New Educational Opportunities and Bit Trials Available: Dressage Extensions Supports Neue Schule’s Revolutionary Bitting Academy

New Educational Opportunities and Bit Trials Available: Dressage Extensions Supports Neue Schule’s Revolutionary Bitting Academy

Neue Schule Bits is known around the world for their innovative approach to bitting and bitting education. Neue Schule bits have garnered numerous awards at the famous BETA International (British Equestrian Trade Association) Trade Fair for its unique bit designs, including the Turtle Top bit in 2014 and the Turtle Top Tactio bit in 2015. Equally noteworthy is the fact that these innovative bits have also been recognized as the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation because of their commitment to horses’ comfort and well-being. Not only is Neue Schule committed to making state of the art products, but also to educating their customers. To this end, Neue Schule has developed an online academy that makes it easy for anyone to educated themselves on bits and bitting theory.

The Neue Schule Academy is an online educational resource that is designed to enable customers and retailers to learn about the principles of bitting, how bits work, and the action that bits have on the various points of contact in the horse’s mouth. The various courses can benefit anyone who has an interest in bitting including riders, trainers, judges, and retailers. The courses offered through the Academy range from Fundamentals of Bits and Bitting topics to Tools of the Trade, and Bitting Analyst classes.

Dressage Extensions, located in Moorpark, California, has been selling tack from its catalog and retail location for more than 30 years. The business has a loyal dressage following throughout the U.S. and Canada, and began receiving inquiries about Neue Schule bits several years ago. Compelled by the USEF recommendation, Dressage Extensions decided to carry the revolutionary line of bits. The company also added Neue Schule to its Bit Testing Center, which allows customers to try a bit for two weeks to educate themselves on the product and decide if it is the right choice for their horses. The Bit Testing Center is great way to determine proper bit size, style, and mouthpiece material— all important components that can sometimes be difficult to determine when shopping online or in a catalog. After meeting with Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor for the Neue Schule bits, at the annual American Equestrian Trade Association Exposition, it seemed only natural to begin promoting the Neue Schule Academy to their customers as a complete resource for bitting education.

“We are thrilled to be promoting Neue Schule bits and their Academy to our clients,” said Jill Waterman, General Manager of Dressage Extensions. “Neue Schule’s commitment to educating riders about practical bit choices mirrors our own, and it is a natural relationship that I think will greatly benefit riders and trainers in North America.”

Customers of Dressage Extensions can expect their long-awaited catalog to hit mailboxes on March 15, 2016. In this edition there will be a special ad with a QR code for access to the Neue Schule Academy site, so users can begin their journey to understanding the Neue Schule bitting revolution more fully.

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: bit design on the equine anatomy, a slightly softer metal designed specifically for horses that promotes relaxed acceptance of the bit, and low bioactivity to help the horse focus on the aids. These three components result in a product that provides horses with the comfort and support needed to perform to the best of their ability.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574. To sign up to receive a catalog from Dressage Extensions or shop their vast online inventory, please visit http://www.dressageextensions.com/.

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Photo: Mette Larsen, President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, is thrilled to be partnering with Dressage Extensions to bring customers bit education through the Neue Schule Bitting Academy (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary). 

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Christina Vinios’ Soft Contact with Young Horse Wins Blue Ribbons and Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Christina Vinios’ Soft Contact with Young Horse Wins Blue Ribbons and Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Dressage rider Christina Vinios, the 2015 Dutta Corp./USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Champion, has recently been focusing on improving her connection with young horse Boreas FRF. This past week, her attention to a soft, sympathetic contact paid off. Not only did she and the four-year old Oldenburg stallion earn two blue ribbons at the Palm Beach Derby National show at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, but Vinios also came home with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Neue Schule, an innovative bit company that provides the perfect tool to complete ideal contact between horse and rider, honors riders like Vinios who succeed at having proper contact with their horses.

Vinios and Boreas FRF’s two wins over the weekend in the USEF Four-Year-Old test earned an impressive 82.80 percent and 79.20 percent. Vinios has had the ride on Boreas FRF since December, and she praised the correct training already instilled in the stallion owned by Five Rings Farm. “This week was only his second time at a horse show,” she said. “He’s been really well-started and, luckily, it was easy for me to step in. Last week, he was a little bit distracted, so we were very happy that he was paying attention this week.”

Vinios’ focus with the young stallion has been on establishing a better contact with him by keeping her hands in the correct position. “Sometimes he gets to a show and picks his head up and looks around,” she explained. “It’s easy for your hands to come up and get a little unsteady. I really just try to set them down and sometimes a little wider when he needs a little more support. He makes it easy to ride nicely.”

Because of Vinios’ attention to her hands and her sympathetic contact with Boreas, Neue Schule was proud to honor her with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award. As part of her award, Vinios received a beautiful ribbon and a variety of Kathy Connelly Performance Products from Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributer of Neue Schule bits.

Vinios plans to continue training and showing Boreas in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships to be held at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, on August 24-28, 2016.

As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation, Neue Schule creates its products with the horse’s comfort and welfare in mind. Neue Schule bits can aid in the development of a happier, more rideable horse and a more confident rider through the bits’ state-of-the-art design and superior materials. Anyone interested in trying a Neue Schule bit for themselves can find them on the Adequan Global Dressage show grounds at The Horse of Course mobile tack shop, or by visiting www.BitByBitUSA.com or calling 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Christina Vinios is awarded with Neue Schule Best Hands Award during week 8 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival for her ride on Boreas FRF (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary). 

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Kasey Perry-Glass Receives Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival for Outstanding Connection

Kasey Perry-Glass Receives Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival for Outstanding Connection

As Kasey Perry-Glass and her Danish Warmblood gelding, Goerklintgaards Dublet, entered the International Arena for their CDI-W Grand Prix test at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the storms predicted for the day finally hit. Spectators ran for cover from the rain, but Perry-Glass kept her cool and confidently rode Goerklintgaards Dublet to a 74.5 percent— the highest score of all 20 competitors that day. Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), presented Perry-Glass with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award for demonstrating accurate hand aids and confident connection with Goerklintgaards Dublet throughout her superb ride.

After four years together, Perry-Glass and Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood by Diamond Hit, have developed a strong relationship, recognizable by all who have seen them compete. Perry-Glass and Dublet have held their ground throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival show season, with two other scores of 72 percent and 71 percent before this week’s impressive 74.5 percent. Their success has no doubt stemmed from their strong connection both in and outside of the show ring. Neue Schule was happy to reward Perry-Glass for demonstrating such an excellent connection from her hands to her horse’s mouth. Perry-Glass’s performance showed that good connection truly does pay off.

“Having a good connection is really important, especially when you’re trying to establish a steady contact and thoroughness,” explained Perry-Glass as she accepted her award. “When I ride my horses, I feel like I actually have something in my hands, and that’s really important because if you can’t feel their mouth, you don’t know what you have.”

Perry-Glass attributes her growth with Dublet to the strong bond they’ve developed throughout their time together. “I do a lot of trail riding with Dublet, so having a strong connection allows us to work through distractions and really keep him focused by reassuring him through my aids.” This particular practice came in handy during the bad weather at the CDI-W Grand Prix competition. “The main thing we’ve been working on with Dublet is pushing him forward and then coming back to really engage his hind end and push him into my hands to establish that contact,” she said.

In addition to Dublet, Perry-Glass also competes 17-year-old Danish Warmblood mare Trostruplunds Scarlet. Dublet and Scarlet are both owned by Perry-Glass’s mother Diane Perry.

Perry-Glass’s natural talent for the sport of dressage is supplemented by her sense of exuberance and determination, which have allowed her to work tirelessly towards her goals of competing internationally. This drive, combined with the sense of sportsmanship and bond that she builds with her horses, are helping propel Perry-Glass toward further success.

As the Official Bit of the United State Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule believes in providing the best products for horse and rider to have a comfortable and strong relationship. The innovative bit company creates bits with horses’ needs in mind, understanding that a happy mouth equals a more trainable horse and confident competitor. This is why Neue Schule was pleased to spotlight Perry-Glass’s accurate hands and strong connection with the Best Hands Award.

The Neue Schule Best Hands Award that Perry-Glass received included a beautiful ribbon and Kathy Connelly Performance Products, distributed by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, which is also the North American distributer of Neue Schule bits. Neue Schule designs bits with three core components— warmth, correctness based on anatomy, and no bioactivity. These factors are key to Neue Schule’s success as a leading bit manufacturer.

Perry-Glass was excited to be recognized by such a respected company, and is eager to continue her journey with Dublet. Neue Schule will continue rewarding excellent connection with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award throughout the rest of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

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 1: Kasey Perry-Glass was awarded the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).

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