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Whatcom County Dressage and Eventing Association

WCDEA Members enjoying Sunset Farm Park. Photo by S. Salas

In the fall 1983, a small group of friends in Whatcom County, Washington got together (with a bottle of wine and a few snacks) to do what they loved: talk about horses and dressage. Back then, dressage instructors were few and far between and warmbloods were rare. Most dressage and …

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Where Horses and People are Gathered – The Best of Equine Events is Grit, Beauty, and Partnership

Watching horse events takes me around the world. This photo was taken in Portugal at the annual horse fair in Golegã. Photo by Kim Roe.

Over 30 years ago I moved to Whatcom County, Washington. Not long after, I was invited to go watch the International Plowing Match in Lynden. The event is still vivid in my memory. There were draft horses of many breeds (and a few mules) and generations of handlers who walked …

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Who is Inside the Barn is What Matters Most – My Hopes Live in a Barn

Photo by Kim Roe

“If dreams were lightning, And thunder was desire, This old house (or barn) would’ve Burned down a long time ago…” Angel from Montgomery by John Prine   My first barn was a ramshackle affair. Hand built from bark-covered cedar poles and recycled steel siding, it was a sheep and cow …

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The Northwest Carriage Museum – Keeping History Alive

Photo by The Northwest Carriage Museum.

Are you a history buff? Do you love old things that have been carefully restored and/or preserved? Are you nostalgic for the days when people traveled by horse and wagon (or stagecoach)? Do you know the difference between a town sleigh and a coachman’s sleigh? A Hansom cab and a …

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Four Hooves, Two Tires, and a Trail – A Lipizzan Mare, a Mountain Bike Named Seamus, and an Extraordinary Partnership

One challenge horse folks have is how to include our non-riding family members in our weekend outings or vacations. It’s a dilemma! We want to trail ride or camp with our horses, but we don’t want to leave our loved ones behind. Sometimes a solution can be found with a …

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