Can I share your umbrella ?
Claire McCormick and Shilstone Rocks Mountain Man, who originally came from snowy Dartmoor in January 2013 to a Hawkes Bay, (NZ) drought in his mother’s womb in 2013!
Of course you can …, but I don’t think it looks like rain!”
Hello this is Mate!
At Arborfield Santuary Charitable Trust near Wellsford, Northland, NZ where animals and birds alike have a wonderful life. I took many happy photos of contented animals here last week. Every animals and bird had a name, … but I can’t remember them all!
Grapefruit for breakfast!
The line up of prize winners at the North Island All Breeds show at Taupo, New Zealand has it’s moments! Photo thanks to Rosemary Bremner
The Little Book of New Zealand Sheep is now out!
And available in New Zealand.
We have had some issues with a batch of 2017 Dartmoor calendars printed by a local printer. If you have any disappointments with the quality of your calendar please get in touch and let us know where you purchased it. Thank you. firstname.lastname@example.org
These photographs are taken by my good friend and much appreciated editor Jonathan Constant. Above is me with Shilstone Rocks Lighning, who is full brother to Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay, who is the star one of my new Rainbow books, called “Thunder the Foal”. Below I am holding Lad my Cairn terrier who has his own book “Lad the Dog”!
Just been photographing the Abondance cows coming down the mountain …with flowers in their Hair! With my Shaggy Sheep book proving popular I feel another book is brewing … about cows! To see my sheep books take a look at http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/books/shaggy-sheep/
A room/field with a view! Here on Dartmoor is Yoanna, who I traveled from Greece to north west Spain several years ago and features in my Across Europe book. http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/books/riding-by-faith-across-europe/ Beside her is my Dartmoor pony Shilstone Rocks Rainbow, who is another of my published stars in my new book set “Rainbow and her Farmyard Friends. http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/books/rainbow-childrens-books/
At a very rainy Widecombe Fair on Tuesday where we had thunder and lightning! Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay won first prize in his class, Reserve Champion Dartmoor and 2 big cups, which he is very proud of! He is also a star in ‘Thunder the Foal’, one of my 7 Rainbow books series. Both the individual books and box set of 7 proved to be popular on the day. You can visit the Rainbow page at http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/…/…/rainbow-childrens-books/
Pinky the Piglet
Come and meet some of the stars of Tracey’s new book set ‘Rainbow and her Farmyard Friends’ some you can meet on the Widecombe Fair field on this Tuesday 13th September. If you can’t make it to the fair these books will also be available in outlets in and around Dartmoor or at http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/bo…/rainbow-childrens-books/
Gerty and Ruby the red hen
Thunder the Foal
Dex the Calf
Lad the Dog
Oh so good to go on a little adventure again! .. Riding/walking up ski fields over mountains. Exploring the Haute Savoie. When I saw Mont Blanc, it reminded me of several years ago, when I approached the same mountain called Monte Bianco on the Italian side (traveling with two ponies from Greece to North West Spain) and I was reminded of these words of Italian climber Walter Bonatti; L’avventura e dentro di noi” = “The adventure is inside us!”
With Lake Geneva and Switzerland as the back drop, we climbed, leading our horses up a red ski run. It was definitely worth it for the amazing views of snow capped mountains! Above me riding Junior, Ali’s lovely horse she saved. I first met Ali when I was 19 years old when we were both teaching horse riding (English style) in Michigan, America. Through our faith in God, adventure and horses we have been great friends ever since!
May I introduce you to all these real life characters in my new book set of children’s early learning picture books, which will arrive on my doorstep on Dartmoor in late August! Both adults reading to children and children learning to read will love these delightful stories of real animals, which live on Dartmoor. Each book cover is a different colour of the rainbow and each book has 34 pages of packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations.
The dimensions of each book is 16x19cm (6 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches)
This year I took Callum, (Callum of Gargunnock) my Highland I rode from the top of Scotland to Land’s End and around Southern Ireland, and Thunder Bay (Shilstone Rocks) to the Animal Service at Widecombe Church. Thunder Bay had been last year as a foal he still did a huge leap over 3 steps into church. He grabbed the vicar’s robe when he got blessed and wanted to be involved in the singing, trying to eat the song book, while Callum fell asleep! To see more of Callum’s ‘riding around Southern Ireland” or Thunder the Foal’s’ stories please visit www.TraceyElliotReep.com
Shilstone Rocks Rainstorm has a new colt foal, who looks very similar to his full brother Thunder Bay! They will make a great pair Thunder and perhaps his name will be “Lightning”!? Thunder and Lightning?!
Rainbow the Pony is one of the 7 books in the bookset “Rainbow and Her Farmyard Friends” which has just gone to press.
Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay, one of the real life characters in my latest box set of 7 books to be launched at Widecombe Fair on 13th September called “Rainbow and Her Farmyard Friends” Was indeed a star at the Royal Cornwal Show, as he won his yearling class!
Beautiful atmospheric clouds over Dartmoor a few days ago. I love how the shadows race across the rugged landscape and the colours change every few moments making the scene look so different.
Early March on Dartmoor – Winter has arrived along with the snow! I went for an early morning walk with my camera and dog and suddenly several snow clouds opened up over Dartmoor, us and the ponies.
This is Shilstone Rocks Mountain Bay, dam of Mountain Bay who flew to New Zealand a few years ago. I think she wish she could have gone too!
Frosty last night! Shilstone Rocks Rainbow breathing (smoke!) in the cold morning! One of my current stars featured in a series of children’s books called Rainbow’s Farmyard Friends, which will be out later this year.
The snow quickly came and went on most of Dartmoor on Friday, but looking west it still looked white on the high moor, so that’s where I headed! In the past in my old red landrover, I didn’t mind bouncing off the granite stone walls in the ice and snow, but now I have a newer model (only 10 years old without dents), I am more careful and parked in Princetown and walked and ran several miles through the snow with Lad my dog to catch the last of the sunlight on Nun’s Cross. The following morning after another long walk with camera and Lad, I returned to Princetown and to crowds of people and snowmen!
This beautiful Dartmoor pony wall hanging was made by Kirsty Peake, using my photos. It is unique as my name photograph by is reversed. Get in touch if you are interested in buying it for a special Christmas gift. http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/contact/
Loved to watch and photograph the mist slowly rolling in over the tors and hills of Dartmoor! What a gift to be out and about and get some atmospheric photos! Above is Great Mis Tor, near Merrivale and below is the mist rolling into Taw Marsh on the northern edge of Dartmoor.To view my 2016 calendar go to http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/dartmoor/calendar/
Tracey’s adventures and photography on horseback were recently featured in the Equine Photographers Podcast. To Listen, click on the image below:
Autumn is always a colourful season on Dartmoor. I took this picture as the sun was low and back-lighting the trees making their leaves glow and stand out from the shadowed backdrop.
I was out looking for pictures, admiring the autumn leaves hanging over the lane here in the picture above, when this herd of Galloway cows came round the corner! I quickly backed back up the road, squeezing my landrover into a gateway, and jumped out to take some photos. As I followed them up the lane I learned they had spent the summer grazing on the moor near Throwleigh and were moving back to their winter quarters. A lovely Dartmoor scene indeed!
I have been enjoying being out about photographing on Dartmoor recently. I came across this pair heading slowly down Challacombe Valley. In the low winter light you can see the ancient field systems clearly on the right side of the valley and the medieval fields straight ahead.
The Dartmoor Pony Heritage team leaving Widecombe in the Moor, on their 100 miles challenge across and around Dartmoor. www.dpht.co.uk/ The charity dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous Dartmoor pony. Congratulations team – keep it up!
Below: The Dartmoor Pony Heritage team on their 100 mile challenge, crossing Hameldown.
Fabulous Day at Widecombe Fair! After a misty start it cleared into a beautiful sunny day. Early on Cath and I showed Shilstone Rocks Rainstorm and Thunder Bay and they both won a rosette! This is ALL part of their story in one of the seven “Rainbow and her farmyard friends” collection of early learning books. Keep a look out for their launch date.
The ponies were as, as social as I, meeting people from all over the world and receiving many strokes and pats beside my stall of Photographic books, cards and postcards. MANY THANKS to Cherry, Annie, Cath and Chris for all their help.
Dublin Horse Show was a great experience. I went to cheer on my sister Joannna who had qualified for the show jumping. Here she is on her grey horse Cruisie, with whom she has done so well in Ireland. Two of her children, Oliver and Harriet also qualified for the children’s working hunter. It was a fun time. I especially like the photo below of Zoe, my youngest niece in the stable with her mum’s horse Cruisie.
Last week was the Dartmoor Pony International Convention with delegates visiting from all over the world, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Australia. Here they are at the Shilstone Rocks open day last Saturday where we were having a shilstone Rocks stallion parade.
The crowds walked around the fields among the Shilstone Rocks ponies, with the foals coming up to say hello!
At the end of the day! A beautiful day on Dartmoor, in which people from all over the world enjoyed beautiful and friendly Dartmoor ponies.
This is how I layout my NEW Dartmoor Christmas cards, notelets and bookmarks on a B2 printing press sheet. These new cards will be available before the end of August from my website and then later from the shops in and around Dartmoor.
This article written by Keith Rossiter appeared in the Western Morning News yesterday Sunday 12th July 2015.
On Sunday we took all my ponies residing in Widecombe to church! Including my three Dartmoor ponies and Yoanna, which I had travelled with from Athens in Greece to north-west Spain a few years ago. She was the one to lead the way down the steps into the church and the others followed. They stood quietly throughout the service and each were blessed by Geoffrey the vicar. They left a large bucketful of manure as their offering! Everyone enjoyed taking their pets to church and God was certainly smiling down on his creation!
This is Thunder Bay (one day he will be a big beautiful stallion) having some leading lessons, with Rainstorm his mother looking on. Well, okay maybe he will not be that “big”! As the maximum size for Dartmoor ponies is 12.2 hands high!)
Photographs thanks to Jonathan Constant my good friend and editor.
My new Dartmoor 2016 Calendar is now out in the shops on Dartmoor, or available from my website. Please take a look at this years photos! http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/dartmoor/calendar/
On Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm I will be giving a presentation on my riding adventures on Exmoor. http://www.simonsbathfestival.co.uk/events.php
Postbridge on Dartmoor.
Shilstone Rocks Rainstorm just had a lovely colt foal by Shilstone Rocks North Countryman!
Saying “goodbye and see you later!” to Smokey and Pistol on Springs Valley Ranch, where smokey gave me some funny expressions!
Tracey will be sharing her Worldwide travel adventures at the Flagship Gallery, Hamelton, Ontario, Canada on Sunday at 2pm and Wednesday at 7pm – if you happen to reside in the area!
Smokey and Pistol came to Springs Valley Chapel on Sunday to hear their story of their journey from Mexico to Canada! Here they are with Tracey. Photos thanks to Terry Theken.
After some lovely warm days in Colorado and signs of spring there is a big snow today. A shock for us all!
Tracey is giving a few presentations on Saturday morning of the 4th April from 10-12 noon at the Airforce Academy, Colorado Springs. To register to get in the airforce gate please contact email@example.com
Cocoa draws the winner from the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo draw. The winner receives Tracey’s Ireland Adventure book!
From the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo Tracey went on to speak at the Platte Valley Pony Club at Cherry Hills in Denver, Colorado where both children and their parents enjoyed the adventures, especially the photos of the grizzly bear! Tracey’s next presentation will be at the Greeley Library on Wednesday evening, followed by the Cowboy Church in Brush on Saturday evening and then Sunday morning at Last Chance! http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/events/
Come and meet Tracey at Booth 1401 with the Stella Pony club Riding Centre at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, Colorado 80216. From 9 am to 6pm http://www.coloradohorsecouncil.com/index.cfm?id=C0B1B68B-DDA5-4036-9667ED5D5157DCA4
On Sunday, March 15th at 5.30 pm Tracey will be sharing her adventures at the Platte Valley Pony Club in Denver, Colorado.
I have been enjoying working on a on New Zealand Sheep project. The Merino sheep in the dry South Island High Country, produce super fine wool, which is used for quality clothing, in contrast to the coarser fleece of the Romney cross Texel (above shearing photo) and composite breeds of sheep, which is used mainly for carpet wool.