EP Production Manager Hannah updates us on her recent movements
It’s really kicking off 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 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!