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President Reagan and the Original Rhinestone Cowboy
Published April/May 2012 Desert Mirage magazine 
2013 American Horse Publications Awards nominee, Personality Profile, Single Article
 
He was the Halston of Honky-Tonk, the Bill Blass of Bluegrass, and the original Rhinestone Cowboy, and for more than half a century, the shimmering suits designed by Russian-born rodeo tailor “Nudie” Cohn were synonymous with the bold, free spirit of the iconic American cowboy...
 
Born Nuta Kotlyarenk in 1902 Kiev, “Nudie” Cohn was sent to America at age 11 by his parents to escape the violence of Czarist Russia.  He devoted his life to design, sewing strippers’ G-strings in a California garage before becoming the first tailor to set rhinestones on clothing, launching a glittering, all-American style that remains unmatched to this day.  “From Western shirts to fancier Western shirts to Nudie suits is just a three-step program,” says modern songwriter, Ben Harper.  “One you get on, you’re bit.  Western moved from cowboy boots and shirts to what became the Nudie Cohn style.”

Read how Nudie Cohn came to tailor for Arabian horseman and U.S. President, Ronald Reagan

Hats Off for the Horses:  A Visit with Milliner Sally Faith Steinmann
2011 American Horse Publications Editorial & Design Award for best Freelance Equine-related Journalism                       Published Spring 2011 Horses in Art

From her one-woman studio on Cape Cod, milliner Sally Faith Steinmann creates the equivalent of wearable confectionary – one-of-a-kind hats for the race track, polo field, show ring, or wedding chapel -- as stunning and charismatic as any equine champion.  Steinmann, 51, turned a passion for horses, and girlhood joy for dabbling in ribbons and tulle into a successful business, Maggie Mae Designs® (whose custom Derby hats fetch $700 to $1200) and a generous avenue for fund-raising, that has been changing the lives of retired Thoroughbred race horses for the better...

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Horses in Art Spring 2011

Read the full story about her stylish idea to benefit retired Thoroughbreds here

"Excellent story about a woman who turned her artistic bent for hats into a passion for hats that honor horses.  What a nice story to read and how interesting to read about all the research this woman does to find inspiration for the hats she makes for equine stars!"

"A fun read and the illustrations are remarkable.  Nicely done."  ~ 2011 American Horse Publications Awards judges' critiques

Angel Heart Farm:   Where Dreams Come True
2010 American Horse Publications Editoral & Graphics Award for best Freelance Equine Journalism (print or online)
Published Spring 2010 in Modern Arabian Horse magazine
 
The Arabian horse shared the tent of its Bedouin owner, shared the workload of its family, and at night, one might imagine its warm belly and gentle heart serving its human partners as both pillow and confidant.  Centuries of selective breeding went into crafting a horse whose beauty is matched only by its empathy to the needs of others.  Today, under cancer warrior Tracy Kujawa’s broad tent of goodwill at Angel Heart Farm, in Lexington, Kentucky, Arabian horses continue to share their power to heal and help...

 

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AHF Chester and Karen www.angelheartfarm.net

Writer's story helps farm earn $5,000 grant

See the AHA archives for the complete story

"In an article on this topic, the writer must walk the fine line between heart-tugging and maudlin.  This story struck the perfect balance.  Strong lead, good supporting quotes.  A worthy winner."  ~ American Horse Publications Awards 2010 judges' critique

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Everyone's Favorite Bronco
COVER STORY December 2012 Modern Arabian Horse magazine
2013  American Horse Publications Awards feature nominee
 
In bronc riding, eight seconds is about as long as a relationship is expected to last...
 
Not so at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home to the National Football League’s Denver Broncos, where Colorado’s relationship with its equine mascot, Sharon Magness Blake’s Thunder, and rider/trainer, Annie Judge-Wegener, has lasted over 20 years, hallmarked by record-making consecutive (’98, ’99) Super Bowl championships, and two generations of iconic, charismatic Arabian horses...  

Read the complete story in the December 2012 issue of Modern Arabian

 
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