Evening of Musical Freestyles

Saturday, April 28 at 7:00PM

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Evening of Musical Freestyles

The Del Mar Evening of Musical Freestyles showcases many of the brightest stars in the sport of dressage, and you needn’t be an expert to appreciate the elegance and athleticism demonstrated by these current, past and hopeful champions.

With a format similar to figure skating or gymnastic floor exercises, Musical Freestyles are intricately planned competitions using music chosen to highlight the personality of the individual pairs.  Communication between horse and rider is almost imperceptible as they execute an amazing representation of both art and sport.

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The Del Mar Evening of Musical Freestyles showcases many of the brightest stars in the sport of dressage, and you needn’t be an expert to appreciate the elegance and athleticism demonstrated by these current, past and hopeful champions.

With a format similar to figure skating or gymnastic floor exercises, Musical Freestyles are intricately planned competitions using music chosen to highlight the personality of the individual pairs.  Communication between horse and rider is almost imperceptible as they execute an amazing representation of both art and sport.

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Riders to Watch:

Legolas 92

This year we are honored to be saluting a great equine champion as he retires from competition.

LEGOLAS 92, owned by Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang’s Four Winds Farm and ridden by one of America’s top dressage riders, Steffen Peters, has thrilled Del Mar fans since he came on the scene in 2012 as the heir apparent to Ravel (retired at Del Mar in 2013), winning that year’s Grand Prix and Freestyle.

He went on to capture close to 50 Grand Prix victories; won three USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championships, numerous other National and International titles.  Most notably Legolas 92 and Steffen earned Team and Individual Gold medals at Pan American Games and Team Bronze at the Rio Olympics.  Legolas 92 has given dressage enthusiasts some incredible memories.  Whether it is his workman-like precision in the Grand Prix or the excitement of the contemporary Freestyles with music by David Bowie, The Who and U2, once more we will hear “Hi I’m Legolas” and recognize a great dressage horse.

Anna Buffini & Michelle Reilly – A New Pas de Deux

Change can be a good thing – a chance for a new kind of fun.  That’s just what fan’s will see as part of this year’s Evening of Musical Freestyles.  Last year fans saw Anna Buffini, of Escondido, perform an exciting and emotional freestyle with her High-Performance partner, Sundayboy, because she felt it was time for the then 18-year-old Dutch gelding to step away from international competition.  Now she and her self-described “best friend” are back for another Saturday night performance.  This time they are bringing additional friends, FEI rider Michelle Reilly and her 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood, Umeeko.

Both Michelle and Anna are coached by Olympian, Guenter Seidel working out of Wildflower Farm in Encinitas.  So, for 2018, they decided to team-up, give their horses a second chapter promoting Dressage, giving Del Mar fans a new Grand Prix Pas de Deux exhibition.

Anna Buffini & Michelle Reilly – A New Pas de Deux

Change can be a good thing – a chance for a new kind of fun.  That’s just what fan’s will see as part of this year’s Evening of Musical Freestyles.  Last year fans saw Anna Buffini, of Escondido, perform an exciting and emotional freestyle with her High-Performance partner, Sundayboy, because she felt it was time for the then 18-year-old Dutch gelding to step away from international competition.  Now she and her self-described “best friend” are back for another Saturday night performance.  This time they are bringing additional friends, FEI rider Michelle Reilly and her 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood, Umeeko.

Both Michelle and Anna are coached by Olympian, Guenter Seidel working out of Wildflower Farm in Encinitas.  So, for 2018, they decided to team-up, give their horses a second chapter promoting Dressage, giving Del Mar fans a new Grand Prix Pas de Deux exhibition.

The Mane Attraction Equestrian Drill Team

With the Mission Statement of “Enjoy life, give back, and commit to the ride”, the dedicated and talented women of Mane Attraction Drill Team love to ride and execute precision drills, participate in parades, and perform at charity events.  Founded in 2006 by Gina LaRock and Sherrie Sedivy, the team practices in Norco, California, which is known as Horse Town USA.

The primary charity they ride for is the No Drama Ranch (NDR) Therapeutic Riding Facility, which teaches children and adults with disabilities to ride horse.  NDR is a non-profit organization located in Norco, California, and the team donates more than half its earnings to the facility.

The team is thrilled to be participating in the Del Mar National Horse Show Evening of Musical Freestyle.

Steffen Peters, Jan Ebeling & Guenter Seidel

Here to defend his victory in last year’s CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle will be local favorite and four-time Olympian, Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA). One of the most decorated of all American Dressage riders, Peters boasts three Olympic Bronze Medals; four Pan American Gold Medals; and five top-five finishes out of four appearances at the World Equestrian Games. He has represented the US at five World Cup Finals and was champion in 2009. Other riders competing this year, who have represented American in Olympic and World Cup competition include 2015 Del Mar Champion Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) and another local favorite Guenter Seidel (Cardiff, CA).

Also featuring:

Joy Rothe and Sarah Pinney

Joy Rothe and Sarah Pinney will return to Evening of Musical Freestyles to perform their breathtaking Pas de Deux. French for “steps of two,” Joy and Sarah debuted at the Del Mar National five years ago, and have been captivating crowds ever since with their synchronized movements on two well-matched chestnut horses, who happen to be full brother and sister.

Performing the Pas de Deux takes extreme concentration, riders that work well together, and of course, horses that look alike and move in a similar manner.  “The four of us strive to move together with very few signals, to get all four of us into a similar stride and flow. The team continues to progress and perfect their Pas De Deux, and are currently working on a new, Grand Prix Level routine set to debut at the 2017 Del Mar National’s “Evening of Musical Freestyles”. We hope everyone enjoys this as much as we do!

Victorian Roses

The Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society is a re-enactment group from San Diego. Through authentic costumes and beautifully decorated horses and carriages, these elegant ladies take you back to the refined Victorian era of the 1880s. The members range in age from mid 20’s to mid 80’s and have been performing together for nearly a decade. Each member is well-versed in historical costuming and are well-ridden avid equestrians. All the “costumes” are custom made, one-of-a-kind originals and are designed and sewn by the members.

These lovely ladies ride and drive horses in several Southern California parades and shows including the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade, Night of the Horse and Equestfest, and make appearances at local rodeos and charity events.

Anna Buffini and Sundayboy

Anna Buffini, 22, of Escondido knew there was something special about Sundayboy when she got goosebumps the first time she rode him. Sundayboy and Anna swept the Young Rider division on their way to helping Region 7 bring home the NAJYRC Team Gold at the 2014 Del Mar National. Sundayboy, originally ridden by multi-Olympian Guenter Seidel, who is Anna’s California coach, and Anna have been competing and winning together ever since.

Anna’s last two competition rides on Sundayboy were in Wellington on March 22 and March 24, where she helped the US team win the  CDIO Under-25 Nations Cup and she took the top spot as an individual two days later in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Those were Sundayboy’s last competitions and he went out in grand style!

Buffini describes Sundayboy as her “best friend” and now all of us will have a chance to share in this special friendship. Buffini has decided it is time to give her 18-year-old partner a new chapter, retiring him from international competition. As a sendoff, the pair will perform their final Freestyle under the Saturday night lights here at Del Mar.

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