Twoony Available for Sale TB gelding

Twoony is a 5 year old TB Gelding. He stands 16.2 hh and is sired by Great Legacy out of No Miss Stake (Regal Remark). Beautiful movement and a quality Thoroughbred.  He is sound, sane and does not have any vices. If you are looking for a nice mover for the dressage ring,  and something brave for cross country, he is your guy.  Goes wtc and has changes. (not auto) and is just started over fences. Uncomplicated ride.

Papers available. Video Available.

$5200 + GST

Located in Langley



TB Mare for Sale

Registered name is Tormenta Negra. Torrie is by  Joey Franco. Joey is a 16.2 Bay Stallion who was the 2003 Californian Horse for the Year. Torrie stands 16.2 with decent movement. She is a quiet yet responsive mare. Goes wtc and does have changes. They are not auto. She came to us off the track and has been reviewed and just doesn’t suit our program. Torrie is 4 years old and will be 5 in March.

Asking 900 for a quick sale. No video available at this time.


Fox Hunting – What is it?

foxhunting what is it

Strangely enough, although not well known currently, fox hunting is actually what developed our current days’ hunters. Fox Hunting is essentially in simple terms cross country jumping at a fast paced chasing hounds which are supposed to be chasing a fox. Although its not quite that simple that’s the basics.  Fox Hunting is very traditional and that maybe where the tradition in Hunters come from. Here in BC, we have only one group that does hunts and that is the Fraser Valley Hunt. Not all hunts, actually chase a live fox though – the group here in BC has the hounds which actually follow scent laid by a rider on a horse, so no actual foxes are harmed.
On a hunt, riders meet a pre-determined location and gather, the hounds are released and the riders follow the hounds usually in groups. The Fraser Valley Hunt (FVH) usually has three groups one for those who are more adventurous, a middle group that generally spends a majority of the time at a canter and the last group generally trots with a small amount of canter. Right behind the hounds is the Huntsman who is responsible for the hounds and one or two whipper ins, who help the huntsman with the hounds. Horses and hounds race to follow the scent for 5-10 mins and then rest. The hounds usually need a rest as well as the riders.
Horses that hunt, should be a well schooled horse that has been exposed to a number of jumping obstacles in the cross country field as well as in the Hunter ring. The hunt horse should be sure foots to handle the varying terrain.  Their legs should be solid for the terrain. Hunt horses should be fit, hunts can last for a long time anywhere between 2-4 hours, although the longest FVH is 2.5 hours, however horses can spend the majority of that time at the canter. Jumps in the hunt field can be made of parts of fences, gates, logs and any natural obstacle that made be found in a farmer’s field. Horses should be exposed to those types of obstacles before the hunt.
Riders who ride in the hunt, should come not necessarily dressed in formal attire but should come neatly dressed in boots, breeches and a nice jacket. Formal jackets are not required but neatness shows respect for the Huntsman and the hunt. Riders should be capable of walk, trot and canter as well as two point.  Riders should be capable of jumping small logs. The majority of the jumps here in BC are options but not always.
Hunting can be lots of fun, I encourage everyone to come out and give it try in the off season. It’s a great way to develop your horse and your relationship with your horse as well as stay fit during the fall and winter months.
Alicia Harper is a coach and trainer specializing in Hunters and Fox Hunters. She is now accepting clients into her training program. Visit to get in touch with her.

This article was orginally published in the October 2016 edition of Saddle Up.

Sales Commission Demystified

Sales Commission Demystified

First I have to say the horse sales industry is unregulated. Meaning there are no rules and no laws that outline the way in which people and businesses should operate in relation to sales of horses. Basically it’s a free for all, as long as it doesn’t break any other laws outside of horse sales. Trainers, agents and sellers can do whatever they want. In other industries there are laws that require the professionals involved to disclose conflicts of interest cases. Ie. The horse was previously owned by the agent.
In the sales market it is expected to pay 10-30% commission on a sale. This price is generally included in the sales price to the buyer and is then paid by the seller. BUT do not make the mistake of not asking when taking an agent or trainer with you to buy a horse. Ensure that you have outlined the expectations from you and what the agent expects from you. There are cases in which a buyer will pay commission to his or her agent. You are effectively asking an agent/coach/trainer to represent you and your best interests using their knowledge and experience in the horse industry.
Sometimes in these arrangements a number of people involved. A seller’s agent, a buyer’s agent, trainer and listing agent. Let’s break down what each of these people’s jobs should be. A seller’s agent or a sales agent should have the horses listed with them, bring people to see the horse, show the horse and should know quite a bit about the horse. The seller’s agent should/may also video the horse for the seller and take good photographs. This person’s ultimate job is to show and represent the horse to the best of their ability. They can also negotiate on behalf of the seller.
A trainer will usually represent the buyer. They are effectively the buyers coach. We use the word trainer but coach might be a more appropriate word.  Their job is to use the knowledge they know about the buyer to find a suitable match, negotiate terms of the agreement and price.
One thing that happens here in B.C. is we have both listing agents and sales agents. Its important to know the difference. A listing agent is simply that – they list the horse for sale on sales sites and send people to the seller or sellers agent. There are listing agents who ask for 10% on the sales price.
The best advice I can give someone looking for a horse is take an agent if you don’t have a coach with you or take your coach. Don’t expect them to do it for free but their experience and knowledge is invaluable to finding the right match. And lastly – buy the horse you need now not the horse you want to ride.
Alicia Harper

This article was orgininally published in the November 2016 Saddle up Magazine.

Three Tips to Improve Your Show Season

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Three tips to improving your show season

Over the last number of years that I have been judging a number of local shows. Local shows, in my opinion are the base of any rider’s competition experience, and thus a very important learning opportunity for those new to showing and hoping to continue from there. It’s a place where riders can learn the rules, the unwritten rules and some of the expectations that riders will experience in the larger shows. Below I’ve written three tips to improve your experience at the local shows and help your placings.

Know your class descriptions & the rules – Each club has its own set of rules of what is allowed and not allowed. A majority of the local shows follow Horse Council rules. Most rules can be found online and you can read them before each show.

Each class in a horse show has different things they are looking for. The difference between Show Hack and English Pleasure for example.  In English Pleasure a judge in its simplest form is looking for the horse they would most enjoy riding. A pleasure horse is a horse that responses to aids, is not too fast as well as not slow, has smooth gaits. What you probably didn’t know is that your pleasure horse is also judged on manners and confirmation. Show Hack is looking for a horse with good gait transitions including both extended and collected gaits and dressage or upright movement. Knowing your horse’s strengths and the class descriptions should allow you to selectively choose which classes to enter so you can prepare for those classes.

Show pride in your turnout – When I was a child showing at Quarter Horse and Arab shows. We used to spend almost as long getting our horse ready for the show then we did actually showing. One thing that is missing from the local show arena is the pride in the turnout of the riders as well as the horses. If you are showing on the flat, paint your horse’s feet, pull that mane, trim those whiskers and tail, and most importantly come in clean. Just last weekend I was at a show judging Showmanship, a class where turnout is very much key and at least 50% of horses had dirt under their belly, between their back legs or between there front legs.

As an exhibitor, tuck that shirt in, hairnet in your hair, clean that helmet and polish those boots. Pack a bucket around the show with you with rags, cleaner, something for green slobber and dirt off those boots. And most importantly have attire that fits. A show shirt can easily be purchased second hand and then tailored to fit.  Attire does not need to be new its has to be tidy and workmanlike. Gloves are essential in your classes; it completes the entire picture. A well put together exhibitor, shows confidence and professionalism and also shows that you take showing seriously and respect the sport.

Respect the judge and the show volunteers

Local shows are run mostly on volunteers and sometimes the judge isn’t even paid. Respect them by being organized, at the ring gate on time and with your number showing and a smile on your face. Judges should not be approached outside the ring for results clarification, finding out what class is in the ring or what is allowed. If you have a question for the judge it is best to approach the show office.

A mentor of mine once told me showing is a privilege not a right. I try to keep that in mind each time I enter the ring. Enjoy the local shows, appreciate the volunteers, respect the judges and do your homework – and lastly enjoy showing.


Alicia Harper is a coach and trainer specializing in Hunters and Fox Hunters. She is now accepting clients into her training program. Visit to get in touch with her.


This article was orginally published in


oldenbrug gelding for sale

Inky is a 16.3 hh Oldenburg gelding aged 19 . He has been used in lesson strings as a dressage and jumping horse but would prefer that he is used for dressage only. He is responsive, a genuine schoolmaster, requires only maintenance of front shoes. Still have lots of go and was competing at 3rd level last year. He is a beautiful mover and continues to move like a 10 year old.

Video here

Currently priced at 2000 obo.



tb gelding for sale

Bennie a 14 year old. Thoroughbred gelding. Bennie has been used as a school horse in the past. Has two issues can be cinchy and will stop at fences if pulled in the two strides before. Riders must be able to allow him to go to jumps. He consistently moves in a nice rhythm in the canter and towards fences. Rides in a frame easily and is light on the bit and responsive to the leg.

Video from a lesson on his first day here:

September/October 2016 News

Hey Guys,
We have had a very successful September – lots of progress from our riders and our horses. I’m super excited about it:) Now Ive been lacking in the theory department so I do hope to get some more theory lessons out this month.
We attended the September schooling show at MREC with great results Eli and Merrit both placed 4th in their first ever full round of jumps in the X rail and  2′ division. Alysa had Argo out and did super in the cross rails. Anselmo represented in very well with Schzaam in the Hunter. He actually looked like a hunter horse!
We had Kristin, Nicolle, John, Anselmo and Erika – Shaye with us at the Fraser Valley Hunt clinic. Which was great and everyone learned alot. I rode John’s new horse Asia and she was very well behaved. Everyone had a blast and was excited to go again.
We have a number of events in October as well.
October 8th – MidNicomen Hunt. (lesson schedule may change due to horses attending)
Riders must be able to trot at a fast past and control horse. Cap Fee to FVH $80 $150 Horse Fee. Not for the faint of heart. Please note there are only 4 spaces to each hunt so the earlier sign up the better for those who want to attend
October 10th – Merrit Hunt (lesson schedule may change due to horses attending)
Riders must be able to trot at a fast past and control horse. Cap Fee to FVH $80 $200 Horse Fee. Not for the faint of heart. Please note there are only 4 spaces to each hunt so the earlier sign up the better for those who want to attend
October 14th – MREC Cross Country Clinic
This clinic will be tentative due to weather horse fee applies. Riders should be comfortable jumping X rails to attend. Two groups of riders and will be in the morning. TBD
– MREC Hunter Show. Riders must be jumping minimum cross rails to attend. Class fee per class $10 horse Fee $100 and Show Coaching $60. This will be the last of the schooling show as November we head to Thunderbird.
October 29th – Riverlands Hunt (lesson schedule may change due to horses attending)
Located in Pemberton – its the prettiest of the Hunts and actually has a tractor that follows us around with spectators. Hunt cap to FVH $80 and Horse Fee $350. Please note there are only 4 spaces to each hunt so the earlier sign up the better for those who want to attend
Recently some questions have arose that I would like to address. A number of our horses are “For Sale”. Actually getting them sold is a total different story. We are going to have a number of new horses coming through the barn for training and this will create great opportunities for our riders. To ride different horses and to learn new things. Our horses aren’t just all of a sudden going to be all sold. There are new ones coming and as it stands right now everyone is for sale for the right price.  Please don’t be concerned if your horse is for sale.
We are not actively looking for new customers. All of you are here because we believe you benefit our program and fit our program. So no we are not looking for new customers actively. Right now our focus is to improve our horses and our current riders. And we have a plan and we just need to get it in place and I appreciate everyone’s effort, patience and support while we do that.
Starting October first we are moving away from the Equilesson system so please do not be concerned if you no longer receive a reminder.

September Week # 1 Theory Lesson – Taking Proper Care of Your Horse

First and foremost- welcome  back from vacation everyone!

Secondly – Welcome to our theory lessons. I am hoping that everyone can benefit from the online theory lessons. I have found that we lack sometimes the follow up on keeping up on everyone’s theory. We however are going to start for the very very beginning.

For those of you who are interested in obtaining your Rider Levels for High School credits please be sure to purchase the Rider Level books from they can be found in the book store.

The topic this week is taking care of your horse before and after your lesson. We know that grooming our horses before our lesson helps keep them clean right? But do you know that there are other benefits? Can you guess?  Grooming is good to look for wounds, cuts or swelling, it also promotes blood circulation and keeps the horses’ coat healthy.

There are a few things we haven’t covered in our grooming though. We as riders rush and we miss a few spots. Those included are under neath what area is called the heart girth, you know where the girth goes. Also seems to be some stubborn dirt. This is probably one of THE most important areas to get clean. People miss the legs, chest and yep even in between the back legs. It need to be clean too. Imagine going months not washing your legs.. UGHHH.

To review grooming your horse: Check out this video

Things to note in the video, cleaning the saddle area. Please ensure your horses back is clean so that horses do not get saddle sores. We have had a couple that have gotten some of those sores. Instructors will be reviewing horse cleanliness this week. If you have any questions about it. – Please ask:)

The next step we are onto tacking up our horse. Let’s just all take a moment to review the proper tacking up procedure. You might learn a thing or two in this video.

Lastly, we have the taking care of your horse after your lesson. Once you unbridle, unsaddle you still have to groom your horse or at least you should. Pick out his or her feet and make sure there are no sweat marks where the saddle was. A nice thing to do also be to wash the bit off in a bucket of water before handing it up.

Always do a double check to make sure there isnt any of your brushes or tack that isnt put away. Anything left out could be a safety hazard.


Next week all about tack!


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Louis Legend is a 2002 Mare standing 16.2 hh Chestnut. Amateur friendly and can jump the moon. Has placings in Hunter and Jumper ring. Has fox hunted and done cross country. Used in lesson string, has changes somewhat auto. Very pliable and willing mare.


Lord Lines – Although Lord won the 1969 Holsteiner stallion approval, it was a controversial decision in the light of his conformational defects, and perhaps as a result of this Lord was at first not used greatly as a stallion, although he was one of the early stallions to jump successfully in competition.

His first crop produced the international showjumper, Livius who won the 1980 German Showjumping Derby under Peter Luther, and then team medals at the 1981 European Championships, the World Championships of 1982 and the 1984 Olympic Games. In fact the showjumping family Luther has been instrumental in the success of Lord – Peter Luther’s sons both starred on Lord progeny – Thieß rode the licensed stallion, Lord Incipit with great success, and Haucke Luther was a star in the puissance with Lyra 20.

Other successful competitors by Lord include Luguna (K. Huck), Lafeyette (H. Schmidt), Actrice (C. O. Nagel), Lusius (E. Gundel) and Pedro who competed at the World Championships in Dublin with Thomas Frühmann, Loyal 9 (P. Nagel-Tornau) and many more.

Successful sire sons include Lantaan in Holstein, and the sadly short-lived, Lord Liberty in Oldenburg.

In all, Lord sired more than 60 stallion sons, and his progeny won more than Euro 3,000.000.

Dr Dietrich Rossow in his Stallion Book of the Holsteiner Warmblood Breed, was somewhat cautious about Lord: “Lord was himself a successful 3 day horse. He is not a consistent producer. We see tall horses with big heads and also refined, sometimes small mares with beautiful heads. Along with his head, he often passes on his leg faults. All his get are endowed with enormous score over fences. His best offspring are products of crosses with refined mares. Today, Lord is more likely to be found in the dam lines since no stallion line has really emerged to carry on his influence.

In all, Lord sired more than 60 stallion sons, and his progeny won more than Euro 3,000.000.

Lord was himself a successful 3 day horse.


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