I am trying to sort things on my laptop, and just uploaded some pics I took on Oct 1st from the World Equestrian Games -- Dressage Freestyle. With Freestyle, the rider has to select their own music, and movements - BUT -they have to do all of the required movements and score is given by music selection, and ease and gracefulness of each movement. Basically you want to look like a statue in the saddle while your horse goes with every command swiftly - without any hesitation. This was my first time ever photographing an event under the lights. It was one of the highlights of the World Games for me - the arena was sold out, and these were the best Dressage horses in the world. Fuego XII and Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz from Spain were probably by far the fan favorite of the night. They finished 5th, but again I think if the audience were to vote they would have placed first or second. The crowd booed when they didn't finish better, but still to be in 5th place in the World Games? wow I will NEVER grow tired of watching this horse... Flying Lead Change The crowds applause after the riders salute caught Fuego by surprise! If anyone is interested, here's a video on youtube, I think it's in German <hehe>, but it's the best video I can find. This horse was just so exciting... [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVtZodFmcLU&feature=related[/ame] 1:56 into the video if you look directly across from the letter 'H' you'll see the yellow Ariat sign and a black box behind it <speaker that is covered>, that's where I was standing It may get a little slow between 3 minutes and 5:35, but definitely check out from the 5:39 mark, sooo awesome and no the audience normally does not applause during a performance! The best Dressage horse in the world's name is Moorland's Totilas. I believe he has scored the highest score ever recorded by a Dressage horse. He's a stunning black stallion. His performance wasn't as 'exciting' IMO as Fuego, but it was still amazing to see this horse moving with perfection and ease. He is from the Netherlands Isabel Werth and Warum Nicht FRH from Germany Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Hunter Douglas Sunrise from the Netherlands Marcela Krinke Susmeli and Corinth from SUI I am a sucker for these flashy bays... And of course..... TEAM USA Steffen Peters and Ravel finished....3RD! Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a lot of great pics because the extended trot and my other favorite photographic moves were in the wrong place for me to photograph. Ravel and his groom. Everyone else was at the awards ceremony and only me and another photographer I was working with got this pic Here's my attempt at being artsy...hehe... this was done over with a midnight sephia glow...one of my very favorite actions in photoshop Peter Gmoser and Cointreau Hope I didn't bore you all! I wanted to share these so they don't get pushed aside! Besides my kids are still up <snow day tomorrow>, so they are ruling the tv! hehe!