From My Saddle

Nothing Like a Little Fresh Air

Nothing Like a Little Fresh Air
Karen Pickering

Spring Expos help Prepare for Summer Riding

by Karen Pickering


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I look forward to spring and summer as this is the time of year to get out on the trails, go camping and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a chance for our horses to stretch their legs, too, especially if they’re cooped up in winter. My horses are in sacrifice areas during the wet season so I know they are just busting to get out and kick up their heels.

I’ve just returned from the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo in Albany, Oregon. It was a great weekend to reconnect with friends and readers. It was a special expo for me since my good friends Raye and Sharon Lochert attended this year. I’m so thankful for the connections and friends I’ve made as publisher of this magazine; I’m truly blessed!

Expos help us get connected with new products, clinicians and training methods. I especially appreciated the readers that stopped by our booth to tell us how much they enjoy the magazine and hope we keep it in print. With the support of clients and readers, we are doing our best to make that happen.

Farnam Company donated great items for our drawings Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Dan Larick, the Western Regional Sales Manager for Farnam, helped us celebrate Saturday’s winner. Congratulations to Susan Arnholtz and Kat Essary who won great Farnam horse care products. It pays to stop by and see us! If you haven’t signed up for our reader newsletter I would encourage you to take a moment and sign up. It’s a bi-monthly e-newsletter full of upcoming news, events, horse keeping and training tips, new products and great offers from clients. Just visit our website and subscribe from our online form:

We’ll see you on the trail sometime!

Quote of the month: “There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”
~William Brennan


Published May 2012 Issue

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From My Saddle
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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