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Capturing Clydesdales: Honoring Michelle Martin Randolph at Clydesdale Outpost photos by Michelle.


Clydesdales riding at Clydesdale Outpost
Clydesdales riding at Clydesdale Outpost


We are delighted to honor Michelle Martin Randolph, a remarkable photographer whose journey and contributions have significantly impacted the draft horse community. During her stay at the Clydesdale Outpost, Michelle not only shared her talent through breathtaking photographs but also left an indelible mark on our hearts.



Clydesdales Running at Clydesdale Outpost
Clydesdales Running at Clydesdale Outpost


A Journey into the Draft Horse World

Michelle’s journey into the draft horse world began in 2009 when she was invited to photograph her first draft horse show. Despite her initial hesitation and shyness, she quickly discovered a unique talent for capturing the profound bond between horses and their handlers. Her photographs are not just images; they are emotive stories that bring to life the spirit and elegance of these magnificent animals.



Clydesdale Stallion at Clydesdale Outpost
Clydesdale Stallion at Clydesdale Outpost


Overcoming Challenges

Michelle’s story is one of resilience and passion. In 2023, she was honored with the "Impact Award" by the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series, making her only the second recipient of this prestigious recognition. This award is a testament to her tireless dedication to the draft horse industry, even in the face of severe challenges.

After a botched cataract surgery left her nearly blind, Michelle made the difficult decision to retire from photography. However, the draft horse community, led by friends like Victoria McCullough of Chesapeake Clydesdales, rallied to support her. Their efforts helped restore her vision, allowing Michelle to continue her work. As she puts it, "My eyes aren't perfect, but since I've always shot from the heart, I'll continue to pester the industry I love so well."



Michelle Martin Randolph kissing Clydesdale Foal at Clydesdale Outpost
Michelle Martin Randolph kissing Clydesdale Foal at Clydesdale Outpost


A Legacy of Emotion and Interaction

Michelle’s work is characterized by her ability to capture the deep emotional connections between horses and humans. Her photographs resonate with authenticity and passion, making them timeless pieces of art that celebrate the draft horse industry. Through her lens, she has immortalized countless moments of grace, strength, and companionship.



Clydesdale Stallions Playing at Clydesdale Outpost
Clydesdale Stallions Playing at Clydesdale Outpost


Words of Wisdom

Reflecting on her journey, Michelle often quotes Jack Parnell: "During your journey, there will be events that you don't understand but they are all very important and necessary. They mold us into the person that we will become. Whether you think it good or bad, have faith! Our Great Creator is using these events to very carefully weave the delicate fabric of your life and character."



Close Up Clydesdale Eye at Clydesdale Outpost
Close Up Clydesdale Eye at Clydesdale Outpost


Gratitude and Appreciation

We at Clydesdale Outpost are incredibly grateful for Michelle's contributions. Her stay with us has been nothing short of inspiring. We thank her for her incredible photographs that have beautifully captured the essence of our Clydesdales and the vibrant life at our outpost. Michelle’s work continues to inspire and elevate the draft horse community, and we are honored to have been a part of her journey.



Clydesdale Wranglers at Clydesdale Outpost
Clydesdale Wranglers at Clydesdale Outpost


For more of Michelle's captivating work, visit her website at Michelle's Photos and follow her on Facebook at Michelle Martin Randolph.


Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your talent and heart with us. Your legacy will continue to inspire and touch the lives of many in the draft horse industry and beyond.


Michelle also has her own promo code for all new bookings: michellezphotos24 taking 15% off all stays at Clydesdale Outpost through March 2025.


With gratitude,

The Clydesdale Outpost Team


Clydesdale with tongue out at Clydesdale Outpost
Clydesdale with tongue out at Clydesdale Outpost

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