Highlights from the NW Equestrian Expo February 15-16, 2020

Highlights from the NW Equestrian Expo February 15-16, 2020
Karen Pickering

A learning experience for local horse owners and friends

The Lynden Fairgrounds, Equine Event Center, once again welcomed riders, clinicians and spectators to the 1st NW Equestrian Expo, managed by Paige Wagter-Amundson of Burkwood Farm. The focus was on Hunter/Jumpers but also hosted a Cowboy Race, managed by Brent Rollins of BR Horsemanship. It was more of a clinic format with instructors such as, Julie Winkel and Ellese Jordan.

If you would like to order any photos just visit the galleries here: Cowboy Race and Jumping.

It was a fun weekend with many of the Hunter/Jumper participants trying their hand at the cowboy race. Lisa Litchte won the Cowboy race. Congratulations on winning $1,000! There were 14 people entered in the race. It was fast, exciting with some minor spills but everyone looked like they had a good time. Brent did a great job encouraging and coaching the riders through the course.

The jumping clinics were very well attended and covered topics on flatwork for jumpers, green horse/rider, jumps from 2’6” to 3’6”. 1st level through 4th level jumping. There were seminars in the Warm Room on Saddle fitting by Voltaire Design, Teeth Floating by Kulshan Veterinary Hospital, Equine Leg Wrapping by Kim Barber and instruction by Ellese Jordan Tzinberg.

Other demos included Saddle fit in 15 minutes by Hannah Knaebel, Conformation by Julie Winkel, and Brent Rollins did demos and instruction on Trailer Loading, New Rider, Horsemanship 101, Colt Starting as well as a demo with a Devil’s Garden Mustang mare. Amanda Barr Olson performed a freestyle demonstration (Watch video), NW Veterinary Clinic on lameness, and a Liberty performance by Lisa Litchte.

I had an opportunity to watch Lindsey Spurgeon with Voltaire Design demonstrate how the saddles work using Bluetooth and an app for your phone to track fitness and more. Watch this short video from the event. We also have an interview from Lhanze Kohr from NW Veterinary Services in Mt. Vernon.

It was exciting to see over 30 vendors as well. Vendors included:

Alder Grove Dairy Goats

Aligned Equine Bodyworks


Caliber Home Loans

Dianna Connelly Insurance Services, LLC

Dynamic Video

Equidae Animal Therapy

Equine Esquire

Friends of Sunset Farm

Harmony Vet

Jessica E Johnson PLLC

JW Equine Bodyworks

MVF Custom Jumps

New Triton Barns

North Peak Farms

Northwest Horse Source

Northwest Veterinary Services


NW Therapeutic Riding

Paint Me Dappled

Randy’s Jumps


Summit Joint Therapy


Topline Saddlery

Western WA Regional Appaloosa Club

Whatcom Conservation District

Whatcom Dressage and Eventing

Woodbrook Hunt Club


Voltaire Design


I enjoyed the weekend and was happy to see yet another community equestrian event we can all support. It was fun, energizing and I always learn something new like saddles with USB connectors that link to your smartphone! I made new friends and hope to encourage you to come if Paige puts this on-again next year!


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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 16,000 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.

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