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Horses in Need Project
The original Mustangs
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April, 2014 Spring News

EPNet Winter Retreat at the Hideout Ranch
in Shell, Wyoming

submitted by Linda Doane

Recently, I returned from a trip to Wyoming to capture images of horses in the snow. It was more than I could have imagined. A week long stay at a gorgeous 300,000 acre ranch tucked away in the Big Horn Basin!

Many thanks to the operations managers Peter De Cobooter and his lovely wife Marijn Werquin, who have developed and groomed the ranch into a lush facility loaded with adventure experiences great for all families with all sorts of interest. Their warm hospitality was heartfelt. Tom and Rebecca Bercher worked so hard at organizing a wonderful experience and opportunity to photograph the details of horses in snow, cowboys and nature. What a memory I have of photographing horses in belly deep snow. To see the snow spray from the horses running across the high ridge with the sunset! Unbelievable! The week went too fast. I'm so grateful for the fabulous experience of the beautiful horses, nature and the wonderful new friendships. The memories will last a lifetime. I'll be back!

Photo by Judi Hagen

Read more on Linda's web site and see more photos.
Photos by other attendees on the EPNet Forum.
Vist The Hideout Ranch web site.

We will be returning to the Hideout in February, 2015 for another fabulous winter photography retreat. Send us an email with "Hideout" in the subject line to be notified.

2013 Horses in Need Photo Project
Photographers profiling rescue stories

Photo by Laurie TaylorFor the last five years equine photographers have been invited to do their part to document and share stories and images regarding horses in need via the EPNet Forum to help raise awareness in equine welfare issues. For 2013 we featured twelve stories from around the world, please take a few minutes to read them.

Do you have a story to share? Please read about the Horses in Need Project for 2014 and plan to join us in helping to create a brighter future for horses in need. We welcome all photographers to join us for this very important project!

We maintain a list of member photographers willing to donate their services to rescue organizations and workers. We urge you to contact one in your area to help you get good quality images to help save and place rescued horses or email us if you have an idea for a rescue story.

Photographers Join Forces to Help
Mustangs in BLM Holding Corrals
Submitted by Hyla Burleson

Sometimes when a photographer's shutter clicks, a life is forever altered. I know mine was, and the change is still snowballing. There is a photographer in Oregon who photographs Mustangs in the wild. His name is John Wheland. By accident one day, I happened across a picture of his in a Google search. The photo was of a Mustang Stallion. There was just something about it that struck me to the core. I wanted more.

I found a group on Facebook called "Oregon's Wild Side." It is a collection of photographers who go to great lengths to photograph mustangs in the wild. Relationships grew as I asked more questions. Through those relationships came discoveries and education. I learned that there are close to 50,000 Mustangs in holding corrals needing homes. Read more »

I'm Ready For My Close Up!!!
How to Introduce Light Modifiers to Your Equine Sessions
By Michigan Equine Photographer Laura Adams

Photo by Laura Adams

So, how do you get a horse to accept scary lighting aids?

It's actually pretty simple. I always start with it away from the horse. If you snap one of these babies open unexpectedly next to a horse, you WILL be chasing it into the next county. You'll only make that mistake once (I promise), and good luck getting it close enough to the horse to be useful. Ever. So open it far enough away that the horse doesn't perceive it as an eminent danger.

Read the complete article

Tips to Prepare for Your Professional
Portrait Session

by Kirstie Jones

Read Kirstie's article in the Equine Chronicle.

Fall Workshop:
California Dreamin': Beyond the Ordinary
Equine Photography Workshop

with Scott Trees
October 30th - November 2nd, 2014
Thousand Oaks, California

There is a lot more to creating unique and beautiful horse images than most people think. It is much more than a combination of talent and skill. Join globe-trotting equine photographer Scott Trees in beautiful Thousand Oaks, California for this three day educational workshop. Share Scott's passion for capturing his horse subject's essence as he explains his techniques for creating exceptional images. Read more »

Member News

Saved: The Dry Creek Quartet Foals
by Kim Michels

Photo by Kim MichelsOn Monday, March 24th, 2014, I received a call from Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, asking for my help. She received an anonymous tip that a group of 41 free-roaming horses had been removed in a helicopter roundup by the Wyoming BLM (Bureau of Land Management). The horses were zeroed out of a small piece of public land called the Dry Creek Range, near Lovell, WY.

The roundup took place, at the taxpayers' expense, on March 18th - 19th, 2014. By law the BLM is required to give adequate public notice regarding any removal of free-roaming horses, as well as allowing the public an opportunity to buy the horses; neither happened in the case of the Dry Creek horses. The state of Wyoming sold the horses directly to Bouvry Exports, the largest horse slaughterhouse in Canada. Read more »

The second edition of Jayne M. Silberman's coffee table book, IN THE HERD: A Photographic Journey with the Chincoteague Ponies and Assateague Horses, was released in January, 2014. The first edition sold 1200 copies. Jayne's one-of-a-kind gift book is available on line and at select independent retailers. Follow news and upcoming book signings on her Facebook page.

Congratulations to Suzy Lucine for being presented with the Mabel Owen Media Award. On December 18th, the American Morgan Horse Association Awards Committee announced the individuals who will be recognized at the annual convention, February 20th - 22nd, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Among the award winners will be Suzy Lucine, former editor of The Morgan Horse magazine and the Horsemens Yankee Pedlar, co-producer of The Morgan Horse Video Review, and freelance writer and photographer. Suzy will be the first recipient of the Mabel Owen Media Award.
Read more »

Pamela Burton was honored with the 2013 Award for Photographer HH Sheikha Fatima Darley Awards. The addition of International awards by HH Sheikh Fatima Bint Mubarak of Abu Dhabi this year brought 11 awards to ladies. The nominations were put forth by invited nominating country and voted on by the Global Voting Academy. The US Darley Awards is the annual (27 years) Oscars of Arabian racing, honoring the best in the industry over the past year. This year the event moved to Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards.

Equine filmmaker/photographer Mark J. Barrett's beautiful documentary film, Horse of the Gypsies, premiered to a very enthusiastic audience April 4th, at the Silver Springs international Film Festival (SSIFF) . The film chronicles the Gypsy Vanner Horse, from it's origins with the Gypsies and Travelers of the British Isles, through the journey of becoming a cherished breed in America and around the world. The inaugural SSIFF featured 54 diverse films from 37 countries, and was an extremely well received event.

Photo by Michelle Twohig

Michelle Twohig
reports that she participated in a gallery show "Entirely Equine" at the Tsuga Gallery in Bothell, WA as well as the Fall City Arts Autumn Arts Faire in Fall City, WA.

She also shares that her new book The Artful Dodger a children's tea table book (as opposed to an adult coffee table book), inspired by the October 2010 EPNet Word-a-Day photo challenge, is available at Amazon. It is also available in an iPad version.


Lynne Pomeranz shares that she has new gallery representation with Kristin Johnson Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico and also participated in "Year of the Horse – Equine Art by Women Artists" Invitational Show at the Matrix Fine Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, May 2nd – May 3rd, 2014

Photo by Pamela Steege

Pamela Steege
's image "Wings" has been chosen as the 2014 Rodeo Category - Winner at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Canada. The photo will be shown on display during the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition from July 3rd - 13th, 2014.

Also, Pamela Steege's image " Equus " has been accepted into the 18th Annual Rio Brazos Art Exhibition and Sale at the Dora Lee Langdon Center and Tarleton University, April 13th - 27th, 2014, Granbury, Texas.


Bev Pettit reports that she is currently exhibiting work at Cowgirls with a Camera and Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve.

Irene McDermott
had several images accepted into the juried show, "The Artists Lens" in Calgary, AB at the Artpoint Gallery February 7th - March 2nd, 2014.

The next show location is at the Walterdale Playhouse Theatre in Edmonton and runs April 1st to May 18th, 2014.


Jayne M. Silberman's image, MOON AT SUNRISE, won Second Place, among almost 1000 entries, in the NYC4PA 'ANIMALS' Competition. It will be included in the NYC4PA show at SITE 109 in the Lower East Side gallery district, NYC September 16th - 29th, 2014. Jayne also received an Honorable Mention for her image, EQUINE PORTRAIT.

Photo by Barb Young



Barb Young was honored to have a 2 page spread in Visual Language magazine (online and print).





Many of Katarzyna Okrzesik's published images may be seen on her new web site.

Enjoy more of our members' tearsheets and covers on the EPNet Forum.

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