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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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

Dani.goldstein@gmail.com

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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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For more information contact:

Mette Larsen

Metlar-Neue Schule Bits

Mlarsen@www.metlar-us.com

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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