Author Archive for Jenn Zeller

Jenn is a native of Oklahoma and grew up in Texas. More an anomaly of the equine world than not, she didn’t grow up riding; as her first horse wasn’t a part of her life until she was 12 years old. She is a graduate of Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX) where she majored in Marketing and competed in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Assocaition rodeos in the goat tying, breakaway roping, and barrel racing. Currently she resides in South Dakota with her cowboy on his family’s 8,500 acre ranch. Primarily the ranch is a Black Angus cow/calf operation and raises Registered American Quarter Horses. She has been training horses for the public for about 10 years and giving riding lessons for around 15 years. Jenn enjoys telling the story of the joys and sorrows of living on a South Dakota working ranch.

My Very Own Iron Man

We had a baby born the 14th. He’d be a full sibling to my colt, Fridge. He’s adorable, albeit a bit crooked legged. Because he’s windswept and a bit contracted he’s got a nice fluffy, confined spot in the calving barn.  His dad is named Nukem, and his mother is Streakin Iron.  I sent photos […]

Crazy days

To say that life here has been insanely busy, might be putting it nicely.  I’m sure everyone can tell from the lack of posts that I’m busy: it’s not that I’ve nothing to say.  Here’s a quick rundown:  Last weekend I ran all over the state chasing down barrels.  We won some money and had […]

Tuesday’s Tales: The Great Escape

It was a lovely, unseasonably warm, early April Saturday night. There was extra family in from town, and plans were made to go to dinner at our local steakhouse, about 13 miles away, because what do ranchers eat when they’re not eating their own steak? Steak. I’d spent the day doing various chores, doctoring a […]

Pretty light

Earlier this week as Zach and I were watering horses, I caught him coming through the door as the light from sunset flooded in.  This photo makes me happy. Does it you? 
  
Happy trails. 

An Invitation to a Date

My maternal grandmother died a few years ago and at the time my mother was still a busy choir teacher. She’s since retired and has begun the task of going through her mother’s things.  Two weeks ago, she found a box, full of treasures.  You see, Grandma never threw much away. Okay, I think she […]

Foto Friday

I am asked photography questions often. And while I wish I knew how to share the secrets of composition, it sort of just comes out of me. I’m constantly framing the world through the eyes of a lens, whether looking through one or not. Sure, there’s things like the rule of thirds, and color composition, […]

Senior Portraits

It’s time again — time to start planning your last minute sessions, or book a Summer Session for your 2016 senior. Here are some photos from a session I did earlier in the year. Is this girl gorgeous or what?   Isn’t this collage just cool? Please call or email to book your session: jennifer@thesouthdakotacowgirl […]

The Colt Cam Chronicles

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook (though the two aren’t playing nice, lately), you’ve probably missed out on the snippets of video I’m posting. I wish every video editor was as handy to use as Instagram’s. Suggestions anyone? I’ve got three or four on my phone and I kind of hate them […]

Crustless Quiche

I’m not going to lie — eating breakfast is by far one of my favorite things to do. But I’ve done something I thought I’d never do — I am going gluten free (well as much as possible) because of my hypothyroidism.  You can’t buy instant anything in the grocery stores around here that are […]

The Colt Cam Chronicles 2015

“You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear. There will always be something that he fears more than you. But, when he trusts you, he will ask you what to do when he is afraid.” ~ Antoine de Pluvinel (1555-1620), the first of the French Riding Masters Many of you will […]