The World Equestrian Games
In the summer of 2014, the World Equestrian Games were held in Normandy France. My second time in France that year, I was excited to be covering the event, which is sort of the mini-Olympics for all the various form of equestrian sports. Being a horse lover since I was old enough to walk and spending the past year focusing on equestrian photography, I was honoured to be going.
Some of the sports I had never seen in person before, let alone photograph. It was hard not to be overwhelmed by the excitement of photographing the world’s best equestrian athletes, the loud crowds and having to figure out very quickly how to work around my limitations on where I was allowed to stand!
A memory that will always stick with me and drive me to keep pushing my skills is when my childhood hero, Carl Hester a dressage rider for Great Britain took the time to meet me. While trying to hide my swooning I told him I had posters of him on my wall as a kid and now I was photographing him. He quickly replied with a huge grin and a hug “Just goes to show how hard work and passion pay off doesn’t it… Keep at it!”.
The two weeks of running around, surviving on cured meat and baguettes and trying to learn French on the go was an amazing experience and one I can’t wait for again. The next World Equestrian Games are in Quebec in 2018.