Unknown CDN rider at 1976 Olympics

My first camera was a Kodak 126 Instamatic – junk by today’s standards: plastic body, plastic lens, 126 cartridge film. I got it as a birthday present and took it with me to my first major equestrian competition – the Three Day Eventing competition at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.


My mother was an avid photographer and gave me some tips, which is why this photo turned out, considering the cheap camera and inexperienced photographer.


I was a horse-crazy kid surrounded by amazing horses doing amazing things. Not only did I see the Queen and watch Princess Anne fall off, but I got hooked on both eventing and horse photography.

The rest, as they say, is history, and I’ve been riding and photographing horses ever since.

I got my first horse for my 13th birthday. Jiddah, a palomino registered half-Arabian/Quarter Horse cross, taught me a lot – like how to stay on, how to get a horse on a trailer and what not to do. We tried lots of different things – Western, competitive trail, vaulting (bad idea) and hunters, before finding my true passion in eventing.


For almost 10 years I competed seriously, working my way through several horses and eventually to the Intermediate (2*) level. Whenever I competed, I always brought my camera and took pictures of my friends and fellow competitors. After a while, it seemed like a good idea to sell the photos rather than give them away.

HorsePlay - Jiddah & Lisa

In 1986, HoofPrints Photography was born and, for almost a decade and a half, offered still and video photography at dressage, hunter/jumper and eventing competitions in Ontario and Quebec. Most years, I ventured to the US and beyond to cover major competitions, such as the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Badminton Three Day Events in England, Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event and others for a variety of equine publications.


Now, after a decade out of the horse business, I am jumping back in – to do what I love: capturing the beauty and athleticism of horses and their riders. 

I look forward to meeting you and your horse some day soon!

Lisa Morrison