When I pulled up the driveway of Stratford Hills livery yard, in Colchester, Sammy was already on board and Jimmy was raring to go. Their entourage was at the ready, outfit changes in the car and dogs Nelly and Megan prepared for their close-ups.
This place has the most beautiful views, with a fabulous cross country course and spectacular hacking, as far as the eye can see. So, we ventured off, down the track, to the spot that Sammy had picked as her backdrop.
Sammy chose to have her family and friends at the shoot, which I thought was a really lovely idea, and I really love the shots of Sammy and her lovely dad, who obviously dotes on his daughter and supports her in her hobby.
Sammy has has her very handsome, ten-year-old Thoroughbred cross, Jimmy, for two and a half years, now, but has known him since he was just four and obviously adores him. From what I can gather, he hasn’t been an easy horse, but things seem to finally be coming together for the pair.
“It’s about trickery,” Sammy jokes. Jimmy is a strong willed horse and Sammy has had to work around his firm opinions and find a way to persuade him to work with her.
“He deserves a lot of respect,” she tells me. “This has been the best experience, having him, as we have had to learn a lot together.” Apparently, one of the things Sammy has had to learn, whilst owning Jimmy, is how to develop what she calls ‘sticky pants’. Which I think is her roundabout way of telling us that Jimmy can be a bit of a pickle at times. 😉
But she also says that he is the best companion she could have wished for, and he was a total sweetheart to work with. He didn’t put a foot wrong. He has this incredibly cute ‘look how adorable I am’ face, that he pulled when he thought there might have been a chance of food coming his way.
Thank you for having me, Sammy. It was lovely to meet you all and a pleasure to work with you!
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