Thursday Video: Breakin’ It Down in the Freestyle

Dressage freestyle doesn’t have to be all classical music and instrumental orchestration. Rock out to Gonçalo Carvalho’s Olympic 2012 routine featuring a couple of pop tunes you’ll recognize…

Dressage generally seems to be loosening the collar just a little bit when it comes to music for the freestyle, or kur. As long as lyrics aren’t distracting from the overall presentation, more and more riders are opting for something a little more fun than what we might traditionally be used to — think of Charlotte Dujardin’s How to Train Your Dragon routine, or Steffen Peters bringing a little Queen into the mix.

This ride from London 2012 by Gonçalo Carvalho of Portugal breaks all sorts of pop-meets-dressage barriers. If you’re going to go all the way to the Olympics, you might as well rock out a little to your favorite tunes while you’re there.

Equestrian Gonçalo Carvalho

This horse has got a feeling! ?#MusicMonday

Posted by Olympic Channel on Monday, July 9, 2018

What will the 2018 World Equestrian Games bring in terms of the music scene? We can’t wait to find out.

Go riding!

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