When I was a little girl, I always dreamed that one day I’d own a ‘Harrods horse’. I’ve always been totally in awe of Friesians. There is just something so majestic and enchanting about them.
A couple of years ago I went over to Teri’s yard to photograph the gorgeous Joscka (Josh). The past year has been one of much trauma and worry for Teri, as twelve-year-old Josh has been a very poorly boy. In June last year, he went down with a bad case of colic and was rushed to Rossdales, where they operated and, against the odds, managed to save him. But his recovery hasn’t been smooth sailing, as Josh has had a number of further colic scares and is now on a strict diet and routine, to try to keep him healthy and out of the woods.
After Josh’s initial trip to Rossdales, Teri was left with a monstrous vet bill. Unbeknownst to her, her wonderful friends set up a Facebook group called the Love Horses Fundraiser, to help raise money for Josh’s surgery. How awesome is that? The group held online dressage competitions, as well as auctions of various items, in an effort to help Teri and Joscka. I donated a shoot, that was auctioned off, and also offered to go over and photograph Teri, Josh and her other horse, Sander, once Josh was on the mend.
So that’s what we did, last week. On a very bright, sunny, first day of Spring, I made the trip over to visit Teri, her friend Jenny, who rides Joscka (the smaller of the two horses below), and these two stunning boys.
We didn’t want to pull Josh around too much, so made sure we took it easy on him, but that was ok, because Sander, Teri’s ten-year-old stallion was more than happy to take centre stage.
Oh my goodness. This horse! Whilst Joscka is super cute and you just want to cuddle him to death, Sander just makes you drool! He’s breathtaking. I’m sure that, whatever your type, or favourite breed, or even if you aren’t horsey at all, you can not possibly fail to be impressed when you are introduced to a horse like this. He is a total rock star! All 17hh of him! I have truly never met a horse with so much presence!!
Teri has had Sander for two years and wasn’t looking to buy another horse when she found him. But when his picture popped up on Facebook and she found out that the people that were supposed to be buying him had pulled out, she couldn’t resist and had him imported from Holland soon after. She tells me that there have been times when she wondered what on earth she’d gotten herself into. Apparently 17hh of Friesian stallion isn’t always a piece of cake, but she says that, though it took some time, she now has a fantastic bond with him and he’s an absolute lamb to deal with, most of the time. And he really was a superstar to work with.
He also has a wicked sense of humour! I’d been there all of five minutes when he stealthily, effortlessly un-tacked himself, whilst Teri and Jenny’s backs were turned and before I realised what he was up to, by dragging his bridle across the stable door frame and over his ears, and then standing there like he had no idea how it had happened.
I was so glad that I could do this for Teri. I think that sometimes, we just need a little pick-me-up and something to look forward to. I knew she wanted pictures of both of her boys together and after the year they’ve had, I was honoured to be able to do that for Teri and Josh. It was great to get Jenny and Sander involved too, and I had a really great morning. Thank you for having me, guys, and I hope that these manage to put a well deserved smile on your face, Teri.
If you want more details on the fabulous blue concours outfit that Teri is wearing, she actually runs a business, making the outfits herself. Go visit Concours d’elegance by Elegant Equine Designs on Facebook, or go to her website at Elegant Equine Designs. Her work is absolutely beautiful!
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