True story – I wanted to call this post “FEI Friday” but it’s not Friday and I don’t want to wait that long to post about the show, so here we are.
As a horse show spectator, I am spoiled. I’ve seen a lot of Grand Prixs and a lot of top hunter and jumper riders compete, but I don’t think I’ve actually seen a true Longines class. For some reason I had this built up in my head as a fancy and amazing class that would be more prestigious than the FEI 5* grand prix I’ve witnessed.
Uh, that was silly. This was an FEI Grand Prix the same as any other. Awesome horses. Big jumps. Fun times.
The pre-show entertainment was this cute mini horse and Jack Russel terrier combo from Washington state.
Can someone tell me how I can make a living doing a literal dog and pony show before a horse show? Because if I can, I can work on Simon & Pascale’s act in the next few years!
The course looked straight forward, but wasn’t simple (duh… FEI). Pairs either seemed super polished, and had an unfortunate rail at the last combination or the 1.60m vertical that gave some trouble, or there was tragedy.
No falls or anything bad, just rails. Rails everywhere, but I know what that’s like and I’m never going to jump that high or at that level — so more power to you, 28 faulters.
Photo wise, I was very happy to have some practice shooting a Grand Prix again. My timing was off on a lot of these, and next time I have the opportunity to shoot some I want to try different settings.
Still, I love taking photos at horse show. It’s a weird combination of stressful, relaxing and fulfilling to me.
The highlight for me was seeing Andy Kocher take the win. Heels Down Magazine did a really sweet video on him recently, and it was fresh on my mind when I saw him head into the ring. Also, my friends know him through the Texas horse scene and he seems like a down to earth, pull yourself up by your bootstraps kind of equine professional. In my opinion, those are rare these days.
When I look at photos and do posts like these, I not so secretly wish I could upgrade my camera equipment. What I use is really dated at this point, but I still love that I can go to horse shows and get some decent images.