AQHA Publications Earn Industry Awards

AQHA Publications Earn Industry Awards

AQHA Publications team has been recognized for excellence through the American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards program.

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The 2020 Equine Media Awards competition for material published in 2019 was judged by 21 professionals and included 56 classes, 731 entries, and 111 contestants. The American Quarter Horse Journal was among only three publications in the publishing media division to receive eight or more awards; the magazine is published by the American Quarter Horse Association.  

“We can be very proud of the caliber of communication that AHP media are producing for the equine industry,” said Chris Brune, AHP Executive Director. “The publishing world has changed a great deal since the birth of American Horse Publications in 1970. It is changing now with social distancing and endless virtual events. The equine media industry continues to offer multiple media options to provide equine enthusiasts with opportunities to learn, enjoy, and cherish their bond with the horse during this period.”

AQHA award winners include:

  • First Place Instructional Single Article: Keeping It S-I-M-P-L-E (February 2019) by Tara Matsler in The American Quarter Horse Journal

  • First Place Horse Care Single Article: Barbed-Wire Danger (March 2019) by Andrea Caudill in The American Quarter Horse Journal

  • First Place Personality Profile: The King of Ranches (November 2019) by Richard Chamberlain in The American Quarter Horse Journal

  • Second Place Personality Profile: Strong and Steady (January 2019) by Andrea Caudill in The American Quarter Horse Journal

  • Second Place Freelance Writer Equine-Related Journalism: A Life Above Parr (December 2019 by Julie J. Bryant in The American Quarter Horse Journal

  • Third Place Editorial Design: The King of Ranches (November 2019) by Clint Swearingen, designer, and Bee Silva, photographer, in The American Quarter Horse Journal

  • Honorable Mention Personality Profile: Shorty’s Hats (November 2019) by Jim Jennings in The American Quarter Horse Journal

  • Honorable Mention Feature Article: When Horses Fly (February 2019) by Larri Jo Starkey in The American Quarter Horse Journal

  • Honorable Mention Editorial Event Coverage: You Had To Be There (January 2019) by Larri Jo Starkey in The American Quarter Horse Journal

  • Honorable Mention Feature Article: The Art of Fire and Steel (August/September 2019) by Larri Jo Starkey in America’s Horse        

“I am delighted to celebrate these awards with our AQHA writers and designers,” said John Lutz, AQHA chief revenue officer and publisher of The American Quarter Horse Journal.  “The AHP has recognized not only a commitment to excellence but also our team’s sincere devotion to the American Quarter Horse and its community.”

Promoting excellence in equine media has been part of AHP’s mission for 50 years. Held since 1975, the annual awards competition recognizes standards in journalistic integrity for informative and engaging content in a variety of media categories. Showcasing excellence in equine media as well as providing guidance for improvement are the two key elements of this member program.

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