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It’s that time of year again — time to get voting for your favourite horse-related Twitter, Facebook and forums.

The shortlist for the 2013 Equestrian Social Media Awards (ESMAs) has been announced and Horse & Hound is short-listed for five awards.

We have been nominated for:

  • Best use of Facebook
  • Best use of social media by a publication
  • Most informative use of social media
  • Best equestrian social network site/forum
  • Best use of social media in UK and Ireland

H&H website editor Carol Phillips says: “Horse & Hound believes social media is a great way of engaging with our fans beyond our magazine and website and this has been reflected in our ESMA successes in previous years.

“If it wasn’t for the support of our fans our social media wouldn’t be such a huge success story, so if you enjoy what we do please take a moment to vote for us this year. Thank you for your support.”

Other categories celebrate equestrian personalities, brands, charities and organisations that excel at social media.

Last year H&H picked up four awards

Liam Killen from the ESMA team told H&H: “We’re delighted with the response and passion shown by this year’s finalists and those who took the time to nominate their social media champions.

“The global equestrian industry has taken to social media like a duck to water. The finalists range from established associations to grassroots organisations and cottage industries to well-known brands. The ESMA finalists are all doing their bit to increase participation, educate and entertain the online equestrian community — to be able to bring them together is a real privilege.”

Finalists are awarded scores, which are based 75% on an expert panel and 25% on your votes.

Nominations for the 2013 ESMAs took place before Christmas and 10,016 nominations from over 90 countries were received. This was whittled down to 297 finalists.

Voting closes on 8 February. You can only vote once.

To vote visit: http://www.equestriansocialmediaawards.com/finalists