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Legacy & Loss | Equestrian Lifestyle

December 6, 2018

The difficult decision to humanely put down my horse, Brel, whom I received on my 17th birthday as a gift from my grandparents was made even harder as my Grandmother had just passed away this October. It was a decision full of emotions, as expected. Brel (named when I got him after Belgium singer Jacques Brel in case you’re wondering) was the inspiration for my studio name, given his shade of chestnut, and I thought also a nod to that other orange equestrian-themed brand known as Hermes. I realized the only “good” pictures I had of him were from competition days gone by, but I didn’t have many that showed my bond with him. Being a photographer myself I find I don’t always follow my own advice when it comes to preserving memories. When local photographer Kerry Ford reached out to me for a session I instantly thought I needed to get her out to capture some photos for me as well. Kerry graciously agreed on a trade of services and I’ll be doing a session with her and her horses at her Lailicka Ranchย in Perth this winter. I can’t thank her enough for the beautiful afternoon spent with my Old Man and the resulting photographs <3 The scarf included was made by my Grandmother. During her final years I got her back into knitting and it really gave her joy to be feeling productive and providing for her family once again.

I want to start offering “Legacy” sessions at a special rate to those whose special horses haven’t much time left. If you or someone you know are interested in a special session, please reach out

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The photos below are all courtosy of Kerry Ford Photography.

Comments

Thank you Wayne. Horses are very special. Your horses were privileged to have you and Cynthia

These photographs brought tears to my eyes and I have empathy with your feelings. On a positive note I would add that you are the kind hearted and considerate type of person that brings happiness to their equine friends.

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