UPDATE! After taking a 3-year break from equine photography to focus on hockey photography, as well as spending more time with family, I considered returning to ringside, capturing those dramatic shots that are always guaranteed to happen during a top-level grand prix.
In an effort to regain the spark for show jumping and equine photography, I’d browsed through thousands of images and, over the winter, shared some of my favourites on a blog: My Picks of My Pics
Well, the canter down memory lane worked and I shot my first grand prix since 2013 on May 21, 2016. I wasn’t at the show working representing a magazine or website this time, just there for myself and my clients from the past and my friends. Many have always been supportive and positive since the 1990s.
A toe has been dipped back in. We’ll see what happens next.
— Sandi Hall Henning (05/30/16)
Sandi Henning (nee Hall) was born in 1966 in Hamilton, Ontario. Her unhorsey childhood was spent there, in Helensburgh, Scotland, and, finally, in Southern Ontario. Since the age of 4, she has enjoyed traveling, visiting Alberta, Northern Ireland & England many times, with forays into Europe and the U.S.A.
She has been involved with horses for over 35 years as a rider and owner, as well as photographer. In her teens and early 20s she did a little showing, some cross country, hunted, worked for a bloodstock agency, and enjoyed hours of hacking. However, she found the challenge of capturing that perfect equestrian moment on film (and now, digitally) was more rewarding.
Until 2013, Henning could regularly be found at ringside, shooting feature classes whilst keeping notes and stats as research for articles written in her role as a freelance journalist for a number of magazines and media outlets. Henning also works full-time at the Waterloo Public Library as webmaster, and a specialist in social media and marketing.
In the winter, Henning sits on the executive of the Waterloo Wolves Midget AAA Hockey Team, managing their social media, marketing, website, and acting as their official photographer. In this capacity, she has accompanied the team on multiple trips to Kelowna, BC and on an international tour of Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy. She works in a similar capacity with the New Hamburg Firebirds Junior C Hockey Team and Boxing by Syd Vanderpool & the SydFIT Health Centre.