Roze Arabians Ltd. is sponsoring a clinic with Michael Matson on December 10th in Grantville, PA. Michael Matson is the co-founder of The Dressage Foundation's Dancing with Horses Fund which supports Freestyle activities. Michael is an adult amateur rider who has competed in freestyles at First Level and Pas De Deux. He is also the creator of EquiMusic.com, a free online resource for those interested in riding to music.
Michael will work with each rider to select music that specifically matches their horse's gaits and their style of movement. Each horse will be evaluated at the walk, trot and canter with a metronome to establish their beats per minute. Each rider will then ride to various songs until the horse/rider find music that "fits" the horse that it appears to be dancing. Music of a similar genre is selected for the three gaits so that all of the music flows together.
Each rider will receive a CD of their horse's special music for them to use as a training tool (keeping regular tempo), just to have fun riding to "perfect music", or to use to create a musical dressage freestyle. Audience participation is highly encouraged to help the horse and riders select their music. Having participated in this clinic before, it is highly enjoyable and having found the "perfect music" for my horse it has greatly assisted some of our training sessions.
Auditors and riders welcome.