Walsh and two other talented students will travel to the 2011 AHP Hoofprints in the Sand Seminar in San Diego, Calif., June 16-18 as AHP Travel Award Winners. The AHP Student Award Contest provides up to three $750 travel awards to attend the AHP annual seminar. The students will have an opportunity to meet leading equine publishing professionals and discuss career possibilities during the three days of educational sessions and related activities.
Walsh, sophomore at Columbia University where she majors in English, began taking western horseback riding lessons as a 5-year-old and was hooked. Riding western was a rarity among her friends who were English riders, but she didn’t care. She was a cowgirl.
At 11, the West Milford, N.J., native got her first horse, and at 13, she began to barrel race competitively. Her love of barrel racing led her to Barrel Horse News in June 2010, when she became a Youth Correspondent. She has had an opportunity to pitch ideas for her bi-monthly column, interview well-known barrel racers, cover events for both the print edition and BHN‘s blog and work under a professional editor who has taught her about the industry.
Through a career in equine publishing, Walsh, the daughter of Ramona and William Walsh, hopes to be able to continue to reach out to and inform other horse lovers about their favorite animal. In particular, Walsh is interested in working as an editor helping to shape an issue from start to finish.
Megan Brincks, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln junior from Lidderdale, Iowa, and Stephanie Smolek, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln sophomore from Meadow Grove, Neb., were also named as Travel Award finalists.
The three Travel Award winners will be interviewed at the San Diego seminar and one student will be selected as the 2011 AHP Student Award winner. The Student Award winner will win a cash award of $1,000 plus an all-expense paid trip hosted by Publishers Press to one of their Two-Day Customer Education Seminars in Louisville, Ky., to have a unique experience to learn the printing process. The 2011 Student Award winner will be announced on Friday, June 17, at the Student Award Party held during the AHP Seminar in San Diego.
The Student Award program, started in 1993, was initiated to promote awareness to students of the career opportunities available in equine publishing. To request information about any of AHP’s student programs, please contact: Chris Brune, American Horse Publications, 49 Spinnaker Circle, South Daytona, FL 32119, by phone at (386) 760-7743 or via e-mail at [email protected]. Information is also available online at the AHP website at americanhorsepubs.org under Students.