It's hard to imagine amidst the hustle and bustle of Houston city life there exist a sanctuary for equestrians so close to town. Just 17 miles from downtown, and only 3 miles from NRG Stadium, Solstice Farms is located on over 20 acres, with plenty of grassy turnout and both covered and outdoor riding arenas. Dressage lessons are available with USDF Certified Instructor Marie Morgan, recipient of the Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award. Training is available from HA and B Pony Club graduate, Katie White. In addition, Solstice Farms is host to regular clinics and 3 to 4 Houston Dressage Society schooling shows per year.
It was my pleasure to photograph the Mother's Day Dressage Schooling Show on May 7th. Horses and riders demonstrated their ability to perform certain elements of training through "tests", which are judged and scored by individual movement. Tests begin with basic elements in the Introductory classes and go all the way up to very advanced movements at the Grand Prix level. Every horse and rider can benefit from dressage training, as it is the foundation for every equestrian discipline. Schooling shows provide a relaxed atmosphere where riders can show off their skills and get feedback on their and their horse's performance. During my brief show ccareer, I liked to think of the test score sheet as a "report card" (although feedback from the judges ranged from "horse looks bored" to "horse is very, very naughty").
Photographs from the show are available for viewing and purchase in our online gallery.
For more information about dressage lessons, training and boarding at Solstice Farms, please contact Marie Morgan.
Based in Richmond, Texas, Moonfyre Photography specializes in equestrian portrait and event photography, covering the Greater Houston area... Katy, Conroe, Sugarland, Fulshear, Hockley, Magnolia, Spring, Kingwood, Clear Lake, Galveston, Splendora, Friendswood, Pearland, Alvin, Freeport, Baytown as well as Dallas, Ft. Worth, Denton, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Gainesville, Kerrville, Fredricksburg, Austin, San Antonio, Tyler, Victoria, Brenham, College Station, Waco, Beaumont and everything in between. In addition to all things equine, we also offer senior, pet and family portraits, farm and ranch coverage and commercial photography services. Contact us for more information or to schedule your portrait session or to get on our calendar of equestrian events.
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