Monday, August 22, 2011

Chief Joseph Trail riders camp out in West Yellowstone - Full Article

Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2011 3:13 pm
By ABBIE TUMBLESON West Yellowstone News

The Appaloosa Horse Club, which acts as the international breed registry, pulled into West Yellowstone on Aug. 5 as the final stop on their annual Chief Joseph Trail Ride.

The annual ride honors The Nez Perce Indians and the Appaloosas that they rode and bred.

Black, brown and white Appaloosas, some speckled and some with solid blocks of colored markings, trekked across a 100-mile segment of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail with 125 riders on horseback. More than 200 members of the club joined the group this year as they covered another leg of the historic trail, beginning at their assembly camp in Spencer, Idaho. The trip is the biggest trail ride the club has each year.

The Nez Perce National Historic Trail begins in Joseph, Ore., near Wallowa Lake and extends more than 1,000 miles, ending at the Bear Paw Battlefield in Chinook, Mont.

Members of the Appaloosa Horse Club started their annual ride 47 years ago in 1965 to recognize the journey made by Chief Joseph and his fellow Nez Perce Indians after the U.S. government attempted to move them from their homelands near Wallowa Lake to a reservation in 1877...

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