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o sooner was I back from the Mane Event in Red Deer that I had to get the June issue prepared. Love going to Red Deer, just a long drive! Great show though! I didn’t get a report in by deadline, so hopefully I’ll have received one for the July issue. While at the Mane Event, I met up with Dana Hokana again (lovely lady!) and she introduced me to an Alberta student of hers (Brynn) who rode in one of her clinics in 2014 at the Mane Event. This is a success story for Brynn (and Dana)… see their story on page 18. Photo by Janice Reid Looks like I will be riding a Kentucky Mountain Horse in the Gaited Horse (Fun) Show here in Armstrong on June 11th, courtesy of Loretta LeBlanc – thank you Loretta – can hardly wait! This is such a fun show that I look forward to each year! Now gotta go meet (ride) the new horse! I’ve been eager to hear more about the 2017 55+ BC Games, since they have finally confirmed Vernon and Armstrong will host them. Vernon hosted them 30 years ago I understand – and now they are BACK! This time they are including equestrian events for our area – YEAH! This is our chance for 55+ riders/drivers (and other ‘sportsters’) to show the talent we have in the North Okanagan! BUT the ‘Games’ people need to hear from us… if there is enough EQUINE interest to hold ‘equine’ events! (Come on… really??!!!). Here is what Janice Reid (Zone 5 rep for the 55+ Games committee) sent me from the ‘Games’ office… “We need to have volunteers (and clubs) come forth and contact Bruce Cummings, Director of Sport for Vernon 55+ Games - email as soon as possible to show support for the equestrian part of the 2017 Games. The meeting in June will help confirm the sports to be in the 2017 Games and he is looking for support from us in order to suggest equestrian to this committee. Without support and volunteers he will not bring equestrian to the table.” IMPORTANT! So ‘equestrians’ we can have as much as we want, if the support is there (from you volunteers and clubs)… English, Western, Reining, Gymkhana, Driving, Mountain Trail, whatever ‘discipline’ has enough 55+ to ride/drive in. The 2017 Games dates are September 1216, 2017 (although Equestrian is Sept 15-16 I am told). So, please, email away to Bruce!!! Hope he is inundated with ‘equestrian’ enthusiasm! Let’s show them our North Okanagan EQUESTRIAN SUPPORT!!! It can be done if we work together!


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estled in the town of Ponoka Alberta, Marro Farms is a family owned horse breeding/training facility owned by Robert and Marsha Turney, primarily raising the exotic horse of Spain… the Andalusian. This farm boasts being the largest Andalusian horse breeding facility in Alberta and is the home of Champions imported and home-raised. Specializing in training the ‘Classical Dressage Dancing Horses’, other breeds also live on the immense rolling hills of Marro Farms. “World of Dancing Horses” is the first show to be produced by Robert and Marsha, in conjunction with Dianne Olds Rossi’s ‘The Magical World of Dancing Horses’, and both hope to continue presenting the enchantment of the dancing horses. The horses appearing are from Marro Farms and The Magical World of Dancing Horses located at Beaver Run Equestrian Theatre in Pennsylvania. Appearing with her famous red dancing Friesian is the Master

of the Dance Dianne Olds Rossi. Along with Dianne other horses and riders (from Canada, the U.S. and Australia) will be performing from her American show ‘The Magical World of Dancing Horses’ (www. The mixture of breeds is one of the appeals of the show demonstrating the talent of all, including Friesians, Andalusians, Friesian/Gypsy cross, American Saddlebreds and Morgans... all with the MAGIC of the dance. Experience the Power of Freedom as a magnificent stallion runs across the arena as free as he was born, then watch a stunning white Andalusian stallion dance on the long reins while the handler walks alongside. Too many to list but video segments are up on A few years ago some of these horses appeared at The Magical World of Dancing Horses performance at the Didsbury Alberta arena, and the show sold out - so get your tickets early! Special guests from the local area include the Gull Lake Farm Carriage Horses and the AFHA Friesian Musical Drill Group and their 10 beautifully matched Friesians and riders. A treat to the eye! Tickets are on sale at www. There are limited reserved seats available and discounts are offered to groups of ten or more; with special discounts for youth groups.

JUNE 2016



Alberta Wish Ride(s) Coming Up!

By Roger Matas


his is the eighth year for the Alberta Wish Ride, and to date, they have donated almost $300,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation to help Alberta children and families. “We know times are tough in Alberta right now and we’re not out to break any records with our fundraising,” said co-founder Irene White. “But we also know the need continues when it comes to children with critical illnesses and we’ll do what we can, with everyone’s support, to put a smile on their face.” Two rides are scheduled: The first will be in Taber Alberta on August 6. This will be the second year for the event in Taber which saw over 100 riders take part last year. For the fourth year, the second ride will head out from the Historic Reesor Ranch in Cypress Hills on September 10. The ride is a one day affair. Riders collect pledges and donations and then show up for a great day of trail riding with meals and entertainment provided. There are also prizes, a silent auction, and a saddle to be won at each of the rides. The Alberta Wish Ride has a philosophy of creating a first-class day for its participants while keeping costs at a minimum with the support of community sponsors. Food, prizes, entertainment and venues are all donated by generous businesses and individuals, allowing the maximum possible donation to be made to the foundation, and therefore to the children. The Alberta Wish Ride operates independently and chooses each year where to donate funds.

All details regarding the rides, including registration and pledge forms, are available at Once riders register, they can set up their own fundraising page to encourage on-line donations and expedite tax receipts for their supporters. Wish Ride personnel are also to participate at the Boogie in the Badlands on May 28 in Drumheller. The annual show and shine has made a donation to the Alberta Wish Ride the past two years. The Children’s Wish Foundation is a uniquely Canadian charity which helps Canadian children, families and communities by granting the favourite wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Every wish creates moments of joy to ease the pain of a child, give respite to the child’s family, and connect healthcare professionals and communities in that burning wish of hope.

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NOTRA’S 25th Annual Ride-A-Thon By Miranda Williams


he North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association’s annual Ride-a-Thon will be held Sunday, June 26 at the Coldstream Ranch outside of Vernon BC. This is your one and only opportunity to ride the ranch, enjoying the breathtaking scenery and a dip in the lake with your horse. Equestrians young and old are invited to download a pledge form from Prize packages will awarded in two categories: Adults and Youth (18 and under) who raise the most pledges. For every $20 in pledges raised, your name is added to the draw box for the Grand Prize Draw. The ride itself is a poker ride and takes approximately 3 hours at a leisurely pace. You start at Coldstream Ranch, continue into Kalamalka Lake Park and down to Cosens Bay. Then you go through Bear Valley and back to the ranch. There are 7 card stations along the ride where participants pick up a card sealed in an envelope. Once back at the ranch the cards are opened in front of the Poker Hand Scrutineer and the best 5 cards are used to make a poker hand. Prizes will be award for the top two poker hands. There will be a BBQ lunch with entertainment provided after the

ride. Draws for prizes and presentations will be done at approximately 3:30 p.m. Once again we will be running our TEAM CHALLENGE – gather some friends from your club, 4-H group, boarding stable, etc., and the group of 5 or more that raises the most in pledges will win a FREE clinic. This year’s clinic is being offered by Craig Nunn. It will be on Equine Body Work and is for 6. Date and time to be worked out with Craig and the winning team. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. All the money raised goes directly to providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. So gather a group of friends and help us celebrate our 25th year by making it the most successful yet. Watch our website for more information on our Grand Prize and Incentive prize packages.

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Trust, Empowerment, Discipline and Self-Control By Christa Miremadi

Over the years of working with horses doing everything from showing, riding for fun, starting and training to trimming, one of the most rewarding and inspiring moments I have had the pleasure of experiencing is seeing a previously nervous or insecure horse begin to work with confidence.


t’s not always easy to help develop this confidence in an insecure horse, especially when the insecurity was man-made, but it almost always comes down to these four main things: Trust, Empowerment, Discipline and Self Control, in that order. When I first meet a horse who’s had good reason to mistrust people (be it due to abuse, mis-use or an accident), the first thing I’ll do is try to win his trust. I do this through creating firm, reliable and consistent boundaries that he can learn to depend on. My ability to communicate these boundaries with clarity and consistency, as gently as possible while leaving no room for discussion, is what allows the horse to relax and understand that he can control his own experience. It’s also what keeps me safe.By providing the horse with clarity and firm expectations without anger or aggression, he quickly begins to feel safe, even when we’re discussing the rules. This, coupled with kindness, affection, time to think, space to breathe, plenty of breaks to absorb the learning, and understanding for the horse’s mental and physical limitations, is how I win his trust. Once I’ve gained his trust and we’ve come to an understanding about my boundaries and expectations around how we share space together, we can begin work on one of my favourite things. Empowerment! It’s been a widely accepted and encouraged practice to “disengage” our horses, especially the young ones. This is a handy exercise to understand and be able to execute as it’s essentially our emergency brake system. However, it’s an exercise that (in my opinion) has become overused and is often used at inappropriate times. As a result of overdoing this exercise, a few things can happen:

Cisco exercising self-control and discipline as he waits in the water, despite his desire to leave. Photo by Aynsley Cairns.

1. We shut off the horse’s “engine” and discourage the powerful, forward impulsion that we’re going to want access to later on. 2. The horse begins to lose trust in our partnership as we’re constantly overriding his “get-away” just when he believes he needs it most. 3. We pitch him onto the forehand, causing stress and strain in the joints and ligaments of the front end. 4. We cause the horse to lose his power, both physically and psychologically. In some cases, I’ve seen horses actually become fearful of their own power! Thanks to some amazing horsemen/women and their invaluable guidance along the way, I became aware of this phenomenon and began to work with my horses a little differently. Rather than shutting off their power or discouraging them from using it, I began to encourage their strength. Instead of constantly taking the hindquarters away when they got faster, I’d move their shoulders, causing them to cross their front legs instead of their hind legs (thus keeping them engaged yet still controlling their speed). Instead of correcting them when they broke from a trot into a canter during their workouts, I’d encourage and support the offering and then request a downward transition. It wasn’t long before a previously nervous and insecure horse would begin to feel calm, secure and even bold! Handling them in this way made them less defensive and boosted their confidence. (This being said, I’ll still use a one rein stop to save my life if I have reason to believe it’s in any real danger! It’s just that it’s no longer close

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to the surface of my tool box. Rather, it’s something that’s way down close to the bottom of the box that I will find only after I’ve rummaged past a dozen other options.) Of course, a confident, empowered horse can be a handful! This is where the next piece comes in… Discipline -- a word that’s often associated with punishment. I want to make it perfectly clear, that’s not how I mean it. When I say discipline, I’m talking about the same kind of discipline that you see in a passionate musician who wakes up early and goes to bed late to fit in extra practicing and scales before school or after work, or the discipline of a dedicated

this day, that was Cisco and I. My husband was pushing the cows down between two fields and Cisco and I were standing at the end, waiting to turn them down a side chute to flow into another pen, when all five cows decided to move pens at a flying, bucking gallop, straight towards my new-to-cows mustang! Well, it surprised me more than a little bit when Cisco held his ground and stood firmly in his position and even (though he was shaking in fear and anticipation) boldly stepped forward to cause the little stampede to turn and run into their new pen! Without the self-control he’d developed through discipline, the empowerment that caused him to feel bold and the trust we had developed in each other, I can only imagine how that scene could have played out differently… After that day, if there had been any doubt in my mind about the value of developing trust, empowering my horse, practicing discipline and Working with a young filly before her first ultimately developing self-control, it was gone! I am saddling, again, showing a quiet, resting so grateful for this learning and happy to be able to moment as we develop trust in each other. share it with others. There truly is no greater feeling My old school horse named “Fruitcake” than watching a previously nervous, insecure horse (now retired) during her first week at our discover his confidence and boldly do something that ranch. We were building trust while she would have at one time seemed impossible. was helping me teach before going to work full time herself. 

athlete who runs every day, rain or shine. I’m talking about a commitment to the relationship and partnership that provides those clear, consistent, reliable boundaries and expectations. One that helps them to become disciplined enough to stay on track for just a few moments longer. The discipline to constantly be striving to ride better, communicate more clearly and expect just a little more than before. When we have the trust of a powerful horse and we begin to exercise this kind of discipline both for ourselves and in our horse, it leads to the final stage of developing that truly confident, independent partner: Self-control. Riding a horse who has a little self-control can make navigating precarious or unpredictable situations a little easier and safer. I don’t know about you but I’d love it if, in a sticky situation, my horse could keep it together and not come unglued. There’s always a breaking point (or as I sometimes refer to it - “the point of no return”), but through trust, empowerment, discipline and the development of self-control, that point gets farther and farther away and both your horse and you will be able to handle more than you ever imagined possible. I’ll never forget the moment when this became clear for me. We had to move our cows from one pasture to another. At the time, my gelding Cisco was relatively new to cows and we were moving three young steers and two cows from a grazed-down pasture to a fresh one. Our place has a number of smaller fields and the setup makes it easy to run the cows between fields as the space between fence lines acts as a chute. However, someone has to block the exit at the Greystone other end to cause them to turn the right way. On

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Training in Duncan

By Jacquie Moore

Eleven years ago, Heather Nelson was professionally starting horses under saddle for others. It was her lifelong passion - yet something wasn’t quite right. “I was using the gentlest methods I could find but the horses weren’t signing up for the work,” she says. “They’d do it but they weren’t inspired.” And then, while starting a three-yearold, she got injured and was unable to ride for the next three years. “I wasn’t going to give up horses, but I couldn’t ride. This is what brought me to liberty.”


iberty is the technique of training or working with horses from the ground using no halters or lead lines; the horse is free. As Heather writes on her website: “Liberty is relationship-style training. No more relying on ropes to tie your horse to you. It’s time to build a bond. This bond is stronger than a rope and more effective. You develop the qualities in yourself that inspire a horse to recognize you as a leader and companion.” Heather learned liberty from Carolyn Resnick and Robin Gates, both out of California. She also has trained in Equine Assisted Learning. Last year she went to Holland to learn suppling and stretching techniques, done at liberty. “This is the groundwork base for classical dressage,”

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she explains. “It works on the horse musculature and balance. When the horse is comfortable in his body and in his emotions - that is the goal.” These days, Heather can be found at her acreage outside of Duncan, BC, teaching lessons in the afternoons and doing two liberty workshops each month. The concept is gaining ground. “Two years ago, I did one workshop that year... and last year, I did 17 workshops!” laughs Heather. She does anything from a demo workshop to a twoday workshop including stretching and suppling exercises - mostly using other people’s horses. “At liberty, the horse is allowed to leave when he’s tired; he can decide when he’s done,” says Heather. “At the beginning, you flow in and out of it a lot. Being an energetic leader is really important. If your horse is being squirrelly, you’ve got to bring them down. Doing liberty is like an energy roller-coaster: you bring them down and relax them, then you bring them up to do work and be expressive. I want them to be able to express themselves but I want it to be a discussion.” Workshop days always begin with a group meditation. “You can’t help but work on your inner being if you are going to be around horses,” Heather explains. After doing liberty with horses, they become more willing to try under saddle, she says. Difficult horses become more cooperative, aggressive horses soften, bored horses get engaged. “I feel safer when I’m riding a horse now if I’ve done liberty with them first.” Although Heather will still occasionally start horses, more often she works with the owner to help them train their own horse. To see her online videos, or her workshop schedule, visit Jacquie Moore is a freelance writer and horse owner from Saskatoon, SK. For more information, please visit her website at





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I Learn Best If… By Glenn Stewart

Most clinicians have heard, “I learn best if” or “I can’t learn unless” or “I only can learn if.” My guess is most people have a preferred way to learn. A way they have been taught to learn or a way they feel the most confident or comfortable learning. I say most people because I know there are a lot of people that just want to learn and they jump at any opportunity, period. They have a different way of looking at things and it shows in many positive ways.


here are books, videos, private lessons, group lessons, and clinics with participants from 1 person to 60 in a class. I guess the largest group-learning environment I’ve been in had 4000 people; it was also one of the best. I personally will not limit my opportunity to learn by having specific criteria or a list of things that have to be met before I will go. If I feel they have something or know something I wish I could do then I’m in. I’ve been in other countries and have stopped in to listen to a clinic that was taking place and joined in on the spot. I did not have a horse with me, I did not have a saddle, I had not planned on even staying but I liked what I was seeing and hearing so I begged, borrowed and pleaded so I could get in the clinic, because I like to learn. It was not my horse but I could have cared less because I was there to learn, not to train a horse. I have to learn before I can do, so the more practice I can get, the better. My horse at home would be very happy if I did all my learning on other horses and only came to him when I had learnt and not



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while I was learning. Like horses, we have to learn, and every learning opportunity that we pass up is an opportunity wasted. If there are 30 people in the clinic, great, I can learn from everybody, either how good it might be and possibly how bad. Having many people in a clinic does not interfere in my learning -- it helps. I want to know how to get things done. I don’t expect the clinician or anyone else to do it for me because that just makes them better, not me. I listen, watch, and then do. For those that say, “I learn best one-on-one,” I say that’s one way to learn but, I look at a group of riders and there are generally many different levels of horsemanship and abilities in the group. It gives me the opportunity to see if I can get as good as or better than the best horse and rider combination in the group. It gives me something to work towards. There are many different ways to learn but they all require us getting out of our comfort zones. Often I hear that someone learns best by watching. If that were true about any human then there would

be good hockey players, swimmers, ballerinas that only watched from the stands and never practiced with the team or in front of the coach. If it was possible to get good in the stands, then how come the players aren’t in the stands and the watchers take over the field, ice rink or ballet stage? More times than not, people will do what is most comfortable for them, not what will help them learn the most. As I’ve mentioned in the past, the more you are learning or changing, the more outside your comfort zone you will be. In order to learn and do as much and as soon as possible, take every learning opportunity. Take group and private lessons, watch the videos,

get front and centre in all situations if there is room, sit in the stands if your leg is broke, otherwise - participate. Have the mindset that you can learn in all situations not just certain ones. My top students who excel the fastest have this mindset. They go in everything they have time to do. It doesn’t matter if they are very advanced and the clinic is full of firsttimers, they are there ready to learn and it shows in their horsemanship and everything else they do in life. They make a decision to take an active lead in their learning and where they want to go. They look at all situations as ways to learn rather than ways they can’t learn. It really is mostly perspective, which is a powerful thing and we get the privilege to choose one. Stay away from perspectives that are limiting and choose the perspective that empowers. Glenn offers year-round programs at his facility, The Horse Ranch, near Fort St. John, BC. He is available to travel and conduct clinics, and is currently accepting bookings for the 2016 Summer Horsemanship Camps and High and Wild Horsemanship Adventure. (See his listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)


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2016 Draft Horse Update By Bruce Roy,


cotland's 2016 National Stallion Show, held at Edinburgh's Royal Highland Showground on Saturday, March 5, showcased a colourful entry of Clydesdale horses, Highland and Shetland ponies. The coveted Prince of Wales Trophy was won by Ronald Black and Son (from Newton of Collessie, Cupar, Fife) who exhibited Collessie Jennifer, the Supreme Champion Clydesdale and Champion Female. Poetry in motion, this 2-year-old travels tight behind. Her hocks rise and fall like pistons, powering her on. Her Canadian-bred sire, Redcastle Brelee Majestic, was sold to Scotland. Thorpe Hill Royale was Champion Stallion and Cawdor Cup winner. Bred in Scotland by Iain Johnston of Falkirk, Stirlingshire, this picture-perfect yearling was shown by England's Paul and Matthew Bedford, from Whixley, Yorkshire. Royale was purchased by David Anderson, Anderson Farms of St. Thomas, ON, on leaving the ring. Flown across the Atlantic two weeks later, the honour-laden Scottish sire, Collessie Cut Above, appears three times in his four generation pedigree. Honoured at the 2012 Horse of the Year Show, which is Britain's top equestrian event, Collessie Cut Above took the Birmingham arena by storm. While no details of the transaction have been released, breed pundits maintain Thorpe Hill Royale is the highest-priced Clydesdale ever shipped to North America. This year, America's National Clydesdale Show was held at St. Louis, Missouri. It also drew a large crowd. The atmosphere was electric when Robyncroft Fusilier's Torch trotted centre ring, for bids came thick and fast. However, a bid of $60,000 placed by Victoria McCullough of Wellington, Florida, brought the auctioneer's hammer down. Shown in October by Dennis Gordeyko, Gor-Dey Clydesdales of Ohaton, AB, at London, Ontario’s 2015 World Clydesdales Show, Jim Poole, JFP Equine of Waterloo, Illinois, was the 4-year-old gelding's consignor.

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Western Dressage Common Errors on the Circle By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

In last month’s issue, we talked about how to ride a correct 20-metre circle. This month, we will be talking about the many common errors while riding a circle.


correctly-ridden circle should start and end at the same point and be round, not oval or egg-shaped, which can be caused by the horse falling in on the circle, drifting out on the circle, or being ridden too deep into the corners. While on a circle, the horse must maintain his rhythm in whichever gait is called for. A horse may drift out on the circle if the rider isn’t maintaining contact with the outside aids (leg and rein). A rider not turning with her body can also cause a horse to evade out of the circle. When a rider turns her body with the bend of the horse, the rider’s outside leg/thigh will be closer to the horse. The rider’s hands will also follow the body, opening more with the inside rein and closing against the neck/shoulder with the outside rein. The outside aids create a wall for the horse to follow. The horse should be evenly bent through his body from head to tail. However, it is relatively common to see a horse travelling on a circle while being too straight. This may be caused by the rider’s body not turning on the circle, causing the horse to stay straighter in his body (see picture 2). It could also be due to a horse that is not supple through his body. Another common mistake is if the horse is over-bent through his neck (folded) but straight throughout the rest of his body. This is generally caused by a rider pulling too much with her inside hand and not supporting enough with the outside rein. This causes the horse’s shoulder to ‘bulge out’ on the circle as the bend of the horse is mainly through the neck instead of through his body (see picture 1). If the rider is leaning into the circle and pulling too hard with the inside rein, but has a supporting outside rein, the horse’s shoulder may not be bulging as much, but it can cause the horse to tilt his head (see picture 3). Head tilt can be created by too much “pull” from either rein, along with a supporting rein. The horse should have his nose in line with the poll. If the nose is slightly to the left or right of this line, then the horse would have a noticeable tilt to his head. A horse travelling on a circle with his haunches swinging out is often caused by the rider not using her outside leg to prevent the swinging out of the haunches or the rider’s inside leg has moved back 16 • JUNE 2016



Pic 1: Rider pulling too much with inside hand and not supporting enough with outside rein. Horse is over-bent in the neck causing the shoulder to “bulge out” on the circle. The bend of the horse is mainly through the neck, instead of through the whole body. Pic 2: Rider’s body is not turning on the circle causing the horse to stay straighter in her body. As you can see by the arrows, both the horse and the rider are not bent on the circle. 1

causing the haunches to push out of the circle. Another common mistake is when the horse is travelling counterbent on the circle, instead of in true bend. A counter bent horse will be bent opposite to the direction of travel. This can be created by too much pull on the outside rein or by a horse that needs more suppling to be able to maintain a true bend. Rider position is very important in riding circles. If a rider is leaning into the circle, this will cause the horse to lean into the circle as well. The horse may push against the rider’s inside leg, making it more difficult for the rider to keep the horse out on the circle. If the rider picked up her inside shoulder and put a little more weight to the outside seat bone, the horse would maintain the circle much easier (see picture 4). A rider collapsing through the rib cage, leaning to the side, or turning from the shoulders only, will throw a horse off balance.

Pic 3: Rider is leaning into the circle and pulling too hard with the inside rein. The outside rein is supporting so the shoulder isn’t bulging as much, but this has caused the mare to tilt her head.


Pic 4: Rider is leaning into the circle with outside hand slightly higher than the inside hand. Horse has a slight lean into the circle. This can cause the horse to push against the rider’s inside leg, making it more difficult for the rider to keep the horse out on the 20 m circle. If the rider picked up her inside shoulder and put a little more weight to the outside the horse would maintain the circle much more easily. 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. 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.

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Dreams Can Come True


y name is Brynn Campbell. I live in Lloydminster AB, and I am in my last semester of high school. I started riding horses when I was 6 years old but I was around horses as early as 2 years old. My grandpa bought me my first pony and from that point on I was hooked. The same year I got my first pony, I began riding in my local 4-H club -- Durness Multiple 4-H Club. When I was 9 years old, I went to my first horse show, “4-H Expo,” which is a regional horse show for 4-H clubs around the Lloydminster area. The show was a big deal to me; I was so happy I got to ride with all of my friends. In the following years, my competitive streak was becoming stronger and stronger and my hunger for success was raging. At 14, I was blessed with a new horse -- a show horse. His name is “The Cost Is Divine” (aka “Handsome”) and he was only 3 years old at the time but we had an instant connection. That year at 4-H Expo, we won the Intermediate High Point award on show day! That was the moment I really knew that I loved showing. In April 2014, two years after purchasing Handsome, I applied to ride at the Mane Event Expo with a trainer named Dana Hokana and I was accepted! I couldn’t believe it! I had dreamed of an opportunity like this one. At the end of the expo Dana made an amazing offer -- to come ride in her clinic at Big Sky, Montana. In the summer, following Dana’s clinic in Montana, my dad asked me something that would forever change my riding career. He said, “Dana called, and she wants to know whether or not you would like to go show in Las Vegas with her team.” WOW! Since that show, I have had great success. Dana leased to me her amazing mare, “Love My Dimensions” (aka “Boogie”). With her, I have won many Western Pleasure classes throughout dozens of shows in California and I was Reserve Circuit Champion with Boogie at the Oregon Summer Classic, which is among AQHA’s Top 10 shows in the country.

Dana also saw great potential with my horse, Handsome. We just recently took him to the Novice World Show in Las Vegas in October and we placed Top 5 in the Youth English Equitation and were finalists in the Youth Hunter Under Saddle. We also have had great placings in our other recent shows. Brynn and her new horse, “Poison Rain” My new horse, “Poison Rain” (aka “Isaac”), and I have had wonderful success in our short time together so far. We have placed in nearly every class we have shown in and are slowly coming together as a team and we are striving to show in the all-around events. With all of this said, I wouldn’t be where I am without Dana’s generosity. In our 2 years together we have become like mother and daughter. Her daughters, Brook and Bree, are like the sisters I’ve never had and Dana’s husband, Boyd, like my other father. But I really, really wouldn’t be where I am without my parents. They have pushed me to succeed to the best of my ability and have supported me graciously throughout my years of riding. I can’t thank them enough. If you ever believe that something isn’t possible, start thinking differently. ANYTHING in life is possible if you set your mind to it and I’ve seen the result of that firsthand. So start dreaming.

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Dana (left) and Brynn (right) visit at 2016 Mane Event Red Deer.

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By Brynn Campbell

By Dana Hokana

he Mane Event in Red Deer Alberta was a very special four days for me. It was two years ago at this same event that I met Brynn Campbell. Two years ago, Brynn was a talented, hungry-for-knowledge young girl who rode in my clinics at the Mane Event. She had a dream to become a great rider and to show and compete at the big AQHA shows in the States. She is now riding with me, and placing and winning at the largest Quarter Horse shows in the world. I love teaching. It is so rewarding to watch people grow in their knowledge, skill and confidence. And no matter where a student is at, they can still grow and improve! I have to say that I have recognized certain traits that make one person more teachable than others. Brynn showed that she possessed those traits. She was humble, eager for knowledge and confidently communicated her goals and desires to me. Brynn received correction and was extremely teachable. The right attitude is everything for success. A teachable attitude is even more important than talent! But Brynn also possessed talent and athleticism that helped her to be a stronger and better rider. As I got to know Brynn and her parents better, I saw that her parents taught her core values that I agree with and feel are so important for all people to learn, such as: 1. Be willing to work for what you want.

2. It’s not just about winning. It’s about the journey, and how you can grow as a person and a rider. 3. The hard times aren’t all bad. They can help you to grow as a person and develop your character! Hard times pull out that strength you didn’t know you had! Brynn got my DVDs, which she studied and watched over and over. Learning is so enhanced in a person when they are able to watch things done correctly. She read my articles to improve her knowledge any way that she could. She trusted and believed in my program and has given an all-out effort to enhancing her knowledge and improving her riding. Brynn truly loves the horse. Her standards and values of treating the horse fairly and humanely align with (L-R) Brynn with Bree and Brook Hokana, her parents Bob and Lynda, Dana Hokana my principles. She is and her gelding, “The Cost Is Divine,” at the 2015 Novice World Championships in Las Vegas. determined to show honestly and fairly with integrity and to obey the rules as well as to be a good sport. Brynn is talented on a horse; she possesses a natural ability that is exciting to watch grow! I feel strongly that her talent is partly due to her intense love for horses. When you love and desire something so intensely, and will do what it takes to be excellent, talent manifests. She won my heart to such a degree that I love sharing my horses, my knowledge and my time with her. She is a special kind of person and I see great things ahead for Brynn. I am so excited for our future! If I could advise prospective students on anything, it would be to be “teachable,” and also: • Keep dreaming • Keep working Brynn with Dana and “Love My Dimensions” after her • Keep reaching • You can do it too! Reserve Circuit Championship win at the Oregon Summer Classic.

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Successful Kamloops Wish Trail Ride By Jeanie VanDenHam


he 16th Annual Kamloops Wish Trail Ride, a fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, BC/Yukon Chapter was held on May 7, 2016 and this year was held in honour and memory of a special child who received a ‘Wish’. Krystina Murphy sadly lost her battle with lifelong cancer only a couple of weeks after our Wish Ride last year. She had just turned 8 years old.  Krystina’s Birthday also fell on Mother’s Day weekend, the weekend of our ride, and whenever possible the Murphy family spends the Saturday with us as Krystina loved to come out and ride a  horse and have cake.  From a very young age, if she was not in the hospital or sick, she would spend the day with us at the Wish Ride to support a cause they felt, and still feel, is an amazing cause. The Memories that the Children’s Wish Foundation provided them through Krystina’s wish will last a lifetime for them. We were blessed that the Murphys let us share her birthday and precious time and the Murphys continue to support our ride as they assisted me this year in hosting the ride.  I am happy to say that Krystina was there with us when we crossed the $100,000 total raised in our 15 year mark for our Kamloops Wish Ride last year. I only wish she was still here to hear the totals of this year’s ride. We felt she was there in spirit for sure. Tears, healing, and memories shared, are what it is about. No parent should have to say goodbye to their child. Raising money to give children a ‘wish’ that all too often due to medical expenses, time in hospitals, and just the sheer expense of daily lives, is just not possible are so often the healing, time with their families, and memories they need the most. We are happy to announce the successful completion of 16th Annual Kamloops Wish Trail Ride. We had 31 riders plus 1 hiker. Lynne Carter raised a whopping $4,255 and Kathie Dunn raised an awesome $1,510. We could not do it without all the people who come out and support the ride and would like to say a Big Thank You to them all, as well as all of our sponsors!! There are many sponsors whom I would love to thank, however it would take me a page or 2, so I would like to  thank a couple of  very substantial ones whom have been donating for quite a number of years,  without  whom the ride would not be near as successful: Sahali Save On Foods and Dallas Market Fresh Foods for donating all the groceries that are needed to feed everyone! They have always been very generous to us.  Also Aardvark for providing the porta potties! We had probably the best silent auction to date this year as well as a poker ride, door prizes, and a whole lot of fun and food.   This year we managed to raise, and with Laurie Black-Haughton donating after the ride was over to ensure we went over the $10,000 mark, a phenomenal $10,034, putting us at a 16 year total of just over $113,000!!!! I cannot thank everyone enough. I have so many helpers, but would like to thank Lynne, Clayton, Kathie, Gene, Gina, Kelly, Bev, Sarah and Mike, and everyone who has helped me out so much and so often.  So thankful. Cannot do it without great friends and people.

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New Tack Shop open in 100 Mile House The Corral Western Wear and Tack has opened up at 120 Airport Road in 100 Mile House, beside the airport on the way to the arena and rodeo grounds. Owner Lisa Hobbs (formerly of The Log House) welcomes you to see her new store offering jeans, ladies and men’s clothing, cowboy hats, jewelry, English and Western tack, boots, gifts and good quality consignment items. The store also carries brand names such as Panhandle Slim, Rock and Roll Denim, Noble, Wrangler, Big D, Weaver and more. They also offer a Kid’s wear room and proudly sell local artisan crafts. Drop by and say hello or call Lisa atFeaturing a Kid’s wear room, The Western Frontier room which has many saddles and other tack to choose from. Along with English wear and tack for whichever discipline you choose to follow. Local artisan crafts and good quality consignment complete the picture. Drop by and say hello! We are always open to ideas 250-395-3068. See their ad in Cariboo Chatter news on page 24.

Clinics at Copper Hills There are two more ‘Riding with Lightness and Movement Awareness Clinics’ coming up at Copper Hills Equestrian Center in Cherry Creek outside of Kamloops with Catherine Clinckemaillie and Ann Wallin. Clinic dates are June 25/26 and July 23/24. Catherine teaches ‘Riding with Lightness’ and in-hand work after Philippe Karl’s principles and combines it with basic groundwork, horsemanship and gymnastic poles, cavaletti and jumping.  The goal is to establish clear and light aids for a harmonious communication and addressing each horse’s unique balance challenges to help keep our horses as healthy and sound as possible. This way of riding would complement Western Dressage riders and is a great base for any riding and building a solid and trusting relationship with your horses. They can also add a group gymnastic poles and jumping lesson if there is interest. Ann Wallin owns Copper Hills and offers group sessions on ‘Movement Awareness’, as well as individual sessions. Her work is based on Feldenkrais principles, teaching the brain and body to move in its most efficient way which is a great combination with riding where we need so much body awareness not just for us but also for our horses.  Spectators are welcome and overnight boarding is available. You can contact Ann at ) or Catherine at if you are interested in participating.

The Big Hitch – a Tribute to Slim Moorehouse In 1925 Slim Moorehouse drove a hitch of 36 Percheron horses pulling 10 grain wagons loaded with 1477 bushels of wheat through the Calgary Stampede Parade. It is our intention to honour a man who was a great horseman and a world record holder. The hitch, horses and wagons, was 350 feet in length and he was the only driver. Come be a part of history! Starting on June 29, 2016 we will be driving a replica of this hitch, 36 horses and 10 wagons, from Gleichen AB to Chestermere AB and then through the Calgary Stampede Parade. And you are invited to witness the North American record 52 Horse Hitch in Strathmore on July 4. For more information visit or to donate see The Big Hitch on Facebook or call 780-603-1590.

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Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show By Karen Podolski


he Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show will take place July 15-17 at Westerner Park in Red Deer Alberta. The show includes a Young Stock Futurity & Performance Stake on July 15, for which Welsh and Half-Welsh are eligible, with a clinic to follow. The main show takes place July 16-17 and offers classes for Welsh Ponies and Cobs, alongside open classes based on height-registered and unregistered ponies, and horses are welcome. This is a familyfriendly show with both competitive and fun classes for all ages. A variety of in-hand, riding, and driving classes for all skill levels are offered. Between the double-judged main show and the Futurity, there are three well-qualified judges from the U.K., U.S., and Canada. On July 15, the Welsh & Half-Welsh Futurity & Performance Stake will be judged by Shirley Cane from Ontario. Shirley will also offer a clinic to the public Friday evening after the show. On July 16-17, the Welsh & Open Pony Show (horses are welcome) will be judged by Elizabeth Russell from Scotland and Molly Rinedollar from the 3 U.S.

shown, and bred Welsh ponies. At her 60-stall boarding stable, she teaches equitation, showmanship, riding and driving—while of fering on- going horsemanship courses, and par tnering 4 with the Durham Board of Education, 4-H Clubs, Pony Clubs, and the Durham Horseback Riding for Special Needs Association. We welcome all equine enthusiasts to come out and enjoy the show! For more info check out or contact Karen Podolski at piper_p13@hotmail. com 1) Costume Class 2) Bryson’s I Am Canadian with rider Violet Raimondi 3 Alvesta Mona Lisa, Welsh Section B mare owned by Wendy Williams. 2014 Driving Champion. 4) Exhibito Joanne Reader helping her son through the “pony-less pole bending,” a bonus, fun class for kids

Our Judges: Elizabeth Russell of the famous Gartconnel Stud in Scotland has been breeding Welsh Mountain Ponies since 1969 and judging since 1985. She is on the WPCS judges’ panel and is eligible to officiate gold medal shows (such as the prestigious Royal Welsh show in Wales). Elizabeth judges Welsh breed and part bred halter classes along with ridden and driven classes. Molly Rinedollar is experienced judging halter, english and western pleasure, reining, hunter, and driving. She’s shown ponies and cobs in 15 states, earning WPCSA and USEF awards. A WPCSA, IHSA, and IEA approved judge; Molly is also owner and head instructor at Helicon Show Stables in Colorado. Shirley Cane of Hoskin Stable in Ontario has boarded, trained, 2

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


ine years ago this month was the very first Cariboo Chatter… nine years – wow! Not sure how Nancy talked me into doing this but, although quite a time commitment each month, it has been a lot of fun. The “What’s This” segment has been the toughest, maybe the most fun, but trying to come up with ideas for the following month has been a challenge… yet I’ve never repeated one. If anyone has any ideas for me I could sure use one… not sure what to use for July. In last month’s issue, I mentioned that the winning cowboy poet in the Spirit of the West Rising Star Showcase at the Festival was Emily Ireland. What I didn’t mention is where some of her material came from; Emily works for performance horse trainer Cayley Wilson in Abbotsford, so she is the real deal. On Sunday, April 17, Raphael Alphonse and Hank Krynen were inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. The Museum of the Emily Ireland, a true working cowgirl, Cariboo Chilcotin started things off won the Rising Star Show Case at the that day by hosting a brunch for Kamloops Cowboy Festival. the inductees and their friends and family. It was a great spread and included a cake with the two cowboys’ pictures on the top. Roy Mulvahill then showed up with a team of Suffolk Punches on a wagon and transported Hank Krynen and his family and friends, the museum president Mike McDonough, and the Indoor Rodeo president Kelly Walls to the rodeo. In past years, the ceremony took place during the intermission but this year it was the opening of the rodeo where a very appreciative audience congratulated the two very deserving cowboys as they were inducted.

Hank Krynen with cowboys he’s worked with over the years.

Coming up… Huber Farms will be hosting the 8th Annual Combined Driving Event on the weekend of July 15-17. For information, phone Ken at 250-456-6050. It’s gymkhana season again and here’s what’s coming up in the 100 Mile House and Watch Lake/Green Lake areas. The first of the year was held on May 23rd – the 100 Mile Outriders Jackpot Gymkhana. On July 9, the first of two Watch Lake/ Green Lake Gymkhanas will take place. On July 17, there will be another Outriders Gymkhana in 100 Mile House, and August 13 is the date for the second Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana. For information on the 100 Mile House gymkhanas, phone Raven or Tracy at 250-397-4130; for information on the Watch Lake/Green Lake ones, phone Dimps at 250-456-7741. Canada Day at the 108 Heritage Site... that’s July 1 and it’ll be here before we know it. I’ll be the MC for the day and will have the privilege of introducing the RCMP Colour Guard, a few of the local politicians and performers like: 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. Many of these are names we know from past Cowboy Concerts and/or the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. It’s usually a fun day at the 108 and this year it should be even more so as they have doubled the length of the day and all the entertainment; this year, the hours will be from 10 am to 10 pm. There will be vendors, games, a petting zoo, concessions and fireworks, too, slated for 9:45 pm. The reason for the extras this year… they’re preparing for next year, which will be Canada’s 150th birthday!

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Raphael Alphonse’s five daughters at the Museum brunch. Roy with his nicelymatched team taking the VIPs to the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo.

The May issue’s item is sitting outside here at Meadow Springs Ranch… our new pony! Well it’s called a pony -- a pony motor. On blade cats it’s referred to as a “pup motor” but for some reason on a grader it’s called a pony motor. It’s a two-cylinder opposed engine that is used to start the bigger fourcylinder diesel engine on this 1950s Caterpillar 112 Motor Grader… our new snow removal tool. Electric starter motors hadn’t yet been developed that were strong enough to turn these big diesel engines. At press time correct answers came in from: Henry Koersen, Enderby BC Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC Donna Smith, Vernon BC Brian Parke, Cache Creek BC There were a few correct answers that came in for the April issue’s “What’s This” after the press date. It was a horse drawn harrow cart. Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Denise Little, 100 Mile House BC Rudy van der Vegt, Cobble Hill BC Carl Nielsen, 100 Mile House BC


Kathy admiring Roy’s team of Suffolk Punch draft horses.

What’s your guess?

Roy Mulvahill with his team and wagon in front of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake.

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. The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin had this cake made with the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees’ photos.

Hank Krynen being inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

This month’s item is a photo of an object in our little Meadow Springs Museum – it’s on an item I purchased at the 83 Mile auction a few years ago. The piece in this photo is about 2 inches in diameter but it’s only a small piece of the whole item. Good luck! JUNE 2016


TOP DOG! Close Encounters By Lisa Kerley BSc, KPA-CTP This month we will run through a safe and stress-free way to introduce your dog to a horse – stressfree for both your dog and the horse. In the May issue, we discussed some of the reasons why dogs are inappropriate around horses.


part from traumatizing incidents, a dog’s misbehaviour usually stems from a lack of any of the following - appropriate early exposure, confidence, impulse control or skill. Helping your dog with any one of these requires time and commitment. This particular method of introduction will help shy dogs or ones that lack confidence feel safe, and help the outgoing, hyper and unruly ones stay safe and develop some manners. Helping your dog have a calm and comfortable first meeting with your horse is an important step in developing good habits around horses. Beginning in a calm state will help set your dog up with the right attitude as they continue. And right from the get-go, your goal should be to help your dog be calm. So how can you do this? When You Arrive When first arriving at a destination, most dogs will be revved up. Letting a dog out loose at this point would not make sense. Even taking your dog over on leash to a horse right away is not a good Giving your dog a chance to settle after you arrive choice. Instead, going at the stable is an important first step. for a brief walk or having him stay with you while you do some chores away from the horses will give him a chance to settle first. If the weather allows, leaving the dog in the car with something to keep him happy is another option. The point is, giving your dog some time to get over his initial excitement is the first thing you can do to help set up a calm introduction. Setting Up For Success When you feel your dog is ready for the introduction, there are two more things to consider – where the introduction will take place and what the horse will be doing. Choosing a location where you can provide a buffer between the horse and dog such as a fence or stall door, will be very helpful. It will keep both safe by controlling the amount of contact they have. It will also provide emotional support, especially for the smaller of the two animals. Dogs can feel threatened when stared at. Being on the receiving end of an animal that is so much larger is even worse. You can prevent this issue by having the horse busy eating or grazing. This will also make things easier for the dog because the horse will be focused on something else and calm. 26 • JUNE 2016


The Meeting Once everything is organized and your dog has had some time to settle down, you can begin. Having him in a harness instead of a collar will keep your dog more comfortable as he should be on leash to prevent racing up to or getting closer to the horse in an aroused state. Managing the tempo of the approach is paramount. Start at a distance where your dog is relaxed and not barking. Stay there for a bit and talk to him in a calm and This young dog isn’t comfortable. Although friendly tone. Feeding a few the horse appears relaxed, if he spooked yummy treats will help the dog at something in the environment, the dog would be traumatized. Taking extra time build positive associations with initially at a distance and ideally having the process and ultimately the a fence between them, would make the horse. If you are familiar with experience more pleasant for the dog. using a clicker, this is a great situation to use one. Approach a few feet closer and pause again, assessing your dog’s state and giving him a chance to acclimatize. Reinforce him again with treats and your voice. Continue approaching, a few feet at a time, following this procedure. Do not allow your dog to pull you over to the horse. Setting up a calm approach is really important to help create a calm greeting and develop good habits. If at any point your dog becomes aroused, back up until you find a distance where he can remain calm and proceed, going more slowly this time. If your dog is really worked up or looking worried, then calmly and quietly take him away. Your dog would probably benefit from some additional help first. Check out our previous article in the May issue for more information on this. If you are able to get close to the horse, ask your dog to sit or settle and pay him generously as he does so. Setting up a habit of chilling when near the horse is a great habit for your dog to get into. How long does this process take? That depends. Each dog will differ in the time and distance he needs to comfortably make his way up to a horse. It may take only a few minutes or it might require multiple sessions. Personally, I like to take extra time, pausing for a couple of minutes at each of the stops so the dog can practice settling. That way I can actually accomplish two things at the same time! If everything is going well and you feel it’s appropriate for your dog to actually get face to face with your horse, it’s best to keep the greeting short. Initial greetings only need to be a few seconds long with you then happily calling your dog away.


Rushing to get the dog actually meeting the horse is of no value. To be truly successful and begin building a great relationship and good habits, your focus needs to be on the quality of this process. Taking the care and time to help your dog have calm and relaxed behaviour is what really matters. Lisa provides a unique, holistic approach to care and training using progressive, dog-friendly methods at her facility. For more than 15 years, she has run programs and classes catering to the special needs of young puppies. Along with Valerie Barry and In Partnership With Dogs, she also offers training for manners and skills for the real world, including confidence-building, impulse control and social skills. This pup is able to check the horse out from a comfortable distance to start.

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“PAW”ETRY I Wonder... Author unknown

He woke with a start, could not figure out where he was. Why am I warm, why am I safe? Why is the world suddenly soft? Oh yes, the lady that talks so sweet; she rubs my ears and cooches my belly. I like it here, wonder if she’ll send me back? It is quiet but I can hear life about me. It is a calm, safe feeling. One I have never known; but have dreamt of. I have only been here a day; wonder if they’ll let me stay? Maybe if I’m good and sweet they won’t put me on the street. I’m so confused, the lady talks so nice all the time. I got my own dinner last night without a fight. I hear some noise, wonder if she’ll send me back? She is calling my name, how sweet she sounds. I am here, right here, waiting for my ear rub. Better wag my tail, let her know I like her a lot. There she is, she is so soft, wonder if she’ll let me stay? Time to go out she says, better not do it on the floor. Outside with all the others; they seem happy here too. I hope she lets me stay. Wow food again, and all my own! She just rubbed my head and said ‘what a good boy.’ Me a good boy, wow, me a good boy! Oh that smile of hers, hope she lets me stay. Looks like play time, hey I can play too. She is laughing, I remember that sound. They used to do that when I was little and they liked me. You know the other people; then they just stopped laughing. Please don’t make me go back. She is on the phone; thought I heard my name. She is looking at me; she is smiling. Better get over there and get one of those ear rubs. She is talking about me. Please don’t make me go back. Still talking about me - wonder what she meant. She said ‘looks like a keeper to me.’ I hope she’ll let me stay. I was never allowed to give kisses. Wonder what she would do? Think I’ll try. Oh my, she’s got tears in her eyes! Oh what have I done? A big hug, maybe she’ll let me stay. She said I’m home now; talks to me a lot, real nice. Wow, what a day and it’s only just begun! Imagine having many days like this all together. Oh, please let me stay! Thanks to all the rescuers for all you do. Courtesy of 28 • JUNE 2016


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More Indigenous than I? By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel

Sitting astride Mikko the mustang, I surveyed the breath-taking scenery from high upon a ridge top on Last Mountain, West Kelowna. Thick pine trees covered the surrounding hill sides in a blanket of green. I could not help but feel awestruck at the raw and untouched beauty of the wilderness around me, and simultaneously queasy, with the altitude. Mikko airborne!


he trail we climbed to get up there was rocky and steep, hard on my young horse. He would get quite winded and have to stop and rest. In his youthful exuberance, Mikko did not know how to pace himself, like the senior horses that lead the way. Much to my chagrin, the older ones had not even broken out in a sweat, whereas Out for a trail ride he was all lathered up. Mikko would throw himself up the hills and down the instincts of his wild sire, but the kinder disposition of his domesticated hills and then practically crawl along. At times, we were airborne; all four off the ground, at break-neck speeds. Carrying a rider, dam, along with a bit of P&V thrown in the mix. Mikko is a one-person the extra weight and having to balance all that, was a bit of a challenge. horse and will buck for any other rider but me. When we moved to the Okanagan, three years ago, with a heavy Wildlife was another scary thing. We came across a black bear and her twin cubs, and it was all I could do to hold him back. He wanted to heart, I thought I was leaving the wild horse saga behind me, but was climb into my friend Val Larson’s lap, I am sure. Her old Appaloosa mare comforted by having a piece of that legend with me in the form of blocked him with her hindquarters to keep him from bolting. The wise Mikko. However, I was soon to discover I was in the heart of wild horse country. In the 1800s, when early settlers came to the Okanagan, there mare’s calmness reassured my nervous boy. I travelled the foothills west of Sundre, AB, for 10 years, on many were thousands of wild horses roaming the area. Whereas they are a young and seasoned horse, and was quite familiar with the antics of mostly a memory in the Okanagan now, there are still pockets of feral the green ones. Piled, ploughed over, stepped on, and hung up by my horses across BC. One such horse I adopted in 2014 was a filly off of crown land at sweater, on the saddle horn, whilst on a runaway horse, highlights only Oliver. These horses are owned by a First Nations Band, but are several a few of my experiences. It was on one of these hair-raising horseback adventures, while generations of horses that live as wild herds, stallions with harems of we did a wild horse relocation expedition, that Mikko came to be. In mares and their offspring, and bachelor herds as well. These horses are sometimes caught up to cull the April of 2010, a group of us volunteers herds, to prevent starvation and over were moving a wild stud off of population. Living conditions are private lease land, when Mikko’s harsh, with sage brush, tumbleweed dam, named Shizonne, took a and sparse grass. Some horses escape shine to the young stud, dubbed capture though, as did this one Romeo. Long story short -- I did not young filly, she either fled, or her herd come between the amorous pair, got dispersed some other way. as I valued my life! Besides which, I Either way, this tough 9-monthended up with a magnificent-looking old filly survived on her own for weeks horse with amazing bloodlines of and stood belly-deep in snow, with little Andalusian/Lusitano, Draft and Irish to eat. A couple of women, Anna-Maria Breeds. His hair sample was sent to Robinson and June Delitsikos, rescued the University of Texas where they her. They dug a trench in the snow to specialize in mustang DNA. get her to the road, put small handfuls My gelding has the best of hay on the ground to lure her, and and worst of both worlds, being she walked to safety into an awaiting somewhat of a hybrid, like a wolf/dog Doreen and Mikko cross. He has the smarts and survival ...continued on page 30 JUNE 2016


More Indigenous than I? cont. from page 29 paddock. These big-hearted women then gently hand-picked some 500 ticks off her badly-infested body, and nursed her back to health. I bought her a few months later. With the help of my horse trainer, Kristi Forsyth, we gentled and halter-trained the very defensive filly, whom we named Gem. She was quick to bite, strike and kick. She could very well have come up against predators while in the wild, which gave the youngster a “black belt” in selfdefense. Her behaviours and instincts reminded me of other little mustangs I once helped rescue and gentle over the years. They never quite lost that endearing, wild and untouchable spirit, regardless of the saddle and bridle they came to wear. I adopted Gem out to a woman named Lee Turner and she is flourishing in Lee’s care, one year later. Lee adores the horse, whom she renamed Mila and the mare is turning out to be a great mount. Horses such as Mikko and Mila have many labels such as feral, mustang, wild, cayoos, wildie, and free-roaming. Nonetheless, they are horses vying for survival. Their numbers keep dwindling and the fight continues, as people either love ‘em or hate ‘em and chose sides accordingly to assist in their survival or demise. In my opinion, they are more indigenous than I am, and are not invasive or trespassing grazers in cattle country. They were here before a lot of us were, as the descendants of European settlers not so very long ago. This is the artificial arm I used to touch Gem all over. She was about to whack it out of my hands, Gem coming off the trailer when we first got her or at least knock the artificial hand off, better it home and I am hanging on for dear life using a than my own. Kung Fu stance to brace myself.

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Horse Council BC Notes from the Office BC Emergency Responders Have A New Piece of Training Equipment to Help BC Horses! Horse Council BC has facilitated Livestock Emergency response courses with expert technical instructors for fire, police and veterinarians. The sessions are fully funded by HCBC and offered to personnel as part of our mandate to improve horse welfare. The courses have proved to be very popular and it was realized through the process of training the value of “real life” hands-on exercise. Proper rescue training is not just about getting a horse out of trouble. A rescue must include the methods for the best possible outcome for the horse and the people involved. The safety of the crew and welfare of the horse are of vital importance. But it is not practical to always use horses, especially for extrication and accident response. Recognizing this challenge, the Maple Ridge Fire Department approached HCBC proposing collaboration to acquire a life-sized equine mannequin and cargo trailer for use by Fire Departments in our province. “One of the services Maple Ridge Fire Department (MRFD) provides to the community is response to Large Animal Rescue. In preparation, MRFD staff train on the principles and skill sets required for these rescues. Until recently, this training would occur at actual incidents, as a Large Animal Mannequin was not available for use,” states Bryan Vinje, Assistant Chief - Training & Safety. HCBC and the Equine Foundation of Canada funded the mannequin/trailer and MRFD will support logistics/ storage. “BC firefighters now have access to this equine mannequin for training in large animal rescue, reducing risk to firefighters and increasing animal safety.” Thanks to a generous donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada, HCBC has purchased from Resquip United Kingdom a lifesized equine mannequin. This is the first one in BC that is available for emergency personnel to use for practical hands-on training in the safe and humane extrication of horses. HCBC is thrilled to work with the support of Equine Foundation of Canada to enhance these training opportunities. “On behalf of the Equine Foundation of Canada, we are very pleased and excited, as is the entire board, to be a part of this exciting

venture.” Bob Watson, President, and Pat Crema, BC Director, who have been instrumental in the success of this project comment, “We look forward to working with HCBC in the future and we want to thank HCBC for all the work to bring this opportunity to fruition.” To support our members and aid in the welfare of BC’s horses, the HCBC board agreed to allocate a portion of the annual budget to a Disaster Relief fund for the purpose of, but not limited to; education on emergency planning for our membership, training to local equine emergency coordinators provincewide, facilitating communication and other linkages between local emergency coordinators and municipal emergency planners. The scope of this specific project fits within HCBC’s strategic plan and funds were released to pay for a cargo trailer to store and haul the mannequin to training sites for fire personnel anywhere in the province. The Equine Foundation of Canada founded in 1983 is a Registered Charity with all donations being tax deductible and an official receipt is issued to the donor. The fundraising is carried out by dedicated volunteers across Canada and 100% of the donations are used to maintain the organization and the various programs. The purpose of the Foundation is to aid in the health and welfare of the horse with its programs being unbiased as to the breed of horse or area of the country.

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Equine Canada Update Photos courtesy of Cealy Tetley 2016 EC Awards Gala Keeps Attendees on the Edge of Their Seats


he 2016 EC Awards Gala, held April 22 at the iconic Dalhousie Station - home of Cirque Éloize, was most definitely like none other. From remarkable award recipients to amazing entertainment to the much anticipated grand unveiling of the new EC brand, the 2016 EC Award Gala, presented by Boehringer Ingelheim, was a true edge-of-your-seat experience from start to finish. Held in conjunction with the EC Annual Convention, April 20-24, first

and foremost, the Gala celebrated the national award recipients for 2015, and their impressive achievements within the equestrian community. In addition, the Gala hosted the grand unveiling of the new EC brand, to be launched in June. Plus, attendees enjoyed a keynote address from FEI President Ingmar De Vos, as well as unique and exciting performances from Cirque Éloize.

The following 2015 award recipients were recognized for their equestrian-related achievements. NATIONAL AWARDS Gold Medal Award TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games – Canadian Show Jumping Team

DISCIPLINE AWARDS Jump Canada Recognition Awards Elizabeth Bordeaux Marjorie Dennis

Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Gillian Lawrence

Dressage Canada MH Lessard Volunteer of the Year Cecil Pring

Volunteer of the Year, Presented by Henry Equestrian Insurance Brokers Ltd. Terre O’Brennan

Dressage Canada Horse of the Year Anton / Owner: Robyn Eames Dressage Canada Athlete of the Year Chris von Martels

Builder of the Year TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Equestrian Volunteers

Coach Developer Award for Program Delivery Casey Gillis Competition Coach of the Year Janet Adams Community Coach of the Year Sarah Johnston

Ron Janzen Memorial Trophy Robert Gielen

Equestrian of the Year - The Dr. George Jacobson Trophy Chris von Martels

BREED SPORT AWARDS Welsh Pony of the Year Howran’s Prince Madoc / Owners: Marie Howran & Geneviève Dumais

Junior Equestrian of the Year - The Gillian Wilson Trophy, Presented by Asmar Equestrian Kassidy Keith Owner of the Year, Presented by the Equine Canada Owners Club Don J. Good Sponsor of the Year Equinety Canadian Bred Horse of the Year Caravella / Breeder: Jill Irving / Owners: Megan and Cathy Lane Canadian Breeder of the Year, Presented by Equinety W. Charlot Farms


Morgan Horse of the Year Tamrac’s Enzo / Owner: Emilie Wendland Saddlebred Horse of the Year Foxcroft Firestorm / Owner: Stephanie Brown Half Arabian Horse of the Year Lady’s Man WH / Owner: Lana Weatherdon Arabian Horse of the Year Sur Teddy’s Magna / Owner: Lorraine Prowse Saddle Seat Rider of the Year Mackenzie Leubner


4) Dennis Graham of Henry Equestrian (left) and Pat O’Neill of Aviva (right) presented Terre O’Brennan with the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Boehringer Ingelheim Equine Canada Health & Welfare Award Kathy Sunberg Equine Canada Media Award – The Susan Jane Anstey Trophy Elizabeth Toth

1) Elizabeth Toth (left) was presented with the 2015 Equine Canada Media Award – The Susan Jane Anstey Trophy by EC Manager of Communications and Media Relations, Jessie Christie.

COACHING AWARDS Coach Developer Award for Program Development Valerie Phelan

5) Silvy Beauchamp (right) presented Kathy Sunberg with the 2015 Boehringer Ingelheim Equine Canada Health & Welfare Award. 6) Janet Adams - Competition Coach of the Year Award




2) Noel Asmar of Asmar Equestrian (right) presented Kassidy Keith with the 2015 Junior Equestrian of the Year Award, The Gillian Wilson Trophy. 3) Sarah Johnston – Community Coach of the Year Award 32 • JUNE 2016



4-H in the Yukon By Erin McBryan 4-H Spirit Riders Horse Club, Whitehorse


he past year, the 4-H Spirit Riders Horse Club has been busy. We started off 2015 with our Public Speaking Achievement. To kick off our riding season and to prepare us for our rider levels, we hosted a Spring Clinic where we had local clinician Jody MackenzieGrieves run us through our paces. It was fun. We divided up into groups according to rider levels and we all learned a lot. Thanks Jody! At the same clinic, we began our spring training for our 4-H club Spirit Riders Drill Team. Drill Team in the Yukon is a musical ride like the famous RCMP musical ride on a much smaller scale. Our club is very fortunate to have as a volunteer instructor, retired RCMP and past musical ride instructor Cory Hoehn. Our club’s musical ride is done with 12 horses and riders all riding a pattern together set to music. We performed the ride to the public at the Annual Yukon Horse and Riders Association horse show held in Whitehorse. Our second performance was at Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm Fair owned by one of our leaders, Carolyn Campbell. This was our team-building activity. It was kind of scary when we first started, but got easier with practice and in the end it was tons of fun! For our charity work, we partner with Share the Spirit in a community-organized event and pack food boxes for the less fortunate at Christmas. We spend an entire day packing the food boxes and organizing gifts for the children. We really feel like we’re giving back to the community. Through our mounted meetings at various members’ farms all summer, we went on trail rides, practiced skills and played games. It is so much fun to learn with each other and our horses. For fundraisers this year, we managed a concession at two of our local Dash for Cash gymkhanas hosted by

one of our leaders, Angelique Bjork. She so graciously split the proceeds from the entries with us as well. We all rode in the gymkhana as well, so it was double the fun. Every year, we host a local farm fair day at our community farmers’ market, The Fireweed Market. We do this to raise awareness of our 4-H club and local farming population in the Yukon. All the animals are always a huge hit. Instead of a 4-H camp this year, we went to Dawson Creek Exhibition and Fair to watch the rodeo and get to know other 4-H clubs from that area. We had a wonderful time together in Dawson Creek. We met up with a local beef and horse club. Our club helped with the 4-H horse show by taking turns working each position of the show. It was great; we got to meet other 4-H members and their horses. So fun. We watched the heavy draft show, barrel racing and chuck wagon racing, and toured around different booths to learn about the area. We weren’t able to haul our own horses. Every year, Whitehorse hosts the North of 60 Agriculture conference that includes a banquet. This is a great opportunity for our club to connect with the agricultural group. The banquet’s menu is all locally-grown food that is donated by our local farmers. This year, three of our members honed their public speaking skills and gave speeches to the crowd of 300 people. We had a display table where we put our educational displays and posters so everyone could learn a bit more about 4-H in the Yukon. In August, we had our achievement at Midnight Sun Alpacas farm. We rode our individual rider levels and presented our projects in showmanship to our judge, Erin Woods. All in all, we had a wonderful year learning a lot about the world around us. We learned all about working under pressure at achievement and in public speaking. Also, we learned how to properly ride our rider levels and ride on the Drill Team. We have an equally as exciting year planned this year; I’ll keep you posted!

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Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association By Daphne Davey

Competitions Bring Out The Best


ome years ago, CanTRA used to sponsor regional horse shows for riders with physical or intellectual disabilities. They were fun and exciting events, offering a great learning experience, challenging riders to demonstrate their skills in unfamiliar settings and usually on unfamiliar horses. But the cost of running and attending, these shows was prohibitive. Their demise left a competitive void. Some centres organized their own horse shows, but competing in a broader context was still out of reach. Today, thanks to Equine Canada’s Para-Equestrian national video

competitions, the barriers are down. Several competitions throughout the year offer riders of all levels and disabilities to compete with others from far-away provinces from the comfort of their home stable and on a familiar horse. Para-Equestrian judges decide winners from riders with equivalent disabilities. Along with ribbons and prizes for top places, all riders receive a copy of the judge’s comment/score sheet from which they (and their instructors) learn much. There are two sections: “Sea to Sea” offers Dressage classes, while “Coast to Coast” offers classes such as Balance Pattern,

Alexis and Windy negotiate the cones with Melanie, exemplary non-interfering horse handler. Steering Pattern, Equitation/Horsemanship, and Obstacle Course. Variety is the spice of therapeutic riding life!

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


’d like to start with a little catch-up, the BCMHC invited Californiabased trainer Casey Campbell to lovely BC for his first ever Canadian clinic held April 30- May 1. I can’t tell you how impressed I was with his clinic. He was informative, funny, patient and a wealth of tips and tricks. He was honest in his evaluations of everyone’s horses and answered more questions than I thought possible. He is truly a topnotch horseman with a great eye and kind hands, a true inspiration to all that attended. I would also like to take this

opportunity and thank a few people who made this clinic so enjoyable. First let me start with our facility hosts, Bob and Vicki Schultz graciously opened the doors of their brand spanking new - and very beautiful I might add - indoor arena and barn. Everyone was thrilled to be in such a nice setting and this lovely couple’s hospitality is second to none. Tina Harrison - none of this would have been possible without your legwork in seeking out Casey and organizing the clinic. You are such an advocate to this lovely little breed and this club, we are all lucky to have

Alberta Donkey & Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


embers who participated in the daily Parade of Breeds during the Mane Event in Red Deer in late April were… Bob Leggette driving his mule, Russ Shandro and Matt Nielson on their saddle mules, with Matt leading a pack mule. Heather Rioux drove her mammoth donkey while Keith Kendrew rode his large standard donkey. In the parade on Friday and Saturday the pack mule appeared to be carrying a rather large tarped load. Part way around the arena the load became live and the illusive Sasquatch [Brittney Penner] was revealed as it was recently captured on the eastern slopes by club members and since learned to ride a mule. One thing that longears 34 • JUNE 2016


owners do enjoy is a good laugh! Thank you to the demo people and also to our booth workers: Caroline Boddy, Jim Potter, Rodney Tetreault, Jennifer Johnson, Linda Leggette, Terry Tiberghien, Kim Baerg, Jerry and Linda Forsman and yours truly. The following weekend, several members and friends enjoyed learning from Dr. Laura Taylor, a Holistic veterinarian from Calgary who spent two days with us addressing common issues in horses and mules. Her unique approach zeros in on correcting organ function which is often the source of many lameness, behavioural and performance issues. Her approach to equine health is backed up by the thousands of horses that

she has successfully worked on. Mules are relatively new to her but she enjoyed her work with them and their compelling characters. Those that attended are very grateful for the knowledge we gained and for Dr. Laura’s attentiveness to our questions and her passion and teaching stamina. She is someone we really want to see back again! Our Tindell clinics throughout Alberta

Like many other CanTRA centres, the Creston and District Society for Community Living (CDSCL) in Creston BC, enters riders in these competitions, as well as in their own Therapeutic Riding Horse Show. Christine Ross, CanTRA-certified head instructor, reports that her students work hard preparing for the day when their Para-Equestrian test is to be filmed, or when they will compete with their classmates in the show ring. Two such riders are Alexis and Dani. Alexis and her horse, Windy, were aiming for the “Coast to Coast” Equitation/ Horsemanship class that included walk and trot and permitted a horse handler. The handler had to hold the lead rope such as to give full control of the horse to Alexis, and

hold one arm behind her back to prove non-interference with the rider. Dani, riding Caraigh, chose the horse show route, performing in the Jumping Competition “poles on the ground” class that challenges the rider to perform with accuracy, rhythm, and focus. All valuable preparation for bigger jumps later on. If you offer it… they will come! Thanks to Christine Ross, CDSCL, for providing information on these events. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www. or

you waving our flag. Thank you to Mary MacArthur and Laila Wilson for organizing two days’ worth of yummy food. I know everyone really appreciated that. A huge shout out to Denise Watson from Eden Tack & Tails in Duncan for taking such awesome pictures of everyone. Even if the funny ones were of me!! All photo credits go to her. Lastly, thank you to everyone who came from far and wide to attend. Without your support none of this is possible. Make sure you stay tuned for future clinics in 2017. Don’t forget to write our show dates on the calendar… On June 10-12 the minis will be strutting their stuff in our Spring Classic AMHA and AMHR Sanctioned Show. This show boasts a full slate of Halter futurities as well as a Hunter and Driving futurity that is new for this year. We will of course have a will just be started by the time you read this. You might not be too late to register for some yet and certainly will be able to audit any or all of them by just showing up at the location. Get there by nine each morning or you miss the important orientation session each day with a master of horse and mule communication. Visit for a complete list of clinics and dates.

Dani and Caraigh independently negotiate a ground-poles obstacle at the CDSCL 10th Annual Therapeutic Riding Horse Show.

fabulous social for all to enjoy on Saturday night. There will be a silent auction running all weekend with tables packed full of goodies. It’s a fun environment for the whole family and Heritage Park in Chilliwack is all indoors with plenty of spectator seating. Come on out and see what we are all about, you won’t be disappointed! I will have lots of pictures to share with you all next month. Cheers to all!

Everyone is welcome to join us at our annual Club Trail Ride at the Hummingbird Staging area, west of Rocky Mountain House on July 22-24. All equines welcome! Call Keith for more info at 403-843-3293. July 30-31 will be the Great Canadian Mule Race at the Stampede in Bruce. Call Russ for more info at 780-632-7510. Then get ready for our Alberta Longears Show, August 13-14 at Eagle Hill Equine, 26 km west of Olds. Reserve your Saturday evening supper tickets at 403-5561195. Special evening concert by Tim Hus. Classes for all sizes of mules and donkeys. Enter when you get there. Class list and details up on our website.

Left) Terry and Linda working the club booth at the Mane Event Centre) (l to r) Keith, Russ, ‘’Sasquatch’’ Brittney and Matt at the Mane Event Above) Dr. Laura Taylor working on Ruby at our Osteopathic Clinic JUNE 2016


Mount Cheam Pony Club Update By Andria Farnham


he Mount Cheam Pony Club hosted a 2 Phase event at Island 22 Horse Park in Chilliwack on April 23-24. It was great fun for both the horses and riders. This was my first event and after this fun weekend, most certainly will not be my last! Arriving Friday afternoon, the horse park was filled with horses, campers, and tents (for both horse and humans). With the forecast for rain for the weekend of the event, most horses had canopies set up in their corrals. The park was bustling with riders preparing for dressage, and walking the course in preparation for Sunday’s cross-country phase. Saturday morning was an early start, with the first dressage test of the weekend starting at 8am. Due to the rainy conditions, the judges were set up in vehicles under canopies at the end of the arena. Unfortunately, for the horses and riders, the skies opened right as they were starting but that did not stop the hard work! Horses and riders were turned out extremely well; everyone looked great! Starting early afternoon, the stadium phase commenced. The weather had improved and allowed for exceptional footing in both the warm up and show ring. You could tell everyone was having a great time from the smiles and laughter

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throughout the day. Once stadium was finished, the cross-country field was busy once again with competitors walking the course with their coaches, family, friends, and even their canine companions. In the evening, there were many groups having barbeques in the camping area; a good time for all! Sunday morning the excitement continued. The rain came back but did not stop anyone from having a good time in the warm‐up ring, in the start box and on the course. Due to the tremendous preparation of the course by all of the volunteers, the cross‐country course stayed in great shape throughout the day. As my first time doing the cross-country phase, I didn’t know quite what to expect going into my turn on the course, but it was a blast! The course design was so much fun, with long gallop stretches and fun jumps decorated with brightly coloured flowers. The spectators were waiting at the water complex to cheer riders on during the last stretch of the course. The day ended with the awards ceremony at 2:30. The competitors came to the arena with their equine companions to accept prizes from first to eighth place; and the prizes were exceptional. Thank you to all of the sponsors of the event for your generous donations, to the volunteers for helping the show run smoothly and to the Mount Cheam Pony Club for hosting an allaround fantastic event!

Alberta Equestrian Federation


he Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) greatly appreciates the outpour of support of the Alberta equine community and has been assembling a growing list of individuals and businesses who are willing to open up their farms and homes to those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray and their horses. The AEF will be doing all we can to update the equine community on the fire situation(s) as we receive them from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Emergency Directors and we are the first point of contact for equine updates. We are currently in communication with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, Horse Racing Alberta, and many other provincial equine organizations to coordinate help for those in need.

At this time, emergency aid in the way of funds are needed for feed, water, transportation and veterinary care; these are of the utmost importance. The AEF will match donations received up to $5,000. Donations of other items will be required at a later date to assist with recovery and replacement and the AEF will help with this coordination as well. If you are interested in providing aid in the form of a monetary donation, feel free to forward an etransfer (Security answer: fortmacequine) to Email: info@ or contact the office: Rita 403-253-4411 ext. 7 or toll-free 1-877-4636233 ext. 7. The AEF is unable to issue taxable

receipts, however donations over $250 are eligible for a taxable donation receipt and can be made by completing the donation form on our website We encourage those offering to house equines to please familiarize themselves with Biosecurity best practices to help prevent a disease outbreak. If you are interested in being added to our contact list to help, please contact our office and let us know what you can assist with.



t the end of April, Mike, Kathy, and Filly said goodbye to Pet, the oldest resident at Bear Valley. Pet would have turned 40 on May 10. Pet was a beautiful registered palomino Quarter Horse mare. She was born in 1976! Pet came to the rescue in 2006 when her owner went into the hospital. In her day she did just about everything, from lessons to parades and was the true matriarch of the Rescue. She was the lead mare of the seniors, and had adopted Filly, a little wildie weanling who was found running along the highway last year. It’s been a busy Spring at the rescue! Mike and Kathy have had over 200 square Pet bales donated, and a flurry of adoptions - too many to list! (You’ll have to check out the Facebook page or the website to keep track of them all!) The Alice Sanctuary has graciously offered to foster several horses, including Mercy, Saffron, and the ponies (America and Checkers and her unborn foal are the only ones who haven’t been snatched up yet!). Nickers is also adopted! Lots of donations coming in, including $200 raised at a birthday party! Volunteer Orientation Day was a huge success, fences were mended and barn renovations are underway! A great start to the season! LIKE us on Facebook! Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses. Keep tabs on over 100 horses at Bear Valley Rescue or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre AB.

Nickers’ foal



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BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Tracy Carver


hirty seconds… time to focus… you have prepared and walked this course, you know your mount, and as you await your turn to enter the startbox, the adrenaline builds. This is the start of your cross country course, one of the phases of Eventing and easily the favourite of many competitors. One of our BCLM Pony Club branches, Mt. Cheam Pony Club, recently held a 3 Phase Event open to all who wished to enter this exciting competition. And with perfect timing, our BCLM members also had an opportunity to attend a Lameness Clinic which gave them a wealth of knowledge they will draw on during

One of our members going over a cross country jump.

the show season. Eventing is a multi-discipline horse competition, where riders of all ages and experience gather to compete, with winners being declared based on their results in each of the phases. Beginning Dr. Mike Stanford and some of the clinic attendees. on day one with dressage within an arena; then the competitors attempt the cross specifically in competition, and he focused country phase, where they must navigate on teaching our members how to identify a course of questions (obstacles). The final potential lameness in their mounts. Using phase is a round of stadium jumps within an video footage of case studies, members were arena. The demands of having to compete able to see and identify the often subtle signs in several disciplines over consecutive days indicating lameness, and even learn some techniques for identifying which leg or area of make this one exciting equine sport. Although Canadian Pony Club is an the horse is affected. Dr. Stanford then spent excellent place to gain riding skills, our focus is the remainder of the clinic discussing how to also on educating the riders in horsemanship best treat the lameness, when a vet is required and how to care for their mounts. How and when an owner/rider themselves can fortuitous, then, that as the horse show help mitigate the repercussions of lameness. season begins we were able to benefit from A wealth of knowledge was gained by our an Equine Lameness Clinic recently held very eager clinic participants, and a heartfelt by Mission Hills Pony Club, featuring guest thank you goes out to Dr. Mike Stanford and speaker Dr. Mike Stanford of J.C.S. Veterinary his assistant Jana for sharing with us their time Services in Langley. An accomplished rider and expertise concerning this very timely himself, Dr. Stanford is well familiar with the topic. physical exertions placed on our horses,

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club By Alana Ensign and Kathleen Egeland


ur club jumped right into the swing of things this year with our first meeting on January 11. At this meeting we decided on our club positions of: Mia Wishlow - President Ashley Robson - VP Robyn Couch - Secretary Lauren McGee - Treasurer Paivi McLean - Safety Officer Alana Ensign, Kathleen Egeland, Brook Mcgee, Paivi Mclean, and Marina Jardine - Press reporters

Since then we’ve held meetings almost every week keeping everyone in the club super busy with lots of fun activities! At the beginning of the year we did some fun ice breakers and a Team-building fun night at the Firestorm Cheer Gym. Everyone performed a speech or a demo and did very well with many of our members moving onto Districts where they also succeeded. The Club’s seniors had their annual Senior Sleepover and went mini golfing at Skandia, as well as played some ice breakers and talked about our roll Members who judged at Rally in the club. Our club also 38 • JUNE 2016


went to a clinic held by Dustin Drader about horsemanship and understanding horse behaviour. Dean Sinclair came to talk to us about his experience with farrier work and gave us lots of interesting information about Dustin Drader and his horse Luchi presenting for the club hoof care. Some of the members went to the Kangaroo Farm for some more fun times! We also catered the Diamond H Tack Sale in April selling hot dogs and burgers as one of our annual fundraisers and received some generous donations. Clubs from around the district came together for an annual Judging Rally on May 1st. A wide range of classes were offered for us to judge and everyone did very well! Coming up we are looking forward to more events including our horses as we prepare for the summer show season. Some of these include a Trail and Showmanship night, a fun games night, and riding lessons throughout June with the Club’s first show at the beginning of July. Lots of fun adventures await and we are looking forward to tell you all about them! Team-building at the Senior Sleepover

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


e are underway! We held our first event of the year at the home of the Oliver Riding Club at the D-K Ranch on Sawmill Road in Oliver. Leann Manuel, who in our view should be hailed as the Clinician of the Month for the South Okanagan, conducted the sessions for us. Amongst those taking part in the three sessions that Leann conducted were Chris Siebeck, Kathy Malmberg, Verla Strawn, Trish Osland, Maggie Strong and our Vice President, Debbie House. Many also turned up to spectate. The topics for the sessions were lightness and lateral movement, and with the riders split into three groups, Leann explained and demonstrated the chosen exercises to achieve more lightness in both rider and horse, and to introduce lateral moves. Under Leann’s watchful eye, each horse and rider combination started to get the hang of the exercises and achieve quite remarkable results with lots of very happy smiles on the faces of all who took part. Everyone had such a great time that we want Leann to come back for more sessions as soon as this can be arranged. Thank Maggie Strong warming up “Dave” you to all who took part and a big thank you to Leann Manuel too. At our last club meeting we got an update from Sara Browne on the progress in planning our two Horse Shows to be held at Desert Park in Osoyoos which is going really well, and we agreed on the funding for rosettes and prizes, so we hope to have a good entries from all clubs in the area. Our shows are on July 10 and September 18, so get those dates in your diaries. Full details are on our website Finally, please note that our club meetings are always on the third Thursday of every month, so if you are Trish Osland listening intently interested in what we do, and you love horses, come along and meet us at the D-K Ranch in Oliver. In the meantime to what was planned for the ride safe (wear that helmet) and stay inspired by horses. Happy Trails to all. session with Leann Manuel

Kelowna Riding Club by Sarah Hayes


he 2016 KRC Spring Classic held April 27-May 1 was full of thrills and spills (yes, there were a few spills but thankfully none serious), ponytails and puppies! The weather was a bit stormy Friday but turned into a gorgeous hot and sunny weekend! We had over 110 horses entered along with the usual presence of Albertans, who happened to take home a number of our prizes. Speaking of prizes, there were new prizes added to the show repertoire such as beautiful hand made pottery, glass plates, Bucas sheets and super body brushes, just to mention a few! Okanagan Grocery of Kelowna created a special delicious and healthy treat that is for both horses and people, with a very cool CROP logo. These were given to participants throughout the show and also sold for fundraising for our club. If you want to try these treats for yourself, they are being sold at Diamond H Tack in Kelowna. We wish to thank all of our very generous sponsors, including our Title Sponsor, The View Winery, who was a major sponsor of the show as well as for the Hunter Spectacular. Okanagan Grocery and The View Winery teamed up for a superb wine & cheese during the Hunter Spectacular. Bell Media (Sun FM and AM 1150) were on site throughout the show.

Our featured prize money class winners were as follows: ~ The View Winery $400 Hunter Spectacular winner was Katherine Marantz and Puzzle ~ Okanagan Equine Veterinary Clinic, Leigh Payne Memorial, $400 Beginner Hunter Classic was won by Madelyn Tonn and Sterling Silver ~ Sandman Inn $400 Gambler’s Choice was won by Sierra Lund and Tuck Everlasting ~ Grant Thornton $400 1.10m Mini Prix, Jim Mills Memorial, was swept away by Siera Sawatzky and Gabriella ~ Equi-Life $400 .85m Mini Prix winner was Natalie Payett and London ~ Drummond Law CET Mini Medal Class was won by Lynette Hay and Riddle Master The Puppy Leadline was the cutest thing ever! There were many more entrants than was expected and they all won special goodie bags. So many sweet faces, this class was a crowd favourite! Thank you so much to everyone involved in making our 2016 Spring Classic another successful show! Look for more photos on the KRC Facebook page and on our website www. Like our Facebook page to get up-to-date info on the goings-on at the club!




(1) The View Winery Hunter Spectacular winners Katherine Marantz and Puzzle with Jennifer Molgat of The View Winery. Pottery by Spotted Horse Studio. (2) Siera Sawatzky and Gabriella, winners of the Grant Thornton Jim Mills Memorial 1.10m Mini Prix (3) Puppy Leadline! JUNE 2016


Hoof ‘N Boots 4-H Club By Abby McLuskey


nother exciting month for the Hoof N Boots! We had fantastic lessons with Carmen Letawski and Shari Gurney Galbraith. Thank you very much - we really appreciate your help. We had our first club camp-out which was so much fun. On April 7th we had our annual club speeches and all of our Cloverbuds did fantastic speeches. A HUGE THANK YOU to our judges for the evening: Levi Huston, Kelly Livingstone, and Lynn Freeland. This led us to the Salmon Arm District Public Speaking Competition held April 23rd with a total of 8 clubs, 13 juniors and 8 seniors. Everyone spoke awesome. The winners were: JUNIORS SENIORS 1st - Ashley McAvoy 1st - Sarah Trentalance 2nd - Abby McLuskey 2nd - Kieran Murrells-Allaway 3rd - Emmersen Haak 3rd - Elizabeth Ferguson We are very excited this month because we have a lot planned. We are showing at the AERC Schooling Show on June 5th. We have more lessons and we are hosting a CAR WASH FUNDRAISER on June 4th at the Howard Johnson’s in Enderby from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Please come out and see us! HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint! By Cathy Glover

Stop the presses! Just when we thought the show season was over for APHA exhibitors in BC, we have news that – after a bit of a hiatus -- the Terrace Three Breed Classic Horse Show will be approved for year-end points! That gives our BC Paint members in central BC an opportunity not only to show to APHA-approved judges but also to be competitive for BC Paint year-ends. The show gets underway August 6/7 in Terrace and is being judged by Karen Banister and Leanne Williams. Not only is it APHA (Paint) approved, it also has the approval of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), and also features an all-breed/open division with free classes for youth exhibitors. We applaud the committee for their enthusiasm in bringing highly-qualified judges to a relatively remote horse community in north western BC. For those unfamiliar with BC geography, Terrace is 550 air miles northwest of Vancouver and 150 or so km inland from the coastal community of Prince Rupert. It’s 203 km from Smithers and 350 from Burns Lake, probably the two closest communities with BC Paint members. But folks in northern BC are used to travelling long distances and we hope they are able to support this show and the opportunities it provides to BC Paint exhibitors to compete under truly qualified judges. On behalf of the show committee, we’d like to acknowledge the support of the show’s sponsors: Platinum: Munson Enterprises (Gail Munson); Gold: Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, MacCarthy Motors, Totem Saddle Club, Canadian Tire; Silver: Rhinestones & Reins Western Show Apparel, Kilby Road Cattle Co (Janet and Ian Munson), Acadia Northwest Mechanical; Bronze: Dallaire’s Paint & Quarter Horses, Pleasant Ridge Saddlery, and Kids at Play Preschool. The show will be

The Terrace All Breed Classic will feature APHA reining classes offering high point awards for APHA Youth, Amateur, Open and Solid Breds. BC Paint members attending this show should also be signing up for BC Paint’s Open Show & Competition Program (OSCP). Placings in this show’s open division will count toward OSCP year-ends. Don’t forget to send in your OSCP results within 60 days of your competition and, this year, all youth members are automatically entered in the program for free. Download the results forms from our website at and sign up using our membership form. There are still plenty of open/all-breed shows to compete in right through to until the end of November – and the awards are definitely worth the paperwork! For more information on the show, visit the Facebook page: Terrace Three Breed Classic Horse Show.

BC Paint Horse Club •

President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover, • Past President: Colleen Schellenberg,

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Chilliwack Riding Club By Risea Kyne


he Chilliwack Riding Club is very pleased to announce that we have formally adopted a section of the Browne Creek Wetlands trail. Club members turned out in the morning on Sunday, April 17th for a clean-up, potluck lunch, and group trail ride to kick-off our new trail adoption.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and it was so nice to see so many different users along the trails.  Reminder of our upcoming shows: June 25-Western Point Show at Chilliwack Heritage Park, 10 a.m.  June 26-Gymkhana at Chilliwack Heritage Park, 10 a.m. For more info on either show contact the CRC secretary at

The Chilliwack Riding Club has been actively involved in club and community activities for over 80 years. We look forward to our continuing involvement in Chilliwack. Anyone interested to join us can view our website at for upcoming club events and activities.

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley July Show Our next circuit is fast approaching and we would love to see you there! Three days, four judges and lots of fun, prizes and money to be had. Held once again at the beautiful Thunderbird Show Park, it is bound to be a great show. We have Frank Principe Spurs and iPads for High Points and Embellished Brim Styles hats and Fat Maxes for Reserves, just to name a few. We are also offering a variety of Stakes: Shankless Showmanship - $500 added Cathy Dumaresq Trail - $750 added Hunter Under Saddle - $750 added Western Pleasure - $750 added Non-Pro Horsemanship - $750 added The added monies are in addition to the money in the pot from the entry fees! We are also pleased to be offering classes for Equestrians with Disabilities at this circuit. This will feature classes that are supported and non-supported. We are so excited to invite these lovely people to experience what a Quarter Horse show is about. Great Showing Opportunities for New-to-the-Show-Scene, All-Breed and More Want to come show with us but don’t feel you and your horse are ready for traditional classes with lope/canter? Come try the new AQHA division Level 1 Walk/Trot! Offered in both Youth and Amateur, you can show AQHA and earn the same High Points and prizes as all the other divisions and earn points! This is also a year-end award-eligible division with LMQHA; contact Mellissa at for details. Would you like to show at our event but don’t have a Quarter

Horse or want to show and aren’t concerned about earning points? We have All-Breed classes at all of our circuits with awesome High Points and at a fraction of the cost of showing AQHA. We would love to have you join us and see what we are about! All-Novice Show and Clinic Speaking of great and inclusive showing opportunities for those that are Rookies, Novice, Walk/Trot or wanting to show All-Breed, we have a fantastic new show just for you! On August 12, come and join us for a free clinic with Splendora Huizenga of WA on a pattern for the next day’s horse show, and enjoy yummy food and good company at our exhibitors’ social. Then, on August 13, show your heart out under an AQHA judge with your peers. This show will feature both AQHA and APHA classes, along with All-Breed, and will be held at Greystone Farms in Ladner. High Points are to be Belt Buckles! Fundraising Stay tuned to Saddle Up magazine, our Facebook page and the LMQHA page of for updates on the details for upcoming pub nights. AQHA Ride Spaces are filling up fast for our second AQHA Recreational Ride, September 23-25, being held this year in Merritt! What a great opportunity to get out there with your horse and enjoy an amazing time with your peers and friends! Prizes, great food and good times to be had by all. Contact Jeneane at for information or to book your spot.

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


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Sharon Pickthorne, North Vancouver Island Chapter

Whoop it Up – A Trailer Rodeo The North Vancouver Island Chapter has just hosted its third trailer rodeo.


hat the heck is a trailer rodeo, you ask? It is an event where we bring our trucks and empty horse trailers to a local speedway and practice (no – not racing) our towing skills. We are fortunate to have two members who are professional long haul drivers. Sharon and Neil Feely offer their expertise to help us become better, safer drivers. They set up various patterns of cones including a serpentine, a straight pull in and back out, a four-way intersection, parallel parking, and backing downhill on a bend. Our instructors sit in the passenger seat and provide tips to help each driver navigate the obstacles. It sure is a lot less stressful to hit a traffic cone than the ditch. We allow lots of time, and since the racetrack is big, we can have four or five rigs practicing all at the same time. A trailer rodeo also provides a great opportunity to let your significant other get a feel for horse hauling. We have had moms bring their teenagers to practice. Or members bring the friends they travel and haul with who do not have their own trailers. It is nice to know that if you are hauling a friend’s horse, that they can also drive your rig if you are not feeling well or just get plain old tired. And the best part is that you don’t have to be “telling your spouse” or friend how to do drive. Our professional drivers do that for us.

It likely comes as no surprise, but backing up is one of the most challenging maneuvers. Our instructors explained the process in various ways and the different methods of execution. Most importantly, they encouraged everyone to go slow and pay attention to where the back of the trailer is headed. They suggested that we challenge ourselves using the lines on the track and make mistakes to learn. We also cover some safety issues with the trailer rigs. We have demonstrated how to test your trailer breakaway, where to find the towing specifications on your truck, and your trailer weight ratings. (Usually located on the inside panel of the driver’s door.) We compare rigs and feel comfortable asking about why someone is using a particular item, what type of coverage we have such as BCAA RV Plus and what our experiences have been. We have also hosted a Trailer Clinic at a local garage that is a Provincially Licensed Inspection Facility. The mechanics went over a hitch and trailer in detail, including showing us a new wheel brake mechanism. They reviewed the regulations and laws regarding towing, talked about various hitches, and promoted “every use” safety checks. You need to be aware that even safety chains, trailer balls, hitches and hitch extensions are rated and can be sold “to do the job” but are not necessarily safe in your specific situation. The take-home message is that it is our responsibility to ensure each part of our trailer hook-up is properly rated and safe. Information can be found on the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s website:d livestockhaulingguide.pdf pdf/080530_rec_vehicle_gvwr_brake_dl.pdf

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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Tonasket, WA 68th Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Princeton Rodeo Newport, WA Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Sedro Woolley, WA Tentative Anahim Lake Stampede Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Alkali Lake Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Lake Chelan, WA Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Tentative Redstone Rodeo Prince George Rodeo Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Ritzville, WA Monroe, WA Roy, WA North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals Tentative Falkland Rodeo








THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THE COWBOY WAY ALIVE PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR SPONSOR PACKAGE FOR PARTNERSHIP OPTIONS AT OR CALL THE BCRA OFFICE AT 250.457.9997 BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Rd, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250.457.9997 • Fax: 250.457.6265 • • Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2016 BCRA Board of Directors:

President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005,


Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280,

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,

JUNE 2016


Clubs & Associations 27 Years of Celebrating Long Ears members from across Canada and the US



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: Wayne Burwash–President 12/16 403-246-8283 or email: 12/16

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

We Support and promote Dressage in British Columbia 6/16

ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 5/17

• Grants • Awards • Education • Discounts 9/16

Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

Info on clinics and events at 6/17

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.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 6/17, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. 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


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 604-381-2245 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 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.,, Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 5/17 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 3/17 44 • JUNE 2016


INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 4/17 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 10/16 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 6/17 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 7/16


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 5/17 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 12/16

Clubs & Associations 6/17 5/16

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.

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

President: Denise Little E-mail:


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. Amber 250-392-6402, 6/17

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. 4/17 President: Rob Sjodin 250-833-1188 •

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,


1-2 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Duncan BC, Gary Toller 250-715-1242, 2 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 3 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port Alberni BC, Chloe Wangler 250-720-6658, 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 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC, Hayton Creek Ranch, Oyama BC, 250-803-6984, 4 HIGH SAGE ENDURANCE RIDE, Cache Creek BC, June 250-256-7035,, 4-5 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port McNeill BC, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223, 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, 4-6 4-H EXPO, Horse Events, Gymkhana & more, Lloydminster AB, Sam 306-825-5571, 5 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, www. 5 ENGLISH/WESTERN, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Becky Herford, 6-7 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Ladysmith BC, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829, 

6-9 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Colt Starting, Eagle Hill Equine Arena, Olds AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 7 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE, Hot Heels 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 8-9 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria BC, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981, 9 BARREL RACING JACKPOT, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 9-12 TOUCH OF CLASS DRESSAGE, Langley BC, 10 DEMO - TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Lakota Agriplex, Dawson Creek BC, Coleen, 250-782-4126, 10-12 SPRING CLASSIC AMHA / AMHR Sanctioned Show, Chilliwack Heritage Park, 10-12 DOMA VAQUERA CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 10-12 BC CTR & AERC Sanct. Endur. Rides, Nanaimo BC, Christine 778-350-8153, & Miki 250-213-9817, 10-13 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Beginner/Intermediate, Cochrane Ag Society Arena, Cochrane AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 11 INTERIOR GAITED HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, Loretta 250-540-7401, 11 PROVINCIAL OPEN HOUSE for BC Welsh Pony & Cob Assoc. farms (14 of them), from 11am-3pm, bcwelshponyandcob 11 JUMPING SHOW, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Alicia White, 11-12 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, www. 11-12 ALL BREED HORSE SHOW & Tack Swap, Valleyview AB, JoAnn 780-524-3473, 12 CAWSDA National Points Show (pending), Fultonvale Arena, Ardrossan AB, JUNE 2016


What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 12 GAMES DAY, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Ngaire Smart, 12 LEARNING SQUARE DANCING ON HORSEBACK, 11 am, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 13 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna BC, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, 13-14 SPARKLE AND SPURS SHOW, Amberlea Meadows, Leduc County AB, details to come, 14 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE, Hot Heels 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 14-15 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Armstrong BC, Daina Hillson 250-803-2069, 16 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 17 FORE-H GOLF CLASSIC, fundraiser for 4-H, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Vernon BC, May-Britt 1-866-776-0373, 17-18 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Banff AB, at the Banff Light Horse Association Corrals, Marlene 403-783-1723, 17-19 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson BC, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, 17-19 JIM ANDERSON CLINIC, Revelstoke BC, Kim 250-814-1007,, 17-19 SLIDE OUT WEST, Fraser Valley Reining Club, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, Wendy 604-855-5406, 17-19 RIDING WITH LIGHTNESS CLINIC, Clinton BC, Catherine 250-459-7772, 17-19 GOOSEBERRY LAKE RODEO, Consort AB, Holly 403-577-3031, 18 SUMMER SALE, from 10-6 at Equine Essentials Tack, Delta BC, 604-992-5676 18 RDAWSDA National Points Show (pending), Didsbury AB, 18-19 KAMLOOPS DRESSAGE, Kamloops BC, 18-19 CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest, 19 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 20-23 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Colt Starting, Lakedell Ag Society Arena, Pigeon Lake AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 21 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE, Hot Heels 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 21-25 COWGIRL RE-UNION, Hidden Valley Horse Camp, Merritt BC, 23 BARREL RACING JACKPOT, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 24-26 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Inter/Adv. Riding, Lakedell Ag Society Arena, Pigeon Lake AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 24-26 MOUNTAIN HORSE TRAIL CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Cat 250-644-4388,, 24-Jul 5 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Princeton BC, Intensive & Colt Starting clinic, 25 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB WESTERN POINT SHOW, Chilliwack Heritage Park, contact CRC secretary at 25-26 INTRO TO CONNECTED RIDING & TTOUCH, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336,, 25-26 RIDING W/LIGHTNESS & MOVEMENT AWARENESS CLINIC, Copper Hills, Kamloops BC, Ann at

25-26 BC CTR & Vancouver Island Trail Ride Against Cancer (BCCTRA Pleasure Ride), Bowser BC, Nancy 250-951-1431, 25-26 LBR RODEO, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Pierre Fortier, 26 CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Chilliwack Heritage Park, contact CRC secretary at 26 NOTRA RIDE-A-THON (Poker Ride),Coldstream Ranch BC, Pledge forms and info at 28 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE, Hot Heels 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 29-Jul 8 THE BIG HITCH, tribute to Slim Moorehouse, Gleichen to Strathmore to Chestermere AB, (in Calgary Stampede Parade July 8), Neil 780-603-1590 30 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 30-Jul 2 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Beginners, Beaverlodge Ag Society Arena AB, Marlene 403-783-1723,


1-3 ROPING/BARREL RACE/GYMKHANA, Peachland Riding Club, Peachland BC, 2 CHASE CREEK CATTLE RANCH ENDURANCE RIDE (*new ride), Chase BC, Lori 250-679-8247,, 4 RECORD 52 HORSE HITCH, Strathmore AB, Neil 780-603-1590 4-6 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Intermediate Riding, Beaverlodge Ag Society Arena AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 4-8 SADDLE FITTING w/Natalie Sauner, British Columbia locations. Jenelle 1-800-225-2242 x30, 5 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE, Hot Heels 6pm, Live Cattle 7pm, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 5-10 TELLINGTON TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING Workshop, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon, BC, Robyn 250-545-2336,, 6-10 MARTIN BLACK CLINIC, Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, Terry 250-574-4743 7 BARREL RACING JACKPOT, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761 or 8-9 & 11-12 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Advanced Riding, Beaverlodge Ag Society Arena AB, Marlene 403-783-1723, 8-10 VERNON DRESSAGE SHOW, Vernon BC, 8-10 BALANCED HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC, 9 CC BARRELS & POLES, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Sherri-Lynn Prest, 9 SUMMERLAND STOMP WESTERN DANCE, Summerland BC Rodeo Grounds, Gwen Shaw 250-488-8196 or Sheral Marten 250-861-0549 9 CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Quesnel BC, Hannah 778-383-1414, 9-10 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Sagewood Mtn Trail Park at Circle Creek Equest. Ctr, Kamloops BC, 9-10 EQUITATION SCIENCE CLINIC w/Jody Hartsone, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm BC, Emily 250-804-3712, 9-12 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Comox BC, 971-533-6865, 10 GAMES DAY, LRS, 4303 208th Langley BC, Ngaire Smart, 10 LEARNING SQUARE DANCING ON HORSEBACK, 11 am, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277,

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GUEST RANCHES WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 6/17 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 12/16


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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. 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 48 • JUNE 2016




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

Business Services TRAILER SALES


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CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 10/16 GARRY’S SADDLE SHOP (Grand Forks BC) 250-584-4654 Custom Saddles, Tack, Chaps, Scabbards, Holsters. 6/17 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, 6/17 10/16





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TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 5/17 DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 5/17

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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 • STEEL • STAINLESS Jump Standards • Tack Boxes Repairs & Modifications Custom Stalls • Gates

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TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 5/17

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DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 6/17 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-679-1112, Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/16 5/17

International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 6/17 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


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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 ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 6/17 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, 6/17 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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We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

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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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Rural Roots (Real Estate)

IDEAL SET UP FOR HORSES! ½ MILE RIVER FRONTAGE 62.02 acres of irrigated farm land with a beautiful 4 bedroom and 3 bathroom rancher, 33’x140’ pole barn, 17’x15’6” shop, backs onto Salmon River, 2 irrigation pumps and 2 wheel moves. Beautiful spot for your animals and a true working ranch. Located in the beautiful Salmon Valley, close to Vernon, Armstrong and Falkland. 3807 Salmon River Road, Armstrong BC $ 1,250,000 MLS® #10111624

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

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INCOMPARABLE EXECUTIVE EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY IN THE HEART OF THE BX Over 15 acres of prime level land with stunning vistas in every direction, yet 5 minutes to town. 5,486 sq. ft. custom built 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom executive home with a huge lower suite. 4-car garage (heated, 220 wired for speakers & cable, natural gas hookup, telephone, both w/drains). High end 48 x 36 barn (six 12 x 12 stalls, powered garage doors, centre aisleway, Dutch stall doors, hay loft, heated tack room w/hot & cold water), 36 x 48 hay shed (1/3 stall shavings, 2/3 hay,equipment, RV storage), 12 paddocks, 200 x 100 outdoor riding arena, RV sani. Original owner.

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

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.

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2363 Erin Valley Crescent, Kamloops BC $814,900. MLS® 132369 JACKIE BROMMELAND, REALTOR® 250-574-3701 Royal LePage Kamloops

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JUNE 2016


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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Rose is the sweetest mare ever! She was trained to ride by KDA Morgans in WA, and since coming here, has produced 2 beautiful DUN foals for us. We are keeping her 2016 Dunskin filly and so, are offering Rose for sale. $3,000 + GST Check out more photos at or phone 780-583-2128 (Galahad AB) 52 • JUNE 2016









Beautiful, rare, athletic and easy to work with - this filly is the whole package. One of only a handful of silver dapples in the Morgan breed. This filly should mature 15HH+. Will be available after weaning in mid-July. $2,500 + GST Check out more photos at

This gorgeous filly is a breeder’s dream - she carries the crème gene as well as the silver dapple gene - lots of colourful foals in her future! Athletic, personable, and ready to go to work! One of the few silver dapples in the Morgan breed. Should mature to approximately 15HH. $3,000 + GST Check out more photos at or phone 780-583-2128 (Galahad AB) or phone 780-583-2128 (Galahad AB)

Stallions & Breeders

APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 5/17 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


Alliance Training & Stud

VA Jason

12HH Black Section A Welsh Stallion (Roblyn’s Fancy Cat x Renner’s Black Beauty)



* 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

P.R.E. Andalusian Stallion at Stud

Dragonfly Acres

2016 STUD FEE: $500.00

Bringing out the best Standing Purebred Friesian Star Stallion

Available for breeding to Andalusian and Non-Andalusian mares. Call or Text: 604-996-7385

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




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

HEAVENLY FINAL REVELATION (*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

2016 FEE: $600 Fees include $250 booking fee and first collection or live cover service. Shipping available throughout Canada & USA.

Visit our website for more info, photos and video 604-625-8904 ~ Abbotsford BC

OTTO fan Kenettas


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


2016 Stud FEE: Quality bloodlines, $ 1000 extraordinay movement, Plus $300 Booking Fee and a sensible, trainable disposition Shipping included all come together in VA Jason to create the ideal modern Andalusian stallion.

Winged Hawk K Appaloosa standing Rockledge Toswirah TLC 2013 Leopard, 15 HH Homozygous Black ApHC & FAHR Stallion Foundation bloodlines to Ghostwind Stallions 2016 STUD FEE: $850 LFG

(includes mare vet exam and $ 190 non-refundable booking fee)

Judy 250-574-6908 phone/text Kamloops, BC


JUNE 2016


Shop & Swap !


29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC


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

Two locations to meet your needs!

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988



7 3,


Toll Free 1-866-886-6893 –Kelowna (press 1); Kamloops (Press 2) Cart website: Parts website:


Authorized deAler for: • Otter Co-op and Sure Crop Feeds • Mini bags, tack & grooming products • Vet supplies, supplements and equine health 9/16 Grindrod BC ~ 250-838-0433 Mon-Sat 8 am to 7 pm / Sun 9 am to 6:30 pm

MISCELLANEOUS FARM SITTER/HOUSE SITTER available. 40 years experience with farm animals, big and small. Kelowna area. E-mail: or call 250-938-1698.

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 7/16

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~ Harness ~ Farrier Supplies ~ Horse/Pet Supplies & Feeds ~ Sure Crop Feed Dealer Deep Creek General Store


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong 6/16

100% Natural Organic 60 Minerals ~ 12 Vitamins ~ 21 Amino Acids Premium Quality Pure Kelp Supplements For All Your Farm Animals & Pets WWW.ULTRA-KELP .COM • TOLL FREE 1-888-357-0011

Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 6/17




THOROUGHBRED GELDING, 14 years old, 16.2HH. Ridden extensively on trails. Also dressage. He’s a pleasure to work with. Selling due to my injury (car). $5,000. 250-398-0818 Sue (Willams Lake BC) LOVELY MORGAN HORSES for sale. Top bloodlines and disposition. Call Branka 604-486-7137. www.

JUNE 2016



A well-designed tractor isn’t just easy to operate, it’s also easy on the operator. That’s why we included a new high-backed suspension seat and redesigned, easy-to-read dash panel. Both the 2WD and 4WD models also come with easy turn hydraulic steering for better maneuverability. Best of all, the electric PTO engagement system makes switching out implements a piece of cake. Now all you have to do is sit back, relax and get to work.

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