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Bleyhl's gearing up for Western Days

GRANDVIEW - Marc Rea has been around horses his whole life, and always considered himself to be a pretty good hand. Then a friend talked him into attending a Pat Parelli clinic. It changed his life. Rea, then a Winthrop realtor, knew he'd stumbled onto something special when he heard Parelli speak and saw the extraordinary results he was getting with horses. Rea immediately started on a journey that led him to become one of the first instructors trained in Parelli's method of natural horsemanship. Now, 20 years later, Rea is a top-ranked instructor who's spent thousands of hours teaching Parelli's approach to students of all ages. "Natural horsemanship" doesn't train horses per se, but teaches horse owners how to better communicate and build a trusting relationship with their animals. Rea will share his knowledge in a free two-hour presentation this coming Saturday, July 13, at the Bleyhl Country Store in Grandview. Starting at 1 p.m., Rea and his two equine assistants - Little Mary and Desi - will demonstrate what's possible when people and horses understand each other. A question and answer time will follow. "Horsemanship skills are important, but the foundation of the Parelli method is building on the relationship between horse and owner with the principles of love, language and leadership as guides," Rea says. Parelli's approach works with the horse's natural instincts, psychology and behaviors, making it much easier for the animal to understand human demands. "The best way to learn horsemanship is by getting out there and doing it, but it's easy to become overwhelmed, frustrated and confused," Rea says. "I help horse owners accelerate progress and refine techniques so they're more successful in achieving their goals." Rea and his wife, author Mary Rea, live on their ranch in the Methow Valley in north central Washington during the summer. In winter, they live in Las Vegas, where he continues teaching and training horses. For Rea's clinic information, visit http://rearanch.com or www.parelli.com While expected to draw a large crowd, Rea's presentation is only one of many activities slated for Bleyhl's Western Days event. Country western singer/songwriter Cale Moon returns to Grandview for free concerts July 13 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Moon entertained local listeners at both the 2011 and 2012 Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo events in Grandview. The Benton City native now tours full-time with his family. He has performed extensively throughout the Northwest, including gigs at the Central Washington State Fair and Pendleton Round-Up. Moon is described as "a country boy whose voice is as deep and rich as the 100+ songs that he's written." He recently recorded his second album in Nashville. CDs will be available for purchase. Learn more about him at www.CaleMoon.com or become a Facebook fan. The Bleyhl's event also will provide visitors a chance to meet volunteers and their canine friends from Wags To Riches Pet Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter based in Yakima. Anyone interested in adopting a dog must complete an online application and be approved prior to the July 13 event. The application is available at wagstorichesanimalrescue.org There will be free activities for children, including a face painter and balloon twister from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Youngsters can take a turn to grab for a prize in "the cube." Everyone can enjoy free hot dogs, chips and drinks 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to in-store specials, adults can sign up for door prizes, including free Wrangler jeans and an Echo chainsaw. Purina nutrition expert Mike Miller will give away $5 off coupons, good that day on any Purina feed. Customers also get double punches that day on any Equis brand feed purchase.

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