From My Saddle

Time to Learn

Time to Learn
Karen Pickering

Choose the Resources that Further Your Education

by Karen Pickering


Karen with Crash the reindeer at the Great Alaska Horse Expo. Photo credit NWHS

Our educational opportunities issue is here at last! Sometimes we need fresh insight on different aspects of our horsemanship or horse care. With so many ways to get information, it can be difficult to know where to look and who to trust. The goal at the Northwest Horse Source is to keep the most current, up-to-date information at your fingertips each month. Whether it’s in print, online or connecting you with another resource, we want to keep you informed. Our writers are dedicated to their profession and look forward to sharing with you on a regular basis. Some of them have produced books and DVD’s to extend the resources they offer in the magazine. And because we focus on northwest writers, you’ll find many of them quite accessible, perhaps only a day’s drive from your home.

As I’m writing this column I’m packing to leave for the Great Alaska Horse Expo. I’m excited to be extending our reach into the Great North. One of our writers, Allison Trimble, is returning near her hometown to help promote the Alaskan horseman and bring more educational opportunities to horse people up north. Be sure and check out Allison’s recap of the event.

I encourage you to take advantage of all the resources we have to offer both in print and online. I’m learning more every day about marketing opportunities that we can all take advantage of. Bottom line? We need to care about the information we read and share with others. There is SO MUCH out there we can waste valuable time picking the wrong venue to study. Keep your trusted resources handy.

I wish you a wonderful summer and hope to meet you at an upcoming event. Thanks for being our clients and readers. We appreciate your support; it helps keep the publication a viable resource for readers and advertisers in our area. Enjoy your August and keep learning!

Quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
~C. S. Lewis


Published August 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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