It was amazing being besides the likes of photographers such as Libby Law and in the midst of riders like Clarke Johnston and Katie Laurie. I got the pleasure to photograph this event as a commercial photographer over the past 3 days and I can honestly say I have never seen such a high standard of jumps and jump stands before. The atmosphere was electric with so many passionate people everywhere. The riders coped with bucket loads of rain one minute to sweltering heat the next over the three days (just your average Auckland day).
Despite the weather it didn’t take away from the amazing event set up, organization and volunteering that went into the event. Some of my favourite jumps included the black Audi rings, the colourful pop that equissage jump bought, along with the transparent horses either side of the thoroughbred float jump and the torque design jump that had big boxes with landscape photographs
Some honorable mentions should go to Katie Laurie who put in an outstanding effort to get all four of her mounts in the 1.40m class through to the jump off and ended up winning the class as well as coming 2nd, 4th and 6th. She went on to win the World Cup and the World Cup Show Jumping Series. The Wilson sisters joined her in the 1.40m jump off with Amanda placing third while Vicki came fifth.
Another highlight was taking shots of the sponsors challenge, which had lots of quick rounds and involved jumping a vast variety of jumps like a Liverpool at break neck speed.
Overall it was a brilliant event and I can’t wait to go back!!!