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he microbial communities that live in and on us are taking the spotlight in 21st century medicine. From 1990-2003, the Human Genome Project mapped our DNA hoping that scientists could uncover what triggered genes to malfunction and cause disease. But they ran into a problem. What they discovered is that our DNA isn’t a complete “operating system.” It turns out that a human being is made up of 10 trillion human cells; our DNA contains 23,000 genes. However, we carry in and on us 100 trillion microbes whose DNA contains 8 million microbial genes – and they are what make up our “operating system.” The Human Microbiome Project was launched in 2008 to map the microbial populations and their DNA. We now know that animals (and humans) are inhabited by many complex microbial “ecosystems.” Five groups of these microbial ecosystems that have been closely studied are: the skin, reproductive system, respiratory tract, oral cavity and digestive tract. These microbial communities are highly interactive with the other microbe ecosystems on the body and they communicate through chemical and physical signals designed to allow the microbes to maintain a balanced healthy state. These microbial communities (called microbiota) are instilled in and on babies’ bodies during the birthing process and throughout the very early stages of life. The mother’s milk (not just the colostrum), contact with parent’s skin, first foods, dirt, air, water, even drugs the baby animal is exposed to all contribute to the individual microbial profile of that animal and sets the stage for future health or disease possibilities. The digestive tract contains the largest number and most diverse range of microbes of any region in the body. Scientists refer to the microbial population in the digestive tract as a post-natally acquired organ. Gut microbes are not only involved in the digestion process of breaking down and absorbing nutrients, but they also have a profound effect on hormone and brain function. About 80% of the body’s immune cells reside in the gut and form the immune system. Poor microbial function in the gut results in not only allergies and illness but can have an impact on brain

function. Microbial “cross-talk” between the immune cells and the gut’s endocrine (hormone) microbes regulates several complex behaviors that involve brain function. Behaviors such as anxiety, learning and memory, even appetite and satiety (the full feeling) are regulated by the microbial gut-brain link! Managing microbial populations is rapidly becoming the new medicine. Learning about them allows us to make better choices and be proactive in maintaining health in our animals and ourselves. If you would like to learn more about this fascinating topic, visit and click the Education link where a list of videos and articles are available for you. Tahn Towns is the owner of Healthy Horses Ltd which distributes a variety of probiotic products for animals, buildings, soil and water. The goal is to enhance animal health by proactively managing the microbial environments in, on and around them.

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ell I finally made it out to Rocking Horse Park in Kelowna to take on the Okanagan’s newest mountain trail course. You have a great facility there Carol, and thank you to Dawn Ferster for offering these valuable clinics. Angie (my Morgan horse) and I had a great time. There isn’t much she won’t do – depending on her mood! Watch out Seniors Games - ha! Hopefully Vernon & Armstrong, or Kelowna win their bid on the 2017 venue. Keeping my fingers crossed. September is a busy month for me with fall fairs, a Poker Ride (Sept 12 at Timber Ridge… plugging it!), and a Crony Club sleepover – can hardly wait! So much to do and so little time to fit everything in! We’ve got some interesting articles in this issue, including an Icelandic Breed Evaluation and a Mangalarga Marchador Inspection, and of course more news from your favourite clubs. See you out and about!

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In Memoriam

ohn Paonessa, age 69, passed away from a sudden cardiac event at his home in Langley BC, on July 27, 2015. Predeceased by his parents, Tommy and Emma, he is survived by his wife, Marj, several extended family members and a very wide circle of friends. John was originally from West Vancouver but spent a lot of time at his Watch Lake cabin and participating for several years at the local Gymkhanas. He was also a familiar face at many Lower Mainland horse shows and at the two Mane Event trade shows where he helped his wife, Marj, with their etched glass booth. John had many friends in the cowboy, music and hotrod world as well and he will be greatly missed. A Celebration of John’s Life was held in Langley on August 6. (Editor’s note: I was so shocked and saddened to learn of John’s death when Marj informed me. He was such a character when we visited at the trade shows. My deepest condolences to the family. We will miss him for sure.)

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hat do you get when you have natural horsemanship trainer and clinician Pat Parelli, Olympic eventing legend Jim Wofford, Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki, and AQHA Champion Barrel Racer and Pole Bender Doug Leasor all in the same location? … The Mane Event, Equine Education and Trade Fair of course! Keeping with the tradition of a multitude of equine disciplines the Mane Event will again offer 3 days of packed equine education, entertainment and shopping all indoors at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park October 23–25, 2015. Pat Parelli will present sessions on Parelli Natural Horsemanship as well as lectures over the 3-days of the expo.

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Jim Wofford will put riders through the paces in improving the rider’s position; lengthening and shortening the horse’s stride; accuracy gymnastics and exercises. Kristi Wysocki, an FEI 3* Dressage Judge, a USEF Dressage Sport Horse Judge and an FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge, will offer sessions on the Mystery of the Half Halt; The Illusive Flying Lead Change and Lateral Work – Is It All The Same? Don’t miss Kristi’s session in the Round Pen on Is Your Horse’s Conformation Good, Bad or Ugly? – where she will outline how conformation indicates which disciplines your horse is more suited for. Doug Leasor’s sessions will give insight on how to start young horses and turn them into safe, sane competitors that enjoy their jobs; subjects that are trademarks of his program. He has many unique methods and drills to teach your horse to speed up during the Pole or Barrel pattern while keeping your horse level headed and happy. Sandi Simons, from Australia, gears her sessions to women and the confidence issues that many face when returning to riding, while her husband David Simons, winner of numerous championships at the Reining Nationals in New South Wales Australia, will present sessions on reining. The always popular Trainers Challenge, featuring three young horses from the Douglas Lake Ranch, will showcase the talents of colt starters and horse trainers Glenn Stewart of BC; David Simons of Australia and Sonny Garguilo of New York State. New this year will be three performances of the Working Ranch Challenge which will give the public the opportunity to

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Developing Bravery in Your Horse, Part 2 By Christa Miremadi (see Part 1 in Saddle Up’s August issue)

Having laid a good, solid foundation on which to build your horse’s confidence through the use of free forward motion and balance, you and your horse should be feeling ready to take on the world!


f course, all of that can change at the drop of a hat when new and exciting activities are introduced. Just like all things, challenging activities can work for or against your horse’s confidence, depending on how they are executed, so be sure to have some good, experienced, understanding and knowledgeable help as you venture into this next phase of developing confidence with your horse. In my experience, activities that encourage a horse’s curiosity and sense of play are the best ones for developing bravery and “gusto.” Anything that causes the horse to think and problem-solve, try new things and use his mind and body in mentally and physically-stimulating ways will create a feeling of “I can!” in your horse and, even more importantly, “we can!” in you! At this early stage however, your horse’s success and Kathy Paterson with a Paint mare, Bella, at a Mountain a ton of reward is esTrail Skills clinic at The Rock’n Star Ranch this past sential to really make summer. (Photo by Christa Miremadi) sure that the foundation is rock solid. Choose activities that you’re pretty excited about trying so that you can share positive energy with your horse and take baby steps with enthusiasm. Depending on the activity, there is always a way to introduce it in a non-threatening and encouraging way. Some examples of exercises I like to use to help develop the bravery in the horses at home are: Flag, Cows, Mountain Trail and Doma Vaquera, although there are hundreds of other activities that will also work. A flag (otherwise known as a mechanical cow) is a piece of fabric (sometimes shaped like a cow, sometimes a rectangle) that zips back and forth along a wire and is controlled remotely. It’s used to help develop a horse’s “cow sense,” to teach a rider the basics of working cows and to practice roll backs, stops, quick starts and other “cowy” moves. Because the speed of the flag and when it starts and stops is controlled by a person, it makes it possible for that person to help the horse become successful and set him up to do well, keep him interested and slow things down when he needs it. It can be an intimidating activity the first time a horse is introduced and if it’s not done correctly a horse can be soured or turned off of this game quickly; but when it’s done well, the horse becomes engaged, excited, interested and it really builds his confidence and skill so that he can move on to another challenging activity, like cows! The way we play with our cows at home is a little different than how many people may have played with cows before. We call our cow pro8 • Saddle Up • September 2015

gram, “Respect the Beef,” and it‘s done almost exclusively in the field and not inside an arena. The comfort and security of our cows is a top priority, as well as confidence and skill development in our horses and team work in our riders. We start by moving around and through the cows, learning how to influence their movements and direct them both one at a time and as a herd. We work together as a team in long grass, between trees and in all sorts of weather. Eventually, we move up to cutting a cow out and holding it away from the group or sorting and moving the herd from one pen to another as well as a few other challenging tasks. This helps to develop our horses’ confidence a great deal because, even though they are using many of the same skills they learned while playing with the flag, these cows are not under one person’s control and they do frequently kick out, buck, run off and sometimes even head butt or fight! Our horses, thanks to the foundation in place, learn to accept our guidance and support while controlling a small herd of cows. I believe that because we’re doing an activity with a very real, obvious purpose, our horses become as interested in the activity as the people do and this helps to pique their curiosity and play drive. The more playful and curious a horse becomes, the braver they get! It’s no secret how I feel about Mountain Trail -- I absolutely love the sport! I have found it to be such an incredible way to build the trust and communication between horse and rider and, once again, because it consists of our horses taking our support and direction for the purpose of some actual, practical reason, they tend to respond incredibly well to it! I have not met a horse or rider team yet that didn’t come away from one of my Mountain Trail clinics feeling more confident and excited

Melody Pearson on her Haflinger gelding, Bramble, working with the flag. (Photo by Carol Dymond) about what was to come next. In much the same way, the “Handling of Ease” phase of a Doma Vaquera competition is also incredibly helpful in developing a horse’s bravery. Doma Vaquera (aka Working Equitation) is an exciting, competitive sport which challenges the horse and rider in three or four phases. Phase one is a dressage test. Phase two is the Handling of Ease test in which the horse and rider team tackle an obstacle course that consists of obstacles that one may encounter while working on a traditional working cattle ranch in Spain, such as a bridge, backing through a chute, a low jump, using a Garrocha pole and much more! In the Handling of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Developing Bravery... cont’d

Aynsley Cairns on her Canadian gelding, Jasper, working their way through the “bull pen” during a Doma Vaquera series lesson. (Photo by Lisa Coulthard) Ease phase, the horse and rider are judged on technique. The third phase is the same (or similar) obstacle course done at speed and is timed. The fourth and final phase includes sorting cattle with the use of a Garrocha pole in a team. Although the dressage test is also a good phase, the “Handling of Ease” phase provides the horse with the time and support to man-

euver each obstacle in a way that will develop his bravery and each one of the tasks that the horse and rider succeed at helps to add to the ever-growing list of things they can do! The more things that a horse and rider can do together, the more they believe is possible and it’s that energy of possibility mixed with that firm foundation of free forward movement and balance that creates bravery in a horse. Each task will need to be presented in a way the horse can understand, staying sensitive to his level of stress and ability to learn and with the support of an experienced, knowledgeable individual who can read the horse, support the rider and help to create a positive outcome for both. Any task can help to develop bravery in the horse as long as it encourages curiosity and play, challenges the horse emotionally and physically and results in the horse feeling successful and accomplished. Through the foundation of free forward movement and balance, developing bravery can be an exciting and incredibly fun process. Have fun and happy trails!

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Navicular Syndrome Explained By Kristi Luehr, Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care Most horse owners cringe at hearing the words Navicular Syndrome. In the past, it has often meant expensive corrective shoeing and just trying to keep your horse sound for one more season, inevitably resulting in putting him down.


nfortunately, Navicular Syndrome is one of the hardest sub- the volume of the hoof capsule. This sudden increase in volume crejects for a farrier/trimmer to research. It seems that every old ates a vacuum, which pulls blood into the hoof capsule. This pull of text contradicts the next, and every person you talk to has a blood not only nourishes the living tissues in the hoof, but also acts different understanding of the condition. The good news is that tons as a very important hydraulic shock absorber. of new research is being done, and hopefully the equine world will It has been documented over the years that some horses with soon have a better understanding that the best way to treat Navicu- navicular bone changes are perfectly sound, while others without lar Syndrome is to prevent it in the first place, and that it is easy to bone damage can show severe lameness in the rear of the hoof. This do so. is confusing, though, as it has long been taught One of the doctors in the veterinary and at the forefront of navfarrier communities that icular research is Dr. Robthe bone damage hapert Bowker of Michigan pened first and the pain State University. I had associated with Navicular the pleasure of meeting Syndrome was caused by Dr. Bowker at the 2015 the deep digital flexor Equine Education Sumtendon sliding over the mit hosted by Horse rough surface of the Council BC this past damaged navicular bone. spring. Dr. Bowker states A comparison of digital cushion health: on the left is an atrophied DC, while on the right is a healthy that he has identified a Dr. James R. Rooney and thick DC. (Photo from Internet) heel-first landing as the of the American College most important element of Veterinarian Patholoof hoof function and, more importantly, hoof development. He has gists specializes in post-mortem studies of horses. In thousands of determined that, as the hoof impacts the ground heel first, the hoof dead horses he has examined, Dr. Rooney found that the fibrocartiexpands both laterally and from the back to the front, and the con- lages surrounding the flexor tendon and navicular bone were always cave sole descends lower to the ground, thus dramatically increasing damaged if bone deterioration was present. He has not found one single case where the bone was damaged and the fibrocartilage was not. He has, however, found cases where the bone was not yet deteriorated but the fibrocartilage had started to break down. He has learned that the order 30 minutes from Kamloops at Pinantan Lake in which damage occurs is: first the fibrocartilages surrounding the navicular bone, second Inspiration, Education, Fun the fibrocartilages surrounding the deep digitLearn to develop a partnership with horses as you could never imagine. al flexor tendon, third the flexor tendon itself, Our Natural Horsemanship principles are based on developing Trust, Compassion, Language and Leadership on the ground and in the saddle. and finally the navicular bone itself is damAll ages from pony riders to Baby Boomers and Beyond. aged by the rough surface of the damaged Non-competitive. flexor tendon. Simulating a toe-first landing with cadaver horse legs in test machines, Dr. Lake view Guest Cottages and Campground Rooney was able to simulate this exact process Your Horse is Welcome! of deterioration, proving the order in which tisHorsemanship Camps, Art Workshops sues were damaged leading to Navicular SynDressage Naturally drome. The main structure in the front half of Please go to our website for added information: Book your the hoof is the coffin bone. The sole and hoof Fall Retreat wall are attached to it via the laminae. The Visitors always welcome. NOW! digital cushion and the lateral cartilages form Registration and enquiries: (250) 573-5800 the rear half of the hoof. It is the rear half of the email:

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Navicular bones in varying states of degeneration. (Photo by Cheryl Henderson) hoof that is responsible for dissipating the impact energy of movement. The front of the hoof has no impact-absorbing structures, they are all fairly rigid. The digital cushion at birth is made up of primarily fat and is filled with nerves. As the foal moves, the pressure and release of the frog causes fibrocartilage to grow from the front of the digital cushion and spread toward the back. By the time the horse has grown to an adult, the digital cushion should have transformed into a mass of fibrocartilage. This fibrocartilage is responsible for protecting and cushioning the nerves as well as dissipating the energy of a heel-first landing. The lateral cartilages at birth are tiny, less than 1/16 of an inch thick, and don’t extend to the underside of the frog and digital cushion yet. As the foal grows, with movement, flexion, and the expansion and contraction of the hoof mechanism, the lateral cartilages grow. They should eventually extend to create a floor underneath the frog and digital cushion and should have developed to about one inch thick. So why are most horses uncomfortable landing heel first? Because in domestication, we tend to keep our foals on soft ground; we deeply bed the stalls which restricts their movement, and keep them on soft terrain when they are turned out. The soft ground inhibits the flexion, expansion and contraction and negates the hoof mechanism as it was designed to work. This results in very commonly, adult horses with lateral cartilages as thin as 1/8 of an inch thick instead of the inch they should be, and with digital cushions that are underdeveloped, thin and weak. Dr. Bowker has also found that bone loss associated with Navicular Syndrome can also be attributed to a lack of natural pressure in the navicular region of the hoof. He specifically blames peripheral loading, i.e. shoeing the hoof to remove sole pressure or allowing the hoof HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

wall to grow too long so that the sole, frog, and bars of the hoof cannot share in the weight-bearing pressures of movement as they were designed. When we learn the science behind Navicular Syndrome, and when this information becomes mainstream, only then can we start to prevent these changes from happening. While we cannot heal the bone deterioration once it has happened, we can bring strength back to the digital cushion and lateral cartilages. We must first bring them back into work, by removing the peripheral loading devices, keeping a low heel and allowing the digital cushion to strengthen again. The digital cushion is filled with myoxoid tissue which is similar to stem cell tissue and Dr. Deborah Taylor of Auburn University has published that the digital cushion can regenerate if given the opportunity. And, as discussed previously, horses with bone deterioration to the navicular bone can be made comfortable if the rest of the hoof is allowed to strengthen to support it. If your horse is suffering from Navicular Syndrome or you want to learn more, I would direct you to study the research of Dr. Robert Bowker, Dr. James R. Rooney and Dr. Deborah Taylor. They are leading the research right now, and are coming up with amazing information that is helping horses that would have previously been put down. Kristi Luehr is a natural trimmer and founder of the Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care ( She holds certification with the Canadian Farrier School as well as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. Her focus is to educate horse owners about hoof anatomy, hoof mechanism, and the importance of a natural trim based on the wild horse model. (See their listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES) • 11



questrians of all ages from the Kamloops-Shuswap area gathered August 3-4 to learn horsemanship from Australian Dr. Andrew McLean, one of the world’s leading authorities on equine behaviour and learning theory. McLean’s groundbreaking work in equine cognition and his method of teaching horses through the use of simple, readily understood ‘aids’ has helped riders worldwide develop a more humane way of training their horses. A rider himself, McLean’s first equine career was as a distinguished competitor in the Olympic English equestrian events. He represented Australia in eventing and competed to high levels in both dressage and show jumping. His second and continuing career is post-secondary instruction at colleges and universities around the world. McLean has presented at three Global Dressage Forums since 2006, conducted a clinic for the Dutch Dressage Federation with Olympic competitors as his demonstration riders, and instructs clinics on equitation science

and equine learning theory worldwide. Despite the initially sceptical reception for his theory, McLean is advancing humane training in the same way that he works with horses with behaviour issues – very consistently. Given the packed house of over 70 equestrians at his August 3rd lecture and demo, and his fully subscribed clinic the following day, it looks like while conDr. Jennifer Jackson and ex-racehorse “Taggy” work on connection.” tentious, his theories are Photo by Studio Five-O Photography. also contagious. “The more we underShuswap Road, McLean worked with horses stand horse psychology and the processes beginning new careers, such as Kamloops of training, the more we realize we could do veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Jackson’s retired so much better, not just for (horse) welfare, homebred Thoroughbred racehorse, 15-year which is my main motivation… but also for old “Taggy,” being re-trained for competiimproving performances,” says McLean. tive riding. He also worked with experienced During his day at Lanzelot Stables on horses like Sara Sellmer’s “Sloan McQuick,” a Canadian Warmblood competing at CCI** level in the discipline of eventing. Riders of



Dr. McLean working with Sara Sellmer’s Canadian Warmblood by Florian, “Sloan McQuick,” on dressage and lateral work. Photo by Hazel Plumbley. all levels from varying equestrian disciplines, including three groups of young riders, were among those training with Dr. McLean. The clinic, sponsored by the Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic, was also well attended by riders who audited and observed McLean’s work from ringside seats. 12 • Saddle Up • September 2015


Melanie Bulmahn Clinic By Chris Adderson


ere is an update for you about our fantastic clinic, hosted by ‘For The Horse’ in Chase BC, with Melanie Bulmahn from Germany held in July. Have a peek at one of the photographs taken during the clinic. Sophie (16 years old) and Melanie are concentrating on in-hand contact with Sophie’s horse. There are multiple benefits of in-hand study which translates to a much better understanding for rider and horse under saddle.  In-hand study is one example of the excellent learning available at the clinic. Some other examples (just to name a few) are:  • Riding with swing • Improving your piaffe • How to feel contact • Lead change basics and advancement • Passage preparation • Collection in all gaits • Transitions between piaffe and passage • Biomechanics of the equine The July clinic students ranged from those starting out to advanced, and those very young to those majestic and mature!  There was a something for everyone!! Melanie Bulmahn is one of the top instructors with the School of Légèreté and possibly the best instructor in the world! Her patience and understanding of horses and people is unparalleled.  Her very personal teaching style makes learning easy! We look forward to our next internationally recognized clinic with Melanie Bulmahn on September 13–15… will you join us? Don’t miss out on this opportunity - you will not be disappointed. To register, or for more information, email Comment from one of our riders: “Just wanted to say thank you again for a great few days. You are/were right, Melanie is a very good instructor. I really like her way of explaining things.” Join us at our EQUINE Discoveries ForTheHorse Open House Saturday, September 12 from 1-4 pm More info at (See their listing in our Business Services section under “Trainers”) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Icelandic Horse Breeding Evaluation By Christine Schwartz Icelandic Horse enthusiasts gathered June 20-21 at Fitjamyri Icelandic Horse Farm, just outside Vernon BC, for the annual Icelandic Horse Breeding Evaluation hosted by the owners of the farm, Arnold and Toos Faber.


ine stallions, 16 mares and one gelding were presented to the skillful eye of two judges who travelled to the event all the way from Iceland. The current system of evaluating young and trained Icelandic breeding horses has been in use for over 50 years and, while some refinements are added from time to time, the system has proven very successful in all the European and North American countries that belong to the Icelandic Horse umbrella organisation FEIF (Federation of European Icelandic Horse Friends). Each year about 60-70 breeding evaluations are held worldwide, all subscribing to the same rules, with the majority being held in Iceland and Germany where there are the largest numbers of Icelandic Horses and breeding quality horses is serious business. All horses have to be registered and stallions need to show clear x-rays that show that spavin is not an issue for them. Each horse is measured before the conformation is judged and the measurements which also include the thickness of the cannon bone and angle of the hips are carefully recorded, but not included in the score. Then each horse is presented to the judges for the conformation score. The judges don’t just look at the overall impression, but break the horse down into head, neck, withers and shoulder, back and croup, proportions, legs, joints, hooves and, finally, mane and tail. Each segment receives a score between 5 and 10 with 7.5 being Blaer from Sand Meadow, owned by Lisi average and anything above 8 being the score that makes Ohm (Vindsdalur Icelandic Sport Horses), the breeder jump with excitement. Each score is then received 2nd Prize with a score of 7.76 for his entered into the computer and given a different value performance during the event. depending on its importance. Shoulder, limbs, back and (Photo by Verena Pecsy) croup have a much higher multiplying factor than head or mane and tail, the latter just having been added in recent years. The horse is then asked to be led at the walk and trot and the judges reserve the right to place a question mark behind the score for back, neck and shoulder and make up their mind when they see the horse under saddle. During the riding portion of the evaluation, horses are shown individually on a straight track and the rider has the option of 6-10 laps during which he/she is judged. Icelandic Horses are either 4- or 5-gaited, meaning they should be able to walk, trot, canter and tolt (a four-beat gait similar to the rack or running walk) and the 5-gaited horse also shows the thrilling flying pace. The riders choose the order in which they show the gaits and, once again, some gaits receive more importance than others do,

Blika, from Fitjamyri, had a final score of 8.18 and her riding score was an amazing 8.42. She travelled to Denmark in July to represent Canada at the World Championships for Icelandic Horses with her owner Maria Badyk and rider Danielle Fulsher from Alberta. (Photo by Verena Pecsy)

The 7-year-old mare Sida, from Fitjamyri, tolted away with a total score of 8.22, giving her the title of First Prize Mare. (Photo by Hanna Dilts)

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Icelandic Horse Breeding... cont’d with the tolt being the one with the highest value. Gaits judged are walk, trot, canter, gallop (where the judges want to see a lot of speed and power), slow tolt, fast tolt and, if the horse is 5-gaited, also the flying pace. The judges also give a score for Form under Rider and Willingness, meaning how happy is the horse to work for the rider Colour is one of the only things not judged and keep working hard even if in a breeding evaluation, but all colours are he tires towards the end of the allowed in the breed. This is Bragur from performance. Once again, the Fitjamyri. (Photo by Verena Pecsy) horses receive scores between 5 and 10 with half points also awarded and 8 and above being the magic score that makes riders and breeders smile. If the horse does not show a gait, he will receive a 5 for the gait he has missed. The scores are announced at the end of each horse’s performance and now the rider has to decide which scores he/she feels could be improved. This chance to better your scores is presented the next day when horses are once again shown on the track, but this time there will be two at a time, which can be very motivating for some horses, and speed and power are attributes highly valued in the breed. On the second day, the horses can improve their scores for individual gaits and the riders choose which of the five gaits they want to show. If a rider is happy with the trot and gallop score he received the day before, he won’t do it again. Even if everything falls apart on day 2, the scores from day 1 will never be lowered, but most horses perform better with company and raise their The handsome stallion Hemmingur, from scores. Fitjamyri, received a high score of 9.5 (almost The conformation score perfect) for mane and tail and a total score of and riding score are now 7.82. (Photo by Verena Pecsy)

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added together with conformation counting for 40% and rideability for 60% of the horse’s total score. The magical score of above 8 total allows the horse access to the elite club of “First Prize Stallion or Mare” and currently there are only three First Prize stallions and seven First Shown for conformation only, this is the promising Prize mares in Canada; young stallion, Gladur from Creekside, owned by one of those stallions Hanna Dilts (Baldur Icelandics). Watch for him in and five of the mares 2016. (Photo by Verena Pecsy) are located in the Okanagan. A horse can be shown for conformation only, but if a breeder wants to have his horse judged under saddle he/she also has to be judged for conformation. Hosting a breeding evaluation is not an easy and inexpensive feat, as judges and often riders are brought from Europe. Those of us in the Icelandic Horse community are lucky to have dedicated breeders such as Arnold and Toos Faber, supported by the Canadian Icelandic Horse Federation, who take on the challenge.

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Drafts at the 2015 Calgary Stampede By Bruce Roy, Photos courtesy of Calgary Stampede

The record crowd in the Saddledome for the Calgary Stampede’s 2015 World Six-Horse Hitch Championship roared its approval when it was evident the Mark Messenger Percheron turnout was about to be honoured as this year’s winner.


eld in hand by Brian Coleman of Didsbury, AB, the World Champion Percheron Six, fielded by Kirk Messenger of Cheyenne, Wyoming, topped eleven hitches (Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire) from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Danny, Best of Show, exhibited by Bob Funk, These colourful turnouts Express Clydesdales. performed in the Saddledome on Friday and Saturday evening and the first Sunday morning, to the rousing Western music offered by members of Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra. Raised on an acreage at Hinton, the young conductor, Adam Johnson, is the Orchestra’s first Albertaborn maestro. A marriage of agriculture and the arts, this year’s powerful performance brought a full house to its feet. The standing ovation offered was boisterous!

Clydesdale breeders fielded the largest breed entry. The Supreme Champion Clydesdale was Danny, the Grand Champion Gelding. Exhibited by Bob Funk, Express Clydesdales of Yukon, Oklahoma, this ribbon-winning gelding defeated Amethyst Hayden, the Grand Champion Stallion (shown by the Cey Family of Scott, SK) and Willow Way Nappa, the Grand Champion Mare (shown by Allan and Wes Gordeyko of Ohaton, AB), before advancing to defeat the Supreme Champion Belgian, Percheron and Shire to become this year’s Best of Show. In doing so, Danny captured the $500 purse that John and Lois Walker of Calgary offer in memory of Jim McPeak. The Supreme Champion Percheron, Schumacher’s Harmony, was the Grand Champion Percheron Mare. The entry of Gary Young, Young Living Percherons of Mona, Utah, Harmony topped Vintage Od’ice, the Grand Champion Percheron Stallion, Halley Ruzicka, winner of the coveted Youth shown by Garth Klein of Aggregate Award. Rock Creek. The Grand Champion Percheron Gelding was fielded by Jeff Berger, Black Gold Percherons of Williston, North Dakota. This was Ace, the 3-yearold Percheron gelding purchased for $30,000 at the 2015 MidAmerica Draft Horse Sale in Gifford, Illinois.

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Drafts at the Stampede... cont’d Banner crowds gathered in the Agrium Western Events Centre for the afternoon Performance classes. Jeff Berger, Black Gold Percherons of Williston, North Dakota, won the coveted George Church Memorial Trophy for the Champion Team. Gord Ruzicka of Viking, AB, had the team in hand. The Golden Fork was awarded to Jim Lane and Family, Lone Oak Percherons of Birtle, MB; while the hotly-contested Youth Aggregate Trophy was awarded to Halley Ruzicka of Viking, AB.

Windcharger Duke, the Grand Champion Shire Stallion, was a yearling shown by Lindsay LaRiviere.

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Mangalarga Marchador Open House & Inspection By Dana Johnsen Photos by Shannon Ford

August 15th, 2015 was a good day for Mangalarga Marchador horses in western Canada. One mare who qualified for inspection and branding by the Brazilian association was approved and received her thumbs up for gait, conformation and attitude by Dr. Kate Barcelos of Brazil.


lmost all North American Marchador horses are able to be registered with the USMMA (North American association), and some who have qualifying parentage, can be dual registered with the originating Brazilian ABCCMM. This association has much more stringent criteria for registration, and both parents must have also been approved and registered.  Upon passing inspection, which includes records of marking,  evaluation of  gait and demeanour, plus measuring each part of the horse, then,  the horse receives a brand and microchip.  Having the inspector here presented a great opportunity to invite other Marchador horses and their owners from western Canada to assemble and create an open house of sorts for others to view and ride a Marchador. This was also the second ever ABCCMM Inspection in Canada! Bill and Sandy Dory from Spruce Grove

Alberta were able to attend with four of their Marchadors. Barb Hart brought along Gena Rome’s MM gelding, Dana Johnsen brought two Marchadors while local artist Shannon Ford left her five Marchadors at home but brought her camera. The remaining six MM’s reside in North Vancouver, Medicine Hat and Saskatoon.  (l to r) Julia Falk (Germany), Dr. Kate Barcelos (Brazil), Flying Oaks Valentim Beijo, Dana Johnsen (Penticton), Holly Hart (Cawston BC)

Bill Dory with Flying Oaks Athena and Valentim Beijo both bred by Rick Schatz of Flying Oaks Ranch

Spectators that attended the South Okanagan event were introduced to the horses and had a chance to ask Dr. Barcelos about the horses and their traits. Some took the chance to also ride one. We hope to organize another similar event in the future to share with more horse lovers… the appeal of this fascinating breed!

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Marchadors... cont’d The Marcha Gaits The gait of the Mangalarga Marchador is fast and smooth, with a natural amble known as the Marcha. The feet move alternately lateral and diagonally. When there are more lateral movements in the step, the Marcha is called Marcha Picada. It is often described as a broken pace. Where there are more diagonal movements in the step, the Marcha is called Marcha Batida. It is often described as a broken trot. In recent years, although not yet recognized as a separate and distinct Marcha, there has been a third category describing where the movements diagonal and lateral are equal, and it is called Marcha de Centro. In all of the Marcha gaits, due to the moments of triple hoof support, the horse always has contact with the ground avoiding total suspension, thus, the rider feels secure and comfortable. The Marcha can reach speeds of 14-18km per hour without breaking gait. Most Canadians have not yet heard about this wonderful breed of which there are 18 horses in Canada. It is probable that the numbers will expand as more riders looking for a smooth riding horse with stamina, boldness, beauty and athleticism discover the Mangalarga Marchador; Brazil’s National horse. 

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Goals and Mindfulness By Dr. Thomas Ritter, I found a paragraph in Robert M. Pirsig’s book, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” that I liked and that can be applied to riding: “Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow. But of course, without the top you can’t have any sides. It’s the top that defines the sides.”


t is especially the second half of the passage that I find appealing. It goes right to the core of Zen philosophy. A couple of years ago, there was an article, I believe in Dressage Today, that discussed the relevance of goals in riding and how to establish long-term and short-term goals. Making a diagnosis and determining a course of action (i.e. picking a goal and pursuing it) was such an integral part of each and every lesson I had with my teach-

ers that I cannot see how anybody could possibly ride any other way. So when I saw this article, I was very puzzled, to say the least, that anybody actually felt the need to point out the obvious: that you have to know where you are going. To me, the greater danger lies not in a lack of orientation, but in a false ambition that is generated by our goals. It is a very human quality to live in the future (or in the past), instead of in


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Western Dressage Gaining Momentum in BC By Cathy Glover


eah Gray is taking over as president of the Lower Mainland Western Style Dressage Association now that Adiva Murphy has pulled up stakes and moved from Delta to a new training facility near Brooks Alberta. Adiva first gained notoriety as a natural horsemanship coach on the South Coast, then was instrumental in introducing horse agility to her stable of clients before becoming a charter member and president of the LMWSDA, a regional chapter of the national organization. The goal of Western Dressage, according to a story in a 2012 edition of USDF Connection, is to “create better Western horses and riders through the use and principles of dressage.” Anyone who has ridden a good horsemanship, reining or western riding pattern certainly understands how the principles of dressage cross discipline boundaries. Western Dressage “tests” (not patterns) have been developed by several organizations – Horse Council BC has their own tests, while Western Style Dressage Association of Canada (WSDAC) uses tests created by the Western Dressage Association of America. The emphasis is more about the horse’s movement and training through a series of medium, collected and extended gaits, and less on the rider’s equitation. Riders in the Lower Mainland aren’t the only ones to organize. There is a Central Vancouver Island chapter led by coach Trish Hyatt, and a Facebook group (Western Dressage Okanagan) is trying to recruit interest in the Okanagan. Within weeks that group has already attracted 30 members and identified at least five (if not certified) Western Dressage-friendly judges and coaches in the Interior, including as far north as Prince George.

Green Mountain Equestrian Centre will be hosting a Percent Day, September 19, in Penticton with Kat Heines. In late September, Remuda Ranch in Chase will be offering a two day clinic that will blend Western Dressage with some trail obstacles under the direction of Trish Hyatt.

Adiva Murphy puts riders to the test at a Western Dressage clinic in Enderby held this past Spring. Photo courtesy of Sweet Iron Photography. Gaylene Ridley at Briarwood Farm in Kelowna and Cathy Glover in Enderby are both hoping to schedule some drop-ins for Okanagan riders to practice Western Dressage tests this fall. Leah is hopeful the Lower Mainland group will have some fall dates to announce at the beginning of September. Delta Riding Club has been welcoming Western Dressage riders for several years now. Their last Percent Day is on September 27. For more information, go to or search Western Dressage Okanagan on Facebook.

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Dressage BC: Not your Average Organization! By WJ (Noni) Hartvikson, President


or everyone with goals of improving your riding skills, help is available when you are a member of Dressage BC, the new Dressage Affiliate of HCBC. For just a small fee of $15 added to your HCBC membership renewal, we are providing huge benefits. If you live in a remote region, you can video your test ride and have it judged privately, online, using the instructions on the Dressage BC website ( We also provide “Ask an Expert” (Level 3 coaches) free Kaelyn Van Samang and Summer online. Dressage BC can assist your club to set up clinics in your area. Through Dressage BC, you can also hold mock show days with funding provided by Dressage Canada. This fall, Dressage BC will hold a developing high performance clinic with Karen Pavicic and Wendy Christoff, both Canadian Equestrian Team riders and Level III coaches. This clinic will be funded by Dressage BC. Criteria will be posted. Our Awards Program has great prizes sponsored by Bates Tack Shop and The Dog & Pony Shop for riders who have achieved top competition reYear End Champion Else Larsen and Titanium sults. For deserving coaches and volunteers, we are providing more awards sponsored by Asmar Equestrian and N2 Saddlery. We have grant funding! This year, we are providing funding in a number of areas due to the generosity of many people. A BC Young Rider Dressage Clinic ran free of charge sponsored by Duncan Murray. Other important grants have been made available for Amateurs (Jane Macdonald), Developing FEI Riders (Nancy Olson, Wendy Christoff), FEI Amateur (Sandra Nissen) and other grants for youth competition travel expenses (Laura Card Hall), post-secondary education (Pat and Mark Dumont) and proven improvement in competition (Scott Hayes). Stabling grants have

also been provided through High Point Equestrian Centre. Members also enjoy business discounts at Bates Tack Shop and Scott Hayes Productions (high profile clinics). We are very appreciative of the enormous support that allows us to run these programs. Take a good look at Dressage BC. We offer a lot for a very modest annual fee and we have the ability to help everyone in every corner of the province from all eight regions. Come and join our network. You and your horse will be glad you did!

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t’s been a pretty nice summer here in the Cariboo. We’ve been busy haying and doing some renovations, like a new roof on our house. Ouch! We have found a little time now and then to get a ride in, though, and wish we had more spare time for riding. Hopefully, this fall, we’ll find some time. We need to, as all the ponies are way too fat.

On July 11, the first Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana of the year was held and all went well. Below are the winners of first and second place in each event. Pole Bending

Lead line: Larah Pincott, Cole Kolisnyk Peewee: Dane Robinson, Kassidy Kolisnyk Junior: Rayell Robinson, John Noskey Intermediate: Cecilia Warren, Nicky Sigouin Senior: Mandy Pincott, Punky Mulvahill

Stake Race

Lead line: Justine Billyboy, Larah Pincott Peewee: Dane Robinson, Layne Cleveland Junior: Rayell Robinson, John Noskey Intermediate: Kaylee Billyboy, Cecilia Warren Senior: Mandy Pincott, Terris Billyboy

Barrel Race

Lead line: Justine Billyboy, Cole Kolisnyk Peewee: Dane Robinson, Layne Cleveland Junior: Rayell Robinson, John Noskey Intermediate: Cecilia Warren, Kaylee Billyboy Senior: Terris Billyboy, Mandy Pincott

Ayla Schultz did a great job with Ellen Hockley’s team at the 70 Mile CDE.

John Noskey rounds a barrel at the July Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana. (Photo by Ken Alexander, 100 Mile Free Press)

Keyhole Race

Lead line: Justine Billyboy, Cole Kolisnyk Peewee: Lane Cleveland, Dane Robinson Junior: John Noskey, Rayell Robinson Intermediate: Nicky Sigouin, Cecilia Warren Senior: Carolyn Cook, Terris Billyboy Ribbon Race - Open: Kaylee and Terris Billyboy, Tammy Bittner and Mandy Pincott Musical Tires - Open: Cecilia Warren, Rayell Robinson July Aggregate Winners Peewee: Dane Robinson, Layne Cleveland Junior: Rayell Robinson, John Noskey Intermediate: Cecilia Warren, Nicky Sigouin Senior: Mandy Pincott (12), Terris Billyboy

Dawn Ianson, just about to clip the barrel and topple her rig on its side.

Dawn’s Friesian, Ulke Jildert, being unhooked from the carriage after it flipped over. All were okay.

The following weekend, Huber Farm in 70 Mile House hosted the 9th Annual Cariboo Trails CDE and Driving Clinic. Please see page 39 in this issue for a list of winners and more photos. Ken Huber had this to say after the event: “Volunteerism was spectacular this year, both before and during the Carriage Driving Event. Because our course designer got sick and had to spend time in Kamloops Hospital immediately before the event, friends and drivers rallied to get everything ready. There is not a thank you big enough for these great sportsmen/volunteers.” We wish a speedy recovery to Ellen Hockley, too, who also ended up in the hospital (100 Mile House) just before the CDE, possibly from a combination of heat and exhaustion. Her groom, Ayla Scholz, took the reins and did a great job with Ellen’s team. Good job, Ayla!

Dawn and Ulke, later in the day as they re-visited the water hazard... on a good note.

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Cariboo Chatter... cont’d 100 Mile House celebrated its 50th birthday the week of July 18-26, and the Cowboy Concert on Monday, July 20, went over really well. It’s hard to say how many folks attended as they were spread out all over the grass area which was huge, but there were lots there. Alan Moberg, Bernadette Ducharme, Bruce Rolph and Jason Ruscheinsky all did a super job. Happy Birthday, 100 Mile House! The annual Cariboo Plateau CTR took place on August 8. It was held at the Hills Health Ranch at 108 with an 18.5 miles (level one) and a 28.5 miles (level two) course, as well as the 50 mile Endurance Ride. Both rides met their cap Nice to see the encouragement as of 30 riders each (60 riders total). There will be a full report Alan Moberg has some kind words for in the October issue. But, at press time, Joanne Macaluso Jason Ruscheinsky. (Photo by Jill Leis) had this to add quickly: “The combined ER and CTR event went off without a hitch! Fifty-four horses total and, despite some rain showers the night before the events, the weather cooperated. Ross Hawkes from Williams Lake Veterinary Clinic returned again to vet the CTR and Rob Mulligan from Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic vetted the endurance ride. We hope to host this event next year!” Coming Up September 12 is the date for the Annual Cariboo Country Night at Watch Lake. A Cowboy Concert, BBQ steak dinner with all the trimmings, more concert and then Kathy on Whiskey. We have actually the entertainers will get together to form the dance band. made it out for a couple of rides this Should be a fun night for sure. summer -- not enough though! Everyone commented at the 100 Mile Birthday Cowboy Concert on how they liked Jason Ruscheinsky, so we’re really looking forward to hearing him again. Bernadette Ducharme will make her first appearance at Cariboo Country Night and the every-year favourite, Ernie Doyle, will be there as well. For more information, call Mark at 250-456-2425 or email Some more dates for your calendar are: September 12-14: 100 Mile Fall Fair September 18-20: Dressage Clinic, Skookumhorse, Clinton If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@ and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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The August issue’s item was a photo we took in France, at an antique market. It is a pipe rack and humidor for tobacco. At press time, we had no answers on this one -- guess it was a little tougher. The July issue seemed a bit easy, and we did have quite a few answers... although most of them were not quite correct. We had lots of guesses of “fruit press” but, in fact, it was an olive press to make olive oil. One late arrival that was right came from Bernice Yeadon of Langley. Good job, Bernice.



do you know what this is?

The correct answer will be printed in the next issue. What’s your guess? Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. This month’s item is another photo we took in France at the antique market. It’s about 6 inches in diameter and 1.5 to 2 inches tall. • 25

Cowboy Poetry The Gold Rush Trail By Mark McMillan

It was only a trail but it made BC the rumour of gold to be got for free. From San Francisco to Victoria in spring of ‘58 some 30,000 miners arrived at a steady rate. Then up the Fraser on a paddle wheel ship through the canyon, for some, the end of the trip. Only 5000 made it, these were the hard core men they all worked and fought but not many would win. There was over 25,000 went home in defeat but a man named Barker struck gold at 52 feet. In 1861 the wagon road began, in Lillooet then to Barkerville in ‘65 the stage could get. Over 100,000 miles, 1500 people and 4 million in gold the stage line had carried when only one year old. To feed all these hungry miners with all their gold came the cowboy and cattlemen with beef to be sold. Today we’ve the history for no miners did stay but cowboys and cattlemen are still here today!


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t’s been a rough summer in Alberta. Ranchers all over are having a tough go supplying hay for their herds because of the drought. Kirby, Augin and Django are back from summer school early due to lack of pasture. Mosaic, a beautiful 2008 bay paint mare, has gone along with Marnie to Painted Pastures in Red Deer to be started under saddle. Mike went to pick up 10 horses from an impound that were headed to slaughter, but when he arrived some had already shipped. He ended up rescuing three mares with foals and one gelding. They have also gotten a call about a herd of 12 or so Appaloosas whose owner passed away suddenly, so they will be assisting the family with assessing and placing those horses. We have almost no history on these Appaloosas. Some of them appear to not even be halter


broke and some are obviously older but generally we have no idea as to age, temperament, or training as of yet. Will keep you posted. Mike and Kathy have put over 400,000 kms on their farm truck, almost exclusively hauling horses, feed, and supplies for the rescue. The truck is on its last legs so they are hoping to raise $25,000 to put towards a new truck. Mountain View Dodge in Olds, along with Chrysler Canada, has very generously offered to donate a portion of the vehicle cost so that they don’t have to come up with the whole amount. In addition, throughout July and August, Mountain View Dodge will donate an amount from each vehicle they sell and they will also promote the project at their location and allow people to make direct donations to the fundraiser. For more information about how to donate, please see the website.




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In Memoriam


renda Morey was a passionate horsewoman who lived in the 70 Mile House area of the South Cariboo with her life partner, Barry Davies. It is with sadness we announce her unexpected passing on June 21, 2015 due to complications following surgery at the age of 75. Brenda and Barry were extremely dedicated to the Appaloosa breed and Brenda’s dream was to have her young gelding show in the costume classes at the National Show. She had devoted hundreds of hours designing and sewing the elaborate creations that are required of this event. Brenda won the Ladies Costume division on her horse Apache Starfire 27 years ago at the 30th Canadian National Appaloosa Show in Red Deer, Alberta. Her traditional horse and rider costume was very detailed and true to the breed’s heritage. From the horse’s decorated headstall, rabbit and mink fur beaded eagle necklace to the rider’s deerskin dress with moose hide moccasins and cape. Intricate beadwork representing countless hours of work was found throughout the costume. Even the saddle blanket, a custom handmade replica in the traditional Nez Perce style. To honour Brenda’s commitment to the breed the following individuals and businesses were kind enough to contribute in her name to sponsor the Ladies and Mens Native Dress classes at the 2016 Appaloosa National Show: The Appaloosa Centre, Stephanie Daoust, Andrea Delwo, Nicolle Dupont, Kellie Hoople, The Horse Barn, The Log House and Karen Wares. Brenda’s passion will be missed but her memory will remain. - Submitted by Nicolle Dupont

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TOP DOG! Back to School Blues By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP Back to school can be a hectic time for many families. Often, with the end of those long, lazy days of summer, comes a decrease in the amount of time most people have for their pooches.


his change, along with the amount of exercise and entertainment they are able to provide, is often drastic, leaving the family dog feeling a little bored and lonely. Well before the big day arrives, try putting bits and pieces of the daily routine back into place to help make the adjustment for your dog a little easier. Maybe leave your dog alone at home for longer than he may have become accustomed to over the summer – but make it pleasant by leaving him with something fun to concentrate on like a tastily stuffed Kong. Perhaps go back to the usual walking routine – a walk in the early morning and then one in the later evening, filling his days with mentally stimulating activities instead. Don’t forget that if you have gotten a new puppy over the summer, the back-to-school routine will be entirely new. Hopefully, you’ve been working on having puppy be comfortable while entirely alone for appropriate periods of time and able to happily occupy himself with treatdispensing toys and appropriate chew items. Make It Count What you lack in quantity, you can make up for in quality. When you are together, keep these points in mind: 1. Try to provide activities that your dog REALLY enjoys. This will be different for each dog. Pick activities that truly make her jump for joy – not just what you think she should like. Many dogs would much rather have a game of fetch or tug than go for Destuffing toys are a great way for dogs to safely a walk around the block. entertain themselves. 2. Be present. This may sound silly, but your dog can tell when you are just going through the motions. How interesting is it to hang with someone busy on their phone? It’s sad to see people on a perfunctory walk, paying so little heed that they don’t even notice when the dog needs to stop to relieve himself. Enjoy your dog enjoying his walk – after all you got a dog because you treasure his companionship and have come to love his personality, right? You can really make your time together valuable by actually paying attention to your dog. Make your company and time together count! 30 • Saddle Up • September 2015

All by Myself Often, after only a week or two of summer holidays, dogs that were once fine to be left on their own can develop separation anxiety. If you are able, you can ease your dog back into her regular routine, by having her spend short periods alone, while you are still home. Over a week or so, you can work her up to her old schedule of spending the day on her own. Haven’t planned ahead, and your dog has to get into her old routine cold turkey? Arranging to have a neighbour or friend spend some time with your dog during the day is a great option. Whether she goes for a walk, has some time to stretch her legs in the yard, or just has company in the house, breaking up the day will help with the transition. You can also reduce that empty house feeling by leaving the radio or TV on while you are away. The background noise of voices or relaxing music helps alleviate anxiety for many dogs. Keep It in Balance The boredom and frustration of long days alone and inactivity can lead to undesirable behaviour. People often mistakenly try to tire their dogs into good behaviour by physically exhausting them. Yes, a rousing game of chase or romp through the forest will help keep your dog happier through quiet periods. There’s no doubt about that. BUT dogs can benefit as much from a daily dose of mental stimulation. Unfortunately, most people do not provide an adequate amount of this kind of brain exercise for their dogs. Don’t worry! You can easily add some mental spice to your dog’s life. Here are three ideas to get you started: • Figure It Out - An easy way to get your dog using her brain is to ditch the food bowl and feed her meals from destuffing toys instead. These have become extremely popular over the last decade because of all the benefits they provide. As a result, there is a huge variety available, from stationary ones that resemble puzzles, to toys that require some paw, nose or mouth action to release the goodies inside. In addition to taking off some of the “edge” in your dog’s energy, they will also keep her entertained while on her own. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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This dog is burning off some energy searching for his dinner in the yard. • Use Your Nose - Provide your dog the thrill of find and seek, by hiding kibble or dried treats around the house or yard. After spending time finding all the pieces, she will continue searching for any missed ones. It’s a great activity to burn off some steam and let her use her nose for what it was intended! • Wine and Dine Treat Toss - This is a simple way to provide a good dose of mental stimulation, feed dinner and maybe even enjoy a glass of wine while you’re at it! Toss kibble or small treats out in your yard while your dog watches and tell her to “go find it!” You may have to point some out the first time until she gets the hang of it, but soon her nose will take over. To start, you could feed your dog half her meal as usual and then toss half in the yard if you’re worried about her getting enough to eat. But before long, she should be able to search for the entire meal. It’s a great game that will keep your dog engaged for hours and keep her going back to see if she missed any! Keep in mind that maintaining some version of a “normal” schedule for your dog throughout the year, with downtimes and periods on her own, will help prevent future transition problems. In the meantime, we hope these tips help you and your dog beat the back-to-school blues! Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.

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TOP DOG! B.C. Animals Half a Million Richer Thanks to Acts of Kindness Courtesy of A single dog in a hot car, overheated and in distress on a scorching summer day, rescued because one kind stranger called the BCSPCA cruelty hotline – a number he entered into his phone as one of the featured kind acts in the year-long Million Acts of Kindness (MAK) movement.


hanks to the kindness of animal lovers across the province, the BC SPCA’s MAK initiative has now reached, and surpassed, the half-million mark, as participants complete small acts of kindness and report they’ve done each one. Intended to generate one million acts of kindness by the end of 2015 as the BC SPCA celebrates its 120th year of helping the province’s most vulnerable animals, the movement is meant to improve the lives of companion, farm and wild animals. and catch up on their kindness by finding and carrying out the acts we’ve already featured, and completing the ones to come.” Visit for more information.

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“We’re so excited that we’ve made it past the 500,000 mark on our kindness counter!” says Lorie Chortyk, BC SPCA general manager of community relations, referring to the kind acts counter on the MAK website ( “It’s great to see how many animal lovers out there are actively engaged with the Million Acts of Kindness movement and how they’re embracing the chance to carry out kind acts to help animals. We are so grateful to everyone who is helping to make this happen.” Each week, an act of kindness that is easy for pet guardians and non-pet guardians alike to complete is featured on the MAK website, whether it’s entering the BC SPCA cruelty hotline – 1-855622-7722 – into their cellphones, choosing to purchase cage-free eggs, or spreading the message about spaying and neutering pets on social media. Kind acts also include animals who have been rescued from cruel or neglectful situations, as well as animals who have been adopted from BC SPCA branches throughout the province, among others. One of the most popular featured acts was pledging to never leave animals in a hot vehicle to get a free #hotpetsnotcool car decal to help spread the word, as the BC SPCA has received more than 1,200 calls about pets in hot vehicles so far this year. “We hope the momentum keeps building – it doesn’t hurt anyone to be kind to animals, and we’re really hoping we reach that one million mark,” Chortyk says. “Anyone can register at 32 • Saddle Up • September 2015

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

ROAD SAFETY As the weather turns beautiful, there are more people out on BC roads. HCBC will once again be partnering with ICBC to distribute our Road Safety Rack Card to all 920 ICBC Broker offices across the province. If you would like to request some to hand out within your community, email

RULES OF THE ROAD Here’s what the Motor Vehicle Act has to say about equestrian traffic: Part 3, section 119, paragraph (1) “traffic” includes pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, cycles and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using a highway to travel” Part 3, section120, paragraph (1), sub-paragraph (c) “a person riding an animal or driving an animal driven vehicle on a highway has the rights and is subject to the duties of the driver of a vehicle under this Part” You should know that: Horses are large powerful animals that often weigh over 1000 pounds so a collision with one poses considerable risk to the motor vehicle and its occupants, as well as to the horse and rider. * Road or shoulder? Note that when riding on the shoulder of a roadway, a rider is signalling to motorists that they are yielding the road (i.e. when a motorist pulls their vehicle over to the right, it means that the other traffic may pass). However if a rider is having difficulty or is unsure of their horse, as with an inexperienced horse, legally they may remain in the roadway indicating their possession of the right-of-way in the righthand lane, thus encouraging vehicles to pass in the left hand traffic lane when safe to do so. If riding on the shoulder, stay as far off the roadway as possible. * Fact vs. Fiction “Horses have the right-of-way over cars.” FALSE! The law that stated such has long since been repealed. In BC, anyone who uses a public road is considered a “road user,” so the days of ultimate right-of-way are gone! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

“I have every bit as much right to be on that road as those cars do!” TRUE… but every road user has a specific set of responsibilities to ensure their own safety and that of other road users. Being able to properly control their horse is the principal responsibility of every rider. * “Horses cannot be controlled as well as cars can, so cars should be made to yield to horses.” RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH BOTH RIDER & MOTORIST! Riders have every bit as much responsibility to control their horses as drivers are required to control their vehicles. Good manners and manageability under saddle are imperative for any horse, but those lessons become critical whenever we expose our equine friends to greater risks such as those likely to be encountered on the road. * Liability If you cause an accident you can be liable, so take all the right precautions. Respect the laws, obey signage, ensure that you and your horse are highly visible, and be sure that your horse has sufficient training to ensure readiness for the different sights and sounds of riding on the roads. Get insurance. Horse Council BC offers third-party liability insurance as part of their membership; this covers members in cases where a lawsuit is brought against an individual for damages that may be caused by a horse that they are in ownership or use of. Don’t leave yourself unprotected! * If you encounter a motorist who poses a danger to horse & rider: It’s tough to think about license plate numbers and descriptions when someone’s trying to run you off the road, so too few people report those near misses and dangerous situations to the police. The more we report, the more aware the authorities will be that a problem exists. * In case of emergency:  If you carry a cell phone, keep it in your pocket, not on your saddle. Make sure you have identification, a hoof pick, and a pocket knife with you. Tell someone where you will be riding and when you expect to return, and whenever possible, ride with a buddy. For more road safety information, visit our website at: http://www.hcbc. ca/Road-Safety.html

FLASH!!!!! HCBC Board member Carolyn Farris presented the HCBC 2014 Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob Grimshaw (with wife Barbara) at a special dinner celebration arranged by Anna Green and Janet and Buck Critch in Armstrong on July 18th. Photo by Diana Raffan. Congratulations Bob Grimshaw! See the nomination letter and full story in Saddle Up’s June issue, page 8. • 33



s 2015 rolls along, CanTRA is enjoying a typically busy year. While reflecting back on its history in the past 35 years, a key theme emerges - education. As we have developed and upgraded our national standards and programs over the years, we have emphasized opportunities for education. Our CanTRAcertified therapeutic riding instructors maintain their qualification through clocking ongoing “professional development” hours. Our CanTRAaccredited centres maintain theirs by a schedule of site visits at which they learn new and improved ways to operate their programs. CanTRA also maintains a variety of other educational resources available to its members. This year, a series of 35th Anniversary workshops are rolling out across the country to bring learning opportunities in each region. Some of the subjects include Autism, Hippotherapy, Instructor development, Volunteer management, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and Self-regulation in special needs children. Heady stuff! The presenters are highly qualified and experienced CanTRA instructors/examiners. We

are so fortunate to have built up over the years a “stable” of people with such great depth of knowledge to share. For example, a workshop on Hippotherapy is slated for Alberta. Hippotherapy is the involvement of the horse for therapeutic purposes - a rehabilitation strategy using a mobile and live instrument called “horse.” The horse possesses motor and emotional neuro-sensitive stimulation qualities never equaled by a machine, offering 110 multidimensional movements by impulsion every minute. No therapist, no matter how motivated or talented, can compete with this quality stimulation. The presenter is Pippa Hodge, a CanTRA Examiner/Coach and pediatric physiotherapist, an internationally recognized expert in this field. Lucky those who attend her workshops! At the other end of the country, participants from the Atlantic provinces recently enjoyed the opportunity of two back-to-back workshops. One focused on instructors, their own development and techniques for mentoring instructor candidates. The other addressed that crucial component of any therapeutic riding program,

volunteers -- how to recruit, train and retain them. Jane James, a CanTRA Examiner/Coach from British Columbia, presented both workshops for a very busy weekend. And delicious 35th Anniversary celebration cakes, an integral part of each workshop, are also hitting the spot!

Jane James discusses details with a participant during a 35th anniversary workshop for instructor held at Cavalier Riding Club, Moncton, NB. Photo by Daphne Davey. For more information on CanTRA visit

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


n July at Beaverlodge, AB, we finished up the last leg of our clubsponsored series of Jerry Tindell clinics. Some clinics were predominately filled with horses while others attracted mostly mules. The flood of responses we received by the owners of their appreciation of being able to study under Jerry was overwhelming. He is scheduled to return to Canada next year.

Mary Ann Scannell’s mammoth donkeys; (L-R) Bella, Lovely and Asshlee 34 • Saddle Up • September 2015

While we are an “Alberta” club, we do have quite a few members in BC and other provinces. One of our BC members is Mary Ann Scannell from central BC. Mary Ann has three mammoth donkeys, two of which came from mule and donkey breeders, Mavis and Tom at Cedar Hill Ranch in Falkland BC. She says the donkeys are her retirement plan and she hopes to ride, pack and drive them. Having had and loved donkeys previously, she spent many years breeding, raising and training the old genetics sport/working western Morgans. While being able to use the Morgans’ energy to help train them, Mary Ann finds it sure is different training donkeys. However, she says loving them is just as easy... even easier. She uses clicker training to help motivate the donkeys and feels that has worked well for training them with new things and then she phases it out. In the same way she trained her Morgans, she is taking her time and doesn’t plan to have them deal with weight and physical stress until they are five years old and their bones have nearly finished maturing. Mary Ann is very open to having contact with other donkey owners and sharing in experiences and training techniques. Her email address is Having her life dramatically slowed down by a stroke two and a half years ago, she has hung onto the three donkeys and has done all their chores throughout. She says they are her best therapy. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Equine Canada Update Show Jumping Closes Out Equestrian Competition at Pan American Games Photos by Cealy Tetley,


questrian competition officially came to a close at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games with the individual final in show jumping taking place on Saturday, July 25, at the OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Caledon ON. Ten-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar of Perth ON, hometown athlete Yann Candele of Caledon ON, and 2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg ON, contested the individual final for Canada. Canada had claimed the gold medal in Thursday’s team competition, also earning Olympic qualification, with all four members of the Canadian Show Jumping Team producing impressive results.  The top 35 athletes move forward to the individual final, however, nations are restricted to

Ian Millar riding Dixson, owned by Susan and Ariel Grange.

Yann Candele riding Showgirl, owned by the Watermark Group.

sending their best three ranked riders. That meant Tiffany Foster, 31, of North Vancouver BC, cheered her teammates on from the sidelines, despite being ranked 18th individually with Tripple X III, owned by Artisan Farms LLC. The Canadian Equestrian Team claimed a total of five medals at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games, helping Canada set a record for the most medals earned in Pan American Games competition.  Canada won team silver in Dressage with an individual bronze for Chris von Martels; Eventing won team bronze with an individual silver for Jessica Phoenix, and Show Jumping took the team gold medal for the first time since 1987. For more information at the Pan American Games visit

Eric Lamaze riding Coco Bongo, owned by Artisan Farms LLC.

Tiffany Foster riding Tripple X III, owned by Artisan Farms LLC.

Canadian Eventing Team Seventh Aachen FEI Nations Cup Photos by Libby Law Photography


fter all three Canadian athletes crossed the finish line of the challenging CICO 3* Aachen cross-country course on August 14, Canada successfully completed the German leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing Series as a team for the first time ever, finishing in seventh place overall. Held during the prestigious Aachen 2015 FEI European Championships, running August 11-23 and featuring five FEI disciplines, the CICO 3* Eventing Nations’ Cup added a sixth FEI division by invite only and attracted some of the top horse-rider combinations in the world. 2015 marked the first time the Canadian Eventing Team participated. Eventing kicked off on August 13, with Dressage taking place in the morning, and the Jumping phase following in the afternoon. The top placed Canadian after Dressage proved to be Kathryn Robinson of Kettering GRB and Let It Bee, who were stepping back into the ring for the first time since their major games debut as part of the Canadian Eventing Team at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games in July. A score of 45.10 put Robinson into 23rd position with her 14-year-old German-bred gelding. Rebecca Howard, a current resident of Marlborough GBR, followed in 30th place on a score of 48.50 aboard her 2012 London Olympics mount, Riddle Master, a 14-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by Blithe Hill Farm. Holly Jacks-Smither of Orangeville ON, who was making her Canadian Eventing Team debut, scored 54.50 for 41st place with her 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, More Inspiration. For more information from the CICO 3* Aachen visit 

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Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master

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Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update By Kristi Rensby


he TCSC is gearing up towards their final three events of the season – a pre-show clinic, fall fair horse show, and poker ride! More info below... The parking lot expansion project is nearly complete, and the panel pens and new bleachers will be arriving soon. There will be a separate parking area for spectators, and way more space to park those big trailers, camp overnight, etc. We are pretty excited about this project! People are clamouring to get into the Fall Fair Light Horse Show (Sept 12) – entries have already been received! There is a full day of classes from Halter and Showmanship, to Pleasure and Horsemanship, to Reining and Trail. There are a few English flat classes in there, an In-Hand Trail class for the young horses, some Added Money Stakes classes; even a “Future Equestrians” class for the Leadliners... pretty much something for everyone! Class prices are cheap too – if you want to try a horse show that won’t break the bank (and you get a chance to win some money back!), consider joining us at the Lakes District Fall Fair Light Horse Show.

Not quite ready for the show pen, or want some extra practice before the competition? Consider the two-day Pre-Show clinic (Sept 10-11). At the time of writing there were still some spots left, can’t hurt to ask if you are interested! This showing skills clinic follows the same schedule as a show, and participants get to practice all of the classes with a Level 2 Coach guiding them and offering helpful tips, tricks, and training advice. Member’s price is just $100 - for two full days of instruction!! Fee includes lunch and panel pen rental. The Fall Fair Light Horse Show program is on the club website, and info for the Pre-Show Clinic is there as well. Our last event of the year is the Annual Poker Ride, set for September 19 at the Omineca Ski Trails just south of Burns Lake on Highway 35. Half the poker pot goes to the top two hands in the poker ride (60/40 split) and there will be lots of door prizes for the non-winning hands! My favourite shopping trip of the year ! As always, you can get more info on the TCSC website http:// or call Kristi 250-692-5721 or check us out on Facebook.

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


ow is summer ever flying by! The minis have been very busy with some of our members showing with huge success at the larger shows held stateside. The Ward family of SunnyVale Miniatures and Louellen Rempel of Carriage Court Stables have brought home lots of ribbons and accolades! Way to represent BC guys! Some of our local members have also been very busy with our local fairs, Deb Voigt-Olson and her daughter Lindsay have just knocked the socks off everyone who attended and showed at the Abbotsford Fair. These ladies have done a fantastic job keeping the minis showing strong at this event for a long time. Everyone that attended said they had a great time. Well done Deb, I know you have some great help on your team… thank you guys for all you’ve done. The Chilliwack Fair will be behind us by next article as well but I would like to thank Heather Ward for all her hard work organizing the mini part of this event... always enjoyable!! I would also like to give a quick shout out to the Bradbury family for taking their minis up to the Peach Arch Hospital for a day visit. Little moments like this make huge differences in people’s lives. Thank you for showing people the therapeutic side to these kind and loving horses!!

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Dave Franklin and Team Bradbury!

Supreme Halter Winners: Silver Birch Extravaganza, Carriage Court Its All About Me, and San Sujos Midnight Butero. Photo by Denise Watson. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


he past few weeks have been a great time for the Club. We started with the Summer Show on July 5 and had a wonderful attendance with 40 entries. The show started at 9:30 am and it was already hot, but got hotter until we completed the show late in the afternoon. The Club sent out for more and more water supplies to keep participants and spectators hydrated – and the water was free! The results from this very successful show, arranged and run by Sasha Hopp, are as follows: Senior English High Point: Leslie Cooke Reserve: Vanessa Burton Junior English High Point: Payton Ramage Reserve: Kate Glibbery Walk/Trot English High Point: Vanessa Caverly Reserve: Madison Thompson Senior Western High Point: Dustin Drader Reserve: Whitney Watson-Wilson Junior Western High Point: Payton Ramage Reserve: Cassie Thomas Walk/Jog Western High Point: Sandie Boothman Reserve: Diana Huva

Walk/Jog Western High Point Winner Sandie Boothman Later in the month, we held another session in our series, “Improve Your Skills,” which remains a popular event. The other highlight of the month was a two-day Trail Challenge, a Club event that was wonderfully set and organized by Ken MacRae of D-K Ranch. The event consisted of three training sessions in which 24 riders took part, followed by the competition on Sunday afternoon. The field reduced to 11 competitors, but what an afternoon’s entertainment for horses, riders and

spectators! The results from the first round were: 1st - Kristi Kambitz, 2nd - Donna Cooke, 3rd - Simone Kutos. But, in the timed “run off” to establish the final overall winner, 1st place went to Simone (2 mins 33 secs), 2nd place to Kristi (2 mins 49 secs), and 3rd place to Donna (2 mins 52 secs). At the junior level, Taylor won with a score of 58, with Morgan and Emily tied for second place with 53 points each. What a wonderful time we have had this month and all in glorious sunshine in beautiful BC! Happy Trails to all – see you up ahead sometime at the Oliver Riding Club.

Junior Winner of the Trail Challenge - Taylor MacRae

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Red Deer and Area Western Style Dressage Association By Jen Losey and Lisa Wieben


September 27, Elaine will be teaching a clinic, also at the Ag Society grounds. Forms will be available on our website (www.albertawesternstyledressage. com). This will be the last all Western dressage show of the season for our club and will be a National Point Show with WSDAC.

ummer has been full of fun events in the Western Style Dressage World! There have been a couple of Fun Days and a few shows where members have done well and enjoyed themselves, too. Several western riders attended the West Calgary Bronze Dressage Show held in Cochrane AB on August 8-9. The show was judged by Kim Cox and offered all levels of Western dressage along with the English dressage. This was a recognized National Point Show with WSDAC. Top western scores Indiana Tarras riding for the two-day show went to Indiana Tarras, My Morning Lark riding My Morning Lark, earning a 72.222 in Introductory Level. Jacklyn Hegberg, riding Chip N At Midnite, received a 73.387. Plans are now underway for the upcoming All Western Dressage Show to be held at the Cochrane Ag Society, in Cochrane on September 26. The show will be judged by Elaine Ward, founder and president of the Western Style Dressage Association of Canada. On Jacklyn Hegberg riding Chip N At Midnite

There are several events coming up: Sept 4: Summer Classic in Ponoka; Morgan show with open Western Dressage; Sept 12: Burnt Lake Stables Schooling Show in Red Deer; Sept 18: CAWSDA Fun Day at Fultonvale Arena, 5-9 pm; Sept 26: All Western Dressage Show in Cochrane; Hosted by RDAWSDA; Nov 6-8: WDAA World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Please keep up with all our events on our Facebook pages: Central Alberta Western Style Dressage Association, and Red Deer and Area Western Style Dressage Association.

Jen Losey and Gala, a 3-year old Ahkal Teke at the August Fun Day

t the KIDS! – the next generation It ’s ALL A bou


eturning from a September ride near Vernon BC with Mom and Gramma 2014. Left is Cameron (age 6) riding Nakita, in middle is Madison (age 4) riding Genie, on right is Derek (age 3) riding Rainy. Yes, that really is a llama. The kids take turns riding her. This spring they’ve started having fun riding in Playdays.  - from Nyra, Coldstream BC

Kids... where are you? What are you doing with your horse? It’s YOUR turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. E-mail to Put in the subject line “KIDS.” 38 • Saddle Up • September 2015


Cariboo Trails CDE by Carol Cody

Photos by Susan Oe (Bonanza, AB)


he Cariboo Trails Combined Driving Event was held July 17-19 at the Huber Welsh Pony Farm in 70 Mile House BC. There were 16 entries. Officiating were Lorraine Hill (Alberta) and Sue Mott (Ontario) as Judges; and Doug Orr (Alberta) as Technical Delegate. Volunteerism was spectacular this year, both before and during the event. Our Course Designer got sick and had to spend time in Kamloops Hospital immediately before the event. Friends and drivers rallied and came days early to help the Cariboo Trails Committee, who worked overtime, to get everything ready.


9th Annual Cariboo Trails CDE Results Preliminary Pony 1st Rosalie Turcotte/Pattycake, Mission; score 115.70 2nd Marion Roman/Charlie, Langley; score 125.59 3rd Katie Iceton/Shadow & Clipper, Armstrong; score 143.68 4th Trudy Leishman/Jack, Mission; score 145.25

Training Pony 1st Roseanne Jacobse/Gracie, Mission; score 67.31 2nd Karyn Greenlees/Prairie, Green Lake; score 78.56 3rd Theo Miedema/June & Tonka, Ft. St. John; score 100.53 4th Sharyn Nixon/Ryder & Steel, Winlaw; score 119.45

Preliminary Horse 1st Fred Harder/Buckley & Happy, Quesnel; score 286.03 2nd Lynda Atkinson/Artist, Quesnel; score 321.42

Training Horse 1st Joan Bourke/Handsome Bob, Quesnel; score 67.22 2nd Pat Crema/George, Pritchard; score 85.47 3rd Rose Eklund/Perfect, Quesnel; score 105.03

PRELIMINARY OVERALL WINNER – ROSALIE TURCOTTE/PATTYCAKE Sponsored by Elisa Marocchi, Wildwood Farms, 100 Mile House

TRAINING OVERALL WINNER – JOAN BOURKE/HANDSOME BOB Sponsored by Elisa Marocchi, Wildwood Farms, 100 Mile House

Katie Iceton, Shadow & Clipper; score 43.44

Roseanne Jacobse, Gracie

Rosalie Turcotte, Pattycake

Trudy Leishman, Jack. Sponsored by Cache Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Sharyn Nixon, Ryder & Steel; score 56.95

Joan Bourke, Handsome Bob

Fred Harder, Buckley & Happy


Canadian Pony Club - National Dressage Championships By By Liana Shaw


he 2015 National Dressage Championships, held July 15-19 at Olds College, was a fabulous success! Fourteen riders from across the country met in Olds to be paired up with 15 grooms for a competition they will not soon forget. Nine different Pony Club Regions from New Brunswick/PEI to the BC Interior were represented. The competition was only one aspect of their stay; Olds College campus was a destination in itself, and off-campus activities filled their spare time. A private lesson with clinician Christina Seidel kicked things off. As horses had been borrowed from around the Alberta Central Pony Club Region, horse-rider matches had to be approved at the introductory clinic before each groom and rider team entered into the championships. The Championships consisted of riders performing three dressage tests over the four-day competition; Training Level and First Level were the two divisions offered. Borrowed horses added an interesting component to the show -- even local members were not permitted to ride their own horses. Both horse lenders and parents alike

enjoyed seeing their charges in the capable hands of a new competitor. Though few Regions sent grooms, riders did not go without. Local Pony Club branches rallied their troops to produce a groom for each rider and one to manage the spare horses that were kept on site. While the competition was tight and all riders and grooms produced high scores on ridden tests, stable management and turnout, Grand Champions emerged. Spare time was scarce as Olds has so much to offer. An Olds College recruiting representative took the competitors on a short tour of the college and talked extensively about the programs offered and opportunities available. An interesting array of fields are offered at Olds College from Brewing Beer to Meat Cutting, Hotel Hospitality to Farriery, lots of agricultural programs, even Fashion, and our favourites -Equine and Animal Sciences. Swimming and bowling were other activities the group participated in around Olds. The Town of Olds proved to be the perfect location to host this National Competition.

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


want to tell everyone how terrific Stock Show 2015 was. It was at the IPE grounds July 6-10 in Armstrong BC. It was sooo much fun and I think everyone had the best time ever!!!! We all gathered with the 4-H Beef clubs for the opening ceremonies and after that we played games, not on horseback but mixing with all the other 4-H clubs. We played with water balloons, had super large sack races and winning teams got 4-H water bottles. Thanks to Sean and Nicole Currie for our new blue beautiful western shirts that we all wore to the opening ceremonies. Overall, Stock Show was absolutely amazing and we would like to also thank our leader Lorna Kotz for all the work she does to put together this show, along with Diana Dore and Amanda Morgan. This wouldn’t be possible without you guys!!!! We had many members who achieved awards at the end of the show, listed below… LYDIA COATES. Reserve Champion Jr. Horse Judging Reserve Champion Jr. Showmanship 40 • Saddle Up • September 2015

ABBY MCLUSKEY Reserve Champion Jr. Equitation Reserve Champion Jr. Trail Champion Jr. Pleasure 1st Educational Display Board LILLIAN BATTEN Reserve Champion Int. Trail GEORGIA CURRIE Reserve Champion Int. Hippology Test Reserve Champion Int. Showmanship MORGAN SENGOTTA Champion Sr. Jumping

Leader Lorna Kotz and her CLOVERBUDS

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS. We can’t wait till next year!!!!!!

Vernon Young Riders

Abby, Morgan, Lydia and Lillian HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes

Photo by Lindsay Kern-Legroulx


e have had a very hot and dry summer at the KRC this year, in addition to a few spectacular summer storms. The photo shown was taken during one of those summer storms and makes for a breathtakingly dramatic scene! Unfortunately this summer has also been fraught with wildfires, which is a frightening event when you have to evacuate animals. If you need to get your horses out in a hurry, you are always welcome at the KRC. Just make sure to bring feed and water buckets and contact one of the directors once you arrive, all directors’ contact information is located on the KRC website. Don’t forget the KRC is available for rentals for your events, whether they are equine events or not! You can rent just the clubhouse, just a ring or the whole facility, and even the equipment can be rented. We even

offer camping and stabling if you need a layover during long road trips. If you have an idea for an event that you would like to host, contact us! Facility Upgrades – we are constantly trying to upgrade the KRC facilities as much as our finances will allow. This is where your membership money goes and so far this year we have amended footing in both the dressage and hunter rings. There is always a tremendous amount of work to be done and volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Upcoming events include a John Turner Jumping Clinic October 3-4 and the Equi-Life Harvest Hunter Jumper Show October 10-11. The John Turner Clinic has become a very popular annual event, so get your registration in early to avoid disappointment! All details located at www. Happy riding!

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Update By Kathleen, Ashley and Lauren


hese summer months have not only been hot, but fun-filled with showing and lessons. In June there were three 4-H lessons with the coaches Carl Woods, Dustin Drader and Brianne Mensing. Thank you to all the coaches who we all learned a lot from and having fun while doing it. There were a lot of memories made and lots of tips taken to be applied to our riding and new techniques to apply. There was also Stock Show in Armstrong which is always an exciting event for our club. This year on July 6-11 we enjoyed all the fun proceedings that occurred throughout the show. Though the overall number of attendees was decreased from previous years, the enthusiasm and charismatic atmosphere remains. The week started with arrival at the Armstrong fairground on Monday. Our time was filled with bedding our stalls, organizing our tack, and decorating our aisle. One of the many great things about Stock Show is the opportunity to see our members working tirelessly together to make sure everything gets done. The effort put in by everyone was overwhelmingly positive and always sets us up for a great week. Lessons started Tuesday at 7 am with our amazing instructors carry-

Everyone after the banquet with their awards HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

ing through Wednesday and Thursday with show day on Friday. Our club, along with the rest of the groups, participated in judging Tuesday night, horse showmanship on Wednesday evening, and opening ceremonies Thursday. We had some awesome team building exercises where we got split into groups with many new people and enjoyed interacting with everyone. Show day on Friday was the highlight of the week where all of our hard work paid off and everything our instructors taught us was put into action. With much success throughout our club, we were all happy to enjoy a wonderful banquet after with awards given. To end the wonderful week was our attendee dance as per Stock Show tradition. A special thanks to all of the Stock Show organizers, instructors, and club leaders for making this year another huge success. And of course the parents and our fellow 4-H members for keeping each other going throughout the very busy week. Hope to see you all next year at Stock Show for another great experience! We are looking forward to a clothes swap and trail ride in the near future. Stay cool and happy riding.

Everyone with our banner

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BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B Oliver Street, Williams Lake BC V2G 1L8 Phone: 250-398-4104 ~ Fax: 250-398-4101 ~ Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2015 BCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005, Vice President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710, Board of Directors: Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280, Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034, Neal Antoine 250-457-3025, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Luke Simonin 250-462-5853, Allison Everett 250-296-4778, Brenda Ferguson 250-567-0605, Jay Savage 250-421-3712, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Shaun Oxtoby 250-398-9061, Tyler Lang 250-567-0605,

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BCRA & QUESNEL RODEO CLUB 2015 BCRA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS September 11-13, 2015 at Alex Fraser Park, Quesnel BC Performance Times: Friday 6pm / Saturday 1pm / Sunday 1pm ~ Top 10 Qualifiers in the 8 Major Events ~ Top 10 Qualifiers in the Junior Breakaway, Junior Barrels, Junior Steer Riding ~ Top 10 Qualifiers in the Pee Wee Barrel Racing Admission: Adults $10 (Advance) $12 (Gate) / Seniors 65+ $7 (Adv) $9 (Gate) Youth 7-12 $7 (Adv) $9 (Gate) / Children 6 & under Free BCRA RODEO AFTER PARTY – Presented by Alberta Premium Whiskey Saturday, Sept 12 at 8pm - $5 cover charge – OCCIDENTAL, Quesnel Cowboy Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday – 8am Tickets Available at Circle S Western Wear in Quesnel *Steak Dinner – Hosted by Save On Foods Saturday, Sept 12 at 5pm.



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

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

We gots a winner! Even though we tend to focus a lot in this column about the APHA breed shows in BC, and the success of our members at shows outside of the province, the fact is these shows are relatively few and far between. As we head into September, there is really only one circuit left – the Wine Country Classic hosted by South Central Quarter Horse Association, September 18-20 in Armstrong. But, if you are competitive, the BC Paint Horse Club offers the Open Show and Competition Program (OSCP), where members can compete at their local or discipline-specific shows, submit their results to us and compete for very nice year-end awards, given out at the same time year-ends are provided to those showing at the breed level. It’s a great program – and we’re always surprised, in a year like this, that there isn’t more uptake on it around the province.

And you’ve got 60 days after your competition to submit your results! There are seven categories: In Hand (like halter and showmanship), English, Western, Performance (that now includes Ranch Horse Pleasure along with any reining, cattle, over fences, games and even driving classes), Youth, Amateur and the grand poo-bah, Aggregate. OSCP does have a user fee ($25 per horse/ rider combo) but the rewards can more than offset it! (One year, Dianne pooled all of Devon’s awards into one fancy silver halter from Kathy’s Equipment! It’s still Devon’s favourite!) Based on preliminary score keeping, there are only seven members competing for OSCP year ends this year, which means you could register and start showing and submitting results now and be in the running for a 2015 year-end award. Go to our website ( and go to the OSCP page to download the rules and results form. Use a membership application to register for the program (even if you already are a member, just fill it out and submit your OSCP dues), tuck a bunch of results forms into the trailer and get out and show your pretty Paint ponies! By the time fall comes around, I’m finally READY to show! How about you?

couple of years – if only there was enough in the kitty for all! Go to the Membership page and look for the scholarship icon on the bottom right. Deadline for applications is October 31.

Last hurrah It sounds like the Three-in-One Show in Burns Lake has had its last gasp. Barb Bowerbank reports the show was very small again this year with just 26 horses, including five Paints. Just the same, exhibitors and show organizers managed to raise nearly $1350 during their annual auction, a portion of which went to the local hospice society. When the show finished early, judge Lita Hottel stayed and held an impromptu western pleasure, horsemanship and showmanship clinic which was no doubt appreciated by all. Congratulations to high point winners Bibs Dallaire on Gold Bar Tristan (open and amateur); Barb and Fanciful Romance were reserve in both categories. Bibs also won the Otter Co-op/BC Paint high point award in the open show.

Calling all grads

OSCP eligible! Ranch Horse Pleasure counts for OSCP year ends! Jim Tompkins and “Hank” at B2B! The good news is – if you’re competing for OSCP, your show season is far from over! And you can show ANYwhere in BC! The OSCP rules are very inclusive: the show year includes competition from December 1 to November 30 (same as our membership term), and placings earned at schooling shows are even eligible for tabulation. The point system is generous – even if there are just one or two horses in a class, you earn a point. It’s a great way to earn points and awards on your Solid-Bred Paint. (You are competing with your coloured companions!) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

If you’re a youth member and close to graduating from high school, you’ll want to take a boo at our BC Paint Horse Club scholarship. Every year at our annual banquet, we award a $500 cash scholarship to one deserving youth member. Last year, Daniella Penaloza received the award; the year before it went to Kirsten Chamberland. Each member is asked to fill out an application and write an essay – the topic is posted on our website. Applications are judged by the board (which constitutes one third of the overall score) and two independent evaluators. We’ve had some impressive submissions the last

Scholarship winners Kirsten Chamberland (2013) and Dani Penaloza (2014)

Barb Bowerbank and Fanciful Romance – back in the saddle! Kudos to everyone who has been involved with this circuit since it first started in 2008, and especially to Barb. Whether a show is big or small, it still takes the same amount of behind-the-scenes effort (a LOT of effort), before, during and after!

Whoops! I’ve always maintained you all look the same in your “Hunter under” garb and last month was no exception. The photo we credited as Laura Bouchard last month in the post-B2B story was actually Carmen Teixeira and Daze Chex Badger. But even Carmen admitted it was a rare sight to see her dressed English! Just the same, we stand corrected and apologize for the mix-up! Be sure to enter early to save money on your Wine Country Classic entries! Three judges, APHA classes at Armstrong! • 43

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2015

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

July Circuit

We had a fantastic turnout for our July Circuit at Thunderbird Show Park in spite of the well needed rain that graced us for two of the four days. It sure didn’t dampen the competition, some classes still boasting 15 entrants. This show saw many socials and fun times! Thank you to Ashleigh Tuhkala for again organizing the Potluck Social on move-in day, the food was yummy and always welcome in the bustle of getting ready for the upcoming show days. On Friday night, Splendora’s gang held a birthday party for the lovely Kim Servoss in the barns, where people had a wonderful time. Saturday evening LM hosted an ice cream social complete with all the fixings for a sundae that was very popular with everyone young and old. After hyping them up on sugar, Sian and Haley Russell ran the Funturities which had kids and adults alike in stitches and giggles with the bubble-wrap popping, scavenger hunt, egg and spoon and so much more. Every youth that attended was added into a draw for prizes and no one went away empty handed. Our super awesome show staff once again did a superb job, making it a true joy to attend. Thanks so much show team! High Point award winners received saddles (thanks to many amazing sponsors) and Reserves received Bailey hats, sponsored in part by Brim Styles. The award for Super Horse was Frank Principe Custom Spurs, sponsored by Frank Principe. All-Breed High Points received i-Pods with i-Tunes gift cards and Reserves received an LMQHA gift pack. Congratulations to all our winners! SUPER HORSE AWARD: Tamara Barker HIGH POINT AWARDS Rookie Youth: Ellie Gerbrandt Reserve: Cheyenne Hayward Level 1 Youth: Katrina Mulford Reserve: Megan Komori Youth: Megan Komori Reserve: MacKenzie Inkstater Rookie Amateur: Lauren Lander Reserve: Tamara Jameson Level 1 Amateur: Devon May Reserve: Taunya Clizbe Amateur: Jody Peardon Reserve: Kim Servoss Select: Stacy Muzljakovich Reserve: Gordon McEachen Green Horse: Taunya Clizbe Reserve: Kaitlyn Schols Open: Pauline Massey Reserve: MacKenzie Inkstater

HALTER AWARDS Champion of Champions: Covergurl - Randy Kitagawa High Point Halter Mare: Covergurl - Randy Kitagawa High Point Halter Gelding: VS Admiral - Rhonda Kaman ALL-BREED HIGH POINT AWARDS Amateur: Amanda Ash Walk/Trot (11 and under): Payton Schell Reserve: Reese Rivet

Help Needed

Looking for someone (or a couple of someones) who would be willing to run the trade fair part of our amazing Bazaar. We have an established team and it is a satisfying experience seeing it all come together. We need the Bazaar as it is our major fundraiser and one of the main reasons we can host shows and give year-end awards, with the trade fair being one of our most important aspects. Please let us know if you would be willing to help out. Also looking toward 2016, we will need volunteers to fill many spots, some small jobs and some larger ones. Many hands make light work.

Stay Tuned

Check our Facebook page and the LMQHA page of for updates and other events. In the next Saddle Up, there will be information on how our August Circuit went as well as our third Pub Night.

Super Horse Award Winner Tamara Barker (on right), presented by Mellissa Buckley, also shown by Katrina Mulford (on left)

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Socializing at the socials, tug of war, bubble-wrap popping (no hands or feet allowed) and some kids’ prize winners. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Juanita Gibney, Okanagan Chapter

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

“Life begins when you step over the edge of your comfort zone.”


ell, some of us may have been riding for over 50 years, but we all started out as bonafide rookies on this amazing pack trip into the Chilcotin. Five BCHBC members from the Okanagan Chapter, including Chicki Jacques, Luke Peeren, Sabine Maxwell, Anke Smit and Juanita Gibney, set out with guides Dale Parkin and Lea Alessandrello and two packhorses for three days of the most spectacular scenery and challenging trails that BC has to offer. Day one took us through the Jewel Bridge trailhead and a long stretch beside Gun Creek roaring with glacial aqua waters, crossing several bridges along the way. Along this stretch, we learned what “high side out” meant and after traversing through some slide areas, we truly knew how trustworthy and capable our horses are. As we climbed up, we got our first high country views of Dickson Mountain. We were so excited! Little did we know this was only the beginning of the visual feast that was ahead. After a long day in the saddle, we arrived at our camp on Spruce Lake (5500 feet) set up with several comfy tents and a cozy, well-appointed cabin for cooking. Some of our horses had never been fed hay cubes before, and some creativity helped convince them that this was truly dinner and that no hay bag was going to materialize. For a diversion, we had two Muley Does that joined the horses in the corral. I think they were hoping for a kernel or two of leftovers. Day two was a day ride up to a fabulous lookout, part way up the Open Heart trail, and riding through premium grizzly habitat where we had our lunch in a beautiful meadow near the VERY fresh piles of grizzly scat we had just observed on the trail. We asked Lea what we should do if we did see a grizzly. She said, “Get out your cameras.” I figured we would not need a zoom lens. On down to Cowboy Camp (which was once used by ranch cowboys when cattle were ranged in the area, long ago), and back along the west side of Spruce Lake to our camp. Day three was an early start; breakfast by 6 am, repacked and on the


Group photo: L-R: Luke Peeren, Anke Smit, Juanita Gibney, Chicki Jacques, Sabine Maxwell trail by 8 am. The horses warmed up well as we rode back along the lake and headed up Windy Pass. The trail up is steep and technical but good footing and our horses were awesome; we could not believe the views when we came out just above the treeline, where the flora had suddenly changed to delicate alpine flowers and lichens. We had our lunch on the summit (7200 feet) and spent a long time viewing all the peaks – Sheba, Castle and Card Table among them; 360 degrees of splendour. We were far from finished though -- we had two more passes ahead of us. Dropping back down to 6000 feet we crossed a lovely basin, then headed up again to Taylor Pass at 6800 feet and detoured into Eldorado camp for lunch -- another wonderfully appointed out-camp. Back in the saddle, we dropped again to about 6000 feet before climbing up to the summit of Camel Pass (7100 feet), passing an old mine works. Now time to come down. It took another 2.5 hours to come down, down, down to 2800 feet and the welcome sight of our home camp. Under the competent tutelage of our guides, we took our horses through terrain never encountered before and we all discovered how versatile and capable they are, taking on mile after mile of trails while we enjoyed the incredible views. The hospitality of Chilcotin Holidays is premiere. It is a very busy place with pack trips coming in and going out daily. There is always much going on, including the Guide/Outfitter Training School – with attendees from all over the world. Visit them at If you have a yearning to “see what’s out there,” this is a great place to explore. There are several trailheads you can drive your rig to, with a wow factor of 10/10 no matter which trails you choose to ride. • 45

Clubs & Associations CQHA 12/15

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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


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

Contact: Website:


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

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


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 6/15

We Support and promote Dressage in British Columbia 6/16

ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 4/16

• Grants • Awards • Education • Discounts 9/16

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

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BEAR VALLEY RESCUE SOCIETY (Sundre AB) 403-637-2708 11/15 Check our website for info on adoption & available horses, BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 4/16 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 11/15 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 6/16 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, find us on Facebook 5/16 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 2/16 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 10/15 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 9/16



INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 3/16 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 10/16 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 5/16 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 7/16


BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-3812245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, 8/16 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 7/16 We wrap our 2015 year with $27,000 added, and approximately 600 teams at our Finals in Armstrong BC. For 2016 show dates go to or email: 9/16

BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., Meetings, socials, shows, driving events. Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 4/16

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NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities   3/16 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 4/16 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@telus. net, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 11/15 PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-992-1168 3/16


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Box Stalls and Paddocks ~ Scenic Trail riding New Covered Arena 60’ x 120’ ~ Outdoor Arena 300’ ×100’ 75’ Round Pen ~ outdoor Play Ring For info or bookings call Dianna 250-837-5009

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

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



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

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

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

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2 CTHS INFO SESSION & Catalogue Review for Sept 9 Sale, Derby Bar & Grill, Surrey BC, 604-536-2878 2-6 INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION, Armstrong BC, 250-546-9406, 3-4 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Adv.Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, 4 SUMMER CLASSIC Morgan Show with Open Western Dressage, Ponoka AB, 4-6 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , Smithers BC, Geri Brown 250-847-3105. 5 CRABBET PARK REUNION, Sussex, England, contact Barbara Kinsey, e-mail 5 COMPETITIVE TRAIL CHALLENGE , Fort Assiniboine AB, Kathrin Furegati 780-779-1514, 5 WILD ROSE TRAIL RIDE , Red Lodge Guest Ranch, Bowden AB, Ashley 1-877-463-6233 or 5-6 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Adv. Workshop Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 5-7 NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR & RODEO, Barriere BC,

6 SPORT OF SPEED YEARLING SALE & Futurity, Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds, Lethbridge AB, 403-381-8167, 6 ARENA OBSTACLE CHALLENGE , Fort Assiniboine AB, Kathrin Furegati 780-779-1514, 6 OLIVER RIDING CLUB HORSE SHOW, D-Bar-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Sasha 250-328-4458 6-12 1 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL , Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 9 CTHS ANNUAL YEARLING & MIXED SALE , Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 10-11 TCSC PRE-SHOW CLINIC , TCSC Grounds, Burns Lake BC, Kristi 250-692-5721, 10-13 BUSHCRAFT COURSE , Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, 10-13 WCRA SLIDE OUT WEST, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, 11-12 ALBERNI LOG TRAIN TRAIL COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE , Port Alberni BC, 11-13 SALMON ARM FAIR & HORSE SHOW, Salmon Arm BC, www. 11-13 CENTRAL ALBERTA GYPSY VANNER Horse Evaluations & Show, Blackfalds AB,, 11-13 MOTHER/DAUGHTER WEEKEND, AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520, 12 FIND THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE POKER RIDE ,open to all riders, Timber Ridge Trails,Lumby BC, 250-546-9922 or

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 12 LAST CHANCE MOUNTAIN ENDURANCE RIDE , Westbank BC, Murray, or visit 12 ALBERTA WISH RIDE , Historic Reesor Ranch, Cypress Hills AB, Register online at 12 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING DAY, Burnt Lake Stables, Red Deer AB, 12 TCSC FALL FAIR LIGHT HORSE SHOW, TCSC Grounds, Burns Lake BC, Kristi 250-692-5721, 12-13 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC,, 250-317-7725 12-15 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE at ForTheHorse, Chase BC, contact (Open House Sept 12, 1-4pm) 12-15 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , 4-day Level 1 & 2 Clinic, Ok Falls BC, 778-516-5599, Simone.Kutos@   13 HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 13 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree) ngaire., 13 METCHOSIN DAY, 4450 Happy Valley Road Victoria BC.Schedule of horse events will be posted on 14-17 EDMONTON, AB, Vertebral realignment and joint play. Learn how to adjust without the use of mallets, 17-20 SURVIVAL COURSE , Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, 18 CAWSDA FUN DAY from 5-9 pm, Sherwood Park AB, 18 QUARTER HORSE PRODUCTION SALE , Innisfail Auction Market, Innisfail AB, 1-800-710-3166, 18-19 EQUINE WINE & DINE POKER RIDE , Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Darlene 250-309-3544, 18-20 SCQHA WINE COUNTRY CLASSIC , Armstrong BC, Tracy 18-20 VAQUERO HORSEMANSHIP w/Jason Hicks, Nelson BC, contact Leah Hope 18-20 FALL HORSE TRIALS, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, www., Sonya 250-833-2669, 18-20 DRESSAGE & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Catherine Clinckemaillie, Clinton BC, 250-459-7772, 19 ALL BREED HORSE SALE , Innisfail Auction Market, Innisfail AB, 1-800-710-3166, 19 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, 19 INTRO TO VERSATILITY RANCH HORSE CLINIC w/Lee Poncelet, Vernon BC, 250-938-2034 or 250-558-0553,Auditors welcome 19 TCSC ANNUAL POKER RIDE , Burns Lake BC, Liz 250-692-1884,, 19 VERNON PONY CLUB SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, 19          BCHBC RV CHAPTER 5TH ANNUAL POKER RIDE , McBride BC, Mellany 250-968-4342, 19 COMPETITIVE TRAIL CHALLENGE , Onoway AB, Carolyn Schmidt 780-967-5555, 19 DRESSAGE PERCENTAGE DAY, English & Western, Green Mountain Equestrian Ctr, Penticton BC, 250-497-6073, luawarkentin@shaw. ca 19-20 ROCK CREEK FALL FAIR & HORSE SHOW, Rock Creek BC, www. 19-20 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Spruce View AB, Diana,,780-387-0413 19-20 WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Lisa Wieben, Forestburg AB, Michelle at 20 EQUINE FIRST AID COURSE , Enderby BC, Iris 250-838-0234, 20 ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED SALE , Northlands Park, Edmonton AB, 403-229-3609, 48 • Saddle Up • September 2015

20 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 25-26 DIAMOND H TACK TENT SALE , 20th Anniversary Celebration, Kelowna BC, 1-877-762-5631, 25-26 FALL HORSE SALE , Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, Nichole 403-329-3101, 25-27 FATHER/SON WEEKEND, AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520, 26 COMPETITIVE TRAIL CHALLENGE , Drayton Valley AB, Mona 780- 963-5595, 26 WESTERN DRESSAGE SHOW, Nat’l Point & Schooling Show, Cochrane AB, 26-27 BC SPORTHORSE FALL CLASSIC , Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 26-27 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saskatoon SK, Desiree,, 306-520-2789 26-27 WESTERN DRESSAGE SHOW w/Elaine Ward (Nat’l Awards Show), Cochrane AB, (RDAWSDA) 26-27 MILES KINGDON HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , Coldstream Ranch, Coldstream BC, 604-869-3733, 26-28 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 1, Dawson Creek BC, Call Lindsay 780-512-7582, 27 JUMPING SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Alicia, alicia_, 27 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, www.


1-2 WOMEN’S WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz & Kathryn Kincannon, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 1-3 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , Course 1, Blackfalds AB, Tamara 780-720-5198, 2 THE WESTERN HORSE SALE , Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, Nichole 403-329-3101, 2-4 FALL FINALE, HACK & H/J SHOW Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC,, 250-833-2669, 3 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey,, 3 ACTHA CLINIC w/Lavern Schmidt, Onoway AB, Carolyn Schmidt 780-967-5555, 3-4 WOMEN’S WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz & Kathryn Kincannon, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 3-4 GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 3-4 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saskatoon SK, Desiree,, 306-520-2789 4 HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HO-DOWN, Horse Assoc. of Central Kootenay, Eng/West, Games,lots of Fun! Nelson BC, 250-359-7097 5-7 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , Course 2 Advanced, Blackfalds AB, 780-720-5198, 5-10 CALGARY, AB, Learn equine massage therapyt - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 10-11 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Second Chance Ranch, St. Andrews MB, Francine,, 204-771-5335 11 THANKSGIVING POKER RIDE & Turkey Dinner, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Darlene 250-309-3544, 11-16 REGINA, SK , Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 17 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree), 17 BHA HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR Show, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 10/15 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 12/15 WWW.TODMOUNTAINRANCH.COM (Heffley Creek BC) 1-877-488-8881 Unique hands on, all inclusive horseback riding vacations 10/15 HARNESS MANUFACTURING

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CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 11/15 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN (Okanagan) 250-547-9277, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 3/16

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DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 5/16 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 5/16 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-679-1112, Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/16

ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 9/15 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 7/16 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 10/16 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 5/16 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 11/15 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 7/16 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099  3/16 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069  6/16 Equine, Bovine, Canine and Feline, THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 2/16

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1994 Palomino Tobiano APHA Stallion

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2004 Palomino / Blanket Appaloosa Stallion by 5x ApHCC Champion Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397;



On The Market Want To Ride An Appaloosa?


Visit 250-963-9779

2010 Appaloosa Gelding 14.2HH. Perfect partner for youth or smaller lady. Has miles on trails by himself and has worked in the pen so can go either way. A must try at only $5,500.

Executive Home on beautiful acreage at Owl Ridge Estates in Pemberton BC. Excellent value, turnkey 5 acre property, quiet cul-de-sac location, quality construction, lots of updates, backs onto Crown Land. Immaculate main home, deluxe barn facility, detached garage w/suite above. Great water, 3,000 sq. ft. patio, a/c, fenced, fully landscaped, irrigation, out of flood plain, 30 minutes to Whistler and only 2 hours to Vancouver. Rare opportunity - too much to list!

Others available at 250-963-9779, E-mail

Please visit the web site WWW.OWLRIDGE.CA


“Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas” 11/15


SILVER MOUNTED PARADE SHOW SADDLE A collector’s treasure! Custom made by Riley McCormack in 1946 for grand-daughter of Don McLean (Hat Creek Ranch). Craftsmanship, both on hand tooling and silver engraving, done by professionals. Used for parades only and occasional pleasure ride. One never tires riding a good horse in this saddle.

HORSE-DRAWN EQUIPMENT, HARNESS & TACK • McLaughlin Stud Cart • X-Country Wagonette • Antique Cutter • Sleigh • Wagon

• Forecart • Scotch Thistle Walking Plough • Harnesses • Collars • Saddles and Tack

For more info contact Nick Hutchinson 250-517-8869 (Enderby BC) E-mail:

14.2HH BUCKSKIN QUARTER HORSE MARE 9 years old, proven broodmare. Has had 3 lovely Azteca foals. Lightly started under saddle this year and going well. Very pretty mare, solidly built. $1,600 604-318-9342 (Chilliwack BC) E-mail:



1,700 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Big shop with 220 wiring. Barn with 4+ stalls, automatic waterers. All this located in the beautiful South Cariboo. Close to town, close to lake, and school across the road. Asking $385,000.

We are selling our beautiful Morgan Horses from Coulee Bend Morgan Farm due to hay shortages. Includes mares and geldings ranging in age from 2 years to 13 years. They have been professionally trained using Natural Horsemanship methods and are all broke to ride with the exception of the 2-year-old who has ground training. 

250-395-2804 (100 Mile House)

250-229-4399 (near Nelson BC) E-mail:


Complete outfit of saddle, bridle, martingale, tapaderos, corona blanket and underpad. Bridle needs repair (from age). In 2008 the outfit was estimated by a professional saddle maker at $20,000. OPEN TO OFFERS ALSO: VINTAGE PAIR BATWING BLACK CHAPS $1,000 250-563-3449 (Prince George BC)

2008 FRIESIAN GELDING - “BENNO v.L.” Dam: Lobke fan A. (Nammen/Djurre/Hearke) Sire: Laes (Tsjalling/Hotse/Mark) $8,000 CAN Other horses for sale as well. 250-306-5351 (Armstrong BC) • 53

Stallions and Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 4/16 BOWERBANKQUARTERHORSES.COM (Burns Lake, BC) 250-692-3825 SS: Zip Zappen Cool, AQHA/APHA, Grandson of Zippo Pine Bar 2/16 CHERRYCREEKCANADIANS.CA (Kamloops, BC) 250-828-2076 2/16 E-mail:, or DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 10/15 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,


APHA/PtHA Tobiano Stallion, 100% Colour Guarantee Find him on Facebook or Call 250-378-2346, 11/15


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 2/16 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan”

JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 7/16 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 11/15 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 9/16 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 11/15


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Wonderfully updated 4 bed, 3 bath log home on flat 8.6 acre horse farm. Windows and doors have been updated, as well as a newer H/E furnace, central A/C, water softener and tin roof. Property is fenced and x-fenced with 1 acre pasture and 7 acre hay field (grass/alfalfa mix). 130x100’ riding arena, 4 stall barn w/hay storage, well planned out paddocks w/ connecting 6’ wide gates, 35x30’ garage w/10’ doors, heated workshop & 10x20’ heated chicken coop. More photos and info on our website.

$699,500 MLS ® 10099688 9759 Springfield Road, Coldstream BC DON DEFEO 250-558-8762 Defeo & Associates, Re/Max Vernon

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16 ACRE, 2 HOMES, PASTURE, BEACH, SHOP 16 acre private property with 2 homes, workshop, several outbuildings. 1,500 ft. private riverfront, sandy beach, irrigation tree. Boatable to Mara Lake. Main home, rancher, 5 bed/3 bath. Second home 2 bed+loft, 1 bath, 1,160 sq.ft. Buildings and land. High producing well. Horse paradise with riverfront! $745,000 MLS® 10100315 136 Meadowview Road, Grindrod BC Christiana Pfeifer - REALTOR ® 250-306-5351 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd., Vernon BC

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

Ready for your hobby farm ideas! Located just outside the small community of Crescent Valley which is only 20 minutes from Nelson and Castlegar. This land overlooks the Slocan River and Rails to Trails with several suitable building sites to choose. Water source is licence from the Slocan River. $185,000 MLS® 2406458 Lot A Highway 6, Crescent Valley BC

BILL ROBERTSON 1-866-623-5556 E-mail Macdonald Realty, Osoyoos BC

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HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 9/15

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29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988

Top Quality Brands for Ranch, Residential ’N Predator Control All Types of Wire, Electric ’N Vinyl Fencing Horsecote, Hotcote, Bayco ‘N Gripples Posts, Gates ’N Accessories Livestock, Pet ’N Poultry Products Vineyards, Orchards ‘N Growers Dura-line, Bracing/Anchoring Kits


HAPPY HEALTHY HORSES cT! BuY DiRE le rd. Call for more info iO 11 Or Unit 5 - 1 ps BC 250.572.2258 KamlOO Or Email


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Leather & Stitches

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 5/16

Pick-up and Delivery Available Tel:250-833-5227 11/15


OUR DEADLINES ARE NOW the 5th of each month

Specializing in Horse Hay

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady

Jayne’s Tack Repair

9/16 Grindrod BC ~ 250-838-0433 Mon-Sat 8 am to 7 pm / Sun 9 am to 6:30 pm

SOMEONE TO BREED AND RAISE ten or more registered Appaloosa weanlings annually for an assured market at a guaranteed price from our bloodstock. Investment required. For details please contact 250-963-9779,

Authorized deAler for: • Otter Co-op and Sure Crop Feeds • Mini bags, tack & grooming products • Vet supplies, supplements and equine health


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