Karen Pickering

Karen Pickering

Owner/Publisher Karen’s lifelong love of horses began at a very early age when she wore out a couple of rocking horses before convincing her parents to get her the real thing. That ill-tempered bay gelding, Brandy, was a challenge for the young horsewoman, but it drove her ambition to become a horse trainer. After attending Canyonview Equestrian College’s Horsemanship Program, Karen realized she needed work that was a little more lucrative than training, so she took a job with Customs Brokerage to pay the bills. There, she discovered an affinity for computers and a talent for creating informative, entertaining newsletters. The Northwest Horse Source began as such a letter in December 1995, with a distribution of 1000 copies for its 12 black and white pages. Since then, it has grown into beautiful, all-gloss magazine with the largest coverage of any free equine publication in the Northwest – a distribution of over 16,500 copies and over 600 locations monthly. Not bad for the results of one woman’s dream to work with horses!

Today, Karen remains involved with every aspect of the magazine and treasures the community of thousands who share a common passion. Somewhere in the wee hours of the early mornings and late evenings, she still finds time to care for April, her gorgeous and sweet-tempered Quarter Horse.

  • Blog
    Feeling Better by Drinking Coffee

    Discover how I lost 15# in 35 days Today I’m down 15# in 35 days. I’m gearing...

  • News
    Gratitude

    Lessons Learned from Decades Publishing the NW Horse Source By Karen Pickering   As I sit at...

  • From My Saddle
    Caring for Our Equine Friends

    Is Horse Care More Complicated Today? By Karen Pickering   The topic of equine wellness is on...

  • From My Saddle
    Wellness is a Relative Term

    An Ounce of Prevention can be Priceless by Karen Pickering   It was early 2009 when I...

  • Feature
    Oregon Horse Center

    A Northwest Treasure for Horse Events By Karen Pickering   In May I escaped for a short...

  • Equestrian Lifestyle
    Sterling Essentials

    Love of the Horse Inspired Unique Leather Care Products From an interview by Karen Pickering   How...

  • From My Saddle
    Working in the Horse Industry

    Getting an Education Makes Sense   By Karen Pickering   I’ve loved horses since I was old...

  • From My Saddle
    Summer Projects Make an Eco-Friendly Farm

    Compost System Added for Cooking Poop! By Karen Pickering   This summer has been about projects. With...

  • From My Saddle
    Super-Sized Performance Horses

    In the Service of our Veterans By Karen Pickering   On Saturday, May 26 I found myself...

  • From My Saddle
    Tack Cleaning

    An Important Chore (Though Often Overlooked) By Karen Pickering   Recently I was gifted a harness for...