After cancelling once due to the great British weather, I finally made my way over to East Sussex to visit Shannon and her mare, Scarlett, at the weekend and we were super lucky to have arranged the shoot around the rain.
Shannon has had her Welsh cross, Scarlett O’Hara, for a year and says that she originally bought her to do dressage with. It quickly became apparent that Scarlett much preferred jumping to dressaging, so now the pair compete mostly in showjumping.
I loved the way that Shannon described the first time she met Scarlett. She said that as soon as she walked into the stable, she knew that she wanted to take her home. And despite the fact that Scarlett wasn’t exactly perfect to ride, when Shannon tried her out, she was still determined that this little bay mare was the horse for her. And it looks as though she was right. They really do seem like a great little team.
We scheduled our shoot for fairly early on Saturday morning, as Shannon and Scarlett had their first one day event on the Sunday, and Tracy, Shannon’s mum, said they needed as much time as possible, in the afternoon, to stress and get ready for it. I hear it all went well until Scarlett decided that she didn’t want to get her toes wet and point blank refused the water. What a little diva.
Shannon was absolutely convinced that Scarlett was going to be a fidget for her photoshoot, but as is often the way, she surprised us all by behaving like the perfect model. She loved it! She spent the entire time with her ears forward, posing like a pro. And even when Shannon climbed aboard, which she assured me would be when she’d start getting excited, Scarlett stood like a rock unless asked otherwise. What a super little mare.
I seem to have photographed an abundance of buttercups lately, and as much as I know everyone is despairing about them taking over their paddocks, don’t they look beautiful?! Shannon and Scarlett had great fun galloping through them.
Thank you to Tracy and Shannon for having me and for an enjoyable morning, and to Scarlett, for just being super easy to work with.
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