Equitation Domination: Neue Schule Best Hands Award Presented to Equitation Riders at the Colorado Horse Park

Equitation Domination: Neue Schule Best Hands Award Presented to Equitation Riders at the Colorado Horse Park

The Neue Schule Best Hands Award recipients so far this July at the Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies show series have both been equitation riders. Competitors Abigail Kelley and Lauren Sciullo were each recognized with a black and yellow riders’ sash and Neue Schule Verbindend bit for their performances in the Medal and Maclay classes, respectively. Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation, was pleased to award these two hardworking young women for their quiet and effective hand-to-bit connections.

Abigail Kelley was the Week IV Neue Schule Best Hands Award winner during the Summer in the Rockies series. The 15-year-old equitation rider from Lone Tree, Colorado was competing her new mount Cincinnati when the show committee selected her to win the award. “I have had to work really hard on my contact because it doesn’t come naturally to me,” admitted Kelley as she accepted the award. The 17-year-old Oldenburg gelding that she recently leased has a lot of experience in the show ring, which is helping his new rider continue to learn as they compete together. “Cincinnati is a big help because he used to be a World Cup horse and has great training on the flat. If I don’t have good contact, he definitely lets me know,” Kelley said. The two, who have only been working together for one month, hope to make it all the way to the regional Maclay finals that are being held in Lexington, Kentucky later this fall. “I need five more points in the Maclay to qualify for the regional in Kentucky, which is our goal.” 

Neue Schule developed the Best Hands Award to recognize riders who display soft and effective connections between their hands and their horses’ mouths. One of the company’s core principles is to make sure that horses’ comfort is kept at the forefront of training and competition. By using innovative designs and advanced materials, like the patented Salox Gold® metal that can immediately adjust to a horse’s mouth temperature, Neue Schule has been successful at creating bits that are effective for the rider and safe and comfortable for the horse.

Lauren Sciullo was awarded the Best Hands Award after her trip in the Dorothy Roberts Memorial Maclay class during Week V with her horse Priam. The 14-year-old rider, who hails from Golden, Colorado and trains with Meridian Riding Club, is hopeful that her solid contact will take her all the way to Maclay Finals. “My trainer, Tracey Ferguson, works with me every week on loosening my horse up with bending and other exercises with soft hands,” she explained. “Having consistent contact with your horse is so important because it allows you to have control of your horse. Having soft hands is the best way to get him to listen to you.”

Neue Schule was happy to see young riders like Kelley and Sciullo share in the company’s appreciation of proper hand aids at the Colorado Horse Park. The Colorado Horse Park is the largest equestrian venue west of the Mississippi River. Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Horse Park provides a world-class facility for equestrians on the west coast of the United States. The facility features more than 40 events per year. With 11 competition arenas, 100 boarding stalls, two covered arenas, 300 permanent stalls, portable stalls for more than 1,000 competing horses, and an RV park, the facility is quickly becoming a jewel in equestrian sports. 

Riders that are interested in Neue Schule bits can learn more about what makes these bits so unique at the on-site Colorado Horse Park Feed & Supply Store. Many popular Neue Schule bits are available at the Colorado Horse Park Feed & Supply Store, including the new Hunter D bit, which is designed specifically for the horses that compete in hunter and equitation divisions.

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

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Photo: Abigail Kelley was the Week IV Neue Schule Best Hands Award winner during the Summer in the Rockies series (photo courtesy of the Colorado Horse Park).

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Sabine Schut-Kery Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Templeton Farms Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic

Sabine Schut-Kery Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Templeton Farms Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic

Paso Robles, CA (July 11, 2016)This June, Neue Schule representatives visited the picturesque Paso Robles Horse Park in Paso Robles, California, where they awarded dressage professional Sabine Schut-Kery with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Templeton Farms Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic. As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule enjoys rewarding riders like Schut-Kery who demonstrate excellent hand aids during equestrian competition.

Neue Schule, a sponsor of the Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic, was excited to be able to use this sponsorship as a means to recognize Schut-Kery for her soft and consistent contact. Good contact is of utmost importance to the innovative bit company, which prides itself on making bits that promote effective communication while keeping the horse’s wellbeing a top priority. Schut-Kery earned the Neue Schule Best Hands Award aboard Sir Cedrik H, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Nicole Bhathal, in the Prix St. George and the Intermediare I.

Schut-Kery shares Neue Schule’s commitment to soft communication. “I am very honored to have been given this award because having my horse light in my hands is a very important part of my training philosophy and is something I constantly teach in my lessons,” remarked Schut-Kery.

Schut-Kery is based out of El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, California, where she works with just eight horses at a time to ensure that each horse gets her full attention. The German native believes that every horse should be treated as an individual whose own unique learning abilities should be respected.

“To achieve good contact with my horses is important to me so that I can produce and maintain good longitudinal and lateral balance in my horses body. When a horse is heavy in the bridle, it is often a result of the horse not working correctly from the hind end through his body,” she said.

The international bit brand Neue Schule, distributed in North America by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, is dedicated to helping horses and riders achieve their goals while maintaining comfort and safety. Schut-Kery is looking forward to using the new Neue Schule Verbindend snaffle bit that she received as winner of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Southern California dressage competitors who are interested in learning more about Neue Schule bits need look no further than the local tack store. Neue Schule Bits are carried by Dressage Extensions located in Moorpark, California and the Carmel Tack Store located in Carmel by the Sea, California. Mobile tack store, Horse and Rider Boutique also carries many Neue Schule Bits and will be traveling to multiple horse shows all summer long.

To learn more about Neue Schule bits, 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: Sabine Schut-Kery won the Neue Schule Best Hands Award on Sir Cedrik H owned by Nicole Bhathal, in the Prix St. George and the Intermediare I at the Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic (photo courtesy of Full Tilt Photography).

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Sabine Schut-Kery Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Templeton Farms Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic

Sabine Schut-Kery Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Templeton Farms Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic

This June, Neue Schule representatives visited the picturesque Paso Robles Horse Park in Paso Robles, California, where they awarded dressage professional Sabine Schut-Kery with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Templeton Farms Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic. As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule enjoys rewarding riders like Schut-Kery who demonstrate excellent hand aids during equestrian competition.

Neue Schule, a sponsor of the Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic, was excited to be able to use this sponsorship as a means to recognize Schut-Kery for her soft and consistent contact. Good contact is of utmost importance to the innovative bit company, which prides itself on making bits that promote effective communication while keeping the horse’s wellbeing a top priority. Schut-Kery earned the Neue Schule Best Hands Award aboard Sir Cedrik H, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Nicole Bhathal, in the Prix St. George and the Intermediare I.

Schut-Kery shares Neue Schule’s commitment to soft communication. “I am very honored to have been given this award because having my horse light in my hands is a very important part of my training philosophy and is something I constantly teach in my lessons,” remarked Schut-Kery.

Schut-Kery is based out of El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, California, where she works with just eight horses at a time to ensure that each horse gets her full attention. The German native believes that every horse should be treated as an individual whose own unique learning abilities should be respected.

“To achieve good contact with my horses is important to me so that I can produce and maintain good longitudinal and lateral balance in my horses body. When a horse is heavy in the bridle, it is often a result of the horse not working correctly from the hind end through his body,” she said.

The international bit brand Neue Schule, distributed in North America by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, is dedicated to helping horses and riders achieve their goals while maintaining comfort and safety. Schut-Kery is looking forward to using the new Neue Schule Verbindend snaffle bit that she received as winner of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Southern California dressage competitors who are interested in learning more about Neue Schule bits need look no further than the local tack store. Neue Schule Bits are carried by Dressage Extensions located in Moorpark, California and the Carmel Tack Store located in Carmel by the Sea, California. Mobile tack store, Horse and Rider Boutique also carries many Neue Schule Bits and will be traveling to multiple horse shows all summer long.

To learn more about Neue Schule bits, 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: Sabine Schut-Kery won the Neue Schule Best Hands Award on Sir Cedrik H owned by Nicole Bhathal, in the Prix St. George and the Intermediare I at the Paso Robles Dressage Summer Classic (photo courtesy of Full Tilt Photography).

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Best Hands in the West: Neue Schule Best Hands Award Presented to Riders at the Colorado Horse Park

Best Hands in the West: Neue Schule Best Hands Award Presented to Riders at the Colorado Horse Park

Neue Schule has had a busy month at the Colorado Horse Park. As the Official Bit of the USEF, Neue Schule has been presenting its fan-favorite Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the newly renovated Colorado Horse Park, which is home to hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing shows. This June, three riders— Hanna Holik, Kamryn Steel, and Annie Kartsotis— all received the Neue Schule Best Hands Award ribbon and Verbindend bit to acknowledge their superb communication with their horses.

Neue Schule developed the Best Hands Award to recognize riders who display soft and effective connection between their hands and their horses’ mouths. One of the company’s core principles is to make sure that horses’ comfort is kept at the forefront of training and competition. By using innovative designs and advanced materials, Neue Schule has been successful at creating bits that are effective for the rider and safe and comfortable for the horse.

Hannah Holik of Jackson, Wyoming was the first rider to win the Best Hands award during the 2016 Summer in the Rockies show series at the Colorado Horse Park. Holik, who has been riding for 14 years, was piloting her own Cupido de Laubry in the Amateur Owner Jumper Classic when horse show officials noticed her subtly effective aides and presented her with Neue Schule Best Hands Award. “I have practiced a soft and effective feel for a long time, and I’ve found that maintaining this type of contact does not interfere with how the horse naturally wants to go,” said Holik. “Since winning this award, I have used my new Neue Schule Verbindend bit on some of my horses at home, and they consistently have positive reactions to the mouthpiece. They tend to soften in the bridle earlier in their flat work,” she explained.

Seventeen-year-old Kamryn Steel was the next Neue Schule Best Hands Award winner. Steel doesn’t have to go far from home to compete at the Colorado Horse Park. The Parker, Colorado native was riding her own Catrina B in the 15-17 Equitation division when she was presented with the award. “It’s really gratifying that I won this award because I have been working really hard on accomplishing soft and consistent contact,” Steel explained. “I used to be stiff if Catrina felt strong; it required a lot of time and effort to break that bad habit.”

The most recent award winner was Annie Kartsotis of Texas, who was competing her new six-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Stallone, in the Adult Hunter division. Her trainer Julie Clevland-Beam of Hillcrest Farm in Argyle, Texas said, “Annie has been with me for two years, and we went to Europe and bought Stallone as a project six months ago. He has come along quite nicely with Annie’s patient rides. We have high hopes that he will become a nice derby horse one day.” 

Kartsois, who hopes to become a professional trainer herself one day, was excited to receive this award with her new horse. “I work hard to be patient because patience is applicable everywhere,” she explained. “Bringing along a young horse is a key step in being a professional, and I am excited we are giving off a good impression.”

The Colorado Horse Park is the largest equestrian venue west of the Mississippi River. Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Horse Park provides a world-class facility for equestrians on the west coast of the United States. The facility features more than 40 events per year. With 11 competition arenas, 100 boarding stalls, two covered arenas, 300 permanent stalls, portable stalls for more than 1,000 competing horses, and an RV park, the facility is quickly becoming a jewel in equestrian sports.  

Riders that are interested in Neue Schule bits can learn more about what makes these bits so unique at the on-site Colorado Horse Park Feed and Supply Store. Many popular Neue Schule bits are available at the Colorado Horse Park Feed and Supply Store, including the new Hunter D bit, which is designed specifically for the horses that compete in hunter and equitation divisions.

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

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Photo: Hannah Holik of Jackson, Wyoming was the first rider to win the Best Hands award during the 2016 Summer in the Rockies show series at the Colorado Horse Park (photo courtesy of the Colorado Horse Park).

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