2023 Best of Western Horseman Awards Honors Industry Icons

World’s Leading Horse Magazine Since 1936 Celebrates Best of the Best

Western Horseman has officially launched the 2023 Best of Western Horseman Awards. Voting for the awards kicked off August 1 to an influx of passionate fans and supporters of the Western industry. This fan-voted campaign gives proper recognition to the events, brands, trainers, industry icons and more who continue to represent, advocate and promote the Western way of life.

The Best of Western Horseman Awards aims to shine a spotlight on those companies and individuals that pioneer and shape the future of the Western industry. Nominees were selected based on a number of factors, including fan nominations and editorial and staff recommendations, and then ultimately compiled and voted on by committee. The 388 nominees are organized in five sections: People, Apparel, For Your Horse, Home & Ranch and Culture. Those sections are divided into 28 different categories, such as Hats, Equipment, Retail Stores, and Tack & Gear.

“Throughout 87 years of history, Western Horseman bore witness to a number of industry advancements from the formation of breed registries to the creation of rodeo associations,” says Dani Licklider, director of Western Brands for Morris Media Network. “Western Horseman has been a staple in the lives and homes of millions of equine enthusiasts. We believe there is no company better suited to set the standard of excellence in the Western industry than Western Horseman, and we’re excited to honor the 2023 Best of Western Horseman Award winners.”

The Best of Western Horseman Awards parallels the company’s core values of authenticity, cowboy spirit and the Western way of life.  The “world’s leading horse magazine since 1936” has stood the test of time, and the same dedication to producing quality content is alive and well today.

The fan-voted winners of this elite honor will be revealed in the December issue of Western Horseman magazine. Voting for the Best of Western Horseman Awards concludes August 20 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Cast your votes at westernhorseman.com/best-of-western-horseman/.

The Western Horseman brand is dedicated to protecting and preserving Western traditions, promoting the sport of rodeo, elevating horsemanship principles and promoting the authentic Western way of life. Since its first issue published in January 1936, Western Horseman has embodied the true, cowboy spirit through exceptional storytelling, educational resources and live events. Currently, the Western Horseman brand consists of a 12-issue per year print magazine and monthly digital edition, a comprehensive website, dynamic social media channels, a robust books and merchandise division and several Western events. For more information, visit westernhorseman.com or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/WesternHorseman or Instagram at Instagram.com/WesternHorseman.

Western Horseman is owned by Morris Communications Company, LLC (MCC), which is part of a privately held company with diversified holdings in media, real estate, property development and agribusiness. MCC is based in Augusta, Georgia. MCC’s current media holdings include Morris Media Network (MMN), which reaches millions of consumers with diversified content brands in print, digital, products and live events, including Western Horseman, Barrel Horse News, Quarter Horse News, Road to the Horse, EquiStat and the National Barrel Horse Association. A portfolio of lifestyle publications and digital assets serve enthusiasts of the outdoors, sporting and traveling, with Alaska magazine, The MILEPOST, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Charlotte magazine, Orlando Magazine, Savannah magazine, Where visitor publications and more. MCC also owns the first-ever Professional Bull Riders Team Series Champions Nashville Stampede.

Nicole Speeding, Marketing Manager
Western Horseman