A day in the life of – Claire Beer

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It’s the day before our first real vacation this year, May 17th, a Tuesday. Like usual, doing ten different things at the same time, while trying to figure out what to pack for a two week bike camping trip through Salt Lake, Lake Tahoe, Napa, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, when suddenly I received a phone call from a strange number. My phone suggested it may be “Cavalia”. Yes, the Cavalia with the twirling dancers, gifted riders and the most beautiful horses. I admit I was a bit timid to answer the phone, but my guts pretty much yelled at me “Just answer the phone”. So I did and this very familiar soft voice with a French Canadian accent answered the phone. It was Kim, Cavalia’s publicist, who I met when visiting the show in San Francisco only the year before. Long story short….she was in need for photos of the show the next day and invited me to watch the show that very same evening. Well, dear Kim, Salt Lake is 6 hours from Eagle, Colorado, so there was no way we would have made it the same night. However, Salt Lake was on our road trip route anyway, because we had planned on visiting our friend Claire, who currently stars in Cavalia as an aerialists and rider. So sure enough we packed up our car and the next day we went west bound with bikes and cameras and all! After nearly 6 hours and exactly 400 miles we finally made it and we were happy to be reunited with the one and only Claire Beer, who is always such a joy to be around. The next day, I enjoyed following Claire around the big white top getting a glimpse into her not so ordinary life.

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Claire taking care of her horse Fabuloso.

After I got to see the dressing room, stables and tack room, the most exciting moment for me was to watch the young riders, including Claire, exercise their four-legged stars. The dedication and love everyone pours into this production is truly inspiring. After my day observing everyone backstage, it was time for me to prepare for my evening photographing Cavalia’s Odysseo for publicity needs. And I have to say, Sean and I really did get the royal treatment with VIP seats, not two, no six of them for enough room to photograph. They fed us, let us cut lines, I’ve never felt so important. This equestrian theater is simply stunning and so much fun to photograph. If you have a chance to see Cavalia in nearby city, I would highly encourage that. Check out their tour dates here: http://www.cavalia.net/en

Claire riding Fabuloso and Rio in the main arena in front of the big white top.

Shortly after an article appeared in the Portland Tribune.

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Photo Session with Patriot in Colorado Springs

My session with Amy and Patriot was pretty exciting. When she contacted me, she told me that she wanted to do a photo shoot with her horse, Patriot, in an amazing location, but she wasn’t sure where. This photo shoot was going to be one of their last big adventures to commemorate their time Colorado. Amy is a senior at CSU and finishing her degree in Equine Science in December. Patriot is a 7-year old Thoroughbred, who has been retired from the racetrack, and now gets to enjoy his retirement with Amy doing eventing and other light english disciplines.

The first day we photographed at Woodland Park, and Patriot did great, considering it was chilly and windy in the woods, lots of noises and new things to see. But did they look gorgeous, Amy in her hunter green hunter outfit and Patriot all done up! A dream location and I wish we would have had more time to shoot, but the sun was setting and we still had to deal with a flat tire on the horse trailer and find our horse camp for the night. So off to the next gas station we went where, Amy and Cheyenne changed the tire like pros, and Patriot was showing me how well he can handle gas stations at night. What a great horse!

After a 50 min drive we arrived at Cactus Creek Ranch in Pueblo, where we had planned on spending the night with Patriot. The owners of the Ranch welcomed us, despite the fact how late it was. They showed us Patriot’s stable which was roomy, clean and warm. After he had all settled in, we moved into the bunk house, which was way more and better than just a bunk house. The rooms where super comfortable and clean. I would highly recommend Cactus Creek Ranch to anyone traveling through CO Springs with their horse.

The next morning we were determined to make it to Garden of the Gods before sunrise. We got up at 5AM, loaded up the four-legged superstar and left. The drive was short and I like to believe that we also missed a lot of the rush hour by leaving this early.
It was freezing cold. So cold, I wish I would have had gloves to take pictures. I think I lost feeling in my fingertips a couple of times. But it was worth it! See for yourself. Thanks Amy and especially Cheyenne for being such a great help and support!

See the entire session here.

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USHJA Fall Show at the Colorado Horse Park


I usually don’t do horse shows, but when I do them I go all out! 4…..4 days covering the United States Hunter Jumper Championships at the scenic Colorado Horse Park. What an amazing location to shoot. I photographed everything from Hunter to Jumper, got to see many past clients competing and met many wonderful new clients. Big shout out to the Langer Equestrian Group who organized the entire show and especially to Charlotte Robson, you guys are great and I had a blast working with you!



One of the highlights were the USHJA Team as well as Individual Championships. I loved shooting all this action and emotion, it was truly so much fun to watch and photographs!

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