For Immediate Release
Contact: Doreen Kula
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
British Neue Schule Contest Winner Treated to New Bit and
Trip to Wellington, Florida
Wellington, FL (April 7, 2015)— Lucky Kirsten Wilkinson from Manchester, England, not only won a Neue Schule Turtle Top™ bit, but also scored a trip to Wellington, Florida, to experience the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the Winter Equestrian Festival – all courtesy of Neue Schule as a promotion around their latest award-winning bit, the Turtle Top™.
Wilkinson was researching a new bit for her 6-year-old Thoroughbred/English Warmblood cross mare, Flora, when she saw the Turtle Top™, a revolutionary new bit designed for the over-active and busy mouth. She decided that was the bit she needed for her horse, and entered a contest sponsored by Neue Schule Ltd to win both the bit and a trip to Florida.
Not only did she win a new bit and the trip, she was able to see competition for the final events of the twelve-week Florida winter show season, the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the $500,000 Rolex CSI 5* at the Winter Equestrian Festival! Wilkinson participates in a variety of disciplines but loves jumping best. The finale of the Wellington showjumping season included forty of the circuit’s best horses and riders from thirteen different countries. Although she cheered for fellow countryman Ben Maher to win and USA’s McClain Ward took the prize, she enjoyed watching the competition and snapping photographs of the elite showjumpers.
Wilkinson’s decision to get the new Turtle Top™ bit was made after she researched the bit and the way it is used.
“I think horses go differently for different riders,” she explained. “I like to have a light hand and I like the message sent to the horse properly. If I’m training her to respond to my aids, I need a good bit in her mouth to be able to do that. I wanted a snaffle because she is younger and I didn’t want to put any other bits in her mouth. I want something that’s light and is going to be a positive experience for her in the long run.”
The new Turtle Top™ bit prevents the horse from being able to stick its tongue out the side because of the innovative design. The resulting stability of the bit in the mouth encourages the horse to leave the tongue where it should be, rather than pulling the tongue up and back, or out to the side, and the bit naturally sits further back in the mouth. Because of how it sits in the mouth, it also eliminates extra poll pressure. All of this ultimately helps make the horse more comfortable, which results in fewer distractions from the bit and allows the horse to focus better on the rider’s aids.
Besides watching high-performance dressage and showjumping, Wilkinson enjoyed shopping and exploring the area around her hotel in the upscale shopping and entertainment destination in Palm Beach County— CityPlace—before she headed out for some downtime at the nearby beach.
Her vacation was a success, and watching top international competitors in the show ring made Wilkinson even more certain that having the right equipment is vital when riding. She is eager to try out her new bit upon her return to the U.K.
To learn about the benefits of the new Turtle Top™ bit and more information about Metlar, the distributor for Neue Schule bits in North America, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.
Photo: Kirsten Wilkinson wins a new Neue Schule Turtle Top™ bit and a trip to Wellington, Florida, to experience the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the Winter Equestrian Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)