When I get asked what kind of photographer I am, it makes me smile as to me I am a professional photographer and like to work on a variety of projects and I love what I do. One day I can be photographing a wedding, the next day a commercial shoot, the next day doing a newborn shoot etc etc. On Sunday I was an equine event photographer for a growing discipline in equine sport – TREC. So some might be wondering what TREC is -
TREC or ‘Technique De Randonnee Equestre De Competition’ (T.R.E.C) originated in France from around 1970. TREC is a fun riding competition usually consisting of three phases – orienteering on horseback (POR), Control of Paces (CoP) and a cross country obstacle course (PTV). The TREC competition involves using the skills and simulates the challenges that any rider may encounter out hacking. This can include opening gates, crossing bridges, jumping fallen logs, going through water, encountering low tree branches, as well as basic map reading.
Here are just a few of the images taken on the day – there are more on the client gallery page of my website (password is TREC).
Laura’s horse demonstrating their style as they approach the controlled paces section! Laura demonstrating stickability!
Beauty was a superstar for her two riders who each tackled the course on her! Too cute for words.
This obstacle is where you must ask your horse to stand in in the inner circle whilst you retreat to the edge of the outer circle and the horse must remain stationery for 10 seconds – challenging in a competition arena – but this horse just looked so relaxed about it all.
Lianna and Holly had a TV crew filming them and the event for a forthcoming programme to be shown on BBC Alba – no pressure then!!
I just love this sequence of photographs as it shows that even the horses learn when to duck down for any overhead obstacles - even when tackled at a canter or gallop!!