Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gundersen is Number One in Denmark’s National Dressage Rankings

Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gundersen is Number One in Denmark’s National Dressage Rankings

Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gundersen is Number One in Denmark’s National Dressage Rankings

Riverhead, NY (June 15, 2015) Neue Schule bits are known for the innovation and cutting-edge designs that put them a step ahead of the rest. No one can testify as well to the excellence of these bits as can Neue Schule Ambassadors, the elite group of international equestrians who use Neue Schule bits while riding to victory. Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gundersen of Wellington, Florida has just moved to the number one slot in the dressage rankings in her native Denmark— further confirming the standard of performance excellence delivered by riders who choose Neue Schule.  

Gundersen’s current ranking in the Danish standings, according to Dansk Ride Forbund, sits at 5,888 points. She and her equine teammate My Lady are well ahead of second-seeded Lars Peterson with Mariett at 5,232 points.

Gundersen, who rides Janne Rumbough’s Danish Warmblood mare, My Lady, is the latest Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals and World Equestrian Games veteran to credit Neue Schule with contributing to her success. In May, fellow Neue Schule Ambassadors Steffen Peters on Legolas 92 and Laura Graves on Verdades secured slots in the top ten of the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings. 

Earlier this year, Gundersen and My Lady also competed in the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. With Neue Schule bits connecting the talented two, they became the top money-earning pair of the entire 2015 show series.

“I’m very happy and thankful to be on top of the list, and I’m so proud of My Lady,” smiled the Danish equestrian, who— like Neue Schule— is quick to put her horses first. “Neue Schule works every day to develop the kindest, most effective communication tools we can.  Our horses deserve our best,” added Mette Larsen, president and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits. 

Gundersen is based in Florida and married to show jumper Henrik Gundersen, with whom she shares the operation of Bell Tower Farm and HORSE GYM USA® advanced equine treadmills. With her versatile experiences in the equine industry, Gundersen is well versed in choosing the best items on the market for her horses. Neue Schule is happy to congratulate Gundersen on her most recent success, and is proud to be the bit of choice for this top dressage competitor.

Neue Schule bits are created to increase comfort and improve the connection between horse and rider. Their advanced designed stems from a complete understanding of the horse’s anatomy, cutting-edge engineering, and technology. One of the most innovative features of a Neue Schule bit is its unique metal called Salox Gold®. Salox Gold® is the most thermally conductive bit-making material on the market, allowing Neue Schule bits to reach the temperature of the horse’s mouth quickly while remaining tasteless due to no bioavailability. The Neue Schule design results in a more relaxed acceptance of the bit, increases responsiveness to the rider, and alleviates problematic issues that can occur if a horse is uncomfortable due to an ill-fitted bit.

For more information on the bits that create winning partnerships between horse and rider, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gunderson with My Lady has the number one slot in Denmark’s national dressage rankings (Photo courtesy of JRPR – No photo credit necessary)

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Neue Schule Ambassadors Put United States in FEI World Dressage Rankings Top Ten— Twice

Neue Schule Ambassadors Put United States in FEI World Dressage Rankings Top Ten— Twice

Neue Schule Ambassadors Put United States in FEI World Dressage Rankings Top Ten Twice

 Riverhead, NY (June 8, 2015) Its double success for the United States and for Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributer of the innovative Neue Schule bits. Dressage icons Steffen Peters and Laura Graves have achieved what no Americans are believed to have achieved for at least six years they put two United States combinations in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings top ten. Neue Schule Ambassadors Peters, with Legolas 92, and Graves, with Verdades, are ranked nine and ten, respectively, in the world rankings as of May 31, 2015.

Every one of my horses now goes in Neue Schule, comments Graves, who also ranked tenth in the FEI World Dressage Rankings last month. Changing to Neue Schule bits was a turning point in my training. 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. There are many variations and options so the fit is just right. The dedication and value that Neue Schule puts into its bits is mirrored in the work that Graves put into bringing Verdades, a thirteen-year old KWPN gelding (Florett AS-Liwilarda, Goya), up from a six-year-old to an international dressage super star. As the duo trains for the 2015 Pan American Games, Verdades well-being is, as usual, forefront in Gravess mind. If your horse isnt happy then its a real struggle to get through a test, she explains. The comfort, effectiveness, and detailed design of Neue Schule bits helps Graves create a harmonious partnership with her horse.

Steffen Peters, who also proudly rides with Neue Schule, moved up from the eleventh slot to the ninth in the recent FEI World Rankings. Peters and Legolas 92, a thirteen-year-old Westfalen gelding owned by Four Winds Farm LLC, have ridden to success around the world in Neue Schule bits from the Winter Equestrian Games in Normandy, France (fourth place in team competition) to the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals (third place individually). Peters was named to the Big Tour for the 2015 Dressage Pan American Games European CDI Observation Event Squad on both Legolas 92 and Rosamunde, a 2007 Rheinlander mare also owned by Four Winds Farm. He completed the last show of the Observation Event Squad tour with a first place in the CDI4* Grand Prix on Rosamunde, scoring 74.560 percent.

Mette Larsen, president and founder of Metlar, is proud to congratulate Peters and Graves and contribute to their success through Neue Schule bits. Horses deserve the very best we have to offer them, states Larsen. Horses should feel good, want to perform, and be happy in their work. Neue Schule is dedicated to offering the kindest, most effective communication tools on the market. We are thrilled to congratulate Peters and Graves on this huge achievement!

As Peters and Graves can attest to, achieving harmony with horses through comfortable and effective bits can lead to victory in the show ring. Now that these Neue Schule Ambassadors have defined themselves as two of the top ten dressage riders in the world, they seem to be in ideal form to ride into the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, in July.

For more information on the bits that create winning partnerships between horse and rider, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574. 

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Photo 1: Neue Schule Ambassador Steffen Peters (right), pictured with Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery President Mette Larsen (left), is now ranked ninth in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings (Photo courtesy of JRPRno photo credit necessary)

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