Horse and rider perform beautifully at this past winter’s dressage competition at WEF. This pair is about to perform a pirouette.

From Wikipedia…
A “Pirouette” is a French word for the Ballet reference, " to whirl about."

A pirouette is a two-track lateral movement asked of a horse in dressage, in which the animal makes a circle with its front end around a smaller circle made by the hind end. Specifically, the front legs and outside hind leg should travel around the inside hind leg, with the horse remaining slightly bent in the direction of travel. The horse may perform the movement at the walk or canter, although the pirouette at the walk is more commonly called the turn on the haunches.

As in all dressage, the horse should remain relaxed, engaged, and responsive, with the poll as the highest point. Ideally, the pirouette will be almost in-place, although many horses perform a slightly larger pirouette. A pirouette may be performed either as a 360-degree turn (full pirouette), 270 degrees (¾-pirouette), or 180-degrees (half-pirouette). Some dressage tests call for two full pirouettes in a row (720 degrees).

Wellington, Florida

Canon Rebel XS w/ 55-250mm lens
Edited in Photoshop CS5
Background saturation turned wayyy down
Horse extracted, layer properties changed to add the glow effect.


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  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 4 years ago

    Spectacular job on this dear Torrie……………..xoxoxoxo
    Ever so lovely………………

  • I’m so glad you like it! Me putzing around on Photoshop again with some older stuff. Got a few more horsie things to put up tonight, but this was my fave out of the bunch. ♥

    – Victoria DeMore

  • Kenart
    Kenartover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot, excellent treatment and excellent work from the horse and rider.

  • Thank you very much. Yes, they are a wonder to watch. I personally have never competed in dressage, only trained some very low level work and that’s hard enough for me! lol

    – Victoria DeMore

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 4 years ago

    great timing!

  • Thanks!

    – Victoria DeMore

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kabout 4 years ago

    Horses at work
    This make you eligable for the Featured Avatar challenges we would love for you to enter..

  • Thank you so so much! I am honored! Sorry it took me so long to reply. Been on vacation and only had some time to briefly log in.

    – Victoria DeMore

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for entering the featured challenge in horses at work group..:))

  • Tiffany Rach
    Tiffany Rachabout 4 years ago

    GORGEOUS!!!! I love dressage!!! The highest Ive showed with my Oldenburg gelding would be First Level but he could go all the way up to Fourth Level. Fabulous piece! So poetic…

  • Thanks Tiffany! I never appreciated it as much until I tried the sport myself. As a hunter/jumper I was always too bored with the thought of it, but it’s tough! I enjoy admiring them when I get the chance. Sounds like you have a fantastic horse! Thank you very much for the comment :-)

    – Victoria DeMore

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kabout 4 years ago

    Well done on winning the Horses at work August Avatar Chalenge from your hosts.

  • Thank you so very very much Kristina! I’ve never won a challenge before. I’m completely in shock. This is such an honor. Thanks for being an awesome host of an amazing group!

    – Victoria DeMore

  • pauseplace
    pauseplaceabout 4 years ago

    WAY TO GO!! This is a very nice representationof your work my dear!! You deserve it!

  • Thanks Mom! I was thrilled!

    – Victoria DeMore

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for you lovely compliment, i hope you continue to enjoy the group. well done on your great win, thanks to the group for its support as well..:)) k

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerralmost 4 years ago

    Great work ..

  • Thanks so much! What an honor!! There are always so many amazing pieces of artwork in the group. Thank you for the feature!

    – Victoria DeMore

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