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How to photograph showing

Posted on 22nd July 2021 in .  So far there are No comments

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Photographing showing classes is not everyone's cup of tea but the discipline accounts for a large number of horses bred around the World.

Horse showing fits into three broad categories: in-hand showing, ridden showing and working hunter (or performance) classes. While photographing the in-hand and ridden shows requires the photographer to time the movements of the horse's legs for the best photographs, working hunter and performance classes are more like show jumping and follow similar rules.

Horse showing in the UK is governed by a number of showing societies who hold championships. Qualifying for these championships requires competitors to perform well at qualifying shows around the country.

In addition to society championships there are also stand alone championships with their own qualifiers. These include The Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), Royal International and Royal London Horse Show.

Tips for photographing horse shows

Read on for tips on how to photograph showing ridden classes on the flat and in working hunter classes, in-hand classes and even driven classes too.

Course Contents:

  • What is Equestrian Showing?
  • Showing Etiquette
    • Should you be shooting?
    • Dress
    • Manners
    • Positioning
  • What happens during a show?
    • Ridden shows
    • In-Hand Shows
    • Working Hunter and Performance Classes
    • Driving Shows
  • Photographing Show Classes?
    • Shot list for ridden shows
    • Shot list for In-Hand Shows
    • Shot list for Working Hunter and Performance Classes
    • Shot list for Driving Shows
  • Photographing prize givings
    • Shot list for prize givings
    • Time Constraints
  • Conclusion

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