Paralympian! Equestrian! Warrior! This is Dale Dedrich.

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I don’t know if Dale Dedrick would describe herself as a warrior but having met her I certainly would.  Dale is like those toys with the weighted round base that no matter how often you knock them over they just come right back up.  But let me start at the beginning.

Dale was 12 when she started to ride. Her mother paid for 10 lessons.  “I was hooked,” she says.  Then her grandmother paid for 10 more lessons. That was the beginning. She worked weekends at the local stable, cleaning tack, grooming horses and ponies. And she was allowed to ride: “Anything we could catch.” So Dale and her friends would catch a horse or pony out in the paddock and leap on without a saddle or bridle. Later she moved on and bought a Thoroughbred off the track and taught him to jump and did…

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Thank YOU!

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I’ve had a goal of reaching 2000 followers on my “newish” blog for a few months, and I reached it today! Yiiiha!!! THANK YOU!!
The whole purpose with my blog is to inspire, and get inspired by fellow photographers around the world. Feel free to get inspired, and share your wisdom. It’s free and will always be.

The photo above is a rescued mountain lion, residing at Animal Ark, Reno (NV.) Mountain Lion, predator common in North America’s wilderness areas. Also known as cougar, puma, panther, and catamount.

My daughter and I visited the park when they opened for the season, this past weekend. If you’re in Reno, it’s well worth the 30 min drive out to Animal Ark to see, and support the rescued wild animals they care for. The park is very well maintained, and the experience is unforgettable. They currently have a 7 months old tiger cub, (photos…

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What is it about Big Bend?

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“According to Apache legend, after creating the universe, the Great Spirit tossed a large pile of leftover boulders and debris on the Big Bend.”

“Oh, so you’ve been to Big Bend . . .”

Yes. I’ve been so many times that I have lost count. I was married in Marathon, Texas, about 70 miles north of the ranger station. When I die, it is where I want my ashes spread.

Poster by Doug Leen and Brian Maebius done in the style of the WPA posters of the 1930's. Poster by Doug Leen and Brian Maebius done in the style of the WPA posters of the 1930’s. Available through the Big Bend Natural History Association.

What is it about the Big Bend?

The park’s name comes from the 100 mile long big bend in the Rio Grande river that forms the Texas-Chihuahua-Coahuila border. At over 1,250 square miles, Big Bend is approximately the size of Rhode Island. It’s so remote that it remains the least visited of the National Parks in…

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The Best Seat You Will Ever Have.

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When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have. Sir Winston Churchill

This week’s Word Press Photo Challenge is the word “Atop”.  Perfect. I have just received, from professional photographer Susan J. Stickle ,four photos of me atop my horse Biasini at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival last weekend. Here they are. All these photos were taken while I was riding the Prix St.George test.

THE EXTENDED TROT

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THE SHOULDER-IN TO 8 METRE VOLTE

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THE PIROUETTE

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THE CANTER

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Winston Churchill was correct.When you are atop a great horse ,it is the best seat you will ever have

To learn more about Susan J. Stickle, photographer, read my interview with her here.

https://horseaddict.net/2016/03/30/horses-through-the-lens/.

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My Friend Chet–Biasini Speaks

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Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another “What, you too? I thought I was the only one!”    C.S.Lewis

Hello again Humans!  I asked my human, Ma Leueen, to find some good words to  say about a friend and friendship. I know humans rely heavily on words to describe their feelings. So she found that quote and I like it. It describes very well my friendship with Chet.

I first met Chet when I arrived in Florida this winter. He was in the stall next to mine and in the barn there are spaces between the boards  so we could communicate easily. Right away I knew he was a good guy and we found we had things in common.  As an added bonus we got turned out in  paddocks next to each other. Well, we had a grand time nipping at one another over…

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Belling the Cat

The Mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves of their enemy, the Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was coming, so they might have time to run away. Indeed, something had to be done, for they lived in such constant fear of her claws that they hardly dared stir from their dens by night or day.
Many plans were discussed, but none of them was thought good enough. At last a very young Mouse got up and said:
“I have a plan that seems very simple, but I know it will be successful.
All we have to do is to hang a bell about the Cat’s neck. When we hear the bell ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming.”
All the Mice were much surprised that they had not thought of such a plan before. But in the midst of the rejoicing over their good fortune, an old Mouse arose and said:
“I will say that the plan of the young Mouse is very good. But let me ask one question: Who will bell the Cat?”

Moral:  It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it.
Source: Aesop’s Fables

Dreams Should Be Lived #MyFirstPostRevisited

Cool challenge on Maria Jansson Photography!

Who am I? I’m a Swedish girl with an obsession of horses, residing in Nevada (USA.) I spend as much time as I possibly can outdoors; hiking, camping, looking at wild horses, or playing with my mustang. I LOVE taking road trips. I’m a dreamer, the kind that goes after her dreams.

My grandmother gave me my first camera when I was five years old, and I’ve been taking photos ever since; different cameras, different people, different countries, but it’s highly unusual to see me without my camera.

I only have a couple addictions that I don’t want to live without; strong coffee in the morning, wide open spaces, the joy of hearing my daughters laugh, country music, the pleasure of being around a brave horse, and ending each day in peace.

I recently moved to Reno (NV,) and I am in the process of taking my photography business to…

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