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Horse Park Gains Respected Western Trainer As Latest Leader

Kim Witty of High Country Training is a renowned Western horseman, world and national champion rider, and highly respected trainer based in Ellensburg, WA. On March 6, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission approved Mr. Witty to serve a three-year term on the board of the Washington State Horse Park Authority effective immediately.

“We are extremely pleased to add Kim Witty to the leadership of the Horse Park,” said Board President Todd Trewin. “The horse park is in its early years of development. Kim’s participation will help the Western horse community understand how they can take advantage of the park’s many opportunities, including an arena designed just for their needs.”

“The Horse Park is a fantastic place to go for all disciplines,” said Witty. “I want to help build its success because it has so much to offer our horse industries. No one will be sorry when they try this place out.”

Witty has a ranching, roping, and rodeo background. He started in a leading Quarter Horse performance barn, and after many national and international competitions and titles over the years, he now focuses on reining, colt starting and training in the cow horse arena. His wife, Deb Witty, is also a highly accomplished trainer specializing in Arab and half-Arab futurity horses.

August 2012 was Witty’s first chance to use the Horse Park. It was a Northwest Reined Cow Horse competition. The experience gave him all he needed to know to feel excited that cow horse and reining people would be very happy to compete there. “The footing is phenomenal, it’s in the great outdoors, and I was really thrilled by the atmosphere of the whole place. The RV and parking set up, the stalls, walking to the arenas, the warm up pens—all of it was well thought out and works really great.” He noted that the group was so pleased they’re returning again in year with a bigger event.

Located in Cle Elum, WA, The Authority is a nonprofit corporation responsible for the development, promotion, operations, management, and maintenance of the Horse Park. The Horse Park is a charitable organization and receives no ongoing funding from the State of Washington. www.wahorsepark.org

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