Come along with me to the first day of the 2015 Draft Horse Show at The Big E, the state fair for all the New England states. The fair is held for three weeks in early autumn in the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, MA.
For photographers, the Coliseum at the Big E presents lighting challenges. On sunny days, skylights send shafts of light (and “hot spots”) into the arena, but not on Thursday when it was overcast and made the light a bit muddy. I won’t use a flash to avoid startling the horses and exhibitors, let alone interfere with the pro photographer working in center ring.
When the two-horse hitches entered, thunder echoed in the tunnel to the arena.
Equine Affaire, the big traveling regional equine trade show, is this upcoming weekend in West Springfield, Massachusetts, about an hour away from my house.
The show is so big that you need to go in with a plan. Over the years, I’ve seen various articles about how to navigate Equine Affaire, including this one from the event organizers. Of course, I have some tips, specific to the venue, that you won’t usually see.