Welcome to day nine of Horse & Hound’s advent calendar. Today’s special offer is the chance to win a fabulous portrait of your horse.

Win a portrait by Melanie Wright

In this exclusive competition, one lucky H&H reader will win a portrait of their equine — taken from a one-to-one sitting — with acclaimed equestrian artist Melanie Wright.

Please note, the sitting cannot take place until 2010, but a personalised card and voucher can be arranged for Christmas 2009 if the winner wishes to give the prize as a gift.

About the artist

Melanie Wright is a classically-trained portrait artist who paints both humans and horses. Based in the Cotswolds, she comes from an artistic and equestrian background and studied history of art at Christie’s and fine art at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, Chelsea.

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