News and Events

                                             UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS/ACTIVITIES                                         (Date/Type of Activity/Point of Contact provided below)

MEETINGS:

DATE MEETING POC CONTACT #
03 April GW BOD Meeting – Zoom Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224
18 April PFHA BOD Meeting – Zoom Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224
05 June GW BOD Meeting – Zoom Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224
20 June PFHA BOD Meeting – Zoom Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224
07 August GW BOD Meeting – Zoom Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224
22 August PFHA BOD Meeting – Zoom Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224
30 October GW BOD Meeting – Zoom Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224
16 November PFHA BOD Meeting –Frankfort, KY Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224

EVENTS:

Date Event POC Contact # Chapter
03 April Liberty Practice, Hamilton, MT Shawn Deming 816-868-8019 MT
05-07 April Idaho Horse Expo, Idaho Horse Park, Boise, Idaho Jan Gibson 208-365-3554 ID
17 April Liberty Practice, Hamilton, MT Shawn Deming 816-868-8019 MT
25 -27 April Camp and/or Ride, Lake Como, Darby, MT Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224 MT
01 May Liberty Practice, Hamilton, MT Shawn Deming 816-868-8019 MT
04-05 May Obstacle Clinic, Victor, MT Ethan Zimmerman 406-381-0987 MT
09-11 May Kathy Darius Spring Fling UABHA Horse Show, So Jordan, UT Michelle Sidun 307-321-6715 UT
15 May Liberty Practice, Hamilton, MT Shawn Deming 816-868-8019 MT
25-28 May Camp & Ride Teddy Roosevelt NP Roundup, Group Horse Camp, Medora, ND Kenley Brunsdale 303-507-5212 CO
01-02 June Emily Elias Working Equitation Clinic, Junction City, OR Mary Schoenheit 541-232-7702 OR
08 June Obstacle Course, Victor, MT  Angel’s Eyes Dog Sanctuary Fundraiser Ethan Zimmerman 406-381-0987 MT
15-20 June Nehalem Bay State Park Camp & Ride, Manzanita, OR Neila Whitney 503-819-8816 OR
13-14 July** Trail Horse Test, Pocatello, ID (see fly and entry form below) Judi Bradbury 435-840-0224 ID
01-03 August Larry Wright Summer Classic, UABHA Horse Show, So Jordan, UT Michelle Sidun 307-321-6715 UT
24 August Rancho Colton Play Day, Colton, OR Elizabeth Reed 503-824-2332 OR

 **THT Entry Form:  http://gwpfha.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/THT-Entry-Form-2024.pdf   

**THT Flyer:  http://gwpfha.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/THT-Flyer.docx

DISCLAIMER:  The Calendar of Events reflect currently events planned. All activities are listed to the best of our knowledge.  Some events require a date change or cancellation.  Please be flexible and understanding of any changes.  If you’d like more information about the event, please contact the person listed in conjunction with the event.  
When you receive an activity announcement, please RSVP if you will attend or not.  If you plan to attend an event but have not received an announcement, please contact the responsible individual to verify the date, time and location.  If you would like to add an activity, please contact your chapter representative.
We welcome all information, announcements, and photos of members. We will include as many as possible in the next update. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR OREGON CHAPTER’S ACTIVITY:         As the Great Western PFHA Chapter Representative for Oregon, my first act is to announce a GW member, Paso Fino owner’s campout. The goal is to bring members together and invite all other Paso owners to join us and have some fun.  You do not have to be a current GWPFHA member to attend.

Dates:  June 15 to June 20, (Sat-Thurs)                                                                                        Where:  Nehalem Bay State Park, Manzanita, Oregon                                                            Who:  All members of the GWPFHA Region and all other Paso Fino owners who wish to join us. Reservations:  Make them now.  Online:   www.Reserveamerica.com

For more info:  Contact Neila Whitney                                                                                           GWPFHA Oregon Chapter Rep.                                                                         Pasoneila47@gmail.com   ,  503-819-8816                   

CHRISTY TAYLOR CLINIC

Excitement was growing as we prepared for the 2023 GWPFHA Annual Event held in Pocatello, ID on 22 & 23 September.  The plan was a trail ride in the mountains south of Pocatello on Friday and clinic with Christy Taylor on Saturday.  Between the trail ride and clinic, we had 9 members attending:  Cris Giles, Angie Gray, Jana Ellis, Kelly Miller, Jenny Sullivan, Newell and Cathy Crookston and Brad and Judi Bradbury.  We were so excited.  Then Mother Nature stepped in.A week prior to the Event everyone started watching the weather forecast…..cold and rainy.  As we got closer to the date and with no signs of the weather improving, our trail riders started cancelling.  The trail ride was cancelled on Thursday, which was wise.  It started raining in Pocatello on Wednesday and continued through Friday evening.  And it was so cold!  Brad and I arrived Friday evening, unloading horses in the rain.Saturday morning we awoke to blue skies and no sign of rain.  It was gorgeous.  Due to the bad weather (to include snow in Wyoming) Kelly Miller and the Crookstons notified us that they would be late.  I tacked and warmed up my horse and prepared for an early morning lesson with our clinician Christy Taylor.  I had taken lessons with Christy while I still lived in Utah.  But after a couple years absence, I needed a remedial lesson.  But we ended great.  Bottom line, Kelly, Newell, Cathy, Brad and I had a wonderful time, as did Christy.  Kelly’s biggest question before she left was, “When can we do this again!”Our numbers may have been small, but it was a wonderful clinic.  And it was a bonus to see old friends and make new ones too.  And yes, I hope we can do this again!  NOTE:  NEW PFHA PROGRAM-  ASK THE TRAINERThe Membership Committee and the Professional Paso Fino Trainers Association (PPFTA) have collaborated to deliver an exciting new program called “Ask The Trainer” for all PFHA members. Each month, a PPFTA trainer will be on a Zoom call to address questions directly submitted from the membership. The Zoom session will last 30 minutes, and questions must be submitted by the stated cutoff date. To keep these sessions brief, no additional questions will be permitted during the call.Mr. Rick Meyer of St. Louis, MO will be our first PPFTA trainer to be featured. Rick has been a member of PFHA since 1978 and his list of accolades continues to grow.

  • Trainer of the Year in 1993
  • Co-Author of the Book “Horse Sense in Training” which is still in circulation
  • Paso Fino Breeder (at one time, the largest breeder of Paso Fino’s in the US)
  • International and Senior Certified Judge
  • President of PFHA for 2 terms
  • Past Chair of the Judges and Stewards Committee
  • Past Head Coach for Team USA
  • Hall of Fame Inductee in 2021

This exciting program will allow PFHA Members to send questions to the Membership Committee Chair at wbrad444@gmail.com and the PPFTA President at royaloakchristy44@gmail.com.  All questions must be received by August 5, 2023. The Zoom call will take place on August 31, 2023 at 7 p.m. CDST. Call-in information will be made available at a later date. Videos will be saved for later viewing & Translations will be available.DISCLAIMER: Our guest trainers will do their best to answer your questions in the allotted time given. Keep in mind that these are just their opinions based on their experience and what you tell them about your horse/rider. You should always consult with your own trainer who can evaluate your particular horse, riding, or technique in person.PPFTA TRAINERS: All current PPFTA members are welcome to be included as a featured “Ask The Trainer” guest trainer. Contact PPFTA President Christy Meyer for more information at royaloakchristy44@gmail.com or 314-265-8521 to submit yourself as the Featured Trainer on “Ask The Trainer.”Insurance and Equine Release Requirement Update
Due to the exorbitant increase of the cost for insurance, GWPFHA is unable to continue to provide insurance at our activities. As a result, the GWPFHA BOD has enacted an Equine Release requirement for participants in GWPFHA activities. The release form’s purpose is to protect the activity’s host(s) and GWPFHA against claims resulting from accidents occurring during a GWPFHA sponsored activity. Starting immediately, each participant in a GWPFHA activity must sign a release prior to the start of said activity. Hosts not requiring attendees to sign the GWPFHA Release assume all risks and legal responsibilities. Attached is the GWPFHA release form for your use.GWPFHA Release Form, April 2019RAFFLE PRIZE PAINTINGThis past summer we had a fund raising event which was a raffle.  There were two winners; each won a painting of their desired subject.  Artwork was created by a GWPFHA member.This picture is of Don Rayo de Fianza.  He is a beloved Paso Fino belonging to Linda Bean.  Painting was executed by Anna Siciliano.

Raffle Prize Painting

Linda liked her painting so much, she bought a second painting from Anna.  It depicts Linda on Don Reyo on a ride in Logan Canyon.

Linda Bean on Don Rayo

FOR YOUR HORSE’S HEALTH-LAMINITIS:Here is a website that has a good article about laminitis:https://thehorse.com/136954/the-latest-on-feeding-laminitic-horses/?fbclid=IwAR15uE9lxuCV6m8NNNDEttYYnNCXibHBpC5xj0x2_-LGHT0ylOlo0Jh_5P8