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"The Wild Horse Race"

This artwork as a painting of "The Wild Horse Race”, by the rodeo King of the Ropers and western artist William MacLeod.
 

I first looked at the drawing of the competitor in the spectacular Mareeba Rodeo in Queensland originally photographed by a photographer from the 1973 book "The complete book of the horse" by editor Elwyn Hartley Edwards.

Second, I also looked at the guy on the ground at the spectacular Mareeba Rodeo in Queensland originally photographed by a photographer from the 1973 book "The complete book of the horse" by editor Elwyn Hartley Edwards, as well, too.

Third, I then looked at the cowboy running on the ground at the rodeo that was originally illustrated by either artist Robert Morton or George Fryer from the 1994 book "The world of horses and ponies" by author Maureen Spurgeon.

I decided to create it as a wild horse race event and competition where you'll get close enough to the action to be right there inside the painting as if to also smell the dust and feel the energy as if I had felt like I had wanted to paint the differences all into one at every rodeo arenas, pastures and practice pens.

I was painting this image for three straight days in July of 2022.

The rodeo is a show in which American and Canadian cowboys and cowgirls demonstrate their skills in lassoing calves, bareback riding and saddle bronc riding. Began as riding or roping contests between cowboys taking part in horse or cattle round-ups. Before branding, animals were held in enclosure called a ‘rodeo’, so contests became known as rodeos. During a round-up, cowboys relied fully on the skill and obedience of their well-trained cow ponies.