High Hopes Steeplechase 2014

Horses fly over a fence at the 2014 High Hopes Steeplechase race in Lexington, KY.  The Kentucky Horse Park hosts this race each year.  Thousands of tailgaters enjoy the race.
Horses fly over a fence at the 2014 High Hopes Steeplechase race in Lexington, KY. The Kentucky Horse Park hosts this race each year. Thousands of tailgaters enjoy the race.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

After considering it for a few years, I finally made it out to watch the High Hopes Steeplechase Race at the Kentucky Horse Park.  I am very glad I was able to go.  I was joined by friend and horse racing writer Maryjean Wall who has become quite a photographer in her retirement.

The crowd at the Steeplechase is amazing.  There were thousands tailgating along the rail to watch the races and the days other events.  I can’t wait to go again next year!

Horses race by under a beautiful Kentucky sky.  Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 224-70mm F/2.8G.
Horses race by under a beautiful Kentucky sky. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 224-70mm F/2.8G.

 

Between races, the Woodford Hounds put on a demonstration of fox hounds.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
Between races, the Woodford Hounds put on a demonstration of fox hounds. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

A hoses shows his displeasure as racers pass.  Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 VRII.
A hoses shows his displeasure as racers pass. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 VRII.

 

Stick horse races here a huge hit for the kids and the crowd.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
Stick horse races here a huge hit for the kids and the crowd. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

Horses head toward the final turn before hitting the homestretch.  Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
Horses head toward the final turn before hitting the homestretch. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

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