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Sir Rugged Chex Selected as First Breyer Horse to Represent Mountain Trail Sport

Photo by Hal Cook

  Mark and Lee Bolender, founders of the International Mountain Trail Challenge Association (IMTCA), are thrilled to announce that their beloved quarter horse, Sir Rugged Chex, is now a Breyer Model representing the sport of mountain trail. “Checkers” as he is known at home, is the grandson of Rugged Lark, …

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Thank You, Marilyn Hagen – 30 Years of Serving the Horse Community in Northwest Washington State

Marilyn and Rick Hagen. Photo provided by Marilyn Hagen.

Marilyn Hagen is a much-appreciated member of the equine community in Northwest Washington State. She has owned and operated a leather and horse blanket repair and cleaning business named R & M Leather for 30 years. Marilyn also makes specialty leather items. Along with her husband Rick, they’ve operated a …

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Cyrus Horse Camp and The Crooked River National Grasslands

Cyrus Horse Camp and The Crooked River National Grasslands

Spring is the perfect time to head out on a camping adventure with your horses – especially in Eastern Oregon where the weather is dryer and warmer. Cyrus Horse Camp, located about an hour north of Bend, Oregon is the perfect place for those seeking easy trail riding and comfortable …

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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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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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Tips for Buying a Kid’s Horse – Youth Horses Need Special Qualities to be Suitable for the Job

Photo by Kenton Wright

So, it’s time to get that horse-crazy child of yours a four-legged creature affectionately known as a “pony”. How do you go about deciding what’s right for this next phase of life? What do you look for? As a father of a horse loving 7-year-old boy, I’ve had to answer …

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Equestrian Lifestyle: Julia Bozzo and the Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center

Enriching the Lives of Many with a Love of Horses Interview by Kim Roe   Julia Bozzo of Bellingham, Washington has developed the Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center (NWTRC) from a dream to one of the most respected therapeutic riding centers in the nation. For 26 years, Bozzo has enriched the …

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