Chief Portrait IV by Sue Ratcliffe

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Nikon D200. Sigma 150-500mm lens.

Chief is a wild Sulpher Springs Mustang stallion. I photograph him every year on my sojourn to Return to Freedom (RTF), a wild horse sanctuary, in Lompoc California. After being round-up by the BLM a number of years ago, 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, majestic and magnificent stallion.

He is my absolute favourite stallion at RTF and I never tire of photographing him year after year. Because I keep returning to RTF every year, patiently and quietly hanging out in his “space”, he is letting me 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.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 3 years ago

    Awesome capture and subject love it.

  • Thank you ever so kindly Julie…….very very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • julie anne  grattan
    julie anne gr...about 3 years ago

    he is really beautiful

  • Thank you most kindly Julie…….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!! Che really is a handsoome lad……could just sit and watch him for hours!!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!!

  • Thank you most kindly Lorilee…….very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 3 years ago

  • OMG…….I am so excited!!!!!!! Thank you most gracioulsy for the feaure Laura…..very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!! I am most honoured , most humbled and most grateful! Chief is most honoured too!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • grannyshot
    grannyshotabout 3 years ago

    A real story there Sue; beautiful image and I do hope you can get to know him…Linda

  • Thank you most kindly Linda……very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!! There is nothing I would love more when I return to RTF next year than to sit in his pasture all day and see what happens!!!!! Maybe I will be fortunate enough to touch him!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaabout 3 years ago


    10/20/2011

  • Whoo hoooo…….I am doing my happy dance!!!!!!! Thank you most gracioulsy for the feaure Deborah…..very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!! I am most honoured , most humbled and most grateful! Chief is most honoured too!!!!! Thank you ever so much!!!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdaleabout 3 years ago

    A super portrait Sue, congrats on the feature!

  • Thank you most kindly Carol……very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

  • Thank you most kindly Andrea……very very very much and very greatly appreciated!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 3 years ago

    I can see why you would never get tired of photographing this beauty! What a wonderful capture!

  • Thank you most kindly Karen……very much and very greatly appreciated!!!! It is amazing that I can never get enough of this handsome lad…..I literally have hundreds of images of him!!!!!

    – Sue Ratcliffe

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