These are one photographer's choices. I concentrate on portraits, a favorite goal of mine, both horse and human. I've tried to include something for everybody: Breyers, Stones, resins, chinas. Of course I'm also very interested in performance, but since Intermediaire is such a great performance venue and since I couldn't winnow those shots down very well either, there will be a second post later. Just this post has 40 shots!
Compared to the horses, people are very hard to shoot at shows. Only one class of people comes close to being both unaware and focussed. This first shot tickles me pink -- I think she looks elven. It's Ellen Derr judging a Western performance class.
This color was called Wonder Woman. Who's surprised.
I'm as much a pushover for cute foals as anybody.
Moving now on to some resincasts, here's a striking pair. You don't often see these two together. Vata, sculpted by Lynn Fraley, is on the left. Maggie Bennett's sculpture Umbra is on the right. Note how Umbra's base is in the form of the horse's shadow.
Despite my efforts, a few Performance shots are sneaking in. It's because I've classified them as portraits. You'll forgive me. This grey mare is a Brigitte Eberl sculpt, owned by Kris Gallagher.
Indeed there is no limit. At every show I attend, I find a defining model, one that I remember above all the rest -- one that becomes a 'memory tag' for that show. Sometimes I merely fall in love with a horse; others I remember with worship and awe. This show I found something I never dreamed existed, yet it instantly hooked my attention. How could anyone have come up with this?!? Elements of Cervine (deer) and Equine are in this shy forest creature, which I am calling the Deer Filly.
The judge liked her too:
I see I've largely left out chinas. Alas, they can't all get in. This beautiful Hagen Renaker took top prizes.
Didi runs an interesting show, with fun classes in the Intermediaire half and 'serious,' more open-class competition in the Intersport half. I'm not clear on which class the Eohippi enter, but I saw my first one last year. This year there were two; this is the new one.