Emily is the girl, and Rosie is the beautiful horse. Last year, my grandaughter Emily was learning to ride Rosie. Rosie was learning to allow people to ride her, after having been mistreated for some time. So both of them were working hard, and both had instructors to help them. I took dozens of pictures of them together, and did some quick sketches on site, then I did this pastel. I think you can see Emily's expression on her face.
Emily and Rosie Learning Together, 20x16" (50x40 cm.), pastel, 2009. In the home of Tim and Marina Dillingham, San Diego, California.