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2015 A Huge Year For Alberta Wish Ride By Roger Matas



he two events, in Taber Alberta and Cypress Hills, plus a donation from a large car show in Drumheller, combined for a donation of $86,500 to the Children’s Wish Foundation. This was the Alberta Wish Ride’s 7th year of operation. “This was our best year ever and the largest contribution we’ve been able to make in one year,” said Wish Ride co-founder Irene White. “The event in Taber blew us away with the way the local organizing committee brought the community together for our biggest ride to date.” There were 109 riders at the Taber event which was held in August. In addition to a large silent auction, local organizers, led by committee chair Leslie Olson, put together a live auction which alone generated $14,000. White said the Cypress Hills event, in September at the Historic Reesor Ranch, was also

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well attended and brought in considerable funds. This was the fourth annual ride hosted by Theresa and Scott Reesor. In keeping with the Alberta Wish Ride’s founding principle, virtually all of the funds generated are turned over to the Children’s Wish Foundation. All of the supplies, food, and entertainment, are donated to maximize the contribution to the foundation. Two saddles were awarded this year; both produced by Saddle It Up in Lethbridge and sponsored by companies in Taber and Medicine Hat. Christine West of Taber won the Taber saddle and Doria Schuh took home the saddle from Cypress Hills. Doria was part of a 4-H group which participated in the ride, while Christine happened to be a member of the organizing committee in Taber and brought in the most pledges. The Alberta Wish Ride is a one day eques-

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trian event where riders generate pledges then come for a day of trail rides, entertainment, food and prizes. The events strive to put on a first-class day for the riders. Non-riders and community members are usually invited to take in the meals and entertainment. In its seven years the Alberta Wish Ride is now close to surpassing $300,000 in donations to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Dates for the 2016 rides in Taber and Cypress Hills have been booked. Discussions are also underway with groups interested in hosting rides in other parts of the province. All the dates and information will be posted at www.albertawishride.ca. For more information please contact Irene White at 403-366-8199 or 403-6076108, e-mail irene@albertawishride.ca.


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inter (dare I say that?) is fast approaching but this fall weather is FABULOUS! Love this time of year. And I have been cramming in as much riding as I can before the snow flies. They (weather forecasters) are saying this should be a milder winter than normal – but does that mean more snow on the ground? Oh please no! We’ve got some great articles in this month – hope you enjoy! How many more sleeps till Christmas? We have Part 1 of our Gift Guide in this issue – giving you some great ideas to shop for that ‘equine buddy’ be it human or horse! The annual Horsey Ladies Charity Auction & Banquet is coming up on November 20th (for both Okanagan and Cariboo groups)… tickets are out now… and sell out quickly! These two events are fundraisers for ‘local’ charities – don’t miss out – makes for great Christmas shopping too.


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Ten Helpful Tips for All Exhibitors By Mark Sheridan PART 1 OF 2



n this article, I am going to hit on a great variety of topics and share thoughtful ideas that have popped into my head while judging and exhibiting at both the smaller and larger horse shows. I want to start by stating that these are my opinions, which are also shared by a large majority of other judges that I work with, and do not represent the opinions of any breed or show association. Horse shows are supposed to be fun but, if some shows go late into the night or early hours of the morning, the fun stops. Many of the horse shows I judge or exhibit at are adding more and more classes, such as the popular Ranch Horse and Walk/Trot classes, and are levelling the classes, which takes up more time for the events and to announce the winners as well. There are only so many hours in a day and to keep things rolling, it takes additional effort not only from show staff, arena crews, judges, etc., but also from the exhibitors. I would also like to hit on other areas, such as trends, proper horse care and ways to increase your productivity in the arena. As a judge, coach and exhibitor, I am always trying to help out with the shows and keep them moving smoothly, such as helping with setting up cones for the Western Riding, assisting in Trail issues, helping mark the arena for Cowhorse events, making sure the barrier works in the Roping events, etc. This all takes time. I also want to touch on ways for all exhibitors, especially the rookies and novices, to avoid making common mistakes that might impede their success in the show arena. Tip #1 Get into the arena when called for! This might be the biggest issue for horse shows going so long into the night. At most shows when one class is finished, the gate person will call for the next class to enter the arena and either stand on the rail or work at will for rail classes. We understand that there are conflicts with other arenas, and tack changes happen all the time. However, if there is just one arena, and you don’t have a tack change, you should be in the arena for two huge reasons. Firstly, to keep the show moving along efficiently; secondly, and more importantly for the exhibitor, is that we as judges get a longer time to see you. Your time for us to judge you is limited; why not take advantage of the fact that most judges start evaluating horses before the class offi-

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cially starts? If a Hunter Under Saddle class has fifteen horses trotting around the arena and we are waiting for one or two horses because the trainer told them not to go in yet, then the late ones are not going to get the same time for evaluation, mostly because the others have been trotting around for quite a while. Showing courage to get in the arena first is a very good thing! Being ready at the gate and wanting to be the first one in, regardless if there is a work order, shows bravery; most judges like that. I am not personally a fan of work orders because they can sometimes slow down the rhythm of the show. I understand the need for it in most cases, and if the gate person wants you to go in a particular order, then that is what you have to do. However, if there is not a working order, be brave and go first. Challenge all the other riders to watch you and try to beat your pattern or score! If you’re not brave, then fake it! However, always do what the gate person says to do; if you don’t, we will most

likely hear about it. Another point that I have mentioned in numerous articles is to be at the cone or starting point and go when called for. If multiple judges are working, and one says to go, then go! Do not wait for all three or four judges to nod to you. Most of the time, there is a judge or steward that is the starter judge. I tell my clients that when all their hats are up and looking, to go. If there is a work order, listen for it and watch your competition to see what you need to do to beat their scores. Tip #2 At many of the larger shows, the Trail, Western Riding, and Reining classes will go in a block. This is where four or five classes show in a particular block, or where all the Western Riding, Trail, or Reining can show all day when it is convenient for them due to the large shows and the conflicts involved with other arenas and events. There is a fallacy amongst many trainers and exhibitors alike -- mostly because their trainers taught them this particular falsehood. That is the fact that HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Helpful Tips... cont’d judges tend to “warm up” their scores as the day goes on, and that we have “colder scores” at the beginning of the class or early in the day and, by the end of the day, the scores warm up and are higher, so to speak. First of all, with today’s scoring methods, that is not the case at all. Secondly, when the block starts at 8:00 am, most judges have had a good night’s sleep, breakfast and coffee, and are fresh and ready to go. At the end of the day, after we have been waiting for sometimes hours without any exhibitors, the line of exhibitors gets huge, and then it is hot or cold out, we have been sitting in plastic chairs all day in a dusty arena, we are tired, hungry, etc. If anything, the scores would obviously be higher in the morning if those factors were to be in play. However, trust me in the fact that horses are scored accordingly to their performance, and not what time of day it is, or how many we have judged. I will say that I have heard from many judges over the years that they appreciated how I was at the gate with all my Western Riding horses and clients, and we would do all our runs and be finished by 8:30 or so. I do this because I want to get done early, didn’t want to wait in line later, knew that the judges are fresh and ready to go and, most importantly, the fact that most horses ride better in the morning because that is when they are used to being ridden and trained. Horses get testy, tired and hungry just like us. Why not show them early in the day if given the opportunity?

show your horse that much and use him up like that. To me, it would be the equivalent of asking your child to compete in six soccer games a day. If you are going to show in the all-day fee shows, plan out your schedule the day before and think about your horse, not just yourself getting to be able to show that much. If you are going to show in quite a few events, then you need to think about taking care of your horse accordingly. Are you unsaddling him during the day to give him a break, or are you just sitting on your horse all day long between classes. Think about sore backs, muscles, and the fact that most show facilities have hard ground outside the arenas that horses stand on all day. Make sure that you get extra shavings, eight bags or more, have plenty of water available, keep feed in front of him so he can eat during

the day and not just twice a day. Wrap his legs in the evenings with liniment to keep him more comfortable, and keep fans on him if it is a hot day. Put the welfare of your horse first, and put some thought into your show plans. Tip #4 Schooling horses in the arena is a necessary thing we must all do at some time. But there are smart ways to school your horse so that he learns from the lesson, or the wrong way, which is letting your temper get the best of you, and then take it out on your horse. If your horse needs schooling, don’t take it personally against him; he doesn’t reason that way. If your horse comes out of the arena terrorized Cont’d on page 8 ...

Tip #3 This is a tip regarding “all-day” fees. This is where you can show for one fee, which sometimes includes your stall and shavings, and the option to enter as many classes as you like for one low price. This is a good way for shows to attract more exhibitors and keep the points up in most classes. However, that does not mean to over-show your horses to the point where they are exhausted, thinking because the class is somewhat free, that you might as well enter it. First, let’s think about the horse -- how many rides is he capable of giving you, and how many quality rides does a horse have in his career? There are only so many good Reining runs, Western Riding runs, or Rail classes that your horse has in him. At the last few shows that offered this type of entry where I officiated, many horses were going in 15 or more classes a day. That is just not smart -- to HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Helpful Tips... cont’d or afraid, it will only get worse. I usually carry my whistle in my coat pocket during the day, and have unfortunately had to use it at least once a day lately. If your horse needs schooling in Reining or Western Riding, think about what areas he needs help in the most, and plan out your ride. When you come out of the arena, you should feel good about your horse’s education, and not mad and looking to go out behind the barn and finish the business. If you do that, we will find you. Also, as a courtesy to the judge and ring steward, if your plans are to school, stay on course, don’t go over the time limit, and use two hands softly to notify of the school session upon starting. The ring stewards work very hard and sometimes a little mental break for them is appreciated. To follow up on teaching versus punishment -- there is a huge difference. Teach, do not punish! Note that if you school during the rail classes, you will most likely be asked to leave or stand in the centre of the arena, as to not jeopardize other riders in the arena who are actually competing for a prize. When warming up in the makeup pen before your class, do not abuse or knock your horse around; most warm-up pens are adjacent to the show arenas, and it is amazing what we can see!

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

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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.

REMEMBERING CHUNKY By Patricia Evans (Nanaimo BC) and Larry Le Heup (Gibsons BC); edited from Facebook posts and personal communications by Lindsay Hartley (Nanaimo BC) Patricia Evans grew up on a farm in Surrey BC, near Frys corner. She’s pictured here, around the mid 1950’s, giving three younger kids a ride on “Chunky.” This is her story. “Chunky was my first horse. One summer I picked strawberries, raspberries, beans and potatoes so I could buy her. Dad picked her out for me so he may have helped in the money department too, because picking fruit and vegetables didn’t pay much. My brother, Larry, recalls that she was an ex-railroad pack horse who had been used to pack supplies into spots they couldn’t get to by road. She even had a CN brand on her hip. He also remembers that, once, a little Shetland got in with Chunky and bit her. Wrong thing to do, he said, as Dad had to rescue the pony before Chunky put it through the fence. Her favourite activity was eating - hence the name ‘Chunky’ suited her. I sure had a lot of fun with her. She was terrific for me, a “go anywhere, do anything” kind of horse. She was so good; I had as many as 5 kids on her at one time. That bridle in the photo was really nice; it had a matching breast collar too. One year, I and two other kids rode our horses in the Cloverdale Rodeo parade. After, we untacked our horses and put them in a field while we went around the rodeo. Unfortunately, someone then stole my bridle and breast collar and nothing else... I never did get them back. I don’t remember how I got home without a bridle – I probably just used a piece of binder twine or something. I just loved that horse. We’d take off riding for hours at a time. Great memories.”

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Transitioning from Shoes to Barefoot By Kristi Luehr, Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care FACTORS TO CONSIDER EXPECTATIONS Having realistic expectations is very important when transitioning your horse from shod to barefoot. Expecting horses to perform the same way barefoot as they have in shoes is unrealistic. It takes time to strengthen and build hoof health and often the shoeing process over many years has caused much damage within the hoof. It is very much the same as asking a seasoned marathon runner to compete without running shoes. It would be uncomfortable for him to feel the hard or rocky ground under his sensitive feet for the first few times. However, given enough time, the marathon runner could build adequate callouses so that he could perform barefoot. Taking horses barefoot should be about the long-term Gravel around the feeder to strengthen and health of the horse, not callous hooves the rider’s short-term performance goals. This being said, we must still make sure that our horses are comfortable when transitioning by providing them with hoof boots when needed and correct and frequent natural trims.

ground will have no trouble travelling on a rocky trail as his hooves would have already been conditioned to it. Even if all you have for your horse is soft pasture or dirt, adding some river rock around water troughs or in shelters or a favourite hangout spot can be a big help. Exposure to varying surfaces is important in conditioning the hoof and building strength. Deciding to take your horses barefoot can be a complex decision. While it is greatly beneficial to them to restore natural hoof function, you must make sure you are ready to face the challenges involved with the transition. I suggest you speak with your hoof care provider about the factors mentioned above as well as discuss the overall health of your horses’ hooves and the expected length of the transition period. Kristi Luehr is a natural trimmer and founder of the Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care (www.oksnhc.com). She holds certification with the Canadian Farrier School as well as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. Her focus is to educate horse owners about hoof anatomy, hoof mechanism, and the importance of a natural trim based on the wild horse model. (See her listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES)

TIME A hoof that has been in shoes for extended periods will take time to heal internally as well as externally. Perpetual shoeing cycles can cause contraction and atrophy of the internal energy-dispersing structures of the hoof. A horse that is shod is peripherally loading the hoof, which means that only the outside rim of the hoof is impacting the ground. This causes the frog and digital cushion (a structure paramount to a healthy barefoot hoof) to atrophy and weaken. However, the good news is that the digital cushion has tissue similar to stem cells within it, and given the right opportunity (i.e. a balanced natural trim with proper stimulation) it can regenerate. The other problem with shoes is the lack of flexibility within the hoof. A metal horse shoe cannot expand and contract like a natural hoof does, so there is less flexion and movement within the hoof. Less flexion and movement results in decreased blood flow and energy dissipation, leading to further tissue damage. Upon pulling the shoes and providing a natural trim, circulation and flexion are immediately restored, often resulting in temporary minor discomfort for the horse as circulation is increased and blood flow is restored back to a normal state.

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ost of us bridle our horses without entirely understanding the purpose of the bit, let alone why we are using a specific style of bit, or even how the bit came to be in the first place. When you stop to think about it equines are the only animals we control by placing something in the mouth. All other pack/draft/riding animals are controlled by forms of nose pressure, nose rings/pegs (oxen, water buffalo and camels), or canes/staffs (elephants). So then, where on earth did the bit come from? When humans domesticated the horse around 5,500-6,000 years ago, they were already familiar with the concept of riding and driving animals, thanks to the earlier domestication of donkeys and bovines. It makes sense that these early riders and drivers transferred familiar ideas of control to the horse. In the ancient Near East, this took the form of the nose ring, but this did not work due to the shape, placement and delicacy of equine nostrils. In Central Asia and Eastern Europe, early horsemen played around with a different control mechanism, one that took the shape of the equine jaw into consideration. They discovered a fleshy gap between the molars and incisors on the lower jaw (the bars) and realized they could place something directly in the mouth to control the horse by means of pressure on this area. These prototype bits were not made of metal, instead they were leath-









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er thongs, bone or wood tied to cheek pieces made of antler. Early evidence for the use of bits comes from the site of Dereivka in the Ukraine, where archaeologists have found 5,000-yearold equine remains with evidence of bit wear on the second pre-molar teeth. Luristan The wear patterns on these prehistoric teeth have been tested against wear patterns created by both metal and organic bits on modern horses and the results are remarkably similar. The first metal bits appeared around 1300 BCE and were made of bronze, and later this changed to iron. The first metal bits are all what we would term a simple, single-jointed snaffle, but the cheek pieces could be very elaborate. The bits of Luristan in ancient Iran were made in the shape of fantastical beasts and equines. These cheek pieces often had a pair of small spikes on the inside surface - early examples of bit burrs. As bit technology travelled west into Europe, the style and variety of mouthpieces changed dramatically. Amongst the nomadic populations of the Near East and Central Asia, the simple loose ring snaffle reigned supreme (and still does today). Such was not the case in Mediterranean Europe. The Greeks continued to use a snaffle, but in some cases spiked rollers termed “hedgehogs” were added to the mouthpiece. Xenophon recommended that every rider have two bits - one smooth and one rough - to be used based on individual situations. The Romans created the first curb bits, which evolved into the large and elaborate curbs of Medieval Europe and the Renaissance period. There is no way we can look at most of the bits and not make automatic judgments of cruelty, BUT we also need to take into account their purpose, namely, the job the horse performed. Etruscan HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

History of Bits... cont’d When looking at the history of bits, we must always remember the adage that “a bit is only as mild or harsh as the hands that control it.” These bits evolved when the primary use of the horse was for war. In combat, the horse had to be perfectly attuned to the rider’s aids; miscommunication could result in serious injury or death for horse and rider. Add armour and fighting tactics to this, and you might begin to understand the purpose of these bits. The cavalry of Central Asia rode to war in the loose ring snaffles partly because of their expertise as horsemen - they did spend the majority of their lives on horseback - but they were also horse archers who wore lightweight, flexible armour and rarely engaged in close combat. Their horses did not require the same degree of control and trainability as their European counterparts. The European cavalryman rode to war in metal armour that evolved from a short, chain mail shirt to the full-scale plate armour of the medieval knight that encased him from head to toe. Helmets were heavy and, in many cases, covered the entire face with visibility provided by small eye slits that only allowed a rider to see straight ahead. Thus, the armour added a greater degree of protection but it severely hampered mobility in the tack. Add to this swords, spears and a shield and you start to get an idea of how encumbered the cavalryman could be. The cavalrymen fought in hand-to-hand combat, wielding their weapons in close quarters. They could not ride with the same consistent contact that we use today, rather they rode “on the buckle,” controlling the horse with the lightest touch of the reins. Xenophon mandated that the cavalryman must ride with a loose rein. Take a look at any painting or etching of the European horse being schooled or ridden in one of these bits and you will notice the loop in the reins. The saddles of the period also influenced hand place-

ment and contact as they forced the rider to carry his hands quite high above the raised pommel. These curb bits became the predecessor to the western curbs we have today, while the snaffle evolved to have different cheek pieces and mouth shapes. Both styles of bits are available in a wide range of sizes, materials and shapes. As our understanding of the equine mouth and dental structure continues to grow, it continues to influence bit design and our personal choices of bits for individual horses. At the root, though, the bits of today are identical to those found by archaeologists all over Europe and Asia.

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Tina Harnett and her lovely warmblood Paint mare Raven as they develop confidence together by working with cattle during one of our “Respect the Beef” afternoons. same horse! All of this is what makes it completely impossible to know what the one right way to teach something to any given horse may be. This may sound confusing, and I’ll admit that at times it absolutely is, but it’s also incredibly simple. I understand that for so many people who are seeking help and guidance as they venture into the great, wide world of horsemanship, the idea of “one right way” to do things is very appealing. After all, if there was just one right way, all one would need to do would be to figure out which one it was and then stick to that! If only it were that easy… It’s a far less comfortable notion to imagine that not only is there not just one right way to do things but there are literally hundreds of ways, many of which could very well provide you with the desired result without compromising your horse’s dignity, confidence or well- Eunice Rousseau and her mare Diva working at being. There are even more developing their confidence. ways that can produce the (Photo by Tina Harnett) desired result but that will compromise your horse’s dignity, confidence and well-being! For this reason, it’s important to be extremely careful, observant and even a little bit skeptical at times while seeking the right way. Over the years of working with horses, all with a variety of backgrounds, training levels, challenges, future expectations and levels of riders, it’s become very clear to me that no one way works for each and every horse. There are a few tricks or techniques that I’ve found usually work in most situations, however even these need to be customized for each horse depending on how sensitive, reactive, dull, distractible, focused or nervous the horse I’m working with may be. In fact, even the tools we choose to use while communicating with our horses can be a major source of distraction or confusion. Some people seem to be under the impression that a rope must be made out of a certain type of material to work properly or that the only kind of halter that one could possibly use to communicate with HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Tools, Tasks... cont’d their horse properly is rope. Some folks have even been so married to an item or idea that they’ve actually forfeited their success for the sake of using their equipment or a performing a specific task! This has in no way been a conscious At a colt starting clinic with Daryl Gibb, Cisco and I decision; however I’ve are helping out with one of the colts and developing the confidence in both Cisco and the colt by working seen it over and over again. Sometimes slowly and with the support of another horse. people can become so (Photo by Tina Harnett) attached to a particular “system” or technique that they seem to completely overlook the elephant in the room, or in this case the horse in the arena. It really can be confusing and I have a ton of sympathy and understanding for people who find themselves in this position. After all, there are lots of products and systems out there, all being sold as “the best” or “the only” way to work with horses. It can be incredibly difficult to sort through it all and to decide what really is the right thing for you and your horse. At the end of the day, the way I see it anyway, is that the only one who can tell you what is right for you or your horse is you or your horse! As a student, I’ve found myself inside many arenas with many different teachers who were all teaching very different techniques but each and every one of them had one thing in common… they were all chosen very carefully and specifically because they share my views on how a horse should be treated, because they clearly understand how a horse’s body works and what is healthy for a horse, and because they were only interested in helping my horse and me to find success in communicating clearly. They were not selling me products, making me promises or tooting their own horns, they were simply on the same path I was on and looking for the best, softest, clearest and safest way to convey their desired outcome to the horse. I will openly admit that I didn’t do or agree with everything they asked me to do and that some of what they may have shared didn’t feel right for me and my horse but there were many things that they shared that did work for my horse and me and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have learned them. There were a lot of things that I found tremendously helpful and there were even some things that didn’t work for me and my horse at that time but that have since found their way into our practices or even turned out to be exactly what another horse I was working with needed! When the dust settles, at the end of each day, the only thing that matters to me is: Was I fair to my horses today? Did the work we did together improve our balance, confidence, understanding and trust? Did I leave my horse better off at the end of the day than he was this morning? Did I put my horse’s experience ahead of the tools, tasks and traditions that guide us? If we can clearly communicate our intentions to our horses in the most straightforward, compassionate way possible, producing a desired result without compromising their HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

dignity, confidence or physiology, then as far as I’m concerned, it was the right way. 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 Stephanie Evans and Annie as they develop she also provides ridconfidence together by using a Garrocha pole during ing instruction and our Doma Vaquera lesson series. conducts horseman(Photo by Lisa Coulthard) ship 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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Name The Foal Contest Winner By Neva Springman Photos courtesy of Spruce Meadows


f at first you don¹t succeed, try, try again. Well, I tried and I tried and I tried… and the old adage proved true. After entering the Spruce Meadows Name The Foal contest every year since the contest’s inception, this turned out to be my year. My suggested

Neva Springman from Mission BC, with Leotie. The name means prairie flower, which indeed she is.

(l to r) Neva Springman, Linda Noble, Amelia Young, Karen Coates, Margaret Bastian, Beth Bastian. Photo by Nancy Finn (volunteer for Spruce Meadows) name, Leotie, which means prairie flower, was chosen for a beautiful bay filly. Every year three foals born at Spruce Meadows are chosen for the contest. Sponsored by Telus, the prize for the winning name for each foal is an all-expense paid trip to Spruce Meadows for the Masters in September for each winner and a guest. Margaret Bastian from Okotoks AB, whose name Cuarenta was chosen, brought her daughter Beth as a guest. Karen Coates from Saskatoon, who won with the name Nakiska, brought her young riding student Amelia Young from Duncan BC. Linda Noble from Summerland BC (her friendship is one of the many good things that came out of my long association with the BC Quarter Horse Association) was my guest. We were treated to full VIP treatment from reserved seating in the Meadowview Lounge, to accommodation at the Carriage House Inn, to dinner at a five star restaurant. Volunteer hosts (thank you John, Nancy and Caroline) were always available to answer questions and make sure that we were well looked after. We were able to watch incredible show jumping every one of the four days. The six of us shared lots of laughs, a few tears at the end, and left with memories to last a lifetime. It just doesn’t get any better. Thank you Spruce Meadows and Telus for treatment exceeding anything we could have imagined.

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Shannon Ford Fine Arts Opens a Spectacular New Season


t’s not quite worldwide domination but it’s close. Canadian fine artist Shannon Ford is opening a new season with some of the most dynamic international achievements yet of her career, including as Official Show Program artist for the third annual EQUUS Film Festival NYC, November 20-21, (equusfilmfestival.net) and through the installation of her 3-D painting, Horse Power, to the new wing of the Vancouver Children’s Hospital. Ford and First Ritmo AJ, a hazel-eyed portrait of her Mangalarga Marchador stallion painted with gold and sapphire dust, join an elite international five (Canada, France, Ireland and the United States) selected as Official Artists of EQUUS Film Festival NYC. Ford will also be featured at the world’s only festival dedicated to film, art and literature about the horse as subject

permanent installation in the new wing of British Columbia’s Vancouver Children’s Hospital. The colourful fantasy inspired by a Friesian horse from Veinotte Horse Farm in the Vancouver suburb of Maple Ridge will have a children’s observation pedestal allowing the hospital’s youngest patients to see Ford’s horse image through a special viewer and, the artist says, “Watch it spring to three-dimensional life!” “Horse Power” celebrates the intense energy emanating from a horse in full gallop, rivaling and racing against the clockwork–the cogs and numbers breaking out in all directions under the horse’s head as the willpower and tenacity of the horse here races against time. Time may under normal circumstances be unexceptional, calculated and unvarying but for a family and child overcoming an illness, time is anything but regular. The horse is racing to give a boost of energy and rattle the clockwork of time a little to help the children and families who need it most win their race. The painting is best viewed through 3D glasses, as all the

Horse Power cogs and numbers and clock parts fly out towards the viewer, about 40-50 cm (1.5 feet) in front of the painting! Learn more and visit the galleries who represent Ford’s work at www.shannonford.ca or join her on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/ Shannon-Ford-Fine-Artist

The NO BULL Event is on!

First Ritmo AJ of EQUUS Film Festival screening, ‘Is That a Horse in the Gallery?’ produced by Shaw TV and Wayne McDougall in September 2014 about her solo exhibition with guests of honour Dr. David Ward of Fairview Arabian Stud in Okanagan Falls BC, and Daryl Gibb of Osoyoos BC, who rode palomino Quarter Horse, Caviada Cee Bee Flit, into the gallery for a look. The New York City honour comes hot on the heels of an announcement that Ford’s Horse Power, recently on exhibit with Penticton (BC) Public Art Gallery’s ‘Steam Punk Primer,’ curated by Paul Crawford, will receive HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


72’ x 144’ Atlas Riding Arena

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irtually every day I see people training their horses to run over them. If I say, “Punish the horse” you may think of forty lashes, verbal abuse, and maybe a good belly kick or two. If I say, “reward the horse” maybe you think of a lot of loving pats on the neck, verbal praise, and half a dozen carrots. But punishing a horse can be as subtle as closing your hand on a rein or lead rope and rewarding the horse as easy as opening your hand. The time you spend with your horse is a long continuous chain of punishment and reward that gradually shapes the horse’s behaviour and the nature of your relationship. This system works both ways; if you are a wimp, the horse will punish you by walking all over you, if you develop a supple feel on the rein, your horse will reward you by becoming light and flexible, and so on. In any given situation an animal will tend to do the same thing it did last time, the evolutionary logic being that if they survived last time, they should survive again this time. This makes it important to interrupt undesirable patterns as soon as possible. A horse does what he does because he has learned that those actions give him the greatest likelihood of getting what he wants, usually safety and comfort. If a horse has bad ground manners it’s because he has been rewarded for behaving that way. The horse leans against his handler, and she rewards him by moving out of the way. The harder he leans the more likely she is to move. When the horse stands quietly and respectfully the handler punishes him for it by closing her hand and keeping a continuous, short, tight, claustrophobic pressure on the lead rope, until he flings his head and barges forward. Then he is rewarded by her opening her hand, letting the rope slide loose, and moving out of his way again. Training a horse to the pinnacle we all dream of is obviously very challenging and complex. However, it can all be distilled down to one simple rule we can all practice; it should become your mantra: When the horse pushes, you push (ideally with something pointy and uncomfortable) and when the horse gives, you give (ideally simultaneously.) Close your hand on the rein and you are pushing the bit against the bar of your horse’s mouth. When he gives, you give, and reward him by opening your hand and allowing him to hold the bit on his tongue again. Next time a horse tries to push past you, try closing your hand tightly on a fold of skin on his chest, when he recoils from this, open your hand again. No fuss, no drama, no swinging or swearing or shoving. The smile never leaves your face and the horse thinks, “Golly, it hurts to run into people, this one just bit me.” If you have done a really thorough job of training the horse to run over you, it may take some time for him to change. This is one reason there is so much inertia in the horse world, people try something new, it doesn’t work right away, and they quickly return to their old bad habits, which, while yielding only mediocre results, are at least supported by the bad habits of everyone else at the stable. Any time you are within sight or touch of a horse you are teaching him something whether you know it or not. It’s up to you if he is learning something you like, or something you don’t like. Remember, to punish him you may only have to close your hand and open your heart. To reward him, just open your hand and open your mind.

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Will takes Viktor, a 6-year-old Friesian x Arabian for his first-ever ride. William Paull has been involved with horses for almost fifty years. Will began his career at Hastings Park Racecourse in Vancouver with his grandfather’s race horses and continues it at Moore Equine, Canada’s largest equine veterinary hospital (in the Calgary area). Never satisfied with the typical way of handling horses Will began to develop his own theories and methods, and has studied with Pat Parelli and Johnathan Field.

A career with horsepower Take your horsemanship and livestock skills from good to job-ready with the Western Ranch and Cow Horse program Program offered at Vermilion Campus 10/14 11/15

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Great Time at Sundance! By Donna McNab and Sly Keyes


e were the successful bidders for the get-a-way at the Sundance Guest Ranch in Ashcroft, which was one of the fabulous silent auction items at last year’s “Horsey Ladies Okanagan Fundraising Banquet.” After a long, 10-month wait, our ranch experience finally arrived! Even the drive to Ashcroft from Vernon was scenic and beautiful! Arriving in the afternoon, with all the other guests already out on a ride, we had the ranch practically to ourselves! We checked in, and immediately felt at home! Our room overlooked the undulating topography and the fabulous fields where the horses spend their nights grazing and “being horses.” We took a self-guided tour around the ranch, and came upon the rustic, but ever-so-welcoming lounge, with a blazing, crackling fire in the large fireplace. Later in the evening, this is where we would meet our new “lifelong” friends. As we wandered around, we then met one of the wranglers, who had just finished a ride. She gave us a tour of the tack rooms and barn area. The posted farrier schedule had us in awe, keeping 125 horses (or 500 hooves) happy!

As the afternoon trail ride group returned to the ranch, we were greeted by happy, smiling “city folk” who had been transformed into authentic cowboys and cowgirls! For some of these folks, this was their very first time on a horse, others had not ridden since childhood, and some had taken lessons for a year, just for their ranch experience! The dining hall gave us another opportunity to meet fellow ranch guests. The food was stick-to-your-ribs yummy, and there was plenty of it! We have made great friends from as far away as Germany and England, and as close to home as Penticton. We are planning a “Sundance Reunion” next fall as we already miss each other and everything Sundance, especially the “Jingle!” The staff, working students and wranglers all made our few days extra special. They were all so welcoming and friendly and, even though neither of us was able to ride this time, they went above and beyond to make our stay extraordinary and unforgettable! We can’t wait to make more wonderful memories with our new “family!”

Chevallier’s Arena Coming Events

Junior Timed Event Jackpot Wednesday November 11/15 ~ Noon

JR & PW Divisions for Barrels, Poles, Goats, Jr Breakaway & Team Roping

Entries close Monday Prior

3C Tack Grand Opening Quality Used & Consignment Tack &

Timed Event Jackpot Sunday November 29/15 ~ Noon

BCBRA/CBR Sanctioned Barrel Race, Poles ~ Goat Tying ~ Roping

Enter up to Friday Prior

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To enter or for information email: chevyequine@gmail.com Phone/Text: 250-718-2761

Visit: www.ChevyEquine.com for information Or on Facebook: Chevallier’s Arena


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Gift Guide

Gift Guide

– Part 1

Christmas is just around the corner… and we’ve got some great gift ideas for you on the following pages. BIG D / NOBLE OUTFITTERS (see their ad on back cover)

Mud or the elements are no longer an issue with the most innovative and comfortable waterproof boot on the market. Each pair of Noble Outfitters MUDS® Cold Front Boots are engineered with a completely unique design, inside and out, to keep you ultra-comfortable and 100% dry and warm. Now available in Realtree Camo to provide superior quality for the hunter out there. Give the gift of warmth, comfort and protection this winter. To find a Dealer near you go to www.bigd.ca. View the full line at www.nobleoutfitters.com


is gearing up to help you decorate for the holiday season. We have a great selection on “Country Star” home décor. These great items can be part of your home all year round. Garland, tin stars, candles and more to help add that special sparkle to your holidays!

THE PADDOCK #1-7861 Hwy 97N Vernon, BC 250-545-1537

Fall/Winter Riding Gear from Noble Outfitter Sizes XS ~ XXL

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presents “Prairie Marie” – the first interchangeable brow band made of natural, precious and semi-precious stones – made for all sizes! The Mystic Brow Bands are designed with the healing power of stones and crystals. Want to be different? This Bridle Grill is made with turquoise magnesite, obsidian and copper beads; and you can attach it to your existing headstall. Other colours and styles available. Let you and your horse’s personality shine through!

Ride or drive over – Fit your horse in our outdoor arena.

403-345-2992 Coaldale Alberta 3 miles east of Coaldale on Highway 3 OPEN MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10 AM – 6 PM

DUBARRY of Ireland knee-high Long-

ford boot with its stylish double buckle detail has become one of the best-selling styles in the expanding Dubarry boot line. It has a feminine toe shape to create a beautiful and elegant all-round boot. Made from Dubarry’s luxurious water-resistant DryFast-DrySoft™ leathers it is combined with a waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX liner to ensure Dubarry’s renowned performance attributes. The elasticated heel panel assists foot entry and makes for an elegant boot silhouette. Finger pulls fitted inside the boot leg make for ease of leg entry. Available in Walnut, Black or Black/ Brown in Eur sizes 35-43. HCBC HCBC 2010 2010 BUSINESS BUSINESS OF OF THE THE YEAR YEAR

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Cariboo SpurS apparel & TaCk Biggest Little Western Store in the Cariboo

TOP SHELF FEEDS has some great gifts ideas for

all your equine needs. We carry Herbs for Horses, Rivas Remedies, Omega Alpha, URAD, as well as helmets, tack, treats, and blankets for your favorite four-legged friend. 10% off any regular priced item in the store excluding feed. Large or small we feed them all, come in and visit our locations. More than just a feed store, we carry fencing, pet supplies, gardening, giftware as well as pet supplies.

Ph: 250.398.8886 • cariboospurs26@telus.net 1124 S. Broadway Ave., Williams Lake, B.C. V2G

CARIBOO SPURS APPAREL & TACK can help you find the perfect gift for the women in your life. We now carry Glam and Grit hats! All eyes are sure to be on you when wearing these gorgeous hats, we have in-stock options available and are able to special order as well (note that special orders take up to two months for delivery). You may have seen these hats worn by barrel race legend Fallon Taylor!

2800 Roberts Road, Duncan BC 250-746-5101 7648 Island Highway, Black Creek BC 778-428-4444 4480 Manson Avenue, Powell River BC 604-485-2244

2714 Sooke Road, Victoria BC 250-478-8012

Large or Small – We Feed Them All! Come in and visit our Island locations. Carrying... Riva’s Remedies Redmond Rock Salts Herbs For Horses Full line of De-wormers, Tack and Equine Supplies

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Cowichan Valley Owned and Operated

10% OFF IN STORE ITEMS (excluding feed)

Coupon expires Dec. 31, 2015

As well as... Full line of Pet Supplies including Orijen, Acana, Taste of the Wild, Go, Sportsmix All you need for your Dogs and Cats.


Gift Guide Come on in and find the perfect horsey gift for you and yours! From Montana Silver to Alamo ‘Bling on Tack’! Or how about a Gift Certificate?

Say you saw our ad in Saddle Up and save 10% Off your purchase (excludes saddles & consignments)

Located in the

Hometown Store

Bonnie Hayes • 250-498-4324 1400 5955 Main St., Oliver Place Mall, Oliver, BC We also carry hunting supplies and some unique western gifts!


located in the Sears Hometown Store in the Oliver Place Mall (open 7 days a week), has a great selection of quality tack and riding equipment for all the horse enthusiasts on your Christmas list! We have a huge selection of bling headstalls, breast collars and reins, bling spur straps and belts, and of course Montana Silver! We also carry all your basic horse care necessities - all at reasonable prices. Say you saw our ad in Saddle Up and save 10% off your purchase (excludes saddles and consignment items). Gift certificates available.

STAMPEDE TACK & WESTERN WEAR suggests… How about giving a little piece of history this Christmas with a Limited Edition Fred Stone print? Celebrate the 12th ever Triple Crown Winner and the first in the 37 years with an American Pharoah signed and numbered print. Prints are signed by both painter Fred Stone and Jockey Victor Espinoza. Limited quantities available so don’t wait too long! You will also find a large selection of other great pieces of Fred Stone artwork in the store.





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says… Many domesticated animals have anxiety issues living in confined areas, the Rodeo Equi-Orb can help reduce negative effects on stable stress helping to cut down on boredom such as cribbing and weaving. The benefits are plenty, particularly in helping your horse’s respect, whilst unlocking their curiosity in helping them gain confidence encouraging their natural play drive. When he is at play with ‘his’ favourite toy - treat yourself to one of these beautiful “Wild” Neck Rags (silk-cotton, prices up to $25). Or perhaps a stocking stuffer for your friends, maybe a “Saddle Jingle” or “Key Chain” (prices $10-$25). (100 cm dia.) $80(incl. taxes.)

High Quality Burst Proof Used for training, encouraging a horse’s curiosity to gain confidence and play drive!


EC Ventures ecballventures@gmail.com


offers personalized name bands on halters for awards, stables, clubs, or special gifts. Available with “no snap” or “with snap.” Comes with one noseband but is also available with plain or embroidered cheekpieces too. Sizes from mini to large. Check our website for colour options www.gloverequine. com. We do dog collars too! Order by December 1st for Christmas delivery.

gloverequine.com Mail Order Retail

YouR HoRsE sHow AwARds spEciAlist! • Embroidery • Stall Decorations • Manufacturing sheets, coolers, quilted blankets, halters and bags • All sizes...Miniatures to Drafts

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8th LiNe DeSigN BRACeLetS

THE HORSE STORE offers this Girl Tough Canvas

Vest - a great looking functional vest… the perfect gift for the horse lover in your life. It will stand up to a day’s work but keep her stylish at the same time. Features a rugged cotton outer shell with a waterproof finish, soft brushed lining with 40 gm of polyester fill, deep snap front hand warmer pockets, a faux fur lined collar, an inside cell phone pocket and a YKK 2-way zipper. Available in Olive or Rose, sizes XS to XL, affordably priced at $119.95.

Casual yet chic leather wrap or cuff bracelets with spots and crystals, and a very cool hand-forged horseshoe nail clasp.

Created in Canada! S, M, L • $19.95 to $29.95

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Contact 1-866-779-4691 for a Retailer near you www.kixnbux.com

The Kix’ N’ Bux coat is the ideal coat for all your riding needs.


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Cowboy Clothing Company Inc. - The Kix’ N’ Bux Coat will not get damp, stiff, smelly, or heavy. The nylon shell is made to remain supple and withstand cold temperatures, and the tall, fleece-lined collar adds comfort and warmth. With a classic, Western-style yoke and fully sealed seams, there is no worrying about leaks. The front of the coat sits forward over the saddle horn and onto the horse’s shoulders, and expands to provide a generous cantle covering as well. The coat has a fulllength mesh lining, and its large, roomy fit allows for multiple layers underneath. On warmer days, underarm zippers open for extra breathability.

tested! r e d i r d gned an i s e d r e d i R Available in sizes XS to XX-Large and in three colours (sage, tan and gunmetal grey). • Lightweight and supple • Waterproof and durable • Machine washable and re-treatable • Leg straps to keep coat from flapping • Classic Western-style yoke • Reflective piping • Extra-high face-protecting collar


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FARM & HOME CENTRE 1225 Main Street, Pincher Creek, AB 403.627.3606 • pccoopag@telus.net


says Santa knows where to go for his Christmas shopping. Stop on by and see our selection of giftware, tack, ropes, winter blankets, pet supplies and treats, and some of the top equine feeds! And don’t forget we carry a great selection of Bernie Brown giftware, sure to please your favourite ‘collector’. We have many other gifts and supplies for all the ‘animals’ in your life!


CARIBOO OUTBACK SADDLES & SUPPLIES - The Merino wool seat covers are the Easy to care for, easy to ride! The heart of this lightweight synthetic saddle is the same sturdy wood and steel tree that is in the rest of the Kimberley models, so it can be adjusted to fit your horse. Comes supplied with nylon overgirth and leathers, neoprene girth, and lightweight polymer stirrups with rubber grip tread.

perfect gift for giving someone total comfort and warmth over their saddle and keeps cool in the summer. Great for long rides, softening a hard seat and keeping warm on colder riding days. Comes in black or brown. Multiple attachment points and the fitted cantle help keep everything in place. Made in the US from Australian Merino sheepskin. See our website for more Christmas specials.

Waterproof, Windproof & Snowproof! Stay warm and dry in this Copperfield Oilskin Coat. Down Under brings you a great looking 3/4 length oilskin jacket for town or country.

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Outfit your horse with the most durable blankets and exciting western saddles diamondhtack.ca 1 (877) 762-5631 and tack. Huge variety of English saddles, bridles November 27 & 28 and accessories. Complete onsite custom repair shop and laundry service. Get their favorite treats, feed and supplements or electric fencing products. Check out the latest in high tech riding fashions for your horse enthusiast, or accessorize your loyal fourlegged canine friend. Huge selection of giftware including: Painted Ponies, Montana Lifestyles statues and dinnerware, Breyer horses, Games, Books, ornaments, stationary, calendars, and more. Find everything at www.diamondhtack.ca. We’re your one stop shop, with knowledgeable and friendly staff!

Black Friday


- Colour your Equestrian World - we now have Poly HorseRail, Hotcote products, electric polywires and polytapes in black, brown and white. The 2”x4” knotted mesh “no climb” fence is also available in black. The black and brown fences can be finished off with the great powdercoated coloured pipe and 2”x4” mesh gates. For stocking stuffers we have Fence Testing Analysers, “noground wire” to deal with testers, signal lights, and cut-off switches which allow various areas,  paddocks, fields, etc. to be

isolated from voltage when power is not needed for example, when working in area with horses. If you are planning for the future, we also offer Gift Certificates.

The good looking combination fence which lasts for years BAYCO 2,000 FT. SPOOLS 4MM. “NO WIRE” WHITE OR BLACK



Complete EQUI-STAR ELECTROROPE and TAPE electric systems • Horse Rail • Pony Rail • HorseCote • HotCote • No-Climb • Diamond Mesh


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has the largest selection and best price on Vancouver Island for Moccasins and Mukluks. Keep your loved ones tootsies warm and comfortable all year! Lots of colour and styles to choose from, for all ages. Looking for riding or fashion boots? Come see the variety of Boulet Boots in stock. Look your best come show season!

Thank you to all the businesses that participated in the Gift Guide this month. Readers, do tell them you saw their ad in Saddle Up! Happy Shopping! More in December...


Best Selection on the Island for BOOTS BELTS & BUCKLES MOCCASINS & MUKLUKS Variety of colours available

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COWBOY POETRY The Soldier and a Cowboy

The Soldier and Cowboy have fun They spend their share of time in the red hot blazing sun

(a tribute to our troops on Remembrance Day) By Curtis Anderson

The Soldier and Cowboy have their own uniform Sometimes they both can be in a storm The Soldier and a Cowboy have their own knowledge There is a few that stand alone with their courage The Soldier and a Cowboy make their living off the land You can tell the quality of a man by the shake of his hand The Soldier and a Cowboy are independent They watch each footstep they make as though it was made in cement Everyone’s future looks bright Our Soldiers fight for the freedom of the Red and White

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


his is a photo of me and my paint horse West Jet. She has been my horse since I was born! My mom used to ride her with me in a snugly on her back when I was 12 months old! Then she used to pony me, and now I can ride her by myself!! She is 15.3 hh! I skipped the pony stage! Jet is 13 yrs old, I love her!

-Amber, age 10, Vancouver Island BC

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Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan


all has been pretty good to us weather-wise, allowing us to still ride and still get lots of outside work finished up – although I’m sure we won’t get most of our list completed before the snow flies! Fencing never ends, the garden and flower beds still need cleaning out, and firewood, which is a priority, or at least it’s supposed to be, still has to be cut – yikes! We did get in a few rides this fall with both friends and with guests, both pleasure riding and moving cattle. Some of our October guests got a nice added bonus when we asked them if they wanted to move cows… one guest, Rob from Quesnel, said, “Well, I guess, if we have to.” There was a big grin following that and it didn’t take long before their horses were all saddled up and ready to go.

We got a lot of riding this fall, keeping the range cattle out. Here Gina and Kathy move a bunch up the power line. isn’t until March but tickets went on sale on November 1 and you’d think that the Festival was starting in a week -- the phone has been ringing pretty steadily. The early response is partially because of the Festival’s great reputation, I suppose, but also because folks know that this will be the 20th anniversary and they want to get their seats reserved. It all takes place on the third weekend in March - March 1720, 2016.

Coming Up The 5th annual Horsey Ladies Charity Auction is almost here! Once again, it will be held at the Wildman’s Restaurant on Highway 24 at Interlakes. This year the date is November 20 and things start off at 5:00 pm. The auction, over the past few years, has raised over $12,000… all of which has been donated to local charities. Tickets are limited and always sell out quickly. It’s a fun night and for a good cause(s) to boot. For more information or to donate an auction item, please contact Cheryle Hickman at 250-593-4139. Hope to see you there! The 16th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in the Martin Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House. This is one of the main fundraisers for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and some funds go to the BCCHS Student Scholarships as well. There will once again be two shows, a 2:00 pm matinee show and a 7:00 pm evening show – the two shows will be the same so it doesn’t matter which one you attend. Tickets are only $15 per person and will be available at participating businesses in 100 Mile House or from us at 1-888-763-2221. The Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney was packed for the memorial service for Larry Wow – it’s coming up quick – the Kamloops Cowboy Festival Friedlander on September 18.

The entertainment lineup is in place and they’re thrilled to announce that they will have at least eleven of the original performers from the first Festival in 1997 on the program this year… that’s pretty amazing! One of the over 50 tradeshow booths will be a 20-times repeat, too; Mark Denny and Cariboo Saddlery will be back for the 20th year in a row! As well as the 20 year repeats, the Festival has a lot of regular entertainers coming back, too; in fact, I believe there are only a couple of new faces this year as everyone wanted to see the old favourites back on stage. The tradeshow and the art show, too, will see a lot of past favourites returning as well as a few new vendors which I know Mike Harvey got in some unexpected cow work on horseback this year.

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Cariboo Chatter... cont’d will be well received. The deadline for nominations for both the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Joe Marten Memorial Award was on November 1, so we’ll have a list of the recipients in the December issue of Saddle Up. Attention artists, artisans, and any other businesses carrying cowboy/western-related products – there’s still booth space left at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival tradeshow and applications are still being accepted for the Art of the West Show and Sale. You can find all the information at www.bcchs.com or phone toll-free, 1-888-763-2221.

The Harvey family at Meadow Springs Ranch for the 10th year in a row.

We still have tons of grass where Gina and Ken are riding... no wonder the range cattle won’t stay away.

Last Month’s What’s This?

The October issue’s item was a photo of an object in the Meadow Springs Museum, an object that looked like a light bulb. Well it kind of is... it’s actually a flash bulb for taking photos. This was a little tougher but we did have one correct answer at press time - from Alex MacRae in Penticton – thanks Alex! The September issue, an object used to press butter into a flower shape to serve… it was a tougher one, too, and we received no correct answers. We’ll try for an easier one this month.



do you know what this is?

The British Bulldog behind Gina Gambill is learning cow work from Bunch, our Border Collie.

No, Kathy’s horse Whiskey is not in a dressage class… he’s actually moving cows.

If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.


The correct answer will be printed in the next issue. What’s your guess? Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. This month’s item is a photo of something that was just donated to the Meadow Springs Museum by Guy Stark, who is a barber in Sidney... and you can consider that a clue. It’s about 4 inches by 6 inches and 1.5 inches high when it’s folded up as it is in this photo. Good luck! www.saddleup.ca • 29



f your young dog is not having accidents or tearing the house apart, what’s the problem with giving him full freedom? The answer is that while in the short term it may seem easier or even nicer, you are missing the opportunity to teach some very important skills. And while sometimes your dog may seem calm and skilled enough to manage that level of freedom, the reality is that few young dogs are truly mature or skilled enough until they are closer to three years of age and have continued to be involved in appropriate training. Immature dogs need to be taught tolerance, impulse control and patience. If you don’t take the time to teach this, you will end up having to work on these issues when your dog is mature and the behaviours he is displaying are likely to be more extreme: demand barking, rushing out the door, rude and noisy behaviour with guests, barking at everything he sees out of the window, barking at every noise on the street, barking at mail carriers and delivery people, etc. Consider a child who has always gotten whatever she wants, when she wants it. Experience has taught her to expect it this way, so the skills required to ask for things appropriately and deal with not getting them quickly enough have not been learned. Yikes – that’s a scary thought!

This pup is learning to have structured down time in his daily routine. 30 • Saddle Up • November 2015

Immature (or newly acquired) dogs that have free run of the house are used to getting immediate gratification and, as a result, have a hard time coping with not getting their way or being asked to follow through with things they don’t want to do. They will be intolerant of being denied what they want – responding with frustration, anger or stress. Not the best plan for developing patience and tolerance, is it? These are skills that must be learned, and are just as vital for our dogs as they are for our children. Being Comfortable in a Crate Many people don’t plan on including the crate as part of their adult dog’s routine. However, keeping your dog comfortable with it through regular use will equip you for many of life’s unforeseen situations - medical emergencies, transport, moving, renovating. These are all stressful to the dog – there’s no need to compound their anxiety by putting them in a crate for the first time in a year. Having a secure, safe place for your dog that can go anywhere will also allow you more options and flexibility. Your dog will be welcome at more social engagements and facilities if they can be comfortably crated. This will allow you to take them more places and include them in more aspects of your life. Make it Easy and Make it Enjoyable Many dogs are happy to sleep in their crate at night. Some can even handle being in the crate for periods during the day, if the house is empty. Being willing to settle there when the house is more active, however, can be a different matter entirely. The first steps need to be very easy. Ensure your dog has something really special, that he LOVES and save it for these crate sessions to keep him busy – a beef chew or stuffed Kong, for example. Start with short sessions - even as little as five minutes - and practice while the environment is calm. Gradually work him up to where he can calmly hang

out in his crate while things are happening that are hard to resist - such as when you’re prepping meals, lounging nearby on the floor or the kids are playing. Learning to be on Their Own Having a dog that cannot be left alone will affect almost every aspect of your life. It will restrict how long you can leave home, and can impact even the simplest daily activities. Many of these dogs will be destructive. Finding safe solutions like pet sitters and dog walkers can be challenging and costly. Going out for dinner won’t simply be a matter of getting restaurant reservations. Having your dog regularly spending time in his crate while you’re at home will be setting him up to spend time alone when you have to be away. No matter what your hectic day entails, you can create a basic routine that your dog can get used to - something he can rely on. With this consistency, dogs will learn to accept periods on their own as positive and normal. Some dogs will wander off to a quiet place on their own. This is not the same as crate time. The point is to help them become comfortable with being put away and being on their own when it is NOT their idea. Short, regular sessions in his crate throughout the day will help your dog accept imposed down time. Teaching your dog to be comfortable with

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Those Without a Voice By Ashley Taylor My Name is Ashley Taylor and I’m from Vancouver Island. I have been following horse slaughtering for many years. I first came across horse slaughter when I was following a Korean dog meat petition that had been posted on Facebook. It had showed up amongst the rest of the videos on YouTube. Since then I’ve been trying to bring awareness to this topic.


especially want to bring awareness about backyard breeders and what happens when horses are over-populated due to over-breeding. Backyard breeding often happens where there is a mare and stallion available for breeding and they are bred for no reason. There is no intention of using the offspring for a certain discipline; the owners do it just because they can. This can turn into animal hoarding and eventually there is a whole herd of horses that are unused and left in fields with no handling. After a while, the owner decides it’s time to downsize and will load up the horses to go to the auction where horses are sold to either a private buyer or a “kill buyer.” Most of these horses are sound and have lots of potential but very little training. They range from pregnant mares, foals, horses of all breeds and sizes, to donkeys. The ones that are bought by the “kill buyer” start their journey by being forced up a steep ramp into a cattle trailer; they are either shocked or struck with prods into the trailers from the “kill pens.” Once the horses are in the trailer, they do not have room to move and there is no consideration for the condition of the horse as long as they can be kept alive until slaughter. Floors are slippery with urine, feces, blood, and sweat. Some fall and cannot regain their strength to get back up and are trampled. Horses often arrive injured and ones that have fallen are often dragged off with ropes and chains while still alive. Once horses have arrived, the ones that are still alive are kept in overcrowded pens, to wait their turn to be slaughtered. Horses can smell the blood, see everything, and hear the sounds of the other horses being slaughtered. Horses are either killed with a rifle or bolt gun, which in most cases takes several tries as the horse moves from being nervous. The bolt gun often misses their brain, hitting the nose, eyes, cheeks, or mouth instead, sending horses to the ground to scramble in pain and fear. It has been proven by undercover investigations that most horses are still conscious as they are hung upside down to have their throats slit to drain the blood. Witnesses have said horses will blow bubbles into their own blood as it drains until they eventually suffocate. The horse goes through an immense amount of pain until it finally dies. Horse meat is not safe for human consumption due to shots, dewormers, and bute. The USA closed all the slaughter plants in 2007. American horses are now being shipped to Canada and Mexico due to these plant closures. In Mexico, horses are slaughtered with a “puntilla” knife or a spike to severe their spines. It’s a barbaric practice to paralyze the horse. In Japan, raw horse has become a delicacy. There is live footHCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

age of horses, such as drafts and Thoroughbreds, leaving Calgary International Airport being shipped to Japan where they are slaughtered for consumption. No matter where horses are slaughtered, it’s a brutal and terrifying end to a horse’s life. The majority of the human population is not educated on this type of animal cruelty. There is no way to comprehend how inhumane this barbaric act is, unless we educate ourselves to give a helping hand and be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Are these backyard breeders aware what the future holds for these horses? Or do they simply not care? Are they educated on how much misery and suffering these slaughter-bound horses are going to experience? What can we do as Canadians to help reduce the amount of backyard breeding? We cannot carry them on our backs, but we can be the change. There is an online Facebook page you may “LIKE” called Auction Horse Insights. Please make yourself comfortable with the page. It’s a great tool to stay updated on new groups and upcoming auctions where you can bid to save a horse’s life. You can make transportation arrangements no matter where your location is in BC. For more information and links to videos about the horse slaughter industry, check our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/behorseslaughteraware.

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

HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS The External Credentials Program (ECP) gives students in grade 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to earn graduation credits for sport learning through approved industrial and occupational courses. Students who have been certified in one or more of the following programs are eligible to receive graduation credits. English Rider Preparation 1, 2 of the 1-8 program (2 Grade 10 credits) English Rider Preparation 3-6 of the 1-8 program (4 Grade 11 credits) English Rider Preparation 7, 8 of the 1-8 program (4 Grade 12 credits) Western Rider Preparation 1 (2 Grade 10 credits) Western Rider Preparation 2 (2 Grade 10 credits) Western Rider Preparation 3 (4 Grade 11 credits) Western Rider Preparation 4 (4 Grade 12 credits) The Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials program and the review of the programs is monitored by the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. Note: Students who have been certified in the approved courses before they reach grade 10 can receive credit for their past learning by providing the certificate of course completion to their high school counsellor.

HOW TO EARN CREDITS 1. Obtain the appropriate Rider Level with an Equine Canada Certified Coach. 2. Provide the certificate of course completion to your school counsellor. For more information, visit the Ministry of Education website at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/ graduation/getting-credit-to-graduate Check out the HCBC website for more information about the Equine Canada Rider Levels Program and find a Certified Coach in your area!

HCBC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM The HCBC Scholarship program awards five $1000 scholarships to current HCBC members in good standing each year. The students that apply live all around the province, are BC graduates from grade 12 and are entering into accredited Colleges or University Study programs. Each year we receive more and more applications to the scholarship program, making the decision to choose only 5 all the more difficult for the Education Committee. Successful applicants must have a minimum B average on their high school transcripts, participation in equestrian events, volunteer experience at equestrian events within their community, and proven leadership skills with an emphasis on contribution to equestrian sport. This year Horse Council BC would like to congratulate the following 5 scholarship recipients: Natalie Alves - Mission Nicole Ketter - Kamloops Sophie Kirk - Sooke Arora Peters - Aldergrove Kirsten Wiklund – Kelowna

IT’S RENEWAL TIME! Horse Council BC’s online membership renewal system went live on September 1st! You can now renew for your 2016 membership. As a Horse Council BC member you have exclusive access to our various equestrian programs, competition circuits, funding, and educational resources in addition to the liability insurance provided by Capri Insurance. Did you know that if you renew early (before January 1st) your membership cost for the year works out to only about 16¢ per day? It pays to renew early! Go to www.hcbc.ca to renew online or to print out renewal forms for 2015. 34 • Saddle Up • November 2015


Rising Stars Team Honoured with Dressage Canada VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH AWARD FOR SEPTEMBER By Jessie Christie


ressage Canada is pleased to honour the team of volunteers behind the Rising Stars Youth Dressage Competition in Chilliwack BC with the Dressage Canada Volunteer of the Month Award for September. Held annually at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, the Rising Stars Youth Dressage Competition celebrated its twelfth year in 2015. The competition started as the brainchild of forward-thinking horsewomen, Sue Holtby, Wendy Christoff, Nancy Olson-Beaulieu and Cat Armitage. Their idea was to create an event especially for youth riders that would act as a stepping-stone on a lifelong journey as responsible horsemen and horsewomen - whether in the dressage competition arena, or in an equine related career. This dream has become more than a reality. The Rising Stars competition is now a premiere competition for all young dressage riders in Western Canada to aspire to. Furthermore, it has become an annual family gathering of like-minded horse families, many camping on the grounds and forging lifelong friendships in an amicable competitive atmosphere.

Everyone joins in the fun and most volunteer their time freely. One of the original aims of the competition was to encourage responsibility and volunteerism. The success of this goal is clearly displayed through the growing group of Rising Stars alumni who are most visible as volunteers or as coaches to up and coming riders. The competition is comprised of both EC Bronze and Gold classes, as well as a Hack Challenge. At the close of the second day, the Parade of Champions showcases the talented young riders, and is a ceremony that rivals any international event. Horses and riders are presented beautifully, with the whole atmosphere giving our youth riders a taste of what they may anticipate in future competitive years. This year an RCMP officer and her four-year-old daughter (both dressed in full ceremonial gear) led the procession. All the volunteers involved with the Rising Stars Youth Dressage Competition deserve recognition, but it is the vision of the original Rising Stars team that proved what a huge impact a small dedicated group can make. In tribute to the volunteerism of this team, Dressage Canada is honoured to shed light on these passionate individuals and their amazing accomplishments.



ome exciting news from the rescue this month! Bear Valley Rescue is the first Canadian Rescue society of any kind to be officially verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by a group of animal protection leaders with the purpose of recognizing, honouring and supporting animal rescue and protection organizations, and, just as importantly, providing accountability to these organizations to prevent cruelty and exploitation of animals – to find out more about GFAS, visit their website at www.sanctuaryfederation.org). Sadly, there are many animal rescue groups that start out with the most honourable of intentions and end up as hoarding situations – BVR has taken horses from some of these places in the past, and probably will again in future. GFAS helps to insure that animal rescue agencies are above board and do not put animals in danger of these types of things. Allow me to introduce Juanita, AKA Dahlia this month. She is a stunning little sorrel filly – 1/2 TB, 1/4 QH, 1/4 Arab/pony about 14.2HH. She is one of the few horses we actually know her exact birthday, May 18/11. Juanita is halter broke and farrier ready. She has also been started



under saddle (English). Juanita is available for adoption for $1200 – a bit higher than usual but she is a great catch, very quiet and smart! She will excel in any job you point her to! R e m e m b e r the “Hungry Herd” which turned into the “Happy Herd” shortly after Mike and Kathy brought them to the rescue? Well, I decided to include an updated photo of Maggie. This photo epitomizes the “Happy Herd.” She has a look of pure contentedness. Maggie is available for foster, she is not sound for riding as she has had issues with her hooves. Any of the horses can be sponsored, all donations help with costs of feed, medical supplies and vet care.


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 Juanita, Maggie, and over 100 more horses at www.bearvalleyab.org or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre AB. www.saddleup.ca • 35

Equine Foundation of Canada By Bob Watson Board Appointment:

The Board of Directors of the Equine Foundation of Canada is very pleased to welcome Les Burwash of Airdrie as the new Director from Alberta. Les was raised on a dairy farm in the Balzac area just north of Calgary. He attended Olds College obtaining a diploma in Animal Science. In 1972, he earned a BSc in Agriculture at Montana State University, followed by a MSc in Biomedical

Sciences from Colorado State University in 1974, with a major in Reproductive Physiology. Until his recent retirement Les was employed by the Horse Industry Branch with Alberta Agriculture for over 40 years developing programs and services to meet the needs of Alberta’s horse industry. Les served on the committees developing the “Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Horses” and is currently sitting on the national committee for the development of Biosecurity Procedures for Disease Control in horses. He also sits on the advisory committee of the Equine Health Research Fund at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to prioritize and fund equine research.

Scholarships: Dr. Travis Smyth, a 2012 DVM graduate, received the EFC Equine Externship Student Award at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine convocation ceremony, graduation dinner and awards presentation held on June 4th in Saska-

toon. He is completing a combined residency in large animal surgery and the Master of Science program at the WCVM. Naomi Crabtree and Kayla Dykstra, Class of 2015, received EFC Ruth Younie Memorial Scholarships, to support their internships, upon their graduation at the Graduation Award Ceremonies at the University of Calgary in May. Jase Skelton and Alyssa Coulombe of the DVM Class of 2016 received EFC Ruth Younie Memorial Scholarships at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Awards Ceremony September 24th.

Equipment Funding: Dr. Judith Koenig at the OVC, Guelph Ontario received funding of 80% of the purchase price of an Equinosis Lameness Locator from the Equine Foundation of Canada. The equipment will benefit both research projects and education by providing an objective method of determining equine limb lameness.

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi Rensby

Adisyn DeGlow and Yogi


Bailey Meutzner and Dani negotiate the 360 box

he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club was very busy the last couple of months -- so busy we didn’t have time to send in a report last month! The newly-expanded parking areas and other infrastructure improvements (bleachers, panel pens, painting, etc.) were all well received and made the place look fantastic for our fall events! The Pre-Show clinic with Christine Hassell, Level 2 Coach, had participants working through the same format of classes as a standard horse show, receiving tips and training techniques along the way. The results spoke for themselves as the participants competed at the Fall Fair show! 36 • Saddle Up • November 2015

Brenda Campbell and MQH Kayla Que Bar

The Fall Fair Light Horse Show was another success, although the weather could have been a little better as it was cool and rainy for much of the day. A number of riders came out from the Burns Lake area, Houston and Smithers to test their skills under the watchful eye of judge Darhl Paley from Prince George. Congratulations to our High Point winners: Adisyn DeGlow and Yogi (English Youth, sponsor: Bassett Contracting), Bailey Meutzner and Dani (English Senior, sponsor: Wistaria Ranch and Guiding), Reid Stumpf and Blondie (Western Youth, sponsor: Calvin Read Farrier Service), and Pam Meutzner and Checkers (Western Senior, sponsor: OneEyed Dog Enterprises). Cont’d on page 37 ... HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Tweedsmuir... cont’d We also had a few special awards classes, courtesy of our amazing sponsors! These included Halter Mares, won by MQH Kayla Que Bar led by Brenda Campbell, and Halter Geldings, won by Yogi led by Adisyn DeGlow, both sponsored by P and B Feeds ‘N’ Needs. The cash-payout reining classes were courtesy of the Burns Lake Vet Clinic, with Jill Peebles and Bailey Meutzner taking first in those classes. Never Won a Buckle Reining, sponsored by EPM Sales, was also won by Brenda Campbell on MQH Kayla Que Bar, while the P and B Agri-Mech $50-Added Western Pleasure Stake was won by Pam Meutzner with Checkers, and the Tweedsmuir Plumbing and Heating $100-Added Reining Stake was won by Bailey Meutzner on Dani. The highly-popular 2 pm Children’s Program Feature Event, “Future Equestrians,” was sponsored by Garry Goertzen Trucking and Subway Burns Lake. The Poker Ride was unfortunately plagued by poorer weather and a few conflicting events, but a bunch of riders still came out to try their luck. Winners were Faye Mapletoft from Smithers and Sharon Marr of Burns Lake. Thank you to everyone who attended, and to the Omineca Ski Club for letting us use the trails again this year. As always, you can get more information on the TCSC and its events by email (tcsaddleclub@gmail.com), on Facebook (“TweedsPam Meutzner enjoying her Reid Stumpf and Blondie collect muir Cavaliers Saddle Club”), or on our website http://tcsaddleclub. ride on Checkers another ribbon webs.com.

Vaulters have Great Success at Championships By Marijean Maher Photos courtesy of Helen Shuttlewood (or as stated)


he Triple M Vaulting team has just returned from the Provincial Equestrian Vaulting Championships at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, September 25-27. It was an amazing weekend with the team horses: 15 yr paint gelding Buddy; 16 yr Belgian/Fjord gelding Jake; 17 yr Belgian gelding Simon; and 16 yr Hanoverian Mac.

The team brought home 6 Gold medals: Kristi Schroeder – Canter C Women Emma Old – Canter D Sr. Women Abigail Old – Canter D Jr. Women Hailey Besse – Trot D Danae Moore – Walk C Triple M Beginner Walk Team ~ Devon Wrayton won a Silver medal in the Walk D under 10 division. ~ Bronze medals were won by Julia Thul in Canter D Sr. Women and Cassidy Smith in Trot D. ~ Tauren Deluca, Hailey Down, Bella Old and Emily Besse had 4th place finishes in Canter A, Canter B, Canter D Jr. Women, and Walk C respectively. ~ Kristi Schroeder won the Zone 3 Championship title, Abigail Old won the Zone 4 title and her sister Bella Old won the Zone 4 Reserve title. ~ The team horse ‘Jake’ won the BC Walk Horse title.


Equestrian vaulting is the sport of acrobatics and dance on a moving horse. Triple M Vaulting is a Surrey based club. For more information on the sport check out triplemfarms.ca or Vault Canada website. All in all it was a great weekend for the team – congratulations to all these athletes!

Emma, Bella and Abigail Old. Photo by Doug Old.

Danae Moore

Emily Besse

Triple M Walk Team

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2015 World Clydesdale Show By Bruce A. Roy, Wild Rose Draft Horse Association, www.wrdha.com Photos courtesy of Lynn Cassells-Caldwell


ountiful in promise, London, Ontario’s 2015 World Clydesdale Show surprised spectators. Entries from eight provinces, 14 states and from Germany contested the honours, as did Clydesdales imported by North Americans from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Shown in all their glory, the 569 Clydesdales entered wowed the cosmopolitan crowd. Crowd control in the Western Fair District’s coliseum was an issue, for American and Canadian spectators in countless numbers were joined by breed enthusiasts from Australia, Brazil, England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Throughout the halter classes, few spectators left their seats. Anderson’s Ovation, a 2-year-old filly, was Best of Show, World Champion Mare and Champion American Bred Mare for David Anderson, Anderson Farms of St. Thomas ON. Canada’s foremost Clydesdale and Percheron breeder, Anderson is also known for the Thoroughbreds he breeds, markets and races. Shown by Chuck Cryderman, Greenwood Farms of Richmond, Michigan, Belleau G.F. Carla was the Reserve World Champion Mare. She was bred by Anheuser Busch, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri. Alan Knobloch, Alamar Acres of Princeville, Illinois and Steve Gregg, Gregglea Clydesdales of Cargill, Ontario, had the Champion Canadian Bred Mare with Calico Isabell. She was bred by Kevin and Tammy Pelonero, Calico Farm of Huxley AB. The World Champion Stallion and Champion American Bred Stallion was Armageddon’s Lord Broomhedge Jemma, Champion UK Bred Mare Lazarus. Exhibited by Chuck Cryderman, he topped a class of thirteen aged stallions, a class like few horsemen living had ever seen. Calico Iggy was the Reserve World Champion Stallion for Kevin and Tammy Pelonero. Extreme was World Champion Calico Iggy, Reserve World Champion Stallion and Gelding. He was Champion Canadian Bred Stallion shown by Glen Perkins, Glenview Clydesdales of Cass City, Michigan. David Carson, Carson Farms and Auction of Listowel ON, had the Reserve World Champion Gelding. This was Willow Way Inferno, a gelding Allan and Wes Gordeyko, Willow Way Farm at Ohaton AB, had bred and sold. Champion UK Bred Stallion was Auchengree Black Jack. He had been imported from Scotland by Doug and Tina Miller, Ebony Clydes 38 • Saddle Up • November 2015

The World Champion Clydesdale Six shown by David and Margo Carson of Tomah, Wisconsin. Broomhedge Jemma was the Champion UK Bred Mare. Bred in Northern Ireland, she had been imported from England by Anderson Farms. Bryce Smyth, Double S Clydesdales of Tillamook, Oregon, Anderson’s Ovation, Supreme Champion Clydesdale, fielded the World World Champion Mare, Champion GeldChampion American Bred Mare ing Six; while Robert Brander, Brand AAA Cattle Co. at Caledon ON, exhibited the World Champion Mare Six. When entries for the Overall World Champion Six were called centre-ring excitement reached a fever pitch. Thirty-one hitches were eligible. Shannon Havelin-Crabb, winner of the Make-A-Wish Three judges placed Cart Class. One of thirty-one entries, she raised $1150. this class. Earlier in the show, Carson Farms and Auction had placed second to Double S Clydesdales in the World Champion Gelding Six, which spectators felt was a near run thing. Now the World Champion Mare Six was added to the mix. When the last flight of hitches left the coliseum, to the ringing cheers of the crowd, the class winner returned. Winner of the 2015 World Champion Six Horse Hitch was Carson Farms and Auction. Thirty-nine entries in the Mare Cart Class were topped by Bob and Laura Gookin, Somewhere Farm at Boulevard, California. Double S Clydesdales had the World Champion Team; Bob Funk, Express Ranches of Yukon, Oklahoma, had the top Eight Horse Hitch. Sara Hayes of Charters Settlement, New Brunswick, was Champion Lady Teamster; Don Langille of Meeker, Oklahoma, was Champion Male Teamster. The lucky exhibitor who won the half-ton truck awarded by Florida’s VicCont’d on page 39... HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clydesdale Show... cont’d toria McCullough was Tyler Wilkieson, Towerview Clydesdales of Caledon ON. Making it three on the trot, Rein Roy of Markerville AB, won Senior Youth Decorating, Senior Youth Showmanship and Youth Team Driving. Close to forty talented youngsters contested the honours. The banquet was attended by 800 people. Memory Lane, provincial pictorial displays of Clydesdale breeders and horses past, and the private sales to horsemen across the continent and over the pond made the 2015 World Clydesdale Show an event that will long be remembered.

Hatfield Winchester, Junior Champion Stallion for Monty Thomson, Gladstone, MB

Hatfield Remmington, fifth prize aged stallion for Alan Knobloch, Princeville, Illinois

BC Miniature Horse Club News By Terri Brown


ith the arrival of fall, everything show-wise has wound down and it’s time to start planning for next year. The 2016 season will be under discussion at our AGM being held November 21 at Andreas Restaurant in Langley, 20227-56 Avenue. This meeting will start at 3:30 pm followed by our year-end dinner/awards banquet and, of course, our ever-popular auction. This meeting will lay down the guidelines for next year with lots of fun stuff to do throughout it. We will be having fun days, clinics, and the fairs, and participating in trade shows like the Mane Event and, of course, our sanctioned A and R show. There is a draw put on by BCMHC right now that has a set of Double K clippers up for first prize as well as an Epicure Asian Kit for second and two lovely necklaces for third prize. Tickets are still available and are one for $5 or five for $20. Laila Wilson still has some tickets and the winners names will be drawn at the AGM; this draw is to support our Gelding Incentive Fund which promotes the show geldVicki Schulz and her lovely ings by rewarding their show points with gelding “Bobby” in the water loot! hazard. We also have some congratulations to share. Some of our local ladies have done very well at the AMHR Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sunny Balshaw, our youth superstar, has come back from the US highly decorated with four National Championships, four Reserve National Championships and multiple top-5 placings and top-10 placings, too. Sunny was also named High Point Youth overall. What a year for this team! Huge congratulations to Heather Ward and Sunny Balshaw on their amazing accomplishments. Vicki Schulz, our club president, and her team of horses have had a great year showing as well. They had multiple top-10 placings in a wide array of classes from Halter, Hunter and Obstacle, both inhand and driving. Vicki was most proud of her gorgeous little gelding “Bobby” and his 5th-place finish in Obstacle Driving out of 52 horses! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Vicki also competed in CDE driving this year with wins in only their second year doing it! Congratulations Vicki! Other driving kudos need to go out to some of Sunny Balshaw our members who participated in the Cariboo Field Driving Trials held October 3-4: • Emily Bradbury drove her “Jamaica” in the pleasure classes and drove her first cones class! • Up-and-coming CDE driver Margaret Cullop competed with “Silver” placing 5th on the first day and 3rd on the second day in the preliminary Emily Bradbury and Jamaica Girl at the Cariboo Field Driving Trials division, proving that she can navigate her horse better than her truck! • Sharon Dinter and her curly mini “Sassy” made their driving debut at training level. • Joan McNaughton drove her gelding in his first field trials, placing 4th. • Joanne and “Rico” had a stellar dressage test and marathon, but one of the cones could not be found and she was awarded the elusive black ribbon. • Shirley Bradbury and “Rowdy” competed in preliminary, placing 2nd both days. Congratulations to all, sounds like a great two days! Keep your eyes peeled to Saddle Up for our 2016 calendar of events coming soon so you can plan your mini year with us! Hope to see you out there enjoying your minis! www.saddleup.ca • 39

Red Deer & Area Western Style Dressage Association By Lisa Wieben, Photos by Rebecca Wieben Horse Photography


DAWSDA held their final show of the year September 26 in Cochrane AB. Elaine Ward, the President of the Canadian Association (WSDAC), was judge for the day, with Diane Luxen scribing. In typical Alberta fashion riders contended with all kinds of weather, from rain in the morning, to very welcome sunshine, to winds that started to blow the ring down in the afternoon during the final two classes. Despite the changes in weather, the riders all had a fabulous time. Riders ranged in age from 5-65+.

Western Dressage is truly a sport for anyone! Five year old Lillian Salomonson competed in Introductory Level (Walk/Jog) Test 1 as well as Walk/ Jog Equitation and Suitability. When the judge asked her how long she has been riding? … She replied, “For 10 years.” How cute is that! It was wonderful to see so many junior riders come out to try this sport. The highest score for the day was attained by Junior rider, Jacklyn Helberg, who received 80.000% in Basic Test 2.

HIGH POINT WINNERS FOR THE SHOW ARE AS FOLLOWS: INTRODUCTORY HIGH POINTS: Junior - Lillian Salomonson - Major’s Mistrel Amateur - Linda Anderson - JL’s Mr Rakke Open - Julie Moorcroft - A Nic And A Shine Overall Introductory Champion - Linda Anderson

5 yr old Lillian Salomonson

BASIC HIGH POINTS: Junior - Jacklyn Hegberg - Chip N At Midnite Amateur - Mary Ann Hutchings - Sure Are Sweet Open - Julie Moorcroft - All About Bling Overall Basic High Point - Jacklyn Helberg

Introductory Champion Linda Anderson

Following the show, on September 27, Elaine Ward taught a clinic in Cochrane. Fifteen riders participated in both group and semi-private sessions. Elaine worked with the riders on body position and western dressage gaits and movements. It was fabulous to see the changes in the riders and horses at the end of their sessions.

LEVEL 1-3 HIGH POINTS: Amateur - Sharon Crawford Tango (Level 1) Open - Lisa Wieben - Itsa Rio Snazzy Zip (Level 2/3) Overall Level 1-3 Champion Lisa Wieben

Basic Champion Jacklyn Helberg

Level 1-3 Champion Lisa Wieben

Keep watching the website and FB pages for updates as we prepare for winter clinics, playdays, and make preparations for 2016! www.albertawesternstyledressage.com We wish RDAWSDA member Julie Moorcroft good luck as she will be attending the WDAA World Show in November as well as all other Canadians that will be traveling down this year!

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


e get quite a few people emailing our club website with specific questions regarding mules and donkeys. By the way, there are many informative articles on breeding, raising and training that can be read on our site, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com. Recently, we heard from some folks that had raised a mule foal out of a lovely Fjord mare and were keen to not make mistakes with the 3-month-old foal regarding handling her. Thankfully, with their prior horse experience, they had pretty much done all the correct things in working with their cherished mule baby. That included lots of handling all over her body but they were leery of how to introduce her to the halter. I suggested that, unlike horse babies, they are actually easier to teach to tie first, before teaching to lead. Mules being as smart as they are, they soon figure out that pulling back on the rope does not work, and it’s a lesson that they remember when learning to lead. Of course, as with any equine, the first few times they are tied, NEVER leave them unattended. Horse babies are much more prone to panic first and can very easily be hurt, so it is imperative that they be taught to lead first. And, as with all equines of any age, they should never be left with a halter or even worse also dragging a halter rope. Some folks still cling to this very unsafe notion that this will break them to lead. Unfortunately, it can actually lead to injury or death and does not actually teach them to give to the pressure but to find ways to get away from it. Please never do this! 40 • Saddle Up • November 2015

Three-month-old mule foal JaJa, belonging to Deb Robert HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


By Daphne Davey

Photos by Chloe Keay


he experience of a lifetime began on a beautiful morning in July. Aly Keay, her coach Stephanie Golder, and Aly’s equine partner Manny headed out to compete in her first-ever dressage show -thanks to the Peace Region Alberta Dressage Association who included a Para-Equestrian class in their Cygnet Dressage Show in Grande Prairie AB. Aly started at Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS) in Grande Prairie at the age of six. In 2002, she turned to competition to help minimize the effects of cerebral palsy and athetosis that require her to use a wheelchair. Eventually, she learned to ride independently. “Competitive sport gives me the opportunity to do something everyone else does,” Aly says. “It allows me to climb on my horse and go. Dressage gives me a goal, and forces me to work hard to improve my riding scores.” After competing in Para-Equestrian video competitions, Aly decided to try a live dressage event. But first she needed a new partner. She found Aly and Manny with donor Heather Hoggan Manny, a 16-year-old celebrating their successes. Trakehner, donated to PARDS by Heather Hoggan after a successful dressage career. “It was difficult to ride Manny at first,” says Aly, “but eventually he got used to my right leg constantly applying pressure, and learned how to neck

rein. We became the perfect match.” Their hard work paid off. On show day, they won two classes and achieved a personal best score, greatly impressing the judge, Lynda Ramsay. This also provided an opportunity to break down stereotypes about people with disabilities. Aly says, “I am very proud of the two of us. I can’t wait to see what the future Aly and Manny performing a test at the Cygnet holds.” Dressage Show. Aly’s mother, Tracy, has always supported her goals and has developed a deep respect for the benefits of therapeutic riding. “To have access to a competitive show was a total game changer for Aly,” she says. “It gave her the opportunity to reach an entirely different level of riding. She was welcomed warmly into the show and it has opened new doors. We are looking forward to the future.” PARDS is very proud to support riders like Aly in their efforts to thrive in competitive sport. Aly’s grit and determination in the face of her challenges are inspiring to all. For more information on CanTRA visit www.cantra.ca

Alberta Donkey... cont’d One of our new members is Jo Turley from Sundre AB. She recently purchased Maker’s Mark, a 5-year-old john out of a TW mare and a gaited jack. Jo says, “Mark was born on April Fool’s day and acts the part. He’s registered with the American Gaited Mule Association. His breeder was Mike Pemberton, of Tennessee. On my first trail ride with Markie, he wowed me with his smoothness and surefootedness. I don’t have to ask for “gaiting,” he just does it; if I ask for speed, he just lengthens his stride -- the smooth ride is uninterrupted. I haven’t tried out his lope yet.” “This isn’t a finished mule by any stretch of the imagination. He has a lot to learn, as do I! However, he seems to really enjoy the trail experience. His equine running mate is my Rocky Mountain mare; he’s very attached to her, but he led the ride until we came to the pole bridge. A true gentleman, he let the mare go across first -- that way, he could watch for trolls.” Old and new members will again have the opportunity to progress with their mules and donkeys in our series of Jerry Tindell clinics that will be scheduled from southern Alberta right up to northern Alberta, with points in between! Watch for the 2016 schedule soon. In the meantime, enjoy your longears! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Jo Turley on her john mule Maker’s Mark www.saddleup.ca • 41

Quarterspot Ranch High Points By Cindy Kirschman


indy & Bob Kirschman of Quarterspot Ranch held their Year End High Point Awards Funday on September 20 in Lumby BC. We had 26 riders out enjoying the weather and their horses. We would like to thank each and every one of our competitors that come out all year long for making these monthly events enjoyable and successful. They don’t happen without all of you “dedicated” horse people! Thanks again and see you all at the Halloween Spooktacular on October 18th!!


Pole Bending Champion Jenny McGovern

Lead Line Champion Madison McGovern

Junior All Around Champion Sabrina Wallace

Senior All Around and Barrel Champion Wendy Cuddeback

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


he smoke has gone and life in Oliver is getting back to normal -- whatever that is! We have had a good September as a Club. We began with the Autumn Show and although we did not have as many entries as earlier in the year we had plenty to make this a very worthwhile and successful event and a big thank you to Ken MacRae for being our judge for the day. Thanks also to the volunteers for their hard work and a special thank you to all the spectators who turned out to support their riders and the Club. The results for the show and for the year are as follows.

DAILY HIGH POINT AWARDS Senior Western: Vicki Howson Junior Western: Madison Kulak Walk/Jog Western: Tara Sackett Senior English: Vanessa Burton Junior English: Kate Glibbery Walk/Trot English: Shannon Barnes OVERALL 2015 SERIES AWARDS Senior Western High Point: Donna Cooke Senior Western Reserve: Dustin Drader Junior Western High Point: Payton Ramage Junior Western Reserve: Cassie Thomas Walk/Jog Western High Point: Diana Huva Walk/Jog Western Reserve: Sandie Boothman Senior English High Point: Vanessa Burton Senior English Reserve: Verla Strawn Junior English High Point: Kate Glibbery Junior English Reserve: Madison Kulak Walk/Trot English High Point: Madison Thompson Walk/Trot English Reserve: Peyton Kulak

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We held our final Improve Your Skills Day, and then on September 20 we held the IYS Finals Competition. This has been a fun programme for the year and many of the Club Members have benefited from the series. Thank you to the instructors - Leanne Pitman, Bobbi Kennedy and Sara Browne. Finally, we held our Ride to Music Competition which was popular with riders and spectators and the outfits were outstanding. The final placings were as follows: 1: Debbie House, riding to White Wedding 2: Paddy Head, riding to Queen 3: Verla Strawn, riding to Happy 4: Mary-Lou Barker, riding to Jail House Rock 5: Annette Glover, riding to Forever Young

Thanks again to Ken for judging, which was based on riding skill, originality and entertainment value.

Diana Huva, Walk/Jog Western High Point Winner, with her prize - an ORC Embroidered Horse Blanket.

Debbie House, winner of the Ride to Music Competition

Winner of Senior Western High Point, Donna Cooke, with the event organizers, Sasha Hopp (centre) and Sara Browne.


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


he 77th Provincial Winter Fair has come and gone held September 24-27 in Barriere. Provincial Winter Fair (PWF) is a big event where lots of 4-H clubs, including horse, sewing, rabbits, goats, steers, lambs and so much more, participate in the final big show that lasts four days consisting of many events where the members from all different clubs compete for Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and Aggregate. Double ‘L’s final banquet is just around the corner and then we will await January when 4-H starts up again and we will fill in all our rolls of president, vice president, club reporter safety officer and treasurer before starting up and rolling forward towards the 78th PWF! Our club wishes you a merry holiday and good weather.

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H By Lauren McGee and Ashley Robson


ow! What a great way to end the 4-H riding season. On September 13th the Hoofbeats gathered at the Jardine’s arena for Achievement Day. At 9:00 everybody was all blinged out and ready to go. We started with showmanship, seniors then juniors. A huge thanks to our judges, Kyra Casorso for judging our showmanship, and Carl Woods for judging our riding. After all of our serious showing was done some of us decided to stay and participate in fun games like poles, barrels, etc. We are all looking forward to our fundraising dinner and year end awards banquet at the end of November.

Kyra - our Showmanship Judge

Carl judging Ashley in her riding equitation

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes

Photo by Jesse Alexander Photography


e wrapped up the season with the John Turner Jumping Clinic October 3-4 and the Equi-Life Harvest Hunter Jumper Show on Thanksgiving weekend. John Turner was delightful and the weekend was perfect, all participants went away with lots of knowledge and exercises to work on! KRC Members please remember to submit your volunteer hours to Tracey Green and ensure she has received them. You can contact Tracey at dandtgreen@shaw.ca. It is your responsibility to complete and submit your six volunteer hours by November 15th or your volunteer cheque will be cashed. The AGM will be held on Saturday, November 7th at the KRC clubhouse, 6:00 pm. We will have a social potluck followed by the AGM and voting in of directors. There will be director positions opening up; in particular we are looking for someone to take over Membership and Treasurer duties. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the KRC team, please let one of the directors know before the AGM. All contact information for directors is located at www.kelownaridingclub.com. Did you go to the Equestrian Christmas Fair at KRC last year? It was amazing! So many fabulous items horsey and non-horsey, country chic home décor items, truly something for everyone! The place was jam-packed and we are planning another Equestrian Christmas Fair for this year near the end of November or early December. Watch the KRC website and Facebook page for the date!

John Turner clinic participants listening intently to John’s words of wisdom HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley BAZAAR 2016

Officers & Directors 2015

The Bazaar Committee is once again meeting to plan this community event and imperative fundraiser for LMQHA. It is a huge reason we can host our shows. If you would be willing to help out on the committee it would be greatly appreciated. It is truly a rewarding experience to see it all come together!

President: Mellissa Buckley, mellissa1@hotmail.com Vice President: Mary Ratz-Zachanowiz, mary.ratz@prototype.ca Treasurer: Pia Petersen, pia.petersen@aurelsystems.com Secretary: Haley Russell, haley.russell21@hotmail.com AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, hmqh@hotmail.com Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA

TRAVELLING LM EXHIBITORS Early October, several LM members made the trek south to the AQHA Novice Championships at South Point hotel and casino in Vegas. I’m sure we are all looking forward to hearing the results! For some, it will be their first experience there, and others another shot at a win.

POSSIBLE DATE CHANGE AQHA recently announced that the Novice Championships will be moved to April 20-24, 2016. Unfortunately that will put the show just one weekend prior to our usual first circuit. We are investigating moving our first circuit to the first weekend in April to serve as a warm up show for those heading to Vegas and another great show for everyone else. In 2015 we saw approximately 100 stalls filled for our first circuit so we are hoping to keep that trend going.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Our AGM is scheduled for November 17th at the Lions Hall in Langley. We will be holding elections this night, please consider jumping on board and being part of the LMQHA Board. We had a successful year in 2015 and would love to have more help to make 2016 even better!

COMMITTEES We are looking for volunteers for various committees… remember that many hands make light work. Be a part of what makes LMQHA so unique from others! Stay tuned to the LMQHA page of BCQHA.com and our Facebook page for updates.

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers


ur 2015 season ended the same way it started, with 35 exhibitors attending. Our first show and last show of 2015 were the biggest of the year -- like bookends! How cool is that?! Our annual costume class was full of fun, creative and fabulous costumes. Our judges, Patti Thomas and Shari Galbraith (shadow-judging) had such a tough time deciding between them, they finally declared an all-out tie; everybody was a winner! The Senior classes and the Walk Trot classes had the most participants, followed closely by the Youth and Junior divisions. We hope you all have had a wonderful year at AERC. We have a couple of wrap up meetings this Fall before our year end celebration at the Odd Fellows Hall in Armstrong on November 14. All members and their guests are welcome.  On January 6, we will start plans for the upcoming 2016 season, so bring your ideas to a meeting. We hope to see you all again in 2016. Visit our website at www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com for more information. Some dates to mark on your Calendar: Wednesday, November 4 – Annual General Meeting, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong, 7:00 pm Saturday, November 14 – Year End Celebration, Pot Luck dinner, Odd Fellows Hall, Armstrong 44 • Saddle Up • November 2015

Alexis Dennison, Chloe and a “friend”

Everyone needs a helping hand… Sandi Murdoch and her granddaughter, Azerra

The incomparable Rhonda Bennett & Freddie HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story by Sheila Sowerby

BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org President: Brian Wallace, president@bchorsemen.org, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov, lisa@owspower.ca, 250-672-0099 Vice President: Catherine Davidson, catherinedavidson@telus.net, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca, 604-854-1245 Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, klldt13@hotmail.com - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante, farmgirlbc@gmail.com, 250-361-6290



year ago, four Aldergrove backcountry horsemen stumbled upon the McIntyre Lake recreation site near Meldrum Creek almost by accident. We had intended to ride into Big Creek with pack animals from the north, but a sick horse scuttled the plan so we improvised. After a couple of day rides out of the Sky Ranch and a gorgeous jaunt in Farwell canyon, we moved the horses and camped at McIntyre Lake with no idea what to expect. Once we found our way out to the endless grasslands of the Chilcotin Plateau, the riding had us slack jawed with wonder and snapping pictures like tourists. We knew we had to come back... and with more people. This summer, fifteen of us loaded horses and headed north to Williams Lake then west to Meldrum Creek. The first day, after a 6.5 hour journey, most people were content to get the horses highlined and crack a cold one, but a handful of enthusiasts saddled up and headed out alone or in pairs. One could be heard joyfully shouting her vet’s name to the heavens... a couple of well-placed hock injections had returned an old trail horse to his spritely youth.

eton behind her saddle by the time we arrived. That night, we gathered around a fake fire right on McIntyre Lake and indulged in a potluck supper and some guitar tunes under a full moon. We exchanged stories and heard that some riders had found a small herd of horses including their “bedroom”... an area in the protection of trees, well used by horses but no manure. They were planning on looking for the horses again Sunday. That sounded like a plan. The next morning was gorgeous... blue skies and sunshine. The first group headed out with the intention of skulking through the trees to creep up on the wild horses and also to have some protection if the band was aggressive. Our group caught up with them an hour or so later in a grove of trees observing a beautiful herd of seven wildies. We all dismounted and for a long time just enjoyed the sunshine and watching this lovely group of horses do what horses were born to do. A gorgeous black appaloosa stallion or boss mare (too far to tell) kept them all on their toes and well away from us. On the way home, I took my group through a burned forest blanketed with Fireweed (or epilobium angustifolium to the landscapers we rode with) gone to seed. The pink fluff flew up around us as we passed through and when I looked back it was as though we’d been sprinkled with pixie dust. Black charcoal tree trunks, pixie dust and great big toothy grins were all I saw. The last night, we were buffeted by strong winds but the horses were comfy highlined in the aspens. Oh yes, we’ll be back.

Saturday dawned with a promise of rain and winds to come, so we pulled out our slickers and headed out in small groups. My gang trailered north looking for a trail marked “Meldrum Creek Trail” on our map. After a few dead ends and some bushwacking on our horses, we popped out of the forest high above the Fraser River. We had a leisurely lunch and while taking pictures of the view and a few selfies, caught a faint cell signal and learned of the storm raging back home on the coast. Our journey back to the trailers was slow due to the bone gathering tendencies of one of our group. She nearly had a whole deer skelHCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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BC Rodeo Association 2015 BCRA AWARD WINNERS Photos courtesy of Rona Macdonald B.C. RODEO ASSOCIATION, Box 71, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 ~ Fax: 250-457-6209 ~ Entry Line: 250-457-6265 bcrodeoassn@xplornet.com ~ www.rodeobc.com ~ Mon to Fri 9:30 - 5 2015 BCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005, tkohorst@srgi.ca Vice President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710, tylytton@hotmail.com Board of Directors: Bernie Rivet • 250-305-6280, brivet@hotmail.com


(Saddles purchased through Master Saddles Canada) Bareback: Cash Kerner, Kelowna Saddle Bronc: Kaila Mussell, Chilliwack Bull Riding: Ty Hamill, Kamloops Tie Down Roping: Steve Lloyd, Quesnel Steer Wrestling: Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House Breakaway: Rike Wieth, Cache Creek Ladies Barrels: Joleen Seitz, Savona Team Roping Heading: Ryan MacNaughton, Quesnel Heeling: Josh Siemens, Vanderhoof Junior Barrel Racing: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel Junior Steer Riding: Blane Manuel, 150 Mile House Junior Breakaway: Dyson Leneve, Quesnel Pee Wee Barrel Racing: Riley Beier, Vanderhoof All Around Cowboy: Jackson Scott, Kamloops All Around Cowgirl: Kristen Bell, Houston Junior All Around: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel Rookie of the Year: Mariah Mannering, Quesnel Rookie Roughhorse Rider: Christoph Muigg, Telkwa


Gord Puhallo • 250-394-4034, gdpuhallo@xplornet.com Neal Antoine • 250-457-3025, nealantoine2014@gmail.com Aaron Palmer • 250-851-6725, showtime_ap@hotmail.com Luke Simonin • 250-462-5853, lwsimonin@gmail.com Allison Everett • 250-296-4778, allison.everett@sd27.bc.ca

Brenda Ferguson • 250-567-0605, chevyhorse@hotmail.com Jay Savage • 250-421-3712, jay.savage@shaw.ca Tim Terepocki • 250-280-7653, ranchproperties@gmail.com Shaun Oxtoby • 250-398-9061, chevy_boy_ca@yahoo.com Tyler Lang • 250-567-0605, chevyhorse@hotmail.com


Bareback: Christoph Muigg, Telkwa Saddle Bronc: Cliff Schuk, Tatla Lake Bull Riding: Jackson Scott, Kamloops Tie Down Roping: Steve Lloyd, Quesnel Steer Wrestling: Luke Simonin, Naramata Breakaway: Alyson Schuk, Tatla Lake Ladies Barrels: Claire Myers, Lone Butte Open Team Roping Header: Jason Beiers, Vanderhoof Heeler: Luke Muehlen, Vanderhoof #8 Team Roping Header: Brittany Schuk, Tatla Lake Heeler: Alyson Schuk, Tatla Lake Ladies Goats: Brooke Wills, Kamloops Junior Barrels: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel Junior Breakaway: Dyson Leneve, Quesnel Junior Steers: Blaine Manuel, 150 Mile House Junior Goat Tying: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel Junior Poles: Taylor Cherry, Quesnel Pee Wee Barrels: Riley Beiers, Vanderhoof Pee Wee Poles: Kaitlyn Lulua, Williams Lake Pee Wee Goats: Riley Beiers, Vanderhoof

(Buckles designed and made by Jensen Silver) Bareback: Cash Kerner, Kelowna Saddle Bronc: Cliff Schuk, Tatla Lake Bull Riding: Lane Cork, Quesnel Tie Down Roping: Steve Pozzobon, Cawston Steer Wrestling: Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House Breakaway: Rike Wieth, Cache Creek Ladies Barrels: Claire Myers, Lone Butte Team Roping Heading: Russell Glassford, Quesnel Heeling: Steve Lloyd, Quesnel Junior Barrels: Tosha Seitz, Savona Junior Breakaway: Dyson Leneve, Quesnel Junior Steer Riding: Blane Manuel, 150 Mile House Pee Wee Barrels: Taylan James, Cache Creek


Bareback Horse: 44 Strawberry – C+ Rodeos, 150 Mile House Saddle Bronc Horse: 611 Dusty – C+ Rodeos, 150 Mile House Bull of the Year: 002 Too Cool Jer – DNB Rodeo Stock, Salmon Arm Tie Down Horse: Rodney – Rider: J. Antoine; Owner R. Wieth Steer Wrestling Horse: Comet – Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House Breakaway Horse: Rodney – Rike Wieth, Lone Butte Ladies Barrel Horse: Lynx – Odessa Gerard, Savona Heading Horse: Doc – Jason Beiers, Vanderhoof Heeling Horse: Ike – Jonah Antoine, Cache Creek Junior Barrel Horse: Annie – Brianna Billy, Williams Lake Junior Breakaway Horse: Huckleberry – Dyson Leneve, Quesnel Pee Wee Barrel Horse: Stretch – Taylan James, Cache Creek

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Clubs & Associations CQHA 12/15

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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


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

Contact: ctra@golden.net Website: www.cantra.ca


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

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



CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.chilliwackridingclub.ca 7/16

We Support and promote Dressage in British Columbia 6/16

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

• Grants • Awards • Education • Discounts 9/16


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

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com 5/16

BEAR VALLEY RESCUE SOCIETY (Sundre AB) 403-637-2708 11/15 Check our website for info on adoption & available horses, www.bearvalleyab.org BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, hannahgarden@hotmail.com Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 4/16 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979, emarocchi@hotmail.com, from Minis to Draft, www.bccarriagedriving.com 11/15 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 6/16 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca 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, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 2/16 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928, miyashitadebbie@gmail.com, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com 10/15 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, cathyglover@telus.net 9/16


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


The Equine Foundation of Canada We are the first charitable organization devoted to equines to be registered by Revenue Canada. Providing funds to veterinary students, veterinary colleges, rescue units and other worthwhile equine causes.

Contact us at www.equinefoundation.ca or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 3/16 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, www.kelownaridingclub.com contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 10/16 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 5/16 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison, lyndaharrison13@gmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 7/16


NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities   3/16

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


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Clubs & Associations OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Allylebel@hotmail.com. Join us on Facebook 4/16 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@ telus.net, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, www.oliverridingclub.com 11/15 PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www.paalh.com; paalhinfo@gmail.com; 250-992-1168 3/16

100 Mile & District Outriders

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

Visit our website www.phcbc.ca 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, hcperu@telus.net 3/16

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


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


President: Denise Little E-mail: littlecountry@bcinternet.net www.100mileoutriders.com

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB  Jesse Capp, jessecapp@shaw.ca 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities 7/16



SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 6/16 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721, torikari@hotmail.com, tcsaddleclub.webs.com 9/16 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, www.vernonridingclub.com, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 6/16 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770 wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info 5/16

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On to Greener Pastures


- Submitted by Naomi Willms


n October 1st a legend and a dancer became unicorns. Some may know them, and some may not, but in Barnhartvale, Kamloops, Prince Charming started off so many young people in their quest to become riders. He was met at many horse shows with a grin and pat asking “Is this Prince?” He was a 13.2HH high flea-bitten grey who loved and was loved. He was the most amazing pony that ever lived. Sadly, last winter he didn’t pull through as well as we wanted and he was put on alfalfa cubes to fatten him up. By October 1st he looked amazing. But we knew he would not enjoy another winter. Two To Tango was a 15.2HH tri-coloured paint with the biggest heart that anyone could ever imagine. But like all horses he had a ‘BUT’ at the end. His ‘BUT’ was a sore shoulder that prevented him from picking up his left lead. Prince and Tango fell in love instantly, and were never more alike, the two grumpy old men that would happily eat all day long. We loved him dearly but could not imagine having Prince without Tango. So when their time came, they went together. It was a bright, sunny day and it could not have gone more perfect. They got to eat for a while before we haltered them, got up bareback, and then chose the spot where we would bury them. It was in a slight dip in front of a young tree that would grow its roots in the bones of my handsome boys. The marker that we left was a plaque that said: NOT GONE How lucky am I to have someone that makes saying goodbye so hard. - A.A. Milne

And that day my unicorns were set free to fly home to the Unicorn Kingdom where they could watch over us until the end of our days. Until I would meet them again. The legend. The dancer. And me.

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1 BARREL RACING JACKPOT, starts at noon, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 3 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , 6 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 4 AERC AGM , 7 pm, A/S Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 5 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 5 SHANNON FORD EXHIBITION, 7-9 pm, The Lloyd Gallery, Penticton BC, www.lloydgallery.com 6-8 WDAA WORLD SHOW, Tulsa OK, www.wdaaworldshow.org 7 FREE EQUINE OSTEOPATHIC DEMO w/Dr. Laura Taylor, 1-5 pm, Coldstream BC, 250-485-2360, info@healthyhorses.ca 7 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB PUB NIGHT (Fundraiser), www. peachlandridingclub.com, chevyequine@gmail.com 8 ROPING JACKPOT, starts at noon, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 10 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , 6 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 11 JUNIOR TIMED EVENT JACKPOT, starts at noon, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 12 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com

14 AERC AWARDS BANQUET, 5:30 pm, Oddfellows Hall, Armstrong BC, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com 14 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB AWARDS BANQUET, www.peachlandridingclub.com, chevyequine@gmail.com 14 ACTHA CLINIC w/Lavern Schmidt, Onoway AB, Carolyn Schmidt 780-967-5555, carolyn@sunwestequine.com 17 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , 6 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 19 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 20 HORSEY LADIES OKANAGAN Fundraising Banquet, Spall Golf Course, Vernon BC. Info: Nancy 250-546-9922 20 HORSEY LADIES CARIBOO, Wildmans’ Restaurant, Interlakes Corner, Cheryle 250-593-4139 24 BEGINNERS ROPING PRACTICE , 6 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 26 BARREL RACING PRACTICE NIGHT, 6 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com 27-28 BLACK FRIDAY SALE , Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631, www.diamondhtack.ca 29 OPEN HOUSE & 3C TACK GRAND OPENING , Barrels 11am, Team Rope 2pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, chevyequine@gmail.com


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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: cdnhorse@telus.net, or https://www.facebook.com/cherrycreekcanadians DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 11/16 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info

GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 www.gnrmorgans.com SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan”


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JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, www.jwquarterhorsesinc.com 7/16 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 11/15 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 9/16 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. www.wildwoodranches.org 12/16 www.saddleup.ca • 49

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OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons! www.ribbonsonline.net, ribbons@xplornet.com 6/16 SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 10/16 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (North Okanagan) 250-275-6224 11/15 Saddlemaker, Western Tack Repairs & Custom, www.leathercorner.com LORNA’S CHAP SHOP, Custom Chaps/Chinks, Bronc Nosebands, Heavy Reins, Tack. Photos on FB. Lorna 780-662-0052, chap.shop@xplornet.ca 8/16 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 2/16 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net

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



PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 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, www.cummings.ca 6/16 Bassano, alBerta

Wilson, sundoWner, norbert and Maverick trailer dealer large selection of horse and stock trailers

1-888-641-4508 • www.desertsales.ca


The Horse Gate 6/16


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


TRAILER SALES www.thehorsegate.com


New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers, Consignments Welcome!

KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 10/16 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, wwwreimerranching.com 5/16 10/16

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

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BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, www.fallingstarranch.ca Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 4/16

JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 5/16 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 2/16 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, www.mwsporthorses.com 3/16 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Coach & Trainer, Therapeutic & Rehabilitation Centre. All disciplines. 250-999-5090 2/16



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

              www.bcoutfitter.com              1-250-569-7575

CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 9/16



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

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses P.O. Box 893369 - Temecula. CA 92589

www.hokana.com - (951) 297-1911 - danahokana@aol.com www.westerhorsetrainingvideos.com - www.teamhokana.com


DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), www.frenchclassicaldressage.ca Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 5/16 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-679-1112, Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/16

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

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1994 Palomino Tobiano APHA Stallion

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Peps Smart Quixote

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2000 Chestnut AQHA Stallion Smartest Little Pep/daughter Doc Quixote


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2004 Palomino / Blanket Appaloosa Stallion by 5x ApHCC Champion Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net




Want To Ride An Appaloosa?


Visit appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779

“MISTY MOONLITE” 15+HH, 2010 ApHCC Filly that is confident and solid on trails and started in cross country. Easy to catch, stands tied, loads and trailers well. A real eye-catcher with nice ground manners.

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

At just $6,500 (winter price) We can arrange delivery. Others available at www.appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779, e-mail appaloosacentre@telus.net


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

$779,000 4383 East Vernon Road, Vernon BC 250-545-9014, E-mail llnicholls@shaw.ca




On 5 acres with strata indoor riding arena backing onto miles of trails in Fly Hills. 2006 custom built level entry rancher with fully finished walkout 3 beds+den, 3 baths. New Home warranty until 2017 top quality construction, new water system, private road. Spectacular lake, city & mtn views from 2 levels, huge covered decks, oversized garage, 3 fireplaces. Maintenance free stucco exterior, rock landscaping, large fenced horse pasture adjacent to arena. 5 mins to Wal-Mart, schools, shopping, medical & dental, all Salmon Arm amenities and services.

For more details please check Property Guys listing #65123

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New to North Okanagan Jayne’s Tack Repair Authorized deAler for: • Otter Co-op and Sure Crop Feeds • Mini bags, tack & grooming products • Vet supplies, supplements and equine health 9/16 Grindrod BC ~ 250-838-0433 Mon-Sat 8 am to 7 pm / Sun 9 am to 6:30 pm

• Blanket washing, waterproofing, repair • English/Western tack repairs • Zippers replaced • Girth elastic replaced Pick-up and Delivery Available Tel:250-833-5227 Email:gilmarjayne@gmail.com 11/15

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Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: deboersherri2@gmail.com Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 5/16

PUREBRED REG’D WELSH COBS, Llanarth breeding, mare and two stallions. 250-498-6734 (Oliver BC) FREE IF IT’S FREE, WE PRINT FOR FREE 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) 12/15 MISCELLANEOUS ALL NATURAL ARENA DUST CONTROL - JUST ADD ARENAS D.I.Y. Simply spread and allow horses to work it in. www.justaddarenas.ca 1-800563-5947, billmilne@look.ca. Western Distributors and Dealers encouraged. 12/15

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