Dare I say it? Is that spring that I can see, not too far in the distance? It certainly felt like it when I visited Alexis and her boys, in Great Yarmouth over the weekend. The sun was shining, Lexy’s shoulders were bare and she wasn’t shivering!!
I had such a lovely morning in Norfolk at Lexy’s shoot, which she booked for Valentine’s weekend, telling me that the horses are the love of her life. Sssh, don’t tell her hubby, who purchased this shoot as a gift for Lexy. 😉
Her two very handsome boys, Victor (left) and D’art (right), were great to photograph and both such different characters, which I hope I’ve managed to capture for her. Victor was so proud and definitely didn’t understand why the whole shoot wasn’t about him, whereas D’art was sweet and unsure, but you could see he really wanted to please us.
Lexy has owned eighteen-year-old Thoroughbred, Victor for ten years and they’ve certainly had more than their fare share of bad luck. With more issues than vogue, including laminitis, cushings, insulin resistance, not being able to eat grass, needing special shoes and being on a special diet, tailored to his requirements, Victor has been one big walking vet bill and has, at times, been on up to 32 tablets a day! But it sounds as though he is one very lucky boy, because Lexy’s horror stories of extortionate costs and numerous vet visits prove that there is nothing she wouldn’t do for her special boy. “He must survive on love and fresh air because he’s not actually allowed a lot else,” Lexy tells me.
Despite all of this, in his day Victor took the show ring by storm and was pretty successful, strutting his stuff. “On even his worst days he has been so unbelievably brave it brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it. He has never once given up or even looked like giving up and I certainly would never give up on him.”
So, having allowed Victor an early retirement, Lexy went on the hunt for a new partner in crime. When she discovered Warmblood x Arab, D’art’s advert, she assumed he was, in her own words, ‘out of her league’, being a well known multiple national champion and the sire of a multiple champion, but she admits that it certainly was love at first sight. D’art, who’s real name is D’artagnan, came from Cullinghurst Stud and went to live with Lexy, on trial, last summer, with a view to making him a permanent family fixture.
“When he got the seal of approval from Victor I knew we were going to live happily ever after and in November his owners came to visit us before they went away for Christmas. They brought a new certificate of ownership…. with my name on it! And they told me that he could live with me and Victor forever!
To say I am a lucky girl would be an understatement. He is absolutely gorgeous inside and out, complete sweetheart and possibly the most perfect man I have ever come across.”
It was such a total pleasure working with this gorgeous gang. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, when you get to a shoot you just click with the person you’re photographing and I sometimes forget that I’m even working. I absolutely love Alexis, her positivity and her passion for her horses. Thank you so much for having me Lexy, you guys were so much fun!!
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