Ben and Charles are like chalk and cheese. Ben is a refined, elegant Warmblood. Charles is a huge, hulking cob with a head the length of my entire torso. Ben loved the camera, constantly had his ears forward and wanted to be the centre of attention at all times. Whereas Charles just wanted to eat. He didn’t want his picture taken. He didn’t want to pose. He just wanted to be left to devour everything in his path. Lol! He’s like a very large teenage boy! 😀
We were so luck with this shoot. Firstly, Zoe’s other half’s family owns the farm-land surrounding their home, as far as he eye can see. So we had permission to use the beautiful rapeseed fields just across the road. Secondly, it had been raining, non-stop all day long. The forecast was telling us it was going to brighten up, but I have to admit that I was worried when it didn’t look like letting up and I so nearly called Zoe to see if she wanted to play it safe and rearrange. I’m so glad I didn’t because it was such a beautiful evening.
Zoe’s two boys couldn’t be more different, but each of them are clearly very special to her. She has owned twenty-one year-old Ben since she was a teenager and he was only four. They have been through many ups (showing, dressage, eventing) and many downs (two broken legs, a smashed shoulder socket and a broken back) together and Zoe clearly dotes on this special little horse.
Charles is a slightly newer addition to the family. The eight-year old maxi cob has been with Zoe for five years. When she set out to buy a new horse, she didn’t want a baby and she wanted a heavyweight cob, but definitely not a maxi! And then she saw a video of Charles and I’m sure you can guess the rest… Charles, who’s posh name is Columbard, was second and reserve champion at HOYS and RIHS in 2012 and is now trying his hand at dressage.
Zoe has decided to focus more on dressage with both horses, this season. Ben has already competed up to Prix St. George in his day and Charles has apparently taken to the change in direction very well. Zoe says that judges either love him or hate him, but he’s never going to be a Warmblood and he isn’t trying to be. I really love when unlikely horses compete in different disciplines, though, so I wish them all the best.
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