Nominations are now open for the 20th annual Equine Industry Vision Award presented by American Horse Publications and sponsored since its inception by Zoetis. The prestigious award is the first of its kind to showcase innovation across the entire equine market, as well as ingenuity and service.
Award nominees may include individuals and/or organizations. Candidates may be considered for a single outstanding visionary achievement or for sustained outstanding contributions that have made a profound impact on the equine industry. Anyone is eligible to be nominated, re-nominated or to nominate a candidate for the award. Nominations are due February 5, 2021.
The 2021 Equine Industry Vision Award recipient will be announced during a breakfast ceremony sponsored by Zoetis on May 21, 2021, during the American Horse Publications (AHP) “Back in the Saddle” Equine Media Conference in Irving, Texas. The winner receives a lead crystal trophy created by master artisan Peter Wayne Yenawine and commissioned by Zoetis.
“The Equine Industry Vision Award recognizes individuals who are committed to innovation and positively influencing the equine industry. This aligns perfectly with our own mission to be an industry leader working to continually improve horse health and welfare, while supporting equine veterinarians and horse owners alike,” said Jeannie Jeffery, vice president of the Zoetis U.S. equine business. “We’re very proud to continue our sponsorship of this award, which is now in its twentieth year.”
To request a nomination ballot for the 2021 Equine Industry Vision Award, contact Judy Lincoln, EIVA coordinator, American Horse Publications, at 386-760-7743 or [email protected]. Nomination information is also available online. All entry materials are due Feb. 5, 2021.
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:
- 2020 – Barbra Schulte, recognized for her innovation, commitment, and positive impact to the equine industry.
- 2019 – Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT, recognized for advocacy supporting humane treatment of horses.
- 2018 – David Jones, DVM, chairman of Brooke USA, recognized and celebrated for 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 their work in 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 help 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.
About American Horse Publications
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Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2019, the company generated annual revenue of $6.3 billion with approximately 10,600 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetisus.com.