The Canadian Sportsman was named the best magazine in virtually every editorial category at the American Horse Publication (AHP) awards June 18 in San Diego. Harness racing's 'The Sportsman magazine' won 7 of the 8 divisions for which it was a finalist, including General Excellence for a self-supported magazine with a circulation under 15,000.
The harness racing trade magazine, which has been published since 1870, was also honoured for best design, cover, editorial, personality profile, personal feature and overall feature for its work in 2010.
The AHP awards received 839 entries from 118 North American horse publications.
In its first year as an AHP member, The Canadian Sportsman won awards in the following categories:
General Excellence for a self-supported magazine with a circulation under 15,000:
“One thing that stands out about this entry is the distinction between feature and department content,” wrote the judge for this category. “The features are given much bigger play and really stand out.”
Event Coverage Design (all magazines):
Designer Deanne Penny was honoured for her design of the Little Brown Jug and Jugette stories.
“These are very well designed pages,” wrote the judge. “Great use of photography. I like the mixture of fading, angling, tilting of the photographs; they all work together without looking contrived.”
Editorial (all magazines):
Dave Briggs for his piece in Last Call entitled Bulletproof has made a mockery of us all.
“Tabloid-style lead gets one’s attention with a bang (pun intended),” wrote the judge. “The author’s passion and indignation shine through and every argument is backed up.”
Magazine Cover Page (circulation under 10,000):
Photographer Dave Landry and designer Deanne Penny combined to produce the award-winning cover of Randy Waples as Clint Eastwood from the movie Unforgiven.
“This cover is special in its simplicity,” wrote the judge. “A dramatic photo beautifully lit, simple typography and a strong nameplate make this entry stand out from the others.”
Landry also had a third-place finish in the still photography division (all magazines) with his inside-the-magazine photo of Waples as Clint Eastwood.
Personal Column (circulation under 20,000)
David Mattia for his Laugh Track piece Life’s rich lessons on a poor man’s farm.
“Engaging, crisp and downright funny. (It is) a wonderful blend of sarcasm and resignation that endears the writer to his readers. More please,” wrote the judge.
Personality Profile (circulation under 10,000)
Dave Briggs for his feature on Randy Waples entitled Code of the Old West.
“(The) Waples profile offers insight into the man as a person; I feel I know Waples and understand some of his motivations. The story is very well written, painting great word pictures for the reader… solid personality profile,” wrote the judge.
Feature Article (circulation under 10,000)
Dave Briggs for his feature on Casie Coleman and her staff entitled Casie and the Sunshine Band. “The writer captured the atmosphere of the stable in the story by showing us and not telling us. Excellent job,” wrote the judge.
Combining the 7 AHP awards by The Canadian Sportsman and the 4 won by Standardbred Canada’s Trot magazine, the Canadian harness racing industry can be proud to have 11 AHP award-winners. The AHP represents all equine breeds and disciplines.
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