Currently I am working on three musical freestyles. One for myself and two for clients. I love to work on choreography and musical selection. It is quite challenging to work with clients to find something that really appeals to them while, at the same time, fits their horse's gaits and the overall feel you are trying to achieve in the freestyle. I come from a more artistic approach, I would rather the music "feels" like a trot lengthening or transition rather than trying to match the tempo perfectly with a metronome system. There are so many elements to the music including the emotional quality. Does the rider want it to be fun and light or perhaps a bit more dramatic? I am attracted to movie soundtracks because they really create an emotion that the audience can connect with. In the past I have ridden routines to Gettysburg, Moulin Rouge, King Arthur, Sleeping Beauty, Zorro, Musketeers, Man in the Iron Mask, and many others. However, at the moment I am working with Athene (owner/head trainer at Connecticut Equestrian Center) and her Lusitano gelding on a First Level freestyle. She wants something recognizable and fun, preferably to music by Queen. We are working on the music selection to match her horse who has a quick, Spanish stride. Anne Margaret is also a classic rock fan and would love to ride to songs from popular bands like Aerosmith, U2, and Rolling Stones. She will be riding a Third Level freestyle. We also have to deal with Rubin's timid personality and lack of confidence in the show arena. Music that is too bold may "revv" him up too much, making him more of a handful. Lastly I am working on a First Level freestyle for Douwe. I think I have made my musical selection and am starting to think about our choreography. I have some Led Zeppelin songs picked out that were recorded by an orchestra. The songs are dramatic and seem to match Douwe's big Friesian stride. Contact me for pricing to create a freestyle. I can do First Level all the way to Grand Prix.