Upstate New York Entrepreneur Takes Reins to New Equestrian Freelance Writing Career

“Full time freelancing was a goal I've been working towards for fifteen years. Now I can finally make that transition,” said Katie Navarra, who joined American Horse Publications in 2003 while a SUNY-Geneseo senior majoring in Communications and the following year, attended her first AHP Conference in (of all places) Lexington, Kentucky.

She is looking forward to returning to Lexington in May while expanding her freelance networking opportunities during the 50th anniversary AHP Equine Media Conference and Media Awards.  “This will be my tenth Seminar. I’m looking forward to celebrating AHP’s fiftieth at the same hotel where my career started all those years ago.”

“I’m so grateful to the editors who have served as my mentors along the way.” The wordsmith, marketer and event planner is looking forward to offering editorial expertise across a range of services including custom content for agencies, marketing copy and strategy, and writing for digital and print publications.

In 2017 and 2018 she earned recognition in the AHP EMA Awards for articles published in Western Horseman magazine, ‘Green Mountain Grown,’ and ‘Where the Pavement Ends,’ and a 2016 Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Award for her look at para-reining. She also earned first-place finishes from the Ag Communicators Network and the Livestock Publications Council for 'Green Mountain Grown', 'The Eye of the Beholder' and The 'Galyean Way'.

“I appreciate the support I have found inside this organization, the benefits gained from networking with fellow freelancers, and privilege I’ve enjoyed working on the vision of the association. My fulltime career spanned the landscape industries and education, with senior leadership roles in sales and marketing,” she said with appreciation for how fulltime roles like Coordinator for Institutional Advancement at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center and Marketing Manager for the New York State School Boards Association taught her effective association management. “Which has served me well as an AHP Board member.”

Entering fulltime freelancing, the Quarter Horse owner and western rider hopes to make time for more “passion projects,” like building coaching and leadership skills, and has completed one big project, a home office renovation with her husband, using rough-cut lumber to mimic the look of an old barn. The perfect workspace for an equine writer: “I’m excited to be working in a creative space.”

Katie Navarra
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