Day Two: Harmony and Drama in the Grand Prix!

Today was the second and final day of the Grand Prix at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Now the horses and riders will have a day off. On Tuesday they will compete in the Grand Prix Special and that will decide which team gets the medals. I was up at 4:30 am to make sure I…

Tokyo Riders: What are they doing while they wait?

Tokyo. The Canadian Dressage Team riders and horses are not just lollygagging about. They are busy. They are riding their horses in the main stadium arena to familiarize them with that location. After the horses have been ridden and exercised they will be washed down. They will also be handwalking their horses to give them…

Team Horses are in flight to Tokyo

The Team horses for the Tokyo Olympics are on their way and many have already arrived safely. The Canadian Dressage horses have been in quarantine in Germany. The British Dressage Team horses flew to Japan from Liege. Here are a few photos. For more detail about how horses are loaded into the crates and what…

Crop, 86, Cut. The Lens-Artists Challenge #96

Most of the photography I do is of horses. They are moving subjects and often at the other end of an arena. For horse shows I use a very long lens 250-600 mm mounted on a mono-pod. So I can get close with that but often it may have too much other stuff in the…

Monday Minstrel: Windows with a View.

A window with a view. This is the lens-artists photo challenge #79. Here are my responses. “Outside the window is a world that beckons and inside the window is a world for which the outside yearns.”― Anthony T. Hincks When one door closes, another window opens. Julie Andrews Below is a photo of groom Alan Davies…

Dressage with Golf Sartorial Commentary.

During the two and a half day drive home from South Florida my husband and I were glued to the Masters on satellite radio. I found the commentary describing the clothing of the golfers highly entertaining. Even for TV the world of golf commentary goes into descriptions of the golfer’s clothing. “Hugh is in a…

The Brilliance of Carl Hester

When I saw the ragtag daily prompt, ‘Brilliance‘ I immediately thought of Carl Hester and the day I saw him competing at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon NC last September.   Why did this make me think of Carl Hester? Because he is the acknowledged master of dressage, not only in his native Britain and…