Members of the Wilson Butte 4-H club are planning their 10th Annual Cowboy trail ride and Fun Run (Sat.) April 27. The fundraising event is set with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Riders can head out on the trail up till 11:30. (Riders must be back in camp by 1:30 p.m. to be included for the fun run).The ride is approximately 2 hours long around the Blackstock Ranch.

Even the best of horses has issues with certain sounds or objects and a local horse group has the perfect solution. The Treasure Valley Whips Carriage Driving Club (TVWCDC) is hosting a playday Saturday, March 23 at Birt Arena in Nampa, Idaho.

“This event is not only a learning experience for horse and rider, it’s a lot of fun as well. We have a potluck and everyone is welcome to attend,” TVWCDC event organizer Jan McEnroe said.

Red, blue and green Christmas tree lights are up, people are dreaming of a couple of days off work and time for family and opening packages.This project documents one of Idaho and Oregon’s less known communities, the Buckaroos and Cowboys of the Great Basin, through a photography and essay exhibit that also includes working gear such as saddles, bits, spurs and rawhide bosals. The project format is a traveling exhibit combining photographs and essays gathered from interviews — a “history” detailing Buckaroo life.

The holidays bring food, Christmas trees, gifts and colorful wrapping, but supervising your pet is especially important during festivities.

Friends and family gather together and can often forget family pets who are running about enjoying the holidays as well. Trees are a feature in almost every home and must be closely observed. Tree water additives can be toxic to animals and it’s often too easy to sneak a drink when no one is looking. Mistletoe and poinsettias are poisonous to pets as well.

Although there’s a bite to the morning air and the kids are back in school, some of the best rodeo action is on tap the next two weekends.

Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, the Bruneau Rodeo will be in full swing at 12:30. It features one event you won’t get to see many other places—Ride the Hide. Last year I was a hide rider and it was fast and furious.

I was born and raised in Idaho. The sagebrush, winding through the outcroppings and lava flows, were my playground in Shoshone, Idaho. A great bit of my time is now spent in the Owyhee’s on horseback, when I’m not in the Valley, and it reminds me of a more beautiful version of that sagebrush country.

I have always been a “Native” Idahoan and proud of it. By chance, someone sent me a ticket to Hawaii, as life has been a bit of a challenge for me these past 3 years.

If you want to make your garden season a little easier, now’s the time to get ahead of the game. By now, your plants should be in the ground. If you planted seeds, they should have their little heads poking through and all seems right with the world. But, we know that right around the corner are 95-degree days, insects to torment us, and weeds that will try to out-compete our vegetables and flowers for sunlight, nutrients and precious water. Short of moving to the coast, there’s not much we can do about the temperature and insects that are a fact of garden life.