Neue Schule Ambassadors Help Bring Home the Bronze Medal for the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

Neue Schule Ambassadors Help Bring Home the Bronze Medal for the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

The United States Dressage Team rode its way to a spot on the medal-winning podium at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All four team members used Neue Schule bits to help bring home the Bronze. Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, and Allison Brock teamed up with Kasey Perry-Glass to win the USA its first Olympic dressage medal since 2004.

Neue Schule Ambassador Laura Graves’ personal best score of 80.644 percent in the Grand Prix on her own Verdades, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding, cinched the United States’ claim on the Team Bronze medal. Then, in the Grand Prix Freestyle, she finished just under the individual medalists with a jaw-dropping 85.196 percent to place fourth. Graves relies on Neue Schule bits to keep “Diddy” comfortable in the bridle after an accident as a youngster left him with a broken jaw.

Olympic veteran and Neue Schule Ambassador Steffen Peters competed on Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92, a 14-year-old Westphalian gelding. With solid rides throughout the competition, Peters created depth on the team in his fourth Olympic Games and qualified to compete in the Olympic Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle.

Olympic first-timers, Neue Schule Ambassador Allison Brock and Rosevelt, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Claudine and Fritz Kundrun, served as the team’s lead-off pair during both days of the team competition. Their impressive rides in the team competitions also qualified them to show in the individual Grand Prix Freestyle.

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation, has been supporting top riders in multiple disciplines for many years and is thrilled to have been a part of the Bronze-winning 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team. The Neue Schule Ambassadors are prime examples of the success that can be achieved through effective communication between horse and rider with the help of Neue Schule bits. With thoughtful and innovative bit designs tailored to the horses’ comfort, Neue Schule helps riders achieve soft and effective communication with their horses.

Neue Schule bits can be found in tack stores and at horse shows across the U.S., including top competition venues like the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and the Colorado Horse Park. To find which bit is best for your horse, go to www.BitByBitUSA.com for descriptions and educational YouTube videos. For advanced bitting knowledge, educational opportunities are also available through the Neue Schule Bitting Academy, an online bitting school. The Academy teaches individuals about bitting history, design, and functionality thorough beginner, intermediate, and advanced online courses. 

To learn more about Neue Schule bits and Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, their North American distributor, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com. You can also like Neue Schule on Facebook or follow the company on Instagram.

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador Laura Graves and Verdades helped the U.S. Dressage Team bring home the Bronze medal from the 2016 Olympic Games (Photo courtesy of Susan J Stickle— for a high-res version please contact hoofprints1@aol.com)

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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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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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Three Riders Named to United States Dressage Team Have a Bit In Common

Three Riders Named to United States Dressage Team Have a Bit In Common

The Dutta Corp. United States Dressage Team finished its last European Observation Event at the CDIO3*/CDIO5* 2016 CDIO Rotterdam, with high scores for all riders. On Monday, the United States Equestrian Federation named the five dressage riders who will represent the United States during the 2016 Olympic Games. Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, and Allison Brock will join Kasey Perry-Glass and Shelly Francis on the team heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation, has been supporting top riders in multiple disciplines for many years and is thrilled to have three ambassadors preparing to represent the United States in Olympic dressage competition. The Neue Schule Ambassadors are prime examples of the success that can be achieved through effective communication between horse and rider with the help of a Neue Schule bit.

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team of Laura Graves and Verdades, Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, and Shelly Francis and Doktor won the Silver medal in a close Nations Cup competition in Rotterdam on Saturday, placing second to the Dutch team. Neue Schule Ambassador Graves cinched the top placing for the U.S. by winning the Grand Prix Special with a score of 77.314 percent. “Diddy,” as Grave’s Verdades is lovingly known, relies on Neue Schule bits to keep him comfortable in the bridle ever since an accident as a young horse left him with a broken jaw.

Steffen Peters, another long time Neue Schule Ambassador, rode Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92 to second place in the CDIO Rotterdam CDIO 5* Grand Prix  Kur to Music after placing fifth in the CDIO 5* Grand Prix earlier in the week. “Today was a day for the history books for the United States here at Rotterdam,” said Peters. “I am most pleased about Legolas though. It was a full house in the arena with a very electric atmosphere. Going around the arena I was waiting for him to act up, but he was perfect. It was one of his best freestyles. It is so exciting to be second at Rotterdam!”

In the CDIO3*, the U.S. earned multiple top placings between Peters and the newest Neue Schule Ambassador, Allison Brock. In both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special, Peters and Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde placed first, and Brock and Rosevelt, owned by Claudine and Fritz Kundrun, placed third.

Peters and Rosamunde achieved what Peters felt was their “best ride” together during the CDIO 3* Grand Prix when they claimed first place with a 75.920. “There was no need to ride conservatively today and I went for it and everything worked out,” said Peters.

Brock displayed an increasingly accurate performance to finish off the Small Tour competition with a Grand Prix Special score of 73.176 percent. “I am so proud of Rosie’s two third place finishes!” said Brock after the event. “He has become this very reliable, consistent guy who knows his job. One of the happiest things for me is that he walks out of the arena on the buckle with a big smile on his face, knowing that he has done a good job.”

Rotterdam was the last of three designated European Observation Events as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team. The four team riders (Peters, Graves, Perry-Glass, and Brock) and the traveling reserve (Francis) were chosen almost immediately after the 2016 CDIO Rotterdam competition ended. Neue Schule wishes all riders the best of luck and is looking forward to the United States’ strong representation at the Olympic Games.

Neue Schule bits can be found in tack stores and at horse shows across the United States, including at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and the Colorado Horse Park. Neue Schule loves to help riders of multiple disciplines achieve the softest and most effective communication with their horses with thoughtful and innovative bit designs that keep the horses’ comfort in mind.

Keep up with all of the news and results from Neue Schule Ambassadors— including Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, and Allison Brock— on the road to Rio by checking in on Neue Schule USA’s Facebook page and Instagram. To learn more about Neue Schule bits and their North American distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com

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In accordance with guidelines for the 2016 Olympic Games, do not publish after July 20, 2016.  

Photo: Steffen Peters is named to U.S. Dressage Team that will be competing in 2016 Olympic Games (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).

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Neue Schule Awards Eventing Riders at The Colorado Horse Park

Neue Schule Awards Eventing Riders at The Colorado Horse Park

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), began its summer sponsorship of the Colorado Horse Park FEI CCI**/FEI CCI* presented by Adequan® – FEI CIC** and Horse Trials by awarding two exceptional riders with Neue Schule Loose Ring Verbindend bits. Two winners of the show’s Training Division, which is sponsored by Neue Schule, won customized ribbons and Neue Schule bits for their achievements.

The three-day eventing competition, the first of three competitions in a series of events to be held at the Colorado Horse Park over this summer, began on Thursday, June 2, and continued through Sunday, June 5. The event featured increased prize money for FEI competitors in the CCI* and CCI** divisions. It also gave participating riders the opportunity to compete over a newly improved cross-country course, with professional-level options.

The first winner of Neue Schule’s Training Division was California-based Robyn Fisher and her mare Erusa. The pair won the Open Training division with a score of 28.80. “It was a fantastic venue, and we felt very welcomed by show management,” remarked Fisher, who was competing at the horse park for the first time. Erusa, a seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, is a new addition to Robinson’s program and has only been jumping for one year. “I was not in the market to buy a new horse, but I tried her and she was on the trailer to come home three days later,” she laughed. “She is coming along really well and I am thrilled with her performance this weekend.”

The second rider to take home a Neue Schule prize in the Training Division was Fisher’s long time student, Tessa Robinson. Robinson and her ten-year-old mare With Class (Classy) won their division with a total score of 30.70. “Classy is definitely my horse of a lifetime,” explained Robinson. “She was not trained as an eventer, but she is so bold and brave and there isn’t a moment in the tack with her that isn’t exciting.”

Neue Schule, which will present its signature Neue Schule Best Hands Award during the Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies hunter and jumper show series, was happy to start the summer by supporting these stellar eventers. “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 the effective communication between horse and rider, and we hope our products help Robyn and Tessa achieve their future goals with their horses.”

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. Neue Schule will provide many popular bits, including the new Hunter D bit, designed specifically for the horses that compete in hunter and equitation divisions, at this Colorado Horse Park Feed and Supply Store.

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: Robyn Fisher and her mare Erusa won the Open Training Divison, presented by Neue Schule, with a score of 28.80. (photo courtesy of the Colorado Horse Park).

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Neue Schule Heads West to Sponsor a Summer in the Rockies at the Colorado Horse Park

Neue Schule Heads West to Sponsor a Summer in the Rockies at the Colorado Horse Park

Neue Schule, a leading manufacturer of innovative, comfortable bits to promote performance, is beginning a new adventure in the western United States by sponsoring the Colorado Horse Park’s 2016 Summer in the Rockies hunter/jumper show series, as well as the facility’s summer dressage and three-day eventing series. Distributed throughout North America by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, Neue Schule has been named the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and supports riders of multiple disciplines in their professional and amateur endeavors. Neue Schule will be presenting the much-loved Neue Schule Best Hands Award throughout the summer at the Colorado Horse Park.

“We are excited to bring the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to the Colorado Horse Park,” says Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. Neue Schule representatives and show judges will watch riders during each week of competition in the show ring to determine which riders use their hands most effectively and softly when communicating with their horses.

“The Best Hands Award recognizes riders who demonstrate a perfect connection between their hands and the bit,” Larsen explains. “The Colorado Horse Park provides a great opportunity for Neue Schule to support the eventing, show jumping, hunters, and dressage riders who have exceptional ‘hands,’ because even a superbly crafted bit is only as good as the hands that guide it.” Competitors who win the Neue Schule Best Hands Award will receive a Neue Schule Verbindend loose ring snaffle bit. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award has been presented at other Equestrian Sport Production shows in the U.S. throughout the years, so the company is excited to debut the award at the Colorado Horse Park.

With over 15 weeks of competition each year, the Colorado Horse Park is a haven for equestrians based in the central and western United States. The premier facility is comprised of 11 arenas and 300 permanent stalls for hunter, jumper, dressage, and eventing disciplines.

The first competition of the summer season will be the Colorado Horse Park FEI CCI** /FEI CCI* presented by Adequan® – FEI CIC** and Horse Trials, alongside the High Prairie Dressage I, II, and III show. The three-day eventing competition will begin on Thursday, June 2, and continue through Sunday, June 5. With increased prize money for FEI competitors, the CCI* and CCI** divisions will each offer $7,500 in prize money, while the CIC** division will offer $5,000 in prize money. The dressage show will be held Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5.

Honoring excellent equestrians with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award is important to Metlar, as the company knows that 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 Neue Schule’s 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.  

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. Neue Schule will offer many popular bits, including the new Hunter D bit, designed specifically for the American Hunter horse, at this tack store, which is conveniently located in the center of the horse show grounds.

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: Tori Colvin and Don Juan won the $10,000 Neue Schule Open Welcome Stake at the Equestrian Sport Productions Spring Series (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)

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Neue Schule Goes A Bit Further and Introduces SpurSMART™

Neue Schule Goes A Bit Further and Introduces SpurSMART™

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), is known worldwide for its line of bits that are innovatively designed, made with high quality materials, and comfortable for horses to have in their mouths. Keeping a horse’s wellbeing at the forefront of the company’s business is what makes Neue Schule a favorite among savvy equestrians of all disciplines.

Neue Schule started 2016 off with a bang by introducing a new line of spurs at the 2016 British Equine Trade Association. The SpurSMART spurs feature an innovative design that encompasses all the technology, quality, and comfort that equestrians have come to expect from Neue Schule based on the company’s award-winning bits.

Made from highly polished stainless steel and cast from a single mold, the SpurSMART spurs are extremely strong and durable while still maintaining the ability to be flexible. One of the most unique innovations of the SpurSMART spurs is the way the straps attach to the metal bar. The spur strap bars are recessed into the spur to allow the strap to sit flush against the boot. This small detail allows the rider to wear the spurs securely for a long period of time without becoming uncomfortable. This innovation encourages the leather strap to sit correctly over the boot, completing a polished look while not scratching the surface of the boot. The spurs are designed to sit in the correct position on all types of field and dressage boots.

SpurSMART spurs are ergonomically designed to increase feeling and immediate response to riders’ aides, while being sympathetic to the horses’ sensitive flanks.                                          

Not only are SpurSMART spurs available in Standard Neck or Vertical Rowel designs, but they are also made to fit both competition boots or exercise boots. The competition boot fit is designed to be especially slim, and will not stretch over wider work-style riding boots.

“We are excited to be able to introduce the new SpurSMART spurs from Neue Schule to our retailers,” said Mette Larsen, founder and President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. and Canadian distributer of Neue Schule. “These spurs are another great example of Neue Schule’s commitment to innovative products that help horses and their riders communicate comfortably and effectively. We are thrilled to be able to continue that tradition in North America.”

To learn more about Neue Schule’s new line of spurs, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com or find them at a tack store near you.

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Photo: The new SpurSMART spurs from Neue Schule Bits feature an innovative design that encompasses all the technology, quality, and comfort that equestrians have come to expect (photo courtesy of Neue Schule).

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Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri Shine in Inaugural International Omaha CDI Competition

Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri Shine in Inaugural International Omaha CDI Competition

Neue Schule Ambassador, Karen Pavicic, and her top horse, Don Daiquiri, made sure their recent show in the United States was a complete success before heading home to British Columbia, Canada. Pavicic and Don Daiquiri are working towards hopefully becoming one of two individual pairs from Canada who will compete in Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics, and showed off their talent at the inaugural International Omaha Horse Show this past weekend. The Neue Schule Ambassador won both the CDI Grand Prix and the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts.

“The venue was fantastic!” said Pavicic when discussing her first time in Omaha, Nebraska. “I hope I will get to show here again next year.” The Century Link Center in downtown Omaha, which hosted the International Omaha Horse Show, is now gearing up to be home to the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI Dressage Finals. Competitors like Pavicic took the opportunity this year to get used to the venue during the week of international competition at the newly minted arena.

Pavicic has been a Neue Schule Ambassador since 2014. Neue Schule, distributed in North America by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, is a company known for making bits that are effective aids in communication between horses and riders while keeping the horses’ welfare and comfort as a top priority. “I have been riding in Neue Schule bits because Don Daiquiri can be a little difficult in the contact. The bits always appealed to me and they have made a real difference in his performance,” she commented.

Omaha was the perfect travel stop for Pavicic and Don Daiquiri, who are making their way home from a winter season in Wellington, Florida to British Columbia for the first time in almost two years. “He traveled really well, and we had a great week,” said the Canadian rider.

“Currently, we are ranked second in Canada, and our last Olympic qualifying event is in Langley (British Columbia). The qualifications go until the beginning of July, and since Canada only has two individual spots for the Olympics, second, third, and fourth place have a tight competition,” Pavicic explained.

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. The company is looking forward to cheering Pavicic and Don Daiquiri on as they continue to march down the road toward the Rio Olympics. “Our Neue Schule Ambassador team is made up of top professionals who believe in these bits and see the advantages of using them. We are so proud of Karen Pavicic and wish her much continued success,” said Mette Larsen, President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery.

Neue Schule makes it easy for riders of all disciplines to figure out which bit is best for their horses with educational opportunities such as the online Neue Schule Academy, which teaches about bit design and functionality. Keep up with all of the news and results from Neue Schule Ambassadors, including Karen Pavicic, Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Kim Severson, and Todd Minikus, by checking in on Neue Schule USA’s Facebook, Instagram, and www.BitByBitUSA.com

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador, Karen Pavicic, had a successful show at the International Omaha Horse Show with her Grand Prix horse, Don Daiquiri (Photo courtesy of Petra Kerschbaum).

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Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri Shine in Inaugural International Omaha CDI Competition

Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri Shine in Inaugural International Omaha CDI Competition

Neue Schule Ambassador, Karen Pavicic, and her top horse, Don Daiquiri, made sure their recent show in the United States was a complete success before heading home to British Columbia, Canada. Pavicic and Don Daiquiri are working towards hopefully becoming one of two individual pairs from Canada who will compete in Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics, and showed off their talent at the inaugural International Omaha Horse Show this past weekend. The Neue Schule Ambassador won both the CDI Grand Prix and the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts.

“The venue was fantastic!” said Pavicic when discussing her first time in Omaha, Nebraska. “I hope I will get to show here again next year.” The Century Link Center in downtown Omaha, which hosted the International Omaha Horse Show, is now gearing up to be home to the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI Dressage Finals. Competitors like Pavicic took the opportunity this year to get used to the venue during the week of international competition at the newly minted arena.

Pavicic has been a Neue Schule Ambassador since 2014. Neue Schule, distributed in North America by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, is a company known for making bits that are effective aids in communication between horses and riders while keeping the horses’ welfare and comfort as a top priority. “I have been riding in Neue Schule bits because Don Daiquiri can be a little difficult in the contact. The bits always appealed to me and they have made a real difference in his performance,” she commented.

Omaha was the perfect travel stop for Pavicic and Don Daiquiri, who are making their way home from a winter season in Wellington, Florida to British Columbia for the first time in almost two years. “He traveled really well, and we had a great week,” said the Canadian rider.

“Currently, we are ranked second in Canada, and our last Olympic qualifying event is in Langley (British Columbia). The qualifications go until the beginning of July, and since Canada only has two individual spots for the Olympics, second, third, and fourth place have a tight competition,” Pavicic explained.

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. The company is looking forward to cheering Pavicic and Don Daiquiri on as they continue to march down the road toward the Rio Olympics. “Our Neue Schule Ambassador team is made up of top professionals who believe in these bits and see the advantages of using them. We are so proud of Karen Pavicic and wish her much continued success,” said Mette Larsen, President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery.

Neue Schule makes it easy for riders of all disciplines to figure out which bit is best for their horses with educational opportunities such as the online Neue Schule Academy, which teaches about bit design and functionality. Keep up with all of the news and results from Neue Schule Ambassadors, including Karen Pavicic, Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Kim Severson, and Todd Minikus, by checking in on Neue Schule USA’s Facebook, Instagram, and www.BitByBitUSA.com

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador, Karen Pavicic, had a successful show at the International Omaha Horse Show with her Grand Prix horse, Don Daiquiri (Photo courtesy of Chloe Agnew).

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Official Bit of the USEF Enters the Hunter Ring: Neue Schule Introduces New Line of American D Bits

Official Bit of the USEF Enters the Hunter Ring: Neue Schule Introduces New Line of American D Bits

Riverhead, NY (May 10,2016) “Neue Schule is excited to now bring the quality and comfort of Neue Schule bits to the hunter and jumper rings,” announced Mette Larsen, President and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the United States distributer of Neue Schule bits. “Every Neue Schule bit is crafted with the horse’s comfort and well-being in mind. Our new line of D Bits, geared toward the American Hunter and Jumper markets, will be no different. We look forward to more hunters and jumpers having better trips with our new bits.”

As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule once again lived up to its top-notch reputation with the introduction of the new D Bits. The D Bits are an elegant expression of respect for the classic Hunter D Style, while using advancements like Neue Schule’s patented Salox Gold® metal to create a more comfortable and effective tool in the horses’ mouths. Neue Schule bits allow greater thermal conductivity for immediate adjustment to a horse’s mouth temperature.

The new D Bit line is tailored to meet the highest standards, and will be available in five trusted Neue Schule mouthpiece types— Tranz (angled lozenge), Demi Anky (ergonomic single joint), Turtle Top (double-jointed shell-shape link), Verbindend (ergonomic tongue channel), and Waterford (optimum directional control).

As a proud supporter of the hunter/jumper horse industry, Neue Schule is currently sponsoring the Equestrian Sport Production Spring Series, which runs April 6 to May 16 in Wellington, Florida. Neue Schule kicked off the Spring Series by sponsoring the Neue Schule $10,000 Open Jumper Stake during the first week of showing. Florida rider Victoria ‘Tori’ Colvin and her junior jumper, Don Juan won the class against 49 other competitors. Colvin and Don Juan were richly rewarded by Neue Schule with the Neue Schule bit, a bit bag, and an embroidered cooler after their win.

Outside of the hunter/jumper world, Neue Schule was a sponsor of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival also held in Wellington. As a returning sponsor, the company presented the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrated effective and soft hands while competing throughout the CDI weeks of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show series.

To learn more about Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the USEF, and to find a Neue Schule bit retailer near you, visit Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery at www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Neue Schule Bits new Demi Anky Hunter D Bit will help a rider of any level with smooth turns. Additionally, it is specifically designed to not fold too far forward in the horse’s mouth, causing discomfort or rubs.

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Grand Prix Dressage Rider Allison Brock Prepares for European Tour and Becomes a Neue Schule Ambassador

Grand Prix Dressage Rider Allison Brock Prepares for European Tour and Becomes a Neue Schule Ambassador

After spending the winter in Wellington, Florida competing and honing her skills, Allison Brock will soon be heading to Europe to vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Dressage Team. Brock and several other riders that top the U.S. Equestrian Federation Dressage rankings list will compete at multiple shows in Europe before the final five riders are chosen for the Olympic Team. The During this exciting time in her career, Brock has also been announced as the most recent addition to Neue Schule’s strong team of brand ambassadors. Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), makes innovative bits that are loved by top riders like Brock and their horses.

“I am really exited to be a Neue Schule Ambassador! I have many Neue Schule bits in my tack room, and I really believe that they make a difference for my horses,” explained Brock. Neue Schule bits, distributed in North America by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, are known for being effective aids in communication between horses and riders while keeping the horses’ welfare and comfort as a top priority.

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. 

The newest Neue Schule Ambassador, Allison Brock, has spent the last several years making waves in the dressage community with her partner Rosevelt, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Fritz and Claudine Kundrum. Brock and Rosevelt were named as the Traveling Alternate to the 2015 Pan American Games Dressage Team that competed in Toronto, Canada. The pair was then chosen to perform a freestyle exhibition at the Washington International Horse Show in front of a record-sized crowd. This winter season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Brock and Roosevelt won two major Grand Prix competitions and had top finishes in multiple others.

“We are thrilled to have Allison Brock join our team at Neue Schule USA,” said Mette Larsen, President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. “Ali brings to her training that thoughtful consideration that each horse is different and has a different need when it comes to training and choosing the proper bit. She exemplifies Neue Schule’s commitment to outstanding performance and horse welfare and understanding.”

“I am thrilled to have qualified to be considered for the 2016 Olympics,” said Brock. I’m really looking forward to going to Europe with this great group of riders who are all incredibly supportive of one another, and with great coaches. It is an incredibly supportive environment and I am really appreciative of it.”

Neue Schule wishes the best of luck to Team USA as riders of multiple disciplines begin the road toward the 2016 Olympics. Neue Schule is proud to be part of the key communication between these athletes and their horses.

Neue Schule makes it easy for riders of all disciplines to figure out which bit is best for their horses with educational opportunities such as the online Neue Schule Academy, which teaches about bit design and functionality. Keep up with all of the news and results from other Neue Schule Ambassadors, including Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Kim Severson, and Todd Minikus, by checking in on Neue Schule USA’s Facebook, Instagram, and www.BitByBitUSA.com

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Photo: Allison Brock and Roosevelt, owned by Fritz and Claudine Kundrum, will soon head to Europe as part of 2016 U.S. Dressage team Olympic observation event (photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary).

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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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New Educational Opportunities and Bit Trials Available: Dressage Extensions Supports Neue Schule’s Revolutionary Bitting Academy

New Educational Opportunities and Bit Trials Available: Dressage Extensions Supports Neue Schule’s Revolutionary Bitting Academy

Neue Schule Bits is known around the world for their innovative approach to bitting and bitting education. Neue Schule bits have garnered numerous awards at the famous BETA International (British Equestrian Trade Association) Trade Fair for its unique bit designs, including the Turtle Top bit in 2014 and the Turtle Top Tactio bit in 2015. Equally noteworthy is the fact that these innovative bits have also been recognized as the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation because of their commitment to horses’ comfort and well-being. Not only is Neue Schule committed to making state of the art products, but also to educating their customers. To this end, Neue Schule has developed an online academy that makes it easy for anyone to educated themselves on bits and bitting theory.

The Neue Schule Academy is an online educational resource that is designed to enable customers and retailers to learn about the principles of bitting, how bits work, and the action that bits have on the various points of contact in the horse’s mouth. The various courses can benefit anyone who has an interest in bitting including riders, trainers, judges, and retailers. The courses offered through the Academy range from Fundamentals of Bits and Bitting topics to Tools of the Trade, and Bitting Analyst classes.

Dressage Extensions, located in Moorpark, California, has been selling tack from its catalog and retail location for more than 30 years. The business has a loyal dressage following throughout the U.S. and Canada, and began receiving inquiries about Neue Schule bits several years ago. Compelled by the USEF recommendation, Dressage Extensions decided to carry the revolutionary line of bits. The company also added Neue Schule to its Bit Testing Center, which allows customers to try a bit for two weeks to educate themselves on the product and decide if it is the right choice for their horses. The Bit Testing Center is great way to determine proper bit size, style, and mouthpiece material— all important components that can sometimes be difficult to determine when shopping online or in a catalog. After meeting with Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor for the Neue Schule bits, at the annual American Equestrian Trade Association Exposition, it seemed only natural to begin promoting the Neue Schule Academy to their customers as a complete resource for bitting education.

“We are thrilled to be promoting Neue Schule bits and their Academy to our clients,” said Jill Waterman, General Manager of Dressage Extensions. “Neue Schule’s commitment to educating riders about practical bit choices mirrors our own, and it is a natural relationship that I think will greatly benefit riders and trainers in North America.”

Customers of Dressage Extensions can expect their long-awaited catalog to hit mailboxes on March 15, 2016. In this edition there will be a special ad with a QR code for access to the Neue Schule Academy site, so users can begin their journey to understanding the Neue Schule bitting revolution more fully.

As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule has a philosophy of always putting the horse’s needs and comfort first. The company develops its products with three fundamental principles that allow for maximum well-being of the horse: bit design on the equine anatomy, a slightly softer metal designed specifically for horses that promotes relaxed acceptance of the bit, and low bioactivity to help the horse focus on the aids. These three components result in a product that provides horses with the comfort and support needed to perform to the best of their ability.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574. To sign up to receive a catalog from Dressage Extensions or shop their vast online inventory, please visit http://www.dressageextensions.com/.

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Photo: Mette Larsen, President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, is thrilled to be partnering with Dressage Extensions to bring customers bit education through the Neue Schule Bitting Academy (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary). 

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Christina Vinios’ Soft Contact with Young Horse Wins Blue Ribbons and Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Christina Vinios’ Soft Contact with Young Horse Wins Blue Ribbons and Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Dressage rider Christina Vinios, the 2015 Dutta Corp./USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Champion, has recently been focusing on improving her connection with young horse Boreas FRF. This past week, her attention to a soft, sympathetic contact paid off. Not only did she and the four-year old Oldenburg stallion earn two blue ribbons at the Palm Beach Derby National show at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, but Vinios also came home with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Neue Schule, an innovative bit company that provides the perfect tool to complete ideal contact between horse and rider, honors riders like Vinios who succeed at having proper contact with their horses.

Vinios and Boreas FRF’s two wins over the weekend in the USEF Four-Year-Old test earned an impressive 82.80 percent and 79.20 percent. Vinios has had the ride on Boreas FRF since December, and she praised the correct training already instilled in the stallion owned by Five Rings Farm. “This week was only his second time at a horse show,” she said. “He’s been really well-started and, luckily, it was easy for me to step in. Last week, he was a little bit distracted, so we were very happy that he was paying attention this week.”

Vinios’ focus with the young stallion has been on establishing a better contact with him by keeping her hands in the correct position. “Sometimes he gets to a show and picks his head up and looks around,” she explained. “It’s easy for your hands to come up and get a little unsteady. I really just try to set them down and sometimes a little wider when he needs a little more support. He makes it easy to ride nicely.”

Because of Vinios’ attention to her hands and her sympathetic contact with Boreas, Neue Schule was proud to honor her with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award. As part of her award, Vinios received a beautiful ribbon and a variety of Kathy Connelly Performance Products from Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributer of Neue Schule bits.

Vinios plans to continue training and showing Boreas in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships to be held at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, on August 24-28, 2016.

As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation, Neue Schule creates its products with the horse’s comfort and welfare in mind. Neue Schule bits can aid in the development of a happier, more rideable horse and a more confident rider through the bits’ state-of-the-art design and superior materials. Anyone interested in trying a Neue Schule bit for themselves can find them on the Adequan Global Dressage show grounds at The Horse of Course mobile tack shop, or by visiting www.BitByBitUSA.com or calling 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Christina Vinios is awarded with Neue Schule Best Hands Award during week 8 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival for her ride on Boreas FRF (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary). 

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Kasey Perry-Glass Receives Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival for Outstanding Connection

Kasey Perry-Glass Receives Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival for Outstanding Connection

As Kasey Perry-Glass and her Danish Warmblood gelding, Goerklintgaards Dublet, entered the International Arena for their CDI-W Grand Prix test at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the storms predicted for the day finally hit. Spectators ran for cover from the rain, but Perry-Glass kept her cool and confidently rode Goerklintgaards Dublet to a 74.5 percent— the highest score of all 20 competitors that day. Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), presented Perry-Glass with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award for demonstrating accurate hand aids and confident connection with Goerklintgaards Dublet throughout her superb ride.

After four years together, Perry-Glass and Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood by Diamond Hit, have developed a strong relationship, recognizable by all who have seen them compete. Perry-Glass and Dublet have held their ground throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival show season, with two other scores of 72 percent and 71 percent before this week’s impressive 74.5 percent. Their success has no doubt stemmed from their strong connection both in and outside of the show ring. Neue Schule was happy to reward Perry-Glass for demonstrating such an excellent connection from her hands to her horse’s mouth. Perry-Glass’s performance showed that good connection truly does pay off.

“Having a good connection is really important, especially when you’re trying to establish a steady contact and thoroughness,” explained Perry-Glass as she accepted her award. “When I ride my horses, I feel like I actually have something in my hands, and that’s really important because if you can’t feel their mouth, you don’t know what you have.”

Perry-Glass attributes her growth with Dublet to the strong bond they’ve developed throughout their time together. “I do a lot of trail riding with Dublet, so having a strong connection allows us to work through distractions and really keep him focused by reassuring him through my aids.” This particular practice came in handy during the bad weather at the CDI-W Grand Prix competition. “The main thing we’ve been working on with Dublet is pushing him forward and then coming back to really engage his hind end and push him into my hands to establish that contact,” she said.

In addition to Dublet, Perry-Glass also competes 17-year-old Danish Warmblood mare Trostruplunds Scarlet. Dublet and Scarlet are both owned by Perry-Glass’s mother Diane Perry.

Perry-Glass’s natural talent for the sport of dressage is supplemented by her sense of exuberance and determination, which have allowed her to work tirelessly towards her goals of competing internationally. This drive, combined with the sense of sportsmanship and bond that she builds with her horses, are helping propel Perry-Glass toward further success.

As the Official Bit of the United State Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule believes in providing the best products for horse and rider to have a comfortable and strong relationship. The innovative bit company creates bits with horses’ needs in mind, understanding that a happy mouth equals a more trainable horse and confident competitor. This is why Neue Schule was pleased to spotlight Perry-Glass’s accurate hands and strong connection with the Best Hands Award.

The Neue Schule Best Hands Award that Perry-Glass received included a beautiful ribbon and Kathy Connelly Performance Products, distributed by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, which is also the North American distributer of Neue Schule bits. Neue Schule designs bits with three core components— warmth, correctness based on anatomy, and no bioactivity. These factors are key to Neue Schule’s success as a leading bit manufacturer.

Perry-Glass was excited to be recognized by such a respected company, and is eager to continue her journey with Dublet. Neue Schule will continue rewarding excellent connection with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award throughout the rest of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

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

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Photo 1: Kasey Perry-Glass was awarded the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).

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Dressage Olympian Laura Tomlinson Wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Dressage Olympian Laura Tomlinson Wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Riding a large horse with a long stride like Laura Tomlinson’s Grand Prix mare, Unique, can be a difficult task in the CDI3* ring, but not for Tomlinson. The British dressage Olympian and successful trainer handled her tests with ease and grace, impressing the judges and earning the Neue Schule Best Hands Award for her soft and quiet connection with her horse.

Tomlinson and Unique, a 12-year-old Holsteiner mare, competed in the FEI Grand Prix and Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. Their Freestyle performance placed high despite tough competition. While Tomlinson trains and competes several other horses as well, Unique is one of her most talented yet challenging rides.

“She’s such a big mover that every little correction really has a huge impact, so you’ve got to be very, very careful yet come through enough to keep it together. It’s a delicate balancing act,” explained Tomlinson.

Despite the mare’s size, Tomlinson understands the importance of light contact and accurate hand aids. “She still gets nervous and tense in the arena, so it’s all about building up confidence and trust. The softer my hands, the more likely she is to trust me,” said Tomlinson. It was this educated and experienced outlook that drew Neue Schule’s attention to Tomlinson.  

As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule has a philosophy of always putting the horse’s needs and comfort first. The company develops its products with three fundamental principles that allow for maximum well-being of the horse: warmth, correctness based on anatomy, and bioactivity. These three components result in a product that provides horses with the comfort and support needed to perform to the best of their ability.

These three core principles are also what help Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits, to recognize and reward excellent hand aids and riding connection in the competition world. The quiet effectiveness of Tomlinson’s performance during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival exemplified precisely what Neue Schule stands for. 

Growing up in the breeding and training world, Tomlinson was able to begin riding and competing at a very young age. Throughout her career she’s had success in some of the world’s top dressage competitions, including the 2010 World Equestrian Games, the 2011 European Championships, the 2011 World Cup Qualifier at Olympia— and, in 2012, Tomlinson helped Great Britain to Team Gold and earned the Individual Bronze medal at the London Olympics.

Moving forward, Tomlinson’s goal with Unique is to continue riding in the Grand Prix to build her confidence before heading back to Europe for the rest of the competition season. “Unique is really starting to come together more. As a seven-year-old she was like riding the titanic, but now I think I can get her to feel more like a speedboat so we really have it in the ring. We’re in progress with that now,” said Tomlinson. Tomlinson is also currently working hard with some of her other horses, aiming for Rio and beyond.

The Neue Schule Best Hands Award given to Tomlinson included a beautiful ribbon and Kathy Connelly Performance Products, also distributed by Metlar.

Proud to have had the opportunity to recognize such an established and respectable horsewoman, Neue Schule looks forward to seeing Tomlinson and Unique continue to progress.

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

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Photos: Dressage Olympian Laura Tomlinson, riding Unique, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

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Official Bit of the USEF Enters the Hunter Ring: Neue Schule Introduces Line of American Hunter Horse D Bits

Official Bit of the USEF Enters the Hunter Ring: Neue Schule Introduces Line of American Hunter Horse D Bits

“Neue Schule is excited to now bring the quality and comfort of Neue Schule bits to the Hunter ring,” announced Mette Larsen, president and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the United States distributer of Neue Schule bits. “Each Neue Schule bit is crafted with the horse’s comfort and well-being in mind. Our new line of D Bits, geared to the American Hunter Horse, will be no different. We look forward to more hunters having better trips with our new bits.”

As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule once again lived up to its top-notch reputation with the introduction of the new D Bits. The D Bits are an elegant expression of respect for the classic Hunter D Style, while using advancements like Neue Schule’s patented Salox Gold® metal to create more comfortable and effective materials for horses to hold in their mouths. Neue Schule bits allow greater thermal conductivity for immediate adjustment to a horse’s mouth temperature.

The new D Bit line is tailored to meet the highest standards of the American hunter and jumper market, and will be available in five trusted Neue Schule mouthpiece types— Tranz (angled lozenge), Demi Anky (ergonomic single joint), Turtle Top (double-jointed shell-shape link), Verbindend (ergonomic tongue channel), and Waterford (optimum directional control).

As a proud supporter of the hunter/jumper horse industry, Neue Schule is sponsoring the Equestrian Sport Production Holiday Series, which runs November 25 to January 13 in Wellington, Florida. Neue Schule is kicked off the Holiday Series by sponsoring the Holiday and Horses ESP Open Hunter 3’ and ESP Open Hunter 3’3” sections. Both were open to riders of all ages and will name overall Champions and Reserve Champions. The seven-show Holiday series concludes on January 13 with the ESP Holiday Circuit Finale. Before heading south for the winter, Neue Schule was also the title sponsor of the Junior Jumper Championships at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October.

Outside of the hunter/jumper world, Neue Schule can be found at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival on January 13- April 2 in Wellington. The company is a returning sponsor, and will once again present the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate effective and soft hands while competing throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show series.

To learn more about Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the USEF, and to find a Neue Schule bit retailer near you, visit Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery at www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Neue Schule Bits new Demi Anky Hunter D Bit will help a rider of any level with smooth turns. Additionally, it is specifically designed to not fold too far forward in the horse’s mouth, causing discomfort or rubs.

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Excellent Connection Wins Shannon Dueck the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Excellent Connection Wins Shannon Dueck the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

FEI dressage competitor and trainer Shannon Dueck has always followed the philosophy of putting connection and suppleness with her horses before anything else. It is this practice that has led to her success as a trainer, Pan American Games competitor, and now Neue Schule Best Hands Award recipient. Dueck’s accurate and soft hands were noticed as she competed during the third week of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, leading Neue Schule to choose her as the most recent winner of the Best Hands Award.

Competing on 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding Cantaris, owned by Elizabeth Ferber, Dueck demonstrated a forward and confident ride in all three of her classes— the FEI Prix St. Georges, FEI Intermediate I, and FEI Freestyle Intermediate I. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is presented to riders who exemplify a soft and effective connection with their horse’s mouth through correct hand aids; something that Dueck demonstrated fluently.

Dueck has been competing Cantaris, also known as Chester, for three years now. She has an experienced understanding of what it takes to bring a horse up the levels while maintaining the most important key component— connection to the horse through the bit. “Nothing is good quality if you don’t have a good connection, so regardless of what level I’m riding, I’m always looking to create that connection from the hind legs, over the back, and into the bit,” explained Dueck.

While Dueck competes for Canada, she is currently based in Loxahatchee, Florida. Throughout her career, she’s competed in Holland, Germany, Austria, Canada, and the U.S. Dueck now focuses on training, and has helped many riders and their horses progress from Training Level to Grand Prix, while never straying from her established philosophies. “Right from the get-go the horses I work with learn how to be confident, forward, and round to the bit. I will never go forward unless I feel like they’re seeking the bit— always going forward and stretching,” said Dueck.

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United State Equestrian Federation (USEF), believes in providing the best possible product for the horse’s well-being. This is why Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits, is happy to recognize riders such as Dueck, who clearly understand the importance of a horse with a happy mouth. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award that Dueck won included a beautiful ribbon and Kathy Connelly Performance Products, also distributed by Metlar.

Neue Schule is Dueck’s bit of choice as she truly believes in the comfort and happiness that these bits provide for her horses. “My horses are super comfortable in the Neue Schule bits, especially the doubles. They’re more streamlined and a little less bulky than a lot of other bits. My horses accept and like them a lot better.”

Neue Schule bits are designed with comfort, softness, and relaxation always in mind. The company creates the most innovative products on the market, resulting in outstanding results for riders and their horses. Dueck is not the only internationally competitive rider to vouch for Neue Schule’s outstanding quality. Top dressage riders including Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, and Karen Pavicic all stand behind the products as well.

Proud to credit such an established and thorough rider, Neue Schule is looking forward to seeing Dueck excel further throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Metlar will continue to honor several riders with the Neue Schule Best Hands awards throughout the coming months of the show series, which continues through April 2, 2016.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Dressage professional Shannon Dueck was the recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award with Cantaris at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).

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Neue Schule Ambassador Todd Minikus Rides to a Win in the $86,000 Marshall and Sterling CSI 2* Grand Prix

Neue Schule Ambassador Todd Minikus Rides to a Win in the $86,000 Marshall and Sterling CSI 2* Grand Prix

The Saturday Night Lights feature event, the first of the Winter Equestrian Festival, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, had a total of 45 entries of top riders from around the world. Todd Minikus and his successful mount, Quality Girl— owned by the Quality Group— made quick and easy work of the first round, making him the 12th and final horse and rider combination to qualify for the jump off. Minikus had to wait until the end of the $86,000 Marshall and Sterling CSI2* Grand Prix to jump two fast and clear rounds.

Quality Girl, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare (Quidams Rubin x Dobrock), has been ridden by Minikus to great success over the past four years. Known to be a fiery mare that has exceptional jumping ability and speed to match, Minikus knew that all he had to do was set her up to win and she would do the rest. “When I went to the first jump, she kind of took a hold of the bit and dragged me to it and it felt great,” said Minikus. The same steady hands that make Todd a perfect ambassador for Neue Schule bits, the Official Bit of the USEF, kept Quality Girl on track to win against a world-class group of 12 riders that returned in the jump off.

The Neue Schule Ambassador has big plans for 2016, with his main focus on accumulating enough wins to qualify for the United States Olympic Team that is headed to Rio de Janiro, Brazil for the summer Olympics. Minikus credits a well-planned training program along with his incredibly competent staff for making sure his horses are fit and have the equipment they need to do their jobs correctly. Neue Schule is proud to support Team Minikus in their show jumping efforts and encourages riders of all disciplines to experience the Neue Schule difference for themselves.

“We are extremely proud of Todd’s win this past weekend,” said Mette Larsen, President and CEO of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. and Canadian distributer of Neue Schule Bits. “We wish Todd all the luck in the upcoming weeks of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival and look forward to seeing more of him and Neue Schule Bits in the winner circle this season.”

With the Neue Schule Bits’ innovative designs that promote comfort, softness, and relaxation in the horse’s mouth to encourage top performance, it’s easy to see why professional and amateur riders alike love Neue Schule. Top riders of all disciplines including Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, Karen Pavicic, Allison Springer, Candice King, Danielle Goldstein, and Buck Davidson all endorse Neue Schule Bits. 

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

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador ,Todd Minikus and Quality Girl win the $86,000 Marshall and Sterling CSI2* Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).

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Girl Power: Neue Schule Ambassador Candice King Champions Equestrianism, Starts New Year Strong 

Girl Power: Neue Schule Ambassador Candice King Champions Equestrianism, Starts New Year Strong 

Those of us who didn’t grow up spending our weekends picking stalls and counting strides don’t necessarily understand the horse world – let alone the elaborate goings on of the famed Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Something equestrians and non-equestrians alike do understand, however, is the age-old rivalry between men and women, which is what inspired Neue Schule Ambassador Candice King to lead the women’s team to yet another victory during the 2016 Battle of the Sexes Grand Prix exhibition.

The accomplished rider, who has competed in the Battle of the Sexes since its inception in 2009, says that what keeps her coming back is not only the exciting start to the Winter Equestrian Festival, but also the chance to spark an interest in horses within the non-equestrian community.

King explained, “The other day I walked into the bank and a lady noticed me. She didn’t know my name or really know who I was, but she said, ‘You’re the one in the poster. We love Battle of the Sexes. We come every year!’”

The woman, of course, was alluding to the Star Wars-themed event poster, which prominently featured King—captain of the women’s Battle of the Sexes team— with her arms crossed beside the captain of the male team, Charlie Jayne, who looked equally serious about the January 16 face-off. The event, which drew a record number of fans to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, concluded with a win for the women’s team. Although the men put up a strong fight in the beginning, the women rallied together and won the event 30-25.

“We’re incredibly proud of Candice— both for her impeccable performance in the Battle of the Sexes and her dedication to the continued success of equestrian sports,” said Mette Larsen, president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. and Canadian distributor of Neue Schule Bits. “It’s so rewarding to stand by someone who invests so deeply in everything she does— from engaging the public to selecting the best, most comfortable bit for each of her horses.”

As King prepares for the exciting season ahead, she hopes some of the Battle of the Sexes competition fans will stick around to see the 2016 winter circuit unfold at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida— where the fun is just beginning.

King looks forward to partnering with her four mounts to make 2016 a memorable one at the Winter Equestrian Festival. In particular, she’s eager to continue competing Kismet 50, a mare owned by Bellissimo LLC. “I’m always excited to work with Kismet 50,” King said. “She’s really my best friend and partner, so I’m very excited to be competing with her, especially at a couple of five stars.”

King is also bringing along two up-and-coming Grand Prix horses— Azizantos, owned by Group C, and Bugatti VDL, also owned by Bellissimo LLC. Additionally, she’ll be working with Chento, a stallion owned by River Farm Sporthorses, who she hopes to bring up to the Grand Prix this summer.

Along the way, she trains her horses in Neue Schule bits – which King considers key to her success and, more importantly, her horses’ comfort.

“My Neue Schule bits are my go-to bits, from the loose-ring snaffles to the pelhams and universals,” King said. “These bits are critical to my competitive success and wins in the ring. The bits are comfortable for my horses, which makes them accepting of the bit and comfortable with the horse-and-rider connection. And a happy horse means a more successful one.”

King encourages anyone wishing to experience this type of comfortable contact to try a Neue Schule bit of their own.

To learn more about these innovative, ergonomically designed bits, or to find a retailer near you, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631–252–5574.

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador, Candice King, lead the women to a win in the 2016 Battle of the Sexes at the Winter Equestrian Festival (photo courtesy of Candice King).

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Megan Lane’s Consistent Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s First CDI-W

Megan Lane’s Consistent Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s First CDI-W

Steady and supple hands are the mark of an accomplished rider. Megan Lane, who has represented her native country of Canada on both a World Equestrian Games and a Pan American Games team, is obviously accomplished. She can now add becoming the first rider to receive the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival to her long list of achievements.

Neue Schule chose Lane to win the award from a large field of 44 competitors in the first CDI Grand Prix of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival series in Wellington, Florida. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is presented to riders who demonstrate effective, supple communication through the bit with their horses throughout the competitive winter show series.

Lane and her own Caravella, a 15-year-old KWPN mare, have a long history of excellent communication. Lane purchased Caravella seven years ago when the mare was in training to be a hunter prospect. “We moved up to the Grand Prix after going to the North American Junior Championships,” says Lane. “Since competing in the Grand Prix, we have been fortunate to be a part of the Canadian team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and the 2015 Pan American Games.”

Lane, who is based in Loretto, Ontario, Canada, rides and trains full time at Deer Ridge Equestrian Center. During the winter show season, Lane makes the long trek to Wellington, Florida, and uses the opportunity to ride against some of the most notable names in international level dressage.

Lane and Caravella faced a unique set of challenges on the first day of CDI competition. The usually sunny and peaceful setting in Wellington was transformed by unseasonably cold temperatures and higher than average winds. Lane remained calm and focused and piloted her mare with confidence and correctness— practicing what she preaches.

My strategy for having a good hand-to-bit connection with all of my horses is practicing good basics and correct rider position,” says Lane.

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), believes that using their state of the art, comfortable bits is only part of a winning combination—the rest is left to the rider’s hands. That’s why Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits, was pleased to reward Lane’s skills with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award during the first week of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Stephanie Brown-Beamer, Vice President of Business Development for Metlar, acknowledged the Canadian rider’s calm demeanor and consistent contact with a beautiful ribbon and Kathy Connelly Performance Products, which are also distributed by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery.

Throughout the twelve weeks of world-class dressage competition at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Metlar will award several riders with the Neue Schule Best Hands awards in recognition of their superior communication with their horses. The festival will continue through April 2, 2016, and will include seven CDIs, the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and weekly U.S. National events. 

With the Neue Schule 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, Karen Pavicic, and Mikala Munter Gundersen all endorse Neue Schule Bits. 

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

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Photo: Stephanie Brown-Beamer presents the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to Canadian Dressage professional Megan Lane at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fl.

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Neue Schule, Official Bit of the USEF, Presents Best Hands Award at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Neue Schule, Official Bit of the USEF, Presents Best Hands Award at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

From January to April 2016, leading bit manufacturer Neue Schule is coming together with the world’s most talented dressage riders and finest horses at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of the internationally renowned Neue Schule bits, is demonstrating its dedication to the sport of dressage by once again sponsoring the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and presenting its Neue Schule Best Hands Award throughout the show series.  

“We are excited to once again bring the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival,” says Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. The company will watch competitors in the show ring to determine which riders use their hands most effectively and softly when communicating with their horses. “The Best Hands Award recognizes riders who demonstrate a perfect connection between their hands and the bit,” Larsen explains. “The Global Dressage Festival provides a great opportunity for Metlar through Neue Schule to support the dressage community and applaud riders who have exceptional ‘hands,’ because even a superbly crafted bit is only as good as the hands that guide it.” Competitors who win the Neue Schule Best Hands Award will receive a bridle product from Kathy Connelly Performance Products, another quality brand distributed by Metlar, to complete the ideal formula for excellent contact and horse comfort.

The 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival will feature 12 weeks of world-class dressage competition in Wellington, Florida. The festival is scheduled to run from January 13, 2016 to April 3, 2016, and will include eight CDIs (including CDI-Ws, a 4*, and a 5*), the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and weekly U.S. National events.

Neue Schule seems to be just as excited about the upcoming 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival as the competitors are. “It’s a privilege to be among such wonderful horses and riders, and to be part of this vibrant international community,” Larsen explains. “This is exactly where Metlar and Neue Schule bits belong.” Many of the world’s top riders agree, and are sure to have Neue Schule bits at the end of their reins when entering the show ring. Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Mikala Gundersen, Karen Pavicic, Kathy Connelly, Heather Blitz, Nicholas Fyffe, David Marcus, JJ Tate, and Katherine Bateson-Chandler are only a few of the many dressage champions that ride in Neue Schule bits.

Honoring excellent equestrians with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award is important to Metlar, as the company knows that 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.  

To learn more about Neue Schule bits—the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)— and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Lars Petersen (left), with Melissa Taylor (right), is presented with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR- no photo credit necessary) 

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Dressage Professional Stephanie Brown-Beamer Joins Neue Schule Bits as Vice President of Business Development

Neue Schule, manufacturing company of the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), is excited to introduce its new Vice President of Business Development, Stephanie Brown-Beamer. A professional dressage rider and trainer, and a true believer in Neue Schule’s bits, Brown-Beamer is thrilled to join the team behind this innovative company. “I can only train so many horses in my lifetime, but this way I can reach out to more horses and know they’re getting a fair chance through Neue Schule bits,” she said. Brown-Beamer has always followed a philosophy very similar to that of Neue Schule— giving the horse the best opportunity possible by setting them up for success.

After graduating college, Brown-Beamer traveled to Utah where she worked for a Bicycle component company. “Before I started training professionally, I wanted to have a “real job” after college,” said Brown-Beamer— but it didn’t take her long to pursue her passion. After working for a cowboy starting young horses and working with problem horses out west, Brown-Beamer took a job with a dressage trainer. She’s been riding dressage ever since.

“After moving back to Long Island two years ago with its small dressage community, meeting Mette was like a breath of fresh air. We have a very similar philosophy,” said Brown-Beamer, explaining her instantaneous connection with Mette Larsen, president and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. and Canadian distributor of Neue Schule bits. Brown-Beamer has always put her horses first. “I just want to set the horse up for success so that they are happy to do their jobs and be my partner,” she explained. Whether it be with her own horses or her clients’ horses, Brown-Beamer has always been good at creating a partnership. This is why Neue Schule’s philosophy was such an obvious match for Brown-Beamer. “Neue Schule gives horses the opportunity to do their work and not be so fixated on their mouths,” said Brown-Beamer.

Neue Schule focuses its manufacturing technique on three significant factors – warmth, softness, and connection. Designing products on these fundamental components allows for optimal comfort and communication with the horse while under saddle. Neue Schule produces these revolutionary bits for several disciplines, including hunters, jumpers, and dressage.

Brown-Beamer has rooted respect and trust for Neue Schule, with the experiences to support it. Just over a year ago, Brown-Beamer took on a new client – a jumper. “The horse was not happy physically or mentally. I brought my dressage background to get his body right, looking at the whole horse to get his basics established,” said Brown-Beamer. She moved the horse into Neue Schule’s Universal bit. “The client who is a very accomplished jumper wasn’t too keen on jumping him any longer. But after helping the horse’s body get right, gaining more rideability with solid basics, and getting him into this bit, I now teach her on a very consistent basis and they’re going to show some Grand Prix’s this winter,” said Brown-Beamer. She also recently began working with a “super flashy” but resistant hunter mare, which she put in the Neue Schule Verbindend bit. Since this bit switch, the mare is like “a different horse,” said Brown-Beamer. “Her rider said, ‘She’s not thinking about her mouth anymore and can focus on the work at hand.’ After these kinds of experiences, there’s no way I couldn’t be involved with Neue Schule,” said Brown-Beamer.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits— the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) — visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Dressage professional, Stephanie Brown-Beamer, is appointed Vice President of Business Development for Neue Schule Bits USA Photo courtesy of Stephanie Brown-Beamer).

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Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves and Steffen Peters Triumphant at U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves and Steffen Peters Triumphant at U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Neue Schule Bits is committed to sponsoring riders who are dedicated to success at all levels. This past weekend, Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves and Steffen Peters brought a double dose of success to the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by the Dutta Corporation. Graves and Verdades, her own 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda, Goya), rose to the top in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special and placed second in the Grand Prix Freestyle to claim the overall 2015 Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship crown. Although Graves snared the overall win from Peters and Legolas 92, the Four Winds Farm’s 13-year-old Westphalian gelding (Laomendon x Furstin, Florestan II), Peters was the king of the Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night under the lights on December 12.

Graves’ high score in the Grand Prix (which was worth 45 percent of the overall total score) and in the Grand Prix Special (worth 40 percent), and her second place finish in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 77.125 percent propelled her to the top— and allowed her to break Peter’s four-year winning streak at the championships. With this win, Graves is well on her way to achieving her seasonal goals of qualifying for the 2016 Reem Acra World Cup of Dressage to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in late March.

Peters and Legolas 92 prevailed over Graves in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 77.675, to place second overall in the Grand Prix Championships. Peters and Rosamunde, Four Winds Farm’s eight-year-old Rheinlander mare (Rock Forever x First Lady, Fidermark), placed third overall in the Championships with a combined score of 73.741 percent.

Neue Schule was proud to watch ambassadors Graves and Peters maintain the top spots throughout the entire Festival of Champions competition. In their Neue Schule bits, both Graves and Peters have also consistently scored well in international competition. Graves is currently ranked 15th in the world, and Peters is slotted at number eight in the rankings. Both riders rely on Neue Schule bits to ensure the most comfortable and consistent contact with their mounts— and, with impressive results like these, they are undoubtedly doing something right.

Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, comfortable bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporating a unique metal alloy, Salox Gold®, with an increased conductivity that promotes acceptance and responsiveness.

Neue Schule is delighted to sponsor riders that not only have outstanding results in the show ring, but who are also dedicated to the well-being and comfort of their horses. Mette Larsen, President and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery (which distributes Neue Schule Bits throughout North America), said, “Neue Schule is so proud of the performances of our riders at the Festival of Champions— all of our sponsored riders had great rides and we are happy to be on this journey with them and their incredible horses.”

For more information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador, Laura Graves and her mount Verdades during the Dutta Corporation Festival of Champions (photo courtesy of James Wooster). 

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Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gundersen is Number One in Denmark’s National Dressage Rankings

Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gundersen is Number One in Denmark’s National Dressage Rankings

Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gundersen is Number One in Denmark’s National Dressage Rankings

Riverhead, NY (June 15, 2015) Neue Schule bits are known for the innovation and cutting-edge designs that put them a step ahead of the rest. No one can testify as well to the excellence of these bits as can Neue Schule Ambassadors, the elite group of international equestrians who use Neue Schule bits while riding to victory. Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gundersen of Wellington, Florida has just moved to the number one slot in the dressage rankings in her native Denmark— further confirming the standard of performance excellence delivered by riders who choose Neue Schule.  

Gundersen’s current ranking in the Danish standings, according to Dansk Ride Forbund, sits at 5,888 points. She and her equine teammate My Lady are well ahead of second-seeded Lars Peterson with Mariett at 5,232 points.

Gundersen, who rides Janne Rumbough’s Danish Warmblood mare, My Lady, is the latest Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals and World Equestrian Games veteran to credit Neue Schule with contributing to her success. In May, fellow Neue Schule Ambassadors Steffen Peters on Legolas 92 and Laura Graves on Verdades secured slots in the top ten of the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings. 

Earlier this year, Gundersen and My Lady also competed in the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. With Neue Schule bits connecting the talented two, they became the top money-earning pair of the entire 2015 show series.

“I’m very happy and thankful to be on top of the list, and I’m so proud of My Lady,” smiled the Danish equestrian, who— like Neue Schule— is quick to put her horses first. “Neue Schule works every day to develop the kindest, most effective communication tools we can.  Our horses deserve our best,” added Mette Larsen, president and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits. 

Gundersen is based in Florida and married to show jumper Henrik Gundersen, with whom she shares the operation of Bell Tower Farm and HORSE GYM USA® advanced equine treadmills. With her versatile experiences in the equine industry, Gundersen is well versed in choosing the best items on the market for her horses. Neue Schule is happy to congratulate Gundersen on her most recent success, and is proud to be the bit of choice for this top dressage competitor.

Neue Schule bits are created to increase comfort and improve the connection between horse and rider. Their advanced designed stems from a complete understanding of the horse’s anatomy, cutting-edge engineering, and technology. One of the most innovative features of a Neue Schule bit is its unique metal called Salox Gold®. Salox Gold® is the most thermally conductive bit-making material on the market, allowing Neue Schule bits to reach the temperature of the horse’s mouth quickly while remaining tasteless due to no bioavailability. The Neue Schule design results in a more relaxed acceptance of the bit, increases responsiveness to the rider, and alleviates problematic issues that can occur if a horse is uncomfortable due to an ill-fitted bit.

For more information on the bits that create winning partnerships between horse and rider, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador Mikala Gunderson with My Lady has the number one slot in Denmark’s national dressage rankings (Photo courtesy of JRPR – No photo credit necessary)

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Neue Schule Ambassadors Put United States in FEI World Dressage Rankings Top Ten— Twice

Neue Schule Ambassadors Put United States in FEI World Dressage Rankings Top Ten— Twice

Neue Schule Ambassadors Put United States in FEI World Dressage Rankings Top Ten Twice

 Riverhead, NY (June 8, 2015) Its double success for the United States and for Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributer of the innovative Neue Schule bits. Dressage icons Steffen Peters and Laura Graves have achieved what no Americans are believed to have achieved for at least six years they put two United States combinations in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings top ten. Neue Schule Ambassadors Peters, with Legolas 92, and Graves, with Verdades, are ranked nine and ten, respectively, in the world rankings as of May 31, 2015.

Every one of my horses now goes in Neue Schule, comments Graves, who also ranked tenth in the FEI World Dressage Rankings last month. Changing to Neue Schule bits was a turning point in my training. The difference in these bits is that they are so well engineered and effective that everyone Adult Amateurs, Young Riders, and professionals can feel the difference. There are many variations and options so the fit is just right. The dedication and value that Neue Schule puts into its bits is mirrored in the work that Graves put into bringing Verdades, a thirteen-year old KWPN gelding (Florett AS-Liwilarda, Goya), up from a six-year-old to an international dressage super star. As the duo trains for the 2015 Pan American Games, Verdades well-being is, as usual, forefront in Gravess mind. If your horse isnt happy then its a real struggle to get through a test, she explains. The comfort, effectiveness, and detailed design of Neue Schule bits helps Graves create a harmonious partnership with her horse.

Steffen Peters, who also proudly rides with Neue Schule, moved up from the eleventh slot to the ninth in the recent FEI World Rankings. Peters and Legolas 92, a thirteen-year-old Westfalen gelding owned by Four Winds Farm LLC, have ridden to success around the world in Neue Schule bits from the Winter Equestrian Games in Normandy, France (fourth place in team competition) to the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals (third place individually). Peters was named to the Big Tour for the 2015 Dressage Pan American Games European CDI Observation Event Squad on both Legolas 92 and Rosamunde, a 2007 Rheinlander mare also owned by Four Winds Farm. He completed the last show of the Observation Event Squad tour with a first place in the CDI4* Grand Prix on Rosamunde, scoring 74.560 percent.

Mette Larsen, president and founder of Metlar, is proud to congratulate Peters and Graves and contribute to their success through Neue Schule bits. Horses deserve the very best we have to offer them, states Larsen. Horses should feel good, want to perform, and be happy in their work. Neue Schule is dedicated to offering the kindest, most effective communication tools on the market. We are thrilled to congratulate Peters and Graves on this huge achievement!

As Peters and Graves can attest to, achieving harmony with horses through comfortable and effective bits can lead to victory in the show ring. Now that these Neue Schule Ambassadors have defined themselves as two of the top ten dressage riders in the world, they seem to be in ideal form to ride into the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, in July.

For more information on the bits that create winning partnerships between horse and rider, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574. 

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Photo 1: Neue Schule Ambassador Steffen Peters (right), pictured with Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery President Mette Larsen (left), is now ranked ninth in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings (Photo courtesy of JRPRno photo credit necessary)

Photo 2: Neue Schule Ambassador Laura Graves and Verdades are ranked tenth in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings (Photo courtesy of JRPRno photo credit necessary) 

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Katherine Bateson-Chandler’s Wins Continue with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Katherine Bateson-Chandler’s Wins Continue with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Doreen Kula
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
doreen@www.metlar-us.com
631-252-5574

 

Katherine Bateson-Chandler’s Wins Continue with 

Neue Schule Best Hands Award

 

Wellington, FL (April 14, 2015)— “I use the Transform Curb bit from Neue Schule, and I love it. It really changed my horse’s mouth,” explains successful Grand Prix competitor Katherine Bateson-Chandler. Bateson-Chandler was chosen by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributer of Neue Schule Bits, as recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. After achieving another first place in the FEI Grand Prix Special at the show, it was evident that Bateson-Chandler’s excellent contact is delivering results. Bateson-Chandler was happy to accept the award, as she is a fan of Neue Schule and rides in the company’s innovative bits. Bateson-Chandler has switched both her Grand Prix horses to the Transform weymouth because she saw such a difference in her winning partner Alcazar when using it. “He was having issues when he was younger, which had a lot to do with nerves but also a lot to do with the bits,” she says. With the Transform, the pair has proved hard to beat throughout the Wellington, Florida show circuit.

Alcazar, a ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Cantango/Polina) owned by Jane Clark, has made Bateson-Chandler proud this season with numerous Grand Prix wins. “I was really happy with my horse. He’s still very green but he is getting more and more honest in the arena, and learning what his job is as a real, genuine Grand Prix horse.”

The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is presented to riders who display exemplary use of their hand aids while riding. Using soft hands to communicate with the horse is encouraged by Metlar, which creates high-quality bits to help riders achieve ideal contact. Mette Larsen, president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, explains that she selects riders who treat their horses well both in and out of the show ring as winners of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award. “Horses deserve the best that we can offer them,” she says. A horse that enjoys his job will be a pleasure to work with and will offer a great performance. While using Neue Schule bits, Bateson-Chandler has experienced that attitude in Alcazar. “Good contact is something we all strive for,” Bateson-Chandler comments. “It is one of the basics that we all struggle with, and when it all comes together and you have that lovely contact with your horse’s mouth, the feeling of communication is amazing. I’m excited to be honored with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award, because good hands and good contact is one of the very most important things for dressage riders.”

As for her future, Bateson-Chandler is not planning to step out of the winning circle any time soon. “We leave for Europe at the end of April, where we will set up a nice European tour and some friendly shows, so we can get Alcazar some international experience. Obviously it would be great to do Rio next year. I think that is what everybody is ramping up for, so hopefully he will be on track for that.”

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or calling 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Katherine Bateson-Chandler, riding Alcazar, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Photo: Katherine Bateson-Chandler, riding Alcazar, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Photo: Katherine Bateson-Chandler, riding Alcazar, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

 

 

Four Neue Schule Ambassadors to Compete in 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals

Four Neue Schule Ambassadors to Compete in 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals

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Metlar-Neue Schule Bits
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Four Neue Schule Ambassadors to Compete in

2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World

Cup Jumping Finals

Las Vegas, Nevada (April 13, 2015)— Four of the world’s top dressage and show jumping riders who are ambassadors for Neue Schule bits through North American distributor Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery will show off their mettle— and Neue Schule Bits— in Las Vegas at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals on April 15-19. Only the most elite of riders qualify to compete, and Neue Schule is proud to have four internationally acclaimed Neue Schule Ambassadors— across two disciplines— representing the United States and Denmark in this prestigious event. Show jumping star Todd Minikus and dressage champions Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, and Mikala Gundersen will compete using the innovative Neue Schule bits— designed with the latest in engineering and computer-aided design technologies for superior comfort, fit, and performance.

Todd Minikus, of Loxahatchee, Florida, tops the East Coast League standings going into the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals. He began his show jumping career in 1985, collecting more than 75 victories and six Nations Cup appearances since then, including five AGA Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis wins, the Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Cosequin Grand Prix at HITS-Saugerties IV, Cargill Grand Prix at CSI-A Oaks Blenheim, Budweiser American Invitational in Tampa, Grand Prix of Rotterdam, Nespresso Grand Prix and Zoetic $1 Million Dollar Grand Prix. In 1990, he swept the Open jumper division and President’s Cup at the Washington International and is a seven-time veteran going into the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals. This Neue Schule Ambassador was 2001 Horseman of the Year, and Alternate for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics. Spectators will likely find Minikus schooling horses— including his Las Vegas partner, Babalou 41, owned by Two Swans Farm— on a Neue Schule Loose Ring.

Laura Graves and her horse Verdades (aka ‘Diddy’) are ranked fifth in the world after their freestyle at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Most recently, they captured the Grand Prix freestyle titles at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, paving the way to dance into Las Vegas. Metlar has equipped Graves with her favorite bits: “Changing to Neue Schule bits was a turning point in my training. Every one of my horses now goes in Neue Schule.” U.S. Olympian and mentor Debbie McDonald was the first to introduce Graves to the Neue Schule bits.

Steffen Peters, of San Diego, California, is a four-time U.S. Olympian whose name is synonymous with success in international dressage. A three-time recipient of the USEF Horseman of the Year title, Peters began his career in his native Germany riding the commanding chestnut gelding Udon. He came to America and became a citizen in time to anchor the U.S. Team to win Bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In 2004, he and Floriano were Olympic Alternates, and in 2006 were the highest-placed U.S. pair at the World Equestrian Games-Aachen (Germany). He was fourth individually, riding Ravel, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and two years later earned two Bronzes at the 2010 Winter Equestrian Games. Paired with Four Wind Farm’s Legolas 92, Peters— using Neue Schule bits— was fourth in team competition at 2012 Winter Equestrian Games in Normandy, and now returns to Las Vegas seeking to reclaim the World Cup title he won there in 2009.

Exemplifying the international appeal of Neue Schule Bits, Neue Schule USA and Canada Ambassador Mikala Gundersen will compete Janne Rumbough’s My Lady in Las Vegas under her national flag of Denmark. The pair has capped off a very consistent season with FEI Grand Prix and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle wins and finished Wellington as the top money-earning pair and second-winningest pair on the 2015 circuit.

The “new school” (or “neue schule”) line of thinking behind the bits performing on Las Vegas’s international stage is to offer more refined designs with cutting-edge materials which make the bit very accommodating to the horse. Neue Schule makes bits that can be used in any discipline at any level, from pleasure riding to Grand Prix. Neue Schule bits incorporate a unique metal alloy with the highest thermal conductivity of any bit on the market and no bioactivity to eliminate tastes. This helps the horse be more comfortable, relaxed, and responsive while under saddle.

For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.

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Photo: Neue Schule’s Mette Larsen (left) with Neue Schule Ambassador Todd Minikus (right), who will compete at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Four Neue Schule Ambassadors to Compete in 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals

British Neue Schule Contest Winner Treated to New Bit and Trip to Wellington, Florida

British Neue Schule Contest Winner Treated to New Bit and  Trip to Wellington, Florida

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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.

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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)

British Neue Schule Contest Winner Treated to New Bit andTrip to Wellington, Florida

Klimke’s Contact Clicks with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Klimke’s Contact Clicks with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

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Klimke’s Contact Clicks with Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Wellington, Florida (March 24, 2015) Michael Klimke from Munster, Germany, has been busy during the South Florida winter show season with ride after ride and win after win during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. His quiet riding with nearly invisible aids on a variety of horses have been rewarded by the judges as well as by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, North American distributor of Neue Schule bits. Metlar named Klimke the latest recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award in recognition of his superb hands and excellent contact through the bit with his horses.

During the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CDI-W, Klimke and his own Fineliner 2, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Florencio I-Relana, Regazonni), notched two first-place finishes in the FEI Intermediaire II with a 71.171 percent and a 67.237 percent.

“He is in the stage between small tour to big tour,” Klimke explained about Fineliner 2. “I won the CDI Prix St. Georges in January with him, and now he has stepped forward to win the Intermediare II. My proudest moment with him is that I found that he can be a good Grand Prix horse and I know that he’s trying hard.”

While at the show, he also rode Frascati 72, a 9-year-old Westphalian gelding (First Grade-Lotti, Limes), to a second place finish with a 67.368 percent in the FEI Intermediaire II and another blue ribbon in the Intermediaire II with a 69.605 percent.

Additionally, he guided Harmony’s Depardieu, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Fredrico-Wiesnoes, Weltmeyer) owned by Harmony Sporthorses to a 69.553 percent in the Prix St. Georges, a 68.763 percent in the Intermediaire I, and a 72.275 percent in the Intermediaire I Freestyle.

Never one to rest, Klimke also rode his own 8-ear-old Westphalian gelding Djamba Djokiba (Damon Hill-Whoopy, Wessex) to a 68.763 percent in the Prix St. Georges and a 70.184 percent in the Intermediaire I.

He was pleased to be recognized for his hard work and soft hands after so many successful rides.

“We have weight aids, leg aids, and hand aids— and the quiet hand is very important to give the horse confidence through your contact,” he explained. “The connection to the bit and the mouth of the horse must be from a quiet hand. Therefore, I think the hand contact is very important and I’m thankful I got an award for that.”

Mette Larsen, the founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, said that when she chooses the award winner, she searches for someone who is not only good with their hands and in the contact, but also is a rider who is all-around good to their horses. She believes that horses deserve the best in order to perform and be happy.

“Neue Schule works every day to create the kindest, most effective communication tools we can,” Larsen commented. “This is how we give horses the very best we have to offer.”

Throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival series, Neue Schule has presented the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate soft, effective hands during competition. Because the bits are designed based on equine anatomy to encourage great performance through comfort, top riders like Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, Mikala Munter Gundersen, Kim Severson, Candice King, and Todd Minikus are just the beginning of a list of equestrians who can vouch for the benefits of using Neue Schule bits.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo 1: Michael Klimke (right), with Fineliner 2, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Photo 2: Michael Klimke and Fineliner 2 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Klimke’s Contact Clicks with Neue Schule Best Hands Award1

Klimke’s Contact Clicks with Neue Schule Best Hands Award2

The Perfect Step to Success in the Show Ring: Kevin Kohmann’s Connection Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award

The Perfect Step to Success in the Show Ring: Kevin Kohmann’s Connection Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award

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The Perfect Step to Success in the Show Ring: 

Kevin Kohmann’s Connection Wins 

Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Wellington, Florida (March 16, 2015)– Germany’s Kevin Kohmann is a Grand Prix dressage rider working his way up the ladder to success. A co-trainer at Diamante Farms, Kohmann always has the basics of dressage in mind, whether training or competing. At the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W, Kohmann came out on top in the Intermediaire I and earned a 70.658 percent aboard Suzanne Mott Dansby’s Perfect Step, a fourteen-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Peridot-Quintilla, Quick Star XX), in the Prix St. Georges. He also competed in Third Level Test 3 on Faron CR, Melanie Pai’s seven-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Flavigny-Samantha, Salvanto). Because of Kohmann’s effective use of the aids and quiet hands, Neue Schule is proud to name him the recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Kohmann was pleased with the award and the recognition for his steady, consistent, and sympathetic contact.

“This is one of the most important steps in the training scale: the connection between the rider’s hand and the horse’s mouth,” he said. “It allows the horse to swing over the back.”

Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits, said she is looking for effective communication along with a comfortable connection between horse and rider when she searches for award recipients during the 12-week Global Dressage Festival series.

“Horses deserve the very best we have to offer them,” Larsen said. “They deserve to feel good, and they want to perform and be happy in their work. Neue Schule works every day to find the kindest, most effective communication tools we can. This is how we give horses the very best we have to offer.”

Kohmann and Perfect Step, known as “Percy”, have been together part-time for the past three months. He and the gelding’s owner share him by each riding him three days a week. This was the first time Kohmann and Perfect Step competed together, and the first time the gelding has gone down centerline in awhile.

“He was excellent,” Kohmann said as he accepted his prize of a pair of new reins from Metlar. “I couldn’t ask for much more. It was a good clean test. He is an elegant looking horse and he makes me look good!”

Dansby said that she and Kohmann share a basic philosophy of dressage, and their strengths complement each other.

“He can really put the horse together, and I mostly work on the little, basic details,” Dansby said. “He has the acumen for getting right on and immediately connecting with the horses he rides. Kevin has amazing talent and he is well educated in dressage. He is effective in his seat and legs, and has sensitivity and “feel” in his hands, which are essentials for proper riding.”

Great feel and sympathetic aids along with an excellent, comfortable bit connected to good hands are the hallmark of a good rider— and Kohmann certainly fits the bill. Metlar will continue to present the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate soft, effective hands during competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, Mikala Munter Gundersen, Kim Severson, Candice King, and Todd Minikus are just some of the riders who attest to the connection benefits of using Neue Schule bits.

The bits are ergonomically designed based on equine anatomy in order to make the horse as comfortable as possible so it can focus on what the rider is asking. Each bit is made from a sweet, warm metal that’s palatable for horses, allowing acceptance of the bit and better communication. Riders love their horses, so placing bits in horses’ mouths that are truly comfortable as well as effective is vitally important for both members of the equestrian team.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call631-252-5574.

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Photo: Kevin Kohmann, on Perfect Step, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. From left to right: Kevin Kohmann on Perfect Step, Chase Hickok, and fellow Diamante Farms trainer Devon Kane (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Kevin Kohmann’s Connection Wins

Neue Schule Salutes Laura Graves on Winning Performance and Dedication to the Sport

Neue Schule Salutes Laura Graves on Winning Performance and Dedication to the Sport

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Neue Schule Salutes Laura Graves on Winning Performance and Dedication to the Sport

 

Wellington, FL (March 14, 2015)— Having been away from the limelight since her amazing fifth-place finish in the freestyle at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2014, Laura Graves and her partner Verdades returned to the international spotlight with a splash. The pair rode away with the blue and an outstanding score of 78.875 percent when they secured the Grand Prix freestyle under the lights during the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Palm Beach Derby.

Graves’s recent accomplishment comes as no surprise to her sponsor Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, distributor of Neue Schule bits— which are loved by Graves for their innovative design and premium fit based on the horse’s anatomy. “Changing to Neue Schule bits was a changing point in my training,” Graves explains. “At this point, every one of my horses goes in Neue Schule.”

Graves, who is a proud Neue Schule Ambassador, has consistently demonstrated her dedication to the sport and riding talent in her pursuit of continually improving her performances with her own Verdades, who she lovingly calls “Diddy.” Although Graves and Diddy took a bit of a hiatus from competition after The World Equestrian Games, they have been working hard on improving “the little stuff,” as Graves says. It seems that their attention to detail is paying off.

Despite her own accolades, Graves continues to work hard with trainer Olympian Debbie McDonald. “We are really looking for improvement instead of staying stagnant,” Graves commented. “I want to post a higher score. That would be my goal− to see some consistency in the piaffe/passage. We know his pirouettes are strong. We’d also like to see the flying changes improve.” Besides helping Graves with her training, McDonald was also the first to introduce Graves to Neue Schule bits.

Graves has exciting plans for after the Adequan Global Dressage Festival comes to a close. “This year our focus is on the Pan American Games in Toronto,” she said. She is also hoping to make a trip to Las Vegas for the Longines FEI World Cup Finals. “If it works logistically, it would be an amazing experience!”

Equipped with unbridled passion and the support of Neue Schule, which produces the bits Graves swears by, there is no doubt Graves will continue to impress.

For more information about Neue Schule and the North America distributer of Neue Schule bits— Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery—visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador Laura Graves rides Verdades to first place at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

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Olivia Cass’s Equestrian Future Inspired by Neue Schule Bit

Olivia Cass’s Equestrian Future Inspired by Neue Schule Bit

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Olivia Cass’s Equestrian Future Inspired by Neue Schule Bit

 

Riverhead, NY (March 9, 2015) I am very surprised that I won this bit— I’ve never won anything like this before,” says an excited Olivia Cass after winning a new state-of-the-art Neue Schule bit. Cass was the lucky winner of a contest run by Equine Journal, sponsored in part by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery— the United States distributor of Neue Schule Bits.

Neue Schule offers several different bit models such as Fixed Cheek, Fixed Lever, Loose Lever, Loose Ring, Pelham, and Weymouth. “I am receiving a Waterford Universal bit as my contest prize,” says Cass. The Waterford Universal differs from other bits in its shape. It’s slimmer and not as spherical as other bits. The construction of the bit makes it not stiff, but fluid in the horse’s mouth, therefore making it more comfortable for the equine. With its ability to move in every direction, the Waterford Universal bit is designed for horses that tend to lean or pull down. Pressure can be placed at specific points across the bit, creating a head-raising action.

While Cass has not yet decided which horse she will be using her new bit with, she says she is most likely use it with the Quarter Horse she often rides, Shiloh. “I have been riding him for about a year and a half. Shiloh is primarily a western trail horse, but more recently I have been working on his and my English riding skills,” Cass says. Cass has been riding her whole life, but she has only recently started working on English riding. She says she was introduced to English riding while completing volunteer work at a summer camp. “I worked as a ranch hand at a Christian horse camp for six weeks this past summer, where I gained an immense amount of knowledge and experience with horses,” Cass explains, “During that time I was introduced to English riding, which I have really enjoyed so far.”

Neue Schule bits concentrate on making the communication between horse and rider the best that it can be, while providing ultimate comfort for the horse. The bits are made from a patented metal called Salox Gold, which feels soft and warm to match the atmosphere inside the horse’s mouth. Besides the ability of this metal to quickly adapt to the temperature of the inside of the equine’s mouth, it is tasteless to the horse, allowing them to avoid distractions of discomfort and focus fully on what their rider is telling them.

Cass hopes to get a lot of use out of her new Neule Schule bit in the near future, as she aims to go to an equestrian college to further her riding experience. “My future plans are to attend an equestrian college to become proficient in Dressage, Jumping, Cross Country, Cow Cutting, and Reining, as well as horse training and basic equine veterinary practices.”

Having the right equipment is vital when riding, and Cass says she is excited for the opportunities that her new bit can offer her. “I would like to thank both Equine Journal and Metlar for all their hard work to make this contest possible!”

For more information about Metlar and Neule Schule, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Olivia Cass is excited to try out the Neue Schule bit she won, courtesy of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery (Photo courtesy of Olivia Cass)

Olivia Cass’s Equestrian Future Inspired by Neue Schule Bit

Kathy Priest’s Soft Hands Claim Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Kathy Priest’s Soft Hands Claim Neue Schule Best Hands Award

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Kathy Priest’s Soft Hands Claim Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Wellington, FL (March 6, 2015)— Great hands mean better communication with the horse, and of course, an excellent bit and soft hands make for a happy and successful show horse. “Good hands create a comfortable connection between the horse and rider, and are critical to effective communication between the two,” says Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits. Kathy Priest of Woodsprings Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, demonstrated these excellent hands in the Open FEI Grand Prix Special classes with her horses Wild Dancer and Cayman V at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The dressage rider took a first and a second place in the Grand Prix Special, and also won the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Priest and Wild Dancer, a 16.2-hand bay KWPN mare sired by Florett As and out of Reality B, came in first in the Open FEI Grand Prix Special. Priest and the 12-year-old mare scored 69.8% to beat out Christoph Koschel and Stuntmann AF Hvarre.

Priest’s second horse, Cayman V, came in second with a 62.647% in another Open FEI Grand Prix Special class. “It was a good ride. I had a few mistakes and a little tension with all the wind, but overall I’m happy with it. He’s not even in his first year of Grand Prix, so he’s still a little bit green.”

Cayman V, a 16.3-hand Danish Warmblood gelding sired by Comeback II, was imported from Denmark. Priest has owned him for four years now. She explains that he really didn’t start training until he was eight-years-old. “He’s a nice sound horse, and he’s rideable and trainable,” she adds.

As Larsen considered which rider to present the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to, she commented that she was “looking for someone who is not only good with their hands and has great contact, but is all-around good to their horses, too.” Priest, who was noticed by Metlar representatives as she competed on Cayman V, easily met these qualifications.

Priest, who keeps nearly fifteen dressage horses in training on her 400-acre farm in Kentucky and in Wellington, Florida, absolutely loves Neue Schule bits. “I think they’re just really interesting as far as the design, and the horses that I train in them are really happy in them. I’m very satisfied and happy with these bits.” She was honored to win the Best Hands Award, which included a pair of reins to link her Neue Schule bits to her expert hands.

Larsen adds that Neue Schule works hard to give horses the very best bits they can. “Horses deserve the very best we have to offer them,” she states. “Horses deserve to feel good, and they want to perform and be happy in their work. Neue Schule works every day to find the kindest, most effective communication tools we can to enable this!”

Metlar will continue to hand out the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate soft, effective hands during competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, Mikala Munter Gundersen, Kim Severson, Candice King, and Todd Minikus are just the beginning of the list of outstanding equestrians like Priest who stand behind Neue Schule Bits.

Metlar specializes in superior quality equipment. The company’s focus on progressive and creative innovation allows it to set—and then surpass— a high standard for the comfort of the horse and the overall equestrian experience for both horse and rider.

Neue Schule bits are ergonomically designed based on the anatomy of the horse. The whole idea behind Neue Schule bits is to make the horse as comfortable as possible so rather than focusing on the bit, the horse can focus on what their rider is asking of them.  Each bit features a sweet, warm metal, which makes them palatable for horses. The horse’s acceptance of the bit results in better communication with the rider— which is what every equestrian strives for.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Kathy Priest, with Cayman V, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Kathy Priest’s Soft Hands Claim Neue Schule Best Hands Award

Rassing’s Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

Rassing’s Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with  Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

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Rassing’s Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with

Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

Wellington, FL (February 20, 2015)— “I really love my horses. I never want to be tough on their mouths and I never need to be,” says Neue Schule Bits’ user Olivia LaGoy-Welz of LivDressage. Lagoy-Welz’s soft hands and seat, and the resulting beautiful frame on her Rassing’s Lonoir in the FEI Prix St Georges and Intermediare I classes aptly earned her the Neue Schule Bits Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.

The 2014 Palm Beach Derby CDI Small Tour winner, who owns and operates LivDressage in Middleburg, VA, says her equine partner Rassing’s Lonoir—affectionately called Lono— “has been a really good boy. Last year was his ‘break out’ season and the shows this year have been going really well so far,” she said. The ten-year-old Danish Warmblood (De Noir x Loran) has been rising to the top since his top-three placing in the 2014 Intermediare USEF Festival of Champions, and exhibiting an equally consistent flourish at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The pair has earned reserve honors in the FEI Open Prix St George (71.947 percent) and FEI Open Intermediare Freestyle (74.20 percent), and third (72.921 percent) in the FEI Open Intermediare I. More than once, the Wellington judges’ score cards reflected individual scores of better than 75 percent.

“Lono and I have been together since he was seven. He was originally bought as one of those ‘project horses’ that you take a chance on, and he has proven he was a chance worth taking. He is an exceptionally sensitive, athletic, and sweet horse who loves his time in the field as much as he loves his work,” she said.

Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributors of Neue Schule Bits, was happy to award LaGoy-Welz with the Best Hands Award and a new pair of Neue Schule reins to further reward the rider’s lines of insightful communication. “I use Neue Schule Bits a lot,” Lagoy-Welz said.

“When we choose the rider to honor with the Best Hands Award, we’re looking for a rider that understands and demonstrates how soft, steady hands and a well-fitting bit results in a happier horse who is better able to perform because they understand what the rider is asking for. It’s very important to us to choose riders who are good to their horses ,” Larsen said. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is presented to riders who demonstrate effective and soft hands while competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, which continues through March 29 and features 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.

“We provide the bits and leave the rest in the rider’s hands,” Larsen explained. “The Global Dressage Festival provides a great opportunity to support the dressage community and applaud riders who have exceptional ‘hands’, because even a superbly crafted bit is only as good as the hands that guide it.”

Neue Schule Bits offer innovative designs that promote comfort, softness, and relaxation in the mouth and are endorsed by professional dressage riders including Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, and Mikala Munter Gundersen. In addition to its ergonomic fit based on the actual anatomy of the horse’s head,  Neue Schule Bits are constructed of a patented metal alloy called Salox Gold ®, offering the highest thermal conductivity (meaning the bit metal quickly reaches the same temperature as a horse’s mouth) and zero bioavailability, eliminating distracting tastes in the mouth and promoting comfort, relaxation and softness.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Olivia LaGoy-Welz (right) wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Rassing's Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with  Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

Rassing’s Lonoir Livs in Good Hands with Neue Schule Best Hands Award Winner Olivia LaGoy-Welz

Neue Schule Bits Make the Difference for Laura Graves

Neue Schule Bits Make the Difference for Laura Graves

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Neue Schule Bits Make the Difference for Laura Graves

 

Wellington, FL (February 11, 2015)When successful international dressage competitor Laura Graves put a Neue Schule bit into her horse’s mouth, everything clicked into place. “Changing to Neue Schule bits was a changing point in my training,” she shares. Graves first learned of Neue Schule bits from her coach, Olympian Debbie McDonald. McDonald pointed out Graves’s horse’s comfort at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “Debbie made a comment that my horse may not be comfortable in his mouth, and I should try Neue Schule bits. Within days, a box of bits arrived at my farm. I was to try them all and simply send back the ones I didn’t need,” explains Graves. The equestrian noted that improvements in her performances were immediate with the new bits.

Neue Schule’s mission is to produce bits that improve communication between the horse and the rider while providing ultimate comfort to the equine. Now officially a Neue Schule Ambassador, Graves uses Neue Schule bits on all of her horses. “When a new horse arrives, the bits are one of the first things we address,” said Graves, “At this point, every one of my horses goes in Neue Schule.” Neue Schule offers a range of bit models such as Fixed Cheek, Fixed Lever, Loose Lever, Loose Ring, Pelham, and Weymouth. With a wide selection of fits and styles, Graves is able to find a bit for each of her horse’s individual needs. “They don’t just make one basic loose ring snaffle or curb bits with different ports,” she says. “There are many variations and options so the fit is just right. The difference in these bits is that they are so well engineered and effective that everyone— Adult Amateurs, Young Riders, and professionals— can feel the difference.”

“The first thing I loved about Neue Schule bits is the Salox Gold,” said Graves, “Every horse loves it.” Neue Schule bits use the patented metal Salox Gold because it is a soft, warm metal that matches the atmosphere within the horse’s mouth, making its presence less intrusive and providing comfort to the equine. Because the metal adapts its temperature extremely quickly to the inside of the horse’s mouth, distractions are limited and the horse can focus more fully on communication with the rider.

Graves has been celebrating many recent successes in the show ring while using her Neue Schule bits. She and the twelve-year-old KWPN gelding Verdades placed fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games with an outstanding score of 82.036 percent. “Prior to that we had a top 10 finish at Aachen, and a reserve championship at the Festival of Champions,” said Graves. With the 2015 year beginning to unfold, Graves has many exciting plans. “This year our focus is on the Pan American Games in Toronto,” she said. Graves is also hoping to make a trip to Las Vegas for the Longines FEI World Cup Finals. “If it works logistically, it would be an amazing experience!”

For more information about Neule Schule and the North America distributer of Neue Schule bits— Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery—visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo 1: Laura Graves rides in Neue Schule bits to improve her horse’s comfort and achieve effective horse-and-rider communication (Photo courtesy of Laura Graves)

Photo 2: International dressage rider Laura Graves (left) and Chase Hickok of Neue Schule (right) with a Neue Schule bridle and bit (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

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Liz Steacie’s Soft Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

Liz Steacie’s Soft Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

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Liz Steacie’s Soft Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

 

Wellington, FL (January 30, 2015)— Sympathetic, soft hands are the mark of an accomplished rider. Liz Steacie is not only accomplished, but is also the most recent winner of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Steacie was chosen from an impressive number of competitors at the largest show ever in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival series, a CDI-W held January 22-25 in Wellington, Florida. Steacie and her own Callahan, a ten-year-old Hanoverian gelding, rode in the largest CDI Prix St. Georges class the festival has hosted in its four-year history— a class so large it was judged over the space of two days.

Steacie is based in South Florida during the winter show season, but calls Ontario, Canada, home. She trains with fellow Canadian Karen Pavicic— a Neue Schule ambassador— and credits Pavivic with discovering the secret to riding so effectively.

“I think having a really good coach is paramount,” Steacie said. “Karen is always quick to correct me if I do get a little bit stuck in my contact. She is really insistent on an elastic feel with the horse’s mouth and riding the horse from behind into your hand, and then just gently shaping what’s happening.”

Steacie has owned Callahan since importing him from Europe as a five-year-old and has campaigned him up through the levels to compete in the small tour. She rode him on a blustery day at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, where the wind popped the international flags displayed on one side of the arena.

“I was really proud of him today,” she said. “It’s kind of a scary ring. It’s only his second time in there, so he was really brave and stayed with me. He’s a great horse and I’ve really enjoyed having him and training him. It’s an honor, actually, to ride him.”

Steacie and Callahan were noticed by representatives of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributors of Neue Schule bits. Mette Larsen, founder and president of 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.

The Neue Schule 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 will continue 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 said. “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, Karen Pavicic, and Mikala Munter 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.

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Photo: Liz Steacie and Callahan (left) receive the Neue Schule Best Hands Award with trainer Karen Pavicic (middle) at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Liz Steacie’s Soft Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Ali Brock Wins the Grand Prix and Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

Ali Brock Wins the Grand Prix and  Neue Schule Best Hands Award  at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

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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.

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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)

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Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

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Neue Schule Best Hands Award Coming Soon to the
2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Wellington, FL (January 10, 2015)— From January 2015 to March 2015, leading bit manufacturer Neue Schule is coming together with the world’s most talented dressage riders and finest horses at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of the internationally renowned Neue Schule bits, is demonstrating its dedication to the sport of dressage by once again sponsoring the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and presenting its Neue Schule Best Hands Award throughout the event.

“We are excited to once again bring the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival,” says Mette Larsen, founder and president of Neue Schule’s North American distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. The company will watch competitors in the show ring to determine which riders use their hands most effectively and softly when communicating with their horses. “The award recognizes both riders who strive for a perfect connection between their hands and the bit, and riders who demonstrate that excellent connection,” Larsen explains. “The Global Dressage Festival provides a great opportunity for Metlar through Neue Schule to support the dressage community and applaud riders who have exceptional ‘hands’, because even a superbly crafted bit is only as good as the hands that guide it”. Competitors who win the Neue Schule Best Hands Award will receive a pair of Neue Schule reins to complete the ideal formula for excellent contact: Great hands with a top-quality bit equals ideal contact between the horse and rider.

The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival will feature 12 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.

Larsen seems to be just as excited about the upcoming 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival as the competitors are. “It’s a privilege to be among such wonderful horses and riders, and to be part of this vibrant international community,” she explains. “This is exactly where Metlar and Neue Schule bits belong.” Many of the world’s top riders agree, and are sure to have Neue Schule bits at the end of their reins before entering the show ring. Mikala Gundersen, Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Kathy Connelly, Nicholas Fyffe, David Marcus, Heather Blitz, JJ Tate, and Karen Pavicic are only a few of the many dressage champions that ride in Neue Schule.

Honoring excellent equestrians with the 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.

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

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Photo: Lars Petersen (left), with Melissa Taylor (right), is presented with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR- no photo credit necessary) BestHandsComingSoon

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

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Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

Fort Worth, Texas (January 7, 2015)— Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson has achieved an outstanding year of victories in 2014, and as the year drew to a close he earned recognition prestigious enough to match his eventing talents. At the 2014 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, Davidson was named the USEA High Score Rider of the Year. Davidson’s mount Ballynoe Castle RM was named the USEA Highest-Scoring Horse of all time—breaking the record held for the past eight years by three-time Rolex Kentucky winner Winsome Adante.

Davidson, the son of back-to-back world champion eventer Bruce Davidson, has led an impressive riding career in his own right. Just in 2014, he was named the 2014 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion, and finished third on Ballynoe Castle RM at the Rolex Kentucky 4*. The pair also made their second World Championship appearance as members of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In 2013, the impressive duo received the Pinnacle Trophy for Highest Placed U.S. Rider at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. Davidson says that fourteen-year-old Ballynoe Castle RM, an Irish Sport Horse gelding affectionately known as Reggie, is “without a doubt” his favorite mount. “Horses don’t do what he’s done. He gives the best effort every single time you ride him. He’s the smartest horse I’ve ever been around,” the champion eventer states.

For a world-class pair like Davidson and Reggie, fluent communication between horse and rider is the key to a perfect performance. Like many top-notch riders in the industry, including U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters and eventer Kim Severson, Davidson relies on the revolutionary design and proven quality of Neue Schule bits. Mette Larsen, owner of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery (Neue Schule’s U.S. and Canadian distributor), is proud to sponsor such successful competitors as Davidson. “We could not be more thrilled for Buck,” she said, congratulating him on his USEA High Score Rider of the Year title. “We are proud to be part of his team.”

Neue Schule offers an innovative range of high-performance bits constructed to increase comfort and rider-horse connection. The bits are ergonomically designed using the latest engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies. They incorporate a unique patented metal alloy called Salox Gold®, which is the most thermally conductive bit-making material on the market. This enables Neue Schule bits to reach the temperature of the horse’s mouth more rapidly, while the metal’s decreased bioactivity remains tasteless to the horse— resulting in a more relaxed acceptance of the bit. Through soft, consistent contact with the horse’s mouth, the Neue Schule design increases responsiveness to the rider and alleviates problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit. With a Neue Schule bit joining them, horses like Ballynoe Castle RM and riders like Buck Davidson can rise to the height of performance in their sport.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, the talented team of Neue Schule Ambassadors such as Davidson, and the company’s United States distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson finished 2014 as the USEA High Score Rider of the Year (Photo courtesy of Mike McNally)

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

Neue Schule Thrilled to Play a Role in Clinic with Six-Time Olympian Mary King

Neue Schule Thrilled to Play a Role in Clinic with Six-Time Olympian Mary King

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Neue Schule Thrilled to Play a Role in Clinic with Six-Time Olympian Mary King

Leesburg, Virginia (December 1, 2014)—For six-time Olympian Mary King, the way that riders use their minds is just as important as the way they use their legs, hands, and bodies in the saddle. The acclaimed eventer of Devon, England recently brought her riding philosophies and expertise to Leesburg, Virginia, where she held a two-day eventing clinic. Metlar, the United States distributor of the cutting-edge Neue Schule (pronounced ‘noy-uh shool-uh’) bits, was a sponsor of the event in an effort to help riders develop a deeper understanding of their sport through King’s teachings. The company was also eager to support Morven Park, a school that Metlar founder Mette Larsen attended. Novice through advanced horse-and-rider teams benefitted from the discipline and techniques they were taught, and also had the exciting chance to win a Neue Schule bit throughout the clinic.

“If you are beautifully in balance and stay nice and quiet and soft, that is going to make your horse feel much more confident,” King explained to her students at the chilly late-autumn event. The group spent November 20-21 at Morven Park in Leesburg working towards achieving that complete balance. Neue Schule bits are specially designed to help a wide variety of horses with different mouth conformations to complete that balance. The clinic was hosted by Kelly Gage of Team EnGaged. Neue Schule is happy to have been a part of the clinic, including awarding one of its top-quality bits to a clinic attendee. Neue Schule Ambassador Allison Springer brought her new horse MR Sydney Rocks to the clinic, and feels that the clinic helped prepare them for an exciting future. 

King shared the strategies that she has used to earn her two World Championship Gold Medals and Silver and Bronze Olympic medals. The eventer stressed the importance of choosing role models in the professional equestrian world to imitate. “Have a picture of them in your mind and try and copy how they ride,” she said. “I’ve progressed a lot by doing that. I would trot around at home while I’m schooling my horse, and pretend that I was Carl Hester. I’ll picture him in my mind— how beautiful and tall and straight he sits, how nice and still his hands are, his lower leg position.”

With helpful analogies and insistence on spending time on perfecting maneuvers, King guided riders on the flat and through a four-jump course. “Picture the canter like a bouncy ball,” she suggested. “Now if you’re dribbling that bouncy ball and you want it to go higher, you’re not going to bounce faster; you’re not going to bounce it slower; you’re going to bounce it stronger. This is the same for canter work— you must obtain a stronger, punchy stride.”

King spent time with riders from every level teaching the importance of “bread and butter work.” She explained that even advanced riders should continuously practice beautiful transitions and always take time to warm up and relax their horses. Riders left the clinic with a refreshed view of how to improve and work as a team with their equines. “I had a great time— everyone was so welcoming, and I was impressed with the quality of horses,” King smiled.

Neue Schule is grateful to the champion rider for giving back to the equestrian community through her clinic. Teaching the skill of effective riding is valuable to Neue Schule, which manufactures comfortable bits that improve the communication between horse and rider. The company offers bits of different sizes that address horses’ specific issues such as being behind the bit, raising the head, and having a small mouth. To learn more about Neue Schule bits, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574. 

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Photo 1:  Mary King works with clinic attendee Erin Nolan and Highland Casino (Photo courtesy of Valerie Durbon Photography)

Photo 2: Neue Schule Ambassador Allison Springer and MR Sydney Rocks at the Mary King clinic (Photo courtesy of Valerie Durbon Photography)

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Neue Schule Ambassador Nicholas Fyffe Named to the USPRE Dressage Team

Neue Schule Ambassador Nicholas Fyffe Named to the USPRE Dressage Team

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Neue Schule Ambassador Nicholas Fyffe Named to the USPRE Dressage Team

Riverhead, NY (November 14, 2014)—“Neue Schule ambassador Nicholas Fyffe has been named to the COPA USPRE Team!” Mette Larsen, founder and president of Neue Schule’s North American distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, announces proudly. A year’s worth of achievements in the dressage saddle and using Neue Schule bits has led Nicholas Fyffe to the honor of becoming a member of the inaugural USPRE Dressage Team for the upcoming year.

From October 2013 through October 2014, The United States P.R.E. Association invited its members who ride at the FEI levels to take part in its first-ever COPA USPRE. The COPA USPRE is an initiative in which riders’ scores from USDF-sanctioned shows and United States CDIs throughout the year are tabulated to determine which rider has the highest average score in the following levels: Big Tour (Grand Prix), Small Tour (Prix St. Georges/Intermediare 1), FEI 6 Year Old Test, FEI 5 Year Old Test, and Para-Equestrian. The highest-scoring riders of each level earned the title of COPA USPRE Champions, and their runner-ups were named COPA USPRE Reserve Champions.

The Champions and Reserve Champions make up the inaugural USPRE Dressage Team. Team members are invited to compete in theCOPA ANCCE Finals which will be held at SICAB— an Equestrian Trade Show dedicated to the PRE breed— on December 2-7, 2014, in Seville, Spain.

Nicholas Fyffe and his PRE stallion Fiero HGF attained the title of COPA USPRE Champion in the FEI Six Year Old division with a mean score of 70.700 percent for the year.“I am excited to announce that Fiero HGF and I have topped the leaderboard for the FEI 6 year old class!” Fyffe said excitedly. “With just a minimum of 4 scores attained, Fiero HGF was the highest-scoring 6 year old PRE in North America and has now been named to the USPRE Dressage Team for 2015. We will be issued a certificate from ANCCE and are now officially qualified to compete at SICAB in December in the city of Sevilla, Spain. This is the first year that horses can qualify from North America thanks to the COPA USPRE initiative.”

Neue Schule is proud to congratulate Nicholas on this achievement with his talented PRE. As a specialized top-quality bit manufacturer, Neue Schule crafts bits that are specifically made to comfortably fit horses of each individual breed. The company’s attention to detail and multitude of selections allow riders to find the specific bit for each of their equine’s mouth and contact needs. Neue Schule’s patented metal alloy called Salox Gold® quickly matches the temperature of the horse’s mouth and is tasteless, promoting relaxation and softness. The advanced materials and ergonomic fit of Neue Schule bits makes them the number one choice for accomplished riders like Nicholas Fyffe. 

For more information about Neue Schule, the talented Neue Schule ambassadors, and Neue Schule bits, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

  

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Photo: Nicholas Fyffe, USPRE Dressage Team member (Photo courtesy of Nicholas Fyffe)

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Neue Schule Best Hands Award Presented to Juan Matute Jr. at the Gold Coast Fall Fling

Neue Schule Best Hands Award Presented to Juan Matute Jr. at the Gold Coast Fall Fling

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Neue Schule Best Hands Award Presented to Juan Matute Jr. at the Gold Coast Fall Fling

Wellington, FL (November 13, 2014) “Dressage is a combination of multiple soft aids. Your hands are a big factor that plays into the presentation of the horse,” explains international dressage rider Juan Matute Jr.  Matute’s deep understanding of how to effectively communicate with his equine partners is impressive, especially considering that he is barely seventeen years old. At the Gold Coast Fall Fling, presented by the Gold Coast Dressage Association on November 8-9, 2014, Matute easily dominated competition with his skillful riding. Innovative bit manufacturer Neue Schule (pronounced noy-uh shoo-luh) awarded Matute with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award for his effective use of hand aids.

As Neue Schule representatives watched the competitors at the Global Dressage Stadium in Wellington, Florida during the Gold Coast Fall Fling, young Matute stood out to them. He was chosen to receive the Neue Schule Best Hands Award, which is given to competitors in Florida’s winter show circuit who have excellent, soft hands. Neue Schule knows the importance of having great contact between the rider’s hands and the horse’s bit, and helps make this contact possible by fashioning incredibly comfortable and effective bits. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse. Neue Schule bits are designed to help alleviate any issues so that the horse and rider can get back to focusing on their ride or their training,” explains Mette Larsen, founder and president of Neue Schule’s North American distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery.

With effective hands like Matute’s and a brilliantly designed bit like Neue Schule’s, a winning horse and rider team is formed. Neue Schule presented Matute with a pair of high-quality reins— the link between hands and bit— for his accomplishment. “I’m very happy that I got this award,” Matute beams. Besides the Best Hands Award, the dressage rider also won several classes at the Fall Fling. He was happy with the wins as he transitions from recent European competition to the Wellington winter competitive season. “We just got back from Aachen in September, so we’ve been here for a couple months now. Getting used to the weather again, especially the Florida heat!” Matute smiles. “We’re just preparing— this show is a little bit of practice before the big season.”

If this “practice” is any indicator of what is to come, Matute will be one to watch this winter season. His weekend accomplishments included winning the FEI Prix St. George in the JR/YR division with an outstanding score of 75.789 percent on his father’s bay Hanoverian gelding Quantico Ymas (Fighting Fit x Hauptstutbuch). “Quantico’s goal is to do Small Tour. He’s only eight, so he’s young. I’m focused on just getting him in the ring and getting experience,” comments Matute.   

Matute also took first place in the FEI Grand Prix in the JR/YR division. He rode Don Diego Ymas, an eleven-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Juan Matute Sr., to a score of 72.400 percent— nearly a twenty-point lead over the second-place rider. “Don Diego is my flagship,” says Matute. “Don Diego has stepped up to the open Grand Prix, so our goal is to do well in the open Grand Prix and do well in international competitions.” Matute continued his winning weekend on yet another horse, Dhannie Ymas. Matute and the seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Cristina Danguillecourt, earned a score of 73.947 percent to reach first place in the FEI Young Rider Team Test.

Neue Schule was impressed with Matute’s performances at the Gold Coast Fall Fling, and was pleased to recognize his talent by awarding him with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award. For more information about Neue Schule and Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

  

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 Photo: Juan Matute Jr. is awarded the Neue Schule Best Hands Award by April Leonard. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)

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Neue Schule’s Todd Minikus Wins $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show

Neue Schule’s Todd Minikus Wins $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show

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Contact: Mette Larsen

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Neue Schule’s Todd Minikus Wins $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show

Washington D.C. (October 31, 2014) Show jumping champion Todd Minikus is all about quality. As he and his bay Oldenburg mount Quality Girl prepared to sail over the intimidating course at the $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) on October 23, Minikus made sure to have his Neue Schule bit— which he describes as “very high-quality”— ready for competition.

With the Neue Schule bit connecting the horse to the rider as a team, Minikus and Quality Girl won first place in their Thursday class at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show, which was held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on October 21-26. Neue Schule is proud of their sponsored rider’s achievement, and glad that the company’s bits could be so helpful to Minikus. 

Minikus, who is currently the leading figure in the Longines FEI World Cup™ North American East Coast League standings, has won well over seventy-five Grand Prix competitions during his show jumping career. Even so, the accomplished equestrian wasn’t sure how he would fare in the $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake against his talented competitors. “The horses were sure jumping well. You really have to have your game on here; it gets very competitive,” Minikus said.

The Loxahatchee, Florida rider was one of twelve competitors (out of thirty) to jump a clean round over the course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio. Ten riders moved on to the jump off, where Minikus obtained an early lead. “I was third in the jump-off out of ten and there were a few familiar names coming at the end, so it was questionable whether the lead would hold up. But it seems like a couple of those super fast riders had jumps down. It was a nice class for the first jump-off class, and it probably made for a good jump-off to watch,” He commented.

Minikus and Quality Girl, an eleven-year-old Oldenburg (Quidams Rubin x Dobrock), maintained their lead throughout the class. The pair’s double-clear round of 32.90 seconds earned them first place and the Ben O’Meara Memorial Challenge Trophy. A beaming Minikus praised his equine partner after the show. “She was pretty tidy everywhere,” he said. “She is really a good horse. She has an awesome record and she is now a true professional show horse, so she just takes everything in stride. She has a lot of class.”

Minikus credits part of his success in the saddle to using the innovative, ergonomically-designed bits manufactured by Neue Schule. “My overall impression of the Neue Schule bits is they are well-crafted with the construction of the horse’s mouth in mind, and made from high-quality lightweight material that is both durable and comfortable for the horse,” Minikus explained. “My favorite bit is the loose ring because it works well for daily schooling. The Neue Schule bits have helped improve communication between me and my horses.” 

Neue Schule bits are a popular choice among top professionals like Minikus. The bits are well-known for their advanced design and materials, increased comfort for horses, and improved communication. To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and the company’s United States distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit http://www.metlar-us.com or call 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: Todd Minkus competing on the 2014 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring Circuit. (Photo courtesy of Mancini Photos)

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Entrepreneur and Equestrian Doreen Kula Joins Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery

Entrepreneur and Equestrian Doreen Kula Joins Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery

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Contact: Mette Larsen

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Entrepreneur and Equestrian Doreen Kula Joins Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery 

Riverhead, NY (October 27, 2014) — “I couldn’t find a better combination than this – quality people and quality products and an industry I love!” said Doreen Kula, a successful entrepreneur and equine business owner, on her new position working with Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery as the next step in her versatile life. Metlar, the United States distributer of Neue Schule bits (pronounced ‘noy-uh shool-uh’) and other innovative top-quality equestrian equipment, is thrilled to welcome Kula on board as the company’s Vice President of Operations.

Vice President of Operations certainly won’t be the first prominent role in a leading company that Kula has played. After excelling in her business education through graduate school, Kula, of Rochester, New York, assisted several businesses in their startups, managed large firms, and served as a coach and mentor for entrepreneurial companies.

Even as the accomplished businesswoman achieves numerous successes in her industries, her world ultimately revolves around horses. Kula operates Aisling Sport Horses, a breeding business starring her extraordinary Qualified PRE stallion Festivo MR (Yeguada Militar and Escalera bloodlines). “When I was about eight years old, we discovered that I’m extremely allergic to horses,” Kula admits. “However, much to my parents’ dismay, I had the horse addiction— bad. Despite the allergies, after several years my parents finally realized I wasn’t going to give it up.” True to Kula’s ambitious nature, she achieved her equestrian goals and currently owns three dressage horses. She is now overjoyed to begin a career that will utilize her talents for both horses and business.

“Working at Metlar is an ideal fit between my passion for horses and quality products, and my experience and background in operations and entrepreneurship,” Kula says. She knew the job would be right for her after speaking with Mette Larsen, owner of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. “The opportunity to work with Mette was what attracted me to Metlar first and foremost. We share a love of horses, dressage, and quality products. I felt great about getting involved in Metlar because I know Metlar will only sell the best products on the market— I know if Metlar is selling it, I can rest assured that it’s a quality product. Metlar sells the best products for the good of the horse. Everything at Metlar is about the good of the horse and a quality product that works! I’m excited to be a part of Metlar to get the word out about our products to help make the life of every one of our ‘horse’ customers better. I’m excited to get behind products that I can truthfully say to anyone I speak with – ‘these really make a difference.’ And also, when I wear my Metlar belt, I feel like a million dollars,” Kula smiles.

As the partnership of Doreen Kula and Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery begins, learn more about Metlar and the high-quality products the company provides at visit http://www.metlar-us.com or call 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: Doreen Kula and her stallion Festivo. (Photo courtesy of Robert F Zwaap)

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Neue Schule’s Ambassadors to Take a Bite of the Big Apple at Central Park Horse Show

Neue Schule’s Ambassadors to Take a Bite of the Big Apple at Central Park Horse Show

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For more information contact:
Mette Larsen
Metlar-Neue Schule Bits
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Neue Schule’s Ambassadors to Take a Bite of the Big Apple at Central Park Horse Show

New York, NY (September 12, 2014) – Four top international riders sponsored by bit designer Neue Schule have been invited to compete at the Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex, September 18-21, in New York City’s Central Park. Trump Rink will be the scene of top competitions in show jumping, dressage, and polo. Neue Schule’s Ambassadors are known internationally for their exceptional skills and success in the arena. Only the country’s most elite riders are able to compete by invitation only at this prestigious event.

Using ergonomically designed bits that have been designed with the latest in engineering and computer-aided design technologies for superior comfort, each rider will vie for first in their respective events, and the competition is sure to heat up, starting on the Thursday night with show jumping, which is set to be televised live on NBC Sports. Danielle Goldstein, Todd Minikus, and Candace King hope to pilot their mounts to a win in the inaugural $200,000 FEI Grand Prix Show Jumping class. US dressage superstar Steffen Peters will take top dressage riders in the Dressage Challenge, presented by the Axel Johnson Group, on Saturday evening.

Four-time Olympic dressage rider Steffen Peters, 49, of San Diego, CA, has achieved legendary success in international dressage. In addition, he has won the title of USEF Horseman of the Year three times. He started his career in his home country of Germany aboard Udon, came to America and became an American citizen, and then captured Team Bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for Team USA. In 2004, he and Floriano were alternates in the Olympics and the highest-placing pair for the U.S. at the 2006 Aachen World Equestrian Games (WEG). The 2008 Beijing Olympics found him finishing fourth in dressage with Ravel in Hong Kong, where the equestrian events were held. In 2010, he and Ravel won two Bronzes at the WEG. Other top mounts for Peters include Akeena, Grandeur, Weltino’s Magic, and now Legolas 92. He and Legolas 92 just placed 8th individually in the Grand Prix, 10th in the Special and the Freestyle, and 4th in the team competition at this year’s WEG in Normandy, France, using Neue Schule bits.

Todd Minikus, 52, of Loxahatchee, FL, is going into the Central Park Grand Prix fresh off a win in early September in the Zoetis $1Million Grand Prix and a first place finish in the $75,000 I Love New York Grand Prix. He won his first show jumping grand prix in 1985 and has won more than 75 more since then, including the AGA Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis five times, the Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, the Cosequin Grand Prix at HITS Caskills IV, the Cargill Grand Prix at CSI-A Oaks Blenheim, the Budweiser American Invitational in Tampa, the Grand Prix of Rotterdam, and this year’s Nespresso Grand Prix. In 1990, he was on fire at the Washington International Horse Show as he won all of the open jumper classes and the President’s Cup. He has competed five times in the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals and six times on Nations Cup teams. Minikus was also named the 2001 AHSA Horseman of the Year, and he served as the alternate for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He has had success aboard horses like Ravel, Pavarotti, Oh Star, Thrilling, Presidente, and Alaska, to name just a few. Spectators are likely to find Minikus schooling his horses with the Neue Schule loose ring bit.

Show jumper Candace King of Wellington, FL, has had a successful career as a grand prix competitor since 1989. She has represented the US at international competitions, such as the 2005 World Cup Final in Las Vegas on Coco Cabana and the 2001 World Cup Final in Goteborg, Sweden, where she finished fifth on John E.M. Her list of accomplishments includes wins in the 2000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis with John E.M., the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the Royal International Horse Show at CSIO Hickstead in England, the Ariat WEF Challenge at the Winter Equestrian Festival with Caliskan and the Leeuwarden Grand Prix in The Netherlands on John E.M. in 2003, the 2004 Six Bar Challenge at CSIO Rotterdam in The Netherlands, the Adequan World Cup Grand Prix at the CSI-W Hampton Classic Horse Show with Camillo V, and a second at the CSI-W Hampton Classic Horse Show. Of Neue Schule bits, King says, “I’ve been competing at the top level of show jumping for over 20 years. In order to continue to compete at this level consistently, you need the best equipment. I have found that in Neue Schule Performance Bits! All of my horses have continued to improve with the added benefit of the Neue Schule Bit.”

International show jumper Danielle Goldstein of Wellington, FL, has most recently competed at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, for Team Israel. Goldstein is a dual citizen in both the United States and Israel. Goldstein turned professional in 2012 after 15 years of winning as an amateur and junior competitor. Goldstein hopes to compete for Israel at the 2016 Olympic Games and is helping with Israel’s efforts to build its equestrian show jumping program. Goldstein’s favorite Neue Schule bits are the Verbindend snaffle and the Waterford Universal. “Neue Schule bits are an amazing advancement in bit technology, not only in their style but also functionality. I use them on almost every horse I ride on a daily basis. My horses are more responsive and less fussy because they are more comfortable—it’s as simple as that! Neue Schule has created a product that all equestrians should take advantage of.”

The “new school” (or “neue schule”) line of thinking for the company’s bits is to have more refined designs with cutting-edge materials while making the bit more accommodating. Neue Schule makes bits that can be used in any discipline at any level, from pleasure riding to grand prix. Neue Schule bits incorporate a unique metal alloy with the highest thermal conductivity of any bit on the market and no bioactivity to eliminate tastes. This helps the horse be more comfortable, relaxed, and soft while under saddle. For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.

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Photo: Todd Minikus competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of ManciniPhotos.com)
Photo 2: Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 at the US National Championships. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)

Neue Schule Salutes an International Roster of Ambassadors Selected to Compete at 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Neue Schule Salutes an International Roster of Ambassadors  Selected to Compete at 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

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Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
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631-252-5574

Eight Riders Representing Four Countries Going to Normandy

Neue Schule Salutes an International Roster of Ambassadors Selected to Compete at 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Riverhead, NY (August 20, 2014) “You could say we are ‘a bit’ excited to have such great representation of riders, across so many disciplines, competing at the World Equestrian Games this year,” said Mette Larsen, of Metlar Performance Saddlery in Riverhead, NY and Neue Schule Bits US and Canadian distributor.

The maker of the internationally acclaimed ergonomic bits boasts some of the top riders in the world as Neue Schule Ambassdors and now, eight of those riders, representing four countries over two continents, have been selected to compete at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), August 23-September 7, in Caen, France. With the exceptional design and proven communication of Neue Schule bits to help them on their way, each stands ready to storm Normandy’s equestrian shores.

Leading the Neue Schule Ambassadorial contingent are five dressage riders: Veteran U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters, American wunderkind Laura Graves, Canadians David Marcus and Karen Pavicic, and Danish rider Mikala Münter Gundersen.

Now in San Diego, CA, German-born Peters rode Legolas 92 to a Grand Prix division sweep at this year’s Festival of Champions, clinching (76.036%) his third National Championship before delivering a one-two punch in the Small Tour with Reserve and National titles in Intermediare-I on mares Apassionata and Rosamunde. Honing their talents in Europe all summer, Graves and Verdades stood Aachen on its ear as its highest-placing American combination before assuring they were no fluke with further fine performances at Festival of Champions, thus earning their spot alongside Peters. Graves was first introduced to Neue Schule Bits by US Olympic Bronze Medalist and USEF Developing Coach, Debbie McDonald.

2007 Pan American Games Canadian team Silver medalist and 2014 Canadian Dressage Athlete grant recipient, Karen Pavicic, of Surrey, BC, is a longtime user of Neue Schule bits and plans to continue riding in them when she takes Don Daiquiri, her top three partner in the Achletein (Austria) CDI4* Grand Prix, into WEG’s historic stadium. Joining her is Neue Scheule Ambassador and Canadian Dressage squadmate, David Marcus, of Campbellville, ON, riding Chrevi’s Capital. Coincidentally, Marcus scored a personal best to finish second to Neue Schule Ambassador Peters in the Grand Prix August 9 at CDI3* Verden, Germany. Gundersen, who is based in Wellington, FL, is riding My Lady, co-owned with Janne H. Rumbough; since their international career began in January 2012 they have started 43 times, with victories on both sides of the Atlantic and the distinction of riding for Denmark in World Cup Final and Nations Cup competition. American eventers and Neue Schule Ambassadors, Buck Davidson and Kim Severson, are also more than “a bit” ready to ride at WEG:

One of the top-ranked riders in US since 2009 and the 2012 US Olympic Alternate, Davidson, of Ocala, FL, was appointed to the US squad with Ballynoe Castle RM, who he rode to third at the Rolex Kentucky 4*, and as an Alternate aboard Park Trader. 2002 WEG Team Gold medalist, Kim Severson of Charlottesville, VA, was also named to WEG teams in 2010 and 2004, and Short Listed for the 2008 Olympics. The four-time (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005) US Eventing Association Lady Rider of the Year will ride her own Fernhill Fearless.

Also jumping to the fore for Neue Schule will be show jumping star and dual citizen,Danielle Goldstein, who qualified to compete for Israel. Goldstein, who prefers the Neue Schule Verbindend snaffle and Neue Schule Waterford Universal, comes to France off a string of top 10 finishes in Canada at Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark.

Larsen and Neue Schule are proud to sponsor this international roster. “When riders and horses communicate effectively” Larsen said, “the results speak for themselves. Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, comfortable bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporating a unique metal alloy with an increased conductivity, promoting acceptance and salivation.”

Neue Schule makes it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by including informational tags on each product. These product tags act as a guide to help select which bits offer a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help address and solve potential problems each individual horse may be experiencing.
For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.

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Photo: Todd Minikus competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of ManciniPhotos.com)
Photo 2: Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 at the US National Championships. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)

FEI Champion Mette Larsen Featured In The Scale of Training in Action DVD With Christoph Hess and Linda Parelli

FEI Champion Mette Larsen Featured In The Scale of Training in Action DVD With Christoph Hess and Linda Parelli

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FEI Champion Mette Larsen Featured In The Scale of Training in Action DVD With Christoph Hess and Linda Parelli

 

Pagosa Springs, Co (Aug 12,2014) – While Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery is already setting the standard for compassion, design, and function in the equine industry, the founder, Mette Larsen, and her horse Ulivi recently set the standard for correct upper level training as one of four featured riders on The Scale of Training in Action DVD.  Recently produced and released by natural horsemanship’s Linda Parelli and acclaimed dressage trainer and judge Christoph Hess, the training tool features Hess coaching riders of different levels while demonstrating how the scale of training can be applied to improve overall performance. 

Hess works with four riders: one new to dressage, one seasoned eventer with a young horse, Linda Parelli on her horse Hot Jazz, and one upper level pair.  Larsen and Ulivi were selected to represent the upper levels, as they have a successful competition history in competition including finishing last year as the USDF KWPN Adult Amateur Intermediaire-I Champions for the country. “Christoph is so positive in his approach and he is for the horse.  He encourages forward riding with relaxation,” said Larsen, “Working with Linda and Pat (Parelli) has given me more tools to create “relationships” with all my horses. And the synergy between the true interpretation of the training scale and the goals of the Parelli program to achieve a relaxed and responsive horse became increasingly evident throughout the session with Christoph”, added Larsen.    

Larsen is the president and founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, which offers equestrian products specifically designed to enhance the riding experience for both horse and rider. Metlar is the North American distributor of Neue Schule bits, which have been enjoying snowballing success with international riders, from top flight jumpers and eventers to some of the most esteemed dressage riders in the United States and Canada.  Metlar is also a distributor of Schumacher’s line of crystal-encrusted belts and bridles, as well as TailRx, Photonic Light Lasers, and the Kathy Connelly Chin Pad Collection. For more information on Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit their website at www.metlar-us.com. For more information on The Scale of Training in Action, Christoph Hess, or Parelli Natural Horsemanship, visit http://www.shop.parelli.com or call 855-PARELLI or enjoy a sneak preview on You Tube: http://tinyurl.com/q3wwkbe.

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Photo: Mette Larsen and Ulivi featured in the Scale of Training in Action DVD series. (Photo courtesy of Parelli Natural Horsemanship)

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Sponsors Rally as Danielle Goldstein Prepares to Compete for Israel at 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Sponsors Rally as Danielle Goldstein Prepares to Compete for Israel at 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

 

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Starwyn Farms, LLC

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Sponsors Rally as Danielle Goldstein Prepares to Compete for Israel at 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Wellington, FL (July 22, 2014)International show jumping’s Danielle Goldstein has hit a number of milestones in 2014, and now she adds yet another to the list with her qualification to compete at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games for Israel.  A dual citizen of both the United States and Israel, Goldstein will travel to Normandy, France in August to ride for her country against the best horses and riders in the world. 

Goldstein has been driven in her goal to be the first female to ride for Israel on an Olympic team, and competing at the World Equestrian Games is a major step towards achieving that goal.  With the success of qualifying now in her rearview mirror, she realizes that the road to the World Equestrian Games is far from over.  She and her horses have been competing in Canada on the prestigious Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird circuits, keeping the horses at their peak and preparing for the trip to France.

Goldstein, who rides out of her own Starwyn Farms, is backed by a team of sponsors and supporters that she knows make her success possible. “This truly is a team effort, and everything has to work together, from vets and farriers, proper equipment, mentors, grooms, feed, and attire.  There is no detail that can be overlooked, and I am forever grateful to my team of professionals at Starwyn who look after my horses and make sure they are in top form, and to my team of sponsors, including CWD saddles, Choice of Champions International, Neue Schule bits, Draper Equine Therapy, ThinLine, GPA helmets, Charles Ancona riding jackets, and 2kGrey riding pants.” 

The Wellington, Florida based equestrian has been very active on the international scene: serving as chef d’equipe on the Team Gold medal winning Israeli show jumping squad at the 2013 Maccabiah Games; kicking off a successful season at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival with a win at the $10,000 Welcome Stake Grand Prix; and her appearance on the first-ever team representing Israel in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at Wellington’s Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

In addition to her active international competitive career, the dynamic rider and trainer also continues to oversee operations at her Starwyn Farms facility, draw support and contribute to a growing equestrian community in Israel, and train and teach horses and riders all over the world.

Learn more about Danielle Goldstein’s Olympic quest to become the first woman rider to represent Israel on its show jumping squad, and discover all the services available for horses and their riders at StarwynFarms.com or by contacting her directly at 917-544-3349 or dani@starwynfarms.com.  

 

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Photo: Danielle Goldstein and Carisma. (Photo courtesy of Cansport Photo)

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Neue Schule’s Danielle Goldstein Qualifies for World Equestrian Games for Israel

Neue Schule’s Danielle Goldstein Qualifies for World Equestrian Games for Israel

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Mette Larsen

Metlar-Neue Schule Bits

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631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule’s Danielle Goldstein Qualifies for World Equestrian Games for Israel 

Wellington, FL (July 18, 2014)– Neue Schule’s riders are known in the industry for their success in the arena and innovation out of it.  Danielle Goldstein is no exception to this rule, and she has just hit another milestone in her show jumping career as she is now qualified to compete for Israel at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian games in Normandy, France.  A pioneer for equestrian sports in both the US and Israel, Goldstein is a dual citizen and currently competing her string of horses in Canada before heading to Europe to prepare for the Games this fall. 

Following an impressive winter season at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington and a spring season competing in Israel at the National Championships, she will now bring a challenge to some of the best show jumpers in the world in France. During her season in Wellington, she collaborated with The Equine Athletics Mission Israel (T.E.A.M. Israel) to put together the first Israeli Team at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup.  In keeping with her history of pioneering for Israel, she will set her sights on being the first medal winning rider for her country at the World Equestrian Games.

She has had a number of top finishes during her time in Canada at Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark, including top ten finishes in classes ranging from the 1.35M to internationally ranked CSI 5* Grand Prix.  For training her horses and schooling at home and on the road, Goldstein prefers the Neue Schule Verbindend snaffle and Neue Schule Waterford Universal, both of which fit exceptionally well in the horses’ mouths and deliver an unparalleled level of communication.

Mette Larsen of Metlar Performance Saddlery, Neue Schule’s U.S. and Canadian distributor, is proud to continue to support Goldstein.  “Danielle is an exceptional individual with big goals, and we are thrilled to be a part of her team.  We wish her the best in her quest for the World Equestrian Games.”  

Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, comfortable bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporating a unique metal alloy with the highest thermal conductivity of any bit on the market, and no bioactivity to eliminate taste.  These features promote comfort, relaxation, and softness in the horse’s mouth.

Neue Schule has also made it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by including informational tags on each product. These new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help address and solve potential problems each individual horse may be experiencing. 

For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador Danielle Goldstein and Carisma competing at the Thunderbird Horsepark. (Photo courtesy of Starwyn Farms)

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Neue Schule Eventers Named to US Squad for 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Neue Schule Eventers Named to US Squad for 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

For Immediate Release       

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar-Neue Schule Bits

Mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Eventers Named to US Squad for 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Ocala, FL (July 17, 2014)– The selections have been made and riders named to the Land Rover US Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and Neue Schule’s top riders are among those heading for the Games in France, August 21-September 9. With the exceptional design and proven communication of the Neue Schule bits to help them on their way, Buck Davidson and Kim Severson will attempt to make equestrian history on the shores of Normandy.

Davidson, of Ocala, Florida was appointed to the squad with Carl and Cassandra Segal’s Ballynoe Castle RM, a 2000 Irish Thoroughbred gelding.  The two came off a recent 3rd place finish at the Rolex Kentucky 4*, and have proven themselves to be an impressive force in both cross country and showjumping.  Davison was also named as an alternate aboard the Segal’s Park Trader, a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding.  In addition he and Ballynoe Castle were named to the USEF High Performance Summer and Fall Training Lists under the classification ‘World Class,’ meaning they possess the ability to be competitive anywhere in the world.  As such, they will participate in training sessions with US Eventing’s Chef d’ Equipe David O’ Connor.  Some of his many accomplishments include Alternate for 2012 US Olympic Team,  #1 Ranked Rider in the US in 2011, 2011 Pan American Team Member, and #2 Ranked Rider in the United States in 2010 and 2009.

Kim Severson of Charlottesville, Virginia is another of Neue Schule’s sponsored riders to be named to the US Eventing Squad for the World Equestrian Games.  She and her own Fernhill Fearless, a 2000 Irish Sport Horse gelding will be aiming for Normandy, and were also named to the USEF High Performance Summer and Fall Training Lists as ‘World Class’ and will participate in training sessions with Chef d’ Equipe David O’Connor.  Severson is no stranger to competing on the international stage, having been named to the teams in 2010, 2004, and was part of the Gold Medal winning US Team at the 2002 Games in Jerez, Spain. She was also named U.S. Eventing Association’s Lady Rider of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005 and was short listed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

With the World Equestrian Games looming ever closer, Davidson, Severson, and their horses will now turn their attention to the preparation events to be held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, July 26-27.  Mette Larsen, of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery and Neue Schule’s US and Canadian distributor, congratulated both on their success, saying, “We could not be more thrilled for Buck and Kim.  We know they will do Neue Schule and the United States proud in Normandy and we are proud to be part of their team.”

Mette Larsen of Metlar Performance Saddlery, Neue Schule’s  U.S. and Canadian distributor, is proud to sponsor such successful competitors. When riders and horses communicate effectively, the results speak for themselves. Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, comfortable bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporating a unique metal alloy with an increased conductivity, promoting acceptance and salivation. 

Neue Schule has also made it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by including informational tags on each product. These new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help address and solve potential problems each individual horse may be experiencing. 

For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.

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Photo: Buck Davidson. (Photo courtesy of Mike McNally)

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Neue Schule Bits Welcomes Two New Ambassadors: Laura Graves and Karen Pavicic

Neue Schule Bits Welcomes Two New Ambassadors: Laura Graves and Karen Pavicic

For Immediate Release–                  

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Bits Welcomes Two New Ambassadors: Laura Graves and Karen Pavicic

Riverhead, NY (July 14, 2014) Internationally recognized dressage riders Laura Graves and Karen Pavicic know that their success is due in part to pairing their incredible talents with outstanding tack, equipment, and horses. While maneuvering their mounts through the show ring, both Graves and Pavicic trust the Neue Schule bits in their horses’ mouths to allow fluent communication between horse and rider. Metlar, LLC, the North American distributor for Neue Schule Bits is proud to announce the addition of Laura Graves and Karen Pavicic to the company’s line-up of talented Neue Schule Bit Ambassadors.

Graves and Pavicic are avid supporters of Neue Schule Bits, as well as outstanding dressage riders. Laura Graves recently achieved a place on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) United States Dressage Team based on her stunning performance at the 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey. Graves and her horse Verdades placed second to Neue Schuele Ambassador, Steffen Peters in the Grand Prix. Graves was first introduced to Neue Schule Bits by Olympic Bronze Medalist and USEF Developing Coach Debbie McDonald, who was impressed by the bits when she was introduced to them by Barbara Biernat of the Horse and Rider Boutique. Graves and her equine partners fell in love with the comfortable, soft bits. She’s been a proud Neue Schule customer ever since. The young equestrian is now in Europe along with the rest of the United States Dressage Team short list members, several of whom sport Neue Schule Bits.

Neue Schule Bits is also enthusiastic to welcome Karen Pavicic to the company’s impressive team of ambassadors. The Canadian equestrian has already made her mark overseas, recently placing third in the Grand Prix at the at the CDI4* in Achleiten, Austria. Pavicic and her fellow Canadian Dressage Team members earned Silver Medals at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pavicic has been a longtime user of Neue Schule bits, and plans to continue riding with these beautifully made bits throughout her future as a dressage champion. Pavicic is now focused on doing her best while representing her country along with fellow Neue Scheule Ambassador, David Marcus, on the Canadian Dressage Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in August.

“Our ambassador team is made up of top professionals who believe in these bits and see the advantages of using them. We are so proud to welcome Laura Graves and Karen Pavicic to the team,” said Mette Larsen of Metlar.

For equestrians who want to find out why top riders such as Graves and Pavicic are so dedicated to these bits, the Horse and Rider Boutique (with locations in both Florida and California) offers a Neue Schule bit bank. Equestrians can use the bit bank to borrow Neue Schule bits for a trial period to experience the Neue Schule bits for themselves.  Neue Schule is certain that riders who participate in this trial will not be disappointed, as Neue Schule’s attention to detail and advanced design increase comfort for the horse and improve communication for the rider.

In addition to the ergonomic fit and advanced design, Neue Schule’s bits are constructed of a patented metal alloy called Salox Gold®.  This unique metal gives Neue Schule’s bits unique properties, including the highest thermal conductivity of any bit, meaning the metal quickly reaches the same temperature as the horse’s mouth.  It also creates no bioavailability, so there is no taste for the horse, which promotes comfort, relaxation, and softness in the horse’s mouth. 

All of these properties combined create Neue Schule’s legacy of exceptional bits for all disciplines of riders. Neue Schule’s dedication to creating the best bit on the market stems from the goal of improving communication and performance for both horse and rider, and many of the top professionals in the world have discovered the Neue Schule advantage.  With the addition of Pavicic and Graves, Neue Schule continues to build their following of international riders and provide the best bits on the market to equestrians around the world. 

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and the company’s United States Distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit at http://www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: Karen Pavicic.  (Photo courtesy of Equinius International)

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Neue Schule ‘Best Hands’ Award: Riders Can Take the Reins

Neue Schule ‘Best Hands’ Award: Riders Can Take the Reins

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule ‘Best Hands’ Award: Riders Can Take the Reins

Wellington, FL (January 9, 2014)–  ‘Feel.’  Riders know it when they see it and so does Neue Schule.  To recognize such a coveted skill, Neue Schule will present the Best Hands Award during the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI series, January 8 – March 30, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.  Each Best Hands Award winner will be presented with a set of reins.        

“Neue Schule wants to recognize both riders who strive for perfect connection between their hand and the bit and those demonstrating that excellent connection,” says Mette Larsen, whose Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery is the U.S. and Canadian dealer of the UK-based ergonomic bits.

“This is our first year as a sponsor. It’s a privilege to be among such wonderful horses and riders and to be supporting its dynamic international community,” said Larsen.  “This is exactly where Neue Schule Bits belong.”

A favorite bit of many international riders, including U.S. World Cup Dressage veteran Kathy Connelly, Neue Schule offers a variety of bits with an unsurpassed level of design and fit.  The newly designed Comfy Contact Eggbutt and Comfy Contact Baucher unite metal alloys with a revolutionary side-to-side responsiveness.  This allows the rider to soften the poll and jaw, alleviating issues like coming ‘above’ the bit or locking up against contact.  Neue Schule applied advanced technology, superior design and the needs of both horse and rider to create a superior bit.

Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standards.                  

Learn more about Metlar and Neue Schule at www.metlar-us.com or call (631) 252-5574.

 

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Photo: Neue Schule will present the Best Hands Award during the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)

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U.S. Neue Schule Bit Distributor Mette Larsen Takes USDF KWPN Adult Amateur Intermediare I Crown

U.S. Neue Schule Bit Distributor Mette Larsen Takes USDF KWPN Adult Amateur Intermediare I Crown

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

U.S. Neue Schule Bit Distributor Mette Larsen Takes USDF KWPN Adult Amateur Intermediare I Crown

 

Riverhead, NY (December 30, 2013) – Consistency in performance is the goal of good dressage and it’s exactly what Mette Larsen and Ulivi delivered to win the USDF KWPN All Breed Adult Amateur Championship in Intermediare I.  Last year, the pair also took the KWPN All Breed Adult Amateur Championship in Prix St. Georges, and the Reserve Championship in the Intermediare-1.

 

Ask Larsen, who owns Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery in Riverhead, New York, the secret to success and she’ll say trust and communication. She purchased Ulivi as a three year-old and, despite her status as ‘amateur,’ has brought the horse through all levels of his training, resulting last year in a USDF championship as well as the KWPN Adult Amateur Prix St. George Champion and Intermediare-I reserve title.

 

But the part of the story behind why this horse and rider communicate so well begins in Germany in 2011, when Larsen visited the International Trade Fair for Equestrian Sports (SPOGA) and discovered Neue Schule Bits. Larsen, a doctor who specializes in geriatric medicine (as well as dressage competitor), saw the potential to the ergonomic design and decided to see how Ulivi might go in one.

 

“Neue Schule’s bits fit Ulivi better than any other, and so improved our ability to communicate, and therefore perform.  He was softer in the bridle, and more responsive, which took our training and showing to the next level,” she says.

 

The results were so immediate in Ulivi’s comfort and willingness to work that Larsen switched all her horses to Neue Schule Bits. “I liked the fact that the bits are designed with the latest in engineering and computer-aided design (CAD), and use a unique metal alloy called Salox Gold that was specifically developed for horses.”

 

In 2012, as Ulivi’s dressage star kept rising, Larsen took her enthusiasm for the bits she had discovered in Germany a step further.  She became the US and Canadian distributor for Neue Schule Bits: “These bits make sense. These are now the only bits in my tack room.”  Alongside a growing collection of dressage trophies and tricolors.

 

Long Island-based Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standards. Learn more about Metlar and Neue Schule Bits at www.metlar-us.com or call (631) 252-5574.

 

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Photo: Mette Larsen and Ulivi.  (Photo courtesy of Mette Larsen)

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Riders Up! For the Neue Schule Bits Clear Round Bonus

Riders Up! For the Neue Schule Bits Clear Round Bonus

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Riders Up! For the Neue Schule Bits Clear Round Bonus

 

Riverhead, NY (November 22, 2013) – Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Show Series riders now have one more great reason to go clear this season: the High Schooling Jumpers Division Clear Round Bonus, sponsored by Neue Schule Bits.

 

“For each clear round ribbon won in that division during the Holiday circuit shows, the riders will have their names entered into a drawing to win the Neue Schule Bit of their choice,” says Neue Schule U.S. distributor, Mette Larsen, of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery.  “This is a great way to recognize exceptional performance, which is what we strive for in creating and selling Neue Schule bits.”

 

The traditional precursor to the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Equestrian Sport Production (ESP) Holiday Show Series features six weeks of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, beginning November 27 and continuing through January 5, 2014.  The Holiday & Horses CSI-W2* launches the series with Saturday Night Under the Lights, November 30, and a World Cup qualifying Grand Prix. Sunday afternoon will feature a USHJA International Hunter Derby. FEI international and other show jumping divisions will be presented throughout the week.

 

Neue Schule Bits are the bit of choice for show jumping riders like World Cup and Nations Cup veteran, Todd Minikus of Homeland, Florida.  Minikus, who won the $30,000 Open Jumper Classic on Quality Girl at the 2013 I Love New York Horse Show, likes the way the bits keep him connected to his horses.

 

“My favorite is the loose ring because it works well for daily schooling,” said Minikus.  “The lightweight construction and way they fit nicely and smoothly in the mouth have helped improve communication between me and my horses.”

 

At the conclusion of the Holiday Show Series, the one lucky Neue Schule Clear Round Bonus winner drawn will have plenty of loose ring – and other bits – to choose from, such as the NS Tranz Angled Snaffle with ‘sweet-spot lozenge’ or NS Team Up Snaffle with unique ergonomically curved design.

 

Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standards.

 

Learn more about Metlar and Neue Schule Bits at www.metlar-us.com or call (631) 252-5574.

 

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Photo: Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Show Series riders now have one more great reason to go clear this season: the High Schooling Jumpers Division Clear Round Bonus, sponsored by Neue Schule Bits.  (Photo courtesy of Sportfot)

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Kathy Connelly Welcomed as Neue Schule Ambassador

Kathy Connelly Welcomed as Neue Schule Ambassador

For Immediate Release-

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Kathy Connelly Welcomed as Neue Schule Ambassador

 

Riverhead, NY (November 13, 2013)  – “These bits are real performance enhancers,” says FEI dressage rider, trainer, coach and ‘S’ level judge, Kathy Connelly, of Elysium Farm in Harvard, MA about her enthusiastic endorsement of Neue Schule Bits. “These bits are tops!”

 

Connelly has won national titles at all the FEI levels including the U.S. Grand Prix and U.S. World Cup Championships, has represented America at the World Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was the highest-placed member of the Grand Prix bronze medal team at the North American Championships. Mentored by the late German trainer Herbert Rehbein and trained by Ernst Bachinger, current Director of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Connelly has always selected and trained her own horses.

 

“Since each horse is a new journey for the rider, it is important that the partnership is good,” says Connelly, who specializes in training piaffe and passage on the long lines.  She understands that, in order for a horse to execute the precision of dressage correctly, its attention must be focused on its rider or trainer, and free of uncomfortable distraction.

 

“Overall, I think the bits are fantastic.  The horses seem to love them.  They are lightweight and comfortable.  I especially like them because Neue Schule offers many variations of bits, which gives an opportunity to accommodate the unique conformation of a horse’s mouth.  Because horses’ mouths vary greatly according to the interdental space and distance between the upper and lower bones, and palate.”

 

Perfect for the dressage rider, Neue Schule bits unite metal alloys with high degrees of copper (to encourage sweet, moist mouths) with revolutionary side-to-side responsiveness in its bit barrels to soften the jaw and poll and dispel score-lowering issues such as coming above the bit or locking against contact.

 

Connelly learned of Neue Schule through Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery in Riverhead, NY, the US and Canadian distributor of Neue Schule bits, when Larsen was using the bits to address tension issues in her own horse, Ulivi. The results spoke for themselves: Larsen and Ulivi were 2012 USDF KWPN Adult Amateur Horse of the Year champions in Prix St Georges and reserve in Intermediare I.

 

“Solving the problem of engineering a horse bit whose central barrel did not lock when contact was taken seemed impossible,” recalled Larsen. “Prior to Neue Schule’s revolutionary design, all barrelled bits, such as the Billy Allen, locked up when contact was taken.  This unique ‘revolving barrel’ encourages relaxed acceptance, causing a horse to soften through the jaw, poll and top line, promoting throughness and a more harmonious partnership.”

 

The Neue Schule mouthpiece is also excellent for horses with minimal space between the tongue and upper palate. Larsen explained: “It benefits horses with a shortened distance from the corner of their lip to the muzzle, as it will sit further back in the mouth to discourage over-activity and tongue evasion.

The revolving barrel utilizes the thicker, center of the tongue to promote feel, response and acceptance while maximizing control and lift in the shoulder.”

 

Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standard.  Learn more about Metlar – Neue Schule Bits at www.metlar-us.com or call, 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: Neue Schule bits is proud to welcome Kathy Connelly as a Neue Schule Ambassador. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Connelly)

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Dressage Rider “JJ” Tate Named Neue Schule Ambassador

Dressage Rider “JJ” Tate Named Neue Schule Ambassador

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Dressage Rider “JJ” Tate Named Neue Schule Ambassador

 

Riverhead, NY (November 8, 2013) – Jessica Jo “JJ” Tate of Riveredge West in Chesapeke City, MD is the latest internationally acclaimed dressage rider and trainer to be named a Neue Schule Bits Ambassador.

 

“Overall, I think these are the best bits on the market. The lightness of the material, and the design and comfort, are top class. Whether a horse likes to take hold of the bit or chomps nervously, Neue Schule has what I am looking for,” says this former protege of Charles de Kunffy, who described Tate as “one of the most talented riders of the thousands I have ever taught. JJ represents the rare bounty of body, mind and soul all serving the horse’s well-being and evolution to top athletic performance.”

 

“My horses salivate more and give me a better connection overall,” says Tate, who has two horses on the USEF Developing Riders list and has kept a busy schedule since the Festival of Champions and USEF High Performance National Championships training under U.S. Dressage Olympian and coach, Robert Dover, with an eye on qualifying for the USDF Nationals plus launching a new stallion at Grand Prix on the Florida winter circuit.

 

“I feel like the energy comes through their bodies easier when they can accept a bit and feel comfortable in the mouth. Neue Schule gives me the feeling that my horses are happy in their mouths and therefore, their minds. When a horse feels constricted in the hand, everything about them is affected. My horses move better because they brace against the bit less.”

 

Tate says the benefits from Neue Schule bits comes straight from her horses’ mouths. “My young mare, Summersby, that I plan to show at Third and Fourth Level this coming season, loves her NS Eggbutt! I love the Tranz Angled Lozenge Eggbutt too because, for horses shy about stepping into contact, this really helps them seek it.”

 

The new Neue Schule Bits Ambassador is also ready to step up to a busy winter season: “I hope to be campaigning a new stallion at Grand Prix, as well as moving Faberge up to Grand Prix.” Faberge, or ‘Fiji’ for short, is a 2003 Westphalen gelding owned by Elizabeth Guarisco-Wolf that Tate rode to the 2009 USEF Developing Six Year-Old Reserve Championship and is partnered with her on the Developing Rider list.

 

Neue Schule bits offer superior fit between the tongue and upper palate. The ergonomic design works with shortened ‘smiles’ (distance from the corner of the lip to the muzzle) by sitting further back in the mouth while its unique revolving barrel ‘sweetens’ the thicker center of the tongue to promote feel and acceptance, and lift through the shoulder.

 

Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standards.

 

Learn more about Metlar and Neue Schule Bits at www.metlar-us.com or call (631) 252-5574.

 

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Photo: Dressage rider Jessica Jo (JJ) Tate is now a Neue Schule Amabassador. (Photo courtesy of Richard Malmgren)

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Nicholas Fyffe Named as Neue Schule Bits Ambassador

Nicholas Fyffe Named as Neue Schule Bits Ambassador

For Immediate Release-                           

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Nicholas Fyffe Named as Neue Schule Bits Ambassador

 

Wellington, FL (October 14, 2013)  Neue Schule bits is excited to announce that they have recently named renowned dressage rider, Nicholas Fyffe, as an official ambassador for their unique and ergonomically designed bits.  Fyffe, who relocated to Wellington, Florida, from his native Australia where he was a member of the Australian Dressage Team, said he is proud to represent Neue Schule bits, and is very impressed with the results he has gotten from the wide variety he has already used.

“Truthfully, I am cautious to try new equipment on my horses,” Fyffe admitted, “but as soon as I tried Neue Schule bits, I noticed significant and positive responses.  Thanks to such a diverse selection of Neue Schule bits, as well as variations in thickness and ring size, I’ve found the perfect bits for each of my horses ranging from three year old stallions through to seasoned FEI horses.”

Fyffe explains that he is also impressed with the science behind the design of each Neue Schule bit, and was excited with the opportunity to learn more about the reasons behind why the bits actually improve his riding, training and relationship with his horses.  He feels this learning process fits well with his philosophy that has lead him to success as an equestrian. “The thirst for knowledge and experience in this all consuming lifestyle of dressage has taken me across the globe,” Fyffe described about his dressage career, “During international competitions, training and teaching pursuits, I have trekked each state in Australia, to New Zealand, South Africa, throughout Europe and now, North America.”  In 2010, Fyffe relocated to Wellington, FL, and until 2012, was the assistant trainer to top international rider, Oded Shimoni based at Stillpoint Farm.  He is also the rider and trainer of Robert Dover’s talented PRE stallion, Fiero HGF.  During the past two Winter Equestrian Festivals held in Wellington, Fyffe has won with scores over 70% at all levels ranging from three year old Materiale classes through to Intermediare 1.  “There is a lot of complicated science behind the makeup of these bits,” he continued, “but I just see and feel the results.  This was especially clear with my five year old PRE stallion, Fiero HGF.  Even before I started riding, I noticed that his mouth was quieter and he salivated more freely due to the makeup of the metal.”  Fyffe went on, “Fiero HGF has a small mouth, but the ergonomic design of the Neue Schule Team Up snaffle sits still and quiet, and he is clearly more comfortable.  This has allowed me to find the optimum balance between lightness and security within the contact.”

Fyffe has also found success with other designs, and loves learning more about the various bits that Neue Schule offers. “I am a big fan of the Neue Schule Starter Weymouth, too,” he stated, “and I now have complete confidence that Fiero HGF will make the transition into the double bridle easily with the Neue Schule bits.  The broad range of Neue Schule bits allows me to be more effective as a competitive dressage rider,” Fyffe added, “This is the very reason I’m very proud to be an ambassador for this cutting edge company!”

Neue Schule is especially pleased to be sponsoring Fyffe because of the example he sets for all equestrians to empower themselves through knowledge and learning in order to improve their riding and relationship with their horses. In fact, Neue Schule makes this learning process easier by including product tags on each bit explaining their particular function and purpose.  Through these tags, equestrians can relate the technical aspects of each bit to how it applies to their individual horse and riding discipline.  Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery is the US Distributor for Neue Schule. She explains that the product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help solve potential problems “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” says Larsen, “Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, etc.  The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.” Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design(CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy that promotes salivation, acceptance and communication.

More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com

 

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Photo: Dressage rider Nicholas Fyffe is now a Neue Schule Ambassador. (Photo courtesy of Nicholas Fyffe)

 

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Neue Schule Bits Welcomes Show Jumping Sensation Candice King as Ambassador

Neue Schule Bits Welcomes Show Jumping Sensation Candice King as Ambassador

For Immediate Release-                           

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Bits Welcomes Show Jumping Sensation Candice King as Ambassador

West Palm Beach, FL (October 8, 2013) –  Neue Schule bits recently announced that US show jumping extraordinaire, Candice King, is now one of their endorsed riders and Neue Schule Ambassadors.  King, who was featured in a Ride & Learn educational program sponsored by Neue Schule during the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival is thrilled about their new relationship.

“A bit is really important because it helps me communicate with my horses,” stated King, “I especially like Neue Schule bits because they are very welcoming to the horse. When in a Neue Schule, they are very content and willing to work, and I like how they sit in the horse’s mouth,” she added.

King explains that she has found success with Neue Schule’s Tranz Angled Lozenge Full Cheek after working with it on her Grand Prix mount, Campbell VDL (Cassini I x Carpaccio).  “He’s got a really soft mouth, so for him, it’s very important to have a bit he’s comfortable with,” she describes, “Having the full cheek helps me steer, and he’s very comfortable with the type of metal that it is.  Working with Neue Schule has been a pleasure,” she stated. “I’m happy with how the bits work and how the horses accept them, but on top of that, it is so nice to work with everyone at Neue Schule!”

Neue Schule bits is especially proud to be sponsoring King because of their shared interest and dedication to educating equestrians on all aspects of riding and performance as it relates to bits.  King has been a successful international competitor for over two decades, representing the United States in 13 Nation’s Cup competitions around the world.  Amongst numerous notable accomplishments, King was the top placed US rider at the 2001 FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was the first American rider since 1968 to win the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the Royal International Horse Show in England.

Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery is the US and Canadian Distributor for Neue Schule bits. She explains that the bits are anatomically designed for the horse’s mouth and create a better platform for the rider-horse connection. “We look forward to working more with Candice, as she experiences the full selection of these amazing bits,” Larsen said.  Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design(CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique copper alloy that promotes acceptance and communication. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” she continued, “ Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, etc.  The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.”

More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com

 

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Photo: Neue Schule bits is proud to welcome show jumper Candice King as a Neue Schule Ambassador. (Photo courtesy of Candice King)

 

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Neue Schule Bits Endorsed by Todd Minikus

Neue Schule Bits Endorsed by Todd Minikus

For Immediate Release –

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Bits Endorsed by Todd Minikus

 

Riverhead, NY (September 5, 2013) – Communication is everything between a horse and rider. Just ask America’s 2001 Horseman of the Year, Todd Minikus, who credits his horses and team with helping him forge an impressive career highlighted by more than 75 Grand Prix wins, five FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals, and six U.S. Nations Cup teams. Currently, the Loxahatchee, Florida horseman’s equines include  Quality Girl, his winning partner in the July 4 $30,000 Open Jumper Classic at the I Love New York Horse Show and the clear communication he needs to negotiate the challenging courses, he finds with Neue Schule Bits.

         

My overall impression of Neue Schule bits is that they are well-crafted, with  construction of the horse’s mouth in mind, and made from high quality, lightweight material that is both durable and comfortable for the horse,” said Minikus, who has recently been named a U.S. and Canadian Ambassador for Neue Schule, endorsing the ergonomically-designed bits available through North American distributor, Mette Larsen, of Metlar Saddlery, in Riverhead at the ‘fork’ of New York’s Long Island.

 

“My favorite bit is the loose ring because it works well for daily schooling,” he cited specifically.  “The lightweight construction and the way Neue Schule bits fit nicely and smoothly in the mouth have helped improve communication between me and my horses.”

 

Neue Schule offers several loose ring snaffle bit choices including the NS Tranz Angled Snaffle whose ‘lozenge’ rolls to the tongue’s sweet spot to reward a horse for taking contact; NS Team Up Snaffle with an ergonomically curved design to gently distribute pressure and align with the palate, and the dressage-approved Verbindend for extra lift that helps minimizes tongue evasion.

 

“We have been rooting for Todd all summer,” said Larsen, “as he has been laying down great rides – and wins – with Quality Girl and Udonnay Z.  Great communication starts with good schooling… and Neue Schule.”

         

Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standard.  Learn more about Metlar – Neue Schule Bits at www.metlar-us.com or call, 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery and Todd Minikus. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)

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Mette Larsen Shares Important Information and Advice About Neue Schule Bits As Featured Guest on Horse Radio Network’s Dressage Radio Show

Mette Larsen Shares Important Information and Advice About Neue Schule Bits As Featured Guest on Horse Radio Network’s Dressage Radio Show

For Immediate Release-                           

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Mette Larsen Shares Important Information and Advice About Neue Schule Bits As Featured Guest on Horse Radio Network’s Dressage Radio Show

 

West Palm Beach, FL (August 21, 2013) When it comes to discussing bits, dressage riders everywhere usually have something important to talk about.  However, very few riders have the level of experience and knowledge about the latest technical advances in bits that equestrian Mette Larsen has.  As the owner of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the US and Canadian distributor of Neue Schule Bits, Larsen knows a bit or two about this topic, which she recently shared during an interview on the Horse Radio Network’s Dressage Radio Show.  On the program, she spoke with hosts Reese Koffler-Stanfield and Phillip Parkes about how the right bit can make horses so happy that “they become new horses!”  This fun interview is a “must listen” for any dressage rider who wants to improve their riding and their horse’s performance.  Larsen eloquently describes the science and reasons behind why the bit is so important in horse-rider communication, and how Neue Schule has designed their bits, down to every minute detail, to keep horses performing at their best.

Larsen shares her background with Neue Schule and their shared passion to put the horses first when designing their products.  She discusses the special metal alloys used in manufacturing the bits, and how they have produced the highest thermal conductivity of any bit on the market. This means that Neue Schule bits becomes the same temperature of the horse’s mouth faster than any other bit available.  She also discusses the Computer Animated Design (CAD) technology used by Neue Schule, the different bits available and how they can be customized to solve most problems, as well as the benefits and comparisons of Loose Ring versus Fixed Cheek snaffles, and so much more.

During the discussion, Larsen describes the how the Neue Schule Verbindend greatly emphasizes the signals through the rein.  By encouraging clarity of the aids, the freedom through the shoulder can be developed, thus promoting self carriage and thoroughness.  The NS Verbindend eradicates tongue evasions by creating a channel for the tongue to lie in, allowing the horse to soften and relax through the jaw.  This mouthpiece can also enhance the development of the bend for lateral work and smaller circles.  This is especially useful for pleasure riders who desire to establish a lighter, softer way of going.

Neue Schule bits have been wowing and winning over some of the top riders in the world …and their horses.  The news and information about these ergonomically designed bits is spreading fast, and benefitting many equestrians and performance horses. In addition, Neue Schule is making it easier for riders of all disciplines to understand and select the perfect bit to meet their goals.  Through visiting the website, watching the many YouTube videos and through the guidance of the product tags on each bit explaining their particular function and purpose, equestrians can relate the technical aspects of each bit to how it applies to their individual horse and riding discipline.

“The better designed the bit is, the better it is for the rider and the horse,” says Larsen. “Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, including pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, etc.  The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.”

Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design(CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique copper alloy that promotes acceptance and communication.  For more information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com

 

Listeners can tune into The Horse Radio Network to hear the full interview at anytime by going to www.horseradionetwork.com and clicking on The Dressage Radio Show – Episode 219.  Or by going to this direct link:  http://www.horseradionetwork.com/2013/08/10/dressage-radio-episode-219-bit-talk-and-horses-heavy-in-the-bridle/

 

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Photo: Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the US distributor of Neue Schule bits, recently discussed Neue Schule on The Horse Radio Network.  (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)

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David Marcus Happy to Be a Neue Schule Ambassador

David Marcus Happy to Be a Neue Schule Ambassador

For Immediate Release-

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

David Marcus Happy to Be a Neue Schule Ambassador

 

Riverhead, NY (August 15, 2013) – “I had a horse sent in for training that had a tendency to cross his jaw while ridden. I tried him in the Neue Schule Tranz Angled Lozenge Baucher and this issue immediately disappeared. It was instantaneous. I was sold,” says 2012 Canadian Olympic Dressage veteran David Marcus.

 

Marcus, who earlier this year captured the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI-W Global Dressage Festival, the Individual Bronze medal at the CDIO3* Wellington Dressage Nations Cup, and a Grand Prix hattrick at the CDI-3* Rookwood, has seen noticeable improvement in the comfort and compliance of his equine partners since introducing them to Neue Schule Bits.

 

“I have had the most success so far with the Neue Schule Pacifier Weymouth, on my Olympic horse, Chrevi’s Capital. Capital has a small mouth and since changing him to this curb he’s been happier and softer.”

 

Chrevi’s Capital, owned by Deborah Kinzinger, is the 13-year-old dark bay Danish Warmblood gelding Marcus rode on the Canadian dressage squad at the 2012 London Olympic Games and, most recently, rode to the Grand Prix and Grand Prix win at the 2013 CDI3* Angelstone International in Ontario.

 

“I have enjoyed using the range of bits from Neue Schule. Overall, they are the most ergonomically-designed, lightweight bits I have ever encountered. The horses are all very happy in them and for me that is the biggest test.”

 

The Omaha, Nebraska-born horseman represented the U.S. in five North American Young Rider Championships and earned its prestigious Captain Andrew B. De Szinay Sportsmanship Award before becoming a Canadian citizen in 2011. He knows the importance of comfortable and consistent horses on the road to the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

 

“My next step is to compete in the Saugerties (NY) and Devon (PA) CDI’s in preparation for Florida and – ultimately — the World Games,” he says.

 

“Neue Schule Bits are ready to ride with David every step of the way to Normandy,” says North American Neue Schule Bits distributor, Mette Larsen, of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery in Riverhead, NY.

 

“Between Capital, and his Nations Cup Bronze medal stablemate, Don Kontes (also owned by Kinzinger), Marcus has a horse for every test and now, he has a bit for every horse.”

         

Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standard.  Learn more about Metlar – Neue Schule Bits at www.metlar-us.com or call, 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: Canadian Olympic dressage rider and Neue Schule Ambassador David Marcus. (Photo courtesy of David Marcus Dressage)

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International Dressage Superstars Steffen and Shannon Peters Named Neue Schule Ambassadors

International Dressage Superstars Steffen and Shannon Peters Named Neue Schule Ambassadors

For Immediate Release-                

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

International Dressage Superstars Steffen and Shannon Peters Named Neue Schule Ambassadors

 

Wellington, FL (July 22, 2013)  Neue Schule bits is excited to announce that they have recently named renowned equestrians, Steffen and Shannon Peters, as official ambassadors of their unique and ergonomically designed bits.  The Peters said they are thrilled to represent Neue Schule and are very impressed with the bits because of the design and comfort, and especially because of the better feeling they experience in the connection with their horses.  “The horses readily accept them,” states Shannon Peters, “even those who we’ve had difficulty fitting in the past, we can now find the most appropriate and comfortable bit that is perfect for each horse.  We are particularly impressed with the Verbinden bradoons and snaffles, as well as the Aachen and Pacifier Curbs,” she adds.

The Peters own Arroyo Del Mar, a world-class training and boarding facility located in beautiful San Diego, which is home to approximately 65 horses currently in training there.  Together, the couple brings over 20 years of high level equestrian experience to all they do.  Steffen Peters is by far one of the most well known names in the sport of dressage worldwide.  He has competed in three Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.  Peters has been successful in other numerous international competitions, including winning team bronze at the 2006 World Equestrian Games, two individual bronze medals at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and individual and team gold at the 2011 Pan Am Games.  Ravel, the world famous horse upon which Peters won many of these titles, was recently retired in 2012.  Peters is continuing to strive toward equestrian excellence with his sights set on the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games in Normandy, and is proud to represent his country on the US Team.  He is also very excited to have the support of Neue Schule bits helping him and his horses achieve their best. “The horses are softer in the connection because of the comfort of the Neue Schule bits which leads to a better overall feeling in the topline,” Peters explains.  “We just love them!”

The Peters’ attention to detail and dedication to finding the best fitting, most effective, and most comfortable equipment for their horses make them a perfect match for Neue Schule.  To make it easier for all riders to solve their bitting problems, all of Neue Schule’s bits have product tags explaining their particular function and purpose so that equestrians can relate the technical aspects of each bit to how it applies to their individual horse and riding discipline.

Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery is the US and Canadian distributor for Neue Schule. She explains that the new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help solve potential problems.  “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” says Larsen, “Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, etc.  The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride.”  Neue Schule’s line of bits range from $134.50-$339, and are a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design(CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy.

More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com

 

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Photo: Neue Schule bits is excited to announce that they have recently named renowned equestrians, Steffen and Shannon Peters, as official ambassadors of their unique and ergonomically designed bits. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Peters)

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Olympic Dressage Rider Heather Blitz Impressed by Horses’ Performance With Neue Schule Bits

Olympic Dressage Rider Heather Blitz Impressed by Horses’ Performance With Neue Schule Bits

For Immediate Release-

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Olympic Dressage Rider Heather Blitz Impressed by Horses’ Performance With Neue Schule Bits

West Palm Beach, FL (July 16, 2013) Neue Schule bits is happy to announce that they have signed Olympic team reserve and Pan American gold medalist, Heather Blitz as a Neue Schule Ambassador.  Blitz, who is now the resident head trainer at Cutler Farm Dressage near Boston, was impressed with the Neue Schule bits and is excited to have Neue Schule supporting her as she and her horse, Paragon, campaign toward the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games in Normandy.  In addition to Paragon, Blitz has two other horses training in Neue Schule bits, and is extremely impressed with how technically advanced these products actually are.

“The main thing I like is the design,” Blitz explains about Neue Schule, “It’s ergonomically smart for the horse’s mouth, and keeps the pressure off the bars. It really glides in his mouth!” she adds.  Blitz pays particular attention to the ergonomics of everything related to her horses and riding. Because of her in-depth training with Mary Wanless and her understanding of equine bio-mechanics, she realizes that every detail matters when working with a high-performance horse.  “The size of the Neue Schule bit and the weight of the material are perfect,” she describes. “The conductivity of the metal alloy allows the bit to reach the same temperature as the mouth much more quickly than other bits we’ve used, and makes a big difference for the horse.  The lightweight design and the fit are amazing,” Blitz continues, “but mostly I just love how my horse goes in it.”

Neue Schule bits is especially proud to be sponsoring Blitz because of her dedication to understanding the comfort and performance of the horse, and also because of her willingness to teach others about its importance. In fact, Neue Schule is making it easier for all riders to relate the technical aspects of bits to their own horses and riding by including product tags on each bit explaining their particular function and purpose.  These tags make it easier for riders to understand the the functionality of each bit and to better make educated choices on what is best for their horses.

Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, which is the US Distributor for Neue Schule, explains that the new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help solve potential problems.  “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” says Larsen, “Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, and so on.  The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.”

Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design(CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy that encourages salivation, acceptance, and communication.  Neue Schule’s line of superior comfort bits for sporthorses range from $125-$360 and are available at a number of retailers including The Horse of Course, Inc. and The Tackeria.

More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com

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Photo: Heather Blitz and Paragon. (Photo courtesy of Heather Blitz)

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Grand Prix Jumper Danielle Goldstein Joins Neue Schule Bits as an Ambassador

Grand Prix Jumper Danielle Goldstein Joins Neue Schule Bits as an Ambassador

For Immediate Release-                           

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Grand Prix Jumper Danielle Goldstein Joins Neue Schule Bits as an Ambassador

West Palm Beach, FL (June 27, 2013) –  Neue Schule bits is excited to announce that Grand Prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein, who has recently embarked on her European tour while she continues to train for the Israeli national team, has become a Neue Schule Ambassador.  Goldstein prefers Neue Schule as the bit-of-choice for her horses, and became familiar with Neue Schule’s dedication to education, a passion she shares, when Mette Larsen was a speaker during the International Equestrian Education program – a program that Goldstein herself designed. Neue Schule is proud to accompany and support Goldstein on her quest for international equestrian success as she competes in Europe and gears up to ride in the Maccabiah Games in July.

Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery is the US and Canadian Distributor for Neue Schule. She explained that the bits are anatomically designed for the horse’s mouth and create a better platform for the rider-horse connection. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” said Larsen, “ Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, etc.  The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.”

Goldstein agrees and has experienced these benefits of Neue Schule bits herself.  “The horses are much softer and less fussy, which is a godsend!” she describes.  “I ride my horse, Holly GoLightly, in the Neue Schule Swale.  Holly tends to be very heavy and fussy, and now, she holds her head much steadier without dragging me or coming totally out of a frame.”   Goldstein continues, “I totally love all of them, and I plan on practicing and showing in a number of different styles this year.  My favorite to ride at home is the Waterford Universal 3 ring and Baucher.”

Neue Shule has now made it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by including informational tags on each product.  These new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help address and solve potential problems each individual horse may be experiencing. Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy with an increased conductivity that promotes acceptance and salivation.

For Goldstein, this same level of innovation, determination and passion has been a driving force throughout her entire life, and she has contributed much of her visionary talent to developing innovative projects that support and grow the equestrian industry in the US. In addition to creating and managing Starwyn Farms in Wellington, Goldstein also developed a groundbreaking International Equestrian Education (IEE) series. The IEE program was offered for the first time this year when she worked in conjunction with the Winter Equestrian Festival to launch this exciting 5 week long course.  She explains how the IEE is designed to provide valuable knowledge, understanding and insight for young riders and adult amateur equestrians, as well as many others involved at all levels of the equine industry.

More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com

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Photo: Show Jumper Danielle Goldstein is joining the ranks as an ambassador for Neue Schule bits. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Goldstein)

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Bit by Bit, Neue Schule Supports Important Aspects of the Equestrian Industry

Bit by Bit, Neue Schule Supports Important Aspects of the Equestrian Industry

For Immediate Release-                           

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Bit by Bit, Neue Schule Supports Important Aspects of the Equestrian Industry

 

West Palm Beach, FL (June 27, 2013)  –  Ever since they made their North American debut last fall, Neue Schule has been supporting many important equestrian events and educational programs on this side of the pond, bit by bit.  Using the latest, state of the art designing techniques, Neue Schule bits are wowing and winning over some of the top riders in the world …and their horses.  The news and information about these ergonomically designed bits is spreading fast, and benefitting many aspects of the horse industry. The most recent examples are Neue Schule’s participation in the American Horse Publications Student Fund Silent Auction as well as the Potomac Valley Dressage Association’s Ride for Life benefitting the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center.  Neue Schule donated a 5.50” 16mm Verbindend Snaffle to each event for their silent auctions, helping to raise money for these important causes.

The AHP Student Fund encourages young people who want to become a part of the equine media and publishing industry.  Neue Schule recognizes the value of sharing information and education through the media, and was very proud to support this fund. The Student Fund silent auction was held during the AHP “Meet at the Peak” 2013 seminar in Colorado Springs, CO, where attendees were able to take advantage some of the amazing attractions this beautiful area of the country has to offer.  Visiting Pikes Peak, the US Olympic Training Center and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame was on many people’s list of things to do.  The opportunity to take a special trail ride through The Garden of the Gods was also a highlight of the AHP seminar.  Lori Lambert of Holistic.com was the winner of the Verbindend at the AHP ‘Meet at the Peak’; Lambert had heard of the Neue Schule bits and was excited to try them on her dressage and event horse.

During this same weekend on the other side of the country, Neue Schule was especially proud to support the Potomac Valley Dressage Association’s (PVDA) Ride for Life.  This annual weekend family event is held in the Baltimore/Washington area to raise funds for breast cancer research and to improve the lives of those affected and their loved ones.  Since its inception in 2004, the event has raised over $490,000 for the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center.  The event coincides with a licensed dressage show sponsored by the PVDA, and features one of the premier equestrian nights on the East Coast.  Its Saturday evening Dancing Horse Challenge is a lyrical blend of dance, music, lights and equestrian prowess woven into a touching and theatrical performance.  With performances by international and national riders and Olympians, the Dancing Horse Challenge becomes a call to all to heal, to give, and most importantly to celebrate life!  It is this level of dedication the equestrian industry offers that Neue Schule is proud to support.

Neue Schule bits selected their Verbindend snaffle bit to donate to the auctions.  The NS Verbindend greatly emphasizes the signals through the rein.  By encouraging clarity of the aids, and promoting a true outline, the freedom through the shoulder can be developed, thus promoting self carriage and thoroughness.  The NS Verbindend eradicates tongue evasions by creating a channel for the tongue to lie in, allowing the horse to soften and relax through the jaw.  This mouthpiece can also enhance the development of the bend for lateral work and smaller circles.  This is especially useful for pleasure riders who desire to establish a lighter, softer way of going.

Neue Schule is making it easier for riders of all disciplines to understand and select the perfect bit to meet their goals.  By including product tags on each bit explaining their particular function and purpose, equestrians can relate the technical aspects of each bit to how it applies to their individual horse and riding discipline.  Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery is the US Distributor for Neue Schule. She explains that the new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help solve potential problems “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” says Larsen, “ Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, etc.  The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.” Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design(CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy that promotes salivation, acceptance and communication.

More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com

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Photo:  Mette Larsen of Metlar Performance Saddlery, the US and Canadian distributor for Neue Schule bits, donated two Verbindends to help support the equestrian industry.  (Photo courtesy of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery)

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Grand Prix Jumper Danielle Goldstein Joins Neue Schule Bits as an Ambassador

Grand Prix Jumper Danielle Goldstein Joins Neue Schule Bits as an Ambassador

For Immediate Release-                         

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

Grand Prix Jumper Danielle Goldstein Joins Neue Schule Bits as an Ambassador

West Palm Beach, FL (June 27, 2013) – Neue Schule bits is excited to announce that Grand Prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein, who has recently embarked on her European tour while she continues to train for the Israeli national team, has become a Neue Schule Ambassador.  Goldstein prefers Neue Schule as the bit-of-choice for her horses, and became familiar with Neue Schule’s dedication to education, a passion she shares, when Mette Larsen was a speaker during the International Equestrian Education program – a program that Goldstein herself designed. Neue Schule is proud to accompany and support Goldstein on her quest for international equestrian success as she competes in Europe and gears up to ride in the Maccabiah Games in July.

Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery is the US and Canadian Distributor for Neue Schule. She explained that the bits are anatomically designed for the horse’s mouth and create a better platform for the rider-horse connection. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” said Larsen, “ Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, etc.  The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.”

Goldstein agrees and has experienced these benefits of Neue Schule bits herself.  “The horses are much softer and less fussy, which is a godsend!” she describes.  “I ride my horse, Holly GoLightly, in the Neue Schule Swale.  Holly tends to be very heavy and fussy, and now, she holds her head much steadier without dragging me or coming totally out of a frame.”   Goldstein continues, “I totally love all of them, and I plan on practicing and showing in a number of different styles this year.  My favorite to ride at home is the Waterford Universal 3 ring and Baucher.”

Neue Shule has now made it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by including informational tags on each product.  These new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help address and solve potential problems each individual horse may be experiencing. Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy with an increased conductivity that promotes acceptance and salivation.

For Goldstein, this same level of innovation, determination and passion has been a driving force throughout her entire life, and she has contributed much of her visionary talent to developing innovative projects that support and grow the equestrian industry in the US. In addition to creating and managing Starwyn Farms in Wellington, Goldstein also developed a groundbreaking International Equestrian Education (IEE) series. The IEE program was offered for the first time this year when she worked in conjunction with the Winter Equestrian Festival to launch this exciting 5 week long course.  She explains how the IEE is designed to provide valuable knowledge, understanding and insight for young riders and adult amateur equestrians, as well as many others involved at all levels of the equine industry.

More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com

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Photo: Show Jumper Danielle Goldstein is joining the ranks as an ambassador for Neue Schule bits. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Goldstein)

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Neue Schule Introduces Two New Dressage Bits to the US

Neue Schule Introduces Two New Dressage Bits to the US

For Immediate Release-

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Introduces Two New Dressage Bits to the US

 

Riverhead, NY (May 29, 2013) – Dressage is testing enough, who couldn’t benefit from a boost in confidence, including our horses?  Now, for the horse who shirks from the bit — leading a domino-effect of performance issues such as falling in/out at the shoulder, tightness in the jaw and poll, or fixing against the hand — Neue Schule bits is putting the ‘comfy’ back in ‘contact.’

 

The Comfy Contact Eggbutt and Comfy Contact Baucher dressage bits by Neue Schule unite metal alloys, with high degrees of copper to encourage sweet, moist mouths, with a revolutionary side-to-side responsiveness in its bit barrels to soften the jaw and poll and dispel riding problems such as coming above the bit or locking up against contact.

 

How exactly does this side-to-side action work?  The U.S. distributor for Neue Schule, Mette Larsen, of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, explained how Comfy Contact action benefits of dressage competitors while introducing the line to enthusiasts at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and earlier in the year, Larsen discussed “The Perfect Fit: The Right Bit for the Job” during the 2013 Lunch & Learn Series at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

 

While dressage is only one phase of horsemanship for eventers, for FEI rider, trainer and coach, Kathy Connelly, it’s a way of life. Connelly, who represented US dressage at the World Cup and trained extensively in Europe with Herbert Rehbein, and Erst Bachinger of the Spanish Riding School, learned of Neue Schule when Larsen was using the bits to address tension issues in her own horse, Ulivi. The results spoke for themselves: Larsen and Ulivi were 2012 USDF KWPN Adult Amateur Horse of the Year champions in Prix St Georges and reserve in the Intermediare I. Connelly became a fan.

 

“Solving the problem of engineering a horse bit whose central barrel did not lock when contact was taken seemed impossible,” Larsen said. “Prior to Neue Schule’s introduction of this revolutionary design, all barrelled bits, such as the Billy Allen, locked up when contact was taken.  The unique Neue Schule ‘revolving barrel’ encourages relaxed acceptance, causing a horse to soften through the jaw, poll and top line, thus promoting throughness and a more harmonious partnership.”

 

The independent side action allows clear communication.  “For instance, if the horse if falling in,” Larsen said, “one would simply raise the inside hand in order to lift the inside shoulder. This mouthpiece is also excellent for horses that have little room between the tongue and upper palate.

 

“It also benefits horses with a ‘short smile’ or shortened distance from the corner of their lip to the muzzle, as it will sit further back in the mouth.  This will discourage over-activity and tongue evasion.

 

“The revolving barrel utilizes the thicker, less sensitive center of the tongue, i.e. the ‘sweet spot,’ thus promoting feel, response and acceptance while maximizing control and lift from the horse’s shoulder.”

 

Neue Schule has also made it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by including informational tags on each product.  These new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help address and solve potential problems each individual horse may be experiencing. Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy with an increased conductivity that promotes acceptance and salivation.  Neue Schule’s line of superior comfort bits for sporthorses range from $125-$360 and are available at a number of retailers including The Horse of Course, Inc. and The Tackeria.

 

Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standard.  Learn more about Metlar – Neue Schule Bits at www.metlar-us.com or call, 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: The Comfy Contact Eggbutt from Neue Schule. (Photo courtesy of Neue Schule)

2013 CCHE

Neue Schule Introduces Two New Dressage Bits to the US

Neue Schule Introduces Two New Dressage Bits to the US

For Immediate Release-

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Introduces Two New Dressage Bits to the US

Riverhead, NY (May 29, 2013) Dressage is testing enough, who couldn’t benefit from a boost in confidence, including our horses?  Now, for the horse who shirks from the bit — leading a domino-effect of performance issues such as falling in/out at the shoulder, tightness in the jaw and poll, or fixing against the hand — Neue Schule bits is putting the ‘comfy’ back in ‘contact.’ 

The Comfy Contact Eggbutt and Comfy Contact Baucher dressage bits by Neue Schule unite metal alloys, with high degrees of copper to encourage sweet, moist mouths, with a revolutionary side-to-side responsiveness in its bit barrels to soften the jaw and poll and dispel riding problems such as coming above the bit or locking up against contact.

How exactly does this side-to-side action work?  The U.S. distributor for Neue Schule, Mette Larsen, of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, explained how Comfy Contact action benefits of dressage competitors while introducing the line to enthusiasts at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and earlier in the year, Larsen discussed “The Perfect Fit: The Right Bit for the Job” during the 2013 Lunch & Learn Series at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

While dressage is only one phase of horsemanship for eventers, for FEI rider, trainer and coach, Kathy Connelly, it’s a way of life. Connelly, who represented US dressage at the World Cup and trained extensively in Europe with Herbert Rehbein, and Erst Bachinger of the Spanish Riding School, learned of Neue Schule when Larsen was using the bits to address tension issues in her own horse, Ulivi. The results spoke for themselves: Larsen and Ulivi were 2012 USDF KWPN Adult Amateur Horse of the Year champions in Prix St Georges and reserve in the Intermediare I. Connelly became a fan.

“Solving the problem of engineering a horse bit whose central barrel did not lock when contact was taken seemed impossible,” Larsen said. “Prior to Neue Schule’s introduction of this revolutionary design, all barrelled bits, such as the Billy Allen, locked up when contact was taken.  The unique Neue Schule ‘revolving barrel’ encourages relaxed acceptance, causing a horse to soften through the jaw, poll and top line, thus promoting throughness and a more harmonious partnership.”        

The independent side action allows clear communication.  “For instance, if the horse if falling in,” Larsen said, “one would simply raise the inside hand in order to lift the inside shoulder. This mouthpiece is also excellent for horses that have little room between the tongue and upper palate.        

“It also benefits horses with a ‘short smile’ or shortened distance from the corner of their lip to the muzzle, as it will sit further back in the mouth.  This will discourage over-activity and tongue evasion.

“The revolving barrel utilizes the thicker, less sensitive center of the tongue, i.e. the ‘sweet spot,’ thus promoting feel, response and acceptance while maximizing control and lift from the horse’s shoulder.”

Neue Schule has also made it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by including informational tags on each product.  These new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help address and solve potential problems each individual horse may be experiencing. Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy with an increased conductivity that promotes acceptance and salivation.  Neue Schule’s line of superior comfort bits for sporthorses range from $125-$360 and are available at a number of retailers including The Horse of Course, Inc. and The Tackeria.

Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standard.  Learn more about Metlar – Neue Schule Bits at www.metlar-us.com or call, 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: The Comfy Contact Eggbutt from Neue Schule. (Photo courtesy of Neue Schule)

2013 CCHE

Neue Schule Bits Debut at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Neue Schule Bits Debut at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

For Immediate Release-                         

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

MetLar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Bits Debut at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Lexington, KY (April 23, 2013) – The Neue Schule Bits will debut in Lexington this weekend during the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. VTO Saddlery with Mette Larsen, the U.S. distributor for Neue Schule will be presenting these ergonomically designed bits to the eventing world.

“We look forward to showing the selection of these amazing bits,” says Mette Larsen, “the better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse to communicate.”

VTO Saddlery will be located inside the Trade Fair of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and will have a display specifically for Neue Schule Bits. With a unique composition of metals, encouraging acceptance and communication between horse and rider, Neue Schule bits provide a warmer and softer feel in the mouth of the horse.

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has a reputation for being one of the best equine trade fairs in the nation offering the newest and most technologically advanced products available today. Using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies, Neue Schule Bits offers a solution for bitting problems and achieving overall comfort for the horse and rider.   

Neue Schule Bits have already seen success in the eventing world, as members of the British Event Team used the bits during the 2012 London Olympics. VTO Saddlery is excited to offer these bits to the thousands of Rolex spectators and eventing enthusiasts with Mette Larsen available for education and bitting demonstrations throughout the weekend.

The Neue Schule Bits are anatomically designed with the horse in mind and create a better platform for the rider-horse connection. Each bit has a unique purpose and design to offer the horse and rider combination a customized fit. The unique composition of warmer and softer metals with a very high copper content, promotes acceptance and communication. Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed and incorporate this unique metal alloy.

Larsen explains, “Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, etc. The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.” 

Metlar specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious fashion accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standard.

More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com  

 

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Photo: The Neue Schule Bits will debut in Lexington this weekend during the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. 

(Photo courtesy of Neue Schule)

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Neue Schule Bits Sweeten 2013 Equestrian Sport Productions Circuit Sponsorships

Neue Schule Bits Sweeten 2013 Equestrian Sport Productions Circuit Sponsorships

For Immediate Release-

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Bits Sweeten 2013 Equestrian Sport Productions Circuit Sponsorships

Riverhead, NY (April 3, 2013)Mette Larsen, of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery and the US distributor for Neue Schule bits, is pleased to announce that Neue Schule will be sponsoring the 2013 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday circuits, including its thrilling 4’1” and 4’3” Schooling Jumper Divisions.

Metlar has continued to “jump” at the chance to introduce hunter/jumper riders to the groundbreaking design and sensitivity Neue Schule bits offer:  “What better way,” said Larsen, “than through the support of events at such renowned venues as the circuits at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center?”

Neue Schule’s big reveal to the U.S. show jumping community began earlier this year with sponsorship of a ‘Ride and Learn’ at WEF starring show jumping champion, and winning fan and ambassador of Neue Schule Bits, Candice King. Neue Schule also presented ‘A Bit About Bits: What’s in Your Horse’s Mouth and in Your Head?’ at a March 14 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Lunch and Learn with Larsen and sports psychologist Dr. Jenny Susser leading a discussion on how the right equipment can influence your ride.

“What drew me to these bits,” Larsen said, “were their conductivity, ergonomic design and unique, patented metal alloy.  Among Neue Schule’s ‘Class of 2013’ are Israeli show jumper, Danielle Goldstein, who credits her success in her campaign to become the first woman to ride for an Israeli Olympic show jumping team to the comfort and response her horses enjoy from their Neue Schule bits.  U.S. Dressage veteran, Kathy Connelly, also praises the enlightened design of the bits and increased awareness of sensitivity in equine oral anatomy.

The warm welcome for the bits at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has launched a nine-month partnership between Neue Schule and PBIEC as sponsors for the 4’1” and 4’3” Schooling Jumper Divisions during the PBIEC Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Holiday circuits.

Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious fashion accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standard.  Learn more about Metlar – Neue Schule Bits at www.metlar-us.com or call, 631-252-5574.

 

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Photo: Mette Larsen, of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery and the US distributor for Neue Schule bits, is pleased to announce that Neue Schule will be sponsoring the 2013 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday circuits, including its thrilling 4’1” and 4’3” Schooling Jumper Divisions. During the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, they sponsored a Ride & Learn with international jumper rider Candice King.  (Photo courtesy of ManciniPhotos.com)

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Neue Schule Bits Headlines March Lunch and Learn During 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

Neue Schule Bits Headlines March Lunch and Learn During 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

For Immediate Release-

For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

MetLar – Neue Schule Bits

mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Bits Headlines March Lunch and Learn During 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, FL (March 7, 2013)  –  Neue Schule bits is proud to be supporting top riders during FTI Consulting The Winter Equestrian Festival by sponsoring the Lunch & Learn educational program entitled “The Perfect Fit: The Right Bit for the Job” on Thursday, March 13 from 11:30am – 1:00 pm as a part of the 2013 Lunch & Learn Series presented by The Office Depot.  This exciting program will feature Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the US distributor of Neue Schule bits and Dr. Jenny R. Susser, Ph.D, or Power & Performance Sport Psychology.  

Neue Schule and Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery are excited to be sponsoring this program as it is a reflection of the level of dedication they have to researching leading-edge information and educating equestrians on all aspects of riding and performance as it relates to bits. Larsen will discuss researched information about how bits fit and function in the horse’s mouth, especially as it relates to the ergonomics of performance horses, along with other topics relevant to equestrian sport.  She will display a variety of bits, review the design and purpose of each, and speak of the specific features of the Neue Schules, including conductivity, ergonomic design, and the patented metal alloy.  Larsen has also invited top international show jumpers Henrik Gundersen and Danielle Goldstein along with dressage riders Mikala Gundersen and Kathy Connelly to share their experiences with the Neue Schule bits during the Lunch & Learn, as their schedules allow.

Dr. Susser will speak about the importance of psychology to competitive equestrians, and about the mind’s role in influencing performance.  In 2012 Dr. Susser was named the USEF Team Sports Psychologist and worked with the 2012 Olympic Dressage Team in their preparations for the London Olympics, and has worked with riders of all levels and backgrounds during her two decades in the field.  She will also touch on the mental aspects of how having confidence in your equipment and experience with it can positively influence your riding and showing.

Dr. Susser and Larsen’s participation in The Lunch and Learn program is one of the latest examples of how Neue Schule is supporting the equestrian community during the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.  Earlier in the season, Neue Schule sponsored one of the educational Ride & Learn clinics featuring international show jumper Candice King.  King presented “The Efficient Jumper Ride” during the second week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, and was impressed by the design and fit of the Neue Schule bits.

“We look forward to showing the selection of these amazing bits to riders throughout the Winter Equestrian Festival,” Larsen says. “All three of my horses use these bits.  When my Intermediare I horse, Ulivi, immediately improved after switching him to the Neue Schule bits, I knew I wanted to sell them through Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery.  He had tension issues, and the curb from Neue Schule helped with this and fit better in his mouth.”  Larsen and Ulivi were the 2012 United States Dressage Federation KWPN Adult Amateur Horse of the Year Champions in the Prix St Georges and Reserve Champions in the Intermediare I. 

Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design(CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy that promotes salivation, acceptance and communication.  The alloy also has a higher thermal conductivity, meaning it absorbs heat faster than other metals, and so reaches the same temperature as the horse’s mouth in a shorter period of time.  Neue Schule’s sizing is also more dynamic, as each ¼ inch increment is created with its own mold, so the bit maintains its ergonomical correctness despite the size going up or down.  “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” she continues, “Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, and tongue issues.  The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.”

More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com  

 

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Photo: Mette Larsen (right) and Joy Pritchard of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery.  Larsen will speak on bit design and function at the March 14 Lunch and Learn, sponsored by Neue Schule bits. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)  IMG_4499