Canadian Horse Journal Honoured for Editorial Excellence

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2020 Equine Media Awards

(11-June-2020) SIDNEY, BC, CANADA – Canadian Horse Journal and its talented editorial team received top honours for editorial excellence during the American Horse Publications (AHP) 2020 Equine Media Awards. AHP Equine Media Awards are the premier awards within the equine media industry, and AHP has been honouring excellence in equine media since 1975. The awards ceremony, meant to be part of the AHP’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Lexington, KY this year, was held virtually on May 30 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s AHP Awards competition for material published in 2019 was judged by 21 professionals and included 56 classes, with 731 entries from 111 member publications, journalists, photographers and businesses representing the top equine media from across North America.

“We are honoured to be recognized and especially thrilled to win the Feature Single Article category for the third year in a row!” says Kathy Smith, Publisher and Editor. “This recognition means so much to all of us. Every member of our team goes above and beyond to make Canadian Horse Journal the best it can be.”

“I was amazed and very excited to see the comments,” says writer Margaret Evans. “It’s all very humbling. You all did such a beautiful job with layout and design. Everything that brings an article together matters; it’s such teamwork.”

Lights! Camera! Action!

Hoofbeats Across the Silver Screen

By Margaret Evans

1st - Feature Single Article (26 entries)

The film industry has an enduring fascination with these amazing animals that shaped our civilization and remain our faithful partners.

Judge’s comments: “This is a wonderful read that will benefit TV and movie fans as well as horse lovers. The writer does a deep dive into researching decades of feature films’ use of horses – not just those in starring roles, but their doubles and backups. The information on how horses and other animals were abused on film sets is presented with straightforward accuracy, never descending into sentimentality. And the information provided by trainers, stars, stunt workers, and caretakers adds an unexpected depth. It is a superb story; I savored every word.

Published in the Winter 2019 issue.

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Photo: Alamy/Ridley Scott Film Company Universal Pictures/AF Archive

Safer Landings: How to Minimize Risk of Injury from Falls

By Margaret Evans

1st – Service to the Horse Industry Single Article (18 entries)

Falling, or otherwise parting company with your horse, is part of riding. If fall safety training saves even a small number of riders from catastrophic injury, it’s worth training every rider.

Judge’s comments: “We have all been told that if we fall off a horse, we must get right back on. Well, easier said than done. And no one ever told [most of] us that we could actually be trained on how to do a fall the right way. This very thorough article covers that and more. It is well sourced on the training and the need for physical fitness. This article also includes interviews with riders who described what happened to them physically and mentally after coming off a horse. Most of us who have come off a horse can identify with their experience.

Published in the Autumn 2019 issue.

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Safer Landings

Photo: Clix Photography

 

Canadian Horse Journal’s roster of award-winning articles from previous years includes:

Senior Senator’s Triumph

By Margaret Evans

1st – Feature Single Article (16 entries)

The incredible story of a steeplechaser’s recovery from a broken neck to win the Maryland Hunt Cup for a second time.

Judge’s comments: “The article was impressive and explained the complicated surgery and equipment clearly while keeping the focus on the horse. The writer gave the audience enough before and after the surgery to make for a compelling story about a complex procedure.”

Published in the Autumn 2018 edition.

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Photo: Douglas Lees

Canada’s Horse Industry Builders

By Margaret Evans and Kathy Smith

2nd – Equine-related Editorial Series (15 entries)

The inspiring stories of 18 extraordinary Canadians who blazed uncharted territory and took our horse industry to new heights. 

Judge’s comments: “Quite a range of people in this series, from the founder of the Calgary Stampede to the owner of Northern Dancer to a former slave. An impressive series of stories covering 30 pages. Detailed research from their beginnings to how they died (unless still alive!). You will learn something, and you might be inspired to create your own worthy story.” 

Published in Canada’s Equine Guide 2018 (January/February edition). 

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Photo: Robin Duncan Photography

550 Kilometres on Horseback on the Trans Canada Trail

By Tania Millen

2nd Place – Equine-related Human-Animal Bond Category (15 entries)

One woman, one horse, and 550 kms over and through the trestles, tunnels, mountains, and valleys of Southern BC.

Judge’s comments: “What a great piece! The first-person narrative was so strong. The balance between history of the trail and trip diary was perfect. I felt like I was right there, but also am inspired to go see it myself. The intro immediately grabbed your intention and the author did a nice job of closing the loop by picking back up with that moment toward the end. The photos also helped paint the picture. Overall, this piece captured the bond between the author and her horse, as well as a trip of a lifetime.”

Published in the Spring 2018 edition.

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Photo: Bryn White

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#MeToo in the Horse Industry

By Margaret Evans

3rd – Feature Single Article (16 entries)

Our voices joined the worldwide conversation calling for gender equality, respect, and safe places.

Judge’s comments: “The situation the article described needed to be brought to light and the author did a super job. The sidebar stories from other victims added a needed dimension to the piece. Nicely done. A good combination of information and emotion.” 

Published in the Spring 2018 edition. 

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Photo: iStock/ND3000

 

Ghosts of the Coal Mines: Pit Ponies and Horses by Margaret Evans (1st place Feature Article 2017), the story of the horses and ponies that lived and died in one of the world’s most hostile and dangerous working environments (published in Canada’s Equine Guide 2017).

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Photo courtesy of Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Wales

To Serve and Protect: The Death of Brigadier (1st place Feature Article 2006) by Karen Briggs, describing the tragic death of a Metro Toronto police horse that sent shockwaves through the city and spurred a call for action (published in May/June 2006).

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Photo: Anne DeHaas

Canadian Horse Journal is Canada’s leading magazine for all breeds and disciplines, published six times per year by Horse Community Journals Inc.

Our publishing network also includes the industry-leading website HORSEJournals.com, The Hoofbeat e-newsletter, and a huge Social Media following.

 

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