Dressage Professional Stephanie Brown-Beamer Joins Neue Schule Bits as Vice President of Business Development

Neue Schule, manufacturing company of the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), is excited to introduce its new Vice President of Business Development, Stephanie Brown-Beamer. A professional dressage rider and trainer, and a true believer in Neue Schule’s bits, Brown-Beamer is thrilled to join the team behind this innovative company. “I can only train so many horses in my lifetime, but this way I can reach out to more horses and know they’re getting a fair chance through Neue Schule bits,” she said. Brown-Beamer has always followed a philosophy very similar to that of Neue Schule— giving the horse the best opportunity possible by setting them up for success.

After graduating college, Brown-Beamer traveled to Utah where she worked for a Bicycle component company. “Before I started training professionally, I wanted to have a “real job” after college,” said Brown-Beamer— but it didn’t take her long to pursue her passion. After working for a cowboy starting young horses and working with problem horses out west, Brown-Beamer took a job with a dressage trainer. She’s been riding dressage ever since.

“After moving back to Long Island two years ago with its small dressage community, meeting Mette was like a breath of fresh air. We have a very similar philosophy,” said Brown-Beamer, explaining her instantaneous connection with Mette Larsen, president and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. and Canadian distributor of Neue Schule bits. Brown-Beamer has always put her horses first. “I just want to set the horse up for success so that they are happy to do their jobs and be my partner,” she explained. Whether it be with her own horses or her clients’ horses, Brown-Beamer has always been good at creating a partnership. This is why Neue Schule’s philosophy was such an obvious match for Brown-Beamer. “Neue Schule gives horses the opportunity to do their work and not be so fixated on their mouths,” said Brown-Beamer.

Neue Schule focuses its manufacturing technique on three significant factors – warmth, softness, and connection. Designing products on these fundamental components allows for optimal comfort and communication with the horse while under saddle. Neue Schule produces these revolutionary bits for several disciplines, including hunters, jumpers, and dressage.

Brown-Beamer has rooted respect and trust for Neue Schule, with the experiences to support it. Just over a year ago, Brown-Beamer took on a new client – a jumper. “The horse was not happy physically or mentally. I brought my dressage background to get his body right, looking at the whole horse to get his basics established,” said Brown-Beamer. She moved the horse into Neue Schule’s Universal bit. “The client who is a very accomplished jumper wasn’t too keen on jumping him any longer. But after helping the horse’s body get right, gaining more rideability with solid basics, and getting him into this bit, I now teach her on a very consistent basis and they’re going to show some Grand Prix’s this winter,” said Brown-Beamer. She also recently began working with a “super flashy” but resistant hunter mare, which she put in the Neue Schule Verbindend bit. Since this bit switch, the mare is like “a different horse,” said Brown-Beamer. “Her rider said, ‘She’s not thinking about her mouth anymore and can focus on the work at hand.’ After these kinds of experiences, there’s no way I couldn’t be involved with Neue Schule,” said Brown-Beamer.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits— the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) — visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Dressage professional, Stephanie Brown-Beamer, is appointed Vice President of Business Development for Neue Schule Bits USA Photo courtesy of Stephanie Brown-Beamer).

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Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves and Steffen Peters Triumphant at U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves and Steffen Peters Triumphant at U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Neue Schule Bits is committed to sponsoring riders who are dedicated to success at all levels. This past weekend, Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves and Steffen Peters brought a double dose of success to the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by the Dutta Corporation. Graves and Verdades, her own 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda, Goya), rose to the top in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special and placed second in the Grand Prix Freestyle to claim the overall 2015 Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship crown. Although Graves snared the overall win from Peters and Legolas 92, the Four Winds Farm’s 13-year-old Westphalian gelding (Laomendon x Furstin, Florestan II), Peters was the king of the Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night under the lights on December 12.

Graves’ high score in the Grand Prix (which was worth 45 percent of the overall total score) and in the Grand Prix Special (worth 40 percent), and her second place finish in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 77.125 percent propelled her to the top— and allowed her to break Peter’s four-year winning streak at the championships. With this win, Graves is well on her way to achieving her seasonal goals of qualifying for the 2016 Reem Acra World Cup of Dressage to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in late March.

Peters and Legolas 92 prevailed over Graves in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 77.675, to place second overall in the Grand Prix Championships. Peters and Rosamunde, Four Winds Farm’s eight-year-old Rheinlander mare (Rock Forever x First Lady, Fidermark), placed third overall in the Championships with a combined score of 73.741 percent.

Neue Schule was proud to watch ambassadors Graves and Peters maintain the top spots throughout the entire Festival of Champions competition. In their Neue Schule bits, both Graves and Peters have also consistently scored well in international competition. Graves is currently ranked 15th in the world, and Peters is slotted at number eight in the rankings. Both riders rely on Neue Schule bits to ensure the most comfortable and consistent contact with their mounts— and, with impressive results like these, they are undoubtedly doing something right.

Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, comfortable bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporating a unique metal alloy, Salox Gold®, with an increased conductivity that promotes acceptance and responsiveness.

Neue Schule is delighted to sponsor riders that not only have outstanding results in the show ring, but who are also dedicated to the well-being and comfort of their horses. Mette Larsen, President and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery (which distributes Neue Schule Bits throughout North America), said, “Neue Schule is so proud of the performances of our riders at the Festival of Champions— all of our sponsored riders had great rides and we are happy to be on this journey with them and their incredible horses.”

For more information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador, Laura Graves and her mount Verdades during the Dutta Corporation Festival of Champions (photo courtesy of James Wooster). 

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