Calendar of Events

~~~~~~~~~~~~~CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2017~~~~~~~~

The only way we know what’s happening in your area is from you.  Please let us know about Clinics, Expos, Trail Rides and any horse event you think others might be interested in attending.  If you know of an event coming up in  2017, and would like to share it with others, please let us know and we’ll get the word out.

Send your event information to Linda Holzer,


~~~~~~~~~~~~UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2017~~~~~~~~

January 27-28, 2017 PFHA Membership meeting and election of PFHA officers, Orlando, Florida.  Contact Linda Holzer, dunwrkn2@gmail for information about attending and about your vote.

March 24-26, 2017    Northwest Horse Fair and Expo

Eight Northwest Paso Fino Horse Association members are participating in live performances to the public, to demonstrate the versatility of our Paso Fino breed. 
Friday they will be performing from 5:30- 6:00 pm in the Barn arena. Saturday,  5:00-5:30 pm in the Calpooia large/main arena.  Sunday from 3:00-3:30 pm in the Barn arena.    This is a large venue, with approximately 3,000 people per day attending, and a great way to promote our breed.  Join us for an opportunity to speak with the public about our breed, have fun with friends and SHOP, SHOP, SHOP in 70,000 square feet of vendors!!!  Visit the many clinicians, sit in on other breed demonstrations, enjoy the entertainment and just have a great horse weekend.
Location: Linn County Fair & Expo, 3700 Knox Butte Road East, Albany, OR 97322.  (Turn right after hotel.)
For more information on helping out at the Fair contact Mary Schoenheit at
For more information on the Expo:

April 7-9, 2017  LEAVE NO TRACE (LNT) seminar in Spokane, WA, sponsored by Ponderosa Back Country Horsemen.

This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge, understanding, appreciation and practical application of the 7 Leave No Trace Principles. Following LNT Principles makes a difference in our acceptance on public lands.

Pre-registrations must be received no later than Friday, March 21. For further information, please see flier and registration form below.

UPDATE:    Registration (check-in) will be from 8-9am on Saturday rather than Friday evening. Classes will start at 9am on Saturday and Sunday.We will not be serving breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.  We will still have lunch both days and dinner on Saturday.          The cost is reduced to $40 for the seminar.  This includes class materials and meals. Pre-registration is still required but the deadline has been changed to Wednesday, March 29.

LNT Basic Class Registration Form 2017

LNT_flier 2017

Ken Carmichael,  Ponderosa Back Country Horsemen         509-466-2225

April 21-23, 2017   Idaho Horse Expo, Idaho Horse Park Nampa Idaho

The Idaho Horse Expo 2017 will be a very exciting event.This will be the 31th year and we are very happy to announce the return of Pat Parelli to the Idaho Horse Expo 2017.The Idaho Horse Expo is the largest Horse Expo in Idaho and held at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho.

The 2017 Horse Expo is a three day event and will featuring Pat Parelli , a clinician that  gives demonstration’s all over the world. Several local clinicians will also be featured .
Trail Challenge Friday and Saturday in the Main Arena. and new entertainment Saturday night ..
This year will highlight Stallions on Parade, Private Treaty Horses, Kids Camp, Breed Challenge, Queening, Cowboy Race, Jump Clinic, Vendors and Seminars.
Outside events will include Sunday 10:00 Cowboy Race , Sunday at 10:00  and the Private Treaty Horse Sale will have horses in the coverall all three days. Check the website for further times and information.

Jan Gibson and the Southern Comfort Gaited Drill Team will be performing.  For more information, contact Jan at 208-365-3554  or

April 28-30, 2017    Farragut State Park Camp Out & Trail Ride, Athol, Idaho   !!!POSTPONED!!!            

April 29, 2017        Oregon Gold Open horse show, Powell Butte, Oregon                 Open classes, gaited horses welcome. This is a nice arena, plenty of stalls, and it is usually a small show so great for those needing to get a bit of experience. It is also pretty inexpensive. Jim and Patricia McKinney have room for a few horses/campers at out place too.  For more information contact Patricia McKinney,

MAY 10, 2017 (Wednesday 10am): Rustler’s Gulch trail ride. Less than an hour north of Spokane, this WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife site is a real gem with some great trails along the Little Spokane River. A Discovery Pass is needed (see WDFW website).  RSVP to me, for any further details.

May 16-18, 2017   Riverside State Park, Spokane, WA, Trail Ride and Camp Out  For reservations call 888-226-7688 or for information call 509-465-5064.   Another lay back, no stress camp out.  We will probably share dinner on Wednesday night, bring your main dish and something to share.  Explore with us, as we’ve never ridden or camped at this venue.  Something new!  Linda Holzer,

May 27-28, 2017     Building Confidence with your Gaited Horse with Dee Myers,  Klamath Falls, OR

Develop trust and confidence.  Help your horse understand what you want.  Overcome fears.  Learn how to listen to your horse.  Dee will offer confidence building techniques and strategies to deal with the fears that we all face at times with our equine partners.  Dee is the very best there is at teaching us to communicate with our horses and make them (and us) the willing partners we all dream of having.  The flyer for the event is below as well as information on other events Dee will be hosting this year.  Don’t miss out.  You and your horse will be glad you attended.

Building Confidence Clinic Schedule

Building Confidence Clinic Sign Up

Additional information on this and other clinics for 2017 are online at:

June 6, 2017    Day ride, Marie Creek, Coeur d’Alene, ID.      For information and directions, contact Paul Zito

June 10, 2017   Sisters Rodeo Parade                                                                       There is room at our place for a few guest horses, and campers if people need to come a day or two early or want to spend a few days here trail riding.  For more information contact Patricia McKinney


Have you camped with your horse? Would you like to learn more about camping with your horse? Would you like to expand your horizons on where you can ride your horse?

You will want to attend the FRONT COUNTRY TRAIL HEAD CAMPING SEMINAR sponsored by the Ponderosa Chapter of Back Country Horsemen.

On June 10 and 11, 2017 we will have a cam pout at Riverside State Park, Spokane Washington,  where you will learn about camping with your horses plus other useful information. 

This seminar is designed to build your confidence and provide you with the basic information you need to expand your riding opportunities.  We want you to make a very minimal investment in time and money to experience the added benefits of camping with your horse.

For the seminar you bring your horse, spend the night and get the real feel of camping where there is help and information available. 

We are limiting the class size so everyone will get their questions answered and have a great time. 

Please share this information via newsletters, social media and your riding partners. Join your friends in learning about trail head camping with your horses and have a good time doing it.

See the attached flier and registration form and for further information about Ponderosa Back Country Horsemen go  

Ken Carmichael, Ponderosa Back Country Horsemen      509-466-2225

Trailhad camping Seminar registration

Trailhead Camping Seminar Flier 2017

June 11-16: Gentlemen On Horseback (GOH) mens ride near Nile Creek area west of Naches, WA on highway 410. See GentlemenOn Horse back website for further details.  RSVP to me, for any further details.

June 16-18, 2017  Cowboy Dressage with Dee Myers,  Plummer Idaho.  sold out!

June 24-25, 2017  Cowboy Dressage Gathering/Show, Spokane, WA.  More info coming

June 24: Newport Rodeo Parade, starts at 11am, parade staging at 9am, Newport, WA. RSVP to me, for further details. Potluck b-cue lunch at Opp ranch place for all NWPFHA members & friends (moose burgers provided).

July 7-9, 2017  POSTPONED !!!Trail Ride and Overnight at the Zito’s Ranch, Plummer, Idaho.   For information and directions, contact Paul Zito       NEW DATE AND TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!

July 8 & 9th, 2017 Montana Super Horse FREE Horse Show.                                        It will be held  at Rosewood Farms in St. Ignatius. Totally free to show and stall. Open to all breeds. Western and English classes. Halter and showmanship. Class list will be out soon. Here are the high points pledged at this time: $500 cash to High Point Over All Horse donated by Rosewood Farms
$500 cash to High Point Quarter Horse donated by Mission Valley Quarter Horses
$500 cash to High Point Paint donated by Neuman Performance Horses
$400.00 cash to High Point Thoroughbred donated by Woodwind Farms
Prize packages to High Point Equitation riders in 4 ages..13 and under, 14-17, 18-49 and 50 and over. Donated by Rosewood Farms
WOW!!!  More information coming soon!!

July 14-16, 2017  Joe Graham camp out: Located in Oregon near Warm Springs at the base of Mt. Hood. 
Members and friends of the NWPFHA will be holding the Joe Graham Camp Out on the weekend of July 14-16, 2017.   You will need to reserve your own campsite by going to, or calling them at: 800.452.5687.   Go  to to look at the sites and read about the camping and horse facilities. 

There are 14 non electric hook up horse sites at this camp.  Ride along the Pacific Rim trail, visit lakes and enjoy the beauty of the Mt. Hood Recreation area.  We usually like to arrive on a Thurs and set up, then have 3 good days of riding, then go home on Monday. Obviously if you would like to go earlier or stay longer, that is up to you. Each site has at least two horse corrals, some have more.  Drinking water is available in the campground.   If you plan to attend, book ASAP, as horse camps fill fast.

We will have our potluck on Sat. night, a scavenger hunt Sat, and would like to have some kind of auction as a fundraiser for the club. Please consider bringing something to contribute to an auction/raffle/ or fundraiser.

For more information, contact Patricia McKinney, Vice President, NWPFHA

Aug. 11-13, 2017  Whitefish Camp out,       Near Crescent Oregon.  For reservations go to or call 888-922-6743 For more information, contact Patricia McKinney

August 25-27: Gentlemen On Horseback (GOH) men & ladies ride, see GOH website for further details. for any further details.

September 1-3, 2017 Oregon State Fair Horse Show, Salem, Oregon.  Everything you need to know about classes, entry forms and stall reservation forms are below.  Don’t forget to look over our costumes on our Members Only Page, Costume Rental.  If you have other questions, please Contact Patricia McKinney

Official OSF website:

2017 OSF Horse Show – Paso Fino – OGB FINAL CLASS LIST      

2017 OSF Horse Show Handbook – web-r

2017 OSF Horse Show – USEF Entry Form – web

2017 OSF Horse Show – nonUSEF Entry Form – web

2017 OSF Horse Show – Paso Fino – Stall reservation form


September 8-10, 2017   Annual Meeting, Potluck, Camp Out.  Farragut State Park, Athol, Idaho.  We have reserved the 6 campsites in the Horse Camp area.  There is plenty of overflow parking and several extra corrals.  It is now on a first come, first served basis but no problem getting in and having a beautiful place to park.  Portable corrals are allowed, high lining is available.  We will have our potluck and Annual Meeting on Saturday night, Sept, 9.  The arena is available on Saturday if we would like to plan an event that everyone can participate in.  Nothing is planned so far, any ideas?????

NWPFHA is paying for your campsite on Friday and Saturday night as well as your day use pass Friday – Sunday.  We are also providing the main course for dinner on Saturday night.  Please bring something to share.  More info to follow.    Contact:  Linda Holzer 

Sept 18-23, 2017 PFHA Grand National Show……Perry, Georgia