Forbidden pictures from a horse show
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At Epona.tv, we don't just know that we're not welcome at horse shows. We also know why. We know because years ago, show organisers, stewards and riders used to be honest enough to admit that they didn't want us to show the ugly images from the warm up. Eventually, they learned not to say that. It doesn't sound like a very good reason to prevent journalists from doing their jobs, and major media outlets were becoming interested by all the secrecy. So the sport invented a new reason: Broadcasting rights. The IOC tried it in 2012. The FEI European Dressage Championships tried it in 2013. And in 2017, Falsterbo Horse Show had forbidden all unauthorised photography and video filming as well as live streaming from the warm up arena.
When Epona.tv - together with fine art photographer Crispin Parelius Johannessen - broke that rule, we were thrown out by security and police. Here's the story of how it went down.
All still images used in this video are courtesy of Crispin Parelius Johannessen.