Saddle Up for Scottsdale

I know this post is more than a month overdue, but I wanted to share some of the excitement from my trip to the American Horse Publications Seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona, in June.

As you may recall, I was a finalist in one category, plus I had an article that was submitted by a client, the American Quarter Horse Journal, that was a finalist in another.

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I’m proud to say that this editorial series for the Journal won its class!

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My personal profile on Tootie Bland for Western Horse & Gun Magazine took second in the Freelance Writer division, which I’m very proud of.

It was so fun to see fellow writers and magazines that I work for be honored throughout the night. The NRHA Reiner, American Quarter Horse Journal, Quarter Horse News, Western Horse & Gun Magazine and Horse Illustrated were all honored with numerous awards. I’m so lucky to get to work with some of the best writers, editors, photographers and designers in the industry.

Also at the Seminar, I took in some motivating information from renowned editor and writer Jacqui Banaszynski. I had heard so much about her, so I was happy to spend a day in writing sessions to learn about reporting and writing.

I also took in the session led by the Freelance Remuda, and led a session speaking to our student members about careers in the equine media field. It felt a little odd to have younger writers come up and say they’d read my work and aspired to do what I do…wasn’t I just that person a few years ago?

And, who can forget the gorgeous location and scenery around the Double Tree? The cacti were gorgeous, the pool amazing, and the friendships that were solidified were empowering.

If you are ever interested in equine media of some sort, I highly recommend becoming a member of the AHP and attending a seminar. Next year we will be in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and I’m looking forward to the trip already!

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American Horse Publications Finalist!

Big news today!! I just received an email from the American Horse Publications that I have been named a Finalist for the 2013 awards!

Here’s the official press release:

The Wait is Over! American Horse Publications Names Finalists in 2014 Awards Competition

APRIL 21, 2014Sixty-four American Horse Publications members are named finalists in the 2014 AHP Annual Awards Contest for material published in and dated 2013. Over two-thirds of the 97 AHP members who submitted entries will receive 171 awards for placing first, second, third or honorable mention. This year’s contest included a total of 736 entries in over 50 classes. Held since 1974, the AHP Annual Awards Contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine publishing. Twenty-five professional judges placed the classes and provided critiques for all entries to encourage members to strive for journalism excellence.

The Valiant Human-Animal Bond Award will be presented to the author of the article that best reflects and promotes the special relationship between human and horse. The winner of the award will receive an engraved trophy presented by Adequan.

The Alltech A+ Equine Journalism Award will be presented to the author of the best article that focuses on increasing awareness and love of equestrian sport to mainstream readers. The award-winning author will receive an engraved award, a LIFEFORCE gift basket, and a free registration/travel certificate to the Alltech annual Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium in May, sponsored and presented by Alltech.

The Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday evening, June 21, 2014, at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, during the AHP “Gallop n’ Grits” Seminar. The entries of the finalists will be on display on Saturday to provide seminar attendees a chance to review them. Finalists will be notified of their entries that placed and requested to e-mail an image file of their entries for use in the awards presentation. Finalists are encouraged to attend the seminar and accept their awards in person. If a finalist is unable to attend the awards banquet, a representative may be designated to accept the award(s) on their behalf and must be willing to deliver all awards to the recipient.

The results of the Awards Contest will be available on the AHP web site after the awards presentation in June as a PowerPoint presentation and as a digital edition of the awards program provided by Publishers Press. First Place winners will be sent an AHP Award Winner logo to promote their achievement for the year 2013.

Congratulations to the following AHP members who are award finalists for 2014.

PRINT PUBLICATION MEMBERS
American Farriers Journal
America’s Horse
Barrel Horse News
Chrome
Daily Racing Form
Dressage Today
Equestrian Quarterly
EquiManagement
Equine Journal
EQUUS
Eventing USA
Holistic Horse
Hoof Beats
Horse & Rider
Horse & Style Magazine
Horse Illustrated
Keeneland Magazine
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
Midwest Horse Source
Miniature Horse World Magazine
Modern Arabian Horse
Paint Horse Journal
PATH Intl. Strides
Practical Horseman
Quarter Horse News
Ranch & Reata
Sidelines
Southern Racehorse
Speedhorse
The American Quarter Horse Journal
The Blood-Horse
The Chronicle of the Horse
The Florida Horse
The Saratoga Special
The Whip
USHJA In Stride
Washington Thoroughbred
Western Horseman Magazine

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
Megan Arszman
Ryan Bell
Jennifer Bryant
Diana De Rosa
Amy Dragoo
Deb Eldredge, DVM
Tracy Gantz
Natalie DeFee Mendik
Kathryn Navarra
Dusty Perin
L.A. Pomeroy
Patti Schofler
Lisa Wysocky

CORPORATE MEMBERS
Blood-Horse Publications
SmartPak Equine, LLC
Zoetis

DIGITAL MEDIA MEMBERS
BloodHorse.com
Center for Equine Health
Chronofhorse.com
HRTV.com
HumaneSociety.org
PleasureHorse.com
QuarterHorseNews.com
SmartPakEquine.com
USTrotting.com

COLLLEGE/UNIVERSITY MEMBER

UK Ag Equine Program

For further information contact: Chris Brune, American Horse Publications, 49 Spinnaker Circle, South Daytona, FL 32119; (386) 760-7743 or AHorsePubs@aol.com. A schedule of events and information on attending the annual seminar or awards banquet in Charleston is available online at http://www.americanhorsepubs.org/programs/seminars/index.asp.

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American Horse Publications is a non-profit professional association dedicated to promoting excellence in equine media and better understanding and communication within the equine publishing industry. For more information, please contact: Chris Brune, American Horse Publications at ahorsepubs@aol.com or 386-760-7743 or visit the AHP Web site at www.americanhorsepubs.org.

I entered the article on Tammy Sronce’s fight to coem back from her head injury in two different categories. (You can read it here: Pure Inspiration–Tammy Sronce and her Recovery)  However, I do not know if I am a finalist in both or just one of the categories.

This is my first time entering as an individual member, and I’m super excited! I have been named an AHP award winner once, winning as the Newsletter Editor for TheHorse.com’s Horse Health ENewsletter in 2009, which was a great experience. I’m hoping I can attend the AHP Seminar in Charleston, S.C., in June, but I might need some help raising the money to attend. 🙂

Big congratulations to some of my clients for being named finalists as well, including the Paint Horse Journal, The American Quarter Horse Journal, and America’s Horse!