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Lesley Ward Named Editor-in-Chief of Bowtie Inc.’s Equine Magazine Group

FOUNDER OF POPULAR KIDS’ RIDING MAGAZINE TO MANAGE HORSE TITLES AT AMERICA’S PREMIER PET PUBLISHER

IRVINE, CA, December 10, 2007 – BowTie, Inc., the world’s premier pet publisher, is proud to announce the promotion of Young Rider Editor Lesley Ward to the position of Editor-in-Chief of its equine magazine group. In addition to her regular duties with Young Rider, she will take over a managerial role on Horse Illustrated and Horses USA.

“I am very happy with Lesley’s new appointment as she has done a tremendous job as editor of Young Rider. She is an accomplished rider with extensive knowledge of the equine industry,” said Pat Trowbridge, group publisher of BowTie’s equine division. “We will benefit greatly from her skills as an editor, journalist, photographer and equestrienne. I look forward to working with her in her new position.”

Ward began her career working for several horse magazines in England including Horse Sense and Horse and Pony before returning to the United States to launch Young Rider. Under BowTie’s ownership, Young Rider grew its circulation to more than 85,000 readers. She is the author of several BowTie Press books such as “The Horse Illustrated Guide to Buying a Horse,” “Caring for a Horse,” “Let’s Go to a Show,” and “Western and English Riding.” An accomplished equine photographer, her photos appear regularly in Horse Illustrated, Thoroughbred Times and HorseChannel.com.

“I’m so excited to be leading a fully-staffed team. It’s wonderful to be part of a group in which everyone truly loves the subject they write about – horses, of course,” said Ward. “Almost every person in the horse division rides or owns horses – and this includes the advertising team, as well. It gives the BowTie horse group a lot of credibility in the equine publishing industry.”

About Young Rider

Young Rider is the premier magazine for kids who love horses. Filled with fun and entertaining riding tips, horse-care hints, celebrity features, pen-pal pages, contests and posters, Young Rider is read by thousands of youngsters and their parents. Aimed at horse-owning pre-teens, teens, and horse-less riding school kids, Young Rider’s goal is to teach young people how to look after their horses properly and how to improve their riding skills safely.

About Horse Illustrated

Horse Illustrated is the expert publication that serves hands-on horse owners by promoting the best in horse care, riding and training. As the premier monthly source of all-breed, all-discipline equine information, each issue of Horse Illustrated features expert English and Western training advice, competitive insights, important medical updates and tips for better horse keeping and care. Horse Illustrated’s articles come from respected resources and provide proven solutions for responsible horse owners, both in and out of the saddle.

About HorseChannel.com

HorseChannel.com is the premier destination for horse lovers on the Internet, offering everything from medical advice to message boards where horse owners and enthusiasts meet. Visitors can join “Club Horse” for free in order to earn points towards horse-themed prizes. In addition to the polls, quizzes and feature articles on the site, HorseChannel features unique sections that showcase merchandise and apparel of interest to professional riders.

About BowTie, Inc.

BowTie, Inc. is the leader in special interest pet magazines, trade magazines, books and websites dedicated to pet-loving consumers, pet-supply retailers, veterinarians, breeders, and pet professionals worldwide. Divisions of BowTie, Inc., include BowTie Magazines, BowTie Press, BowTie News, Thoroughbred Times Company, Global Distribution Services, and AnimalNetwork.com.

 

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