The sense of furious action and kinetic tension exhibited in this work are similar to what Remington would soon be bringing to his sculptural pieces. The subject is a young acquaintance of Remington's who was making his own acquaintance with a spirited Western bronco. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Graham F. Blandy went West as a young man, where he became the subject of this portrait of a "greenhorn" cowboy sometime between 1890 and 1900. Soon after, Blandy returned to the East, making his fortune as a prominent New York stockbroker and acquiring a large estate called "The Tuleyries" in Virginia. Originally built in 1833 by Colonel Joseph Tuley, Jr., the estate was sold in 1866 to a Colonel Upton Boyce, who in turn sold it to Blandy in 1903. When Blandy died in 1926, his will left 700 acres of the property to the University of Virginia which used it to establish the Blandy Experimental Farm, still in operation today.