Canadian Horse Journal and its veteran freelance writer, Margaret Evans, were recognized for editorial excellence during the American Horse Publications 2018 Equine Media Awards at The Hunt for Excellence Conference held in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

The results of the AHP Equine Media Awards competition for material published in 2017 were announced on June 16. Ghosts of the Coal Mines: Pit Ponies and Horses by Margaret Evans was awarded first place in the Feature Single Article category from among 19 entries in our circulation class. This feature article was originally published in Canada’s Equine Guide 2017, a special annual edition of Canadian Horse Journal.

“This is a gripping, fascinating and excruciating tale of a little-known exploitation of horses,” commented the judge. “The writer has taken an array of information and produced a startling report on a sad history. This well researched piece should give every horse lover pause. It conveys a story that not many people knew and thus deserves special notice.”

“I just saw the results posted on the AHP Facebook page and am so beyond excited to see CHJ being recognized for the amazing content created for our readers. The comments on the Pit Ponies article are so fantastic and just make me even more proud to work for the magazine,” said April Ray-Peterson, Sales and Social Media Manager.

“Unbelievable! But I had a good feeling about the pit pony story; it was so unique and I can’t remember reading about pit ponies and horses any time in the past,” commented writer Margaret Evans. “Thank you SO much for choosing this topic and giving it to me. I am so proud of all of us. The story was gripping but the layout and selection of photos made it so powerful.”

Held annually since 1974, the AHP Awards contest offers members an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in a variety of equine media categories. This year’s competition attracted 823 entries from 108 members, an increase of 40 entries and 3 participants from last year.

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Canadian Horse Journal is Canada’s leading magazine for all breeds and disciplines, published six times per year by Horse Community Journals Inc.

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