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Get into Dressage to Music

Get into Dressage to Music

Get into Dressage to Music - Alanna Clarke and Van HalenAlanna Clarke is a 16 year old British Dressage Youth rider (2018), equestrian vlogger and equestrian blogger based in South Yorkshire. Alanna does regular monthly vlogs for PONY! Magazine readers and ad hoc info vlogs for British Dressage Northern Region and Trailblazers Championships.  Alanna competes in British Dressage with the handsome Van Halen II, a KWPN gelding and her bay mare, Katrina. After competing just a handful of times they were selected to represent their region at the U25 Sheepgate Championships, finishing on an individual and team podium!  Alanna and Van Halen have qualified for Winter Regionals at Novice and Pet Plan Area Festivals 2019 at Elementary Level.

As well as competing, Alanna spends a lot of time working in promotion with brands such as Equerry Feeds, Gatehouse Hats, Equiclass Boots and more.  Alanna hosts the very popular #HorseChatHour on Twitter at 8pm on Thursday evenings, which has nearly 20,000 followers.

Here Alanna shares some insight into riding dressage to music. Whether you’re new to dressage and fancy a dabble, or a seasoned dressage competitor who’s interested to get into dressage to music, here are some great pointers to help you get started.

 


Dancing to Music

by Alanna Clarke

Ever wonder how to get started in dressage to music? I took part in an Equivisions Dressage to Music clinic at Bishop Burton College and afterwards couldn’t wait to get out out competing! But if you can’t find a dressage to music clinic near you or you’re unable to get your horse there, it’s quite possible to devise your own music and floor plan at home. If you’re curious to get into dressage to music, it’s well worth having a go!

 

Attending a clinic

Get into Dressage to Music by Alanna Clarke

The night before I had spent ages getting my horse, Katrina, clean and shiny. I was so excited about the clinic. I’d already had an email asking me to tell them about which level we were competing at, which movements suited Katrina best and where she was weaker.  This was so that they could prepare a floor plan to suit us.  The email also asked me to think about what music I liked and thought would suit Katrina.

The day came and I wanted to look smart and comfortable so I wore my nice boots and my lovely pair of Tottie Maven knee grip breeches.  After a long drive we arrived at Bishop Burton College with time to spare, and made our way to the international arena.  It was quite daunting and poor Katrina, who barely copes with the judge at C, was forced to face five judge’s boxes as the arena was set up for a big para competition the next day. This was going to be fun!

First, Steph went through the test that she’d already planned for us, telling me where to go and different ways I could change it in the arena if it all goes wrong. I was completely lost of course, as we all know I can get lost in my own bedroom anyway but it was really interesting to talk through all the tips for avoiding a spook or making it less noticeable in the test by just knowing your music inside out and moving movements up or down the arena.

We just hacked through the test first, and this was when Katrina decided to throw some shapes, spooking at judges stands, markers, the gate, it was all a bit hectic really, she does make me laugh!

The second time we went through the test we were timed to see how long everything took for how long the music needed to be. This time Katrina improved massively, and her medium canter felt amazing.  We haven’t quite got the hang of the counter canter as she kept changing leg but it got to a point where it was simply funny!

Finally, it was time to video the test to match the actual movements within the test to the music. It was going really well, I’d done my best to de-spookify Katrina but just as we cantered past the entrance someone walked right into the arena! Of course Katrina didn’t hold with that! However like a trooper she carried on, completely bossing the more difficult parts.

The ridden part of the clinic over, we made Katrina comfortable with some hay and Chloe, our driver, kindly stayed with her while we went to the office which was set up to play the video and choose music to match. I’d already decided that I wanted something fun, I wanted to make people smile and enjoy it with me.  Lots of riders use classical, and I was worried pop would go out of fashion, so I chatted about my idea with Julie who really took it on board and added some really fabulous suggestions of her own. The beginning is epic, and it only got better with Julie’s ideas, leading to an equally awesome end!  

 

Making up your own music and floor plan

What you’ll need:

  • A video camera and/or someone to video you riding
  • A CD or MP3 player with speaker
  • A marked out dressage arena (jump poles or guttering pipes will do as boards)
  • If you wish to compete or display publicly you’ll also need a “music licence”, which is easy to get.

 

Choosing your music:

Get into Dressage to Music - Alanna Clarke - British Dressage and PPLFirstly, you need find music that fits not only your horse’s paces, but also him/her personally.

  • Big booming music won’t suit a fine, light-footed horse, and may even make it appear heavier in it’s movement.
  • Light, skippy music won’t suit a heavier cob with a workmanlike way of going.
  • Dressage judges don’t tend to like music with vocals as the general consensus is that it detracts from the overall performance/image of the horse. Your horse is the star of the performance, not P!nk, Take That or Michael Buble! 😉 Karaoke soundtracks can be a convenient way of finding more modern music without vocals.
  • You’ll need to assess if the rhythm of the music matches your horse’s rhythm at the intended pace. This is easiest to do by watching his/her hind leg footfalls – each footfall should land on the beat of the music.

If you wish to compete or perform in a display you will need a “music licence” to play your copied and edited music publicly. If you send your music away to a specialist company to edit into the finish product, a music licence should be included (always double check this), but it is easy to get your own music licence through British Dressage. What you’ll need:

  • At least a £30 British Dressage Club Membership (even if you’re not competing in an affiliated show).
  • Music that is registered with PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited). You can check that your tracks are registered with PPL by typing just the artist and track name into the PPL Repetoir Search Facility here.
  • The forms to complete and send to British Dressage to register your music. You can download these here.

 

Devising a floor plan:

If you wish to compete you can purchase a British Dressage test sheet for the level you wish to compete at, from Preliminary (walk, trot and canter) right up to Grand Prix! The test sheet will tell you all of the required moves for the test and how they are marked.

  • You can purchase individual dressage tests directly from BD here.
  • If you compete at dressage a lot you may find Dressage Diagrams useful – you can even create your Dressage to Music floor plans to print out as a test!
  • Setting up a video camera or getting a friend to film you riding required movements will help you work out a floor plan and set your music to it.

 

Editing your music:

  • You can send your music away to professional companies that will simply edit your music, or devise the whole routine for you too, but this can be costly depending on the company.
  • If you’re a dab hand on a computer you can edit your music yourself using apps like Garage Band on a MacBook or iPad, or an online editor like Soundation on a PC.
  • Your test sheet will tell you the time limits for your music. For example, you might have 20 seconds of entry music > pause for entry salute > 5-6 minutes from moving on from entry salute to final salute. The time allowed is different for each level of dressage as the tests require more movements.

 

Get into Dressage to Music by Alanna Clarke - Riding your routineRiding your routine:

Once you have your routine drafted out you need to ride it through plenty of times and work out where you are in the arena at distinctive bits of music (eg “I’m always right by B when the key changes/the chorus starts/the symbol sounds”). These audible markers throughout your routine will enable you to assess whether you are ahead or behind your music, and will not finish at the right point! If the dressage arena at the show is just 12″ wider or narrower than your arena at home your music will not ride the same, so you’ll need to shave a corner off or take a wider sweep on a non-required, unmarked movement to get you back in the right place at the right time! As with all things, practice makes perfect, and the more you do it the better you’ll get!

 

Top Tips!

Take two CD’s of your music to all your shows/displays, because if one fails you have another as back up. Give both to the show secretary so they have your spare to hand in the worst case scenario.

Don’t forget to collect both your music CDs from the show secretary before you go home! 🙂

 

I am buzzing with excitement about my music and hope its loads of fun. Sports are so much better if they don’t take themselves too seriously all the time!

 

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Job Description Friday-Monday (4 days per week) + up to 30 additional flexible days covering other staff absences etc; based at private yard in Dunsfold; yard will typically have 5-6 competition ponies (showjumpers); standard yard duties + driving 18T horsebox and grooming at a mixture of local, stay-away and small number of international shows; working in conjunction with existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday.  Accommodation available if required in two bedroom cottage. Minimum Requirements Experienced groom; cat C HGV licence required (for 18T horsebox)   Accommodation details Two bedroom cottage     Benefits 20 days holiday; food allowance when staying away; overtime  
Job Description Surrey Livery Yard & Equestrian Centre near Guildford is looking for an experienced temporary Yard Manager (or 2 part-time managers) or very experienced Head Groom or Instructor/Coach whilst they look for a permanent Manager or 2 Part-Time Managers (applicants for this position may wish to apply for the permanent role/roles advertised separately) You will need to be a Manager or a Head Groom or a Riding Instructor. You will be professional,  organised, cheerful, firm but fair, and will be commercial while placing the teaching or training of staff and liveries and animal welfare at the heart of your role. In addition to being very accomplished at all things “stable management,” you will likely hold a teaching or coaching qualification (BHSAI, BHSII or experienced Level 3 or 4 or equivalent qualifications/experience). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested. Local applicants ideal but assistance to relocate for the right applicant. Immediate start for right applicant/s.    
*Own dog welcomed * Riding opportunities *Purpose-built facilities * Stunning location! *2/3 bedroomed cottage available *Families welcomed Salary VERY negotiable for the right level of person. A keen horseman and rider our client has a permit to train his own horses but also enjoys Intermediate Event riding/Hunting/P2P alongside running a highly successful and well-established non-horsey business. Having placed the outgoing Manager some years ago now, our client is looking for someone equally amiable and accomplished (in horse and stable management),  to manage both for home and when away With the help of assistants of course! In addition, you should be someone who can combine these skills with being a  very decent rider (flat/jumper) for 7/8 top-quality horses. This is a position that comes with a lot of responsibility as the employer is very busy with a very fluid itinerary, so someone flexible and adaptable is key to allow for this. The salary on offer will reflect this level of commitment and responsibility plus skills and expertise of course. 🙂 Top location and the best of facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking   Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £29k GBP +/- per month depending on experience *Cost of 1 or 2 flights (neg) covered per contract period * Accommodation, all bills paid, & allowance for transport and visa applications plus health insurance allowance. *Access to camp pools, gyms etc. A private stable, 15 mins from the coast and 15 mins to main shopping malls/city centre is looking to fill a vital Instructor’s role. The centre has a capacity for 60 horses is looking for a head Instructor on a 10 month, renewable contract. Due to extreme heat, the centre is closed in July/August although accommodation is still available as part of the package. The club is situated within a large ex-pat, International community and offers livery, lessons, pony club activities, and holiday courses to the community. Teaching private and Group lessons is also required – the clientele is beginners to intermediate level members of the public. The focus of the role is on the development of young Arabian horses and off-the-track thoroughbreds. Fabulous facilities and opportunities are available to develop the Club but all activities are within the confines of the club and general area. Required Key Skills • Riding • Driving license • First-Aid • Equine First-Aid • Schooling • Teaching • Exercising • Natural Horsemanship • People Skills Required Areas Of Expertise •  Working with children Applicants must be BHS 3 or international equivalent. English is the main spoken language You must be willing and able to work & adapt to living in an international & strong family community while respecting local culture. Package includes accommodation, all bills paid, allowance for transport and visa application, flight out and one return flight per year, health insurance. Year-round accommodation if renewing contract. Depending on candidate and qualification IRO .14000 SAR = £2783.3 GBP per month./allowance 4000 SAR which could cover 1 or 2 flights. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Social environment *1:4 staff to horses ratio *Dog welcomed Lovely international dressage yard with 12-13 top quality horses, ranging from just backed youngsters to international grand Prix horses is now looking to fill a long-term, permanent position for someone who would like to work in a fun, friendly Dressage environment with high-quality performance horses. Candidates need to be happy to work within a team of very experienced owners (& a Yard Manager/Rider). They have tried and trusted ways of working so this is a job for someone willing to learn these ways rather than to ‘reinvent the wheel’ 😉 Riders currently are international small tour and International Grand Prix and they compete home and abroad. Some outings to competitions will also be a feature of the role on occasions. Exercise riding is optional, but you would need to be a confident and balanced rider. They will receive hints and tips on their riding to be the best they can be but no competition riding or schooling is required. This would be a smaller part of the role, it is a keen and cheerful grounds person that they really need. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary range £20-25K  * Live in or out -Accommodation options are available for single/couple.*Dog considered *Horse considered for exceptional candidates Family yard with 6 show jumping ponies (1x 1.38/1.48) from lowest levels to competing in Europe BSJA  are now looking for a child-friendly experienced  Groom t accompany them on their exciting journeys both at home and away at shows (Uk and abroad.) Riding is optional but you must be a lightweight jockey if you want to ride. The children are 2 daughters (ages 12 and 14 years old). They will be going onto horses in a year or so. For exceptional candidates, a horse is welcome if you have cover for it when the family travels away for show, so too would be a dog but the same would apply plus they have a terrier so you must have a non-combative dog or there could be fireworks! Sometimes the traveling will be 10-14 days away so ideally you would be used to that and embrace it happily when it occurs, you will know in good time to organise yourself. Indoor school in construction, outdoor school, 50 acres. Good facilities fit for purpose. Other staff are also employed to help/cover days off/away days.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Stud Hand An opportunity has arisen to join the team at a successful, medium sized stud farm based near Banbury, Oxfordshire. This is varied position and would suit somebody who is keen to learn a variety of aspects of stud work. We are involved in all areas of the bloodstock industry from foaling, bloodstock sales and preparation, pre training and reschooling. It is a busy yard with lots of variety and a friendly team of people. Experience within the racing/bloodstock industry is not necessary. Accommodation is provided and salary depends on experience.
*Euros 22-25K neg + accommodation (Package is flexible depending on the experience)  *5 day week *Own horse welcomed Only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside is 1,000 acres of a spectacular, private estate Full-time Equestrian Centre needs more BHS qualified people to join their progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry  and who holds a BHS 3 or 2 and is willing to be supported through exams to stage 3. You will be capable of and willing to muck in and out and of course to teach and coach clients of all ages, from all walks of life. Smart, courteous people is a non-negotiable 😉 Duties include but are not limited to: Teaching and coaching -Maintain high standards of teaching in the yard (escort rides with support from relevant staff, in a safe and professional manner.) Take part in pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programmes. Assist the Yard Manager with livery needs and help ensure the smooth running of the livery yard. Maintaining high standards of turnout of all horses Ensuring that tack is clean and maintained fit for purpose. Ensure the animal welfare is never compromised. Facilities include:300 new cross-country jumps from knee-high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame* 21 miles of meandering bridleways * Mile-long all-weather gallop * 56 stables * Virtual horse for beginners * 50×30 meter indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description All yard duties looking after competition horses, liveries, stallions, youngstock, broodmares & foals as part of a great team of professionals who will guide and help you learn on the job.  We have been training students for the equine industry for over 60 years and try to pass on a broad wealth of knowledge to you all. Minimum Requirements Level 2 Apprentices looking to further their experience and knowledge or PC B Test level or BHS Stage 2/3, but you will be assessed at interview if you don’t have the above, but do have other experience and qualities. Accommodation details Single Accommodation in Shared 4 bedroom chalet with other apprentices / staff.  2 showers & loos, shared kitchen and living room.  Washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, heating, parking, deducted at the Offset Accommodation Allowance rate currently £8.70pd £60.90 per week Benefits Paid for working with quality competition horses, a wealth of knowledge and experience to be passed on to you from qualified staff in all aspects of horsemanship.  Friendly yard, clients and other staff.    
* 8 am – 4.30 pm daily  *5 days a week * Salary IRO £28-£32K neg according to experience and qualifications *Fabulous career opportunity Thriving UK charity promoting the aims of the Riding for the Disabled by providing people with the opportunity to ride and have equine interaction to benefit their health and well-being is now looking for a Centre Manager with a recognised teaching qualification and relevant practical experience, to take overall responsibility. The Centre has helped many disabled children and adults over the years and some have gone on to become National and Olympic Champions in the sport of Para-Dressage, (including Sophie Christensen, Natasha Baker, and Julie Payne). Their volunteers and instructors help children and adults with a range of disabilities get a sense of independence as well as exercise and rehabilitation. The yard has 11/12  staff and numerous keen volunteers. The coaches, in partnership with physiotherapists and volunteers, work with riders who have a variety of disabilities. These include learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, visual impairment, and limb amputation. For some, who cannot ride just being around horses has a well-being benefit. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees you will have good interpersonal skills, previous management experience (people & yard including administrative abilities.)  You will be someone who leads by example whilst working harmoniously with and for others. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be able to demonstrate maturity and diplomacy as well as embrace full accountability for the day to day running of the center. Ideally you will be passionate about working in this type of environment and understand both the human and equine challenges faced as well as the fun on offer! This purpose-built centre means riding and horse-based activities can be offered throughout the year. Riders can join groups or have private tuition. Facilities include a 20 x 40 indoor arena and 20 x 60 outdoor arena.  Also a classroom for lessons on horse management. Your remit will include,  but is not limited to the following: General Responsibilities, Estate and horse management Responsibilities, Administrative Responsibilities: General Responsibilities: To carry out the duties of the position in accordance with the Group’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies, disciplinary legislation and statutory regulations To ensure compliance with all Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection standing orders, confidentiality agreements, financial regulations, management policies and procedures. To be an ambassador for the Group, and represent the interests of the Group, at external events. To represent the interests of the Group in all of its dealings with riders, potential riders, volunteers, Group supporters, Group visitors and suppliers. To actively support fundraising and revenue generation in collaboration with the Hon Treasurer or other Trustees To carry out any other duties within the level of responsibility as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Trustees. To facilitate full and free communication at all levels and among all members of the centre. Safe, secure, effective and
*Amazing accommodation and facilities * Chance to enjoy top-end show jumping & work: life balance *Salary totally negotiable for suitable candidates (£20-£26Kpa neg plus accomm). A position is now available for an enthusiastic, competent, and reasonably experienced Team Groom (not apprentice/trainee position) to join a professional Show Jumping yard and to look after an amazing string of horses with a team of people many of whom we have placed and give us great feedback!  Attention to detail and high standards are important – You must be competent in all aspects of grooming and yard work. Usual duties include but are not limited to: preparing horses for exercise, keeping the horses to a high standard, cleaning tack, mucking out/skipping out, feeding, and turning horses out to the paddock, Some riding is available, (but not a massive amount) and only if you wish. Nonriding Grooms welcomed too . Lunging would be a part of your daily routine, etc. Outstanding facilities include the smartest, most luxurious accommodation (single or couples, luxury indoor stabling, a large indoor and outdoor school, indoor warm water wash-down areas, and solariums. 200 acres of land – much of which is available for hacking/exercising the horses. Pls call Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description To supervisor and monitor the Riding Academy Operations, Leading the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements A bachelors degree in equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. A miniumum of 5 years of experience as a head coach, or equivalent. Strong leadership skills, supervisory skills, and interpersonal skills. Ability to develop comprehensive reports.   Accommodation details No live in provided.   Benefits Transportation and housing allowance is provided in the package.  
Job Description To manage an Equestrian Riding school operations. Including development and implementation of the Riding School’s curriculum in line with the Equine Institution. To lead the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements Bachelor degree in Equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. Must have comprehensive equine knowledge. Must hold an equivalent coaching qualification to the BHS Accredited Coach. A minimum of 6 years of experience in the required field. Strong leadership skills, team management, and interpersonal skills.     Accommodation details No living-in provided   Benefits Transport and accommodation allowance will be included in the overall package.    
Job Description To deliver stable management classes based on equine science knowledge to riders enrolled in the riding academy program. To support with the exercise program of horses. Minimum Requirements Bachelors degree in Equine Science or international equestrian certifications. A minimum of 3 years of full-time in an equestrian yard of relevant work experience. Broad knowledge and skills in equine science and management Ability to articulate information and deliver teaching effectively. Proficient in English speaking Ability to work and teach to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups.   Accommodation details Live out.   Benefits Transport, and accommodation allowance provided.  

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