2016 Equine Industry Vision Award

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Download guidelines and nomination ballot. Deadline Date is February 5, 2016.

2016 Equine Industry Vision Award Guidelines [PDF)

2016 Nomination Ballot [PDF) Fillable Form

2016 Nomination Ballot (Word)


The Equine Industry Vision Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contribution toward positive changes in the equine industry.

This distinguished award is a unique opportunity to publicly recognize ingenuity, originality and effective innovation that exemplifies commitment, dedication and service to this industry.


Nominees may include individuals or organizations. They may be recognized for a single outstanding visionary achievement or for sustained outstanding contributions that have made a profound impact on the equine industry.

In the case of nomination for a single achievement, nominees should have devoted themselves to a given task whose magnitude, significance and repercussions warrant a level of recognition beyond the purpose served. The achievement in question should be complete or measurable to the degree that the judges can come to an accurate assessment of its consequences and degree of success.

The nominees may or may not come directly from the equine industry, but their achievement(s) must have created paradigm shifts in the perception of the industry.


The nominee’s performance in relation to the achievement(s) cited should demonstrate the following attributes and abilities:

1) The vision and innovation of a true pioneer.

2) Leadership, commitment, dedication and willingness to serve.

3) Original and effective ideas and/or products, services, programs.

4) High moral, ethical and professional standards.


1) Deadline for nominations for the 2016 award is on or before February 5, 2016. The award presentation will be held on Friday, June 17 at the 2016 AHP Annual Seminar in Orlando, Florida.

2) Anyone is eligible to be nominated or to nominate. Nominations may be submitted by mail or e-mail and must include the official nomination ballot plus any additional supporting documentation such as letters of recommendation, links to videos, websites, books, or articles. Maximum number of pages is ten (10). If submitting by mail, please send seven (7) copies. The nomination must describe in non-technical terms the nature of the achievement and the extent of its benefit, significance and effects; focusing on those attributes of the nominee that were especially instrumental in contributing to the achievement.

3) The person nominating a candidate must provide us with their name, address and phone number so that the judges can follow up, if needed.

4) The person nominating a candidate must provide names of two additional people who could offer information on the nominee.

5) All non-winning nominations, including finalists from 2015, are encouraged to be re-nominated. A 2016 nomination ballot and collateral material are required for all 2016 nominations, regardless whether the nominee has been nominated in the past.


The Equine Industry Vision Award Nominating Committee reviews the nominations.  The Committee narrows the prospective list of nominees to no more than four (4) finalists and the AHP Board of Directors plus a Zoetis representative selects the winner.

The judges consists of the AHP Board of Directors plus a Zoetis representative. The Executive Director is a non-voting Board member and acts as the tiebreaker.

The winner will be notified in April to allow for travel arrangements and scheduling. Official announcement and presentation of the award will be made during the AHP Annual Seminar in June.


The perpetual trophy for the Equine Industry Vision Award created by World-renowned artist, Peter Wayne Yenawine is on display at Zoetis headquarters. A smaller version of the award is given to the recipient to be kept as a cherished memory of this special honor.

For more information about the Equine Industry Vision Award, contact:
Christine Brune, AHP Executive Director at 386-760-7743 or e-mail AHorsePubs@aol.com

Past Recipients