52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog

Week 31 #12 Hair


A week ago my photography club took a field trip to visit Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions near Myakka City, FL.  Founded in the 16th century for exclusive use by the Hapsburg Royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzan’s are the most beautiful and rare breed of horse found today.  The horses were saved by General George Patton assisted by Colonel Herrmann and his father, Colonel Ottomar Herrmann from the Russian advance  during WW2.  The horses were smuggled out from behind enemy lines, riding and hiding by day.  If not for their heroic efforts most likely these amazing horses would not have survived.

Colonial Herrmann purchased and brought horses after the war, here to Florida, and began his own training and breeding program.  Today several generations of Herrmann’s lead by Gabriella, carry on the tradition of breeding, training, offer riding lessons, hold special events, clinics and travel during the summer months to perform.

We arrived early enough to see the stallions and mares in the stable, being groomed and prepared for the weekly public training session, held every Thursday during the winter months.

I captured this mare with her hair braided waiting to perform.  Just before the show it was unbraided to allow her beautiful hair to flow gracefully with the breeze as she rode around the arena.



Author: CarolynEliason

I have always enjoyed photography, but with encouragemet from family and friends over the past several years I began to realize I really love it! Belonging to this blog and a local digital photo group has challenged me to look at the beauty of the world and to enjoy capturing it with my camera.

18 thoughts on “Week 31 #12 Hair

  1. There is something about the quality of that photo that takes on the character of a painting.

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  2. I always wanted a braid like that. 😀

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  3. lovely photo. – good idea for the theme too!!

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  4. So that’s the secret to flowing hair? Very nice photo.

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  5. Beautiful horse. You might want to check out the Gypsy Vanner horses I told you about last weekend!

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  6. Really like the hairdo on the mare — and by the way, picture of same is great! !

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  7. Beautiful capture. I would love to see these horses before some day in Europe. They are incredible. Lovely image and framing.

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  8. A very interesting shot, like the portrait of a grand old lady–the blue background adds a touch of royalty!

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  9. We all decided they painted the walls blue to help set off the beauty of the horses.


  10. nice touch with the braid.

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