This past weekend (August 7th), I again rented out my services to Laslo Varadi of Digital Expressions Photography for the Schooling Horse Trials at BCHP. The day was pretty brutal, weather-wise, as the humidity was way up there and the temps were in the mid- to high-80’s. Think sweating bodies with a layer of dust coating them. Not the most attractive look (or feeling), right? The HT competitors, volunteers, and staff all took this in stride for a great competition, however.
Eventing is still one of my favorite disciplines (although, I’ll confess that it can be a little like choosing among your children, as there are very few equestrian competitions or shows of which I’m not a fan). I love Dressage (really), but the ability to be able to photograph the Stadium and Cross-Country phase as well, has a lot of attraction for me. There are always a lot of “hold-my-breath” moments (especially during XC) – and there are times that I’m thankful my wife ratcheted down her own eventing to concentrate on teaching more – but there’s still a sense of awe watching these amazing athletes ride across the wide open fields towards logs, ditches, banks and the various other jumps on course.
The higher levels are amazing, of course, but the excitement of the Beginner Novice, Starter, and Elementary levels is as much a draw. The look on a riders face (both children and adults) as they make that “scary” coop; or ride a great test after weeks of practice; or the complete the stadium course clean, tight turns and all – especially when I can capture that joy in a photo – well..it makes all the heat, dust, long days, and sore feet worth every second, now doesn’t it?
Images from the event are available for purchase on the Digital Expression Photography website at http://www.digitalexpressionsphotography.com/Equestrian/BCHP-Horse-Trials-8-07-2011 (general images) and http://www.digitalexpressionsphotography.com/Equestrian/BCHP-HT-8-7-2011-Private (sign-ups)
Bucks County Equestrian Photographer, Stephen Crowers, creates graceful images of horses in and around southeastern Pennsylvania. To book him for equestrian shows in the Mid-Atlantic region or farm calls for on-location equine portraits (with or without you), call 267-718-5281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.