Steady and supple hands are the mark of an accomplished rider. Megan Lane, who has represented her native country of Canada on both a World Equestrian Games and a Pan American Games team, is obviously accomplished. She can now add becoming the first rider to receive the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival to her long list of achievements.
Neue Schule chose Lane to win the award from a large field of 44 competitors in the first CDI Grand Prix of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival series in Wellington, Florida. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is presented to riders who demonstrate effective, supple communication through the bit with their horses throughout the competitive winter show series.
Lane and her own Caravella, a 15-year-old KWPN mare, have a long history of excellent communication. Lane purchased Caravella seven years ago when the mare was in training to be a hunter prospect. “We moved up to the Grand Prix after going to the North American Junior Championships,” says Lane. “Since competing in the Grand Prix, we have been fortunate to be a part of the Canadian team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and the 2015 Pan American Games.”
Lane, who is based in Loretto, Ontario, Canada, rides and trains full time at Deer Ridge Equestrian Center. During the winter show season, Lane makes the long trek to Wellington, Florida, and uses the opportunity to ride against some of the most notable names in international level dressage.
Lane and Caravella faced a unique set of challenges on the first day of CDI competition. The usually sunny and peaceful setting in Wellington was transformed by unseasonably cold temperatures and higher than average winds. Lane remained calm and focused and piloted her mare with confidence and correctness— practicing what she preaches.
“My strategy for having a good hand-to-bit connection with all of my horses is practicing good basics and correct rider position,” says Lane.
Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), believes that using their state of the art, comfortable bits is only part of a winning combination—the rest is left to the rider’s hands. That’s why Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of Neue Schule Bits, was pleased to reward Lane’s skills with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award during the first week of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Stephanie Brown-Beamer, Vice President of Business Development for Metlar, acknowledged the Canadian rider’s calm demeanor and consistent contact with a beautiful ribbon and Kathy Connelly Performance Products, which are also distributed by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery.
Throughout the twelve weeks of world-class dressage competition at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Metlar will award several riders with the Neue Schule Best Hands awards in recognition of their superior communication with their horses. The festival will continue through April 2, 2016, and will include seven CDIs, the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and weekly U.S. National events.
With the Neue Schule Bits’ innovative designs that promote comfort, softness, and relaxation in the horse’s mouth, it’s easy to see why professional dressage riders love Neue Schule. Top dressage riders including Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, and Mikala Munter Gundersen all endorse Neue Schule Bits.
To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574.
Photo: Stephanie Brown-Beamer presents the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to Canadian Dressage professional Megan Lane at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fl.