This year's Washington Horseman's Park Annual Gala Event auction fundraiser will include my original contemporary acrylic painting, "Unbridled Horses", (18 x 24) as a 100% donation to the event. A new, state-of-the-art facility, the equestrian park is close to realizing the dream of building a spectacular indoor arena as the showpiece for the 112-acre facility.

When I was a young woman, my best friend and I would look forward to attending horse shows at Bridle Trails State Park, near Kirkland, WA. A lovely outdoor facility, you were smart to arrive early, if you were to watch the hunter-jumper classes in decent bleacher seats - meaning the few seats available in the shade of the pine trees on the Westside. As time went on, Bridle Trails became surrounded by upscale homes back to back, and fewer horse properties.

Snohomish County also tried to fund and maintain a horse show facility in Monroe, WA, at the large and popular fairgrounds there. Unfortunately, their new horse show arena was quickly appropriated for indoor motorcycle events. With the car racing track, right behind the horse arena, it wasn't always a happy situation. The use of the arena by equestrians, and the next-door car racing events, still share the popular venue, that has admirably shuffled dates to meet the needs of all concerned.

Washington State equestrians smartly obtained a suitable parcel of land for a grand horse park; suitable for International events, permanently dedicated to all equestrian sports centrally located in Cle Elum, WA. Placed safely past the seasonal rain-curtain of Western Washington, the Horseman's Park boasts open access to miles of trails via adjacent National Forest lands.

We'll be looking for you in future years at the expansive equestrian facility being realized near Cle Elum, WA among the big pines. My contemporary equine art donation is in remembrance of the summer horse shows I attended with my best friend, so many years ago.