HORSEPLAY: Gala’s, 4-H and tenting for horses on the Peninsula

AFTER THE WORLD as we knew it got here to a screeching halt on the peak of the pandemic, it certain was good to see how a lot the 4-H horse membership membership numbers have grown this yr at each the Jefferson County and Clallam County gala’s.

As I entered the Jefferson County Truthful by the gate adjoining to the horse area, I delighted in seeing the acquainted face of Penny Doan judging the horse courses, which included English, Western, Showmanship, Equitation, Leaping and Dressage, together with honest board member ­— and prime barrel racer — Glenda Meek, who later judged the video games. After I spoke with Doan later that day, she was thrilled to even be a choose finally week’s Clallam County Truthful.

Let’s hope many extra youths get entangled come September after faculty begins. For extra details about 4-H horse golf equipment in Clallam County, contact Melanie Greer at 360-417-2398 or [email protected] In Jefferson County, contact Sarah Pederson at 360-379-5610, ext. 208, or sarah.pederson

Do you know you don’t must have a horse to affix Again Nation Horsemen? For those who use a path to stroll, hike or cycle, chances are you’ll need to contemplate becoming a member of to assist out with path constructing and upkeep.

I used to be truly on the fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 8, as a result of I volunteered to assist on the BCH Buckhorn Vary Chapter’s informational sales space alongside member and path warrior Bob Hoyle. Earlier than I say extra, I need to clarify I’m equally supportive of our three native chapters: Buckhorn Vary, Peninsula and Mt. Olympus.

That apart, Hoyle has carried out a monumental quantity of labor in constructing, repairing and sustaining trails. Most not too long ago, he labored with others to clear trails up, round and within the LaBar Horse Camp close to Shelton. This, along with working his panorama enterprise. He’s been doing path work for many years and, no shock, the person is getting drained. He would actually respect having youthful path warriors to assist him out.

On that Saturday, nevertheless, Hoyle was extra involved with an adversarial change made to the Olympic Nationwide Forest’s signage on the LaBar Horse Camp.

“There was an indication telling others it’s a horse camp. Inventory use solely. Now the signal simply says ‘tenting,’ prefer it’s open for everybody,” Hoyle stated. “So as an alternative of claiming it’s a horse camp, they’re now saying it’s an peculiar campsite that’s typically utilized by horse individuals — and we have to push again!”

Situated within the Hood Canal Ranger district off Forest Service Street 2353, LaBar is one in all solely two horse camps within the Olympic Nationwide Forest (the opposite is Mt. Muller, situated west of Lake Crescent) and the one one in Jefferson County. Each had been constructed by horsemen, for horsemen, and are the one two ONF campgrounds on the Peninsula that permit tenting with a truck, trailer and horses.

Hoyle has motive to be upset. This isn’t the primary time ONF has opened horse camps to everybody, which means these with out inventory. He remembers tenting with horses close by on the Brown Creek Campground till “we obtained booted out after which had been instructed we might construct one other one at LaBar.”

Different longtime
members have related tales to share.

Worse but, he’s discovered it tough to seek out somebody who works for ONF to complain to now that the Quilcene Ranger station has closed.

“We used to speak with and work with the native rangers, however now the workplaces are closed; they’re shut down,” Hoyle stated. “So there’s nobody to go in and bodily discuss to. And in the event you name, you’re getting a recording. So, I don’t know who to contact or discuss to anymore.”

That’s once I spied State Rep. Mike Chapman strolling by. I knew from previous conversations he’s professional multi-use trails that features horses.

“Hello Mike Chapman,” I sang out. “We’ve obtained a query for you.”

“Hello Karen,” he responded after a fast look at my title tag. With all of the individuals he meets and greets each week, I didn’t anticipate him to recollect my title. After Hoyle defined the issue, he instructed contacting the Olympic Peninsula’s U.S. Consultant, Derek Kilmer, since he acquired The Nice American Out of doors Grant, a virtually $3 million grant that features funding the backlog of upkeep work wanted in ONF and different public lands.

He reckoned one of the simplest ways to contact Kilmer was in all probability by emailing his govt assistant, Andrea Roper, at [email protected]

Sadly, holding trails and camps open to horses is an ongoing subject. One motive is as a result of it’s metropolis folks on the committees making the selections.

Miller Peninsula has lengthy been a favourite place to experience, and we’re anxious we’ll be pushed out because the Washington State Parks and Recreation Fee strikes nearer to growing a long-range plan for what they termed in an June 29 memo “a 2,800-acre undeveloped park.”

They’d like to show it right into a vacation spot park for vacationers — together with a lodge and enormous tenting pads for RVs.

Effectively, there goes the neighborhood, proper? Naturally, we clued Chapman in to our issues over Miller Peninsula’s forthcoming grasp plan.

“I’ve talked to some of us who had been involved a couple of huge lodge probably going there, and massive RV pads,” he stated. “They requested what I believe the state’s place goes to be. I’d say it’s going to proceed to incorporate trails and horses, and, at most, 10 tenting websites. However not the large lodge or loads of locations for giant RVs to park, as a result of that quantity of site visitors in there wouldn’t work.”

Referring to the Again Nation Horsemen, he stated: “You guys have constructed so lots of the trails there, and we’ve obtained to respect that.”

I reminded him it was Again Nation Horsemen who labored to place within the giant parking zone that included ample horse trailer parking, a ramp for these with disabilities to have the ability to simply get on a horse and a vault bathroom.

“The state goes by a finances course of,” Chapman defined. “However modifications gained’t embrace a lodge or consuming space as a result of that will take away from native companies, and we will’t have a military of site visitors coming off the freeway. The world can’t deal with it and the locals who dwell on Diamond Level need their houses to remain quiet.”

To touch upon future planning for Miller Peninsula, electronic mail [email protected]; mail P.O. Field 4250, Olympia, WA 98504 or cellphone 360-902-8656.

As Chapman went on to peruse the aisles, I took a break to take a number of photos of the 4-H youths competing in barrel racing and pole bending.

Within the 20-plus years I’ve been taking photos of the gaming occasions, I’ve by no means understood why 4-H guidelines demand a white line of powder be positioned firstly/end line. It is not sensible to the horses or the riders, as a result of, in gaming occasions reminiscent of Determine 8 and Keyhole, the horses are taught to by no means contact the white line with their hooves as a result of they are going to be disqualified. And I can attest to a educated gaming horse having fun with the sensation of a job properly achieved that comes with a great quick and clear run.

Therefore, virtually each horse competing in 4-H video games will attempt to leap over the white line as they begin and end the run. It’s virtually comical, but unhappy, as a result of the video games are timed occasions and leaping over the road makes for longer run instances.

Arriving again on the sales space, I discovered Hoyle and Chapman persevering with the dialogue about Miller Peninsula with Buckhorn Vary member and Jefferson County Assessor Jeff Chapman.

“My ongoing focus is preserving the land we’ve all used and loved for future generations,” Mike Chapman stated. “As soon as it’s gone, it’s gone ceaselessly.” To which Jeff Chapman and Hoyle heartily agreed.

Prize experience

On Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8 a.m. to eight p.m., be part of the BCH Peninsula Chapter’s Olympic Spirit Prize Experience at Layton Hill Horse Camp, simply east of Sequim at 2514 Hen Coop Street.

High prize is a $300 Visa reward card. For $30, you get to experience a three-hour, 8-mile scenic loop together with 4 raffle tickets.

Don’t need to experience however need an opportunity to earn a prize? Simply pay the $30 for the 4 raffle tickets on-line, however to win, you have to be on the camp in particular person for the three p.m. drawing.

Using the path has some rocky areas, so your horse might want to put on footwear or hoof boots.

Lunch is $10 and is a fundraiser for Ranahan Pony Membership.

Dry tenting can be out there.

Register on-line at Calendar — Peninsula Chapter — Again Nation Horsemen of Washington (

For extra data, contact Kim Merrick at [email protected] or 253-261-6188.


Karen Griffiths’ column, Peninsula Horseplay, seems the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

You probably have a horse occasion, clinic or seminar you prefer to listed, please electronic mail Griffiths at [email protected] not less than two weeks upfront. You may as well name her at 360-460-6299.

Cassie Moore’s horse Louis jumps over the white line at the start of her pole bending run during the 4-H games show (as an adult in the Open class) at the Jeffco Fair on Aug. 8. 4-H horse rules dictate a white line be placed at the start/finish line which often confuses the horse. (Karen Griffiths/For Peninsula Daily News)

Cassie Moore’s horse Louis jumps over the white line firstly of her pole bending run in the course of the 4-H video games present (as an grownup within the Open class) on the Jeffco Truthful on Aug. 8. 4-H horse guidelines dictate a white line be positioned firstly/end line which frequently confuses the horse. (Karen Griffiths/For Peninsula Each day Information)


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