Thanks, Northstar, and as an update, the event organizers asked for my sequence photo to use as their Facebook "cover" photo and I decided to give it to them (here it is at the top of their page: Red Hills Horse Trials). I'm pretty happy with the results given that it was my first time shooting horses
I told you it would run, I have seen that done so many times for extreme sports but not until now for eventing.
Yes, it's worked well. I looked at the Red Hills site and saw that the rider is Buck Davidson, son of the eventing legend Bruce Davidson who was always at the British four star events. I've also seen Buck over here at Burghley Horse Trials, he's certainly heading up towards where his Dad was, so I'm sure that's helped get on the front cover.
They tend not to put up images of riders who have crashed and burned on the course
Yes, it's funny how luck can be sometimes. He is a famous rider and that's funny that you've actually seen him and heard of his Dad. The light was awful, the shooting position cramped and on a steep hill, and I decided to try this sequence shot one single time. I had no idea who the rider was, but got quite lucky with this photo. To balance out my luck, however, for CIC3* I missed the winning rider entirely (not a single photo) and got the #2 rider in this hero shot on her CIC2* horse she rode that blew the course (note that she nearly went over the front of the horse moments after this was taken):
Don't admit to that ! I thought you were being really astute as a newbie equestrian photographer ! Seriously though, I have found over the years that you need a little luck to get on.