Working Equitation: The Magic of the Sport

Abigail Followwell riding El Campeons Donatello. Photo by Sydney Croasmun

In this month’s issue of Sport & Trail, we thought we would help chase away the blues by sharing some photos of people enjoying Working Equitation in beautiful sunny locations across Region 2 (which includes California as well as Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific).

In addition to the warmth, so welcome at this time of year, the photos also help capture some of the magic of the sport: the diversity for which it is so well-known.

Abigail Followwill, a resident of Glendale, California, recently rode 2011 Santa Cruz Island Horse stallion El Campeon’s Donatello to a decisive victory at the Introductory level in the second annual Winter in the Vineyards WE show in Buellton, CA. Abigail and El Campeon’s Donatello are fairly new additions to the working equitation scene, but they are already making their mark!

Samantha Jepson riding Valiant

Margaret Kurbat, a resident of Arizona, enjoys competing in working equitation on her Trakehner mare Solana, foaled in 2006. Here, the two capture the late afternoon sun at a recent competition.

Tammy Williams, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, can frequently be found piloting her Lusitanos at Working Equitation competitions. Here, she is pictured on Henri dos Pinhais, a Lusitano born in 2011. The two ended the 2018 season ranked sixth at the Novice A level in their very competitive region.

California resident Nicole Chastain and Sausalito Jullyen V, an Arabian gelding born in 2006, won the Intermediate A class at the 2019 Winter in the Vineyards show. These two only recently moved up to the Intermediate level, having ranked tenth in the nation at Novice B last competition season.

Tammy Williams riding Henri Dos Pinhais

About the photographer, Sydney Croasmun

A long-time equestrian, Sydney’s passion for photography started with horses. Borrowing friends’ cameras to photograph jumping lessons at the local barn, she quickly fell in love with bringing out the beauty in each horse. While photographing horses as a hobby, Sydney worked for a local news station as a photojournalist. Here, she learned to find moments that can really tell the story. From the record-breaking Thomas Fire, to LGBT+ rights protests, to a few homeless men receiving the keys to their new apartment, she has captured a very wide range of emotions and moments with her camera. More of Sydney’s work can be seen on her website: scequinephoto.com.


Story by Julie Alonzo.  Photography by Sydney Croasmun.
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