I photographed Jake at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, the site of the equestrian events during the 1984 Olympic Games. I loved this place. Being close to Disney Studios and Warner Brothers Studios, successful people of the Los Angeles Area, threw a lot of money to these stables, facility and the care of resident horses. It was enjoyable to watch the grooms care for the horses just as much as it was to watch riding, lessons and events at this facility.
Jake had been jumping for 20 years. He was originally from Seoul, Korea. He studied jumping in Germany, one of the best places to study classical forms of Equestrian Sports.
Jake was riding Chaplin EZ, a Warmblood gelding from Germany. Jake’s wife explained to me that when importing animals, it was much easier to import a gelding than a mare or stallion. Basically, the quarantine was not as long and there wasn’t as much paperwork to have to deal with.
Chaplin EZ was a Warmblood, which were similar to Thoroughbreds, a difference being Thoroughbreds were more popular in the US and Warmbloods were more popular in Europe . Because of their muscle tone, they were both used for activities such as racing and Show Jumping. Both were absolutely magnificent looking, athletic horses.
Jake also had a Welsh Corgi named Orange and at the time of this posting, had been living in Los Angeles, California, USA for four years with his wife, Jennifer.
Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.