Verdo sponsors Baker
15th February 2013
UK manufacturer of wood pellet bedding Verdo Horse Bedding has announced its sponsorship of double gold-winning Paralympic dressage rider Natasha Baker MBE, using one of my images.

Natasha is the first official sponsored rider for the Andover, Hampshire-based bedding company. To find out more about Verdo, click here.

The image was captured at the 2012 British Para Championships held at Hickstead.

Carl Hester reins
14th February 2013
The product shots of the Carl Hester Fantastic Elastic reins are all processed and already on Carl's website! Many thanks must go to Livvy Randell's lovely horse, Amber Gold, who had the patience of a saint.

Rosie and Beano - my favourites
14th February 2013
It was such a pleasure to meet the Swain family last week. Here are some of my favourites from the shoot.

No smoke without fire...
10th February 2013
Had great fun at Capel Camera Club last week - we had a practical evening photographing smoke. Sooo beautiful!

The things we do...
10th February 2013 the name of art - risking life and limb for work. I literally was just inches from her front hooves. I have to say, Amber gold was a such a superstar during this product shot shoot for the Carl Hester Fantastic Elastic reins; a dream model.

High-flying hound
07th February 2013
The Eagle Express courier company executive Millie in all her glory. It's hard to believe she's a pensioner!

Rosie & Beano
05th February 2013
We had the perfect weather for Rosie's shoot at Pond's Farm yesterday. Happy 18th Birthday Rosie. I hope you like these; looking forward to showing you all the others.

British Dressage magazine issue 1 out now...
25th January 2013
...featuring the lovely Dan Greenwood at Lady Inchcape's new home. Thank you Dan and Jamie for making me so welcome and for feeding me lunch on my marathon tour of the Cotswolds!

Also in this issue is my photo reportage of Olympia - what an exciting event with Charlotte Dujardin setting another world record - a fabulous finale to a historic year for dressage!

To see my the pictures from my visit to Dan's, click here.
For to view my photos from Olympia, click here.
My work to be exhibited!
24th January 2013
I will be exhibiting some of my images at the Capel Camera Club Exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking in Surrey, from the 25th February to the 3rd March, open 9am-5pm daily, except Sunday, when it will close by 4pm.

Do put it in the diary; it's a lovely venue at the foot of Box Hill with a restaurant, gift shop and you can treat yourself to a bottle or two of some of Britain's finest wine!
A great start to the year
07th January 2013
A drizzly winter's day, when everybody is driving with headlights on, may not appear ideal for an equestrian photo shoot, but the results say otherwise!

The lovely Emily and her absolutely gorgeous mare Jazz were just a dream to work with.

Dorking Advertiser likes...
06th January 2013
I've just found out that the Dorking Advertiser chose my photo of my youngest son playing football in the freezing fog as one of the best images of 2012 they published in their "Picture of the Week". Honoured.

Natural models
05th January 2013
Now that mum has received her surprise Christmas presents, I can reveal the images from the Ash family shoot. Some children are just natural models!

You can view more in my gallery under Family Portraits.

Happy Holidays!
23rd December 2012

The office will reopen on the 7th January 2013.
What an end to an absolutely amazing year for dressage
20th December 2012
Last year was my first time photographing at Olympia, the London International Horse Show, and it was so exciting to have a British winner of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Qualifier in Laura Bechtolsheimer.

The next day, I sat next to Charlotte Dujardin at the British Equestrian Writers' Association Annual Lunch & Awards. Charlotte was incredulous that she'd won the grand prix and finished second in the World Cup qualifier on her debut at the show, in her first year competing at grand prix level and second grand prix freestyle ever.

One year on, Charlotte has not only won TWO Olympic gold medals - the first time in the history of the sport that Brits have won any kind of Olympic dressage medal - but she also won this year's grand prix at Olympia with a new world record score of more than 84% and then went on to win the World Cup qualifier.

How on earth do you follow a year like that?

You can view my pictures from Olympia here.

BD voted Mag of the Year!
05th December 2012
British Dressage magazine has just been voted the 'Independent Publisher's Consumer Magazine of the Year' by the Professional Publishers Association! Now that's what I call a nice Christmas present...

Click here for more info.
British Dressage magazine issue 8 out now...
01st December 2012
...featuring the lovely double Paralympic gold medallist Natasha Baker at home as well as a training article with Daniel Timson about riding corners, how to use them not just to set up for movements and improve your test marks, but to help your horse in his development.

I also interview feed experts about the importance of feeding fibre and eminent vet Tim Brazil, a world renowned expert in this field, explains why stomach ulcers are so common in dressage horses these days.

Click on the links below to read the articles:
Natasha Baker interview
Riding corners with Daniel Timson
Full marks
29th November 2012
Two of my images have been awarded 10 out of 10 in round two of my local photographic club league competition last night. There was certainly strong competition, including several Royal Photographic Society members. My humble little windswept New Forest pony won the monochrome category while my portrait of Josie and Henry stood out for the judge as it showed their close bond in the PDI (projected digital image) category. The judge also commented on Henry's lovely eyelashes!

Autumn colours
12th November 2012
Josie picked the perfect day for her shoot to capture this year's stunning autumn colours. We found a lovely gateway, which made the perfect setting. And Henry was the perfect model - a lovely genuine type, just like his owner!

There's something about these hands...
08th November 2012
I cropped into an image I captured during a recent editorial shoot because I just love these hands because there is so much tenderness. They belong to someone quite famous in the dressage world - all will be revealed in time! Perhaps I should run a competition for people to guess who they belong to...

The beautiful New Forest ponies
07th November 2012
I happened to be down in the New Forest yesterday and just had to take some time out to capture these characterful ponies. Here is one of them...