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Friesian horse enthusiasts gather for 'play day' in Granger

GRANGER - Perhaps the two words that could best describe a Granger gathering for members of the Northwest Region Friesian Horse Club are "play day."

Said the club's president, Will Bron, "It's our annual meeting and we make a play day out of it."

Club members from Seattle, Washington and Oregon gathered this past weekend for activities in Granger, which included a treasure hunt through the Bron's orchard, as well as numerous games and activities.

The Friesian horse breed is the only breed native to Holland and is from the province of Friesland.

Bron said there are only about 5,000 Friesian horses in the United States. For the northwest club, there are about 75 members, approximately 25 of whom came to the Brons' home to participate in the weekend's activities.

Bron said that the weekend allowed horses the chance to "play" as much as the owners, because many west-side owners board their horses.

Jeannie Wier, who traveled from McKenna, Wa., said during the treasure hunt in the orchard at least everybody gets lost once. Leaving notes to tell the rider to "turn at the smudge-pot doesn't mean anything to people from the west side," she said with a laugh.

Bron said that weekend festivities included traditional Friesian races in carriages.

The youngest member partaking in weekend festivities was Kim Williams, 7, from Oregon.

Wier said that to be a member of the club, one doesn't have to own a Friesian horse. She encouraged those interested in learning more about the club to visit www.nwfriesianhorse.com.

Lynda Jo Gross/Daily Sun News

Kim Williams, 7, guides a Friesian horse through an obstacle course in Granger this past Saturday during a gathering of Friesian horse enthusiasts.

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