American Paint Horse: A Photographic Portrayal and Paint Horse
Journal earn top publication awards
WORTH----The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) received prestigious
awards recently from American Horse Publications (AHP) for its monthly
magazine, Paint Horse Journal, and its colorful, new coffee-table
book The American Paint Horse: A Photographic Portrayal. The publications
were awarded top honors at a special AHP conference held in Park
City, Utah, recently to recognize outstanding work in the equine
American Paint Horse: A Photographic Portrayal, which was released
in fall 2001, combines insightful text about the past, present and
future of the American Paint Horse with hundreds of magnificent
large-format, full-color images.
judges said the new book "is a fine tribute to the horse in
general and the Paint Horse in particular." Photographers of
the award-winning book were Paint Horse Journal editor Darrell Dodds
and noted Western photographer David Stoecklein. Text was written
by Jennifer Forsberg-Meyer. Shawn Phillips was the book designer,
while Ron Bonge provided illustration.
saw his monthly publication take first place in the "General
judges wrote, "Beautiful covers. So inviting, they almost compel
a look inside. And when you look inside you get a treat. This is
one spectacular magazine."
judges were also impressed with Paint Horse Journal staff members,
awarding them honors in several other categories.
Horse Journal correspondent Tracy Gantz took first place in the
"Horse Care" category for her July 2001 story titled "Open
Wide," about equine dentistry. The judges said Gantz's writing
was "superb and sharp." She was also credited with giving
explanations about the subject without getting overly technical.
Gantz also earned an honorable mention in the "Color Editorial
Photograph" category for her photographic illustration of the
in the "Color Editorial Photograph" category, Paint Horse
Journal staff writer/photographer Ross Hecox earned an honorable
mention with his illustration of a feature story about improving
riding in reining events. The story, titled "Riding Light,"
appeared in the April 2001 Paint Horse Journal. The photo was titled
earned second place in the "Instructional Single Article"
category for his story titled, "Get Pushy," which appeared
in the November 2001 issue. AHP judges credited Hecox for his skill
in writing a piece about showing working cow horses in competition
without becoming too involved in the trainer's story. Judges said
that all too often, articles designed to be instructional for readers
evolve into features about trainers. Hecox stayed on track with
learned all I was looking to learn without having to get sidetracked
by the trainer's story," a judge wrote.
mention went to Rebecca Overton in the "Service to Reader"
category for her February 2001 Paint Horse Journal article, "Positively
Perlino." The piece, which was about how genetics affect horse
coloration, was cited as being outstanding not only for the way
it was written, but also for the way it was illustrated with photos
that extra effort was put into this package," judges wrote
in their reasoning for selecting the piece.
also earned an honorable mention in the "Feature Article"
category for "The Girls from Toad River," which appeared
in the December 2001 Paint Horse Journal. The story was about sisters
living in a remote area of British Columbia who haul their Paint
Horses thousands of miles to shows. Overton was credited for her
"clean, crisp writing."
the "Color Editorial Design" category, designer Jeanette
Poer captured first place for "Mud, Sweat and Cheers"
in the August 2001 Paint Horse Journal. Poer created a "breathtaking
opening spread," said the judges. The article featured an American
Paint Horse named Colonels Smokingun and his gold-medal victory
at the USET Festival of Champions in Gladstone, N. J.
the "Publication Staff Color Advertisement" category,
Poer and author Irene Stamatelakys earned third place with an August
2001 eye-catching ad called "New Spin."
ad promoted an issue of the Paint Horse Journal that featured reining,
cutting and working cow horses.
and Dodds captured a second-place title in the "Magazine Cover
Page" category for the February 2001 Paint Horse Journal. The
cover featured a dramatic action photograph of Real Easy Cash on
his way to victory at the Masterpiece Futurity in Los Alamitos,
can't get any more power in a photo than this," said the judges.
Executive Secretary Jim Kelley praised those responsible for publishing
the association's material.
high-quality images and writing that are consistently being produced
by our talented staff members go a long way in helping us bring
American Paint Horses the credit they deserve," said Kelley.
Paint Horse Journal has a proven track record of success, and it
shows by the numerous awards it wins year after year. Producing
a quality coffee-table book about beautiful American Paint Horses
is something we've wanted to do for quite some time. It's great
to see The American Paint Horse: A Photographic Portrayal, capture
the title for best equine book so quickly."
more information about APHA, the Paint Horse Journal and the American
Paint Horse, call (817) 834-2742, ext. 788, or log on to www.apha.com.