At the 2021 Back in the Saddle Conference in Irving, TX, Catie Staszak Media CEO Catie Staszak received the inaugural Equine Media NextGen Award from the American Horse Publications (AHP).
A non-profit professional membership association that promotes excellence in equine media, American Horse Publications created the AHP Equine Media NextGen Award to recognize up-and-coming working equine media professionals between the ages of 25 and 35 who have made “a significant impact in advancing equine media while upholding journalistic excellence, integrity, and trust in a competitive communications world.”
Staszak was nominated by AHP member and four-time AHP award-winning writer L.A. Sokolowski and received the award at a special awards reception at AHP’s annual conference from AHP Executive Direction Chris Brune and AHP President Whitney Allen.
“I am so honored to receive the Equine Media NextGen Award from the American Horse Publications,” Staszak said. “I have been an AHP member since I was a junior in college, and it is hard to believe the places I have gone in the years since.
“I have endless gratitude to Chris Brune, Judy Lincoln and to the AHP community for their enduring support of me,” she continued. “My very first internship in high school was with an AHP publication, Sidelines. I have been supported by former AHP presidents Stephanie Church and Jennifer Bryant through their respective Off-Track Thoroughbred and USDF Connection publications, and I am on the editorial team at another AHP publication, The Plaid Horse—the list goes on.
“I must thank L.A. Sokolowski for her incredibly kind and meaningful nomination. I love what I do and look forward to continuing my career as a proud AHP member.”
Staszak founded Catie Staszak Media, a boutique media agency with a focus on storytelling-based marketing and PR, in 2018, and she continues to work one-on-one with clients to create impactful content for a variety of equestrian athletes and brands. An international show jumping commentator, she has announced at showjumping events across the globe, including three seasons with the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League, the fourth of which begins with the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC.
Staszak has written for nearly ever major equestrian publication. In 2018, she moderated at the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and in 2019, she was chosen as a Chief Liaison Officer for Olympic Broadcasting Services for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Through her many endeavors in the industry, Staszak is always working to educate and increase the exposure of equestrian sports.
In early 2020, Staszak began doing editorial work for The Plaid Horse before growing her role as Show Jumping Content Manager and Co-Host of The Plaidcast in 2021. When she’s not working, she’s enjoying time with her “superhero” horse Zantos, whom she shows in the Amateur-Owner jumpers, and her dog/sidekick, Omaha.
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