Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and sponsor of the Open Hunter Division of the Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) Spring Series in Wellington, Florida, couldn’t have found a more quintessentially consistent example of jumper excellence than Florida rider Victoria ‘Tori’ Colvin and her junior jumper, Don Juan. Colvin and Don Juan were richly rewarded by Neue Schule with the Neue Schule Universal Tranz Angled Lozenge Bit, a bit bag, and an embroidered cooler after their win in the Neue Schule $10,000 Welcome Stake this past week.
Colvin and Don Juan crossed the timers in the jump-off in 36.423 seconds to keep Wellington’s Paul O’Shea, riding Primo Calypso, at bay. Colvin and Don Juan, who have been partnered together for nearly four years, were among a field of 49 facing Richard Jeffries’ Welcome course. Only ten combinations advance with double clear rounds.
“It was the tight turns and gallop to the last fence – that’s where we were able to seal the deal,” said Colvin about her winning jump-off strategy. “I’ve had Don Juan a long time. He was my Junior and Young Rider horse. If he goes in and is feeling it, we’re always in the ribbons and close to the top of the class. He’s very aware of what’s going on and is very fast. I usually have to pull back in the jump-offs, but if I go neat and stay on my lines, we’re always going to go for the win,” Colvin commented.
The five-week ESP spring show series runs through May 15 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. Neue Schule was the first to present this season’s superb weekly $10,000 Open Stakes Classes, which encourage riders to compete and accumulate points towards winning the ESP Spring Rider Challenge.
“As the Official Bit of the USEF, Neue Schule values the importance of supporting riders and competitions such as the ESP Spring Series, the ESP Holiday Series, and the Junior Jumper division at the historic Pennsylvania National Horse Show,” said Mette Larsen, President and Founder of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. and Canadian distributor of Neue Schule bits.
Renowned for quality and innovative bit designs, each Neue Schule bit, like the Universal Tranz Angled Lozenge that Colvin won, has been developed with a distinct, scientific approach to effective communication and comfort. Neue Schule bits are available for hunters, jumpers, and dressage, and have a full line of anatomically correct bits for ponies.
“I love bits! I have at least 300 of them,” a delighted and grateful Colvin said when she was presented with her award.
“We are excited to introduce talented riders and their horses, like Victoria and Don Juan, to Neue Schule bits. The ESP Spring series is the perfect place to win— and try out— our products,” said Larsen.
Neue Schule is looking forward to participating in the 2016 ESP Spring, Summer, Fall, and Holiday Series at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in South Florida. To learn more about Neue Schule bits and to find a bit retailer near you, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.BitByBitUSA.com or calling 631-252-5574.
Photo: Victoria Colvin and Don Juan are awarded a Neue Schule bit and cooler for winning the Neue Schule $10,000 Open Welcome Stake in Wellington, Florida (Photo courtesy of JRPR, no photo credit necessary).