7 Weeks ’til Christmas: Great Gift Ideas

Photo collages are a creative way to utilize a number of photos from the same day, event or season. Think trail ride, vacation, horse show or banquet. If you love to take photos as much as I do, any of these are likely to create a scenario resulting in “photo-excess” for the purposes of a photo album or sharing with friends over e-mail and Facebook, but perfectly suited for. . . collages!

We’ve really gotten into building photo collages this Christmas season. Such as the one above, titled Two Ponies.

Here’s a heart shaped collage comprised entirely of photos of our foal, Oliver, in his first few days in the world.

If you’re adept at Photoshop, you can save your collage to a PSD format and create a printed message in the collage or manipulate the photos.

There are a number of collage programs out on the internet, but I’m choosing Shape Collage to share with you, because it is one of the simplest to master. Plus, it’s free. Download it, watch a three minute video, and you too, will be an artist.

Just like me.

Ha.

Wee plans on using it to create holiday messages for far-away cousins. It’s a fun way for her to share some of her favorite photos of the year and meld them together into a personal Christmas card. Best of all, unlike most holiday crafts, it requires zero-clean-up. That’s why she loves it so. For, you know, she usually does all the clean-up after one of her Christmas crafty adventures.

Yeah.

Not.

Which is why I love it.

Here, the munchkin created A Fall Day for y’all.

See how easy this is?

You can use as many or few photos as you like, and choose from a variety of shapes. E-mail the final collage, post it on your blog or Facebook, or print it out.

Find Shape Collage and download it at this link: http://www.shapecollage.com/

12 Weeks ’til Christmas: Great Gift Ideas

It snowed today at the log house. A significant amount. Enough to scrap off the deck.

Alright, I didn’t, but I could have.

Instead, the snow reminded me of this idea stewing in the back of my brain for a 12 weeks ’til Christmas series on Screen Doors & Saddles, with my best shot at the most unique gift ideas for y’all I could think of. Equus-related of course.

Problem is we’re nine weeks and a bit from Christmas today.

All I can offer is “what the hey?”

Like where did October go?

I know you’re with me on that. So, I’m going to do this thing regardless. Just do it. I’ll throw in the missing weeks here and there. Try and keep up with me.

To rocket this series off in high fashion, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite books; a compilation which I guarantee would be an incredible addition to any horseperson’s library. Technically, Horses, by French photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, might be categorized as a horse breeds book, but it is anything but an A-Z encyclopedia. It’s more like a cornucopia, actually a gallop, indeed a full-out stampede in the greatest of glory, riddled with richness, lavishness and incredible depth and diversity.

If there were an America’s Next Top Horse Model television series, Arthus-Bertrand would be Nigel Barker. Renowned photographer, with an incredible eye for capturing the essence and true beauty of the equine.

I give you the forthcoming cover of Italian Vogue.

Arthus-Bertrand travelled the earth and eventually completed a 15 year project of photographing animals, horses among them, against a plain backdrop, treating his subjects more as models than animals. The result is the photographic captivation of horses that are not only a departure of the four-square traditional profile shot, but animated beyond belief, even surreal at times, and in all cases, most definitely alive with the spirit of the equus.

It is a collection you cannot help but fall in love with.

I gaze through this book and stand in complete awe. Of the connections we hold with the people of the world. Of the history of the world. Of my horses, and all they represent. This book brings all of it crashing into my little corner of the world.

Majestic is a word often over-used as a descriptor of the horse. Here it stands true.

While the breeds we are most familiar with are represented, it is the stunning photos of horses from the most far-flung regions of the world which most capture my heart. Not to mention their incredible handlers.

For instance, this beauty.

This bold, magnificent pair.

Meet the Bashkirsky mare, Anessa, a mare whose pedigree dates back to one of Leo Tolstoy’s stud farms. An ardent breeder, the Russian author crossed English horses and Russian trotters with an original Cossack breed of Russian pony called the Bashkirsky. This award winning descendant is presented with foal at foot, guided by her breeder, who carries on her arm, a bucket of koumiss (a slightly fermented milk, and highly prized drink, which was once considered on the level of a magic potion.)

Consider these matching beauties.

A prized pony!

These are the heavy horses. In all their glory. The handler, in all of hers. And wearing dress slippers! Bravo!

Yes, the glorious Shires.

More ponies!

The true hunters.

And jumpers.

Cowboys and their mounts are liberally represented. As are a Canadian western horse breeder couple. But, I won’t spoil that for you by previewing it here.

The Argentina section enthralled me, including the stunning athletic sleekness of this polo horse.

And this breathtaking shot – an Argentine Criollo cow horse, with his trainer.

I love this book so much, and I’m happy to share it with you. But, if you’d like your own copy, we added it to the Western Horse Review store, for your convenience, if you wish to order. Or, you can find it at the usual online outlets such as Amazon.

By the way, Yann Arthus-Bertrand didn’t reserve his camera for only the equine. For you cattlemen and women there is a book of livestock as well with such specimens as this magnificent bull . . .

and this belle.

I refer to the Jersey, not handler.

Moo.

Best Babies Foal Contest Winners Part Two

Last Monday we posted the choices of Best Babies Foal Contest judge Cheryl Smythe. This morning we are doing the same for judge James Hudyma’s choices.

Before we do that let me review the prizes.

The winner of the Western Horse Review 2010 Best Babies Foal Contest will receive an exclusive modeling contract, worth $100,000 with . .

Just kidding.

The winner of the 2010 Best Babies Foal Contest will take home an exclusive Greenhawk foal package, worth $130.00 Reserve winners will each receive a copy of Josh Lyon’s excellent guide, Foal Handling, the Lyons Way.

Remember, our grand champion and reserve will be published in the Winter issue of Western Horse Review, due to hit the newsstands in the second week of November.

Both Cheryl and James took the liberty of creating a number of categories to fit some of the photos. Here, without further ado, are James’s special category picks.

April 23rd colt out of Lola McFlash (x Mcleo Bars), by Fire Sixes. Photo by Luci Russell, St. Albert, Alberta. 

Best Portrait in Inter-species Awareness.

Half Friesen colt, five weeks old. Photo taken in Langley, British Columbia, by Forest Wallace.

Best Portrait in Inter-species Compatibility.

Okay, Suzie, take a bow. 2010 AQHA filly sired by Whiz N Custom (“Custom Crome” x “Whiz N Darlin”) and out of Wimpys Little Step mare, Julies Genuine Step. Photo taken by Kevin, Silverado Colt Company, Carberry, Manitoba

Best Pose by a Foal.

 

 

 

 

 

Whatcha looking at? Foal by Got Pep, out of Peppahickaroo. Photo by Christine Fleming, Fleming Land and Livestock, Sherwood Park, AB.

 

Best Perspective

Magnum Chic Dream x Freckles Fortitude. Photo by Kelly Bell, Cochrane, Alberta.

Honorable Mention

Floppy ears by Nu Doc Boy out of Arabian mare. Photo by Gloria Dodd, Cache Creek, BC.

Honorable Mention

Thanks again, everyone for your submissions. They were all winners, beautifully done. And again, stay tuned to our Winter issue for the grand champion and reserve choices.

Best Baby Foal Contest Winners Part One

After weeks of deliberation, much gnashing of teeth, wringing of hands (mostly mine), and a dozen or so e-mails and discussions between myself and professional equine photographers Cheryl Smythe and James Hudyma, we finally have a winner for our Best Babies Foal Contest.

In fact, given the sheer volume of photos we received, it took some time to narrow the choices down. Eventually, a number of congruities in preference emerged and the three of us were able to come to definitive conclusions.

And finally, we settled on one submission.

A fantastic winner.

A perfect winner. .  .

. . . the owner of which will take home the grand prize of  a Greenhawk foal package.

But.

That’s not what we’re profiling today.

Sorry, Beth. (Beth is our office manager, and she has been dying to know who the winner is. . . we’re going to make her wait just a little bit longer. Around here, we like pranks like this.)

In fact, we’re going to roll this out over another two months! Heck, why not?

Today, I’m going to give you Cheryl Smythe’s top choices. Next Monday we’ll profile James’ choices. And, in the Championship print edition of Western Horse Review, set to hit newsstands in mid-November, we’ll showcase the contest winner.

Both Cheryl and James took the liberty of creating a number of categories to fit some of the photos. Here, without further ado, are Cheryl’s special category picks as well as her reserve champion choice.

By Danielle LaForge

Cheryl chose this great photographic catch as a Best Action shot.

By Forest Wallace

Cheryl created a Special Bond category for this shot, calling it, “a really special image,” showing how “special a little foal can be. I like the connection here, and the trust between the two of them.”

By Emma Feltz

Not a one of us could argue with her choice for Cutest Baby.

By Denise Pederson

Her choice for Foals and Friends was equally adorable.

By Ranae Widney

There was this photo . . .

By Kevin Smith

And this one. . .

By Stacey Huska

And this, another adorable study into the mutual wonderment of foal and human . . .

By John Regier

She felt this one too, was special. And placed these four into a Special Recognition category.

By Nicky Hemingson

Cheryl chose one reserve champion, for the 2010 Best Babies Photo Contest. This beauty. She felt the lighting is incredible and the expression wonderful. Photographer Nicky will receive a copy of Josh Lyon’s excellent guide, Foal Handling, the Lyons Way. Congrats!

Thanks again for everyone who contributed and congratulations to those whose photos were chosen. Honestly, so many photos were fantastic and we could have dreamt up categories all day to fit each.

Remember, next Monday, we’ll profile James top picks, so stay tuned.

Rodeos, Picture Shows & Pumpkins

It’s promising to be a fantastic weekend.

Tonight Teenager plays in a volleyball tournament, which is a treat in itself, made all the more sweet with the fact that there is a farmer’s market across the street from it. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been so busy this summer, I’ve barely had a chance to enjoy our own strawberry and raspberry patch, never mind hit a farmer’s market and partake in all the local seasonal goods. I’m totally looking forward to this evening. Shoutin’ out and stocking up.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, I have the pleasure of attending the Catherine Pearson Charity Rodeo to gasp, grin and just generally cheer on my nephew, David, as he tries his hand at steer riding for his first time ever. He’s a city kid. Timid, vulnerable, nerdy, a bookworm, pale. You know the type. I’m very, very afraid for him.

Just kidding, he’s none of the above. Okay, he can be a bit of a nerd, but I cherish him in spite of it. Mostly, he’s a freaky fanatic for outdoor sports, and anything extreme. I hope he’ll be fine. Either way, I’m catching it on film and I’ll update ya’all next week.

Alternatively . . . if you haven’t any plans, and you’re anywhere in the vicinity, dust off your boots, and come and join us. It’s going to be so much fun. And for such a great personal cause close to the Pearson familys’ hearts. Can’t wait.

After two crazy days of human contact I would definitely be whipped enough to just to hang out at home by Day Three, but this weekend, I might have to spin those tires down the gravel road one more time, as I only just learned our friend, and fabulous photographer Neville Palmer, along with his friend, and country music recording artist, George Canyon, have collaborated on a unique photography project. I didn’t even know George Canyon was a photographer, did you? Like, where have I been?

What I do know is Neville is an amazing photographer. He sent this over to remind me.

As if I needed reminding. I met Neville when we contracted him as lead photographer for our 2008 Western Horse Review fashion photo shoot. We found out then how outrageously talented he is.

Another teaser, this one entitled, Wild Horses.

I’m instructed to let you know these two pieces will be in the exhibition. The photography will be showcased in the form of a picture show at Carlsons On Macleod in High River – a great venue for artists and musicians alike. A final topper – it will be the first time George will show his photography in a public setting and it will be the first time that Neville will be showing a personal project that has been five years in the making. How cool is that? Yeah, I know, I am totally stating the obvious.

If you happen to reside or are spending time in southern Alberta this weekend, be sure to take in one or both of these events. Heck, they are less than two hours apart, so unless you have a horse show and need to compete cause you’re hunting for a year-end buckle, I really cannot fathom an excuse.

Details and times for the picture show below. Shows are on the hour, as per the timeframes below. Thanks so much for checking in with Screen Doors & Saddles today, I so appreciate that, and have a great weekend.

P.S. Are you diggin’ the western vintage feel of this poster as much as I am?

Taking Control of Your Camera

All Photos in this entry by: TJ Photography

Alrighty Folks! Travis from TJ Photography is back with another installment in equine photography. If you are like me, the A or Automatic setting on your camera is a huge lifesaver. However today, Travis is going to offer some tips from breaking out of your comfort zone and switching to the Manual setting. Hope you enjoy!

TRAVIS RODGERS:

Well last but definitely not least we are going to unleash your camera’s true potential and change the setting to the dreaded M. That’s right, no more Automatic Settings. Once you have become comfortable with the Manual Setting, and with controlling every aspect of your camera you will never look back.  A very talented photographer once told me, “It is like Learning to drive a Standard, at first it is hard but after a while it becomes automatic.”

There are three things we need to take control of to get that amazing shot! They include the ISO, Aperture Value, and Shutter Speed. When the camera is set to Manual, these are all controlled individually. So let’s talk about what they do.

ISO – The letters ISO on your digital camera refer to the film speed. Even though your camera is most likely not film at all, but rather digital, the ISO setting still does have the same function as older film cameras. ISO determines how sensitive the image sensor is to light.

General Rules and tips for ISO Settings:
• Use an ISO of 100 or 200 when taking photographs outside in sunny conditions.
• If the sky is overcast or it is evening time, then use an ISO within the range of 400 to 800.
• Night time or in cases of low light you might need to set your digital camera ISO to 1600. If you don’t then your photo will appear too dark, if at all.

If you set your digital camera to a low ISO, for example 100, the resulting photograph will be better quality than one set at 1600. The higher the ISO the grainier the photo will look. Therefore go for a low ISO number whenever possible.

Aperture Value – The Aperture Value setting on your camera is like the pupil of the lense. The lower the number (which appears like this f1.8), the more light the lense is letting into the camera. Along with allowing more or less light, the Aperture also controls what is in focus or the depth of field. This is what gives your background a blurred look, while still keeping your subject sharp and in focus. To achieve this blurred effect, your aperture has to be on a low setting allowing as much light possible into the camera. You must be careful however, when shooting with a wide open aperture as any movement or camera shake will result in a soft or blurry image. If you want your background to still be slightly in focus, then the Aperture will be set higher.

The better lenses have a wider range of Aperture values. They will usually have a Range of f1.4 – f22, while the lesser expensive lenses will have a Range of f4.0 – 16. So now that you have the 2 settings set to control the light and amount of blur you want your image to have, you now have to set your Shutter Speed so that you will have the correct exposure.

Shutter Speed – If the Aperture of the camera is like a Pupil, I would say that the Shutter is like the eyelid.  By controlling how fast it blinks, you again are controlling how much light is let into the camera, thus giving you a correct exposure.  Once the Aperture is set you have to adjust your Shutter Speed accordingly for the image.  A rule of thumb is to use the built in light meter inside your camera, and then tweak it from there.  The higher the Shutter Speed the faster it blinks, allowing less light into the camera.

Tip: if you are taking an action shot, and want to stop motion, your shutter speed has to be at least 1/500 or faster.

REVIEW:

·  Imagine the camera has an eye that is going to let in light.

·  The aperture decides how much light will come in like a pupil.

·  The shutter speed is the eyelid and will open at different speeds controlling how long light will come in.

·  If you have the hole (aperture) wide open you don’t want it open for too long or you will OVER expose your image.

·  If you have the hole closed small you need to open it long enough for enough light to get in or you will UNDER expose your image.

·  Now the smaller the number of your aperture the bigger the opening.

·  And your shutter speeds represent fractions of a second: 1/2 1/4 1/8…..1/60 1/80 1/100.

·  OK now not to confuse you, but film speed also plays a role here. Just know that the darker your shooting conditions are, the faster the film you want. 100, 200 are slower 400, 800 are faster.

·  Even digital cameras have film speed settings.

·  And with that said, your camera should have a meter. It should tell you if you have the right settings. If you want to shoot moving things in daylight have a fast shutter speed and a small (bigger #) aperture.

·  If you want to shoot close ups or portraits with a blurry back ground you’ll want your aperture wide open and an appropriate (for the light) shutter speed. Fast for bright light, and slower for low light.

This is just touching on the subject of Manual settings, but if you are serious about Photography and really want control of what your camera is doing, then this will be a good start. But if this went over your head and you just want to be able to snap pictures, don’t be ashamed to have your camera set on the Automatic settings, the most important thing is to have fun, and be creative!

It’s been fun ~ Good Luck!!

Happy Shooting!

Round 2 – Snapping Equine Portraits

Credit: TJ Photography.

Hey Guys, welcome Back to Round Two of our Pointers for Equine Portraits with TJ Photography! The first installment, 4 Pointers For Equine Portraits, was so well received on My Stable Life, we knew we had to get Travis Rodgers on board for more. In this session, Travis is going to talk about 3 different ways to set your horse up for a shot. Hope you enjoy!

TRAVIS RODGERS: By now, I hope you all got a chance to take a few shots practicing what was talked about in the last session – remembering to zoom in and keep your horse in proportion, paying attention to your backdrop and also remembering where your light source is. Today, we’re going to talk about 3 different ways to set your horse up for a portrait. To do these shots you will need 3 people – the photographer of course, the handler, and the ear perker.


The Photographer – is going to get you that great shot.

The Handler – is a very patient person. Believe it or not, horses really don’t like to stand for a very long time to get their picture taken. They may have to be reset many times. This can be very frustrating, but staying positive and patient is key if you want to get a good shot!

The Ear Perker – is instrumental in getting the horse’s attention. In any horse portrait, it is very important that both of the horse’s ears are perked forward. There are a few things that work to accomplish this; 1) is a bucket with some oats in it, which is only shaken when the horse is properly set up and the photographer is ready for the horse’s wars to be perked;  2) Another way is to shake a plastic bag, or make some noise to get the horse’s attention, and; 3) last but not least, use a large mirror – when the horse sees its reflection, it will usually perk up its ears.

So now that the positions have been filled, it’s time to set up the first shot:

This shot is the Full Side View. It is a great shot to show off your horse’s conformation. With this image, the horse’s legs closest to the camera will be straight underneath the horse. This is a very important aspect, as you don’t want your horse to look camped out, or camped under. After those legs are set, the back leg furthest from the camera will be moved forward about six inches and the front leg furthest from the camera will be moved back about 6 inches. The reason for this is to give the horse the appearance of having four legs and not two. It is easiest to set the front legs first, and then set the back legs by hand.  The horse normally wont like to stand on their back leg the way you have it set, so to get them to put weight on the back leg you can pull the tail down and out towards the ground, or lightly push the hip in order to shift the horse’s weight onto the leg.

Now that the horse is set up, the Photographer should already be in position and the same for the Ear Perker. The Handler then goes into slow motion, so as to not disturb the horse and cause it to move. The Handler needs to slowly move to the head of the horse and out of the shot. It is vital that if the horse isn’t looking in the proper direction, the Handler should allow the Ear Perker to get the horse’s attention. And to do so without manipulating the lead, as this will cause the horse to move. Once everybody is in position, and the ears are Perked, you have your shot!!

See the Illustration below for the 3/4 Shot:

The second most common conformation picture is the ¾ Shot.  For this image, the horse needs to be set up square and on an angle to the camera. It is very important that the horse is standing straight. The Photographer needs to be at the right angle so that the horse’s wither meets up with the hip – to ensure you don’t get an illusion of a sway-backed horse. In this picture, the horse can either look across the shot, where the Ear Perker would stand to the side of the Photographer, or the horse can be looking straight ahead, in which case the Ear Perker would be directly in front of the horse. The Handler needs to be standing on the side of the horse where the least amount of lead will be draped across the horse. This will make it easier to edit the lead out – or if you choose to leave it in, will be less distracting.

See Illustration below for the ¾ Head Shot:

The Last Shot is a ¾ Head Shot.  This is a pretty easy shot if you have gotten the ¾ shot mastered. All you need to do is set up the ¾ Shot and zoom in on the horse’s head. If you are doing a head shot, make sure that your horse is properly clipped and clean. Darken up the skin around their nose and eyes with some Baby Oil or Vaseline.

Good luck, and don’t forget the rules from the first session. Next time we will talk about using the Manual Settings on your Camera, and unleashing the potential for an outstanding shot. Until then have fun taking some great shots of your horse.

Happy Shooting

– Travis Rodgers
www.tj-photography.com

4 Pointers for Equine Portraits

I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it… okay, enough of that. But really – I am super pumped about bringing a new segment regarding equine photography to My Stable Life!! Travis Rodgers of TJ Photography has agreed to help readers learn how to operate their cameras creatively and more effectively, using horses as our subjects!

(And I promise to stop using so many exclamation marks now…!!)

You might remember Travis from a month or so ago. He so kindly allowed me to post some other random pics he snapped at the Reining Alberta Summer Classic. Travis is the mastermind behind such shots as:

And this:

In the following 4 bits of advice, Travis will share some of his best trade secrets. And as we go along, I will reveal some of my worst pictures and cutlines in third person context – proving the point that if you listen to our cherished photog’s suggestions, you won’t have to end up posting pictures like mine on your website, or Facebook page or anywhere else you choose to market your ponies!

So without further adieu, let’s get to it:

TRAVIS RODGERS (TR): I would like to thank Jenn Webster for asking us to contribute to her blog (Aw shucks <grin>), and allowing us to give you some tips that may aid you in taking some great photos of your horses.  A great photo is a huge selling tool in any way that you are marketing your horse; so let’s discuss a couple of things to help you achieve that excellent shot.

1. Right Camera

The most important thing that you will need when taking photos of your horse is the right camera.  The type of Camera best suited for this type of Photography is a Digital SLR of some kind. The reason these cameras work so well is that they do not have a delay when you push the Shutter button. This is very important to Catch those ears, and get a photo in the split second that the horse may actually stand correctly for the photo.  Another reason to use this type of camera is because of the interchangeable lenses, and the ability to completely control your camera’s settings.  It is not important that you have a Professional SLR; one of my favorite cameras I recommend for beginner photographers is the Canon Rebel XSi.  It is a reasonably priced camera that you can get some really great results with!

2. Proportion

The next thing to remember when taking a portrait of your horse is that your horse needs to look proportioned. When you set your horse up for the photo remember that whatever is closest to the camera looks the biggest. There are many different ways to set the horse up for a photo, which we will discuss at another time, but for now you can take a picture of the horse from any angle that you choose. Whichever way you have decided to set the horse up, you must remember that the number one thing you must do to get the proper proportion is to stand back and zoom in.  This will require that you have a zoom lense for your camera.  My favorite lense for this type of Photo is the 70-200 2.8.  This will really help to make sure your horse does not have a giant head etc. in the photo, and that your photo will compliment your horse.

Despite the fact that this is a pretty horse in real life, Jenn missed the mark here. The horse is not set up according to its proportions, therefore she looks like she has an ewe-neck and ugly throatlatch.

3. Backdrop

The next most important thing is to ensure you have a nice backdrop that is not cluttered with buildings or a bunch of junk. Also you want to make sure that there is ample distance between your horse and the backdrop you have chosen. This will separate your horse from the background, and will make the horse the main subject in the photo, and not the beautiful tree you have stood him in front of. A great type of background is an open pasture with some trees off in the distance.

This is an early photo of Jenn Webster's. Unfortunately since the horse is standing so close to the cactus, it looks like it is growing out of the horse's withers.

4. Light

The last thing that we are going to talk about when setting up this photo is where the light should be.  The light – being in almost all cases – the sun, should be directly behind you and shooting onto the horse. This will ensure that you avoid a lense flare from shooting directly into the sun, and it will also make the horse stand out more without shadow.

Here is one of Travis’ shots that meets all the criteria mentioned above:

2010 Dunalino Filly "Jacs Electrick Slide" Sired By: Jacs Okie Pine and out of: Ms Electric Sparkler (by Jacs Electric Spark).

YOUR HOMEWORK:

Take this info and try a few shots, if you follow these simple rules you are already on your way to taking a great portrait of your horse that will catch any buyer’s eye!

Next time on My Stable Life, we will go more in depth on the different ways to set the horse up for the photos, but until then send some of your great photos to Jenn (dkedit@telusplanet.net), and the shots that we determine best follow the instruction will be posted on My Stable Life!

Happy Shooting!

– Travis Rodgers
TJ Photography
www.tj-Photography.com or visit us on Facebook

Upcoming Entries
* How to properly set your horse up for different Portraits
* Getting the most out of your Camera using the Manual Settings

Best Babies Final Batch

ENTRIES FROM WHR’S BEST BABIES PHOTO CONTEST

We’ve loved receiving your submissions to Best Babies Photo Contest! Here is a selection of the final set of entries. At this point our panel of judges which includes professional equine photographers Cheryl Smythe and James Hudyma, will help decide which one of these beautiful photos takes home the grand prize of  a Greenhawk foal package. Runners-up will each receive a copy of Josh Lyon’s excellent guide, Foal Handling, the Lyons Way.

Stay tuned to see if your selection is picked!

Okay, Suzie, take a bow. 2010 AQHA filly sired by Whiz N Custom (“Custom Crome” x “Whiz N Darlin”) and out of Wimpys Little Step mare, Julies Genuine Step. Photo taken by Kevin, Silverado Colt Company, Carberry, Manitoba

Tater Chip Bandit 2010 APHA colt, Sire Poco Docs Bandit, Dam PP No Chip Marks. Photographed going for a swim in a creek at Sussex New Brunswick by Sylvia Balsor. 

Sunset beauty. Peso – dam is Bliss, sire is Tully. Photo by Cheryl Nygaard, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Sorrel stud colt by Sweet Slydun Doc and out of DD Zooms Only Angel. Photo by Rosemarie Ortman, Ryley, Alberta.

Dirty nose. CV Nifty Feature, a sorrel overo APHA filly. Photo taken by Cheryl, at Colour V Ranch located in 150 Mile House, British Columbia.