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Dear Editor Letters… Hello Nancy: n behalf of our Show Committee, we would like to thank you and your magazine for doing such a fantastic job in promoting and hi-lighting the various organizations within our Province, be they big or small. Thank you.



- Ulli Dargel, Mary Kierans, Shelley Fraser c/o BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group

Hi Nancy: ust a quick note to let you know that the follow up on all of the Fall Fairs and Rodeo events was great and I especially enjoyed your October issue, and always look forward to receiving a copy of Saddle Up. We really enjoy your monthly magazine. Thanks for such a terrific job!


Dear Nancy: read the letter written by Mr. John Van Dongen Sr in the recent October issue of Saddle Up, and found myself in complete agreement. The horse industry is way overpriced. It seems that just the words ‘horse’ or ‘equine’ have prices hiked way up beyond affordable or reasonable. But it’s not only high prices that have potential horse owners running for the hills, it’s the petty, and often snobby attitude of many who already own horses. I used to own horses, and used to attend the occasional horse show. But when other people talk down to you simply because your horse cost less than theirs, is a different colour than theirs, or as I found, wasn’t a registered Warmblood but a Grade run-of-the-mill horse, then it takes

Hi Nancy: ust wanted to say a huge thank you to Jennifer Zachary for her article published in the June issue of Saddle Up magazine. The Fish Trap Campsite located north of McLure, BC, is full this fall and they are telling me that they read about it in Saddle Up magazine. This is what we were after and it has happened… thanks to all of you.


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Dear Editor Letters, cont’d the fun out of being a horse ‘person’. People are also downright nasty when you are looking to buy a horse, adding their own “rules” of what they want you to do or not do with the horse. These people can’t seem to grasp the concept that, when you SELL someone a horse, you have no say and no longer have rights to the horse. This should go for those who give away a horse for free, since a few I dealt with before I had bought my horse acted like they had all the rights in the world. Far too many places charge double the actual value of products, far too many vets preach about vaccines that aren’t really needed, and teeth that don’t really need floating. The horse himself/herself will ‘tell’ you when they need their teeth floated, their back massaged, or their feet trimmed or shod.

I also agree that slaughter is a nasty, yet needed industry. When euthanasia is actually affordable, more people will use it, and the slaughter industry may no longer be needed as an option for horses. I used to own horses. But the unrealistic expense has chased me from it, and now I have to be content with the occasional trail ride. - Name withheld by request, Mission, BC

Dear Editor: would like to comment about the issues of horse affordability raised by a recent letter to your magazine. In it, the author blamed overpricing by horse care professionals for the ever growing numbers of neglected and/or abused horses, and for the fact that more people


can’t afford to own a horse. I appreciate the comments about the economics of caring properly for your horse - some things clearly can be overdone. I do take issue however with the sentiment that price gouging by the horse care industry is the reason why horses are denied proper vet care, farrier care, or feed. As much as we would wish for a return to 1950’s pricing - it’s not going to happen. No vet or farrier is going to drive to your farm for free and perform a service for you for less money than your plumber would charge. No hay grower is going to give you $3.00 a bale hay given the current cost of diesel, fertilizer, equipment, irrigation water, and land. continued on page 6

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Dear Editor Letters, cont’d Responsible horse owners have to educate themselves on current prices for the goods and services required to keep their horses healthy and budget accordingly. This should also involve a contingency fund for unexpected events, such as health care issues (horse and human), loss of job, moving, etc. Does this mean that some people will not be able to afford horse ownership? Absolutely! Does this mean that the pleasure and enjoyment of being around horses is reserved for the elite few? Not at all. If the horse industry wants to grow and prosper, owners and breeders could do much more than what is being done in terms of leasing and lessons to educate future horse owners before an unwise purchase is made. Before you start skimping on vetting, farrier, and feed - start looking to see who might want to lease your horse and share some of the costs. Train your horse - good ground and ring manners make a lease or sale easier in case the unexpected happens and you can no longer provide for them. Above all, be realistic in what you are able to provide for an animal given the current costs of proper care. If you can’t afford it, please please don’t buy it! If your horse is suffering from neglect - your vet, farrier, or feed supplier are not to blame - you are. The horse business will truly be thought of as “thriving” when the slaughter houses are no longer needed and good responsible homes are available for all horses. Thank you for all the good work you do with your magazine to educate horse people. A strong educated horse community makes it tougher for negligent owners to hide. Kudos to you for working toward that goal. - Roxanne Ronan, Taylor Fields, Coldstream, B.C.

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Hi Nancy: really was impressed by Kevan Garecki’s article in your October issue. First, that quote from “the Little Prince” is one I believe. The fox that the Little Prince tamed also notes that something is unique because “of the time you wasted on it” (his rose). Secondly, I agree that rescue is not an end in itself. I prefer to say I give solace (comfort in distress, relief, soothe, cheer, console, mitigate). Sometimes there are very hard decisions. My first trip to the auction left me speechless and without a clue which horse to “rescue.” They were all worthy in my estimation. There was a herd of yearlings and weanlings with burrs in their hair. They went for $50 a head except the weanling was $25. They did not go to homes. I took 2 adults home that were in a stall together. I didn’t choose them; the woman fi lming the experience fell in love with one of them. She had to euthanize him 6 months later due to severe navicular. The one I took found a home. I didn’t choose the next horse I got out of there either; he was just the skinniest one there. Recently, I had an eye opening experience about why rescue is NOT just saving a horse’s life and sticking it in a field. I found a little mare that was severely injured as a fi lly, bred, taken by the SPCA and someone put her in a field for many years before running out of money. When I got her home and cleaned up I was shocked at the big, deep ulcers and excoriated skin on her vulva and hock. She couldn’t lift her tail so the urine and feces just ate threw her skin. The flies virtually lived on her and she was constantly swinging her head to get them because she could not move her tail. The vet came to find out why she was still sore after her skin healed up. She examined her and found her sacrum was crushed leaving the mare almost 6 inches short in length and her pelvis entirely unstable. She had significant nerve damage that


resulted in pain in her tail and hind leg like having shingles all the time. It broke my heart that the vet insisted she be put down. I knew it was the only solace left for her after being “rescued” but in horrible pain for years. This is the first horse I ever euthanized. It cost me $660 for the vet and the cartage. I then understood why horses are dumped at the auction with the owners fully knowing they may be slaughtered. I later learned that TRACS will give a person $250 to have a vet euthanize a horse if they can’t afford it. I provided solace to 10 horses in the past 18 months; two were euthanized and one I kept. The rest found good homes. I never imagined rescuing included relieving pain in such a drastic way. Just because we can turn a blind eye to a horse suffering out in the field or in transport to slaughter does not mean the horse is not suffering. My farrier told me today that he never had a problem with euthanizing a horse that was suffering because at least he wouldn’t find it in a field a few years later suffering pain or starvation. It would be great to never have to deal with this issue but maybe we can remember that salvation or solace is much more important than just rescue. It does not end with the rescue. It just starts with the rescue. Hopefully, it ends in solace or salvation in whatever form is Best, the HORSE. Good luck and bless you to all those fighting “the good fight” out there. You are not alone. We just try our best. I know the “rescue” where I got the mare found homes for many other horses in dire straits. The Little Prince notes to the other roses, “As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one.” The solace you offer the horse is returned to you in full. - J in Delta, BC

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e know two horse trailers left Salt Spring Island the day the horse disappeared. “Pearl” is well known on Salt Spring Island and it is believed that she was taken from the island on September 30. The suspect is a local woman who has had some altercations with the owner in the past and is now hiding from police. They believe that the horse is now on the mainland and is likely to be resold quickly. If you see this horse, please call the Salt Spring Island RCMP at 250-537-5555. There is a $2,000 reward for her safe return. Pictures of this horse have been sent over the e-mail and have made the rounds to a lot of people. Pearl is a 10-year-old 17.2HH registered Belgian mare, without any tattoos or brands, but she has a distinct star/stripe/snip instead of a blaze, and her lower right foreleg is crooked (she paddles but isn’t lame); she also has a very light frame for a Belgian.

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Pigeon Fever Attacks My Farm By Mary-Ellen Laidlaw

Since June 15 I have had 10 cases of Pigeon Fever and Tosca (June 28) is still recovering and Tino (earlier) looked good but it resurfaced today, over 3-1/2 months later.


came home from my wonderful riding holiday in Germany with my daughter on June 26 and one of the horses, Champ, was very swollen at his navel. The vet had been out; lanced it and put him on penicillin. Meantime Tino, a big handsome gelding, had abscesses on his chest. There were multiple swellings, some open and oozing some still coming to a head, he had trouble even walking. He was put in a stall while he was being treated. Rolley, a handsome Thoroughbred gelding, had a swelling around his sheath. My five-year-old Swedish fi lly Tosca came in from the field and had a small abrasion on her leg; she was sound. (This was on June 28.) We cold hosed it and put some Biodine on it. June 29 the leg was visibly swollen. We cold hosed it and put a leg wrap on it. On June 30 the vet was coming out to check the other horses and I had him look at Tosca; by now her hock was quite swollen. She was put on antibiotics and bute. Three days later her

hock was splitting apart. Now she was put on Excenel, a very expensive antibiotic, and was on it twice a day for two weeks. I was bringing her in from the field, taking the bandage off, cold hosing it, putting clothivet on, taking her for a walk (after walking up and down our hills she would walk sound) I would get the gauze, put honey and iodine on; wrap the wound up with coflex or synflex or vet wrap: and finally use either a human (man’s large knee brace) or my neoprene hock brace. On the walks up the driveway she started to search out wild chamomile, this went on for about a week: next came the dandelions; dead or alive. Finally she started to search out the clay on the sides of our steep driveway. When you walk up the mountain twice a day you do things to relieve your boredom. I think I must be obsessive compulsive because I started counting the number of times she would lick the clay; it started with 26,

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This is a picture of what her leg looked like four days after the abrasion. Pigeon Fever can strike fast and furious. I don’t think anyone knew at first what they were dealing with; in 61 years I had never seen it. I do know that it was on our property as early as the middle of June.

increasing to 132 and finished with a high of over 500. This was over the next eight weeks. She also sought out lichen and pine needles and decayed bark. Nothing seemed to be changing with the high doses of Excenel and after two weeks with her noticeably getting worse I took her off the antibiotics. By now her collateral ligament was exposed approximately five inches and I was cleaning underneath it. So on one of the vet’s many visits he cut her collateral ligament, then she developed a huge pus pocket on her gaskin muscle 10 inches above the hock. I was almost hysterical at this point because if it tore open like the hock I couldn’t see how I would be able to treat it. Then she started to get pockets on her belly near her navel; as well as on her teats. My good friend Lisa Shore (who is a graduate from Dave Collins School of Massage Therapy) gave her a cleanse. She also massaged the area above and below the hock. Somewhere along this path my other friend Dorit mentioned that when her husband had to have his toes removed (he has diabetes), the hospital used

Pigeon Fever, cont’d colloidal silver to keep him from getting further infections after the amputation. I went to Natures Fare and bought a bottle. Meantime I was ordering synflex, coflex and vet wrap by the hundreds. I was buying gauze in big rolls to use on her leg. We went through large quantities of honey and 2 per cent iodine. The colloidal silver with the honey and iodine visibly was causing the gaping hole in her hock to heal. Meantime she was being hot hosed and blow dried on her stomach and teats. Remember this all started for Tosca on June 28; fast forward and we are now Thursday, Sept. 24; this is the day before I leave for WEG. I have been so worried about this mare that I had thought of cancelling. BUT I have the most amazing friends and neighbours: they all volunteered to look after her. That was on average three hours a day. There was the cold hosing the hock, hot hosing the stomach, walking and bandaging. On Thursday the very day before my departure the pus pockets in her teats exploded, (I was never so happy to see pus in my life). We syringed her open wounds with the colloidal silver and in the early morning of the 25th I took a horse cookie

out for Muppet and one for Tosca and went off to WEG. When I came home I couldn’t believe my eyes: her wound was the size of a 10-cent piece; her belly and teats were completely healed. She was running and bucking and her wonderful spirited self. She still needs to have it cleaned and honey and iodine and colloidal silver put on; but only once a day. She started this adventure a very green broke five year old and 3-1/2 months later she is one of the best mountain trail horses that we have. Anyone can ride her and Shalene Hayes my young neighbour and true trooper started riding her with just a halter on. Walking her every day and handling her so much has made her a trusting and affectionate horse.

Things I have learned about PIGEON FEVER 1. It can manifest in a variety of forms and on all parts of the body. 2. DO NOT give antibiotics before all the pockets have opened. 3. Do everything you can to bring them to a head: * hot water * hair dryer (this came from my friend

Roxann Ronan) for the teats and scrotum, easier than compresses * I used a bareback pad upside down sometimes to hold a heating pad over the navel. 4. Once it is has opened use colloidal silver to keep the area clean. 5. It can come back in horses you thought were better, as of Oct. 13, 2010, Tino has another pus pocket on his chest. 6. Have a very supportive group of friends who were there when you thought you should just give up.

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“Leaving A Lighter Hoofprint” Green Horsekeeping Column. By Laurie A. Cerny WINTERIZING HELPS HORSE OWNERS TO BE GREEN

Winterizing barns, pastures and horse trailers is not only a smart thing for horse owners to do to help make winter easier; it is also a great step toward being green. Because winterizing helps to preserve what you already have, you won’t have to replace things as often. This not only saves money, but it helps to leave a lighter hoofprint on the environment. Here is a list of winterizing things every horse owners should do: Barn and Stables: • Winterize the barn: This means repairing or replacing broken windows and doors, and making sure that they can close completely to keep out cold winter air and drafts. Make sure that all doors have ample clearance to allow for accumulated snow and ice. • If you have a bathroom and/or heated wash rack, wrap the water heater with an insulated blanket. Hot water pipes can also be wrapped to help save energy. • Refi ll stalls under mats where needed, or haul in fi ll in stalls without mats. • Remove anything from the barn that’s not used during the winter like fans (blow off fan and motor with an air compressor).

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• Store any liquids that might freeze in an unheated barn like fly spray, shampoo, coat conditioners, hoof black, fence paint, etc., indoors. • Do a thorough fall cleaning. This means sweeping cobwebs and cleaning dust and debris from electric outlets, around lights, vents, etc. Clean windows so more light will fi ll the barn during the winter. • Organize: An organized barn runs more efficiently. Create feeding stations for grain and hay. Keep grain pans and supplements where they can easily be reached when rationing out grain. Have a place to hang bailer twine strings near the haystack. You should also keep a used feed bag nearby to put any undesirable weeds found in your hay like Milkweed, Canadian Thistle and Curly Dock.

• Drain hoses and water tanks: Drain hoses of all water, roll them up and store indoors. Unused water tanks should be drained and cleaned using a dishsoap or a bleach mixture – then turn them upside down if left outside. A run-in shed or a horse trailer that isn’t going to be used during the winter is another good place to store water tanks. • Stock up on staples: Filling the barn with hay for winter goes without saying, however, stocking up on other things like bedding, stall freshener products, salt blocks, dewormers, etc. helps to eliminate unnecessary trips to the feed or farm store.

Pastures: • Fix fences: Make sure that fences are in good repair including working electric.

A Lighter Hoofprint, cont’d Consider installing solar chargers, which not only work great, but also cost nothing to operate. Replace rotted boards and posts. You definitely don’t want to be digging postholes in the frozen ground. • Paint gates: Gates seem to rust quickly in seam areas, as well as areas damaged by use and by horses. Use either sandpaper or a wire brush to remove rust, and then follow up with a coat of primer and a then with a rust-deterring paint. • Check electric water heaters to make sure they work. Consider replacing electric heaters with solar heaters. • Harrow pastures. If you don’t have a harrow, use a pitchfork and break up manure piles. • Spread manure and compost on hay fields and on pastures that are resting for the winter. • Create bedroom lots or dry lots. These lots help to preserve pastures from overgrazing and damage when the ground is soft. • Use hay feeders. Feeding hay up off of the ground helps to eliminate waste.

Horse trailers: • Clean horse trailer area and unload tack compartment, dressing rooms and living

quarters. • Repair or replace damaged items from broken tie straps and hay bags to window screens and mats. • Remove any rust or corrosion using sandpaper or a wire brush; follow with a primer and then with a rust-deterring paint. • Preserve wood floors with a weatherproofing product. • Store trailer for the winter. The ideal place for storage is in a cement-floored building away from livestock area. If left outside a trailer should be stored in a protected area, and/or tarped or covered with horse trailer cover. • Make sure to cover the tires. • Empty perishable items from tack compartment, dressing room and living quarters. Remove anything that could get damaged if the roof or windows leak. Put a couple handfuls of mothballs inside to help repel mice and other pests.

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Training For Courage By Paul Dufresne ENDOTAPPING PART 5 - ENHANCING A GAIT - THE CANTER

In Part 4 I explained how Endotapping could improve the quality of the walk and trot. The tapping improves the movement by causing the neurohormonal release of endorphins and a deeper relaxed state in the horse.

1st Easy tapped soft long and low at trot

2nd Easy elevated to canter cue


he canter is trickier due to the speed of the gait and the leader will have to move out more energetically themselves to join the horse. If a leader does not have a good grasp of controlling the feel good in a horse at walk and trot the canter development is not recommended. Don’t get a

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3rd Easy energizing and elevated ready to canter

horse in an adrenalin surge without having a good cue to bring them back quickly. You don’t need a full blown excite cycle too early in the process to test how well you have developed this control. Before you tackle the canter you need to have good relaxation cues through tapping, correct bend on a circle, a good head down cue and also suppleness at the poll where the head hangs plumb or vertical. You should be able to get the horse to do a nice walk with over-reach which means the horse should be able to go past its front foot print with the hind leg on the same side (see Endotapping Part 1). You should have calm transitions from walk to trot with few physical aids such as touching the horse with a whip, clucking, slapping your leg, etc. You should also be able to regain the walk by taking your energy down to a slower walk yourself, with maybe a hint of elevating the lead line to suggest slowing and engaging the hindquarters. You should also be able to ask your horse to transition from a relaxed long and low jog to a more engaged trot while maintaining a relaxed poll. Through all of this the horse must be balanced and have as much weight on the outside shoulder as the inside. If you don’t have fluidity and balance the canter will not be good. If your horse leans in on a smaller circle it may panic if you ask for more energy in this unbalanced state. I ask for the canter by first asking the horse to “quarter” or do a mini sweep. I elevate the lead line until the horse moves its inside hind across and under itself and shifts weight to the outside shoulder. When the horse does this balanced and engaging step of the hind quarter, I then add the energy for the canter. I allow the horse to go straighter as it tries to pick up the canter. This helps the horse remain balanced and calm. What is important at first is that the horse makes an attempt to canter -

Training For Courage, cont’d not necessarily actually canter. I always tap my horse into a relaxed frame while moving so I have the soft ness of their poll. I then mini sweep while elevating the lead line to engage the hindquartering while balancing them. I then look up and add my energy UP and FORWARD into the canter. It shouldn’t take many tries before the horse picks-up the correct lead. If the horse gets excited I 5th Easy settling in an almost balanced canter 4th Easy elevated and now cantering may only ask 3-10 strides before regaining after a few strides, later to be tapped while cantering with slightly longer whip the relaxed state at the walk. Most horses get it in very short order, however, if a The really cool thing about achieving this well in-hand horse has draft in them or they are gaited, or if a horse has been before riding, is that it lessens the learning curve under saddle taught to brace this may require more effort and time to develop. later without ever risking the rider’s or the horse’s well-being. Don’t panic if the horse gets excited or picks up the wrong lead… just stay relaxed and bring the horse back to a happy place Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna, in a downward transition and try again after re-suppling. If the BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship; Classical Arts; Liberty and horse picks up the lead and gets a bit racy because it is falling Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses, but more into the circle, elevate the rein/leadline and do a bit of a mini importantly how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom sweep to engage their hindquarters and rebalance on the outside seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. shoulder. I only ask the horse to stay in the canter if the horse remains balanced. The horse will visibly show you when it is ok in the canter even on a smaller circle. Working from a large circle to a smaller circle helps maintain proper bend and encourages the horse to slow down as it is much too difficult to sustain speed/ balance on the small circle. If you keep applying the mini sweep any time a horse leans in, you can often get a very nice controlled canter in 1-10 sessions depending on your ability. Remember it is not a contest of speed. Do whatever the horse tells you it needs to get comfortable in the canter, and repeat it calmly if it isn’t perfect right away. The pressure we put on horses for making a mistake on the lead is so often what causes them to keep making mistakes. If your horse can do a decent canter on the circle, travel beside them in a very strong walk and tap in zone 1 in the rhythm of the canter you would like them to assume. The horse should start to relax even further into a soft lope or slow canter and nicely balance. I often have people ask if working on a small circle is detrimental to the horses’ joints and limbs. The answer is the opposite when it is done correctly. You cannot not improve bend without creating bend and you cannot improve balance without actually putting the horse in a position that it has to balance. The key is to relax the horse and make it easier for them. An anxious horse will always have more difficulty bending and balancing because anxiety causes negative counter-flexion or inverting of the top line. www.saddleup.ca • 13

Horsepower in B.C.’s Economy! A recent survey conducted by Horse Council British Columbia (HCBC) found that horses generate an estimated $740 million dollars in economic activity in B.C. and that number may be on the rise.


he survey’s results indicate that there are around 100,000 horses in BC on almost 14,000 farms, and that the industry creates some 7,200 full time jobs. Moreover, according to survey respondents, more than 90% of horse owners will either be maintaining or increasing their involvement in the

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horses’ well-being,” states Lisa Laycock, executive director of Horse Council B.C. “HCBC is looking forward to developing programs that address issues important for today’s horseman. We appreciate the support of the B.C. provincial government and the Government of Canada for this important initiative.” The survey was conducted in partnership with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. Funding for the survey was provided through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program. This program is delivered in B.C. by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. The purpose of the survey was to understand and document the scope and impact of the horse industry within B.C. A previous industry survey was conducted in 1998 and this new study provides data for comparison to monitor the growth of the sector. Survey respondents included the HCBC membership, racing population, breeders and agricultural voices. Horse Council B.C. is a membershipdriven not-for-profit association representing the equine industry throughout British Columbia. It was established in 1980 to provide a coordinating body to serve all equestrian and equine interests except pari-mutuel racing. The Council serves over 21,000 members involved in all aspects of the horse industry through its ongoing commitments to communication, education and the well-being of horses. To view the complete 2009 Equine Industry Study, go to www.hcbc.ca or contact Kelly Coughlin, Industry Manager, Horse Council BC, 1-800-3458055, ext 106, industry@hcbc.ca.

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Probiotics for Horses… By Marijke van de Water, B. Sc., DHMS


ost of us are familiar with the importance of supplementing ourselves with friendly bacteria (probiotics) for improving digestive function. This practice is particularly important for the health of the colon in the presence of high sugar and refined carbohydrate diets, after the use of antibiotics or hormone use, a history of colon diseases and/or symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Probiotics may even be more important for our horses, since horses acquire all of their energy from fibre; fibre that must first be fermented by friendly bacteria to convert into energy (volatile fatty acids). The equine cecum (a 35 litre fermentative vat) therefore harbours billions of strains of a highly complex and abundant community of beneficial micro-organisms. For this reason probiotics are often the most important supplement to consider in restoring the health of your horse. Adequate levels of probiotics are not only critical for the fermentation of fibre and excess starches but they maximize the absorption of nutrients from feed. By ensuring adequate digestion probiotics are able to prevent and treat “leaky gut”, a major cause of systemic toxicity leading to skin problems, immune diseases, respiratory troubles, allergies, fatigue and laminitis to name just a few. Probiotics therefore play a

significant role in immunity and the prevention of a variety of diseases. The biggest cause of probiotic deficiency is the over-feeding of grass, grain and sugars which rapidly deplete the bacteria levels. Consequently, it is often these horses that fall victim to a variety of health problems including skin problems, metabolic syndrome, weight loss and/or weight gain, joint pain, colic and the all too common laminitis. Supplement with probiotics under the following conditions: - The use of antibiotics, steroids, or chemical de-wormers. - Colic, bloating, diarrhea, cribbing and ulcers. - Laminitis or grass/grain founder. - Parasite infestation or stubborn cases. - Metabolic syndrome Use probiotics that need to be refrigerated and contain at least 24 billion CFU’s per dosage. Probiotics that are stabilized for storage at room temperature or are part of a non-refrigerated feed or supplement should not be considered a potent source. Generally, probiotics should be supplemented daily for a minimum of 3 weeks to re-establish healthy microflora. After this loading period, daily supplementation can be continued if health benefits are obvious. For a complete colon detoxification combine probiotics with a herbal colon cleanser such as psyllium seed, slippery elm, aloe vera and/or specific herbal blends formulated for colon cleansing. This is an excerpt from Healing Horses: Their Way! By Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS Equine Health and Nutrition Specialist Homeopathic Practitioner Medical Intuitive

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An Introduction To Functional Conformation By Judy Wardrope, www.jwequine.com


This article is intended as a prelude to a series on discipline-specific conformation. In order to learn a new way of looking at a horse, we have to be open to it and see the validity of the new method.


nternationally renowned functional conformation and pedigree research expert Judy Wardrope has spent decades gathering the knowledge that is the foundation for her analysis of the functional aspects of equine conformation. She applied the findings from her research to her own sport horse breeding program, producing champions in Dressage and the Hunter ring as well as winners in Show Jumping and Eventing. In demand as both an informative and entertaining clinician and speaker, Wardrope is also a respected equine journalist. She has been satisfying a growing demand for informative articles on functional conformation for both Sport horses and Race horses. Her work appears in more than twenty equine publications internationally; and now including Saddle Up. She is a current member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists, a former member of the National Turf Writers Association and was nominated for the 2006 Equine Vision award through American Horse Publications.

We will use these two geldings for illustration. Examine them, with your discipline and level of expectations from the horse in mind, and decide which one appeals to you most. Which would suit your purposes best? And now for the hard

part: why did you choose that particular horse? Could you describe your choice in objective terms instead of in subjective terms like nice shoulder or good hip? Do the markings on the photos support your reasoning regarding horse preference? The markings can be used as key points and objective measures for examining and explaining conformation as it relates to function and are transferable from horse to horse, discipline to discipline, and to level of competition and/or susceptibility to injury.

When I look at a horse, I judge it for function based on its skeleton. Why the skeleton? Because muscles and cardiovascular efficiency can be changed, but not so with the bone structure, the basic physics of the horse. Although both sample horses have a degree of fame, one is famous as an athlete and the other is famous for playing an athlete in a movie. Let’s look at them from a functional perspective to see which is which.


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Functional Conformation, cont’d Let’s start with the hindquarters, the horse’s motor. Both geldings have a stifle protrusion that is not a sizeable distance below the level of the sheath. A high stifle placement is a sprinter characteristic and is common in Quarter Horses, while a low stifle placement denotes distance capabilities and scope over fences. Horse #1 has a slightly lower stifle than #2, which indicates that #1 should be able to carry his speed a little farther than #2 and jump a bit higher.

Next we’ll look at the lumbosacral gap (LS), or the transmission. In Horse #1 the LS, which is just in front of the high point of the croup, is placed directly over his point of hip. In #2 the LS is well behind the point of hip, making him weaker in that area, or not as well coupled. Horse #2 will be more prone to a sore back. Moving forward, we can see that #1 has a higher point of shoulder and a proportionately shorter humerus than #2. This means that #1 will have a quicker turnover rate with his front legs than #2. In turn, that means that #1’s turnover rates fore and aft are more closely matched than those of #2, as a result, he would be smoother to ride.

Number 1 also has less weight in front of his pillar of support as determined by drawing a line through the naturally occurring groove in his front leg and then up to the top of the horse. Horse #2 will have more weight to lift on his forehand and may want to move with his head higher than #1. The heavier forehand of #2 combined with his poor LS placement makes compensating for the differences in turnover rates even more difficult. He will tire quicker than #1 no matter how fit he might be. Horse #1 earned over $2 million on the track and #2 played Seabiscuit in the movie. In future articles we will examine the points of functional conformation in more depth and see how they relate to specific disciplines. Judy Wardrope will be a guest speaker at Horse Council’s Equine Education Conference, January 22-23, 2011 in Kelowna, BC. See www.hcbc.ca for more information.


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Salvation vs. Rescue – The Reality By Kevan Garecki PART TWO

The debate over “unwanted horses” in Canada and the U.S. is so volatile and rife with inaccuracy that it has become nearly impossible to determine fact from intentional disinformation from certain narrow-focus animal “rights” groups. One thing is certain, there are more horses than there are nurturing homes to care for them.


t would seem that under the current environment most salvation efforts are thwarted before they begin, yet folks flock to auctions in hope of “rescuing” a horse from the meat buyers. Do those people have a viable plan in mind? Are they looking for horses that fit specific criteria; such as adoptability, suitability for future training or other productive lifestyle, age and/or other prospective health issues or breeding/ conformation? In most cases the answer to all of the above is a sadly resounding “no.” Big-hearted folks lead horses from the auction barns with beaming grins thinking they have “saved” these hapless creatures from a fate worse than death; let’s take a walk through what I call “responsible rescue” and see how they are likely to fare. I wouldn’t buy a horse without a plan, so it stands to reason I wouldn’t try rescuing one without an idea of what the end result was likely to be either. I received a call recently from a lady who was utterly incensed over the fact that she had “rescued” a Standardbred from the auction and Greener Pastures refused to take her in afterwards. Another “rescued” a Thoroughbred from a high-profile case in the interior, then stood waiting with her hand out for donations to help her finance expensive surgery for this fi lly. Yet another called me to come and haul five mares out of a breeding farm so that she could send them to the auction to be “rescued.” The common denominator in each of these examples is that none of the folks mentioned bothered to formulate a plan that took into consideration some simple but undeniable aspects of horse rescue. 20 • Saddle Up • November 2010

Following is what I call “Saving the Horse in Five Not-So-Easy Pieces:” 1. The plan – What are you going to do, and how are you going to do it? 2. The budget – How much do you have to spend, and how are you going to get more when that’s all gone? 3. The facility – That place where you’re going keep horsey and spend most of your waking hours (when you’re not out earning the money horsey will need to make him better). 4. The crew – the right vet, farrier, chiro, massage therapist, homeopathic guru, trainer, barn help and every other “ologist” you can think of! 5. The “exit strategy” – or, did you plan on keeping all those horses forever? If you do, call me, I’m available for adoption. A common pitfall opens as rescued horses recover physically and begin to present a host of behavioural challenges. There is no set paradigm to follow, no panacea that cures all ills; as the problems can range widely from simple trust issues to complex and deeply rooted personal specters due to previous mistreatment. In our desire to be “kind” we sometimes overlook or purposefully eliminate this crucial aspect of the healing process for our equine friends; make no mistake, in the current market horses are being sold for far below their actual value, so to have a chance of securing a good home every horse must present a minimum set of skills. Manners are paramount, regardless of what has happened to that horse, she/he must be able to stand quietly for a farrier or vet, allow feet to be picked up and generally handled as any other horse might. Feeling sorry for the horse does no favours!

This picture was taken to illustrate to an ignorant owner that “This is not OK”. This is why we do what we do ...

Virtually every neglected horse will need a full vet examination, including having teeth floated and vaccination schedules brought up to par. Be careful not to attempt too much too quickly; the horse should be allowed to regain strength and have their immune and digestive systems recover, especially if they were exceedingly neglected or malnourished. Vaccinate only to address prevalent risks, such as tetanus, flu/rhino and possibly WNV. Deworming must be eased into carefully, as a malnourished horse can be put at risk of colic due to high loads of worms being killed off and passed through the GI tract. The generally accepted approach is to begin at onequarter the recommended dose the first week, gradually increasing the dosage over the course of two months until the full dosage is reached. Feeding a severely malnourished horse can be a challenge as well. Many horses that have been starved often reach a point at which their digestive systems actually lose the ability to extract nutrients from their food. Feeding must be carefully considered in these cases; I will often enlist the help of vets and

Salvation vs. Rescue, cont’d nutritionists to tailor an approach best suited for the horse in question. Most commonly it is advisable to begin with simple basics; grass hay, no grain or other supplements until the horse’s GI system has developed the gut flora to digest the hay. This can take up to a month in many cases, so patience is needed. It usually takes many months for a horse to exhibit signs of severe malnourishment, so it stands to reason correcting this condition won’t happen overnight. These are only the more common issues we will face during the rehabilitation process; there are scores of other concerns that will test both our knowledge and resolve. The majority of horses will respond positively to proper care, however some may present us with specific trials as they develop medical complications or simply fail to thrive; these souls may have suffered such extreme abuse that they simply cannot bounce back. These horses will present us with the toughest choice we may ever make; whether or not to continue rehab work or release the horse from suffering, forever. No matter what the logic used, nor how hopeless the case may be, the decision to end a horse’s life will haunt us with second guesses forever. The single guiding thought I hold onto is that I have done the best possible for the horse, not for me.

Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.)

I just took this picture today; both the cat and the horse share a similar past of abandonment. This shows why we keep on doing what we do ...

NEWS FLASH! The rewards for rehabilitating needy horses are many, but every now and then we get an extra perk. Quite literally as I typed the last words in the above article I received a call from close friend and SPCA officer Cst. Laura Lavigne to tell me that those responsible for Noel’s abuse were brought to justice! Entering guilty pleas to all counts, they were fined and placed under a prohibition from owing or caring for animals. (Read about Noel’s ordeal in the October and November, 2009, issues of Saddle Up!)

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Clicker Training - Targeting by Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy I hope you had fun practicing your food delivery skills. You will be happy to know we are almost ready to get your horse started on targeting, but first I want to give you the final skill you will need before you try this with your horse.


p until now you have been presenting the food pretty much directly in front of your human horse. You should be getting very fluid and confident in your basic technique. Here’s a quick review of the steps: You present target Your human “horse” touches target. You click, change hands on target (removing the target from sight), and reach into your pocket with the correct hand to deliver the treat. Now we are going to add in the next step of turning into your human “horse” as you deliver the treat and unfolding your arm towards her shoulder. This will cause your “horse” to move backwards to get the treat. It may take a couple times for your human “horse” to figure out she now needs to move her feet to get the treat. It is the stepping into your horse and unfolding your arm




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into her shoulder that will send the energy needed to encourage her to move back. Why is this step important? When your horse moves back out of your space to get his treat, it helps develop the polite, safe manners we expect to see in our clicker-trained horses. You’ll practice this with your human partner until you have things smooth. Two YouTube videos will show this final step in the process. They are titled November Targeting Video 1 and 2. When you feel confident in this last step you are ready to get your real horse.

What is wrong with regards to food delivery in this photo? E-mail me your guesses at mgwynne@xplornet.com. I like to start with the horse in a stall with a stall guard. Safety is always paramount, and it is best to start clicker training with ‘protective’ contact as some horses are very eager to get that treat. If your horse starts to get too pushy or eager for his treats, the stall guard means you can just step back out of his way while still keeping the target out where he can easily reach it. Count out twenty treats and put them in your pocket. Go through all the steps you did with your human partner with your horse. This should be easy now that you have the mechanics down pat. Present target where he will likely bump into it with his nose, click when he touches it, change hands on the target, present the treat. For this first round of twenty treats just present the treat in front of him using your unfolding of the arm so he isn’t invading your space. When your treats are almost all gone, drop the last couple treats into his feed bucket that is inside the stall and step away from his stall. While you are reloading your pocket, think about how he did. Is he confident, smart, eager, timid, uncertain? The most important question of all: is there anything about his behaviour that would suggest to you that it would be unsafe to go into the stall with him with your pockets full of treats? If the answer comes back yes, you’ll continue to use the protective contact of the stall. You’re teaching him emotional self control and basic good manners with these early clicker lessons. That’s

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Thunder playing b ball

especially important for very pushy horses. Take your time with these foundation lessons. A little extra time spent now will pay huge dividends in the long run. With the next round of twenty treats many horses will be ready for you to add in your new food delivery skills. Hold the target out to him, click as he touches it, now step into him and deliver the food so that he is backing out of your space to get the treat. Why is this final step in the food delivery important? The most obvious reason is that it teaches your horse to move back out of your space in order to receive his treat. If you do this consistently (consistency is the basis of good training) your horse will begin to automatically step back after hearing the click. The food delivery will have helped him understand your body language. You won’t have to “get tough” with him. He’ll

back up easily from a light request. Not only does this What makes a great create a very polite horse, it Clicker treat? Carrots and sliced up also sets him up beautifully apples, your horse’s normal for the weight shifts you need grain, all make great clicker for advanced performance treats. If you are using your work. horse’s grain, measure out his Sometimes it can take daily grain ration and take out a portion for clicker training. a few sessions until the Clicker training is so much fun, “lightbulb” goes on, and the it’s easy to get carried away horse understands the game. and end up feeding a lot more Many horses have not been grain than he normally would allowed to offer behaviours, get. So measure out the grain you will be using so you aren’t often being reprimanded if overfeeding him. they did so. These horses will be hesitant and often a bit afraid to experiment with the target. Keep your sessions short give them lots of time to process these sessions. The next time you try the targeting the results will be much better. Now I know there are those of you out there thinking … okay so now I can get my horse to target his nose to an object I hold up ... so what? Targeting is one of the six lessons that form the foundation of clicker training. To have a really solid understanding of clicker training, you’ll need all six lessons, but targeting is a great place to begin. Can you begin to think outside the box “stall” and see all the useful and fun ways you can use your targeting skills? Here are a few pictures to help you begin thinking outside the box “stall.” And there are a couple cute clips on YouTube. Blessing Waiting for Dinner and Thunder Helping Out. Next month I’ll introduce you to another of the six foundation lessons. In the meantime have fun practicing your targeting skills. And if you’d like to jump ahead and learn more about clicker training you can visit www. theclickercenter.com. (I have some books and DVDs available to order from me.) Monty Gwynne owns a private training/boarding facility, Flyin G Ranch, in Cochrane, AB, where she assists owners in training their own horses using clicker training. Monty has successfully trained horses of many breeds for many disciplines over the last 30 plus years, including gaited breeds. Monty is the only Canadian-approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of clicker training for Horses). She has been training using the clicker for the past 12 years. www.saddleup.ca • 23

Food for Thought By Dr. Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com “The student must make an effort to look friendly at all times, to caress his horse often, and not to correct impatiently. Even if not everything succeeds according to his thoughts occasionally, he should not get upset and choleric, and mistreat his horse, in other words prostitute himself in front of the observers. For there is nothing more unpleasant than seeing a rider spur and beat his horse, especially when he himself is the cause for the mistake. And it happens quite frequently that the rider causes the horse to make this or that mistake through an imperfect seat or an unsteady hand, for which the horse is not to be punished, but the rider is to blame. A horse that is trained to subtle aids and who pays attention to the rider’s smallest movement, will inevitably react as soon as the hand, the legs or the seat move incorrectly. However, the horse must not be punished, since he only did what the rider asked for with his careless movement.” Anonymous 18th century chief rider of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna (translation: TR).

When things go wrong and horses begin to misbehave most riders search for the reason and the remedy outside themselves. The truth is that in most cases the solution lies within the rider and nowhere else.


ntugenden” (“non-virtues”), as they are called in German, such as bucking, rearing, bolting, shying, turning around, etc., are the horse’s last desperate attempt to tell the rider that he is fed up with the way he is being ridden. All of these bad habits are forms of sucking back, and sucking back is always caused by the rider, unless there is a physical pain issue that needs to be researched, and if possible resolved, with the help of the veterinarian. Rider-induced sucking back results from contradictory aids, e.g. driving behind (or worse yet, gripping) while holding or pulling in front, perching forward with a wobbly waist while driving behind, and others. These contradictions make even the most willing horse angry, if he is an intelligent, spirited animal. Naturally easy-going, phlegmatic horses often choose an “inner emigration” and become incredibly dull and lazy instead. The spirited horse, on the other hand, will try to understand these contradictory demands for a while, until the inability to reconcile them creates frustration, then anger and finally rebellion. To add insult to injury, the rider often punishes the horse for not doing what he is being asked, although the aids were simply unclear or flat out impossible to carry out. If the rider fails to recognize what is happening 24 • Saddle Up • November 2010

and does not make fundamental changes in the way he rides, the horse enters a downward spiral and becomes quickly unrideable, a rogue.

Many intelligent horses have a strong sense of fairness. They happily accept their role as the subordinate herd member, if the herd leader does not take advantage of them, if he only demands things that are within their physical and mental capabilities, and if his requests (aids) are precise, to the point, and free of contradictions - especially if the aids and exercises are designed to make the horse’s job of carrying the rider easier by improving suppleness, balance and straightness. Horses come to trust and respect a herd leader like that. They give him their willing co-operation, and more than that, they are happy to work with and for such an individual. If the herd leader, on the other hand, is unfair in any way, demanding more than the horse can give, if he makes a demand without allowing the horse to carry it out (saying “go” when he really means “stop! I’m scared”), or when his instructions are full of contradictions in general, the horse will withdraw his trust and respect, just as a human employee will not respect an incompetent boss. When a position of authority is undeserved due

to a lack of leadership and competence, the employees, as well as the horses, will become unco-operative. Therefore, a change in attitude, an increasingly disobedient, even dangerous behaviour is often an indication that the rider has not been a good leader. These changes never occur out of the blue. There are always warning signs and the rider has to learn to recognize them, before he finds himself on the ground, wondering: “What the h-- just happened?” These warning signs can be very subtle, like a crooked transition from the halt to the walk, a hesitant, delayed response to the driving aids, drifting away from the wall on one rein, lack of concentration, inventing things to spook at, etc. Many riders don’t recognize the warning signs. They are caught by surprise when the horse shows some blatant disobedience, six months or a year after the first warning signs appeared. By that time the situation is already out of control. The horse has become so frustrated that he is no longer interested in a productive discourse with his rider. He has given up and assumes that all riders give incomprehensible, contradictory aids. He therefore responds even to correct riding with anger and resentment. The horse’s trust and respect are now so thoroughly destroyed, the dangerous behaviour is

Food for Thought, cont’d so deeply ingrained, that it is difficult and time consuming, in some cases dangerous, even for a very competent rider to undo. The original rider who caused the behaviour is by now far out of his league and will in many cases be unable to recover without sending the horse away to a professional for several months. However, even if somebody else corrects the horse, the bad behaviour will reappear immediately as soon as the original rider gets back on – unless this rider changes his riding completely. And even then, a horse who has been “trained” to bolt, buck, rear, shy, spin, etc. will never forget how to do it.

These horses are like recovering alcoholics. They cannot be “cured.” They can only be trained not to use their dangerous evasion as long as they are ridden correctly. But the bad habit will always lurk just around the

corner, ready to come out again, if the rider makes the old mistakes again. Instead of analyzing what they themselves might be doing wrong, however, most riders immediately start looking for the reason and the solution outside themselves, i.e. they lay blame. They think that if they can find just the right saddle, the right bit, the right auxiliary rein, the right farrier, the right vet, etc. their troubles will be over. These are the same people who keep going from one trainer to the next, every time the old trainer tells them that all they have to do in order to solve their problems is to sit on their behind and learn how to ride. If all else fails, the rider sells the horse and buys another one, who predictably turns into a clone of the first one within a year or less. But, as I said before, nothing will change until the rider makes fundamental changes in the way he rides and thinks

about riding. Riding challenges all of us to reinvent ourselves completely on a periodic basis. This is extremely hurtful for our ego, because we have to face reality, acknowledging all the things that we are still doing wrong, but also recognizing the things we are already doing right. This usually comes with the realization that we are not nearly as advanced as we had hitherto thought. If we want to learn how to ride, we have to discard the bad things, keep the good things, and try to come up with a new concept, a new “working hypothesis” for our seat and our riding that can take us to the next level of competence. Teachers can show us the way and give us the tools we need to solve the problems, but we have to find the solutions ourselves with the help of these tools. Nobody else can do it for us. continued on page 26

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Food for Thought, cont’d That’s why even with the best teachers and the best horses in the world, the student still has to do the work, the studying him/ herself.

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This metamorphosis has to begin with a look in a mirror that shows us not only our face, but also our heart and our soul, and we all have ugly parts that we would rather not look at, because it is painful, shameful, or embarrassing for us to acknowledge them and look at them. However, we will not become a better person or a better rider until we learn to face who we are, including all the negative qualities. That is the first step toward trying to overcome our weaknesses. The horse is this mirror that shows us a compete reflection of who we are, and the educated rider can see exactly what the horse is saying about his rider. It requires great inner strength to endure this close look at our reflection in the mirror, because it can be such a hurtful experience. At this juncture, the rider has a choice. He can either muster the courage and the strength to face himself, or he can continue to lay blame and look for answers outside himself. The rider who undertakes the difficult and painful task of analyzing everything about himself honestly will be transformed by the experience in more ways than one and gain a much deeper insight on many levels than he can imagine beforehand. He will also learn how to ride, almost as a byproduct. The rider who keeps looking for answers outside of himself, will waste valuable time. Yet in the end, he will not find knowledge or competence. Instead, his skills will stagnate at the same level. It is the rider who misses out, but it is the horse who pays the price. We all reach these junctures on a regular basis. Often, they are “forced” upon us by a particularly difficult (for us) horse who does not allow us to cheat and lie our way through, and who brings us face to face with our insufficiencies. The

answers are always right there in front of us. The horse tells us exactly what’s wrong with our riding and what he needs from us. It’s up to us whether we choose to listen or not. There is nothing anybody else can do. The rider has to want to learn, truly and honestly, without making excuses, without blaming the horse, the saddle, the bit, the footing, the boots, the breeches, the farrier, the vet, or whatever. The desire to learn must be greater than anything else, pride, vanity, ego, everything. It comes down to the question of how important it is to the rider to really learn to ride, and how far he or she wants to go in his or her riding. An international clinician and author, Dr. Thomas Ritter teaches a variety of students from all walks of life, with one common passion – a love for classical horsemanship. Dr. Ritter studied in Germany with Egon von Neindorff and Dorothee and T homas Faltejesek of the famous classical riding school, Reitinstitut Egon von Neindorff. Since arriving in the USA, Dr. Ritter has studied extensively with several riders of the Spanish Riding School. He competes through FEI and teaches clinics throughout the USA and in Europe and most recently in Alberta. He is a prolific author and his articles have appeared in many publications, including Cavallo and Dressage Today, and Saddle Up magazine. Printed with permission. Visit www.artisticdressage.com

2010 Parkland Dressage Festival By Sheri Bresee Photos by Arto Photography


eptember 16-19 was the annual Parkland Dressage Festival held at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB. The Festival is two shows over four days: the Alberta Provincial Championships and the Western Regional Championships. Mother Nature was determined to challenge the show committee this year with freezing temperatures, pouring rain, heavy mud and thick frosts a couple of the nights! With one indoor arena and one covered arena the committee made every effort possible to provide safe and dry warm-ups and show conditions as much as possible. With 130 competitors from as far away as Winnipeg and Northern BC, it was a busy weekend for the four judges: Jo Graham of Great Britain, Lisette Purcell of the Dominican, Brenda Minor of Ontario and Sheila Skene of BC. The highlight of the show as always was the Duckering’s International Freight Services and Wealth Design Group Gala Evening. The tables in the arena were full of sponsors and spectators prepared to enjoy an evening of fantastic freestyles and entertainment. The Nadeem Ayoob Memorial award of $500 went to the top freestyle of the night, a Young Rider kur performed by Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar and Oslo of Bluffton, Alberta. Huge thanks to the Red Deer Lodge for being a major show sponsor and the home of our officials for the weekend. A favourite of all the competitors were the Early Bird Sponsors: Herbs for Horses and Tim Hortons – Downtown Red Deer. They provided hot coffee, chocolate, muffins and carrots to get the competitors started on the cold mornings. A new event this year was the Gadsby Lake Farm Team Challenge – every competitor in the Provincials found themselves on a randomly chosen team competing for a portion of $1000 prize money. The five member winning team took home $100 each. Friday evening everyone was treated to the Double W Horsemanship Academy and Heavy Oil Consulting Welcome Supper – a fabulous beef on a bun dinner while watching the Advanced classes. On Sunday morning Aspelund Ridge, Ironhill & DK Saddlery were pleased to sponsor the Farewell Breakfast – pancakes and sausages for everyone! Paying out over $10,000 in prize money over the four days the show was a huge success for competitors, sponsors and the hosts, the Parkland Area Alberta Dressage Association. We are looking forward to next year already!! For complete results visit www.albertadressage.com

Our gala evening!

Nadeem Ayoob Memorial Award winner Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar and Oslo.

Joni Lynn Peters and Travolta.

Breyer and Rebecca Stubbington with Jean Duckering presenting.

Chelsea Balcaen and Magic.

Best in Show class! The is Linda Bresee, our show secretary with the mic in hand.

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Improve Your Show Ring Transitions By Dana Hokana IMPROVING YOUR HORSE’S GAIT TRANSITIONS

Good transitions are so important for your show ring success. I am going to teach you what a good transition is, tell you some of the reasons why transitions are important, and give you some pointers on how to improve your transitions!


hat is a good and a bad transition?

A good transition is smooth and looks effortless. I like to see the horse step soft ly and effortlessly into his next gait without drawing a lot of attention to the change in the gait. With a good transition you hardly notice it. It is the end of one gait and the beginning of another. The horse is quiet with his head, mouth and tail. He doesn’t clutch or over bridle his head. His body language and his legs don’t “tell” on you that you used your leg on him to cue him. In a good transition your horse isn’t surgy, or doesn’t rush off into it and also doesn’t suck back before making it. A good transition isn’t distracting. In a good transition, you look in control! In a bad transition, the horse may jump off into the gait or trot into the lope. He will sometimes throw his head in the air or use his tail. His body language shows he isn’t happy! He may look resistant or rush off and appear hot and afraid. It just isn’t smooth!

In downward transitions I like to see a horse come down to the next gait without clutching in his head or neck and I like to see him up in his shoulders and balanced.

Why are good transitions important? Upward as well as downward transitions are very important for the overall success of your performance in the class. A good transition often sets the standard for the rest of the gait. How a horse performs his transition tells where he’s at as far as willingness, obedience, his mindset and how broke he is. At major shows or in a tough class, a good transition is a must! If your horse is broke and willing and you are confident of your transitions, you can use your transition to plus your score or gain favor with the judge. You can also gain or change your rail space with your transition. You can step off soft ly and slowly which may gain rail space, or you can step off confidently and go around other riders who are struggling into their gaits. Your transition, where and how you perform it, sets you up for the whole class. For example, if your horse trots off into the lope, he may stay loping long and fast, where as if he lifts up and lopes off soft and slow, he will most likely hold that cadence and gait longer. Good transitions are very important!

Tips to improve your transitions 1) Practice your transitions over and over I recommend that you get off the rail and practice your transitions again and again, until you are very confident in each transition, upward ones and downward ones. Many people don’t practice transitions, they just practice the gait. Transitions will need to be maintained so add them into your daily workout. I like the saying, “practice makes perfect!” Practicing them not only teaches your horse to make good transitions, it helps you to be confident which will be evident in the show ring. I want to encourage you to make the workout between you and your horse a positive one. Be very mindful about diagnosing what is going on with your horse when he makes mistakes in his transitions. Is he refusing, or is he afraid or does he just not understand? Set your cue in your mind, such as when I want my horse to jog, I cluck and tap lightly with both legs. To lope, I use my outside leg and kiss. To go from the lope to the walk, I say “walk,” and to come from the lope to the jog, I say “here.” If I am definite in my mind as to what I want and I am consistent in my cues, my horse will learn faster. If your horse refuses or just doesn’t get it, you may need to correct him, but be careful you don’t scare him in your corrections. Remember, to get that smooth, pretty transition, your horse needs to be confident. A scared horse will show it. He will either scramble in his legs or rush off, but somehow he will show through his body his fear or frustration. 28 • Saddle Up • November 2010

Show Ring Transitions, cont’d 2) Punish or correct the body part that refuses you To avoid that afraid or angry-looking horse, try to identify where your horse’s weaknesses are. I have a saying, “Punish the body part that refuses you, not the whole horse.” For example, if you want your horse to lope off and you put your leg on him and he doesn’t lope off, but trots into it and you start jerking and spurring him, he may lose the message that you were trying to give him. If you throw a lot of cues at once at your horse, he may or may not understand. If you stop and figure out why your cue didn’t bring the result and work on that, you will get through to him faster. Give a clear message. In that case I can say that my horse didn’t respond to my leg. I can ask myself if I gave enough leg or if he just didn’t try. I may pull his head to the side and move him over off of my leg until he took my leg seriously then stop, let him settle and ask him again. I try to diagnose each situation. Maybe he was being naughty, maybe my cue wasn’t clear. In any case try to understand your horse, don’t lose your temper, but get the job done and teach him. You are a teacher every time you ride! If he picks his head up to make his transitions he may be doing that because he is mad at your leg or it may be that he is balancing with his head and neck. You can also try doing transitions “in hand” or holding him through your transition until he figures it out.

pushing his hips around off of my left leg. I will do this mindfully, paying attention to my horse’s reaction and response to my leg. For example, if he runs or jumps over off of my leg he will probably jump into the lope. This tells me he is too reactive and sensitive. I will continue pushing his hips around until he slows down and starts to accept my leg; my goal is to drive every step. I will then take my leg away, give him a break and then try again. I will do this until I feel he accepts my leg. This will help you to build a relationship with your horse. I like to mash or push my leg against him, not spur or jab. If he gets lazy or resistant and sticks on my leg I may speed it up and ask him to trot his hindquarters around off of my leg. This teaches him to move over and the act of trotting encourages him to lift up and go somewhere. Notice in this exercise you have put his body weight onto his front end but have freed up his hindquarters. Before I lope I want to do an exercise to redistribute his body weight back onto his hindquarters. I can then do one of two things; I can pivot his front end around to the left moving over off of my right leg in an indirect turn. This may sound complicated and I go into a lot of detail showing this on my DVD Maximizing Your Western Pleasure Horse vol. 1 which you can get if you need to. In this exercise I have positioned the hips for a right lead lope off by moving them over off of my left leg. By turning him back to the left off of my

3) Check your horse’s body weight In becoming a good horseman you need to know where your horse’s body weight is centered. In other words, a horse needs to carry most of his body weight balanced over his hindquarters in order to move gracefully. A horse that is heavy on his front end cannot lift up and lope or come to a downward transition with grace and style. If he is heavy on his front end he will either trot into the lope, or pick his head up and pull himself along or when he does a downward transition he will look unco-ordinated and heavy. In order to have excellent transitions your horse must be balanced correctly. His body language is very indicative of what he’s thinking and doing and the balance of his body weight will also show to the judge or the onlooker. If I feel that my horse is heavy on his front end I will do a lot of stopping, backing and rollbacks. I will trot then stop him. Don’t jerk, just pull him in the ground (remember don’t lose the message by bumping his face, it’s not about his face it’s about his body weight) I will then back him and roll him back, then trot him right back off. By stopping and backing you are redistributing his body weight to his hindquarters. You reinforce this when you roll him back on his haunches as he is centered over his hindquarters and has to make a move with his shoulders when he turns. Then in the act of sending him right off into the trot he has to lift up and trot off. I practice this exercise a lot to rebalance his body weight and this is also an excellent way to improve his trot transitions.

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4) Perfect your lope departures Here is one of my favorite exercises to teach my horses to step off gracefully into the lope. I work on one lead at a time until I feel some improvement before I switch to the other lead. If I want to work on my right lead departure I will start from the stand still and I will isolate my horse’s shoulders from his hindquarters by www.saddleup.ca • 29

Show Ring Transitions, cont’d right leg I have redistributed the body weight onto the hindquarters and lifted and moved my horse’s ribcage over off of my inside or right leg. The fact that this is an indirect or inverted turn means that you can see his right eye so he is now on the correct arc or bend for the right lead. This exercise will really teach your horse to accept your legs moving his body around and will teach him to balance his body correctly for a lope off. If I am on a young or green horse or one that is sticky off of my lope off leg I can move the hips over as I have said and then just turn him to the right and lope off out of the turn to the right. The right turn is a direct turn and this exercise is a little easier. I will use either of these turns depending on what I want to work on. When I get some improvement I will switch to the left lead and reverse my cues. This exercise will also teach a young horse to slow down at the lope and also teach him to wait for you in his departures. By doing the exercise then loping off then stopping and performing it again you will see a big improvement.

5) Perfect your downward transitions Downward transitions are important also and require maintenance just like the upward transitions. I like to teach my horse to stop or slow off of a voice cue as well as my hands, so if I am in a pleasure class I do not have to pick up my hand to slow him down to his next gait. Your horse may have been trained with spur or leg controls but if you stop him too much off of your leg he may start clutching his head and neck and dropping to his front end. I will practice this by loping or trotting saying my word cue and pulling him to a stop, then I will back and sometimes I will back

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and turn then I will see if he wants to go right off. If he does I will stop and back again, release him and my goal is that he will wait for me to drive him or send him back off to the next gait. This exercise works by keeping him up in his shoulders and balanced. I do not want my horse to wallow (become clumsy or drop to his front end) down to his next gait. I want him to come down soft ly but crisply and then be ready for my next cue. By teaching your horse to wait on you he will stay honest much longer. If you are coming from the lope to the trot for example and he wallows down into the trot he may start trotting long or fast. If you practice bringing him down and teach him to stay up and tight, his next gait will be excellent. I hope these tips help you to improve your show ring performance and develop a better relationship with your horse! Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at thigh levels in the show arena. (For contact info see listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

Old Baldy Ranch Production Sale Results By Colleen Wangler


aturday, September 25 saw close to 500 people at the brand new facility of Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Mart in Dawson Creek, BC, and what a gorgeous building it is! Although we might need some more seats as they were packed to the rafters! This was very gratifying to see as it is a tough market these days, plus our area has been struggling through our fourth drought season in a row. Hard to think of buying a horse when feeding is such a LOT # 414 HIGH SELLING Red Roan Filly worry. Our HIGH SELLING WEANLING was Lot #414 a beautiful Strawberry Red Roan Filly sired by LBJ Sierras Blue Te going to Mr. Dan Peters of Prestpatou, BC, for $1,200.00. Dan also purchased Lot #406 a stout Dun Filly, NFQH 94% sired by Goldun Poco Mr Matt. At our 2009 Production Sale, Peters purchased our broodmare Honey Red Badger in foal who gave him a Grullo 2010 foal just as I predicted! Thank you Dan for your continued belief in our horses.  We are looking forward to our 2011 Production Sale as our new Silver Grullo Stallion, Jaz Poco Silverado, was a busy boy this spring, so you will be sure to see some great Foundation babies in the sale next year.  Also we are excited to announce that one baby will be LOT # 407 Black Filly auctioned with ALL the proceeds going to the SPCA as our – thank you Karen way of saying thanks to all of you that support us in our horse business.  Many thanks to Don Fessler and his crew at VJV for hosting our annual production sale and we look forward to meeting new and old customers next year.  www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy SSpecializing i li i in i Outerwear, Oilskin Coats, Australian Tack and Australian Saddles

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Finding The Heart Stone – Riding in the back country By Justine Saunders

I am a 50-something grandmother. My passion? Trail riding in the back country. I have a bucket list and near the top is to ride in the Chilcotin with Marion Weisskopff and Rose Schroeder following wild horse herds.


have never camped out for a week with my horse, Puck, so I was cautious about staying out for days on end in case he ran off, got lost, stolen or injured. I was also hesitant about how I would connect with a group of strangers in that setting. Despite these concerns, I started preparing for the 2010 ride which was going to take place in August. I made plans to travel with a member of the South Vancouver Island Back Country Horsemen chapter, Heather, a very funny and entertaining lass, who arrived on Thursday Aug. 5 at my home in stifling heat with her horse, Stevie and an oldish

model truck. We knew by then that we could not go to the Chilcotin because of the fires ravaging the region but Rose had planned an alternative ride for us. We spent the first night with Rose of LNT fame (Leave No Trace). We set off early on Friday and met up for samosas at the Britton Creek Rest Stop. Marion and her husband Don had driven down from Lac La Hache and joined us. The final count was nine gals, one long-suffering guy, 14 horses and four dogs. We set up camp off the Tulameen Forest Service road and had a thrilling ride up the mountains to the top of the world. This was our introduction to the fabulous and inspiring riding we would do for the next week. On Saturday morning we set off for the Rainbow trails campsite. Don was bringing up the rear most of the way and earned the title of “Drag Queen” and was presented with a garland for his head and a pink undergarment on the first night amidst wild laughter from the group. We went for an afternoon ride along beautiful trails with beaver dams, creeks, streams, lakes and lush foliage, This is at the start of the ride on the way to characterized most of the trails we which Tulameen (Bretton Creek stop area) where we explored. ate our samosas. Sunday’s ride was long and breathtaking and we tiptoed along a thin trail which hugged the side of a Awesome Memories! mountain overlooking a picturesque valley with the river winding BOOK NOW for… its way through. We 2011 Trail Riding Adventures SAVE 10% OFF stopped for lunch and Rose gave us the task Dec. 31, 2010 of searching for a rock NEW SCHEDULE ON WEB SITE or stone shaped as www. ww w bl w. blac aaccckw kw k w wat a er at er-s -spr -s pruc pr ucce. e caa much like a heart as

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possible. Linda kept picking up strangeshaped rocks and presenting them with Shakespearean aplomb to Rose, crying “Is this the heart stone?” Rose, quite fairly, rejected them all. That evening we each told our story about the meaning of the heart stone. Gale sang a song which resulted in her being addressed as “Bow Wow” giving rise to fresh bouts of ribald laughter. We spoke of where we were in our lives and a bond seemed to grow as we shared our individual journeys. The next day we had a long and interesting ride, weaving through soft trails under an umbrella of trees here and there, or out in the wide open spaces. We stopped for lunch and sought cover as it started to rain but got very wet by the time we reached camp. On Tuesday we travelled to Merritt to shop and returned to a delicious Dutch Oven supper. We played Jeopardy with topics about trail riding. Linda insisted on being called “Alex” and most answers were simply made up, quite untrue, and hilariously funny. Our destination on Wednesday was Lily Lake and we set off on a sunny day under blue skies. When we arrived, I jumped in and persuaded some to join me while others took off in the kayak or canoe. The dogs paddled in the warm

The Heart Stone, cont’d water which reflected the outlines of the shimmering trees. We had a farewell dinner as Fran and Gale were leaving on Thursday. We christened ourselves the “Outlaw Saddlebags” which seemed to fit this group of gals and a guy who made me laugh more in a week than I have in years. Heather made two wind chimes for Rose and Marion out of all the things we had picked up on the trail. She made a voodoo stick for Linda who was quite taken with the powers it would give her. We said goodbye to Fran and Gale and their horses amidst cries of a reunion and Your ONE STOP Horse Shop! went for a final ride English & Western Tack & Apparel on Thursday. It was with sadness that I had to say goodbye Australian to the trails which I Saddles, had so quickly come to love. Racetrack, I ended this Harnesses, journey with renewed faith in Antiques, the sometimes sad The top of the mountain at Tulameen NEW & USED world we live in where people hurt each other. I found inspiration with that group of nine and their horses. I was at ease with the group and the surroundings. My fears for my horse dissipated. The rides fi lled me with peace and a camaraderie with Puck and the others that I will never forget. I learnt to laugh without restraint and relax with a group of people who share my profound love of the outback and riding. Marion, who I consider to be a horse whisperer extraordinaire, shared some of her wisdom and helped me to better understand myself and Puck. Rose, who is an inspiring and delightful person, an awesome cook and outstanding horsewoman, helped me to unwind and feel very welcome as did the rest of the group. Both of them We are expanding and were tremendous in showing me how to do things properly in the doubling the size of our store! back country. Lots of new arrivals coming in! Looking back, I realize how Marion and Rose gave a new and profound meaning to the term “natural horsemanship” through MORE INVENTORY = their professionalism. I had to share this journey with other riders MORE GREAT DEALS who may be thinking of riding with them. I would really encourage you to follow the dream and do it as soon as you can. I close with “Bow Wow.”

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30th Annual Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity By Todd Kimberley, Photos courtesy of Calgary Stampede ITS PEPTO TIME CARRIES EATON TO CUTTING HORSE FUTURITY FAME


or the red roan gelding known as Its Pepto Time, it was celebration time . . . again. Since Janice Eaton bought her prized cutting horse in June from Top Notch Performance Horses Ltd. of Stony Plain, AB, and turned him over to celebrated trainer Dr. Denton Moffat of Armstrong, BC, the steed has been entered in three shows — and advanced to five finals. The latest conquest? The 30th annual Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler, held at the Stampede Corral October 13-17, where on Sunday afternoon Eaton and Its Pepto Time teamed up for the title in the Non-Pro Futurity class, scoring 216 and pocketing $8,869.74. It’s been a whirlwind summer for Its Pepto Time, which carried Eaton,

of Merritt, BC, to the Non-Pro cochampionship at the Idaho Futurity and partnered with Moffat for a third-place finish in Open Futurity at the Canadian Supreme in Red Deer. Did she have any idea this horse had it in him? “I don’t think we ever do,” she chuckled. “We’re just lucky when they turn out this way.” The Stampede’s five-day Cutting Horse Futurity, which wrapped up with weekend category finals, is the premier cutting event in Canada, offering more than $300,000 in prize money and attracting about 100 riders and 200 horses from as far away as Texas and Ontario this year. While the trainers and professional riders wowed the crowd in the Open finals

Janice Eaton of Merritt, BC, and Its Pepto Time strut their stuff in winning the Non-Pro Futurity title on Sunday. Victory was worth $8,869.74 to Eaton.

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$7,294.56. Teri Paradis of Okotoks, AB, and Lil Scoot N Peppy were a close second, earning a 218 from the judges for a reserve champion’s bounty of $5,758.86. Dawn Hanson of Mountain View, AB, and Always Stylish Jean prevailed in the Non-Pro 7 Up category’s 10-team final by the slimmest of margins. The horse-and-rider duo turned in a two-round aggregate score of 439, just nosing out the 438.5 turned in by Amanda Smith of Okotoks and Whirl N Play. Hanson tucked $2,365 into her Wranglers, while Smith took home $1,720.

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Stampede 4-H Rodeo: A study in harmonious horsemanship By Todd Kimberley, Photos courtesy of Calgary Stampede



avelengths aren’t confined to the world of physics. To enjoy true success in the saddle, it takes two … riding in unity, reading each other’s thoughts. “Understanding your horse does play a huge role in rodeo,” said Jonathan Wrubleski, 16, of Leduc, AB, under the Calgary Stampede’s Big Top on Sunday afternoon. “It helped me win today.” The Stampede held its 13th annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo, sponsored by Westcan Bulk Transport and Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack, over the weekend – with more than 100 youngsters, aged nine through 20 and representing 30 4-H clubs from across Alberta, congregating at Stampede Park for the two-day event. For many, the Stampede’s annual youth invitational affair is an entry point into the world of rodeo, and these young cowboys and cowgirls tested their chops with both timed events (barrel racing, pole bending and thread-the-needle) and roughstock events (breakaway roping, goat tying and cow riding). In recent years, education has become an increasingly important aspect of the Stampede’s 4-H Rodeo, and this past weekend’s event featured an intriguing Saturday-morning seminar on the subject of horse harmony — a “horse personalities” clinic by Dessa Hockley of Millarville, AB, author of the book Is Your Horse a Rock Star? So what about these horses down at Stampede Park? What about their personality types? Were they rock stars? Accountants? Wallflowers? Macho men? “He’s a reluctant rock star,” said Wrubleski of Beau, a 16-year-old Quarter Horse gelding owned by his sister, who carried him to the senior breakaway roping championship, for contestants aged 15 through 20, in 6.1 seconds. “He’s nice and laid back, and when he has to get to the punch line, to get something done, he has the get-up-and-go to do it, which 36 • Saddle Up • November 2010

really helped today. Laramie Hlus, 16, of Innisfree, AB, captured the senior pole-bending event — head-to-head runs involving slalom racing and straight-out speed — on Saturday aboard Joe, an 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding formerly ridden by her mom, in a time of 19.24 seconds. The 13th annual Stampede Jonathan Wrubleski of 4-H Rodeo also offered Leduc, Alta., shows winning seminars in goat tying by form on Beau Lindsay Miller, biosecurity by Coralee Shantz, of High Dr. Ted Shacklady, River, and Sprite sports medicine by Mark Barrett, cow riding by Dave Shields, calf roping by Shawn Miller, and horsemanship for barrel racers by Suzanne Randle DePaoli of Longview, AB. In Saturday’s Desirae Jackson of Sundre and Casper senior threadintermediate the-needle Wace Pallesen of pole-bending event — negotiating a tight corridor, Strathmore holds on tight during cow riding action aboard Freebie circumscribing a pole at the end of the in 20.35, and course, and returning down the same Taylor Drake corridor — Calgary’s Anna Gunn and of Kathyrn rode Docs Nanking Dodger to Rosie emerged victorious in a time of victory in junior poles in 21.11. 7.55 seconds. Desirae Jackson of Sundre On Sunday, Amarie White of Consort teamed up with Casper to win the and Skip and Kraimer teamed up to win intermediate division, for competitors senior goat tying in 13.67 seconds, while aged 12 through 14, in 7.71 seconds, while Kelsey Hallett of Big Valley won the Airdrie’s Logan Berreth won the junior intermediate division aboard Missy in title (ages nine to 11) aboard Fargo in 10.85. Calgary’s Jordan Mitchell claimed 9.15. Also Saturday, Kimberly Tammaro senior cow riding with an 80-point ride; of De Winton won her second straight Laramie’s brother Bailey Hlus of Innisfree senior barrel-racing title on Cherish in was intermediate champ, also scoring 80 14.61 seconds. Fallon Jenkins of Ponoka points. Tye Werk of Bowden emerged as and Casey were intermediate champs in intermediate breakaway roping champ on 15.1, while Saige Jackson of Sundre and Busch, stopping the clock in 3.16 seconds. Nugget claimed the junior division in 15.24. Nicole Lausen of Carseland won

Alberta Horse Industry Distinguished Service Award By Teresa van Bryce


he Horse Industry Association of Alberta is proud to present an annual award in recognition of an outstanding individual who has provided a significant contribution toward the continued development of the horse industry in the province. The Alberta Horse Industry Distinguished Service Award was first presented at the 2000 Horse Breeders and Owners Conference to Bill Collins. Since then the outstanding recipients have included: 2001 – Marg and Ron Southern; 2002 – Hans Hansma; 2003 – Joe Selinger; 2004 – Bruce Roy; 2005 – Dave Robson; 2006 – Dr. David Reid; 2007 – John Scott; 2008 – Doug Milligan; and 2009 – Eldon Bienert and Peggy McDonald.

· Background information; · Contributions to the industry in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, education or other; · Description of how the Alberta industry has benefited from the nominee’s contributions; · Knowledge of the nominee throughout the industry; · Outline of the time-frame of the nominee’s influence on the industry, including future potential; · 3 letters of reference addressing the 4 areas of evaluation: significance of accomplishments (40%), public benefit (30%), industry credibility (20%), potential for continued contributions (10%).

Selection Criteria The award will be presented to the nominee that has had the greatest impact on the growth and development of the horse industry in Alberta in one or more of the following areas: breeding, manufacturing, facilities, organization, education, auction sales, export sales, training people and horses, or communication.

Anyone can provide a nomination, which must include: · Nominee’s name, mailing address, email address and phone number(s);

The recipient will be recognized at the 29th Annual Alberta Horse Breeders and Owners Conference on January 15th, 2011 in Red Deer. Deadline for nominations is November 15, 2010. Please forward all nominations to: Horse Industry Association of Alberta Attn: Teresa van Bryce 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie AB T4A 0C3 E-mail: tvanbryce@albertahorseindustry.ca For further information, please contact the Horse Industry Association of Alberta at (403) 420-5949.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


guess we’re having what we used to be called an Indian Summer or are we supposed to call it a First Nation Summer… doesn’t sound quite right does it? Ok let’s stick with the first name - anyway no matter what we call it the weather in October was simply Gorgeous! We’ve been building log snake fences and working our SPCA colt trying to make the best of the weather while it’s here. I’ll let you know in the near future how the SPCA horse does. As I write this article Kathy is packing bags and writing notes for Harry, our ranch sitter, so that we can head south for the Mane Event. We’ll give you a run down on it, too, as soon as possible, but I know already that it will be fantastic! October’s great weather started off right at the beginning of the month as the

Cariboo Country Carriage Club hosted another driving event at Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. Check out the super blue sky in the photo of Kathy Stanley driving Robin and Jazzman taken by Alice McKinnon. The event was judged by Elisa Marocchi with secretary Joanne Macaluso. In the October issue of Cariboo Chatter I said I’d let you know how Kathy and Whiskey, her one-eyed wonder, did at the Competitive Trail Ride in Westbank on September 24-25. So here’s what she wrote for me… “I ride all summer, taking guests for trail rides, so my horses are in pretty good shape, and so am I, or so I thought.

Whiskey and the Vet

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I wanted to make sure that Whiskey (my one-eyed 5 year old QH Arab) was in good enough condition for doing the Level I mileage of 12-20 miles at an average speed of 5.0 miles per hour so I conned Mark into riding with me about four times a week for a few weeks. We’d sneak out after work and get a good 5 mile ride in, in about 45 minutes, which is perfect timing. I was amazed at how my muscles complained the first couple of rides - I don’t usually do that much posting, nor ride so quickly over all kinds of terrain. Within an hour of arriving at the Telemark X-Country Ski Trails in Westbank we went to the first vet check where Whiskey passed with flying colours. The next day we came into the mid-point vet check right on schedule, after 8.5 miles. The vet was concerned that Whiskey had no gut sounds, and he was a bit dehydrated (he hadn’t eaten or drank last night). I was allowed to continue only because he had finally had some water and hay when we arrived at the checkpoint. The vet instructed me to make sure he stopped to graze on the trail, and to get him to drink. On the second loop of the trail, again he wouldn’t drink out of the water hole (which was actually a perfectly good, clear running creek). About 2/3 of the way around the loop, I spotted a muddy Cariboo type bog with water in the middle of it, in the bush. We headed for it, and I was really happy that Whiskey plowed through the trees eager to get to it. Must look just like home!! He had a good drink, standing in muck up to his knees. We were at the finish in good shape, and five minutes early. We had an hour to rest and wash up, and then get to the final vet check. Now, I had been riding all day, asking Whiskey to move away from my legs, so when the vet put the stethoscope up against his side (the blind side), he of course moved away. I had trouble getting him to stand still against the pressure, but he checked out fine except for a bit of muscle tightness in the hamstrings.

Janine Payne from Vanderhoof with Autumn Lea navigating. Photo by Alice McKinnon

Elisa Marocchi (judge) and Secretary Joanne Macaluso in the background with Janine Payne driving Photo by Alice McKinnon

Kathy Stanley driving Robin and Jazzman Photo by Alice McKinnon

There was a lot of curiosity about my one-eyed horse during the weekend. The two most asked questions were “how did it happen?” and “what’s he like to ride?” He got a puncture in the eye as a 3-yearold, probably from a willow branch. As

Cariboo Chatter, cont’d WHAT’S THIS?

l to r: Elisa Marocchi, Karen Parlee, Nicola Maughn, Kathy McMillan, and Joanne Macaluso.

Level I (heavy weight) with points docked for a bit of dehydration and limited gut sounds, and not standing still for the vet check. We have a few things to improve on, and some things I would do differently next time, but you can be sure we’ll be attending another CTR. So thanks Joanne Macaluso, for talking us into going!” – Kathy If yyou have anyy Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please e-mail

Readers do you know what this is? Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess? This month’s should be an easier one… BUT… we’re looking for three different uses of this metal object! Good luck!

Cariboo Coming Events

Karen Parlee on Auzie

for riding, he’s great! He’ll go through anything I ask him to, and he trusts his rider. The only problem is going over stuff like a bridge - he checks out the right hand side and moves to the left to avoid it. I wasn’t comfortable in the early days of riding him, but as he got more hours of riding in, and learned to trust me, I began to trust him, and know that he would listen to my legs. We did well on the trails, he did not disappoint me. We came in fourth in the

November 20: Williams Lake Cowboy Christmas November 27: please note date change Cowboy Christmas Concert Kamloops BC November 27: The museum’s annual Christmas Tea and Bake Sale 11am to 2pm January 5- 15: The Spirit of the West Mexican Riviera Cruise February 12: 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert March 10-13: The Kamloops Cowboy Festival

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E-mail Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.

The October issue’s photo was taken here in our own little Meadow Springs Museum. These objects were novelty items - a camera and an elephant. We had a couple of what I considered really good guesses sent in by Janine Bruneau, Lone Butte and Willy Callbeck, Onoway, AB, saying that they were pencil sharpeners. Sorry you two, nice try but the actual use of these items was as a lighter. Ted Callbeck of Onoway, AB and April Seifried of Langley, BC were the only ones to get the correct answer!

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Cowboy Poetry Just Passing Through By Mike Puhallo

Just another evening shadow, a little darker than the rest. Moving silently on padded feet, on his annual dining quest.

This time of year bears are constantly passing through here. Now and then one will stop long enough to tear apart a Bar-B-Q or crap on the neighbour’s sundeck.

He sniffs around the apple tree, there is nothing for him there. The fruit has all been picked and he is hungry as a bear.

He ambled past the horse corral, as daylight slipped away. The grey and dun paid no attention, just kept on munching hay.

The river is full of Salmon, he can darn soon catch his fill. So why does he waste time chewing, on my cast iron Bar-B-Q grill!

In Memory of…. Mona Rae Elliott Sept. 19, 1955 to Sept. 11, 2010 Mona passed away in Vernon, BC, in the comfort of her own home on September 11 at 5:30 p.m. with her family at her side. Mona dealt with cancer since being diagnosed in January 2009 and handled the situation head on. Born in Empress, AB, to George and Lori Howe, Mona was ranch raised in Buffalo with her brothers Jock, Ron, Reg and her sister Sue. Mona met her husband Vern in 1973 and were married on March 12, 1976 in Medicine Hat, AB. The couple moved to Vernon, BC in the fall of 1976 and operated a successful western retail business. Mona and Vern raised two sons, Ty born in 1985 and Clay born in 1994. Mona led a complete life, involved in a countless number of western events. Her dedication and determination to allow her family to do what they wanted was second to none. She led an exemplary life as a wife, mother and friend and was truly an inspiration to everyone she touched. Mona was gifted with time, not a word unsaid, not a thing unthought and with no regrets. Her positive unselfish spirit will stay with her sons Ty and Clay and with her husband Vern. The presence of her spirit will make the world a better place. A tribute was held at the Buffalo Community Centre in Buffalo, AB on September 23rd.

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Mona’s Poem By Tanner Girletz Now it seems strange, without Mona here, She’s an inspiration, and has been for years. Always the one who said HI with a hug, You could tell it was real, she meant it with LOVE. A Mom to us all, no matter how much we needed, Never mattered what, a bed, some food, or a guilty case pleaded. She always had time, and never got mad, But really how could she, her boys weren’t too bad. She travelled the circuit, never missing a show, Cheering on Ty and Clay, and watching them grow. With Vern always there, the boys made them proud, Whether it be out in Vernon, or in front of a crowd. Seems different now, just doesn’t seem fair, But you still make us smile, even from way up there. She lived every day, with style and grace, She was never unhappy, never a frown on her face. Every breath of wind, every leaf that does fall, We know that it’s you, the sweetest angel of all. (This poem is written for my dear and true friend, mother and hero, Mona Elliott.)

World Equestrian Games Wrap-Up By Amy Walker


y the closing day of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, total attendance topped half a million. Sunday’s attendance came in at 38,682, bringing the total for the event to 507,022. “We are incredibly pleased with the number of spectators who have joined us at the Games over these 16 days,” said World Games 2010 Foundation CEO Jamie Link. “We are overwhelmed with the positive comments and remarks we have received about their experiences on the park, viewing competition, and with our volunteers. By their measure, these Games have been a great success.” Daily attendance totals averaged from 25,000 to 35,000 throughout the event. The biggest days on the park occurred on October 1, when 46,496 attendees packed the park on a day that concluded in a fantastic Dressage Freestyle competition under the lights of Rolex Stadium; as well as October 2, when Eventing Cross Country brought 50,818 attendees to the grounds. Attendance was bolstered by several sold-out rounds of competition, including reining, vaulting, and dressage and para-dressage sessions. Attendance figures include media, athletes, and volunteers who entered the grounds daily, in addition to tickets spectators and children under the age of 12 who did not require a ticket for entry on most days of competition.

The host nation claimed the Team title in the Vaulting Championships. Pictured on the podium are (centre) USA - gold, (left) Germany - silver, and (right) Austria - bronze. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

Germany stormed to victory in the Team Jumping Championship. From left to right: Carsten-Otto Nagel, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning and JanneFreidericke Meyer. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

Angelika Trabert and Ariva-Avanti from Germany took Freestyle Grade 2 gold in the Para Dressage Championship. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans.

Belgium’s Philippe Le Jeune was crowned Jumping World Champion following a flawless performance in the Rolex Final Four competition

Great Britain’s Joanne Eccles won the Individual Female Technical Test in the Vaulting Championships. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

Boyd Exell (AUS) set a new World Championship record in the Driving Dressage to take the lead at the Four-In-Hand Driving Championship. Photo: FEI/Rinaldo Craen.

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The Western Horse Sale Results By Elaine Speight Photos by Cheryl Smythe


he Western Horse Sale, now in its 15th year, saw 69 quality horses presented by a number of high-profi le consignors Oct. 1, in Red Deer, AB, during the annual Canadian Supreme Show and Trade Fair, Sept. 27 to Oct. 3. This year’s auction featured 52 cutting, performance and breeding stock horses sold under the gavel of Dan Skeels, of Rimbey, AB. The sales resulted in a top 10 average of $7,530 (top 10 average in 2009 was $6,285) and an overall average of $3,150 (2009 overall average was $3,770.50). The top selling horse of the sale was in the four years old and over (six sold) category, lot No. 59, “Stylish Memories,” sire: Blessed Twice (Peptoboonsmal) by Stylish Sanny (Docs Stylish Oak). This fancy ‘05 sorrel mare was consigned by Bill and Elaine Speight of Rocky Mountain House, AB, and was shown by Bill Speight doing a bridleless demonstration. The crowd cheered as the final bid reached $16,500, and was purchased by Dave Cumming of Crossfield, AB. Our second highselling horse in the four years and over category was lot No. 61, a ‘03 handsome red roan gelding, “Pepsid Fizzalena,” sire: Pepcid (Peptoboonsmal) by Lenas Last Play (Doc Olena). He was consigned by Larry and Erna Grasley of Calgary, AB. He brought $12,000 from Sheldon Stretch of Ponoka, AB. Our high-selling yearling (25 sold) was lot No. 39, a beautiful red roan mare, “Bets Last,” sire: Bets CD (CD Olena) and Shiney Shorty (Shorty Lena). She was consigned by Sandy Corriveau of Eckville, AB. The fi lly brought $6,900 from John Thomas of Spruce Grove, AB. Our second high seller in the yearling category, also consigned by Sandy Corriveau of Eckville, was lot No. 36, a very pretty sorrel mare, “Nitros Choice,” sire: Nitro Dual Doc (Peptoboonsmal) by Lizs Lil Choice (SR Instant Choice). She brought $6,300 from Andy Smith of Carvel, AB. 42 • Saddle Up • November 2010

The top-selling two year old (11 sold) was lot No. 15, a handsome bay stallion, “Small Town Starlight,” sire: Von Starlight (Von Reminic) and Small Town Gold (Small Town Baker). He was consigned by Gerold and Maureen Arnold of Vanderhoof, BC. He brought $7,500 from Bill Chesne of Longview, AB. Our second high-selling two year old was lot No. 51, a handsome chestnut roan gelding, “Rockys Lil Pistol,” sire: Smart Little Pistol (Smart Little Lena) and Bob Acre Ann (Bob Acre Doc). He was consigned by Bill and Elaine Speight of Rocky Mountain House, AB, and brought $4,500 from Sue Steinman of Sylvan Lake, AB. Our high-selling three year old (five sold) was lot No. 62, “Lil Leaguer,” a pretty sorrel mare, sire: My Own League (Smart Little Lena) by Christys Lil Peppy (Genuine Peppy). She was consigned by Ken Swainson of Red Deer, AB, and was purchased by Colin and Cindy Gamroth of Wetaskiwin, AB, for $5,200. Our second high-selling three year old was lot No. 22, “Katldoc,” a handsome sorrel gelding, sire: Cats Mirage SR (High Brow Cat) by Doc Bars Angelena (Doc Bars Boy). He was consigned by Deb Swainger of Rocky Mountain House, AB, and purchased by Dave Manning of Metiskow, AB, for $3,500. There were five broodmares presented in the sale. The top seller was lot No. 74, “Pop Over Rosie,” a 1998 sorrel mare, sire: Genuine Doc (Doc Bar) by Cross Over Rosie (Major Bonanza). She was consigned by Jessie and Carrie Lynch of Trochu, AB, and was purchased for $3,100 by Ron Upton of Rumsey, AB. The Western Horse Sale would like to thank all the people that participated in the sale, to those helping set up, to the consignors for putting their best horses in the sale, and all the buyers for attending and making a purchase. We would like to thank our bulk consignors, Foothills Ranch of Roseisle, Man., and John Hubbard of Rivers, Man, for their quality consignments, and for coming such a long distance to be part of the sale. The quality of horses in the sale was up from last year, and buyers are getting better educated on performance bloodlines. Our overall average was a bit down from last year, probably due to the downturn in the economy, but still, good horses with pretty pedigrees, and some training still brought good prices. We would like to thank the Canadian Supreme for hosting the Western Horse Sale again this year, and we wish the best for everyone with their horses now during the close of this year’s show season, and all the best for next year!

Finally Paying Off By Christie Fiebelkorn Local filly hits the Jackpot! It was a hot summer day in July of 2000, when Cathy Reggelsen received a phone call. Valley Auction in Armstrong was holding a horse auction on this day, and it was rumoured that a retired racehorse by the name of Home Free was there.


his mare had only run in Kamloops on the B Circuit track. Cathy saw that the potential was there for a broodmare as she was too old to race now. She outbid the meat buyer, and brought the mare to her farm Stride Away Acres in Armstrong. Home Free; aka Wendy, a dark bay with a blaze and a sock is a kind and quiet mare. Finality was the first Thoroughbred stallion Home Free was bred to; she had always been bred to Scotch N Soda. Finality, standing at stud in Westwold, BC earned a heft y $375,075 in his race career. Finality ran in grade two (G2) stake races, and also broke the race record of 1:50 in 1997 at the G2 Jamaica, setting the record at one minute forty eight seconds. In the spring of 2007 a little bay fi lly later named Finality Philly was born. She was a unique foal, an all business kind of horse. Philly would run with her other pasture mates, but would get bored and return to munching on hay quietly. As a yearling she was to be put in the Vancouver sale, but she was scratched from the sale. Steen and Cathy Reggelsen worked out a deal with Paul Minnechillo (Minnechillo Fashion Stables) on the purchase of Philly. Philly was backed at Stride Away Acres before heading to Hastings Race track. She began racing in 2009, and progressed substantially by 2010. Philly started at $10,000 races, and now has evolved to

$100,000 races. She won four races in a row, and later was entered into one of BC’s top fi lly race. Four times winning meant this season Philly was four times claimed (purchased) from her races, and forced to change ownership. Top ownership has given her the chance to succeed as she continues to do; things can only go up with her record. Recently on September 25, she ran in the Hong Kong Cup at BC Oakes, a very prestigious race, where she placed a close third in the cup. Beating her rival Dearest Princess, and up against some of B.C.’s toughest and fastest race horses Philly showed her strength. Philly’s racing style is not only unique but it gives the crowd a for sure heart jump. In almost every race Philly keeps in about fift h position, until about the last quarter. There she puts on the gas and burns out into a win. It’s not only a pleasure to watch her race, but it’s a thrill. Earlier this October she ran in the Ballerina Cup at Hastings, a $100,000 race; a long, tiring, and difficult course, where Philly was used as a “Rabbit,” causing her to lose the race. She set the pace for the rest of the horses, and along the last stretch, unable to keep up the extreme pace all the other horses passed her. Philly ran the first quarter of the race in twenty-two seconds, a whopping one second faster than Secretariat. The race was one mile and an eighth, and for approximately three quarters of the race Philly held the lead. The race was in the worst possible conditions, it was raining and the footing was deep and muddy. This young star has a very promising career ahead of her; perhaps next racing season in 2011 will bring more wins. Maybe some day we will see this local Armstrong fi lly in San Anita, or Churchill Downs as she is already in California. Her dam (Home Free) is now in foal to Cheroot, another local legend for the spring of 2011. You may ask why I would want to write an article about this young talent, but I had the opportunity to assist in the backing and riding to keep this fi lly fit over the winter in 2009 and 2010. www.saddleup.ca • 43

Trail Class Revival By Colleen Kramer


regular fi xture of open horse shows, the Trail Class, was dying a slow death in the Kootenays. Often relegated to some obscure corner of the show grounds, the class was likely to have more volunteers setting up the course than there were participants. Gone were the boom days of the 80s and early 90s when nearly every competitor on the show grounds could be counted on to enter Trail Class. Even if the class was not their forte, most riders would enter on the chance of placing and picking up a point or two for high point tallies, or just for a chance to school their horse on obstacles not available to them at home. In 2007 the show committee for the West Kootenay All Breed Community Horse

Third Place: Kathleen Fox, Rubus, Bashkir Curly, Nakusp, BC

Show decided to see if Trail Class could be rejuvenated. So the Open Trail/ Handy Horse Bonanza Class was introduced. The steps to making this a popular class included: 1) Bringing Trail Class back to the main arena. This allows busy riders to relax and concentrate on the class, rather than having to rush to complete an outside Trail course between other classes. Spectators (yes we have spectators now) and riders alike, enjoy being able to see all the rides. Also this allows the use of the main show judge for the class, reducing costs of obtaining a second judge just for Trail. 2) Tough but fair courses. The courses are made up of a range of elements from those that appear easy but can still garner errors, to truly difficult, championship-level obstacles. There are usually a few groans when the pattern is posted, but everyone is still eager to give it a try. 3) Big class + tough course = great prizes and satisfaction of a job well done by the horse and rider team. Prizes are awarded to six places, with first place receiving a large prize. Win or lose, everybody has a lot of fun. 2010 was the show’s fourth year. The “drive to revive” Trail Class is succeeding as there were 32 Trail Class entries this year! Junior riders are also giving the class a try, and don’t seem intimidated by getting in there and competing with the adults. The third place rider this year was in fact a junior rider,

First Place: Pam Malekow, Tejonas Gold Sierra, Paint, Crescent Valley, BC

Second Place: Dusty Campbell, Smoky Ridge Koko, Arabian, Rossland, BC

Kathleen Fox. We hope that our experience will give encouragement to other show committees that are wanting to grow entries in whatever divisions of their shows that need help for growth.

Ride For Rescue By Laurie Meyers


he BC Interior Horse Rescue Society’s first “Ride for Rescue” held on September 25 was a resounding success, riding in the McKinley/Glenmore area of Kelowna. Mother Nature was on board as well; giving us a warm and sunny day, with just enough breeze to keep the temperature comfortable. The riders started out about 11:30 a.m., with Joey in the lead and Sully and Dawnette riding drag. Sully was riding his newly adopted mare, Star, a former resident of the Rescue. At the halfway point of the ride, Vienna 44 • Saddle Up • November 2010

and Lauri were waiting with a cooler full of ice cold water. In a huge meadow, with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake, the riders stopped for a break. After the ride was over, everyone enjoyed a cold beverage of choice and barbequed hot dogs. Pat and Frank Russell, friends of the former owners of the property, shared stories of their exploits and adventures on the land. A great group of people, lots of laughs, good conversations and great memories. You can’t beat a warm September day, fantastic

riding, food, drink and smiling happy people. Thank you to everyone who participated. Plans are being made for another ride, stay tuned to www.bcihrs.com.

Barriere Riding Club Fun Day a Huge Success! By Ginger Chappell


ith a forecast of all day rain, those that organized the September 19th Fun Day were concerned that attendance would not be what they had hoped. This said, apparently the weather did not deter most folks from attending and those that did were rewarded with a sunny day with lots of fun and great prizes, thanks to our sponsors! From Leadline to Open and Jackpot classes, almost 50 entries, consisting of all levels of riders were present from Valemount to Westsyde and Kamloops. Of course our local Barriere Riding Club’s members were out to enjoy the events as well. The obstacle course was incredible, both designed and awarded by Shappens Enterprises. From the curtain to the milk jugs,

ball and other obstacles, only one horse and rider completed all 9 obstacles. The Barriere Riding Club would like to thank all the sponsors who participated in our events. Your generosity made for a lot of smiles and appreciation. Also, a big thank you to all the Barriere Riding Club members who worked so very hard to make this day a success. Until next year! Tally Ho and Happy Trails! Barriere Riding Club is a well-supported club that holds great gatherings, including Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Lessons and Trail Rides. We invite everyone to check out our new website at www.barrieredistrictridingclub. com. New members invited to join in on our meetings and events. Positive people… Great events… Creating wonderful memories.

Barriere Ridingg Club

Manyy Thanks To our Generous Sponsors: Barriere Country Feeds BC Rodeo Association Brandt Tractor Canadian Cutting Horse Association Jaeden Resources Ltd Greenhawk The Horse Barn Prairie Coast Equipment Prince George Rodeo Association Purity Feeds Shappens Enterprises Upcott Trucking

Rock Creek Trails Poker Ride By Jenny Fletcher


he last Saturday in September is the day to remember for next year. Put it in your calendar now. Maybe plan to camp for the weekend. The trails built by a dedicated group in crown land here are wonderful and new trails are added each year. They are registered and dedicated as equestrian trails; are marked and go through many miles of varied terrain with loops of different lengths. On this beautiful fall day we first climbed up a steep but well designed and safe zigzag to get up to the high country and then wound our way through scattered stands of golden Aspens and so far undamaged by pine beetle Ponderosa Pines. The footing on the trails is perfect and one horse managed happily without shoes. The three zigzags up to the top trails are a bit stoney if your horse has tender feet but all other trails are fine for barefoot horses. Some trails wind through the woods,

some crest a beautiful ridge with 360 degree views. For flat land riders there is the Trans Canada Trail, K.V.R. rail line, which follows the Kettle River for much of its route. The bonus to the trails is the Rock Creek Fairgrounds with plenty of camping under the trees (good for high-lining) and stabling, water and even hot showers available. The Backcountry Horsemen are holding their Rendezvous there for the 3rd year running; there is an Endurance Ride in spring

and many individual groups have camped here this summer to explore. We hope to see lots of riders out next year and especially for the Poker Ride on the last Saturday of September 2011. If anyone needs more information check the trails section of H.C.B.C. or phone me at 250-446- 2221 or visit www.freewebs.com/ kettlerivertrailsassociation.

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Oliver Riding Club Update By Kathy Malmberg


he “Improve Your Skills” sessions have been very popular - not just with our members, but others who enjoy the challenges are always invited to attend for a nominal fee. The September session focused on riding a Dressage test in readiness for the “Percentage Day” in October. Everyone had the opportunity to ride their chosen test a couple of times with lots of hints and tips from our amazing coach, Carolyn Tipler. There were lots of facial expressions displaying focus, concentration and at times, bewilderment! Percentage Day was October 3d and we were very fortunate to have Jane Smart of Kelowna agree to come and judge the Dressage Practice Day at the D Bar K Ranch. Thanks go out to Ken Macrae and Dawn Muller for allowing the club to use part of their field as a warm-up area, for harrowing the main arena and loaning the judge and scribe the back of Ken’s pick-up truck as a viewing platform. Also thanks to Carolyn Tipler for all her instruction over the past weeks and to Jane Smart for coming from Kelowna to judge our event. Carolyn also marked out the Dressage arena, assisted by Ken Macrae and Maggie Strong. Maggie and Margie Fisher did an awesome job getting the riders into the ring at the right time and in the right order. Janice Goodman was a very popular lady - she was the test caller for most of the riders - couldn’t have done it without her. Each rider rode the same test twice and got verbal feedback immediately after their test. They also got written test sheets for their marks and further comments later on. Our Trail competition in September had to be cancelled due to really bad weather. We will make that up in the spring. September 26 we had another Hunter/Jumper clinic with Julie Johanssen. These have been very popular and the last one for this year was October 11. Some of us took advantage of the Ross Hanson clinic at the D Bar K near the end of September. It is always good to get input from another

Carolyn Tipler with Judge Jane Smart

Ashley Parker riding Sundance (Janice Goodman’s horse) without a bridle

perspective and this clinic was great for that. I love these clinics for the results we can actually see with the close relationships developed to a higher level between horse and rider. Yours truly actually got her horse to take a right lead! Ross put on a demo on Friday night in the round pen and again on Sunday afternoon. Ross likes to work with a ‘snubbing post’ in the round pen. It was really interesting to see how he interacted with the horses using this device. Our AGM is scheduled for Dawn Muller nails the canter at the Ross Hanson November 18 - location to be advised. Clinic If you would like more info about our club, please contact our membership person, Margie Fisher - cfisher2@telus.net or our president - Debbie House - brent.lines@netscape.ca or visit www.oliverridingclub.com.

Year-end Awards at Quarterspot Ranch By Cindy Kirschman


uarterspot Ranch, in Lumby, BC, held their Year-end Awards and Gymkhana Fun Day on September 12 with an enthusiastic group of riders. We would like to congratulate the High Point winners for our 2010 season: All Around Junior Champion: Leah Keller Pole Bending Champion: Tamara Tuyttens Barrel Racing Champion: Tamara Tuyttens All Around Senior Champion: Wendy Cuddeback “Can do it all” Volunteer: Jan Johnston

All Around Senior Champion – Wendy Cuddeback. Trophy presented by Bob and Cindy Kirschman.

Our enthusiastic group

Bob and Cindy Kirschman would like to THANK everyone for coming out and making these events such a good time - without you it can’t happen. Quarterspot Ranch will be open as usual through the winter months for lessons, training, clinics, and open riding. So give us a call at 250-547-9277; we don’t need to wait for next year to see you all. Happy Riding!

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34th Annual Plowing Match


n September 25, the 34th Annual North Okanagan Plowing Match took place on Lansdowne Road in Armstrong, BC. The great weather helped for better plowing and comfortable spectators.

Winners included: Tractor Champion – Mike Strotmann, Salmon Arm. Mike also earned top points to win the Tom Milne Cup, and the Patterson Memorial Trophy for Best Local Plowman. Walking Plow – 1st Irwin Walters, Sorrento; 2nd Phil Rogers, Lillooet Sulky Plow – 1st Joyce Marchant, Salmon Arm; 2nd Ethne Koshman, Pritchard Tractor Senior – 1st Alan Pearson, Kelowna Three Furrow Plowing – winner Ryan MacGregor of Armstrong took home the Jim Gill Memorial Trophy. Antique Tractor – winner Dave Barker, Kelowna.

Photo by Marijke van de Water

A new class this year was Driving Tractor “Blindfolded” with spouse giving directions. Which man would dare enter this with the wife… er… telling him where to go? Luckily, Ursula McHugh of Armstrong stepped up to the plate, or tractor, with husband John assisting. Everyone had loads of fun!

Photo by Peter Wiebe

Photo by Peter Wiebe

Photo by Greg Roman

Shifting Saddles 4-H By club reporters Mia Lutgendorf & Ashtynn Rebinsky


t was a day of mixed emotions at Shift ing Saddles’ recent Achievement Day on August 28. All members came prepared and showed their best knowing it would be the last event we would share with Rick and Dawn Hamerston of New Dawn Ranch at Notch Hill (Sorrento) as they are moving on. We thank them for the many years of support. We also celebrated with Mr. Ted Bacigalupo for the new jumps we were able to purchase with the monies we received from a grant-in-aid from the CSRD. These monies allowed us to purchase new EFI approved jump cups, and trail equipment from a local Salmon Arm company. This equipment will greatly enhance the skills and safety of not only our Club members and Alyssa Johnson (Club President) saying “Thank You” to Ted Bacigalupo for club members, but all 4-H members that attend his help in bringing our application to the Board of Directors. the annual Summer Sizzler held in Salmon Arm, and any other future events. This is an investment into the lives of many communities’ youth.

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BC Miniature Horse Club News By Margaret Walmsley


ell we held our last Fun Day which was a mock horse show and boy did it live up to its name “FUN” day. We could not have asked for better weather or a better turnout. Shirley gathered 9 horses and Jason and I added 2 more to make up the 11 horses she needed for the kids that were coming with her. Heather gathered up another 5 horses for a group of kids she had invited. Add those to individual horses being brought in by parents for their kids to participate and then don’t forget us big kids with our minis who came out to play. The grand total for Miniature horses was around 20. The grand total of “kids” came to over 21, so sharing horses was worked out. Sarah and Lady doing Halter Nolan and MoonShadow For a very large group of these kids, this was their Obstacle Course. with their first - 1st Place. first show. We set the showing up to be simple and the judge we used, Doug MacArthur, was kind, explained look easy!! what he was looking for, and helped the new exhibitors out when Our last class was the infamous costume class. Not everyone they needed it. Everyone wanted our new exhibitors to have a had a costume but those who did not dress up provided a great good experience their first time in the arena. audience. There were so many good costumes our bunny rabbit Halter classes went smoothly with everyone sharing wins judge could not make his mind up and gave everyone a first across the board. Due to the large number of competitors in the place. Showmanship, Halter Obstacle and Hunter classes, they were All in All a Great Day. What a Way to End the Season!! split by age groups. The age groups were 6 & under, 7–18, 18 & This year our AGM and Banquet will be held on November Up. The 6 & under and 7–18 were pretty large classes and had 13th at ABC Country Restaurant, at 19219-56th Ave in Surrey. some stiff competition. AGM at 3:30 p.m. and Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Mark this date For most of these kids, never having shown before or down and make a commitment to come. If you can’t make the handled the horse they were showing, they did wonderful. dinner, please try and make the meeting. This is a very important Horses were maneuvered through the halter obstacle course meeting. Your new officers are elected. Currently there is no New and taken through the hunter jump course with skill and President or Vice President nominated for the position nor is determination (a lot of determination!). I felt a lot of pride when anyone talking about stepping up. There are also many changes the kids using our horses came out of the arena with a first and a that are presented to be voted on that cannot be voted on during second. The look of PRIDE and JOY on their faces could not be the year. This club is for you and we need you for it to stay that matched anywhere. With the kids doing so well, our 18 & over way. class started to grow as some of the parents thought they would For more info contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419 or give it a shot. They did soon learn that the kids were making it e-mail Knightwoman@telus.net.

Roman Ramblings Greg’s column


or the past few weeks I have tried unsuccessfully to come up with some new ideas for my column. So this month instead of my usual rantings and or ravings about something, I thought that it was time to put a picture of me and my ole Arab (Gem) in the magazine. Gem is 29 and still has lots of spunk, just like his owner. And that’s it.

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Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update By Katie Iceton


ll the elements for a perfect day came together on October 16 at the Vernon District Riding Club grounds for the Okanagan Miniature Horse Club’s Fall Frolic and Heritage qualifier. Though somewhat chilly at the 9:30 a.m. start; the weather was a clear and bright typical Okanagan Indian Summer day. Eleven minis, one pony, and their enthusiastic handlers participated in various events from Halter Showmanship, Reinsmanship, Judge’s Request, Pleasure Driving, driven Barrels and Stake racing. After a leisurely lunch break with tasty goodies cooked up by Le Iceton, it was on to the In-hand Trail Challenge Stake designed by non-participating members. It was great fun. The show wound up with the hilarious Egg Stomp. It is amazing how Patricia Goodliffe with difficult it is to get a horse to step on an egg. her horse Jet Our Judge for the day was Carolyn Farris of Armstrong. She demanded precision and attention to detail with helpful comments and a good dose of humour. Thank you Carolyn. Also, thanks to Joy Viel for organizing this great event (including the spectacular weather), her able ring crew and Le for his one-man concession, conjuring up a variety of goodies for a hungry hoard. After the show, our Annual General Meeting was Paige DeWolff with her horse held and it was agreed that more such fun events be Tall Dark n Hansom organized for the coming months.

Raphaela Russo with her horse Hawkeye

Shelley Todd with her horse Tye.

South Okanagan Horse Association By Tera Caverly


ur Halloween Fun Show was on October 17, at the Summerland Rodeo grounds. Event Organizers were Shawne Street and TeraLee Caverly. Volunteers were Sasha Hopp, Edna Hugo, Dori Watts, Jodi Thompson, Stacey Carter, Jeanna and Pat Lantz, Greg Caverly, Jaimee Lowndes, Melanie and Davin Gustell. Please send a special thank you to them! First place winners were: Ghouls’ Timed Trail Senior - Melissa Reimche Intermediate - Andi Lantz Junior - Sage Wolfe Pee Wee - Vanessa Caverly Lead-line - Genevieve Jenkins Best Costume Senior - Bill Cook Intermediate - Andi Lantz Junior - Jessa Barber Pee Wee – Vanessa Caverly Lead-line – Genevieve Jenkins

Don’t Drop the Eyeball Senior - Melissa Reimche Intermediate - Taylor Schyrbiak Junior - Makayla Dematos Pee Wee - Zaria Jenkins Lead-line - Genevieve Jenkins Scare the Poop Open - Andi Lantz and Sage Wolfe Walk/Trot (over 19) - Pam Malekow and Barb McOrmond Walk/Trot (under 19) - Taylor Thompson and Kisa Minshull Poltergeist Poles & Barrels Senior - Siobhan Cairns Intermediate - Andi Lantz Junior - Ali Lantz Pee Wee - Vanessa Caverly Graveyard Scurry Senior - Melissa Reimche Intermediate - Andi Lantz Junior - Sage Wolfe Pee Wee - Kinga Kotulska Mystery Event Open - Taylor Schyrbiak Walk/Trot (over 19) - Deanna Cook Walk/Trot (under 19) - Pheobe Kotulska

Bill Cook

Jessa Barber

Andi Lantz

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Kelowna Riding Club Update By Ashton Wiklund


ctober was a busy month as riders and horses took advantage of the last of the season’s mild temperatures. Equi-Life’s Harvest Hunter Classic ran on the weekend of the 2nd-3rd. This show was held in the same format as the previous Equi-Life shows and had classes in the Hunters from trot poles to 3’0’’. Entries were around 40 rider and horse combinations who were treated to jumps outfitted with scarecrows, pumpkins and other seasonal decorations. In the Dressage realm, Kiersten Humphrey returned to the Club to teach another Dressage Clinic. Having Kiersten come back was a testament to her ability and the lessons riders learned in both of her clinics this season. In other dressage news, CADORA’s Test-Fest was cancelled for its date in September. Thinking quickly, the

KRC board decided to run a schooling show day for any interested riders. Despite the day long downpour, riders still came out to ride their tests, rain jackets and all. Kathrin Maxwell and Lynda Ramsay judged the event and provided riders with feedback on their performances and scores. This low key setting was ideal for riders just entering the world of Dressage, or for those working to challenge a new test or level. There has been talk of running events in similar style, so stay tuned for more information. During the Thanksgiving long weekend, riders gathered for the 2nd Annual Spooktacular Funday hosted by the Kelowna Gymkhana Club. An array of prizes were up for grabs, and riders came home with many goodies. See their write-up on the next page. As the season wraps up there’s always a bit of tidying to do. The KRC will be holding

its semi-annual clean-up on Saturday, November 6th from 10:00-4:00. This will be a great opportunity for riding club members to complete their allotted volunteer hours. A Chili Lunch will be served to all members and there is also talk of bringing in some entertainment… so come out Saturday and enjoy the day at KRC! KRC’s Annual General Meeting and Christmas Party is scheduled for November 20th at the KRC clubhouse. There will be a number of awards given for high-points in each discipline as well as a new award the Carol Schellenberg Sportsmanship Award. Awards will be followed by a silent auction for great prizes such as gift baskets for both horsey and non-horsey items. For more information on upcoming events please visit www.kelownaridingclub.net.

Timberland Horse Show Revived By Marty Cox


he Totem Saddle Club of Terrace, BC, held the first Timberland Horse Show in 3 years to revive what was the longest running horse show in the area— starting in 1963. It was a fall schooling show with 25 entries and lots of fun. The judges— Candace Cameron (Western) and Lisa Hamer (English) were excellent helping the riders with some pointers on showing. After each class they informed the riders how they could have placed higher and how they placed the horses in that order. The Hi Point riders were: Masters - Marty Cox Seniors - Greg Wilson Junior A - Danielle Sexton Junior B - Jennifer Rempel 1st yr Rider - Danielle Sexton Reining - Jennifer Rempel Dressage Sr - Greg Wilson Dressage Jr - Lauren Jensen % Dressage Sr - Greg Wilson % Dressage Jr - Jordan Bowker 5-Bar Challenge - Danielle Sexton Rider Participation - Molly Gallant Volunteer Draw - Sue Roberts

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attend. It’s a pot-luck at the Terrace Arena at 6 p.m. All of our top riders for the year will be presented with awards in Cattle Sorting, Gymkhana, Clear Round Days, and Percentage Days. Should be a fun night—pictures and winners next month.

We Thank Our Sponsors We were fortunate to have and we THANK the several sponsors that donated some very nice prizes to make the show a little bit special.

Greg Wilson – Hi Pt Dressage

Top Notch Farrier - Hi Pt. Masters Uplands Nursery- Hi Pt. Seniors NorBurd RV - Hi Pt. Jr. A, Jr. B & 1st Year Rider Dr. Greenwood Chiropractic - Hi Pt. Sr. Dressage Ridgewind Farms - Hi Pt. Jr. Dressage Aunt Martha’s Bed & Breakfast - Hi Pt. Reining Aurora Farms - Highest % Jr. and Sr. Dressage Caledonia Collections Agency - Hi Pt. Jr. Dressage and J&F Distributors, Premium Truck, Royal LePage, City of Terrace, Terrys Lock & Key, Sue Roberts, Coca-cola Bottler. Marty Cox and Amber

Kelowna Gymkhana Club News By Amy Russo and Kayla Stromsten


ur 2nd Annual Spooktacular Funday was held on Sunday, October 4th at the Kelowna Riding Club. Teams of 4 competed in “Spooky” games like Eyeball Drop, Spooky Keyhole, Pirates Treasure, Chain Race, Severed Foot Toss and the popular Gambler’s Choice with the gamble being a 9’ Dracula drag! We had 6 teams with costumes being very creative! Results are as follows. 1st place Team “Breast Friends” Amanda Blamire on Lightning Linda Lamberton on Ali Tarja McLean on JLO Donna Hinchliffe on Tellee 2nd place Team “Rock Star” Raija McLean on Willow Karly Roth on Niska Kristen Bransfield on Tiki Emma Klassen on Red 3rd place Team “Super Heros” Amy Russo on Mya Meaghan Russo-Dion on Sequoia Kayla Stromsten on Skittles Jesse Tarr on Mz. Pepper 4th place Team “Men in Black” Liz Gibbs on Patch Dan Gibbs on Comet Heather Bransfield on Sugar Jackie Scleppe on Buddy 5th place Team “Justice League” Kyra Casorso on Misty Taylor powell on Patches Vanessa Miskuski on Stitch Amanda Verkerk on Chinook 6th place Team “Santas Little Helpers” Brooke Halldorsen on Niblet Leah Jakab on Amir Sarah Sucloy on Slick Amanda on Summer Best Costume: Men in Black

Breast Friends

Team Rock Star

What a great day to finish the season. Have a great winter and we’ll see you in the spring. www.kelownagymkhana.com

Super Heroes

Justice League

Santas Little Helpers

Men In Black

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Alice Todd Calgary Stampede Participation On July 13 and 14, 2010 five animals and handlers participated in the Experience Agriculture Demonstrations at the Calgary Stampede. Available to attend were: Stella – 17.2HH Appaloosa Molly Mule from Coalhurst, AB, owned by Marla HoppRapp. Stella was proud to show the crowd how she is the family Mule that can be ridden by the children and Marla. Ruby – Peruvian/Quarter Horse Molly Alice Todd Mule owned by Tom Barker from Falkland, BC. Ruby is a versatile Mule that has been used in shows, trail riding and a hunting partner for Tom. Chip – Mini horse/Mule. He is used for predator control at Tom’s Cedar Ridge Ranch in Falkland, BC. He was certainly a hit with the children at the Stampede. Jessie – Molly Mule owned and driven by Bob Leggett from Bowden, AB. Jessie is a very athletic Mule that excels at any event that Bob introduces to her. Sonney – 8 year old Standard Donkey driven by owner Alice Todd from Nanton, AB, was a crowd pleaser for all in attendance. Sonney soaked up the pats and strokes from the many folks in attendance.

Tom Barker Bob Leggette

The group did four demonstrations in the two days of attendance. ADMC demonstrations were featured on Heritage Days and Kids Day. All demos had great audiences and after a 20-minute demonstration there was 10 minutes for photo opportunities from the audience of which they took many. The booth was very busy with visitors in the two days that the group participated. The most common question was, “What is the difference between a Mule and a Donkey?” The AMDC handlers were delighted to answer the various questions the public had.

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club News By Bev Hall


ur Club has been very busy with our regular Playdays along with Double Run Days and a couple of Jackpot Days thrown in there as well. We are winding down with only one more regular Gymkhana on November 6th which will be followed by our Awards Night on November 13th at the Pritchard Hall. NOV. 6 GYMKHANA – the date still stands at this time. It will only be cancelled if the weather is miserable. It is scheduled to be a Jackpot. I will update any changes on the web page prior to 5 pm on Nov 5th for this Gymkhana. So please, check the web page to ensure if this Gymkhana is a go or not. NOV. 13 YEAR-END BANQUET. Don’t forget that all High Points (with the exception of Leadline) get their names in the draw for the Trophy Saddle. Lots of GREAT prizes up for grabs! There will be a 50/50 draw, so bring some cash, maybe even a door prize or silent auction who knows. EVERYONE is invited to the Banquet even if you did not qualify for year end. So come on out! JUST A NOTE – about this PIGEON FEVER. Be aware of this outbreak that has hit the Okanagan. Here is a little info on the disease from the quarterhorsenews.com. In short, please be conscious of what your horse does. Standard precautions 52 • Saddle Up • November 2010

should be used ANY time you go out with your horse even for a trail ride. Don’t let them sniff other horses’ noses. Don’t use other peoples’ water/feed buckets, feed bags, bits, etc, without thoroughly cleaning/disinfecting first, whether you know them, the horse, or not. Consider your stabling options when going to a function as the walls/rails of a stall/ paddock can be infected as well (this is why I have my own panels now, to reduce chances of sickness in my horse when I travel). Haul in someone else’s trailer, or with someone else, only if you absolutely have to. Use hay bags on your trailer rather than allowing your horse to eat off the ground as this is not the only disease out there that can be picked up through the ground after a lengthy time has passed. If you use general precautions all the time when you travel with your horse then you will dramatically reduce the chance of any contagion let alone this one. Read more: http://quarterhorsenews.com/ index.php/news/other-news/8847-what-is-pigeonfever-in-horses.html#ixzz12XbQ4qTb

Mary Ann Yarama

Krysta Pitman and Jeanie Van Den Ham

Tamara Tuyttens

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story and photos By Margie and Charlie Fisher, South Okanagan Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, jackb@jrjtrail.ca - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, jeking@shaw.ca - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, rshumey@shaw.ca - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, oneonone@telus.net - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, gmack@mail.ocis.net - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, holbrookdyson@telus.net - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604 854-1245 Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, impritchard@telus.net - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net - 604-988-8442

The South Okanagan chapter kicked off our 2010 riding season with a strong showing at Rendezvous. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Rendezvous, it is an annual, fun-fi lled three-day event of horses, mules and humans of varying sizes and attitudes! This year it was once again held in Rock Creek, providing those who brought their horses an opportunity to ride in the beautiful Boundary country. From sleeping under the stars to bunking in with your favourite equine, Rendezvous offers the traditions of the past combined with the talents of today – this experience offers a balanced, educational weekend for all. The packing demonstrations and competition make for great learning and lots of fun. Our own Roli Neutzel was the Champion! Further celebrating the traditions of old, the Dutch Oven Cook-off teaches the true cooking style of the Wild West. The judges are often “influenced” by copious amounts of “fire water.” The South Okanagan chapter hosted the live auction again this year. This was tremendously successful due to all the great donations, and the antics of auctioneer Clyde Duggan. We also provided a mobile adult beverage station, consisting of 18-year-old Apache, a 33-inch-tall miniature horse, carrying custom made pack boxes. Apache is believed to be the first mini to appear at Rendezvous, and certainly one of very few to wear pack rigging! Many, many thanks to all the great people who made Rendezvous happen, and particularly to the terrific folks in Rock Creek who catered a wonderful meal for our AGM. Good friends and good food – who could ask for more? July 3 saw 15 horses and their riders congregating at Geoff and Janet Neilly’s house

for a lovely ride along Kearns Creek, up to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory at White Lake and back. The weather was perfect, mostly sunny but not too hot, and the ride took just over three hours. We ended the ride with a potluck dinner, and a surprise birthday party for our tireless secretary, Debbie House. Many thanks to Geoff and Janet for hosting this event! A good time was had by all. Five members of the South Okanagan chapter and their steady steeds braved the crowds, noise and heat to bring awareness of this great club to the local public during the Oliver Sunshine Parade on July 17. Margie Fisher went along as our “out walker,” in case the balloons, bands and hullabaloo proved too much for horses more used to quiet backwoods, but those amazing beasts seemed to hardly notice the bustle. Anyone thinking that a special breed of horse is required for back country adventures got a surprise. Our group included two Morgan/Quarter Horse crosses, one Quarter Horse, a Shire cross and a Canadian cross. The real crowd pleaser was mini-horse Apache, with his Rendezvous pack gear. Walking along with him was handsome little Colby, complete with chaps and cowboy hat, tipping his hat at the ladies and making the crowd cheer and laugh. Roli, of course, was adorned in his legendary, authentic cowboy wardrobe, complete with a packhorse that was carrying two bales of hay. Charlie also ponied a fully loaded packhorse, while Larry got to cross an item off his bucket list to finally ride his horse in a parade. Fun was had by all and next year we hope to have more members and their horses join in the festivities. Fast forward now to Aug. 28. Six dedicated, die-hard equine enthusiasts hauled their horses to the parking lot at Apex Village, the ski hill west of Penticton. At 1,700 metres

Sawmill Ride

elevation, the air was rather cooler than it had been at home! Once everyone had his or her horses tacked up and ready to go, ride organizer and trail guide Roland Nuetzel gave a brief orientation. From the parking lot, they rode a small trail up to the old Gun Barrel Saloon, across the old ski hill and then along the northeast side of Riordan Mountain until they reached the Hedley – Nickel Plate Road. At that point, they took a new trail and continued on Snowflake Loop into Nickel Plate Park. After a two-hour ride, they arrived at Nickel Plate Lake (elevation 1,860 metres) where they had a short lunch break. A quick scouting of the trail around the lake revealed that heavy rains earlier in the week had left the ground very rough and muddy. It was decided to return by the same route they had arrived rather than slogging through the muck. As the saying goes, “The landscape looks different on the way back!” another two hours through temperatures cold enough that occasional snowflakes were seen brought the ride to a successful conclusion back at the parking lot. We continue to have weekend rides whenever we can, and are already planning activities for 2011. We would be delighted to see new faces at our rides and meetings, so check the calendar on the Back Country website (www.bchorsemen.org) and come out to say “Hello!” Happy trails, everyone!

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BC Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 www.bcqha.com * bcqha@hotmail.com President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958, Gordon.McEachen@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Vice President: Carlina Schumann 250-567-4807 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-323-4418, gaylepw@istar.ca AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052, palomino2@hotmail.com

Calendar of Events Nov. 7- SCQHA general meeting Nov. ? - LMQHA banquet - Contact Norma at nsiebert@telus.net

YOUTH SPOTLIGHT – Trenna Brown, Port Alberni, BC

Other interests - I love to be around my friends and I love taking care of all the animals I have been allowed to bring home. Favourite horse - Cooligraphy aka Chloe. Although she had a negative vet report and her prognosis for soundness was questionable I loved her the first time I saw her. We got her in November of 2007. She and I got High Point Halter mare Youth, Open and Amateur at the North Island Circuit in 2008 and got three more grands in Langley. By 2009 we had Chloe’s ROM in Open and Youth and in 2010 we won the Regional Champion Youth Mare at the Regional Experience in Langley. That vet report never materialized. I am so glad we took the chance. In 2011 I will be showing - Just Rockn’on Heir aka Molsen in AQHA Youth Western all around events and Cooligraphy in Halter. Goals For Next Year - I want to try showmanship and trail because Molsen seems to really like those classes. My heroes - I love my parents and grandparents and aunt. They help me now and in the future. But I really miss my grandpa. He got sick when I first started showing Chloe and it was really hard to continue showing and being away from him. But he said he wanted to hear the stories and achievements and he wanted me to keep going because it made him proud. I think my grandpa would have liked to have heard about the Regional wins. Actually, he would have liked to hear about all the things I did. He loved me unconditionally. And that is why he is my hero. Encouraging words - Sometimes that mare (Chloe) was the only thing that made me smile, especially when my grandpa was sick. It doesn’t matter how many wins or losses come your way. What really matters is the relationships that you create and foster, both with people and with pets. 54 • Saddle Up • November 2010

VIQHA This is a plea to all you Islanders out there! We need our voice heard to communicate when our shows are, where and when we are having clinics etc., what babies have been born and any other bits of trivia you think can help the rest of us. I know that the fall rain seems to have kicked in so this means that unfortunately we are probably not riding as much. Send all your tidbits to endallspurs@hotmail.com. A tidbit for those horses that are bored in the stalls and have decided that being a “beaver” relieves the boredom. Use Zest soap on the boards they are chewing, they really don’t like the taste and you can usually get it at the dollar store.

SCQHA We would like to extend a grateful Thank You to all our sponsors for their generosity and support of our association and its goals. Thanks to all our volunteers for your hard work on our fall circuit and to all the exhibitors that came and supported our show. SCQHA hopes that everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to seeing you next year. Congratulations to the following SCQHA Circuit High Point and Futurity/Stake winners: Open – Cool Debut – Rick and Mo Gates Reserve - Potential Goldmine - Ashleigh Tuhkala Amateur - Make You Want Me - Arlana Dagneau Reserve - Muddys Mr Diamond - Norma Siebert Select – Skip To My Image – Janet Crich Reserve – Alittle Reality – Carole Walton Novice Amateur – Inviting the Prince - Maralynn Rehbein Reserve - She Likes It Hot – Kelly Pahl Novice Youth - Zippos Star Shuttle - Katrina Mulford Reserve - Triple Cool Irwin - Aliisa Tylyn Hodson 13 and Under - Zippos Star Shuttle - Katrina Mulford Reserve - Fancy Silver Jackie - Alix Rasmussen 14-18 - Next Dempsey - Jenica Pavlis Reserve - Triple Cool Irwin - Aliisa Tylyn Hodson Youth Walk/Trot - A Dignified Lady - Taylor Schell Reserve – Panda - Jordon Schell Nervous Novice - Sweety Lynn – Gail Howard Reserve - Designed By Bev – Donna Ruth Green Horse Walk/Trot - Sweety Lynn – Gail Howard Weanling Fillies 1. STS Shes Way Cool - Sheery Sulz 2. Streaking In My Dreams - Karla Dewhurst 3. Priceless Kiss - Lynn Freeland Weanling Colts 1. RB Boston Coosa - Joe Sabian Open Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle 1. Next Dempsey - Jenica Pavlis 2. Inviting the Prince - Maralynn Rehbein 3. Locked Into Low - Amber Crutchley Tri Challenge Yearling 1. Sweet Summer Dreams - Norma Hutton 2. Go West Charlie - Tracy Schell 3. Oakettes Lucky Lena - Jacqueline Cross Open Non Pro Western Pleasure 1. Make You Want Me - Arlana Dagneau 2. Pink Cadillac Dreams - Norma Hutton 3. Inviting The Prince - Maralynn Rehbein

South Central Quarter Horse Assoc. “Fall Circuit” By Cheri Smeeton, Photos by Andrea Blair Photography.


ur Fall Circuit held September 16-19 in Armstrong, BC, was very successful with 65 exhibitors attending from as far away as Dawson Creek, Fort St. James, Vancouver Island, Sechelt Peninsula, the Kootenays and western Washington. The show was a 4-day event with judges Abby Cosenza, from Scottsdale, Arizona; Mike Perkins of Bentonville, Arkansas; Tinker Buckley of Fort Worth, Texas; and Bruce Army from Lantana, Texas. The SCQHA Youth would like to thank everyone that contributed to their Silent Auction which raised over $600. The Youth will be hosting a Clinic in the Spring of 2011 in Kamloops with some of the funds earned from the Auction. SCQHA hopes that everyone had a great time and we look forward to seeing you again next year! See results included with the BC Quarter Horse Association News on the previous page.

Jordan Schell and Panda - Youth Walk/ Trot Division

Taylor Schell and Go West Charlie

Jessica Fairless-Eli

Loretta Ronquist

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BC Cutting Horse Association Photos by Robert Magrath, www.rmagrathcuttingimages.com

2010 Board of Directors President: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 Vice Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 Secretary: Lynn Graham 250-374-8882 Directors: Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Les Timmons Sue Majeau Robin Hay Roger Smeeton Bob Zirnhelt Val Martin Wendell Stoltzfus bccha@telus.net www.cuttingnews.com Area 20

The 2010 season has come and gone and there was some really great cutting to be seen. At our last show, Williams Lake, some of the season winners had come down to the wire. Here are the top three winners for each class for the 2010 season; OPEN 1st – San Taris Dual Oak, O/Ken Hartley, R/Bob Zirnhelt 2nd – Kit And Kaboonsmal, O/Stefan Fuchs, R/Denton Moffat 3rd – The Magic Mare, O/Jeanie Wilson, R/Cayley Wilson NonPro 1st – Mary Lynn Zirnhelt 2nd – Roger Smeeton 3rd – Cliff White $50,000 Amateur 1st – Valerie Dettwiler 2nd – Shirley Telford 3rd – Patti Magrath $10,000 Novice Horse 1st – DFL San Gold Holly, O/R Bob Zirnhelt 2nd – Boot Scootin Jae Bar, O/R Lyle Pambrun 3rd – BSF Cheyene Chic, O/ Janet Hotte, R/Lyle Pambrun $3,000 Novice Horse 1st – DFL Bootscootnboogie, O/David Ciriani, R/Wendy Garrard 2nd – Shortys Gabby Cat, O/Janice Eaton, R/Denton Moffat 3rd – Noon Date, O/Marion Sapergia, R/Rick Hook

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$15,000 Novice Horse Non Pro 1st – Golden Ohyes Mate, O/R Shirley Telford 2nd – HA Chics Guitar, O/R Andrea Delwo 3rd – HFL Ultimate Cross, O/R Mary Lynn Zirnhelt $2,000 Limit Rider 1st – Julia Wilson 2nd – David Ciriani 3rd – Dan Novotny $5,000 Novice Horse Non Pro 1st –High Heel Kitty, O/R Valerie Martin 2nd – Smart Little Adan, O/R Rob Teit 3rd – Silver Boon, O/R Cliff White Sr Youth 1st – Shaun Timmons 2nd – Laura Connell 3rd – Bianca Olsen-Stiles Two Handed Novice Novice 1st – Smartee, O/R Leslie Wallace 2nd – Blue Budha, O/R Leslie Wallace $500 Ranch Horse 1st - All Reddy Badger Boy 2nd – DFL Mablena Open Derby 1st – Smart Angel 006, O/R Lyle Pambrun

Congratulations to all these competitors, they will be receiving their awards at our AGM Banquet on January 22, 2011. We also want to congratulate these BC members for placing in the Top Ten standings for Canada for 2010; OPEN Kit And Kaboonsmal, O/ Stefan Fuchs, R/Denton Moffat Smart Frele Cat, O/R Rod Macdonald San Taris Dual Oak, O/Ken Hartley, R/ Bob Zirnhelt

$3,000 Novice Horse DFL Bootscootnboogie, O/David Ciriani, R/Wendy Garrard Shortys Gabby Cat, O/Janice Eaton, R/Denton Moffat $10,000 Novice Horse Lizzys Playgirl, O/Rob Leman, R/Dustin Gonnett Shes A Player Too, O/Geoff Thomas, R/Brad Pedersen DFL San Gold Holly, O/R Bob Zirnhelt $2,000 Limit Rider Julia Wilson Non Pro Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Rob Leman Ron Bailey Brenda Batty Sr Youth Shaun Timmons Candace Chevalier Laura Connell $50,000 Amateur Valerie Dettwiler Shirley Telford $15,000 Novice Horse Non Pro Golden Ohyes Mate – Shirley Telford HA Chics Guitar – Andrea Delwo High Heel Kitty – Valerie Martin HFL Ultimate Cross – Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Sannys Streaker – Deb Teit The Magic Mare – Jeannie Wilson $5,000 Novice Horse Non Pro High Heel Kitty – Valerie Martin

A special congratulations to Mary Lynn Zirnhelt – 2010 Canadian Cutting Horse Association Non Pro Champion and to Valerie Martin – 2010 Canadian Cutting Horse Association $5,000 Novice Horse Non Pro Reserve Champion. Well done Ladies!

Valerie Martin

Interior Cutting Horse Association – Year In Review By Bonnie Meints


he Interior Cutting Horse Association is winding up another fun and exciting year of cutting. Our hugely successful year would not have been possible without the hard work of our executive, members and volunteers, the financial support of our sponsors, not to mention our host venues and our partners in the cattle industry. Without cows and the dedicated producers in our area, it would not have been possible for our club to have 12 shows this year with an amazing 750 plus works. Well done!! Al and Thea MacKenzie, of the MacKenzie Meadows Stables in Pritchard, hosted our first show. Mother Nature couldn’t dampen our fun as we enjoyed the bright, spacious indoors of this first class facility. The Heemskerk family of Westview Farms supplied a very nice pen of feeder calves. This winning combination proved itself two more times. The rolling hills of Knutsford’s Southland Ranch, home of Doug and Laurie Haughton, was the site of our first outdoor cutting of the season. John Deere Doug provided us with an awesome pen of Black Angus heifers. This show also played host to our second Annual Bridleless Cutting Competition. Up for grabs was the coveted “Knut Cup” (literally). This year’s winner was Angie Wilson of the High Kelly Ranch on Sweet Shorty Girl. The Never Won a Buckle competition was sponsored by Knutsford’s Big Sky Stables and won by Vickie Tattam of Australia riding Noble T Bay Bea. What a nice memento of her Canadian Cutting experience. Tucked away in the Merritt backcountry is a little slice of paradise known as the 8 Mile Ranch, home of Gerry Desilets. Among the trees and waving hay fields, we cut by day and socialized by night. Our potluck and auction was a huge success thanks to our many donors and buyers. High Kelly Ranch of Logan Lake sponsored our second Never Won a Buckle competition. Angie Wilson of High Kelly Ranch riding

Sweet Shorty Girl won Pritchard, BC the buckle. OFFERS: CATTLE SORTING For many years 12 noon on Sundays the Doug Comazzetto family has been a HORSE BOARDING supporter of our club. Large paddocks, 70x200 Indoor Arena This July, we had the and 2 large Outdoor Arenas pleasure of returning to their Barnhartvale HORSE TRAINING ranch for our final with Amanda Self show of the season. For more info contact either: Saturday was a bit of a Jeanette 250-577-3156 or Amanda 250-804-1723 Wild West Show as we attempted to cut a pen of dry cows; some of which were larger than the horses. The entertainment value was priceless and it definitely was not for the faint of heart. Sunday displayed some quality cutting on a nice quiet pen of yearlings. Our thanks to everyone who played a part in making 2010 such a successful year for cutting. Following are the 2010 class results.


2010 Top rider Brian Meints

Vicky Tattam on Noble T Bay Bea winner of the Big Sky Stables Never Won a Buckle at Knutsford’s Southlands Ranch. Angie Wilson riding Sweet Shorty Girl winner of Southlands Ranch Knut Cup Bridleless Class

Angie Wilson riding Sweet Shorty Girl winner of High Kelly Ranch Never Won a Buckle Class at 8 Mile Ranch.

Torrys Girl - 2010 Top Horse owned and ridden by Lee Poncelet

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Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2010 President -June Melhuish jjmrider@hughes.net VP - Ruth Moorby Tmoorby@hotmail.com Secretaryy - Lori Bewza loribewza@gmail.com Treasurer - Lynn Wallden wallden6484@shaw.ca Directors: Louise Abbott louiseabbott@telus.net Madeline Bateman fonzie828@xplornet.ca Brenna Mayer enduranceprincess@hotmail.com Elaine Bessuille e_bessuille@telus.net Terre O’Brennan tobytrot@telus.net Karen Ellis Karenellis3@shaw.ca Gary Forde endorider@shaw.ca Brenda Miskimmin mcpennytoo@telus.net Cheryl Dzida fdzida@telus.net

Special thanks this month to Elaine Bessuille for her account of her travels to the World Equestrian Games!

Last year, I travelled with Terre O’Brennan and her endurance horse Koszaar to Lexington, www.ERABC.com KY, for the Kentucky Cup Pre-Ride, the test event for endurance at the World Equestrian Games to be held in 2010. This year, I again joined up with Terre for the trip, this time to the WEG itself. Koszaar and Terre were alternates, but would be next to draw in, and there was always a chance! We left Koszaar’s barn on Monday morning, and drove – a day each for Washington, Montana and South Dakota. Then on through Iowa and halfway across Missouri. One final day for Illinois and Indiana, and into Kentucky. We reached Lexington in the late afternoon of the fi ft h day, Friday, Sept. 17 – nine days before race day. By Saturday at noon, all the horses and riders were there, although the last of the grooms and crew we still arriving. Glenn Sinclair, DVM, from Saskatchewan and Terre’s second crew, Karen Ellis from Vancouver Island, flew in. The layover barn was south of Lexington, about 30 minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park where the WEG was being held. This site had room for a pretty large group of riders, grooms, crew, officials, big trailers, campers, and, of course, the horses. The property was one of a group of five, and the main house on the adjoining property had a pool - a huge attraction, as the temperature each day was in the 30 to 35 C range. Last year, we had all suffered through cold wind and driving rain. We were ready this time with fleeces, rubber boots and rain pants. Some folks slipped off to WalMart, and re-equipped themselves for better conditions. Most days, the horses were presented to the team officials for a trot out. This included practice at running circles, and most of the grooms and crew took turns, until the best combination of horse and handler was chosen. Some days included a practice ride. The horses and riders got a chance to get a feel for the rolling terrain, and the grooms and crew had practice at removing saddles, and cooling the horses between mini-loops. One of the rides didn’t turn out well for Carol Steiner of Ontario, another alternate. Her horses, one of the best behaved, may have been stung, as he bucked and threw Carol. She was badly injured, and taken to the hospital. Later, we learned that she had broken ribs and a punctured lung, but was doing well. The final evening at the layover barn, the Canadians and the hosts shared a large and enthusiastic potluck party. The next day, everyone was hitched up, cleaned up and loaded 58 • Saddle Up • November 2010

up, ready for a 9 a.m. appointment at the KHP barn. Security was evident, with sniffer dogs checking out each rig, but the troopers were polite, and the volunteers were amazingly cheerful and helpful. Soon, each horse Elroy Karius and Apache Eclypse, Gail Jewell was unloaded, along and NL Temptation with gear and feed. I drove our rig away to Crimson King, the barn we had used last year - home away from home again. Friday was spent with a passport inspection and settling in - a good day for the rainstorm that blew through with some hours of heavy rain. Saturday, with fine weather, was the day to spiff up for formal inspections and trot outs. Since the whole gang was dressed up, it was also the team picture day. Then, that evening - the Opening Ceremonies! All the Canadians were Terre O’Brennan and Koszaar seated in a group, of course, and all that red showed up clearly on the big screens. Gail Jewell carried the Canadian flag for the team. Only the actual athletes marched in, so there were lots of cheering Canucks in the stands. Sunday morning race day was clear and cooler. Perfect. I was on the road crew, so I loaded up rider supplies and drove with Claudia Harper to different crew spots on the loops. We were joined by Terre and Glenn, and our team coach Kim Woolley. Two other crew members, Nancy and Tanya, took alternate spots, but we all joined up in the end. We crewed our Canadian horses, of course, but also helped some riders who had few or no crew at all. The lone rider from India was a special friend of the team, and we gave him a slosh and cheer each time. We made it back to the vetting area by the end of the day to wait for our riders to complete. Bob Gielen arrived first, then Gail Jewell, and finally Ruth Sturley with the last Japanese rider - the final two riders. After some quick whooping and cheering, horse blankets against the chill night air were first priority, and some heartfelt hugs for tired riders. Monday morning was damp for the Best Condition judging, won by the French horse. The final two days at WEG were spent shopping at the vendor tents, loading and unloading horses, loading and unloading gear, and stocking up for the drive home joined by Karen. The final morning, we hugged our Crimson Barn hostess goodbye and set off back toward St. Louis and Kansas City. We took a southern route home, through Nebraska and Wyoming, but five days again. The final day was short, and Koszaar was back in his field by the early afternoon, telling his mates of his strange adventure.

Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C www.PineTreeRidingClub.com Newsletter contact: Bert, bgatien@telus.net Club contact: Jodi Daburger 250-675-4588

UPCOMING EVENTS Annual General Meeting November 21st 11:00am at Barnhartvale hall. Every member has a vote. Elections of new board of directors will be held. If anyone would like to add anything to the agenda, please contact Jodi Daburger by phone or email zarazacres@gmail.com. Year End Awards and Banquet November 6th. For tickets please contact Alison Miller by phone 250-573-5468 or email brentmiller@shaw.ca. Special thanks to Tanya Epp for allowing us to use her photos for our Pine Tree newsletters.

Photos from the season

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BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint www.bcphc.com Pres Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 colleen_doug@shaw.ca VP vacant Sec Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 ratzmary@hotmail.com Treas Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 lazy3@telus.net Past Pres. Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 ljbruce@telus.net APHADirector (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore 604-532-9305 Alt Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 raitken@persona.ca APHA www.apha.com 817 834-2742

PURDY’S…I thought that might get your attention! The BCPHC is offering a fundraising opportunity for the club. All you need to do is sell Purdy’s to friends, family, colleagues, etc., just in time for Christmas. Order forms are available through Colleen Schellenberg if you have not already been contacted. Our club will receive 25 per cent of all sales back to the club. The prices are the same as in the store but we can do the shopping for you. Orders will be collected by Nov. 16 and ready for pickup at the club’s AGM on Nov. 27. Please feel free to contact Colleen if you have any questions 604-534-8287. The BC Paint Horse Club’s Annual General Meeting is fast approaching and it is time to conduct the annual election of officers and directors for 2011. There are officer positions open and if you have ever considered becoming involved this is the time to do it.

The AGM is scheduled for: Nov. 27, 2010, at The Langley Events Center located at 7888 200th St. Room No. 3 located on the south side of the building adjacent to the playground. Time 1:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Member News – Monroe, WA: At the Emerald Classic, CHANSATION and Calli Rouse were Futurity Champion in the three-year-old Non-Pro Western Pleasure by unanimous decision. Watch out for Dianne Rouse and CHANSATION at the APHA Fall World Show in Masters Am Junior Western Pleasure, three-yearold Western Pleasure with Kip Larson, 60 • Saddle Up • November 2010

and three-year-old Hunter Under Saddle with Karen Qualls!

Member News – Albany, OR: For several

of our BCPHC members, Thanksgiving weekend was spent in Albany, OR, to complete the NWCC series of shows for the year. Three of our youth showed to finalize the youth division they have been competing in, as Emma Schellenberg and Kirsten Chamberland both age out of the 13-and-under Division and Emilee Chamberland moves into the Amateur division. Grand accomplishments for a dedicated group. Alina Bosa was another youth in attendance as well as Calli Rouse who came home with Reserve showing Ima Special Delivery 14-18, and Kirsten was reserve 13-and-under riding Desis On The Street. Alison Willoughby and Dianne Rouse were representing the Amateur group for BCPHC. Congratulations to all!

Member News – PAC: Congratulations to Anne-Marie Waas and “You Bet I’m Smashing” who earned their PAC Achievement Certificates in Halter, Trail, Western Pleasure and Showmanship, and to Pam Malekow who sits fift h in the nation for Showmanship and 10th for Trail! It has been a great year for Kelly Allen and Ron Stolp who, at the time of writing, have all three of their horses in the top five for the Over Fences division in the nation. Winddancers Cimaron is in first place with a whopping 168 points in one year alone. Bar J Zandas Beauty is in fourth place with 50 points and their young stallion The Huntsman is in fift h place with 48 points.

APHA News and Reports: Please refer to APHA website to become familiar with current news of the year and

reports from several committees from the 2010 APHA Annual Convention held in Nashville, TN. There have been rule changes approved and can be found at http://www.apha.com/pressroom/index. html

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 asmarawg@telus.net Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 snrk@telus.net Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 gvarabians@telus.net Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 withoutdoubtt@hotmail.com Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 fuzzy_peaches_gerl@hotmail.com and/or Cheryl Johnson leejohn1@telus.net Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca

Brrr, it’s getting cold out! Hope everyone is almost ready for winter! BCIAHA’s September clinic with Debbie Storey went off without a hitch. We had amazing weather wonderful food and TONS of laughs. Participants as well as the spectators came away with many new training techniques for horses at all stages and disciplines. BCIAHA would like to thank Asmara Arabians in Armstrong for hosting the clinic.

I would like to share some opinions from a few of the participants as below.

Lunch time

on. Deb’s sense of humour was great and she had a great rapport with the audience. Sheila and Wally’s hospitality BC and Debbie “Bending” was outstanding and thanks to Karel for organizing the fabulous lunches.” - Tia BCIAHA would like to congratulate all the Canadians who participated at this year’s World Equestrian Games. Special congratulations go out to our very own Gail Jewell and Elroy Karius. We look forward to hearing about your WEG Experience in next month’s newsletter. BCIAHA would like to thank those members who came to our Annual General Meeting. Details and highlights from the meeting will be available in next month’s newsletter.

• “Debbie’s ability to assess both rider’s capabilities and the horse’s level of training was excellent. She discussed with the rider their aspirations for this lesson time and quickly put together a lesson plan in her mind using what she heard and saw. The information was individualized. The information and techniques were understandable, do-able and developmental for both horse and rider. She did all of this in a pleasant manner allowing the rider to be comfortable. We are so fortunate to have had this opportunity to learn from this very qualified and talented trainer/ instructor. Thanks.” - Sheila Debbie adjusting Brad for • “I find Deb very approachable and easy to learn Alysha from. I really like that she teaches me how to teach my horse and gives me exercises to work on. She has a wide range of knowledge in many different disciplines which makes watching the clinic as fun as riding in it.” - Alaina • “The clinic was very helpful. Debbie was very observant, flexible and could relate to riders and horses, and a mule, at all levels. She worked with the goals each rider had set, and remained positive and focused to the very end of each ride on each day. Andrea and Jack Hosts Wally and Sheila Goertz provided a wonderful facility and clinic organizer Karel Nordstrom did a flawless job including setting up excellent potlucks.” - Ann • “I attended the Debbie Storey Clinic at Asmara Farms as a spectator for both days and found Deb’s lessons to be very informative. She treated each horse and rider as individuals and she worked on the strengths of the rider/horse team to help with new challenges to work

Please don’t forget to send me your barn news! Hope you enjoy the pictures from our Debbie Storey Clinic.

Christmas Banquet & Year End Awards November 20th The Village Green Hotel 27th Street (across from the Village Green Mall), Vernon 6 pm - Happy Hour, 7 pm - Dinner 8 pm - 12 am - Dancing to the DJ “Boogie Nights” Silent Auction throughout the evening. Please remember your donations. Please invite your friends, relatives or anyone who would like to join you for this wonderful evening out. Say you are with the “BCIAHA Christmas Banquet” for the special room rate.

Tickets: BCIAHA members: Adult $22.00; Juniors 18 & under $12.00 Non-members: Adult $28.00; Juniors 18 & under $18.00 **add an additional $2.00 per ticket purchased after Nov. 1st ** Sorry, no tickets at door.

Mail ticket requests to: Sheila Goertz, 5026 Pringle Rd, Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B4 (info 250-546-6004) **IMPORTANT** DO NOT FORGET TO SEND YOUR HI POINT INFORMATION TO MICHELLE BARANOW (Pruden) FOR PROCESSING BEFORE THE BCIAHA BANQUET! michelle_pruden@hotmail.com

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Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY”

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association

Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country


Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at www.bctcpa.com or contact Bill Klop (Pres) 604-796-9127 3/11


THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB www.albertadonkeyandmule.com Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 8/11 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy Thielman 250-832-3409, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org 10/10

The Back Country Horsemen of B. C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or www.bchorsemen.org 11/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209, bhanews@hotmail.com, Visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 4/11 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Shannon 250-751-4685 motionsrider@yahoo.ca 12/10 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 bccha@telus.net, or web www.cuttingnews.com Area 20 3/11 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 10/11 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 11/10 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.com 250-260-5344 8/11 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, www.morganhorse.ca 12/10 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB www.miniaturehorsesbc.com Pres: Melissa Schryvers 604-202-3024. Show June 12-13 Cloverdale 6/11 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 4/11 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 bcqha@hotmail.com or visit www.bcqha.com 9/11 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304, dabepa@yahoo.com, www.bcrcha.com 3/11 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP Our aim is to promote, showcase and market our breeding and show stock by organizing shows with futurities, line and under saddle classes for horses and ponies. Equine Canada Bronze, BC Heritage Circuit and PAC Qualifier Shows. Contact: Ulli Dargel 4/11 604-421-6681, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782 or www.bcsporthorses.com

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, critteraid@vip.net 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 www.chhaps.org 3/11


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 11/10 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, & Managers of Skimikin Campground. eqtrails@gmail.com, www.eqtrail.webs.com 11/10 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net, www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 7/11 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy.11/11 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 10/11 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397 kgc@shaw.ca, www.kelownagymkhana.com 11/10 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Scott Rempel 250-542-3433 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 6/11 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Debbie House 250-498-4326, E-mail: brent.lines@netscape.ca, www.oliverridingclub.com 6/11 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities 2/11 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 10/10 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 6/11 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com 10/11 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348 wcra@telus.net, www.wcra.info 10/10

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2010/2011 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com

NOVEMBER Nov/Dec 3-4 5-6 5-6 5-14 6 6-7 7 7-8 7-9 9 10-14 11 13 13

EQUINE KINETICS (therapy) - weekend Clinics (pre-register) Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765, www.laodas-way.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Black Creek-Campbell River, Lindy 250-337-8747, berkowitz@telus.net MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268, nancylane@shaw.ca EQUINE CHIROPRACTICS, Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765, www.laodas-way.com FARMFAIR, Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands, Visit www.farmfairinternational.com for more information FALL SELECT SALE, Alberta QH Breeders Group, Northlands AgriCom, Edmonton, AB, www.northernhorse.com/aqhbg or 1-866-788-4366 NICK HUTCHINSON CLINIC, drive & ride, or ride & drive, Armstrong, Nick 250-517-8869 or e-mail nickhutchinson96@gmail.com RANCH HORSE COMPETITION & SALE, Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands, Enter or more information at www.farmfairinternational.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, kristinamillar@hotmail.com HERITAGE RANCH RODEO, Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands, Tickets on sale at www.farmfairinternational.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, milkmaid@shaw.ca CANADIAN FINALS RODEO, Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB, Tickets on sale at www.canadianfinalsrodeo.ca NORTHLANDS TEAM ROPING FUTURITY, Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands, Enter or more information at www.farmfairinternational.com OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Formal Dinner & Year End Awards, Vernon, Louellen Rempel 250-542-3433 BC INT. HORSE RESCUE Christmas Craft Fair, Winfield Memorial Hall, Winfield, BC, 250-260-5344 or www.bcihrs.com

13-Dec 12 MARION WEISSKOPFF, Apprenticeship Home-base, Princeton, Marion 250-295-4329, weisskopff@telus.net 15-24 CHART CLINIC, Equine Adjustment -1 day, Equine Energy Medicine -1 day; 2 days TBA, Stony Plain, AB, 780-621-0765, www.laodas-way.com 18 EQUINE NATURAL MEDICINE & NUTRITION, Riva’s Ranch, 3991 Hullcar Rd. Armstrong, BC, 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com 19 HEALING HORSES WITH KINESIOLOGY, Riva’s Ranch, 3991 Hullcar Rd. Armstrong, BC, 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com 19 NORTH OK HORSEY LADIES Banquet & Charity Auction, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Vernon, Nancy 250-546-9922. Donations welcome. 20 ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, Riva’s Ranch, 3991 Hullcar Rd. Armstrong, BC, 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com 20 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, www.dougmillshorsemanship.com or 250-573-5442 20 HCBC AWARDS BANQUET, Ramada Plaza & Conf Ctr., Abbotsford, 1-800-345-8055, www.hcbc.ca 21 PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com 26 OUTBACKJACKS HORSE RESCUE Fundraiser, Houston’s in Maple Ridge, BC. Donations welcome. Gena 250-295-0775, outbackjacks@telus.net


CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE/TACK SALE, Burnaby Equestrian Center, Burnaby, Ulli 604-421-6681

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TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 11/11 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 10/11 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. www.bigmtack.com BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 4/11 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. www.tackforminiatures.com 12/10 COUNTRY ROADS GENERAL STORE (Fruitvale) 250-367-9229 Otter Co-op Feed Dealer, Feed, Tack, Farm Supplies & Giftware 7/11 HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 7/11 English & Western, New & Used LAZY B (100 Mile House) 250-395-5175 Handmade Leather Goods, Team Ropers & Ranch Ropes, New & Used Tack 7/11 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 10/11 Home of the SenSation Ride™, saddlery@telus.net, www.nickerssaddlery.com RUSTY SPUR TACK (Lumby) 250-547-9506 Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 7/11 VENKAT SADDLERY Y (20110 Stewart Cres., Maple Ridge) 1-866-465-8883 English & Western Tack & Saddles. www.venkatsaddlery.com 3/11 WALKER CREEK COUNTRY GOODS LTD. (Vancouver Island) www.walkercreek.ca 10/11 TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 8/11 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, tnt125@shaw.ca 8/11 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist

Michael Rabe Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC 25 mrabe@jetstream.net • www.hanoveriansporthorsefarm.com 10/11

GARY HUNT HORSEMANSHIP, www.BreakingColts.com 2/11 940-255-3641 (Alberta) * Problem Solving * Clinics * Colt Starting CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 7/11 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Former Parelli Professional, Clinics/Lessons, www.sandylang.ca 7/11 NATHALIE MERRILL (Vernon) 250-308-8138. High Level Dressage & Western rider. Starting young horses for all disciplines. Lessons available. References available. 4/11

Doug Mills Training Thru Trust Proven Foundation for all disciplines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-573-5442 www.dougmills.com 6/11 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. mistatimranch@yahoo.ca 3/11 LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 9/11 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 Start to Finish, Reining/Cowhorses, Clinics/Lessons, Sale Horses. 5/11 RIVERSIDE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (Prince George) 250-612-4770 2/11 Developing Horses & Riders to their potential. www.riversideequestrian.com BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, www.fallingstarranch.ca Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 11/11

TRAINERS/COACHES GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horsemen (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 2/11 4/11

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TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 11/11 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com TRANQUILLE FARMS (Lake Country) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. www.tranquillefarms.com 250-766-7180 9/11 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. www.mwsporthorses.com 6/11 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 4/11 TRANSPORT/HAULING HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured. www.hoovesnhounds.com 6/11

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DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 4/11 JACOBSON VET SERVICES (Serving Kelowna & Area) 250-862-3435 Dr. Teresa Jacobson, Dr. Deanna Jenner 11/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 6/11 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 2/11 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 10/11 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES (Shuswap/North OK) 10/11 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 9/11 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 4/11 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation .. Ki d s.

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Stallions and Breeders WWW.APPALOOSACENTRE.COM “Appaloosas for today and the future.” appaloosacentre@telus.net 250-963-9779 Ranch. 2/11

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 10/11 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano

DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 www.canadianhorse.info 6/11

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, www.freewebs.com/saltyolejackk 4/11

FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com

STARMYRIAPPALOOSAS.CA (Edson, AB) 780-723-7899 8/11 Stallion Service, Indian Shufflers, Stock for Sale, CHA Instructor


GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 7/11 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH, www.greengablesmorganfarm.com Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: info@toltaway.com or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 6/11 www.toltaway.com • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 11/11 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 3/11 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, www.irishcreekranch.com

WARREN CREEK RANCH (Falkland) 250-275-2717 or 250-379-2128 4/11 SS: Parr for Jack, AQHA. Prospects for sale. Training/Lessons avail. jenn_wcr@telus.net

MURRAY CREEK RANCH (Langley, BC) 604-807-5519 5/11 SS: APHA & AQHA, www.murraycreekranch.com

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Brooks, AB) 403-752-0063 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com 3/11

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 Offspring available by: Goldun Poco Mr Matt, AQHA/NFQH 97%, LBJ Sierras Blue Te, AQHA Blue Roan 7/11

Hortons Triple Skip

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 10/11 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. www.peeblesranch.ca or papeebles@gmail.com

1997 AQHA/APHA 16 HH Palomino Red Dun Gene

WWW.RADICALFRENCHGOLD.COM 2004 AQHA Perlino Stallion, APHA listed WFQHA. $850 stud fee, Money Earner, LTD book. LCFG. 604-823-4666 2/11

#1 Running Bloodlines. Beautiful movement for Dressage. Extremely athletic with a to-die-for temperament.


Have it all for only $500 AQHA/APHA or $350 for all other breeds. LFG.

2 line listing $175. per year Boxed listing $350. per year 1/9 page display ad $70 b/w or $140. colour

Standing for 2011 at: Pegasus Riding, Westbank, BC. Owned by Whoa & Go Quarter Horses Contact Danielle, 250-768-9658 or April, 250-551-4739 For more info visit:

www.whoaandgoquarterhorses.com or www.pegasusriding.com 5/11

BOOK NOW - RATES GOING UP IN 2011 2004 AQHA A Perlino Stallion



1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

15.3HH APHA Stallion 2010 Fee: $500

If you are looking for Colour, Temperament and Athletic Ability.. come meet our main man. We’d love to introduce you. Money Earner 2010 FEE: $850

604-823-4666, wendy49@shaw.ca


Salty Ole Jack

Little Peppe p Leo


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• Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG

Irish Creek Ranch, Vernon, BC 250-542-7228

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2010 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Visit us at


Glen Black 3/11

Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 www.freewebs.com/saltyolejack • oldsaltyjack@yahoo.ca



On The Market

HALF PRICE SALE Quality, well-bred CURLIES in all sizes, ages and stages of training. Just

RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A CANADIAN BRED AKHAL TEKE Al Kasam is a 3-month-old athletic colt with excellent bone, long sloping shoulder and hip, great feet and quiet, yet inquisitive temperament. Qualified buyer must be a competitive rider. Further details at www.lonelarch.com

“TM HOLLYWOOD SMARTY” 2010 Colt by Smart and Lucky Lena x Chexy In Hollywood. This colt goes back to Smart Little Lena and King Fritz on the top side and Hollywood Dun It, Doc O Lena, King Fritz and Reminic on the bottom side. Some of the best breeding around for $1,500. 250-747-2156 (Quesnel)

Jaz Poco Silverado

Offspring for Sale

AQHA/NFQH 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, 3rd Open Reining Archa 2003 Grandson of Little Steeldust


Excellent Reining/Working Cow Horse prospect; this colt has Smart Little Lena, Super James and Dry Doc on his papers. “Cortez” has the breeding and conformation to take you to the Winner’s circle. $1,500. 250-747-2156 (Quesnel)


Aw Poco Durango

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines.


$60. Colour (plus tax)

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

By Mister Dual Pep out of Playgirls Miss Cross. Full sister to Playgirls Miss Grace +$80,000 winner. Very athletic, super cowy. Professionally trained. ROM with points earned in Reining, Cowhorse and Cutting. NRCHA money earner. Winner of multiple year end awards. Contact Sue Sultze at 360-661-5026 or www.ssqhorses.com

This colt is an awesome Barrel horse prospect. He should top out around 15.3HH and is built and bred to run. His breeding goes back to Dash For Cash, Beduino and Whiz Rocket. $1,500. 250-747-2156 (Quesnel)


AQHA/NFQH 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AQHA Rom Reining

AQHA/NFQH 96% Red Dun, Herda N/N Son Of Jaz Poco Silverado, Grandson of Little Steel Dust and Goldun Poco Mr Matt

too many horses and this is your chance to get in on the incredible Curls! Curly horses are hypoallergenic and also wonderful all around horses. www.curlystandardplace.com E-mail: sm.white@shaw.ca Contact 250-486-6773


Old Baldy Ranch

Sired By:


Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca


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2006 FEATHERLIGHT LQ 12’ s/w 3 horse trailer, electric jacks, large awning, queen size bed, large fridge and freezer, 3-burner stove with oven, microwave, ac, lots more extras. Kept under cover, hardly used, excellent condition. $44,000 obo 250-295-6458 (Huffys Auto) ask for Ken; or after 6 pm 250-295-7320 (Princeton)

www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 7/11

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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket.com (Innisfail, AB) 11/11

Affordable Barns We don’t give estimates we give you the price! Comes complete with:

Standard Size 36’ x 24’


EZFlex Cookies and EZTreats ™

4 - 12’ x 12’ Wood Lined Box Stalls 12’ Wide Center Alley 6’ Easy Glide Exterior Door Coloured Metal Siding Sliding Stall Doors

JOINT CARE FOR YOUR HORSE Glucosamine MSN Chondroitin

$17,995. plus delivery Larger Sizes Available

1-866-500-2276 • www.affordablebarns.com


Also Offering Barns Suitable for Mini Horses


T.C. Williams 250-762-0554 cell: 250-212-1158



Quality Interior 75-80 lb Tight Square Bales No Rain, No Mold, No Waste, No Disappointment $8.50 - 9.00 per bale Grapple available to load

PERKA BUILDINGS www.perka.com

Clapperton Ranch


7620 Hwy 8


Off Hwy 1 near Spences Bridge, BC 12/10



HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 2/11


• Sturdy & Durable & Affordable • Only 10 lbs., Rack & saddle is easily carried • Innovative design fits all saddles • Storage space • Designed to aerate your saddle & pad

FREE 9-year-old Sorrel Arab x Gelding 14.1HH. UTD on shots, farrier and de-worming. Auction rescue, great companion or light riding kid’s pony. Needs experienced horse owner as he has an old injury. 250-838-9930 (Enderby) FREE HORSE MANURE and lots of it. Great for fields and gardens. You load. North Armstrong. 250-546-9922


13-YEAR-OLD QH/BELGIAN X GELDING. 16.2HH Sorrel. Very easy keeper! Vet references required. 250-215-0144

CLASSIFIED AD RATE 25 words = $25.00

plus tax

Addt’l words .50¢ each plus tax

Distributors Welcome 11/10

250-390-0835 Vern & Karen Mann ORDER ONLINE: www.saddleracks.ca

Next ad Deadline: NOVEMber 15

BLOCK AD RATE $50.00 black & white $100.00 colour plus tax

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Shop & Swap! BOARDING


Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


L & L Quarter Horses Horse Boarding in Vernon

QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

• Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Round Pen • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers

Boarding - Training - Lessons * Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)




Horse Boarding, North Okanagan – Reputable horse hauling service available – Walk-out stalls – Paddocks with/without run-in shelter – 100x130 outdoor riding arena – Two to three feedings daily – Daily turnout into our 8 acre hay field during winter months – Access to area Crown land – Certified Trainer on-site – Training available for young horses

Armstrong, BC

Indoor Arena 100 x 200 outdoor ring Spacious paddocks and shelters Easy access to trails Warm, hospitable atmosphere for horse and rider 30 Years experience raising, breeding & handling horses

Call 250-545-1082 after 5:30 pm for more info Coldstream, BC 2/11


For more information 250-546-6004 2/11


L h &S Leather Stitches i h Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles

WANTED USED TACK Shelters for cattle, calves, horses etc. or for storage Single or double shelters (or more panels to add on) Pick-up panels or delivered on site Different designs and finishes available

BUY SELL & TRADE Deep Creek General Store 0

The Leather Lady


Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 11/10

www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock

Rails to Rafters Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl GST)

Pole Buildings * Barns * Shelters * Indoor & Outdoor Arenas * Restoration & Repair * Bobcat 25 years experience ~ free estimates Serving the North Okanagan from the ground up. 12/10 10/11

SCOTT ROSS 250-547-2447

Specializing in timber frame Barns, Hay Sheds, Pole Barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas


1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC www.swisscarpentry.com 250-547-6616

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