Personally, I'm always intrigued watching the behind-the-scenes makings of movies, television shows and photo shoots. To me, it's fascinating to see what goes into making a seemingly perfect production come together. While Horse & Rider's photo shoots aren't quite on par with Hollywood's blockbusters, we have our fair share of trials and tribulations, hard work, sheer exhaustion--not to mention, tons of fun. In fact, getting out of the office to direct a photo shoot is by far one of my favorite aspects of the job.
This shoot took place in February '09 and was for Clinton Anderson's new Groundwork for Everyone series, in which Clinton teaches an H&R reader how to correct her horse's disrespectful behaviors, using his renowned desensitizing techniques and his "longeing for respect."The first and second installments of this series are in our June and July '09 issues. (If you missed them, call 877-717-8928 to order back issues.)A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Horse & Rider Photo Shoot
Photos by Alana Harrison and Kevin McGowanThe locale: Clinton Anderson's new Downunder Horsemanship ranch in Stephenville, Texas (located two hours southwest of Dallas). The players: Superstar horseman and Team Horse & Rider member Clinton Anderson; H&R Contributing Photographer Kevin McGowan; H&R Managing Editor Alana Harrison; H&R Editorial Coordinator Erin Sullivan Haynes; H&R reader and series' model Renee Humphries; Renee's husband, David Humphries; their daughter, Danielle; and Renee's Appaloosa gelding, Sammy. The shoot: Primarily for Clinton's new H&R series with H&R Senior Editor Jenny Meyer, entitled "Groundwork for Everyone," in which Clinton teaches our reader to utilize his training methods (including his famous "longeing for respect") to sharpen Sammy's attitude and respect for Renee, and to help him become a more willing equine partner and mount.When: February 3-4, 2009> CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY!