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Dressage Musical Freestyle Clinics

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   Musical freestyle clinics are fun and educational for all who wish to develop a freestyle.    

2017 Scheduled Clinics

Please contact the person listed if you would like to find out about one of the clinics.  You can FaceBook Message them.

Feb. 25/26  Seattle, Washington Contact Christine Erickson

March 4/5 Reno, NV Contact Beth Coffey Curl

March 11/12 Indianapolis, IN Contact Jennifer Conour

March 13/14 Lafayette, IN Contact Jennifer Kaiser or Korin Rinaldo-Luna

March 15/16 Batavia, OH Contact Nicole Harrington

March 18/19 Lexington, KY  Contact Susan Posner

April 1/2 Golden, Colorado  Contact Kim Stone

April 29/30 Shannondale Farm  Alpharetta, Georgia Contact Julie Shannon

July 1/2 Corvallis, Oregon Contact Kimberlee Barker

July 22/23 Dallas, Texas Contact Jamie Knight

Oct. 7/8 ElPaso, Texas Contact the El Paso Dressage group


These clinics are very popular and fun, so please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in hosting one with your GMO or private group.


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1. Riders and auditors will gain a greater understanding of the freestyle process and how freestyles are judged. 

2. They will see first hand how the appropriate music can enhance the horse's gaits. 

3. They will also observe how choreography is developed based on musical phrases, level, and skill of the horse and rider.

4. Hosting this freestyle clinic will promote more freestyles at local, GMO, Regional, and National  Shows.


 Read a Dressage Daily article on the San Juan Capistrano, CA freestyle clinic. "Spectators sipped award-winning wines while watching and learning about musical freestyles from visiting clinician, Cynthia Collins."


   Freestyle clinics are available for GMO's, Pony Club groups, and small private groups of riders anywhere in the United States.  These are usually scheduled for two days.  The expenses may be covered by the hosting group through grants from The Dressage Foundation (see below), auditor fees, or split between the riders.  Clinics should schedule 5 to 10 riders who are interested in developing a freestyle.  A lecture on the USEF rules and USDF/FEI requirements along with a video presentation is available.  This is recommended to be scheduled the evening before, but can be given during the clinic.   

My costs for 2 day clinic:

           Rider fees are $150 each for two 50 minute sessions per rider.  If rider's decide they would like me to design a freestyle for them, based on the clinic, they will receive the $150 credit toward the cost of the freestyle.

           Lecture fee $200.  This covers USEF Rules and USDF and FEI Requirements plus video.  It takes at least 2 hours.

My expenses: Flight/travel costs, housing, and food. 

Cost Cutting Ideas for the Freestyle Clinic

Here are ways to cut down on the expenses. 

Housing: I prefer to stay at someone's home as long as I have my own room.

Arena: A local member or trainer could donate the use of the arena or perhaps collect only stable and/or trailer in fees.  

Food: Different members could make food for a potluck. 

Sound system: I do have an amplifier I could bring.  It would only be the luggage/shipping fees.


       Since I am a freestyle designer and choreographer, I do not deal with the training of movements of the horse, or the rider.  That is something the rider should seek the advise of a skilled trainer.  However, I do consider the horse and riders strengths and weaknesses when developing choreography.  The riders should be working toward the level of the freestyle, however, they do not need to be completely proficient at that level during the time of the clinic.  The rider does need to be able to control the horse safely during the clinic.  

     Auditor's are encouraged to participate during the music selection phase of the session.  Rider's are encouraged to watch other rider's sessions.



    A lecture and video presentation is highly recommended.  The lecture covers the USEF rules and the USDF and FEI requirements for all levels of freestyles.  Questions can be answered at any time during the presentation.  The video shows freestyles I have designed for myself and clients from Training Level through Grand Prix.  The technical and artist aspects of the freestyles are discussed during the presentation.  The lecture takes about 2 hours.  The lecture is recommended the day prior to the clinic as participates should possess this knowledge before their sessions.   A TV and DVD player must be provided during the lecture.

Grants available

    GMO's may apply for up to $750 in a grant from the "Dancing Horse Fund"  through the Dressage Foundation for freestyle education.  This foundation has been very generous by giving grants to many of my freestyle clinics.  Grants are awarded to "promote participation in, and improve the quality of Musical Freestyles at all levels of Dressage."  This grant is also available to private groups.

    You must apply for this grant AT LEAST 90 IN ADVANCE of the scheduled clinic.

    To apply for funding assistance grant, please contact:

    The Dressage Foundation

1314 'O' Street, Suite 305
Lincoln, NE 68508


Some comments to The Dressage Foundation from Participants:

* Huge success!

* Clinician really understood my horse and helped us relax.

* The clinic was very successful, bringing the largest number of auditors to any clinic our Chapter has ever held!

* Feedback from all riders, auditors, and spectators was overwhelmingly positive.

* The clinic helped me to develop a better eye and ear.

* The format of this clinic was wonderful - we need to know more about freestyle!

* Very informative!

* Clinician was well prepared for all participants.

* Cynthia had a broad and deep knowledge of freestyles. She was very generous with her knowledge and time.

* Very informative - explained in a way that was easy to understand.

* Covered everything to get started riding a freestyle at your chosen level.

* The clinic was a huge success! Everyone went away happy.

* It is fun and educational to learn your horse's tempo and match music to it.


Clinic Guidelines

    In order to ensure a successful freestyle clinic, the following guidelines should be followed.


- A full sized dressage court measuring 20 meters by 60 meters with proper footing and marked letters is  highly recommended. 

- Please make arrangements so that the arena will be properly watered and dragged before the start of each day and, if needed, at lunch.

- It is strongly suggested that a covered arena be used in case of inclement weather.  If it is not covered, please provide a shade cover for me. (Thanks)

Sound System

- An arena accessible sound system in which my I Pod can be plugged into (a microphone jack works) needs to be provided. (I will bring the appropriate cords.)  I do have an amplifier that works quite well, but you would need to pay for it's shipping fees both ways.  You can always purchase a small (guitar) amplifier at a music store or on-line for around $200.  Then it could be used at other clinics or shows. It could be cheaper than renting a system.


- All riders MUST sign a release for Luna Tunes Freestyles before any session can start.

- All riders MUST wear approved safety headwear and proper footwear during all sessions.  This is NOT optional.  No helmet, no session.

- Safety is always given top priority. If a rider has any concerns during a session, she/he should notify Cynthia Collins immediately.



    Rider's should have one of the following goals in mind while riding in the freestyle clinic.

1. The rider desires a complete competitive freestyle.  There is an additional cost for this service, however, the rider will receive a discount ($150) off the freestyle fees.  I develop Training thru Grand Prix  and Western freestyles for Amateur's, JR, YR, Para, and Professionals.

On the first day, the horse's movement, body build, and level, is observed in order to select appropriate music.  Next, music is played while the horse trots, canters, and then walks, to see which type of music looks correct with the horse.  -Rider's may bring music they have to be analyzed to see if it might be appropriate for their horse.  Please it  bring on a Phone, MP3 player, tablet, laptop, or CD. 

On the second day, choreography will be discussed and developed according to the horse and riders strengths and weaknesses. The rider may need to ride sections of the choreography several times while choreography is being created and adjustments are made.  The rider will be e-mailed the choreography.  During or after the clinic, the rider must video tape the riding of the choreography in a correct 20 x 60 dressage arena.

A 50% deposit will hold the selected music in the Region for at least 6 months.  Rider's will receive a credit for fees that had been paid to me for the clinic. Once a video of the choreography is received on either DVD or You Tube link, the freestyle will then be designed.  The final payment will be due when the freestyle has been designed.  

2. The rider wants to work on their existing freestyle, either to improve on it or change it to a different level.  During their session, we will discuss music changes and/or choreography changes that will improve their scores.  The current freestyle needs to be brought to the clinic.  If the rider will contact me ahead of time, I can bring my computer to change the freestyle at the clinic,  The new freestyle will be emailed to the rider after the clinic.  There may be additional fees if there are additional changes made after the clinic. 

3. Rider's want to participate in a Pas de Deux.  All rider's who are going to ride in the Pas de Deux, should ride during all sessions.  Music can be selected or riders can bring their own music.  Choreography can be created or existing choreography can be worked with and/or improved.  Working together as a group will be emphasized during their session in order to produce a higher scoring presentation.  If rider's would like me to design the freestyle developed at the clinic, credit will be given based on the fees paid to me from the clinic.  Rider's may split the additional fees.