Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club Newsletter

Amateur Randi McCook and Ostentatious Me

One of the challenges of writing a club newsletter is the fact that although the newsletter is written today (July 1st) – it may not be published in some of the magazines until mid September.   So, if you are reading this and thinking “that is old new” – you now know the reason why.  Speaking of news — please share your news with Ronni or Tammie, so that it can make it into a newsletter.

The last newsletter I wrote (May) set out our ‘good news’ — unfortunately since then we have had more bad then good.  Stella’s foal died during surgery and just a few weeks later we had to put down one of our mares, but have been extremely lucky in that the 7 week old foal was eating and drinking on his own and is doing fine. It was all a reminder of what amazing animals horses are.  They feel emotions – and no one can tell me differently, but they adjust so quickly.

So far the 2010 show season has been great.  The Lloydminster Spring Show was our biggest show yet and judging on the class size, it was a success for the club and for the exhibitors.  The APHC’s first show in Olds also had a huge turnout – so we have high hopes for the rest of the year.  The hi point winners from Lloydminster are posted on the website, but deserve additional recognition for their hard work and accomplishments:
Walk Trot

Kata Robinson and Starburst Danny

Novice Youth
Hayley Butz and Zipt N Bronze

13 & Under
Cheyenne Pasmeny and Invite Me In

14 – 18
Nicole Paterson and Suddenly Lethal

Novice Amateur

Stephanie McMillan and SAQ Twist Zip Leo

Amateur
Randi McCook and Ostentatious Me

Junior Horse
Mr Zip N Tyme – shown by Deserie Armstrong, owned by Sheryl Hilton

Senior Horse
Clayboys Target – owned and shown by Talia Humeniuk

Time Event Horse
Laces Medicine – owned and shown by Brittany Campbell
Solid Paint Bred
PP Blackasnight I am – owned by Maryann Tourangeau

The SPHC is sponsoring a hi point SPHC member award at the Youth Equestrian Summer Games in Moose Jaw in August, 2010.  For more information, please check out the Sask Horse Federation Website or contact Tammie Cooper.
The SPHC is also a participating regional club in the Zone 10 Zone-O-Rama, which will be held in Calgary August 5 – 8, 2010.  This is an opportunity to show to 6 judges, but in a more relaxed format, as the show is spread out over the 4 days.  It really is an experience you don’t want to miss.  The Zone 10/APHC/Big Valley Scholarship has 8 applicants who are great examples of how showing paint horses helps is a positive experience for any youth.  We are hoping the scholarship is offered again next year and expect a significant increase in applicants.

Work is already underway for our Harvest of Colours show to be held in Saskatoon September 25 and 26, 2010.  We will be offering a full slate of classes once again, with the added plus of our SPHC futurities all of which have added money!!  Please check the website at www.saskpainthorseclub.com for details regarding the futurities offered and details of the added money and payout structure.  Don’t forget that on top of the classes, the futurities, and the fun, each horse paying an office fee will be entered in a draw for $1000.00.  Imagine going to a horse show and coming home a $1000.00 richer – that is well worth booking an extra stall or two and bringing a couple more horses to the show.  Don’t wait to book your stalls.  Each and every available stall in LLoydminster was booked, so send in your form as soon as you can.

When you are at the show – please remember that we are always looking for volunteers to help set up/tack down trail, set up games and to work the gate.  Any time you can give, is greatly appreciated.

Our Harvest of Colours Show will have many exciting events and is a great show for all levels of exhibitors.  For our trainers and experienced show exhibitors, we will again offer various futurities (don’t forget – if you can help out with sponsoring added money, please contact any SPHC director).  For our ‘nervous novice’ or new exhibitors, we offer a wide range of classes that will suit your level and pride ourselves on providing a show atmosphere that will ensure you are as hooked on showing paint horses as we are.  Never hesitate to contact any director with questions you may have – if the director you call doesn’t know the answer he/she will point you in the right direction.

~ Ronni Nordal

Walk Trot Kata Robinson and Starburst Danny

Painted Babies on the Prairie

SASKATCHEWAN PAINT HORSE CLUB NEWS POST FOR MAY

I would love to say that Diana and I are all ready and prepared for the Lloydminster Spring Show, coming up on May 22 and 23 (I am writing this on a cool and wet May 1st).  Truth is though, that between work, chores, school and other activities, there hasn’t been much time to ride and the weatherman hasn’t co-operated at all.  I would complain about the weather, but from what I hear we have been lucky to only have had a bit of snow and a lot of rain, rather than the other way around.

We have had an interesting year for foals to say the least.  Jet of Gold was “due” about March 9.  We finally induced her on April 20 (at 376 to 382 days) and she had a gorgeous loud overo colt out of Lucky Diamond Chip.  Funniest thing was within an hour of the vet leaving, Diana and I were walking out of the barn and took a look in Stella’s (RMW Shi Time) stall and she was foaling.  It isn’t very often that a person gets to see a foal born and we saw two within an hour or so of each other.  Stella was bred to By Appointment Only and we have another beautiful little guy.  A week later we had our last foal a beautifully filly out of Poirer’s stallion Talk of the Party and our mare, PP Maximum Shame.  We are hoping the glimpse of white on the belly is enough, but will wait and see.  In any event she is beautiful and boy, is she full of life!

This photograph was taken within minutes of his birth.  For anyone that doesn’t know Stella, she is the horse to babysat Diana and I when we started in this crazy horse show business.

One of the great things about being involved with the Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club is our youth – many of these young people are involved in other activities such as school sports, hockey, dance and/or music.  Yet they also fit in the time to care for their horses and prepare for the shows.  I think the whole show experience plays an important part in developing a well rounded young adult.  The Zone 10 Horse Show Committee and the Alberta Paint Horse Club have teamed together to reward the hard work of our Youth by developing a scholarship.  Details of the scholarship can be found on the Zone 10 website at www.zone10zoneorama.ca.  If you missed being able to enter for 2010, don’t worry as I understand the plan is for the scholarship to be an annual event.  Eligibility for the scholarship is just another benefit of being a Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club member.

Speaking of benefits of being a SPHC member – don’t forget that there will be a $1000.00 draw at our Harvest of Colours show in Saskatoon, to be held September 25 and 26, 2010.  You will receive a chance to win with each horse you show, so make room in that trailer.

I would suggest people put their minds to booking stalls for the Harvest of Colours as early as possible.  We have had a great response for stall bookings for our Lloydminster show.  So book early and make sure you aren’t left out of the experience.

Our Harvest of Colours Show will have many exciting events and is a great show for all levels of exhibitors.  For our trainers and experienced show exhibitors, we will again offer various futurities (don’t forget – if you can help out with sponsoring added money, please contact any SPHC director).  For our ‘nervous novice’ or new exhibitors, we offer a wide range of classes that will suit your level and pride ourselves on providing a show atmosphere that will ensure you are as hooked on showing paint horses as we are.  Never hesitate to contact any director with questions you may have – if the director you call doesn’t know the answer he/she will point you in the right direction.

Call of Volunteers!  If you can offer a day, a few hours or a few minutes at the Harvest of Colours show, please let one of the directors know.  Many hands make light work!

I am going to end this newsletter with two requests:

1)    if you have any ideas about improvements or changes that could be implemented by the SPHC, please don’t keep them to yourself – share them with one of our directors.  Our goal is to see the SPHC grow in membership and to see our shows be a success not only for the club, but also for each and every exhibitor; and
2)    Enjoy your Paint Horses – sometimes life gets so busy and serious we don’t take the time to enjoy things as simple as watching that new born foal run around the pen; going for a leisurely ride on a beautiful afternoon or just enjoying the company of our favourite horse.  I often tell people that my horses are my sanity!!  OK – for those of you who may argue about me being sane – this picture is for you:

~ Ronni Nordal

SPHC Director

Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club news

A POST FROM THE SASKATCHEWAN PAINT HORSE CLUB

Harvest of Colors Youth Class 2009

As I write my very first newsletter, my clothing is covered in horse hair, my eyes are itchy and I wonder how 90% of the shedding always ends up on or close to my nose.  Spring is here on the calendar, not so much in person on the day I am writing this, but a hopeful forecast is in today’s weather.   Pastures are starting to welcome new additions and I hope you all share pictures of this years foal crop. So with new beginnings we move forward excited for 2010.  This year the SPHC is back on track with monthly newsletters, and has anyone checked out our new and improved www.saskpainthorseclub.com?  All the information you need including up coming shows, a what’s new page, and a great classifieds page were members can list horses or show clothing.  Great place to shop as well so check it out.

Our first show of the season will be held in Lloyd May 22, 23rd 2010 and the Harvest of Colors Saskatoon will be September 25, 26th, 2010. Don’t forget to get your SPHC membership BEFORE your first class at the Lloydminster Spring Show.  Points only start to accumulate for show and year-end awards after you have obtained your membership. Check out our Show roster.  We are offering Nervous Novice classes for us new riders or riders who have not yet earned points, lots of fun and a way for some of us to find a comfortable start.  Speaking of fun, the Youth committee has lots of new fresh fun idea’s planned for this year, I can tell you all to plan for a stall decorating class, and I hope we can fit in a costume class but we will keep you updated.  Speaking of updating, you can now find the Saskatchewan Paint Horse Youth on facebook. 127 fans and growing it is a great place to receive quick updates, post your own comments, share idea’s on what you would like to see at upcoming shows, and we love to see pictures and news about you and your horse.  This fan page is open to all young and the young of heart, but we also now have a Saskatchewan Paint horse club web site for all our members to join that offers the same venue as they youth page does.

So now that the shedding process has begun, and horse and riders train for the upcoming season I would like to tell you about an exciting opportunity for our SPHC youth, and all equine youth of Saskatchewan. SHPC will again be sponsoring a High Point Paint Horse, for our members at the Youth Equestrian Summer Games on August 20th, 21st and 22nd.  The show will be the same 3rd weekend in August as it has been in past years, but a new Location Moose Jaw with a bigger and better format. Keep an eye on the Saskatchewan Horse Federation Web site and the Saskatchewan 4-H web site for information as it becomes available.  We would love to see a huge number of youth come to this show and color the ring.

That’s about it for this time, I look forward to hearing from you to share news or events with me to include with my next Newsletter in June, don’t forget to add pictures. You can send them to dtcooper@sasktel.net.

~ Tammy Cooper