Well I did take my time to experiment with the template (a few hours) and made a point out of ignoring the obvious hearts and Fella I was surprised it turned out so well too. I almost went for another version with the same woman on a horse, but that one was a bit more clumsy (not to mention it wasn't within the theme)
I'm so impressed you came up with this final product! I took an initial stab at it, but never was this creative with my brainstorming. And a woman on a horse? Wow! Yes, not within the theme, but bravo!
I wish I knew how this creativity thing actually works, so I could do it all the time. Unfortunately it seems to work only when one isn't really trying. I mean, I didn't even dream of winning a prize since I knew there would be thousands of entries. I did it just for fun and it turned out awesome. And then I struggle with certain commissions for weeks and they don't end up as good as this. Ah well
Seriously, keep trying. It literally took me about an hour to come up with this, but I'm not sorry I "wasted" the time. I certainly pushed some creativity limit here, and that can only be a good thing.