Rolex 3-Day Event : Cross Country

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by StL_Don, May 6, 2007.

  1. Please see my Dressage post for an overview of eventing.

    This series covers the Cross-Country phase of the event.
    This is the breakneck gut-check portion of the competition.
    The obstacles are all SOLID, nothing gives if you hit them. They are all incredibly huge in both height and width.
    The course is 6,400 meters (4 miles), has 34 obstacles some with multiple elements and must be covered
    in just over 11 minutes to avoid time penalties.

    This is Theodore O'Connor, aka Teddy, ridden by Karen O'Connor (olympic medalist).
    Teddy's name is strictly coincidence.
    Teddy and Karen were first on course, here they are making their way to the start box.
    The incredible thing about Teddy is the fact that he is a PONY!
    Ponies are not supposed to be able to compete at this level... nobody told Teddy.
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    Karen & Teddy on course
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    Not sure who this competetor is
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    Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton on Connaught
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    Not sure of the rider
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    Amy Tryon on Le Samurai
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    Phillip Dutton on Truluck (he competed two horses as did Karen O'Connor)
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    Mary King (GB) on Apache Sauce
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    Clayton Fredericks (AUS) on Ben Along Time (they went on to win)
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    Ian Roberts (CAN) on Napalm
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    OK, I'm sure that's about all you can stand.
    Thanks for sticking it out so long.
    If you didn't get enough my full gallery is here. :smile:

    Don
     
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  2. Hey Don,

    WOW! These are awesome. Great bit of shooting there. And I could never get tired of viewing such beautiful pictures.
     
  3. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Hey Don, these are really nice. Such interesting angles and nice crops. The colors are nice and the detail is awesome.
     
  4. All that and not 1 stinkin' pic of a Sea-dweller or Submariner to be found ? :~)
     
  5. SRA

    SRA

    Jul 29, 2005
    Orem, Utah
    Impressive images, very professional.
     
  6. GBRandy

    GBRandy

    Feb 28, 2006
    Green Bay, WI
    Nice work.....really nice work
     
  7. Kim

    Kim

    307
    Jun 16, 2005
    Tennessee
    #8 is stunning! What an excellent display of work!
     
  8. These are unreal good, Don! Very well done
     
  9. ???? :confused:

    Horses aren't that aquatic - there are few shots of them splashing about a bit.

    Don
     
  10. Thanks.
    I was lucky to spot that vantage point. Nobody else wanted to get down in the creek so I had it all to myself.:smile:

    Don
     
  11. Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. (there needs to be a proud smiley)

    Every now and then I get something right and it is nice to get some "atta boy's" from your peers.

    Dopn
     
  12. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Missouri
    Superb Don,

    Great image captures that capture the essence of the sport! You freezed the action yet the image bowls you over with their action!

    Wade
     
  13. gadgetguy11

    gadgetguy11

    Nov 16, 2005
    Kentucky
    Don,

    These are absolutely top notch images! Sorry I could not join you at the KY Horse Park. You did great!!
     
  14. Don,

    You had some great access there. I've never had the opportunity to go to one of these events. Although, I have seen them on TV and really enjoy the power that these horses portray. Also, how the riders can "convince" the horses that's it's OK to do those jumps.

    You have done a fantastic job on these. Like someone else said, I think #8 was my best -- because of the angle. It was different and showed the majesty of horse & rider.

    Regards,
     
  15. Outstanding! I felt as though I were right there -- these are excellent shots and you nailed 'em all beautifully!
     
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