On a sunny Saturday July 30th 2016, ECCG made their way to the Camphire International Horse trials and Country Fair in the picturesque Camphire estate, a unique setting on the banks of the River Blackwater in the heart of the Blackwater valley in Co. Waterford.
The Camphire international Horse Trials saw competitors from 8 different nations as well as from all over Ireland compete over a 4 day period commencing July 27th. This year more than 350 horses competed including over 100 from abroad representing some of the best riders and horses from the 9 nations competing. This event has achieved international status and is overseen by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) and is now in its sixth year of operation.
Eventing has been called the "equestrian triathlon" a discipline which involves riding a horse on flat and over fences comprising of 3 phases: dressage, cross-country and show jumping. The goal is to get a zero score at the end of 3 phases.
Dressage, the first phase consists of competitors taking their horse through a sequences of predetermined movements in walk, trot and canter to display the horse's obedience, willingness and overall athleticism. The second phase is the cross country where competitors gallop their horses over a course of cross country tracks running over undulating parkland, jumping over a mix of fences and a number of water complexes. The final phase is show jumping where the horse and rider jump a course of lightweight coloured jumping fences.
Blessed with idyllic weather conditions, ECCG saw some great and exciting eventing action where the speed, agility, control, athleticism, good judgement of pace and riding skill of the competitors was captured on camera. A very memorable day was had by all of us.
Click here to see a full gallery of images from the shoot. Enjoy!
- Noelle Lowney
The Laya Healthcare City spectacular, reputed to be Ireland’s biggest and most popular summer festival, came to Fitzgerald Park, Cork over the weekend of July 16th and 17th 2016. Blessed with dry weather, this 2 day fun event had something for everyone with a host of street performers from around the world performing amazing acts including fire eaters, contortionists, acrobats, sword swallowers and other imaginative entertainers. Other activities included face painting, balloon modelling, arts and crafts workshop, circus theatre and music, variety shows and other activities for all ages.
The huge crowds who attended the event gasped in amazement at the international street performers as they watched them loop, hoop, flip and twist before their eyes. Awe inspiring acrobats brought an array of hand balancing, Chinese pole acts and circus skills to the event. Other amazing acts included a Reptile tattooed Lizard man side show , flaming throwing and whip cracking jugglers. For the children there was a Kid’s Court, an act which called on children to ‘rule the turf’ where the judge with the support from the children tried, sentenced and punished parents with mischievous activities.
Food was also a big focus at the festival where a dedicated food festival area was created called ‘Just Eat Street’ which saw food demonstrations and a wide variety of cuisine from around the world.
ECCG was on hand to capture the imaginative and talented street performers on camera with some great shots taken on the day. A memorable and great day was had by all. Click here to see a gallery of images from the shoot. Enjoy
- Noelle Lowney