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​​​​​​​Thank you for participating in the "Official Artist of the Queen's Plate Contest".  
The contest is now closed. We will be back next year. ​

For this year's contest, contestants were to create their interpretation of Canada’s most prestigious horse racing event
using various mediums including watercolour, oil, acrylic, pencil, design artwork and more! 


 ​Winning Prize:  $1,000 CASH - Queen’s Plate VIP Experience - Display of the winning artwork at Queen’s Plate on Sunday, July 3rd, ​2016 
- Artwork included in the 2016 commemorative Queen’s Plate program​

 Artist Name: Olga Pankova

Artwork: ​“Mudder - All Out”

​36” x 24” x 1.4” Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
 with a Crushed Leather Effect.​


​Olga Pankova named Official Artist of the 2016 Queen’s Plate

A simple wish from Pankova's six-year-old daughter eventually led to a series of artistic creations and an eventual submission to one of Woodbine's most popular annual Queen's Plate contests.

"Over the past year or so, I have been creating paintings featuring wildlife," said the Markham-based Pankova. "Last year, my daughter asked if I could paint her a horse.  So I did, and then continued to paint at least 10 other horse paintings. I became infatuated with their grace, beauty and spirit. I was in awe. Having heard about this opportunity to paint for the 2016 Queen's Plate contest, my husband said, 'You need to capture their power.'

"So once again, I went back to researching horses, but with a different perspective. I wanted to capture that element of the race, where their harnessed energy is visually evident."

'Mudder – All Out' is an acrylic painting on gallery-wrapped canvas with a crushed leather effect.

"When painting animals, I have found that it can exhibit an additional dimension," explained Pankova. "The light is captured with this tactile application, and suggests a tangible and distinct feeling to the rendering. The composition (the cropping of the image) allows the viewer to be directed to what the racehorse is offering. The painting is exhibiting the transformation of the horse's pure power, exerted into the track, and then the release of that power, thrusting them forward, extending itself to the utmost under any condition."

Pankova's painting was selected as one of five finalists on May 27. Following fan voting, she was informed that her piece was the winning submission.

For more on Pankova's equine works, visit and

Fans attending The Queen's Plate on July 3 will be able to see 'Mudder – All Out' and meet Pankova as part of the numerous fan experiences surrounding this year's running of Canada's iconic sporting event.

The Finalists for 2016


Artist comments:

I am a professional working artist exploring both traditional and non traditional mediums. I have loved horses all my life and since the age of 14 I have been visiting the Woodbine racetrack, watching and drawing thoroughbreds and the trots. It has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to paint something for Woodbine so when I found out about this contest I was thrilled! ​


Janet Griffin-Scott

Artist comments:

This is a new one in my Queen’s Plate Dreams series. I call it Very Fast Rainbow, due to the multitude of brightly coloured jockey silks that is evident in this running towards you view.​


​​Olaf Schneider​

Artist comments:

Title- The Ghost at the Plate​​​


Linda Shantz

Artist comments:

Rather than a racing scene, I decided to portray the anticipation in the paddock before the race, when the groom confidently leads his charge while the jockey quietly prepares for Canada's most important race. I took the reference photo when at the races last summer, and as soon as I saw the photo of the grey filly lit up by sunlight against a dramatic stormy summer sky, I knew I had to paint it.​


Olga Pankova

Artist comments:

Having heard about this opportunity to paint for the 2016 Queen’s Plate Contest, my husband said, “You need to capture their power!”  
So once again, back to researching horses, but with a different perspective.  
I wanted to capture that element of the race, where their harnessed energy is visually evident

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2015​​ Winning Artwork

Winning Artist Profile

Artist: Olaf S.
​​​Title: To The Finish
Size: 22”x48”
Medium: Oil on canvas
Artist ​​Comments:
As a lifetime artist/art lover I have always appreciated the beauty and majesty of the horse. 
I have recently become a fan of horse racing and Equine Art. I am enthusiastic of Conquest Stables and enjoy watching racing and painting these incredible animals. I've found my new passion.​