In early January I was asked to design an art piece to grace the cover of the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association's prize list for the Spring show, April 14th. As the goal of the association is promote the Thoroughbred's versatility in disciplines other than horse racing, my vision for this piece was to convey that versatility.
The base for the piece is the black and white photograph, captured by me in the saddling paddock at Keeneland Race Course. The individual saddles are hand-drawn in charcoal and graphite and represent the disciplines Hunter/Jumper, Western, Sidesaddle, Polo and Dressage. The drawings and photograph were scanned and layered to create the finished design.
I wish to thank Jan Roehl, Executive Director of the Thoroughbred Horse Shows Association for the opportunity to design this piece.
Thank you to Bluegrass Boots and Saddle in in Georgetown, KY for allowing me to photograph the western saddle.
Thank you to Central Kentucky Tack and Leather for the opportunity to photograph the polo saddle.
Thank you also to Joy Hohenshelt for allowing me to photograph your sidesaddle. Thank you also to Samantha Peterson and the wonderful ladies of the Facebook group Sidesaddle riders! for helping connect me with Joy and for encouraging me to learn a new style of riding. I can't wait!
Thank you also to my own Off The Track Thoroughbreds, Sweepit and Polo for their constant inspiration.
I enjoy the daily inspiration provided by nature, people and pets.