The Appaloosa Horse Club UK National Breed Show was held at Warwickshire College, Morton Morrell on the 9th & 10th August 2014 and we were delighted to be there as the official photographers. The ApHC UK show is one of the highlights in our calendar due to the friendliness of the competitors and, of course, the beautiful horses.
This year, we loved the judges! The Western Judge was the brilliant Richard Rau who’d come all the way from Toledo, Ohio, just to judge the show. Not only did he do a great job, he did so with good humour and a fair amount of story-telling. The English Judge, Beverly Beresford-Batten and her steward, Bob Batten were also a delight to work with.
As usual the Appaloosa show ran for two days. The weather on Saturday was wonderful whereas Sunday wasn’t – it was a deluge! Thankfully both arenas are covered and so the event went pretty much as planned and the competitors (and photographers) didn’t get too wet.
Saturday’s competition was brought to an end with the heritage class, with riders & horses bedecked in traditional Native American costume. It was fascinating to hear each item’s history described in such detail and it was clear that a huge amount of work had been done by the riders. This was followed by a performance of Phantom of the Opera, featuring Joe Glow.
We were also delighted to have donated a limited edition, signed print to the Silent Auction which helped raise over £900.
All of the photographs have now been uploaded to our equestrian photography gallery. For those that bought pictures at the show, we’ve uploaded a copy of them to our Facebook page so don’t forget to tag yourself.