‘A Judge’s View’ has become a highlight of my day while taking photographs of a Hunter Show at TTC. I try to get at close as I can in order to hear the comments and watch the reactions. The judges are usually generous with their constructive criticism and I love the expressions on the rider’s faces as they absorb the words of wisdom . . .
So much has changed in these last few months. But one thing that hasn’t changed is how difficult it is to take photographs in conditions of high heat and humidity.
The early part of this horse show was one such morning. I arrived at TTC and went to the dressage arena. But, between my fogged glasses and fogged camera I was helpless. Wiping off the moisture didn’t help either, because the fog was back within seconds. . . .
Posted! Photographs from the Horse Show at Hillcrest Farms on Saturday August 1st, 2020. Covid-19 masks, eye-glasses and high humidity are a combination that makes it uncomfortable and difficult to practice action photography. I had to contend with all three in the early part of this show. . . .
The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are held on the second full weekend in July at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, North Carolina. The annual four-day Scottish festival is the largest gathering of Scottish Clans in North America, and is truly impressive with hundreds of different tartans, spectacular athletic competitions, excellent food, and Celtic music.
Unfortunately, the 2020 event was cancelled . . .
The Heavy Rebel Weekender, is a music and car festival held downtown Winston-Salem NC in early July for almost 20 years. In 2020 the live event was cancelled and replaced by an online event.
In lieu of the real thing, I recently went through my archives . . .
At an English Hunter Fun Show at TTC, there are two classes where the judge answers questions or shares interesting pieces of advice individually or to the group. During “a Judge’s View”, I normally take a quick break while there is this lull in the action.
However, at the Hunter show on June 27, I happened to be standing right next to the judge’s box when the riders gathered around on their horses, looking up towards the judge. I noticed the soft sunlight reflecting off the white wall of the judges box was creating some flattering lighting conditions . . .
Saturday June 20th was the the first horse show at Hillcrest Farms since early February. Saturday was very different! The weather was pleasant, the turnout was good, and there was a lot of happy chatter. However, Social Distancing and talking through a mask tend to put a damper on conversations, but not on the enjoyment of the entrants . . .
It had been quite a while since TTC was able to host an English Hunter Fun Show. So the June 13 show was eagerly anticipated. The day finally arrived promising great weather, and it was, The temperature was warm and the humidity relatively low. The arena was dry and dusty. What a contrast from three weeks earlier . . .
On Saturday June 6, I saw a lot of “successful competition”, also “having a good time and having fun”, and “putting in 100 percent”. Then, towards the end of the day, there were four consecutive events where two young riders displayed all of the above, while they traded first and second places. Their riding styles were very different. One rode a tall horse with power and smooth control, while the other on a smaller mount had speed and agility, especially in the turns . . .