■ Barbara Edelman, a partner in Dinsmore's Lexington law office, has been named one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. The guide's results are the culmination of a six-month research period that allowed researchers to conduct interviews with litigators and their clients across the United States.
In her practice, Edelman maintains litigation experience focusing on commercial litigation and many types of business disputes. She also has litigated many wrongful discharge, non-competition and employment-related cases. She previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney and as an assistant attorney general for Kentucky.
Edelman recently was recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Lexington for appellate law by The Best Lawyers in America. She also has been named a Leading Woman in Central Kentucky by Business Lexington, a Top Women in Business by the Lane Report and is recognized for her work in commercial litigation in Chambers USA and Kentucky Super Lawyers. Edelman earned her bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Kentucky.
■ Four Roses' 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon was ranked number three on F. Paul Pacult's list of the 140 Top Five-Star Spirits in the World for 2012.
Pacult, liquor industry critic and publisher of The Spirit Journal, "The Quarterly Independent Guide to Distilled Spirits, Beers and Wines," gave Four Roses' 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon a five-star recommendation, the highest possible.
Four Roses' 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon was released in April with a distribution of about 4,000 bottles.
For more information about Four Roses Bourbon, go to Fourrosesbourbon.com.
■ Keeneland Magazine received the General Excellence Overall Publication Award at the American Horse Publications annual awards competition in Williamsburg in early June.
The general excellence award is an honor given to print publications, and this year's recipients included Quarter Horse News, in the tabloid/newspaper category; Paint Horse Journal, in the association magazine circulation under 15,000 class; The Cowboy Way, in association magazine circulation 15,000 and over class; The Florida Horse, in the category for state or regional publication, any format; Ranch & Reata, in the self-supported magazine circulation under 15,000 class; and Keeneland Magazine, in the self-supported magazine with circulation 15,000 and over category.
Participation in this year's contest represented 90 AHP members and 686 entries. A total of 167 awards were presented to the finalists for first, second and third place or for honorable mention.
Member print publications achieving multiple honors in a variety of categories included Western Horseman with 13 awards; The American Quarter Horse Journal with eight; Trot Magazine, The Canadian Sportsman and The Florida Horse with seven each; Thoroughbred Times, Practical Horseman, NRHA Reiner, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and Barrel Horse News with six each; Paint Horse Journal with five; and Dressage Today, Horse & Rider, The Blood-Horse and The Chronicle of the Horse with four each.
Corporate members who placed in this year's competition included the American Paint Horse Association, Blood-Horse Publications and UK Ag Equine Program.
The Digital Media division recognized a wide variety of digital media published online by members in 2011. Digital Media members who won or placed included AQHA.com, BloodHorse.com, Center for Equine Health, Chronofhorse.com, Equinews.com, EquiSearch.com, MyHorseDaily.com, NRHA.com, QuarterHorseNews.com, SmartPakEquine.com, SureBet Racing News, TheHorse.com, and UStrotting.com.
The Alltech A+ Equine Journalism Award was presented to the author of an article that focused on increasing awareness and love of equestrian sport to mainstream readers. Articles may have been published in print or online in AHP member or non- member publications or digital media. The winner was Laurie Houck, author of "Adventures and Limitations," published in Dressage Today.
For a complete list of winners, visit Americanhorsepubs.org.
■ Two Barton 1792 Distillery products won silver medals at the 12th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition in March. The newer 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon Whiskey, made at its namesake Barton 1792 Distillery, was introduced in 2003. Long-time favorite Kentucky Tavern also won a silver medal.
A record number of entries — 1,218 products from 65 countries — were evaluated by 33 spirits industry experts.
Complete results of the 2012 competition may be found at Sfspiritscomp.com/results.html. To learn more about the distillery, go to 1792bourbon.com.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo