The singer’s sophomore album, Blue Ribbon Winner, got its title track after an equestrian event

By People Staff
Updated March 07, 2011 08:22 PM

Inspiration comes from the most unexpected places.

Singer-actress Schuyler Fisk was working on the follow-up album to her debut, The Good Stuff, and after a long day, she and her producer decided to check out a horse show.

“We were watching these horses go around the ring, it was raining,” she says in an exclusive video. “I think it was just the first day we had gotten out of the studio and we were seeing all these things.”

Fisk saw the horses do a victory lap, but there was something unsettling about the event – the song that played overhead was “just awful.” Jokingly, Fisk and her producer decided to write a more appropriate song. What they ended up with was the title track and first single for Fisks’s sophomore effort, Blue Ribbon Winner.

It isn’t entirely a surprise that Fisk would find a creative muse in an animal. The singer grew up on a farm with horses, dogs and cat, and last year, her single “Love Somebody” helped benefit Virginia’s Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

Blue Ribbon Winner is out now in stores and online. For more on the album’s inspiration, check out our exclusive video below.