where to start? so many amazing horses, magnificent farms, gorgeous stallions, beautiful broodmares, and adorable babies
every two years the UofA takes a select group of students to visit the heart of race horse culture. in 2017 i was honored to go as a student and i fell in love. after begging and constantly bugging the trip coordinators to allow me to go again, my persistence paid off.
this year’s farm tours included Three Chimneys, Lanes End, WinStar, Stonestreet, Claiborne, Calumet, Sendthrift, Jonabell, Gainsborough, Ashford, Juddmonte, and Gainsway. sooooo much history in these farms with so many race horse legends having been born, lived, and died there.
below are just some of the faces of the Thoroughbred industry’s elite and i’ve included a little summery of their awesomeness.
why going and capturing these images is so important to me
well first off…have you seen these horses? breathtaking! they symbolize a passion for horses and what they are capable of achieving. the level of care and attention these horses receive is something to behold. i have photographed some beautiful horses and to say i have captured these athletes just makes me feel like a super star. its an opportunity to see what perfection looks like and practice my eye for horses. i come home with so many ideas and visions of possibilities with my clients.
Arrogate, by Unbridled’s Song and out of Bubbler, stands at Juddmonte Farms.
Arrogate won the Travers Stakes in a track record, the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Pegasus World Cup in a new track record and the Dubai World Cup. he was named World's Best Racehorse of 2016.
despite having only four stakes race wins, the large purses for these wins made him the all-time leading money earner in North America.
so basically he won a lot of money and he’s a big freaking deal.
American Pharaoh, by Pioneer of the Nile and out of Littleprincessemma, stands at Ashford Stud (a division of Ireland's Coolmore Stud).
he was the 12th Triple Crown winner and became the first horse to win the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing. he won the 2015 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and 2015 Champion three-year-old. his win marked only the second time that an American Horse of the Year had been unanimously selected, the first being John Henry in 1981.
so basically he was the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, ending a “drought" of 37 years and he’s a big freaking deal.
Frosted, by Tapit and out of Fast Cookie, studs at Jonabell Farm (the Kentucky division of Darley).
he set a stakes record while winning the Metropolitan Handicap in a wonderful performance and followed up with a win in the Whitney Handicap. prior to that, despite winning several stakes races, he was best known for finishing behind American Pharaoh four times, including a runner-up performance in the 2015 Belmont Stakes.
i had the honor of photographing Tapit in 2017, it is amazing to see his features in Frosted.
so he looks like his daddy and he’s a big freaking deal.
here is a picture of Tapit for reference
Beholder, by Henry Hughes and out of Leslie’s Lady, is a broodmare at Spendthrift Farms.
Beholder is a two-time Eclipse Award champion. she became the first filly to win Del Mar’s signature race of the summer season, the Grade I TVG Pacific Classic, in a dazzling performance as she won by eight and one-quarter lengths.
Beholder is one of the only horses in history to win a G1 every year from age 2-to-6.
so basically she’s a kick ass lady who showed she could run with the boys, win every year she ran, and she’s a big freaking deal
Justify, by Scat Daddy and out of Stage Magic, stands at Ashford Stud (a division of Ireland's Coolmore Stud).
Justify is only the second horse to win the American Triple Crown with an undefeated record, following Seattle Slew. he is descended from Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Count Fleet, War Admiral, Omaha, and Gallant Fox, all of whom also won the American Triple Crown. he is also a descendant of English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky.
so basically he was destined to win the Triple Crown and he’s a big freaking deal.