Wednesday, August 19, 2009

English pictures, first group

MEPSA has two separate performance divisions--English Pleasure, which is mostly rail classes and trail, and English Performance, which includes over fences classes, dressage and games as well as a catch-all class. Today's pictures are from the English Pleasure division. The first three pictures are all courtesy of Lauren Islip who dominated both sections of the Huntseat Pleasure class. The lovely customized Strapless is Five Clouds Fionchra and the customized Paloose is Clouds Champagne Kisses.
Lauren is an accomplished tackmaker and I just love the turnout on all her entries. Five Clouds Daedalus is shown below.
Five Clouds Rumour Has It is a Valor resin customized by my friend Tiffany Purdy. Love him!Of course, Lauren doesn't own all the nice horses in the English division. There were plenty of other good ones. Kim Jacob's beautiful Merelan is just one example.Joan Yount's JTIA Drafenor proved he's not a Western performance star with this win in the Equitation class.
I was so pleased to see a full Sidesaddle class. All the entries were wonderful and I had a terrible time deciding between Lauren's Five Clouds The Tetrarch and...
Rosemary Simeon's Carringal French Cuffs.
Similarly, there were lots of nice saddleseat horses to choose from. This is Rosemary's Carringal Rosie O' Grady.
So Surpemely Fancy is owned by Cindy Turner.
The last class in the division was trail. There were lots of really creative set-ups but I ended up going with a classic ground poles entry. Once again this is Kim's Merelan.
More to come--I hope you're enjoying this as much as I am!


  1. Awesome blending of the footing and background in the sidesaddle picture of Rosemary Simeon's Carringal French Cuffs.

  2. Rosemary is an amazing model photographer. She is so talented at creating realistic grassy foregrounds and matching her footing to her backdrops. I don't know how she does it, but her pictures are all consistently amazing!

  3. So, would it be safe to say that one should not enter photo shows without dolls for each entry? I've been thinking about trying to get into it, but I only have a handful of good dolls, unfortunately.

    I am loving this though, the photos give a really good idea of what's needed to be successful!

  4. There are a fair amount of entries without dolls, but most of the really top competitors both use them and use them well. As a judge, I don't actively select entries with dolls over entries without dolls, but there's no denying the fact that a well dressed, properly positioned doll adds a lot to the overall picture.

    Don't be discouraged, though! I bet you could get a lot of mileage out of the dolls you have. There are a lot of overseas showers who are active in MEPSA. I proxy show photos for both Rosemary and Lauren and I know there are other showers who do the same. It's a really good deal for everyone. We split shipping costs three ways and they don't have to deal with international mail. Plus, I get lots of chances to look at their wonderful photos!!