Nominations due Jan. 10 for the 2005 Equine Industry Vision Award

Jan. 10, 2005 is the deadline date for nominations for the annual Equine Industry Vision Award, which will be presented at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Seminar in Seattle, Wash., on June 10, 2005. Pfizer Animal Health sponsors the award in partnership with AHP and developed it to recognize outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contributions in the equine industry.

Anyone is eligible to be nominated or to nominate a candidate for the award and 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.

In recognition of these achievements, the award recipient is given the Equine Industry Vision Award Perpetual Trophy, created in the finest full lead crystal by master artisan Peter Wayne Yenawine and commissioned by Pfizer Animal Health. In addition to the perpetual trophy, the winner receives a smaller version of the award as a memento of this unique recognition.

At a breakfast sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health during the AHP Seminar in Lexington, Ky. in June 2004, the third annual Equine Industry Vision Award was presented to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). AQHA was selected to receive this prestigious honor because of the organization's vast, positive impact on the equine experience worldwide. More than just the largest breed registry in the world, the AQHA focuses on educating those new to the horse industry and making horses of all kinds more accessible to people everywhere.

"AQHA is simply the embodiment of what the Equine Industry Vision Award serves to recognize," said Dan Kramer, Equine Market Manager at Pfizer Animal Health. "For more than forty years this unique organization has shaped our industry in a multitude of ways, and their forward-looking leadership suggests that they will continue to do so."

In 2003, Don Burt was honored as the second annual Equine Industry Vision Award winner. Burt has spent over 50 years living and working as a member of the horse industry and his efforts have been felt across disciplines. In its inaugural year, the 2002 Equine Industry Vision Award was bestowed on Alexander Mackay-Smith (1903-1998) for his broad contributions to the whole of the equine industry. Mr. Mackay-Smith’s influence continues today not only in his books, but also in the organizations that he helped found and that are still flourishing. The list includes the United States Pony Clubs, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, the United States Combined Training Association, the National Sporting Library, the Cleveland Bay Society, the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, the American Remount Association, the Clarke County Historical Association, and the American Academy of Equine Artists.

The other finalists for the 2004 Equine Industry Vision Award included Stanley F. Bergstein, John Ryan Gaines, Matthew Mackay-Smith, Pat Parelli, and Ed Roberts. These finalists will automatically be entered in the 2005 competition. 

To request a nomination ballot for next year's award, please contact Chris Brune, executive director, AHP, at 386/760-7743 or email Nomination information is also available at the AHP website at All materials will be due on Jan. 10, 2005.

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