The Faces of Rolex 2014

Sharon White and Wundermaske. Photo by Megan Stapley. Sharon White and Wundermaske. Photo by Megan Stapley.

A cross-country course is a pinball chute of highs and lows that can sending riders crashing from ecstasy to defeat at any given second. To locate where a rider — or a horse — is at on that journey, all you have to do is look at their face. From determination to surprise to unfettered joy, these photographs by Megan Stapley of Megan Stapley Photography beautifully articulate the range of emotions Rolex riders experience between the start box and the finish flags.

Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Jan Byyny and Inmidair. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Kyle Carter and Madison Park. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Kyle Carter and Madison Park. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Alexandra Knowles and Last Call. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Alexandra Knowles and Last Call. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Marilyn Little and RF Smoke on the Water. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Marilyn Little and RF Smoke on the Water. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Caitlin Silliman and Catch a Star. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Caitlin Silliman and Catch a Star. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Libby Head and Sir Rockstar. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Libby Head and Sir Rockstar. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Andrew Nicholson and Avebury. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Andrew Nicholson and Avebury. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Kristen Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Kristen Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Kristen Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken.  Photo by Megan Stapley.

Kristen Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Peter Barry and Kilrodan Abbott. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Peter Barry and Kilrodan Abbott. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Marilyn Little and RF Demeter. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Marilyn Little and RF Demeter. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Allison Springer and Copycat Chloe. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Allison Springer and Copycat Chloe. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Buck Davidson and Park Trader. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Buck Davidson and Park Trader. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadil Too. Photo by Megan Stapley.

Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadil Too. Photo by Megan Stapley.

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. Photo by Megan Stapley.

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. Photo by Megan Stapley.

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. Photo by Megan Stapley.

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. Photo by Megan Stapley.

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. Photo by Megan Stapley.

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. Photo by Megan Stapley.

And... a bonus face! Photo by Megan Stapley.

And … a bonus face! Photo by Megan Stapley.

Many thanks to Megan Stapley for sharing her work with EN. Megan, of western New York, is a spectacular talent and truly passionate about her work. She explains, “I run a therapeutic riding facility to help people with disabilities (this is my full-time job) and I do photography on the side. A portion of all my photography sales goes to the riding program — typically I give 20 percent. I do travel for photography work (just got back from Luhmuhlen a couple weeks ago) and do portrait work as well as shoot clinics and shows. I love to get out there and shoot for people, not only because it’s fun for me and fulfills my creative side, but also because it lets me help the therapeutic program and horses there.”

We encourage you to check out Megan’s website, Megan Stapley Photography, to view more of her work. Go Eventing!

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