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2014-2015 Officers and Board of Directors

Executive Committee

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.

First Vice President: Diana De Rosa
Individual Member
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.

Second Vice-President: Whitney Allen
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.

Executive Board Member: Pat Trowbridge
i-5 Publishing, Inc.
213-385-2222 ext. 2134
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 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.

Executive Board Member: Emily Koenig
USDF Connection, United States Dressage Federation
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.

Immediate Past President: Christine Hamilton
Western Horseman
Christine became editor of Western Horseman magazine in March 2014. She had been with The American Quarter Horse Journal since 2003, initially as a field editor and then as editor. Previously, she freelance wrote for such publications as Horse Sport, The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal, Horse Sport (based in Canada), Southwest Racing News (based in New Mexico) and the Journal. She graduated from The University of Alabama in 1990 with an English degree but went to work for prominent horse breeding facilities such as Colorado State University’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory; Bob Moore Farms, a leading racing Quarter Horse breeding farm in Norman, Oklahoma; and Royal Vista Equine, an embryo transfer facility and stallion station in Fort Collins, Colorado. She also pursued a Master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma where she taught freshman composition and English as a second language. Raised in an Air Force family, she was hooked on horses as a girl and her family hauled her grade mare from base to base. She rides her American Quarter Horse mare, Whiskeys Pixie Stik, whenever she gets the chance. 

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.


Jeremy McGovern
American Farriers Journal
262-782-4480, ext. 410
Ever since graduating from Purdue University in 1997, Jeremy has worked only in publishing. He joined American Farriers Journal in 2008 as an associate editor for its magazine and website. He is responsible for launching several titles and developing video and social media initiatives. After serving two years as emedia director for the magazine’s parent company, Lessiter Publications, Jeremy returned to American Farriers Journal as executive editor. He also is the conference director for the International Hoof-Care Summit, an annual seminar that hosts hundreds of equine footcare professionals. He has delivered presentations for several publisher seminars, including the Niche Digital Conference. Jeremy lives in Milwaukee with his wife and three children.

Connie Lechleitner
The Way To Go
614-563-0250 (cell)
Connie serves as editor of the National Snaffle Bit Association's The Way To Go magazine and also provides social media and website content for NSBA. In addition, she owns Sharon Valley Communications, a freelance writing business, where she writes content for a number of equine and agricultural publications. A professional communicator for more than 30 years, for more than 20 years, Lechleitner served as editor of publications and website for the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. Her duties there included media relations and promotion of the world's largest single breed horse show, The All American Quarter Horse Congress. She has also worked in communications and marketing departments in the accounting and healthcare industries, but her passion has always been with the equine community. Lechleitner is a past president and board member of American Horse Publications, having served as president in 2005-2006. She is also accredited with the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicator and is a member of the Northeast Ohio chapters of both organizations. She lives in New Philadelphia, Ohio, with her husband, Mark, and raises registered Quarter Horses in partnership with her parents, Jerry and Beverly Roth.

Katie Navarra
Individual Member
Katie is a freelance writer who has worked for multiple AHP members over the past decade. She first joined AHP in the early 2000's as a student member and then joined as an individual member after graduating from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a B.A. in Communications. In addition to working as a freelancer she also works as the Coordinator for Institutional Advancement at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center in Troy, NY where she oversees the center's marketing and public relations efforts. Katie started riding as a child and competed in 4-H and open events. Her current horse is a Dun Quarter Horse mare known around the barn as "Bella".

Jennifer Paulson
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.

Barrie Reightler
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
After graduating in 1977 with a Bachelors degree in art from Hood College in Maryland, Barrie Briscoe Reightler worked for The Maryland Horse in the advertising department for about a year, but left to pursue her interests in training Thoroughbreds. After a stint with steeplechase horses and galloping at the racetrack, she returned to the Maryland Horse Breeders Association in February 1984 as advertising manager. In 1986, art director was added to her growing list of responsibilities, followed by being named Director of Publications, and then Publisher. Barrie has been at MHBA through the life and death of The Maryland Horse and the creation and success of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. She produces all promotional materials for the MHBA and Maryland Million, supervises and/or maintains four websites for the association. She joined the AHP Board in 1996 and served as President from 2001-2002. Every year since 2001, Barrie has designed the AHP Annual Seminar logo and numerous other logos for the association. She earned the Chris Brune Spirit Award in 2006 and was inducted into the AHP Circle of Champions in 2013. In addition, throughout her career at the MHBA she has won countless Annual AHP design awards. Barrie continues to pursue her interest in horses outside of her publishing career, riding her Thoroughbreds daily and currently serves as whipper-in for Mt. Carmel Hounds, an unrecognized fox chasing club in northern Baltimore County, Maryland. She lives in White Hall, Maryland, with her husband Bill Reightler, numerous cats and dogs, and has one adult daughter, Betsy.

Karen Tappenden
Holistic Horse
Raised in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Tappenden holds a Bachelors degree in Advertising with a minor in Photography from the University of Florida. She has worked in the television and video industry for 30 years. She began her career in Gainesville, Florida, following the heartbeat of Florida horsemanship on the show "The Tack Room." She has produced videos for a variety of clientele, including Mary Ann Simonds, an equine behaviorist, Sore No-More Liniment, Equilite Inc., Arenus, Equi-Tape Kinesiology Tape for Horses and MacKinnon Ice Horse, manufacturer of equine ice therapy products. In 1995, Tappenden teamed up with Stacey Small, then of Ardsley, New York, and launched a quarterly newsletter, Holistic Horse, to spread the word about Integrative Medicine for horses. Back then, Small was actively showing and breeding horses while working on the New York Horse Racing circuit, doing equine therapy, while studying herbology. Tappenden is educated in Shiatsu Massage with additional training in equine acupressure, anatomy and physiology, as well as homeopathy. The partnership has blossomed into a multi-media franchise that now includes a bi-monthly print magazine, weekly eNewsletters, eBooks, and a website featuring thousands of articles, and dozens of instructional videos and radio interviews. Tappenden’s 30-plus years’ association with horses has brought her to owning and caring for horses at her family’s 10-acre farm in eastern Pennsylvania.

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.