Freestyle to music

Freestyle to music

Freestyle to music by Paulien Alberts

Paulien Alberts has made freestyles for over 100 people. These freestyles have been used at national first level to European and World Championships (Julian van Schaik with Dailan at the European Championships ponies where she became fourth and Mary Jordan and Laura Goldman in Grade 4 and 1A para-dressage at the World Equestrian games in Kentucky and Celine van Till at the WEG in Caen and EC in Deauville). Different riders also became champion of their region in the Netherlands with a freestyle made by Paulien.

When she was younger Paulien played the violin for many years so has aquired a good musical ear. She has also been an experienced dressage rider for years and enjoys riding freestyles herself as you can show more of your personality in a freestyle rather than in a standard dressage test.

If Paulien were to make a freestyle for you, the procedure would be as follows:

  • First you would design a dressage test for yourself or Paulien can design one for you consulting you along the way so that your strengths can be highlighted and your weaknesses are brought in a place where they are less prominent in the test.
  • You will have to practise this test until you can do it confidently and then record it on a DVD or sent it by youtube.
  • You can drop by with the DVD or if you live too far away you can sent it by mail or youtube. If you are able to drop by you and Paulien together can choose the music.  If you live far away Paulien will let you hear the chosen music for your approval before she puts the freestyle together.
  • When choosing the music the following will be taken into account: Does the rhythm of the music suit the rhythm of my horse? Does the music make my horse more light footed, faster or slower? Does the music compliment my horse?
  • When the music is chosen it takes about two weeks to put together the freestyle so that the music complements and puts the right emphasis on all the tempo changes, transitions and movements.

For more information on creating a freestyle without any obligation , feel free to contact us.