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Her Majesty The Queen at The BDS Annual Show

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The British Driving Society’s Annual Show is held at Smiths Lawn in Windsor Great Park at the end of June each year. Competitors take part in a variety of classes in three different rings vying to become champions of their particular section. The highlight of the day is the parade and introduction of the champions to Her Majesty The Queen …

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Corporate Golf Day for Smithers Purslow

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Rutland-based chartered engineers and building surveyors Smithers Purslow got in touch with me and asked me to document their golf day, to be held at The Leicestershire Golf Club in Evington. Clients had been invited to take part in a round of 18 holes, along with special guest, England cricketer Matthew Hoggard. After the golf and a break for some …

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Commercial Photography for Peachy Belts

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Peachy Belts are a leading brand, well known for their bold and brassy belt buckles and wide range of sumptuous leather belts to match. Each year Peachy Belts commission me for a day-long shoot with a professional model to create the lifestyle images for the new catalogue and website. Every year we use a different venue, and this time around …

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Bramham International Horse Trials

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Most event photographers, including ES Photography, the official photographers at Bramham, do not employ permanent staff, instead they hire freelance equestrian photographers on a day-by-day basis, as they are needed. In my case I have had the pleasure of photographing this fabulous Yorkshire event for quite a few years, and this prestigious Yorkshire event has become one of my firm …

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The Melton Hunt Club Ride and Household Cavalry Ride 2017

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The Belvoir, Cottesmore and Quorn Hunts have ‘countries’ that converge in the market town of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. They operate independently but are closely associated with Melton Hunt Club (MHC). [A full set of images can be viewed here – Melton Hunt Club and Household Cavalry Rides 2017] The first Cross Country Ride was held in February 1956 from …

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Drag hunting with Cambridge University

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As you may be well aware, my base in Oakham gives me the perfect position to photograph some of the World’s most famous fox hunts. Oakham itself is in the Cottesmore country, which is (roughly) bordered in the West by the B6047 and in the East by the North Sea. West of the Cottesmore is the Quorn country; the Belvoir …

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FEI World Eventing Athlete rankings for 2016

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Points 1 1 10005015 JUNG, Michael GER 632 2 2 10000156 DUTTON, Phillip USA 517 3 3 10003843 BURTON, Christopher AUS 484 4 4 10000193 NICHOLSON, Andrew NZL 476 5 6 10003737 MARTIN, Boyd USA 456 6 5 10000553 TODD, Mark NZL 455 7 8 10000546 ROSE, Shane AUS 421 8 14 10004569 PRICE, Jonelle NZL 409 9 11 10005138 …

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Belvoir Hunt Opening Meet 2016

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The last of the Shire packs to hold its opening meet was the Belvoir Hunt, who traditionally hold theirs at the Village Hall in Long Clawson, in the heart of their Leicestershire country. For a full set of images please click here – The Belvoir Hunt Opening Meet 2016 Belvoir Hunt Opening Meet 2016 was last modified: Nov 1st, 2016 …

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Quorn Hunt Opening Meet 2016

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The second of the Shire Packs, as they are known, to hold their 2016 opening meet was the Quorn Hunt, at their kennels at Kirby Bellars. As usual the Quorn Hunt attracted a good field, including a large number of side saddle riders (one male included) who were all wearing yellow flowers to add even more colour to an already bright …

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Cottesmore Hunt Opening Meet 2016

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The Cottesmore Hunt Opening Meet was held at Preston Lodge, near Braunston, a week or so earlier than usual, but still attracted an large mounted field and many foot followers who enjoyed the October sunshine. I recognised visitors from the Quorn, Belvoir, Fernie, Pytchley and Warwickshire hunts, to name but a few. This year the Cottesmore Hunt are celebrating 350 years since Viscount Lowther …

The problem with watermarks – a plea to photographers

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Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think watermarks are a bad thing per se, I just think we, as photographers, are not using them effectively. Why do we use watermarks? This is the crux of the issue. Photographers use watermarks for different purposes. Some use them to mark their “proof” or website images in such a way that if they …

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Tamarillo’s clone Tomatillo at the Arab National Championships

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Prolific eventer Tamarillo, winner of both Badminton (2004) and Burghley Horse Trials (2008), died last year, but his clone, Tomatillo, is already following a similar path. Bred by the Guinness family at Biddesden Stud in Wiltshire, Tamarillo was a part-bred Arabian and competed at the Arab National Championships at Malvern as a three-year-old, winning both his class and the Part-Bred …

Meynell Hunt launches Bicentennial painting by Daniel Crane

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A new work by celebrated sporting artist Daniel Crane was unveiled at a special reception last night to commemorate the bicentennial of the The Meynell Hunt. The invited guests were benefactors who had contributed to the commissioning of the painting, which was presented by the artist at a ceremony on the Dunstall Estate, near Burton-on-Trent. The twenty donors will each …

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Tried & Tested – Noble Outfitters

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Noble Outfitters Noble Outfitters is based in Oakham, Rutland and describe their products as “technical, affordable gear for the equestrian market”. Earlier this year they very kindly gave me a selection of their existing products for me to try, knowing I worked outdoors on a daily basis. They were keen to find out what I thought of them. Since then I have been wearing …

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NEW COURSE DESIGNER FOR BADMINTON

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Eric Winter has been appointed to take over from Giuseppe Della Chiesa as course designer for theMitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. After three years in which he successfully brought a fresh eye to Badminton Park Giuseppe did not feel able to accept the invitation to continue for a further period. Eric, 53, who lives with his wife and family near Chepstow, only …

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Event Rider Masters – How does it work?

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The Event Rider Master Series, or ERM for short, kicks off at Chatsworth on 14th-15th May, but what is it and how does it work? As previously posted, it is a six-event CIC*** series, each event being worth £50,000 in prize money, with an extra £50,000 to the winning rider at the end of the series: Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International …

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Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Preview

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SAME DIRECTION, VERY DIFFERENT COURSE In his third year as course designer at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Giuseppe Della Chiesa has bucked tradition and sends riders the same way out of the Main Arena as last year. First over the ASX Starter then left to the angled hedges may be familiar, but the HorseQuest Quarry now has a …

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Event Rider Masters Launch

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2016 sees the launch of the Event Rider Masters, an exciting new CIC*** series with unprecedented prize money and a goal of showcasing the sport of Eventing to a new global audience. Event Rider Masters Series The series legs are: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire – 14–15 May Bramham Park, Yorkshire – 10-11 June Barbury Castle, Wiltshire – 9-10 July Festival of …