Posts from — September 2011
Trail work — maintenance and creation — is tough. It takes a lot of people to be willing to do the work to get trails put in and maintained. With the current economic downturn, all of us who ride trails need to step up and pitch in. It sends a message to park managers that we – the equestrian community – are committed to our local trail system. It also says that we are committed to working with other multi-use trail users such as hikers and mountain bikers. So in the spirit of community involvement, here are trail workdays sponsored by the Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers. Just bring yourself and water. Wear long sleeves, long pants, sturdy boots, and a hat.
Trailwerks Event at Froom Ranch (SLO): November 12, 8:00am. Meet at Laguna Lake Park
Fernandez Trail (Black Mountain): November 19, 9:00am. Meet at Turkey Flats
Montana de Oro: December 3, 9:00am. Meet at Hazard Peak Trailhead parking area
Santa Margarita Lake: December 11, 8:30am. Meet at White Oak Picnic Area at main entrance
Montana de Oro: February 5, 8:00am Super Bowl Sunday. Meet at Park Headquarters above Spooner’s Cove
Participate in just one trail work day a year. It makes a difference!
September 24, 2011
The 2012 AHP Internship Handbook and applications are now available online at www.americanhorsepubs.org/students/internship_program/index.asp to college students who have an interest in horses and seek a career in equine publishing media.
The AHP Internship Program is a great way to provide students with the resume-building experience that’s so critical to today’s job market. Interns gain valuable hands-on real life experience and AHP members acquire additional help when and where they need it most.
AHP is the nation’s only non-profit professional association of over 450 members dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation within the equine publishing industry. Membership consists primarily of equine-related print publications and electronic media as well as individuals, businesses and organizations serving the equine industry.
AHP serves as the umbrella organization for the internship program and is responsible for creating the application process, providing the forms, the mailing list, and a directory of the participating AHP member publications and businesses. The Internship Handbook includes program guidelines, expectations and responsibilities of the intern and the AHP participating member, and a directory of AHP participants. Each listing includes thepublication or company name, a brief description, types of internships offered, availability/duration, requirements, information on compensation and housing, and contact information. Students apply directly to the AHP member, who will choose the applicants that best meet their needs. AHP members may hire more than one intern.
American Horse Publications also offers students wishing to become involved in the equine publishing an opportunity to join the association and participate in other student programs.
Student Membership is open to high school, college, and graduate students for an annual fee of $25. Student Members receive an opportunity to attend the AHP annual seminar at a reduced registration fee, a free listing in the online AHP Membership Directory, the AHP monthly e-newsletter,“AHP For the record,” and are eligible to enter several classes in the AHP annual Awards Contest. To learn how to become a Student Member, go to http://www.americanhorsepubs.org/membership/join/student.asp
AHP Student Award Contest awards up to three $750 travel awards to attend the AHP seminar in Williamsburg, Virginia, on May 31 – June 2, 2012. Travel Award winners have an opportunity to meet leading equine publishing professionals and discuss career possibilities during the three days of educational sessions and related activities. One Travel Award winner will be selected at the seminar as the 2012 Student Award winner and will win a cash award of $1,000 plus an all expense paid trip hosted by Publishers Press to one of their Two-Day Customer Education Seminars in Louisville, Kentucky. Students are eligible to enter the contest if they are a high school senior or an undergraduate college student during the 2011-2012 college year before graduation. All qualified applicants will receive a complimentary Student annual membership, a complimentary Student registration certificate for the annual seminar and a critique of their resume. The AHP Student Award Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only.
The AHP career brochure, Horses + Media = The Coolest Careers in the World is available online at http://www.americanhorsepubs.org/career_center/brochure.asp
For more information about AHP student programs, contact Christine W. Brune, Executive Director, American Horse Publications, (386) 760-7743, or e-mail: AHorsePubs@aol.com.
September 23, 2011
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Receives National Education Awards for Its Distance Learning Program
Fort Worth, Texas — The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has received two national awards for its distance-learning program, the 2010-2011 Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and the 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award from the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency for the second year in a row.
For the 2010-11 school year, the Cowgirl Museum was one of the 25 distance-learning providers in the United States to receive the coveted Pinnacle Award and the only recipient in Texas. This is the first year for the museum to receive the award, having received honorable mention in 2010.
Through its 26 distance-learning programs, the Cowgirl Museum reached 16,963 students in 2011 (a 75% increase over the last school year) via 435 distance-learning program sites— more than any other content provider through the Connect 2 Texas program, sponsored by the Texas Education Agency. The museum also provided 91 classes to students in other states and four classes to international audiences. Listed on the museum’s web site at http://www.cowgirl.net/ are the programs available to elementary and secondary schools and other organizations. Each program lasts 45 minutes. For information, contact Cindi Collins, school services director of the Cowgirl Museum, at 817-509-8697.
“We are extremely proud of our school services staff and programs” said Patricia Riley, the museum’s executive director. “These awards bring validation to what we already knew. Reaching out in this medium is a key part of our mission and deserves this recognition. This and the other educational services we offer will continue to grow.”
About the Pinnacle Award
The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (http://www.cilc.org/), established in 1994, is an Indiana-based not-for-profit organization specializing in access to applications and the utilization of videoconferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for K-20 education. CILC provides consulting expertise in videoconferencing, integration, problem-based learning products, school-community partnerships and effective techniques for the delivery and development of quality programs.
The CILC’s Pinnacle Award is presented annually to organizations posting outstanding K-12 standards-based interactive videoconferencing programs to http://www.cilc.org/. To qualify for the award, the provider must receive a minimum 2.85 average score out of a possible 3 on its program evaluations from educators during the school year. The evaluation assesses seven areas, two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the educational content of the program. All content posted to http://www.cilc.org/ by Pinnacle Award winners is marked with the CILC flame.
About the Teachers’ Favorite Award
The Berrien Regional Education Service Agency, the cooperative based in Michigan’s Berrien County, maintains a content provider database with a listing of videoconferencing resources. For its annual Teachers’ Favorite Awards, educators from across the country vote to select the best content and videoconferencing service providers. (http://www.berrienresa.org/)
About the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame (http://www.cowgirl.net/) honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. The museum, located at 1720 Gendy Street in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, is considered an invaluable national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare photography collection, and the honorees in its Hall of Fame.
September 16, 2011