, prickly pear and saguaro abound. Bill had an embarrassing moment getting too close to cholla; he dismounted in 42 • APRIL 2016


a hurry and got me to pull a few spines out of his kneecap with his pliers! Ouch. Thankfully no one rode by at that undignified moment! After a few close encounters, Andre and Bill got pretty good at avoiding them all. Excellent trail challenges presented themselves daily: steep hills, boulders, rocky terrain, deep sand washes, water crossings, narrow canyons, other horses and mules, freight trains, four wheelers, everywhere beautiful scenery and lovely warm weather. We continued southeast spending two chilly nights in high country above Cave Creek, at the Bronco Trailhead camp. The only horse campers, we rode challenging mountainside trails with great vistas. Heading to Apache Junction, Goldfield area, we put up our electric pens on the Bureau of Land Management (like our Canadian crown land). Local friends joined us riding to breathtaking views up Bulldog Canyon. Andre got a few cholla spines when we bushwhacked. Bill’s handy “cactus comb” got them out quickly, without mishap. All went well for two nights. We had a nice camp with views of Goldfield Ghost

Town, the beautiful sunsets of the Superstition Mountains, then “all hell” broke loose! A wild wind storm in the middle of the night woke us to the sound of the horses galloping in the electric pens. In a ferocious wind, we hitched up the trailer, loading the horses. None of us slept much that night, but at least the horses were safe. However, as it turned out, not for long... After unloading the horses the next morning, it rained heavily. Andre rolled too close to the fence, put his leg through and took the electric fence with him. What a scene! The tape was wrapped around his hock, he jumped into Keira’s pen, took out her pen, galloping out into the cactus forest with the mare in hot pursuit. Thank god I left leather halters on them! They were booking it down the road (looking magnificent, I might add!). I grabbed Bill’s cowboy boots, a bucket and a shank and raced off after them. Luckily, they didn’t go too far before they came to a fence and I was able to catch Keira. Yikes! We decided it was time to head to Catalina State Park near Tucson, where there are safe, permanent, heavy-duty steel pens! I love Catalina State Park. It has a great horse camp and the many trails are beautiful. The scenery is amazing with the Santa Catalina Mountains, native ruins and canyons. The Canada del Oro Wash was flowing, so there were many pools and waterfalls, lush vegetation and huge saguaro cactuses. Catalina was a great learning experience for Andre. There were only four other horses at first but, over the next two weeks, the 16 pens filled up so he saw a lot of action. We encountered many new horses on the trails, had great rides and met so many nice folks. Next, we went toward Mexico, to Gardner Canyon, near Sonoita

where mesquite forests, live oak trees and grasslands abound. We camped on a Forest Service Road in a peaceful area near a stock tank. Other friends from Catalina were already there. This time we made our electric pens rounder and wider in the yellow grass and all, thankfully, went well. We headed north of Catalina and camped on the BLM beside a stock pen with a water trough, a very peaceful spot under the shadow of the mountains. We rode many trails into the Coronado National Forest. Here, the horses had a lot of experience with herds of sleek range cows coming to drink at the tank, no big deal. One night, they got a new roommate: a magnificent, very young, Black Angus bull was penned beside them. He was being introduced to a herd of VERY interested cows through the fence. He was released onto the range the next day. I have always wanted to see Northern Arizona; so, next, we hauled up to Cottonwood to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Located on the Verde River, this area is very green and lush compared to the dryness of the southern desert landscape. Local riders took us on their favourite trails. We loved crossing the river, cantering along the sand under the Cottonwood trees. The horses enjoyed the rich grazing under the mesquites while we gazed in awe at an ancient ruin. Sedona, Arizona is called the “Prettiest Place on Earth” for good reason. The red rocks are stunning. We dry camped out on the BLM at a surprisingly quiet spot, enjoying colourful sunsets and gorgeous views. Three other RVers shared our large campsite. They were interested in our method of vacationing, amazed that we bring our own horses so far from Canada. The highlight in Sedona was watching the hot-air balloons against the red rocks at sunrise. They landed not very far from our camp. The first day, the big yellow balloons that make scary noises were slightly alarming to the horses; but, by the next morning, they stood calmly gazing at them enjoying the spectacle as much as we were. We started the homeward trek, retracing our steps to Logandale where we spent another enjoyable time riding in the desert. Bill and Andre had a visible bond between them by now. Relaxed, calm trail partners... nice to see. The journey back to Canada was very smooth sailing. Andre had the look of a Rhodes Scholar when he stepped off the trailer here at home. Wiser, fitter and well-travelled, our calm, reliable trail horse was glad to be home.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Abbotsford-based Certified Coach Wins HCBC’s 2015 Coach of the Year Jessie Blackmon receiving her award from HCBC’s Allison Warren amidst all her students and friends at a party honouring her achievements on March 3, 2016. (Photo courtesy of HCBC)

received over 12 nominations for Jessie for Coach of the Year when only two are the required amount to be considered “in the running,” which shows just how much her students want to support the great work she does. Jessie is passionate about what she does and inspires her students to keep learning and growing no matter their age or experience level. Congratulations Jessie! Well deserved.


orse Council BC Vice President of Membership and Marketing Allison Warren presented the Horse Council BC (HCBC) 2015 Coach of the Year Award to Jessie Blackmon at a celebration honouring her achievements in Langley on March 3. HCBC’s annual awards serve to honour outstanding achievement within BC’s equestrian community. These awards acknowledge those who have stood out from the crowd over the past year and who have made a positive impact on the community as a whole. Each award recipient was nominated by two or more other Horse Council BC members for an award. HCBC is reaching out to the various equestrian communities throughout BC so that we are able to present each award at a recipient’s club, competition, or event of their choice, surrounded by their friends and the people that support them. The HCBC Coach of the Year Award is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding professionalism, leadership, and mentoring skills in a coaching role overseeing a team or individual at any level in any recognized equestrian discipline during the year. The 2015 HCBC Coach of the Year Award was presented to Jessie Blackmon. At 29 years old, Jessie is a one-of-a-kind coach in her ability to teach a wide variety of horses, students, and disciplines. She educates her students on the full spectrum of horsemanship - from groundwork to foundation training to higher level dressage, eventing, jumping or western riding - and does so with integrity and determination. HCBC

BC Heritage Circuit and Championships BC Heritage is a provincial program designed to showcase the diverse riding disciplines across British Columbia. HCBC supports community horse clubs, and encourages riders, coaches and breeders to achieve personal success while having fun at competitions at an introductory or grassroots level. BC Heritage is an affordable competition that promotes and encourages participation and develops riding skills. Go western, English, hunter, hack, jumper, dressage, vault and drive! Any breed of horse and competitors of all ages and skill levels can participate in the qualifiers and be a part of BC Heritage. There is plenty of opportunity to qualify for the year-end BC Heritage Championships held each July with $10,000 in prize money! The annual BC Heritage Championships rewards riders, owners and trainers for their dedication, having qualified locally at a minimum number of qualifier competitions throughout the province of BC. How Do You Get to the BC Heritage Championships? MREC will once again host the Championships in 2016; all you have to do is enter! Just complete the Championships entry form and indicate what TWO qualifying shows you attended. That’s it! The qualifying season begins and ends June 25th of the current year. To find a qualifying competition, go to for a list of horse shows identified as BC Heritage Qualifiers.

BC Heritage Championships July 8-10, 2016 at Maple Ridge Equisport Centre! Horse Council BC • How to Reach Us Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 • Fax: 604-856-4302 •

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


lan to visit our club booth at the Mane Event in Red Deer April 21-24. Comments and questions are always welcome and we have lots of printed material to hand out regarding mules and donkeys and their care and training. In addition, several of our members will also be taking part in the demos with their longears and of course the mules will once again carry Hugh McLennan and cowboy preacher Bryn Thiessen during Cowboy Church on Sunday morning. In early May, [check with me for exact location and dates] we are hosting a FREE [open to the public] Equine Osteopathic Demonstration with Dr. Laura Taylor, DVM, EDO in central AB. Dr. Taylor’s approach addresses the inter-relationship between organ function and structural and/or tissue weakness. She uses techniques that address the core of the problem to correct unresolved issues and lameness’s. The tools in her ‘’tool belt’’ are varied and not often used in most traditional practices. Hear about her specialized de-worming protocol that has far reaching benefits in spine alignment and bending ability. She will be available for some private sessions [approx. 1.5 - 2 hrs. each] with your equine. If you would like to book a session please contact me at 403783-1723. Her website is Then in June and July we have horse, mule and donkey owners that will be participating in our series of Jerry Tindell’s Horse and Mule School Clinics right across Alberta. See our ad in this issue on page 6 for all clinics and further information on registering. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of the best trainers and teachers in the western States and Canada.

Our very enjoyable mule ride at the Hauer Ranch at Moab, Utah. Riding in country where lots of John Wayne plus many other movies were and still are made. Long time mule lover, owner John Hauer is the publisher of the hard cover coffee table book ‘’The Natural Superiority of Mules.’’ I am riding John’s mule ‘Rawhide’ and my husband Roy is on ‘Johnny Reb’. Beautiful, scenic country that I definitely would like to visit and ride in again! Soon many of our mule and donkey breeders will be expecting new foals. Check out our newly updated Breeders, Trainers and other Services Brochure, now up on our website www.albertadonkeyandmule. com. Some new breeders added to our list are Swan Creek Farms and Black Jack Ranch. Be sure to check them out and our other breeders and services too!

Western Dressage in Alberta By Lisa Wieben


he weatherman says it’s spring!! With the weather warming up that means longer daylight hours and more riding time! We have several events coming up between CAWSDA and RDAWSDA. It’s going to be an exciting season! We’ve had Fun Days, movie nights and meetings. We’re looking forward to shows and clinics with the nice traveling weather arriving.

Obstacle practice day at Lisa Wieben’s arena near Bowden - a great way to cross train your horse!

UPCOMING EVENTS April 3 ~ SAHA is hosting a clinic with Jen Losey at Colchester Stables, Introduction to WSD. Contact for details. April 9-10 ~ CAWSDA is hosting Lisa Wieben at Good News Riding Center. Contact for details. April 16-17 ~ James River Horse Palace in Sundre is hosting Lisa Wieben for a WD Clinic. Contact Wanda McIntyre April 21-24 ~ Mane Event, Red Deer, see their website https://red-deer. CAWSDA and RDAWSDA will be sharing a booth. Come by and say “Hello!” CAWSDA Virtual Show recording option post clinic on the 10th. Open April 1 with all entries due by May 26.

For all RDAWSDA and CAWSDA events go to for more information. Please be patient as our website is going through some changes! We encourage everyone to cross train their horses to get the most out of their equine partners. Don’t stay stuck in the arena, go out on the trail, try some jumping, check out an obstacle event. There’s so much you can do with your horse outside of four walls! The dressage training you do with your horse will build strength for all other events! Enjoy the journey!

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Hoof ‘N Boots 4-H Club By Abby McLuskey


e had an awesome day as a club walking to raise money for the charity Coldest Night of the Year. It was a gorgeous sunny day. We walked 5 kilometres and then got together after for coffee and smoothies. April is going to be a very, very busy month for the Hoof N Boots 4-H Club. We have our club public speaking night on April 7 at the Enderby Seniors Complex. Then on April 10 we are all getting together with our horses to work on Showmanship and Pleasure, and on April 16 we will be getting more lessons with our horses. On April 23 will be our big district public speaking competition at Silver Creek Hall. So glad that the warm weather is here and it’s the time when we can be out with our horses! HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!

Lyndsay, Abby, Mary, Georgia, Willow, and Vienna. Photo by Lauri Meyers.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


and socialize if you’d rather. The show committee will be meeting in early April to finalize details on our May 28 Pot O Gold Show. The prize list is up on our Facebook page and on We are looking for monetary sponsors for the show… the more sponsors, the more classes will have money to win! We will also need some volunteers for the day, mainly for trail course set up and tear down. For more info do call me at 250-546-9922 or nancyroman@telus. net.

ur Tack Sale was a HUGE success! Held on March 5 at Oddfellows Hall, the place was packed with 32 vendors; with some opting to sell outside. People brought tons of stuff, tables were piled high! Next year we may have to rent a larger building. Thank you to all that supported this fundraiser for our club. Next up we are having a fun trail ride (or drive) at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby on Saturday April 30. There is a $5 drop-in fee and members are encouraged to invite a friend or two to come along; ready to ride for 11 a.m. Or you are welcome to come out and just sit

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


nd we’re off! Calling all horse people! Our 2016 Season starts with our April 17th show and a new starting time of 8:30 a.m. Show rules and classes have been updated - some classes have changed, some have been added and others tabled. This year we have added two BC Heritage qualifier shows for May 15 and June 5. Also being considered is including a Driving Class (dependent on interest) as well as a Tournament Show and Trophy Show. If you have any old trophies hanging around, we are currently looking for appropriate trophy donations. AERC members receive discount benefits at select local retailers, a full list and discounts can be found on our website, so please send in your memberships (forms can be found on our website) and start taking advantage of the discounts available. www. Hoof ‘N Boots 4-H Club have extended an invitation to AERC members to participate in their warm-up class/lesson, April 16 at the IPE grounds, at a discounted price of $10 for the day. Interested members can contact Cathy Forster at 250-306-0168. First time Lead Liner, Cash, being led by Dad

Everyone enjoys Lead Line! Show Dates for AERC 2016 Start time 8:30 a.m. April 17 May 15 - BC Heritage qualifier • June 5 - BC Heritage qualifier July 31 September 25 - Season Finale

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Volunteers are always needed and appreciated, so if you find yourself there for the day anyway, or want to experience the world of horse shows, contact Cathy Glover via the AERC website. All our horse ‘shows’ are suitable for all types of riders; from beginning Lead Liners (being led), Walk/Trot through to Advanced show people. Come on out and have a fun-filled day with us.

Shifting Saddles Update By Flynn Johnson, BC 4-H Ambassador


s we start our new year, we’d like to look back at how amazing last year was and all of the amazing things that our club has done! We started 2015 off with our communications day, where our members gave some amazing speeches and impressive impromptus. Followed by that, we participated in our district Rally Day event where we judged everything from broodmares to photography. During the months of May and June, our members worked hard to fundraise for our exchange trip to PEI. Finally July came and we met our exchange “twins” as they traveled to BC first. Throughout the ten days that they were here with us, we showed them around the area of the Shuswap, being sure to include a trip to the Armstrong Stock Show. Along with showing them one of our 4-H shows, we went white water rafting, up Mt. Revelstoke, toured local farms, and much, much more. When August came around, it was our turn to travel out to PEI, where we

experienced how they lived. While there, we went deep sea fishing, visited some of their farms, toured inside of the Confederation Bridge and spent a night at one of their fairs! Meanwhile, our members who didn’t go on the exchange trip were busy with Summer Sizzler, which our club co-hosted with the Salmon Valley Trail Dusters. We ended our year off with our club Achievement day, and then our last fair of the season which was the Provincial Winter Fair. Although we don’t have any plans to travel across the country this year, we do promise that we have an exciting year planned, full of opportunities and fun. On March 12 we had our Communications day that we co-hosted with the Salmon Valley Trail Dusters. More on that in an upcoming issue. If you would like to know more about our upcoming plans, send us an email at Hope everyone has a great year!

What do Quiz and Lunging have in Common? By Tracy Carver


hey are both learning opportunities for our BC Lower Mainland Pony Club members! We recently held an educational lunging and riding clinic featuring Sandra Verda, who taught us ways to develop a better riding seat. Sandra is a Nationally Certified High Performance (Level 3) Coach with Equine Canada, a CanTRA Instructor, and is one of 40 PATH Int’l Master Instructors in North America. Working alongside demonstration rider Jordan Carver and horse handler Corrie Thirkell, Sandra showed all who were present the best exercises to achieve a deep and balanced seat. She demonstrated the ways in which a rider’s seat, balanced or otherwise, affects the performance of the horse; oftentimes the actions of the horse are mistakenly perceived as misbehaving or not listening to the rider, when often it is the seat of the rider that is causing the horse behaviour. Sandra also gave us a number of invaluable and effective exercises designed to help remedy poor positions and improve a rider’s seat. Pony Club members throughout the region were invited to attend, while EC certified coaches received credit for mandatory updating hours; all who attended learned lessons useful for training, teaching and eventually testing – a lifelong journey.

Our annual Regional Quiz competition was held February 27 centrally in Langley. Early Saturday morning 135 pony club members descended on RE Mountain school after months of preparation, eager to pit their knowledge against their peers in our one regional event that does not involve live horses! A day of games and quizzes, both individually and in teams, tested our members to see just how much they knew about horses and horse care. Competitors were arranged into levels based on their CPC tested Stable Management, starting at the E level for brand new members all the way up to A/B, which is the highest Quiz level. Kids of all ages and backgrounds were united for the day in their love of all things horses, and the competition concluded with awards and ribbons for both individual achievements as well as team standings. Quiz is easily one of the most popular regional events for our pony clubbers, and the friendships they forge on that day often last for years. For many it is often the first time they see at least half of the BCLM members in the region, outside of their own individual pony club chapters. Congratulations to all!

Sandra Verda with helpers Jordan and Corrie

Quiz prizes and ribbons awaiting awards presentation APRIL 2016


BC Miniature Horse Club By Terry Brown


appy April! Spring is in full swing now and many of us are busy getting ready for the 2016 show season. Whether you are a serious competitor or new to the whole show scene and looking for a more relaxed environment the BCMHC has something for everyone… our “BIG” show on June 10-12, followed by both the Abbotsford Fair at the end of July and then the Chilliwack Fair on Friday August 5. Your mini doesn’t even need to be registered to come out and show at any of these events!! Although they do need to be 38 inches or under. New this year at the Chilliwack Fair is barrel racing done both in-hand as well as in the cart!! That is going to be fun to watch. I will make sure to get some pictures. Stay tuned next month to see all the pictures from the Casey Campbell Clinic at the end of April. Thank you to everyone at BCMHC that has worked so hard to bring up this hugely successful trainer from California and thank you to Vicki Schulz for hosting it at your lovely new indoor. Next month I will also post pictures from the LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar and the BCMHC booth there representing this lovely little breed again. Congratulations to Heather Ward for becoming treasurer of AMHA now, while attending the meeting representing we Canadians, she was offered the position and graciously accepted. Well that’s the story I’m going with anyway… Lol! Enjoy spring everyone and most importantly enjoy your horses!!

One of the reasons we clip minis... look at the whiskers on my yearling filly. Gotta love spring!!

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Ally LeBel


ave you ever dreamt of a beautiful turn of the century dress with long satin gloves and a gorgeous bonnet, sitting in a cart holding the reins of an elegant driving horse?? … Then you need to join our club! We are so excited about 2016 as all of our meetings/fun days this year will be held at the wonderful facilities of the Vernon District Riding Club in Coldstream. This will give our members the opportunity to practice driving and in-hand skills as well as mentoring and socializing with members, after each meeting. We invite anyone interested in learning more

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about the art of driving a miniature horse to come join us April 23 – 11:30 a.m. at VDRC 8408 Aberdeen Road in Vernon BC. We have another great “Driving Clinic” scheduled on May 7 in Armstrong with the Okanagan’s very own Brian Jensen from

Century Farms Thee Riyahn, owned by Louellen Rempell

Trinity Valley Fjords. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced driver this clinic is sure to inspire you! Brian has taught clinics all over the world and we are lucky to have him live in the Okanagan and share his knowledge with us all. Spots will be limited so I encourage you to book early. May 8 we will be hosting a “Grooming Clinic” with Tony Spina. This will be a fabulous time to perfect those skills just in time for the show season with hands-on practice. Our club is growing in numbers every year and we welcome you to check out our shared website at bcminiaturehorseclubs. com or call Ally with any questions you may have at 250-542-6739.

Ambiance and Romance from Vista Valley Acres

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


pring! It is just wonderful to have longer daylight hours and the opportunity to get our horses going after most of them have been resting during their winter holidays. The round pens are dry, the arenas are looking good and the trails are just awesome and enticing and everything is rapidly sprouting and turning green. The fur is flying too as the horses start to shed their winter jackets. It is wonderful to walk to the corral or the pasture and as soon as you are spotted the horses come galloping over to you with that “pick me, pick me” look on their faces. Horses – aren’t they just such wonderful animals! At our first proper club meeting in February we had a great turnout of members all keen to find out more details about what we have got planned for this coming year. It was a “lively” meeting with everyone wanting to speak at the same time! The gavel will be present for the next meeting!! But it was a very enjoyable evening and the enthusiasm in the room was infectious. We welcomed our new committee officials (full info and contacts are at www.; and if you are interested in joining our club all the “Pick Me, Pick Me!”

information you need is there and you will be most welcome! The President went through the program in detail and all the major events were dissected by the members with our two Shows provoking the most debate! Good advice for the club meetings Dates for our Summer and Autumn Shows are July 10 and September 18 and as a new venture these will be held at Desert Park in Osoyoos. The venue provides us with great facilities like the newly refurbished arena, loads of space for parking and also the opportunity to run concurrent activities on the program. If you are interested in our shows as a participant or spectator, details will soon be available on our website or you can contact the Show Manager, Sara Brown at saradee_@hotmail. com. We are hoping for a good attendance as we are also intending to incorporate events for BC Heritage qualification. So another month slips by but we are looking forward to a great year for our horses and our club. Till we meet you again – happy trails and remember to always “stay inspired by horses.”

Kelowna Riding Club by Sarah Hayes


how season is coming into full swing! Two of our major events are right around the corner. We will be busy as bees painting jumps and getting the club grounds in shape for these two shows! The Spring Classic Hunter/ Jumper Show is on April 27–May 1. This is a fantastic show with lots of entertainment for spectators, including Mini Prix, Gambler’s Choice and the ever-popular Saturday evening Hunter Spectacular with wine and cheese! There will also be onsite concession and food truck and lots of vendors for shopping! The Spring Dressage Festival will be held May 6–8. This is an EC Bronze and Gold rated show offering para-dressage, Western, NAJR/YR and BC Summer Games qualifiers as well as FEI panel classes. Judges this year will be Axel Steiner, US Sr. FEI 5*

offer a clinic of this caliber and we know it will fill quickly. This clinic will also be open to auditors at a cost of $40 per day and a homemade lunch will be available to both auditors and riders. Please contact Ashton at 250-862-0516 to reserve your spot. “Dressage is a journey of many individual dances with our horses” ~ Axel Seiner.

(retired), current USEF “S” Dressage Judge and Natalie Lamping, FEI 4* Dressage Judge. The Saturday evening extravaganza is always exciting with wine & cheese while you watch the freestyles and entertainment including a fashion show. Following the Spring Dressage Festival, on May 9 and 10 will be a two day clinic with Axel Steiner! The KRC is thrilled to be able to

We need volunteers for both shows! If you are able to help for either of the two weekends please contact the show organizers. All contact information is on our website. Show programs, entry forms, as well as clinic registration forms will be found on our website Like our Facebook page to get up-todate info on the goings on at the Kelowna Riding Club! APRIL 2016


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Rose Schroeder and Lorraine Stubbins

Checking out the Chapters/Making New Friends


very year my friends Linda, Janet and I try to plan a riding adventure with a chapter of BCHBC. This year, we explored trails in Tunkwa Provincial Park. These trails and the equestrian campsite were instigated by Kamloops Chapter. From there, we hauled our horses to Princeton where Vermillion Forks Chapter member Lorraine hosted us, guided us on some of her favourite local trails and became an honourable “Saddle Bag” (our ladies riding group) and good friend. The biggest pre-requisite in order to safely explore the trails around BC in a group, is a dependable, predictable, fit, sound and safe horse (or mule!). Lorraine and I thought we would share some of the exposures our horses get in their trail horse education. Princeton, August 2015 Visiting BCHBC folks from the Yarrow and Kamloops Chapters arrived at my farm with their rigs and ponies. The “Saddle Bags” were keen to discover what the local trails had to offer in terms of variety of terrain and scenery. The mission of these particular visitors has been to ride with a different chapter of our organization, Back Country Horsemen of BC, on each of their trips. This trip, they explored a couple of my favourite local trails within the area of Vermillion Forks Chapter of BCHBC, based in Princeton. Our group of five horses consisted of varying ages and experience levels from young or green equines to very experienced horses. We gals all had common expectations for our horses and we were of similar vintage. Our goal was to have fun, stay safe and increase our horses’ experience levels. We congratulated one another on our small accomplishments, taking the time it took to mutually support one another in the challenges we encountered. We sought out challenging and interesting local terrain. We crossed streams with steep banks and splashed about; we leapt over ditches with running water in them, entered watering holes and enjoyed the cool knee-deep splashes on the hot summer

days. T h e “Saddle Bags” scaled a steep, high mound to look at the view, patiently placing their horses, one by one, on a flat rock at the top, providing a good “photo op” and an even better opportunity to reward their horses for figuring out what they, the riders, wanted. We trotted and loped calmly together, across the grassy rangeland, on a nice uphill slope. Later, we took turns leap-frogging on the single track pine forest trail, ensuring that everyone got time to lead, follow, circle and bring up the rear. Our frequent changes of role gave everyone time to enjoy the natural setting. By mixing up the order, we changed the equine dynamic, presenting a small challenge to the less brave leaders, encouraging the more purposeful walkers to slow down, re-adjust and wait their turn. We all recognized and enjoyed the accomplishments, however small the change. We each saw great progress in two fairly “new to one another” horse and rider teams, over those few days. They both shifted gently out of their comfort zones, tested some horse and human dynamics, challenged the limits of their former experience, turned it up a notch and found themselves very worthy and capable. Dinner conversations, out on the deck in the evenings, usually contained some mention of how our good horses made us proud. They interacted with confidence, were relaxed when necessary, able to pick up the pace safely when asked and generally proved, each and every one, to be a pleasure to ride. The goal of enjoying ourselves in a small group out on the trail with calm reliable trail horses was accomplished fivefold! It was a whole lot of fun! When are you Back Country Horsemen folks coming back? We only touched the tip of the iceberg on these local trails!

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 • Vice President: Mary Huntington,, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 • Vice President: Catherine Davidson,, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 • Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Bazaar 2016 We had another great Bazaar on March 13 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley! The trade fair, which always has a ton of booths, showed so much increase that we needed to add a whole extra row! The Artisan Alley also saw growth and there was a lot to see at the Tack Sale. We had a jam-packed schedule in three venues, with everything from music and entertainment to our many horse demonstrations spanning many disciplines. A late addition was Karen Lee Batten, five-time BCCMA winner for two concerts! She was fabulous! As with every year, this community event and crucial fundraiser for LMQHA could not happen without our fantastic volunteers. They came out in the inclement weather and dedicated hours with a smile. The event would also not enjoy the success it does without our amazing Bazaar Sponsors. Deepest gratitude to: Bernhaussen Automotive, Stampede Tack and Western Wear, Preston GM, JRFM, Thunderbird Show Park, Sunrise Trailer Sales, Alpha Omega, Hi Pro Feeds, Petersen Trailers, Prairie Coast Equipment, Saddle Up magazine and VP Graphix. Your support and encouragement are priceless to us. Heartfelt congratulations to the BAZAAR TEAM for all your planning, hard work and months of dedication. New Divisions and Classes Want to try your hand at showing AQHA but don’t want to lope? Try the new AQHA Walk-Trot Division! Offered in Youth and Amateur. Even better, join LMQHA (through BCQHA) put in your hours and a couple meetings and qualify for our year-end awards program. We are offering year-end awards in these divisions and others, too. We give great prizes such as $500 gift certificates, blankets, jackets, coolers, and so much more in High Point and Class denominations! Join us! Our new (or a better term -- revived) classes for April and July are Pleasure Driving and Stakes Race! April Circuit By the printing of this article, our first show of the season will be under our belts. Stay tuned for the May issue of Saddle Up for details! July Circuit Come and join us for our BIG PRIZE CIRCUIT, July 22-24, at the beautiful Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. We are awarding Frank Principe Spur gift certificates and iPads for High Points, embellished Brim Styles hats and Fat Maxes for Reserves and bronze trophies for All-Breed! Want to win your entries back? We are offering five Stakes classes! There will be Shankless

Trade Fair. Photo by Ron McCarthy.

Llamas visiting JRFM

Showmanship: $500 added, Cathy Dumaresq Trail: $750 added, Non-Pro Horsemanship: $750 added, Open HUS: $750 added and Open WP: $750 added. Show Karen Lee Batten Country Music Star all your Quarter Horse classes, with your stall paid, for a flat rate of $560! Or show “a la carte” per class, if you prefer. Cap this off with our ever-popular FUNTURITIES and free Exhibitors’ Move-in Social and free Ice Cream Social and you have a formula for an awesome event! LMQHA director Haley and volunteer at set up. All Novice Show Photo by Ron McCarthy. Brand new to us this year is our All Novice Show, on August 13 at Greystone in Ladner. This one-day show boasts a FREE clinic on the 12th as well as our trademark FREE Exhibitors’ Social on move-in day. Show day will be offering AQHA Rookie, Novice and Walk-Trot classes, APHA Novice and Walk-Trot classes as well as All-Breed classes. All will be competing for belt buckle High Points! Unlimited classes in your breed: Only $110! No extra fees! Wow! AQHA Ride Jeneane Evans, our Recreational Riding Director has organized another AQHA Ride for this year! It will be held September 23-25 at Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp in Merritt. Paddocks and cabins are available. The response has been fantastic so far; looking forward to seeing how many others sign up. Contact for more information or booking. On Facebook, search AQHA RIDE MERRITT 2016. Volunteers We are always looking for and happy to have volunteers in any capacity; there is always a lot to do! Please contact Mellissa at mellissa1@ if you would like to jump in.

LMQHA president and her son on the go. Photo by Ron McCarthy.

Court Farms Gaited Horses. Photo by Ron McCarthy

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


BC Rodeo Association 2016 BCRA TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE: Apr 15-17: 26th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Apr 23-24: Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo May 22-23: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 28-29: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton Jun 4-5: 68th Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Jun 11-12: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Jul 2-3: DATE CORRECTION, Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Jul 9-10: Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Jul 9-10: Pritchard Rodeo Jul 15-17: Quesnel Rodeo

Jul 23-24: Alkali Lake Rodeo Jul 30-31: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Aug 5-7: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 13-14: Redstone Rodeo Aug 20-21: Prince George Rodeo Aug 26-27: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Sep 3-5: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sep 16-18: BCRA Championship Finals Sep 24: Falkland Rodeo

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Ty Lytton 250-706-3580, Ray Jasper 250-991-8391, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Wade McNolty 250-398-0429, Allison Everett 250-296-4778,

Matt O’Flynn 250-255-7678, Jay Savage 250-421-3712, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Carl Hyde 250-963-9381,

Clubs & Associations BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 3/17

CQHA 12/16

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, 12/16 President 604-530-8051 or 11/15

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


Western Style Dressage Alberta - The Journey has begun - 2 Chapters serving Alberta! CentrAl AlbertA Western Style Dressage Assoc. Jen Losey 780-686-3423 CENTRAL ALBERTA WESTERN STYLE DRESSAGE ASSOC.

reD Deer & AreA Western Style Dressage Assoc. Lisa Wieben 403-335-5993


Contact: • Website:

CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 7/16 6/16

ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 4/17

We Support and promote Dressage in British Columbia • Grants • Awards • Education • Discounts 9/16

Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! 5/16

BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 4/17 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 12/16 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 6/16 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, find us on Facebook 5/16 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 11/16 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 2/17 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 3/17 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 9/16

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

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

Contact us at or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-3812245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, 8/16 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 7/16 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Shelley Fraser 604-8578882, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 2/17

INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 5/17 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 4/17 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 5/16 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 7/16

We wrap our 2015 year with $27,000 added, and approximately 600 teams at our Finals in Armstrong BC. For 2016 show dates go to or email: 9/16

BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., Meetings, socials, shows, driving events. Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 4/17


NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 4/17 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 4/17

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Clubs & Associations OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 12/16 PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-992-1168 4/17

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

Visit our website for upcoming events, trail rides, clinics & additional contact information. We welcome everyone from the recreational rider to the serious show rider. President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 3/16


100 Mile & District Outriders

REGION17 ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC., Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson,, youth activities, shows, stallion auction, clinics, 12/16

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

President: Denise Little E-mail:

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 7/16



SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 6/16 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 9/16 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 6/16 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 5/16

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2016 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,


Saturdays BRANDT RANCH, 1 pm, Cattle Sorting Clinic, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 Sundays BRANDT RANCH, 12 noon, Cattle Sorting, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 1-3 HUB HOUBEN DRESSAGE CLINIC, Salmon Arm BC, Jan 250-838-7710, 3 BCHSRA BUILD A COWBOY, 12 noon (pending approval), Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 4-May 13 KAMLOOPS BC, 6 week intensive Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Course,, S. McIntyre RMT, CEMT CCF 5 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE, Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 7 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 9 TRUE GRIT BIG “4” Rough Stock & Barrel Racing Event, 6pm, Barriere Agriplex, Barriere BC, DnB Rodeo Stock 250-832-3561 9-10 LISA WIEBEN CLINIC AT GNRC, Leduc AB, 9-12 MELANIE BULMAHN CLINIC, Chase BC, 12 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE, Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 14 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 14-15 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 15-17 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Brandon MB, 971-533-6865,

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15-17 GAROCCHA CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 16-17 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Advanced Workshop Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 16-17 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Chilliwack BC, Becky 604-318-9342, 17 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, 19 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE, Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 21 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 21-24 THE MANE EVENT EXPO, *4 days, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 250-578-7518, 21-24 SADDLE FITTING w/Jochen Schleese & Natalie Sauner at Mane Event & other AB locations. 1-800-225-2242 x30, 23 DIAMOND H TACK GARAGE SALE, consignments taken Apr 11-20, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631, 23-24 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB 2 Phase and XC Day, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, info Janice, 23-25 JIM ANDERSON CLINIC, 1447 Airport Way, Revelstoke BC,, Kim Rienks to ride/drive for 11 am. 24 SIDA DRESSAGE DAY, Test Practice & Prov. Qualifier, Salmon Arm BC, 24 RIDE A TEST, SCRIBE A TEST, JUDGE A TEST (Eng/West Dressage), 105 Arena, 100 Mile House BC, Cat 250-644-4388, 24 GAMES DAY, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Ngaire Smart,

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 24 HEARTS FOR FAMINE GALA (JB Heart to Heart Found.), Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, tickets at 26 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE, Hot Heel 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC,250-718-2761 or 27-May 1 KRC SPRING CLASSIC Hunter/Jumper Show, EC sanctioned Bronze level, BCHJA points, Kelowna BC, Jesse 250-870-8883, 28 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 29-May 1 INTRO TO MOUNTED SHOOTING & Intermediate Clinic, Creston BC, Cowboy Mounted Shooters Assoc. of BC (CMSABC), or see us on FB 30 FUN RIDE (OR DRIVE) w/BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, 11 am. Nancy 250-546-9922, 30 ENGLISH/WESTERN, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Becky Herford, 30-May 1 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Training For Courage Center, Kelowna BC, Paul 250-317-7725, 30-May 1 SRG SPRING DRESSAGE/JUMPER SHOW & Endless Summer Combined Test Series #1, Summerland BC, Sasha


1 TACK SALE, LRS, 4303 208th Langley B.C, Stacey Northey, 1 CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest, 6 RANCH HORSE SALE, 7pm, Perlich Bros Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 6-7 ANNUAL SADDLE SALE & MORE, The Country Outpost, Coaldale AB, 403-345-2992 6-7 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, Cow Palace, Olds AB, Barb 403-933-5765, 6-8 HACKAMORE CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 6-8 KRC SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, EC Bronze & Gold, Kelowna BC, Ashton 250-862-0516, 7 SPRING HORSE SALE, 11am, Perlich Bros Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 7-9 SADDLE FITTING w/Denise Lenz, Manitoba and Saskatchewan locations. Jenelle 1-800-225-2242 x30, 8 LEARNING SQUARE DANCING ON HORSEBACK, 11 am, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 8 MOTHER’S DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL, Grand Re-opening of Lone Pine Ranch, Vernon BC, 250-307-5655, 8 WILD AND WOOLY HORSE SHOW (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Krista 250-395-0404, 9-10 AXEL STEINER DRESSAGE CLINIC, Kelowna BC, 13 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Paints Plus Equine Center, Sherwood Park AB, 13-15 DALE IRWIN CLINIC, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, Ruth 250-542-2106 or 250-550-6551 13-15 SOUTHLANDS SUMMER DRESSAGE, Vancouver BC, 14 ENGLISH/WESTERN, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Becky Herford, 14-15 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Millet AB, Kirstin 780-977-4008,, 14-20 LADYSMITH BC, 7 day intensive course. Learn equine massage therapy,, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF 15 JUMPING SHOW, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Alicia White, 15 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, 15 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 19-22 HORSEMANSHIP RETREAT w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 20-21 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL & PLEASURE RIDE, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Myrna 250-317-8347, 21-22 50TH ANNIVERSARY LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, 21-22 FARM AND RANCH (Supplier Show), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Ron 250-397-2897, 21-23 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Willow Ridge Stables, Saskatoon SK, Desiree 306-520-2789, 22 CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest, 22 BC’S INAUGURAL MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Circle Creek Equestrian Center, Kamloops BC, 23 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Tracy 250-397-4130, 27-29 BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN RENDEZVOUS, Princeton BC, 27-29 JUMPER/DRESSAGE/WESTERN CLINIC w/Cat Armitage, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Mike 250-791-5247, 28 POT O GOLD OPEN SHOW, English/Western/Driving & more, Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, prize list at 28 GAMES DAY, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Ngaire Smart, ngaire. 28 COURAGE CANADA TRAIL RIDE, Innisfree AB, Curtis 780-581-4802, 28-29 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Second Chance Ranch, St. Andrews MB, Francine 204-771-5335, 28-29 GOLDEN PONY EQUESTRIAN OPEN SHOW Combined Test Series #2, Summerland BC, Melissa 28-29 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC (tentative), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Krista 250-395-0404, 28-29 SIDA SPRING FLING, Salmon Arm BC,


3-5 WILD WEST CLASSIC REG’L CHAMPIONSHIP Peruvian Horse Show, Armstrong BC, Grant 403-710-0805, 3-14 SADDLE FITTING w/Natalie Sauner, Alberta locations. Jenelle 1-800-225-2242 x30, 4 HIGH SAGE ENDURANCE RIDE, Cache Creek BC, June 250-256-7035,, 4-5 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Intermediate/Advanced Riding, Eagle Hill Equine Arena, Olds AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 4-5 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Oliver BC, 4-5 FUN AND FROLIC OPEN SPRING SHOW, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Krista 250-395-0404,

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JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 587-938-5032 9/16 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2003. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 8/16 ZABRINA BARTEAUX (OK Valley) 250-938-7126, Holistic Equine Therapist, 8/16 Massage Therapy, Acupressure, CranioSacral, Alignment, Workshops/Presentations

BOARDING/RETIREMENT/REHAB DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 11/16

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 10/16



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WWW.FIXITRENOVATIONS.CA Vibrating Post Pounding, Excavating, Renovations, Call Hans at 250-804-6662 (Okanagan/BC Interior) 4/16 2/17

GUEST RANCHES WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 12/16


Aaron Martin Harness Ltd.

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INSURANCE VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES (Okanagan) 9/16 250-546-8254, Certified Journeyman, Bob Johnston



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ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods, 5/16 31852 Marshall Place NEW LOCATION 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. 103-1889 Springfield Road. 1-1227 Island Hwy. S. 587 Alberni Hwy. 1970 Keating Cross Rd. 1771 10th Ave. SW 2565 Main Street

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CHAMPION FEED SERVICES – For All Your Feed & Farm Supplies! Barrhead • Grande Prairie • Westlock, 10/16 COUNTRY CORNER SUPPLIES (Summerland BC) 250-494-3063 Proform Dealer, Farm & Pet Food Supplies, Farm Gates & Fencing 6/16



Feed, supplies & toys for all your farm & acreage animals. 8/16 Rimbey, A.B. 403.843.3915

MARA LUMBER HOME BLDG., (Hwy 33, Kelowna) 250-765-2963 Otter Co-op Feeds, Building and Farm Supplies 6/16


FENCING 130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders 10/16

Gates, Panels, Feeders, Continuous FenCe deer & Farm FenCe installations

Custom built and installed to your needs

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OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 6/16

CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 10/16 LORNA’S CHAP SHOP, Custom Chaps/Chinks, Bronc Nosebands, Heavy Reins, Tack. Photos on FB. Lorna 780-662-0052, 8/16 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 3/17 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,




Shop Online, Everything you need for your Trailer, Arena and Barn!


New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers, Consignments Welcome!

KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 10/16 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 5/16 10/16

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 4/16

BLUE CREEK OUTFITTING Trail Riding/Packing/Training Clinic & Complete Guides Program Great Horses - Excellent Price - Certificate - Employment Opportunity

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 4/16 DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 4/16

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CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 9/16


CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training.12/16 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN (Okanagan) 250-547-9277, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 4/17


WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 11/16

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The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for 25 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Picadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm, BC • 250.832.1149 Bonnie


TRIPLE L TROPHIES & ENGRAVING (Quesnel) 250-992-9317 11/16 New & Used Tack, Custom Leatherwork & Repair, Gifts & Engraving

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 2/17 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 4/17

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 6/16 Bassano, alBerta

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DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 5/16 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-679-1112, Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/16 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 5/16 JONI LYNN PETERS - (Okanagan) High Performance Dressage Coach, clinics, coaching and training, 250-546-8892, 12/16 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 3/17 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 2/17 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 4/17 ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 Training Performance & All Around Horses, Clinics & Lessons 2/17

Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 4/17 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Andres. Rehabilitation Centre,, Blood Analysis (people/horses). All disciplines 250-999-5090 3/17

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-747-3053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 10/16 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 7/16 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 10/16 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 5/16 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central OK) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Cert. Vet. Chiropractor 4/17 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 12/16

OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 7/16 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099  4/17 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069  6/16 Equine, Bovine, Canine and Feline, THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 3/17

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COUNTRY LIVING IN THE CITY! Enjoy the sunny warm climate of Kamloops on this lush 6.34 acre horse property. Nicely updated 4 bedroom/3 bath home on city water. Incredible 40x50 barn, heated tack room, detached 40x50 shop. Property is perimeter and x-fenced, includes four shelters, 110x65 outdoor riding arena, round pen, and drilled well for irrigation. 2363 Erin Valley Crescent, Kamloops BC $849,900 MLS® 132369 JACKIE BROMMELAND, REALTOR® 250-574-3701 Royal LePage Kamloops


Horse Acreage, Farms, and House & Acreage Gordie Blair Cell: 250-517-0557 Office: 250-832-5222 • Toll Free: 1-888-852-2474 Email.

2.42 ACRE HOBBY FARM WITH ROOM TO ROAM Centrally located minutes from elementary school in the sunny North Okanagan. The bi-level home was built in 1971, with 2,554 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and some historical outbuildings. RU-2 zoning in the ALR, allows for as many horses as you like, and includes uses such as riding stables, dog kennels, nurseries, greenhouses, etc. 7909 Coldstream Creek Road, Coldstream BC $674,900 MLS ® #10105500

MARIA BESSO – 250-308-1152 • RE/MAX Vernon

12.04 acres of level land now in hay. 5 stall barn with foaling stall, central passageway and covered equipment bays. Perimeter fencing is mostly steel, fenced pasture areas, 5 horse shelters. Grain silo and separate workshop. 12x60 mobile home, rented, but could accommodate farm help. Property is adjacent to an Okanagan River Oxbow. Custom built 3,100 sq. ft. home is of top quality with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, geothermal heating and cooling. Huge master bedroom with ensuite, jetted tub, and walk-in closet. Only 5 min. to US border. $950,000 MLS® 155708 / 155707 259 Road 18 (Ryegrass Road), Oliver BC BILL ROBERTSON 1-866-623-5556 E-mail Macdonald Realty, Osoyoos BC

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On The Market (Private Sale) Breeding old style Foundation Quarter Horses with:

JAZ POCO SILVERADO AQHA Silver Grullo NFQH 100% AQHA ROM REINING and LBJ SIERRAS BLUE TE AQHA Blue Roan Limited Prospects available




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Excellent location – country feel – 5 min. from Vernon. 36’x39’ detached workshop, insulated, heated, 220 wiring, with attached 36’x25’ barn. Great potential for a home-based business. Income property, currently horse boarding, 100’x200’ riding arena and 55’ round pen. Older 4 bedroom house, 1,340 sq. ft. on upper floor; 2012 renovations to interior and exterior. 18 min. to Silver Star Ski Resort. Included in sale: riding mower, farm tractor with front-end loader, flail mower and rototiller attachments. More info/photos, listing #26975. For sale by owner.

$779,000 4383 East Vernon Road, Vernon BC 250-545-9014, E-mail


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Stallions & Breeders

APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 4/16 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 11/16 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 3/17 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan” 6/16 JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 7/16 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 12/16 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan,

ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 2/17 SKYLINE STABLES (Williams Lake BC) 250-392-3649, hannahgarden@hotmail. com SS: Home of the Leopard Stallions, Sign Of Freckles & Im’a Cool Kisser 2/17 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 9/16 TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526, see us on FB SS: Arabians & APHA, Breeding, Sales, Boarding, 2/17 TWIN ACRES FARM (70 Mile House BC) 250 456 7462. Welsh Ponies, Welsh Pembroke & Welsh Cardigan Corgis,, 2/17 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 12/16

RENNER’S MARTINI ON THE ROCKS 12HH Black Section A Welsh Stallion (Roblyn’s Fancy Cat x Renner’s Black Beauty)

Randy Ophus Performance Horses

* Champion Welsh & Reserve Grand Champion of Show at the 2015 Pot O Gold Show


* Grand Champion Section A Welsh & Supreme Champion Welsh at the QDRC Fall Fair Show

Little Bit Of I Kandy

2016 STUD FEE: $500.00

2013 APHA Buckskin Tobiano Homozygous for the Tobiano Gene Sire: WK Skips The Blue (Perlino Tobiano) Dam: Bahbeau (Black Tobiano)

INTRODUCTORY FEE: $800 LCFG (limited book) ALSO STANDING: Snappin Cat, 1997 AQHA Sorrel RO Cattin At The Bar, 2014 AQHA Dun 4/16 6/16

Twin Acres Farm • 250-456-7462 • Welsh Ponies, Welsh Pembroke and Welsh Cardigan Corgis

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CLANFAIR MIRABEAU (*Mynach Mystical X Clanfair Martina LOM) 12.1 1/2HH Perlino Welsh Section B Stallion 100% DILUTE FOAL COLOUR GUARANTEED!!! (Palomino, Buckskin or Smokey Black out of ALL non-dilute mares) 2016 FEE: $750

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Standing Purebred Friesian Star Stallion

(*Pendock Larkspur X Dandardel Fayvor) 11.0HH Grey Sabino Welsh Section A Stallion MULTIPLE SUPREME CHAMPION Winner of his Stallion’s class and Reserve Grand Champion at the 2014 Royal Winter Fair

OTTO fan Kenettas 16.1 Modern Style AI/Shipped, local live cover Winning offspring

2004 AQHA Dun Stallion Stunning looks, solid conformation, natural talent, athleticism and style. Grandson of Hollywood Dun It; NRHA Hall of Fame & the first Million Dollar NRHA Sire. Out of foundation QH mare by Podoco, by the unprecedented Doc Bar, out of dam by Poco Bueno.

2016 FEE: $600

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100% dilute colour guarantee. Sire of 2012 PRC Barrel Saddle Series Champion, money earning barrel and team roping offspring.

BANDITOS GOLD DIGGER 2000 AQHA Buckskin Stallion Dual Pep/Docs Oak/Old Tom Cat/Poco Bueno


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Sales, service, repairs and parts for all models of golf carts. New and Used available. Trades welcome.

IF IT’S FREE, WE PRINT FOR FREE 12-YEAR-OLD MORGAN X ARABIAN BAY GELDING. Had all his groundwork, but hasn’t been ridden. Nice nature, but very herd-bound. Debbie 250-804-2928 (Salmon Arm BC)

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HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 4/16

HELP WANTED YARD & GARDEN, mostly weeding/watering. 14 acre Hobby Farm, Shuswap Lake/Tappen. April to October. Private suite and salary based on hours/ week. 250-835-2355 (after 5 pm)


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