Just a little about me...
Hello, thanks for checking out the site. My name is Valerie Buller and I started this venture in 2013 when I realized how much fun I was having taking photos of my friends and their horses. Add in the encouragement of friends and family, much trial and error and here we are!
The name Rough Coat Photography arose from my love of whiskery dogs, most especially jack russell terriers. We have two of them - Pip and Tinsel - they are in charge of the family entertainment. They came from a local shelter and rescue. Dutch is our english setter and was a re-homing situation; he is my husband's devoted hunting partner.
Prior to my life in Lancaster County, PA I was a city-girl; born and raised in downtown Philadelphia and then living in Manhattan for eight years working for ABC News. But growing up my summers were spent on my grandparents' farm and in the Endless Mountains of PA. For two summers during college I worked in Yosemite National Park. In all these places I fostered and renewed my love affair with animals and the natural world.
I have always loved horses. Even living in the city with no way to ride or be around them I was obsessed with all things equine. Maybe because it's in my DNA. My grandparents, father and uncle all foxhunted and bred thoroughbreds on their farm in Lehigh County, PA. My father competed in the hunter and jumper ring in places such as Devon (he was Best Child Rider two years) and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
As for me, I have Sullivan, a now-retired 23 year old paint/qh with whom I had boatloads of fun: eventing, paperchases, hunter trials, etc. For riding opportunities I currently rely on my wonderful circle of friends!
We also foster for Mid Atlantic Jack Rescue - check them out if you want to add some love and entertainment to your life!