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Backcountry Horsemen’s 2020 Virtual Winery Ride Costume Contest!

Get Your creative juices going and enter yourself and your horse into the BCHW Winery Halloween Costume contest.  First prize is the fabulous wine basket pictured here. This is a $150 value plus bragging rights. Need some ideas? Go to previous years winery ride pictures at the link below. https://pbase.com/bchw/2019_bchw_winery_ride …

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Summer’s Art Studio

Original Paintings and Pet Portraits by Summer Derrickson Meet Summer Derrickson, owner and creator at Summers Art Studio. Her soulful equine paintings share the message of hope and Gods love. Since an early age she has loved both God and horses. Her paintings are a way to express and share …

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Certified Horsemanship Association Online Silent Auction is OPEN

(October 2020) – Certified Horsemanship Association is hosting an Online Silent Auction this year and it is open for bidding now at https://cha.horse/advertise/#donate-silent-auction-items. It is truly an All-Breed, All-Discipline Auction thanks to our wonderful donors! Please share this event with everyone. Great horse owner supplies, travel, gift baskets, household items, gift certificates, …

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Bolender Horse Park Hosts Halloween Mountain Trail Schooling Challenge October 25

What’s better than some Halloween fun with your horse? It’s easy to social distance while competing at the famous Bolender Horse Park in Silver Creek! Join us for our Halloween Mountain Trail Schooling Challenge October 25. It’s the last schooling show of the year, and it is sure to be …

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Flooring First – Barn design begins at ground level

Photo by Sara Malanaphy

Stall flooring isn’t the sexiest subject among the many considerations in building or updating a barn. But leave it to the last at your peril, counsels renowned barn architect John Blackburn. As the title of one of his most popular books, Healthy Stables by Design, suggests, Blackburn and his team …

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Quality of Life for the Overweight, Insulin-Resistant Horse – Free Choice, Low Sugar Forage Essential for Equine Health

Your veterinarian just told you that your overweight, insulin-resistant horse is going to develop laminitis if you don’t put him in a dry lot with a very small amount of hay. You don’t want to restrict his hay, but you feel wracked with guilt. What if your vet is right? …

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Exploring Options in Equine Wellness – Sometimes We Find What We Need in the Unknown

Photo by Kim Roe

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. These are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns—those things we don’t know we don’t know. – Donald Rumsfeld Wellness weighs heavy on our minds these days. It …

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MiVoden Equestrian Center – Setting the Bar High During Difficult Days

Photo by MiVoden Equestrian Center

Article by Holly Haeger Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) promotes excellence in safety and education by certifying riding instructors, accrediting equine facilities, producing educational conferences, and publishing educational resources. CHA launched a brand-new website this month, go to www.CHA.Horse for more information.   MiVoden Equestrian Center, part of Camp MiVoden on Idaho’s …

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Two Washington Regions Remain Active in Trail Projects – Updates from Ponderosa Chapter and Mt. St. Helens Chapter

WTRA before. Photo by BCHW.

Riverside State Park Equestrian Area    By Ken Carmichael The equestrian area at Riverside State Park near Spokane, Washington provides a wonderful venue for horsemen. Many of us take advantage of the campground, arena, round pen, and trail obstacle course. Groups use it for events, individuals use it for training and …

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Wellness is Physical and Spiritual – How My Horses Help Me Age Well

Karen and April in Yellowstone National Park, August 2015. Photo by NWHS

As I write this (in late August) I’m preparing for much-needed hip replacement surgery. The pain has kept me out of the saddle for a while now, and riding is an essential part of my life. I had no idea how much I was missing it until recently. Riding is …

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