This April I had the privilege of Buck Brannaman coming to my own small town of Red Bluff, California. I packed up my photo gear and headed out to spend the day snapping away photos of those lucky enough to be riding in the clinic, and mental notes of all the things I wanted to bring home to my own horse. Since the clinic was held indoors, I borrowed hubby’s Nikon D90 for the added ISO juice as my poor ole beat up Canon Xt is noisy at ISO 400, ha ha. (For the non camera-savvy folks that may read this, this simply means I needed a camera that would perform better in low light.)
The clinic consisted of a colt starting class in the morning, followed by horsemanship class in the afternoon. There was plenty of bucking in the colt starting, but only one person came off and thankfully she was okay. Her horse wasn’t ready, and I think she knew that, but I can only imagine the amount of pressure she felt with everyone else already on their horses. I do see the benefit of the exposure the colts got, but honestly, you won’t find me in one of these classes riding in a 60 foot round pen with 10 other nervous riders on nervous colts. Hats off to you folks!
Here are some highlights. To see all of the photos from the day, and to purchase prints, please visit my gallery.