marimages: Blog https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog en-us (C) marimages andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:31:00 GMT Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:31:00 GMT https://www.marimages.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u102933144-o946501439-50.jpg marimages: Blog https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog 80 120 Some Thorpe Perrow Fun 2018 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/6/some-thorpe-perrow-fun-2018


 

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equestrian ride gallery on this website.  

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHFLxxJgaOU

 

 

     

A quick blog at the moment, for the Thorpe Perrow Pony Club ride.  I am hoping that the fun and enthusiasm of the many riders of different ages comes across on the video link. 
 
 
 
 

 

 

  Bethany at CP1, helping out
             
 

   

 
 
I hope that everyone enjoyed the ride, and look forward to seeing you all at another ride soon.
 
Take care.
 
 
 
 

      

    

 

   

 

             

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) andrew bedale club east egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north perrow photographer photography pleasure pony ray ride riding thjorpe yore yorkshire https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/6/some-thorpe-perrow-fun-2018 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:30:35 GMT
Coloured Cobs at Cresswell Crags https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/6/coloured-cobs-at-cresswell-craggs

 

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I was really looking forward to attending the Cresswell Crag ride for Notts EGB, as I had walked our dogs around there when visiting my family.  It did not disappoint.  It is a wonderful setting and start for a ride, sat by the water listening to the birds awaiting the first riders.  So relaxing.
 
As the morning progressed, It was apparent that this is a very popular place for families, joggers, runners and dog walkers - and was getting more difficult to isolate the riders and create a clean back ground.  So it was time to venture out further into the route.
 
 
 

 

 

  Bethany at CP1, helping out
        Going for it      
 

   As this was a new ride for me, I did get the heads up about a canter spot in a field.  So when I decided time was right that is where I headed for.  The real surprise was the amount of great shooting locations, which is really useful as I prefer to walk the route and this enabled me to capture different aspects of the ride that you all seemed to be enjoying.  Even if some got a little lost.

It was a real pleasure to be out there with you, and appreciate you taking the time to talk with me, ride past several times, line up for group photos and wait to ride past individually to create some cracking action shots.

 

 

 
The weather on the whole wasn't too bad, except for a short spell where I got really wet and had put away the tripod and video camera, as well as protect myself and other gear until it cleared up.  I don't know what I expected from the ride, but my experience was far better than I could have hoped for and I thank you all for that.
 
I hope that everyone enjoyed the ride, and look forward to seeing you all at another ride soon.
 
Take care.
 
 
My favourite shot of the day

        There were so many shots I enjoyed, but I think I like this particular one of a group of riders enjoying their ride together.  I am not sure if it was pre-meditated but it all unfolded in front of me quite organically.  

Also, not sure if they realised that they lined right in front of the video camera, I'm sure it was more luck than judgement.  Great to see them all getting into the spirit and enjoying themselves.

    

For more rides in this area, check out the following link

   Notts EGB Facebook page


   

 

             

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) andrew cob coloured craggs cresswell east egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north notts photographer photography pleasure ray ride riding yorkshire https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/6/coloured-cobs-at-cresswell-craggs Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:30:00 GMT
With a little help from my friend https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/5/with-a-little-help-from-my-friend
The start of the ride

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equestrian ride gallery on this website.  

 

     

It's seems to have been a while now since the Durham Valley ride, and one I have really wanted to get the video up for viewing, because on this ride I had a helper.
 
When I joined the route around CP1 to capture as many of the 10K riders as possible, Bethany came down for a chat.  Not only did she talk but went to find and guide you towards me.  It made a very pleasant change for me as I am generally left to my own thoughts for large chunks of the day. Thank you for your company Bethany you were a big help.  Also, thank you for introducing this rides video.
 
 

 

 

  Bethany at CP1, helping out
             
 

   Once you step away from the pleasure rides with the EGB, you then enter the world of vetting.  Not being deeply engrained in this discipline myself, I do get the feeling that it is not the part of the day most people look forward to but one that has to be completed by you, or a willing crew member to proceed onto the ride.  

I love the photographs from this section, and see it as another vision of the partnership between horse and rider.  I also get to see you without your helmets, which is nice.

 

 

 
When the Durham ride was on, it was bang in the middle of very unsettled weather, so we were very lucky with the day we had.  From my point of view it was so god to be outside and not need wellies or wet clothing.  Sat by the side of the track listening to the bird song, greeting dog walkers and happening to meet these lovely creatures (see photo right, not above (Sorry)) really made my day.  Sometimes it's okay to slow down and look around you.
 
I hope that everyone enjoyed the ride, and look forward to seeing you all at another ride soon.
 
Take care.
 
 

    Next rides for me are

20th May - Terrington Ride 

Terrington ride information

Sunday 27h May - Brough Park

   Durham & Teeside EGB ride information


   

 

             

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & andrew east egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north photographer photography pleasure ray ride riding yorkshire https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/5/with-a-little-help-from-my-friend Mon, 07 May 2018 11:19:54 GMT
Tanfield beats the Beast 2018 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/4/tanfield-beats-the-beast-2018
On the way home through the trees

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  Tanfield is back on

   

So not the best start to a ride season this year.  The weather is certainly not playing it's part, but after the Beast from the East put pay to the original date it's all credit to the Durham & Teeside EGB group of organisers and riders to stage the ride at a later date.  And what a day you picked.  Although a little fresh to begin with, I have to say being out in the bright sunshine really does lift the spirits.
 
 

 

 

  Happy rider
        More happy riders      


Olivia and Summers Harmony

   When I attend these rides, ideally what I am looking for (from a photography point of view) is open spaces.  To try and give you and your horses a bit of space so as not spook you and also give me a chance to photograph you all individually.  Tanfield proves difficult in this respect as I think I would need to travel further out into the course but then would miss the shorter distance riders.

However, I am really liking the photos taken on the Tanfield Railway Path, with the spring flowers in the foreground and the tree trunks and bare branches as a back ground.  It does become a real challenge and makes my day a little more interesting.


I would like to make a quick mention to Olivia and her horse Summers Harmony.  Well done on you achievements last year.  A great article in the Endurance magazine highlighting  a young rider entering into this sport.  It was at this same ride that Olivia was taking part in the lead rein class, and in the same year competed at higher levels including 48km

 

This is no mean achievement in the course of a year, but congratulations must also be passed on to Catherine, Olivia's mum who without her support and encouragement would not be where she is today.

All the best for 2018, to everyone. 

 

 

 
What was really noticeable this day, was the sound of Spring on it's way.  You can here on the sound track of the attached video the bird chorus.  Which I have to admit I hadn't noticed on the day.  On the occasional look up in between riders I saw a Red Kite which I am never ready for so this is just a grab shot but still pleasing to have seen.
 
I hope that everyone enjoyed the ride, and look forward to se you all at another ride soon.
 
Take care.
 

 

Red Kite

    Next rides for me are

Wykeham Ride - 22nd April (North & East Yorkshire EGB)

Thorpe Perrow - Saturday 28th April (North & East Yorkshire EGB)

North & East Yorkshire EGB group rides link

Waskerley Ride - 29th April (Durham & Teeside EGB)

   Durham & Teeside EGB ride information


   

 

             

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & andrew east egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north photographer photography pleasure ray ride riding yorkshire https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/4/tanfield-beats-the-beast-2018 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:31:57 GMT
Fun at Escrick Park 2018 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/3/fun-at-escrick-park-2018
Frosty breath

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  It's a sell out for Escrick

   

18th February marked the start of the season for the North & East Yorkshire EGB group, the weather stayed fine and everyone brought along their smiles.
 
A sell out ride is always a great way to start the year, and fantastic for the organisers to realise all their hard work come to fruition.  Also, not every ride has a sponsor like R & R Country handing out fantastic goody bags.  So, you can not help but enjoy yourselves and that's great as I think it really comes across on camera.
 

 

 

  Angela Hields
             
 

   Everything was going well, until about the fifth rider in when my battery died just as a small group went past and was unable to capture anything of Sharon as she rode past with her friend.  Fortunately I was able to offer a print from the video footage to rescue the day.

I have now retired this battery, or at least confined it to personal use at home.  After this little incident everything went smoothly.  You were all so spread out that I did not move on to my second location until much later than I expected but on the whole I am really pleased with my day.

 

 
I hope that you are enjoying the videos as much as I do, I particularly like the audio that goes with the photos.  The thundering hooves as they roar past, the laughter of the riders and the brief chats we share all make my day out in the field an enjoyable one.  Although, if I am getting mistaken for a scarecrow, maybe I need to move around a lot more.
 
I hope that everyone enjoyed the ride, and look forward to se you all at another ride soon.
 
Take care.
 
 

    Next rides for me are

Mad March Hares Ride 18th March at Brodsworth

West Riding and Notts EGB Groups Facebook Link

Sunday 25th March - Tanfield

   Durham & Teeside EGB ride information


   

 

             

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & andrew east egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north photographer photography pleasure ray ride riding yorkshire https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/3/fun-at-escrick-park-2018 Sun, 11 Mar 2018 15:55:27 GMT
Frostbite at Brodsworth 2018 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/2/frostbite-at-brodsworth-2018
Frosty breath

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  A cold start but nice day

    So, back at Brodsworth.  I remember when I first attended a ride at Brodsworth and felt frustrated because was unable to find time to get out of the park and into the further reaches of the ride.  Now I am learning to embrace everything that Brodsworth country park has to offer, both for me and you the riders.

 

 

  Brodsworth View
             
 

   Although there was a printed route, the ride this time was constrained to the confines of the park.  It doesn't take long for riders to start going around and making your own routes up, which must be refreshing for you to just ride and enjoy the views knowing that you are never too far from the venue.  For me it means that I can allocate so long in one location to see who rides past before I look to move on.

 

This is a very relaxed ride, probably because it is really early in the season and that you all just want to get out of the house in the new year and blow the Christmas cob webs away.  I think it is also down to the organisers and helpers who project their 'go and have a ride' care free attitudes and sense of fun that transcends into the riders.

Thank you for all the smiles and the brief chats when allowed.  Hopefully it won't be too long before I am invited back.

 

 

 

 

  A Great location
 

    Next ride for me is Sunday 4th March - Tanfield

   Durham & Teeside EGB ride information


   

 

             

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & brodsworth countryside egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north notts photographer pleasure ride riding https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/2/frostbite-at-brodsworth-2018 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:09:32 GMT
Very cold Ranskill Ride 2017 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/2/very-cold-ranskill-ride-2017
Ranksill Riders

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  Lost glasses and cold batteries

    It was a beautiful day, but very cold when stood in the shade.  Not having been at the Ranskill ride before I did not really know what to expect.  Looking at the map though I did pick out a section to work on first.  When I had walked past the first section and the wood into the first ploughed field I realised that I was not going to be moving any further on this trip.  I walked really well as I was able to see riders going out on the ride, but also later on I would be in a good location to capture them on their return.

 

 

 
        Out on routeMaking my way to the first section by a lake. This did not work as a location for me, so moved onto a different, more favorable position.      
 

   Earlier on when I was loading up my car, I heard something drop but when looking back I could not see anything, so as I didn't want to be late set off down the A1 to Ranskill. It was only when I was at the venue that I realised that I did not have my glasses with me and that it was those that has fallen out of my pocket.  Fortunately my daughter was able to pick them up for me before she ran over them on the drive.

Any way, back to the ride.  It was particularly cold this morning and noticed that my first battery was completely drained after the first couple of riders.

For a lot of us this would be the final ride for 2017, and it was a great way to finish such a fantastic ride season.  It was a really good turn out for this poppy ride, with a good number supporting the poppy on their horse and outfits.  So good to see families out enjoying time together and supporting the young riders.

As I was waiting for the final riders I took another walk out through the wooded area, when I heard a creaking and crash and when I got to the field saw a fallen tree with the tip of the branches smashing over the riding route, so very lucky you had all past by.

 

 

 

  A Great location
 

                          Next ride for me is Sunday 18th February - Escrick Park

    North & East Yorkshire EGB Ride calendar


   

 

             

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & countryside egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north notts photographer pleasure ranskill ride riding https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2018/2/very-cold-ranskill-ride-2017 Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:18:52 GMT
War of the Witches Ride 2017 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/12/war-of-the-witches-ride-2017
Fancy dress ridersWar of the Witches

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  I lost my way a little

    Arrived nice and early on this beautiful Sunday morning at the Brodsworth Community Woodland for this year's War of the Witches ride.

All parked up and waiting for the off, I watched as the venue car park steadily filled with all kinds of vehicles and horse transportation, and the organisers erect their temporary shelter for the day.  Then with poster and business cards left, it was time to head out into the venue and stake out my first location for the day.

 

 
        Out on routeMaking my way to the first section by a lake. This did not work as a location for me, so moved onto a different, more favorable position.      
 

   I can't help myself, I need to move around at these rides.  Everything started well, and was in my first position nice and early.  Several riders and about an hour later the desire to wander took hold.  There are so many tracks and routes around Brodsworth so there are plenty of locations to try.  I did venture outside the park and followed a section of the ride to see if there were any other opportunities but this turned out to be road work and narrow wood trail.  Very nice for the horse and rider but not a great place to stake out and photograph.  However this put me in a position where I was not entirely sure where about the riders were on the track so started to meander around and photographed where ever i came across anyone.

I got back on track and continued to photograph where ever I found someone.  I also found a new view point to try the next ride I am there.  Hopefully, the photos show you all the kind a ride you can expect if you have not been here before and can add it to your ride calendar for 2018.

It was great to see all the fancy dress costumes and new riders out on the route.   Thank you for all the smiles, waves, thumbs up and brief conversation (some can be heard on the video above).  This really adds to my day photographing you all.

If you like the look of this venue then please be aware this will be where next years Frost Bite ride will be held on Sunday 7th January.  So grab your thermals and join me on route.

 

  A Great location
 

                          Next ride for me is Sunday 7th January - Brodsworth Community Woodland

                                                      Sport Endurance link details


   

 

             

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & brodsworth countryside egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north photographer pleasure ride riding west https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/12/war-of-the-witches-ride-2017 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:06:57 GMT
North Elmsall Ride blog 2017 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/11/north-elmsall-egb-blog-2017
Through the tunnelNorth Elmsall 2017

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Not everything went to plan!

  Another new ride for me, so having never been to this venue I was totally reliant on sat-nav (Google Maps).  As I approached, I could see the horse trailers in a field and breathed a sigh of relief as I obeyed my computerised directions and turned into a lane.  This lane went very narrow and over grown before I was halted by bollards at the end with no entrance to a field in sight.

Reversing back down the lane as branches and twigs brushed the paint work of my car whilst I raised my hand to apologise and acknowledge the dog walkers and cyclists that had to lean into the hedge for me to pass.

 

 
        Out on routeMaking my way to the first section by a lake. This did not work as a location for me, so moved onto a different, more favorable position.      
 

   I had looked at the route on an ordanance survey map to get my bearings and pick out a couple of shooting locations.  The plan being to photograph 1 location early on and then move to a second later on and capture riders as they returned to the venue.  I was told of a lake/pond that the riders would pass and as this was early on I headed out there straight away.  However, on reaching this location I found it to be less than ideal.  The sides of the path were overgrown and high, and with the location of the early morning sun the best place for me to stand would have been in the middle of the water (bot happening) so, looking at the map I pushed on until I found a suitable location which I think works really well.

 The light in this location is favorable, as it is to my left and slightly behind so illuminating the riders well.  Although I prefer a rolling countryside scene for my riders to be in, the North Elmsall ride does cut through some urban developed areas and busy roads (check out the video as I walk from one location to another).  So on this occasion I really like the stone railway tunnel, this anchors the photo, puts the riders in a sense of place and scale while also allowing for a darker background further enhancing the horse and rider as the main focal point.

The Foliage all around also adds texture and colour to help fill the frame.  The slight incline also lets the horses show some effort and power up the hill for some great action sequenses.  Or just walking up for a leisurely plod.

 

  A Great location
 

                                                

Homeward bound
   

This is where my day started to fall apart.  Trying my best to count the riders, it shouldn't be difficult but I always lose count, and taking into account maybe some no shows or wrong routes, I headed to the main road to cut back to the venue and a section to photograph the ridres heading back in from the end of the ride.  I came across the sprayed arrows on the road indicating that I was on the right path, and looking at my route map everything was good.  I even came across a couple of happy riders on the road, so I pushed on as time was against me.

Unforunately, I was not aware of a late route change, and missing the diversion arrows continued on into an estate and down by a path at the side of a Co-Op and into the countryside with no sign of any horses, riders, sprayed arrows - nothing.  I tried the other side of the road and the country park that was to be used, but this looked like a building site,  again no evidence of any ride to be passing here.  So I reluctanly headed back to the venue for a few more casual shots as the remaining riders prepare for their journey home.


 

 

 

 

So, although it was not my planned day I had a great time photographing you and really appreciate all the smiles and waves for you all.

     

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & countryside dale durham egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north pleasure raby ride riding west https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/11/north-elmsall-egb-blog-2017 Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:01:51 GMT
Raby EGB Blog 2017 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/11/raby-egb-blog-2017
Enjoying RabyRaby EGB 2017

Please enjoy the video below, and don't forget to check out all the photos if you haven't already from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  

 
 

What is your favourite ride?

   If you're like me, you will have a few.  They will all be a favourite for their own special reasons.  It could be locality, terrain, memories of previous rides etc.  Raby is definately one of my top rides and one I really look forward to.

   There is always a good turn out for this ride, which is always good as I know that I will be busy, I could be stood in a field, or various location for upto 5 hours (as was the case this year) so being busy certainly helps pass the time, and when you are busy the day just flies by. 

    I like to set out on foot wherever possible at a ride, and walk as much of the route as possible.  With the way the Raby route has been put together, this allows me follow the 10K route (in reverse) to ensure I am always facing the direction that you are coming from.

 

 
        Group riding      
 

    I am spoilt for choice on locations, as there are a couple of fields with inclines that really lend themselves to the kind of photos I like to take. There is plenty of space for me to keep out of your way and let you put on a show racing up the hills.  Looking through the video (see above link) the smiles on your faces tell me you also enjoy these sections.

Some of you will do this loop a second time, I do try to move around during the course of the ride.  Particulary between the 2 fields where there is a bridge.  One reason is to mix things up from my point of view and keep me interested, second I do get a buzz when I can capture the same rider a second time with a different backdrop.

 

 I am so glad that most of you like a challenge and are not content with a mere 10K ride, and head off onto the moors for the longer distance.  This allows me to walk back towards the venue, through the fly infested wood and take up a third site to see you heading home.

This also has an incline, it is so nice to see you with enough energy and smiles so late on in the ride.  The Raby ride has so many great locations from my point of view, I can only imagine how it must be to ride around, as there is very little road work, certainly on the early section anyway.  Please feel free to let me know what the moors section is like as I am unlikely to make it out that far without missing most of the riders doing the short section.

 

 

  Almost Home
 

                                                

My Photo of the Ride


   
 
 

Mind the flies

 

 

There are so many great shots from this ride, showing your horses in full flight with manes and tails flowing, coats shiny and big smiles on your faces that I could have chosen.

I like this shot of Nicky Pink and friend on their second loop.  I came across them on my way back to the venue to capture more riders on the last section. This shows the varied terrain that you will come across on this ride.  I particularly like Nicky's smile solution to the fly infestation that you (and I) had to pass through.

                   

                   

                   

                  

     

Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & countryside dale durham egb endurance equestrian event horse marimages north pleasure raby ride teeside https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/11/raby-egb-blog-2017 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:30:00 GMT
Aldham Mill EGB Blog 2017 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/9/aldham-mill-egb-blog-2017 Happy to ride

A new ride is great to get you buzzing again, this was my first visit to this ride, which was run from the Aldham Mill Equestrian Centre and glad of the invite from Jeni Gilbert of the West Riding EGB group.  

Please enjoy the short video below, and don't forget to check out all the photos if you haven't already from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  

 
 

Not knowing the route at all, it is time to crack open the ordanance survey maps and examine the route.  As there were 2 loops either end of a long run with the venue in the middle, I decided to try both sections and drove to the first loop.  Walking the entire loop I was struggling to find a location suitable with space and lighting.

Having walked round most of the first loop I settled on a section the seemed to work, abit of space and a green neutral back ground.  Unfortunately, it was also fairly rutted which did not lend itself to flowing movement from the horse and riders as they passed me by.  Had I walked on for another 5-10 minutes I would have found a beter location.  So, one to try another year.

 

  We made it
             
 

 

I didn't know what to expect from this ride and surprised how scenic it is considering the location is so close to Barnsley and busy roads.  The route takes you along dismantled railway lines

Once I thought most riders had been past, I decided to move on to my second location and parked near the McDonalds and picked up the route heading out.  Some of the best locations were further round on the course and the weather was holding it's own but the back drops were a little dry and dusty.

At the top of the hill I sat by the side of the track, and shot a few video clips whilst waiting for some more riders and promptly 2 showed up and got some great shots with a moody sky back drop.  It was then the the heavens opened and I just sat there in the rain wrapped in my kagool (not cool but dry)

 

 Timing is everything, and I had waited as long as I dare and so started on my walk back to the venue in the down pour when I came upon a couple of late starters.  Again not my ideal location but at least you can see the rain coming down which makes these slighly diferent.

Driving back to the venue gave me some time for extra photos and got a couple of the time keepers / Stewards.  The weather had turned again and was now alot brighter and warmer, and Sarah and Angela were carefully and sucessfully drying out a bee from the down pour.

I was also on hand to capture a few riders returning back to the venue.  

New rides are great, but rarely go right the first time out and it is a case of working the location as and when you can.  This in itself gives me a buzz and look forward to trying Aldham Mill again soon - if invited.

 

                  Bee Keepers and Time Keepers
 

                                                Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images. 

                                                                     I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 


   
 
 

Up coming rides:

So if you like what you see and would like to know more about Endurance rides, please see the attached links to the right.

 

 

 


 

 

I will be at : Thirlby EGB ride has been re-scheduled to 15th October 

                   click here for - Thirleby ride information

                   

                   

                   

                  

     


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & countryside dale durham egb endurance equestrian event harwood horse marimages north pleasure ride yorkshire https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/9/aldham-mill-egb-blog-2017 Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:30:00 GMT
Harwood Dale EGB Blog 2017 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/9/harwood-dale-egb-blog-2017
Venue ParkingHarwood Dale EGB Venue 2017

Please enjoy the short video below, and don't forget to check out all the photos if you haven't already from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  

 
 

I have mixed feelings about the Harwood Dale ride due to the severe early lighting conditions on the top, having said that when i have reviewed my images and watched the video; i realise that I am please with how everything has come together.  This year I was looking forward to trying out a different location as I have tended to gravitate towards the same location the last few times I have attended this ride.

Janis kindly e-mailed me a map of the route and had picked out a section covering the CP1 route for the first 1-2 hours of the ride before moving on.  However, things generally don't always work according to plan as was the case on the morning of this years ride.  Due to fallen trees, this section had to be scrubbed which was an irritation to me but a major headache for the organisers who quickly drafted out extra loops and sent out people to do some hasty re-marking.

 

 
        Re-markersEster and Kerry on a re-marking misson.      
 

 I reverted to my past location, where I know I can get good shots of you on route.  I was also able to deliver a helper to one of the gates.  But this location has it's issues on a beautiful bright day as we had this Sunday.  Early on I will be shooting into direct sunlight which tends to wash out the colours/contrast but is fantastic on the return journey to the venue. 

Not long into the ride Kerry and Ester make by to re-mark part of the route as it had been de-marked, probably by some dog walkers.  Kerry has her own ideas on these people, but section 'E' was duly sprayed back in place this time to for you riders to find your way back to the venue.

 

  It was a beautiful day and as the morning wore on riders were coming from both directions which always keeps me busy and on my toes.  You all looked to be having a great time on the ride dispite the flies, which were plentiful.  Unfortunately, I am unable to do much about this aspect of the ride as was asked by a couple of riders.

Once I am in location I tend to relax a little as I feel that everything is back on track and going to some sort of plan.  It can be quite busy at times especially on in this location as at times I can have riders approching from both directions.  Then there are times when nothing happens, and this can be anything from a few minutes to half an hour which give me plenty of time to think about things and set things straight in my mind for the coming week.  

Thankfully if i'm not looking in the right direction you tend to give me a shout to grab my attention. 

 

 

                  Full of the joysSophie Pickard and Elfin
 

                                                Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images. 

                                                                     I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Heather
    Thistle and Bee
 
 

Up coming rides:

So if you like what you see and would like to know more about Endurance rides, please see the attached links to the right.

 

 

 


 

 

I will be at : Thirlby EGB ride on 24th September 

                   click here for - Thirleby ride information

                   

                   

                   

                  

     


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & countryside dale durham egb endurance equestrian event harwood horse marimages north pleasure ride yorkshire https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2017/9/harwood-dale-egb-blog-2017 Sat, 09 Sep 2017 07:30:00 GMT
Raby EGB Blog https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/8/raby-egb-blog Raby EGB Equestrian Horse Pleasure Ride Event Marimages PhotographyLap oneFirst riders out and heading back to CP1, with colourful heather awaiting them on the larger loop.
 

Please enjoy the short slide show below, and don't forget to check out all the photos from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  There are also extra photos to be viewed on my Facebook page album at the following link. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1148828595175792.1073741932.100001459869526&type=1&l=46824f221d

  Harwood Dale EGB video blog.
 

I really enjoyed myself at this years Raby ride, and with it being a 10am start time allowed me the opportunity to grab a photo of Raby Castle on my phone (see opposite).  With knowledge from last year I set off walking a good 30 minutes before the riders were due to set off as I knew exactly where I wanted to be and didn't want to get stranded in the woods while they were passing me by. 

The last few rides I have made use of my car to get around the routes, but it was good to get back to walking and enjoying the views as you the riders do and experiencing the different terrain, sound and weather conditions.

  Blackton ReservoirLooking rather dry
       Ride PartnersThere is no stopping some people      
 

  My first spot was in a section between CP1 and A, there is an open field with a beautiful small hill where the riders, if they like, can really have some fun and express themselves a little.  This has got to be one of my favourite locations, because of the actions shots, the scenery and the light is also in the right place for me.  I can also see a good way into the distance and see the riders approaching giving me time to get ready and also giving you the riders time to see me and not spook your horses too much.

It is good to see so many familiar faces, at these rides.  Even when you don't have a horse you can not stop yourselves from attending and having a go.  Can't have been easy on a bike though.  Well done and look forward to seeing you back in the saddle.

   With the Raby ride, quite a few of you I will have seen twice.  I did look at using a second location which was over the hill and through a couple of gates.  Again, this location also works as far as back drops and light but with the field being slightly overgrown, the route to take was not always clear and so I could not guarantee being in a close enough location to the riders.

In between riders I managed a quick word with Nikki on gate duty and also a couple of riders stopped for a chat which was very nice as normally it is just a wave and a shout.  Ken caught me out as I was on my way back to the first shooting spot as he came over the brow of the hill.  It was nice to take this shot for him as he normally goes full throttle and last year he was one I passed in the woods last year.

  Ken Miller PortraitSecond time round, caught between 2 shooting locations.
 

  Once I thought all riders had gone passed, I made my way back to the venue following the route back.  The intension was always to wait near the venue for any riders still out doing the longer route.  Another opportunity photograph in a different location.  On the way back I did venture slightly off course but the benefit was a quiet little stream which you probably didn't see, so there is a photo below for you.  There was also a couple of team EGB spectators enjoying the events as you all passed by.  I wonder what they made of it all.

Upon checking my phone app, I clocked up 8km myself although my time was well down as it took me 5 hours 20 minutes, but looking back at the photos from the day, I think it was worth it.  Thank you all for my experience and for viewing and buying the images. 

                                                                     I look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Endurance spectatorsGo team EGB
   
 
 

Up coming rides:

So if you like what you see and would like to know more about Endurance rides, please see the attached links to the right.

 

 

 


 

 

I will be at : Aram Grange - 29th August (Bank Holiday Monday)

                   http://www.endurancegbneyorkshire.co.uk/rides/aramGrange2016.asp
                  

                   Baldersdale - 11th September

                   http://durhamandteessideegb.moonfruit.com/baldersdale/4585880110

                  

                   White Horse Wanderer - 25th September

                   http://www.endurancegbneyorkshire.co.uk/rides/whitehorsewander2016.asp

     


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) & Durham EGB Raby Teeside countryside endurance equestrian event horse marimages pleasure ride https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/8/raby-egb-blog Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Harwood Dale EGB Blog https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/8/hetton-lyons-egb-blog Hetton Lyons EGB Equestrian Horse Pleasure Ride Event Marimages PhotographyRiding under shelterOne of the routes around the Hetton Lyon Lakes
 

It was an early start for me for this ride as the girls were off on a scuba diving weekend, I was on animal duty. Once the animals had been taken care of, that's the goldfish, guinea pig, cats, dog and horse it was time to drive the hour and half to get to Harwood Dale venue.  I know that this is not unusual to most of you, and it is a testament to all your dedication, riders, organisers and helpers that you make the effort to get to these events. 

Please enjoy the short slide show below, and don't forget to check out all the photos from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  There are also extra photos to be viewed on my Facebook page album at the following link. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1143135325745119.1073741931.100001459869526&type=1&l=5abbbb68e8

  Harwood Dale EGB video blog.
 

  I was in position in plenty of time when I arrived at CP2 to be greeted with flies eager to introduce themselves to me.  I had a walk down to Whispering Dales, looking for alternative shooting locations as it is an area I am not familiar with, you never know what is around the corner.  I was surprised to find a post box on a tree in the middle of the woods, I wonder what the postal address is for this.  The track led down hill but was fenced in and I didn't want to get too far away from my original location if there was nothing any better as was the case here, so made my way back.

  Blackton ReservoirLooking rather dry
       Tricksy Bridges      
 

  There were quite a few distances being covered and all passed through this section just after CP2.  As people passed me and headed for the marker "E" there were a few looks and questions as to which direction they needed to go.  I gave myself a little challenge to try and vary my position and swap sides of the track so that when the riders came passed a second time the shots I was taking would be different to previous images.

  There were some large gaps in time between some riders, but I had a wonderful view overlooking the sea and Scarborough castle which I shared with an abundance of flies.  They were all over the place.  I'm thinking of getting a mesh mask that I saw some of the horses were wearing.

   There were a few incidents on this ride, the first three riders I saw all came through with issues from sore hooves, missing shoes, rides cut short and riders going missing. This is the great thing about these events and endurance as a sport.  The thing to remember is that Endurance is a discipline covering a wide range of skills from map reading, riding different terrains and horsemanship, but it is also a fun way to stay in shape, spend time with family and friends as well as meet like minded people.

 

  Two's company
 

  If you do run into difficulties, being part of a well organised ride means that there are plenty of knowledgeable people on hand to offer their help and advise to ensure everyone gets around and back safely.

Well done to you all, and I look forward to seeing some of you at the Raby ride on Sunday 21st August.


   
 
 
   
 


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) Dale EGB Harwood North Yorkshire countryside endurance equestrian event horse marimages pleasure ride https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/8/hetton-lyons-egb-blog Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:25:10 GMT
Clifton Castle Pony Club Blog https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/7/clifton-castle-pony-club-blog Clifton Castle EGB Equestrian Horse Pleasure Ride Event Marimages PhotographyClifton Castle
     

              Please enjoy the short slide show below, and don't forget to check out all the photos from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  There are also extra photos to be viewed on my Facebook page album at the following link. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1117733054952013.1073741930.100001459869526&type=1&l=7de126e5e2

    Clifton Castle video blog.Slideshow of photos and video segments taken at the Clifton Castle EGB ride earlier this year.
                                                                                                  

We had a great day for the Clifton Castle Pony Club ride, and I had a good walk around the second loop.  It is so good to see so many youngsters out enjoying their horses.  The progression from one year to the next is amazing, seeing them grow in confidence with their horsemanship, moving up from lead rein to solo riding.  It must also be very satisfying for the parents to be able to share their passion for horses and spend quality time with family. 

 

Young rider and mum
           Penny Best      
 

  There were plenty of helpers for this ride with pony club members stationed around the route looking after the gates and at the end walking round collecting the markers.  Everyone, with a smile on their faces.  This is great to see because without these people it becomes very difficult if not impossible to put these rides on for everyone.  So keep up the good work and remember if you are unable to ride at an event, think about if you can offer help to keep the rides going. I'm sure the organisers will be glad of any help given.

   

  I was expecting to see Helen and Falcon at this ride, I had helped them get the trailer ready and check the tyres, so was surprised to hear from Robert that she was having trouble and may not make it to the venue.  When I got home I was told that a wheel had come off the trailer when they were not too far from the venue.  They made it back home thanks to the help from our son, but the wheel was lost somewhere on route.  We slowly retraced our steps looking on both sides of the road but were unable to see any sign of the wheel or damage a free wheeling wheel may cause.  So Falcons rides have been put on hold for the time being until the trailer repairs have been complete.

    Homeward BoundFinal riders on their way home.
 
 

          If you enjoyed the Clifton Castle ride or like what you have seen and would like to participate, then there is another Pony Club organised ride at Aram Grange later in the month on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August.

​For details check out the North and East Endurage GB website at the following link.

http://www.endurancegbneyorkshire.co.uk/rides/aramGrange2016.asp

I look forward to see you all there.

   
 
 

 

Thank you for your time, and
 

hope to see you at a ride soon.

   


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) Castle Clifton EGB North Weardale Yorkshire countryside endurance equestrian event horse marimages photographer pleasure ride https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/7/clifton-castle-pony-club-blog Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Stanhope EGB Blog https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/7/stanhope-egb-blog Stanhope EGB Equestrian Horse Pleasure Ride Event Marimages PhotographyStanhope FellLast of the riders off the fell at the Stanhope
     

Another new venue for me, and the weather was much better than I was expecting.

              Please enjoy the short slide show below, and don't forget to check out all the photos from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  There are also extra photos to be viewed on my Facebook page album at the following link. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1117074801684505.1073741929.100001459869526&type=1&l=366d3b5d8e

    Stanhope EGB video blog.Slideshow of photos and video segments taken at the Stanhope EGB ride earlier this year.
                                                                                               * Please note video is only 7 minutes long (not the 12 stated)    

I had a beautiful drive over the hills and into Weardale, the scenery is stunning and the clouds were so low I felt as though I could touch them.  As I descended I got my first glimpse darkness that was Stanhope.  Not that the weather was bad, in fact it was far better than I expected.  According to the weather apps I was going to get wet from start to finish.  I arrived early and Sarah had got word from the farmer that there would be no rain until early afternoon, and he was spot on.  When will the farmers write a weather app of their own?   

 


           Alison AinsleyLook no hands      
 

  As this was my first time at this venue, I was given plenty of advise on where would be a good position to get you all as you ride past.  My first section was a good choice as it allowed me to drive up and park by the farm, also this route was going to be covered by all riders so I at least have a chance to capture everyone from the ride.  The down side to driving up is that I was there for almost an hour before the first rider came past, fortunately I can now read books on my phone so cracked off a couple of chapters of "Ethan Justice - Origins" by Simon Jenner.  Need to be careful when doing this as some of you and your horses are light of foot and can be on top of me before I know it.

​This is a very relaxed ride, everyone looked to be having a good time and was greeted with plenty of smiles which I really do appreciate.  Once all riders had gone through (to my counting anyway) it was time to make a move and try to capture some riders coming off the fell.  Some of you were much quicker than I expected (sorry Youngs) so didn't get everyone but managed most I think.

   

  Now I have to admit, at this point I had a mild panic.  I parked the car near the exit from the fell, and could see riders on the top and knew I was no where near a good vantage point.  So I grabbed my camera, locked the car and ran up the hill, then realised my phone was still in the car so ran back, got my phone then ran back up the hill in time to grab my shots.  Now there were more riders coming so moved along to a better location.  Then I could see the rain in the distance coming to soak me, and where was my rain coat, spare batteries and cards.  That's right in my car so far in the distance it could not be seen.  There was only one thing to do, and that was to walk around it.  I got away with a few spots of rain so very lucky.​  

    Homeward BoundFinal riders on their way home.
 
 

          Although it was very windy up on the fell, you lot must be very hardy as you were all smiling, and even the youngsters seemed to be enjoying themselves.  The farmer was also up there watching the proceedings, not sure he got a lot of work done on the day as he spoke with so many people on the ride.  I'm sure it made a change for him and his dog.

All that was left was to walk back to the car, make it back to venue and then home to work on the photos.  I had a really enjoyable day and for the most part I kept dry which is always a result.
 

   
 
 

 

Thank you for your time, and
 

hope to see you at a ride soon.

   


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) EGB North Stanhope Weardale Yorkshire countryside endurance equestrian event horse marimages photographer pleasure ride https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/7/stanhope-egb-blog Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:34:37 GMT
New Marske EGB Blog https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/7/new-marske-egb-blog New Marsk EGB Equestrian Horse Pleasure Ride Event Marimages PhotographyRoseberry ToppingOne of the fantastic venues
     

The weather held out for us for the New Marske ride and it was a great turn out.  Thank you for all your smiling faces.

              Please enjoy the short slide show below, and don't forget to check out all the photos from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  There are also extra photos to be viewed on my Facebook page album at the following link. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1113392952052690.1073741928.100001459869526&type=1&l=736d6a240c

    New Marske EGB video blog.
     

I arrived at the venue in plenty of time, and was able to stop off at the road crossing near the crematorium and take a look around for possible photo positions.  Having photographed a venue a couple of times I am always looking to find different areas of a route to use.

I used the car this time so that I could capture most of the riders on the first section, then after a couple of hours drove up to the hill car park to photograph the longer distance group.

 


           Stream, Done. Now onto the hills      
 

  Last year I picked out a field that the riders would pass through, and thought it would be a great location.  The light was in the right location, there was large trees and a great dry stone wall to use as a back drop, everything looked perfect.  I noticed the cows in the far end of the field and didn't give them a second thought.  However, the cows did give me a second thought and came over for a very close and personal introduction.

I didn't mind the cows and stood my ground and waited for the riders to come through, and when the first ones came, the cows moved closer to the gate.  The riders dismounted and walked their horses past the cows and down the hill and my perfect shot was lost.

This year there were no cows, so tried for this again but when I had the time to walk around the site it just did not work as I had hoped, so I walked on further and explored the rest of the route and grab a view of the sea.  Always an uplifting sight.  I discovered that the best position is the one used the previous year so gravitated back there and was pleased to capture a few shots with Roseberry Topping in the background.

   

  One of the things I try to do when a rider approaches is to read them, sometimes they are in the zone, concentrating and just ride past.  These can be great images, as I like to capture the horse and rider enjoying the their time together be it pleasure or competitive.  If I can, I try to isolate riders so that I can at least offer a photo of themselves but the larger the group, the harder this becomes. 

However, I really like the group shots also, as this shows the very social side of the EGB group rides that may sometimes get overlooked by seeing row after row of single riders.  In between riders there can be some lengthy spells so this allows me time to observe my surrounding and relax a little before I get home to a couple of hours on the laptop.

   
 
            
     
 
 

 

Thank you for your time, and
 

hope to see you at a ride soon.

   


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) Dialstone EGB North North Yorkshire Yorkshire countryside endurance equestrian event horse marimages photographer pleasure ride https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/7/new-marske-egb-blog Sat, 09 Jul 2016 13:00:00 GMT
Dialstone EGB Blog https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/6/dialstone-egb-blog Hetton Lyons EGB Equestrian Horse Pleasure Ride Event Marimages PhotographyRiding under shelterOne of the routes around the Hetton Lyon Lakes
     

What a wonderful day we had for Dialstone, certainly made up for the soaking we got at Hetton Lyons.  Well done to all involved in the ride, from organisers, helpers and you the riders.  That was a different route along the stream, how did you all manage and what did you think of it?

              Please enjoy the short slide show below, and don't forget to check out all the photos from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  There are also extra photos to be viewed on my Facebook page album at the following link. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1103991826326136.1073741926.100001459869526&type=1&l=c5dacfca1f

    Dialstone EGB video blog.
     

 For this ride I drove around to check point A, as I was told that there was a great little stream crossing for the riders to walk through.  I was there early and checked out both sides.  I must say I thought you all did exceptionally well as I have not come across many routes where you enter a stream not being able to see the exit, whilst walking though the water ducking from low overhanging branches.

After a few shots I decided to move to the little meadow as it was brighter and enabled me to capture any riders playing follow my leader.  By eleven o'clock I had been told most of the riders using this route should be finished so I started to make my way out.  At this point I picked up my first rider who had injured herself earlier and was calling it a day, and as she was a little shook up offered to drive slowly whilst she followed me back to the venue.  We arrived just as the emergency posse (Heidi and crew) were on their way to the rescue.


           Stream, Done. Now onto the hills      
 

  Driving back to the venue took it's toll on my poor car and drained the battery of all it's power.  Fortunately, I came prepared with a power pack and was able to push on up the 2 miles of road to the small car park at the exit of the narrow path leading you all off the hill top.

Once at the top, and I had got my bearings regarding the route, I was able to capture a few riders on the overgrown path which I really do like.  Something a little different I think.  There was a steady flow of riders and It was not always easy to move onto a different section. 

I made it on to the narrow single track which was walled on one side when I saw Caitlin and Robert cantering down from High Barn.  So I ran down to the gate, while walkers made way for me, one of them commenting that they hoped I had not just robbed the camera. I made it to the gate and held it open with one leg whilst photographing them approaching.  After that I had a bit of time to catch my breath.

   

   I love being up near High Barn, the views are great and there is plenty of space to capture the riders either cantering up hill to High barn, or away from High Barn with large trees in the background.  In between riders I can sit down and watch the walkers and cyclists pass by and take in the scenery.  This was where I collected my second rider.  Debbie was injured after a fall and could not re-mount and was struggling to put any weight on her leg at all.  Claire was able to take both horses back to the venue whilst I waited with Debbie for Heidi and the cavalry to arrive.

One of the benefits to taking part in the organised rides, particularly the larger ones is that there are people available with help and advice should any problems arise.  Everyone seems to rally around to ensure horse and rider are taken care of and home safe.

   
 
            
     
 
 

 

Thank you for your time, and
 

hope to see you at a ride soon.

   


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) Dialstone EGB North North Yorkshire Yorkshire countryside endurance equestrian event horse marimages photographer pleasure ride https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/6/dialstone-egb-blog Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Brough Park Ride 29th May 2016 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/6/brough-park-ride-29th-may-2016 Marimages photography EGB equestrian horse event pleasure ride at Brough ParkThe Last Canter HomeA small group of riders pass me on their way back to the venue
 

   Second time around this year for Brough Park, but that didn't stop a really good turnout of around seventy riders.  Earlier in the year, this ride included an option for indoor schooling and touch therapy which seemed to go down really well with those that attended. 

              Please enjoy the short slide show below, and don't forget to check out all the photos from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  There are also extra photos to be viewed on my Facebook page album at the following link. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1090203611038291.1073741923.100001459869526&type=1&l=17bd117ff3

Brough Park Slide ShowPhotos from the ride at Brough Park ride on 29th May 2016
  Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley for the Championship play off final against Hull CityMy other passionA great day out spoilt only by the result.
 

This ride had been planned in with me for a few months with Nicole Pink, little did I know that my football team would make it to the Championship Play off final in London the day before.  So all my gear was prepared on the Friday ready for the Sunday shoot as I did not get back until just after 1am, my only concern was sleeping through the alarm.

The Sunshine of Thirsk turned to bland featureless skies which was great for me as I did not need to worry about harsh shadows on your beautiful faces and falling asleep in a field while you all rode by.  I also drove to the first section as I knew I would not have time to get additional shots at the later stage of the ride if I was to walk, as I like to do. (Also, it was starting to become a very long weekend).

 I was in position nice and early and had a walk on the River Swale section just after CP1, where the first two riders had pointed out that some of the markers had already been removed making navigation tricky.  With the exception of a few no shows and late starters everyone passed by me with smiling faces and in good spirits.

When I thought I had seen most of you pass, I made a decision to call it a day and drive onto another location where you leave the road for a bridle way to the top of Scotton not far from the venue.  As you were all fairly spread out with the timings a lot of you had already passed and only saw a few of the later riders a second time.

 

    


 

Marimages photography EGB equestrian pleasure horse ride event at Waskerley, Teeside.The three greysAnn Goodall and followers
 

River Swale
 

 

  

Brough has been a good venue and I have manage to find new places to use as backdrops, which if possible I like to do as it means you have the option of a different look to the photo if you attend the same ride year after year.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and view the photos and a really big thank you to all of you that have placed your orders.  I hope you all enjoyed your rides and look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Take care of yourselves and hope to see you at another ride soon.

If you are looking for a ride, check out Hetton Lyons, on 12th June  from Durham and Teeside group, follow the attached link.

http://durhamandteessideegb.moonfruit.com/hetton-lyons-pleasure-ride/4588516308

or, Dialstone on 19th June from the North and East Yorkshire EGB group ride, see link below.

http://endurancegbneyorkshire.co.uk/rides/dialstone2016.asp

 

Music for the slide show was provided bywww.bensound.com


 


 


 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) Brough EGB Park Teeside endurance equestrian event horse marimages photographer pleasure ride https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/6/brough-park-ride-29th-may-2016 Sun, 05 Jun 2016 12:24:48 GMT
Waskerley ride 21st May 2016 https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/5/waskerley-ride-21st-may-2016 Marimages photography EGB equestrian horse event pleasure ride at WaskerleyWaskerley before the stormA couple of riders making their way from Smiddy Reservoir and onto the moors
 

       I have covered Waskerley now on 3 occasions, all at slightly different times of the year. It's a venue that handles the weather and conditions very well and the scenery is stunning weather it is baked in full sun or shining under broody skies. The one thing that doesn't change though is the incessant wind.  It never seems to let up, which can cause issues when I am trying to hold my camera and large lens steady.  I think if I am honest, I prefer a later Waskerley ride when the heather is in full bloom, and the scenes can be so full of colour.

              Please enjoy the short slide show below, and don't forget to check out all the photos from the ride in the equestrian ride gallery on this website.  There are also extra photos to be viewed on my Facebook page album at the following link. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1085577874834198.1073741922.100001459869526&type=1&l=f58cc7a28d

 

Waskerley EGB RidePhoto slide show of the Waskerley ride on 21st May 2016 Music : Happiness (www.bensound.com)
  Marimages photography EGB equestrian event pleasure ride WaskerleyDistant Wind FarmStunning scenery under Waskerley moody sky
 

I arrived at Waskerley in plenty of time, and enjoyed the hour and half drive to get there.  For a change I was there before the first rider but the venue was still busy with Sarah Wilkinson organising troops from her stand in Land Rover (her car) due to technical issues.

Looking at the skies, I layered up as I thought I was in for a soaking.  As it turned out I was very lucky as all I really had to contend with was the constant Waskerley wind.  A couple of riders even mentioned fog, rain and hail, so glad to have missed that lot.

I love the views from this venue, the landscape is very open and every turn presents something wonderful to look at.

   After the initial moorland photos with Smiddy reservoir in the background, and guessing as to when I will have seen the last rider out.  I try counting but I'm not very good at it yet.  I make my way further into the route to capture the riders coming back home. 

If I am lucky and quick, I can get them as they ride up from Waskerley reservoir which can make for images.  But quite often they are ahead of me and I see them early and it is only the later riders I get on the moors for the second time.  This does add to the albums I upload as it shows more of the route the riders are riding and builds more of a story for everyone (I hope).

Having a quick chat with Ian Savage at one of the check points lets me know how many riders are still expected and gives me an idea as to whether it is worth waiting for or heading back.  On this occasion I decide to wait, just as the rain starts to come, fortunately Ian's white Audi pulls up along side and advises that all the riders are back at the venue (a few short cuts I think) and I am granted a lift back to the venue which was very much appreciated.

    
 

Marimages photography EGB equestrian pleasure horse ride event at Waskerley, Teeside.Homeward BoundA couple of riders make off the moors and head back to the venue whilst enjoying the view of Smiddy Reservoir
 


 

 

  

 

Take care of yourselves and hope to see you at another ride soon.

 

Music for the slide show was provided bywww.bensound.com


 


 


 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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andrewrayphotography@gmail.com (marimages) EGB Teeside Waskerley endurance equestrian event horse marimages photographer pleasure ride https://www.marimages.co.uk/blog/2016/5/waskerley-ride-21st-may-2016 Sat, 28 May 2016 16:00:00 GMT