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Cynthia Collins

Dressage Freestyle Designer

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Freestyle designer, Cynthia Collins of Luna Tunes Freestyles, on Larisa DASC Intermediate Freestyle Champion.

    Designing a musical freestyle for dressage can be a very time consuming and frustrating experience; investing hours of  listening to and buying music, purchasing equipment, and learning the computer technology necessary.  Finally, it can take years to learn how to design and edit the music in a way that is creative while complying with the USEF rules and USDF/FEI requirements.

    Almost two decades of experience, I produce professional freestyles.  I can select music that suits your horse, or use your selection's, and match the music's tempo to your horse's gaits.  I can design your custom freestyle at the level of your performance as well as create interesting and judge pleasing choreography.  When I say "design,"  I mean I take musical phrases and place them where you will be riding your required movements.  Freestyles are not just playing music while the rider does the required movements. The original music will be rearranged so that in matches the movements you will be performing in the 20 x 60 dressage arena.

Larisa at Grand Prix.

      On my deceased Grand Prix dressage horse, Tierra's Luna and retired Grand Prix mare, Larisa,  I have designed, choreographed, and ridden championship freestyles at every level for myself. I also have almost two decades of experience designing professional freestyles for all levels of riders. I also have many years of instrumental music experience and dance training. But my real training for freestyles has been gained in the competition arena, in front of audiences and judges. I feel this is what sets me apart from designers who don't ride.  I understand what riders have to deal with while in the competition arena, because I have been there. 

    As a rider, I have earned my

  • USDF Gold Medal
  • USDF Silver Medal
  • USDF Bronze Medal
  • USDF Silver Freestyle Bar
  • USDF Bronze Freestyle Bar
  • Dover Medal National Merit Award

    I was the 1995 USDF Second Level National Freestyle Champion on Tierra's Luna with a median score of 74%.  This was the highest national median for all levels that year. 

     In 2005, I was USDF Fourth Level National Reserve Champion on Larisa with a 73%.

    I was USDF National Amateur Champion four times.  These include the 1996 Fourth Level, 1999 Intermediate  I, 2000 and 2002 Intermediate II, and 2005 Fourth Level Reserve Champion. 

    I have won numerous CDS, DASC, and USDF Regional and National and All Breeds titles in regular and freestyle classes. 

    I have been on the USET Developing Rider List for many years after competing for a spot on the Pan American Games Team.

    I am a USEF Dressage Technical Delegate.  This role has given me further insight as I can converse with judge's on current trends in the competition arena.

I am a musician.  I have played the flute, piano, guitar, violin, and several other instruments.

    I hold at Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and a California Teaching Credential.  I  was an Elementary School teacher in the Public School system for 16 years.  I taught the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth grades during this time.  Because of my extensive teaching experience, I am able to express ideas to riders in an easy and understanding way during freestyle sessions.

    I am happily married to my best friend Terry for 30 years.  Terry and Cynthia

Personal Freestyle Championships

On Tierra's Luna:

  • 1994 CDS First Level Freestyle Champion
  • 1995 USDF National Second Level Freestyle Champion
  • 1995 CDS Third Level Freestyle Champion
  • 1996 USDF Region 7 Fourth Level Freestyle Champion
  • 1996 CDS Fourth Level Reserve Champion
  • 1996 AWS National Forth Level Freestyle Champion
  • 1997 CDS Intermediate Freestyle Champion
  • 1997 AWS National Intermediate Freestyle Champion
  • 1997 IALHA National Intermediate Freestyle Champion
  • 1999 AWS National Intermediate Freestyle Champion
  • 1999 IALHA National Intermediate Freestyle Champion
  • 1999 AWS National FEI Freestyle Horse of the Year
  • 2001 Del Mar National Intermediate I Freestyle Champion
  • 2008 Fourth Level Freestyle winner at Gold Rush Farms

Larisa's Clip job 2010

On Larisa:

  • 2003 DASC Freestyle Champion, First Level
  • 2003 USDF Region 7 First Level Freestyle Reserve Champion
  • 2003 CDS First Level Freestyle Reserve Champion
  • 2003 PHR National First Level Freestyle Champion
  • 2003 ATA National First Level Freestyle Reserve Champion
  • 2003 AWS National First Level Freestyle Champion
  • 2004 Del Mar National Freestyle Champion, Third Level
  • 2004 USDF Region 7 Second Level Freestyle Reserve Champion
  • 2004 CDS Third Level Freestyle Reserve Champion
  • 2004 DASC Freestyle Champion, Third Level
  • 2004 PHR National Second Level Freestyle Champion
  • 2004 PHR National Third Level Freestyle Reserve Champion
  • 2005 DASC Freestyle Reserve Champion, Fourth Level
  • 2005 USDF National Reserve Freestyle Champion, Fourth Level
  • 2005 PHR National Fourth Level Freestyle Champion
  • 2005 AWS National Fourth Level Freestyle Champion
  • 2005 AWS National Freestyle Horse of the Year
  • 2006 DASC Intermediate I Freestyle Champion
  • 2007 AWS National Intermediate I Freestyle Champion
  • 2007 DASC Year End Intermediate I Freestyle Champion
  • 2008 AWS National Intermediate I Freestyle Champion
  • 2008 CDS LA Chapter Year End Intermediate I Freestyle Champion

Western Dressage

I started my equestrian career as a western rider.  I am currently competing in Western Dressage.  I am planning on showing freestyles in this new USEF discipline. 

On Diamond's Peppy Sandy

2014 WDAA World's Three Top five finishes

Basic Level freestyle 3rd

Level One freestyle 5th

Level Two freestyle 4th

2014 CAWDA Overall Amateur Champion

Level One Amateur Champion

Level Two Amateur Champion

Level Three Reserve Amateur Champion

 

On I'll be a Scarlet Moon

2015 WDAA World Champion Basic Amateur

2015 WDAA World Reserve Basic Freestyle Reserve Champion

2015 CAWDA Overall Amateur Champion

2015 CAWDA Basic A/A Champion

2015 CAWDA Overall Freestyle Champion

2016 Pinto World Champion Basic Level Amateur

2016 Pinto World Champion Level One Open

2016 Pinto World Reserve Champion Level One Amateur

2016 Pinto World Champion First Level Dressage Amateur

2016 Pinto World Champion Second Level Dressage Open

2016 CAWDA Overall Freestyle Champion

2016 CAWDA Level One Amateur Champion

    I have designed numerous championship freestyles for many clients.  You can check this out on my Satisfied Client page for award winners.  There are also many riders not listed whom have felt great pride by performing a well ridden freestyle that I have designed.  

    I love performing freestyles and greatly enjoy watching clients obtain this same passion while performing their own freestyle.  If I can help you in any way so you can experience the same joy, please let me know.

   My service is available for the first time freestyle rider to the expert who does not have the time and/or technology available to design a freestyle. 

     Freestyle clinics are available. There is grant money available for these clinics from the Dressage Foundation.  For more information, please check my clinic page.