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In the week, I travelled over to God’s House Farm Livery, in Ardleigh, just outside Colchester, to meet two lovely ladies, their nine horses and three dogs! I certainly had my hands full, but had such a great afternoon!!

Ellie was my initial contact when I booked the shoot and she owns four equine fur babies and two canine. We picked a lovely sunny day for it and also… DAFFODILS!! That means it’s Spring, right?!

First up I met the gorgeous little Zari. Rosaphia Princess Zari is a four year old Miniature Spot Bred (with no spots) and aswell as going out showing, is currently being broken to drive! Ellie says that she is best friends with dog Susan and also enjoys visiting the St Helena’s Hospice, to offer cuddles to the parients.
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Second up was the biggest of the bunch, Gunner. Gunner is Ellie’s twenty-three year-old, polomino Irish Sports Horse. Ellie originally bought Gunner twelve years ago, as a companion, as he can’t be ridden due to tendon injuries. So this handsome chap now just spends his days as a rather large, beautiful field ornament.

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After Gunner, I met sweet little Annie. Blue Ireland Annie is named after Ellie’s Nana and was purchased as a wild two year old. Ellie says that it took five hours to originally catch and load Annie. The trick that got her on the lorry was tying an old beach towel around her eyes to blindfold her. It was then that Ellie noticed the word ‘Splash’ written aross the towel over Annie’s forehead, which was the name of her previous horse who she had tragically lost only a couple of months earlier. So Splash bought Annie home!

Annie hasn’t been an easy ride for Ellie (excuse the pun) and spends a lot of time on her back legs, but it seems lately they are finally making strides, having tried their hand at dressage and showing with quite a bit of success.

 

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Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
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And lastly, I know I shouldn’t have favourites, but, if you meet Charlie, you’ll understand! Ellie has owned ten year-old Charlie since he was just eighteen months old and this pair have done just about everything together! Charlie is the definition of ‘allrounder’.

Together, Ellie and Charlie have done county shows, dressage, riding club competitions, eventing and are now giving driving a bash, which he absolutely loves! Charlie will make is debut showing in harness this year. And Ellie says that there is nothing this horse won’t do.

“If any of my friends’ horses have been out of work, I’ve always lent them Charlie and they have always come back with a massive grin on their faces. Charlie is one in a million and no other horse will come close to him, in my eyes. We have grown together.

Tomorrow, keep your eyes peeled for Ellie’s friend, Lucinda and her horses, Herbie, Alfie, Rio, India and Murphy!

After Gunner, I met sweet little Annie. Blue Ireland Annie is named after Ellie’s Nana and was purchased as a wild two year old. Ellie says that it took five hours to originally catch and load Annie. The trick that got her on the lorry was tying an old beach towel around her eyes to blindfold her. It was then that Ellie noticed the word ‘Splash’ written aross the towel over Annie’s forehead, which was the name of her previous horse who she had tragically lost only a couple of months earlier. So Splash bought Annie home!

Annie hasn’t been an easy ride for Ellie (excuse the pun) and spends a lot of time on her back legs, but it seems lately they are finally making strides, having tried their hand at dressage and showing with quite a bit of success.

 

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Specialist equine portrait photographer, blogger & vlogger. Essex based, travelling throughout the UK.