From My Saddle: Expo Life

Jody and John Lyons with Karen at the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo

Face to Face Interaction is the Best After returning home from the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo in Albany, Oregon, I realized how seeing familiar faces and meeting new people was the highlight of the trip. I was especially excited to see John Lyons again after several years. He and …

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From My Saddle: Horse Time

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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

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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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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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