February round up

February round up

Wow, doesn’t February fly by!

It was a rather slow start for us this Month with half a foot of snow falling over the first weekend. We were completely snowed in and with wheels spinning on the driveway (in a 4×4!), we were unable to attend one show and had another day’s competition cancelled too. The following weekend came the equine flu outbreak and with racing on hold, our show organisers made the sensible decision to postpone until there was a better understanding of the situation. . A real shame to have 5 out of 7 shows cancelled in the first 10 days of February, but definitely a sensible decision putting our horse’s welfare first. Despite these cancellations, we managed to fit in 2 busy days of BD at Summerhouse and Hartpury.

Valentine’s Day saw the BD Winter Regionals kick off at Summerhouse. We had a fantastic 3 days and the weather certainly didn’t disappoint; a contrast to last year where it was postponed due to snow!

The following week, my partner and I managed to squeeze in a week’s holiday to Tenerife for some winter sun! We had a wonderful time and it was great to have a bit of relaxation before the eventing season kicks off next month! Whilst we were away, my Mother, Sister and 2 of our regular photographer’s held the fort and covered 2 days of BS at Hartpury and 1 day of unaffiliated Showjumping at Wickstead. It’s wonderful to have a brilliant team around you, not only keeping things ticking along, but also producing some stunning images and working long hours to provide a fantastic service for our customers. It’s hugely appreciated. Anyone who’s self-employed will know how hard it is to completely switch off from work, and I’ll admit that I struggled to resist replying to emails from the beach!

The final day of February brought a first time commercial shoot with Foxy Equestrian and Black Nova Designs. We had a full days shooting at their base at Downlands Equestrian, focusing on product photography and some lifestyle shots (horses included!).

For online orders, we trialled the option of Instant Downloads this month, which have gone down very well with our Customers! This means that upon successful payment, you can now download low, medium and high resolution digital files straight to your device. I have been indecisive about this for a little while now as I prefer to edit my images to look their very best. For this reason and based on feedback from customers, we have chosen to keep both options for digital files; Instant downloads (unedited image as you see it on the website) and Emailed digital files (edited and emailed normally same day). Hopefully this offers the best of both worlds to our customers!

March is already looking busy and we’re looking forward to the weather hopefully perking up! We have a couple of commercial shoots booked in as well a busy calendar of shows to cover.

See below where you can find us this March;

  • 2nd-3rd March – Horse-Events SEG SJ at Wickstead
  • 8th March – Summerhouse BD
  • 8th March – Geoff Billington clinic
  • 9-10th March – Hartpury BS
  • 10th March – Wickstead Unaff SJ
  •  16th March – Summerhouse C1 BS
  • 17th March – Wickstead Arena Eventing final
  • 31st March – SEG Arena Eventing Wickstead

Jasmine x

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