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Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
Klimke’s Contact Clicks with Neue Schule Best Hands Award
Wellington, Florida (March 24, 2015)– Michael Klimke from Munster, Germany, has been busy during the South Florida winter show season with ride after ride and win after win during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. His quiet riding with nearly invisible aids on a variety of horses have been rewarded by the judges as well as by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, North American distributor of Neue Schule bits. Metlar named Klimke the latest recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award in recognition of his superb hands and excellent contact through the bit with his horses.
During the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CDI-W, Klimke and his own Fineliner 2, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Florencio I-Relana, Regazonni), notched two first-place finishes in the FEI Intermediaire II with a 71.171 percent and a 67.237 percent.
“He is in the stage between small tour to big tour,” Klimke explained about Fineliner 2. “I won the CDI Prix St. Georges in January with him, and now he has stepped forward to win the Intermediare II. My proudest moment with him is that I found that he can be a good Grand Prix horse and I know that he’s trying hard.”
While at the show, he also rode Frascati 72, a 9-year-old Westphalian gelding (First Grade-Lotti, Limes), to a second place finish with a 67.368 percent in the FEI Intermediaire II and another blue ribbon in the Intermediaire II with a 69.605 percent.
Additionally, he guided Harmony’s Depardieu, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Fredrico-Wiesnoes, Weltmeyer) owned by Harmony Sporthorses to a 69.553 percent in the Prix St. Georges, a 68.763 percent in the Intermediaire I, and a 72.275 percent in the Intermediaire I Freestyle.
Never one to rest, Klimke also rode his own 8-ear-old Westphalian gelding Djamba Djokiba (Damon Hill-Whoopy, Wessex) to a 68.763 percent in the Prix St. Georges and a 70.184 percent in the Intermediaire I.
He was pleased to be recognized for his hard work and soft hands after so many successful rides.
“We have weight aids, leg aids, and hand aids— and the quiet hand is very important to give the horse confidence through your contact,” he explained. “The connection to the bit and the mouth of the horse must be from a quiet hand. Therefore, I think the hand contact is very important and I’m thankful I got an award for that.”
Mette Larsen, the founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, said that when she chooses the award winner, she searches for someone who is not only good with their hands and in the contact, but also is a rider who is all-around good to their horses. She believes that horses deserve the best in order to perform and be happy.
“Neue Schule works every day to create the kindest, most effective communication tools we can,” Larsen commented. “This is how we give horses the very best we have to offer.”
Throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival series, Neue Schule has presented the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to riders who demonstrate soft, effective hands during competition. Because the bits are designed based on equine anatomy to encourage great performance through comfort, top riders like 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 a list of equestrians who can vouch for the benefits of using Neue Schule bits.
To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.
Photo 1: Michael Klimke (right), with Fineliner 2, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)
Photo 2: Michael Klimke and Fineliner 2 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)