Editor's Postcard

The Horseman’s Lifestyle

The Horseman’s Lifestyle
Catherine Madera

Celebrating a Grand Passion

by: Catherine Madera

 

Photo credit Catherine Madera

Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to admit that his life will be radically changed.

I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson and used it to introduce my first work of fiction, Rodeo Dreams. It also compliments this month’s theme, Equine Lifestyle and Getaways, and underscores what we all know: horses are not a hobby, they are a lifestyle. You can’t set aside a horse like a knitting project, a collection of stamps, or a “game of solitaire.” A horse in your life will make vacations difficult (unless you take them along, see our feature on Twincreeks Bed, Breakfast, and Bale), and the keeping of clean clothes. Your horse will ignite your dreams, be your best friend, break your heart, and help keep you young. They may drain your wallet even as they fill your heart and set your imagination free. 

Lifestyle is a product of conscious choice. The subject of our cover story, Allison Trimble of Willfully Guided Horsemanship, has deliberately chosen both her equine lifestyle and way of approaching horse training. Enjoy her story and the rest of the magazine; it is produced with the goal of helping you make the most of a grand passion. Email me at editor@nwhorsesource.com

 

Published February 2012 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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