The Spruce Meadows season is a bit like Christmas. There is a long lead-up filled with excitement, and then it is gone in the blink of an eye, leaving you wondering what happened. Over the course of the summer series and the Masters, I took in the range of 10,000 photos- yikes! Since I was using new camera gear, it was very much a learning process, and I really experimented with what worked and what didn’t. Overall, I got some of the best pictures that I have ever taken, along with a decent sprinkling of not so good ones. Since I only got my first “real” camera three years ago, and I am not known to be an artistic/creative person, I’m pretty happy with where I am at 🙂

Trying to pinpoint my favourite 10 photos out of 10K was pretty daunting. Therefore, I think I ended up choosing the moments that I liked the best, and then picking photos from there. Furthermore, my bias towards certain horse/riders is pretty obvious, but hey, all show jumping fans have their favourites!

I also just want to thank you all for your kind words on Facebook about my photos – it means a lot, and definitely drives me to keep on trying!

Eric and Power Play. -Photo by Keara

For once, backlighting works! Eric and Power Play. -Photo by Keara

One of my all time favourites, from the CN Reliability GP, Kent and Uceko. -Photo by Keara

One of my all time favourites, from the CN Reliability GP, Kent and Uceko. -Photo by Keara

My favourite sequence to date, Beezie and Cortes 'C'. -Photo by Keara

My favourite sequence to date, Beezie and Cortes ‘C’. -Photo by Keara

Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z. -Photo by Keara

The ever so powerful combination, Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z. -Photo by Keara

I love the London Bridge jump, and love that Reed and Cylana are the ones jumping it! -Photo by Keara

I love the London Bridge jump, and love that Reed and Cylana are the ones jumping it! -Photo by Keara

I love how the colours in this one really pop! Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z. -Photo by Keara

Meadows on the Green is one of my favourite rings because it’s so pretty. I love how the colours in this one really pop! Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z. -Photo by Keara

I wish the shoe wasn't coming off, but I still love how McLain and Super Trooper look in this one. -Photo by Keara

I wish the shoe wasn’t coming off, but I still love how McLain and Super Trooper look in this one. -Photo by Keara

I hated this spot at first, but then saw how the trees framed the athletes. This is Shane Breen and Balloon. -Photo by Keara

I hated this spot at first, but then saw how the trees framed the athletes. This is Shane Breen and Balloon. -Photo by Keara

Love, love, love this pair, and they look great here. Tiffany Foster and Verdi III. -Photo by Keara

Love, love, love this pair, and they look great here. Tiffany Foster and Verdi III. -Photo by Keara

I'm all over the evening light and the butterfly jump, it just works! Lauren Tisbo and Roundthorn Madios. -Photo by Keara

I’m loving the evening light and the butterfly jump, it just works! Lauren Tisbo and Roundthorn Madios. -Photo by Keara

And, sorry I know it is supposed to be my top 10, but I have to include one of Quelmec du Gery… he is just so adorable and sweet!

Eric and my recently found favourite, Quelmec du Gery. -Photo by Keara

Eric and my recently found favourite, Quelmec du Gery. -Photo by Keara

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