Guest Instagram Photographer: Jenn Zeller, The South Dakota Cowgirl

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Check out Cavvy Savvy on Instagram at @cavvysavvy to see authentic photos taken by real horsemen and women. Our guest Instagram photographer this week is Jenn Zeller, @thesdcowgirl.

Jenn Zeller was transplanted from a big city in Texas to the plains of South Dakota. The only person in her family to ride, she grew up rodeoing, managed a rodeo scholarship to college and earned a marketing degree from Tarleton State University.

She went on to train barrel horses for a living before being swept off her feet by a handsome cowboy who lives where getting to the the mailbox means you make a 20 mile round trip. Now able to live out her dream of being a cowgirl, horseman, and artist, she lives with her Cowboy, kids, dogs (and miscellaneous other critters), on about 8,000 acres on his 3rd generation-run family ranch where they raise Black Angus/Brangus cattle and registered Quarter Horses.

Most days you can find her horseback, either starting colts, or riding through the cows. Further, she is responsible for the day-to-day horse handling, runs the ranch internship program, and does the ranch marketing. You’ll often see her with a camera in her hand (a now internationally published photographer)- more often than not- photographing life on the ranch.

In winter you’ll find her feeding hay and doing chores. She gets to pursue her passions and enjoys sharing her “charmed” life with others through her blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In 2015, she was named TIME Magazine’s Instagram Photographer to follow for South Dakota. You can catch up with her day-to-day life at or find her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat as @thesdcowgirl.

Find Jenn’s articles on Cavvy Savvy at

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I grew up on a ranch in the panhandle of Nebraska. Both of my grandfathers raised Quarter horses and before they knew they would be related someday, broke horses at Fort Robinson for the Army. I showed horses in 4-H and AQHA growing up. I'm...

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