Never Give Up

We love inspirational things: videos, music, words, you name it. We think it’s healthy to reflect on your hard work and remind yourself from time to time, what it is you are reaching for.

I thought I would prepare a short clip to demonstrate a typical day at J. Drummond Farms and Clay Webster Performance Horses.

As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

As Lil Wayne says, “Be good. Or be good at it.” :)

Hope you enjoy!

Nerdy Horses

Have you ever had a “nerdy” horse? You know… the kind you always seem to catch in random acts of “Nerdiness”…

I have.

Seriously Casey? Why do you always insist on standing in your feeder...?

Of course, they don’t mean any harm in what they do. But they sure make me chuckle :

Porsche collects raindrops on her tongue...

And while I’m trying to capture Porsche on my camera, I have this one to deal with:

Selena, I can't get the shot if your nose is in my lens...

Or maybe perhaps, they just know you have a camera waiting:

Bob, I'm ready for your close-up. Whenever you are...

And nerdiness isn’t limited to the older horses:

Petunia and her prized twig. Roo (on right) is contemplating how to steal it...

Mo Skeeter as a colt. Pic by PS Video.

Whether they bathe in their water troughs (yes, I’ve had that happen too but didn’t have a camera nearby unfortunately) – or crawl into their feeders, I personally enjoy nerdy horses. Nerdiness adds charater. And who doesn’t want a horse with a personality?

Foal Contest Batch #3

Best Babies Batch #2

ENTRIES FROM WHR’S BEST BABIES PHOTO CONTEST

We’ve loved receiving your submissions to the foal contest! Keep them coming, this is a long-standing contest running until June 30. Here is a selection of the second set of entries we’ve received for our Best Babies Photo Contest. (You can see the first batch in the March Screen Doors and Saddles Archives). I’ll post another June 1 and the final June 30, after which the judges will make their decision and one lucky winner will go home with the Greenhawk foal package.

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

Charlie by Simply Cinnamon out of Majors Sugar Bear. Photo by Leanne Thomas, Widney Paints, Okotoks, AB.

Mojo by Simply Cinnamon out of Willow With Champagne. Photo by Leanne Thomas, Widney Ranch Paints, Okotoks, AB.

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

Murphy the mini. Photo by Emma Feltz.

Barrel racing beauty by PC Double Frost out of La Suena, Bar 77 Ranch, Brandon, MB. Photo by Jean Marc Perron.

Poco Docs Supreme by Poco Docs Jessie, out of Holmdale Peponita. Photo by Jane Feltz.

Hey baby it’s spring! 2010 filly by Meradas Money Talks out of Smart Rosey Chic (Smart Chic Olena) owned by J. Drummond Farms. Photo taken by Danielle LaForge of Regina, SK.

Powder, meet Chardonnay. Black Powder is out of a Foxtrotter mare and by a Spotted Saddle Horse stud named Soldier. Photo by Lori O’Neal, Dover, Arkansas.

Good listener, Betchahezablessing, a solid Paint. Photo by Denise Pederson, Bentley, AB.

Now it’s your turn, you still have plenty of time to submit your foal photos and enter our Best Babies Photo Contest. You might win our fantastic foaling package, sponsored by Greenhawk (value: $130). Please send your photo, a brief description of foal’s pedigree if applicable, photographer’s name and hometown to dknews@telus.net.

A Day at the Shoot

What I like most about photo shoots is the complete absence of responsibilities I have. For the most part, all I really need to do is show up and thank everyone for coming. Apparently I can keep this job for as long as I like.

This year, however, I decided to step out of my box and have my own photo shoot at our annual fashion shoot. For this project, I chose a highly technical and sophisticated camera. My iphone. The photos you see here are taken with a mod little iphone application called the Hipstamatic.

Yes, that really is the Lone Ranger. Well actually, not. It’s better than the Lone Ranger, it’s John Scott, head of John Scott Motion Picture Animal Productions, and on whose ranch we’ve been allowed to conduct this year’s fashion shoot.

This place represents dream territory for a photo shoot. Not only because the ranch is set in the Alberta foothills with a stunning – and on this day sparkling snow-capped – Rocky Mountain backdrop, but John Scott’s ranch has provided the real-life western landscape of many a Hollywood movie. In fact, John has been involved in three Academy award winning movies filmed in Alberta, including Days of Heaven, Legends of the Fall and Unforgiven. Many a scene has been shot right on the ground I’m standing on and the land is populated with some impressive sets such as the buildings above.

And this General Store.

I love the patina on this building. I’d like that on my barn. John, may I take this building home?

Photo shoots are a lot like horse shows. Hurry up and wait.

This leaves time for everyone to stop and smell the roses. Hey look, it’s a crocus, the first of the year.

This is Travis Rogers, our fantastically talented photographer. He’s looking out onto a herd of buffalo, where the next set of photos are to be taken. That slight appearance of concern might be traced directly back to John relating to him we could have had horses in this set, but two of the female buffalo are prone to charging.

Yes, I took this photo from inside the truck. I didn’t want to startle the herd, is all.

That’s model Sandy Hansma to the right. She was conducting her own photo shoot at the photo shoot as well. I think the gal on the left might have been a technical director and is quite likely wringing her hands and praying Sandy doesn’t forget herself and scuff up the outfit she’s wearing for the next shot.

And this is Command Central at the photo shoot. Hair and make-up. Six talented and lovely gals from MC College in Calgary came out to make the models look like a million bucks. Not that they didn’t already. Those gals did a fabulous job.

Thanks gals! Y’all come back next year!

Walking towards me is Donna Andersen, one of two leads on this shoot. Donna and Deanna Paulsen had most every detail organized, and each outfit meticulously co-ordinated. Running on time relaxes everyone, makes for a fun day and leaves room for little mishaps such as loading the entire photography crew in the wrong truck. Those darn white Fords all look alike, don’t they? I’m going to hold a contest later this week to see if you can guess who might have been behind that. Hint: she may be in the photo above.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into our fashion shoot day, and hope you’ll join us for the real deal – complete with fabulous photography, an array of real-life western riders stepping out as models, and stylish fashion and jewelry, all in the June issue of Western Horse Review.

Best Babies Batch #1

ENTRIES FROM WHR’S BEST BABIES PHOTO CONTEST

Because it’s a beautiful spring day. Because we await our own new arrival here at the log house. Because it’s difficult to think of any subject which can loosen the words “grab the camera” from any horseperson’s lips more readily. Because I can’t wait to show you the first set of submissions to our Best Babies Photos Contest. Because I fell in love with photographing foals when we had our first two years ago, pictured above with my daughter. Because I want to encourage you to capture those short-lived days of foalhood.

Here then, without further ado, is a selection of the first set of entries we’ve received for our Best Babies Photo Contest.

It’s a predicament. Guns Poco Sun out of Suns Affair by Ima Sun Ofa Gun. Photo by John Regier, Pitchfork Ranching Quarter Horses, Lethbridge, AB

Invitation to play? Two foals by El Peppys Hurt. Photo by Karla Reimer, Beaverlodge, AB

A field of green grass, dandelions and new babies signal spring. Tito, a Cattin colt on the right, and Splash, a Pepto Taz colt on the left. Photo by Kevin Genz, KG Performance Horses, Duffield, AB

Sharing a kiss. Stud colt, Custom Made Surprize by Hangten Surprize. Photo by Stacey Huska, Drayton Valley, AB

Baby with a barn background. Star is a Standardbred foal. Photo by Lindsay Macneil, Cape Breton, NS

The Drop Zone doesn’t miss a beat, by Peptozone out of Sea Breeze Please. Photo by Lori Turk, Wyoming, ON

And finally, we love the warmth of this mood shot of a Quarter Horse foal taken in northern B.C. Photo by Nicky Hemingson, Grande Prairie, AB

Now it’s your turn, you still have plenty of time to submit your foal photos and enter our Best Babies Photo Contest. You might win our fantastic foaling package, sponsored by Greenhawk (value: $130). Please send your photo, a brief description of foal’s pedigree if applicable, photographer’s name and hometown to dknews@telus.net.

Contest ends June 30.