Working alongside other equine business owners is something I love to do. It’s such a diverse and varied industry, there is always something new to learn and someone chasing an exciting dream.
I love to meet people who are equally passionate about their venture as I am about mine, and it’s so much fun to collaborate with them to create photographs that enhance their brand, showcase their talents and allow them to present a professional image to the online world.
In the week, I had the absolute pleasure of travelling up to Ashley, in Newmarket, to meet the lovely Inês Guerreiro, who I had first connected with on Instagram, some months ago.
Inês is a young Portugese horse-woman with huge passion, talent and very definite goals, which I love about her! Her experience includes working as an apprentice at the Olympic Stables of Portuguese dressage rider, Daniel Pinto and her career began with Europe Champion of Working Equitation, Leonel Lopes dos Santos, at his stud, where Inês broke and schooled her first horses, and competed in dressage. It was here that she met Master Victor Baptista, co-founder of their newest project, before moving to the UK a year and a half ago.
It is Inês’s love of the Lusitano breed and the Portugese way of riding, that descends from the late Master Nuno de Oliveira, father of all four schools of equestrian art around the world, that is driving her dream, ‘Baroque Horse, Horse of Kings’.
“Due to modern times and a fast paced life we find that the values of good etiquette and the way of riding are being lost. So we started to hold Equestrian Art Clinics close to Newmarket, so we can help people and their horses, keeping the values of our style of riding and schooling of the horses and more importantly the etiquette inside society.
We want to promote not only our way of riding, our Lusitano and discipline but also how our works can be used for breeds other than the Iberian ones.”
Inês, Master Victor Baptista and their business partner, Bárbara Nogueira, are working together to make the BHHK project a reality and keep their way of riding alive.
They have plans for new facilities, demos, Equestrian Art Shows, further clinics and they also hope to sell Iberian horses and offer schooling to all and any breed.
The horse that Inês introduced me to at our shoot was the stunning PRE Exacto. Exacto is the 2011 UK Champion Andalusian Stallion and stands at stud at the Ebano Stud, in Ashley. He has already produced a line of successful progeny and Inês is currently training him, under the supervision of Master Victor Baptista, for future Equestrian Art Shows. She tells me that he has a big, gentle heart, which was certainly evident at our shoot.
I’d like to thank Inês, Clarey and Exacto, for a lovely afternoon. To watch Inês ride is simply a joy and Exacto was the perfect gentleman. I’m super excited about Inês’s new project and it’s something I hope to be involved in, going forward, so expect to hear more of their progress in the future.
If you would like to find out more about ‘Baroque Horse, Horse of Kings’, I have included the links below. Check out the pictures of their amazing horses!