Klimke’s Contact Clicks with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Klimke’s Contact Clicks with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

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Contact: Doreen Kula
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Klimke’s Contact Clicks with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Wellington, Florida (March 24, 2015) Michael Klimke from Munster, Germany, has been busy during the South Florida winter show season with ride after ride and win after win during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. His quiet riding with nearly invisible aids on a variety of horses have been rewarded by the judges as well as by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, North American distributor of Neue Schule bits. Metlar named Klimke the latest recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award in recognition of his superb hands and excellent contact through the bit with his horses.

During the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CDI-W, Klimke and his own Fineliner 2, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Florencio I-Relana, Regazonni), notched two first-place finishes in the FEI Intermediaire II with a 71.171 percent and a 67.237 percent.

“He is in the stage between small tour to big tour,” Klimke explained about Fineliner 2. “I won the CDI Prix St. Georges in January with him, and now he has stepped forward to win the Intermediare II. My proudest moment with him is that I found that he can be a good Grand Prix horse and I know that he’s trying hard.”

While at the show, he also rode Frascati 72, a 9-year-old Westphalian gelding (First Grade-Lotti, Limes), to a second place finish with a 67.368 percent in the FEI Intermediaire II and another blue ribbon in the Intermediaire II with a 69.605 percent.

Additionally, he guided Harmony’s Depardieu, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Fredrico-Wiesnoes, Weltmeyer) owned by Harmony Sporthorses to a 69.553 percent in the Prix St. Georges, a 68.763 percent in the Intermediaire I, and a 72.275 percent in the Intermediaire I Freestyle.

Never one to rest, Klimke also rode his own 8-ear-old Westphalian gelding Djamba Djokiba (Damon Hill-Whoopy, Wessex) to a 68.763 percent in the Prix St. Georges and a 70.184 percent in the Intermediaire I.

He was pleased to be recognized for his hard work and soft hands after so many successful rides.

“We have weight aids, leg aids, and hand aids— and the quiet hand is very important to give the horse confidence through your contact,” he explained. “The connection to the bit and the mouth of the horse must be from a quiet hand. Therefore, I think the hand contact is very important and I’m thankful I got an award for that.”

Mette Larsen, the founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, said that when she chooses the award winner, she searches for someone who is not only good with their hands and in the contact, but also is a rider who is all-around good to their horses. She believes that horses deserve the best in order to perform and be happy.

“Neue Schule works every day to create the kindest, most effective communication tools we can,” Larsen commented. “This is how we give horses the very best we have to offer.”

Throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival series, Neue Schule has presented the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate soft, effective hands during competition. Because the bits are designed based on equine anatomy to encourage great performance through comfort, top riders like Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, Mikala Munter Gundersen, Kim Severson, Candice King, and Todd Minikus are just the beginning of a list of equestrians who can vouch for the benefits of using Neue Schule bits.

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 1: Michael Klimke (right), with Fineliner 2, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Photo 2: Michael Klimke and Fineliner 2 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

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The Perfect Step to Success in the Show Ring: Kevin Kohmann’s Connection Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award

The Perfect Step to Success in the Show Ring: Kevin Kohmann’s Connection Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award

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The Perfect Step to Success in the Show Ring: 

Kevin Kohmann’s Connection Wins 

Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Wellington, Florida (March 16, 2015)– Germany’s Kevin Kohmann is a Grand Prix dressage rider working his way up the ladder to success. A co-trainer at Diamante Farms, Kohmann always has the basics of dressage in mind, whether training or competing. At the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W, Kohmann came out on top in the Intermediaire I and earned a 70.658 percent aboard Suzanne Mott Dansby’s Perfect Step, a fourteen-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Peridot-Quintilla, Quick Star XX), in the Prix St. Georges. He also competed in Third Level Test 3 on Faron CR, Melanie Pai’s seven-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Flavigny-Samantha, Salvanto). Because of Kohmann’s effective use of the aids and quiet hands, Neue Schule is proud to name him the recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Kohmann was pleased with the award and the recognition for his steady, consistent, and sympathetic contact.

“This is one of the most important steps in the training scale: the connection between the rider’s hand and the horse’s mouth,” he said. “It allows the horse to swing over the back.”

Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits, said she is looking for effective communication along with a comfortable connection between horse and rider when she searches for award recipients during the 12-week Global Dressage Festival series.

“Horses deserve the very best we have to offer them,” Larsen said. “They deserve to feel good, and they want to perform and be happy in their work. Neue Schule works every day to find the kindest, most effective communication tools we can. This is how we give horses the very best we have to offer.”

Kohmann and Perfect Step, known as “Percy”, have been together part-time for the past three months. He and the gelding’s owner share him by each riding him three days a week. This was the first time Kohmann and Perfect Step competed together, and the first time the gelding has gone down centerline in awhile.

“He was excellent,” Kohmann said as he accepted his prize of a pair of new reins from Metlar. “I couldn’t ask for much more. It was a good clean test. He is an elegant looking horse and he makes me look good!”

Dansby said that she and Kohmann share a basic philosophy of dressage, and their strengths complement each other.

“He can really put the horse together, and I mostly work on the little, basic details,” Dansby said. “He has the acumen for getting right on and immediately connecting with the horses he rides. Kevin has amazing talent and he is well educated in dressage. He is effective in his seat and legs, and has sensitivity and “feel” in his hands, which are essentials for proper riding.”

Great feel and sympathetic aids along with an excellent, comfortable bit connected to good hands are the hallmark of a good rider— and Kohmann certainly fits the bill. Metlar will continue to present the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate soft, effective hands during competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, Mikala Munter Gundersen, Kim Severson, Candice King, and Todd Minikus are just some of the riders who attest to the connection benefits of using Neue Schule bits.

The bits are ergonomically designed based on equine anatomy in order to make the horse as comfortable as possible so it can focus on what the rider is asking. Each bit is made from a sweet, warm metal that’s palatable for horses, allowing acceptance of the bit and better communication. Riders love their horses, so placing bits in horses’ mouths that are truly comfortable as well as effective is vitally important for both members of the equestrian team.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call631-252-5574.

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Photo: Kevin Kohmann, on Perfect Step, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. From left to right: Kevin Kohmann on Perfect Step, Chase Hickok, and fellow Diamante Farms trainer Devon Kane (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Kevin Kohmann’s Connection Wins

Neue Schule Salutes Laura Graves on Winning Performance and Dedication to the Sport

Neue Schule Salutes Laura Graves on Winning Performance and Dedication to the Sport

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Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

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Neue Schule Salutes Laura Graves on Winning Performance and Dedication to the Sport

 

Wellington, FL (March 14, 2015)— Having been away from the limelight since her amazing fifth-place finish in the freestyle at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2014, Laura Graves and her partner Verdades returned to the international spotlight with a splash. The pair rode away with the blue and an outstanding score of 78.875 percent when they secured the Grand Prix freestyle under the lights during the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Palm Beach Derby.

Graves’s recent accomplishment comes as no surprise to her sponsor Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, distributor of Neue Schule bits— which are loved by Graves for their innovative design and premium fit based on the horse’s anatomy. “Changing to Neue Schule bits was a changing point in my training,” Graves explains. “At this point, every one of my horses goes in Neue Schule.”

Graves, who is a proud Neue Schule Ambassador, has consistently demonstrated her dedication to the sport and riding talent in her pursuit of continually improving her performances with her own Verdades, who she lovingly calls “Diddy.” Although Graves and Diddy took a bit of a hiatus from competition after The World Equestrian Games, they have been working hard on improving “the little stuff,” as Graves says. It seems that their attention to detail is paying off.

Despite her own accolades, Graves continues to work hard with trainer Olympian Debbie McDonald. “We are really looking for improvement instead of staying stagnant,” Graves commented. “I want to post a higher score. That would be my goal− to see some consistency in the piaffe/passage. We know his pirouettes are strong. We’d also like to see the flying changes improve.” Besides helping Graves with her training, McDonald was also the first to introduce Graves to Neue Schule bits.

Graves has exciting plans for after the Adequan Global Dressage Festival comes to a close. “This year our focus is on the Pan American Games in Toronto,” she said. She 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!”

Equipped with unbridled passion and the support of Neue Schule, which produces the bits Graves swears by, there is no doubt Graves will continue to impress.

For more information about Neue 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: Neue Schule Ambassador Laura Graves rides Verdades to first place at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

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Olivia Cass’s Equestrian Future Inspired by Neue Schule Bit

Olivia Cass’s Equestrian Future Inspired by Neue Schule Bit

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Olivia Cass’s Equestrian Future Inspired by Neue Schule Bit

 

Riverhead, NY (March 9, 2015) I am very surprised that I won this bit— I’ve never won anything like this before,” says an excited Olivia Cass after winning a new state-of-the-art Neue Schule bit. Cass was the lucky winner of a contest run by Equine Journal, sponsored in part by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery— the United States distributor of Neue Schule Bits.

Neue Schule offers several different bit models such as Fixed Cheek, Fixed Lever, Loose Lever, Loose Ring, Pelham, and Weymouth. “I am receiving a Waterford Universal bit as my contest prize,” says Cass. The Waterford Universal differs from other bits in its shape. It’s slimmer and not as spherical as other bits. The construction of the bit makes it not stiff, but fluid in the horse’s mouth, therefore making it more comfortable for the equine. With its ability to move in every direction, the Waterford Universal bit is designed for horses that tend to lean or pull down. Pressure can be placed at specific points across the bit, creating a head-raising action.

While Cass has not yet decided which horse she will be using her new bit with, she says she is most likely use it with the Quarter Horse she often rides, Shiloh. “I have been riding him for about a year and a half. Shiloh is primarily a western trail horse, but more recently I have been working on his and my English riding skills,” Cass says. Cass has been riding her whole life, but she has only recently started working on English riding. She says she was introduced to English riding while completing volunteer work at a summer camp. “I worked as a ranch hand at a Christian horse camp for six weeks this past summer, where I gained an immense amount of knowledge and experience with horses,” Cass explains, “During that time I was introduced to English riding, which I have really enjoyed so far.”

Neue Schule bits concentrate on making the communication between horse and rider the best that it can be, while providing ultimate comfort for the horse. The bits are made from a patented metal called Salox Gold, which feels soft and warm to match the atmosphere inside the horse’s mouth. Besides the ability of this metal to quickly adapt to the temperature of the inside of the equine’s mouth, it is tasteless to the horse, allowing them to avoid distractions of discomfort and focus fully on what their rider is telling them.

Cass hopes to get a lot of use out of her new Neule Schule bit in the near future, as she aims to go to an equestrian college to further her riding experience. “My future plans are to attend an equestrian college to become proficient in Dressage, Jumping, Cross Country, Cow Cutting, and Reining, as well as horse training and basic equine veterinary practices.”

Having the right equipment is vital when riding, and Cass says she is excited for the opportunities that her new bit can offer her. “I would like to thank both Equine Journal and Metlar for all their hard work to make this contest possible!”

For more information about Metlar and Neule Schule, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Olivia Cass is excited to try out the Neue Schule bit she won, courtesy of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery (Photo courtesy of Olivia Cass)

Olivia Cass’s Equestrian Future Inspired by Neue Schule Bit

Kathy Priest’s Soft Hands Claim Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Kathy Priest’s Soft Hands Claim Neue Schule Best Hands Award

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Kathy Priest’s Soft Hands Claim Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Wellington, FL (March 6, 2015)— Great hands mean better communication with the horse, and of course, an excellent bit and soft hands make for a happy and successful show horse. “Good hands create a comfortable connection between the horse and rider, and are critical to effective communication between the two,” says Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits. Kathy Priest of Woodsprings Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, demonstrated these excellent hands in the Open FEI Grand Prix Special classes with her horses Wild Dancer and Cayman V at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The dressage rider took a first and a second place in the Grand Prix Special, and also won the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Priest and Wild Dancer, a 16.2-hand bay KWPN mare sired by Florett As and out of Reality B, came in first in the Open FEI Grand Prix Special. Priest and the 12-year-old mare scored 69.8% to beat out Christoph Koschel and Stuntmann AF Hvarre.

Priest’s second horse, Cayman V, came in second with a 62.647% in another Open FEI Grand Prix Special class. “It was a good ride. I had a few mistakes and a little tension with all the wind, but overall I’m happy with it. He’s not even in his first year of Grand Prix, so he’s still a little bit green.”

Cayman V, a 16.3-hand Danish Warmblood gelding sired by Comeback II, was imported from Denmark. Priest has owned him for four years now. She explains that he really didn’t start training until he was eight-years-old. “He’s a nice sound horse, and he’s rideable and trainable,” she adds.

As Larsen considered which rider to present the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to, she commented that she was “looking for someone who is not only good with their hands and has great contact, but is all-around good to their horses, too.” Priest, who was noticed by Metlar representatives as she competed on Cayman V, easily met these qualifications.

Priest, who keeps nearly fifteen dressage horses in training on her 400-acre farm in Kentucky and in Wellington, Florida, absolutely loves Neue Schule bits. “I think they’re just really interesting as far as the design, and the horses that I train in them are really happy in them. I’m very satisfied and happy with these bits.” She was honored to win the Best Hands Award, which included a pair of reins to link her Neue Schule bits to her expert hands.

Larsen adds that Neue Schule works hard to give horses the very best bits they can. “Horses deserve the very best we have to offer them,” she states. “Horses deserve to feel good, and they want to perform and be happy in their work. Neue Schule works every day to find the kindest, most effective communication tools we can to enable this!”

Metlar will continue to hand out the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate soft, effective hands during competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, Mikala Munter Gundersen, Kim Severson, Candice King, and Todd Minikus are just the beginning of the list of outstanding equestrians like Priest who stand behind Neue Schule Bits.

Metlar specializes in superior quality equipment. The company’s focus on progressive and creative innovation allows it to set—and then surpass— a high standard for the comfort of the horse and the overall equestrian experience for both horse and rider.

Neue Schule bits are ergonomically designed based on the anatomy of the horse. The whole idea behind Neue Schule bits is to make the horse as comfortable as possible so rather than focusing on the bit, the horse can focus on what their rider is asking of them.  Each bit features a sweet, warm metal, which makes them palatable for horses. The horse’s acceptance of the bit results in better communication with the rider— which is what every equestrian strives for.

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: Kathy Priest, with Cayman V, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Kathy Priest’s Soft Hands Claim Neue Schule Best Hands Award