Readers: Nominate TheHorse.com for the 2013 ESMA Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2013 PagePlay Equestrian Social Media Awards (ESMAs), and The Horse and TheHorse.com.are hoping to continue the ESMA success we've enjoyed over the past two years. But to do that, we need your help in nominating us.

In the inaugural ESMAs, presented in 2011, TheHorse.com took home top honors in the "Best Use of Twitter, International" and the "Most Informative, International" categories, and third place in the "Best Use of Facebook, International" category. Last year, in 2012, The Horse magazine and TheHorse.com were awarded first place in the "Best Use of Facebook" category, second place in the "Most Informative" category, and third place in the "Best Use of Social Media by a Publication" category.

Readers have until 12:00 p.m. GMT on Dec. 21, to nominate their social media favorites via the ESMA website in a number of categories. Nominations can be for riders, charities, bloggers, Facebook pages and competitions, and more (a full list is available below).

Ten finalists in each category are announced mid January and will be awarded a score, which is based 75% on the views of the expert panel and 25% on a public vote. Each finalist creates a 30-second ESMA acceptance speech video, and winners are announced early in March during an online award ceremony, which anyone can attend online.

For more information visit equestriansocialmediaawards.com, @ESMAwards on Twitter, and facebook.com/equestriansocialmediaawards.

Categories for the 2012 PagePlay Equestrian Social Media Awards:

  1. Best YouTube channel
  2. Best Use of Facebook
  3. Best Use of Twitter
  4. Best Use of Social Media by a Charity
  5. Best Use of Social Media by a Professional Horseperson
  6. Best Use of Social Media by an Amateur Horseperson
  7. Best Use of Social Media by a Feed Company
  8. Best Use of Social Media by a Publication
  9. Best Use of Social Media by a Horse Attire Brand
  10. Best Use of Social Media by a Rider Attire Brand
  11. Best Use of Social Media by an Event or Competition
  12. Best Talking Animal
  13. Most Informative Use of Social Media
  14. Best Use of Social Media by a Riding School
  15. Best Use of Social Media by a Saddlery or Tack Shop
  16. Best Newcomer
  17. Best Blog
  18. Best Equestrian Social Network
  19. Best Broadcast Media
  20. Creative Equestrians
  21. Best Use of Social Media by a Celebrity
  22. FEI Solidarity Award
  23. Best Use of Social Media in the U.K. and Ireland
  24. Best Use of Social Media in South-West Europe
  25. Best Use of Social Media in North-West Europe
  26. Best Use of Social Media in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia
  27. Best Use of Social Media in North America
  28. Best Use of Social Media in Central America
  29. Best Use of Social Media in Africa and the Middle East
  30. Best Use of Social Media in South America
  31. Best Use of Social Media in South-East Asia and Oceania
  32. Best Use of Social Media in Scandinavia
  33. Best Use of Social Media in Australia & New Zealand
  34. Best Use of Social Media in the Benelux
  35. World Award
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