A Girl, Her Horse and A Guitar

A couple weeks ago I had the privelege of photographing a young woman who is embarking upon her last year of high school.

She’s gorgeous, a handy, handy rodeo competitor and a beautiful spirit all around. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

Happy Trails!

life in photos…

I can barely keep up with going through my Mail, let alone my blog… But I’m still taking lots of photos!

I photographed a senior last week. She’s gorgeous and I’ll share those soon.

I have some beautiful branding day photos to share too, and of course my colts are getting huge.

The photos below will have to do for now, though, as I’m headed to Oklahoma today for a four-day barrel race.

Swishin’…

Birds on a wire…

She needed to make sure I didn’t have extra goodies for her. The nail color is Wild Card, by Revlon.

Jake Jake!

Fightin’ Flies.

Issimo. Look at that hip!

Mr. Handsome, aka, Avie and me.

My new Photography Studio!

Tony’s getting so big, and his legs are really straight!

Happy Trails!

Genie In a Bottle

If you know me, you know it’s no secret I’m a fan of Red Dirt or Texas Country Music. And while it may be that as a former Texan I feel the need to support those artists, I think it’s more that the current state of what’s played on the radio is simply trashy pop music where women are denegrated and there’s a lot of drinking and lounging around. The art of story-telling is all but gone in the ridiculous world of brah-country. Which leads me to share this: Jason Eady performing a new song, for the first time, live in a radio studio from Austin, Texas. His new wife, Courtney Patton (whose newest album you all must own), sings backup.

Enjoy!

The Wreck

I’ve been getting to barrel race a little bit this summer, and Avie and I are really clicking! Thursday before our Father’s Day Branding, I took him to the local Jackpot, where Gump and I have won a couple buckles in the summer series. I love running on a standard pattern so this arena is perfect. But the ground wasn’t.

I ended up mostly unscathed, though I did sprain my MCL (medial collateral ligament). As of today, it’s still sore and it hurts to roll around in bed at night and get out of bed in the morning. If I tweak it just right it’s sore, otherwise it’s just a mere annoyance. It’s not stopping me from running barrels or riding, however. We redeemed ourselves this week with a nice, money-winning run, that also qualified us for the Bonus Race Finals.

Happy trails!

Foals on Film

I thought, since I’m behind, I’d take a moment to share the cuteness that has been Tony and Issimo growing up this summer.

Here’s Issimo getting scratched, and feeling the need to scratch back…

Issimo loves his scratches! #foals #thedxranch #horses #ig_equine #lovehim #love #ranchlife

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Tony had trouble with his legs when he was a newborn – he was windswept behind, and over at the knees (contracted tendons) in the front. It was because he was so huge when he was born, there wasn’t a lot of room for all of him in the womb. So he spent quite a bit of time in the calving barn, to limit his activity while his legs got stronger.

He adores scratches:

You can see his wobbly legs here:

The cuteness is overwhelming. #horsesofinstagram #ranchlife #love #ig_equine #igers #ag #equines

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He would have liked to play and be silly a lot sooner than he was able:

As he got stronger, he practiced his cow horse moves. He’ll be using these for the rest of his life:


Here, he’s back to pasture for the first time in 5 weeks:

Aren’t they adorable?

Happy Trails!