Jumping Horses: Cross Country at Red Hills International Horse Trials

By: Scott Holstein

Filed under: Personal Projects

Water splashes as a horse and rider jump over a fence in a water feature during the Red Hills International Horse Trials.
Marilyn Little rides RF Quarterman through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. Contact me to license this image.

Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida

The Red Hills International Horse Trials is a wonderful event in Tallahassee, Florida. It’s outdoors in the capital city in the spring, the season of perfect weather in northwest Florida. Resurrection fern-covered and Spanish moss-draped Southern Live Oak trees create a picture-perfect backdrop for the equestrian event, held in beautiful Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park on the north side of town, near Lake Jackson.

Cross Country

The Cross Country course, designed by Hugh Lochore, is my favorite, mixing adventure, athleticism, risk, and triumph. Plus, spectators are close to the action; rider and horse together leap over jumps mere feet away. It’s difficult not to hold one’s breath each time the pounding hooves go silent as they leave the ground and go airborne. Also exciting is the spray of water jettisoned into the air as horse and rider enter a water obstacle, such as the Sawgrass Water fence.

I like the challenge of catching and preserving a moment while shooting action, and I’m grateful for this Tallahassee event. I hope you enjoy this selection of my best images from the Cross Country phase.

A horse and rider jump a fence beneath an oak tree during Cross Country at Red Hills International Horse Trials.
Katherine Rivera rides Royal Lufttanzer over the Shire Bound Trunk fence at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Florida. Contact me to license this image.

Rider and horse jumping between oak trees on a cross country course.
Jennie Jarnstrom and Cape Town jump over the Hammock fence. Contact me to license this image.

A white horse and rider jump over a fence between beautiful Live Oak trees covered in ferns in Tallahassee, Florida
Lisa Barry rides F.I.S. Prince Charming over the Hammock fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee. Contact me to license this image.

A horse and rider gallop in a blur on the Cross Country Course at Red Hills Horse Trials
Mikki Kuchta rides Rubens D’Ysieux in a blur toward the Hog House fence in Tallahassee. Contact me to license this image.

Water sprays up around a horse and rider at Red Hills Horse Trials.
Kelly Prather rides Blackfoot Mystery through the Sawgrass Water fence during the Cross Country course. Contact me to license this image.

Marilyn Little on RF Quarterman splash through a water feature during x-country at Red Hills Horse Trials.
Marilyn Little smiles as she rides RF Quarterman through the Sawgrass Water fence during X-Country in Florida. Contact me to license this image.

A horse trips over a water jump during a Cross Country course.
Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace stumble on the Sawgrass Water fence. Contact me to license this image.

A rider is thrown from the saddle and clings to the horse's neck after the horse stumbled on a water jump.
Caroline Martin clings to Quantum Solace’s neck after the horse stumbled on the Sawgrass Water fence. Contact me to license this image.

Animation of a horse stumbling in a water feature and nearly throwing off its rider at Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee.
(Animation) Quantum Solace stumbles in the Sawgrass Water fence, nearly throwing rider Caroline Martin.

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