American Horse Publications Awards Excellence in Equine Publishing Media

American Horse Publications rode into history in 2012 in Colonial Williamsburg and 62 members made history in equine publishing during the AHP “Ride Into History” Seminar. The three-day conference held May 31 to June 2 was jammed-packed with educational sessions and activities, but on Saturday evening, the winners in the AHP Annual Awards Competition took center stage.


A Colonial Fife and Drum heralded the start of the awards presentations following a reception co-sponsored by Dover Saddlery and Ovation Graphics LLC dba Branch Smith and the Awards Banquet sponsored by Publishers Press. Breyer Animal Creations provided models of the American Cream, a draft horse that is part of the Colonial Williamsburg Rare Breed program, as centerprieces.

Participation in this year’s contest represented 90 AHP members and 686 entries. A total of 167 awards were presented to the finalists for first, second, third place or honorable mention.

The General Excellence Award is a coveted honor by print publications and this year’s recipients included Quarter Horse News, in the Tabloid/Newspaper category, Paint Horse Journal, in the Association Magazine circulation under 15,000 class, The Cowboy Way in Association Magazine circulation 15,000 and over class, The Florida Horse, in the category for State or Regional Publication, any format, Ranch & Reata, in the Self-Supported Magazine circulation under 15,000 class, and Keeneland Magazine, in the Self-Supported Magazine with circulation 15,000 and over category.

All winners in the General Excellence classes were eligible for the General Excellence Overall Publication award and were judged by a separate judge. The prestigious award was presented to Keeneland Magazine.

Member print publications achieving multiple honors in a variety of categories included Western Horseman with 13 awards; The American Quarter Horse Journal with 8 awards; Trot Magazine, The Canadian Sportsman and The Florida Horse with 7 awards each; Thoroughbred Times, Practical Horseman, NRHA Reiner, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, Barrel Horse News with 6 awards each; Paint Horse Journal with 5 awards; and Dressage Today, Horse & Rider, The Blood-Horse, and The Chronicle of the Horse with 4 awards each.

Corporate members who placed in this year’s competition included the American Paint Horse Association,  Blood-Horse Publications and UK Ag Equine Program.

Freelance writers, Natalie DeFee Mendik, L.A. Pomeroy, Milton Toby and Lisa Wysocky were among this year’s winners for work they entered in the competition. Other Individual members, whose work was entered by an AHP publication or digital media member and placed, included Ryan T. Bell, Jeannie Blancq, Abigail Boatwright, Deb Eldredge DVM, Tracy Gantz, Lauren Giannini, Lisa Kemp, Merri Melde, and Christy West.

Winner of the Student Journalism class was high school student, Katharine Carr.

The Digital Media division recognized a wide variety of digital media published online by members in 2011. Digital Media members who won or placed included,, Center for Equine Health,,,,,,,, SureBet Racing News,, and

The Merial Human-Animal Bond Award was presented to the author of the article that best promoted the relationship between horses and people. The winner was Abby Gibbon for her article, “From Burghley to Backyard Therapy, Test Run Has Taken It All In Stride,” published on

The Alltech A+ Equine Journalism Award was presented to the author of an article that focused on increasing awareness and love of equestrian sport to mainstream readers. Articles may have been published in print or online in either AHP member or non-member publications or digital media. The winner was Laurie Houck, author of “Adventures and Limitations” published in Dressage Today.

The AHP Annual Awards Contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine publishing , print and online, as well as professional critiques for improvement. The 2012 Awards Program <>;  is available in PDF format as well as a digital edition courtesy of Publishers Press. The Awards PowerPoint Presentation <>;  is also available online at <;  under Awards.

The Awards Committee reviews the contest rules and procedures annually for improvement, clarity, fairness, and variety. Rules for the 2013 Annual Awards Contest for material published in and dated 2012 will be available to members in early January.

American Horse Publications is a non-profit association promoting excellence in equine publishing media. Its members include equine-related print publications as well as digital media, professionals, students, organizations, and businesses which share an interest in equine publishing.

For further information on the awards competition or member benefits, contact: Chris Brune, American Horse Publications, 49 Spinnaker Circle, South Daytona, FL  32119; (386) 760-7743 or visit the AHP web site at