The nostalgia for Groton House Farm is STRONG and though the spectacular three-day event of yore is now gone, it will never be forgotten. Good friend of EN, Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto, was kind enough to share this slideshow which showcases just a minuscule number of the beautiful photographs she has taken there over the years. There are over 100 riders in this slideshow — how many can you spot that you know?
Joan has a long history with the event, first attending and volunteering as a fence judge in 1978 and then later competing there herself between 1979 and 2000. In 2003 she returned as an assistant photographer to Pamela Blades Eckelbarger of HoofPix Sport Horse before establishing Flatlandsfoto, and she has photographed the event nearly every year through its last running in 2019. If you’re in the market for a memory — YES, Joan still has archives of photos for all the years that she photographed and you can get in touch with her if you’d like to fish a photo out of her archives. Make sure you checkout RNS Videomedia as well for videos!
I’m going to miss driving up that oak tree-lined driveway every July, excited to watch and cheer on my friends and to generally bask in the rich eventing heritage of Area 1, but at least we have plenty of memories to carry with us.