Rassing’s Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

Rassing’s Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with  Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

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Contact Doreen Kula
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
doreen@www.metlar-us.com
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Rassing’s Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with

Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

Wellington, FL (February 20, 2015)— “I really love my horses. I never want to be tough on their mouths and I never need to be,” says Neue Schule Bits’ user Olivia LaGoy-Welz of LivDressage. Lagoy-Welz’s soft hands and seat, and the resulting beautiful frame on her Rassing’s Lonoir in the FEI Prix St Georges and Intermediare I classes aptly earned her the Neue Schule Bits Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.

The 2014 Palm Beach Derby CDI Small Tour winner, who owns and operates LivDressage in Middleburg, VA, says her equine partner Rassing’s Lonoir—affectionately called Lono— “has been a really good boy. Last year was his ‘break out’ season and the shows this year have been going really well so far,” she said. The ten-year-old Danish Warmblood (De Noir x Loran) has been rising to the top since his top-three placing in the 2014 Intermediare USEF Festival of Champions, and exhibiting an equally consistent flourish at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The pair has earned reserve honors in the FEI Open Prix St George (71.947 percent) and FEI Open Intermediare Freestyle (74.20 percent), and third (72.921 percent) in the FEI Open Intermediare I. More than once, the Wellington judges’ score cards reflected individual scores of better than 75 percent.

“Lono and I have been together since he was seven. He was originally bought as one of those ‘project horses’ that you take a chance on, and he has proven he was a chance worth taking. He is an exceptionally sensitive, athletic, and sweet horse who loves his time in the field as much as he loves his work,” she said.

Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributors of Neue Schule Bits, was happy to award LaGoy-Welz with the Best Hands Award and a new pair of Neue Schule reins to further reward the rider’s lines of insightful communication. “I use Neue Schule Bits a lot,” Lagoy-Welz said.

“When we choose the rider to honor with the Best Hands Award, we’re looking for a rider that understands and demonstrates how soft, steady hands and a well-fitting bit results in a happier horse who is better able to perform because they understand what the rider is asking for. It’s very important to us to choose riders who are good to their horses ,” Larsen said. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is presented to riders who demonstrate effective and soft hands while competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, which continues through March 29 and features eight CDIs (including five CDI-Ws, one 4*, and one 5*), the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and weekly U.S. National events.

“We provide the bits and leave the rest in the rider’s hands,” Larsen explained. “The Global Dressage Festival provides a great opportunity to support the dressage community and applaud riders who have exceptional ‘hands’, because even a superbly crafted bit is only as good as the hands that guide it.”

Neue Schule Bits offer innovative designs that promote comfort, softness, and relaxation in the mouth and are endorsed by professional dressage riders including Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, and Mikala Munter Gundersen. In addition to its ergonomic fit based on the actual anatomy of the horse’s head,  Neue Schule Bits are constructed of a patented metal alloy called Salox Gold ®, offering the highest thermal conductivity (meaning the bit metal quickly reaches the same temperature as a horse’s mouth) and zero bioavailability, eliminating distracting tastes in the mouth and promoting comfort, relaxation and softness.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Olivia LaGoy-Welz (right) wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Rassing's Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with  Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

Rassing’s Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

Neue Schule Bits Make the Difference for Laura Graves

Neue Schule Bits Make the Difference for Laura Graves

For Immediate Release
Contact: Doreen Kula
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits              
doreen@www.metlar-us.com
631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Bits Make the Difference for Laura Graves

 

Wellington, FL (February 11, 2015)When successful international dressage competitor Laura Graves put a Neue Schule bit into her horse’s mouth, everything clicked into place. “Changing to Neue Schule bits was a changing point in my training,” she shares. Graves first learned of Neue Schule bits from her coach, Olympian Debbie McDonald. McDonald pointed out Graves’s horse’s comfort at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “Debbie made a comment that my horse may not be comfortable in his mouth, and I should try Neue Schule bits. Within days, a box of bits arrived at my farm. I was to try them all and simply send back the ones I didn’t need,” explains Graves. The equestrian noted that improvements in her performances were immediate with the new bits.

Neue Schule’s mission is to produce bits that improve communication between the horse and the rider while providing ultimate comfort to the equine. Now officially a Neue Schule Ambassador, Graves uses Neue Schule bits on all of her horses. “When a new horse arrives, the bits are one of the first things we address,” said Graves, “At this point, every one of my horses goes in Neue Schule.” Neue Schule offers a range of bit models such as Fixed Cheek, Fixed Lever, Loose Lever, Loose Ring, Pelham, and Weymouth. With a wide selection of fits and styles, Graves is able to find a bit for each of her horse’s individual needs. “They don’t just make one basic loose ring snaffle or curb bits with different ports,” she says. “There are many variations and options so the fit is just right. The difference in these bits is that they are so well engineered and effective that everyone— Adult Amateurs, Young Riders, and professionals— can feel the difference.”

“The first thing I loved about Neue Schule bits is the Salox Gold,” said Graves, “Every horse loves it.” Neue Schule bits use the patented metal Salox Gold because it is a soft, warm metal that matches the atmosphere within the horse’s mouth, making its presence less intrusive and providing comfort to the equine. Because the metal adapts its temperature extremely quickly to the inside of the horse’s mouth, distractions are limited and the horse can focus more fully on communication with the rider.

Graves has been celebrating many recent successes in the show ring while using her Neue Schule bits. She and the twelve-year-old KWPN gelding Verdades placed fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games with an outstanding score of 82.036 percent. “Prior to that we had a top 10 finish at Aachen, and a reserve championship at the Festival of Champions,” said Graves. With the 2015 year beginning to unfold, Graves has many exciting plans. “This year our focus is on the Pan American Games in Toronto,” she said. Graves is also hoping to make a trip to Las Vegas for the Longines FEI World Cup Finals. “If it works logistically, it would be an amazing experience!”

For more information about Neule Schule and the North America distributer of Neue Schule bits— Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery—visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo 1: Laura Graves rides in Neue Schule bits to improve her horse’s comfort and achieve effective horse-and-rider communication (Photo courtesy of Laura Graves)

Photo 2: International dressage rider Laura Graves (left) and Chase Hickok of Neue Schule (right) with a Neue Schule bridle and bit (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

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