Karen Griffiths

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A fine mesh fly sheet from OPEN’S used tack shop that covers the body, belly and neck, plus a fly mask, has proved the best combatant for my horse Lacey’s allergic reaction to the saliva from flying insect bites. The sheet and mask are sprayed with horse insect repellent before putting them on her. Her companion Sunny has no allergic reaction, so she just wears a fly mask to keep the flies out of her eyes.

HORSEPLAY: Horses can be allergic to bug bites, too

DON’T YOU JUST hate to go outside at dusk and get attacked by biting insects? I know I do. While their bites do sting and… Continue reading

 

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Cutline:4-H horse club pre fair show high point winners at the Clallam County Fairgrounds are, front row from left: Taylor Maughan, Savannah Bolton, Asha Swanberg, Lila Torey. Back row from left: Ruby Coulson, Katelynn Sharpe, Aiden Johnstad

HORSEPLAY: 4-H horse club gears up for county fairs with pre-show

HELPING HANDS ARE ever so important as we age, thus I was tickled pink to see Olympic Peninsula Equine Network (OPEN’s) founders Diane Royall and… Continue reading

 

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Samantha Parks weaves through the team pole bending competition at a PSHA competition held last weekend at the Crosby’s Arena in Agnew.

HORSEPLAY: Horses, riders enjoy weekend competition

IT WAS SO good to see the many familiar faces last weekend at the Patterned Speed Horse Association (PSHA) Agnew Riders show, including Ady Crosby… Continue reading

 

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BCH Buckhorn Range member and Dutch Oven “Queen” Kim Merrick serves
dessert to Martin Knowles (WTA) and fellow chapter member Larry Sammons
during a LaBar/Skok trail clearing work party.

HORSEPLAY: Horse groups join forces to clear trails

BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN’S local chapter trail warriors rock! If you walk, run, bike or ride any of the trails used by horses on the North… Continue reading

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BCH Buckhorn Range member and Dutch Oven “Queen” Kim Merrick serves
dessert to Martin Knowles (WTA) and fellow chapter member Larry Sammons
during a LaBar/Skok trail clearing work party.
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BCH Peninsula Chapter members enjoy friendship and a hearty breakfast before their annual Rhody Ride at Miller Peninsula.

HORSEPLAY: Annual ‘OPEN the Trails’ fundraiser slated in July

HEY! SOME LOCAL horse owners are scrambling to find feed for their stock animals. I was told by more than one hay seller that we… Continue reading

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BCH Peninsula Chapter members enjoy friendship and a hearty breakfast before their annual Rhody Ride at Miller Peninsula.
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High school equestrians Maggie Anderson, left, Sydney Hutton, Libby Swanberg and Joanna Seelye prepare to enter the arena for the Grand Entry at Washington High School Equestrian Team (WAHSET) State Finals.

HORSEPLAY: Port Angeles and Sequim high school equestrians place at state finals

SEEMS LIKE FOREVER and a day since I rode horseback, yet when my desire to just get up and go kicked into high gear, that’s… Continue reading

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High school equestrians Maggie Anderson, left, Sydney Hutton, Libby Swanberg and Joanna Seelye prepare to enter the arena for the Grand Entry at Washington High School Equestrian Team (WAHSET) State Finals.
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Congratulations to Heron Pond Farm owner/trainer Christine Headley, riding Gordy, for receiving The Dressage Foundation’s $1,000 grant from its Trip Harting Fund for Pony Club Members and Graduates.

HORSEPLAY: Port Townsend horse trainer, coach wins $1,000 grant

IT’S DISHEARTENING WHEN I visit Miller Peninsula State Park and see cars parked in slots for horse trailers. Consequently, I’d like to remind those who… Continue reading

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Congratulations to Heron Pond Farm owner/trainer Christine Headley, riding Gordy, for receiving The Dressage Foundation’s $1,000 grant from its Trip Harting Fund for Pony Club Members and Graduates.
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Sequim and PA’s high school equestrian teams merged to compete as one in Freestyle 4’s Drill Team, placing 1st  in meet 3 and winning a gold medal are Joanna Seelye, left, Libby Swanberg, Maggie Anderson and Sydney Hutton with coaches Katie Newton, left, and Keri Tucker. Watch them  compete live at state finals May 19-22  by visiting https://www.wahset.info/stream-links and clicking on District 4.

HORSEPLAY: PA, Sequim equestrian teams head to state meet

LET’S ALL CHEER and congratulate the Sequim and Port Angeles equestrian teams on their Washington State High School Equestrian Team (WAHSET) District 4 Small Team… Continue reading

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Sequim and PA’s high school equestrian teams merged to compete as one in Freestyle 4’s Drill Team, placing 1st  in meet 3 and winning a gold medal are Joanna Seelye, left, Libby Swanberg, Maggie Anderson and Sydney Hutton with coaches Katie Newton, left, and Keri Tucker. Watch them  compete live at state finals May 19-22  by visiting https://www.wahset.info/stream-links and clicking on District 4.
Snickers the rescued donkey with owner Tony Boaz, left, and farrier Glade Rankin. (Karen Griffiths / for Peninsula Daily News)
Snickers the rescued donkey with owner Tony Boaz, left, and farrier Glade Rankin. (Karen Griffiths / for Peninsula Daily News)

Jehovah’s Witnesses return to places of worship, not your doors

SINCE MARCH 2020, the once bustling Kingdom Halls have stayed eerily silent, devoid of Jehovah’s Witnesses activities, after the organization decided to put a halt… Continue reading

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Cutline:  At the horse trailer parking area off Happy Valley Road in Sequim, riders Teresa Crossley, left, Linda Morin and  Judy Dupree were all smiles after finishing up the BCH Peninsula Chapter’s March 13th ride at the Dungeness Trails, located just outside city limits off River Road.

HORSEPLAY: Rides of March wander down Dungeness Trails

BEWARE THE RIDES of March. That was the phrase Back Country Horsemen Peninsula Chapter Event Coordinator Linda Morin used to title the synopsis of the… Continue reading

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Cutline:  At the horse trailer parking area off Happy Valley Road in Sequim, riders Teresa Crossley, left, Linda Morin and  Judy Dupree were all smiles after finishing up the BCH Peninsula Chapter’s March 13th ride at the Dungeness Trails, located just outside city limits off River Road.
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Cutline: WAHSET competitors from the Sequim and Port Angeles teams get ready to compete in Versatility at the second district meet of the season, held at Gray’s Harbor Fairgrounds, are from left, Sydney Hutton, Haley Bishop, Maggie Anderson, and Libby Swanberg getting ready for Versatility

HORSEPLAY: Equestrian meets a team challenge

DO I DARE? The weather’s getting warmer and spring is almost here, so do I dare keep the hose I use to put water in… Continue reading

Photo by Katie Newton

 

Cutline: WAHSET competitors from the Sequim and Port Angeles teams get ready to compete in Versatility at the second district meet of the season, held at Gray’s Harbor Fairgrounds, are from left, Sydney Hutton, Haley Bishop, Maggie Anderson, and Libby Swanberg getting ready for Versatility
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Cutline:  Three horses that were rescued from abusive homes and taken to Center Valley Animal Rescue are, Tilly, front, Angel (center) and Diva where they are being rehabilitated and made ready for adoption by Sara  Penhallegon and her crew of volunteers.

HORSEPLAY: Animal rescue center: Home between homes

AN ARRAY OF creatures large and small, domesticated and wild, reside at Center Valley Animal Rescue in Quilcene. Sadly, all are there because of owner… Continue reading

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Cutline:  Three horses that were rescued from abusive homes and taken to Center Valley Animal Rescue are, Tilly, front, Angel (center) and Diva where they are being rehabilitated and made ready for adoption by Sara  Penhallegon and her crew of volunteers.
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Out of small sizes come great teams: With just six competing member’s between them Sequim and Port Angeles WAHSET teams this year, both were allowed to partner together on team events. Maggie Anderson , left,  Libby Swanberg, Haley Bishop,  Sydney Hutton wait for the cow sorting competition at Grays Harbor Fairgrounds, Jan. 21-23.

HORSEPLAY: Sequim, PA teams compete in district meet

MY HEART’S AGLOW at the acts of kindness and generosity of the coaches of the Sequim High School equestrian team for figuring out a way… Continue reading

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Out of small sizes come great teams: With just six competing member’s between them Sequim and Port Angeles WAHSET teams this year, both were allowed to partner together on team events. Maggie Anderson , left,  Libby Swanberg, Haley Bishop,  Sydney Hutton wait for the cow sorting competition at Grays Harbor Fairgrounds, Jan. 21-23.

HORSEPLAY: New horse vet sets up shop on Olympic Peninsula

THERE’S A NEW horse vet in town. Like a boomerang, Cori Youngblood has returned to her roots on the Olympic Peninsula to hang up her… Continue reading

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Cutline: Knowing access to drinking water is vital to an animal’s health Lillian Bond uses a pick axe to break through the top layer of ice in her horse’s water trough.

HORSEPLAY: Planning on riding in winter? Here are a few tips

CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH. That was the sound I heard as through the snow I trudged. A twice-daily task it was to feed hay to my… Continue reading

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Cutline: Knowing access to drinking water is vital to an animal’s health Lillian Bond uses a pick axe to break through the top layer of ice in her horse’s water trough.
Jan Whitlow’s equine family gather around her in a circle wearing their new waterproof blankets to help protect them from freezing cold, wind and rain that would flatten their otherwise thick and fluffy winter top-coat that serves as an insulator to keep their bodies warm.  From left are Thunder, Mulla the mini-mule, Orion, Patch, Teddy and Shetland pony Belle. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Advice for blanketing horses for winter

SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS AND frost in the lowlands greeted us Tuesday morning, Dec. 21, Winter Solstice and the first day of winter. Which begs the question:… Continue reading

Jan Whitlow’s equine family gather around her in a circle wearing their new waterproof blankets to help protect them from freezing cold, wind and rain that would flatten their otherwise thick and fluffy winter top-coat that serves as an insulator to keep their bodies warm.  From left are Thunder, Mulla the mini-mule, Orion, Patch, Teddy and Shetland pony Belle. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: A few thoughts on horses, weather and training

BRR! THE WEATHER outside is frightful, but the warm fire from my wood stove is just so delightful. The other day, as I was sitting… Continue reading

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Cutline: A Washington State Animal Response Team tends to Tango,  a horse who’d lain down in his stall and wouldn’t get back up. They used a tripod to lift the horse, place on a glider and then maneuvered into a horse trailer for transport to an equine hospital.

HORSEPLAY: Animal rescue group seeks volunteers

WHEN YOUR ANIMAL is in need of a rescue, who you gonna call? Not Ghostbusters! If your horse, dog or livestock falls into a ravine,… Continue reading

PHOTO courtesy of WASART

Cutline: A Washington State Animal Response Team tends to Tango,  a horse who’d lain down in his stall and wouldn’t get back up. They used a tripod to lift the horse, place on a glider and then maneuvered into a horse trailer for transport to an equine hospital.
Visiting clinician Martin Black instructs the principles of working with cows to students earlier this month at Freedom Farm in Agnew. He’ll be back to give another clinic on horsemanship skills the week of March 16-20. For more information, call Mary Gallagher at 360-457-4897. (Submitted photo)

PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Wind, vandals wreak havoc on trails, camps

Howling winds have knocked trees and other debris down onto trails, effectively blocking the way. If venturing out, be sure to bring wood-cutting tools with… Continue reading

Visiting clinician Martin Black instructs the principles of working with cows to students earlier this month at Freedom Farm in Agnew. He’ll be back to give another clinic on horsemanship skills the week of March 16-20. For more information, call Mary Gallagher at 360-457-4897. (Submitted photo)