As I’ve mentioned, a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending several days doing photo sessions at one of my favorite locations, Toyon Farm. Toyon is located in Napa, CA, and the farm is situated at the top of a hill with a commanding view. The equestrian facility is a work of art, with unusual architectural details: rounded windows in the indoor, a congenial courtyard with a water feature that mimics an old style water trough, wide, airy barn aisles and big beautiful doors. It presides over vineyards of Carneros pinot noir grapes, ponds, and some of the most towering, stately eucalyptus trees I’ve ever seen. There is a beautifully “footed” indoor, an outdoor dressage arena, and another ring big enough for jumpers. There are hacking trails, too, but we’re not talking rocky native California footing here: these trails are soft and manicured, and you can easily walk for 45 minutes without doubling your route.
The horses are happy here.
The horses’ people are happy here.
When I’m photographing here, I don’t have to work very hard to make my subjects smile!
Here are some of my favorites: