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Melton Hunt Club Ride, November 2017 – course walk photos

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The Melton Hunt Club Ride sponsored by 8 Outdoor, will be held in Cottesmore country at Abbey Farm, Launde Road, Oakham LE7 9XN on Sunday 19th November 2017, starting at 12 noon. All the fence and marker numbers refer to the course plan which can be downloaded from here: Melton Hunt Club Ride, November 2017. The start is in the …

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Tahnia Jordan-Jones takes Squibb Group Pony Foxhunter in classic jump off

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Wiltshire teenager Tahnia Jordan-Jones completed a stunning Horse of the Year Show double when she won the Squibb Group Pony Foxhunter Championship. Barely 48 hours after landing the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers class on Jumper, Swindon-based Tahnia added Foxhunter success with the same pony in spectacular fashion. It was the first time such a double has been achieved since Hanna …

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HOYS: Our Cashel Blue wins The Colosso Family Cob of the Year Championship

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Reigning Supreme Horse of the Year and Cob of the Year Champion, Our Cashel Blue, delighted the crowds on the penultimate evening of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) when he successfully defended The Colosso Family Cob of the Year Champion title, navigated once again by Allister Hood. The lightweight cob, who seems to turn heads wherever he goes, has …

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View Point claims Show Hunter of the Year Championship at HOYS

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Robert Walker was delighted to ride Jill Day’s Lightweight Show Hunter, View Point, to victory in the Catplant Group of Companies Ltd. Show Hunter of the Year Championship, two years after piloting the gelding’s brother, Vantage Point, to the same title at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2015. By Loughahoe Guy out of Quality Dame, View Point is just …

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Broadstone Dolce Vita wins Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship at HOYS

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Broadstone Dolce Vita, William Moran and Pearl Underwood’s star mare, was tonight crowned the new Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Champion at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). The 17-year-old mare now has one of the most prestigious and sought-after titles in the showing world to her name, following a prolific winning ridden career with Amy Underwood. She’s been with William for …

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2017

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A long and tough five days at Burghley Horse Trials is finally over. Oliver has been crowned and a British 1,2,3,4 is definitely worth celebrating. Saturday saw its fair share of thrills and spills (I seem to be the nemesis for the Kiwis, with both Andrew and Mark falling at fences I was photographing at the time) and I struggled …

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – Thursday

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The first part of the dressage phase of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Thursday 31st August 2017. Willa Newton sets early pace with Chance Remark Tim Price and Xavier Faer move ahead in second session Paul Tapner then moves ahead with Bonza King of Rouges Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW set challenging target of 38.9 A great test …

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Land Rover Burghley 2017 – Wednesday

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I have four different main clients this year so need to keep my wits about me. I’ve headed to Burghley early to give me a chance to sit down and plan my Thursday/Friday/Saturday around who I need to shoot and who, in theory, I don’t. I’ve decided to get to Burghley and set off onto the cross-country course just after …

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Dublin Horse Show 2017 – Day Six

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Saturday of Dublin Horse Show is puissance day. The familiar red brick wall has been on the grass opposite the show entrance up to this point where it is a traditional selfie spot. Now, though, it has been rebuilt in the main arena and all the arena party have new uniforms with Land Rover branding. There are several other classes …

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Dublin Horse Show 2017 – Day Five

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Day five of Dublin Horse Show. It’s Friday and that means it’s Nations Cup day. I’m looking forward to this, but not from a British perspective. They haven’t been performing well this week so far. There are lots of quirks to the Dublin Horse Show. One of which is that it isn’t know as the Dublin Horse Show. Instead it’s …

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Dublin Horse Show 2017 – Day Four

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We have quickly dropped into a routine and although our start is earlier than the previous day we are on it. It’s Ladies Day here in Dublin, so everybody has dressed up to come to the show today, and our PR photographer has her work cut out getting the best shots of the outfits for the Press Office. My ring …

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Dublin Horse Show 2017 – Day Three

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Day three means we’re in business, literally. The show has started. The latest start of the show gives us a chance to sort of who is shuttling who in from UCC to the show ground. We can’t park at RDS so two drivers will drive us in shifts each day, before returning to our accommodation, parking the cars and getting …

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Equestrian editorial photography at Aston Le Walls

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Equestrian editorial photography what is the difference between event photography and editorial photography? what happens when the publication is an equestrian one? working a cross country course the results I’ve often been asked if covering an event for a magazine is like event photography, and I always answer, “yes, and no!” The difference between event photography and editorial photography is …

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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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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 …