Sharon & Archie, Battisford

Last month I visited a friend at her new yard in Battisford, with her horse Archie.

Previously a flat racer, this chestnut thoroughbred has bags of character, and has certainly set Sharon some challenges over the years. Like many of us, Sharon has experienced some confidence lows, particularly after a nasty fall, and some rather excitable antics on Archie’s part since. They have done a wonderful job of building their relationship from the ground back up again, and it was fantastic to see their bond is stronger than ever.

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Archie is a very loving horse, often whinnying hello as Sharon arrives on the yard, and more often than not he’s very happy to stand for cuddles and scratches. He soon realised what we were up to on the photoshoot, and the ears popped forward, which made my job much easier!

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Having walked down the road to get some shots on a local farm track, we had a heart stopping moment after Archie reared up and caught his lead rope with his leg. In what seemed like ultra slow motion off he went towards home, and very luckily made it in one piece. I hope he’s OK now Sharon and has gotten over his little moment!

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We kept within the yard boundary for the last few images, and caught a little of the sunset which was beautiful to see. Thank you so much for letting me come and catch up with you and your handsome boy Sharon, I hope you love your images!

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Nicky, Coda & Darcy

Nicky joined us in the bluebells for our recent photoshoot with Wendy & Idris. She brought along her not so little coblet Coda, and little Darcy.

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Coda came home to Nicky when he was just 9 months old, and wasn’t expected to grow quite as much as he has (I think there’s a theme here ladies!) He was last measured at 15.1hh and at 6 years old, he might still go up a little. They spend lots of time together doing groundwork, and Coda is becoming a fantastic Parelli horse. We even got some shots of him without his headcollar on in the bluebells. He did decide to go off for a wander (cue momentary heart-stoppage) but he soon came cantering down the track to rejoin us – stopping just a foot in front of me and my lens! What a good boy.

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I’m sure it won’t be long before this pair are out hacking without worrying a jot, he’s a little dude, always appearing to have his own little plan going on. He was trying his hardest to put his best ears forward once he got the idea. Nicky recalled her first time sitting on him when he was old enough, and says it was amazing. It must be a wonderful feeling when you’ve had them from so young! He does have an interesting approach to trot poles though – either balancing on them with his front hooves, or putting in a stop half way over.

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I have to put in a little mention for Darcy, because she was a little sweetheart following us around the woods and waiting patiently for her mum’s attention and some photos of her own! Nicky I hope you love your images, it’s been a pleasure editing them.

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Wendy & Idris – Belstead

You may recognise Wendy as my cover star with her rather handsome cob, Chico. This year we caught up to capture some bluebell magic with her latest addition to the herd; Idris (affectionately known as Idris the Tall) has just turned 3.

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He is an Andalusian x WB x TB, and has now been with Wendy for 18 months. Wendy is teaching him groundwork at the moment which has proven to be rather amusing at times. His favourite trick? Laying down!

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Idris is just about as cool as a cucumber, and just loves to get his face into everything. This includes the feed room, where he has been found a number of times rifling around! Happy to pose, and even behaving in the woods without his headcollar, this quirky young man was a pleasure to work with! He adored being the centre of attention that’s for sure.

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I can’t wait to come back next year to see how he’s progressing and perhaps get some photos of the boys together!

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Mum’s the word

Mothers Day is fast approaching (March 26th if you didn’t know!) If you’re just not sure what to get for your mum this year, consider getting her a photoshoot! You can always join her and her horse for some photos on the day, and what better way to show her how much you love her?

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We are all guilty of perhaps not showing our appreciation for our mum’s over the course of the year, and suddenly we can realise it’s almost been a year since we did anything special for her. This way, you can surprise her with a wonderful and personal gift, and then she gets to enjoy it on another day – why not make it a mum/daughter shoot, or even better, a mum/daughter day? Throw in a nice lunch, a makeover in the morning before the shoot, or a nice massage to round it off and make a day of it!

You can either book a shoot in, or I offer gift vouchers, which come boxed and gift wrapped, for just £5.00. These can be sent with a booking letter to yourself to give, or if you prefer I can post them direct to the recipient.

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So let’s celebrate our mum this year, and say thank you for getting us into this horsey world, supporting us through our own ups and downs, highs, lows and everything in between. Even if you’re not a horsey person yourself, let your mum celebrate her sanctuary that is the yard, with her horse, where she gets that 5 minutes to herself and away from all of the craziness we give her, whatever age we are! I know now that as a mum myself, it doesn’t matter how old my little girl grows, I will never ever stop loving her, worrying about her, and looking after her, wherever she or we may be.

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Quote “ILOVEMUM” when booking, to receive £20 off a 2 hour photoshoot. Vouchers available, and valid for 12 months. 

Bookings now being taken for Spring/Summer 2017

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Stubble Trouble – Sarah & Millie

A couple of weekends ago we finally got to make this shoot happen. It had been on the cards for a while, but what with a whole lot of life getting in the way, and then Millie chipping a bone in her ankle (amazingly non-horse riding related!) it just hadn’t quite come to fruition.

It was a last minute decision on the day to go out whilst we still could, before all of the golden grounds are ploughed for the winter. This was how it started on location:

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It wasn’t quite what we were hoping for, but the girls sat it out in the trailer at the parking point whilst I watched on closer to our shooting location, waiting for the patch of blue sky to come to us! About 15 minutes later, I got a Whatsapp of Franks tacked up and gazing across the fields and the shoot was on.

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Sarah and Franks have been together for a long time, and you wouldn’t imagine that he’s the same horse that she was told wouldn’t be able to do much 10 years ago. Sarah has put in a lot of time and lessons to learn how to teach him to move correctly, and it has truly paid off. After a recent dressage holiday, Sarah came home inspired and raring to go. Franks has been returning to his fancy dressage moves, and is currently very proud of his developing Spanish Walk! He’s also very good at sniffing out pocket treats and loves a good pocket snuffle, but you just can’t say no!

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Millie has had Bailey for a couple of years now, and has already done a lot of work with him. As a 5 year old he had done some showjumping, and was used to being ridden out on his own. He’s had to learn to share his space and trust Millie and other horses out with him. He has a cheeky attitude, is a natural born poser, and even managed to smile for the camera whilst cantering across the stubble field. Now there’s a talent! We were also very lucky to get this shoot in before Bailey injured his foot, as he has since been in on box rest, and only been back out for a few days. Thankfully he’s on the mend, and hopefully Millie will be back in the saddle very soon.

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Bookings being taken for Winter 2016 – contact me for more information, or to book your shoot today.

Waiting list also now available for snow photoshoots.

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