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?

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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

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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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: I Love Horse Expos

Enya and Karen at Semiahmoo after a morning walk and some much-needed rest and relaxation. NWHS Photo.

Every Event is a Unique Experience By Karen Pickering It all started with the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in February. It was very cold in Brighton, Colorado but a great event. We then trekked to Albany, Oregon for the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo. As I write this I’m vacationing …

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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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From My Saddle: Trying New Things

Karen with reindeer taken at the Alaska Horse Expo, June 2012.

Publishing Industry Bring Challenges The holidays always give me time to reflect on the year’s business challenges and wins. I’ve been burying my head in the sand for a while, avoiding what’s happening with how the equine world consumes information. For me, and many of our readers who’ve reached out …

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From My Saddle: Finding a New Equine Partner

Finding a New Equine Partner
Karen & Chip

Senior Horses and Holiday Wishes Over the past few months, I’ve really missed my mare April. I bought April as a yearling, and she was nearly 23 years old when she died. She grew up alongside my magazine business, which was just four years old when we began our journey …

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From My Saddle: Simple Pleasures

Borrowed Horse Provides Relaxation It’s easy to fill up your days with busy work. I’m often too busy for horse time, but thanks to my neighbor, Cymmie, I have a borrowed horse named Chase to ride. It’s amazing how I’ve lost my confidence since April passed away. I’ve miss her …

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