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Equestrian Photography In Gloucestershire


Craig Derrick Photography Ltd hoped you enjoyed Cheltenham Race Week as much as we did (well apart from the traffic). Well done to the organisers at the Racecourse for providing the horse enthusiasts with yet another entertaining year of Horse Racing. With our struggling economy it was a welcome income to the Cheltenham area for the hotels, guest houses, restaurants, bars and shops and created a buzzing atmosphere of visitors to Cheltenham from far and wide.

As professional equestrian photographers it seems appropriate following the Cheltenham Race Week to give The Cheltonian readers an editorial about the professional equestrian photography Craig Derrick Photography Ltd provide. As we mentioned in last month’s editorial from September 2010 we became the designated professional equine photographers at Summerhouse Equestrian and Training Centre (Hardwicke Junction 12 of M5) ( - 01452 720288) where we attend and photograph their efficiently organised Unaffiliated and Affiliated Show Jumping and Dressage Events. We attend and photograph these events and with our On-Site Professional Event Printer – provide the competitors at the event the opportunity to purchase professional 9” x 6” mounted prints for £10 each of buy two for £20 and get one FREE. All the images following each event are also uploaded to our website to allow riders/owners the ability to purchase these images easily from the comfort of their home. For all the events we provide 1st place prizes for each class and generously give sponsorship to Summerhouse EC, who are an invaluable support to our business.

Summerhouse Equestrian & Training Centre is a family owned business set up in 1978 by Sheila and John Weston and run by their daughter, Helen Gallop and granddaughter, Sara Gallop. Helen holds the BHSI, is a BSJA course builder, a BHS examiner, an internal and external verifier and a Pony Club Examiner. Sara holds the BHSII, is a BSJA course builder and has an excellent competition record in British National Dressage Championships. Summerhouse has professional, fully qualified instructors including 1 BHSI, 3 BHSII’s and 10 BHSAI’s. So whether you are a beginner or a more experienced rider, they have the horses to suit you. They offer the chance for you to loan or own a school horse. A great way of having the experience of your own horse without the outlay. Their Pony Club is excellent for children without ponies, they run fun summer camps every year and their birthday parties are very popular. The yard is home to 50 horses - ranging from Chester the 12hh lead rein pony, Porthos their 17.3hh Shire Cross to Vince, a 16.1hh warmblood, Adv Dressage and jumping, one of our exam training horses. Summerhouse have horses to suit everyone’s needs, whether riding for the first time or training towards BHS exams. Their facilities include 2 Indoor Arenas, 25m x 75m; an Olympic Size Outdoor Arena, Cross Country Course, heated viewing gallery, show office, 2 classrooms and Computer suite. There are various activities held at the centre that range from lessons, competitions, clinics, to fun days and pony club camps. Summerhouse pride themselves in being a friendly, approachable yard whilst maintaining a very positive attitude to attainment and achievement. They can help riders train towards many qualifications as they are an NVQ training supplier and BHS ‘Where to Train’ centre for all exams up to BHSI. Their training courses for each level are held every month and they also run First Aid, Assessor, Internal Verifier and Transport Qualification Courses.

As we mentioned they are a competition centre for BritishDressage and BSJA and they also run unaffiliated dressage and show jumping every month. Summerhouse has 2 competition sets of show jumps and a cross country course. The Olympic outdoor arena is available for hire for shows, rallies and all kinds of outdoor activities. Summerhouse is five separate centres in one – 1) Riding School, 2) Training & Exam Provider, 3) Summerhouse Pony Club, 4) Competition & Show Centre and 5) Livery & Loan.

Summerhouse’s friendly and knowledgeable team of staff are available to answer any of your questions regarding the excellent services they provide in a unique environment where riders can achieve their goals and dreams.

Having established ourselves at Summerhouse EC, Craig Derrick Photography have made excellent influential contacts within the horse world which have now lead them onto us assisting Philip Cheetham and Kathryn Megan, the Equine Event Coordinators, at Hartpury Equestrian Centre – 01452 702127 or We provide Philip and Kathryn with our professional equine event photography services for specific show jumping and dressage events at their amazing facilities. Hartpury Equestrian Centre is one of the country’s leading equine educational establishments with an international reputation for excellence.

Another invaluable contact is Mitchell Moor - a British show jumping course builder, the Area 41 rep (Gloucestershire) International Show Jumper, producer of young horses and international trainer of young riders. Mitchell is the owner/founder of – a web based quality saddlery store and - the UK’s only totally free advertisement web site for the equestrian market. When asked Mitchell Moor said “I have found Craig Derrick Photography Ltd to be a very professional and friendly service and would highly recommend them to anyone wishing to have any photography work done.” Mitchell Moor and Craig Derrick Photography Ltd have recently teamed up to sponsor two young British riders in 2011 events. Greg Hill, (16 years old) from South Wales, whom is making his mark on the young riders circuit and young Cheltenham rider Katie Johnson (20 years old) whom has been making the most of her time on the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Regional Foundation Squads, which aims to spot future equestrian stars. The squads, set up via funding from Sport England and co-ordinated by the BEF, aim to identify and support talented riders, between the ages of 16-24, who show the potential to progress to international sporting success.

Finally, other equine photography services Craig Derrick Photography Ltd provide are Equestrian Portrait Packages. This service is where we provide bespoke images of you (the rider/owner) and your horse(s) in familiar surroundings (at a location of your choice) to put both you and your horse at complete ease. This ensures our professional equine photographer can capture stunning images of both you and your horse(s) in a relaxed state guaranteeing an enjoyable and stress free shoot for all involved. The unique images our photographer captures are of memorable moments for you to enjoy for a lifetime. These portrait sessions are totally bespoke, being tailored around you and your horse. We know how important it is for your horse to feel at ease, so we always take our time to get to know your horse and work to capture those unforgettable moments. See our web-site for more information about the three Equestrian Portrait Packages we offer horse enthusiasts. Following your Equine Portrait Session the images from your shoot are uploaded to our web-site as a personal password protected online album for you to view and select the images in the comfort of your own home, obtaining the opinion of family and friends. On receiving your selection/order the professional prints or images on disc are dispatched to you within 2 days.

So for all your Equine Photography needs (competitions, events and bespoke equine portraits) there is only one professional photography company to use – that is Craig Derrick Photography Ltd. To claim a £50 gift voucher towards an equestrian portrait session – please e-mail your name, address, contact numbers to:

Craig Derrick Photography Ltd is located at:

Prep House
53 Hewlett Road,
GL52 6AD

Tel: 01242 241253 / 075844 26044