Rolex 3-Day Event : Dressage

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I had the pleasure of photographing the recent Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event.
For those not familiar with "eventing" it is a test of horse & rider's skills and abilities in three disciplines:
Dressage, Cross Country and Stadium Jumping.
Scoring is done on a negative basis. In other words a perfect score (not gonna happen) would be zero.

"Rolex" as it is called is one of only four 4-Star events in the world. 4-Stars are the equivalent of a
Formula 1 Grand Prix, a World Cup match... you get the idea - in the equestrian world it is penultimate.

This post contains some of my dressage photos. Dressage is the equestrian equivelant of figure skating.
The riders perform a prescribed set of manuvers in a very controlled, formal and precise manner.
It was a grey rainy day making action photography a bit more of a challenge.

Ian Stark of GB
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Olympic gold medalist Bruce Davidson of the USA.
This shot is after the final salute; his horse Jam gets a pat.
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Heath Ryan & Flame of Australia. They were later eliminated on cross country in a spectacular
tumble in which fortunately neither horse or rider were seriously injured.
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Ian Roberts of Canada on Napalm
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Bruce Davidson
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Thanks for looking!

Don
 
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Don,

These are lovely! Very elegant, and yet showing the hard work that goes into Dressage. Are the horses branded/tatooed? I noticed marks on several of them, never have noticed that before.
 

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