Behind the Lens

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Meet the teams that capture every beautiful, breathtaking, and exciting moment at the US Dressage Finals.

By Chelsey Burris

You and your horse have been working hard.  You’ve persevered through the pandemic, risen to every challenge, and have qualified for the 2021 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®!  You can’t wait to enjoy every second of the championship show!  And there to capture every moment are the hardworking teams of Susan J. Stickle Photography and Richard’s Equine Video.  From ringside in the renowned Alltech Arena, to catching candids throughout the showgrounds across the Kentucky Horse Park, the official event photographers and videographers are ready to make sure you have a permanent copy of the treasured memories you are sure to make at Finals!  Go “behind the lens” to meet them!

Alyssa Barngrover at the Finals. Photo ©SusanJStickle.com

Meet the Photographer

Capturing the perfect moment – perfected by Sue and her team. Photo by ©SusanJStickle.com.

Trying to capture a moment in time – the perfect photo of you and your horse – is a tricky thing (as any equestrian knows when they think they get a great shot of their horse on their cell phone, then look at it later and realize the horse is blurry from motion!).  That’s why we leave it to the professionals at Susan J. Stickle Photography.  As the official photographer of the US Dressage Finals, Susan J. Stickle and her team of specialists are all over the event grounds, ready to document your championship and capture that “wow” moment of you and your horse!  Sue has more than 27 years experience shooting at national and international venues, and she specializes in photographing dressage.  Learn more on her official website here and make sure you visit their booth on the concourse to purchase some amazing photos of your ride.

“This is one of our favorite shows of the year,” Sue says. “The show is so well run, well attended, and the atmosphere is always festive. The camaraderie between the best horses and riders from around the country is a pleasure to witness. We love being a part of it, and being able to capture all these special moments for the competitors.”

Meet the Videographer

Richard Taylor of Richard’s Equine Video ready to film a great ride

There is nothing like getting to watch your championship ride with your horse, and Richard’s Equine Video, with 13 years experience and the official event videographer of the US Dressage Finals, is ringside at the event to capture every moment!  The man behind the lens, Richard Taylor, is a long-time dressage enthusiast and fox hunter, whose spouse Barbara competes at Fourth Level. Richard always looks forward to coming to Finals each autumn.  “The US Dressage Finals is a rewarding place for riders and horses at all levels to gather and compete to show off their hard work,” he says.

Richard has videoed over 1,800 clinic lessons and too many great riders to count.  His “eye on the ground” has been honed to perfection, and with his team of professional videographers, he is ready to capture all the action and intricacies of every ride.  In addition to Finals, Richard’s Equine Video is also the videographer of Dressage at Devon, the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships, and many other shows and clinics.  Learn more on their website here, and make sure you visit their booth in the Finals trade fair to sign up and purchase a video of your ride! 

While you’re at the Finals, nervously waiting for your ride, make sure you flash a smile to the photographers and videographers.  They are there rooting you on from behind the lens and celebrating each and every ride with you! 

Richard’s Equine Video’s booth on the concourse at the US Dressage Finals

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