The Many Faces Of Cross Country

Happy & Relaxed On Cross Country

As any eventing fanatic can tell you cross country is the phase that stirs the endorphins, gets the adrenaline pumping, and brings out all sorts of emotions depending on how your cross country ride goes. Searching through my photos recently for a winter project, I came across a number of photos of riders with the full range of  facial expressions captured, many of which you expect but several of which are quite surprising, and sometimes unintentionally comical.

Pippa Funnel – Expressive Rider

I’ve alway found Pippa Funnel one of the best to watch on cross country, not only because of her experience, but she is also a very expressive rider, which illustrates the talent needed to tackle some of these courses. At the other end of scale watch Andrew Nicholson or Andrew Hoy, and they barely use any of the 52 muscles in their face out on cross country, they’re just fixed and focused from start box to finish line. In between you’ll find a full compliment of emotional displays from frustration to elation.

Still photos capture a mere fraction in time of these emotions, but allow you to study those in more detail and I always find are more dramatic, more so than watching video (eg. watch the sequence of William Fox-Pitt at the 2011 European Championships) This can often leave you thinking “I wonder how that felt?” or “I wonder what was going through their mind at that point”

Here are a few photos to illustrate my point (I’ll leave you to think up your own captions):

Having Fun:

Staying Focussed:

“Oh Sh*t”, “Yikes” & Dealing With The Unexpected:

Thinking Something All Together Quite Different:

Amateur event rider, aspiring photographer. Technologist by day.

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