Backcountry Horsemen of Washington Rondy, Ellensburg

an important educational focus
an important educational focus

Backcountry Horsemen of Washington had their annual gathering for “Rondy” over the weekend.  Folks came from all over the state representing all the chapters.  What a great gathering!

hands on mule packing
hands on mule packing

The best part is reconnecting with old friends and trail buddies, but just in case you need some variety, there is a used tack sale, photo contest, seminars on horse packing, compass and trail skills, and all kinds of vendors!  I enjoyed a seminar on horse packing for women, which was really interesting, full of good tips, from the guys at Trailhead Supply out of Montana.  Make sure to check out their blog.  They invited anyone to call with questions!  Here is their link:

http://trailheadsupply.com/

Bounty from the event!
Bounty from the event!

Wild Rags and Scarves by Doris was there, and I think every woman at dinner was adorned with one of her creations! I made sure I picked out a favorite with a complementing scarf slide!   Here is her link:

http://www.wildragsandscarvesbydoris.com/

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More coffee please!

I went early to have breakfast from the Cascade Mountain Grilling, scrambled eggs with ham and sausage, and biscuits and gravy, all from the dutch ovens!  So good, it didn’t last long enough to get a picture.  Next door was the coffee stand for my usual soy latte!

Ladies and gents both competed!
Ladies and gents both competed!

Outside activities included a cross cut competition.  The saw was later auctioned off at the live auction.

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Ready for dinner!

This year I purchased dinner, and enjoyed a chicken and prime rib dinner with all the side dishes, again from Cascade Mountain Grilling.  I sat with the folks from the Ferry County Chapter up near  Republic  and made some new friends.

Each table is uniquely decorated!
Each table is uniquely decorated!

Every chapter is in charge of decorating a dinner table,  and prizes are awarded.

Original art up for grabs at the live auction!
Original art up for grabs at the live auction!

There was a bucket auction, a silent auction, and a live auction, as this event is the major fundraiser for the Washington State organization.  Put it on your schedule for next year here in Ellensburg, and consider joining and supporting this fine group!  Here is the link:

http://bchw.org/

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Terri

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Terri Hughes

I live, work, and play in Spokane, Washington with my daughter, and a variety of four-leggeds, all of which you will meet in the published articles! I am a student of natural horsemanship. A lifelong love of horses has led me to backcountry riding and camping, lessonwork in reining and dressage, previously experiencing endurance riding and gaming. I'm always learning from my horses!

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