I love this little mare. She’s made my kid progress enormously over the last ten months, and I’ll be forever grateful for her kindness, spunk, energy, beauty and just overall awesomeness. I’m excited and happy to be buying Marla her own pony, but I admit I have mixed feeling about letting this one go. BTW, Marla took this shot 😉
There was a pretty advanced jumping session today. I know I wouldn’t have stay in the saddle very long…
As usual, we started out with Marla’s lesson, in the barn. All indoor shots by the NEX5R and SEL35, wide open, high ISO (1600-3200)
Our friend Fanny was lungeing her Welsh Cob mare, the feisty Flaunt
While Marla had a few battles of her own. While Eclaire is a super affectionate pony, she’s not always a very compliant one !
We waited for Fanny to evacuate the (dance floor) barn to truly start working
I never shoot much when I’m in charge of the lesson. It’s tough to do both at the same time !
But I did capture the pair looking smug
And the one, last, last hug
Then we moved to the outdoor arena for the Advanced session
Which was strictly jumping today : Camille and Fauvette
Marjorie and her pretty Appaloosa mare, Oceane
Flaunt has the *most* unusual jumping style. She does not go *up* at ALL, she just FLIES over the bar in one huge horizontal stride that would cause me to dismount on the stop ! Then, she goes off bucking off like a demon
Almighty and Emilie do everything in style
That is, of course, with the N7 and Sig70-200/2.8 HSM
Linaro, another handsome Appaloosa, and Severine
I find both expressions hilarious. They’d both rather be elsewhere !
Fauvette is 22 yrs old, and spunkier than a yearling
And I mean *real* spunk !
Nolwenn, Vidji, and Chivas, the dog, imperial as ever
Severine and Linaro are lovely to watch, so much bond between them
They perform beautifully, too
Another pair of sweethears. She’s nuts about him
More unlikely jumping technique from Flaunt
Emilie seems to be suddenly wondering what she’s doing up there !?
Overall we had a good time, chilled with our friends, and had fun snapping pictures. Pretty successful day in my book. The 16-70/4 Zeiss is on its way, should be here on Friday. And Saturday morning, we’re on a missing to pick up Pirouette and bring her to her new home. Can’t wait !