Hi, I’m Betsy!


When I am not busy out in the field doing insane things to make an animal look at me (What can I say? I’m clearly desperate for attention) or editing like a crazy mad woman, you can catch me snuggled on the couch with my dog, Nitro.

You can also find me dealing with my teenagers’ angst, swapping memes with my friends, and planning my next big wheels-up adventure which never happens soon enough.

I sit on both the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association (TNPPA) and the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN),

Additionally, I’m an active member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and the Equine Photographers Network (EPN).


Betsy Bird of Ride the Sky Equine Photography and her rescue dog, Nitro




The Profitable Photographer Podcast

Shoutout DFW

Hair of the Dog

Equine Photographers Network

The Chattanoogan

Professional Photographers of America

Chatter Magazine

Scenic Trend

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Inspired Teens Magazine

The Business Animal Podcast

Nashville Voyager

The Focal Points Podcast

Cowgirls with Cameras Podcast

If you’re dying to hear more, here are seven things you might not know about me:

In high school, I won an 8-year-old Appaloosa mare in a statewide contest. Yes, seriously! And, it took over 6 hours to get her loaded on the trailer but that’s a whole different story…

I am known for my sense of humor and truly believe that sarcasm should be recognized as an art form.

I’m very laid back and live in ripped jeans, v-neck tees, oversized cardigans, no makeup, and Converse.

I grew up traveling and had been to 48 of the 50 states before the age of 12.

I’m an orange-cat-obsessed girl married to a guy with a severe cat allergy. Go figure!

I firmly believe that dark chocolate should be its own food group.

In high school, I won a statewide public speaking contest and competed in a national public speaking competition. My topic was “Artificial Insemination in Horses”. To prepare for this, I practiced giving my talk everywhere – including at a Rotary Club breakfast meeting.

So, believe me when I tell you that if you can discuss artificial insemination in horses with middle-aged men while they eat eggs and bacon, you can talk to ANYONE about ANYTHING.

Still here? Let’s connect! Shoot me an email at betsy@ridetheskyequine.com or contact me here.


Am I the photographer you are looking for?


So, you might be thinking. Well, I’m here on Ride the Sky Equine Equine Photography website, so I’ll just hire Betsy.

Problem solved!

Decision made. Moving on to the next thing on your To-Do list!

However, before you pat yourself on the back for this masterful example of decisive decision-making…

Ride the Sky Clients:


Love, love, love their horses

Want a photographer who loves their horse too

Want a long-term relationship with their photographer

Want to tell the story of their horse and their bond

Want imagery that will last and that they can enjoy every time they see it

Realize life is too short not to be having fun and laughs

Don’t know what they want but a thumb drive of images languishing in a drawer isn’t it

Want to enjoy the photography experience instead of being stressed

Need help knowing what to wear, how to pose, and what to do with those ever awkward hands…

I might not be the right photographer for you.

“Wait? WHAT? She’s turning down cold hard cash? Ok, in today’s world it’s probably more likely that she’s turning down a credit card but still.  Money is money am I right?”

I frequently have conversations with people who I am not the right fit for.

And, yes, I turn them down.

Here’s why:

  • You should have some great images of your horse.
  • I want you to have the photography experience you want.
  • You should enjoy working with your photographer.
  • I want you to be happy with the final products.


There are so many photographers out there that if I am not the right fit for you, you can find one who is.

Check out this list of things that my clients have in common.

If you read that and think, “It’s ME! She’s describing ME!”

Then I am the photographer for you!  Let’s get our chat on!

Betsy is a wonderful photographer and really works with you and your horse to capture the best moments. Every picture I have received is absolutely stunning and gorgeous! Each picture is focused on the horse and rider and not the background.

I highly recommend Ride the Sky Equine Photography for any equine and equestrian images you need! High quality professional images well worth the price!

-Kendall G., Chattanooga, TN

Betsy has an extremely talented eye for amazing photographs. She is able to truly bring to life a still picture and capture the spirit, energy, and beauty of our beloved horses in that one moment.

Betsy is a lovely lady who is very easy to work with and brings the very best out in her “models” using humor and patience. I would highly recommend her for anyone that wants a memorable treasure of their horse!!

-Barbara S., Ringgold, GA

I love her images! She brings out the most beautiful side of every horse. I had the pleasure to have Betsy at our farm in Germany and she took the most wonderful images of my horses. She had a lot of creative ideas about locations and backgrounds.

She is very professional with a lot of heart for her work! Best horse photographer out there!

-Sabrina S.,Haselhorst, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

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