At the weekend, Sherrie and I took a little trip to the edge of Norfolk, to a place called Strumpshaw, to photograph two sisters, Harriet and Sarah.
Harriet had booked a Mud to Makeup shoot and then, later, Sarah’s boyfriend had also booked her a shoot but without the makeup. This worked quite well as I shot Sarah, whilst Sherrie worked her magic on Harriet.
Harriet owns twenty-seven year old, former showjumper, Dusty. And they have been a partnership for eleven years, now.
Harriet says that Dusty is super laid back, but very unimpressed by everything. She’d warned me that he might be a bit of a cool customer when it came to getting his ears forward, but Dusty proved his mum wrong and was a stand up model. And Harriet’s ten month old Red Fox Labrador, Dougie, enjoyed his moment of fame, too.
Up until a year ago, Dusty enjoyed jumping a round of meter jumps, but has sadly had to retire from this past time, due to arthritis.
However, somebody forget to give Dusty the memo, as despite his ailments and old age, Dusty has to have an extra line on top of his electric fencing, to stop him from field hopping. Something he does with alarming regularity.
When Dusty isn’t playing Houdini, he and Harriet enjoy gentle schooling and hacking out, around the beautiful countryside, surrounding Strumpshaw Hall. But Harriet tells me that Dusty is at his absolute happiest when is grazing in the summer, with the sun on his back. (Preferably in his own field!)
Thank you, Harriet, for having us at the weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for Sarah’s shoot on my blog and Facebook tomorrow.