Ballinasloe Horse Fair 2014

It’s Ballinasloe Horse Fair time again.

I love the annual Ballinasloe Horse Fair and not because I love horses. In fact the only time I like horses is when they’re in between two burger buns with onions, cheese and ketchup! No, it’s the people, the smell, the shite and all the other goings on that attracts me year after year. It’s a photographers paradise if you like street photography. If you’re into landscapes, milky water shots and swans, then Ballinasloe is not for you…….

Men with sticks at Ballinasloe Horse Fair

Men with sticks…….

Possible sale of pony at Ballinasloe

Possible sale…….

Queue for toilets at Ballinasloe Horse Fair

Ice cream or……

Hopefully this will give you a flavour of this wonderful fair, the oldest horse fair in the world. I’ve a few more shots over here if you want to have a look.

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Horses on Galway Beach

Horses having some exercise on Renmore Beach in Galway. I wish I could have stayed for longer and gotten closer but I was on my way to playing football. There’s something majestic about watching horses running I find.

Horses on Galway Beach

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The Galway Races- BallyBrit racecourse (Running On Empty)

The Galway Races

Galway in the summertime equals festivals. And the biggest is festival is The Galway Races which over 132,000 people attended in 2012. It’s a mammoth of a horse racing festival that spans 7 days of racing and 7 days and nights of partying & drinking all around Galway. In the past many large companies in Galway used to close for the week of the races. “It’s not about the racing” is a commonly heard saying around town.

This photograph shows an empty and silent racecourse, the total opposite of what the Ballybrit race track will be like very soon. I’ll try to take another photography from the exact same location during the races.

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The Galway Races The Galway Races  BallyBrit racecourse (Running On Empty)

Running On Empty is a song by Jackson Browne

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Garda Mounted Unit

garda mounted unit with horses

Dressed to kill

So we got to visit the Garda mounted Unit stables in Áras an Uachtarain with the camera club. What a fantastic place set in the grounds of Mickey D’s house in the park. It’s a small yard with about a dozen HUGE horses. I’m sure you’ve seen them at various events over the years – they are feicin massive!

Binding

Binding the tail…….

Binding up the horses tail is one of the preparatory tasks undertaken before transporting the horses anywhere. It protects the bone in their tail from any banging while they are in the horse box.

two horses looking like one

Double take…

Kinda made a bit of a horses arse of this shot but there you go!

tack room in horses stable

Tacky shot….

You can’t visit a stable without posting one of those tacky shots, so here it is…..

 

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Castlefreke Horses

Horses sillhouetted on Castlefreke Dunes, Long Strand, West Cork

Walking on Long Strand the other day we doubled back across the dunes and back along the road. It’s a conservation area, and to promote plant biodiversity they have horses grazing the dunes over the winter. I looked up and saw these two cresting a large dune, silhouetted against the overcast sky.

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