Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Late Afternoon Deelite

I'm heading back up to northern Michigan to pack up and close on my house up there.  It took close to 3 yrs to sell my home! 

I won't be posting for the next week so I wanted to put up a quick post about the other evening when Matt and I thought we'd have a gorgeous sunset and we wanted to take some photos.  So we decided to head on over to Old Friends and take some pictures of the champions that live there. 

Matt went over to take photos of Marquetry.  Marquetry is 24 yrs old and is the sweetest stallion I've ever been around.  Einstein is a close 2nd to him in sweetness...

Matt hopped into his paddock to grab some photos - this is with the approval of Michael Blowen.  One should never really go into the paddock of a stallion they don't know well...

And Marquetry followed Matt around like a puppy

While Matt was shooting Marquetry (which he blogged about here with some cool photos), I went across the way to visit with Afternoon Deelites.

Afternoon Deelites was pensioned from stallion duty due to declining fertility earlier this year.  He raced as a homebred for Burt Bacharach and I believe Angie Dickinson had a share in him as well.  At any rate, Angie contacted the farm where Afternoon Deelites stood in Louisiana and got him retired to Old Friends so his fans could visit him.  Bloodhorse Magazine wrote a nice article about it which you can read here. 

Michael Blowen came out to chat with us and while Matt and Michael were chatting away I saw a cool sunset happening and shot Afternoon Deelites in his new home at dusk.

Enjoy your week!


  1. Gorgeous! I love that last shot. I should totally buy it and just tell people it's my horse. Who would know? ;-)

    Congrats on selling the house. Hope closing goes smoothly.

  2. I love the sunset! I hope everything goes well for you in Michigan. Maybe it will be cooler there?

  3. Greetings folks from the Amish community of Lebanon county. Richard from Amish Stories.

  4. Great photos as always! Can there ever be a bad picture of Old Friends?