The Magnificent French Twist – A Mischievous, Athletic Genius and the Woman Who Loved Him

Photo courtesy of Jessica Heidemann

Jessica Heidemann is a successful eventing trainer in the Pacific Northwest. As a young rider, Jessica had a special horse, French Twist (Frenchie), who passed away this past January. Their story is one of strength, grit, perseverance, and love. For our Performance Horse issue, the Northwest Horse Source thought it …

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June 29, 2020 – West Nile Virus in Amador County, CA

Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture Number Confirmed: 1; Age: 20; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 6/19/2020; Clinical Signs: Ataxia, Hind limb ataxia, Neurologic Signs- Severe; Confirmation Date: 6/26/2020; Horse Status: Affected And Alive; Vaccination Status: Status Unknown; Notes: For more information go to:  https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Outside%20Linked%20Documents/DiseaseFactsheet_WNV.pdf   All information is sourced from http://equinediseasecc.org/alerts/outbreaks PressNews from the …

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June 21, 2020 – Strangles in Spokane County, WA

Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture Number Confirmed: 1; Notes: A private facility in Spokane County has been placed under a voluntary quarantine. A purchased horse with upper respiratory signs has been put into isolation and kept separate before entry to the farm.;   All information is sourced from  http://equinediseasecc.org/alerts/outbreaks PressNews from …

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US Horse Population – Statistics

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In recent weeks, several figures have been circulated regarding the US horse population.  The American Horse Council (AHC) wishes to clarify these statistics to avoid confusion and misunderstanding of the data.   There are presently three major organizations that collect and publish data regarding the US horse population, albeit with …

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John Wayne Virtual Ride and bridge repairs – BCHW legislative

Great American Rail Trail CleElum

Right now, the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders are crossing the state virtually on their community excursion from Easton to Idaho.   Each day they are reliving on Facebook the ride using pictures from the last year or two.   I’ve been part of some of these including a planned RTP …

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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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Skagit BCHW Plans Fundraisers – Good Times Ahead at Les Hilde Trailhead in Skagit County

2019 used tack sale. Photo by Marilyn Pineda.

This spring has been difficult for people who are anxious to get out and enjoy the recreational lands of our beautiful Washington State. We can, however, look forward to better days in the near future, and Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) continues to move forward in their efforts to …

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Standlee Offers Teff Grass Pellets for Special Needs Horses

Standlee Premium Products™ introduces Standlee Premium Western Forage® Teff Grass Pellets for horses. These pellets are a soft, high-fiber grass forage with moderate protein content and low sugar/starch content. This forage is a nutritional solution for horses challenged with sugar/starch sensitivities such as those diagnosed with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), …

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