Artist Joe MacKechnie’s “Running on Air,” which appeared on the cover of the Fall 2013 Washington Thoroughbred, was awarded first place in the Illustration (print or online) category at the 2014 American Horse Publications Annual Awards contest (for material published and dated 2013) held in Charleston, South Carolina on June 21.
This year’s competition included over 50 classes, 736 entries and 97 contestants, of which 64 became finalists and 38 earned first place awards. A total of 171 awards (first, second, third or honorable mention) were given out at AHP’s “Gallop n’ Grits” seminar held at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Since 2003, the Washington Thoroughbred has had at least one finalist every year and were also first place award winners in 2006, 2008 and 2009 (two), as well as in 1979.
Among the other Thoroughbred print publications who received awards this year are: Daily Racing Form, Keeneland Magazine, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, The Blood-Horse, The Florida Horse and The Saratoga Special.
This year, 25 professional judges placed the classes and provided critiques for all entries in order to encourage members to strive for journalism excellence.