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APHA publications honored for outstanding work in equine media

The American Paint Horse Association’s official publications—the Paint Horse Journal, Chrome and Flash—were honored for excellence in equine publishing June 21 at the American Horse Publications Annual Awards Contest in San Antonio, Texas.

This year’s contest drew more than 830 entries from 115 AHP members; APHA’s publications generated finalist entries across 13 categories this year. Among the 13 awards won by the association’s magazines was one of particular significance: the Paint Horse Journal took home the title of General Excellence Association Publication—the contest’s pinnacle award for outstanding overall merit in editorial, photography and design.

“The APHA Publications team is so incredibly honored to receive this level of recognition among our peers in the equine publishing industry,” Director of Publications Jessica Hein said. “Our readers are at the heart of everything we do in the Paint Horse Journal, Chrome and Flash. We are pleased to bring them outstanding, award-winning publications that take them to the heart of the Paint Horse industry.”

Full results from the contest, which was for material published in 2014, follows:

First Place


  • General Excellence Association Publication circulation under 15,000: Paint Horse Journal
    From the Judge: Good profiles and event coverage; nice layout and design. Just overall nicely done.”
  • Instructional Single Article, circulation under 20,000: “E-fficiency,” September 2014 Paint Horse Journal, written by Megan Brincks

    e-fficiencyFrom the Judge: “This article made me want to go get a pregnant Paint mare just to register the foal! This how-to on the online registration process made it seem incredibly easy.”

Second Place

  • Service to the Reader Single Article, circulation under 20,000: “Up the Odds,” December 2014 Paint Horse Journal, written by Megan Brincks
  • Personality Profile Single Article, circulation under 10,000: “Honoring Buckaroo Tradition,” July 2014 Paint Horse Journal, written by Johi Kokjohn-Wagner
  • Editorial Human-Animal Bond Photograph: “Taylor Earnhardt,” Fall 2014 Chrome, photographed by Jessica Hein
  • Illustration: “Call of the Wild,” Summer 2014 Chrome, designed by Brian Rawlings
  • Editorial Design, circulation over 20,000: “1 of a Kind,” Spring 2014 Chrome, designed by Art Vasquez
  • Publication Cover Page, circulation over 20,000: “Western Weddings with Chrome,” Spring 2014 Chrome, designed by Art Vasquez
  • Publishing Media Equine-Related Specialty or Custom Publication: Flash, by the Paint Horse Journal staff
    Third Place
  • Equine-Related Editorial Series: “The Game Plan,” January–December 2014 Paint Horse Journal, written by Jessica Hein, Rachel Florman and Megan Brincks
  • Editorial Event Coverage Single Article, circulation under 20,000: “Golden,” November 2014 Paint Horse Journal, written and photographed by Jessica Hein
  • Publication Staff Single Advertisement: “APHA Member Model Search,” Spring 2014 Chrome, designed by Jody JohnsonHonorable Mention
  • Publication Cover Page, circulation under 10,000: “Time Honored,” July 2014 Paint Horse Journal, designed by Art Vasquez


If you’re not reading APHA’s award-winning magazines, you’re missing out on great content every month. Chrome, APHA’s premier Western lifestyle publication that celebrates our members, is distributed quarterly to all current APHA members, either in print or digital format—check out the latest issue online and watch for the next issue hitting mailboxes in mid-August.

A monthly publication, the Paint Horse Journal takes you to the heart of the Paint Horse industry, showcasing industry news, genetics and breeding breakthroughs, training and healthcare topics, and the stories behind APHA members and their Paints. Subscribe, renew or extend your Paint Horse Journal subscription online at phj.apha.com or by calling 817-222-6430—for a limited time, you’ll receive two months of APHA Gold Level online access FREE with your online PHJ subscription.



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About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.

For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit apha.com or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at facebook.com/americanpainthorse or on Twitter @APHANews.