Amanda Stevenson has quit as editor of Emap’s Your Horse magazine to take a part-time post on the company’s newly acquired event for horse-riding enthusiasts.
She has been appointed creative director of the British Equine Event, which was acquired by Emap last month from the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE).
Emap has announced increased investment in the event and Stevenson will be involved in writing some of the press coverage and the online activity.
“It made perfect sense to buy it because a lot of the content reflects the content of the magazine,” she said.
The show has been running since 1991 and Your Horse has been actively involved for the past three years. The event attracts around 15,000 riders and horse lovers and features a series of celebrity demonstrations and exhibitions.
Stevenson said she had been looking for a part-time role to allow her to spend more time with her 19-month-old son. “When the opportunity came up, it seemed right to take it,” she added.
She has edited Your Horse for two years, having previously been editor of Horse and Pony.
Before joining Emap, she worked at IPC where she launched one of Your Horse’s main rivals, Horse magazine. Your Horse deputy editor Natasha Simmons is standing in until a permanent replacement is found.
lWomen have triumphed for the first time by winning all the awards in a competition for young horseracing writers.
The winner in the under-26 category of the Martin Wills Memorial Trust Awards was Jessica Rexroth, 23, from Maryland in the US, who is currently studying at the Royal Veterinary College. Her article, “Taming the Beast”, will be published in the Racing Post and Irish Field.
Runner-up was Catherine Austen, 24-year-old eventing editor of Horse & Hound magazine.
The category for writers aged under 19 was won by 16-year-old Jennifer Hamilton from King Edward VI Camphill Grammar School for Girls.
The awards, now in their 11th year, commemorate Martin Wills, an amateur jockey, point-to-point rider, racing enthusiast and journalist who died in April 1992.
By Ruth Addicott