Nominations are now open for the 21st annual Equine Industry Vision Award presented by American Horse Publications and sponsored by Zoetis. The prestigious award showcasees innovation, ingenuity and service across the entire equine industry.
Award nominees may include individuals or organizations. Candidates may be considered for a single outstanding visionary achievement or sustained outstanding contributions that profoundly impacted the equine industry. Anyone is eligible to be nominated, re-nominated, or to nominate a candidate for the award. Nominations are due on or before Feb. 4.
The 2022 Equine Industry Vision Award recipient will be announced during a breakfast ceremony sponsored by Zoetis on May 13, during the American Horse Publications (AHP) Equine Media Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The winner receives a lead crystal trophy created by master artisan Peter Wayne Yenawine and commissioned by Zoetis.
“At Zoetis, we are inspired daily by the opportunity and profound responsibility to support horses, the owners who love them, and the equine veterinarians and other care team members who safeguard their wellbeing every day,” said Jeannie Jeffery, vice president of the Zoetis U.S. equine business. “This award aligns perfectly with Zoetis Equine’s goal to stand by the side of those in the industry who continually improve horse health and welfare.”
Nominators must submit all entry materials electronically on or before Feb. 4. Nomination information is available at https://www.americanhorsepubs.org/equine-industry-vision-award/
To request nomination guidelines and ballot for the 2022 Equine Industry Vision Award, contact Judy Lincoln, EIVA coordinator, American Horse Publications, at 386-760-7743 or [email protected].
Past Equine Industry Vision Award Winners
Past recipients of the Equine Industry Vision Award are true visionaries who have contributed to the growth and preservation of the equine industry and include:
- 2021 – Breyer Horses, one of America’s most iconic toy and collectible brands, honored for outstanding leadership and innovation within the equine industry. Its ‘portrait’ models of horse heroes like Secretariat and Black Beauty have inspired children and adults alike for generations.
- 2020 – Barbra Schulte, recognized for her innovation, commitment, and positive impact on the equine industry.
- 2019 – Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT, recognized for advocacy supporting the humane treatment of horses.
- 2018 – David Jones, DVM, chairman of Brooke USA, recognized and celebrated for his global equitarian efforts.
- 2017 – Sydney Knott, founder, president, and CEO of Horses4Heroes, for her passion for increasing the public’s exposure to horses and growing involvement in the equine industry.
- 2016 – Gary L. Carpenter, commissioner and CEO of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), for his passion for increasing involvement with horses and working across disciplines in the equine industry.
- 2015 – Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph, for her heartfelt work in connecting people, especially youth, with horses.
- 2014 – Patti Colbert for her numerous contributions to the equine industry, including marketing Time to Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council’s marketing alliance formed to connect people with horses and designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities.
- 2013 – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Int’l) for promoting safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with special needs throughout the world.
- 2012 – Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) for the organization’s dedication to helping preserve land for the future of equestrian sports, recreation, and industry.
- 2011 – Robert Cacchione, executive director and co-founder of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), for his exemplary vision to start an organization that would allow any college student to participate in horse shows, regardless of financial status or riding level.
- 2010 – John Nicholson for his work as the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park and as president of the World Equestrian Games 2010 Foundation, including his leadership in bringing the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to the United States.
- 2009 – Charlotte Brailey Kneeland, founder and director of the American Riding Instructors Association, for her vision to promote and certify riding instructors across the United States.
- 2008 – Sally Swift (1913-2009), the founder of the Centered Riding®, for having a revolutionary impact on horseback riding worldwide in the 20th century.
- 2007 – David O’Connor, best known for his Olympic accomplishments and his work as president of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
- 2006 – Stanley F. Bergstein (1924-2011), executive vice president of Harness Tracks of America (HTA), for his positive contributions to the Standardbred racing industry and lifetime of accomplishments.
- 2005 – John Ryan Gaines (1928-2005) for his countless contributions to the horse world that continue to reach across disciplines.
- 2004 – American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) for the organization’s vast, positive impact on the equine experience worldwide.
- 2003 – Don Burt (1930-2012) for more than 50 years of living and working as a member of the horse industry and his efforts across disciplines.
- 2002 – Alexander Mackay-Smith (1903-1998) for his broad contributions to the whole of the equine industry.