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Natural Horsemanship & Body Control Foundation Reining Training Putting Trail Class Back Into Trail Riding

Rabbit Run Farm in Flesherton, On.

By Susan Dahl.

Excitement. Determina- tion. Camaraderie. Recreational and horse back riders’ a-like love to trail ride. It’s in the genes- jeans.

Isn’t this fun!?! Are you one of those people that just loves trail riding no matter if it’s rain or shine? I know. I saw you at the 1st ACTHA Canada ride 2012 at

Riding in the rain.... Aah.

Back in the early spring, I was working my booth at Mark- dale Greenhawk when Chuck and Jane Cannon approached me, looking unusually keen to talk. I thought it was Chuck’s usual interest in horse training. In hindsight, it turned out to be an interesting turn of events for me.

I was pleasantly surprised when he asked if I would be a judge for the 1st ACTHA Cana- da ride for 2012. He went on to explain that he had started ACTHA Canada - American Competitive Trail Horse Associ- ation of Canada in January. Contestants are judged on how well they deal with obstacles while on a long trail ride. The parent association also tests the

Picture this... I’m all set with my judge’s sheets and assistant Kelly Looby, being escorted to my designated area. 6 judges are placed throughout the 6 mile trail course. I’m cov- ered in a yellow slicker. I’m standing under a wild apple tree waiting what seems like hours in the rain for the 1st contestant. Luckily Kelly had brought chairs.

judges for approval.

You could just feel the passion Chuck has for bringing competitive trail riding to Cana- da. (For more information please see the ACTHA Canada page on Face- book or call 519-373- 9912). It’s like putting the trail class at a show back into trail riding. I think it’s a great idea. I’ve built an obstacle course on my trails for conditioning. It’s a lot of fun.

The day had arrived. June 3rd. You would love this place! It’s the home of many of the endurance rides in this area. Just gorgeous scenery!

But it’s a grey day in Grey County. No mat- ter.

I judged the Side Pass. On the trail, riders will occasionally have to by-pass a huge log if they think their horse cannot safely jump over it. It didn’t matter if you rode english, west- ern or trail rider (a hybrid of both- typically english under western tack), everyone was judged according to set criteria established by the parent associ- ation ACTHA.

By the time I was done judging the 51 riders, my score sheets were soaked. I was soaked. Kelly was soaked. But it was a great time. I can’t wait to do it again!

Bonfire. Prizes. Laughter. Food. What a better way to dry

your clothes out.

There is just something about the feeling of satisfaction when you’ve had a great time, accomplished something great with your horse and had fun doing it with your friends. I just heard from Chuck that he is planning on organiz- ing practice nights and more rides. I’m looking forward to more judging. I really enjoyed seeing people have fun on the trail with their horse while being challenged to become a better rider.

It gives you one more opportunity to trail ride with your horse and meet like mind- ed people. I can see more and more Baby Boomers trying this sport.

“Putting my spin on education and natural horsemanship.”

@KISS Reiners

RCMP Musical Ride Returns to Orangeville

For the first time since 2004, when the Orangeville Agricultural Society celebrated their 150th anniversary, the RCMP Musical Ride returns for one performance only.

Orangeville Agricultural Society will be hosting one of Canada’s most recognized icons, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, performing at the Main Show Ring at 7pm on Tuesday, August 28th.

all have a t least two years experience in active police work before volunteering for duty with the Musical Ride. Surprisingly, most have no prior riding experience.

Performing prior to the R.C.M.P. are The Canadian Cowgirls doing a special ride presenta- tion for Brest Cancer. Also, appearing are the Mounted Belgian Brigade.

The RCMP Musical Ride represents a colourful Canadian tradition. The troop of 32 horse and riders will perform a variety of calvary drills choreographed to music. Working through a unique medium, they support the RCMP community policing efforts throughout Canada.

The Musical Ride was developed in 1876 by early members of the North- West Mounted Police to display their riding ability and entertain the local community. It has evolved over the decades into a uniquely Canadian per- formance enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators every year.

Members of the Musical Ride are first and foremost police officers. They

Notice to Members - Revised Bylaws for Equine Canada

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Equine Canada has revised its Bylaws and is calling on its membership to review and vote on the proposed 29 draft amendments. The amendments are due in part to changes as a result of Canada’s new Not-For-Profit Corporations Act which governs not-for-profit organizations such as Equine Canada. The amendments are also a reflection of renewed collaboration among the provincial/territorial sport organizations and Equine Canada, Canada’s federal sport organiza- tion, whom together oversee the sport of eques-

trianism in the country, as well as the welfare of the horse and the horse industry in general. A General Meeting has been called for September 22, 2012 in Bromont, Quebec, during the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Champi- onships, for those who wish to vote in person. To read the revised draft Bylaws, and to learn how and when you can participate in the voting without attending the meeting, please visit the Equine Canada website

For ticket information call the O.A.S office (519.942.9597) or admin@orangevillefair-


Susan Dahl, celebrating 20 years in reining, 10 years in natural horsemanship & 5 year writing for The Rider. Proudly a member of Toklat’s Myler (Bit) Ride Team and now Myler technical bit certi- fied. She is a certified profession- al horse trainer, NCCP coaching theory certified, competitor, clini- cian and owner/operator of Foun- dation Reining Training Centre in Durham. She specializes in mod- ern horsemanship, western per- formance horse development & reining training for horse & rider. She has trained & won numerous ORHA, NRHA, & Reining Cana- da Top 10 awards. For more information on her very innova- tive & fun approach to training, clinics, lessons, or coaching, please visit her on facebook, her website www.reinersuehorseman- or

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