For Immediate Release
For Immediate Release Contact: Mette Larsen
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
Eight Riders Representing Four Countries Going to Normandy
Neue Schule Salutes an International Roster of Ambassadors Selected to Compete at 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Riverhead, NY (August 20, 2014) “You could say we are ‘a bit’ excited to have such great representation of riders, across so many disciplines, competing at the World Equestrian Games this year,” said Mette Larsen, of Metlar Performance Saddlery in Riverhead, NY and Neue Schule Bits US and Canadian distributor.
The maker of the internationally acclaimed ergonomic bits boasts some of the top riders in the world as Neue Schule Ambassdors and now, eight of those riders, representing four countries over two continents, have been selected to compete at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), August 23-September 7, in Caen, France. With the exceptional design and proven communication of Neue Schule bits to help them on their way, each stands ready to storm Normandy’s equestrian shores.
Leading the Neue Schule Ambassadorial contingent are five dressage riders: Veteran U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters, American wunderkind Laura Graves, Canadians David Marcus and Karen Pavicic, and Danish rider Mikala Münter Gundersen.
Now in San Diego, CA, German-born Peters rode Legolas 92 to a Grand Prix division sweep at this year’s Festival of Champions, clinching (76.036%) his third National Championship before delivering a one-two punch in the Small Tour with Reserve and National titles in Intermediare-I on mares Apassionata and Rosamunde. Honing their talents in Europe all summer, Graves and Verdades stood Aachen on its ear as its highest-placing American combination before assuring they were no fluke with further fine performances at Festival of Champions, thus earning their spot alongside Peters. Graves was first introduced to Neue Schule Bits by US Olympic Bronze Medalist and USEF Developing Coach, Debbie McDonald.
2007 Pan American Games Canadian team Silver medalist and 2014 Canadian Dressage Athlete grant recipient, Karen Pavicic, of Surrey, BC, is a longtime user of Neue Schule bits and plans to continue riding in them when she takes Don Daiquiri, her top three partner in the Achletein (Austria) CDI4* Grand Prix, into WEG’s historic stadium. Joining her is Neue Scheule Ambassador and Canadian Dressage squadmate, David Marcus, of Campbellville, ON, riding Chrevi’s Capital. Coincidentally, Marcus scored a personal best to finish second to Neue Schule Ambassador Peters in the Grand Prix August 9 at CDI3* Verden, Germany. Gundersen, who is based in Wellington, FL, is riding My Lady, co-owned with Janne H. Rumbough; since their international career began in January 2012 they have started 43 times, with victories on both sides of the Atlantic and the distinction of riding for Denmark in World Cup Final and Nations Cup competition. American eventers and Neue Schule Ambassadors, Buck Davidson and Kim Severson, are also more than “a bit” ready to ride at WEG:
One of the top-ranked riders in US since 2009 and the 2012 US Olympic Alternate, Davidson, of Ocala, FL, was appointed to the US squad with Ballynoe Castle RM, who he rode to third at the Rolex Kentucky 4*, and as an Alternate aboard Park Trader. 2002 WEG Team Gold medalist, Kim Severson of Charlottesville, VA, was also named to WEG teams in 2010 and 2004, and Short Listed for the 2008 Olympics. The four-time (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005) US Eventing Association Lady Rider of the Year will ride her own Fernhill Fearless.
Also jumping to the fore for Neue Schule will be show jumping star and dual citizen,Danielle Goldstein, who qualified to compete for Israel. Goldstein, who prefers the Neue Schule Verbindend snaffle and Neue Schule Waterford Universal, comes to France off a string of top 10 finishes in Canada at Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark.
Larsen and Neue Schule are proud to sponsor this international roster. “When riders and horses communicate effectively” Larsen said, “the results speak for themselves. Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, comfortable bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporating a unique metal alloy with an increased conductivity, promoting acceptance and salivation.”
Neue Schule makes it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by including informational tags on each product. These product tags act as a guide to help select which bits offer a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help address and solve potential problems each individual horse may be experiencing.
For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.
Photo: Todd Minikus competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of ManciniPhotos.com)
Photo 2: Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 at the US National Championships. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)