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Applications available online for the AHP Equine Media Student Award

American Horse Publications knows all about students with a passion for horses who seek a career as an equine media professional.

“Attracting young people with a passion for horses and media is important to sustain the equine media industry,”  says AHP Executive Director Chris Brune. “Not only does it offer students a chance to learn about a career they may be passionate about, but it has also given equine media a long list of talented young people.”

Twenty-nine students have been named AHP Student Award winners since the program was  initiated in 1993 to build awareness of the careers in equine media. Many of these former winners, as well as Travel Award winners and applicants, continue their involvement in the equine industry today.

Past AHP Student Award winners share their experience…

“The connections I formed and the community I gained have proved invaluable as I’ve continued on in the industry with my professional career.“
Catie Staszak, President & CEO, Catie Staszak Media, Inc.; FEI Commentator and Journalist (2014 Winner)

“The opportunity to attend the AHP conference shaped my career in so many ways. I was able to network with inspiring professionals and gain practical insight and valuable industry-specific advice which helped jumpstart my freelance writing career.”
Lucile Vigouroux, Brand Manager at Miller & Associates Equine Veterinarians, and Freelance Author for The Horse Magazine. (2019 Winner)

“The AHP Student Award Program was a true launch pad for my equine media career. I highly recommend participation in this program for all aspiring equine media professionals.”
Jessica Hein, Senior Director of MemberCare, American Paint Horse Association, Editor-in-Chief, Chrome & Paint Horse Journal (2003 Winner)

Applicants for the 2021 AHP Equine Media Student Award must be seniors in high school or an undergraduate matriculated* college student under the age of 25, pursuing a career in equine media during the 2020-2021 school year, with at least one semester remaining before graduation at the time of application. You must have a 2.00 GPA or higher and US or  Canada residents.

The 2021 AHP Equine Media Student Award Contest recognizes the talents of students by awarding up to three $1,000 travel awards to attend the AHP “Back in the Saddle” Conference, scheduled to be held at the Westin Dallas /Fort Worth Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas on May 20-22, 2021. Travel award winners have an opportunity to meet leading equine media professionals and discuss career possibilities and attend educational sessions and related networking activities. One Travel Award winner will be selected as the 2021 AHP Equine Media Student Award winner and receive a cash award of $1,000.

If you know a student who has the desire and ambition to find a career in an equine media field please encourage them to apply for the 2021 AHP Equine Media Student Award.

2021 AHP Equine Media Student Award applications and guidelines are available

Eligible applicants are required to email a completed application form plus additional information by January 22, 2021 to Judy Lincoln, Student Award Coordinator,

AHP offers other opportunities for students under the age of 25 including Student membership available to high school, college, and graduate students for dues of $25, and the AHP Internship Program, which offers college students an opportunity to intern at equine publishing media or businesses and gain valuable hands-on work experience. Download information about AHP student opportunities to share with interested students.

For more information on American Horse Publications and its programs, visit or contact: Judy Lincoln AHP Student Program Coordinator, (386) 760-7743; E-mail:

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