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Interstate Games: Washington vs. Oregon Horses

In 1957, Oregon challenged Washington to a contest: which state has the fastest horses with the best riders? Washington said: Heck yeah, we’ll meet you in the arena. Twenty of the best horses from Washington and Oregon were brought to Portland to compete in events like barrel racing, polebending, bareback relays, and more. Oregon won (THAT time), but one outcome was for sure: it was so much dang fun, everyone wanted to do it again! Thus the Annual Interstate Games Competition was born.

There’s no other event like it in the whole country—and spectators can come and watch for free (free parking, too!) at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield. When the meet concludes, there will be many new Interstate Champions—plus a new Interstate Queen and her Interstate Princesses—who will represent the Pacific Northwest in Western horse competitions worldwide.

Come to see top horses and riders in full Western gear compete in Texas-style barrel racing, polebending, key stake racing, bareback relays, flag racing, keyhole racing and more. There will also be horsemanship contests and the crowning of a new 2016 Interstate Queen; last year, it was Hannah Sperber of Washington—will our fair state retain the title? Be there to find out! For more information about the Interstate Games, visit www.interstategames.com.

Calvary Demonstration at Fort Vancouver

Where can you see horses, history, and Civil War-era guns (at a safe distance) all in one day? At Fort Vancouver, of course—which is where there will be a special appearance by the 1st Oregon Volunteer Calvary. Visitors to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will witness live horse drills and historic weapons demonstrations performed by the volunteer calvary unit, a non-profit educational and historical re-enactment group. The demonstration is free and open to the public, and will be held on the parade ground.

The reconstructed for is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The entrance fee is $3 per person, and free for kids age 15 and under. For more details, contact the Visitor Center at 360-816-6230, or call the Fort Vancouver National Trust at 360-992-1800.

Send In the Calvary

Where can you see horses, history, and Civil War-era guns (at a safe distance) all in one day? At Fort Vancouver, of course—which is where there will be a special appearance by the 1st Oregon Volunteer Calvary from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. Visitors to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will witness live horse drills and historic weapons demonstrations performed by the volunteer calvary unit, a non-profit educational and historical re-enactment group. The demonstration is free and open to the public, and will be held on the parade ground.

Fort Vancouver is located at 612 E. Reserve St. The reconstructed for is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The entrance fee is $3 per person, and free for kids age 15 and under. For more details, contact the Visitor Center at 360-816-6230, or call the Fort Vancouver National Trust at 360-992-1800.

 

Washington State Horse Expo (Final Day)

Highlights of this three-day event incldue the Equine Extravaganza, Extreme Cowboy Race, The BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, Marvin Pierce's Cowdogs, and Steve Rother’s Western Doma Vaquera.

Other attractions: a "Chuckwagon and Saloon" where food and beverages may be purchased, kid- and family-friendly activities, and hundreds of vendors selling everything from horseshoes to horse trailers. The Horse Expo also offers a demonstrations and seminars on topics ranging from how to pack a saddlebag to career options for those who love to work with horses. The complete schedule of activities is available (and downloadable) online at www.wastatehorseexpo.com.

Tickets are available online and at the gate.

Hours:

12 noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16

Washington State Horse Expo (Day 2)

Highlights of this three-day event incldue the Equine Extravaganza, Extreme Cowboy Race, The BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, Marvin Pierce's Cowdogs, and Steve Rother’s Western Doma Vaquera.

Other attractions: a "Chuckwagon and Saloon" where food and beverages may be purchased, kid- and family-friendly activities, and hundreds of vendors selling everything from horseshoes to horse trailers. The Horse Expo also offers a demonstrations and seminars on topics ranging from how to pack a saddlebag to career options for those who love to work with horses. The complete schedule of activities is available (and downloadable) online at www.wastatehorseexpo.com.

Tickets are available online and at the gate.

Hours:

12 noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16

Washington State Horse Expo

Highlights of this three-day event incldue the Equine Extravaganza, Extreme Cowboy Race, The BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, Marvin Pierce's Cowdogs, and Steve Rother’s Western Doma Vaquera.

Other attractions: a "Chuckwagon and Saloon" where food and beverages may be purchased, kid- and family-friendly activities, and hundreds of vendors selling everything from horseshoes to horse trailers. The Horse Expo also offers a demonstrations and seminars on topics ranging from how to pack a saddlebag to career options for those who love to work with horses. The complete schedule of activities is available (and downloadable) online at www.wastatehorseexpo.com.

Tickets are available online and at the gate.

Hours:

12 noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16

All Things Equine at Horse Expo

Saddle up for the Washington State Horse Expo on Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 NE Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield.

Whether you own a stable full of stallions or merely love to watch horses galloping across a field, this is an ideal venue to get a closer look at all the pretty horses. Horsey highlights of this three-day event incldue the Equine Extravaganza, Extreme Cowboy Race, The BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, Marvin Pierce's Cowdogs, and Steve Rother’s Western Doma Vaquera.

For good eats and a turn at the trough, trot on over to the "Chuckwagon and Saloon." Then take your colts and fillies to some of the many kid-friendly activities, or browse the wares of hundreds of vendors selling everything from horseshoes to horse trailers. For the academically inclined—that is, for book learnin'—the Horse Expo offers a wagonfull of demonstrations and seminars on topics ranging from how to pack a saddlebag to career options for those who love to work with horses. The complete schedule of activities is available (and downloadable) online, or check out the Horse Expo website at www.wastatehorseexpo.com.

Tickets, available online and at the gate, are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and kids ages seven to 12; kids under seven are free. The Horse Expo begins at noon on Friday, Feb. 14, and closes at 9 p.m. Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16.