Sandy C. Smith of Broque, Pa., won First Place in Candid Photos with a charming photo of her grandson Connor, who loved to feed the cats and horses in her barn.
"Connor is my one and a half-year-old grandson." said Smith. "My daughter Gretel (who lives in San Diego, Calif.) and Connor took a long Labor Day weekend to fly back to Fox Brush Farm from San Diego. Connor delighted in the daily chores of feeding everyone. The blanket he carries has a pony head and tail which he calls Lovely. Lovely went with him most of the time! The box he is standing on was won by his mother, Gretel, in a jumping class years ago.The gray nose belongs to First Twilight and the helper kitten is Darrel."
"I am a licensed race horse trainer in the mid Atlantic," said Smith. "My best horse ever was Hear Hear , a turf sprinter, who equaled the track record at Laurel when he was 9 years old."
"Thank you for continuing THE HORSE OF DELAWARE VALLEY as it is a much needed publication for our area.," said Smith. "I hope my photo brings many smiles to those that see it!"
Smith, who entered The Horse's Photo Contest for the first time, took this photo with a cell phone.
"It's pretty darn hard to beat a cell phone," said Smith. "You can carry it around with you in your back pocket and just whip it out when you see a picture you want to take."
"A picture says so much more," said Smith. "It's fun to share your life with people"
"Connor was adamant about feeding apples to the horses," said Smith.
ELLIE GLACCUM of Unionville, Pa., won Second Place in Candid Photos with a picture of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Hunt taken Dec. 5 at Thompson Woods on Route 82 in Cochranville, Pa.
In the foreground in huntsman Barry Manger, jumping the fence is whipper-in Mary Taylor Miler, and behind her is whipper-in Paddy Neilson, followed by the field on the hill behind him.
Glaccum, who is Secretary of Cheshire, took the picture with a Cannon EOS 40D camera that she's had for about five years.
"I follow the hunt some days," said Glaccum. "It's a nice excuse to get out of the office. I will be secretary for two years in May. I've learned a lot about fox hunting since I started here. I didn't know much before."
"As secretary, I do a little bit of everything," said Glaccum. "I pay bills, do property maintenance and collect capping fees at meets. "
"I put my photos up on Facebook," said Glaccum. "The members of the field enjoy seeing them."
KAREN KENNEDY of Peach Bottom, Pa., won Third Place in Candid Photos with a picture of 6-year-old Clayton Paxson hunting with the River Hills Foxhounds.
Kennedy took the photo with a Nikon D 7100 camera.
Behind Clayton, on the grey horse, is his father, Greg Paxson, a Master of Foxhounds of River Hills, and directly behind Clayton is his great-uncle James Paxson, MFH and Huntsman of River Hills.
"I used to ride and hunt, but I got too badly hurt to ride after a number of falls, so now I drive the hound truck and take pictures of the hunt," said Kennedy.