I have found Mel’s experience, combined with her great work ethic and pursuit of perfection has made obtaining a quality freestyle easy and enjoyable. Veritas and I have received very positive results and remarks from judges. We have received artist scores into the 70%’s from international judges, including ‘O’ level judges, as well as 8’s for choreography and interpretation of music. We have yet to be beaten in a CDI-Y Freestyle. Comments from the judges include; “Liked the creativity and thought that went into this freestyle" " Enjoyed your test and interesting pattern" "Complex and well designed, Exciting!!" as well as numerous positive comments from the general public.

It has been a great experience working with Mel. She has an amazing ability to recognize what will suit you and your horse, as well as understanding that the freestyles has to also suit your own personal tastes. Mel has created a freestyle that I love, and I would never hesitate to recommend her services to anyone wanting a top quality freestyle. 

Georgia Worth

National NZ Young Rider Champion 2010

National NZ CDI-Y Champion 2010

Horse Of The Year NZ Reserve Young Rider Champion 2010

Horse Of The Year NZ CDI-Y Freestyle Champion 2010


I have been working with Mel now for the past couple of years creating freestyles for my horse Weltsohn, starting at Medium/Advanced then onto Inter I and we are currently working on his Grand Prix Freestyle.

Mel is great to work with because she is always happy to incorporate new ideas. Her creativity and talent make her freestyles innovative and her never ending quest for perfection guarantees that she will give an excellent result. I am also very reassured by the fact that Mel is a classically trained musician and she also has the added bonus of being a dressage rider/competitor and so understands the intricacies of the sport. These two combinations make her truly unique.

Nothing is ever too much trouble for Mel and she always makes herself available to me. Her customer service is second to none and she is a pleasure to deal with. She is genuinely interested in our progress. Her passion, enthusiasm and dedication to her work are obvious and I look forward to working with her in the future.

Ann Serrao





"Since using Mel at Fortissimo Freestyles, Whisper and I are unbeaten in the Intermediate 1 freestyle.  The music choice and composition is first class and completely suits Whisper and my style.  Thankyou to Mel for all of her hard work and patience in putting the final touches on our  performance"

Brett & Whisper IV


Melissa from Fortissimo Freestyles has been putting together freestyles for me and my horses since I first started competing in the freestyle sections of competitions a couple of years ago.

As each horse has progressed through the grades she has patiently helped us with choreography and adapting the music until we have a theme that suits each horse so well. Perhaps the best known and most worked on freestyle is that of Robali Irish Cream and the fairy music from the “Nut Cracker.” It just suits Louie SO well! Most of our freestyles have been done with a time deadline, with anxious phone calls and then express posted, amateur video footage on which Mel works until all hours of the night with numerous phone calls back and forth!

She is just a really lovely person with a huge talent. We love her work and find her great to work with.

Thank you Mel...  Robbie Soster



Melissa worked with me to design a Grand Prix freestyle for me in 2005.

Her customer service was fantastic and Melissa went out of her way to make herself avaliable to me. She returned calls promptly and really looked after me well.

Melissa was very approachable, being open to new ideas and was happy to incorporate my ideas. She was also very honest with me if she thought something wouldn't work. I felt we worked as a partnership.

Melissa took a great of interest in my horses personality and movement when deciding on music selection and we chose music that had a very definate theme.

Melissa's editing was super. Every piece was well blended and she used apropriate musical phrasing which fitted with all the movements of my horse.

I will look forward to working with her in the future

Vickie Robertson



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