U25 Equestrian Creativity Awards: Meet the Judges! Part 1

The U25 Equestrian Creativity Awards is an international competition for to recognize the creative talent of young equestrians in the following five categories: photography, blogging, art and design, entrepreneurship, and video production.

Winners of each category will receive a full page featuring their work in an issue of Heels Down Magazine, social media promotion, an opportunity to contribute to Heels Down Media and a portfolio free for a year on the Equestrian Creative Network.

Each category has a panel of three judges who are experts in their field. We’re extremely proud to introduce them in a series of blog posts! Here is the first round of judges that will be reviewing the competitor’s creative and entrepreneurial entries.

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Noel Asmar, Entrepreneurship Category –Noel Asmar is a Vancouver based designer with an innate curiosity for the way people live. This year, Noel Asmar Equestrian has become the official apparel partner of Equestrian Canada, dressing the CET riders for their journey towards the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, and Noel was recognized for the third consecutive year as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs. She began her design journey with an award–winning uniform brand, dressing the world’s top hotels and spas, then in 2011 she expanded her portfolio to include equestrian apparel and this fall will mark the debut of her contemporary women’s fashion line. The common thread woven through all the divisions of the brand is Noel’s pursuit in creating apparel that offers confidence, allure and a sense of wellness to the lives of others, which is her ultimate gratification. Visit www.asmarequestrian.com.

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Dom and Jimmie Schramm, Video Production Category – Evention TV, started by Dom and Jimmie Schramm in 2012, raised the bar in equestrian media by combining educational content with humor. Delivering useful how-to information in a fun, fresh and easy to digest way, Evention TV has skyrocketed in popularity across the web, with over 650,000 views across the world and winning the 2013 Equestrian Social Media Award for Best Newcomer. Visit www.schrammequestrian.com.

Liz Wiley

Elizabeth Wiley, Art and Design Category – Elizabeth Wiley (Liz) was born in Abilene, TX, where she learned to ride dressage. She studied Fine Art at The University of Texas at Arlington. She now lives in Dallas and works full time as an equestrian artist.

“My style is loose and free. There are graphic elements with playful layers of paint. I want to capture the gracefulness of dressage and the communication between horse and rider. I simplify the image and often leave areas unpainted or left out. My paintings are time capsules, capturing the emotion of the moment in each painting. I hope that my work inspires love for horses and expresses the elegance of theses wonderful beings.”

Her work has been featured in Crate and Barrel, The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse and Style Magazine and on the book cover of The Dressage Way by Susan Medenica. Visit www.lizwiley.com.

For more information on the U25 Equestrian Creativity Awards –> click here.

Click on the banner below to enter! Deadline: June 25th.


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