I've never written a blog. I'll try to put pertinent information here. Of course, it may just be the ramblings of a photographer who has spent too many hours standing in the cold photographing horses and riders.
A great thanks to all the competitors of the Woodedge Stables AA Show @ the NJ Horse Park April 19-22. All the photos are online. I may have to make some changes to the directories. I'm not always told when the divisions change and some of the same ponies/horses show in multiple divisions. So, in the mean time, please check multiple directories when looking for your horse/pony. Thanks.
Worcester Stables is a regular venue for me. The lighting is always challenging. If you don't see your horse or the division you rode in, please look at a preceding or adjacent groups. The combining or elimination of divisions is sometimes not conveyed to the photographer.
2012 looks to be an exciting year. Almost every weekend is spent at a horse show, indoors of course, photographing committed riders and their horses. Indoor arenas lend their own unique challenges. The lighting is different in each arena and the lighting in the arena varies by fixture. One light is white while the surrounding lights are pink or green. This changes the color of the horse and rider as they pass from one light to the next. It also changes the colors when the team is between lights.
Most parents cannot photograph their children at indoor shows. The equipment they purchase for outdoor shows isn't up to the task. Professional equipment can be fooled by the lighting as well. It takes patience, trial and error to get reliable photos from most indoor arenas. Personally, I love the challenge.
Next time you are at an indoor show and there is a professional photographer photographing your child and their horse. Thank them by buying a photo or two. You never know when that perfect ride will be ridden. You will want a remembrance of the event.