Racing Staff Week

EP create two films for Racing Staff Week to celebrate the roles of racing staff

 

EP has always been a big supporter of Racing Welfare, a charity who provide help and guidance in a variety of ways to the British horse racing workforce. Focusing on the wellbeing of staff across the industry, Racing Welfare holds a special place at EP and the team continue to support their amazing work, alongside producing a number of various films in aid of the charity. Visual Director Nathan Horrocks is particularly passionate about Racing Welfare having begun his career as a racing groom himself. 

Racing Staff Week (30 June - 07 July) is an annual event held by Racing Welfare. The week includes activities that celebrate the various roles of racing staff. The aim is to engage and inform horse racing audiences about the hard work, skill and passion involved in racing.

Second A Day – a compilation film to celebrate the roles of racing staff behind-the-scenes

After the success of last year's Racing Staff Week film, EP produced another second-a-day film for this year's Racing Staff Week. The compilation film comprises of short snippets documenting the daily roles of people working in the racing industry - from yard grooms to stall handlers.

A huge thanks to everyone who sent in snippets, it was great fun for the team to catch a glimpse of staff across the horse racing industry in their various roles.

Thank You Racing Staff – thanking the dedicated staff of the racing world

The dedication and hard work of staff behind-the-scenes of racing is paramount to the day-to-day running of the industry. To say a big thank you to all racing staff across the country, EP created a short film full of thanks from race-goers and famous faces.

Royal Ascot Marks the Start of an Exciting Summer for Equine Productions

All hands on deck at Equine Productions this week for what has to be one of the most prestigious highlights in the British racing calendar – Royal Ascot. Kicking off the summer season in style, the team at Equine Productions have demonstrated their range of specialised techniques in all forms this week, from a live broadcast at Goffs London Sale, a heart-warming win captured by JockeyCam Live at Royal Ascot, to the filming of a new brand film for a major equestrian clothing company.

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Goffs London Sale

The Goffs London Sale is an annual occasion offering potential owners from around the world the opportunity to buy top-class racehorses, or even the chance to buy a runner ahead of Royal Ascot. Set amongst the stunning grounds of Kensington Palace, with champagne flowing and fine food from Selfridges, the glamorous event certainly lives up to its royal setting. Taking place just ahead of Royal Ascot, the Goffs London Sale is also known as the unofficial pre-launch of the highly anticipated international event.  

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This year Equine Productions was fulfilling three roles: the pre-event live big screen broadcast; a live stream of the sale across social media and Youtube; and a high-end review film post-event that was shown at Royal Ascot. The team thoroughly enjoyed working with presenters Mike Cattermole and Hayley Moore for the live broadcast - reporting on all the action and offering guests insightful interviews with trainers, breeders and agents throughout the day.

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Royal Ascot

JockeyCam yet again startled audiences by capturing one of the most emotional wins of the week. Arthur Kitt followed in his mother’s footsteps for a fairytale success in the Chesham Stakes. His mother Ceiling Kitty who won the Queen Mary Stakes in 2012 died giving birth to the Camelot colt, who himself had to be resuscitated six times before being adopted by a foster mare.

Providing JockeyCam Live footage on behalf of ITV Racing, Equine Productions was delighted to be able to share and capture this special moment for all associated with Arthur Kitt.

JockeyCam was also placed on two of the stall handlers at Royal Ascot, providing a unique perspective on the important and sometimes dangerous job these guys do behind the scenes.


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Horze

Global equestrian clothing and equipment company Horze approached Equine Productions to create a lifestyle brand film with the aim of capturing the eyes of riders around the world. The film follows a family hack through the beautiful mountain range of the Brecon Beacons in Wales.  Featuring stunning drone scenes and spectacular views along the way, the film offers the perfect display of clothing and equipment offered by Horze. 

Many thanks to Lucinda Green who offered her wonderfully well-tempered bay hunters for the shoot, and to Siobhan who looked after them so impeccably. A huge thank you also to those at Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, Ty Mawr Lime Ltd, Glanusk Estate, and to models Carrie Campbell, Tilly Dowsing and Alex Broome who were handpicked especially out of over 400 applicants. Photographers Sarah Farnsworth and Adam Godley also provided some stunning photos from the day. Watch this space for more on this beautifully crafted film coming soon.

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Investec Derby Festival round-up & a look ahead to the FEI World Equestrian Games

Investec Derby Festival (1 – 2 June 2018)
 

What makes a racehorse so unique?

 

Moments before the Investec Derby, as the jockeys were legged-up and cantered towards the start, a short film by Equine Productions, commissioned especially for the Investec Derby Festival, was displayed across all screens at Epsom Downs Racecourse, and showcased on the ITV Racing opening show. Formed by nature, refined by breeding and shaped by training, the film takes the thoroughbred as an elite athlete, looking closely at the science behind its power and the attributes needed to win the Epsom Derby – the supreme test.

Watch the film here:

In the lead up to the Investec Derby Festival, EP also created a four-part series of short teaser films showcasing the anatomy of the racehorse. Each teaser - head, heart, lungs and legs – puts the spotlight on the areas of confirmation that enable racehorses to perform. For example, racehorse tendons are 20 times better at storing energy than a steel spring and they are capable of 0-40 mph in only six strides.

The EP team are soon to release a behind-the-scenes video to highlight some of the technical features used for the film and four-part series. This includes a close-up look at an underwater housing and how it was used, slow motion pictures at 240 frames-per-second, and how a gimbal was utilised to obtain the slow motion shots at the long end of the lens. Newbury Racecourse was chosen as the location as it offers the perfect environment to obtain the shots for the creative.

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With thanks to Sir Mark Prescott for kindly offering his wonderful yard facilities to assist in filming; Eddie Butler for his off-camera commentary; Bryony Jackson on behalf of Palace House for her help with the statistics; Clark of the Course at Newbury Racecourse Richard Osgood; and to Pat Shannahan for the specially composed music accompanying the film.

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It has been a pleasure for the team to create a bespoke piece for the Investec Derby Festival and film during the festival in advance of the 2019 Investec Derby promotional film.

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Equestrian Team GBR

EP get ready as the countdown begins ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games

 

On behalf of Equestrian Team GBR, EP is currently working on some exciting new content ahead of a summer campaign in the countdown to the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon later this year. Showcasing five of the eight FEI equestrian disciplines - eventing, dressage, para-dressage, showjumping and vaulting – the original content will provide an insight into each discipline whilst promoting the equestrian sport on a larger scale.

EP is taking a fresh angle on the content for universal reach, aiming both to engage the core fan-base and educate new audiences about the equestrian sport. 

Watch this space – more to follow shortly!

It’s all go for team EP

It’s officially the busiest week in the EP calendar – full speed ahead!!

 

The Grand National is now within reach, which means it’s all go at EP.  The team relocated to Aintree fresh from the Breeze Up sale in Doncaster, and are now setting up for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival.  As well as the Grand National itself on Saturday, they’ll be filming a highlights feature for Ladies Day and another Goffs sale – all on behalf of ITV Racing.  The team also had the official release of an Olympic Channel film for speed boarding earlier this week, kicking things off nicely ahead of the weekend.


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Olympic Channel: Kozakov Challenge

The EP JockeyCam team swapped horsepower for a different kind of need-for-speed at Kozakov Challenge - the preeminent downhill skateboarding event in the Czech Republic.  Downhill skateboarding is the fastest board sport in the world where competitors race down mountain roads at extreme speeds.  As part of the campaign to make downhill skateboarding an Olympic sport, EP used JockeyCam to capture the through-the-eyes adrenaline of the sport – from thrills and spills to behind the scenes.

A special thank you to Daniel Engel and Emily Pross who made the team feel so welcome.

Follow the link for interviews, short features and the full movie here.

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Visual Director Nathan Horrocks Emily Pross


2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival: Ladies Day & The Grand National

The EP team will be shooting a highlights film for the glamorous side of Aintree festival on Ladies Day, which for the ladies of Liverpool is known as the Ascot of the north.  This is an opportunity for racegoers to dress up for the style stakes, whilst enjoying top class racing action on the iconic Aintree racecourse.  Organisers will be on the lookout for Aintree’s most impressive fashionista, who will be crowned Style Award winner at the end of the day.

Back again for racings biggest annual event, the EP team will be providing live stream JockeyCam footage during the Grand National for ITV Racing.  JockeyCam is a specially designed helmet camera, weighing just 74 grams. The state-of-the-art device will offer a first-hand perspective in the tactical decision-making process a jockey is faced with throughout the Grand National, allowing fans a foot-in-the-stirrup sensation over racings biggest fences.

The team will be using their latest technology, the IMTDragonfly by Vislink – an RF video transmitter recently seen at the Winter Olympics.  Weighing just 234 grams, this makes it ideal for the racing circuit.  The usual set-up also includes the tracking vehicle provided by ACS and the live feed by BRF. 

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Goffs: Breeze Up Sale & The Aintree Sale

The Doncaster Breeze Up Sale is the place to find the next generation of racehorse stars, who in the short term will all be aiming towards Royal Ascot in June.  The 2-year-olds gallop a short distance and their performance is timed to assess their potential on track. 

EP regularly works with Goffs and on this occasion they were shooting a promotional review film and live stream footage for ITV Racing.  It was a pleasure for the team to work with renowned presenter Mike Cattermole from Channel 4.

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 The Aintree Sale is a boutique sale of horses after racing at Aintree's Randox Health Grand National Festival.  As with the Breeze Up Sale, the team will be shooting a promotional review film and providing live stream footage.

Well that’s a whistle stop tour of events this week – more updates next week when we’ll be looking back at the results of the Grand National.

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The remote set-up for the live stream ahead of the Aintree Sale

Charity single highlights mission behind Racing Welfare 

EP back cover band Uncovered for Racing Welfare charity single 

Lambourn-based cover band, Uncovered, recently released a charity single in aid of Racing Welfare. ‘Lean On Me’ – a magical cover of Bill Withers’ acclaimed song from the 70’s seemed to hit the right note with the message behind Racing Welfare – “Lean on me when you’re not strong, And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on”. 

Equine Productions helped support the band by filming a music video and behind-the-scenes footage to accompany the single. The aim of the single and music video is to raise awareness of Racing Welfare who provide support to everyone working in the horse racing industry.

Uncovered have built up a solid reputation among crowds of all ages and are very popular in their local town of Lambourn. The band was founded by guitarist Shaun Johnson who has worked in racing for 20 years and manages transport for trainer Daniel Kubler. The 6-piece band also includes lead singer Gracie O’Reilly who is a work rider and travelling groom for Grand National winning trainer Oliver Sherwood.
 
“Hopefully we can not only raise some money for the charity but also, crucially, increase awareness of what they do and how they can help people who work in the racing industry when things are going wrong.”  Shaun Johnson

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Racing Welfare will receive all takings from the single which can be found across all major download and streaming sites.

Huge thank you to VMI Bristol who kindly provided all lighting equipment for the shoot and to the wonderful Sarah Farnsworth for all the brilliant photos.

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Many Clouds, One Year On

Many Clouds to be remembered at Cheltenham Racecourse with live screening of Many Clouds, The People's Horse, an award-winning film by Equine Productions

Many Clouds, the 2015 Grand National winner who touched the hearts of so many, will be remembered at Cheltenham Racecourse this Saturday, 27 January as part of Festival Trials Day. The event marks the anniversary of his passing, after bravely defeating Thistlecrack in the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase.

Many Clouds, The People’s Horse, an award-winning film by Equine Productions, will be shown across all screens on the racecourse at 4.10pm. The film, which captures the journey of his acclaimed career, recently won Best International Director at the prestigious EQUUS Film Festival in New York.

Many Clouds was a huge part of the Equine Productions family. Not only did our Visual Director Nathan Horrocks ride him out each morning, he won the Grand National with Leighton Aspell wearing the JockeyCam on the weekend of its launch.

“We’re delighted that Cheltenham Racecourse and Jockey Club will be showing our award-winning film on Festival Trials Day. Many Clouds played a huge part in the Equine Productions journey and he holds a very special place in all of our hearts – he was a horse of a lifetime.” Nathan Norrocks

EP Visual Director Nathan Horrocks, will be taking part in a live Q&A, along with the star’s trainer Oliver Sherwood, in the Parade Ring at 12.05pm and 2.05pm. To submit your questions for the Q&A sessions please click here

“Many Clouds helped pave the way for Jockey Cam, acting as our initial test horse in training and debuting the camera at the Grand National in 2015 where he went on to win with Leighton Aspell – one of many very special moments associated with Many Clouds.” Nathan Horrocks

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Dave & Nathan with Many Clouds

One snow globe, two ponies and a noseless snowman

To share the magic of Christmas, Horseware is giving fans the chance to make their horsey wish come true with 25 days of #horsewarewishes. To kick off the festivities, EP realised the creative vision of Emma Massingale, whose Connemara ponies took on the new role of Christmas wish granters for Horseware. They made for a useful stepladder and showed off their talents as Christmas tree decorators, oh and they also make a mean noseless snowman. 

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Equine Productions Win Two Awards at Equine Film Festival in New York

Equine Productions celebrate success after winning two prestigious awards at leading equine film festival

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Equine Productions picked up two awards at the EQUUS Film Festival in New York.  Visual Director, Nathan Horrocks, was awarded Best International Director for “Many Clouds, The People’s Horse”, and “Mole Valley Farmers, Not Your Average Store”, won Best International Commercial.

A tribute to former Grand National winner, “Many Clouds, The People’s Horse” captures the journey of racing star, Many Clouds, during his acclaimed career - from the rise of his talent on the national hunt circuit, to his triumph at the 2015 Grand National.  The story of Many Clouds was closely followed by Equine Productions and the horse holds special memories for Visual Director Nathan Horrocks, the gelding’s former exercise rider and director of the film.

On winning Best International Director, Nathan said he was “completely overwhelmed”.  During the weekend, he received high praise from fellow award winning filmmakers from across the globe.  

“I entered the film into the festival to share the Many Clouds story with an American audience, to show how much he was loved, but I never expected to win.  This is my tribute to him to say thank you for what he has done for me, both personally and professionally, he literally changed my life."  Nathan Horrocks

The film was created using interviews and footage, originally commissioned by the Jockey Club in the lead up to the 2016 Grand National and the material was reused by kind permission of ITV Racing and Racing UK. 

This is the third year in a row Equine Productions has triumphed at EQUUS Film Festival.

“Thank you to the Equine Productions team who put up with my tears and emotion whilst piecing together the Many Clouds footage.  A special thank you to trainer of Many Clouds, Oliver Sherwood, and owner Trevor Hemmings, for bringing him into my life. The investment and hard work that goes into these top horses allows us to appreciate and love these incredible animals.”  Nathan Horrocks

Watch Many Clouds, The People’s Horse here.

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Moving away from the racetrack, roaming free ponies and other animals were the stars of the show in the “Mole Valley Farmers, Not Your Average Store commercial.”  Here, Emma Massingale, utilised her unique training methods to create a “Night at the Museum” inspired commercial promoting the launch of a brand new Mole Valley Farmers store in Holsworthy.  Featuring ponies, a dog, a chicken and a duck in a shopping takeover, the commercial follows the animals around the store, secretly helping staff members behind the scenes, taking on tasks such as pushing trollies, moving feed sacks and posing as pretend horse mannequins.

“It’s absolutely brilliant to win another award in New York, working with Equine Productions is always great fun and we knew from the cast of horses, ponies, a duck, a chicken, a dog and two Shetlands, that it would be a challenging but entertaining shoot.   I love thinking of crazy ideas and then seeing the horses’ amazing ability to bring them to life.  You can teach horses and other animals pretty much anything but only when they make it their own does it look truly magical on screen!!”  Emma Massingale

“We at Mole Valley Farmers are delighted to be involved in such an exciting and creative production, and we’re thrilled that it has been recognised on a global stage.  The combination of Emma Massingale’s brilliant ability with animals, and Equine Productions’ film know-how, created something really special, and we couldn’t be happier with the reaction the film continues to receive.” Andy Skarzynski, Head of Marketing at Mole Valley Farmers

The popular commercial has just under one million views online, watch Mole Valley Farmers, Not Your Average Store below:

“Without Emma’s dedication and talent, this film would have been unachievable.  The reaction at EQUUS Film Festival was unbelievable and the commercial was incredibly well received.  The team at Mole Valley Farmers were brilliant at taking on such a brave creative and allowing us free rein – especially in their brand new store!!”  Dave James, Creative Director at Equine Productions 

“These awards are a great recognition for our team’s talent and dedication.  We’re proud of every film we produce and to have these accolades is really special for everybody.”  Sam Fleet, Managing Director at Equine Productions

The EQUUS Film Festival took place at the Helen Mills Theater in New York between 17 – 19 November 2017. 

The EP team return to British soil after a successful week at the Breeders’ Cup

JockeyCam Live receives an overwhelming response at the prestigious Breeders’ Cup World Championships in Del Mar

Racing fans worldwide experienced a new level of spectating at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships through the online stream of live JockeyCam action.  JockeyCam – a specially designed helmet camera - is a state-of-the-art device, offering a first-hand perspective in the tactical decision-making process a jockey is faced with on race day, allowing fans a foot in the stirrup sensation. The shots were used on NBC Sports' coverage and streamed live on the Breeders’ Cup website and app.

The JockeyCam footage followed leading U.S jockey Mike Smith, who wore the 74g camera strap on his helmet in most of his Breeders’ Cup rides said: “I don't even realise I have it on".  Share the saddle with Smith on route to his win on Caledonia Road in the Juvenile Fillies here.

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Sam with Erin Myers from KTLA

With an out-of-sync body clock, JockeyCam excitement overload and a stash of American treats for the office, we caught up with EP Managing Director, Sam Fleet, who we’ve placed in the hot seat to face the EP quick-fire Q&A.

JockeyCam Live received unprecedented exposure during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.  It clearly went down a storm, you must be delighted with the response from audiences? 

There was a massive JockeyCam buzz throughout the event – from the public and the press.  We had great exposure as a result of some great interview spots set-up by the Breeders’ Cup team, including my first ever live news TV interview alongside Mike Smith with Erin Myers from KTLA, which was broadcast across LA and south California.  We had exciting coverage from Forbes and NBC, even my Uber driver on Saturday night had seen the JockeyCam action thanks to an interview Nathan did with the local San Diego NBC station.  Aston Martin sponsored the JockeyCam coverage, and they had a film crew on the Wednesday who followed us around, which was great fun – we enjoyed being the other side of the camera for once!!


How did the team set-up JockeyCam Live at Del Mar and what goes into the production behind JockeyCam Live during an event of this kind? 

We did a test trip in August for the Pacific Classic at Del Mar Racecourse, this proved useful in laying a foundation for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.  We set-up receive antennas around the racetrack, which picked up the jockey images and fibred them back to our RF (Radio Frequency) team at base, situated at the top of the grandstand.   Back in the UK we usually work with a tracking vehicle which the antennas are attached to, however the Racecourse at Del Mar has no road for tracking vehicles so this was a new challenge and we were very pleased with the results. 

We arrived in Del Mar on the Monday ahead of the weekend to give us plenty of time to set-up.  Due to our testing over the summer, we managed to have everything in position for pre-event testing on Wednesday - we felt very organised and ahead of the game!! 

On race day, visual director, Nathan and creative director Dave, based themselves in the jockey’s room to assist Mike Smith.  They worked closely with Mike’s valet, keeping everything running as smoothly as possible behind the scenes to ensure we did not disturb his routine.  I based myself in the production truck, monitoring the live pictures feed through.  This feed was split to NBC for use on TV and to the online stream available worldwide -  it was incredibly exciting to watch.

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JockeyCam was designed especially for equestrian sports in mind.  What makes JockeyCam so unique and why is it different to other head cameras out there? 

Genuine POV from the perspective of the jockey, and incredibly light-weight.  The point-of-view lens is just above the eye-line, so it truly captures what the jockey is seeing to provide a heightened viewing experience for the audience. The camera weights just 74g so it’s hardly noticeable, a bit like wearing an extra pair of goggles.

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Find out more about JockeyCam here.


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What was your favourite moment during your week in Del Mar?

I have two favourite moments…

First, having everything up and running on Friday – it was a great thrill to see it in action in our first Breeders’ Cup race! 

Secondly, watching Mike Smith in real-time win the Juvenile Fillies on Caledonia Road is something I’ll never forget.  It was awesome to cheer them home in the truck, but the reaction from people at home who were watching the live stream was overwhelming. It was great to share these shots, as normally I have watched them just in the truck with one or two engineers, but to know they could be watched live from anywhere in the world was fantastic. I was receiving messages from friends and family back home, including my dad, who lives in a small town in Cornwall, who were watching the live-stream of Mike Smith’s win.  That was a very special moment. 


You must have big plans for JockeyCam Live, what next?

On one level we’re always looking to improve JockeyCam and what it can deliver – we are constantly looking for technical innovations, what more can the camera do while keeping it as light-weight as possible.  On a larger scale, the ambition is to have every rider wearing a live JockeyCam unit in a race, enabling viewers to ride with whoever they want to. It’d also be amazing to see JockeyCam featuring live on the big screen at racecourses.  We are confident we will achieve this one day and are aiming for JockeyCam to be a normal part of spectating, allowing audiences an insight to life on the back of a racehorse. 

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Tell us more about Del Mar, what did you make of the town and racecourse? 

Del Mar is a beautiful town and the people there are so warm, friendly and helpful.  We are so grateful to the team at Del Mar racecourse for their support.  We were made to feel incredibly welcome at the racecourse, behind the scenes in the production TV compound, and down at the track for morning testing with Xavier Aizpuru, and that is something I’ll never forget. 

It’s a place I would love to take my family back to one day. 

I’d also like to say a special thank you to our team back in the UK, working away behind the scenes on all other aspects of the EP business – they did a great job at keeping the show on the road.  This really allowed us to focus on the task ahead at Del Mar, safe in the knowledge things were all good at home. This was so comforting, we really do have a great team.

Breeders’ Cup to Mark U.S Debut of JockeyCam Live

Equine Productions JockeyCam Live to showcase leading U.S jockey’s perspective at prestigious international thoroughbred racing event in California

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JockeyCam Live will feature at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in Del Mar on 3rd and 4th November, offering racing fans a first-hand perspective in the decision-making process a jockey is faced with on race day. 

As part of the Breeders’ Cup newly enhanced digital platforms, aimed at providing audiences with a real-time insight to the event, Equine Productions were approached by the organisers of Breeders’ Cup and television network NBC to bring their specially designed JockeyCam to this prestigious international event in thoroughbred horseracing.  Leading U.S jockey, Mike Smith, who is riding some of this year’s top horses, will wear the helmet camera and transmitter for all of his races.  The live feed will be streamed on the Breeders’ Cup website and app, allowing for a seamless experience for fans on-site and at home, as well as playing a part in NBC’s live TV coverage.

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Previously featured on Channel 4 and ITV, Equine Productions have designed JockeyCam specifically with equine sports in mind, weighing just 74g including the strap.  It delivers full HD pictures and live broadcast streaming via RF (radio frequency) technology:

“The press attention on JockeyCam has been immense since the team arrived on U.S soil.  We have TV interviews scheduled alongside setting-up all equipment before the weekend - there’s a real buzz!!  It's fantastic to be a part of this prestigious event and we are delighted to be working with the Breeders’ Cup and NBC - we now look forward to sharing this visual experience with its audiences.”  Sam Fleet, Managing Director at Equine Productions

Stay posted with the Breeders’ Cup action this weekend by downloading the app on ITunes Store or Google Play Store.  For regular updates from the EP team, like their Facebook page here.

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About the Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, will be held November 3-4 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. The Breeders’ Cup culminates with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which was rated No. 1 in the world in the final 2016 Longines World’s Best Horse Race rankings. 

 

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Team EP prepare for a day at the races ahead of the highly anticipated Equine Productions Handicap at Newbury Racecourse

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Cameras and microphones will be replaced by smart attire and champagne tomorrow when the EP team head to Newbury Racecourse for the Equine Productions Handicap as part of the October Afternoon Racing.  This EP sponsored the race is class number four at will start at 4pm.  Guest appearances include former Champion Jockey Jim Crowley, Jockey Coach Nick Bentley and World Hurdle winning trainer Warren Greatrex. 

There will be a few racing first-timers amongst the team, but with expert knowledge across the rest of the team, they will be in safe hands.  The team will be treated to one of the best views in the house from their hospitality box and with sun forecast, it’s set to be a beautiful day.  Time to prepare the outfits, pack the binoculars and read up on the racing tips.  Stay posted on our FB page for updates throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

Equine Productions Attend International Conference

Nathan Speaks at Assises de la filière équine

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EP Visual Director, Nathan, was invited to the Assises de la filière équine – an international conference at the Congress Centre in Angers on new innovation within the equine sector.  The day was full of debates, round tables and interviews with experts and entrepreneurs from all areas who came together to share their ideas and knowledge of running a successful business in the equine industry.

Nathan spoke about the success of EP, which was born out of a desire to serve the equine world with creative films and cinematic production, as seen with other extreme sports.  With a vision to portray the sport in a fresh light, engaging those familiar and unfamiliar with the equine world through the use of film, EP has helped place the equine world on a previously untapped creative platform.

During the speech, the audience were played the following short clip by EP - they were completely blown away and Nathan received numerous compliments afterwards.

Thank you to Fabien Cailler for the invite and to the organisers of Assises de la filière équine for making this event happen.

Many Clouds - The People’s Horse

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Photo by Stephie Prince and Amy Lanigan

As stated in the opening scene, ‘This is his story’.  The story of Many Clouds was closely followed by Equine Productions and the horse holds special memories for Nathan Horrocks, the gelding’s former exercise rider and director of the film, who is delighted with the nominations at the EQUUS Film Festival:

"Many Clouds meant the world to me and thousands of others, I am so happy that an American audience will get to see how much he was loved but also the amazing athlete that he was. This is my tribute to him to say thank you for what he has done for me, both personally and professionally, he literally changed my life." Nathan Horrocks

The EQUUS Film Festival takes place at the Helen Mills Theater in New York on 17 – 18 November 2017. 

Many Clouds, The People’s Horse receives double nomination at New York film festival  

A heartfelt film by Equine Productions is up for two awards at the world’s leading equine film festival

“Many Clouds, The People’s Horse”, a short film by Equine Productions receives two nominations ahead of the EQUUS Film Festival in New York next month.  A tribute to former Grand National winner, Many Clouds, the film is selected for two categories - International Documentary and International Director.

A horse of a lifetime, Many Clouds touched the hearts of so many.  The film captures the journey of his acclaimed career - from the rise of his talent on the national hunt circuit, to his triumph at the 2015 Grand National which was documented on the Equine Productions’ JockeyCam, worn by Leighton Aspell. 

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Photo by Stephie Prince and Amy Lanigan

Behind the Lens: Dogs Do Burghley

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Heel, hup and hurdle - paw powered pathfinders were the first on course to tackle Captain Mark Phillips’ four-star cross-country track at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.  With fences reaching up to 1.40 metres high and stretching two metres wide, the dogs made light work of the challenge, showing-off their scope, speed and agility.

Watching the film, it’s maybe easy to forget about the team behind the camera lens, who had a tough job keeping up with the dogs.  To find out more about the action behind the scenes, we put our EP Production Manager, Kathy Stringer, in the hot seat.

In case you missed it, catch up on Dogs Do Burghley here:

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How was the idea of Dogs Do Burghley formed?

Earlier this year the fab team at CAA, Burghley's PR and marketing agency, said they would love to take on the parkour runner film we made for them last year, showing the Burghley cross-country course in a different way.  They thought agility dogs could be a great way to show this, and we loved the idea from day one.  It was just a case of turning a great idea into a film which worked.

In the film there are no humans in sight, how did you manage this?

It wasn’t easy!!  We had to suss out lots of clever camera angles so the dog trainer, Ellena Swift, was not in shot, even though she was with them at all times.  Admittedly, there were a few edits needed to cut out the odd arm or leg.  The team were all so impressed with Ellena and the dogs who behaved impeccably, especially when they had to sit patiently off-camera and watch their canine friends perform a take.  It was a great shoot, lots of fun was had.

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How did you plan for this, with seven dogs, thirty-one obstacles, across 6500 metres of parkland, surely there was a fair amount of improvisation on the day?

First up we walked the course, to prepare a plan for each fence, it was a very wet day but it proved incredibly helpful in getting everything prepped properly.  On the day of filming, with glorious weather, we gave a time allowance for each fence and at some points we had two groups on different fences to help speed up the process and keep the dogs full of energy.  It all worked out really well, we just had to keep things moving. 

What was most likely to go wrong, and did it?

Time pressure, losing the sun and the rain.  In particular, some of the jumps had become wet and slippery which meant they were unsuitable for jumping on so instead we opted for a ducking or weaving approach!! 

Ellena Swift’s dogs were phenomenal and made the four-star track look like a walk in the park, were there any fences they found particularly challenging?

No, they were absolutely fab.  There wasn't a lead, collar or whistle in sight.

A highlight of the film has to be Fence 16ab – the Land Rover Dairy Farm.  At 1.40 metres high, on an uphill approach, this is an impressive feat for the three Labradors (and William).  How many takes did you need for this?

One, it was a bit of a fluke!!

Jack Russell William had a few ideas of his own, including some sneaky detours - how did he cope against the ‘big boys’?

William was the leader of the pack and his quirky character kept up the laughs.  He had his own style of jumping and on most fences was lifted on and off by owner Debbie Lee – apart from Fence 33, the Picnic Table where he pinged off all by himself. 

What was your favourite moment?

One of the highlights has to be William sitting in his bed at Fence 29ab, the FEI Classics Leaf Pit, just watching smugly as the other dogs sprint past.  Overall, it was incredibly special to watch the relationship between Ellena and her dogs, the trust and love was evident. Of course it was also brilliant to see how well the film went down once we'd put it through edit.  The Facebook comments were amazing - thousands of shares and likes and it's had almost 400k views to this point which is absolutely fab. 

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Huge thanks to Ellena Swift, Pumba, Wispa, Nala, Keepa, Tilda, Laddie, Debbie Lee and William.

Award winners!

We're back from an awesome trip to NYC where we won two awards at the Equus Film Festival 2016! We're really thrilled. Our press release with all the details is below! :-)

PRESS RELEASE

UK HORSE FILM MAKERS NEW YORK DOUBLE TRIUMPH

A UK video production company is celebrating winning two awards at the world’s leading equine film festival in New York.

Equine Productions, based in Chepstow, took honours at the Equus Film Festival for The Island Project, in the international documentary category, and also for the Midnight Race, which won best equestrian commercial – mini.

The Island Project tells the story of Emma Massingale, a horse trainer who survives for a month on an island off the west coast of Ireland, training two unbroken Connemara ponies without using any equipment - just her voice and natural horsemanship skills.

Emma was also heavily involved in ‘The Midnight Race’ - a promotional film made for QIPCO British Champions Series.

In it, former racehorses from the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, were trained by Emma to let themselves out of their stables, walk up to a gallop, and race by themselves – all under the light of the moon.

There were more than 150 entries.

Sam Fleet, Managing Director of Equine Productions, said; “We’re so delighted to win these awards. Every film we produce we’re proud of, and to get recognition like this is so special.

“We’re so grateful to Emma for asking us to help tell her story, she did such a brilliant job with The Island Project also being able to show how awesome and versatile former racehorses can be with training.”

Emma, who lives in Bradworthy, near Barnstaple in North Devon, filmed much of The Island Project herself while alone on the island.

Emma said: “You don’t normally win prizes for working with horses in this way, so to win two awards for ideas I dreamt up is just awesome! The Island Project was a way of challenging myself without challenging my horses and I loved every second of living, filming and surviving whilst being completely alone.

“The Midnight Race was equally challenging as we had to turn it around in six weeks. I was absolutely thrilled with how well the racehorses did in such a short space of time, and with the final film!” Emma said.

Harriet Collins from QIPCO British Champions Series, who commissioned The Midnight Race, said, “We wanted to create something that was really innovative and that captured the excitement of the Series which features the top 35 races in the UK and were delighted with the results.

“Since launch the film has been viewed nearly a million times and we are thrilled that Equine Productions who created the film have been recognised with this prestigious award,” Harriet said.

Gillian Carlisle, Chief Executive of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC), said, “We’re dedicated to retraining of retired racehorses and the involvement of three horses from the BTRC in The Midnight Race demonstrates just how incredibly versatile these amazing animals are, and the range of things they can be trained to do, once their careers on track have ended.”

Dave James, Equine Productions Creative Director, the director for The Midnight Race, said, “It was a project that presented many challenges, none more so than doing it in the dark. It was technically demanding on all fronts and wouldn't have been achievable without the talents of the horses and Emma.

“It's also brave of our client QBCS to green light such an exciting and demanding project. I'd like to thank all involved, in a promo that we at EP are incredibly proud of,” said Dave.

Equine Productions, which was formed in 2012, had six films in total showing at the four-day long festival.

The others were: The Colours of Caulfield, produced for the Melbourne Racing Club; Many Clouds – A Week to Make History, produced for The Jockey Club; How To Win the Grand National, produced for Great British Racing; and The Original Horsepower – behind the scenes, produced for The Jockey Club.

Sam Fleet said, “The reaction we got from everyone we spoke to while we were there was brilliant – but we couldn’t do it without our clients asking us first, so we’ll always be grateful to everyone who works with us, at every level.”

The Equus Film Festival, which took place over the weekend, is the world’s premier showcase for horse related films and documentaries. The awards ceremony took place on Sunday November 20.

ENDS

Watch the trailer to The Island Project - https://vimeo.com/143366649

Watch The Midnight Race here - https://youtu.be/MxsUpzK2XuQ

 

From Jet Setting to Jet Lag

Hi, Hannah here! 

It’s really kicking on here at EP. Last week saw the JockeyCam amaze and excite again at Royal Ascot with four winners across the week, if I were a betting person, I would put money on JockeyCam riders.

The week opened with the glitz and glam of the Goffs London Sales, at Kensington Palace. EP was there in two capacities - to provide the live filming on site and large screen tech and also to capture the atmosphere and interviews with the world's buyers, sellers and jet-setters. Indeed, it was Jet Setting who made the highest lot, selling for a cool £1.3 mill.

Whilst Mike Cattermole interviewed the happy seller, I was trotting across the lush green lawns of Kensington, aerating the lawn with my heels (totally inappropriate footwear for lugging camera tripods and sound equipment) hunting down our next interview victim. 

 Lot 53. Lady Penko in foal to Golden Horn 

Lot 53. Lady Penko in foal to Golden Horn 

From Kensington to Ascot, the EP team spilt; I headed back to Wales whilst Sam and Chris went onto Royal Ascot with the JockeyCam. 

In the meantime, Nathan was making his way back across the Atlantic from the Belmont Stakes, where he had taken a few JockeyCams for the week. I experienced first hand the success of the JockeyCam in the US as my mobile kept lighting up during the depths of the night with new ‘Likes’ and thumps up from our escalating friends from across the pond. I’m sure Nathan, when he gets the chance, will bring you up to speed with Belmont.

For myself and Dave, we were off to the Emerald Isle for a commission by the Irish National Stud. The stallion Free Eagle, is currently standing at INS and was looking in fine fettle, so we got the call. What a place! Sometimes, this job doesn’t seem like work when you’re admiring such fine equine specimens standing with a backdrop of freshly planted begonias (especially for our arrival). Although that thought was quickly washed away as we spent the day dodging in and out between showers.

 Invincible Spirit

Invincible Spirit

We also filmed the charismatic Invincible Spirit, the 19 yr-old stallion was an old hat in front of the camera and also in producing successful progeny; sire of 12 Gr1. winners, sire of 12 sons who are successfully standing at stud, one of whom EP have worked with on several occasions, Charm Spirit, who is returning to Tweenhills for 2017.

We arrived in Ireland on Tuesday evening and departed on Thursday after a successful but very wet two days. I managed to twist Dave’s arm into driving into Dublin to allow me to skip around the city whilst he sat in a pub, next door to the Guineas factory, to watch England beat Wales in the football, I believe it’s the ‘Euros’, the less talk about that the better.

 Horse and cart on the streets of Dublin

Horse and cart on the streets of Dublin

We landed back on Liverpool tarmac on Thursday evening, found our hotel and got a good night’s kip before heading down to Bolesworth the next morning. The international event has really made its mark on the showjumping calendar, the iconic lake arena is the perfect playground to watch top horses and riders jump against the clock and the reason why we where there. As part of the series, Join the Journey, commissioned by the British Equestrian Federation, we interviewed, amongst others; Di Lampard, Nick Skelton (who had just jumped a very impressive round on Big Star #olympicselection) Scott Brash, his groom Hannah and Jess Mendoza, to find out more about how horses fly with the flight to Rio only a few weeks away - watch this space for it’s release in the next week.

 Down the lens at Bolesworth

Down the lens at Bolesworth

From the £1.3m Jet Setting, to showjumping jet-setters and our own EP jet-setters, it’s been another week to remember for Equine Productions. Time to get back behind a desk for a few days to recover from the jet-lag!

Hannah x

The Island Project DVD Released Today

It’s arrived! All of us here at Equine Productions are delighted to announce the launch of The Island Project DVD, available to purchase from Amazon by clicking on the link below 

http://amzn.to/293CY6r

 The Island Project DVD

The Island Project DVD

 

We’re sure our avid equine followers will be familiar with horse trainer Emma Massingale and the journeys we have been on together. From the outset, Emma has fascinated, inspired and left us in awe with her incredible way with horses. So when Emma first came to us with the immense idea of the The Island Project, the whole team began to get really excited.

 

 Discussing logistics of the project

Discussing logistics of the project

The challenge Emma presented to us was for her to go back to Connemara, the homeland of her beloved Connies, to purchase two unbacked, unhanded ponies from the Connermara sales in Clifton, take theses two new ponies, along with four of her Connemara Liberty team, to a deserted island off the west coast of Ireland.

 Taken from aerial footage of the island

Taken from aerial footage of the island

‘Piece of cake’ as Emma would say. We had roughly a year in which to make this plan work, the challenged of the ponies we left down to the expert, but capturing this incredible adventure was up to us and as it turned out a large part to Emma. After several discussion Emma felt that to be truly ‘alone’ on the island, she would have to be just that, alone. We decided that we would follow Emma’s journey from the purchase of the ponies, the long lorry drive, the ferry trip and the depositing of Emma and the six ponies on the island. After that, it was up to Em. With a handful of GoPros, a small high quality camera and a few other cool bits of filming kit we waved goodbye to Emma. 

 Emma, waving goodbye to us on the ferry

Emma, waving goodbye to us on the ferry

We kept in close contact with Emma throughout and when the month was finally up both our team and Emma had quite and emotional experience capturing those final goodbyes to the island that Emma had spent such a challenging month on.

 An emotional ferry crossing back to the mainland 

An emotional ferry crossing back to the mainland 

When the rushes came back, our editor set to work re-telling the immense story of The Island Project. Everyone at Equine Productions is so proud of what we have managed to create and what a pleasure and a privilege it has been to work alongside the incredibly talented Emma Massingale.

 Riding high - Emma and her six Connies

Riding high - Emma and her six Connies

We are sure you will love immersing yourself in The Island Project, experiencing the immense highs and lows that surviving on a deserted island brings. Once more here is the link to buy your very own copy of Island Project - enjoy!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B018R7QY2A

Equus Film Festival NYC

We're so thrilled to play our part in winning three new awards - this time the Equus Film Festival at NYC! Here's our press release! :)

EQUINE FILM COMPANY SCOOPS NEW AWARDS

November 24 2015

UK film-makers Equine Productions is celebrating this week after winning three international awards at a film festival in New York.

The Equus Film Festival which took place over the weekend, is the world’s premier showcase for horse related films and documentaries, this year attracting 146 entries from 20 countries.

Chepstow based Equine Productions, has a growing reputation as a company making the highest quality horse related films using the latest cameras and technology and shot with stunning clarity. The company scooped the top prize in each of the categories they entered.

Former jockey and now film director Nathan Horrocks, said: “Making these films is a dream come true for me.  We absolutely love what we do, and enjoy using the latest technology and the skills of our production team to tell the stories of horses in a different way, and it seemed the panel of judges in New York enjoyed what we do too

“Emma Massingale - No Rules, No Reins, No Limits, ” won the Winny Award Equestrian Director Short (under 30 minutes) category for Equine Productions and Director Nathan Horrocks. It is a first person story of Devon behaviourist and trainer Emma Massingale, showing her extraordinary gift for working with horses at liberty.

It was their behind the scenes film that won the Winnie award in the category for the best documentary under 15 minutes. This mini documentary told about the making of “Get Your Heart Jumping,” which itself won an award at a film festival in Montana earlier this year.

 “Get Your Heart Jumping” was commissioned by The Jockey Club, and featured six jockeys with their horses in a schooling session. Equine Productions used innovative filming angles and latest technology to capture the athleticism of the racehorse and the skill of jump jockeys.

Horseware Ireland commissioned 30 year Anniversary film won the Equus Non Broadcast Winnie award for its spoof tv report made by Equine Productions starring four Connemara ponies ‘helping’ in the Horseware rug factory in County Louth, Ireland.

Sam Fleet, Equine Productions’ Managing Director, Dave James, Creative Director and Emma Massingale were with Nathan Horrocks in New York last week to see their films shown at the three-day Equus Film Festival before the awards were made.

“It was a brilliant experience for us,” said Sam Fleet. “There was a real buzz about the festival, and a wonderful chance to meet film makers from all over the world and to see their work too.  For us to come away with three awards was amazing, and the whole team is thrilled to bits.”

Equine Productions never likes to let the grass grow under its feet.  Following the success in the UK when ‘No Rules, No Reins, No Limits’ was aired on British television, it has been working with Emma Massingale on the follow up film “The Island Project” which shows Emma’s lone adventure on a island off the coast of Ireland when she attempts to train two new ponies with four of her trained Connemara ponies, without reins or equipment of any kind.

The Equus Film Festival which describes itself as the home to the storytellers of the horse world, celebrates film, fine art and authors. Founded in 2013, it aims to be the world’s premier showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts, and this year had a record entry of films.

About Equine Productions

Equine Productions is a video production company based in the UK that produces high quality, bespoke films for all equine-related industries; combining our passion and knowledge of horses with our expert film-making and qualified production techniques.

Our range of production is diverse, from shorter promotional films for equine related companies and yards, to television commercials and bespoke features for TV or online. Equine Productions is dedicated to producing high-end films with stunning clarity and a profound appearance.

For enquires or more information about our products and services, please contact us on contact@equine-productions.com or call +44 (0) 1291  630089. 

 

 

Award winners!

Hi, Sam here, just wanted to share this press release below, which we've sent out to a few outlets after we received two awards at a ceremony in the States on Sunday, so exciting! :-)

PRESS RELEASE

VIDEO PRODUCTION COMPANY SCOOPS

TWO INTERNATIONAL HONOURS

A video production company from Chepstow has won two international film awards at a ceremony in the United States.

 The fabulous Emma Massingale

The fabulous Emma Massingale

Equine Productions received the accolades at the Equus International Film Festival, held in Missoula, Montana – the heart of the Northern American Rockies.

Its documentary ‘Emma Massingale – No Reins, No Rules, No Limits’ was tied first for Best Documentary Short.

Commissioned by supplement company NAF, the 22-minute feature introduces Emma’s incredible relationship with horses and her connection with them.

The firm was also honored for Best Public Service Announcement/Commercial, for their film ‘Get Your Heart Jumping’ for The Jockey Club.

This featured six jockeys with their horses in a schooling session, filmed from different angles including from the air.

Janet Rose, Founder/Director of the Festival, said of the Emma Massingale documentary: “Audiences were enraptured by Emma, they were inspired by her and they left the theatre wanting more from and about her.  To many, Emma is an equine heroine and we, the festival, want to recognize her as such.

“Audiences are looking for more stories about Emma in the future and feel that she through her incredible communication with horses and her deep understanding and relationship with them, really exemplifies the mission of the film festival in many ways.”

 Getting some aerial shots for Get Your Heart Jumping. Picture courtesy of Stephie Horrocks Photography

Getting some aerial shots for Get Your Heart Jumping. Picture courtesy of Stephie Horrocks Photography

Janet continued; “In terms of Get Your Heart Jumping, with a former jockey and industry professionals in there, the team at Equine Productions has a perspective and understanding of their film and television subjects better than many. But their ability to capture the “essence” of the sport and various disciplines is truly spectacular. Their technical film work is simply breathtaking.”

The award ceremony took place on Sunday 20th September 2015.

Sam Fleet, Equine Productions Managing Director, said; “It’s a great thrill to win these awards, we’re proud of every film we produce and to get special recognition for these two is just fantastic. 

“We love working with Emma, and The Jockey Club, and of course we couldn’t have won these awards without them, and we’re so grateful to them both for that.” 

Emma Massingale, said; “Meeting Equine Productions last year through Lisa at The Brand Wagon and one of my Sponsors NAF was a huge leap in the direction I wanted to go, I was loving being creative with horses and Equine Productions enabled me to bring my adventures to the TV screen.

“It’s awesome that No Reins, No Rules, No Limits has won, for me what’s really awesome is all the people who have watched it, and sent messages saying they have been inspired to continue to follow their dreams with horses. I literally can’t wait to share the next one!” she said.

Abigail Sawyer, Group Head of Digital Content for The Jockey Club, said, “We are absolutely delighted that Get Your Heart Jumping has been honoured with this award. We set out to make a beautiful film that would not only get racing fans excited for the Jump season, but would highlight the the athleticism of both horse and jockey. State of the art cameras and talented cast and crew delivered a resulting film we are truly proud of.

“A big thank you to the jockeys, horses, the team at Equine Productions and the team at Jockey Club Estates, Lambourn who brought the idea to life in such spectacular fashion,” she said.

Watch Emma Massingale - No Reins, No Rules, No Limits - https://vimeo.com/107055806

Watch Get Your Heart Jumping - https://vimeo.com/110242973

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015

Hello Hannah here, the newest addition to team EP.

 Presenting from the Trot-Up

Presenting from the Trot-Up

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015, where to start !?

Equine Productions was approached by BrandRapport (BR), the company behind much of the social media at Burghley. One of their members of staff saw our videos and really wanted us to apply for the YouTube channel videos for this year’s Burghley. 

Having originated more in the world of racing, my EP colleagues, Sam and Nathan, knew that I was the woman for the job. Being a home grown Leicestershire lass, Burghley has been my stomping ground since the year dot! So we devised a plan of attack for the YouTube channel. “Han, if we are going to do this, we need to do it really well as this could open up the world of eventing etc for us” ….. OK no pressure! But I knew we could do it with the fantastic team we had lined up.

 Burghley House - a shot taken from our aerial filming day

Burghley House - a shot taken from our aerial filming day

Sitting down to think about what Burghley meant to me, it became apparent that this YouTube channel had the potential to be awesome, providing that it was fun, quirky and a little bit different from the pomp and ceremony that is stereotypically associated with all equestrian events. But where to start, there is SO much to see! And therein lay the answer, let’s show the things we don’t usually see. Several of the videos took inspiration from just that - Burghley From A Box, the faces behind the legendary voices, A Judge’s View, the characters behind the whistles and stop watches, A Groom’s View, the shear adoration the grooms at Burghley have towards their talented steeds … I could go on!

Anyway, in the lead up to Burghley there were many phone calls back and forth between EP and BR, fine tuning and really nailing down the plan for each video. The old saying, ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’, haunted me in the run up to Burghley. Everything looked fantastic on paper but as they say - never work with animals or children - anything could happen! And it did on a couple of occasions… 

 The fantastic judge and stewards at fence 17 - The Maltings

The fantastic judge and stewards at fence 17 - The Maltings

Burghley From A Box - turned out to be a little ambiguous. When the crew and I turned up on the morning to catch Richard Taylor and Adrian Dant open Burghley 2015, they were in a tent not a box! Don’t panic Hannah, there must be an explanation. After being enraptured by the infamous tones of Richard’s voice explaining that they commentate from all over the place during Burghley and only on the Sunday do they actually go into the traditional commentary box for the Showjumping. With no other option, we pressed on with the filming and I think the result is great. https://youtu.be/-v_PL8jSv2w

 The faces behind the voices of Burghley Horse Trials

The faces behind the voices of Burghley Horse Trials

I had several different riders lined up for the the Dubarry Burghley Young Event horse, one had got colic (the horse, not the rider) and was withdrawn, another horse was sold with the DBYEH ride, then on the Friday morning as I was having my Weetabix (other brands are available) I had a feeling that something was going to go wrong that day. Low and behold I rang Sarah Bullimore, who we were due to follow, and she informed me that the DBYEH class clashed with her competing in the four star. All was not lost as Sarah informed me that she had roped in Ginny Turnbull to take the ride on her stunning but rather sharp chestnut. Phew! Having grown-up in the village next door to Ginny I luckily had a few contacts who I could call on. After speaking with Ginny, everything for “Up & Coming” video was back on track. https://youtu.be/cLNM8-Hsrdo

 Interviewing the lovely Ginny Turnbull

Interviewing the lovely Ginny Turnbull

When asked, which is my favourite video from the week, it’s tough to say as they all have their own wonderful imagery, catchy soundtracks, which I spent hours choosing, I have an affiliation and love for every video. But for me, the Groom’s View has to be the one. Cross Country Saturday is always the most manic of the four days at Burghley and we had promised three videos that day as well as the press conferences, the best round and a last minute addition of the RiderCam https://youtu.be/RZzQ3o9AYXg?list=PL-ZxRLiRl39Bsg08ZfY6LjWew8GBs_24I. I had blocked out from 1pm until 3:30pm for myself and our fantastic camera operator Adam to follow Charlie Walker, William Fox-Pitt’s groom. Adam and I met Charlie and Fernhill Pimms at the stables. I was in awe of Charlie’s cool, calm and collected character. Her manner around Fernhill Pimms AKA Fernie made filming her such a pleasure, Fernie was a chilled out dude - not what you’d expect for a horse who in 40 minutes time would be flying around Cpt Mark Philips’ beefy cross country course. 

 Charlie in action getting the ice boots ready for Fernhill's return

Charlie in action getting the ice boots ready for Fernhill's return

As the starter counted William down, my heart was pounding, I can only imagine how Charlie must have felt. As William left the start box we ran over to the rider’s marquee where there are five TV screens showing every rider at every fence. Charlie’s reactions as her ‘baby’ flew around the Burghley course was just wonderful, I had goose bumps watching her, thinking this is brilliant! Riding high on the elation of potential TV gold, the legendary voice I had interviewed earlier in the week came echoing over the tannoy. William Fox Pitt has gone past the B element at the Discovery Valley. My heart thudded as it hit the bottom of my belly. Nudging Adam to keep filming Charlie. The toils of being a producer, the selfishness of wanting to capture the raw emotion of someone, when all they really want is to push the camera away. 

 Dismay as William misses out a fence

Dismay as William misses out a fence

After several minutes of waiting, Richard delivered the news we had all been waiting for - William had not been penalised at fence 24, he didn’t cross his tracks. Euphoria swiftly turned into frenzied action as William crossed the finish line. Fernie had come back in fine fettle but as all horses do after galloping around Burghley, he was hot. Charlie and her team went into over drive with buckets upon buckets of ice cold water. Visually it was a dream; nostrils flared, ears pricked, a network of veins standing proud across Fern’s entire body, steam rising from his glossy bay coat, droplets tumbling from his toned flanks. Enraptured by this and with my idol Clare Balding behind interviewing one of the world’s best event riders - I was in heaven. My brain greedily absorbing the events flashing past my eyes, every now and again regaining composure to check my cameraman was safe.

 Clare Balding interviewing William Fox-Pitt 

Clare Balding interviewing William Fox-Pitt 

Within minutes, it was all over. Charlie causally walked Fernie back to his box, William had gone off to be interviewed by the throbbing hoards of press, desperate to interrogate him on his ‘slip up’ at fence 24 b. And there was me.

Taking the footage back to our cabin, I hoped that what we had captured could do Charlie and Fernie justice and I really think it does. https://youtu.be/rqIP86c2PEE

 The final morning - Richard Jefferies and Cpt Mark Philips striding out the showjumping course

The final morning - Richard Jefferies and Cpt Mark Philips striding out the showjumping course

After the most incredible five days at the Land Rover Burghley 2015 Horse Trials, I’d like to thank my ‘Dream Team’ for delivering what has been reported as the best YouTube videos Burghley has ever had. Our videos were played out to the thousands of people who attended Burghley on the big screens, the BBC used a substantial amount of footage from the RiderCam on William Fox-Pitt’s cross country round as well as our fantastic aerial footage from our course previews https://youtu.be/XQm1n5nxHDo?list=PL-ZxRLiRl39Bsg08ZfY6LjWew8GBs_24I. Equine Productions has really made an impression on the eventing world. I am so proud of what we achieved. EP is a seriously exciting place to be right now and I can’t wait for what’s next - watch this space!

 William Fox-Pitt wearing the RiderCam

William Fox-Pitt wearing the RiderCam

For all the YouTube videos produced during this year’s Burghley click the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpJWloFKan6b5LSq4UVZ8bg