About Us

Colorado Horse Source is an independently owned and operated print and online magazine for horse owners and enthusiasts of all breeds and disciplines in Colorado and surrounding areas. Our contemporary editorial columns are predominantly written by experts in the region, covering the care, training, keeping and enjoyment of horses, with an eye to the specific concerns in our region.

Why Colorado? Several years ago Karen visited Colorado Springs for an American Horse Publications Seminar. While riding through Garden of the Gods, she fell in love with the beautiful red rock formations and the desert landscape. The climate and riding opportunities were conducive to health conditions for both her family and her horse, April. When a best friend moved here three years ago, she kept urging Karen to move. The sunshine and year round riding was all it took to convince Karen it was time for a change. In April of 2021, Karen and her husband Mark moved the farm, business and home of over 32 years for a new adventure in Colorado. And so the Horse Source continues to expand.

The Horse Source Team

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.  Now, over 26 years later, it’s grown into two print and online magazines and websites with a reach of over 10,000 per month and growing! 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.

Explore my Blog: From my Saddle.

Randy Bourland

Art Director for both Northwest and Colorado Horse Source Magazine.
Randy’s background is Graphic Arts and Communications. He’s been on the team since 2006.

Jennifer Paulson

Jennifer Paulson, a creative content strategist with a strong editorial
background and who is also a lifelong Colorado horsewoman. She is currently the Editorial Director for The Colorado Horse Source Magazine. “The Colorado horse community is one of the reasons Jennifer is where she is professionally and in her horse life. Editorial direction and membership modeling played large parts in her role as Western Editorial Director for the Equine Network, and she’s excited to apply her key
learnings on this brand as well as develop new ideas for content and service to our audience.

Dana Ware Willett

Dana finds her greatest life balance when horses are involved. Beginning with Pony Club at age six, her equine passion has included serving as a Working Student at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and teaching her own children horsemanship. A communications, marketing, and video production professional, with extensive publication in endurance
sports, she is currently working toward her Equine Studies degree at the University of Guelph. In addition to running her small ranch, she works as an Equine Specialist at Colorado Horse Rescue. Dana has a particular interest in animal welfare efforts, with an emphasis on end-of-life
care. Dana’s role with our publications is Digital Content Manager.

Doug DeVries

Doug supports our web-related activities including hosting, search engine optimization, web development, and troubleshooting.

Mark Pickering

Husband, repairman, a little bookkeeping, and travel companion.

Nicole Sorbo

Nicole has a life-long love and respect for horses, having grown up with horses, training, trail riding and competing since a very young age. Nicole’s professional strengths lie in social media and reputation management, website management and a wide variety of administrative business support skills. She worked for The Northwest Horse Source for several years in the past and recently joined our team again, working for both the Northwest and Colorado Horse Source Magazines. Nicole lives near Colorado Springs and spends a majority of her free time in the beautiful Colorado parks and trails, with Prairie, her beloved husky mix.

Explore my Blog: From my Saddle.

Want to know more about the history of The Northwest Horse Source? Read our 10th anniversary story. And our 20th anniversary story.

American Horse Publications, the premier association for the equine publishing industry, has recognized NWHS for General Excellence at their annual awards program multiple years.


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