At the end of August, my barn is hosting a freestyle dressage clinic. There is a lecture on Friday, and then sessions Saturday and Sunday. The clinician is Melanie Michalek. L'm really excited because l really think it'll help Thumper and l with our current issues. Not to mention l'll be able to audit for the rest of the clinic and learn tons!
Are you at Hoofers???? I just got an email today talking about the upcoming clinic -- I was totally interesting in at least auditing it, maybe even riding depending on the number she's letting in!
L don't know yet, the woman who's organizing the clinic just told me that she'll be watching the riders warm up, then she'll choose music that she thinks will help you with any issues you and/or the horse are having, l'm not exactly sure yet. Lf there's enough room, l'll probably be riding the gelding l lease in the clinic. L can definitely use all the help l can get with him :)
What level are you training and showing at? I'm going to try and make it for the Friday night lecture (and dinner, yum!)- but I will for sure be there on Sunday to audit it. Megan is doing a demo that day and I'd like to see it. I've seen her ride a couple of times before, but never an entire set.
That's interesting that she is choosing the music - do you have any idea of what sort of selection she'd choose? I've been seeing a small trend of using music with vocals in it and would be interested to see how it would look put together!
Its great your getting a chance to ride! I'm jealous! My boy and I are not ready for any type of freestyle yet-- but it's on my list for "someday"! Does your lease horse do a lot of dressage? I was under the impression that Hoofers was more of a h/j barn.... :)
We're showing lntro level right now, but working on leg-yields, shoulder-in, haunches-in, etc. He isn't ready for much more right now :). She isn't putting together a whole freestyle, just choosing music that will help you with issues like rhythm, relaxation, etc. No, he's not a dressage horse, but l enjoy it and it helps him immensely, so that's what we do with a day or two a week of jumping :). At his old barn (the first 9 or 10 years of his life) he was ridden in a twisted wire snaffle from the time he was started, so when he was put in the eggbutt snaffle at my barn, all of his training issues resurfaced, and it really helps him to have consistent dressage work instead of just jump, jump, jump. Hoofers is mainly a h/j barn, but there are three or four mid-level dressage horses who are used in dressage lessons with those instructors.
Most of the riders that l know who are doing this clinic don't specialize in dressage; they are using it to help them with training issues.