Karen Griffiths

Peninsula Home Fund made a difference in the life of Amber

Peninsula Home Fund helps family that is rebuilding a step at a time

EDITOR'S NOTE: For 24 years, Peninsula Daily News readers in Jefferson and Clallam counties have supported the “hand up, not a handout” Peninsula Home Fund.… Continue reading

Peninsula Home Fund made a difference in the life of Amber
Linda Parks with her scooter and rescued French bulldogs Peanut and Pippa. Karen Griffiths/For Peninsula Daily News

‘Hand up, not a handout’ Peninsula Home Fund helps keep woman mobile

SEQUIM — Worried that her key to freedom was going to be repossessed, Linda Parks turned to the Peninsula Home Fund for help. “The Home… Continue reading

Linda Parks with her scooter and rescued French bulldogs Peanut and Pippa. Karen Griffiths/For Peninsula Daily News
Gregory Brown stands outside his apartment complex in Port Townsend.  -- Photo by Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News

Peninsula Home Fund helps him into the brightness of a new home

EDITOR'S NOTE: For 24 years, Peninsula Daily News readers in Jefferson and Clallam counties have supported the “hand up, not a handout” Peninsula Home Fund.… Continue reading

Gregory Brown stands outside his apartment complex in Port Townsend.  -- Photo by Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News
During spring's annual Mule Barn Day packing workshop at the Elwha River Station

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Mule day packs a punch with information

BE IT A short day-hike or a long trek through backcountry trails, most hikers don't realize the vital role horses and mules play in maintaining… Continue reading

During spring's annual Mule Barn Day packing workshop at the Elwha River Station
Sara Richerts

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Horse academy takes off in Sequim

TENDERFOOTS, TAKE HEART: Longtime Sequim resident and equestrian Sara Richerts recently opened Blue Ribbon Horse Academy, designed to teach greenhorn riders ages 17 and younger… Continue reading

Sara Richerts
Spirit Horse Ranch owners Becky and Dave Seibel are shown with two of their six Bureau of Land Management mustangs

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Ranchers put mustangs in good spirits

EARLIER THIS MONTH, I stopped by Spirit Horse Ranch in Port Angeles (www.spirithorseranch.net) to visit owners Becky and Dave Seibel and talk about their mustangs.… Continue reading

Spirit Horse Ranch owners Becky and Dave Seibel are shown with two of their six Bureau of Land Management mustangs
Clallam County 4-H Senior Division performance and game riders who competed at Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup are

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: State fair a success for equine lovers

BRING IT ON! Since it's impossible for me to attend the slew of horse events in our region, I love it when folks send me… Continue reading

Clallam County 4-H Senior Division performance and game riders who competed at Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup are
Intermediate 4-H riders who competed at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup from Clallam County are

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Riders strut their stuff at state fair

IT APPEARS TO me our warm late-summer weather is ending much too soon. Although I didn't get in nearly as much trail riding as I… Continue reading

Intermediate 4-H riders who competed at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup from Clallam County are
Sequim's Clara Duncan and her horse

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Borrowed horse helps out at finals

ASK ME TO show you poetry in motion, and I will show you Lacey. She's one of the most beautiful dark Palominos I've ever seen,… Continue reading

Sequim's Clara Duncan and her horse
The Peninsula Junior Rodeo team raked in the points at last weekend's rodeo

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Junior Rodeo rides to victory in Port Angeles

“BRACE YOUR BACKBONE and forget your wishbone” is an old saying among rodeo contestants. In keeping with that theme, our local Junior Rodeo youths got… Continue reading

The Peninsula Junior Rodeo team raked in the points at last weekend's rodeo
Lisa Preston pauses with her horse

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ PENINSULA HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Rider prepares for dream competition

IN MY LAST column, I mentioned my neighbor, Lisa Preston, recently authored a book, Natural Healing for Cats, Dogs, Horses and Other Animals. It gives… Continue reading

Lisa Preston pauses with her horse
Juswen Farms owner Wendy Peterson and Five Star Whiz perform a sliding stop to win the championship reining title at the Peninsula Performance Horse Association show at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles in July. Shelby Mowbray

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Local riders sweep stakes in PA show

CELEBRATED INVENTOR THOMAS Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Our county fairs… Continue reading

Juswen Farms owner Wendy Peterson and Five Star Whiz perform a sliding stop to win the championship reining title at the Peninsula Performance Horse Association show at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles in July. Shelby Mowbray
Sisters Lisa Hopper

KAREN GRIFFITHS HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Sisters bring back load of wins from Oklahoma

A LIFETIME LABOR of love, hard work and discipline paid off in a big way for siblings Tina Johnson and Lisa Hopper when they drove… Continue reading

Sisters Lisa Hopper
Duncan Parks rides Just in Time.

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Horse, newest rider share bond

SEE TIME FLY, an 18-year-old gelding, is a multitalented horse who, in the past, has helped his riders win several All-Around-Champion saddles in Junior Rodeo.… Continue reading

Duncan Parks rides Just in Time.
Local United States Pony Clubs competitors

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Local riders win big at regional rally

EQUESTRIAN, VETERINARIAN AND mother Linda Allen became my doggie's doc and my friend a little more than 13 years ago when she moved from California… Continue reading

Local United States Pony Clubs competitors
Port Angeles and Sequim High School equestrian teams at the Washington High School Equestrian Teams' state finals in May.

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Port Angeles, Sequim High School teams place in finals

PORT ANGELES AND Sequim High School Equestrian Team coaches reported that the weather was “awesome” and “sunny” during state finals in May. Port Angeles team… Continue reading

Port Angeles and Sequim High School equestrian teams at the Washington High School Equestrian Teams' state finals in May.
Peninsula Junior Rodeo participants

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Junior rodeo riders win big in region

IN THE FAST-PACED sport of junior rodeo, participants quickly learn to live by the adage “If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the… Continue reading

Peninsula Junior Rodeo participants
Have you seen her? Melinda the llama was stolen from owner Sara Woodard's backyard off Dan Kelly Road in Joyce. After months of a futile

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: $1,000 reward for stolen Joyce llama

A SHORT TIME ago, I joined several Back Country Horsemen members at the Elwha Barn for Olympic National Park's annual Barn Day. It was a… Continue reading

Have you seen her? Melinda the llama was stolen from owner Sara Woodard's backyard off Dan Kelly Road in Joyce. After months of a futile
Sequim's Working Four Drill Team won the gold medal win at its final Washington High School Equestrian Team district competition. Annie Meek

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Sequim team wins gold in district meet

I WAS EXCITED to hear of Annie Meek's record-breaking time of 1.38 in steer daubing at the Washington High School Equestrian Team final district meet… Continue reading

Sequim's Working Four Drill Team won the gold medal win at its final Washington High School Equestrian Team district competition. Annie Meek
Port Angeles High School seniors

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Port Angeles drill team wins top honors in state

SMOOTH MOVES PROPELLED the Port Angeles Rough Riders Equestrian Drill Team to win top honors at its third and final Washington State High School Equestrian… Continue reading

Port Angeles High School seniors