Ellen’s shoot, which she received as a birthday gift, really was quite the family occasion, I realised, as she explained her horses’ family tree.
Mr. Biggs, (or Ashtaris as he is more formally known) Ellen’s twenty-five-year-old Arabian stallion, is Daddy to her three other horses, Anglo-Arabs and full siblings, Molly and Duncan, and baby of the family, full bred Arab, Niamh. I absolutely love that all of Ellen’s horses are related and that she has had them all since they were babies. Even old man Mr. Biggs, who she first went to see when he was only three weeks old.
Her handsome boy has been shown at county level, done a spot of dressage and more recently, enjoyed life as a happy hacker, jumping logs in the woods and enjoying the Kent countryside. He was a total gentleman, and definitely knows how beautiful he is. Sadly, Ellen doesn’t know how much longer he will be with them, due to health issues, which was the main reason for Ellen’s friend Sam booking this shoot as a birthday present for her.
Ten-year-old Molly (Gaillimh Dunkerrin) is the oldest of Mr. Biggs’ babies and has been shown in hand, taking the title of Senior Female Anglo-Arab British National Champion 2013.
Molly’s full brother, Duncan, (Gaillimh Elphin) is Ellen’s ‘hidden gem’ as she calls him. At eight-years-old, he hasn’t done a whole lot but Ellen hopes to bring him out to more shows next year. I love this boy. How handsome is he? And he has a serious smouldering eye look going on!
And then there is baby Niamh (Gaillimh Fuerty). At four years old, she might be the youngest but she sure makes up for it with her diva attitude. She was more than happy to strut her stuff for the camera, blowing and snorting like a fire breathing dragon. Simple stunning!
I really enjoyed my evening with this bunch of crazy Arab’s, save for almost getting flattened by a a Molly-on-a-Mission! Thank you to Ellen, for having me come and photograph your beautiful four legged family, and to Sam, for arranging everything.