This year’s Photo Competition winner describes the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials as her favourite three star event of the year, and has been coming for as long as she can remember. Katie Neat, from Gateshead, was absolutely over the moon when she heard that her photo of local star Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover had won the competition and would be adorning next year’s programme front cover.

Katie, 32, who is hoping to make photography her full time career, has never entered the competition before, and was this year encouraged by her mother to send some photos in. The maximum of 10 photos were sent in, and of those 10, four made it through to the final judging with Nick Lane Fox, Nick Pritchard, Laura Jennings and Jane Conyers.

Katie Neat (5) - WINNER

WINNER – Katie Neat

The panel loved the expression on both Nicola’s and Annie Clover’s faces, and felt it really showed the close partnership that is needed to have success at an event such as Bramham. Katie said that photos that really capture ‘the moment’ are what she strives for in every photo that she takes – and this really does show in this example of her work.

Katie’s reaction was one of disbelief and joy when we called her to let her know. “Bramham is one of my favourite events, and is definitely my favourite three star. I go to most of the big events, and as many of the local, northern events as I can get to. I love Bramham so much, and to have one of my photos on the front cover of the programme is so special.”

Bethany Tinson (6) - runner up

RUNNER UP – Bethany Tinson

This year’s runner up is Bethany Tinson, with her picture of Ben Hobday at the Carter Jonas Sun (and Moon). On a sunny year, this photo would perhaps of won, but the planning that clearly went into this picture was outstanding, and the judges particularly liked the way the sun framed the horse and rider. It was just felt, that with the rather dreary weather, the photo didn’t perhaps stand out as much as it should have done.

Nick Lane Fox said “we had some cracking entries this year, but we love the winning photo, and when it was mocked up on the cover, it really did stand out. It’s even better that it’s a Yorkshire rider who stars in it!”

Katie will receive a pair of Season Members’ badges for next year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, 11th – 14th June 2015. The Box Office opens on 1st December at www.bramham-horse.co.uk.