“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.”
~Sharon Ralls Lemon
There is just something about horses. Something about their mysterious souls that stirs something inside us all, we are awed by their beauty, their majestic poise, and their spectacular physical presence.. I have always loved horses. I fulfilled my little girl dream of having my own horse 2 years ago, when Moose, a 16 hand Morgan gelding came into my life. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love this horse and Rolling Oaks Morgans. I found the missing part of my soul in Moose.
Horses are the heart of Saratoga. Horse lovers from all over the world flock to the Saratoga Race Track each Summer. But Saratoga has many more important horse stories to tell. Stories about people making a difference, horses making a difference, stories about Saratoga WarHorse.
I had the opportunity this February to volunteer for Saratoga WarHorse, it was not only an honor, but a life changing experience.
For those of you who have yet to hear about this powerful and inspiring non-for-profit organization, Saratoga WarHorse works to pair veterans with retired thoroughbreds, many of which once raced at Saratoga Race Course. They offer veterans a 3-day experience proven effective and invaluable for those struggling to adjust to life after military service at absolutely no cost to the veteran. The experience veterans have with these noble horses is unparalleled. The raw emotions and meaningful connections that are made through this program cannot be portrayed through words.
“By utilizing the silent language of the horse, a mutual trust and profound bond is established that goes beyond verbal communication.”
I know what you’re thinking, what an incredible program- how can I help?
I have put together a gallery of prints of some of my favorites horse images I have created from the Saratoga area, including Saratoga Race Track and Rollings Oaks. There’s even a very powerful image from Saratoga WarHorse (a majority of the images remain exclusive to Saratoga WarHorse to ensure the sanctity of the program and the veteran’s privacy)
You can click here to purchase one of these poignant prints- 100% of the proceeds will go to Saratoga WarHorse- expires April 30 2015
It’s these moments as a photographer that make what I do the most meaningful. Please support the cause, and purchase a print today!