Ocean Horse Magic, Jan 21-28 2018

St Lucia retreat for women

A HEART EXPANDING WOMEN’S RETREAT IN ST LUCIA Join horse lover and photographer Manuela Stefan on a replenishing experience of connecting with Source energy with the help of horses and […]

Fun day at the Myrddin Equestrian Centre Horse Show

Myrddin Annual Fun Day

Spending a sunny fall day at the Myrddin Equestrian Centre Horse Show was a delightful experience. Surrounded by magnificent horses and their riders, I thoroughly enjoyed myself capturing ‘behind the […]

Arabian horse photographer Ontario: the story of 33 yr old Chaser

Arab horses photographer

When I was approached to photograph 33 yr old Arabian horse Chaser, I knew something very special was going to unfold. I immediately got an intuitive sense of his wise, […]

Equine photography Ontario: Milestone Stables horses

Horses running free

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph two beautiful women and their beloved horses who live at the Milestone Stables in Campbellville, Ontario. This gorgeous countryside […]

Jenny: equine portraits at Las Cascadas Resort Mexico

Ranch photographer

Jenny’s story is one of those examples of how horses can change lives. Really turning them around. Especially when one listens to what the heart is saying. And horses are […]

Cavalia Odysseo: behind-the-scenes

Cavalia Odysseo

A feast for the eyes, thrilling, delightful, highly entertaining: Cavalia‘s Odysseo is all this and much more! With each of its spectacular shows, it also celebrates one of the greatest […]

Horse portraits in Mexico: Julie

Equine photographer Manuela Stefan

The horses brought Julie and I together. Since, we have had a magical journey. Originally from Belgium, Julie was in the process of moving to Jamaica (her current home country) […]

The Atlantic Shores Stables: a riding gem in St Lucia


My photography work brought me to St Lucia early this year and I used the opportunity to tap into the local equine world. To my delight, I found a place […]

Wedding at the Pine Brook Farm in Spooner, Wisconsin

Wedding at Pine Brook Farm Spooner Wisconsin

I am a jet setter. I joke with my friends and tell them: ‘if you ever see me sad, just put me on a plane!’. I have traveled since I […]

A splendid wedding at the Lazy L&B Ranch in Dubois, WY

Lazy L&B Ranch wedding photographer

I have experienced quite a bit of serendipity since horses came into my life. They have brought me to amazing places around the globe and have introduced me to some […]

Equine photography and maternity: a story of connection

Equine photographer Graceful Horses in Ontario

I have known Jessica Fobert of ‘Free Rein Horsemanship’ for almost three years and have had the privilege to come close to her work a couple of times. I am […]

Barney: from rescue horse to therapy worker

Barney the rescue Belgian turned therapy horse

Horses are here to support our journey and assist us with moving towards a higher understanding and appreciation of life. For the most part loved and well cared for, horses […]

At the Liberty Lane Retreat Centre with Mena Canonico

Liberty Lane Retreat Centre

This week (April 2-9) has not been like any other week. Many of us have felt its special energy, particularly around the New Moon on April 7th. Which came with […]

Mother, daughter and their wonderful horses

Equine portraits in Ontario

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Lindsay who wanted to offer her mother, Julie, a photo shoot as a gift for Mother’s Day. They both board their pleasure […]

Graceful Horses at the Royal Winter Fair 2015

Royal Winter Fair 2015

It is with great pleasure to let you all know that I will be an exhibitor at the Royal Winter Fair (Nov 6-15, 2015). I am participating with my equine […]

Gypsy Vanner horses, Bernese mountain dogs and Havanese puppies

Gypsy Vanner horses photography

A couple of months ago I started playing with the idea of getting a puppy. I did not know much about breeds, so I researched a few, with a preference […]

The Freedom Valley Horse Rescue, Ontario

Horses are my special place. My fascination with them is endless. As a photographer, I love using my lens to capture something that goes beyond words: a  second when our […]

Art Show in the Barn/ Fundraiser on June 28 at ‘First Harvest Farm’, Millbrook

Equine photographer Manuela Stefan

Join us for equine art, music, fabulous food and help the horses! Portion of the art sales will be donated to the Freedom Valley Rescue Farm in Omemee. For details […]

Happy New 2015!!

Once in a while our boundaries are stretched. When this happens creatively, an artist could not wish for more. When Kristina contacted me for a special dance shoot, I did […]

Australian horseman Guy McLean: behind the scenes at the Royal Winter Fair

I learned about Guy McLean’s visit to Toronto during the Royal Winter Fair and I just knew I had to meet this incredible man. Having known about his work previously, […]

Rancho Xotolar: an authentic Mexican experience

While visiting the charming colonial town of San Miguel de Allende in Central Mexico, I traveled to the spectacular high planes and discovered an absolute gem: Rancho Xotolar, a place […]

Elite Equestrian feature

Many thanks to Noelle and Bill for featuring my story.

Interviewed by Equine VIP for Performance Horse Digest

Thank you Susan Asbrook of Equine VIP for a lovely interview!

Romanian Lipizzans dance in the snow at the ‘Sambata de Jos’ stud farm

I can only think of Romanian heritage with a profound sense of pride. I travel the world but return to my home country whenever I can. There is so much […]

Rancho Las Cascadas, Mexico

Over the past few years I have traveled extensively to find horses and their people in some of the most interesting locations of this world. I have been to Mexico […]

The wild mustangs of the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming

Almost three years ago I was embarking on a wondrous journey. It started, like many adventures, with a strong desire: to travel the world and photograph horses. I imagined them […]

The Gros Ventre River Ranch of Jackson, Wyoming

While exploring the area around Jackson, Wyoming and exhibiting my equine art at the Western Design Conference in town, I had the privilege to live in a place that is […]

Romantic photo shoot with horses in Niagara

Needless to say how excited I was when Claudia contacted me saying that she was looking to do an engagement photo session with horses. Her and her beau, Deion, had […]

The story of Braco Stables, Jamaica

Overlooked by a gorgeous 200 years old mansion, Braco Estates used to be part of a large sugar plantation back in the 18th century. The owners switched to cattle breeding […]

Day after wedding photo shoot with horses in Jamaica

As I look back at everything that happened before and during my trip to Jamaica, I can say it was synchronicity at play. Many things came together in a way […]

The lovely Hutul horses of the Romanian Carpathians

I was born and grew up in Romania. I often travel back to visit my family and friends. Last December was a bit different. I went home with the intention […]

Photography workshop in Arizona: Oct 6-12, 2013

Manuela Stefan presents: “The Old West, a travel and equine photography workshop”, October 6-12,  2013. Location: The Apache Spirit Ranch, Arizona.

My story, as seen on Top50 Ranches

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My trip to Equine Pacifica, as seen on Equitrekking

Opportunities present themselves to us when we are ready to embrace them and make the most out of them. Sometimes it all begins with an intention we simply throw out […]

Brianne and her Gypsy Vanner horse, Apollo

While at the Sunnydale Stables in North Bay, I had the pleasure to spend some fun time with a lovely girl, Brianne, and the Gypsy Vanner horse she rides. His […]

Bob Bartlett, a soulful Ontario farrier

The craft of farriery seems to go all the way back to the Celts who were protecting the feet of their horses with nailed-on shoes. Although their jobs have changed […]

Polo for Heart 2012, a superb event!

This past weekend (June 15-17) I had the great joy to be a part of the Art Walk at the Polo for Heart event. As it was my very first […]

Montana Horses: the last roundup, May 2012

One quiet evening in the fall of last year I was browsing the Internet looking for places where wild Mustangs ran free. Out of the blue and for no apparent […]

A beautiful farm wedding

Alannah and Scott had a very unique wedding at the wonderful Callan Farm. All elements simply fit into place and the result was astounding! I could have not asked for […]

A visit at the ‘Once Upon A Farm’, Picton

I love Gypsy Vanner horses: their long manes blowing in the week, their friendly personalities, their immense strength. A few weeks ago my dear friend Poppy invited me to accompany […]

“WHITE-Power and Grace” equine photography show

Back in February I have had the immense pleasure and joy to present my “White-Power and Grace” fine equine art collection to the world. Sixteen large canvases were exhibited in […]

The Window Series, Scottsdale AZ

My recent trip to Arizona would have not been the same without an absolutely dreamy encounter with some local horses. While in Scottsdale I discovered a ranch with quite unique […]

Power and Grace: the white horses of Camargue

I have always envisioned photographing a white horse. There is a dreamy quality to such an exquisite looking animal. Following a series of ‘coincidences’ I found out about the white […]

Horses, a travel collection

I have had the chance to meet horses every time I went away, close or far, be it around Toronto or elsewhere in the world. I recall the peaceful feeling […]