This year’s Photo Competition seemed harder than ever to judge, and in the end there were two clear favourites.
Ellie Parker, 19, from Elland, West Yorkshire, emerged as our winner, fractionally ahead of our 2013 victor Sara Reynard, with a lovely action photo taken at the third part of the Equi-Trek Round House combination. The well thought out picture, with the Round House in the background makes it unmistakably Bramham, which is one of the main things judges Nick Lane Fox, Nick Pritchard, Laura Jennings, Jane Conyers and Louise Gillett were looking for. 2015 is the fourth consecutive year that Ellie has entered the competition, and the third year that one or more of her photos have been selected into the final judging. This year, all but one of her eight entries made it to the final judging – it seems it was only a matter of time before she came out on top.
“I can’t believe it, that’s amazing” Ellie said when she received the phone call to let her know that her picture would be donning the front cover of next year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials’ programme. “I’ve been coming with my Mum for last four or five years, and it’s an event that I absolutely love – it will be so exciting to see my photo on the front cover!”. The photo stars Lincolnshire rider Alex Postolowsky, riding the 17 year old Giorgione gelding, Islanmore Ginger, who finished 23rd in the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* competition, with a clear round across the country.
Runner up, Sara Reynard’s photo was also taken at the Round House, and is a very striking picture of Izzy Taylor. There was a lot of deliberation over these two photos, and “it was a close run thing!” said Nick Pritchard. “There has been a lot of head scratching and mock ups done over these two fabulous entries. I think it’s the closest competition we’ve run”.
Ellie receives a pair of Season Member’s badges for the 2016 Event.
Our Online Box Office will open on 1st December 2015 at www.bramham-horse.co.uk, with some great savings to be had on tickets booked in advance. With the Rio Olympics taking place 6-9 August 2016, next year’s Bramham promises to be as exciting as ever!