Elise Gaston Chand and Because of Horses Podcast Take First Place at AHP 2019 Equine Media Awards

Elise Gaston Chand and her Because of Horses podcast were awarded first-place honors at the American Horse Publications (AHP) 2019 Equine Media Awards for her episode with National Cowgirl Hall of Famer Stacy Westfall, “Making Every Moment Count.” She also took the second-place honors for her episode with Elizabeth Letts, author of “Snowman: The Horse That Inspired a Nation.”

“I want to thank Stacy Westfall and Elizabeth Letts for offering a glimpse into their fascinating worlds,” Gaston Chand said. “I am grateful to the AHP and all the judges for presenting us with this honor out of such a large field of phenomenal contestants. Many thanks to our sponsors, all our supporters and our production team. We couldn’t produce the podcast without you.”

Gaston Chand is a lifelong horsewoman and former Capitol Hill reporter who worked in corporate communications and human resources while she ran Pura Raza Española (PRE) breeding and training facilities near Dallas and Seattle. She is the author of “A Parent’s Guide to Riding Lessons: Everything You Need to Survive and Thrive with a Horse-Loving Kid” and four works of fiction under the name, Elisa Paige.

Now based full-time in Dallas, Gaston Chand launched the Because of Horses weekly podcast in October 2017. It has exceeded all expectations for subscribers and followers. She has developed a reputation for her well-researched and thoughtful approach to her interviews and her guests and listeners send a constant stream of letters, reviews and emails praising her work. Kristine Dahms, from Life Between the Ears, describes her as “the Terry Gross of the equestrian world.”

Correction: The spelling of Stacy Westfall's name was corrected.


About Because of Horses
Each week, Elise Gaston Chand hosts informative and entertaining conversations with, for and about horses, horse-people and the equestrian life. Because of Horses is the horse-lover’s podcast for listeners worldwide, sharing notable equestrians’ personal stories, challenges, triumphs and expert insights, as well as timely topics and exciting event information from around the globe. Because of Horses is an American Horse Publications award winner and is the official podcast of the Hampton Classic.

For more information, go to BecauseofHorses.com

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 About the AHP Equine Media Awards
Held since 1974, the American Horse Publications (AHP) annual awards offers an opportunity for equine-focused media to be recognized for excellence in a variety of categories. This year’s competition for material published in 2018 drew 711 entries.

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