These girls and their horses

I'm still a little in awe of how well these ladies can train their horses to wrap around a barrel or poles so tightly without tipping them over!  Here's the season so far:

Barrel Races @ Lynch Arena | Southeast South Dakota

Last Year I was given the opportunity to start a new adventure photographing horses in action.

Kris VanderBrink, a massage therapist that works with me at the studio, has a daughter who loves her horse.  She asked if I was interested as she knows I'm always up for a new adventure. So in May of last year, I jumped on the saddle and started photographing the barrel races.  It was also a new adventure for Jared Lynch as this was his opening year of the Arena.

I loved it!  So, I returned this year.  The first night of the barrels was last night.  Here's some pictures from the riders along with the link to view & order them all:

Memories to last a lifetime @ Prom

Some days I wish I could repeat prom...most NOT.  I just wish I could have had fun without being worried about what other people thought of me.  Staying through a portion of the dance was true way to see some kids with TONS of confidence and no care in the world. Then there were the others just like me, practically hiding in the corner. 

It was fun photographing the formal portraits as well ad the grand march and dance afterwards!  Here's a short video to recap the evening.

2015 Volleyball rides through

2015 Volleyball rides through

2015 Volleyball Season

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Hills - Beaver Creek Football Season has begun

Hills - Beaver Creek Football Season has begun

Start of H-BC 2015 Football Season.

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New Adventures...

Barrel Races at Lynch Arena

I love taking photos...of just about anything living. I think it's because of the challenge.  Well, I took on a NEW challenge yesterday, barrel races. I've actually never attended an equestrian event before, not even at the fair.

I do know a LITTLE about horses as our neighbors had them when I lived in Steen, MN as a kid. (yes, IN town) I had the opportunity to ride them on occasion as well as a few times at my grandparents' horses on their farm. However, I still know very little about these magnificent creatures.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to head on over to the brand new Lynch Arena near Grand Falls Casino and photograph the event. My colleague, Kris VanDerBrink, informed me of the event as her daughter races at these events in the area. Apparently she knew I would enjoy it, because I SURE DID! This  was just my first attempt as I will be going back soon. 

Here's the link to view more images from the night: