Calendar of Events

~~~~~~~~~~~~~CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2020~~~~~~~~

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  2020, 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,


In the interest of protecting NWPFHA, PFHA and our membership, your Board of Directors has passed the following Policy and Procedure.  Effective August 1, 2020.

Policies and Procedures  NWPFHA Sponsored Events

As a designated Region of the Paso Fino Horse Association, it is our responsibility to protect the Association as well as our Northwest Region.  To do that, we carry liability insurance covering each Sponsored NWPFHA event.  That liability insurance covers MEMBERS participating in such events, should they or their animals cause damage to nonmembers’ property or the property where events are being held. 

The damaged nonmember party will be covered, up to the maximum limit of our coverage and prevents them from suing each of us individually, PFHA or NWPFHA.

Our liability insurance does not cover the member should the member have an accident, or other occurrence causing harm to the member, the members’ property or the members’ animals.  This also includes damage to any other member, members’ property, etc.

We, as an association, are governed by individuals and members.  Our insurance protects all of us from lawsuits.

The wording in our policy is very clear.  ONLY MEMBERS are covered.  However, NWPFHA encourages broad participation in sponsored events, and nonmembers are welcome to participate by either paying the yearly membership dues or paying an event fee.

While we cannot control who participates in a public activity while we are having an event, competition, clinic, parade, potluck, etc., the nonmember must become a member or pay an event fee, prior to the event in order to participate.   This must be enforced for the protection of the NWPFHA and Membership.

It is our observation that other clubs require an entry fee or membership fee in order to participate in events.  We MUST do the same.

Definition of Member:  Any person(s) paying membership dues as an individual, family, or farm sponsor.  The dues must be paid for the current year in which the event is being held.  OR, any person(s) paying the event fee, in advance of participation. Fee for each event is set by NWPFHA. 

Definition of NWPFHA Sponsored Event:  Any event advertised and/or supported financially by NWPFHA.  This includes, the Annual Meeting, trail rides, camp outs, clinics, Parades, Expos or Demonstrations or shows where the NWPFHA monies, name and/or banner is used to promote the event.  All MEMBERS are invited to participate in any Sponsored NWPFHA Event.

Event Fee:  The Event fee will be set by the Board of Directors of the NWPFHA prior to all events.  The BOD has the right to set one fee for all events, or for each event individually.



~~~~~~~~~~~~UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2020~~~~~~~~





Northwest Horse Fair 2020!  CANCELLED

The Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2020, presented by Akins Trailers, will gallop into Albany, Oregon, March 20 through March 22, 2020 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center! Top-notch clinics and workshops, exciting equine entertainment, tons of trade show shopping, and a chance to interact with horses up close and personal – all for one low admission price! Now in its twenty-first year, this family-friendly expo is the perfect event for horse owners, and horse lovers of all ages, with something for everyone!

Expo officials have announced a diverse lineup of top name trainers representing a multitude of equine interests and disciplines for the Northwest Horse Fair 2020!  The experts from across the United States include the headline clinician, Champion trainer Chris Cox, presenting General Horsemanship clinics; Peggy Cummings providing Connected Riding® clinics; Julie Goodnight teaching General Horsemanship; Muffy Seaton, presented by the Northwest Region of the American Driving Society, featuring Driving clinics; Rod Petersen conducting Drill Team clinics; and Emily Elias of Back Country Horsemen with Packing One Horse into the Back Country.  In addition, radio and on-line TV host of Speaking of Horses, Wayne Williams, will provide a lecture, Horses in my Lifetime.

The Northwest Horse Fair 2020 will bring back the action-packed Colt Starting Challenge USA, for the second year! Experienced horse trainers will work with young, unbroken horses, gentling, saddling and riding them, in just two days! Using Natural Horsemanship methods, each trainer will work with the colt they’ve drawn, all working at the same time in the arena. The talented trainers will take turns explaining to the audience what they’re doing and why.  Then the last day of the expo, colts will be ridden and compete through a challenging obstacle course!  Applications are being taken now for halter broken colts, as well as trainers who want to participate in the event.  For more information or to enter the Colt Starting Challenge USA competition at the Northwest Horse Fair 2020, go to,and look under “Special Events” for the Colt Starting Challenge USA.

A diverse display of horses will provide equine education and entertainment to audiences, in the Breed Showcase and Stallion Review, and entertainment specialists!  Fancy, fast, fluffy, slender, sleek, spotted and spirited – you’ll see a full spectrum of horses put their best foot forward showing off the strengths of their breeds! Two high-speed groups of performers will have you on the edge of your seat! The Rogue Mounted Archers will gallop with no hands, shooting arrows at targets on a dead run! And the Mane Attraction Rodeo Performance Team will wow audiences with fast-paced precision drills to music, at speed! Equally captivating, with a spotlight on their elegance, the BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe will don colorful costumes, showing off their fancy dancing horses performing magical maneuvers to music!

Two large buildings will house dozens of vendors, in the largest equine-related trade show in the Northwest! Vendors from all over the country, will offer a broad variety of products and services, including trailers, farm equipment and supplies, saddles, feed, horse and pet supplies, rider clothing, home décor items, gifts, and much more! Shoppers can take advantage of show deals on select items, and reps will be available to answer questions on their products and services. For a list of trade show vendors, go to,

 and look under “Vendors”.  Keep checking back, as additional vendors are added weekly.

Sunday, March 22 is KMTR Youth Day! Children aged 12 years and under get in free that day, when accompanied by a paying adult, plus 4-H and Pony Club members aged 13 to 18 years, get in free with their club ID cards.

Applications are now being accepted for participants at the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2020, including: trade show vendors; Breed Showcase and Stallion Review participants; clinic participants; sponsors; and advertisers in the event program. Applications are available at

Hours for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo are: Friday from 10am to 9pm; Saturday from 9am to 9pm; and Sunday from 9am to 6pm.

For more details about the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo, go to, email, call 765-655-2107, or join us for late breaking details and excitement, on Facebook (Northwest Horse Fair & Expo (NWHF)) and Twitter (@NWHorseFair).

Sponsors for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2020 include: Akins Trailer Sales, the presenting sponsor; Beelart Embroidery, the official event embroiderer; KMTR-TV, the Youth Day sponsor; Logan Coach Trailers; The Northwest Horse Source, the official publication of the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo; Phoenix Inn & Suites, the hosting hotel for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expoand Wilco.

June 13  Save the Date    CANCELLED

This is another reminder that the Ponderosa Back Country Horsemen will host a POKER RIDE on Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Riverside State Park near Spokane, Washington.

We are already receiving pre-registrations as many riders are anticipating this great ride. And remember, kids 17 and younger will ride free.  We are very interested in having families come join in a fund day in the saddle.

The trails in the equestrian area are easy to ride and we will mark them clearly with engineering tape.  We want this to be a ride for everyone to enjoy.

For this poker ride you get to play a game of skill to determine your poker hand.  How does this work?  At each game station you will throw a poker chip at a box containing 52 playing cards that are face up.  You aim for the card you want.  You can do this from your horse or dismount.   You can also play multiple hands to increase your chance of winning.

We will also be serving a hotcake breakfast and have many great raffle items.


  • Mark your calendar for June 13, 2020
  • Go to for more information including:
  • Flier
  • Facts sheet for more information
  • Pre-registration form
  • Directions to Riverside State Park
  • Contact your riding friends and equestrian groups and stables
  • Put it on your Facebook and other social media
  • Make camping arrangements, if you plan to camp

This fundraiser helps Back Country Horsemen build and maintain trails and trailheads.  We appreciate your support so that equestrians continue to have access to public land.

It is time to plan for the summer of 2020.  Let’s include the Ponderosa poker ride on Saturday, June 13 with your friends and family.

I am attaching the Flier, Facts Sheet and Pre-registration.  Please share.

See you on the Trail

Ken Carmichael


  Flyer 2020

Pre Registration 2020


Sponsored by


FACTS SHEET – 2020Many of you have attended the Ponderosa Scavenger Hunt or participated in a Poker Ride so some of this may be repetitive.  However, we want everyone to understand the event so you can maximize the great time you will have on Saturday June 13.  We will take the best parts of the scavenger hunt and combine this with the experience we have putting on a poker ride.


The event will be at the Riverside State Park Equestrian Area, same as for the scavenger hunt.  

  • Camping is available in the developed campground and overflow area.  Make your camping reservations through the State Parks reservation system.
  • In summary, the day includes registration, hotcake breakfast, raffles and poker ride.
  • We start the day at registration in the round pen where both pre-registered and those registering at the event sign in.  You receive your playing card and breakfast ticket.
  • Also, at registration you may purchase additional poker hands.  It is like playing multiple bingo cards for additional chances of winning at poker.  
  • After registering join us for the hotcake breakfast, purchase raffle tickets for some great items and play the first card of your poker hand . Then you are on the trail any time you want between 9:00 and 11:30 am.
  • We ask that you do NOT run your horses.  We know this is fun, but we have many people on the trail and we need to be respectful of the reaction horses have when they see other horses running.  This is not a timed event. Thank you.
  • You will be riding with your friends in a designated area following a trail well marked with engineer tape at your own speed (but remember no running).
  • In playing the poker ride game you are trying to get the best, or worst poker hand.  You do this by stopping at “game stations” along the trail to play a “game of skill”.  This determines the next card in your hand. The “game of skill” is tossing a washer at a board lined with a deck of cards.  Where your washer lands determines your playing card. You do not need to dismount to play the games.  
  • For those wanting a longer ride, at a junction you can take an extended well marked route and not miss any of the game stations.  Make your decision while on the trail.
  • Return to the arena area to play the last card of your hand, check the board to see what raffle items you may have won and complete a survey for another chance to win a prize.

Please see the flier and registration form to learn more about the poker ride and pre-register by June 3, or you may register at the ride.

We hope that everyone joins us for a great day in the saddle.  Thank you for supporting Back Country Horsemen and our efforts to keep trails open to equestrians.

July 15-19  White Fish Camp out.  Contact person:  Patricia McKinney

August 26-30  Wild Mare Camp Out.  Contact person:  Patricia McKinney



Oct 2-4 2020  RESCHEDULED ANNUAL MEETING Farragut State Park, Athol, Id.

Virtual Membership Meeting at noon on Saturday Oct 3.  We will have our meeting this year by Zoom.  The link to join is/will be sent to all members.  Please join us to find out the results of our BOD Election, raffles and silent auction as well as reports to bring you up to date on the business side of NWPFHA.  

SILENT AUCTION:  All auction items are on our Face Book page, N W Paso Fino Horse Association.  To place items for auction, contact Christie Hartin via FB Messenger with a description, starting bid and picture(s).  To place a bid, simply put it in comments.  To have your bid counted, you will need to go higher than the highest bid on the page.  A small amount will be added to your bid to cover the cost of shipping for the seller.  Sellers are responsible for shipping the item to the winner.

Raffles:  Linda Holzer is holding all tickets, none will be mailed.  You will receive an email listing the numbers on your tickets and the "Keep" ticket will remain with Linda, the other half will be deposited with the rest of the tickets in the box.  Winners will be drawn and announced at the end of the membership meeting.

50 / 50:  The total monies will be split between the holder of the winning ticket and the club.

All monies must be received for raffles prior to the raffle by PayPal or Venmo.  Auction winners will receive an invoice from NWPFHA PayPal account.  You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay the invoice.

We are sorry this year has been so difficult for everyone.  First, all the Covid restrictions which disallowed us from going to WA State Horse Park for our meeting as you all had chosen.  No groups larger than 10 people are allowed.  Then, we moved it to Farragut and the air quality has been Hazardous, the worst air ever recorded in our area.  Our vet said NO RIDING at all.  Our horses can be permanently damaged if asked to work in the bad air.  So, we are hoping all of you can join us, at least for a day ride, on our new date.  We are planning a dinner Saturday night, NWPFHA will be providing the main course, we will not be having a potluck so we can remain Covid safe.  Bring your own side dish, beverage of choice and chair.  We will be having a campfire Saturday evening.

NWPFHA will be covering the cost of your campsite and park pass Friday and Saturday night.  Feel free to come earlier and stay longer, at your own expense.

Join us!!

Linda Holzer

Christie Hartin