Karen Griffiths

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Cutline: A fundraiser for WAG and Open starts Today at 11 a.m. with an English and jumping fun show, followed tomorrow with a Western Games show at Kari Payne’s 4-L arena off Blue Mountain Road, 95 S. McCrorie Rd. Port Angeles.  Fox-Bell Farm owner Shelby Vaughan, and her assistants Sophie Feik and Kaia Lestage (holding Marley) will be there to host. Shown is Tatar Trots, 10. a horse Shelby got from OPEN five years ago when he was a feral, unhandled stallion and, now, after castrating and training,  he’s a docile horse who enjoys teaching kids how to ride.

 

(Rescue dog Rocky laying down if he’s shown in photo)

HORSEPLAY: Rescue program gives horses new life

SHELBY VAUGHAN WAS born into the rescue mindset. She grew up on Bainbridge Island on a farm where she said her mom was “huge into… Continue reading

 

Photo by Katie Newton

By the end of meet three, Sequim High School Senior Sydney Hutton’s multiple wins included Gold in Jumping, Silver in Saddle Seat, Bronze in Dressage.

HORSEPLAY: Sequim High team wins District 4 championship

OH MY, MY, but these gals can boogie! At Meet 3, Sequim High School’s equestrian team consistently placed in the top five of 21 events… Continue reading

 

OPEN’s Spring Tack Sale is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 251 Roupe Road (off Hooker Road). Proceeds benefit rescued horses, minis, ponies (such as the one pictured with grossly overgrown hooves) and donkeys. Western and English saddles, saddle pads, halters, sheets, bits, bridles; western jewelry, clothes, boots and more. (photo by Valerie Jackson)

HORSEPLAY: Clean up after yourself and your horse

CLEAN UP ON aisle 7! Remember: Unlike a grocery store clerk who calls an employee over the loudspeaker to clean up a mess in an… Continue reading

 

Deb Pavlich-Boaz and her husband Tony Boaz say strangers stop to feed her horses and it’s endangering their health. They care for aging equines and others with special dietary needs at their home off Old Olympic Highway in Agnew. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Hey, don’t touch the hay. Don’t feed strangers’ horses

“ONE BAD APPLE don’t spoil the whole bunch girl!” Today’s column is about reminding folks NOT to feed a horse they don’t own. Apples are… Continue reading

Deb Pavlich-Boaz and her husband Tony Boaz say strangers stop to feed her horses and it’s endangering their health. They care for aging equines and others with special dietary needs at their home off Old Olympic Highway in Agnew. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)
Libby Swanberg and Sydney Hutton took part in the Senior Salute, which lauds the accomplishments of graduating high school seniors and bids them a successful future. (Photo by Katie Salmon-Newton)

HORSEPLAY: Sequim equestrian team wins, sets record

SEQUIM HIGH SCHOOL equestrian team is certainly having a winning season! At their second Washington State High School Equestrian Team District meet, Sequim’s team of… Continue reading

Libby Swanberg and Sydney Hutton took part in the Senior Salute, which lauds the accomplishments of graduating high school seniors and bids them a successful future. (Photo by Katie Salmon-Newton)
CutlIne: What beautiful long ears and adorable eyes he has! Meet Rio,  a mammoth donkey who grew to 16’2 hands tall.

HORSEPLAY: Want a donkey? A beginners guide to donkey care

GOT THE URGE to bring home a cute, adorable miniature donkey? I’ve been resisting that impulse myself since visiting Melody Johnson and her herd at… Continue reading

CutlIne: What beautiful long ears and adorable eyes he has! Meet Rio,  a mammoth donkey who grew to 16’2 hands tall.
Photo Credit: Anna Swanberg

 

 

Cutline: Sequim’s high school equestrian team brought home a whopping 12 first place wins  at the  first  WAHSET meet of the season , from Left: Libby Swanberg , Kennady Gilbertson, Joanna Seelye, Katelynn Middleton-Sharpe  and Asha Swanberg.

HORSEPLAY: Sequim High School opens season with 12 blue ribbons

I’M SO PROUD of Sequim High School’s equestrian team for bringing home 12 blue ribbons from their first competition of the season! Held Jan. 25-28… Continue reading

Photo Credit: Anna Swanberg

 

 

Cutline: Sequim’s high school equestrian team brought home a whopping 12 first place wins  at the  first  WAHSET meet of the season , from Left: Libby Swanberg , Kennady Gilbertson, Joanna Seelye, Katelynn Middleton-Sharpe  and Asha Swanberg.
Photo submitted by Karen Griffiths
Melody Johnson with mini donkey Maximus

HORSEPLAY: The magical and musical world of training donkeys

WITH A FIRST name like Melody, it seems appropriate that Sequim’s self-proclaimed “Donkey whisperer” Melody Johnson has a mini-donkey who is a crooner. It’s true,… Continue reading

Photo submitted by Karen Griffiths
Melody Johnson with mini donkey Maximus
By Karen Griffiths
Marissa uses Freesia, 6, a Paisley Desert HMA Oregon BLM Mustang,   Liberty training to instruct her to lift her left leg up.

HORSEPLAY: Trust, kindness are keys to training wild horses

TO QUOTE THE Glen Campbell song, “You Got to Try a Little Kindness” when training an unbroken or wild horse to willingly accept human touch… Continue reading

By Karen Griffiths
Marissa uses Freesia, 6, a Paisley Desert HMA Oregon BLM Mustang,   Liberty training to instruct her to lift her left leg up.
Photo by Karen Griffiths

Cutline: During a lesson in Freedom Farm’s indoor arena Hadley Wolslegel goes over a set of cavetti under the guidance of farm owner and instructor Mary Gallagher. Working over  cavetti, which can be set up with varying heights and poles, helps the rider learn how to maintain a sense of timing, balance and form, and aids the rider in developing the ability to evaluate distance and measuring the horse’s length of step —shortening or lengthening —when going over jumps.

HORSEPLAY: Learning Lessons

“I FELT LIKE I was flying,” is what my niece Ashely Griffiths, then 8, my brother’s middle child, told me the first time she jumped… Continue reading

Photo by Karen Griffiths

Cutline: During a lesson in Freedom Farm’s indoor arena Hadley Wolslegel goes over a set of cavetti under the guidance of farm owner and instructor Mary Gallagher. Working over  cavetti, which can be set up with varying heights and poles, helps the rider learn how to maintain a sense of timing, balance and form, and aids the rider in developing the ability to evaluate distance and measuring the horse’s length of step —shortening or lengthening —when going over jumps.
Photo by Karen Griffiths
Still a wild mustang who, overall, dislikes being touched, Freya offers her nose for Vanessa to touch.

HORSEPLAY: Wild BLM horses find a paradise on the Olympic Peninsula with Vanessa Lowe

PARADISE WAITS WITH open arms to help abused, abandoned and aggrieved Bureau of Land Management wild mustangs live out the rest of their lives in… Continue reading

Photo by Karen Griffiths
Still a wild mustang who, overall, dislikes being touched, Freya offers her nose for Vanessa to touch.
Photo by Karen Griffiths

Cutline: My niece Brooke Stromberg and Lacy, both 15, make a winning turn during a barrel racing competition during an April game show in 2008  at JeffCo fairgrounds.   Later, the duo became the 2008 Washington High School Equestrian Team  and Patterned Speed Horse Association’s (junior division) state champions in barrel racing. Both shows were held in Wenatchee.

HORSEPLAY: Saying goodbye to a faithful friend

I’M FEELING A bit emotional as I share my Lacey passed away peacefully in her pasture on Nov. 13. Always a willing, athletic and agile… Continue reading

Photo by Karen Griffiths

Cutline: My niece Brooke Stromberg and Lacy, both 15, make a winning turn during a barrel racing competition during an April game show in 2008  at JeffCo fairgrounds.   Later, the duo became the 2008 Washington High School Equestrian Team  and Patterned Speed Horse Association’s (junior division) state champions in barrel racing. Both shows were held in Wenatchee.
Photo by Karen Griffiths

Cutline: Paradigm Sporthorse Training owner Rebecca Cushman with Carcare, one of  11 horses she’s rescued from the war zones in Ukraine. The 17.1 hand Warmblood gelding with level 2 FEI training has gained about 200 pounds since his arrival in August. She said, “He’s  a well-trained and willing horse who loves to give hugs.”

HORSEPLAY: Port Townsend trainer rescues horses in Ukraine from war

“IT WAS TERRIFYING,” Rebecca Cushman said of her first-time wiring thousands of dollars in purchase and transport fees to Hong Kong for a dressage show… Continue reading

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Cutline: Paradigm Sporthorse Training owner Rebecca Cushman with Carcare, one of  11 horses she’s rescued from the war zones in Ukraine. The 17.1 hand Warmblood gelding with level 2 FEI training has gained about 200 pounds since his arrival in August. She said, “He’s  a well-trained and willing horse who loves to give hugs.”
Photo by Judy Depree
Prize ride participant Yvonne Degrassi Craig at one of the trail’s viewpoints.

HORSEPLAY: OP is alive again with equine events

ISN’T IT NICE to see folks taking part in group activities again after the pandemic shut down? Back Country Horseman’s Peninsula Chapter’s been as busy… Continue reading

Photo by Judy Depree
Prize ride participant Yvonne Degrassi Craig at one of the trail’s viewpoints.
Photo by Karen Griffiths

Cutline: High school friends and equestrian team members Aby Garcia, left, Keri Tucker and Joanna Seelye enjoyed racing through the unusual game patterns and supporting the fundraiser.

HORSEPLAY: Games bring fun, camaraderie, funds for OPEN and WAG

“YOU BETTER THINK (think), think about what you’re doing to me!” Those song lyrics from Aretha Franklin’s hit “Think” played repeatedly in my mind each… Continue reading

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Cutline: High school friends and equestrian team members Aby Garcia, left, Keri Tucker and Joanna Seelye enjoyed racing through the unusual game patterns and supporting the fundraiser.
Counties from across the state send their top exhibitors in the intermediate and senior divisions to compete at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup during September. Pictured are Clallam County’s 4-H members Ava Hairell and Banjo, left, Taylor Maughan with Ru and Katelynn Sharpe with Sophie. (photo by Katie Newton)

HORSEPLAY: The 3 amigos of Neon Riders 4-H compete at state

THE THREE AMIGOS from Neon Riders 4-H club were excited they got to go together to compete at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup last… Continue reading

Counties from across the state send their top exhibitors in the intermediate and senior divisions to compete at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup during September. Pictured are Clallam County’s 4-H members Ava Hairell and Banjo, left, Taylor Maughan with Ru and Katelynn Sharpe with Sophie. (photo by Katie Newton)
PHOTO BY LINDA MORIN At the Joyce Daze Parade, participating Back Country Horsemen Peninsula Chapter members were awarded a Blue Ribbon for the best Animal Entry in the parade.

HORSEPLAY: OPEN, WAG hosting canine, equine fundraiser

CALLING ALL EQUESTRIANS and dog lovers! Are you ready for a play day? Come join the fun on Sat., Sept. 23, from 3-6 p.m. for… Continue reading

PHOTO BY LINDA MORIN At the Joyce Daze Parade, participating Back Country Horsemen Peninsula Chapter members were awarded a Blue Ribbon for the best Animal Entry in the parade.
Photos by Anna Swanberg

Cutline: Teen mustang trainers Libby Swanberg (with Latte) and her sister Asha Swanberg, each broke the record for the attaining the highest selling prices ever — more than $10,000 each — earlier this month at the Mustang Yearlings/Washington Youth auction in Cle Elum.

HORSEPLAY: Swanbergs’ hard work nets BLM mustang auction records

LAST SATURDAY MY neighbor, Kris Phillips, shared how earlier this month she attended a Bureau of Land Management mustang auction in Cle Elum, where she… Continue reading

Photos by Anna Swanberg

Cutline: Teen mustang trainers Libby Swanberg (with Latte) and her sister Asha Swanberg, each broke the record for the attaining the highest selling prices ever — more than $10,000 each — earlier this month at the Mustang Yearlings/Washington Youth auction in Cle Elum.
Carrie Kirksey (gray sweatshirt, front left) and Raquel Edwards (far right) had fun learning some new dance moves while listening to local band JFA during OPEN’s annual fundraiser at Sequim’s Layton Hill Horse Camp. The two traveled from Snohomish to support the event after Kirksey adopted her horse Missy from OPEN. Thanks to generous donations OPEN reached its goal of raising enough money to fill its barn with another year’s worth of hay. (Karen Griffiths/For Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: OPEN fundraiser helps feed needy horses during winter

“IT’S SUCH A wonderful feeling knowing we have a year’s worth of hay stacked in our barn,” exclaimed OPEN co-founder Valerie Jackson. “And this is… Continue reading

Carrie Kirksey (gray sweatshirt, front left) and Raquel Edwards (far right) had fun learning some new dance moves while listening to local band JFA during OPEN’s annual fundraiser at Sequim’s Layton Hill Horse Camp. The two traveled from Snohomish to support the event after Kirksey adopted her horse Missy from OPEN. Thanks to generous donations OPEN reached its goal of raising enough money to fill its barn with another year’s worth of hay. (Karen Griffiths/For Peninsula Daily News)
Photo by Katie Newton

Cutline: 4-H High Point winners from a show earlier this month which qualifies riders to compete at the Clallam County Fair’s horse show Aug. 17-20.

Left to right: Intermediate Champion Lila Tore;, Intermediate Reserve Champion Ellie Karjalainen; Helping Hands trophy Kinlee  Morris; Walk Trot Champion Elise Sirguy; Walk Trot Reserve Champion Grace Karjalainen; Games Champion Katelynn Sharpe; Senior Reserve Champion tied between Celbie, Karjalainen and Ava Hairell; Senior Champion Taylor Maughan. Not pictured is Games Reserve Champion Zakara Braun.

HORSEPLAY: Clallam County 4-H horse show a success

EXCITEMENT AND GIGGLES were in the air during this month’s pre-fair 4-H horse show at the Clallam County Fairgrounds. “It was a blast for all… Continue reading

Photo by Katie Newton

Cutline: 4-H High Point winners from a show earlier this month which qualifies riders to compete at the Clallam County Fair’s horse show Aug. 17-20.

Left to right: Intermediate Champion Lila Tore;, Intermediate Reserve Champion Ellie Karjalainen; Helping Hands trophy Kinlee  Morris; Walk Trot Champion Elise Sirguy; Walk Trot Reserve Champion Grace Karjalainen; Games Champion Katelynn Sharpe; Senior Reserve Champion tied between Celbie, Karjalainen and Ava Hairell; Senior Champion Taylor Maughan. Not pictured is Games Reserve Champion Zakara Braun.