After a truly remarkable year for all D J Murphy titles, Horse&Rider scooped the top prize at the prestigious PPA Independent Publisher awards.
The IPN said, “Horse&Rider really impressed our judges by managing to retain and indeed increase its market leadership, while at the same time posting record revenues. All of this, as well as the fact that it competes against some of the biggest beasts in publishing, makes this a very worthy winner of the PPA Independent Publisher Consumer Magazine of the Year for 2016.”
The award follows an important re-structure at DJ Murphy that sees former IPN Editor of the Year, Louise Kittle, take on editorial responsibility for both Horse&Rider and PONY. The move brings together the company’s entire equestrian resource and has resulted in a more agile and professional team. Not only was Horse&Rider winner of the Consumer Magazine of the Year, but the brand was also shortlisted for Best Use of Video and Consumer Media Brand of the Year, demonstrating the holistic approach DJ Murphy takes to ensuring it meets the needs of its readers.
Zoe Cannon, Publisher of Horse&Rider said of the award, “This really is the icing on the cake. I couldn’t be more pleased with the performance of the whole team at Horse&Rider. Together they have made 2016 such a strong year for both Horse&Rider and PONY Magazine and it’s exciting to think about all the possibilities in store for 2017.”
As well as winning the highly coveted award for Consumer Magazine of the Year, DJ Murphy was also named Independent Publisher of the Year for 2016. Speaking of DJ Murphy’s success over the past year, judges said, “This has been DJ Murphy’s year in so many ways. A great company culture and some fantastic products have all combined to make it an unforgettable 12 months for a company that goes back a long way. A really tough and closely-fought category, but in the end DJ Murphy emerged as the overall PPA Independent Publishing Company of the Year for 2016.”