Dressage to Music by Gaynor Colbourn
'I have to say how honoured I have been to create music for such a huge number of clients over the years, and I am so very proud of them all. I see the creation of the music and the floor plans for my riders as being the other part of their team. My clients school their horses, practice and then compete their Freestyles, I create their floor plans and music, we work together to achieve a common goal. This includes giving and feeling Joy as well as the Competitive Spirit. Win or not, I am equally proud of you all. Dressage to Music is not just putting music together for a test, it is creating a performance which evokes emotion, beauty and pleasure. So to all my clients, thank you. You give ME joy.
Its very important to me that people understand that the music I create is recorded from scratch, one instrument at a time. I am a total purist, and as I have been a composer for TV and Film, as well as a session musician and performer, I have huge experience in all musical styles. As a session musician, I have over the years, played every possible music type, ( including Hip Hop and Death Metal), so have a wealth of knowledge to share. I do not ever use music libraries or rip CDs and patch and paste recorded music, there is no art form in this. Thus, the music I create is unique to every horse, and every arrangement is tailor made. I mention Art Form because to me, Dressage Freestyle to Music IS an artform, a performance of beauty and it should be able to evoke passion and emotion. When Jennie and I first worked together back in 1980, our aim was for Dressage to Music to be as beautiful as Ballet and Ice Dancing.'
2019 has seen Gaynor working with several Icons of the Dressage World, doing Demonsatrations with Olympic Star/Trainer and Judge, Jennie Loriston-Clarke MBE, 7 times Olympic Gold Medalist, Para Olympic Rider Deb Criddle MBE, 5 times Olympic Gold Medalist, Para Olympian Tash Baker MBE, Leading Olympic Judge/Trainer Stephen Clarke, Leading International Judge/Trainer Isobel Wessels and so many more.
She was asked by the BBC to perform at BBC's Country File Live at Blenheim Palace, and with a star studded line up of International riders, performed to an audience of 40,000. Gaynor, Anne Marie Perry-Cowan, Christopher Woods,( seen below) Sam Roberts, Lottie Flinn and Georgie Roden enjoyed BBCs Country File enormously, andwas booked by the BBC, for Countryfile Live in august in Windsor Great Park, sadly cancelled due to Covid 19.
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Gaynor Colbourn is a very well respected, classically trained session musician, concert performer, composer for Film and Television, Musical Theatre, as well as a Grand Prix Dressage Rider/Trainer herself who has brought her talents tirelessly to the dressage arena since 1980, when she first worked with GB Olympic Star, Jennie Loriston-Clarke MBE. This partnership marked the origins of Dressage to Music as we know it today, and without her relentless clinics, demos, seminars enlightening and encouraging riders throughout the following years, the Dancing horses of London 2012 would never have happened.
2019 has seen Gaynor working with several Icons of the Dressage World, doing Demonstrations with Olympic Star/Trainer and Judge, Jennie Loriston-Clarke MBE, 7 times Olympic Gold Medallist, Para Olympic Rider Deb Criddle MBE, 5 times Olympic Gold Medallist, Para Olympian Tash Baker MBE, Leading Olympic Judge/Trainer Stephen Clarke, Leading International Judge/Trainer Isobel Wessels and so many more.
She was asked by the BBC to perform at BBC's Country File Live at Blenheim Palace, and with a star studded line up of International riders, performed to an audience of 40,000. Gaynor, Anne Marie Perry-Cowan, Christopher Woods, Sam Roberts, Lottie Flinn and Georgie Roden enjoyed BBCs Country File enormously.
Gaynor trained with the legendary Pat Manning F.B.H.S. from the age of 17 to 28, and was privileged to buy Pat’s very talented Kingsway Natasha. Gaynor, under Pat’s mentorship, trained both Natasha and her Hanovarian Lyric III, to Grand Prix. For many years, Natasha and then Lyric were an integral part of Gaynor’s Dressage to Music Demonstrations, and Lyric is still around.
Having spent her whole adult life as a professional musician playing at Festivals, Concerts, Gigs, Gaynor is a very experienced performer. These skills alongside the experience of creating over 20,000 Competition CDs, and doing over 3500 Dressage to Music Clinics and more than 2500 Masterclasses and Dressage to Music Demos with top International Dressage Stars since 1980, going back to Dr Reiner Klimke in 1980’s to the International Riders she works with now equip her to be a consummate and very knowledgeable performer.
She has been asked to create Freestyle Music for 3 Nations so far for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and another Nation for Para Olympics 2020.
GB International Rider and Trainer, Luke Baber-Davies riding his home bred Disaronna, who he has trained, performing to music created by Gaynor at her Hascombe Gala Evening of Dressage to music.
Katrina Cantrell riding Woodlander Donna Summer to a beautiful arrangement created by Gaynor of music from Les Miserable.
Melissa Beer riding Guardadamas at Gaynor's West Sussex Demo, to music both composed and performed by her.
Katharine Lewis and her Fresian Stallion Joss K won both the Elemetary and Medium Summer Freestyle Championships with music composed by Gaynor, from her very successful musical, The Fire of London, composed with Perryn Butler.
How Gaynor started in Dressage to Music.
'I have been involved in Dressage to Music from 1980, when I started working with Jennie Loriston-Clarke at the sport’s inception. As a trained classical musician, composer and session musician in the recording and TV/Film world, and rider, the two skills seemed to be destined to merge. The initial idea came about when having dinner with John and Nereide Goodman, the owners of Wellington Riding in Heckfied. Their grand piano was conveniently situated near the television, when the Goodwood Grand Prix Special was being shown with the sound turned off. I was happily playing piano to the horses, in a way which was reminiscent of the silent movie films music. The rest is literally history, I met Jennie and our first joint venture was a superb demonstration of Dressage to Music at Wellington Riding, with Jennie riding the mighty Dutch Courage, a young Dutch Gold then working at Advanced Medium, and Benjamin Bunny. Neirede Goodman rode Wellington Oliver in a beautiful Pas De Deux with Jeremy Michaels, her chief instructor on a lovely chestnut, whose name escapes me. I produced music for all the demonstration, and developed my trademark style of playing keyboards live in the arena, matching every move, tempo, change, and yes, even the odd shy and buck.'
Gaynor has said that the shere variety of music she is asked to do is astounding, with music from all genres, old, new, classical, rock, folk, metal, musicals. reggae------- the list just goes on and on. Gaynor always makes her music foot tapping, fun, individual and most of all, tailor made in every way to the horse and the test. Judges can see music in harmony with the test, and the audiences love the drama and emotion put into the tests. Gaynor always approaches the music for her clients in a way which gets the most exciting experience for everyone, she is always pleased when clients say that the Freestyle made people cry. That means she achieves results on an emotional level as well as producing music that looks good in competition or demonstration.
Gaynor Colbourn is pleased to announce her new sponsors, Knights Equine Transport who join her sponsors Blue Chip Feeds