About Me - The Equestrian Vagabond - Merri Melde

The Equestrian Vagabond, Merri Melde, is a horse photographer, writer, artist, cartoonist, endurance horse conditioner, spotted owl hooter, wildlife technician, trail builder, carriage driver, sound engineer, theatre techie, clawhammer banjoista, world traveler, racetrack groom, and a rabid, obsessed endurance rider and Tevis Cup finisher! (not all at the same time). . . in short, a Professional Vagabond.


She hails from the Pacific Northwest and calls herself a Native Seattleite, though she sometimes wanders California, and often Idaho, and always the great West in general. She just happens to own the Most Beautiful Horse on the Planet, Stormy, who just happens to approve of these photographs, many of which he is the subject.


Merri has been behind the lens shooting horses since 1986, in the United States and around the planet. Her photos and stories have appeared in newspapers, websites, books, and magazines around the world.


As an author, Merri's published works include

Soul Deep in Horses: Memoir of an Equestrian Vagabond

Tevis Cup Magic: Taking on the World's Toughest 100 Mile Endurance Ride

Racehorse Tales - several e-short stories

Traveler Tales - several e-short stories



Merri's photos have appeared in:


• The Texas Thoroughbred

• Equus

• The Washington Thoroughbred

• The Horse

• The Blood-Horse

• The California Thoroughbred

• Endurance News

• Trail Blazer

• The Chronicle of the Horse

• Horse Illustrated

• Equestrian

• Apples N' Oats

• Arabian Horse World

• Tevis Forum

• Horsemen's Journal

• Southern Racehorse

• American Racehorse

• New Zealand Bulletin (New Zealand, obviously)

• New Zealand Horse Trader (ditto)

• Endurance Equestre (France)

• Endurance Magazine (South Africa)

• Endurance Horse (South Africa)

• Endurance Insight (Germany)

• Enduro-Online (Brazil)

• Revije o Konijih (Slovenia!)

• Just Horses

• Idaho Magazine

• Untacked

•• the book "Searching for the Perfect Horse" by Carolyn Kazmierczak

•• the Danish book "Distanceridning en Grundbog" by Anne Phaff Ussing


(those underlined include covers)



Merri's writing has appeared in


• The Texas Thoroughbred

• Washington Thoroughbred

• Equus

• The Blood-Horse

• Endurance News

• Trail Blazer

• The Chronicle of the Horse

• Modern Arabian Horse

• Arabian Horse World

• New Zealand Bulletin (New Zealand, obviously)

• New Zealand Horse Trader (ditto)

• Endurance Magazine (South Africa)

• Idaho Magazine

• Just Horses

•• the book "Straight From the Heart II"

•• the book "Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul II"

•• the book "The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges" by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore


••••••AWARDS••••••


• American Horse Publications - 1st place Personal Column in Texas Thoroughbred for "Labor of Love"


• American Horse Publications Merial Human-Animal Bond Award for "Labor of Love"

- "A wonderful fluid writing style is on display here"


• American Horse Publications - 3rd place Editorial Series in Washington Thoroughbred for "Wild Terror on Horseback"

- "Throughout the series there is great human interest and good interspersing of quotes and narrative. The reader feels as if he/she is in the race."


• American Horse Publications - Honorable Mention for Editorial Action Photograph in The Horse - "The things that set this photo apart from a class that had many good photos is the considerable effort this photographer made to capture the photo. The terrain is hilly and rough; it must have been quite a hike to get there. Good illustration for story about endurance riding."


• American Horse Publications - Honorable Mention for Editorial Event Coverage in Modern Arabian Horse for "2013 AHA Distance Nationals"

- "This article is a great overall view of an event, from what it takes behind the behind the scenes to what attendees are saying. Good work summarizing a long three days."


• Washington Thoroughbred Breeders' Art Shows

• Western States Horse Expo



Merri travels around the world as a photojournalist for www.endurance.net, and her first book about her horse adventures around the world is Soul Deep in Horses. Follow some of her horse travels at http://theequestrianvagabond.blogspot.com/ .



A collection of Merri's photographs is carried by

• Judeen's Art Studio and Gallery in Paducah, Kentucky

• Wild West Cafe and Espresso in Eagle, Idaho


She has an extensive compilation of eclectic stock equine photographs, and she is available for select assignments.


For Prints and Stock Photography and media prices contact:

TheEquestrianVagabond at gmail dot com