Karen Griffiths

HORSEPLAY: Port Angeles couple make saddles, other leather goods

HELLO EVERYONE, MEET the Millers. After meeting Guy and Kathy Miller last weekend I was excited to discover they are among the excellent artisans and… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: The proper gear makes winter riding fun

DO YOU HAVE the rainy day doldrums? Then it’s time to saddle up. Not only will a tender nuzzle from your horse cheer you up,… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Teen riders need to practice this winter

THIS TIME OF year it can be difficult for high school equestrians to keep a horse in top athletic condition for competitive events such as… Continue reading

PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Learning to trim hoofs is essential skill

JUST AS IT’S often said that knowledge is power, learning a new skill can be just so empowering. Hiring a farrier to trim and shoe… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Ensure you’re prepared for the snow, ice

YIKES. ICE AND snow fell upon us a bit early this year, didn’t it? Because I am not a fan of cold weather (my insides… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Groups work together to rescue horse

AFTER HEARING ABOUT the hundreds of horses rescued and evacuated during the recent Northern California wildfires by local volunteer horse emergency response organizations, I wondered… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: A fun time had at River Fest

IT WAS A beautiful sunny day Sept. 30 when I swung by the 18th annual Audubon center’s River Festival at Sequim’s Railroad Bridge Park. While… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Thank volunteers for trail work

IT’S NO SECRET we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We have majestic mountains, rivers and oceans to look at… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Fresh water is important for animals

IF YOU WERE thirsty and were handed a glass filled with green and murky water, would you drink it? Just as we want and enjoy… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Speed, talent needed to win horse events

IT’S NO SECRET I prefer the speed and action of barrel racing over the slower paced Western performance horse shows, yet I appreciate the skill… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Be cautious of starting fires

WE MIGHT BE roasting in this heat, but thankfully we’re not toasting from a wildfire. Still, as Western Washington broke the record for most consecutive… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: 4-H leader helps youths grow

GROWING UP, I was the kid in the family that my parents pointed to and said, “She’s horse-crazy.” I disagreed then and now because I… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Star Spangled Horse Show coming this month

IT’S THAT TIME of year when top Washington State Horsemen performance competitors, both local and from across the state, gather at the Port Angeles fairgrounds… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Opportunity to support Olympic Peninsula Equine Network is coming

TERMINAL CANCER, ALZHEIMER’S disease, a car accident, sudden unemployment or a death in the family are all unexpected life-changing events that could result in a… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Carrying on the tradition: Children learn to ride

MY HEART SANG with joy when I stopped by the Quarter Moon Ranch game show in Carlsborg last weekend and saw Tanya Hull’s 4-year-old son… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Port Angeles, Sequim high school riders finish season

DON’T YOU JUST love this time of year when the sun goes down after 9 p.m.? We’ve got blue skies above, flowers in bloom and… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Shedding season has arrived

SUNSHINE AND SHEDDING season is here. Can we celebrate budding blossoms and warm, sunny days without the exuviating hair of our furry friends? Not a… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Remember to Stop, Stand, Speak on trails

Y’ALL HAVE HEARD about the Leave No Trace Program, right? Officially adopted by the United States Forest Service in 1990, its main goal is to… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: PA, Sequim horse riders place at meet

SEQUIM AND PORT Angeles’ high school equestrian teams completed their third qualifying meets of the season March 24-26 in Spanaway. More than 100 competitors from… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Chapter president earns Lifetime Achievement Award

again. My sincerest apologies to the new Mt. Olympus chapter of Back Country Horsemen for giving out the wrong address… Continue reading