Harness Racing: Horses

Back to the barn after a race.

Back to the barn after a race.

Our Photo Club, the PEI Photo Club, has monthly outings in which members are encouraged to participate, to compare notes and socialize.

In January our outing was to the Charlottetown Driving Park. Racing was cancelled on the scheduled Saturday due to the temperature and wind chill, but on Sunday three (!) of us ventured out.

Here’s proof that horses do have all four legs off the ground when they run. Please don’t ask me if this horse was pacing or trotting.

The end of a warm-up.  I learned something; the mud flaps are on the practice sulkies, not on the racing ones!

The end of a warm-up. I learned something; the mud flaps are on the practice sulkies, not on the racing ones!

One of us had an ‘in’ with a horse owner so we were able to enter one of the barns and watch them get harnessed for a warm up, and then later, harnessed and fitted for a race.  It was very dark in the barns and my Pentax is not very good in low light.  The photos were converted in Lightroom to black and white and then split toning was applied: a yellow tint to the highlights and an sepia/orange to the shadows.

 

Horse #91, Matheson Barn

Horse #91, Matheson Barn

Horse #96. Matheson Barn

Horse #96. Matheson Barn

Patient horse waiting for a practice run.

Patient horse waiting for a practice run.

I’ll post some pictures of a race the next time round.

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4 comments on “Harness Racing: Horses

  1. Stunning pictures Bunty, i’m going to try to draw the ‘framed’ head if that’s ok with you

  2. BuntyMcC says:

    By all means, Felicia, but you must show me your result. I’m not sure which of the framed heads you mean, but I gather you mean #91. He (or she?) was quite a character, not racing that day, but desperate for attention and very sociable.

  3. Jean says:

    Beautiful, wintery racing horse pics! Neat. Have you been to Calgary area? People are REALLY into equestrian sports, art and horses here, compared to Ontario or British Columbia. I know several different employees who either own a horse or more or their relative owns one/plus rides/competes in dressage.

    Yea, some tie-in into Calgary Stampede, Spruce Meadows, etc.

    My partner did own and ride 3 horses as a part-time farmer in Lindsay, Ontario area for a decade.

    • BuntyMcC says:

      I’ve been to Calgary twice for ‘work’ with short side trips to the Leighton Centre, Drumheller and Banff. Never for anything horse related.

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