Canadian Horse Journal Honoured for Editorial Excellence

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2022 Equine Media Awards  

Canadian Horse Journal and its talented editorial team were once again honoured for editorial excellence during the American Horse Publications (AHP) 2022 Equine Media Awards. AHP has been honouring excellence in equine media since 1976, and AHP Equine Media Awards are the premier awards within the equine media industry. The 2022 awards ceremony was part AHP’s Back to the Bluegrass Conference held in Lexington, Kentucky, on May 12-14, 2022. 

This year’s competition for material published in 2021 offered 52 classes and drew 583 entries from 102 AHP members representing the top equine media from across North America. 

This year, two of our writers were honoured with second placings: Tania Millen for Solo Packing Adventures in Canada’s Southern Rocky Mountains, published in our Spring 2021 issue, and Kevan Garecki for If Your Horse Could Drive…, published in our Early Summer 2021 issue. 

“We are pleased to congratulate Tania Millen and Kevan Garecki on their outstanding achievements,” says Kathy Smith, Editor and Publisher, “and proud to count them as members of our dedicated team who strive to make every issue of our magazine the best it can be.” 

From writer, Tania Millen: “Thank you to the Canadian Horse Journal team for putting together such an interesting and relevant magazine. I’m honoured to be part of it.” 

From writer, Kevan Garecki: “Wow! That’s very cool. Thank you so much for this recognition of my ongoing efforts to improve the well-being of horses.” 

From Art Director, Elisa Crees: “Wonderful! So glad those two great writers and this fabulous magazine are on the podium. Both of those articles are well-fashioned stories on unique subjects not seen in other publications. Both are very interesting reads.” 

From Social Media Manager, April D. Ray: “So proud to be a part of this amazing magazine and my heart is bursting with... pride, happiness… all of the above!”  

If Your Horse Could Drive...

By Kevan Garecki

2nd - Instructional Single Article (24 entries)

To help you understand what he experiences during transport, your horse might suggest that you stand inside the horse trailer, with your hands in your pockets and your eyes closed, while he drives you around… 

Judge’s comment: "The author of this article creates a comfortable space for the reader. There is an immediate authoritative tone; however, the reader never feels looked down on or criticized. Personal experiences add authenticity."

Published in the Early Summer 2021 issue

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Photo: Pam Mackenzie

Solo Horse Packing Adventures in Canada’s Southern Rocky Mountains  

By Tania Millen

2nd - Equine-Related Public Awareness Journalism Article (6 ENTRIES) 

Sven, the Haflinger pack pony, jerked his head up and snorted. I looked uphill towards our camp and caught a humpy flash of beige ducking behind a stunted fir tree. Grizzly, I thought. I was hand-grazing Sven and my paint mare, Jewel, on a frosty July morning in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia during a solo pack trip…  

Judge’s comment: "The author’s language is descriptive and flows gently. It’s a ride many readers would be happy to take."

Read the article. 

Published in the Spring 2021 issue

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Photo: Shutterstock/Protasov AN

Here's a list of Canadian Horse Journal's AHP Awards, from 2006 to 2021:

Immersed in the Muskwa-Kechika

A Place That Changes You

By Tania Millen

2nd - Public Awareness Journalism Article (7 entries)

Judge's comments: "This story rose to the top for me because of the quality of writing. Descriptive writing made it feel as if I was on the trip and left me with similar feelings the author shared. This is difficult to do and I recognize the talent the author has to make a trip log into a spectacularly written story."

Published in the Spring 2020 issue.

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Photo: Tania Millen

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

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

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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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