2013 in Review: My Favorite Horse Pictures

I’ve gone through my horse photo albums from 2013. Sharing a few of my favorite pictures with you for a year in review:

Below: I snapped this picture while volunteering for Aspen Farms Horse Trials in Yelm, WA. I don’t know the names of these two, but I was struck by how pleased they both look. For me, this camaraderie is what horse showing is all about…

Smiling dressage rider and her horse

Below: Jo Arlow took fantastic pictures at the 100-Day Trainer Challenge finale–her first time covering a horse event! Love this picture of Solar demonstrating one of the first tricks he learned with me…

Horse bowing

Below: Kelsy Smith took this picture of my Haflinger pony Pippin and our friend Patti competing at a Halloween-themed one-day event at Northwest Equestrian Center while I was competing elsewhere with Solar. I’m grateful for this pony every day–my once in a lifetime jumper…

Haflinger horse show jumping

Below: I accompanied Kelsy and Huxley to most of their three-day events this season–their first full season at the Preliminary level. I took hundreds of pictures of them, but I like this one best, taken after a dressage test on a hot day. At the end of the season, Hux and Kels scored enough points to finish at the top of the USEA Area VII Leaderboard for Open Preliminary. Proud of these two…

Kelsy Smith and Huxley

Below: This is my off-the-track-Thoroughbred, Brico, during a light rain in the spring of 2013. After battling off and on soundness issues triggered by heavy work, I subsequently decided to retire him from jumping and find him a special person and less-demanding lifestyle. Shortly after this picture was taken, Brico found a soul mate in my friend Chelley, who’s leasing him…

Bay Thoroughbred horse

Below: I happened to be in the right place during the Preliminary level awards ceremony at AFHT to witness a totally unique moment. A wild deer emerged from the nearby woods and joined the horses and riders in a victory lap…

Deer running in a horse arena

Below: This is my three-year-old APHA gelding, Joey (bay), and his friend Specks (chestnut). Joey is new to me this year, and I completely love his outgoing, confident, and fun personality. He brings out the personality in Specks too…

Two horses sniffing each other in the field

Below: Captured this image with a borrowed smartphone while covering the June Aspen Farms Horse Trials. I’m so thankful to live in a beautiful area and to be a part of the supportive, exciting community of Area VII eventers…

Horse galloping through the water jump at Aspen Farms Horse Trials

Below: Grabbed a picture with my phone of Parker (mini Australian Shepherd) and Avery meeting at the Boyd Martin eventing clinic in November of 2013. I love how these two are in their own ‘little’ world…

Small dog and a 2 year old child

Below: My Thoroughbred Sewickley tries to get some attention from Cheryl, owner of Nayborly Farms, during fourth of July celebrations with Solar

Horse interested in a woman with a sparkler

Below: This is Mikey, my 28 year-old childhood pony, and Ditto, a friend’s mare that lives at my house. These two are more or less retired–Mikey, from many years as a lesson pony and then my own childhood riding exploits, and Ditto from a life as a broodmare. Last spring the purple flowers bloomed in the horse pasture…

Two older horses in a field of purple flowersThank you to everyone who helped make 2013 a year to remember! May 2014 be filled with an abundance of picture-worthy moments. Happy New Year to you and your horses.

3 Responses to “2013 in Review: My Favorite Horse Pictures”

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  1. Cadence Michel says:

    That horse and rider that you didn’t know the name of is me and my horse Moose(: thank you so much for your kind comments.

  2. Chesna Kimek says:

    You two make a great pair Cadence! Thanks Allison 🙂

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