SOUTH DAKOTA HORSE
When I was a kid, I loved to draw horses.
My first memory of riding a horse was before or around the age of ten in the Los Angeles area. The first thing that amazes me about that memory is that my aunt and uncle had a horse in their back yard with a busy street on the other side of a tall wall at the back of their property. But after that, I remember being completely fixated on the feeling I had on the back of that amazing creature. I rode that horse for what seemed like hours, fighting my other family members to remain in the saddle as long as possible.
After returning to South Dakota, I couldn't get that experience out of my head. I was empowered by the my new-found passion of horses to become more brave, explore my creative side, and find ways to stay connected to the incredible gift of the horse.
At that time, I was starting to hang out with kids that eventually would influence my choices negatively. I found myself becoming someone I didn't want to be. I truly believe that my connection with that horse gave me the courage to end those friendships, spend time healing, and discovering myself as a creative, kind, giving person.
I have seen that same connection with the winners of our first annual South Dakota Horse art and photography contests. The artists that submitted their works of photography and art demonstrated the true spirit of the horse; power, grace, beauty, kindness and healing. Each of them have a true connection to our equine friends, and it definitely shows in their work.
The winning art contest entry...
"Moonlight on Justify" by Acadia Folkerts is the winner of the 2020 Art Contest. Click here to see more of her work, as well as the other contest entries.
The winning photo contest entry...
Spenser Pederson is a talented photographer who spends much of her free time volunteering at Gentle Spirit Horses rescue. See more of her work on their social platforms and website.
Learn more about Spenser and the see the other photo contest entries here.
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