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British Showjumping photo competition

In May, Foremost Currency Group and British Showjumping teamed together to launch our first photo competition, giving British Showjumping members the chance to win a tailored jacket by William Young 1876. The photos of the horses were then judged by leading UK photographer Niki Gorick. Due to the quality of the photos submitted, another category was opened, giving British Showjumping members the chance to vote for their favourite. Below are the winning photos.

Winning photo

Cole in Winter

The winning photo was judged by leading UK photographer Niki Gorick. Niki chose ‘Cole in winter’ by Lauren Fois. The prize Lauren will receive is a tailored jacket from William Young 1876.

“What a fabulous photo evoking real emotion and passion. William Young 1876 are delighted with this winning image and look forward to meeting Lauren fitting her with a made to measure jacket.”
Nigel Salisbury, Managing Director William Young 1876

It was very difficult choosing a final winner from these 10 excellent photographs. Each one cleverly illustrates the beauty and fun of living with horses. However, I kept coming back to ‘Cole in winter’. This image not only has immediate emotional impact by capturing the mood of the horse waiting for his ride but is beautifully composed in its positioning of the horse’s bright, expectant eye and the saddle on the open door beyond. The lighting is stunning and there’s a lot going on. One would never get tired of looking at it and that’s a sign of a great photograph”.
Niki Gorick, UK photographer and judge

“As soon as we received your entry we knew it would be one of the top photos to be considered. It is a wonderful photo which we are proud to have as part of our marketing collateral.”
Robin McEwen, Managing Director

“Wow, what a surprise – thank you so much! It was a picture that I quickly captured after my ride and I’ve always loved it, so I’m glad it has been just as appreciated elsewhere. I don’t usually enter photography competitions, so I’m thrilled.”
Lauren Fois, winner

Public vote winner

Samantha Reid

Due to the quality of photos received, an additional category was opened: British Showjumping Public Vote. Members of British Showjumping were able to vote for their favourite photo from the 10 shortlisted finalists. The winner of this category was Samantha Reid, who will win a £50 Amazon voucher.

“It is such a beautiful, warm and engaging photo that I am not surprised it was so popular with all our voters. Your photo has captured many hearts.”
Robin McEwen, Managing Director

“Thank you so much for your email letting me know I am the winner of the public vote competition I am over the moon. Many thanks for running the competition in conjunction with British Showjumping.”
Samantha Reid, winner

Public voter comments

“Children and ponies, I don’t need to say any more, other than the mother must trust the ponies with her kids’ lives, look how gentle and happy they all look.”

It shows the bond between the children and the pony.”

“Captured the fab interaction with ponies and humans – reminded me of my childhood.”

There’s many things in life that catch your eye but only a few things that catch your heart!! Simply lovely picture.”

Further comments

Isla Boxall-Loomes, Communications Co-Ordinator from British Showjumping commented:
“Congratulations to our winners – Lauren Fois and Samantha Reid. When Robin McEwen, Managing Director for Foremost Currency Group, put forward the idea of a photography competition we had no idea of the depth of talent within our membership. The response to the competition both in terms of images submitted and those being voted for has been widely embraced to the point that it now looks set to become an annual title to be contested. Thank you to all our members who took the time to enter the competition and we’re looking forward to the next one already.”

Alastair Archbold, FX broker for Equestrian industry shared:
“Thank you to all members who entered the 2015 Foremost Currency Group & British Showjumping photo competition, and congratulations to our winners Lauren Fois and Samantha Reid. When we decided to launch the competition we didn’t expect to receive so many entries, equally we didn’t expect to receive such a large number of members voting for their favourite image. We are excited to be able to include the winning photos in our forth coming marketing campaign, so keep your eyes open for our adverts. Whoever said horses and currency do not mix!”

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