Once upon a time in the Midwest…if I may borrow a phrase, in April there is the Minnesota Horse Expo 2017. This year the weather was nippy, but with a couple of layers of light weight warm clothes, I was armed with my little camera ready to get some photos and see some demonstrations about riding.
There were some professional photographers there too, with their big lenses, mixing right in with the horses and riders as they prepared to go into the Coliseum on the State Fair Grounds in St Paul, Minnesota. Photography is my hobby.
It’s three days of horses and everything related to horses. There are national and international experts on everything from horse care, health and riding. Then to the shopping where clothes, hats, gear dazzle the eyes.
There is a whole new generation of young kids coming up, which is wonderful to see. What I like most is that there are riders of every age. Please enjoy the photos from the 2017 Minnesota Expo.
This was a picture of confidence, unity and poise. I was moved to capture the moment, when this child rode in on her pretty Paint horse. This is a mule team that drew the young rider’s attention.
Mules are the result of a cross between a horse and a donkey. They are becoming very popular for riding too.
Heavy Horses: Shire, Lusitano x Friesian, Friesian, Percheron Horses,
Friesian Mare with Week-old Colt – Minnesota horse Expo 2017 – CKatt
This Percheron owner was polishing the harness for driving. This exhibitor was readying her team for exhibition driving. We had a short conversation about the preparation of the harness care. Driving is more difficult to learn than riding as there are so many types of harness and carts and wagons to use. There are many details to remember.
Heavy Horses or Draft Horses are the horses that were bred and used for work with wagons, ploughing fields, transport, and carrying knights into battle.
Taking pictures of these beautiful animals is challenging because they are constantly in motion at the horse fair. Me, I have slowed down over the years from running around trying to catch up to the horses. Mostly I am documenting the event and the atmosphere. This year people seemed to be very upbeat. They smiled more and I even talked to a few horse people. Good mood all around.
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Have a happy day wherever you may be.