This year’s Army Photographic Competition has featured several stunning photographs featuring military horses.
Professional Army Photographer Sgt Rupert Frere who won the Professional Portfolio category, and also came runner-up in this category had no fewer than four of these photos across his two successful portfolios.
Three of the photos, including a wonderful portrait, were of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery which had left the noise and confines of London for equestrian and military training on the North Norfolk coast and the rural idyll of Bodney Camp. The visit to Norfolk is a vital military and equestrian training exercise which is impossible to deliver in the confines of a London-based barracks. This is vital for dealing with the unpredictable, during high-profile ceremonial duties back in London.
Zeus a Kings Troop military horse in his stable. Photographer:Sgt Rupert Frere RLC / MoD Crown
Members of the HCMR HQ staff inspect the horses.
Sgt Rupert Frere RLC / MoD Crown
Household Cavalry Soldier, Lance Corporal of Horse (LCoH), Adam Blackmore-Heal is more used to being part of the ceremonial parades in London. However he turned this to his advantage as he took several photos for the Amateur categories of the competition.
His portfolio selection included a superb, quirky black and white ceremonial photo with Big Ben in the background (below). This earned him second place in the Online category which was voted for by the general public.