Unbridled Collection

Launched on Thursday, June 21, 2012

Elizabeth Shatner's “Unbridled Collection” depicts unique glimpses into the equine way of life, encompassing a diverse range of breeds and disciplines, through the eye of a dedicated horsewoman and judge.



Faire Game Series

Elizabeth is intrigued with agriculture and its impact on society. She is inspired by the traditional institutions, like county and state fairgrounds, that bring communities and cultures together through various competitions and product sharing.  She recognizes the impact that these events have had on communities over time. The Faire Game Series highlights the unique qualities of community-based equine events, big and small, that have provided recognition, revenue and good old-fashioned entertainment and stress relief for centuries. Elizabeth is captivated by the myriad ways horses continue to serve us.

Watching You

Location: 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Lexington, KY Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle

An original work from Elizabeth Shatner's Art by Nature: The Unbridled Collection: Faire Game Series

Watching You

It's an amazing feeling to look out over a sea of spectators, all enjoying and supporting the art and industry of the horse.

A capacity crowd witnessed history in the making on Sept 29, 2010, when Stephen Peters became the first American ever to win an individual medal (Bronze) in the World Championships. Though he had helped the US to two team medals in the 1996 Olympics and the 2006 WEG, he had narrowly missed the individual medals -- until this day. The multicultural audience from nearly 100 countries around the world sat together, captivated by the image of the graceful Ravel, his glistening black coat stark against the white sand, and his rider, moving in perfect athletic harmony. It is a partnership like no other.

Here, Elizabeth captures the pair in a perfectly-executed maneuver, the Extended Trot.




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Victory Rose

Location: The gorgeous vintage Illinois State Fairgrounds after the American Saddlebred 5 Gaited Pleasure championship, Springfield, Illinois.

An original work from Elizabeth Shatner's Art by Nature: The Unbridled Collection: Faire Game Series

Victory Rose

Victory Rose embodies the art of true performance. Delicacy and control of power become symbolic in this piece. The elegance and raw power of the horse are complemented by the Grand Championship rose held delicately in it’s riders hand along with the controlling reins.

Fun Footnote: this horse and rider combination that so captured Elizabeth’s eye went on to also win the five gaited pleasure championship at the World’s Grand Championship later that year.




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Fair Game - HarrodsbergRoadster




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Dancing With Shadows II

Location: Location: 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Lexington, KY Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle

An original work from Elizabeth Shatner's Art by Nature: The Unbridled Collection: Faire Game Series

Dancing With Shadows II

Dressage isn't just dancing -- it's serious, serious business. Intense concentration, obsessive attention to detail, exhausting form and muscle work, endless hours of training, and a good deal of money…  all in pursuit of perfection. But, when it all comes together, in that moment we see a transformation into a freedom and joy that can only be called -- art. In Dancing With Shadows II, Edward Gal and his mount, Moorlands Tortilas, find themselves in that glorious zone, dancing together with a new partner, a flitting shadow that is, in the end, a perfect reflection of horse and rider as one. These two may have come away with the Gold medal, but their true reward was the art.




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Dancing With Shadows

Location: Location: 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Lexington, KY Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle

An original work from Elizabeth Shatner's Art by Nature: The Unbridled Collection: Faire Game Series

Dancing With Shadows

Dressage is often likened to the art of figure skating. True mastery, and even just enjoyment, involves moving beyond the "what" (form, circle, center line, beat, etc) and into the "how". While it starts with the constraints of geometry and timing, a well-matched horse and rider will evolve from those fundamentals into a place of freedom - graceful movement through space, with natural bending, balance and an organic reach - without rushing, being totally in the moment. At this level, the soul of the dance opens up and melds with its environment, embracing the audience, the air, the sun, and even a shadow.




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