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 …

Jumping a hedge near Clawson Thorns

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: November 1st, 2016 …

Cottesmore Huntsman and hounds arriving at the meet at Preston Lodge

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 …

Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam - Badminton Horse Trials

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 …

Allister Hood and Our Cashel Blue

Horse of the Year Show 2015

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The Horse Of the Year Show, or HOYS for short, is hosted by Grandstand Media at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in October. It is a festival of show jumping, showing, dressage, Pony Club mounted games, and this year vaulting too. 17-hour working days make the event photography I do for ES Photography, the official photographers, some of the …

images of horses which are not flattering

5 Images of horses which you shouldn’t be capturing

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Very soon after I started photographing horses it became clear that there were flattering moments to capture the movement of a horse, and just as many, if not more, unflattering ones. This was then drummed home when I started working for event photographers, selling to competitors on-site. Images of horses which I created had to be taken straight from the camera and displayed on …

Lauren Shannon competing at Shelford Manor Horse Trials

Shelford Manor Horse Trials

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This week I was back photographing eventing for my great friends at E.S.Photography. Two days of eventing, up to Novice level, were enjoyed. The bad weather held off. The “rock stars” were there in numbers: Richard Jones, Lauren Shannon, Caroline Powell, Ben Way, James Somerville, Nicola Wilson, Piggy French, Simon Grieve and many many more. Photos of the show can …

British National Showjumping Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show

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Last week I had the pleasure of working for 1st Class Images, the official photographers at the inaugural British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show. 8 rings were operating on most days of the show, making it one of the most labour-intensive jobs I have ever worked on. Full marks to Henry  for pulling together the quality team he …

Dublin Horse Show Photography

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One of the most rewarding of my summer photography jobs is the week I spend in Dublin for E.S. Photography, who are the official event photographers for the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show. Describing RDS, as it is universally known in Ireland, is a challenge. It’s been likened to a cross between Royal Ascot and The Royal International Horse Show. …

Nick Pepper (Strategic) and Tommy Iriate (CANI)

Assam Cup Final 2015 – CANI vs. Strategic

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The Davidsons Homes Assam Cup reached its climax on Sunday when Louise Jebson’s CANI and Peter O’Rourke’s Strategic contested the final at Rutland Polo Club, in a repeat of last year’s final. The match seemed to be heading for a repeat of last year’s result, which Strategic won, when they led 7-4 in the last chukka, but CANI created some …

Rathbeags vs. Print On Demand - League Matches - Assam Cup Polo 2015

Assam Cup Polo at Rutland Polo Club – Rathbeags vs. Print On Demand

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The first league match of the 2015 Davidson Homes Assam Cup held at Rutland Polo Club on Tuesday 16th June. [full set of images of this match – Rathbeags vs. Print On Demand]   Assam Cup Polo at Rutland Polo Club – Rathbeags vs. Print On Demand was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by nico

Pony Racing Championships 2015 and Meynell and South Staff point-to-point

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A few sample images from the Meynell and South Staffs Hunt Point-To-Point at Garthorpe on Saturday, including the Racetech National Pony Racing Championships 2015. [Full set of images – Meynell and South Staffs Point-to-Point and Pony Racing Champs 2015] Pony Racing Championships 2015 and Meynell and South Staff point-to-point was last modified: June 1st, 2015 by nico

Kylie Roddy and GUZZI

Bank Holiday weekend boasts two new events

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This coming weekend (23 – 24 May) boasts a multitude of British Eventing competitions around the country at international and national level plus two brand new fixtures to the calendar; Millfield (Somerset) and Dalston Green (Cumbria). The inaugural Millfield Horse Trials runs over the stunning grounds of Millfield Prep School in Somerset, overlooked by the iconic Glastonbury Tor. Millfield boasts a …

William Fox-Pitt and CHILLI MORNING - cross country phase - Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton House, Saturday 9th May 2015.

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2015 – Cross Country

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Last year’s Badminton was the first for Course Designer Giuseppe Della Chiesa, and it was influential. The course was tough, the time hard to make and the weather atrocious. It divided opinion. Many spectators vented their frustration online because they had not got to see their favourites riders and the day had been elongated by numerous holds on course. Many …