I can’t believe we are almost through the first quarter of 2018! I have been very negligent about posting activities for Goldbar Freestyles. Already this year I hosted a freestyle clinic for my local GMO club First Coast Classical Dressage Society. The turn-out was fantastic and we all had fun while watching members ride to music perhaps for the first time. We covered everything from footfalls BPM at each gait to music choices and freestyle rules. I am currently working on a young rider freestyle and a first level freestyle. A highlight in February was taking a trip to Wellington and watching the Friday night freestyles which included the opportunity to see Laura Graves and Verdades.
Last year WAS the busiest year for Goldbar. I did music and/or choreography for two Grand Prix Freestyles, four Intermediate freestyles, two third level freestyles, two second level freestyles, three first level freestyles and a Junior Young rider freestyle. I also did some re-editing for past clients. Most of these freestyles made it to Regional Championships and some made it to U.S. Dressage Finals. One Goldbar client has even delved into CDIs in Wellington last year and this year. While I’m talking about client accomplishments I have to mention my own good fortune. My beautiful, kind, talented Friesian gelding Wietze G and I won the U.S. Dressage Finals AA Grand Prix Freestyle back to back in 2016 and 2017. It was definitely a thrill and I encourage anyone that gets the opportunity to go to do it.
Lynn Jendrowski and her horse Diesel did an excellent job with their jazzy freestyle two years in a row and won so many awards I unfortunately lost track. She also showed Melody Light’s horse in an I-1 freestyle and was very successful. Several of her students used Goldbar Freestyles and I always enjoy working with them in Virginia.
I am closing the blog for tonight. My goal is to report more often and more thorough. I would of course, rather be listening to music!