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Synopsis: The complete resource to developing, editing, choreographing, and performing a fabulous musical Freestyle performance.
Award-winning musical Freestyle designer Sandra Beaulieu has a lifetime’s experience as a dressage competitor and professional entertainer. Here she provides everything readers need to know to enjoy creating Freestyles of their own―whether for fun or for ribbons.
Learn how to find your horse’s beats per minute (bpm) in every gait.
Find out how to choose the music that’s right for you and your horse and navigate rules of copyright.
Discover easy-to-learn ways to edit your music and put together a professional-sounding playlist.
Review required movements through the levels for dressage and Western dressage Freestyle tests.
Explore ways to weave together your choreography to highlight your horse’s strengths and downplay the areas you are working to improve.
Play with ideas for exhibition performances, including ridden, trick, and liberty work, on your own or in a group.
Have fun making your Freestyle all your own with costumes, specialty tack, and more.
The musical Freestyle has become a form of equestrian display that draws large audiences in horse sports of every kind: dressage, Western dressage, and Cowboy Dressage; reining and liberty; breed classes and training competitions; drill teams and quadrilles. With plenty of advice for practice as well as putting on a crowd-pleasing show, readers are sure to find all they need to get started. Beaulieu writes with infectious enthusiasm and includes advice from 27 Freestyle competitors and performers, including Marsha Sapp, Mario Contreras, Tik Maynard, Lindsey Partridge, Luke Gingerich, and Rebecca Waite.
USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist
USDF Freestyle Bronze Bar
USDF “L” Graduate with distinction
MDS Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum Medalist
Masters Graduate of the Isaac Royal Academy of Classical Dressage
Bitless Bridle Instructor Appointed by Dr. Cook
Numerous year-end awards through EMDA, MDS, and NEFHC
Equine Coordinator and Actress in indie films Essential Realism and online TV series Falcyyr
Rider for equine team working on a major motion picture
Award winning musical freestyle designer
Exhibitions performed at venues including the Equine Affaire, FHANA Keuring, NEDA Symposium, Dances with Horses, Grand Oaks Resort in Ocala, and others…
Live art performances “Art on Horseback”, a unique art form for non-profit organizations including Triple R Horse Rescue, and
Presenter at the Equine Affaire (2017) for Art on Horseback
Invited to perform a live art demo at the World Equestrian Games 2018
Equus Film Festival winner in the Art – Mini Category 2018
Author of ‘Ultimate Guide to Musical Freestyle’ published by Trafalgar Publishers available March 2020
Sandra began her formal training at the Isaac Royal Academy of Classical Dressage when she was 13 years old. Her coach, Carolyn Rose, runs a European-style riding program that gives students the opportunity to train horses from the day they are born to the upper levels of dressage. In 2009 she graduated the Masters Program having competed to Grand Prix and training numerous horses to Fourth Level and above. It was during this training program that she earned all her rider medals from the Maine Dressage Society and her Bronze and Silver Medals from the United States Dressage Federation.