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Art for a Cause

I will be offering 16×24 signed Fine Art Prints for only $150 to help raise money for Stephanie Soule’s medical fund for the entirety of the fundraiser. (https://www.youcaring.com/stephaniesoule-1145356)

For every print you purchase $100 will go towards her fund. The remaining $50 are not a profit to me, and are strictly covering the production and shipping cost.

It is super easy to contribute:

  1. Message or email (info@biancamccartyphotography.com) me your name, address, and your choice of image.
  2. Pay your invoice received via email
  3. Watch the LOVE grow every time we add $100 to Stephanie’s YouCaring Fund
  4. Receive your artwork, knowing that you made a huge difference in someone’s life and that the Good will come back to you.

Stephanie and her family were visiting her childhood home on the Island of Bermuda to take a trip down memory lane. They were traveling on scooters when on March 22nd, Stephanie and her son were struck by a car. (I am getting goosebumps while writing this.) While her son Conner got away with minor injuries, Stephanie was rushed to the hospital with a destroyed knee and fractured joint bones, and the doctors suggested for her to get an immediate medivac off the island. By air ambulance she was taken to Grand Junction and was admitted directly to St Mary’s hospital where she had to undergo X-rays, CT scans, and MRI’s.

Stephanie and her family are facing astronomical medical expenses including but not limited to an emergency air ambulance flight. In addition, Stephanie will be in physical therapy for many months and unable to work.

The good news is, that the doctors are confident they can rebuild her knee, once the swelling is less severe so they can safely operate. After her operation she is looking at an absolute minimum of 6 months recovery to get back on her feet, but a full recovery is questionable at this time.

 

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Live Oak International 2018

 

This past weekend I was lucky enough to spent my time in Ocala, Florida, for the 27th Live Oak International, where I was on assignment for US Equestrian to capture the Combined Driving Championships. In addition to the action packed driving competition, Live Oak Plantation also hosted the $100,000 LONGINES FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier Grand Prix.

This tournament is one of the largest Combined Driving and Show Jumping events in the country and attracts some of the leading drivers, riders, trainers, coaches and owners from Europe and North America in both disciplines.

 

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West Coast Dressage Festival

On February 14th, I drove from Colorado to California, 900 miles, 14 hours, to experience the final FEI-level competition weekend, of the six week long circuit hosted by the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival in Del Mar.
While I had a chance to watch world class dressage riders and their students compete in this gorgeous location, I thoroughly geeked out on photographing one jaw dropping pirouette after another. While I was on assignment to meet Dawn White-O’Connor, one of Steffen Peters talented assistants who recently earned the reins to his Olympic mount Legolas, I learned that Dawn grew up in Colorado of all places. The 29-year old moved to San Diego 11 years ago, where she started working as a groom in Steffen Peter’s barn. How the torch was passed on to her might be another story in the future.
She kindly invited me to meet the stars up close, Rosie, Mopsi and Legolas. They were all right there. And for me, someone who has never been this close to Olympic athletes and horses, I enjoyed seeing how they live an ordinary life once you step behind the scenes. Horses still get to be horses after all.

Another highlight of the weekend was Britain’s three-time Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin’s masterclass Friday night. Here she talked about the importance of correct transitions, while teaching three riders, one of them Lehua Custer, whose experience you can read about in California Riding Magazine. If I had to sum up Charlotte’s concept of the night: be disciplined and not sloppy. You must ride exercises until you get them right. “There is no getting away from those judges; they are everywhere.

 

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Because Of Horses – Podcast Interview

There is goals we set ourselves, things we can imagine we might do someday or challenges that we must conquer. Now while I have interviewed myself plenty of times throughout my childhood, I would have never imagined it actually becoming reality one day. After I received Elise’s invitation to be a guest on her podcast, it took me an entire week to respond to her, because I was trying to figure out, who would possibly be interested in what I have to say. I realize now that it doesn’t matter…it only matters that I share my experience and my skills with the world, even if it only inspires one person out there. It is after all what I live and breath everyday, a profession that keeps me sane in this fast-paced world, so why would I keep something that is so important to me, from everyone else. So please enjoy! Listen here.

 

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From Pigs, Cows & Sheep to Dancing Horses

Many of you may know that one of my biggest aspirations is to become an equine journalist and to leave a footprint in the equine publishing industry one day. After finally graduating from business school last month, I am ready to take on whatever comes my way. So when the editor of Horse & Rider Magazine asks you to cover the 2018 National Western Stock Show in Denver, you say YES, YES and YES. It’s only January and I already received my first assignment. While the entire event is two weeks long ranging from reining, rodeo, show jumping, breeding cups, art shows and so much more, it is almost impossible to see everything. With a total of 684,580 visitors during the two week event, it is one of the major attractions our state has to offer every year in January. One of the highlights is the kick-off parade in downtown Denver, where over 40 longhorns, drill teams, mounted police, cowboys and equine enthusiasts promenade from Union Station along 17th street, while spectators celebrate the beginning of the 111th National Western Stock Show. Streets lined with cowboy boots, big and small, it’s a sight you won’t want to miss. If you plan on attending next year, arrive early (at least 30 min), otherwise you’ll end up in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th row.

The belief that National Western is only for rodeo fans is widely mistaken, because their black tie event, known as An Evening of Dancing Horses has much more in store than Old MacDonald Had A Farm. Here national talents bring together a one of a kind exhibition full of reining, dressage and liberty, while accompanied by live orchestra music of the Denver School of Arts. In the spotlight this year was Big Horse Productions, whose creator and Colorado native, Erik Martonovich, was honored with leading the opening event in patriotic attire, flag-waving, doing what he does best – standing astride two majestic Belgian Draft horses, which carried him around the arena. You have probably heard about Young Living essential oils, but have you heard about the Young Living Friesians? That is right, Gary and Mary Young love them so much that they have 20 of these incredible black beauties, along with Andalusians, Percherons, and even a Camel, on their Young Living family farm in Mona, Utah. Before the exhibition, I had the chance of meeting three of their magnificent black stallions along with incredibly sweet and welcoming caretaker Kaitlin ( I hope this is how you spell your name). Not only did these majestic creatures look like equine gods, they also smelled like one; bathed in lavender oil and satiny black manes nearly touching the ground.
Among many others, all time favorites and locals Sharee & Steve Schwartzenberger, performed a marvelous reining act inspired by The Sound of Music.

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Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials 2017

Find your images to the Horse Trials here:
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If your images are not displayed contact me. I will upload them upon request.
I had a blast watching and photographing all of you amazing athletes!
Thank you!

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2017 Palm Beach Masters

This weekend I am photographing the 2017 Palm Beach Masters, which is hosted by Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida and is one of only seven East Coast qualifiers for the 2017 World Cup Finals. The venue truly is an oasis not only for horse and rider, but also for spectators. As a photographer I can not get enough of this breathtaking place and the lively competition that is clearly paving the road to the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup in Omaha, NE for many equestrians. So far we have had Adam Prudent and his mount Vasco, as well as Daniel Coyle on Simba take first place at $35,000 Welcome Stake (1.45m) this past Wednesday. Friday was a big day for Ian Millar, who competes for Canada, him and his partner Dixson took home first place in the Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier. In addition Elizabeth Madden with Breitling LS won Section B of the Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier. Another eye catching pair is Lauren Tisbo, who competes with her partner Mr. Visto in a war bridle. Stay tuned for the $216,000 – LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ – Wellington tomorrow!

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Taste of Portugal and the Lusitano Horse – Video

Video production in collaboration with Lusitano World during my visit to the Feira Nacional do Cavalo in Portugal, in November 2016. I invite you to enter the captivating world of portuguese horsemanship and the celebration of a cultural treasure.

 

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Golegã lives on – Untacked Feature

After visiting the American Horse Publications Seminar in Orlando back in June, I had the opportunity write a Global Culture piece to go with my photo essay about the National Horse Fair in Golegã, Portugal. I had planned on pitching my book project to several publishers, only that I never even got to do this. Before I even had the chance to show my book to anyone, my roommate, who happened to write for one of the most awarded equine publications in the country, The Chronicles of the Horse, ensured me that her editor would publish these images in their Lifestyle magazine without a question. The only catch was that I had to provide a story to accompany my imagery. 2,500 words they wanted, and two interviews. Challenge excepted!!! And here it is.

Untacked is The Chronicles of the Horse’ Lifestyle magazine and I can highly recommend subscribing to both publication!
Special Thanks to Catie Staszak for making this happen! By the way, she is a kick-ass TV Host, Commentator and Writer. Check out her website.

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New 2017 Light of Equus Calendar is here!

It’s the time of the year again, when I wrap up my year of amazing clients, locations and horses! I especially love this time of year, because it gives me a chance review the year in pictures. My Light of Equus wall calendar is always a big affaire, but this year I am even more excited because it has such a great variety of horses and locations, from France, to Portugal, to California, and snowy Colorado. You can purchase my Calendar in my Etsy Shop here.

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