President: Patty Tiberg
Cowboy Publishing Group
With three decades of experience in the equine industry, Patty is the Group Publisher for Cowboy Publishing Group overseeing the management of Western Horseman, Quarter Horse News and Barrel Horse News. A graduate of Texas A&M, Patty worked as the director of member services at the Horse Industry Alliance and served four years as a Board member for the Alabama Quarter Horse Association. In 2005, the Fort Worth Business Press honored her as one of the “Top 40 Under 40,” a program that recognizes young community leaders. Patty is an active volunteer for several youth and special needs programs. She is an active volunteer for Western Wishes and for the Aledo AdvoCats, a local organization that supports needy children in her community. Patty and her husband, Steven, have a son, Colby, and a daughter, Taylor.
First Vice President: Christine Hamilton
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Christine has been with The American Quarter Horse Journal since 2003, initially as a field editor; she has been an editor since November 2008. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer for such publications as Horse Sport, The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal, Southwest Racing News and the Journal. She graduated from The University of Alabama in 1990 with an English degree and proceeded to make her living in the horse business primarily at breeding facilities such as: Colorado State University’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory; Bob Moore Farms, a leading racing quarter horse breeder in Norman, Oklahoma; and Royal Vista Equine, an embryo transfer facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. She also pursued a Master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma where she taught composition. Hooked on horses as a girl, her Air Force family hauled her horse from base to base. She rides whenever she gets the chance.
Second Vice President: Stephanie Church
The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care
Stephanie is Editor-in-Chief of The Horse. She received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia, and was the 1997 AHP Student Award Winner. Stephanie’s family put her up on their gaited horses before she could walk, and she had her competitive beginnings in 4-H (hunters) and Pony Club (combined training). She campaigned eventers into her early 20s and now hacks her friends’ Percheron-Thoroughbred cross through the woods whenever the opportunity arises. After starting at The Horse as an editorial assistant in 1999, she rose through the ranks as staff writer, news editor, copy/features editor, and managing editor-print, before beginning her current role in March 2010. During her time at The Horse, her favorite subject challenges have been documenting the emergence of West Nile virus in the United States, chasing down news on five sabotaged Saddlebreds in Kentucky, and bringing to light the plight of horse owners impacted by Hurricane Katrina. AHP judges have awarded her first place in both the news article and feature article categories during her time at The Horse. Stephanie is a strong believer in the student award program and has two other past student award winners on her team. Freelance gigs during her time in Kentucky have included stories in the travel and science markets. She also enjoys photography, cooking, cycling long distances, swimming, blogging, and journeying to faraway places—especially Kenya—in her free time.
Executive Board Member: Diana De Rosa
Diana is a veteran equestrian journalist, who has traveled the world and recorded history for over 30 years. For many years De Rosa trained horses and competed both nationally and internationally, which helps her understand the horse world from many different angles. A language major in college, De Rosa went on to run a riding school, then was editor of an equine magazine and eventually focused on her writing and photography. She has over 1000 published stories and photos to her credit. De Rosa has covered the past six Summer Olympic Games (including being on assignment for USA Today for the 1992 Olympics). She has also covered or been on staff at every World Equestrian Games, numerous Pan American Games and World Cups. Besides being a writer and photographer, De Rosa also owns her own PR firm called Press Link. Some of her past clients include DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox. She also does some TV and radio reporting and voiceovers. For eight years until his death on October 11, 2004, she also worked with Christopher Reeve.
Interim Executive Board Member: Tracy Gantz
Tracy has worked for publications of all disciplines and breeds throughout her equine journalism career as a writer, editor, and photographer. She is currently a freelancer and as such is the Southern California correspondent for The Blood-Horse and bloodhorse.com, a regular contributor to Speedhorse, and also writes for The Horse and Paint Horse Racing. Her previous non-equine jobs include working on the news desk of major Los Angeles-area newspapers. A past president of AHP, Tracy has served as the managing editor for The Thoroughbred of California, Paint Horse Journal, and John Lyons’ Perfect Horse. She wrote the text for the book 75th Anniversary Santa Anita Park, and she has contributed chapters to several other equine books. As a rider, Tracy has dabbled in Western, hunter-jumpers, and dressage, and she currently is enjoying learning to ride saddle seat. Her travels have taken her to Europe, Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong, where she usually finds a racetrack or riding stable and, if available, a Disney theme park. Tracy grew up in San Diego, obtained her B.A. in journalism from the University of Kentucky, and now lives with her husband, Jon White, in the Los Angeles area.
Immediate Past President: Cheryl Erpelding
California Riding Magazine
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Cheryl is CEO of Riding ’s Publications Inc. and started her publishing business in December 1986. San Diego County Riding Magazine was an 8-page startup with a press run of 2,500 copies. She hand drew her logo, typeset and shot her printing plate negatives with a graphics arts camera in her garage. Riding’s Publications publishes the statewide monthly California Riding Magazine, the annual California Horseman’s Directory and provides design services for California’s horse industry. She also now heads up the marketing and sales for the growing Horse Advertising Network were horse websites can host horse ads and get paid monthly on their ad views. And, the advertisers can get 100,000 ad views /month on the growing network for a low fee.
Executive Director: Christine W. Brune
American Horse Publications
Chris has been an AHP member since the mid70s when she was Editor of Eastern/Western Quarter Horse Journal. In 1992, she took on the role of Executive Director and holds the record of attending every seminar since her first one. Her family showed Quarter Horses, both regionally and nationally, for many years. Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, she moved to South Daytona, Florida in 1994, where she lives with her Miniature Schnauzer, Dickie Boy, and sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Gary Lincoln. Officially one of AHP’s old-timers, Chris has enjoyed watching the association’s growth in numbers and services over the years and has made many long-lasting friendships. It is well-known that she is a Disney fan who loves creating magic with her four grandchildren.
USHJA In Stride
A native of Pennsylvania Whitney began riding hunters/ jumpers and hunter paces in 1988 and continued to ride and compete competitively until 1998. She continues to ride recreationally and certainly misses her time in the show ring. She is a 1998 graduate of Centenary College with an Equine Science degree and 2005 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Masters in Sports Management. She worked for the United States Equestrian Federation from 1998-2005 managing five national championships including the USEF Pony Finals. She began working for the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) in 2005 as the Marketing and Communications Director. While continuing as Marketing and Communications Director for USHJA, she began working for the USHJA Foundation as Managing Director. In the first year at USHJA she managed their newsletter which developed into the Association magazine which reaches over 40,000 members. Among her other duties she acted as managing editor of the publication until 2010. Today she continues to work for USHJA and the USHJA Foundation both located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. When not working, Whitney enjoys reading, attending horse events, cooking with her husband at their home in Lexington and caring for their two dogs and two cats.
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Emily was raised on the West Coast and attended college at Georgia State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Her love of horses brought her to Lexington, Kentucky, shortly after graduating. She has worked in the horse industry for over 30 years, first working for four years on a Thoroughbred breeding farm. She has worked for three publications: The Thoroughbred Record (Thoroughbred racing magazine that merged with The Thoroughbred Times), The American Saddlebred (official publication of the American Saddlebred Horse Association), and USDF Connection (official publication of the United States Dressage Federation). Her expertise is in magazine production and graphic design. Although she no longer rides, she has ridden hunter/jumper, dressage, and played polo.
Horse & Rider
Jen serves as Managing Editor for Horse&Rider magazine, part of the Active Interest Media Equine Network. She started her career at the Quarter Horse Journal, where she served as field editor and was promoted to assistant editor; she moved back home to Colorado to join Western Horseman as an associate editor; and then freelanced for various equine titles and book projects. Jen took a 5-year hiatus from the horse business to pursue a career in advertising, working as a copyeditor/copywriter for The Integer Group. She had the great opportunity to return to the horse world in 2010, when Horse&Rider moved to Colorado. Jen and her husband, Bryan, have two sons, Leo and Joe.
Milt Toby is an attorney, author, and photographer with a lifelong involvement in the horse industry. He has been writing professionally about horses since 1972, first as a staff writer and photographer for The Blood-Horse and since 1984 as a freelancer for a number of publications. His sixth book, Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby, won the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for the best book about Thoroughbred racing published in 2011 and an American Horse Publications Editorial Award for the best equine book. His newest book, Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky, is due for release in 2012 from The History Press. Milt’s earlier books include The Complete Equine Legal and Business Handbook and Ruffian. Wearing his attorney’s hat, Milt drafts and reviews publishing contracts for authors and magazines. He is Chair of the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Contracts Committee, which reviews and interprets publishing contracts for writers, and he served as Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Equine Law Section.
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Pat became involved with American Horse Publications in 1998. In 2002, he was elected to the Board of Directors and was the 2007-2008 AHP President. He is currently serving an additional term as an AHP Board director. Pat is Vice President and Group Publisher - Equine Titles for i-5 Publishing, publishers of Horse Illustrated, Young Rider, and HorseChannel.com. He began his publishing career with BowTie, Inc. in 1996. During his over 15 years with BowTie, he has held many positions including Advertising Sales Representative, Advertising Sales Manager, Advertising Director for Equine Publications, Group Advertising Director for Equine, Canine and Feline Publications, Group Publisher, Director of Corporate Special Projects, and Associate Publisher for Trade Titles. Pat grew up riding horses on his family’s small farm in Kansas. He resides in Southern California with his family.
Administrative Assistant: Judy Lincoln
American Horse Publications
Prior to moving to South Daytona, Florida from Massachusetts, Judy worked as a Customer Service Representative in the screen-printing industry. She also was Managing Editor for Eastern/Western Quarter Horse Journal for 16 years, where she had the opportunity to be involved with AHP members, awards contests, and seminars. Judy grew up showing American Quarter Horses nationally with her family. She is married to Gary Lincoln and has two children, Matthew and Jessica.