Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA)

3 years 2 weeks ago #652759 by garyrhook
I took these a while back, but never got around to sharing.
These are action shots from an EXCA testing event, where the horses and riders are evaluated on their ability to handle an unknown course with certain obstacles. The idea is for the pair to handle the challenges presented in the course, and to work together to get past them.

I was allowed to be in basically one spot on the course, and didn't move around so as to not distract the horses. Although I was told that had I been a distraction, the horse wasn't ready for the course anyway. Nonetheless, I prefer to not make myself obvious when shooting events.

Hope you find these interesting. I got schooled in horse ears and legs by my friend (a trainer), and while not every shot is "perfect", I learned about what the horses are doing, thinking, and listening to.



The course took them atop a small hill. I love this pose.



Hurdle.



A stretch where they can run. This is apparently the ideal pose for a horse-and-rider shot: legs splayed, ears forward.



The walkway tilts as they move across it.




Coming out of a pit.



Notice how the the animal's right ear is turned back? She's listening to her rider.


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3 years 1 week ago #653125 by Shadowfixer1
Nice series. Good job!
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3 years 1 week ago #653296 by Suni Park
Yeah! Love the see the action shots and well-angled too. 


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2 years 11 months ago #654573 by Joshua Atkins
This looks a challenging course! I like every caption of the shot. Nicely-composed! 


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2 years 11 months ago #655680 by Sarit Kevesh
The second shot I think is my favorite! I love the action in this photo. 


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2 years 11 months ago #656001 by Kelly Emery
Equestrian shots! I love this sport! So graceful but full of action! 


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2 years 11 months ago #657577 by Carl Mendez
I also like the movement in the second shot and the contrast from the green background. 


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2 years 10 months ago #660542 by Instamixes
Nice photos. 2nd one is my favorite. The overall quality and angles are pretty awesome. Nice Work...


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2 years 10 months ago #661603 by Daryl Flores
I like the fact that you pointed out the detail of the left ear listening to the rider. I was amused to see it, 


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2 years 9 months ago #661717 by Aaron Rogers
I like the second shot the most too. This is a really good set. 


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2 years 9 months ago #663352 by Sara Miles
The last shot is my pick for personal reasons. I remember my grandpa, who passed away already, riding his favorite horse. Love this. 


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2 years 9 months ago #663508 by Sarit Kevesh
The second shot is really remarkable though. I love the action and the composition of the shot. 


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2 years 9 months ago #663753 by Kira Minori
Nice shots in the set. The action in the st is really cool. 


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2 years 9 months ago #663802 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Gary

I won't add extra comments to the above list as they all seem to say my thoughts as well
I'll just offer a 'well done from Downunder'

Phil
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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