Training for The Races

I recently had the absolute pleasure of staying in one of the lodges at Sun Hill Farm, the home of Ann Duffield Racing, a well-known Yorkshire-based racehorse trainer. The gallops run right past the lodge so visitors have the pleasure of watching the horses train while relaxing in a wonderful outdoor hot tub.

These pictures were taken using the Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L USM lens at 200mm, with a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second to blur the movement and create a sense of speed. The rider in the red skull cap cover is ‘Gentleman George’ Duffield, the retired flat racing jockey.

For a horse lover like me, this was a pretty near perfect stay. The only thing that would have made it better was having ridden one of the horses myself – but realistically, handling a two year old racehorse is probably a bit beyond my capabilities!

My pictures got a mention on their blog, and Hayley gave us a wonderful tour of the stables on the last day where I met some of the above horses.

The game with the hole

I had a great afternoon documenting an afternoon’s polo for Cheshire Polo Club last week. This is one of my favourite shots of the day – a portrait of the lovely Caddi after she had just finished a chukka.

Caddi at Cheshire Polo Club.

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While I was a bit concerned about the weather, in the end it turned out to be a great afternoon and I only had my brolly up for fifteen minutes in total. I was very pleased to come away with some interesting pictures for my equestrian portfolio, and the club have a choice of plenty of pictures to use in their annual club programme.

You can see the full documentary story here.

I’ll be returning again before the end of the season.