Winners at the August Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials Take Home Neue Schule Bits

Winners at the August Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials Take Home Neue Schule Bits

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), began winding down its summer sponsorship of the Colorado Horse Park by sponsoring the Training division at the August Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials eventing competition. Neue Schule awarded the two winning riders in this division with Neue Schule Loose Ring Verbindend bits and ribbons. 

The August Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials was the second of three eventing competitions that are being held at the Colorado Horse Park over this summer. The event gave participating riders the opportunity to compete over an FEI level cross-country course, with professional-level options. The divisions of competition ranged from Novice to Preliminary.

The first winner of Neue Schule’s Training Division this month was locally based 15-year-old Coralee Richardson. The Legend High School sophomore was riding her 12-year-old mare, Cobblestone Ivy, who is a 14-hand Connemara pony. ‘Ivy’ and Richardson have been competing together since 2012, and have steadily moved up to Training level from the Beginner Novice level. This is the first year that the pair has been competing in the Training level division. “Ivy was amazing!” said Richardson after her win at the August Horse Trials. “We scored a 22.3 in dressage, which was our best dressage score yet. We have been working really hard on dressage because she is a pony, so we have to be accurate and consistent in order to compete with the large horses.”

Neue Schule makes it easy for pony riders to find bits that help them establish consistent connection with their ponies in all phases of eventing. Because Neue Schule bits come in one-fourth inch incremental sizing, riders can easily find a bit that is just the right size for their mount.

When asked what she does to help keep good contact with Ivy on course, even when the pony gets strong, Richardson said, “I really focus on riding ‘legs to hands’ in order to keep Ivy round and supple. I also try to keep a steady contact with my hands so that she feels consistency on the bit.” Richardson is looking forward to using her new Neue Schule Verbindend bit on her other Connemara Pony, Tuckaway Thunder. “Neue Schule is a bit that my dressage coach recommended that I try on my new pony, so I am looking forward to using the one that I won!” 

The second rider to take home a Neue Schule prize in the Training Division this month was Anna Weatherford of Fort Collins, Colorado. Weatherford, who owns and manages Delacroix Equestrian, won the division on her five-year-old Thoroughbred Thaddaeus, who she has owned since he was a three-year-old. “He definitely had the best dressage test of his life at this show! Because he is so young he can be a little silly sometimes, but this time he went into the ring and was really business-like, which was great. I am really happy with him,” said Weatherford. After winning a Neue Schule bit as part of her prize, Weatherford took Thaddaeus out for a test ride in it after they got home from the show. “I used the bit on him in the field yesterday and he was great, which was a great surprise for me,” said Weatherford.

While recognizing winning riders at the Colorado Horse Park Eventing Series, Neue Schule also presented its signature Neue Schule Best Hands Award during the Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies hunter and jumper show series, which concluded just before the August Horse Trials. “It was a great experience to get our world-class products into the hands of obviously talented professional and amateur riders,” said Mette Larsen, the President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, which is the North American distributer of Neue Schule products. “Neue Schule values effective communication between horse and rider, and we hope that our products help Coralee and Anna achieve their future goals with their horses.”

Riders that are interested in Neue Schule bits can find the bits at the on-site Colorado Horse Park Feed and Supply Store. Neue Schule provides many popular bits— including the new Hunter D bit, designed specifically for the horses that compete in hunter and equitation divisions.

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

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Photo: Coralee Richardson and Cobblestone Ivy won the Beginner Novice Level at the Colorado Horse Park August Horse Trials (photo courtesy of Colorado Horse Park- For higher resolution photo, contact JRPR).

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Official Bit of the USEF Welcomes Olivia LaGoy-Weltz as Neue Schule Ambassador

Official Bit of the USEF Welcomes Olivia LaGoy-Weltz as Neue Schule Ambassador

Neue Schule bits have long been a favorite of leading American and international riders. The list of Neue Schule Ambassadors includes Olympians, Pan American medalists, and top-ranked FEI competitors. Neue Schule is proud to announce dressage rider, trainer, and clinician Olivia LaGoy-Weltz as the newest member of the company’s impressive ambassador team.

Since being introduced to dressage at age seven, LaGoy-Weltz has worked hard to become a highly respected professional in the United States. After spending several years in Europe training with Egbert Kraak, LaGoy-Weltz returned to her native California and established a successful dressage business in the San Francisco Bay area, and then again in Lexington, Kentucky. More recently, she was named the traveling Small Tour Alternate for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Dressage Team. She also won the 2015 Palm Beach Derby Small Tour CDI at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. LaGoy-Weltz currently bases her dressage business out of northern Virginia and Wellington.

“I wanted to become a Neue Schule Ambassador because I believe in giving my horses the best chance to reach their full potential,” said LaGoy-Weltz. “I believe Neue Schule manufactures the best bits on the market, and I am a firm believer in associating myself, and my business, with companies that also value equine welfare and quality craftsmanship.”

Neue Schule believes in providing the best products for horses and riders to have comfortable and strong relationships. The innovative bit company creates bits with horses’ comfort and needs first in mind, understanding that a happy mouth equals a more trainable horse and a confident competitor. Having brand ambassadors that appreciate the relationship between horse, rider, and equipment is incredibly important to the company.

“The majority of the horses I have ridden in Neue Schule bits have found a better connection. Good riding and training can take a horse a long way, but the right equipment also makes a huge difference. Neue Schule provides equipment that allows the horses I work with to understand and receive the rein aids without tension or conflict,” said LaGoy-Weltz.

“We love having the opportunity to work with professionals like Olivia,” said Mette Larsen, president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. distributer of Neue Schule bits. “Her commitment to her horses and to teaching dressage principles correctly is directly in line with the values of Neue Schule.”

Besides helping riders find the correct bit for their horses, Neue Schule also sponsors several major competitions across the U.S. during the course of the year. Riders have the opportunity to win the fan-favorite Neue Schule Best Hands Award at venues such as the Colorado Horse Park during the summer and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival during the winter months.

To learn more about Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, visit her website at www.livdressage.com. Keep up with all of the news and results from other Neue Schule Ambassadors, including Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, and Allison Brock, by checking in on Neue Schule USA’s Facebook, Instagram, and www.BitByBitUSA.com.  

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Photo: Olivia LaGoy-Weltz becomes the newest Neue Schule ambassador (photo courtesy of Susan J Stickle). 

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Colorado Horse Park’s Summer in the Rockies Series Concludes with Two More Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winners

Colorado Horse Park’s Summer in the Rockies Series Concludes with Two More Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winners

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation, rounded out its season of sponsorship at the Colorado Horse Park’s Summer in the Rockies show series by presenting the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to two more exceptional riders— Megan Richardson and Candida ‘Cara’ Anthony.

Throughout the seven-week Summer in the Rockies series, the Neue Schule Best Hands Award has been awarded to riders who exemplified consistent and effective contact with their horses in the hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions. Richardson and Anthony were the most recent award recipients, and each won a Neue Schule bit for their outstanding communication skills with their horses in the show ring.

Megan Richardson was spotted as the perfect candidate for the Neue Schule Best Hands Award during her round in the Ariat Adult Medal class with Francesca, a 14-year-old Warmblood mare owned by Pony Lane Farm. Richardson and Francesca have been competing together for a year, and showed in the Performance Hunter Division during the 2016 Summer in the Rockies series.

After winning the Neue Schule Best Hands Award, Richardson commented, “I think it is important to have constructive hands so you’re not pulling all the time. I try to concentrate specifically on having a positive leg-to-seat-to-hand connection.” Richardson already tried out the Loose Ring Verbindend bit that they won as part of the prize on Francesca and saw very positive results. “I have used my new bit to flat in and she has been very responsive and she likes the link which is nice!” said Richardson. 

Professional show jumper Candida ‘Cara’ Anthony was chosen to win the Neue Schule Best Hands Award when she competed in the $100,000 Adequan Grand Prix during Summer in the Rockies. Anthony, of Redmond, Washington, and her 10-year-old Belgian mare Ayma De La Demi Lune also earned third place in the Open Welcome class in the same week. “My mare has a really sensitive mouth, and I think the bit we won is going to be great for her. I am really looking forward to using it,” said Anthony after winning the Best Hands Award. “My goal is always to have the smoothest round and not interfere with her, because she tries so hard. I feel that the less you can interfere, the better your horse jumps— so soft hands is the number one priority for me. It is always my goal to have good contact and it felt like all my hard work was recognized with this great award! I am so appreciative,” she smiled. Anthony, who is the head trainer at Top Creek Meadow Farms, will next head to British Columbia to compete in the World Cup Qualifying class at the Thunder Bird Horse Park.

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.

Riders competing at the Colorado Horse Park this summer can learn more about what makes Neue Schule 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 horses that compete in hunter and equitation divisions. Now that the Summer in the Rockies series has come to a close, Neue Schule will sponsor the Colorado Horse Park Trials on August 12-14 before getting ready to head east to sponsor the Junior Jumper Championships at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

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: Megan Richardson won Neue Schule Best Hands Award during her round in the Ariat Adult Medal class with her mare Francesca during Week VI of Summer in the Rockies (photo courtesy of the Colorado Horse Park).

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