I traveled to Caber Farm in Onalaska on Saturday to watch the cross country portion of the three-day eventing competition — a triathlon for horses and their riders.
I was greeted warmly by everyone I met; they answered my questions readily and explained every detail. I couldn’t imagine a friendlier group of horse enthusiasts.
The next event, the Area VII Championships, will be held this weekend at Aspen Farm in Yelm, Sept. 1-3. The event is open to the public and I would encourage you to attend. The beauty of the horses and riders at work is beyond amazing.
My friendly guide for the afternoon, Barbara Barke, DVM, from Gold Beach, Ore., was a volunteer judge and stationed near the water jump. I loved watching the horses splashing through the water. Barke also rides at these events.
“These horses adore this,” Barke said. “We take really good care of these horses. There is a lot of time and money invested, anyone that does this has to be passionate about the sport.”
I later talked with John Camlin, the resident instructor and owner of Caber Farm, who also stressed how well cared for these horses are.
“They literally become a member of the family,” he said.
Another rider and trainer, Kelsey Horn, of Inavale Farm in Philomath, Ore., said, “We’re like a big family. We all go to the same events; we all cheer each other on and support each other.”
I’m very glad that I spent the afternoon with the passionate people of 3-day eventing. I hope to go back to another event soon and come home with a more detailed story. For now, however, I’d like to just show you some very pretty pictures of some very pretty and highly athletic horses and people.
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Kimberly Mason is a freelance writer and photojournalist. She is the founder of The (Almost) Daily News website, loves outdoor adventures, enjoying falling asleep in the early evening in her Lazy Boy, and is still seeking to land her first steelhead. You can find her on Facebook, call at 360-269-5017, or email email@example.com.