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Ride goes without a hitch

Glenwood News for June 7

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Last weekend endurance riders, their mounts and support crews from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Canada converged on the Glenwood Rodeo grounds for the annual Klickitat Trek. According to the event organizer, Marilyn Milestone of Ridgefield this was the largest turnout in the 13-year history of the event held in Glenwood. On Saturday, 175 riders participated in 30, 50 or 80-mile treks. Sunday saw 90 riders mounted up -- including 50 who completed the second leg of their two-day, one hundred mile ride.

The high temperatures during this year's event could have presented problems for the human and equine athletes, but precautions were taken at check stations where the animals were evaluated for temperature, respiration rate and lameness by veterinarians before being allowed to continue on. Five veterinarians and eight assistants manned the check stations during the 2007 Klickitat Trek. Additional services included transportation for horses that were pulled at the check locations due to health issues. Support crews offered food or water and other assistance to horses and riders at the check stations as well. Marilyn planned the trails so there were water stations consisting of either natural water sources or water troughs every five to six miles. She indicated that the local range cows really took advantage of the frequent water stops last weekend! Due to painstaking care of the horses, only two mounts required treatment for heat-related symptoms, and no human injuries were sustained this year!

Marilyn begins promotion of the Klickitat Trek in January or February each year at a regional convention. When the snow melts from the Glenwood area, she confers with Len Rolph to plan the various routes they will use. In comparison to some of the desert rides in Oregon -- the trails in our area are very technical due to the uneven terrain and obstacles the riders encounter. In addition to the atypical ground, the competitors on this ride encounter an interesting variety of wildlife including deer, elk, mountain goats and even a mother bear and her twins. Marilyn is very conscientious about preservation of habitat; and has worked with the Department of Natural Resources to help mark an area above the Klickitat River where rare plants are located. Those efforts have served to make not only horsemen, but hikers and four-wheelers aware of the delicate habitat. Additional conservation efforts include warning the riders to keep their mounts out of the irrigation ditches that supply water to the Glenwood Valley.

Marilyn takes vacation time from her job as a midwife to produce the Klickitat Trek. She counts on the assistance of family and friends to help with the myriad tasks that are involved in putting on one of only five endurance rides currently held in Washington State. The group has enjoyed meeting people from the Glenwood area, and they look forward to returning for the 14th Klickitat Trek!

Eighth graders being promoted to high school will participate in a graduation service on June 8 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Community members are welcome to attend the graduation and to enjoy refreshments afterward.

Nathan Eaves will be the sole graduate from Glenwood High School for 2007. His graduation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 in the gym. The community is invited to attend Nathan's graduation. The Glenwood Homemakers will provide cake and beverages in the multipurpose room following the ceremony.

We would like to extend wishes for a speedy recovery to Kenny Prosser after his recent surgery.

The Glenwood Rodeo Association will hold a work day at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 10, with a potluck lunch at noon. Anyone interested in helping is welcome!

Glenwood Grange 94 will hold its regular monthly meeting on June 13 at Pioneer Center in the craft room at 1 p.m., following the seniors' Monday meal. For information call Ginger Burton, secretary, at 493-8833.

Terry Arnold will be writing the news in June. If you have items to share, please call her at 364-3371.


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