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Dzhigitovka in the Lake District - not heard of it? You'll want to see it!

Updated: Apr 11, 2020

Well here it is, blog post number one.

Having fully moved from Canon to Fuji this year with an XT-2 and an XT-10 - I felt a new website was needed to show off all the Fuji goodness and the delicious Fuji files that these cameras produce when I am out hiking or out and about capturing the great outdoors.

The tabs in the website menu will give you access to individual galleries dedicated to landscape, nature and wildlife photography - but this blog will be used to show you other places I have been and other things that I have been shooting with my Fuji cameras. This first blog post for example will be about the Lowther Show at Penrith Castle in the Lake District, more specifically about the amazing display of Dzhigitovka (stunt horse riding) that was put on by the Stampede Stunt Company UK.


I have visited the Lake District countless times and it never ceases to amaze me - usually because of the landscape and scenery. This time it introduced me to something exciting, something totally new, and something incredibly dangerous - and for the first time it wasn't a mountain!

On a family holiday to the Lake District last week, we decided on the final day before heading home to visit Lowther Castle in Penrith. I had seen a TV advert for the "Lowther Show" and it looked like a great day out - dogs, loads of food and ice cream stands about and interesting displays taking place. I needed no further persuasion.

We headed out in the cars, and after dreadful traffic we arrived at Lowther Castle (stunning!). We mooched around the huge array of tents selling various countryside related products then finally headed to the main arena where we then got to witness one of the most incredible displays I have ever seen.

I have never heard of Dzhivitovka. I doubt you have either, and I can still barely say it. I can however assure you that if you get the chance, you will not regret going to see a display (even if you have to point at the poster and ask for a ticket as you can't pronounce it).

Riders from the U.K and Russia teamed up to give the crowd a spectacular show. There was jaw dropping skill on display which included horseback archery with flaming arrows, riding upside down and blindfolded, jumping over a burning showjumping fence whilst riding upside down and hanging off the side of the horse, and a human pyramid whilst riding two horses side by side!

Check out the photos below as it has to be seen to be believed! It was brave, skilful, impressive - and like nothing you've ever seen before.

Dzhivitovka - Flaming arrow horseback archery

Dzhivitovka - Jumping over flames on horseback whilst upside down!

Dzhivitovka Gallery:

Shot on a Fuji XT-2 with 50-140mm f2.8

Display team: Stampede Stunt Company UK

Location: Lowther Castle, Penrith (Lowther Show)

Date: Saturday 11th August 2018.

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