In 1995, I stepped into a recording studio to lay down tracks for what would become the world’s first album of music for dressage. This ancient sport of kings had gained a following that looked to a modern way of displaying this highest level of equestrian training. These ancient battle movements now had music as a part of the dressage “tests”. This new element of freestyle dressage caught on and enthusiasts worked hard on combining different songs to match the choreography. As good as they were, they always came up short of being great performances. That gave me an idea. My plan was to improve the quality of music that was being used for the sport. To do this, original music had to be written to match the choreography for each particular ride. So I set out to compose a piece of music for each of the varying levels of freestyles, and have riders perform them. The result was award winning freestyles and the world’s first CD of “Music for Dressage”.

Back then there were just a little over 20,000 websites on the entire internet. I worked with a small team to design a website and offer this for sale online. Also, PayPal wasn’t around yet, so I had a local bank come on board which allowed me to accept credit cards out of my home office. This was the ‘on ramp’ that launched me on this fascinating new information superhighway called the internet. I’ve been traveling down this road for a long time. I know what you need and what you don’t need. Let me know when you’re ready for the real thing.

Music for Dressage CD by TJ Martin