I’ve traveled a lot this year, and photography is my favorite part of my job, so it was hard to narrow down my favorite photos, but I chose the following for two reasons. First, I love a classically perfect jumping photo, so I’ve included a few. Second, I’ve worked really hard this year on seeking out more candid moments. Sure, I can get a hundred shots of horses with perfect knees over a big oxer, but in the end, I think it’s the more emotional moments that really resonate with people.
It probably helped that I had a borrowed Nikon D5 and 200-400 lens to play with at the Olympics, which was amazing, but many of these were taken with our trusty D3 or D4S and a fixed 300m or 70-200mm lens.
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Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair landed in balance over the huge drop at the Head of the Lake at Rolex. She went on the gather up her reins quickly and jump out over a corner.
This shot of Z Terminator ended up being my second cover shot for COTH!
HH Azur had springs in her hind feet over this triple bar at the Olympics.
Valegro and his groom Alan Davies seemed to be speaking their own language during the medal ceremony at the Olympics.
Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez of Spain and his amazing partner Lorenzo, who moved effortlessly through each test at the Olympics with a floppy upper lip.
Brazilian Joao Victor Marcari Oliva gave his horse some love at the Olympics.
Laura Graves got congratulations from her teammates at the Olympics.
First Class was a freak of a jumper at the Olympics with Daniel Deusser.
I played around with different angles over the water jump at the Olympics and loved this one of Harrie Smolders and Emerald.
As she turned up her final centerline in competition with Valegro at the Olympics, Charlotte Dujardin’s face broke into a smile.
I wasn’t able to find my way to a good spot for this shot of Nick Skelton amongst a huge group of photographers, but he still looks noble!
Nick Skelton and Eric Lamaze walk to the podium together at the Olympics.
Kent Farrington and Voyeur looked focused on the way to the final jump-off at the Olympics.
Steffen Peters gave Legolas a big hug at the Olympics.
Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville splashed through the new water jump at the Carolina International CIC***.
William Fox-Pitt’s comeback at the Olympics was remarkable. He was in the lead when I took this shot, and I hoped it would become a cover photo, but it wasn’t to be!
Just a pretty photo of Michael Jung and Sam on their way to Olympic gold!
This photo of Ireland’s Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K became another cover shot after Dressage At Devon.
Liz Halliday-Sharp and HHS Cooley galloped through the water at the Carolina International CIC***. Sadly “Cooley” was euthanized later in the year after a fall on cross-country in England.
Jonty Evans was thrilled with Cooley Rorke’s Drift all weekend at the Olympics.
Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh were another inspirational pair at the Olympics. Such a game mare!
Jennie Brannigan had the perfect position over this fence at Plantation Field on Waterford.
Jonty Evans loving on his horse again!
Clark Montgomery’s Loughan Glen was beautiful in the summer sun at Great Meadow.
I won a trip to the Wellington Masters this winter and took this fun shot of Kent Farrington on his way to a win.
The Wellington Eventing Showcase was truly something else! Competitors galloped through the VIP tent.
Chile’s Carlos Lobos Munoz and Ranco were another inspirational pair at the Olympics.
Boris O”Hara wasn’t going to touch a fence for Will Coleman at Fair Hill.
At the Wellington Eventing Showcase, Buck Davidson’s groom Kathleen gave Ballynoe Castle RM a treat right before he headed out of the start box.
The colors at Fair Hill weren’t that vibrant this year, but I can always count on this tree by the entrance to the main stadium to give me a little fall color.
Michael Pollard’s son was super cute at the Wellington Eventing Showcase.
The mighty Sam at the Olympics.