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SassySandalsEtc November-December Show Schedule

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 22, 2011 08:37


Lacombe Power Shop Nov 13th

Foothills Hospital Nov 16th

Lloydminster Xmas Show Nov 18-20

Spruce Meadows Xmas Show Nov 25-27

Stettler Xmas Show  Nov 29


Red Deer Xmas Market  Dec 3 & 4

Peter Lougheed Hospital, Calgary Dec 7

Foothills Hospital, Calgary Dec 8





Rider selection for Ellen Bontje Workshop

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 16, 2011 07:17

Riders selected to participate in Ellen Bontje "An Experience That's More Than a Workshop" are:

1.  Rider Registration from: Chelsea Morton of Spruce Grove, Alberta
Discipline:  Dressage
Competition Level: 2nd Level
Personal Biography: I started my riding career at the age of nine years old. By eleven, I found a passion for Dressage of harmony between horse and rider. At which time, I acquired my first horse, Mac a three year-old bay thoroughbred gelding. Over the four years I had him; he taught me extreme patience and helped me overcome many challenges that arise in a young horse. I then graduated to Cascade, a four year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. I competed with her up to Second Level in dressage, obtaining scores up to 70.71% and winning Dressage Seat Equitation at the Provincial Dressage Championships in 2007. In 2007, I then graduated to my current mount Ushi, an imported Dutch Warmblood mare who is now 10 years-old. In 2012, I will be starting her son Damien who is sired by Contango. Recently in 2011, I have completed my certificate in Equine Massage Therapy to further my knowledge between horse and rider. Over my riding career, I have attended numerous workshops and clinics with; Bonnie Bonello, Jane Ayers in Wisconsin USA, Wendy Clark, and have been training consistently with Gordon Dalshaug since 2005. Many thanks to Gordon Dalshaug for his help throughout the years and allowing me this opportunity to attend this workshop.
Horse Name: Ushi
Horse Breed: Dutch Warmblood
Horse Sex: Mare
Horse Age: 10
Horse Biography: Ushi, my current mount was imported to Canada in 2004 from Holland and is sired by Goodtimes. Goodtimes is an all-purpose breeding stallion. He sires horses for dressage, jumping and beautiful types. Ushi's dam is Granada sired my Columbus. In 2008, Ushi gave birth to Damien sired by Contango. I am anxiously waiting to start him in 2012. Ushi and I recently competed in the Alberta Provincial Dressage Championships obtaining 3rd place over all at First Level - Open, with scores up to 65.8%. This wonderfully talented mare surprises me every day with her heart to work, and dedication for success.

2.  Rider:  Karen Metz of Redcliff, Alberta
Discipline: Jumper
Competition Level: 1.10 jumpers
Personal Biography: I own and operate Country Haven Stables in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Horse Name: Desert Storm
Horse Breed: Hann Oldenburg
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 7 yr
Horse Biography: Shown as a jumper but missed the fundamentals along the way. I bought him and have been taking dressage lessons with Gordon Dalshaug.

3.  Rider:  Gordon Dalshaug, Saskatoon, Sask.
Discipline: Dressage
Competition Level: Third Level
Personal Biography:
Horse Name: Luke by Lavita
Horse Breed: Holsteiner
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 12
Horse Biography: Luke is a 1999 17.3 hh Flea-bitten grey Holsteiner gelding by Lavita. Owned by Brittany Reid of Saskatoon, since September of 2010, Luke has successfully transitioned from the show jumping ring into the dressage arena where he shows continuous improvement. After being purchased from Calgary Alberta, Luke spent time with Brittany in New York at the Elsa Gunnison Riding Hall of St. Lawrence University. Upon his return in May, the duo competed until August which concluded a successful show season at first level during which he presented great potential for higher level work.
Luke has a sassy personality, while not being an exclusively independent type, and a drive to meet your expectations both under saddle and on the ground. He is a very respectful and interactive horse making his height a minor detail once you acquaint yourself. With an affectionate character, and a rarely clean coat, Luke greatly appreciates attention from visitors.

4.  Rider:  Jenneke Hoogendoorn Stony Plain, Ab.
Discipline:  Dressage
Personal Biography: My husband Rod Needham and I run a training and boarding facility in Stony Plain, Alberta. We specialize in reining and dressage, but will do cow work and jumping also. We start many youngsters for all disciplines. I have been riding my whole life. I spent some time overseas and several years in Kenya training dressage and polo horses.
Competition Level: FEI Young horse
Horse Name: Hallmark
Horse Breed: Hanoverian
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 5
Horse Biography: Hallmark came from Germany in April 2011. He will have been with Jenneke for 6 months by clinic time. He is has a very easy going nature yet elastic athletic gates. He will be an exciting horse once he matures.

5.  Rider:  Linda Johnston, Didsbury, Alberta
Discipline: Dressage
Competition Level: Third Level
Personal Biography: For the past 35 years my husband and I have owned and operated Peaceful Valley Stable; a Thoroughbred breeding, boarding and training facility.  We have started a vast number of horses under saddle for  both racing and pleasure.  I began the journey into the Dressage method of training about 15 years ago under the knowledgeable coaching of Mr. Gordon Dalshaug. Several horses have been with me within this time frame, and have partnered with "Voice Mail" for the past 4 years.Thanks to Mr. Dalshaug's coaching I'm at a level where Voice Mail and I have the honor of riding under one of the world's top coaches Ellen Bontje.  Voice Mail has been my partner in  this journey for the last 4 years.
I am looking forward to solidifying my present knowledge and expanding into new and exciting training experiences.
Horse Name: Voice Mail
Horse Breed: Canadian Warmblood by Voltaire out of Beluga by Beach Boy
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 9
Horse Biography: Voicemail is working well in third level and schooling in Prix St. George.  He won his warmblood classes as a weanling, yearling 2/3 year old in Saskatoon, Sk.  Voicemail scored 9-10 in jumping and movement at the Warmblood Inspections. 

6.  Rider:  Sherry Ross of Medicine Hat, AB
Discipline: Hunter
Competition Level: Novice hunter 2'9
Personal Biography: Started jumping just over a year ago. Have done limited showing in hunters to 2'9". Have done clinic with Gordon.
Horse Name: Tana
Horse Breed: Quarter Horse
Horse Sex: Mare
Horse Age: 10
Horse Biography: Tana has had extensive training in both hunter and jumper. I acquired her at the end of July.

7.  Rider:  Tamara Harach of Balgonie, Sask.
Discipline:  Dressage
Competition Level: third/fourth
Personal Biography: Having grown-up in rural Saskatchewan, Tamara started riding at a young age. Her love for dressage started when her family moved to Saskatoon where she was able to join the Saskatoon Pony Club and take riding lessons from Elaine Partington. After high school, Tamara rode with Dietrich von Hopffgarten as a working student. As an adult amateur, she continued to ride and purchased Kasanova in 2000. She trained with Betty Wells for many years and for the past five years has trained with Joan Johnston. As a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Tamara earned her B.SC, in 1989 and a Doctor of Medical Dentistry in 1994. She currently practices dentistry with her husband, Mike, in Regina. Along with their children, Hannah and Sam, they live east of Regina and have a private horse facility.
Horse Name: Kasanova
Horse Breed: Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred
Horse Sex: Gelding
Horse Age: 13

8.  Rider:  Wendy Wotton Dryburgh of Brandon, Manitoba
Discipline:  Dressage
Competition Level: presently training
Personal Biography: Have been involved with horses riding, training, and showing for 40 plus years. Level one coach for 20 plus years. Have ridden and trained to fourth level dressage. As well as riding and showing in the hunter/jumper ring. Have earned the bronze and silver Dressage Canada rider pins. My riding goal is to earn 8’s on my riding.
Horse Name: Rhubi
Horse Breed: Canadian Warm Blood
Horse Sex: mare
Horse Age: five
Horse Biography: Rhubi is a 5 year old mare, which I raised off a MM Hanoverian called Falken. She received the top marks in her inspection for Canadian Warmblood in Manitoba, and was awarded first premium. I backed her as a four year old and she has limited showing two hunters shows and one bronze dressage show (training level). We have been taking in as many training experience as we can. I am very excited to have her to ride as she is by far the most talented horse I have owned! (Rhubi is working on connection and strength, can do lateral work, counter canter. She is very supple and balanced and forward moving.)

Coach and auditor registration details found at:  http://www.horseownertoday.com/ellenbontjeworkshop.aspx


EIA (Swamp Fever) in North East Saskatchewan update

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 15, 2011 18:30

A farm in North East Saskatchewan has 3 positive cases of EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia aka Swamp Fever) from the initital testing.  Sequential testing for all in contact horses in now occuring.


Sassy Sandals Etc. Show Schedule

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 11, 2011 11:18

Week of Oct 10th Etc.

Foothills Hospital  Monday, Oct 10,  9-5

Peter Lougheed Hospital, Tuesday Oct 11,  9-5

Grande Prairie Womens Show Oct 14-16

Eckville Xmas Market  Oct 22, 10-2