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John Bartley
03-02-2007, 07:01 AM
Ok folks, everyone has heard that George (copake ham) was the unfortunate winner of the Jan & Feb assignment and as winner :D he has agreed to pick the next subject and also preside as judge. He has informed me that he has an idea (I'm sure he has more than one ...:p ) and he plans to reveal all very shortly, so .....



.... stay tuned ....:cool:

copake_ham
03-02-2007, 09:15 PM
Ok folks, everyone has heard that George (copake ham) was the unfortunate winner of the Jan & Feb assignment and as winner :D he has agreed to pick the next subject and also preside as judge. He has informed me that he has an idea (I'm sure he has more than one ...:p ) and he plans to reveal all very shortly, so .....



.... stay tuned ....:cool:

Thanks John.

I want to follow on John's lead and choose an assignment that is accessible and straightfoward. But that doesn't mean you should "dampen" your creative interpretations.

The March/April 2007 MSA subject is.....

drum roll, please.....

"Working Horses"

The idea is to show a horse (or horses) actively engaged in some kind of work. See the first image below for an example. I took this last week at the Tucson Rodeo where I learned that these buckin' broncos are special performers and live on a ranch in OK with thousands of acres to roam on when they are not "doing a show".

The only prohibition in choosing a shot is to exclude "portraits" of horses just standing around. Although there is an example below (see second image) of a permitted loophole. In this case, an old shot I took of a working horse (NYC street carriage) taking an "oat break" between customers.

Oh, and by horses, I really mean any member of the Equus family so mules, cart ponies or even circus zebras etc. are certainly welcome. Just so long as they are clearly "working".

BTW, there is one other prohibition, folks are not permitted to enter a picture of their boss seated behind a desk by claiming he/she is a jackass! ;)

Like John, I'm a liberal and supportive "judge" - so please don't hesitate to submit a photo. Oh, and extra "points" are clearly awarded for those who show horses working in "unusual" occupations. With that, I'll warn you that John already has a great idea in that category!

Finally, as it is an "assignment" please try to enter new photos rather than "archival" ones like my second shot!

Good luck to all!

Sanjay Sen
03-02-2007, 11:48 PM
The idea sounds interesting, but I am trying to think how I can participate considering the fact that I live in suburban New Jersey and the only horses I see around here are the ones grazing about in someone's fenced-in "farm", not really "working"! Anyway, this is just the beginning of March....:)

Lopaka
03-03-2007, 08:36 AM
Interesting idea, George, but in my neck of the woods, horses only work in tourist related industries in the warmer months - May thru Oct.

Bob

waynecrider
03-03-2007, 08:59 AM
Maybe I'll be able to find a cop someplace with a horse underneath, otherwise it's just going to be kids at the local riding ranch or something at a rodeo if there is one..... Wishing I was in Amish country.

Sanjay Sen
03-03-2007, 09:29 AM
<...>Wishing I was in Amish country.
That gives me an idea! And I'm about an hour away from PA Amish Country. Thanks Wayne! :D

Flotsam
03-03-2007, 11:31 AM
By the way George, that Bronco photo would make a great natural postcard for the city of Tucson.

rwyoung
03-03-2007, 11:34 AM
The idea sounds interesting, but I am trying to think how I can participate considering the fact that I live in suburban New Jersey and the only horses I see around here are the ones grazing about in someone's fenced-in "farm", not really "working"! Anyway, this is just the beginning of March....:)

They are landscape professionals. Grass cutting and fertilizing.

Steve Smith
03-03-2007, 12:54 PM
Does anyone know what the September assignment will be? If I start now I may get something done in time!

Anyway, Working Horses is an excellent theme. We have quite a few of those where I live. But its more heavy horses plowing fields than rodeo horses.

Steve.

copake_ham
03-03-2007, 03:12 PM
Does anyone know what the September assignment will be? If I start now I may get something done in time!

Anyway, Working Horses is an excellent theme. We have quite a few of those where I live. But its more heavy horses plowing fields than rodeo horses.

Steve.

I'd love to see entries with plough horses! And a mounted policeman etc. is perfect.

And remember too, at riding academies the horse IS working even if the rider is having "fun". With all these young horsewomen prancing about in the "tonier" suburbs there should be plenty of opportunities. Did someone say "Steeplechase"? ;)

MattKing
03-03-2007, 07:38 PM
Does modeling count as "work"? ;)

(I can't use this one, it is a couple of years old)

Matt

John Bartley
03-03-2007, 08:01 PM
That's cute !! :)

copake_ham
03-03-2007, 08:05 PM
Does modeling count as "work"? ;)

(I can't use this one, it is a couple of years old)

Matt

Matt,

The pony is "working"; right? ;)

spark
03-04-2007, 12:49 AM
Around here racing season is on. If I hit the pick-six a Bronica may find a new home.

Sirius Glass
03-12-2007, 01:17 PM
If I send in a photo of my ex would that count for this assignment? :p

Steve

copake_ham
03-12-2007, 02:12 PM
If I send in a photo of my ex would that count for this assignment? :p

Steve

Steve,

See my original "rules". Your "ex" would likely come under the boss/jackass exclusion! :D

Sirius Glass
03-12-2007, 03:04 PM
Steve,

See my original "rules". Your "ex" would likely come under the boss/jackass exclusion! :D

You are right. And I do not want to be accused of beating a dead horse. I stand corrected. Mea culpa!

Steve

copake_ham
04-05-2007, 07:55 PM
Hay folks!

C'mon the current MSA is that much of a horse's ass even if it was suggested by one!

Remember there's only about three weeks left. And the "Derby" is just after the end of the MSA ends so there's the scent of manure in the air!

And think about it. Is there anything more near and dear to our filmster hearts than those stirring words from the Lone Ranger?

"Hi ho, Silver, away!"

They shoot horses, don't they? ;)

RobLewis
04-06-2007, 02:48 PM
Does modeling count as "work"? ;)

(I can't use this one, it is a couple of years old)

Matt

Can't believe I'm about to say it...

My God. That is one freakishly tall bride.


Horse cops it is, here in the Windy City... now if only I can get a horse to beat up a bartender...

MattKing
04-09-2007, 12:03 AM
Can't believe I'm about to say it...

My God. That is one freakishly tall bride.

If you think that Rob, than what do you think about this horse :):

Same wedding, same bride, slightly different equine animal :)