Ashleigh Harley – The Dark Horse Film

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Ashleigh Harley – The Dark Horse

Emma Lowe Horse Photography Behind the scenes Photography for this inspirational young lady, with Joseph & Laura Stockdale.

Ashleigh….

Get out your popcorn and hit the cinema seats because the new equestrian movie ‘The Dark Horse’ is set to be released this summer!

Following the story of a young girl ‘Ashleigh Harley’s’ wish to overcome devastating invisible illness and get the sport ‘para showjumping’ recognised at the World Paralympic Games, we met with Ashleigh to hear all about it:

“This film began when my illness put me in a wheelchair. I felt as through I was living two lives, the life society has expected of me, and then the reality of who I am.

When I was 12 years old I faced the world changing in a way I had never foreseen and was diagnosed with a rare genetic tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. There is no cure for my condition. For two years now I have been unable to eat or digest solid foods, X-Rays show the extent to which my spine has deformed and every day my family and I face the fear that my blood pressure might drop so low that I will lose consciousness and need immediate medical attention.

Life does not unfold in a way we might expect, but from these experiences there is always opportunity to grow. After almost losing my life to a near fatal allergic reaction to an IV morphine drip in hospital, it was clear something needed to change. I couldn’t live like that anymore.
So we set out to make showjumping a Paralympic sport.
Whilst my legs often became too weak to walk, I found freedom on the back of a horse and rediscovered a passion for life that I had long believed was over. Realizing that disability did not mean inability, we gathered together as a film crew and set out to film people from all walks of life. All with the challenge of disability.
Amidst the filming, we stopped rolling the cameras, simultaneously we had all realised an important message was screaming to be delivered —
That even though what we saw down the lens was the physical pain of disability, we all shared this very same pain. We all shared this suffering in our lives despite the differences in types of challenges we face. We realised that no-matter the adversity; the pain; or the suffering; this was a gift each person is given to unlock their potential, and make something truly incredible of their lives.
So this is my message to anybody who might be struggling with their own pain. Nomatter the type, visibility or invisibility; physical, emotional or situational nature of the suffering; you can always make your dreams happen.
There’s an exciting world waiting out there for you.
And that’s why I started making this film, not only to tackle the fear and loneliness that my illness had caused, and my desire to live a fulfilling life doing what I love with the horses, but to reach others who certainly felt the same. Because we are never alone, our pain can connect us.
We all live with a type of pain in our lives. It doesn’t matter who you are. Rich or poor, healthy or sick we are all dealing with some kind of adversity. There is no kind of adversity that is different or more difficult than the other. They all hurt. They all present challenge.
Each are made equal.
Therefore it is our adversity in life that connects us as a humanity. It is the key to living a fulfilling life. It is what makes a person strong. Powerful. Unstoppable. Unbeatable.
So don’t run away from your pain. Use it. Learn how to wield it. Use your greatest pain to become your greatest strength.
In the same way a swordsmith smelts the steel of his sword to smith into a powerful weapon, and in the same way a blacksmith shapes a horseshoe with the hit of a hammer – use your challenges and adversity in life to shape yourself. To strengthen yourself.
Iron is not strengthened lying around in inertia. If left like this, it rusts. It only becomes stronger when refined by fire.
Therefore each time the hammer of misfortune strikes, yes, it’s going to hurt, but perhaps that is no bad thing. Let it shape you. Let it strengthen you. Let it make you into something more powerful, more formidable, and more perfect.
In the light of the darkness there is always something to be thankful for. There is ALWAYS something incredible to MAKE with both the good and the bad in life. And because of this I can’t wait for the year ahead when we can finally give this message to the world!
You can do great things with the ‘bad luck’ life has given you. So go out and make something awesome with it. Go make your dreams happen.”
Emma Lowe Photography Ltd

Christmas Gift – Photography Shoot Gifts

Christmas Gift offer Emma Lowe Photography

Christmas Gift

What a prefect christmas gift for a loved one or a friend this Christmas, this one off amazing offer is for a 1 hour shoot including all of your images for only £99.

This amazing Christmas photography Gift offer expires on 25th December 2019 .

A one hour photography shoot.

30 High resolution digital files transferred via We Transfer.

Studio or Location of your choosing.

The gift must be redeemed before 01.12.20

What a perfect Christmas present

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Affordable Wedding Photography

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Affordable Wedding Photography

Looking for Affordable or Cheap Wedding Photographer?

Maybe I can help you? If you’re looking for Affordable or Cheap Wedding Photography in Rugby, then please contact me. I often have special offers and depending on what you require I may be able to conjure up a tailored package that allows you to have a professional wedding photographer after all.

If you’d like to call me please visit my contact info page and send me a message or call me, it’s well worth having a conversation about your big day and let’s see what we can come up with together.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Emma Lowe Photography

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Autumn Mini Shoots – Horse Photography

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Autumn Mini Shoots – Horse Photography

After lots of requests I have put together some Autumn Mini Shoots for the equine side of my photography – www.emmalowehorsephotography.co.uk

I get asked why my packages start from £60 plus and this is all to do with time to come to you, the shoot on the day and the editing of all your beautiful photographs afterwards for your gallery.

Autumn mini sessions I have created for you so you can have autumn colours throughout your photos which just makes stunning photos.

Offering 3 digital packages from £80 I think this is an affordable must have for you lovely horse owners!!

Emma Lowe Photography is based in Rugby Warwickshire but I do travel around the UK please ask for travel costs.

Limited spaces available please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

Digital Collection One £80

3 Digital Files

Digital Collection Two £130

5 Digital Files

5 6×4″ Prints

Digital Collection Three £160

10 Digital Files

10 6×4″ Prints

10 7×5″ Prints

I offer a range of products that are available on 3 month payment plans on orders over £100, there is something for all budgets.

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Anne & Nick’s Wedding Photography

Wedding

Anne & Nick’s Wedding Photography

Anne & Nick’s Wedding Photography at Saint Leonard’s Church in Coventry what a stunning church location the church was completely surrounded by flowers in bloom and colour but we were not blessed with dry weather after the service, luckily enough the weather dried up for 20 minuets to capture some special photos of the new Mr & Mrs Stops.

The wedding was very intimate with only close family and friends the reception took place at the Malt Shovel in Bubbenhall near Coventry the smiles and laughter thoughout the day was amazing.

Anne & Nick really created a beautiful wedding day I wish them the best luck and happiness  for the future. I hope you have an amazing honeymoon in New York.

Emma Lowe Photography – Wedding Photographer in Rugby Warwickshire

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Gilbert – Pet Photography

Gilbert – Pet Photography

Gilbert’s Pet Photography Shoot in Rugby

When you buy a new best friend as beautiful as Gilbert, who is a British Bulldog the best way to treasure those puppy memories is with a photo shoot with Emma Lowe Photography in Rugby!

Gilbert came in at 13 weeks old and oh boy he had so much energy and just wanted to run around. He had so much character and brought lots of laughter into the studio.

I Started with simple photos of him on his own this was very quickly done with his new Mummy holding lots of yummy treats for him! Then to make the photo shoot a little different I added a mini bed and bucket Gilbert wasn’t sure about the bucket so we left it out, I believe to get the best photo possible he must feel happy and comfortable.

Everybody that comes to my studio I try to reassure and make as comfortable as possible and safety is so important for pets, babies and all.

Gilbert the very handsome bulldog had lots of fun after the photo shoot running around in my garden afterwards as a big reward for being so well behaved.

I can’t wait to photograph him when he has fully grown!

Emma Lowe Photography

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Nadia’s Photo Shoot – Newborn Photography Rugby

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Nadia’s Newborn Photography Shoot in Rugby

What a joy to meet this little girl I had in the studio a couple of weeks ago, 15 days new Nadia and meeting her lovely parents too.

Little Nadia and his family came to my studio and it was such a pleasure, as always to meet them all.

Nadia very much enjoyed being wrapped up nice and cosy except her left leg she insisted it must stay out, she was not letting me have the photos any other way. And of course, as they should, each baby rules the session.

This is one of my favourite images from this newborn session.

Emma Lowe photography

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England Win for Stratford Girl and Team at Royal Windsor Horse Show

England Win for Stratford Girl and Team at Royal Windsor Horse Show

On Sunday 13th May 2018 The England Team lifted the winning trophy after competing in the DAKS Home International Mounted Games Championships. Teams from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland competed for the title over four days, in the presence of the Queen, at Royal Windsor.

The England Team; Isla Holman-West, Amelia Swann, Chelsie Ledger, Elysee Williams-Ward, Sophie Grimshaw and Tillie Ball, were selected from different pony club branches across the country, and importantly until they arrived at their training camp on Sunday 6th May, had never ridden together before. Trainer Ian Mariner had little time to bond with his team, and vice versa. before the competition began on Thursday 10th May.

35 riders were selected by their respective pony club branches to take part in the England selection trials at Dallas Burston Polo Club on 18th March, where they competed fiercely for the five coveted places (and one reserve place). Representing The North Warwickshire Branch of The Pony Club was local girl from Stratford on Avon, Isla Holman-West, and despite freezing conditions and numb hands (no coats or gloves allowed) Isla and her pony Casper held it together to complete what appeared to be a perfect trial. After a nervous wait the England Team was announced. Isla’s name was announced to a rapture of cheers from her family and pony club branch members and officials that had turned out to support her.

The show began and the team won the first three consecutive races. They continued to push on in the same vain to extend their lead throughout the competition and England finished on a record breaking score of 209 points.

The scores;

1st – England 209pts
2nd – Scotland 176pts
3rd – Republic of Ireland 171pts
4th – Wales 136pts
5th – Northern Ireland 78pts

The team next ride together for England at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland in October 2018.

North Warwickshire’s Mounted Games Team to Compete at HOYS 2018

North Warwickshire’s Mounted Games Team to Compete at HOYS 2018!

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team, fondly known as “Spots”, are off to what is undoubtedly recognised as the world’s most famous horse show – Horse of The Year Show (HOYS)!
The club has enjoyed previous success at HOYS, winning the Prince Phillip Cup in 1990 and qualifying in 2000 and 2001. Now after a long 17 year wait and fierce battle for their deserved place, the team will take part in the 70th anniversary end of season finale held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on 3-7th October 2018.

After qualifying at Zones, the senior A team riders, Isla Holman-West, Harry Horton Barr, Katie Tuttiett, Bo Crump and Alex Mallalieu, competed at The Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on Monday 20th August, against 24 top Pony Club teams from across the country for one of the two final places at HOYS. Earlier competitions had secured the other four places to West Hants, Romney Marsh, Oakley Hunt West and Morpeth Hunt.

Following a disastrous fall leaving no choice but to use a reserve pony, the morning session finished remarkably well on 54 points which left NWPC in first place. The pressure was on during the afternoon sessions, but determination prevailed as the team remained focused on the end goal, and they led virtually all the way. With just three races to go, the mass of points accumulated left the team confident in the fact that they would comfortably take 2nd place, at least, and a guaranteed place at HOYS. The races continued and their position became less comfortable in the penultimate race, with a total score of 42 their nearest rival Atherstone were close on their heels with 41. The final race was Big Sack, a good race for North Warwickshire, however, a stumble near the line let Atherstone in for the win taking the 7 points. Spots finished second and the 6 points they were awarded brought the final scores to 48 each.

Much celebration proceeded amongst the team members as NWPC had the golden ticket to HOYS, but still there was the small matter of the National Championship title to settle. The nail-biting tie breaker finale was set up between the two remaining teams. Ball and flag, simple, until the pressure is on. Isla was first to go and her ball pick-up was perfect. Atherstone dropped the ball on their go, typically they rectify mistakes in exceptionally quick style, but on this occasion luck was on side as Atherstone went on to make further mistakes. The Spots strolled to a faultless and comfortable win to be crowned 2018 winners of the Just Chaps Senior Runners-Up Competition.

Trainer Lisa Davies, who has had previous success at HOYS when she trained the 2014 winning team, commented “With the obstacles that we faced along the way it seemed like a distant dream but these young talented riders demonstrated true grit, determination and team effort throughout, they rode fantastically well and they accomplished their goal to become champions. I am so proud of what they have achieved so far.”

Mounted games were the inspiration of Prince Philip and is a competition where very fast games are played by riders on their ponies and the games require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, determination and competitive spirit. North Warwickshire Pony Club, established in 1931, has around 170 members with 30 of those aged 4-14 years taking part in mounted games.

Winning at HOYS is the pinnacle of every equestrian’s career and what each individual rider aspires to. With the help of the Pony Club and the North Warwickshire Branch, the team are about to embark on a fundraising exercise for necessary equipment and stabling arrangements, which will allow the riders to compete in the acclaimed spectacle at the NEC in October. To attend the next event Meet the HOYS Team 2018 visit http://branches.pcuk.org/northwarwickshire/rally-training-event-bookings/

In a bizarre twist to the tale, with NWPC and Atherstone taking their well-deserved places at HOYS, it resulted in all six of the England Mounted Games Team members taking their place to compete at HOYS with their respective branches! Possibly some kind of record! The England Team; Isla Holman-West, Amelia Swann, Chelsie Ledger, Elysee Williams-Ward, Sophie Grimshaw and Tillie Ball, were selected from different pony club branches across the country. Earlier this year the England Team lifted the winning trophy with 209 points, a record number of points ever scored, after competing in the DAKS Home International Mounted Games Championships in the presence of the Queen, at Royal Windsor. The team next ride together for England at the Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland in October 2018.

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team – Isla Holman-West

Local Young England Rider to Compete for the Prince Philip Cup at HOYS 2018.

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team, fondly known as “Spots”, are off to what is undoubtedly recognised as the world’s most famous horse show – Horse of The Year Show (HOYS)!
The club has enjoyed previous success at HOYS, winning the Prince Phillip Cup in 1990 and qualifying in 2000 and 2001. Now after a long 17 year wait and fierce battle for their deserved place, the team will take part in the 70th anniversary end of season finale held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on 3-7th October 2018.

Isla Holman-West, age 15, from Stratford upon Avon is somewhat of a sports super star after securing her place in the England Mounted Games team earlier this year. Following her success at Royal Windsor back in May, she focused her attention back on her club team, North Warwickshire. Isla now follows in her sister’s footsteps, who finished 2nd at HOYS in 2013 and lifted the Prince Philip Cup in 2014.

Isla has been riding since the age of 2 and joined the Pony Club aged 5. She has competed in many disciplines with great success but mounted games has always been her first love and taking her much loved pony Casper to HOYS is a dream come true. Isla wept tears of joy as her team was announced as a qualifier for HOYS 2018.

After qualifying at Zones, the senior A team riders, Isla Holman-West, Harry Horton Barr, Katie Tuttiett, Bo Crump and Alex Mallalieu, competed at The Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on Monday 20th August, against 24 top Pony Club teams from across the country for one of the two final places at HOYS. Earlier competitions had secured the other four places to West Hants, Romney Marsh, Oakley Hunt West and Morpeth Hunt.

Following a disastrous fall leaving no choice but to use a reserve pony, the morning session finished remarkably well on 54 points which left NWPC in first place. The pressure was on during the afternoon sessions, but determination prevailed as the team remained focused on the end goal, and they led virtually all the way. With just three races to go, the mass of points accumulated left the team confident in the fact that they would comfortably take 2nd place, at least, and a guaranteed place at HOYS. The races continued and their position became less comfortable in the penultimate race, with a total score of 42 their nearest rival Atherstone were close on their heels with 41. The final race was Big Sack, a good race for North Warwickshire, however, a stumble near the line let Atherstone in for the win taking the 7 points. Spots finished second and the 6 points they were awarded brought the final scores to 48 each.

Much celebration proceeded amongst the team members as NWPC had the golden ticket to HOYS, but still there was the small matter of the National Championship title to settle. The nail-biting tie breaker finale was set up between the two remaining teams. Ball and flag, simple, until the pressure is on. Isla was first to go and her ball pick-up was perfect. Atherstone dropped the ball on their go, typically they rectify mistakes in exceptionally quick style, but on this occasion luck was on side as Atherstone went on to make further mistakes. The Spots strolled to a faultless and comfortable win to be crowned 2018 winners of the Just Chaps Senior Runners-Up Competition.

Trainer Lisa Davies, who has had previous success at HOYS when she trained the 2014 winning team, commented “With the obstacles that we faced along the way it seemed like a distant dream but these young talented riders demonstrated true grit, determination and team effort throughout, they rode fantastically well and they accomplished their goal to become champions. I am so proud of what they have achieved so far.”

Mounted games were the inspiration of Prince Philip and is a competition where very fast games are played by riders on their ponies and the games require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, determination and competitive spirit. North Warwickshire Pony Club, established in 1931, has around 170 members with 30 of those aged 4-14 years taking part in mounted games.

Winning at HOYS is the pinnacle of every equestrian’s career and what each individual rider aspires to. With the help of the Pony Club and the North Warwickshire Branch, the team are about to embark on a fundraising exercise for necessary equipment and stabling arrangements, which will allow the riders to compete in the acclaimed spectacle at the NEC in October. To attend the next event Meet the HOYS Team 2018 visit http://branches.pcuk.org/northwarwickshire/rally-training-event-bookings/

In a bizarre twist to the tale, with NWPC and Atherstone taking their well-deserved places at HOYS, it resulted in all six of the England Mounted Games Team members taking their place to compete at HOYS with their respective branches! Possibly some kind of record! The England Team; Isla Holman-West, Amelia Swann, Chelsie Ledger, Elysee Williams-Ward, Sophie Grimshaw and Tillie Ball, were selected from different pony club branches across the country. Earlier this year the England Team lifted the winning trophy with 209 points, a record number of points ever scored, after competing in the DAKS Home International Mounted Games Championships in the presence of the Queen, at Royal Windsor. The team next ride together for England at the Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland in October 2018.