Monday, July 31, 2006

NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Finals

After the sales I moved on to the Finals of the NCHA Summer Spectacular. I decided to feature the winner and reserve for the Open. The cows were quite difficult and all had many challenges in picking out their cows and separating them from the herd. Often two would marry up making it hard to hold which ever cow was
finally chosen for the cut. Eddie Flynn rode Stylish Baby Doll (SR Instant Choice x Stylish Oak Susie by Doc's Oak) to the championship with a score of 220.5. Walton's Rocking W Ranch, Inc is the owner of this mare. She was also in the Open Top 5 of the 2006 Super Stakes.
Paul Hansma and Sister CD (CD Olena x Little Babysitter by Dual Pep) were the Reserve Champions with a score of 218.5. Sister CD (gelding) is owned by Skip Queen and was also the 2006 Super Stakes Open Co-Champion.
These photos were taken from high above the working area in the bleachers. The point of view is from the back of the working area. Typically cutting photos are taken from the front at a level even with the chest of the horse. Since the area under the judges stand is where photos are typically taken, and this area was chock full of photographers, videographers (HorseTV) and Media from nearly every magazine featuring cutting, I have decided to not even attempt to shoot from there, but rather shoot from a different point of view.

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