From My Saddle: Change is Inevitable

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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?

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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

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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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From My Saddle: Friends for Life

Karen (left) and Wendy at The Flying W Ranch

Making Cherished Memories One of my favorite places to visit is the Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs. After moving to Colorado, my sister Sharon and her husband Warren drove from Washington for a visit. Sharon had asked me about the Flying W Ranch as she had visited the ranch …

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It’s Time to Be Bold!

Now’s the Time to Take Market Share I’ve been around long enough to see a couple of economic downturns, maybe even 3. The knee jerk reaction to bad news is to pull back, tighten the budget and weather the storm. While being cautious is prudent, ask yourself, is my decision …

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Creatives Join Forces to Support the Colorado Horse Community

Karen shoots pictures at a ranch sorting competition in Elbert, CO

The horse community at large comprises a tightly knit group with a shared lifestyle. Though smaller in scale, regional equine communities amplify that passion, interest, and dedication to a whole new level. Karen Pickering recognizes the valuable opportunity to serve these micro-audiences as the publisher and owner of the The Northwest Horse …

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Bring Back the Print?

Multiple Inquiries Bring Back Possibilities In December we made a quick decision to drop the print publication. In retrospect I realized that we didn’t give our readers much time to decide whether they wanted to have the magazine delivered to their doorstep each month. We needed 2200 subscribers at $5/month …

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