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2014 AHP Student Award Contest

Catie Staszak Selected 2014 AHP Student Award WinnerCatie Staszak

Catie Staszak, the daughter of Catherine and Raymond Staszak of Boynton Beach, Florida, became the 2014 AHP Student Award Winner on June 20, 2014 during the AHP Gallop n’ Grits Seminar in Charleston, South Carolina. Staszak is a recent graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Communication.

During her college years, Staszak had an opportunity to work with ProEquest, HRTV, Coglianese Photos, ESPN West Palm, and Gulfstream Park. “These amazing internships or jobs allowed me to have my own work published by reputable organizations,” says Staszak.

Staszak plans to use her accumulated knowledge and experience to climb the ladder in the broadcast and print industries. Building on her equine journalism experiences, she looks forward to a fulfilling career. She is currently working as a reporter, host and analyst at Florida’s Gulfstream Park.

Staszak was one of three students who were selected as AHP Student Travel Award winners and received $750 cash awards to attend the seminar in Charleston. The other two finalists were Lindsay Paulsen, an Otterbein University graduate who was recently hired as assistant editor for Dressage Today, and Rebekah Savage, a 2014 graduate of William Woods University currently working as a multimedia sales executive at the Hannibal Courier-Post. The Student Award Committee, led by Chairman Stephanie Church, interviewed the three finalists in Charleston and selected Staszak as this year’s winner. As the 2014 Student Award winner, Staszak 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. Paulsen received the second place cash award of $750 and Savage received the third place cash award of $500. All cash awards were sponsored by Active Interest Media Equine Network.

“What an experience I had in Charleston,” says Staszak. “Everything was so organized and well-run, the venue was beautiful, and each session was unique and informative. I cannot wait to take the information I acquired and apply what I've learned at work. Of course, I am also very much looking forward to visiting Kentucky to learn more about Publishers Press.”

“What American Horse Publications has done for me and for so many people is quite amazing as an organization that brings competitors together to work for a common goal. I was blown away by everyone I met and how eager they were to help and support me,” says Staszak.

The AHP Student Fund awards three $750 Travel Awards to attend the annual AHP seminar to students pursuing a career in equine publishing. The Fund also provides complimentary Student membership and seminar registration certificates to all Student Award applicants and supports the annual AHP Internship Handbook. The AHP Student Fund is supported by contributors and buyers at the silent auction held during the seminar.

American Horse Publications offers students interested in a career in equine publishing with several opportunities to participate in its association. High school seniors and undergraduate college students pursuing a career in equine publishing are encouraged to compete for the 2015 AHP Student Travel Awards and Student Award. To request information about any of AHP’s student programs, please contact: Judy Lincoln, American Horse Publications, (386) 760-7743, e-mail: Information is also available online at the AHP web site at under Students. 

Photo credit: Diana De Rosa

Past Student Award Winners