A PASSION FOR HORSES
by Camille and Bob
We can't say enough about horses. They calm us with their beauty and inspire us with their strength. Time spent outdoors tending the pastures and fencing keeps us connected to the rhythms of the natural world. They smell good. Best of all, they have taken us for many wonderful adventures across awesome country.
These pictures were taken in 1992. Please take a look at our tribute to this fine animal by clicking on Jesse.
2016 - NORTH CAROLINA
Sammy, a four and a half year old Tennessee Walker gelding and Magic, a twenty-some year old Paso Fino
Leslie with Sammy's newly-tied rope halter/side pull
A little piece of paradise right here in North Carolina
2015 - NORTH CAROLINA
Yogi and Aaron, two of Judy's four beautiful horses. See the others at: Judy's World
Riding with Paula in August. More on: Riding with Paula
2013 - AFRICA
Camille's birthday ride on Quasar, Elodie's newest addition to her string of lovely horses at The Green Ranch at Lake Bosumtwi. Bob arranged an idyllic two days at the ranch with Amy and so it was also a farewell for Amy, who had spent the month of April living at and helping run the ranch. Check out the whole story: Camille's 59th Birthday
Another good ride with Elodie in which we were joined by Amy, and Bob got his first taste of riding a swimming horse in February, 2013. Find the whole story on this page: Green Ranch - February, 2013
2012 - AFRICA
ELODIE AND HER HORSES
In December, Elodie invited Camille to go horse shopping in Obuasi where we got a good look at the beautiful four-year-old Anglo-Arab mare, Quasar. Quasar satisfied all criteria and Elodie put in place a plan to pave the way for her transfer from Obuasi to Bosumtwi. In the same month, we found ourselves at the lake and Camille again took the opportunity to bask in Elodie's presence at her Green Ranch. More photos from these two fun days on this page: Elodie
FIRST HORSEBACK RIDE TOGETHER IN AFRICA
When Bob lived in Ghana as a young boy, he rode horses, motorbikes and Mammy Lorries. When we had the opportunity to move to Ghana in June, 2012, we took it and soon found ourselves riding the great little local horses from The Green Ranch along the shore of Lake Bosumtwi on July 12, 2012. More photos of our first Ghanaian horseback ride here: The Green Ranch
2012 - NC
The first ride of 2012, January 7th - Barbara is on the ground, after checking Joker's boo boo while Simon snuffles her for treats. In February, Dallas, Barb, John and Fritzi all ended up on the same trail with Sharon, Barbara and Camille. More horse photos from 2012 at Riding NC 2012
2011 - NC
TRAIL RIDING WITH PEG AND COMPANY
After more than a year of doing other stuff (buying a house, settling into a new community and throwing myself into the local food movement) my new friend, Peg got me back into the saddle. She loans me her mare and we ride the extensive trail system surrounding her property. Our first ride was in May of 2011.
Another great ride on the west side of the Gum Springs Church Road with Barbara on Hailey and Sharon on Mingo. More photos at: Riding with Peg and Company and
On our way home after our annual trip north to visit family, Bob booked us one night on Chincoteague right next door to a paddock full of mares and foals. What fun! See more photos from that trip here.
2009 NORTH CAROLINA
Camille has teamed up with the Head's Up horses to teach beginning riding to adults on Saturday mornings. More photos here: Riding Lessons at Heads Up
LISA'S DRIVING PONY, SPEC
Lisa invited Camille to her farm on the first Sunday in May and showed her how to hitch up one of her two driving ponies. More photos at Lisa's Ponies
HEADS UP THERAPEUTIC RIDING
Camille and Chance after another wonderful trail ride with her friends. More photos here: Heads Up 2009
QUIET MEADOW FARM
We cleaned stalls and groomed horses on this pretty Hunter/Jumper training farm for exactly a year before letting it go in favor of having our weekends at home. More: Our Last Days at Quiet Meadow Farms
HEADS UP THERAPEUTIC RIDING
Camille has been enjoying weekly trail rides on the Head's Up Ponies. There are more photos at: Riding Trail at Heads Up and: Heads Up Pony Gallery - April 2008.
BOB AND BUSTER
Bob makes friends with Buster, one of six horses and ponies we are currently getting to know. For more pictures visit The Family Farm.
GOODBYE TO A WONDERFUL HORSE
We'll miss you, Jay. What a gentleman you were!
Dirk and Thany prepare to put their school horses away after their first riding lesson on May 26.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TENORIO
Why is this horse wearing a party hat? Go to Tenorio's First Birthday Party for the answer.
Who is this horse and what have we done to him? To find out, go to Spring Cleaning.
Playing with Cheryl's Ponies on a cold, March day. This is her young Andalusian stallion, Tenorio.
A GLORIOUS DAY IN FEBRUARY
Why is this woman smiling?
IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH GLORY
Barbara decided to pull her 22-year-old Arabian Mare out of retirement this year and after 2 hours of ground work, she was back in the saddle! Glory had not been ridden since her involvement with 4-H 15 years ago. Just goes to show you they never forget. Barb is looking forward to many happy days in the saddle with her old friend.
After 3 months of ground work, Chantilly is ready to be started under saddle. Her owners are thinking of selling her. She'll make a great prospect for an experienced rider and I've promised to show her new owner the various "buttons" I've installed. I'm offering my services to others for a small fee. For a look at my horse training flyer, click on Horse Training
Glowing with health and beauty on a fine fall day, this pretty 5-year-old Blood Bay Mare has just begun her ground work and has never been ridden.
Silver thinks secret horse thoughts on this beautiful September day. Silver is an 11-year-old Missouri Fox Trotter and just happened to have the same name as a horse Sharyl's Uncle owned when she was growing up.
SHARYL AND MONTY
Sharyl calls her water horse out of the boggy spot he's been grazing in. Monty likes water so much that Sharyl says he doesn't just walk into the irrigation ditch, he leaps into it like a kid diving into a swimming pool. Monty is a 10-year-old Missouri Fox Trotter.
CAMILLE AND MONTY
Camille looks like she swallowed a canary and Monty is saying, "What? - when am I gonna get my snack?" The silly thing is, I get giddy whenever I'm around horses. Just looking at them makes me happy!
NICARAGUA - 2005
Paola with her stallion, Gibley on January 8. She has her laptop computer in her backpack and rides to Casa Iguana from her Farm Peace and Love on the north end of Little Corn Island. When she arrives, she ties her horse to a tree and uses our satellite dish to download her emails.
Camille poses with Bunky Boy, another of Paola's horses on February 21.
HAWAII 1999 - 2004
Bob and Pele at a show. For more pictures, go to All the Pretty Horses in Hawaii
On Guam we helped care for 4 horses and 14 dogs belonging to Mr. Wu.
We even managed to find ponies and camels to play with during our 6-month stay in China. Click on the photo of Camille and camel she borrowed to view a larger file. For more China photos, check out our Horsing Around page.
Camille invites the kids for a ride on Reylampago, which means lightning in Spanish. We spent 14 months caring for 20 horses in the Cayo District. For more photos, please see Mountain Equestrian Trails
Camille and Bob preparing to ride in the 1993 Corn Roast Parade on their saddle horses, Penny and Jesse. The theme of the parade that year was "Business and Farming, hand in hand". You might notice Camille is wearing a post "ACL replacement" knee brace on her 3-year-old AQHA Appendix mare. There's more here:Equine Memories - 1961 through 1997