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Shelley Paulson

Shelley Paulson is an equestrian photographer and filmmaker based in Minnesota. She shares an inspiring look at some of her favorite images and the stories behind them in her new book, Horses, Portraits & Stories, available on Amazon.

The Equestrians of Color Project

In 2020, the topic of racial equity came roaring into the headlines in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Many…

9 months ago


Angel Reins: Where Horses Bring Hope to Human Trafficking Victims

The horses of Angel Reins are bringing hope and healing to victims of human trafficking. When we think of therapeutic…

11 months ago

A Different Approach to Fox Hunting

Originally established in 16th century England, formalized mounted fox hunting with hounds was brought to America in 1650. The first…

1 year ago

Morgans in the Snow: A Photo Portfolio

My friend Carol Prindle of Whispering Meadows Morgan Farm and I had been talking for months about doing a winter…

2 years ago

The Wild Ponies of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands

In recent years, I have taken several trips to photograph wild horses. These trips have taken me west, where horses…

3 years ago

The Hallelujah Horse Mustangs

When you think of a sanctuary for wild Mustang stallions, you probably don’t picture it nestled in the heart of…

3 years ago

Horses from Above: Drone Photography of Horses

It seems you can’t watch a TV show or movie these days without seeing scenes filmed with a drone. This…

4 years ago

In Real Life: Go Big with an 18.1-Hand Percheron Driving Horse

At 15 years old, Rilee Klaers may be just starting his driver’s education training, but he’s been driving his Percheron…

4 years ago

The Dual Recovery of Sunday, the May 2020 Horse Illustrated Cover Model, and Owner Kaia Kroll

Horse Illustrated's May 2020 cover model was a beautiful Appaloosa mare named Minnesota Nice, or Sunday as she’s called around…

4 years ago

An Illustrated Look at A Royal Affair

A visit to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto should be on every equestrian’s bucket list. The event, which…

4 years ago