Kings Equestrian Centre

Kings EC Christmas Show

Yesterday I went along to photograph at Kings Equestrian Centre for their postponed Christmas Show. As the snow has only just melted round here, the turnout was not huge but those there had fun and some good jumping, despite the thick fog which was evident indoors too. The photos for this event are now available in the Shop.

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Tom and Cobble

Tom with his father’s shotgun and an over large shooting jacket waits with Cobble, his partner in crime, for a lift home with his bounty of a brace of pheasant. It is the shooting season now and I decided to capture Tom showing more of a lifestyle image than a standard studio portrait. Thank you Tom for your patience out in the cold and also to Cobble for his reluctant co-oporation.

Tom and Cobble

Tom and Cobble

WARNING: The shotgun in this picture is shown in the closed position for artistic purposes only and should never be carried about like this. There were no cartridges either in the gun or in the vicinity of the photoshoot.

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Pauntley Cross Country

Pauntley Cross Country

On Sunday I went down to Pauntley in Gloucestershire for the second time this year. The rain held off and we even had some nice light right at the end of the day. The turn out was pretty good and I am sure all had a good time on this undulating course, at least for the later classes. The variety of tiny fences for the first timers is very good here too, so there is something for most abilities.

The pictures are now available as always in the Shop area of the website. Thanks to the Clapham family who run this course, always with a warm welcome.

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Ledbury Hunt Hunter Trials

Ledbury Hunt Hunter Trials
It was a busy weekend, working for my friend and fellow photographer Pete Thorpe all day Saturday at Gracelands EC, then up at the crack of dawn to get to Gadbury Eldersfield in Gloucestershire for the Ledbury Hunt’s Hunter Trials. We arrived to find there had been quite a frost over night with all shaded area still white over. It was a lovely day though with nice sunshine all day and a lovely course for the many riders who came along. There were no breaks in the day and all 7 classes ran smoothly and efficiently. I had the new tent in action for the first time and it was such a pleasure to be working in it, so much more room than the old one and being black, it meant all the viewing screens were easy to see. The new wireless system also performed flawlessly and even excited one or two thought they could access the net on their phones from it. Sorry, we do not provide that service, but who knows one day. Doing all the photography on the day for me were Pete and my daughter, Jo Martin, both producing first class images. Thanks must also go to the score sheet collector, Bob?, for bringing memory cards back to me all day too.

I was also asked to cover the Wheatland Hunter Trials at Pound Green on the same day, but as I was already booked, Abi Humphries kindly went along for me.

Images form both events are now online in the Shop.

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