The September/October issue of Western Horse Review is now on stands, and the team at WHR has been loving all the positive feedback we have been receiving on our fall fashion shoot entitled \”Adventurous West.\” They say that it takes a village, and that saying is no truer than when you embark on a photoshoot that includes a variety of locations, amazing models, outfits from a wide range of boutiques, a gifted photographer, a talented team of hair and makeup artists, and the staff at the magazine to get it all done. Oh, did we forget to mention houses, horses, vintage vehicles and even a plane? It was an amazing shoot, and we want to share with our readers some of the action that occurs behind the scenes of the final product that is published in the magazine.
Something that we truly enjoy at Western Horse Review is the fact we use authentic true-to-life horse persons as models in our fashion shoots. For example, above is Savanna Sparvier, the 2017 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess, who also graced our cover this issue. This young lady is not only beautiful, and kind, but a great ambassador for the Calgary Stampede, as well as a true role model for young women in the indigenous community and beyond. You will also find accomplished and incredibly strong horse women in this feature, including a professional Professional Rodeo Cowboy\’s Association roman rider and stunt performer, and a FEI North American Junior Young Rider gold medalist in reining, among others.
We are very grateful to the Vulcan Flying Club for allowing us to take over their beautiful facility as one of the locations for our shoot. As you can imagine, it\’s not always easy to wrangle horses, humans, and planes to get the beautiful shots we did. Thankfully we had the use of Sally Bishop\’s exceptional horses, such as Frosty and Mattise pictured above, and Nancy Pratch\’s wonderful Rooster, who were ever the professionals, didn\’t bat an eye at a plane taxiing down the runway, and allowed the models to be comfortable and relaxed to get those perfect shots.
There were many funny moments throughout the day, but one of our personal favourites was WHR\’s Sally Bishop and Louisa Murch White wrestling Savanna Sparvier\’s beautiful beaded tack onto a pre-existing bridle. Sometimes, as you can see above, you just have to throw the bridle on yourself and go with it.
Finally, we would remise to not mention the team that pulled it together. Our talented photographer, Alex Callaghan of Callaghan Creative Co., stunning makeup by The Aria Studios and hair by Meagan Peters and Amber Bigplume. A massive thank you to Todd Lemieux for providing the 1960 Chevrolet Apache, Citabria, as well as some of his own modelling skills. To Hailey Stewart who lent a much-needed hand in all areas of the photoshoot. Finally a thank you to Kimes Ranch Jeans, Janine\’s Custom Creations, CR RanchWear, Bold and Brassy, Cattle Cait, #NotInMyCity, Classic Rodeo, Cody & Sioux, Paige Leather and Stick and Ball for their amazing fashion contributions that truly made this fall shoot as spectacular as it was.