Quarter Horse News Honored with Back-to-Back Excellence Awards


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Quarter Horse News (QHN) was recently recognized for journalistic excellence with two first-place finishes in the American Horse Publications (AHP) Equine Media Awards contest. It is the second year in a row the media brand’s print magazine, which includes the Quarter Horse News Stallion Register and the Quarter Horse News Spring Edition, has earned the General Excellence Award in its category.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based media brand, which publishes quarterhorsenews.com and the two annual print editions, also won two first-place awards for news feature writing. The awards were announced Saturday, May 18, at the AHP’s annual conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The event honored writing published in print and online in 2023.

“Our staff spends countless hours ensuring that we live up to our mission of being the complete source of information for the Western performance horse industry,” says Director of Western Brands Dani Licklider. “It’s a testament to our team and all those that contribute to our brand to bring home these significant achievements. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Amy Olson, QHN Digital Editor, won first place in News Reporting Related Feature Single Article for “Equine Syndicates: The Future of High Dollar Horses,” which was published June 8, 2023, on quarterhorsenews.com.

New to the role of digital editor, Olson has been at QHN since April of 2023 and was a freelance equine journalist prior to her employment at QHN. Her winning article explored how equine syndicates can provide a lower cost option for horse ownership, and how syndicates can function differently in multiple disciplines. Click here to read “Equine Syndicates: The Future of High Dollar Horses.” 

For its winning print products, QHN received first-place in the General Excellence Self-Supported Publication Circulation Under 10,000 category. The two editions included in the award were the 2023 QHN Stallion Register and the 2023 Spring Edition, which featured Lindy Burch on the cover. This is the second year in a row that Quarter Horse News has been honored to receive the award.

“The Quarter Horse News issues are beautifully designed. They work closely toward the mission of the publication. The layout and design effectively raise awareness and interest in breeding resources. The design is also clean and professional,” judges’ feedback from 2023 said.

The team that produced those two publications includes: Morris Enthusiast Group Vice President John Lunn, Director of Western Brands Dani Licklider, Editor Molly Montag, Contributing Editor Kristin Pitzer, Consulting Editor Kelsey Pecsek, Digital Editor Amy Olson, Art Director Holly Tarquinio, Senior Digital Strategist Sonny Williams, Creative Content Lead Tess Lackey, Marketing Manager Nicole Speeding, Sales Customer Service Manager Diana Buettner, Account Executives Shawn McCoy, Bobbi Cook, Rayanne Engel & Andrea Brunner, EquiStat Managing Director Tysha Holderby, Statisticians Kim Johnson, Donna Carlisle & Rae Pipps.

About Quarter Horse News
Founded in 1978, Quarter Horse News is an award-winning media brand that provides the most comprehensive and timely coverage of the Western performance horse industry as a part of Morris Equine group. Focusing on cutting, reining and reined cow horse, Quarter Horse News has been a trusted source of news and information with real meaning to its readers for more than 40 years.

Morris Equine Group consists of some of the industry’s most recognized brands, including Western HorsemanQuarter Horse News and Barrel Horse News. The group also includes business-to-business publication Western Lifestyle Retailer and EquiStat, a statistical service offering detailed information and earnings for the performance horse industry. Morris Equine Group is also home to the National Barrel Horse Association, the West Coast Barrel Racing Association, the first ever PBR Team Series Champions Nashville Stampede and the World Championship of Colt Starting, Road to the Horse.