Karen Griffiths

HORSEPLAY: Be cautious of starting fires

HORSEPLAY: Be cautious of starting fires

WE MIGHT BE roasting in this heat, but thankfully we’re not toasting from a wildfire. Still, as Western Washington broke the record for most consecutive… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Be cautious of starting fires
HORSEPLAY: 4-H leader helps youths grow

HORSEPLAY: 4-H leader helps youths grow

GROWING UP, I was the kid in the family that my parents pointed to and said, “She’s horse-crazy.” I disagreed then and now because I… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: 4-H leader helps youths grow
HORSEPLAY: Star Spangled Horse Show coming this month

HORSEPLAY: Star Spangled Horse Show coming this month

IT’S THAT TIME of year when top Washington State Horsemen performance competitors, both local and from across the state, gather at the Port Angeles fairgrounds… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Star Spangled Horse Show coming this month
HORSEPLAY: Opportunity to support Olympic Peninsula Equine Network is coming

HORSEPLAY: Opportunity to support Olympic Peninsula Equine Network is coming

TERMINAL CANCER, ALZHEIMER’S disease, a car accident, sudden unemployment or a death in the family are all unexpected life-changing events that could result in a… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Opportunity to support Olympic Peninsula Equine Network is coming
HORSEPLAY: Carrying on the tradition: Children learn to ride

HORSEPLAY: Carrying on the tradition: Children learn to ride

MY HEART SANG with joy when I stopped by the Quarter Moon Ranch game show in Carlsborg last weekend and saw Tanya Hull’s 4-year-old son… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Carrying on the tradition: Children learn to ride
HORSEPLAY: Port Angeles, Sequim high school riders finish season

HORSEPLAY: Port Angeles, Sequim high school riders finish season

DON’T YOU JUST love this time of year when the sun goes down after 9 p.m.? We’ve got blue skies above, flowers in bloom and… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Port Angeles, Sequim high school riders finish season
HORSEPLAY: Shedding season has arrived

HORSEPLAY: Shedding season has arrived

SUNSHINE AND SHEDDING season is here. Can we celebrate budding blossoms and warm, sunny days without the exuviating hair of our furry friends? Not a… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Shedding season has arrived
William Kummerfeldt greets and learns how to safely give a treat by using a Frisbee as a plate at the Olympic National Park Junior Ranger Day at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. The Back Country Horsemen Peninsula Chapter was there to promote trail safety when encountering livestock. (Kris Phillips)

HORSEPLAY: Remember to Stop, Stand, Speak on trails

Y’ALL HAVE HEARD about the Leave No Trace Program, right? Officially adopted by the United States Forest Service in 1990, its main goal is to… Continue reading

William Kummerfeldt greets and learns how to safely give a treat by using a Frisbee as a plate at the Olympic National Park Junior Ranger Day at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. The Back Country Horsemen Peninsula Chapter was there to promote trail safety when encountering livestock. (Kris Phillips)
HORSEPLAY: PA, Sequim horse riders place at meet

HORSEPLAY: PA, Sequim horse riders place at meet

SEQUIM AND PORT Angeles’ high school equestrian teams completed their third qualifying meets of the season March 24-26 in Spanaway. More than 100 competitors from… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: PA, Sequim horse riders place at meet
HORSEPLAY: Chapter president earns Lifetime Achievement Award

HORSEPLAY: Chapter president earns Lifetime Achievement Award

again. My sincerest apologies to the new Mt. Olympus chapter of Back Country Horsemen for giving out the wrong address… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Chapter president earns Lifetime Achievement Award
HORSEPLAY: Horse riders looking forward to spring

HORSEPLAY: Horse riders looking forward to spring

IT’S MARCH ALREADY? Despite the abundance of rain, sleet and snow slowing my outdoor fun to a screeching halt, it appears the days of 2017… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Horse riders looking forward to spring
HORSEPLAY: Soggy ground causes sinking feeling

HORSEPLAY: Soggy ground causes sinking feeling

IT’S NOW FEBRUARY, and I must confess I feel as if I’m going more backward than forward down the page in checking off items on… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Soggy ground causes sinking feeling
HORSEPLAY: Jefferson County Horse Park galloping along

HORSEPLAY: Jefferson County Horse Park galloping along

GREAT NEWS: THE Jefferson Equestrian Association is getting close to opening the Jefferson County Horse Park. Scheduled to open this summer, the 80-acre park at… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Jefferson County Horse Park galloping along
HORSEPLAY: Keeping water troughs from freezing is paramount

HORSEPLAY: Keeping water troughs from freezing is paramount

EVER FELT AS if you’re dying of thirst? It literally could happen. Water. All creatures great and small need it to survive. In general, both… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Keeping water troughs from freezing is paramount
HORSEPLAY: Sol Duc Valley couple still on trails together

HORSEPLAY: Sol Duc Valley couple still on trails together

“YOU GETTING OUT to ride much?” It’s a question I’m asked all too frequently. I love to ride, but becuase I’m not riding as much… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Sol Duc Valley couple still on trails together
HORSEPLAY: Family tradition continues on

HORSEPLAY: Family tradition continues on

who’ve traveled the country to participate in breed… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Family tradition continues on
This year’s Sequim High School equestrian team members are Faith Haggie, Grace Niemeyer, Emelie Fürste, Amy Tucker, Christina Williams, Miranda Williams, Yana Hoesel, Amanda Murphy, Sydney Balkan, Abi Payseno, Madi Murphy and Lilly Thomas. The girls are show at a training session at Freedom Farm in Port Angeles. (Katie Solomon-Newton)

PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Griffith’s horses fear holiday lights display

THE ALIENS HAVE landed. That’s what my horses must have been thinking when my neighbor’s Christmas lights display lights up the sky come nightfall. In… Continue reading

This year’s Sequim High School equestrian team members are Faith Haggie, Grace Niemeyer, Emelie Fürste, Amy Tucker, Christina Williams, Miranda Williams, Yana Hoesel, Amanda Murphy, Sydney Balkan, Abi Payseno, Madi Murphy and Lilly Thomas. The girls are show at a training session at Freedom Farm in Port Angeles. (Katie Solomon-Newton)

HORSEPLAY: Good friends help build a solid shelter

with fist pumps in the air — when my women friends and… Continue reading

PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Riders hoof it through bad weather

PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Riders hoof it through bad weather

INCLEMENT WEATHER AND sloppy ground didn’t deter fans of Jefferson County’s Silver Spurs 4-H horse shows. And why would it when the last show of… Continue reading

PENINSULA HORSEPLAY: Riders hoof it through bad weather

HORSEPLAY: Gnats can cause horses health problems

Indy could have “sweet itch” — an allergic reaction to gnat bites — or something much worse.