H&H has been nominated for five categories in the 2012 Equestrian Social Media Awards (ESMAs).

We have been nominated in the “Facebook”, “publication”, “most informative”, “social network” and “UK and Ireland” categories.

The awards were set up last year to recognise the worth of social media within the equestrian industry.

Last year H&H scooped the awards for “most informative”, “best YouTube” and “best use of social media by a magazine in UK and Ireland”.

“I am delighted that we have been nominated for five ESMAs this year,” said H&H web editor Carol Phillips.

“After winning three awards last year, we hope that both the public and the expert panel will recognise Horse & Hound’s excellent social media offerings and take a moment to vote for us.”

More than 8,000 nominations came in for the ESMAs in the run up to Christmas.

“It is an honour to reward equestrians for enriching the online world for horse enthusiasts globally. The standard of finalists is truly exceptional and we’re delighted to see that so many equestrians have embraced social media with such passion, creating amazing content,” said Liam Killen from the ESMA team.

The final results are based on 70% on scores from the expert panel and 30% on votes from the public.

Other categories include professional rider, amateur rider, celebrity, charity and riding school.

Each person can only cast one set of votes. Voting closes at 12noon on 10 February, 2012.

To vote visit: www.equestriansocialmediaawards.com/voting