Point to Point Racing, Kingston Blount, Oxfordshire

Last Saturday I went to my first Point to Point meeting and what fun it was! Living just half a mile from the racecourse it seemed a worthwhile way to spend a Saturday afternoon supporting local businesses, having a flutter and taking some pictures along the way.

This Point to Point event was at Kingston Blount, Oxfordshire and have a select number of race days a year. At this event there were seven races with the first five being with horses and the last two with ponies. There was a great atmosphere with both young and old and people from all walks of life watching the horses as they race around the course with some jumps along the way.

The Kingston Blount race course has a beer tent, hog roast, other catering facilities and a selection of countryside based stalls for the visitors. With entry for cars being £20 and only a fiver if you walked there it has to be one of the best fivers I’ve ever spent. I lost a bit more with the bookmakers but I still came away with a smile on my face and some great pictures to back up my enjoyment.

So here are a few of my favourite pictures telling the story of the Kingston Blount Point to Point. More details about Kingston Blount and their fixtures can be found here.

Enjoy the pictures!

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Labs in the wood

Today I had a shoot lined up to photograph some black labs in a wood with a carpet of bluebells. With well trained labs, helpful handlers and stunning scenery this was going to be easy… hmm apart from the dreaded April deluge we are all currently experiencing. Rather than cancel the shoot we all decided to continue with it despite the weather. With the dogs full of energy we headed to the woods for some dummy work through the bluebells. Everything worked out really well, life would have been easier if it was not so dull and wet. However, to quote an old friend ‘these things are sent to try us and are all part of life’s rich tapestry’. Well, I wasn’t quite thinking that this afternoon as we were all getting wet and cold. However, after a lovely cup of tea back at the farmhouse and some homemade flapjack I am pretty happy with the pictures taken!

Here are a few of my favourites-

Meet the team...

some got a little fed up with the man with the camera...

A bit of a splash before heading home...

...and the next generation all tucked up in the warm at home!

Thanks to Sue and Lorne and their team for their help today.

 

Dogs Wanted For Photo Shoot

I am looking for fit and energetic dogs of all shapes and sizes for a photographic shoot. I am expanding my portfolio of work and need more images of dogs in the countryside, running, jumping, retrieving etc

In return for your time I will supply you with a CD of images of your dog (s) for your own personal use. I am based in South Oxfordshire but happy to travel to photograph the right dog (s).

Pleae email me at thesportingpicture@gmail.com and I can tell you more.

Thank you!

Mark