The Best of the West

Equine Events for Everyone by Catherine Madera   I started my year of equine event attendance early, and with a bang, by attending the National Finals Rodeo in December. The shopping and action are similar, in some ways, to an Expo experience—pumped up on steroids! I saw things in Vegas …

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The Value of Age

Senior Horses Enrich Lives By Catherine Madera   We are not a culture that values age. Instead, we idolize the youthful, the athletic, and the beautiful. This trickles down to horse ownership: forget the old grey mare, we want the young, black stallion. My most interesting horse growing up was …

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Gifts in the Present

Every Season is Special by Catherine Madera   As I write this the first rains of fall are soaking my pastures—what happened to summer? Seriously, it pretty much avoided the northwest altogether. A dreaded three-letter word is hovering on my lips: Mud. I was feeling pretty grumpy about it one …

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Be Wealthy

“Health is Wealth” by Catherine Madera   This saying is both figurative and literal. Health gives people and horses a full, “wealthy” quality of life while lack-there-of steals joy as well as dollars from our pocket books. The latter scenario became a painful reality when my daughter’s horse, Cowboy, sustained …

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Never Stop Learning

A Teachable Spirit Invites Success By Catherine Madera As the new editor of the magazine, this month’s theme of educational opportunities is especially appropriate—I’m on a big learning curve! It’s an awesome opportunity to get more involved in the Northwest horse industry and I look forward to meeting and learning …

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