I've been desperate to share this gorgeous boy with you for a while, but as the images were a surprise birthday present, I've had to bide my time. Add to that, I photographed a few other beautiful beasts while I was there and a couple of team have yet to be revealed, so there is still a little bit of cloak and dagger going on.
However, I'd like to introduce you to Mickey, the stunning Warmblood (with a little bit of Irishness thrown in) that I photographed early in July. He's been with his current owner for just over two years and is currently going through a rehab programme following injury. He's almost back in full work now, but wow does he have a sense of humour when it suits him!
Mickey stands is every inch of his 16.3 hands and at 14 years old you would have thought he'd grown up, but believe me he certainly hasn't! He loved showing off in front of the camera, but when it came to trying to get him to stand in a field his impatience got the better of him - we lost him for many minutes! Once he'd had enough cavorting (luckily not quite fit enough to maintain 6th gear for long) he was easy to catch and we picked up where we left off. That said I was impressed to see that other than for one brief moment, his reins remained on his withers! How, none of us is quite sure, but at least his bridle remained intact, so in reality no one would have been any the wiser if they hadn't witnessed the shenanigans that went on in the field. Needless to say there are a few 'behind the scenes' moments caught on camera, so if evidence is needed of his not quite such perfect manners, I have it!
When in full work, Mickey mostly show jumps for fun, taking part in the occasional sponsored ride too.
He was a quirky pleasure to photograph and I'm so looking forward to seeing him in print soon.