Dressage Olympian Laura Tomlinson Wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Dressage Olympian Laura Tomlinson Wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Riding a large horse with a long stride like Laura Tomlinson’s Grand Prix mare, Unique, can be a difficult task in the CDI3* ring, but not for Tomlinson. The British dressage Olympian and successful trainer handled her tests with ease and grace, impressing the judges and earning the Neue Schule Best Hands Award for her soft and quiet connection with her horse.

Tomlinson and Unique, a 12-year-old Holsteiner mare, competed in the FEI Grand Prix and Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. Their Freestyle performance placed high despite tough competition. While Tomlinson trains and competes several other horses as well, Unique is one of her most talented yet challenging rides.

“She’s such a big mover that every little correction really has a huge impact, so you’ve got to be very, very careful yet come through enough to keep it together. It’s a delicate balancing act,” explained Tomlinson.

Despite the mare’s size, Tomlinson understands the importance of light contact and accurate hand aids. “She still gets nervous and tense in the arena, so it’s all about building up confidence and trust. The softer my hands, the more likely she is to trust me,” said Tomlinson. It was this educated and experienced outlook that drew Neue Schule’s attention to Tomlinson.  

As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule has a philosophy of always putting the horse’s needs and comfort first. The company develops its products with three fundamental principles that allow for maximum well-being of the horse: warmth, correctness based on anatomy, and bioactivity. These three components result in a product that provides horses with the comfort and support needed to perform to the best of their ability.

These three core principles are also what help Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits, to recognize and reward excellent hand aids and riding connection in the competition world. The quiet effectiveness of Tomlinson’s performance during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival exemplified precisely what Neue Schule stands for. 

Growing up in the breeding and training world, Tomlinson was able to begin riding and competing at a very young age. Throughout her career she’s had success in some of the world’s top dressage competitions, including the 2010 World Equestrian Games, the 2011 European Championships, the 2011 World Cup Qualifier at Olympia— and, in 2012, Tomlinson helped Great Britain to Team Gold and earned the Individual Bronze medal at the London Olympics.

Moving forward, Tomlinson’s goal with Unique is to continue riding in the Grand Prix to build her confidence before heading back to Europe for the rest of the competition season. “Unique is really starting to come together more. As a seven-year-old she was like riding the titanic, but now I think I can get her to feel more like a speedboat so we really have it in the ring. We’re in progress with that now,” said Tomlinson. Tomlinson is also currently working hard with some of her other horses, aiming for Rio and beyond.

The Neue Schule Best Hands Award given to Tomlinson included a beautiful ribbon and Kathy Connelly Performance Products, also distributed by Metlar.

Proud to have had the opportunity to recognize such an established and respectable horsewoman, Neue Schule looks forward to seeing Tomlinson and Unique continue to progress.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photos: Dressage Olympian Laura Tomlinson, riding Unique, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

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Official Bit of the USEF Enters the Hunter Ring: Neue Schule Introduces Line of American Hunter Horse D Bits

Official Bit of the USEF Enters the Hunter Ring: Neue Schule Introduces Line of American Hunter Horse D Bits

“Neue Schule is excited to now bring the quality and comfort of Neue Schule bits to the Hunter ring,” announced Mette Larsen, president and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the United States distributer of Neue Schule bits. “Each Neue Schule bit is crafted with the horse’s comfort and well-being in mind. Our new line of D Bits, geared to the American Hunter Horse, will be no different. We look forward to more hunters having better trips with our new bits.”

As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule once again lived up to its top-notch reputation with the introduction of the new D Bits. The D Bits are an elegant expression of respect for the classic Hunter D Style, while using advancements like Neue Schule’s patented Salox Gold® metal to create more comfortable and effective materials for horses to hold in their mouths. Neue Schule bits allow greater thermal conductivity for immediate adjustment to a horse’s mouth temperature.

The new D Bit line is tailored to meet the highest standards of the American hunter and jumper market, and will be available in five trusted Neue Schule mouthpiece types— Tranz (angled lozenge), Demi Anky (ergonomic single joint), Turtle Top (double-jointed shell-shape link), Verbindend (ergonomic tongue channel), and Waterford (optimum directional control).

As a proud supporter of the hunter/jumper horse industry, Neue Schule is sponsoring the Equestrian Sport Production Holiday Series, which runs November 25 to January 13 in Wellington, Florida. Neue Schule is kicked off the Holiday Series by sponsoring the Holiday and Horses ESP Open Hunter 3’ and ESP Open Hunter 3’3” sections. Both were open to riders of all ages and will name overall Champions and Reserve Champions. The seven-show Holiday series concludes on January 13 with the ESP Holiday Circuit Finale. Before heading south for the winter, Neue Schule was also the title sponsor of the Junior Jumper Championships at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October.

Outside of the hunter/jumper world, Neue Schule can be found at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival on January 13- April 2 in Wellington. The company is a returning sponsor, and will once again present the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate effective and soft hands while competing throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show series.

To learn more about Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the USEF, and to find a Neue Schule bit retailer near you, visit Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery at www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Neue Schule Bits new Demi Anky Hunter D Bit will help a rider of any level with smooth turns. Additionally, it is specifically designed to not fold too far forward in the horse’s mouth, causing discomfort or rubs.

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Excellent Connection Wins Shannon Dueck the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Excellent Connection Wins Shannon Dueck the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

FEI dressage competitor and trainer Shannon Dueck has always followed the philosophy of putting connection and suppleness with her horses before anything else. It is this practice that has led to her success as a trainer, Pan American Games competitor, and now Neue Schule Best Hands Award recipient. Dueck’s accurate and soft hands were noticed as she competed during the third week of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, leading Neue Schule to choose her as the most recent winner of the Best Hands Award.

Competing on 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding Cantaris, owned by Elizabeth Ferber, Dueck demonstrated a forward and confident ride in all three of her classes— the FEI Prix St. Georges, FEI Intermediate I, and FEI Freestyle Intermediate I. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is presented to riders who exemplify a soft and effective connection with their horse’s mouth through correct hand aids; something that Dueck demonstrated fluently.

Dueck has been competing Cantaris, also known as Chester, for three years now. She has an experienced understanding of what it takes to bring a horse up the levels while maintaining the most important key component— connection to the horse through the bit. “Nothing is good quality if you don’t have a good connection, so regardless of what level I’m riding, I’m always looking to create that connection from the hind legs, over the back, and into the bit,” explained Dueck.

While Dueck competes for Canada, she is currently based in Loxahatchee, Florida. Throughout her career, she’s competed in Holland, Germany, Austria, Canada, and the U.S. Dueck now focuses on training, and has helped many riders and their horses progress from Training Level to Grand Prix, while never straying from her established philosophies. “Right from the get-go the horses I work with learn how to be confident, forward, and round to the bit. I will never go forward unless I feel like they’re seeking the bit— always going forward and stretching,” said Dueck.

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United State Equestrian Federation (USEF), believes in providing the best possible product for the horse’s well-being. This is why Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits, is happy to recognize riders such as Dueck, who clearly understand the importance of a horse with a happy mouth. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award that Dueck won included a beautiful ribbon and Kathy Connelly Performance Products, also distributed by Metlar.

Neue Schule is Dueck’s bit of choice as she truly believes in the comfort and happiness that these bits provide for her horses. “My horses are super comfortable in the Neue Schule bits, especially the doubles. They’re more streamlined and a little less bulky than a lot of other bits. My horses accept and like them a lot better.”

Neue Schule bits are designed with comfort, softness, and relaxation always in mind. The company creates the most innovative products on the market, resulting in outstanding results for riders and their horses. Dueck is not the only internationally competitive rider to vouch for Neue Schule’s outstanding quality. Top dressage riders including Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, and Karen Pavicic all stand behind the products as well.

Proud to credit such an established and thorough rider, Neue Schule is looking forward to seeing Dueck excel further throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Metlar will continue to honor several riders with the Neue Schule Best Hands awards throughout the coming months of the show series, which continues through April 2, 2016.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Dressage professional Shannon Dueck was the recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award with Cantaris at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).

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