At the weekend I attended Lincoln Horse Trials, another local one and one I've attended before. Due to car trouble I was only able to go on the Sunday; but it was a lovely day!
I started with the show jumping, found a spot on an embankment which was a great view point, set up my tripod and camera and began taking photographs. The weather was dry with some sunshine, but it was so windy! Lincolnshire Showground is very flat and very exposed to the elements.
I took lots of photo's of the show jumping, and a couple of a videos, before heading off towards the cross country course, passing the show jumping warm-up area on the way so I stopped there for a little bit to capture a couple of riders warming up.
Once I reached the cross country course however, a section had just come to an end, with a short interval before the next section started, so it was time to grab some lunch!
Once armed with some food and drink, I returned to the course, set up my camera, put up my little seat, got comfortable and multi-tasked by eating lunch and photographing at the same time - not an easy task to be honest, a bite of a burger, put the burger down, pick up camera, take a couple of the shots, put camera down, pick up burger; and repeat every minute or so!
Not long after finishing my lunch, my boyfriend and daughter arrived (they'd dropped me off earlier and gone shopping), and we moved to another section of the course. I found a spot at fence 17, a combination of three elements. I was then approached by Peter Hayward, who runs the radio station Siren FM, who interviewed me about what I do, I was so nervous! After hearing the interview though I was really pleased with it, you can listen to it via a video clip I uploaded to my facebook page.
I then moved to a spot in the middle of the course, with seven jumps in sight! Three jumps to my left, four jumps to my right. As one horse was jumping the jumps on my right, another horse was jumping those to my left, so I was literally spinning in a circle!
Getting dizzy and deciding I had enough shots of this part of the course I moved again, this time to the start box and finish line, with the last fence and collecting ring in sight too.
Then as before, getting a few shots then moving on, getting shots at a couple of jumps before deciding to settle at the 'canon jump', where I stayed for a while.
It really was a lovely course and I didn't manage to make my way around the whole of the course, maybe 3/4 of it, completely missing the water jump!
Overall a lovely day, wonderful venue and I'm pleased with the photo's I took (Which will be uploaded ASAP, my apologies if you're waiting for those, I'll have them all processed and uploaded within the next day or two.)
My next plan of action is to await press accreditation for Belton International Horse Trials, once I have that I can then start taking bookings for Belton, so do keep an eye out on my facebook page for any updates :)