April Madness

May 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The past few months have been incredibly hard both creatively and financially, thanks to heavy snowfall, bitterly cold days, and a large number of event cancellations due to weather conditions, there's been a feeling of never ending despair among the horse community as the rain continued to fall, our fields turned to swamps, water buckets constantly froze as our numbed fingers carried water in containers, and there seemed to be constant posts about events being postponed and abandoned, it's felt like all hope was lost. I was beginning to scrape at loose ends as my funds were drying up, my income is entirely dependent on competition coverage, and also starting to doubt my ability as a photographer and artist as a result of no work (Our minds work is strange ways sometimes....). But with the sudden influx of dry weather and warmer days, my diary exploded this month with long show days booked in, and with this sudden influx, my mindset instantly improved. It started with an Easter show at S&G equine, featuring a fancy dress class and a number of show jumping classes, and then into a manic weekend of British Dressage and unaffiliated dressage at Reaseheath, seeing me shooting 10 and a half hours on the Saturday, from Prelim to PSG, and the Sunday with 6 hours of dressage, I finished the weekend with around 1600 images, processed and online by the Monday afternoon. My fire felt restored after going flat out for 3 days, and hearing various compliments about my past work from competitors, those kind words often mean the world to me and can often turn a bad day into a good one. 


The following weekend was a monster 4 day dressage weekend, beginning with following Anna Brown to Hartpury for the BD winter championships, where to competed Midnight II in the Novice gold, and Bocelli in the Advanced Medium silver where they placed 6th, it was great to take in the atmosphere and soak up some serious competition, but a long and exhausting day, I left the house at 6am and later returned at 6pm. Saturday was an easy day of Team Quest at Reaseheath, starting at 9am and finsihing at 3pm, which meant I was able to get photos online the same day, before I headed to S&G equine for dressage on Sunday and Monday. Photos were online from those two events by the Monday evening, and I grabbed myself a well needed glass of wine to celebrate surviving all that dressage!

For the final week of this month I've covered two camps ('tis the season for rider camp!) one on Monday 23rd at S&G, a dressage camp coached by Samantha Morrison, and then I camped with riders for the final weekend of this month at Somerford Park Farm for TREC camp. To say I was cold while camping would be an understatement, but the sense of adventure makes it all worth it.
  I'm now feeling back on top, ready to take on the madness that May will bring, with a visit to Badminton horse trials, unaffiliated dressage, a Polo weekend, show jumping, combined training and a Level 1 TREC competition. Bring. It. On!

Stay creative,

Emma :)


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