Monday, December 31, 2012

Sarah Andrew: 2012- A Year in Photos

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2009 in Photos

 2008 in Photos

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for all of your support and for making 2012 such a memorable year.

On my road trips in 2012, I tried to put a face on the “unwanted” horse population, over 3,500 of them, wherever these horses were, from local rescues and farms to the horses at the auction. Each week, I met these horses and interacted with them. The horses continually surprised and inspired me.

I embarked on my second-annual fundraising project with my friend Gina Keesling from HoofPrints and together, we created Horses and Hope: Faces of Rescue, a 2013 calendar of our favorite rescue photos. Gina volunteered weeks of countless hours designing and producing these calendars. The final product was not a simple 12-month, 12-photo calendar, but was instead a masterpiece of inspirational quotes and over 100 photos. Although the photos could have easily created a gloomy tone, we worked hard to keep the theme positive and uplifting.

100% of the profit is donated to One Horse At A Time. OHAAT is an appropriate charity, since they are not a rescue that houses horses, but rather an organization that helps horses in need across the country. What I particularly like about OHAAT is their gelding grant program- how wonderful would it be for photos of our own rescue horses to help control the unwanted horse population? We raised over $40,000 with the proceeds from the 2012 calendar, and have already raised over $50,000 with the proceeds from the 2013 calendar!

My work was published in several books and a variety of web/print publications, and featured as album art for bands. Through the TDN, my freelance work, and my volunteer work, I've met some tremendous friends and colleagues. HUGE thanks to the folks at HRTV, who took the time to interview me and promote the Horses and Hope calendar- you can view the interview here.  

And now… on to the photos!

Sweet Lil Lolly and the rest of her broodmare band in Maryland were rehomed with the help of MidAtlantic Horse Rescue.
Sweet Lil Lolly
 Walter, a horse found wandering the streets of New Jersey, settled in for some square meals and a roof over his head at Helping Hearts Equine Rescue in Perrineville, NJ.
Walter at Helping Hearts Equine Rescue in NJ

No visit to Helping Hearts is complete without a photo of the best donkey ever, Jefferson Airplane:
What Helping Hearts Equine Rescue, Inc. visit is complete without a photo of the best donkey ever, Jefferson Airplane?

Havre de Grace won the Eclipse for Horse of the Year, but the OTHER Horse of the Year was awarded to Neville Bardos, a Thoroughbred with an incredible story.

Neville Bardos- the OTHER Horse of the Year

Star pranced and played at Horse Rescue United in Chesterfield, NJ:

Star- available for adoption at Horse Rescue United

The Retired Racehorse Training Project got off to an ambitious start with the Trainers' Challenge, which took horses from the track to the Maryland Horse World Expo, then to the farms of their trainers, and then to the final showcase at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo:

Retired Racehorse Training Program: Trainer Challenge: Brazilian Wedding
Retired Racehorse Training Program: Trainer Challenge: Solidify
Retired Racehorse Training Project Trainer Challenge at the MD Horse World Expo
Tiffany Catledge and Solidify: Retired Racehorse Training Project's Trainer Challenge
Tiffany Catledge and High Level: Retired Racehorse Training Project's Trainer Challenge
Tiffany Catledge and Solidify put on their game faces and perform in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the finale of the Retired Racehorse Training Project Trainer Challenge in Harrisburg, PA.
Retired Racehorse Training Project's Trainer Challenge Finale in Harrisburg, PA
Retired Racehorse Training Project's Trainer Challenge Finale in Harrisburg, PA

Meanwhile, I connected with yet another great rescue, the wonderful folks at Zoar Ridge Stables and Rescue in Newtown, CT. Belle was pretty as a picture during her photo shoot:

Belle- available for adoption in CT

Also in Connecticut is Scarlet Rose Farm Equine Rescue, where Stiletto Slim, a Saddlebred, strutted his stuff:
Stiletto Slim- Available for adoption. Located in Connecticut.

In February, Georgia was on my mind. I took a ride with Lisa Post of Helping Hearts Equine Rescue, and we picked up the Quarter Horse Mare and did her intake photos (you'll see more of her later).

Georgia- intake photos
Georgia- intake photo


Back at my barn, I enjoyed photographing Suzie Hehn's weekly lessons, especially when the students like Emily and Konfidant jumped leftover Christmas trees:

Kon takes a mighty leap during Lesson Night at Handy Acres

My horse Wizard was content to catch snowflakes on his tongue: 

Wizard, catching snowflakes on his tongue
 Camelot Auction's temporary closure did not prevent people from abandoning their horses on the property. After a licensing issue was settled, the auction was once again open for business (these horses also found homes).
Camelot Auction saddled with abandoned horses

Three weeks of good food gave Georgia some much-needed weight:

Remember Georgia?

Through the winter, I managed to get some time in the saddle:
Wizard and Me


In March, fan favorite Hansen won the Gotham at Aqueduct, much to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd:

Gotham winners Hansen and Ramon Dominguez gallop off into the sunset


Sweet dreams at Camelot: Sweet Dreams

Horses and humans alike celebrated St. Patrick's Day at Handy Acres in Jackson, NJ:

The Wearin' o' the Green at Handy Acres

44 days after intake, Georgia was proud to show off her healthy coat and weight gain:

Georgia, tall and proud, 44 days later

In March, Festus and Eeyore, the famed "Aliens," arrived: Festus and Eeyore

Blue and White Brigid, a Morgan filly, shows off her Easter nest:

An Easter Nest Blue and White Brigid

This spring, Jon and I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Jonathan Andrew

In April, I officially became a horse owner once again, and Wizard was signed into my name. Here he is taking a spin around the pasture at our new barn: It's official... after almost 4 years, I'm a horse owner once again! Wizard is adjusting well at our new barn. Wizard stretches his legs in his new paddock

Some faces just beg for the camera: "The photographer said to 'relax and be yourself'... Is this what she meant?"

A tall, dark, and handsome mule at auction: Tall, Dark, and Handsome. In search of a "stable" relationship...

The official kitty greeting committee: Official Camelot Kitty Greeting Committee

Smithwick and Mel Monti prepare for the Thoroughbred Jumper Classic at the Garden State Horse Show:

Smithwick and Melissa Monti

Linda McBurney and Less Is More get ready for the same jumper class: Linda McBurney and Less is More

Saddlebreds at Camelot:

The Saddlebreds

Four's a Charm, aka Ruslan, and Kacey Rovere at the $4,000 Thoroughbred Jumper Classic at the Garden State Horse Show: Four's a Charm, aka Ruslan, and Kacey Rovere Four's a Charm, aka Ruslan, and Kacey Rovere


Scout and Toppy spar in the fog in Cloudland, GA: Gorillas in the Mist: Toppy and Scout spar in the fog Hooligans!

Rosebud poses for her adoring fans at Central Virginia Horse Rescue: Rosebud rules!

Some horses (and minis) know just how to pose for the camera: Hip #682

A super-cool blaze at Camelot:

Hip # 708

A star is born. Ruby (third from the left) makes her debut: Please call Camelot Auction at 609 448 5225 for more information about the kittens at the barn who are looking for homes.

And speaking of stars, my training blog about Thewifedoesntknow began in June: Life After YouTube: the Next Chapter for Thewifedoesntknow

Wizard and Sunny graze at sunset: Evening grazing with Wizard and Sunny

Brigid poses in the Black-Eyed Susans: Blue and White Brigid in the Black-eyed Susans

Cathy and Miss Tuesday enjoy an evening in the Assunpink: Cathy and Miss Tuesday

Week by week, Thewifedoesntknow blossoms into a promising hunter prospect: Thewifedoesntknow: Training Blog, Week 3

Oh, Ruby, it must be exhausting being so cute: It must be exhausting being this cute... Okay, one more photo of her...

Halter tag at Camelot:

"Enough of these photos, let's play! Tag, you're it."

Three bay mares:

Three Bay Mares

Ruby is her usual enchanting self, this time with Sophia: Sophia and Ruby

A friendly face and a helping hand at Camelot:

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.”—Alfred A. Montapert

Paynter, another racing fan favorite this year, storms home to win the Haskell: Baffert Wins Third Straight Haskell With Awesome Again's Paynter

Kris and her BLM Mustang mare Sunny score ribbons at their first-ever dressage show:

Congratulations to Kris Milby and her mare, Sunny, a BLM Mustang and Helping Hearts Equine Rescue grad. They rode two wonderful tests at the dressage show yesterday.

"Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." -Junichiro Tanizaki "Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." -Junichiro Tanizaki

Paw, paw, splash, splash, bubbles, bubbles. Wizard loves our trail rides.

Paw, paw, splash, splash, bubbles, bubbles. Wizard loves his water crossings.

Thewifedoesntknow continues to progress under the careful guidance of Carole Davison:

Thewifedoesntknow Training Blog- Week 8... I RODE HER!

Oh, and I got to RIDE HER!!!

Thewifedoesntknow Training Blog- Week 8... I RODE HER!

In the lake with Wizard:


The Wizard of the Lake

Thewifedoesntknow gets a massage:

Thewifedoesntknow Training Blog: Ally-Gator Gets a Massage

A handsome face at Camelot:

Hip #296

Back at the barn after his victory in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, To Honor and Serve gets the star treatment from Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and his groom.

Back at the barn after his victory in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, To Honor and Serve gets the star treatment from Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and his groom.

Thewifedoesntknow schools at her first horse show:

Thewifedoesntknow Training Blog: Week 11, in which Ally-Gator goes to a Horse Show

Rachel and Lily ace the crocodile complex during a judged trail ride at the Horse Park of New Jersey:

Judged Trail Ride ar the Horse Park of New Jersey

Sunny makes friends with one of the trail ride obstacles:

Sunny, we're done with this obstacle. You don't need to make friends with the pony. Um, Sunny? Hellooo....

Remember Georgia from this February? Here she is in August!

Horses and Hope: Georgia's Story

Silver Gem at Horse Rescue United:

Silver Gem at Horse Rescue United

Bev Goff and her Camelot grad, Mimi, are all smiles at their first horse show:

CONGRATULATIONS to Bev and her wonderful mare Mimi on a great showing at Central Jersey today. 2nd and 3rd in their first-ever western pleasure classes together!

Christie and Brigid enjoy a Centered Riding clinic with Kathy Culler at Stone Tavern Equestrian Center:

Centered Riding clinic with Kathy Culler. Stone Tavern Equestrian Center, Allentown, NJ.

One white ear, one chestnut ear:

Hip #18

Point of Entry and John Velazquez win the GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational S. at Belmont Park.

Point of Entry and John Velazquez win the GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational S. at Belmont Park today.

Tristan struts his stuff during his Horses and Hope calendar shoot:

Horses & Hope: Tristan's Story

Sunny dances and prances for her calendar session:

Horses and Hope: Sunny's Story

And Wizard zooms around like a nut after his bath:

After a bath, there's nothing Wizard likes more than running around like a nut.

I just love a great blaze:

Hip #134

Lots of spots:

Lots and Lots and Lots of Spots

My little helpers:

My little helpers

Hong Kong Express at Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement:

Hong Kong Express at Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement

What's black and white and cute all over?

What's black and white and cute all over?

10YO Thoroughbred, Tough and Good.

Toughie- be still, my beating heart...

"Fall For Horses" All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Horse Park of New Jersey, hosted by Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement:

"Fall For Horses" All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Horse Park of New Jersey, hosted by Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement

Monmouth Park stands strong in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

In photos: Monmouth Park stands strong in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

Another Camelot supermodel:

Hip #184

Bill and Mary, now in the care of Central VA Horse Rescue:

Bookends

Thewifedoesntknow, week 23: she gets better and better.

Thewifedoesntknow Training Blog: Week 23

She also was very good at her first show!

Thewifedoesntknow Training Blog: Week 23

Simon, the Helping Hearts reindeer:

Simon

Joey P, a millionaire Santa:

Joey P

Sunset at Camelot:

Sunset at Camelot

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way... Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open... jog cart! Jessica (driven by a giggly me in this photo) is available for adoption at Horse Rescue United.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way... Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open... jog cart!

Hailey the beautiful Belgian is also looking for a home:

Blonde, bodacious Belgian looking for a home to call her own. Please contact Horse Rescue United for more information about Hailey.

My volunteer work has shaped my philosophy as a student of the horse and a photographer. A “horse in need” can take many forms, from a horse standing in a feedlot, to a free pony on Craigslist, to an abandoned pet, to a critical case at a rescue. Next time you are feeling frustrated, I challenge you to take some time and give back to your community. Photographers: craft your own style. BE DIFFERENT. You may think that you only have a little skill and time to donate, but as you continue to give, you may find that you are able to give more and more. The horses will thank you.

In memory of Amy Tryon

Amy Tryon and Leyland

In memory of Dynaformer

Dynaformer

In memory of Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper PHOTOBOMB (verb)- to drop in a photo unexpectedly... to hop in a picture right before it is taken.

In memory of Lefty

Lefty at Scarlet Rose Farm Equine Rescue

In memory of Sweetie

Sweetie

In memory of Love of Money

Love Of Money at Northview Stallion Station (PA)

In memory of Icarus

William Coleman III and Icarus

In memory of Bronson

Springtime in New Jersey

In memory of Maram

Maram

In memory of Sightseeing

Sightseeing

In memory of Johnny McCarthy

Jersey Fresh CCI*** 5/15/2005 Johnny McCarthy and Liza Horan

In memory of Steve

Steve

In memory of Cooper

Cooper at Horse Rescue United

In memory of Leela

Hip #715

In memory of Join in the Dance

Join In The Dance

In memory of Romeo

Hip #96

In memory of Cocoa

Hip #129

In memory of Graham

Hip #143

In memory of Abercrombie

Abercrombie 2004-2012

In memory of Rio

Hip #662

In memory of Missy

Hip #234

Last but certainly not least, in loving memory of Slade vom Marinik. Forever handsome, forever game, forever alert, forever my mom's devoted dog. And in my dad's loving words, a knucklehead.

Slade Slade vom Marinik Slade Slade has his eyes on the prize Funny Face

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