Prairie Paints

It has been a great summer for the Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club.  The club has played host to a number of events, including the Loud & Proud Show on June 15th & 16th. The show was a great success thanks to Stephanie McMillan and a number of generous sponsors. Some of the winners include:

Hi Point 13 & Under – Cassidy Boxall
Hi Point 14 to 18 – Taylor Gardner
Hi Point Youth Solid Paint Breed – Sam Boxall
Hi Point Amateur – Angie Morrow
Hi Point Amateur Solid Paint Bred – Rebecca Katz

Sportsmanship Awards were handed out to Tianna Gallerneault and Alivia Boxall. Congratulations to all of those winners.

Alivia Boxall, winner of a Sportsmanship Award

Alivia Boxall, winner of a Sportsmanship Award

Sportmanship Award Winner, Tianna Gallerneault

Sportmanship Award Winner, Tianna Gallerneau

 

The SPHC played host to other events of the summer, including, the 3rd Annual Trail Ride and Trail Challenge which was held at Trail’s End Guest Ranch. Despite the rain and flooding the event was a success. Events included a trail ride through the Arm River Valley, a youth division trail challenge, and a battle for the saddle class. Sunday events included:  Rookie, APHA JR. and Sr, Horse, and competition for the Open ladies and mens divisions.  Congratulations to the winners.

Youth Division (1st, 2nd & 3rd place) – Audra Cooper
Battle for the Saddle Division– 1st Place: Stephanie McMillan, 2nd Place: Ronni Nordal, 3rd Place: Brent Byers
Rookie Division – 1st Place: Gary Charnock, 2nd Place: Rhonda Lang, 3rd Place: Rose Johnson
APHA Jr. Horse –Stephanie McMillan
AHPA Sr. Horse – 1st Place: Lynn Hoosier, 2nd Place: Brent Byers, 3rd Place: Ronni Nordal
Ladies Open – 1st Place: Lynn Hoosier, 2nd Place: Ronni Nordal, 3rd Place: Lorilei Cornell
Mens Open – 1st Place: Robert Barbour, 2nd Place: Brent Byers, 3rd Place: Rick Bathgate
The Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club’s final event of the year is the Harvest of Colours Show. This show is a 2 judge SPHA show and is combined with a single judge AQHA Novice and Open show.  This fun event will take place August 30-31 at Prairieland Park, Saskatchewan.

SPHC 3rd Annual Trail Ride and Trail Challenge

SPHC 3rd Annual Trail Ride and Trail Challenge

 

 

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.

To the ‘Victor’ Goes the Spoils

Victor’s Vacation. Photo by Mike Greathouse

Good things come in small packages, and that’s certainly the case for American Paint Horse Foundation’s benefit horse, Hidden Hollow Victor.

Standing at nearly 34 inches, the 5-year-old American Miniature Horse Registry tobiano gelding will be the smallest equine sold at the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Select Sale, taking place Nov. 10, during the American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas. But despite his small stature, “Victor” will have a big impact on the APHF. Proceeds from his sale will benefit the foundation’s Therapeutic Riding Instruction scholarship fund.

Forming a partnership in January 2013, APHF and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, joined together with the goal to financially assist potential therapeutic riding instructors on their road to PATH certification. The average cost of registration for the three-day PATH certification workshop and test is $800. APHF will award two $800 scholarships annually to first-time applicants who are both APHA members and in good standing as PATH International members.

We want to be the first in the industry to encourage the expansion of the instructor pool by helping more therapists to become certified instructors,” APHF Coordinator Jan Anderson said. “The need to get more instructors to assist challenged riders is vital.”

Generously donated by Donna Lee Armstrong and Linda Davidson of Hidden Hollow Farm in Shreveport, Louisiana, the grey-and-white miniature horse has been started in both hunter-jumper and driving training. Victor is valued at $2,000.

A soon-to-be movie star, Victor and other miniature horses from Hidden Hollow Farm recently joined the cast of Dakota’s Summer, a film written and directed by Timothy Armstrong. Scheduled for a mid-2014 release, the film stars Emily Bett Rickards (Flicka: Country Pride), Haley Ramm (Into the Wild) and Keith Carradine (Cowboys & Aliens).

Mike Greathouse of Mike’s Minis and Joe Frank Brown of Joe Frank Brown Show Horses have volunteered to care for and feed Victor, continue his training and prepare him for the sale. Members of Texas Paint Horse Club have donated the gelding’s feed. Prior to the sale, Mike will provide demonstrations of Victor’s driving abilities during the APHA World Show, which takes place November 6-16.

New Classes Offered At APHA World Show

Photo by Deanna Buschert

Popularity is growing in the stock horse world for Ranch Horse Pleasure classes, and the American Paint Horse Association opted to include a new class for the discipline at the upcoming APHA Open/Amateur World Championship Paint Horse Show.

The second of two premier events hosted by the association annually, the Open/Amateur World Show is slated to take place November 6-17 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

A Ranch Horse Pleasure Sweepstakes with $1,750 added offers followers of this popular new discipline an opportunity to shine on the World stage. The sweepstakes format means qualifying is not required for participation. Additionally, the Association is waiving the late fee for Ranch Horse Pleasure entrants for the introductory year. Part of the added money for the class is sponsored by Farnam, while the remainder comes from APHA. At this time, the Ranch Horse Pleasure Sweepstakes class is open only to Regular Registry Paint Horses.

By the numbers, the 2013 APHA World Show has something for everyone—with 240 total classes. And while the majority of 168 World Championship classes require qualification in order to participate, 109 do not require qualification.

  • ∗ 240 total classes
  • ∗ 168 World Championship classes
  • ∗ 109 non-qualifying classes
  • ∗ 106 Open division classes
  • ∗ 90 Amateur & Novice Amateur division classes
  • ∗ 35 Solid Paint-Bred classes
  • ∗ 56 Breeders’ Futurity classes
  • ∗ 17 new classes
  • ∗ $79,250 added money (excluding Breeders’ Futurity and Farnam Stakes payouts)
  • ∗ 99 opportunities for affiliate recognition
  • ∗ 18 Intermediate Exhibitor classes (class-within-a-class)
  • ∗ 8 Southern Belle Breeders’ classes (class-within-a-class)
  • ∗ 2 NSBA Stallion Incentive Fund classes (class-within-a-class)

Additional activities – Boot Camp, Ride the Pattern, Gift Show, Sale, Clinics

Besides the classes in the arena, APHA has added other activities for exhibitors and spectators to get more enjoyment out of their time at the World Show. The pre-show Amateur Boot Camp will offer a full day’s worth of honing skills and polish for Amateur and Novice Amateur exhibitors who are interested in getting help from industry professionals. Held on November 5, Boot Camp will be followed immediately by APHA’s “Ride the Pattern” seminar. Ride the Pattern is a free opportunity for all exhibitors to hear from a World Show judge what the judges will be watching for—while the patterns are being demonstrated live.

The Farnam Breeders’ Trust Sale festivities kick off November 9 with the Sale Preview Party. The following day, November 10, the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Sale Preview will begin at 5:30 pm and the Sale will begin at 6:30 pm. Two sessions will be held: the first for Breeders’ Trust horses of any age, or those in foal to a Breeders’ Trust stallion; the second for yearlings whose owners are making them eligible to compete in the 2014 Farnam Sale Stakes classes (with anticipated payout exceeding $50,000).

Two free clinics are scheduled, which are open to World Show attendees and the community at large. On November 9, horse trainer and Chrome columnist Kalley Krickeburg will demonstrate her “pre-saddle training” methods in the Watt Arena. On November 10, dog trainer and Chrome columnist Hilton Butler will share techniques he uses successfully in his work.

Shoppers will find a wide array of treasures and holiday gift items in the Colors of the Season Gift Show. Now with an expanded venue, the gift show will be open daily during the World Show from 9 am to 6 pm, with extended hours the weekend of November 8-11. Interested vendors may contact Shannon Rogers at 817-222-6433.

Enter. Compete. Win. Celebrate. 

Full details, tentative class schedule, premium books and class entry forms are available online at www.aphaworldshow.com. Pre-enter by the September 10 deadline for the best pricing, stall location and RV spaces. Entries are accepted until 5 p.m. the day prior to the class.

Prairie Paint Horse News

The Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club Board was elected at the February 16, 2013 Annual General Meeting.  Ronni Nordal is elected president for the 2013. New directors include:  Nicole Gauthier, Angie Morrow, Kerri-Anne Boxall, Tyler-Anne Boxall, Candy Schick and Dana Derenoski and some returning directors:  Lorraine Beaudette, Stephanie McMillan, Bruce Martin and Laura Martin.

The directors have been busy and the 2013 will be a full year. The Lloydminster Spring show took place May long weekend. Our numbers were down, but we believe that was due to the never ending winter. We were lucky to work with Flax Premium who donated bedding for the stalls and the flax bedding was a huge success!

Wickham Greenhouse, Lloydminster, graciously lent shrubs and bushes for decorating our trail course, which looked great, as did Jenn Hendrickson and Chips Tommy Boy going across the bridge.

The hi point winners and sponsors, as well as jackpot winners and sponsors are on the SPHC website. A huge thank-you to the Durness 4H Multi-Club and their leader, Alison Weaver who acted as our announcer.

The next SPHC event was the Loud & Proud APHA and SHF shows held June 15 and 16 at Willowridge Stables in Saskatoon. The event was a success and thanks to Stephanie McMillan for all her work on that show.

Next up for SPHC is the Trail Ride and Outdoor Trail Competition to be held July 20 & 21 at Trails End Guest Ranch, Aylsebury, SK. Information and forms are on the website – or contact Laura/Bruce Martin for information. Hope to see you there.

Our 2013 show/event season will close with a return of the Harvest of Colours show to be held October 5 and 6, 2013 at Prairieland Park, Saskatoon. For 2013 this will be a 2 judge APHA show combined with a single judge Novice AQHA show, including grassroots, (AQHA approval pending) along with open adult classes and all breed jackpots (weanling, hunter under saddle, western pleasure, trail and perhaps longe line). Keep checking the website/facebook or contact Ronni Nordal  or Kerri-Anne Boxall.

Many of our SPHC members just returned from the APHC June show in Ponoka and congrats to all their successes (which are too many to set out). Good luck to SPHC members who are on their way to the AjPHA World Championship Show – we expect lots of news reports!

Until next time – may we all keep enjoying our horses and may our horses keep enjoying us!
~ Ronni Nordal

 

AJPHA Youth World Show Expands Classes

Youth Paint Horse

Photo by Deanna Buschert

The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) broke new ground in the equine industry when they announced that their 2013 American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) World Championship Show will be held simultaneously with the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) National and Youth World Championship Show this summer. The AjPHA Youth World Championship Show will take place June 29-July 6 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

APHA, the world’s second largest breed association, has continued to progress into new territory by adding age splits to the Novice Youth division at the show. Since the program’s inception, Novice Youth classes have been offered in 18 & Under only. In 2008, Novice Youth classes were added to the class lineup at the World Show; but it was not until 2009 that winners were named as World Champions. The decision to split some Novice Youth classes into groups of 13 & Under / 14-18 was made after careful consideration and a result of the program’s growth.

“Younger exhibitors find it intimidating to compete against the older exhibitors. We anticipate that by opening the Novice Youth classes to age splits, these younger exhibitors (and their parents/trainers) will feel more comfortable and achieve greater success at the World Show,” explains APHA Senior Director of Show and Contest Holly Slaughter.

In 2013, five Novice Youth classes will be divided into age groups and each respective winner named a World Champion: Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Showmanship, Western Horsemanship and Western Pleasure.

On another front, the lineup of “Introductory” classes have been opened up to all AjPHA youth showing Regular Registry horses. Introductory classes have a lower entry fee and do not require qualification to participate—making them a good segue into full-fledged World Show competition. Classes to be held at the 2013 Youth World Show are: Disciplined Rail English, Disciplined Rail Western, Ideal Paint Western, Ideal Paint English, Bareback English Equitation and Bareback Western Horsemanship. This group of classes are not World Championship classes.

Information provided by the American Paint Horse Association. 

Sensory Challenged Paint Horse Wins Futurity

BY VIVIAN NEMISH

White Paint Horse

Photo Credit Mackenzie Sabozo Photography

Henry and Nicole Gauthier of LaPlaine Quarter Horses and Paints near Duck Lake, Saskatchewan have been actively involved in the horse industry for over 18 years. Nicole has over 20 years experience in the equine industry and has been training and coaching professionally for 17 years specializing in show horse training and youth show horses. She is an active member of the Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club. Their reputation has earned them many accolades but none as honourable as the most recent award.

The Gauthier’s entered one of their Splash Overo Paint fillies into the Canadian Colours Futurity at Ponoka, Alberta, Canada in September 2012 unaware of the course of events to follow.

LP Silent Chip, aka Bella, is a yearling American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Splash Overo who received top honours in her registered class, which not only pleased her owners but also drew attention from the judges. It was unknown to the Gauthiers at the time that their prize winning filly could have sensory challenge until Nicole was approached by the judges following the class inquiring if Bella was deaf.

Nicole was unsure how to respond as the judges continued to explain how Bella’s markings are very indicative of the genetic trait liked to deafness in the Splash version of the Overo Paint horse. The characteristic bonnet face, the white encompassing the nose and spreading upwards and stopping just in front of the ears, is considered genetically linked to sensory disability.

Professional judge Clinton Fullerton from Kansas City, Missouri, was among one of the judges in Ponoka. He commented that in his 25 years experience with training showing and coaching Paints and Quarter horses, the chance of encountering a hearing impaired horse was low. “Splash Overo is considered one of the least common paint horse colour patterns and more often than not, horses displaying this form of coat colouring is more inclined to deafness than any other horse type and breed.”

“The hearing challenged horse is either very quiet or very wild,” said Fullerton,“there is usually no medium, it is usually one extreme or the other.”

Fullerton explained another distinctive feature on a hearing impaired horse, how the horse’s ears are positioned.

“The ears on a deaf horse are positioned with the ear opening off to the side as opposed to the up and forward position,” explained Fullerton who, in his career of training and coaching horses, has received 162 world and reserve champion awards.

Congenital deafness associated with the Splash Paint breed is a result of the lack of pigmentation within the inner ear causing the death of hair cells necessary to perceive sound. Like in many other animal species, the deafness trait is usually associated with blue eyes and white coat colour. In the case of the Splash Overo, the head and legs are also white and the markings are very straight cut and defined. The Overo pattern is controlled by a dominant gene and does not appear to be gender specific.

Nicole is first to say that Bella is ‘pretty unique’, she is very personable, has a quiet demeanour and because she has had to rely heavily on smell and touch, has developed a trusting bond with her owners and trainer.

The Gauthiers are eager to begin riding Bella in the spring in preparation for the Western Pleasure show in the fall of 2013.

“It will pose another challenge as Bella will not be able to see the rider and thus will not be able to associate the body language with a voice command, however the professionalism shines through once again and both Henry and Nicole have designed a plan of action whereby someone will lead Bella while the trainer is mounted. As leg pressure is applied, the leader will display the hand height signals. Once Bella is able to distinctly associate the leg pressure with the gait, she should be well on her way to the show ring once again.

A Milestone for the APHA

Three auctions, recently held to benefit the American Paint Horse Foundation, generated more than $9,130 for the non-profit corporation whose primary mission centers on heritage and education.

During a silent auction at the 2012 APHA World Championship Show, held November 7–17 in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron Shelly of Georgetown, Texas, bid $5,000 to win an APHA 50th anniversary saddle custom-made by Bob Moline. Ron, the American Paint Horse Association’s vice president, placed the final bid during the 2012 Farnam Breeders’ Trust Select Sale on November 12.

“I was thrilled to provide the winning bid for the unique one-of-a-kind saddle,” Ron said. “It now sits in a prominent location in my office.”

Though breeder Erin Matte of Claremont, Ontario, Canada, came to the 2012 Breeders’ Trust Select Sale with an intent to bid on great Paint Horses, she left the winner of APHA registration No. 1,000,000.

“I didn’t realize it was going to be auctioned off,” she said. “When this opportunity came up, it just kind of made sense for me. I’m a regular advertiser with the Paint Horse Journal, and this is just another great way to promote my horses, my stallions, my offspring and to continue being part of APHA.”

APHA American Paint Horse Association Breeders Trust Sale

Photo by Deanna Buschert

Erin bid $4,000 for the registration number and a corresponding registered name of her choice. Saving the number for an extra-special horse, Erin says she’s sure it will go to a foal sired by one of her two stallions: PM Gold Style or Mr Touchdown Kid (QH). Excited about the future foal, Erin says buying No. 1,000,000 is another way to give back to the industry that’s so close to her heart.

“When I entered this industry, I was treated so graciously and openly and warmly. I love being part of APHA,” the breeder said. “What better way for me to promote APHA and have my horses recognized and remembered?”

An online eBay auction presented country music fans with a unique opportunity to win a Dean acoustic guitar autographed by Grammy-award winner Lynn Anderson. Paula Pow of Nashville, Tennessee, won the guitar for $132.50.

“I’m a big fan of Lynn Anderson,” Paula said. “I love her singing voice and her music, and have been blessed to get to be around her in person some in recent years, and she is so kind and caring! She is a dear, sweet person, and I am honored to have won this guitar!”

Proceeds from all three auctions benefit the American Paint Horse Foundation. Learn more about how the foundation benefits the lives of American Paint Horses and their enthusiasts at aphfoundation.org.

SK's APHA Approved Trail Ride

SUBMITTED BY LORRAINE BEAUDETTE

Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club

Youth Champion Taylor Gardner crosses the river on Mr Sylvester.

The Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club hosted their first APHA approved Trail Ride and Outdoor Trail Challenge Competition on June 30 and July 1, 2012. The event was held at Trails End Guest Ranch in the beautiful Arm River Valley and just as their name indicates the guest ranch is tucked into the beautiful valley – at the end of the trail. Owner and operators of the Guest Ranch, Lyle and Chris Benz were most excellent hosts for this family friendly event. The weekend event was open to all breeds of horses and ages of riders and folks could come for the guided trail ride on Saturday, or the Trail Challenge on Sunday. Most folks came for the weekend and made a family holiday out of it. The facilities easily accommodated campers and RV’s and boasts a motel, showers and cabin rental options.

Lyle led a relaxed group of 28 riders on a three hour ride on Saturday, June 30. With rolling hills to ride in, river crossings and natural history to enjoy, this was an unforgettable trail ride for many.

APHA Saskatchewan Trail Ride

APHC Champion Bruce Martin has his hands full as he heads for a swim.

Lyle led the group through the coulees; silver sage and buck brush past a huge buffalo rub stone and a buffalo jump site. Tee pee rings are still evident on the hill side and buffalo bones found in a dig site have been dated back 2000 years. A ride to the peaks of the valley rewarded you with fields of waving grass and pastureland. You could easily imagine herds of buffalo grazing on them in another time.

Horses over came their fear of water as they attempted and succeeded with numerous river crossings and later the swim hole. They encountered cattle and dealt with difficult and varied terrain. For the show horses on the trail ride, it was a welcome change and you could see the pleasure in their expressions.

APHA Saskatchewan Trail Ride

Ladies Champion Stephanie McMillan, along with her mother Colleen, cools off in the river.

After the last river crossing the group came upon a small herd of red Angus steers belonging to Trails End Ranchs. This provided an opportunity to expose horses to a nice quiet herd of cattle and to test their cow sense.

One of the highlights of the weekend came after the trail ride and during the heavy heat of the afternoon. Faced with the question of do we go and ride on the hills again or do we go for a swim? The swim won out for many hot horses and riders. Lyle advised everyone to ride with a simple halter and lead rope and to take it slow with their horses. One rider declared she could cross one more thing off her bucket list, an exchange student from Finland said she had never done anything this much fun before in her life! Wondering down the riverbed towards the swim hole gave horses a chance to become acquainted with the feel of water all around them. The swim hole could accommodate quite a few horses at a time. It was pure entertainment for those who were not riding and sheer joy for those who were on the horse’s backs. Some horses loved it so much they played hippopotamus and would plunge their whole heads under water as they swam with just their eyes peeking out.

The ranch staff set up a beautiful steak supper with all the fixings. Following supper folks saddled up and rode over to the large outdoor arena where a mounted shooting demonstration took place. This was a good opportunity for people to expose their horse to the gun fire and see how they would react. Following the mounted shooting many folks choose to hit the hills and the river for a little more riding or to work on certain skills in the arena in preparation for the Trail Challenge the next day. Later that evening after horses were fed, watered and put to bed everyone gathered round the huge bon fire to listen to a trio of talented local musicians play guitars and banjo and sing songs. Some folks simply enjoyed the starry sky from the hot tub.

The Open Trail Challenge took place on Sunday, July 1, with Judge Chris Larsen of Crooked River, Steward and Laura Martin, and Edam directing competitors. A total of 40 riders signed up to compete in four separate divisions. The challenging course was situated along the river banks of the Arm River, across a meadow, up a hill and was approximately ¾ of a mile in length. The first obstacle was a jump, followed by a ramp, then a fallen log drag, a river crossing, lope along the river bank, a second river crossing, a lope up a hill to ride under several large hoops, lope back down the hill to a ground tie area for a dismount and walk around then dependent upon the division you were competing in you would either load and unload your horse in a trailer or pick up a slicker and carry it to another post.

The top riders in each of the four divisions were: Youth, Taylor Gardner of Saskatoon, Ladies, Stephanie McMillan of Cudworth; Men’s, Robert Barbour of Warman; APHA – Bruce Martin of Edam. Each was awarded a beautiful custom Gist Buckle.

Saskatchewan APHA Trail Ride

Men’s Champion, Robert Barbour, Warman, SK.

A huge thank you goes out to the Trails End Guest Ranch for their hospitality, to judge Chris Larsen and to generous buckle sponsors; APHA – Painted River Ranch Posse; Men’s – Cindy Borhen & Trevor Mikolajczyk ; Ladies- Taze Consulting (Al & Trish Fisher); Youth – Tech Ops Pipeline Consulting (Rick & Sue Layh). Many congrats also to the SPHC Board for the taking on this new initiative and to Laura Martin who coordinated the event.

The Second Annual Trail Ride and Outdoor Trail Challenge with take place on July 20 and 21, 2013 once again at the beautiful Trails End Guest Ranch. Check the Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club website www.saskpainthorse.com for future updates on the next big challenge.