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Christine Dallas

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2011 $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Welcomes Photographers Christine Dallas and Chris Talbot

Written by: Jenny Ross and Rebecca Walton
Client: Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches
Release Date: 2011-08-09

Carson City, NV– August 9, 2011- Local northern nevada residents Christine Dallas and Chris Talbot will be photographing the $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby. Both will be photographing all the exciting activities that will be happening throughout the day. In addition to photographing the social events, Talbot will also be showcasing many of his canvases in the Promenade of Shops. This exciting derby will take place at the Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility in Carson City, Nevada on September 5, 2011. The Sierra Nevada Foothills will provide a perfect backdrop for Dallas and Talbot to capture the action of the derby on. The event includes first-class dining, entertainment, shopping, and top hunter riders. It is the West Coast’s only standalone hunter derby, and the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby will showcase the best horse and rider combinations in the country as they compete for the winning title.

Dallas will capture the events and action prior to and during the entire derby competition and her photographs will be available for purchase on her website, The talented photographer enjoys the art that high performance competitions encompass and will include a variety of photos from this year’s hunter derby in her collection. Inspired by her mother who was a photographer, as a young child Dallas was always photographing her fathers thoroughbred horses at their breeding farm. Throughout the years her love of horses continued to grow and she is continually trying to capture their artistic nature. She commented, “Horses are a piece of art to me and I think that is what inspires me the most. It is a passion that lives in my blood.”

Several years ago, Dallas began boarding her horses at the Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility and she now considers it her home away from home. Dallas has developed her photography career throughout her life, but her love of photographing horse shows began at Franktown Meadows when she was invited to photograph their horse shows. Her career continued to expand from there and spread to several other show barns in the area.

“Franktown Meadows has been a really large part of that growth and I can’t express my gratitude enough. They have helped me to develop that portion of my professional photography and it has really helped me grow,” said Dallas. “My horses are there, so I am there all the time and my excitement just continues to grow as the event progresses. The whole presence of the entire derby is exciting and the fact that it benefits a new foundation, ALS of Nevada, really warms my heart.”

Dallas continued, “There is no facet that I don’t get excited about. It is such a wonderful thing for this area. The whole aura of everything that goes on at Franktown Meadows is exciting. I think that when you look at a horse and rider interacting photographs are touching that moment of the two spirits coming together and working as a team. Riders and horses come together as a team and they work as one together. You catch such a moment with a photograph and capture that unique bond that the rider has with the horse. For a photographer, when you catch that in a photo and see that in a photo it is kind of like a drug.”

Chris Talbot will also be photographing the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby, capturing the surroundings and atmosphere of the hunter derby. Talbot was given a camera at 17 years of age from his father. His passion for photography evolved into becoming a guru of landscape photography and an overall world-renowned photographer.

Talbot has had the opportunity to photograph in the United States, China, Russia, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Panama, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, and Singapore. He has made his home in Nevada for 36 years, but Talbot always spends a few months with his family accompanied by his wife Hang and daughter Emma Ly in Saigon, where he continues to expand his photograph collection. His experience ranges from pictures for travel, resorts, golf landscapes and tours, weddings, wildlife and many other exciting subjects. Talbot strives to capture the entire event and enjoys including the surroundings and everything that is a part of it. He will also have a booth at Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby in the Promenade of Shops to showcase his canvases.

“The horses themselves are amazing and natural. Horses have their own personalities and the west would be nothing without horses,” noted Talbot. “I enjoy capturing an event with the surroundings and horses belong in this landscape. I am looking forward to the entire event.”

For more information about Christine Dallas please visit
For more information about Chris Talbot or Talbot Images please go to, call 775-832-7054, or email

For more information about the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby please visit For more information and questions please contact or Lynne Garnett at (775) 722-4261.

The 2011 $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Fast Facts:

EVENT: The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby is the only standalone hunter derby on the west coast. The Derby will be a member event of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby Series. This charitable event benefits ALS Nevada, a non-profit organization that aids those affected by ALS in Nevada.

WHAT: Over the course of three days, riders and spectators will enjoy a variety of exciting events that offer the highest quality judges, the best course designers, great food, multiple exhibits for all ages, and first class hospitality for two- and four-legged competitors alike.

WHERE: Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility is located 15 minutes south of Reno at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in historic Washoe Valley

Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility
4200 Old Highway 395
Carson City, NV 89704

WHEN: Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2011

DERBY MANAGER: Phil De Vita, Jr.

Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility
Located on 41 acres of foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range
Carson City, Nevada
61 12 x 12 Box Stalls with 12 x 24 Outdoor Runs
3 12 x 16 Box Stalls with 12 x 24 Outdoor Runs
Pasture Boarding
Individual Tack Lockers
Warm and Cold Water Wash Racks
15 Grass Turnouts
125 x 225 Indoor Arena
125 x 215 Outdoor Jumping Arena
125 x 100 Small Arena
Dressage Court and Adjacent Warm-Up Area
Bridle Path and Extensive Trails within Minutes
24-Hour Security with Gated Entrance

For more information about the FM Hunter Derby or for sponsorship opportunities please contact:
Lynne Garnett
(775) 722-4261

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561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)

Photo: Christine Dallas Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Client Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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