The McCoys at Cheltenham Racecourse

It was a pleasure to capture the atmosphere and events of the The McCoys at Cheltenham racecourse. The awards were held in the Centaur at Cheltenham to celebrate jump racing in the South-West. 450 people attended the event which focused on performances at Cheltenham, Warwick, Wincanton and Exeter and so recognised some of the main talents in jump racing, amongst the many owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and horses. A sparkling and elegant event, with entertainment provided by The Chip Shop Boys and Rebecca Ferguson. Awards included One for Arthur for Horse of the Season, while chaser Sizing John was
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Punchestown

It was a pleasure to work at Punchestown Racecourse to capture the atmosphere and spirit of the racing during the Punchestown Festival. It was a long overdue first visit to Ireland, having seen many of their wonderful horses and trainers over here, especially at Cheltenham. The Festival had an amazing atmosphere, and the Guinness was as good as expected – I spent an extra day there to relax and enjoy the racing. It was also good to see some British trainers and their horses over there, including Colin Tizzard, Nicky Henderson and Harry Fry. This was the second day of
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Categories: Countryside.

Cheltenham Festival Images

An amazing week at the Cheltenham Festival 2016. It has been quite a task to narrow the images down to my favourites for this blog post. The following images are from the first two days of the Festival, with a second post to follow. The images are generally atmospheric documentary images, capturing the essence of the Festival. Featured horses include Annie Power, an amazing horse, winner of the Stan James Hurdle; Yorkhill winner of the Neptune Novices Hurdle, and Sprinter Sacre after winning the Betway Queen Mother Campion Steeplechase. The weather was cold on the first two days and the
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Outdoor Dog Photography

A review of some of my favourite photographs of dogs taken in 2015, including Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrivers, Golden Retrievers, a black Labrador, an Australian Sheepdog and a very fast Cocker Spaniel. These were all taken outdoors at various locations on their favourite walks across the Midlands, including Calke Abbey and Staunton Harold. A photographic shoot typically lasts up to two hours with a whole range of images taken, both action shots and portrait shots, and often including the owners in some of them, as close-ups, and as distance shots of a walk within a favourite haunt.
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Snow at the National Memorial Arboretum

The snow arrived as forecast overnight. Some images captured for the British Legion at The National Memorial Arboretum earlier today, a beautiful and quiet morning walking around the arboretum at Alrewas. I was joined by a robin for part of the walk. The memorial Shot at Dawn seemed to have even more poignancy with a light dusting of snow. If you have never been it is well worth a visit.  
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Categories: Countryside.

Middleham Gallops

A weekend away in Middleham, North Yorkshire last weekend. A fabulous location with 15 training stables, castle, good places to eat and a great pint of Theakstons brewed locally in Masham. Spent early Saturday morning on the gallops, and met trainer Phil Kirby who kindly gave us a lift across the top and the opportunity to meet some of his horses.
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