I took millions of photos as usual, all of which can be found here. As ever, feel free to take and use as reference, just remember to credit!
The warmup ring is one of my favourite places to photograph at the RHS. There's always something going on and even if no ones jumping, the ring's position makes for some excellent photographs, especially in the afternoon as the sun hits it at just the right angle. Because I usually shoot with a macro lens, I can't zoom in, which severely limits what I can photograph in the main ring. This place is perfect then, as I can get some good jumping shots from only a few dozen feet away.
Mr Smiley again from last year. :P
All those were taken earlier in the day but when I went back later after lunch, to my delight I found it was full of ponies! They were all warming up for the Working Hunter Pony class which I think, in this instance was for ponies not exceeding 122 cm.
I found another favourite in this group too; a gorgeous little roan welshie called Sarum Jester!
He looked like a really spirited ride and had a habit of flipping his top lip while he careered around the ring - I've never seen anything quite like it before!
This one had really delicate sabino/rabicano ticking all over the place.
I think I've seen this Exmoor here before too...
I thought Sarum Jester was going to take the title of prettiest pony in this group but he was usurped when Laitheill Savannah, a Sec B stallion walked into the ring. My first thought was that someone had found out how to shrink Andalusians.
Unf, what a stunner.
He wasn't just a pretty face either, he could jump too!
Some taller ponies came in about this point to warm up for the bigger classes later on which resulted in even more lovely things to photograph!
...like this absolutely gorgeous buckskin.
This grey's rider kept pushing him into a gallop up the long side for a few strides and you could really see the power behind every movement.
Lovely chunky cob with rabicano. :D
Talk about overdoing it!
Part 7 coming soon!