AHP Announces Finalists for the 2023 Equine Industry Vision Award
Since 2002, the Equine Industry Vision Award (EIVA) has honored 17 individuals 4 and organizations that exemplify outstanding visionary achievements or sustained contributions that have profoundly impacted the equine industry.
A committee of six equine industry professionals narrowed a field of 15 nominations to the following four finalists. One will become the 22nd recipient of the Equine Industry Vision Award. The award recognizes ingenuity and service to the equine industry by inspiring these qualities in others. The 2023 finalists include:
- Dr. Amy Grice, VMD, MBA, LLC- Veterinary Business Consulting, co-founder of Decade One, an organization instrumental in reducing the attrition of early career veterinarians
- Janet Jones, Ph.D., owner of Brainworks, writer of books, articles, presentations, clinics, research, horse training, and riding instruction in the development of brain-based horsemanship
- United States Pony Clubs, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization serving equestrians of all ages in the U.S. and Virgin Islands
- Dr. Nathaniel White, a member of the AAEP for the past 50 years, served as president in 2010. Since 2014, he has been the director of the EDCC, Equine Disease Communication Center
The 2023 Equine Industry Vision Award Winner will be announced at the AHP Equine Media Conference in Tempe, Arizona, during breakfast sponsored by Zoetis on Friday, June 23.
Nominees may include individuals or organizations. They may be recognized for a single outstanding visionary achievement or sustained outstanding contributions that have profoundly impacted the equine industry. Nominee must be a resident of U.S. or Canada.
In the case of nomination for a single achievement, nominees should have devoted themselves to a given task whose magnitude, significance, and repercussions warrant recognition beyond the purpose served. The achievement in question should be complete or measurable to the degree that the judges can accurately assess its consequences and degree of success.
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 or products, services, programs.
4) High moral, ethical and professional standards.
1) The award presentation will be held on Friday, June 23, 2023, at the 2023 AHP Equine Media Conference in Tempe, Arizona.
2) Anyone is eligible to be nominated or to nominate. Nominations must be submitted electronically and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include the official nomination ballot plus any additional supporting documentation such as letters of recommendation, links to videos, websites, books, or articles. Maximum number of pages is ten (10). The nomination must describe in non-technical terms the nature of the achievement and the extent of its benefit, significance, and effects, focusing on those attributes of the nominee that were primarily instrumental in contributing to the achievement.
3) The person nominating a candidate must provide their name, address, and phone number so that the judges can follow up if needed.
4) The person nominating a candidate must provide the names of two additional people who could offer information on the nominee.
5) All non-winning nominations, including finalists from 2023, are encouraged to be re-nominated. A 2024 nomination ballot and guidelines will be available in the fall.
The Equine Industry Vision Award Nominating Committee will review the nominations. The Committee will narrow the prospective list of nominees to no more than four (4) finalists, and the AHP Board of Directors, plus a Zoetis representative, will select the winner.
The winner will be notified to allow for travel arrangements and scheduling. Official announcement and presentation of the award will be made during the AHP Annual Conference in June.
AHP members are encouraged to share and publish information about the Equine Industry Vision Award in their publications and on their websites and social media for their readers and viewers before the nomination deadline and following the award ceremony. AHP will provide its members with press information and promote the award via the AHP Newsgroup and online.
Equine Industry Vision Award Trophy
The 2023 Equine Industry Vision Award recipient will be announced during a breakfast ceremony sponsored by Zoetis on June 23, 2023, during the AHP Equine Media Conference in Tempe, Arizona. The winner receives a lead crystal trophy created by master artisan Peter Wayne Yenawine and commissioned by Zoetis. The perpetual trophy for the Equine Industry Vision Award is displayed at the Zoetis offices. A smaller version of the award is given to the recipient as a cherished memory of this special event.
Dr. Billy Smith (2022)
Breyer Horses (2021)
Barbra Schulte (2020)
Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT (2019)
David Jones, DVM (2018)
Sydney Knott (2017)
Gary L. Carpenter (2016)
Gayle Ecker (2015)
Patti Colbert (2014)
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (2013)
Equine Land Conservation Resource (2012)
John Nicholson (2010)
Charlotte Brailey Kneeland (2009)
Sally Swift (2008)
David O’Connor (2007)
Stanley F. Bergstein (2006)
John Ryan Gaines (2005)
American Quarter Horse Association (2004)
Don Burt (2003)
Alexander Mackay-Smith (2002)
For more information about the Equine Industry Vision Award, contact:
Judy Lincoln, Equine Industry Vision Award Coordinator, at 386-760-7743 or e-mail AHorsePubs2@aol.com
For more information about American Horse Publications, contact:
Christine Brune, Executive Director, e-mail AHorsePubs@aol.com