Monday, March 28, 2011

More live music freestyles

 This is Edward Gal and the stallion Voice perform to the violinist/violist Kim Sjogren.


  1. Looks like Totilas is going to have some serious competition in the future. I actually like the extensions on this stallion more because he has a totally engaged hind end and not just an expressive front end.

  2. Well now, this one is starting to get somewhere. Kind of a hodgepodge of music there, but when the music and horse match, it brought tears to my eyes.

    Still needs work. Musician and rider need to work together and the musician needs to have that uncanny ability to adjust midstream should the horse get ahead or behind. That would be the true beauty of live music to freestyle. This is close, but the changes do not always come when needed. And, as noted, the music was kind of a collection of this and than rather than a cohesive whole.

    All of which just goes to show how hard this whole concept is to bring to perfection. When it's right, it takes your breath away, so I'm sure sooner or later, someone is going to nail it all right on.

    This is a lovely horse and how settled to keep on working happily and willingly as the audience really gets into the ride with the clapping and applause. I am most impressed.

  3. Additional comment: Looks like Gal is not letting any grass grow under his feet. He has a really nice replacement for Totilas here.

  4. So Gal has another black stallion! Voice has a lovely, free way of going. The canter tempi changes were my favorite part, especially with the crowd clapping in unison.

  5. I was fortunate enough to see Gal and Toto at WEG this year and I thoroughly enjoyed what I saw. But this stallion appears to have quite a bit to offer and I have to agree with Biz, I prefer the extension I see in Voice. Time will tell I guess, but I am happy to see Gal get another chance to show those of us novice Dressage enthusiasts that it takes just as much rider as it does horse to make a special pair.

  6. Love, love, love that coat and horse color combination!


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