Finalists Named in American Horse Publications 2016 Equine Media Awards

The anticipation is over. The finalists in the 2016 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards (EMA) have been named. “This is a big day for the 65 AHP members who now know that they placed in the top five of one or more of 64 classes,” says Chris Brune, AHP Executive Director. 

Held since 1974, the AHP annual contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine publishing. This year’s contest for material published in 2015 drew entries from 98 members and 770 total entries.

The Equine Media Awards are open to AHP members only and offer a Publishing Media Division for publications and freelancers and a Business division for equine-related businesses, organizations, and colleges. “The classes are reviewed every year and based on member interest, the Business division was expanded to include several new classes,” says Brune.

The awards not only recognize excellence in equine media, but every entry is critiqued by the judges to encourage members to improve.  “There are 28 professional judges involved in this year’s competition,” says Brune.

While the judges enjoy the process, it’s not always an easy decision to select the finalists. “I had a really difficult job choosing the winners in editorial design,” says one of the judges. “I went back and forth with my choices several times. There were so many excellent ones.”

The excitement isn’t over for the finalists. The next step is the announcement of the winners. Awards are placed first, second, third, or honorable mention, so every finalist is recognized for their achievement. The Equine Media Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday evening, June 18, 2016, at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida, during the AHP “May the Horse Be with You” Seminar.

The results of the Equine Media Awards will be available on the AHP website after the awards presentation in June.

Congratulations to the following AHP members who are Equine Media Award finalists for 2016. 


American Farriers Journal
American Racehorse
America's Horse
Barrel Horse News
California Horsetrader
Daily Racing Form
Dressage Today
Driving Digest
Equine Journal
Eventing USA
Flying Changes Magazine
Holistic Horse
Hoof Beats
Horse & Rider
Horse Illustrated
Keeneland Magazine
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
Modern Arabian Horse
New York Horse
Paint Horse Journal
Practical Horseman
Quarter Horse News
Quarter Horse Track Magazine
Sidelines Magazine
Smart Choices for Horses
Spin To Win Rodeo
The American Quarter Horse Journal
The Chronicle of the Horse
The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked
The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care
The Saratoga Special
USHJA In Stride
Western Horse and Gun
Western Horseman

Abigail Boatwright
Melinda Brown
Jennifer Bryant
Susan Count
Tania Evans
Bonnie Gruenberg
Marsha Hayes
Jennifer Keeler
Julie Kitzenberger
Douglas Lees
Kaitie Marolf
Morgan Nati, Esq.
Kathryn Navarra
L.A. Pomeroy
Kelly Sanchez
Kara Stewart
Scott Trees


Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Farnam Companies, Inc.
Freedom Health, LLC/SUCCEED
Horseware Products, Ltd.
Kentucky Equine Research
Manna Pro Products, LLC
Schleese Saddlery Service
Washington International Horse Show


American Horse Publications is a professional association dedicated to promoting excellence in equine media and better understanding and communication within the equine publishing industry. For more information, please contact: Chris Brune, American Horse Publications at or 386-760-7743 or visit the AHP Web site at