October 24, 2013
Meet the AQHA Publications team that put out an amazing issue.
Sipping coffee on a chilly morning while doing a final read-through of the digital version of the November’s America’s Horse, it struck me that this particular issue is a great representation of our publications staff, past and present. I may be one of those weird people who actually likes her co-workers, but this issue introduces many of them to you, and I think you’ll like them, too.
Jim Jennings, technically, isn’t a co-worker anymore, since his retirement as an AQHA executive director. But he still contributes to America’s Horse on lucky-for-us occasions. As he tells the tale of this year’s Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda-winning ranch, he begins by lamenting about a missed photo opportunity. Don’t let him fool you; Jim is a great photographer, and his coffee-table book, “Best Remudas,” offers plenty of proof. There’s evidence, too, inside the November America’s Horse. Many of the photos that illustrate the story are frame-worthy. It’s a profile on the famed Matador Ranch of Texas and its award-winning horse program.
Freelance writer Lindsay Keller isn’t exactly a co-worker either; she’s a former AQHA Publications intern. It’s always great to stay in touch with our interns and encourage them in their writing careers. Lindsay does a masterful job of introducing readers to three generations of women in Missouri who are sharing one talented barrel-racing mare. You can’t help but fall in love with the youngest, a tenacious 9-year-old who looks to have a bright future ahead of her.
Current co-worker Andrea Caudill, editor of the Q-Racing Journal, allows us all to share in a wonderful moment: the homecoming of a long-lost gelding whom she had trained as a teenager. In “Regarding Henry,” you’ll learn how a chance encounter reunited her with the 19-year-old who had spent his years away from Andrea teaching numerous children how to ride. But he was in need of an immediate home, and of course, Andrea said “Yes.”
Editor-in-Chief Becky Newell, Internet editor Tara Matsler and The American Quarter Horse Journal editor Christine Hamilton also contributed to the editorial mix, as did longtime freelancer Tom Moates, who offers a story on the legendary Western life lived by Nevada rancher Allie Tipton Bear.
I hate to admit it, but one of my most favorite things in the November issue isn’t even a story. It’s an advertisement from AQHA’s marketing department. Jody Reynolds, the director of online/interactive communications is pictured as a tiny toddler astride a horse led by her father, Gary Johnson, and in a current-day photo with her twin sons, petting an American Quarter Horse. “Remember what it felt like to have a 1,100-pound best friend?” the ad asks. “Some things never change.” The ad promotes AQHYA life memberships as the perfect Christmas present for the special kids in your life.
I couldn’t agree more. Because, after all, one of the benefits of AQHYA membership (as well as regular AQHA membership) is that America’s Horse shows up in your mailbox 10 times a year, offering heartwarming stories, tips to help you better enjoy horse ownership and the feeling of belonging to the larger Quarter Horse community. Go to www.aqha.com/membership to check out the other amazing benefits!
If you’re already an AQHA member, you can log in now (go to www.aqhamembers.com with your member ID number and PIN) and read the digital edition of the November America’s Horse before it gets to your mailbox!
Editor, America's Horse magazine