For Immediate Release
Contact: Doreen Kula
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
Ali Brock Wins the Grand Prix and
Neue Schule Best Hands Award
at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W
Wellington, FL (January 19, 2015)- Ali Brock and Rosevelt claimed first place in the Grand Prix at the opening CDI-W of the winter season at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival January 8-11. The horse-and-rider pair was also noticed by representatives from Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributors of Neue Schule bits. Metlar proudly named Brock as the first recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award of the season.
Brock, who uses both snaffle and bridoon Neue Schule bits on her mount Rosevelt, earned the highest score of 71 percent in the Grand Prix against an impressive field of competitors. She then scored a 71.706 percent to snare third place in the Grand Prix Special.
“I work very hard to do the right thing by my horses, and it’s paying off,” Brock said. “The results are starting to show that.” Brock and Rosevelt were also triumphant at Dressage at Devon in September when they won the Grand Prix with a 71.440 percent and the Grand Prix Special with a 72.961 percent.
Rosevelt is a 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Rotspon x Lore, Lauries Crusador XX) owned by Claudine and Fritz Kundrun, and Brock is a USDF Gold and Silver medalist based out of Wellington, Florida, and Keswick, Virginia. She took over the ride on Rosevelt at the end of his 7-year-old year. Brock began using Neue Schule bits when she worked for Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games medalist, Sue Blinks.
“Sue is a real horsewoman, bar none,” Brock said. “If she’s on to something, it’s usually because she’s on to something good. She told me about Neue Schule bits and I bought one bit for one horse. I ended up pulling the bit off the bridle and riding every horse in it because they all went so well and they were just happier with it in their mouths. And then I realized I needed more bits!”
Mette Larsen, founder and president of Neue Schule’s North American distributor Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, was pleased with the selection for this week’s Best Hands Award. “What is really important to us when we choose riders is how good they are to their horses, and having good hands is a big part of that,” Larsen said. “Ali Brock represents both to us and we are really pleased to give her this award this week.”
The Best Hands award is given to a rider who demonstrates effective and soft hands when communicating with their horse. The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival will award several riders for having Best Hands throughout its twelve weeks of world-class dressage competition in Wellington, Florida. The festival is scheduled to run from January 7, 2015 to March 29, 2015, and will include eight CDIs (including five CDI-Ws, one 4*, and one 5*), the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and weekly U.S. National events.
Honoring excellent equestrians with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award is important to Metlar, as success in the arena stems from talented riders and horses working with quality tack. “We make the bits and leave the rest to the rider’s hands,” Larsen says. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse.” With the bits’ innovative designs that promote comfort, softness, and relaxation in the horse’s mouth, it’s easy to see why professional dressage riders love Neue Schule. Top dressage riders including Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, and Mikala Gundersen endorse Neue Schule bits.
To learn more about Neue Schule bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.
Photo: Mette Larsen (right), founder and president of Neue Schule’s North American distributor Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, presents Ali Brock (left) with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)