Simple Steps to Freestyle Success
- The first step is to decide what level you would like to compete at and read the test sheet taking note of the compulsory technical requirements.
- Next work out the BPM of your horses’s paces. Ask a friend to film you riding all three paces on each rein. You can then use a metronome app to calculate the BPM for each pace. Finding music at the correct tempo is the fun part, there are databases online that show the BPM and it’s also possible to use an app to tell you the tempo of tracks you have on your Spotify playlists for example.
- Start to sketch out floor plan ideas and practice riding them, ask a friend to time each section so you can create a music soundtrack later, some riders prefer to create a music track first and then fit the floor plan to the music.
- A helping hand… Talk to your instructor about your freestyle ideas and remember that there are also specific freestyle clinics where you can create a routine.
Contributor: Alison Kenward: BHS Stable Manager, Intermediate Instructor and UKCC 3 coach. Alison has represented England at the 2009 Home International and won at all levels from Preliminary to Advanced Medium. Visit Alisons website for more info: Solitaire Dressage