Upbeat update

by Abi on April 16, 2013

I am very pleased to report that a number of music for dressage clients have had great success over the past few months.I received this email from Christine Wait, one of my longest established clients:
Just thought I’d let you know that we did a Novice music at Bicton yesterday (using Neil Diamond) and won by a mile! Straight 8s for the artistic stuff. 76.66%. Second place was 66%!!! At the end the judge said “That was lovely!” as I was walking out. Girl on the door said she thought my music was the best she’d heard. Thought you might be pleased with that – and of course it means we’ve qualified for the Winter Regionals already.
We’re now out of Novice points so we have got to try for an Elementary music now – please get your thinking cap on – maybe refine the Neil Diamond one?’


I am delighted for Christine not least because she has shown what can be achieved with an ex racehorse.I am now waiting to see her Elementary floorplan so I can rework the music.



A few weeks later,another email from a more recent client reported more positive news:

‘I just thought I would let you know that using the jazz music compiled by yourself, we came 2nd at the Winter Regionals at Bishop Burton in the Novice Restricted class & then came 7th Overall in the Final at Hartpury this week : )

Interestingly most judges have liked the music with the exception of 1 of the 3 at the regionals who only gave us a 6!
I think that last sentence is interesting. Lets hope the forthcoming  FEI review on music judging leads to clearer standards. See here 
Finally for this update I am delighted to hear that talented young rider Zoe Sleigh has won the Superflex Intermediate I Music Freestyle on Christine Sleigh’s Fantastic Light using music which I created.
It has been a fantastic project to work on and has been made easy by Christine’s great communication and Zoe’s thoughtful floor-plan.
I have listened to this music several hundred times throughout the creation process and still find it exciting to listen to so I was delighted to hear of their success.
Read more here
In this case rider,owner and musician feel there is still work to do to make this freestyle even better in readiness for international competition.
I have plenty of other stuff going on over the next few months with the usual weekly performances at nursing homes and other gigs and plenty of ABRSM violin examinations in the pipeline this term with 4 pupils taking their grade one,3 doing grade five and one grade eight!
I also need to officially back my KnabstrupperXAppaloosa and plan my own freestyle with my awesome KWPN A bucket load of trouble!WeltinoXFabionne

Dressage freestyle hots up

by Abi on March 17, 2012

Music for dressage has been keeping me busy for the last few weeks.
As the competition season hots up so do commissions for music.
My latest client has returned to me for new music for her lovely horse. We have kept his canter music the same, increased the length of canter because it is his best pace, and changed the walk and trot tracks to create a new freestyle.
This project has worked well on many levels. Both the music and the client have given a degree of leeway in the transitions.
I feel the ridden result cannot fail to please the judges.
I am looking forward to hearing how it goes in competition!

More music for dressage…

by Abi on February 27, 2012

abigail todd music for dressageI’ve been working on more music for freestyle dressage this week  as the season draws nearer.

I’m also planning some more of my hugely popular dressage music clinics and demonstrations this summer. If you are interested in hosting a demonstration or clinic at your stable or event then please contact me for more information.

Music for dressage gets radio air time

February 6, 2012

I was delighted to have the opportunity to chat on BBC radio Somerset about all my projects and in particular music for dressage. I found the live interview more than a little nerve wracking and the fact that I had had to slide into Taunton through snow and ice did not help! However,Emma Britton was [...]

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New year business

January 17, 2012

Its been a busy few weeks here with loads of practise and preparation going on. The first big event of the year was the grand opening of  the new Eastleigh Care Home in South Molton. This is a stunning new development with excellent facilities. I was honored to be part of the team for this [...]

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Dunster by Candlelight

December 4, 2011

It turned out to be a very busy evening at Dunster Tithe Barn The acoustics are brilliant there and the gallery makes a perfect space for wandering minstrels like me. The crowds began flocking in to see the owls and Johnny Kingdom at about 4.30pm. I provided some seasonal background music to keep people amused and [...]

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Suprise gig

November 30, 2011

I was chatting to Sally P about a forthcoming wedding fair at Dunster Tithe barn and she suggested I turn up ready to play for Dunster by Candlelight. I already had a wedding gig booked for Friday evening, but I am free on Saturday and plan to be ready to play at around 7pm. So, [...]

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Give Music for Christmas

November 24, 2011

Stuck deciding what to buy your loved one this Christmas – looking for an unusual and inspiring present that lasts beyond Christmas day? Why not buy them a Music Challenge Project Gift Voucher? You could buy them a taster session and initial consultation for £40 to get them started – or buy a  block of [...]

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The Music Challenge Project

November 3, 2011

I am currently getting ready to launch my new idea – the Music Challenge Project. This is aimed at both adults or children who want to learn a particular song and then record it or perform it for their friends or family. The challenge is: Learn to play your favourite piece, whatever it may be, [...]

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October 27, 2011

Welcome to my new look blog and website – I’m working on some very exciting projects at the moment – details coming very soon. I’m also going to be putting some more videos on my Youtube channel. My electric violin version of Vivaldi’s Storm has now had 304,000 hits!

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