Have you spent any time recently on vexillology? That apparently is the study of flags. I must admit it was a new word for me but I became quite enthusiastic about it after seeing a TED talk today. It was given by Roman Mars for whom it seems to be somewhat of a passion. Continue reading
Some regard round penning as a controversial technique in horsemanship. Indeed a Google search on round penning has a critical opinion as the number one choice.
The Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games were a great success. The Langley Arts Council was delighted to receive a $20,000 grant, which will be used to fund a unique art project celebrating that success and Langley’s status as Horse Capital of BC.
This is a Public Art Project entitled “Horsing Around Langley”. The Langley Arts Council will collaborate with the Langley Horse Federation for this community project and Carla Robin, well known local horse person has been appointed as project coordinator.
The Langley Horse Federation is taking on a new lease of life as a vehicle to boost the horse industry in Langley. In this it is supported by the Township of Langley and by its Mayor, Rick Green, who is a well-known horseman.
Its most visible and well-known presence up till now has been the "Spirit Of The Horse Memorial Garden", which is situated in Campbell Valley Park at 1200 208th Avenue, Langley, B.C. That was started by Joy Richardson, one of the key movers and shakers on the Langley horse scene.
Now the Langley Horse Federation will be holding a “Team Up For Success” workshop from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday September 18th, 2010 in the Banquet Room at the Langley Events Centre. It puts forward the following challenge:
Langley, “the Horse Capital of British Columbia”. Factual statement or idle boast? With approximately 6000 horses and an estimated $125 Million annually in direct, indirect and imputed economic benefit, great credence can be attributed to that statement. Almost every sector of the economy is impacted: tourism; retail; hospitality; horse facilities; agriculture; and the list goes on. What would you like to see happening in the horse community in Langley?
The workshop will suggest a number of initiatives for the horse industry to consider and encourages members of the horse community to get involved. Two in particular caught my eye.
Public relations and marketing initiatives
Can we raise the public and political profile of the horse industry by:
- establishing a formal, ongoing relationship with media in the Lower Mainland to promote positive coverage of horse industry events and issues
- establishing a relationship with tourism Langley for marketing initiatives
- establishing a lobby group to work with local government and regulatory agencies to make sure the horse industry and horse community has a ‘voice’ in the discussion of issues affecting them
- work with local council to encourage land use policies that further establish and support equestrian activities
- encouraging close and ongoing communication between Langley horse clubs, and horse industry sectors like boarding stables
Can we educate members of the horse community by encouraging the development of:
- equestrian and farm management courses at Kwantlen College or through community education programs
- a series of specialty clinics held by high-caliber clinicians
Can we educate members of our community about horses by:
- introducing books about horses into school reading programs
- organizing school field trips to horse and riding stables
One sector of the industry that can play an important role in both of these initiatives is that of therapeutic horseback riding. There are several fine centres offering such services in Langley including VTEA and PRDA. As an example, VTEA is hosting a free horsemanship demonstration by Jay O Jay on Saturday August 28 that will help on both of these initiatives. (Details are on the VTEA website.)
As the Horse Capital of BC, where better to learn about connecting with horses than in Langley.
Mark your calendar because there is a free demonstration of how to start connecting with your horse. The details are as follows:
It will be given by Jay OJay, the celebrated horseman, now based in Langley who helps fine riders and their spirited horses get connected. He will be demonstrating just what is possible with his own very young horses, Casper, Junior and Grace.
|When||Saturday August 28th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm|
|Where:||VTEA Riding Center (Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association)
3330 256th Street
Aldergrove, BC V4W 1Y4
|Schedule:||1:30 – 1:50 Working with Casper
1:50 – 2:10 Working with Junior
2:10 – 2:20 Intermission
2:20 – 2:40 Working with Grace
2:40 – 3:00 Q and A with Jay O’Jay
The demonstration will be given in a round pen in the arena, which is being generously provided by a close neighbour, Dare’s Country Feeds, 25236 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove (Telephone: 604-856-1611)
If Jay OJay is a new name to you, you can find all about him, his training methods and his training DVDs on the Jay OJay website:
Jay O’Jay is a horseman who specializes in developing a respectful relationship and connection between horse and rider. His passion is the Western discipline of Reining, but through his clinics, videos and demonstrations, he aspires to teach “transferable skills” to riders and horse owners of all disciplines and experience. Those skills, based on the ability to earn respect and gain control of the horse, are the central elements in Jay’s “common sense” approach to his training program.
Jay has nurtured the natural gift he has for working with and connecting with horses – as well as people. With a personal mission to improve everyone’s relationship and experience with their horse, he shares his respect for the horse with enthusiasm, patience, and passion.
To contact Jay OJay, call 778-686-9115 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a show not to be missed, so make sure to be there on Saturday August 28.
Connecting with others is a key priority in these stressful times. Despite the frenetic pace of life for most people, they will still set aside some time to be in touch with their loved ones and with their friends, colleagues and acquaintances.
Writing letters used to be the way, but few now do that. For most the short message (or even a tweet) that Facebook or Twitter make so easy is a great way of saying ‘I’m here’.
Connecting with a Horse
Many horse owners find a particularly important connection is the one they have with their horse. If you want to understand more on that, there are lots of resources on the Internet to explore what can be involved in that. Connecting With Horses on the VTEA website (more on them below) is a good compendium of some of the ‘movers and shakers’ in this rapidly developing field.
Langley, Horse Capital of BC
Langley is often said to be the Horse Capital of BC so it is not surprising that you will find some shining examples here of how people are connecting with their horses. The relationship between a horse owner and his or her horse is complex when the best possible connection is being achieved. After all, the horse is a prey animal, fearing constantly about attacks by predators, while we humans are by nature predators. Overcoming that barrier is something that requires the right attitude and gentle persistence.
If you want to see connections between horses and their riders that work, there is nothing better than visiting one of the establishments that provides therapeutic horseback riding programs to special needs children. One such in Langley is VTEA (Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association) at 3330 256th Street, Aldergrove in Langley, BC. You can read much more on what they do at their website at http://www.vtea.ca/
Perhaps you have not caught up with the latest news but a celebrated expert on You and Your Horse: Connections is now resident in Langley. That’s my way of explaining what he does, not his. He believes that the nature of the relationship between the owner and the horse is critical and in some cases may present serious challenges. However, rarely do you have problem horses. All that is missing is that the owner and the horse have not yet developed a mutually-satisfying relationship. You can read more on his thinking and what he does at his website at http://www.jayojay.com/
Two upcoming events
If you want to see Connections with Horses in practice, rather than just reading about them, then two events are coming up very shortly that are ideal opportunities.
Jay O’Jay Open House
Jay O’Jay will be holding an Open House where you can see him in action demonstrating how you make connections. It’s free, refreshments will be available and it is taking place on Sunday 20th June at 1:00 pm. You can find that at 8575 240th Street, Langley BC. Just park carefully along the roadside and wander in. Sorry but you should leave your dog(s) in your car (with the window slightly down) or at home, since those predators can be distracting.
VTEA Annual Horse Show
A week later on Saturday June 26th, VTEA is holding its annual Horse Show. It runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm or later so there’s lots of opportunities for you and your children to pop in. You will see how the special needs children have developed the connections with their horses and a fun time is guaranteed.
Members of the BC Hot Rod Association will also be present with some of their cars so there’s something for anyone. You can even become a member or renew your membership for the coming year. It’s only $5 but that and your involvement in whatever way you can will help strengthen some of the very best connections with horses you will ever see.
The Golden Ears Bridge across the Fraser River in British Columbia has been in operation for 9 months now. It was being constructed for almost two years before that. Unfortunately it has been invisible in Google Maps until now. Many have commented on the invisibility of the Golden Ears Bridge, which is a major landmark. Although repeated messages have been sent to places where Googlers congregate such as the Google Maps Forum, the organization seemed blind. As usual, they seemed to be relying on computer-generated data rather than inputs from humans.
It was said that the reason for the delay was that the Golden Ears Bridge had not been included in the database used by Google Maps. One of these is maintained by TeleAtlas. However the Bridge was added to the database as of March 31, 2010 and still there was no change. MapQuest, the Google Maps competitor, was not asleep at the wheel and almost immediately included the Golden Ears Bridge in its directions information.
It was only this morning that finally Google has registered the Golden Ears Bridge in its database. Use Google Maps to help you find the way across the Fraser River from Langley to Pitt Meadows and here is the route that Google will provide.
It was good to finally see the Bridge taking up the important role it now has in Fraser Valley transportation. However in a somewhat ironic announcement, Google later in the morning announced that it was now Keeping Canada’s map current.
The map of Canada is constantly changing – new roads are being built, highways are being renamed, and bike trails are opening. To keep up with all these changes, we’ve started using new map data in Canada. This new base map is built from a wide range of sources, just as we recently announced for the US in October. In Canada, we’ve made use of data from organizations such as the National Hydrography Network and Canadian Council on Geomatics. Once again things like satellite imagery and Street View were also helpful to make a rich, thorough base map.
That’s all very well. However if only they had worked more promptly in synchronizing with their existing map database contributors such as TeleAtlas, perhaps the Golden Ears Bridge would have been on our screens at least a month earlier.
True North, strong and free.
For over twenty-five years, the ‘other bloke’ has been involved in and observed Canadian business from a Montreal base. For at least the last ten of those years, the physical location has become less and less important to businesses and the online presence plays a much bigger role in what identifies a company. This is complemented by the staggering advances in Information Technology (IT) and in telecommunications. For so many businesses, they can if they wish participate in a global economy and enjoy the global opportunities. Whether they wish it or not, they are also subject to global competition.
These deep reflections are triggered by the fact that the ‘other bloke’ has now moved from Montreal and will be living in Langley, BC. That in no way affects the bloke’s online presence. Strategic Marketing Montreal will continue to function as before and its North American customers will see few changes apart from some e-mail addresses that will change. Montreal has a big footprint in the online world and there is much to observe and comment on. Standing back ‘a little’ will allow a more dispassionate view of what is going on. It can also be better seen in a pan-Canadian context.
Moving from Montreal to Langley, BC, we followed the TransCanada Highway all the way with a U-Haul trailer containing our treasured belongings. Following that highway is an experience that no Canadian should miss. It’s the only way to fully experience the size, grandeur and the beauty to be found in Canada. Although the journey was fairly rapid, it also gave an opportunity to meet folk along the way and get brief glimpses of what’s important to them in their very different communities.
Now we’re settled in Langley, which is a most welcoming community surrounded by the natural beauty of the Fraser Valley. It’s a very different physical location, but we’re back to that same online world with even greater opportunities to be aware of the evolving scene. We hope our faithful readers will find that the Other Bloke’s Blog continues to improve as we observe Canadian business online.
Some Relevant Books
- British Columbia: Spirit of the People by Jean Barman
- Lonely Planet British Columbia, 3rd Edition (Regional Guide) by Ryan Ver Berkmoes
- The West beyond the West: A History of British Columbia by Jean Barman
- British Columbia Wine Country by John Schreiner