Monday, 19 February 2018

Baileys Jumping and Style Championship 2018 at Hartpury: My first trip out

Top Three Behind Sponsors Branding

My first trip out with the new Sony NX80 4K camera took me to Hartpury on Saturday 17th February to capture the action in the Novice Open Championship.

Here's a link to videos of the winning rides.

The Ancient Ash Logo

I wanted to develop a new brand name for my videos shot on the Sony NX80 and as we'd recently been informed we were the proud "owners" of an ancient Ash tree thought that Ancient Ash had a reasonably enigmatic sound to it and decided to go with that - this is how I produced the logo though phone, iPad and PC.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Burghley Horse Trials 2017: Cross Country Day

Heading Out
Dee Hankey and Chequers Playboy
4K Photo ©Harveywetdog

Memories of what will be, for now at least, my final trip to The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. 2016 at Burghley had been great despite the rain but 2017 topped that especially with Oliver Townend going on to win.

The day trip to Burghley is a huge investment for me and I find access through the large crowds and videoing at some fences difficult, hence my decision to say thank you and leave it off my schedule in 2018.   

Monday, 4 December 2017

Videoing Perfection; Harveywetdog Reviews 2017

Videoing Perfection
Oliver Townend at Land Rover Burghley
Photo ©Harveywetdog

What will you remember from 2017 in our equestrian world of alleged elitism, self interest, bullying and corruption?

For me three things stand out, one bad and two beyond good to excellent. To deal with the bad first and that has to be the Badminton Grassroots accreditation debacle. I devoted a whole blog on the topic back in May and I'm not going to waste any more vitriol on it here.

The two excellent memories I have are Oliver Townend winning at Land Rover Burghley and Charlotte Dujardin just winning! Of course everyone loves a winner but what I find inspirational is the hard work that these people put into their sport to push themselves to the top.

It was after another large dose of Dujardin magic at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage in July, complete with the infamous coffee machine incident and an emotional appearance by Valegro, that I came up with the Videoing Perfection strap-line stroke hashtag. Like a lot of things it came to me in the car on the A40 on the way to work; I like the fact that it works both ways, what I see and what I do, but I also like the fact that achieving perfection can only be an aspiration and drives me to do better - if you say you're videoing perfection then you'd better deliver it!

Here are my 2017 highlights in the search for VIDEOING PERFECTION. 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Valegro the Dancing Horse: A Major New Sculpture Commission for Gloucestershire

Valegro at Hartpury FOD in 2016 for a pre Rio run out
Photo ©Harveywetdog

Now that he has retired from competition how will you remember Valegro?


You will all have your own favourites and for me it will be the memory of his appearances at Hartpury in the run up to the Rio Olympics.

Now if we can claim Hartpury as Valegro's home ground then nearby Newent in Goucestershire (or is that Hestershire?) can surely claim to be his "home town".

Small wonder then the Newent Initiative Trust has chosen to honour their equine neighbour and local hero with a full size sculpture depicting the Olympic superstar at the height of his powers.

This is the story of how I came to be in Newent the day the sculpture appeal was launched and how you can help support the appeal. 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Looking Ahead to 2018 - A Change of Scene?

Looking ahead to Hartpury in 2018
Photo © Harveywetdog

Here is the 2018 Harveywetdog proposed videoing schedule.

As always all dates are subject to being granted the appropriate permissions and accreditation to both record and publish video from these events.

You'll see a change of emphasis this year with a move away from some of the bigger events in order to concentrate on smaller venues and less travel.