Times Are Changing
When I started the magazine in December of 1995, I had no idea what to do or where to start. It all began with a company newsletter I was doing for my job at a US Customs Broker in Blaine, WA. The idea caught on and with the help of friends, family and local horse businesses The Northwest Horse Source began! It was originally called The Horse Source but we wanted to focus on our community in the Northwest, so we changed the name. Now, nearly 25 years later, we’re at a turning point. I have made a living doing this for all these years but recent changes in the economy and declining ad revenue has made it abundantly clear that I need to make a change. We will no longer be able to do print without some support from our readers in getting this publication into the hands of our readers. So for now, just thinking out loud….We have some options.
- Get 2000 subscribers at $48/annually to keep the printed magazine going. Pre-order here.
- Get donations from readers who enjoy the magazine online, in print or both. Donate Today to Help.
I’m in the middle of re-evaluating our business model but these are two ways we can continue. We want to eventually offer a membership that has value added benefits for our readers. I admit that I’m in uncharted territory here but I’m listening. Tell me other ways we can best serve our horse community by taking upcoming surveys, sharing our news, and engaging with articles that mean something to you. We love feedback so feel free sign up below:
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We love our Northwest community and the horses in our lives. Join the conversation. You can even comment below! We’re working every day to bring you quality journalism that supports the horses we love. Thanks for being a part of our family!
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 14,000 copies and over 500 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.