Neue Schule Ambassadors Prepare to Compete in 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover

Neue Schule Ambassadors Prepare to Compete in 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover

Top international eventing riders are starting to make their way to Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CIC4* presented by Land Rover, to be held on April 28- May 1, 2016. The premier eventing showcase, held every year in the Bluegrass State, features the horse and rider combinations that are vying for an opportunity to win a piece of the competition’s $350,000 prize and for a chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held this summer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

This year, Neue Schule Bits, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), has three Ambassadors competing for the win at Rolex— Bruce ‘Buck’ Davidson Jr., Kim Severson, and Allison Springer.

Buck Davidson, the alternate for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, has three horses that have been named to the accepted list to compete at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event— Copper Beach, Petite Flower, and Park Trader. Copper Beach, a 2006 Irish Sport horse that is owned by Carl Segal and Sherri Martin; Petite Flower, a 2002 Thoroughbred mare owned by Caroline and Sherri Martin; and Park Trader, a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned by Cassandra and Carl Segal; have all ridden to high placings with Davidson in eventing competitions throughout the years.

Buck Davidson runs a training and competition facility during the winters in Ocala, Florida, and in the summers in Riegelsville, Pennsylvania. Some of his many accomplishments include being the #1 Ranked Eventing Rider in the United States in 2011, competing in the Pan American Games in 2011, and being the #2 Ranked Eventing Rider in the United States in 2010 and 2009.

Kim Severson has won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event three times with Winsom Adante, and has competed internationally on Olympic teams and at the World Equestrian Games. Severson is making the trek this year from her home in Troy, Virginia to the Kentucky Horse Park with her own Fernhill Fearless, a 16-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding.

Allison Springer, who hails from Upperville, Virginia, is bringing 17-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding, Arthur, owned by the Arthur Syndicate, to Rolex for the fifth time. The pair, who has had a successful partnership since 2007, has competed around the world and recently won the 2016 Carolina Horse Trials CIC3* Advanced out of a tough field of 70 competitors.

The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event CIC4* presented by Land Rover will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from April 28- May 1. The premier U.S. Eventing competition features exciting phases of cross-country, show jumping, and dressage.

The revolutionary bit manufacturer Neue Schule is proud to sponsor such successful competitors as Davidson, Severson, and Springer at this outstanding event. When riders and horses communicate effectively, the results speak for themselves. Neue Schule bits are the perfect tool to reach that ideal communication between horse and rider. Neue Schule offers a wide range of high-performance, comfortable bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporating the finest materials, including the patented, Salox Gold®, which is specially formulated to promote acceptance through comfort and warmth.

Neue Schule has made it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by offering extensive bit education, including the Neue Schule Bit Academy, which can be found online at www.nsbits.com/academy.

For more information on Neue Schule products and the Neue Schule Ambassadors, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com.

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador, Bruce “Buck” Davidson Jr, will be competing at the 2016 Rolex Three Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky (photo courtesy of Mike McNally)

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Neue Schule Bits and Old School Consistency: Tori Colvin Wins ESP Spring Circuit $10,000 Welcome Stake

Neue Schule Bits and Old School Consistency: Tori Colvin Wins ESP Spring Circuit $10,000 Welcome Stake

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and sponsor of the Open Hunter Division of the Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) Spring Series in Wellington, Florida, couldn’t have found a more quintessentially consistent example of jumper excellence than Florida rider Victoria ‘Tori’ Colvin and her junior jumper, Don Juan. Colvin and Don Juan were richly rewarded by Neue Schule with the Neue Schule Universal Tranz Angled Lozenge Bit, a bit bag, and an embroidered cooler after their win in the Neue Schule $10,000 Welcome Stake this past week.

Colvin and Don Juan crossed the timers in the jump-off in 36.423 seconds to keep Wellington’s Paul O’Shea, riding Primo Calypso, at bay. Colvin and Don Juan, who have been partnered together for nearly four years, were among a field of 49 facing Richard Jeffries’ Welcome course. Only ten combinations advance with double clear rounds.

“It was the tight turns and gallop to the last fence – that’s where we were able to seal the deal,” said Colvin about her winning jump-off strategy. “I’ve had Don Juan a long time. He was my Junior and Young Rider horse. If he goes in and is feeling it, we’re always in the ribbons and close to the top of the class. He’s very aware of what’s going on and is very fast. I usually have to pull back in the jump-offs, but if I go neat and stay on my lines, we’re always going to go for the win,” Colvin commented.

The five-week ESP spring show series runs through May 15 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. Neue Schule was the first to present this season’s superb weekly $10,000 Open Stakes Classes, which encourage riders to compete and accumulate points towards winning the ESP Spring Rider Challenge.  

“As the Official Bit of the USEF, Neue Schule values the importance of supporting riders and competitions such as the ESP Spring Series, the ESP Holiday Series, and the Junior Jumper division at the historic Pennsylvania National Horse Show,” said Mette Larsen, President and Founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. and Canadian distributor of Neue Schule bits.

Renowned for quality and innovative bit designs, each Neue Schule bit, like the Universal Tranz Angled Lozenge that Colvin won, has been developed with a distinct, scientific approach to effective communication and comfort. Neue Schule bits are available for hunters, jumpers, and dressage, and have a full line of anatomically correct bits for ponies.

“I love bits! I have at least 300 of them,” a delighted and grateful Colvin said when she was presented with her award.

“We are excited to introduce talented riders and their horses, like Victoria and Don Juan, to Neue Schule bits. The ESP Spring series is the perfect place to win— and try out— our products,” said Larsen.

Neue Schule is looking forward to participating in the 2016 ESP Spring, Summer, Fall, and Holiday Series at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in South Florida. To learn more about Neue Schule bits and to find a bit retailer near you, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.BitByBitUSA.com or calling 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Victoria Colvin and Don Juan are awarded a Neue Schule bit and cooler for winning the Neue Schule $10,000 Open Welcome Stake in Wellington, Florida (Photo courtesy of JRPR, no photo credit necessary). 

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Jane Cleveland and Monique Earn a Top Finish and the Neue Schule Best Hands Award During the CDI-3* Prix St George at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

In the last week of showing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the dressage competition was as strong as ever! Competitors from across the United States and around the world battled it out on the centerline for top scores in all levels of competition. Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), was on hand to reward riders who demonstrated excellent hand aids during the competition. Neue Schule chose American rider Jane Cleveland to win the Neue Schule Best Hands Award for her consistent and supple contact during the FEI Prix St. George class.

Neue Schule uses its longtime sponsorship of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival to recognize riders who showcase soft and consistent contact with their horses. The innovative bit company prides itself on making bits that provide effective communication while keeping the horse’s wellbeing a top priority.

Cleveland shares Neue Schule’s commitment to soft communication. “If you have rigidity in your hands or arms, the horses respond to that,” remarked Cleveland. “If you want soft and relaxed movement you have to have soft and relaxed contact.”

Cleveland, who uses Neue Schule bits for her own horses, won the Best Hands Award while showing her seven-year-old Monique, whom she purchased as a foal and trained to the FEI Prix St. George level personally. The Prix St. George class during the last week of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival was large and very competitive, and the pair took home second place honors.

“Today was really fun. Monique has a lot of energy and she loves to show, so she is really fun to ride,” said Cleveland after her ride. The two, who are working on qualifying for several championships throughout the 2016 show year, seemed to be on the same page while completing their test. Their clear communication appeared effortless. “Neue Schule bits help give you more refined aids and they are great for young horses,” said Cleveland. Neue Schule is thrilled to see riders using these bits with such successful results. The international brand, distributed in North America by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, prides itself on helping horses and riders achieve their goals while maintaining comfort and safety.

As winner of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award, Cleveland received a Kathy Connelly Performance Products Crown Pad and Chin Pad, as well as a black and yellow rider sash ribbon that she proudly sported with her red and white second place ribbon at the end of her class. Neue Schule has enjoyed sponsoring the Adequan Global Dressage Festival this winter and wishes all riders safe travels as they head to their next competitions.

Competitors who are interested in learning more about Neue Schule bits can visit www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574. Neue Schule bits are available at many tack stores across the country. Neue Schule also presents the Best Hands Award at many top horse shows, so keep an eye out for a Neue Schule representative at your next horse show and follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.

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Photo: Jane Cleveland and Monique receive the Neue Schule Best Hands Award during the last week of competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)

Neue Schule Kicks off the 2016 ESP Spring Series with the $10,000 Open Stakes Class and Open Hunter Divisions

Neue Schule Kicks off the 2016 ESP Spring Series with the $10,000 Open Stakes Class and Open Hunter Divisions

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), is ringing in the spring season by sponsoring the Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) Spring Series. In addition to supporting the open Hunter Division throughout several weeks of the series, Neue Schule will also be presenting the spring season’s first $10,000 Open Stakes Class on April 7, 2016.

The five-week show series, which runs from April 6, 2016 – May 15, 2016, is held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida, where the renowned Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) recently concluded. Throughout the spring season, Hunter/Jumper riders of all levels will compete for circuit championship titles and prizes.

Neue Schule is proud to be the first to welcome the $10,000 Open Stakes Class, expanding its support throughout both the Hunter and Jumper rings. Riders who compete in the Open Stakes, which is featured each week throughout the ESP Spring Series, accumulate points for a shot at winning the ESP Spring Rider Challenge.  

As a recent sponsor of the Open Hunter Division at the Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday Series, Neue Schule is excited to present another open hunter division on the show grounds this spring. The Neue Schule sponsored divisions are open to all ages, and include the ESP Open Hunter Section 3’ and the ESP Open Hunter Section 3’3”. Both divisions will name an overall Champion and Reserve Champion.

As the Official Bit of the USEF, Neue Schule has always prioritized the importance of supporting riders and competitions such as the ESP Spring Series, the ESP Holiday Series, and the Junior Jumper division at the historic Pennsylvania National Horse Show. In addition to its reputation as a noble contributor to the Hunter/Jumper community, Neue Schule is known for its quality bits and innovative manufacturing techniques. Developing each bit with a distinct, scientific approach, Neue Schule’s bits provide the best opportunity for effective communication between horse and rider. Each bit is designed with the horse’s comfort in mind, setting them up for success in the show ring. Neue Schule bits are made for a variety of disciplines, including hunters, jumpers, ponies, and dressage. Neue Schule bits emphasize the horse’s needs, and allow for maximum comfort.

Mette Larsen, President and Founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. and Canadian distributor of Neue Schule, says, “We are honored to support the horses and riders competing in the ESP Spring Series, and to introduce them to Neue Schule bits, especially our new line of Hunter D bits. The ESP Spring series is the perfect place for our products, as they are designed to help hunter and jumper riders have a smoother and more efficient round, with better horse and rider communication.”

Neue Schule also recently honored exceptional riders at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award, recognizing riders who had particularly effective communication with their horses and demonstrated accurate hand aids.

As the Official Bit of the USEF, Neue Schule is always happy to sponsor competitions and show series, understanding the true value in supporting them to further the sport. The company is looking forward to participating in the 2016 ESP Spring Series and seeing the talented horses and riders it brings.

To learn more about Neue Schule bits and to find a bit retailer near you, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.BitByBitUSA.com or calling 631-252-5574.

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Photo: The Neue Schule jump will be on display during the Equestrian Sport Productions Spring Series (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).

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