Custom Freestyles

My freestyle design system has been developed over the course of my career to lead you step-by-step through the process and produce exactly the musical freestyle you desire. Below, I'll tell you how my system works and you'll see that no other freestyle designer is as meticulous or takes the time on your project that I do. Services described below aren't "extras," but included in the basic price. My work always begins with your ideas and ends with your approval.

I research music in your choice of themes to find about 5 pieces for each gait. I tempo-adjust clips and send to my video production specialist. Kevin edits the video you provided to create a movie for each gait. He syncs the music choices with video for viewing. I'll upload the videos and send you a link. You can watch the videos as many times as you like to select music and also forward the link to your trainer. You might pick a complete theme from video but you might only find, say, two pieces you want. In that case, I'll research additional music for your consideration to fill out the theme. Most riders find music sample videos to be a sufficient tool to select music. If not, I'll burn a CD of your favorites and mail to you to try riding.

I always tempo-adjust music for you to consider and I only present you with choices which can be successfully adjusted. The service is not an add-on but an integral part of my design system. You need to hear exactly how the music will sound when adjusted and you need to know how the music relates to your horse's gaits. 

Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch a short music sample video of the type you'll receive.

Every freestyle begins with your horse's individual gait tempos. You'll submit video showing me a sampling of all gaits. Your horse will likely move in a small range of tempos at each gait and I'll make an artistic decision about the best tempo at which to record music. This decision takes into account variables such as extensions speeding up and pirouettes slowing down. The best tempo allows you to ride in sync with music the greatest part of the time. As a performing musician, I can operate a metronome with pinpoint accuracy. 

Gait Tempos

Music Selection

“I have listened to all the music and I like the selection you sent so much that I can't decide which songs to pick! Thank you for doing such a great job and taking my wants into account! ”

- Celise Eberle

Music Editing

“I think you did a great job with the movements and phrases and the better I do my job, the more obvious it is. People loved it!"

- Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel

After music is selected, you submit your choreography video or I design it for you. If I'm handling the design, I need to view test video at your freestyle level. I write a script of every stride your horse takes in the test. To design choreography, I need to know how many strides your horse typically takes in every turn, short side and movement. I use that information to predict how much music to allow in editing and to time the choreography. 

The process of music editing is where I really shine. I have the ability to edit 40 cuts of music at Grand Prix to sound like one piece. My skill was honed over six years of university music theory courses in bachelor's and master's programs. I don't guess about the beat structure and key relationships. I never simply fade down a phrase and bring up something new to coincide with a movement change and I create convincing transitions between gaits. I know precisely how many beats I need to match your movement and I select cuts to splice together as though the music was originally performed that way.

Once the edits are in place, I transfer the files to my audio engineering specialist. David does the final splicing and mastering of your freestyle music. He tempo-adjusts and balances the music and deals with issues only a top professional understands. For instance, he sometimes moves the channels toward the center to create more of a mono recording. There's the potential for stereo recordings to sound uneven when played through show loudspeakers. Once your music is put together, David sends me the file to preview. We bounce the music back and forth until I'm satisfied with the recording, sometimes creating as many as 5 versions before I sign off.

Choreography

Music Sample Video

“OMG, the music...I know you chopped it up but I cannot even tell!!!! Wow, great job."

- Kathleen Betzel

I send you a questionnaire to learn how your horse needs to be presented to the judge in choreography. I ask you to rate your horse in every possible movement and combination on a scale of 1-5. Five is the highest rating and my goal is to insert the "4-5" patterns into your design so that choreography flows from one strength to the next.

I never simply ask for a short list of your horse's strengths and weaknesses. I developed my questionnaires over a period of years to give me the best possible information and give you the reassurance that you'll receive the right design for your horse.

I create a pencil sketch of your choreography drawn on arena diagrams and e-mail to you to look over or try riding. I make any changes requested and finalize diagrams.

After your music is finished, I create a script of your choreography stride for stride. I record a voice-over narration to give you cues and placement of movements within the phrasing. I'll burn a CD of this narrated version for you to use in practice. You'll never be lost or question how the movements should line up with music as you ride.

You'll receive music sample videos for each gait similar to the video below, but with more choices. Creating sample videos of your horse makes the music selection process easy and convenient.