Morris Media Network Equine Group receives multiple awards for achievements in equine publishing

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 23 —Morris Media Network Equine Group (MMN Equine Group) publications were recognized June 20, 2015, for outstanding work in equine publishing at the annual American Horse Publications seminar and awards banquet in San Antonio, Texas. Western Horseman, Quarter Horse News, Equine Journal, Barrel Horse News and were honored with 29 coveted AHP awards.

The AHP Annual Awards Contest recognizes equine-related print, digital and online media in the areas of editorial content, photography and graphic design. This year’s contest—for material published in 2014—drew 837 entries from more than 100 AHP member publications and journalists in 61 classes.

“We are pleased that each of our titles received awards this year,” said Morris Media Network Equine Group Publisher Patty Tiberg. “Each publication’s staff consistently strives with every issue to make their magazine the best in its category. Taking home multiple AHP awards is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”

Highlights for MMN Equine Group included a win by Equine Journal in General Excellence, State or Regional Publication; and an Honorable Mention for Western Horseman in the category of General Excellence, Self-Supported Publication Circulation 15,000 & Over.

Other MMN Equine Group awards included:

Western Horseman (circulation more than 20,000)

  • 1st, Horse Care Single Article, “Better Off Barefoot?” by Katie Frank, January 2014
  • 1st, Feature Single Article, “All the Queen’s Cowboys,” by Ryan T. Bell, May 2014
  • 1st, Equine Related Editorial Series, “Clone Case” and “The Clone Age,” by Ryan T. Bell, September and November 2014
  • 1st, Editorial Design, “The Clone Age,” Ron Bonge, Art Director, November 2014
  • 1st, Freelance Writer Equine-Related Journalism, “125-Year Tradition,” by Julie Kitzenberger, June 2014
  • 1st, Editorial Action Photograph, “A Tribute to Tom – Zach Peters,” by Walter Workman, October 2014
  • 1st, Editorial Photograph, “A Tribute to Tom – Casey Jack Miller,” by Walter Workman, October 2014
  • 1st, Publication Cover Page, “Hangin’ Tough,” Ron Bonge, Art Director, Don Weller, Artist, November 2014
  • 2nd, Feature Single Article, “The Bakken Beckons,” by Ryan T. Bell, January 2014
  • 2nd, Editorial Action Photograph, “Perla Tapatia,” by Kathy McCraine, March 2014
  • 3rd, Editorial Human-Animal Bond Photograph, “Making a Match,” by Ross Hecox, June 2014
  • 3rd, Freelance Editorial Photograph, “Larger Horses That Can Take the Traveling,” by Julie Kitzenberger, June 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Personality Profile Single Article, “To Have and To Hold,” by Ross Hecox, July 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Editorial Design, “The Bakken Beckons,” Ron Bonge, Art Director, January 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Feature Single Article, “125-Year Tradition,” by Julie Kitzenberger, June 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Editorial Photograph, “Waiting for 8,” by Walter Workman, July 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Freelance Editorial Photograph, “Opening Shot – Obstacle Course,” by Julie Kitzenberger, April 2014

Quarter Horse News (circulation under 20,000)

  • 1st, Service to the Reader Single Article, “The Mighty Dollar,” by Kelsey Pecsek, August 15, 2014
  • 1st, Personal Single Column, “Triple Crown,” by Stacy Pigott, July 1, 2014
  • 2nd, Equine-Related Publishing Media Website,, Stacy Pigott, Editor, Sonny Williams, Digital Editor
  • Honorable Mention, News Reporting Single Article, “Dual Peppy found Neglected in Colorado,” by Kelsey Pecsek, October 15, 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Personality Profile Single Article, “The Will to Live,” by Brandyl Brooks, December 1, 2014

Barrel Horse News (circulation more than 20,000)

  • 2nd, Instructional Single Article, “The First Five Rides,” by Danika Kent, August 2014

Equine Journal (circulation under 20,000)

  • 2nd, Editorial Design, “Comparison Report: A Look at the Difference Between GMO and Non-GMO Feeds,” Daniel Goodwin, Art Director, June 2014
  • 3rd, Personal Single Column, “The Riddle of Right and Left,” by Ange Dickson Finn, January 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Feature Single Article, “On the Fast Track,” by Christina Keim, November 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Service to the Reader Single Article, “20 Barn Hacks to Simplify Your Life,” by Carley Sparks, May 2014