Photographer McKenzie Arnold’s work is on display in Vail through mid October |

Photographer McKenzie Arnold’s work is on display in Vail through mid October

Caramie Schnell
"Marco Polo," by McKenzie Arnold.

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What: Photography exhibit by McKenzie Arnold.

Where: Vail Library community room.

When: Now through Oct. 15.

More information: For more on the artist, visit

VAIL — To photographer McKenzie Arnold, horses epitomize beauty and strength.

“Their gifts to humanity range from extraordinary athletic performances, to the ability to advance autistic or disabled children through therapeutic riding,” said Arnold, who lives in Eagle-Vail with her partner, Seth, and their golden retriever, Katie. “To gain the trust of these magnificent animals is an indescribable feeling.”

Thirteen of Arnold’s photographs, mostly of horses and things equine related, are on display in the Vail Library’s community room through Oct. 15. The pieces are for sale.

Most of the photos where taken in Kentucky, however, several were shot in Colorado on a previous visit to the state, she said.

‘Soulful Undertones’

Arnold started taking photos when she was 12. She is a natural light photographer whose primary focus is “capturing the soulful undertones often seen only through the human lens,” she said. A native of Boise, Idaho, she grew up rafting the Snake River and camping under the starry skies of Sun Valley. She attended Baylor University on an academic scholarship and completed her bachelor’s degree in business management at Boise State University. McKenzie found her true passion in horses at age 25, she said. She moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to fulfill her dream of working with thoroughbreds. After five years in the racing industry, she returned to the west “to enjoy outdoor lifestyle that is uniquely Colorado,” she said.

Arnold does private equine/pet sessions for clients, she said.

“Most of these pieces are on consignment at the Sassy Fox in Carbondale, but I would love to have a local gallery hang some as well,” she said.

Photography for a Cause

While she hasn’t been able to photograph locally as much as she’d like — she works two jobs, she said — she did photograph rescue horses for Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, “to help promote their adoption and awareness of kill auctions,” she said.

For more information about Arnold and her work, visit http://imagesby

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