Sunday, September 6, 2009

Horse show, behind the scenes

I managed to catch one horse-in-mid-stride-flying-like-Greek-God-shot, so here's my little homage to cinematographer Caleb Deschenal's transcendent work in the film "The Black Stallion" ..... and you thought he was just Zooey's dad
Click on the picture below to enlarge and see the horse better:

Here's the crowd on the hill, watching the events. Families set out blankets and bring their dogs and babies.

The horses are in temporary stalls... they arrived in trailers that are in the parking lot:

Here are some riders who have finished competing and are letting their horses rest and graze:

A detail shot of the elaborate braiding on the manes of the jumpers. It is very difficult and time consuming to braid the manes and tails of the horses for show ring competition. There are people who are especially skilled at this, and are hired just to do that on the morning of the show. The skill is highly valued, and a good braider can make big bucks.

Here's another horse cooling out with a walk after competing.

More views of the pretty grey horse...
w/ fans in the crowd...

Here he is in his stall:

Views of the temporary stalls set up for the show... and the path where the crowd arrives...

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