Two members of Methow Valley Riding Unlimited’s (MVRU) equestrian team traveled to compete at the 41st annual Whidbey Island Horse Trials on July 7-9. Annie Budiselich of Twisp won the open beginner novice division on BFF Brushfire, an American Warmblood owned by Robert Levy, also of Twisp. They competed among 18 other horse-and-rider combinations from […]
West Nile virus infects three horses in Okanogan County
Three horses have been diagnosed with West Nile virus in Okanogan County since the beginning of September. The prognosis for one horse was very good, but the other two have been euthanized, according to Okanogan County Public Health. None of the horses had been vaccinated against the virus. All three horses were reported to have […]
The longest ride
Vern Herrst’s planned 2,200-mile horse ride across the West and Midwest is part personal challenge, part fundraiser and part homecoming.
Herrst, of Winthrop, intends to ride his saddle horse Nikki, with a pack horse trailing along, to his hometown of Howell, Michigan, for his 50th high school class reunion in late August.
Sinlahekin celebrating 75 years of protecting wildlife
The lakes, wetlands, meadows and shrub-steppe around Loomis, in northern Okanogan County, were deemed of such importance to mule deer that Washington state created its first wildlife area there 75 years ago. Today the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area contains 14,314 acres in a deep glaciated valley, plus another 8,500 acres in two other units. To celebrate […]
Ride to Rendezvous goes ‘Round the Valley’ starting Monday
By Laurelle Walsh
Walk into the Twisp office of Washington Outfitters and Guides Association this week, and you’ll find WOGA secretary Marva Mountjoy going over last-minute details of the 2014 Ride to Rendezvous with the trail guides, teamsters, camp cooks and moving crews who…
Horse lover’s determination leads her back to the ‘Buddy’ she gave away years ago
By Ann McCreary
Six years ago Barbara Grant reluctantly gave away her 12-year-old gelding, Buddy, when she moved from her horse property outside Spokane into the city.