Karen Griffiths

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Congratulations to these Equitese Pony Club members for attaining higher levels of accomplishments through the U.S. Pony Club of America. Levels of certification start at what is called D Level (beginner), progressing to C Level (intermediate) then to B Level and A Level (advanced). From left: Hazel Vidal, level D3 in dressage; Addi Staley, D2 in hunt seat equitation; Lisa Cartwright,  D2 in dressage and D3 in horse management; Galadriel Nichols, D2in dressage and D3 in horse management; Katie Haman, D2 in dressage and D3 in horse management; Rose Soini, D2 in eventing (in flat work)  and horse management . Visit www.ponyclub.org  for more information. Follow the club on its Facebook page, Equitese Pony Club.

HORSEPLAY: Tips and tricks for dealing with equine insect issues

“DID YOU INCLUDE her bits and pieces?” That’s the question fellow rider Kim Bues asked when I explained I rub Lacey’s undercarriage with Vaseline to… Continue reading

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Congratulations to these Equitese Pony Club members for attaining higher levels of accomplishments through the U.S. Pony Club of America. Levels of certification start at what is called D Level (beginner), progressing to C Level (intermediate) then to B Level and A Level (advanced). From left: Hazel Vidal, level D3 in dressage; Addi Staley, D2 in hunt seat equitation; Lisa Cartwright,  D2 in dressage and D3 in horse management; Galadriel Nichols, D2in dressage and D3 in horse management; Katie Haman, D2 in dressage and D3 in horse management; Rose Soini, D2 in eventing (in flat work)  and horse management . Visit www.ponyclub.org  for more information. Follow the club on its Facebook page, Equitese Pony Club.
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Cutline: Members of the Peninsula Chapter of Back Country Horseman gathered for at Miller Peninsula State Park for a pre-ride breakfast before hitting the trails for its annual Rhody Ride. The state’s official flower, the pink flowered Pacific Rhododendron, R. macrophyllum, was in full bloom.

HORSEPLAY: Rhody rides and events make summer fun

IT’S BLOOMING RHODY time! June is the month when our native Pacific Rhododendron’s pink flowers are on full display —the perfect time for Back Country… Continue reading

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Cutline: Members of the Peninsula Chapter of Back Country Horseman gathered for at Miller Peninsula State Park for a pre-ride breakfast before hitting the trails for its annual Rhody Ride. The state’s official flower, the pink flowered Pacific Rhododendron, R. macrophyllum, was in full bloom.
Fork’s Destiny Ashue, 9, was all smiles when she got to touch horses for her first  time during the Annual Save the Trails event last month at Littleton Horse Camp. Hosted by Backcountry Horsemen’s Mt. Olympus and Peninsula chapters, she was overjoyed to be able to lead this mini-horse by herself (under the watchful eye of Mt. Olympus BCH Chapter member Wendy Brundle)Photos by Karen Griffiths

HORSEPLAY: Warm weather helps make ‘Share the trail’ a success

I HITCHED A ride with Kim Bues last month to the annual Share the Trail event hosted by the Mt. Olympus and Peninsula Chapters of… Continue reading

Fork’s Destiny Ashue, 9, was all smiles when she got to touch horses for her first  time during the Annual Save the Trails event last month at Littleton Horse Camp. Hosted by Backcountry Horsemen’s Mt. Olympus and Peninsula chapters, she was overjoyed to be able to lead this mini-horse by herself (under the watchful eye of Mt. Olympus BCH Chapter member Wendy Brundle)Photos by Karen Griffiths
Cutline: Sequim parents cheered the team on wearing their fan vests made by mom Anna Swanberg. Bryan Swanberg, left, Anna, Christie Sharpe, and Misty Gilbertson
Cutline: Sequim parents cheered the team on wearing their fan vests made by mom Anna Swanberg. Bryan Swanberg, left, Anna, Christie Sharpe, and Misty Gilbertson
Photo by Karen Griffiths

At a May 6 Patterned Speed Horse game show honoring his great-grandfather Ted Crosby, a very young Nyle Crosby James is led through his first competitive barrel racing pattern by his mother, Ady Crosby, while steadied by his father Jeff James. Crosby, 87 passed away March 30 of complications of prostate cancer.

HORSEPLAY: Equine veterinary services in short supply

SPLAWN LIVES! IN my April 22 column I mentioned how we horse owners missed the dedication and service provided by the now retired Drs. Bob… Continue reading

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At a May 6 Patterned Speed Horse game show honoring his great-grandfather Ted Crosby, a very young Nyle Crosby James is led through his first competitive barrel racing pattern by his mother, Ady Crosby, while steadied by his father Jeff James. Crosby, 87 passed away March 30 of complications of prostate cancer.
Sequim’s high school equestrian team celebrates taking home the district 4 small teams Championship, along with belt buckles and medals at the end of their final district WAHSET competition. The team’s high scores also earned them 24 qualifying placements to compete at the State Finals in May. Standing from left: Coach Katie Newton, Celbie Karjalainen, Katelynn Sharpe, Lily Meyer, Kennady Gilbertson, Coach Bettina Hoesel, Assistant Coach Keri Tucker. Sitting from left: Libby Swanberg, Sydney Hutton, Paige Reed.

Photo submitted by Katie Newton

HORSEPLAY: WAHSET competition; how to treat choking

THREE CHEERS AND a hip-hip hurrah for Sequim High School Equestrian Team, with Celbie Karjalainen, Kennady Gilbertson, Paige Reed, Katelynn Sharp, Rylie Smith, Sydney Hutton,… Continue reading

Sequim’s high school equestrian team celebrates taking home the district 4 small teams Championship, along with belt buckles and medals at the end of their final district WAHSET competition. The team’s high scores also earned them 24 qualifying placements to compete at the State Finals in May. Standing from left: Coach Katie Newton, Celbie Karjalainen, Katelynn Sharpe, Lily Meyer, Kennady Gilbertson, Coach Bettina Hoesel, Assistant Coach Keri Tucker. Sitting from left: Libby Swanberg, Sydney Hutton, Paige Reed.

Photo submitted by Katie Newton
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Cutline: Griffiths’ horse Sunny was a beautiful and powerful barrel racer, plus all around good horse, who had a soft spot for her  grand-nephew Rory Ceballos, then 5. Sadly, after a harsh winter filled with illness she was put down last week.

HORSEPLAY: It’s hard to say farewell to a four-legged friend

WITH A HEAVY heart, I said goodbye to Sunny, my light-colored palomino last week. Horseplay readers may recall Sunny came into my life after she… Continue reading

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Cutline: Griffiths’ horse Sunny was a beautiful and powerful barrel racer, plus all around good horse, who had a soft spot for her  grand-nephew Rory Ceballos, then 5. Sadly, after a harsh winter filled with illness she was put down last week.
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Peninsula Junior Rodeo competitors Lillian Bond and Jasper practice Breakaway Roping (meaning she releases the rope after she throws the loop around the steer’s head instead it staying attached to her saddle horn and backing up to keep a tight connection between horse and steer)) using a “dummy” steer pulled by a Quad driven by her mom Jennifer Bond.

HORSEPLAY: Kids come join PJRA; learn the ropes, riding

CALLING ALL BUCKAROOS, cowboys and cowgirls! It’s time to saddle up and join our local Peninsula Junior Rodeo Association! Dream of riding a bucking bronc… Continue reading

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Peninsula Junior Rodeo competitors Lillian Bond and Jasper practice Breakaway Roping (meaning she releases the rope after she throws the loop around the steer’s head instead it staying attached to her saddle horn and backing up to keep a tight connection between horse and steer)) using a “dummy” steer pulled by a Quad driven by her mom Jennifer Bond.
Sequim Equestrian Team won 1st place in 10 events at its second of three Washington High School Equestrian Team meets, held Feb. 24-26, at Grays Harbor Fairgrounds indoor area. Competing with borrowed horses in Showmanship were Katelynn Sharp, left, with Nikki (coach Keri’s horse) and Celbie Karjalainen with Pistol.Sequim Equestrian Team won 1st place in 10 events at its second of three Washington High School Equestrian Team meets, held Feb. 24-26, at Grays Harbor Fairgrounds indoor area. Competing with borrowed horses in Showmanship were Katelynn Sharp, left, with Nikki (coach Keri’s horse) and Celbie Karjalainen with Pistol (Coach Katie’s horse). (Photo courtesy of KATIE SALMON-NEWTON)

HORSEPLAY: Cold weather for Washington High School Equestrian Meet

ARE Y’ALL TIRED of the freezing cold temperatures? March 20 is officially the first day of Spring. I think I speak for most of us… Continue reading

Sequim Equestrian Team won 1st place in 10 events at its second of three Washington High School Equestrian Team meets, held Feb. 24-26, at Grays Harbor Fairgrounds indoor area. Competing with borrowed horses in Showmanship were Katelynn Sharp, left, with Nikki (coach Keri’s horse) and Celbie Karjalainen with Pistol.Sequim Equestrian Team won 1st place in 10 events at its second of three Washington High School Equestrian Team meets, held Feb. 24-26, at Grays Harbor Fairgrounds indoor area. Competing with borrowed horses in Showmanship were Katelynn Sharp, left, with Nikki (coach Keri’s horse) and Celbie Karjalainen with Pistol (Coach Katie’s horse). (Photo courtesy of KATIE SALMON-NEWTON)
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Cutline: After Robin Hall County Park closed due to a Nov. windstorm which fell a large amount of big trees — causing a dangerous situation to the public — BCH Peninsula Chapter member Tom Mix, left in green hat, led a Sawyer Training and Certification Day at the park. Here, members are taught techniques for using a cross-cut saw. Training also included using a chainsaw.

HORSEPLAY: Like chainsaws? Sawyer training may be for you

TRUTH BE TOLD, I’m a bit fearful when we’re faced with freezingly cold, strong, gusty winds blowing in off the ocean from the west. I… Continue reading

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Cutline: After Robin Hall County Park closed due to a Nov. windstorm which fell a large amount of big trees — causing a dangerous situation to the public — BCH Peninsula Chapter member Tom Mix, left in green hat, led a Sawyer Training and Certification Day at the park. Here, members are taught techniques for using a cross-cut saw. Training also included using a chainsaw.
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Cutline: Sequim’s WAHSET Cattle sorting team of Katelynn Sharp, left, and Riley Smith at a recent practice in Port Orchard

HORSEPLAY: Sequim WAHSET takes top spots at first meet

Sequim’s cowsorting team swept the event, with first place going to Libby Swanson and Celbie Karjalainen, second to Sydney Hutton and… Continue reading

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Cutline: Sequim’s WAHSET Cattle sorting team of Katelynn Sharp, left, and Riley Smith at a recent practice in Port Orchard
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Cutline:  Larry Baysinger dismounts his horse Scout to clear fallen tree branches off a trail in Mt. Mueller. Davidson, his mules, is fitted with a pack saddle designed to carry his chainsaw on top, an axe (the yellow axe handle is seen sticking out of the pack box) and other tools, and even two small chairs he and his wife to sit on when taking a break.

HORSEPLAY: The keepers of Mt. Mueller

THE “KEEPERS OF Mt. Mueller,” is how I refer to Larry and Sherry Baysinger. For more than 30 years, the two avid horsemen have viewed… Continue reading

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Cutline:  Larry Baysinger dismounts his horse Scout to clear fallen tree branches off a trail in Mt. Mueller. Davidson, his mules, is fitted with a pack saddle designed to carry his chainsaw on top, an axe (the yellow axe handle is seen sticking out of the pack box) and other tools, and even two small chairs he and his wife to sit on when taking a break.
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Cutline:  The Steffen family with their BLM mustangs from left: Glamour (4), Sierra Steffen, Freesta (4), Stardust (5), Marisa Steffen, Tahani (5), Lucy (2), Eliza Steffen and mom Erica Steffen with Big Guy (1). The girls are taking part in a 100-day training competition with some of the mustangs, and at the end will show their new skills at the Teens and Oregon Mustang Showdown, held during the Northwest Horse Expo in Albany, Oregon March 24-26. On the evening 26th the mustangs in the competition will be auctioned off.

HORSEPLAY: The Steffen family is all in for the mustangs

WILD MUSTANGS! WHAT comes to mind when you read those words? Perhaps pictures or movies of them rearing up and fighting hard not to be… Continue reading

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Cutline:  The Steffen family with their BLM mustangs from left: Glamour (4), Sierra Steffen, Freesta (4), Stardust (5), Marisa Steffen, Tahani (5), Lucy (2), Eliza Steffen and mom Erica Steffen with Big Guy (1). The girls are taking part in a 100-day training competition with some of the mustangs, and at the end will show their new skills at the Teens and Oregon Mustang Showdown, held during the Northwest Horse Expo in Albany, Oregon March 24-26. On the evening 26th the mustangs in the competition will be auctioned off.
Photo by Karen Griffiths
As OPEN enters its 16th year, the local horse rescue organization is reaching out to the public to ask for more donations, because for the first time, the 2022-year end finances showed a deficient. Co-founder Diane Royall, left, with horse trainer (and her daughter) Kate Tibbits, board member Glenda Cable and Co-founder Valerie Jackson stand in front of OPEN’s used tack shop at 251 Roupe Road in Sequim. Open by appointment only, all proceeds go to help horses in. For an appointment or other inquiries call and leave a message, including your name and phone number, at 360-207-1688.

HORSEPLAY: Olympic Peninsula Equine Network looks for support

BY NOW OLYMPIC Peninsula Equine Network, or OPEN, runs like a well-oiled machine. But even a well-oiled machine needs more new oil to keep it… Continue reading

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As OPEN enters its 16th year, the local horse rescue organization is reaching out to the public to ask for more donations, because for the first time, the 2022-year end finances showed a deficient. Co-founder Diane Royall, left, with horse trainer (and her daughter) Kate Tibbits, board member Glenda Cable and Co-founder Valerie Jackson stand in front of OPEN’s used tack shop at 251 Roupe Road in Sequim. Open by appointment only, all proceeds go to help horses in. For an appointment or other inquiries call and leave a message, including your name and phone number, at 360-207-1688.
Photo by Karen Griffiths

Cutline: It’s common for horses in advanced stages of osteoarthritis to refuse to allow a hoof to be lifted off the ground due to high pain it causes. After watching a farrier on YouTube use  a 2 x 6” board  to stand the hoof on it with a side overhanging the edge, which allowed enough room to slide a file under to rasp off excess hoof. Lacey would only stand on the board a few seconds at a time, finding it more  comfortable to have her leg lifted up and stretched forward to rest on the hoof stand so the undercarriage could be worked on.

HORSEPLAY: Hoof trimming for the arthritic horse

I REMEMBER CLEARLY the day my beautiful palomino Lacey refused to let me pick up her left front hoof to be cleaned. The sky was… Continue reading

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Cutline: It’s common for horses in advanced stages of osteoarthritis to refuse to allow a hoof to be lifted off the ground due to high pain it causes. After watching a farrier on YouTube use  a 2 x 6” board  to stand the hoof on it with a side overhanging the edge, which allowed enough room to slide a file under to rasp off excess hoof. Lacey would only stand on the board a few seconds at a time, finding it more  comfortable to have her leg lifted up and stretched forward to rest on the hoof stand so the undercarriage could be worked on.
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Neon Riders 4-H Club’s Ruby Coulson stands in front of the renowned Saddlebred Horseman Tom Moore’s statue fresh from her win in the Individual Presentation Contest for her slide-show and speech, “Equine Regenerative Therapies.” at the 4-H National competition in Kentucky.  Billed as the Largest Youth Equine Education Event in North America, it’s a huge accomplishment for the young woman from Sequim.

HORSEPLAY: Sequim student wins first at 4-H Nationals

WHO’D A THOUGHT the day would come when stem-cell therapy would be used to improve the healing of tendon and suspensory ligament injuries in horses?… Continue reading

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Neon Riders 4-H Club’s Ruby Coulson stands in front of the renowned Saddlebred Horseman Tom Moore’s statue fresh from her win in the Individual Presentation Contest for her slide-show and speech, “Equine Regenerative Therapies.” at the 4-H National competition in Kentucky.  Billed as the Largest Youth Equine Education Event in North America, it’s a huge accomplishment for the young woman from Sequim.

PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Learn how to hike, bike or motor near horses

“WELL, SURPRISE, SURPRISE, surprise!” I’m hearing Gomer Pyle’s catch phrase from the 1960s Andy Griffith TV show going through my head when thinking of the… Continue reading

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Cutline: A crowded room greeted  Washington State Park’s Miller Peninsula planners when they hosted an Open House Tuesday in an event room at the 7-Cedars Hotel.  Local residence were there to voice their concerns and opposition to the State’s plan to turn the well-used multi-use community park set in its natural surroundings into a recreational tourist attraction with 127 camp sites — some large enough for big Recreational Vehicles — and  even a lodge style hotel.

HORSEPLAY: Miller Peninsula planners hear an earful from equestrians

THE HUNDREDS OF people in attendance were packed like sardines into the Blyn-Bay event room at the 7 Cedars Casino hotel Tuesday evening during the… Continue reading

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Cutline: A crowded room greeted  Washington State Park’s Miller Peninsula planners when they hosted an Open House Tuesday in an event room at the 7-Cedars Hotel.  Local residence were there to voice their concerns and opposition to the State’s plan to turn the well-used multi-use community park set in its natural surroundings into a recreational tourist attraction with 127 camp sites — some large enough for big Recreational Vehicles — and  even a lodge style hotel.
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Ranahan Pony Club members Asha Swanberg (age 13), left, Elise Sirguy (12), Libby Swanberg (15) and Danica Pacilel (13), with sisters Sierra (17), Marissa (15) and Eliza Steffen (9)  gather for a lesson at Serenity Farms, located off Blue Mountain Road.

HORSEPLAY: Horse rallies provide competition, education, fun

ARE YOU READY to rally? For Libby Swanberg, rallies are one of the most thrilling aspects of being in the Ranahan Pony Club, a chapter… Continue reading

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Ranahan Pony Club members Asha Swanberg (age 13), left, Elise Sirguy (12), Libby Swanberg (15) and Danica Pacilel (13), with sisters Sierra (17), Marissa (15) and Eliza Steffen (9)  gather for a lesson at Serenity Farms, located off Blue Mountain Road.
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Cutline: A Competitive Mounted Orienteering’s competition was held at Layton Hill Horse Camp last weekend. Organizer Wendy Brundle, left, along with one of  this year’s top prize winning teams — the Free 4 Alls —in the long course competition  Brianna Bell,  Darcy Jaxon and Melissa Rogers.

HORSEPLAY: Horseback treasure hunts offer fun for all riders

how cool is that? The Competitive Mounted Orienteering (CMO) organization is just that —… Continue reading

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Cutline: A Competitive Mounted Orienteering’s competition was held at Layton Hill Horse Camp last weekend. Organizer Wendy Brundle, left, along with one of  this year’s top prize winning teams — the Free 4 Alls —in the long course competition  Brianna Bell,  Darcy Jaxon and Melissa Rogers.