There is a lot that horses and art share in common - I have found that most horse people are art lovers - and vice versa.
Having grown up in rural New England, just around the corner from this farm, I took much of its beauty for granted. It wasn't until recently that I reconnected with the area and it's inspiring to see the work and commitment by the staff and it's many volunteers, to not only preserve the property, but to provide refuge and sanctuary to the 'working horse' community. It will only take you one visit to walk away with a sense of family, awe and respect for these magnificent (and did I say BIG) creatures! As a photographer, I am always looking for a unique photo opportunity and Blue Star certainly fills that calling. Whether it be a cold morning sunrise or a late summer evening sunset, art and horses go hand-in-hand.
Over the recent holiday, Pamela Rickenbach (Director of Blue Star and all-around nice person ;), graciously allowed me a first hand, up-close and personal visit with her extended family. Leading me out into the meadow on Christmas morning (thank you Santa!), Pam introduced me to the herd and allowed me to capture some of the images you see here. Both Pam and I are 6'2" so the below picture will give you some idea of just how big they are! We spent nearly an hour in the meadow talking to, hugging, petting and getting tossed around by them - yup, they like to push you around. And be real careful if one of them takes a liking to you - as intimidating as that can be, I was just in awe of their size, beauty and unique personalities.
You can check out more about Blue Star at the following link www.equiculture.org and to see more images please click on the 'Featured' section in my website. Also please note that a 20% donation from any print purchased will be made back to the farm.