by Lissa, Senior Marketing Assistant
Last week Becki (marketing manager), Kristi (photography manager), and I set off at 6:00am from Logan Airport headed to Dallas/Ft Worth, a very familiar trip for us. 4:00am is a little early to leave Plymouth, MA in order to make our 6:00am flight, but we weren’t worried because we could just sleep on the flight, or so we thought… Turns out we were our airlines provided entertainment….. the cute youngster sitting behind us doing his best Tommy Lee impression on the tray table, followed by playing with the LOUDEST truck that I think is made (and yes there was also a hair pulling incident). Despite our tired eyes, we made it to DFW in good time, picked up our rental car, and headed north to Aubrey, TX!
With a little help from our trusty GPS, we saw the sign for Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, Inc. and worked our way down the long drive to the beautiful stone façade of the farm. We were promptly greeted by Megan Schmidt who is the farm’s office manager and wife of assistant trainer Joe Schmidt. Megan gave us a tour of the facility and even brought us to meet the baby that was born that morning! She also guided us around town to tour some of the other local farms which were all quite impressive! After our tours, some discussions about the next day’s plans, and a great lunch with Tom, Mandy McCutcheon and Megan, we were off to our hotel (which turned out to be a LOT farther away than we thought). The morning was sure to come early…..and it did.
We headed out early Tuesday am to meet our photographer for the morning, Darrell Dodds. Darrell has worked with Tom before and is well known in the western industry for his great photography. Our morning was a breeze, and we got some great farm shots and shots of assistant trainers Joe Schmidt and Sebastian Petroll riding.
Carlee McCutcheon, age 3, recently got Lady Bug…a wonderful mini. When it was time for their shots, Lady Bug was interested in nothing but eating grass (of course). Carlee was decked out in her best outfit..belt buckle, boots, and lots of sparkles included! She loved the camera, and was great fun to work with.
Cade McCutcheon also came out for the shoot and was great to work with. He also was dressed up for the occasion, showing off the shiny belt buckle he recently won (as he should)!
The afternoon progressed with shots of Tom, Mandy and the rest of the family, and we were even able to get a few group shots with breeding manager Barb Wibbels, assistant trainers, and working students.
Shooting wrapped up, photos were downloaded and we said our good bye’s…back to Dallas to stay at the airport there for our 6:45am flight! Fortunately we were able to get a bit of shut-eye on the trip back to the office!
We would like to thank the McCutcheon Family, Support Staff, Darrell Dodds, and especially Megan for being so organized and taking two days out of her busy week to spend with us. We had a really great time and hope to make it back when the grass is green!