Saturday 6th of April 2024

5 minutes with…William Carey

He’s traipsed the length and breadth of the country for The Gaitpost, shooting at some of our most iconic and well-loved equestrian events on the calendar, and like us all has been really missing the action, but last weekend our photographer William Carey returned to the eventing scene to capture the mood at Barbury Horse Trials. We caught up with William to see how it all went.

Barbury was one of three events to re-start the eventing season last weekend, albeit ‘behind closed doors’. The stunning Marlborough Downs location was looking its best after recent rain and all competitors performed under clear blue skies.

William, it must have been so good to be back out there. How was it and were you at all nervous about your safety?

Barbury is an amazing event to go to and it ran under stunning conditions. The ground was good due to earlier rain and from my point of view, everything was perfect. It all looked spectacular when I turned up and was super efficient. Everyone adhered to the Covid guidelines and it all felt friendly yet safe. I didn’t get the chance to chat to many people but it was very calm and I got the impression from the riders that they were all delighted to be back out.

What was the atmosphere like without the crowds and shops?

The whole atmosphere was very calm and efficient and I think Alec and his team at Musketeer did a great job putting on an event in these conditions. I don’t think it could have gone better but I was out on course all the time. I am sure The Coffee Man would have liked more people but he was serving his usual delicious coffee and flapjacks and we were all glad to be back out. My over riding memory of the weekend was the buzz everyone had and we look forward to being back at more events.

Any stand out moments?

It was very special seeing Jonty and Cooley Rorkes Drift back out competing together and I think Spencer Sturmey deserves a medal (or bottle of fizz) for single handedly running the commentary all weekend. But I suppose the real take home was seeing everyone back out doing what they love.

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