Neue Schule’s Todd Minikus Wins $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show

Neue Schule’s Todd Minikus Wins $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show

For Immediate Release                      

Contact: Mette Larsen

Metlar-Neue Schule Bits                   

Mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

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Neue Schule’s Todd Minikus Wins $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show

Washington D.C. (October 31, 2014) Show jumping champion Todd Minikus is all about quality. As he and his bay Oldenburg mount Quality Girl prepared to sail over the intimidating course at the $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) on October 23, Minikus made sure to have his Neue Schule bit— which he describes as “very high-quality”— ready for competition.

With the Neue Schule bit connecting the horse to the rider as a team, Minikus and Quality Girl won first place in their Thursday class at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show, which was held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on October 21-26. Neue Schule is proud of their sponsored rider’s achievement, and glad that the company’s bits could be so helpful to Minikus. 

Minikus, who is currently the leading figure in the Longines FEI World Cup™ North American East Coast League standings, has won well over seventy-five Grand Prix competitions during his show jumping career. Even so, the accomplished equestrian wasn’t sure how he would fare in the $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake against his talented competitors. “The horses were sure jumping well. You really have to have your game on here; it gets very competitive,” Minikus said.

The Loxahatchee, Florida rider was one of twelve competitors (out of thirty) to jump a clean round over the course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio. Ten riders moved on to the jump off, where Minikus obtained an early lead. “I was third in the jump-off out of ten and there were a few familiar names coming at the end, so it was questionable whether the lead would hold up. But it seems like a couple of those super fast riders had jumps down. It was a nice class for the first jump-off class, and it probably made for a good jump-off to watch,” He commented.

Minikus and Quality Girl, an eleven-year-old Oldenburg (Quidams Rubin x Dobrock), maintained their lead throughout the class. The pair’s double-clear round of 32.90 seconds earned them first place and the Ben O’Meara Memorial Challenge Trophy. A beaming Minikus praised his equine partner after the show. “She was pretty tidy everywhere,” he said. “She is really a good horse. She has an awesome record and she is now a true professional show horse, so she just takes everything in stride. She has a lot of class.”

Minikus credits part of his success in the saddle to using the innovative, ergonomically-designed bits manufactured by Neue Schule. “My overall impression of the Neue Schule bits is they are well-crafted with the construction of the horse’s mouth in mind, and made from high-quality lightweight material that is both durable and comfortable for the horse,” Minikus explained. “My favorite bit is the loose ring because it works well for daily schooling. The Neue Schule bits have helped improve communication between me and my horses.” 

Neue Schule bits are a popular choice among top professionals like Minikus. The bits are well-known for their advanced design and materials, increased comfort for horses, and improved communication. To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and the company’s United States distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit http://www.metlar-us.com or call 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: Todd Minkus competing on the 2014 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring Circuit. (Photo courtesy of Mancini Photos)

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Entrepreneur and Equestrian Doreen Kula Joins Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery

Entrepreneur and Equestrian Doreen Kula Joins Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery

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Contact: Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits               

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Entrepreneur and Equestrian Doreen Kula Joins Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery 

Riverhead, NY (October 27, 2014) — “I couldn’t find a better combination than this – quality people and quality products and an industry I love!” said Doreen Kula, a successful entrepreneur and equine business owner, on her new position working with Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery as the next step in her versatile life. Metlar, the United States distributer of Neue Schule bits (pronounced ‘noy-uh shool-uh’) and other innovative top-quality equestrian equipment, is thrilled to welcome Kula on board as the company’s Vice President of Operations.

Vice President of Operations certainly won’t be the first prominent role in a leading company that Kula has played. After excelling in her business education through graduate school, Kula, of Rochester, New York, assisted several businesses in their startups, managed large firms, and served as a coach and mentor for entrepreneurial companies.

Even as the accomplished businesswoman achieves numerous successes in her industries, her world ultimately revolves around horses. Kula operates Aisling Sport Horses, a breeding business starring her extraordinary Qualified PRE stallion Festivo MR (Yeguada Militar and Escalera bloodlines). “When I was about eight years old, we discovered that I’m extremely allergic to horses,” Kula admits. “However, much to my parents’ dismay, I had the horse addiction— bad. Despite the allergies, after several years my parents finally realized I wasn’t going to give it up.” True to Kula’s ambitious nature, she achieved her equestrian goals and currently owns three dressage horses. She is now overjoyed to begin a career that will utilize her talents for both horses and business.

“Working at Metlar is an ideal fit between my passion for horses and quality products, and my experience and background in operations and entrepreneurship,” Kula says. She knew the job would be right for her after speaking with Mette Larsen, owner of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. “The opportunity to work with Mette was what attracted me to Metlar first and foremost. We share a love of horses, dressage, and quality products. I felt great about getting involved in Metlar because I know Metlar will only sell the best products on the market— I know if Metlar is selling it, I can rest assured that it’s a quality product. Metlar sells the best products for the good of the horse. Everything at Metlar is about the good of the horse and a quality product that works! I’m excited to be a part of Metlar to get the word out about our products to help make the life of every one of our ‘horse’ customers better. I’m excited to get behind products that I can truthfully say to anyone I speak with – ‘these really make a difference.’ And also, when I wear my Metlar belt, I feel like a million dollars,” Kula smiles.

As the partnership of Doreen Kula and Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery begins, learn more about Metlar and the high-quality products the company provides at visit http://www.metlar-us.com or call 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: Doreen Kula and her stallion Festivo. (Photo courtesy of Robert F Zwaap)

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