Classic snap wins Bramham photo contest

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Sara Reynard's winning picture of Alexander Peternell and AP Topstar at Bramham.
Sara Reynard’s winning picture of Alexander Peternell and AP Topstar at Bramham.

An image of South African eventer Alexander Peternell and AP Topstar in front of Bramham House has won Bramham’s annual photo competition.

It is the second picture taken by Sara Reynard to win the Bramham International Horse Trials’ Photo Competition, after she won the inaugural contest in 2010.

Reynard,  from Botcheston in Leicestershire, is a semi-professional photographer who specialises in equestrian and pet photography.  She is part of the team who run the Horse Inspections at Bramham on the Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, so when she is not concentrating on that, her camera is firmly in her hand and having won the competition before, she looks for scenarios that might fit well on the front cover.

She said that as soon as she saw the Speedi-Beet ‘40’, she thought that as a new fence, and particularly as it had such a lovely view of the House in the background, that it might just be what the judges were looking for.

When the picture was mocked-up as the front cover, it really did capture ‘Bramham Horse Trials’, the judges said.

Dave Mead's picture of William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning was runner-up.
Dave Mead’s picture of William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning was runner-up.

Runner up was Dave Mead from Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, with a stunning picture of William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning at the Horse and Hound Leap of Faith.  All of the judges picked this picture as a finalist, but once mocked-up, it just didn’t work quite so well as a cover shot – but it will feature within the Programme itself.

Judge and Event President, Nick Lane Fox said the standard was as high as ever. “I’m sure that it gets harder and harder to decide on the winner, but the winner and the runner-up photos really did stand out from the pack and we are delighted with next year’s cover.  It’s a real ‘stand out’ cover, and it really does capture everything about Bramham.”

Reynard will receive a pair of Season Members’ badges for next year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, from June 5 to 8.

 

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