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Jim Greendyk operates West Coast Training and Horsemanship – a full-service equine program, offering reining, cow horse, and horsemanship clinics and training. Along with a handful of his clients, Jim’s been travelling to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show for several years now, showing his part-bred and full-bred Arabian horses, and enjoying a bit of the “road-to” scenery on the way.

I caught up with Jim earlier in the year to ask him about his route for our Road to Arizona piece in the Jan/Feb Snowbirds Guide to Riding in Arizona feature, wherein we featured three possible routes to the state from various take-off points in Canada. I kicked it off last week with a familiar route for Albertans.

Here is Jim’s route, along with a few tips from the well-travelled horseman. By the way, this year’s edition of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show – its 59th edition – runs Feb. 13-23. Believe me, you don’t have to have an Arabian in your barn to love this show. If you’re in the state, be sure to make it a part of your plans. If not look for Jim and other Canadian riders through Iequine’s excellent feed of the show.

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Abbottsford, BC to Phoenix, AZ, with an overnight in Bakersfield, CA.

Border Crossing: Huntingdon, BC/Sumas, WA
Total time: 25 hours (Day One: 17.5 hours to Bakersfield. Day 2: 7.5 hours to Phoenix
Distance: 2,637 kilometers
Road Conditions: Interstate all the way. It seldom happens but occasionally the Siskiyou Mountain Range Pass may close for snow, in which case be prepared to stop in Medford, or Yreka, Oregon.

Jim’s Trip Tips
• Try not to hit the Siskiyou – the mountain range between southern Oregon and northern California at night.
• If a nearly 18 hour drive is more than you’re hankering for in one leg, plan for a two night overnight – one night in Medford, Oregon (fairgrounds will stall overnight), then Bakersfield the second night. Besides the easier drive, you’ll land a stunning view of Mount Shasta on the morning of day two, just past Yreka, CA.
• Fuel up before the Mojave Desert and drive the speed limit in California.

BAKERSFIELD 
To Stay: The Bakersfield Fairgrounds offers overnight stabling. Find the Triple C Ranch Horse Hotel on Facebook or (661) 845-6937. They offer indoor box stalls, indoor and outdoor arenas, alfalfa for sale, parking and hook-ups for big rigs and campers. Close to motels.

To Do: Visit Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace and Museum – a combination theater/museum housing memorabilia spanning Buck Owens’ 40 year career in country music. See what’s playing at the Fox Theatre, an historical 1930’s theatre with extraordinaire acoustics in an intimate setting.

Food & Drink: Named “Best Basque Food Restaurant of 2013” stop by the Wool Growers Restaurant where pickled tongue is the house specialty. After a long haul, a margarita is in order – enjoy Mexican food and drink at Mexicali. Fill up with a good breakfast before hitting the last leg of your trip at the local favorite – 24th Street Cafe.

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New Equine Events for Calgary Stampede

Arabian Horse Association Region 17 Championship covers every aspect of Arabian horse use and competition, from reining to English Pleasure, and Western to Arabic dress. Photo by Tex Cam.

Arabian Horse Association Region 17 Championship covers every aspect of Arabian horse use and competition, from reining to English Pleasure, and Western to Arabic dress. Photo by Tex Cam.

For year-round excitement, just add horsepower! The Calgary Stampede is thrilled to welcome four major horse events to their new home, the nearly-constructed Agrium Western Event Centre. Each event will draw new participants and visitors to the heart of Calgary from across Western Canada to enjoy top horses and riders in action. Collectively, the events will add to the reputation of Stampede Park as a year-round gathering place.

When we embarked on this journey to build Canada’s premiere agriculture showcase space, these are the types of events we envisioned – big national and international shows that will connect the country to the city and draw guests to Calgary,” says Max Fritz, director of agriculture and western events for the Stampede. “We designed the building to meet their needs and to create exceptional experiences for participants, animals and guests.”

The following four events have signed multi-year agreements with the Stampede to host their major shows and competitions at the Agrium Western Event Centre:

Arabian Horse Association Region 17 Championships

July 21 – 26, 2014

Arabian Horse Association Region 17’s Western Canadian Championships in July will draw up to 500 Arabian horse entries from across the West and even some U.S. competitors. This spectator-friendly event showcases these beautiful horses and riders in the full spectrum of event disciplines. Website: http://www.region17.com/

Team Roping Canada, Canadian Finals

September 26 – 28, 2014

Expecting 1,200 to 1,400 teams and up to 2,500 spectators, Team Roping Canada’s Canadian Finals will feature ropers of all ages, from eight to 80 years old. This is the culmination of their association’s season, which spans the summer months and features professional, open, amateur, junior and shoot-out classes. Website: http://www.teamropingcanada.com/index.htm#

Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association National Finals

October 9 – 14, 2014

The National Finals for the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association brings together to up to 1,200 teams of three each, and an estimated 2,500 spectators to fill the stands and cheer them on. Competitors in this championship event come from across Western Canada and many U.S. states, including California, Montana, Texas, Oklahoma and Washington, all in the hunt for an estimated $285,000 in prize money. Website: http://canadianpenning.com

Royal West, produced by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping

October 23 – November 1, 2014

The Royal West is an all-new 10-day multi-breed show, offering Western Canadian riders an alternative, and prelude to the Royal Show in Toronto. Royal West will feature a division for international show jumpers, national hunter/jumper classes, hackney and heavy horse classes, and a multitude of other events including indoor eventing, terrier racing, barrel racing and even mutton-busting. Website: http://rmshowjumping.com/

Jordan Dodds  and Heeler Clark McCarroll team up to showcase the fast-paced sport of team roping in the summer of 2013. Photo by Mike Copeman, courtesy of Calgary Stampede.

Jordan Dodds and Heeler Clark McCarroll team up to showcase the fast-paced sport of team roping in the summer of 2013. Photo by Mike Copeman, courtesy of Calgary Stampede.

Agrium Western Event Centre

Agriculture is at the heart of the Calgary Stampede and the expansion activities underway with the Agrium Western Event Centre will provide a new focal point for agricultural events on Stampede Park.

One of the largest projects in our 100-year history, the Agrium Western Event Centre is a state-of-the-art facility for western events and agriculture education, exhibition and industry in southern Alberta. Designed to form a lasting connection between urban and rural communities, it will host an engaging, globally-focused educational program called Journey 2050, and it will play a central role in making the Calgary Stampede a year-round gathering place.

The Agrium Western Event Centre will be the new home for agricultural events on Stampede Park, hosting both regional and international competition, convention rodeos, and trade shows. The facility will include a 250’x150′ ft. show floor and 31,250 sq. ft. of clear-span space. It will also feature a 20,000 sq. ft. multipurpose hall, designed for competition, warm-up, trade shows, or exhibitions, as well as a magnificent 8,000 sq. ft. rotunda and entranceway.

Cattle Penning National Championships are returning to downtown Calgary each October at the nearly-completed Agrium Western Event Centre at Stampede Park. Photo courtesy of Calgary Stampede.

Cattle Penning National Championships are returning to downtown Calgary each October at the nearly-completed Agrium Western Event Centre at Stampede Park. Photo courtesy of Calgary Stampede.

Features in brief

250′ x 125′ Show Arena:

– Large arena for events that require the space, such show jumping, dressage and barrel racing, or to run simultaneous events within the same arena

– Allows events like team penning plenty of arena performance area with staging space alongside

– Arena seating for 3,200 including VIP suites, and stands with the right pitch for spectators wearing cowboy hats

– Concourse is fully open to main arena, ensuring great sight-lines throughout while accessing food and exhibits

20,000 sq. ft. Multi-purpose hall:

– Offers warm-up arena adjacent to main performance arena, can be used for smaller separate events or trade shows to accompany arena events

– Enables smaller events to stage their shows at the Agrium Western Event Centre and then grow their events to the size that merit booking the large arena

Animal-friendly features:

– livestock pens and traffic areas under stands instead of through performance arena

– adjacent multi-purpose warm-up arena with performance dirt and same-level ground throughout for optimal livestock and horse footing

– outside building roof overhangs to protect penned livestock from sun and rain

– direct access for participants and livestock to barn stalls through a no-traffic area

– Links with other Stampede developments to serve participants, including new bigger tunnel to infield livestock trailer parking, 1,200 additional stalls, RV Parking with amenities and improved Christie Bridge back entrance

Scheduled for completion before the 2014 10-day Stampede, the Agrium Western Event Centre will be an important milestone in the Calgary Stampede’s vision of becoming a world-class, year-round gathering place. The key sponsor, Agrium, along with the governments of Alberta and Canada, has been instrumental in helping the Stampede elevate its agriculture and outreach programs by creating this world-class facility.

Education will play a pivotal role in the legacy of the Agrium Western Event Centre. The building’s rotunda will be the home of the Journey 2050 program – an inquiry-based educational experience for Calgary-and-area middle school children. This world-class program will challenge students to sustainably feed the world’s nine billion people by 2050 in a fun and interactive way.

Show jumping returns to the heart of Calgary after a 30-year absence. Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping.

Show jumping returns to the heart of Calgary after a 30-year absence. Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping.

One of the most ambitious capital projects in the Stampede’s history, the Agrium Western Event Centre is an ultra-modern centerpiece for western events and agriculture education, exhibition and industry in southern Alberta. Slated to open in June of 2014, it is unique in Canada, creating 150,000 square feet of dedicated livestock-friendly space. The building’s key sponsor, Agrium, along with the governments of Alberta and Canada, has been instrumental in helping the Stampede elevate its agriculture and outreach programs by creating this world-class facility.

We’re thrilled to preview these four exciting horse events that will bring this building to life year-round. We’re looking forward to securing other major livestock and horse shows,” says Fritz. “Our ultimate goal is that regional residents, tourists and guests can enjoy western events, horses and livestock in the heart of Calgary most weeks of the year.”

Lorne Robertson of the Arabian Horse Association Region 17 says having a specialized agricultural arena in a major destination city will help grow their event. “Our Arabian horse championships are very colourful, elegant and formal events. Our horses are our primary focus, and our riders and trainers have confidence in the top- notch footing and facilities that have been custom-designed for the best care of our horses,” says Robertson. “We’re also hearing excitement from members because Calgary is a great destination city and they’re planning site-seeing activities around their visit.”

The unique features of the Agrium Western Event Centre convinced John Anderson of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping that Calgary is the right location for his show. Anderson is launching an all-new, ambitious 10-day show jumping and horse extravaganza in late October of 2014, called Royal West. Designed to provide Western Canadian show jumpers a prelude or alternative to the Toronto-based Royal Show, Royal West will showcase hunter-jumper classes plus a full spectrum of other events such as barrel racing, heavy horse shows and terrier racing.

I’ve always wanted to do something like this. Now this large arena and all the dedicated facilities make it possible,” says Anderson, who explains show jumping requires more space than standard arenas would provide, with careful attention to proper footing and warm-up areas.

Size and specialized facilities drew the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association back to the Stampede after several years in other venues. Their championships finals draw up to 1,200 team entries with many as 2,500 spectators in the stands.

Agrium Western Event Centre is an ideal set-up for us,” says Kent Hillard, vice-president of the association. “Adjacent warm-up and staging spaces ensure the horses and riders can warm up, stand by to watch cattle and then jump into the action fully warmed up. The livestock stalls for pens of cattle right under the stands make for quick transitions between pens. The audience is going to love this modern arena because they can see the action from anywhere, even on the concourse, and won’t have to take their cowboy hats off sitting in the stands.”

Art Gallais, manager of Team Roping Canada, likens the Agrium Western Event Centre to the top facilities in Las Vegas where the world roping series are held. He says the building design is not only ideal for smooth operation of his event, but he adds the open concourse and VIP suites in the arena allows for valuable sponsorship exposure and experiences, which will help attract more sponsors to grow Team Roping Canada’s National Finals.

About the Calgary Stampede

As we enter our second century, the Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme: We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

Views From the Auction Block

Arizona Western Go-Sees

By far one of the most prominent horse events in February is the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo, beginning February 14 and running through to February 24. It’s held at the beautiful WestWorld facility and whether Arabians are your breed of choice or not, this show is a must-see if you’re in the area.

This year, the 58th edition of the show will host more than 640 colorful classes, which will collectively pay out over $1 million dollars in prizes. Check back to my post in 2011 for a few photos and words about the show. From the tradeshow, to the stall fronts, to the many classes, It truly is an amazing show.

One of the highlights of the show and a significant draw for western riders is the lucrative reining division. Watch for a Canadian representation in the Reining Futurity Classic, which offers a full and part-bred division and pays out $150,000. In addition there is a Non-Pro Derby and a Limited Futurity division.

 

Currently ongoing and through to Feb. 3 is the Arizona Sun Circuit, a fantastic Quarter Horse circuit which we featured in our Getaways section of the Jan/Feb issue of the magazine, and I believe a number of Canadians are competing at as well. There’s a number of excellent free clinics over the course of this show, definitely worth the entry gate admission.

Still in January, western lore aficionados can meander down to Mesa, Arizona and take in the massive High Noon Western Americana Collectors Weekend, Jan. 26-27. Covering all genres from antiques to cowboy chic, I’m guessing there will be interesting collections of both saddles and spurs, amongst other treasures.

Fan of horsemanship and cow sorting? Trainer Paul Dietz is hosting a horsemanship clinic Jan. 26 and a cow working clinic Jan. 27 at his Desert Hills facility. Team sorting practice is every Sunday afternoon.

Looking for something new to do with your horse for 2013. Western Dressage is taking off at Carefree Dressage in north Scottsdale.

Finally, we’ve been driving by these tents on our sojourns into Scottsdale. If you happened to miss Cavalia when it was in Canada, I imagine experiencing it in the desert would be equally magnificent. It’s running from now through to the end of Jan.

MORE HORSE EVENTS IN THE PHOENIX AREA:

There’s a Blue Ribbon Horse Show Feb. 10 at the Arizona Horse Lovers Park. 

If you

haven’t experienced the town of Wickenburg, their annual Gold Rush Days, Feb. 8-10, might be a good time to take a drive there. The town celebrates it’s ranching and gold-mining heritage with a parade, rodeo, dance, arts and of course, a staple of Arizona’s Wild West – gunfighter’s shootouts.

If you are hankering for some desert riding, hook up with the Arizona Fox Trotter Gaited National Trail Ride, Feb. 28 to March 3. Held at the historic Boyd Ranch, near Wickenburg, this ranch is nestled in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert. The trails are said to pass magnificent saguaro cactus’s and historic sites from the 1800s along the Hassayampa River. I don’t believe it is a full 5 day ride, but rather day rides with hitching rails for horses, and showers and restrooms for riders. Saturday features a dance., contact Clare Ross at (928) 925-6595 or clareross@mindspring.com

Dunn’s Arena, at Litchfield Park is a roper’s and sorter’s paradise with weekly events in both sports, as well as barrel racing. Check out the link for a full calendar of events.

The Scottsdale Saddle Club, Arizona’s oldest and one of its most active saddle clubs, has a Western Show on Feb. 17, more details at the site.

Cowboy mounted shooting offers up a vibrant culture in Arizona. Head down to the Ed Hooper arena in Casa Grande on Feb. 25-26 for what’s headlined as “not your Gramma’s shoot!” –  The Gunfight in Arizona.

In Germany, I happened to have a chance to attend a medieval jousting festival. Held on ancient castle grounds, it was a completely unexpected and fascinating side trip, learning and experiencing this vibrant equine sub-culture, which exists surrounding the Middle Ages and the sport of jousting.

Arizona also has it’s own Renaissance Festival. It runs every Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 9 to March 31, held near Apache Junction.

Finally, this year’s Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, Jan. 25-27, features a rich display of native American art, music and dance.

Scottsdale Arabian Show 2011

I've been back for a month, but I'm still reliving Arizona riding.

It's snowing outside. Understand?

Among many other firsts of Arizona this year, I had the chance to experience the Scottsdale Arabian Show.

Wow. It was incredible.

Economically, Phoenix may be one of the most depressed regions in the United States, but you wouldn't know it at this show.

Our first stop was the Shopping Expo, where I ran into a jewelry and hat designer I had met a few years ago in Ogden, Utah. She related this is her favourite tradeshow nowadays. And, I could see why. The halls were packed.

Some of the highlights:

Beautiful artwork.

Western fashion and accessories!

Slightly more traditional wear.

Gorgeous suits. I”m asking my family to purchase me an Arabian, just so I can wear one of these. Lovely.

Wee was taken by a booth filled with toy-horse size Arabian statues.

Then it was off to watch the classes.

If you ever have the opportunity to watch an English Country Pleasure class, seize the moment. It's really something. The smoothness of the gait, the fluidity of horse and rider.

It's a beautiful thing.

Outside, there was so much going on.

Barns were showcasing their best prospects.

More classes – such as western pleasure.

Pretty colors perfectly coordinated.

An incredible mane in the reining practice pen.

The Scottsdale Arabian Show hosts a fantastic reining and cow horse segment to the show. The purses are large enough to attract a yearly exodus of Canadian competitors specifically for these classes.

And, often, we bring it on home! Watch for a story of several such competitors in our May and Summer issues of Western Horse Review.

Outside, at the trade fair, we looked at barns – most of which would be hopeless in our Canadian winters. But, hey, we dreamed. It's what we do.

What's that saying. . . “you can take the farmer away from the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the. .? lead a farmer to the farm equipment booth?” Ah, whatever. . . if you are acquainted with a farmer or two, you know EXACTLY what I'm gettin' at. They ALWAYS gravitate to the logo's they know and love.

Naturally, there was a long line of trailer manufacturers, showcasing the latest equine travel modes. The three of us could see ourselves in this one. . . the freightliner connects to the . . . luxury living quarters connects to the . . .

three-horse accommodations in the back . . . yeah!

We're coming back for this when we win the lottery.

We interrupt this show coverage to bring you some exciting celebrity news.

Alice Cooper has moved to Phoenix!

And owns a restaurant!

And, had a food concession at the show.

And, manned it himself!

Well, sort of.

You heard it all right here, at Screen Doors & Saddles. Throw out your People magazine. You have me now.

Alice, you might want to hang the menu on the lefthand side of your booth. It's hard to read at that angle. Just sayin'. . .

Apparently, Alice is also a crack golfer and great conversationalist. Next year I hope to meet him.

Now, back to the show.

The barn and stall fronts at the show are nothing short of incredible, and we could have easily spent an afternoon perusing them.

But eventually, even Wee tires of the horse show.

And rebels.

In her own unique fashion.

Although, she later pointed out she had lasted longer than at “your cutting shows.” Good point, kid.

Hope you enjoyed this look at the 2011 Scottsdale Arabian Show. Thanks for tuning in and let us know if you attended, what you loved, and, if you found Alice. We're paying big bucks for paparazzi shots.

It’s About the Journey, Mom

I MUST let you know, if you haven’t already heard, and if you happen to be wondering why Jenn of My Stable Life hasn’t posted for the past couple of days, it is because she was busy birthing her babies!

Yes, two wonderful, sweet, adorable, gorgeous babies, I might add.

Congratulations Clay and Jenn! Eight weeks early, but I’m happy to report babies and Mom are doing fine.

We can’t wait to see the next post on My Stable Life, but in the meantime, I think we might have to give her a couple of days off.

A few weeks ago, we were in Arizona, enjoying the warm weather, and spring riding in the desert.

Each morning, Wee donned her riding boots and helmet and walked next door to a beautiful Arabian ranch for her riding lesson.

Note to my Saskatchewan friends: I cannot account for the t-shirt this child is wearing. This photo just reminded me of it, and I’m searching through dirty laundry for it as I type. I think the kid hid it.

During this set of lessons, Wee rode English, and made the leap from trot to lope on her good mentor, Colleen.

I think I’ve already related how I love Colleen. All horses have an inner beauty, but some are particularly kind to children, aren’t they.

In between lessons, I chatted with Wee’s instructor, Alicia, and we agreed it would be great to time our next visit to Arizona prior to a schooling show, so Wee could finally (in my mind), show Colleen.

Great idea!

I related the plan to Wee. Clearly, she was not nearly as excited as I. The conversation went something like this:

“Wee, wouldn’t you like to show Colleen sometime?”

“Um, yeah, sure, I guess.”

“Wee, I just don’t want you to get bored with just lessoning. Wouldn’t you like to move on? Wouldn’t you like to have A GOAL?”

“Well, I guess. But, Mum, I just really like my lessons.”

It hadn’t occurred to me that riding every morning with Alicia is all Wee really wants right now. Later, when Alicia related to me that with each visit Wee was coming out of her shell, chatting more, telling jokes, and even lightly teasing Alicia and playing small practical jokes, I realized Wee was moving on, in her own way. While I wasn’t paying attention, Wee was developing her relationship with both Colleen and Alicia. Apparently, it wasn’t all diagonals and round and round.

That, combined with Alicia’s regular praises of a job well done, as Wee’s riding improved, made her happy as a clam.

I done believe I got a little insight from a little kid that day.

Naturally, none of this would have transpired, were it not for Alicia, a wonderful, talented coach, who has had a beautiful influence on Wee. And, we can find her right next door. As opposed to 50 miles away. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

On her final two days, after each lesson, Alicia allowed Wee to take Colleen on a short trail ride along a cleared path through the property.

By the way, if you’re wondering, Colleen is a gaited horse breed, mixed with Arabian. She’s wonderful. I love her. Did I say that already?

I followed along to take photos, while Wee pointed out the unique flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert, an environment we have both become enchanted with.

The brush Colleen and Wee appear to be bursting out of is called Cat’s Claw, I believe. It’s a serious plant. Ask my jeans, they’ve been cat-claw distressed.

I love how little kids dismount. Little legs and dangling feet.

“We’re back, Alicia.”

Till next time, Colleen, so long. . .

Thanks for checking into Screen Doors & Saddles today, and have a wonderful weekend!

Show Report for the Spring Icebreaker

On June 5 and 6th the SAHA hosted their first horse show of the year. We had 48 horses come out to show and with them came all of their crazy, hard-workin, fun-lovin owners, riders, trainers, grooms- and fan clubs.  The show was run under a new format which allows two judges to be in the ring at once and judge each class individually. This allows each competitor the opportunity to accumulate two sets of points which helps them move on to the Regional and National shows. It was very interesting to watch how the chips played out, as there were many times when each judge placed a class differently. I guess when you have such good horses like the ones we get out to our shows, it can be very tough to decide who gets placed where!

The show started at a relaxed 8:30am with the halter classes. I know Jackie our steward always likes to get started at the crack of dawn, but I sure liked the later start! After halter we moved on to some training classes and performance classes before lunch. We were able to have a nice long leisurely lunch break from 11:30 until 1:00. This gave the competitors ample time to school their horses in the ring, grab some lunch, and for those of us who needed to, bath our horses! After lunch we ran some more performance classes which finished up around 4:00pm. We then took a short two hour break to gather some food, clean stalls, feed horses, and get our game faces on. At 6:30 we let the fun begin with some good old fashioned horseback games. We had eight horse and rider combinations come out for the games plus many spectators who assisted with refereeing and administering the games. There were five games including Run and Ride, Figure 8 Race, Egg Race, Barrel Race, and the Bareback Ride.  Everyone’s horses played along well (some slower than others), and Tammy made sure things stayed entertaining. Refreshments followed  the games ,as we gave out prizes for our wild bunch of participants and announced who the lucky Silent Auction winners were.  Around 8:00pm we started our meeting in which everyone had something offer as suggestions for what we could do to improve our shows. It was a very productive meeting, and although it was not the brief 30 minutes  that I had promised, it did wrap up in decent time.

Sunday saw us a little slower, as it was nearly 9:00 am before the faithful trail participants walked the course. Once again we were challenged to show up with our best game as Gina never lets us take an easy step in our trail courses! Some of the old reliables were caught off guard with the new trail equipment, but everyone managed to stay on pattern. We then jumped right back into performance classes in which everyone looked very settled and well rested. The horses all really seemed to like the ring at the grounds and all seemed to be happily doing their best. After our long lunch break we finished off the classes in the afternoon at 3:00pm and it was time to pack up and get home. It was a great show and I would like to now thank everyone who made it the success that it was.

The two most important people I need to thank are Erin Friske , our show secretary, and Alison Smith, our show manager and SAHA VP. This was the first show that either of these two brave ladies have done for our club and it was not without a lot of determination that they were able to accomplish what they did. I know they both spent a lot of hours, days, and months, planning, organizing, adjusting, redoing, phoning, emailing, whatever it took, to make sure that at the end they had it done right. Well done ladies, I think I can speak for all those involved with the show that we are nothing but grateful and impressed with your performance. THANK YOU!

The next gentleman I would like to thank is Gary Lewis our hitching ring co-ordinator and SAHA director. Gary also spent a lot of time pre-show working out a budget, contacting ring staff and volunteers, contacting facilities, and assisting in any way he could to make sure nothing was being overlooked. Gary has been helping with our shows for years, and he is one of those special volunteers who does not show a horse! They are rare treasures to find because without these people it is impossible to run a show. Gary keeps us all organized and on time, so that at the end of the day the show runs smoothly, flawlessly, and none of us miss our classes! I know Gary will be glad when we move back To Moose Jaw, it is a long drive for a dance recital, but like a good Dad, he wouldn’t miss it for the world. THANK YOU for a great weekend Gary.

My third round of appreciation goes out to Loretta Threinen, our Silent Auction organizer and announcer. We had a fabulous table of silent auction items which Loretta graciously collected for us. The items ranged from chairs, beautiful prints, coffee cup sets, grooming kits, tack, and the list goes on. The silent auction raised over $400 which will go towards covering costs of the show. Loretta also got wrangled into announcing which was a huge help to Alison and myself as we both had other tasks to deal with. Secretly I think she enjoyed it because it gave her front row seats to watch Megan and the ability to make sure Megan could hear her if she was not doing what she was supposed to! THANK YOU for covering my butt Loretta.

Next on my list are the show sponsors and silent auction donors. We had a great turnout of support for our show with $1000.00 in sponsorship money being brought to the table on very short notice. Sponsors for the show included: Mustang Vac Services (Stoughton), Cam and Sandy Taylor (Wolseley), AHS Bookkeeping (Earl Grey), Broncos Western Wear (Saskatoon), Lipsett Cartage Ltd. (Regina), HQ Apparel (Regina), Sylvan Valley Arabians (Yorkton), Alli-Barr Arabians (Saskatoon), Minnie Fleck (Estevan),  and Jade Anderson (Stockholm). Our silent auction items were provided by Jenah Maley, Dawn Brown, Loretta Threinen, Jeanette Jardine, Jennifer Robertson, Tracey Shivak Anderson, KO Advertising, and Hoof Haven Equestrian Centre.  By having sponsors for our shows we are able ensure that the show has the financial stability to go ahead, even if we do not get the anticipated number of entries that we budget for. Everyone goes home happy, so support our sponsors because they support you! To our Icebreaker 2010 sponsors and silent auction donators THANK YOU!

A round of thank you’s also needs to go out to our show officials, both paid and unpaid. It was a very well run show, and this is largely due to the professional manner in which our ring staff, course designers, and judges handle themselves. Our judges were well organized, our ring master, Cec Harvey, did a wonderful job as he always does , our scribes were diligent and courteous, and our steward, Jackie Taylor, was just as fabulous as could be (love the “dirty” vet tips). To all of you who step up to ensure that the positions are filled and the job is done well, THANK YOU.

A big round of applause needs to go out to our facility hosts. I heard nothing but good things about the quality of the barns, the bright lighting, the excellent wash bay, the airy and open arena, and the sound quality of the announcer. It was a very nice place to show in and I think everyone is looking forward to coming back to Saskatoon in July for the Carrot River Valley Arabian Horse Club’s show . The staff were on hand to harrow and water the arena as required, and the equipment was very accessible. The washrooms were tidy, the catering service was excellent, the food was good (although we all missed having our breakfast bun on Sunday – good old Saskatchewan wind), and the seating area was always kept clean. I was very impressed with the facility I hope to see many more events here. THANK YOU to Brenda Sapergia, Events Manager at Prairieland Exhibition Park.

My final thank you is one that means the most to me because it is the one that brings us all together: the competitors. You guys continue to show up with your happy faces, good spirits, beautiful horses, and bonafide camaraderie. No matter how much turmoil we all go through to get to the show, we are always happy to be there. We catch up with old friends, make new ones, we sweat, we bleed, we bruise, we laugh, we cry, we carry on. I am always impressed at the way we come together and help out wherever we can. It says a lot about the integrity and character of people, when tough competitors can be friends as well. It was great to see people volunteering to fill in, helping each other, and everyone having a good time. You guys all did a great job, and I cannot thank you enough for what you bring to the shows and your input as members. THANK YOU to all competitors you guys are great and we wouldn’t have the shows without you.

SAHA will be hosting its Fall Classic Show on September 18th in Moose Jaw. There will be grassroots classes offered which are open to all breeds and are intended for new competitors. We also offer training classes which are open to all breeds who are looking for some schooling. Check out our website www.saskarab.com for more information. Have a great summer!

~ Submitted by DeeAnna Lyke, SAHA President

2010 Scottsdale Arabian Show

Did you know that according to Archbishop James Ussher, prelate of Ireland, the world was created on Saturday, October 9, 4004 B.C.E?

Neither did I.

Did you also know that the Arabian horse is the world’s oldest purebred animal?

I didn’t know that one either.

But I learned them both after attending the 2010 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.

Held this past February 11-21, the show celebrated its 55th Anniversary this year. Granted there were several wet days – it was a rainy February for the Scottsdale, AZ, but host facility, Westworld Park is equipped to handle all kinds of weather. And there was no denying, Arabian horses attending this event were turned out in high glam fashion. So I thought I would share a few pictures that I snapped at the event.


Once again, the show featured an Arabian and Half-Arabian Reining Futurity Classic and a Platinum Performance Liberty Class.


And the Scottsdale Arabian Show brings in excess of $33 Million to the local economy during its ten-day stint.


Statistically, the Arabian horse public outspends other area visitors two to one, during the show.


And total prize money awarded to competitors, who come from every state and more than a dozen countries around the world, is over $1 Million.


And if that doesn’t impress you, the Arabian stall decorations should…



From yearlings in halter, to costume classes, to sidesaddle to reining events, this show has it all.


And it’s definitely a place to go if you want to see beautiful and talented horses.