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Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
Kathy Priest’s Soft Hands Claim Neue Schule Best Hands Award
Wellington, FL (March 6, 2015)— Great hands mean better communication with the horse, and of course, an excellent bit and soft hands make for a happy and successful show horse. “Good hands create a comfortable connection between the horse and rider, and are critical to effective communication between the two,” says Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits. Kathy Priest of Woodsprings Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, demonstrated these excellent hands in the Open FEI Grand Prix Special classes with her horses Wild Dancer and Cayman V at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The dressage rider took a first and a second place in the Grand Prix Special, and also won the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.
Priest and Wild Dancer, a 16.2-hand bay KWPN mare sired by Florett As and out of Reality B, came in first in the Open FEI Grand Prix Special. Priest and the 12-year-old mare scored 69.8% to beat out Christoph Koschel and Stuntmann AF Hvarre.
Priest’s second horse, Cayman V, came in second with a 62.647% in another Open FEI Grand Prix Special class. “It was a good ride. I had a few mistakes and a little tension with all the wind, but overall I’m happy with it. He’s not even in his first year of Grand Prix, so he’s still a little bit green.”
Cayman V, a 16.3-hand Danish Warmblood gelding sired by Comeback II, was imported from Denmark. Priest has owned him for four years now. She explains that he really didn’t start training until he was eight-years-old. “He’s a nice sound horse, and he’s rideable and trainable,” she adds.
As Larsen considered which rider to present the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to, she commented that she was “looking for someone who is not only good with their hands and has great contact, but is all-around good to their horses, too.” Priest, who was noticed by Metlar representatives as she competed on Cayman V, easily met these qualifications.
Priest, who keeps nearly fifteen dressage horses in training on her 400-acre farm in Kentucky and in Wellington, Florida, absolutely loves Neue Schule bits. “I think they’re just really interesting as far as the design, and the horses that I train in them are really happy in them. I’m very satisfied and happy with these bits.” She was honored to win the Best Hands Award, which included a pair of reins to link her Neue Schule bits to her expert hands.
Larsen adds that Neue Schule works hard to give horses the very best bits they can. “Horses deserve the very best we have to offer them,” she states. “Horses deserve to feel good, and they want to perform and be happy in their work. Neue Schule works every day to find the kindest, most effective communication tools we can to enable this!”
Metlar will continue to hand out the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate soft, effective hands during competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, Mikala Munter Gundersen, Kim Severson, Candice King, and Todd Minikus are just the beginning of the list of outstanding equestrians like Priest who stand behind Neue Schule Bits.
Metlar specializes in superior quality equipment. The company’s focus on progressive and creative innovation allows it to set—and then surpass— a high standard for the comfort of the horse and the overall equestrian experience for both horse and rider.
Neue Schule bits are ergonomically designed based on the anatomy of the horse. The whole idea behind Neue Schule bits is to make the horse as comfortable as possible so rather than focusing on the bit, the horse can focus on what their rider is asking of them. Each bit features a sweet, warm metal, which makes them palatable for horses. The horse’s acceptance of the bit results in better communication with the rider— which is what every equestrian strives for.
To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.
Photo: Kathy Priest, with Cayman V, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)