The most popular blog posts of 2015 – measured by number of total views:
1. DEANNA GREEN
Deanna Green’s shoot was the most-viewed blog post of 2015! This shoot was a collaboration with Devin Territo Makeup for an article she & Shelby Ratliff wrote for GoHorseShow. The images were featured in this blog post (click here) on makeup tips in the show arena.
The equine models in this shoot featured AQHA and AQHYA world champions Blazinmytroublesaway and Bestseatnthehouse. The location was in Pilot Point, Texas at Rusty Green Show Horses.
2. PREPARING TO BE AN NCEA EQUESTRIAN ATHLETE
In mid-August of 2015, I put together a blog post to help prepare high school women who wanted to compete at the next level. In my opinion, the National Collegiate Equestrian Association does not get the credit or recognition it deserves, which makes it difficult and confusing for youth riders and their parents to understand their options for riding in college. I asked four extremely accomplished horsewomen to help me write this post: Alexie Estrada (TCU), Carey Nowacek (Texas A&M), Indy Roper (Auburn), and Maria Salazar (Georgia).
3. ANNE-MARIE FORTENBERRY
Anne-Marie Fortenberry and her AQHA/APHA gelding The Only Kiss to Envy claim the third most-viewed blog post of 2015 from their senior session in March. The location was in Whitesboro, Texas at Gillespie Show Horses at Koelbl Ranch. Later in the year, Anne-Marie & Scottie were featured on the cover of InStride Magazine, and the models for the Kirstie Marie Promo Video.
4. MARIA SALAZAR
Maria Salazar and her AQHA gelding Winkin for Chocolate had a phenomenal year showing on the AQHA circuit in 2015. This session from 2014 ended up being one of the most-viewed blog posts of 2014 and 2015, due to incoming traffic from Google searches. Maria and Leroy are multiple AQHA world and congress champions, and were named the 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress All-Around Amateur this year. The location for this shoot was in North Plains, Oregon at McCulloch Training Stable at Pumpkin Ridge Equestrian Center.
5. ALEX BARBER
On a cold, drizzly day in December of 2014, I met Alex Barber and her (5!!) horses at her home in Battle Ground, Washington. While the shoot was primarily with her barrel racing quarter horse mare Duck The Judge, all of her horses made an appearance at the end, which made for some of my favorite images of 2014. It was so fun to see the horses of her past and present in a single image – from all-around paint world champions, to roping horses, to barrel futurity prospects.