I began equestrian photography shooting Icelandic horses some fifteen years ago and more recently have photographed events (‘stevne’ in Norwegian) at national and international level in Europe.
Competition images, though striking, rarely convey the unique intimacy, that special bond between horse and rider, so I’m capturing those moments in a portfolio of commissioned equine portraiture.
Although they’re a smaller breed, Icelandic horses are remarkably hardy (as one might expect of a horse favoured by the Vikings), have great stamina and a gentle nature. They also possess the unique running walk known as ‘tölt,’ which can be performed at any speed and is extremely comfortable for the rider. Some Icelandics possess a fifth gait, ‘flying pace,’ employed for racing over distances up to 250m. Flying pace makes great demands of both horse and rider, but is spectacular to watch.
I confess I’ve become completely captivated by the breed – I must have some previously dormant Viking genes. One of the first things I learned was to never refer to an Icelandic as a ‘pony.’
It’s not hard to see why the breed has become popular across Europe for both leisure and competition riding, both sport and ‘Gædingakeppni.’ There is a well established eventing circuit in many individual European countries, including several in the UK, with the 2019 World Championships to be held in Germany.
I regularly attend and shoot extensively at a number of events during the season, primarily in Norway, although Germany is on the calendar for 2019. A selection of these event images are typically posted on my FaceBook page – if you were there, have a look, you may spot a familiar face, whether 2 or 4 legged.
To enquire about buying any of the images I may have taken at a specific stevne (event), or to commission me to take images of you and your horse at an upcoming stevne, please complete this brief form.
Although there are no Icelandics there is a tremendously wide equestrian interest in South Africa, not least near my home in the Western Cape, where owners and riders are no less passionate about their mounts. Recently I was fortunate to have a portrait shoot with a beautiful lady and her equally beautiful Arab in the stunning surroundings at Paradise Stables.
I intend to spend much more time at equestrian events and on equine portraiture in the Cape in future.
Some 2019 events are listed below. I intend to shoot less speculatively in 2019, but will be available to take images of individuals at any particular event. Please contact me to book.
|May 30–June 2||Hrimnirstevnet||Drammen|
|June 6–June 9||Pinse Stevnet||Seljord|
|June 20–June 23||St Hans Stevnet||Grimstad|
|July 4–July 7||NM Sport||Biri|
|July TBC||Sommerstevent sprang hest||Fevik|
|Aug 4–Aug 11||Icelandic World Championships||Germany|
Portraiture of your horse, or you and your horse, is a very popular way of marking participation at an event .
Event images taken in the heat of competition, however, won’t always convey the unique intimacy between owner or rider and their horse.
With this in mind, I’m building an exciting portfolio of equine portraiture. My primary objective with such images is not just for fleeting display on social media, but to produce lasting Fine Art works which can decorate walls as high quality prints, or be collated as ‘coffee table’ albums for enduring enjoyment and admiration.