#JumperNation Candid Camera: WEF Week 1

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The 2016 show year kicked off in earnest last week, with the first competitors of the Winter Equestrian Festival entering Wednesday morning.

And while the show ring has a life of its own, there’s just as much if not more going on behind the scenes: moments of heartfelt (or hilarious!) interaction between horses and riders, back-at-the-barn antics, the buzz of an in-gate pep talk, the beauty of a sapphire-skied Florida afternoon.

Each week we comb Instagram for photos we think captured “the moment,” whatever that moment may be, perfectly. Here’s our latest batch:

Always does this when she gets a treat!? #Quiloa #freakofnature

A video posted by Skylar (@skylar_rogalny) on

? A photo posted by Calvin Farias (@notmycalvins) on

Throwback to 80’s hair. #WEF2016 #leadline #pony A photo posted by @heelsdownmag on


ready for WEF❤️


A photo posted by phoebe (@phoebea04) on

I’m okay with that skyline. ?? A photo posted by Kathlyn Hossack (@katmah1) on


There was a princess sighting during today’s lead line class! #wef2016


A photo posted by Winter Equestrian Festival (@esp_wef) on

A photo posted by Irene Martins (@irenemartins) on

Waiting for the first horse…morning spectators. #WEF #firsttogo #letthewaitingbegin

A photo posted by Sissy Sciarpelletti (@big.sis3328) on

I love this

A photo posted by Carly Marie (@carlynasznicphotography) on

so happy with Z today – first class back after a well deserved break after Harrisburg ? A photo posted by Louise Graves (@louise_graves) on

good start A photo posted by Helen Graves (@helengraves) on

  Where Dreams Come True! #wef2016 #wef   A photo posted by Chad Keenum (@ckeenum13) on

Let the games begin

A photo posted by Ava Stearns (@ava_stearns) on

  Dirty? Yes. Dumb? Yes. Good barn dog? Maybe. #muttsofinstagram #sneakers #wef2016   A video posted by Charlotte Fisher (@charfisher92) on

The Original #SquadGoals ??#visorsoptional #pcjonwood

A photo posted by kathagatto (@kathagatto) on

Top coach. #spotted #europeinamerica #wef2016 A photo posted by Show Jumping At Its Best (@floydconsultants) on

#Stella looking fly A photo posted by Kelsey Boo (@kelseyboo1001) on

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Go Jumping.