Most people think that equestrian photographers travel around the world risking life and limb to capture high-flying horse shots. Well in fact it’s all a myth. It’s horse sh**! We actually just sit back and push buttons.
How it happens;
Upon arrival to our studios, bloody ceasars in hand, from a catalog, riders select the pose, angle and the background they want to appear in. During this process horses wait in the Green room with a buffet of hay, grain and cookies served by our staff of nutritionists. Meanwhile in the studio the crew set up a skeleton oxer which will later be animated into a decorative jump, again chosen from a catalog. The wall will later be morphed into a natural outdoor setting of any equestrian arena from around the world… again, the catalog.
We learned that too much time was wasted by the horse and rider actually trying to jump, so 10,000 air jets are built into the floor and are used to gently lift the team up into the air above the oxer. Invisible wires are used to guide and place both horse and rider, thus guaranteeing that we capture the “good side” of any team.
CLICK! Photo now taken, with Mimosa’s in hand, we head over to the “Pit” and work with the animation team to create the exact look desired and voilà, our job is done and we never had to step outside. The End
In fact equestrian photographers would never want to be in a studio, but the air jets would certainly be cool!
Tom von Kapherr
Fall photo with the Riders of the Écurie du Parc.
One of the best parts of living in Quebec is the explosion of colors in the fall. It’s the perfect background.
“You have a long life line.”
Here are photos of the competitors at the Extreme Cowboy Quebec Championships this past weekend. Skill and fun were the theme of a great weekend.
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2 champions and a reserve and only just a child!
Quebec Friesian Keuring show
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This weekend is the Extreme Cowboy ACEQ Gold Level Provincial Championships/ Finale provinciale Or – ACEQ. At Centre Équestre Céraville – 8374 rue Alexandre, Trois-Rivières
I’m excited to be there photographing the event for the ACEQ/EXCA from start to finish. Here are a few fun shots of some of the past events we shot this season.
The 6 horse hitch is the jewel of the Brome Fair. Drivers must perform a variety of maneuvers guiding approximately 12,000 pounds of animals around a crowded arena.
I felt the earthquake beneath my feet as I was capturing all of this and at the same time trying not to get run over. It was an experience I will never forget.
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Ribbon shots are probably the most difficult photos of an equestrian event. This was captured by my partner Gabrièle Roy and has to be my favorite of the day. Humans are difficult enough to pose. They’re excited having just won an event . You have to get them to focus and be calm for just a second or two. Horses on the other hand feel rather different about the whole thing. They’ve done their job, now getting praise, fine, but the bottom line is, “where’s my dinner?”
Congratulations to everyone at the AERE Championships.
AERE Championships held at Brome Lake Quebec
EXCA ExtremeCowboy Event Valleyfield 2016
Extreme Cowboy is the fastest growing sport in North America. Unlike rodeo it’s based on the daily tasks of working and riding on the farm. It’s focus is the bonds and trust developed between horse and rider.
Each event is designed for all levels from beginner to professional, making this sport avalilable for the whole family to participate and enjoy.
I have now photographed several of these events and am totally hooked. I find myself cheering for the juniors over the simplest obstacles and wowed by the professionals as they whip through the course at breakneck speed making it look easy, but believe me it’s not.
Obstacles range from walking through a puddle to the “skinny bridge” (which is a foot off the ground), to your regular jumps as seen here. Opening and closing gates, to hauling logs backwards. Sounds easy enough, until you do it on horseback.
If an Extreme Cowboy Race comes to your area I urge you to make a day of it and if you love horses and and admire horsemanship, you will certainly become as hooked as I am.
Tom von Kapherr Photography
G.T.C- “Wet grass! WET GRASS! ARRG!!!”
From the Alex & G.T. Charlie collection.
If you’re feeling old and weary today, have a look at this lady. Jeanni is a classically trained rider. She grew up in an English saddle and at the age of 72 wondered what it would be like to ride western. Oh and not your typical trail rides in the woods western,no! She entered an ACEQ Extreme Cowboy event! This was only her third time in a western saddle and went on to win both her morning event and the afternoon class.
Jeannie, you are an inspiration to us all.
Here are the pictures to prove it. (I think she liked it)
Tomorrow begins the Bromont International at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park in Quebec, Canada. Here are a few fun shots from today. To see a full list of daily events you can visit, http://bromont.showmanagementsystem.com/
I will be bringing you daily photos available at: http://www.tomvonkapherrphotography.com/2016-International-Bromont
A few fun shots from the Bromont International
at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park
, 2015. I am back again as the official photographer and You’ll be able to see photos from each day at www.tomvonkapherrphotography.com
At the AERE Lac Brome dressage show
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Here is a teaser from yesterdays shoot. I have hours…if not days of editing ahead.
Wait and see. A very special photoshoot with Milady.😉
I love taking shots like this. There is practically no advance time to focus, frame and shoot. Not to mention if the horse clips the rail the wrong way I’m not going to have time to protect my camera!😉