Neue Schule bits have long been a favorite of leading American and international riders. The list of Neue Schule Ambassadors includes Olympians, Pan American medalists, and top-ranked FEI competitors. Neue Schule is proud to announce dressage rider, trainer, and clinician Olivia LaGoy-Weltz as the newest member of the company’s impressive ambassador team.
Since being introduced to dressage at age seven, LaGoy-Weltz has worked hard to become a highly respected professional in the United States. After spending several years in Europe training with Egbert Kraak, LaGoy-Weltz returned to her native California and established a successful dressage business in the San Francisco Bay area, and then again in Lexington, Kentucky. More recently, she was named the traveling Small Tour Alternate for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Dressage Team. She also won the 2015 Palm Beach Derby Small Tour CDI at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. LaGoy-Weltz currently bases her dressage business out of northern Virginia and Wellington.
“I wanted to become a Neue Schule Ambassador because I believe in giving my horses the best chance to reach their full potential,” said LaGoy-Weltz. “I believe Neue Schule manufactures the best bits on the market, and I am a firm believer in associating myself, and my business, with companies that also value equine welfare and quality craftsmanship.”
Neue Schule believes in providing the best products for horses and riders to have comfortable and strong relationships. The innovative bit company creates bits with horses’ comfort and needs first in mind, understanding that a happy mouth equals a more trainable horse and a confident competitor. Having brand ambassadors that appreciate the relationship between horse, rider, and equipment is incredibly important to the company.
“The majority of the horses I have ridden in Neue Schule bits have found a better connection. Good riding and training can take a horse a long way, but the right equipment also makes a huge difference. Neue Schule provides equipment that allows the horses I work with to understand and receive the rein aids without tension or conflict,” said LaGoy-Weltz.
“We love having the opportunity to work with professionals like Olivia,” said Mette Larsen, president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the U.S. distributer of Neue Schule bits. “Her commitment to her horses and to teaching dressage principles correctly is directly in line with the values of Neue Schule.”
Besides helping riders find the correct bit for their horses, Neue Schule also sponsors several major competitions across the U.S. during the course of the year. Riders have the opportunity to win the fan-favorite Neue Schule Best Hands Award at venues such as the Colorado Horse Park during the summer and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival during the winter months.
To learn more about Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, visit her website at www.livdressage.com. Keep up with all of the news and results from other Neue Schule Ambassadors, including Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, and Allison Brock, by checking in on Neue Schule USA’s Facebook, Instagram, and www.BitByBitUSA.com.
Photo: Olivia LaGoy-Weltz becomes the newest Neue Schule ambassador (photo courtesy of Susan J Stickle).