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Action Photos

Jennifer MacNeill wins Action Photo Contest with photo of Boyd Martin

Jennifer MacNeill of East Petersburg, Pa., won the Action division of the 21st annual Photo Contest with a photo of Boyd Martin on Tsetseleg on cross country day at the Dutta Fair Hill CCI3* on Oct. 14.

Tsetseleg appears to be twisting in midair to get over the jump.

CONTEST ACTION No 1 Boyd Fair Hill MacNeill2Boyd Martin on Tsetseleg at Dutta Fair Hill CCI3*


 MacNeill took the photo of Martin, who finished third on Tsetseleg at Fair Hill, with a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera.

"I've been taking pictures seriously for about five or six years," said MacNeill. "My biggest success so far is that I got a picture in National Geographic. It was a photograph of a 4H girl nestled with a cow."

The Horse's final print edition was the 2016 December issue, and The Horse Online was not begun until March of 2017, so there was no photo contest last year.

The Horse will continue to hold an annual Photo Contest every yeaar from now on.


PAM THOMPSON of Cochranville, Pa., finished second and third in the Action division with a photograph of a cowboy on a bucking bronco placing second and a photograph of four race horses in a turf race at Delaware park placing third.

CONTEST ACTION No 6 Hold on ThompsonHold On The second placed photo, entitled "Hold On", was taken at the Cecil County Fair in Fair Hill, Md., which is held annually on the last weekend of July.

Thompson said there was no program, so she doesn't know the name of the cowboy or where he finished.

The third placed photo, entitled "On the Turf" was taken at Delaware Park last summer, but Thompson said she didn't know the names of the horses.


Thompson had placed first in the 2016 Photo Contest in two categories, winning the Best Pet/Animal division with a shot of two identically marked Chincoteague ponies grazing and the Best Candid photo with a shot of a child taking a nap on the back of a Longhorn steer.

"I've been taking photographs seriously just for the last couple of years, since I got a nice camera," said Thompson, who took these two photos with a Nikon 750 camera. "Right now, it's just a hobby, but someday I might do it seriously as a profession."

Additional Honorable Mention photographs will be featured throughout the month of January, with Candid Photos featured in February and Pet/Animal photos featured in March.

Honorable mention photos

This interesting photo of race horses against a colorful backdrop of fall folliage was taken by Adrienne Morella of West Chester Pa.

CONTEST ACTION race horses MORELLARace horses at a steeplechase



Nicholas DeLeo of Souderton, Pa., caugh this arresting photo of a child  making a difficult turn at a horse sho at which his daughter was competing

CONTEST ACTION No 2 Child competint at HS DeLeo copy


Honorable Mention Action Photos

Jennifer MacNeill of East Petersburg, Pa. took this very clear and sharp photo of competitors in the warm-up ring at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

CONTEST ACTION No 10 warm up ring at Devon MacNeillgroupabove2Warm up ring at Devon by Jennifer MacNeill

Nicholas DeLo of Souderton, Pa., took this photo of a child over a fence at a show at which his daughter was competing.

CONTEST ACTION No 14 Child over jump at HS DeLeoA child over a jump at at a horse show by Nicholas DeLeo

Honorable Mention Action Photos

This photo by Pam Thompson of Cochranville, Pa., was taken at Delaware Park and is entitled Win, Place and Show

CONTEST ACTION No 9 Thompson Win Place Show Win, Place and Show

Jennifer MacNeill of East Petersbug, Pa., took this photo of a jumper at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

CONTEST ACTION No 7 jumper at Devon MacNeillA jumper at Devon, by Jennifer MacNeill MacNeill

Honorable Mention Action Photos

Jennifer MacNeill took this arresting black and white photo of a horse at the Dutta Fair Hills CCI3* over a water jump, with its reflectiion in the water below.

CONTEST ACTION No 4 Fair Hill 3day MacNeillFair Hill contestant by Jennifer MacNeill


Maria Errico of Lincoln University Pa., also took a picture of a horse in the water, but this one at Plantation Field

CONTEST ACTION No 8 Plantation In The Water ErricoA horse in the water at Plantation Field, by Maria Errico

Honorable mention Action photos

This close up photo of a rider at the Dutta Fair Hill International Three-Day Event  taken by Jennifer MacNeill of East Petersburg, Pa., shows amazing detail. Notice the veins standing out on the horse's neck.

CONTEST ACTION No 5 fairhillbnw MacNeill 17A rider at Fair Hill International Event

This is a photo taken by Nicholas DeLeo of Souderton, Pa., at one of the various horse events that his daughter has competed at this year. It's an interesting color combination - notice the blue eye on the pinto.

CONTEST ACTION No 3 pinto DeLeo copyA pinto with a child competiing at a horse show




Honorable Mention Action Photos

These are the final Honorable Mention Action photos.

The Candid photo winners will be announced and published in February.

From now on, photos can be seen in the GALLERY, a category you can find at the top of each page of The Horse.

A different view of a steeplechase race at Willowdale by Maria Errico of Lincoln University, Pa.

CONTEST ACTION No 11 Willowdale ErricoA jump at Willowdale Steeplechase by Maria Errico

A horse galloping through water by Maria Errico

CONTEST ACTION maria ErricoA horse gallops through water, by Maria Errico

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