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2014 AHP Annual Awards Contest

American Horse Publications Awards Excellence in Equine Publishing Media

To download the 2014 Awards Program in PDF format

To download the Awards Program digital edition courtesy of Publishers Press.

To download the Awards Presentation in PowerPoint.(pptx, 155.48 MB)

Members of American Horse Publications galloped to the finish line in 2014 to claim 171 awards in the AHP Annual Awards Contest for material published in 2013.  This year’s competition included over 50 classes, 736 entries and 97 contestants, of which 64 became finalists and 38 earned first place awards. The long-anticipated results were announced on Saturday evening during the “Gallop n’ Grits” Seminar, a jammed-packed three-day educational and networking conference held at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina on June 19-21.

The awards presentations followed a reception co-sponsored by Dover Saddlery and i-5 Publishing, publishers of Horse Illustrated, Young Rider and HorseChannel.com, and the Awards Banquet sponsored by Publishers Press. Breyer Animal Creations provided their new “Springtime Filly” model horse as centerpieces to the delight of the person at each table who won one.

The General Excellence Award is a coveted honor for print publications and this year’s recipients included PATH Int’l. Strides, in the Association Publication circulation under 15,000 class, America’s Horse in Association Publication circulation 15,000 and over class, Southern Racehorse in the category for State or Regional Publication, any format, Ranch & Reata in theSelf-Supported Publication circulation under 15,000 class, and Equestrian Quarterly in the Self-Supported Publication 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 America’s Horse. The judge wrote, “The five entries were all exemplary examples of serving their readership. Each provided appropriate editorial content. Each did a good job of illustrating their articles and designing a pleasing publication. When I finally chose America’s Horse for the top honor, it was on the basis of the writing – and the consistency of the quality of the writing. There isn’t one star writer in this case; many different bylines appear. Yet every article starts in an engaging way and keeps the reader engaged right through to the carefully crafted conclusion.”

Member print publications achieving multiple honors in a variety of categories included: Western Horseman with 14 awards; The Chronicle of the Horse with 12 awards; Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and Paint Horse Journal with 8 awards each;  Equine Journal and The American Quarter Horse Journal with 7 awards each; America’s Horse, Daily Racing Form, EQUUS, and The Florida Horse with 6 awards each;and Horse & Style Magazine with 5 awards;and Equestrian Quarterly and Practical Horseman with 4 awards each. Other print publication members that won or placed included American Farriers Journal, Barrel Horse News, Chrome, Dressage Today, EquiManagement, Eventing USA, Holistic Horse Magazine, Hoof Beats, Horse & Rider, Horse Illustrated, Keeneland Magazine, Midwest Horse Source, Miniature Horse World, Modern Arabian Horse, PATH Int’l. Strides, Quarter Horse News, Ranch & Reata, Sidelines Magazine, Southern Racehorse, Speedhorse, The Blood-Horse, The Saratoga Special, The Whip, USHJA In Stride, and Washington Thoroughbred.

Corporate members who placed in this year’s competition included Blood-Horse Publications, SmartPak, and Zoetis. College/University member, UK Ag Equine Program, earned two awards.

Freelance journalists and photographers who placed for work they entered in the competition were: 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, and Lisa Wysocky. Other Individual members, whose work was entered by an AHP publication member and placed, included Abigail Boatwright, Kate Bradley, Arnd Bronkhorst, and Robin Fowler.

The Digital Media division recognized a wide variety of content published online by members in 2013. Digital Media members who won or placed included BloodHorse.com, Center for Equine Health, Chronofhorse.com, HRTV.com, HumaneSociety.org, PleasureHorse.com, QuarterHorseNews.com, SmartPakEquine.com, and USTrotting.com.

The Valiant Human-Animal Bond Award sponsored by Luipold Animal Health, manufacturers of Adequan®(Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan), was presented to the author of the article that best promoted the relationship between horses and people. The award was named for the blind dressage horse, Valiant, owned by Jeanette Sassoon. Sadly, Valiant passed away in November 2013, however his valiant spirit continues to inspire.

The 2014 winner of the Valiant Human-Animal Bond Award was author Silke Rottermann, for her article, “The Legendary Balagur,” that was published in Dressage Today. Rottermann, who lives in Germany, was unable to attend, however she accepted the award with these words. "Having been awarded the Valiant Human-Animal Bond Award from the American Horse Publications is a great honor in itself. Having been awarded this honor for a text on such a very special animal like Balagur makes it all the sweeter.”

“I would like to thank the judge very much for appreciating and acknowledging the life-time achievements of this horse, which is owed, in no uncertain part, to the late George Theodorescu,” continued Rottermann. “For me this story showed that there are no limits for a horse as long as somebody believes in him and creates that special rapport, which really can give a horse proverbial wings. Balagur and Mr. Theodorescu have taught us all an important lesson with their story."

The Alltech A+ Equine Journalism Award was presented to the author of the best article that increased awareness and love of equestrian sport to mainstream readers. Lauren Giannini won the award with her article, “Little Horses Do Big Jobs,” published in Sidelines Magazine. The judge commented, “In looking at the criteria for this award for ‘increasing awareness and love of equestrian sport to mainstream readers’ this heart-warming tale is difficult to beat. Although there were other very well-written articles in this category, this story far and away takes the lead in appealing to the mainstream public and engaging them in the tale of these therapy horses. Really enjoyed reading about these little horses and their big jobs but also about the big hearts of these horse's humans.”

Alltech presented the award to Lauren at their media dinner in Lexington, Kentucky in April.

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 Awards Committee reviews the contest rules and procedures annually for improvement, clarity, fairness, and variety. Rules for the 2015 Annual Awards Contest for material published in and dated 2014 will be available to members in early January.


Past Awards PowerPoint Presentations

Past Awards Programs

Download PDF files of printed awards programs
[2013 Program]
or online as e-publication via Publishers Press
[2012 Program] or online as e-publication via Publisher's Press
[2011 Program] or online as e-publication via Publisher's Press
[2010 Program] [ 2009 Program | 2008 Program | 2007 Program | 2006 Program | 2005 Program | 2004 Program | 2003 Program | 2002 Program ]