The Northwest Washington Horse Expo 2012

by Catherine Madera     Were it not for the arena walls, the hard riding, gun-toting cowgirl on horseback could have been lifted straight from the pages of a history book. Raw horse-power, guns, and plenty of fun are part of the recipe making up the fastest growing equestrian sport …

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Draft Horse Spectacular

Come See Why Size Matters at Lynden, Washington Equine Events Center by Catherine Madera     Since the 1970s, horses have been celebrated at the Northwest Washington Fair and Equine Events Center in Lynden, Washington. After 40 years of shows and exhibitions, the facility underwent a 2.1 million dollar upgrade …

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The Great Alaska Horse Expo 2012

Celebrating Equine Community in The Last Frontier by Catherine Madera   The state of Alaska is easily described in superlatives: It is the largest state in the nation—twice the size of Texas, contains the highest mountain peak (Mt. McKinley), and has the largest national forest (Tongass), and that’s just for …

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La Estancia Alegre Peruvian Horses

Happiness on Horseback by Catherine Madera   Visitors to Barbara Windom’s ranch, La Estancia Alegre—“The Happy Ranch”—find a new definition for happiness on horseback once they swing a leg over one of her Peruvian Horses. “There’s this smile that spreads across their face when the horse begins to gait,” says …

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The Western States Horse Expo

Discover the “Gold Standard” in Equine Expos by Catherine Madera   “Let’s ride—really ride!” Horseman Wendell T. Robie’s words inspired the creation of the ultimate in distance riding—the famous 100 mile Tevis Cup. Endurance riders from all over the world descend on the small town of Auburn, California each year …

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Willfully Guided Horsemanship

Seeing Through the Eyes of the Horse by: Catherine Madera     Willfully: (adverb) acting intentionally, deliberately, of one’s own free will, voluntarily, willingly and with purpose. Guided: (verb) lead, piloted, steered, instructed, directed. Trainer Allison Trimble thought carefully about naming her style of horsemanship. She wanted something reflective of …

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Sky River Equestrian Center: Breaking the Rules and Enjoying the Ride

Reining and Dressage Stable a Haven for Washington Amateurs by Catherine Madera     The equestrian community isn’t unlike a high school cafeteria sometimes: English people stay together, western people stay together, and there’s plenty of attitude between the two groups. At Sky River Equestrian Center in Sultan, Washington, no …

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Mark Bolender: At the Top in Mountain Trail

A Unique Approach to Mastering a Challenging Discipline by Nicole Zanakis On a sunny, cool morning in Washington State, I’m watching riders navigate their horses over trail obstacles. Standing next to me is the trainer, Mark Bolender. He’s a three-time national Grand Champion in the sport, and he’s pointing out …

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Easygo Ranch: Breeding Easy Keeping Horses with European Style

Canadian Horse Farm Promotes the German Riding Pony in North America By Carina Krahn and Catherine Madera     Horse-drawn wagons were once a common sight along the roads skirting beautiful Lake Lac La Hache in British Columbia, Canada. Lured by the possibility of instant wealth, miners struck with gold …

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Red Wagon Farm and Spane Buildings: Going Green and Looking Gorgeous

Northwest Company Builds State-Of-The-Art Environmentally Friendly Horse Farm By Catherine Madera     Radio Flyer Wagons don’t last long at Michelle Seaver’s home. When two of her young son’s favorite toys were run over in the driveway it became a family joke, one that became the unassuming name of a …

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