Wednesday, September 16, 2009

24 Days and Counting Down...

Wednesday, September 16 2009

That's 563 hours, 11 minutes and 33 seconds, until The Equestrian Vagabond's Special Appearance, on Saturday October 10th, in Paducah, Kentucky, at Judeen's Art Studio and Gallery, where my photography and artwork will be featured.

My agent has been busy sending out press releases to local, and not-so-local media in Kentucky, like this one at

"Saturday, October 10
Merri Melde: The Equestrian Vagabond
Judeen’s Art Studio and Gallery
720 Harrison St
Paducah, KY
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The multiple award-winning equine photographer and writer Merri Melde, The Equestrian Vagabond, will be making a special appearance at Judeen's Art Studio on this Second Saturday in LowerTown. Stop by and visit with the world-travelling Equestrian Vagabond, be entertained by her stories and enjoy her photographs.

Merri has travelled the world in pursuit of horse adventures — hanging out, photographing and riding with Princes and Shaikhas, a Countess, a King or two and Mere Mortals. (She reports the Mere Mortals are the most fun.)

Merri has been behind the lens shooting horses since 1986, from Kentucky to California, Texas to Washington and from Northern Ireland to Germany, Bangkok and Cairo. Her photos and stories have appeared in magazines around the world, magazine covers, books and phone book covers. Currently she is on assignment in Kentucky, covering the Endurance pre-ride for the 2010 World Equestrian Games."

Isn't it a hoot?

My appearance and photography show happens to coincide, as it says, with the Kentucky Cup - the endurance pre-ride for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington on October 14th at the Kentucky Horse Park, which I will be covering for If you're in the area on the 10th, stop by Paducah and Judeen's Art Studio and Gallery, and I'll tell you some tall horse tales... like the time I got to ride a Lord of the Rings horse...

If you are awaiting news on my SPECIAL APPEARANCE, blog entries featuring some of my photos will appear periodically during the next month.

Meanwhile - back to wrap-up coverage of last weekend's AERC National Championships for endurance, and onward to cover the Virginia City 100 this weekend in Virginia City, Nevada. (A ride I completed in 2002!)

(Oh - and make that 561 hours, 40 minutes, and 59 seconds, and counting...)


  1. Yay for you, Merri. Alas, I won't be anywhere near Kentucky...but if you ever do a show in the Seattle area, you'll be sure to send out an alert, right?

  2. Wow, that's awesome! I wish I could attend

  3. Hi Mere, Congratulations!!

    You deserve the best.

  4. Yeay!!! I can't wait. It will be great to meet Merre in person!
    Robin - Paducah, KY

  5. I did some catch up reading last night. Very interesting. Great pics! Keep up the great photography and writing!

  6. Congrats to you Merri!

  7. oh I love your photos

  8. Oh I'll be blowing trumpets if I do one in the Seattle area!
    thanks everybody : )