Sometimes your horse needs "more motivation than what is beautiful"
"Sometimes your horse needs more motivation than what is beautiful" - the quote is from an article in Sweden's premier equestrian newspaper from 2016. In the aftermath of ugly warm up photos from Falsterbo Horse Show causing a scandal on social media, the publication sought to calm its readers by reminding them that riding isn't always beautiful. To photographer Crispin Parelius Johannessen, this quote sums up the problem faced by equestrian sport. Riding is not always beautiful. In fact, it is usually ugly. And nowadays, every spectator carries in their pocket the power to expose it.
All photos and video courtesy of Crispin Parelius Johannessen.