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Four Neue Schule Ambassadors to Compete in
2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World
Cup Jumping Finals
Las Vegas, Nevada (April 13, 2015)— Four of the world’s top dressage and show jumping riders who are ambassadors for Neue Schule bits through North American distributor Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery will show off their mettle— and Neue Schule Bits— in Las Vegas at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals on April 15-19. Only the most elite of riders qualify to compete, and Neue Schule is proud to have four internationally acclaimed Neue Schule Ambassadors— across two disciplines— representing the United States and Denmark in this prestigious event. Show jumping star Todd Minikus and dressage champions Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, and Mikala Gundersen will compete using the innovative Neue Schule bits— designed with the latest in engineering and computer-aided design technologies for superior comfort, fit, and performance.
Todd Minikus, of Loxahatchee, Florida, tops the East Coast League standings going into the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals. He began his show jumping career in 1985, collecting more than 75 victories and six Nations Cup appearances since then, including five AGA Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis wins, the Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Cosequin Grand Prix at HITS-Saugerties IV, Cargill Grand Prix at CSI-A Oaks Blenheim, Budweiser American Invitational in Tampa, Grand Prix of Rotterdam, Nespresso Grand Prix and Zoetic $1 Million Dollar Grand Prix. In 1990, he swept the Open jumper division and President’s Cup at the Washington International and is a seven-time veteran going into the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals. This Neue Schule Ambassador was 2001 Horseman of the Year, and Alternate for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics. Spectators will likely find Minikus schooling horses— including his Las Vegas partner, Babalou 41, owned by Two Swans Farm— on a Neue Schule Loose Ring.
Laura Graves and her horse Verdades (aka ‘Diddy’) are ranked fifth in the world after their freestyle at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Most recently, they captured the Grand Prix freestyle titles at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, paving the way to dance into Las Vegas. Metlar has equipped Graves with her favorite bits: “Changing to Neue Schule bits was a turning point in my training. Every one of my horses now goes in Neue Schule.” U.S. Olympian and mentor Debbie McDonald was the first to introduce Graves to the Neue Schule bits.
Steffen Peters, of San Diego, California, is a four-time U.S. Olympian whose name is synonymous with success in international dressage. A three-time recipient of the USEF Horseman of the Year title, Peters began his career in his native Germany riding the commanding chestnut gelding Udon. He came to America and became a citizen in time to anchor the U.S. Team to win Bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In 2004, he and Floriano were Olympic Alternates, and in 2006 were the highest-placed U.S. pair at the World Equestrian Games-Aachen (Germany). He was fourth individually, riding Ravel, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and two years later earned two Bronzes at the 2010 Winter Equestrian Games. Paired with Four Wind Farm’s Legolas 92, Peters— using Neue Schule bits— was fourth in team competition at 2012 Winter Equestrian Games in Normandy, and now returns to Las Vegas seeking to reclaim the World Cup title he won there in 2009.
Exemplifying the international appeal of Neue Schule Bits, Neue Schule USA and Canada Ambassador Mikala Gundersen will compete Janne Rumbough’s My Lady in Las Vegas under her national flag of Denmark. The pair has capped off a very consistent season with FEI Grand Prix and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle wins and finished Wellington as the top money-earning pair and second-winningest pair on the 2015 circuit.
The “new school” (or “neue schule”) line of thinking behind the bits performing on Las Vegas’s international stage is to offer more refined designs with cutting-edge materials which make the bit very accommodating to the horse. Neue Schule makes bits that can be used in any discipline at any level, from pleasure riding to Grand Prix. Neue Schule bits incorporate a unique metal alloy with the highest thermal conductivity of any bit on the market and no bioactivity to eliminate tastes. This helps the horse be more comfortable, relaxed, and responsive while under saddle.
For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.
Photo: Neue Schule’s Mette Larsen (left) with Neue Schule Ambassador Todd Minikus (right), who will compete at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)