Sir Tom Finney Ladies take on Crewe Alexander Ladies in pre-season friendly

My first set of photos for the new season comes from a pre-season friendly down at the UCLan Arena where Sir Ton Finney Ladies ran out comfortable winners against the visitors from Crewe.

A few pictures from the game. Click on a picture to enter slideshow view.


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Another three points for PNE Ladies

I don’t recall covering a night match for PNE Ladies before so the game against Burscough Dynamo was a first for me. This presented challenges from a photographic point of view. The low levels of lighting on the Sport Arena pitch meant that ISO levels were maxing out at ISO12800 and I still wasn’t really getting the shutter speeds I needed. The added misery of cold and driving rain was lifted slightly by the fact that PNE Ladies impressed again and secured a 3-0 win.

Well done to both teams for playing some good football in difficult conditions.  Here are the pictures…

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PNE Ladies score six to beat Morecambe

A fantastic performance today by PNE Ladies as they beat Morecambe Ladies Reserves 6-2 at UCLan Arena. Preston blew Morecambe away in the first half, which they completely dominated, scoring four good goals.

To their credit Morecambe Ladies came out fighting in the second half and competed strongly, pegging Preston back.  Morecambe managed to score a couple of goals but Preston took advantage as the visitors pushed forward and scored another couple of quality goals themselves.

PNE Ladies are playing with confidence at the moment and hopefully they can keep up this momentum till the end of the season.

Here are the pictures. Click on any picture to enter slideshow view.


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…