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Horseshoe Bay by Rangelost Horseshoe Bay by Rangelost

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The sun was slowly descending behind distant clouds. It had been a long day for Applejack, who had participated in the anual Equestrian Rodeo competition held in the seaside city of Horseshoe Bay.

By her side was Rainbow Dash, who came along to cheer her friend to victory. They had been training together for the event, and it paid off; Applejack had won more blue ribbons than ever before.

The train to Ponyville would not come until the next morning, and it was not yet time for bed, so the two ponies decided to spend the evening seeing the sights around the bay.

After walking awhile, they found a leaning tree atop the edge of the coastal cliffs. Applejack sat down, resting against it, and closed her eyes for a moment.

For a moment only, as she soon felt a fluffy, colorful weight on her stomach.

"Rainbow, what are ya doin'?"

The weight stirred slightly to reveal the ruby eyes of a pony. Undoubtedly the most beautiful eyes Applejack had ever met; those who belonged to her closest friend.

"I didn't bring my pillow."

Applejack rolled her eyes at the lazy answer.

"Well, make yerself comfortable, why don't'cha?" she suggested sarcastically.

To that, the pegasus smirked. "I was just about to."

She then rubbed her cheek against Applejack's stomach before closing her eyes again. Before long, she fell asleep, a faint smile on her lips.

Applejack gazed down at the younger mare, unable to keep a wide grin off her face. She whispered softly to the snoozing pony, "Ain't'chu the cutest lil' thing?"

Rainbow Dash's ear twitched and she frowned slightly, mumbling, "M'not cute..."

Applejack chuckled at that, then began to run a hoof through her friend's mane. As a reply, the pegasus began to smile like a young filly.

The rodeo pony would not admit it to herself just yet, but that little smile was worth much more to her than everything she had won during the week.

"Whatever ya say, Dash..."

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I do not claim to have the ability nor intention to faithfully impersonate the original characters of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Horseshoe Bay is the intellectual property of *Rangelost. You are not allowed to claim as own, modify and/or use this artwork for commercial purposes. You may reupload the file to another web location if and only if a link to the original source (this page) is included where used.

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:iconleyanor:
Alriiiight ^^
It seems I finally found the time to do this.

First of all: I'm very sorry you didn't make it to the top five, but as I said in a previois journal: I was very suprised by the results and I would have expected you to end up higher in the ranking.
Contest wise you got 72 out of 90 points. Which is rather good looking at the fact that most entries didn't make it up to 60 points.

Now to the picture itself:
I really love the little blur you put in. It gives a lovely and peaceful feeling and also calms down the situation in the picture even more. It kinda makes you feel the warmth and cuddlyness in the piece ;p

I like the story behind it a lot. It's very cute any heartwarming aswell :)

The detail in the leaves of the tree is very impressive, still fitting into the MLP style but still having more detail than what we're used to.

Looking at the contest results Originality is where you have lost a few points. The idea is great and you've done it very well. But Appledash lying at a sunset at the sea is quite standard for any shipping.
The story adds a lot to it, though!

For Vision i'll give you 4.5 stars.
I really love the blur and the colours.

For Originality I give you 3.5 stars for the just said reasons.

Technique 3.5 aswell. I really love how you did the picture and the skills are there, but vectoring doesn't show much of your own style and with that nit much of your own technique ;)

Impact goes with 4
The first impression is realy great and gives kind of that "epic" feeling.

In general you've done really well! Don't be confused about the kinda low ratings ;) I never give full five stars, because everybody can improve :)
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memorible Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconclapplz: bravo sir
this is amazing
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shadowrosa6 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't usually like AppleDash in fact i hate it but this pretty cute. Very cute actually.

great work.
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Rangelost Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some day you'll realize you have no good reason to dislike the ship!
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shadowrosa6 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my fracking....look they are rivals pure plane and simple and in my opinion rainbow belongs to twilight now you can yell at me all you want. you aren't changing my opinion so please do not reply
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AppleJackShaman Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Arn't this the cutest thing uve ever seen? :iconrdclapplz: :iconapplejackishappyplz:
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AceBlazewing Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Applejack must have a soft, comfy belly. Rainbow looks so cozy. XD
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Rangelost Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's better than a warm pillow that strokes your hair?

:icondashissuperhappyplz:
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Teyandee05 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
This story and the picture is one more proof that Applejack and Rainbow Dash are two best friends. Good job!
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Rangelost Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't say "proof" since it's fan-made content, but thanks nonetheless!
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AJ is so lucky...I would love to have Dashie cuddle up next to me.
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