Kharousel Farm is the home of
National Champion NYN Hisani++/
and was the home of the late GS Khochise+++//
Kharousel Farm is owned and operated by Betty Chapman-Radtke, and her husband Ed Radtke. We are located in Clarkston, Washington in the stunning Lewis-Clark Valley at the confluence of the mighty Snake and Clearwater Rivers. This valley is downstream from Hells Canyon and is the gateway to some of the most beautiful wilderness country in the world. Many people visit here to enjoy fishing, hunting, rafting or jet boating the rapids, viewing wildlife and of course to play golf as our mild climate in this valley permits year-round golfing.
Betty was born and raised on a wheat farm about 35 miles from Clarkston, Wa and her first spoken word might have been “horse”.
She grew up riding some horses of undetermined pedigree. At the age of 10 or 11 by doing ironing and some other chores she saved up the required $25.00 to breed her not so pretty palomino/pinto mare to the local doctor’s Arabian stallion. She rode her to his farm to be turned out with the stallion. Then three weeks later she returned to the farm and rode her horse home. The following spring the mare gave birth to a pretty buckskin colt. Her first Half Arabian started her on her life’s adventure.
"I did not grow up a horse show kid. We did not have shows in this area at that time. I rode by the seat of my pants and experience was my teacher (some of the lessons were hard) but I was fascinated with learning to ride and train my horses." Says Betty.
She married and eventually moved to Western Washington where she met some people who bred and showed Arabians. In 1971, at age 25, she went to her first horse show.
"I knew I had found what I was looking for and still love the show ring" Betty proclaimed.
She started breeding and showing Arabian and Half Arabian horses and over time the horses and the rider improved. She owned and bred some nice horses along the way but two very special horses have shaped her future.
"In 1992 I had the opportunity of a lifetime. I purchased my dream horse GS Khochise (April 18, 1981 – May 2nd, 2010). I had watched him in the ring for 6 years. I had bred mares to him. I always wanted to own him" Betty said.
Khochise became one of the most successful show horses of all time and helped her live her dream. Of his 38 national awards, 36 were won during the years Betty owned him and she was on the lead or in the saddle for 16 of them.
Few people are fortunate enough to own two ultimate dream horses. Betty was one of those lucky people. In 2005 the 9 month old colt NYN Hisani became part of Kharousel Farm and the adventure continues.