Alexandra Beckstett has been promoted to managing editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.
Beckstett holds a bachelor's of arts in English from Duke University and served as assistant editor of Blood-Horse Publications' book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse staff in April 2010. A native of Houston, Texas, Alex is a lifelong horse owner who's shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in Warmblood breeding. She has served as departments/features editor and, most recently, associate managing editor of The Horse.
In 2010 Beckstett received an inaugural Alltech A+ award for her coverage of the Kentucky Horse Park's preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). "Peerless Park" appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Keeneland magazine, sister publication to The Horse. Since then, she’s been a part of teams that have garnered both American Horse Publications awards and an additional Alltech A+ award.
During her time at The Horse, Beckstett has worked closely with a team at the University of Kentucky to produce its monthly e-newsletter and PDF Bluegrass Equine Digest. She's also brought ideas to the table such as NextVet, which The Horse publishes twice a year for veterinary students on behalf of Merck Animal Health.
"In her prior roles here at The Horse, Alex has worked very hard to hone her editing skills, expand her knowledge about all things veterinary, and move stories through the production process with efficiency and excellence," said Stephanie L. Church, editor-in-chief of The Horse. "We’re fortunate to have this fastidious, talented individual as a member of our team. I know she will continue to help this brand put its best foot forward in future projects."
Stay tuned for the launch of Beckstett’s blog, "The Winning Edge: Managing Performance Horse Health," which will feature anecdotes about caring for her hunter/jumper horses, along with items of discussion in the ever-advancing world of performance horse care.