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