USDF Training Level Freestyle Released

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Oct. 29–A  United States Dressage Federation Training Level Freestyle was released Monday and can be used in competition from Dec. 1 this year.

Approved by the United States Equestrian Federation Dressage Committee and the USDF Judges and Freestyle Committees, the USDF said the freestyle “is designed to encourage development of rhythm, regularity and consistency of tempo in a horse’s gaits through the use of music; and to improve harmony between horses and riders.”

Dolly Hannon, USDF Freestyle Committee Chair, said the aim was “to provide this opportunity for members to explore riding to music, and the benefits associated with it. We hope that it will also bring even more enjoyment to their competition experience.”

The U.S. Pony Club shared score sheets and experience that speeded approval of the freestyle.

The freestyle test sheet is available on http://www.usdf.org/downloads/forms/index.asp?TypePass=Tests.