Intelligent Horsemanship Writer of the Year Competition 2019

Do you have a story to tell or do you have a burning equine passion you wish to write about?

Or a unique point of view? Maybe you have a story to tell that you wish to share about your horsey experiences, hopes or dreams? Now is the time! Intelligent Horsemanship is launching the new IH Writer of the Year competition, open to all IH Members and friends around the world! So sharpen those pencils and unleash your creativity!

– and the chance to have your talents recognised and celebrated!


The three age categories are 15 and under, 16-25 and 26 and over. There will be one finalist chosen from each age category, with the overall winner being awarded the title of IH Writer of the Year, and winning the £500 prize. Entry is open to all IH Members. But in addition, each IH member may nominate one non-member to enter. So not only can you have a go at unleashing your inner journalist, but if you believe your horse-mad son, daughter, best friend, Auntie or neighbour could ace it, then they get the chance too.
The theme of your entry is up to you, but should be fact based, not fiction. The article should be no more than 1,400 words, and can be  accompanied by up to 3 photos or illustrations if you wish. (All images must be owned by yourself, or used with the permission of the owner).
Topics should all be relevant in some way to Intelligent Horsemanship and its ethos.

Areas you may wish to consider could include:

  • horse training issues or breakthroughs
  • riding experiences
  • equine therapy
  • innovations in tack, training or veterinary science
  • uses of horses around the world
  • the past, present or future
  • personal dreams and goals

Really anything your imagination can come up with, as long as it involves a horse or two! Think about the sort of article that YOU would like to read about, and then write it!


  • To enter email your entry to , attaching your story as a Microsoft Word document (no longer than 1,400
    words) and up to 3 accompanying photographs (images must be your own work, or with the permission of the photographer).
  • Please state your name, age and address and that you are a current Intelligent Horsemanship Member OR the name of the IH Member who has nominated you.
  • Please also confirm that your entry is your own, unpublished work.

Entries must be received by midnight on the 1st January 2020.


The judging panel will consist of Kelly Marks, IH Magazine Editor Zoe Smith & regular contributing writer Ele Milwright.

Kelly Marks

The author of seven best selling equestrian books including three in the ‘Perfect’ Series published with Ebury. Her first experience with
book publishing was an early edit of Monty Roberts’ book ‘The Man Who Listens to Horses’. An award-winning show-jumper, jockey and winner of the Pro-Am Trec Championship at Royal Windsor, Kelly has spent her professional life working with horses and supporting equestrians of all ages and levels. Founder of Intelligent Horsemanship, her lifetime of work with horses has included field-work studying
feral herds in Namibia. Kelly gained the trust of a feral Namib stallion,riding him out in the desert before setting him free again. The adventure was filmed as a documentary – “Whispering the Wild” (available on Vimeo).

Zoë Smith

Zoë knows all too well how important writing competitions can be for an aspiring writer. Back in 2011, she was the winner of a Travel Writing
Scholarship and the prize, an opportunity to work for the Rough Guides travel guidebooks, kickstarted her career as a freelance travel writer! Since then, she’s written for the Telegraph, Journeys Magazine, TripAdvisor, and CNN, as well as becoming the editor of the Intelligent Horsemanship magazine – the perfect way to tie in her ‘day job’ with her passion for horses. “The real art of writing is in the editing, so never get disheartened if your first draft doesn’t meet the mark. My best articles often go through multiple incarnations before I arrive at the final
version! Focus on the message that you want to get across and think about the structure of the article: does your opening paragraph grab the reader’s attention? Does the ending offer some kind of conclusion or resolution?

Ele Milwright

With a background of working in Marketing, developing strategy and directing campaigns for international clients such as Diageo and BBC, Ele has amassed over 20 years of experience in the world of media and communications. She thoroughly enjoys researching and writing articles for IH Magazine, and is a regular contributor. “I think there is a writer in all of us, we just don’t always have the opportunity. Everybody has experienced a thousand story writing possibilities – you just need to choose one! Commit to that first sentence, then just let the words flow.” Ele and her husband Toby live in Wiltshire with two horses, a pony, five dogs, three chickens that aspire to living in the house, and a number of sheep that keeps increasing when Toby isn’t looking…


1. The Promoter: The Promoter is Intelligent Horsemanship Ltd, Lethornes, Upper Lambourn, Berks RG17 8QP.
2. Eligibility: The Intelligent Horsemanship Writer of the Year competition is only open to current members of Intelligent Horsemanship, in addition members may nominate one named non-member to enter by the closing date of 1st January 2020. Employees or agents of  Intelligent Horsemanship Ltd, their families or other persons connected with this promotion are not eligible to enter.
3. Submission Rules: Entries must be submitted by the  email address, in the format specified by the closing date.
No entries will be accepted by post. Articles that have been previously published, that have previously won a national or international award, or are entered into a competition where the results are pending, are not eligible for entry.
4. Prize: The winner will be notified by email. The title of ‘Intelligent Horsemanship Writer of the Year 2020’ will be publicly announced on 1st March 2020 in the IH Magazine and via social media. The article will appear in that issue of the magazine, along with a short interview with the winner.  A cash prize of £500 will also be awarded, along with a certificate. Alternative timing at the promoter’s discretion.
5. Runners Up: Up to two runners up articles (at the judges’ discretion) will also appear in the magazine article. No cash prize for runners up.
6. Competition Judging: The judges’ decision is final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.
7. Copyright and Permissions: You warrant that the entry is entirely your own work and not copied or adapted from any other source. You retain all rights you have in the copyright. All content submitted to Intelligent Horsemanship Writer of the Year may be published by Intelligent Horsemanship Ltd in print and/or digital media (including social media pages) on a worldwide, perpetual basis. Please do not enter any content if you do not agree to these terms.
8. Liability: The promoter is excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to the winner arising from his or her
acceptance of the conditions or the prize. The entrant will indemnify the Promoter for all liabilities, including legal costs, in relation to any action or complaint taken by any third party against the Promoter in relation to the entrant’s article.
9. General: The promoter reserves the right to amend these Terms & Conditions. These Terms & Conditions shall be governed by English
Law. When an entry is submitted and the entry date has passed, the entry cannot be changed or withdrawn. Entry to the competition
shall be deemed full and unconditional acceptance of the terms and conditions.

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