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AHP Silent Auction and Raffle raises over $4,300 for Student Fund

SOUTH DAYTONA, FL, August 1, 2008– The 16th annual Student Fund silent auction and raffle was held on Friday, June 20, during the AHP “Break from the Gate in 2008” Seminar in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Student Fund began in 1993 as a way for members to support the Student Award program. A total of $4,370 was raised this year - $3,781 from the silent auction and $589 from raffle ticket and pin sales. All proceeds benefit the Student Award Contest, which rewards a student pursuing a career in equine publishing with a $1,000 cash award and an all-expense-paid trip to the annual AHP seminar. The Student Fund also provides complimentary student membership and seminar registration certificates to all Student Award applicants, and supports the AHP Student Mentoring Program and Internship Handbook.

Publishers Press, Inc., Shepherdsville, KY, also presents the winner with an all expenses paid trip to one of their Two-Day Customer Education Seminars. The Two-Day Customer Education Seminars are held in Louisville, Kentucky, and are designed to help customers' production employees gain an understanding of how a magazine progresses through the printing process.

Bana Varnon, a journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin, with a 3.9210 GPA won the 2008 Student Award Winner title over 18 other applicants. In January 2007, Bana began working at The Texas Thoroughbred as an intern, and since she's been there, she has learned more about horses and equine journalism than any class could have ever taught her. Upon graduation, she intends to secure employment in the equine magazine or newspaper industries. She attributes this goal to her experience at The Texas Thoroughbred, where she learned first-hand not only equine journalism, but also the publishing industry.

"My trip to Saratoga Springs at the AHP 2008 Seminar was a once in a lifetime experience that I'll never forget," writes Bana. "I'm convinced the most valuable part of it was meeting so many new contacts (and more importantly, friends) with whom I hope to maintain a lasting relationship. Who knows where life will take me after graduation next year, but all I can say is that I hope to join you all again next year in New Orleans!"

Bana was honored on Friday, June 20, 2008, at the Student Award Party held during the AHP Seminar in Saratoga Springs. The theme of this year’s event was “SaraTOGA Party.” Special prizes were raffled at this event and included a free seminar registration to the 2009 AHP Seminar in New Orleans. Event sponsors for the evening were Pfizer Animal Health, the American Quarter Horse Association and AQHA publications.

The Student Fund silent auction was held from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and offered over 100 items with a total value of over $10,000. The highest-priced item sold was Acer Notebook Extensa with a one-year subscription to Arabian Nights' Amazing Horse Adventures donated by Arabian Nights' Amazing Horse Adventures and purchased for $500 by Nancy Cole Silverman from The Equestrian News. Nancy was also the big spender at this year's auction with total bids of $525. The mother/daughter purchases of Fran Welch and former Student Award winner, Angie GrandPre from Cowboy Times, came in second for spending a total of $468. Two other members who generously supported the Student Fund were Kimberly Brown from The Horse ($312) and Cheryl Erpelding of Riding Publications ($295). Other buyers who spent $100 and over included Teresa Avery, Fiona Farrell, Lua Southard, Dan Streeter, Joe Morris, Lauren Baker, and Les Lippert, the father of student member, Rebecca Lippert.

The silent auction is not possible without generous donations from fellow AHP members and friends, many who were first-time participants this year. Corporate and publication donors included: American Quarter Horse Association, American Shetland Pony Club, Arabian Nights' Amazing Horse Adventures, Back on Track Products/Bo Lofvander, Blood-Horse Publications, Branch Smith Printing, Breyer Animal Creations, Certified Horsemanship Association, Circle Y/Tucker Saddles, Cowboy Times, Dover Saddlery, Eclipse Press, Equine Journal, Equine Network, Equine Resources International, LLC, Farnam Horse Products, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Freedom Health, LLC, Greeting Cards & Gifts by Laurie, Gretchen Almy Designs, Horse Illustrated/Young Rider, Horses, Inc., HorseSource Photos, Horseware Ireland, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association/Robert Caachione, Keeneland Magazine, Mane Impressions, Merial Ltd., National Museum of Racing, National Reining Horse Association, Paint Horse Journal, Pfizer Animal Health, Platinum Performance, Publishers Press, Smart Tie, LLC, SmartPak, ST Publishing, TBH MarketWatch, Texas Thoroughbred Association, The Blood-Horse, The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care, Trafalgar Square Books, Troxel Helmets, U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, W.F. Young, Inc., wHolistic Horsemanship/Missy Wryn, and Woodford Reserve Distillery. Individuals who donated items included: Jean Abernethy, Sarah Blanchard, Gabrielle Boiselle, Jennifer Bryant, Kay Coyte, Jennifer Denison, Sara and Fabio Deponte, Carl Dunham, Jr., Fiona Farrell, Norman Fine, Maureen Gallatin/Inspired by Horses, Tracy Gantz, Julie Goodnight, Tami Hoag, Tracy Kochanski, Lisa Munniksma, Danielle Sadowski, and Rebecca Schurink.

The donated items provided a great opportunity to shop for equine-related gifts, artwork and photographs, horse products and a variety of books and DVDs. A big thank you goes to those who won the final bids: Jean Abernethy, Thomas Akre, Whitney Allen, Teresa Avery, Lauren Baker, Rachel Baum-Torbert, Summer Best, Jeannie Blancq Putney, Neinke Brouwer, Kimberly Brown, Chris Brune, Anne-Marie Chalmers, Joe and Sam Clancy, Nancy Cole (Silverman), Martha Cook, Tafra Donberger, Dee Dee Douglas, Shelby Downs, Jim Dygert, Cheryl Erpelding, Sarah Evers, Fiona Farrell, Tracy Gantz, Lauren Giannini, Angie GrandPre, Christine Hamilton, Ross Hecox, Jennay Hitesman, Diana Hunt, Lisa Kemp, Ellen Kiser, Emily Koenig, Sandy and Lisa Kucharski, Lori Lampert, Christy Landwehr, Cathy Laws, Daniel Lew, Gary Lincoln, Les Lippert, Cassie Lizza, Christine and Gary Mazur, Greg Medley, Barbara Meierhenry, Joe Morris, Arlene Newman, Karen Pickering, L.A. Pomeroy, Carien Schippers, Jessica Smith, Lua Southard, Dan Streeter, Jenifer Sullivan, Carol Trimmer, Patrick Warczak, Jr., Lesley Ward, Fran Welch, and Emily Wellstood Clarke.

Recognition for organizing this year’s auction goes to chairman, Ellen Kiser of Blood-Horse Publications, and L.A. Pomeroy, who procured numerous donations from regional businesses and equine artists. Jennifer Bryant, chairman of the 2008 Student Award Contest, had the difficult, but rewarding task of selecting this year's winner from a stellar group of applicants. The Student Award Party committee headed by Sandy Kucharski and Jennifer Bryant created an exceptional evening of fun and great food which was followed by the screening of the award-winning movie, "The First Saturday in May." One of the film's producers, Brad Hennegan, introduced the movie and held a Q&A session after the show.

Applications and guidelines for the 2009 Student Award Contest will be available in the Fall of 2008. For further information on any of the AHP student programs, contact: Chris Brune, American Horse Publications, 49 Spinnaker Circle, South Daytona, FL 32119; (386) 760-7743; ahorsepubs@aol.com or visit the AHP website at http://www.americanhorsepubs.org.

American Horse Publications is a non-profit professional association of over 470 equine-related publications, individuals and businesses which share an interest in equine publishing. Established in 1970, AHP has continued throughout its history to promote better understanding and communication within the equine publishing industry.


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