Musical Freestyle Design for Dressage Riders

SERVICES

My comprehensive services allow you to make good decisions every step of the way. With my detailed system, I lead you through the process of producing exactly the musical freestyle you desire. I will listen to your wants and needs so that you go down centerline excited and happy.


Services described below aren't "extras," but are included in the price.

Gait Tempos

Every freestyle begins with determining your horse's individual gait tempos. I take into account all the variables and record music at tempos which best suit the horse. As a performing musician, I can operate a metronome with pinpoint accuracy.

Music Themes

I research music in your choice of themes and provide about 5 pieces of music for each gait to consider. I always tempo-adjust music clips and only present you with choices which can be successfully adjusted and convincing for the listener.  I'll provide up to 3-4 additional selections, if necessary, to complete a theme to your satisfaction.

Music Selection Video

Music selection is never guesswork. After music clips are engineered, I sync with video you provide. No extra charge! You'll see how music interacts with your horse's gaits and use the video to select music. If video isn't enough, I can also send you tempo-adjusted music clips to try riding.


 Watch this short video to see a music sample video of the type you'll receive for the purpose of music selection. 

Choreography Design

You can submit video of your choreography or I'll design it for you. If I design, you'll receive a detailed worksheet for me to learn how your horse needs to be presented to the judge. You grade potential patterns from low (1) to high (5) and I include your highest scoring patterns in the design. I send you a sketch for approval and then finalize the design.

Sample Choreography Worksheet Questions

Music Editing

My advanced education in music gives me the ability to edit music which is second to none. I perfectly match phrasing and dynamics to movements on your choreography video and create the most convincing possible transitions between gaits - no compromises and no editing choices made out of ignorance or lack of training.

Music Engineering

Music is perfectly balanced and engineered to industry standards. Effects such as cymbal rolls can be added in final production to highlight your music. If needed, complete drum tracks are recorded live to underscore your music. CDs are burned to operate in any playback system.

The Final Product

You'll receive video like the one below of Grand Prix rider, Nancy Smith, with your music precisely edited to fit the choreography. I designed choreography, as well as produced music, for this freestyle. Use the music video I provide as a learning guide. If you need an additional practice tool, I'll record a voice-over narration of your choreography with the final music file. In addition to CDs, I'll send a thumb drive containing digital music files and the music video file. You'll have an mp3 music file or narration to download to your phone and use for practice.


Nancy says, "The music is beautiful and really suits him."

ONE RIDER'S EXPERIENCE

My freestyle system was the subject of a post at Madeleine Perry's dressage blog. Madi is one of my Young Rider clients and a student of Olympian, Ali Brock, in Wellington. You can read the rider's perspective on the process of developing  a freestyle with me HERE.