2014 EQUUS Professional Horseman Award Winner Announced

Florida farrier Kevin Young is the winner of the 2014 EQUUS Professional Horseman Award. Developed to recognize veterinarians, trainers, farriers and other professionals who go the extra mile for their clients and their horses, the Professional Horseman award contest is sponsored by Manna Pro, Absorbine, Kentucky Performance Products and Freedom Health.

Entrants to the contest submitted 200-word essays nominating a professional horse person in their life that has gone above and beyond to help keep their horse healthy and happy. Young was nominated by Lori Tankel of Florida.

In her winning essay, Tankel described Young’s dedication to the care of her horses, which often required spending many hours on the road and enduring challenging weather conditions. “I can go on and on about Kevin and his many attributes. He is always on time and extremely conscientious about doing a good job,” wrote Tankel. “I just wish I had more characters left to tell about him!”

For being nominated, Young’s prizes include a plaque and a Wrangler jacket. Lori Tankel will receive a Max E Glo/Calf Manna Cooler from Manna Pro, Corona Detangler and Shine from Manna Pro, Corona Shampoo from Manna Pro, Calm Coat Topical Lotion from Manna Pro, Lexol Quick Wipes (Cleaner) from Manna Pro, Lexol Quick Wipes (Conditioner) from Manna Pro, Aluminum Sports Bottle from Manna Pro, Sho Glo from Manna Pro, Sho Hoof from Manna Pro, Gallon and Quart of Absorbine Veterinary Liniment from Absorbine®, Gallon and Quart of UltraShield EX from Absorbine, Gallon and Quart of ShowSheen Hair Polish & Detangler from Absorbine, KPP High Performance Pak – Neigh-Lox Advanced, Joint Armor, Elevate Maintenance Powder, Summer Games Electrolyte and SUCCEED Oral Paste Challenge Pack from Freedom Health.

Established in 1977, EQUUS magazine, published by the Active Interest Media (AIM) Equine Network, is a monthly publication based in Gaithersburg, Md. Although focused primarily on horse health, care and training, EQUUS explores a broad range of topics related to horses and horse sports, including in-depth articles about the causes of racetrack breakdowns, the reasons behind recent fatalities in eventing and the fight to end the practice of soring at Tennessee Walking Horse shows.

The Equine Network provides, creates and distributes relevant content and services to passionate horse enthusiasts while connecting them to each other and the marketplace. The Equine Network is the publisher of award-winning magazines Horse&Rider, EQUUS, Dressage Today, The Trail Rider, Spin To Win Rodeo, American Cowboy, Practical Horseman and Horse Journal. The Equine Network also publishes a proprietary line of books and DVDs for sale through its store, The Equine Network provides emergency roadside assistance for equestrians through USRider, and is home to several websites, including:,,,,, and






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