I have been photographing horse shows at the New York State Fairgrounds indoor horse arena called the Coliseum for the last 15 years. I’ve never been happy with my results. Having to resort to slow shutters and panning or use flash which wasn’t very flattering to the rider or horse.
Last weekend I attended the Central New York Reining Horse Association Show with a friend’s Nikon D700 camera and my Nikon 70-200VR f/2.8 lens. If there was any doubt in my mind this will be my next camera, it is totally gone now. I was able to set the shutter speed to 1/500th of a second and get great exposures with ISO ranging between 2000 and 6400.
Reining horses are famous for their sliding stops like this one (ISO was 3600 here).
The Nikon D700 has a fast continuous shutter mode and 3D auto focus tracking so I caught this sequence of one of the riders coming in for a stop (ISO ranged between 2000 and 4000 through this photos).