Karen Griffiths

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
During a cow-working clinic at Freedom Farm in Port Angeles

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Bit of horseplay at cow-working clinic

IT WAS FOR a bit of horseplay — and a chance to learn more communication skills for a specific task between horse and rider —… Continue reading

During a cow-working clinic at Freedom Farm in Port Angeles
The Port Angeles Equestrian Team.

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Port Angeles, Sequim teams win big at meets

PORT ANGELES AND Sequim High School Equestrian Teams attended their second of three qualifying meets Feb. 24-26 at the Tacoma Unit facility in Spanaway. PA… Continue reading

The Port Angeles Equestrian Team.

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Questions to ask before buying horse

PRIOR TO ATTAINING any horse, each potential horse owner should ask him- or herself: Do I have a safe and secure place for it to… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Sequim, Port Angeles score big at state meet

OH, HOW I remember with fondness — and chilliness — the years my mother, Deonne Hanson, and I attended Washington State High School Equestrian Teams… Continue reading

Peninsula Home Fund helps woman, children keep their home; only one week left in 2011 campaign

EDITOR'S NOTE: For 22 years, Peninsula Daily News readers in Jefferson and Clallam counties have supported the “hand up, not a handout” Peninsula Home Fund.… Continue reading

Mom, 5 kids find haven of hope through Peninsula Home Fund [plus list of latest donors — thank you, one and all!]

EDITOR'S NOTE: For 22 years, Peninsula Daily News readers in Jefferson and Clallam counties have supported the “hand up, not a handout” Peninsula Home Fund.… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Equine center a boon for all youths

SHE'S A FRIEND in need who's spent countless hours helping community youths have a better life through the use of her ponies, and now she… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: Patterned speed horse awards given

I'D LIKE TO give a shout-out to Waynora Martin, owner of Waynora's Hair Care in Carlsborg, for attaining the Patterned Speed Horse 7A award with… Continue reading

KAREN GRIFFITHS’ HORSEPLAY COLUMN: A lot done, but not enough riding

THE GOOD NEWS is I accomplished everything needed during our brief summer to prepare the family homestead for another wet winter. The bad news is… Continue reading