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 or calling 631-252-5574.


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).