Klickitat County residents, 14-19 years of age, who are interested in trying out for 2006 Ketchum Kalf Rodeo Queen, contact LeeAnn Burgin at 493-2717 for information. Tryouts for the next queen will be held on Father's Day, June 19, in Glenwood.
The Mt. Adams 4-H Club will be sponsoring an open clinic and horse show over Memorial Day weekend. Renowned horseman Greg Shrake will instruct the clinic on May 28 and 29, and judge the show on May 30. In addition, the event on Sunday will be a state qualifying show for Klickitat County 4-H horse projects. Pre-entries at a reduced rate will be accepted until May 25; after that the full registration will apply. For information or sign-up, contact either Kay Pratt, 364-3646, or Tonia Warren, 364-3551.
Wondering about all those horse trailers out at the rodeo grounds last week? It was the annual Klickitat Trek Endurance ride. This is the 10th year organizer Marilyn Milestone has held the Trek in Glenwood.
Riders came from all over the Northwest to ride the great trails Marilyn and her team have established. This year brought a turnout of about 185 horse/rider teams, participating in rides varying from 15 to 75 miles, compared to last year's 130 teams. Riders include Glenwood locals Leonard Rolph and Vernadean Dean.
Riders liked the good trail footing (even a week of rain created very little mud), the flat terrain (given that May is early in the endurance season and horses are still getting into condition) and the cool weather (hot temps are hard on horses ridden long distances).
Marilyn likes the idea that she is making a contribution to the community by bringing the ride here. When riders or their crews fill fuel tanks, pick up supplies or enjoy a meal or a beer in town they are benefiting our local businesses. The grange served delicious meals all weekend, taking advantage of an opportunity to raise some cash for their organization. The Rodeo Association charged rent and got (hopefully) a nice clean grounds before the Ketchum Kalf rodeo coming up next month.
Marilyn would like to thank the Glenwood community for welcoming her, the other organizers and the riders and their crews. We'll see her back here next May or early June for the 11th annual Klickitat Trek.
For more information about endurance riding, check out the American Endurance Ride Conference website at www.aerc.org.