Calling all equestrian social networkers — awards to recognise the best tweeters, Facebookers and YouTubers in the horseworld were launched last week.

More than 1,500 nominations have already been made.

The Equestrian Social Media Awards are the brainchild of equestrian website provider Abbeyview Equine’s Liam Killen and equestrian PR Rhea Freeman.

The pair say they’ve seen an increasing number of equestrian companies and individuals embracing social media recently and want to celebrate this.

“I believe in social media for business and there are a number of people within the equestrian community who are reaping the rewards,” said Rhea.

“There have been some great campaigns that have helped equestrian charities [such as the Spillers/Redwings campaign] and the awards are a great way to highlight who really contributes towards the world of equestrian social media.”

Mr Killen added: “We want people to acknowledge who makes them laugh, who is interesting and who does social media well. We’ve had an absolutely amazing response — literally hundreds in the first few hours.”

Nominations close at midday on Friday (24 December). Those with the most nominations will be shortlisted and can then be voted for. Voting closes on 18 February and the winners will be announced shortly afterwards.

Categories are: YouTube channel, Facebook campaign, Twitter account, charity, professional rider, amateur rider, feed company, magazine, clothing brand, event/competition, talking animal, most informative, riding centre, saddlery and newcomer.

Following considerable international interest, each category has been split into UK/Ireland and international sections.

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Nominate Horse & Hound

If you think H&H deserves to be nominated for our social media efforts, please follow the instructions below. Thank you for your support.

Via twitter

Nominate H&H for our youtube channel: Tweet #EquestrianSocialMediaAwards CAT1 @horseandhound

Nominate H&H for our facebook campaign: Tweet #EquestrianSocialMediaAwards CAT2 @horseandhound

Nominate H&H for our twitter account: Tweet #EquestrianSocialMediaAwards CAT3 @horseandhound

Nominate H&H in the magazine category: Tweet #EquestrianSocialMediaAwards CAT8 @horseandhound

Nominate H&H in the most informative category: Tweet #EquestrianSocialMediaAwards CAT12 @horseandhound

Via facebook

Visit the Equestrian Social Media Awards page. Click on ‘post’ and write “I would like to nominate @horseandhound for Category [insert the relevant category number as per the twitter information above]. Please start a new post for each nomination.