Vinnie Perrone’s tribute to the late race-caller Dick Woolley was one of seven awards for the magazine for material published in 2019 and presented at the American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards May 30. The awards presentation was held virtually after the association’s equine media conference and awards program, originally scheduled for May 28-30 in Lexington, Ky., was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Perrone’s article “True to Form,” published in September 2019, took first place among nine entries under the personality profile, single article category (circulation or users under 10,000). Comments from the judges included, “wonderfully captured Woolley’s voice with pithy writing, engaging anecdotes and detailed reporting. This profile does him justice.”

Douglas Lees’ “Mystic Strike and Mark Beecher Land Timber Stakes,” published in the June 2019 magazine, was the winner in the editorial action photograph category out of 12 entries. Judges commented that the photo was “beautifully composed. A compelling angle—yikes!—makes you feel like you are right in the thick of it. Seeing the action from this view makes all the difference.”

“Starting Over,” also written by Perrone, was third in the news reporting related feature, single article category (12 entries). Published in October 2019 about the barn fire Anchor and Hope Farm endured last summer, comments included, “nicely done with reference to lunch in the car in the beginning and the kicker at the end.” Sandra McKee’s “Horses for People” about City Ranch in the September 2019 issue, praised for a “picture perfect-painting lede,” was third in the equine-related human-animal bond article category (24 entries).

Honorable mentions went to Joe Clancy’s “Aunt Joan, Delaware Park and Memories,” published in September 2019, in the personal column, single article category (22 entries), Eclipse Sportswire’s Scott Serio with “Morning Glory,” published in December 2019, in the editorial photograph category (22 entries), and publication cover page, circulation under 10,000 (22 entries) for the June 2019 cover that Barrie Reightler designed with Coady Photography’s photo.

View the full awards program here

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