The atmosphere was humid, the wind was hot and numerous horses could be seen in the warm-up pen being run through their paces kicking up dust as they trotted by. That was certainly the scene visible at the New York State Fair as I visited once again to observe a horse show that was being held at the location on August 4 and 5. This horse show was being held by the Empire Appaloosa Classic Horse Show. To be frank, it was one of the better horse shows that I have experienced.
I think what made it special were the varied coloured horses that I observed at the show and how seriously that the participants took the competition. There was a lot of preparatory work that went on from grooming the horses, to choosing costumes and of course the warm-up.
The photo displayed in this post is a scene I captured during one of the practice runs in the warm-up pen as one rider readied her horse before entering the arena of the coliseum. I can only assume that the horse was a little hot and winded at that time of the day – I certainly was – as it created a trail of dust as it trotted by. However uncomfortable the moment, the scene did evoke a somewhat classic, almost iconic image akin to riding off into the sunset. And, I couldn’t resist taking the photo. I certainly thought it was worthwhile and that made the humidity all the more tolerable.