How do we even start to describe how our 2020 year went? With the start of the year hitting us with COVID-19, we all felt the strain when events were cancelled left, right and centre. We had no idea how horrific the year would be, how many large events would be cancelled and rearranged, only to have our hopes dashed again with a further two lockdowns!
We wanted to have 2020 to be our statement year, with big events planned with our wonderful main venue, Wellington Riding, with an FEI 2* Showjumping competition, followed by the fantastic Premier League, and finishing the year with International Horse Trials, we had our hopes set on really making a statement within the Equestrian Photography world. Despite best efforts made by the BEF, British Dressage and FEI, two of our main events had to be cancelled this year, it was sad to see all the riders hard work over the last year go to waste, the feeling of not knowing when we were going to be let out to compete again, see our friends and loved ones, and do what we all love to do.
Thankfully the Wellington Horse Trials ran ahead, with it being our first year of shooting an International Horse Trials and trying to calm nerves, we had an absolute blast!
With so many beautiful new fences put in place by DHA Equestrian, the course set and built by the incredibly talented Adrian Ditcham, and of course not forgetting the entire team at Wellington who made sure everything was as COVID friendly as possible, there were classes put on to cater for every competitive ability, arenas set out in front of the stunning Highfield House for the International Dressage, smiles from all volunteers and a team who we couldn't be more proud to work alongside, not forgetting the fantastic team of photographers and sales unit staff who helped us out during this event, with last minute cancellations, staff breaking ankles the night before the event started (Sam) and a leaking tent, this year was certainly one to remember.
We then moved onto Cornbury House International Horse Trials, this was a new fixture to the British Eventing calendar, the International Dressage was set in front of the iconic Manor House, the grounds were phenomenal and the fences were built using materials from the estate itself! Flowers and fence dressing were arranged by Mrs Howden and really made these fences stand out!
We were asked to take photographs of the Howden Family for Hello! Magazine, this was an incredible experience and we were thrilled to see our images publicised in such a well known magazine that isn't equestrian based, we must say a huge thank you to Emily Arundale who took the images on our behalf!
We have made the jump to upgrade our onsite printing unit, Terry the trailer has done us a fab job for the last 4 years but it was certainly becoming time to retire the old chap, with our major events finishing for the year, and another lockdown looming we decided that it was the right time to look into getting something new, not secondhand new, built specifically for us NEW! We cannot wait to see the finished unit, with over 9m of frontage it's certainly going to make a statement at any event, no more crowding in to try and peek at a tablet, we will be able to have screens inside and also outside (perfect for those hot days) and a fixed canopy, so no more blowing away in the wind!
We wanted to thank every person who has supported us this year, it's certainly been a difficult year to try and stay motivated and positive, for us, doing our job is what keeps us going, seeing all of your smiling faces, our photographs tagged on social media, and general well wishes, it really does mean a lot to us.
Here is to seeing you all in 2021!