Pennsylvania Equestrian again won awards at the annual American Horse Publications Award Contest, part of the organization’s annual meeting held in Colorado Springs June 20-22.
In the category of General Excellence State or Regional Publication, Pennsylvania Equestrian received Honorable Mention, behind winner California Thoroughbred. The judges commented: “This newspaper format publication sports a bold and inviting logo and a well laid out front page. Inside are some of the most tasteful full page ads I have seen in horse related publications over the years. They are great, freshly designed and don’t shout with blocks of severe color and overdesigned typography. The smaller ads are well surrounded by simplistically designed editorial; giving each their due importance. The banner at the top relays continuity. Overall this is a well-designed, very valid publication dedicated in every way to the Pennsylvania Equestrian.”
Suzanne Bush’s article, Unwanted Horse Population Set to Soar as EU Prepares to Close Door, published in the December, 2012/January, 2013 issue, won second place in the News Reporting Single Article category. The judges wrote: “This is a crisply written piece that offers readers excellent background on animal identification and its ramifications for the horse market. There’s some excellent information in here that helps even a very knowledgeable reader better understand the broader implications. Best line: “….it’s likely that there are fewer U.S. horses that have never been treated with bute than there are horses that can sing the National Anthem.” That puts the “bute” issue into stark perspective and keeps the reader engaged. Nicely done!
American Horse Publications presented 177 awards in the AHP Annual Awards Contest for material published in 2012. This year’s competition included 57 classes, 758 entries and 104 contestants, of which 63 became finalists and 36 earned First Place awards. The AHP Annual Awards Contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine publishing, print and online, as well as professional critiques for improvement.