“Freestyle to Music”
Also known as “Musical Kur” or simply “kur” (an Anglicized version of the German word for “freestyle”) is a form of dressage competition where the horse’s paces are choreographed to music to create a competitive “dance.” This requires serious skill and planning. First the rider designs a routine to show off various movements. At the highest level, riders will demonstrate upper level dressage movements like piaffe and passage. Then the rider selects music to match each portion of the routine. Finally the rider practices until the dance appears flawless. The best routines result in a seamless blend of athleticism and artistry while highlighting the indelible bond between horse and riders.
Michael Bragdell, who will performing the demonstration Musical Kur at Devon on May 31st, June 1st, and June 2nd is no stranger to success in the dressage ring. In 2008, Bragdell captured his first US Dressage National Championship aboard Selten-HW in the FEI Four-Year Old division and captured this championship again in 2012, this time aboard Hemmingway. He has won four US Dressage Finals National Championships as well and is a US Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist.
Come watch Bragdell demonstrate the very best of what dressage has to offer. His Musical Kur is sure to enchant and inspire.