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Photo courtesy of Randy Feere, RJF Productions his is our 8th year holding the Cypress Hills Wish Ride at the Historic Reesor Ranch in Maple Creek SK , on Saturday, September 7th. Last year over $20,000 was raised to help grant wishes for children through the Children's Wish Foundation. Our goal is to have all costs covered so that all funds raised go to granting wishes. We could not do this without the generosit y of our local communit y and surrounding area. We had about 50 riders last year. We star t the day of f with registration, break fast, and then riders choose to go on a 4 -hour trail ride or a 2-hour trail ride. Majorit y of people bring their own horses, but you can also rent horses through the Reesor Ranch. Accommodations are also available. We f inish the day with a meal supplied by Skinny's Smoke House, live music by Glenmorin, a silent auction, as well as some draws and awards. For more information join our Facebook group 'Cypress Hills Wish Ride' or email

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stablished in 1989, the Alber ta Donkey and Mule Club (ADMC) has members from all over the province who are passionate about their animals. The club was formed to not only promote the love of mules and donkeys, but to help educate its membership and the public. The ADMC is proudly hosting Long Ears Days on August 10 -11 at the Stettler Agricultural Grounds. This will be a full 2- day show with classes including Showmanship, Halter, English Equitation, Western Pleasure, Trail classes, along with some crowd-pleasers like Coon Jumping. Coon Jumping is a special talent that donkey and mules have where they can stand and jump over a fence taller than themselves much like a deer. It is prett y amazing to see the miniatures leap into the air and vault taller than themselves over a jump. Sunday will have mostly Driving classes, along with some time-worn favourites like the Flapjack Race. The overall goal of this

show is to be a fun/ learning show with much laughter, ribbing and friendship. Even if you don’t own a donkey or mule you can come and join in the fun for free by watching from the stands. The show star ts each morning at 10 am. If you own a donkey or mule, feel free to come and join in as there will be a class for you! If you feel like your donkey or mule lack s training or experience you can enter them in the Carrot Eating Contest or the Costume class. We welcome anyone who has an interest in donkeys and mules to come and learn more, or meet other enthusiastic owners. Details about the show and our club are posted on our website w w w.alber

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The MULE The Donkey


o most people the donkey is an animal, which has long ears and brays. But, you can also recognize him by his frequently grey or brown coat (although he does come in other more “sporty” colours), a light nose and belly, a black cross on his back and shoulders, a short thin upright mane and a tail which is tufted at the end, resembling the tail of the cow more than the horse. The hooves of the donkey, which he doesn’t like to get wet or muddy, are small and box-shaped, and much more elastic than those of his cousin, the horse. The donkey probably has more names than any other species in the equine family. His Latin name is Equus Asinus or Ass – with the male of the species being a Jack (hence the term Jack Ass). His lady friend is a Jennet or Jenny. Donkey was originally an English name for the Ass taken from “dun-key”. Meaning a small dun or grey coloured animal. Those of us in the Southwest use the Spanish word, Burro, for the ass. Besides having a lot of names, the donkey comes in about as many different sizes, shapes, breeds, and colours as the horse. Visit one of the many donkey and mule shows across the country and you will see four basic size groups: Miniature – up to 36” tall at the withers; Standard – 36” to 48” tall; and Large Standard – 48” to 56”. The Mammoth – or Jack Stock is over 56” or 14 hands tall. Within those sizes you will see many colours, grays, browns, blacks, reds, and even spots. Also you will see many body types from deer-like and graceful, to strong and sturdy, something for every job or personal preference. As Betsy Hutchins states in The Donkey & Mule as a Backyard Hobby: “The most enjoyable thing about donkeys as members of the equine world is the fact that they are exceptionally loving, almost in the same manner as a dog. They love to be touched and no amount of playing with, or loving, will spoil them for work. They are highly intelligent. For some reasons, rumours to the contrary have always existed, but all one has to do is once have a horse and then a donkey and any belief in the stupidity of the ass is banished. They also have a definite sense of humour, sometimes mischief, and a great love of human company. All in all, whether you ride or drive your donkey, or just love him, he is an unexcelled pet in the large animal category.”

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o produce the hybrid equine called a mule, mate a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare). The opposite cross, using a male horse (Stallion) and a female donkey (jennet) is called a hinny. Even though the mule and hinny hybrids have the same sexual characteristics and drive as their parents, they are sterile due to an uneven number of chromosomes – 63. The mule gets some of its characteristics from the sire, which tends to come out in the extremities. Thus, a mule….has a short thick head (if the jack has a short thick head), long ears, a short mane, thin legs, narrow hooves, a narrower body than a horse, and no hind limb chestnuts, like an ass; in size, shape of neck and croup, speed, strength and type of tail, it is like a horse. A hinny is smaller and more horse-like than a mule, with shorter ears, a larger head and broader hooves; but has the ass’s calmer disposition. (Note: while these things are generally true, the truest thing is that animals vary so much from individual to individual that sweeping generalizations are not to be taken too seriously.) Contrary to popular belief, a mule is neither vicious nor stubborn, but will respond as he is treated. The mule, which is well cared for and not abused, makes an excellent riding or working animal. Mules come in all sizes, from the small miniature to the giant draft mules. The smallest mules come from miniature jacks and miniature horse mares. The draft mules come from Mammoth jacks and large draft mares. Saddle mules are being bred from Quarter Horse mares, Thoroughbreds, and other pleasure riding type mares and standard and large standard sized jacks. Hinnys come in about the same sizes, but as E.C. Porter states in A Breeder’s Notebook, "It is simply the very low conception rate of the jennet (even to a Jack), which makes the breeding of hinnies much less sure and not at all profitable, compared to the breeding of mules.” Mules today are used for packing, pleasure riding, “coon” hunting and jumping, driving, and even racing. Because of their strength and sure-footedness, mules are being used more and more by cross-country and endurance riders as good, dependable mounts. As a matter of fact mules today are being used in many areas that were thought of as the exclusive province of horses such as fox hunting, dressage, combined driving, cow work, all sorts of recreational uses… and even show jumping!

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he foal comes, looks healthy, the naval is treated, he gets up and drinks his milk. Later he does his first bowel elimination. Everyone sighs with relief. It’s fun, and imprinting now, right? Well, I’m going to mention a wellness check at the vets, as soon as they will see him, to check if the colostrum did its job among other things. I’m not going to write about that though. Your vet can tell you all you need to know. I’m going to talk about when the colostrum is incompatible with your foal. Neonatal Isoerythrolysis or NI can happen when there is inadequate passive transfer of colostral antibodies, or if the mare’s immune system has antibodies against the foals DNA. NI is a disease foals develop after consuming colostrum with antigens that attack their red blood cells. This causes anemia and is fatal. Symptoms show up at about 48 hours. Foals will show pale membranes, elevated heart and respiratory rates. After a blood transfusion and supportive care, they can eventually return to normal, hopefully without liver damage. The foal is protected in the uterus by placental barriers that the antigens cannot pass through. The best treatment for NI, is to prevent it, by testing for it ahead of delivery. My own mare tested positive for antibodies against donkey DNA, no big deal if the foal she was carrying would have been a horse foal, but he was a mule foal. It can also happen if you use the same stallion every year. The cost of the test is a fraction of what the treatment costs. I tested my mare 3 weeks before her due date. It was recommended to test in the last month of gestation. With a positive result it’s important to be prepared, be on “extreme foal watch,” as humans must be on hand with a muzzle that fits well enough to stay on for the duration, I left it on for 30 hours. It’s also a great idea to order a milker. A good one helps make it more comfortable for the mare. It’s vital to get in there before the foal gets to the udder, and to keep them off for about 36 hours. The biggest challenge for me was finding mare colostrum. Our experience with cattle had been without our own bank it was easily obtainable through the vet. Not necessarily so for a mule foal in my area. There are commercially available immunoglobulins both in oral and intravenous plasma forms. They can bump up inadequate passive immunity or be used if no mare colostrum is available. Once my mule foal received colostrum that had been thoughtfully saved from a friend’s mare who had a still birth, we used just ordinary milk replacer and my mule foal did just fine.

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The zig zag exercise is a great exercise that will help build strength and suppleness and can also be used as a therapeutic exercise for horses that are coming back from an injury or have been on stall rest for a period of time. hen you think about the horse’s bend, we quite of ten only consider the inside of the bend, for example, how it bends around the inside leg or around a pylon. But what actually happens during a bending motion? First, on the inside of the bend the horse’s muscles contract and shor ten through the topline and sides of the body bringing the front and hind end closer to each other. On the outside of the bend the muscles lengthen to allow the bend on the inside. During this exercise the muscles contract and then lengthen, working both sides of the body equally.

To set up the exercise place f ive poles on the ground lengthwise about a metre apar t, forming a long line, either down the centre of the arena or along the quar ter line. Begin the exercise in working walk and ride down the line making wide loops to star t to create a nice bend through the horse’s body. Turn your body in the direction of the bend, guiding your horse over each pole. A good way to think of the turn of your body is as the horse’s front feet cross the pole begin to turn into the nex t direction. This will keep the horse turning smoothly over each pole. Use your inside (of the bend) leg to aid the

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Riding a wide arc to the pole. horse into each bend. Your hands will follow the turn of your body. If your horse needs more help turning use your outside aids – the outside rein against the neck will help turn the shoulder and your outside leg against the horse’s side will help turn the body. Pulling on the inside rein could cause the horse’s neck to overbend, which will then allow the body to continue to drif t away from the turn. Once your horse is comfor table and can change from bend to bend without lif ting his head and hollowing his back , begin to make the loops tighter. You can do this by keeping the horse close to the poles and making ver y subtle changes of bend. As you make the loops tighter the horse will begin to step laterally over the pole (stepping away from the body and to the side to step over the pole). Be sure to keep the horse connected from back to front. If the horse inver ts while going over the pole or star ts to lean into the turn and not bend through his rib cage the exercise will not be as ef fective. Keep the movement slow to star t with. When the horse is comfor table in the walk and can do the exercise without inver ting then you can progress to doing the exercise in a working jog. As you increase the speed you may want to go over ever y other pole and work your way up to doing ever y pole at the jog. As you progress through this

Nicely lined up to the first pole. Notice how the horse is stepping over the rail with the foot closest to the pole. As you progress through the exercise a few times the horse will figure out the footfalls and become more coordinated. exercise your horse will be using many muscles as he bends and lif ts over the poles. Go slowly and work on precision rather than speed. This is a simple exercise with great results for strength and suppleness. It is also a great exercise for the rider as it teaches to turn from the centre and to keep rein aids at a minimum. The horse will respond well to the rider’s slight aids and the turn from the centre. For horses on rehab you can lead your horse through the line of poles in the same way that you would ride through. Star t with larger arcs and work up to keeping the line tight and having the horse lif t laterally over the pole. Have fun with this exercise and feel the dif ference it makes in your horse!

Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Competition Coach, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Trainer, and Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, and Certified in Eden Energy Medicine. Her passion is working with riders of all ages who experience pain, tightness, and loss of flexibilit y to gain balance and greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View

Softly bending over the pole. The horse is listening to the rider’s body guiding him. The rider is looking ahead to the next crossover point at the next rail.

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The successes of the Alberta Thoroughbred Industry were celebrated at the 45th Annual Night of Champions, held at the brand new Century Mile Racetrack and Casino on May 11. Submitted by Lindsay Ward

Over 130 breeders, owners, trainers and fans turned out to cheer on industry partners as awards were presented for accomplishments throughout the 2018 season.

ent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer of Horse Racing Alberta, brought greetings from his organization and thanked everyone in the industry as we “say goodbye to one chapter of our history while we look forward to another.” Mayor Tanni Doblanko was in attendance to represent Leduc County - the new home of Century Mile - and emphasized that “it is an honour for Leduc County to be included in your celebrations.” Other industry representatives present included the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta Division), Northlands Park, Horsemens’ Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta, Jockey Club of Canada, Century Mile Racetrack and Casino, Century Downs Racetrack and Casino and Olds College. The 2018 Champion Alberta bred and Two Year Old Colt title was awarded to SMARTY RIVER PANTS, stakes winner of four races including the Princess Margaret, the Birdcatcher and the Alberta Premiers’ Futurity with total season earnings of $125,052. The stakes winning Afleet Alex runner is bred and owned by Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. of Okotoks AB. ESCAPE CLAUSE earned the Champion Older Mare and the 2018 Champion Horse of the Year title for her outstanding accomplishments last season. The Alberta highlights for this graded stakes winner included victories in the CTHS Alberta Sales Stake, Lynn Chouinard Founders Distaff and the City of Edmonton Distaff. Bred by Cam Ziprick & Arnason Farms, the Going Commando Manitoba bred mare is owned by Don Schnell, Barry Arnason and True North. The Ken Cohoe Lifetime Achievement Award and Horseperson of the Year award was given to eight time consecutive Leading Jockey, Rico Walcott. This title recognizes Rico’s lifelong personal involvement and contribution for the love of the Thoroughbred. Northlands Racing Secretary Jason Teague was presented with the Lloyd and Mary Wilson Trophy and Special Appreciation Award in recognition of exemplary services to the Thoroughbred industry. Appreciation goes to the sponsors of this event including Horse Racing Alberta, Century Mile Racetrack and Casino, Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, HBPA of Alberta, Galileo Equine Insurance, Roy McLellan, Moore Equine Veterinary Centre Ltd., Paddockhurst Stables, Rocky Mountain Turf Club and Dr. Steve Smith.

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A complete record of the 2018 Alberta Thoroughbred Award winners is listed below:


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Congratulations to all recipients of 2018 Year End Awards! Special Congratulations to our 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winners! hese wonder ful athletes have earned a total 1,000 points earning many accolades along the way. Represented for 2018 is one dressage award earned by a Para Dressage rider, and the second a junior in the Hunter ring. Well done! CWHBA is proud to sponsor National Per formance Awards, including Year End awards, for registered Canadian Warmblood horses competing in recognized competition. Horses must be registered as Canadian Warmblood; studbook entered mares / stallions may accumulate points towards Achievement Elektra II (Radjah Z x Nikita IV, Rastar) Awards only. Photo by Susan Stickle Awards are given in Dressage, Jumper, Eventing, Hunter and Driving. There are three levels of per formance in each discipline for Year End Awards, based on Equestrian Canada and/or USA Equestrian standards. This repor t gives the Year End and Achievement Awards. Mare Production Awards will be published separately. Congratulations to all on the excellence of your breeding program/s. Year End Awards 2018: Dressage: Level 1 (tie): Southern Applause Apanarde x Southern Waltz, Tramino; O: Diana Sleigh BC; B: Mirrabook Farms Waylon Westpor te x Wise May Dawn, Warkanson; O: Anita Otten Scott MT; B: Mar y Jo Radtke MT, USA Level 2: Rouletto II Routinier x Latte III, Lancaster; O: Kayla Andrusiw AB; B: Amanda Pidborochynski Hunter: Level 1: FPH Max welton's Maximum Jazz (shown as: Merr ylegs) FPH Max welton x FPH Jazz y Lady, Jumars; O: Hannah Ser fass FL; B: Julie Fulton NS Jumper: Level 1: WKM The Phoenix Cat Weasel Z x WKM Rox y, Nickelson B; O: Kerr y Van Braeckel MB; B: WKM Stables Ltd MB Level 2: Bon Baloubet Bon Balou x Highfalutin Miss, Present Value; O/B: Sarah King NB

Level 3: WH Coconut Car thago Sun III x Ciris, Charmeur (HOL); O/B: Wachter Horses AB Eventing: Level 1: EEF Sampson Sambuca x Golden Sunrise, Elito; O: Cr ystal Santos NY; B: Elegant Expressions Farm ON Level 2: Tempest TM Tempranillo x Foggy Flight x x, Irish Dreamin; O: Audrey Van Leeuwen AB; B: Jennifer Stephenson AB

Belvedere II (Bratt Z x Darling Desiree, Diwan) Photo by Cealy Tetley

CWHBA Achievement Awards: Dressage Level 1: • Southern Applause • Waylon Dressage Level 2: • Rouletto II Jumper Level 1: • Bon Baloubet • WKM The Phoenix WH Coconut (Carthago Sun III x Ciris, Charmeur [HOL]) Jumper Level 3: • WH Coconut Eventing Level 1: • EEF Sampson Eventing Level 2: • Tempest TM L i f e t i m e Achievement Awards: • Elektra II, Radjah Z x Nikita IV, Rastar; O/R: Sharon Buf f itt; B: Jennifer Verhulst • Belvedere II, Bratt Z x Darling Desiree, Diwan; O: Vanessa Krohn; B: Gunter & Theresita Krohn QC.

Southern Applause (Apanarde x Southern Waltz, Tramino) July 2019


Story and photos by Christa Miremadi

Dealing with the results of one of our horse’s strongest instincts, their need to find security in a herd, can be challenging. Understanding how important their herd is to them, as discussed last month, can give us perspective and empathy for the level of anxiety and stress some horse’s experience. ith this perspective and empathy, it’s easier to remain emotionally neutral as we work towards overcoming the sometimes dangerous and frustrating herd bound behaviour that many of us deal with every day. We can begin to support our horses developing the confidence needed to leave their herd by following the three steps I laid out in last month’s article: ~ Understanding what their herd provides that you might not be providing. ~ Stretching the edges of the comfort zone enough to learn but without breaking them. ~ Rewarding their efforts by returning to a comfortable distance and repeating the challenge.

These photos show a student of mine working on her Lusitano gelding, Tony, and his confidence working away from home and his herd.

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With the understanding of where your horse is coming from, you can begin to tackle the second and third steps. Stretching the edges of your horse’s comfort zone is the easy part. Keeping them thinking and learning while you do it isn’t always so simple. The best way I’ve found to do this is by running through the “A, B, Cs,” first

The first two photos show Tony in a hyper alert state, very focused on the horses in the distance. His head is raised and his body is tense. His handler is working on simple challenges she knows he understands. close to the herd where they feel most comfortable, and then again, farther away, at a safe but slightly uncomfortable distance. What I mean by “A, B, Cs” is a series of simple requests and directions that my horse is confident with (such as moving forward off pressure, stopping when asked, backing up or moving his/her shoulder or hip to the left or the right). I do this first close to the herd, as this will give me a “base line,” an idea of what my horse is capable of while they’re in an area in which they feel safe. I’ll then move far enough away that my horse becomes uncomfortable with the distance but not so far as to miss the opportunity to show my horse I’m listening or as to create an unsafe situation. Once I’ve found the perfect distance (this takes trial and error and will be different every day!), we’ll run through the A, B, Cs again. With my baseline set, it’ll be easier to assess just how difficult leaving the herd is for my horse. If they had any trouble with the A, B, Cs while we were still close to the herd, still within their comfort zone, then we’re in no way ready to tackle leaving the herd! More work is needed on communication, timing, feel and that first step: Understanding what their herd is doing for them that we might not be. If, on the other hand, they’re soft and relaxed about following the simple requests you’ve provided while they’re close to their herd then you can accurately assess just how out of sorts leaving their herd causes them to become by comparing their willingness and understanding of your directions at varying distances. This part is very important! It’s essential to find the distance that is uncomfortable enough that it will challenge them to grow but that’s still close enough that they can learn! I’ll repeat that… It’s essential to find the distance that is uncomfortable enough that it will challenge them to grow but that’s still close enough that they can learn. This is yet another one of those areas where balance is so important! Too much discomfort and you can easily slide past the learning zone and into a place of panic where no learning will happen and things can become dangerous. Not enough discomfort and no boundaries will be stretched, things will stay the same. Once you’ve found the perfect distance from the herd where learning can occur, you’re ready to ask something simple of your horse. For some, this might be “stand quietly while I brush you,” for others it might be, “move your feet this way” or it may be something as simple as quietly turning around and making your

The next three photos show him relaxing, his head has come down, his body has softened and his attention is coming back to his handler. way back to the herd in an organized fashion, taking breaks to stand patiently along the way. This is the stage in which you’re actively stretching the edges of your horse’s comfort zone so it should be challenging but not dangerous! If you’re at all uncomfortable tackling this alone, don’t! Ask a professional for help. Knowing which exercise to try takes experience, intuition and knowledge. You’ll need to stay sensitive to how your horse is feeling, in each moment. Try not to think about how long they were able to do this activity from the last time or how long you think they should be able to do it for. Feel for their feedback and understand that learning will happen when the experience is right. Most times, it’s when things are not perfect. We all strive for that perfect, light, soft feel but in those moments, there’s no learning. In those moments you’re practicing what you already know. It’s the uncomfortable, messy, ugly moments when you’re doing something new, experimenting and observing and venturing into uncharted territory where learning takes place. As their comfort level increases and the A, B, Cs become easier and easier to execute at a distance, that distance can get farther away. The A, B, Cs can become H, I, Js and eventually X, Y, Zs! You can begin to ask for longer and longer stints of “away time” before returning to the more comfortable distance. If you’ve been working on the ground, you could try this under saddle. Over time, you’ll begin to notice the distance you originally found to be challenging will get farther and farther away, until one day you can’t even find it. Your horse will become more confident in you, but more importantly, because of your support and understanding, they’ll become more confident in themselves, developing the ability to leave the group and venture out alone. This won’t be a quick change. Feeling comfortable away from the herd isn’t something that comes naturally to a horse and can be much harder with some than with others. Though it can be taught, it can take days, weeks or even months of dedicating ourselves to understanding, stretching and rewarding our horses as they learn to overcome their strongest instinct and begin to feel okay with being away from their herd. It takes consistency and practice, patience and perseverance and a whole lot of timing, feel and knowledge! Remember, our horses aren’t trying to be brats and if they’re acting out, it’s because they’re not feeling safe. This will help you to remain emotionally neutral as you explore what they need. Our horse’s strongest instincts is to find security in the

group, every fibre of their being tells them to stay close to their herd for safety. Asking them to venture out alone, exposed and unprotected isn’t easy, but it can be done and it will be worth it! Christa Miremadi has over 30 years of experience working with horses. From guiding trail rides to starting colts, she’s dedicated her life to developing her horsemanship skills. Christa and her husband, Pinto Miremadi, recently left their home and jobs of the past 18 years at Silver Star Stables in Langley BC to realize their dreams of owning their own ranch. They now own and manage The Rock’n Star in Pritchard BC where they offer boarding, lessons and clinics: building relationships, strengthening partnerships and developing confidence for horses and humans through compassionate communication and by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

July 2019


By Bren Pickel

What if you woke up and didn't know where you were? Say you started a task, something you've done a million times before, only to realize you can't figure it out. Now add chronic fatigue and panic attacks. Can we even begin to understand the world of someone dealing with a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? n March of this year, the 13th World Congress for Brain Injury was held in Toronto ON. Research, testimonials, and new strategies for TBI survivors were shared in the hopes of connecting various practitioners, agencies and organizations. Working together, these service providers can help meet the encompassing needs of persons with traumatic brain injuries. Caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to short- or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotion. - Brain Injury Association of America The risk of brain injury is inherent with horseback riding. When mounted in the saddle, a rider's head may be up to13 feet above ground level. A fall from only 2 feet can cause permanent brain damage. Horses are capable of moving at considerable speeds and can be unpredictable. Research has shown equestrian sports to be the most significant contributor to sports-related TBI. In light of these facts, collected data calculates that ASTM/SEI approved helmets have reduced all riding-related head injuries by 30% and severe head injuries by 50%. CanTRA works closely with both medical and equine professionals to set guidelines and outline methods to prevent injuries and support well-being. PREVENT TBI ~ Stop making excuses. "I'm a good rider." "My horse is bomb-proof." Neither of those things rules out possible TBI. ~ Wear a properly fitted ASTM/SEI approved helmet. Never buy a used helmet. ~ Make your helmet part of your equipment maintenance. Is it old, heat damaged, or cracked? Join the cause for helmet awareness. is a great resource! SUPPORT TBI SURVIVORS ~ Understand that TBI, for the most part, is an 'unseen disability' as most survivors deal with memory loss, fatigue, confusion, anxiety, depression and frustration in their new circumstances. ~ Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Facilitated Wellness are programs that offer help to rebuild confidence and create effective strategies, addressing changes in emotions and thinking patterns. ~ Use CanTRA certified instructors, and accredited centres for assurance in standards of safety and best practice in delivering equine-assisted activities. ~ Get involved with CanTRA as a volunteer or give to assist in creating and sustaining quality therapeutic programs across Canada. To find a centre near you visit and easily donate through Note: Although it is widely known that helmets should not be used when vaulting, it is less widely understood why. Check out to find out more. 14 • July 2019


From the June issue… Tooth Pick Dispenser. The simulated log held wooden toothpicks. Two pins were mounted on the spring-loaded woodpecker, when you pushed his head down, the pressure would stick pins on his beak into the pile of toothpicks and one would come back attached to his beak. Congratulations to: Walter Furlong, Strathcona County AB Jackie Sheepbouwer Nola Rankin-Aitken, Enderby BC Bernice Yeadon Todd McCallum, Dawson Creek BC Linda Hatten, Armstrong BC Mary Relkov, Kelowna BC Carol & Ray Cody, Abbotsford BC (Best answer: “Every home that we seemed to visit had a woodpecker toothpick dispenser and every kid acted the same they tried to stab the other kids with it!")

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e’d like to share with you some changes in our veterinary practice. In 1986 Drs. Alex and Susan Wales created Panorama Veterinary Services in Lake Country BC which provided equine and small animal veterinary services throughout the valley. Our daughter, Dr. Jessica Wales, joined the practice in 2010 and soon became the leader on our small animal side. In 2018 colleagues of Jessica wanted to buy in to the small animal side of Panorama and it seemed like a good fit for all. Panorama has many clients who had both horses and small animals, and Jessica and her colleagues will continue to provide excellent care for those clients and their pets. The equine side of the practice has always been Alex’s focus. All the medical records for the horses cared for by Alex and Susan have been moved over to our new practice WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES. We have retained some staff from Panorama at Wales Equine, so everything is ‘business as usual’ except that we have new phone numbers and email addresses. Horse work has always been done on farms and at our equine hospital/surgery on our farm in Lake Country and this is still exactly the same. Our goal is to provide prompt, professional, high quality and personalized service to our clients.

as the hectic pace of life made you disconnect from yourself? Have you become too busy to connect with the silence, solitude and rhythm of nature? Then it is time for you to come to the Ranch for an Equine Facilitated Coaching and Healing Retreat. Experience how horses as healers create a sacred space of infinite possibilities as they assist you in aligning your energies with the universe. Activities may include sitting in the Circle of Horse Energy during guided imagery meditations, reflective round pen sessions, drumming, full moon ceremonies, trail of awareness course, horse painting, reflective grooming and breathing with horse exercises. Maggie is a Registered Nurse with 40+ years of equine and healing arts experience. While at the ranch, the horses become your transformational teachers as you rediscover your wisdom as Maggie facilitates and assists you in awakening to your own power! For registration please call Maggie at 780-720-6795,,

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Equine practice has been good to us here in the Okanagan and we plan to continue to provide veterinary services to our equine clients who own horses from all disciplines and live anywhere from Armstrong to the USA border. We feel very fortunate in that horses continue to be a huge part of our lives through both work and play with a family of polo players, Susan’s jumpers and now an Icelandic mare and a few mountain horses for pack trips. We’ve been at this a while you might say, and some folks have asked when we will retire? Susan has reduced time spent in the practice and is pursuing her photography passion. Alex on the other hand is busier than he has ever been with equine practice. Why would one want to retire when you get to work with good horses and nice people and get to learn new things almost every day in a beautiful part of the world. Check out our website at for some interesting information and a menu of services we provide, or give our office a call at 250-258-2299. (See Wales Equine in our Business Services section under VETERINARIANS)

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By Glenn Stewart

We are not born with these filters or grids. They are slowly built or weaved over time. The experiences we’ve had, the things we have seen or think we’ve seen, what we have been told or overheard or thought we heard. It is our perception, and perception is reality until it can be proven differently to us and then we get a new perception. ears ago a lady brought a stallion to me to work with. The stallion was shown as a halter horse at dif ferent shows and was winning top honours and taking all the trophies. However, the stallion was getting to be more and more out of control as time went by and f inally was banned from any more shows. The trainer that trained and showed the horse from the star t couldn’t handle him any longer either, so the stallion was lef t with the owners. One day when the husband was feeding, the stallion took him down

with his teeth and front feet. By the time the fellow crawled under the bottom rail out of the pen, the stallion had broken his collar bone and a rib or two and bruised him up prett y badly. The horse wasn’t safe even to feed anymore. Someone that knew me suggested to the owners that they give me a call. I agreed to have a look at the stallion to see if I could help. When they arrived they led the stallion to a steel round pen and turned him loose. When I say led him, the stallion was actually the one doing the leading, squealing, rearing, tr ying to

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bite and I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it to the round pen alive, let alone in one piece. I was working with another horse at the time and while I was f inishing up I got to watch the stallion. All by himself in the round pen he would squeal, rear, throw himself on the ground, urinate all over himself and bite at his ribs. He would swing his head so fast and hard that his teeth would thump into his ribs. Then he would bite a bunch of his own hide and pull until it came out from between his teeth and you could hear his teeth snap together. I f inished up with the f irst horse and it was time to go have a visit with the stallion. I was thinking that I would be in the arena by myself as usual with the horse and maybe the owner, but as it was getting closer to the time to star t with the stallion, people star ted arriving. At f irst I didn’t know why they were all there but they all headed to the sitting area above the stallion’s pen and were waiting for the show. Someone had talked about the stallion and the word had got out and it had created quite a bit of interest with the local cowboys. As I approached the pen the stallion ran at the fence, turned his head sideways and tried to bite me through the rails. Then he would turn, run away and come at me again. The people that came to watch really were

not my suppor ters. Af ter watching the stallion for a while, they thought I was out of my mind to actually be tr ying to get in the pen. They suggested getting a gun and shooting the horse and that the horse was a waste of time. At the ver y least a 2x4 to chase him away or rif le in case the stallion got me down and they could shoot him to save me. As I said earlier they weren’t really my suppor ters, but they were really beginning to dislike the horse and kind of warming up to me just because I was actually going in the pen. The people watching, the owner and myself were all looking at the same horse, same situation all with our own set of filters. The owner was hopeful something could be done but to date had only seen the horse get worse. The other fellows that came to watch clearly f igured the horse only needed lead between the ears. That he was no good for any thing and was a craz y man killer. I looked at the horse with my f ilters and wondered what had happened to the poor fellow to make him hate humans that much. I saw a smar t horse that had learned all these behaviours from the handling he had been receiving. He wasn’t born biting himself, rearing, squealing, throwing himself on the ground and attacking people. I also wondered what kind of anxiet y he must be feeling to be biting his own body and thrashing wildly around the pen even when no one was near. My f ilters, based on what I’ve learned and seen, indicated to me that he doesn’t want to be like that, but has had enough of whatever he had been getting and had found a way to keep people away from him. I knew the horse had his own f ilter that he viewed humans through, and it was a f ilter that was not going to be easily changed. I spent 10 days with that horse and changed his perception at least towards one human and was happy to know that my f ilter was working. He didn’t want to be the way he was, and with a dif ferent approach and looking at him with my own par ticular f ilters, a horse emerged that wasn’t tr ying to mutilate itself and ever y thing around it. The owner cried daily at the transformation. Many times in the 10 days I thought, “I’m not going to get out of this round pen alive,” but each day got better as a trust and respect grew between us. There was obviously much that went on in the 10 days and much more to the stor y but this is what I know. A positive f ilter, even if for only one of the two in the pen at the star t, still created a positive for both in the end. What is your dream with your horse? Whatever your dream may be, if you have the horsemanship, you can live the dream. It ’s just that simple. Join us at The Horse Ranch this summer and live the dream! Now accepting bookings for the summer horsemanship camps and High and Wild Adventure. Glenn of fers year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St John, BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. Longterm study and professional programs are now available. For more information visit (See his listing in our Business Ser vices section under TRAINERS)

Horses are born with genetic and innate characteristics, a filter or grid in which they view the world is changed by interactions with humans. This paint foal “River” has a filter that humans are safe to be curious about, and that when they touch her it feels nice.











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TOP DOG! Why Dogs Live Less Than Humans Here's the surprising answer of a 6 year old child (Courtesy of the internet, author unknown)


eing a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a 10-yearold Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for 6-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that dogs' lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.” Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live. He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.” Live simply Love generously Care deeply Speak kindly

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like: • When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them. • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy. • Take naps. • Stretch before rising. • Run, romp, and play daily. • Thrive on attention and let people touch you. • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass. • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body. • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. • Be faithful. • Never pretend to be something you’re not. • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

That's the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office 2019 Equine Economic Impact Survey


orse Council BC and the BC Ministr y of Agriculture are conduc ting a province -wide Equine Economic Impac t Sur vey. Whether you are a weekend trail rider, a breeder or top -rank barrel racer, your input is invaluable to the creation of an accurate study. The past ten years have seen signif icant population grow th, economic challenges and a changing perspec tive on agriculture and livestock among the general public. These at titudes have a direc t impac t on issues such as environmental stabilit y and animal welfare. When you add the changes in the economy to these challenges, you can see the need for an in - depth review of the horse industr y in its current state. A healthy industr y is impor tant to all horse people. This is your oppor tunit y to have a say on where our industr y stands today. Ference & Company has been engaged by Horse Council BC with funding from the BC Ministr y of Agriculture to conduc t an Economic Impac t Study of the horse industr y in BC to determine its economic benef its and values to the provincial economy. To do so, we are conduc ting an ex tensive sur vey of all horse owners in BC . Your decision to par ticipate is voluntar y but your views are ver y impor tant. The information you provide will be protec ted in accordance with the Privac y Ac t and all information collec ted will be used solely for research purposes. Your responses will be summarized with other responses and repor ted only in summar y form. Your specif ic responses will not be at tributed to you in any repor t resulting from this study. 

If you are interested in providing your valuable input , please visit: ht tps:// tSur vey The link can also be found on the HCBC Website at w w

It will take approximately 20 -25 minutes of your time and will be available until July 25, 2019. The sur vey is compatible with smar tphones and tablets, but we recommend using a desk top where possible. Please note that only one member per household should complete the sur vey. If you have any questions regarding the projec t, please contac t Hannah Clark , Management Consultant, at Ference & Company (60 4 - 688 -2424 ex t. 310) or email ( Funding has been provided for this projec t the BC Ministr y of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Par tnership, a federal-provincial-territorial investment that includes $2 billion in cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories, and $1 billion for federal programs and ser vices through March 2023. Horse Council BC • How to Reach Us Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 • Fax: 604-856-4302 •

July 2019


BCLM Pony Club Camp By Joanie Thompson


t the end of May, BCLM Pony Club members gathered at regional camp held at the Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre (MREC), where members from various clubs renewed old acquaintances and made new friendships. Camp is always an opportunity for members of similar levels to socialize and learn from each other as they share their relevant experiences with Some camp attendees with their horses. instructor Natalie Wood Attendees were provided with engaging instruction designed to improve their riding abilities and horsemanship skills. This equine knowledge should also help them to pass their upcoming Pony Club levels. After seeking shelter from the seemingly endless downpour on the first day, the members enjoyed three different jumping clinics in the sunshine on day two. The diverse instructors, including two National Pony Club examiners, a competitive coach and a vet, covered topics from dressage to stable management and jumping. Horse conformation and unsoundness were covered in the vet talk, including how the two are often related. The individualized instruction enabled each member to receive specific feedback based on their skill level. Small group gymnastic, stadium, and x-country jumping sessions were a blast as members challenged themselves with some demanding courses. A big thank you to all the instructors, Lezah Williamson, Natalie Wood, Dr. Joanne Weetman and Diane Spencer. Next up is Regional Rally at MREC July 18–21. Come check out dressage (19th), cross country (20th) and stadium jumping (21st). Follow us on Facebook and Instagram under BCLM Pony Club, and contact Carol McDonald with any membership-related questions at

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister | Photo courtesy of Ron McCarthy,


ome join us in July for our Jumping Day July 6th; Cowboy Obstacle Challenge Jackpot July 7th; $400 added 4D Barrel Race July 20th; Games Day July 27th; and English & Western Open Show July 28th! For all our event dates and information check out our website www.langleyriders. com or follow us on Facebook. Don't forget to get your entries in for Abbotsford Agrifair Open Horse Show. The Sunday Games Day is hosted by LRS and day of haul-ins are welcome for that event. www.

Congratulations to the April 27th Jumper Day High Point Winners Tiny Mite: Alexis Tubbs Junior under 2’0: Tie - Sarah Springman and Emma Jacksongola

Junior Over 2’0: Ryan Springman Intermediate under 2’0: Annabel Bot Intermediate over 2’0: Paige Gibson Senior: Kristina Carrao Congratulations to the May 25th English & Western Open Show High Point Winners English Senior: Bethany Hill Intermediate: Marie Peters Junior: Alex Harvey Tiny Mite: Ryder Zachanowicz Walk Trot: Cheyenne Grinrod Western Senior: Bethany Hill Intermediate: Cheyenne Grinrod Junior: Alex Harvey Tiny Mite: Ryder Zachanowicz Walk Trot: Reese Zachanowicz


By Riesa Kyne

The Chilliwack Riding Club has a new The points for the day went to: Leadline – Grant Kyne home-base for our trophies and memorabilia. 2nd – Lucius Felling & Mirrah Webster Our club house at the Atchelitz Threshermen’s 3rd – Tirzah Felling & Alec Kyne Association has been filled with good Peewee – Lydia Felling 2nd – Kinsley Lewis & Hayden Thompson memories from over the past 84 years. If 3rd – Hannah Lewis you’re in the area contact Corinne Kriegl for a Junior – Ellie Garcia tour. 2nd – Savannah Forstbauer 3rd – Dallas McAuley Youth – Kassie Brennan 2nd – Taylor Hoogerdyk Gymkhana 3rd – Makayla Young winners Kassie Senior – Chelsey Folk Brennan, Ellie 2nd – Dennis Hooge 3rd – Erin Cyrankiewicz Garcia, Grant Novice – Tanya Jones Kyne, Tanya 2nd – Selina Hartskamp Thompson, 3rd – Tanya Thompson Chelsey Folk,

Lydia Felling.

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Lead Line: Evelyn Paquette, Abby Paquette

Reece and Ryder Zachanowicz

Chilliwack Riding Club e’re loving the nice weather here on the coast and were able to host a sunny gymkhana in the rodeo arena at Heritage Park on May 26. It was a May Day theme and we had plenty of beautifully decorated horses and riders. A huge thank you goes out Teresa Floris for providing fresh flowers for the day, and to Anita Lem for being our judge. And as always, the day wouldn`t be the success that it was without the help of our parent volunteers for running the gates and moving equipment. Barb Bodholdt sourced some wonderful giveaways and her upbeat announcing helped make the day the fun event that it was.

Congratulations to May 26 Games Day High Point Winners: George Burns: Kitty Affeldt Jack Benny: Stacy Northey Senior: Cassie Glover Intermediate: Codie Owens Junior: Autumn Rathgeber Tiny Mite: Ryder Zachanowicz

Prince George Reining Horse Association By Katryna Montgomery | Photo courtesy of HD2 Photography


he Prince George Reining Horse Association was established in 1992, celebrating 27 years in operation this year, and is very passionate about being an advocate for the sport of reining in Northern British Columbia. The Association continues to work towards fulfilling its mandate of promoting the sport of reining for all levels of riders by hosting educational reining clinics, sponsoring winter riding sessions, schooling shows, and hosting a National Reining Horse Association show each year. Jessica Mikolayczyk slidin’ with MQH Stretch on Que at the 2018 The hosted show ensures to offer beginner and intermediate classes with modified Northern BC Ride N' Slide patterns, while still offering a competitive environment for the advanced level rider. Our 2019 Northern BC Ride N’ Slide is August 9-11 in Prince George, offering a full slate of NRHA approved classes, Open & Non-Pro 4-year-old derby, Open & Non-Pro 5, 6-year-old derby, Open & Non-Pro Futurity, as well as many modified pattern classes. This show will have over $15,000 in added money and prizes! The judge will be Darren Stancik from Washington. The show/registration package will be available on our website ( soon. Please visit our website, Faceboook page (@northernbcreining), and Instagram page (@northernbcreining) for more information and updates on PGRHA activities this summer! Please contact us at with any questions about our upcoming events.

BC Team Cattle Penning Association


he May Pay Day, hosted by Graham Armstrong and Russell Armstrong, was held May 17-19 at the fairgrounds in Armstrong BC. The honourable judges were Don Poole and Deb Myslicki, both from Alberta. The team cattle penning event was a huge success this year with the biggest turnout since its inception in 2016. The event has experienced steady growth in recent years and is now one of the largest team cattle penning events in North America in terms of both payouts and number of entrees. In total, over $180,000 in cash payouts were distributed to winners amongst the 1100 teams entered. Competitors traveled from across the western side of the continent including Oregon, Washington, Colorado and all over BC and Alberta. Team cattle penning is a team-based equestrian event in which teams of 3 riders on horseback race against the clock to sort 3 numbered animals from a group of 30 cattle and then herd them into a pen on the opposing side of the arena. The sport is highly inclusive with riders of all ages and skill levels competing and experiencing success over the course of a typical weekend. The sport has been growing, continually, across the country in recent years. See the BCTCPA website for more information and dates of upcoming events.

5 Class Champions Ed Hurd, Bob Morreau, Jessie Cook Winning $1905 ($635 each)

Saturday 10 Class Champions Russell Armstrong, Brian Watt, Joanne Watt Winning $7674 ($2558 each)

7 Class Champions Jason Robinson, Tucker Brown, Allee Baker Winning $3792 ($1264 each)

Sunday 10 Class Champions David Ruby, Brooklyn "New York New York" Ruby, Tanner Ruby Winning $8235 ($2745 each)

11 Shootout Champions Liz Baremore, Leanne Wolf, Allee Baker Winning $8973 ($2991 each)

Saturday Open Handicap Champions Ben Thorlakson, Tom Thorlakson, Micaela Thorlakson Winning $7596 ($2532 each)

Sunday Open Handicap Champions Michael Welyk, Shannon Mayer, Spencer Gamache Winning $7700 ($2566 each)

Open QuickDraw Champions Graham Armstrong, Liz Baremore, Kurt Robson Winning $10,620 ($3540 each) July 2019


Spring Fever By Bruce A. Roy,


lberta-bred horses, purchased by  David Carson, while in Alberta for the Wild Rose Draft Horse Sale, sparked a fast trade May 18,  at Carson's Spring Draft Horse Sale, Listowel

ON. Plat, a grey 3-year-old Percheron gelding, bred by Meggin Phillps, Didsbury AB, won a last bid of $8,600. This was placed by Donald Graham, Dutton ON, who is currently assembling a six-horse hitch of dapple grey Percherons. Roy, a black,  2-year-old Percheron gelding, purchased at the Wild Rose Sale for $3,600, sold for $4,600  at Carson's Spring Sale.  Bred by Kevin Graham, Innisfail AB, Carson sold him to  Cal Lipsett, Jr., Schomberg ON, one of Eastern Canada's leading Percheron exhibitors. Brett Fulford, together with four friends at Clive AB, hosted their Invitational Draft Horse Field Day on the May 1st  weekend. Percherons at the Fifty-four draft horses, some Fulford Field Day. from Yorkton and Moosomin SK, plowed  10 acres,  then seeded 15 acres,  to the delight of the crowd watching the field work being done by the draft horses hooked in a number of configurations. Favoured by perfect weather, Tyler

My grandson, Rein Roy, has the 12-horse hitch in hand. Setzer spoke on collar fitting, while Delia Loomis, D's Equine & Canine Therapy, gave a live demo. The Annual Wild Rose Draft Horse Field and Pioneer Days, held at Spruce View AB, June 1-2, was once again a  great success. RV vehicles filled the campground, a large crowd was in attendance for the Quilt Show, the Museum Tour, the  supper Spruce View Lions Club provided, the evening singsong and  a breakfast  the following morning. Vehicles drawn by horses delivered the crowd to the field, where the draft horses were seen  working  on a number of different farm implements. Once again, the busy weekend was a great success.   Gord Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons, Viking AB, has sold his newly assembled Percheron Six. Massive horses, matched for style and stride, this exciting turnout, scheduled to make its debut at The Calgary Stampede, was purchased by  Young Living Percherons, Mona UT. Wonder Gadot, winner of the 2018 Queen's Plate has been named Canada's Thoroughbred Horse of the Year. Congratulations to David Anderson, St. Thomas ON,  the Thoroughbred  mare's breeder. Well known in both  Clydesdale and Percheron breed circles,  Anderson Farms has also  bred  some of  the  top Clydesdales and Percheron horses found in North America.  

Princeton Riding Club Spring Fling Report


e held our Spring Fling Show on May 25-26 with judge Sasha Hopp from Summerland. A huge thank you for a great job! We had over 34 competitors for the 53 classes. On Saturday, there were 36 classes from Trail and Western in the morning, to all disciplines of English in the afternoon. Even Mother Nature had her turn in the late afternoon, trying to dampen the horse and riders’ spirit, but they both preserved in the cold and damp rain, actually downpour! (Troopers they were, good on you!) The youngest competitor this year was Gregory Shermit, who at 18 months old rode his trusted steed "Biscuit," with his mom alongside. A future horseman in the making! Our local group "Hoof to Heart," lead by their coach Stephanie Antonick, was fantastic from novice to senior riders. They showed their talent - well done! Sunday was the Hunter/Jumper day starting with rails on the ground, and going up to 3 feet. Without the following sponsors, we would not be able to put on this quality (but fun) show that draws competitors from all over BC. From Princeton... Cascade Veterinary Clinic, Everything Pets, Eagle Forest Products, Princeton Wood Our youngest competitor, Gregory and Biscuit Preserver Ltd., Princeton Dental,

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By Lothar Greczmiel

Nag Bags. Outside Princeton... Riva's Remedies, ALFAtec, Edge Wholesale Direct (Aldergrove), Avenue Equipment (Abbotsford), Country Feeds (Aldergrove), Watertec (Langley), Dynamint Equine Rub (Chilliwack). Thank you to all!! To our volunteers, a big thank you for all the time you put in to making this show happen and remember… there are never enough volunteers to help. Volunteers are the backbone of events, so please do your part for your club or association, VOLUNTEER!!! See you at our Autumn 2 phase show, September 21-22, 2019. SPRING FLING SHOW RESULTS WESTERN HIGH POINT Senior - Merilee Walden on Bob Junior - Wyette Antonick on Zeplynn ENGLISH HIGH POINT Hoof to Heart group Senior -  Michelle Pinel on Beauty Junior - Wyette Antonick on Zeplynn VERSATILITY CHAMPION Senior - Aimee Beauchamp Junior - Wyette Antonick JUDGE’S CHOICE RIBBON - Aimee Beauchamp on Bill BRAVEHEART RIBBON - Nova Amateau-Borden on Ruby MOST HARMONIOUS PAIR RIBBON - Kabrie Hartwell on Title Page

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club


By Lauri Meyers | Photo by Emily Stobbe

eeWee, Junior, Intermediate, Walk Trot and Senior participants, thank you all for coming out, supporting the AERC and making our June show one of the best! About 30 participants came out to play and enjoy a fun-filled day. Much to our delight, our youth members really showed the senior members how it is done. Great job! A great surprise at the end of the day was an award for the Most Sportsmanlike Exhibitor. This honour went to Katie Zbytnuik. Katie won a set of magnetic number holders, graciously donated by The Dirty Pore. Congratulations Katie! Thank you to Jenny Bouwmeester, our main judge, and Joni Miskovich, our trail judge, for your knowledge, feedback and experience. The AERC is taking a bit of a break in July, but will be back on August 11 with our pre-IPE Funday Show. Pre-register Most Sportsmanlike before August 9 at, we accept e-transfers too. Exhibitor We can’t say it enough… how much we appreciate and rely on our many volunteers. Show after show, you are Katie Zbytnuik there for us, each of you an integral part of a successful day. You are the reason the AERC is able to have our Funday Shows. Thank you! We would like to congratulate Vienna Meyers for being awarded the AERC Scholarship. Vienna will be continuing her education at UBC and UBCO, eventually obtaining a teaching degree. More information about our Scholarship can be found on our website.

CRTWH Activities


By Fran Kerik

he Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse hosted a clinic on May 25-26 at Klondike Victory Farm west of Red Deer. The clinic was well-received by the participants who are now eager to take their new skills and tools out on the trail with their favourite walking horse. Windi Scott and I thoroughly enjoyed giving the

clinic. The 37th Annual General Meeting of CRTWH held that Saturday evening had a good turnout. We welcomed our President, Sue Gamble, who did not even have to leave the comfort of her home in Ontario, as she joined us via Face Time on her iPad! A first for us! After a short business meeting, the best part came next - handing out awards in The Canadian Triple Challenge. Bobbie Buck (on First were the awards to the Ride, Drive, ALT participants (ALT stands for alternatives such as agility, liberty or right), the Ride/ trick training). Members enrolled in this Program accumulated a total of 1401 submitted hours. Also this year we Drive Co-ordinator, congratulating Brenda had two riders with 1000 cumulative hours, Brenda Woodall from Alberta, and Allanna Jackson from Arizona. This Woodall on 1000 hours was Allanna’s second 1000 hour badge.  of riding accumulated in We had 8 submissions in the Program For Excellence with 3 Bronze, 1 Silver and 4 Gold Awards. Way to go! This the Program. means that these horses have been assessed by an independent judge for conformation, flat walk, run walk and canter. We also had 8 submissions in the Training Levels Challenge - 4 Basic Skills entries, 2 in Driving Level 1, and 2 entries that completed Trail 1, 2, and 3 and Horsemanship 1. Congratulations to all our members for your achievements and hard work.

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses!


ur club hosted Dr. Herman Geertsema who spoke to us about “Saying Goodbye” to our 4-legged partners. A difficult topic to speak about, but he discussed different ways we can navigate our way through such a difficult time. Several times a year, our members volunteer with the cleanup of the Spirit of the Horse Garden in Campbell Valley Park, founded by Joy Richardson. It is a beautiful place where horse owners can go to remember their equine partners. We help with the weeding, pruning, and planting. RIP Joy. Our members have been on the hunt, for treasure that is! We have been riding the trails at Aldergrove Lake Park, hunting for natural treasures with clues to help lead our way. “Who is the fairest of them all?” We had a well-attended May Flowers Ride at Campbell Valley Park, where members dressed themselves up, as well as their steeds. We were well-turned out for the occasion and enjoyed some social time after the ride. It is always fun to see the joy we bring to other park users, as we stroll through the park in our garb.

By Simonne Rempel

The VREC is a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet every 3rd Tuesday in Fort Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker and host a variety of clinics. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, or for more info email: vintageriders@shaw. ca. 2019 Upcoming Events: Working Equitation Clinic Mountain Trail Ranch Versatility Clinic Intro to Drill Riding Summer Social Ranch Trip Gina Allan Clinic July 2019

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BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association


e are halfway through our season with 4 shows completed and only 3 more exciting cuttings coming up this year. We hope to see you there! ~ Summer Sizzler July 14 - hosted at Langley Riders ~ 2019 Season Finale featuring Bridle-less Calcutta August 10-11 hosted at Cayley Wilson Performance Horses in Abbotsford 'The Barbra McNally Memorial Show' was held on Mother’s Day, sponsored by Kelly Molloy (Barb’s daughter and on behalf of her family) in remembrance of Barb McNally, our club member/fellow cutter, who we lost in a motor vehicle accident in October 2016. There was a tribute of speeches and music to remember Barb, with a message that left friends and fellow competitors with thoughts of Barb, and setting goals of driving to succeed in the show pen! June 1-2 ‘Double Your Cut Show’ was our first double header of the year. Saturday featured a jackpot sponsored by Highland Lowbed. Sunday we awarded double stitch weighted reins, sponsored by Country Lumber and Salishan Boarding Kennels, and proudly supplied by K&K Livestock Co. and also our 2019 saddle supplier for 15K Amateur class!  The show also was the first of 3 instalments of the BCRCHA “Never Won A Buckle” classes. The class ran on Sunday, with our buckle sponsor Deb & Dean Hall (Emerald Springs Farms), and won by Dale Jarvis riding PF Scription Man. Congratulations Dale!  We also featured a raffle card draw at both shows for beautiful hanging baskets donated by Clearview Garden Centre,

BC Cutting Horse Association


s the buzzer went after the final class at Heritage Classic Cutting 2019 there were some very tired people standing around in a happy state of shock.

What had just happened? • 385 works over 3 days • $60,000 paid out in prize money and $20,000 of it added dollars raised through sponsorship donations and support • The largest Cutting Show held in Fraser Valley in over 20 years • 1024 cattle shipped in and worked And while it took some time for these incredible numbers to sink in, one thing was very clear. The Lower Mainland was more than ready to welcome a National Cutting Horse Association show back to where it all began. In 1973, the BC Cutting Horse Association was formed in Vancouver with a board made up of names very familiar to any of us who have been associated with western equestrian events in BC for any length of time. Brent Chunky Woodward Stewart, George Tidball Langley BC, Dave Batty winning the Barrie Cline 4 year old Derby on Bob Grimshaw Saturday. Len Monical Lynn Saunders John Giesbrecht And for many years BC was the heartland of NCHA Cutting in Canada. 26 • July 2019


By Julie Karlsen | Photo by Janice Reiter Photography

and gift buckets with sponsorship by Stampede Tack and Maddy’s Mad Polos. Fun for spectators and riders! New to BCRCHA shows this year is the 'Pureform Ride of the Day!' How it works we ask our judge to Pureform May winner Deb Hall, pick an individual ride presented by Julie K. that was monumental and stood out at each show. The rider who is chosen is awarded a ‘Pureform’ gift card with an $80 value, supplied and sponsored by Pureform Equine Health Supplements! Congratulations to our 'Pureform Ride of the Day' winners thus far: Deb Hall riding Sanjo Royal, Kathryn Dolphin riding Shesa Quick Cat, and Olivia Demers riding Cowledge Education. There is a lot of fun going on with our Fraser Valley 'grassroots' ranch cutting club for 2019! Do you want to learn more? See our website, check us out on FB or instagram. We invite and welcome you to come and watch, meet our members and get involved in the exciting sport of cutting!

By Lois Clough | Photos by Janice Reiter Photography Fast forward to fall 2018 when a group of local cutting horse enthusiasts got together and decided the time was ripe to bring an NCHA event back to the valley. So the Mighty Fraser Agricultural Non-Profit Society was born and their first event christened Heritage Classic Cutting, to be held at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park April 26-28, 2019. Under the sanctioning umbrella of the BCCHA and with tremendous help and support from the directors of that BC affiliate of the NCHA, we got it done. The cutting horse community in BC and the Pacific Northwest came to the party in a huge way. Our amazing sponsors were generous and plentiful. The many volunteers who showed up were unbelievable and tireless. We offer our heartfelt thank you. Now for the burning question… will we do it again? The answer is YES… Heritage Classic Cutting has booked Heritage Park, Chilliwack for April 23-26, 2020. We hope to offer a Classic Division (5 & 6 years olds) and with luck and support, more added money. So mark your calendars and see you next year! - Thank you everyone, MFAS Board of Directors

Dr. Dave Paton DVM, Langley BC.

Doug Reinhardt from Alberta on his way to win the Legacy Open Cutting class on Saturday evening.

Oliver & District Riding Club


By Max Alexander

e had t wo great events in May. The f irst was a Prac tical Hoof Assessment clinic by Dana Johnson, and the second was a Trail Challenge clinic by Ken MacRae. Both were wellat tended. At Dana’s clinic she examined four of our members’ horses and showed us how we can all assess our animals’ hooves. First, she examined the gait of each horse to see if the hoof landed f lat, toe f irst or heel f irst. Each case revealed an issue for each horse. Our club president was one of the volunteers, and she posted (on Riders in the rain at Ken’s clinic our club Facebook page) a really good summar y of the assessment process and what she now has to do to improve her horse’s feet. Take a look , you’ll f ind it ver y interesting. We all were luck y enough to learn from this session. Dana is now a club member and we are delighted to have her on board. If you are having an issue with your horse’s feet, be it lameness or any thing else, you can contac t Dana at her place of work , Nickers Saddler y in Pentic ton. Our second clinic, with Ken MacRae at the D - K Ranch (home of the ODRC), was really a challenge for most of the riders. It was the one seriously wet day of the month, so af ter the f irst session the event was postponed and continued on the Sunday. The f irst group not only had the course to face but also the weather. Well done to all the riders who entered the clinic, but especially to the Saturday riders who carried on through the whole session to master as many challenges as they could. Thank s also to Ken for laying out a great course, and Dana’s Hoof encouraging and guiding our riders through it. Assessment clinic Our ODRC Showing Clinic and Show is planned for June 16, arranged by Sasha Hopp, who for many occasions assisted the club with events. Thank s Sasha! See more nex t month. Another upcoming event is a Debbie Hughes E x treme Challenge Clinic to be held July 6 -7. Now that will be exciting! It is at the D - K Ranch and spec tators are welcome for a small fee.

Interior Cutting Horse Association


he ICHA held another successful ‘Cut for the Cause’ on Mother ’s Day last month. For many years, the ICHA has hosted this charit y event where our members donate all of their earnings for the day to a selec ted charit y. This year ’s charit y was Lyme disease and for ICHA member 750 Rider winner Greta Wurtz Jen van den Born. Jenn contrac ted Lyme many years back and is enduring quite a hardship both physically and f inancially f inding the right medications. This disease is not recognized by our health care system and therefore leaves Jenn and many others on their own to f ind a solution. The show ’s set ting was beautiful at the Rath arena in Kamloops, the weather cooperated and fun was had by all. The day star ted with a pancake break fast by donation, followed by some great cut ting. So Green Horse winner Pat many generous people and Switzer, presented by Jenn van den Born businesses donated items

Story and photos by Sheryl Wurtz

for both the silent auc tion and prizes for competitors to win. Jenn was on hand to present prizes to all the winners, including some coveted handmade coasters Jenn laser engraved with the ICHA logo on them. We are pleased to say that this group raised $1, 50 0 to donate to Jenn and assist with her f ight with Lyme. ICHA will be out there nex t Mother ’s Day cut ting for another wor th while cause. You can keep in the loop with our shows and ‘Cut for the Cause’ event by visiting our website w w w.ichacutting. com.

Never Won a Buckle winner Amy Babcock, presented by Jenn van den Born and Greta Wurtz

Laser engraved coasters made by Jenn van den Born, presented to each class winner along with gift certificates to 2 Boots Tack and The Horse Barn July 2019


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Ride the Island – BCHBC Rendezvous 2019


hen it comes to hopping the pond between Vancouver Island and the Mainland with your pony, it’s not just about the sticker shock - there’s something about that claustrophobic lower ferry deck that makes the notion of seafaring a mite nerve-racking for the uninitiated. This May, for the first time ever, the Back Country Horsemen of BC, a 900-member posse of riders sharing a passion for all things trail, held their annual Rendezvous on Vancouver Island. Given the outlier location, and Dutch Oven Cook-off the fact that about a third of BCHBC baker Jo Hull-Sykes members hail from the Island, it is no Photo Joanne Schneider surprise that of the 200-odd participants and 87 horses, most registrants were local Rendezvous virgins delighted to have the gathering of the clans in their own backyard. Attendees took the “Ride the Island” theme to heart, turning out in droves for pre- and post-RV camp-outs. These sold-out rides flaunted the flamboyantly gorgeous South, Central and North Island trails surrounding Hi Point Guest Ranch near Duncan, Spruston Staging Area outside Nanaimo, and Memekay Horse Camp near Sayward. Rendezvous, now running for well-nigh three decades, offers opportunities for learning, socializing, fundraising, and engaging in friendly competition. At this year’s event held at Arbutus Meadows in Nanoose, clinics varying widely in focus – Agility (Pat Thomas), Working Equitation (Trish Hyatt), Driving (Marion Weisskopff), Cattle Cutting (Michelle Hall), Liberty (Heather Nelson) – maintained a consistent theme: each honed horsemanship skills benefiting all riders, whether heading out on the trail, competing in their discipline, or simply interacting with their equine BFF on the ground. Also on the roster were lectures, demos, and hands-on sessions on horse camping, packing, Avenza, trail-clearing, and rope halter-making. Classic RV events made their annual appearance. The Cowboy Poetry Contest showcased an assortment of styles, including winning poet Bob Collins’ humorous ode to his ranch truck, junior Mikayla Peter’s haunting poem “Wire,” an audience-participation rap, a eulogy for a beloved horse, and a song celebrating a day in the saddle. The Silent Auction (manned by Tara Rice and Sharon Virk), with its cornucopia of tempting Event farrier Kevin Gourlay Photo Jill Ackerman donations ranging from tack to

By Sylvia Hall Andrews

artwork to multi-day trips into backcountry locales, raised over $7000 for BCHBC to distribute through its education and trail development grant program. the Packing In Competition, Howie Griessel Williams Beach ride Photo Sylvia Hall Andrews and Brian Clozza claimed top prize of a pack saddle, using skills presented earlier by Jim Fiddick and Jeff Eastwood at the Packing Demo. The Survivor Relay Challenge, concocted by Rose Schroeder of the Yarrow chapter was won by the NVI Yatta Girls, Heather Wade, Mia Lambert and Sonya Edelston. Event farrier Kevin Gourlay had the audience in stitches as surprise “victims” materialized from nowhere, making competitors scramble to transport the casualties to safety. The Dutch Oven Cook-Off, hosted by Eleanor Elston and won by Jurgen Huneke, very conveniently supplied delectable desserts – including pineapple upside-down cake – for the inaugural Dinner Graze. The Friday night Dinner Graze was a first for Rendezvous. The logistics had everyone scratching their head, sending horsemen scampering around camp bearing appies, salads, and mains as they hunted down their designated host. Once bemused diners found their roosts, they had ample time to chow down, socialize, and quaff adult beverages before moving on to a new host and new entourage for the next course. This inventive twist on a progressive dinner was a raging success. Saturday morning’s AGM saw the election of new board members Scott Walker, Linda Buchanan, and Deb Oakman, as long-standing officers Brian Wallace and Karen Tanchak concluded their terms. At that evening’s catered dinner (courtesy of The Pickled Carrot), Rob LaFrance of the Prince George chapter was declared Volunteer of the Year. A Cinderella moment broke out as attendees stampeded to try on a one-of-a-kind Arbutus wood cowboy hat turned by NVI member Ian Compton, with the hat going to lucky young Dallas from Salt Spring Island. After the beautiful meal, the crowd hit the dance floor for a stellar line-dancing lesson. Rendezvous succeeds only through the hard work and dedication of its countless volunteers, and the contributions of its many supporters, including major sponsor Cavallo. Attendees applaud the efforts of those who manned the booths, kept the grounds tidy, set up and broke down, cleared and marked trails for riders to explore, and of those whose months of planning resulted in such a magnificent conclave. Hats off to a great Rendezvous!

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 • Vice President: Scott Walker • Vice President: Verna Houghtaling Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 • Secretary: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley All Novice Show

The All Novice Show AQHA/APHA/All Breed Free with BCQHA membership was a fun success! Was great to watch everyone enjoy themselves showing in a low key environment! Huge thank yous go to everyone who made it a reality. It certainly would not have happened without Marilyn Griffin's passion and dedication in her sponsor drive. Big hugs to her and her "village." Huge thanks to show sponsors for your faith and support! We are also grateful to our "ask a judge" Jodie Moore and our "ask a trainer(s)" Stephanie Conti, Tami Hutton and Mellissa Buckley. Thank you also to all the volunteers who made it possible. From the crew planning and setting up till the late night hours/early morning to those that pitched in doing various things at the show, you are appreciated more than you know. We are so grateful for our volunteer show staff! Richard Pyke was our chipper announcer, Debbie Rogul kept the show rolling as whipper in, Haidee Landry was a fantastic ring steward, Jen King our smiling awards distributor and Pat Senger our back draw supervisor. Speaking of show staff, kudos go out once again to our always fantastic backbone of our show crew, Rod Ash and Kathie Mackenzie. As always your professionalism and good hearts shine through to make the day the best it can be. Big thanks go to Langley Riders Society (LRS) for working with us to try this concept out, and we must say John Scotton is one amazing human being. His warmth and love for what he does is truly evident. Russ also did a bang up job at the concession. And Ron!  Finally, thank you to all the exhibitors who joined us today. This is all about you and we hope you enjoyed your day. We were thrilled to have those that came from the interior as well as our friends south of the border. You all rock! HIGH POINTS: AQHA: Youth W/T: Makenna Beach Ammy W/T: Jeanette All Breed Youth Horsemanship Brandt Reserve: Mary Ratz Zachanowiz Level 1 Youth: Safira Everitt Reserve: Colten Buckley Level 1 Amateur: Taylor Schell Reserve: Haley Russell APHA: Youth W/T: Evelyn Hockley Amateur W/T: Marilyn Griffin Reserve: Anita Oglivie Novice Youth: Allyssa Belanger Reserve: Tylor Harvill Novice Amateur: Rosalea Pagani Reserve: Sarah Walkem All Breed Youth: Allyssa Belanger

Reserve: Samantha Harvill All Breed Amateur: Taylor Schell Reserve: Rosalea Pagani LRS: Youth: Alyssa Belanger Reserve: Marie Peters Amateur: Mary Ratz Zachanowiz

West Coast Summer Spectacular

Up next is our BIG PRIZE SHOW! 4 days and 6 judges with lots of added goodies! When: July 18-21st Where: Thunderbird Show Park Prizes:  AQHA High Points - Silver Belt Buckles with branded trophy plaque AQHA Reserves - 2 Branded Leather and Wood Barstools  All Breed High Points - Red Horse Tack Saddle Pads Reserves - Harris Pad and LM gift bags Superhorse - Kathy's Show Halter Halter Champion of Champions - Branded Leather Footstool Stakes/Futurity classes: 3/4 yr old WP $500 added Tag Team Showmanship $500 added Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake $500 added Ranch Riding Stake $500 added Breeders Incentive Yearling Tri Challenge $2900 added Draw Prizes: For every class you enter, you get a FREE entry into a draw for: Leather Director’s Chair $500 hay/delivery from Tina Maynard Additional tickets for the draw can also be purchased at the show. We are very excited about this show being the biggest format we have ever offered! We hope you join us! We have flat rates, etc. You can enter by either printing off entry forms from BCQHA. COM or look for the online entry form link on the website and Facebook.

Thank you

We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank our amazing sponsors for your incredible support, without whom none of this would be possible. Thank you also to all of the volunteers who put in so much passion and effort to make everything happen.!

AQHA Level 1 Amateur Horsemanship Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: Visit our Facebook page

July 2019


BC Rodeo Association 2019 BCRA SCHEDULE July 6-7 Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 13-14 Pritchard Rodeo July 19-21 Quesnel Rodeo August 3-4 Whispering Pines, Kamloops August 3-4 Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 9-11 Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo … more at

OUR BCRA 2019 SPONSORS Thank you for your continuing sponsorship for the 2019 season! New 2019 Sponsorship Package available at for partnership opportunities


BCRA OFFICE MANAGER/ENTRY SYSTEM SECRETARY CONTRACT POSITION Proposals are being accepted by the BC Rodeo Board of Directors for a contract position to fulfill the duties of Office Manager and Entry System Secretary. This will be a single contract submitted by Individual(s) who are able to fulfill the duties and obligations outlined in the Request for Proposal. The Request for Proposal is available on the website (there are 2 pages) or contact the BCRA office to have one emailed directly to you. All proposals must be submitted to by the Closing Date of July 15, 2019 at 9:00 am. 82nd ANNUAL ANAHIM LAKE STAMPEDE – July 6-7 A one-day rodeo along with a gymkhana on the Friday, and a family fun jackpot rodeo on Sunday for cowboys to hang out all weekend. Rodeo dances Friday and Saturday nights. Come for the great pancake breakfasts, BBQ beef supper each evening, parade on Saturday at 11 am. Free admission to the Stampede. For more info


Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake

Ruby SPONSORS: Four Rivers Co-operative, Armstrong Regional, Otter Co-operative Assn.

PRITCHARD RODEO – July 13-14 Lots of rodeo action from bull riding to mutton busting. Watch all the cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money and year-end standing points. Always great rodeo food and be sure to stay for the dance Saturday night. For more info


54th ANNUAL QUESNEL RODEO – July 19-21 In conjunction with Billy Barker Days. Join us for the wild horse race, wild cow milking and the flat race along with Canadian Pro Rodeo Saddle Bronc Riding, new this year and all the other rodeo action. Barn dance featuring Kordardy. Local entries are July 5&6 from 4pm-10pm at 250-249-5805 or email qrclocalentries@ For more info


West Fraser Trucker’s Association


27TH ANNUAL INTERLAKES RODEO – August 3-4 Exciting for this year is the Mini Bareback riding and Mini Wild Pony Race both days! Join this fan-packed rodeo Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. Come for the great pancake breakfasts, rodeo burgers and lots of action. Local entries are July 22 from 10am-7pm at 250-593-4447. For more info 2nd ANNUAL WHISPERING PINES RODEO – August 3-4 Featured event is bull riding with $3000 added and a popular fan favourite Ranch Bronc Riding. Local entries are July 19 from 1pm-6pm at 778-921-0244. For more info


Gord & Diana Puhallo Marshall Veterinary Clinic COPPER SPONSORS: Diamond 7 Performance Horses

Cache Creek Veterinary

Lil Red Pony

The Horse Barn, Kamloops

Be sure to watch for the BCRA Polaris booth at each rodeo to get your ticket to win a Polaris side-by-side.

CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: PETtanicals Chilcotin Lodge Chilcotin Towing

Colorz HUB BM Clothing Co Western Vogue

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * * Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm • Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 2019 BCRA Board of Directors President: Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034 or 250-267-9647 Vice President: Matt O’Flynn 250-255-7678,

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Directors: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 or 250-706-3580, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Allison Everett 250-296-4778 or 250-305-0167, Denise Swampy 250-392-7153 or 250-305-9109, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725,

Shaylene Tucker 250-392-6296 or 250-320-0762, Rhoda Petal 250-394-4349 or 250-267-5550, Steve Lloyd 250-925-4669, Carl Hyde 250-963-9381 or 250-612-1237, Kelly Walls 250-267-8865,

Clubs & Associations 30 Years of Celebrating Long Ears


members from across Canada and the US

Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information 2/20

CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.


armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 7/19 11/19

CANADIAN THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION CanTRA promotes the benefits of therapeutic riding across Canada through awareness, education, and setting standards for therapeutic riding instructor certification, centre accreditation, hippotherapy, and equine-facilitated wellness.


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,,, Darcey Woods, President, 250-318-9975 4/20

Contact: • Website:





BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 8/19, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Pres: Tom Nobles 250-838-2228, leetom., Clinics, Pot O Gold Show, Trail Rides, see our FB page 3/20 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 5/20 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 12/19




Visit our website for upcoming events






Hosting BCCHA, CCHA & NCHA Shows, Clinics and Youth Events.



BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 4/20


Certifying equine professionals such as riding coaches & equine facility managers. CHA accredits equine facilities for insurance discounts & publishes educational horsemanship manuals & hosts networking conferences. Visit To find a certified equine professional or accredited site visit

dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 10/19 Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. 1-866-282-8395 | |

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

Info on clinics and events at

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A charitable equine organization funding veterinary colleges and students, and other worthwhile equine causes.

BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, Contact Carolyn Farris, email 6/20

Fraser Valley’s own ‘grassroots’ club



Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323




or e-mail:

BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 10/19 Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!!


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BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, 2/20

Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 7/20 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 2/20 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 8/19


LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Mellissa Buckley,, 10/19 July 2019


Clubs & Associations North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 7/20 OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156,, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 3/20 7/20

100 Mile & District Outriders

7/18 8/19

Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. President: Mike Kidston E-mail: ~

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Calista Collins,, 250899-0830. Info, Gymkhana dates & events at 4/20

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 9/19 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 2/20 WELLS GRAY RIDERS ASSOCIATION, (Clearwater BC) www.wellsgrayriders. com, find us on Facebook! Gymkhanas, clinics, trails, drill team & more 2/20 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Amber 250-392-6402, 8/19


WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 4/20

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2019 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

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


1 CANADA DAY BARREL RACE, Peachland BC, Sandy 250-718-2761,, 3-7 SPRUCE MEADOWS ‘NORTH AMERICAN’, Calgary AB, 5-7 PAALH CANADIAN NATIONAL SHOW & All Breed classes, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, 5-7 COURSE 1 & BEYOND: Connection & Riding Excellence, Circle Creek Equestrian Centre, Kamloops BC, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, 6 BEGINNER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 6 LRS Open Jumping Show, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Centred Riding Instructor Lisa Wieben, Dunster BC, 6-7 Birgit 250-968-6801,http:/// ROPING CLINIC SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 6-7 6-11 SIDA CLINIC w/Hub Houben, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm BC, 7 ADVANCED HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 7 LRS Cowboy Obstacle Challenge, LRS Arena Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 7 SUNDAYS ON SADDLE (SOS) GROUP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, for info email or see 8-10 ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION, working w/obstacles, confidence-building, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn Ferster 250-808-0738, 11 BREAKAWAY ROPING & BARREL RACE, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, Sandy 250-718-2761,, 12-14 BROOKE REMPEL CLINIC, Southwind Ranch, Tappen BC, or 13 TIMBER RIDGE, Lumby BC, Bianca MacKenzie (25/50)

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13 TEAM ROPING SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 13-14 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Back 40, Armstrong, Daina Hillson 14 GYMKHANA, Upper Clearwater Arena, Clearwater BC, Michelle 250-256-1800, 14 BC RANCH Cutting Horse Assoc., Langley Riders, 4303-208th St., Langley BC, 20 BDRC Buckle Series Horse Show, Judge: Wendy Price, Barriere BC, Darcey 250-318-9975, or on FB 20 RANCH VERSATILITY w/Carmen Teixeira & Mountain Trail w/Debbie Hughes (Vintage Riders), Chilliwack BC (Private), Debbie Hughes VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB, Mountain Trail Ranch Versatility Clinic, 20 Fort Langley BC, LRS 4D Barrel Race, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Jessie 778-246-0068, 20 NARCHC SHOW, Lakeland College, Vermilion AB, 20-21 MILES KINGDON Bridled Stock Horse Workshop Series #2, Kamloops BC, 20-23 David 250-377-5996, RANCH VERSATILITY, Private lessons w/CarmenTeixeira, 21 Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes 23-24 MULTI-DISCIPLINE CLINIC w/Lillian Evaniew-Phelan, Barriere & District Riding Club, Barriere BC, Darcey 250-318-9975, email BREAKAWAY ROPING & BARREL RACE, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 25 Sandy 250-718-2761,, BEGINNER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, 27 Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 BDRC GYMKHANA, Barriere BC, Kyra Blackburn 250-214-1924, 27 or on FB LRS Games Day, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226, 27, TEAM ROPING SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 27

What's Happening? Let's Go! 27-28 27-28 28 28 28 29-Sep 6

HORSEMANSHIP & CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/Chris Irwin, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, CARIBOO TRAILS BACK TO BACK FIELD DRIVING Trials & Judging Clinic w/Larry Brinker, 70 Mile House BC,, 250-456-7404 ADVANCED HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 LRS Open English & Western Show, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, GYMKHANA & BARREL RACE, Peachland BC, Calista 250-899-0830,, EDMONTON AB, 6-week Advanced Equine Massage Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF,


2-4 ABBOTSFORD AGRIFAIR Open Horse Show & Games Day, Exh. Park, Abbotsford BC, Sara 604-852-6674, 3 CHASE CREEK CATTLE COMPANY, Chase BC, Lori Bewza (25/50) 6-8 ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION, working w/obstacles, confidence-building, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn Ferster 250-808-0738, dawnferster@gmail. com 7 LRS 4D Barrel Race, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Jessie 778-246-0068, 9-11 NORTHERN BC RIDE N’ SLIDE, Prince George BC, 10 108 CTR, 108 Mile House BC, Joanne Macaluso 10-11 BC RANCH Cutting Horse Assoc., DOUBLE HEADER, Cayley Wilson Perf. Horses, 1280 Powerhouse Rd, Abbotsford BC, 10-11 NARCHC SHOW, Cow Palace, Olds AB, 10-11 ROPING CLINIC SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 10-11 LONG EARS DAY, Stettler Ag Grounds, Stettler AB, 11 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB Summer Social, Fort Langley BC,

16-18 CROSS NATIONAL CUP (Working Equitation), High River AB, 17 BDRC GYMKHANA, Barriere BC, Kyra Blackburn 250-214-1924, or on FB 17 LRS Open English & Western Show, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 17 TEAM ROPING SUMMER SERIES, Kelowna BC, 17-18 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, 8 am, Hanging H Arena, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes 18 GYMKHANA, Smokin True Ranch, Clearwater BC, Michelle 250-256-1800, 19-21 15th ANNUAL EQUITATION SCIENCE CONFERENCE, University of Guelph, Guelph ON, or 21 LRS 4D Barrel Race, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Jessie 778-246-0068, 21-Sep 3 PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW (PNE), Vancouver BC, 23-25 BROOKE REMPEL CLINIC, Southwind Ranch, Tappen BC, or 23-25 DR. ANDREW MCLEAN SEMINAR & CLINIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Info 24 QUESNEL CANTER, Quesnel BC, Erin Wilde (25/50) 24 INTRO TO RIDING EXTREME COWBOY CHALLENGE w/Dawn Ferster, Merritt BC, Kelly 250-378-1670 24 BREAKAWAY ROPING & TEAM ROPING, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, Sandy 250-718-2761,, 24 LRS Games Day, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 24-25 MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Prince George BC, Sandra Erickson 250-991-6480 25 LRS Cowboy Obstacle Challenge, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,,

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Rural Roots 34 ACRE SALMON ARM HOBBY FARM Beautiful Silver Creek valley and mountain vistas with a sunny exposed rolling acreage. 1998 built 1,456 sq. ft. MFH with vaulted ceilings, a large country kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances, skylights and sliders that open to a large sundeck. Spacious master with a 3-piece ensuite, soaker tub and walk-in closet. Two more good-sized bedrooms and smaller 4th/den option. Many updates. 3,600 sq. ft. barn with framed loft for your ideas! Recently re-fenced 80% (some electric), tons of new metal panel fencing in herding/corral area. Additional property access available. 1399 Yankee Flats Road, Salmon Arm BC $579,000 MLS® 10179004 Michael Sandstra 250-307-7318 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd., Vernon BC

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Rural Roots Realtors Ads only $85 or less LAKEVIEW ESTATE SITUATED ON 4.2 ACRES A 3,889 sq. ft. 4 bed/4 bath Rancher built by Douglas Lake Custom Homes, pristine inside as out, with horse stables that mirror the quality and finish of the home. The home is designed for entertaining. A gourmet kitchen complete with huge central island, granite countertops, 5 burner gas range, double ovens, wine fridge, built-in microwave and a huge walk-through butler’s pantry. The great room is designed for outstanding views. The main level master suite features serene views, a huge walk-in closet, and an exquisite 5 pc. ensuite. The yard is as immaculate as the home itself. 870 sq. ft. custom horse barn with meadows, paddocks and a riding ring. Property backs onto Priest Creek (Crown Land) giving horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers access to the endless trails at Myra Canyon Provincial Park. 4531 Gaspardone Road, Kelowna BC $1,695,000 MLS® 10157996

80 ACRES IN A BEAUTIFUL VALLEY Within 10 minutes from Lumby, this spacious, well-maintained and updated 4 bedroom home offers two separate addresses and a great business opportunity. This 80 acre parcel provides consistent and prized hay production with 39.5 acres in alfalfa/grass blend and 35 acres in grass. 2018 “per yield” production was approximately 465 rounds and 2000 squares (2 cuts in 2018). Fenced with sheds and paddocks, 50’x148’ hay storage, and barn with tack room. This also makes for a great horse property with riding available just off the property. Exceptional water quality. 1040 Mabel Lake Road, Lumby BC $1,295,000 MLS® 10181266

See page 4 for contact info

KEITH WATTS • 250-864-4241 • RE/MAX Kelowna • E-mail: Visit and

81.12 ACRES! TIMBER, HAY, SHOP, SHEDS AND A HOME Sensational one-of-a-kind view. Live off the grid and in comfort! Good producing well and a 24V 9 panel solar system power; house has a 6500W diesel generator for backup with wood stove heat and propane furnace. 72’x45’ insulated, heated and powered shop runs off its own solar system. Productive 7 acre hay field. 24’x32’ hay shed. Flowing creek travels down to lower horse pastures and orchard area, collecting in a pond. Property is newly perimeter fenced in 2016 in 5-strand barbed wire, with cattle guard at entrance. Turn out your horses, graze some cows or grow some hay/crops. Huge TIMBER value here. Borders crown land on 3 sides!

20 ACRES NESTLED AT THE BASE OF HULLCAR MOUNTAIN Sensational one-of-a-kind view. Live off the grid On quiet no-thru road, 5 bedroom family rancher with spectacular view of the Okanagan Valley. Fully set up for horses, 4 pastures, wood rail fencing, 40’ round pen, 8 stall barn, heated auto waterers, hay/ shavings storage, 90’x120’ riding arena, large tack room. Beautifully updated open concept home with vaulted cedar ceilings, big country kitchen, generous bedrooms, large master with walk-in closet & full ensuite, floor to ceiling wrap-around wood burning fireplace. 20’x40’ indoor pool with sauna, exercise room, fully finished basement (inlaw suite?). Entire house heated with wood boiler, including pool and hot water, or use the forced-air back up with heat pump. Good producing well 12GPM, 10 mins to Armstrong or Enderby.

5209 Six Mile Creek Road, Falkland BC $799,800 MLS® 10175801

4250 Frederick Road, Armstrong BC $1,380,00 MLS® 10184928

HORSE HEAVEN ON 20 ACRES WITH 2 HOUSES Main residence features south west styling and western accents with great views from the open kitchen, living & dining area, 4 bedrooms/2 full bathrooms. Second house is a 1 bed/1 bath perfect for family or rental income. Both homes have heat pumps, natural gas furnaces & A/C. Indoor riding arena (80’x120’) has attached heated 5-stall barn with auto waterers, heated wash rack, tack room & feed area. Viewing area over arena and a hay loft. 52’x56’ barn with 6 24’x12’ stalls and a shavings area. 38’x60’ hay shed with lean-to. 4 pasture sheds/shelters. Boasting a 200 US GPM irrigation well, underground mainlines and reel included. 30’x48’ workshop with lean-to. 7.5 acres of irrigated hay fields with remainder in irrigated pasture. 165’ outdoor round pen. 40’ 4 horse automatic walker.

9.05 ACRES - VERY PRIVATE AND QUIET ROAD Minutes from Armstrong. 3 bedroom/2 bathroom log house with fully-finished walkout basement. Gorgeous floor to ceiling stone fireplace. 2 smaller pastures with one large pasture. Property is fenced and x-fenced, mature shade trees for privacy surround the house and both sides of the deck. New hot water tank in 2017. 2014 hay shed measures 24’x36’x10’ high. Scenic pond with a second well next to it. 5-stall horse barn with hay loft and tack stall with direct pasture turnout. Property fronts on Wyatt Road and Knob Hill Road. 45’x23’ log shop/storage area with power.

4358 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong BC $1,998,000 MLS® 10182519

4294 Wyatt Road, Armstrong BC $625,000 MLS® 10183069

REMARKABLE ESTATE PROPERTY ON PRIVATE 20 ACRES Horse boarding or your own private equestrian facility? 60’x120’ heated indoor riding arena with viewing room; 9 stall (1 is a double) heated stable with 3 additional tack-up stalls; a wash station and a bunk house across from the 1-bedroom suite; 98’x20’ loafing shed which could be converted for implement storage or into an additional 5 indoor/outdoor pens; 40’x32’ hay/equipment storage building; a double bay shop (28 x 38); and 7 loafing sheds and adjoining paddocks. Main residence is a lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Westcoast Contemporary style home with beautiful original brick work and hardwood, and a masterpiece stone fireplace in the livingroom. Another large bedroom is atop the 2-car carport, ideal for guests or aging kids. The property is supplied by a 40 US GPM well. 4452 Sleepy Hollow Road, Armstrong BC $1,798,000 MLS® 10185217

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For these and other properties contact Russell Armstrong 778-930-0115 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd., Vernon BC

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BOARDING FACILITIES / RETIREMENT / REHAB JJ’S PLACE (Coombs BC) 250-248-4050 Self, semi, or Full boarding for injured, ageing, retired, or casual pleasure horse. Also on Facebook



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Located north of Cochrane AB, at 274254 Range Road 40 Madden AB (GPS coordinates) 9/19

TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526. Full care, rest, rehab, retirement, geriatric. or see us on Facebook 5/20

LAKOTA AGRIPLEX Dawson Creek BC, 100’x200’ indoor arena, outdoor arena, 50’ round pen. Rental inquiries to Caretaker 250-782-1445, 2/20



THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-309-0629, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 2/20


BAUMALIGHT.COM 1-866-820-7603

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ROB TEIT, Journeyman Certified Farrier (Kamloops & Area) 250-574-6838 4/20

FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT home building CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 8/19 31852 Marshall Place 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. 103-1889 Springfield Rd. 975 Langford Parkway 1-1227 Island Hwy. S. 587 Alberni Hwy. 1970 Keating Cross Rd. 1771 10th Ave SW 2565 Main St.

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FEncing 130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders, Best Prices in the Cariboo!


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

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GRK Fasteners Dealer * Customized Bale Spikes * Custom Welding * Horse Trailer Repairs *Serving BC/AB/WA for over 10 years

Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •


FAWNDALE FARMS (Thompson/Okanagan area) Farm & Residential Fencing. Lance Savage 250-260-0848, 10/19

FERRIS FENCING “PastureLine” 4mm : “No Wire” Polymer : Complete ElectricSystems HorseRail products : No-Climb & Diamond Mesh

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GUEST RANCHES WWW.MEADOWLAKEGUESTRANCH.COM (Clinton BC) toll free 1-833-238-1200 Back country trails, bed & bale, multiple updated private lodgings on 700+ acres 7/20 36 • July 2019


RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 9/19


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RT LEATHER (Kamloops) 250-574-6838. Saddle & Tack Repairs (English & Western), Custom Leatherwork, 4/20

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) Clinics & Horse Training, Working Equitation, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Wilderness Trail. 7/20 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 7/20

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 7/19 WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 3/20



ACCORD VETERINARY SERVICES (Kamloops & area) 250-314-6566. Dr. Marlin Mason, Mobile Equine/Bovine Vet Services, 8/19

PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 5/20

ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Meier, Ree      2/20

TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (1645 Eagle Rock Rd., Armstrong BC) 250-308-8980, RVs to Horse Trailers. Your Trailer Parts Superstore! 7/20

DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 10/19

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 9/19 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 2/20

BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 4 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 7/19 BRUCE EMLYN HORSEMANSHIp (BC), Connecting with the Mind of Every Horse; clinics and private schooling 8/19

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250-808-0738 (Kelowna BC) See Damarhe Training on FB

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Clinician, Trainer, Competitor

Specializing in Mountain Trail, De-Spook and Horsemanship Clinics


JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 8/19 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLEs (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 6/20 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 5/20

WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, 7/20

GENERATION PUMP CO. (Interior BC) 250-549-0780 Paul Moore Variable Speed Experts! 6/19

Western & Dressage Coach, Mountain Trail Course Designer. Clinics/private sessions in mountain & standard trail, ground work, round corral, ponying, desensitizing, balanced riding on/off site. Confidence building through patience & respect. RSTER FEcoaching Join us at our indoor/outdoor trail course. training

KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 4/20

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On The Market (Private Sale)

We Have the Blues! 2019 Foals will be available sired by:


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LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan



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Myra’s Suki Can 2557 Icelandic Mare born June 22, 2011 $4,500 Call or text 204-212-1960 E-mail: (Invermere BC)

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