For a successful freestyle, it first is important to understand the score sheet (below) and then to use its criteria to guide the design process. Klassic Kur understands and closely adheres to the score sheet criteria while developing your freestyle.
USDF Score Sheet - Artistic Impression
A deposit of 50% is needed to start your project. A second payment is due when you send the video of the choreography (amount is related to the level). Once you have approved the timing on the music and your final payment is received, your competition CDs will be sent. You also will get an electronic version from which you may burn additional CDs as well as keep on your mobile device. This is recommended so you have a copy to which you can listen in privacy at the show.
If you find small adjustments need to be made afterward, we will accommodate those as part of the process. If you change your choreography, advance to another level, find that your horse's development necessitates a new selection of music at one of the gaits, or if you need any other major changes, the alterations will be charged on a per hour basis.
When the search is complete, you will get several music selections. Before making a decision, ride to the music and have eyes on the ground. They will be able to help you determine suitability. Watching a video with the music playing over is helpful, but it does not tell the whole story. Besides, your horse may have his own opinion!
While the music search is in progress, you will be asked to practice movements and combinations appropriate for your level. This will help us determine the Degree of Difficulty and creative elements that will be successful for your horse. The choreography then will be drawn out, all the while paying close attention to the criteria of design cohesiveness, use of the arena, and balance. When you are comfortable with the patterns, video the dance.
Terry & Betsy Juliano listen to music
Interpretation is the relationship of music and movement with one of its main criteria being "music expresses the gaits". To do that, we first video the horse/rider team and from that video, determine the tempo of the gaits.
Next, we search for music close to those tempos in order to show the music/movement correlation. Before we actually begin however, we need your input. You are the one who knows the horse best and only you can relay your music tastes and preferences. Your ideas are a great resource.
Tempo alone is not enough. We also need "suitability", meaning that the music should enhance the horse's way of moving.
Lastly, all the pieces should sound as if they belong together or have "cohesiveness". The music must be linked in some way, whether that be through genre, theme or instrumentation.
Impeccable editing is a hallmark of Klassic Kur. The music is molded to the choreography the way a tailor cuts material into a bespoke suit. We show Interpretation through "phrasing and dynamics", and it is done in the seamless manner expected for a strong score in Music.
When the draft is complete, you will receive two files. The first is an audio file with a voice-over telling you when to initiate a change in movement. The second is the video file with your edited music dubbed over. These two provide you with study material necessary before attempting your first ride. Let us know if the timing is workable or if adjustments need to be made. If so, be specific. For instance, you might say, "I need four more strides before my canter extension."