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World's Best Come To Mt. Adams

Trout Lake News for Aug. 14

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

sandiray@gorge.net

Terry Scott, 395-2760

dtscott@gorge.net

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

Talk about over the top! Trout Lake does it again -- there has been the Art Festival, the Fair, the weekend of McClellan talks and hike directed by Cheryl Mack, the on going Saturday Market, the upcoming Kingsmen reunion at Pat and Mary Morris's on Aug. 22, the Trout Lake Foundation Labor Day Garage Sale. Meanwhile Trout Lake student summer readers have met a strenuous reading challenge that puts Principal Doug Dearden to work in the parking lot for a week. Spencer Paxon has become a professional bicycle competition rider, Adi and Jessie Robertson have accomplished great things in their swim meets.

All the time, community volunteers make things happen and support each others efforts. The Trout Lake Art Council gave art materials to Gus Tupper and Jackson Nakae for People's Choice Awards for their entries in the children's art show at the fair, as well as materials to five entrants on the basis of a drawing. Little Mt. Hardware generously supports these events with prizes. Generosity abounds.

And now we about to be visited by people from all over the world !

On Sept. 13, 2003, the Pan American Endurance Championship (PAC) will be held in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest. The PAC is an international horse race where horse-and-rider teams from over 10 different countries compete across 160 kilometers (100 miles) of trails in one day. The course winds through the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and private timber company lands.

Mt. Adams Endurance Riders have organized an endurance ride in the Gifford-Pinchot for seven years, but it is the first time this group of six endurance enthusiasts have hosted an event of this caliber. The organizing committee was honored by the selection of their ride as the location for the 2003 Pan American Championship by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).

Top-ranked endurance riders have been selected to represent their countries. Although countries from North and South America will be featured (hence, Pan American), other countries intending to compete include Germany, Japan, Denmark, Greece, and New Zealand among others.

This is a wonderful chance to view a world-class endurance competition close to home. The Organizing Committee encourages visitors to drop by to see the race in progress (but please leave your horse at home, the event is by selection only and all horses in camp must have proper vaccinations and required FEI papers).

Ride headquarters and trade show is located five miles north of Trout Lake at the new Mt. Adams Horse Camp (follow signs from Hwy 141).

Most competitors, horses, and crews will arrive Monday, Sept. 8, to establish camp, acclimate their horses, and pass through the mandatory pre-ride vet checks. The opening ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The race officially starts at 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

If you're not an early riser you'll have plenty of opportunities to see the riders as they must pass through five designated veterinary check points throughout the day to insure that the horse is sound and fit to continue. Directions to the vet checks will be available at the main camp.

A trade show with over 20 vendors will also be located at main camp.

For more information, check the website www.endurance.net/2003pac or contact Chris Nielsen at 395-2204 or nielsen@gorge.net.

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