Summer Camp at Westpoint Arena

The summer holidays started and a little break away for myself and the dogs to Summer Handling Camp with Devon Dogs. Not to mention there being lots of photo opportunities!

Photos from the camp are available on my website. Click here to access and all profits go to Agility against cancer for Yvonne Goode

Although I have done several workshops with Devon Dogs it was my first camp. So off I headed to Westpoint Arena near Exter, call full to bursting and hoping that it would stop raining and I would survive the week in a three man tent with the dogs!

I can tell you now that I loved every minute of it and have already booked to go again next year!  So if you are interested, read on and then book up soon as spaces will go fast!

The camp starts on Monday with the arrival from mid-day onwards and a welcome meeting late afternoon with Pimms and cake!  A goodie bag from Devon dogs and the all important schedule for your week!

The Summer Camp attendees get prime camping positions above the training rings which would later become the Competition rings for Devon Dogs Agility show held Sat, Sun, Mon and Tues after the camp. Giving you four days of putting your training into practice!

Although not provided by Devon dog,  electric hook up was available if required via the site for a very reasonable price. The was a very nice shower block at the main arena. A 5-minute walk or you could easily drive down there.  There is plenty of space for walking the dogs.

So what happens at Camp….. Everyone is given a schedule of their lesson for the camp, lessons are Tues, Wed and Thursday and everyone has two, two hour workshops each day. There are also 1-2-1 slots that can be booked Monday – Friday.

Allocated in accordance with the preferences you provided prior to the camp starting. In between you are welcome to watch the workshops you are not attending or you can use any equipment that is not being used in the lessons to practice. You can also opt to chill out with your dogs or go and get any shopping you may need.

There are seminars each evening and then an organised BBQ, Quiz night and pub meal.

While you are not in a workshop there is plenty to do. You are welcome to watch the workshops you are not attending or you can use any equipment that is not being used in the lessons to practice. You can also opt to chill out with your dogs or go and get any shopping you may need or take a trip to the beach!

Tea and cake is available from late morning through the afternoon in the Marquee and Lesley Purgh from Colimanor was there with her trade stand for doggy treats, toy, harnesses etc.


What training is available. Here are some but not all of the options….

Weaves – Learn to Weave, G1-4 Weaves, Weave Proofing & Sequences for G5-7

 Foundation and Life Skills – Foundation, Flatwork & Fun, Focus Fury, Recall 101, Shaping, Naught but nice survival skills, Puppy School, Loose lead walking, Become a better dog trainer. Chase and impulse controls.

Agility – Grids for competition and young dogs, G1-4 Handling, G5-7 Handling, European Handling, Front Crosses, Blind crosses, Ketschgers. Motivation, attitude and drive.

Conclusion – a thoroughly enjoyable week, blessed with great weather, fantastic people, trainers, dogs and venue. Lots learned and I had a fantastic time at the Devon Dogs agility show on the Saturday and Sunday running really nice courses in a relaxed atmosphere.


Still Here!

Wow hadn’t realised how long it was since I last blogged. The School holidays came, the agility season started, Weddings, Newborns, dogs, horses, holidays, training camps it has just been busy, busy.

I will endeavour to get back into blogging and share some lovely images.

Here are a few from the summer.



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Equine Art – Cotswold Preview


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Having spent the first part of my working life working with horses and loving every minute of it, it is no surprise that photographing them is a real joy for me. This is a side of the business I am just expanding, following my true passions and was lucky enough to be included in the June Issue of Cotswold Preview Magazine, in their Equestrian Art Special Feature.



My Image, bottom right was taken on a Wedding Pre-shoot. It was a lovely evening capturing the couple to be but also the horses and the connection and bonds they have with their owners.

As the article states I have many years of experience of working with horse and I feel this gives me a distinct advantage for equine photography, understanding their habits, how to get them to look attentive, what is likely to spook them, how they should stand when they are really connecting with the owner.

I can come to your home, yard or meet you somewhere you like to ride.. for more information visit my website.

A quote I  love is “When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have” – Winston Churchill.


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A Tribute…

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It is always a pleasure to find one of my images in the Dogs Today Magazine and I am lucky to have been featured in many editions, last year and this year in the best dog photographs in the world section. I love the magazine and the article on the dog on the front cover was lovely.

If an image is featured of a clients dog then I provide a complimentary print of the image that is used. I contact the client as soon as I know so they can go grab themselves a copy of the magazine.

The image in this May’s magazine is of the lovely Nula…and her buddy taken on one of last years Bluebell shoots. We had a lovely play around the woods that day. The light was tricky as it was a bright day and so lots of dappled light which looks lovely but is tricky to work with from a photographic point of view.. we did manage to find some shady spots too.

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It is with great sadness that I have to say when I contacted Nula’s owner to tell her that she was featured in the magazine, I found out that Nula  had to go doggy heaven a few weeks before, due to illness. My heart goes out to her family as I know only too well the hole that is left in your heart by the loss of your dog.  I feel honoured that I was able to photograph her last year and that her owner has images that are displayed at home and will remind them of her.

Here are some other images taken on the day… RIP Nula…..and I hope her buddy is not missing her too much.

A few of my favourite image from the shoot. It is the intent look at her owner that makes this image for me.


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A little bit of fun is always good if the dogs are getting fed up of posing.

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This is Nula’s buddy, I have a real soft spot for Lurchers, having owned several myself. I would have been more than happy to have taken this lad home with me.


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The good thing about Badbury Clump is that you have a variety of backdrops to use.

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Beautiful girlie, so soft and gentle. I usually ask owners to remove collars but with Lurchers it looks better if they keep the collar on.

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One of my favourite images from the shoot.  Gives a real feel of them being at ease with each other.

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Dogs Today

Feeling chuffed to have another of my images featured in Dogs Today Magazine March edition. This time a lovely brown and white,  Springer Spaniel that I shot at his home. We were lucky that at the back of the garden there was a corn field so we went out there for a little play.

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The image top right is on of many lovely head shots of this handsome boy. We also got some great action shots and some of him relaxing in the garden.

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We started off getting to know each other in the garden. Just chilling and getting used to the camera.

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However, lovely as the garden was I was drawn to the corn field that sat behind the house and so we went to investigate.

This is one of my favourite shots from the shoot.

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Some dogs are more relaxed at home which was the case for this particular shoot. It was a bright sunny morning which is always a challenge. I would always prefer a bright but over cast day as the light is much easier to work with for both humans and animals.


We has a lot of fun in the corn.

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One of the last shots before we finished. A happy but tired boy.

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Please take a look at my website for more images.

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A visit to Elston Veterinary Clinic

There is always so much to do that I don’t always have the time to Blog about some of the jobs I do at the time.

Amegos HS_0088 A little while back I was asked to do some photographic work for Elston Veterinary Clinic, based in the lovely village of Shrewton in Wiltshire.  They care for dogs cats and other small animals. Many of the images can now been seen on their website. For more information about the vets please visit their website

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The practice was easy to find and plenty of parking which as an animal owner is a great. I live in Oxfordshire and I love the vets I use and have done for years but there is limited roadside parking and normally I have to park a little distance away in a public car park which is never ideal.

The staff at the vets are all very friendly and their goal is to treat your animals as if they were their own.I really like that!

The practice is headed by its founder Dr Enid Frantilla, who is supported by other vets, veterinary nurses, receptionists and the office manger. All the team have their own pets and are very caring and enthusiastic.

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The Practice have designed a Healthy Pet Club which is a great idea, it allows you to pay a monthly fee to spread the cost of your pets preventative health care, including health checks, vaccinations, flea and worming treatments and members get offered a discount other areas of pet health care.

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So if you live in the area and looking for a great vets with loving staff then look no further.

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Front Cover – Cotswold Life Magazine

Exciting news this month. One of the photographs that I took this time last year of Bella in the Bluebells has got front cover of Cotswold Life Magazine, Pets Issue I  feeling very proud! The image looks great with their glossy cover.

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Bella is a young collie, very sweet natured and full of energy. We had a really fun shoot in the woods. She has striking markings and I just love her blue eye. She  almost looks like a different dog depending on which side of her you stand, these two images demonstrate it well.

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I am currently running a Facebook  (Mel Taylor Photography page for more details) promotion for Bluebell shoots but you need to be quick as I have limited slots and the bluebells don’t last for long. There is a lot of variety at the woods as you can see from other images taken during her shoot.

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A lovely write up on page 17 for us too.

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Thank you to Cotswold Life for using my image… and thank you to you for reading my post.