I was commissioned to capture Lizzy and her 15 year old horse Smartie in April 2016. Amazingly (for April) the afternoon of our shoot came and so did the wet and slushy snow, not the the of snow that photographers dream of; So we re-arranged the shoot for 3 weeks later and incredibly Lizzy received news that her 11yr old horse, Beau, would be coming back to her from her loan family a week before the new shoot date, which meant she could include all 5 of her beloved horses.
Photographing more than one horse…
As well as Beau and Smartie, Lizzy also provides a wonderful and fun home for Barney who is an extraordinary 38 years old, Tiptoe a 23 year old shetland and Bluebell who is 17. All 5 ponies and horses are seriously loved for and have an impressive home that they roam and enjoy together.
I met with Lizzy at her new yard in Ryme Intrinseca and was quickly introduced to 2 delightful dogs and her welcoming fiancé Owen, who I quickly renamed ‘O’ as I repeatedly called him Ollie (brain malfunction) and so I found it easier to call him ‘O’ and not get his name wrong, which has now stuck and we giggle about it every time we meet.
I photographed the entire family together within the beautiful settings of Lizzy’s new yard. Lizzy explained to me that she had recently had to stop working as a full time groom to many top riders as she had had a bad fall and broken her back. After much rest and rehabilitation Lizzy is getting stronger and stronger and is managing to hack out her horses at home. Lizzy is a very tenacious and determined girl, and this shone through in her work and bond with her horses. Having a broken back has not stopped Lizzy from pursuing her dream of working with horses, she has just had to change the course a little and having ‘O’ at her side will only enhance her chances of reaching her new goals.
It was an absolute inspiration to meet and spend some time with this delicious couple and an honour to capture their awesome animal family. I wish Lizzy all the luck in the world with her new ventures and I hope they have a fantastic day for their upcoming wedding!