Karen Griffiths

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: A little off the hoof with tips for trimming

I'VE HEARD SOME use a tree stump, a few use a makeshift stand, and others use their hands and knees to support the hoof as… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Endurance rider writes about going bitless

A FAVORITE TRAIL ride of mine is from Littleton Horse Camp to the Mount Muller summit. I've ridden it several times, and each time, I… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: On 4-H’ers, home trims, PSHA wins

LATELY, MY COLUMNS have featured how well our Peninsula 4-H youths performed at September's state fair in Puyallup. At one point, I was asked why… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Senior 4-H riders show big at state

LAST TIME, I mentioned how well the intermediate-aged 4-H riders did at the Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Now, it's the senior performance riders'… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: 4-H’ers win big in Puyallup contest

EARLIER THIS MONTH, parent and equestrian coach Katie Salmon-Newton accompanied four Peninsula 4-H intermediate performance riders — Clallam County 4-H winners — to the Western… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Peninsula riders streak to big finish at patterned games

FEELING THE MIGHT and power of their mighty steeds beneath them, a handful of local riders showed they are among the best of the Pacific… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Peninsula riders fare well at Junior Rodeo

PENINSULA JUNIOR RODEO Association members gave corking good performances at the annual Junior Rodeo at the Clallam County Fairgrounds last weekend. More than 90 contestants… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: 4-H drill teams ride to victory at fair

>ON SATURDAY, I asked my mother to accompany me to a photo shoot of the 4-H drill teams at the Jefferson County Fair. There, I… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Riders deck out Star Spangled show

EQUESTRIAN KYLE ELLIS' long-standing dream came to fruition when the Star Spangled Performance Horse Show took place at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in early July.… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ PENINSULA HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Backcountry Horsemen celebrate new parking lot, trailhead

IT WAS A typical rainy day in June when I attended the Backcountry Horsemen dedication ceremony for the completed trailhead and parking lot off Dan… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Trials of wild cow milking, muddy trails

PA HARDWOOD'S WILD cow milking team members told me they had a grand time at the Roy Rodeo earlier this month, especially after achieving the… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Old-fashioned tactic can trump gadgets at times

AT TIMES, MY horse Indy can be a bit pigheaded. Last month, he had me stymied on how to get him to trot next to… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Choose good hoof boot for horses for spring trail rides

LET THE GAMES begin! Springtime is bursting with sunshine and glorious new flowers and a flurry of horse activities. Earlier this month, a dedicated group… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Leaving homestead stirs memories

AHH, YES, THE days of wine and roses — or extended sunshine and warmer temperatures — are among us and glorious for riding. Normally, I’d… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Inspiring story of a horse that refused to be taken to slaughter house — and the organization that found him a new loving home

I love sharing this story of success from the horse-rescue organization run by Valerie Jackson and Diane Royall called OPEN — Olympic Peninsula Equine Network… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: New farrier brings expertise to Peninsula

“ANNOUNCEMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS.” Does anyone else recall singing that song at Girl Scout, Boy Scout or YMCA camp? 'Twas a song that ended almost every… 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