Church Honored as Averett University Distinguished Alumnus

Stephanie L. Church, editor-in-chief for The Horse and, graduated from Averett in 1999.
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Stephanie L. Church, editor-in-chief of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care and, and two others were honored Oct. 15 during homecoming festivities at Averett University, in Danville, Virginia, for their contributions to the university and the community at large.

Church, Pat Hall Franklin, and E.W. Tibbs Jr., received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding service or accomplishment in their personal or professional lives.

Church graduated from Averett in 1999 with degrees in equestrian studies and journalism. In her 17 years and six positions at The Horse, she has covered a variety of important horse industry issues. She documented the U.S. emergence of West Nile virus; brought to light stories of horse owners impacted by Hurricane Katrina; and described efforts of researchers helping working donkeys and horses in Africa. She and her team work to create engaging, reliable, and useful stories, visuals, live events, and other material.

Church also edits Off-Track Thoroughbred magazine, which she and her team launched for Retired Racehorse Project. She has also been involved in a number of organizations and served in leadership positions, including American Horse Publications (AHP), University of Kentucky Healthcare’s Saddle Up Safely, the Lexington Explorium’s exhibit “Hold Your Horses,” 2016 TREC World Championships, Lexington Mounted Police, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, Centenary United Methodist Church’s missions team, and the Bible Study Fellowship’s Lexington Evening Women’s Class. She has won several AHP annual media awards, and in 2014, was inducted into the United States Pony Clubs’ Academy of Achievement. Church enjoys riding her off-track Thoroughbred, It Happened Again; writing; traveling; cooking; cycling; and spending time with friends

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