|Beautiful Horses of Tennessee
Tennessee is the 11th state in equine artist Karen Brenner's "Beautiful Horses of... " series.
Tivio Nina is a beautiful bay American Quarter Horse. Her owner Mandy is a professional hair stylist and loves Nina's thick forelock and black ombre mane. I wanted to feature this great "hair" in Nina's painting!
Mandy got Nina when she was just a filly. Together they are exploring the wonderful world of horsemanship
Carol and Diablo
Hay Now Lil Diablo
Carol nominated her American Quarter Horse, Hay Now Lil Diablo, for the Beautiful Horses of Tennessee...
Diablo saw his photo shoot as an opportunity to visit with friends (the palomino in the next pasture - wearing a fly mask) and munch on grass! What a cool guy he is!
Carol and Diablo
Ace of Spades and Cute as a Button
Ace of Spades and Cute as a Button are adorable ponies! They have taught thousands of children how to ride, participated in therapeutic riding programs and visited schools.
Now they have a special job - teaching thier owner Amanda's daughter Ashland the wonders of the horse world!
Read more about the ponies in my February 2016 Horse Paintings Newletter.
Ashland and Amanda with Ace of Spades and Cute as a Button
Carr Ranch Mustangs - Dreamy
Carr Ranch Mustangs
The Carr Ranch Wild Mustang and Burro Adoption Center in Tennessee has found homes for over 25,000 wild horses and burros since 1979. That's just amazing! Paula Carr graciously to me on a tour of the facility. The highlight was visiting her small herd, complete with its own stallion! The herd is featured in these two new paintings.
Here's a link to more information about the Carr Ranch: http://www.carrranch.com/
The Carr Ranch is also featured in my Horse Paintings Newsletter: January 2016
Thank you to Paula and Randall Carr for their dedicated to America's horses.
Beau and Lulu
Taylor's mother nominated Beau and Lulu for the Beautiful Horses of Tennesse project as a surprise for her daughter's birthday. It was fun to work with Taylor to photograph Beau and Lulu, mostly because they were in a huge - I'd guess at least 20 acre pasture - along with lots of cattle.
The horses were not sure what was going on when I was following them with my camera. They really loved hanging out with Taylor (who was well supplied with treats) and of course the were happy to pose while nibbling on some grass. But when it came time to get some action shots, hmmmmmm..... they weren't sure what to do. So Taylor chased the pair around the field and that's when they came running towards me! I love the action in this painting... and it's all due to Taylor's efforts!
Taylor and Beau (with Lulu in the background)
Dandy and Friends
Dandy is a tall, mischievious paint horse. He shares his pasture with two friends, who joined in the fun the day I got to take photos! The were having so much fun together that I decided to include all three in my painting.
Kathy, his owner describes Dandy as a great trail horse which is perfect because Kathy is the organizer of the annual Buck Creek St. Jude Trail ride in Tennessee!
Click here for the Buck Creek Trail Ride's website
Kylah's Mustangs - Heads or Tails
Kylah's Mustangs - Half Dozen
Kylah's Mustangs - The Fly
Kylah has a dozen rescued wild mustangs on her 50 acres in Tennessee. Her herd is a colorful crew!
Kylah and two of her mustangs
Petey Jo is a Reiner, calf roper and reined cow horse. He and his owner, Carly, have competed in the Freestyle Reining competition at Quarter Horse Congress - which is one of my very favorite equine competitions ever! It was so fun to take photos of Petey Jo.... He loved to run! Carly had him going like crazy in his round pen... and in the nearby giant arena. It was a blast!
Petey Jo and Carly in the round pen
Pastel and pristine, Palomino Quarter Horse, Missy, posed so beautifully for her photos.
Missy and Jill
How exciting to start off the Beautiful Horses of Tennesse with a Tennessee Walker stalliion! And a very unique one! Indigo Blue is a rare blue roan. He is amazing. His owner, Holly, is his number one fan...and he has lots of fans! Indigo Blue is Holly's dream horse. She is so excited to have him in her stable. Indigio Blue is a champion in the TWH breed and has sired numerous champions as well. I was privileged to meet one....another of Holly's very favorite horses...BluRay Jose....
BluRay Jose is the 5 year old son of Indigo Blue! He is a really sweet heart - and stunning!
IB Lady Gaga (filly) and Can't Touch this Lady (mare)
When I was visiting Holly's trainers - where her blue roan stallions live - we made a side trip to her vet's. Holly had somethng special to show me...a one day old filly! As we peeked inside the stall, IB Lady Gaga huddled close to her mother, Can't Touch this Lady. How adorable! Of course I had to do a painting featuring this newest Indigo Blue foal.
Holly has a stable full of beautiful blue roan Tennessee Walker stallions!
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