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.
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).