American Farriers Journal wins national business editors award


On the heels of winning recognition from the American Horse Publications annual awards banquet and presentations held in New Orleans, La., American Farriers Journal was recognized at another national awards ceremony.


On July 16, the Association of Business Publications Editors (ASBPE) recognized the magazine at its national banquet in Washington, D.C. Editor and Publisher Frank Lessiter’s four-part examination of soring was the Gold Medal winner for feature series in publications with circulations under 80,000.


All of the winners of the Gold Medal in each category were entered for the final award of the evening, the sixth annual Stephen Barr Award for Feature Writing. Unbeknownst to him, Frank Lessiter won, besting business titles with circulations reaching 900,000.


The criterion for the award is individual writing that reflects “inventiveness, insight, balance, depth of investigation and impact on readers.”


One judge noted "the sheer scope and ambition of the series, which demonstrated a willingness to take some risks at a time when fewer reporters and editors seem willing to do so.” Another remarked on the “writing's passion and power, which built among readers a sense of anger about this abuse of horses and the ability to these criminals to get away with it.”


You can read the soring series at www.americanfarriers.com/ff/soring. For images or further information, e-mail jmcgovern@lesspub.com.