Chatsworth International Horse Trials

One of my favourite events to photograph is the International Horse Trials. There are a number of events around the country but the setting doesn’t get much more spectacular than the magnificent Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

This year we managed the full three day event and really got chance to soak up the atmosphere. The event attracts top riders from around the world as well as the top horses. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many beautiful horses in one place at once.

The organisation is mind-blowing and you can’t fail to be impressed with the scale of things. Hundreds of temporary stables are erected for the horses and there are many more hundreds of horse boxes that come in for specific events. There are also hundreds of shops selling everything from clothes to artworks – in fact you could spend three days shopping if you wished!

The photographs below are a small selection of images from the weekend’s events.  The featured image above is Zara Tindall, the Queen’s granddaughter who had the kind of show jumping round she will probably want to forget. She later withdrew from the cross country altogether.

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British Scurry & Trials Driving at Chatsworth

One of the most exciting events of the Chatsworth International Horse Trials weekend is the scurry Driving. It involves ponies of various sizes pulling a four wheeled cart around a course with various obstacles.

They race against the clock and it’s surprising how close the race is between the smaller, more mobile units and the large more powerful ones.

It’s the type of event that  gets the crowd involved and I’m sure these competitors will be entertaining crowds at events around the country in the months ahead.  Here are a few photos…

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