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Equine Enterprise Profile: Leah Winston and BrookView Dressage by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 14, 2013 12:41

“I was born on the back of a horse.” ~ Leah Winston, quoting her mother.

When a child receives a riding helmet for her first birthday, it’s safe to say that those around
her can probably predict where she is headed.

Leah Winston’s dressage training started in the UK at her mother’s riding school, where she
soon developed a passion for eventing.

“I truly believe that growing up on Brook Farm Stables molded me into the person I am today,”      Leah says. “I saw how hard my mother worked to keep the stable functioning, maintain the well-being of all the horses, and create an atmosphere of honesty and customer satisfaction.”

Leah moved to the U.S. and has now operated her own training business for 7 years, where her mission is to help others learn the art and beauty of dressage. Today she serves a wide range of clients at BrookView Dressage  – from the trail rider needing help with how their horse moves to the serious competitor who wants to be tops in the show ring. Leah also works with young horses from the age of 2 on upwards, giving them the correct foundation for their dressage career. She can then train them up through the levels and into competition, depending on what it is their owners are seeking.

Leah’s love for horses and her passion to help others are her primary motivations. She sees her work as a pleasure, even though she puts in long, late hours. Leah highly values the relationships she has with the horses and finds joy in seeing them develop in personality as well as in athletic ability.
Leah describes her biggest challenge as never having enough time during the day. Yet, she also knows the importance of taking her time, never pushing ahead faster than either horse or rider can handle.

“When we rush, horses suffer, and that shows up in the results.”

Most equestrians have at least one outstanding horse at some point. For Leah, that special soul was Amintas, the Lusitano stallion she describes as “….a once in a lifetime equine love.” Their connection was so powerful that Leah felt there was nothing the horse wouldn’t do for her. She had high hopes that together they would reach the stars, but at the tender age of six, Amintas foundered in all four hooves due to a medication reaction and had to be put down.

“It was the hardest decision I ever made,” Leah says,” and the saddest day of my life.”

A year later, along came QuaterStern, sired by Quaterback in Germany out of the mare Sandro Fe. He had already been chosen as the top Oldenburg colt of 2013. When Leah first saw QuaterStern online, she felt an inexplicable spark inside.  Her heart was clearly saying that her beloved Amintas had somehow sent this colt to her, even though owning him seemed completely out of reach.

“I knew I had to find a way to get him in my life,” Leah says. “He was well over my budget. He had been bred by Debra McMillan of Ridgefield Farms in Maine and I was in Florida, which made everything seem all the more impossible.”

Some horses are destined to be in our lives and QuaterStern is definitely one of those for Leah. At the age of 6 months, he was weaned from his mother, transported from Maine to Mass where he spent three short weeks training with a handler, and then went on to Devon PA for competition,  which is where Leah met him. As Leah put it, “It was as though we had already met.”

With the help of several people, Leah was able to take QuaterStern, now known as Queue, home to reside at BrookView and enjoy his coltish life to the hilt.

“I plan on taking him to some in hand breed shows and he will be a breeding stallion a few years down the road,” Leah says, “I see a huge future for him and cannot wait to take that journey with him, hopefully into the international arena.”

There is no doubt that for QuaterStern and Leah Winston, the championships have already begun. They are definitely the pair to watch in 2014 and beyond.

Leah Winston is a well-rounded equestrian who gained much of her experience growing up on her mother’s farm in the UK. Now living in the US, she specializes in Dressage and preparing young horses for the FEI arena. Leah loves teaching the art of dressage, not only to accomplished dressage riders, but also to those just starting out and wanting to learn. Visit Leah and QuaterStern on Facebook at:

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RCMP Musical Ride Gallops Into Gibsons, B.C. By Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 14, 2013 12:14

Musical Ride entering Dempster Field at Brothers Park in Gibsons

taken by Duane Burnett of Duane’s World


I first had the privilege of seeing our RCMP Musical Ride when Expo 86 was held in Vancouver. I watched that performance, beautifully backlit by the sunset over the city, and was awestruck at the incredible precision of these horses and riders. When I heard that the Musical Ride was going to visit our small town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of B.C., I was thrilled to find out that the horses were going to be stabled in our neighbourhood and that I would have an opportunity to meet them individually.
As beautiful as the polished performances are, behind the scenes is often where we learn the most. When I asked about the history of the Musical Ride, I found out that it originally evolved from the North West Mounted Police. Uniforms were worn, lances were carried, horses wore ceremonial white head ropes, and were taught to carry out traditional military drill movements, just as they are today. The first Musical Ride performance was held at the Regina barracks in 1887 and regular public performances started in 1904, carrying on across the country ever since. Thirty-five riders, thirty-six horses, a farrier, a technical production manager and three Non-Commissioned Officers travel with the Musical Ride. The tour takes place between May and October, and includes Canada, the United States, and select International venues.
I was interested to hear that the horses are all bred by the RCMP themselves, rather than bought from other sources, and that the first breeding farm was at Fort Walsh, Saskatchewan. In 1968, breeding was moved to the detachment near Pakenham, Ontario, because the larger Saskatchewan facilities were no longer needed.

New foal and future Musical Ride member photo taken at the RCMP Breeding Farm in Pakenham, Ontario

The photo of the new foal came from the RCMP Media Center at:



Thoroughbreds were originally used, but in 1989, the force purchased Hanoverian mares and stallions to cross-breed with existing Thoroughbreds. The horses I met at Chaster Creek Stables on July 30 were of this mixed bloodline, all black and approximately the same height, 16 – 17 hands. Their intelligence and gentle temperament was evident, as crowds ranging from babies to the elderly walked through the stables, stopping to pet them freely. Even though these horses are naturally agile and athletic, their training is never rushed. General training starts at age 3 and takes approximately 3 more years. Many of the horses continue with the Musical Ride past the age of 20.

Casey could be as sweet as he was cheeky. Moments after this photo was taken he grabbed his feed pail and flung it into the alleyway, demanding supper!

Photo Carol M. Upton


The Gibsons performance included the iconic British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and our very own Coast Cow Girls Drill Team. Proceeds from the show were donated to our local Hospital Foundation. Annually, the Musical Ride helps approximately 40 communities raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a number of excellent causes. What a gift to all of us!

Several of these giant trailers were needed to transport all the equine members of the Musical Ride and their equipment.

Photo Carol M. Upton

RCMP Musical Ride Equine Members at rest on the day of their Gibsons performance.

Photo Carol M. Upton.

The Ride is touring British Columbia at the moment and will perform in High River, Alberta on September 9. If you have a chance to see this living example of our country’s history and national identity, you won’t want to miss it! For more information and a tour schedule, please visit the RCMP website at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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Equine Enterprise Profile – Donna Murray Custom Horsehair & Wool Designs by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 13, 2013 10:12

Custom Horsehair Artist Donna Murray was raised on a mixed farm in southeastern Saskatchewan and horses were always a part of her life.  She says that she and her siblings were involved in 4H, fairs, rodeos, trail rides and wagon trains. During the summer months, their family operated a Vacation farm, hosting children from the city for horseback riding and other activities.
After graduation, Donna obtained a Farrier Sciences Certificate and worked with horses at racetracks and guest ranches. A serious injury in 1989 stopped her in her tracks. Unable to physically work with horses now, Donna looked for another way to stay connected to them. She became a self-taught horsehair braider and hitcher.  She credits the mentoring she received from Ron and Shoni Maulding – Authors of Hitched Horsehair Books I and II - with helping her work to evolve into what it is today.
Collaborating with other creatives meant more opportunities to attend trade fairs and other equine events, and Donna’s business grew. She started getting requests to make custom pieces – items made from the hair of specific individual horses. Donna says the majority of her custom work is done using the hair from deceased horses and she understands the desire many people have to keep a memento of their horses that have passed.
“Losing a horse is an emotional experience for the person,” Donna says, “and sometimes it is hard to take the step of cutting their hair.”
Items range from small pieces like zipper pulls to big pieces like hitched belts and the item/s made can be dictated by how much hair has been saved. Donna can also supplement a specific horse’s hair with additional horsehair she has in stock.

Southern Alberta is an area rich in artisans, and Donna has been fortunate to work with others to complete items - silversmiths, leatherworkers, potters, picture framers, and wood carvers. She is always open to suggestions from her customers, and some beautiful pieces have been created using their ideas.
Every day at Donna Murray Custom Horsehair can be different, depending on orders. Time of completion for an item depends on the item, what type of work is needed and whether there is dyeing involved. Donna receives orders from around the globe, but the majority of her customers are from the U.S. There is a lot of competition in this field of work, with Made in Mexico and China horsehair products readily available. Donna says the adage "You get what you pay for" really holds true, with her work being higher priced than imports but also much higher quality.

Anyone who wants to become a horsehair worker will need tons of patience, perseverance, creativity and another source of income. Donna says that is all offset by her enjoyment of working with clients and seeing that they are satisfied with her unique products.
Customers can purchase horsehair items without having to have horses, or take hair from their own horses. As well as the horsehair items, Donna makes hand-latched wool products - saddle blankets, wither pads and tush cushes. The saddle blankets are very popular, and she has many repeat customers for them.

Donna says her website has been a great tool for clients to find her work. Her site is newly redesigned, along with a Facebook page. She welcomes all enquiries and looks forward to an exciting New Year.

Donna Murray is a self-taught horsehair hitcher and braider, who resides in Lethbridge, Alberta. She started working with horsehair in 1992 and, with patience and perseverance, has learned to create high-quality, functional items. Visit Donna at:   www.customhorsehairandwoolcreations.com 

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Business Structures for Agriculture Ventures

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 11, 2013 12:43

by Brenda Stefanson, PAg
Regional Farm Business Management Specialist

Over the years, groups of farmers have worked together to capture business opportunities, allowing the group to accomplish what the individual group-members cannot do on their own. One of the first of many decisions the group must make as they undertake a business venture, is whether they will form as a corporation or a co-operative. Each of these business structures has advantages and disadvantages.
A corporation is a legal entity that has a separate legal existence from its shareholders and directors. Shareholders and directors are not generally personally liable for the debts, obligations or acts of the corporation. Private corporations are formed by one or more people and cannot sell shares or securities to the general public. Public corporations can issue securities to the public but the corporation must file a prospectus with the Saskatchewan Securities Commission, employ outside auditors and distribute semi-annual financial statements.
There are many advantages to operating as a corporation.
•    Limited Liability: Generally speaking, a shareholder is only liable to the extent of his/her investment in the corporation.
•    Continuity of Existence: The existence of a corporation is not affected by the death or bankruptcy of a shareholder or director.
•    Ownership is transferable: Shareholders can sell or transfer shares to others.
•    Tax advantages: Accountants and tax professionals are best equipped to assess the tax advantages or disadvantages of the business structure.
Some of the disadvantages of a corporate structure include:
•    Corporations can be costly to form.
•    Corporations are closely regulated and require extensive record keeping.
•    Shareholder control is based on size of investment.
•    A large investor could assume control of the corporation.
•    Conflict may develop between shareholders and/or between shareholders and management.
A co-operative is a corporation organized and controlled by its members. Co-operatives are separate legal entities and therefore, share the limited liability and other characteristics with corporations. The democratic principle of “one member, one vote” is the characteristic that sets co-ops apart.  Profits of the co-operative are distributed among members as patronage dividends.
The advantages of the co-operative structure include:
•    Democratic control:  The one member, one vote principle ensures co-operatives are owned and controlled by the people who use them.
•    Limited Liability: Members are not liable for the debts, obligations or acts of the co-operative.
•    Patronage Dividends: Surplus earnings are distributed as shares or cash to members in proportion to use.
There are some disadvantages to using the co-operative structure:
•    Member participation determines the success of the venture.
•    Decisions may take longer.
•    As with corporations, record keeping is extensive.
•    There is the potential for conflict between members and/or between members and management.
•    There is less incentive for members to invest additional capital.
Corporations and co-operatives share many characteristics and both have been used successfully by groups of farmers to capture opportunities or solve problems.
For more information on this topic contact your Regional Farm Business Management Specialist at 306-946-3214 or the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.

Equine Enterprise Profile: Shannon Lawlor of Shannon Lawlor Fine Art Inc. by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 31, 2012 17:04

A browse through Shannon Lawlor’s online gallery explains why she is considered by Western Fine Art Collectors to be a premier bridle horse illustrator. Her paintings tap into our imaginations, yet also capture, with energy and spirit, real-life moments of working stock horses, ranching families and riders. A striking feature of her work is the animation in the faces of her equine subjects, something that is often lacking in animal art. Other pieces by Shannon include detailed and memorable close up images of inanimate objects such as spurs, knots, and chapetons, which are so fascinating to lovers of historical Western riding traditions.

Shannon never knew a life without horses. She had Welsh Ponies as a child and then grew up on a ¾ Arab Gelding, whom she describes as “….the horse that shaped everything for me.” Shannon has always worked in the horse/agricultural business - as a veterinary assistant, starting colts, working on cattle ranches and in feedlots. She had not planned on being an artist; however, as she embraced the desire to paint and with horses as her clear inspiration, she realized that art as a business was quite possible, and made that transition 8 years ago.

Like the development of any business, building a name for Shannon Lawlor Fine Art Inc. has taken time and dedication. It requires being on the road at shows and doing what Shannon calls “brush mileage”, consistently spending a lot of time in her studio in Nanton, Alberta, perfecting and honing skills. She devotes weeks at a time to researching her subject matter and in addition, wears all the hats the average self-employed business person must wear, keeping up with office tasks and coordinating multiple Art and Trade show events.

“I keep reinventing myself,” Shannon says, “because I want to improve as an artist. My vision is constantly changing. Of course, raising your own bar can be the most challenging thing to undertake.”

Shannon sees forward thinking as imperative in the equine art business. She is inspired by the many great equine artists in Western Canada alone and she finds support in meeting them at the trade shows to be the best form of professional development.

Shannon still has finger paintings of horses from her kindergarten days and it is evident that her joy in her work is simply a passion for the equine. She continues to seek out the horses that inspire her as subjects. What is her advice to others who want to pursue a career in equine art?

“You need to have faith that it is going to work. Be prepared to pay your dues, to do without, and to keep at it.”

This discipline and commitment have served Shannon well over the past 8 years. Her art is featured on international magazine covers, including Western Horseman, and on television for Canadian Cowboy Country. She has an impressive list of awards in art competitions across the country, most recently first place in the Ex Arte Equinus International Competition for Art Horse Magazine in Beaumont, Texas 2011/2012 with her painting of Casey, a Grade Percheron stallion. Shannon is the only artist to have placed first twice in this competition. She continues to participate in many invitational arts shows, including the Calgary Stampede, Phippen Museum and the Greeley Stampede.

About the Artist:

Shannon resides in Alberta where traditional bridle horse culture is strong. Her images portray the working stock horse and pay tribute to working horsemen and horses alike maintaining old traditions throughout North America. Visit Shannon at: www.shannonlawlor.com

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Equine Enterprise Profile: Paper Horse Photography with Andrea Blair By Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 18, 2012 07:48


Photography began for Andrea Blair when she was only 5 years old. Andrea’s family had always been creative in film and photography, so she naturally absorbed a love of this art through them. Today, she is renowned for her work from her Paper Horse Photography studio in Salmon Arm, B.C., showcasing the intense connection between people and animals, particularly horses.

Whether a client wants a farm family session, fun photos of horses and dogs, or a professional equestrian event shoot, Andrea is there with the skills to create a relaxed combination of client bond with her vision.

“I believe stepping out of the box is important,” Andrea says, “ embracing myself as an artist and following my own path.”

For Andrea, that means illuminating the love between pets and their people in the most creative possible ways, while still reflecting individual spirit. Only a trip through her online gallery can possibly do justice to this sensitive and patient work.

Andrea started in wedding and family photography, but quickly realized that her heart is with photographing animals and the lives that people build around them. Several years ago, she began connecting with the equine community via horse sport events and has never looked back.

Andrea is a busy mom who also works another full-time job, so organization and tight deadlines are the watchwords of her day. She often fits her photography work, image editing and email processing long into the night.

Andrea describes herself has having “…. a big heart and big dreams.” Always seeking another challenge, one of her biggest joys is traveling across the provinces meeting new people and their animals. She is now spearheading the second year of her Senior Horse Project.

“I am inspired by life in all its stages - every wrinkle, pucker, protrusion, sway back, grey hair or lack of teeth that tell the story of who these horses are at this stage in their life. As I photograph them I am further intrigued to hear their story as told by the people who love them.”

Once she has enough senior horses photographed, Andrea will compile their images and stories together to produce a book. She invites queries on this project and the focus in early 2013 will be on miniatures. Sales of prints have been particularly popular this year for Paper Horse Photography and Andrea is excited about the new energy her work is bringing to her in 2013.

Andrea Blair | Paper Horse Photography is a portrait photographer specializing in equine and canine photography with a style consisting of candid, heartfelt and emotional imagery. Based in Salmon Arm, BC Andrea is always eager to capture the bond between people and their animals. Visit her gallery at http://www.andreablair.com or her Blog at http://www.ablairphotographyblog.com


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Show Trail: Canadian Nationals Arabian and Half Arabian 2012 -Manitoba By Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 23, 2012 09:39

“He has the flanks of an antelope, the legs of an ostrich, the trot of a wolf and the gallop of a young fox.” ~ Edouard al-Dahdah, a breeder and lover of Desert Arabian Horses
Although summer has long fled, even here in B.C., I greatly want to share my experience this August at the 2nd Annual Canadian National Arab and Half-Arab Championships in Brandon, Manitoba. I don’t often attend major horse shows focusing on one breed, so this opportunity could only be described as a thrill for me.

The show, a flagship event for the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), hauled in for a week at the Keystone Center in mid-August. My first surprise was to hear how much revenue this generated within Brandon over that week - 8 to 10 million dollars overall. Show exhibitors arrived from 40 states and 6 provinces with roughly 750 horses to compete in 187 classes – and downtown Brandon was abuzz with retail activity from morning until night as classes proceeded.
The atmosphere was extraordinarily friendly in the barns and the spectacular Trade Show. There was ample opportunity to say hello to breeders and competitors, or relax in front of their viewing areas, watching dvds of the horses in show and available for sale. It was evident everywhere we went that education and training in responsible horsemanship and horse welfare is paramount to these individuals and organizations. What an incredible level of involvement, especially for our young folks!
Being new to it all, I was particularly enamoured of the special evening performances like the Best of Breeding Mares and Stallions, and the purebred Native Costume and Park Championships. I could not do these performances justice with my small digital, but you can see it all for yourself next year!

Videos, live feeds and results can be found at the Arabian Horse Association link: http://www.arabianhorses.org/competitions/nationalevents/canadiannationals/2012/
There are exhibitors from all across North America designated as “Discovery Farms”, a designation that indicates their willingness to introduce visitors in-person to this incredible athletic and romantic breed in a non-sales atmosphere. The purebred Arabian is today virtually the same as that ridden in the ancient Middle East. More information on Discovery Farms can be found at this link:

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You Can Change Your Choice – Equestrians Step Up to the Anti-Bullying Plate at Mane Event in Chilliwack

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 2, 2012 16:38

By Yvonne Allen, Director of Voice for the Horse

The Mane Event Expo 2012 held October 19 -21 in Chilliwack was an extremely heartfelt experience this year, much different than many of our other equine events. Voice For The Horse has been working strategically to fulfill our mission of “forever bridging the gap between horse and humans in our modern day world today and into our futures” and we are pleased to have put into place a strong set of resources to spread our message virtually on empowerment through horses, addressed especially to children who face bullying in their lives.
On Friday evening we joined many other groups across Canada and did a Vigil for Amanda Todd at our booth at the Mane Event. We decorated a beautiful table to include a lovely poster we made stating our promise to Amanda that Voice For The Horse would do everything within our power to put a stop to the bullying children experience today. We also wrote a direct message from the horse addressing the bully; these words touched the heart of many who stopped by to pay their respects.
One thing which was acknowledged and repeatedly agreed upon by all the horse people we talked to, including many children, was that horses strengthen our characters. We know if more children had access to the horse and the lessons they teach us so naturally, many more children today would be walking taller and saying NO to the bully.
To assist us in fulfilling our mission and sending out our message to say NO to bullying, Voice For The Horse has created a virtual horse character through Flat Stanley which will be available on a phone app as well as through the Flat Stanley Project - http://www.noshowequinecelebritygala.org/viewcategory/16
We are excited to implement this tool where we can share with every child empowerment from the horse. We know this will strengthen children, not only in their character, but also teach them that the animals in our lives have much to offer us and deserve respect, in particular the horse.
We are extremely fortunate to have had Alexis Gordon join up with VFTH to assist us in our mission of eradicating bullying, to the best of our ability. Alexis attended the Mane Event with us on Saturday and brings with her much experience in combating bullying. She has been part of an anti-bullying group for the last 5 years called Power to Stay Away (PSA). Our organization is also very fortunate to have as Ambassador 13 year old Cole Armour who dedicates much energy, in particular through his music, to support kids who are being bullied. Cole most recently performed a song he wrote in the summer of 2012 called “U” dedicated to the victims of bullying, on the CTV Morning Show which was done as a tribute for Amanda Todd on the day of her Vigil and we have included that link in Resources below.
We hope we have sparked an interest in your heart in that you will come visit us on our web site at www.voiceforthehorse.com We are a grassroots initiative founded back in 2007 where we initially set out on our mission stated above. Today we have more than fulfilled our mission beyond our wildest dreams. Voice For The Horse is a non-profit organization registered in the province of B.C. We promote fine art projects for children to include literacy the horse as our subject and network internationally through both social media and our web site to further promote the presence horses in our lives.

Equine-Assisted Resources for Youth:
In Saskatchewan:

Cartier Equine Learning Center in Prince Albert offers Youth Programs:http://www.horseownertoday.com/vendor.aspx?vid=27

In Alberta:

Calgary’s Equine Connection specializes in equine-assisted therapy for bullying in schools and workplace: www.equineconnection.ca

In British Columbia:

Voice for the Horse – a grass-roots organization creating a kinder world through horses with our children: www.voiceforthehorse.com

VFTH Ambassador Cole Armour performs his new anti-bullying song ‘U’ at the Port Moody Festival of the Arts in September 2012. This is a powerful message of hope and healing directed at young people around the world. http://colearmour.com/video.html

You Can Change Your Choices – A Message from the Horse by Voice for the Horse:

Youth with Purpose – A New Kind of Horsepower including programs for pre-teens is offered through Unbridling Your Brilliance:

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Equine Enterprise Profile: Paradise Stable Horse Rescue with Lawrence and Bunnie Harasym by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 21, 2012 08:03

As we head into this season of gratitude and giving, I was drawn to write this month about the incredible work being done by Paradise Stable Horse Rescue. Lawrence and Bunnie Harasym’s non-profit business mission is to provide a safe home for abused, neglected, or abandoned horses, nurturing them back to health while promoting public awareness and education on the responsibilities of horse ownership. But, as many readers will understand, these angels among us do so much more than that.

Bunnie talks about the love for all animals that she and Lawrence have shared since childhood, with a strong interest in animal welfare emerging over the years. During their first year of living on their acreage, they discovered horse auctions happening just outside of Saskatoon, where they made their first horse purchase by outbidding a meat buyer. One day, these horses are deeply loved, winning blue ribbons or teaching a child to ride. The next, they are sent to auction, treated brutally, and often crammed into semi-trailers for a hellish journey to the slaughterhouse. The Harasyms saw horses there that were injured or ill, but also many that were healthy, young and perfectly suitable for second lives. Their challenging, yet highly rewarding work had begun.

“We believe every horse has a purpose and they are not disposable,” says Bunnie. “We love to see a horse whose spirit is broken come to the rescue, as once they are rehabilitated through love, compassion, food, and vet care they become rejuvenated and their zest for life continues.”

This is accomplished through long days of devoted work – feeding, health checks, medication, cleaning, building repairs, bonding and exercise. The remainder of the day is spent in the office, answering inquiries about horses in need of placement, planning fundraisers, and working with the media to help put an end to the brutality of horse slaughter. 

As the Harasyms can attest, operating a horse rescue is a huge expense that is also emotionally taxing. It runs 365 days a year and requires 24/7 commitment. Anyone thinking of going into the business of horse rescue must have a love and compassion for horses, access to land and access to a volunteer base, an excellent farrier and vet.

The Harasyms often face the sad challenge of having to reject horses because there are no spaces or funds to take them in. They overcome this through sponsors and volunteers, the angels behind the angels who work hard directly with the horses and coordinating  fundraiser trail rides, silent auctions, bottle drives, donations and the on-site consignment Tack Shack.

The Harasyms have a dream for Paradise Stable - to include an indoor centre and arena for year round training and viewing of horses. In this centre, horse auctions will also be held where meat buyers will be barred, which will ensure that the auction is for people interested in purchasing and selling horses as companions and partners.

Currently, Paradise Stable has 16 horses in care. Their website features a list of incredible adoptables with so much to offer loving new families – including Calypso, a bay Welsh mare who would make a great 4H pony, and 3-year-old pleasure horse prospect Savannah. The inspiring success stories here will leave muzzle-prints on your heart. Bunnie says if you can save a horse or support a rescue near you, any donation will help this vital work continue.

Paradise Stable Horse Rescue was established in 2001 by Lawrence and Bunnie Harasym. The rescue is located northwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on a beautiful, scenic, and peaceful 80 acres. Visit Bunnie and Lawrence at: www.paradisestablehorserescue.weebly.com , http://www.horseownertoday.com/vendor.aspx?vid=19

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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 21, 2012 07:43

From the Accounting World
CRA began a plan of “campaigns” three years ago.  A campaign is a program of attack on specific sector of personal and corporate tax.  Their approach is to send out a letter to “let you know” what the rules are (as they interpret them).  They suggest that if you have been doing something incorrectly, then you have a chance to correct it without a penalty.  Getting this letter from CRA can be quite upsetting as it is often worded as though you “are guilty” of doing something incorrectly.
The 2012 Campaigns are as follows:
1.    Rental income reporting (including illegal suites, recreational property and personal use property.
2.    Payments to non-arm’s length individuals (children, spouses and non-arm’s length individuals and companies.
3.    Individuals reporting commission income, including all employed commissions (this targets restaurants (servers), hair dressers, commission based sales persons and all others reporting commission income)


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