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Culver Indiana Photography: Culver Academy Horses

There are a few things in life that Ginny and I can’t resist. Me, I can’t sit down on the couch without changing into comfy clothes. Ginny will never discard an email from J. Jill, Pottery Barn, or Crate and Barrel without first opening it to read it. (Thankfully, she doesn’t buy things too often.) Neither one of us can be near horses with a camera in hand without taking at least a few photos. During yesterday’s Tour de Max, one location that we shot the cyclists from was by Culver Academy’s paddock, which had the horses out for the morning. Following are some of the photos that we captured.


Culver Indiana Photography: Academy Horses on Break

 Today, Ginny and I decided to take a short break from work and take some pictures of the horses that were out in one of Culver Academies’ fields. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and I think the horses liked the company, though they get a little bashful around clicking cameras. Here are a handful of the shots we took. Enjoy!



Culver Academy Horsemanship Photos: Cupid’s Challenge 2010

This weekend, the Culver Academy JV and Varsity Jumping teams hosted the 2010 Cupid’s Challenge Horse Show. This is an annual show at Culver’s Riding Hall in which 7 or 8 teams teams travel to Culver to participate. I believe that Culver placed well overall, though with 14 classes competeting on both Friday and Saturday, I’m honestly not sure what the final results ended up being. I do know from talking with several of the parents and coaches from the visiting teams that the kids love this show and look forward to it each year. I’d like to recognize everyone that works in the Horsemanship Department for a great tournament, as this truly was a group effort on their part to put on this show. It is also worth noting that the Lady Equestrienne Team from Notre Dame graciously came down for the weekend to assist.

I’ve posted a few of my favorite photographs here; there are over a thousand more located on CulverPhotos at http://www.culverphotos.com/cupid2010 


Culver Academy Polo Photos: CGA Polo vs. University of Michigan

Polo is back! For those who don’t know me, I was in Troop A when I attended Culver Academy. 20+ years later, I’m still a trooper at heart and love photographing horses. Tonight, the CGA Varsity Polo team hosted the girls polo team from the University of Michigan. Adding to my excitement of being a Friday and the first Polo game of the season is the fact that I shot tonight using a brand new Nikon D300s that arrived today. I was an anxious mess all afternoon waiting for the game. Just ask my wife. I couldn’t sit still.

Both teams played well with the CGA team taking an early lead, which they held the entire first half. During the second half, the University of Michigan team dominated. They held the lead until half way through the 4th quater. The Culver girls came back and ended up winning 11 to 9. I’ve posted some photos here; you can find several more at www.culverphotos.com.


Culver Academy Photographer: Beautiful Day For A Parade!

After several days of cold, rainy weather, it was nice feeling the sun and having natural sunlight to photograph in for Culver Academies Sunday Garrison Parade. Both the troop and artillary were mounted for the parade, which was one of the final events of the Horsemanship Reunion/Dedication Weekend. The cadets looked quite well considering that school has only been back in session less than two months. As always, I’ve posted my favorites here; more photographs are at www.culverphotos.com.

On a personal note, my prayers go out to the young man who was rushed to the hospital via abulance after falling from his horse. I’m told that he is doing okay and should recover fine and the hospital trip was precautionary. Regardless, we wish him well.


Culver Academy Photographer: Horsemanship Weekend- Equestriennes

There is something to be said about the beauty of a well cared for, well groomed horse in motion. This evening, I was fortunate enough to watch, what I believe was, the first performance of the 2009-2010 school year of the Culver Girls Academy Equenstrienne team. As they always done, the CGA Equestriennes put on a great show coreographed with music from the Lancer band. This was one of the events scheduled during the Vaugn Equestrienne Center dedication weekend. For those not familiar with the Equestriennes, they are an Honor organization dressage team made up of female riders enrolled in Riding at Culver Academy. They are the female equivalant of the Lancers which has been around Culver since the 1930s. I’ve posted some photos here but there are more at www.culverphotos.com. If you happen to be looking for better photos of the Equestriennes, please vist the Honor Organizations section on www.culverphotos.com and look at the photos taken from the outdoor performances last Spring. With natural, sunny light, these photos turned out wonderful.



Culver Academy Photographer: Horsemanship Weekend- Lancer’s

I think this was the first performance of the Honor organization of the Lancers of the 2009-2010 school year. Considering that approximately one fourth of the team is new this year, I think they did a great job.

For those of you that know me, the Lancers are near and dear to my heart as I participated on this team 20+ years ago when I was cadet at Culver. I remember alumni bragging about how straight their formations were. I wouldn’t dare do that with this team. Great job Lancers! For more photographs of this team, see www.culverphotos.com.