Queen Creek with Sherwood Rope Horses

Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre

Queen Creek, Arizona

Spring sure came to Queen Creek really quick. Wasn't it just 65 degrees? The last time I was out photographing the Sherwood Rope Horses rodeo I was trying to keep warm. I haven't been able to use my camera for a little bit since I had a little set back with an eye disease called Central Serous Retinopathy. Not to go into a lot of detail but it makes my vision in the affected eye a bit distorted and blurry. When it happened I was really scared and wasn't sure what was actually going on. I immediately got myself to the ER and when I told them what was going on with my eye they rushed me back to a room and started checking me for a stroke. I was already really scared and that didn't help. After an eye exam they ordered a CT scan and blood work to rule out a stoke, brain tumor, cancer or cardiac problem. Luckily all my tests came back negative and my ER doctor started talking to an ophthalmologist. The eye doctor got the results of my CT scan and blood and told the ER physician that he thought he knew what was going on. So the next day I headed out to Phoenix to see the ophthalmologist and hopefully find out what was causing these symptoms. Sure enough, it was exactly what he was thinking. He did want me to still see a retinal specialist so a day later I saw another doctor and he confirmed the diagnosis. Good news most affected with this problem, with time, should heal and restore my vision. I am praying this will be the case. I love photography so much and my good vision is really important. Central Serous Retinopathy comes on all of a sudden but it may take a few months to heal. There is a surgical procedure that is sometimes used if after a few months it gets worse or just doesn't heal but I am hoping we don't have to go that route. So last night I was really excited just to get out and shoot a few frames and see how it would go.

I actually felt pretty good. It was a little challenging at times but it is amazing how much my good eye compensates and when I am doing my thing I just fell back into a grove. Wednesday nights out at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre is a fun night mid week for me to alleviate some stress and shoot some sport photography. I really enjoy watching all the ropers and their beautiful horses do what they do. I never would of thought about photographing these types of events in the past but I am so glad I came across these equestrian sports and all the awesome people I have met along the way. 

Sherwood Rope Horses is out at the park every Wednesday and I highly recommend coming out and watching these talented riders. It's a perfect time to get outside, hang out under the stars and with the warm weather it's a good time to watch some roping. See you out there!