Neue Schule Bits is known around the world for their innovative approach to bitting and bitting education. Neue Schule bits have garnered numerous awards at the famous BETA International (British Equestrian Trade Association) Trade Fair for its unique bit designs, including the Turtle Top bit in 2014 and the Turtle Top Tactio bit in 2015. Equally noteworthy is the fact that these innovative bits have also been recognized as the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation because of their commitment to horses’ comfort and well-being. Not only is Neue Schule committed to making state of the art products, but also to educating their customers. To this end, Neue Schule has developed an online academy that makes it easy for anyone to educated themselves on bits and bitting theory.
The Neue Schule Academy is an online educational resource that is designed to enable customers and retailers to learn about the principles of bitting, how bits work, and the action that bits have on the various points of contact in the horse’s mouth. The various courses can benefit anyone who has an interest in bitting including riders, trainers, judges, and retailers. The courses offered through the Academy range from Fundamentals of Bits and Bitting topics to Tools of the Trade, and Bitting Analyst classes.
Dressage Extensions, located in Moorpark, California, has been selling tack from its catalog and retail location for more than 30 years. The business has a loyal dressage following throughout the U.S. and Canada, and began receiving inquiries about Neue Schule bits several years ago. Compelled by the USEF recommendation, Dressage Extensions decided to carry the revolutionary line of bits. The company also added Neue Schule to its Bit Testing Center, which allows customers to try a bit for two weeks to educate themselves on the product and decide if it is the right choice for their horses. The Bit Testing Center is great way to determine proper bit size, style, and mouthpiece material— all important components that can sometimes be difficult to determine when shopping online or in a catalog. After meeting with Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor for the Neue Schule bits, at the annual American Equestrian Trade Association Exposition, it seemed only natural to begin promoting the Neue Schule Academy to their customers as a complete resource for bitting education.
“We are thrilled to be promoting Neue Schule bits and their Academy to our clients,” said Jill Waterman, General Manager of Dressage Extensions. “Neue Schule’s commitment to educating riders about practical bit choices mirrors our own, and it is a natural relationship that I think will greatly benefit riders and trainers in North America.”
Customers of Dressage Extensions can expect their long-awaited catalog to hit mailboxes on March 15, 2016. In this edition there will be a special ad with a QR code for access to the Neue Schule Academy site, so users can begin their journey to understanding the Neue Schule bitting revolution more fully.
As the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule has a philosophy of always putting the horse’s needs and comfort first. The company develops its products with three fundamental principles that allow for maximum well-being of the horse: bit design on the equine anatomy, a slightly softer metal designed specifically for horses that promotes relaxed acceptance of the bit, and low bioactivity to help the horse focus on the aids. These three components result in a product that provides horses with the comfort and support needed to perform to the best of their ability.
To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574. To sign up to receive a catalog from Dressage Extensions or shop their vast online inventory, please visit http://www.dressageextensions.com/.
Photo: Mette Larsen, President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, is thrilled to be partnering with Dressage Extensions to bring customers bit education through the Neue Schule Bitting Academy (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).