Creating a musical freestyle takes time. You may begin the process all gung-ho and then find that your motivation lessens as time passes.
Whenever I feel a lack of inspiration I spend some time doing the following:
Go to a Show
If you have the opportunity to attend a live event that will help spark your motivation. Even a local schooling show with one freestyle can motivate you. Watching a fellow rider in the ring, showing their finished freestyle is encouraging.
Make plans to attend a big show if you live near high-profile showgrounds like Saugerties, NY or Tryon, NC. Are you making plans to attend the World Equestrian Games coming up this September (2018)? Regional and National Championship shows typically showcase the freestyles in the evening for the enjoyment of the audience.
This is by far the quickest way to get motivated and spark some new ideas. I have saved individual Playlists for each level and would love your help to add more. If you have a video of yourself competing a musical freestyle please post the link in the comments below and I will add you to my Playlist. Or you could also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your video in the Create a Dressage Musical Freestyle Facebook Group.
Many of you will be designing your very first freestyle at Training Level. There aren't a lot of movements in Training Level so it can sometimes be a challenge to be creative with less. Click on the video to begin watching the Playlist. If you would like to see my personal favorites with commentary click here.
First Level is popular since it is the first level where your scores count towards the USDF Bronze Freestyle Bar. Combining leg-yields and lengthened gaits makes it a little more complicated but fun at the same time. Click here to watch the Playlist. If you would like to see my personal favorites with commentary click here.
Intermediare is a challenging level to choreograph but fun to watch! Riders at this level can earn scores towards their USDF Gold Freestyle Bar. Unlike the lower levels, the Intermediare Freestyle does not include the highest test of the level (Intermediare 2). The piaffe, passage, and one-tempis are saved for the Grand Prix. Click here to watch the Playlist.
Even if you are riding a lower level freestyle you can gain a lot of ideas and inspiration from the Grand Prix riders. There are a lot of videos in this Playlist...Olympics, World Cup, etc. Be inspired by the best! Riders at Grand Prix can earn scores towards their USDF Gold Freestyle Bar. Click here to watch the Playlist.
Join a Community
Being a part of a group of like-minded riders is helpful to stay inspired and get encouragement. If you have been taking part in the Seven Day Freestyle Challenge you have been sharing your freestyle "homework" with the awesome ladies in the Create Your Dressage Musical Freestyle Facebook Group.
You can also join a few other Facebook groups called Musical Freestyle (Dressage Kur) and Musical Freestyle Dressage. If you find any other fun, positive groups online please let me know in the comments below or email me at email@example.com.
There are two online forums that you can ask questions and interact with other members on the topics of musical freestyle. These are the two that I recommend, the Chronicle of the Horse Forum and the Definitely Dressage Observation Lounge Forum.
Join the Seven Day Freestyle Challenge!
The purpose of this challenge is to help you overcome the biggest hurdle keeping you from the show arena...getting started! The challenge will help you gain momentum with small, daily action steps, inspiration, and encouragement to continue. You don't have to do this challenge in seven days, you can take as much time as you need. However, I do recommend that you go in order to follow the natural progression of your journey.
Action Step for Today:
Go to the Create a Musical Freestyle Facebook Group and let us know how you stay inspired. Perhaps you will share a freestyle video that inspires you, a Facebook group or Online Forum you have joined, or an upcoming show you plan to attend. Enter "Challenge Day Seven" into the Search Bar to find the post for you to share and engage with others.
Awesome job! You are close to completing the Seven Day Freestyle Challenge!
Download My Free Resources
Stay organized with my Musical Freestyle Checklist and begin sketching choreography with my Blank Arena Diagram Page.
Browse my Freestyle E-Book Store
Learn how to create a musical freestyle from start to finish or choose an e-Book with choreography ideas just for your level.
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