2017 Equine Industry Vision Award

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Four Finalists Selected for 2017 Equine Industry Vision Award

Zoetis and American Horse Publications (AHP) are proud to announce four finalists have been selected for the 2017 Equine Industry Vision Award. Sponsored by Zoetis, the Equine Industry Vision Award is intended to recognize ingenuity and service as well as benefit to the equine industry by inspiring these qualities in others.


The six members of the Equine Industry Vision Award Committee reviewed the nominations and narrowed the list of 18 nominees to four finalists:

Tootie Bland, the creator, owner and producer of Road to the Horse, the “original” colt-starting competition.

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), the largest certifying body of riding instructors in North America.

Dot Morgan, the Executive Director of New Vocations, the nation’s oldest and largest racehorse adoption program.

Sydney Knott, the President, CEO and Founder of Horses4Heroes, Inc.

The official announcement of the winner and presentation of the award will be made at the Equine Industry Vision Award Breakfast on Friday, June 16, 2017, during the AHP Equine Media Conference and Awards at Saddle Up for Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Read full release.


The Equine Industry Vision Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contribution toward positive changes in the equine industry. This distinguished award is a unique opportunity to publicly recognize ingenuity, originality and effective innovation that exemplifies commitment, dedication and service to this industry.


Nominees may include individuals or organizations. They may be recognized for a single outstanding visionary achievement or for sustained outstanding contributions that have made a profound impact on the equine industry. In the case of nomination for a single achievement, nominees should have devoted themselves to a given task whose magnitude, significance and repercussions warrant a level of recognition beyond the purpose served. The achievement in question should be complete or measurable to the degree that the judges can come to an accurate assessment of its consequences and degree of success. The nominees may or may not come directly from the equine industry, but their achievement(s) must have created paradigm shifts in the perception of the industry.


The nominee’s performance in relation to the achievement(s) cited should demonstrate the following attributes and abilities:

1) The vision and innovation of a true pioneer.

2) Leadership, commitment, dedication and willingness to serve.

3) Original and effective ideas and/or products, services, programs.

4) High moral, ethical and professional standards.

For more information about the Equine Industry Vision Award, contact:
Christine Brune, AHP Executive Director at 386-760-7743 or e-mail AHorsePubs@aol.com

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