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        09-29-2009, 04:15 PM
    2009 keuring shots

    I swear...I have been processing photos for about a week straight now
    Thought I'd share my friends' horses from the keuring. It was a really nice event: good weather, outside, and some exceptional horses.

    Freya: Heinse filly, she was 2nd premie and champion filly for the day. My horse's full sister.
    475-Freya T.A.

    Ficus: Mintse colt, this is the orphan from earlier this year. He's running with the herd alpha mare, Hiltje. He is weaned, but she still treats him like he's one of hers. He was 2nd premie.
    464-Ficus T.A.

    Tara: This is my friend's 3 year old mare. She is nice now, but I think she's going to be even better next year: she's definitely a late bloomer. We didn't know how she would do, but she made 2nd premie ster and was reserve champion of the young mares:)
    482-Tara T.A.
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        09-29-2009, 04:24 PM
    Stunning photos as usual Sara! LOVE the 3 year old, what a stunner!

    Have I missed recent updates of your guy?
        09-29-2009, 04:35 PM
    I have been so reluctant to load mine. It was such a crummy day. Over cast outside, even darker in the arena. How the judges even saw any thing to judge I don't know.

    Love yours. All of them.

        09-29-2009, 04:39 PM
    Looks like some of the same runners we had. The short blonde guy with Ficus in the first few photos is on my sh*t list, lol.

    Actually it looks like one of the same guys who ran Tara also ran Keegan. I didn't know the runners traveled with the judges too.

    I recognize two of the judges. The guy who did our announcement's accent was so thick I couldn't understand anything.

    Lol, but I'm not going to fuss! Your photos are outstanding. I am endlessly jealous you had sun and an outdoor arena.

    Our black cloudy rainy skies in a covered arena was just such a bummer.
        09-29-2009, 04:54 PM
    Okay I need that three year old mare, Tara. She is stunning!

    Great pictures, you have alot of talent!
        09-29-2009, 05:01 PM
    Thanks for the compliments, I just love sharing her horses with everyone: you would think they were mine!

    Ha, yeah, the runners and the judges all travel from event to event...usually not in the same vehicle, but sometimes. Last year, we actually ended up Ferrying the runners from the Tennessee keuring to the one in South Carolina. Running horses all day, driving/flying all night, then running horses all day again...I don't know how they do it! I have seen photos from Florida to Colorado with the same runners.

    This is actually the first time I've had the opportunity to shoot a keuring outside, so it was a lot of fun! The event in Tennessee was in a coverall arena: very diffuse lighting with a mostly white background...that was a lot harder.

    Wikke is doing alright, he's fat and happy (too fat, imo...and he's just on grass!). We've been having parasite drama: I think the very wet spring/summer contributed to that. Tapeworms, what fun! I dosed him with Quest at the end of August and he still has some tapes, according to the last fecal count...I'll dose him again after the first hard frost or two, and hopefully that'll be the end of it.

    Training-wise, very light lunging and I just introduced him to ground driving a couple of weeks ago (still in a halter). He's fine with the bit and surcingle now, saddle introduction will be next and probably no more drama than the surcingle, which was non-existent. The most reaction I've ever had from him was putting a rope under his tail.

    Rissa, you should upload yours, I want to see em
        09-29-2009, 05:45 PM
    Originally Posted by Sara    

    Rissa, you should upload yours, I want to see em

    Maybe in a couple of months after everyone has forgotten how fabulous yours are. ;)
        10-02-2009, 10:50 AM
    BUMP for amazing Friesian photos... and Rissa - post yours!!

    Sara - That's good and bad to hear about Wikke, I hope all the parasite yuckiness is over with soon! What do you shoot with and what focal length lens do you use, if you don't mind my asking?
        10-02-2009, 02:31 PM
    Oh I'm sure Wikke will be fine...just a pain to deal with. The whole episode just makes me want my own property even more, so I can control everything about my pasture care and my horses' parasite control. Ah, the 'joys' of boarding.

    For those photos, I think I was shooting mostly f/3.5 to f/4 with either 400 or 800 iso. The lighting was very good that day. When I'm in a covered arena, its usually f/2.8 and 1600 iso. Mostly I shoot at the end of my len's range (say 130-200mm).

    Right now I am shooting with a Canon Rebel XTi body (which I would really like to upgrade...D1 Mark II please!) and a 70-200mm f/2.8 L lens (also Canon). I have several L lenses, but that one is really the best I've found for shooting horses. Very fast and lots of range.

    If I could afford to completely replace my equipment (which I can't) I would definitely take another look at Nikon. From what I am reading, they have an edge on Canon right now when it comes to the top-end camera bodies.
        10-02-2009, 07:28 PM
    Originally Posted by Sara    

    If I could afford to completely replace my equipment (which I can't) I would definitely take another look at Nikon. From what I am reading, they have an edge on Canon right now when it comes to the top-end camera bodies.

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