Cross Country at Red Hills International Horse Trials

Posted by Scott Holstein on March 13, 2015 in Personal Projects
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Action photo of water splashing as a horse and rider jump over a fence in a water feature during the Red Hills International Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Marilyn Little rides RF Quarterman through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Red Hills International Horse Trials is one of the best events Tallahassee photographers can shoot. 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.

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 as a Tallahassee photographer that I can photograph the Red Hills International Horse Trials. I hope you enjoy this selection of my best images from the Cross Country phase. Please click on an image to license it or to purchase prints. More images are available in my photo archive here.

A horse and rider jump a fence beneath an oak tree during Cross Country at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Katherine Rivera rides Royal Lufttanzer over the Shire Bound Trunk fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action image of a horse and rider airborn between oak trees at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahasee photographer Scott Holstein.

Jennie Jarnstrom rides Cape Town over the Hammock fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action photo of a horse and rider jumping over a fence between beautiful Live Oak trees at the Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Lisa Barry rides F.I.S. Prince Charming over the Hammock fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

A motion blur image of a horse and rider on the Cross Country Course at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Mikka Kuchta rides Rubens D’Ysieux in a blur toward the Hog House fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action image of water spraying up around a horse and rider at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Kelly Prather rides Blackfoot Mystery through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action photo of a rider and horse splashing through a water feature at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Marilyn Little smiles as she rides RF Quarterman through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action image of a horse tripping over a water jump during Cross Country at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace stumble on the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Chaotic action shot of a rider clinging to the horse's neck after the horse stumbled on a water jump by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Caroline Martin clings to Quantum Solace’s neck after the horse stumbled on the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

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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