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.
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)