“The Equine Heritage Exhibit”
The purpose of this project was to create a permanent record of all the breeds of horses in Alberta.
It was entrusted to me – to locate – photograph and document as many as possible over two years. My original list had 40 different breeds, however by the end of the project I had photographed 60 different breeds of horses that are actively being bred here in Alberta, plus documented over 25 different disciplines outlining how Albertan’s enjoy their horses. This was an incredible journey for me personally, I met some amazing horsemen and women and photographed an array of fabulous horses.
For those who don’t know me – I was born and raised in rural England, so I knew the Queen was an avid horsewoman and as a frequent visitor to Alberta – Canada, I thought she may be interested in this project. So I sent her a letter.
I couldn’t believe it when 8 weeks later I got a reply
This is what she wrote:
Dear Mrs. Finstad
The queen wishes me to write to thank you for your letter and the present of the DVD “The Horses of Alberta” which you sent.
Her Majesty was interested to learn that you undertook to photograph the enormous variety of horses that are being bred in Alberta and that this record will eventually be held in the Provincial Archive Museum.
It was kind of you to send The Queen the DVD of this project and Her Majesty is grateful for this thoughtful gesture.
I am to thank you once again for writing as you did, and your loyalty good wishes are greatly appreciated by The Queen.
And it was signed - by her lady in waiting.
I was thrilled - especially knowing how many letters and parcels must be delivered to Buckingham palace every day.
So of you ever come over to my house, and have to visit the washroom, you will be able to read my letter from the Queen whilst sitting on the throne.
To learn more about the Equine heritage exhibit and see the pictures of “The Horses of Alberta” please visit