DEXTER — Dodie Kauffman of Junction City didn’t grow up riding
horses as a girl. In fact, Kauffman hadn’t even met a horse until she was 40
years old, after her daughter Jessie started taking riding lessons.
During one lesson, Jessie told her mom that instead of sitting in the car or on
the sidelines while waiting for the lesson to end, she could sit on one of the
“I had never been on a horse before,” Kauffman recalled, laughing.
But Kauffman has been riding ever since, and on Sunday she organized the Oregon
Equestrian Trails Poker Ride, where dozens of local riders and their animals
came out to Elijah Bristow State Park — in wet weather, no less — to play an
equine version of the traditional card game.
The Eugene chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails hosted the poker ride to raise
money to maintain equestrian trails at both Elijah Bristow State Park and at
Kauffman, who is the chapter’s recording secretary, said the poker rides have
been going on for more than 20 years.
To play, riders sign a waiver and then pay $5 for a “hand,” or five playing
cards they receive at different points along the equestrian trail. Players
record the cards they receive on a small scorecard as they ride their horses
along the trail. Then, they turn in the cards once they’ve returned to the
park’s parking lot.
After all the riders have collected their “hands,” volunteers rank them from
highest to lowest based on the rules of poker. Those with the best hands then
get first pick from about 100 prizes donated by various businesses, ranging from
gift cards and kids’ toys to horse feed and bridles.
The proceeds fund projects such as retreading bridges and spreading gravel on
trails, Kauffman said.
But aside from paying for trail improvements, Oregon Equestrian Trails is also
“a great place to find people” to bond and ride with, she said.
Jenny Hill, the group’s vice president of marketing, said she’s been riding for
more than a decade. Hill and her husband Travis, of Creswell, own three mules
and two donkeys.
“I just love them to pieces,” she said.
Hill even has a phone case emblazoned with a photo of one of her mules.
“I’m like a mother with children,” Hill said. “Except my children are donkeys
Though Hill claims she has terrible luck at poker rides — “I tend to get a pair
of twos” — she said she loves the open and friendly atmosphere.
“There’s always somebody to ride with,” she said.
Susannah Doyle, of Newport, said Sunday’s was her first Oregon Equestrian Trails
poker ride, though she has participated in other poker rides, including one for
Doyle first started riding horses at age 16 after her parents let her choose
between getting a horse or traveling to England.
Since then, she has become involved with the local equestrian community, joining
Oregon Equestrian Trails’ Mid-Valley chapter.
“I love (horse lovers’) willingness to help people,” she said. “If you call
someone, they’ll come.”
The Northwest Peruvian Horse Show for 2014
On Saturday, Don and I drove up to McMinnville to see the
Northwest Peruvian National Show. It has been 18 years or so since they have had
a show in McMinnville, OR.
The show was well attended and everyone was happy to be back. Vicki of Ryse
Family Peruvians flew up from New Mexico and rode in the show and according to
Ranches that were there, included Paradise Ranch from B.C., Rancho Campobello
from near Spokane, WA, Clear Creek Ranch from Carson City, NV, Wild Horse Ranch
from Pendleton area, Double JJ Ranch from Bend, Steve and Leanne (sp?) and
Georgiana (sp?) Ireland, Dennis and Cathy Brown from Snag Island Ranch, Nancy
and Glen Cox, Anne and Larry Eades, Four Mtn Ranch, Jaime Aguirre of Curry Ranch
We had 49 horses from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Canada.
We had Memorial presentations for Dr. Henry Curry and for Joe MacRae of Canada.
We wish to congratulate Annie and Cora for winning the
Best of Show (against all Breeds) in Albany this
May We Always Have,
May 10-12, 2013 Peruvian Clinic
at the Cox's Ranch
Clinician: Lyn Omohundro of
Rafter Z Peruvians
The invitation went out to the
Northwest Peruvian Horse Club from Nancy and Glen Cox.
With Irene and Paula having new Peruvians and me wanting more training, this
looked like a perfect opportunity.
I drove up to Salem to pick up Irene and Paula and their two horses. The drive
to Powell Butte was very good. Nancy and Glen had everything ready for weary
travelers. We parked next to their large travel trailer and next to our
temporary horse stalls. Just perfect for us to be able to watch our horses and
saddle them up. Our guest quarters had a kitchen, shower, toilet and enough beds
for us gals.
Lyn Omohundro was already at Nancy
and Glens. We introduced ourselves to Lyn and told him what each of us wanted
out of the clinic.
Some folks had already arrived and
the rest continued arriving during the night and the next morning. We had hot
dogs and hamburgers, plenty of salads and desserts that night.
The next morning, the lessons began.
At one point we had 14 horses in the arena at one time. They all acted perfect.
Annie and Ricardo came to the clinic to do a clinic for the juniors and also did
a demonstration on how to groom your horses for a show. What type of shampoos
are best and how to get the tangles out of the manes and tails.
Our breakfast started every morning
at 7am with hot casseroles, cereal, bagels, yogurts, etc. Dinners were Whiskey
Chicken, baked potatoes and salads, Saturday Beef Scotch Tenders Braised in red
Wine, and rice with different salads and Sunday we had Shanghai Honey Glazed
Chicken with oriental veggies, more salads and each day fabulous desserts.
We had small groups of riders that
also went on rides on BLM property.
It was wonderful seeing so many NPHC
It turned out to be a fabulous
weekend with the perfect hosts, Nancy and Glen and our wonderful clinicians,
Lyn, Annie and Ricardo.
One day, while sitting at the
computer, I received a newsletter from Los Amigos Peruvian Paso Club talking
about all the fabulous activities this club has done this year and all the
activities they have scheduled for the future. What really caught
my eye was the Ranch tours. I had heard of
their ranch tours in the past and never been able to go. This time, I decided to
go for it.
called a girlfriend (she has Quarter Horses) in CA to ask if she would like to
join me in a new adventure. She thought this sounded like a fabulous
idea. Sooo, I contacted Debbie Pye to let her know we planned on going.
I hadn't flown for several years due
to all the check points and hassle of travel. This time I was ready. I packed
lightly. Don, my husband made all the arrangements. Renting a car, and getting
tickets from Eugene to Orange County for Thurs. My friend lives in my old
neighborhood in Villa Park, (Orange County) CA. Otherwise I would have gone to
the San Diego airport.
Friday we left Villa Park with
wonderful maps in hand that Carol's husband (Clark) had worked out with AAA.
At 12:00 noon, we drove into the
parking lot of the Hacienda de Las Rosas, in Ramona (www.sdwinery.com)
Tammy and William Holzhaeur were setting up the signs and getting ready for the
tour of their winery and Peruvian Ranch. They had a golf cart and drove us up to
the ranch where we met the artist Nikki Grote (www.scratchandsniffanimals.com).
We were served wine and cheese and then we walked around watching the horses and
learning the history of the Peruvian horse from Joline Bliss.
From there we drove to Temecula and
stayed at the Ramada Inn. Saturday was a busy day. Our first tour was at 9am at
Paseo del Traza. Just a gorgeous place with a large arena. Janic Arllentar rode
several of the horses, while we sipped on Mimosa and snacked on wonderful
Then it was off to Jorge Valenzuela
Training Center in Hemet (www.jvtc.net)
. They had Peruvian food, drill team, live music, Peruvian dancers and of course
I am sorry to say, we had to miss the
Sunday open house. It was at Hacienda Sosegado in Hemet. (www.haciendasosegado.com)
Everyone was so nice. I met several
women who had learned of this tour at the promotion booth that the Los Amigos
Peruvian Paso Club set up at one of the shows. Promotion booths do work. They
are a lot of work, but are indeed worth while.
I wish to thank the Los Amigos club
for all their hard work for this tour, everyone went out of their way to promote
our wonderful breed.
We had 15 in the
parade. Yahoo, the crowd loved us. Then we went to Omohundro’s and rode and
visited and rode and ate and rode, did I mention we got a lot of riding in. We
had so much fun riding his trails we even went out again Mon morning for our
last ride. We were planning to leave for home on Sunday. Does that tell you how
much fun we had. Peruvian Pasos are definitely FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also
Juanita Omohundro makes the best fried chicken I have ever tasted!!!! And to top
it off Ray Omohundro led us on a trail ride that was filled with terrific views
and lots of stories, it was his 79th birthday.
By Nancy C.
March 23-25, 2012
Peruvians at the Northwest Horse & Expo Show
The Northwest Club decided to go to the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo. We had a
promotional booth next to the Peruvian Horse stalls.
Through snow, high winds, wild rains, downed trees and electrical outages, in
the Northwest, the North West Peruvian Horse Club managed to get riders, horses,
and supplies from all over WA and OR to the Albany, OR Fair Grounds.
We arrived on Thursday, March 22nd to set up and get the horses settled in. It
was great seeing everyone again and it was exciting to know that a new horse
season had begun.
On Friday the weather was really stormy, but that didn't stop the horse folks
from arriving to watch John Lyons, Mounted Archery, cattle penning demo. drill
teams, cow dog demo, Calvary demo, The battle of the breeds, plus the exhibit
halls with everything western. By Saturday and Sunday the weather had turned
sunny and dry, making sure the parking lot was full.
The crowds milled around. It was wonderful to see how warm and friendly everyone
was. Many stopped by to get information about our breed. Many picked up
information on the Peruvian breed, membership forms, and our new NorthWest
Peruvian Club Brochures. So many folks asked about the show saddle and tack,
asking about the history and about the gaits. It was wonderful.
Our riders and horses did a fabulous job doing the barrida and showing off the
smooth ride of the Peruvian with the champagne demo. The crowds were very
enthusiastic. It was a VERY successful event and made all of us proud of our
OUR RIDERS AND HORSES
Justine Easlon on Chromatica CR
Glen Cox on LaMejor CR, AKA Bella
Nancy Cox on RSTD Santiago
Anne Eades on JSL Pachacamac aka Pacha
Marissa Ditunno on Diamante Del Monte MPR
Patti Dybdahl on TMR Apolo
Naomi Keon on Reencarnida CKR aka Nida
Allason Fewx on Maya de la Noche
Irene Taylor and Doris Loeffler manned the promotional booth.
This is from Nancy RE: The NorthWest Peruvian Horse Club weekend.
We went to Pendleton to do the Westward Ho Parade, there were 7 Peruvians that
were in the parade, 652 horses in all, no motorized vehicles. The crowd loved
us. The horses loved the crowd and showed off their wonderful gait. Afterwards
we attended the rodeo, the next day took a tour of the underground, then packed
up and went to a facility on the state line and headed to a private ranch on the
top of the mountain range. We were treated to sangria, cheese and crackers and
then 11 of us ventured into the timber for a 2 hour ride….spectacular views.
Then back down to the facility, nice stalls for the horses, took showers and
headed to the winery for a catered Peruvian/Puerto Rican dinner. The next
morning we saddled up and got to ride with Lynn Omohundro. He is a very good
teacher. Helping each one individually ride better. Making plans to go back next
We woke up 5:30am to get the horses fed and get the trailer
packed with tack, water, hay, medicine box, grooming box, etc.
After we ate and fixed my lunch. Don and I put Daytona and TTR Shalimar into the
rig. Leaving Replica behind. I thought that she wouldn't mind being left behind
as much as the others.
Off we went to meet Linda and Bob at the Sears parking. Mavis and her friends
were about 20 min. behind us as they were coming from Reedsport.
We found Dianna already at the truck stop at the Brownsville turnoff. As soon as
Mavis and Sue arrived, we caravanned to the Willamette Mission State Park. Irene
and three other rigs were waiting for us.
It was about 65 degrees with clouds, so the weather was perfect. The park is a
flat park with some river rocks in certain areas. They grow all kinds of produce
from hops, to corn. We rode passed a beautiful lagoon, saw canoes off in
the distance and osprey in their nets.
During the ride, we all came upon an field being watered by overhead sprinklers.
With little Shalimar being so afraid of water, I thought I would be the only one
to have problems getting my horse through the dreaded mud puddle and the slush
of water and grass. Sue helped me through the mud puddle once and then Shalimar
and I went back and forth a couple of times. I looked back and found about 5 of
the gals all backed up at the mud puddle (and here I thought I would be the only
one with problems at this spot). Shalimar and I with the ones up front of the
pack, breezed through the overhead sprinklers, shower and puddles. The rest of
the ride was very dry and dusty.
The ride was about 2 1/2 hrs. After we watered and fed the horses, we all sat
down to eat except for Bob, who fixed a flat tire on a ladies rig that had a
fjord horse in it. We thank you Bob for being such a gentlemen.
When I got home, I found out that Replica had decided to break through the fence
to go looking for her little herd. She and Don played games as Don tried to
catch her, but to no avail. Don finally gave up and (of course) Replica came
right up to him and stayed around Don the rest of the day waiting for us to
May We Always Have,
Irene Taylor (Show Steward), called me to see if I could go up
with her to help out at the show.
It had been awhile since I have helped out in the show office, and yet it was
like old hat. It was fabulous seeing so many familiar faces. The first thing
that happened was that our President, Dennis welcomed everyone to the show and
introduced everyone that was helping out, and all the officials, including the
honorable Judge, Sr. Amador Carrera.
We also had a great trail competition that was judged by Mr. Will Pitt.
The office was run by Carol who was always on the computer, making sure
everything was recorded. We had 75 horses and 62 exhibitors, many coming from
The show started off with the presenting of the flags of America, Peru and
Canada and this time a riderless horse, in memory of one of our club founders,
Jackie MacNeill, former owner of Peruvian Classified and owner of MJM Ranch, OR.
We will miss you, Jackie.
Our BBQ was so tasty and the auction was so much fun.
Consul, Miguel Velasquez of The Peruvian Consulate from Seattle came to the show
and helped present the ribbons. He and his entourage have assured us that they
will be back next year. They were so happy to see how we kept all the traditions
of Peru and the Peruvian horse.
May We Always Have,
July 18, 2010
Elijah Bristow Ride
Elijah Bristow river scene
What a fabulous ride we had! The weather was perfect. with
sun and cool breezes. We had 6 riders. Don and I and Irene and Don and
Suzanne and their friend Becky. We rode about 1 1/2 hrs. We didn't see any
turtles, but lots of water lilies, some with yellow blooms. It seemed to me
we had more ferns on the forest floor. An old dead tree had fallen across
one of our paths. It had this large old vine wrapped around it. At first the
horses really didn't want to go over it, but as each horse stepped over, the
next horse became more brave.
We must have had at least 7 walkers all with dogs here and
there on our paths. One even had a puppy, all on leashes. Not one of the
dogs barked. The horses did great.
Several people were fishing. The river seemed to be a little
high and fast. The park hasn't been mowed, so we had blackberries reach out
and try to grab the horses.
We decided to go through the river crossing. Don and Irene
went first to try to convince Shalimar that she won't drown in a foot of
water. I had a struggle with her, but finally convinced her to cross. We had
a bumpy crossing as she was fearful. The saddle slipped to the side, my foot
came out of the stirrup, but I hug on and we all got across, safely.
When we got back to the rigs, we were all ready for our
packed lunches. Becky had 6 molasses bars, one for each of us. What a treat.
PeruvianPasoFun wishes to thank all the Peruvian riders that took
time, and drove long distances to come and be a part of this show.
We had 13 Peruvian Horses and 17 riders. We also wish to
congratulate Kristen Damazio for winning Peruvian High Points award, donated by
May 16, 2010
OET Poker Ride
Ellijah Bristow Park
In spite of our extra rain this spring, this day
turned out to be very mild weather, and then warming up in the afternoon. As we
arrived in the morning at 8am, Bob and Linda arrived. Bob and Don set up the
signs and cones getting the parking lot ready to direct traffic. Linda and I
pulled the horses out of the trailers and started greeting the OET troops that
had volunteered to help. Rigs started pulling into the parking lot ahead of 9am.
Soon Irene and Paula arrived. Everyone started saddling up and the Poker ride
was on. Hee Haw! Loved seeing so many beautiful horses, and listening to the
mules braying! None of the horses seemed to mind. So many men showed up all
dressed up like cowboys! What a great sight! It was fabulous seeing all the
commotion and excitement.
The weather was perfect as we had around 65 degree morning. We did have some wet
areas so we stayed in the meadows. Our ride at MK was fabulous. Lyn met me at the Cottage Grove truck stop and she followed me down and met Mavis
and two of her friends. Later we met two other gals, then lost them almost as
soon almost as soon as we met them. After our ride we went to Tolly's for a good
lunch. Lyn took these pictures.
First row Left picture Don on Daytona, Mavis on her new boy, Vinny. Center
picture- the three amigos,
Don on Daytona, Doris on TTR Shalimar and Irene on Replica.
Right top Linda on Murphy, Lyn on Humo, Doris on TTR Shalimar, Mavis on Vinny.
Lower left Linda on Murphy, Lyn on Humo, Doris on TTR Shalimar and Mavis on
Center Lyn on Humo, Mavis on Vinny and last picture - Irene on
Replica, Linda on Murphy, Doris on TTR Shalimar, Don on Daytona and Lyn on Humo.
Oct. 16th - 18th 2009
Oregon Horse Center
Trail Course Clinic
For several years now, OHC has had these wonderful clinics for trail folks, to
help get your horses through water, over bridges, rocks, through trees, down
into narrow passages, etc., including, cows!
This was the year to take TTR Shalimar. I am so glad I did. It was fun seeing so
many of my friends and riders. We had three Peruvians at this clinic. Nancy with
her Peruvian Bella and her Arab Zippo, Lyn on her Peruvian, Humo and myself on
Then friends Suzanne rode her Paso Fino, Echo, Justine on her Palomino Walker,
Dillon and Alice on her Quarter Horse.
Mavis, Dianna and Don, some of our other riders, joined us out in the stands to
watch and encourage us on.
Don and I started working on the trailer on Thurs. getting all the tack and feed
for Shalimar into the Horse Trailer.
Friday we fed the horses and put them out on the pasture for a few hours before
I had to put Shalimar in. I even had time to bring the horses in for lunch, and
grain, and a rest. Then the fun began. Before the horses knew what hit them,
Shalimar was in the trailer and I was heading down the road.
I pulled into Gina's place. We transferred all my stuff into her trailer and
then we got her Champion of Champion Missouri Fox Trotter, "Chocolat" put him
into her trailer and transferred TTR Shalimar into the trailer.
The trip was 3 1/2 hrs. from Creswell to Gold Hill (Grants Pass area). It was
great arriving safely at Bob and Laurie's beautiful ranch. They had the stalls
all ready for our "kiddies"
The next morning everyone started arriving. Horses, people and rigs, all over
the place. Some had come to observe only. There were three Peruvian Horses and
riders and two gals that were observers that had Peruvians at home. We even had
folks from CA. Of course, Bob and Laurie also have Peruvians. They didn't have
time to bring their horses in as they were busy making sure all our needs were
It was hot, 90+ degrees. So I was melting half the time. Shalimar loved going
over all the boards and around the cones. The mailbox was fine as long as we
opened it on her left side, so I worked her on her right side. It was all very
interesting to Shalimar. So many different horses and things to do.
We arrived at Gina's home around 8pm on Sunday. Then we transferred my stuff
back over to my rig and off I went into the night. Two very tired, but happy
horse and rider.
We wish to thank Bob and Laurie for being the perfect host and hostess and Gina
for a very enjoyable and learning experience.
As I was feeding the horses at 5:30am I noticed we were getting some fog.
By 7am as I was leaving to meet everyone at the truck stop to caravan down to
Wincher Bay, we still had it.
Don and Sue were already there when I arrived. Then Bob and Linda and shortly
after that Lynn arrived. Four rigs headed down the road. The fog was light and
in spots, so it wasn't bad.
By the time we met up with Gay and Mavis in Scottsburg the fog had lifted and
the rest of the day the weather was perfect.
Peruvianpasofun wishes to thank Mavis for hosting such a fabulous day. We met a
lot of Mavis' friends from her area. Dianna and Grinnell and Sue also joined us
at the house for a fabulous pot luck meal, after the ride.
Sept. 9-16, 2009
Steens Mountain Trip
Last Wed. Sue and I drove to Barb and Brian Gaskell's about 20
miles East of Burns. Thursday we drove to the South Steens Equestrian camping
We did 64 miles in 4 days. Took lots of photos. No actual horse wrecks, except
Padre went down in a mud bog -- I got major whiplash as he lunged to right
himself and then we had to go up a very steep grade before we could stop.
AND, on this same day ride coming down a steep series of rock and trail, Sue
yelled, "Dianna get off" -- Me and the saddle were way up on Padre's neck. I got
him stopped, but the trail was so narrow, I had a hell of a time getting him
turned sideways, so I could get off. But I did. So I un-cinched, got the saddle
back in position, walked him between a couple of boulders -- told him stand --
then realized he had a back foot in the air -- no place to put it. So moved him
up a bit more, I stood on a rock, put my foot in the stirrup -- oops, saddle not
tight enough, I managed to get my foot out -- and disappeared from sight, off
the side of the cliff, nothing holding me there but some brush. Padre stood
absolutely still, I grabbed the breast collar and pulled myself back up.
That day (Sunday) just wasn't through with me. I was sleeping in my horse
trailer -- well, trying to sleep I was having trouble trying to settle my neck
into a position that would allow sleep. About 2am I heard "dink-dink-dink" I
thought "oh must be squirrels dropping nuts on top of the trailer." then more
dinkdinkdink---dinkdinkdinkdink. DARN, it is raining and my saddle was outside.
So I went out, figured I had ONE shot at heaving it into the tack room -- and by
golly == did it. I had my little light so I'm walking around the camp to see
what else was out in the rain (what the heck, I wasn't sleeping, anyway) There
was Sue's saddle. So I covered it and went back to bed. I'm lying there where I
feel "drip" I thought naw, that wasn't really a drip. Well, turns out it was --
all 3 trailer vents were open. So I got up, stood on my very tip toes, and
managed to close them.
Sue and I got home about 8:30 Tuesday evening. Drove straight home from the
Steens. Well, almost straight home. The fuel filter on my truck went kaput about
20 miles outside of Burns. We limped in to a GMC dealership. First off the
manager said it would be at least an hour before they could get the truck in the
bay -- then he came out and said he'd put a man right on it -- so we actually
got out in about an hour. It was 82 degrees, so hot for the dogs and horses. We
got the horses out and walked them a bit and gave them water, before starting
Aug 29, 2009
Willamette Mission State Park
(Watch the video below)
Our ride at the Willamette Mission - North of Salem, Oregon
This beautiful park is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The park is the site of the former Willamette Mission, established in 1834 by
reverend Jason Lee, who traveled overland from the eastern U.S. to teach the
Native Americans in the Oregon Country.
The alarm went off and I looked out the window. It looked like we might be
driving in fog. Hopefully it will burn off today. Besides the weather is
different in other nearby areas. We might have fog or rain, and no one else
As usual the horses were ready to eat. I could get up at 1am to feed them and
they would be ready to eat.
Don and I rushed around to get our last minute things ready, when I got a call
from Irene. "Weather seems like it will be good in Salem". Yea
We get on the road right on time and meet up at the Brownsville exit with Barb
and Shari and Mike. They decided to go ahead to the State park so Don and I
proceed to pick up Irene across from The Encanted Forest. We get to the park
shortly after the others and start to saddle up. Cindy arrived shortly
The weather proved to be perfect. Sunny in the high 70's. We stayed in the shade
most of the ride. We saw so many different things. Corn, alfalfa and hops on
high wires, being grown. We rode for 6 miles. Put out the hay bags and water for
the horses and sat down under the walnut trees for our sack lunches.
It is a beautiful park with only one area that had round rocks for erosion
The morning proved to be perfect weather for our ride.
We saddled all three horses before everyone arrived as Bob had agreed to ride
Replica for us. That way, I didn't have to leave a horse behind.
Gina arrived first and then Shane and shortly after that Linda and Bob arrived.
We rode the horses down and through Grandpa's Park, then back up behind the
stable. As we were riding towards the stable, someone said we had a flock of
turkeys walking ahead of us. We went towards the big tree and then through the
paths up around the pond. Just as we were leaving the trees behind us, the
turkeys decided to scatter and fly up into the trees. All of the horses handled
it great. Even Shalimar, did alright. At first she thought she should be scared,
but realized that none of the other horses paid attention to the turkeys, so she
too calmed down.
Then we rode up onto Weyerhaeuser property. Once our ride was over, we let the
horses graze and went up to the house for a leisurely lunch.
Aug. 15, 2009
I got up at 6:30am and fed the horses and
made sure we had everything in the Trailer ready to go as soon as Irene arrived.
Our drive was 2 hrs. We met Mavis and Gay in Scottsburg and continued on to
Winchester Bay. What a beautiful day. When we arrived, people were riding
everyplace on their dune buggies. The camping sites looked full.
Our parking lot had a lot of trucks and cars. We saddled up
for a 2 plus hr. ride on the beach. The sky was beautiful, birds were skimming
across the water and we came across a seal laying on the beach. When we came
back he was gone. After the ride we parked at the Pier and had fish and chips,
then off to Mavis' for dessert. What a great day.
Mavis on Left front, me left by window Irene across from me and Gay front
Irene on Daytona front and Mavis Whisper back
Aug. 8, 2009
What a great morning to go on a ride at Elijah
Bristow. I arrived at 9:30, thinking I would be first, Shane was already there.
Then Linda and Bob and Lyn arrived. Once saddled up, Bob helped
some of us get on our horses, and off we went. We met horses and riders and a few walkers, other
than that, we had the park to ourselves. The water was way down and we crossed
the stream and later went over to the meadows. All of us brought our sack
lunches, so after we unsaddled, watered and fed the horses, we had a good
time, eating and talking.
Lynn and Humo
Linda on Murphy and Shane on Doc
Shane, Linda, Murphy and Bob
June 27, 2009
I just want to thank those that were
able to make it out to TreeTops Ranch for our pot luck and ride, we missed
those that couldn't make it. Don said we rode for two hours. We stated that
riders could ride after lunch. The weather was perfect and so was the meal
and fellowship. The ghost car stayed hidden this year, hopefully, we will
see it next year.
2009 Summer Spectacular Spectacular
All Gaited Show
I finally did it. I took TTR Shalimar, my 5 yr. old filly to the show. After
many hours of planning what to
take and packing up, Friday, Don and I arrived at the Linn County Fair grounds
by 11:30am. We found
Marrisa Ditunno and Ricardo Barraza had already set up their stalls and tackroom.
As I was working on setting up, Maxine and David Whitbeck arrived. Then Lyn Ryse
came with Humo.
Then Dr. Curry with Kathryn Zahlis, Jamie Aquirre, and two young ladies,
Madeline and Emily.
Allason Fewx arrived with her mother. On Saturday, Irene Taylor arrived to help
me tack up. Thank you Irene!
PeruvianPasoFun wishes to thank all of the Peruvian riders that showed up to
make this a fun weekend. They did a fabulous job.
Thanks also goes to Maxine Whitbeck who contributed pictures
and Kelly Raham contributed the Barrida
Marrisa Ditunno won Peruvian High Points award donated by PeruvainPasoFun.
May 31, 2009
Midred Knipes day ride with Bob and Laurie
We had a fun time. Great weather.
A beautiful day for a Mother's Day ride at Elijah Bristow Horse Park
May 10, 2009
There is a Blue Heron in the center of the photo. Can you find it?
German Baca Clinic Ap. 25th and 26th, 2009
German on TTR Shalimar
Lyn on Humo with German
We wish to thank Rich and Mary for being such great hosts
Dec. 5, 2008
Tolly's Restaurant, Oakland, OR
Mountain Trail Clinics
Oregon Horse Center, Eugene
Oct 17-19th, 2008
These classes are designed for Trail riders and those that want
to compete in future trail competitions. Each group had leading trainers
to help calm their horses and to show the riders how to get their horses through
the various obstacle courses. All these obstacles are designed to relate to what
a horse and rider could and will be meeting on any given trail ride.
Oct 11, 2008
Fundraiser Poker Ride
Mildred Kanipe Memorial Horse Park, Oakland, Oregon
BBQ & Band at 1pm
Ride for a great cause to remember a wonderful young lady
Proceeds support Ronald McDonald House and Yasmin Treki Memorial Scholarship
Ribbons to all participants!
Awards for Poker hands!
This will be our last ride at Mildred Kanipe due to the park
closing for winter. I sent out the message and Mavis, Gay and Linda could make
this ride. Don and I got up at 6:30 am to feed the horses and get
breakfast for ourselves. It was 32 degrees when we got up. I called Linda to
make sure she was coming. Bob was coming with her. We met Bob and Linda at the
Cottage Grove truck stop and caravanned down to Oakland. Lots of people where
already at the park at 10am, when we pulled in. Mavis and Gay and Mavis' dog,
Starry pulled in right after us. By then it was 45 degrees. Everyone went over
to sign in at the desk, got our poker slip and went back to saddle up. Once
everyone was ready, we headed down the road to follow the pink ribbons attached
to the trees. It was a dry day as it hadn't rained in two days. As we headed
out, we met up with a nice fellow named Pat. He rode with us the rest of the
ride. Our path took us through dry meadows and into the trees. Then into the
fern grotto, back up into the hills and back down to the meadows. This time, we
came upon white cows. None of the horses spooked. After about a 2 hr. ride we
arrived back to the trailers and the last poker hand station. It seemed none of
us really had a good enough hand to stay for the give always.
We found out that the BBQ and Band was in the people area and since we couldn't
take the horses with us, we decided to go to our favorite restaurant -
Tolly's. the day finally warmed up to 56 degrees and it was a very
Friday everyone started showing up to settle the horses into their stalls and
the riders at their campsites and motel rooms. Walkers, Paso Finos. Mountain
Horses, and of course our Peruvian horses. How exciting! The weather was
perfect, staying in the 70’s all the time. The show got started at 6pm and
lasted till around 11:30 that night.
Saturday, was all day. Aficionados arrived off and on all day. Tim Hooker,
Connie’s brother with a friend to watch the show and hear the tribute to Connie.
Maxine’s friends Charlotte and her friends, Jack and his family, Joyce and Jim
Hart and of course, Don came and took pictures and video.
We had 11 Peruvian riders. Three of them Jr’s.
The Barrida was lead by Marissa, everyone in the audience enjoyed watching and
Congratulations to Dr. Henry Curry and his horse, La Valentina who won 5 classes
and the Peruvian Championship,
receiving the huge Texas size salad bowl donated by PeruvianPasoFun.
Sunday afternoon had a lot of fun classes, open to all, such as Costume Class,
Simon Says, Egg Stomp, etc.
We wish to thank all those that donated to NAPHA to get the Peruvians points,
the riders for showing up and the Aficionados. We know with the gas prices the
way they are, everyone is beginning to cut back on there choices of activities
they are getting involved in.
We also wish to thank the Tennessee Walkers for opening up their show once again
to an all gaited show and inviting us to play with them at this FUN EVENT.
May We Always Have,
June 1-5 2008
BROTHER’S OR BUST
May 31st we all spent packing, and getting the dogs to friends and kennels. None
of us slept much that night with the excitement of our drive and plans on riding
the range at Sunrise Valley Ranch.
Don and I got up around 5am, fed the horses and then ate our breakfast and got
our last minute things done. At 6am I started making the calls to be sure
everyone was up. Sure enough, everyone was up, some already on the road.
Irene arrived around 7:30am from Salem. We her put all her stuff in our truck
and put wraps on the horses’ legs and into the trailer. We then met Mavis from
Scottsburg, at the Vintage Inn, Cottage Grove. Irene switched trucks and off we
went to the Sears parking in Springfield lot to meet others. Marsha and Bob, and
Linda and her Bob. Linda’s horse, Murphy and Linda’s backpack were transferred
to Mavis’ truck and trailer. Since Bob and Marsha knew where we were going, they
led the way. We stopped at Sisters to fill up with diesel and had lunch, giving
the horses a break.
It took us about 4 ½ hrs. to drive to the ranch, just like Susan (the owner had
said). When we arrived, Maureen, from John Day had already arrived. We put all
eight horses into their wonderful outside paddocks, fed them and went up to the
bunkhouse to settle in for our new adventure.
Our hosts, Susan and Larry and their two adult children Matt and Becky’s two
wonderful children, Wyatt and Jayden, were all there to great us with open arms.
Each day Becky cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for the 8 of us. After
breakfast, we would ride out on scenic wonderful rides, take long walks, or
We played backgammon, Mexican train, or card games. We brought magazines to read
and the second night we heard old time poetry from Pierri Jones.
The food was outstanding, the hospitality was absolutely the best. Do we want to
do it again? YOU BET AND WE WILL!
We wish to thank the Fildes family for giving all of us such an outstanding
time. How many of us can say that we brought our own horses to ride and had a
wonderful bunkhouse to sleep in and great food and terrific friends to share it
Peruvian Paso Fun Group and the Grants Pass Group
Mildred Knipes Horse Park, Oakland OR
Lunch at Tollys in Oakland after the ride
It was a long time planning and two groups of equine enthusiast were involved.
Bob and Laurie and their “all gaited ridding group” from Grants Pass and the
Irene and Cris came down the evening before and stayed at TreeTops to make it
easier to get down to Mildred Kanipes in time to ride out at 10:30 am.
We hit the road with the horses and tack all tucked away in their trailer at
9am. I started calling riders to make sure everyone was on their way. Mavis and
Gay arrived early. Dianna and Sue used map search and were still searching the
back hills. So we got them back on track. Thank the Lord for cell phones. We
arrived in Oakland just as the Grants Pass Gang pulled in. Within 5 min. Dianna
and Sue arrived. So off we went. A caravan of 6 or 7 rigs.
The weather was one of those dreamy kinds of days. Clear and sunny, and 84
degrees. Hard to believe just a few days before hand we had rain and in the
50’s. We were the only ones in the park when we started our ride.
We had about 16 riders. Peruvians, Walkers, Paso Finos and mixes.
For some reason, we seemed to split off into three groups, then all one group
and then three again. The pastures were greener then I had ever seen them. We
did have some slippery areas and one horse slipped down on its butt, he got up
and was fine. We went through a lot of forest with trees down from this winter.
Then came across cows. All the horses did very well. Barbara and Laurie took
After an 8 mile ride, Don and I decided we had to get back so we could have
lunch and be at the Luau in time at my mother’s place. Irene and Cris had to get
back to Salem and Marilyn wanted to ride to the rigs with us.
As we were putting the horses back Mavis and her group arrived. Yes they too
wanted to go to Tolly’s. Just as we pulled out of the park, Bob and Laurie’s
group arrived. So 14 of us met at Tolly’s for a fabulous lunch, loads of talking
and laughing. I am sure we sent the other diners out of their sooner then they
It was so nice meeting the Grants Pass group. We all had such a wonderful time,
we plan on getting together again this summer.
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Dec 20, 2007
The word went out! Christmas Lunch at Tolly's. Carol and
Dick and Marsha and Bob met us in Cottage Grove and then we drove down to
Oakland. It wasn't long before Laurie and Bob from Grants Pass joined us. We all
admired the beautiful Christmas Decorations at Tolly's and then it was time for
talk, talk, talk and eat, eat, eat.
Nov. 3, 2007
NW Peruvian Club Meeting.
I drove up to Salem to meet Irene and then she drove the rest of the way
to Shelton, WA to the Little Creek Casino for the annual meeting of the
Northwest Peruvian Club meeting. It was great seeing everyone.
Annual NW Mountain Trail Championship
Majors Arena, Eugene, OR
Horses and riders came from CA and WA to this event. It made it
hard to find a parking spot. Majors has remolded and enlarged the eating and
dining area. The food was great. We had lots of vendors to
see. People and dogs were milling around. The trails were well designed and
realistic for trail horses to go through. They had a huge Teepee, the horses had
to ride around and a large waterfall that they had to walk under. One poor gal
had her horse walk right through the waterfall without blinking an eye. Of
course, both rider and horse got drenched.
Suzanne and Eco coming down from the Teepee and through the
photo by Don Buechler
Monday Oct. 22, 2007
PeruvianPasoFun Club Ride
At last, the rains finally decided to stop. The weatherman said from Monday -
Friday no rain. This was our chance to make the mad dash to Ellijah Bristow Park
for a ride. I sent out the word, Ellijah or Bust! As we drove up, we saw Mavis
talking to Marsha and Bob. It wasn’t much longer before Dianna and Grinnell drove
in. The sun was warm, the ground dry. Don and I saddled up and 7 of us took off.
No one else was at the Horse parking lot. Too bad, they missed all our beautiful
Peruvians doing the Paso Lano, through out the park, over bridges, past bubbling
rivers, dry rivers, and through the golden leaves of autumn. What a perfect day.
We split up in two groups. One going to the dam, the other group riding the
forest and meadows.
When we all returned to our rigs and unsaddled our horses, it was decided we
should go to the GateHouse Pizza in Pleasant Hills for our finale. As usual, we
hated the day to end.
May We Always Have
Oct 7th, 2007
OET Day Ride
Mildred Kanipe Memorial Ranch, Oakland, OR
Do we go or not? That was the question, after so many nights of
rain. Then it stopped raining. Of course, then we worried about slippery
grounds. One thing about our area, give a few days & nights of no rain, the
ground dries up. Sunday at 6am all looked good. We met Linda and Bob and
Suzanne and Don at our usual stop and took off. What a surprise to see that the
sheriff posse were having a Poker ride. There must have been 40 plus rigs and
horses and people all over. Met Mavis and Gay at the park, they went on the
poker ride and the rest of us went on a slower pace ride. The weather was
beautiful, in fact most of us were in our short sleeve shirts. The ground was
dry in most areas. A perfect day for a ride. When our ride was over, we all went
over to Tolly's in old town Oakland, for lunch. What a great day we had.
Click on photos to get a bigger picture. Photos by Bob LaVelle
Gay, Mavis on Thunder
Standing: Don and Doris
Linda on Murphy
Suzanne & Don
Don & Don &
Sept, 11, 2007 PerucianPasoFun group luncheon
A great time was had by all.
Mavis (up front) to the left of her Dick, Connie, Marsha & Bob, Roseanna, Carol,
Doris, Don and Linda.
We wish to welcome Marsha and Bob and Linda and Patrick to our