The Marwari Horse is a rare and ancient breed originating in the Marwar region of Rajasthan, India. It is believed that centuries ago native Indian horses were cross bred to shipwrecked Arabians creating the beginnings of this breed. During the Indian wars they were prized for their bravery and loyalty in battle. However, with the British occupation (and their preference for their Thoroughbreds) the…
While working on another project I was struck yet again by the grace and athleticism of horses. Sometimes poetry in motion and other times very free form and frequently comical. I've put together some of my favorites below choosing black and white to showcase these amazing animals. Grace The natural beauty and balance of a horse's gait is a pleasure to watch. The movements…
Part V — Our last California shoot was of an unflappable horse named Morgan and her stable mates. Whether it was crashing waves or redwood forest Morgan calmly gave her all for the camera. (She is actually a Morgan Horse and has a longer name.)
Santa Cruz Mountains — Going from dusty paddocks to the lush pastures in the Santa Cruz Mountains was a pleasant change. The horses at this location were owned by individuals who graciously offered to allow us to photograph them. All were beautiful animals including the short guy with Icelandic heritage.
Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Horse — Fewer than 200 of these horses exist in the world today. They are the direct descendants of the horses brought to the New World from Spain by Padre Kino in 1681. Circumstances kept a small herd isolated in Mexico for centuries.
California Lusitanos — I recently returned from a reunion (which took place in California) of some of the equine photographers who have traveled the world with Tony Stromberg . Of course, this was also a photography trip. Among the numerous places we visited was California Lusitanos.
Hacienda Buena Suerte — Andalusia is "horse country" in Spain, but it's not just PRE horses. At Haciendo Buena Suerte we photographed PRE, Lusitano (a close first cousin of the PRE), and even a couple of American Quarter Horses.
Yeguada Cartuja — While the PRE (Pure Spanish Horse) is one of the oldest breed of horses, a strain of the PRE called Carthusian is said to be the purest of the breed.
Travel opportunities have been limited this past year, but in June I was able to travel to Idaho to photograph one of my favorite subjects. At the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, which caters to photographers, I enjoyed photographing beautiful horses and the amenities of the ranch for 5 days.