Created in CS6 with Wacom Intuos4 tablet
Poses references from personal photos of my horse
Placed as Judge's Choice and 2nd
Horse name: BBF Chenoa
Horse age: 6 yrs
Reference sheet: [link]
Handler name: Jessie James
-Barn Name: Chenoa
-Breed: Sandwash Basin Mustang
-Age: 6 yrs
-Color: Red dun roan overo
-Discipline: Working cow
Registration #: 261236
State: Colorado, NW region
This was originally going to be a 5 panel comic page because I couldn't decide on what part of the Superhorse course I wanted to draw...but I ended up running out of time and hating the final two panels, so I nixed them.
The next time I decide to do something so ambitious, I'll plan it better.
Jessie's legs hung loose, elbow resting on the horn of the saddle as he watched the other competitors take their turns on the Superhorse course. Chenoa sighed in boredom, eyes hooded as her ears casually swiveled to and fro.
"Don't worry, girl," he murmured, patting her peach-colored neck. "We're up next."
She trained a sleepy blue eye on him as he spoke, pointedly yawning.
Jessie chuckled as he slipped his toes back into the stirrups, adjusting his seat. He scanned the course for the umpteenth time, making double and triple sure that he hadn't forgotten any part of the pattern. The course itself wouldn't be a problem, but he had never done a reining pattern before. It seemed simple enough...
One of the event assistants caught his attention, signalling to him that it was his turn. As soon as he picked up the mecate reins, Chenoa was awake and ready to go, snorting as if to say "Well, it's about time!" He could feel his heart fluttering with anticipation, the mustang a coiled spring beneath him.