Devon Horse Show 2022 Mega-Post

Decaseconds may have begun as a photo-a-day website, but I occasionally like to break our rules and bring a mega-set of images for full immersion in a surreal event.

In this case, that event is the 2022 Devon Horse Show—a folded-together hyperspace of top-tier English riding and county fair inside an otherwise-upscale residential neighborhood outside Philadelphia. That overstuffed experience is best captured in this image of riders warming up in front of a Ferris wheel.

Fun and Games

“Devon blue” is a lovely, light-blue shade that’s covering almost every surface at the show.

Jumping with an Audience IThe small amount of space means the spectators are close to the action.

Watching the Jumpers at Devon I

The warm-up ring and storage areas are likewise squeezed in amongst the barns and area homes.

Warm-Up Ring and Shops

In spite of the odd setting, the same special moments of human-horse connection still remain.

Horse Pats

The maroon barns seem an… odd choice… in combination with Devon blue.

Devon Barn

This rider got the same color-choice memo the seats did.

Spectator on Blue Seats

The warm-up ring is a place for more than just warm-ups; a lot of conversations seem to fit well into its edges.

Warm-Up Conversations

Though the show occurred over Memorial Day, unseasonably cool weather kept many riders in winter jackets.

To the Ring

When I say that the horse show is taking place in a residential area, I’m not kidding: the gray house just behind the bands in this shot is a private home, outside the horse show. Everything is happening in a tiny space.

Pony in front of House

This shot doesn’t have anything profound to say beyond a bright explosion of the importance of water to horse shows: from the drinks in riders hands to the water used to keep rings from becoming dusty nightmares.

Water Bottles and Water Trucks

A moment of rising energy in the warm-up ring.

Kicking Off Devon

Jumper divisions produce some dramatic images, whether in profile…

Jumper in Profile

Or three-quarter view.

Jumping with an Audience II

This view again highlights how close the stands are to the action. Off in the distance, the concession area is also visible beyond the fence.

Watching the Jumpers at Devon II

Dramatic jump shots are most easily obtained when the photographer is practically under the jump.

Devon Show Jumping

The high rise of the stands also opens new opportunities to capture horses from above, as in this shot of warm-up ring traffic.

Warm-Up Herd

Riders waiting to compete (or recently finished) relax in the stands.

Rider Over the Shoulder

Another view of the warm-up ring and the local homes and businesses just beyond.

Warm-Up Ring at Devon

Jumping must be different with such a large and visible audience.

Jumping with an Audience III

Grays match well with bright orange jumps.

Flying Over

None of this would be possible without the hard work of the jump crew.

Devon Jump Crew I

A happy face after a solid round.

Exiting the Ring at Devon

Before an under saddle, many riders crowd the in gate.

Massing for the Class

Another member of the jump crew, enjoying  the weather and company.

Devon Jump Crew II

The under saddle appears chaotic to an outside observer…

Devon Under Saddle

But those riding are focused.

Focused Under Saddle

Carleton Brooks

Today’s subject is trainer Carleton Brooks of Balmoral, here training his newest hunter, Carleton Z (coincidental naming).Old School Rider

Chaps are not common English riders—britches are more common. The back of his chaps, where one might normally put identification information, is instead emblazoned with the phrase, “You Know My Name” in red. Click through to the full-sized version of this image to see for yourself.

YouKnowMyName

This particular weekend was a bit of a miniature family reunion, as Carleton’s brother (far right) was up to visit from Indiana.

The Family That Rides Together

Governors Island (No Apostrophe)

Seen here from the One World Observatory on a sunny Sunday morning, Governors Island has been mostly transformed to park space. On the right side of the island, you can see the Longines Global Champions Tour grounds are still in place from the day before.

Governors Island (No Apostrophe)

Sort of a Cowboy

Two weeks ago, I showed you this series of six images of Payson and Piskor Halls, with the eventual idea of assembling them into a dynamic wallpaper for macOS. I’m happy to say that, after some troubleshooting, that process is done. The result is available here.

While horse shows aimed at English riding don’t tend to have an excess of cowboys present, this hat perhaps suggests otherwise.

Sort of a Cowboy

Hurry Up and Wait

When it’s time for their rounds, riders have to be ready to head into the ring and perform. Being late is not an option, so “hurry up and wait” is the standard: Lots frantic action to prepare, followed by lots of waiting. The sense of stillness amid chaos that goes with that waiting are captured well, I think, in this image.

Hurry Up and Wait

Two Views of Western Nevada

Transcontinental driving in the dead of winter is all about dodging storms—but no one’s perfect. In the emptiness of Western Nevada, with only an occasional RV/farm combo to keep us company, the edge of a major storm ran into the setting sun.

Western Nevada Pastoral

“Post-apocalyptic” was the general vibe. The landscape was so large as to be without scale; I couldn’t tell you the actual height of the hills in the distance.

Somewhere in the American West