The American Horse Publications Seminar is one of my favorite events of the year. It's a time where writers, photographers, editors, publishers and other folks connected to the horse magazine industry gather. We gather to network, gain education, recognize hard work and most of all, have a good time. Each year hundreds of articles and photographs are entered in the AHP Seminar contest, where a panel of judges from the industry critique and place the pieces. I've won an award once before, when I was on staff at the Paint Horse Journal, and I've gotten 2nd place and honorable mentions a few times. This year, three of my stories were finalists. My story about white line disease for the American Quarter Horse Journal placed second in its category, and I got two first place awards. One for my profile on Aaron Watson for America's Horse and the other for a mane and tail care article with Colleen McQuay for Horse & Rider. So much effort is put into each article submitted to the contest. It's an honor to be recognized amongst my peers.
The weekend was so much fun, and it was a wonderful time connecting with other industry professionals. It was even more special because the seminar was held in my hometown of San Antonio!