Create Your Own Training Level Musical Freestyle! Sample Videos of Good Choreography & Music Selection

Have you always wanted to ride a musical freestyle? Getting started at Training Level is a great way to get your feet wet and learn how the entire process works. 

In this post, I have shared some examples of Training Level musical freestyles and reasons why they are good, from a judge's perspective (I am a USDF "L" Graduate and a freestyle designer). 

If you need extra help creating your freestyle, you will find pre-choreographed routines and tips for finding music in my Training Level eBook.  

Watch these videos for freestyle inspiration!
If you would like your freestyle featured in this blog post and added to my YouTube playlist, send an email to: beginthedance@gmail.com


Video #1: Music Suitable to the Type & Character of the Horse
This is a snazzy freestyle showing smart choreography and music choice.

  • Jazz music matches the smooth gaits and handsome physique of the horse.
  • Music seamlessly matches choreography and tempo of horse's gaits.
  • Balanced use of arena space.
  • Good use of short diagonals on the first and final centerline.

Well done!  

Video #2: Patterns Accomplished with Ease and Graceful Choreography and Music

This is a beautiful freestyle showing ease of accomplishing choreographic patterns.

  • Recognizable music matches the rhythm and tempo of the horse's stride- it also sounded like they edited the music to speed up and slow down the beats to match the horse.
  • Choreography flows well with the transitions. 
  • Music matches the horse's floating gaits, particularly the free walk.
  • Balanced use of patterns. 

This pair work well together!

Video #3: Obvious Trust and Synchrony Between Horse and Rider

This team showcased a positive connection throughout this sweet freestyle. PLEASE NOTE that this freestyle was ridden in 2014 before the freestyle tests were updated by USDF. 

  • Music is upbeat and punchy and reflects this young horse/rider's personality.
  • Choreography matches music and  transitions.
  • An obvious sense of unity and contentment between horse and rider.
  • Good use of the space and nicely designed patterns.

Wonderful job!

Video #4: Recognizable Music that Matches Horse's Character

This pair performed a well-designed routine to cute, recognizable music.

  • Plucky, fun music from the Shrek soundtrack that matches the horse's tempo of gaits.
  • Transitions in music are obvious and match the choreography.
  • Nicely designed patterns that are accomplished with ease.
  • Horse and rider team demonstrated trust and confidence.

Great performance!

Video #5: Have some Fun with a little Rock N' Roll!

This pair performed a freestyle with a good degree of difficulty. 

  • Energetic music that changed with the gaits.
  • Transitions in music are obvious and match the choreography.
  • Smooth serpentine lines and difficult canter transitions. 
  • Music was edited well for the beginning and final halts.

If you need help developing your freestyle take a peek at sample pages from my eBook, the link is below. The book includes 10 pre-choreographed tests that you can choose from and add your own music to! You will find everything you need to create your own Training Level musical freestyle in the eBook.

 Please leave a comment below or send any questions to beginthedance@gmail.com.

Have fun creating!