Newmarket Gallops & Yard Visit & Tattersalls Breeze Up 4th May 2017

This incredible course offers you a unique opportunity to get right to the heart of the world of horseracing with two of the best photographers around - Nikon Ambassador and twice Sports Photographer Of The Year Mark Pain and renowned horse racing photographer Chris Bourchier. This not to be missed location experience is suitable for photographers of all levels and will appeal to both animal and photography lovers alike.
Course Content 
This is course takes place entirely on location and includes an overnight hotel stay in the headquarters of horse racing – Newmarket. For hundreds of years the best racehorses in the world have been trained on the many surrounding gallops and this course offers some amazing opportunities get up close to these beautiful animals and athletes. There is nothing quite like being on the gallops just after dawn with literally hundreds of racehorses gathering around you. The early morning winter light can be stunning. 
Your Newmarket experience starts on the evening of 3rd May with a group dinner with Mark and Chris. It’s also a great chance to meet the group and for Chris and Mark to tell some of their amazing stories from the world of racing and from covering other sports around the world. 

4th May - After a comfortable night’s sleep at the hotel there is an early morning start to head off for a morning photographing on the gallops in Newmarket. The first strings of horses gather just after dawn for their morning workout and you will be there to capture them with your camera – often just a few feet away from the fastest and highest prized racehorses in the world. Mark and Chris will be there next to you throughout, giving you all the technical and practical advice you need to capture some stunning images – whatever your level of photography. It’s a magical place to be – just you surrounded by millions of pounds of racehorses as they go through their morning’s work. Newmarket has gallops spread across all parts of the town and we will visit many of them throughout the morning, giving you many opportunities to get some amazing shots.
You will then visit the beautiful Pegasus stables of leading trainer James Fanshawe for a fabulous private tour. This is one of the most picturesque stables in all of Newmarket and you will be able to photograph freely as the early morning horses and riders return from the gallops and as the staff prepare for the second string of horses to head out. This is a unique opportunity to witness and photograph a leading yard at work where you can get some great close up images of the horses and the staff at Fanshawe’s Group 1 winning yard. 
You will then depart for a further private stable visit where you will be shown and advised on how to take an official portrait of a racehorse for publication and future record, known in the racing world as it’s “confirmation”.  This is how best to photograph and show off the horse’s proportions.
The Newmarket experience ends with the opportunity to photograph the “Breeze Up “ sale organised by the famous horse auctioneers Tattersalls.  This is Europe’s leading Breeze up sale with literally hundreds of top horses up for auction. Every horse up for sale is gallopped up the middle of the July Course in Newmarket, giving further great opportunities to capture some amazing fast action pictures.

The course fee is £299 including 3* Hotel overnight accommodation in central Newmarket or £399 for the 5* option. Dinner on the 3rd is extra ( normally about £25 per head).

This course is being run in association with the Nikon School. Please feel free to write to me for further details at but all bookings need to be made through Nikon.