With the magic of the camera, I believe that a photo can allow us to hold a moment with a greater beauty and depth than we could have imagined and lets us keep it in our hearts for an endless time to enjoy. As a photographer, its the partnership of our beloved animals that fuels my passion to capture these forever moments for my clients
...My past with horses began when as a small child my baby doll carriage was always full of stuffed animals. (My first word was "pony".) Family allergies forced the "no pet" rule so I sought solace reading every animal book in the library. ...And after college I embarked on the serious goal of slowly catching up on all the pets I missed as a child.
The first horse in my life was a fiesty Government line Morgan owned by a police chief who failed to convince her not to rear when he tried to ride her. When she suffered the loss of her foal, "Westbridge Fascination" needed to become mine and with time and love - we worked it out. A later partnership in an equine business welcomed a CDE pair of magical black beauty siblings and supported a pair of rescued Percheron drafts siblings. Today my dressage horse, the Cheval Canadian "Du Coteau LaLou Echo" keeps me entranced (and challenged) riding when I can and sharing Duke with talented riders. Being the first of this endangered breed to succeed nationally with 4 USDF All Breed gold medals, many ribbons, several high point USDF show honors and trained to drive, he is equally as happy just hacking around Longfellow Farm.
Through freelance equine writing and photography, my journey has taken me shooting beautiful horses at private facilities to the most beautiful show venues in the US as well as in Canada, France and Portugal. Two shoots that touched my heart the most, never to be forgotten, remain the haunting sad look of our Nation's wild mustangs and burros, disprupted families, in desperate need of homes waiting in tiny pens at public auction and second, the incredible bond of officer and equine from the Boston Police Mounted Unit. Two days of accompanying the Boston Police through their work day allowed me the photographs and the words to creatively flow. The magazine cover story I wrote won a judged national award against over 130 other NHA horse publications. But more important - served to individually honor the officers and their horses during their last few days of the historical unit and through this vital media attention and public pressure provided each horse a safe new career. ...Susan Correia