Ema Klugman, the daughter of Jeni Klugman and William Jack of Washington, DC, became the 2016 AHP Student Award Winner on June 17, 2016 during the AHP May the Horse Be with You Seminar in Orlando, Florida. Klugman is a cum laude graduate from the Maret School in Washington, DC and starts her freshman year at Duke University in August 2016.
“I have relished the broad array of experience that my life has offered so far – from riding to music, travel, study, and writing,” says Klugman.
An accomplished equestrian competitor, her riding experience extends through the two-star international level in eventing with horses she produced herself, building on the skills learned as a Pony Clubber and training young horses. She learned to ride in Nairobi, Kenya when she was seven years old, but she is originally from Australia.
Earlier this year, she was hired as a working student at Offbeat Safaris, a horse safari operation based out of Kenya, interned at the Akilah College for Women, and taught at a music school for young children in Kigali.
Horse Radio Network’s Glenn Hebert interviewed Klugman on the Stable Scoop Radio Show soon after the AHP seminar where he met her. Asked about when she started writing, Klugman said she had a fascination for words from the time she learned to spell. English was her favorite subject and she discovered that she could combine her passion for horses with something she was good at.
Klugman became the Editor-in-Chief of The Maret Literary and Visual Arts Magazine which required leading a team in selecting pieces, organizing meetings, communicating with printing companies, and laying out the annual publication. She also worked for two years on the Maret newspaper, The Woodley Leaves. “Similarly, these experiences taught me that publishing necessitates innovative problem solving,” says Klugman. “The synergic environment our literary and artistic teams generated inspired my own creativity.”
About a year ago, Klugman started writing for Eventing Connect (www.eventingconnect.today) a global eventing website published in Ontario, Canada. Recently promoted to Assistant Managing Editor, her responsibilities now include more managerial tasks, such as access to the back-end of the site and proofing the articles before they are published. She is also hoping to develop new, creative ways of presenting the material to the site’s readers.
Between writing, riding, traveling, practicing on her piano, and preparing for her first year of college, Klugman managed to squeeze in a gig as a working student for Gold Medalist, Marilyn Little of Raylyn Farms, an international competitor in show jumping and eventing. Klugman gets to ride fabulous horses and receive instruction for her own two horses.
Klugman says she had no idea how vast an opportunity there was in equine publishing before learning of the Student Award contest on social media. She found networking during the seminar a valuable opportunity and looks forward to pursuing her freelance writing in the horse industry as well as at Duke.
Stephanie Church, Editor-in-Chief of The Horse and former AHP Student Award Winner, evaluated this year’s Student Award applicants’ resumes and wrote Klugman, “With your ambition, hard work, and talent, you’re bound to go far in this industry.” From one Student Award Winner to another, that is high praise.
Klugman was one of three students who were selected as AHP Student Travel Award winners and received $750 cash awards to attend the seminar in Orlando. The other two finalists were Kaitie Marolf, a print journalism major who will graduate from Kansas State University in May 2017, and Bianca McCarty, who is studying photography at Colorado Mountain College. Both young women are talented in their fields. Marolf won the AHP Equine Media Award for Student Equine Journalism and McCarty’s photographs have been published in multiple equine magazines and calendars.
The Student Award Committee interviewed the three finalists in Orlando and selected Klugman as this year’s winner. As the 2016 Student Award winner, Klugman received a framed certificate and lapel pin from American Horse Publications, $1,000 cash award from AIM Equine Network, and an all-expenses paid trip to a Two-Day Customer Education Seminar presented by Publishers Press, Inc. in Shepherdsville, KY. As runners-up, Marolf and McCarty were each presented with a cash award of $400 sponsored by AIM Equine Network.
The 2016 Student Award presentation was held on Friday night at the Student Award Party named Horsewarts School of Equine Media. The theme tapped into one of Orlando’s most popular attractions, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. “Re-creating the Great Hall at Hogwarts in a hotel ballroom was a fun challenge,” says Chris Brune, AHP Executive Director. “While not every attendee was a Harry Potter fan, everyone experienced a magical evening and learned about the wizarding world.” The three student winners received their own magical wand based on their favorite Harry Potter character.
Event sponsors for the evening were The Horse Media Group, Sidelines Magazine, Freedom Health’s SUCCEED® and the Morris Media Network Equine Group publications, Barrel Horse News, Equine Journal, Quarter Horse News and Western Horseman.
An opportunity for students pursuing a career in equine publishing
The AHP Student Award Contest awards up to three $750 travel awards to attend the annual AHP Seminar. Travel Award winners have an opportunity to meet leading equine publishing professionals and discuss career possibilities during the three days of educational sessions and related activities.
One Travel Award winner is selected at the seminar as the Student Award Winner and wins a cash award of $1,000 Additional cash awards awarded at the discretion of the judges to the runners-up. All cash awards are sponsored by AIM Equine Network.
Students are eligible to enter the contest if they are a high school senior or an undergraduate college student during the 2016-2017 school year, with at least one semester before graduation at the time of application. All qualified applicants will receive a complimentary Student annual membership, a critique of their resume, and a complimentary Student registration certificate for the annual seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 15-17, 20176. The AHP Student Award Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only.
For more information, contact:
Judy Lincoln, AHP Student Program Coordinator
Phone (386) 760-7743