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Giddy Up to Give Back By Andrea Hébert, Development Coordinator, The Children’s Wish Foundation - BC & Yukon Chapter


ineteen years ago, one man had an idea. The concept was simple: enjoy a day out on the trails and collect pledges in support of a deserving charity. Since its inception, the Provincial Wish Trail Rides have raised more than $1 million, benefiting the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and helping to fulfill the heartfelt wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

Taking place from May until September across beautiful British Columbia, this event is a must for horse-lovers around the province. This year’s rides raised close to $23,000 and all funds will directly benefit the children helped by the BC & Yukon Chapter. Each ride represents the spirit of the community, bringing participants together to celebrate the wonderful work Children’s Wish does. This year, rides took place in Kamloops, Clearwater, Silver Creek (Salmon Arm), Prince George and Nanaimo. Locations had different routes for varying abilities plus fun activities such as a pancake breakfast, a silent auction and overnight camping. The Kamloops Trail Ride used their event as a party for wish kid, Kristina, who was celebrating a birthday that weekend! This event is the perfect opportunity to gather your horse-loving friends and family, create a team and raise funds to help grant a wish for a deserving child. A wish is an incredible opportunity for a sick child and their family to create lasting memories and share joy, hope, and happiness together. The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has granted over 22,000 wishes across the country and has recently expanded their criteria to also include children living with severe genetic and neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy.

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Wishes truly do work wonders; help share the magic!

Interested in getting involved or giving back? Children’s Wish is currently seeking volunteer coordinators for the 2016 events. To learn more about the Provincial Wish Trail Rides, visit This holiday season, consider a donation in lieu of gifts. It’s the perfect opportunity to give something back. Visit today.

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Features Children’s Wish Ride 3 Tips for Exhibitors, Part 2 6 Your Horse – The Ultimate Reflection 8 Mane Event Wrap-Up 10 Equine Studies for High School 11 Why Horses Gap Their Mouths 12 CWHBA Fall Classic Sale 14 Our Horses are Speaking 16 Interview with Buck Brannaman 20 Andre Goes to Camp, Part 1 22 Christmas Gift Guide 24 Canadians at World Western Dressage 35

ur final edition for 2015, where did the year go? Now I get to take a bit of time off (jigsaw puzzle time!) since we don’t print a January issue. Maybe some riding time too! We have the second part of the Gift Guide in this issue for those last minute shoppers. If you have a tough-to-buy-for horse person in your life – why not consider a Gift Certificate? Then they are sure to get what they really want or need. We’ll have a full report of the Horsey Ladies Charity Auction & Banquets (Okanagan and Cariboo) in the February issue, although the Horsey Ladies Okanagan Facebook page has news, photos and our list of sponsors on there now! I wish everyone well over the holiday season, and hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. May the stars shine bright for you – and cheers to you all!


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Dear Editor... Dear Editor:


have just learned of a really cool “App” for your iPhone, it’s called “K-9 Korrespondence.” This “App” actually can hear your dog’s every thought and translates it in to a ‘text from Fido’. Here is an example of such a text from the recent Mane Event in Chilliwack: “Dude!!! What are you thinking??? Why are you dragging me all over this massive, noisy, crowded, scary hall filled with strangers stepping on me, and other dogs trying to rip my throat out? What exactly is in this for me? PLEASE LEAVE ME HOME AND NEVER SUBMIT ME TO SUCH TORTURE AGAIN!!!!”



n the October issue, page 38, 116th Interior Provincial Exhibition, there was an error in the results. The winner of the $500 Western Pleasure Stake Senior was Joyce Felker-Voth riding Winning The Dream. Photo courtesy of Naomi McGeachy, Sweet Iron Photography.

Your faithful companion, “Fluffy” Cool “App,” eh? I’m working on an equivalent “App” for horses… - Yours truly, Ralph Livingston

Cover Feature This time of year brings new plans for next... and that includes


Murray Creek Ranch

or many years now our focus has been not only on breeding horses, but on training Thoroughbreds for the racetrack. As the racing industry has been in decline, we are cutting back on the Thoroughbred training and will now offer some of our barns for lease to trainers of other disciplines. It’s been a hard decision, but we feel the right one. We will still maintain our racetrack, and of course still have our 2 indoor arenas, but will no longer cater primarily to the Thoroughbred industry. I am willing to talk to any and all that have ideas or proposals. I find it VERY exciting! We will, of course, still offer full and self/semi-board and nightly lay-overs for those travelling or going on holidays. You may notice that Sally Rees has taken beautiful new photographs of our STALLIONS and it may look to some like there’s a new addition! It’s ‘Paid For a Chic’, our AQHA homebred son of the World Champion ‘Paid by Chic’. We just never had a photo of him. So here he is! Joining him on the cover are AQHA Shinin N Stylin, AQHA Dream Leaguers Tune, APHA HG Spark McCue, and our AP Indy son, TB Fisher Pond. We will continue to have events and clinics with monthly haul-ins welcome. We’ve been proud to be the winter training facility for the Langley Riders Drill Team for many years now. The dog agility people are having a couple of big shows once again, which is always a fun time. I have been approached with proposals for some horse clinics with pretty incredible people. Stay tuned for those announcements... Murray Creek Ranch is a very large facility, situated on 72 acres in south Langley. We have 170 box stalls in 5 barns, two indoor arenas (110x220 and 70x140), a 1/2 mile oval sand training race track, nine hot water wash racks, pipe round pen, and a separate foaling barn equipped with cameras. Our large parking lot has ample room for everyone (even the bad parkers!) and large rigs. We are minutes from 3 border crossings.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all! John and Lucille, Murray Creek Ranch, 3652 - 216th Street, Langley, BC 604-514-8700 office/fax or 604-807-5519 cell; E-mail HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 5

Ten Helpful Tips for All Exhibitors By Mark Sheridan PART 2 (SEE PART 1 IN THE NOVEMBER ISSUE)



or part two of this article, I continue to hit on a great variety of topics and share thoughtful ideas that have popped into my head while judging and exhibiting at both the smaller and larger horse shows. These are my opinions, which are also shared by a large majority of other judges that I work with, and do not represent the opinions of any breed or show association.

Tip #5 Showing on the rail in both Western and English events is always a big issue and everyone has their opinions about what is right and wrong. Personally, I think that you should show your horse to the best of his ability and not try to make him conform into what you think he should be. If your Western Pleasure horse has a longer stride than others in the class, then don’t shut him down where he looks artificial and not to the best of his ability, just because others are slower. Shutting horses down to the point that they look undesirable, and loping canted or sideways, or bobbing their heads will not only lose, but will harm them for other events that they might be better suited for to compete in. In the Hunter Under Saddle classes, showing off the rail seems like the thing many are doing to the extreme. I always hear the trainers telling their students to, “Get off the rail... get further off the rail!” When this happens, and all the horses are off the rail by 20, 30 or even 40 feet or more, the arena now becomes a very tiny arena with 17hh horses all the same colour, and all riders dressed the same, zooming by the judges just a few feet away. Trust me, we can’t find you if that happens. When the riders stay “on or near the rail,” the arena becomes very large again, there is plenty of space for everyone and room between riders, and plenty of room for us to evaluate the horses fairly! When it comes to the rookie and novice riders, my advice is to try to stay by yourself in the arena and find your own spot where you are not caught up in the pack, or as I call it, “the herd.” If you can delay your upward and downward transitions by just a few seconds or go deeper into the corners, this can go a long way in keeping you by yourself on the rail. Consistency and being seen go a long way in getting a prize! Tip #6 Showing your horse with the proper cadence and stride in Trail, Western Riding, Horsemanship and Equitation is mandatory for success. Proper execution of the lope and canter, especially, shows good riding form. The talented riders most always have their horses properly engaged in a true three-beat lope or canter. I still see many trail horses loping up to the lope over poles doing a four or five-foot stride, then lunging into the six-foot stride to get over the poles, and then back to the five-foot stride. I also see the Western Riding horses changing leads at the same slow pace, and then lunging into the lead change in order to get a change. If you watch the really good lead changers, the stride never varies from the time they lope off until the time they stop and back. Make sure to find a proper six-foot stride after the third stride following lead departures, then keep it all throughout the pattern. The Horsemanship and Equitation riders will sometimes shut their horses down to be able to sit more quietly; however, proper execution of strides is one of the most important parts of any pattern or rail work. The top riders I judge always seem to have this one thing covered when it comes to 6 • Saddle Up • December 2015

cadence, proper stride engagement and connection with their horse. Tip #7 When it comes to showing young horses or getting them ready to go to a show, I feel that the best way to overcome the “It’s his first show” issues is to take them to a schooling show first and just ride them around, tie them up for a couple hours, pony them in the arena during breaks, and do not show them right off the bat. Give them time to adjust being away from home, and this includes Halter Horses as well. They will tell you when they are ready to quiet down and compete. Forcing a young green horse into the show ring before it is time is a huge mistake that I see all the time at almost every show I judge. Take them to a local Roping or Team Penning for some exposure. Horses mature at different rates and the more they see, the faster they will come around mentally when it is time to actually compete. Just because you go to the show, does not mean that you are obligated to show your horse. Tip #8 Always make sure to pay attention to the Judges, Ring Stewards, and gate help. If they ask something of you, they are doing so in order to keep the show running smoothly. If you have a question regarding the pattern, or class procedure, feel free to ask any of the three people mentioned above. Realize that judges are always rooting for you to be your best; we are not “political,” and/or trying to set you up. We don’t play favourites, and we are actually on your side and have all been where you are on the other side of the arena. Make sure to do the required gaits that judges call for, lengthening the stride at the lope, or extending the jog in Western Pleasure doesn’t mean to pump your hand, bob your head and fake it. Some judges like to help exhibitors quite a bit; if they do give you free advice, take it and appreciate it, even if it contradicts what your trainer says to do. What you do with it later is up to you. Personally, I feel that we are paid to judge and not teach, so I don’t give much advice when judging in the arena. I would rather express myself in articles such as this one, or by conducting clinics. However, being a coach, I like to help out the ones that truly need it such as the rookies and novices. Do feel free to ask a judge through his ring steward if you have a question that will make you a better rider. But, there are two kinds of people who ask questions; the ones who say, “Why didn’t you like my horse?” and the ones who ask, “What do you suggest that I do better with my horse to improve?” Make sure that you are the latter! Tip #9 It would be hard for me to write an article without mentioning some pet peeves; it is just something that I must do, because they seem to keep popping up all the time. The minute one trend gets squashed, another one or two shows up. I will only go over a few of them now that are maybe the most noticeable to me. I mentioned in past articles regarding hats and the two traditional classes that are off limits to trends and fads. Showmanship and Horsemanship are two of the events that should stay traditional throughout time, and not yield to fads and trends. (A) Fancy Hats - I like the fancy hats in the reining, team penning, roping, and, to a degree, Pleasure… but not in Showmanship and Horsemanship. To me, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Tips... cont’d it is the equivalent of putting silver on headstalls in the Equitation. You just wouldn’t do it! The Showmanship winners are usually the ones that do not bring the theatrics and the strange way of trotting with their horses. (B) The Bobble Head, as I call it - getting it in rhythm with your horse in Trail and Western Riding, just don’t do it! Feel with your butt and legs, not with your head and neck! Keep your head still. (C) Whistling - the new thing about the spectators whistling on every lead change in Western Riding; it sounds like birds chirping. I think they feel it is influencing us; however, according to me and many other judges, it is extremely annoying and distracting. The Western Riding is not Reining. (D) Extremely loose reins - most rule books, including the AQHA rule book, say reasonably loose reins, not extremely loose reins. When the loop of the reins is below the knees of the horse, the reins are too long. When the reins are swinging back and forth and crossing, the reins are too long. When the exhibitor backs up the horse in the Trail, Horsemanship, and Western Riding, and the rein hand is up at the neck, chin or higher, the reins are too long. This is basic horsemanship!

Visit my website to view all my other articles at and feel free to email me at Mark Sheridan, B.Sc. (Equestrian Studies), has over 35 years of experience producing winning all-around show horses. He has trained and coached multiple Quarter Horse Reserve World Champions, in both English and Western divisions. Mark has been an AQHA, AAAA ranked, and NSBA Category One ranked judge since 1993. He has judged the AQHA World Show six times, the AQHA Youth World Show twice, the All American Quarter Horse Congress five times, the NSBA World Show, the NCAA and IHSA Collegiate Championships numerous times, as well as many international championships. Mark is a Past President of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, a member of the AQHA Professional Horseman’s Association, and was awarded Arizona’s Most Valuable Professional Horseman in 2008. He is an author of articles for numerous nationally-published magazines, conducts clinics nationally and internationally, and has recently produced a DVD series on achieving perfect lead changes. He is finishing his first book on valuable tips for horsemanship classes, which will be out soon on his website,

Tip #10 When I was a teenager showing youth events in Nebraska back in the seventies, I did not have a trainer, but I had a couple of nice horses, one of them being a son of Pico Dell out of a Kings Pistol mare. I remember not knowing much but trying to learn as much as possible by watching the pros. I never asked for much help, but I clearly remember trainers coming up to me and offering help. I remember trainers such as Joe Hayes, Bob Loomis, Mike Drennan, Bill Keyser, Gary Campbell, and Jim Wilke, to name a few that offered help to me for nothing in exchange. Maybe they saw something in me, or maybe it was just the Nebraska way of doing things, but I will always remember the advice they gave me! For those who hunger for knowledge, especially the rookies and novices -- do not be afraid to ask an AQHA Professional Horseman for some help at the shows. I guarantee you that they will help you with any questions you might have. Better yet, go to and look under Professional Horsemen for professionals in your area and take some lessons. My advice is to spend more money on lessons, and less money on entry fees. Do not be intimidated or afraid to ask any pro for help. We make a living teaching people how to become better horsemen and horsewomen. Most of us love to teach and it is why we do what we do! My goal and purpose in this article is to educate, inspire and make exhibitors, as well as trainers, aware of topics that they might not be aware of. Once again, these are my views and were designed to help and educate, however constructive criticism is always part of the equation. With some of these ideas implemented, shows will also continue to run more efficiently as well. I am always in search of furthering knowledge and, if the rookies and novices, especially, can avoid some of these issues, it should speed up the learning curve for them dramatically. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 7



he mirror that shows us truths about ourselves that we might not even be aware of. I don’t believe in accidents, and a horse in our life is no exception. I believe, to my very core, that horses choose us. Not the other way around. The reason they are in our lives may not be the reason we intended when we got them, but the horses we cross paths with for any Lauren and Twinkie amount of time have a reason for being there. My mirror’s name is Twinkie. She’s an 11-year-old Appendix mare I got as a 3-year-old. My 17-year-old self was ecstatic when my mom took me to a farm just outside of Red Deer, AB, to look at what might potentially be the horse I’d been waiting to find. I’d outgrown my old pony and needed a new horse to begin training for eventing (the sport that had a vice grip on my determined heart and soul). I remember liking her at first sight, but what shifted the “like” to “love” was when I asked her for a trot. She had the most amazing trot I’d ever ridden. If my memory serves me, the pen I was testing her out in was rough and misshapen, but her trot made me feel like I was on a cloud and suddenly, I wanted that horse. Long story short, I graduated high school and moved away without her, so Twinkie spent a few years in my parents’ pasture. She was lame on and off, and we never really bonded. Years later, I was working and living at a close friend’s farm and it occurred to me that I wanted to bring Twinkie to BC. I ignored my parents’ warnings that if something went wrong I might not be able to afford her, etc., and I had her hauled through the mountains to find her new home. I had just graduated from the Equine Therapy program and was thrilled to be certified and now I had my horse again. Twinkie and I began what became a few big learning years together that summer. We learned to be trail guides (she didn’t really like to lead, but would do it if encouraged enough) and explored miles of mountain trails together; we went through rough patches where she would be unsound for no apparent reason. She got frighteningly skinny a couple of times in the winters. I moved us both into town to a new barn eventually, where we started a more intense riding program. She worked hard for me, but I started noticing that it never felt like we got anywhere. She felt stuck, like progress couldn’t continue. One day I had a lesson and my friend (and instructor) told me she looked lame. I explained that she didn’t feel lame, just tight (like she always felt). My friend got on her and confirmed that she didn’t feel like she was hurting, but I could see that she definitely looked off. Once again, long story short, I had her checked by a vet and she had an injury that wasn’t fully recoverable. The heartbreak I felt was unlike anything I’ve felt. Not only were my 8 • Saddle Up • December 2015

dreams of eventing with her suddenly gone, feelings of immense guilt - like, how was it possible I hadn’t known - overcame me. I have years of experience and schooling. I should have seen it, how could I have pushed her so hard while she gave and gave, as much as I asked, without so much of a complaint. The reason I’m telling the story is because, as I’ve reflected over the years of having Twinkie, it’s been shocking how much that mare showed me “myself” -- from her injury being her left hind matching my own recurring left ankle injury, to her work ethic reflecting mine. The ways she struggled through the winters also was also parallel to my own situations. Winter always seemed to bring on stress and a lowness that any other season didn’t. There are countless examples and I wish I had space to share them all. But the point is that so much of that mare’s existence was a direct reflection of me and how I was living and treating myself. The relationship I have with her isn’t the partnership I’d imagined when I first got her, at all. But it’s invaluable and perhaps even stronger than I thought possible. I feel so monumentally blessed to have that mare in my life. She showed me, selflessly, myself. (See her ad in Shop & Swap, on page 63)

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Another Awesome Mane Event By Mark McMillan CHILLIWACK, OCTOBER 23-25, 2015


he Barker family did it again – good job you guys! Right from the start at 9:00 am Friday to the closing at 5:00 pm Sunday people swarmed the 160 plus tradeshow booths and packed the bags of goodies off to their cars. Anything you can imagine that has anything to do with horses was available in the tradeshow. Chilco Ranch right behind them took 4th. In the Trainers Challenge, our favourite part, the three trainers each had four round pen sessions of 45 minutes, two on Friday and two on Saturday, as well as the 30 minute final go on Sunday. Glenn Stewart from Fort St John took home the trophy spurs for 1st place, David Simons from Australia was second, and Sonny Garguilo from New York took 3rd. A big thank you needs to go out to Stan Jacobs and the Douglas Lake Ranch for supplying the terrific colts for the Trainers Challenge and for supplying cattle and helping out with the Ranch Challenge.

The rest of the time folks spent hopping between clinics, in four different areas – two arenas, a round pen and a demo area, and the Trainers Challenge and the Ranch Challenge. All were amazing! The new Working Ranch Challenge went over really well with packed grand stands. The cowboys all did an awesome job and the total scores from all four ranches ended up to be very close. In the end Coldstream Ranch took 1st place. They were tied with Douglas Lake Ranch in score but had 2 firsts and a third where Douglas Lake had one first and two seconds. The Kane Valley Ranch, with three cowgirls on the team, was just a smidgeon behind to give them 3rd place and

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All were very well received. The Saturday night Equine Experience seemed to rate a step above other years although we’re not sure why. The evening started out with a surprise marriage proposal in the centre of the arena which was fun. Twelve different acts followed including drill teams, liberty and bridleless demos, vaulting on horseback, Roman riding, a few songs by Mack Station, and trick riding … quite a show from all the entries. I think our favourite was the Vancouver Island Coastal Cowgirls drill team – they were fast, they were together, and they added some spins and sliding stops to their performance which the crowd loved.

The next Mane Event takes place in Red Deer, Alberta, April 21-24, 2016 (four days!). See you there!

The clinicians this year were once again some of the best in the industry: Jimmy Wofford – Jumping; Kristi Wysocki – Dressage; Pat Parelli - Parelli Natural Horsemanship; Doug Mills – Horsemanship; Doug Leasor - Barrel Racing; Glenn Stewart – Horsemanship; Jec Ballou - Western Dressage; David Simons – Reining; Sandi Simons – Horsemanship; and Sonny Garguilo – Horsemanship.


High School has more Options than ever Before! By Sharron Piazza Students are now able to take on-line courses that are Ministry of Education approved and give credits towards graduation. offers high school students the unique opportunity to get high school credits for doing what they love – riding and working with horses!

Y is a Distributed Learning School, with School District #53, that offers students in grade 8 to 12 a variety of Equine Studies courses. These courses are all on-line courses that are worth 4 credits each towards graduation and are free to all BC students. The Equine Studies courses cover a wide range of topics and are not discipline specific. It does not matter if the student rides English or Western. The student does not have to own a horse, but must be interested in horses! The Equine Studies 10 course covers the topics of: Rider Safety, Horse Psychology, History of the Horse, Horse Physiology, Basic Communication, Different Disciplines, Feeding and Care, Book Assignment and a Student Activity. Students in grades 8 to 10 start with this course. Equine Studies 11 builds on the knowledge the student has learned in Equine Studies 10. This course covers: Safety, Careers, Organizations, Bits and Bridles, Conformation, Physiology, Psychology, Terminology, Horse Care and Health, a Focus Area and Student Activity. The Equine Studies 12 offers the student more options to focus on their areas of interest. Students will cover: Reading Assignments, Horse Health, Training, Knowledge, Interviews and a Student Activity. There are no pre-requisites for any of these courses. The final Equine course is a unique course only offered by This course is called Competitive Rider 11, and is open to any student, in grades 8 to 12, who is riding in competitions. Students will need to compete in at least four competitions of 2-days (or any combination of one or more days to equal 8 days of competition). Students can compete in any equine discipline. This course is great to work on over the summer when there are many competitions available to enter. This course has the student set goals and timelines, tell how they prepare for competitions, give evidence and write-ups of the competitions and write a final summary for the season. Not only does offer these great courses to any high school student in BC, they also offer a wide variety of core and elective courses for students in grade 10 to 12. Some of the courses that tie into

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the Equine Studies courses are: Work Experience 10 and 12, for students who are currently working or volunteering, PE 10 to 12, where riding or vaulting counts for the physical activity hours, Planning 10 and Grad Transitions. Check the full list of courses on the website.

If you are interested in one, or more, of these courses, it is very easy to register. Go to and click on the register tab on the top of the page and fill out the registration form. If you have any questions about any of the courses offered at you can contact the principal, Glen Heinrichs, by email: or phone 250 498-4597.

Introducing Equine Studies For High School Students Offering Equine Studies courses and the Competitive Rider course All courses are Ministry of Education approved, free to BC high school students, and each course is worth 4 credits towards your Graduation. Courses are not discipline specific and open to all riders; horse ownership is not necessary.


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f you aren’t happy with your horse’s reaction to the bit, or his reaction to your rein pull, then I have help for you! I have a saying, “Knowledge is power.” If people can develop the knowledge as to why a horse’s mouthing problem started, then often they will have the ability to correct the problem. I know for a fact that a horse can improve with this knowledge - I have seen it time and time again. Horses with major mouth problems can be completely remade into great-mouthed horses. In this article, you will learn how to develop a horse with a happy, quiet mouth. I believe that most of the mouth problems that horses have are developed as a result of not accepting the bit. This non-acceptance stems from four main causes: 1. Your horse needs dental work done in his mouth All horses need routine management of their teeth, but it is very important to make sure that a performance horse’s teeth are managed routinely and bit seats (where the bit sits in your horse’s mouth) are in place. Young horses have baby teeth and caps that often don’t fall out on their own and need to be pulled. I recommend that you have a good equine dentist or veterinarian check your horse’s teeth once a year. Your horse’s teeth continue to grow throughout his life and will wear down and create sharp points and even cut into his gums. This can be very painful for your horse. Your veterinarian will file these sharp edges and smooth them. Imagine how painful and uncomfortable this could be -- putting a bit in your horse’s mouth and asking him to yield or soften to pressure but, if he is in pain, he will not be able to soften comfortably. So, before you do anything with your horse that gaps his mouth, have your veterinarian out to check his teeth. If his teeth have been bad for a while, you may need to reprogram or retrain him. Some of his mouth problems may be due to the fact that he has learned to respond to the pain. 2. Your horse has developed a learned behaviour or conditioned response of opening his mouth The majority of problems with a horse gaping or showing resistance with his mouth are caused by a learned or conditioned response. In other words, the rider has pulled or bumped on the horse’s mouth, the horse reacted negatively and the rider released. A negative reaction may include gaping his mouth, pulling back and refusing to give, or gnashing or grinding his teeth. I can’t stress enough the importance of riders learning to use their hands, and learning to ride mindfully. Riding mindfully means riding 12 • Saddle Up • December 2015

with feel and knowing what a horse is doing underneath them. Riding mindfully teaches riders “feel” by paying attention and knowing what the horse is doing through what their hands are telling them. Riders will know through their eyes what the horse is doing because they are watching the horse’s head and neck and are being mindful of the horse’s reaction and body language to their pull. A rider’s pull is like “speaking” to the horse. A mindful rider waits for the answer and then releases when they have the correct answer. You can teach your horse to resist or give the wrong answer by the way you communicate with your horse through your hands. Speak to your horse the way you would want to be spoken to; wait politely for his answer and then respond back by rewarding or releasing him. So many problems in a horse’s mouth and attitude would never have begun had people just ridden mindfully: ridden with respect, ridden with care and concern for the horse – that’s what mindful riding is. So, learning to ride mindfully creates a different picture than the one of an angry, confused horse fighting at the bit and at the rider’s hands. In one way or another, this is how you began to reprogram your horse’s negative experiences into positive ones. If you feel that your horse falls into the category of horses that have learned to respond negatively, you can begin to reprogram him with time and patience. Start with small victories. To achieve these victories you need to understand the fundamentals of the pickup. There are three main components to the pickup -- (a) the approach, (b) the draw, pull or bump, and (c) the release. a) The Approach Practice your pickup by practicing your approach. The approach is the movement from being out of contact with your horse’s face, to in contact. Make sure your draw is smooth. Do your best to make sure your first approach isn’t too abrupt. Riders who jerk in their first approach end up with horses that either brace against them or become overactive. Many horses that gap are a product of riders who jerk with their first approach. The horse opens his mouth to escape from the jerk. By opening his mouth he avoids giving and softening in the jaw and becomes resistant. b) The Draw, Pull or Bump This is the time when you are giving direction to your horse. I like to draw because the draw is a softer cue than a pull or bump. However, if my horse is pulling back against my draw, I will bump until my horse softens or gives and then I go back to a soft cue such as the draw. Many horses that gap are ones that as soon as the rider bridles their head, the rider throws the reins to them. They have not learned to be tolerHCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training... cont’d ant of or accepting of being held. In order to gain the acceptance that a well broke horse has, it is important for him to allow you to hold him if you so choose. As you are holding him, he needs to wait patiently for the release. I want to see my horse still with his head and neck, without wiggling or looking for a way out. He needs to accept the pressure. If I have a horse that gets upset while I’m holding him, I will hold him until he gives and gets quiet in his head and neck - then I give to him. c) The Release The release is the reward or your clear approval of his response. That’s why I have a saying, “Be in or be out with your hands.” When a rider hangs on or balances off of their hands, the horse is taking unnecessary hits or pounds of pressure in his mouth from the pull. Learn to be a balanced rider and not balance off of the horse’s mouth. Don’t “hang on” with your hands. That way your cues can be clear and concise, not muddled with a cue then a moment of hanging on with your hands. Then your pickup, your draw, and your release will really mean something to your horse. When I release my horse, I do it smooth and slow, just like my pickup. I do my best to be clear so that my horse knows I was satisfied with his response. This way your horse will learn to look for the release. I believe horses learn by the release or the reward. All of these bad riding habits I have mentioned can contribute to or cause horses to gap or become mouthy with the bit, as well as horses refusing to give and being rewarded for their refusal. By being a mindful rider, you can discern what is a true give from your horse and what is not.

or pinching the sides of your horse’s mouth. I would not ride a gaping horse in a bit with a high port; I would most likely use a short shank correction bit. This bit is collapsible in his mouth and forgiving, but also has some leverage when needed. The bit you use depends on the individuality of your horse. The interior of every horse’s mouth is different so do your best to try a few bits to see what he feels most comfortable in. Every horse deserves to be ridden mindfully with a proper fitting bit and a rider with good hands. Please know there is no perfect rider; just aspire every day to improve yourself little by little. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry. Dana has trained multiple Youth and Amateur Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Western Riding, Trail and Reining champions at both the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Show, as well as many circuit and futurity champions. It was Dana’s success in the show ring that led to her desire to share her knowledge with the equine community, and this is how the “Winning Strides” series was born. Dana currently has nineteen DVD titles available. These DVDs have something to offer every rider at any level and in every discipline. These series’ are designed to educate horse owners and riders from the fundamentals of horse handling and horsemanship to becoming a World Champion in the show pen, in any event.

3. Your horse has stiffness or pain in the neck or elsewhere I have found that on a horse with neck stiffness, the horse would open his mouth when I pull laterally (side to side). He would be fine when I would bridle him straight back, but when I would ask him to flex or give side to side he would open his mouth. This is a dead giveaway that the horse is stiff or painful throughout the neck. I would first eliminate any neck problem your horse may have. Have your vet evaluate him, but once you eliminate a medical condition you can go ahead and do suppling exercises to help your horse become looser and suppler. Once the horse is comfortable being pulled to the side he is less likely to develop a negative response. Use the same principles that we discussed in point #2 to eliminate a negative learned behaviour. 4. A wrong or ill-fitting bit for your horse I cannot encourage you enough to learn about bits and how they work and how they should fit in a horse’s mouth. The art of bits and bridles is understanding total success with your horse. Many, many riders and horse lovers don’t understand how to use certain bits and when to use a bit in a phase of their horses’ training. I have some excellent DVDs on this subject. Take Control Volume 5, 6 and 7 or The Headset Series go into detail on this topic. It is important to understand that in a shank bridle your direction of pull with your reins completely changes the bit’s application in your horse’s mouth. Different bits hit different pressure points and to be fair to your horse, I feel it is important that you develop a basic knowledge of this. Make sure your bit isn’t ill fitting; make sure it is not too narrow HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 13

CWHBA Fall Classic - A Year of Firsts! By Teresa van Bryce

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he Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association Fall Classic Breeders sale achieved many firsts in 2015. For the first time, it was held at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB. This all-in-one facility brought out bidders and watchers in new numbers to witness the second highest sales gross in the history of the sale, and the highest in five years, at $369,750. The consignors presented 42 horses with the best pedigrees and presentation in 21 years. These excellent horses created several firsts: the highest percentage of horses sold at 86%, the highest overall average at $10,270, and the highest 2-year-old average of $11,400.

High Selling Two-Year-Old It also resulted in the highest number of horses sold over $10,000 in the past five years. The high-selling horse under saddle and overall, receiving the Victory Tack Shop cooler, was Glasgow (Olympic Animo x Roderik x Bonaparte), bred by LEAD Partners and consigned by Lindsay Powell. This big, well-developed 4-year-old showed enormous potential for the jumper ring and sold for $27,000 to lucky buyer Vicky Oram of Calgary. There were several stars presented in the 2-year-old category that kept the bidders working hard. The high selling 2-year-old, receiving the Sparks Innovations cooler, was Sunset in the Summer MP (Rubinus x Fantast x Ky Alta), bred and consigned by Shirley England of Garden Hill Farm, and selling for $25,000 to Shadow Ridge Stables of Langley. We’ll

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gain, won the bid at $14,800 and proudly drove his new purchase out of the arena. The gala evening, sponsored by Parkland ATV, took on a new look with a trick riding presentation, a wonderful dressage kur by Sheri Cameron and her Grand Prix stallion Sovereign Hit, and a dog and pony relay featuring the dogs of the Hot Diggity Dogs Agility Club. Designed to encourage young riders to enter, the competition was fierce with Amanda Augustine-Fee and her partner Calista AA taking top honours. The young breeder fund was replenished through an active and entertaining Calcutta and great fun was had by all. The sale had over 1,000 people watching the live streaming, the phone bids were many and active, and the bleachers were totally full, indicating that warmblood horse breeding and sales are alive and well in western Canada. The Alberta Chapter of the CWHBA would like to thank all of the volunteers, consignors and buyers for their support of the 21st annual Fall Classic Breeders Sale. ATV and buyer






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t can be difficult to feel confident in your decisions or your choices selves and just get to work, which somehow they do, until they can’t do it when it feels next to impossible to know what your horse is thinking anymore. I suspect, in many cases, that’s exactly what has happened, but but, luckily for us, our horses do give us clear and consistent signals there are a few behaviours or “telling tales” that can’t be totally silenced. that, if we learn how to read, won’t lead us astray. I’m going to share with If we can learn to recognize and read these signs they can help us imyou a few of the telling tales that I’ve come to know. mensely with our decision making and to isolate the piece of their train Most of us have been taught to watch our horses’ ears for signs ing that they’re not fully prepared for and ultimately, keep us safer in the saddle. Once we can identify the piece of the they may be unhappy. Ears pinned flat puzzle that’s missing, we can help our horses back are a clear and consistent warning to feel more comfortable - mind, body and sign of an unhappy horse. A raised head, soul - with whatever it is that they are having tight muscles, wrinkled nose or a clamped a hard time with. or swishing tail are all also fairly well-known and clear examples of our horses trying to It takes a keen eye, a caring heart and tell us how they feel. Unfortunately, many of a genuine interest in the horse’s experithese things can be misunderstood as bad ence to see some of these signs, but once behaviour, rather than the information that you learn to truly see what your horse is they are. Often, they’re even “trained out” saying, it’s next to impossible to miss these of our horses, leaving us without a way to messages ever again. Probably the easiest understand their experience. telling tale to learn to recognize is the tail. Most of us have already learned to watch for Although I start a fair number of “clean Notice the slight bend outward at the hocks of this Quarter swishing or clamping but, for most of us, if slate” youngsters and have the pleasure of continuing the education of many well- Horse mare’s tail. This mare’s tension is a result of body pain. it’s not doing something pretty obvious, we She has had an accident in the past that has caused her to don’t take much notice. I’ve learned to watch started, healthy and emotionally-balanced experience some physical discomfort due to compensation. for the quality of looseness in the way a tail horses, it seems that the majority of the swings. horses I work with are mid-aged, working horses who’ve developed some interesting, unwanted and sometimes Most of us have experienced a horse we’re working with whose tail is dangerous habits or who’ve had, what appears to be, stress-induced so tense that it is literally standing straight up in the air, as though they are nervous breakdowns. Many of these horses have been to a number of flying a flag behind them. This is usually accompanied by a raised head, trainers before they ended up with me and most all of them would quite wide nostrils, blowing or snorting and fancy, high stepping action from easily pass the average “trainer’s checklist” with ease! the horse’s legs. This tail posture is a clear expression of nervous or ex What I mean by that is, if you were to run through a set of skills every cited tension. It would be hard to miss something that extreme, however horse needs to have before you hop on and ride, (disengage the hips, lead in some cases (such as Arabians) it’s often passed off as “a breed thing” nicely, stand still for grooming and saddling, flex laterally left and right, and not considered to be an example of their level of comfort or in this pick up feet, etc.) these horses would check out, no problem, without so case, discomfort. much as a flick of the ear or one missed step but yet they aren’t working In some cases, some of the horses I’ve worked with have actually had well. It’s as though they’ve been taught to keep their opinions to them- previous people in their lives tie their tails down so that this type of ex-

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The first three pictures are of a Morgan/Quarter Horse gelding I’m working with who is displaying a relaxed body posture with a stiff, tense tail and very little movement or swing. His tail tension is caused by emotional tension. pression was impossible. For these horses, expressing themselves with their tails has become somewhat more difficult and takes a little more conscious effort to recognize; however, it can still be a clear opportunity for understanding the horse’s emotional or physical comfort. With a horse like this, you’ll observe that their coccygeal vertebra (the bones inside the tail) are quite stiff, sometimes pointing straight down, sometimes following the curve of their hindquarters and in some cases, pointing out, roughly at a 45 degree angle from their hindquarters. Sometimes the very tip of the tail bones are curved out and away from the horses hocks. In any case, the tail has no softness to it and doesn’t swing loosely to the left or the right. Instead, it is held stiffly and only the hair hanging from the tail might have a slight swing to it. More than a few of the horses I’ve worked with have displayed this symptom. When I observe a tail like this I can be sure that there’s some form of discomfort, confusion or fear happening within my horse. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out if the discomfort is coming from an emotional tension caused by

fear or trauma or if it’s an expression of some fairly easy-to-solve physical discomfort like saddle fit or an old injury, as it has been with many of them. In any case, a relaxed, elevated (but not tense) tail posture is my goal. One that gently lifts out and then loosely falls behind the horse, swinging softly to the left and right with the horse’s movement, and not just from the hair hanging off the bone but the actual coccygeal vertebra (bones inside the tail) themselves! When I see a tail like this I can feel confident in knowing that the horse I’m working with is (at least at that moment) feeling relaxed and comfortable with whatever it is we’re doing. When you learn to watch for these subtle clues, it can give you a chance to search for the answer or ask for help before an accident happens and you get bucked off or worse. Because the horse’s tail is part of the spine and has to respond to all of the connective tissues, ligaments and muscles that control the rest of the spine, it’s a very clear example of how they’re feeling. And because a horse can’t separate his mind and body (in other words, how he looks is how he feels), looking carefully at the tail will help us

to understand him just a little bit better. If we can find a way to help that stiff, tense tail to hang loose and relaxed and to swing, we can feel more confident in our safety and the emotional and physical well-being of our horses. Of course, the tail isn’t the only telling tale we have to go by. Another sign I’ve learned to observe in my horses over the years is also quite consistent and not too hard to pick out either. They say, “The eyes are the window to the soul” and that is quite true! Read next month’s article to find out more! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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his is the only place in Canada that Buck does clinics. He said it’s just too complicated to cross the border, and especially with horses: “Those border guards make you feel like you did something wrong,” he laughed, “and that’s going both ways!” But thanks to the persistence, dedication, and organization of sponsors Keith and Denice Stewart of Key Ranch, this was the fifth time Buck has come to High River to conduct horsemanship clinics. As most everyone knows, Buck Brannaman is an American cowboy and horse trainer who was the inspiration for the 1995 novel, “The Horse Whisperer,” and the 1998 film of the same name. He was also the subject of the 2011 documentary “Buck,” which chronicles his violently abusive childhood and how horses were his solace, how they saved his life. His resulting insights into the fears and misunderstandings between humans and horses have made him a highly sought-after horse trainer – and people trainer – around the world. “People often come to these clinics because they’re afraid,” Buck told me. “They’re unsure, they’ve maybe already had some trouble and they realize this fear is something they can’t tackle on their own. Likewise,” he smiled gently, “the horse is probably gonna be

work her through learning and understanding these new exercises. The Foundation Horsemanship group did lots of groundwork to soften and relax their horses, while learning to disengage the hindquarters. In a couple of instances where there was a dangerous situation shaping up – a horse crowding the human and refusing to back up, a horse constantly evading and ignoring the lead-rope cues – Buck would step in and work that horse through the exercise. It was clear he wasn’t impressed with humans creating spoiled, rude horses. “You guys give me plenty of projects at these clinics,” he said, while working an uncooperative Paint on the ground. “I didn’t create this, if I was just at home with my own horses this wouldn’t have happened... but it does need to be dealt with.” The Horsemanship 1 class worked on latafraid as well.” Throughout the three days, Buck was generous and thorough with his wealth of horse knowledge; there was plenty of technical instruction. He was on a young, locally-borrowed mare to demonstrate what he wanted his students to practice. Because this five-year-old hadn’t much training yet, we would watch him

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Brannaman... cont’d – Buck told many engaging anecdotes about his teachers, and credited them often with all they taught him. Usually these stories featured Buck being young and green, and they elicited lots of laughter from the audience. Many times over the weekend, Buck cautioned riders to be light with their cues, to be quick with their release, and to not harass and coerce a horse into maneuvers. He said you always want the horse to search for what you want, not be bullied into it. “That special part of a horse, their sensitivity, you want to leave that intact until one day you get handy enough to use it,” he said. “You’ve got to keep ‘life’ in your horse. And life isn’t speed – you can make a dull horse go fast. Life is punctuality (to cues) and lightness.” At the end of Day Two, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Buck; I asked him how horsemanship has changed over the years. “I think horsemanship has really advanced in the last 30 years,” he said. “Particularly the methods of working with young horses. Thirty years ago, Ray Hunt was considered an anomaly. Now, Ray’s method of working horses is the method that all methods are measured against.” When asked what he finds fulfilling about his work, Buck said: “Every week I can go away from a clinic feeling like the horses might have a little better deal as a result of having been there. Once in a while, and I wouldn’t be so self-indulgent to say that it happens every day, but every so often someone will come to me and say that as a result of riding with me or doing a clinic with me that in some way, beyond the scope of horses, it changed their life. To have that opportunity – that privilege – to affect someone’s life is very humbling. With that comes some responsibility,” he added, “and you hope like hell to say the right things.” Here we talked about his life on the road – he was off to Italy next, then Australia and New Zealand. He had three weeks scheduled in February to be back with his family on their ranch in Wyoming... “And then I go back on the road and it all starts over,” he chuckled. Finally, I asked Buck how horses make us better people. He got

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The Continuing Education of a Seasoned Trail Horse By Lorraine Stubbins PART 1 - ANDRE GOES TO CAMP



hether you start and develop your own horses or have a pro- trail and to have fun, horse camping and exploring the scenic trails. fessional trainer do the early work to get them going, the edu- Initially, Andre was insecure when his lady love, Keira, was out of his cation of both a trail horse and a trail rider is an ongoing learn- sight. He had lived for years with no other horse, so he was lonely. He ing experience. was delighted to resume normal social behaviour by mutual grooming, Many horses come to us with much of their history unknown. It can leading, following, exploring, play fighting etc., with his friend. be tough to anticipate a horse’s reaction to Short-term separation was introduced each and every situation we may encounter within days of arriving, initially for walks inout on the trail. The lucky folks get to have hand around the neighbourhood. He proa say in what the horse is exposed to right gressed to time in his paddock alone, while from the get go, by breeding a foal themthe mare went out. Andre then advanced selves, and gradually introducing the young to going out on rides solo. This solitary trail animal to a lot of variety in its early years. time proved to be a little challenging for him initially, but he behaved in a reasonable Herd social dynamics through group fashion. turnout help develop good interpersonal equine relationships which come in really Months of quiet local trail riding, as a pair handy out on the trail and when meeting and individually, ensued for the remainder strange horses later in life. Going out with of the winter and spring. Going out with his a confident steady friend, either on the lead confident lead horse taught this green trail line or under saddle, can do wonders for a horse some courage and he started to relax Andre - the ‘glam’ shot. young or green horse’s feeling of well-beand enjoy himself. ing. Supervised gradual separation from the herd environment should be undertaken with consideration for the horse’s anxiety level. Gradual increases in the time and distance away, from friends and home, are necessary as the horse builds confidence in his ability to cope with change. Trailer travel can expand horizons to a variety of settings. Short outings close to home are good education for a green horse. More complex experiences advancing the exposure are best undertaken in stages, as the horse shows acceptance. Dogs, traffic, terrain differences, these factors all play a part in a horse’s learning; generally the earlier the introduction to them, the better. It is up to the rider to assess how the horse handles life in his new world and decide when the time is right to add more challenge. Often the horse may need a little help and patience with his/her education along the way. This can be the fun part! Change, when embraced by the rider and introduced in a timely manner, in a supportive setting, can result in a well-adjusted, confident and curious attitude from the horse. Take a step back to January 2015 Andre came to us in January 2015 as a 9-year-old gelding who had had large blocks of time living alone and who was mostly unridden in his recent history. Andre was bought to become a calm, confident, reliable trail horse for an intermediate-but-rusty rider (my partner, Bill). We approached his education gradually, with baby steps, but with specific goals in mind. We wanted Andre to feel a sense of well-being and to approach his new life as a trail horse with interest and a calm attitude. We also wanted his intermediate-but-rusty rider to ease back into enjoying time on the 22 • Saddle Up • December 2015

Then came the initial spring 2015 camping trip... It was the Grand Opening of the new pens at our favourite horse camp at Lundbom Lake, Merritt. What a commotion! You would think Andre’s world was about to end... and I guess it seemed to be crumbling around him, from his perspective! The mare ignored him as she happily munched hay in her familiar surroundings at the lake and enjoyed greeting the new horses around her. Andre was tense; everywhere he looked there was another strange horse unloading from the trailers. Thirty-odd horses were coming and going. Mares, geldings and a stallion, too! All manner of excitement! Horses being led past his little pen, lunged nearby, all of it absolutely mind boggling and distressing to the horse-camping newbie! Once the morning chaos had waned a little, Andre was moved to a new pen just 30 feet away from his friend. Changing up the equation, adding just a little more variety and thereby challenge, he had to stand tied at the trailer for a little while, thank god he was within sight of his friend! All a bit stressful and unsettling from his perspective, but he coped! Little by little, bit by bit, the little gelding got over some of his separation anxiety. In camp, the whinnies became less frantic, the whirls less dervish-like, the poops less “cow-plopish.” The solo walks in-hand around camp became less stimulating. Calm, confident, reliable trail horses were the norm in camp, just going about their business. Andre participated with the flag bearers, in the opening ceremony, of the newly renovated camp. There were balloons popping, a bagpiper piping, crowds and dignitaries assembling, ribbon cutting; all just part of what goes on with the Back Country Horsemen of BC folks. He held it together. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Seasoned Trail Horse... cont’d

Now move forward a month to BCHBC Rendezvous 2015... It’s June and time for the annual multi-chapter gathering of the Back Country Horsemen of BC. Huge opportunities for new exposure! Horses, mules, people and dogs of every description, laden pack animals, trail class obstacles, hobbled horses in the meadow, dog agility, music and dancing cowpokes, trail rides with steep canyon ascents, hundreds of riders coming and going. Wow! Andre had a tough time staying calm at first, away from his buddy; but, over the three days, you could see a little bit of acceptance. We recognized that he was trying, that his baby steps were advancing toward our goal, and we felt good about his progress. Fast forward to the week of August 2015... Visitors arrived on our farm with their rigs and ponies. The riders were keen to discover what the local trails had to offer in terms of variety of terrain and scenery. Our group of three different horses consisted of varying ages and experience levels, all the way from young/green equines to very experienced trail horses. At the expense of repeating myself, our collective goal was to have fun together out on the trails with calm, confident, reliable trail horses. We sought out challenging and interesting terrain. We crossed streams, leapt ditches, travelled up the water-filled viaduct, enjoying the cool splashes on the hot summer day. It was great fun trotting and loping calmly together across the open rangeland. We had a plan to make sure everyone was safe and that the horses stayed relaxed: Greenies in the lead, everyone in the zone. Later

we took turns being the leader on the forested single-track trails ensuring that everyone got time to lead, follow, and bring up the rear. It was very enjoyable and relaxing riding with a group of savvy riders where confident horses didn’t tailgate, they waited patiently at gates, stood quietly to mount, drank together at the watering holes, accepting calmly the antics of two energetic, grouse-flushing, squirrel-chasing, trail dogs. Returning to the trailers, we threw another curve ball at the horses -- loading them in a straight-haul trailer with a ramp; once again, testing the flexibility of the equine mind. Andre sure made me proud that day. Nothing monumental to the outside observer but, to me, his progress over the past months was enormous. He went on an 18 km trek with three strange horses, without his special pal. He was relaxed and dozed off at our lunch stop, tied alone to a tree, while the other hobbled horses grazed a distance away. I guess our little horse has figured out that he can rely on himself now. The other horses are close enough for comfort and it sure feels good to have a little snooze when you get a chance. Could there be a glimmer of a calm, confident, reliable trail horse emerging here? I sure hope so! Some of you may remember Sally Field and her antics as “Gidget” in the 1965 TV series; so, like Gidget, when “Andre Goes to Camp,” wisdom and growth are gained from life experience. We leave to do some trail riding and camping in Arizona in the New Year. Please stay tuned for the next chapter, “Andre Goes to the Desert.”

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Equine Foundation of Canada By Bob Watson


he Equine Foundation of Canada has been funding scholarships for students and equipment for Canadian Veterinary Colleges for over 30 years. With the addition of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Calgary a few years ago there are now five Veterinary Colleges across Canada. Funds are made available in a rotating order with one per year. The designated College in 2015 was St. Hyacinthe in Quebec and Dr. JeanPierre Lavoie received funding to purchase an Endobronchial Ultrasonography for use in his work in the diagnosis and treatment of horses with chronic airway diseases, in layman’s terms, Equine Heaves a chronic, debilitating and incurable disease affecting approximately 10 to 15% of Canadian horses. Currently there is no means to identify horses with Inflammatory Airway Disease (AID) that will eventually develop heaves. Dr. Judith Koenig at the OVC, Guelph Ontario, the designated College in 2014, received funding for the purchase of an Equinosis Lameness Locator from the Equine Foundation of Canada. The equipment will benefit both research projects and education by providing an objective method of determining equine limb lameness. The designated College in 2016 will be Atlantic in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and we expect to receive their request early in the new year. The foundation has also previously provided funds for some non- veterinary college items such as two Emergency Rescue Units in Alberta, and in October this year, for a ‘Horse Mannequin’ in British Columbia. All three of these items are attached to, and stored in, fire stations to be used in animal rescues such as cattle liner rollovers, horse trailer crashes and, in the case of the mannequin, to provide training to rescue personnel for animals which are stuck or injured. The funding for the mannequin was to the Horse Council of British Columbia. They will obtain a trailer to transport the mannequin to training areas. 34 34 •• Saddle Saddle Up Up •• December December 2015 2015


Western Style Dressage By Jen Losey From BC, Mandy Blais (Adult Amateur), riding Call Me Listo, placed as follows: Overall Level 2 Champion (received a beauty buckle!) Equitation on the Rail – 2nd Western Suitability – 1st Western Dressage Hack – 1st L2T2 – 2nd L1T2 – 1st Freestyle L2 – 2nd L2T3 – 1st L1T4 – 10th


The Canadian Group at the World’s!

hings are starting to be planned for the 2016 year! There will be a lot going on around Alberta for Western Style Dressage. Red Deer and Area Western Style Dressage Association (RDAWSDA) will host three show dates in 2016 -- one in Didsbury, one in Red Deer and a two-day event in Cochrane. There is also some consideration being given to a winter series. Central Alberta Western Style Dressage Association (CAWSDA) will be bringing Lisa Wieben to the Edmonton area on April 30-May 1, 2016 for a two-day clinic. For all the details please check out our website at We will also host a couple Fun Days and a movie night over the colder, harder-to-travel-in months. Elaine Ward will be at Horse In Hand Ranch on March 19-20, 2016. Please go to for all the details. Both CAWSDA and RDAWSDA will have a joint booth at the Mane Event, April 21-24, for their 10-year anniversary. It promises to be awesome! We would like to extend huge congratulations to everyone from Canada who went down to the WDAA World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 6-8. Thank-you to everyone who supported the riders and went down! In attendance were: Mandy Blais riding Call Me Listo, Lillian Evaniew-Phelan riding Listos Last Sugar, Sweet Shinin Remedy, Kelly Adams riding Megan, Ambri Ibn El Matrabb, RD Fabro Thyme, Hotrodder Mike, Heidi Adams riding Hotrodder Mike, Sherri Dunne riding Ambri Ibn El Matrabb, Kayla Kuebler riding Mary Poppins, Mister Banks, Drew Mittermayr riding Get a Clue, Gwen Hreceniuk riding SWF Treasured Prints, Walter Mantler riding Arista Bask Or, Liberachi SS, Jennifer Postma riding Sexy Superstar, Jessica Crow riding Okies Runnin Sweet, Renee Phillips Strebchuk riding Sweet Shinin Remedy. Twelve riders from Canada in all!

From BC, Lillian Evaniew-Phelan (Open) riding Listos Last Sugar and Sweet Shinin Remedy placed as follows: Equitation on the Rail – 3rd Western Dressage Hack – 2nd L3T2 – 8th L3T4 – 7th From BC, Renee Phillips Strebchuk (Open) riding Sweet Shinin Remedy placed as follows: Intro T4 – 8th From Saskatchewan, Kelly Adams (Open) riding Megan, Ambri Ibn El Matrabb, RD Fabro Thyme and Hotrodder Mike placed as follows: Equitation on the Rail – 8th L3T2 – 7th L2T3 – 5th L3T4 – 6th From Manitoba, Kayla Kuebler (Adult Amateur) riding Mary Poppins and Mister Banks placed as follows: Freestyle Basic – 7th Freestyle L3 – 5th L3T4 – 8th From Manitoba, Drew Mittermayr (Junior) riding Get a Clue placed as follows: Equitation on the Rail – 3rd Basic T3 – 3rd Basic T4 – 8th From Ontario, Gwen Hreceniuk (Adult Amateur) riding SWF Treasured Prints placed as follows: Equitation on the Rail – 9th Western Dressage Hack – 7th L2T2 – 4th L2T3 – 5th L1T4 – 5th From Ontario, Walter Mantler (Open) riding Arista Bask Or and Liberachi SS placed as follows: L2T2 – 8th L2T3 – 4th L3T2 – 2nd L3T4 – 2nd Freestyle L3 – 2nd

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Mandy Blais

From Ontario, Jennifer Postma (Adult Amateur) riding Sexy Superstar placed as follows: Winner - Level 3 High Point Amateur buckle! Western Dressage Hack – 9th L2T2 – 7th L2T3 – 3rd L3T2 – 1st L3T4 – 1st • 35

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By Mark McMillan


t’s been a long time since I rode a horse in Mexico but on January 15, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, it looks like that’s where you’ll find Kathy and me. We’ll be riding out of a ranch in a small jungle village, along a river, by a waterfall, up into the mountains and back through a tropical forest. If we decide to take what they call their “wild ride” we’ll be on a “challenging ride” through the high jungle mountains and galloping along a mountain Rancho el Charro in Puerto ridge. Wow - sounds like fun! Vallarta is where we plan to We will be joining Billie and Hugh ride in January. Charro means McLennan and a group of Spirit of the traditional horseman in Mexico. West radio show listeners on their 10-day Mexican Riviera cruise January 8-18. We fly to LA on January 7 and board the Crown Princess the next day, with stops in San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, and Puerto Vallarta. The route is through the Sea of Cortez, which is known as the home of the migrating Grey and Sperm whales. There’s still time to I couldn’t not share this photo of one of book if you want to join us our boarders – Randy, AKA Muley. He is so – give Kathy or Mark a call if sweet and so cute. you have any questions. Well, the Mane Event in Chilliwack was once again a great weekend. We always enjoy the whole weekend and find it hard to take in everything that we want to see. This year, with the addition of the Ranch Challenge, we not only had trouble seeing what we wanted to see but we had trouble finding time to eat! See the full story on page 10. When he was only 13 years old, we met Brett Kissel Brett put on an awesome show in Williams Lake on when he first perhis Airwaves Tour on November 12.

Brett had some of the top pickers in Canada playing behind him. formed at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Over the years, we had Brett perform at a lot of our Cowboy Concerts, other outings, and at the Festival many times. Since then, he’s become one of the top mainstream Brett came right into the stands and gave his guitar away to possibly the youngest kid in the room. country artists in Canada with number one hits and number one videos. Last month (November), Brett was on his “Airwaves Tour” with a lot of stops in Alberta and BC; on November 12, we had the privilege of going to his concert in Williams Lake. He’s now 25, married, and expecting a baby in February, but he’s just as popular as he was at 13 – his audiences loved him! It was an awesome show – good job, Brett. The 5th annual Horsey Ladies Charity Auction was held at the Wildman’s Restaurant on Highway 24 at Interlakes on Friday, November 20. Will have more on that in the February issue. Coming Up Tickets for the Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy

Alan Moberg will perform at the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert February 13, 2016.

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Cariboo Chatter... cont’d Concert are now on sale. It’s not until February, but past years have seen most tickets sell before Christmas… after all, they do make really good stocking stuffers at only $15 each! The date will be Saturday, February 13, 2016 and the venue is the Martin Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House. Once again, there will be two shows – a 2pm matinee show and a 7pm evening show. This is one of the main fundraisers for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and the BCCHS Student Scholarships. Entertainment will be by the one and only Frank Gleeson, who will be joined by the amazingly-talented Alan Moberg. Tickets will be available at participating businesses in 100 Mile House or from us at 1-888-763-2221. We’re also getting pretty excited about the 20th Anniversary of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, which is sponsored in part by SadTim Hus will lead things off for the Kamloops dle Up magazine. It isn’t until March, but tickets Cowboy Festival at the Ramada Kamloops went on sale November 1 and sales, as always, Kick-Off Dinner Dance. have been fairly steady. It all takes place on the third weekend in March - March 17-20, 2016. Tim Hus will be joined by other entertainers to kick things off Thursday Night at the Ramada Kamloops for a dinner dance! There will also be a meet and greet for weekend pass holders at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Convention Centre where things keep going all weekend. The Calvary Church right across the road will also have entertainment all weekend. You can see the lineup and all the details at The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held during the main feature show on Friday evening at the Calvary Church. The Joe Marten Memorial Award will be presented at the Church main feature show on Saturday evening as well as the student scholarship presentations and the announcement of the Art of the West Show and Sale winners.

Last Month’s What’s This? The November issue’s “What’s This” item was a photo of an object donated to the Meadow Springs Museum by Guy Stark who is a barber in Sidney -- and that was also your clue. It is a shaving kit consisting of a brush, shaving soap bowl, and mirror, made to fold up for travelling. We did have some correct answers at press time: Lynn Higginbotham, Blind Bay Maureen Thompson, Abbotsford Hayley Bouzek, Lumby Ann Stiles, Okanagan Falls The October issue’s item was a flash bulb used to take photos way back when. It was a tough one, too, but we did receive a few correct answers. Good job and congratulations to: Ian Rice, Ashcroft Joy Gammie, 70 Mile House Alex MacRae, Penticton



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Wesley Hardisty, a terrific fiddle player, will be at the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert February 13. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.


The correct answer will be printed in the next issue. What’s your guess? Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. This month’s item is a photo of something that I just inherited from my second cousin. It belonged to my great uncle. I think it’s an easy one this month, so let’s see how many guesses we can get. Good luck! • 37



t’s difficult to understand why so many people either get puppies on the spur of the moment or maybe make plans to get one but put very little planning and organizing into place before puppy comes home. It’s really quite rare to meet someone who has very specifically planned out the entire first 12 weeks of puppy’s life in order to get the most out of that early imprinting period. If you want a friendly dog you can take anywhere, then you need to put the work in starting that very first day. It requires a commitment of time and effort to do the job properly – no puppy on the planet just slips seamlessly into our lives and comes pre-trained! Make a Plan Plan out what each (24-hour) day in the week will look like with the addition of puppy – who will be doing what, and the approximate time things will be done. Make sure you include time every single day for socializing and training. Your puppy is learning every minute he’s awake, so try and

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make his learning intentional instead of accidental! The first part of the plan is to know approximately when puppy will be coming home and organize your life so that you have more flexible time available (or people to help you who have flexible time) during that early couple of months – yes months, not just days. It’s not necessary to take all that time off – in fact, it can be detrimental if you’re not Good socializing takes also working on puppy being able to be time and care. left alone when you go back to work. However, you do need to spend time getting puppy used to a new routine and to begin house training right away. You need to keep puppy fed, emptied, exercised, emptied, occupied, emptied and monitored (and emptied some more!) very frequently throughout the day and night. You can house train a puppy very quickly if you have a good routine in place, if you’re paying attention to how often he needs to go out after various activities and if you’re consistent. You will also quickly get a feel for how much activity your particular puppy needs before he is content to have a nap or quietly play on his own while you do other things. (Activity levels of each breed or A puppy takes a big commitment. mix of breeds is something you Making time for classes and training should know well in advance shouldn’t be optional. of choosing your puppy – you don’t want this particular issue to be a surprise!) Everyone in the family should want a dog and then be available and prepared to step up and take part in puppy raising. If you have children too young to participate, then you have just taken on another young “child.” You need to have the same types of resources available for puppy and his early needs and requirements as you would for a child. You want to raise a great dog that your kids and their friends can enjoy as they all grow up together, right? Make a List I give this advice to every dog owner I meet – puppy or adult dog owner. You need to figure out how best to prepare your dog for its life with you and your family and also your friends. Make sure the plan is long-term, keeping in mind that your dog will, hopefully, live as long as 13 or more years. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

TOP DOG! Pet Central The best way to do this is to make a list. The list should be a two-part list: 1. All the things you currently do and want to include your dog in as well as all the future events that may involve your dog. 2. All the situations and experiences you can think of that will help your dog navigate our world and all the sights and sounds that we Learning the skills for life experience on a daily basis – not just in your - now and in the future neighbourhood but also outside your normal needs to be part of every routes. dog’s education. If you have kids now, they could conceivably grow up and have kids of their own during your dog’s lifetime. Better include strollers, babies (sounds and sights), and toddlers on your list! Consider the second part of the list as a socializing list – giving your puppy as many positive experiences with all the items on This pup is learning about one your list and even some things of life’s realities. that may or may not seem relevant now. Is it conceivable that one of your kids might move home with their cat or dog or child? Is it possible that you might have an elderly parent come and live with you? Keep foremost in your mind that, in order for socializing and training to benefit your puppy in any way, it MUST be done in a gradual, systematic way that works for your individual puppy and it absolutely MUST be a positive experience. I’ve met people who thought they had a plan and whisked puppy through a dizzying array of experiences in order to cross items off their list but didn’t stop to monitor the effect on puppy. It’s not about getting the job done; it’s about doing the job for the maximum benefit of everyone. Sometimes the job may be frustratingly slow if you have a shyer puppy but it needs to be done at his speed and done well. By the way, all these tips don’t just apply to a new puppy. If you’ve recently adopted a young adult or even older adult, they will benefit from the same kind of preparation. Make a list of all the things you do in your life that includes or may include your dog and start working. Remember to work at the speed that is most beneficial to your dog... and keep it positive! Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild. Visit for more information.


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Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us the dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/ her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/ province. E-mail to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH. Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. • 39

NEW BOOK Horse Sense is a story about an extraordinary friendship, bullying and horses.


orse Sense, by author Lapo Melzi, is a coming of age novel (age 9-12) about true friendship, the kind of disinterested, unadulterated friendship that in today’s society develops more easily between a person and an animal than between two human beings. Such a deep bond doesn’t just mean companionship, but it also holds a transformative, healing power capable of helping people out of their darkest moments and change their lives forever. But the book explores several other important issues: poverty as a matter of shame, bullying, the relationship between teachers, parents and students, the pitfalls of growing up and the importance of fighting for your principles. The book for adults and tweens is distributed in paperback by Amazon and as an eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, Smashword. Jamie and Acorn’s friendship is one for the books: their attachment is unbreakable, their mutual understanding uncanny and their adventures legendary. But one day everything changes. Jamie steps in to defend one of his classmates from his abusive teacher and suddenly everybody turns on him. Worse, they use his friendship with a horse to bully him. “This book should be in Guidance offices everywhere,” said Vicky Brinius on her blog Deal Sharing Aunt. Joy Hancock her blog Aspiring Joy adds, “Horse Sense is a perfect example of how important animal relationships can be.” Paperback: 244 pages • ISBN-10: 8890715448 • ISBN-13: 978-8890715440

t the KIDS! – the next generation u o b A L L A s ’ t I


i, I’m Julia. I’m 8 years old and I have one horse. Sage, my horse, is 10 and she’s an Arabian. We love to trot and canter together. Sage always gets a treat salad (made by me) after we ride together. - Julia, age 8, Quesnel BC


i, my name is Thomas and I am 7 years old. I like trotting on Sage (my horse). I like her because she is really sensitive and that is good for me because I am really sensitive. - Thomas, age 7, Quesnel BC

Kids... where are you? What are you doing with your horse? It’s YOUR turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. E-mail to Put in the subject line “KIDS.” 40 • Saddle Up • December 2015


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Photos courtesy of BC Games How to Reach Us HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302 •

BC SUMMER GAMES 2016 What Are The BC Games? The BC Winter and Summer Games are British Columbia’s biennial celebration of sport and community. Since 1978, the BC Games have taken place in 38 communities and involved over 350,000 participants and volunteers and thousands more as spectators and supporters. The purpose of the BC Games is “To provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement and community development.” The BC Games bring together British Columbia’s best emerging high performance athletes, certified coaches, and officials for three days of competition. This experience is an important development opportunity and stepping stone towards national and international competitions, with focus on individual and team performances. Why Are The BC Summer Games Important? The BC Summer Games provides a competitive multi-sport environment that supports the development of athletes, coaches, and officials as they move on to higher levels of competition. The BC Games contribute to the development of facilities and communities through infrastructure improvements, volunteer engagement, and skills for hosting larger sporting events. Where Are The 2016 BC Summer Games Being Held? July 21-24, 2016 in Abbotsford BC. This will be the 30th BC Summer Games.


What Equestrian Disciplines Compete at The BC Summer Games? Dressage Para-Dressage Jumping Vaulting Am I Eligible To Compete in the BC Summer Games? As long as you are a minimum of 11 years of age and a maximum of 18 years of age as of January 1, 2016 and qualified by competing at two (2) qualifier competitions for your specific discipline then, yes you are qualified to send in your declaration form. You Must Be Currently Competing At The Following Levels to Meet Your Discipline Criteria: * Jumper Height: 1.10m * Vaulting: Canter D * Dressage: EC Test 2, 3, First Level FS * Para-Dressage: EC Bronze Team Test, Individual Test, FEI Para FS Zone Team Composition: Minimum of 4 Athletes per zone up to a maximum of 10 - 8 Zones in total. Maximum Athletes: 48 How Do I Qualify To Compete On My Zone Team? Qualify for the 2016 BC Summer Games at local qualifier shows all around the province from now until June 2016. You can find qualifier shows in your area by using our online Competition Calendar at www. When you are ready, send in your athlete declaration form to the Horse Council BC office. Get the declaration form from our website at: For more information on the BC Summer Games visit us at: or email • 41

Happy Holidays from the BCMHC!!! By Terri Brown


ishing everyone and their four legged friends a very Merry Christmas! It’s a special time of year, a chance to reflect on where you’ve been and an opportunity to plan your path for the future. Whether it be plans of a great show season or just planning fun things to do with your mini in 2016, enjoy this time. Take time for your family and friends and of course love your minis!! With our AGM being at the end of November you will have to stay tuned for upcoming events and changes to our club as we move forward into 2016. I’m sure it will be another fantastic year! Stay tuned to Saddle Up for our list of year-end winners as well… will have those results for you in the next issue (February). We would like to thank the amazing team that helped with the BCMHC booth at The Mane Event held at the end of October. We have a great group that really comes together to make sure we have a presence at these shows. THANK YOU Tina Harrison, Vicki Schulz, Heather Ward, Sharon Dinter, Doug MacArthur and Terri Brown for setting up this year. A huge thank you to our members who brought horses for our booth for the three days, Shirley Bradbury and Emily, Heather Ward, Sharon Dinter, Val and Kestrel Zalesky and Tina Harrison; as well a huge shout out to our members that helped man the booth… Susan Berwick, Alyssa Kennedy, Barb Lore, Pat Robinson, Margaret Cullop and of course Marie O Neill for all your help and for the lovely videos we play at our booth. Well done team!! Congratulations are in order to Heather Ward and her granddaughter Sunny for achieving AMHR Hall of Fame in Hunter with their lovely gelding “Kentucky”!! Well done ladies!! Here’s to a great Holiday Season!!

Two of our youth members, Taya Bath and Kestrel Zalesky.

Emily Bradbury at The Mane Event.

Merry Christmas

The Dogwood Appaloosa Horse Club of BC (APHC Regional Affiliate)


ello, we are a new club and our Facebook page ‘BC Appaloosas Owners Breeders and Enthusiasts’ has been a wonderful way of bringing some of the Appaloosa lovers together and start The Dogwood Appaloosa Club of BC. Our hopes are to promote our beautiful BC Appaloosas and encourage the enjoyment of these wonderful horses, may it be trail riding, showing, breeding, or just that pretty lawn ornament, loved and cherished. What a great opportunity to chat with so many wonderful folks at the recent Mane Event. We would like to thank The Hills Health and Guest Ranch for their amazing donation to our Sunday’s grand prize draw – a one night stay for two, including breakfast; and 100 Mile Feed and Ranch (Otter Co-op Feeds) for their wonderful donation of a halter and lead in flashy rainbow colours for Friday’s draw. Saturday’s draw, 42 • Saddle Up • December 2015

our club donated a bucket of Hoffmans Minerals, also donating to Sunday’s regular draw a complete grooming kit. The club gave out posters (which the children enjoyed) with a different poster every day. The Mane Event was great fun and a super place to share Appaloosa information. The Dogwood Appaloosa Club represents north, south, east and western BC Appaloosa horse owners and breeders. We are working towards bringing back a Youth Program and a Futurity Incentives, hopefully some clinics, and a place for folks in BC to find those lovely Appaloosas. We hope to do an online auction of donated goods to help raise some funds for our club before the New Year. To find out more about us, you can join the Facebook page or e-mail our secretary at fuzzy_dln@hotmail. com. We hope to have a website up for the New Year as well. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Heavy Horse Sales By Bruce A. Roy, Wild Rose Draft Horse Association,


ntries at Alberta’s 2015 Foal Show, held at Ponoka, AB, on October 2, were down in number. So were the Wild Rose Draft Horse Futurity numbers. Most Western Canadian horsemen were at London, Ontario’s 2015 World Clydesdale Show. Darcy Strain of Virden, MB, tied the ribbons. The filly, Rose Hill Veronica, by the Iowa-bred sire, L.D.’s Shiawasee’s Ozzie, was Best of Show, Champion Percheron Foal, for Gord Ruzicka of Rose Hill Percherons (Viking, AB). Lucasia Captain, fielded by Wayne Lucas and Sons of Lucasia Ranches (Claresholm, AB), was Reserve Champion Percheron Foal. The Champion Belgian Foal was shown by Darwin and Louise Krebs of Krebsie’s Belgians (Didsbury, AB). This was Krebsie’s Spring Lilly, a filly by Fisher’s Imperial Alberta. Gentle Giant Greyson, the exciting Champion Shire Foal shown by Blake and Fran Anderson of Gentle Giant Ranch (Didsbury, AB), is a Willow Lane Rose Hill Veronica, Best of Show, Champion Isaac’s Ideal Lad son. Percheron at the 2015 Alberta Foal Show. Westerdale Celeste, a Photo by Val Bexson. North Country Major filly, shown by Kris and Jean Kinnear of Westerdale Clydesdales (Olds, AB) was the Champion Clydesdale Foal. Gord Ruzicka won the Wild Rose Futurity. Placed second and third were Cameron and Julie Roy of SanLan Percherons (Markerville, AB). These three Futurity purse winners were Percherons. Carson’s 2015 Fall Colours Sale and Futurity Carson’s Fall Colours Draft Horse Sale and Futurity, held October 2425 at Listowel, ON, drew a record crowd. The Western, Central and Atlan-

Prins View Doc. Photo by Lynne Cassels-Caldwell. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Fiske Winners being judged. Photo by Lynne Cassels-Caldwell. tic Canadian winners were present to contest Fiske’s 2015 Canadian Draft Horse Challenge that Fiske’s Horse Care Products and Eberglo Liquid Vitamin and Mineral Supplement sponsor. Twent y-nine Belgian, Clydesdale and Percheron colts sold at Carson’s Walkerbrae Hot Rod 2013 Fall Colours Sale were eligible for the 2015 Draft Horse Futurity. Sixteen 2-year-olds returned to contest the 2015 payout. Shown on Halter, in a Pattern Driving and a Rail Cart Class, three judges scored the 2-year-olds. This year’s $34,560 Futurity payout was divided by the sixteen owners. Blackholme Flash’s Easton was Carson’s 2015 Futurity winner. Shown by Gord Ruzicka, the black Percheron gelding was bred by Robert Black of Blackholme Percherons (Hillsburgh, ON). Ruzicka pocketed a $7,500 purse, while Black picked up a $500 breeder award. Next morning, Ruzicka sold Blackholme Flash’s Easton in the 2015 Fall Colours Sale. Terry Spratt of Mountain, ON, paid $4,000 to own the well-broke colt. The weanlings sold were topped by Walkerbrae Hot Rod. Bred by Jim Walker and Sons of Walkerbrae Farms (Guelph, ON), this eye-catching colt, a grey Percheron, sold for $10,250 to Keegin Suggitt of Bowmanville, ON. Sired by R.P. Tenner, Grand Champion Stallion at Toronto’s 2013 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, he sparked excitement ringside. Prins View Doc, Fiske’s Ultimate Supreme Western Canadian Challenge winner, was consigned by Bill Prins of Prins View Belgians (Sturgeon County, AB). The 18.3hh Maple Ridge Doc son is a hitch horse. He was purchased by Bob Gunnville of Wilderness Ridge Farms (Sagola, Michigan), for the sum of $15,500. He is scheduled to take a position in the Wilderness Ridge Six. • 43

BC Sporthorse By Ulli Dargel


he Show Committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to help with the planning and organizing of our 8th Annual Fall Classic which was held at Thunderbird Show Park on September 26-27. We would also like to thank ALL OUR COMPETITORS and OUR SPONSORS, for attending and supporting our Fall Classic. A big THANK YOU to Mark Carter from Woodinville, Washington, for making the classes informative and fun for both competitors and spectators. Big thanks also to Burgi Rommel, who was our mystery judge for our evening Cup Classes. It has been an interesting year for our group. Photos and detailed placing can be found on our web site, IN-HAND GRAND CHAMPIONS Dressage-Type Dimondella (Donatelli x Ombria x Fair Play) O: John Dargel, B: Diane and Michelle Bloom Hunter-Type Fibonacci (Floriscount x Aussprache x Licotus) O: Virginia Allen, B: Crosiadore Farm Sport Pony Love in Chocolate O/B: Samantha Eidsness, Storybook Ponies Coloured Sport Pony Cavalli DSP (The Duke of Clarence x Proud Gipsy x Proud Dandy S) O/B: Meaghan Dunn, Designer Sport Ponies Coloured Horse Olympic Debut (Blazing Fire x Impressive Debut x Bold Laddie) O: Someday Farm, B: Karen Warland Thoroughbred Bearempire (Empire Maker x Venusberg x Southern Halo) O: Victoria Gilker, B: Colora Farm Joy Richardson Trophy Royal Silvermoon SFH (Rotspon x Hillary x Blue Hors Silver Moon) O: Anne Pauluzzi, B: Sullivan Farm Hanovarians

Fibonacci - Grand Champion Hunter-Type, Winner of the Inez Propfé-Credo Trophy and the Dr. John Gilray Memorial Cup. (Photo by Courtney Fraser)

His Divine Pleasure - Winner of the Dragonfly Acres and BC Legacy Trophies. (Photo by Online Digital) 44 • Saddle Up • December 2015

Inez Propfé-Credo Trophy Fibonacci (Floriscount x Aussprache x Licotus) O: Virginia Allen, B: Crosiadore Farm Dr. John Gilray Memorial Cup Fibonacci (Floriscount x Aussprache x Licotus) O: Virginia Allen, B: Crosiadore Farm Dragonfly Acres Trophy For His Divine Pleasure (For Pleasure x Protégé x Paparazzo) O: Ingrid Holscher, B: Dr. Samper B.C. Legacy Trophy For His Divine Pleasure (For Pleasure x Protégé x Paparazzo) O: Ingrid Holscher, B: Dr. Samper PERFORMANCE DIVISION CHAMPIONS Green Horse/Pony Cavali DSP (The Duke of Clarence x Proud Gipsy x Proud Dandy S) O/B: Meaghan Dunn, Designer Sport Ponies Green Rider Horse/Pony Chips Dream Image (Zippos Deadly Image x Shz My Leaguer x Dream Leaguers Tune) O/B: Carolyn Dobbs Amateur Stanley Park (Yoonevano x North by South x Northern Flagship) O: Kim McDougall, B: Helen Klimes

Junior Horse Stanley Park (Yoonevano x North by South x Northern Flagship) O: Kim McDougall, B: Helen Klimes Open Horse Brazillo (Braveheart x Jilliou x Meritable) O/B: October Farm Open Pony Yellowstone Red Cloud (Santee Cadet x Dragondens Pebbles x Kootenais Wee Willie) O: Jennifer Palleson, B: Nola Toombs Western Dressage Yellowstone Red Cloud (Santee Cadet x Dragondens Pebbles x Kootenais Wee Willie) O: Jennifer Palleson, B: Nola Toombs

Dimondella - Grand Champion Dressage Type. (Photo by Ulli Dargel)

Some of our Performance Champions. (Photo by Ulli Dargel) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Equine Osteopathy with Dr. Laura Taylor By Tahn Towns


r. Laura Taylor, DVM, EDO (Equine Doctor of Osteopathy), was in Vernon on November 7 giving a demonstration of Equine Osteopathic techniques to a group of 20 very interested people. Dr. Taylor lives in Calgary and has been a veterinarian since 1989, and has a unique approach to equine health. The demonstration, organized by Tahn Towns from, was held in the arena at Dave Batty Cutting Horse Stables in Coldstream, AB. Dr. Taylor shared her vision of what health is, and how that led her to continue her veterinary education by becoming certified in veterinary chiropractic, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary homeopathy, herbal medicine, craniosacral therapy and visceral (organ) manipulation for people (form of osteopathy). It was when she took formal studies in equine osteopathy that she realized that the deeper osteopathic techniques allowed her to resolve many issues that were left unaddressed by the other therapies. It also helped explain why other treatment approaches frequently only produced short-term improvements, which she clearly demonstrated to the group on a horse. With an osteopathic approach, she can quickly determine deep, unresolved internal issues that compromise the health and mobility of the horse. She performed a typical assessment and treatment on a horse show-

ing restrictive patterns in the spine that indicate possible organ dysfunction and specific tissue restrictions. One of her standard protocols is releasing a gelding scar, or the adhesions created from castration surgery. These internal adhesions can create continual tension in tissue, resulting in many hind end issues. She also sees mares who have similar restrictions from overly tight ovarian ligaments. Deeper fascial restrictions can be the underlying reason for particular fixations in the pelvis and lumbar spine which prevent a horse from fully engaging his hind end, cause difficulty with one lead, show as asymmetry in movement or stiffness and even vague lameness. She routinely works with equine ulcer and hind gut issues which she discussed at length with the group. Dr. Taylor also demonstrated using osteopathic work to treat a dog’s “crooked butt syndrome,” something she sees a lot of in her work with agility and performance dogs. While Dr. Taylor’s approaches seem like new, ground-breaking work here in Canada, the techniques she uses are common place in many parts of the world. She has excellent information about her approach at her website, If you would like to be on a notification list for Dr. Taylor’s spring visit, email with your contact information.

Merry Moments By Daphne Davey


aughter is the best medicine, so the saying goes. In therapeutic riding programs, even as we teach the serious principles of horseback riding for its wide-ranging benefits, we need to inject lots of fun. One way to bring light and laughter into the arena is to play games on horseback (we are not short of ideas, from relay races to musical stalls to finding soft toys around the arena). But the lighter moments are not confined to our riders. It is important to include everyone, from those in the arena to those in the viewing room. After all, it’s those shared extra-light moments that help build a strong support base for our programs for our riders, instructors, and volunteers. After SSG Gloves made a generous donation of orange gloves to our Jessica enjoys both her CanTRA centres, we discovered that people have been using them in varihorse and her gloves. ous ways with interesting results. At one program, a box of these gloves sits Photo by Glen Pye. in the arena for riders, horse leaders or other volunteers to borrow. One can imagine the arena transformed into black-light theatre with pairs of orange gloves doing a disembodied dance! Some riders with autism are particularly attracted to the colour. Others see them as a kind of privileged uniform. Hallowe’en presents a unique opportunity for a ghostly laugh or two (at least, in the viewing room, not the arena). The viewing room is an important space where parents can chat, finding mutual support and sharing experiences as care-givers. But you never know just who you might be talking to. Is that innocent-looking mom really Someone Else in disguise? Now we are looking forward to the Christmas season with its serious message alongside its merry one. Lots of opportunity for love and laughter. On behalf of CanTRA, closing out its 35th anniversary year, Enjoy! For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Cassandra (and Duchess) with Anja (and Jewel) sport their leader gloves. Photo by Daphne Davey.

Volunteer Sarah is shocked to discover the true identity of a “mom” at Hallowe’en. Photo by Daphne Davey. • 45

What Age to Start Riding? By Marlene Quiring, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club


omething that comes up time and again regarding donkeys and mules is: When can we start riding them? Many owners and professional trainers believe that you can start riding two-year-old horses or mules. However, these same people usually do not have a clinical background regarding the physical maturity of equines and unfortunately some are more concerned with a quicker financial return. Tim Barton of Banff, AB, advises that in order to assess physical maturity in horses, mules and donkeys, we need to understand their skeletal system. Bones grow in diameter and length and can continue to grow well past the typical age at which most equines are put into physical training. If extra weight is added to the skeletal frame at an early age, the epiphyseal or growth plates can become distorted and conformational problems can result. Mules, donkeys and several horse breeds are typically slow to mature. These slower-maturing breeds should not be ridden until three or four years of age and any hard riding should be avoided until they’re at least five or six years old. These animals may look physically mature at age two or three but stressing their skeletal system before they are fully mature can have limiting consequences to their usefulness. In fact, some mules have kept growing in height until eight or nine years of age. Dr. Deb Bennett states that the last bones to fuse in a horse are the vertebral column. These do not fuse until the horse is at least 5 1/2 years old. The taller your horse (or mule) and the longer its neck, the later full fusion will occur. If the equine is a male, add another six months to that. For example, a 17hh Thoroughbred or Saddlebred or warmblood gelding may not be fully mature until his eighth year. So, do you really want to be riding your two or three-year-old mule or donkey? When an immature animal does not yet have a firm bone structure, a lot of the other features in the body have to start taking up the slack. If these animals are stressed too hard while they’re still very immature, they can suffer tremendous damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons resulting in conformational features such as lordosis (sway-backed) or scoliosis (deviation of the spine). Putting too much weight on the bone

20-year-old Daisy and her young rider, 5-year-old Kate Langell, sharing secrets. Daisy was started with lots of ground work, progressed to being driven and was not ridden until at least 5 or 6 years old. A mule this age is in her prime, especially when allowed to mature before any hard work. structure can tear ligaments that aren’t strong enough to hold the spinal column together. A “cold-backed” animal can be the result of having to carry weight when it was physically not ready. Other parts of the anatomy have had to take up the slack while the bones are still maturing and likely the animal has experienced discomfort or pain as a result. Mules and other slower-maturing breeds need extra time to grow up mentally, too. Allowing this time pays off in the long run. Horses can work up into their late 20s and mules into their late 30s if they haven’t been hurt as youngsters by overstraining them mentally or physically. Of course, along with this goes good health care including good dental care. Tim believes that horses and mules don’t die as much from old age as they do from bad teeth, thus rendering them unable to eat properly. So please think twice before you decide that your young mule or donkey is ready to ride. Do all your groundwork first and get him broke from the ground up. Then, when he is mature enough to handle light weight, he is also already broke to ride.

Onto Greener Pastures “SHAY” 2000 - 2015

I wish you could have stayed longer. I miss your presence in the fields. I miss the soft nicker that always greeted me (even if it was for the food) I miss putting my arms around your neck and breathing in your scent. I will always be thankful for the memories and most of all for the hoof prints you left within my heart. - Carole Wheeler, Armstrong BC 46 • Saddle Up • December 2015


BC Lower Mainland Pony Club News By Tracy Carver


he BCLM Pony Club is currently in the midst of registrations and educational planning for another full and exciting year. How fitting that, as a new season begins, we give recognition for our members’ achievements at the close of our current year. Our pony club region recognizes two categories of High Point distinction. The awards themselves are a Combined High Point, where members compete with one horse in both dressage and show jumping, while the second is an Eventing 3-Phase High Point Award. Every member in BCLM from E – A level is encouraged to do their best and strive for the prestige and honour of winning a year-end High Point Award. This year, we were thrilled to partner up with Noel Asmar Equestrian, who generously sponsored these awards by donating a Black Icon Quilted Vest for each and every successful recipient! Asmar’s fashion-forward equestrian show apparel is internationally renowned for both its quality and stunning design, and has won a Beta International Innovation Award for best rider clothing. Our winners were absolutely delighted with their awards; watch for these beautiful Asmar vests in area events as our winners proudly wear them in their various competitions and shows. BCLM also had the incredible honour of having James Wofford present the High Point Awards to our winners during one of his clinics held at the recent Mane Event in Chilliwack, October 23-25. The

2015 High Point Award Winners

stands were packed as Jim, a legendary event competitor and extremely accomplished rider, shook the hands of each individual and personally presented them with their Noel Asmar vests. In addition, Jim presented two BCLM Pony Club members who are recent full A level graduates with a beautiful BCLM trophy for their momentous achievement: Marlies Kerkhoven and Mona Beckmann, both of Mission Hills Pony Club. Jim made this a truly memorable event for all our members and families in attendance. This is the third year BCLM has offered High Point Awards to its members. The program itself was developed to promote the participation of the BCLM membership in both Regional Show Jumping and Regional Dressage competitions, as well as to encourage CPC members to build upon their riding skills by competing in Canadian 3-Phase Events throughout the season. Points are awarded based on final standings to determine award winners; this year, the competition was close, especially in the C levels!

2015 COMBINED HIGH POINT AWARDS D2 level: William Jack, Alouette PC C level: Jordan Carver, Mission Hills PC C1 level: Hannah MacKinnon, East Maple Ridge PC B level: Laura Forde, Vancouver PC A level: Mona Beckmann, Mission Hills PC 2015 EVENTING 3-PHASE HIGH POINT AWARDS D1 level: Lily Elliott, Richmond PC D2 level: Emma Marshall, Mount Cheam PC C level: Jordan Carver, Mission Hills PC C1 level: Morgan Swaan, Hazelmere PC C2 level: Emily Shaver, Campbell Valley PC B level: Laurel Gavin, Glen Valley PC B2 level: Sarah Gilmour, East Maple Ridge PC A level: Marlies Kerkhoven, Mission Hills PC We thank our generous sponsors: AgWest Vet Group and Noel Asmar BCLM Pony Club would also like to extend deep appreciation and thanks to Agwest Vet Group out of Matsqui for sponsoring our booth at the Mane Event for a second year. We are blessed to have an excellent relationship with each and every vet at Agwest, all of whom have volunteered their time and effort to help educate and support our pony club members. From all of us, thank you Agwest! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 47

Bear Valley Rescue By Kelly Principe



ell, it’s that time of year... The horses are all returning from their summer fosters and fall pastures. There are more than just horses in need of care and support at BVR. There are goats, llamas, pigs, chickens, rabbits, donkeys, mules and even a turkey. There is also quite a good sized herd of senior horses, the permanent residents. The oldest of these is Pet, a 39 year old mare. The youngest is Filly, a little orphan who arrived at the rescue at 2 months old. Pet has adopted her, and she will stay with Pet as a permanent companion. In the barnyard there are also several pigs. In this photo they are thoroughly enjoying some donated pumpkins leftover from

the season. The most recent equine intakes are a pair of Haflinger/Appy weanling crosses and a mini pinto stallion. There are so many ways to contribute to the animals at the rescue, and to help ease the burden on Mike and Kathy. Financial support is the most obvious, but there are people who get a group together from their workplaces, form a work crew, and spend a day at the rescue fixing, building, or painting fences and other structures. Some people auction off items and donate the proceeds. There have also been children who ask for money for their birthdays and donate it to the rescue. Any contribution is needed and appreciated, no matter how small or large!

Pet and Filly 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. LIKE us on Facebook! See more at or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre AB. Our pigs

The ‘Seniors’

Interior Cutting Horse Association By Carol Schepp


he Interior Cutting Horse Association (ICHA) held its AGM and Awards Banquet at the Village Green Hotel on November 7 in Vernon BC. The banquet was well-attended with all enjoying food, drinks, dancing and a great silent auction. Thank you to our sponsors and all who donated time and items to this event. It was a nice evening to round out a good year of cutting! CHAMPIONS OF THE YEAR Open Horse – sponsored by Dr. David & Rebecca Ciriani DFL Hickadixie Chick ridden by Lee Poncelet

750 Progressive Horse - sponsored by Dr. Dale & Marilyn Henry Lenas Are Sophisticated ridden by Lee Poncelet

Non Pro – Sponsored by Bryan Schultz Construction Jim Rhodes - Intentions Good Cat

750 Progressive Rider - sponsored by LP Performance Horses Tanya Garfield - Sonitas Jazzy Tivio

10K Novice Horse Open - sponsored by Paton & Martin Veterinary Services and Grindrod Feeds Lenas Are Sophisticated ridden by Lee Poncelet

Green Horse Open - sponsored by AJF Wholesale Smart N Genuine Player ridden by Lee Poncelet

10K Novice Horse Non Pro - sponsored by Horse Barn (Kamloops) Dualin With A Twist ridden by Joan Gibson 2500 Limit Rider - sponsored by Ed Hurd, IRL Truck Centres Sheryl Wurtz - San Taris Dual Oak Youth Rider - sponsored by Smith Chevrolet (Kamloops) Cassidy Watt - DFL Freckles Dior Ranch Horse - sponsored by Doug & Laurie Haughton Simmerlena Twosmart - Elsen den Boer

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350 Rider - sponsored by Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Carla Hanaghan - Noon Date Nervous Novice- sponsored Troy Fisher Silverworks (Mayerthorpe AB) Elsen den Boer – Simmerlena Twosmart Top Horse of the Year - Lenas Are Sophisticated – Lee Poncelet Top Rider of the Year - Carla Hanaghan - Noon Date Top Hand - Tom Danyk Looking forward to another great season in 2016.


Pacific Regional Dressage Championships By Ali Buchanan


hunderbird Show Park in Langley was host for the 2015 Pacific Regional Dressage Championships on October 2-4; being blessed with beautiful weather and excellent facility, attendees and exhibitors enjoyed the well-organized three-ring and three-day dressage competition. The International Judges panel consisted of Lilo Fore, Hilda Gurney, and Janet Curtis, who were impressed with the beautiful facility and the high quality of horses and riders at all levels; they remarked how they enjoyed giving so many scores of 8s (good), 9s (very good) and 10s (excellent). From this panel of North America’s top judges, those marks do not come easily for the dressage competitor. A total of 102 competitors attended, travelling from as far away as Calgary, Smithers, Burns Lake, Prince George, the Okanagan, the Cariboo, Vancouver Island, Pemberton, and all communities around the lower mainland to compete at the Pacific Championships. Large classes with tough competition at all levels resulted in the honour of taking home one of the beautiful Champion and Reserve Championship awards, a very meaningful achievement for competitors to be proud of. The competition clearly demonstrated that Dressage and Western Dressage disciplines are popular and growing in all regions of western Canada. Congratulations to all competitors who without question are dedicated Champions of Dressage and Western Dressage. TRAINING LEVEL JUNIOR CHAMPION Quido; Rider: Jenna Wichern; Owner: Dagmar Fortmuller RESERVE Black Tie Affair; Rider: Sadie Hall

SECOND LEVEL OPEN CHAMPION Doortje Subtilita; Rider: Femke Onderlinden De Bruijn RESERVE Rubicon; Rider: Nikki Ayers; Owner: Andree Stow

TRAINING LEVEL ADULT AMATEUR CHAMPION Risolto; Rider: Deborah Bisson RESERVE Lucie; Gemma Dockerty

THIRD LEVEL JUNIOR CHAMPION First Watermark; Rider: Laura Klemm RESERVE Ubaldi; Rider: Rachel MacDonald

TRAINING LEVEL OPEN CHAMPION Xpresso Time; Rider: Nicole Berthelot RESERVE Pachino; Rider: Brooklyn Reid

THIRD LEVEL ADULT AMATEUR CHAMPION Ringo Star; Rider: Jesse Langford; Owner: Tina Schoenbach RESERVE Faszination; Rider: Jacki Winsor

FIRST LEVEL JUNIOR CHAMPION Dexterity; Rider: Amy Jessica Cook FIRST LEVEL ADULT AMATEUR CHAMPION Delano DG; Rider: Bonnie Kozakow RESERVE Ferdinand; Rider: Julia Pesek; Owner: Alexia Zizzy FIRST LEVEL OPEN CHAMPION Farenheit P; Rider: Dusty Thiessen; Owner: Carolyn Creed RESERVE Freeal; Rider: Dagmar Fortmuller SECOND LEVEL JUNIOR CHAMPION Beauty; Rider: Courtney Palleson; Owner: Jennifer Palleson RESERVE Lusius; Rider: Carson Beinder SECOND LEVEL ADULT AMATEUR CHAMPION Torbijn; Rider: Sarah MacKenzie; Owner: Dr. Robert White RESERVE Taylor Made Chaps; Rider: Susie Muxlow

THIRD LEVEL OPEN CHAMPION Sinfonie; Rider: Sven Smienk; Owner: Sheryl Williams RESERVE Anited; Rider: Dagmar Fortmuller FOURTH LEVEL OPEN CHAMPION Whitman GP; Rider: Selena Pellizzari RESERVE Beau Liberty; Rider: Carmie Flaherty; Owner: Michelle Wilding Davis FEI ADVANCED - SMALL TOUR - ADULT AMATEUR CHAMPION Fantasque; Rider: Kristine Wong RESERVE Sugar Coated; Rider: Michelle Mills FEI ADVANCED - SMALL TOUR OPEN CHAMPION Minicooper S; Rider: Gloria Schriever RESERVE Birkegardens Lukas; Rider: Courteney Fraser FEI ADVANCED - MEDIUM TOUR CHAMPION Woodstock; Rider: Ashley Moore; Owner: Jane Moore

FEI ADVANCED - U25 GRAND PRIX CHAMPION Capri; Rider: Colby Dodd FEI ADVANCED - GRAND PRIX CHAMPION Ariadne; Rider: Marcie Doyle; Owner: Jane MacDonald OPEN FREESTYLE CHAMPION Treffer; Rider: Wendy Christoff FEI PARA EQUESTRIAN CHAMPION Lexington Star Bright; Rider: Jennifer McKenzie; Owner: Tammy vanSamang RESERVE Adhemar; Rider: Kim Scott; Owner: Stella French BRONZE TRAINING LEVEL OPEN CHAMPION Clocktower Serphina; Rider: Andreas Stano; Owner: Susan Smith RESERVE Sedona; Rider: Carlene Pfaff; Owner: Susanne Kavalec BRONZE FIRST LEVEL ADULT AMATEUR CHAMPION Sopresa; Rider: Mary Ostler RESERVE Presto; Rider: Laura Hargreaves BRONZE FIRST LEVEL OPEN CHAMPION Sweet Escape; Rider: Marcie Doyle; Owner: Kate Erickson RESERVE Pharos Vom Rappenhof; Rider: Dale Thornton; Owner: Amanda Smith WESTERN DRESSAGE OPEN CHAMPION Presario; Rider: Carolyn Dobbs RESERVE Outlaw; Rider: Diane Prosser

Cutting Horse... cont’d

Jim Rhodes – Non Pro. Presented by Carol Schepp. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Presenter Sandra Rhodes and Lee Poncelet.

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Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


he other day we closed down the Clubhouse at the D-K and we are preparing for our AGM which will take place on the 19th. We will not be doing much as a Club until the Spring apart from our Christmas Party and our Quiz Night in January. So it is a good time to reflect on the past year and what we have achieved. Overall we have had a most enjoyable year apart from the period when we endured the Oliver and Rock Creek fires. We ran a series called ‘Improve Your Skills’ which started well but tailed off towards the end of our riding year. Debbie House did a wonderful job encouraging members to take part and we are grateful to her and our three instructors, Leanne Pitman, Bobbi Kennedy and Sara Browne. It is always difficult to keep a series going and it was good to have done it. We may think about another approach to our programme next year. We had some very successful evenings when the Club laid on a Wine and Cheese Evening on two separate occasions with demonstrations by Carl Woods (Reining) and Paul Dufresne (Endo Tapping). We also had a wonderful Weekend Clinic with Paul when we really learned some very useful stuff about

“Happy Trails to all Saddle Up readers from Max Alexander and his wife Annette Glover and all at the Oliver Riding Club. See you out there next year.” Training for Courage. Other events included our Riding to Music Competition, our Halloween Show for which we are grateful to Chris Siebeck. And then of course an annual and always popular event – The Trail Challenge for which we are indebted to Ken MacRae for a lot of hard work. Thanks as always to Ken and the D-K for their support to the Club. The most successful part of our year were

the two shows that we held during the summer and autumn. They were well-received, well-attended and well – really enjoyable. A big thank you goes to Sasha Hopp for her planning and management of these two events. It was great to have Sasha as one of our Club Directors too. Finally, as the Club President I would like to thank my team who all did so much to make this a good year. Vice President and our “communications officer” – Debbie House, Trish Osland, who has had a lot to deal with this year for continuing to keep the books as Treasurer, Maggie Strong as our Secretary and also one of our life members, Carol Lydiatt, for standing in when needed as Secretary, food buyer and anything else that was needed and for allowing us all to troop into her house for Club Meetings when the weather ruled out use of the Clubhouse which has no heating! Also to Margie Fisher our Membership Manager – thanks for getting those subs rounded up and keeping our membership list up to date! Also to Bianca Berkland for providing us with our new website and for maintaining the system for the Club. Finally, of course, thanks to all our members without whom we would not have a Club!

Kelowna Riding Club Story and Photos by Sarah Hayes


he Kelowna Riding Club has now put 2015 in the barn for the winter and we are looking toward to a fresh new 2016 season! We wish to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our 2015 sponsors and we look forward to working with you again in 2016! Without our sponsors and volunteers we would not have such a great club. Our final event of the year was the Equi-Life Harvest Hunter Jumper Show on Thanksgiving weekend. There was a great turnout and the weather was beautiful. Thank you to Equi-Life for hosting such a fun event, the fall décor was spectacular!

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Our 2015 AGM is now completed and all directors information is on the website at 2016 Membership forms are now due for renewal and the forms are located on our website under the “Join KRC” tab. We are already deep into the planning stages of our horse shows and clinics for 2016 and will publish dates when they have been confirmed. So far we will be having the usual Spring Classic Hunter Jumper Show which will be revamped under new management and our Spring Dressage Festival, with plans to add another dressage show in the Fall. If you have any ideas for shows and clinics that you are interested in or would like to help organize, please contact us! Look for details of all events on our website and like us on Facebook for updates!


Horse Association of Central Kootenay By Pam Malekow HOT AUGUST HOOVES SHOW

YOUTH POLISH, SHINE AND SHOW What an AMAZING weekend, July 25-26, at the Youth Polish, Shine and Show. Twenty-five kids and their parents came to the clinic. We had six great clinicians: Wendy Price, Janette Lauritzen, Samantha Levick, Karen Van Der Merwe, Jackie Smolinski, and Heidi Scott, and trail helper Kalpana Perry. The kids learned about nutrition for their horses, saddle fitting, stable management, showmanship and halter, and horsemanship. Everyone had a great time, learned many new things, some rode for the first time ever, others refreshed their riding skills but, most of all, the weekend was filled with fun, laughter, learning, and we all met and made some great new friends! A HUGE thank you to my helpers, Amy Lou Berukoff and Marg Smolinski, to Kathleen Comstock and the others who helped in the kitchen, to all the clinicians mentioned above and to everyone else that leant a hand. It could not have gone so well without all of you! Thanks also to the Columbia Basin Trust! Without the support from them, none of this would have been possible!

Held at the Trail Horseman’s Grounds on August 14-16, the Hot August Hooves Show was a wonderful weekend of riding and fun, despite some setbacks. Many competitors’ homes were under the threat of fire, which made for a stressful and emotional time. The judge came from Riverside, Washington, and did a fantastic job. The weekend started Friday with dressage. Fifty-six tests were ridden, both English and Western. The club added something new to the program this year -- TREC, which is a trail course with different kinds of obstacles you would find if you were out in the mountains, was run and judged by Jocelyn Templeman, and it was so much fun. Nineteen horses and riders went through the challenging course. Saturday was English Day, and Sunday was Western Day, along with some halter and in-hand classes. The weather was amazing, although very smoky on Saturday, and a tad hot Sunday.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HO-DOWN We held our last show of the year, the Haunted Halloween Ho-Down, at the Pass Creek grounds on Sunday, October 4. Riders from Yak, Creston, Grand Forks and the local area were treated to spectacular fall weather and a fun-filled day of classes. The day began with the costume class where both the rider and horse dressed up in costume. We had a Walmart shopper and Indian princess strut their stuff in the ring! The show’s judge, Jackie Smolinski, put everyone through their paces with a watchful eye, riding English or Western, and even some gymkhana games at the end. All riders received a beautiful rosette ribbon along with a Halloween goodie bag with a tack item and candy, for every class they were in. The horse association would like to thank all the volunteers who made the day a spook-tacular success. Costume Class Champion: Pam Malekow with Illusionary King Reserve: Sheila Saunders with Josey Girl In-Hand Champion: Pam Malekow with Illusionary King Reserve (tie): Sheila Saunders with Josey Girl and Monica Currier with Gucci Riding Open Champion: Tammy Peitsche riding Shilo Reserve: Caitlin Johnson riding Johny Cash Riding Walk/Trot Champion: Meagan Leslie riding Creo Reserve: Vendela Villanueva riding Red Great Miley


Meagan Leslie

Portia Dagg, Montana Dagg and Gabby Elder Paige Matejka RESULTS Overall Champion of the Weekend: Merna Boltz riding Royal King Zantanon Reserve: Sam Levick riding Liden Bo Pine In-Hand Champion: Pam Malekow with Illusionary King Reserve: Kalpana Perry with Dongars Diamond Halter Champion: Merna Boltz with Royal King Zantanon Reserve: Wendy Price with Sir Synerzied English Dressage Champion: Merna Boltz riding Royal King Zantanon Reserve: Toni Wilhite riding Luke Western Dressage Champion: Sam Levick and Merna Boltz riding Royal King Zantanon Merna Boltz Reserve: Tanya Ryan riding Twister TREC Champion: Steven Pearson riding Nelson Ranch Surprise Doc Reserve: Pam Malekow with Illusionary King English Senior Champion: Tanya Ryan riding Twister Reserve: Wendy Price riding Sir Synerzied English Junior Champion: Portia Dagg riding Sheeza Dun Dreamer English Child Champion: Taylor Robertson riding Sunny Reserve: Jesse Selwood riding Comanche Max English Walk/Trot Champion: Sam Levick riding Liden Bo Pine Reserve: Jackie Smolinski riding Born a Titan Western Senior: Merna Boltz riding Royal King Zantanon Reserve: Jackie Pollard riding Royal King Fairytale Western Junior Champion: Portia Dagg riding Sheeza Dun Dreamer Western Child Champion: Jesse Selwood riding Comanche Max Reserve: Montana Dagg riding Kita Western Walk/Trot Champion: Sam Levick riding Liden Bo Pine Reserve: Tanya Ryan riding Eyes Full o’Charm Child Walk/Trot Champion: Gabby Elder riding Madison Reserve (tie): Lohan Buckland riding Fivestar Deival, and Paige Matejka riding Spook Lead Line Champion: Jessa Buckland riding Freddy and Fivestar Deival • 51

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley BAZAAR

Officers & Directors 2015

President: Mellissa Buckley, Vice President: Mary Ratz-Zachanowiz, Treasurer: Pia Petersen, Secretary: Haley Russell, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER! We would like to congratulate some of our members on their recent accomplishments! Ellie Gerbrandt with her lovely gelding Zips Classical Image returned again to the Novice West Championships in Vegas in October and earned Rookie Youth Trail Champion and multiple top 10 finishes in all around events culminating in High Point Rookie Youth. Randy Kitagawa and his stunning mare Covergurl also returned to the Vegas pen at SouthPoint and walked away with Level 1 Amateur Aged Mares Champion. Tamara Jameson and her big beauty Cuz Im Purdy were finalists in Rookie Amateur Trail their first trip to the Championship show! Mackenzie Inkstater, likewise, returned once again too, and earned finalist status in multiple events as well as a top 10 finish in Level One Youth events... she also has other exciting news... she and Violet Komori Kennedy were two youth selected to attend the upcoming AQHYA World Cup! Kudos to you all for your successes and showing what our local Quarter Horse competitors are capable of.

COMMITTEES AND VOLUNTEERS We are unique in the industry for our innovative fundraising programs and our contribution to the horse community as a whole through the Bazaar. Many hands make lighter work and we could really use input and help to make LMQHA be the best in can be. We are looking for contributions in many different areas on a small and larger scale and everything in between. Please consider volunteering.

The Bazaar Committee is well underway in planning the 2016 event to be held March 13th at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. We are always looking for volunteers both on the committee and the day of this amazing community event. Please contact us if you would like to book a booth, have an interesting demo or would like to be a part of what we do.

LMQHA BREEDERS INCENTIVE The wildly popular Stallion Service Auction will return again for 2016, with stallions already lining up to be a part of this fundraiser and closed futurity program (yes, Mechanic is one of them!). We plan on holding the Online Facebook Page Auction in January this time. Please stay tuned to the LMQHA page of for a list of stallions coming soon as well as checking out the Facebook page LMQHA Breeders Incentive Program. The 2015 service purchasers get a free entry into a closed futurity with approximately $3000 added money to be held in 2017. Any get of the donated stallions may enter the futurity for $100. Very excited to see how it grows in 2016!

SHOW CHANGES At the printing of this article, the AGM had not yet happened so show changes have not yet been approved. The Board will be recommending several significant changes for 2016, so please stay tuned to the LMQHA page of as well as the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association page for changes.

AWARDS BANQUET This will be held again in February. Stay tuned for the Saddle Up article in February, as well as Facebook and BCQHA website, for up-todate information as planning comes together to honour our members’ accomplishments for 2015, as well as have a great time with family and friends.

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby


ot much going on this time of year for the Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club. The final work bee of the year saw everything safely put away for the winter – all the new panels, the trail equipment, cattle penning gates, and much more. A huge thanks to everyone who came out to get everything put in its place! We are still working on the reporting for our projects, but want to send out an official “Thank You” to our funders: Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako’s Federal Gas Tax program, Nechako-Kitimaat Development Foundation, Burns Lake Community Forest, and the Burns Lake & District Community Foundation. 52 • Saddle Up • December 2015

Along with countless hours of volunteer time (especially project organizer, Pam Meutzner!), these kinds of projects would not be achievable without this level of support. If you are working on a big project, consider talking to your local municipality or regional district to see what funding may be available to your group! There is one Saddle Club event left for this winter, the Annual Christmas Party, hosted at Liz Kemppainen’s place on Saturday, December 19 at 12 noon. We get started with a potluck luncheon, and then the main focus of this party is the Junior Saddle Club group, as they receive their achievement awards. The

best part of all is the Mexican gift exchange following the awards – this is one of the most fun events you’ll ever attend! And then we are on to plans for the 2016 season – rumour has it the club is considering a Spring Show again (it was put off last year due to the grounds project), possibly another Cattle Sorting, perhaps cancelling the Annual Gymkhana, and planning of course for the ever popular Fall Fair show and the Annual Poker Ride. You can get more info on the TCSC and its events by email (, check us out on Facebook, or swing by our website HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Rodeo Association 2015 BCRA AWARD WINNERS Photos courtesy of Karen Powell 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 – Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 2016 BCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, Vice President: To Be Determined Board of Directors: Trish Kohorst 250.961.9005,

Ty Lytton 250.396.7710, Bernie Rivet 250.305.6280, Aaron Palmer 250.851.6725, Allison Everett 250.296.4778, Jay Savage 250.421.3712,

Tim Terepocki 250.280.7653, Matt O’Flynn 250.255.7678, Wade McNolty 250.398.0429, Carl Hyde 250.963.9381, Ray Jasper 250.991.8391,

BCRA BANQUET & SILENT AUCTION The BCRA Annual General Meeting & Banquet was held October 17 at the St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Quesnel BC. The evening started out with dinner, a silent auction and then the awards and dance. A big thank you to all who helped organize and make the banquet a success. Thank you to the following for helping us at our banquet: ~ Nita Cameron ~ Kelly Walls ~ Diana Puhallo Thank you to the following for your donations to the BCRA silent auction: ~ Gord & Diana Puhallo ~ WL Indoor Rodeo Association ~ Beaver Valley Feeds – Williams Lake ~ Grassland Equipment Ltd. ~ Trish Kohorst ~ Glen & Coleen Duggan ~ The Horse Barn - Kamloops ~ Manuel Family – Brent & Leanna ~ Allison & Brock Everett ~ Cariboo Spurs & Tack – Williams Lake ~ James Western Star – Williams Lake 2015 BCRA MOST ~ Gus & Nita Cameron SPORTSMANLIKE ~ Gene & Joy Allen – Bear Claw Lodge DEANA LLOYD, Quesnel BC The BCRA and the members would like to give a huge thank you to Denise Swampy for all your hard work and dedication over the past 15 years as office manager. We wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors!




The BCRA office has moved to its new location at: Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Rd, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0 See all contact information in the masthead above. JR ALL AROUND – TAYLOR CHERRY Sponsors: Whirlwind Ranch


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

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

HIGH COST The high cost of showing at the breed level seems to be taking its toll in BC. Ask anyone who has more than a decade or two of history showing Paint and Quarter Horses and they will tell you, “It’s sure not the way it used to be.” Entries are down at most shows. As welcome as Amateur Walk/Trot was for APHA exhibitors (watch for it at AQHA shows in 2016!), how many ways can you split what was once just one Amateur class before there are no points at all? Thank goodness APHA awards a half point to the winner of a two-horse class! While Amateur Walk/Trot was often the most popular of the four amateur divisions in BC this year, it’s come at the expense of filling novice, classic and masters amateur classes. When you’re paying good money to enter a show (not to mention the investment of the horse, training, bling, truck and trailer), showing in two or three horse classes isn’t very gratifying. Or rewarding! Exhibitors are making choices. Some go for broke and haul long distances to hit the big shows; others look to speciality disciplines, like reining or western dressage, where entries cross breed barriers and are generally more competitive and less costly. Still others decide to rein in their expenses (no pun intended) and simply go back to recreational riding. How can you blame them? But you can’t blame the shows or their management, either. Running a breed show is an expensive proposition. Even for a simple “back-tobasics” effort! APHA and AQHA approved judges are in the neighbourhood of $500 USD per day, plus expenses. There aren’t many judges in Canada. You have flights, hotel, car rentals and… they have to eat! It’s not one night, either; it’s usually three and sometimes four just for a two-day show! Our officials at B2B this past year, including a screaming deal from our show secretary, set us back $6000! (For AQHA shows, it’s much more.) Even though the fairgrounds in Armstrong are considered affordable, the facility and stabling still set us back nearly $4000. (They have 54 • Saddle Up • December 2015

A family affair -- Tilly with Donna Ruth and mom Barb Dimion bills to pay, too!) We paid another $1000 in APHA and BC Paint levies and nearly $2000 for awards and payouts for the money classes everyone said we had to add (even though, in our experience and the one we observed at South Central’s Wine Country circuit in September, they didn’t do much to drive entries). So, that’s $13,000 plus another $1000 or so in incidentals. Divide that by the 21 Paint Horses we had and each exhibitor – theoretically – should have written a cheque for over $675 per horse, even if they were just showing halter! Thank goodness for sponsors! At B2B, the all-arounders paid just $425, including their stall. THANK GOODNESS FOR SPONSORS! And all-arounders! As this year winds to a close, some tough decisions are being made. The Three-in-One Show that my good buddy Barb Bowerbank has been a part of for over 20 years is no more. By the time this goes to press, an online Silent Auction will have come and gone in an effort to recoup some of their losses. I’ve decided to take a year off and won’t be doing a “Back-to-Basics” show next year. Declining entries and increasing expenses are concerns, for sure. While collaborating with Quarter Horse reduces risk, as a Paint club, we can’t host AQHA-approved classes (only AQHA clubs can), but we’re hopeful South Central will move their fall circuit (which for the second year in a row had only 12 Paints) to spring and invite us back. LMQ is moving their May circuit to early April, pending approval of their membership and they’re counting

on our support. They’re ix-naying their Evergreen circuit. Tough times. Tough decisions.

THANK YOU BC Paint is extremely grateful to our sponsors this year. Our financial loss at B2B was minimal compared to what it might have been (and helped make your entry fee “affordable”). We hope you will, if you have the opportunity, let them know how much we appreciate their support. Many thanks to our gold sponsors, PrairieCoast Equipment, Lordco, Otter Co-op, Reimers Farm Services and the Fall Harvest Classic; silver sponsors Hutton Performance Horses, JB Drywalling, Cascadia Realty and LangFab Fabricators; friends of B2B, The Painted Horse (Grand Forks) and The Horse Barn (Kamloops); and to my B2B patrons, the $100 sponsors that saved our bacon: Mellissa Buckley, Cathy Forster, Go West Quarter Horses, Barb Dimion, Sally Saur, Tami Hutton, Paton Martin Veterinary Services, Windhorse Farm, Schellenberg Trucking, Murray Creek Ranch and Hoof n Boots 4-H Club. We’ll be thinking of ways of engaging more people with the club and the show pen in the coming year. We already have some great programs in place like our Open Show and Competition Program and the Otter Co-op Free Trophy Program, as well as our Youth Scholarship. Check out our website ( for details. Wishing you all the best for a safe and happy Christmas holiday and for a colourful new year! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Richie Mann, Kootenay Boundary Chapter (West Kootenays)

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

RESTORING THE DEWDNEY TRAIL The Dewdney Trail was built in two sections across southern BC from Fort Hope to Rock Creek in 1860-61 and Rock Creek to Wild Horse Creek (near present day Fort Steele) in 1865. Edgar Dewdney was the young civil engineer from Cardiff, Wales, who was contracted to build the trail to protect British interests in the Colony of British Columbia. Governors Douglas and Seymour wanted to control trade and gold movement across the USA/Canada border. A gold strike at Rock Creek in 1859 initiated the building of the first section, and another strike at Wild Horse Creek in 1863 sparked extending the trail to the East Kootenays in 1865. We have a very good section of the Dewdney Trail that runs from Christina Lake to Rossland; it is about 24 miles (40 km) in length. Our local Trail Horsemen’s Society, along with the Boundary Stock Horse Association, reopened this section of the overgrown trail in 1972-73 with crews hired by the Parks Branch. Since then, we had maintained the trail up until 2003, holding annual rides and campouts most years. About half of the trail is still the original tread with power line and logging roads making up the remainder. In 1994, we became involved with making it part of the Trans Canada Trail. As it happened, the TCT decided to use the Kettle Valley Rail Grade from Christina Lake to Castlegar instead, because of the rugged terrain of the Dewdney, which makes more sense for mountain bikes. The Dewdney is still there for use as an alternate equestrian or hiking route. We hadn’t done any Horses on the trail work on the Dewdney since 2003, so we hiked most of it last year to survey its condition. We found the sections of the trail close to Christina Lake and Rossland have been heavily used by downhill mountain bikes and maintained by their trail societies. These sections have deep grooving on the downhills making it difficult for hiking and equestrian use. The middle section HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Installing the Dewdney Trail sign from Santa Rosa Summit to Big Sheep Creek has had little or no use lately and needs brushing and windfalls cleared, but the original tread is still in good shape. This spring, our local West Kootenay Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC initiated the formation of a new society and have had the name “The Dewdney Trail Heritage Society” approved. We are now waiting for final registration. We have quite a lot of interest and support from various user groups and from Trails and Recreation Branch. So far, we have had a few work parties restoring a highway sign at the Trailhead in Paterson and reopening the trail on Santa Rosa Summit. We have been working under the umbrella of the BC Back Country Horsemen. There are other parts of the Dewdney Trail still in existence. The one through Manning Park is the other fairly long section and maintained by the Back Country Horsemen in the Fraser Valley. Other sections we are aware of are: A short piece west of Grand Forks, another one going over the Kootenay Pass, a nice maintained piece in the Creston Flats and a short section along Wild Horse Creek near Fort Steele. The mission statement of our newly formed Dewdney Trail Heritage Society is to restore, maintain and document the Dewdney Trail wherever we can locate it across the province and to work closely with all user groups. Parts of the trail on crown land have been designated as a Heritage Trail, which helps to protect it. We still need to find out if the Dewdney Trail classifies as a public road where we can locate it across private property, as Government funds have been spent on it when originally built and also in the years since then. When Edgar Dewdney was contracted to build the trail it was to be a mule trail, 4-feet wide, clear of trees and boulders, the middle 1.5 feet to be smooth and hard, wet sections made passable and the grade to be no steeper than 1 in 12. They blazed trees through the forests and built rock cairns in open areas. His crews completed the trail from Rock Creek to Wild Horse Creek in seven months and Dewdney was paid $75,000 for his efforts. If anyone knows the location of the Dewdney Trail in areas not mentioned above or has some historic notes to share or would like to help out in any way, it would be great to hear from you. Please email Richie Mann at or phone 250-362-9465. For information about Back Country Horseman, like us on Facebook and visit us online at • 55

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The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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


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

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