Southern Fox Classic

by Bethany Plonski June. 25, 2019 475 views

Over the weekend I got to see part of a multi-day USEF-rated horse show at a venue that was built to host the equestrian portion of the 96 Olympics. The grounds were impressive, and there were so many beautiful horses and talented riders. Most of these ladies are currently competing or soon-to-be competing at the regional and national level.

The arena here was enormous - probably cropping a little more than I should be on some of these.

I'm getting more comfortable capturing riders over jumps, but another thing I'd like to do is figure out how to time my shutter press to freeze the motion of different gaits and strides. That's going to take a while to master. I guess I'll just have to keep dragging myself to horse shows month after month. :)

Making friends in between rounds :)

Making friends in between rounds :)

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Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

Well captured and an excellent job. I know I lost my horse show info for photography or it is burried in a folder somewhere but I will keep an eye out and if an article is interesting I will try to pass it along. #22 made me smile because it is as if the dog is giving the horse a rasberry because the horse is working and the dog is resting.  If you like to travel check out Aiken, SC and either Tripple Crown or fall steeplechase. I am guessing it is maybe 4ish hours east and maybe a bit south of you. I know I hope to get back to Aiken for one of them this spring.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you! I really appreciate that. I hadn't realized Aiken was such a horse hot spot until I saw your and Camellia's posts on it, and I'd love to see a steeplechase sometime. I grew up in Virginia so we had a few courses nearby where they'd have annual events. I never got to attend one, but I would always ask my parents to slow down the car as we passed so I could try see what was going on. :) Can't imagine riding like that though.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Wonderful stop action shots! 
You did so well catching the expressions on the horses & their riders. Great details , colors & clarity! Wow! 
Great job!
All to my faves!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. I never know what I'm going to get with facial expressions, but there were some nice surprises this time! These riders were so poised and focused.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

That's half the fun shooting action scenes. They change so quickly, that it's always a surprise to review the images at the end of the shoot, to see if you got some great "lucky shots".....right???

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

It really is! Things happen so fast that you don't really have time to process it until afterwards, but that just adds to the fun. smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

Amen & Amen!

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Buster Bruce 1 year, 6 months ago

Exquisite imagery! How do you critique perfect! 10/10. And, how can we not choose #22 just for the feeling!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you so much, you are too kind! I was surprised how many people brought their dogs to the show  because dogs and horses can spook each other pretty easily. I loved watching this one because he was so relaxed and friendly.

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Tsao T-F 1 year, 6 months ago

You have already captured the jumping moment very well.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you! Luckily, the horses give some clues with their movement that help me know when to take the photo.

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Excellent! Excellent! Captures are really cool especially the closeup of the horses. Thanks for sharing.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you, Camellia! I really enjoy taking those. At some point, I'd love to explore horse portraits. So much fun!

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Tom Fougerousse 1 year, 6 months ago

Love this!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tom Fougerousse 1 year, 6 months ago

So glad to hear that! Thank you for stopping by. :)

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

Very very nice . Do not get much chances to photograph horses here. So I am enjoying yours  well done

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you so much! Glad to hear that. I am actually surprised how many opportunities there are here, now that I know how to find them.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

There's elegance, dynamic, beauty. Love the post Bethany

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you so much! There is something about horses in motion - pure poetry!

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Bill Baird 1 year, 6 months ago

Over the top !!! I've been here on PB since 2013 under several names and this is probably the best set I've seen. Congrats on a job well done !

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 6 months ago

Wow, I don't know what to say, but I'm honored! Thank you so much, Bill, I'm really glad you enjoyed it.

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Pete 1 year, 6 months ago

stunning set of photos

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you so much! I am growing quite fond of horse shows! :)

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Bob Rosenberg 1 year, 6 months ago

You must know how much I love posts like this!  Here's a challenge for you, Bethany.  The only gait at which a horse has all 4 feet off the ground is a gallop (not talking about jumps, but just while the horse is running along).  So, let's see you get a photo of a horse running with all 4 feet off the ground.  Also, one of my favorite sayings:  It's impossible to sit atop this magnificent animal called a horse, ride it through a forest of giant redwoods, and be an atheist.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bob Rosenberg 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It's great having fellow horse enthusiasts here to share with. smile I will have to keep trying for a shot of the gallop - there was one short section of the final USEF test where the riders had to hand gallop, but there were a lot of jumps in the line of sight and I didn't have any luck this time.

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Bob Rosenberg Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks Bethany.  Well, the gavel has been thrown (is that how the saying goes?).  Can't wait to see your photo.smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bob Rosenberg 1 year, 6 months ago

laughing I think so? I'm hoping to find a show with barrel racing sometime this summer - it's not a style I'm familiar with, but I'm betting I'd see some galloping there!

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Bob Rosenberg Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

For sure.  Also, and you probably already know this, shoot it in burst mode.  That'll make it easy.  grinning

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bob Rosenberg 1 year, 6 months ago

Ah yes! I have mixed feelings about burst mode. For jumping, I really have to nail the timing with it, otherwise I just have 4-5 as many shots to delete later. smile But in other situations it has been really helpful.

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