2015 American Horse Publications wrap-up

Thank you Darrell Dodds for the photo!

Thank you Darrell Dodds for the photo!

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!

White Line Disease article for the American Quarter Horse Journal

White line disease is a tough condition to treat. It eats away at horse's hooves, and can be both painful and chronic. This article for the American Quarter Horse Journal explores diagnosis and treatment options with the help of several veterinarian experts.

This article places second in the Service to the Reader category at the 2015 American Horse Publications seminar this past weekend. Read the article below:

Horse & Rider article with Colleen McQuay

Lyle Lovett has a palomino stallion that is a real-life Barbie horse. His mane is LEGENDARY, and he is so talented. Smart And Shiney stands at McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas. Last year I pitched a mane and tail care story to Horse & Rider with Smart And Shiney as the model! The experience was so much fun. Colleen McQuay was a wonderful source and I'm really happy with how the photos turned out.

The story ended up winning first place as an instructional article at the 2015 American Horse Publications Seminar last weekend! Here's the article below:

Aaron Watson profile for America's Horse

Aaron Watson has long been one of my favorite country artists. I spent most of my college years attending several of his concerts each semester at the Texas Hall of Fame (RIP) and two-stepping the nights away. As he's matured, he's grown his reputation as a family man and an unashamed Christian. In 2013, I attended Carol Rose's dispersal sale and noticed two things: 1. Aaron posted a  photo with his new QH the same day and 2. he was the surprise music the preview night. I did some follow up research and in 2014, pitched a story about Aaron as a QH member to America's Horse, AQHA's member magazine. Lucky for me, editor gave me the green light.

Aaron's manager was gracious and set me up with an interview right away. Aaron chatted with me for a long time, and I felt like the story I wrote for the magazine was one of my best. And after the story was published, Aaron's latest album The Underdog went on to break records for an indie album on the country music charts!

It was my honor to win an American Horse Publications first place award for this profile last weekend! Here's the profile:

Ponying feature for Paint Horse Journal

Training articles are always fun, and ponying is a topic I haven't covered before. After interviewing these experts, I feel better prepared to take on this challenge in the future. Check out this article for the Paint Horse Journal.

Gunner profile for Quarter Horse News

Last year, the horse world lost a legend. Gunner, aka Colonels Smoking Gun, had an immeasurable impact on the equine industry, particularly for reining and the Paint Horse breed. I was honored to write an obituary profile looking at his legendary life for Quarter Horse News.

Paint Horse Journal August 2013 Cover

This sweet baby foal stole my heart while I was out at the Fulton Quien Sabe Ranch in 2013. There's something so special about foals! This photo was published on the August 2013 cover of the Paint Horse Journal, which seems a fitting tribute to Joe Fulton, the founder of the ranch and breeder of such greats as Peppy San Badger. He passed away August 1, 2013.

CS Ranch feature for Western Shooting Horse

One of my favorite shoots took place in Northern New Mexico. CS Ranch is picturesque, and despite a horde of monster mosquitoes, I captured some lovely images of the ranch's horses. Check out the feature that ran in Western Horse & Gun (formerly Western Shooting Horse) .

Cade's First Day of School Portraits

Last year, sweet Cade started kindergarten, and his mama Courtney asked me to take photos of his first day of school. I've had the privilege of photographing Cade every year since he was born, and it was so special to capture his big day. He's getting so big! Here are a few photos from Courtney and Cade's photo shoot.

Bartlett Ranch profile for Western Shooting Horse

Last year I traveled to a series of ranches for Western Shooting Horse magazine. Bartlett Ranch in Weatherford, Texas, was one of them. The ranch is spread across three locations in Texas, Alabama and Wyoming. I really enjoyed getting to talk to Mr. Bartlett and touring his beautiful Texas ranch. His home was so unique--I could write an entire article on its decor. I hope you enjoy the article as well!

Horse Show 9-1-1 with the Quarter Horse Journal

Emergencies can happen with horse at shows in an instant, but you can prepare for many of them. In this article for the American Quarter Horse Journal in April 2014, my experts shared how to spot common equine health issues encountered at shows, as well as how to treat them and prevent them.

Jana and Michael's Schroeder Hall Wedding

The Bittlebrun-Radwanski wedding was such a fun affair. Bright and colorful, with lots of fun details, the wedding was really a tribute to two wonderful people. Friends traveled to attend from all over the world. I really enjoyed seeing Jana and Michael celebrate their next chapter with all of their loved ones. Here are a sampling of my favorite photos!

Whoa & Go with the Paint Horse Journal

Speed control can be tough for youngsters. I definitely remember the days of ineffectively kicking my slowpoke gelding in hopes of getting somewhere a little faster. This article with Mason Lyons for the Paint Horse Journal was fun and I think it's great information for riders young and old alike. What do you think?

Celebrating Three Years


This July 26 will mark three years since I started Abigail Boatwright Communications. I can't believe it's been that long--it seems only yesterday that I was packing up my office at APHA and nervously pitching my stories to editors. I've been really blessed to have had steady work and awesome assignments these last few years. I'm excited about what the future holds. And now I'm unveiling my brand-new website!

The biggest change this year is THISmy website has received a makeover! The talented team at Rethink helped me rebrand my company and I'm so happy with the outcome. I hope you'll find my site easier to navigate, with content bigger and brighter than ever. Check out each of the sections if you get a minute--it's all been updated. My favorite feature is the way the portfolio items are displayed. Now you can click on each article thumbnail and it'll direct you to the full scale PDF on my site. You can also click on photo thumbnails and they pop up into large photos. I have a contact form and links to my social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Finally, my photo proofing site on Smug Mug has been integrated into my toolbar.

Other highlights from this year:

  • Traveled to ranches in Weatherford and two in Northern New Mexico, as well as covered America's first campdraft in Colorado.
  • Started writing for new publications including USDF Connection and Modern Arabian, while increasing my articles for Quarter Horse News and continued regularly contributing to several other publications.
  • Wrote lots of equine, travel, home decor, profile and food articles for APHA's brand new member magazine Chrome
  • Earned a first place award at Livestock Publications Council and a third place award at the American Horse Publications seminar
  • On a personal note, I had my son Wilder in November 2013--and have continued my work while enjoying my son too. I have my mother-in-law and husband to thank for their help!

Thanks for your interest and support. I hope to continue bringing you interesting articles and compelling photographs!

Also, if you're looking for recaps of my (personal) travels, you'll want to check out Through Abby's Lens. The rest of my personal blog lives at Downton Blabby.

Veggie Recipe article for Chrome

My garden is pretty small. It consists of about 8 herb plants. But I'm always looking for yummy vegetable recipes. This article for APHA'sChrome addresses the problem of when your garden ripens all at once and you're left with say, 10 lbs of zucchini. I personally tried each of the recipes--one is from my own brother-in-law--and I give them all my stamp of approval. So what do you think? Full article PDF HERE.

Jana's Gruene Bridals

Jana was the very first friend I made when I joined Texas A&M's Equestrian Team back in 2003. She was a team captain and she really made me feel welcome. We became close friends throughout all those practices, competitions, Aggie football games and especially nights out dancing at the Texas Hall of Fame. She's now a pharmacist (and pretty awesome at it). When Jana asked me to be her wedding photographer I was so thrilled. We shot her bridals photos in her aunt and uncle's beyond gorgeous home and at historic Gruene Hall--a honky-tonk where every Texan worth their salt should spend a night dancing. It poured down rain throughout our shoot, but Jana was a trooper and we had a good time!




Profile on Pat Parelli in APHA's Chrome magazine

I got to meet Pat Parelli at an APHA World Show after a packed-house clinic. It was neat to chat with him about his background and see how it influences his methods today. This article appeared in APHA's member magazineChrome. Read the story in PDF HERE.

Profile on Unbranded's Producer in Chrome Magazine

Last year I traveled to the wilds of South Texas to meet with Cindy Meehl, the executive producer of UnBranded, a documentary chronicling the journey of four young men from Mexico to Canada on mustangs. The trip was a success and the documentary is set to be released this summer, but when I met with Cindy, the men were preparing to begin their epic travels. Cindy was also the director behind the critically-acclaimed documentary Buck.

It was really neat to get to know her, and I love how the article in Chrome turned out. What do y'all think? Read the whole article HERE.