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September 9, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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September 9, 1971

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"HE'S A CHARACTER!" Merridee Guyer says of her registered Appaloosa gelding, Twink. een or "., ..p that trophy polished," says Merridee Guyer to her good triend Tulla Kimball. "This is the last time you'll have it." In the competitive trail ride held near Menlo on April 25, Mrs. Guycr received a red ribbon rather than the coveted top award taken by Mrs. Kimball because, lacking a watch, she came in one minute late She now owns a time piece. +']he only reason Tulla still has the trophy", she maintains, "is that we haven't since ridden in corn petition." Competitive trail riding is a big tiling with Merridee Guyer. "'It's hard work," she states, '+but a lot of fun." Immediately before the ride, the weight of each horse is estimaled by nteasurements taken wilh a special tape. The rider and all equipment is weighed, and the percentage of his own weight carried by the horse places him in either light, middleweight or heavyweight division. There are junior divisions for children. Each horse is checked for of whom will observe the contestants at least five times. Each judge scores the riders seen on the trail, utilizing a basis of ten poin ts. After the competition, horses must be in show shape within an hour. "This means every hair in place," says Merridee, "and feet must be spotless." Merridee Guyer is co-leader of the Evergreen Wranglers 4-1t group, led by Tulla Kimball. 'Tm Tulla's right hand man," she declares. "I help out wherever needed. I accompany the club on trail rides, attend the horse camp, assist at the fair activities, and lend moral support at the meetings." David, 20, is the only one of Mrs. Guyer's four children who has not participated in 4-H, although I 8-year-old Denise, 17-year-old Dana and ninthgrader Debbie are now dropping out. Merridee Guyer rides a registered Appaloosa gelding named Twink, well trained as a reining horse but thoroughly at Merridee was given her own horse when she was a third-grader. "I wouldn't leave the work horses alone," Merridee laughs, "and my grandfather was always angry at me. When he brought them into the barn in the evening, I'd always take one of them to ride. Grandpa felt this wasn't fair to a horse that had already done a day's work." While a high school student, she bought and trained a two-year-old and in the first year of the 4-H mare-and-foal program she was awarded a thoroughbred mare in foal. At the end of a year the lnare went to another home and her foal remained the property of Merridee, who sold the youngster when she left for college. She discontinued her schooling upon her marriage to Frank Guyer. "1 was without a horse for about ten years, "Merridee remembers. "When our children were small we lived in Olympia, but I always lived for the day we could come back to the farm." Mrs. Guyer is a member of the home on the trails, in the show Silver Stars, and with the club _/~eneral condition, blemishes and : ..."~i~ +~,t m~m" + + .:; +~ "+;~' -dayAla~.,~,'t'~+.r4a~" articipated in the ten-da'l/ tilt i, determWll whether ~l~'ne~+purellas|fl~'tllt~ horse !ta~3,+spring camp-out at Sahnon La Sac. Ip lhc animal is fit for the contest. A she has ridd~ffhim to the Winning a d d i t i o n t o showing atatl pro-tide score is given. luck is next inspected for salety and fit. Saddles may be of any type English, Western or Army but must be comfortable for both horse and rider. Approximately four hours are allowed for a thirty mile ride, the exact length of time depending on the type of terrain. Time is taken upon the departure and again upon the return of each rider with ten n-linutes leeway allowed, making it permissible for the contestant to come in either ten minutes early or ten minutes late. The ride is not a race. Merridee Guyer explained that the Menlo trail took horsemen to the top of a high ridge and down. Obstacles included swamp, creek and heavy brushl "A~ the sticky spots," she relates, "there is usually a judge watching from a hiding place to evaluate the performance. A rider is marked down for running his mount uphill or for loping him on a gravelly surface." There are three judges, each FROM of a dozen ribbons including a red for the two-day event held at Tenino in June, where he was judged in performance and trail horse classes as well as in games. Prior to her acquisition of Twink, Merridee's mount was a tall sorrel gelding born on the day of the 1965 earthquake and subsequently known as Shakey. She raised him, trained him, showed him, and rode him on competitive trail rides. Not without a pang of regret did she sell Shakey, a winner of many awards. "1 wanted a horse with a little more quality" Merridee explained, "and Twink has it. He's like a cat on his feet, he's very responsive and has a wonderful disposition. Besides that, he's a character." Shelton-born Merridee's grandfather, Charles Wivell, assisted by his father homesteaded the site of the present Guyer ranch and also the adjacent area on Lost Lake Road. conlpetitive trail rides she enjoys pack trips into the Olympics. When her children are grown she plans to load a pack horse and to ride the Cascade Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico. "Horses are my only hobby", she states. Sale Scheduled A rummage sale sponsored by David Ray Orthopedic Guild will be held from 10 a.ln. until 4 p.m. today in the PUD auditorium. The regular meeting will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday in tire home of Mrs. Kenneth Pearce of Union. Club Will Meet Amaranth Social Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Masonic tlall. Order of Amaranth will practice in the Ilall at 7:30 p.m. Monday. WASHINGTON STATE MUSIC TEACHER'S ASSOCIATION Mason County Chapter MRS. t.OU COWLES, 426-2573 Piano and Violin 312-A island Lake Drive DEE L. MORTON (Mrs. Richard H.), 426-2815 Piano and Organ Rt. 3, Box 59-A (Arcadia Rd.) VIRGINIA AHO (Mrs. O. A.), 426-2450 Piano and Organ 603 South 9th GENEVA A. SLIVA, 426-8475 Piano - Theory - Harmony 1530 N. Adams FLORENCE ANDERSON (Mrs. Harry J.), 426-6943 Voice Building, Piano, Your Home or Mine Rt. 5, Box 750 CINDA M. HENDERSON (Mrs. William), 426-1879 Piano 1119 Franklin St. MELBA J. O'NEILL (Mrs. Wm. A.) 426-4530 Piano Rt. 3, Box 223 (Old Arcadia Rd.) VIRGINIA ANDREWS (Mrs. William) 426-2546 Piano 626 w. pine st. BEA LARSON (Mrs. Lout) 426-3376 Piano, Voice and Organ 1925 Walker Park Road W.$.M.T.A. OBJECTIVES 1 -- Promotion Of professional fraternity among music teachers. 2 -- Maintenance of the high standard of the Code of Ethics. 3 -- Mutual improvement by the interchange of ideas. 4 -- Furtherance of musical culture in all 5 of its phases. 5 -- Achievement of State Accreditation. e "DON'T SHARE" We all look to today's medications as life-saving and health*giving agents. However, there is one point that can never be overemphasized: That ts the danger involved in sharing one's medicine with someone else. One reason why many Potent products are available by prescription only ts because of potentially dangerous aids effects that require professiOnal supervision. Prescribing for another person, uniess you are a physician, could have damaging results. For the same reasons, do not let anyone else "prescribe" for you. Consult with your physician before attempting tO use someone else's medication. Only a physician can determine which medication Is best for you. Neil's Pharmacy Emergency Ph. 426.2165 Fifth & Franklin St.--426-3327 Open Daily 9:30 to 7:30 Saturdays -- 9:30 to 6:00 ~,i~i~ MERRIDEE GUYER and Twink competitive trail rides and games. participate in shows, "HOW ABOUT A REFILL?" asks empty feed can to Merridee Guyer. Twink as Lodge To Meet Mesdanles Marie Carlson and Willie Quinn will serve refreshments at the regular meeting of Degree of Honor Io be held at 8 p.m, Tuesday in the Memorial tfall. Luncheon Set Past matrons of Welcome Chapter No. 40 will meet with twelyn Ellison for a noon sack hmcheon next Thursday. All past Matrons in the area are welcome to attend. By Jan Danford One luscious fruit I've chosen His talents were directed only from the rest, towards the most inedible of Certain that of all, it is the best; plant life. After each in crushing grip When he started school and I'd seized, found out about girls he lost all 1 bought the only one I had . .......... interest in the tilling of the soil, ~Yl'g~eeked~!+:+: q~ttt tl~e dedicated efforts of 1~ , , , a ~ mother were not entirely in va~ Twenty-odd (and "I do mean oddl years ago, a certain little fellow who must remain anonymous had a decided aversion to vegetables. As an infant he was indeed adept in the spewing forth upon his despairing parents of large mouthfuls of pureed peas and buttered squash. His mother, an ardent gardener, sought with the passing of time to interest the kid in the growing of the succulent greenery,hoping thereby to stimulateat least a grudging tolerance for the fruits of his labors. At the age of four years the child was somewhat of a horticultural genius, lte could make anything grow; but first he inquired "Do 1 have to eat it'?" "~HaVtn:gl~at~'ealtned a man's estate h}' no longer spits vegetables. He ignores them utterly. When his own little chip-off-the-old-block gags on her green beans, he says to his wife: "Aw, let the kid alone -- I never ate that junk, myself." "Eat your vegetables," says the little girl's mother. "Do you want to grow up to be like Daddy?" Now I hearken To the mild, good Memories of Early childhood When in fertile Fields enchanted The crop 1 reap Today was planted. Today, Thursday, Sept. 9 Rotary Club luncheon, noon, Ming Tree Cafe. Toastmaster's Club, 6:45 a.m., Timbers Restaurant. Slimette Tops, 7 p.m., court house annex. Shel-Toa council meeting, 10 a.m., Guild meeting, 8 p.m., home of Shirley Gray, 1406 May St. layettes, 7:30 p.m., home of Mrs. Pat Swartos. Rummage sale, 10 a.m. -4 p.m., PUD. David Ray Orthopedic Auxiliary. St. tidward's Woman's Club, 7:30 p.m. board meeting; 8 p.m. Regular meeting at the church. Union Civic Club;" "noon potluck & meeting, Union fire hall. Friday, Sept. 10 Ruby Rebekah Lodge, 8 p.m., IOOF hall. Progress Grange pot luck, 6:30 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m. followed by visit to Shelton Valley Grange. Rummage sale, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., followed by meeting of Donnie J. O'Neill Orthopedic Guild. Saturday, Sept. 11 Salty Sashayers business meeting 8 p.m., dance 8:30 p.m. fairgrounds hall. Men's Night, Welcome Chapter No. 40 OES, Masonic Temple. Sunday, Sept. 12 Shelton churches invite you to attend the church of your choice. Monday, Sept. ! 3 PUD No. 3 commission meeting, 1 p.m., PUD confercnce room. County commission meeting, 10 a.m., court house. Shelton Bridge Club, 7:15 p.m., PUD auditorium. Goodwill truck in town. Phone 426-4847 for pickups. It's About Time "Fops, 7 p.m., f?ounty Health Office. Ch~'iSt:i~in Wbnie.n's Club luncheon & meeting, noon, Hallmark Inn. Amaranth social club, 12:30 p.m., Masonic Temple. Amaranth practice, 7:30 p.m., at the Temple. Tuesday, Sept. 14 Kiwanis Club luncheon, noon, Timbers Restaurant. City commission meeting, 2 p.m., city hall. School board meeting, 8 p.m., Evergreen School. 4-H leaders council meeting, 7:30 p.m., extension office. Moose hall'Degree of Memorial Hall. Mason 7:30 a.m., Eagles Eagles hall W Multi-service Chamber meeting, 7 Kestaurant- David auxiliary, 8 Ke Ming Port p.m., court Hood 11:30 a.m: Shelton clubhouse- MasOn: Club, 8 P-~ Sarah GrapevieW AT CAPITAL SAVINGS IEW HOURS! 8:30 to 5:30 Monday, through Thursday. Fridays until 6 p.m. by Red Goose This fabulous shoe is available in Hayride color sueded leather with one piece premolded cleat sole and in youth and 5 - 10 in women's. to 15.99 l/l i ! [ SHELTON -- Firs, =ad Rmi : 42 [ :"'"" .+ ,.,,,o, 07s. MON/ESANO HemlOllil TUMWIlII .N ~, r.,~b~..~ Page 8 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, September 9, 1971