I am an equestrian. I am a photographer.
Two simple statements that describe who I am. Much like you, I wanted a pony from the very first time I saw one. My first experience (that I recall) was with my Aunt Anita's pony, "Nipper." Nipper was aptly named, and much like a "two pat cat," you had to get your pats in before she nipped at you. Still, I loved that little Shetland pony.
My parents finally gave in when I was in sixth grade, and bought me a pony who I named, "Chico." Chico probably shouldn't have been purchased for a beginner as he was very (very) green. But you know what? I wouldn't have traded him for anything. He was mine, and I was his. We roamed the countryside, jumped logs that got in our way, showed in 4-H shows, and had a blast. He was the best pony ever (don't we all say this about our first pony?)
Then there was Rocky, and Cissy. The Appaloosa and the Quarter Horse. Both were my horses as I moved up the ranks as I grew older. Both were unique and had something to teach me. Rocky taught me that sometimes you needed a horse that was a stepping stone. That stepping stone would lead you down a path where growth was (and is) possible. However, you know you wouldn't have gotten where you are without that experience. That was Rocky.
My experiences with Rocky provided me with the background I needed to begin training my own young horse - Cissy. It was with Cissy that I learned about the possibilities of having senior photos done with your horse. It was with Cissy that we learned about jumping, and the hunter/jumper world.
Cissy also taught me about loss, and having to give up your horses. She taught me that sometimes, when you grow into an adult, your horses may not necessarily go with you. It's a painful lesson, but it makes entering the horse world as an adult, very bittersweet.
My last horse that I have had the pleasure to own was Emmy, an Appendix (Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse). She taught me not to be smug. That even though I knew a lot, I had been away from the equestrian world for a very long time. She taught me that not all horses should be on the path that they were placed. She reminded me that life with an equine partner is just that - a partnership. One to be enjoyed, savored, and remembered.
My own horses (and the ones in which I share a partnership today) have provided me with an understanding of multiple equestrian disciplines. They have taught me that the best moments that can be captured are those that show the bond between horses and their people. Ultimately, that is what we remember. We remember those moments where we clearly feel their love, their trust, and their faith in us a human partners.
This is why I focus on being the photographer of equines and their people. I understand and look for the special moments that capture your relationship.
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