Snow Photo Shoot

I wasn't banking on snowfall when I booked a trip to Montana in early October several years ago. It was sort of a nice surprise, as it created some unexpected photo ops, like this shot of Randy Rieman ponying a horse down his driveway. Rieman and I had plans to get photos for an article on introducing a horse to roping. Fortunately, the snow had melted in his round corral where we did the photo shoot, and the sun came out. The article appeared in the January 2010 issue of Western Horseman.I wasn't banking on snowfall when I booked a trip to Montana in early October several years ago. It was sort of a nice surprise, as it created some unexpected photo ops, like this shot of Randy Rieman ponying a horse down his driveway. Rieman and I had plans to get photos for an article on introducing a horse to roping. Fortunately, the snow had melted in his round corral where we did the photo shoot, and the sun came out. The article appeared in the January 2010 issue of Western Horseman.

Breakfast in Big Sky Country

130227 miller 112Tom Mattingly forks alfalfa hay to yearling calves on Miller Land & Livestock. The Hardin, Montana, operation feeds all of its cattle using teams. "I think it would be more difficult for a vehicle in deep snow or muddy conditions," says ranch owner and manager Dave Miller. "And the way a horse pulls with his hooves is less impact on the ground. He doesn't spin out and leave ruts."

Drawn to Water

Dirt and grass are much more prevalent in my photo shoots than water. But Dirt and grass are much more prevalent in my photo shoots than water. But I always look forward to an opportunity to include streams, lakes and stock tanks in my images, especially when the sun is low on the horizon. About three years ago I was photographing Tom Curtin in Oklahoma for a horsemanship article. To get the angle I wanted, I slowly sunk my left boot into the water, trying not to cause any ripples. Tom worked his way down the bank, and we ended up with a cover shot for the February 2015 issue of Western Horseman.

Snow on the Range

170118 IX Ranch 085Matt Riffel helps gather cows on the IX Ranch near Big Sandy, Montana. A thin layer of clouds caused the sunrise to cast an extraordinary pink color across the sky and snowy landscape. No Photoshop necessary. The story appeared in the December 2017 issue of Western Horseman.

Top Shots from 2017 NFR

nfr15 495Ryder Wright rides Kitty Whistle to an 87-point ride, winning Round 9. The 19-year-old saddle bronc rider went on to claim the world title, the youngest to do so.

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