‘HE CAME ALIVE’

Horse & Hound - - Dressage -

KATIE JOHN­STON and her stal­lion

Af­ter Mid­night (Frankie) brought an

Ibiza sun­set to chilly Le­ices­ter­shire with their new, win­ning PSG freestyle.

The com­bi­na­tion per­formed their trot work to the Pete Tong or­ches­tral ver­sion of En­ergy 52’s Café Del Mar, with Kygo pro­vid­ing the sound­track to the walk and can­ter work.

A change to the floor­plan re­quired a last-minute tweak to the tim­ings of the sound­track, which was com­piled and fit­ted by tal­ented teenager

George Watkins.

Katie, who is based with Gareth

Hughes, said she found it re­ally spe­cial to ride to that mu­sic as she loves that ar­range­ment of Café Del Mar and be­cause of the mean­ing be­hind the lyrics in Kygo’s Not Alone.

“This was my third ever freestyle — I had put it off a bit as I was a lit­tle ner­vous about in­flict­ing my mu­sic taste on the judges,” said a de­lighted Katie, adding that Frankie “came alive” to the mu­sic.

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