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Neue Schule’s Ambassadors to Take a Bite of the Big Apple at Central Park Horse Show
New York, NY (September 12, 2014) – Four top international riders sponsored by bit designer Neue Schule have been invited to compete at the Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex, September 18-21, in New York City’s Central Park. Trump Rink will be the scene of top competitions in show jumping, dressage, and polo. Neue Schule’s Ambassadors are known internationally for their exceptional skills and success in the arena. Only the country’s most elite riders are able to compete by invitation only at this prestigious event.
Using ergonomically designed bits that have been designed with the latest in engineering and computer-aided design technologies for superior comfort, each rider will vie for first in their respective events, and the competition is sure to heat up, starting on the Thursday night with show jumping, which is set to be televised live on NBC Sports. Danielle Goldstein, Todd Minikus, and Candace King hope to pilot their mounts to a win in the inaugural $200,000 FEI Grand Prix Show Jumping class. US dressage superstar Steffen Peters will take top dressage riders in the Dressage Challenge, presented by the Axel Johnson Group, on Saturday evening.
Four-time Olympic dressage rider Steffen Peters, 49, of San Diego, CA, has achieved legendary success in international dressage. In addition, he has won the title of USEF Horseman of the Year three times. He started his career in his home country of Germany aboard Udon, came to America and became an American citizen, and then captured Team Bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for Team USA. In 2004, he and Floriano were alternates in the Olympics and the highest-placing pair for the U.S. at the 2006 Aachen World Equestrian Games (WEG). The 2008 Beijing Olympics found him finishing fourth in dressage with Ravel in Hong Kong, where the equestrian events were held. In 2010, he and Ravel won two Bronzes at the WEG. Other top mounts for Peters include Akeena, Grandeur, Weltino’s Magic, and now Legolas 92. He and Legolas 92 just placed 8th individually in the Grand Prix, 10th in the Special and the Freestyle, and 4th in the team competition at this year’s WEG in Normandy, France, using Neue Schule bits.
Todd Minikus, 52, of Loxahatchee, FL, is going into the Central Park Grand Prix fresh off a win in early September in the Zoetis $1Million Grand Prix and a first place finish in the $75,000 I Love New York Grand Prix. He won his first show jumping grand prix in 1985 and has won more than 75 more since then, including the AGA Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis five times, the Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, the Cosequin Grand Prix at HITS Caskills IV, the Cargill Grand Prix at CSI-A Oaks Blenheim, the Budweiser American Invitational in Tampa, the Grand Prix of Rotterdam, and this year’s Nespresso Grand Prix. In 1990, he was on fire at the Washington International Horse Show as he won all of the open jumper classes and the President’s Cup. He has competed five times in the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals and six times on Nations Cup teams. Minikus was also named the 2001 AHSA Horseman of the Year, and he served as the alternate for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He has had success aboard horses like Ravel, Pavarotti, Oh Star, Thrilling, Presidente, and Alaska, to name just a few. Spectators are likely to find Minikus schooling his horses with the Neue Schule loose ring bit.
Show jumper Candace King of Wellington, FL, has had a successful career as a grand prix competitor since 1989. She has represented the US at international competitions, such as the 2005 World Cup Final in Las Vegas on Coco Cabana and the 2001 World Cup Final in Goteborg, Sweden, where she finished fifth on John E.M. Her list of accomplishments includes wins in the 2000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis with John E.M., the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the Royal International Horse Show at CSIO Hickstead in England, the Ariat WEF Challenge at the Winter Equestrian Festival with Caliskan and the Leeuwarden Grand Prix in The Netherlands on John E.M. in 2003, the 2004 Six Bar Challenge at CSIO Rotterdam in The Netherlands, the Adequan World Cup Grand Prix at the CSI-W Hampton Classic Horse Show with Camillo V, and a second at the CSI-W Hampton Classic Horse Show. Of Neue Schule bits, King says, “I’ve been competing at the top level of show jumping for over 20 years. In order to continue to compete at this level consistently, you need the best equipment. I have found that in Neue Schule Performance Bits! All of my horses have continued to improve with the added benefit of the Neue Schule Bit.”
International show jumper Danielle Goldstein of Wellington, FL, has most recently competed at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, for Team Israel. Goldstein is a dual citizen in both the United States and Israel. Goldstein turned professional in 2012 after 15 years of winning as an amateur and junior competitor. Goldstein hopes to compete for Israel at the 2016 Olympic Games and is helping with Israel’s efforts to build its equestrian show jumping program. Goldstein’s favorite Neue Schule bits are the Verbindend snaffle and the Waterford Universal. “Neue Schule bits are an amazing advancement in bit technology, not only in their style but also functionality. I use them on almost every horse I ride on a daily basis. My horses are more responsive and less fussy because they are more comfortable—it’s as simple as that! Neue Schule has created a product that all equestrians should take advantage of.”
The “new school” (or “neue schule”) line of thinking for the company’s bits is to have more refined designs with cutting-edge materials while making the bit more accommodating. Neue Schule makes bits that can be used in any discipline at any level, from pleasure riding to grand prix. Neue Schule bits incorporate a unique metal alloy with the highest thermal conductivity of any bit on the market and no bioactivity to eliminate tastes. This helps the horse be more comfortable, relaxed, and soft while under saddle. For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.
Photo: Todd Minikus competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of ManciniPhotos.com)
Photo 2: Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 at the US National Championships. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)