Paint Horse Country

Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club members ride across the hills.

The Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club has had a busy and successful show season in 2013.  There is more to come, with the year end awards to be calculated and our Annual Meeting and Awards to be held in Regina on February 1, 2014 (location to be announced).

Lloydminster Spring Show:  The season started with the Lloydminster Spring Show. A long winter and non-existent spring made it hard for everyone to get their horses ready, but ready they were. With a great group of judges, the assistance of the Durness 4H Multi-Club, whose members acted as ring stewards and gatekeepers, their wonderful leader and our announcer, Alison Weaver, the 4H families, who helped clean stalls, and show secretary Kathie MacKenzie, the show was a success.

Judges take a well-deserved break at the Lloydminster show.

Hi Point Winners
Walk Trot: Romy Malcolm
Youth 13 & Under:  Shelby Delaney
Novice Youth:  Shelby Delaney
Youth  14 to 18:  Shelby Mikolajczyk
Youth Solid Paint Bred: Sam Boxall
Amateur Walk Trot:  Paulette Martin
Novice Amateur:  Lieke Rupert
Amateur:  Jennifer Hendrickson
Green Horse:  Angie Morrow
Junior Horse:  Terra Townsend
Senior Horse:  Diane Doerksen
Amateur Solid Paint Bred:  Mary Ann Tourangeau
Solid Paint Bred:  Mary Ann Tourangeau
Halter Champion of Champions:  Betty Anne Vivian

Mark your calendars: Lloydminster Show May 17 & 18, 2014

Loud & Proud APHA & SHF Show:  Next up was the second annual Loud & Proud Show.

The Loud and Proud Show in Saskatoon, from June 15-16, saw 69 entries  with great representation in the youth divisions (7-10 per class). Torrential rains the week prior, and through the weekend, did little to dampen the enthusiasm and competition for all!

The APHA High Points went to the following:

Amateur SPHC: Laura Martin and PRR Whiskey Girl
Amateur Walk Trot: Colleen McMillan and SAQ Twist Zip Leo
Amateur SPB: Stephanie McMillan and Plenty of Pretty
Youth 13 & Under: Taylor Bradshaw and Crimsons Cocoa Lark
Youth 14-18: Taylor Gardner and Mr. Sylvester
Youth SPB: Samantha Boxall and A Classic Duramax

SHF High Points were awarded to:

Senior – Kimberley Demyon and Worthy Super Doc
Jr. A – Taylor Gardner and Mr. Sylvestor
Jr. B – Megan Schmidt and Havocs Tardee Man
Jr. C – Taylor Bradshaw and Crimsons Cocoa Lark

New this year at the Loud and Proud was the High Roller Derby, which saw 8 contestants each competing in three events (Western Pleasure, Trail, and Horsemanship). Stiff competition and $700 in payouts made this a great show, with Stephanie McMillan riding Plenty Of Pretty in first place and Diana Nordal on Lucky Diamond Dandy Andy in second.

Plans are in place for another fun-filled show from June 14-15, 2013.  Hope to see you there!

The SPHC kept it up with the Trail Ride and Outdoor Trail Challenge:

The Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club held their annual Trail Ride & Outdoor Trail Challenge event, from July 20-21, at Trails End Guest Ranch, Aylesbury, SK. There were 50 riders, from ages six to 76, who registered for the ride on Saturday. It was a great scenic ride and everyone enjoyed the breath taking views and river hill, trails and crossings. Historic points on the trail were pointed out along the ride and then later used as “clue points” for the team scavenger hunt held after the ride. Some rider-horse duo’s choose to swim in the famous “horse swimming hole” with their equine partners – this is always an exciting event to try but also to watch. Laurel Golemba of Paws Four Portraits has some amazing photos of the swimming hole event in her online photo gallery for those who wish to browse or purchase photos of the Trail Ride & Challenge.

Bruce splashes through the Trail Challenge’s water crossing.

After the trail ride, we all enjoyed a fabulous steak dinner hosted by the Trails End Guest Ranch’s owners, Lyle and Christine Benz, and their staff. Hats off to this great group of folks who always make our event a great one, fabulous food, friends, horses and wide open spaces to ride & explore – life doesn’t get much better! We then retired to the large campfire, where we were all able to do some more socializing and laughing before the big competition on Sunday.

Sunday our outdoor trail challenge was judged by Sandi Assman. Riders were scored on a number of obstacles and tasks that they would normally come across or have to do on a trail ride. The obstacles got a little trickier and ran a whole faster by the time we got to the mens event.

Competitors wait for their turns in the Trail Class.

This year there were three youth categories:

Nine and Under: won by Scott Waugh of Ft. McMurray, AB.

10 – 13: Taylor Bradshaw of Warman, SK.

14 – 18: Audra Cooper of West Bend, SK.

Jr. APHA Horse: Christine Waugh, Fort McMurray, AB.

Sr. APHA Horse: Taylor Gardner Saskatoon, SK.

Ladies: Stephanie McMillan, Middle Lake, SK.

Mens: Mark Grams of Asquith, SK.

The first place prizes were beautiful Gist Silversmith trophy buckles, and second place prizes were monogramed halters. Third place winners received spurs.

A very special thank you, once again, to our hosts, Lyle and Christine Benz of Trails End Guest Ranch. We may change things up a little in 2014 with the Trail Challenge on Saturday and trail ride on Sunday, so those attending still have lots of time for their return home. Hope to see you all there! We are planning our 2014 event there, again, from July 5-6. Please mark your calendars early and plan to attend.

Feeling like it was too early in the year to end, the Board decided to revive our Harvest of Colours show, but with a twist.

From October 5-6, 2013, we joined forces with the Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Club and hosted a double judged APHA show, combined with an All Novice AQHA Show and Open All-Breed Classes and Jackpots, at Prairieland Park, in Saskatoon. We had a great show, and are proud to report exhibitors spanning three provinces. We had a full roster and offered five jackpots, each with $250 added money. We were thrilled with the number of entries, including 10 in the Extreme Trail Jackpot. One of the largest groups was the Solid Paint Bred Youth Class, with six (or more) showing, making it a two-point class! Our show manager, Ronni Nordal, had a green but wonderful crew, all of whom had donated their time: announcer Tina Lacroix, show secretary Candy Schick, her right hand helper, Tammy Francis, and Kerri-Anne Boxall were willing and able to do absolutely anything to help out. Despite it being our first attempt at the combined show, we pulled it off and hope everyone had a great time.

Youth riders line up for awards.

APHA Walk Trot Youth

Hi Point:  Tyson Gauther

APHA 13 & Under Youth
Hi Point:  An Easter Painted Zippo and Cassidy Boxall
Reserve:  The Best Man and Bailey Gardner

APHA 14 – 18 Youth
Hi Point:  Lucky Diamond Dandy Andy and Diana Nordal
Reserve:  Mr Sylvester and Taylor Gardner

APHA Amateur Walk Trot
Hi point:  SAQ Twist Zip Leo and Colleen Macmillan
reserve:  Classically Claymade and Paulette Martin

APHA Amateur
Hi point:  Im too Fancy to Miss and Diane Doerksen
Reserve:  So Zipn Slow and Pam Switzer

APHA Open Horse
Hi point:  Lucky Diamond Dandy Andy and Diana Nordal
Reserve:  Im too Fancy To Miss and Diane Doerksen

APHA Youth Solid Paint Bred
Hi Point:  Hes Lopin Spotless and Caitlyn Malyk
Reserve:  A Classic Duramax and Sam Boxall

Hi Point and Reserve APHA  Solid Paint Bred
Hi point:  Hes Lopin Spotless and Caitlyn Malyk

We plan to be back in 2014, on October 4-5, for an even bigger and better show.

The SPHC Board wishes to extend a big thank you to each and every exhibitor, volunteer, sponsor and supporter. You make all the hard work it takes to put on these events worth it.

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