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Kira Telford and her horse CR Moet. Photo by SportFot.

One of Kira's favorite photos she took of Kent Farrington and Willow.

Photo by Kira Telford.

Photo by Kira Telford.

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Messenger Hill Farm's Kira Telford Shares Her Hidden Talent

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Messenger Hill Farm
Release Date: 2015-04-06

Wellington, FL -Kira Telford is a senior in high school from Chicago. She grew up riding and training with Freddie and Jodi Vazquez of Messenger Hill Farm and has been with them for the past ten years. Telford successfully competed at Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), receiving top ribbons on her three mounts. She worked hard to compete, balancing her schoolwork and riding in the Junior Hunter division. 

Three years ago, Telford discovered another passion that she uncovered through her love of horses and the show ring. 

"I got started in photography about three years ago, Telford explained. "I originally took photos of the girls at my barn for Facebook. My dad did that for me, so I started for them. It just kept developing and really loved it. I was really proud of it."

Telford's talent for photography grew from experimental snapshots of her Messenger Hill Farm friends, to her Instagram account devoted to her photos. She created a portfolio of her work and is constantly working to strengthen it. When the Vazquezes wanted to create a new website, they turned to Telford for her beautiful images.

"I kept getting more artistic with it, playing around with different things and different people," said Telford. "I hope to vary the subjects that I shoot. I started doing some photo shoots with the girls (at the barn) and I hope to expand my subject matter. I don't know if it will end up being career for me but I am hoping to do something with it."   

The unique, creative approach that Telford takes make her photos stand out from the average horse show photo. Although her portfolio is ever-growing she enjoys shooting for the clients at Messenger Hill Farm. Telford also has a favorite horse to shoot.

"Carlos, one of the horses in the barn, is the most photogenic horse I have ever photographed," she said. "I always have 500 photos just of him after a show." 

Telford shared that she enjoys being a part of the Messenger Hill Farm team,  "I love it there. Freddie and Jodi, all the grooms and everyone there are awesome," she said. 

Click here to check out Telford's photos on the Messenger Hill Farm website.

About Messenger Hill Farm

Located in Mettawa, Illinois, just north of Chicago, Messenger Hill Farm is a full-service hunter/jumper facility owned by head trainers Freddie and Jodi Vazquez. Offering training, lessons, showing and sales, every detail of the facility and the care of the horses is well-thought-out. The farm features all-weather turnout, heated barn and attached indoor arena, 200'x 285' outdoor arena, five-acre grass jump field, excellent footing, treadmill, tack room with lockers and a lounge.


For experienced riders, Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels - local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Kentucky Spring and Summer Horse Shows, the Colorado Horse Park's Summer in the Rockies, Tryon, the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, Lamplight, Ledges and more. For those just getting started in the sport, Messenger Hill Farm offers a lesson program with quality, well-cared-for horses to help riders achieve their goals.


Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call (847) 573-1100.


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