Celebrating Equine Media as an AHP Finalist

Even after so many years in the equine media industry, I’m still humbled and flattered to be named as a Finalist for the American Horse Publications’ Equine Media Awards. I believe this is the fourth or fifth year I have been named a Finalist as an individual member, and it never gets old.

I entered four pieces this year, including a piece on training your barn dogs for Horse Illustrated, a piece on female professionals in the Western performance horse industry shattering the glass ceiling for Horse & Rider and an educational article on how to buy horses online with confidence for The American Quarter Horse Journal. All three pieces have a special place in my portfolio for many reasons.

The barn dog piece features my beloved Corgi, Dallas Mae, and my heart horse, Skip’s Satin Lark (“Lark”) in a photo shoot by my friend, Chelle Zellers. (Note: the photo below is with our other American Quarter Horse mare, ‘Quila.)

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From “Barn Dog Basics,” published by Horse Illustrated, photo by Chelle Zellers Photography.

The “Dirt Arenas, not Glass Ceilings” piece was a passion article that I pitched and did some heavy interviewing and research that I hope every female can stand up and say, “YES!” and know they can do anything in the equine industry, no matter the show level.

And the “Buy Now” piece features input from my friend, Chad Mendell, and tips that I hope to get to use when I start my horse search sometime soon.

Here’s a snippet of the press release from the AHP:

The announcement of award finalists ends the anticipation for 70 AHP members who have placed in the top five in one or more of the 63 classes in the 2019 AHP Equine Media Awards (EMA).

Held since 1974, the American Horse Publications (AHP) annual awards contest offers members an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in a variety of equine media categories. This year’s competition for material published in 2018 drew 711 entries from 119 members.

The Equine Media Awards, open to AHP members only, offer a Publishing Media Division for print or online publications and freelancers as well as a Business Division for equine-related businesses, nonprofit organizations, and colleges.

The next milestone on the road to EMA Gold is the announcement of the winners. Awards are placed first, second, third, or honorable mention based on the number of entries in the class. Every finalist is recognized for their achievement. The Equine Media Awards presentation will be held on Saturday evening, June 1, 2019, at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town during the AHP “High Desert Media Roundup” in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The results of the Equine Media Awards will be available after the awards presentation in June.

I have also been asked to be a panelist to present my tips for surviving event coverage, and I’m excited to present alongside friends and mentors Jennifer Paulson and Larri Jo Starkey, as well as fellow freelancers Diana DeRosa and Jenifer Bryant.

Also, big congratulations to my clients who have been named finalists for the AHP Equine Media Awards: Horse Illustrated, Horse & Rider, The American Quarter Horse Journal, NRHA Reiner and Quarter Horse News.

 

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On the Hunt – Equine Media Descend on Maryland

As I’m writing this, I realize that I have not been the best in updating my own website, and for that I’m embarrassed. However, maybe that’s a good sign to show that I’ve been so busy with projects and work and promoting others that I don’t have the time to promote myself? Yeah. Let’s go with that.

This weekend I’ve flown East to Hunt Valley, Maryland, for the annual American Horse Publications Media Seminar. It’ll be a weekend of learning, networking, inspiring and (hopefully) being inspired. The weekend starts with a tour of Maryland’s horse country, including fox hunting grounds and Sagamore Farm. It’ll culminate with the annual Equine Media Awards.

This year, I am a finalist in at least one category that I know of. I entered a few different stories, and one that I wrote for the Quarter Horse News was named a finalist in its category. It was a fun article looking into the history and the use of the romal rein, spurred by the use of them by 2016 NRHA Futurity Champion Andrea Fappani.

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You can read it here: Braided in Tradition

I’ll be sure to take photos and chronicle the weekend, in hopes that it kicks me back into updating things and sharing more of my work with you. To say life has been a whirlwind is putting it mildly.

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!

The equine journalism world has what we like to think are the equivalent of the Oscars, only with no red carpet and we truly are excited just to be nominated. This morning the announcement was made showcasing the finalists for the Equine Media Awards. The awards are for work published in 2016 for member publications, associations and individuals, and will be awarded at the annual seminar in June.

And, yours truly is a FINALIST!

I entered only a few articles and crossed my fingers–they were what I thought my best works from 2016 (that clients hadn’t already entered to represent their publication). So to be named a finalist for at least one of the three articles I entered is pretty cool.

I want to congratulate and give a shout-out to my fellow freelancers for their finalist title, as well as some of my clients who were just named finalist: Horse Illustrated, NRHA Reiner, Quarter Horse News, The American Quarter Horse Journal, and Western Horse & Gun Magazine.

Below is the press release:

APRIL 25, 2017The wait is over. The finalists in the 2017 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards (EMA) have been named. “This announcement ends two-months of anticipation for the 71 AHP members who have learned that they placed in the top five in one or more of 64 classes,” says Chris Brune, AHP Executive Director and EMA Coordinator.

Held since 1974, the AHP annual awards contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine media. This year’s competition for material published in 2016 drew 783 entries from 105 members, an increase in entries and participants from last year.

The Equine Media Awards, open to AHP members only, offer a Publishing Media Division for publications and freelancers and a Business division for equine-related businesses, organizations, and colleges.

The awards not only recognize excellence in equine media, but every entry is critiqued by professional judges to encourage members to improve.

The excitement isn’t over for the finalists. The next milestone is the announcement of the winners. Awards are placed first, second, third, or honorable mention, so every finalist is recognized for their achievement. The Equine Media Awards presentation will be held on Saturday evening, June 17, 2017, at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley during the AHP “Saddle Up for Scottsdale” Equine Media Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Members interested in attending the AHP Equine Media Conference & Awards in Scottsdale can access conference information and register online.

The results of the Equine Media Awards will be available on the AHP website after the awards presentation in June.

Who will be this year’s stars who earn EMA gold in Scottsdale? Here is the list of AHP members who are Equine Media Award finalists for 2017. Congratulations!

PUBLISHING MEDIA DIVISION FINALISTS

  • American Cowboy
  • American Racehorse
  • America’s Horse
  • Barrel Horse News
  • BloodHorse
  • California Horsetrader
  • Chrome
  • Cowgirl Magazine
  • Daily Racing Form
  • Dressage Today
  • Driving Digest
  • Equine Career Network
  • Equine Journal
  • EQUUS
  • Hoof Beats
  • Horse & Rider
  • Horse Illustrated
  • Horse Radio Network LLC
  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
  • Modern Arabian Horse
  • New York Horse
  • NRHA Reiner
  • Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine
  • Paint Horse Journal
  • PATH Intl. Strides
  • Pennsylvania Equestrian
  • PleasureHorse.com
  • Practical Horseman
  • Quarter Horse News
  • Ranch Horse Journal
  • Sidelines Magazine
  • Speedhorse
  • The American Quarter Horse Journal
  • The Chronicle of the Horse
  • The Florida Horse
  • The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care
  • Thoroughbred Daily News
  • Untacked
  • USDF Connection
  • USHJA In Stride
  • Western Horse and Gun
  • Western Horseman Magazine

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

  • Megan Arszman
  • Abigail Boatwright
  • Melinda Brown
  • Kate Bradley Byars
  • Sarah Evers Conrad
  • Jennifer Keeler
  • Bianca McCarty
  • Merri Melde
  • Kathryn Navarra
  • Dusty Perin
  • Cheri Prill
  • Kelly Sanchez
  • Kara Stewart
  • Scott Trees

BUSINESS DIVISION FINALISTS

  • American Paint Horse Association
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
  • Central Garden & Pet
  • Certified Horsemanship Association
  • Horse Lifestyle
  • Horseware Products, Ltd.
  • Manna Pro Products, LLC
  • Monty Roberts JOIN UP International
  • National Reining Horse Association
  • Ohio Quarter Horse Association
  • Pinto Horse Association of America, Inc.
  • PM Advertising
  • Purina Animal Nutrition
  • Road to the Horse/Ride the Remuda Productions
  • SmartPak

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American Horse Publications Launches 3rd Equine Industry Survey

Horse owner? WE NEED YOU!

The American Horse Publications (AHP) is launching its third Equine Industry Survey to gauge participation trends and management practices in the U.S. equine industry, identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own or manage horses, and better understand issues pertaining to horse health.

In 2009, AHP conducted an online nationwide survey made possible by the sponsorship of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health.  In 2012, a second nationwide survey was conducted, sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research, Merck Animal Health, and Zoetis. The AHP 2015 Equine Industry Survey is being sponsored by Zoetis, a company made up of people who are supporters of the horse industry because of their love of the horse, not just because it’s their business.

The initial survey collected a total of 11,171 usable responses; the second survey yielded 10,539 usable responses.  AHP will strive to exceed these numbers with its 2015 survey.

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Those eligible to participate in the survey are men and women, 18 years of age and older, who currently own or manage at least one horse and live in the United States. This study is anonymous; this means that no one – not even members of the research team – will be able to associate information that is given with respondents. When the survey results are tallied, only aggregated results will be presented.

To take the 2015 AHP Equine Industry Survey, go to www.ahphorsesurvey.com

Please share this link with every horse-owning group and individual horse owner.

The survey closes April 1, 2015.

The 2015 AHP Equine Industry Survey is being conducted by American Horse Publications (AHP). AHP is a nonprofit association that promotes excellence in equine media. Its members include equine-related publishing media, professionals, students, organizations and businesses. Dr. C. Jill Stowe is providing consulting services for data collection and analysis to the AHP. Dr. Stowe is currently an associate professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky.

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!