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Olympic Dressage Rider Heather Blitz Impressed by Horses’ Performance With Neue Schule Bits
West Palm Beach, FL (July 16, 2013) – Neue Schule bits is happy to announce that they have signed Olympic team reserve and Pan American gold medalist, Heather Blitz as a Neue Schule Ambassador. Blitz, who is now the resident head trainer at Cutler Farm Dressage near Boston, was impressed with the Neue Schule bits and is excited to have Neue Schule supporting her as she and her horse, Paragon, campaign toward the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games in Normandy. In addition to Paragon, Blitz has two other horses training in Neue Schule bits, and is extremely impressed with how technically advanced these products actually are.
“The main thing I like is the design,” Blitz explains about Neue Schule, “It’s ergonomically smart for the horse’s mouth, and keeps the pressure off the bars. It really glides in his mouth!” she adds. Blitz pays particular attention to the ergonomics of everything related to her horses and riding. Because of her in-depth training with Mary Wanless and her understanding of equine bio-mechanics, she realizes that every detail matters when working with a high-performance horse. “The size of the Neue Schule bit and the weight of the material are perfect,” she describes. “The conductivity of the metal alloy allows the bit to reach the same temperature as the mouth much more quickly than other bits we’ve used, and makes a big difference for the horse. The lightweight design and the fit are amazing,” Blitz continues, “but mostly I just love how my horse goes in it.”
Neue Schule bits is especially proud to be sponsoring Blitz because of her dedication to understanding the comfort and performance of the horse, and also because of her willingness to teach others about its importance. In fact, Neue Schule is making it easier for all riders to relate the technical aspects of bits to their own horses and riding by including product tags on each bit explaining their particular function and purpose. These tags make it easier for riders to understand the the functionality of each bit and to better make educated choices on what is best for their horses.
Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, which is the US Distributor for Neue Schule, explains that the new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help solve potential problems. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” says Larsen, “Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, tongue issues, and so on. The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.”
Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design(CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy that encourages salivation, acceptance, and communication. Neue Schule’s line of superior comfort bits for sporthorses range from $125-$360 and are available at a number of retailers including The Horse of Course, Inc. and The Tackeria.
More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com
Photo: Heather Blitz and Paragon. (Photo courtesy of Heather Blitz)