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.
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!