My First Shoot With Bob Avila

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Each month I help edit Bob Avila's Winning Insights. And he and his wife, Dana, have helped me at numerous events, including the 2014 AQHA World Show for our Superhorse coverage. But I've never done a full-fledged photo shoot with the legend.

That all changes this weekend.

Today I leave for Temecula to visit what I think is the most exciting attraction in Southern California—not Disneyland or Sea World. Bob Avila Training Stables.

Credit: Dr. Marc Laxineta In our annual shoot with Bob Avila, we gather photography for 15 to 20 installments of his monthly department.

Credit: Dr. Marc Laxineta In our annual shoot with Bob Avila, we gather photography for 15 to 20 installments of his monthly department.

Adding to the novelty of the weekend, I won't be shooting photos. Instead, I'll be directing the shoot; Dr. Marc Laxineta will handle the photography. (This means I get to travel a lot lighter for this adventure!)

During this visit, we'll gather photography for up to 20 installments of Bob's monthly department—a tall order for just a day and a half. But I'm up for the challenge if it means learning from a great photographer and a legendary horse trainer.

Best of all, I've been assured that all parties are on board to break in time to watch the running of the Belmont. (Yes, I get to watch the Belmont, and possibly see a horse win the Triple Crown, with Bob Avila. I'm geeking out.)

Follow along on our Instagram account to see behind-the-scenes images from the shoot and get an insider look at one of our biggest projects each year. It's something you won't see anywhere else!

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