More than just a former rider and life lover of William Shatner, Elizabeth Shatner has found her purpose as a digital artist and photographer. She had a thriving career as a professional judge and horse trainer. Elizabeth rode her first horse at the age of five and immediately fell in love with the thrill and the art. It wasn’t enough for her, so she started acting in documentary films and TV shows. Some of his most notable works include The Shatner Project, The Captains, Gonzo Ballet, Life After the Trek: William Shatner, E! True Hollywood Story, and American Pickers.
Away from her love for horses and her very successful career in the equine world, Elizabeth is actively involved in charity work. She often donates to horse-related charities and is admired for her contributions to the Hollywood Charity Horse Show event. Among other things, the event mainly raises funds to support children with disabilities.
Lady Shatner is the powerhouse of the all-glory project that uses animal-assisted therapies to help military officers, veterans, and their families manage their situation. Unsurprisingly, the renowned rider has several trophies and has received numerous honors and recognitions for her various projects. Let’s go catch her some more.
Elizabeth Shatner – Bio
It was December 30, and in the year1958, Elizabeth Shatner was born. It is said that she began nurturing her love for horses at an early age and learned to ride when she was five years old. After her 8th birthday, she was introduced to her first horse, a Gailceno pony that she absolutely adored. Soon her riding skills and abilities improved immensely and she started teaching horse riding. She has been invited to join several judging panels at equine competitions. She is a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned a degree in Equine and Animal Science. Then she started working as a professional trainer.
After retiring as a horsewoman, Elizabeth struggled to find a new direction in life that could incorporate her love for nature while bringing her as much joy as her old career. While on a safari vacation in Israel with her husband, she began taking pictures of the landscape and deeply appreciating art as a means of expression. From that moment she started a career as an artist, using colors, shapes, light and bringing them to life in her creations.
Elizabeth Shatner has started working on a series called Art by Nature which includes digitally painted images of horses. It was a perfect blend of her life’s passions and she donated some of the money from her sales to charities focused on helping animals. Although she embarked on this new career as an artist, the former rider did not give up the first job she fell in love with. She is still an active judge in several horse-related competitions. When she’s not judging, she competes with her own trained horses or breeds them to do so. She placed first in several horse-related competitions, including the 2011 World Championship Horse Show, where she finished third.
If she is married, who is her husband – William Shatner and his children
The award-winning rider is married to renowned Canadian actor, producer, singer, director and author William Shatner. He is best known for playing the iconic James T. Kirk on the Star Trek Series. Leslie and William met in 2001 when they were both mourning the loss of their wife. Michael Gleen Martin, Leslie’s husband of 15 years, died in 1997, while William’s third wife, Bernie Kidd Shatner, accidentally drowned in 1999, just two years into their marriage.
William was married to Gloria Rand, with whom he had three children: Leslie, Lisabeth and Melanie. Their union lasted from 1956 to 1969. In 1973, he married Marcy Lafferty and the divorce was finalized in 1996.
Elizabeth Shatner and William exchanged marriage vows in Lebanon on February 13, 2001. William is 27 years older than her, but age doesn’t matter when it comes to the heart. Although she has no children, she is stepmother to William’s three children from his previous marriage. The couple continue to live and work together through their many charities, and the divorce papers won’t be signed anytime soon, or even in this lifetime.