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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.

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Riding Tim

This video has been sat on my phone for quite a while now. It’s about time I transferred it here to YouTube and my blog.

I’m riding Tim, one of the lovely horses at Eccleston Equestrian Centre. My instructor is Richard Greenhalgh.

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British Horse Society Project

My Saturday was spent documenting the Aintree Summer Camp 2016 for The British Horse Society. This is my first assignment for the BHS, and I had a wonderful time.

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I’ve assembled the images from the event into a British Horse Society documentary project, and plan to build on this as I attend more events in the future.