A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing young international dressage rider, Bethany Horobin and her horse Kash. And last week, it was lovely to catch up and photograph Bethany’s mum, Debbie and her pony Leo, after she’d recieved a photoshoot gift voucher for her birthday.
I met Debbie over in Hullbridge, at Centre Oaks Farm, where she keeps seventeen year-old Leonties Double. Or just Leo. Beth got Leo when he was nine years-old, to compete in dressage competitions.
But she soon moved on to a European pony, called Gigolo and for a while, she ran the two alongside one another, to gain ringcraft experience. But Debbie tells me that Leo has always just been a little too laid back for Bethany.
Yet when he was made redundant and Bethany had outgrown him in both height and ability, Debbie couldn’t bare to part with him. And she took him on as her own.
Due to a hip replacement, Debbie hadn’t been in the saddle for some time, but she says that Leo looked after her like a true gentleman.
When I met him I assumed that he must have some kind of native pony in him, as he isn’t much taller than 14hh, but Debbie assures me that he is a full Dutch Wamrblood, just a very small one that failed to grow, lol. Bless him.
But whatever his height or breeding, he is Mr. Cool, through and through. Debbie described him as being very confident and self assured, and that really does sum him up well. He’s not worried or phased by anything, he’s just comfortable in his own skin. And he’s a total charmer, too!
Thanks so much, Debbie, for having me back. It was lovely to catch up and meet your gorgeous little chap. He was an absolutely pleasure to photograph!
If you’d like a shoot like Debbie’s, you can book yourself in right here.