Musical Freestyle Design for Dressage Riders


Beth Hall Music Editor & Choreographer



I've always loved music and was always that horse-crazy kid. I spent many happy hours cantering bareback through the woods at summer camp and on rental horses without somehow ever coming to grief. I took riding lessons at the old Bit and Spur Club in Mobile, Alabama where my grandfather often judged jumper shows. I treasure the time spent at his farm and it made me determined to one day own my own farm. 

When I was five years old, I knew I would be a musician. I started taking piano lessons and even put pennies in a jar to save enough money to visit Vienna, my imagined home of the world's greatest music. I never wavered from musical ambition as I learned other instruments and continued to practice and learn.

Long after I established Woodwind Farm, I finally did come to grief on a young horse. I had a badly broken shoulder and suffered the pain of not riding and not playing music. During that time, my friend Rebecca Rigdon came to me and asked if I could produce music for her Grand Prix freestyle. During the six months it took to heal enough to get back on a horse, I produced her freestyle and many more. My abrupt detour from riding resulted in a passion for freestyle which combined everything I've ever loved and studied in life.

I bring a diverse background in dressage and music to the art of freestyle design with 20 years experience in the field. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in music from the University of Vermont and Master of Music Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I was awarded a full fellowship. I taught flute at the University of Mobile and performed as soloist with ensembles such as the Magnolia Chamber Orchestra and Baldwin Pops.

My dressage mentors include Arlene Rigdon, Jos Sevriens, and at university, Susan Blinks and Sarah Geikie. I minored in Animal Science at the University of Massachusetts. I am a graduate of the USDF "L" Judge Education Program, bred and trained Swedish Warmblood horses, taught dressage lessons and clinics, and hosted recognized competitions. I have conducted freestyle clinics nationwide.

My expertise is trusted by the USDF Connection Magazine and Dressage Today to contribute educational articles.

I have been a featured speaker at a USDF convention and interviewed several times by the USDF's Dressage Talk Radio. I have also been interviewed in Zoom talks with international judge, Cesar Torrente (also my freestyle client), and Chronicle of the Horse blogger, Lauren Sprieser.

My clients include such highly recognized competitors as Lauren Sprieser, Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel, Emily Miles, and David Blake. My client list also includes numerous NAYC silver and gold medalists like Lauren Asher and Lexie Kment.

University of Massachusetts Dressage Team

University of Massachusetts Dressage Team

Beth Hall on far left riding Bay State Marquis

Susan Blinks, Coach (standing)

University of Massachusetts Symphonic Band

University of Massachusetts Symphonic Band

Beth Hall, Conductor

Beth Hall with Johann Christian at Woodwind Farm

Beth Hall and Johann Christian

Woodwind Farm

Baldwin Pops Band concert warm-up

Beth Hall, solo flute performer

Baldwin Pops concert warm-up

Third Level dressage horse with Beth Hall, rider

Beth Hall and Jack at Woodwind Farm

Third Level dressage horse



Kevin Hall Drums & Percussion

 Kevin has been a highly successful session and touring drummer for more than 25 years. Based in Austin, Texas, he has performed with such artists as Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, guitar legend Eric Johnson, and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad.

Bringing his percussion expertise to Woodwind Studios, Kevin has produced and performed in live band freestyles and regularly contributes live recorded drum tracks to provide dynamic rhythm for higher scores.