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Dear Editor... Dear Editor: am writing partially in response to Ken Cameron’s article in the March 2015 issue, and partially because of a recent experience. On the evening of April 30th, I was schooling my good gelding at home. He’s a been-there-done-that type, and I’ve owned him for years.  After working on some canter exercises, I took him up the field and let him open up a bit to end our session on a fun note. I’m still not sure what spooked him, but he took a hard left at a gallop, leaving nothing but air between me and the ground. This was a very extreme and uncharacteristic reaction from my very broke horse. I landed on my lower back, causing my head to snap back and hit the ground with considerable force. Thank goodness I was wearing my helmet, or else scrapes and bruises would’ve been the least of my worries.  As it was, I had a headache and a nasty bump on my head for a couple of days.  (My new helmet is currently on its way thanks to Tipperary Equestrian’s  helmet replacement program.) Now, for Ken’s article, and I quote: “Is there any excuse for being unseated?” This is a very dangerous road to go down - does Mr. Cameron truly think that he is incapable of falling off a horse? No one is immune. I urge ALL riders to wear a helmet every single time they mount up. Many riders take an “it-won’t-happen-to-me” approach, but if I can fall (read: fly) off a dead-broke horse I’ve ridden thousands of times on familiar ground, so can you. Do not underestimate your horse’s athleticism, and do not overestimate your own riding skills, no matter how good you are in the saddle.  Respect the fact that you are seated precariously upon the back of a 1200 lb flight animal.  It’s not about being scared, or expecting to fall off. It’s about being smart and realizing that brain damage is way less cool than helmet hair. - Sasha Hopp, Oliver BC


Dear Nancy: just wanted to let you know how thrilled I was to read the letter in your April issue from Barbara Kinsey looking for ex-students of Crabbet Park in England. I also attended Crabbet Park in the late 60s and have often wondered whether there were other young horse- crazy girls from Canada who also attended. I learned about it as a teenager by reading “Horse & Hound,” a British magazine that was available at the tack shop where I worked. The timely airing of the Walt Disney special, “The Horsemasters,” starring Annette Funicello, set the hook. No internet or email then so it was little blue aerograms which provided the only correspondence.  With no more than a plane ticket, some British pounds, too much luggage and a vague idea where Crawley, Sussex was, I boarded the plane while my parents shook their heads in disbelief. I was going to get my British Horse Society Assistant Instructors (BHSAI), just like in the TV show! After one month in the program, I opted for a month of private lessons until my funds ran out but I have many vivid memories of my horsey adventure.   I wish I could attend the reunion in September but it looks like that won’t happen. It was still great to connect with someone who also wanted to pursue their dreams of working with horses. I hope other Crabbet Park alumni will get in touch with Barbara. I know there must be more in western Canada.  - Take care, Carol Ross, Salmon Arm BC


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Cover Feature The First Ever Trail Sale Ride! By Tanya McKee

Join us on Saturday July 11th in Waskatenau Alberta for this exciting new event!

This is how it works:


re-register your sale or non-sale horse; show up with your horse(s) Friday or Saturday morning (process will be much quicker if you pre-register). Enjoy the sights of other people’s sale horses and the whispers of the Iron Horse Trail all in one. Sale and non-sale horses will be easily distinguished by livestock tags colour-coded with lot number attached to halter or bridle. You DO have the right to buy or sell privately anytime during the ride or if you prefer you may wait until the end of the trail ride where the auctioneer will take over. A ring will be set up in the arena where the selling begins. ALL horses (including Halter horses) must attend trail ride; it must be ridden if it’s a Saddle horse and ponied if it’s a Halter horse. Stallions ARE ALLOWED on this ride, so please use caution, common sense and discretion, especially for any inexperienced riders/horses. You ride at your own risk. The Waskatenau Arena, trail association, ag society, veterinarian, auctioneer and organizers assume NO responsibility for lost or stolen “Misterioso” Peruvian Paso items or any injuries occurred on or off the trail or arena grounds. At all times you are responsible for your horse, housing, feeding, watering Stallion, Lone Pine Peruvians, Clyde, Alberta and getting to the ring in numerical order. If you purchase a horse, you are responsible for taking it from the owner at the ring or otherwise. There will not be staff to perform these duties. There will be a water tank available along the ride, and a water source at the Arena to fill your buckets. See you on the trail!

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A piece of The Historic “Iron Horse TrAIl” - approximately 12km in length staging area: Waskatenau Arena, 5004-52nd Avenue, Waskatenau, AB registration deadline July 11 at 10 a.m. Ride at 10:30 a.m.

ALL riders attending the Trail Sale MUST have current and up-to-date AEF membership and must prove at time of registration.

Auction sale follows at approximately 3-5 p.m. Auctioneer Barry Martins will be joining us on the ride to see for himself what he will be selling. An Attending Veterinarian will join us as well on our ride and will be foreseeing any issues. He will also be available for private hire to perform pre-purchase exams if you choose.

Cost: Sale Horse $100/Stallions Exhibition only $50 Non-Sale Horse $20 Sale Team $150 per wagon/unit Reduction in fee may apply, please contact Non-Sale Team $30 per wagon/unit Reduction in fee may apply, please contact Sale Halter or Pack horse/animal $85 Non-sale Halter or Pack horse/animal $15 Don’t have a horse? Ride on a wagon to see the trail $25 (contact for availability, space may be limited) Watching auction at the arena is FREE!

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RE: O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue April 2015 issue


he author ends the article with her wish that no more horses will need rescuing and that in order to make her dream come true everyone should “STOP” breeding. I am proud to claim myself a breeder of outstanding individuals of several breeds. I breed the Thoroughbred (TB) at this time. We are seeing a significant drop in the number of TB foals in our Province, in our Country and in the United States. The downward trend has not been reversed and continues to decline. Therefore, Ms. Nolet must believe that TB breeders must have already done our part to help make her dream come true. The decline is a tragedy for the Thoroughbred breed and everyone associated with it. It is a very serious matter. It is so serious that at this very time the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society has developed a breeder incentive program in order to ensure that we have enough pure-bred Thoroughbreds to sustain the racing industry in BC. In a nutshell, mare owners will receive a payment for taking their mare for breeding, a payment when the mare is confirmed in foal, and when the live foal arrives, the stallion owner receives a payment. There are other conditions on the CTHS website. Ms. Nolet has ignored what we breeders bring to the table as do other breeders of high quality individuals. Speaking for my own breed, we TB breeders provide jobs to workers on our farms, to workers at training centers and to workers at the race track. Our stock, whether it is for breeding or racing or riding, consume huge amounts of hay and grains and these sales sustain our farmers. These products, which we buy in very large volumes, keep the feed stores open and their employees with an income to feed their families. We buy a large number of trucks, horse trailers, tack and we pay Worker’s Compensation premiums. We are a major source of income for veterinarians and farriers and with our race horse incomes, we feed, clothe and house all of the people associated with the Thoroughbred horse industry. If Ms. Nolet’s dream comes true and we make the Thoroughbred extinct because we have stopped breeding where will the money come from to feed all of these people? We will need many, many “People Rescues” and soup kitchens. Does this sound like a nice dream? Why are there so many non-purebred horses at these rescues? No one seems to know. The real question is, where are these horses that all require “rescue” coming from? No one seems to know or perhaps they will not say. Let’s take a look at what is on the market. Many fit the title of mutts; scrub stock; most cannot claim any link to a valid registry or any lineage that can be traced. But who creates these horses? I do not know anyone that can afford, at today’s land costs, feed costs, and labour expenses, to produce horses that are a collage of unknown breed ancestries. Without any known attributes of their ancestors to help the purchaser determine suitability for whatever riding discipline they are pursuing, it is my opinion that no matter who has bred them, they are at O.A.T.S. and other rescues due to mediocrity and are un-sellable. There is another downside to the indiscriminate diluting of the carefully planned genetic characteristics of any breed of horse. It destroys the market for the breeding operations that adhere to those finessed qualities. It results in the breeder being offered a pittance for their high quality animal because the adoption fee at a rescue is a better deal. When you tell your friends that your new horse was adopted from a Rescue they congratulate you for the act of mercy and you deserve it. However, for every cross-bred, or unregistered, or untrained horse adopted from a Rescue, a pure-bred horse 6 • Saddle Up • June 2015

is without a home; the breeder left with quality stock they cannot sell and, no money to continue. As the breeder of pure-bred animals I object most strenuously to the idea that I and other breeders are responsible for the number of horses sent to a “rescue.” The word “rescue” implies the animal was in great peril. It may or may not have been. Breed snobbery will play a significant role in what is going to the “rescue.” Arabians, Quarter Horses, or Appaloosas are breeds often scoffed at and by-passed no matter how welltrained, well-mannered or suitable they are. Gaited horses fare no better. Ignorance plays a large role in what breed or type of animals will wind up in a Rescue. At one Grand Prix Event at Thunderbird Show Park two young riders were sitting below me. One asked the other why there weren’t any Quarter Horses in the event. The other answered “that is because Quarter Horses cannot jump.” A TB is known for its beauty, intelligence and stamina. A TB pedigree reflects 3.5 centuries of skillful pedigree development and yet they are not the horse of choice except for the race industry. In my opinion, we endure more than the usual amount of breed snobbery. The importation of Warmbloods from Europe resulted in the displacement of TBs from the hunter and jumper and dressage rings as both primary and secondary careers. Warmbloods are touted by coaches as essential for jumping, dressage and hunter disciplines to the exclusion of all other breeds. It is this type of breed snobbery that helps stock Rescues with unsellable horses including Thoroughbreds. The TB is a horse with agility, speed and spirit. The TBs influence in the development of other breeds such as the American Quarter Horse, Standardbred, Anglo-Arabian and various Warmblood breeds are on historical record. If Ms. Nolet has her dream realized all of these breeds will be extinct. Is this her dream? I’m not buying it. We breeders of genetically sound, quality stock should continue to produce the high quality stock we are known for, ask a fair price for it and refuse to yield the production of horses to those that are keeping the Rescues full.   - Donna H., Surrey BC


AEAS Ride for the Cure Trail Ride

By Lynn Danyluk


he Alberta Equestrian Awareness Society is hosting our 10th Annual Ride for the Cure of Cancer on Saturday June 13. Registration starts at 11 a.m. at our central staging area, Cooking Lake in the Blackfoot Provincial Recreational areas. Everyone is welcome! We will have a silent auction, 50/50 draw, raffles and rewards! Please bring a trail lunch we will provide supper. Help us raise our 2015 goal of $10,000. Cost is $50 per adult; $25.00 for youths 15 and under, and under 10 is FREE. There is a Family and barn rate (3) at $100. Pledges are collected on behalf of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. We hope to see you on the trail! For more information or forms contact Lynn Danyluk at 780-6560406 or 780-358-2388, e-mail or visit our Facebook page If you are unable to attend you can still raise funds. With our silent auction you might consider collecting or gathering items to help raise funds; or Gift of Kind from stores in your area; services donated - medical, handy crafts, stud services, lessons and training, are just some examples of how you can get involved. The AEAS was originally founded in 2001 and went Corporate 2003. Our Mission was to seek out information and assist with matters of education through camps, trail rides and clinics that focused around the Horse and Human relationships! We are a registered Non Profit Charitable Society.


To send a donation to the AEAS this can be done by PayPal; or by mailing to: AEAS P.O. Box 382 Main Station 5052 - 50 Street Waskatenau, Alberta, T0A 3P0 Or if you wish to send a donation in care of us to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF) we can send confirmation of funds received. • 7

Bob Grimshaw -- Lifetime Achievement Award Horse Council BC recently announced their 2014 Award Winners (see Saddle Up’s February issue for a complete list), one of whom was Robert (Bob) Grimshaw, receiving the Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award. Below is the nomination letter submitted by Anna Green.


obert, or Bob, Grimshaw deserves recognition for not only being on the ground floor of the development of the Quarter Horse industry in British Columbia and Alberta with more than 40 years of hard work and dedication, but for a series of accomplishments while mentoring riders and raising the level of competition. He has impacted the horse industry locally, provincially, nationally as well as internationally. One nominator says this of Bob, “He is a horseman, a mentor and a gentleman and we’re proud to call him and Barb (Bob’s wife) our friends. He’s been a successful showman and trainer, as well as helped two generations of up-and-coming horsemen and women. He is never too busy to help even the most novice rider. One thing that stands out is that Bob never hesitates to get on your horse to “show” you what he is trying to get across if the words aren’t making it happen. He and Barb have been a team for their entire careers. Their strong morals and family values add exponentially to the horsemanship values they believe in, as well as the time and energy they’ve given to promote the sport and industry. We can’t think of a better recipient for this award.”

Bob Grimshaw has a lifetime of involvement with the horse industry. Born in Victoria, Bob was active in the local horse clubs and competed throughout Vancouver Island. His quest for knowledge soon saw him travelling and showing throughout the Northwest, working and learning from the area’s top reinsmen and cutters. Bob was a founding member of the BC Quarter Horse Association and owned one of the few Quarter Horse stallions in that era. By 1965, Bob turned to horse training as a profession and, in 1967, married Barbara Kenny, daughter of well-known horseman, Ed Kenny. Barbara had the same love of horses and together they established a successful training stable in Delta, turning out all-around horses and all-around youth riders while competing throughout the Northwest and across Canada. The year 1981 saw the couple take a giant step, moving their family and business to Calgary, where they continued to build on their reputation in the horse community. Bob became involved with the Alberta Quarter Horse Breeders Group and was soon travelling overseas, marketing horses and giving clinics throughout Europe and Great Britain. His

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clinics were well attended and he often made as many as four trips per year to Europe. The Grimshaws were heavily involved in many prestigious events, including the World and Police Fire Games, World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, and USET Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey, and made many successful trips to Oklahoma City and the AQHA World Championship Show. Apart from the overseas adventures, Bob added many National and International titles to his credit, including training 13 AQHA Champions and AQHA World Show Top Ten placings in Halter, Western Riding, Working Cowhorse and Trail. He was APHA World Champion Working Cowhorse, APHA Reserve World Champion Reining Horse, and the High Point Working Cowhorse of the Nation in 1979, 1980 and 1981, also earning Canadian National Championships in Halter, Cutting, Working Cowhorse and Western Riding. He was two-time winner of the Calgary International $10,000 Hackamore Working Cowhorse Championship on two different horses, Canadian Reined Cowhorse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Canadian Reined Cowhorse Association Open Bridle Champion, with multiple futurity champions in Halter, Western Pleasure, Reining and Cowhorse. In addition, Bob acted on the screening committee for the American Quarter Horse Association. In the midst of this, Bob and Barb raised two sons. One of their sons, Jason, continues to influence the horse industry with his own list of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Bob Grimshaw cont’d accomplishments and mentoring of non-pros from his home in Louisiana. There is no better way to begin to reflect on the life and long equestrian career of Bob Grimshaw than by talking about his life as it is today. Now approaching 80, the man who has had so much involvement and influence on the Quarter Horse world is still riding horses and I am still one of his students. Although he seems to have a growing fondness for warm climates and the herd now stands at two steady horses, he continues to guide and influence yet another generation of riders. My personal introduction to Bob was about 20 years ago when he and Barb, along with their son Jason and his family, travelled from their home in Alberta to attend a reining show hosted in Armstrong each fall. It was a casual relationship at that time but I remember firstly how important his family was and how he showed his horses. He brought professionalism, tireless commitment, hard work and ethics, and left a legacy of horses, people, children and grandchildren who have been influenced by him. Once the Grimshaws moved to the Okanagan and “down the street,” I became one of the lucky recipients of Bob’s knowledge, experience and attention. Patiently, Bob has provided insight and direction. At times, it may not have been received quite quickly enough to make an impact until, in some instances, a year later. I wonder how many times he has said something in particular, before I actually “heard” it. His subtle and sometimes straight-from-the-hip messages are all about making my horse and me as successful as we can be. When he travels to horse shows with our little team, he imparts more to me than just how to ride, but how to be a better horseperson, a better showman and practice humility. “There are no short cuts.” Bob will also always be happy to sit you down and tell a tale of how it was and the fun that was had. There are a lot of stories from the beginning part of the evolution of the QuarBob and Barb ter Horse, Working Cow and Reining industries. He was one of the originals on the AQHA circuit on Vancouver Island, taking his family on the road from show to show with their youth riders. He was there when HYPP was yet a mystery. Their training barn stood some of the most influential stallions and he rode some of the best horses around. He has seen how horses have changed, witnessed trends and participated in the trial and error of developing horsemanship. Barb Grimshaw is equally deserving of a lifetime achievement award. She has been the woman behind the man and been the inspiration and support for Bob and equally involved with the horse industry as they travelled the world together with and for horses. Bob received his award on May 1 at Thunderbird Show Park, in Langley, but a local contingent celebration will be held in Armstrong on July 18 for both Bob and Barb. Tickets are available by contacting And there is more information on Facebook, at HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Does Your Focus Need More Focus?

By Christa Miremadi

Every day, I work with people and their horses, helping them to develop better connections, build their relationships and strengthen their communication together. One of the most common complaints or challenges I hear about from people, when it comes to their horses, is that the horse can’t stay focused or that they get distracted/spook too easily.


lthough I’ve watched many of these people and their horses become “derailed” over and over again as they attempt to do even the simplest of tasks, I’d have to say I disagree with their assessment of the problem. Upon a closer look at the situation, what’s more often the case is that the people are the ones who are too easily distracted and that they themselves are actually the ones who are giving far too much attention to these distractions. Their horses are simply following suit. It’s extremely common, for example, to see a horse become agitated, only after the rider/handler has become alarmed about what could happen. At my training facility in Aldergrove, I have a couple of good ranch dogs. One is a middle-aged Blue Heeler; the other is a one-year-old rescue pup. Needless to say, they play… a lot! If you know anything about Heelers, you might know that they have endless amounts of energy. They can run circles around you all day long and still want to play ball at the end of the day. Puppies of any kind also have an unlimited supply of energy and this combination of a Heeler and a puppy leads to a lot of doggie shenanigans. These two dogs have races to their favourite tree at the end of the riding arena, tugs of war over deflated balls on the driveway, wrestling matches in the tall grass beside the arena, games of tag in the mountain trail course, Marco Polo in the pond and, quite frequently, they test the confidence training of our horses by racing through the bushes in the trails after bunnies. With all that activity and energized chaos wreaking havoc on the calm, Zen-like atmosphere of our tranquil little corner of paradise, it can be very challenging to stay focused on the task that you may have originally set out on with your horse. Even more than that, it can actually inspire a spark of imagination that can help you to invent all sorts of creative and extravagant scenarios that your horse might play out. It’s been my observation and experience that once these imagined scenarios have been created, our horses rarely disappoint us. Whether it be something as exciting as the ranch dogs ripping through the bushes beside the arena or simply the presence of a jacket slung over the top rail of the arena fence, it is often our own reaction to the world around us that inspires the undesirable results in our horses. After all, we’re supposed to be in charge. We’re the leaders and if we can’t stay focused on a circle to the left at a simple, forward rhythm why

Dieselle (like diesel, only feminine) and Daisy playing tug of war on the grass. 10 • Saddle Up • June 2015

Dieselle trying to squeeze her way into the riding arena. (Photo by Aynsley Cairns) on earth would our horse! It’s not always that simple and there are times when the horses are genuinely distractible and unfocused but, let’s face it, that’s kind of natural for a horse. They’re prey animals, hard wired to notice changes in their environment, movements and sounds. Not only that, but they’re also programed to react first and ask questions later! My observations have led me to the understanding that, in most situations, a horse will notice sounds first. An ear will twitch or swivel around to locate the source of a sound as he reacts (by jumping forward, sideways, stopping his feet or any number of other options). Next, he’ll try to locate the source of the sound with his eyes, often stopping his retreat and turning around at this point. A horse will use his eyes to effectively identify the source of the sound as either a threat or not. At this point, if he has successfully identified the source, he’ll often advance toward it, lifting and lowering his head as he tries to put whatever he’s looking at clearly into focus. Finally, after having already run away from whatever it was that startled him in the first place, he’ll approach the source to investigate with his nose. This is a horse’s nature. This is how they’ll respond to everything that startles them without our intervention. It’s our job to stay in contact with our horses physically, mentally and emotionally as we ride. It’s our job to feel for their confidence or their insecurity and provide encouragement and support when they need it. Sometimes, that’ll be in the form of a little rhythmic pressure with the leg or just a touch with the calf to let them know we feel them and need them to continue forward. Sometimes, it’ll be a closing of our fingers around a rein -- a feeling I describe as “holding hands.” Sometimes, it may even be a combination of the above or something a little different. Each situation calls for its own customized support system but what they all have in common is a need for the riders or handlers to stay focused on what it is they want. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Does Your Focus? ..... cont’d

Dani and her young Arabian mare, Lani, as she helps her to identify the plan, focus on the task and complete an action. This was all done while in an arena full of other horses and LOTS of other obstacles, noises, movement and other stimulation that would usually otherwise capture a young Arabian’s attention. Dani did a great job of presenting Lani with focus and direction. (Photos by Aynsley Cairns) After all, it wasn’t the horse’s idea to go for a ride, it was ours. It wasn’t the horse’s plan to do whatever it was that he was doing when whatever it was that distracted him distracted him -- it was ours. If we allow the moment to capture our focus and take our attention away from feeling our horse and presenting him with an appropriate feel back, one that helps him determine where we need him to end up, we’ll very quickly find ourselves a passenger on board a prey animal as it goes through the natural process of responding to external stimulation. After the last few months of having a number of horses brought to me for training, each with the very similar challenge of being derailed easily, it’s become painfully clear how influential my own ability to focus really is. In each and every one of these cases, it was not the horse who needed to get back on track and find his work ethic and centre. As soon as I could present that clear, consistent, focused plan and provide the support needed, each and every one of these horses was able to do things that, to be honest, surprised me a little. It was so very rewarding to watch Belle, a once-troubled Thoroughbred mare who, just a few weeks ago could barely walk from her field

to the barn without a full-blown hissy fit, standing quietly on top of a turn-around box in the mountain trail course while the dogs ripped through the grass at her tail and the wind blew in the trees above her head. Watching her watch me, I realized just how important it was that those dogs and the wind didn’t upset me. Keeping my centre and my focus in the midst of the chaos gave her the example she needed to follow, a comfortable energy to connect to and provided her with solid communication on which to lay her trust. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)




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questrians young and old are invited to download a pledge form from and join us at Coldstream Ranch for our 24th Annual Ride-A-Thon. Prize packages are awarded to the individuals who raise the top, and runner-up, in pledges in two categories: Adult and Youth (18 & under). For every $20 in pledges raised, your name is added to the draw box for the Grand Prize Draw. The ride itself is a poker ride and takes approximately 3 hours at a leisurely pace from Coldstream Ranch, into Kal Lake Park down to Cosens Bay, then through Bear Valley back to the Ranch. There are 7 card stations along the ride where participants pick up a card sealed in an envelope. Once back at the ranch the cards are opened in front of the Poker Hand Scrutineer and the best 5 cards are used to make a poker hand. Prizes will be awarded for the top two poker hands. There will be a barbeque lunch with entertainment provided after the ride. Draws for door prizes and presentations are done at approximately 3:30 p.m. We will again be running our TEAM CHALLENGE - gather some friends from your club, 4-H group, boarding stable, etc. and the group of 5 or more that raises the most in pledges will win a FREE clinic. Check our website regularly to find out who the clinic will be with and for details on the Grand Prize and Incentive prize packages. Our Ride-A-Thon is NOTRA’s single biggest fundraising event of the year. All of the money raised goes directly toward providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. Gather a group of friends and help us celebrate our 24th Annual Ride-A-Thon by making it the most successful yet!

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How to Choose an Equine Nutrition Supplement


here are so many supplements in the market. Unfortunately, it is easy for a manufacturer to enter the hoof supplement market with little or no credentials. That is why the following factors should be considered to choose a reputable nutrition supplement:

1. Does the manufacturer employ a nutritionist? A nutritionist is not only critical to development of a quality product, but is also vital for the company’s ability to quickly address any nutrition issues that may arise. The nutritionist should also be available to answer any nutrition related questions from consumers of the product.

7. Does the product have a guaranteed analysis? Finished product should be subjected to independent laboratory analysis of nutrient content to verify the guaranteed analysis on product labeling. The guaranteed analysis reflects the nutrients that are in the

finished product following the manufacturing process. J. Frank Gravlee, DVM, MS, CNS Founder of Life Data Labs, Inc. Developer of Farrier’s Formula® H. Scott Gravlee, DVM, CNS Equine Nutrition Consultant

2. The development of a supplement should be based on scientific research. There is a big difference between engaging in research and reviewing existing research. Choose a well-established company in the equine industry with a good ‘track-record’ dedicated to equestrian health and consumer education. 3. Is the supplement manufactured in house? Supplements manufactured within the company’s facility have the capacity for superior quality control. Proper design of the manufacturing facility can prevent cross contamination of ingredients, and result in a higher quality product. A supplement in which the manufacturing is outsourced has a greater risk of contamination, and is of particular concern in feed mills that process feed for cattle or feed containing animal derived ingredients. 4. Quality ingredients are sourced through reputable suppliers. Each ingredient should be accompanied with a statement of the nutrient content. 5. Is it a pelleted nutrition supplement? Pelleting often creates a more palatable product for the horse, may reduce irritation from inhaling the supplement into the nostrils, and reduces loss of supplement into the surrounding environment when the horse is snorting. Pelleting also reduces the surface area of product thereby reducing exposure to oxygen and the subsequent destruction of nutrients by oxidation. 6. Is the packaging vacuum sealed? Nitrogen flushing during the packaging process and vacuum packaging further reduces oxidation of nutrients and extends the life and freshness of the product. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Preparing for Your Hoofcare Provider’s Visit By Kristi Luehr, Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care

Time is precious and a healthy relationship with your hoofcare provider is crucial to your horse’s wellbeing. Here are a few tips of what you should expect from your provider and what he/she is hoping to see from you.


e on time. This works both ways as everyone’s time is valuable. If your appointment is scheduled for 1 p.m., arrive early to prepare your horse and his surroundings for the visit. Do not arrive at 12:59 p.m. just ahead of the trimmer and rush to halter the horse and scramble to get him ready. Instead, have your horse haltered and waiting calmly, perhaps lunged if he is in a particularly anxious mood or has trouble standing still. A trimmer’s schedule can change throughout the day, so please allow a little bit of leeway, perhaps a 15-minute window surrounding the appointment time. Anything more than that and your trimmer should call to touch base and see if your schedule is flexible. If either one of you is unable to make the appointment, at least a 24 hour notice is necessary; 48-36 hours would be better, but the situation might not always allow. Be prepared. Having the feet picked out is a nice treat and even having the horse lightly groomed should impress your trimmer. I am not stating that your horse be groomed as if he were to be shown immediately following the trim; simply, if the legs and hooves are muddy, perhaps curry them off. Your provider likely has several other horses to see after you and would like to stay as presentable as possible. Have your horse on a clean, flat, dry surface, if possible -- a barn

A clean, dry and flat place to trim is ideal aisle, a stall mat, or even just a flat-packed dirt area or driveway. Being able to assess the hoof while on the ground is a key component in formulating a trimming plan and will make your provider’s job easier. Trying to see hooves in tall grass or mud can be difficult. Your trimmer should also arrive prepared with all of the tools required and ready to work. Stay in the moment. Be aware of your horse’s behaviour while being trimmed. Being firm and fair with your horse is important in keeping your trimmer safe while on the job. Do talk to your trimmer, but also pay attention while holding your horse so that you can alert the trimmer to a potential spooking hazard or if your horse is uncomfortable in a specific position. A horse that is moving around and distracted can be hard to trim, so keeping him focussed on the task at hand is important. If you are unsure how to handle the horse in a given situation, ask your trimmer how he/she would like you to handle the horse while the work is being done. Communication is key. Expressing any concerns or questions you have regarding the trim is very important. An open line of communication will ensure you are both working in the best interests of the horse. Your trimmer should be open to answer your questions, and also explain how or why things are done the way they are if you ask. The answer of “because that’s how it’s done” is not acceptable. Payment is due when services are rendered. If you are hoping to pay at a later date or with a post-dated cheque, please consider asking your trimmer if this is appropriate prior to the appointment. With technology today, a lot of mobile services are set up to take credit or debit on the spot. However, not all hoofcare providers have these devices, so please check at the time you book your appoint-

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Preparing for ..... cont’d ment if that is how you intend to pay. Your trimmer should also be prepared to write you a receipt should you require one, and the amount owing should not be more than quoted to you when the appointment was booked unless it was discussed before or during the trim. This occasionally happens if the condition of the hooves requires something extra that the trimmer couldn’t anticipate prior to the appointment.

Of the 122 million equines found around the world, no more than 10 percent are clinically sound. Some 10 percent (12.2 million) are clinically, completely and unusably lame. The remaining 80 percent (97.6 million) of these equines are some-what lame… and could not pass a soundness evaluation or test.  (American Farrier’s Journal, November/2000 v 26, #6, p. 5)

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n Saddle Up’s May issue we introduced former Calgary Highlander and Veteran Paul Nichols and his cross-country journey on horseback to the Atlantic coast. The ride was launched on April 13th in Victoria BC, and he and his entourage expect to arrive in St. John’s, Newfoundland mid-September. They hope to include as many veteran guest riders along the route as possible. This ride is not about one veteran and his family riding across the country for a cause. It is about Canada’s communities coming together with their veterans to create an awareness and encourage discussions of the challenges that our Veterans can face at home. By the time they get to the Atlantic coast, they expect to have heard and shared stories of over 700 Canadian Veterans. Saddle Up caught up with them at The Village Cheese Company during their Armstrong stay earlier in May.

The Entourage (l to r): Cathleen McMahon (event manager), Jerry Liem (their ‘roadie’/production manager), Kirsten Nichols (horse manager), Terry Nichols (administrator & riding instructor), Paul Nichols (their faithful leader), and Lindsay Chung (public relations)

If your community would like to welcome them, have horses they can use, and/or offer them a place to rest overnight; below is their June and July route schedule (more dates on their website).

SASKATCHEWAN 01/06/2015        1/2 to 2/2 to Marsden 02/06/2015          Rest Day 03/06/2015          Marsden to 1/3 to North Battleford 04/06/2015          1/3 to 2/3 to North Battleford 05/06/2015          2/3 to 3/3 to North Battleford 06/06/2015         North Battleford to 1/3 to Saskatoon 07/06/2015          1/3 to 2/3 to Saskatoon 08/06/2015          Rest Day 09/06/2015          2/3 to 3/3 to Saskatoon 10/06/2015          Arrive Saskatoon 11/06/2015          Rest Day 12/06/2015          Saskatoon to 1/6 to Regina 13/06/2015          1/6 to 2/6 to Regina 14/06/2015          2/6 to 3/6 to Regina 15/06/2015          3/6 to 4/6 to Regina 16/06/2015          Rest Day 17/06/2015          4/6 to 5/6 to Regina 18/06/2015          5/6 to 6/6 to Regina 19/06/2015          Arrive Regina 20/06/2015          Regina 21/06/2015          Regina to 1/6 to Maryfield 22/06/2015          Rest Day 23/06/2015          1/6 to 2/6 to Maryfield 24/06/2015          2/6 to 3/6 to Maryfield 25/06/2015          3/6 to 4/6 to Maryfield 26/06/2015          4/6 to 5/6 to Maryfield 27/06/2015          Rest Day 28/06/2015          5/6 to 6/6 to Maryfield 29/06/2015          Arrive Maryfield

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Riding in at The Village Cheese Company (l to r): Paul Nichols, Hethar McIntosh from West Kelowna (currently with Cadet Instructor Cadre), and Williams Lake City Councilor Craig Smith (was an armored officer, modern cavalry).

Donations are being accepted to cover expenses for this event and any additional funds raised will be donated to organizations that support veterans and their families. Donations can be made through the website, by e-transfer to or by cheque to “Communities For Veterans Foundation.” Cheques should be mailed to 2911 Kersley Dale Landing Road, Quesnel, BC V2J 6L7. You can track the Ride’s progress through the website ( and the Foundation’s Facebook page (“Communities For Veterans, The Ride Across Canada Foundation”) as well. They will be updating a “Rider of the Day” feature with each veteran’s story as they travel.


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The “Hunters Bump” – Code Words for: OUCH! By Shantel Perreal B. Ed., B.Sc., RMT, CMT, PT, HECO and 2nd year student Caitlin Scott

If you are faint of heart or don’t want to reflect on what is REALLY going on inside your horse’s body, you or your trainer and coach’s skills, you better stop reading. The words are raw, because of the pain being experienced by these horses.


Last fall, we travelled down south to a large show jumping facility where we were inspired... wait... enraged at what we were bearing witness to. I cried. I cried for the poor pony who had the coach yelling at him and his little girl to whip him to get his lazy a$$ over the fence. As we watch, we can clearly see the pony is dead lame. I cried because out of a class of 15 horses, 10 were 3-legged lame. This was the theme for every class we watched. I cried for the horses unable to obtain a proper bascule to comfortably carry their rider over the fences because their hind ends are so weak, dislocated, stuck or otherwise. The bute, the injections, the “tide me overs” to just get one more round in... the list goes on. It took me a couple months to be able to sit back, digest my feelings and now be able to bring forward this information in a way that you can take it home and take a look at what may be going on with your horse. It is my sincerest wish that this may inspire you to take a look at your horse from a new perspective and start to think how you can do better for that animal who gives their all to look after you. We have all heard the term “hunters bump” and often wonder what it means. I’ve actually even heard it’s desirable for a hunter horse to have this special shape to their back. Nothing could be further from the truth. The “hunters bump” is actually created by the sacrum pulling away from the pelvis and falling forward. So let’s walk through a mini anatomy lesson so we’re all on the same page. We’re going to focus on the pelvis, sacrum and lumbar vertebrae of the spine. The picture below shows how the sacrum is supposed to sit in the pelvis from a side and front view.

This view is looking from the right side of the horse, towards the left. The tail would continue from the left side of the sacrum and spine to the head through the right.

This is a classic view of a horse with the Hunters Bump. Notice the lack of muscling along the topline, the raised portion of the spine, the hollow as we rise up to the SI joint and odd angle of the tail head.

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Sacrum sitting normally in the pelvis. In this view, you would be looking from the front, towards the back. Where you see the small hole, is where the spinal cord would run, and where the lumbar vertebrae would connect.

Compare this image to the one above. Notice how the sacrum is no longer in contact with the pelvis. Not only has it fallen, it has also shifted forward.


The “Hunters Bump” cont’d So how does this happen?

The cause of the Hunters Bump is usually created by poor riding and training. It is a definite sign that your horse has not been taught how to work properly over their back, or engage and collect themselves. It would be unlikely that you would see this come from an injury or incident, although it is possible. Most horses you see ridden in today’s show rings (and let’s face it, almost any barn, backyard you go to!) are being ridden “upside down.” The riders/trainers have worked hard to set the head and neck in a beautiful arch... and have forgotten all about the hind end! When we bring a horse’s head and neck into a false frame, without the correct support of the musculature of the haunches and back, other parts of the horse’s body go to work to try and compensate so the horse can do what you’re asking of them. Try this… Lift your chin up as high as you can, stretch your neck up, now try to round your back. When our horses are ridden inverted, it puts an incredible amount of pressure on C7, TH1, sacrum and the pelvis. Now add the weight of a girthed down saddle and the rider’s weight and we’ve created an astronomical amount of negative pressure. Try this with a partner… one of you go down on all fours and be the “horse.” Arch your back up a little, tucking your bum underneath you a little and softly engage your abdominals. Have your partner (or child!) sit on your back - try moving a couple strides. Ask your “rider” to dismount. Allow your belly to go slack, back to hollow and bum to follow the continuous line of the fallen back. Ask your rider to mount up again. Try to move a few strides. Note the difference of having an engaged body versus a hollow body. This feels the same way to your horse! In the very simplest of terms possible, the end result over time of incorrect riding is that the sacrum will fall forward and downwards, and HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

because the spine must follow this action, Lumbar vertebrae will create the “hunters bump” to be able to meet the changes of the sacrum. We can see up on the actual image of the horse the “v” between the bump and the sacroiliac crest. This is the pit so to speak, where everything has fallen down. Can it be fixed? Kind of... The first step in the process is you need to evaluate what factors went in to this horse developing the hunters bump in the first place. If it’s your riding, your trainer or your coach, you must evaluate whether either of you has the knowledge to fix the issue. Take a look at the other horses in your barn, if they all look pretty much the same, that’s a pretty clear answer right there! Does this mean you are or your trainer is awful? Maybe, but maybe not! Lots of people have just had the information given to them to understand differently. Now if you have the information and choose to do nothing about it... well… Next, the horse must develop a proper topline!! This process can take up to two years to

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e’re back to reality after a great three-and-a-bit weeks off. We needed a holiday and indeed we had a great time. We’d never even imagined Europe before -- totally amazing! The province of Alsace in France was beautiful (with great wine) and Spain, Italy, Montenegro, and Greece were awesome. It’s hard to imagine, we talk about our history and our old buildings... well, we don’t know what old is -- some of the sites in Rome date back well over 2,000 years!

While in France we met this cute little filly (I mean the horse). Morgane Gaessler (the bank manager in the town of Geispolsheim, France) owns the filly, Calyss, who just turned one year old. Morgane also owns the mare, now 15 years old. The breed is “Selle Francais,” which is bred for jumping and dressage, and Morgane does compete in both. We returned to Canada just in time to head to Merritt for the BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM on May 21-23. This was the 87th Annual and was another great weekend and a big success thanks to the Nicola Stockbreeders Association. Their theme this year was “Ranching’s Our Roots, Beef’s Our Business.” A great tradeshow -- the meetings were good, Education Day with Bruce Vincent was super, and Kenny Hess had the whole place rockin’ on Saturday Night. I must make a note here for Festival goers... the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is always the second weekend in March or, rather,

WAS always the second weekend in March. Due to some booking problems (long story), we have had to change the dates in the future to the third week in March. Because we had to make this change for the past two years, we thought we might as well make it a permanent change. (L to R) Mark, Kaylee Billyboy (BCHSRA Princess), Bob Kjos, Michelle Ball (Stampede Queen), So, from now on, Charlie Coldwell, Pat Coldwell, Matina Durfield (Stampede Princess), Danny Desmond mark your calenaccepting for his father Tom Desmond. dars for the third week annually. Don’t forget, too, next year will be the 20th Anniversary of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Looking back to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the 25th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo on April 19,

Pat and Charlie Coldwell were inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Bob Kjos with his kids, Jackie and Marty, as Bob is inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. things went really well. As usual, the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin put on a super gettogether for the inductees and their families before we all headed over to the rodeo. The inductions took place in the main arena during the intermission and went well. The Coldwell Ranch (Jesmond) as a Century Ranch, Charlie Coldwell as a Working Cowboy, Bob Kjos (Fort

Tom Desmond’s four kids posing when Tom was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. St John) for Artistic and Competitive Achievements, and Tom Desmond (Alkali/Dog Creek) as a Working Cowboy were all inducted.

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Cariboo Chatter cont’d Coming Up Just about every month Nancy has Mark Halliwell put on a hunter/jumper/ riding clinic at Cordova Farm in Clinton. Although at press time we were unsure of dates, you can contact Nancy by email at On June 13-14, the Annual Fun and Frolic Spring Schooling Show will take place, and June 28 is the Outriders Gymkhana, at the Outriders Arena in 100 Mile House. See www.100mileoutriders. com for more information. There will be a Dressage Clinic on June 19-21 at Skookumhorse Ranch in Clinton. At 108 Mile on July 1, there will be a Dennis Halstead was the clown for the Williams Lake Canada Day Celebration. I’ve been asked Indoor Rodeo and did a super job as usual. to emcee the event once again and there will be some terrific entertainment with two of this year’s Kamloops Rising Stars, Leslie Ross and Jason Ruscheinsky, as well as past performers and Rising Star winners, the Hanson Family Singers. Other sets throughout the day will include the choir, Jared, Polynesian Dancers, Candace Copley, and a blue grass band. Should be a super day! For more information, phone Ingrid Meyer at 250-791-5663. The first Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana of the year will be held July 11; contact Dimps at 250-456-7741 for more information. The following weekend will be the Cariboo Trails CDE and Driving Clinic, July 17-19. Phone Ken Huber at 250-456-6050 for more information. August 8 is the big day for the annual Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR), which will once again be held at the Hills Health Ranch at 108 Mile. This will be the first time on the mainland that a CTR and an endurance event will be held on the same day at the same location. The CTR will include a Level One (approximately 18 miles) and a Level Two (approximately 28 miles). Entries for both events will be capped at 25 (total of 50 riders). This year, this event will include a 50-mile endurance ride! For more information, visit and, or contact Joanne at joanne_macaluso@ Some more dates for your calendar are: July 17-19: Dressage Clinic, Skookumhorse Ranch, Clinton July 24-26: Cariboo Turn ‘n’ Burn Barrel Racing, Outriders Arena, 100 Mile House August 8: Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana August 8: Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) August 21-23: Dressage Clinic, Skookumhorse Ranch, Clinton August 23: Outriders Gymkhana, Outriders Arena, 100 Mile House September 12-14: 100 Mile House Fall Fair September 18-20: Dressage Clinic, Skookumhorse Ranch, Clinton If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.


Last Month’s What’s This? The May issue’s item was from the Meadow Springs Museum. The clue was that it was not as old as the March issue’s item, which was a box of glass negatives for a camera. Well, last month it was negatives again, but just not as old as the glass ones. It was a can that contained a roll of 35 mm film. And on Saddle Up’s Facebook page the following people were right on: Susan Brownell, Brenda Cormack, Tom LeBlanc, Patricia Ann Peebles and Chris Jensen. Last month, there were also a few correct answers on the April item, the fireplace screen. Congratulations to Brenda Cormack in Ladysmith, Rod Parkinson in Falkland, Gail Farnsworth in Coldstream and Jill Jellett of Calgary, who all had the right answer.



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. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. This month’s item comes from the Meadow Springs Museum and it should be an easy one. In fact, to make it a little harder, I’d like you to tell me what it is and also what kind it is -- what powers or fuels it? Good luck! Post your guess on our Facebook page or email Mark at msprings@ and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. • 23



ell it is time to send another group of horses off to summer school, and this semester Augin and Django are the lucky students. Augin is a beautiful 2011 Paint filly surrendered from another rescue. Django is a 2012 black gelding purchased from auction as a weanling. One important thing to note is that once the horses graduate from their schooling, they are usually snatched up pretty quickly for adoption, so if anyone is interested in either of these horses, act fast before they are gone! Sweet Beth is getting stronger and looking healthier Augin by the day! It’s hard to believe that she arrived at the rescue less than a year ago in the shape she was in! She went from needing assistance getting up (Kathy and Mike had to get up several times during the night, every night, to hoist her up if


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she laid down in her stall right up until January) to being able to lie down and rise up on her own! Kathy and Mike send as many horses as they can to “summer school” to increase their chances of being adopted. In Django this training, the horses are put through an intense time of handling and interaction with humans, exposed to as many scenarios as possible, sacked out, haltered, taught to load and unload calmly so they can be trailered, they have their feet handled so they are farrier-ready and even have a light saddle placed on their backs. You can sponsor a horse for schooling for $100 per month. The things we don’t see between the Facebook posts and the pictures that go on at the rescue; Mike and Kathy truly are walking the walk! Money helps pay the vet bills and feed the critters, but it is the dedication and love for Beth last July. these horses that actually keep them alive! JOIN US… We’re having a fundraising dinner, dance and silent auction on July 4th at Horse in Hand Ranch in Blackfalds AB. Tickets are $30 each. More info on our website. Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses. LIKE us on Facebook! Keep tabs on Beth, Augin, Django, and over 100 more horses at Bear Valley Rescue: You can e-mail: or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre Alberta.

Beth this April.


TOP DOG! Did You Know? A wagging tail doesn’t always mean they are happy. Tail wagging has its own language. Apparently dogs wag their tail to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they are frightened. Wagging low means they are insecure and rapid movements accompanied by tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal aggression. So every wagging tail tells its own story, if you know how to read the signs. Dogs have their own ‘fingerprint’ A dog’s paw print may look pretty generic but their nose print is actually as unique as a human fingerprint. Their combination of ridges and creases is so distinct it can actually be used to identify them. Good luck getting them to stick their nose in a pad of ink without sneezing though. Dogs can be pretty smart You might sometimes think your dog is as daft as a brush, but the truth is that they can actually be as smart as a two year-old child, according to research presented to the American Psychological Association. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Border Collies are the cleverest canines, with some able to understand up to 200 words. The other breeds in the top five are Poodles, German Shepherds,  Golden Retrievers and Dobermans.


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TOP DOG! Dog Parks - Keeping Your Dog Safe By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP

This dog park is helping to keep its visitors safe by providing a separate area for the small dogs.


n our last article, “Dog Parks - A Good Choice for Your Dog?” (May, 2015), we discussed the risks present at dog parks. Here, we will talk about things you can do to reduce some of the dangers, if you do choose to frequent them. 1. Educate yourself Do you know how to do a “consent check” to ensure the dogs want to continue playing together? Do you know three ways that dogs show they don’t want to interact or need a break (other than growling or snapping)? Can you recognize more than five bodylanguage signals that indicate stress? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then you would benefit from the advice of a skilled positive trainer before supervising your young dog’s playtimes on your own. An informed handler understands what good play looks like and allows interactions only with dogs that are skilled and appropriate with their dog. They recognize signs of stress and can identify when a dog is unsure or uncomfortable, and step in to help out. They are aware of signs of aroused, asocial or inappropriate behaviour and keep their dog safe by avoiding these dogs. Dogs need frequent breaks to keep play appropriate and establish good play habits. A skilled handler will regularly interrupt play to help keep play at an acceptable level and prevent interactions from getting out of hand. What does good play look like? Observing and supervising play is a big part of my day job. After 15 years, you get pretty good at recognizing the subtleties of canine body language, interaction and play. Dogs that frequent dog parks are pretty easy to pick out at my facility. Their play is rough or intense; they get stuck on certain behaviour, such as chasing or playing on top of other dogs; they don’t acknowledge signals from other dogs to stop or slow down, and often get upset when another dog finally resorts to a more intense request to take a break. Unskilled dogs usually have an agenda and their own set of rules. Good play is more like a dance. It may be intense at times, but both of the dogs involved are active participants. 26 • Saddle Up • June 2015

One dog is not just doing stuff to the other. A skilled player: - adjusts his play to accommodate the skill, style and confidence of his play partner. - uses lots of body language to reassure the other dog that his antics are all in fun. - offers a variety of play behaviour versus just doing the same thing over and over. - is happy to give and take. This means that even though he may LOVE to chase and does it frequently, he is able to accept being chased as well. Another example is being on top or on the bottom in play. - initiates breaks and is happy to accept requests for breaks from other dogs. 2. Be choosy Many people choose a particular park based solely on convenience or proximity to home. There are more important considerations that should factor into the ones you choose. Parks get reputations, just like other kinds of hangouts can. A particular park in our area is known as the “gangsta park.” There are more dogs roaming around that apparently have no parent present; there are more rough, unsocial dogs and a higher incidence of fights. Although many have frequented the park without a problem, why take the risk? Remember that a traumatizing social interaction in a young dog’s life can have a serious impact on future socializing and confidence. You should also be selective about the physical setup of the park itself. Ideally, a dog park should be completely fenced and have a double-gate for security. If not, it should be located away from roads or other local dangers. Every spring there are a number of dogs in our area that are swept away in the fast-moving waters at one local park! If the ground is mucky or has a lot of standing water you might be exposing your dog to giardia or various other pathogens. Parks that are heavily used by large volumes of dogs will build up residual fecal matter - also a health risk. There should be separate areas where small dogs, more timid dogs and younger dogs can play safely away from the more intense activity. Is the area small enough that you can stay near your dogs as they move about? If you can’t stay close at hand, you won’t be able to supervise them properly or help them if they are in trouble. The park should not be over-crowded. As the volume of dogs at any one time goes up, so does the chance for problems. 3. Be involved Remember what makes for great play? Good playmates and an involved, skilled handler. Ensure your dog is having a good experience by: - choosing an area of the park where there are only a few dogs. - checking that all dogs are accounted for. Do they have a guardian HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

TOP DOG! Dog Parks cont’d with them who can advocate for them when they need a hand or step in when they are being inappropriate? - choosing appropriate playmates for your dog. Pick confident but calm playmates if you have a rowdy dog. This will discourage him from bullying and help him learn to control his excitement during playtime. Choose gentle, careful playmates for a shy dog. This will allow him to develop confidence. - monitoring your dog and watching for signs of stress, or alternatively, for signs of arousal. - ensuring he has regular breaks throughout the play. - keeping an eye on what’s happening around you. Stay clear of over-aroused, rough play, or bigger groupings of dogs. If something is developing, get your dog, secure him and move to another area. - finding other parents who are interested in creating good play opportunities with proper supervision (and with an appropriate dog!) This is invaluable and if you come across them, take advantage and

People are staying nearby and keeping an eye on their dogs. set up more play times together. By being informed, choosing your dog’s play areas and play partners with care, and staying involved, you can help keep your dog’s interactions safe and positive. For more valuable information on keeping your dog safe at the dog park, check out these two videos from Sue Sternberg: At the Dog Park – The Importance of Participating: https://www. At the Dog Park – Red Alert Behavior Series com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z18_TAYooHo 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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CBC offered a one day Livestock Emergency Response Course on dealing with horses in an emergency. Instructor Jennifer Woods delivered expert technical training covering on the spot decision making for vehicle accidents, fire and emergency situations including: ~ Trailer design and extrication; ~ Animal behaviour, particularly in distress situations; ~ Means to calm, rescue, capture and temporarily confine animals; ~ Laws, ethics, and euthanasia protocol.

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Jennifer Woods left attendees with a good practical understanding of what to do and importantly what is proper on scene protocol. Attendees included veterinarians from Williams Lake, Langley, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, fire fighters from halls in Langley, Delta, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, North Vancouver, and Meritt, Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team member, and BCSPCA special constables from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland and Kamloops. The Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities provided a great venue and allowed us to use some of their wonderful horses that were keen to assist the attendees in honing up their horse handling skills. The funding for the course was provided through the HCBC Animal Relief Fund. These courses help to increase the safety of first responders and enhance horse welfare in BC.

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Horse Council BC would like to thank all the clubs that applied for funding for 2015 through the BC Equestrian Trails Fund and Core Grants. The deadline to apply was April 15th and we are now busy with the process of selecting the applicants who qualify for funding this year. Many applications were received and we hope to be able to deliver on many of them. In 2014, $13,370.64 was used in Core Grant funding to spread over 11 applicants. Their projects ranged from competitions, both local and high level, to facility and equipment upgrades. Core Grants can be applied to all manner of things as long as it supports equestrian sport growth and is for public use (or open to the public as the case may be). For example, the Southern Interior Dressage Association applied for and received a grant for the purchase of portable stalls for public use at their local arena. They received a core grant of $1000 towards their purchase. Other Core Grants that have been approved over the years have ranged from the purchasing of a PA system to assisting with funding for the Regional Pony Club Camp and everything that falls in between!


Equine Canada Update Canadian Eventing Team Qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Equine Canada is pleased to confirm that the Canadian Eventing Team has been awarded qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. Canada received the qualification spot after the FEI announced on April 23 that the French Eventing Team has been disqualified from the Eventing portion of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, FRA following the positive test for a Controlled Medication substance from Maxime Levio’s mount, Qalao des Mers. In light of the FEI Tribunal’s decision to disqualify the French Eventing Team and disregard their fourth place finish at the Games, the Canadian Eventing Team, who originally finished in seventh place, moves up to sixth place, securing qualification for Rio 2016. “It is a very proud day for Canada,” said Amie O’Shaughnessy, High Performance Director at Equine Canada. “We were very pleased to receive notification that the Canadian Eventing Team has been awarded qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and commend the FEI’s commitment to upholding the standards of clean sport and equine welfare. Congratulations to the athletes, owners, and members of the Canadian Eventing Team for their performance at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which have now secured Canada’s team qualification.”

Canada as a whole, will continue to benefit greatly from Haidee’s unwavering commitment and spirit of cooperation.

In Memoriam: Don Bassin

Haidee Landry Re-Elected

Equine Canada (EC) is pleased to announce Haidee Landry of Langley BC has been re-elected to the EC Board of Directors for her second year as the Industry Council Representative. Landry was officially welcomed to the 2015 Board on May 9 after a unanimous vote in favour of her candidacy. She is also currently the Industry Council representative on EC’s Health & Welfare Committee. With a background that includes being heavily involved in everything from Standardbred racing to equine breeding to the Canadian Pony Club (CPC), Landry brings a broad and valuable perspective to her EC volunteer roles. Outside of EC, Landry has a long list of equestrian-related volunteer positions under her belt. She is currently active as President of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, National Director of British Columbia for the American Quarter Horse Association, member of the AQHA International Committee, and Vice President of the Langley Horse and Farm Federation. Plus, she is a Past President of the BC Quarter Horse Association and Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association, and has been an Executive Director of both the Hazelmere Pony Club and the Sunnyside Saddle Club. “Equine Canada is fortunate to have someone with Haidee’s extensive skills, experience, and connections on the Board,” said EC President, Al Patterson. “Haidee is a leader and a visionary in the industry sector of equestrian, and I have no doubt the Industry Council, Board, and Equine HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

(Left to Right) The late Don Bassin with Jim Elder, Taddy Cork and Frankie Bassin. Photo courtesy Michelle C. Dunn Equine Canada extends condolences on the loss of long-standing Canadian Equestrian Team supporter, Don Bassin, who passed away on May 2, 2015. Renowned throughout the equestrian industry as a committed and generous benefactor of equestrian sport in Canada, Bassin provided support to Canadian riders at all levels, from youth to amateurs to Olympians. Bassin was also the founder of the highly regarded equestrian apparel company, Frantisi Inc., which holds a special place in the heart of Canadian show jumping athletes as the provider of the iconic red Grand Prix jacket given to each new team member. Frantisi Inc. was named the Jump Canada Sponsor of the Year in 2009. In addition, Bassin and his beloved family, including his wife, Frankie (founder of the tack store, The Riders’ Habit), and children, Marni, Sari and Stuart, were inducted into Jump Canada Hall of Fame in 2014 in recognition of their many years of support, and an unwavering commitment to excellence in equestrian sport. Equine Canada extends sincere condolences to Bassin’s family, friends and colleagues. Memorial donations in Bassin’s name are being accepted by the Campbell House Hospice (705-444-2555), and The Odette Centre (c/o The Sunnybrook Foundation 416-480-4483). • 29

Hoof ‘N Boots 4-H News By Lauri Meyers and Kiara Bridge


The Rally Girls - Lexi, Vienna, (Topaz), Jennika, Talea and Alexis

few of the members participated in this year’s annual SCQHA Fuzzy Show in April at Armstrong’s IPE grounds. Every one of the girls came home with either ribbons, rosettes or trophies. A couple of our girls also received the honour of High Point for their division. A proud moment for Hoof ‘N Boots. Our Division’s Rally Day was held on May 2 at the Salmon Arm Fair grounds. Five of our Senior girls participated along with over fifty other 4-H members. Some of the classes offered included Brood Mare,

Dairy Cow, Dairy Goat Kids, Fancy Rabbit, Raw Wool, Eggs, Photography, etc. There were a lot. All the 4-H members seemed to have a lot of fun. In our 4-H year, so far, we have participated in many shows, lessons, and fun days.  Our pattern practice class was open for anyone that wanted to join in and practice before the first show of the year put on by the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club.  Club members will be working the concession at the BC Paint Horse show on May 30-31 at Armstrong’s IPE grounds. This is a fundraising opportunity for the club to help offset the cost of club activities and our Scholarship fund. You can contact the Club by e-mail at  hoofnboots4h@gmail. com, or on our Facebook page. Pattern practice at the IPE grounds

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club Update By Lauren McGee and Ashley Robson

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his month has been a busy one for the Hoofbeats 4-H Club. On April 13 we had Club Demos, and Speak and Shows. We learned how to make candles from Mia and Melanie; how to goat tie from Marina and Shayl; Arlyn and Kiara explained to us the stages of hatching a baby chick; Sydney and Lauren showed us step-by-step how to make a Skor Bar; Taylor and Robyn showed us how to make banana and chocolate chip muffins; and the last demo of the night was from Lauren and Jordan who showed us how to make homemade horse cookies. Kathleen presented her Speak and Show, which taught us all the different parts of a western headstall and pointers on how to clean headstalls. District Demos and Speak and Shows were held on April 24, with Kathleen Egeland coming in first for her Speak and Show and Marina and Shayl also came in first for their Demo. We did a little fundraising this month by setting up a concession stand at the Diamond H Tack Garage Sale on April 18. We raised $231.00 selling hotdogs, burgers, and sweets, as well as $76.25 in donations. Thank you to Mia, Melanie and Isabel Diamond H Tack for the support, and all the people who donated product to our 4-H club in the garage sale. We were able to raise $158.20! Thanks for helping make this day a huge success! On April 20, we had a talk from Constable Josefsson about the 30 • Saddle Up • June 2015

importance of social media and internet safety, she talked about how easy it is for people to gather personal information about you, and how anything you post can be seen by anybody, anywhere in the world!! On May 3 we had our annual district Judging Rally at Okanagan Equine Vet Clinic. Thank you for letting us borrow your beautiful facility for the day. Some of the classes we judged were Riding Horses, Camping Chairs, Nesting Boxes, Fences for a Hobby Farm, Dog Crates for a medium dog and Proper Feed for a milking goat. There was also an educational display board from Ashley Robson on ‘How to Properly Fit a Helmet’. Next month we are all looking forward to meeting up with our horses finally! We will be practicing showmanship, trail, lessons and competing in a games night. It should be a blast! Emily Allan and Ashley Robson will also be competing at the 4-H Regional Speeches on May 9. (Right) Kathleen Egeland, Marina Jardine and Shayl Jardine at Districts for Demos and Speaking Shows (Below) Group photo at Judging Rally


Double ‘L’ 4-H Club By Naomi Willms, Club Reporter


oots, hats, horses and photos! Double ‘L’ 4-H Club is back! We have already had multiple meetings and had tons of fun! April 24th Double ‘L’ had lots of fun shooting each other in an intense game of laser tag at Fun Factor in Kamloops. Our leader participated and said after the game that her favourite part was shooting kids! April 25th the 4-H District in Kamloops participated in a day called Rally. It’s where the members judge their project, like horse, beef, dogs, etc., and chose an alternate project to judge. It’s a long and awesome day! May 1st we had our first club trail ride! Our next one is coming up quick! Double ‘L’ wishes you safe riding and sunny days and warm weather to go with it!

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y name is Tanner and I am 5 years old. This is a picture of me and my pony Snickers. And she is a bucking bronco. I am wearing my Wild West Chaps that I got for my birthday. - Tanner, age 5, Riske Creek BC


his is me schooling for my first Dressage/ Jumper show on my POA Mr. Tips! - Wyette, age 7, Princeton BC

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Whistling to all the Ladies Out There – Join Us!  By Lorraine Pelletier


here is a trend across the country of women wanting to include horses back in their life. The kids are grown and time is sharing some quieter moments.  Many stories shared explain reasons why horses took a back seat in the lives of busy women. Some of which are accidents (which may or may not have involved horses), physical challenges, finances, personal situations and living locations. As we get older, we become more cautious. Women have much love and kindness to give. This special group is invited to enjoy once again what they miss… horses… yet can be in a safe environment. Guidance, confidence and a bit of learning to establish trust, respect and communication will be experienced by all. 

Come join ‘The Saddle Bags’. Have a hoot, brush off your boots and put on your hat! Open to all ages. Whether you ride or not, or can or won’t. We’ll be meeting twice a month starting in May. One night a month we will be brushing, walking, bathing, or riding horses. Another night will be socializing with like-minded women sharing womenrelated health topics, improving our health and well-being, all with a horsey twist! Training, refreshments, horses and fun all provided! We meet at Tranquille Farms, located at 11063 Okanagan Centre Road East in Lake Country BC. For more info call Lorraine at 250-999-5090.

Alberta Donkey and Mule News By Marlene Quiring


pril 24–26 saw the Club’s annual participation at the Mane Event in Red Deer with our booth and inclusion in the Breed Parades. This is also the 5th year that the club has mounted well known radio host, announcer and rancher, Hugh McLennan and his sidekick, cowboy preacher Bryn Thiessen on mules for the Sunday morning Church Service. Held in the round Roy Quiring and Russ Shandro warming the pen to an always appreciamules up prior to the Church Service. tive audience, this year the mules provided were Ruger, owned by Russ Shandro of Vegreville, and Ginger, owned by Merv and Ethel Hollihan of Ponoka. As Bryn stated ‘’I always trust the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club to bring us safe and mighty fine mules to ride.’’ Bryn jested that Ruger must be ‘’old as the hills’’ since he has been at most every church service in the last five years. However, he did not realize that the mule he was mounted on was actually 23 years of age compared to Ruger’s 17! The fact is, both of these mules are just in their prime and have many more years of sound riding in them as compared to most horses. The most common concerns at the club booth were from folks that had donkeys, wanted donkeys, or knew of someone that had donkeys Hugh McLennan with his guitar leading in but had little knowledge of the hymn singing on Ruger the mule and Bryn care they needed. It is most reThiessen on Ginger the mule at Cowboy warding to send these folks Church Service. 32 • Saddle Up • June 2015

away with helpful suggestions backed up by a fistful of printed material that covers all areas of donkey [or mule] care right down to selecting proper fitting tack. All of this information is also available on our website under Useful Articles. This is the month for Bryn Thiessen being presented with a saddle our series of Jerry Tindell pad from the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, Clinics across Alberta and with Merv & Ethel Hollihan, owners of Ginger the depending where you live mule who is peeking around Bryn’s shoulder after and what time you read carrying Bryn for the Church Service this news, you might still at the Mane Event. be able to participate or at least audit one of the following clinics. All clinics open to all breeds! June 3-6 FORESTBURG ARENA, Forestburg AB, [note change of dates] Colt Starting June 9-11 LAKEDELL ARENA, Westerose AB, Colt Starting June 12-15 LAKEDELL ARENA, Westerose AB, Intermediate/Advanced Ridden June 16 LAKEDELL ARENA, Riding with Challenges. For more info on above clinics, contact Marlene at 403-783-1723 or marlenequiring@ June 18-21 EAGLE HILL EQUINE, Olds AB, Intro and Round Pen, Ground Work and Ridden. Kim Baerg 403-556-1195 or June 22-25 Ya-Ha- Tinda Staging area, Trail ride into and stay at The Outpost at Warden Rock, Julie Leavens, 403-762-2732 or June 29-July 1 Beaverlodge AB, Horsemanship Clinic, and July 2-5 Advanced Clinic. Jennifer Monk 780-933-2159 or jennifermonk2010@ Happy Mule Trails! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Endurance Riders Navigate Heritage Trails By Stephanie Kwok


he Fraser Valley Endurance Riding (FVER) Green Beans were blessed for a second year in a row with fantastic weather for the annual two-day endurance clinic and ride, held the weekend of April 18/19 in Maple Ridge. Our theme this year was “Endurance 201 - Growing Skills,” and our aim was to give our group of endurance novices a chance to ask the many questions that arose from their first year of experience, including trials and errors during training and at their first competition, in a few cases. Our Sunday ride expanded from last year’s “fun ride” only to a choice of three distances (16km, 28km, 40km), starting at Allco Park and following several long-standing equestrian trails with names commemorating Maple Ridge history. Over 20 participants attended Classroom Day, held on the Saturday at Empire Terrie LaPorte, our mentor from the saddle on Ride Day. Equestrian’s clubhouse. It began with (Photo by Paul Geddes) a short-format “Beginning Endurance” we adjourned to the horses outside for a dempresentation by ERABC member, Terre O’Brennan, to bring the newbies up to speed. onstration of pulsing and some hands-on pracThis was followed by a remarkable question/an- tise. On Sunday, 15 riders assembled at Allco swer session with a five-person panel of ERABC Park; from that starting point, participants folendurance veterans (Terre O’Brennan, Terrie Lalowed a marked route using the Maple Ridge Porte, Christine Kay Thomson, Elaine Bessuille trails to reach the Thornhill neighbourhood. and Christine Voglmaier) who fielded questions While the 16km riders made the turn for home on many topics from nutrition to equipment to after a short rest, those who chose the longer training schedules, as well as sharing insightful, distances of 28km or 40km continued on, naviand often humorous, stories from the long-disgating a hilly loop of 13km that took them up, tance trail. After a break for coffee and snacks, down, and around the noteworthy hill -- travelling twice around that loop gave the distance of 40 kilometres (25 miles). This length of ride, with a maximum duration of 6 hours, would be enough to qualify as a Limited Distance (LD) ride, the SHORTEST ride in competition -- I am in awe of our FVER Green Bean mentors who have ridden 50 and 100-mile rides, multiple times! We had seven participants ride the 16km route, five stepped up to the 28km challenge and three riders went for and completed the full 40km. Congratulations to each rider - “to finish is to win!” Volunteers are ESSENTIAL to an event like this. On behalf of all participants, Gale Jarrett, one of the 40 km participants, heading to the start I would like to recognize and thank the following people who donated line. (Photo by Paul Geddes) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Dayna Jones and daughter Jess, back at Allco park after their 16 km ride. their time to help make this event a success: our ERABC mentors for their presentation on Saturday and Terrie LaPorte for mentoring from the saddle on Sunday; Karen Rayner, Dianne Darlington, Jasmine Mackay, Sid Fancy, Allison and Guido Van Duyn, Kandys Anderson, Chris Mozel, Paul Geddes, and Kaitlyn Harbour. We are thankful also to long-time Haney Horsemen and “trail boss” Bill Archibald for stopping by both days to show his support, share memories and celebrate the horse/rider bond with us! If you are interested in learning more about long distance riding and endurance competition, check out FVER Green Bean Endurance at and connect with our group via Facebook, at FVERGreenBeans/.

Karen Rayner and her young mare Ceilidh tacked up and ready for their first FVER Green Bean Endurance event.(Photo by Paul Geddes) • 33

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Ally LeBel


ave you ever wondered where the miniature horse came from? All horses whether they are Clydesdales, Arabians, Paints, Shetlands or Miniatures are the same species of animal. Each of the different breeds of horses is a result of selective breeding for specific traits over many generations. Miniatures are selectively bred for their small size while other breeds such as Paint and Appaloosas are selectively bred for distinctive colour patterns. Did you know: There are two major miniature horse registries that maintain pedigrees in the United States today. The AMHR (American Miniature Horse Registry) is a subsidiary of the American Shetland Pony Club. The AMHR registers miniature horses in two divisions. The “A” divFreddy is owned by Rhonda Bennett ision recognizes horses that mature at 34 inches or less. The “B” division recognizes horses over 34 inches to 38 inches. The AMHA (American Miniature Horse Association) is a standalone association. It recognizes only horses that measure 34 inches or less. Facts about Mini’s: * Foals are born weighing anywhere from 12 to 25 pounds depending on their size. * Miniature horses grow to approximately 90% of their adult height by the time they are a year old.

* Depending on their size adult miniature horses can weigh anywhere from 150 to 350 pounds. * It takes about eleven months of pregnancy for a miniature horse to develop prior to being born. This is the same as for full sized horses. * Foals are normally weaned from nursing their mothers at 4 to 5 months of age. * Miniature horses can easily pull Peyton and Avery DeGelder with mini a buggy and move their own Pippin weight. * We discourage all but very small children from riding miniatures. * Horses are shown in halter conformation classes, performance classes (in hand trail obstacle, jumping, hunter, showmanship, liberty), and driving classes (pleasure driving, roadster, obstacle driving, team driving). The Okanagan Miniature Horse Club invites you to attend our annual Summer Driving Show at the Vernon District Riding Club in Coldstream BC on June 27. Our Judge will be Elisa Marocchi from the Cariboo Region and the show is open to all sizes of driving horses. Come learn and watch the Barracuda is owned by Judy Lenz gracious art of driving!!!

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


e are making progress! Our new website is nearing completion. It will be much more “user-friendly” and include great links and a classified section, new and up-to-date photographs and will be updated regularly - and professionally! However you can still get the basics from our current site should you wish to come and join us. We have firmed up our Reining Demo from Carl Woods and MaryLou Barker on May 20 at the D-K Ranch. There has been a lot of interest expressed in the event and it should be a very interesting and enjoyable evening. Thanks to Vikki Souto, we have also confirmed arrangements for our Garrocha Clinic on July 11-12. Now that is something new and exciting. We still have vacancies but they are filling quickly. Call Max for further details 250-497-5199. Later in the summer we will be holding two shows which are being organized by Club Director Sasha Hopp. The dates are July 5th and Sept 6th and if you wish to register or make inquiries please contact Sasha at or call her 250-328-4458. These events are 34 • Saddle Up • June 2015

open to club and non-club members. The fees are very reasonable so please take part if you can. We held our second session of our Improve Your Skills Programme and the participants are really enjoying the instruction being given. We do have some space for more participants in the English and Jumping sessions - so if you are interested you will soon catch up with the progress so far - the instructors really are that good! Our next session is May 17. If you are interested please contact Debbie House at com. The cost is $20 per session for Club Members and $25 for non-members. The Club wishes to thank Helen Russell for giving the Club a presentation on April 16. We all were highly entertained, learnt to look at horses and ourselves in a very different and special way and we so appreciated her travelling some distance to be with us. Thanks Helen. We are certainly planning to get her back again to learn more. So to all Saddle Up readers - Happy Trails to you from the folks at the Oliver Riding Club. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


une is finally here and we are all geared up to put on a fantastic show at Heritage Park in Chilliwack on June 12-14. The days will be packed with all sorts of “mini action” so make sure you come out and have a look at them in their glory. We are always looking for extra volunteers and of course sponsorship so if you can help out please contact either Tina Harrison or Vicki Schultz. In the next issue we will be thanking all our wonderful sponsor so make sure you’re in on time. Don’t forget about our fabulous pot luck social and of course the ever popular silent auction at our show. We will be looking for donations for both of these causes as well. Lots of places and opportunities to help out and they are always much appreciated. You can check our website for more info on the show, as well as all the class lists and entry forms, or find us on Facebook under BCMHC. I would also like to recap our Adiva Murphy Youth Clinic in April. Adiva did a fantastic job with 14 of our BCMHC youths and the smiles were on all day. The obstacles were fun yet still challenging and Adiva was ever patient and truly an inspiration for all who attended. A big Thank You to the Interior Miniature Club for funds for our youth program, those kids sure did have fun. A

huge Thank You to Shirley Bradbury for organizing this event and to PRDA for hosting this at your facility. We have a wonderful youth program and seem to always be doing fun stuff so stay tuned to Saddle Up for more details. Another wonderful part of this time of year is the foals!! I encourage all members with pictures to share to please send them to me at terrianddu ck y@ icl o u d .co m . Featured this month is a little cutie proudly bred by TJ Miniature Horses from Langley. This handsome fellow is a pinto buckskin named Phoenix. Till next month... Enjoy the sunshine and enjoy those horses -big and small!!

Youth at the Adiva Murphy Clinic

2016 AQHA Youth World Cup By Marnie Somers


major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is to co-ordinate and field a team to represent Canada at biennial American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup competitions. Each participating country may select up to five youth team competing riders, two alternate riders and three noncompeting youth to represent their country. The host country provides a pool of horses of various ability levels and the teams draw to determine the horses to be ridden. Two to three members of each team compete in Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship, Trail, Reining and Cutting classes. Funding for travel expenses for Team Canada is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA, provincial/ regional Quarter Horse Associations, corporate and/or individual sponsors, and team members’ families. Team Canada was one of 16 countries who participated at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup held in Bryant/College Station, Texas. We were very proud of Team Canada, as they brought home an individual gold medal in Showmanship, and as a team finished fourth overall. Our 2014 Team Canada youth members were: Shayley Beaton (AB); Quinn Brandt (MB); Jenna Salmon (AB); Madison Steed (AB); Haley StradHCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

ling (BC); Hannah Buijs (ON); Haley Franc (SK); Laura Anne Berensci (ON); Paige McNally (ON); and Sharese Rivait (ON). The 2014 Team Canada Coach and Team Manager were Della Cryderman (ON) and Karen Westerback (ON) respectively. The next AQHA Youth World Cup is scheduled to be held in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia from June 23 to July 3, 2016. The CQHA is actively seeking qualified youth from all across Canada, who are Canadian citizens, Canadian residents, members-in-good-standing of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA), Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA), and the provincial/regional Quarter Horse Association where they reside. Youth who are interested in applying as potential candidates (as riders and/or non-competing members) for Team Canada must apply by July 31, 2015 (postmark). The 2016 team application package will be posted by mid-May on the CQHA website or for info email Kathy Patterson, CQHA Youth World Cup Committee Chairperson. Remember, if you are a current AQHA or AQHYA member-in-goodstanding, you are eligible to be a CQHA member for NO extra membership fee in 2015. However, you must identify yourself to CQHA. You may do so by logging on to the CQHA web site and submit your membership information on-line. • 35

Western Style Dressage in Alberta By Jen Losey


urrently in Alberta we have two Western Style Dressage Chapters that are affiliated with the Western Style Dressage Association of Canada. The first to be formed was the Central Alberta Western Style Dressage Association (CAWSDA), catering to the Edmonton area from north of Red Deer to Lac La Biche/Muskeg River area. The newest Chapter is the Red Deer and Area Western Style Dressage Association (RDAWSDA), which covers the area from Red Deer south to High River. These chapters promote Western Style Dressage by having fun days, clinics and shows. CAWSDA and RDAWSDA shared a booth at the Mane Event April 24-26 in Red Deer. The two Alberta chapters had a fun and successful weekend sharing past and upcoming event information for all over Alberta pertaining to both chapters. There is a lot of interest in this new and upcoming discipline of WSD. It was wonderful to see that WSD appeals to folks from all walks of life, varying ages and from such diverse equine backgrounds. This year the RDAWSDA Chapter will be holding two all Western Dressage Shows, with the first June 21 in Didsbury AB and the second Sept 26 in Cochrane AB. These shows are National Point shows, but are also schooling shows, so anyone wanting to try out this sport will get additional feedback from the judges. One of our joint venture clinics this year is the Jec Ballou Clinic that will be at Horse In Hand Arena in Blackfalds AB on August 22-23. For more details on this clinic and other events, please visit our website at

Chapter Presidents: Jen Losey (CAWSDA) and Lisa Wieben (RDAWSDA) at the Mane Event.

Kelowna Riding Club Article and photos by Sarah Hayes


he Kelowna Riding Club’s annual Spring Classic Hunter Jumper There were so many talented riders, horses and ponies, we cannot name Show at the end of April was fabulous as ever and graced with them all but congratulations to all for a job well done! Speaking of ponies, springtime sunshine! there were some absolutely adorable ponies and young girls with braids and Below are some of the highlights: bows – sugary sweet! Check out our Facebook page and website for lots of • CET Mini Medal winner Demetra Shaw and Guiness photos from the show! Global Okanagan even did a story on the show and • Okanagan Restoration Pony Challenge winner Hailey Freathy and Yukon featured some of our riders - the video link is also on the KRC website. • View Winery Hunter Spectacular winner Hailey Dyck and Renaissance KRC wishes to thank all the sponsors and volunteers of our shows, with• .85m Jr/Amateur Jumper Stake winner Sierra Lund and Tuck Everlasting out you there would be no show! Full results can be found at• 1.00m Open Jumper Stake winner Justine Shwaluk and Uke-Lilly • 1.10m Jr/Amateur Jumper Stake winner Shelby Edwards and Adelaide • 1.15m Jr/Amateur Jumper Stake winner Sierra Sawatzky and Gabriella We are still hopeful that our Adult Camp will be resurrected but we need • $400 CF Farms 0.85 Mini Prix winner Hailey Avery and Flynn volunteers to take on this challenge. Please check out our website and con• $400 Coast Capri/Chances Gaming Gambler’s Choice winner Emily Prevost and Cassandra tact us if you are interested! This is tentatively scheduled for July 31–August 3. • $400 Jim Mills Memorial 1.10 Mini Prix winner Shelby Edwards Be sure to check out the website www.kelownaridingand Adelaide for all upcoming event information. Some of the Championship Results: Happy riding ~ as always, stay safe and in the tack! • Pony Hunter Champion Georgia Knight/Peaches ‘n’ Cream • Reserve Champion Sloane Betker/Bumble Buzz • Pre-Child Hunter Champion Georgia Knight/Desiree • Reserve Champion Julianna Hansen/Mephis Belle • Children’s Hunter Champion Anika Hennig/Bostyn • Reserve Champion Julia Parry/Lightning Z • Adult/Amateur Hunter Champion Leigh Lindstrom/Baja Boy • Reserve Champion Linda King/Curtain Call • 1.00m Jr./Amateur Jumper Champion Irene Phillips/Capricorn • Reserve Champion Ilona Berbekar/Hershey • 1.10m Open Jumper Champion Lynette Hay/Little Queen • Reserve Champion tie between Miranda Lebeuf/Carivero and Emily Cake/Marlow

Sierra Sawatzky and Gabriella.

The View Winery Hunter Spectacular on Saturday evening was a huge hit once again! Thank you to the View Winery for their fabulous wine tastings, paired with cheese and crackers, great weather and fabulous riding. It truly was a spectacular way to end the day! 36 • Saddle Up • June 2015

The View Winery Hunter Spectacular winner Hailey Dyck and Renaissance with Jennifer Molgat, owner of The View Winery and Show Manager, Chris Jones. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club By Kendra Kowalski


ood things come in threes. Vintage Riders Equestrian Club of Langley has just completed three good clinics. We are fortunate to have such a great clinic committee. Also we are grateful that our clinicians realize we are all about growing and learning as horsemen. The first clinic topic was trailering, apropos as we are travelling here and there. Wynn welcomed us to her Albury Farms in Abbotsford, also the home of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society. Here our clinician, Trish Craig of Crofton Horse Transport, made a presentation in the barn classroom. Particular fun was the pink toy truck and trailer on the table with which we went over angles and distances. What a beautiful classroom, a magnificent old heritage barn with massive beams and huge, wide plank flooring. A lot of important information was shared, and a delicious catered lunch. The afternoon was spent outside checking trailers for safety and going over horse loading, and then driving practice. I think a few good cones got squished, but no fences were demolished in the process. There were two Vintage Rider Clinics in April. The first was exciting and fun for both the horses and riders. Very well led by Debbie Molnar, the Working Cow clinic at Fast Times Farm in Langley introduced our members to moving cattle. A lot to learn one on one with a cow, and then working as a team to sort, pick and move cattle. Thought and care was required to make things happen right. Laughter, concentration, some good riding, a little sweat and a little luck got the job done. An interesting and satisfying day for everyone. As a club, we certainly do some interesting things. Needless to say we owe thanks to our clinic committee. They work


very hard. Our third clinic was one we have all grown to look forward to. Jessie (Smith) Blackmon and her husband Adam build a challenging Mountain Trail course. Each time this clinic is offered it fills up immediately. And each time there are new obstacles with a greater or lesser degree of difficulty.

enced horses were loath to get their nice new leg wraps wet, and the older horses I think took great delight in plopping their hooves down with the intent of directing as much splash as possible over their handlers. Many of our club members turned out to watch this clinic, and to hold horses and cheer one another on. Quite a few people brought cameras and shared some very good photos to our Facebook page. More clinics, socials and field trips are coming up as well as our monthly meetings with guest speakers. Lots to look forward to and lots to be grateful for. One of our members shared a quote from her mother, “give ever give, never mind the getting,” which sums up the companionship and kindness shared by club members with one another.

This time the horses were introduced to a metal bridge. All good until the clink of a metal shoe on the metal surface surprised the horses and made them wary. With great trust in their handlers, and with reassuring encouragement from the clinician, everyone met with success. The tippy bridge, though not new, required care to make the experience a positive one. This is hard mental work for many horses. The final obstacle of the course was the water box. Now, you would think that as it was such a warm and beautiful spring day everyone would enjoy a little sploosh of water. Not so much. The younger, • 37

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers Photos courtesy of Sweet Iron Photography


he April sun was shining bright for the first Armstrong Enderby Riding Club (AERC) show of 2015. Over 35 exhibitors participated in a variety of English and Western classes consisting of both in hand and under saddle.  Judge Glenn Perran was gracious in his scoring and generous with suggestions and explanations.

Judge Glenn Perran offered lots of s upport to exhibitors.

Youth division was huge! Hoof ‘N Boots 4-H and volunteers manned the concession, serving drinks, snacks, burgers and hot dogs. Naomi McGeachy of Sweet Iron Photography was on hand to capture the fun and preserve memories. Photos can be previewed on our website If the first show is any indication of what the year will bring, be prepared for lots of fun, laughter and good times in our upcoming shows. June 7 and August 16 will be the next show days. A trail ride is in the works for July. As details become available, they will be updated to our website and Facebook page.

You’re up, Shari Galbraith!

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


ello all readers of my monthly article. This month I’m going to talk to you about our Wild n Wooly day in April and about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placings at 4-H Armstrong Vernon Lumby District Communications Competition. Well let’s start with Wild n Wooly!!! It’s a fun filled day with our club, usually the first time out with our horses all together. We take pictures of our “projects” and assess their vitals and record all the information for our record books. We have lunch and then play exciting games like barrel racing and pole bending. We had tons of amazing fun. Overall we had such a great time. And now on to the District Communications. It was held at Oddfellows Hall on April 11th and Vernon Young Riders had members competing in Speak and Show and Speeches. Here are the placings: Senior Speakers: 1st. Lauren Brown 2nd. Georgia Currie 3rd. Jared Brown

Junior Speakers: 1st. Abby McLuskey 2nd. Esther Thurgood 3rd. Jalen Thurgood Demonstrations: Tab and Brock Webster

Speak And Shows: 1st. Abby McLuskey 2nd. Gabrielle Heiss 3rd. Marissa Dollack

Wild N Woolly Day

MARK YOUR CALENDAR.... Don’t forget our club’s annual POKER RIDE FUNDRAISER at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby on June 6th. Hope to see lots of you trail riders out there. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the ride starting at 10 a.m. And special big thank you to SEARS CANADA for giving our club a grant this year. And there you go... Hope you have a wonderful June. District Communications Competition 38 • Saddle Up • June 2015


Vernon District Riding Club

By Calle Mirkowsky


id you know that there are now more riders participating in Crony Club than there are in Pony Club here at the VDRC? That is some fabulous participation ladies! The Spring Schooling Show took place May 2-3, offering Dressage test practice for both English and Western, along with Clear Round Jumping. We try to offer a casual and friendly environment for riders to practice jumping a structured course over fill or riding a correct test in a regulation sized ring in front of a knowledgeable judge. We hope to encourage participation by creating a fun and positive experience for everyone involved. We want to thank Jonathon Fisk for building us a super new tractor cover/viewing area on the side of the clubhouse, overlooking the Pinnacle Renewable Energy ring. Finally we will have somewhere to keep the tractor out of the weather and as a bonus… there is now a great covered area to be used for events. Speaking of events, the VDRC Hunter Jumper Show is fast approaching on June 12-14 followed by a Driving Show put on by OMHC June 27-28, and then the VDRC Summer Dressage Show July 10-12. This year the VDRC is focusing on improving safety around the club. Let us know if you have any ideas or would like to get involved we can always use another set of hands! Hope you all find some time to saddle up that pony and come ride with us!

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update

By Kristi Rensby

Photos courtesy of Brenda Campbell


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club’s ‘Round Robin Cattle Sorting’ will have just happened as this issue goes to print

“Mighty” ridden by Jan Loewen – watch the July issue of Saddle Up magazine for the results of this exciting event! Our next event is our Annual Gymkhana. This year it will be held in the rodeo arena as the footing is a little better for speed events. There will be a concession on site and entries can be made the morning of the competition. The trophies have already been purchased and they are beautiful! There are three age divisions (Juniors 13 and under, Youth 14-18, and Seniors 19+) in which to try and earn one of these beautiful High Point prizes! There are 6 high point qualifyHCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

ing events: Keyhole, Flags, Figure 8, Barrels, Scurry and Pole Bending, plus there is the novelty class “Costume Race” and the $$ stake class “Serpentine Race.” We are just putting the final touches on the Fall Fair Light Horse Show program for the September 12th show. Check the website for updates – it will be posted there as soon as it is done. There will be High Point prizes again this year, as well as awards for several classes including a Never Won a Buckle Reining class, and a couple of Added Money stake classes. The list for the Pre-Show Clinic on September 10-11 already has several names on it – if you are interested in getting two days of great instruction from Level 2 Western Coach Christine Hassell at a fantastic price (thank you to Horse Council for their support!), get your name on the list ASAP. The club is also working on a trail ride at beautiful Francois Lake a few weeks after the Annual Poker Ride, which is set for September 19. Stay tuned for more details on both of those great rides. As always, for more info on the TCSC or its events, please contact Kristi at 250692-5721 or email Check us out on Facebook or our website

Barrel Racer Keara Higginson

Donavyn Shields during Flag Race • 39

Peachland Riding Club

By Loree Currie


Cassie Hobbs and Taz

ell, the Gymkhana season has officially started! YAHOO!! Thanks to everyone who came out to our first event of the season – it was awesome! Our 2015 Gymkhana dates are May 31, June 28, July 26, August 23, and October 18 (Halloween theme). We will also be holding a Canada Day double header Barrel Race and Team Roping event so mark your calendars!! April 26 Results: After each Gymkhana we are running our NERVOUS NOVICE: Saddle Series. These races are BCBRA (priHigh Point: Isabelle Larocque on Sunny - Reserve: Cassie Hobbs on Taz mary approval) with CBR, BRN4D (co-apSENIOR: proval); hoping to be co-sanctioned NBHA High Point: Ashley Bose on Tequilla BC 02 once the new BC region is set up - Reserve: Ashley Bose on Ivy (smiley face). YOUTH: Make sure to check our website for High Point: Keira Bennett on Monty - Reserve: Autrey Derickson on Martha club updates www.peachlandridingclub. JUNIOR: com or you can follow us on Facebook. A High Point: Payton Ramage on Willie huge THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, - Reserve: Morgan Brooks on Petey volunteers and members; you truly are PEEWEE: what makes our club so unique! See you all High Point: Brooklyn Knight on Megan - Reserve: Kadence McCafferty on Tigger at the next event!



e tend to forget that the magic of bringing children and adults with disabilities into a beneficial relationship with horses is enjoyed only by our clients. The truth is, our volunteers and staff are also vulnerable to being positively affected by the experience.

the inclusive environment, the acceptance and the ability for everyone to just be who they are and for that to be okay. The staff go the extra mile, whatever that may be, to ensure that every single child is included. However, the best part is that it is often the children who put forth these inclusive behaviours without being asked. “I went into this job thinking I would be making a positive The accumulation impact on children’s lives. Coming out of this job, I am of moments such certain that they made a positive impact on mine.” as these creates a constant contagious Testimonials are always valuable. But feeling in the air… and that to me is the magic every once in a while one comes to our atten- of it all. tion that is extra-special -- in this case, written I went into this job thinking I would be from the heart by a summer camp counsellor. making a positive impact on children’s lives. Danielle Snow writes: “As I sit here and Coming out of this job, I am certain that they reflect on my experience as a counsellor/ made a positive impact on mine. What they lifeguard at Camp Sunrise [Guelph, Ontario], learned from me, I learned double from them. tears come to my eyes. There aren’t enough I couldn’t have imagined how much I would positive words to describe this special place. get from this experience and all I can say now The closest I can come to being satisfied with is that Sunrise has stolen a piece of my heart.” putting my feelings into words is by labeling Danielle’s story is by no means unique, Sunrise as “magical.” of course. We could find similar testimonials The charm behind Sunrise stems from across the country. But this very personal 40 • Saddle Up • June 2015

Danielle Snow (second from right) with Radar (the Alpaca) and some of her young charges at summer camp. Photo from Sunrise TRLC. sharing of the effect such an experience has had on someone employed to “make it happen” for summer camp children reminds us that life is a two-way street. And the best results come from never forgetting that as we give, so we receive. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at or HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Back Country Horsemen of BC 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

NEW: East Kootenay Chapter By Barb Bridger, Director, East Kootenay Chapter


he East Kootenays has incredible diversity of country for horseback riding enthusiasts, from Ponderosa Pine grasslands in the lower elevation to the higher elevation mountain ranges. Horseback riders can access numerous riding trails and roads on Crown land for all types of riders and experiences. British Columbia has the second highest percentage of provincial Crown land at 94%. The Rocky Mountain Trench is flanked by the Purcell Mountains on the west and the Rocky Mountains on the east and the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers form the bottomlands. There are alpine meadows, old-growth forests and valleys carpeted with colourful summer wildflowers. The region’s creeks, wild rivers, cascading waterfalls, large inland lakes beckon outdoor enthusiasts. Wildlife such as deer, elk, moose, caribou, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats, as well as grizzly and black bears thrive in the Kootenays. The climate in the Kootenays varies considerably depending on elevation, aspect and wind flows. Spring flowers bloom in the valleys in April and you can expect warm days and cool nights through May and June. High-elevation mountain terrain may remain inaccessible until July. Approximately 57, 000 people live in the East Kootenays which includes the cities of Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fernie, Invermere and Sparwood. The lifestyle is laid back with an emphasis on outdoor living. Brian Marriot started the new East Kootenay chapter of the BCH after many months of talking to local horseback riding enthusiast. Brian organized a day ride on March 7, 2015 to see if there would be enough interest in starting a new chapter. Much to everyone’s surprise and amazement 17 horse trailers pulled into the Rampart Mayook Range Unit and 29 riders came to ride and show support for starting a BCH


chapter. Brian Wallace, president of the Provincial BCH joined the ride and at lunch time spoke about the benefits of starting a new chapter and explained what would be required. As a follow up, we had our first organizational meeting on March 30, 2015 and we easily made the minimum 10 signed up members to start a new Chapter. On April 18, 2015 18 riders came and rode to the Purple Canyon. Everyone enjoyed the spectacular views overlooking Silver Spring lakes and then onto the Purple Canyon on the Wigwam River. We ran into herds of mountain sheep, elk and deer. This area holds high wildlife values and is a non-motorized area. On April 20, 2015 we had our first Annual General Meeting and elected a new board: President - Brian Marriot; Vice President - Jana Jacobson; Secretary - Linda Smith; Treasurer - Robin Arnold; Director - Barb Bridger; Director - Karl Arnold; and Youth Director – Pending. Our Chapter will be meeting every third Wednesday of the month and looking forward to planning more rides and events. As of now we have 33 signed up members and growing. Brian Marriot just returned from the Provincial Board of Directors meeting in Barriere and confirmed we are now an official Chapter called the East Kootenay Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC. Brian was full of excitement and very impressed with how well organized everything is and looking forward to joining in on the planned events on the provincial level and encouraging everyone to also become involved. For more information about Back Country Horsemen of BC visit and you can also find us on Facebook. • 41

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:

May Circuit

The sun was shining the whole weekend giving us beautiful days to enjoy the lovely setting outdoors at Thunderbird Show Park. Ashleigh Tukhala did a wonderful job rallying the Exhibitor’s Social Potluck on the Friday evening, which also doubled as a BCQHA Awards presentation and congratulations to local Paint Trainer Jodie Moore who was named HCBC Horseperson of the Year. (She also was just recently named one of 17 new APHA judges -- way to go!) The food was so yummy and lots of it! We had great numbers in our class-

es and enjoyed the advantage of a chance at four sets of points in one go in our 4-judge 2-day format. It was out first time offering this configuration and it seemed to go well. There were many smiles and the atmosphere felt pretty relaxed and fun while still competitive. This was one of our AQHA/APHA circuits; it is always a pleasure to have our Paint counterparts join us. We would like to thank our amazing Show Staff who make showing such a joy, as well as all the competitors for choosing our show to attend. You are all awesome! Visit our official Show Photographer website at for pictures!

July Circuit

We invite you to join us for our Big Prize Circuit, on July 23-26, at Thunderbird Show Park. Our High Points feature saddles (thanks to our outstanding, generous sponsors!), with iPods for All Breed and Bailey Hats (sponsored in part by Brim Styles) for our Reserve Awards. Also our Superhorse will earn a set of custom Frank Principe spurs! Frank has been a long-time, loyal supporter of LMQHA and we are honoured that he continues to believe in us. Our Halter Champion of Champions winner will receive an AQHA Bronze. Once again, we are offering our flat rates to help with show affordability and promote class sizes. Attention all All-Breed exhibitors: you also have a flat rate and the opportunity to win iPods! Come show with us!

August Circuit

Once again, we will be hosting an AQHA/APHA show with three judges this time over two days. We are holding some awesome stakes and futurities, most with a minimum of $1000 added! Start working on your Freestyle Showmanship... $1000 added there too! We have Weanling Halter, Trail, Yearling Halter, 2-Year-Old Walk/Jog, Open HUS, Open Ranch Horse Pleasure... make back your show bill and then some!


By the printing of this article, the AQHA Ride will be almost upon us! Held June 19-21 in lovely Lumby, it promises to be a fantastic time. Best Poker Ride Hand wins a saddle! Contact Jeneane at jeneane63@ or 604-290-1157 for information.

Pub Nights

Our second Pub Night was May 8 at the Artful Dodger Pub in Langley. This article was due prior to the fun, but based on the ticket sales and super Silent Auction items that were collected, success guaranteed! Haley Russell, Sian Russell, Jenn Merriam and Tamara Jameson have done a great job. Stay tuned for more information and date of the next Pub Night held this time once again in the Valley.

Help Needed

Our high points for the May Circuit. 42 • Saddle Up • June 2015

We would love some volunteers to help with things such as picking up donuts the mornings of the show and setting up the coffee and tea, as well as a few other small jobs. Please contact Mellissa at if you are able to lend a hand. See the LMQHA page of for updates. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Ride a Paint By Colleen Schellenberg

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

Show season gets off to a sunny start

Horse families from all over BC and the USA or our Paint peeps who also travelled in from many different corners. It’s always a pleasure to see Kip Larson from Arlington, WA, hauling in with both breeds. This is the beauty of the combined shows: efficient and effective, especially when we have four judges in the show pen at one time!

Perfect weather, perfect venue and fantastic support, both in the show pen and on the ground, keeping the show rolling efficiently -- this was all the rage at the LMQHA/ BC Paint Spring Circuit, May 2-3, at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley.

Louise Bruce

Marilyn Griffin and Margo Murray

Cathy Forster The “move-in” social organized by LMQ member Ashleigh Tukala was a huge success with plenty of dishes and variety. Thank you so much to everyone who came to bat on that one! Having great weather and companionship was all we could ask for and it totally fell into place. We had new members join us to show their Paints for the first time at a BC Paint APHA-approved four-judge show! High fives to Elaine Lavers from Langley, along with her coach Kim Gately from Monroe, WA, showing her gelding Independently Hot; Denise Penaloza making her debut in the Amateur Walk/ Trot Showmanship class under the guidance of coach Jodie Moore and another first timer at our show, Lisa Kitagawa, with her halter stallion, J Bars Peppy Panda, owned by Lisa’s mom, Tracy Bowker-Cootes. This was just one of the many horses Tami Hutton, along with the rest of the team at Hutton Performance Horses, managed and coached through the weekend. It was encouraging to meet new competitors and great to reunite with many friends, whether they were there to cheer on Quarter HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

We had several long-time members riding and working on bits and pieces in the show pen, either with their younger horses or preparing for many of the bigger shows on the NWCC calendar, including the Zone 2 show. Several riders will be attending that show in South Jordan, Utah; it’s one of the biggest APHA shows in North America! Thank you to everyone who was there to support the first BC Paint-approved show of the season. We look forward to the next one in Armstrong (May 30-31). Do check our website ( for a show near you!!

forget you can still compete for really nice BC Paint year-ends through our Open Show and Competition Program. It costs $25 per horse to sign up (sign up is on our membership application) and you have to get your results signed off by the entry office at your competitions, but it’s well worth the effort. A few years back, super-shopper Dianne Rouse was able to combine all of Devon Smith’s awards into one extremely nice Kathy’s silver halter -for showing at the local shows! What are you waiting for? Keep an eye open, too, for shows that are presenting high point Paint Horse awards courtesy of our friends at Otter Co-op! The list is on our website. Make sure the entry office knows you’re showing a Paint and know that you are doing the breed a great service by getting your Paints out there to be seen, not to mention the support you are giving to the people that organize and host the local shows.

Spring Circuit High Point Winners Amateur: Tracy Chonzena Olney (Special Te Forces) R: Rosalea Pagani (JWR The Last Juan) Novice Amateur: Rosalea Pagani (JWR The Last Juan) R: Tracy Chonzena Olney (Special Te Forces) Amateur Walk/Trot: Elaine W Lavers (Independently Hot) R: Margo Murry (Flashs Hollywood Star) Novice Youth: Chrissie Penaloza (Dirty McLeaguer) Youth: Emma Schellenberg (Ima Special Delivery) Senior: Emma Schellenberg (Ima Special Delivery) R: Tracy Chonzena Olney (Special Te Forces) Solid Paint Bred: Haley Russell (Blazin Hot and Sheik)

If breed shows aren’t your thing but you still like to compete at the local level (or maybe you’re a hot shot barrel racer), don’t

Emma and her loot! • 43

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,

BCRA 2015 TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE June 6-7: June 13-14: June 20-21 June 20-21: June 27-28: July 3-4: July 3-4: July 4-5: July 11-12: July 11-12: July 17-19: July 25-26: August 1-2: August 1-2: August 7-9: August 15-16: August 28-29: Sept. 4-7: Sept. 11-13:

68th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Louis Estates Rodeo, Vernon 54th Ashcroft & District Stampede 30th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo PWRA/BCRA Toppenish, WA PWRA/BCRA Sedro Woolley, WA Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Valemount Rodeo Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Esket Rodeo, Alkali Lake Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Nemaiah Valley Rodeo Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel



Grassland Equipment Ltd.

Jepson Petroleum Ltd.

Otter Co-Op (Armstrong, Vanderhoof) Regency Chrysler Quesnel

Nechako Valley Rodeo Association


GOLD SPONSORS: The Cowboys Choice, Vernon BC The Horse Barn, Kamloops BC Whirlwind Ranch Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association Jenna Wills Memorial Fund – The Wills Family Janitors’ Warehouse, Terrace BC

SILVER SPONSORS: DNB Rodeo Stock Little Fort Herefords Twilight Ranch – G & D. Puhallo Bces – B. Swampy Williams Lake Log Haulers Association Gene & Joy Allen

BRONZE SPONSORS: Cache Creek Veterinary Clinic Fountain Tire, Prince George BC Gus & Nita Cameron Williams Lake Stampede Association ~ June 26-29, 2015 White Ranches Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic Vision Quest - Jay Savage 44 • Saddle Up • June 2015

CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Pinnacle Pellet Williams Lake & District Credit Union


Clubs & Associations BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 8/15 BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., Meetings, socials, shows, driving events. Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 4/16 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


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


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:


AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOC. OF CANADA, Breed promo/regulation, registration. , Pres: Lynne Dorcas, 6/15 ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 4/16


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 6/15 Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

Info on clinics and events at

6/16 5/16


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, 8/15


BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) David Parker 604-462-0304, 7/15 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 6/15


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. 9/15 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 5/16 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 6/15


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 continued on page 46


Clubs & Associations 100 Mile & District Outriders


President: Denise Little E-mail:

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 6/15


Peruvian Horse Club of BC

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

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.


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,, 8/15 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

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

YOUR CLUB SHOULD BE LISTED HERE Call 1-866-546-9922 for non-profit rates

and we include a FREE link on our website.

Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you. Send Saddle up one or two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature... So start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information.

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2015 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

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

april to november VETERANS RIDE ACROSS CANADA , from Victoria BC to

St.John’s Newfoundland, stopping at a city near you.

june 1-2 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829 3-4 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981 4-7 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Saskatoon SK. Intro, Round Pen, Ground Work & Ridden. Info: Mark 306-373-4438 or cell 306-715-0823 5-7 LARRY NELLES HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Dreamscape Ranch, Knutsford BC, 250-372-2928, 5-7 BCHBC RENDEZVOUS & AGM, Nicola Valley Rodeo Grounds, Merritt BC, 5–7 BUSHCRAFT COURSE, Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, 6 POKER RIDE – ALL INVITED, Vernon Young Riders 4-H Fundraiser, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, 6 HIGH SAGE ENDURANCE RIDE, Cache Creek BC, June 250-256-7035, or visit 6-7 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, BCHBC Rendezvous demo & lessons (tentative) 6-7 BARREL RACING & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (ADULTS), Foothills Arena, 100 Mile House BC, Claire 250-593-4178 6-7 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, T&B Equine Centre, Chilliwack BC, Becky Kendall, 604-824-6250 7 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, 7 JUMPING SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Alicia 7 HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 7 CRC GYMKHANA , Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 8-20 2 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 9-11 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose AB. Colt Starting. Info: Jo Anne 780-586-2879, 11-14 VDRC HUNTER/JUMPER SPRING SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, 12-14 BCMHC AMHA & AMHR SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, Tina, 12-14 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Strathmore AB, Wheatland Equestrian, Cailin 403-669-9303 12-15 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose AB. Interm/Adv Ridden. Info: Marlene 403-783-5210 or cell 403-783-1723 13 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree), 13-14 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Smithers, Eileen Shorter 250-847-3165 13-14 INTERIOR GAITED FUN SHOW, Armstrong BC, Brenda 250-546-6048, 13-14 BHA YOUTH EXTRAVAGANZA, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191,

13-15 13-16 14-15 16 16 17 18-21 20 20-21

20-22 21 21-27 22-24 23-25 26-Jul 2 27 27 27 27 27-29 28 28-Jul 4


Call Andrea at 1-888-533-4353, SURVIVAL COURSE, Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Centered Riding instructor Lisa Wieben, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose AB. Riding with Challenges. Info: Marlene 403-783-5210 or cell 403-783-1723 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina Hillson 250-379-2913 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Eagle Hill Equine, Olds AB. Intro, Round Pen, Ground Work & Ridden. Kim 403-556-1195, LEARN TO PLAY POLO CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Dan Chailler 250-470-8710, BEGINNER & INTERM. BARREL RACING CLINIC (AGES 8 & UP),

at Back in the Saddle, Ponoka AB, Nicole 403-704-9564 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 1 WEEK ADVANCED GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Ya-Ha-Tinda Staging area, Trail ride, The Outpost at Warden Rock. Julie 403-762-2732 EVENTING CLINIC w/Team Canada Olympic Rider Sandra Connelly, Salmon Arm BC,, Sonya 250-833-2669 1 WEEK OUTFITTER GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, CRC SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 RAINBOW REVISITED ENDURANCE RIDE, Merritt BC, Barb, or visit SUMMER DRIVE SHOW (& clinic Jun 28) Vernon BC, Ally 250-542-6739, EQUINE BEHAVIOUR & BODY LANGUAGE WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, SUMMER HORSE TRIALS, Salmon Arm BC,, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, 1 WEEK ANGLING GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC,

july 2-5 2-15 3-7 4 4


Jennifer 780-933-2159 or MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC , Intensive Horsemanship, Princeton, Marion 250-295-4329, MARTIN BLACK CLINIC , Circle Creek Ranch, Kamloops BC, Terry (am) 250-574-4743 or (pm) 250-372-0743 SUMMER FESTIVAL II SCHOOLING SHOW, Maple Leaf Meadows, Ashton 780-486-2099, BEAR VALLEY RESCUE CHARITY FUNDRAISER , Horse In Hand Ranch Ltd., Kelly 403-637-2708,

continued on page 48 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 47

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 5 AERC CLINIC (info TBA) Armstrong BC, 5 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree) ngaire., 5 COLDSTREAM PARKS & REC DAY (horse activities), Coldstream BC, Fred 250-309-6651, 5 OLIVER RIDING CLUB HORSE SHOW, D-Bar-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Sasha 250-328-4458 5-7 BUSHCRAFT COURSE, Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, 5-11 1 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 6-9 HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP (Beginner), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice 250-573-5800, 8-13 TELLINGTON TTOUCH W/CONNECTED RIDING CLINIC, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336, 9-12 WCRA WEST COAST CLASSIC, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, 9-15 MARTIN BLACK CLINIC, Horsemanship, Stockmanship & Ranch Roping, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount BC, Devanee 250-968-4481 10 GYPSY VANNER HORSE SOCIETY HORSE EVALUATIONS, Kalypso Bay Farm,, Katherine 888-520-9777 x2 10-12 JIM ANDERSON HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, 250-679-2815, 10-12 VDRC GOLD/BRONZE DRESSAGE SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, 10-12 VAQUERO HORSEMANSHIP w/Jason Hicks, Nelson & District Riding Club, Nelson BC, Leah Hope 10-12 WILD WEST CLASSIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Peruvian Show, Claresholm AB, Cathie Taggart 250-546-3704 11 TRAIL HORSE SALE RIDE (auction follows), Historic Iron Horse Trail, Waskatenau AB, Tanya 780-350-8050 11-14 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Excel 4-day Clinic, Metcalfe ON, 971-533-6114, 12 JUMPING SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Alicia 13-17 5 DAY COWBOY DRESSAGE CAMP, Kelowna BC, TFC Center, Paul, 250-317-7725 17-18 ENDURANCE RIDERS OF BC, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Darlene 250-309-3544, 17-19 WARMBLOOD & SPORT HORSE SALE, Orangeville Agricultural Society Event Centre ON, 17-19 DRESSAGE & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Catherine Clinckemaillie, Clinton BC, 250-459-7772, 17-20 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Excel 4-day Clinic, Beban Park, Nanaimo BC, 971-533-6114, 17-22 STARTING YOUNG AND/OR PROBLEM HORSE CLINIC, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336, 18 TIMBER RIDGE ENDURANCE RIDE, Lumby BC, Bianca, or visit 18 BOB GRIMSHAW AWARD CELEBRATION, Armstrong BC. Tickets at  18-19 TEAM SELECTION for 2016 Martial Art “Olympics” Seoul Korea, Edgewater BC, 18-21 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE at ForTheHorse, instructor Melanie Bulmahn from Germany, contact 19 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 19 BHA GYMKHANA, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, 19-25 1 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 20-23 HORSEMANSHIP CAMP (Intermediate), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice 250-573-5800, 48 • Saddle Up • June 2015

24 LORD STRATHCONA’S HORSE (Royal Canadians) Musical Ride, 7 pm, Armstrong BC, Ticket Seller 250-549-7469, 24-26 REINING, COWBOY CHALLENGE & WESTERN performance events, Lakota Ag Center, Jane 250-793-8842 or Lynne 250-789-3217 25 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, 25 TCSC ANNUAL GYMKHANA, Eagle Creek Rodeo Grounds, Burns Lake BC, Marla 250-692-4295, 25 TRT FUN POKER RIDE, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Darlene 250-309-3544, 25-26 GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 25-26 TRAIL RIDE AT THE HUMMINGBIRD, west of Rocky Mt. House AB. Keith 403-843-3293, 25-26 INTRO TO TELLINGTON TOUCH, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336,, 25-26 YOUTH CLINIC/CAMP, hosted by Horse Association of Central Kootenay, Nelson BC, info or programs 250-359-7097 25-27 FOUNDATION HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Fawn Anderson, Revelstoke BC,, Kim 250-814-1007 25-29 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Excel 4-day Clinic, Edmonton (Ardrossan) AB, 971-533-6114, 26-Aug 1 1 WEEK LOG CABIN BUILDING COURSE, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 26-Aug 1 YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP (Beginners), AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520, 31-Aug 3 HORSEMANSHIP FOR ADULTS, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice 250-573-5800,   31-Aug 3 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Excel 4-day Clinic, Cochrane Ag Centre AB, 971-533-6114,

AUGUST 6-9 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Excel 4-day Clinic, Fort Macleod Fairgrounds AB, 971-533-6114, 7-8 LADIES WELLNESS/RETREAT, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Darlene 250-309-3544, 7-8 CARIBOO PLATEAU Competitive Trail & Endurance Ride, Hill’s Health Ranch and Spa, Joanne 250-456-7320, 7-9 PRAIRIE GYPSY VANNER Horse Evaluations & Show, Moose Jaw SK. Show: Evaluation: 8 CARIBOO PLATEAU ENDURANCE & CTR, 108 Mile BC, Joanne, or visit 9 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, 9 VDRC GYMKHANA & FUN GAMES DAY, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, 9-15 1 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 9-15 YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP (Advanced), AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520, 10-14 5 DAY REFINEMENT CAMP (Cowboy/Classical Dressage, Working Equitation/Vaquero), Kelowna BC, Paul 250-317-7725 12-18 YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP (Intermediate), AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520, 14-16 HOT AUGUST HOOVES, Dressage, TREC, Eng/West & In Hand, Nelson BC, 250-359-7097 15-16 GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 15-16 TEES LONGEARS DAYS, Tees AB, Tees Rodeo Grounds, Marlene 403-783-1723,

dates continued at HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS

DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 9/15

Ask for Chilliwack Heritage Park rate LSPECI East of Heritage Park at mall & restaurants

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150

EDUCATION • Chilliwack, BC 4/15


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EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 Products and support for equine digestive health. 3/16


Building Riding Rings

Footing is the Key!

For Private, Public or Professional Arenas Jack Polo 604-467-5616 or 604-341-1409 9/15

20 years experience serving the Fraser Valley




NATURAL & HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR HORSES Cloverdale Pharmasave 5778-176A Street, Surrey BC, 604-576-2888 8/15

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 10/15 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 6/15 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 2/16




Hansi’s EquinE sports tHErapy * Massage * Healing Touch * Craniofacial * Structural Balance * Acupressure * Magnet Therapy * Saddle Fit ~ Now accepting K-9 clients ~ Hands on for Health (C.E.S.T) ~ 778-378-0460 9/15

DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 10/15 BOOTMAKERS

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 8/15 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 7/15

Hand-made Cowboy Boots in Stock sizes & Made to Measure A Quality Boot for a Reasonable Price! 250-373-0065


CAMPING WITH HORSES WWW.HIDDENVALLEYRUSTICHORSECAMP.COM (Merritt BC) 250-378-1848 Creekside Camping w/Corrals, Miles of marked trails, min. to new Cidery 7/15


Business Services FACILITY RENTALS

FENCING 130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders 9/15

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


Custom built and installed to your needs

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


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

6/16 •


WWW.FIXITRENOVATIONS.CA Vibrating Post Pounding, Excavating, Renovations, Call Hans at 250-804-6662 (Okanagan/BC Interior) 4/16





DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 10/15 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 6/15 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




Aaron Martin Harness Ltd.

OKANAGAN SCHOOL OF NATURAL HOOF CARE 250-8697861, 6 day trimming certification program, private and group clinics. 11/15 SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 12/15 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience

Order Line 1-800-367-0639 or 519-698-2754 Quality Canadian made Harness ~ Pioneer Dealer





ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods, 5/16




COUNTRY CORNER SUPPLIES (Summerland BC) 250-494-3063 Proform Dealer, Farm & Pet Food Supplies, Farm Gates & Fencing 6/16 CHAMPION FEED SERVICES – For All Your Feed & Farm Supplies! Barrhead • Grande Prairie • Westlock, 9/15

5/16 4/15

MARA LUMBER HOME BLDG., (Hwy 33, Kelowna) 250-765-2963 Otter Co-op Feeds, Building and Farm Supplies 6/16 50 • Saddle Up • June 2015


Business Services INSURANCE



Solve Insurance Services Inc. 250-861-3777


PHOTOGRAPHERS REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/15

A Full Service TACK SHOP including horse blanket washing/repairs, saddle fitting, reflocking and leather repair. Introducing FOUR STAR SADDLERY English Tack and Apparel - an exclusive line of saddles from England. Sherwood Park AB • 780-449-2060 Dressage and Jump models available. We ship anywhere! Find us on Facebook! 9/15

ROCKY CREEK HILL (BC) 855-295-8825, Treeless Saddles, Bitless Bridles & more, Worldwide Shipping, 8/15 Your BEST Source for Pre-owned Equipment & Clothing for Horse & Rider


Showroom/Warehouse #116, 5050 – 106 Ave. SE, Calgary AB 403-719-2154 ~


Touch ‘A TexAs Town & Country


The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 9/15


SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 9/15 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (North Okanagan) 250-275-6224 7/15 Saddlemaker, Western Tack Repairs & Custom, COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 8/15 FRINGE WESTERN WEAR & LEATHERWORK (Merritt BC) 604-768-6580 Specializing in Custom Made Chaps. See us on Facebook. 8/15 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 8/15 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 2/16 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

FIT. For Back Health 80 point Saddle Fit Analysis Female and Male saddles We help you find answers! 800-225-2242 x 30 Odin Interagro D. Carrano


TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 4/16 DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 4/16 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

TRIPLE L TROPHIES & ENGRAVING (Quesnel) 250-992-9317 10/15 New & Used Tack, Custom Leatherwork & Repair, Gifts & Engraving WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 10/15 TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 12/15 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 3/16 TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 6/165 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 9/15 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 5/16

The Horse Gate 6/16

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


Shop Online, Everything you need for your Trailer, Arena and Barn!


New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers, Consignments Welcome!

VANTAGE TRAILER SALES, INC Quality Trailers for the Long Haul Dealers for: Lakota ~ Circle J ~ Platinum


Lethbridge, AB 1-855-320-9889

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 4/16 • 51

Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES




 Trail Riding/Packing/Training Clinic & Complete Guides Program    Great Horses - Excellent Price - Certificate - Employment Opportunity


CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 8/15



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

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses P.O. Box 893369 - Temecula. CA 92589 - (951) 297-1911 - -

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 3/16 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 10/15 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Coach & Trainer, Therapeutic & Rehabilitation Centre. All disciplines. 250-999-5090 2/16


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 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 2/16

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. 6/15 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 9/15 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 5/16 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 6/15 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. 6/15 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

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” 52 • Saddle Up • June 2015


ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby BC) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack, WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 7/15 JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 6/15 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 11/15 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 6/15 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 8/15 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 11/15 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Rural Roots


Once in a lifetime opportunity for the horse enthusiast. Only 20 minutes east of Kamloops overlooking the river. 70 x 200 indoor riding arena with 13 indoor stalls with runs, 30 paddocks, 12 day stalls, 135 x 200 outdoor arena, and 100’ round pen. 20 acres in hay with water rights. All this and a great 4 bedroom/3 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home.

Listed at $1,490,000 MLS® 125833 RICKY (ULRIKE) HEDRICH 250-572-0828 Riley & Associates Realty Ltd.



This 2-storey walk-out style 3,000+ sq. ft., 5 bdrm, 3 bath home has 2 kitchens, 2 laundry rooms, and a detached 25x40 heated/insulated shop w/ water. Home and shop have dual fuel heating system (outdoor wood furnace & back up propane), keeps heating costs low. Detached 3-car carport with well house, fenced yard for dogs and set up for horses. Located along the Trans Canada Trail, hiking, biking, riding and more right at the door, on a school bus route and 12 min. to downtown Summerland. $547,500 MLS ® 152519 & 153520 133 Kettle Place, Summerland BC

Spectacular setting with bright open skillfully crafted fir log home and buildings on 18+ acres with a view to match. Huge family room boasts a Tulikivi stove which radiates warmth. Log home provides elegant, executive style on a horse farm setting. Additional log buildings include a 1,200 sq. ft. suite above a huge shop, plus a 1 bedroom cottage c/w sauna, bath and kitchen. Outdoor patio and smoker, large barn, tack room, equipment shed, 2 animal shelters, riding rings, arena and other outbuildings, 3 horse waterers, and water hydrants. $930,000 MLS ® 10094820 4304 MacDonald Road, Armstrong BC

ADRIENNE FOGGO • 250-809-6322 Royal Lepage Parkside Realty

MIKE BECK, ASSOCIATE BROKER/REALTOR Re/Max Armstrong • Cell 250-307-1600


YOUR AD COULD BE HERE Call 1-866-546-9922

Stallions and Breeders .....cont’d

On The Market

GREAT LITTLE ACREAGE WITH A LEGAL 2ND HOME Main home features bright kitchen, dining and living room area with 3 bedrooms up and 1 down, plus 1 1/2 baths. Breezeway to double garage/shop. Many outbuildings of various sizes, plus a seasonal creek. The 2nd home is perfect for the extended family or a mortgage helper with 1 bedroom up and 1 down, and its own carport. $469,900 MLS ® 10097255 1529 Eagle Rock Road, Armstrong BC MIKE BECK, ASSOCIATE BROKER/REALTOR Re/Max Armstrong • Cell 250-307-1600


(Roblyns Fancy Cat x Renner`s Black Beauty) This fantastic Section A Welsh Stallion will be standing his Introductory Year at Twin Acres Farm and Huber’s Welsh Pony & Cob Farm in 70 Mile House BC.

2015 STUD FEE: $500

includes non- refundable booking fee of $100

Call Kathy at 250-456-7462 or Ken 250-456-6050 07/15


“ANDY” THINKS HE’S A CLYDESDALE Yet to tell him he is a small horse with a big heart. He is calm and well-behaved. Reg’d Arabian Bay Gelding, 14.1HH, and 7 years old. Many mountain miles, back in training to continue arena work. Nice all round pony. Optional intro lessons included for new owner. Needs small woman/man and/or family with a few kids so he can be a forever horse. $4,000 before July 15th

1700 sq. ft. renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on 15 acres fenced and x-fenced. Set up for horses with 5 stall barn, riding ring, round pen and auto waterers. Large shop with 220 wiring and several outbuildings. Asking $385,000

Jenn 250-833-1930 (Enderby BC)

250-395-2804 (100 Mile House BC)


On The Market Want To Ride An Appaloosa?

MISTY MEADOWS Located in Pritchard, 35 km of 4-lane freeway on TCH east of Kamloops BC. 22.5 acre Equestrian Property with Architect designed 3 bed, 2 full baths, 2,400 sq. ft. home. Immaculate condition with continuous updating. 4 stall barn with hay loft, water and electricity. Fenced 70 x 180 sand riding ring, and 6 fenced pastures. First domestic and irrigation rights on Desmond Brook. Full landscaped yard. Move in ready! $675,000 • Property information and photo gallery available For more info contact: 250-577-3305 (Pritchard BC) 7/15

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

FOR SALE HOUSE AND 35 ACRES Property located on Chase Falkland Road. 2,000 sq. ft. home. Property all fenced and cross-fenced with premium horse fencing! Almost unlimited recreational opportunities only 15 minutes from Chase. More details at

Visit 250-963-9779 “Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas” 5/15

250-679-1175 (Chase BC)


3Winds Ranch

Friesian Ranch

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

Breeder of

AqhA/Nfqh 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AqhA Rom Reining

Friesian & TW Sunsation

Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust


1994 Palomino Tobiano APHA Stallion

AqhA/Nfqh 98% Silver Grullo, herda N/N

Peps Smart Quixote

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines ALL STALLIONS are tested AQHA 5 GENETIC DISEASE PANEL N/N

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 •

12/15 9/14

2000 Chestnut AQHA Stallion Smartest Little Pep/daughter Doc Quixote

3Winds Smok N Hawk

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


Horses HORSES FOR SALE – STALLION SERVICE 250-306-5351 (Armstrong BC) E-mail:



54 • Saddle Up • June 2015

This cart is brand new and is powder coated to ensure a lasting finish. It has a non-slip tread floor, roller bearing wood wheels with solid rubber tires and a metal single tree with both hook and loop ends (snap shackles can be used). It also includes a whip socket and footman loops. The seat is adjustable forwards and back for balance adjustments. This cart will accommodate 13 to 14HH horses approximately. Asking $2,150

Metal frame, solid natural maple. Upholstered vinyl seat, back/studs. Seat removable. Glove box in rear and front. Removable metal shafts. $1,800 OBO ALSO: Single horse leather harness with crupper & bridle $350 OBO

403-318-8973 (Red Deer AB) E-mail:

250-546-6968 (Armstrong BC) E-mail:



Shop & Swap! FOR SALE






Complete Electro Rope & Tape Systems




29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988



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

Able At



bC KAmloops,

Two locations to meet your needs!

Kelowna 1-866-886-6893 • Kamloops 1-888-371-3946 Cart website: 6/15 Parts website:


l yo u r F o r a l E d s! n h ay E

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) 6/15 MISCELLANEOUS

Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 5/16

Call for more info

250.572.2258 Or Email



Specializing in Horse Hay

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