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 17,500 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
    The Northwest Horse Source is looking for New Talent

    Every business goes through an evolution. Especially when it’s been around for over 22 years in a...

  • From My Saddle
    Reset 2018

    The Best is Yet to Come by Karen Pickering, NWHS Publisher   Ever wish you could hit...

  • From My Saddle
    Saying Goodbye

    A Lifetime of Friendship and Business Ventures by Karen Pickering, NWHS Publisher   This picture depicts one...

  • From My Saddle
    A Gift of Time

    Experiences Make Great Gifts by Karen Pickering, NWHS Publisher   I just finished a week in Colorado...

  • From My Saddle
    Keeping Healthy

    The Journey to Wellness for Human and Horse by Karen Pickering, NWHS Publisher   Over the past...

  • Blog
    Should You Ditch Print in Your Marketing Plan?

    Thoughts from NWHS Publisher   “It’s so expensive…” or “Is that for the year?” I hear this...

  • From My Saddle
    Life Brings Learning

    What Experience Has Taught Me by Karen Pickering, NWHS Publisher   It’s hard to believe I’ve been...

  • From My Saddle
    Weekend Retreats

    Time to Get Away and Recharge by Karen Pickering, NWHS Publisher   It was a hustle to...

  • Blog
    I Miss Riding April

    Paying the Price for Poor Choices   I have a confession. I have been amiss in my...

  • From My Saddle
    God Bless America

    Grateful for 22 Years of the Northwest Horse Source by Karen Pickering   I am grateful for...

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