[LEXINGTON, Ky. April 16, 2018] – McCauley’s, Alltech and the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 McCauley’s Alltech ‘A+’ Awards for outstanding coverage of international equestrian sport.
The A+ Journalism Awards were established in 2010 by Alltech, in collaboration with the IAEJ, to reward creativity, passion and excellence in equestrian journalism. Initially the focus of the awards program was coverage of the 2010 and 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The theme for the 2017 contest was “Partnership.”
The winners of the 2017 McCauley’s Alltech A+ Award are:
- PHOTO: Shannon Brinkman, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., for her photo of Laura Graves and Verdades, published in The Chronicle of the Horse, July 22, 2017.
- ARTICLE: Suzy Jarratt, Arcadia, New South Wales, Australia, for the article “The Unusual Benefit of Horses”, first published in Equestrian News & Lifestyle, December 2017.
- BROADCAST: Jenni Autry, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, U.S., for “It’s The World’s Biggest CCI3* Boekelo Preview Show”, broadcast on EventingPodcast.com on October 2, 2017.
Each of the winners receives a McCauley’s Alltech “A+” Award trophy and a $500 (U.S.) prize.
The highly competitive contest, which attracted entries from around the world, was judged by Grania Willis, FEI communications director; Alan Smith, former Daily Telegraph equestrian correspondent, and long-time Horse & Hound photographer and Silver Camera award winner, Trevor Meeks. The judges deliberated without knowing the names of the contestants.
“It is a delight to continue to honor the creative storytellers within the equestrian world,” said Susanna Elliott, head of communications at Alltech. “They captivate us with their words, mesmerize us with their photos and draw us into a deeper understanding and appreciation of the horse.”
“The IAEJ is extremely grateful to Alltech and McCauley’s for their continued recognition of the media and its contribution to equestrian sport,” said Pamela Young, IAEJ president. “The photo category was particularly hard fought this year with Jennifer Bryant’s photo of para rider Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer deserving of an honourable mention.”