Katherine Bateson-Chandler’s Wins Continue with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Katherine Bateson-Chandler’s Wins Continue with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

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

 

Katherine Bateson-Chandler’s Wins Continue with 

Neue Schule Best Hands Award

 

Wellington, FL (April 14, 2015)— “I use the Transform Curb bit from Neue Schule, and I love it. It really changed my horse’s mouth,” explains successful Grand Prix competitor Katherine Bateson-Chandler. Bateson-Chandler was chosen by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributer of Neue Schule Bits, as recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. After achieving another first place in the FEI Grand Prix Special at the show, it was evident that Bateson-Chandler’s excellent contact is delivering results. Bateson-Chandler was happy to accept the award, as she is a fan of Neue Schule and rides in the company’s innovative bits. Bateson-Chandler has switched both her Grand Prix horses to the Transform weymouth because she saw such a difference in her winning partner Alcazar when using it. “He was having issues when he was younger, which had a lot to do with nerves but also a lot to do with the bits,” she says. With the Transform, the pair has proved hard to beat throughout the Wellington, Florida show circuit.

Alcazar, a ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Cantango/Polina) owned by Jane Clark, has made Bateson-Chandler proud this season with numerous Grand Prix wins. “I was really happy with my horse. He’s still very green but he is getting more and more honest in the arena, and learning what his job is as a real, genuine Grand Prix horse.”

The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is presented to riders who display exemplary use of their hand aids while riding. Using soft hands to communicate with the horse is encouraged by Metlar, which creates high-quality bits to help riders achieve ideal contact. Mette Larsen, president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, explains that she selects riders who treat their horses well both in and out of the show ring as winners of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award. “Horses deserve the best that we can offer them,” she says. A horse that enjoys his job will be a pleasure to work with and will offer a great performance. While using Neue Schule bits, Bateson-Chandler has experienced that attitude in Alcazar. “Good contact is something we all strive for,” Bateson-Chandler comments. “It is one of the basics that we all struggle with, and when it all comes together and you have that lovely contact with your horse’s mouth, the feeling of communication is amazing. I’m excited to be honored with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award, because good hands and good contact is one of the very most important things for dressage riders.”

As for her future, Bateson-Chandler is not planning to step out of the winning circle any time soon. “We leave for Europe at the end of April, where we will set up a nice European tour and some friendly shows, so we can get Alcazar some international experience. Obviously it would be great to do Rio next year. I think that is what everybody is ramping up for, so hopefully he will be on track for that.”

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

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Photo: Katherine Bateson-Chandler, riding Alcazar, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Photo: Katherine Bateson-Chandler, riding Alcazar, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Photo: Katherine Bateson-Chandler, riding Alcazar, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

 

 

Four Neue Schule Ambassadors to Compete in 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals

Four Neue Schule Ambassadors to Compete in 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals

For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Doreen Kula
Metlar-Neue Schule Bits
Dkula@www.metlar-us.com
631-252-5574

Four Neue Schule Ambassadors to Compete in

2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World

Cup Jumping Finals

Las Vegas, Nevada (April 13, 2015)— Four of the world’s top dressage and show jumping riders who are ambassadors for Neue Schule bits through North American distributor Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery will show off their mettle— and Neue Schule Bits— in Las Vegas at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals on April 15-19. Only the most elite of riders qualify to compete, and Neue Schule is proud to have four internationally acclaimed Neue Schule Ambassadors— across two disciplines— representing the United States and Denmark in this prestigious event. Show jumping star Todd Minikus and dressage champions Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, and Mikala Gundersen will compete using the innovative Neue Schule bits— designed with the latest in engineering and computer-aided design technologies for superior comfort, fit, and performance.

Todd Minikus, of Loxahatchee, Florida, tops the East Coast League standings going into the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals. He began his show jumping career in 1985, collecting more than 75 victories and six Nations Cup appearances since then, including five AGA Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis wins, the Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Cosequin Grand Prix at HITS-Saugerties IV, Cargill Grand Prix at CSI-A Oaks Blenheim, Budweiser American Invitational in Tampa, Grand Prix of Rotterdam, Nespresso Grand Prix and Zoetic $1 Million Dollar Grand Prix. In 1990, he swept the Open jumper division and President’s Cup at the Washington International and is a seven-time veteran going into the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals. This Neue Schule Ambassador was 2001 Horseman of the Year, and Alternate for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics. Spectators will likely find Minikus schooling horses— including his Las Vegas partner, Babalou 41, owned by Two Swans Farm— on a Neue Schule Loose Ring.

Laura Graves and her horse Verdades (aka ‘Diddy’) are ranked fifth in the world after their freestyle at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Most recently, they captured the Grand Prix freestyle titles at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, paving the way to dance into Las Vegas. Metlar has equipped Graves with her favorite bits: “Changing to Neue Schule bits was a turning point in my training. Every one of my horses now goes in Neue Schule.” U.S. Olympian and mentor Debbie McDonald was the first to introduce Graves to the Neue Schule bits.

Steffen Peters, of San Diego, California, is a four-time U.S. Olympian whose name is synonymous with success in international dressage. A three-time recipient of the USEF Horseman of the Year title, Peters began his career in his native Germany riding the commanding chestnut gelding Udon. He came to America and became a citizen in time to anchor the U.S. Team to win Bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In 2004, he and Floriano were Olympic Alternates, and in 2006 were the highest-placed U.S. pair at the World Equestrian Games-Aachen (Germany). He was fourth individually, riding Ravel, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and two years later earned two Bronzes at the 2010 Winter Equestrian Games. Paired with Four Wind Farm’s Legolas 92, Peters— using Neue Schule bits— was fourth in team competition at 2012 Winter Equestrian Games in Normandy, and now returns to Las Vegas seeking to reclaim the World Cup title he won there in 2009.

Exemplifying the international appeal of Neue Schule Bits, Neue Schule USA and Canada Ambassador Mikala Gundersen will compete Janne Rumbough’s My Lady in Las Vegas under her national flag of Denmark. The pair has capped off a very consistent season with FEI Grand Prix and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle wins and finished Wellington as the top money-earning pair and second-winningest pair on the 2015 circuit.

The “new school” (or “neue schule”) line of thinking behind the bits performing on Las Vegas’s international stage is to offer more refined designs with cutting-edge materials which make the bit very accommodating to the horse. 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 responsive while under saddle.

For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.

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Photo: Neue Schule’s Mette Larsen (left) with Neue Schule Ambassador Todd Minikus (right), who will compete at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Four Neue Schule Ambassadors to Compete in 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals

British Neue Schule Contest Winner Treated to New Bit and Trip to Wellington, Florida

British Neue Schule Contest Winner Treated to New Bit and  Trip to Wellington, Florida

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

British Neue Schule Contest Winner Treated to New Bit and

Trip to Wellington, Florida

Wellington, FL (April 7, 2015)— Lucky Kirsten Wilkinson from Manchester, England, not only won a Neue Schule Turtle Top™ bit, but also scored a trip to Wellington, Florida, to experience the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the Winter Equestrian Festival – all courtesy of Neue Schule as a promotion around their latest award-winning bit, the Turtle Top™.

Wilkinson was researching a new bit for her 6-year-old Thoroughbred/English Warmblood cross mare, Flora, when she saw the Turtle Top™, a revolutionary new bit designed for the over-active and busy mouth. She decided that was the bit she needed for her horse, and entered a contest sponsored by Neue Schule Ltd to win both the bit and a trip to Florida.

Not only did she win a new bit and the trip, she was able to see competition for the final events of the twelve-week Florida winter show season, the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the $500,000 Rolex CSI 5* at the Winter Equestrian Festival! Wilkinson participates in a variety of disciplines but loves jumping best. The finale of the Wellington showjumping season included forty of the circuit’s best horses and riders from thirteen different countries. Although she cheered for fellow countryman Ben Maher to win and USA’s McClain Ward took the prize, she enjoyed watching the competition and snapping photographs of the elite showjumpers.

Wilkinson’s decision to get the new Turtle Top™ bit was made after she researched the bit and the way it is used.

“I think horses go differently for different riders,” she explained. “I like to have a light hand and I like the message sent to the horse properly. If I’m training her to respond to my aids, I need a good bit in her mouth to be able to do that. I wanted a snaffle because she is younger and I didn’t want to put any other bits in her mouth. I want something that’s light and is going to be a positive experience for her in the long run.”

The new Turtle Top™ bit prevents the horse from being able to stick its tongue out the side because of the innovative design. The resulting stability of the bit in the mouth encourages the horse to leave the tongue where it should be, rather than pulling the tongue up and back, or out to the side, and the bit naturally sits further back in the mouth. Because of how it sits in the mouth, it also eliminates extra poll pressure. All of this ultimately helps make the horse more comfortable, which results in fewer distractions from the bit and allows the horse to focus better on the rider’s aids.

Besides watching high-performance dressage and showjumping, Wilkinson enjoyed shopping and exploring the area around her hotel in the upscale shopping and entertainment destination in Palm Beach County— CityPlace—before she headed out for some downtime at the nearby beach.

Her vacation was a success, and watching top international competitors in the show ring made Wilkinson even more certain that having the right equipment is vital when riding. She is eager to try out her new bit upon her return to the U.K.

To learn about the benefits of the new Turtle Top™ bit and more information about Metlar, the distributor for Neue Schule bits in North America, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Kirsten Wilkinson wins a new Neue Schule Turtle Top™ bit and a trip to Wellington, Florida, to experience the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the Winter Equestrian Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

British Neue Schule Contest Winner Treated to New Bit andTrip to Wellington, Florida