Bellissimo Purchases Chronicle of the Horse

Bellissimo Purchases Chronicle of the Horse

Chronicle of the Horse

Mark Bellissimo announced his purchase of The Chronicle of the Horse on Friday. The sale also includes the magazine’s digital properties, according to a press release.

“I’m so proud to be part of the long tradition of the Chronicle which is a leader in its industry,” 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.”

The company was owned for the last 61 years by the Ohrstrom Family of Virginia.

Bellissimo’s Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC owns and operates the world’s largest equestrian event, the Winter Equestrian Festival, as well as the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Bellissimo reportedly purchased the 76-year-old publication independently. He says the magazine will continue to feature up-to-the-minute news and need-to-know stories across the various equestrian disciplines.

Over the next few months, Bellissimo says the Chronicle will be introducing new products and services that will strengthen the information flow within the industry including an enhanced website and state-of-the-art mobile applications.

Bellissimo says he is looking forward to enhancing the Chronicle‘s position within the sporthorse industry and navigating the unique opportunities of the business with his family. The current staff will remain in Virginia.


2013 Alexa Traffic Rankings for Top Equestrian Websites
 Website  Global Rank     US Rank
Chronicle of the Horse 43,537  12,688
Horse and Hound, UK 46,912
Practical Horseman (Equisearch) 134,159  28,362
British Dressage 228,410
EuroDressage 270,020 312,857 341,617 61,809
Eventing Nation 352,759  73,674
WorldofShowJumping 461,724  77,627
US Eventing Association 469,949  82,273
DressageDaily 523,801  154,111
USDF 616,443  NR 691,992  291,450
Rate My Horse PRO 977,740  212,672
Dressage-news 1,476,900  601,156
ProEquest 1,544,287  440,496
SidelinesNews 1,604,125  331,535
HorsesInternational 3,426,475
PhelpsSports 6,392,506  NR