"The Lone Relay Rider"
       
     
Nominee Award 2018 Fine Art for the series "The Indian Relay Riders project"
       
     
"Muggers delight and the Exchange"
       
     
"The Chase"
       
     
"Bareback"
       
     
"The Zone"
       
     
"The Cooling of the Horses"
       
     
"Ride a White Horse"
       
     
"The Team"
       
     
"The Exchange #2"
       
     
The Anticipation of the Start
       
     
Catch Me If You Can
       
     
Waiting
       
     
Warrior Peoples
       
     
The Gallop
       
     
'A Boy and his Horse'
       
     
The Cooling Down
       
     
Micah Falls Down
       
     
After the Race
       
     
Cooling of the Horses #2
       
     
The Crew
       
     
The Calm before the Storm
       
     
Horse Painting
       
     
Award Winning Nominee for "The Lean"
       
     
'The Lean' (Award Winning Nominee in the Chromatic Color Awards Sports )
       
     
The past and the present
       
     
The Chase
       
     
Elders sitting back and watching the world go by.
       
     
The Ballet of Relay Riding
       
     
After The Race
       
     
"The Lone Relay Rider"
       
     
"The Lone Relay Rider"

The Indian Relay Riders Project is an on-going self-funded Photo Documentary project ,Started In July 2018 in Wyoming,Sheridan.

Teams from the Native American reservations compete against each other riding bareback around a track and after one lap they leap from their Horse and run and leap onto another horse

this is called the exchange and they have the Mugger who catches the incoming horse as the Rider leaps onto the waiting horse and they complete one more lap- and do it again.Teams compete for money but more importantly for Pride .

Its a truely an amazing spectacle with a special kind of people involved and i will be continuing this project over the next 2-3 years .I wish to Document the races and stories of these Riders and will do with empathy and openness of intent and style .This is the project that will be a showcase for my Documentary Art and the start of similar in depth projects.

Nominee Award 2018 Fine Art for the series "The Indian Relay Riders project"
       
     
Nominee Award 2018 Fine Art for the series "The Indian Relay Riders project"

Amateur Photojournalism Nominee Award

"Muggers delight and the Exchange"
       
     
"Muggers delight and the Exchange"

A Young relay rider after leaping from one horse runs as fast as possible to a waiting horse to continue whilst his team ,the Mugger desperately tries to catch slow down the horse he just leapt from.

"The Chase"
       
     
"The Chase"

After an exchange two riders chase after the group leader

"Bareback"
       
     
"Bareback"

All Relay riders are bareback experts,as this image shows its in perfect graceful unison of Rider and Horse.

"The Zone"
       
     
"The Zone"

I took this image just before a race,a young Rider gets into his Zone wearing war-paint and is a perfect representation of a Warrior people.

"The Cooling of the Horses"
       
     
"The Cooling of the Horses"

After the race ,young members of the race teams have fun cooling down the horses

"Ride a White Horse"
       
     
"Ride a White Horse"

A Relay Rider steadies his mount and gets some last minute advice from his team member

"The Team"
       
     
"The Team"

Rider,Horse and Mugger all wait for the race to be announced

"The Exchange #2"
       
     
"The Exchange #2"

The Exchange

The Anticipation of the Start
       
     
The Anticipation of the Start

A Horse and a Handler wait before the race start

Catch Me If You Can
       
     
Catch Me If You Can

Here we see two slightly differing styles of Relay Riding the Rider on the White Horse using knee strength and leaning back a little and the Rider on the Brown Horse with legs out stretched and leaning into the ride…

Waiting
       
     
Waiting

Horse and Handler wait for the Relay exchange,notice how the Handler leans into the horse ever so slightly in order to calm the horse down

Warrior Peoples
       
     
Warrior Peoples

The Indian Relay Riders often dress in traditional Warrior headdress and paint and true throwback to times of a different century.,Horsepainting,Headdress,warpaint,riding without saddle all strong connections to a proud History of a Warrior race.

The Gallop
       
     
The Gallop

A Young relay rider in perfect unison with Horse against a blurred Bokeh to emphasize movement.One of my Standout images so far from the early stages of this on-going project.

'A Boy and his Horse'
       
     
'A Boy and his Horse'

A young Boy walks and cools off one of his teams horses just after a hard race.

The Cooling Down
       
     
The Cooling Down

After the races young members of the teams walk the horses to cool them down.

Micah Falls Down
       
     
Micah Falls Down

a Young Rider Micah Falls Down proudly displays his championship outfit

After the Race
       
     
After the Race

After each race Riders and their teams wash and walk the horses

Cooling of the Horses #2
       
     
Cooling of the Horses #2

a black and White shot of the riders team members cooling down the horses

The Crew
       
     
The Crew

Each Team has a crew of people who work hard behind the scenes to support horses and teams

The Calm before the Storm
       
     
The Calm before the Storm

as Horse and Mugger wait for a Lap to be finished before a mad exchange there is a moment of unexpected tranquility between horse and team member.

Horse Painting
       
     
Horse Painting

Before each race young Girls paint horses to represent their team,a true throwback to centuries past where horses would be painted before battle.

Award Winning Nominee for "The Lean"
       
     
Award Winning Nominee for "The Lean"

Amateur Sports journalism Award winning Nominee

'The Lean' (Award Winning Nominee in the Chromatic Color Awards Sports )
       
     
'The Lean' (Award Winning Nominee in the Chromatic Color Awards Sports )

a Young Relay Rider leans heavily into the track curve to gain a few feet from the pursuing pack

The past and the present
       
     
The past and the present

i was struck by the clear dichotomy of this image of past and present together .

The Chase
       
     
The Chase

This is one of my personal favorites from this project so far…more of a Fine Art Image than Documentary because i enhanced the saturation in light-room to make the colors pop and increase the feeling of movement…and when i include this in the final project i will tone down these light-room actions but as a singular image and when printed on a fine art paper this is truely sublime this edit.

Elders sitting back and watching the world go by.
       
     
Elders sitting back and watching the world go by.

A couple of elders from the riders community sit back after the races ,catching a moment of serenity.

The Ballet of Relay Riding
       
     
The Ballet of Relay Riding

The Mugger tries to control horse as his Rider leaps on

After The Race
       
     
After The Race

After the races young members of the Riders community ride the hgorses for a while cooling them down before washing and feeding them..