Well I feel like I have just caught my breath again after a wonderful few days last week at The Great Yorkshire Show.  Attending the show to showcase my equine and animal photography is now a “must do” in my diary every year.  It is one of the best examples of a countryside show and one that just can’t be missed.

I was especially excited for this year as it was the 160th anniversary of the Show and the rumours were that the organisers had pulled out all the stops to celebrate.  So, it was with great anticipation that I packed up the car on Monday and set off to the county of the white rose!

Tuesday dawned and promised a day of clear blue skies and bright sunshine.  With the stand set up and, though I say so myself, looking rather fine(!) I couldn’t wait for the show to start.

Equine photographer at the Great Yorkshire Show

Esther Marie Equine Photographer stand at GYS

The three days that followed were nothing short of magical.  The crowds flocked to support the show and I am told that more than 134,000 people attended this great bastion of countryside life! The show was also visited by HRH The Princess Royal on Wednesday and my rather dubious claim to fame is that she walked past my stand!  Any thoughts of a Royal commission were dashed though as she was swept past in a sea of bodyguards!

As always, I met some absolutely lovely people and caught up with many old friends and past clients.  It is incredibly touching when clients take the time to pop on to the stand to say hello.  I love hearing how they and their beautiful animals are getting on and I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to say hello.  I am also delighted to say that my work was very well received at the show and I took on a number of exciting new commissions.  It is always very reassuring to meet new people and hear positive comments about my work as I am a perfectionist and can tend to be my own harshest critic!

During the occasional quieter moment on the stand I took the opportunity to explore the show.  My absolute highlight was seeing Lorenzo, “The Flying Frenchman” perform with his stunning troupe of horses.

Lorenzo the Flying Frenchman

Lorenzo – The Flying Frenchman

It was a privilege to witness the extraordinary bond that he has with his horses and the level of mutual trust between them.  As the Great Yorkshire Show is an all-round agricultural show I always make a point of seeking out some of the fabulous farm animals as well as the horses.  How adorable is this little guy?

A cow being shown at the Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show is known to be one of the best agricultural shows in the country

And yes I definitely could be persuaded to diversify….!

Once again, the Great Yorkshire Show delivered on its promise of being one of the best agricultural and countryside shows in the country.  It always has a really unique atmosphere which I just love.  As I packed up the car on Thursday evening and headed back to the land of the red rose I felt very happy to be part of such a great event yet I couldn’t help feeling that slight sense of regret that it is all over for another year.

Esther X