Grandfather Mountain Highland Games | Sabela Images Photography

Memories (Part II) – Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

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 . . .

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Heavy Rebel Weekender Car Show | Sabela Images Photography

Memories – Heavy Rebel Weekender Car Show

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 . . .

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TTC – English Hunter Fun Show – 06/27/2020

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 . . .

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Hillcrest Farms Horse show – 06/20/2020

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 . . .

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TTC Hunter Show | Sabela Images Photography

TTC-English Hunter Fun Show – 6/13/2020

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 . . .

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Thoroughbred Training Center (TTC), Mocksville NC | Photographer - Duncan Moody | Sabela Images Photography

TTC-CT & Jumper Show – 6/6/2020

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 . . .

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Thoroughbred Training Center (TTC) | Sabela Images Photography

TTC-CT and Jumper Show 05/23/2020

Most of us have tried really hard to be patient and persevere during these difficult times. One ‘patience milestone’ was reached on May 23rd with the first horse show at TTC in over two months, due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The TTC organizers published a set of guidelines that required masks be worn at the secretary’s stand and in the tack shop, and a limit on the size of groups of people. . . .

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Hillcrest Farm Photos December 7 2019 D/CT show | Sabela Images Photography

Hillcrest Farm Photos 12/07/2019

Photos from Hillcrest Farm D/CT show on December 7, 2019. Some familiar faces were in attendance but also a number of new names and faces.

Next Year’s Shows: NCDCTA Recognized

February 8, 2020 D/CT Show
March 28, 2020 Spring Horse Trial with Dressage or CT Show Happy Holidays . . .

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Steeplechase | Carolina Cup 2014 | Sabela Images Photography

Loose Horse Carolina Cup-2014

Probably my most memorable incident at the race happened at the 2014 running of The Carolina Cup. I was positioned on the outside rail during one of the preliminary races. An announcement came over the PA that a jockey had come off. The fall happened on the far side of the track, out of sight from where I was standing . . .

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