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October 2009 News

Equine Photographers Document Horses in Need

Members of the Equine Photographers Network from all over the United States as well as Canada and the United Kingdom worked together to create an awareness campaign by using their photojournalism skills to highlight adverse issues regarding horse welfare and to help promote equine protection.

Photo by Darlene WohlartThe photographers who submitted documentaries found it was much more than just an assignment. The quest of most photographers is to capture beauty in their images. Typically equine beauty is portrayed in color, conditioning, tone, strength, movement, and in their connection with humans. In this assignment, that beauty was not always visible upon the first glance. They found beauty in places most people would avoid looking. Whether it was hardship of their humans, neglect, abuse, greed or in some cases human mental illness, each animal had a story. These are stories born of sorrow, however many of these horses now have hope due to kind intervention.

The photographers who participated in this project helped raise awareness of suffering and neglect. They helped in the adoption effort and in some instances adopted animals themselves. They have made friends through the journey, both equine and human. Further, many photographers have committed to continue their efforts to give back.

Stories and photos from the 2009 Horses in Need Photo Project may be seen on line at :

This will be an annual project for EPNet and members are already working on their stories for 2010.

EPNet is now also maintaining a list of members that are available to donate their services to horses in need:
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Wild Hoofbeats, by photographer/author Carol Walker, was given top honors in the “Photography: Nature” category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. The elegantly presented collection of evocative images also garnered praise as a finalist in the Interior Design category. The book is available from

During the Massachusetts Equine Affaire (November 12-15), visitors will have a rare opportunity to learn from Carol’s experiences, both as an equine photographer and as an advocate for America’s vanishing wild horses.


Riding by Faith from Mexico to Canada Across America
by Tracey Elliot-Reep

Photo by Tracey Elliot-ReepThis is a truly stunning book about the adventurous journey of photographer Tracey Elliot-Reep who set off one day with her two horses Smoky, a grey cutting horse, and Pistol, a newly broken red roan, for company and rode from New Mexico to Canada across the heart of America’s Wild West.

Six months later she completed her journey, despite many warnings that it was an impossible task, and now she has turned her personal diary into a gripping 310 pages–long tale filled with adventure, danger and inspiration which takes the reader through the territory of snakes, drug smugglers, wild animals and extreme weather and brings real cow boy and Indian country alive at the turn of every page.

Accompanied by exquisite photography which provides a tangible recollection of the journey, and interspersed with biblical quotes and inspirational sayings this is true unput-downable stuff as you marvel at not only the magnificence of the American wild west, its history and people, but of the bravery of this lone English woman who was living her Wild West dream first played out on Dartmoor 30 years before.

This book will educate and amuse anyone, from armchair traveller to horse lover to the rugged outdoorsy type and don’t be too surprised if after reading it you find yourself saddling up in search of your own adventures and fulfilling your own dreams.


For renowned equine photographer Gabriele Boiselle, 2009 has been a year of celebrations. Her first DVD, Gabriele Boiselle Journeys & Photoseminars – Florida, USA, which was filmed at the 2008 EPNet photoseminar locations in Ocala, received a 2009 Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, and a 2009 Pegasus Award for video production excellence. The DVD provides a small taste of an actual photoseminar with Gabriele; a 2010 EPNet photoseminar is being planned for Lexington, Ky., immediately following the American Horse Publication’s annual seminar in late June.

Photo by Gabriele Boiselle

The celebrations will continue into 2010 at her company Edition Boiselle, since it’s the Jubilee anniversary of her equine photo-art calendar line. It’s been 25 years since Gabriele published her first calendar, and a lot has changed since then, when she did everything herself from the kitchen table. For the Jubilee, Edition Boiselle put together a line of 24 different wall calendars of varying sizes and subject matters, plus two agenda/diary books, one featuring TTouch founder Linda Tellington-Jones. She says it’s all in support of her reasons for photographing horses. "I try to reveal, through the horses and my photography, the oneness we have with all of nature. My intention and purpose, in life and work, is to help open the awareness and the inner connection that people can have, not only to horses but also to their own soul,” she says.

The 2010 Edition Boiselle calendars are available in many tack stores and gift shops, and can be ordered online at: or
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One of Terri Miller’s oil paintings “Just Grab Mane” was juried into the American Academy of Equine Arts show at the Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.


Read an interview with Rachael Waller: “Photography for Horse Lovers” on line at:

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Ex Arte Equinus 3 International Equine Art Competition Presented by Art Horse Magazine
Reminder: Entry Deadline is October 30th.

Art Horse Magazine announces `Ex Arte Equinus III`, an international equine art competition for fine artists and photographers.

Ex Arte EquinusThe competition is open to artists from all over the world, who can enter up to twelve images showing their best work in the categories of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, and Digital Art. This competition will provide equine artists the opportunity to show their work on an international level.

Images of winning artwork will be published in issue #10 of Art Horse Magazine (published March 2010). Winners and selected images will also be published in a book programme about the show.

Details and prospectus :

Art Horse Magazine
P.O. Box 13017
Beaumont, TX 77726-3017

Featured Photographer: Bev Pettit

Photo by Bev PettitBev Pettit is an award-winning equine photographer based in Arizona. Bev’s photography distinguishes itself through being totally unique, while capturing the majesty of the horse. With a bachelor’s degree in fine art Bev focuses on creating fine art canvas giclees and archival quality paper prints in a variety of sizes for her equine images. Her photographs have been shown and published extensively in the United States as well as internationally. Bev recently won first place in the Arizona Highways Magazine first annual online photo contest with two full pages in Arizona Highways Magazine, Sept. 2009 issue. Visit her website at:

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Airport Takeoff Camera BagThink Tank has released a new standard in rolling camera backpacks, the Airport TakeOff™. It is designed as a transportation solution that combines the portability of a backpack with the ease of a rolling suitcase. Converting it to a rolling camera bag is so easy because the straps can be simply tucked away to start rolling immediately, or, they can be completely zipped inside the rear panel. Designed to comply with international airline carry-on requirements, the Airport TakeOff accommodates pro-sized photography gear, including two pro or regular size DSLR bodies with or without lenses attached.

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