Earlier in the week I went over to a familiar haunt for one last shoot. I have now visited Lubards Farm, in Rayleigh, a total of nine times and I’m so sad to hear that it is closing down, to make way for industrial units and cattle grazing. It’s liveries, some of whom have been there for years, grown up there and shared amazing memories together, are all heading in their separate directions, to pastures new.
This place is so lovely. With it’s beautiful lake in the centre, it‘s tree lined walk ways and little orchard. And with the enormity of it, home to some sixty odd horses, I think I’ve found somewhere new to shoot every time I’ve been there.
This week I went over to meet Bethany, her very handsome boy, Kash and very helpful mum, Debbie. And I had such a great morning. Bethany arrived with a pink suitcase full of outfit choices, already wearing her sparkly black dress, with her trainers and Christmas socks hidden underneath. A whirlind of teenage girl, hair straightners and pink lip gloss! smile emoticon
But Bethany Rose Horobin isn’t just your average seventeen year-old happy hacker. She is a hard-working, determined and talented international dressage rider, with the her sights set on the Olympics. (Find her at Bethany-Rose Horobin Dressage)
Bethany has ridden internationally for the past four years, achieving accolades such as winning reserve for the European team in 2011 and 2012, being chosen to represent Great Britain at the European Championships, twice and winning a silver medal there in 2014.
However, this next step for Bethany is a big one, as she has reached the end of an era and moved from ponies to horses. After many wins with her ponies, including top dressage pony, Gigolo, Bethany hasn’t made the move gently. She now owns the beautiful, 17.1hh Kash, or Cachet as he is known in the ring. Talk about going big or going home!
The pair haven’t been together for too long, but seem to have a great bond and Bethany tells me she is already so pleased with how well he is doing. Kash is still only eight, which is young in the dressage world, and what with him being such a big animal. But he apparently tries his hardest to please and is a real gentleman. Which was evident on our shoot. He absolutely LOVED modeling for me and didn’t drop his pose for a second.
I was so pleased to be able to mark this step up (quite literally) in Bethany’s journey with these photographs. And it was an absolute pleasure to meet this lovely, dedicated, home-grown team. I wish these guys every success, on their journey and will certainly be following them online, with keen interest, right up to Grand Prix level and the Olympics!
Thank you to Debbie, Bethany and the very charming Kash, for having me.
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