Dr. Billy Smith Named 2022 Equine Industry Vision Award Winner
By Christine Brune, May 13, 2022
Zoetis, in partnership with American Horse Publications (AHP), presented the Equine Industry Vision Award to Dr. Billy Smith at the AHP Equine Media Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.
Breyer Horses Honored for Outstanding Leadership and Innovation Within the Equine Industry
By Christine Brune, September 17, 2021
Breyer, a division of Reeves International was named the recipient of the 20th Annual Equine Industry Vision Award. Breyer, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2020, is the world’s leading brand of horse-inspired toys, gifts, collectibles, and live events.
Barbra Schulte Honored with 2020 Equine Industry Vision Award
By Christine Brune, May 29, 2020
Zoetis and American Horse Publications (AHP) congratulate Barbra Schulte as the recipient of the 2020 Equine Industry Vision Award. Schulte received the award recognizing her innovation, commitment and positive impact to equine industry.
Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT, Recognized for Advocacy Supporting Humane Treatment of Horses
By Christine Brune, May 31, 2019
Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT, was named the recipient of the 2019 Equine Industry Vision Award. Zoetis presented the award to Dr. Lenz, in partnership with American Horse Publications (AHP), during the AHP Equine Media Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
David Jones, DVM, Chairman of Brooke USA, Recognized and Celebrated for Global Equitarian Efforts
By Christine Brune, June 15, 2018
David Jones, DVM, chairman of Brooke USA, was named the recipient of the 2018 Equine Industry Vision Award.
Sydney Knott Honored for Outstanding Leadership and Innovation
By Christine Brune, June 16, 2017
Sydney Knott, founder, president and CEO of Horses4Heroes, was named the recipient of the 2017 Equine Industry Vision Award. “Zoetis is proud to recognize Sydney for her heartfelt work in connecting people with horses,” said Jaci Boggs, senior equine marketing manager, Zoetis. “Sydney’s passion for increasing the public’s exposure to horses and growing involvement in the equine industry is key to a successful future.”
Gary L. Carpenter Named 2016 Equine Industry Vision Award Winner
By Christine Brune, June 17, 2016
Throughout his career, Gary L. Carpenter served within multiple aspects of the equine industry, including 10 years as executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) as well as executive positions with The Jockey Club, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the Arabian Horse Trust. Carpenter, a certified association executive, continually focuses on identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and provide the best experience for horse enthusiasts.
Gayle Ecker Receives Prestigious 2015 Equine Industry Vision Award
By Christine Brune, June 19, 2015
The Director of Equine Guelph in Canada since its inception in 2003, Gayle Ecker’s passion for utilizing science-based knowledge to educate people on the health of horses is unmatched. Ecker was also a pioneer in online education, establishing a first-of-its kind educational approach that provides virtual learning pathways for career development in the equine industry.
Patti Colbert Receives Prestigious 2014 Equine Industry Vision Award
By Christine Brune, June 20, 2014
Patti Colbert was awarded this honor because of her numerous important contributions to the equine industry. Most recently, her efforts have been focused on marketing Time to Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council’s marketing alliance formed to connect people with horses and designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities.
PATH Intl. Wins 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award
By Christine Brune, June 21, 2013
What makes PATH Intl. a visionary in the equine field is not only a dedication to serving people but its commitment to providing second careers and second chances to horses. These creatures are perfectly suited to bond with adults and children with special needs, and the organization depends on the quality and reliability of its equines.
The Equine Land Conservation Resource Honored as the 2012 Annual Equine Industry Vision Award Winner
By Christine Brune, July 1, 2012
The ELCR was selected to receive this honor because of the organizations dedication to help preserve land for the future of equestrian sports, recreation and industry. The ELCR is an organization that works to educate horse owners regarding key issues related to land conservation as well as establish partnerships with individuals and organizations that can help represent the conservation community.
Executive Director of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Robert Caccione Honored at the Equine Industry Vision Award Tenth Anniversary
By Christine Brune, June 17, 2011
Robert Caccione has earned this honor for his exemplary vision to start an organization that would allow any college student to participate in horse shows, regardless of financial status or riding level. As Executive Director and Co-Founder, Cacchione is best known for his 44 years of dedication to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
John Nicholson Receives Ninth Annual Equine Industry Vision Award
By Christine Brune, June 18, 2010
John Nicholson has earned this honor for his vision and determination to make unimaginable dreams a reality. Best known for his work as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park and the President of the World Equestrian Games 2010 Foundation, John’s leadership has been pivotal in bringing the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to the United States.
Charlotte Brailey Kneeland Receives Eighth Annual Equine Industry Vision Award
By Christine Brune, June 26, 2009
Charlotte Brailey Kneeland earned this honor for her vision to promote and certify riding instructors across the United States. Best known as the founder and director of the American Riding Instructors Association, Charlotte is a true leader who has set an exemplary standard in safety, good teaching practices and professionalism across the horse industry.
Sally Swift Honored with Seventh Annual Equine Industry Vision Award
By Christine Brune, June 20, 2008
Best known as the founder of the Centered Riding(R) method used by riders across all disciplines, Sally Swift is a true visionary whose legendary work will continue to impact the equine world long beyond her years.
Renowned Equestrian David O’Connor Receives Sixth Annual Equine Industry Vision Award
By Christine Brune, June 22, 2007
As a consecutive top finalist for the award, David O’Connor earned this honor for his outstanding achievements as an equestrian and his contributions as a role model and administrator in the industry. Best known for his Olympic accomplishments and his work as president of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), O’Connor is a true leader who is recognized and well respected throughout the equine world.
Stanley F. Bergstein Honored with 2006 Equine Industry Vision Award for his Influence in the Harness Horse Industry
By Christine Brune, June 23, 2006
As a yearly finalist since the award’s creation, Stanley F. Bergstein earned this honor for his positive contributions to the Standardbred racing industry and lifetime of accomplishments. Known primarily as the Executive Vice President of Harness Tracks of America (HTA), a position he has held for over four decades, Bergstein is a true leader and visionary who is recognized and respected throughout the equine world.
The Fourth Annual Equine Industry Vision Award Honors John Ryan Gaines
By Christine Brune, June 10, 2005
With contributions that spanned over an illustrious forty years, John Gaines will long be remembered for changing the face of Thoroughbred racing forever. From establishing the celebrated Breeders’ Cup, to playing a pivotal role in the formation of the National Thoroughbred Association, the predecessor of today’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), he worked tirelessly to broaden the scope of the game.
2004 Equine Industry Vision Award Given to American Quarter Horse Association
By Christine Brune, June 11, 2004
AQHA was selected to receive this prestigious honor because of the organization’s vast, positive impact on the equine experience world wide. More than just the largest breed registry in the world, the Association focuses on educating those new to the horse industry and making horses of all kinds more accessible to people everywhere.
2003 Equine Industry Vision Award Presented to Don Burt
By Christine Brune, June 23, 2003
Don Burt has spent over 50 years living and working as a member of the horse industry and his efforts have been felt across disciplines. For nearly a half century he has been involved in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) as an exhibitor, judge and a member of numerous committees.
Alexander Mackay-Smith Named First Equine Industry Vision Award Winner
By Christine Brune, June 21, 2002
Indomitable, eclectic, kind and patient are just some of the words used to describe the unique character of Alexander Mackay-Smith (1903-1998). One of the most prolific writers on equine sports in the last century, Mackay-Smith is remembered as a visionary–able not only to conceive of ideas but also to bring them to fruition.