No sooner was I back from the Mane Event in Red Deer that I had to get the June issue prepared.

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Love going to Red Deer, just a long drive! Great show though! I didn’t get a report in by deadline, so hopefully I’ll have received one for the July issue. While at the Mane Event, I met up with Dana Hokana again (lovely lady!) and she introduced me to an Alberta student of hers (Brynn) who rode in one of her clinics in 2014 at the Mane Event. This is a success story for Brynn (and Dana)… see their story on page 18.

Looks like I will be riding a Kentucky Mountain Horse in the Gaited Horse (Fun) Show here in Armstrong on June 11th, courtesy of Loretta LeBlanc – thank you Loretta – can hardly wait! This is such a fun show that I look forward to each year! Now gotta go meet (ride) the new horse!

I’ve been eager to hear more about the 2017 55+ BC Games, since they have finally confirmed Vernon and Armstrong will host them. Vernon hosted them 30 years ago I understand – and now they are BACK! This time they are including equestrian events for our area – YEAH! This is our chance for 55+ riders/drivers (and other ‘sportsters’) to show the talent we have in the North Okanagan! BUT the ‘Games’ people need to hear from us… if there is enough EQUINE interest to hold ‘equine’ events! (Come on… really??!!!).

Here is what Janice Reid (Zone 5 rep for the 55+ Games committee) sent me from the ‘Games’ office… “We need to have volunteers (and clubs) come forth and contact Bruce Cummings, Director of Sport for Vernon 55+ Games - email as soon as possible to show support for the equestrian part of the 2017 Games. The meeting in June will help confirm the sports to be in the 2017 Games and he is looking for support from us in order to suggest equestrian to this committee. Without support and volunteers he will not bring equestrian to the table.”

IMPORTANT! So ‘equestrians’ we can have as much as we want, if the support is there (from you volunteers and clubs)… English, Western, Reining, Gymkhana, Driving, Mountain Trail, whatever ‘discipline’ has enough 55+ to ride/drive in. The 2017 Games dates are September 12-16, 2017 (although Equestrian is Sept 15-16 I am told). So, please, email away to Bruce!!! Hope he is inundated with ‘equestrian’ enthusiasm! Let’s show them our North Okanagan EQUESTRIAN SUPPORT!!! It can be done if we work together!



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  • Dancing Horses… 5
  • Alberta Wish Trail Rides… 6
  • NOTRA Ride-A-Thon… 7
  • Trust, Empowerment… 8
  • Liberty Training… 11
  • I Learn Best If… 12
  • Draft Horse Sales… 15
  • Western Dressage… 16
  • Dreams Can Come True… 18
  • Kamloops Wish Trail Ride… 20
  • Mikko the Mustang… 28

    And so much more!!

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