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SEPTEMBER 2008 Vol. 39, Issue No. 3 ISSN: 1209-3955 Price $3.00

Silver Medal for Canadian

Show Jumping Team

Hong Kong, China—The

Canadian Show Jumping

Team claimed the Silver

Medal on Monday, August

18, at the Olympic Games.

Equestrian events are being

held at the Shatin equestrian

venue in Hong Kong,


Forty years after it

last won a team medal,

gold at the 1968 Olympic

Games in Mexico City, the

Canadian Show Jumping

Team once again stood on

the podium. Mac Cone of

King City, ON, Jill Henselwood

of Oxford Mills, ON,

Eric Lamaze of

Schomberg, ON, and Ian

Millar of Perth, ON, completed

the Team Final with

a total score of 20 faults, as

did the United States, to

force a jump-off for the

Gold Medal.

In the jump-off, all

three American riders post-

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The Canadian Show Jumping Team won the Olympic Silver Medal. From left to right: Mac Cone, Ian Millar,

Eric Lamaze and Jill Henselwood.” Photo Credit - Cealy Tetley,

Canada’s Eric Lamaze Claims Olympic

Gold Medal in Show Jumping

Hong Kong, China – Eric Lamaze, 40, of Schomberg,

ON, won the Individual Gold Medal on Thursday,

August 21, at the Sha Tin equestrian venue in Hong

Kong, China.

Lamaze riding Hickstead and Rolf-Goran Bengtsson

riding Ninja were the only two riders to jump clear

over the two rounds comprising the Individual Final to

force a jump-off for the Individual Gold Medal. Over

the shortened jump-off track, Bengtsson had the final

fence down and completed the course in 38.39 seconds.

Lamaze also took 38.39 seconds to complete

the course, but left all the rails in place to claim the

Gold Medal. A seven-horse jump-off was also necessary

to determine the Individual Bronze Medal with

Beezie Madden of the United States emerging the winner

riding Authentic.

Canadian flags waved throughout the crowd of

18,000 spectators as Lamaze made history by becoming

the first Canadian equestrian athlete to claim an

Individual Gold Medal. Michel Vaillancourt is the

only other Canadian equestrian athlete to win an Individual

Medal, silver in show jumping, at the 1976

Montreal Olympics.

“He felt really good in the first round, and was

still fresh in the second round,” said Lamaze of his

Continued on Page 3

“Eric Lamaze celebrates his Individual Gold Medal

in show jumping at the 2008 Olympic Games

in Hong Kong, China.”

Photo by Cealy Tetley,

Ashley Holzer places

14th at Olympics

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Inspiring Young Riders. See page 49






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Mike Cottenden........................4 OCTRA News ........................28

Remembering ...........................4 AQHA YWC News................29

Ajax Downs..............................5 OQHA News ..........................30

Fitness.......................................6 Area 3 News...........................31

Competitive Trail .....................7 EOQHA News........................32

Equine Guelph..........................7 QROOI News .........................33

WHAO News ...........................8 Cowboy/Girl for a Day...........34

Equine Canada..........................9 McGrimmon Stables ..............34

Way Of Horses.......................10 Diane Creech..........................38

OBRA News...........................13 BMO Nation’s Cup ................41

OEF Conference.....................14 OnTRA News.........................42

ORC Notice............................14 Christine Walsh......................43

ORHA News ..........................15 R.E.A.C.H. .............................44

Pony Express..........................16 Carino Passes Away...............44

ORCHA News........................16 Sunrise Therapeutic................44

ASHA.....................................16 Don Blazer..............................45

Partners In Process .................17 Marquest World Cup..............46

Rawhide Rodeo ......................18 Minis at the CNE....................47

Dodge Rodeo..........................18 CANTRAC.............................48

2nd Annual Al’s Ride.............19 Inspiring Young Riders ..........49

NBHAC News........................22 Hugh Graham .........................52

OHSRA News ........................24 The Carriage Driver ...............54

Lindsay Grice .........................25 Equus 3D................................55

OTRA News ..........................26 Classifieds ..............................56

OAHA News ..........................27 Directories.........................58-63

GFHC .....................................27 Real Estate..............................64

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horse, Hickstead, a 12-year-old

Dutch Warmblood stallion owned

by Torrey Pines Stables and Ashland

Stables. “He is a careful horse

and when you need to leave the rails

up, you can count on him. He

makes my job easy. It is an honour.”

In reference to not competing

at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic

Games, Lamaze said, “Hopefully I

will speak about this for the last

time. You can’t come back in the

sport without great support from

your friends, family and owners, and

they supported me and made it

impossible for me not to try. The

past is the past. If this doesn’t make

people forgive and stop talking

about it, I don’t know what will.”

“This is a triumphant moment

for Canada and for Canadian equestrians.

Eric’s individual Olympic

gold medal is a first for our country,”

remarked Akaash Maharaj,

Equine Canada CEO. “When added

to our team jumping silver, it makes

the 2008 summer games our most

successful in more than 100 years of

Olympic history. With our Para-

Equestrian team set to take to the

field in two weeks, we are not finished

making history. We are

immensely proud of all our riders

and horses.”

Following its Silver Medal victory

on Monday night, Canada qualified

three riders for the Individual

Final. Lamaze, Jill Henselwood, 45,

of Oxford Mills, ON, and Ian Millar,

61, of Perth, ON, were all among the

top 35 riders in the individual standings

to qualify to compete on Thursday

night. The fourth team member,

Mac Cone of King City, ON, was

not able to compete in the second

round of the Team Final due to an

injury to his horse, Ole, making him

ineligible for the Individual Final.

The Canadian Show Jumping Team

was under the guidance of chef

d’equipe Terrance ‘Torchy’ Millar

of Hillsburgh, ON.

In the first round of the Individual

Final, Lamaze and Hickstead

posted one of 10 clear rounds to tie

for first place and guarantee their

starting spot in the second round

which consisted of the top 20 athletes,

including ties, bringing the

total to 22. Henselwood and Special

Ed incurred four faults, to tie for

11th position and advance to the

second round where they retired to

end their Olympic debut in 22nd

place. Placing 23rd, Millar did not

make the cut for the second round

after he and In Style had eight faults

in the opening round of competition.

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Continued from Page 1.

ed clear rounds while Canada had to

count a four fault score from Henselwood,

giving the United States the

Team Gold and Canada the Team Silver.

Norway earned the Team

Bronze with a score of 27 faults.

Canada came into the second

round of the Team Final on Monday

tied for fourth place with 16 faults.

Unfortunately, Cone’s horse, Ole,

was not fit to compete, meaning that

Canada had to count all three scores

from Henselwood, Lamaze and Millar.

Henselwood, 45, and Special Ed,

a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding

owned by Juniper Farms, opened

strong for Canada by delivering a

clear round.

“He gives an extraordinary

amount of effort,” said Henselwood,

who is making her Olympic debut.

“We had the pressure of a three-man

squad and also of wearing the flag,

but we also had all the support from

our Canadian fans as well.”

Lamaze, 40, was the next Canadian

into the stadium and had an

uncharacteristic four faults with

Hickstead, a 12-year-old Dutch

Warmblood stallion owned by Torrey

Pines Stables and Ashland Stables.

However, Millar kept the Canadian

score to a minimum when he delivered

a clear round riding In Style, a

13-year-old Holsteiner gelding

owned by Susan Grange of Lothlorien

Farm. His performance guaranteed

a Team Medal for Canada.

“I’ve been riding on the team

for39 years and a lot of good things

have happened, but the Olympics

have never quite gone my way,” recounted

Millar, 61, who is making a recordtying

ninth Olympic appearance. “This is

remarkable for me. I can’t say enough

about our great team and horses, and our

chef d’equipe Torchy Millar, and all the

people in Canada who are behind us. We

had great synergy.”

The top 35 riders in the individual

rankings move forward to Thursday’s

Individual Final. Lamaze, Millar and

Henselwood all made the cut. Lamaze

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was tied for second place with four faults,

Millar was tied for eighth with eight faults

and Henselwood was ranked 26th with 19

faults. All riders start from zero in the

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Driving home from work at the

Grey Simcoe Armory in Owen Sound,

on Saturday night, August 9th, Mike

Cottenden was broadsided by a car

running a stop sign. The news of his

sudden death stunned everyone

because Mike had seemed to live such

a charmed life.

Graduating from university with

an Engineering degree, Mike had chosen

to join the militia as well as

becoming a lumberjack by trade. A

robust and flamboyant personality living

life to its fullest, Mike frequently

appeared as a cross between Errol

Flynn, John Wayne and perhaps one of

the last true red necks and was a “legend

in his own time”.

Typical of Mike was a time when

an accident with a tree he was felling

pinned him to the ground with a broken

leg. Alone he managed to use his

chainsaw to cut himself free and then

rode his ATV out of the woods to get

to a hospital. A few weeks later he

appeared at an OCTRA ride with a

cane, a limp and his habitual huge grin.

Serving in the Canadian military

with the Grey and Simcoe Foresters

for 36 years, Mike chose to volunteer

for a year’s tour of duty in

Afghanistan. A veteran of the battle of

Panjwai he managed to return

unscathed to his anxious friends and

loved ones.

Last October he amazingly survived

a horrendous fall from a tree he

was trimming. Airlifted to Sunnybrook,

it was questionable if he could

survive the multiple broken vertebrae,

broken ribs, punctured lung and liver.

Again, everyone held their collective

breath and waited, but after several

surgeries, including putting metal pins

in his back he was released. Why was

anyone surprised to see Mike push

himself through an amazingly short

From Our Founder


September 1974

Leslie and Ken Bursaw of Dunnville,

Ontario acquired a new Appaloosa

stallion, High Bar a $25,000 stallion

arrived in Dunnville from Hemet California

a journey of 2,800 miles.

The lowest of life forms struck at a

yearling Pinto colt in Canfield, Ontario.

He was the third horse mutilated. A corrosive

was sprayed in the horses eyes....

the animal suffered sever burns and had

to be put down. A prized stallion was

abducted and was found castrated. Earlier

in the year another prized stallion was

found partially castrated. All these mutilations

occurred within 2 miles of each


Almost 600 entries were recorded in

the OQHA Breeders’ Futurity which was

held at Chinguacousy Country Club on

September 7th.

The Huron Trail Riders Saddle Club

held their annual western horse show and

boasted 127 entries.

Injuries to members of the White

period of rehab and return to work as

usual – that was the way Mike was.

Beloved by everyone for his hard

work and generosity and his hilarious

sense of humour - Mike was a born

comedian who turned every award ceremonies

into a side-splitting “roast”.

An excellent trail master, Mike was

known for his enormous amount of

bush wacking and trail clearing - never

far from his ATV, he always made certain

the event ran smoothly including

dashing out to put up extra glow sticks

to make it easier for riders finishing in

the dark.

Well marked and easy to follow,

Mike’s courses always included his

personality touches that added so much

fun to the ride. It might be pie plates at

intervals giving parts of a continuing

rhyme such as “there…once…was…a

horse… from…Nantucket…”, or there

could be stuffed animals to retrieve

and bring back to base to earn a prize.

And his beloved signs next a creek

saying “pull string for service” and

yes, on the end of the string would be a

cold beer.

Never a person to do anything

half way, in the beginning Mike’s idea

of a shot-gun start for an endurance

ride really meant using a shotgun.

Until Nancy put her foot down, on

more than one occasion when Mike

was entered in the same competition

he managed to both fire the shotgun to

start the riders, and to leap onto his

own horse.

Another endearing trait of Mike’s

was seeing how much he adored

Nancy, his loving partner and best

buddy for some 30 years. As Mike

talked about Nancy you would see the

grin spread, his eyes would sparkle and

his chest swell with pride, and not just

because she was perhaps the only person

who could keep him in line. One

Oak Western Saddle Club

involved Terry Buchanan

received injuries at the club’s

show as did Roy Diceman’s


Dr. and Mrs. Lamping of

Pembroke, Ontario purchased a

sorrel gelding, Poco Playboy 65

from Bruce and Judy Wilson of


Jim Evan’s was recovering

from injuries received when his

tractor trailer was in collision

with a DHO dump truck.

Jim Bieser was also recovering

from wrist surgery.

The Bullock brothers, Reg

and Hank auctioned off all their

assets from their garden business.

The plan was to retire.

Shelley Wakefield was

injured in a barrel race at the

Lindsay Rodeo she was operated

on at the hospital for a ruptured


The Western Rider / Canadian

Quarter Horse Journal had a

booth at the first AQHA World

Championship at Louisville,

of the many qualities about Nancy that

made Mike and everyone else love her

so much was demonstrated at this difficult

time by her simple – that instead

of flowers – everyone do a random act

of kindness in Mike’s memory.

A tribute to the impact this wonderful

couple has had on everyone who

has ever known them was demonstrated

by over 600 people who filled the

armory in support of Nancy and to say

goodbye to Mike. A military funeral –

his casket was piped into the building

to the heartbreaking tune of “Bring

him home”. In the hushed moments of

silence there was hardly a dry eye in

the place.

Concluding the service was a

quote from the end of an article Mike

had written outlining how he learned

to apply some of the same skills he

used training horses to his own personal

training and conditioning program in


The Maple Valley School of

Horsemanship held the Ontario Three

Day Event with over 100 entries.

It was a very exciting time for The

Rider. We just moved into our new

office at 487 Book Rd. West, Ancaster.



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Legion of


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preparation for combat in Afghanistan.

He called it “The Steady State”

“One last point to ponder – you

and your horse are out on a 100 mile

ride on a moonlit night at 0 dark hundred

– your horse has stopped sweating,

his breathing is even, his hoof

beats are in steady rhythm upon the

hard pack.

You and he are as one – it is an

awesome experience – somewhat comparable

to looking up after jumping

from a C130 aircraft and seeing your

canopy billowing out above you.

I call it the “steady state” –

regardless of what has happened or

will happen, all is good at that point in


Mike Cottenden – AERC 4760 miles,

OCTRA 2574 miles.

June 8, 1955 – August 10, 2008

The Rider became the official news

outlet for several clubs. Ancaster Saddle

Club, Silver Spur Saddle Club, Trail

Blazers Club, The Plainsmen Western

Saddle Club.... clubs were coming on

board at a record pace. In fact 37 clubs

were submitting newsletters.

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Horsepeople Celebrate New Era at Ajax Downs!

New Track Heralds Wealth of Opportunities For Quarter Horse Industry

Toronto, ON - Racing fans, horsepeople, invited

dignitaries, politicians and media will participate

in a day of festivities at Ajax Downs on Sunday,

September 21st to celebrate the dawn of a prosperous

new era for Quarter Horse racing in

Ontario. September 21st will be the last day of

racing on the Downs’ 40-year-old J-shaped

track. Currently under construction, a five-furlong

oval racetrack will be the new stage for

Quarter Horse racing in Ontario when the 2009

season begins next May. Another auspicious sign

of the times is the marquee event on the September

21st season-closing card – the $100,000+ G3

Alex Picov Championship Stake, the first-ever

graded stake offered for Quarter Horses in


The new racetrack at Ajax Downs is just

one of many avenues of growth opening up for

the Quarter Horse racing and breeding community

in Ontario, resulting from the Slots at Racetracks

Program The Slots program kick-started

Quarter Horse racing’s development in 2006

with the installation of 250 slot machines at Ajax

Downs. While 80% of the slots revenue goes

directly to provincial coffers, the remainder is

being used to grow the Ontario Quarter Horse

racing industry through a carefully crafted strategy

outlined in the Ontario Quarter Horse Racing

Industry Development Plan. The Plan’s multiyear

strategy calls for steadily increasing purses,

a rich reward program for Ontario breeders and

owners, infrastructure development to grow the

wagering base, as well as education programs to

supply the skilled staff required for the production

and maintenance of high quality racehorses

and breeding stock.

The program is offering financial rewards

for owners and breeders at a level we’ve never

seen before, and they’re growing every year,”

said Bob Broadstock, President of the QROOI

(Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc.) “With

awards for Ontario-sired, Ontario-bred and

Ontario-sired-and bred horses, on top of the

purses, there’s no doubt we’ll see an increase in

both the quantity and quality of the breeding and

racing stock in the province.”

Ontario breeders and owners who currently

specialize in racing Quarter Horses are already

reaping rewards. Purses, racing bonuses and

breeders’ awards have more than doubled since

2006 to $4.2 million and are slated for continued

growth year-over-year, in line with growth in

industry participation. By 2013, purses and

incentives will top $10 million annually, with the

total program value exceeding $14 million.

Opportunities abound for those looking to

invest. More racehorses are required to fill larger

fields on an increasing number of race days.

There is a need for licensed public trainers to

support new owners who are anxious to get into

the game, and the demand for grooms, exercise

riders, jockeys and on-farm staff will continue to

grow as the owner and breeder base expands. As

there is no backstretch stabling at Ajax Downs,

there are opportunities for training centers in the

area – presenting business opportunities of a

larger scale. A venue for yearling sales is under

development for 2009.

Developed with considerable stakeholder

input, the Ontario Quarter Horse Racing Industry

Development Plan was built from the ground-up

with the aim of creating an economically viable

and sustainable industry that encourages and

supports long-term investment. The Plan incorporates

post-racing elements as well, such as a

Retired Horse Program and Quarter Horse Post-

Racing Buyers Incentive Program. Both of these

forward-thinking initiatives will stimulate and

benefit the Quarter Horse sport and recreation

markets in Ontario. The Plan also commits to

investment in equine research to benefit racehorse

health and welfare and the creation of educational

and support programs to help skilled

horsepeople develop careers in the industry.

The Ontario Quarter Horse racing community

has much to celebrate on September 21st.

Owners and breeders who have supported Quar-

ter Horse racing in the province for many years are finally seeing

their persistence rewarded. On a broader scale, new investment

and growth in any breed or discipline sector of the equine

community always benefits the industry as a whole. The good

fortune for Ontario Quarter Horse racing is good news for all

Ontarians involved in the business of horses.

For more information on the Ontario Quarter Horse Racing

Industry Development Plan, visit the Ontario Racing Commission

website at

For information on the Ontario Quarter Horse Racing

Industry Development Program, contact the Program Administrator

at: PH: 416-213-0520, FAX: 416-213-7827,

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at the old J-Track.

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By Heather Sansom, Owner, Equestrian Fitness Training

Last month’s article focused on

several stretches to help riders through

the show season. Flexibility is often

left little space, but serious athletes

integrate flexibility as a component in

their training as important as strength

and cardio-vascular segments of their


Because so much is going on at a

show and riders generally do not

spend adequate time stretching, I frequently

sponsor shows by offering

free facilitated stretch therapy service

at the show for the competitors.

The therapy is done on a massage

table while the client is fully clothed.

Breeches work really well for flexibility,

although I do have to remove

spurs so people don’t poke holes in

the massage table cushion. I usually

set up in a slightly quiet location for

privacy, within the vendor area so riders

can find me. I use PNF, or proprioceptive

neuromuscular facilitation

which is actually a form of flexibility

training used to increase range of

motion of the muscles and joints

being stretched.

Riders usually slide reluctantly

off the massage table feeling like jello

because unlike massage, the technique

engages ligaments and reduces tightness

in muscles, ligaments and joints.

Some riders have come back to tell

me they had their best ride, after the

stretch. Over time, the technique

actually helps improve your flexibility

and you can use PNF techniques in

your own stretching on your own.

I recently spent three days at the

National Capital Open show jumping

tournament stretching hunter and

jumper riders after and between their

events in the ring. It is always interesting

to note the consistently specific

demands each riding discipline places

on the body. Key problem areas were

neck/shoulders and back.

Tightness issues do not usually

arise as a direct result of one day’s

riding or competing. Actually, they reveal a

lot about the rider’s overall strength and balance,

and the previous several months of

training in preparation for the competition.

While at the competition site, the first priority

is to stretch out those tight areas, and communicate

some key stretches that the rider

can use effectively through their weekend.

However, it’s much better to treat causes

than symptoms, and taking your long term

athletic development seriously as a

hunter/jumper rider should include a program

for conditioning your back and shoulders,

apart from the time you spend on your horse.

Riders that do not take conditioning seriously,

suffer from back pains, shoulder strain,

repetitive strain, bursitis and other acute

strains and imbalances which have a direct

and negative impact on performance.

A common mistake my stretching clients

were making was to assume that since their

back was hurting, they must have a strong

back from riding which they had overstrained.

Actually, they had relatively weak

back muscles which were getting stretched

and strained by the grueling show day schedule,

and by tension in shoulders, biceps and

chest muscles, as they held to a two point

position over several courses of obstacles

through the day.

Best practice in sport conditioning is to

strengthen muscles you use ‘in game’, as

well as those you don’t use directly, in order

to achieve an overall balance in body

strength, and ability for self-carriage, stamina

and effective response ‘in game’. It is also

best practice in sport conditioning to train

muscles you use ‘in game’, in a full range of

motion rather than simply within the same

range you use ‘in game’. In most sports,

muscles are used within about 30% of their

full range of motion for specific actions related

to the sport. In riding, that range is even

shorter as most of the time the rider’s body is

held in a constant contraction, with ongoing

relatively small adjustments and flexions to

produce aids.

Muscles that are strengthened in full

range, have significantly more strength within

the smaller range used in the sport. Also,

muscles that are more fully developed store

my glycogen, which provides energy to the

entire body, increasing stamina. For example,

runners that train their upper body, actually

have more stamina than runners that

don’t because of the additional ‘storage

space’ for glycogen in the more developed

upper body muscle mass.

I found riders neglecting back and

shoulder strength, assuming that riding was

adequate for conditioning. In fact, the riding

was straining, but not strengthening the back.

Also, many riders are women, and the female

body is not designed for natural upper body

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mass. Female athletes in many sports have to spend

more time conditioning the upper body than male counterparts,

for this reason. Riding should be no exception,

particularly for women. However, regardless of gender

riders are not only managing their own body, but heavy

tack, hay bales and 1200lb animals.

For riding fences, a strong back and strong shoulders

permit self-carriage without strain, and also provide

for bracing against a hot horse, or negotiating a course

without relying on arm strength. Unlike dressage, the

two-point position inclines the body, reducing the effective

use of hips and thighs for bracing the body. This

Back Extension: Lie over an exercise ball or hay bale, and raise and lower your head and shoulders.

It is easier you’re your hands at your ears like a situp, and adds difficulty if you reach your arms out in front of you.

This exercise can be done without any help, but if you can hook your feet under something, or brace them on a

wall, you will be able to increase your range of motion. Another variation which works your middle back is to

perform the back extension with your arms out like an airplane

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Row: This exercise can be performed

in a bent over position

with dumbbells, at a weight

machine with a cable pull, or

using an exercise band around a

pole or post. Notice how the

shoulder blades squeeze together.

The goal is to work the rhomboids

which are between the shoulder

blades, not to pull the arms back

using the biceps. A common mistake

is to use the biceps. It can be

helpful to imagine bringing your

elbows past your back, and then

pinching them together. The most

common weakness I see is weak

rhomboids. Strong rhomboids

help maintain nice riding posture

with light hands, whether your

horse is a puller or not.

Lateral Raise: This exercise

can be done with dumbbells,

or an exercise band- or

water pails or any object

that will provide resistance.

Additional benefit can be

had by doing the exercise

standing with your legs

shoulder width apart, in a

two-point position. A common

mistake is to raise the

hands high- just bring them

level with your shoulders,

pause for a moment, and

slowly control their descent.

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places more demand on the upper and

middle back. When these are weak,

riders tend to scrunch their shoulders

up and feel very strained upper trapezius

(muscle between neck and shoulder),

combined with lower back pain.

A weak back and shoulder area

leaves a rider relying on hands to

‘hold’ the horse, and unable to maintain

self-carriage on landing, through

tricky obstacles or other technical situations

without gripping the horse’s


Three exercises you can use to

help strengthen your back and shoulders

are the row, back extensions, and

lateral raises or overhead presses for

the deltoids. To see progress, you

need to perform exercises for any

muscle at least twice a week, using at

least three sets per workout. The

weight you use depends on the number

of repetitions you are trying to achieve

per set. You should always feel like

you can barely squeeze out one more

by the time you are finishing your set.

For strength, a shorter set of 6-8

repetitions is appropriate. For

endurance, use 10-20 reps per set, and

adjust the resistance or weight load so

that you reach your capacity at the end

of the set. Rest the muscle by doing

something else with another part of

your body, then complete your next

set. Doing only one set burns calories.

Two sets starts to work the muscle.

Three-four sets is best for muscle

growth and developing stamina if you

are working out twice a week. Always

give at least 48 hours between strength

training workouts so that your muscles

have time to repair and build. It is a

myth that women should only use light

weights. For the purposes of developing

your stamina to last for hours over

several courses of fences, training with

3-4 sets of 15 repetitions would be a

good place to start. Because the sets

are endurance sets, women do not

need to worry about bulking up when

maximizing the weight load.


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Sundrie, AB - The Rocky Mountain Challenge 2008

Canadian Nationals saw over 170 entries from the United

States and Canada compete over five days at Red

Deer River Ranches west of Sundrie, AB in the sports of

endurance, competitive trail and ride n’ tie.

Sunny and partly cloudy skies accompanied the

Open competitive trail riders over their two-day, 80-mile

bid to become Canadian Champions. The terrain offered

a challenging test including hard climbs, long flats, lots

of technical riding, plenty of water, and some bog.

Many seasoned competitors found the terrain and

the time frame challenging and had to push their limits

to achieve finishing times.

Both Gold and Silver medals were scooped up by

the two Alberta team entries which included three firsttime

Nationals contenders (Holly Tibble, Kandace

Krause and Christine Smith) and some talented veterans.

Gold Medal - Natasha French of Millarville, AB on

Savannah, Cathy Kolesar of Coutts, AB aboard Classical

Dancer and Holly Tibble of St. Albert, AB riding King


Silver Medal - Linda Riley of Leslieville, AB riding

Kittasha, Kandace Krause of Canmore, AB riding

Jasmine and Christine Smith of Calgary, AB riding JV


Cathy Kolesar also earned the Individual bronze


Natasha French of Millarville, AB aside from capturing

the gold medal for Alberta, was also named the

Canadian silver individual medallist. French was caught

up in emotion during the presentations earning her first

team medal at her second Nationals appearance. Riding a

14.2 hh Arabian mare named Savannah, French was

happy with the results. “She did great! She’s just so consistent.

She definitely was fresh when we started. She

was definitely peaking for this ride. She’s just my little

energizer bunny.”

This was French’s second time to a National competition

representing Alberta. Her last appearance was in

2000 in Saskatchewan where she was a team alternate

riding an Arabian mare named Rosie.

French and Savannah have had a short but successful

career together. In 2007, they won Provincial Grand

Champion in their first open season together and were

pursuing a successful ride season leading up to Nationals.

“It was unbelievable. It didn’t even seem real. I’ve

had such a great season and it was such a great event.

I’m just in awe and amazed at the horse. It was certainly

a proud moment.”

Christine Smith of Calgary, AB nominated her

horse JV Prism, an eleven year-old Arabian gelding and

was selected to represent Alberta in her first season of

Open competition and only her second season in the

sport of competitive trail riding. A bit of a hard-luck

horse, she bought Prism three years ago from JV Ranch

in Coutts, AB after the ranch recovered the horse from

an abusive owner and rehabilitated him. Smith spent


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Alberta Gold and Silver in Competitive

Trail at Canadian Nationals

three years just gaining some trust and control over her

nervous mount and also nursed him back from a ripped

heel bulb, an injury that had Smith considering euthanasia.

After overcoming so many obstacles, yet one more

would be thrown in the path of this pair. “He had a bad

fall fifteen miles in on day two.” Attests Smith. “He lost

13 points from it. He skinned all his knees and his nose.

I wanted to quit and he wanted to keep going.”

And so they did and despite the unfortunate circumstance,

Smith’s results assisted the Alberta team in winning

the silver. “It was the best competition we’ve had, it

was just phenomenal. I’m so proud of him.”

“I was quite honored to be on the team.”

Smith was introduced to the sport of competitive

trail riding through Clay Gerow, the owner of the facility

where she boards her horse near Millarville, AB and a

local competitive trail rider, Leanna Marchant who she

credits a great deal to.

“I’m happy for Christine. She had done well this

year.” Attests Marchant who trains with Smith. “She

always rides that horse and looks after him like gold - if

she hadn’t fallen, she would have been in third overall.

She did awesome. She placed like I did two years ago.”

Says Marchant who offers perhaps a glimpse into

Smith’s future.

Marchant was on the 2006 silver medal Alberta

team placing fifth individually on her horse Samson’s

Fire. Now, at age nine, her horse has already produced

credible and consistent results including Provincial

Grand and Reserve Champion titles. Overcoming some

saddle fit issues this year may have influenced her horse

being passed over by the team vet and chef d’ equipe for

Alberta in the final team selections. “I was disappointed,

but I said I would win.” And she did.

Marchant rode as an individual and captured the

individual gold medal.

“I had only lost four points. Four points in two

days... That’s huge.” Says Marchant, beaming. Marchant

was equally as thrilled with Alberta’s gold and silver

medals even though she was not on the team. “Other

people got selected and we got gold and silver and that’s

huge. This way, others got acknowledged and I still got

acknowledged with Sam.”

“That was the hardest ride I’ve done since the

Alberta Equestrian Games in 2005.” Says Marchant who

has also competed in BC and Montana as well as her

homeland of Australia. Marchant’s lofty future goals

include planning to qualify in the 100-mile endurance to

represent Canada at the World Equestrian games Kentucky

two years from now. “He’s in his prime. We’ll see

if he can do it and if I can do it.” She says with a laugh.

“He’s not fast but he’s consistent.”

The Canadian Nationals are hosted every two years,

alternating between eastern and western Canada. The

Nationals also declared champions in endurance and ride

n’ tie with a total of eight events being hosted in the five

days of competition.

Equine Guelph Celebrates

5th Anniversary in Classic Style

Equine Guelph has set a date for its fifth birthday

party! On Tuesday, September 30, Equine Guelph will

host a Celebration of Partnerships dinner at Tralee Estate

near Caledon, Ontario. Over one hundred industry leaders

and partners will join together to celebrate the

accomplishments of Equine Guelph and discuss its plans

for the future.

Founded in 2003 at the University of Guelph,

Equine Guelph is the horse owners’ and care givers’

Centre at the University. It is a unique partnership dedicated

to the health and well-being of horses, supported

and overseen by equine industry groups.

In five short years, all facets of the equine industry

have come together – sitting around one table – to benefit

horses and the people who love and work with them,

from the child’s pony to the high-performance athlete

and every discipline in between. Equine Guelph has

become the epicentre for academia, industry and government

– for the good of the equine industry as a whole.

“We are dedicated,” says Gayle Ecker, Senior

Manager of Equine Guelph, “to improving the health

and well-being of horses by fostering the interrelated

areas of research, healthcare and education. Our successes

depend entirely on the enthusiastic involvement of all

sectors of the horse industry.”

Five-year industry partners are: E.P. Taylor

Research Fund, The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective

Association of Ontario, Ontario Equestrian Federation,

Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Ministry

of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario

Racing Commission, Ontario Veterinary College and the

University of Guelph. More recently, Standardbred

Canada and Equine Canada have joined the meeting


Ṫhe Celebration of Partnerships will recognize the

outstanding contribution of these collaborators on a

night to remember. The backdrop for the special evening

is the stunning 140-acre estate owned by Dr. Ray Cormack,

set in the Hills of Caledon. Plans for the event

include: networking, the unveiling of the special Equine

Guelph 5th Anniversary edition of Research Magazine, a

gourmet meal, and ‘mystery’ guests who will join each

table at appointed times throughout the evening. The

concluding program will celebrate and acknowledge the

partnerships that have made Equine Guelph possible.

“It is important to stop, reflect and celebrate five

years of partnerships and progress,” says Ecker. “We

want to say thank you in a very special way.”

Tickets are limited and available at a cost of

$175.00 through Equine Guelph (all proceeds go to

Equine Guelph) at 519.824.4120 ext. 54205 or



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I write this article with tired

eyes from a great weekend. In

true Trout Creek fashion, the

show was fantastic! Well, at

Corral Chatter

least it was for the performance

classes. On Saturday, the performance

classes ran and half

way through the games classes

the skies opened up and rained

down on us. The remaining

games classes were postponed

until Sunday as everyone took

shelter in their trailers. I was in


Becky Riley,

81 Lisbon Pines Dr.,

Cambridge, ON N1R 8A1

(519) 740-9015,

the showers and came out to find the

storm and met my mom, Kelly and

Joe in the horse shelter with the

horses. The rain was coming down

so hard that we had to yell to hear

each other. The horses didn’t care

one bit so long as they had their

faces buried in their hay! Once the

storm passed, we were able to get

on with enjoying the night. Joe

even proved the ladies wrong when

we said that he couldn’t light a fire

with wet wood!

Thank you to the Ransom family

and the Trout Creek Fair for

putting on another great show.

Also, congratulations to Penny Ransom

on the birth of her newest little

boy. Only 11 days after giving

birth, she was there with the new

addition helping out at the show.

That’s dedication!



Marsha Tarbutt,

664 Marshagen Rd,

Dunnville, ON N1A 2W2

(905) 774-7926,



Louise Harris,

RR #1, Wilsonville, ON N0E 1Y0

(519) 443-7080,


Notice - The Herb and Jean Towers

Annual Seniors Pleasure Class

has been cancelled this year

due to lack of participants.


(t) = tentative

• Saturday, August 23 - Trout Creek Fair WHAO Point Award Show

• Sunday, August 24 - Trout Creek Fair WHAO Point Award Show

• (t)Saturday, September 13 - Harriston-Minto Fair WHAO Point Award Show

• Saturday, September 20 - Ancaster Fair WHAO Point Award Show

• Sunday, October 12 - Norfolk County Fair WHAO Point Award Show

• Monday, October 13 - Burford Fair WHAO Point Award Show


I have had a report that there is

someone in Ontario who is claiming

to be a WHAO judge and judging at

shows. The only WHAO approved

judges are listed here in The Rider

or on our website. If you have any

questions as to whether the person

you are booking is a carded WHAO

judge, please do not hesitate to contact

one of the WHAO directors for

verification. We take a lot of pride

in our judging program and do not

want to get a bad name because of a

fraudulent judge.

For all of our judges, if you see

that some of your contact information

in The Rider or on the website

is incorrect, please contact me and I

will make the changes. Or, if you

move, please let us know. Otherwise,

people will be calling the

wrong phone number or sending an

email to the wrong address when

they’re trying to book you! We try

hard to make sure that all of the

information is correct, but sometimes

we’re wrong!


Strachan Edwards

2145 Haldimand Rd. 9,

York, ON

(519) 772-0477



This year’s general meeting and

awards will be held on Sunday,

November 9 from 1p-4p at the Brantford

Tourism Centre on Wayne Gretzky

Parkway in Brantford. This will

be a very important meeting to discuss

and approve the rulebook

changes as well as elect a new board

of directors. I know I’ve written this

before, but the number of people

willing to help out is dwindling very

fast. With only four of us keeping

things going in 2008, it has been very

exhausting. If we don’t have anyone

step up and join this committee, there

will not be any WHAO shows next

year. Please mark it in your calendar

to attend.

At the general meeting we will

also be drawing the winner in our

raffle for the drawing of your horse

by Sage Art by Joy. If you haven’t

purchased your tickets, please do so

before time runs out!


We’re down to the final four

shows of the year. Harriston-Minto

Fair on Saturday, September 13.

9am start, Bob Montgomery judging.

Ancaster Fall Fair on Saturday,

September 20. 9am start, Sue Robinson

judging. Norfolk County Fair

(Simcoe) on Sunday, October 12.

Brenda McTearnen judging. Burford

Fair on Monday, October 13. Pat

Brundage judging. You can get

more information from the WHAO

website at

It’s been a great year so far with

lots of new shows and even more on

the horizon. I hope to see many of

you at the next four shows!

Happy trails!


Mike Baker

1460 Blessington Rd,

RR 1, Corbyville, On


Pat Brundage

89 Main St. N.,

Princeton, ON N0J 1V0

(519) 458-1123

Joe Carter

R.R.#2, St. George, ON

N0E 1N0

(519) 448-1127

Melanie Gray

R.R.#4, Owen Sound, ON

N4K 5N6

(519) 372-2527

Email: Melodyacres@

Louise Harris

RR #1, Wilsonville, ON

N0E 1Y0

(519) 443-7080

Debbie Haughton

1524 LaCasse Rd.,

Clarence Creek, ON K0A 1N0

(613) 488-2300,


Barb Hughes

RR #1, Brownsville, ON

N0L 1C0

(519) 877-4312


Bruce Ionson

555 Secretariat Court,

Mississauga, ON L5S 2A5

(647) 209-2600

Shari Irwin

120 Fieldcrest Ave.,

Courtice, ON L1E 2Z1


e mail:

Esther Johnston

Box 46, 293 Cranberry Lake

Rd., Grafton, ON K0K 2G0

905-349-2681/373-9874 (Cell)


Shannon Ketcheson

1460 Blessington Rd.

RR#1, Corbyville, ON K0K 1V0


cell# 613-922-3222


Karen LaPlante

R.R. #1

Rutherglen ON P0H 2E0


Kelly Lehman

PO Box 128 Drumbo, ON

N0J 1G0. 519-463-9777,

cell: (519) 807-2660


Anne Marinacci

65 Swayze Court

Smithville, ON L0R 2A0


Janet McClure

RR #3, 14156 Ten Mile Rd.

Ilderton, ON N0M 2A0

(519) 666-2482


Brenda McTearnen

284 Whitmore Dr.

Waterloo, ON N2K 2N5

Work (519) 622-0574

Home (519) 884-4050

Paul Mitchell

15L 36 Hills Ave., R.R.#2,

Wainfleet, ON L0S 1V0

(905) 834-8598

Robert Montgomery

RR #3,

Vanessa, ON N0E 1V0

(As of June 1, 2008 for the year 2008)

(519) 443-7158

Sue Robinson


Kincardine, ON N2Z 2X4

(519) 396-8155


Tom Saul

4897 Shiloh Line, RR #1,

Petrolia, ON N0N 1R0

(519) 882-0958

James Simpson

376 Maltby Rd. E.,

Guelph, ON N1L 1G4

(519) 821-2425

Don Stauffer

RR #7, Orangeville, ON

L9W 2Z3

(519) 942-3999

Rick Storey

994 St. Paul’s St.

Peterborough, ON K9H 6J6

(705) 876-7303

e-mail: rick.storey@

Robyn Storey

120 Dudhope St.,

Cambridge, ON N1R 5S2

519-620-9015, 519-624-1592

Mike Tucker

RR #4, 1581 Maple St. N.

Fenwick, ON L0S 1C0

(905) 892-5610

John Ward


Harriston, ON N0G 1Z0

(519) 327-4541

e mail:


Scott Carmichael

411 Autumn Cres, Welland, On

L3C 7K1 - 905-687-3023


Troy Donaldson

RR1 Waterford, On N0E1Y0


Ann Marie Foster

1204 Parkinson Rd,

Woodstock, On N4S 7W3



Mike Rapley

331 Fourteenth St. W.

Simcoe, On - 519-426-2677


Penny Ransom

4013 Hwy 63,

North Bay, ON P1B 8G3


James Teed

1225 Smith Line, RR #3,

Sombra, ON

(519) 627-6520

email: dreamcreek@yahoo,com


Pat Carter

R.R.#2, St. George, ON

N0E 1N0

(519) 448-1127

Peter Emick

R.R.#8, Brantford, ON

N3T 5M1

(519) 647-3369

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Ottawa, ON—Equine Canada is pleased to

announce the launch of the new Jump

Canada website as part of the Equine Canada

web portal.

With easy navigation and an appealing

design, the new Jump Canada section of

the Equine Canada website enables users to

access all of Jump Canada’s initiatives

including programs, services, rider biographies

and coming events at in both

English and French.

Alternatively users can access the

new website from the Equine Canada

homepage,, by

selecting Disciplines and then Jumping.

“We are very excited to offer this

new portal to the Canadian hunter and


Equine Canada Launches New

Jump Canada Website

jumper communities,” noted Karen Hendry-

Ouellette, Equine Canada’s Manager Jumping.

“This useful, one-stop website, which

is now available in both official languages,

will serve all hunter and jumper riders,

owners and coaches in Canada.”

About Jump Canada

Jump Canada is the committee of

Equine Canada responsible for all hunter,

equitation and jumper activities in Canada

from the grass roots to the international

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T h e

rescue of a starving

horse is an

opportunity to

help a suffering


Most of us have

seen them –

standing at an

auction, in a pasture, in the back of someone’s

barn…and our hearts go out to them.

If you decide to take on the responsibility then

caution must be exercised. It is possible to kill a

horse with too much kindness - too quickly.

Consult a veterinarian, as the horse may have

special problems.

A horse with a body condition score (BCS) of

one is poor. The horse is emaciated with no sign of

body fat. The tops of the vertebrae (spinous processes),

ribs, tailhead, point of hip (tuber coxae), and the

point of the buttocks (ischii) project prominently.

The bone structure of the withers, shoulders, and neck

is easily seen.

A horse with a BCS of two is very thin - emaciated.

There is a slight covering of fat over the base of

the vertebrae. The broad flat lateral bones projecting

from the lumbar vertebrae (transverse processes) feel

rounded. Vertebrae, ribs, tailhead, points of hips,

and buttocks are prominent. The structure of the

withers, shoulders, and neck structure is faintly discernible.

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Here is a plan for rescuing a horse with a body

condition score of one or two.

Quarantine the horse for at least two weeks,

allowing diseases to appear and the results of the

Coggin’s test for EIA to arrive. It will also give you

time to kill any parasites such as lice.

The horse should gain enough strength during

this time so he can be introduced to other horses.

A pan containing disinfectant or a boot wash

should be outside the stall. Make sure you wash and

don’t use the same equipment on other horses. Disposable

boot covers may be an option.

With the aid of your veterinarian determine if the

horse is salvageable. If the horse is in intense pain,

has an incurable disease or injury; or is a danger to

itself or others, euthanasia may be the most humane


You will want to document the current condition

of the horse. Record the body condition score,

approximate weight, approximate based on teeth,

gender, vital signs, overall health and any characteristics

that stand out. Take photographs of the horse

from all angles.

Feeding The Starved Horses

The veterinarian should draw blood and conduct

a fecal flotation test for internal parasites. Blood tests

will determine underlying problems not discernible to

the eye. The fecal flotation test will give you an idea

of the worm burden.

If the horse has had no feed for 24 hours begin

offering frequent handfuls of good- quality hay at

least one time per hour. On the first day access to

hay should be limited for horses not used to consuming

hay at

will. If the

horse is used

to hay, more

can be

offered, but

monitor the

horse closely.

T h e

body of a


human or

animal starts

using stored

fat. When

the fat is


muscle tissue

is targeted.

Protein and electrolytes within the muscles become

totally depleted.

Sudden access to feed can cause death due to

failure of the heart, lungs and kidneys because of a

metabolic reaction the body cannot handle. This

usually occurs 3 – 5 days after the feeding begins.

Rich feed can also create digestive upsets leading

to colic, laminitis, diarrhea and death.

Introduce food to the starving horse very slowly.

Avoid grain, supplements and commercial concentrates

until the digestive system and organs have started

to recover.

Observation and common sense will help determine

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vital signs, observe the quality and amount of the

manure, make a note of general well-being and alertness.

Gradually increase the amount of hay being

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or forage may stretch over several days to a week…or

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Commercial senior concentrates (feeds) are the

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contain probiotics. Generally they are low in soluble


Research has determined concentrates can be

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September News

By Lisa Scarlett.

Youth Barrel Racing in Ontario Has Never Been

Richer! $1000 added OQHRIDP Youth Barrel Race

at Finals October 17-19, Waterford Ontario

Your OBRA executive in conjunction with

NBHA and ECBFA have been busy planning for our

most exciting Finals ever! Mark your calendars:

Entries are due September 25. Thanks to the generous

support of the Ontario Quarter Horse Racing

Industry Development Program, our youth competing

at our Finals are going to have a crack at their first

$1000 added barrel race!! The OQHRIDP (Ontario

Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program

is a partnership with the Quarter Horse Racing

Owners of Ontario, the Ontario Racing Commission

and Ajax Downs. Their goal is to build a strong sustainable

Quarter Horse racing sector in Ontario.

They’d like to wish all OBRA youth competitors

Good Luck & a Fast Horse!! With $6000 added to

the Finals Futurity, young horses will also have a big

slice of the pie.

OBRA has decided to award our Year End

Champions at the finals instead of at an awards banquet.

This decision was a difficult one, our shindig

has always been a blast but over the past 4 years no

matter the date, we’ve had the worst snowstorm of

the year the night of our banquet. Many of us recall

a blast of winter on the Big Nite and many of us

recall driving thru blinding showstorms to attend or

being stuck at home having purchased tickets. So

this year we shall award our booty (including 5 saddles,

a dandy collection of Gist buckles and bling

from Rocking K) during the Finals, after the final


Our thanks to the Robertson Family for hosting

the fantastic Erin Barrelrama, August 2

Congratulations to Dr Bob Folkard and Mark

the Jet who won the Sweeps. Laurie Fisher and Eyebeanickbar

had an awesome run to win the Limited

Open. Catlin Johnson’s marvelous Schools Dun was

untouchable in the poles.

The inauguaral Royal Run Ranch August 16 &

17 in Maidstone, Ontario was well attended by the

competitors and the local spectators. Thanks to Gerard

and Christine Bernauer for hosting this awesome

weekend. Congratulations to Lisa May who’s harddriving

Dash By You won the Sweeps. It was

thrilling to watch Sharp Dressed Oakie run under the

lights Saturday night and win the first go and the

average in the Futurity. This terrific gold stallion just

pins his ears, puts his head down and runs his heart

out for owner Amy Fotheringham of Seaforth,


OBRA is looking for a new Newsletter Editor

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2008 OBRA Show Schedule

Sept. 19 - Milton Fair, Contact Carol Robertson, 519-855-


Sept. 21 - Forest Fair, Contact Lisa Scarlett, 519-289-1937

Oct. 11 - Dorchester Fair, Contact Debby McMullen, 519-


Oct. 12 - Erin Fair, Contact Carol Robertson, 519-855-


Oct. 13 - Bridgen Fair, Contact Michelle Evanitski, 519-


Oct. 17, 18 & 19 - OBRA/NBHA Finals, Contact Joanne

McEcheran, 519-928-9828

Photos from the Royal Run Classic,

Maidstone, Ontario by Chris Heil.

Royal Run Ranch Barrel Classic

Class Name: Royal Sweeps Sat.

Class Type: 12 Number of Entries: 16 Entry Fee: $25.00

Added Money: $700.00 Entry Money: $400.00

Retained Money: $80.00 Total Purse: $1020.00

Rank/ Horse/ Rider/ Time/ KD/ Purse

1 Dash By You May,Lisa 16.388 0 316.20

2 Chicklet Seibert,Elaine 16.494 0 265.20

3 Justa Wee Dash Vonda,Blake 16.592 0 214.20

4 Mark The Jet Folkard,Bob 16.692 0 132.60

5 Bonky Maltby,Sarah 16.757 0 91.80

6 Kitty Merritt,Evan 16.817 0 .00

7 Super Power Jac Wilson,Melissa 16.830 0 .00

8 Rey's Jet Fire McCallum,Nancy 16.836 0 .00

9 Arbons Frenchman Tanguy,Arsene 16.982 0 .00

10 Fame to Flame Pendry,Jodi 17.030 0 .00

11 A Rey of Luck McCallum,Doug 17.046 0 .00

12 Lucks Nancy Star Crane,Dwayne 17.055 0 .00

13 Kitto Jett Damphouse,Jeff 17.067 0 .00

14 Bet On The Bug Longfield,Bonita 17.075 0 .00

15 School's Dun Johnston,Caitlin,1 17.227 0 .00

16 Justa Down Homer Vonda,Blake 21.593 1 .00

Average (inc. 0.300) = 17.159 A threshold (inc. 0.300) = 16.791

Class Name: Royal Limited Sat.

Class Type: 15 Number of Entries: 50 Entry Fee: $15.00

Added Money: $500.00 Entry Money: $750.00

Retained Money: $150.00 Total Purse: $1100.00

Rank/ Horse/ Rider/ Time/ KD/ Purse

1 Jolting Jake Hilton,Josh 16.567 0 247.50

2 Sharp Dressed Okie Fotheringham,Amy 16.687 0 192.50

3 Tie The Cash Kersey,Brian 16.954 0 148.50

4 Carol Chick Dancer Seibert,Armin 17.186 0 126.50

5 Moa's Little Hero Swartz,Murray 17.201 0 104.50

6 Tyin The Wind Ross,Mikayla 17.213 0 93.50

7 Playboy Carroll,Jessica 17.283 0 77.00

8 Tass's Can Jamer DiPietro,Lynda 17.406 0 .00

9 George Armstrong,Karen 17.419 0 .00

10 Go Jenny Dream Brodhagen,Joe 17.473 0 .00

11 Eye R Aluck Mathieu,Richard 17.478 0 .00

12 Drive On Tass Smart,Jessie 17.490 0 .00

13 DL Smoke Show Sheppard-Grigg,Traci 17.526 0 .00

14 QT Poco Vittoro Ford,Annett 17.563 0 .00

Second Division

1 Breanna's Wish Kersey,Kelly 17.700 0 55.00

2 Doc's Dynamic Dude Nickolson,Al 17.700 0 33.00

3 Sweet On Jazz TenHove,Marg 17.720 0 22.00

4 Bit of Tass Johnston,Dave 17.746 0 .00

5 Ebony Folkard,Bob 17.823 0 .00

6 I'm Dodging The Blues Vyse,Justine 17.832 0 .00

7 Wranglers Tass Sabila,Kevin 17.851 0 .00

8 Shut Down Shyanne Smith,John 17.858 0 .00

9 Skip To Glow Labadie,Kyle 17.902 0 .00

10 Jets Tiny Star Fotheringham,Bill 17.917 0 .00

11 Positive Effort Wilson,James 17.944 0 .00

12 Bullseye Garant,Roland 17.983 0 .00

13 Fire N Win Heffernan,Dean 18.007 0 .00

14 Healey Falls Amigo Vandenberg,Brittany 18.018 0 .00

15 Jamma Nickolson,Shannon 18.133 0 .00

16 Strike N Cash Dubois,Art 18.172 0 .00

17 Lucks Miss Fancys Skip Parker,Paige 18.191 0 .00

18 Duke Adams,Kristyn 18.599 0 .00

19 Run N Win Annett,Louise 18.650 0 .00

20 Whata Big Brother Ceresato,Brenda 18.674 0 .00

21 Eyes Pretty Cute Bernauer,Gerard 18.772 0 .00

22 Leo Chartier,Amanda 18.928 0 .00

23 Moon Sabila,Kevin 19.262 0 .00

24 Blast of Lib Wilkins,Sarah 19.684 0 .00

25 Millennium Oreo Tofflemire,Tammy 20.581 0 .00

26 Caraways Native Twist Herriman,Trish 21.873 1 .00

27 Flames Finale Swatuk,Amber 22.025 1 .00

28 Dash For Doctor Sutherland,Glenn 22.286 1 .00

29 Annie Hilton,Kevin 23.060 1 .00

30 Bugs Mckay Burgess,Linda 24.992 1 .00

31 Eddie Gallant McMullen,Debby 25.042 0 .00

32 Mc Tuff Mumma Dygos,Troy 25.499 1 .00

33 Runner Chartier,Amanda 34.327 0 .00

34 Perks Bernauer,Christine Disqua

35 First to Smash Carroll,Jessica Disqua

36 Bonky Maltby,Sarah Disqua

37 RG Grande Scarlett,Lisa No-Show

Class Name: 2-D Poles Saturday

Class Type: 14 Number of Entries: 34 Entry Fee: $20.00

Added Money: $500.00 Entry Money: $680.00

Retained Money: $136.00 Total Purse: $1044.00

Rank/ Horse/ Rider/ Time/ KD/ Purse

1 Dash For Doctor Sutherland,Glenn 21.814 0 250.56

2 Eye R Aluck Mathieu,Richard 21.893 0 208.80

3 Go Jenny Dream Brodhagen,Joe 22.213 0 167.04

4 Mark The Jet Folkard,Bob 22.408 0 125.28

5 She's Melissa's Girl Johnston,Brody 22.430 0 83.52

6 Bonky Maltby,Sarah 22.787 0 .00

7 Doc's Dynamic Dude Nickolson,Al 22.908 0 .00

8 Bet On The Bug Longfield,Bonita 22.993 0 .00

9 I'm Dodging The Blues Vyse,Justine 23.020 0 .00

10 Sweet On Jazz TenHove,Marg 23.081 0 .00

11 Millennium Oreo Tofflemire,Holly 23.547 0 .00

Second Division

1 Leo Chartier,Amanda 23.993 0 62.64

2 Whata Big Brother Ceresato,Brenda 24.256 0 52.20

3 Bit of Tass Johnston,Dave 24.641 0 41.76

4 Fire N Flight Heffernan,Liz 25.389 0 31.32

5 DL Smoke Show Sheppard-Grigg,Traci 26.120 0 20.88

6 Moa's Devine Dreamer Tofflemire,Eric 30.362 0 .00

7 Lucks Nancy Star Crane,Dwayne 31.751 2 .00

8 Tie The Cash Kersey,Brian 32.605 2 .00

9 Jamma Nickolson,Shannon 34.592 2 .00

10 Healey Falls Amigo Vandenberg,Brittany 35.300 2 .00

11 Tasmanion Fox Prior,Becka 37.757 2 .00

12 Tyin The Wind Ross,Mikayla 40.601 2 .00

13 Rey's Jet Fire McCallum,Doug 41.938 4 .00

14 George Armstrong,Karen 42.298 4 .00

15 Fire N Win Heffernan,Dean Disqua

16 Run N Win Annett,Louise Disqua

17 Strike N Cash Dubois,Art Disqua

18 Playboy Carroll,Jessica Disqua

19 Drive On Tass Smart,Jessie Disqua

20 School's Dun Johnston,Caitlin,1 Disqua

21 QT Poco Vittoro Ford,Annett Disqua

22 Dash By You May,Lisa Disqua

23 Bullseye Garant,Roland Disqua

Class Name: 2-D Futurity Sat

Class Type: 17 Number of Entries 11 Entry Fee: $30.00

Added Money: $600.00 Entry Money: $330.00

Retained Money: $66.00 Total Purse: $864.00

Rank/ Horse/ Rider/ Time/ KD/ Purse

1 Sharp Dressed Okie Fotheringham,Amy 16.794 0 250.56

2 Hummer Bowser,Kelly 16.927 0 207.36

3 Bullys Smokin Chick McCallum,Doug 17.190 0 164.16

4 Turbulent Flight White,Jason 17.509 0 120.96

Second Division

1 Streakin Ruby Manson,Murray 17.808 0 77.76

2 Wranglers Fiesta Bernauer,Gerard 17.970 0 43.20

3 Dashing Flicka Dygos,Matthew 20.390 0 .00

4 First to Smash Carroll,Jessica 22.039 0 .00

5 Cobi Jo Bernauer,Gerard 22.550 1 .00

6 See Me Go Bayou Robertson,Mike 22.791 1 .00

7 Fire N Flight Heffernan,Liz 29.140 2 .00

Class Name: 2-D Futurity Adv.

Class Type: 17 Number of Entries: 11 Entry Fee: $40.00

Added Money: $800.00 Entry Money: $440.00

Retained Money: $88.00 Total Purse: $1152.00

Rank/ Horse/ Rider/ Time/ KD/ Purse

1 Sharp Dressed Okie Fotheringham,Amy 16.689 0 334.08

2 Hummer Bowser,Kelly 16.958 0 276.48

3 Turbulent Flight White,Jason 17.099 0 218.88

4 Bullys Smokin Chick McCallum,Doug 17.351 0 161.28

Second Division

1 Streakin Ruby Manson,Murray 17.985 0 103.68

2 Cobi Jo Bernauer,Gerard 19.816 0 57.60

3 See Me Go Bayou Robertson,Mike 20.043 0 .00

4 Dashing Flicka Dygos,Matthew 20.120 0 .00

5 Fire N Flight Heffernan,Liz 23.860 0 .00

6 First to Smash Carroll,Jessica Disqua

7 Wranglers Fiesta Bernauer,Gerard Disqua

Class Name: Royal Sweeps Sun.

Class Type: 12 Number of Entries:18 Entry Fee: $25.00

Added Money: $700.00 Entry Money: $450.00

Retained Money: $90.00 Total Purse: $1060.00

Rank/ Horse/ Rider/ Time/ KD/ Purse

1 Justa Down Homer Vonda,Blake 16.265 0 328.60

2 Dash By You May,Lisa 16.320 0 275.60

3 Justa Wee Dash Vonda,Blake 16.332 0 222.60

4 Mark The Jet Folkard,Bob 16.375 0 137.80

5 Jolting Jake Hilton,Josh 16.436 0 95.40

6 School's Dun Johnston,Caitlin,1 16.449 0 .00

7 A Rey of Luck McCallum,Doug 16.522 0 .00

8 Kitto Jett Damphouse,Jeff 16.561 0 .00

9 Chicklet Seibert,Elaine 16.597 0 .00

10 Bonky Maltby,Sarah 16.614 0 .00

11 Fame to Flame Pendry,Jodi 16.653 0 .00

12 Super Power Jac Wilson,Melissa 16.831 0 .00

13 Bet On The Bug Longfield,Bonita 16.842 0 .00

14 Lucks Nancy Star Crane,Dwayne 17.076 0 .00

15 Kitty Merritt,Evan 17.126 0 .00

16 Feel The Money Clark,Angela 17.137 0 .00

17 Arbons Frenchman Tanguy,Arsene 17.397 0 .00

18 Rey's Jet Fire McCallum,Nancy 24.695 1 .00

Average (inc. 0.300) = 16.978 A threshold (inc. 0.300) = 16.606

Class Name: Royal Limited Sun.

Class Type: 15 Number of Entries: 46 Entry Fee: $15.00

Added Money: $500.00 Entry Money: $690.00

Retained Money: $138.00 Total Purse: $1052.00

Rank/ Horse/ Rider/ Time/ KD/ Purse

1 Tie The Cash Kersey,Brian 16.720 0 236.70

2 QT Poco Vittoro Ford,Annett 17.037 0 184.10

3 Carol Chick Dancer Seibert,Armin 17.056 0 142.02

4 Annie Hilton,Kevin 17.061 0 120.98

5 Jamma Nickolson,Shannon 17.100 0 99.94

6 Tass's Can Jamer DiPietro,Lynda 17.111 0 89.42

7 Tyin The Wind Ross,Mikayla 17.155 0 73.64

8 Playboy Carroll,Jessica 17.156 0 .00

9 Sharp Dressed Okie Fotheringham,Amy 17.192 0 .00

10 Positive Effort Wilson,James 17.197 0 .00

11 Perks Bernauer,Christine 17.231 0 .00

12 Breanna's Wish Kersey,Kelly 17.298 0 .00

13 Caraways Native Twist Herriman,Trish 17.323 0 .00

14 DL Smoke Show Sheppard-Grigg,Traci 17.346 0 .00

15 Bit of Tass Johnston,Dave 17.392 0 .00

16 Bugs Mckay Burgess,Linda 17.437 0 .00

17 Ebony Folkard,Bob 17.522 0 .00

18 Clever Dozen Higgins,Amy 17.554 0 .00

19 Sweet On Jazz TenHove,Marg 17.568 0 .00

20 Leo Chartier,Amanda 17.584 0 .00

21 Jets Tiny Star Fotheringham,Bill 17.636 0 .00

Second Division

1 Whata Big Brother Ceresato,Brenda 17.845 0 52.60

2 Drive On Tass Smart,Jessie 17.965 0 31.56

3 Duke Adams,Kristyn 17.975 0 21.04

4 Mc Tuff Mumma Dygos,Troy 18.308 0 .00

5 Lucks Miss Fancys Skip Parker,Paige 18.416 0 .00

6 Shut Down Shyanne Smith,John 18.491 0 .00

7 Skip To Glow Labadie,Kyle 18.569 0 .00

8 Run N Win Annett,Louise 18.883 0 .00

9 Gunner Wolters,Meliane 19.012 0 .00

10 Fire N Win Heffernan,Dean 19.388 0 .00

11 First to Smash Clark,Angela 19.402 0 .00

12 Millennium Oreo Tofflemire,Tammy 19.614 0 .00

13 Healey Falls Amigo Vandenberg,Brittany 22.126 0 .00

14 Dash For Doctor Sutherland,Glenn 22.457 1 .00

15 Blast of Lib Wilkins,Sarah 22.634 1 .00

16 Flames Finale Swatuk,Amber 22.716 1 .00

17 Moa's Little Hero Swartz,Murray 22.904 1 .00

18 George Armstrong,Karen 23.191 1 .00

19 Go Jenny Dream Brodhagen,Joe 23.811 1 .00

20 Moon Sabila,Kevin 24.587 1 .00

21 Bullseye Garant,Roland 28.457 1 .00

22 Runner Chartier,Amanda Disqua

23 Hustler Parker,Paige Disqua

24 Feel The Money Clark,Angela Disqua

25 Doc's Dynamic Dude Nickolson,Al Disqua

26 Eyes Pretty Cute Bernauer,Gerard No-Show

27 Wranglers Tass Sabila,Kevin No-Show

28 Strike N Cash Dubois,Art No-Show

29 Eddie Gallant McMullen,Debby No-Show

30 RG Grande Scarlett,Lisa No-Show


The 2008 OEF Annual Conference,

“For the Love of the Horse”, is

one of the most anticipated equine

educational weekends for the flourishing

horse community in Ontario.

The Conference will be held at the

Delta Meadowvale Resort & Conference

Centre, Mississauga ON over

the weekend of November 28-30,

2008. The conference includes a

variety of educational opportunities

including a Hunter/Jumper Updating

Course, an Introduction to

Hunter/Jumper Course Design Workshop,

a 2-day NCCP Theory Workshop,

St. John’s Ambulance First Aid

& CPR Course, and a choice of various

concurrent sessions. In addition,

the OEF Conference is pleased to



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offer the following:

Barbara Kingscote to Deliver Key

Note Address

The OEF is pleased to

announce that Barbara Kingscote

will be joining us on Saturday

November 29 to deliver the Annual

Conference keynote address at lunch.

Kingscote is the author of the bestselling

novel “Ride the Rising Wind:

One Woman’s Journey Across Canada”

that describes her journey across

Canada on horseback.

In May 1949, at the age of

twenty, Barbara Kingscote left her

farm in Mascouche, Quebec, and set

out for the Pacific Ocean on horseback.

Barbara and her equine companion

Zazy reached the West Coast

just over a year later, after traveling

4,000 miles and discovering the heart

of this great country. With only

$100, a map, and a handful of supplies,

Barbara and Zazy made their

way through northern Ontario across

the plains and the Rockies, with luck,

determination and the generosity of

strangers to see them through.

Kingscote earned her MA and

PhD in Veterinary Science from the

University of Guelph and has spent a

lifetime working with animals. From

researching zoonosis (diseases that

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humans), to studying reindeer in

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Coaches’ Forum

The OEF will be hosting a free

Coaches’ Forum on Friday November 28

from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Anna Mees,

Senior Coaching Consultant with the

Coaches’ Association of Canada (CAC)

will present an overview of the NCCP’s

transition to a competency-based

approach to coach education and training.

This means that the NCCP is moving

towards being a program based on coaching

abilities. Find out how you as a certified

instructor or coach will transition into

the new NCCP. Anyone who is interested

is welcome to attend!

OEF Kids’ Corral &

Parent Information Session

We are excited to offer a brand new

youth program titled the OEF Kids’ Corral!

The Kids’ Corral will take place at

the hotel and this half-day program consists

of six stations: Horse First Aid with

Maggie Turner, Equine Photography with

River Bend Designs, Braiding & Banding

with Esther Johnston, Disciplines 101

with Nancy Kavanagh, Biosecurity with

Equine Guelph, and Rider Fitness with

Heather Samson. As part of the focus on

safety, we ask all Kids’ Corral participants

to bring their helmet.

Returning this year is the complimentary

Parent Information Session. Parents

are invited to attend for a chance to

find out what you need to know as a parent

of a horse-crazy kid.

OEF Horse Facilities Challenge Raffle

Everyone will want to make sure

they purchase tickets to participate in this

year’s new “Challenge Raffle”! Members

of the OEF Horse Facilities Council are

putting their creative caps on to build

themed good baskets which will be raffled

off during the Cocktail Hour on Saturday.

Proceeds will benefit the OEF Youth

Fund which supports our Youth Bursary

program, the Saddle Up for Success program

and the new Send a Kid to Conference

campaign. Tickets will be available

for purchase at the Friday Night Opening

Bash and all day Saturday to 5:00pm.

OEF Annual Banquet & Auction

Be sure to join us on the evening of

Saturday November 29 for the OEF


2173 Cockshutt Rd. Waterford, ON


The OEF is kicking off the Horse Facilities

Raffle Challenge with the “OEF

‘Black Hardware’ Tack Box” that

includes items valuing $1000

Annual Banquet. Throughout the

evening, the OEF will be acknowledging

those members who have experienced

achievements or made significant contributions

over the past year. If you know of

someone who you think deserves recognition,

nomination forms are available in

the July issue of WHOA! or on the OEF

website. Nominations are due no later

than Friday September 26, 2008 at


In addition, new for 2008, our Annual

Auction will be live with lots of items

up for bid – you won’t want to miss this

wonderful opportunity to complete your

Christmas shopping! All proceeds go

towards the OEF Youth Bursary Fund

providing Junior members with $1,000


Any donation you might make will

help the OEF provide even more bursaries

in 2009! For more information about

donating to the OEF Annual Auction

please contact Melissa Monardo at,

905-709-6545 or 1-


Please visit for a

copy of the preliminary Conference program,

information about education sessions,

speaker bios, and much more!

Ontario Racing


Notice to the Industry:

Strangles outbreak near

Barrie, ON

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC)

advises that there has been an outbreak of

Strangles at a horse training centre near Barrie,

Ontario. Strangles is a highly contagious

and serious infection of horses and other

equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus.

Local veterinarians are dealing with the

situation and have implemented control measures.

Provided that these measures are

adhered to, there is very little risk to the local

horse population. In addition, Georgian

Downs has carried out sanitation procedures

to prevent any spread of the disease at that

facility. The ORC is closely monitoring the

situation and any further developments will

be reported. If you have any questions or concerns,

contact your local ORC licensed veterinarian.

Rob McKinney, Deputy Director

Ontario Racing Commission

(416) 213-0520



Ontario Reining Horse Association

2008 Board of Directors


John Thompson - 705.374.4043

Past President

Gary Yaghdjian - 905.649.1342

1st Vice-President

Ken Van Alstine - 905.384.2008

2nd Vice-President

Lloyd Diehl - 519.669.1978

Member Secretary

Nicki Stanton

Recording Secretary

Rosemary Hilbert


Brian Stewart - 905-476-1319


2007 Directors

Harvey Stevens

Joanne Milton

Wendy Dyer

John Purdie

Mike Munroe

Report of the

Nominations Committee

For 2009 Election of the Board of Directors

(February 15, 2009 tentative)

The election of officers and directors shall be held at the annual

meeting of the association at the time and place designated by the

Board of Directors. So as to have continuity in the Officers of the


The First Vice-President and two (2) members shall be elected for a

two (2) year term;

The President, Second Vice-President and two (2) members shall be

elected for a two (2) year term.

Excerpted from Article 7 of the ORHA Rule Book

The business of the Association shall be managed by its Board of

Directors. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the President,

Vice-President, Second Vice-President, four (4) elected Directors, and

up to a maximum of four (4) Directors appointed by the Officers, or as

many as deemed necessary from the elected Board of Directors. The

appointed Directors shall hold office for a period of (1) year.

Excerpted from Article 9 of the ORHA Rule Book

Current ORHA Directors:

Position/ Name/ Status

President: John Thompson

Completing second year of two year term

Past-President: Gary Yaghdjian

First Vice-President: Ken Van Alstine, Completing first year of two

year term

Second Vice-President: Lloyd Diehl, Completing second year of two

year term

Director: John Purdie, Completing second year of two year term

Director: Joanne Milton, Completing first year of two year term

Director: Brian Stewart, Completing second year of two year term

Director: Mike Munroe, Completing first year of two year term

Membership Secretary: Mary Jo McDonnell, Appointed

Recording Secretary: Rosemary Hilbert, Appointed

Director: Wendy Dyer, Appointed

Director: Harvey Stevens, Appointed

Election Procedure:

An election will take place for the Officers, followed by election

of the Directors. Anyone listed as a nominee for a position as an Officer

who is not elected as an Officer will automatically be added to the

list of nominees for election as Directors.

Please note that the following positions will be vacant as of

February, 2009:

President Two Year Term

2nd Vice-President Two Year Term

Director Two Year Term

Director Two Year Term

The Board of Directors are

responsible for the daily operation of

the association, and work together to

ensure its continuity and growth.

Our association needs interested and

energetic members to volunteer and

take a leadership role.


We are in need of sponsors for year-end

awards - $250 for Champion, $200 for Reserve.

Be recognised at the Banquet and in the program,

promote your

business and support our Club.

We need your help! Please consider a

sponsorship for the class of your choice.

For more information, call or email Carol

Ivey - 705-329-1261 or

Thanks, Wendy

Nominations for 2009 Board of Directors

At the written request of five (5) members of the Association, a candidate other than those

submitted by the Nominations Committee may be placed into nomination and it shall be

immediately given to the membership, provided said written request for nomination is

placed in the hands of the ORHA office, not less than forty-five (45) days before the annual

election. The following written request must be received by the ORHA by December

31, 2008, which is 45 days prior to the Annual General Meeting (tentative) date of February

15, 2009.

Should you wish to make a nomination in accordance with the above noted criteria, please

complete this form and mail it to Wendy Dyer at the address given below.

We wish to nominate ____________________________________ for the position of


ORHA Youth Varsity Points

Big thanks to Blacks Equine Centre for letting the

youth do the paid warm-ups on both days of their July

12 &13 Show.

Thanks to Fletcher’s Horse World for letting the

youth put on a Bake Sale. Great turn out.

To all the youth and parents who baked or donated to

the sale thank-you for your support.

Thanks Sharon Fletcher for drawing the winning ticket

for the Game Ready Equine for a month.

ORHA Youth would like to thank Barb MacFarlane

from Game Ready Equine for the one month rental.

Thanks to Black’s Equine Centre for letting us host

the Ladies Invitational class.

Thanks to all who participated in the class.


First Name/ Last Name/ Jr. Varsity Points/ First Name/

Last Name/ Varsity Points

Tristan Stevens, 450

Kathleen Grainger, 255

Darby Mailhot, 250

Cole Van Alstine, 215

Luke Eisses, 95

Lane Wilson, 55

Hannah Williams, 30

Kennedy Almas, 25

Jade Allan, 5

Cassie Apolloni, 5

Samantha Munroe, 195

Ryley Clark, 164

Kendra Wharton, 137

Taylor Mariani, 131

Amanda Thomson, 20

Amanda Thynne, 10

Lyndsay Kloster, 5

See Next

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ORHA 2008


Sept. 26 to 28 - Eastern Canada Affiliate

Championship, Blainville, PQ

Oct. 25 & 26 - ORHA Grand Finale & Sired

Stakes Reining Show, Royal Canadian Riding

Academy, Davis Drive, Newmarket

MEMBERS’ NAMES (in print)


Signature of nominee _________________________________ indicating that he/she is

willing to stand for election at the ORHA Annual Meeting.

Mailing Address: Wendy Dyer, 3664 Pollock Road, Keswick, Ontario, L4P 3E9

If you have any questions, please phone: Wendy Dyer at (905) 476-1319


Ontario Reined Cow Horse Association

Show Dates:

ORCHA shows at the Walker farm in

Richmond, Ontario.

August 17 - Judge: Mike Tucker

Werner Bohner, President, 519-467-5691

Craig Black, Vice President, 519-874-1294

Stefan Winkelhage, Treasurer/Web, 519-463-9956

Or visit us at our website:

To promote the reined cow horse in Ontario through

education, participation, and mentorship

Dreamcatcher Quarter Horses (905) 854-5619

Sept. 7 - Judge: Steve Preszcator

AQHA Shows held at Ilderton Fairgrounds

August 23



Toll Free: 800-663-DEAL

The Canadian Pony

Express Rides For The

6th Time For Children

The Ontario Reined Cow Horse

Association has many achievements

to celebrate recently. Our entries

have increased at each show with the

July show setting our all-time record.

The judge for the day, Melanie Gray,

noticed a “dramatic improvement in

the competition” and couldn’t get

over how everyone had stepped up

the caliber of their riding in this

event. How tough was it? Only half a

point separated first from third in the

Open class. Clare Smith commented

“the competition is tough and this is

really a fun group of people and a

fun show.”

This year, Lil Tazzy Lena ridden

by Werner Bohner and Jacs

Spinafox ridden by Sherry Black

have both qualified for the AQHA

World Show in Amateur Working

Cow Horse. At this time, there are

about half a dozen horses in our

association that have each earned

more than $1000 in our ORCHA

week end shows.

The American Saddlebred Horse Association of Ontario


Richard MacKenzie


Brad Wardell


Six horses from our association

competed in the AQHA Youth

World Cup in the Reining class and

two of those horses earned top ten


There was also one of “our”

horses in the Cutting class. Our compliments

go out to Patti Carter and

2008 Directors

Scott Cook 905-786-3188

Larry Papple 519-458-8409

Nancy MacDonald 613-259-3448

Marilyn Buller 905-898-7315

Sept. 30 - Richmond Fair, Contact: Nancy MacDonald, 613-259-3448

Sept. 27 - Carp Fair, Contact: Nancy MacDonald, 613-259-3448

Oct. 4 - Metcalf Fair, Contact: Nancy MacDonald, 613-259-3448

Oct. 13 - Brigden Fall Fair, Contact: Mary James, 519-541-1761

Oct. 13 - Simcoe Fair, Vicky Cork 519-428-7550, Diane Stewart 519-428-1530

For the first time Western riders

competed at the CN North American

Junior and Young Rider Championships

in late July. They took

take their place proudly alongside

the Olympic disciplines of dressage,

jumping and eventing at the Colorado

Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.

Five young people from

across Canada represented their

county in the most recently internationally

recognized sport of Reining

and came home with the Team Silver

Medal. The Team members were

Stephanie Gruhle, Kylie Wasiuta,

Allison Love all from Manitoba, and

Kelly Truesdell and Darcy Wilson of

Ontario. The official coach for the

team was Wendy Nelson of

Cochrane, Alberta and Wendy

Dyer, of Keswick, Ontario

was Chef d'Equipe for the


Wendy Nelson worked

with the team and each rider

improved under her expert

instruction but the US team

edged out Canada to take the

Team Gold Medal and the

individual gold, silver, and

bronze medals.

At the end of the competition

the Reiners hosted a

'ride a Reiner' hour for the

her fantastic crew on a great job at

this prestigious show.

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Leslie Hudson 905-493-1752

Marie Papple 519-458-8409


*Tentative* AHSA of ON Horse Show List

CN North American Junior and Young

Rider Championships

Silver Team

Silver Team

Eventers when several riders

tried their hand at spinning

and sliding. They were surprised

to find that it is much

more difficult than it looks

and one commented 'I feel

like a beginner'.

It was a great experience

for everyone in beautiful surroundings

and in good company.

The camaraderie amongst

the Reiners was amazing and

the other disciplines were

curious to see the reining

competition and were pleased

to have their participation.

The Canadian Pony Express

Rides again. Their 6th charity relay

ride since 1996, will be organized

with teams of 5 members, each running

10 miles for a

total of 50 miles per

team. We are running

this event on

Saturday, Sept 13th

beginning at Fort

Willow, Barrie and

crossing the finish

line at O.D.A.S. park

in Orillia by way of

Elmvale and Coldwater

Ṫhe goal of

every team member

is to raise funds to complete the

Annabell de Vallejo Children’s Home

in Mexico. These orphanage caretakers

look after about 75 children

and though their building has been

started, it is not habitable at this time.

The aim of Pastor Len Crowe and his

riders is to raise enough money to

complete the 3rd floor and put on a

roof. It has been heard that the pastor

who oversees this orphanage frequently

maxes out his own credit card

to pay for food, medicines and housing.

So, it is obvious these people

are in desperate need of outside help.

In February of 2009, Pastor Len

Crow and his mission team will be

personally delivering the funds raised






Phone Number:


on this ride to Mexico. There, they

will purchase the materials required

and will work towards the completion

of this important building. All volunteers

on the trip

pay their own way to

allow 100% of the

money raised to be

used exclusively for

the completion of

Postal Code:


this orphanage. Last

year, they held Ride

#5, and raised

$23,400. which was

well spent on needed

construction of the

North Country Baptist

Children’s Home

in Cambodia.

It is the hope of ride organizers

that many will find it in their hearts to

help reach this goal as these children

don’t have the social safety nets provided

for children in Canada.

Though the ride may actually be over

by the time this is read in The Rider,

donations are still being accepted.

As a matter of fact, Canadian Pony

Express fund raisers know that more

money often comes in after the ride

than before, as people realize the

need and are moved to help. More

information about The Canadian

Pony Express, their past rides, and

how to help can be found at

Send To: P.O. Box 10072, 27 Legend Court, Ancaster, ON L9K 1P2

(905) 387-1900 • Fax: (905) 648-6977


|By Kelly Bowers

Melanie Gray of Melody Acres has

been involved in horses since she was a child.

She is a Certified Coach, Judge, and Equine &

bovine massage specialist, and is well known in

reining and judging circles. For years now, she

has been running an equine assisted behaviour

modification program for troubled youth. Even

though their program has been very successful,

things are about to change, big time.

On Monday, Aug 11th, Bruce-Grey-

Owen Sound MP Larry Miller made an

announcement on behalf of federal Justice Minister

Rob Nicolson regarding the government’s

national anti-drug strategy. He stated that The

Partners in Process Equine Learning Centre,

based at Melody Acres will receive $250,000

over three years to administer her project, known

officially as “Connecting Youth in the Justice

System with Equine Assisted Illicit Drug Addiction

Therapy.” Miller stated, “It’s another step in

this government’s fight against illicit drugs which

undermine healthy families and safe communities,”

“This is something new that’s never been

tried before” beyond the local level.” It’s a one of

a kind pilot project and the first program in Canada

of this type funded by Youth Justice.”

The money will help Partners In Process

Equine Learning Centre to continue the

work they’ve started with youth in crisis, helping

them build self-esteem and make changes in their

own behaviour which can in fact change their

lives once they learn to think for themselves.

Melanie Gray and Al Edwards of Melody Acres

are excited about how many more children and

teens they will be able to help with the expansion

of their program.

Gray is appreciative of the Partners in

Process board of directors who, operating alongside

supporters in the local legal and judicial systems,

pushed the project along and won the attention

of Justice Canada. It took about a year and a

half to get funding approval but it is hoped that

success of this will lead to other programs being

offered throughout Ontario and across Canada.

The goal of Partners in Process is to expand the

program to all those it may benefit regardless of

their issues.

Gray and Edwards have already had

great success with young people who have come

to Partners in Process through other avenues.

Melanie is certified by the Equine Assisted

Growth And Learning Association and uses their

techniques as well as others to help facilitate the

process, helping the human understand what the

horse is saying through body language, like a


Melanie Gray first started using horses

to work with teens years ago when she was working

with a private girls school which housed girls

from all over the world, some with serious problems

resulting in behavioural problems. These

included drugs & alcohol, criminal behavior, self

mutilation, prostitution, truancy along with some

really bad attitudes, Melanie developed a program

to help develop their self-worth and assist

them in seeing how they portray themselves. It

is said that the girls often made such dramatic

changes in their behaviour afterwards, their parents

said it was like having a completely different

child, the child they used to be.

Most experts agree that much

of the bad attitude and behavior

that results in crimes perpetrated

by young people is symptomatic

of deeper issues. It stems from

what the young person feels such

as sadness, loneliness, abandonment,

grief, anger, resentment and

stress. Many issues can be traced

back to low self esteem, and once

a person believes that they are not

worth anything, it can be very difficult

to help them.

What is it that a child in turmoil

like this can learn from a

horse? First, a child needs to

learn that what they do has consequences.

A horse reacts to the

behavior and inner feelings of the

person who is approaching them.

The horse, as a prey animal is

always on the lookout for predators

and acts as a mirror to the

child. For instance, if a boy

comes into the arena, who is feeling

angry and aggressive, the horse

will do wide circles keeping a

great distance from the negativity.

If the boy approaches with a calm,

gentle, patient demeanor, the horse

will respond in a similar way.

Another example that may be used:

Melanie starts by giving the youth a task without

directions on how to accomplish the goal. This

may be as simple as asking the teen to move just

one horse from a small herd of three into a round

pen. When the student questions her about how

they should proceed, she asks them for ideas of

how they think they might accomplish the task.

Brainstorming, in a way they come up with some

ideas that might work and decide which should

work best. Next, the young person lists specific


Federal Funding For Partners In Process

via Melody Acres

Bill Coke, a founding member of Partners in Process, Melanie

Gray, Program Director of Partners in Process Equine Learning

Centre and Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, meet

Whisk, one of the horses that will take part in the new drug treatment

program for youth.


actions he will need to take to increase the chance

of success. Finally, he goes into the arena, follows

his plan, making adjustments as needed and

progresses towards his goal.

Unlike just about anywhere else in a

child’s life, this program has no pass or fail.

Nobody sits and judges. After each session, the

participant is asked to evaluate their own

progress, consider their actions and corrections

and decide what worked and what did not, what

they can try next time. This encourages the

child to recognize that they have the ability to

think for themselves, be creative, work a plan,

evaluate progress, adjust strategies and work

towards success.

Even when they don’t succeed the first

time, the teens are attaining skills along with the

positive attitude they need to succeed in life and

they know just where to start the next time they

walk into that arena. They learn that confidence,

calmness, gentleness, patience, peacefulness and

safety attracts the trust of horses and people too.

This program is not intended to replace

current programs available for troubled youth.

But should be viewed as an additional option

available for those that may benefit. Team work

is another skill taught, by working in groups,

toward a common goal. If you would like to

know more about this program. check

Send us all your show

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Caledonia Hosts 1st Annual Rawhide Extreme Rodeo Tour

By Kelly Bowers

On August 16th and 17th, Caledonia was

host to the Extreme Rodeo tour by Rawhide

Rodeo. The weather man co-operated and gave

us warm sunny skies for the exciting outside

event all weekend. Over 300 cowboys and cowgirls

from 7 states and 3 provinces filled Caledonia

and many made themselves available for photographs

and autographs at various local locations.

A dance on Friday night helped to kick

off the town wide celebrations. At the rodeo,

crowds were entertained by Bareback, Saddle

Bronc, & Bull Riding, Tie Down, Breakaway

and Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, and Barrel

Racing. One highlight of both shows was an

exciting performance by the popular Canadian

Cowgirls. And the always lovable and funny

rodeo clown and barrel man, Radical Ryan

Rodriguez was in good form.

The Canadian Cowgirls in their patriotic red and white excite the

crowd at the Rawhide Rodeo in Caledonia

Exeter Rodeo Celebrates

12th Anniversary

By Ross Millar.

Exeter had its 12th consecutive

Rodeo on August 9 and

10. As usual it was a huge success

with the Huron community

embracing it fully. Exeter

showed it is a True Rodeo

Crowd as they had good attendance

despite Torrential rain

and weather.

Despite the Torrential

weather, the stands filled up

The post weekend calculation

indicates over 6,000 visitors

attended during the two days,

tickets selling out for the Saturday

night event. The turn out for

both shows was so good that

organizers, and marketing coordinator,

Chris McCullough,

plan to add Caledonia to their

rodeo circuit again next year,

making it an annual event.

When Chris was asked about the

Caledonia show, he replied “The

first annual Caledonia Stampede

Days was a great success. The

participation from the local business

community and residents

was outstanding making this one

of the tours highlights this season.


$7,000. was

raised from this event for the

Law Enforcement Torch Run in

support of Special Olympics*.

We are already in the planning

stages for next year which is

guaranteed to be even bigger.”

* Since 1987 the Law Enforcement

Torch Run has generated

over $14 million for Special

Olympics. Ontario Special

Olympics helps the over 14,000

participating athletes to realize

their aspirations, hopes and

dreams by allowing them to

compete in a variety of sports

otherwise unavailable to them.

This event was sanctioned by

the International Professional

with the Rodeo die hards that

have become used to catching

the action in Exeter. On Saturday

the rain hit on the final

event (Bull Riding). The crowd

stayed till the last Bull bucked

out and the skies opened up.

Sunday the rain and wind came

through just before intermission.

The crowds ran for cover

in the Golden Horseshoe Beer

Tent while the show kept going.

After a 1/2 hour of hurricane

winds and rain the crowd came

back to the arena to watch the

Barrel Racing, Roping, Broncs

and Bulls. This clearly shows

the enthusiasm of the Exeter

Rodeo fans. The Cowboys and

Cowgirls kept competing

despite heavy rain and wind. At

one point the rain was so hard

you could not see the other side

of the Arena.

The Exeter Committee as

usual filled the Hockey Arena

Saturday night for the Rodeo

dance. Alberta Premium Rye

and Golden Horseshoe Beer

were there supporting it and the

crowd stayed till the end.

Dickies Workwear Bull

Rider of the week was Preston

Ferris as he put on a show winning

the Dickies Bull Riding.

The Barrel Racing Ontario

Quarter Horse Breeders Horse

of the week was “Bully”. Robin

Williamson burned on a 16.6

second run to win the Barrel

racing and take the lead in the

Dodge Tour. Alberta Premiums

“Cowboy of the Week” was

awarded to Jessie Matheau.

Jessie put on a great weekend

winning the Pole Bending and

Break a Way Sunday and having

a great Barrel run.

Photos by Norm Betts

Barrel Racer, Emily Forest from Crediton, ON also earned 4th

place in Team Roping.

Rodeo Association and counted for world qualifier

points. It was also co-sanctioned by the

Ontario Rodeo association. Over $25,000 in

awards and prizes were on the line for the weekend

event. Local rider, Rob Smelser from

Selkirk took 1st place and earned money in

Bareback Riding with a score of 71. Barrel racing

was won by Natalie Overholt with a 1st place

time of 13.396. Laura Kerley was right behind

her with a 13.580 and Kansas Pickrell at 13.613.

Jr. Barrel Racing was won by Shelby Pattison

with a 14.057, followed closely by Alana Pickrell

at 14.847. The boys were well represented by

Tyler Facchini finishing 3rd with a time of

14.861. Complete results available on the

Rawhide Rodeo website,


Ross Scully competing on Bandit in the Tie

Down Roping event. Ross is currently ranked

9th in the International Professional Rodeo Association

world standings (

He was also the first cowboy from Ontario to

ever receive a full scholarship to a post secondary

education for rodeo.

Photos by Botts / Watson Photography

Orangeville Rodeo Makes a

Brilliant Debut August A


The Orangeville Dodge Rodeo made its debut this

past weekend in a big way presenting shows on both

Saturday and Sunday as well as a Country 95.3 Video

Dance on the Saturday Night. Orangeville had a wonderful

turnout with a full house on both days! Despite the

double high bleachers, people still needed to sit on the

berm on a long weekend that saw 4 rodeos taking place

in the Southern Ontario market.

Shorty Leggs was in back in fine form after the 4

week layoff and gave the capacity crowd more than a

few chuckles between barrel shots. The Junior Farmers

from Orangeville, the Junior Farmers from Dundalk and

the Dundalk Saddle club teamed up with a host of others

putting in a superb effort in making this event what it

turned out to be while raising funds for their respective

organizations. All seem to be in agreement that the

Orangeville rodeo will return again next year in what

may become one of Dodge Rodeo Tours premier events!

Before the Country 95.3 Video Dance began to fill

in - the Fatboys did a fantastic job feeding the throngs of

hungry fans and received rave reviews by

those who enjoyed their gourmet BBQ dinner

while being entertained by several live

acts in the beer garden. Congratulations go

out to Stephane Champlaine who won a

$500.00 CCA gas Card in a draw that saw

proceeds going the CCA Youth.

The cowboys and Cowgirls jumped

back onto the circuit in fine form showing

Orangeville what they were made of. In

Bareback Tim Ryan made his return from

competing in the state of Texas winning the

weekend and turning his attention to the

chase for a Dodge Rodeo Tour Championship.

Dave Doner and Steve “Bucky”

Zalvin won the team roping with a clean

8.19 time. Richard Atchinson from Dundalk

topped out the Tie Down Roping with a

11.65. In Breakaway roping Jessie Mathieu

won with a 3.82. Steer Wrestling saw Billy

Linders win his second consecutive

Dodge Rodeo in a row with

a 6.2 time. Bullriding saw Larry

Smith’s Stock again proving to

be a challenge. A challenge met

by Chris Adams in an effort that

electrified the capacity crowd.

Vanessa Riddell topped things

out in barrels with a winning

time of 16.872 and in Jr. Bulls

Kim Forbes held on for the victory

and also placed 2nd in the


2nd Annual Al’s Ride

Is A Great Success

By Norma Humphrey.

The morning of Sunday, August

3rd, 2008 dawned with the sun shining

brightly. It was going to be a great day

for the second annual “Al Humphrey

Memorial Ride”.

The day began with a tasty pancake

breakfast served to anyone who

wished to eat. Coffee was also served.

As the volunteers and riders began to

arrive you could feel a bustle in the air.

Everyone was excited at the prospect

of an enjoyable, fun-filled ride that

would also raise much needed funds

for very deserving charities. Radio

crews and check point assistants were

assigned their locations and the ride

would soon begin.

Upon arrival the volunteers

signed in and proceeded to their

assigned duties. The riders checked in

at the registration trailer, turned in their

pledges and picked up their rider numbers

before proceeding to the starting

point. After riding for approximately

two thirds of the way they arrived at a

small clearing where they were served

lunch after first turning their horses

over to one of our efficient horse holders.

While the riders were enjoying

their lunch, the horses were given carrots

and/or apples to munch on. After

lunch, riders again mounted up and

began their return trip to the tack shop.

There, they were given Certificates of

Completion, a commemorative rosette,

and the opportunity to draw a number

from a box to determine what remembrance

they would take home.

Afterwards, there was a beef barbeque,

a bevy of salads, buns, and

other fine foods for a nominal charge.

We also enjoyed live entertainment

from mid afternoon until after dinner.

This was a great way to wind up the


Without the help and support of

so many wonderful sponsors and volunteers,

we could not possibly achieve

the success we have realized from

these rides. The money raised this year

will be given to The Princess Margaret

Hospital Foundation, half going to Prostrate

Cancer Research and the other half

to The Weekend To End Breast Cancer.

Please remember Sunday, August

2nd, 2009 for the 3rd annual Al

Humphrey Memorial Ride. Come on out

and join us for a fun-filled and worthwhile

“Ride of a lifetime”. For further

information on “Al’s Ride”, you may

visit our website at

You may also contact one of the individuals

listed there.

At Right: Al Humphrey.

Photo by The Rider




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went missing from two separate farms.

About 30 volunteers slogged through the rain on

Sunday looking for a grey Arabian horse that went missing

from its owner's field more than a week ago.

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Eastern Canadian Regional Director:

Kim Sabila, 847 Norfolk County Rd 19 East, Wilsonville, Ont.

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District 1 (Western Ontario): Debby McMullen 139 Cherry St.,

Ingersoll, Ont. N5C 1H8 (Home # 519-485-7577)

Boundaries for District 1: From Hwy 86 at Amberley along

through to Hwy 8 to Dundas (Hamilton) & all West!

District 2 (Central Ontario):

Joanne McEachern, RR#4, GrandValley, Ont. L0N 1G0 (519-928-


Boundaries for District 2: East of Hwy 86 from Amberley to Hwy

8 at (Dundas) Hamilton and West of Gravenhurst down to Whitby

along Hwy 12.

District 3 (Northern Ontario):

Darlene Jackson, 270 Cemetery Rd., North Bay, Ont. P1B 8G4

(Home # 705-472-9596)

Boundaries for District 3: North of Gravenhurst along Hwy 169,

Hwy 11 & Hwy 60 over to Pembroke.. all North!

District 4 (Eastern Ontario):

Barb MacFarlane: 753 Descranto Rd. Descranto, ON K0K 1X0


Boundaries for District 4: East of Hwy 12 from Whitby up to

Gravenhurst, East of Huntsville along Hwy 60 to Pembroke.

District 5 - Quebec

Estelle Berube, RR#1, Duplex Rd., Kapuskasing, Ont. P5N 2X7,

(705) 335-6589

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Welcome back to our

major Sponsor:

October 17th, 18th and 19th

NBHA Proudly Hosts our



**Co-sanctioned with OBRA

and ECBF**



***LAST ONE***


At the

“Eastern Canadian Barrel Championships”

Located at Fletchers Horse World, Waterford, Ontario

Place your bid today!

Safe, secure and smart, the Pony Express Equine Exerciser is the best way to keep

your horses in peak condition. Valued at over $12,000, this equine exerciser will be

sold by silent auction to the top bidder. This is the last exerciser available for

fundraising and we thank Edwin Cameron for his generosity over the last several

years. To place your bid e-mail or

call Joanne McEachern at 519-928-9828.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity no matter what your discipline.

Visit us at

This year’s finals will exceed what competitors, sponsors

and spectators have come to expect in past years. We

are estimating cash & prizes to be awarded in the amount


Competitors from across Eastern Canada will gather to

compete and claim title of Champion, we are anticipating

over 1,000 entries this weekend. Prizes will be envied, 15

Trophy Saddles, 15 Trophy Jackets, 15 Trophy Bronzes and

Buckles just for the weekend competition. Also to be given

out will be year end awards valued at over $40,000.

Not competing but would like to come and check out the

speed and action. Spectators are encouraged and free of

charge. Our Cowboy Christmas area features a great selection

of vendors for your shopping needs. Friday night check

out the creativity of our competitors and equine partners as

horse and rider dress up for an amazing Costume Contest.

Bring your kids by our new Kids Corral and Activity Centre.

Not just some of the best barrel racing you will ever see in

Eastern Canada but don’t miss our special events like the

Cowboy Boot Race, Kubota football toss and our famous

Dog race. This once a year event will have a little for everyone!!

To be eligible to compete on Friday and Saturday in the

Open 4D, Senior or Youth competitions you must have a

valid NBHA membership. With fair season just at our door

step there are still lots of shows left and we are always

encouraging new members for this great sport and association.

When you sign up for your NBHA membership

your renewal date will be a year following

your sign up date. You will receive the Barrel

Horse News and The Rider publication

monthly. Visit our website for membership information.

Our 2008 finals have been in the works

since the end of our 2007 season. Approximately

20 Finals staff are in place to ensure things run

smoothly. Working behind them is a large group

of volunteers that we truly appreciate. There are

32 sub-committees this year, everyone taking a

small bite of the work load so we can all enjoy

the show. Thank you so much to all our volunteers

and staff for your efforts in putting together

another unforgettable Eastern Canadian Championships.

If you are not signed up as a volunteer

or have some spare time please contact Carl Heffernan

@ 1-519-855-4796 and he’ll be glad to

assign you to one of our committee’s.

We would like to send out a special thanks

to one of our great sponsors Granton Trailers,

owned by Morgan & Kathy Grant. They are providing

us with the additional stalls we need to

accommodate all our competitors. Welcome in

2008 to our new Quebec members. We look forward

to seeing you all at the finals. For finals

questions in French please contact Estelle Berube

at 705-335-6589. Special thanks to Edesse

Descoteaux for translating our finals materials.

Gas prices don’t seem to be dropping much

these days and we acknowledge the many

expenses for our members traveling down the

road this season. Your support and participation

is greatly appreciation and we hope you will be

well rewarded at this years finals. Our search for

sponsorship is never ending. For our competitors

we have put together a reward program that not

only will help you save on Finals expenses, but

will help provide the additional funds required to

put on a show of this magnitude each year.

See Page 26 for Show Schedule




Package 1:

Ribbon Sponsor – cost of sponsorship $100.

Sponsor receives: Website Recognition for 1

year, Finals Program listing and Promotional


Member Rewards – receive a $20 credit off

your finals entries.

Package 2:

Bronze Sponsor – cost of sponsorship $150.

Sponsor receives: Website Recognition for 1

year, Finals Program listing, name on Bronze

Trophy and Promotional Announcement.

Member Rewards – receive a $40 credit off

your finals entries.

2008 Show Dates

Visit the NBHAC website for up to date information on all

our NBHA approved shows for 2008

(For questions about any of the shows listed below you can also

contact the District Director responsible for the event)

2008 Show Dates/ District/ General:

Sept. 21st - District 1, NBHA/OBRA Forest - Forest Fairgrounds

Sept. 28th - District 1, NBHA/OBRA Wallacetown- Wallacetown


Oct. 5th - District 4, NBHA/OBRA: Roseneath, Roseneath


Oct. 11th - District 1, NBHA/OBRA Dorchester - Dorchester


Oct. 12th - District 2 & 3, NBHA/OBRA: Erin Fair - Erin Fairgrounds,

contact: Carol Robertson 519-855-4770

Oct. 12th - District 4, Norwood Fair

Oct. 13th - District 1, NBHA/OBRA Brigden Fair - Brigden


Oct. 17th, 18th & 19th - All Districts NBHA/OBRA Finals -

Waterford, ON,

Oct. 27th - Nov.1st - WORLDS, World Championships, Open

& Senior - Augusta, Georgia

*Some dates are tentative, shows are confirmed and updated

weekly on our web so visit us at

Package 3:

Buckle Sponsor – cost of sponsorship $250.

Sponsor receives: Website Recognition for 1

year, Finals Program Business card ad, Promotional

Announcement and Banner Placement.

Member Rewards – receive a $75 credit off

your finals entries.

Package 4:

Jacket Sponsor – cost of sponsorship $325.

Sponsor receives: Website Recognition and link

for 1 year, Finals Program _ page ad space, Promotional

Announcement and Banner Placement.

Member Rewards – receive a $95 credit off

your finals entries, PLUS guaranteed stall placement

(call in not necessary if sponsor information

& cheque received by September 30th).

Package 5:

Saddle Sponsor – cost of sponsorship $700.

Sponsor receives: Website Recognition, Link and

ad space for 1 year, Finals Program 1/2 page ad

space, Promotional Announcements and Banner


Member Rewards – receive a $200 credit off

your finals entries, PLUS guaranteed stall placement

(call in not necessary if sponsor information

& cheque received by September 30th).

Package 6:

VIP Sponsor – cost of sponsorship $1,500 & up.

Sponsor receives: Special VIP access during

finals, Website Recognition, Link and Ad Space

for 1 year, Finals Program full page ad space,

Promotional Announcements, Banner Placement

in show arena and Sponsor Name on Promotional


Member Rewards – receive a $310 credit off

your finals entries, PLUS guaranteed stall placement

(call in not necessary if sponsor information

& cheque received by September 30th).

If you are not a member or associated with

one of our NBHA members but would still like

to be a sponsor call Kim Sabila @ 519-443-6838.

To make sure our valued sponsors are getting the

most out of their dollars, our 2008 venue will be

web cast live across North America. Our NBHA

International Associates will be watching from

places like Brazil, Italy, Panama…

We are placing several local advertisements

to encourage spectators from the area with circulation

to over 60,000 subscribers.

Vendor Space and Show Program advertisements

may still be available, call Joanne

McEachern at 519-928-9828 to book your space


We wish everyone a successful finish to

your show season and a safe drive to our Finals

at Fletchers Horse World in Waterford, Ontario

October 17th, 18th and 19th. Visit our website

for details at

There have been some tremendous shows

hosted recently and we will be sure to provide

details after the finals. Good Luck to all.

Yours in Barrel Racing,

Kim Sabila

NBHA Regional Director Canada

PS – SPECIAL NOTICE: Please note that

once again we are pleased to announce the availability

of The Pony Express Exerciser up for auction

at this years finals. Over the year’s owner

and competitor Edwin Cameron has been generous

enough to sponsor a Pony Express Exerciser

to be auctioned off as part of our fundraising.

This is the last Exerciser in stock so if you have

been waiting for your year to bid this is your last

chance. Final bidding will take place at the finals

up until 9:15 p.m.. You can send in your bids

today by contacting Joanne McEachern by e-

mailing or if you do not

have internet availability call her at 519-928-

9828. Phone bidding will be set up and available

for finals.



Ontario High School Rodeo Association News

President – Callie Gray

Vice President – Paige VanWesterop

Secretary/Treasurer –

Shelby McEachern


Bareback Riding – Troy Weese

Saddle Bronc Riding – Troy Weese

Steer Wrestling – Tamara Weese

Goats Tying – Austin McVeigh

Pole Bending – Tammy Ewart-Collver Team Roping – Shelby McEachern

Calf Roping – Savanah Morris

Cutting – Lauren Minshall

Barrel Racing – Tammy Ewart-Collver

Breakaway Roping – Austin McVeigh

Bull Riding – Paige Van Westerop


National Director – Jimmy McVeigh, 519-856-0967,

Wrangler National Director – Terry Cronin

President – Lisa Gray 519-855-4585,

Vice President – John Scully, 519-843-1274,

Secretary/Treasurer – Joanne McEachern 519-928-9828;

Jennet Van Westerop 519-349-2359


Many Ontario High School families made

the 30-hour or more travel down to Farmington,

New Mexico for the National High School Finals

Director – Scott Gray, 519-855-4584,

Director – Earl Foster, 519-847-5488

Director – Joanne McEachern, 519-928-9828

Director – Frank Van Westerop, 519-349-2359

Director – Jennet Van Westerop, 519-349-2359

Membership Secretary – Shelley McArthur


Publicity – Jennet Van Westerop

Sponsorships & Scholarships – Joanne McEachern

Point Secretary – Joanne McEachern

Rodeo Secretary & Web Updates – Michelle Stacheruk,



Bareback & Saddle Bronc Riding – Eric Vaal

Steer Wrestling – Earl Foster

Goat Tying & Breakaway Roping – Troy Donaldson

Pole Bending – Frank Van Westerop

Team Roping – TBA

Calf Roping – Jimmie McVeigh

Bull Riding – Eric Vaal

Cutting – Lisa Minshall

Queen Coordinator – Diane Smith

Ontarion Equestrian Federation Rep. –

Toni Germain

Rodeo July 20th -26th. With the temperature

reaching around 90 ºF on average during that

week Ontario’s team had a lot of fun. This year

our team consisted of Callie Gray, Lauren Minshall,

Cody Mousseau, Jarod Nooren, Paige Van-

Westerop, Kalvyn Doan, Luke McCoag, Nick

Goncalves, Jessie Robson, Shelby McEachern

and Savannah Morris. Each team member did

his or her part in representing Ontario extremely


Every day there was different ways that

contestants could spend their times. Between

contestant dances every night, volleyball tournaments,

shopping in the trade centre, college

rodeo representatives and just hanging out with

each other. Each day posed as more fun and

more memories!

Our Ontario team showed everyone that

even though we were small we could do it! Lauren

Minshall showed everyone how it was done

in the cutting finishing 8th overall after the short

go! Callie Gray demonstrated her ability in the

second go-round of the rodeo placing 9th in barrel

racing! Jarod Nooren and Cody Mousseau

showed everyone how to catch two steers in team

roping placing 24th. Only four places out of

making it back to the short go. Congratulation

also goes out to our queen Savannah Morris for

all of her dedication and hard work! Contestants

tried their best and had a lot of fun! The friendships

that were made that week between the

Ontario contestants and contestants of other

states will surely last a lifetime.

As this season comes to an end, we say

good bye to all of the friends that we have made

in High School Rodeo, that will be graduating

this year. Good luck with your future rodeos and

education to Emily Forrest, Cody Mousseau,

Jarod Nooren, Ricky Ramey, Katelyn Scully,

Nick Goncalves, Rod Weese, Sara DaSilva and

Lauren Phillips.

I would just like to thank every member of

this season for a great year! I would like to congratulate

Callie Gray for being voted the 2008-

2009 Student President and Paige VanWesterop

for being voted the 2008-2009 Student Vice


I look forward to a new season and I hope

that anyone who is interested in rodeo should

come out and join our association. Not only do

you get the privilege to compete

for scholarship money for your

education you also make friendships

that will last a life time. If

you have any interest in High

School Rodeo feel free to

contact myself, Callie or

Paige with any questions.

Future Rodeos:

October 4 and 5 - St. Clair,

MI- stay tuned for further


October 18th – Hillsburgh,

ON- stay tuned for start


November 8 - Ilderton –


Visit our website or contact

Callie, Paige or myself for

more information.

Callie Gray- Student President



Paige VanWesterop - Student

Vice President-


Jimmy getting his buckle.

Shelby McEachern - Student

Secretary –

- 519-928-


A continued

family affair…

RBH hits the

open road this


Stephanie (Robson)-Jackson owner of

Reliable Barrel aka “RBH” (formerly

Robson Barrel and her 3 children

hit the open highways to compete at rodeos and

barrel races throughout North America to enjoy

great family time and doing what they love most

being together as a family and running their horses!

From Ontario to Farmington, New Mexico

to Oklahoma to Quebec RBH enjoys some success

along with building special life long memories

with 15 year old Jessie winning the open

barrels in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma as well as running

the fastest time of the night in Tecumseh,

Oklahoma just off the arena record on her new

horse Roll out The Money. Her horse Sammie

close behind with two 3rd place finishes in the 1d

and her Mom on Mr Misunderstood in the 4th

place spot in the first division. Teaming up with

her horse BNE Chicaro Sis Jessie won the Findlay,

Oklahoma rodeo performance in barrels and

finished 2nd in ladies Breakaway Roping on her

horse Issue Me Cash. Escaping the Oklahoma

115 degree temperatures they headed off to Quebec

where Jessie ran a 20.4 in poles on BNE Chicaro

Sis giving her a reserve champion finish out

of 69 pole horses. An exciting finish to the

weekend running one of the fastest times was

when Jessie won the ladies barrels short go on

Roll out the Money as well as the Youth Barrels

short go on Mr Misunderstood! Colton, 8 years

old along with Paige now 10 years old are closing

on the gap behind their sister Jessie running

less than 2 seconds off the top open times in

tough competition on their 17 year old horse

Sabine Jet, aka “Tucker” and earning their first

buckles at the TNT Summer Classic thanks to

Scott Gray and family. Paige 10 years old has

started her Junior Wrangler High School Rodeo

season as a rookie finishing in the top 5 in barrels

and winning the Pole Bending 2nd performance

and the average of both performances. I feel so

fortunate to be a part of a sport that every member

of my family can participate in, this summer

has been incredible for strengthening family

bonds amongst siblings and building memories

that will last a lifetime, when you spend 6 weeks

in a trailer and travel 9,000 miles in a truck

together your kids can’t help but get along! says


There is nothing better in this world then

your kids saying Mom, “thanks for giving me the

best summer I ever had and when is our next


2008 Eastern Canadian Barrel Championships

Note: (times may change slightly based on number of entries)

(Awards will be given out after each class)

THURSDAY, October 16th

Gates Open: 4:00 p.m.

Check In (Office Open): 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Open Riding: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Exhibitions: 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Fletchers Competitor Appreciation (Pizza & Drinks): 7:00

p.m.-8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, October 17th

Open Riding: 7:00 a.m.-7:50 a.m.

Kitchen Hours "Fletchers Cook House": 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Check In (Office Open): 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Exhibitions: 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Kids Corral / Activity Centre: 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.

Vendors Open "Cowboy Christmas": 12:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Open Riding: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Bar Open (WATERING HOLE): 12:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies incl. Canada West Boot Race: 1:00 p.m.-

1:20 p.m.

Open Barrels 4D 1st go: 1:20 p.m.-5:40 p.m.

NBHA Senior Barrels : 5:40 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

COSTUME CONTEST (OPEN): 7:00 p.m-8:00 p.m.

2D Open Poles: 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Open Riding: 10:00 p.m-11:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, October 18th

Open Riding: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.

Exhibition Runs: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

Office Hours: 7:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m


2 & 3 Year Old Futurity

October 25th, 2008

at Royal Canadian Riding Centre, Newmarket

Established in 1999 to promote the Sport of

Reining in Ontario, this Futurity has grown to

include 5 Years of Eligibility for Foals of the

Nominated Stallions

Kitchen Hours "Fletchers Cook House": 7:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Open Barrels 4D 2nd go (incl. District competition): 8:30 a.m.-

1:20 p.m.

Vendors Open "Cowboy Christmas": 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Kids Corral / Activity Centre: 9:00 a.m-7:00 p.m.

Bar Open (WATERING HOLE): 12:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Pee Wee Barrels: 1:20 p.m.-1:40 p.m.

OBRA Sweepstakes Barrels : 2:00 p.m.-3:20 p.m.

OBRA Limited Open 2D Barrels: 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Youth 4D Barrels sponsored by ORC: 6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

Dessert Bake Off with Sampling: 7:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

FINALS CEREMONIES Incl. Kubota prize giveaway!: 7:45

p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Finals bids for Pony Express Equine Exerciser: 8:30 p.m.-9:15


Calcutta for Futurity: 8:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

ECBF Futurity Barrels 2D 1st go: 9:30 p.m.-till finish

SUNDAY, October 19th

Open Riding: 6:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Kitchen Hours "Fletchers Cook House": 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m-6:00 p.m.


a.m-7:45 a.m.

Vendors Open "Cowboy Christmas": 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m

Kids Corral / Activity Centre: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

NBHA Open 4D Barrels Jim Wilson Invitational: 8:00 a.m.-

10:30 a.m.

NBHA Senior 3D Barrels Invitational: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

NBHA Youth 4D Barrels Invitational: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m

ECBF Futurity 2D Barrels 2nd go; 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

OBRA LIMO 2D Barrels Top 20: 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

OBRA Sweepstakes Barrels Top 20: 3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

NBHA 4D Top 10 Finals from 1st & 2nd go: 4:00 p.m.-till fin-

2 Year Old PLEASURE: 2008 will have two classes for this event - Open and

Non Pro

3 Year Old Reining FUTURITY: Classes for Everyone - Open, Limited Open,

Non Pro, Limited Non Pro and also a non NRHA Limited Non Pro

4, 5, 6 Year Old Reining DERBY: Classes include - Open, Non Pro and non

NRHA Limited Non Pro

For further information on the ORHA Sired Stakes Futurity visit or contact

John Fletcher 519-443-7333

Lynne McDougall 905-349-2185

Pam Grant 519-289-0505


© 2008 Lindsay Grice. All rights reserved.

Q. After asking how my daughter and I did at a recent

show, a lady in my boarding stable remarked “There’s

too much emphasis on winning, anyway .” I wonder if

she’s right. However, I do want to motivate my daughter

and I do want to be the best I can be. I LIKE to win,

but I don’t want it to consume me. As a coach, how do

you put winning in perspective?

A. As with everything, there is a balance, but by settling

for the simplistic goal of “just having fun” riders

may miss out on valuable life lessons found in both

winning and losing. Never aiming for, or expecting to

win, can bring apathy and discouragement. Riding, or

any sport, challenges us as we push out of our comfort

zones, and at a certain point in an accomplished rider’s journey that will mean shooting to win.

That being said, “keeping our eyes on the prize” exclusively, blinds us to so many ways showing

horses can enrich our lives. Following are some unfortunate traits I routinely see in the over

competitive rider:

Using ribbons as a measuring stick. Anyone who has competed long enough, will experience

being rewarded for a performance below his capability, and also given a prize for a second

rate run. Our standard for fulfillment should be the conviction that we rode our personal best.

To honestly size up the competition, and acknowledge that placing fourth in a tough group of

riders, beats a red ribbon in an easier group shows balance and maturity.

Sacrificing too much to get there. I see many riders who, in their ambition to earn that title,

have sacrificed time with family and spent well beyond their budget. The resentment this builds

in the most important relationships is sometimes irreparable. We need to honestly ask if we

have the full support of our family as we run hard after a goal. Will this really matter in five

years? What will the sacrifice be? On the other hand, family members can be our biggest fans

and support – just keep it in perspective.

Often the horse can be the loser as owners allow, or even pressure, the trainer to cram to

compete before a horse is mentally or physically ready. The use of unscrupulous training methods

and medication is fuelled by the desire to win, this season, because the trainer really never

knows how long a client is going to be with them.

I am saddened to see how many parents condone bending the rules in order to win. The

precept we preach at home “Right is right if no one else is doing it and wrong is wrong even if

everyone’s doing it.” will be tested at every horse show. What lasting satisfaction is the ribbon

if we cheated to get there?

Missing the moment. The enjoyment of the process can often get lost in the pursuit of the

prize. We need to continually ask ourselves “What do I love about this sport?” Is it the support

and friendship of the other riders in the barn? The adrenaline rush before I enter the gate?

Preparing with my coach in the exercise ring? (always my hope.) The look of my horse’s braided

mane? The fit of my riding jacket? The smell of grooming spray? Savour the things you


Missing the lesson. If our only interest is winning, we may not take the time to step back and

consider what we learned in the process.

We win , even if we lose, when we have the courage to look at our mistakes, determine

what led to them, and what we might do differently next time. Too often riders will let their

temper and pride prevent them from reviewing their mistakes. They cover them with excuses

and blame, and bury them in bitterness.

Looking back doesn’t mean we have to frame our blunders and keep studying them over

and over, but instead learn from them and move on.

We lose even when we win, however, when we don’t reflect on such things as What gave

me the edge this time – did I take a risk or try something new? Would my performance stand up

in tougher competition?

Thinking that it’s all about me. Chasing the win, prevents us from seeing the big picture and

acknowledging that there are other points of view. The “I was robbed!” group rarely considers

that judges are human and may have missed the mistake another rider made, or may have had to

calculate in many other factors.

Boastful winners may be humbled to learn that they rose to the top, not because of their

superior talent, but because the better rider in the class tripped, went off course, or got into a

traffic jam.

Self centred thinking forgets that we’re all in the same boat, that other riders have to deal

with the poor footing and the crowded excersize ring as well.

Watch out for these red flags, put winning in it’s place, and strive to be the best you can be.

Q. My ten year old gelding that I recently purchased, has begun rooting down against the reins,

which pulls me forward, nearly out of the saddle. It has become worse since I’ve let my son

ride him. Is there a bit you would suggest to discourage him from doing this?

A. It’s important to understand the reasons for a horse’s behaviour before changing equipment.

Bigger bits won’t solve most training issues, they simply amplify the message your hands send

to the horse’s mouth. If I don’t understand German, yelling German at me through a megaphone

won’t help my comprehension! Teach your horse that he must always yield to pressure

in his mouth and he will always get freedom when he does. Rooting comes from a horse’s frustration

in trying to get rid of the pressure in his mouth. Hands that hang on the reins, or

unsteady, noisy hands are bound to annoy a horse. In his effort to get some peace, he lurches

his head and neck forward, tugging the rider out of the saddle (and giving him whiplash!) Most

school horses catch on to this pretty quick and will resort to it again and again because it works!

Your job is to make absolutely sure your hands are soft and following when your gelding

gives to the bit or slows in response to your hand. As soon as you apply pressure, get ready for

him to answer with a root. Anchor yourself in the saddle and sharply brace your arm, or even

bite back a little with a little snap of your own against his tug, so he feels like he’s rooting into

a brick wall. The trick is, every time he does this, he must meet with this result – don’t miss

one, so be on your guard. He’ll soon learn that this behaviour NEVER works. Perhaps don’t let

your son ride him for a little while until he gets the picture.

About The Author:

Trainer, certified Equine Canada coach and judge, Lindsay Grice, has prepared horses and

riders for wins at major shows in the US and Canada for over 20 years. She has trained and

ridden horses to numerous Provincial High Point awards as well as AQHA's national High

Point Top Ten status. Her popular horsemanship clinics take her both locally and into the US,

creating thinking horsemen of her students by teaching the "hows" and "whys" of riding. For

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2008 Ontario Trail Riders Association Board of Directors

President, Newsletter

Janice Clegg

Everett, ON L0M 1J0

Home: 705-434-0816

Cell: 519-940-1445,

Work: 800-360-5821,


Friends of Ont. Recreational

Trails & Partners

Gayda Errett

Playfairville On K0G 1A0

Phone: 613-267-1099


1st Vice President / Booth/

Trail Rides/ Education

Marvin Halladay

Orton, ON L0N 1N0

Home: 519-787-2307



Web Site/ Membership

Wendy Downer

Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0

Home: 705-322-0287


The Store/Public Relations/


Sue Hagerman

Campbellford, ON K0L 1N0

Home: 705-653-2666



Karin Zawadowsky

Toronto, ON M9B 2Y6

(416) 239-6509


Jodie Martin

Barrie, ON L4N 0W6


Secretary/ Membership

Kari Kelly

Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0

(705) 322-6338,

2nd Vice / Admin

Marjory Morden

Mansfield, ON L0N 1M0

(705) 434-0698


Amanda Weinhold



Treasurer /Regional Representatives/

Trail Book

Marion Shannon

Priceville, ON N0C 1K0

Home: 519-924-1478



Jennifer Iliffe

Markham, ON L3P 3M7

Home: 905-294-6021, Cell: 647-888-3364



Box 3038

Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0


Jan Belanger

Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0

Home: 705-322-2027


Public Relations/Promotions

Williamson, Amanda

Equine Canada

Rosemont, ON L0N 1R0

Education/ Fundraising/Booth

Scott, Tania

Barrie, ON L4N 0A1


Ontario Trails Council / Ontario Equestrian Federation

Bonnie Simpson

Kirkfield ON K0M 2B0 Home: 705-438-5752


Bylaw Revisions

Wendy Berry

Brantford, ON N3T 5L7

Home: 519-449-5520, Cell: 519-717-7890

Work: 905-517-1040


Horses in the Park

Diane Van Keulen

Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0


President’s Message

The Fun–D Ride, it sure was Fun. We managed to have a

whole weekend without rain. The bugs even cooperated and were

almost non-existent. We had 3 days of riding on some of the best

trails in Ontario. The trails in Dufferin County and Simcoe County

Forests are mostly sandy, some are logging roads and others (which

I personally like the best) are small winding trails with some hills.

The Dufferin County Forest can be accessed for day rides from Airport

Road, North of Mansfield. Marjory Morden and Marvin Halladay

were kind enough to help out for the weekend and led rides out

each day. My family, including my grandchildren ages 7,5, and 1 _

were on hand to help with the BBQ dinner and Sunday breakfast.

I’d like to thank everyone who attended the weekend and made

it a success. We were able to raise $800 for our trail development


PS We were also able to get our hay done that weekend without any

rain, and by the way Glen, I still think that saddle blanket would

have looked better on my horse.


Janice Clegg




Membership New [ ] Renewal [ ]

Please fill out and mail with your cheque to:

Ontario Trail Riders Association, P.O. Box 3038 Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0





Phone Number:

Postal Code:


Can we share your information with other members Y N email: ________________________


OTHER _____________

Type of Membership: Single [ ] Family [ ] Club/Assoc [ ] No. of members _____________

Single 1yr $25 3yr $65 5yr $105 Family 1yr $35 3yr $85 5yr $135

Club/Association 1yr $50 3yr $135 5yr $210

Where is your area of expertise/interest? __________________________

Would you like to Volunteer for any of the following?

Director [ ] Ride Host [ ] Area Rep [ ] Trail Development [ ]

Promotions [ ] Fundraising [ ] Newsletter [ ]

RELEASE & INDEMNITY AGREEMENT ~ (This must be read & signed)

In consideration of being accepted as a member of, and being permitted to participate in the activities of, the

Ontario Trail Riders Association, Inc. (OTRA), I hereby release and forever discharge OTRA, it’s officers, directors,

servants, agents and representatives from any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, actions

and causes of action, whether in law or in equity, in respect of death, injury, loss or damage to my person or property

however arising as a result of my participation or my children’s participation in any OTRA program, function

or activity. This release includes the release of any liability which may arise by reason of any negligence, error or

omission on the part of the foresaid. I declare that this release is binding upon me, my heirs, executors, administrators

and assigns, I further undertake to hold and save harmless and agree to indemnify all the aforesaid from

and against any and all liability incurred by any or all actions arising as a result of my or my children’s participation

in the OTRA activities. I warrant that I am at least 18 years of age, physically fit to participate in OTRA activities

and that my horse and equipment are sound and fit and suitable for the intended use in such activities. BY


printed name signature date



printed name signature date

(For family application, all names must be listed and all participants must sign.

For applicants under 18, a parent or guardian must sign.

The Ontario Trail Riders Association Inc, established

in 1970, is an equestrian organization which promotes

recreational trail riding and the creation, development,

preservation and safe use of trails.

Ye Ha I rode my horse today for the first time in 2

years. Sure was good to be back in the saddle. It made me

wonder how many other people like me keep putting off riding

their horse for various reasons. Life is just too short not

to do the things we love. Get back in the saddle!!!

This brings me to fall riding which is one of the best times of

the year but brings risks from Hunters. Each year I preach

the same thing:

Check the hunting seasons where you ride.

Where bright colors on you and your horse.

You could even put a bell on your horse or talk to the

rider with you. Wild life does not talk.

The Kawartha Lakes Trans Canada Trail group is working

hard to have the 44 km of trail finished by next fall. They

are working on having a trail ride in the fall of 2009.

It is also time to think about hosting a ride next year.

OTRA is always looking for Hosts all over the province.

There can be more than one ride scheduled for the same

weekend. Think about hosting a ride during the week as a lot

of riders are retired. OTRA’s ride schedule is started in January

and is ready for the April AGM. Contact Marvin for

more info. Hope to see you at a ride!!!

Ride Smart! Ride Safe

Bonnie Simpson

Back in the Saddle


Do you have a horse-related hobby/business? Come

& sell your art/crafts/services at the next AGM. Sunday,

April 26th, 2009, in Newmarket, OTRA will hold its

Annual General Meeting and include vendor’s tables.


is $20 per table, and $40 per table for non OTRA

members. And until December 31, 2008, save 50% off

these rates. Limited space!

You can help Ontario Trail Riders Association and

we can help you markets your products and services.

Become a sponsor of the 2009 AGM. Book a table now

by calling 705-434-0698 or e-mail:

Contact us for more info if you need a larger space.

OTRA and its members represent the equestrian trail user

with the Ontario Trails Council, Ontario Equestrian Federation

and Equine Canada. We welcome your membership to help support

the voice of OTRA on your behalf. For more information

please visit our website at

Fun D Ride


September/October 2008

Date/ Location/ Host (s)/ Contact Number

September 27/28 - South Algonquin Park, Tammy and

Lyle Donaldson 705-448-1068, 1-800-758-4801

October 11/12/13 - Algonquin Park East Gate, Amanda

Williamson, 705-434-2357

October 18/19 - York Regional Forest, Helmut

Hitscherich and Milena Krondl, 905-473-9329

OTRA members please consult your Ride Schedule

booklet for full details. Non-members please contact our

website at for further information.

2008 Eastern Canadian Barrel Championships

Note: (times may change slightly based on number of

entries) (Awards will be given out after each class)

THURSDAY, October 16th

Gates Open: 4:00 p.m.

Check In (Office Open): 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Open Riding: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Exhibitions: 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Fletchers Competitor Appreciation (Pizza & Drinks):

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, October 17th

Open Riding: 7:00 a.m.-7:50 a.m.

Kitchen Hours "Fletchers Cook House":

7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Check In (Office Open): 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Exhibitions: 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Kids Corral / Activity Centre: 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.

Vendors Open "Cowboy Christmas":

12:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Open Riding: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Bar Open (WATERING HOLE): 12:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies incl. Canada West Boot Race:

1:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m.

Open Barrels 4D 1st go: 1:20 p.m.-5:40 p.m.

NBHA Senior Barrels : 5:40 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

COSTUME CONTEST (OPEN): 7:00 p.m-8:00 p.m.

2D Open Poles: 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Open Riding: 10:00 p.m-11:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, October 18th

Open Riding: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.

Exhibition Runs: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

Office Hours: 7:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m

Kitchen Hours "Fletchers Cook House":

7:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Open Barrels 4D 2nd go (incl. District competition):

8:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m.

Vendors Open "Cowboy Christmas":

9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Kids Corral / Activity Centre: 9:00 a.m-7:00 p.m.

Bar Open (WATERING HOLE): 12:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Pee Wee Barrels: 1:20 p.m.-1:40 p.m.

OBRA Sweepstakes Barrels : 2:00 p.m.-3:20 p.m.

OBRA Limited Open 2D Barrels: 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Youth 4D Barrels sponsored by ORC:

6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

Dessert Bake Off with Sampling: 7:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

FINALS CEREMONIES Incl. Kubota prize giveaway!:

7:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Finals bids for Pony Express Equine Exerciser:

8:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

Calcutta for Futurity: 8:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

ECBF Futurity Barrels 2D 1st go: 9:30 p.m.-till finish

SUNDAY, October 19th

Open Riding: 6:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Kitchen Hours "Fletchers Cook House":

7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m-6:00 p.m.


7:00 a.m-7:45 a.m.

Vendors Open "Cowboy Christmas": 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m

Kids Corral / Activity Centre: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

NBHA Open 4D Barrels Jim Wilson Invitational:

8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

NBHA Senior 3D Barrels Invitational:

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

NBHA Youth 4D Barrels Invitational:

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m

ECBF Futurity 2D Barrels 2nd go; 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

OBRA LIMO 2D Barrels Top 20: 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

OBRA Sweepstakes Barrels Top 20: 3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

NBHA 4D Top 10 Finals from 1st & 2nd go:

4:00 p.m.-till finish




230 Dawson’s SR, Box 192, Wyevale,

ON L0L 2T0 Home: (705) 322-0528



1st Vice-President

376 Maltby Rd East,

Guelph, ON N1L 1G4

(519) 821-2425


2nd Vice-President

209 Conc. 3 East, RR#1

Tara, ON N0H 2N0

(519) 934-1461

Hello Everyone,

It seems that our show season has just

started and it is over already. Both of our

shows this year were very successful. Even

with the high fuel costs as well as the uncertainty

that exists in the horse industry today,

our entries were actually up from last year. It

shows that us Appaloosa folks are very passionate

about what we do.

Our Summer Spotacular show at

Orangeville was the OAHA’s first try at copointing

with the Aphcc and other than a few

minor glitches was very successful. It shows

me that it can be done and it was certainly

nice to see people attend our show that normally

do not. I had the chance to speak with

some spectators about our breed and organization

and found them to be very impressed

with the quality of our horses. I spoke at

length with one gentleman who was very

impressed that our members actually took the

time to make him feel welcome. This is one

of the most important aspects of our club, to

make people feel welcome. These people may


Appaloosa Horse


“International Appaloosa Horse Club Affiliate”

KATHY MCKENNA - Past President,

RR#5, Paisley, ON N0G 2N0

Home: (519) 389-2081


AMY JOHNSON - Secretary

924 Conc. 6 RR#1

Waterford, ON N0E 1Y0

(519) 443-5607

LINDA VERZIN - Treasurer

1276 Mapleview Dr.

Innisfil, ON N0G 2N0

(705) 431-8214


RR#3, Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C7

(519) 389-5914


- President


- Vice President


- Treasurer


- Secretary


26 Spring Wagon Lane

Elmira, ON N3B 3N1

(519) 669-3504


924 Conc. 6, RR#1

Waterford, ON N0E 1Y0

(519) 443-5607


Youth Director

209 Conc. 3 East, RR#1

Tara, ON N0H 2N0

(519) 934-1461

well be our members of the future.

I thank all of those who went out of their

way to show people what our Appaloosa family

is all about. It makes me proud to be part

of this organization. I have had a lot of positive

feedback regarding the show. T o

everyone who organized our shows this year,

Kris Simpson, Amy Johnson, Marilyn Grahame

and to all those who helped to make

everything run as smoothly as possible, I sincerely

thank you.

Thanks as well to the Ontario Paint

Horse Club and all of those involved for sharing

the facility with us.

We can now look forward to next year

when we can build on our experiences from

this year and hopefully we can get even more

Appaloosa folks involved.

Again, thanks to everyone for your support.

Mike Dipietro



Ganaraska Forest Horse Club

The Ganaraska Forest Horse Club

(GFHC) members have been enjoying a summer

of riding in the Forest. Even though many

areas experienced the extra-ordinary rainy

summer it was interspersed through-out the

summer with riding and fellowship. Riders

from near and far are riding in the forest taking

in the breathtaking scenery.

Supporting the Ganaraska Region

Conservation Authority is a major club goal.

Club members recognize the special place that

the Forest is and want to preserve its’ resource

for all users. In the Spring of 2007 the club

built two picnic tables and two hitching rails

for a new parking area located just east of the

Central Forest Centre. It has been wonderful

to see the many riders (and non-riders) enjoying

these new facilities. For 2008, the Club

donated funds to contribute to paid duty for

patrolling in the forest. The paid duties will

contribute to the safe and effective management

of recreational use in the forest. To

enhance this area even further, early in

September will see the construction of a permanent

mounting block in island of this area.

Our first Fall ride is scheduled for

Saturday September 27 riding out of Sandaraska

Park ( To ensure

the club is prepared for all riders we are

encouraging pre-registration. Those members



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that pre-register will be eligible for a prize of a

gift certificate to the Ganaraska Region Conservation

Authority (good to purchase your

park pass for next year!). Sign-in will be supported

by GFHC volunteers from 9:00 a.m. to

10:00 a.m. Due to the success of our June ride

the club will be offering both a marked trail

which riders can leave at any time along with a

guided ride. The guided ride will hit the trail at

10:30 a.m. Further details on the September 27

ride will be posted on the GFHC website.

Ganaraska Forest Horse Club mission

statement: “To develop a fellowship with

other equine enthusiasts, that allows one to

safely enjoy trail riding in the Ganaraska Forest.”

Visit the following websites:

Ganaraska Forest Horse Club (

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority



Ganaraska Forest Horse Club – Ride Schedule


SEPTEMBER 27 – Ganaraska Trails @ Sandaraska


OCTOBER 18 - Fall Colours


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Denfield, Ontario

October 17th - 18th, 2008

Friday 7:00 p.m. - Tack

9:30 p.m. - 25 Head of Horses

Saturday 9:30 a.m. - Tack

12:00 p.m. - 125 Horses and Trailers

Stalls for 200 head under cover


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Directions: 12 miles North of London to Hwy #7. West 6 miles to Denfield Road 20.

20 miles West of Stratford on Hwy #7 to Denfield Road 20.


34756 Granton Line, RR #1, Granton, Ontario N0M 1V0

(519) 225-2130


2008 Board of Directors

President: Mark Ford, (613) 335-2529, email:

Vice-President: Joe Mezenberg, (519) 787-1412, email:

Secretary: Margaret Murray, (905) 936-3362, email:

Membership Secretary: Misha Green, (905) 474-9466,


Treasurer: Kelly Corbyn, (705) 424-1600, email:

Endurance Chair:

Competitive Trail Chair: Lynda Townsend, (450) 764-3589


Ride & Tie Chair: Mike Downing, phone: (705) 428-5622,




Ruth Sturley and RFB Super Sport galloping to the finish of

Coates Creek 75 mile Endurance.

Courtesy of

Brenda Harrison who was part of the

Ontario can be justifiably proud of their representatives

who drove themselves and their horses to Alberta at the end

of July for the Canadian Championship events in Competitive

Trail, Ride & Tie and Endurance.

The 10 mile Ride & Tie was won by Anne West and

Adrian Mollenhurst in 1 hour 30 minutes 30 seconds. Only 1

minute later in 2nd place was the inspired Alberta team of

Cindy and Brent Rowat racing in against the Ontario junior

team of Cadance McKinnon and Emma Webb. Surprisingly,

Curly (Station Master), being ridden by Emma at the time,

made a surprise slip in the mud as he raced in - falling a few

feet from the finish line. To their credit the Ontario gals

quickly regrouped and finished in 1 hour 33 minutes 33 seconds

for a well earned 3rd place.

The 20 mile Championship Ride & Tie was won by an

awesome Alberta team of Alison Douglas and Heather Price

who powered over the course to the finish in 3 hours 28 minutes

and win Gold. They were closely followed by another

Alberta team of Rae-Anne Wadey and Jenny Mooney in 3

Brenda Harrison and Tristar

hours 35 minutes to win Silver. Finishing after 6 hours 15 minutes was the

intrepid team from Manitoba of Kristine Erb and Prue Critchley (who walked

the entire route) to win Bronze.

The 2 Day – 80 Mile Competitive Trail Team was formed by Elaine

Steele, Laura Rye, joining up with a great gal Anne MacKay from British

Columbia. Thirty horses started the event, and the Ontario team did a very

creditable job even though trail marking problems on the first day gave them

time penalties. On the second day they finished Overall in 12th, 13th and

17th which gave the Ontario Team the Bronze behind the excellent Alberta A

Gold medal team and the Alberta B team winning Silver.

In the 100 mile FEI Endurance ride, Linda Byrne and Brenda Harrison

were part of the 27 horses that started. Unfortunately some bad weather blew

through during the day and the rain and hail turned parts of the trail to treacherously

deep mud. At 50 miles Brenda Harrison wisely chose to retire. Linda

Byrne continued, but as it happened an ATV rally was also using part of the

same 100 mile trail and she and other riders were held up by some 18 ATV’s

that were either stuck or trying to pull each other out. With the delay, Linda’s

horse lost momentum and by 61 miles she also decided to pull. Only 10 horses

finished the event which was won by Gail Jewel in 14.18.54, also winning

the Best Condition Award. Individual Silver was won by Trisha Dowling

DVM, and Bronze by Crystal Fulcher. Team Gold was won by the Alberta

Team of Crystal Fulcher, Jaylene Janzen and Christy Janzen with Team Silver

being won by British Columbia riders Gail Jewel, Tunie Russeau and

Terre O’Brennen. There was no Bronze awarded.

Although the Ontario riders didn’t manage to do as well as they had

hoped, they still had an enormous amount of fun doing it and the camaraderie

and enthusiasm among the entire group was wonderful. Their support team

was awesome - Teresa was always there with good advice or managing to

whip up food for everyone even with the constant strong winds blowing out

the BBQ. Joe and Rick were always smiling and cheerful and as well as

doing a lot of hard work they kept everyone’s spirits up and the beer flowing.

Well done everyone – we’re proud of you!

Coates Creek Endurance Ride

The course for Aug 3rd Coates Creek Endurance Ride once again led

horses and riders up through the beautiful hills of Creemore, before winding

back down to the more flat land near New Lowell. Start and finish of this

event was at the farm of Lesley Danko and Steve Crockett, New Lowell.

Sanctioned by OCTRA, the governing body for Distance Riding in Ontario

and the American Endurance Ride Conference, this event has strict veterinary

controls and mandatory rest periods, but is essentially a race, won by the first

Rick & Joe atop the trailer.

horse across the finish line that is also judged ‘fit to

continue’ by the Veterinarian.

The event drew riders from all over Ontario and

Quebec as well as the USA, many of which were of

national and international caliber. While some riders

simply rode their horses ‘To finish’, others were using

it as preparation for the upcoming World Equestrian

Games in Malaysia later this year. Still other, such as

FEI Young Riders Jessica Hendriks of Midhurst, who

was one of the 50 mile Top Ten finisher, and Amy

Wilson of Stayner, have their eyes on the World

Equestrian Games to be held in Kentucky in 2010.

Some local riders included Charlene Hendriks of

Midhurst, who won the prized HI Vet Score, Christie

McLean of New Lowell who finished in 7th position

in the 50 mile event, and Lesley Danko of New Lowell

who earned 5th place in the 75 mile distance.

Although riders are given 12 hrs to complete the 50

miles and 18 hours to complete the 75 miles, 65 yr old

Earl Baxter of St Clements, who is a seasoned rider,

together with his horse ‘ I Am Amazing ‘ had a winning

ride time for the 50 miles of 6 hrs 12 minutes,

while the 75 mile distance was won in 8 hrs and 23

min by International rider Ruth Sturley riding her

amazing horse RBF Super Sport.

MANY THANKS go to all the local land owners,

without whom events like this simply could not happen,

and to the sponsors - Stayner feeds, and Wendy

McCoubrey and Polar Equine Products for awards, La

Forge Agrapits, Clearview Twp.and to the many many

volunteers from near and far who made everything run

so smoothly.

Awards were presented after a wonderful dinner

for competitors and volunteers prepared by Kathy

Blocksdorf. Many horses and riders chose to rest

overnight and leave for home on Monday morning

after a leisurely breakfast. This was a great event and

definitely worth planning for next year, to attend

either as a competitor or as a volunteer.

The Loss of Mike Cottenden

It was a shock in August for everyone who

learned of the sudden death of the beloved Mike Cottenden.

The Rider has included a separate “memorial”

page in this issue dedicated to this outstanding man.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.


Date Ride Name Location Contact - Ride Manager (R.M.) Event Distance

28-Sep Storemont Storemont (R.M) Sue Wallis (613) 346 2617 Mileage 16 Miles Novice 25 Miles

(Secty) Sue Wallis, 15947 Stn. Lane Competitive Trail 38 Miles

Northfield, K0C 1R0

12-Oct Coates Creek New Lowell (R.M.) Rose Danko (705)424 0888 Ride & Tie 6 Miles Ride & Tie 12 Miles

Ride & Tie

18 Miles


(London, ON – August 11, 2008) — A major initiative of the

Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is to co-ordinate

and field a team to represent Canada at biennial American

Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup competition.

Youth World Cup competition is an educational, leadership-based

event for AQHA youth members from around the

world, culminating in showcasing skills learned in an atmosphere

of friendly competition.

Canada was one of 16 countries who participated at the

2008 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup held July 6 to

July 13, 2008 in London, Ontario, Canada. Funding for travel

expenses for Team Canada is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA,

provincial/regional AQHA Affiliate Associations, corporate

and/or individual sponsors, and team members’ families.

Each participating country selected up to five competing

riders, two alternate riders and three non-competing youth

(leadership members). The host country, Canada, provided a

pool of horses of various ability levels, which were subsequently

grouped into lots of five horses each. During the opening

ceremonies, teams drew to determine their assigned group

of five horses. Teams then designated up to three riders each to

compete in Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Western

Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship,

and Trail; and two riders each for Reining and Cutting

classes. Points from each class were tabulated to determine

the overall team placings. Two sets of medals were

awarded to the individual exhibitors - one from each judge

and/or each day.

Team Canada’s five competing riders:

Sarah Clasen-Byce, Kakabeka Falls, ON:

Trail – Silver Medal on Day 1,

Showmanship – 9th on Day 2

MacKenzie Harvey, Toronto ON:

Western Riding – Silver Medal on Day 2,

Western Pleasure – 10th on Day 2

Mallory McKewen, Prescott, ON:

Showmanship – 6th on Day 1, Reining – 10th under Judge

2, Western Pleasure – 8th on Day 2

Danielle Olafson, Edmonton, AB:

Western Horsemanship – Gold Medal on Day 1,


AQHA Youth World

Cup News ..................29

Paris Fair ..........................29

OQHA News ....................30

Area 3 News.....................31

James Bieser.....................31

EOQHA News..................32

Laurie Haughton...............32

QROOI News ...................33

Cowboy/Girl for a Day.....34

McGrimmon Stables ........34

2008 AQHA Youth World Cup

Team Canada wins one Gold & four Silver

individual medals and the team places fifth

overall at 2008 AQHA Youth World Cup

Hunter Under Saddle – 8th on Day 2,

Hunt Seat Equitation – 6th on Day 1, Hunt Seat Equitation

– 5th on Day 2

Kelly Truesdell, Brights Grove, ON:

Reining – Silver Medal under Judge 1, Reining – Silver

Medal under Judge 2

Also, congratulations to Kelly on being recently selected

for the University of Georgia Equestrian Team (Athens, GA)

as one of three new Western riders who will join their existing

team of nine English riders. Kelly was selected on the basis of

being ranked in the National Reining Horse Association’s Top

20 reiners four straight years in Canada. She’s also a two-time

Reining Canada Youth Champion and has qualified to represent

Eastern Canada at the NRHA North American Affiliate


The two alternate riders were:

Miranda Cummings, Fredricton, NB

Yelaina May, Roberts Creek, BC

The three leadership members were:

Lindsay Allen, London, ON

Sarah Hill, Langley, BC

Anne-Charlie Riviere, Pointe-Lebel, QC

Team Canada’s Coach and Manager were:

Della Cryderman, Murillo, ON – Coach

Karen Westerback, Thunder Bay, ON – Manager

Team Canada finished a very respectable fifth place out of

16 teams, with 72 total points. Team USA was first with 185

points; Team Germany second with 142 points; Team Italy

third with 129 points; and United Kingdom fourth with 93

points. The CQHA Board of Directors congratulates the entire

youth team, coach and manager for their efforts. You were

great good will ambassadors for Canada and we are very proud

of all of you!

The mandate of the CQHA, a national affiliate of the

AQHA, is to address issues of concern to Canadian owners of

American Quarter Horses; to be a communications vehicle for

and with Canadian owners of American Quarter Horses; and to

promote and market, both globally and within Canada, Canadian-bred

and/or Canadian-owned American Quarter Horses. For

more information, please visit the CQHA website at:

The Canadian Quarter

Horse Association is an

affiliate of the AQHA.

Annual membership is

free to current members

of AQHA. To enroll

on-line, visit the CQHA

web site:,

and choose

“Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter

Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President

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Richwood, OH 43344-0209

(740) 943-2346

Fax: (740) 943-3752

2008 Congress

October 6 - October 28

Patti Carter & Paige

Carter Training Centre

P.O. Box 839, 39 High St. St. George, ON N0E 1N0

Home: (519) 448-4424 • Cell: (519) 732-2877

Paris Fair, 45th Annual Quarter Horse Show

The Paris Fair celebrated their 45th Annual Quarter Horse Show on Sunday, August 31 at the 150th Paris Fair.

The Ontario Quarter Horse Association presented the President of the Paris Fair, Rodger Lyster with a trophy to recognize

the commitment and achievement of the Paris Fair Agricultural Society in hosting Quarter Horse Shows for 45

years. A number of OQHA Past Presidents

were on hand for the ceremonies and a luncheon

hosted by the Paris Fair.

From Left Top Row: Lynn Scott,

2008 OQHA President; Roy Ionson, 1st

President of the OQHA ’60 – ‘61, Rodger

Lyster, Paris Fair President; John Green,

Show Manager; Paris Fair Ambassador; Don

Nye, ’69 – ’71 OQHA President; Walter

Scott, ’72 OQHA President; Will Western,

01’ – ’02 OQHA President; Front Row:

Grand Marshall, Walter Gretzsky, (Wayne’s

dad); Joe Jarvis, ’03 – ’05 OQHA President;

Jim Pratt, ’67 – ’68 OQHA President; Dan

Patterson, ’95 – ’96 OQHA President & Lisa

Desroches, ’06 – ’07 OQHA President.

photo courtesy of Joan McMann

Jan and Risty Schmidt

2129 Queen Street, R.R. #2,

Petersburg, ON, N0B 2H0

(519) 696-2564

Established 1964





Ontario Quarter Horse Association Inc.


President, Area 1 Director: Lynn Scott, 2302 Mandaumin Rd., R.R. #1, Brigden, ON N0N 1B0, (519) 864-4413,

1st Vice-President, Area 2 Director: Jamie Simpson, 376 Maltby Road East, Guelph, ON N1L 1G4, (519) 821-2425,

2nd Vice-President, Area 5 Director: Laurie Haughton, 1524 LaCasse Rd., Clarence Creek, ON K0A 1N0, (613) 488-2300,

Secretary: Adele Matheson

Area 1 Director: Ken McLellan, 5830 Glendon Dr., R.R. #3, Appin, ON N0L 1A0, (519) 289-5526,

Treasurer, Area 2 Director: Shirley Conod, 60 Burwell Road, RR #2, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 4G7 (519) 866-5722,

Area 1 Director: Erin Marshall

Area 2 Director: Kathy Patterson, R.R. #1, Bornholm, ON N0K 1A0, (519) 345-2861,

Area 2 Director: Marianne Ramey, 1206 Norfolk County Rd. 19, RR #1, Wilsonville, ON N0E 1Z0 (519) 443-8713

Area 3 Director: Kim Allen, 1357 2nd Line, RR #1, Palgrave, ON L0N 1P0, (519) 942-2424,

Area 3 Director: Al Windhrim

Area 4 Director: Val Love, 2494 Taunton Rd., Hampton, ON L0B 1J0, (905) 263-8158,

Area 5 Director: Debbie Haughton, 1524 LaCasse Rd., Clarence Creek, ON K0A 1N0, (613) 488-2300,

Director at Large: Rick O’Donnell

Immediate Past President: Lisa Desroches, R.R. #1, Wellesley, ON N0B 2T0 (519) 656-2323,

AQHA Rep: Patti Carter, P.O. Box 839, 39 High St., St. George, ON N0E 1N0, (519) 448-4424,

OFFICE ADDRESS: P.O. Box 182, Milverton, ON N0K 1M0 Ph: (519) 595-3233 • Fax: (519) 345-3234

Bill & Cathy


The Ministry of

Health Promotion

Area 1 Quarter Horse Promotional Association

AREA 1 Summer Celebration boasts more than

3,000 Entries including Record Number of Halter, Trail,

Reining and Working Cowhorse Entries

By Ken McLellan.

Area 1 Quarter Horse Promotional Association

held their 3rd Annual 4 day Summer Celebration Circuit

Thursday, August 21 through Sunday, August 24.

The show was judged by Ms. Debbie Kail, AZ; Mr.

Bruce Brown, KY; Ms. Marilyn Randall, MT and Ms.

Cyndi Brown, TX.. More than 3,000 AQHA entries

were shown over the 4 days. Granton Trailers Limited,

4-Star, Trail-et and Titan Trailer Authorized Dealer

again provided 50+ Stalls as the major sponsor.

Circuit Awards were offered for each class, giving

exhibitors the choice of laser engraved Western

Theme Photo Frames, Silk Screened Folding Chairs

or Embroidered Halter/Bridle Bags.

In an effort to encourage Halter Entries, Area 1

offered for the first time, a Halter Exhibitor Incentive

Draw, giving exhibitors an opportunity to win a 19”

Flat Screen TV/DVD valued at $429 for just showing

in the Amateur and or Open Halter Classes.

Exhibitors earning 4 or more points were ineligible

for the draw. Over 100 Halter entries showed each

day, the most halter entries since the days of Quarterama.

The Lucky Winner of the TV/DVD was Jill

Bain of Columbiaville, Michigan. Jill showed in the

Amateur Select Classes, her daughter Stephanie Gill,

in the Amateur Classes and her grandsons, Tate and

Shaw Gill in the Lead Line Classes. Jill and her family

have participated at Area 1 Quarter Horse Shows

for a number of years, particularly when the shows

were held in Brigden. Even Jill’s father was there to

cheer on 3 generations of his family.

An Exhibitor Appreciation Draw was also held

giving all exhibitors the chance to win a Coleman

Roadtrip Grill valued at $300. The Draw was held

during the pleasure classes on Sunday. Suzanne Renner

of Conestoga was the winner. An Area 1 Fund

Raising Draw was held on the weekend as well with

Jim Conod of Tillsonburg winning the Horse Themed

Garden Swing.

There was a close race for the High Point Overall

Mare and Gelding of the Circuit. Merci Beau Clu

owned and shown by Lisa Bavin of Erin was the High

Point Overall Mare. Cool Enough To Touch owned

and shown by Shawna Crawford of Richmond was

the Reserve Overall Mare. Cant Cool This Kid

owned and shown by Shawna Crawford was the High

Point Overall Gelding. CW Razz owned by Jan and

Risty Schmidt of Petersburg was the Reserve Overall

Gelding winning under all 4 judges in the Aged Gelding

(22 entries) and Amateur Gelding 3 & Over (11

entries) Classes unofficially completing his Superior

in Halter. An Unnamed Colt owned and shown by

Jody O’Neill was the High Point Stallion of the circuit.

Embroidered Golf Jackets were presented to

High Point Overall Stallion, Mare and Gelding.

Nathaniel Wagler of Newton owner of Playgirls

Best, generously donated Laser Engraved Granite

Garden Stones for the High Point All Around

Awards. Shirley Conod of Tillsonburg showing

InviteMeTo TheParty was the All Around Novice

Amateur with 96 Pts., winning at all Area 1 approved

circuits in 2008; Kathryn Stanton of Orillia with The

Next Starlet earned 112 Pts to be the All Around

Novice Youth; Rianna Storey of Cambridge with Ima

Raven Star was the All Around 13 & Under with a

total of 108 Pts.; the High Point 14 & Over Youth All

Around was Mackenzie Harvery of Toronto with

EBG Certainly with 179 Pts.; the High Point Amateur

All Ages was Jessi McCrumb of Portland, Michigan

showing PR My Pleasure owned by Joe McCrumb

with 168 Pts. and Sherri Newbigging of Cambridge

showing For The General was the High Point Select

Amateur with 97 Pts. Reserve All Arounds received

embroidered Lounge Chairs. The Reserve Novice

Youth was Emma Kelebay of Toronto showing The

Chocolate Bandit with 109 Pts.; the Reserve Novice

Amateur was Lisa Schmeltz showing Im In Denile

with 84 Pts.; the Reserve 13 & Under was Jasmyn

Rivait from Orillia with Shez Paid For earning 77 Pts.

owned by Debra Rivait; the Reserve 14 – 18 was

Kristy Beck of Chatham showing No Doubt a Dee

Bar with 142 Pts. ; the Reserve Amateur was Emily

Phillips of Kincardine showing RL A Chip

Affair.with 159 Pts. The Reserve Select Amateur

was Corey Taylor of Wasaga Beach riding Traded

The Krystal with 93 Pts.

There were excellent entries in all divisions

including Novice Youth, Novice Amateur, Youth 14

– 18 and Amateur All Age Classes.

Record entries showed in the Reining Classes

with close to 40 Reining entries under each judge.

The Circuit Award Winner in Open Reining was True

Blue Tabu owned and ridden by Jane Thomson; the

Circuit Award Winner in Amateur Reining was a tie

between True Blue Tabu owned and ridden by Jane

Thomson of Camlachie and Jo C Yankee owned and

ridden by Brian Heaton of Kingsville with 15 entries.

The Circuit Award Winner in Youth Reining was a

tie between Shake Your Dually owned and ridden by

Taylor Mariani of Erin and Pretty Blue Tabu owned

and ridden by Amanda Thomson of Oil Springs. The

Novice Amateur Reining Circuit Award was won by

Lets Boogie Hank and Sally Heaton of Kingsville.

A record number of Working Cow Horse entries

were also received on the Saturday evening with 21

entries showing including 8 in Amateur, 10 in Open

and 3 in Youth. The Circuit Award winner in Open

Working Cow Horse was Smokin Little Lucy owned

by Lori Donaldson and ridden by Troy Donaldson.

The Circuit Award Winner in Amateur Working Cow

Horse was Little Tazzy Lena owned and ridden by

Werner Bohner of Woodstock as a result of the tie

breaking judge. The Donaldson family had shown at

2 Ontario High School Rodeos earlier in the day

before coming to Ilderton for the Working Cow

Horse Classes. The Circuit Award Winner in Youth

Working Cow Horse was Shake Your Dually owned

and shown by Taylor Mariani of Erin.

The Amateur and Senior Hunter Under Saddle

was won by Total Intrest owned by Judi Woodley of

Chelsmford and ridden by Jenna Woodley. Novice

Amateur Equitation was won by Judi Woodley riding

Total Intrest. The Green Hunter Under Saddle Circuit

Award was won by English Asset owned

and ridden by Stephanie Gill of Erie, Michigan.

The Novice Youth Hunter Under Saddle

was won by A Krymsun Missile owned

and ridden by Stephanie Willsey of Orillia.

The Amateur All Age Western Pleasure

was won under all 4 judges by Surely

A Gab owned and ridden by Pat Dalrick of

Casco, Michigan finishing 2nd overall in the

Green Western Pleasure. The Green Western

Pleasure Circuit Award and Junior Western Pleasure

Circuit Awards were won by Miss My Chex

owned by Barbara MacDonald of York and ridden by

Michael Rapley. The Novice Amateur Western Pleasure

Circuit Award was won by Marvelous Arnold

owned and ridden by Sarah Culbert of London. The

Winner of the Novice Youth Western Pleasure Circuit

Award was No Doubt A Dee Bar owned by Kristy

Beck of Chatham and ridden by Jolene Beck.

A record 97 entries were shown in the Trail

Classes on Sunday with 92 entries on Thursday. The

Pat Carter All Breed Trail Challenge and Area 1 cosponsored

$400 in prize money in the Open Trail

which had as many as 17 entries. Payout was based

on the total of the 4 judge’s scores. Winning 1st and

$120 was BSB Dont Ask Me owned by Vonda

O’Donnell and shown by Ken O’Donnell of Delaware

with 279.. 2nd Place and $100 went to Show Your

Invitation owned and ridden by Kim Allen of Palgrave

with 274. 3rd and $80 was awarded to Mr Te

Skips Softly owned by Susan Campbell of Caledon

and ridden by Jodi Mallette with 272.5. 4th place

was a tie with a score of 271between Tabus owned by

Jim Thomson of Oil Springs and ridden by Dustin

Thomson and Shelley Thomson and Covered in Stars

owned and ridden by Stephanie Willsey of Orillia

each receiving $50 in prize money The Novice Amateur

Trail Circuit Award was won by

JustAWalkInThePark owned and shown by Nikki

Decosse of Strathroy. Nikki’s boyfriend, Matt proposed

to Nikki on the weekend by presenting her with

a fortune cookie, which had a message which read

“Marry Me Woman”. Nikki accepted.

The Annual Colouring contest was held with

Jackie Heitzner of Conestoga winning the 6 & Under

Division, a tie in the 7 to 11 Division between Olivia

Henry of Blenheim and Sharese Rivait of Orillia.

The Adult Division was won by Rhonda Wagler of


The OQHYA held their Fund Raising Beef Barbecue

on Saturday night with a sellout. Area 1 provided


exhibitors on Friday night as well as FREE ICE

CREAM both on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Lynn Scott and Diana Amlin were assisted by

Diana’s grand daughter, Olivia Henry in serving the

ice cream on Saturday. Huron Tractor, Arva, the John

Deere Dealer supplied a “Gator” for the show as well

as complimentary Tim Horton’s Coffee and Donuts

on Friday morning.

It was a fantastic turnout for the Area 1 Summer

Celebration. Area 1 will be looking to perhaps offer a

second ring of showing on both the 2nd and 3rd days

as well as possibly Over Fence Classes for next year.

Thanks to all of the exhibitors, sponsors and staff for

another great show.

Amateur Team Tournament Tallies

Team Metropolitan Home Comfort Solutions 742 pts

Team Atherley Towing 586 pts

Team Circle R Saddlery 584 pts

Team Horse Country Bedding 518 pts

Team ABC Recreation 407 pts



Position/ Name/ Address/ Phone #/ Email

President: Janet Faas, 6099 4th concession, RR#1 Goodwood, ON L0C 1A0, 905-862-2456

1st Vice President: Corey Taylor, 25 Britton Court, Wasaga Beach, ON, L9Z 1C1, 705-429-9390,

2nd Vice President: Jessica Mosley-Cairncross, 29 Concession 5 West, Wyevale, ON L0L 2T0, 705-322-5795,

Secretary: Joanne Black, 68 Zina St., Orangeville ON L9W 1E7, 519-941-4585,

Treasurer/ Stall Bookings/ Show Co-ordinator/Area 3 Novice Show: Valerie Love, 2494 Taunton Rd,

P.O. Box 4, Hampton, ON LOB 1J0, home: 905-263-8158, Fax: 905-263-2856,

Points/ Awards/ Sponsorship Directory: Lynn Riley, 28 Old Mill Drive, Toronto, ON M6S 4J9, 416-760-8723,

Website/ Sponsorships: Jodi Mallette, 44 Sutter Ave., Brampton, ON L6Z 1G7, 905-846-9309,

2008 Area 3 Quarter Horse Promotional Club

Newsletter Director/ Commercial Co-ordinator: Judy Gill, 1180 Royal Drive, Peterborough, ON, K9H 6R1,

705-536-0121, email:

Director: Carol Reeves, 4592 Herald Rd R.R. #1, Mount Albert, ON L0G 1M0 905-473-3132,



Memberships: Leslie Riley, PO Box 463, Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0, 905-939-8499,

Sponsorships: Shannon Cairncross Griffin, 2486 South Orr Lake Rd., Elmvale, ON L0L1P0, 705-322-6640,


Sponsorships: Susan Godsell, R.R. #1, 7 Blue Ridge Cres., Orillia, ON L3V 6H1, 705-327-5038,

Youth Advisor: Brenda Lennox, 117 Tait, Fergus, ON N1M 3P5, 519-843-6450,

Show Manager: Ken McLellan, 519-289-5526,

President’s Message

Area 3 News

It is hard to believe that the

2008 show season is behind us. It

seems only yesterday that we were

waiting for the snow to melt.

Despite the troubling economic

forecast, high fuel prices and unusual

weather the shows this year were

very well attended and that meant the

show days were very long. In some

ways we are suffering from our own

success. For years we have tried to

build interest in some specific areas

of competition – trail and jumping

leap to mind. The good news is we

have been successful but the bad

news is that the show days are very

long resulting in disgruntled

exhibitors in other areas of competition.

It is a dilemma!

In addition, we have added new

classes – performance halter, green

classes and there is growing pressure

to have more walk/jog/trot classes to

encourage new exhibitors to participate

at AQHA shows thus building

the pipeline for the future. Again,

the result is longer days for

exhibitors, judges and show staff.

The Area 3 executive is struggling

with balancing the wants and

needs of its exhibitors, the need to

attract new exhibitors and the financial

realities of running horse shows.

This is the time of year we review

the results of the 2008 show season

and start planning for next year.

Here are a few of the questions we

are asking ourselves – Should we

drop the Summer Circuit? Should we

add 2 more shows to Summerama

plus the Novice show? Should we

add another set of judges to the

Spring Classic to make the show

days more manageable? What dates

should we request for Summerama

next year given the timing of the

school break and the Tom Powers?

These decisions need to be made this

fall as they require AQHA approvals

and impact show ground commitments.

Our AGM and banquet are

scheduled for February 14, 2009.

This is your opportunity to speak up

and we are hopeful that combining

the 2 events will increase the attendance

and feedback of members at

the AGM. But planning for 2009

starts now and we need your

thoughts and your feedback.

Please take the opportunity to

approach members of the Area 3

board with your ideas and feedback

or send your thoughts to We value your


We are always on the search for

volunteers to take on assignments

both large and small. The fewer

number of volunteers we have the

higher the prices we must charge or

reduce the services we can provide.

There will be several vacancies on

the board for the coming year.

Please think seriously about how you

can help your club to be successful.

On a personal note, with our

recent move to Grafton and plans for

a more balanced life in 2009 I will be

stepping down as President of Area 3

and resigning as a board member.

Over the past 10 years (or so) I have

really enjoyed the opportunity to

learn what is involved in putting on a

horse show. Behind the scenes there

are dozens of pairs of hands working

feverishly, hundreds of hours of

planning and thoughtful decision

making on multiple levels – all

intended to ensure an enjoyable show

experience for the exhibitors.

I would like to thank the members

of the Area 3 board for their

professionalism and dedication to

Area 3. They are an amazing group

of individuals who bring a broad

wealth of experience to the tasks. I

would also like to thank the many

volunteers who have come forward

to take on tasks that are needed to

make show days successful. In addition,

I would also like to thank the

show staff that Area 3 has been very

successful in hiring to manage our

shows. They are incredibly knowledgeable

and work hard to ensure

that we are successful.

Janet Faas


James Bieser, OQHA Past President

BIESER, James Edward (Jim) - Suddenly at Orillia Soldiers’

Memorial Hospital on Monday, August 11; in his

80th Year. Devoted husband for the past 56 years of

Alice (nee Towse). Big brother to Beatrix Palmer of

Overland Park, Kansas and Leola Stevens of Margate,

Florida. Predeceased by brother Leo Francis Bieser.

Loving father of Jim (Sally Pritchard), Mike (Joan

Shorter), Sue (Dan Landry), Stephanie (Marc Gratton).

Proud Papa of Alexis and Jillian Bieser, and Jake and

Alissa Landry. Born in Centralia, Illinois on December,

8, 1928. Jim proudly served his country in the United

States Navy before graduating from Southern Illinois

University. Upon honourable discharge in 1949 he

worked for IBM, U.S., before co- founding International

Computers of Canada Ltd. in Toronto in 1969. He was

also a long-time employee of Xerox Canada moving

with his family to the Orillia area in 1973. Jim was past

president of both the Ontario and Canadian Quarter

OQHYA Fundraiging Beef Barbeque

Photo courtesy of Lisa Desroches

Horse Associations, past-president of the Twin Lakes

Probus Club, active member of the Couchiching Point

Ratepayers’ Association, past-president of the Xerox

Retirees Association and a member and Eucharistic minister

at Guardian Angels Church. Jim was an avid sportsman,

angler and gardener. The family would like to

thank Dr. Reid and Dr. Ho, all of the doctors, nurses and

staff of Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, with special thanks

to emergency department staff and to special friends and

neighbours Carolyn and Rob Jones. The family received

friends at the Mundell Funeral Home in Orillia on

Wednesday, August 13th and the Mass of Christian

Burial will be held at the Church of the Guardian Angels

on Thursday, August 14, 2008. If desired memorial

donations to the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Messages

of condolence are welcomed at

By Judy Gill

The Area 3 All Novice Show was

held on August 15th in Palgrave, Ontario.

The show was very well attended with

over 430 entries. Every horse entered

received an Area 3 logo t-shirt with a

Dana Doodle on the front and a list of

sponsors on the back. First place received

a plaque or trophy, and 1st ñ 6th received

a ribbon and medallion. All 41 classes had

extra prizes, so every entry went home

with something regardless of placings.

Special draws were won by Melanie

Chin with Awesome Pure Genius, winning

the Professional Horsemans saddle

pad donated by AQHA/OQHA.

Anita Diebel, with Formula To Star,

won a picture donated by Advanced


Suzanne Ansaldo, with Investment

In Time, won the show halter donated by

Canter By Tack & Gift.

Joannie Backes, with An Awesome

Vintage, won the Wahl clippers donated

by Home Hardware.

Draws for new exhibitors were won

by Jill Nelson with Shugs Gold Britches,

Rebecca Dean with Spirited Britches,

David Appleby with Riders Skedaddle,

Evelyn Lucas with Tuff N Rulli, and

Kelly Solowka with Punch Buggy Bay.

They all received a Dana Doodle tote bag.

By: Elizabeth Willsey

Sharese Rivait of Orillia, Ontario has

made an impressive mark in the small fry

events since she started showing two

years ago. She shows Classical Version,

aka Oliver, in Youth Halter Geldings,

Small Fry Showmanship, and Walk–Jog.

Sharese is currently leading Area 3 and

Ontario in her present events. Last year,

Sharese and Oliver started competing in

lead line and captured the Ontario and

Area 3 award for Champion Lead line.

Not only is Sharese talented at riding and

showing, she is definitely one of the

cutest faces to see in the ring! She’s got

great equitation, as well as a huge smile!

Sharese’s goal for next year includes stepping

up to compete in the Youth 13 &

Under events. Sharese is excited to show

her new gelding, ‘Show Your Invitation’

aka Ross, number 222 shown presently by

Kim Allen. Keep your eye out for this

dynamic pair making their debut in 2009.

Sharese trains with Kelly Simpson

Thank you to all who donated to the All

Novice Show.

The Novice Show was held in conjunction

with the Summer Circuit. We

had great weather for horse showing,

entries were good, and there were many

sponsors, donations and commercial

exhibitors. Thanks to our members support

entries were good with many classes

being split.

The Fall Finale being held in conjunction

with the Breeders Futurity will

be held from September 5-7 at the Royal

Canadian Riding Academy. This will be

the final show. Stay tuned for banquet

info and year end awards. Check out for further information.

Sponsor Spotlight ñ Snugrugz

Snugrugz was started in B.C in

2005, and in 2008, Snugrugz East opened

in Ontario. Snugrugz produces fantastic

color coordinated products for horse and

rider, all with your personalized embroidery.

Snugrugz offers a wide variety of

products at great prices and were the official

suppliers to the Canadian Equestrian

Teams at the 2008 Olympics. Area 3 is

honored to have Snugrugz as a sponsor

for the 2008 show season. Thank you

Anna! Check out for

more information.

Youth Spotlight on Sharese Rivait

and Pat Chamberland, and would like to

thank them, as well as the whole team at

Kelly’s barn for encouraging her to do her

best and for inspiring her. Sharese is not

the only person in her family who loves to

ride, both her sister, Jasmyn, and her dad,

Rob, ride horses and succeed in the show

ring. And Sharese’s mom, Deb, also

plays a large role, making sure Sharese

and her sister, Jasmyn and their Dad, Rob

is organized and prepared to show. The

Rivait family shares their beautiful home

with several dogs, Angel, Keisha, Nick,

and Harley – I’m sure many of you have

probably met this cute Yorkie at the

shows, as he is always down at the ring

ready to cheer on Sharese and Jasmyn.

Sharese just turned nine this April

and is headed into Grade 4 at Notre

Dame. In her free time, Sharese enjoys

drawing, dancing, swimming and playing

with her best friend, Aimee.

Good Luck Sharese!

“TEAM WRANGLER – “Make Over My American Quarter

Horse!” Contest Winner Selected

Young horsewoman gets help from AQHA Professionals, Team Wrangler Duo

America’s Horse – The winner of the American Quarter

Horse Association’s online contest exclusively for youth,

“Team Wrangler – Make Over My American Quarter

Horse!” has been selected. Thirteen-year-old Lindsey Shank

of Oakdale, Minnesota, and her 7-year-old American Quarter

Horse gelding Skippa Bar Slick will receive a training

session from Professional Horseman Association and Team

Wrangler members Vicky Holt and Joni Nelson.

Shank’s winning essay was chosen from nearly 100

entries and described her desire to show in local 4-H competitions.

She provided a detailed list of maneuvers she wanted

her horse “Dreamy” to learn including how to pivot, sidepass

and back up straight.

Shank, an American Quarter Horse Youth Association

life member writes, “I know he can do these things, I just

don’t know how to train him to do everything on the list. I

really need some help in giving my great American Quarter

Horse a makeover!”

AQHA Professionals and Team Wrangler members

Holt and Nelson will offer their expertise to help make

Dreamy into a budding show horse for Shank. Vicky Holt of

Argyle, Texas, and Joni Nelson of Lone Grove, Iowa, are

known as all-around exhibitors, each earning numerous

championships in a variety of events. Both have extensive

experience coaching youth competitors.

Shank, Dreamy and the Team Wrangler duo will be

featured on the September 17 and September 20 episodes of

“AQHA Presents” on the RFD-TV network and in the October

issue of America’s Horse magazine.

Second through 10th place winners receive a prize

package that includes either Junior Master Horseman gift

pack, including both levels one and two of Junior Master

Horseman along with AQHYA product or AQHA’s Fundamentals

of Horsemanship Level I and a Wrangler product.

AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA

publications. For more information on The American Quarter

Horse Journal, The American Quarter Horse Racing

Journal or America’s Horse, visit


Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association

2007 Executive & Board of Directors

President: Kathy Larouche (613) 258-3153

Vice President/Secretary: Shawna Crawford

Past President: Brandon Suckow (613) 735-8903

Director of Future Development:

Sheryl Chillson (613) 348-3906

Treasurer/ Stalls/ Points: Dianne Runtz (613) 623-3540

Youth Director: Laurie Haughton (613) 301-6979


Website & Promotions/ Sponsorship:

Laurie Haughton (613) 301-6979

Len Hitsman

Debbie Haughton

Diana Hellyer

Cheryl Norris

Tausha Hellyer

Mary Lou Spaul

Barb Downer

Gilles Seguin

Caitlin Gifford

By Laurie Haughton.

Thanks to all of our sponsors, members, friends,

and patrons for making our 2008 EOQHA Summer Sizzler

a record breaker!!! It gives our board of directors

great pride to hear how much fun you have at our shows,

because after all our motto is “where the fun happens”

We would like to thank each and everyone of you who

attended this year’s six day show at Carp and say to each

of you, “see you next year, and we’ll do it all again”

So much happened at the Sizzler this year, that you

would be reading till tomorrow if we went into detail

about all the fun and happenings in this issue, so we figured

we’d share some photos from a few key events and

invite you to drop by to get filled in on

the specifics of the six days.

Photos by Loan Oak Photography & Laurie Haughton

Sizzler 2008 Was Our Biggest YET!

Marlene Smith “Ms Trick E Rider” – who was

eventually crowned the 2008 Ms Carp Queen!

Doug got a



to use at the

show thanks


John Backes

for providing

the new

CASE tractor

Elizabeth Willsey – this year our youth

offered a “pick up & delivery service”

for horse owners.

Bob Marley



jammed their

way to second

place in this

years Celeb


Joannie Backs, Jasmyn Reviat, Stephanie Willsey -EOQHA

youth were busy painting T-shirts to get ready for the second

annual Equine Essential Youth Horse Wash hosted after the All

Novice Show.

Corey Taylor one of seven contestants at

the ’08 Ms Carp Queen Contest & our

host of the stage show Justin Woodley

EOQHA Youth’s Wish Kid Josee

making her show ring début.

Debbie Haughton

“Miss Kawartha Twirler 1963”

Annual Circle R Saddlery Corn Roast

Ashley Dee & Jarrod Patterson getting

ready to start bathing horses and raising

money for the Youth Honour Roll program

& the 2008 EOQHA Congress Team


Dibhale –


her “Queen



rope and


bubbles at

the same

time “wow”

Above right: The Celebrity Western Pleasure raised over $1000 this year for our EOQHA Youth Programs. A live Bake

Auction was held a few nights before which also raised over $1000 to support EOQHA & the many social events that

we host at the shows. It just goes to show just how appreciative our members and guests are, and we thank each of you!

Sherry Newbiggin & Shorty were

joined by Stone in the ring

Steve Carter is CAPTIN

COWBOY !!!! Shrek aka Rick

Leek were entries in this year’s

Celebrity Western Pleasure

Sarah Rabishaw & Tristam Leclare with a

happy customer!

This year the charity of choice of Cruella De Vil & her adorable Dalmatian puppies was the Ottawa

Humane Society receiving the $100 cheque sponsored by Mariposa Market & The Willsey Family.

Cruella was Dawn Campbell & Chad Cruthers played the Dalmatian.


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Belinda Taggart

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Uxbridge, ON L9P 1R4

(905) 649-2159,

QROOI Results

July 26, 2008

Race #1 - 3 Yr Olds. Maiden, 350 yds, 17.91, SI: 89, $7,000.00

1/ Bottoms Up Corona, Ito / Reid, Owner: Ito, Donald M

2/ Madam Shazoom, Bennett / Crawford, Owner: Girard, Roger

3/ Royal Cash Bug, Bell / Tavares, Owner: Tavares, Christine

4/ Everything You Want, Phillips / Tavares, Owner: Tavares, Christine

5/ Louisiana Blue Magic, Walton / Reid, Owner: Hilton, Judy

Race #2 - 3 yr Old & Older. Non Winners of $2500 in 2008, 350 yds, 17.66,

SI: 96, $5,500.00

1/ Strawflyin Fitness, McInerney / Farrell, Owner: Farrell, Brian

2/ GH Rakin In The Cash, Mehak / Laszlo, Owner: North Wind Rcng Stbls


3/ North Of Seven, Raekelboom / Todd, Owner: McNichol, Gary & Marlene

4/ Cheque For A Million, Riel / Rundle, Owner: Rundle, Kevin & Lori

5/ I Wanna Zoom, MacLaren / Procter, Owner: Procter, Wayne/Carol

6/ Thanks Jack, Griffith / Sadler, Owner: Sadler, Jan

7/ Pegasos Informant, Phillips / Marcoux, Owner: Marcoux, Nadia

July 27, 2008

Race #1 - 3 Yr Old & Older. Maiden SI


How To Be A Cowboy/girl For A

Day (Team Penning for Beginners)

By Kelly Bowers

Info. available on many websites including &

Team penning is a western equestrian sport that evolved from the common ranch work of cowboys

who were responsible for separating cattle into pens for practical reasons such as branding, vet care or


Today it is a fast-paced and exciting event that allows

participants to compete as cowboys and cowgirls in an area about the size of a hockey arena. Penning is

often described as offering as much fun for the spectator as for the competitor. Like any sport, being

successful at team penning has requirements. First, you need to have solid riding skills. Also necessary

are a well trained horse,

good cow sense, and of

course a lot of good


The sport features 30

head of yearling cattle

with numbers on their

backs, three of each

number 1 through 10.

Each team of three riders

on horseback are given

from 60 to 90 seconds

(depending on the class

of the event) to separate

their three same-numbered

cattle from the

herd, and put them

through a gate opening

(8-12 ft) into a 16 ft.

pen, at the opposite end

of the arena.

As the lead rider crosses

the foul line, the line

judge has drops his flag

and the announcer gives

out a randomly drawn number, such as “Your number is 7.” The run begins. The team of 3 riders head

toward the cattle to cut out the three wearing number “7”, herd them to the opposite end of the arena

and direct them into the pen.

Teamwork is the key with all three riders working in harmony to drive their cattle into the pen

while keeping the wrong numbered cattle back. Time is called when a penner’s horse is in the pen

behind the cows and his hand is raised above his shoulder.

The team with the quickest time wins but a team

can be disqualified if too many “dirty” (wrong)

cows cross the foul line, a wrong numbered cow

enters the pen, or a rider “ruffs” a cow. Each

association has it’s own specific rules which are

used consistently by that group.

The history of the sport is thought to date back to

1942 when brothers Ray and Joe Yanez, along

with Canadian cowboy Bill Schwindt were sorting

steers from a herd of cattle on a Ventura County,

California ranch. During a lunch break the trio

reportedly came upon the idea of turning what

were routine cowboy chores into a competitive

sport, one in which cowboys could showcase their

abilities. The first organized competition is said to

have taken place at the Ventura County Fair in

1949. Today, the sport is often promoted as the

fastest homegrown western horse sport in North

America with an estimated 93,000 active

HOLIDAY WITH YOUR HORSE team penners in Canada and the USA.

Experience the beauty of the Oak Ridges Moraine from the comfort of

our 1870's farmhouse at Kendal Hills. Enjoy a leisurely country breakfast

on the veranda. Then ride or drive your horses directly into the

Ganaraska Forest. Spacious box stalls and turnout for your horse. Good

home cooking and country hospitality for you. Explore nearby towns:

theatre, antiques, fine dining, and the most beautiful scenery in southern

Ontario, all within an hour of Toronto. Stay for the night or the week,

rural comfort awaits.

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What Makes Team Penning Such A

Great Horse Sport?

• It is a fun and exciting weekend activity

for families to do with their HORSES!

• It’s an affordable western sport which

does not require special equipment.

• You meet great people who are supportive

of newcomers and beginners.

• You can participate at your own level

and compete against similarly experienced


• Competition is available at local,

regional, and national level.

• You do not need an expensive specialty

horse to start out.

There is most likely team penning close

to you or within a short drive.

The physical activity, socializing, fresh

air and horse time helps to keep you

active and healthy.

The Many Services of

McGrimmon Stables

Ottawa Valley area Team Penners,

Sorters, Cutters and Ropers may be interested

to hear about what is happening in

Perth. McGrimmon Stables, partner

ranch to The Pitzer Ranch in Nebraska, is

located on Christie Lake Road, about 45

minutes from Kanata. Owners, Todd and

Kim McGrimmon are involved in all the

fore mentioned sports and the news is that

McGrimmon Stables is expanding, big

time. This means that another top notch

facility will be available for cowboys and

cowgirls to learn, practice and compete at.

Although Todd McGrimmon has a

day job, his passion is obviously

McGrimmon Stables - well, the stables

plus his family of course. The home of

Todd, Kim and children, Emily (15),

Peter (9), and 2 yr. old Paige, is also home

to Todd’s other pride and joy, his QH

stallion, Two Eyed Biggun Jack, a 2002

buckskin QH stallion with Jack bloodlines.

Biggun is an extremely muscular

and athletic animal. Even though he is

average height, Biggun is an impressive

and intimidating sight, weighing in at a

hefty 1300 lbs.

The speedy expansion of McGrimmon

Stables which has occurred throughout

the summer is credited to builders,

HFH Inc. and is progressing beyond

expectations, says Todd. HFH has

planned and is building the five projects

on site as well as installing new fencing.

All is going very well so far.

The two newly built arenas are

where the real horse action will take place

once construction is completed. Space

will include a new 140 x 200 outdoor

arena and the 90 x 180 ft. indoor arena

which is attached to the current tack store

and boasts a 75 person viewing room.

The arenas will be used for training,

lessons, penning, clinics and by boarders

as well as for the cutting and roping

school - not to mention the 4 season Team

Penning league. The idea is to start early

in 2009 using the new indoor arena, move

it outside for the good weather and back

indoors for the off season. Year round

team penning - Now that’s something to

get excited about!

The newly constructed Horse Barn is

36x80 ft which provides 20 new stalls to

add to the 11 they have currently. That

will give them more room for a private

executive boarding service. One aspect

that makes this building unique is

McGrimmon’s intention to have a professionally

staffed hospital wing attached to

the barn. The complete care facility will

provide long and short term care, even

Photos by James Bell Photography,

Photo by James Bell Photography

providing space for surgeries and 24 hr

post operative care. Dr. Kim McGrimmon

will staff the hospital with vet students

and in partnership with the Perth

Veterinarian Clinic, working with Dr.

Steve Scott. Plans are to have the wing

in full operation this winter.

A separate 40x40 ft. Stud Barn will

hold offices, a lounge. It will also provide

space and amenities for a top notch

AI facility with mare care. Services will

be available for both McGrimmon owned

and outside stallions. The McGrimmon’s

will have over $40,000 worth of high

tech equipment to freeze semen, permitting

them to perform this AI service for

outside breeders. The facility is being

built to US and European standards and

McGrimmon has the paperwork, certification,

and experience which should

allow him to serve international clientele.

He also has his own stallions and 15 others

in Nebraska available to be utilized by

the clients of his breeding services.

What will the new McGrimmon Stables

look like? The buildings will all be

clad in chocolate brown metal with white

trim, surrounded by an astounding 4000

feet of new black stained board fencing.

I have a feeling that when it is completed,

some time in October or November of this

year, you won’t be able to miss it. Check

out to keep

tabs on their progress as their dream

becomes a reality.

Continued from Page 33

5/ Run Donnie Run, Phillips / Tavares, Owner: Tavares, Christine

6/ Reckless Bug, DeSouza / Laszlo, Owner: Paquin, Guylaine

7/ Magic Off The Chart, Walton / Baker, Owner: Campitelli,


8/ Toot for the Patriot, Bell / Tavares, Owner: Tavares, Christine

Race #10 - 3 Yr Old & Older. SI


QROOI Results

Continued From Page 35

8/ Bar Bailey Wrangler, DeSouza / Brigden, Owner: Silver Bullet Racing

Race #8 - 2 Yr Old. All Canadian Futurity, Non qualifiers, 350 yds, SI: nt,


1/ Illegal Dreamer, Ito / Reid, Owner: Romain, Mel

2/ Cotton Country, Raekelboom / Todd, Owner: McNichol, Gary & Marlene

3/ Fleet Markum, Mehak / Laszlo, Owner: Sommer, Dr. Gayle

4/ Jesshazoom, Bell / Tavares, Owner: Tavares, Christine

5/ Crown Of Luck, McInerney / Cruwys, Owner: Cruwys, Diedra

6/ Grabin The Cash, Walton / Lehtinen, Owner: Lehtinen, Erik/Joyce

7/ Brother Down, Deverell / Laszlo, Owner: Laszlo, Sandra

Race #9 - 2 yr old. All Canadian Futurity, 350 yds, SI: $91,600.00

1/ Dianetobewitcha, Ito / Reid, Owner: Ivy Lane Racing

2/ Code 36, Walton / Baker, Owner: Walton, Howard

3/ Streakin For Pop, Phillips / Tavares, Owner: Tavares, Christine

4/ Rona Mountain, Bennett / Crawford, Owner: Girard, Roger

5/ Jazzy Classy Miss, Bell / Tavares, Owner: Tavares, Christine

6/ Retro Rentry, Deverell / Tavares, Owner: Tavares, Christine

7/ Stellar Lake, Raekelboom / Slater, Owner: Slater, Marguerite

Race #10 - 3 Yr Old & older. Claiming $7,000, 350 yds, 17.84, SI: 91,


1/ Watch I Can Fly, McInerney / Todd, Owner: McNichol, Gary & Todd,


2/ Eyesabreezin, Dominguez / Crawford, Owner: Girard, Roger

3/ Outdoit, Bell / Tavares, Owner: Hubercheck, Bill

4/ Letters to Delta, Bennett / Crawford, Owner: Girard, Roger

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Section 2

Ashley Holzer Places 14th at

2008 Olympic Games

Hong Kong, China – Ashley Holzer of

Toronto, ON, ended her third Olympic

bid in 14th place individually at the 2008

Olympic Games in Hong Kong, China.

Holzer was one of 15 athletes from

the original starting field of 47 to qualify

for the Individual Final held Tuesday

night at the Sha Tin Olympic equestrian

venue. In the Grand Prix Freestyle,

which acts as the Individual Final, riders

choreograph required technical movements

to the music of their choice.

Performing to music from the Disney

Epcot Center fireworks display and from

Isabell Werth taking Silver riding Satchmo and Heike Kemmer

earning the bronze with Bonaparte.

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Ashley Holzer.........................................37

Diane Creech ..........................................38

EEE Case................................................39

Lee Tubman............................................40

BMO Nation’s Cup ................................41

OnTRA News.........................................42

Christine Walsh ......................................43

Coming Events .......................................43

R.E.A.C.H. .............................................44

Carino Passes Away ...............................44

Sunrise Therapeutic................................44

Horse Of Course.....................................45

Make Money With Horses .....................45

Marquest World Cup..............................46


Minis at the CNE....................................47


Inspiring Young Riders ..........................49

Holidays On Horseback..........................51

Hugh Graham .........................................52

Gary Brewster.........................................53

The Carriage Driver................................54

Walnut Hill.............................................55

EOPDS News .........................................55

Equus 3D ................................................55

Classifieds ..............................................56


Real Estate..............................................64


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Olympic Games.”

Photo by Cealy Tetley,

the motion picture ‘National Treasure’,

Holzer produced a harmonious test riding

Pop Art that was highlighted by strong

piaffe and passage work as well as

impressive pirouettes and half-pass. At

the end of her test, Holzer was smiling

broadly as she came down the center line

in passage to her final halt.

“I wanted it to be a symphony of

music from beginning to end,” said Holzer,

44, of her Freestyle designed by Karen

Robinson of Applause Dressage of Vancouver,

BC. “I think it’s harmonious; it

has peaks and valleys that keep the crowd


The panel of five international judges

rewarded Holzer with a score of

71.450%. Combined with her Grand Prix

Special score of 68.76%, Holzer’s final

average score was 70.105%.

“To be among the top in the world, to

be in the company of these people, is an

honour,” said Holzer, who won a Team

Bronze Medal at the 1988 Seoul

Olympics. “Coming here, I thought I

would be a lot higher. I did. Do I wish it

had gone better? Yes. But I made the

Freestyle and to be on an honest horse is

a great feeling. It’s something you can

build on.”

Holzer’s horse, Pop Art, is an 11-

year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

owned by her parents, Ian and Moreen

Nicoll, and her husband, Rusty Holzer.

Holzer competed in Hong Kong surrounded

by her family, including her children

Emma, 11, and Harry, 9.

When the Individual Medals were

awarded, it was Anky Van Grunsven of

the Netherlands who wore the Gold for

the third consecutive Olympic Games.

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Diane Creech Scores Double

Victories at CDI CNE Classic

Ottawa, ON—Diane Creech of

Caistor Centre, ON, earned a double

victory in Toronto, winning the

Grand Prix on August 8, and the

Grand Prix Special on August 9, at

the CDI-W CNE Classic, held at

the Ricoh Centre in Toronto, ON,

August 7 to 9, 2008.

Creech, riding Wiona, Louise

Leatherdale’s 11-year-old Hanoverian

mare sired by Weltmeyer,

received a score of 66.750%. Jessica

Costello of King City, ON, won

second place on Litmanen, a 15-

year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding,

sired by Facet, owned by Judy

Elliott. Simone Williams of Navan,

ON, finished in third with her

“Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON, earned a double

victory in Toronto, winning the Grand Prix on August

8, and the Grand Prix Special on August 9, at the

CDI-W CNE Classic, held at the Ricoh Centre in

Toronto, ON, August 7 to 9, 2008.”

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horse Wunder Ein (Wolkenstein II x Maat), a

10-year-old Hanoverian gelding. 1988 Olympic

Bronze Medalist Cindy Ishoy of Lynden, ON,

finished in fourth place, with Dread Response

(Donnerschlag x Rosenkavalier), an 11-year-old

Rheinlander gelding owned by Joseph Saul.

Creech and Wiona also earned the top

score of 65.480% during the Grand Prix Special

competition. Costello and Litmanen finished second.

Williams and Wunder Ein won the Grand

Prix Freestyle with a score of 67.550%. Finishing

second was Ishoy and Dread Response with


In the Advanced Division, Williams and

Wunder Ein finished first, and Ishoy and Dread

Response placed second in the Intermediaire II

class. The Intermediaire I Freestyle was won by

2004 Olympian Belinda Trussell of Stouffville,

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Mario Deslauriers


‘Athlete of the

Month’ for July

Ottawa, Ontario — Jump Canada has named

Mario Deslauriers the CAVALOR ‘Athlete of

the Month’ for July.

Deslauriers of Bromont, QC, kicked off

the month of July with a second place

finish, on July 6, in the $175,000

Chrysler Classic Derby at the Spruce

Meadows North American Tournament

riding Paradigm, his 14-year-old Belgian

Warmblood gelding.

On July 27, at the 33rd edition of

the International Bromont, presented by

CN, Deslauriers won the $125,000 CN

Grand Prix. Besting a field of 29

starters to win the class, Deslauriers

posted the fastest double clear effort

riding Obelix R, a 12-year-old Dutch

Warmblood gelding owned by Lisa T.


“I had two very good ribbons in

July, and it is always nice to end Spruce

Meadows on a good note in preparation

for the ‘Masters’ in September,” said

Deslauriers. “It is great to have CAV-

ALOR involved with Jump Canada.

They have fantastic products, and it

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North America.”

As the CAVALOR ‘Athlete of the

Month’ for July, Deslauriers receives a

gift certificate from the title sponsor


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Warning For

North Durham About

Eastern Equine



The Durham Region Health Department

has released test results performed on a horse

from Durham region. The department confirmed

last week that the horse tested positive

for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) earlier

this month and died shortly afterward. The rare

virus mainly affects horses and some bird

species but can be transmitted to humans by an

infected mosquito, similar to West Nile virus

(WNV). The symptoms of the two viruses are

also similar, ranging from a mild flu-like illness

to coma and death. Not many people

know about EEE because it is rarely found in

Ontario. However, for humans who do contract

the virus, the mortality rate is about 1 in 3.

There have also been two positive tests

for WNV in birds reported in Durham Region

this summer. However, horse to human

transmission by an infected mosquito is

extremely rare, due to the small amount of the

virus found in equine bloodstreams. A vaccine

for horses is available, however, not for

humans at this time.

Infection is most common in swampy

areas which provide a breeding ground for the

mosquitoes that transmit the viruses. According

to Dr.Robert Kyle, Durham Region’s Medical

Officer of Health, residents of and near Lake

Scugog are not at increased risk, since the

mosquito which transmits the disease from

birds to humans (a different species of

mosquito carries the virus from birds to horses)

lives in warmer regions such as the southern


The following precautions are advised:

• Avoid areas with high mosquito populations;

• Stay inside from dusk to dawn when

mosquitoes are most active;

• Use a mosquito repellent with DEET, carefully

following manufacturers instructions;

• Wear light-coloured clothing (mosquitoes are

attracted to darker colours),

• Cover skin with long sleeves and pants, socks

and a hat to cover exposed skin;

• Check all windows and doors in the home for

holes tight fitting screens

• Empty stagnant water around the outside of

your home (Mosquitos often breed in shallow

still water)


Source: By Blake Wolfe/The Scugog Standard


Lee Tubman Victorious at CDI-W Saugerties

Lee Tubman of Dunnville, ON, won the Intermediaire Freestyle at the

CDI-W 3* Centerline Events @ HITS held in Saugerties, NY,

August 15 to 17, 2008.

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Events @ HITS held in Saugerties,

NY, August 15 to 17, 2008.

Tubman, riding De La Rosa,

Ducat Developments’ seven-year-old

Hanoverian mare sired by De Niro,

received a score of 69.083%. Canadian

1988 bronze medal Olympian,

Gina Smith of Brockville, ON, and

her nine-year-old Westphalian gelding,

Frappuccino, sired by Florestan I,

finished in fourth with 67.500.

“I found De La Rosa in Germany

as a four-year-old, and she was the

FEI five-year-old and six-year-old

Canadian Champion the past two

years,” noted Tubman. “This is her

first season at the Prix St. Georges and

Intermediaire I level, and this was our

best class this season. I am really

making an effort to take her to Florida

this winter, so we can continue to

improve at the advanced level.”

In the Intermediaire I class, Gary

Vander Ploeg of King City, ON,

earned a score of 64.583% with

Degas, a nine-year-old Oldenburg

gelding (Donnerhall x Brinz Miro)

which was good for third. Tubman

Diane Creech

Continued from Page 38.

ON, with a score of 69.550%.

Trussell was riding the eightyear-old

German-bred gelding

Anton (Antaeus x Melit),

owned by Robyn Eames, to

music from the soundtrack of

the Bee Movie.

“Anton was really good

in this venue. It is very good to

be able to ride in an indoor stadium

setting, and my horse

handled it really well,” noted

Trussell. “He was really on and

completely ridable.”

Creech and her second

horses, Devon L, Douglas

Leatherdale’s eight-year-old

Hanoverian gelding sired by

De Niro, finished second with a

score of 67.950%. Third place

went to Julie Watchorn of

Schomberg, ON, her mare

Quintesse, a 15-year-old Belgian

Warmblood, with a score

of 67.600%. Young Rider,

Leah Wilson of Orangeville,

ON, and her gelding Amusant,

a 13-year-old Hanoverian, finished

in fourth with a score of

67.000%. Lee Tubman of Dunnville,

ON, followed in fifth

place, with 65.600%, aboard

the seven-year-old Hanoverian

mare De La Rosa (De Niro x

Rohdiamant) owned by Ducat


Devon L and Creech also

won the Intermediaire I with

68.000%, and Trussell and

Anton were second with

66.900. Wilson and Amusant

earned a score of 65.450% for

third, and Linda Robert of Terrebonne,

QC, on Wedding Surprise,

Daniel Barolet’s 15-yearold

Hanoverian gelding sired

by World Cup III, finished in

fourth with 64.250%.

“Wiona is so awesome

and honest. She keeps pushing

herself. Devon is comfortable

at his level and he continues to

be eager and have fun,” noted

Creech. “I am so fortunate to

have the ride on these great

horses. I am grateful to Mr. and

Mrs. Leatherdale for their continued


and De La Rosa finished in fifth place.

King City’s Daphne Haagmans and

her horse Nimos, a 13-year-old Dutch

warmblood gelding sired by Jetset-D,

earned a sixth place finish.

Vander Ploeg and Degas also finished

in fourth place in the Prix St.

Georges class with 66.167%. Tubman

and De La Rosa received 65.000% for

sixth place overall. Riding Tygo B, an

eight-year-old Dutch warmblood mare

sired by Wolfgang, Tumban also finished

in seventh. Smith and Frappuccino

were eighth.

In the Grand Prix, 1988 Olympic

bronze medalist Cindy Ishoy of Lynden,

ON, finished in third place, with

Dread Response (Donnerschlag x

Rosenkavalier), an 11-year-old Rheinlander

gelding owned by Joseph Saul.

The pair also scored 65.750% in the

Grand Prix Freestyle for second place.

Nancy MacLachlan of Terra Cotta,

ON, and her long-time partner Ariston

earned a fifth place finish in the Grand

Prix. MacLachlan and Ariston then

moved up one place to second in the

Grand Prix Special.

In the FEI Pony division, Vivian

Cornell of Kingston, ON, won the

Freestyle, and finished second in both

The Prix St. Georges

class was won by Trussell and

Anton with a score of 67.550%,

followed by Creech and Devon

L in second place with 66.40%.

In third place, with 66.150%,

was Tubman and De La Rosa.

With Amusant, Wilson earned

a score of 65.800% for fourth

place, and Jill Irving of Moncton,

NB, riding her gelding

Grand Marnier, an 11-year-old

Hanoverian sired by Grand

Cru, followed close behind for

fifth place with 64.950%. Gary

Vander Ploeg of King City,

ON, and Degas (Donner Hall x

Pring Miro), an 11-year-old

Oldenburg gelding owned by

Jean Vander Ploeg, placed

sixth with 64.350%.

In the Young Rider and

Junior category Katharine Martin

of Burlington, ON, won the

FEI Young Rider Freestyle

(67.200%) and the FEI Young

Rider Team Test with Optimist,

Elizabeth Bishop’s 12-year-old

Dutch Warmblood gelding.

The FEI Young Rider Individual

test was won by Sarah Diasy

Kosa, of Toronto, ON, riding

the Team and Individual tests aboard

Faith Berghuis’ Daylight.

The international judging panel

included Lorraine MacDonald (FEI I-

CAN), Axel Steiner (FEI O-USA),

Anne Gribbons (FEI O-USA), Sarah

Geikie (FEI C-SA), Marian Cunningham

(FEI I-PER) and Maria Colliander


About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee

of Equine Canada, is the National

governing body for Dressage in Canada.

Dressage Canada’s objective is to

foster the growth of Dressage and the

pursuit of excellence in the sport at the

local, national and international levels.

Dressage Canada provides support

and guidance to both amateur and professional

through the following programs:

coaching education and programs,

officials’ education and programs,

rules & qualifying criteria,

sport development, publications &

awards. For more information about

Dressage Canada, please visit the

Dressage section of the Equine Canada


Robic, a 14-year-old Belgian

Warmblood owned by

Katharine Renison.

The FEI Junior Freestyle

(64.550%), Individual and

Team tests were all won by

Elizabeth Allum of Orleans,

ON, and her horse Watson, a

10-year-old Danish Warmblood


In the FEI Pony Division,

Noemie Gagnon-Bergeron of

Kanata, ON, and Crown Royal,

won the Freestyle with a score

of 66.250%. The pair also won

the Individual and the team test

as well.

In the Young Horse Five-

Year-Old Division Annaliese

Farber of Peterborough, ON,

rode Karen Thomson’s

Hanoverian stallion, sired by

Don Frederico, Donnegan, to

wins in both the Preliminary

(77.600%) and the Finale classes

(84.600%). Oskar K, a

Canadian Warmblood gelding

owned by Joanne Walker and

ridden by Susan Ziereisen of

Carp, ON, finished second in

both the Preliminary class,

77.000%, and the Finale with

75.200.000%. Godiva, a

Trakehner mare owned and ridden

by Julie Watchorn, finished

third in the Preliminary class

with 71.200, and third in the

Finale class (67.200%).

The international judging

panel included Stephen Clarke

(FEI O—GBR), Brenda Minor

(FEI C—CAN), Linda Louise

Zang (FEI O—USA), Mary

Robins (FEI C—NZD) and

Maria Colliander (FEI I—FIN).

About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a

committee of Equine Canada,

is the National governing body

for Dressage in Canada. Dressage

Canada’s objective is to

foster the growth of Dressage

and the pursuit of excellence in

the sport at the local, national

and international levels. Dressage

Canada provides support

and guidance to both amateur

and professional through the

following programs: coaching

education and programs, officials’

education and programs,

rules & qualifying criteria,

sport development, publications

& awards. For more

information about Dressage

Canada, please visit the Dressage

section of the Equine

Canada site.


Canadian Show Jumping Team Ties for Second

Ottawa, ON-The Canadian Show Jumping

Team, comprised of Jonathan Asselin of

Calgary, AB, Jill Henselwood of Oxford

Mills, ON, Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON,

and Ian Millar of Perth, ON, tied for second

in the $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup held

September 6 at the CSIO Spruce Meadows

‘Masters’ Tournament in Calgary, AB.

The richest team show jumping event

in the world, the 2008 edition of the

Nations’ Cup saw nine teams competing -

Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Ireland,

the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland,

and the United States.

At the end of the first round, counting

the best three of four scores from each

team, Germany was in the early lead with a

perfect score of zero faults while Switzerland,

the United States and Canada were in

in BMO Nations’ Cup

stallion owned by Ashland Stables and Torrey Pines, and Millar riding

In Style, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Susan Grange, both

jumped their second clear rounds of the day, they helped Canada secure

its second place finish. With a two-round total of eight faults, Canada

tied for second with Germany and the Netherlands.

“It is a great responsibility riding in front of our home crowd,”

noted Millar, who rode as the Canadian Team anchor. “We wanted it so

bad for the team and for the country.”

The United States won the competition with a tworound

total of four faults. Great Britain finished fifth with a

score of 12 faults, while Switzerland rounded out the top

six with a score of 20 faults.

About Jump Canada

Jump Canada is the committee of Equine Canada responsible for all

hunter, equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots

to the international level. Jump Canada is governed by a board of directors,

the majority of whom are elected by the stakeholders in the sport.

For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities,


“Ian Millar delivered two clear rounds

riding In Style to help Canada finish tied

for second in the $350,000 BMO Nations’

Cup held Saturday, September 6, at the

Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament in

Calgary, AB.” Photo by Cealy Tetley,

a three-way tie for second position with

four faults. The Netherlands was in fifth

position with eight faults and Great Britain

had 12 faults for sixth spot. As only the top

six teams move forward to the second

round, Ireland, Italy and Norway failed to


Canada’s first round score included

clear rounds from Olympic Individual Gold

medalist Lamaze and his Silver Medal

teammate, Millar. Henselwood, who was

also a member of Canada’s Silver Medal

Team, had four faults. Asselin’s eight-fault

round provided the drop score.

In the second round Henselwood and

the 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding Special

Ed, owned by Juniper Farms, provided the

drop score with 12 faults. Asselin and

Attache Stables’ nine-year-old Hannoverian

mare, Rayana Chiara, had only a foot in the

water for four faults. When Lamaze riding

Hickstead, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood

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President: Karen A. Sibbald

Vice President: Sonia Koczekan

Treasurer: Victoria Davidson LaCombe

Secretary: Gay Harper

Directors: John McClellan, Judi Island,

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OnTRA News

Three ParaEquestrians

achieve National standings in

EC Gold Level National Competition

held at the 2008 Ontario

ParaSport Summer Games

“It’s ability not disability,

that counts”

The ‘2008 Ontario ParaSport

Summer Games’ hosted the

largest Para Equestrian Show

Tim Dack

ever held in Ontario and saw three

ParaEquestrian achieve National


These Ontario provincial

championships for athletes with a

disability showcased 134 of

Ontario’s best athletic talent. The

Equestrian portion of the ParaSport

Games were held Sat. July 26th at

Community Association for Riding

for the Disabled (C.A.R.D.) in

North York.

The Equestrian event showcased

20 of Ontario’s top ParaEquestrian

competitors including

Paralympians, Judi Island of Caledon

and Dax Adam of Scarborough

who were members of the 2004

Athens Canadian Paralympic Team,

as well as Maria Simpson of Toronto

who was a member of the 1998

Atlanta Paralympics.

The EC Gold Level competition

began the day with three

Advanced Level riders who first

rode a Championship Test followed

Judi Island

by a Freestyle to Music. Gold went

to Grade 4 rider Geraldine Lewis of

Richmond Hill, ON riding the lovely

moving ‘Mighty Heights’, a 23

yr. old TB owned by Karin Davis.

With the use of a rein hand hold and

a lot of determination Lewis continues

to compete in able-bodied competitions.

At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics,

Mighty Heights was ridden

by Kay Gebbie (GB) Gr. 4 rider to

Gold in the Freestlye.

Dax Adam, Grade 2 Paralympian

of Scarborough,ON, rode

14 yr. old ‘Rhythm of the Night’ to

earn a Gold Medal. Adam trains

with Gary Vander Ploeg, a top

Canadian FEI dressage trainer and

coach, based at Pine Ridge Farm,

King, ON. Since 2000, he has been

short listed to the Canadian Paralympic

Team. Adam competed with

the Canadian ParaEquestrian Team

last year at the 2007 World Para

Dressage Championships in

Gloucestershire, Eng. on Donnymaskell

placing 17th.

Judi Island, a Grade 1B Paralympian,

of Caledon, ON, teamed

up with ‘Class Act’, a 22 year old

14.1 hand, Welsh/Trakehner, a pony

in the program at CARD. Island has

shown a strong comeback in her

first competition since a serious

injury last year. Since 2001, Island

has become an accomplished rider

representing Canada in 5 international

competitions earning 4 Gold,

2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.

Island took home another Gold

Medal and achieved the ‘overall

high’ score at the 2008


The impressive

list of officials included

John MacPherson - EC

‘M’ level Dressage Judge;

Gwynne Rooke - FEI

Stewart and Show Coordinator,

Kirsten Sarah


2008 OSPG - EC Gold



Rider/ Horse/ Test/ Score/

Medal Placing

Gr.1B Judi Island, ‘Class

Act’, Gr. 1B Championship

Freestyle, 68.1,

77.5, Gold

Gr.2 Dax Adam,

‘Rhythm of the Night’,

Gr. 2 Championship

Above Left: Judi Schloss. Above Right: Geraldine Lewis. Below Left: Cynthia Berringer. Below Centre: Michelle Wilder. Below Right: Maria Simpson

Freestyle, 71.4, 73.5, Gold

Gr.4 Geraldine Lewis, ‘Mighty Heights’, Gr. 4

Championship Freestyle, 68.1, 75.6, Gold

NOTE: When there is one rider in a class, medal

placings are determined by score.

2008 OPSG Largest ParaEquestrian Dressage

Show held in Ontario!

The prestigious three day Ontario ParaSport

Summer Games kicked off with Opening Ceremonies

on Friday at noon when athletes from all

across Ontario paraded into the large gymnasium at

Variety Village to the applause of family, friends

and dignitaries. After a performance by musician

Justin Hines, the torch was lit and the games began.

In addition to Para Equestrian the Games included;

Track and Field, Boccia, Wheelchair Tennis, Goalball

(for athletes with visual impairments and blindness)

and Powerlifting.

Riders are graded by their disability from

Grade 1 (most disabled) to 4 (least disabled) with

the dressage tests similarly related, so in Grade 1

they do walk and trot movements, becoming more

difficult through the grades, to Grade 4 who ride

Medium level dressage or above. This ensures an

even and fair competition, where after grading –

‘it’s ability not disability that counts’.

Though the equestrian was an ‘own horse’

competition, six riders from a distance who were

unable to bring their own mounts so chose the

option to ride a ‘borrowed’ horse. The success of

the competition entirely rests on having good quality

horses. A huge thank you to Abbey Simbrow,

Executive Director at CARD who kindly arranged

to loan these horses so the riders could participate.


A record nine entries in the Intermediate Level

competition made for an exciting day. Grade 1A

with the first rider in Jody Schloss of Toronto had a

great ride despite a glitch with the music. Schloss

began riding at CARD 1999. At the 2007 Ontario

Paralympic Games, she was the Intermediate Level

Champion receiving a Bronze medal. This year

Schloss improved her score to be awarded the

‘Grade 1A Gold Medalist’.

The Grade 1B Gold Medal was captured by

Michelle Wilder, a 23 year old from Whitby, ON.

Although initially Wilder started to ride for purely

therapeutic reasons, she has ridden on many horses

throughout her 2 years in this sport. Wilder competed

in the ‘2008 Sea to Sea Winter Series’ Dressage

Competitions and has enjoyed the opportunity to

compete monthly to continue to improve her riding


Ṁaria Simpson, Paralympian, has been riding

since she was 10 years old. At the age of 18 she

attended her first World Dressage Championships in

Denmark in 1991 bringing home 2 Bronze Medals.

In 1996 she attended the 1998 Atlanta Paralympic

Games. Simpson seized the Gold in Grade 2 by edging

out CARD team mate Brock Bontje who took

home the Silver Medal.


With four strong contenders in Grade 1A, the

Gold Medal went to 21 yr. old Cynthia Berringer

who began riding at CARD at 4 years of age.

Berringer, who is studying Psychology at York University,

has participated in many riding events at

CARD. The Silver Medal was clinched by Courtney

Bashaw representing CARD and Bronze by first

time C.O.D.R.P. competitor, Trish Murrin.

In Grade 1B the judge found it hard to separate

the field. Silver was captured by first time competitor,

Elaine Davidson from GRACE in Owen Sound.

The battle for Bronze was a tie between team mates,

Amber Walker and Jennifer Young representing

Lanark T.R.C. With just a point spread between first

and fourth place, Timothy Dack’s score squeaked

out in front to win his first ever Gold Medal in dressage.

Dack who hails from Almonte, ON has been

riding with the Lanark County T.R.C. for all the 22

years that it has been in existence!!

A special congratulation goes to Tim Dack

who was presented ‘The 2008 Shopper’s Drug Mart

Award of Merit’ at the 2008 OSPG Award Banquet

for the Equestrian for achieving his overall personal

best and in recognition of outstanding sportsmanship

at this year’s Games.

The Games wrapped up Saturday night with a

closing Awards Banquet followed by a dance at

Centennial College’s Progress Campus. Paralympics

Continued on Page 43


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Solomon Kurtz, CARD, C.J., 67.8, H.C.

Fran Streeter, Independant, B.G. 67.2, H.C.


Maria Simpson, CARD, Prince, 68.9, Gold

Brock Bontje, CARD, Woody, 63.2, Silver


Gerald Mosa, Independant, B.H. 63.2, H.C.


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Courtney Bashaw, CARD, Abbey, 67.1, Silver,

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Danika Blackstock, C.O.D.R.P., Olliver, 66.4, H.C.

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Loss Of The Black

Beauty, Carino

By Kelly Bowers.

There is a new shiny jewel in the municipal crown

of Clinton, Ontario. A ground breaking ceremony for

the new Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of

Huron Centre was held on July 23rd. REACH will operate

as a non-profit location offering innovative educational

programming and recreational activities to support

both the equine and agricultural industries.

They have already partnered with some big equine

guns like the University of Guelph, Equine Guelph,

Avon Maitland District School Board, Huron-Perth

Catholic District School Board, the OHHA, the ORC,

Clinton Raceway., Ontario Farriers Assoc., Huron County

Fed. of Ag. and the SARI Riding Institute.

As the Centre comes together it will include the following:

• 23,000 sq. ft. of indoor riding surface

• Stabling for 40 or more animals

• Indoor wash stalls and tack room

• Indoor heated viewing room

• Covered warm up ring

• 20,000 square feet of outdoor riding surface

under lights

• More than six acres of land for the school

and arena

• Specialized farrier science room in the barn

• Indoor grandstand seating for more than

500 people

• 9,000 square feet of classroom and

administration area

• A specialized classroom for live animal

viewing and study

• Media training and display equipped classrooms

• An institutional kitchen

• Green roof on a portion of the school

• Energy efficient windows, lighting, insulation

and HVAC

• Residence space for some students and staff

• Access to the Clinton Raceway

• 3 klm. ride from riding trails in 6,000

acres of provincial Hullett Wildlife Area

The indoor and outdoor arenas will provide venues

to host spring fairs, 4H exhibitions, various horse shows,

rodeos, home and garden shows, kennel shows, auctions,

animal sales, agility events and much more.

Programming at this educational facility includes an

assortment of equine interests, and they are hoping to

partner with other groups in the future to extend their

selection even further. Certificate programs such as

Farrier Science, Horsemanship, Standardbreds and

Equine Management are available. The apprenticeships

include Grooming, and Dairy or Swine Herdsperson.

There is also a wide variety of short courses appropriate

for most equestrians such as:

• Tack maintenance

• Tack manufacturing

• Trail riding

• Pesticide Reduction

• Turf

• Groomer Orientation

• Hoof Care

• Horse Owners Seminar Series

• Nutrition

• Business Marketing

• Journalism workshop

• First Aid animal sector

• Breeder seminars

• Livestock Medicine

• Equine Message

• Western English Prep Course

• Nuisance/Pest Control

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Pictured at right are Rebecca Grose,

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van Engen volunteer board chair and Meagan

Weber. Rebecca Grose was the top Top

Fundraiser Award for the 2007 Sunrise Therapeutic

Riding & Learning Centre Trail Ride

and Meagan Weber was the top junior


The one day event raises funds to support

Sunrise Programs. Participants enjoyed

a afternoon ride on scenic groomed trails and

a delicious BBQ. at the end of the trail.

Sunrise has provided therapy, recreation,

sport and life skills training programs

for children and adults with special needs

since 1982. The program focuses on individual ability by

providing an environment of challenge, enjoyment and


Therapeutic riding, is beneficial for young people

and adults with both physical and developmental challenges.

Individuals experience important physical, psychological

and social benefits through an effective combination

of therapy, recreation and animal care programs.

This year’s Trail Ride Fundraiser Event is scheduled

for Saturday September 27th 2008 in Puslinch.

Pledge sheets are available by contacting Joan Cullen at

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It is with deep regret

that we announce the passing

of ATA Elite Stallion

Carino ‘E’ at the age of 32

years. On August 8th, the

aging champion was sick

for the first time since he

was bought by Connie

Kempter in 1986. The

horse, though considered a

senior equine, was still

beautiful, healthy and

frisky until he fell suddenly

ill so it was quite a shock

for everyone. The diagnosis

was a blockage of the

esophagus caused by

diminished molars.

Aggressive treatment of the

ailment was not successful

and after consulting with

several specials, the difficult

decision was made to

end his suffering. This fall,

he was to move with his

owners from their home at

“He’s like a big dog. I think he wishes he

could come home from the barn with me.”

Canada’s Jenn Thomas of

Schomberg, ON, was the only other rider

to advance to the jump-off aboard Footloose,

but they dropped two rails. For

Walsh, being first to jump-off worked to

her advantage.

“It was less nerve-wracking for me

to go first because I feel like I got to set

the bar,” said Walsh who trains with Lisa

Rex. “It was a fun course. I really enjoyed


Walsh also rode her big 18-year-old

gelding, Muzcot, to sixth place in the

class. “He’s perfect; a gentle giant,” she


Molly Newsome of Mendham, NJ,

also collected multiple ribbons on Saturday

in the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling

Children’s Jumper Classic, sponsored by

CM Hadfields Saddlery. Aboard Touch N

Go, she took the win and also earned a

yellow ribbon riding O’Hara.

“My trainer and my parents help me

out so much I have to thank them first of

all,” said Newsome, 15, who trains with

Jamie Maillet. Her mother Mei Mei and

sister Riley also ride at the Vermont Summer

Festival along with her father Jim.

They are always there to support me no

matter what. I know it takes a lot of time

and money to support this but I appreciate

all that they do for me,” Newsome added.

Touch N Go is a 7-year-old Dutch

Rappenhof in St. Lazare,

QC to the new ranch, Rappenhof

Trakehner Summit

in South Osoyoos, BC - but

it seems it was not to be.

During his career as a

stud, Carino sired an estimated

400 offspring in

Germany and North America

who excel in disciplines

as diverse as halter class,

dressage up to FEI level,

“A” circuit show

hunter/Jumper, endurance

and harness driving. Carino

and his mate, ATA Elite

Palma Nigra, shared an

unusually close and vocal

relationship. Their pairing

produced an award winning

ATA Model mare, an

ATA champion mare, a

Canadian Triple Crown

Champion and 4 approved

black ATA stallions,

(including his most famous

Christine Walsh

Continued from Page 43.

son, Platinum vom Rappenhof,

also owned by

Connie Kempter).

However, the black

beauty was not just a stallion.

He was talented in

several disciplines and was

blessed with flawless conformation.

He was also

full of personality, known

as a kind, intelligent, easy

going and big hearted companion

who was reliable

and cool in every situation.

Carino was laid to

rest in his favourite pasture

near a birch tree grove at

his home. He will be sadly

missed by many four

legged and two legged

friends and family members

whose lives he has

touched. Our condolences

go to everyone at Rappenhof.

Warmblood mare with grand prix experience

who Newsome said has been a great

teacher. “I actually have to ride her. She

always covers for my mistakes though,”

she said. “I love how much energy she

has and how she really loves to jump.

Once she gets out there, she just keeps


Newsome first met Touch N Go on

her birthday. “My dad said I was getting a

saddle,” she remembered. But much to

her delight, the horse under the saddle

was part of the deal. Her trainer bought

the mare in The Netherlands from Robert

Peck, and Newsome bonded with her

instantly. “She licked my face as soon as I

met her in the stall. I’ve never had a horse

do that before.”

Newsome hopes to continue to climb

up the ranks with Touch N Go and plans

to return to the Vermont Summer Festival

next year along with her family.

During the year, more than 2,400

riders from coast to coast compete at over

800 Marshall & Sterling League member

horse shows to earn a spot at the Finals.

Since its inception in 1991, the Marshall

& Sterling League Finals have provided

the goal that has fueled the competitive

spirit of child and adult riders at all levels

of competition.

For more information on the 2008

Vermont Summer Festival please visit or e-mail

A Horse, Of Course

By Don Blazer

It’s time we banned

drugs from equestrian

events—jumping, western

events, rodeo, racing,

eventing, dressage.

I’m not saying we ban

“performance enhancing”

drugs, I’m saying we ban

all drugs…period.

It would be in the best

interest of the horse,

horsemen and in the long

run, the horse industry.

I’m fully aware banning

drugs would have a

negative financial impact; but it would only be for a

short period of time. (Veterinarians, trainers, horse

owners and event promoters and sponsors are

already running around screaming I’m crazy….such

an action would be a disaster from which we could

never recover. Horse feathers! We will recover,

and beautifully, and all those screaming now will in

the future be more prosperous.)

Decide we really care for horses, their welfare,

and for humans, and their welfare, and then set a

date after which the use of drugs in an equestrian

event would not be tolerated; any violator would be

stripped of any award and banned from future participation.

(The penalty for violation must be severe

to be effective. Today’s penalties for using illegal

drugs aren’t an effective deterrent.)

If the ban date was set one year in the future,

horses and horsemen planning to participate in the

event would have plenty of time to get “drug free.”

And all it would take to get “clean” would be

one or two breed associations to make the commitment

and start the ball rolling.

Horses don’t believe in “no pain, no gain.” So

the first rule for preparing a horse for any performance

is “no pain.”

There are two ways to achieve “no pain.” First

method: be sure the horse is sound, has been trained

to a level which makes the event well within his

“conditioning” and that the horse has had adequate


Second method: mask the pain with drugs.

The first method is a time consumer, but in the

long run is very beneficial for horses, horsemen and

the horse industry.

The second method is “expedient”, and in the

long run may destroy the horse as well as being

detrimental to horsemen and the industry.

Veterinarians who treat performance horses

Make Money

With Horses

By Don Blazer

Steven R. Covey found his niche, exploited

it, and made millions.

You can find yours, and do the same in the

horse business.

Covey’s niche was telling others how to be

effective in business, at work, or simply in organizing

themselves to have a great day.

Steven R. Covey is the author of The Seven

Habits of Effective People, which has now sold

more than 15 million copies and continues to sell

50,000 to 100,000 copies per month. Chief Executive

magazine chose the book as the most influential

book of the 20th century. Time Magazine in

1996 named Covey one of the 25 most influential


You can do what Covey has done…and you

can do it by finding your niche within the horse

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The two biggest problems for those in the

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According to Covey, the most difficult habit

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develop a mental image of how projects, including

Continued on Page 46.

would be the first to be hit financially by a drug

ban. Drugs have their place in veterinary

medicine, but not “to get a horse through an

event.” (I am not casting the first stone without

guilt….I trained race horses for years and

every one of my horses ran on legal amounts of

an anti-inflammatory. I did have joints injected.

I was guilty of using drugs to help keep my

horses competitive. ) The use of drugs to

keep a horse performing does harm. And

every year there are new drugs being “permitted.”

Preventative medicine, which is not the

norm in the performance horse industry

today, would enjoy a major boost. Performance

horse participants would turn to “better

care, better training, better nutrition, better

conditioning, and better monitoring of the

horse’s condition.

Show horse and competition trainers

sanction the use of drugs to keep the winners

going. Older champions are “maintained”

so the ribbons and titles keep coming. But

in the long run they are not only hurting the

horses, they are hurting themselves and the


If the older horse was given his

“reward” instead of drugs, there would be

room for new, younger, sounder champions.

Someone has to train those horses….and

someone has to breed the horses to replace


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the “retiring” champions.

Keeping horses going on drugs depresses

the sale of horses, depresses the breeding of

sounder horses, and depresses the improvement

of training skills and methods.

Congress is going to hold hearings on

“injuries and the use of drugs “ with the focus is

on the horse racing industry.

It’s a waste of Congressional time and taxpayer

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will sound plausible and convince no one. And

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horsemen know the truth—when drugs are used

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For the victory,

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your life, will turn out.

Put first things first.

He advises you use some

discipline and put off

today’s pleasures for

greater future pleasures.

Think win/win.

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Synergize. Covey

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Sharpen the saw.

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“I rode a horse that I hadn’t ridden in

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Open Welcome riding Tempete van het

Lindehof. “It was the last time before we

leave for the Olympics to have everyone,

all the team members, together, and the

crowd was happy that we were here. It

was really nice.”

White, 25, of Cambridge, ON, settled

for second with Celina Z, an eight-yearold

Belgian Warmblood mare owned by

Lindsay Schiassi. The only rider to have

two horses in the jump-off, White had an

unfortunate fall at the fourth fence in the

jump-off riding Vienna Rouge, a 10-yearold

Belgian Warmblood mare owned by

Angelstone Farms and Linda Ratcliffe.

Third place went to Lamaze’s 2008

Olympic teammate, Jill Henselwood, riding

Black Ice. Although the pair had a

good time of 41.03 seconds, a rail fell at

the second to last obstacle.

Having finished as the runner-up in

2007 riding Darios V, Toronto’s Mark

Samuel took fourth place in this year’s

World Cup Grand Prix riding Wembley

234. The final jump-off challenger, Erynn

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win but paid the price for taking a risk

when her horse, Robin van Roosendael,

had a refusal, resulting in a total of nine

faults. Yann Candele, a former Frenchman

now riding for Canada, took sixth place

with Mustique after incurring 16 faults in

the jump-off.

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Minis at The

2008 CNE

By Kelly Bowers

The Miniature Horse show at the CNE was held

again on August 23rd with the regular show on the Saturday

and the 4H Club Miniatures on the Sunday. This

year, there was also a miniature mare and foal in the

Horseplay area receiving plenty of attention.(see pic)

At the indoor arena, the miniature horse show on Saturday

nearly filled seats throughout the day as spectators

watched adult and youth participants competing along

side their minis in the various classes. Miniature Horse

shows include the same classes as found at the shows of

their larger counterparts. Horses compete in all classes

that do not require them to be ridden, instead participating

in various types of driving. These popular horses

are always a favourite at the CNE, especially with children

who literally see eye to eye with the smallest of

equines. A partial list of results including equine

champions and the under 18 crowd follows.

4H Members and their minis compete at the 2008 CNE Miniature Horse Show.


Champion Stallion (Non-Entry) - Ten LS Tiger’s Code

Red owned by Samantha Shaver

Res. Champ. Stallion (Non-Entry) - Jolly Rancher

Tavris owned by Pretty Penny Miniature Ranch

Champion Gelding (Non-Entry) - Jem Night Dancer,

owned by Michelle Courtemanche

Res. Champ. Gelding (Non-Entry) - Littlefoot’s Alfalfa,

owned by - Samantha Shaver

Champion Mare (Non-Entry) - Graham’s Queen Bee,

owned by Pretty Penny Miniature Ranch

Res. Champ. Mare (Non-Entry) - Promise Land’s Fly

The Flag, owned by Carolyn Aarup

Jr. Showmanship (A & B horses) under 12 yrs -

Caylie Valley & Heartbreaker (Rosie)

Youth Showmanship (A & B horses) 12 to 17 yrs -

Desiree Wallace & BK’S Early Morning Joy

Jr. Halter Obstacle (A & B horses) - Samantha Shaver

& Littlefoot’s Tonto

Youth Halter Obstacle (A & B horses) - Janice Zijlstra

& Kera’s Summer Baby

Youth, Junior & spec. needs Costume - Tammy Close

& Pen Dale’s Amanda

Jr. and Youth Pleasure Driving (A & B horses) -

Desiree Wallace & Town&Country Pat

Jr. and Youth Driving - Cones (A & B horses ) - Janice

Zijlstra & Kera’s Summer Baby

Miniature Horse mare and foal owned by Doug Savage

were a big hit in the Horse Play area of the CNE

These top 3 drivers in ‘Open Pleasure Driving - Working’ are lovely in their pleasure

driving head apparel. And in the end, isn’t it ALL about the HAT? (L-R) 3rd place -

Desiree Wallace, 2nd place - Carolyn Aarup, 1st place - Michelle Courtemanche

CNE Miniature 4-H Horse Show

Attendance was high this year at the big 4H event

where Ontario 4H members came to the CNE to show

miniature horses. The competition, held on July 23rd,

was judged by Amelia Murray. An exciting bonus this

year was the addition of ‘Harness Driving’ to the schedule.

Three of the five Ontario 4H clubs made it to the

CNE. Participating clubs were South Simcoe Miniature

Horse 4-h, (leader Doug Savage), Haldimand Miniature

4-h Club (leaders Wendy Strong & Rita Vandervliet)

and Littlefoot 4H Miniature Horse club of Niagara (leader

Sandy Caja). In all, there were 31 members,

including 20 juniors, 5 intermediate and 6 seniors competing

and they sure put on a GREAT SHOW! Some of

the kids suggested it was the best show ever. The 4H

Leaders were proud of all the kids and were happy to see

a good number of parents cheering on the young competitors.

Every one had a blast, as always, working in

partnership with the small equines, some winning ribbons

and all wearing big smiles. A few names to mention

- Junior Champion was Zackary Baker, Intermediate

Champion was Morgan Baker, Senior Champion

was Janice Zijilstra.

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It not only supplies the LifeChip® to

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Janice Zylstra takes first place in the 4H Harness driving competition.

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ferrets, and a few different breeds

of puppies. A good number of

animals found new homes.

Attendees were also treated

to a driving demonstration by

Murray’s Miniatures from Clifford.

A delicious BBQ lunch was

available as well. Some of the

folks manning booths that day

were Doug and Carolyn Savage

for the Miniature Horse Club of

Ontario, Equine Xpress, HB Mini

Acres, Wagner Blue J Miniatures,

Little Horseshoe Acres and Kelly

of The Rider from Caledonia was

there to hand out newspapers.

There were several others. A

complete list is on the Never Ending

Tack website.

Some vendors travelled a

Ashley Reaume competes in the 4H obstacle course

Never Ending Tack Sale and Swap Meet

By Kelly Bowers.

Aaron and Kelly Kennedy from Never Ending

Ranch &Tack Shop held their 3rd annual tack sale and

swap meet on August 2nd at their Teeswater location.

The weather was sunny and warm but humid with a couple

rain showers throughout the day. Not enough to

dampen spirits though. Visitors enjoyed meeting all the

vendors and a variety of wonderful animals including

miniature horses, ducks, calico sheep, goats, chickens,

Two beautiful miniature horse foals at the swap meet.

Above: The Harness


Brian Wicken shows his

Communicator Bridle to

visitors at the

Tack sale & swap meet.

good distance to attend.

Brian & Bonnie Wicken of

The Harness Doctor came

all the way from Toledo,

and slept overnight in a tent

to be there. Lots of fun

was had by all and Never

Ending Tack is already

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Halton Place Inspiring Young Riders Essay Contest

Every year Halton Place runs a

writing contest open to young Canadian

riders. A topic is chosen and essays

from across the country are collected

and judged. The winner of the contest

will receive $2,000 to put towards their

cost of riding. It is called the Inspiring

Young Riders Bursary contest.

Here are the results and essays

from this years’ contest.

First Place:

Alana Nair

Age: 17

When champions are recognized,

they are recognized for the absolute

best they have achieved, and all of the

hard work that they have endured to

get to the point of success. A champion

can be defined as many different

things; the most literal definition as

one who has defeated all opponents in

a competition, or the more in depth

definition; a warrior or a fighter. My

horse highlights and even surpasses the

multiple definitions that can describe a


My 19-year old horse, Fred, cannot

possibly stand beside an A-circuit,

end of the year champion and compare

to their outstanding abilities. This is

because Fred could not be bothered to

jump courses of over three feet without

turning his head every other canter

stride questioning me as to what he has

done to deserve this. He is not that

kind of champion. Instead, he would

rather be pulled out of his stall,

groomed for an hour (which generally

includes a nap), and then go out to

practice that amazing extended trot he

only ever does to show off to the other

horses in the arena. No one has the

heart to mention to him that he’ll never

be judged on it!

Throughout the many years I

have been riding Fred, everything

about him establishes a stereotype for

him as the “underdog”. He has a very

plain name, he is a very simple looking

horse - a bay, and is just understood to

be a good horse. After getting to know

this very plain horse, it has changed

my whole perception on him because

that stereotype was definitely far from

true. Fred has shown Trillium in his

early years, and now enjoys showing

smaller schooling shows. Fred has no

fancy show name to show him off

either, his show name is the very same

- Fred. Whenever we are called into the

ring, it has become habit for me to see

who will laugh at his so called “show

name” this time. It is no longer something

to make fun of, it is how Fred is


Showing your horse is a very

inspirational event because there is

always learning to take place, and the

teamwork lies between you and your

horse. Showing with Fred is never

about just the ribbons, because I do not

need to receive a ribbon to justify his

abilities. Fred enjoys everything about

showing, from the minute I begin

braiding him, I know he is aware of the

exciting day ahead of him. There are so

many different qualities your horse

must have in order to take on a day of

showing with you, and essentially

make the rider proud of all the training

and work they have put forth. Not only

does Fred work hard every time I bring

him out to ride, regardless of his age,

he allows me to feel like a champion at

every show I go to without even

receiving a ribbon. For a horse to be

able to award the rider with that feeling,

is something that cannot even be


Regardless of the status and level

of your horse, a champion should

always possess qualities that reinforce

that title. A partnership and bond is an

integral part of any championship

team. Fred constantly illustrates championship

qualities such as; loyalty, trust

and honesty. Everyday Fred reminds

me that these qualities are found within

him. The smallest things validate his

quiet temperament such as; coming

when his name is called, standing without

crossties, “talking” when he is

asked to, performing tricks such as

bowing, kiss, and smile, to finally

walking beside me without any encouragement.

A champion should always

acknowledge equality within their team

mates, and this is how Fred shows that,

by walking beside me, not in front of

or behind.

Fred constantly wins me over

with everything that he does, not only

can I have fun whenever I go out to

ride him, he also reminds me everyday

that winning is not everything, and the

unnoticed underdog can always step up

and prove everybody wrong. Fred is

Fred, what you see is what you get

with my horse and regardless of how

plain looking and how docile he is, he

constantly challenges himself and

whether he brings home a ribbon to

justify it or not, he is my champion.

Second Place:

Olivia Grace Mortimer

Age: 11

Why My Pony Is A Champion

The dictionary describes a champion

as “a person, animal or thing that

wins first place, or is judged to be the

best in a contest or a sport.” My definition

of champion would be more than a

first place ribbon holder, because I

believe that although there are many

talented ponies who are winners in the

ring, they can not hold a candle to my

pony; a little bay gelding called Tyson.

His spirit, temperament, ability to jump

and his beautiful way of going make

him a wonderful show pony, but what

makes him a true champion is the way

time spent with him makes you feel


Tyson’s show name is Napoleon

Dynamite, and just like the early 19th

century French general; Napoleon

Bonaparte, Tyson is a little man with

dark hair, dark eyes and a commanding

presence! Whether we are at the barn,

or at a show, this small but mighty

pony, with his charming looks and

sweet disposition draws people to him

with comments such as “How’s the

world’s cutest pony today?”

We all know that good looks

aren’t everything and fortunately

Tyson has been blessed with beauty

and a first place personality. He is gentle

and tolerant, for instance when I

tack him up he will stand patiently

despite the flies best efforts to annoy

him. His natural curiosity makes me

laugh; his top lip has the dexterity of

an anteater’s nose and instead of

searching out insects, he will quietly

search for treats! His ears are always

forward, his eyes are always bright,

and he is loving, and friendly to everyone

he meets.

This has been my very first year

showing and I would have to say that

Tyson’s ability to learn quickly and to

allow me to learn with him, is amazing.

His quiet confidence, steady pace,

big stride and willingness to jump, help

me to improve, and to have fun along

the way!

There are moments when a special

friend can make a difference that

no-one else can, and Tyson is that

friend to me. We share a very special

bond, and there are many times when I

wish that I could stay the same size and

age, in order to ride him forever. I

know that this is not possible, but when

that time does come, although my body

will have outgrown him, my heart will

remain Tyson sized.

Some champion ponies overcome

great challenges, or win the best ribbons

year after year. I believe that

Tyson has the potential to be great in

the eyes of the show judges, but in my

eyes he is already a champion because

he has opened up the world of equestrian

sports for me. He is the reason that I

love to ride, love to show and that

makes him my champion! Thank-you

Tyson. You’re the best!

Third Place:

Megan Barker

Age: 15

Why My Pony is a Champion?

I have been riding since I could walk,

but I have never had a horse.

Athletic, fast, and powerful; three

words that describe the most talented

partner I believe I will ever have. Gidget

and I were introduced to each other

three years ago when I was showing in

the Large Pony division on the Central

West Trillium Circuit. I was hoping to

finally start competing in the jumper

ring and was looking for a horse that

would help me to make the Young

Riders Team. When I first saw Gidget

she was exactly what I had always

dreamt my jumper to look like. She

had a flea bitten grey coat, big brown

eyes, load of jumping talent, and she

seemed to know exactly what was

going on. Unfortunately for Gidget,

she had one small problem that everyone

other than her, myself included,

was painfully aware of. What Gidget

didn’t realize was that she was only

13.1 _ hand high.

I began riding Gidget, a Welsh

Arab X, in the winter of 2005 and

worked very hard with her throughout

the summer of 2006. Control was our

biggest issue. Gidget was sure she

knew better than me how fast to go, or

how many strides to put in. Exercises

to slow her down annoyed her; waiting

for her chance, she would turn her head

and bite my knee, insisting we jump at

her one and only gear, a flat out gallop.

Finally, a pony elevator bit and custom

made Gidget-sized figure 8 jumper bridle

helped sort out our many rough

spots, and we started to put in smooth,

balanced rounds. In the winter of

2006/2007 we were the champion 3’0”

jumper in the Twinholm Winter

Schooling Series and I decided to try

the Child Adult Jumper Division on the

Trillium Circuit. Shortly after this decision

we had a horrible fall over a jump

and I broke my hand, setting us back

months while we both tried to regain

our confidence. By the middle of the

summer Gidget and I were back in the

show ring and we competed at the last

few Trillium shows. Our greatest

accomplishment of the season though,

was winning both the $1500 Next Generation

Pony Jumper Classic and the

$2500 Central Graphics Pony Jumper

Classic at the Halton Place shows.

This year Gidget and I are successfully

showing Central West

Child/Adult Jumper against much larger

horses. Our goal is to qualify for

Trillium Championships in September.

I know Gidget would love to jump in

the Grand Prix ring at Palgrave, and to

hear her name over the speakers. Gidget

has made many friends and fans

during the time we have been partners

- everyone admires her determination

and fierce competitive spirit. “Go go

Gidget!” they cheer, and Gidget

obliges by taking a victory gallop

around the ring after her course,

despite my best attempts to quell her

enthusiasm. We have had much success

in the jumper ring, but it is not

about the ribbons. Every jump, every

course, Gidget gives it her everything

she has. She throws her heart and soul

over the fences, often jumping her own

height, and constantly teaching me to

be a better rider.

Between shows Gidget and I

enjoy hacking and galloping along the

bridle path that borders our barn’s

property. Gidget is talented at many

things; jumping being only one of

them. She has character and spirit that

is hard to rival and I wouldn’t give her

up for a jumper with longer legs. No

matter how great a horse may be, nothing

could come close to the huge part

of my life she has become. If I was to

receive the money from this bursary

contest I would put it towards purchasing

Gidget at the end of the season.

She is a huge part of my life and losing

her would mean losing something very

close to my heart.

n conclusion; Gidget is a champion

in my eyes because of her strength,

natural ability, intelligence and heart.

No horse or pony could have made me

a better rider than Gidget, and nothing

comes close to what she means to me.

Fourth Place:

Alexandra Henry

Age: 15

What Makes My Horse a Champion?

“And the champion is number

one hundred and seven, Answered

Prayer, owned and ridden by Alexandra

Henry.” Sure, your horse can be

given the title champion for having the

fastest clear round or perfect lead

changes, but is that what really makes

them a champion? No, I believe that

there many different ways that make a

horse, just like mine, a champion. A

champion horse is a horse that puts his

rider first, a horse that can read and

understand his rider’s every thought

and movement perfectly, a horse that is

loyal, brave, and strong, a horse that

stops and looks down at you, puzzled,

when they see you lying in the dirt next

to them, and would never think about

leaving you there without knowing that

you could get back up and ride them

out of the ring.

Answered Prayer, better know as

Limbo, is a 13 year old Holsteiner

gelding, and my best friend. I started

riding Limbo just after he was broke at

the age of 4 and I was only 6. I can

count the number of times he’s ever

done anything stupid on one hand. I

think he laughs to himself when he

sees other horses spooking at things

like chairs and leaves. I have been riding

Limbo for nine years now and he

has taken me through everything, from

short stirrup hunter to metre ten

jumpers. He has always been there for

me, whether he’s just cheering me up

when I’m sad or saving me from eating

sand when we get into a sticky situation.

Limbo is the smartest horse I have

ever met, he’s more like a human stuck

in a horses body and he understands

me like no one else ever could, he has

even saved my life.

When I was twelve I was rushed

to the hospital with a blood sugar level

of 32.5, which is extremely high, about

six times the average or normal level. I

was then diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.

The first thought I had when

they told me this was not about the diabetes

it was about when I would be

able to go ride Limbo again. The doctors

could not believe how healthy I

was when I came into the hospital.

Normally someone who had diabetes

as long as I had, and not know about it,

with blood sugars as high as mine,

should be extremely sick, unable to

walk, in a serious coma, or dead. They

told me that the reason I was not very

sick or in a coma was because of my

riding. My muscles were so strong and

developed, from my tank of a horse,

that they were able to stop the debilitating

effects of the Diabetes.

So not only is my horse amazingly

talented, super cute, brave and

extremely loyal, he is also my life

saver, my hero, my best friend and a

true champion.


Fifth Place:

Arynne Boyes

Age: 13

My Champion

“Well, that’s it I guess - we will

have to send him back”

I felt my heart sink as my parents

delivered the worst news ever. The

beautiful chestnut that was to be mine

for the year was injured and unridable.

It seemed like it was all a dream. My

coach had found the perfect horse and

when I rode him it was like floating on

air. Something just clicked and it was

truly love at first sight. I was counting

the days until our first show.

But suddenly this dream had

turned into a nightmare. I knew it

wasn’t good. “We don’t live on a

farm” my parents reminded me”What

are we going to do with a horse you

can’t ride?” “Please just give him a

chance” I begged, “I know in my heart

he is going to be okay - I can feel it”

The Veterinarian explained he would

need the summer off at the very least

and preferably the year. Even then it

would be a wait and see situation.

And so the show season was over

before it had even began. I was heartbroken.

Over the next few weeks I

hoped and prayed that something

would change, that he would somehow

get well. No such luck. Then, one day

not long after, my luck changed. Due

to unfortunate circumstances, the

horse’s owner could not take him back

and he now belonged to me. “You

won’t be sorry” I promised my parents,

“I know he is going to get better.”

The long journey began. Just

because I couldn’t ride him didn’t

mean I couldn’t do other things. Every

day I would get off the bus after school

and brush, graze and pamper him.

Sometimes we would just hang out

together. I would whisper words of

encouragement to him and tell him my

hopes and dreams. I knew he would

heal. I never lost faith in him. Days

turned into weeks and weeks turned

into months. Almost fourteen months

had passed and it was time to see if the

injury had healed. I held my breath as

the coach put him through his paces to

see if all was well. My heart soared as

he walked, trotted and cantered! He

was sound! He had healed! Slowly, we

began a fitness program to build back

the muscle and strength he had lost and

every day I could feel him getting


Finally we made it! We were at

our first show! I was nervous and shaking

as we went into the warm up ring.

The last time I had been here was on a

pony two years before and now it all

seemed so overwhelming. I couldn’t

believe we were really here! We did

our warm up and then it was off to the

ingate. I gave him a pat, and said to my

guy “Let’s show them what we’ve

got.” He did not disappoint. This horse

that I had put all my faith in floated

over the course flawlessly. I gave him

the biggest hug when we finished and

my smile was as wide as could be. We

had done it - we were a team! I never

gave up on my horse and he never gave

up on me.

My horse is a Champion because

he has taught me that patience, faith

and trust will always see you through

and that good things come to those

who are patient. I never stopped

believing in my horse and he never

stopped believing in me. Sometimes, if

a fellow rider is having a tough day I

have shared my story with them and

encouraged them to never give up

because good things come to those

who persevere.

If you believe - you will achieve.

Sixth Place:

Victoria Daniel

Age: 16

Why is my pony a Champion?

I am lucky enough to have had

chances to win aboard the made

hunter, be constantly successful on

board the youngster that I’ve spent all

winter bringing along, and sadly

enough, losing with the first horse you

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President: Kordula Reinhartz-Fueth

2245 Ahmic Lake Road, RR#1

Magnetawan, ON, P0A 1P0

Phone & Fax 705-387-4464


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RR #4, 39 Caintown Rd.,

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Woodlawn, ON, K0A 3M0

Phone 613-832-2550


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Inspiring Young


Continued From Page 49

ever really let in your heart. These are all opportunities;

to be gratified, rewarded, and to learn.

These qualities are the aftermath of this sport,

but to even begin we must provoke courage in

our hearts, minds, bodies, and our horses. Different

experience and change always happens,

and the greatest lesson so far in this confusing

and passionate sport is finding the place that

makes you happy. The lessons you learn make

every ride better, and every day better. What we

take from our passion truly makes us daring,

understanding, and loving.

Before I met Skye I was in the process of

ending my riding career entirely. After a month

or so of just going to school and not having any

hobbies I looked around different horse classifieds

just for fun, and then I found Skye. I

remember thinking, maybe just for fun I’ll go

try her out and see how things go. The financial

commitment wasn’t big for my parents to want

to buy into. When I went to see her, I felt drawn

back into the sport. I instantly felt that she could

be something fun. That night I decided she

would be a new journey, and a new road to have

the benefit of embarking on. At first I figured I

would just play around and we could teach each

other some new things. But after a couple

months of riding again I decided I would show

her the ropes of the hunter world. We are the

perfect match. She is truly my greatest accomplishment;

as we have come so far, in such a

short time. Between the days where rearing was

the one and only option to going into the large

pony ring wearing the brave game-face, we

always stuck it out.

Today, we have attended almost all the

Gold level shows, and have been serious competitors.

I am so proud of how far we’ve come

in the last nine months we have spent together. I

enjoy more than anything just spending time

with her at the barn. When I wear my nameplate

studded belt with my horses’ names, it’s

like wearing your heart on your sleeve. Skye is

my sleeve. She makes all the early mornings and

“hurry-up-and-wait” days worth my while. Her

bold and forgiving nature teaches me the most

important lessons.

There is not enough room on the page or

enough time to tell why she is a real champion.

She has brought me back into the horse world

and made me appreciate it more than ever. Even

when she is completely expired and ready to go

home from the horseshows, she still comes

through and gives me the best effort in all her

trips. We can go from galloping through the

fields to walking into the show ring as winners.

Her good-nature and big

heart gives me the desire

and challenge I need everyday.

A champion shows

true sportsmanship, graciousness,

and talent. And

every day she goes over

and above exhibiting these


I strive to be a

champion, because she is a

champion. We are champions


Wendy Driscoll, 519 638 5703,



Little East River Farm

The Little East River Farm is pretty unique - a

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and relaxed. You may book for an hour's ride,

but end up staying several hours, as you chat with

Sandy or Steve, pat horses, and enjoy the scenery

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of Huntsville, between Muskoka and the Almaguin

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groomed trails await you on the private 300

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Cedar Rail Ranch Resort

Cedar Rail Ranch is nestled in the scenic Mississagi

Valley in Algoma, near Sault Ste. Marie,

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for you and your horse to enjoy a holiday together.

The setting is a gorgeous view of Tunnel Lake.

The spacious log cabin sleeps 7 people comfortable

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use while visiting. Crown land surrounds the

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Located just 3 hrs. north of Toronto in Harcourt,

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Martin Wood is located on the doorstep of

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Canoes, kayaks, row boats and motor boats are

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Clear Lake Cottage

Clear Lake (now officially Newell Lake) is

just a 2 min. walk from Clear Lake cottage. Bask

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Come and experience the beauty of the Oak

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Hugh Graham Earns Executive Victory in 2008

Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series

Halton Place, Ontario – Hugh Graham

emerged victorious with the Canadianbred

Executive Privilege 3E when the

fifth event of the 2008 Canadian Young

Horse Development Series was held during

the Summer’s Here Tournament from

July 16-20 in Halton Place, ON.

In the Seven and Eight-Year-Old

Division, run as part of the $10,000

Superstar Grand Prix, Hugh Graham was

double clear riding Executive

Privilege 3E to take

the win. Earlier this season,

the pair won their division

at the Summer Classic held

June 11-15 at the Caledon

Equestrian Park in Palgrave,

ON. Bred and

owned by KingRidge Stables

of King City, ON,

Executive Privilege 3E is a

Canadian Sport Horse by

the KingRidge stallion,

Class Action, out of

Galaxy 3E by Aerobic Z.

Finishing second was

another Canadian-bred

entry, VDL Upsala H ridden

by Michelle Vandal.

As the first to go, the pair

incurred four faults in the

opening round when the

final fence on course came

down. Owned by Liam

Dumont-Walker, VDL

Upsala H is a Canadian

Warmblood sired by Ahorn

and out of Liberty R by

Libero that was bred by

Hoogendorn Dutch Warmblood

Sporthorse Imports

of Baden, ON.

In the Six-Year-Old

Division, Lilius produced a

clear round under Michelle

Vandal to claim the win for

owner Liam Dumont-

Walker. Lilius is a German

Warmblood sired by Le

Primeur and out of a Silvio

I dam. Second place went

to the Canadian-bred entry

of RCS Shadrach, ridden

by Louise Waterfall.

Owned and bred by Pat

Allan of Rugged Cross Stables

of Simcoe, ON, RCS

Shadrach is a Canadian

Warmblood stallion by

Eastern Ruler out of Cassie

by Sommersby.

Canadian-bred horses

reigned supreme in the

Five-Year-Old Division

with VDL Windsor H taking

top honours. Bred by

Hogendoorn, VDL Windsor

H is a Canadian Warmblood

by Indoctro out of an

Ahorn dam. Owned by Tim

Millard and ridden by his

daughter, Vivian, VDL

Windsor H jumped clear

and was awarded a style

score of 44 points by style

judge Alan Chesler to earn

the victory.

W. Charlot Farms

took second and fourth

positions respectively with

Viva’s Don Juan W and

Futi’s Calypso W, both ridden

by Adrienne Iverson.

Viva’s Don Juan W is a

Canadian Warmblood by

Viva Voltaire out of Rio’s

Dolly by Rio Grande while

Futi’s Calypso W is a

Canadian Warmblood gelding

by Futurist out of Caroline

by Capitol II. Both

horses were bred by

Augustin Walch of W.

Charlot Farms in Stratford,


A repeat winner presented

itself in the Four-

Year-Old Division. Having

won the four-year-old division

during the Summer

Classic held June 11-15 in

Palgrave, Allison Zlepnig

and Lino were once again

in the winner’s circle at

Halton Place. Owned by

Ottawa Southway Inn

Group, Lino is an Oldenburg

by Lordanos out of a

Pablo dam. The pair

jumped clear and received

the highest style score in

the division, 39.5, to win

with a total of 89.5 points.

The next four horses

in the standings were all

Canadian bred. Finishing

second was Viva’s Romeo

W, a Canadian Warmblood

gelding by Viva Voltaire

out of Regina by Eye

Remember Rio. Bred and

owned by Augustin Walch

of W. Charlot Farms,

Viva’s Romeo W earned a

total of 89 points under

rider Adrienne Iverson to

place second. Iverson also

took fourth place for Walch

riding Julio W, a registered

Canadian Warmblood by

Joe Cocker out of Diana W

by Diamant.

Slotting into third for

breeder and owner Michael

Boyd was Espresso B. Ridden

by Vivian Millard,

Espresso B is a Hannoverian

gelding by Earl out of

Remington B by Ramiro’s

Bube. Despite having some

problems on course,

Espresso B was rewarded

with a high style score.

The purpose of the

Canadian Young Horse

Jumper Development

Series is to encourage the

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“Allison Zlepnig guided Lino, owned by Ottawa Southway Inn

Group, to victory in the Four-Year-Old Division of the 2008

Canadian Young Horse Development Series held during the

Summer’s Here Tournament in Halton Place, ON.” Photo

Credit – Onsite Digital Photography

development of young

show jumping talent and to

give Canadian breeders

additional incentives to

breed superior show jumping

prospects. Competing

on a level playing field, the

horses are divided according

to age and jump at a

level suited to their development.

This careful development

allows the horses

to gain valuable experience

and advance to the higher

levels of show jumping

competition with confidence.

The Canadian

Young Horse Jumper

Development Series also

gives prospective buyers

for the hunter and jumper

markets an opportunity to

view a large group of

prospects in a competition


The 2008 Canadian

Young Horse Jumper

Development Series is

truly national in scope with

competitions being held

from coast to coast. A total

of 12 events will be held in

Quebec, eight in Ontario,

two in Alberta and five in

British Columbia, including

the Western Canadian

Finals which will take

place at Thunderbird Show

Park in Langley, BC, from

August 20-24.

The Ontario Championships,

Eastern Canadian

Finals and National Young

Horse Finals will feature

$75,000 in prize money

and will be held at CSI-W

Tournament of Champions

from September 17-21 in

Palgrave, Ontario.

Proud supporters of

the Canadian Young Horse

Jumper Development

Series include Jump Canada,

the Ontario Hunter

Jumper Association, Cavalor

Canada, Gary Cooper,

Dutch Masters Construction

Services Ltd., 4-Star

Trailers, Horse Sport,

Martha Jolicoeur,

KingRidge Stables, Dr.

Alan Manning, Mill Creek

Stables, Peter Miller, Preston

Sand and Gravel, Scotia

McLeod, Sher-Al

Farms, and W. Charlot


For more information,

please visit the Canadian

Young Horse Jumper

Development Series website


Langley, BC (August 24, 2008) – There

were more than a few puddles, but a brave

field of 23 riders took to the Grand Prix field

on Sunday afternoon for the $75,000 Keg

Steakhouse & Bar Grand Prix. Local riders,

used to the wet weather, owned the day as

Richmond’s Gary Brewster beat Langley’s

Andrea Strain for the top prize.

Jonathan Asselin, fresh from the Beijing

Olympics, was joined by World Cup

contender, Rich Fellers, and a group of riders

from across North America, including

Canadian World Cup rider, Darrin Dlin, California’s

Julia Koetting, Bryna Closson from

Whitefish, Montana, and 2012 Olympic

hopeful Emily George from Calgary.

The rain came down as the first rider,

Andrea Strain and Novalis, entered the ring,

making a splash with each footfall. Despite

the weather, Strain delivered a clear round,

jumping the final fence with no stirrups after

a heavy landing from fence 11b. “That’s

why I practice with no stirrups!” Strain said

with a smile as she left the ring.

Gary Brewster and Royal Viali were

the next to post a clear round, guaranteeing a

jump off. Jonathan Asselin, wearing his signature

Canadian helmet from the Olympic

Games, was making excellent time through

the course until a rail at fence 9 put him out

of the jump off.

Rich Fellers chose to leave Flexible in

the barn, bringing his other Grand Prix

mount, Gyro, into the ring. The pair were

clear into the triple combination, but took

the center fence down to match Asselin’s

four fault round. Darrin Dlin also finished

with four faults, taking a rail mid-course,

while Emily George and Quidam’s Ramiro

had a clean round and two time faults, guaranteeing

her third place.

International Course Designer Peter

Holmes shifted a few fences going into the

jump off to give the two riders the best footing

possible. Strain led off with a careful

round, giving the combination a good rub

before finishing clear with three time faults.

With the final ride advantage, Brewster was

able to better her time and go clear to claim

first place and the lion’s share of the


Brewster is based at Twin Oaks Farm

in Richmond, BC, and is a regular on the

Grand Prix circuit with Royal Viali and his

other gray, Watermark. In 2007, he was

named to the Canadian Show Jumping Team

Short List after a successful season that

included a second place finish in the

$75,000 Kubota Cup Grand Prix at the

Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and a win at

the $40,000 Kubota Cup Grand Prix in


$75,000 Keg Steakhouse & Bar Grand


1. Gary Brewster Richmond Royal Viali

2. Andrea Strain Langley Novalis

3. Emily George Calgary Quidam’s


4. Jonathan Asselin Calgary Lolita

5. Joell Froese Abbotsford Condor

6. Darrin Dlin Florida Catwalk

7. Alexander Grayton Calgary Gran Duca

8. Andrea Strain Langley Zeline

The $75,000 Keg Steakhouse & Bar

Grand Prix closes out the Summer Festival

Tournament at Thunderbird Show

Park and marks the end of the outdoor

show season. Thunderbird will host the

indoor International Tournament in October

before turning their operations

towards winter tradeshows and preparations

for another big season in 2009. For

more information on what’s going on at

Thunderbird, visit

For more information on Thunderbird

Show Park, contact Pamela Saunders

at Mark My Words PR via phone at 604-

833-3372 or by email at


Gary Brewster and Royal Viali Raise the Bar Tournament

ends with a splash at the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Grand Prix

Did you know…

Capillary refill time is the time it takes

for blood to return to blanched tissues in the

gums; it is an indicator of blood circulation.

Normal refill time is 1 to 2 seconds.

Lift the horse’s upper lip and firmly

press your finger against the horse’s gum.

Apply pressure for up to 2 full seconds—or

long enough to create a white mark.

Release the pressure and the white

mark should return to a normal pink color

within 2 seconds.

From the online course Stable Management;

taught by Eleanor Richards.


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Carriage Driver

On the Road: Conditioning Your Horse for Carriage Driving Competitions

By Brooklynn A. Welden

When the warmth of summer

makes outdoor driving impossible to

resist, you may want to take your

horse on the road. Ensuring that you

and your equine partner enjoy these

workouts and make the most of them

is important. Combined and Pleasure

Driver and Coach Kirsten Brunner of

Beaverwood Farm explains her

approach to successful road conditioning.

First, an overall plan helps

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President: Mary Cork (705) 434-4648,

Secretary/ Show Secretary/ Volunteer Co-ordinator:

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Treasurer & Membership: Frances Uhran (519) 928-5923,

Website: Jeff Kohler, (705) 733-8161,

Directors at Large: Janis Promaine (519) 942-4318

Courtney MacGillivray (905) 877-8798

Allison Plumbtree (905) 955-1070

to meet the goal of conditioning safely.

Always start your work at the

walk, gradually building on the length

of time and kilometres that make up

your work. Initially as you begin

your roadwork, walk 1 km then trot 2

km. Repeat this pattern 3 or 4 times

per work session. Then, after 2 – 3

weeks, build your trots up to 3 – 4

kilometres per outing. Always

remember to walk the first and last 1

kilometre for each workout, for

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Central Ontario Pleasure Driving Association

President: Gerry McCallum (905) 936-5444

Vice-President: Sandra Hendrickson (416) 259-1348

Secretary/OEF: Mary Gregoris (905) 939-2612

Treasurer: Patricia Cooper

Newsletter: Jeff Kohler (705) 733-8161

Tri-County Carriage Association

We’re all about enjoying carriages and

driving in Ontario!

Drop by the shows: Rockton Fair & Sat. Sept. 30th

– Witteveen Farm, Brantford. For information call

Sue Nicolas at 519-848-6288 or email TriCounty-

The Ontario Combined Driving Association

OCDA Mailing Address: Frances Uhran, 182161 - 20

Sideroad, Orton, ON L0N 1N0

Eastern Ontario Pleasure Driving Society

Box 955, 6120 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON K4M 1A8


Membership applications available on the website

or from the Treasurer.

President: Mary Mulligan 613-692-3296,

Vice-President: Lynda Rivington 613-567-7347

Treasurer: Jennifer Rennie 613-831-2154

Secretary: Maney McNeil 613-347-2541

Handling traffic safely. Driver Andrea Friedman and

Navigator Ashley Nevidomskis, with Beaverwoods Two

Socks [owners Margaret Cropsey, Albion, New York

and Andrea Friedman, Fergus, Ontario].

Photo by Nether Photography

warm-up and cool-down periods.

If you plan to compete at an event (Training

Level) where the horse is expected to do a

marathon of 6 – 8 kilometres, make sure you

spread out your conditions for 3 – 4 months prior

to your event. Additionally, the event will probably

be on roads and trails. In order to prepare

your horse as thoroughly as possible, you must

train on long fields and roads, in order to have the

same effect on the muscles as your horse will

experience in the event. Remember to have your

vet do a good physical prior to your working you

Bryer’s Corner:

from Kirsten Brunner

horse on the road. Your equine partner’s

teeth, worming, and specialty needs for

feeding due to increase in work should be

part of this veterinary examination.

Proper shoeing is paramount, so

always have your horse shod with Borium

for road work. A “slow-moving vehicle”

sign on your carriage helps to ensure that

you and your horse are as visible to traffic

as possible. Always carry a spares kit, so

you are not stranded. Finally, know your

hand-signals for turns and stops. Happy


Conditioning on the road at a trot. Driver Andrea Friedman

and Navigator Ashley Nevidomskis, with Beaverwoods

Two Socks. Photo by Nether Photography

Bryer’s Corner – 3 Training

Tips for Roadwork

• always have a second person

with you

• make sure your horse has

been trained to cars/trucks

• long-line and train/spookproof

your horse to traffic



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Minis bring

home awards

from Walnut


This year there were two Miniature Horse

entries from Ontario at Walnut Hill Pleasure Driving

Show. Katherine Wilcox-Chapman, from

Guelph, took her gelding Major Buckeye Boomer

for their first time and Eve Dexter, from Campbellville,

once again took her gelding pair, Katelands

Redrock and Katelands Desert Prince. This was

the 37th year for the Walnut Hill Pleasure Driving

Show in Pittsford, New York and it is the largest

and most prestigious show of it’s type in North

America with over 250 entries each year.

Katherine came home with a second place in

Reinsmanship and a 5th in Fault-and-out cones in

the Single Miniature Horse division and Eve, once

again, won enough points to receive a Reserve

Championship in the Miniature Horse Pair Division

winning a first in Turnout, a second in Reinsmanship

and in Cross-Country and a third in Faultand-Out


Congratulations to both of the drivers for

doing Canada proud!

Irish Thorn, the eight-year-old Morgan gelding owned by

Ian and Mary Mulligan of Manotick, Ontario, returned from the

Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition in Pittsford, New

York, in mid-August with three championships to his credit.

Active members of the Eastern Ontario Pleasure Driving

Society (EOPDS) – Mary is president and Ian serves as a director

— this was their third and most successful appearance to date

with their horse at Walnut Hill. Thorn competed in two divisions

– Single Horse Runabout and Single Horse with a vehicle other

than a Runabout, Meadowbrook or Road Cart.

Driven in the Runabout section by club member Kirsten

Brunner, who brought home ribbons of her own in the large

pony division, Thorn earned the Single Horse Runabout Championship

and helped secure the overall Lady Driver Champion

award for Kirsten with his successes in that division. As well,

Thorn captured the High Point Morgan award and placed with

owner Mary in the Progressive Obstacle class in his second division.

Ken Pedlar and Lynda Rivington also picked up ribbons

with Ken winning in both the Single Horse Cross-Country and

Progressive Obstacle classes. Barry and Sandy Beach and Gwen

and Wayne Byrne have become stalwarts in the Walnut Hill

organizational line-up, working yet again as paddock marshalls

and judges’ scribes. Club members Maney McNeil and Margaret

Monnelly worked diligently throughout the week as grooms. All

in all, the EOPDS was well represented this year at Walnut Hill.

Katherine Wilcox-Chapman and Major Buckeye Boomer

Eve Dexter won Reserve Championship in the Miniature Horse Pair Division

EOPDS Horse Three-Time Walnut Hill Champion

Irish Thorn competing at Walnut Hill with Ian and Mary Mulligan


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2008 Beijing Olympian Selena O’Hanlon

wins Canadian Young Event Horse

5 year old Division at Equus 3D

Equus 3D held a Combined Training

show (Dressage & Show Jumping)

as well as the last of 4 qualifier for the

Canadian Young Event Horse Finals

which will be held at Wits End (Rosemont)

on Wednesday Sept 24th, 2008.

The program offers classes for 4 year

old, 5 year old and an open division for

inexperienced, green horses and mares

who will breed event prospects. Each

horse must complete a dressage test, a

jumping test , conformation assessment

and a suitability class. The goal of the

program is to breed Canadian horses

who will carry our riders to international

competitions. Armstrong Farm’s

stallions Selle Francais PS I love you

and Dutch Warmblood VDL Ulando

were first and second in the 5 year old

and open classes. Equus 3D’s Hanoverian

Rubadellic was 3rd in the 5 year

old division. Equus Lexie and Equus

Chelsea, both warmblood mares for

breeding were 4th & 5th respectively in

the open division.

Lessard, program coordinator was

please to see the quality of the horses

presented. We are looking for horses

who can achieve a score of 75% or


For more info regarding the program

or the finals, please contact 519

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