Karen Griffiths

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In August Freedom Farm’s trainer Mary Gallagher (far right) took her Advanced Hoof Beats students to camp and ride along the shore on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula in Long Beach.  All came home with wonderful lifetime memories.

HORSEPLAY: Hoof Beats on beach for August treat

I IMAGINE RIDING a horse on an ocean beach is a dream come true for every horse lover. And it’s an opportunity that Freedom Farm… Continue reading

 

Photo by Katie Newton

Cutline: Ready for the Hunt seat class at the 4-H horse show at the Clallam County Fairgrounds are Lela Bankson, left, on Banjo, KK Pitts on Mikey and Lila Torey on Smokey.

HORSEPLAY: Time to get 4-H, other groups going again

SMASH AND GRABS are on the rise at Olympic Peninsula trailheads. Recently, there were a number of break-ins reported by trail users at Miller Peninsula… Continue reading

 

Photo by Denise Hupfer

 

Cutline:  Back Country Horsemen of Washington members Linda Morin, left, Ray and Rochelle Sutherland had a grand time leading the equine Joyce Daze Parade entries from three local chapters  on Aug. 7

HORSEPLAY: Summer full of blackberry joy and wildfire fears

WHO DOESN’T ENJOY a parade? Especially one centered on fresh wild blackberries and homemade blackberry pie? This year marked the 38th annual Joyce Daze Parade,… Continue reading

 

Nose to Toes Certified Acupressure Practitioner Bridget Stumbaugh, left, applies finger pressure to a meridian point on Laurie Corson’s horse Nova to aid in releasing pain caused by an injury and restore the body's qi, or positive energy flow. Aroma therapy with therapeutic herbal oils also helped turn the usually nervous horse into a relaxed and happy equine. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Acupressure helps horses with physical pain, mental well-being

WATCH OUT! IS your horse sounding the alarm that it’s in pain? Untold injuries to humans have been caused by a horse in pain. I… Continue reading

Nose to Toes Certified Acupressure Practitioner Bridget Stumbaugh, left, applies finger pressure to a meridian point on Laurie Corson’s horse Nova to aid in releasing pain caused by an injury and restore the body's qi, or positive energy flow. Aroma therapy with therapeutic herbal oils also helped turn the usually nervous horse into a relaxed and happy equine. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)
Photo by Katharyn Rivers

Cutline: Congratulations to PA’s high school equestrian team for winning medals  at the WAHSET State Finals held last weekend in Moses Lake. Sara Holland, left, won the bronze while  Sydney Hutton’s high score gained  her first place and the gold medal in Hunt Seat Equitation over fences.  Amelia Kinney, right, triumphed over all with a first place time of 3.89 that helped her bring  home the gold in Breakaway roping.

HORSEPLAY: Port Angeles equestrians place at state finals

SUMMER FUN, BLUE skies, green pastures and long days of sun are finally upon us. It’s certainly a favorite time of the year for most… Continue reading

Photo by Katharyn Rivers

Cutline: Congratulations to PA’s high school equestrian team for winning medals  at the WAHSET State Finals held last weekend in Moses Lake. Sara Holland, left, won the bronze while  Sydney Hutton’s high score gained  her first place and the gold medal in Hunt Seat Equitation over fences.  Amelia Kinney, right, triumphed over all with a first place time of 3.89 that helped her bring  home the gold in Breakaway roping.
Sequim and Port Angeles high school equestrian teams take a break at the Washington High School Equestrian Team District 4's third and final meet in Elma before state finals. They are bottom row, from left, Haley Bishop (PA), Katie Marchant (PA), Libby Swanberg (S), Keri Tucker (S), Sydney Hutton (PA), Abby Garcia (S), Sara Holland (PA) and Amelia Kinney (PA); top row, from left, Susannah Sharp (S) and Rainey Bronsink (S). (Photo courtesy of Katie Newton)

HORSEPLAY: Port Angeles, Sequim equestrians ready to head to state finals

SEQUIM AND PORT Angeles high school equestrian teams did an outstanding job at the third and final state high school Equestrian District 4 meet of… Continue reading

Sequim and Port Angeles high school equestrian teams take a break at the Washington High School Equestrian Team District 4's third and final meet in Elma before state finals. They are bottom row, from left, Haley Bishop (PA), Katie Marchant (PA), Libby Swanberg (S), Keri Tucker (S), Sydney Hutton (PA), Abby Garcia (S), Sara Holland (PA) and Amelia Kinney (PA); top row, from left, Susannah Sharp (S) and Rainey Bronsink (S). (Photo courtesy of Katie Newton)
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In Port Townsend Sarah “Sally” Dean, seated, helps prepare Juelie Dalzell and her horse Jack to pull the cart Dalzell and her husband Jeff Chapman took this month for a 18-day, 240-mile journey on The Palouse to Cascades trail.

HORSEPLAY: Putting the horse before the cart

WHILE MY BACK cries out in pain at the thought of it, my spirit soars with envy hearing how Juelie Dalzell and husband Jeff Chapman… Continue reading

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In Port Townsend Sarah “Sally” Dean, seated, helps prepare Juelie Dalzell and her horse Jack to pull the cart Dalzell and her husband Jeff Chapman took this month for a 18-day, 240-mile journey on The Palouse to Cascades trail.
Jefferson County high school senior Emily Kilgore, on Antonio, is the first in the area to qualify to compete at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s National Dressage Finals this coming weekend in Texas. To up the competitive skill needed, riders compete on unfamiliar horses whose names they’ve drawn from a hat. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Jefferson senior goes to Interscholastic Equestrian Association finals in her first season

AT HER INTERSCHOLASTIC Equestrian Association’s (IEA) regional competition in April, Jefferson County equestrian Emily Kilgore placed first in both her classes, racking up the points… Continue reading

Jefferson County high school senior Emily Kilgore, on Antonio, is the first in the area to qualify to compete at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s National Dressage Finals this coming weekend in Texas. To up the competitive skill needed, riders compete on unfamiliar horses whose names they’ve drawn from a hat. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)
Photo courtesy Katharyn Rivers
Port Angeles' and Sequim’s high school equestrian teams gained three first-place and four second-place wins at their second meet held April 9-11.  The Port Angeles team, from left, are Amelia Kinney with Gus and Cupcake, Sara Holland with Diesel, Katherine Marchant with Smokey, Coach Nancy McCaleb, Sydney Hutton with Ginger and Haley Bishop with Speckles and Flash.

HORSEPLAY: Equestrian teams do well at district meet

BITTER COLD SEEMED to make for better fun at last weekend’s Washington State High School Equestrian Team competition during which Port Angeles’ Sydney Hutton and… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Katharyn Rivers
Port Angeles' and Sequim’s high school equestrian teams gained three first-place and four second-place wins at their second meet held April 9-11.  The Port Angeles team, from left, are Amelia Kinney with Gus and Cupcake, Sara Holland with Diesel, Katherine Marchant with Smokey, Coach Nancy McCaleb, Sydney Hutton with Ginger and Haley Bishop with Speckles and Flash.
OPEN board members and volunteers are full of smiles after a recent anonymous supporter asked how she could help. She paid the veterinarian’s fee to fully exam four horses,  float the teeth on three and ended up taking home two of them, agreeing to provide them a forever retirement home in her ample pastures. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Olympic Peninsula Equine Network offers new chances for abused, discarded horses

SARGE IS A horse who took charge of his own fate after his owners no longer wanted him and took him to an auction house… Continue reading

OPEN board members and volunteers are full of smiles after a recent anonymous supporter asked how she could help. She paid the veterinarian’s fee to fully exam four horses,  float the teeth on three and ended up taking home two of them, agreeing to provide them a forever retirement home in her ample pastures. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)
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HORSEPLAY: Rider-trainer starts over in Port Townsend

and losing a home in the 2017 Santa Rosa wildfire — Paradigm Sporthorse Training… Continue reading

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Sequim’s WAHSET In Hand Obstacle Relay Team includes all four teammates
who competed at meet 1 held Gray’s Harbor Fairgrounds Feb. 26-28: Libby
Swanberg, left, Keri Tucker, Rainey Bronsink and Susannah Sharpe.

HORSEPLAY: Equestrians back in saddle at first meet

FINALLY, A WEE bit of freedom! We’ve all been going through some serious restrictions, losses and problems as we’ve muddled through this COVID-19 pandemic together.… Continue reading

Photo by Katie Newton
Sequim’s WAHSET In Hand Obstacle Relay Team includes all four teammates
who competed at meet 1 held Gray’s Harbor Fairgrounds Feb. 26-28: Libby
Swanberg, left, Keri Tucker, Rainey Bronsink and Susannah Sharpe.
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HORSEPLAY: Arena owner’s passion includes kids, horses, dogs

HER ENTHUSIASM AND passion are catching. I’m smiling inside just thinking about my interview with the bubbly, spirited and compassionate Kari Payne as she showed… Continue reading

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Ken Seifer prepares to climb into the saddle of Bob, a horse who  was traumatized by a farrier. After working with Seifer, Bob can now stand quietly and calmly while his hooves are tended. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Trainer teaches horses to trust human companions

and respected by — the horses they train. Ken Seifer strives to become that… Continue reading

Ken Seifer prepares to climb into the saddle of Bob, a horse who  was traumatized by a farrier. After working with Seifer, Bob can now stand quietly and calmly while his hooves are tended. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)
When Lindsey Crouse moved  her family and horse rescue operation from Ramona, Calif.,  to Sequim, she also brought her Cowboy with her. Standing at 76.5 inches he’s the world’s biggest steer, in contrast to Crouse who is 68 inches tall. Visitors are welcome to drive by to see him at his pasture Serenity Acres Horse Rehabilitation at 123 Ward Lane in Sequim. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Serenity Acres in Sequim a safe place for rescued animals, at-risk youth

WOW! THAT COWBOY is one gigantic hunk of beef! Currently residing in a pasture off Ward Lane in Sequim, the giant Holstein steer stands 76½… Continue reading

When Lindsey Crouse moved  her family and horse rescue operation from Ramona, Calif.,  to Sequim, she also brought her Cowboy with her. Standing at 76.5 inches he’s the world’s biggest steer, in contrast to Crouse who is 68 inches tall. Visitors are welcome to drive by to see him at his pasture Serenity Acres Horse Rehabilitation at 123 Ward Lane in Sequim. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)
As Fox-Bell Farm Assistant Coach Chloe McGee guides Cooper through a series of jumps, he sails over each one with room to spare.  The farm adopted Cooper from a local rescue facility, trained and schooled him, and now he’s one of its lesson horses for more experienced riders.  (Meghan Lawson/Two Red Dogs Photography)

HORSEPLAY: Rescued horses offer much to their human companions

I APPLAUD PROFESSIONAL trainers who regularly take in abandoned, neglected and/or rescued horses to properly train and prepare for a hopefully long-term and good home.… Continue reading

As Fox-Bell Farm Assistant Coach Chloe McGee guides Cooper through a series of jumps, he sails over each one with room to spare.  The farm adopted Cooper from a local rescue facility, trained and schooled him, and now he’s one of its lesson horses for more experienced riders.  (Meghan Lawson/Two Red Dogs Photography)
When Daisy was surrendered to Olympic Peninsula Equine Network, she had been neglected, foundered and was suffering pain caused by her grossly overgrown hooves. She had to be medicated before the farrier could trim her hooves. (Olympic Peninsula Equine Network)

HORSEPLAY: Horses, ponies are a lifetime commitment

“OH, LOOK AT that adorable little pony. Honey, wouldn’t our grandbabies just love it if we brought her home?” OK, so perhaps, like me, you… Continue reading

When Daisy was surrendered to Olympic Peninsula Equine Network, she had been neglected, foundered and was suffering pain caused by her grossly overgrown hooves. She had to be medicated before the farrier could trim her hooves. (Olympic Peninsula Equine Network)
Sequim Scout Troop 1498 gears up to attack and trim back overgrown native roses, blackberries and brush along the trails at Layton Hill Horse Camp. They also camped and learned trail safety rules from the Peninsula chapter of Back Country Horsemen. (Carrie Kalina)

HORSEPLAY: Scouts good place to learn, make friends

ALWAYS LEAVE A place better than you found it. It’s a tenet I learned as a wee Girl Scout way back in the 1960s, and… Continue reading

Sequim Scout Troop 1498 gears up to attack and trim back overgrown native roses, blackberries and brush along the trails at Layton Hill Horse Camp. They also camped and learned trail safety rules from the Peninsula chapter of Back Country Horsemen. (Carrie Kalina)
Equitese Pony Club members, from left, Maria Timmons, Molly Lance, Hailey Gallagher, Kimberly Gallagher and Philippa Lance paint new poles to jump over at the Heron Pond Farm Equestrian Center in Port Townsend. The club held a fundraising  car wash last summer so they could purchase the materials needed to update, rebuild and build new poles and other jumping equipment. (Christine Headley)

HORSEPLAY: Local horse organizations for youths

Positive equestrian activities for kids

Equitese Pony Club members, from left, Maria Timmons, Molly Lance, Hailey Gallagher, Kimberly Gallagher and Philippa Lance paint new poles to jump over at the Heron Pond Farm Equestrian Center in Port Townsend. The club held a fundraising  car wash last summer so they could purchase the materials needed to update, rebuild and build new poles and other jumping equipment. (Christine Headley)
When a footbridge over Lonesome Creek, located on the popular West End’s LaPush Beach Trail, needing replacing, three organizations collaborated on it. Quileute Tribal Council provided materials, including 30-foot-long steel I-beams for the bridge stringers, the Olympic National Park provided the drawings and oversight of the project and Back Country Horsemen Mt Olympus Chapter members provided volunteers to remove the old bridge and replace it with materials that will last many years. From left, Mt. Olympus volunteers Mike McCracken, Larry Baysinger, Rich James and Ray Sutherland (orange hat). Representing the Quileute Tribal Council are, from left, and Tom Jackson, Doug Woodruff,  Skylar Foster and Tony Foster. (Sherry Baysinger)

HORSEPLAY: Roadblocks in volunteer trail work

Wildfire impact on the National Forest Service budget

When a footbridge over Lonesome Creek, located on the popular West End’s LaPush Beach Trail, needing replacing, three organizations collaborated on it. Quileute Tribal Council provided materials, including 30-foot-long steel I-beams for the bridge stringers, the Olympic National Park provided the drawings and oversight of the project and Back Country Horsemen Mt Olympus Chapter members provided volunteers to remove the old bridge and replace it with materials that will last many years. From left, Mt. Olympus volunteers Mike McCracken, Larry Baysinger, Rich James and Ray Sutherland (orange hat). Representing the Quileute Tribal Council are, from left, and Tom Jackson, Doug Woodruff,  Skylar Foster and Tony Foster. (Sherry Baysinger)