Chief by Sue Ratcliffe


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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Viewed 1853 times as at Dec 15 2012!
Favourited by 64 people!

Featured in: The Woman Photographer, Equine Portrait Photography, Equine Art and Photography, Animal Photography, Just the Horse, For the Love of Animals, 100-499 Viewings, Superbly Visual, Rural Around the Globe, The Group, Wild Nature Photography and Writing, The Best of Anything and Everything, Nature Photography Challenge, Quality Art & Photography, High Quality Images, Featured for a Challenge.

Displayed in “The Weekly Wrap” October 04, 2012.

Challenge Winner: Equine Art and Photography
Challenge Top Ten: Just the Horse, It’s What Moves Me, The Addicted Photographer

Nikon D200 body. Nikon 70-300mm lens.

Wild Sulpher Springs Mustang stallion shot at Return to Freedom (RTF) in Lompoc California. After being round-up by the BLM, Chief had been horribly abused and then rescued by RTF. Despite his chaotic and violent history, his spirit was never broken and he is a truly noble and magnificent stallion.

He is my absolute favourite stallion at RTF and I never tire of shooting him year after year. Because I keep returning to RTF and quietly hanging out in his “space”, he is letting us get a tad closer each time I am there…..and he no longer runs away. I am hoping that one of the times when I return to RTF, he will let me get close enough to touch him.


  • xxnatbxx
    xxnatbxxover 4 years ago


  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured! Amazing details, clarity, and DoF!!!! A stunning capture!!

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 4 years ago

    Love the sepia treatment. Magnificent stallion.

  • Sue Tyler
    Sue Tylerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait!

  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffeover 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comments….much much appreciated. Chief is my favourite horse at “Return to Freedom” wild horse sanctuary in Lompoc, California. I have an entire body of work of him and his mares as I go to RTF every year to do a shoot with friends.

  • Rich51
    Rich51over 4 years ago


  • Thank you Rich!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • GenuineDragon
    GenuineDragonover 4 years ago

    Fantastic work my friend… well done.

  • Thank you so much!!!! Sue

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • brookexx09
    brookexx09over 4 years ago

    gorgeous picture!

  • Thank you Brooke…..much appreciated! Chief is a favourite of mine and I never tire of photographing him!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • MissMargaret
    MissMargaretover 4 years ago

    Stunning picture!

  • Thank you Margaret….much appreciated!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

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