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APHA publications shine in 2017 Equine Media Awards

The 2017 Equine Media Awards, presented by American Horse Publications, confirmed what APHA members already know: that Paint Horse lovers are privy to two of the best magazines in the equine community: the Paint Horse Journal and Chrome. The magazines were honored June 17 at the annual AHP conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

This year’s contest saw 783 entries from 71 AHP members. When the dust settled, APHA’s publications earned six  first-place awards, along with other honors.

“Awards earned by the Paint Horse Journal and Chrome span the gamut of design, photography, multimedia and editorial excellence, from feature stories about industry icons to articles that give readers tangible tips to help enrich their relationships with their horse’s and the greater Paint Horse industry,” Director of Publications Jessica Hein said. “Chrome continued its outstanding work after being named the industry’s best overall magazine last year, and the PHJ was named reserve champion association-produced publication this year. Particularly, we are thrilled at the Journal’s sweep of the Service to The Reader category, where we took first and second; this category is judged on the article’s ability to share information that benefits readers directly, and that’s central to our magazine’s missions.

“The APHA staff that produces PHJ and Chrome are honored by these awards and proud to bring our readers such outstanding work year after year.”

Full results from the contest, which was for material published in 2016, are as follows:

First Place

  • Service to the Consumer Single Article: “Destination: Europe,” October 2016 Paint Horse Journal by Irene Stamatelakys
  • Personal Column Single Article: “The Angel of Two-Mule Junction,” Spring 2016 Chrome by Johi Kokjohn-Wagner
  • Editorial Illustration: “The Venerable Veteran,” Spring 2016 Chrome by Dave Clowers
  • Editorial Design: “Buckle Up,” Spring 2016 Chrome by Art Vasquez
  • Publishing Media Equine-Related Specialty or Custom Publication: Flash 2016
  • Business Brand Content Marketing Single Article: “Marked for Greatness,” Winter 2016 Chrome by Rachel Florman

Second Place

  • Service to the Consumer Single Article: “Arming Yourself,” January 2016 Paint Horse Journal by Delores Kuhlwein
  • Feature Single Article: “Legendary,” October 2016 Paint Horse Journal by Jessica Hein
  • Instructional Single Article: “The Power of Position,” June 2016 Paint Horse Journal by Sara Simons with Alana Harrison
  • Equine-Related Mainstream Journalism Article: “Cracker Jack,” Winter 2016 Chrome by Jessica Hein
  • Publication Cover Page: “Roper’s Choice,” Spring 2016 Chrome, designed by Art Vasquez, photo by Matt Cohen

Third Place

  • Editorial Event Coverage Single Article: “Game On,” November 2016 Paint Horse Journal by Rachel Florman
  • Equine-Related Newsworthy Video: “Fresh Paint No. 80,” by Lee Clowers and Cristin Conner

Honorable Mention

  • General Excellence Association Publication circulation under 15,000: Paint Horse Journal
  • Horse Care Single Article: “Raise Right,” March 2016 Paint Horse Journal by Rachel Florman
  • Personality Profile Single Article: “Power Player,” Fall 2016 Chrome by Kate Bradley Byars


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. Join, renew or extend your membership to make sure you get access to this award-winning member benefit.

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.



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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international 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