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.