Three journalists have been named as recipients of the Alltech “Hoof Beats” media competition, winning the chance to attend and cover the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France, later this year.
Members of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) and Alltech officials selected the winners from a pool of international finalists.
“Through the Alltech Hoof Beats awards, we wanted to enable three international journalists the opportunity to travel to Normandy. This will allow them to cover and report from the epicentre of the Games during the 15 days of competition,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.
Australia’s Anna Sharpley was awarded the Gold Medal Equine Athlete Beat for her coverage of an influential figure from one of the eight official disciplines of the Games. Sharpley’s article entitled, “Against All Odds:Danielle Weymark,” published in Horse Deals, explores a young handicapped rider’s determination to represent Australia as a top performing para-dressage rider.
Maurine Webb of the United States earned the Lifeforce Range Equine Health Beat with her article about relevant and notable equine health and nutrition. Webb’s Warmbloods Today article entitled “Nutrigenomics, Enhancing Equine Health for the Modern Sport Horse” discussed how nutrigenomics can be utilised in the equine realm for enhanced horse health, longevity and performance.
Lesley Ward of the United States earned the Celebrate Normandy Beat by demonstrating talent and aptitude in covering a cultural and lifestyle story. Ward’s article published in Horse Illustrated, “Bon Voyage,” informed and inspired her readers to join the excitement of the Games and discover the treasures of Normandy.
Each journalist will be awarded a $5000 travel stipend to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy on receipt of media accreditation from the 2014 Normandy Organising Committee. In addition, the Hoof Beats winners will be recognised during the Games and Alltech will commemorate the Hoof Beats winners’ coverage through a high-end publication printed post-Games.
Chris Stafford, IAEJ vice-president and secretary, said the alliance was delighted that Alltech had recognised the efforts of the media. “Alltech continues to be a valued partner to the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) and generous supporter of equestrian media. Our thanks to the staff at Alltech for making this happen and to our members for participating,” she said.