In 1940, Presser and his wife purchased studio/camps in Hervey White’s Maverick Artist Colony in Woodstock, New York.
Here and at Yaddo, he spent time in the stables and paddocks at nearby Saratoga racetrack, where he mingled with the trainers, jockeys and stable hands.

He became especially well-known for his drawings and paintings of horses; one of his most important commissions was for Riddle Stables, of a champion stallion sired by Man o’ War, the most famous race horse of the time. After completion of the portrait, Presser lived in the stable barns for another 3 months, sketching the thoroughbreds and their grooms.
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