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Need photo of mature, casual dressage rider.

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  • Need photo of mature, casual dressage rider.

    I am planning an equestrian center for a developer who is targeting the upper middle income group. This development is in an area where western style riding is more the norm, includes golf, and their buyers are in the 40+ age group . As there will be no jumping, I have opined that a nice dressage arena would be a good addition, to offer broader sales appeal. Developer thinks the dressage aspect only relates to fancy riders on fancy horses, needing fancy facilities. (I will explain that golf brings up images of Tiger Woods, yet he does not represent the average golfer).

    So I need a photo of a 40+ rider in casual schooling dress, riding a cross-bred looking horse (non-warmblood / non-TB), as an example. Smiling and obviously having fun would be a real plus. Can anybody help me out??

    This photo will only be used for private example purposes, and will stay with me or be destroyed after they see the light.

    Thanks in advance!
    Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design

  • #2
    Check Flickr, you can do a specific search for dressage at compfight.com.

    Not all images have a download feature, but the ones that do are high res enough to be used for print. You can't use them in advertising, but for pitching an idea it's ok. Just do a search and find one you like and click the download button. Little graphic design industry secret

    These won't be right but this is what i found in 5 minutes.


    • #3
      Could you also pull some of the Dressage Today stories about real riders and their horses to make a point?

      I could check and see if any of my friends would be willing to pose for such a photo. How soon do you need one?

      Redfox--great idea to use Flickr. I thought those photos were great. Especially the last one with the woman smiling and looking like she was having a lot of fun.
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      • #4
        Sent one to you in a PM.
        Patience pays.


        • #5
          I think you need to find some traditional western stock type horses in dressage for this. I've found one thus far:



          Looking for more.


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          • #6
            I'm not over 40 but I have this shot of me riding (I'm far away so maybe they can't tell ) my morgan x appendix (we think), in other words mutt horse in jods and a tshirt (no polo)
            Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


            • #7
              I have one of a GP out at the Boy Scout Ranch.
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              Last edited by mjhco; Jun. 18, 2008, 05:21 PM. Reason: add picture


              • #8
                If you use Flickr, you just have to make sure that the photo has a download feature. It will be in the upper left corner of the photo and will give sizes (med, large, original.) Otherwise, as in the case with the Appy photo just posted, you will get a file called a "Spaceball" which will have no file info in it and will blank. You could crop a screenshot of the photo, but the resolution would be extremely low resolution and would ALWAYS appear blurry when printed.

                Also, any image that does not have these download sizes listed is not under the Creative Commons license and should not be used.

                Just something to remember when you search for pics off the web.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Reddfox View Post
                  . . .
                  Also, any image that does not have these download sizes listed is not under the Creative Commons license and should not be used.

                  Just something to remember when you search for pics off the web.
                  Nod. I was just posting those as examples. Having a hard time finding "casual" as I think most older riders prefer "dressed" photo shoots

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                  • #10
                    Too bad the client didn't get the Tiger Woods analogy. People are drawn to spend money where the dream image is presented. Particularly for those unfamiliar with dressage, nobody will even get what's in the picture w/o the tophat and shadbelly. Maybe the man (presuming a male developer) doesn't realize how many females are drawn to that elegant image!

                    Of course you may be raising expectations that can't be easily met, but hey, that's advertising!

                    Word in the comments on the "appy" photo is that it's a Knabstrupper. But again, it's the image that counts--if we want to see an appy, it's an appaloosa!
                    Ring the bells that still can ring
                    Forget your perfect offering
                    There is a crack in everything
                    That's how the light gets in.


                    • #11
                      And so it is! I read Appy and saw Appy. I read that the Knabstruppers are getting more common in the dressage arena! They are so gorgeous!


                      • Original Poster

                        You guys rock! The last flickr photo is great EXCEPT for the winter clothes - need same riders in polos. The developers think this place has great weather (it does, mostly). The second to last flickr shot is very close.

                        Love the Appy look, but rider is in show clothes.

                        I have only given the Tiger Woods analogy to the sales manager - he got it- next presentation is the Big Kahuna.

                        If I get the dressage ring into the plan, THEN I can find a 'dressed' photo for the sales staff - the palomino QH photo may be just the one.

                        None of these riders in photos have gray hair....

                        Edited again to say that I have had a 'western look' dressage arena bubbling in my brain for years - rustic rails, natural stone (or stone look) letter pillars and rail supports, sigh.
                        Last edited by Plumcreek; Jun. 18, 2008, 08:24 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Oh, this is fun!

                          Hmmm, too warmbloody:


                          Dressage is for everyone!

                          Show clothes, but the right horse

                          These people need funkier horses!


                          Could this horse be any cuter?


                          Under 40:


                          Sorry, just had too much fun looking at pictures


                          • #14
                            Me and my Mustang Cross- can't get anymore "casual" than that!
                            "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"


                            • Original Poster

                              Originally posted by NJRider View Post
                              Me and my Mustang Cross- can't get anymore "casual" than that!
                              I like this one - thanks! There have been several nice photos that I plan to make into a composite, in case just one doesn't tell the story enough.

                              Thanks all!
                              I have a couple more weeks to find photos!
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Plumcreek View Post
                                I like this one - thanks! There have been several nice photos that I plan to make into a composite, in case just one doesn't tell the story enough.

                                Thanks all!
                                I have a couple more weeks to find photos!
                                Ah, I see what YOU want. How about someone in a BRONCO's shirt and hat practicing piaffe?


                                • #17
                                  OK a little late to the party but here are some of me (45) on a few of my welsh cobs (not always smiling on the outside but I promise you I was smiling on the inside )

                                  Oh and on an Arab of mine

                                  And if you want a real cross section.....here is a picture of my two kids and myself, one in casual dressage garb and the other two in western garb. We're trail riding (in the West as evident by the cactus). I'm in the middle (the old fart) riding the old fart, our swedish warmblood who carries a western saddle just fine. My two kids are each on one of the horses already pictured. Not sure if the facility you're planning will offer trail riding but one of the nicer "blended" facilities here has a really nice trail course/cross country course around its perimeter as well as the dressage arenas and jumping arena.

                                  Ranch of Last Resort


                                  • #18
                                    Here's one you might enjoy (this horse is an appy, BTW)

                                    As is this one You might have to edit out the background a bit....


                                    • Original Poster

                                      The last 2 posts have very usable photos, especially atr's Walker photo.

                                      Broncos shirt and hat? Sure!
                                      Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design


                                      • #20
                                        well, I am 2 years short of 40, but I have this one of my half arab and myself at a schooling show: