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As seen in the Williams Lake Tribune (August 30, 1967)

Lady Luck rode along the Centennial Trail


uck, luck, luck.” Those were the first tired words uttered by trail boss, Stan Walt, when he brought the BC Centennial Trail Ride to the end of its journey at Williams Lake’s stampede grounds last Wednesday. The fact that it was luck which took the 32 riders safely through more than 260 miles of “wild country” was shared by most of the participants. A few of the hardy travelers even went as far as claiming “it was a miracle we got through at all.” The memorable ride was planned and organized by the Garden City Horsemen’s Club of Victoria with riders participating from points throughout southern British Columbia and as far south as California. “It was to be a commemorating trip recalling the adventurous way of life of many of our forefathers,” says Stan Walt of Victoria. “Aside from that it was a hell of a fine Centennial project.” That it was, as Laurie Wallace, BC Centennial chairman, pointed out to the riders on the Thursday, when he presented them with commemorative silver belt buckles decorated with the centennial medallion and each engraved with the rider’s name. Mr. Wallace had flown to Williams Lake especially for the occasion and showered the riders with congratulatory words. He also has some nice words for Williams Lake saying the riders chose “a most fitting place” in picking Williams Lake as the end to their courageous journey. A “courageous” journey it was, full of surprises, latent danger, accidents and near-loss of life. Some accidents drew blood. There were broken bones and just plain sore ones. Trail boss Stan Walt suffered an ugly gash in the lower leg after being kicked by his mount. Hans Weseman of Black Creek, Vancouver Island, received a broken arm when tossed from a steer during a rodeo staged for the riders by the Big Creek community. Both casualties were flown to hospitals for treatment and “that was luck,” to find two aircrafts readily available. Young Richie Gook, 12, followed his father, Dick, on the casualty list. Richie suffered only hurt pride when he was dragged by a

Sincere congratulations were passed on to all participants by BC Centennial committee chairman, Laurie Wallace (on left), who flew to Williams Lake to present each member of the ride with a special (buckle) achievement award. Receiving his award here is trail boss Stan Walt. young steer at the rodeo, but his father, of Victoria and Quesnel, registered broken ribs when pinned under his horse in a trail fall. Jean Norcross of Duncan was perhaps the luckiest of the bunch. Jean’s horse toppled end-over-end down a 100 foot cliff, nearly dragging her with him. Luck of luck, the horse was found quietly grazing at the foot of the cliff. There were some tense moments when the group was separated and a few riders remained unaccounted for several hours. The trail boss blamed this on lack of discipline on the part of some of the riders. The riders seemed to agree there was a general lack of trail leadership. “People who were supposed to know what they were doing and where they were going, just didn’t know,” the consensus goes. On the Kickebush trail, 7,000 feet up McGillevray Pass, the riders got bogged down for nearly five hours with the horses treading mud up to their necks. “That trail hadn’t been travelled for 12 years and someone should have known that,” one rider exclaimed rather dejectedly, recalling the mishap. One statement passed on repeatedly, can be taken at face value or tongue in cheek. “This was a trip that none of the riders is about to forget.”

Lining up for the group picture after a grueling 260 mile trail ride which took them from Pemberton BC to Williams Lake are members of the BC Centennial Trail Ride. During a sight-seeing ride through the area, the riders were joined on the old ski hill by Caryl Hume (Miss Stampede), and members of the local trail riders’ group. A luncheon cookout followed the picture taking session. May 2019


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1967 Centennial Ride


Balance as Signal… cont’d


Langley Equestrian Academy


Long-Lining & Preparation


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Take Care of your Horsemanship


Cowboy Festival Report


Equine Equilibrium, Part 2


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n preparation for the 2019 BC 55+ Games in Kelowna on September 10 -14, we are of fering the “Step Up Your 55+ BC Games Riders Training Clinic” to be held at the Vernon Distric t Riding Club, 80 4 4 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream BC on Saturday, May 18th 2019, from 9 am – 5 pm. A one day Training Clinic for Dressage, Western Dressage, Ranch Riding Horse, and Mountain Trail Novice & Open Divisions will be of fered.

Clinicians: * Ali Buchanan – Dressage: Training level – First level – Second level. 2019 Equestrian Canada Dressage Test 2 will be used. * Lillian Evaniew- Phelan – Western Dressage: Walk Jog – Training Level – First Level. HCBC WD Test 2 will be used. Ranch Riding Horse: Pat tern # 4 will be used. * Dawn Ferster – Mountain Trail: In Hand & Under Saddle Divisions. Novice & Open.

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riders. Cost $50.0 0 per ½ hr session. The number of rider sessions are limited. Mountain Trail sessions will be scheduled as Novice (3 hours in am) and Open (3 hours in pm) groups. Cost is $50 per am or pm session. Stabling is available for additional cost at check in. Riders and Coaches must register via HCBC Online Event registration por tal at link : ht tps:// Coaches and auditors are welcome to par ticipate as spec tators at no cost. Professional development credits apply for cer tif ied coaches. For the “Arena Driving Trials Training Clinic ” on May 30 – June 2 , in Pritchard BC , contac t Ellen Hock ley at email

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By Christa Miremadi

Now that you’ve learned to control your seat and become confident in your balance in the saddle, you can begin to shift your attention from your own centre of gravity to that of your horse. eveloping an awareness of your horse’s balance will create an abilit y to enhance your par tnership even more, allow you to inf luence and direc t your horse’s movement and give you access to a whole new subtle, yet hugely power ful, method of communication with your horse. Being able to use your balance as signal to your horse gives you the abilit y to redirec t your horse’s feet with nothing more than a shif t of your weight. Slowing down and speeding up can become as simple as breathing, and get ting your horse to turn around quickly could be as easy as preparing yourself for a turn. But where does it star t? How can you begin to develop this language? I’m sure there are more than a few dif ferent opinions on the mat ter, depending on who you ask , but if you ask me, it all star ts with awareness and obser vation. For example, if you’re sitting astride your equine par tner and you’re simply standing, resting, can you tell where your horse’s balance is? On which leg is your horse bearing most of his or her weight? Can you tell how much of their weight they have commit ted to this hoof ? Is this the hoof you’d like them to move? Bet ter yet, star t from the ground! Just looking at your horse, can you see how they ’re balancing themselves? Do they have their weight on their front end or their hind end? Is it more to the lef t or more to the right? Can you inf luence them to change this weight distribution without causing them to ac tually move a hoof ? What did it take? How much pressure did it require? Were you able to clearly communicate your desires to your horse and did they understand their success when they ’d accomplished the task you asked them to execute? I like to star t with a simple shif t. No ac tual steps, just rocking their weight either for ward or back , lef t or right, either from the saddle or from the ground but either way, this is the foundation that inf luencing the feet can be built from. I use my body and my balance and connec t those things to my hands and my legs as needed, in order to help my horse understand my ideas, being careful to use my balance and weight more dominantly than my arms and legs. At f irst, I ask only for acknowledgement that my request has been received. This could be a f lick of an ear, a feeling of the muscles I’m sit ting on tightening in response to my changes or a slight bend to the neck . It could be (and more of ten is) a shif t of weight from the front end to the hind end or from the lef t shoulder to the right. The moment I feel this shif t, I release, returning to neutral and relaxing my legs 6 • May 2019


Here I am with my young mustang, Smoke, with the help of Miles Kingdon, as we work on developing our connection and togetherness by learning to feel and influence a specific hoof through balance and signal. Having Miles on the ground to offer his observations and assist with timing helped me to get it right more often and in turn, helped me to pick up the feel quicker.

and hands. Of ten I’ll speak sof tly and rub my horse’s neck in order to share my approval for their ef for ts and reassure them that the ac tion they of fered was indeed what I was looking for. If they become confused and of fer something besides what I had in mind, I’ll use my hands or legs to help clarif y while double checking my own position to be sure I was clear enough in the f irst place. It doesn’t take long before tightening my core, lif ting my energy and shif ting my balance begins to result in full steps, reversing, moving of f for ward or yielding the shoulders to the lef t or right (or even a combination of the above) and when this kind of ef for t is given, I’m even more enthusiastic about my rewards! Pret t y soon, through shif ting my balance I can begin to rock for ward and back or lef t and right in unison with my horse and the best par t is that my horse is naturally balanced! Because I am not ‘making’ but rather ‘inspiring’ his movement, he will collec t himself up, gather his own energy and work from his core, just as I am doing, in order to of fer me the desired results! Learning to feel your horse’s feet as they ’re moving is

equally (if not even more) impor tant. To develop a bet ter awareness of this, I like to prac tice the following exercises: While walking, can you tell which hoof is leaving the ground and when? Can you f ind all four of your horse’s feet at any given moment, just through the awareness in your seat? Can you time your body ’s movements to match those of your horse’s? Having control of your horse’s feet is only possible if you know where they are, where they were and where they ’re going to be nex t. Once you know that, inf luencing them through your balance is a whole lot easier! It can be helpful to get help with this one. Someone on the ground to help you and conf irm whether or not you’re feeling things correc tly. When worked with in this way, strong hands aren’t necessar y, tight and pushy heels or driving seats aren’t needed and both the horse and rider experience a sense of togetherness and par tnership that (in my experience any way) are quite unparalleled! As the rider ’s awareness and attention to their horse’s balance improves and becomes more and more accurate, the horse’s awareness and attention to the riders balance improves as well. As a rider, you’ll become accustomed to signaling your horse only when the timing is right and as a result, you’ll get what you’re looking for easier and with less ef for t. This, in itself, is a huge reward to your horse! Being able to move through life and make you happy without having to defend themselves against the unbalancing ef fec ts of your reins and legs, being able to collec t themselves naturally and prepare themselves for speeding up, slowing down and turning as well as receiving the suppor t and enthusiastic rewards you won’t be able to help yourself from giving, will all provide ample motivation to both you and your horse to keep working towards developing higher and higher levels of awareness and connec tion. It has truly blown my mind to discover just how sof t and light and connec ted the par tnership can become

when exploring this method of connec tion development and using my balance as signal. I don’t think I could ever go back to riding any other way and I know my horses are as happy with the results as I am. Christa Miremadi has over 30 years of experience Here one of my students is working with her mare on the same working with horses. thing. This time I was working as her "eyes on the ground" to From guiding trail help her with timing and developing her connection as she rides to starting colts, attempts to influence her mare to reach out with a specific hoof. she’s dedicated her life to developing her horsemanship skills. Christa and her building relationships, strengthening husband, Pinto Miremadi, recently lef t partnerships and developing confidence their home and jobs of the past 18 years for horses and humans through at Silver Star Stables in Langley BC to compassionate communication and by realize their dreams of owning their sharing the horse’s point of view. own ranch. They now own and manage The Rock ’n Star in Pritchard BC where (See her listing in our Business Ser vices they of fer boarding, lessons and clinics: section under TRAINERS)

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Written by April Moi

Many horse lovers dream of an opportunity to incorporate horses with their schooling and there is nothing like a mix of horsemanship and a solid middle/high school education program to help today’s youth make a dream come true.


he uniquely structured program offered by the Langley Equestrian Academy (LEA) is for grade 7 to 12 secondary school students and built to suit the needs of various ability levels, disciplines, demographics of riders and equestrian enthusiasts. This public non-profit educational academy provides alternate schooling options to promote equestrian growth and development without it having an impact on academic marks. LEA serves students from across British Columbia who otherwise might have found it difficult or impossible to balance academic and equestrian pursuits while enrolled in a traditional school system. For competitive athletes, weeks spent away at competitions often placed them behind the curve of their fellow classmates and constantly struggling to catch up. “A lot of these students were incredibly bright academic students, but their marks were not reflecting their academic success because of the artificial dates and timelines that the system was giving them,” says Lara Petrie, the program’s visionary. “They needed academic flexibility and they needed time for mastery, so we needed a personalized schedule rather than having a traditional classroom setting where people were moving together in a class.” Petrie noted that students often have to choose between academic or equestrian success, citing ironic anecdotes of athletes who compete at an elite level, yet fail gym classes at their home school. To combat this dichotomy, LEA offers highly customizable schedules, with distance learning options available for traveling students. Most students attend the school’s physical location at Brookswood Secondary School at least three days a week, while some attend each weekday. Some students ride with their personal coaches in the morning and attend school in the afternoon, or vice versa. The Academy is open to any districts in Canada and internationally, is a full university preparation program with an expectation of academic achievement. Whether you ride FEI, jump in the Grand Prix ring, run barrels at the rodeo, or volunteer with the local rescue… we are open to anyone (whether you own a horse 8 • May 2019


or not!) with a desire to learn both in the classroom AND outside of the classroom! The program provides an education that supports the student’s passion for horses with specialized delivery styles to contribute to personal growth and development. This personalized and flexible approach is a blend of face-to-face and online courses, out of class clinics and workshops, plus volunteering to support the horse and greater community. Activities go beyond riding lessons so students do not need their own horse. Courses are intended to support existing relationships with a student’s trainer and can accommodate time for travel to compete while maintaining studies. The opportunity to develop a passion in horsemanship with no academic trade-off can open the doors to careers such as equine sciences, massage therapy, equine chiropractor, equine physiotherapy, veterinarian, vet technician, farrier or judging. Eileen Jonker oversees the program and also teaches English, Social Studies, Psychology. Having grown up loving horses and working with such dedicated instructors such as Burgi Rommel, Eileen realized just how inspirational and life changing working with horses can be in the development of today’s youth. Alfonso Ocampo is the Science and Math teacher, and Chantelle Whitehead is the resource teacher. The academy also provides excellence through the ongoing mentorship provided to each student by equine professionals who are dedicated to helping youth aspire to become involved in the “gifts that are all things equestrian.” The Academy provides a cohort group of like-minded students with a flexible, personalized approach to education while supporting passions and skills development in horse related sports or equine career opportunities. The purpose of the Langley Equestrian Academy is to foster Passion, Growth and Courage for our athletes; in their own community, without academic penalty for time away competing. The main ideal of the program is to support athletic development and “Horsemanship” in general: the truly great athletes also demonstrate great horsemanship. Students need to deeply develop their equestrian skills in all capacities, across disciplines.

mentor works with the student’s existing coach as a chef d’equipe team model to create in-depth performance plans for the athlete. Students must apply to be accepted for Young Riders’ athlete development. Competition Level: Full alternate education program, work directly with fully certified teachers and professional equestrian mentors, attend equine clinics, speakers (vets, Olympic athletes, farriers), etc. in horse related learnings in addition to your regular academic courses. Flexible scheduling and unique opportunities to facilitate various learning styles. Opportunities to students continue working with their existing trainers for riding. Young Riders: A full alternate education program for high level athletes competing at provincial, national or international level to support time needed to be away competing. Student will develop performance skills such as sports psychology, athlete fitness, nutrition, in-depth knowledge of your sport, networking amongst key players in your discipline, developing profiles for sponsorship, etc. This level has a former Olympian mentor to develop the characteristic and attitudes students will need to achieve in high level sport. The

Equine related work experience courses and long-term work opportunities are available for students in the Competition or Young Riders levels of the program. Community partners include: Thunderbird Show Park, HCBC and Equestrian Canada. “The advantages are really allowing people to develop their passions without having any academic trade-off,” says Petrie. “Supporting passions for students is really important. We have this huge vortex of kids who share this really intense passion in this area, so it’s really cool to have them together as a community.” The Langley Equestrian Academy is now preparing to start its fourth year and is now filling a fourth cohort for September 2019. We are excited to meet you! Opportunities for homestays are available for out of town/ province applicants. Seats are limited and are expected to fill by May 31, 2019. Apply now! To schedule a classroom visit, or to test drive the program, please contact Eileen via e-mail or call 604-916-0961.


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By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz | Photos by Lisa Wieben

Long-lining (ground driving) is part of the foundational training that most trainers who start young or problem horses do prior to getting on their back or in preparation for cart driving. ong-lining will get the horse used to contact (pressure on the bit), lines touching the sides of his body, straps flapping over his back, and movement behind him. Long-lining is also a great rehabilitation exercise for horses recovering from injury that need to be hand-walked, as well as a wonderful exercise to teach you about feel and contact and use of the outside rein in relation to riding. This training can also keep your horse fit and in a working frame of mind during inclement weather. In the wintertime it allows us to wear our warm winter gear while driving from the ground. Walking behind a horse at a brisk pace will also keep our blood circulating much more than it does when riding, keeping us warm. And last, but not least, long-lining is a lot of fun! Safety first Long-lining is one of the most difficult ground exercises to master with a horse and it can also be the most dangerous, depending on the sensitivity of the horse. This is a skill that is best learned under the guidance of someone that knows the technique in case you have any issues. While working with the long-lines is a lot of fun once mastered, care must be taken to avoid getting yourself or your horse tangled in the lines. Learning how to prevent the horse from making a sudden turn and keeping the lines taut, as to prevent them dragging on the ground at any time is key.

Putting the line over his hind end. The lunge line is running from the side of his halter and along the side of his body. It has not been connected to the surcingle.

Safety notes: * Always wear gloves! * Never wrap the lines around your hand! * Do not let your horse back up unless asked! A green horse may back up as soon as he feels pressure, allowing the lines to go slack, 10 • May 2019


Taking up the contact to ask for the turn. The horse will step forward into the turn from contact on his hind end. which may lead to the horse turning in and wrapping himself up in the lines. * If using loop reins, make sure you are not letting your lines drag on the ground as they can easily be stepped through and you may find yourself tangled up in them. * Practice long-lining with an easy, safe, calm, reliable and forgiving horse in a small, fully enclosed arena. Or even better, practice long-lining with your human friends first. Have them play the role of the horse and they can offer you valuable feedback as to whether they feel you pulling, holding too tight, or whether or not you have gaps in your blocking contact. Once you have learned how to keep your friend and your easier horses between your hands and going exactly where you want, then begin to gradually work your way up to the more challenging horses and more open spaces. Long-lining equipment * Saddle (English or Western) or a surcingle * Halter or bridle with snaffle bit (D-ring or full-cheek snaffle will prevent the bit from being pulled through the horse’s mouth). Do not use a leverage (shank) bit. * Two cotton lunge lines or yacht or leather driving lines. Do not use nylon to avoid burns to either you or your horse. The lines can be open (two single lines) or closed (loop rein). We prefer two single lines for green horses in case the horse pulls the lines out of our hands and gets free and is not dragging a closed loop. Also there is no chance of you stepping into the loop if the reins are open. For more advanced horses we prefer the loop rein as it allows us to slide the lines through our hands to more easily follow the horse’s movement as we advance in the trot work performing circles, changes of direction, etc. As well, loop reins aren’t going to drag on the ground. Run the lines through the lower rings on the side of the surcingle (the higher rings are fine for a horse who naturally carries himself in a more collected frame) or the stirrups of the saddle to the bit. If using a Western saddle, tie the stirrups together underneath the horse’s belly with a strap or piece of rope. This will keep them down and stop them from flapping around. * Lunge whip (it’s best to start without the whip as you will need both your hands – you may get a competent friend to carry the whip alongside you). * Halter and lead rope (for safety have someone lead the horse as you get started).

The horse is accepting the contact on the bit and on his hind end. The line is asking for his hips to move while he is also being asked to follow the feel on the bit. Notice how the handler is stepping back to draw the horse to her as he comes through the turn and to give him space to turn.

The handler's body drew him toward her.

Coming through the turn

Preparation for long-lining (full body wrap) Using a long, soft rope (or a lunge line), clip the snap to the offside ring of the halter while you hold the other end. If standing on your horse’s left side, pass the end of the rope with your left hand underneath his neck to your right hand, which reaches for the rope over the neck. If your horse is too tall, put the rope over the horse’s back before attaching it to the halter. As you run the length of the rope along your horse’s barrel on the right side you will stay standing on the left side. Be sure not to step behind the flank area for safety, to avoid being in a position where you could get kicked if the horse becomes worried. Allow the rope to drop over the hind end on the right side of your horse while still holding the end of the rope in your right hand and standing slightly ahead of the flank and away from the body. Have the rope resting just above the horse’s hocks. The rope will wrap around his entire right side and around his hind end. Pick up the contact, then ask the horse to disengage his hind end and step forward as he begins his turn while you draw him towards you by backing up. The horse will have to bend away from you and turn his hind end toward you to complete the turn. Keeping your body a safe distance away will give the horse the freedom to turn and keep you safe. As he finishes the turn he will be facing you as your body draws him toward you. Repeat this exercise multiple times until your horse is comfortable with having the rope around him, is relaxed and lowheaded in the turn, and always steps forward from the pressure of

Handler is Jacklyn Hegberg with a 4-yearold Westphalian who is being started for under saddle work.

the rope around his hind end. If the horse backs up, continue to hold pressure on the line and gently tap him with the line until he steps forward and turns. Repeat the exercise in the other direction changing the snap to the other side of the halter. Next month we will continue on into the driving lines! 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 flexibility to gain balance and greater freedom of movement. She is located in Mountain View County AB. Somatic Rider Clinics and Confidence Connection Clinics. As an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on indepth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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BCSLA, CSLA Landscape Architect, Equine Design Specialist


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By Bruce A. Roy, | Photos courtesy of Kristen Gordeyko


uyer interest at the Dennis Gordeyko Clydesdale Estate Sale held in Ohaton, Alber ta on March 9 th fueled a roaring trade. From star t to f inish, the 78 catalogued Clydesdales, ten of them mares with a newborn foal, sold for a $5,991 average. Sale receipts for the tack , harness, equipment and horses totaled $150 shor t of $50 0,0 0 0. John Newell of Richmond, Ontario bid $26,50 0 to take possession of Gor- Dey Lightning, the 2-year- old colt that was Reser ve World Champion Stallion at Madison, Wisconsin's 2018 World Clydesdale Show; as well as Reser ve Grand Champion Stallion at the 2018 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The 5-year- old mare, Alamar Tina, Supreme Champion Clydesdale at Calgar y's 2016 Stampede, sold for $22, 50 0 to Boulder Creek Clydesdales of Marion, Iowa. The last horse sold, 2S Above All's Mister Keynote, the handsome, 8 -year- old, Texas-bred sire, captured a f inal bid of $29,0 0 0, placed by Jared Mar tin from Ituna, Saskatchewan. He is a son of the impor ted sire, Doura Above All, Champion Stallion at Scotland's 20 02 Royal Highland Show. The Gor- Dey Clydesdale Dispersal, called by Car tson Farms & Auc tion of Listowel, Ontario, was also streamed online. Over 60 0 people watched. Fif t y-three were ac tive bidders, and 16 bought a Clydesdale. The horses were sold to six provinces and nine states.

Hill Topper Sandra's Tash, sold for $7,250 to Michael Hill of Lloydminster AB

Gor-Dey Lightning, the 2-yearold colt, sold for $26,500

Mare and foal at auction

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egardless of where you live or what you do with your American Quarter Horse, the advantages to implanting a microchip in your horse are readily seen. Now you have the opportunity to learn more about microchipping, get your horse microchipped and have that ID number added to his permanent record in AQHA's database. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a 15-digit numerical code unique to that horse which can never be altered. In horses, the microchip is implanted into the nuchal ligament in the neck, using a syringe-like device. In 2018, the AQHA Studbook and Registration Committee recommended that the AQHA Executive Committee develop a business plan to implement microchipping as a chief means of effectively identifying American Quarter Horses. A task force appointed by the Executive Committee to study microchipping determined that microchipping creates consumer confidence, increases efficiencies, sustains membership and increases the value of a horse. The task force then recommended the AQHA Microchip Pilot Project, which was reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee in November, reviewed by the AQHA Studbook and Registration Committee at Convention, and launched the week of March 11 during the 2019 AQHA Convention. "Microchipping improves consumer confidence and validates breed integrity," said Dr. Tom Lenz, who is a strong advocate for animal welfare, biosecurity and livestock traceability. Dr. Lenz is the chairman of the 11-member microchip task force. "If a horse is 'chipped,' then you scan him and compare the chip number to the microchip ID number that's on his registration certificate and know you're dealing with the right horse. "Having horses microchipped can result in increased efficiencies in entering and checking in horses at shows and races," Dr. Lenz added. "When you pull your trailer full of horses up to the check-in line, all the clerks have to do is scan each horse. Ideally, that scan will connect to a computer program that will pull up each horse's records and show paperwork based on his microchip ID number." Even if you don't show or race your horse, you can see benefits from microchipping, such as helping you recover your horse in case of natural disaster or theft. The 2019 Microchip Pilot Project consists of reaching out to educate members, owners, breeders, trainers, show managers and others on the benefits of microchipping, and teaching how to properly microchip a horse. Voluntary microchipping of horses is encouraged as part of the pilot project, as AQHA has for a number of years been able to record a horse's microchip ID on its registration certificate and in the Association's database. More than 20,000 horses in the AQHA database have microchip IDs on their records. That's equal to about half of 1 percent of the live population of American Quarter Horses. In the near future, you'll be able to enter your horse's microchip ID number using a module on AQHA's website. Until that tool is available, you can contact AQHA Customer Care at 806-376-4811 to put your horse's microchip ID number on its record. May 2019


By Glenn Stewart

I‘m feeling very grateful and I think it’s important to find time every day to reflect on what we can be grateful for. Granted, some days are easier than others but there is always something.


t ’s Januar y 15th and I’m sit ting by the pool in Playa Negra tr ying to stay out of the sun for a while. Two days ago I was shovelling snow of f the roof, slipped and fell 9 feet onto a concrete pad. I’m dragging my leg around and nothing from my hip down on the lef t side is work ing. My ribs hur t, my elbow is missing some hide, t weaked my neck , leg swelled up, sprained t wo f ingers but I’m super happy to be in one piece. Before I lef t a friend said, “Aw w w w too bad, right before you go to Costa Rica.” At the same time I was think ing how fantastic, I can heal up on the beach. I have t wo days before I have to star t riding and teaching. Not to mention, I landed on my side and not on my elbow, k nee, back , head. Super grateful to be walk ing at all. What does that have to do with horsemanship? Ever y thing really. I’m here because I was interested in improving my horsemanship. I had no plans other than

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to get bet ter with horses and improve my sk ills and k nowledge. Horses were always something I did when I wasn’t work ing. They were my enter tainment, my holiday, and my fun. A long time ago I was told to take care of my horsemanship and it would take care of me. I wasn’t sure what that meant but I sure do now. Along that journey that I’m still on I became addic ted to the learning and the challenge to improve in all areas in order to be bet ter for the horses. In the end this benef its me in all areas of my life. Tak ing care of your horsemanship for some might mean they can’t ride that horse they ’ve owned for 10 years, but can feed, get hooves trimmed and pay the vet bills. It might mean they can ride, get out of their corral, arena or yard. It might mean they can f ix the trailer loading, saddling, catching, spook ing, buck ing, rearing, biting, ear pinning problem they have. For some it means they can f inally go for a trail ride. Maybe it means they can ride horses other than their own. Maybe they ’ve learned enough to own their own horse or horses. Possibly we are far enough along in our horsemanship that we are able to go on adventure trips and not be worried about the horse we are given. Maybe we can go and star t our own horse in another countr y and then take it on a trek . Maybe we can prepare ever yone’s horse

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U. S. and Austria in May, the Rock y Mountains in July are a few of the trips in 2019. Horsemanship has taken me places I couldn’t imagine. Let it do the same for you. Take care of your horsemanship and let it take care of you. - Cheers, Glenn

for the trek before they arrive. It might mean we are able to go on adventure holidays all over the world and experience what other breeds and countries have to of fer and see what we can learn. If we take care of our horsemanship enough maybe we can be paid to travel the world doing horsemanship adventure holidays. One thing is for cer tain; improving our horsemanship has proven over and over to open doors I didn’t k now were closed and presented oppor tunities I didn’t k now were possible. At a bare minimum, improving our horsemanship is for sure allowing us more fun and to be safer. It has done far more than that for me and I’ve seen it do much more than that for many others as well. You won’t go wrong work ing on your horsemanship. On the other side of the coin I hear from and see people that have been around horses for 10/15/20/4 0 years and they ’re having the same problems and worries they had the f irst year. They talk about bucket lists and wishing they could do this or that. Well, you don’t want to be the one that misses out on all the amazing oppor tunities and the doors that open. All that is required is to put some ef for t into our horsemanship. Years ago I took a qualit y horsemanship clinic to gain some more k nowledge and have some fun. Twent y years later I’m still learning but now travelling the world teaching. Brazil in November, Costa Rica in Januar y, the

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By Mark McMillan Tim Hus with bass player Spider Bishop got an instant standing ovation at the Sunday night main feature show


he 23rd annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival ended once again with virtually no complaints … and a ton of amazing compliments! Everything went along all weekend without any hiccups and in the eyes of the organizers everything was great. People always say “the best one yet” - but this year I actually thought that the entertainment could be there. The trade show is down in size a bit but the exhibitors that were there did well and went home happy. The art show received some great Wayne Larsen – “High Bar” won Best compliments including in Show for flatwork this one from a couple who are regular attendees, “The Art Show was tremendous! The artists are truly amazing and really portray the western way of life very well. Keeping our heritage alive!” The daytime entertainment time slots in the two venues were staggered this year which made it easy for the audience to find the time to browse through both the art show and trade show without any huge crowds. This also worked out better for both the concession and bar too. The weekend was one of the nicest, weather wise, we’ve seen for a few years, too, making travel easy from all directions. The majority of the audience comes from Alberta but quite a few made the trip from Vancouver Island, the Peace, the Cariboo and Chilcotin, and the Lower Mainland. Bree Patterson – “Hereford Morning” won Best in Show for photography

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The winners of the art show are as follows: Flat work, Best in Show: Wayne Larsen – “High Bar” Runner Up: Stefanie Travers – “Ever Learning Forward” Honourable Mention: Debbie Lund – “Through the Ya Ha Tinda” Sculpture, Best in Show: Reg Parson – “Honey We’re Rich” Reg Parson – “Honey We’re Rich” Runner Up: Nathan Scott – “The won Best in Show for sculpture Ten Second Tornado” Photography, Best in Show: Bree Patterson – “Hereford Morning” Runner Up: Bree Patterson – “Longhorn” Honourable Mention: Bree Patterson – “Waterer” The People's Choice Award went to Debbie Lund for “Through the Ya Ha Tinda”. The first of the annual BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place on Friday night, March 15th with inductees: the Moon Family (Family), the Gun Granberg Ranch (Century Ranch), Hilbert DeLeeuw (Ranching Pioneer), and the DeLeeuw Ranch (Century Ranch). On Saturday, March 16th, during the main feature evening show the Joe Marten Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC was presented to Cowboy Poet and Song Writer Mag Mawhinney – a very deserving regular at the Festival. The committee cannot express enough thanks to all who took part in making the 23rd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival another great success: sponsors, entertainers, exhibitors, artists, audience, and the amazing volunteers! So next year the 24th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival will be held on March 19-22, 2020 with tickets going on sale November 1st, 2019. What will we see as the Festival moves forward towards its 25th anniversary in 2021? The People's Choice Award went to Debbie Lund for “Through the Ya Ha Tinda”


anadian Western Agribition (CWA) released the f inancial details of a successful year at its Annual General Meeting in early April. CWA is repor ting a prof it of $190,671 from operations in 2018. "It's impor tant for Agribition to continue to operate responsibly, and to ensure the show and the organization is sustainable in the long term," says CWA President Bruce Holmquist. " We're proud of the fac t that we continue to add programming and bring new visitors to Agribition while ensuring that we also grow and make improvements to the show." The 2018 show saw improved at tendance over 2017 and a record-high value of purchases from international buyers at $881,000, a f igure that's nearly doubled since 2016. CWA also marked 2018 with a new mentorship program and welcomed more than 9000 students to its education program. "Agribition's strength continues to be its people," says CWA CEO Chris Lane. "The exhibitors, volunteers, guests and sponsors that continue to help us build and maintain momentum are the key to staying relevant in agriculture."

Maple Leaf Finals, a new professional circuit f inals rodeo in Canada. The event will feature 10 of the top contestants in each of the 7 major rodeo events competing over 4 nights for over $100,000 in prize money. " Western culture has been a key piece of the foundation of Agribition for almost 50 years," says Holmquist. "Rodeo has been a ver y impor tant par t of that and through the years has worked hard at growing the prof ile of the spor t for both its fans and competitors." The t wo -year agreement with the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association will ensure Canada's newest rodeo f inals will have a home at one of the most exciting rodeo atmospheres in the countr y. "The Maple Leaf Finals are a good f it for Agribition," says Lane. " We've got 20,000 fans that come to see one of the most high- energy rodeos in Canada, and these Finals are going to take that to the nex t level. This is exciting for rodeo and it's exciting for Agribition." Ticket for the Maple Leaf Finals, and all programming, will go on sale in September.

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By Wanda Dee Thompson

Every horse/rider combination is unique and there are hundreds of possibilities. will focus on the core of those possibilities to give you a clear understanding but first, here are a few definitions I use. Short Horse; more on the lazy side, can be an underachiever, needs more pressure, likes being on the couch. Not all but some can buck (usually half-heartedly because it takes a lot of energy), instead of working/loping, some refuse to move their feet and others just merrily go with the flow. Once they are trained/schooled they are the best match for the majority of riders. Long Horse; more on the forward side, can be an overachiever, needs less pressure, hates being on the couch. Not all but some can bolt from too much pressure or scoot 20 feet sideways at a flat out lope from the scary ghost in the corner; others keep it together but I can feel their heart pounding. Once they are solidly trained/schooled they match best with more experienced riders. Horse’s training level; I like to refer from preschool to university. A horse in preschool is just started, everything is brand new to them. I must say I love working with the youngsters, it’s just way too exciting! Then we have elementary, middle school, high school, college and finally university (which I call a finished horse). To keep things simple I have categorized horses in 3 levels (University, High School and Preschool). People training level; I have also categorized people in 3 levels based on reining Professional/Open, Non Professional, Green and Youth. Obviously each category has a high and low range. Something else plays a significant role in achieving E.E. and that is your personality. Are you a hyper person or are you meek or shy? Let’s say two meek people go on a date together. They will probably still be deciding where to go for dinner when the hyper couple has already eaten dinner and are headed to the movies, LOL.

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So let’s say a hyper person gets on a long horse? Things are going to happen, be it good or bad something is going down! Now, picture a meek person on a short horse? OMG how long does it take to lope one circle? As soon as the erratic trotting breaks into a lope! LOL you get the picture! No matter your personality, the more you ride and the more horses you ride, the more you will be able to adapt to any type of horse. When you can successfully ride any level of horse (Preschool to University) and any type from Long to Short and everything in-between then you ride at a Professional level. “WAIT put the brakes on! What about the majority of riders who have one or two horses and who ride in Youth, Green or Non Pro?” Things just stacked to the too hard pile! Let’s uncomplicate things and focus on being the best you and your horse can be. The Equine Equilibrium chart has nine horse and rider combinations. Let’s look at the three rider types (1,2,3) then the three horse types (4,5,6). Note - the rider categories are based on NRHA Reining. A Green level reiner doesn’t refer to a beginner rider but rather a beginner reiner. The definition of reining is to guide your horse and control his/ her every movement in an exact written pattern. The horse must be willfully guided with little or no resistance. Each pattern has maneuvers such as sliding stops, rollbacks, spins, lead changes, large fast and slow small circles (both at the lope). 1 is a Professional/Open rider - one who competes at an open level, can start and finish a horse from preschool to university and can successfully ride any level or type of horse. The horse is ridden onehanded except for a futurity horse can be ridden one- or two-handed. At this level the rider’s personality doesn’t matter; he or she just automatically adjusts to each horse (having natural feel). 2 is a Non Professional Rider – one who competes at a NP level. They have good knowledge and ride well. Some can maintain their own horse with or without lessons and others may have their trainer/Pro ride and maintain the horse. The horse is ridden one-handed except for a futurity horse can be ridden one- or two-handed. Some NPs can adapt to both Long and Short horses, but they will have better success if their personality and the horse’s personality complement each other. 3 is a Green Rider - one who competes at green level aged 19+. Youth riders 18 and younger have their own category in reining shows, but their riding ability often fits in this level. These riders are still learning feel; when to move legs on/off, when to pick up, when to release. They need to learn to feel all the body parts of their horse. (Having a horse

aligned correctly for each maneuver takes a lot of skill from the rider.) Most green and youth riders ride two-handed. These riders are a work in progress. There is so much to learn and just when you think you’ve got a handle on things your trainer opens another door! 4 is a University level horse – a horse that can compete at an open level. Some of the open horses can comfortably move down to a NP or Green level rider. The personality of the horse is important. The horse must be forgiving and patient towards the riders’ cues, timing, and pressure, whether too much or too little. Some of these University horses need a Pro rider. 5 is High School level horse. Some horses at this level are at their highest capable grade (age, trainability and conformation play a role). Other horses are still actively in school and are enrolled in University. This is the largest range of horses and can be shown by Youth, NP and/or Green. A previous “Short,” Pro/Open can be quite happy and comfortable preforming at this level. They love being on the couch and are happy to do things at 70%. A previous “Long,” Pro/Open horse may be unhappy and uncomfortable performing at this level. They are the ‘Let’s get it done already’ type and are most happy doing things at 110%. 6 is a Preschool level horse. These horses whether young or old are not ready for the show pen. They need learn to have: Understanding, Desire, Confidence, Trust, Flexibility and Feel. And they need to be taught by a qualified trainer. These horses need a solid ground work foundation. Some NP level riders can teach these very important building blocks with lessons from a qualified trainer. The horse that nearly killed me had absolutely none of these building blocks! 1.A. Pro/Open Rider and a University level horse. This rider and horse combo are at the highest level and are a solid team on the E.E. line. The horse is usually on the ‘Long’ side. To be this good; neither the rider nor horse can be a couch potato. 1.B. Pro/Open Rider and an Elementary/ Middle/College level horse. The rider is more talented than the horse, the horse will improve but their E.E. line will land somewhere in between the High Zone and Medium Zone. Although the rider is a Professional, that doesn’t mean the horse will make it to University. For example some ‘Short’ horses just don’t have enough ‘try’ in them to go the distance. 1.C. Pro/Open Rider and a Preschool

horse. The rider is much more talented than the horse and this is the best match for a Preschool horse to learn in a very positive, clear environment. This team will land on the E.E. line in between the Low Zone and Medium Zone. The rider has the talent to take the horse all the way to University, that’s if the horse is on the ‘Long’ side. 2.A. NP level Rider and a University level horse. The horse is more talented than the rider; their initial E.E. Zone will be in the

things will happen. 3.A. Green Rider and University Level horse. A great, good minded older ‘Short’ horse can somewhat look after the rider. However, over time the horse will drop down in grades until the rider and horse find their E.E. line which will be in between the Medium and Low Zone. Again this is totally OKAY! A ‘Long’ horse is just not recommended for a Green Rider, things can get extremely uncomfortable for both and they may never find their E.E. line. 3.B. Green Rider and High School level horse. Similar to 3.A. but the E.E. will be lower. 3.C. Green Rider and Preschool level horse. Just not a good Idea!!! … to be continued in the June issue.

Medium to High Zone. I said initial because over time the horse will move down to the rider’s ability. The horse may drop to a College level. This needs to happen and is perfectly okay. Once they have a solid E.E. line, they can grow together. A Short type horse is a better match for a NP, they are pretty comfortable to enjoy a bit of the couch. A Long type horse can get frustrated which also frustrates the rider; for example the rider needs time to figure out the horse’s buttons and learn timing of everything and the horse absolutely hates waiting on the couch! 2.B. NP level Rider and a High School level horse. The rider and horse are fairly matched and should find their E.E. line in a short period of time in the Medium Zone. They will do well with lessons and increase their Zone. 2.C. NP level Rider and a Preschool level horse. The rider is good; many can help a good minded horse to improve. The best horse for this rider is not super ‘Short’ and not super ‘Long’. These more extreme horses do best with a Pro Trainer, otherwise negative

About Wanda Dee I am a NRHA professional rider. I show, raise/ breed and train reining horses on a small level. I’m currently completing my certification as a Western Competition Coach Specialist with Equine Canada. My quest in life is to help other equestrians and their horses reach Equine Equilibrium, becoming one with your horse and climbing mountains together. My students range from 5 years to 70+ years old. I teach ground work, reining, obstacles, freestyle and trail. My students are diverse in pleasure/trail riding, western shows, reining shows, freestyle, enhanced groundwork, mountain trail riding, and obstacle riding. When I’m not in my equine world, my husband and I enjoy family and spending time with our Pomeranians. We like the outdoors, hiking and travelling.

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Back in the Saddle Again at Jandana Ranch


pring is always a busy time on a ranch… fences to fix, pastures to harrow and seed, sagging gates to rehanging and on it goes. Hairy horses that have enjoyed a long sabbatical, frisky from the spring grass, even the oldies need to be gradually brought around to happy connection with their human partners. We have two new city horses that have enjoyed the last 6

months free from riding and handling, just being able to go “feral” and learn how to be a horse again. Every year, it is the same... did you see how green that hill is this month! Wow, the days are getting longer! The trails are clear of snow! Good stuff is happening at Jandana this year. Join us and find out.

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Paul & Sue Peyto e are your ‘small group sp e cialis t s’, inviting p e ople ages 1 to 99 to share our p assion of hor ses and the L ake Louise area. Whether it ’s a shor t 10 minute ride or 10 days we want you to have f un! We love cus tomizing rides to add a sp e cial HOR SEB ACK touch to any o ccasion, A VAC LBERT ATIO ISE, A such as we ddings, NS LAKE LOU s t ags/s t aget tes or Hourly/Day Rides bir thdays. Cus tomer 2-10 day Pack Trips p ark ing is provide d, so Customized Trips leave to day ’s pressures Themed Rides b ehind and enjoy a tour on hor seb ack through Fall Spooktacular the b eautif ul, majes tic Canadian Ro ck ies in Banf f National Park . Lasting friendships form as you experience Whether you are a the Canadian Rockies with your guides and seasone d rider or jus t fellow riders. s t ar ting out, we have a hor se for you. You will e xp erience some of the f reshes t A PLACE WHERE MEMORIES ARE MADE! air, cleares t water, and the mos t breathtak ing scener y this world can of fer, with many high mount ain p asses, glacier s and alpine meadows. T he mountain lakes also of fer some e xcellent trout f ishing. Bring your camera as there is also an abundance of wildlife to se e in their natural habit at. If you want to bring your own hor se, or jus t prefer to hike with the b enef it s of having your gear packe d in, give us a call and let us design your ride! Join us at T imb erline Tour s… and capture the memor y of a lifetime!

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here is a reason that more than 60% of all owners enjoy trail riding. No mat ter the discipline, no mat ter what breed the horse, no mat ter the age of the rider, heading out on the trail can be a truly uplif ting experience. The hills, the trees, the sk y, the power of your horse, it ’s all real life, a connec tion with nature as genuine as the air we breathe. Good for the soul. The longer the ride, the wilder the wilds, the greater the reward. Well, that is the way it should be. Put ting it all together can be a challenge. The right horse, the right gear, the

knowledge and skill to wrangle, pack , camp, travel safely, and care for horses on the trail, can f ill a book , and a program. The Blue Creek Out f it ting book and program has been doing exac tly that for 20 years, in a beautiful set ting and for a great price. Ver y many backcountr y riders, guides, and wranglers, wisely took the time to get their star t at Blue Creek , or just have fun riding and sprucing up on present skills. Visit w w w.bcout f it for info and reviews. A few places lef t for 2019.

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et the healing power of horses and nature awaken you. Feel the connec tion and healing energy f low bet ween humans and horses as they invite you into a personal ref lec tion and mirror your feelings, thoughts and emotions. Become curious and explore new feelings, thinking, beliefs and behaviour pat terns that will increase self-awareness allowing oppor tunities to build new outcomes to live a life of grace and ease. We invite you to join us at the Ranch for one of the Equine Facilitated Learning & Coaching Retreats, Work shops or Programs. We of fer individual and group experiential coaching sessions. Riding experience is not a requirement for the sessions. The sessions involve working in the presence of the horse either with a halter and lead shank or at liber t y. All sessions include cer tif ied coaches and basic horsemanship safet y. For registration and information please call Maggie at Four Point Out f it ters or visit our website. O f fering Healing with Horses - Women’s Retreats – Programs – where Horse and Hear ts connec t.

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Meadow Lake Guest Ranch


ooking for horse camping, trail riding, bed and bale? Or do you prefer the open range where you are free to explore? Meadow Lake Guest Ranch sits on the Fraser Plateau in BC’s Cariboo, surrounded by undisturbed Crown lands. The Ranch boasts multiple private lodgings at various price points, horse barns and paddock s and is open year-round. With over 70 0 acres, ever y day is an adventure at Meadow Lake Guest Ranch. You can ride from sunrise to sunset or just sit, watch, and listen to over 50 species of birds, f ish the many well-stocked lakes in the area, or explore amazing hiking trails (and let ’s not forget snowshoeing, ice skating, ice f ishing and cross- countr y skiing in the winter). To learn more visit our website or give us a call! Come and experience our lit tle piece of heaven and book today!


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Guide Training at Chilcotin Holidays


re you looking for a wilderness adventure that will continually inspire you to live a meaningful, remarkable life? Do you want to break your routines and travel to a new place with a purpose? Have you ever asked yourself what you would be capable of when you’re facing inevitable challenges? And finally, do you have a desire to leave an impact around you and to become a leader for others? Then you are ready for a transformational wilderness guide training! At Chilcotin Holidays, we offer a profound Training which we have developed over 30 years of experience in wilderness tourism. During the program, you will develop a broad skillset that enables you to become a certified wilderness guide. You will delve into a unique environment which facilitates personal growth and development where you have the opportunity to learn as much as you invest in yourself. If you seek to reconnect with nature, doors will open for connecting with yourself and enable you to reflect on your interests, goals and purpose in life. If you’re dreaming of becoming a professional wilderness guide, the training program will encourage you to tap into your unlimited potential by challenging yourself in remote wilderness settings. Nature will teach you how to guide yourself, and eventually others through the unpredictable situations that await you during adventure trips. Soon you will realize that guiding is not just a job, it’s a purpose. Once you figured out how to handle difficult situations yourself, you naturally become a mentor for others and have an invaluable impact on your environment. Our mission is to equip you with the practical skills and habits for being a passionate, confident wilderness guide that understands the importance of stewardship and conservation. Hence, you will have the unique opportunity to gain insights into the main practices in ongoing conservation projects and invite you to actively give back to nature – the precious environment that we all benefit from. Your training begins at our ranch and ends with practical experiences up in

the mountains on a wilderness trip. The training topics include learning about the adventure tourism industry, operational procedures and regulations, conservation and stewardship, wildlife habits and viewing potential, back country living, horsemanship skills, horse shoeing, saddling and packing, and about tending horses, staff and guests in remote settings. Ultimately, the greatest value of the guide training is intrinsic – it reveals your potentials, goals and purpose and empowers you to intentionally live the life you’ve always been dreaming of.

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May 2019



Heartwarming Dog Stories from History Courtesy of



here are plenty of stories of dogs who stood vigil for dead masters for years afterward. Among the most well-known loyal dogs were Hachiko, from Japan, and Greyfriars Bobby, from Scotland. Hachiko and Greyfriars Bobby have had numerous books and even films made about them. But the loyal dog who was most famous during his own lifetime is probably the least well-known. Fido was born in Italy sometime during World War II. He was found on the verge of death by a kiln worker who took him home and nursed him back to health. And for this, he’d have Fido’s unwavering loyalty for the rest of his life. Every day, Fido waited for his master at the same bus stop, refusing to move until he stepped off the bus—and this at a time when Italy was being bombed almost daily. But one day, Fido’s master didn’t return. He’d been killed in an air raid while at work. Fido, ever vigilant, still turned up to wait for him. Every day. For 14 years. His tale spread across Italy until Fido became a constant source of media attention, both during the war and long after it ended. Surviving footage shows that huge crowds would turn up to watch him make his way to the bus stop every day, watch everyone get off, then walk away disappointed when the bus pulled off. He received honors and medals, but all he wanted was for his friend to come home. He never did. Don’t worry—it’s okay to cry.



olf was either the smartest dog in history or the centre of a scam that fooled a nation—specifically Nazi Germany. Either way, then, he was pretty awesome. According to the Nazis, Rolf could talk. To put this into context, the Nazis backed a lot of hair-brained schemes during World War II, and one of the most hair-brained was trying to train an army of super-intelligent dogs to share their ideals. The smartest of these “super dogs” was Rolf. Apparently, Rolf was able to talk by tapping his paw against a board and using a sort of special dog Morse code to communicate with humans. It was using this code that he was able to converse, appreciate poetry, express his pride in the Nazi regime, and vent his blinding hatred of the French. Apparently, he even expressed an interest in joining the war effort and fighting on the front lines. We don’t expect you to believe that a dog could talk, but Hitler certainly did. He took a great interest in Rolf, and history’s greatest monster wasting time on the ridiculous notion that the Nazis had created the world’s first racist dog could only possibly be a good thing.



n 1966, the World Cup was being held in England which, to the English, was kind of a big deal. Maybe the reason they were taking it so seriously was because they had a feeling they might win—which they did—so you can imagine how bummed they were when the World Cup was stolen just four months before the matches started. There was a frenzy to find the cup and avoid international embarrassment, and it was eventually found by a plucky collie named Pickles. Pickles was being walked by his owner when he sniffed something out in the bushes—what Pickles had found was the missing World Cup. In the aftermath of Pickles finding the Cup, his rise to fame can only be described as meteoric. He was lavished with attention from the press as the hero dog who’d saved the nation from international embarrassment. Pickles even attended a banquet in his honour, where he was given a bone and a check for £1,000—archive footage shows the check being shoved into his face, so we hope it was cashed by his master and not chewed to shreds. He later went on to star in several TV shows and even the movies. 26 • May 2019


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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Photos courtesy of Equestrian Canada

Introducing Rookie Riders


CBC would like to intro duce the lates t national pro gram f rom Eques trian Canada, c alle d Ro ok ie R ider s . Ro ok ie R ider s is a s afe and f un intro duc tion to riding, hor ses and hor semanship with riding and g y mnas tic ac tiv ities fo cusing on the sk ills use d in e ques trian sp or t . T his pro gram reinforces Fundam ent al M ovem ent Sk ills (FMS) that f all under the FUN dam ent al s t age of the Long Term Eques trian D evelopm ent M o del. T he pro gram consis t s of group and individual ac tiv ities all designe d to prov ide physic al, m ent al and emotional engagem ent . Par ticip ant s who comp lete the pro gram will have a s trong foundation to b e gin the EC Learn to R ide English or Wes tern Level 1. Ro ok ie R ider s is primarily aim e d at children f rom the ages of 5 to 12 . H CBC held the f ir s t Ro ok ie R ider s training session in Januar y of 2019. T he training was f acilit ate d by Ruth Allum and Danielle Yaghdjian, t wo O nt ario Co ach D evelop er s who were inte gral in the developm ent of the pro gram . T he co aches and ins truc tor s were intro duce d to, and prac tice d, all of the comp onent s of the pro gram and went through each lesson p lan. Along with learning how to teach the sk ills, they p ar ticip ate d in som e of the gam es and g y mnas tic s including leap f ro g, whe elb arrow racing and the intro duc tor y b arrel e xercises . We now have 23 EC Cer tif ie d Co aches and Ins truc tor s f ully traine d to run the Ro ok ie R ider Pro gram in BC . h e T pro gram consis t s of 12 s trate gically d e v e l o p e d lesson p lans that are delivere d using a sp e cially designe d b arrel, gym mat s, a hor se and a s t ab le. T he emphasis is on f un, while teaching the children b alance, r u n n i n g , t h r o w i n g t h r o u g h g y mnas tic s, then app ly ing those

sk ills to the b arrel e xercises and then on to a hor se. B asic hor se c are is intro duce d as well. M os t of the co aches at tending note d that learning the b asic riding and vault movem ent s on the b arrel b e fore get ting on a hor se allowe d the children to gain conf idence b e fore they ac tually got on a hor se. T hey also felt that using the b arrel b e fore the hor se was optimum for the scho ol hor ses when the rider s got on for the f ir s t tim e. The r e ar e op t ions b u il t into t he p r o g ram de sig n all ow ing Ro o k ie R ide r s to b e ru n as: • Teaching St ab le Managem ent and e ques trian sk ills using the g y mnas tic asp e c t s of the pro gram on the b arrel without the use of a hor se. • Sep arating the s t ab le managem ent and g y mnas tic ac tiv ities f rom the riding ac tiv ities by running them as sep arate lesson pro grams . O ne in a g y m and one at a riding f acilit y. • Running all elem ent s to gether at a riding f acilit y. Ro o k ie R ide r s is a g r e at way to int r o duce c hil d r e n to t he hor s e and rid ing w ho m ay no t norm all y com e in cont ac t w it h hor s e s . T he pro gram comp onent s c an b e t aught using the b arrel at scho ols, summ er c amps, f air s and other event s . I f you are holding a club event and would like to have a comp onent of Ro ok ie R ider s presente d, p lease cont ac t one of the traine d Ro ok ie R ider s co aches or ins truc tor s . For more information ab out Ro ok ie R ider s or to se e a lis t of traine d Co aches and Ins truc tor s go to hcb c .c a and under Pro grams and Educ ation you will f ind the Ro ok ie R ider s Page.

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

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BC Paint Feeling Frisky

By Kathy Glover


ome old nags are tr y ing to breathe some new life into the BC Paint H or se Club – and a larger-than - e xp e c te d turnout for the club’s annual me eting and awards night on March 30 was nothing less than inspiring. Long -time club treasurer and p oint s ke ep er Dianne Rouse did an e xceptional job of cho osing jus t the right awards for club memb er s that showe d their Paint H or ses at b oth APHA and all bre e d shows las t year. W ins in multiple divisions by some memb er s meant some ver y lucrative awards. D evon Smith f rom Enderby and Colle en Ebner f rom Aldergrove were b oth awarde d gif t cards for K athy ’s Show Equipment for their amateur and halter wins, while Allyss a B elanger and B ethany Hill won b eautif ul wes tern s addle p ads by V ick i H owson’s Re d H or se Tack in Pentic ton. Allyss a was youth walk trot high p oint while B ethany ro cke d our O p en Show & Comp etition Pro gram (OSCP) on D o c s Ro ck in Conclusion. Embroidere d she et s and arena bags by D enise Fisher at Embroider y Plus were also re gale d among year end winner s. For a complete lis t of 2018 year end winner s, visit our website [w w w. b cphc . com/awardwinner s] or join our Faceb o ok group. We are ver y please d to announce our supp or t for the Novice Show b eing organize d by the Lower Mainland Quar ter H or se A sso ciation on June 2 at L angley Rider s. APHA classes will count for BC Paint year ends and the all - bre e d classes count toward our OSCP awards. E xhibitor s showing in the Dianne Rouse and Bethany Hill Paint classes mus t have their novice cards f rom APHA . Apply early so you won’t have to p ay a rush charge in US dollar s. If you ne e d more information ab out bre e d showing or comp eting in OSCP, reach out to any of the BC Paint dire c tor s lis te d on our website. T hey ’d b e happy to answer your ques tions . Marianne Warland and Tamara Jameson are collab orating on an APHAapprove d trail ride in the Fraser Valley for memb er s and their gues t s; we hop e we might get one organize d in the O k anagan as well. If you’re interes te d in organizing a trail ride in your re gion, please let us k now. T he me eting ende d with the ele c tion or, rather, app ointment of our 2019 dire c tor s. Cathy G lover is returning to her role as president af ter a few year s as se cretar y. Margo Murray and Dianne Rouse retain their p ositions as vice and treasurer, resp e c tively. Tamara Jameson joins the b oard as se cretar y, along with new dire c tor Be ck y H er ford. Long -time dire c tor Kerr y Saw yer is also joine d by Marianne Warland, Aver y Murray and Brand B elanger. Dire c tor s me et again in late May, b efore the Tamara Jameson N ovice Show.

Allyssa Belanger and Evelyn Hockley

Sally Saur

Margo Murray

Colleen Ebner May 2019


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club


By Nancy Roman

hat a great tack sale we had on March 30 – over 40 vendors, with some opting to set up outside! Thank you to all that helped set up, tear down and clean up! Thanks to the Shifting Saddles 4-H for doing a great food concession including chicken quesadillas! Bev R is organizing another plant sale with fresh flowers from deVry Greenhouses. Some of our members will be out there taking orders for midMay delivery. The order forms were emailed to all members. Our Pot O Gold Show will be held June 22 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. The show program is now out in some of the local tack & feed stores – or you can download from our club Facebook page, or email me nancyroman@telus. net and I can send you a copy. Our main judge is Mr. Glenn Perran from Kelowna, and our driving & trail judge is Ms. Ellen Hockley from Pritchard. Pre-entries are required, to be post-marked by June 7. Our next meeting is Friday, May 10 at Yan’s Chinese Restaurant in Salmon Arm, starting at 6 pm. Come on out and enjoy their delicious buffet! For more info see our club Facebook page or call our president Tom Nobles 250-838-2228.

Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association CanTRA


s the Volunteer Coordinator for a therapeutic riding stable, I ask each prospective volunteer I meet the same question. “Why do you want to volunteer?” I hear one of two answers in every response. “I want to give back to my community” and “I love horses.” I can enumerate many of the benefits of volunteering such as, connecting with others, making a difference, physical and mental well-being, adding to your resume, and so on. But in speaking to a horse community, I realize I need to keep it to those two simple, yet profound, responses of “giving back” and “for the love of horses.” What I am saying is, you can give so that another can experience the love of the horse. How did you fall in love with horses? For me, serenity is the smell of hay and leather and horses. The enjoyment of caring for our horses takes away the stress and anxiety we routinely battle outside the barn at work or school. A community of people who share our passion and commitment to the sport, the breed, or the discipline, expands our joy even further. Whatever you are feeling now, as you contemplate my words, you can “give back” by helping someone else enter into the love of the horse.

Some therapeutic riders go on to Para-sport competition. Photo courtesy of THRIL. 30 • May 2019


 By Bren Pickel

Therapeutic riding meets the physical, mental, and emotional needs of persons with disabilities. It also gives someone the gift of just being with horses. Find a CanTRA centre near you. Volunteer, as a side walker or horse handler, or donate to support the love of the horse for healing and happiness. For more information or to find a centre near you visit or donate at

‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of man’ – W. Churchill. Photo courtesy of Rainbow Riders.

Rachel and Teddy. Photo courtesy of Jordan Roberts.

Kelowna Riding Club


By Jenny Bouwmeester

he sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the Kelowna Riding Club members are enjoying riding outside. We are so grateful to have this beautiful piece of land that is easily accessible and close to downtown Kelowna. Also, we are incredibly luck y to have a space to hold so many events and shows! If you have not yet heard the Kelowna Riding Club is star ting up a ‘Sunday ’s On Saddle’ (SOS) group. This group is for those looking for a change of scener y and to get out with their fellow Equine loving friends. This group is meant to be spontaneous and fun! Members will show up for their lessons without knowing who the coach will be or what ac tivit y will be happening that day. There will only be Faith on Maverick and Jenny on Lucci coaches who are insured and approved by the Riding Club, as well as ac tive members. Lessons star t at 10 am and will go until 11:30. Class dates are as follows: May 12, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 23, June 30 and July 7. Cost for this group is $50 and riders can at tend 5 out of the 7 classes. Riders are encouraged to bring a lunch and hang out af ter the lesson. For payment options and sign up please contac t Jill via email Check out our website and Facebook page for more events!

Pony Club Education – not just in the classroom! By Emily Shaver


es, education is a part of Pony Club and yes, there is a carefully designed program that delivers foundational knowledge. But… everyone will find unique educational opportunities in almost everything that we do at Pony Club. At a time when you think you’re just going for a cross country schooling with other riders, a knowledgeable coach identifies how the proper fitting and use of a piece of tack or equipment can dramatically enhance your riding experience. This becomes the subject matter for an impromptu group learning experience. Regular readers of this article would know that Pony Club Rally is one of the most enjoyable and social activities that members can partake in. However, you may be surprised by the amount of horsemanship knowledge and practical skills acquired by members as a result of attending Rally! Where else would a 7-year-old learn the important steps to correctly cool down a horse after completing a cross country course, or how to thoroughly clean up a horse for a vet inspection? These skills are critical in order to be a competitive rider or groom for one, or work at a commercial riding barn. Learning them at Rally means they are taught in an enjoyable, positive learning environment. Quiz and the preparation for it are obvious components of the education program. Clubs like Glen Valley Pony Club have found a way to cover the required material in a fun and memorable manner. They have incorporated unique props such as a mould of a jaw and small objects like marbles and pearls to represent the different teeth a horse has. Engaging games like “Pictionary,” “Who wants to be a Millionaire,” and “Charades” are played to improve retention of the material. The education conferences that are typically held in spring and fall often include practical topics where members get hands-on instruction, such as how to bandage or lunge

Farrier demonstration at an education conference a horse. Pony Club camps offer many opportunities for members to practice their h o r s e m a ns h i p skills with both their own and other unfamiliar horses, as well Cool out at Rally as receive personalized feedback from an experienced Pony Club examiner. C2 level members should stay tuned for details on their upcoming camp, which is rumoured to include a dissection! May 2019


Oliver & District Riding Club


t our last club meeting it was clear that members were getting excited about the coming programme for the club. Most have been preparing their horses for the year ahead - and there is enthusiasm in the air. We had a good attendance at our last meeting held at the Oliver Community Centre. The club invited Dana from Nickers Saddlery, maker of the “Sensation” line of saddles and an expert on horse hoof care, to come and give the club a talk on getting and keeping our horses’ feet as healthy and ready for action as possible. She gave a brilliant presentation and provided many of us with some serious thinking to do, and how to approach the future care of our horses’ feet. The talk lasted for an hour and was roundly applauded by all who attended. Dana is now a barefoot specialist but is also a fully qualified farrier so her talk was not about the benefits of going barefoot but was an overall fantastic appraisal of general hoof care – shod or barefoot. The club would like

By Max Alexander

to thank Dana for a wonderful presentation and giving of her time to come and be with us at out meeting. AND… Dana is going to attend one of our Sunday sessions at the home of the O&DRC at the D-K Ranch in Oliver to help members with a practical appraisal of our horses’ feet. Should be a wonderful occasion. Included in our upcoming programme of events is a Trail Course Training Day on May 25, the Fall Fun Show on October 20, and a Percentage Day on September 15 at a new and welcome venue for club events at Willowbrook Stables owned by Carley Johnstone. We are also holding a Club Members Show on June 16. Other events are in the planning stage so we have an exciting year ahead. Our club meetings are always on the third Thursday of each month so if you are interested in getting involved with the club or just finding out what we are about you are very welcome to attend and meet us. See

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Dana talking about healthy hooves at our O&DRC meeting you there! Whether you ride English, Western or love training or just spending time with your horse, please stay inspired by horses. Happy and safe trails from all at the Oliver & District Riding Club.

By Cheri Smeeton

We Appreciate the Support of our BCCHA Trainers!

Dave Batty of Coldstream

Travis Rempel of Langley

Kaylan Eek of Logan Lake

Wendy Garrard of Barriere

Cayley Wilson of Abbotsford

Denton Moffat of Armstrong

Bob Zirnhelt of Cherry Creek

Next events coming up are: * May 18-20 - Susan Stewart Memorial Clinic, Zirnhelt Ranch, Cherry Creek BC. Contact June Hartley at 250 -573-2328 or email * May 31-June 2 - Shad Platt Clinic, 100 Mile House BC. To reserve your spot contact Cheri Smeeton at 250 -573-2541 or email

Please visit our website at for a complete listing of our events.

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Chilliwack Ring Club

By Riesa Kyne


3rd – Erin Cyrankiewcz Novice – Megan McKay 2nd – Tanya Thompson 3rd – Selina Hartskamp

The points for the day went to: Leadline – Grant Kyne 2nd – Alec Kyne 3rd – Lucius Felling Peewee – Peyton Haan and Lydia Felling 2nd – Emerson Vanleeuwen 3rd – Kinsley Lewis Junior – Ciara O’Rourke 2nd – Savanah Forstbauer 3rd – Kaylie Bisschop Youth – Kassie Brennan 2nd – Marie Seidler 3rd – Mikayla Peter Senior – Chelsey Folk 2nd – Selina Hartskamp

We’re looking forward to hosting more gymkhanas in the coming months. Our next is on May 26 and then again on June 23. A reminder to all CRC members that entry into 60% of the year’s gymkhanas is required for the rider to qualify for the year-end awards. We had the privilege of having Darcy Henkel from WestCoast Working Equitation do a presentation for us on April 1. Thank you to Tanya Jones for making these arrangements. For anyone who missed this presentation and would like more information please check out the WestCoast Working Equitation website at www. We continue to host Open Rides at Heritage Park. Please check the website or Facebook page for updated availability for the rides at

e were able to host another successful gymkhana at Heritage Park on March 31. The sunny day saw nearly 30 riders out to compete. A big thank-you goes out to Anita Lem for judging and Barb Bodholdt for announcing. Thank you also to the many volunteers of the day who ran the gates and moved equipment.

L-R Rear: Kassie Brennan, Chelsey Folk, Megan McKay L-R Front: Grant Kyne, Peyton Haan, Lydia Felling Missing: Ciara O'Rourke

BC Ranch Cutting Spring Kick off Jackpot

Submitted by Kathryn Dolphin & Julie K. | Photos courtesy of Janice Reiter Photography


he BC Ranch Cutting 'Spring Kick off' Jackpot cutting show was held on Sunday, March 25 at Cornerstone arena in Abbotsford. The first show of the season was well-attended, and went off without a hitch! Judge Binky Moffat, had her work cut out for her with 85+ works, one of our largest season openers to date. The event was catered by everyone’s favourite Canadian perogie food truck, Hunky Bills, and was enjoyed by riders and spectators. We would like to send a special thanks to all who attended with a BIG HIGH FIVE to our out of town participants, coming from Kamloops, Merritt and Victoria. It was great to see some new faces and reconnect with some old ones! We really appreciate your attendance and hope to have you all back in May for the next show. The best part about the cutting pen is we all help each other as we compete! It’s one of very few equine events where your competitors are also your “help.” So, in saying Debbie Hall riding Sanjo Royal in the Non Pro that, we would also like to thank our volunteers, sponsors, cow boss and turn-back riders, because after all, without YOU our events would not be possible! At our next show in May, we have a very special dedication to one of our fellow cutters who we suddenly lost in a motor vehicle accident in October of 2016. Barbra McNally was a fun loving, outgoing, friendly woman who started cutting with our club, like many in the Fraser Valley. Barb’s goal for 2016 was to qualify for the worlds show in Texas, which she accomplished, just prior to her sudden passing. For all of us at the BCRCHA this just proves what you can do within this sport when you set your mind to it. Barb was a real inspiration to all! Barb’s dream to cut, learn, improve and show at the NCHA worlds all started and was made possible due to our grassroots club. In honour of our friend, The McNally Memorial Show will take place Sunday, May 12, at Cornerstone arena in Abbotsford, BC. The event will be catered, feature a 50/50 draw, and a fun day of cutting. We hope to see you there!

Barb McNally riding Woody

Denton Moffat riding Kit Kat Maisie in the $1,000 Open

May 2019


Equestrian Canada Equestre


questrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce the 2018 National Award recipients, recognized for their impressive achievements and contributions to the grow th and success of the Canadian equestrian communit y. The 2018 recipients are listed below. 2018 EC RECIPIENTS




Owner of the Year Ann Mat thews Canadian Bred Horse of the Year WK M Xenia Owner: Brennan McCullagh Breeder: Wilf and Karen McKay / WK M Stables Canadian Breeder of Presented by John Deere Estelle Mot ta



Lifetime Achievement Award Harriet Cherr y Barbara Mitchell

Media Award – The Susan Jane Anstey Trophy Carley Spark s

Gold Medal Award Ian Millar

EC would like to thank ever yone who par ticipated in the 2018 EC National Awards, including the many individuals who submit ted nominations to suppor t deser ving individuals. Across the board, the qualit y of the nominations was ex tremely high for 2018, which is a testament to the world- class athletes, owners, of f icials, organiz ations, volunteers and suppor ters within the Canadian equestrian industr y. EC would also like to thank the Awards Commit tee for their time and ef for t in selec ting the 2018 recipients, with suppor t and input from EC stakeholders and exper ts. The 2019 EC Awards Commit tee is comprised of

Volunteer of the Year, Presented by Henr y Equestrian Jill Bar ton Equestrian of the Year - The Dr. George Jacobsen Trophy / Junior Equestrian of the Year - The Gillian Wilson Trophy Sam Walker Horse of the Year All In Owners: Brit tany Fraser- Beaulieu, Marc-Andre Beaulieu and Craig Fraser

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club

The Gold Medal Award is the highest and most prestigious of the EC National Awards, and is only awarded when the EC President and executive deem a recipient to have met or exceeded criteria in areas such as long and outstanding service as a builder of EC and equestrian sport nationally or internationally. The EC executive was unanimous in their decision to name ‘Captain Canada’ Ian Millar of Perth, ON the recipient of the Gold Medal Award for 2018 in honour of his unparalleled achievements in show jumping across six decades. Photo by Cealy Tetley. Carla Robin (Chair), Jennifer Anstey, Michael Boyd, Peggy Hambly, Karen Spark s and Robyn Tremblay. About the EC National Awards Program The EC National Awards are presented annually to celebrate the impressive achievements of individuals, equines and organiz ations who have contributed to the grow th and success of the equestrian communit y. For more information, visit w w about /national-awards.

By Lauri Meyers | Photo courtesy of Alana Vos-Lindsay


he 2019 Show Season is of f to a s trong s tar t. O ur March 31 Showmanship Clinic s aw over 20 memb er s par ticip ating and learning. T hank you Stephanie Conti for a great day and for sharing your k nowle dge. O ur ne x t clinic is April 28… H or semanship with Lorraine Andres . T he April 7 show (f ir s t one of the season) was a rounding success. O ver 20 rider s, f rom ages 6 to 76, b e ginner to advance d, to ok p ar t in a f un - f ille d day. A nice surprise at the end of the day was a G if t Bucket, sp onsore d (anony mously) by a couple lo cal businesses, and was given for Sp or t smanship. T hey got to gether and de cide d to sp onsor a prize for ever y show. T his show they were lo ok ing for Sp or t smanship. N e x t show. . .? T here were plent y of smiles and laughter to b e had. Sp e c tator s even commente d on how welcoming and happy we all were. T hat ’s what it ’s all ab out, FUN! T hank you to our Judges, Mar y lou Barker and Pat ti T homas, for your e xp er tise and fe e dback . Also a big T HANK YOU to all the volunte er s, you ro ck . O ur ne x t show is May 5, then June 2, Augus t 11 and the f inal show is Septemb er 2 2. M emb er s can prere gis ter for 34 • May 2019


a discounte d day fe e, paying with e -trans fer. Show Entr y, M emb er ship Forms and a H or se Council BC link , can b e found on our website w w w. arms trongenderby ridingclub. com. Complete d forms and e -trans fer can b e emaile d to AERCcanada@ D on’t forget volunte er hour s. To b e eligible for yearend awards, memb er s mus t volunte er at leas t 5 hour s during the show season. T here are a numb er of ways to get those volunte er hour s. A sk one of the Board of Dire c tor s for more information on what you can do to qualif y. All of the AERC shows are now HCBC s anc tione d shows . Now you can track your p oint s with our shows. Se e you in May.

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club  By Simonne Rempel


REC hosted Iain Richie, who came to our Februar y meeting and spoke to us about the farrier world. It was an enter taining evening. In March we had Mar ta McIntosh for our Annual Games Night. Mar ta put together a series of games that tested our equine knowledge. This was a funPoles Clinic f illed evening of laughter while learning about equine health. Our April meeting was a Member ’s Travel Film Night. Our members sometimes take amazing horse trips! This evening, we showcased their pic tures from Mongolia, Spain, Iceland, Costa Rica and Ireland. Spring must be here, as we sprung into ac tion with a Spring Poles Clinic. Jessie Blackmon, Equine Canada Level One coach created a poles course that made riding over ground poles fun. The clinic was in 2 sessions geared for all levels of horse and rider abilit y, building conf idence from the f irst session to the second. Poles are a fun addition to your riding program, and Jessie’s courses are always enter taining. To celebrate St. Patrick ’s Day, we had a Luck of the Irish Group Trail Ride through the beautiful trails of Campbell Valley Equestrian Park . It was an organized group of 9 members that had a fabulous time in great weather. To wrap up the month of March we had a Spring Grooming Clinic. This was a fun and informative clinic that included a discussion and demonstration of the essentials of grooming, basic f irst aid, and common veterinar y conditions. We touched up on grooming tips and trick s, prevention and treatment of common skin conditions, spring grooming, and how to care for Luck of the Irish Group Trail Ride legs, hooves, eyes and manes and tails. Vintage Riders Equestrian Club… for the love of horses! We are a gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet ever y 3rd Tuesday in For t Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker and host a variet y of clinics. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email: 2019 Upcoming Events: May Flower Trail Ride Vet Talk : Saying Good-bye Working Equitation Clinic Mountain Trail Ranch Versatilit y Clinic Summer Social Ranch Trip Gina Allan Clinic

Grooming Clinic

From the March issue… Congratulations to those who could identify the ‘Hog Stamp’. Walter Furlong, Sherwood Park AB Ove Asen, Provost AB Eric Blake, Red Deer County AB Joe Williams , Gibbons AB Dennis Szott, Daysland AB Ray Cody, Abbotsford BC From the April issue… Answer: A chunk of hot burning coal was chiselled and shaped, then placed in the heater compartment , then the lid was closed. Possibly you have heard of the term “coal iron”? Thanks Walter Furlong for sending this in.

Another sneaky contribution from Walter Furlong! This month’s item is a piece of lightweight metal, 1/8” thick x 1 3/4” wide x 7” long. HINT: The old military people used this item regularly. Good luck!

READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@ for details. May 2019


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Sandra Harper


lberta Donkey and Mule Club is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year. First off we had a successful casino in Edmonton at the end of March - club members traveled from all over Alberta to work shifts. The annual general meeting was a huge success with 18 attendees. It was a very positive event which ended with election of executive for the next year. After considering several locations for the 30th anniversary Long Ears Days, a vote by all in attendance determined the 2019 show will be held at the Stettler Agriculture Society. The show will be held August 10-11 in conjunction with Taste of the Heartland event, and will include a parade of the Long Ears. A Limited Edition batch of Mustard was released at the Mane Event in Red Deer at the end of April, where the club once again hosted a booth where kids could participate in some long ear crafts and people could obtain educational materials and information about these special equines. Club members also participated in the breed demos Saturday and Sunday. The club welcomes ideas and suggestions. Please check out our web page www. and our Facebook group Alberta Donkey and Mule Club.

Are You Ready for The Canadian Triple Challenge?


o… you have a Canadian Registered Tennessee Walking Horse and want to fur ther your relationship with him? You would like to have some clear goals to work toward? Or perhaps just like to challenge yourself or your horse? The CRT WH of fers a wonder ful program that can help you with all your riding, driving and alternate activities. THE CANADIAN TRIPLE CHALLENGE will acknowledge your hard work and give you a video of your progress with your horse. All entries are video submitted and evaluated against a standard rather than against other horses, as in a show. Making the video is not that dif f icult. If you have to work with your

CRTWH member and Director Kristy Coulter of Whitecourt AB with her mare, Ladys Investment. The twosome successfully challenged all the Training Levels required and reached Gold in the Program For Excellence in 2018, achieving the title of Ultimate Canadian Horse. 36 • May 2019


horse by yourself, you can get prett y creative to do the videoing yourself. I’ve used step ladders, fences and the picnic table to hold my camera. I did f ind that using a little single lens camera, costing less than one hundred buck s, to be easier to video with as I can set it up more easily than a phone. But lots of submissions have been made just using phone videos. You can work through the Training Levels program progressively with your horse. Perhaps set a goal of one level per month for a horse that is already trained. The Training Levels easily break down into monthly goals - here is one suggestion: April - Basic Skills May - Driving Level 1 June - Horsemanship 1 July - Trail 1 August - Trail 2 Sept - Trail 3 Then in October you’ll be all ready to submit videos for the Program For Excellence which consists of three levels: BRONZE - Conformation and Flat Walk at halter SILVER - Conformation and Flat Walk & Running Walk under saddle, and perhaps GOLD - Conformation and Flat Walk, Running Walk and Canter under saddle. And don’t forget, you can count your hours of saddle time and driving

By Fran Kerik

Karla Hansen, a CRTWH member and Director, hopped up (for this casual photo) on Uphill Heir Trigger, a stallion owned by Uphill Farm of Edson AB. He achieved the Gold Award in the Program For Excellence, and now has four offspring who have also achieved Gold.

time towards the Ride Your Walker Program. For more information, go to our website w w and look under programs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our secretar y. She can set you up with a board member to answer any questions and help you get star ted!

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Bazaar and Country Fair

Another Bazaar in the history books! The weather held out, giving us an overcast day, which is a bit of an anomaly for the event. With the date change, it was nice not being on top of daylight savings time or being in the middle of spring break. The demos and entertainment were well received by all. We got incredible feedback from those who had attended the first time as well as seasoned attendees. We can’t thank our amazing sponsors enough for helping make this event possible, you are an integral part of what we do. Three cheers for all of our fantastic vendors, your booths looked spiffy and your effort with them doesn’t go unnoticed. We are so happy you chose to spend the day with us! To our demo/clinic people, your passion for what you do really shines through. We are so grateful that you chose to share that with us and the public. Thank you also to all who attended for joining us and supporting this event! Finally, a big hug and thank you to all of the tireless volunteers without whom the event wouldn’t happen. You are the life blood of the Bazaar and are appreciated more than you could ever know.

All Novice Show - June 2nd

We are pleased to say that the All Novice Show is also BCPHC approved. This show is designed to be a grassroots, tie your horse to the trailer and enjoy the day type of event. AQHA, APHA and All Breed Classes in Walk Trot AQHA and APHA (youth and amateur) Level 1/Novice in AQHA/APHA. All breed has youth and amateur. In order to make breed showing more affordable, the entries are FREE with the value of BCQHA membership! That is $40 or $25 for youth. BCQHA also has a deal that if you join as a member, you can sponsor another new member for FREE! High points for all divisions TBA. Also, Langley Riders Members show All Breed Classes FREE! And there will be special high points specifically for Langley Riders All Breed Competitors only. Also, we will have AQHA/APHA trainers on hand (at least Mellissa Buckley and Tami Hutton) as well as APHA judge and trainer Jodie Moore for an ‘ask a trainer/ask a judge program’ so if you have any questions about classes, etc. they will be available. Thank you to our awesome sponsors who made this opportunity possible!

West Coast Summer Spectacular July 18-21

This is our BIG show!!! It is 4 days with 6 judges, so lots of opportunity for points! Minimum Prizes are: * AQHA High Points: Silver Belt Buckle with trophy case. Reserves: 2 Branded with leather barstools * All Breed High Points: Sponsored Red Horse Tack Saddle Blankets ($299 value!). Reserves: TBA * Superhorse: Kathy’s Show Halter * Halter Champion of Champions: Branded Leather Footstool * Entry Draws: $500 value hay/delivery sponsored by Tina Maynard, Leather LMQHA Director’s Chair Stakes and Futurities: * Cathy Dumaresq Trail Stake $500 added * Tag Team Showmanship $500 added * Ranch Riding Stake $500 added * 3 and 4 yr old Western Pleasure Futurity $500 added * Breeders Incentive Futurity: $2900 added


Allison ran a Paint night at the end of April which happened after our print deadline for this issue, but we are sure it will be awesome. She also ran a Silent Auction at the Bazaar which was a great success! Stay tuned for other fundraising opportunities, as they are often fun and it is how we can offer our programs and prizes along with our phenomenal sponsors!

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

May 2019


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Preserving History:

BCHBC North Cariboo works to maintain, restore COTT By Lindsay Chung


n the late 1800s, the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail (COTT) in the Cariboo was used by packers, prospectors, miners, speculators, merchants and even entertainers as they travelled north in search of gold. Today, a 65 kilometre portion of the trail near Quesnel is being preserved and rebuilt by a GPS Track dedicated group of Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia (BCHBC) volunteers so that it can be used by riders and hikers for many more years to come. The History The COTT was originally designed to go from North America to Russia via British Columbia and Alaska. Mapping of the portion from Quesnel north started in 1865, and construction started in 1866 from Quesnel and continued north to Fort Stager on the Kispioux River, when it was abandoned in the spring of 1867. The line was abandoned, but the trail continued to be used during the Klondike, Cassiar and Omineca gold rushes. In 1901, this part of the telegraph line became part of the Quesnel-Atlin Telegraph Line, and it continued to operate until 1936. In the Quesnel area, Dwight Dodge and others made it their goal to preserve the trail. Dodge ran the Telegraph Trail Preservation Society from 1953 until 2006 and continued working on the trail after the society disbanded. He died in 2016, spending his final Kiosk at Blackwater Crossing years as the sole keeper of the trail. North Cariboo Chapter members Two years before Dodge’s Martin Rossmann and Tony Daniell death, the BCHBC North Cariboo Chapter was created, and members started trying to clear part of the trail. “Dwight had a partnership agreement with the government for maintaining the trail,” recalls chapter chair Rob LaFrance. “We wanted to help him, and he started taking us out on the trail.” The Work In 2015, BCHBC-NC took on the task of resurrecting this historical trail as part of their mandate. LaFrance says Dodge was going to award 68 acres that he owned, which was home to the trailhead, to the Crown, but unfortunately, he passed away before this could be done.

This meant the trailhead had to be moved, and this year, BCHBCNC is building a new trailhead 3 kilometres up the Blackwater Road. BCHBC-NC members have been working on the COTT for five years, and LaFrance estimates they have volunteered thousands of hours in that time. In 2018 alone, the man hours by just two club members were 320. The club total for 2018 was 1,580 hours, just for trail clearing and bridge building. BCHBC-NC is up to about 60 members now, and the chapter holds about 20 workbees on the COTT a year. At this point, the BCHBC have installed 3 kiosks, and they are developing the new trailhead. LaFrance says they are also working on getting another piece of land to develop a campsite partway up the trail. Over the years, 5 bridges and 2 boardwalks have been built or are in the process of being built. BCHBCNC members have used existing Blackwater Crossing logging roads, have connected trails and have constructed trails to provide a safe and interesting continuity between the heritage sections of the trail. The Celebration BCHBC-NC is looking forward to showing horsemen all the work they’ve done on the COTT when they host the COTT Opening Celebration June 15-16. That weekend, there will be an opening ceremony and a barbecue dinner, and people who are interested in the trail will be able to come and ride or hike as much or as little as they want. LaFrance says they’re looking at doing day rides and an overnighter, and if people want to do the whole COTT, they can do some packing as well. The weekend before the COTT opening, BCHBC-PGO is hosting an inter-chapter ride June 7-9 at Triple J Ranch between Prince George and Quesnel, making this the ideal time to explore the Cariboo. During the week in between these two great events, BCHBC-NC members will be available to guide visitors on sections of the COTT and can also help visitors plan a ride through Barkerville Historic Town and Park and ride to Groundhog Lake or at Hangman Springs, which is a very respectful multi-use trail system.

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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BC Rodeo Association 2019 TENTATIVE BCRA SCHEDULE May 19-20 Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 25-26 Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 1-2 72nd Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 1-2 Chetwynd Rodeo Princeton Rodeo, Princeton June 8-9 June 15-16 Fort St John Rodeo June 22-23 Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo June 29-30 Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo … more at 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.

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



Grassland Equipment ~ Williams Lake


KEREMEOS ELKS 81st ANNUAL RODEO – May 19-20 All the major events plus Junior Barrels and JR Steer Riding starting Sunday at 1:00 pm. Cowboy breakfast each morning, BBQ supper on Sunday evening and parade on Monday starting at 10:30 am. Fun action-packed weekend for the whole family with events starting on Saturday at 1:00 pm with some barrel racing and team roping, followed by the BCRA rodeo Sunday and Monday. For more info

Four Rivers Co-operative, Armstrong Regional, Otter Co-operative Assn.


ANNUAL CLINTON MAY BALL RODEO – May 25-26 All the major rodeo events from Bull Riding to Barrel Racing along with their famous Packhorse Race & Cowboy Foot Races. Don’t miss out on the Steak Dinner and Rodeo Dance Saturday night featuring ‘Appaloosa’. Local Entries are the evening of May 1-10, 2019 at 250-457-3249. For more info www.

WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO West Fraser Trucker’s Association



72nd ANNUAL KISPIOX VALLEY RODEO – June 1-2 For the third year they will have the highest added prize money in the BCRA with $10,000 added to the Saddle Bronc riding event, you will not want to miss this. Rodeo dances Friday and Saturday night. Great pancake breakfasts, BBQ beef and ice cream. The Kispiox Valley Drill Team will be kicking off the rodeo performance each day. If you are tough enough to wear pink in support of breast cancer, please do so for Sunday’s performance. Local entries are May 15 from 4-8 pm at 250-842-6287. For more info 2nd ANNUAL CHETWYND RODEO – June 1-2 Starts at 1:00 pm each day, held at the Pine Valley Exhibition grounds. Join everyone Saturday night for some after rodeo entertainment. Local entries are May 15 from 10am-8pm at 250-401-7237. For more info www.


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

Cache Creek Veterinary

Lil Red Pony

The Horse Barn, Kamloops

Keep your eye open for our annual 2019 Rodeo Guide at your local feed, tack or western store!

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 * * May 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,

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,

May 2019


Clubs & Associations 30 Years of Celebrating Long Ears

members from across Canada and the US 3/20

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


NOW YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE. CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.

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


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



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

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.

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

Contact: • Website:

Visit our website for upcoming events


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

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 | |

BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 5/20


10/18 11/19

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.

BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 5/19

Info on clinics and events at

BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. 12/19

9/19 6/16

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


Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323



Fraser Valley’s own ‘grassroots’ club dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiast of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram


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 BURNABY HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Burnaby BC), Self-Boarding Barns, Riding Rings, Trails, Clinics, Lessons, Open Houses, 5/19 40 • May 2019



Interior cutting horse association New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 6/19 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

Clubs & Associations North OK therapeutic riding assoc. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 6/19

PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Barnhartvale/Kamloops), Visit for info on lessons, gymkhanas, shows and clinics, or email 3/19

OLIVER & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Pres: Dawn MacRae 250-689-0156,, Clinics, Summer Show & more, see our FB page 3/20

100 Mile & District Outriders

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

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: Kristy Forsyth. Visit www.peachlandridingclub. com for information about our Gymkhanas dates and other fun events! 3/19


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) 3/19

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,


2-3 INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL w/Debbie Hughes, Eagle View Equest. Ctr., Williams Lake BC. Lori, 250-392-2584 2-5 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart (Advanced), Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 2-5 KRC SPRING CLASSIC HUNTER/JUMPER, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, 3-4 RANCH HORSE SALE & SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 3-4 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE SALE, Calouri Pavilion, Olds AB, Barb 403-933-5765, 4 NARCHC NON-PRO & GAG CLINIC w/Loren Christenseon & Cayley Wilson, Calnash Center, Ponoka AB, 4 LRS Games Day, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 4-5 CARIBOO COUNTRY CARRIAGE CLUB, New Drivers Clinic w/Ken Huber, 70 Mile House BC, Ken 250-456-6050, 4-5 HORSEMANSHIP/DE-SPOOK INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL w/Debbie Hughes, 100 Mile House BC, Melissa, 604-825-6985 5 AERC HORSE SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, 5 NARCHC SCHOOLONG SHOW, Calnash Center, Ponoka AB, 6-10 INTENSIVE HORSEMANSHIP COURSE w/Birgit Stutz, Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Cert. Trainer, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801, 9-13 ARENA TO TRAIL TRANSITION, working w/obstacles, confidence-building, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Dawn Ferster 250-808-0738,

10-12 JATON LORD HORSEMANSHIP & COW WORK CLINIC, Heatherdown Hills Arena, Parkland Country AB, contact Darlene 780-554-5090, 10-12 COURSE 1 & BEYOND CLINIC, Horse In Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, Tamara 1-888-533-4353,, 11 COWICHAN RAIL TRAIL, Duncan BC, Miki Dekel (25/50/CTR I/II) 11 KRC % DAY, Kelowna BC, LRS 4D Barrel Race, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Jessie 778-246-0068, 11 11-12 HORSEMANSHIP/DE-SPOOK CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Rockin R Ranch, Pritchard BC, Renee Lacheur 250-804-8039 GYMKHANA, Upper Clearwater Arena, Clearwater BC, 12 Michelle 250-256-1800, BC RANCH Cutting Horse Assoc., Cornerstone Arena, 5417 Mount Lehman Rd, 12 Abbotsford BC, MOTHER’S DAY DINNER, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, 12 Darlene 250-309-3544, LRS Cowboy Obstacle Challenge, LRS Arena, Langley BC, 12 Bethany 604-614-8226,, SUNDAYS ON SADDLE (SOS) GROUP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, 12 for info email or see JIM ANDERSON CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, Kelly 250-679-2815 13-15 COURSE 2: CONFIDENCE CLINIC, Rose Bush Equestrian-North Facility, 14-16 Fort Saskatchewan AB, Tamara 1-888-533-4353, 15(Wed) INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL w/Debbie Hughes, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes

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17-19 18 18 18-19 18-19 18-20 18-20 18-20 19 19 24 24-25 24-26 25 25-26 25-26 26 26

BROOKE REMPEL CLINIC, Southwind Ranch, Tappen BC, or 55+ BC GAMES (EQUESTRIAN) CLINIC, Eng/West Dressage, Ranch Riding, Mountain Trail, info and register through BDRC Buckle Series Horse Show, Judge: Shelley Hayes, Barriere BC, Darcey 250-318-9975, or on FB KRC SPRING OPEN SHOW, English/Western, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, NARCHC SHOW, Calnash Center, Ponoka AB, TITANIUM, Fort St. John BC, Tara MacLeod (25/50 each day, 75 one day, possible 100) CARIBOO TRAILS BS & DRIVE WEEKEND, Field Trials & Driving classes, 70 Mile House BC,, 250-456-7404 BCCHA SUSAN STEWART MEMORIAL CLINIC, Zirnhelt Ranch, Cherry Creek BC, ADVANCED HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, or 250-808-0738 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB, May Flower Trail Ride, Fort Langley BC, SIDA % DAY, Fairgrounds at Salmon Arm BC, WORKING EQUITATION CLINIC w/Darcy Henkel, (Demo Fri. 7-9pm), Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, CANADIAN OPEN HORSEBACK ARCHERY CHALLENGE, Mount Currie BC, LRS Open English & Western Show, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, SIDA BRONZE/GOLD/% COMBO, Salmon Arm BC, MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, 8 am, Sagewood Mountain Trail Course, Kamloops BC, Colleen Meyer LRS Games Day, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,

26 BDRC GYMKHANA, Barriere BC, Kyra Blackburn 250-214-1924, or on FB 26 SUNDAYS ON SADDLE (SOS) GROUP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, for info email or see 30-Jun 2 55+ BC GAMES (DRIVING) CLINIC w/Ellen Hockley, Pritchard BC, 31-Jun 2 BCCHA SHAD PLATT CLINIC, Monical Ranch, 100 Mile House BC,


1 LRS open Jumping Show, LRS Arena, Langley BC, Bethany 604-614-8226,, 1 HIGH SAGE, Cache Creek BC, June Melhuish (25/50) 1-2 BHA MOUNTAIN TRAIL CLINIC w/Debbie Hughes, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, 1-2 BC RANCH Cutting Horse Assoc., DOUBLE HEADER, Cornerstone Arena, 5417 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford BC, 2 SUNDAYS ON SADDLE (SOS) GROUP, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, for info email or see 5-9 SPRUCE MEADOWS ‘NATIONAL’, Calgary AB, 7(Fri) INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Chilliwack BC, Debbie Hughes 8 SUMMER SALE AT EQUINE ESSENTIALS TACK, Prize Draws, BBQ Lunch, 6087-64th Street, Delta BC, 604-992-5676 8 LRS 4D Barrel Race, LRS Arena, Langley BC Jessie 778-246-0068, 8-9 JEC BALLOU CLINIC, Increasing Equine Athleticism & Suppleness, Circle Creek Ranch, Kamloops BC, David 250-377-5996, 8-9 BHA TAMI HUTTON PERFORMANCE CLINIC, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, 8-10

CHRIS IRWIN CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, Kelly & Ben Mezzatesta 250-679-2815

Do you have your 2019 dates booked yet? Send them in (required format only, as above) – our readers want to know! Remember, we can only fit so many in the magazine, but we print them ALL on our website!

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