Editor's Postcard

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind
Catherine Madera

Performance is an Inside Job

by Catherine Madera


Gunner’s “day job.” Photo credit Catherine Madera

My daughter’s horse, Gunner, is a beautiful example of what he was bred for: speed in the quarter mile. A gaming horse, he loves to run and is built for the job. He’s definitely a performance horse in terms of athletic ability. Because of Gunner’s speed, when a friend visited recently who wanted to ride I hesitated. He has limited trail miles and my friend is a novice rider. Still, I trust this horse’s character so off we went, straight through open fields a “crazy gaming horse” might take advantage of. Gunner took care of Helena like a champ and we had a relaxing ride.

My friend Helena Cavan on Gunner. Photo credit Catherine Madera

Gone are the days when a horse had to plow the fields, pull a cart to the market, and compete in races on the weekends for fun. Today it is common for horses to be bred specifically for one discipline. While this enables the creation of “super” horses in terms of looks and ability, there is something to be said for a horse that can do several things. Versatility requires a good mind and the best horses aren’t simply good looking athletes, there is something beautiful between their ears, too.

This month we celebrate performance horses and not just those making the big bucks at breed shows. The versatile ones that take care of us are just as valuable. Don’t miss our cover story on Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, a place that has dedicated itself to taking care of performance horses of all kinds. Email me at editor@nwhorsesource.com.

Ride On!


Published July 2013 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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