Clallam County Rodeo – Barrel Racing

The cowboys and -girls who participate in rodeos give us a glimpse of the beauty of horse and human partnerships when they ride — in both riding events and in watching the support riders as they follow participants in events like bareback and bull riding.  The horses and riders are an elegant team that we don’t often get to see in this kind of action. In barrel racing riders and horses race full speed in a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels and then sprint out of the arena.  

Barrel racing is performed on American Quarter Horses. Riders trip an electronic eye as they enter and leave the arena, so the race is fast from start to finish. This race lasted just over 17 seconds.

The horses are well trained and it’s fascinating to see their focus mirror that of their riders as they go through their paces in the race.

The Clallam County Fair offers a rodeo on two different days. Tomorrow: Bull Riding.

Clallam County Fair

The Clallam County Fair in Port Angeles was Aug. 18-21. It was blessed by perfect weather and had many typical county fair events and offerings: animal shows, demonstrations, entertainment, and everyone’s favorite: fair food!  The 4-H kids prepared outstanding exhibits and readily answered questions about their exhibits and animal husbandry.

What’s a fair without a carnival?

Fair carnivals specialize in bright colors, lights, and plenty of action. The Clallam County Fair also hosted a Demo Derby. . .gosh. . . we left too early and missed that.

The County Fair was declared a success. Attendance, gate receipts, concession, and carnival proceeds were all up over last year. And a new event, the Clallam County Variety and Talent Show was a first time hit with a 68 year-old woman yodeler in a pink cowboy hat taking top honors.

Tomorrow I’ll post photos from the Rodeo. To see more Fair photos also check out the Port Angeles Daily Photo:

It is so true!

For so many reasons Sequim is a very welcoming place and these signs, at each end of town, say it all. The natural beauty, the warmth and friendliness of the people, and the small town scale of events and daily living make it a home town that ‘s easy to love.   

This is the first official post I planned to make when I took over this blog, but found it so user friendly that I was able to begin posting immediately after Shannon showed me the ropes. So if you’ve just now come looking for your Sequim fix, you can take a look back to August 11th, when I began posting.

I’d like to thank Denton of the Greenville Daily Photo for his patient and very helpful tech support in getting me properly set up with the Sequim Daily Photo. And I also extend warm and enthusiastic thanks to Shannon for her wonderful posts over the past year and her willingness and clarity in showing me the ropes. She and Lavenderlady, Norma, are an inspiration. I’m pleased to have an opportunity to follow in their footsteps and look forward to continuing to share our wonderful city with you!

Avian hunters II

Yesterday’s post caught an eagle near Dungeness Recreation Area after a nearby field was hayed. Here’s another next to a freshly hayed field. It was one of several that hunted as haying equipment cut down tall field grasses.

Farmers begin haying in June and work long hours through the summer cutting hay, baling, and moving it to storage. Eagles pay serious attention to their work habits.

Avian hunters I

This is the time of year when many open fields in the area are hayed — the grass is cut and gathered into bales for feed. The process exposes little animals like voles and field mice and means lunch for the likes of eagles. If you’re near fields that are being hayed you can often find eagles on the wing or nearby as they take advantage of easier pickings.

Until I moved to Sequim I’d seen about three bald eagles in my life, all at great distance. It’s frankly awesome to see them regularly, and so close. This one was about 20 feet away at the Dungeness Recreation Area, next to a newly hayed field. And, naturally, it was on a day I didn’t have a telephoto lens. Tomorrow I’ll post another eagle shot.

Wild beauties

One of the more gorgeous sights of early summer is the native nootka roses that bloom profusely in sunny areas. In addition to their delicate beauty they perfume the air with a heady, classic rose fragrance. They come and go within a couple of months, making their ephemeral beauty all the more special. By fall the bushes are covered with bright red hips.

Who can resist?

Summer is the time for garage sales and if you like the thrill of the hunt these are happy hunting grounds. The landscape is peppered with sale signs on the weekends and you can join a parade of people looking for a bargain. Whether it’s junk or treasure probably depends on your side of the transaction: giving or receiving payment.