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Long Live Cowboys and The Dryhead Ranch

Last year Kimberly Beer and I co-hosted a Winter Ranch Workshop in Livingston, Montana but that ranch was sold so we went looking for another location this year and landed on the Dryhead Ranch. Thanks to Jennifer and Kristen Cerroni our first retreat at the Dryhead Ranch in Montana did not disappoint! The Dryhead is a four generation working ranch tucked in the eastern slopes of the Pryor Mountains, deep in the heart of the Crowe Indian Reservation. There is Iris, the matriarch of the family now in her 90’s, still working the office taking reservations and doing the books. Then we have Jennifer and her daughters Kristen and Jess. Jessie and her husband, Jake have four kids, who kept us entertained all week. Maddie, Cassidy, Howdy and James are always hard at play or helping out on the ranch with chores. Jackson came as a guest a few years back but is learning the ropes from Jake on his summer break from college. Lara was our chef extraordinaire, keeping us fed well all week and helping out with the cattle. Kristen’s boyfriend, Braden came out to help on branding day. So all in all, it’s a family affair!

James, Howdy, Maddie, Jess, Jake, Cassidy, Jennifer and Kristen

The kids were a never ending source of entertainment and great photography subjects!

 My co-host Kim Beer is not only a fantastic photographer and teacher, she’s a marketing guru too! Be sure to check out more of her work on Facebook at Kim Beer Photography

It was such pleasure to watch the cowboys of the Dryhead hard at work. We even got to watch Jake put the first ride on a youngster, he’s so good with his horses the colt took everything in stride.

So wonderful to be around a family that honors the land, the stock, the wildlife and God.

The cowboys and cowgirls of the Dryhead Ranch.

On a working ranch there’s always something that needs doing. From fixing fences to gathering, sorting, doctoring, branding and tagging the cattle.

There are horses and lots of them. Each morning the cowboys would bring the cavy (riding string) of about 65 head in and in the evening they would take them back out to pasture for the night.

The ranch also has a breeding operation of Quarter Horses, each stallions runs with their group of mares and foals. These foals are being raised for future ranch horse prospects.

Kim and I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone at the Dryhead that made this year’s retreat a success.

Thanks also, to those who joined us this year: Hilary, Christy, Pam, Rhonda and Greg!!!

Well that’s it for now….yep, we are planning to make this a yearly event. Dates for next year are July 23-28, 2020!

Interested in a cattle drive vacation? Be sure to check out the Dryhead Ranch website for more into!

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Fun in the Sun – St Augustine Workshop 2019


Oh my goodness, what an absolutely fantastic group of eager photographers, models, helpers and horses we had at our second annual St Augustine Workshop in February! A huge THANK YOU to my friend and colleague, Cara with Fast Horse Photography, who really knows how to get the right people together for a workshop. For a crowning touch the perfect hair and makeup was expertly designed by Kira and Nikki with Onsite Muse Florida for our styled shoots with models and horses at the Florida Agricultural Museum, Whispering Pines and Crescent Beach.

Who knew we would have a Pegasus show up for the beach shoot! Cheryl Burton Carl with her horse, Kid Carousel was game for anything and didn’t disappoint! This gorgeous Fantasy Image designed by Fast Horse Photography

We added on an additional shoot Friday afternoon at Whispering Pines, thanks to Maci and Erica for posing for us with their horses at this beautiful private barn. The attendees were treated to a quick session on Light Painting. This beautiful image is brought to you by Jean Kirby of JBKPhotography, it was Jean’s first time light painting!

Saturday morning everyone was up and ready to head over to the Florida Agricultural Museum where they have different exhibits that are great for use as backdrops for portrait set-ups. Thanks to Margaret, our badass Mounted Shooter with Gracie, Chloe and her two mounts, Jewels and Dewey, Camie and her barrel racer, Katie and Jana with her Paint Pleasure Horse, Beaukoda. It was a hot one but thankfully the Dairy Barn made a perfect cover from the sun!

Sandy Hebert brought her two Friesian Mares, Sylke and Silana. Sandy’s horses have brought her a tremendous amount of strength over the past year so we were blessed and honored to have her join us for the workshop!  Amy Talbot brought her trick mini, Chanel and sweet, little Maelyn was happy to pose with her! Of course we had our wild and crazy girls Camie with Katie and Ilana with Uno for the sunrise beach runs.

The beautiful, styled shoots on the beach with models Kate in her evening gown and faux fur and Kirstin, our mounted archer were like a fantasy shoot!

YES!!! We will have another St Augustine Workshop in 2020….so stay tuned! But in the meantime head over to my Workshop Page to see some brand NEW LOCATIONS JUST ANNOUNCED! PhylisBurchettPhoto Workshops

All Images Copyright 2019 by PhyllisBurchettPhoto, LLC – Fast Horse Photography, LLC  –   JBK Photography. Please do not use with out the photographers permission.

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Trainer to the Stars (Equine Stars that is)

L O O K ….. PhyllisBurchettPhoto has a new BLOG Post and it’s all about us and her trip to New York!

In March I had the pleasure of heading to New York to photograph for Cari Swanson at Windrock Farm. My friend Suzanne joined me so we spent a day in the city being tourists before heading to Amenia to visit Cari. The last time I visited New York City was right after 9/11 St. Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church was still adorned with flowers, cards and momentos to the fallen.

After September 11, 2001, St. Paul’s became the site of an extraordinary, round-the-clock relief ministry to rescue and recovery workers for nine months. Though the World Trade Center buildings collapsed just across the street, there was no damage to St. Paul’s, earning it the nickname “the little chapel that stood.”

After our brief visit to the big city we took the train up to Wassaic, New York where Cari picked us up and took us to her farm. What a beautiful drive, rolling hills and gorgeous countryside. 

Cari and part of her “tribe”. Five Icelandic Sheepdogs Storm, Loki, Röskur, Rune and Freyja

I met Cari years ago when she was working on a movie set that was filming at the Burge Plantation in Mansfield, Georgia.  Thanks to Facebook we’ve stayed in contact and when the opportunity arose I jumped at the chance to head to New York to work with Cari and her horses.  Cari Swanson is the owner of  Swanson Productions. They provide specialty horses for film, television and commercials including carriages and wranglers as well as instruction. Cari is a Horse trainer, Riding Instructor, Producer and Author.
Visit her website at http://cariswanson.com/

I wanted to shoot horses in the snow and boy did I get to! We had some gorgeous models that gladly showed their stuff for us under gorgeous blue skies the first day.

Paint Mares, Lily and Dreamer

Listo and Merlin, Lusitano Stallion and Gelding


The light was stunning, “Novelisto” owned by Ashley Slack Waller.

These two images were taken back to back but with the help of Photoshop we can make them look warm or cool. Which one do you like better?

I took lots and lots of images. Horses rearing and horses being goofy. All total the first day I think I shot over 2500 frames.

Lisa Oberman sent some of her beautiful custom tack for us to use. El Sueño Español check it out on Facebook.

This is the gorgeous Morgan Stallion, Rosevale Leggo owned by A Horse Drawn Affair.

We did portrait work with Blaze and Bond for promotional use too. These guys are veterans in the film business.

We even brought horses in the house!

Always trying to be creative, what can I do different with rearing horses? Cari had this great Carousel horse in her house so why not put it in a composite with Listo!

Cari is amazing with her horses, they respect her and respond to everything she asks willingly. Thank you Cari, we enjoyed our time at Windrock Farm and can’t wait to come back!

The horse knows….
He knows if you know….
He also knows if you don’t know.
~ Ray Hunt

Stay tuned plans are being discussed for a workshop at Cari’s farm for 2018.

On our way back to the city we stopped in Hudson, New York to photograph the Dr. Oliver Bronson House. This hidden gem is a challenge to be able to visit due to limited hours —- but if you love architecture and historic preservation, you won’t want to miss the experience. The house is centered around a grand spiral staircase that winds it’s way through the center of the house.

Well that was our world wind of a weekend of fabulous photographic opportunities, wonderful fellowship, yummy food and meeting new friends.

Thanks to all who made this trip possible!




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