The Chronicle of the Horse in Middleburg, Virginia and Mark Bellissimo of Wellington, Florida jointly announced today the sale of the magazine to Bellissimo.
The purchase also includes The Chronicle's enormous vintage black and white photo library that has recorded most major equestrian sporting events since the late 1930s, as well as the digital publication, The Chronicle Connection.
Bellissimo’s Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC owns and operates the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Florida.
Founded 76 years ago as The Middleburg Chronicle by the late Stacy Lloyd, The Chronicle of the Horse has long been one of the most respected magazines in the industry. For many years foxhunting was a major subject and remained so under the editorships of the late Alexander Mackay-Smith and the late Peter Winants. In 1952 The Chronicle was bought by the Ohrstrom Family who has owned the publication to this day.
"I'm so proud to be part of the long tradition of The Chronicle," said Bellissimo. "I am committed to keeping the organization's core mission of being the most trusted resource for equestrian sport by offering independent journalism and the highest editorial integrity."
Plans are to introduce new products and services that will strengthen the information flow within the industry, including an enhanced website and state-of-the-art mobile applications, and for the current staff to remain in Virginia.
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Posted July 12, 2013