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Stephanie J. Corum Named Editor-In-Chief of Arabian Finish Line May 27, 2014

The following is a copy of a press release sent out last week. I’m very excited for this new adventure but I will continue to work with the horses and blog about it. That part is too much fun to give up!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2014

The Arabian racing industry suffered a significant blow with the unexpected passing of Bobbi Patscheider, longtime editor of Arabian Finish Line and staunch racing supporter. However, earlier this year, she had begun discussions of turning the magazine over to Stephanie J. Corum, and this transition is now occurring. The magazine will change its base of location from Summerfield, FL to Frederick, MD and continue to be a monthly print publication with plans to go digital in the future. Finish Line also publishes an annual Stallion Guide which will be in both print and digital formats.

Corum has been a regular contributor for Arabian Finish Line since 2000 and she has over 25 years of experience in Arabian and thoroughbred racing. She is a familiar, well-respected face in Arabian racing and suited to take the reins of the publication. “While I am very excited for this new challenge I wish it were under different circumstances. I would like Bobbi here to help with the transition, but her husband Don and daughter Judy have been very gracious and helpful. Everyone I have spoken to are enthused that the magazine will continue and are very supportive of my role in it. I see great things ahead for Arabian Finish Line, and it is my goal to make Bobbi proud.”

Corliss Hazard, another longtime member of the Arabian racing industry and media professional, has been named Director of Marketing. “I am very excited about Stephanie’s vision for the magazine and quite honored to be associated in her leadership for Arabian racing’s foremost publication.  As she takes over the reins from the revered Bobbi Patscheider, we all find ourselves guardians of a proven winner- a magazine as enduring as the horse it represents.  Positioned for its best years yet, exciting changes are about to happen. Arabian Finish Line is set to launch an impressive drive, and the avid support of everyone involved with purebred Arabian racehorses will lift this industry to the next level of growth and participation.  You will see changes that will elevate your spirit. The new marketing focus of Arabian Finish Line is to provide enhanced results for advertisers by reaching out to a greater audience, and in turn growing a grand, legitimate marketplace for the magnificent race-bred Arabian horse.”

The next issue will be a combined June/July issue and then will resume its monthly schedule. Advertising and content deadline is the tenth of every month.

The new contact information is as follows:
Arabian Finish Line
7820B Wormans Mill Road, Suite 253
Frederick, MD 21701
240-344-1462
sjcorum@arabianfinishline.com
www.arabianfinishline.com

 

Horses are an Important Industry January 16, 2012

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I was reminded of these figures while I was looking around the American Horse Council’s website. This is from a study they published utilizing data from 2005. Granted that was pre-global economic meltdown and I’m sure the figures are different now. But still, the equine industry is a viable, important industry that contributes billions of dollars into the U.S. economy. It deserves some respect and is worth our efforts to keep it afloat and make it strong. Did you realize just how far the equine industry reaches? Consider these numbers from the study:

  • There are 9.2 million horses in the United States.
  • 4.6 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. Tens of millions more participate as spectators.
  • 2 million people own horses.
  • The horse industry has a direct economic effect on the U.S.of $39 billion annually.
  • The industry has a $102 billion impact on the U.S.economy when the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees is taken into account. Including off-site spending of spectators would result in an even higher figure.
  • The industry directly provides 460,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.
  • Spending by suppliers and employees generates additional jobs for a total employment impact of 1.4 million FTE jobs.
  • The horse industry pays $1.9 billion in taxes to all levels of government.
  • Approximately 34% of horse owners have a household income of less than $50,000 and 28% have an annual income of over $100,000. 46% of horse owners have an income of between $25,000 to $75,000.
  • Over 70% of horse owners live in communities of 50,000 or less.
  • There are horses in every state. Forty-five states have at least 20,000 horses each.

So if you hear someone knocking the equine industry or call horses simply “hay burners” (which yes, they are, but that doesn’t stop us from owning them) toss out a few of these numbers. Chances are non-horse people have no idea the reach the equine industry has. A little education could go a long way.