December 2017 Cover Story: Senior Horse Photo Contest Winners

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“Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.”
― Robert Browning

We had many submissions in our Senior Horse Photo Contest. I struggled to work through them all, and agonized over the choice of winners. Choosing the youth category winner was the hardest. There is something about an old horse and a child that tugs hard at the heart. In the end, I had to call a tie for the runner-up in the youth category and give two photos this honor.

The photos told a story—one of love, devotion, admiration, and loyalty from both the owners and the horses. People love their aging horses, and that’s a wonderful thing; they deserve to be well-cared for and cherished.

I did not choose the winners based only on the quality of their photos, though that was a factor. I chose the ones that sparked an emotional response in those who viewed the photo. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our contest.

-Kim Roe, NWHS Editor

Adult Category Winner

Karen Rossten and Sunday

December 2017
Karen Rosston’s photo of her 34 1/2 year old gelding, Sunday (registered name Khemo Phylladdin). Photo courtesy Karen Rosston

“I am one of those horse moms who dresses up the horses each year for Christmas photos. Last Christmas, Sunday posed with wrapped packages he hoped contained his favorite alfalfa cubes, warm blanket, and horse treats. Sunday is a retired western pleasure horse and is very photogenic. The camera loves him! Photography and horses are my passion and my hobby.”

Youth Category Winner

Madison and Tough Choice

December 2017
Tough Choice, or Tara, is a 17-year-old Pony of the Americas pictured here with his owner Madison. Photo courtesy Kristin Jankel

“I have eyes only for you. No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place, there are some things we can never can forget, the memories will always be there.”

Adult Category Runner-up

Rollanda Sitko with Dakota

December 2017
Photo courtesy Monica Henken

“Every day I feel blessed to share life with Dakota, a 16-year-old Clydesdale gelding. He is so special that I share him as much as I can. We volunteer our time at Christmas Village, schools, the fair, and a tree farm. We’ll go just about anywhere to share Dakota’s majestic presence, and his genuine love of people. He’s amazing to watch with children and the disabled. He is loving, patient, gentle, and brings out the best in all of us.”

Youth Category Runner-up

Tyler and Keyla

December 2017
Photo courtesy Tabitha Somers, Tyler’s Aunt

Tyler, 12 years, and his horse Keyla, age 27, showing at their local county fair last summer.

Youth Category Runner-up

Katy and Ted

December 2017
Photo courtesy Helen Khin

Katy and horse friend Ted at Icicle Outfitter and Guides near Lake Wenatchee, Washington. Ted took a special liking to Katy while on a trail ride.


Originally Published December 2017 Issue

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