My favorite time of year just came and went...and I'm slowly recovering! The APHA World Championship Show is 11+ days of long hours, running around and lots of photographing. As part of the small-but-mighty APHA publications team, my job is to capture the show and tell its story to the world via print and social media.
One of the best parts of the job is getting to meet all kinds of exhibitors who have dreamed of their World Show moments throughout the year, packed their hopes and their horses into trailers and hit the road for Fort Worth. Every story is different, but they're all a little the same: two hearts working as one toward a life-changing goal.
The other so-fun-I-can't-stand-it part of my World Show job is photographing everything and anything! Larry Williams is our phenomenal official show photographer—his crew captures every horse in every class—which frees me up to look at the show from new angles, go behind the scenes (or above the arena), capture candid moments and snipe a shot of the exact moment someone realizes they're now a world champ.
I always come out of the World Show feeling like I've been hit by a train, but I'm usually looking ahead to the next one within a week or so of being back in the office. To keep the excitement alive, check out a few of my favorite shots below!
Note: All photos belong to the Paint Horse Journal and are not for sale via Rachel Florman Creative. If you see an image you LOVE, please contact me at APHA and I'll direct you to the proper channels. Find even more awesome candids of the World Show on the Paint Horse Journal's smug mug!