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.
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I spent the weekend doing some horse photography in Middleburg, Virginia. My wife was riding in the Middleburg Classic Horse Show and I made the trip down to watch her compete. It was a beautiful weekend for a horse show, and also for making pictures. Both mornings a thick fog covered the rolling hills of northern Virginia and created a moody, sometimes surreal feel to the place. By mid-morning the sun cooked off the mist and the autumn light was ideal for show horse photography. I couldn’t have ordered better light! Click on one of the thumbnails below to see some of the results.
Last Sunday we had a great afternoon photographing the horses and humans at Hidden Creek Farm in Warren Grove. We were hired by Leslie and Reggie, who own Lucky’s Bed & Biscuit in Manahawkin, to photography Leslie’s horse Trigger and his five stable mates. Leslie and the other owners bathed and groomed the herd before Kate and I arrived, and I’ve never seen whiter nor felt softer horses in my life. They were stunning. As was the weather and the light and the scenery at Hidden Creek. We did head shots of all six horses and action shots of three. I could have stayed all night and all week! The horses were magnificent and the humans were welcoming. It was obvious they love their horses and that feeling is mutual! Here are a few of the many shots we took that afternoon.