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RMR Kids & Horses Photo 

Album Winners

 

January 2014  

Editor’s Note: The Page 18, #2 photo of Bobby Mensik riding 33-year-old Morgan, Shadow, was the people’s choice winner of the Photo Contest!  

Many thanks to all who took time to vote and make a comment!

We received votes on every photo in our “Kids & Horses” Reader Photo Album in the December 2013 issue of RMR. Some voters took an extra minute to tell why they voted for the photo they did!  

Here are their responses.


Page 18 - Photo 2 

 


Talented rider. Nice picture.

Lithia

FL


How can you not love the mirror image of a young cowboy with his horse in the pond.

Lake in the Hills

IL


The child & horse look like they were meant to be together & the reflection is an added bonus.

Columbus

MT


This horse is a wise teacher and old soul.

montrose

CO


This picture represents the youth of Montana doing what every child in the USA dreams of doing everyday.

Firestone

CO


Gorgeous horse. Nice reflection.

Red Lodge

MT


Beautiful picture! Love the reflection in the water. The horse is posed perfectly and the child looks so cute!

Reno

NV


Great photo of a boy and his horse. Each have their own identity and still appear united as a cohesive unit. There is a confident innocence in the boy and a majesty about the horse that meld into a beautiful complete scenario.

Santa Monica

CA


Liked the way the rider sat tall in the saddle.

Boca Raton

FL


I love how happy and fun loving they look.

Lithia

FL


I love the colors and composition of this photo. I love the beautiful mirror image of the horse in the pond. Everything was perfect.

Red Lodge

MT


Being a New Yorker I don't know much about the Rocky Mountains or horses. I've been to Montana about four times and I love it in all times of the year. This picture literally reflects where I want my kids to grow up. The horse looks majestic and mature, and the boy looks comfortable on the horse. It's hard to fathom that a place covered in snow a few months earlier can look this green in the summer!!

Brookhaven

NY


It's just so cute!

Fort Collins

CO


Dear RMR, It's a hard decision, but becuase Me and My Shadow was so unforgettable. People who have adopted BLM Mustangs, burros, etc. are worthy of great praise and hard not to vote for them. Anything to report on the case of Cooper's killer? Keep up the good work. TL Bode

Augusta

MT


Adorable

Lithia

FL


Very cute and natural

Auburn

CA


Great picture!!!!!

Olalla

WA


A proud young horseman on a proud black gelding, with their mirrored image on a quiet stretch of water... My whole American dream when I was 10 years old... Now I am an old man but the dream is still there! Thanks to Bobby I can still believe... Technically speaking, the photo is very good by itself... And at first glance, you may see in his attitude, that the boy has fine horseman's blood in his veins... I definitely vote for this photo! And with both hands!

ETEL (France)

 


Nothing like a boy and his horse in beautiful Montana .

Absarokee

MT


My favorite because of the ages of the horse and rider. This horse is well aged and still providing fun, safety and experience to the rider. I personally know this horse, have ridden him myself and have all the respect I can muster for him and Bobby has come up in the equestrian ranks primarily due to this wonderful steed!

Fort Shaw

MT


Great looking 33 year old Morgan!

Florence

MT


Bobby Mensik. Beautiful horse even at 33 years old! AND the boy is my great nephew!! So proud of him.

 

GA


Page 18 - Photo 1

 


Just too adorable!

Victor

MT


I like the calmness of the burro and the great imagination of the young lady. great picture.

Fortine

MT


Emilio and Emily are such a treat to see every year at the Utah Wild Horse & Burro Festival. They always have the cutest costume and are such a great addition. Besides how can you not like a burro who likes to dress up?

Erda

UT


I think it is adorable.

Gregory

SD


I am friends with Missy and Emily.

Ojai

CA


The picture made me lol.

Weiser

ID


Page 18 - Photo 3

 


This photo really stuck out to me and it captured the epitome of young love.

Shoshone

ID


First of all, it was a tuff vote because they (kids and their horses) are all so cute and apealling to see. But I must fall to the Appaloosas that I love and favor. Best wishes to Brittany and Coleman and the horses they love!

Ennis

MT


I thought it was sweet.

Huson

MT


Always nice to see a couple that share friendship and love of horses.

 

OR

 

Page 19 - Photo 1

 


Happy Kids and a very nice horse.

Helena

MT


I love the looks on those little boys faces, you just know they love being on that horse!

Livingston

MT


to be young again

Ronan

MT


Best photo, no doubt.

 

MI


Old horse, young kids, the little boy with the hat is SO thrilled!

 

MT


This pair of cute kids are happy up-coming cowboys. Those grins!

 

MT


it was so cute

 

MT


These kids are like family to us. They are the sweetest boys.

 

MT


Page 19 - Photo 4


It reminded me of my childhood with our little Welch-Morgan named Candy Apple about 35 yrs ago...my two sisters and I and our cousin all sat on her at the same time, too, just like this photo, and she didn't even flinch, she would have been about 8 yrs old then...we were at my grandma's house, who just passed away 10 months ago. Our horse Candy died when she was 36 yrs old....great memories!

Sunnyside

WA


This is a great stallion, obviously laid back and trustworthy!

Huson

MT


Page 19 - Photo 5

 

It is natural and not set up, 2 sis's enjoying their horse...wonderful composition and showing kids actually working before they ride....something we learned to do as kids, we had to make sure the horse was brushed and clean, before we could ride. Part of owning a horse.

Hamilton

MT


Page 20 - Photo 2

 


It shows the horse and girl riding the open pasture that most ranches have, not an arena or trail. I applaud the area sports and love them too but feel it is more like the everyday ride that we do as we grow up helping with chores.

Miles City

MT


Tatum knows work ethics. Works hard with horses and cattle and that transfer to school and community.

Glasgow

MT


Hard working little cowgirl! All summer long she rides with her grandparents on the ranch helping instead of sitting around playing video games. America needs more kids just like her!

Glasgow

MT


Please select little Tatum, she's a real horsewoman for sure!

 

MT


It just really spoke to me.

 

MT


Page 20 - Photo 5

 


The photograph catches the essence of the work at hand. The young rider is fully focused on moving her horse quietly to get the heifer to go the right direction. She appears calm yet ready to act if either the horse or the heifer makes a sudden move. The horse, although only three years old, is responding to the rider's cues with confidence and is focused on the heifer, and the heifer is focused on the horse. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Much can be learned from this photograph just by observing the details.

Philipsburg

MT


I'm impressed by the fact that this is a adopted wild horse age 3 and a young person is using him. Way to go - kids riding wild horses! I would like to know more about Wyoming Mustang Days and the event.

 Lander

WY


Ella Fluer on Tug. While she is generally the same age (with one exception) of the other kids in the "working" photos, she is on the youngest horse by far - no seasoned horse taking care of her. She is really showing what a young girl can do with a very young horse - and this is a mustang to boot! Shows just what those mustangs really can do after all!

 Casper

WY


I selected this photo because the girl was riding a Mustang which was once in the wild and had to be trained and gentled. You can see the intensity in the photo, both in the horse and the calf. Great job, Ella Fluer!

 

OK


Page 21 - Photo 1

 

Kyla rides this big gelding helping her Dad check fences and move cattle for several big ranches in our area. Even though she is petite, she rides and handles this horse like a pro. Her Dad says this horse has a different attitude when Kyla rides him.

Hall

MT


Page 21 - Photo 3

 


The photo depicts a youngster that is having good clean fun, no props, and has trained her mount to respond as she wants. All of the photos are quite good, but this one stands apart, no "million dollar" chaps or props, just good ol' fun with an equine, we should all strive to promote this type of accomplishment. Too often we focus on the "stuff" we add to the outfit or mount.

Atlanta

MO


I know Demi works hard to stay in touch with and working with her horse every day, as well as sports activities at school and school work. And yes, she is my beautiful granddaughter!! Yvonne Yoder

Plains

MT


Page 21 - Photo 4

 


Timing was perfect, even though I wanted to vote for a long ears photo that one put a smile on my face

Belgrade

MT


This is such an awesome photo. It is so adorable.

 

ID


I liked this photo because it is my friend and her horse Melody. In all the time we've been friends I've NEVER seen her make that face! It made me laugh SO hard!

 

ID


Marissa & her horse are in unison - laughing & having fun. To me it shows a close bond between both of them to have the same look.

 

ID


Page 21 - Photo 5

 


Thank you. Good job with the contest! Joyce Smith

 

 


I enjoyed the may great photos of kids and their horses! Thank you, -L. Butler

 

 


Rocky
Mountain
Rider Magazine: Thank you, for all your wonderful publications this past year of 2013!!! I have a hard time waiting for each publication to come out! Your contest of 2013 Kids & Horses is the best ever! There is no way to pick one winner, because they all are! I keep going over and over them and finally picked number 5 on page 21, Daisy Smith and her BLM Mustang Magic. Both horse and rider are having fun! God Bless you and your readers. A fan of horses & kids connecting together. Sue McCreary P.S. Tales of a Horse Mom by Gwen Bartran of Timnath , CO , deserves a blue ribbon and a trophy! Thanks to her, and to you for sharing that special article; to which we can all say Amen. What a special, special picture of Jean Ann Evans and her mother. I can hardly wait for the January 2014 RMR to be published and put out for us to read! Happy New Year! P.S.S. The reader photo of the month is very special also! I think Josey is asking Santa where his sleigh is!

Stevensville

MT


This is my favorite photo, because Daisy is riding her Mustang in the water of a lake. This requires extreme trust between the horse and rider. Daisy also trained and worked with her horse for years.

Draper

UT


Page 22 - Photo 1

 


This is a proud little rider and horse. I love the sitting position

Salmon

ID


This little girl is the sweetest most loving little thing. She is pure gold.

Salmon

ID


1 Outstanding photograph showing how a horse takes care of a young rider … they know! and the confidence in the horse a little girl has

Salmon

ID


Local girl support and she's cute.

Challis

ID


Cutest little girl ever!

Salmon

ID


Great to see young riders starting out with the right "stuff"!

 

ID


It is amazing that such a little girl can be on a full sized horse - so cute!

 

ID


Tiny soul just perched perfectly!

 

ID


Page 22 - Photo 2

 

This mare acts as gentle as a few horses I've had when you show them some on small. They are curious but are very careful not to hurt some one you value and want to show to them

Sunburst

MT


Page 22 - Photo 4

 


It shows the bond and love between a child and horse-priceless!

St/ Maries

ID


Who will prevail?

Parker

CO


It was tough to choose from among all the great photos. Steve Frank

 

 


This picture touched my heart. Vanilla and Megan are equally serious as they express their love for each other. Gotta love the length of those stirrups! How I wish I could have had a horse when I was 4. Instead I was 40 when I was blessed with a horse to love. And he loved me back!

Salmon

ID


Page 22 - Photo 5

 

Great!

Wenatchee

WA


Page 23 - Photo 1

 

I chose this photo because the young man, Ryker, looks like he is having a terrific day and the horse, Yeller also looks relaxed. That's the way it should look!! Like fun; not work and not stressful!!

Ellensburg

WA


Page 23 - Photo 2

 


Beginning horsemanship.

McCall

ID


I like this photo simply because it shows how special the Horse / Human bond can be. The kind and curious expression on this young mare's face, the look of awe on the baby's and the Joy and excitement of showing off her brand new "Pride and Joy" to a beloved friend on Mom's says it all!

Three Forks

MT

 
It's a First Time moment! For both mare and baby..

Sundance

WY


(Horse, baby, mother) The picture feels warm and touching. The eyes of the horse were gentle and his head was lowered towards the baby showing curiosity and affection. The piece of hay hanging out of the horse's mouth is so - so- so. The baby is looking at the horse and the mother is so happy. It shows how a first bonding of a child to horses is accomplished.

Hamilton

MT


I couldn't help it. Both the kid & the horse are my babies!

Upton

WY


Baby and horse bonding- never too young. The horse looks as interested as the baby.

 

WY


Page 23 - Photo 3

 

You can see how much Mckenzie loves this horse.

Missoula

MT

 

 

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