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I’m Exhausted But I Went to AIG $1 Million and Horses Jumped Things There

I’m Exhausted But I Went to AIG $1 Million and Horses Jumped Things There

I might be turning into a real Californian. I’m freezing in low 60’s, I buy 4 lb bags of Organic Almond Flour off Amazon and flying back and forth to the East Coast just wrecks me now. Wrecks. Me. I’m typing this in the Denver airport, looking at a bar that I am (perhaps foolishly) not drinking wine at. Mostly because right now, wine would put me to night night and I have another hour before I board my flight…

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I Love and Need This Spotted Pony

I Love and Need This Spotted Pony

Okay, so he’s not a pony but I love him anyway. His name is Little Indian, and while part of me cringes at how that could be perceived as rather insensitive to indigenous people… I do have to say he’s adorable. These pictures were taken at the HITS Thermal Grand Prix last weekend. One of my friends was showing in Coachella (I am so confused if it’s Thermal or Coachella or Desert or what) last weekend, and I went out to…

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Longines FEI World Cup at Del Mar

Longines FEI World Cup at Del Mar

True story – I wanted to call this post “FEI Friday” but it’s not Friday and I don’t want to wait that long to post about the show, so here we are. As a horse show spectator, I am spoiled. I’ve seen a lot of Grand Prixs and a lot of top hunter and jumper riders compete, but I don’t think I’ve actually seen a true Longines class. For some reason I had this built up in my head as…

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Shooting into the Sun

Shooting into the Sun

I’ve long considered myself a shamateur photographer. While I can reliably produce shots from horse shows that are marketable (in my opinion), portraits and other types are photography are a whole different ball game. I discovered a long time ago that if I wanted to get good enough to offer services as a serious professional, I needed to invest a ton of money into better equipment and countless hours into practice. When you think about doing that but see teenagers…

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Horse Show Hangover Media Dump

Horse Show Hangover Media Dump

One of the great things about having a barn family versus somewhere to just take lessons is that nobody questions why you would choose to spend your entire weekend at a horse show where you are not showing. Instead they say things like, “We’re ordering pizza for the classic. Can you bring ice for the beer?” Why yes, I can bring ice. I can also drink 3 ciders in an hour after not eating much and being super dehydrated. I can…

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An Evening at Retama

An Evening at Retama

Though I’ve never been someone to manically follow careers of race horses and make sure I watch every single stakes race on television, I do appreciate horse racing. I’m a fairly terrible track photographer, but find horse racing so visually fascinating that I never pass up an opportunity to go with my camera. When a friend of a friend had a few horses running in the Saturday night meet, I jumped at the invitation to shoot some races before it…

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I Get Knocked Down

I Get Knocked Down

Something light hearted today! At the show a few weeks ago, one of our green horses had a green horse moment at his first show and a good rider came off. That’s not really that unusual of a story, but the epic save she almost had is what makes it blog worthy. I got permission from this rider (who you can tell from the photos is an excellent sport) to share the photo series with you all. My favorite part…

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Meg_at_ Banned from Photographing at Old Salem Horse Show

Meg_at_ Banned from Photographing at Old Salem Horse Show

The equestrian Instagram world is a bit abuzz right now with a topic that is very interesting to me. A popular instagram account Meg_at_ (formerly Meg_at_wef) has been prohibited from doing any photography at the Old Salem horse show. Meg has a little under 10,000 instagram followers, and posts photo journalistic style images from popular hunter/jumper shows. I follow her, and enjoy her work a lot.   You can read the full account of the situation on her blog (I suggest you do,…

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Red on Black

Red on Black

Sometimes blogging is a chore. Last week I had 0 motivation to get content up.  While I usually have several posts in a queue in case there’s nothing current to say, my well ran dry last week and I had no desire to build it back up.  This week I actually do have some post ideas, but spending some r&r time with the husband is more important. So you get my handsome Simon. The post processing on these is pretty…

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Between the Classes

Between the Classes

Late blog post today because I guess with a dead cell phone and no dogs to wake me up… I needed to catch up on sleep.  A lot of sleep.  Over 12 hours of sleep – whoops!    So anyway, last weekend at Pin Oak more than one person commented to me about how the junior riders looked like they weren’t having any fun.  Pairing that with a conversation with a friend who told me about a horrible show of…

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Beautiful Braids

Beautiful Braids

Still editing photos from over the weekend, but I’m going to have to step on it because I’m heading out of town for a long weekend to go home to North Carolina.  Simonista is getting some training rides and a lesson taken by a friend while I spend some quality time with family.  The blog won’t go silent though, as I will have some Pin Oak goodness and other posts ready for y’all. Say what you want about hunter braids,…

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Pin Oak Preview

Pin Oak Preview

It had been a really long time since I had taken images I was happy with at a nice horse show.  With the heritage Pin Oak Charity Horse Show a mere two hour drive away, I decided to trek out this weekend in search of some AA pony time. And I found ponies, literally. Also junior hunters, adult jumpers, and some AO/junior jumpers.  All the pretty horses essentially. Being me, I tried to take a series of photographs to turn into…

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