Behind The Lens: A Photographic Look Back at 2020 by The Equestrian Vagabond

Continuing a popular tradition, Merri Melde, The Equestrian Vagabond, reflects back on outstanding photographic moments of the previous year in her online gallery, “A Fun Look Back at 2020.”

“Despite the COVID pandemic that affected every single person and every horse sport in some way,” Melde said, “the beauty of the horse in nature and in partnership with humans was untouched.”

This year’s chosen images include scenic endurance rides, candids of the Owyhee home herd in southwest Idaho, and Between The Ears shots.

Even with COVID canceling the AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference) Endurance ride season until June, Melde served as Official Photographer at numerous Endurance rides in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming (including the 50th anniversary of the epic Big Horn 100); and she carried her camera as she competed in endurance rides in Idaho aboard the Standardbred Hillbillie Willie.

Merri’s photographs and articles appeared in print and online in various horse publications, including Arabian Horse Life, Mules and More, Equus, Friends of Sound Horses,, and She released her fourth book in 2020, Turn Right at the Sarcophagus: An Egyptian Adventure.

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Contact: Merri Melde

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