American Horse Publications Announces Finalists in 2021 Equine Media Awards

Member enthusiasm and online submissions keep equine media strong as AHP celebrates excellence in Texas.

They start in January selecting their best work published in 2020. By the February deadline date, they have submitted their entries. All they can do now is wait.

The release of the finalists in the Equine Media Awards (EMA) ends the waiting period. Earning an award for excellence in equine media has been a goal of AHP members since 1976. Of the 98 participants who entered, 66 have moved forward to placing in the top five in one or more of the 56 classes in the 2021 AHP Equine Media Awards.

The pandemic cancelled the 2020 conference and members gathered on Facebook to watch a video of the announcement of the 2020 winners. This year, AHP moved its conference in Texas from May to September in order to hold an in-person event and awards presentations.

“Members love the awards ceremony where they are publicly recognized for their achievements and applauded by their peers at the annual conference,” says Chris Brune, Executive Director. “It was important for our association to give members a chance to be together on this special night.”

Changes to the workplace and budgets did not hinder the enthusiasm to enter the 2021 EMA competition. A total of 643 entries were submitted by 98 members, 33 Publishing Media members, 19 Media Professional members, and 14 Business members.

A landmark change to the 45-year-old contest was the implementation of an online submission and judging system in 2021. “This new system eliminated shipping packages for members, judges, and the association and saved time and money,” says Brune. “After the initial learning curve, both members and judges found the system easy and quick to navigate.”

The 2021 AHP Equine Media Awards presentations will be held on Saturday evening during the AHP Equine Media “Back in the Saddle” Conference in Irving, Texas on September 16-18, 2021.

Congratulations to the following AHP members who are Equine Media Award finalists for 2021.


Arabian Horse Times
Barrel Horse News
Canadian Horse Journal
Equestrian Vaulting Magazine
Eventing USA
Hoof Beats
Hoofcare Publishing
Horse and Rider
Horse Illustrated
Horse Network
Horse Radio Network
Keeneland Magazine
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
New Bridge Polo
NRHA Reiner
Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine
Paint Horse Journal
Practical Horseman
Quarter Horse News
Sidelines Magazine
Sonoma County Horse Journal
The American Quarter Horse Journal
The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care
The Team Roping Journal
US Equestrian
USDF Connection
USHJA In Stride
Western Horseman


Megan Arszman

Abigail Boatwright

Jennifer Bryant

Julie Bryant

Jennifer Denison

Jessie Haas

Christina Keim

Douglas Lees

Elizabeth Kaye McCall

Kim F. Miller

Julianne Neal

Adrienne N. Neary

Shelley Paulson

Allison Rehnborg

Kelly Sanchez

Troy Anna Smith

Larri Jo Starkey

Kara L. Stewart

Suzanne Sylvester


Breyer Animal Creations

BUCKEYE Nutrition

Central Garden & Pet

Equine Network, LLC

Kentucky Equine Research

MARS Equestrian

National Reining Horse Association

SmartPak Equine LLC

Straight Arrow Products, Inc.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

The Humane Society of the United States

UK Ag Equine Programs

United States Hunter Jumper Association

US Equestrian Federation


For more information about becoming an AHP member and attending the 2021 Equine Media “Back in the Saddle” Conference, contact: Chris Brune at or visit


American Horse Publications is a non-profit professional membership association of equine-related publishing media, businesses, media professionals, colleges, and students. AHP celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. The association promotes excellence in equine publishing media and encourages relationships and communication within the horse industry. For more information, visit

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