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Central Oregon Horse Journal Has New Owners

Longtime journalists Tom and Cat Mauldin of Sisters have purchased the Central Oregon Horse Journal from Sisters Nuggett Newspaper owner Kiki Dolson.

"We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase the Horse Journal. The Nugget staff has done a terrific job with the publication and we're excited to take it from here," said Tom Mauldin.

The COHJ publishes quarterly and has been in existence since 2003 when the Nugget started the magazine to create a needed publication for the Central Oregon horse community.

"We are please to have sold Central Oregon Horse Journal to Tom and Cat Maudlin," said Dolson. "We have confidence that their experience and enthusiasm for the magazine will help COHJ grow into the future as Central Oregon's premiere equine publication."

The ownership change took place Jan. 14 and the Mauldins are looking forward to the transition and publishing the spring (late March) edition of the COHJ.

"We might be a bit rusty, but the energy and enthusiasm is raring to go," said Tom. "The timeframe is ideal for us as it also affords us time to enjoy Central Oregon and our other interests. The horse journal doesn't have the frequency of the newspapers we owned, but this gives us the best of both worlds.

"While I don't miss the rainy North Oregon Coast, I admit to missing what Tom and I did together on a regular basis at the Gazette," Cat said. "I guess there is some truth to that old saying about Obleeding ink."

Asked if they planned any immediate changes, the Mauldins said "not at this time, but we do have a lot of ideas and a strategy for the future."

Known primarily as a "newspaper" or "softball" guy, Tom said he does have some horse history.

"Well, it did take me 7 hours once to get a young stud into a horse trailer, but hard work and determination paid off," he said. "I've been on a few trail rides and long ago owned a couple of Arabians. Been out of the saddle a long time, but very excited to get back on it."

"The magazine has a distribution of 10,000 with publication dates in March, June, September and December.

Before "semi-retiring" to Sisters in fall of 2006, the Mauldins had been longtime Oregon newspaper owners and among the most honored newspaper couple in Oregon. The Mauldins owned the Cannon Beach Gazette, the North Coast Citizen and the Rogue River Press.

In addition to owning their own newspapers, the Mauldins worked for a number of corporate-owned newspaper groups, including McClatchy, Morris, ABC- Capcities News Group, Gannett and Hart-Hanks.

"Tenures with those large dailies gave us a lot of experience and opportunities to travel, but being in the local trenches is where we want to be," said Tom. "Community journalism is extremely important - you have a great deal of yourself invested into your community."

It was while owners of the Gazette that the Mauldins earned national recognition as the Gazette was named the top non-daily newspaper (for its circulation category) in the United States on three occasions by the National Newspaper Association. On three other occasions, the Gazette was honored among the top dozen newspapers in the country by the NNA, the largest and oldest newspaper organization in America.

Tom coaches the Sisters High School varsity girls softball team and Cat is the "official" scorekeeper and an "unofficial" team mom. They noted that the Outlaw Softball program would not interfere with their dedication to the Central Oregon Horse Journal.

"These two passions of ours will work well into our game plans," said Tom. "We are very excited."

The new owners can be reached at (541) 549-5300. The COHJ fax number is

(541) 549-5305.


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