Cover Story: Up for the Challenge

Challenge
Samantha Rock and Handy Dandy. Photo by Madeline Biner.

Samantha Rock Doubles Her Chances of Winning $50,000 at First Ever Mustang Challenge in Las Vegas Why mustangs? Samantha (Sam) Rock wanted a challenge and found it in 2015 when she started gentling and training wild horses and got hooked on mustangs. Sam considers herself a very competitive person and …

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From My Saddle: Horse Time

Memories
Working Chip

Saddle Up and Make Some Memories It’s been fairly dry this winter in Colorado, and with temperatures from subzero to the 60s you never know what to expect. I can think of many excuses to not work my horse when the weather isn’t ideal or when I tell myself I’m …

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From My Saddle: Exciting Expos!

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Karen rides her mare April at the Washington State Horse Expo in 2012. Photo by by DiaRae Harvey.

The Place to Connect with Favorite Trainers I’ve attended horse expos as a sponsor for over 20 years. Despite the cost and hard work involved in preparing for them, I love them! Every year I look forward to connecting with my writers, advertisers, and readers. It’s rewarding to engage with …

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From My Saddle: Change is Inevitable

Change
My best friend’s husband, Duke, created this beautiful plaque for me commemorating 28 years of the Northwest Horse Source.

Moving Forward and Embracing Digital Communication 2023 was a year of big changes for The Northwest Horse Source. The November/December issue was the final print edition of the magazine and we’re now an all-digital magazine and website. This was a tough decision for me, but the print version of the …

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From My Saddle: Where Do We Go From Here?

Resource
Karen Pickering with Francesca Carsen, Spanky & Dally. NWHS Photo.

The Northwest Horse Source Supplies Trusted and Relevant Information As we embark on the new year there’s a lot of uncertainty in the air. Change is happening whether we’re ready for it or not.  Here’s what’s happening: we’ve discontinued the print magazine and are focusing on digital edition. We can …

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From My Saddle – Don’t Forget the Basics

Basics
Riding Chip. NWHS Photo.

Senior Horses (and Senior People) Need Confidence I got my horse Chip in the fall of 2022. I wasn’t looking for a horse after losing my mare, April, but the opportunity presented itself and I brought Chip home. I’ve recently learned a valuable lesson: it doesn’t matter how old you …

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BIG NEWS!

We have finished and delivered the last issue (Nov/Dec) of the print magazine. We have determined that more people see the website and digital edition over the print. While this is the end of an era, we believe that our content and brand will benefit you for less money.  We …

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From My Saddle: Horse People Doing Great Things in The Community

Equestrians Helping Others I recently attended an event that warmed my soul. While watching the news one morning, I caught the tail end of a report about the Pikes Peak Range Riders hosting a half-day event called “A Day on the Range” for the Boys and Girls Club at Latigo …

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From My Saddle: Youth and Education

Western Washington University Students, Jesse Nunley and Rebecca Manlow, hang out with April after finishing a marketing project for NWHS in 2015.

Producing a Magazine Takes an Incredible Team I’ve come to realize after so many years how blessed I am to be working with the team I have. Running a magazine for 27+ years and starting a new one nearly two years ago, I understand the dedication and discipline it takes …

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