Tears, medals and selfies — 12 special moments from 2015 *PICTURES*

From seeing the toughest man in racing, AP McCoy, shed a tear after his final ride at the Cheltenham Festival in March and the British eventing team receiving their silver medals at Blair’s European Championships in September to an atmospheric morning on the hunting field and the modern world of showing stewards taking selfies — we round up some of the best moments caught on camera in 2015.

The 2015 equestrian world in pictures

Royal Ascot

Ryan Moore after his ninth winner of the week Aloft after winning The Queen's Vase Royal Ascot 19.6.15 Pic Dan Abraham-racingfotos.com THIS IMAGE IS SOURCED FROM AND MUST BE BYLINED "RACINGFOTOS.COM"

Jockey Ryan Moore is mobbed after landing a record ninth winner at Royal Ascot in June, aboard Aloft. Credit: Racingfotos.com


Hickstead Derby

Trevor Breen defends his Hickstead Derby title with Loughnatousa WB, himself also a former winner

Trevor Breen defends his Hickstead Derby title with Loughnatousa WB, himself also a former winner


European Eventing Championships

great britain team queen presentation podium

The Queen presents the British eventing team with their silver medals at Blair’s European Championships. It proves quite a stretch to reach William Fox-Pitt…

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15 riders reach the point of no return

We’ve all been there — one minute you’re enjoying the ride of your life and the next you experience that

Dublin Horse Show

RDS Friday 07.08.2015 Showing preperations

Behind the scenes at Dublin Horse Show as a horse is primped and prepared to perfection



Bones Allibone

The sun sets over the Dulverton Farmers huntsman ‘Bones’ Allibone and his hounds on Exmoor


Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 13.03.15 A.P. McCoy's last Cheltenham race

The toughest man in racing sheds a tear: AP McCoy rides at the Cheltenham Festival for the final time



Hounds looking over the wall - potential cover

Winter scene: a North Cotswold hound takes a look over a wall on a snowy January day


Royal Windsor Horse Show

Windsor Horse Show Saturday 16.05.15 Stewards selfie

A bowler selfie: stewards find time to record the moment at Royal Windsor Horse Show



Stroking a hound

A hound enjoys a quiet moment at a meet


Royal International Horse Show

TIME 2 REFLECT owned by MRS D STENNETT an exhibited by JAYNE ROSS; Winner of The British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship at The Longines Royal International Horse Show, at The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, West Sussex, UK 02 August 2015

Give us a hug: Jayne Ross shows her appreciation for Time 2 Reflect, supreme champion at the Royal International Horse Show


Royal Windsor Horse Show

Windsor Horse Show Friday 15.05.15 Kings Troop

A steamy moment for the King’s Troop at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May, as they wow the crowds with their display


Autumn hunting

Belvoir Hunt 29.09.15 foggy morning Some of the field

Picture perfect: a foggy morning’s autumn hunting with the Belvoir in September