I love doing horse show photography. Partly because, like any sports photography subject, it can be challenging to nail the timing and the lighting and the angles to make a good image. But mostly because I have so much admiration for the athletes, human and horse, who deliver incredible performances together. On Sunday I had the opportunity to photograph riders at the Fall Show at Forest Edge Farm in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. It was a beautiful fall day, which made for some great light and backgrounds. And the riders and horses worked hard and performed well.
One of the highlights of the event – of all horse show photography – for me was watching the perseverance and grit of the riders. On example that stayed with me was a young woman who took a head-over-heels tumble off of her horse when the horse stopped at a fence. The crash was dramatic, and there was a collective gasp from the audience as we watched. The young rider stood up, collected herself, gave her horse a few minutes to relax, and then jumped back in the saddle and rode the last three fences of her round perfectly! I was so impressed with her fortitude.
I left with a memory card full of photos, a few of which are below. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger gallery.